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Three Theories on Manti Te’o
Daily Beast, by Josh Dzieza

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Posted By:StormCnter, 1/18/2013 4:55:34 AM

Manti Te’o was the hero of the college football season, overcoming the loss of both his grandmother and his girlfriend on the same day to lead his team to victory over Michigan State. But then Deadspin broke the news that Lennay Kekua was nothing but an online figment, compiled from stolen Facebook pictures, possibly by Te’o’s friend Ronaiah Tuiasosopo. Te’o says he was the victim of a hoax, but others are skeptical that he could have been suckered for so long.Below, three theories on how the Catfish-meets-Lifetime scandal might have come about.

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My opinion is that he made the whole thing up and I´m certainly gratified that it didn´t win him the Heisman.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: jeff100, 1/18/2013 5:17:55 AM     (No. 9123549)

Get lost, make-believe boy, and go get a real name while you´re at it.....

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Reply 2 - Posted by: GringoinQuito, 1/18/2013 6:36:58 AM     (No. 9123609)

Who cares? The country is being raped by the Dems, and this is what we are worried about.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Grace Veritas, 1/18/2013 6:42:01 AM     (No. 9123612)

Nothing is real anymore. Sigh.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: JAN, 1/18/2013 7:02:09 AM     (No. 9123634)

No difference between Te´o´s girlfriend and Obama´s ´composite´ girlfriend.

Something in the water in Hawaii???

Or too much choom???

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Reply 5 - Posted by: VeteranAmerican, 1/18/2013 7:03:35 AM     (No. 9123637)

Who the hell cares about this fairy tale. Hostages killed in Algeria, troops killed in Afghnaistan and the country in a financial mess. And this is what the press covers? PLEEEEEEZE!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Reply 6 - Posted by: pineledger, 1/18/2013 7:09:28 AM     (No. 9123648)

Superb last paragraph.

And 1, I think Samoan names are lots of fun. Especially ones that can barely fit on a jersey.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: pineledger, 1/18/2013 7:11:57 AM     (No. 9123652)

Sorry for the double post, but I just noticed this in Te´o´s wiki:

In 2006, Te´o played for Punahou School, a private co-ed institution in Manoa, Honolulu, where he had also attended middle school.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: M2, 1/18/2013 7:40:28 AM     (No. 9123700)

What stratum of society is interested in this story? The Kardashian stratum? The Lance Armstrong stratum? Maybe the Low Information stratum?

The more face-time such people get, the more coarse and corrupt our society becomes. I find this so distastful and vapid, I cannot fathom who cares other than those who are directly involved.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Hermoine, 1/18/2013 7:48:00 AM     (No. 9123712)

I´m not sure I´m buying the whole gay thing either...seems to be another way for them just insert themselves into any major story...I think theory #3 makes the most sense.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: pmarc078, 1/18/2013 7:57:51 AM     (No. 9123726)

agree with #4. College and pro football is the new opiate of the masses.....

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Rinktum, 1/18/2013 8:01:39 AM     (No. 9123733)

Look around this country today and THIS is what the media wants to dwell on? It says more about the media than it does this kid´s lack of character. The coverage was over the top in my opinion.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Old Army Vet, 1/18/2013 8:01:57 AM     (No. 9123734)

There is a fourth FACT. He is a lier.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: gagolfer, 1/18/2013 8:21:04 AM     (No. 9123793)

No matter which theory is correct, where he made his big mistake was the interview on Dec. 8th with ESPN where he was still talking about the awful loss of his girlfriend to leukemia in September. It is a fact that he and Notre Dame knew it was all a hoax on De. 6th, 2 days before the interview. Even if theory #1 is true and he genuinely had been tricked all along, he knew at the time of the interview it was a hoax but continued to talk about his ´girlfriend´s death´. And ESPN didn´t even ask him a question about it; he brought up the subject himself, so he was promoting a sympathy vote for the Heisman at that point.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: LZK, 1/18/2013 8:21:43 AM     (No. 9123797)

This story is fiction produced by the media looking for a "story"...

Here are my three theories: I don´t care -- I don´t care -- I don´t care.....

Go sell your story some place else....

LZK

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Reply 15 - Posted by: suncitypro, 1/18/2013 8:30:57 AM     (No. 9123814)

#4--you are right on the money.
Who cares? More wag the dog mess.
Focus on the important issues in our lives.
God Bless our Military Heroes!

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Reply 16 - Posted by: mrduc, 1/18/2013 8:35:40 AM     (No. 9123830)

Totally agree w/#11, except I would add that all three strata listed combine into one stratum in my mind. They´re the same crowd.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: fed-up, 1/18/2013 8:45:56 AM     (No. 9123857)

Sure -there are more important things to cover, but that doesnt mean they will, just because of this story. I dont believe him, and think it was all to get attention and to win sympathy vote for the Heisman. He lied about too many things. If she didnt exist and then didnt die, who did he send the flowers to? Wouldnt you know at that point there was no funeral? But the biggest clue is what #16 said. He KNEW it was a hoax and still was promoting it. And his parents are in on it too.. sounds to me like all were in on it. The man is delusional, and to cover for him and promote him as a victim is what makes this a story that needs exposed.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Alibi Inn, 1/18/2013 9:05:39 AM     (No. 9123926)

The Lyin´ Hawaiian. Why do the Temptations "Just My Imagine" come to mind....

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Reply 19 - Posted by: so_free_me, 1/18/2013 9:18:27 AM     (No. 9123967)

Lance Armstrong has set the template: Manti will be on Oprah within the week and before we know it he´ll be the toast of San Francisco and playing for the 49ers.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: MissMolly, 1/18/2013 9:23:46 AM     (No. 9123979)

I wish this young man well. He´s made a big mistake if the hoax was his own, but who or what was harmed aside from his own reputation? Maybe he´s learned. The reason for it doesn´t matter.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Pros7767, 1/18/2013 9:27:19 AM     (No. 9123992)

And the Duke Lacrosse kids were all guilty in the beginning too.

Sorry, I´m giving him the benefit of the doubt until the facts come out.

This woman´s existence may have kept him grounded through a high profile football career at a demanding university. He wouldn´t be the first to be scammed. And he won´t be the last.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: snakeoil, 1/18/2013 9:35:47 AM     (No. 9124024)

Cut the guy some slack. Imaginary girl friends are always better than the real thing. This could add new meaning to the phrase "coming out." Just don´t make him a victim.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: lakerman1, 1/18/2013 9:36:18 AM     (No. 9124026)

You people are missing the two main points about this story.
First, no reporter bothered to do the most minimal factchecking, which could have been to look for an obituary, or try to talk to her parents about Te´o. The newspapers could have assigned some of the same sports reporters who went to Alaska in 2008 to investigate Sarah Palin´s H.S. basketball skills. But nothing was done except to interview Te´o´s parents, who had a vested interest in pimping out their son for the Heisman. (See Cam Newton´s daddy, for example) Te´o was a family money tree.
But the biggest perp in my opinion is Notre Dame.
Notre Dame is a public relations machine, and pimping out Te´o´s candidacy for the Heisman served the interests of ND. So I suspect they knew about the truth, and chose to amplify the lie.
Jack Swarbrick is the AD at Notre Dame, and he held a press conference on Wednesday, and it was the most fake, insincere appearance I have ever seen. He even tried to come up with some tears, and almost was successful. He talked about how the investigation of Te´o showed that Te´o was the victim, but will not release the investigation report. Swarbrick was disgusting in his little show, in my opinion.
So what do we have? A psychologically disturbed, maybe sociopathic lad, parents who were looking for financial security, and a Catholic college that has no particular moral scruples. They did, after all, give an honorary doctorate to the abortionist in chief.
And they almost pulled off the impossible, by pimping out a defensive player for the Heisman.
So shame on the news business, shame on the lad, shame on his parents, and SHAME on Notre Dame, the Catholic college that stands for nothing.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: montanabound, 1/18/2013 9:37:08 AM     (No. 9124029)

One interesting aspect of the story is how poorly the sports media performed. Not only did they not fact check the story they promoted, but I think they were in on the cover up. The announcers downplayed the girlfriend story at the National Championship game, if they mentioned it at all. Someone on Fox this morning called it the Football-Industrial Complex.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Pluperfect, 1/18/2013 9:52:45 AM     (No. 9124069)

#28, you have made the comparison with Palin´s experience on at least two threads. The difference, of course, is that Palin was a national vice-presidential candidate. This guy is a college football player. Not many newspapers would have spent the money to see if he really had a girlfriend.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Razorgirl, 1/18/2013 9:57:11 AM     (No. 9124084)

And this is newsworthy because.........?

Note to news critters: stuff like this makes me change the channel.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Flyball dogs, 1/18/2013 9:57:23 AM     (No. 9124085)

No. 28, I like the way you have broken this down. Well thought out and well stated. I suspect you are as close to the truth as any other ideas. I love football (pro and college -War Eagle!) but I am becoming cynical and disillusioned that either are sports. More like big (BIG) business.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: Aunt Agnes, 1/18/2013 10:02:28 AM     (No. 9124099)

No. 28 gets it - who has an interest in making the guy pathetic & getting the public to feel sorry for him (and hand him an award)? Think back on how BO was pimped & promoted by Harvard. What is Affirmative Action except "feeling sorry" for a certain class of people & their lack of progress? The fantasy back story on Clinton´s "deprived" childhood when he was running for pres. (there is a picture of him, in his mother´s biography, fixing a soda at his own HOME soda fountain)! Think of Oprah & her gullible audience & how they love feeling virtuous & superior because they "feel sorry" for her pathetic, confessing guests. All of it is related - to play on the public´s emotions...and get the desired response - give something: a trophy, an award, a restored public image and even an undeserved political office to people who cannot achieve honestly.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: wildcat1, 1/18/2013 10:04:00 AM     (No. 9124102)

Too bad this and the misbehaving of Johnny Football wasn´t given a full vetting before the Heisman was awarded. Colin Klein would have won hands down. He had one bad game and dropped off the chart. Part if the Heisman award consideration is supposed to be CHARACTER and Colin Klein has the best character of the three hands down.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: StormCnter, 1/18/2013 10:14:36 AM     (No. 9124120)

Man, those grapes must be mouth-puckering, #34. There was no scandal about Johnny Manziel. Even the Oklahoma coach apologized for floating a false story.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: Hardright, 1/18/2013 10:35:49 AM     (No. 9124166)

Shame on Notre Dame for covering this up and especially for doing nothing to help the young girl raped by the ND football player She committed suicide. As I´ve said before, Notre only believes in one God, Football. I´ve lost ALL respect for Notre Dame.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: TXknitter, 1/18/2013 10:39:44 AM     (No. 9124178)

Yes, #28 covered all the major points. I did hear one reporter yesterday say that the way one particular teammate acted when asked about T´s "girlfriend," he was suspicious. He was almost telling him with his demeanor, "it´s not real, you guys." The reporter said it bugged him so he called T, said can I contact the girl´s parents, to get obit info, interview, etc.? T said no, they want their privacy. So, my point is, at least one reporter did make an effort.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: Arby, 1/18/2013 10:53:50 AM     (No. 9124213)

There are a lot of unanswered questions and the bottom line is that it is likely that no one will get out of this without some bruises, scars and smudges.

Having said that, this is nothing compared with the mysteries surrounding Fauxbama, the PIAPS´ law firm records turning up in the WH, the death of Vince Foster, etc. etc. Could we please get the LSM interested in something that´s really important?

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Reply 34 - Posted by: Fiesta del sol, 1/18/2013 11:03:58 AM     (No. 9124245)

He´s gay, Jim. -Bones McCoy

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Reply 35 - Posted by: The Advocate, 1/18/2013 11:36:17 AM     (No. 9124368)

Re 28
Corruption and possibly gay.
But what stands out to me is " In 2006, Te´o played for Punahou School, a private co-ed institution in Manoa, Honolulu, where he had also attended middle school."
POTUS and Mant both had fictional girlfriends/ stories.
When will the press REALLY investigate the cardboard AA cutout out that is POTUS?

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Reply 36 - Posted by: Safari Man, 1/18/2013 11:52:59 AM     (No. 9124423)

"Lennay Kekua" is Hawaiian for "palm of right hand".


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Reply 37 - Posted by: catspjs, 1/18/2013 12:04:29 PM     (No. 9124459)

#42 - coffee all over keyboard!

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Reply 38 - Posted by: LamontCranston, 1/18/2013 12:07:27 PM     (No. 9124470)

This story is the result of sloppy, shallow reporting and feel goodism over objective journalism. The reason we can´t get the truth in the media is because virtually EVERY reporter in EVERY field is a a narrow, shallow, and lazy thinker who simply parrots back what he is told.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: K.I.S.S., 1/18/2013 12:11:30 PM     (No. 9124480)

...if obama had a fake girlfiend "julia" then te´o can have one too...and you "white crackerS" dissin´ obama´s hawaiia bro are RACISTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Reply 40 - Posted by: ScarletPimpernel, 1/18/2013 12:13:22 PM     (No. 9124489)

Why is this news? The real news would be about 0bama´s "composite" (made-up) girlfriends. That might also be a gay cover story as well.

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Reply 41 - Posted by: LadyHen, 1/18/2013 12:39:26 PM     (No. 9124572)

Weird, creepy, maybe a beard, maybe deception on his part, all BS... stick a fork in him.

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Reply 42 - Posted by: GreatPlains, 1/18/2013 12:47:42 PM     (No. 9124590)

Man does not live by politics alone .
Because some of us are interested in this scam, does not make us less interested in Obama´s scams.
For months, the story of Manti Te´o and the death of his beloved girlfriend was touted by the sports media
and Notre Dame as " the " motivating factor
in their run to the national championship.
It became a mix of Win One for the Gipper
and Brian´s Song.
The students rallied around Te´o by wearing leis to games to honor his grief and his dead girlfriend.
The sympathy story aided his quest for the Heisman Trophy.
It was a major and ongoing story in the world of college sports
and highlights how the media , whether sports or otherwise , has become lazy and gullible .
That´s why I call the media - the MTM ( Manti Te´o Media ) now.
Because they have fashioned an imaginary president.
Notre Dame embarrassed themselves with that ridiculous press conference the other day.
The AD said Te´o only became aware on Dec 6 and yet , Te´o gave interviews on Dec 8 and 11
where he still referred to his dead girlfriend.
He may not have been in on the hoax in the beginning, but, he obviously became a willing participant at some point.

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Reply 43 - Posted by: ASAvet, 1/18/2013 1:15:12 PM     (No. 9124671)

This clown has a great future somewhere in the Democrat party. Just makes up "reality."

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Reply 44 - Posted by: Patchy Groundfog, 1/18/2013 2:41:04 PM     (No. 9124855)

I believe it is Munchausen syndrome.

#28 is correct but let´s expand: all the media outlets reprinting one lie after another are now doing the usual Haka dance attempting to distract from their shoddy, lazy practices.

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Reply 45 - Posted by: drbulb, 1/18/2013 2:43:19 PM     (No. 9124860)

Finally! Some real investigative journalism! Maybe we could get them to vet Øbama, or look into Benghazi, or fast n furious or whatever when they´re done covering this important stuff...

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Reply 46 - Posted by: Patchy Groundfog, 1/18/2013 2:43:28 PM     (No. 9124861)

Oops hit post too early.

One more point: Te´o´s Mormonism was also played up vis-a-vis a Catholic university.

Aren´t Mormons viewed as more truthful due to the dictates of their faith? Why has the LDS angle disappeared?

If Te´o had attended BYU their honor code would see him promptly kicked out of school.

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Reply 47 - Posted by: ida Lou Pino, 1/18/2013 3:10:55 PM     (No. 9124920)

Manti Gay´O?

But here´s the real question - - - -

Wasn´t there a time when Notre Dame footballers had O´ at the front of their names - - instead of ´O at the back?

What´s going on here?

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Reply 48 - Posted by: Lawsy0, 1/18/2013 3:28:30 PM     (No. 9124957)

Low info voters, take note. Kunta Kinte wasn´t his real name, BTW. Thanks for naught, Alex Haley!

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Reply 49 - Posted by: Pluperfect, 1/18/2013 3:33:12 PM     (No. 9124967)

Plus, #53, he´s supposedly Samoan. They are legendary truth-tellers.

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Reply 50 - Posted by: ccyr, 1/18/2013 3:55:50 PM     (No. 9125003)

As soon as he didn´t try to go to his "girlfriends" funeral, he became a perpetrator and not a victim. What boyfriend accepts any reason that he can not go to his girlfriend´s funeral?

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Reply 51 - Posted by: ccyr, 1/18/2013 3:59:14 PM     (No. 9125008)

#30. Then why can´t we see the college transcripts of the person who has the power to blow up the entire planet and destroy every single human life on it?

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Reply 52 - Posted by: Calvinesq, 1/18/2013 4:44:35 PM     (No. 9125089)

Look. This is serious. I mean, we have a dead non-existent girl here. Show some respect for goodness sake.

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Reply 53 - Posted by: vesicant, 1/18/2013 4:48:09 PM     (No. 9125100)

"Any publicity is good publicity as long as they spell your name right." Tough to do in this case.

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Reply 54 - Posted by: texas_gop, 1/18/2013 4:49:36 PM     (No. 9125103)

And why does anybody care what prima donna athletes say or do? I will watch them perform but I don´t really care what they do outside of that. I detest stupid gossip when there is real news out there for people to be concerned about.

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SAN ANTONIO, Tex. — Mayor Julián Castro of San Antonio faced off in a televised debate on Tuesday against a Republican candidate for Texas lieutenant governor, even though Mr. Castro, officially anyway, is not running for anything at all. “Sometimes I get impatient,” Mr. Castro said on a recent afternoon here. “And I figure I have nothing else going on, so I might as well.” The mayor was joking, up to a point. Ever since he became the first Latino to give a Democratic National Convention keynote address in 2012, he and his identical twin brother, Representative Joaquin Castro, the Texas Democrat



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Megyn Kelly and the
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American Thinker, by Richard F. Miniter    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 4/15/2014 9:16:05 AM     Post Reply
Megyn Kelly’s "Kelly File" is a great news show. She’s incisive, informed and customarily handles the toughest guest with aplomb. But her lengthy interview of Facebook C.O.O. Sheryl Sandberg about her second book in the Lean In series Lean In: For Graduates was a head shaker. Amazing that she of all people allowed Sandberg to restring the same old, same old, shamed, and shopworn feminist myths about women and girls and then jangle it in front of her viewing audience like something new out of the box. Indeed Kelly all but genuflected in front of this woman. Kept her on thru

Has Rush Limbaugh Finally
Reached the End Of The Road?

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Forbes Magazine, by Rick Ungar    Original Article
Posted By: EveningStar- 4/16/2014 7:24:05 PM     Post Reply
Like him or hate him, there is no disputing that Rush Limbaugh’s very special brand of mixing right-wing politics with his flare for entertainment has produced one of the most successful radio programs in the medium’s long history. Whatever the burning political question of the day, millions of Americans have relished the opportunity to tune into Rush’s program, knowing that he would quickly take that hot potato, throw a few gallons of verbal kerosene into the mix and elevate the matter into a five alarm fire with a just a few well-chosen words spoken in the style only Rush Limbaugh could

Biden Tells Boston Bombing
Survivors, ´It Was Worth It´ (Video)

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Breitbart´s Instablog, by Debra Heine    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/15/2014 9:28:18 PM     Post Reply
Less than a minute into his speech at the Boston marathon bombing memorial on Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden went tragically off script and told the crowd of Boston bombing survivors that "it was worth it." After expressing how impressed he was with the tribute, he said somberly, "let me say to those ´quote survivors,´ my God, you have survived and you have soared. It was worth it. I mean this sincerely - just to hear each of you speak. You´re truly, truly inspiring." The audience sat in stunned silence until Biden declared, "I´ve never heard anything so beautiful than

Casual marijuana use linked with
brain abnormalities, study finds

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Fox News, by Loren Grush    Original Article
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Casual marijuana use may come with some not-so-casual side effects. For the first time ever, researchers at Northwestern University have analyzed the relationship between casual use of marijuana and brain changes – and found that young adults who used cannabis just once or twice a week showed significant abnormalities in two important brain structures. The study’s findings, to be published Wednesday in the Journal of Neuroscience, are similar to those of past research linking chronic, long-term marijuana use with mental illness and changes in brain development. Dr. Hans Breiter, co-senior study author, said he was inspired to look at the effects of casual

Which Actor Portrays The
Best James Bond?

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American Spectator, by Jonah Goldberg and Taki Theodoracopulos    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 4/16/2014 11:20:22 AM     Post Reply
Look, everyone loves Sean Connery, particularly Sean Connery. That’s why he plays Sean Connery in every movie he’s in. People love that Scottish brogue so much, they don’t mind that he has it when he plays Juan Sánchez Villa-Lobos Ramírez, an immortal Spaniard in Highlander. The guy even won an Oscar for playing an Irish cop with a Scottish accent. Talk about sexist double standards: Meryl Streep has to master foreign dialects to get her golden statuettes. Connery just has to show up on time. In economics you devalue a currency by printing too much of it. In film you

White babies just 15 months old show racial
bias when picking playmates, study found

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Daily Mail (U.K.), by Staff    Original Article
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Toddlers show racial bias when picking playmates, a study reveals. They also take account of how fairly others behave. Researchers tested the reaction of white 15-month-olds as toys were distributed. Two white adults divided the toys, one equally and the other unequally. Seventy per cent of the toddlers chose to play with the researcher who distributed the toys fairly. But in a second test, when one researcher favoured a white recipient over an Asian one, they picked the ‘fair’ researcher less often, the journal Frontiers in Psychology reports. And the babies are more likely to help those who share the same ethnicity, which is known as

Atlanta Braves flooded with Hank
Aaron hate mail: He’s a ‘s*****g’

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Washington Times (D.C.), by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/15/2014 3:23:19 PM     Post Reply
Hank Aaron’s recent comments about the need for America to realize that racism is still very much alive and thriving — only now due to those who wear “neckties and starched shirts” rather than KKK hoods — has sparked an angry backlash and many fans are turning the tables, calling the baseball legend himself a racist. “Hank Aaron is a s*****g piece of [expletive] [racial slur],” one man said in an email to the Atlanta Braves’ front office, one of the teams Mr. Aaron used to play for, CBS News reported. “My old man instilled in my mind from a


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