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Obama pays price for
ducking the questions

Washington Post, by Dana Milbank

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Posted By:Dreadnought, 10/4/2012 11:10:06 PM

DENVER Barack Obama received a valuable reminder in his drubbing at Wednesday night’s debate: He is a president, not a king. In the hours after the Republican challenger Mitt Romney embarrassed the incumbent in their first meeting, Obama loyalists expressed puzzlement that the incumbent had done badly. But Obama has only himself to blame, because he set himself up for Wednesday’s emperor-has-no-clothes moment. For the past four years, he has worked assiduously to avoid being questioned, maintaining a regal detachment from the media and other sources of dissent and skeptical inquiry.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: steveracer, 10/5/2012 12:13:10 AM     (No. 8910965)

That's rich Milbank. Obama has only himself to blame. I think not. I think you have yourself to blame too.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Robinsolana, 10/5/2012 12:24:09 AM     (No. 8910977)

Obama 'set himself up for Wednesday’s emperor-has-no-clothes moment'.
After wrapping Obama in cotton and dumping his past down the memory hole, someone in the mainstream media gets it right.

Old Clint Eastwood mumbled and grumped and got it spot on. Obama is empty.
Obama dare not show his real self.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: grounded, 10/5/2012 12:29:06 AM     (No. 8910980)

Mr Milbank it isn't just the last four years, more like the last thirty odd years. O's hidden his life's record from you guys and your lack of curiosity is disgraceful. Obama has been ducking everything and everybody over that time and been given a total pass at every juncture.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: TunnelRat, 10/5/2012 12:43:50 AM     (No. 8910997)

"the media and other sources of dissent and skeptical inquiry"

Spare me...

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Davids918, 10/5/2012 12:59:40 AM     (No. 8911010)

The Obama campaign in 2008 bragged about how they manipulated the media by holding townhall teleconferences where no one could ask follow-up questions, and they could control the message.

They've tried that for the last 4 years knowing Obama can't be off the teleprompter since he doesn't have the gravitas for the job.


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Reply 6 - Posted by: coldoc, 10/5/2012 5:10:26 AM     (No. 8911107)

There have been plenty of opportunities for the knee-pad media to ask tough questions and they chose to shirk their responsibilities in the interest of promoting their liberal agendas. Whenever a reporter did attempt to ask a question requiring a serious answer, the media attacked him as disrespectful. In this article, Dana is still carrying his water for him. For 4 years Milbank has extolled the virtues of Obama without knowing (or caring to know) anything about the man. He and his kind are the failure here, as much as his Dear Leader. Obama has managed to destroy not only the banking system, healthcare, and the auto industry, but the American media and the democrat party as well.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: StormCnter, 10/5/2012 7:14:43 AM     (No. 8911218)

It's slightly unfair to simply categorize Milbank as one of the kneepad brigade. He has looked askance at Obama from time to time.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: chance_232, 10/5/2012 7:21:29 AM     (No. 8911229)

"He has looked askance at Obama from time to time."

Translation: Periodically Milbank would take a break from servicing Obama to wipe his face.


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Reply 9 - Posted by: safesword, 10/5/2012 7:34:17 AM     (No. 8911259)

#8..post of the year!!..thanks!

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Grambo, 10/5/2012 7:43:15 AM     (No. 8911282)

A President, who’s primary job is to keep the country safe, couldn’t be bothered to attend his security briefings.

Is it any surprise that he couldn't be bothered to do his debate homework?


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Reply 11 - Posted by: Bad Dog, 10/5/2012 7:46:17 AM     (No. 8911289)

Whatever his faults, Milbank is read by many. Perhaps his column will cause others to think a bit, expand their horizons a little beyond the halo they placed over the fraud's scarred scalp.

And I'd bet they feel their own scalps start to shrink as the mantle of 'super-intellectual' they placed over themselves recedes back to Reality.

He ain't all that. [snap snap!]

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Reply 12 - Posted by: MOBeef4u, 10/5/2012 7:46:34 AM     (No. 8911290)

Still "choomin'" after all these years.
Slacking has worked for years for this guy. It must be such a shock when it didn't work this time.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Maybeth, 10/5/2012 7:52:06 AM     (No. 8911294)

The media is upset? I'll just bet they are. Obama's failure in the debate lands squarely in their laps. He's their failed hero, a phony in real life.
... THEY promoted his ignorance and called it brilliance.
... THEY applauded his ability as a speaker and shielded the fact that he could not speak without the teleprompter.
... THEY lauded his appeal, his regal aura, and treated him like a god.

DRAT! Foiled again!

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Really?, 10/5/2012 7:53:16 AM     (No. 8911297)

WHEN will it dawn on these folks that a second debate performance like this last one, will send our "brilliant" President to the trash pile ?

They are so confident that he was "just out of practice" that they are missing the key point. What WILL they say next time ? Should be fun.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: 80coyotekate, 10/5/2012 8:09:35 AM     (No. 8911332)

Trucker Observation: Obama will come back meaner and with more lies than ever. Be prepared for more October Surprises from the Democrat Party. They have lost voters trust. Conservative will restore the economy, will restore jobs, balance the budget and protect the American people from Muslim terrorists stocking Christrians.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: leesum, 10/5/2012 8:22:24 AM     (No. 8911363)

Dana has it wrong. The debate showed why Obama has been ducking questions. There is no there there.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: LZK, 10/5/2012 8:24:34 AM     (No. 8911371)

He avoids being questioned -- BECAUSE -- he doesn't think his "change" should be questioned.....

He's the king -- and don't you forget it.....

LZK

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Reply 18 - Posted by: GoDeacs79, 10/5/2012 8:28:00 AM     (No. 8911381)

Excuses, excuses. The real problem is he is lazy, not as bright as they made him out to be, and has no record of accomplishments to tout. What could say to change that?

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Throwback, 10/5/2012 8:35:11 AM     (No. 8911395)

Mark my words. He will come to the next debate ready to re-fight the last debate. He will be so eager to get revenge that he will be unprepared to address issues or respond to a switch in tactics by Romney.



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Reply 20 - Posted by: Holeymoses, 10/5/2012 8:41:56 AM     (No. 8911413)

I see every stumble, every vacuity as a blow to the media. He is pounding their taste and hopes into powder to be blown away.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: bobgray2, 10/5/2012 8:50:22 AM     (No. 8911436)

The next debates include foreign policy. It should be interesting to watch 0bama and Biden explain how all the wonderful things they have done has improved our relations with the middle eastern countries.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Felixcat, 10/5/2012 8:57:50 AM     (No. 8911455)

Gee Dana - putting all the blame on Obama. Where have you and your fellow presstitudes been the past 4 years? You and your colleagues spent more time on Romney's 47% comments than asking Obama of Hillary aboaut Benghazi.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Adam, 10/5/2012 9:20:01 AM     (No. 8911510)

This has been fascinating to watch. As Obama fails, some member of the press turn on him. Why? Because they can't blame liberalism. Obama was quite right to avoid being questioned. He has no record to defend. And why is that? He's a liberal and liberals fail every time. But Milbank can't accept that nor accept blame as a member of the press for NOT questioning Obama.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Farmwife1, 10/5/2012 9:34:18 AM     (No. 8911541)

It’s amazing to me that these slimy media people who have helped create the monster can now say “he has no one to blame but himself.” They think they can step back from the muck they stirred up and remain clean as the wind-driven snow? They really think we are that stupid? Nice try Mr. Milbank. Try something else to save your sorry skin.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: M2, 10/5/2012 9:43:02 AM     (No. 8911567)

Get this:

In lieu of taking hard questions, Obama has opted for gauzy, soft-focus interviews...

"...opted"??? When did ANY mainstream questioner give him a "hard question" to begin with? Milbank et al threw him softballs almost every time and those who dared question the King got taken to the woodshed for it and recanted for "misspeaking".

He's never gotten tough questions from anyone. Nor has he allowed non-scripted questioning or unscreened audiences. How the heck is he supposed to get battle-hardened if nobody holds him to any standards for which he is accountable?

Answer: never. His whole life. He really is an empty chair and thank God millions got to see that on Wednesday night.

However, it's my guess that the second debate will show a lesson-learned tougher Obama who will spout facts and figures that don't compute. Romney has to be ready to challenge every premise, every statistic such as this one today that the unemployment rate fell below 8%. We all know that's a lie.

Rush will slice and dice this poll today on air. Hope someone gets the info to Romney.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Me?Opinionated?Nah!, 10/5/2012 9:43:52 AM     (No. 8911571)

Every once in a blue moon when his inner-mensch emerges, nobody can write things you already know, better than flip-flopper Dana Milbank. Praising BHO to the skies is Dana’s day job. However, Dana also likes to occasionally keep his readers on their toes, mixed metaphor-wise, by taking BHO to task. Y’never know what Dana will write next, that loveable pixie. Perhaps he does it to bolster his journalistic bona fides and street creds and such. Yeah, maybe that’s it.

Dana, it’s high time you decide who you want to be. Once you’ve done that, be that! Being a critical lap dog just doesn’t fly.


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Reply 27 - Posted by: wwsweet, 10/5/2012 9:45:15 AM     (No. 8911574)

Milbank applauds O's comeback the day after with his nonsense lines abut Romney's $5 trillion tax cut. Had O said that on stage -- rather in front of his preferred audience of 19 year-old college students -- all Romney had to say would have been, 'there he goes again.' And roll his eyes.

O goes from a serious conversation (debate) where he's utterly inadequate to silly talk where he can say aything to an audience of teenagers who don't know any better.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: spiderman, 10/5/2012 9:55:07 AM     (No. 8911589)

Here's another thought, the Media wants their "Boy" back in because if not stations like MSNBC, CNN, etc. and the Chris Matthews of the world will become irrelevant. They in effect will be out of a job. They will become old news.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: killerbee, 10/5/2012 9:56:51 AM     (No. 8911592)

Dana Milbank is a liar who shouldn't be welcomed in any journalistic endeavor.

That said, yes, it's Obama's fault, but #1 has it absolutely right. The media set the pattern of never challenging Obama so why shouldn't he have continued on with those expectations? It's the media's fault for being lap dogs.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 10/5/2012 10:07:26 AM     (No. 8911631)

There may be some cracks in Obama's gauzy-eyed ranks. After Obama ranted and raved yesterday about Romney, some of his followers were demanding to know why Obama did not raise those issues in the face-to-face meeting. Of course We know why - he couldn't handle such an exchange. And the WaPO and others continue to merrily report Obama's transcript without daring to question anything he spews.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: Butch59, 10/5/2012 10:23:43 AM     (No. 8911677)

It's really quite simple. Obama came out on the short end Wednesday night because he has never been seriously challenged in his entire like. Who challenged him during his previous election campaigns? He and his cronies made sure that he had NO challengers. Must be really hard to run a campaign like that. So when he finally met someone who IS intelligent, has all his ducks in a row, has not skeletons in his closet, then Obozo was at a loss as to what to do. It wasn't a case of being out of practice, it's a case of not knowing how to handle a true debate. Simple.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: snowoutlaw, 10/5/2012 10:33:34 AM     (No. 8911723)

If they want to blame the real cause then blame liberalism and its unconstitutional affirmative action policies. Obama’s performance is exactly as expected. It hasn’t been 4 years, its been 50 years that he has ducked any accounting or truths. Sure the media is to blame for hiding the fact from the country that this guy is nothing but an empty chair but they didn't cause it.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: Arby, 10/5/2012 10:58:49 AM     (No. 8911811)

Even DM acknowledges that he lost. Toast time.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: Browneyes, 10/5/2012 11:01:14 AM     (No. 8911822)

Keeping in mind we know that the media receive daily tweets,and other forms of communications from the WH's Jay Carney and other spokespersons, I question Milbank's article.

His press buddies talked of possible "lowering expectations" days before the debate and he may have forgotten just how to do that.

Today,the jobs #s are lower and already he is winning the day{per NBC} Now, the media can re-start his comeback and people like Milbank will lead the narrative.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: JLoophole, 10/5/2012 11:27:38 AM     (No. 8911905)

If it ducks like a quack, maybe it is a quack.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: larryp, 10/5/2012 11:43:00 AM     (No. 8911961)

So what is Dana Milbank's life like, Who greased the skids for him? Whare his folks and where are his records? where did he go to schools, what did he study and where are his transcripts.
Lets start checking these people out. Start with Milbanks' health and his college days and how he got into schools etc...

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Reply 37 - Posted by: Felixcat, 10/5/2012 12:04:51 PM     (No. 8912026)

Re: 25 - Remember the Bret Baier interview of Obama and how Brett got excoriated in the PRESS for being disrespectful of the president because he interrupted Obama to try and get Obama to answer the questions?

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Reply 38 - Posted by: strike3, 10/5/2012 12:19:07 PM     (No. 8912064)

No big surprise. We just witnessed the ultimate result of affirmative action. Once the crutches are kicked out and the training wheels are removed, you see - barack obama, small, alone and helpless. He never belonged there in the first place.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: LadyVet, 10/5/2012 12:32:28 PM     (No. 8912107)

Good reminder about Brett Baier.

If Dana Milbank and his buddies at the WaPo were really journalists, they might be writing about Obama's connections to hard-core socialists from Chicago's Midwest Academy and the Democrat Socialists of America (DSA). Part of the reason Obama is so tentative in his answers is that he has to be so careful not to disclose his socialists leanings. Romney feels very free to disclose his core beliefs in capitalism and the American system, so he's got an easier task in the debates.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: Quiet Observer, 10/5/2012 12:38:43 PM     (No. 8912126)

Of course Obama was unprepared. He lives in a world where the number of unemployment claims was significantly higher than the number of new jobs created in September, but the "official" unemployment rate dropped from 8.1% to 7.8%.

Does anyone doubt that when September's rate is revised (shortly after election day) it will be over 8% - again?

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Reply 41 - Posted by: Bla Bla, 10/5/2012 12:46:55 PM     (No. 8912151)

Good try, Milbank. But your guy Obama isn't going to take your advice. He has a tin ear & a god complex. Brace yourself for a GOP landslide.

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Reply 42 - Posted by: Hermit_Crab, 10/5/2012 1:18:01 PM     (No. 8912249)

Millbank is still upset that 0bama beat Hillary. He is a hardcore lefty, but belongs to the New York / DC Axis, and doesn't want the Chicago Thugocracy taking over his ivory towers.

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Reply 43 - Posted by: tulipwood, 10/5/2012 1:45:35 PM     (No. 8912299)

The media elites will never earn the credibility they used to have. Not in 100 years. They are sinking and they brought it on themselves.

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Reply 44 - Posted by: Keekng, 10/5/2012 6:25:25 PM     (No. 8912923)

Let's put #8 on retainer.

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Reply 45 - Posted by: Dodge Boy, 10/5/2012 7:46:05 PM     (No. 8913002)

Following my comment in one of the other threads, Romney's other goal last tuesday was to moon Obie's backside for him while forcing the msm to acknowledge defeat against the administration's "protect the president at all costs" narrative....all within a two-hour conversation. Who says the spoken word by a hungry presidential challenger isn't King, no?

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Reply 46 - Posted by: Dodge Boy, 10/5/2012 7:48:36 PM     (No. 8913007)

And ok #8, you made me laugh over my scotch. Good one bro.

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Reply 47 - Posted by: CountryDoc, 10/5/2012 8:43:22 PM     (No. 8913108)

OK team, I laughed at #8 too. However, references to knee pad media, "servicing", and such, I thing are below the standards of class that I feel we represent here.

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President Obama inspired a generation of young people to support his historic election in 2008. And in 2012, despite the struggles of his first term, Mr. Obama still managed to win the support of a full 60% of voters age 18-29. But the man who once dreamed of being a transformative leader in the Reagan mold is inspiring few of those young people to follow his lead. "For all the talk about the movement that elected Mr. Obama, the more notable movement of Obama supporters has been away from politics. It appears that few of the young people who voted

Why You Should Be Sympathetic
Toward Cliven Bundy

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Powerline, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: Toledo- 4/15/2014 8:40:58 AM     Post Reply
On Saturday, I wrote about the standoff at Bundy Ranch. That post drew a remarkable amount of traffic, even though, as I wrote then, I had not quite decided what to make of the story. Since then, I have continued to study the facts and have drawn some conclusions. Here they are. First, it must be admitted that legally, Bundy doesn’t have a leg to stand on. The Bureau of Land Management has been charging him grazing fees since the early 1990s, which he has refused to pay. Further, BLM has issued orders limiting the area on which Bundy’s cows can

Megyn Kelly and the
Sandberg Head Shaker

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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

Chelsea Clinton no longer
ruling out politics

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The Hill (Washington DC), by Judy Katz    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/14/2014 11:57:36 AM     Post Reply
Chelsea Clinton says when people ask her these days whether she wants to go into politics, her answer isn’t an automatic “no.” The 34-year-old former first daughter told Fast Company in an interview published Monday, “for so long the answer was just a visceral no. Not because I had made any conscientious, deliberate decision, but since people had been asking for as long as literally I could remember, it was no." Now, the only child of former President Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton explains, "I live in a city and a state and a country where I

Glaring limits of the Civil Rights
Act: We need to redistribute wealth

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Salon Magazine, by Matt Bruenig    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/14/2014 7:20:41 PM     Post Reply
Although the Civil Rights Act, the landmark legislation which just reached its 50th anniversary, made great strides in desegregating the economy, economic discrimination is still widespread, and anti-discrimination legislation alone can never rectify the economic damage inflicted upon blacks by slavery and our Jim Crow apartheid regime. The Civil Rights Act was a mild reform, all things considered, but one conservatives fought with vigor and one many conservatives are still bitter about to this day. When the Civil Rights Act passed in 1964, the primary purpose was to root out discrimination in public accommodations (like hotels and movie theaters)

White is not right: Campus admins ask
for help weeding out white people

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Daily Caller, by Robby Soave    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/15/2014 7:47:18 PM     Post Reply
Western Washington University sent a questionnaire to students asking them for advice on how the administration could succeed at making sure that in future years, “we are not as white as we are today.” The question notes that WWU’s racial make up does not perfectly reflect the nation at large, and asks students to consider strategies that other universities have used to focus on skin color as the paramount indicator of a student-applicant’s worth. The president of WWU has stated that his explicit goal is to reduce the white population on campus, according to Campus Reform. “I’ve said before and I’ll say it

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

If a nuclear bomb exploded in downtown
Washington, what should you do?

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The Week, by Marc Ambinder    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 4/15/2014 4:51:46 AM     Post Reply
Funny question in the headline, yes? But since President Obama worries more about the threat of terrorists´ improvised nuclear device going off in a major American city than anything Russia can throw at us, I was wondering if the government had deigned to share with us citizens any tips for, you know, surviving something their own intelligence points to as the likeliest unlikely Black Swan event. Well, no. And yes. No — very few people in Washington, D.C., who work for the government have any idea what they would do if a 10-kiloton nuclear device exploded at the intersection of 16th and K

Obama taps gay bishop to wrap Easter
Prayer Breakfast with invocation

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Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: jackson- 4/15/2014 9:25:28 AM     Post Reply
When President Obama needed a preacher to fulfill the closing prayer duties at the annual White House Easter Prayer Breakfast, he turned to none other than the Episcopal Church’s first openly gay bishop — who said he was as shocked as anyone at the appointment. The Right Rev. Gene Robinson said in a tweet, accompanied by a photo of Mr. Obama behind a podium at the event: “POTUS ‘preaches’ at the Easter prayer breakfast. Then, out of the blue, asks ME to close with prayer. OMG!” Newsmax said he also emphasized that the words he chose to close the breakfast

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
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/15/2014 10:23:35 PM     Post Reply
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

Obama Selects First Openly Gay
Episcopal Bishop to Lead Easter Prayer

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Mediaite, by Andrew Kirell    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/14/2014 12:46:05 PM     Post Reply
President Obama pulled a surprise move Monday at the White House’s Easter Prayer Breakfast when he selected Gene Robinson to lead the closing prayer. Robinson is famously known as the first openly gay Episcopal bishop. Talking Points Memo’s Tom Kludt spotted the following tweet from Robinson, who was in attendance: (Tweet) Robinson, 66, became diocesan bishop of New Hampshire in March 2004. He retired in January 2013 and is currently a senior fellow at the progressive


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