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Ex-Marine Jailed on Gun Charge
in Mexico Released

Associated Press, by Curt Anderson

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MIAMI — A Marine veteran jailed for months in Mexico after trying to carry a family heirloom shotgun across the border has been freed, officials and his lawyer said late Friday. The attorney for Jon Hammar tweeted Friday night his client had been released from a detention center in Matamoros, Mexico. U.S. officials were planning to drive Hammar, 27, across the border at Brownsville, Texas. “He’s out. Going home,” Eddie Varon Levy wrote in a tweet. U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla.,

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Reply 1 - Posted by: killerbee, 12/22/2012 7:11:52 PM     (No. 9079892)

This is possibly the first time the AP has mentioned this story. Jon Hammar was in a notorious, cartel-controlled prison from August to yesterday and they didn´t print a word until he was released. Why? My guess is that they were covering up the fact that the Obama administration sat on their hands and did absolutely nothing while this hero rotted. The tale is easily spun but when you get the specifics it´s clearly a story of someone trying to follow the law and being punished horrifically for someone else´s mistake.

I hope he´ll be able to recover. He´s already faced deployments in both Iraq and Afghanistan and now this. I´m glad he´s out but I´m furious at the disinterest in this story.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: calgrammy, 12/22/2012 7:19:16 PM     (No. 9079898)

How much money did his family have to pay the corrupt Mexicans?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Coy860, 12/22/2012 7:33:44 PM     (No. 9079914)

Hammar bought that little Winnebago, and had all his possessions with him. He has suffered post traumatic shock, and he and a buddy were on their way to surf in Costa Rica. He did check with customs, did everything the right way and this stinks to high heaven.
Mexico is no place for any American to go anymore. In fact, thanks to Obama, Americans would be wise to not travel out of the country.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: janylou, 12/22/2012 8:00:55 PM     (No. 9079926)

Praise The Lord!

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Reply 5 - Posted by: dr.lakerman, 12/22/2012 8:12:42 PM     (No. 9079932)

Boycott mexico. There is no reason to go there. Ever.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: bighambone, 12/22/2012 8:16:34 PM     (No. 9079934)

Detaining the ex-Marine chained to a bed in a jail cell for months on trumped up charges stunk to high heaven, especially after it was reported throughout the USA that the Mexicans attempted to extort money from his family in Florida.

The PR for Mexico is so bad that it will probably keep a lot of US tourists from going to Mexico this winter. The Mexicans had no choice but to do an about face and get rid of the guy, or watch as a lot of their tourist industry goes down the tubes.

Anyone going to Costa Rica should use commercial air, and forget about driving through Mexico, where you can easily be robbed, raped, murdered, or arrested on trumped up charges or experience a combination of those factors.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: MrYules, 12/22/2012 8:53:58 PM     (No. 9079957)

Did the Mexican "government" return his stolen property and compensate him for his (monetary) losses?


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Reply 8 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 12/22/2012 9:09:58 PM     (No. 9079972)

It´s freakin´ Mexico !

He´s lucky to be alive.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Hammock, 12/22/2012 9:58:12 PM     (No. 9079999)

The state-sucking AP can mention this now that it´s resolved. They couldn´t mention it before because that might have put some pressure on the president to do something, and Valerie Jarrett is busy.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: coldoc, 12/22/2012 10:44:16 PM     (No. 9080029)

Almost all of these type operations are extortions. I watched many examples while we lived there. This has been going on forever. The only people that are safe travelling in mexico are broke hippie orphans.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: leftcoastmom, 12/22/2012 10:52:55 PM     (No. 9080042)

I hope some well off person can send him to Costa Rica by airplane so he can go surfing!! Hang Ten Marine!! Merry Christmas!

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Reply 12 - Posted by: annie xango, 12/23/2012 1:04:08 AM     (No. 9080129)

amen #11..you know that will happen.. Marines will step up to the plate..
Kudos to Rep. Ros-Lehtinen...I think we all need to send her a thank you for her efforts. I had contacted my Reps. and Senator´s in Ohio..but don´t know if they helped in any way.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: thelmalou, 12/23/2012 1:44:35 AM     (No. 9080153)

Praise the Lord. I pray God´s blessings and healing for him in every way. Semper Fi, sir.

I can´t think of anything that would EVER make me take another trip to Mexico. Nothing.


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Reply 14 - Posted by: liberalslovetaxes, 12/23/2012 3:26:29 AM     (No. 9080179)

Thank you Bill Oreilly and FoxNews for putting this on the air until he was released. All the other networks didn´t think this was important enough to air.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: jj1319, 12/23/2012 4:11:25 AM     (No. 9080186)

I´ve been to Mexico several times and was getting more and more comfortable crossing the border. And then it turned ugly. My fine, if that´s what you want to call it, was the exact amount I had in my pocket. He did give me $2.00 back so I could get across the bridge. Funny thing: they don´t give receipts in Mexico. Never been back.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: pineledger, 12/23/2012 5:04:56 AM     (No. 9080202)

2 and 15, our experiences were the same way back in the 1970s. Their border police shook us down, us in our VW bug with a 2 year old kid in tow. Have been back to Mexico on only two occasions since, both as cruises´ ports of call. Would not even consider a cruise now that includes those.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: strike3, 12/23/2012 5:12:50 AM     (No. 9080206)

The problem with the American tourists who visit Mexico regularly is that they are usually too drunk and addled by the sun to care about the politics and corruption of the country. The tequila is good, the service is good and they don´t care that they are being played for rich fools.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: JLoophole, 12/23/2012 5:36:40 AM     (No. 9080223)

Wonderful news.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Judith, 12/23/2012 6:34:56 AM     (No. 9080240)

Up here in MA, they make sure they do not name the congresswoman. Just some anonymous, partyless federal employee who mildly intervened in this fiasco. I´ve watched this lady and admire her. And I´m glad o´reilly joined in. He, at least, has a world stage. Our media cannot ignore or cover up his show the way they can a republican politician.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: osprey21, 12/23/2012 6:36:28 AM     (No. 9080241)

From what I gathered, that area is heavily run by one of the drug cartels, perhaps Holder traded more guns....

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Rinktum, 12/23/2012 6:41:57 AM     (No. 9080244)

Mexico is a beautiful country and has great natural resources in addition to tourism. They have squandered it because the people had no vision for freedom and prosperity which requires sacrifice and determination. Our ancestors did the hard work to provide us a country rich in opportunity. Not many want to work to achieve freedom, they want it given to them. I have no desire to travel to Mexico again. They want to take from us what they have not earned.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: judy, 12/23/2012 6:46:03 AM     (No. 9080249)

Fox & Rep. Ilena is all the help he received....sad...

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Malia2012, 12/23/2012 7:48:00 AM     (No. 9080304)

What #14 & #22 said. We watched the hyena-looking-senator-bill-nelson from FL on O´Reilly the other night giggle his way through questions about Jon Hammar. Now, nelson and the rest of the scrum will try and take credit for the release. Jon Hammar´s parents went on FNC because the "state-department" would NOT do anything. THEY know what happened.. Merry Christmas Hammar family!

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Reply 24 - Posted by: HisHandmaiden, 12/23/2012 8:00:04 AM     (No. 9080319)

Great news!
Bless all those involved... and Merry Christmas Hammar family!

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Reply 25 - Posted by: ROLFnader, 12/23/2012 8:06:05 AM     (No. 9080327)

Don´t be surprised when we are told that Hillary did this single-handedly- even though she is suffering from an open head wound or whatever.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: LZK, 12/23/2012 8:08:07 AM     (No. 9080330)

Time to boycott Mexico my fellow Americans.....

The french learned what WE the people can do to "trade" when WE get POed.....

obama didn´t want to hurt the mexican dictator´s feelings by telling him what to do.........like release my fellow American.....

Semper Fi -- "ex" (no such thing as an EX Marine)-Marine......

LZK

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Dodge Boy, 12/23/2012 9:10:52 AM     (No. 9080429)

So it took a female member of the House to make this happen. Way to step up, men of congress! Just darn glad that the ex-marine is home.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: antiquegolf, 12/23/2012 9:20:19 AM     (No. 9080443)

A substantial portion of the tourist trade in mexico comes from current and former mexican nationals who travel there with gringo dollars stuffed in their pockets. This is just another economic insult from mexicans who reside in USA who mostly resent this country. First they sneak in and suck billions out of the social welfare systems. mexicans also send an estimated $30 billion each year back to relatives in the old country. Boycott western union too.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: shurnuff, 12/23/2012 9:25:02 AM     (No. 9080452)

Thanks, U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (and others)! Now THAT´S how you win re-election.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: Susannah, 12/23/2012 9:27:11 AM     (No. 9080454)

Sorry to disappoint you, #19, but the Boston Globe mentioned the congresswoman by name and quoted her, as did several other news outlets up here.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: J F Ackerman, 12/23/2012 11:22:49 AM     (No. 9080636)

To all you "low information" Americans: Mexico is a narco-state. Stay out of Mexico. Boycott Mexico. Mexicans, here and there, hate your guts.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: annie xango, 12/23/2012 11:36:31 AM     (No. 9080658)

on her web site she credits..Marco Rubio, Mike Thompson and Bill Nelson by name..I did send her a thank you email...she doesn´t accept emails from out of her district..but of course, you know how to get around that..

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Reply 33 - Posted by: Fat Elvis, 12/23/2012 11:44:17 AM     (No. 9080671)

Also, Props to Bill O´Reilly for hammering this story nightly on his show.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: mrjimbob, 12/23/2012 12:06:35 PM     (No. 9080702)

If he and his parents were affiliated with the Republican Party, maybe that would explain why the Obama people were not interested in doing anything.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: InThePines, 12/23/2012 1:09:28 PM     (No. 9080780)

This young soldier could have been released early on by our dear president. I had heard Bill O´Reilly was also partly responsible for his release?

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Reply 36 - Posted by: PoliticalJunky, 12/23/2012 2:08:31 PM     (No. 9080857)

La Rasa tells its people that when they come to the US they come as conquerors retaking land once owned by Mexico. They march in our streets and tell us what they will do when they get the vote. When we show no enthusiasm for that, they call us "nativists". I guess the fence will never be built now. What else can go wrong? I feel as though I am in a House of Horrors.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: Analyn, 12/23/2012 3:26:14 PM     (No. 9080923)

I noticed too that he was released within 24 hours after Congressman Duncan Hunter called for a boycott of Mexico.

Amazing how much power that word "boycott" holds. I remember May 1, 2006 when Mexicans boycotted America and protested in our streets; basically biting the hand that feeds them and showing such disrespect and ingratitude. And I won´t ever forget it. I began my own boycott of Mexico on that day, and haven´t stopped. - except for an occasional avocado when others aren´t available; and I will never travel there. I realize that I can´t avoid all things Mexican, but because of their actions on that day, I try.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: geminale, 12/23/2012 3:51:41 PM     (No. 9080943)

Proud to see our Florida Rep (who also wisely married a Finn) as the driving force behind Hammar´s release.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: larryp, 12/23/2012 4:31:03 PM     (No. 9080989)

Mexico´s justice system is Napoleonic Code. You are guilty until proven innocent. Amenicans need to learn about these rules.
As soon as Hammar shows up in Mexico with a rifle or shotgun, whether grand pas or an antique, he has violated their laws and goes to Jail. The mexican govt deos not want guns brought into Mexico. Nor ammo.Their laws mean business and you are jailed. It is not Marquis de Queensbury rules down there.
You can´t get your information from a border guard. Better find out ahead from someone who knows. Don´t fool around with them. Don´t send yr kids there, don´t go camping or surfing there.
I went dn there every week for years to do business. I got the insurance, the right one, drove over. Was careful and lucky.
But I had a sinking feeking that like the poster above, things were changing.SO I parked on the US and walked across. But never saw an accident as the mexican drivers know they will be tossed in jail and are very careful. Hamar should never go back to mexico, ever.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: JoniTx, 12/23/2012 4:35:28 PM     (No. 9080995)

Just heard a little while ago (on Fox) that his mother has told them that he has been hospitalized in Lousiana. He and his father are on the way home to Florida. Cannot find a story about it.

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Reply 41 - Posted by: Grambo, 12/23/2012 4:41:32 PM     (No. 9081000)

There is nothing in Mexico worth risking your life and freedom for. And let’s not forget that Mexico is now all the more dangerous thanks to Eric Holder and Obama reinforcing the firepower of the Cartels with Fast and Furious weapons, which, by the way, will be on Mexican streets for decades to come.

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Reply 42 - Posted by: Heraclitus, 12/23/2012 6:44:32 PM     (No. 9081138)

"Fox & Friends" also covered this story every day, not just O´Reilly.

Very thankful the young man is coming home.

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Reply 43 - Posted by: KimoSaavy, 12/23/2012 6:57:18 PM     (No. 9081148)



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Reply 44 - Posted by: KimoSaavy, 12/23/2012 7:01:31 PM     (No. 9081156)

He is looking for some self healing for his PTSD but it´s too bad the road to that took him through Mexico. Mexico is quickly becoming a lawless nation which it is why military people are told not to cross the border for cheap deals and fun. Camp Pendleton is only a skip and a jump away from the border and they avoid Mexico like the plague after jarheads became targets. I wonder if he checked with them in his planning.

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Reply 45 - Posted by: LWGII, 12/23/2012 7:38:32 PM     (No. 9081188)

The gentleman is a former Marine. There is only one "ex" Marine, and that´s Lee Oswald. Jack Murtha was working on becoming Ex-Marine Number Two, but he died before the paperwork could be completed.

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Reply 46 - Posted by: Muggins, 12/23/2012 8:04:44 PM     (No. 9081210)

Flying to South America? Schedule your flights to miss Mexico City Airport. I went through there 2 years ago. LAN Airlines receive no mention on their arrival and departure screens. It increases the difficulty in understanding where your boarding gate is. In fact, at the information booth, the woman claimed to not know anything about LAN airlines. Unacceptable.

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Reply 47 - Posted by: thefield, 12/23/2012 9:23:51 PM     (No. 9081265)

Anyone going to mexicao unarmed is a fool.
it is illegal to be armed in Mexico
Anyone going to Mexico is a fool

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Reply 48 - Posted by: flatwater, 12/23/2012 9:30:23 PM     (No. 9081270)

He should have just told them the gun was a gift for the drug cartels from Barack Obama and Eric Holder. Then everything would have been okay.

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Reply 49 - Posted by: garyhope, 12/24/2012 7:02:11 PM     (No. 9082465)

I have zero desire to go to Mexico. None. I think the place is like another planet and worse.

And "La Raza" and all of the other Chicano organizations want the American Southwest to be like Mexico? Why? To turn the formerly great United States into a POS country like their "homeland"? Why come here if you want the US to be just like corrupt, violent, fetid, stinking Mexico?

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On Fox News Sunday, political analyst Brit Hume said that Eric Holder’s claim that his treatment at the hands of Representative Louie Gohmert (R-TX) at a House hearing this week was unprecedented toward an Attorney General, made him a “crybaby,” and that he and President Barack Obama had in fact benefited “enormously” from being the first African Americans in their respective positions. “This strikes me as kinda crybaby stuff from Holder,” Hume said. “My sense about this is both Eric Holder and Barack Obama have benefited politically enormously from the fact that they are African American and the first to

Why The Feds Chickened Out
On A Nevada Ranch

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Townhall, by Kevin McCullough    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 4/13/2014 11:55:18 AM     Post Reply
Let me obliterate a bit of confusion here: the Obama administration attempted to go to war with a rancher in Nevada. Let me amplify a little bit of truth: They tucked tail and have returned home. And let me add a bit of clarity: they had no choice! As the nation began to become familiar with the plight of the family of Cliven Bundy, many of us harkened back to another standoff in which the Federal government attempted to bully it´s outcome: Waco, Texas and the Branch Davidian massacre. It is telling that in the Nevada case the feds pulled out so

Why Hillary v. Jeb Would
Be Great for America

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Daily Beast, by Mark McKinnon    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/13/2014 6:11:32 PM     Post Reply
They’re both qualified, respectful of each other (shocker!), and represent the vast majority of middle America. So what’s not to like about another Clinton/Bush race for 2016? When you mention the prospect of Clinton vs. Bush 2016 a funny thing happens. First, there is the reflexive response: "Oh no, not again. We don´t need more dynastic politics in this country." But upon further reflection, you realize Jeb Bush vs. Hillary Clinton would be a great race and actually good for the country. Let´s review. QUALIFICATIONS—THEY’VE BOTH GOT THEM. Barack Obama won the presidency because in an election where the premium was on change, it mattered little

The world must shift to solar and wind
power rapidly to avoid catastrophic global
warming, say UN scientists in major report

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Daily Mail (U.K.), by Ben Spencer    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/13/2014 7:15:31 PM     Post Reply
A rapid shift to wind and solar power is needed if the world is to avoid catastrophic global warming, the United Nations warns in a crucial report today. Emissions of greenhouse gases need to be cut by up to 70 per cent before 2050 to control climate change, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says. ‘Large-scale changes in energy systems’ are required, with coal power stations to be switched off and replaced by wind and solar. And the transformation needs to be made in the next 15 years or controlling climate change will become increasingly harder and more expensive. The report was published

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)

Ben Carson: White House wanted
apology for ‘offending’ Obama

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Daily Caller, by Alex Pappas    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/15/2014 5:22:51 AM     Post Reply
Neurosurgeon Ben Carson says the White House wanted him to apologize for “offending” President Obama after he famously delivered a conservative message at the National Prayer Breakfast last year. Carson, the former director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, recalls the events surrounding his 2013 speech in his new book, One Nation: What We Can All Do To Save America’s Future. The Daily Caller obtained an advance copy of the book, which is set for release May 20. “He did not appear to be hostile or angry,” Carson writes of Obama, “but within a matter of minutes after the conclusion of

Nevada GOP removes social issues from platform,
moves ahead with pre-primary endorsements

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Associated Press, by Sandra Chereb    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/13/2014 3:48:58 PM     Post Reply
LAS VEGAS — The Nevada Republican Party stripped opposition to abortion and gay marriage from its platform Saturday as state convention delegates instead focused on judging fellow Republicans on their worthiness to serve in office and adherence to GOP values. The platform, with few changes, was adopted overwhelmingly as the Las Vegas convention stretched late into the evening. The vote mirrors that of the Clark County GOP, which voted earlier to remove platform language defining marriage as between a man and a woman and statements opposing abortion. Many Republicans are re-evaluating their strong stances on conservative social issues as public

Video: Flash mob of women steal
$20,000 worth of sunglasses
from California store

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New York Daily News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 4/13/2014 10:50:38 AM     Post Reply
A brazen flash mob has been caught on camera storming a California store and making off with $20,000 worth of sunglasses. Surveillance footage shows eight women piling into a Sunglass Hut and crowding around display cases. Shielding workers from what they´re doing, they quickly stuff dozens of fashion specs into their bags. A store clerk pleads with them to stop, before running out of the shot to get help and dial 911. The thieves then all bolt outside and escape in a waiting SUV. The incident occurred at the Valencia Town Center mall, in Santa Clarita, at 3 p.m. on

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

Developing: Russian fighter jet buzzes
U.S. Navy destroyer in Black Sea

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Associated Press, by Lolita C. Baldor    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/14/2014 12:49:12 PM     Post Reply
A Russian fighter jet made multiple, close-range passes near an American warship in the Black Sea for more than 90 minutes Saturday amid escalating tensions in the region, a U.S. military official said Monday. In the first public account of the incident, the official said the Russian Fencer flew within 1,000 yards of the USS Donald Cook, a Navy destroyer, at about 500 feet above sea level. Ship commanders considered the actions provocative and inconsistent with international agreements, prompting the ship to issue several radio queries and warnings. The fighter appeared to be unarmed and never was in danger of

You´re in denial if
you think Steve Israel is
wrong about GOP racism

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Daily Beast, by Michael Tomasky    Original Article
Posted By: Fiesta del sol- 4/14/2014 6:09:58 AM     Post Reply
Some time back, whenever a big racial controversy erupted, I trained myself into the habit of reading about it at FoxNews.com, just for the unbelievable comment threads. Let’s put it this way: If my friends and I went out to a bar and started playing a “let’s write the racist FoxNews.com comment thread” drinking game, our efforts couldn’t begin to approach what I read there.I wasn’t alone. Liberal websites started feasting on these threads. And so, a couple of years ago, Ailes & Co. got wise. Stories about race were, at least in my disheartened experience, closed to comments.


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