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Confessions Of A ´Cold-Hearted´
Republican

Irish Examiner USA, by Alicia Colon

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Posted By:drive, 2/7/2013 6:39:08 AM

While I can´t recall the exact reason my sister hit me on the head with a high heel many years ago I´ll never forget her saying, "you´re so cold-hearted." Apparently she felt I was not that sympathetic to a situation she had read about in the newspaper. I was reminded about this long ago incident listening to the recent testimonies in Congress on the gun control issues. The Democrats always wage their battles by triggering emotional reactions while the Republicans tend to value the facts - which explains why I am a Republican and why she is a diehard Democrat.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Spidey, 2/7/2013 6:49:56 AM     (No. 9163009)

A liberal´s brain isn´t wired to assimilate facts.One reason is facts are really science and logic based and that part of their brain isn´t developed.Schools ram arts and music down kids throats whether they have talent for either or not.It´s to develop the emotional side of the brain.Problem solving aspects of education are being tossed aside because it´ll make the kids reliant on someone else until they´re in adult diapers.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Crosscut, 2/7/2013 7:15:00 AM     (No. 9163040)

This ship is sinking and ´cold-hearted´ is yet to come, and it will.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: red oak, 2/7/2013 7:21:54 AM     (No. 9163050)

How wonderful life is while Alicia´s in the world. (Borrowing from Bernie Taupin)

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Reply 4 - Posted by: M2, 2/7/2013 7:27:38 AM     (No. 9163067)

Alicia is really good on this one:

Pardon me if I save my tears for the truly heartbreaking images of our men and women in the military who´ve been savaged by wartime injuries. If I had any political clout I would urge legislation waiving them from ever paying taxes again and I´d give them free medical care forever for their sacrifices. I confess that I care more for these warriors than I do about the polar bears in the North Pole endangered by global warming. I´m just too cold-hearted to worry about saving the planet.

The most bothersome aspect of Democrat sob-stories and their use of emotional appeals a la Oprah, is that so many people find it easier to cry than to think.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Bad Dog, 2/7/2013 7:31:09 AM     (No. 9163074)

Alicia says a lot in her first two sentences. Her diehard Democrat sister insulted her and hit her, in the head (!), with her shoe, because Alicia was ´sympathetic enough´ to something.

Democrats are the most hysterical (and in many cases even more violent), irrational and judgmental people we have. Their standards, if any, are set in unattainable clouds and consequences never factor into their pretzel-logic equations.


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Reply 6 - Posted by: Bad Dog, 2/7/2013 7:32:33 AM     (No. 9163078)

Woopsie..... was NOT sympathetic enough....

More coffee.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Janjan, 2/7/2013 7:34:31 AM     (No. 9163086)

There isn´t a person breathing who doesn´t have some sort of hard luck story. I have a few of my own. The difference is that I don´t need or want the government slithering into my life to ´help me´.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Rinktum, 2/7/2013 7:40:25 AM     (No. 9163099)

It is easier to stir up a crowd with feelings than it is to talk about facts. Put a charismatic figure well versed in how to appeal to the mob mentality and you have Barack Obama. He uses lies, ridicule of opposing ideas, and empty promises to achieve his goals. Unfortunately, it appears that more than half the country are willing dupes to this kind of rhetoric that has for centuries enslaved millions.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: TruckingMack, 2/7/2013 7:58:26 AM     (No. 9163139)



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Reply 10 - Posted by: JimS, 2/7/2013 8:02:42 AM     (No. 9163147)

I always enjoy Alicia´s articles. Maybe it is because we both have similiar NYC Catholic school experiences in about the same timeframe.
She, along with Victor David Hansen, Wes Pruden, and Dr Thomas Sowell, is a person with whom one could enjoy a lengthy, thoughtful conversation.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: TruckingMack, 2/7/2013 8:03:16 AM     (No. 9163149)

The Michael J Fox ad was crap. I have worked in health care 35 years and have yet to see a single Parkinson´s patient show the motor behavior demonstrated by MJF. I knew it was fake the moment I saw it, yet I´ve never heard anyone call him out for a lousy performance. "It was touching!" "He was so brave!" It was pure bulls--t.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Freeloader, 2/7/2013 8:13:42 AM     (No. 9163165)

Lyle H. Rossiter, Jr. M.D., the world renowned general and forensic psychiatrist, summed up The Dark Sider mindset, from "A" to "Z", in his sensational bestselling work, entitled "The Liberal Mind: The Psychological Causes Of Political Madness", first published in 2006.

How else can you explain a "mindset" that wants to deny the American People their 2nd Amendment rights of self-defense, yet thinks the wholesale slaughter of 55,000,000 innocent helpless souls, since 1973, is a "constitutional right"?

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Reply 13 - Posted by: mws50, 2/7/2013 8:18:16 AM     (No. 9163176)

I have been correcting liberal in usenet since 1996. I have come to the following conclusion, based on my historic attempt to educate liberals.

Liberals never mature past a 15-year-old mentality, unless something traumatic happens to them to jolt them out of their emotional cage. Their bodies may age, but their brains do not. They are so sure they are right and the adults are wrong, they do not see their defective lifestyle as a detriment to themselves. Treat them like a 15-yeasr-old, and you have a slight chance of getting through their retarded thought process.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: mws50, 2/7/2013 8:20:27 AM     (No. 9163183)

HEY!!!! How did my last sentence steal an "s" from my first sentence???

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Adam, 2/7/2013 8:25:09 AM     (No. 9163190)

"The problem with most of these tear-jerking maneuvers is that they are often a tissue of lies." Boy do I related to this article. I used to be a Broadway actor and it didn´t matter that nothing my antagonists said was ever true or that the solutions they championed never worked and made things worse. "At least we care; you don´t care." It´s horrible and it´s the majority view of the country now. Honestly, I have given up. I agree with Hillary, "What difference, at this point, does it make?" At this point? It´s over.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Udanja99, 2/7/2013 8:29:47 AM     (No. 9163201)

Sad to say, but over the last 20 years I´ve lost my compassion for almost any human hard luck case. I´m sick to death of being hit up to ´feed the hungry´ when most of the "poor" in this country are obese and collecting $60,000 worth of assorted government benefits every year, some of it coming out of my pocket because I actually work for a living. I earn less than that and yet I pay taxes on my income and they don´t. Why aren´t all of those benefits considered to be income? The 0bamaphone lady was the perfect illustration of why I no longer care about the "poor".

It´s not just the plight of the polar bears. I think we should boot most of the welfare bums off of their benefits and force them to work for a living. It would give them a reason to get up in the morning and keep them too busy to be be participating in gang wars and flash mobs. It would free up a huge chunk of the national budget so that we could actually balance it and then take better care of our vets, the truly disabled and the others who truly need assistance.

Yes, I´m a mean spirited cold hearted conservative. ( I no longer call myself a Republican ). End of rant.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: AWAKE, 2/7/2013 8:30:53 AM     (No. 9163203)

Perhaps there are strict income protcalls in Mitchell lamas today, but not so in 1970
when a neighbor of mine, a professor at Columbia University and an author of 2 books on statistics got into a Mitchll lama apartment. How I asked. She said it´s simple,you go down to a stationery store, get blank W2 forms, fill them out showing a low income and present them as proof of your income. At that time neither the state nor the fed would allow Mitchell lama to access their datab to verify income.
I hope that Alicia is correct that things have changed, but I doubt it.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Travis Mcgee, 2/7/2013 8:31:54 AM     (No. 9163206)

After reading this I miss Lee Atwater while he still was a "a cold-hearted Republican". He was very effective at neutralizing Democrats and wasn´t afraid to get in the sewer with them.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Blackeagle, 2/7/2013 8:50:03 AM     (No. 9163243)

While we call the GOP ´the stupid party´´, it is mostly stupid when it comes to crafting political strategies that appeal to the histrionic and the uninformed, as it almost always comes in second to the Democrats. Of course, this outcome should not be terribly surprising as the Democrats consider the histrionic and the uninformed to be ´´their base´´.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: sadc, 2/7/2013 8:50:13 AM     (No. 9163244)

James O´Keefe´s Veritas Project went out to interview those journalists who outed the gunowners. They posed as leaders of a fake group Citizens against Senseless Violence. At every residence of the journalists who outed gun owners as if they were criminals, NOT ONE would allow a sign stating their homes were gun free zones. And here is the sick part: one said, " that could invite some sicko to come and try to hurt me since they know there are no guns here". But it is ok for our kids to have this sign on their schools. This is what passes for reasoning.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: raspberry, 2/7/2013 8:58:20 AM     (No. 9163266)

Insightul comments here...after an insightful article. Liberals lack the reason gene.


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Reply 22 - Posted by: Blackops, 2/7/2013 9:02:55 AM     (No. 9163281)

Great observations Alicia, as always.
I am the "Alicia" in my family. I know what it´s like to be the voice of fact based reason crying out in the wilderness of a holiday meal surrounded by clueless, uninformed, indoctrinated bleeding heart liberals. And yet they are my gene pool, and, I am the black sheep and the crazy uncle? Go figger.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: dbdiva, 2/7/2013 9:09:40 AM     (No. 9163291)

Alicia is simply the best! If being cold-hearted means that everyone should be held accountable for his/her actions and that everyone should try to be as productive as his circumstances allow then I am proud to call myself ´cold-hearted´ as well.

For those libs who are afraid there will be riots if there is no ´equity´ I suggest that sweat ´equity´ is the answer. None of us is prohibited from employing that.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: stryker714, 2/7/2013 9:14:18 AM     (No. 9163300)

The image of Obama commandeering a school bus seemingly every other day to stop at a elementary school and do a false pickup is easy to picture. Some of the pictures of Hitler indoctrinating boys to fight in his war in the later part of WWII, as he had used up almost all of his regular Army come to mind. How is what Obama does any different?

One has to wonder if there is a section in Rules for Radicals or a quote from Lenin, "use overwhelming emotion to promote your goals and demonize the opposition, to eclipse even any consideration of facts. Showcase the "victims". Those who offer counter points will be branded as false witnesses as the indoctrinated are crying too hard to notice/hear".

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Reply 25 - Posted by: chicodon, 2/7/2013 9:19:02 AM     (No. 9163305)

Sometimes I think it´s magnetic. Without the Conservative counterbalance we´d spin off into the universe. /s

Yes, liberals tend to be a little over the top. They create straw boogie men out of thin air. They pull at heart strings with contrived sob stories. They will use young children to sing their praises and recite their talking points. They can even look you in the eye and lie with a straight face.

An outrageous example (not counting Obama) was Rep. Louise Slaughter´s account of one of her so called constituents during the healthcare debate. Her constituent lost her healthcare and was forced to wear her dead sister´s teeth! She could get no dentures without Obamacare! No Conservative alive would try that one. These liberals are strange animals.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: WAN2, 2/7/2013 9:34:41 AM     (No. 9163346)

Woe be onto him whose testicles have descended.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Razorgirl, 2/7/2013 9:43:22 AM     (No. 9163362)

I have always found it interesting that the "Cold-Hearted" conservatives are also the most generous. Case in point: look at the generous contributions to charity made by Mitt Romney contrasted with the charitable contributions of Broncobama and Joe Biden. Libs like to talk the talk. Conservatives actually, quietly, walk the walk. It´s a humility thing. Libs wouldn´t understand.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: MattMusson, 2/7/2013 9:43:43 AM     (No. 9163363)

It is time for us to start fighting the ´is it fair game.´

Is it fair that illegal aliens will be allowed to bankrupt Social Security?

Is it fair that ObamaCare will cause so many working poor to lose their full-time jobs?

Etc.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: bigbird, 2/7/2013 9:53:40 AM     (No. 9163395)

We need to use this logic to fight fire with fire. If we are going to target the low-information voter, then we need to convince them that "we care more" than the Dems. Facts and statistics will not cut it.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: johngalt1, 2/7/2013 10:06:18 AM     (No. 9163424)

Conservatives should stop using the phrase “low information voters,” a useless lament that implies that the solution to Republican woes is to provide voters with more facts. Today, if you lack information, it’s because you don’t want it. People who decline the opportunity to become informed are ignorant by choice. They believe they already have all the information they need. They don’t want to be educated, they want to be entertained.

Republicans are lousy entertainers, although they do provide bountiful fodder for jokes and ridicule by late night talk show hosts. Truth be told, Republicans are lousy preachers too. You can’t get people to pay attention when you warn that our country is going to hell in a hand basket if they don’t believe in hell, and their idea of salvation is to get more free “Obama money.”

Humor has always been an important component of effective communications. Which is why Republicans—who have allowed themselves to be identified as the party of the rich, a coalition of un-hip, humorless, intolerant, callous people stuck in the past who are mean to children, the poor, women, the elderly, blacks, Latinos, gays, lesbians, teachers, unions, and dogs (poor Seamus)—are always at a disadvantage.

During the second 1984 presidential debate, Walter Mondale tried to use Ronald Reagan’s age against him. Reagan stopped Mondale dead in his tracks when he quipped, “I want you to know that I will not make age an issue of this campaign. I am not going to exploit, for political purposes, my opponent’s youth and inexperience.” Mondale laughed (as did the entire nation) but he later told his wife Eleanor that the quip had sealed Reagan’s victory.

Humor saved the day for the GOP, not factual fire and brimstone.


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Reply 31 - Posted by: Butch59, 2/7/2013 10:10:36 AM     (No. 9163437)

And why is it that all of those low income persons just can´t get a job because they lack the education and/or skills to get hired, but, they know how to run every scam known to man in order to get the maximum amount from all the welfare programs that exist? I wouldn´t even know where to begin to run some of the scams these people use. And I saw a young black woman on TV some time ago that had at least 6 ´free´ cell phones in her purse, all at the same time.

I am now retired and am proud to say that I never received an unemployment check in my entire life. And I cam from a large family of hard scrabble existance.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: Arby, 2/7/2013 11:04:00 AM     (No. 9163552)

It´s only too true that the dims utilize emotional arguments that are especially effective with low-information voters. Perhaps the cure is for us to be much more passionate and emotional about a rational response. Conservatives are often conservative in demeanor. That´s why I respect them, but the sheeple confuse that with a lack of caring. If you act concerned they actually believe that you are. Teddy Kennedy and Bill Clinton rode these roles to the bank. Our message is fine; we need more passion and we must project more concern for the poor. We have it, but we must project it.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: cheeflo, 2/7/2013 11:22:56 AM     (No. 9163591)

#13 -- Michael J. Fox has admitted that he has skipped his medication for advocacy appearances -- a cynical ploy to exacerbate his symptoms.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: LZK, 2/7/2013 11:23:35 AM     (No. 9163594)

Nothing wrong with emotions.....

It´s not suited for leadership and all that entails -- but -- emotions -- in the right place is very valuable when raising children and caring for the sick and dying....

My darling husband taught me to compartmentalize and "think like a man" -- when the occasion called for it....

By that I mean -- "logically and linearly"..... Emotions are good for the bedroom -- not the board/room.....he would say.

He was absolutely right. As I watched the libbies´ emotions twist and turn the facts -- I laughed out loud.... WE have a nations of pansies running the farm, i.e. Washington DC.

WE need a PATTON about now....

LZK

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Reply 35 - Posted by: thelmalou, 2/7/2013 11:25:56 AM     (No. 9163603)

You are a treasure, Miss Alicia. Thanks for a great article.


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Reply 36 - Posted by: squiggle, 2/7/2013 11:43:18 AM     (No. 9163657)

While we may not be able to impart facts that´ll do any good to these people, the phrase ´LoFo Vo´ DOES have it´s uses.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: smcchk, 2/7/2013 11:51:10 AM     (No. 9163688)

Conservatives can care and think at the same time!

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Reply 38 - Posted by: JustCause, 2/7/2013 12:01:54 PM     (No. 9163729)

Gotta admit - I look forward to LZK posts.

Her husband was a wise man. First he was able to get her to marry him, Next, he imparted wisdom: ´Emotions are good for the bedroom -- not the board/room´

Couldn´t agree more...



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Reply 39 - Posted by: Proud American, 2/7/2013 12:04:19 PM     (No. 9163740)

We were Republicans but apparently are even more conservative than most Republicans so now we are Independants who vote always and I do mean ALWAYS Republican.

In our family we don´t call them "progressives" - faciasts are the furthest thing from "liberal". In our family they are called "Facists" or "Regressives".

They have twisted the language so that black is white and up is down.

Let´s beat them at their own game

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Reply 40 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 2/7/2013 12:13:10 PM     (No. 9163771)

Bravo, Alicia. Your columns are always full of common sense, something which seems to be in short supply these days.

Leftists/liberals always act on feelings. Facts don´t matter much to them.

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Reply 41 - Posted by: Timber Queen, 2/7/2013 12:13:17 PM     (No. 9163772)

I´m with #17. "Caring" trumps all, even reality, because when the inevitable bad consequences follow ´progressive´ socialist policies it just gives them more to "care" about. The road to hell is paved with good intentions, on the societal as well as the personal level.

I´ve played #30´s "Is It Fair" game for taxes, "Is it fair that the government take 60% of a person´s earnings?" Stopped my lib neighbor in her tracks. She has never mentioned taxes again, but continues to repeat whatever is said on CNN regarding any issue.

#32 is also correct, "if you lack information, its because you don´t want it." However, people like this want the appearance of being informed so they cover their willful ignorance with, "I care about [fill in the blank]." (See #17.) I also agree with using humor, but my current genre of choice is sarcasm and ridicule.

All this coupled with the long-standing Republican penchant for snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, and conservatives have no political solutions. Republican and conservative are not synonymous. It seems the tide of history as turned against reason and I feel like a Roman citizen in the 4th century AD. The best we can do is protect and preserve whatever shards of civilization we can as individuals so that others will be able to rebuild after the inevitable collapse.

Who is John Galt? What difference, at this point, does it make?

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Reply 42 - Posted by: Rafter, 2/7/2013 12:37:10 PM     (No. 9163830)

Great column again by Alicia, thank you OP.

#32, I think the panelist asked RR about the age issue. That´s when Ronnie hit it
out of the park, while Mondale laughed.
Mondale couldn´t bring it up himself.

Nothing wrong with the phrase "LoFo Vo"...

The other day I worked out this explanation...
LoFo MoFo´s Vo Fo MoBro;
GOP No-Sho´s Go Lo...
or something akin to it, to explain the 2012 results.

The pendulum will be swinging the other way soon, and with a vengeance.
With the 2014 kick-in of hated Obamacare and a rotten economy, the
Wannabe Kommie Dicktater´s days are numbered. He´s a Blame Duck after the 2014 midterms. We can muddle through this and undo at least some of the damage later.

Keep in mind Reagan´s optimism, which was even more key than his humor.

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Reply 43 - Posted by: sherlock1, 2/7/2013 12:50:02 PM     (No. 9163884)

The Democrats have found the perfect tool to stoke the emotions of low-information voters, and to addict even more of them to the self-serving pleasures of "caring" versus thinking: the mainstream media.

The self-prostitution of the institutions and profession of journalism is one of the greatest tragedies to befall this country. Our only hope is to destroy this cancer by voting with our wallets, and starving it of revenue.

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Reply 44 - Posted by: weejun, 2/7/2013 2:28:04 PM     (No. 9164079)

I hope you are right, #44. Unfortunately, the US´ demographic trends, combined with a dumbed down education system and a "sold my soul" to liberalism media argue against your outcome. I´m afraid citizens who believe in conservatism, personal responsibility, and individualism are fast becoming a minority in this society.

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Reply 45 - Posted by: 4Justice, 2/7/2013 4:33:19 PM     (No. 9164340)

#46, that is what the left WANTS you to believe. Remember, the left knows that perception is everything in the game of politics and persuasion-- But we need to remember that Perception does NOT equal Reality.

The truth is that most of the left are the truly "cold-hearted" in that they really do not care about anyone but themselves. They do not care that they keep the poor and a majority of the people of color in perpetual poverty and dependence. They don´t care about animals--look at their new campaign against cats or their pushing all these inefficient and expensive windfarms that kill more birds and bats than any predator! They don´t care about anything but what they want. That is, controlling other people´s lives and amassing power and wealth for themselves at the expense of everyone else. That is the truth.

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Reply 46 - Posted by: 4Justice, 2/7/2013 4:40:57 PM     (No. 9164352)

"I" before "E", except after "see"!

Intellect before Emotion, except for those who just react to what they see...

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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday continued its abolition of limits on election spending, striking down a decades-old cap on the total amount any individual can contribute to federal candidates in a two-year election cycle. The ruling, issued near the start of a campaign season, will very likely increase the role money plays in American politics. The 5-to-4 decision, with the court’s more conservative members in the majority, echoed Citizens United, the 2010 decision that struck down limits on independent campaign spending by corporations and unions. Wednesday’s decision seemed to alter campaign finance law in subtle but important ways, notably by limiting

Fizzle: New Q-Poll Shows Continued
Double-Digit Opposition to Obamacare
Townhall, by Guy Benson    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 4/2/2014 3:05:45 PM     Post Reply
Earlier in the week, Twitter was ablaze with a debate over Obamacare and public opinion: Was the Washington Post/ABC News poll purporting to show the law´s approval slightly above water an outlier, or the beginning of a trend? I argued the former, citing a fresh CBS News survey that aligned with previous negative polling. The latest Quinnipiac poll should settle the debate. It pegs President Obama´s approval rating underwater at 42/50, with Obamacare clocking in at 41/55. A few additional findings: (1) Voters split roughly evenly on the generic Congressional ballot, with independents leaning toward the GOP by seven points.

Employers Say Obamacare Will Cost
Them $5,000 More Per Employee
Washington Free Beacon, by Elizabeth Harrington    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 4/2/2014 2:35:51 PM     Post Reply
Obamacare will cost large companies between $4,800 and $5,900 more per employee and add hundreds of millions to their overhead, according to a new survey. The American Health Policy Institute conducted a confidential survey of 100 large employers—those with 10,000 or more employees—asking what costs they expect to incur from Obamacare over the next decade. Factoring in the health care law’s added mandates, fees, and regulatory burdens, employers anticipate cost hikes between $163 million and $200 million in 2016, a 4.3 percent increase. By 2023, employers will be paying 8.4 percent more than “what they would otherwise be spending” for

CNBC Debate So Intense, NYSE Traders
Stop NYSE Traders Stop
Mediaite, by Tina Nguyen    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 4/2/2014 2:30:33 PM     Post Reply
What started out as an innocent CNBC Power Lunch segment to promote a book rapidly devolved into a heated, ugly, ad hominem brawl about high-frequency trading and the future of the stock market — and was apparently so intense, traders at the New York Stock Exchange stopped working in order to watch the melee. It all began when IEX’s Brad Katsuyama, the head of a Wall Street trading platform and a broker heavily featured in Michael Lewis’s new book Flash Boys, accused BATS Global Markets president Bill O’Brien of using underhanded tactics to screw over ordinary investors. “I believe the

Democrats bash SCOTUS ruling
Politico, by Seung Min Kim*    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 4/2/2014 2:28:13 PM     Post Reply
Democratic lawmakers and campaign finance reform advocates quickly bashed Wednesday’s Supreme Court decision to strike down total limits on individual campaign contributions, warning of future corruption in elections. Meanwhile, Republicans largely cheered the ruling from the narrowly divided court, which found it unconstitutional to impose caps on the aggregate amounts that one person can donate to campaigns, parties and political action committees. Calling himself “all for freedom,” Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Wednesday commended the ruling, saying “donors ought to have the freedom to give what they want to give."


Russell Crowe Meets Anglican Leader
After being Rebuffed By Pope Francis
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 4/2/2014 12:13:23 PM     Post Reply
LONDON (AP) — The pope said no but the leader of the world´s Anglicans was happy to meet Russell Crowe, star of watery Biblical epic "Noah." Crowe was denied a private audience with Pope Francis when he was promoting the movie in Rome last month. But Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby met the actor at the cleric´s Lambeth Palace home Tuesday, the day after the movie´s British premiere, to discuss faith and spirituality. Director Darren Aronofsky´s film is a box-office hit in the U.S. but some Christian conservatives have complained it takes liberties with the Biblical account of the flood. It has been

A Slacking Figure
American Spectator, by David Hogberg    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 4/2/2014 10:20:49 AM     Post Reply
Yesterday President Obama claimed that “more than 3 million young adults… have gained insurance under this law by staying on their family’s plan.” Indeed, the number of young people who can now stay on their parents’ insurance plans until age 26 — the so-called “slacker mandate” — is one of the most oft-repeated Obamacare statistics. The Los Angeles Times used it in a recent article to claim that because of Obamacare “at least 9.5 million previously uninsured people have gained coverage.” That included not only the 3.1 million young adults who are covered by their parents’ plans but also about 2

TSA Goes Coin-Flipping
American Spectator, by Mark Hyman    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 4/2/2014 10:02:10 AM     Post Reply
Twenty years ago it was the U.S. Postal Service that was the iconic example of what’s wrong with the federal government. The Post Office was big, bloated, and known for sketchy service. Making matters worse, the Post Office often appeared to be fighting off bankruptcy. Federal Express turned criticism of the Post Office into a major advertising campaign for its overnight delivery service. Today, the representative example of bad government is the Transportation Security Administration. TSA has a labor force of 65,000 employees. It has cost the American taxpayer about $75 billion. This includes more than $60 billion spent through 2012

300 Inmates Escape From Chilean
Prison Following Deadly 8.2 Quake
CBS News/AP, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 4/2/2014 9:37:58 AM     Post Reply
Santiago, Chili-Authorities lifted tsunami warnings for Chile’s long coastline early Wednesday after a magnitude-8.2 earthquake struck the South American nation’s northern coast. Six people were crushed to death or suffered fatal heart attacks, a remarkably low toll for such a powerful shift in the Earth’s crust. The earthquake was so powerful, shaking was felt 300 miles away from its center in Bolivia’s capital, CBS News’ Vicente Arenas reports. The extent of damage from Tuesday night’s quake couldn’t be fully assessed before daybreak, President Michelle Bachelet said, but she wasn’t taking any chances. She declared a state of emergency in the region and



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The Most Un-American Speech
Barack Obama Has Ever Delivered

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PJ Media, by Bryan Preston    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 4/1/2014 8:18:49 PM     Post Reply
Before getting to the speech itself, it’s worth noting a few things. When the Democrats passed and Barack Obama signed Obamacare, the majority opposed it. About 56%, in fact. A majority have consistently opposed that law ever since. The Obama administration touted 7 million sign-ups by March 31 as “success.” When that goal appeared to be unreachable, the administration suggested that maybe 5 or 6 million would be enough. Now, as if by magic, they have their number. Somehow. All along, the administration has touted false numbers of enrollees. All along, the administration has neglected to admit that Obamacare is

Exclusive: Michelle Walks Out
As Obama Divorce Battle Explodes!

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National Enquirer, by Steve Herz    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 4/1/2014 10:14:46 PM     Post Reply
IN a major behind-the-scenes blowout, President BARACK OBAMA and first lady MICHELLE waged their worst White House fight ever over her lavish vacation trip to China! Sources tell The ENQUIRER that Obama exploded when Mi­chelle refused to cancel her pricey getaway – even after White House advisers warned him that the first couple’s six-year string of extravagant vacations had already drained the U.S. Trea­sury of a whopping $150 million in tax­payers’ money. Instead of postpon­ing her trip, a furious Michelle – still seeth­ing over the embarrassing “selfie” Barack recently snapped with a leggy blonde head of state –

Obama calls GOP budget plan
a ‘stinkburger’

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Washington Post, by David Nakamura    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 4/2/2014 5:30:08 PM     Post Reply
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – President Obama compared the Republican budget plan to a "stinkburger" or "meanwich" during a speech here Wednesday, using a series of zingers in an attempt to strike a contrast with the GOP on economic issues in an election year. In a speech to an enthusiastic crowd of 1,400 at the University of Michigan, Obama repeatedly mocked Republican ideas about how to improve the economy, as he touted his own proposal to raise the minimum wage. Obama, who visited the local Zingerman´s deli before the speech, said that Republican proposals to cut taxes for wealthier Americans and

Massive Voter Fraud Discovered
in North Carolina’s 2012 Election

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PJ Media, by Bryan Preston    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/2/2014 7:17:55 PM     Post Reply
The North Carolina State Board of Elections has found thousands of instances of voter fraud in the state, thanks to a 28-state crosscheck of voter rolls. Initial findings suggest widespread election fraud. 765 voters with an exact match of first and last name, DOB and last four digits of SSN were registered in N.C. and another state and voted in N.C. and the other state in the 2012 general election. 35,750 voters with the same first and last name and DOB were registered in N.C. and another state and voted in both states in the 2012 general election. 155,692 voters

´The debate over repealing this law is over´:
Obama boasts 7.1 MILLION have signed up
to Obamacare - but study shows just 858,000
newly insured Americans have paid up!

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Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/1/2014 5:21:43 PM     Post Reply
A triumphant President Barack Obama declared his signature medical insurance overhaul a success, saying it has made America´s health care system ´a lot better.´ But buried in the 7.1 million enrollments he announced in a heavily staged Rose Garden appearance is a more unsettling reality. Numbers from a RAND Corporation study that has been kept under wraps suggest that barely 858,000 previously uninsured Americans – nowhere near 7.1 million – have paid for new policies and joined the ranks of the insured by Monday night. Others were already insured, including millions who lost coverage when their existing policies were suddenly

North Carolina drivers to
be charged by the mile?

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WTVD-TV [Raleigh-Durham, NC], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Fiesta del sol- 4/3/2014 6:40:07 AM     Post Reply
Big changes could be just down the road for North Carolina drivers. A proposal is in the works that would change the state tax system to charge drivers by the mile, instead of at the gas pump.The proposal would be to charge a half cent per mile for cars, which would generate almost $500 million in annual state revenue. A driver who travelled 15,000 miles in a year would pay about $75. "Basically you pay per the mile. It´s treating transportation as a utility, much like your water and sewer," said Larry Goode, with the Institute of Transportation Research and
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Sources on ground during
Benghazi attack slam ex-CIA
boss Morell’s testimony

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Fox News, by Adam Housley    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/2/2014 9:19:40 PM     Post Reply
Sources on the ground in Benghazi during the 2012 terror attack are pushing back hard on former CIA acting director Mike Morell´s testimony on Capitol Hill, where he defended his role in shaping the administration´s narrative and claimed politics were not involved. As part of Morell´s testimony on Wednesday, the former acting and deputy CIA director acknowledged that he overruled the guidance of the top CIA officer in Libya at the time. That official told Morell the attack was not an "escalation of protests," but Morell said he had to weigh that against analysts who concluded the opposite. He ultimately went

5 Reasons Why Republicans
Should Say No to Jeb 2016

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Daily Beast, by Myra Adams    Original Article
Posted By: tisHimself- 4/2/2014 6:39:16 AM     Post Reply
With Chris Christie in deep trouble, Republican poobahs are reportedly looking to Jeb Bush to save their party in 2016. The former two-term governor of Florida speaks fluent Spanish, is a convert to Catholicism, and has high name recognition. Jeb could raise millions of dollars over night by just saying “yes” to running. Despite all this, there are strong reasons Republicans should say no to him. 1. His last name is poison. Let’s face it, if Jeb Bush had the last name of Something Else he would have already run for president in 2008 or 2012. According to a recent Washington Post/ABC News poll registered voters were asked if they would definitely NOT vote for Jeb Bush and 50 percent said they would not.

The GOP faithful should
give Jeb Bush a hearing

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Washington Post, by George F. Will    Original Article
Posted By: tisHimself- 4/2/2014 11:20:56 PM     Post Reply
The human kindling that makes up the flammable Republican base may soon burst into flames, again. Portions of that excitable cohort are looking — some with fawn-like eyes filled with hurt, others with sparks shooting from eyes narrowed like gun slits — askance at other Republicans urging Jeb Bush to seek the 2016 presidential nomination. A candidacy by Florida’s former governor would be desirable. But if Republicans want to avoid intra-party carnage, they should be very careful about doing what The Post recently reported: “Many of the Republican Party’s most powerful insiders and financiers have begun a behind-the-scenes campaign to draft

Defense Secretary ´Looking´ at Banning
Tobacco Sales at Military Installations

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Weekly Standard, by Daniel Halper    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/2/2014 5:23:20 AM     Post Reply
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is "looking" at banning the sale of tobacco at military installations. According to one military publication, Hagel appears to support it. "As the Navy considers banning tobacco sales on all bases and ships, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel gave a strong endorsement of the review Monday, and suggested that he would be in favor of a ban," reports Stars and Stripes. “I don’t know if there’s anybody in America who still thinks that tobacco is good for you,” Stars and Stripes quotes Hagel as saying. “We don’t allow smoking in any of our government buildings. Restaurants, states, [and]

Sarah Palin Continues to Discredit Herself
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Commentary Magazine, by Peter Wehner    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 4/2/2014 2:45:34 PM     Post Reply
Sarah Palin continues to act in ways that confirm some of the more negative things said about her. For example, she’s taken to Facebook to attack the most recent budget plan by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan.(Snip)Whatever differences Ms. Palin may have with the Ryan plan–and perhaps she’ll take the time to offer an actual critique of if rather than a Facebook entry with lots of upper case words–it’s hardly a joke. But what might elicit a roll of the eyes is comparing Ms. Palin’s views now versus what they were nearly four years ago. Consider this: On December

Harry Reid Now Spreading Baseless Claim
that Koch Brothers Don´t Pay Corporate Taxes

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Weekly Standard, by John McCormack    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 4/2/2014 2:53:59 PM     Post Reply
Senate majority leader Harry Reid has a whole page on his official Senate.gov website devoted to revealing "THE FACTS ABOUT THE KOCH BROTHERS." One of the alleged facts promoted on Reid´s website is that the Kochs do not pay any corporate taxes: “They are known for bankrolling conservative, Libertarian and Tea Party causes and became poster boys for corporate tax reform last year when an Obama Administration official suggested Koch is organized as an S Corp. and so pays no corporate level taxes.” The claim that the Koch brothers don´t pay corporate income taxes was first made by former White House official


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