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Beware Republicans - Democrats
Are Setting The Amnesty Trap

Irish Examiner USA, by Alicia Colon

Original Article

Posted By:drive, 2/14/2013 5:28:07 AM

Nothing bristles dedicated conservatives like the word ´amnesty´ tossed around while Congress debates immigration reform. While Hispanics like Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz try to explain why our immigration laws don´t work, the Democrats count on conservative pundits to point out that amnesty is letting millions of immigrants break laws that legal immigrants had to obey on the path to citizenship. They revel in the division among the Republicans who are too stupid to recognize the trap being set for them. As the Captain said in Cool Hand Luke, "What we got here is a failure to communicate."

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Any reform must demand assimilation and respect for our culture.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: SpeedMaster, 2/14/2013 5:59:42 AM     (No. 9175424)

I always read Alicia Colon´s articles and usually agree, however this time I think she is off just a little. I think the TRAP is a COMPREHENSIVE bill. This issue should be a series of small bills each setting goals to the next step, first is the issue of border security, after the border is secure as measured by certain metrics (written by House Republicans and administered by those actually on the border), the Republicans in the House can address the rest of this issue without jumping off a cliff. Those (dems) whos say we need to address the whole thing in one bill simply reply that we tried that in 1986 and it did not work.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Iraengneer, 2/14/2013 6:54:23 AM     (No. 9175463)

There are, within a few miles of where I sit, 2nd generation immigrants who profess no English and who consider themselves to be Mexican, not American. And act accordingly.
We should reward this?
Please tell me, someone, of any other criminal activity that is to be rewarded in the expectation that such rewards will somehow deter further criminal activity by others. I am unaware of such.
There are numerous problems with the whole issue.
first of these is the manifest *REFUSAL* of the constituted public servants to "well and faithfully carry out the duties of the office". Bush 41, Clinton, Bush 43, and Obumble, all of them guilt of criminal dereliction of duty on this matter, and of that there is no doubt. (Recall Ramos and Compeon).
The deliberate misinterpretation of the Constitution that lead to the erroneous phrase "anchor baby", leading to all sorts of wrong decisions.
Allowing the officials of "sanctuary cities" to stay of of the prison cells their behavior demands.
and much more besides.
I love Alicia. But on this she is wrong.


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Reply 3 - Posted by: StormCnter, 2/14/2013 7:04:07 AM     (No. 9175470)

Before too many of you jump up in horror at Alicia Colon´s opinion, please try to understand that she speaks from knowledge and life experience. She is Puerto Rican, a resident of NYC´s Spanish Harlem. We need to be quiet long enough to hear the reasonable voices.

Rubio and Cruz have similar life stories. We can do a better job with our Hispanic friends and neighbors. Please read Rubio´s plan. He is not offering "amnesty".



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Reply 4 - Posted by: drive, 2/14/2013 7:06:59 AM     (No. 9175477)

Obviously once again, conservatives missing the point. Alicia predicted this in her column. She addresses the cause of what this comment er is complaining about. It is the fact that these people are not becoming Americans just using our resources. Multiculturalists are behind this desecration of our culture. This is what has to stop.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Johnny Angle, 2/14/2013 7:19:47 AM     (No. 9175493)

Illegal is illegal, including for undocumented Democrats.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: olcap, 2/14/2013 7:45:33 AM     (No. 9175527)

Sorry Alicia. I had respect for you, but no longer.

Your trap scenario is nothing but hogwash, and to be quite frank, the republican RINOs, of which you are now included, in my mind, that will be "blamed" under your scenario, NEED to be blamed, because they have been cowards who have given the left everything they want, even when they had the majority in the senate, the house and G.W. as president, for crying out loud.

I hope you got a good payout for joining the team against America, Alicia.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Chuzzles, 2/14/2013 7:54:35 AM     (No. 9175546)

If Congress and the President would start expecting the laws on the books already to be enforced and our borders secure, we would not need to be in this situation again.

But the libs have been deliberately destroying their own voter base since Roe v Wade and now they are desperate for a quick refill. There will be so much bad that will result from letting the Democrat party win this.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: lanika, 2/14/2013 7:57:53 AM     (No. 9175553)

Alicia nailed it and the bristlers are out already calling her a Rino and falling for the trap.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: MDConservative, 2/14/2013 7:58:02 AM     (No. 9175554)

Goodness, there is a long list of "Republicans" just waiting to have the "trap" sprung on them. Let´s start with McCain and Graham. Maybe Dubya will pass the pens to Obama at the signing.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Freeloader, 2/14/2013 8:07:45 AM     (No. 9175569)

The 11,000,000 to 20,000,000 estimated illegal aliens, from many nations of the world, currently residing inside our national borders are, pure and simply, an "occupying army" that will eventually destroy our Judeo-Christian Civilization, established and sustained by the "rule of law," if not firmly and swiftly dealt with...For confirmation, look no further than Edward Gibbon´s 18th Century six volume classic study entitled, "The History Of The Decline And Fall Of The Roman Empire."

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Reply 11 - Posted by: frenesi1, 2/14/2013 8:10:18 AM     (No. 9175577)

I, too, usually agree with Alicia but not this time. And it is not xenophobia. It is the fact that everytime we agree to do something like this, all the promises made to us are broken. They promise us the world and give us nothing. If these illegals really want to be Americans, tell them to go back to the country they think is so wonderful and get in line. They don´t love this country.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: enuf8, 2/14/2013 8:27:42 AM     (No. 9175605)

Ted Cruz and M. Rubio have 2 different ideas on the Illegals trying to stay here. The difference is like night and day.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: tank, 2/14/2013 8:31:10 AM     (No. 9175608)

Ms. Colon is hardly a RINO and has not gone to the dark side. Geez! However, she has to understand that, as right as she is, we´ve played Lucy, Charlie Brown and the football on this and are gun-shy now. we need to insist on the earlier poster´s idea of separate bills with piecemeal measures and realistic metrics. Otherwise, Lucy takes the football away again.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: LZK, 2/14/2013 8:38:51 AM     (No. 9175621)

Well -- at least -- a conservative SEES the trap coming....

LZK

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Felixcat, 2/14/2013 8:44:47 AM     (No. 9175631)

FTA: In the minds of many extreme right wingers, however, illegals are predominantly Mexicans who´ve brazenly crossed a porous border and end up committing crime only to be caught and sent back again and again.

I would not consider my self an extreme right winger but it is a fact that the bulk of illegal aliens in this country are Hispanic. Not saying that there aren´t illegal aliens from Asia, Africa, etc., but here in the metro DC area, even on the block where I live in Virginia, the majority of illeglas are Hispanic; Mexican, Central and South American. And many (most) do not assimilate. And I will say the same for the communities of (South) Koreans in northern Virginia: most stay to themselves, operate their own Korean businesses and when I enter one of their stores as an obvious non-Korean/Asian; one definitely feels unwelcome - well, my cash is welcomed.

So I´m all for allowing these illegal aliens who have roots here to have a path to citizenship but only if they want to become Americans in more ways than having a US naturalization certificate.

Oh and I have to laugh about Ms. Colon´s Puerto Rican heritage and ties to NYC´s Spanish Harlem giving her special insight. While living in Puerto Rico back in the 1980s, I found it amusing that native born Puerto Ricans looked their noses down on those "Ricans" who were not born on the island but in the states. And while growing up in South Florida, I was very familar with the attitudes of Cuban Americans towards their fellow Hispanics who were not of Cuban heritage.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: bpl40, 2/14/2013 8:44:55 AM     (No. 9175633)

If they agree to seal the border first, everything else is negotiable. But they won´t.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Vivi, 2/14/2013 9:05:03 AM     (No. 9175675)

Democrats pretend to care about immigrants because they´re desperate for their votes. Democrats don´t care if the influx of impoverished and desperate people overwhelm our social safety nets to the point where nothing can sustain them. Then everyone those programs serve will be left unaided. Because they´re the compassionate ones donchaknow.

That being said, I don´t believe the immigrants here came here to stay poor and dependent. I believe Democrats are wrong about what appeals to immigrants other than the desire to stay here legally.

Our biggest problem is the integrity of the vote. Democrats would send absentee ballots to China if they thought they could get away with it. If Republicans could be assured that only citizens are voting and only voting once immigration reform would fly through. That´s a mighty big if I know.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: MattMusson, 2/14/2013 9:10:05 AM     (No. 9175682)

The is already a roadmap to citizenship.

You might not like it. But, it is there.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: peterfleming, 2/14/2013 9:16:24 AM     (No. 9175696)

Unspeakable corruption, the border will always be full of incoming holes, it´s like illicit drugs, you cannot stop a money making black market. So, the border remains more open than closed. All this blather about "amnesty" is just another cover up for millions of Catholic babies being pumped out daily as Catholics do, each one a full-on American citizen. It will be unnecessary to give amnesty to all these
parents of milliond of U.S. born American citizens. Why be concerned about amnesty of the aging, when it turns out that most Mexicans are official citizens?

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Reply 20 - Posted by: StormCnter, 2/14/2013 10:04:45 AM     (No. 9175805)

One more comment. The inflammatory images of large parades in Los Angeles and elsewhere with Mexican flags flying high are anything but helpful to those who are trying to find a workable, acceptable, fair and enforceable way to redress our current illegal immigration situation. The Reconquista group makes every non-liberal, non-Hispanic´s blood boil. Those leaders should encourage a quieter voice and a lower profile instead of pretending to be Southwestern Al Sharptons.

I would add that the loudly demanding "Round ´em up and ship ´em out" voices are equally harmful to reasoned debate.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: GreatPlains, 2/14/2013 11:06:21 AM     (No. 9175986)

A thought provoking column.
FTA- " Republicans who try to discuss the issue rationally will be outed as RINOs or taking the party to the left. Eric Cantor´s announcement that he is shifting his take on immigration reform has brought
him the usual disdain and charges of betrayal to the cause."
Rubio´s principles outline a path to a green card .
His plan for a border security panel to rule on whether the border was finally secure would include ranchers and border state Governors.
Unfortunately, Limbaugh talked all over him and now mischaracterizes ( as he often does when talking about Republicans ) Rubio´s outline as amnesty.
The term RINO is so overused it´s meaningless and truthfully, sounds juvenile.
There are only two true RINOs- Colin Powell and Chuck Hagel.
Ronald Reagan would have been given the Rick Perry treatment had he said this today :
"I believe in the idea of amnesty for those who have put down roots and lived here, even though sometime back
they may have entered illegally."

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Reply 22 - Posted by: dman, 2/14/2013 12:01:01 PM     (No. 9176132)

Sorry, no sale Alicia. The "trap" will be legalizing tens of millions of new Democrat voters. The "trap" will include millions more illegals on the welfare and Social Security rolls. We´ve had Simpson-Mazzoli. Promises in the law are meaningless. Don´t try to fool us again. Do border security and a secure ID - make that secure ID required for voting or welfare - and then talk to me.

My parents were immigrants, too. But I´m an American first - hyphens need not be applied.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: chicodon, 2/14/2013 1:33:20 PM     (No. 9176355)

So why is there no temporary worker mechanism in place to get these people legal? Why are the only choices deportation or citizenship? Dam politicians! Both parties are responsible.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: King of all trolls, 2/14/2013 1:45:48 PM     (No. 9176377)

It´s ok to break the law if you´re the right color/ nationality. Thank you high school journalist!

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Question_Assumptions, 2/14/2013 2:03:03 PM     (No. 9176418)

"Any reform must demand assimilation and respect for our culture."

Yes, that´s the key. I´m told that my Scottish grandfather illegally entered the United States from Canada and then later entered legally, but he wanted to be an American and whenever people tried to get him to join a Scottish organization, his response was that if he´d loved Scotland that much, he would have stayed there. One needs to remember that Italians, Poles, Irish, and various other Catholic and Mediterranean European immigrans were the Mexican immigrants of their day but most of that faded when they assimilated.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Blackeagle, 2/14/2013 2:30:24 PM     (No. 9176482)

Don´t forget that anything ´´reasonable´ is unlikely to get past the left-wing Senators. Not that I am implying that what McCain and Co. are peddling is ´reasonable´. I do not believe anything remotely close to good can come out of Harry Reid´s Senate. Any bill would be loaded down with special-interest provisions.

Unless it contains a ruthlessly efficient deportation policy for the inevitable latecomers looking for the next amnesty (oops, path-to-citizenship) it is just 1986 all over again. And the law won´t have a viable deportation policy because our over-lawyered legal system would never enforce it.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: ClangClang, 2/14/2013 3:33:03 PM     (No. 9176625)

The three rounds of amnesty during the Bush years were defeated by a grass roots riot across the ideological spectrum. As then, there is no "trap," but merely another battle to defeat the Left´s attempt at creating a new American people.

The media will tar and feather anyone against amnesty with broad foul strokes. The accusations of "racism" and "xenophobia" are part of our zeitgeist, which in turn derive their power from decades of work by the Left to subvert Western culture. Both terms are absurd, yet even as Colon recognizes the term "multiculturalism" as a cancer, she solicits to her cause these two rhetorical ace cards of the Left. Colon needs to choose which side she´s on.

The best way to defeat this latest attempt at amnesty is to add so many common sense poison pills that the legislation becomes unsignable.

Here are a couple of ideas:
1. End anchor baby status. This provision alone would KO the bill.
2. Nationwide E-verify.
3. No welfare benefits of any kind to immigrants and their children.
4. Mandatory triple layer fence on the Southern border.

Any combination of the above would be enough to send Leftwing reactionaries into apoplexy. Let´s get it done.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: klutkz, 2/14/2013 3:34:32 PM     (No. 9176629)

There is no broken immigration system. Enforce existing laws. Problem solved.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: fca, 2/14/2013 3:35:54 PM     (No. 9176630)

illegals often have lots of documents.

Fake but...

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Reply 30 - Posted by: Conradny, 2/14/2013 3:42:32 PM     (No. 9176645)

Securing the border is a mirage. No matter what the laws say dems won´t enforce it. Look how Tyrant Obama the betrayer ignores the constitution and the rest of our laws.

The following should be required before amnesty

1) make illegal immigration and aiding illegal immigrants a felony punishable by years in fed prison.

2) deny all gov aid to illegal aliens and req active pursuit of illegals by all gov.

3) amend the constitution the end anchor babies.

4) make English the official language and end support for other languages.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: bighambone, 2/14/2013 5:07:57 PM     (No. 9176794)

If the US Government grants 11-20 million illegal aliens what amounts to amnesty, they will also be indirectly granting amnesty to another 11-20 million of the legalized aliens foreign relatives who they will be able to then bring here under the family reunification provisions that the liberal Democrats will insist be passed along with the direct amnesty. If the legalized aliens are put on what amounts to "a path to citizenship" as the Democrats want, once all are then granted US citizenship, and US voting rights, in the years ahead, they will be able to bring their elderly foreign parents here in unlimited numbers, who once they get here will have to be financially supported, many through the SSI program, receive "free" healthcare because they will not have the wherewithal to purchase their own health care insurance, with many of them as they age needing long-term care, the cost of which will have to be picked up by Medicaid.

While Ronald Reagan did sign an amnesty for almost 4 million illegal aliens in November, 1986, he is also reported to have said that was the worst mistake that he made as President. He was right, as that amnesty encouraged the 11-20 million illegal aliens here now to come here and see if they could wait out another such amnesty.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: trapper, 2/14/2013 6:02:38 PM     (No. 9176884)

The author seems to think that it was Perry´s position on amnesty that tanked him, stating that anti-amnesty conservatives "viewed Perry as a bleeding heart unsuited to represent them." That´s odd. I thought that it was Perry´s inability to remember the third government agency he intended to abolish, even after prompting from a moderator, that instantaneousy turned him into a joke and crashed his candidacy. Ms. Colon must have missed that.

She also insists that any immigration reform include "a way for illegal immigrants to earn legitimate citizenship but only after paying penalties and going to the back of the line behind legal immigrants." Seriously? No, SERIOUSLY? This is right in there with Rubio´s statement that amnesty would be conditioned on FIRST securing the border.
Read my lips: Obama will not comply with any of your coditions.

How can anyone still not get it? This is NOT about anmnesty. Amnesty is just relief from enforcement of immigration laws. You won´t get deported. The only thing that prevents Obama from declaring a moratorium on enforcing ALL immigration laws right now, today, is the prospect of getting a bigger prize from gullible Republicans. What is the prize? A legislative path to citizenship that doesn´t currently exist and that Obama can´t do on his own. THAT is what he is after. THAT is the prize. Citizenship for illegals. Not amnesty. He would do amnesty now if that was all he wanted.

Want to have some fun? Pass a bill for immediate blanket amnesty that imposes a lifetime ban on U.S. citizenship on any illegal who accepts the amnesty. You can stay, but you can never vote. Watch Obama howl like a stuck pig.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: RoseOfTexas, 2/14/2013 7:31:18 PM     (No. 9177012)

FTA: Republicans need to stick together on this and make sure that any immigration reform bill includes border security, background checks, learning English...

Yeah, & 0bamacare doesn´t cover abortions either. I remember when 0bama said 0bamacare wouldn´t cover illegals & the guy yelled "You lie!" & I remember thinking, no, he´s probably not lying - by the time 0bamacare goes into effect, there will be no such thing as illegals. Looks like I might be right.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: Dodge Boy, 2/14/2013 8:02:06 PM     (No. 9177086)

Because I get home late from work on weekdays, I´m always last to post.

Heads up, pubbies in congress on this amnesty trap! A wrong move buys the dimmies 15 million votes for 2014 and beyond.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: beancounter, 2/14/2013 8:10:33 PM     (No. 9177101)

Every time I hear "path to citizenship" or "back of the line behind legal immigrants" I want to scream. Do these people not understand that legal immigrants are in line sometimes as long as 30 years?

Right now illegal immigrants have the same path to citizenship as legal immigrants. If you really want them to get to the back of the line then no "reform" need be enacted.

Please, Ms. Colon, explain for those of us who have relatives waiting for legal immigration why illegal immigrants deserve better merely because they broke the law.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: Pinkpanther, 2/14/2013 11:58:08 PM     (No. 9177372)

#15 you obviously don´t live in a border state. Here´s the thing, not all illegals Hispanics are the same. Illegal Cubans are generally hard working, learn English and try to assimilate into our culture illegal Mexicans do not. Here is an excellent resource y´all need to read if you have warm and fuzzy thoughts on illegals:

http://www.usillegalaliens.com/

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New York Times, by Paul Vitello    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 4/17/2014 12:04:27 PM     Post Reply
F. Reid Buckley, a novelist, columnist, founder of a school of public speaking and, in family lore, the most literary of Aloise and William F. Buckley Sr.’s 10 children, including former Senator James L. Buckley and the conservative commentator William F. Buckley Jr., died on Monday in hospice care in Columbia, S.C. He was 83. The cause was cancer, his son William Huntting Buckley said. Mr. Buckley had lived in Camden, S.C., since the early 1970s. He was often mistaken for his brother William, the founder of the conservative magazine National Review. The brothers not only looked alike. They also shared political

Why Obama Can´t Explain Himself
Real Clear World, by Robert Kaplan    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 4/17/2014 9:43:53 AM     Post Reply
Secretary of State John Kerry evidently runs a tight ship, given the paucity of leaks that emerge from his office. So we know he is organized and disciplined. He is also an energetic risk-taker, jumping into high-wire negotiations with Iran, and forcing the Israelis and Palestinians to the negotiating table -- enterprises that could likely end in failure and ruin his reputation. This is a man with character. By contrast, his predecessor at State, Hillary Clinton, appeared to take few risks and has been accused of using the position of secretary of state merely to burnish her resume in preparation

Brain Surgery Patient´s Obamacare
Plan Denies Meds, Drops Doctors
Breitbart Big Government, by Wynton Hall    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 4/17/2014 8:27:21 AM     Post Reply
A New York woman suffering from a neurological disease that has required four brain surgeries has been dropped by all of her doctors and denied medications due to her Obamacare plan. "I´ve been vomiting. I lost 22 pounds. The pain is unbearable," said Margaret Figueroa, 49, on Wednesday. "My medication helps me function during the day." Figueroa suffers from a disease known as Arnold Chiari Malformation and Syringomyelia. Even though the Obamacare plan she purchased assured her that she was covered, her insurance card was denied when she went to fill her prescriptions. Then she learned that none of her



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Kim Novak responds to post-
Oscars ridicule: ‘I was bullied.’

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Washington Post, by Soroya Nadia McDonald    Original Article
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After presenting at the Academy Awards this year, Kim Novak didn’t want to leave her house. The Hitchcock screen siren, 81, was too humiliated to venture from her home near the Rogue River in Oregon. She read the cruel posts and Internet snark about her appearance, and it was just too much. “It got to me like it gets kids and teenagers,” she told the Associated Press. The “Vertigo” actress, considered one of the great beauties in her day, posted a note on her Facebook wall Thursday, acknowledging that she’d gotten fat injections in her face and addressing her halted

Analysis: Obama Celebrates
Eight Million ´Enrollments,´
Again Declares Debate ´Over´

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Townhall, by Guy Benson    Original Article
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The Folly Of The Bundy Ranch Rebellion
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The Federalist, by Grace Olmstead    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/18/2014 4:21:46 AM     Post Reply
It’s the stuff of Westerns: a showdown on the desert plains, the big bad government against an underdog farmer. Though the story has only grabbed national headlines in the past several days, rancher Cliven Bundy has illegally grazed cattle on the Nevada land surrounding his farm for over 20 years. He hasn’t paid grazing fees since 1993, and refuses to renew the necessary grazing permit.(Snip)Rather than using the avenues and pathways presented to him, Bundy has staunchly declared his own law and allegiances. Unfortunately, reality doesn’t work this way. If only it did—we could rebel for paying stupid taxes, refuse to

Students Demand Acknowledgement of
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Breitbart´s Big Government, by AWR Hawkins    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/18/2014 12:35:28 PM     Post Reply
A group of seven multiracial Washington and Lee University (W&L) students are demanding the school remove all Confederate flags from campus and "acknowledge" General Robert E. Lee´s "dishonorable side." According to the Roanoke Times, "seven multiracial students, calling themselves ´The Committee,´" have also demanded the school "acknowledge and apologize for participating in chattel slavery." They want recognition of "Martin Luther King Jr. Day on the undergraduate campus" and an end to "neo-Confederates" marching across campus "to the Lee Chapel on Lee-Jackson Day." The students say they will "engage in civil disobedience" if their demands are not met by September 1st. They added: "The

White House blames fox for
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Daily Caller, by Vince Coglianese    Original Article
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The White House is going to war with another fox — and this time, it’s personal. The Wall Street Journal reports that a red fox has been causing chaos around the White House, tripping security alarms, digging up Michelle’s garden and distracting the president from his duties. The Secret Service won’t give any details about how often the fox trips the White House’s obviously sophisticated security alarms, but rest assured, officials say, they’re watching. President Obama was apparently “stunned” to see the fox roaming freely down the oft-photographed White House colonnade, home to the world’s shortest, but most dramatic, outdoor strolls. The bushy-tailed visitor

In a Hole, Golf Considers
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New York Times, by Bill Pennington    Original Article
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GREENSBORO, Ga. — Golf holes the size of pizzas. Soccer balls on the back nine. A mulligan on every hole. These are some of the measures — some would say gimmicks — that golf courses across the country have experimented with to stop people from quitting the game. Golf has always reveled in its standards and rich tradition. But increasingly a victim of its own image and hidebound ways, golf has lost five million players in the last decade, according to the National Golf Foundation, with 20 percent of the existing 25 million golfers apt to quit in the next few years. People under 35 have especially spurned the game, saying it takes too

Living in the New York Times World
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American Thinker, by J. Paul Masko    Original Article
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Pelosi assists in Holy Week
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San Francisco Chronicle, by Staff    Original Article
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To "honor the dignity and work of immigrants," Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi helps Bishop Marc Andrus wash the feet of two children Thursday at Saint John the Evangelist Episcopal Church in San Francisco. Pelosi also used the occasion to talk about passing HR15 - bipartisan immigration legislation that her office says would "reduce the deficit by nearly $1 trillion, secure our borders, unite our families, protect our workers and provide an earned pathway to citizenship." The Democratic leader´s ceremony coincides with Pope Francis´ similar ceremony in Rome to mark Holy Week.

Deadbeat on the Range
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New York Times, by Timothy Eagan    Original Article
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Imagine a vendor on the National Mall, selling burgers and dogs, who hasn’t paid his rent in 20 years. He refuses to recognize his landlord, the National Park Service, as a legitimate authority. Every court has ruled against him, and fines have piled up. What’s more, the effluents from his food cart are having a detrimental effect on the spring grass in the capital. Would an armed posse come to his defense, aiming their guns at the park police? Would the lawbreaker get prime airtime on Fox News, breathless updates in the Drudge Report, a sympathetic ear from Tea Party Republicans?

Obama: ´For me, Easter is a story of hope,
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Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
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Hi, everybody. For millions of Americans, this time of year holds great meaning. Earlier this week, we hosted a Passover Seder at the White House, and joined Jewish families around the world in their re-tellings of the story of the Exodus and the victory of faith over oppression. And this Sunday, Michelle, Malia, Sasha, and I will join our fellow Christians around the world in celebrating the Resurrection of Christ, the salvation he offered the world, and the hope that comes with the Easter season. These holy days have their roots in miracles that took place long ago. And yet, they still inspire us, guide us, and strengthen us today. They remind us of our

Ann Coulter takes up ‘Mitt
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Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/18/2014 7:03:28 PM     Post Reply
Conservative columnist Ann Coulter — who used her talk show platform in the last presidential election cycle to campaign hard for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney — has taken up the mantra once again, calling on Republicans to give the failed White House bidder another shot in 2016. She made the suggestion during a discussion on Sean Hannity’s radio show while speaking of her new book, “Never Trust a Liberal Over 3-Especially a Republican.” Ms. Coulter also addressed the question of Mr. Romney’s shortcomings by saying that his 2012 loss wasn’t entirely his fault. “I think too much blame, not only in this

Clintons celebrate Chelsea’s
pregnancy announcement

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New York Post, by Stephanie Smith    Original Article
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The Clintons had a busy night of celebrations after Chelsea announced she and husband Marc Mezvinsky are expecting a baby. Bill joined “House of Cards” star Kevin Spacey at the Revlon Rainforest Fund Benefit Concert at Carnegie Hall Thursday, joking of Spacey’s Machiavellian character, “When I was president people accused me of murder all the time, made a show of investigating. Spacey’s president for 15 minutes and he gets away with murder.” Spacey, who sang during the event with Sting, Stephen Stills and James Taylor, also showed off his Johnny Carson impression, taking a swipe at the coverage of Flight


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