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The Essential Obama
American Spectator, by R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.

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Posted By:StormCnter, 10/11/2012 6:14:24 AM

WASHINGTON -- Well, apparently I am not crazy after all. The polls have caught up with me, and they -- après le débat -- are coming around to my point of view. Governor Mitt Romney is ahead in the race for the White House, and let me add he will probably be residing at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in 2013. I have been saying it for weeks, recognizing that the polls are weighted too heavily toward the Democratic candidate, employ too small a sampling -- as little as nine percent of the electorate --

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: RosietheObserver, 10/11/2012 6:29:56 AM     (No. 8924842)

I hope he's right. I hope all the debates backfire on the Democrats and people see them as they really are.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Spidey, 10/11/2012 6:31:46 AM     (No. 8924844)

Obama's already lost 4 states he won last time. Fl,NC,Va and Indiana.Good chance he'll lose Pa and Ohio along with Col,and Wisconsin.

If romney wins in a mandate style fashion,people will want Obama gone before he does major damage as a lame duck.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: country boy, 10/11/2012 6:43:40 AM     (No. 8924856)

Yup, Romney stepped up, he is the leader. The voters know it.

Of interest, not mentioned, Romney's word count during the debate was huge, way higher than obama's uhhh ... ummm. Romney planned way in advance to amply provide the steak, where obama barely provides any sizzle anymore. Romney is a man who leaves little to chance. Shows in is record.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: pineledger, 10/11/2012 6:53:59 AM     (No. 8924875)

Excellent article.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: heneverlies, 10/11/2012 7:01:09 AM     (No. 8924897)

Hey, bigshot writer, editor, business owner...where were you four years ago when this clown came upon the presidential stage? It takes this long, and even now you choose your words oh so carefully, to come out and state Obama is truly an empty suit of the neo-marxist, anti-American, Jew hating, muslim loving schools?

At least I might be able to count on you to load the weapons...if you don't duck and hide when the real game starts.

Remember, the votes have to be counted and Obama-Mao has hundreds of lawyers lined up to fight the count, the results if it is anywhere close...

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Reply 6 - Posted by: StormCnter, 10/11/2012 7:08:04 AM     (No. 8924904)

Whoa, #6, I defy you to find anything Bob Tyrrell has ever written that defends Barack Obama. Tyrrell is one of us.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Drive, 10/11/2012 7:13:59 AM     (No. 8924917)

#No. 6. You are totally off base. Bob Terrell has been a fighting conservative all his long life.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: snapper451, 10/11/2012 7:42:12 AM     (No. 8924981)

Classic closing to the article, but he left out "part time" President. However, he and the Mooch are there for all the perks and will be until the evening of January 19, 2013. Lord knows he has not worked at this job - ever!

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Pluperfect, 10/11/2012 7:42:54 AM     (No. 8924983)

Staff likes "lapidarily". I agree, but "ceremonial president" is good, too.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Avogadra, 10/11/2012 7:43:50 AM     (No. 8924985)

Lapidarily is a great word. But here's a new description for Obama, the Dunning-Kruger effect:

The shrinks even have a fancy phrase for it: the Dunning-Kruger effect.

[F]or a given skill, incompetent people will:

1. tend to overestimate their own level of skill;
2. fail to recognize genuine skill in others;
3. fail to recognize the extremity of their inadequacy...


This is how Obama can perform miserably in a debate, as well as miserably in a presidency, and have no idea that he has done so. Apparently the MSM also suffers from the Dunning-Kruger effect. They, too, are incompetent and are not just unwilling but unable to see that their hero is just an empty chair.


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Reply 11 - Posted by: coldoc, 10/11/2012 7:45:04 AM     (No. 8924991)

Sorry #6. I have been reading Tyrrell for many years, and he is not the person you seem to think.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: suziesuburbanite, 10/11/2012 7:56:43 AM     (No. 8925024)

"ceremonial President" probably the best decription of what we have I've seen

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Me?Opinionated?Nah!, 10/11/2012 8:06:24 AM     (No. 8925047)

Anything worth doing is worth doing lapidarily. Who among us hasn’t put forth that viewpoint hundreds of times?



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Reply 14 - Posted by: rexhandsom, 10/11/2012 8:21:35 AM     (No. 8925077)

Thank you 12........ not even close.... Bob came along right after WFB... so to speak.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Bubbasuncle, 10/11/2012 8:24:42 AM     (No. 8925090)

FTA:"does not know how to make or implement policy, and much prefers to gabble on and on," Yet another perfect description the False Professor. IMO, the chinless wonders in DC know the gig is up and will start to run from him and his toxic Regime quickly.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: PChristopher, 10/11/2012 8:34:37 AM     (No. 8925121)

And to think the official party line on Obama has been that he is eloquent.

Further...henceforth, it should be a crime to use the words 'soaring' and 'rhetoric' back to back...Start rounding up the media who did that trite little combination to death.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: lakerman1, 10/11/2012 8:43:11 AM     (No. 8925145)

I would offer this word of caution about debate #2. The townhall format makes it relatively easy for audience members, if shills for barack, to cause trouble for romney.
Mike Kelly, first term congressman from NW Pa, and Ann Marie Buerkle, first termer from central NY, each has faced disruptive shills when they try to have town meetings with constituents. The townhall format also ended the Bush 41 presidency, in my opinion.

And if the moderators are in the tank for obama, the combined mess could be troublesome.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: veritas, 10/11/2012 8:51:53 AM     (No. 8925169)

#7, #8, #12: Getting rid of Obama will be Job One 'til done. Then we start on the Augean Stables he built into the Federal Gov't.

Of course, there are always some who choose to place indulging their own pique, whether correct in it or not, above the job at hand.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: lonestarm3, 10/11/2012 8:53:49 AM     (No. 8925172)

What #12 & #16 said!!!

Mr. Tyrrell has been consistently correct and conservative since I first read an article by him - and that covers several years.

The "essential paragraph" of today's "The Essential Obama" [the one including the word "lapidarily"] will probably end up as a chapter in a future political science textbook.

I must admit I had to look up "lapidarily" and it was worth the effort: "with gem-like precision and clarity."

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Rubygram, 10/11/2012 9:00:29 AM     (No. 8925201)

I cannot find a definition for Lapidarily.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Rubygram, 10/11/2012 9:01:38 AM     (No. 8925203)

Oops, I should have read on......#21

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Reply 22 - Posted by: DaveT, 10/11/2012 9:20:04 AM     (No. 8925236)

Re Debate # 2: What #19 sez ! And let's hope the pony-tailed guy isn't in the audience.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: sadc, 10/11/2012 9:21:15 AM     (No. 8925240)

And to think that Obama actually thought he won the debate. You only had to look at the snarling look on Michele's face as she stood between Barack and Romney at the podium to know, she was fuming. She knew what BO had missed... you're a loser, pal.
His desires are like a 3yr old.: he wants to win so he is still on stage but wants to lose because he hates the work. So, he whines and can't decide.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: steph_gray, 10/11/2012 9:31:22 AM     (No. 8925259)

I must say I question the conservative creds of anyone who does not know the Spectator and its editor.

In the dark days of Clinton before Internet it was the Spectator who broke the Arkansas scandals. It was the Drudge Report of its day.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: GoDeacs79, 10/11/2012 9:44:47 AM     (No. 8925302)

Primary elections aren't held until May here in North Carolina so we don't get much attention from the candidates during the nominating process. Romney was for the most part unknown (at least to me) in 2008. Yet the speech he gave on the night he pulled out of that race really impressed me. My short memory doesn't allow me to quote anything he said, but after hearing that it came as no surprise that he could do very well in the debates.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: OhMy, 10/11/2012 9:50:47 AM     (No. 8925323)

A good column to expose Obama and as a bonus we get to expand our vocabulary!

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Eheu Fugaces, 10/11/2012 10:03:30 AM     (No. 8925354)

Vintage Tyrrell! And although the horse escaped from the barn four years ago, it took Tyrrell to point out publicly that one critical difference between now and 2008 is that McCain didn't want to win, and Romney, it is evident, does.

Glad to see so many people here defending Tyrrell against someone who was evidently confused by his (Tyrrell's) sardonic style.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: Heraclitus, 10/11/2012 10:18:02 AM     (No. 8925422)

Apparently the ever witty and erudite Tyrrell has coined "lapidarily" an adverbial form of lapidary!

I also like the "ceremonial president" description. Surely, if we had a system like GB's, we could have a PM and a ceremonial figurehead who could enjoy all the pomp, wear a crown, carry a scepter, not responsible for any really hard work.

BO really does not like to work. He doesn't have the ability to knuckle down and work on a problem IN ORDER TO find a solution.

So we learn that on the night of 9/11/11, when BO knew that the assault on the Consulate had begun and Ambassador Stevens was **missing**, he WENT TO BED... and in the morning he flew off to campaign and party.

Romney is obviously a hard worker. He approaches difficulties with the intention of finding solutions. He isn't perfect; no man is. But he demonstrates more capability than any Presidential candidate in a long, long time.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: TheMotherCO, 10/11/2012 10:36:53 AM     (No. 8925492)

Tyrell started his magazine by a thin newspaper style. I loved his witty, intelligent remarks and when the magazine came out, I was a subscriber as soon as I could get the check in the mail. His books are funny and very dead on against liberals.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: lana720, 10/11/2012 10:44:10 AM     (No. 8925516)

Apparently, they are marketing "snark" pills and #6 is purchasing in huge quantities.

Another great article from American Spectator, long a steel rod up the spine of conservative thought. Tyrrell's article should be copied into your kept files and read in a year.

Work like crazy locally to elect conservative candidates to give Romney a majority in both Houses of Congress. Lord knows, we cannot bear the likes of the sniveling Reid or the possibility of SanFranNan again.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: bluehouse, 10/11/2012 11:02:50 AM     (No. 8925583)

Saw Obama & his teleprompter on tv giving a speech after the first debate. He doubled down, as he likes to say, on his claim the rich get tax breaks to ship jobs overseas. Since he has been POTUS for almost 4 years, why hasn't he changed the law?

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Reply 32 - Posted by: TLCary, 10/11/2012 11:02:55 AM     (No. 8925584)

Lapidarily:
A statement so elegance and precise that it's worthy of being chiseled onto a stone monument.

Internet banalities keep getting added to our dictionaries.
It makes me appreciate a true word smith.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: Heraclitus, 10/11/2012 11:04:32 AM     (No. 8925594)

Ooooops! correction to #30: the year is 2012, not 2011.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: Dignitary Protection, 10/11/2012 11:56:41 AM     (No. 8925772)

I predict after Obama loses, and before he leaves office, he'll pardon the Blind Shiek and Mumia Abu Jamal.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: Udanja99, 10/11/2012 12:00:26 PM     (No. 8925782)

I've been in love with Tyrrell for decades and got to meet him in 1998 at a dinner honoring the House members who impeached Clinton. IIRC, our Lucianne was also there.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: Norwegian Goddess, 10/11/2012 12:05:56 PM     (No. 8925792)

It's a given that Obama can't win on his own. That opens the door to dirty tricks, fraud and dead men voting.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: JoniTx, 10/11/2012 12:44:50 PM     (No. 8925888)

R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr. even used to be on C-Span! Back in the good old days when it first entered the scene, before it turned left.

Great read.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 10/11/2012 1:16:36 PM     (No. 8925950)

Re- above suggestions about dirty tricks to push Ø to the top- if Romney goes over the magic 3%, the dirty tricks won't matter. Fraud and dirt account for about a 2.7% Democrat advantage in every national election.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: peterfleming, 10/11/2012 1:48:40 PM     (No. 8926052)

For all the recent books, delivering the bad news about the Imposter, please go to
www.destructivepresident.com, the newest E book just published on Amazon, written by forensic psychologist, Paul M Fick, PhD. Some of you will remember his bestselling
THE DYSFUNCTIONAL PRESIDENT in the 90's, about how Slick Willie, that his sexually compulsive ways and pathological lying would surely interfere with his presidency.
Dr Fick's new Ebook THE DESTRUCTIVE PRESIDENT, reveals the raging vindictive ways of this person carrying his unresolved psychological problems into the White House.
And we are all the losers of this unvetted, untested, not cool imposter. Even Diane Sawyer can't cover for this terrifying mistake and Paul Fick describes the impaired leader more revelingly than any other creative mind to date. The site
brilliantly describes the book.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: Sheepfarmer, 10/11/2012 1:55:06 PM     (No. 8926069)

Crazy like a fox, Mr. Tyrrell. I hope you are right with all my heart.

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Reply 41 - Posted by: Th-Gr-Sil-Majority, 10/11/2012 3:06:55 PM     (No. 8926256)

...good piece, and his "net-net" was right on...what we saw in the first debate it's as good as it gets for 0bama. Unless he has a magic pill, I can't see him being able to improve much on his style or substance.

...over the last four years I'm sure many have heard the term "Peter Principal" used with 0bama. He probably attained that level with election to the Senate...(take that back, community activist)

...Romney on the other hand is the "self-actualized" man. Ready, willing and capable of taking on the job and turning this country around...

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Reply 42 - Posted by: ocjim, 10/11/2012 3:38:15 PM     (No. 8926346)

FTA, parting shot:
''What you saw last week was the essential Barack Obama, community organizer, part-time senator.''

Perfect. The rabble rouser, the divider, the disengaged senator. And I agree that Obama was not off his game in Denver... That WAS his game, without the teleprompter and adoring news media enhancements... And for all to plainly see, many for the first time. The only comeback he has now is bitter and unattractive attacks and that will only serve to drive his likability down.
I think he's boxed himself in.

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Reply 43 - Posted by: Cleanhousein2012, 10/11/2012 5:00:16 PM     (No. 8926578)

Zippy doesn't want to play President anymore. He is only putting up with it because he so poisoned the waters for the Dems they can't run anyone else, and because the Grifter-in-chief Moochelle and his funders are making him try in case they can steal their way into winning again. Zippy is already all checked out

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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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