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Pictured: How Cambodia´s first lady
mocked President Obama with a
handshake greeting typically
reserved for servants

Daily Mail [UK], by Lydia Warren & Mail reporter

Original Article

Posted By:Attercliffe, 11/22/2012 3:43:31 PM

The president´s ´historic´ first tour of Southeast Asia ended with an unusual diplomatic snub at the hands of Cambodia´s first lady Bun Rany. Obama became the first ever U.S. president to visit Cambodia earlier this week, when he ended his four-day visit to the region by attending the annual East Asia Summit it was hosting. Unlike the president´s constructive visit to Myanmar, where he met with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and praised the country´s progress, Obama had made it clear he was only in Cambodia to attend the summit.

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The header writer erred in using the word "handshake." Apparently should have been "pressed-hands" greeting. Doesn´t change the fact that it was an insult, though.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: mitzi, 11/22/2012 3:52:13 PM     (No. 9029675)

He´s so unattractive ...

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Reply 2 - Posted by: LittleHoodedMonk, 11/22/2012 3:55:52 PM     (No. 9029681)

So, if I want to stick it to "the won," just press my hands together and give him a "sampeah." After all, he is a servant of his people. [Ha-ha...]

Guess he won´t be going back to Cambodia. Nothing to apologize there. [Didn´t Kerry secretly "serve" there?]

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Reply 3 - Posted by: ZurichMike, 11/22/2012 4:05:23 PM     (No. 9029693)

After giving Obama the pressed-hands greeting usually reserved for servants, she told him to hurry up and get the tray of drinks for the other guests.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Daisymae, 11/22/2012 4:07:19 PM     (No. 9029695)

How arrogant our State Department is, back in the day our traveling dignitaries would be briefed on customs and cultures of the places they would be traveling to. What do these people do now to justify their salaries and the air they breathe?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: mackrand, 11/22/2012 4:23:01 PM     (No. 9029713)

This is a subtle variation of the Sampeah. As it is explained elsewhere, the hands closeness to the face and the deeper the bow, the more respect is shown. It is similar to the Thai Wai. In the picture, Bun Rany´s hands are at chest level and the bow is almost non-existent. As someone else so eloquently put it, like they were greeting a servant. Just the barest of effort put into it.

I am very fortunate to have made friends in the Thai community. They give a Wai with hands right on their forehead and bows that are very low even to me, so the disrespect shown here is very obvious. Like they were all laughing at this "Kuhn" Obama, as it is spoken in Thai. (That is spelled a little differently in the United States.)

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Reply 6 - Posted by: earlybird, 11/22/2012 4:27:38 PM     (No. 9029717)

He does that stupid hands pressed thing whenever he greets anyone from a culture he believes uses it. So now we know how it is perceived in some cultures. Best to stick with your own - whatever that is. At home with wifey it is high fives and fist bumps.

The money line in this article (literally) is this one:

Hun Sen also reiterated a request to forgive most of the country´s debt of more than $370 million to the United States.

Last year, Cambodia offered to repay 30 per cent of the debt, which they said was a compromise as the money was used by a pro-American government in the 1970s to repress its own people.



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Reply 7 - Posted by: Ribicon, 11/22/2012 4:40:55 PM     (No. 9029731)

Why not? Bubba Clinton said Barry´s the guy who should be serving them their coffee.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 11/22/2012 4:41:17 PM     (No. 9029733)

It was her body "tilt" as she did the hand move (her "tilt" was very slight) that another photo caption mentioned as being for a servant.

Apparently the sampeah hand press is the same, but the more respect one intends to show, the deeper the "tilt" or bow. Obie didn´t warrant much from her.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Ribicon, 11/22/2012 4:42:41 PM     (No. 9029736)

"We are no longer accepting comments on this article."

Must have been some real doozies in there.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Mike PHX, 11/22/2012 4:45:18 PM     (No. 9029737)

"A few years ago, this guy would be getting us coffee."

B. Clinton

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Daisymae, 11/22/2012 5:40:07 PM     (No. 9029769)

So, like where is Michelle?

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Reply 12 - Posted by: glcinpdx, 11/22/2012 5:43:01 PM     (No. 9029774)

What a Dork. Put a pair of cheesy over-sized sunglasses on him and he´d look like any third world dictator...oh...wait....

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Italiano, 11/22/2012 5:49:24 PM     (No. 9029781)

There was a time when disrespecting the President would have brought outrage. Now, it´s "Way to go, lady. Give him one for us."

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Reply 14 - Posted by: mominNoCA, 11/22/2012 5:52:53 PM     (No. 9029784)

I´ll bet the meaning of her gesture zoomed right over his head.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: lana720, 11/22/2012 6:25:49 PM     (No. 9029817)

Thanks, Madam First Lady! I hope someone explains to zippy what a lowlife you think he is!
Pssst - we think the same thing.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: liberty316, 11/22/2012 6:48:27 PM     (No. 9029830)

Too bad they don´t have a greeting for use in saying hello to stupid people who have never held a real job...

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Chuzzles, 11/22/2012 7:05:45 PM     (No. 9029851)

Quote from that 80´s philosopher Fonzie: Make a messy bed, you get wrinkles. The office deserves respect, but it is exhausting to scrape up the energy to respect the man. The world knows what he is. Exactly what he is.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: fireman28, 11/22/2012 8:40:23 PM     (No. 9029904)

First Lady Bunny Randy?

Does not bow to men?

LOL

You can´t make this stuff up, as Neal Boortz says

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Reply 19 - Posted by: jond, 11/22/2012 8:43:32 PM     (No. 9029908)

Anyone from the U.S. lecturing Cambodians about human rights?

Especially a Democrat?

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Garage Logician, 11/22/2012 9:15:50 PM     (No. 9029932)

Looks as though he mirrored her move.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: anonymous, 11/22/2012 9:25:05 PM     (No. 9029939)

The shirt that the President is wearing looks like a pyjama. I wonder if it´s endemic to the region or if he brought it from the White House. I also noticed that he looks at Asian female officials in a slightly lurid way. It´s as if he´s holding something out there that needs expressing.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: MissMann, 11/22/2012 9:43:49 PM     (No. 9029957)

Sounds like she is an excellent judge of character!



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Reply 23 - Posted by: Jubilationtcornpone, 11/22/2012 10:24:57 PM     (No. 9029996)

And Obama brags he´s always the smartest one in the room. He gets dissed and it goes right over his head.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 11/22/2012 10:44:14 PM     (No. 9030008)

Notice Zippy looks like the first husband, only taller ?

Who´s yo daddy ? Sorry, couldn´t resist.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: kono, 11/22/2012 11:38:24 PM     (No. 9030046)

#21 the shirts they´re wearing look similar to the ones worn by people in/from the Philippines on formal occasions. I think a shirt like that is called a "barong". It´s worn outside one´s regular clothes, like a suit coat (but much more lightweight and often features some fancy stitching).

Isn´t the way Obama eyed the Thai PM and leaned in toward the Cambodian first lady (see pic 3 in the story) considered a rudely forward gesture in their culture? Can´t blame all the leaders there for having some disrespect for Bonehead Barry if that is, indeed, the case.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Daisymae, 11/23/2012 3:55:46 AM     (No. 9030135)

So where is Michelle, slapping her arm over the shoulder of First Lady Bun Rany a la the Queen of England?

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Fiesta del sol, 11/23/2012 6:33:50 AM     (No. 9030201)

I wonder if saved the ´respectful´ vow for Valerie Jarrett.

If we had an honest press, this would be a issue. But the ´narrative´ was written 4 years ago. The world loves us now! Must.be.reported.by.Pravda.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: planetgeo, 11/23/2012 6:45:32 AM     (No. 9030210)

So if how far one leans forward shows the amount of respect, would leaning backward show disrespect or contempt? If so, I´m on it. In fact, I propose this new greeting as the "Barackward Greeting".

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Reply 29 - Posted by: mindyourbubble, 11/23/2012 6:55:17 AM     (No. 9030222)

Potus and his gal haven´t got the hint that in certain cultures that it frowned on to phsically touch people no matter what the occasion happens to be. They better get Etiquetted by that special dept in State Department. For example, in Japan, even at a high level meeting, gathered around a table, it is considered "insulting" for one to stand up for one to make their points or comments to the group. You may not be invited back again. IMHO opinion, BHO will not be invited back.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: NuGoddess, 11/23/2012 7:15:28 AM     (No. 9030238)

Zippy looks far happier visiting Asia than living in our country; perhaps we should encourage him to stay there.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: strike3, 11/23/2012 7:16:51 AM     (No. 9030239)

Even people half-way around the world realize that barry doesn´t represent all Americans, just the stupid half, and they are treating him as such. Hopefully they thought he WAS a servant and were waiting for the POTUS to show up.

Serves him right for telling people how they should live while a guest in their country. His own human right record isn´t so stellar either.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: Namma, 11/23/2012 7:58:54 AM     (No. 9030297)

obama is concerned about the human rights abuses...really...whats the matter...the Cambodians not killing enough babies...born and unborn...did he want the to implement health care...but only for those children that reach the age of 15, and for adults under the age of 55, and have no physical or mental problems...I bet there is Too Much Human Rights going on over there and its got to stop..he has to make obamacsare look good to the world...what a ditz
he looks horrible...really getting a litte skinny..
oh and where is Mitch..she´s busy planning Christmas...I mean, Winter Soltice vaca for herself,kids and all their friends...

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Reply 33 - Posted by: Grambo, 11/23/2012 8:03:07 AM     (No. 9030303)

At least the State Department staff has apparently reigned in the Burma kissing spree.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: JAN, 11/23/2012 8:14:49 AM     (No. 9030324)

Every aspect of this photo op trip was a fiasco for the obummer.

Topped off with allowing the killing to continue for at least another day so PIAPS could arrive in time to sit down with Morsi.

What say you msm????

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Reply 35 - Posted by: pineledger, 11/23/2012 8:19:08 AM     (No. 9030330)

Have to laugh at the pic of The Won and Aung San Suu Ky...she looks like she´s thinking, "Get this turkey off of me!"

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Reply 36 - Posted by: vrb8m, 11/23/2012 8:28:55 AM     (No. 9030352)

He looks like a busboy.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: owl, 11/23/2012 8:33:20 AM     (No. 9030362)

Drudge titled the photo´s " The touchy-feely " president . I´d say " Ghetto meets Geisha " . But hey , remember the clod Dim who brot his date to a meeting with the Arabs and she wore a mini- skirt ? . It was bad enough to bring a female at all , much less dressed that way . Decorum is something O´Bummer has not a clue . A head of solid bone .

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Reply 38 - Posted by: Catherine, 11/23/2012 8:50:17 AM     (No. 9030391)

I was already happy because I´m eating my favorite breakfast but this headline made me laugh out loud. Hope someone tells him! He´ll scream racist but so what. Great news to start the day with.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: RancherJack, 11/23/2012 8:57:30 AM     (No. 9030403)

Wa-hahahahaha

(catch breath)

WAHAHAHAHAHAHA



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Reply 40 - Posted by: Bad Dog, 11/23/2012 9:01:04 AM     (No. 9030409)

I find the body language of the Sultan of Brunei - the richest man in the world - very interesting indeed. And very revealing.

In photo #2, the first with these two, Barcky is leaning way over him, towering almost, and the Sultan is turned slightly as if to fleck off the pest on his shoulder.

In the next photo of these two, the 4th, the Sultan is turned to gawk at the fool cackling beside him, while the other men look solemn and respectful and serious to be at their summit conference.

And do I notice the baby powder back in Barcky´s hair?

Also, I have to comment on the sempeah issue: It is quite possible that Barcky greeted HER that way first, and she is merely reciprocating.

And the final photo, before the video, only Barcky is waving at the camera, again, like the narcissistic fool he is.

Gawd, four more YEARS OF THIS....!!!

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Reply 41 - Posted by: PageTurner, 11/23/2012 10:15:44 AM     (No. 9030519)

The original IBD editorial is here:

http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials/112012-634213-obama-southeast-asian-trip-more-style-than-substance.htm

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Reply 42 - Posted by: RTC60, 11/23/2012 10:58:08 AM     (No. 9030563)

I read that the hands are supposed to be exactly together as well. Her hands are not aligned properly. To Westerners, this might not seem like that big of a deal, but the instructional video I watched made much of doing this traditional greeting absolutely right, according to cultural traditions.


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Reply 43 - Posted by: GreatPlains, 11/23/2012 12:12:49 PM     (No. 9030646)

For the umpteenth time , Barry is the only one waving and gawking at the camera in
group photos of world leaders.
He looks like a Moron-American.
This guy stumbled his way all over SE Asia making gaffes like Biden and it was ignored by the gerbils.
The same ones that went berserk because Romney described the potential security problems
at the Olympics as " disconcerting ".
Soetero´s features and skin tone make him look like he could be part Asian.
Wouldn´t it be a hoot if it turned out that he was actually half Asian , instead of part black ??
Maybe Lolo Soetero was his real father ?
Another article described the Cambodia First Lady as greeting Soetero like he was " a towel boy ".



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Reply 44 - Posted by: ynaught, 11/23/2012 12:19:36 PM     (No. 9030654)

At least 0bama has learned that when he inappropriately waves in formal pictures, to keep his hands from obscuring the faces of others in the photo!

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Reply 45 - Posted by: WIBadger, 11/23/2012 12:35:51 PM     (No. 9030677)

Barky is used to giving his subtle one-figure gesture of disrespect. It apparently never occurred to him that other people can play that game as well.

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Reply 46 - Posted by: WimeTarmerFable, 11/23/2012 1:13:40 PM     (No. 9030722)

Someday he is going to do something like this and get smacked in the mouth.

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Reply 47 - Posted by: PageTurner, 11/23/2012 1:32:05 PM     (No. 9030744)

re: #47, I think that´s what happened, too. That was not a pleasant meeting.

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Reply 48 - Posted by: Republic Can, 11/23/2012 2:01:44 PM     (No. 9030783)

#4... not exactly. Our foriegn office briefings were not any better back in the Nixon years either.

On his ´historic´ visit to chicom in 72, he was outrageously insulted on the tarmac when Mao sent an underling to great him at the air field. During the pitifully meager welcoming ceremony the messenger, in a bare-minimum acknowledgement of any visitor, gulped his rice wine before Nixon could get the cup to his lips. (He is supposed to wait for his guest to sip first in a proper "gambei.") This is extrememly bad form and should have led to an international incident. But alas, Nixon blundered through the facade totally naive to the message and America´s international standing was once again made to suffer through unaccountable ignorance.

Most of America didn´t realize what happened that day on the runway either. I happen to know because I was a Chinese language linguist for the Navy in the far east until 1969.

The last point here is no one in that area of the world likes a foriegn fool to come into their country and flirt with female heads of state. A Buffoon.

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Reply 49 - Posted by: Me?Opinionated?Nah!, 11/23/2012 2:51:27 PM     (No. 9030836)

There can never be too many photos taken of BHO, unless they pertain to The Benghazi Massacre. That’s when he instantly becomes camera-shy. Golly gee, I wonder why.

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Reply 50 - Posted by: mabel normand, 11/23/2012 3:40:59 PM     (No. 9030880)

He probably skipped that meeting, #4.

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Reply 51 - Posted by: cat2, 11/23/2012 5:51:56 PM     (No. 9031014)

Never thought I would be pleased to see a U.S. president snubbed but this particular president so deserves it.

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Reply 52 - Posted by: PageTurner, 11/23/2012 5:56:55 PM     (No. 9031017)

By crummy dumpy oppressive little Cambodia no less! Makes it more poignant somehow. How far we have fallen!

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Reply 53 - Posted by: Ida Lil, 11/23/2012 6:13:12 PM     (No. 9031026)

Since Obe knows enough to bow low and perhaps kiss an Arabian king´s ring he was well aware of the insult --but then it was only a woman not even black.

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Reply 54 - Posted by: Moonspinner, 11/23/2012 6:54:23 PM     (No. 9031055)

Obama and the media think he is a man of the world. In fact, he is stupid about the world. He isn´t from anywhere really. Born who knows where, and raised in three different countries when he was an adolescent. Mentored by relatives and family friends who were communists, atheists and Marxists. So he knows a little bit about a few things and, may I say it again, he is actually STUPID. He is a con artist of limited ability, and only has succeeded to be president twice because the media supports him and does not report his stupidity and gaffes to the American people.

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Reply 55 - Posted by: JediJerry, 11/23/2012 8:01:04 PM     (No. 9031107)

He doesn´t have a clue he was insulted. He bowed, she bowed and as far as he is concerned it was all good. She could have said to him in Cambodian that his breath smelled of liquor, his old lady looks like a mountain gorilla and he that lies on his golf score card, and he would have said thank you very much!

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Posted By: MissMolly- 4/18/2014 5:02:40 AM     Post Reply
After presenting at the Academy Awards this year, Kim Novak didn’t want to leave her house. The Hitchcock screen siren, 81, was too humiliated to venture from her home near the Rogue River in Oregon. She read the cruel posts and Internet snark about her appearance, and it was just too much. “It got to me like it gets kids and teenagers,” she told the Associated Press. The “Vertigo” actress, considered one of the great beauties in her day, posted a note on her Facebook wall Thursday, acknowledging that she’d gotten fat injections in her face and addressing her halted

Analysis: Obama Celebrates
Eight Million ´Enrollments,´
Again Declares Debate ´Over´

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Townhall, by Guy Benson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/17/2014 8:56:28 PM     Post Reply
President Obama addressed the White House press corps today, announcing that with the final numbers in, Obamacare´s exchanges have attracted eight million sign-ups -- 35 percent of whom are "under the age of 35," he said. Several elements of his comments were misleading: (1) At first blush, the 35 percent stat is both significant and impressive. As recently as last month, the share of "young invincibles" signing up for plans was struggling in the 25 percent range, far short of the actuarial target of nearly 40 percent. A leap into the mid-30´s, while still shy of the goal, would constitute a major step, and would bode well for the risk pools'

Michelle Obama Riverdances
Through Dublin to the Tune
of $7,921,638

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Breitbart Big Peace, by Tom Fitton    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/17/2014 6:45:16 AM     Post Reply
When it comes to tracking the cost of Obama family vacations, there are two primary challenges. First, the Obamas are prolific jet-setters, so there are many details to track. Second, the Obama administration, clearly embarrassed by these lavish and frequent family vacations, stonewalls the release of records at every turn. But we have been relentless in pursuit of this information. Our attorneys file the lawsuits and make our case, and our investigators pour through pages of records and crunch the numbers. And the information we’ve uncovered – information that would otherwise remain under lock and key – shows that the

The Folly Of The Bundy Ranch Rebellion
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The Federalist, by Grace Olmstead    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/18/2014 4:21:46 AM     Post Reply
It’s the stuff of Westerns: a showdown on the desert plains, the big bad government against an underdog farmer. Though the story has only grabbed national headlines in the past several days, rancher Cliven Bundy has illegally grazed cattle on the Nevada land surrounding his farm for over 20 years. He hasn’t paid grazing fees since 1993, and refuses to renew the necessary grazing permit.(Snip)Rather than using the avenues and pathways presented to him, Bundy has staunchly declared his own law and allegiances. Unfortunately, reality doesn’t work this way. If only it did—we could rebel for paying stupid taxes, refuse to

Students Demand Acknowledgement of
Robert E. Lee´s ´Racist and Dishonorable Conduct´

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Breitbart´s Big Government, by AWR Hawkins    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/18/2014 12:35:28 PM     Post Reply
A group of seven multiracial Washington and Lee University (W&L) students are demanding the school remove all Confederate flags from campus and "acknowledge" General Robert E. Lee´s "dishonorable side." According to the Roanoke Times, "seven multiracial students, calling themselves ´The Committee,´" have also demanded the school "acknowledge and apologize for participating in chattel slavery." They want recognition of "Martin Luther King Jr. Day on the undergraduate campus" and an end to "neo-Confederates" marching across campus "to the Lee Chapel on Lee-Jackson Day." The students say they will "engage in civil disobedience" if their demands are not met by September 1st. They added: "The

Former US president joins
opposition to Keystone XL

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Houston Chronicle, by Jennifer A. Dlouhy    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/16/2014 10:32:12 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Former President Jimmy Carter joined fellow Nobel laureates Wednesday in opposing Keystone XL, insisting that approving the pipeline would trigger “more climate upheaval” around the globe. In an open letter to President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry, Carter and the nine other Nobel Peace Prize winners bluntly warned the leaders: “Your decision on the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline will define your climate legacy.” The missive, published as an advertisement in Politico, represents the first time Carter has taken a position on the $5.4 billion project and makes him the first former president to come

Pelosi assists in Holy Week
foot-washing ritual

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San Francisco Chronicle, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Harlowe- 4/18/2014 11:46:54 AM     Post Reply
To "honor the dignity and work of immigrants," Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi helps Bishop Marc Andrus wash the feet of two children Thursday at Saint John the Evangelist Episcopal Church in San Francisco. Pelosi also used the occasion to talk about passing HR15 - bipartisan immigration legislation that her office says would "reduce the deficit by nearly $1 trillion, secure our borders, unite our families, protect our workers and provide an earned pathway to citizenship." The Democratic leader´s ceremony coincides with Pope Francis´ similar ceremony in Rome to mark Holy Week.


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