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Married New York mother who was
killed in Turkey ´had sex with
a man she met on the internet a
day before she went missing´

Daily Mail [UK], by Lydia Warren

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Posted By:MissMolly, 2/7/2013 4:41:18 AM

The married New York mother who was murdered while on a solo trip to Turkey had sex the day before she vanished with a man she met on the internet, he has claimed. ´Taylan K´ has been interviewed at length by Istanbul police after they discovered his online communication with 33-year-old Sarai Sierra, but he had initially insisted they were just friends. Now Turkey´s Vatan newspaper has claimed Taylan told police they had consensual sex a day before Sierra went missing. The duo had met online months before Sierra left for Turkey on January 7.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Spidey, 2/7/2013 5:10:09 AM     (No. 9162969)

The tragedy of this is this woman put her own depravity ahead of her kids well being. They´re the losers in this,no longer having a mom.
Traveling 10 miles to meet a stranger on the internet is risky enough without flying halfway around the world to do it.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Grant Hodges, 2/7/2013 5:44:13 AM     (No. 9162980)

After trying to read the article, whose quality made me skeptical of content, I was only left with a sense of the tragedy of loss for this family. The true story will out soon enough, but what we know now is that a family has been plunged into a dark well of misery. My heart goes out to them.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: toodles3956, 2/7/2013 7:05:24 AM     (No. 9163020)

I´m sorry for the family, especially the children but for some reason I can´t muster up one bit of sympathy for this woman.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: avidyananda, 2/7/2013 7:10:39 AM     (No. 9163032)

So, was the sexual encounter "worth it"? Sad story, but an old one. Led astray, and by what and by whom?


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Reply 5 - Posted by: Crosscut, 2/7/2013 7:12:42 AM     (No. 9163036)

This poor woman might have had sex with a Muslim but for sure it wasn´t consensual.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: planetgeo, 2/7/2013 7:20:34 AM     (No. 9163048)

My fellow posters aren´t reading between the lines here and are reacting to the misleading implication of a sexual liaison. This is most likely a drug deal gone bad. Nobody flies to Turkey "to take pictures" with only an iPhone and iPad as cameras. And nobody in her financial circumstances flies to Turkey for a wild fling. The part of Istanbul she went to is known for criminal activity and drug dealing. Sex may have been involved as a secondary factor, or it may just be the alibi of the murderer, but the likely primary factor is drug dealing.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: kanphil, 2/7/2013 7:25:19 AM     (No. 9163058)

I wonder if they issue Concealed Carry permits in Turkey. Might have come in handy for this woman.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: TigerLilly, 2/7/2013 7:29:43 AM     (No. 9163072)

She was most likely a drug smuggler. How many scenic photos do you have to sell to make a trip to Turkey profitable?

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Spunk, 2/7/2013 7:41:03 AM     (No. 9163101)

Unfortunately, #4, she was ´unemployed´, had known money problems (bankruptcy in 2005), and apparently was seen primarily with criminal elements. My guess is she was either lured there for romance with this guy, and if she was it could well have been consensual before the killing, but he also could well be the or a killer; or she really was involved in drug trafficking. Unemployed married mothers of young children don´t generally travel alone to such dangerous places in her circumstances otherwise.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: LadyVet, 2/7/2013 7:41:37 AM     (No. 9163102)

Agree w #8.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Bad Dog, 2/7/2013 7:43:32 AM     (No. 9163104)

Interesting story. I first suspected she was spying.... but on whom, and for whom, I hadn´t decided.

But a nice, neat, foreign drug-sex-murder story always works to wrap things up and be done.

But things in that area of the world have escalated dramatically since Midnight Express. And that should be known to everyone.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: NancyD, 2/7/2013 7:52:54 AM     (No. 9163123)

Passionate about her photography? Really????

She was using an iPad and iPhone to take pictures.

That is an excuse! Hello???

No photographer would use and iPad, give me a break.

She was there to meet this guy she met online, he talked her into running drugs, after she did that, they had sex and he or his friends killer her.



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Reply 13 - Posted by: Rinktum, 2/7/2013 8:01:31 AM     (No. 9163145)

When you have children, you have a responsibility to make decisions based upon their welfare. They did not ask to be brought into this world but when they are, they deserve parents who will give them a stable environment and put the children´s health and happiness above their own. It appears that the children will be the ones who suffer for a decision made by this mother.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Hermoine, 2/7/2013 8:05:37 AM     (No. 9163153)

#8 -- Yea, this is the part of the story that STUCK out like a sore thumb to me:

Her family, including her devastated husband Steven Sierra, have said she went to the country because of the photo opportunities. They say she used her iPad and iPhone to shoot the images.

I´m sorry but amateur or professional photographers do not take pictures with their iPhones or iPads. Sounds like a drug deal gone bad. I´m suspect of the claim that she had consensual sex w/the guy. Makes me think he raped and murdered her and that the consensual sex story is to cover his tracks via DNA evidence that they will most likely find.

Why this woman, who had been married for 14 years, decided to travel alone to Amsterdam, Munich and then Istanbul as her VERY FIRST trip abroad is highly suspect. The only thing I can possibly imagine is the lure of easy cash for a cash-strapped family. You almost have to think that her husband knew exactly why she went on the trip even after her friend (or was it her sister or sister-in-law) backed out at the last minute.



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Reply 15 - Posted by: Jebediah, 2/7/2013 8:26:33 AM     (No. 9163193)

Sounds like the Turkish govt. trying to make HER the villain....plus it would be very easy to see if she had sex the day she died, consensual or not, via an examination of the body and an autopsy----was THAT done? The poor children and husband..........

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Jebediah, 2/7/2013 8:27:59 AM     (No. 9163199)

Poster #4 has VERY valid points! Plus, we have to consider the sources of the allegations.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: DCGIRL, 2/7/2013 8:31:51 AM     (No. 9163205)

Right on #8 and I find it hard to believe that the husband was not involved.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: LanieLou, 2/7/2013 8:37:48 AM     (No. 9163219)

I think it´s more likely money laundering...
Too many nations visited for drugs. Wonder why her mom went on tv to stress she was a Christian? Just seemed odd.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: rustycfc, 2/7/2013 8:40:18 AM     (No. 9163224)

well said #14

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Reply 20 - Posted by: catfur27, 2/7/2013 9:12:54 AM     (No. 9163296)

...attractive young western woman...traveling around a muslim country... by herself...in shady neighborhoods...having sex...."taking pics" ...ends up dead...sounds like we have a Darwin Award Candidate

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Reply 21 - Posted by: earlybird, 2/7/2013 9:36:05 AM     (No. 9163348)

Stitching together a story about a dead woman that is based upon pure speculation and imaginations run wild.

Can no one wait for real evidence?

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Reply 22 - Posted by: ida Lou Pino, 2/7/2013 10:31:24 AM     (No. 9163486)

I alerted everyone yesterday not to get prematurely blubbery over this woman.

Some preferred to blubber anyway - - but hey - - if blubbering makes someone happy, they should fit in well with leftist demonrats.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: LZK, 2/7/2013 11:13:33 AM     (No. 9163575)

Okay children -- the Ole Lady is gonna say what she feels...

When a woman decides to have children -- that puts her life on hold as she raises them. When they are off to college -- there´s plenty of time for travel and careet...

Now -- I know that´s not popular with all you boomers and off/spring of the boomers -- but that´s how I feel...

My heart goes out to these kids who will never know this woman who gave them life....because "she" had to do "her" thing....

LZK

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Reply 24 - Posted by: nevernaught, 2/7/2013 11:14:04 AM     (No. 9163577)

It´s a sad commentary on today´s society when the headline is ´Married New York Mother´. I infer from that unwed mothers are the norm in NY so the aberration must be pointed out in the headline.

No matter how upset some seem to be that she is somehow slighted because males travel alone to foreign countries all of the time on business, her actions weren´t professional. Having sex with someone she met on the Internet in a place like Turkey is dangerous and irresponsible. I´ve been there and some places are a no no for any foreigners. I mean would you wander through some of the slums in the USA after hours, by yourself, no matter what your sex is. Some Mother.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: TruthAndJustice, 2/7/2013 11:23:07 AM     (No. 9163593)

As said from Day 1... This is not what it seems.

Because she has been unemployed since 2005 doesn´t mean she has had no job. Just not where they want you to know.

FBI took 4 months to got to Benghazi with a dead Ambassador...yet flew over immediately for this private citizen? Right...

Family let´s the host country cremate her? No evidence then.

Friend had never planned to go it´s reported...certainly are in a hurry to sell this sex story ...who flies over for three weeks and as many countries yet cannot afford a burial so sells pics... that same images can be found all over the Internet ..they are building a cover story...

This is either cartel business, clandestine or arms dealing.IMO
There is a David Jimenez (same name as her brother) listed who works in Global Intelligence, Homeland Security and the Millitary university...and another woman by the same name who made the Khalid Said video that started the Arab Spring riots in Egypt...

We know only that the global alert to find her means they really wanted to save this woman. Ever see that happen before? Other than that nothing is what it seems.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: conservativediva, 2/7/2013 11:44:54 AM     (No. 9163663)

Doesn´t anyone watch Locked Up Abroad? This was definitely a case of drug smuggling. She most likely smuggled drugs to those other countries and then when she wanted to collect her money, they killed her. I guarantee the husband sent her to do the drug deal. This is quite common.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: beca, 2/7/2013 11:48:29 AM     (No. 9163676)

#7 get real

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Reply 28 - Posted by: Conservativegirl, 2/7/2013 12:02:21 PM     (No. 9163734)

More poor journalism skills portrayed here. Did she have sex with a Turk she met on the Internet the day before, or did she have sex the day before with a Turk she met on the Internet?


Girl´s Hubby

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Reply 29 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 2/7/2013 12:04:23 PM     (No. 9163741)

#26, agree with you. Children come first, before anything else. They are kids for a short time, and that is time you can never get back. My dear mother used to say that the only thing you can´t get more of in this life is time.

I don´t know what this woman was up to, but I find it hard to believe that she was "taking pictures." She lives in New York, one of the greatest places on earth to take photographs--there is everything from skylines to bridges to monuments to beaches.

She didn´t need to go to Turkey, with side trips to Amsterdam and Munich, when she was supposedly broke, and the mother of two little boys, to take pictures. One story I read said that she and her husband had been rocky because she had an affair.

This story has been suspect to me from the beginning. Why was her body released to a church? Wouldn´t the medical examiner´s office have kept it until her husband claimed it? The quick attention of the FBI, as #28 points out, is strange, too.



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Reply 30 - Posted by: kono, 2/7/2013 12:55:43 PM     (No. 9163898)

I don´t buy the original story.
I don´t buy the updated story, either. Still too many details seem not to fit with reality.

I don´t have time or brain space to follow the ongoing revelations, though.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: Layne´s Soapbox, 2/7/2013 1:23:11 PM     (No. 9163971)

#32, I´d have to disagree with you about NYC. I´ve been to both NYC and Istanbul and Istanbul wins hands down; I can´t stand NYC.
Istanbul has thousands of years of history, it was the capital for the Ottoman Empire. It is also dangerous. All the clubs are run by the mafia. I was on holiday from studying abroad in Cairo when I visited Istanbul on a school sponsored trip. The locals warned us off from going down certain areas because of the "criminal element" and I was on the European side.
This story is not what is seems.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: globalwarmer, 2/7/2013 1:35:49 PM     (No. 9164001)

Just Muslims having fun with loose Western women, nothing unusual.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: Rafter, 2/7/2013 3:16:24 PM     (No. 9164173)

Sounds like it´s ripe for coverage by, say... Greta on Fox.

How soon will it become a book, movie, TV miniseries, etc... ?

Not to be cynical, but look at the interest that the "mystery" element generates here.
Has the makings of a tragic thriller.
Watch for the dollar value from the media for this... seems inevitable.

Sad... but all too true, also.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: Grambo, 2/7/2013 3:48:11 PM     (No. 9164254)

The man she met on the internet wasn´t looking for sex, he was looking for a mule (drug smuggler). Oh wait, in that part of the world...oh never mind.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 2/7/2013 3:54:07 PM     (No. 9164265)

Who paid for her trip ?


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Reply 36 - Posted by: 4Justice, 2/7/2013 4:02:13 PM     (No. 9164282)

I love all the speculation... It could have been drug smuggling...it could have been for an affair...it could have been that she just wanted to go somewhere exotic and also meet her new "friend" (who might have turned out to be a creep who raped and killed her), or she just wanted a vacation and really did like taking pictures (she just couldn´t afford a new camera and so she used what she had) which she thought she could sell for a little extra income...

Who knows??...maybe we will find out the truth. I am interested to know what the truth is. Speculation is just opinion.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: Hermoine, 2/7/2013 4:11:58 PM     (No. 9164303)

#36 -- Just rent Taken 2 -- it´s a close enough story and it has Liam Neeson kicking butt all across Istanbul.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: Lalo, 2/7/2013 7:34:00 PM     (No. 9164597)

Have any of you taken a look at her Instacanvas photos of Manhattan and Istanbul? They indicate to me a passionate amateur not without a bit of flair. One can do a lot with an iPhone camera.

She obviously went astray and was probably reckless. But there is something likeable and sincere about her face, and I agree with #24 - let´s withhold the condemnations based on speculation for now. Even her family would probably want that.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: Emerson, 2/7/2013 8:44:25 PM     (No. 9164658)

There is nothing "obvious" about this woman´s story except that she is now dead. The rest is speculation, some of it ugly and reckless in light of the absence of facts and evidence. Some guy´s remark that he didn´t and then did have sex with that woman is not evidence. Neither is a woman - married with children - traveling abroad alone (when her friend drops out) prima facie evidence that she isa bad person. Sometimes the things that I see posted here make me wince.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: WIBadger, 2/7/2013 9:17:42 PM     (No. 9164688)

The only judgement I´m going to make about this woman is based on what facts are obvious. A business trip is one thing. But why on earth would she go on a vacation overseas alone & leave two children at home. Who does that ?

Prayers for her family.

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Reply 41 - Posted by: Hammock, 2/7/2013 9:57:58 PM     (No. 9164737)

I hate to break it to some folks but some men who say they had sex with a woman are actually lying. Likewise, some men who say they had consensual sex with a woman are actually lying. For some, an allegation that a woman had consensual sex is accepted without question.

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Reply 42 - Posted by: Aria, 2/7/2013 10:28:51 PM     (No. 9164774)

If she was there to run drugs it didn´t work out very well since she ran nothing nowhere.

More likely that she went there for what she thought was romance and adventure that turned out to be murder. Poor fool.

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Reply 43 - Posted by: rael, 2/7/2013 10:34:58 PM     (No. 9164781)

Well I hope it was REALLY GOOD SEX. After all, she cheated on her husband, flew halfway around the world and then DIED for it.

What an idiot.

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Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/12/2014 5:03:17 PM     Post Reply
Who throws a shoe? Honestly! That would be 36-year-old Alison Ernst of Phoenix, Arizona, who was charged Thursday night with disorderly conduct by the Las Vegas Police Department after allegedly throwing a shoe at former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. According to NBC News, who spoke with a Secret Service official, the U.S. Attorney’s office has declined federal prosecution. Ernst was wearing shoes on Thursday night when she attended a speech Clinton was giving in Las Vegas, but apparently brought an extra one specifically to throw at the former secretary of state. The official said the incident appeared to be “premeditated.”

Nevada Cattle Rancher Wins
´Range War´ With Feds

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ABC News, by Liz Fields    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/12/2014 3:33:27 PM     Post Reply
A Nevada cattle rancher appears to have won his week-long battle with the federal government over a controversial cattle roundup that had led to the arrest of several protesters. Cliven Bundy went head to head with the Bureau of Land Management over the removal of hundreds of his cattle from federal land, where the government said they were grazing illegally. Bundy claims his herd of roughly 900 cattle have grazed on the land along the riverbed near Bunkerville, 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas, since 1870 and threatened a "range war" against the BLM on the Bundy Ranch website after one of

Barbara Boxer Says Keystone
Pipeline a Cancer Risk

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Breitbart California, by William Bigelow    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/12/2014 6:54:45 PM     Post Reply
Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) is now accusing the Keystone pipeline of being a cancer risk. Her first point was that the pipeline “will bring 830,000 barrels of dirty tar sands oil into our nation every day.” She then segued to point #2 by asserting that the heavy tar sands oil will put people who live near refineries at risk for cancer: Significantly higher levels of dangerous air pollutants and carcinogens have been documented downwind from tar sands refineries, and in these areas people are suffering higher rates of the types of cancers linked to these toxic chemicals, including leukemia and

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

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

Goodbye tea party, hello big tent
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Washington Post, by Jennifer Rubin    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/13/2014 5:08:01 AM     Post Reply
Say what you will about Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), but they know a train wreck when they see it. They also know when to separate themselves from the cranks and the losers on the right. Although both supported the shutdown and were heartily supported by tea party groups in their own Senate races, neither one has endorsed Matt Bevin in Kentucky, Milton Wolf in Kansas or Chris McDaniel in Mississippi. In fact, Cruz’s office confirms he hasn’t endorsed anyone in the primaries. He may weigh in after the primaries. Rand Paul has endorsed two very establishment

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

Democrat Center Folds
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American Thinker, by Clarice Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: real fifi- 4/13/2014 7:44:30 AM     Post Reply
It’s hardly been a secret that in recent years the moderate center of the Democrat party has been driven away and what remains is a conglomeration of disparate blocs which, to date, the party has been able to treat as if there were no conflicting interests between them. As the midterm elections approach and the administration’s incompetence, along with the distaste for the president’s signature ObamaCare legislation, drive the party’s chances down further, the make-believe coalition of opposites may well crumble if the opposition doesn’t blow it. Democrats hope to retain control of the Senate and recapture the House by driving

Victory for Nevada´s last rancher!
Federal government backs down and
says it will NOT try to seize cattle from
cowboy at the centre of armed showdown

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Daily Mail [UK], by Ryan Gorman*    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/12/2014 2:34:02 PM     Post Reply
The last rancher in southern Nevada has won his battle to graze cows on public land after a week-long stand off with federal agents. The Bureau of Land Management today said it would stop trying to seize the cattle of Cliven Bundy after armed militia members today continuing to gather in Nevada in a confrontation with federal agents. BLM Director Neil Kornze said: ´Based on information about conditions on the ground, and in consultation with law enforcement, we have made a decision to conclude the cattle gather because of our serious concern about the safety of employees and members of

Obama Begins to Say Good-Bye
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National Journal, by James Oliphant    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/13/2014 5:20:56 AM     Post Reply
Because you can find anything on the Web, you can easily search and pull up a running clock that tells you just how long, to the second, Barack Obama has been president. It moves in real time. It only feels like it´s speeding up. Constrained by crises over which he has little power to impact events, hemmed in by a divided Congress more interested in scoring points with voters than in legislating, and watching as his potential successor assumes more and more of the political spotlight, Obama may be receding into history more quickly than either he or his aides ever anticipated. It was impossible to listen to the president's speech Thursday


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