It was bound to happen. The dramatic story of a Florida gunman opening fire on the Panama City school board is now being used as a talking point in the debate over gun control.

Authorities in Massachusetts have been investigating the death of a Charlotte, North Carolina teenager, whose shirtless, shoeless, traumatized body was found last November 15 on a street in Milton, Massachusetts, a suburb south of Boston. Delvonte Tisdale, 16, was discovered about 9:30 p.m. on Brierbrook Street. Neighbors claimed to have heard a crashing noise around 9:00 p.m.

ABC News reported on December 16 that with the bill extending the Bush-era tax cuts having been passed by the Senate and headed to the House, Senators are now set to consider ratification of the START treaty, as well as passage of the omnibus spending bill to fund the government for the next year.

There is bad news and good news in the front offices of the rock 'n' roll franchise known as Bon Jovi. The bad news is that the band failed to make the cut for this year's Rock Hall of Fame inductees. The good news is that the band's front man, Jon Bon Jovi, was named by President Obama to the White House Council for Community Solutions, a group of influential individuals from differing walks of life who essentially help think up ways to spend tax dollars on mostly wasteful social programs.

Is America destined to move from a two party system to a three or four party system? Is it moving towards a political system without political parties at all? The Huffington Post, with its predictable attack on the putative "Far Right," with special venom reserved for the John Birch Society, suggests that the rise of the Tea Party has produced an attack from the Right on the Republican Party which may -- with the Left disillusioned with Obama -- lead to four political parties.