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Hugo Chavez, fiery Venezuelan
leader, dies at 58

Associated Press, by Frank Bajak

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Posted By:Desert Fox, 3/5/2013 5:28:07 PM

CARACAS, Venezuela -- President Hugo Chavez, the fiery populist who declared a socialist revolution in Venezuela, crusaded against U.S. influence and championed a leftist revival across Latin America, died Tuesday at age 58 after a nearly two-year bout with cancer. During more than 14 years in office, Chavez routinely challenged the status quo at home and internationally. He polarized Venezuelans with his confrontational and domineering style, yet was also a masterful communicator and strategist who tapped into Venezuelan nationalism to win broad support, particularly among the poor. Vice President Nicolas Maduro, surrounded by other government officials, announced the death in a

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Wetlandz, 3/5/2013 5:29:13 PM     (No. 9210022)

Bueno

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Reply 2 - Posted by: miceal, 3/5/2013 5:29:38 PM     (No. 9210025)

One down, so many more to go....

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Scottyboy, 3/5/2013 5:33:11 PM     (No. 9210030)

I can still smell the sulphur

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Reply 4 - Posted by: oldmagnolia, 3/5/2013 5:33:41 PM     (No. 9210032)

Lucifer has been waiting. It is getting crowded in Hell.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: pomom, 3/5/2013 5:35:04 PM     (No. 9210035)

He rotted from the inside out. Rest in pieces.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Crosscut, 3/5/2013 5:38:39 PM     (No. 9210041)

Adios, Hugo. Say hello to Yasser, Osama and Teddy. Hopefully Fidel will be joining you soon down there.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Oilie, 3/5/2013 5:38:43 PM     (No. 9210042)

Our Dear Reader will have flowery words for hugo, and shed a genuine tear. Birds of a feather.

Odds on whether he goes to the funeral or sends the veep?

Remember, he couldn´t be bothered for the Polish president´s funeral, who perished in a plane crash in 2010. Golfed, instead.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: farmwife, 3/5/2013 5:41:01 PM     (No. 9210045)

Beat me to it, #3.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: reilly, 3/5/2013 5:41:13 PM     (No. 9210046)


Joe Kennedy´s hero.


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Reply 10 - Posted by: GOPJihad, 3/5/2013 5:41:17 PM     (No. 9210048)

Well... Bye.

I hope the same fate befalls all socialist tyrants.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: WIBadger, 3/5/2013 5:41:20 PM     (No. 9210049)

As a Christian, I have one set of emotions. As a freedom-loving American, something else entirely.

Best that I say nothing....

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Reply 12 - Posted by: john56, 3/5/2013 5:42:24 PM     (No. 9210051)

I´m sure somebody is sad he´s dead. A wife, a kid, somebody. So, I guess Rest in Peace, Hugo. Hope you took the Asbestos Suit along with you.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: snowcloud, 3/5/2013 5:44:19 PM     (No. 9210054)

What #10 said.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: dittohead, 3/5/2013 5:45:15 PM     (No. 9210055)

He was only 58??? So much evil in so few years. I must say I am happy to hear he is dead.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: whyyeseyec, 3/5/2013 5:53:36 PM     (No. 9210063)

Please, pleaseeeeee send Biden to the funeral. This ought to be good for a year`s worth of laughs.

Biden: Stand up, Hugo! Oh God, what am I sayin`. Everybody, stand up for Hugo! That`s an order!!!!

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Reply 16 - Posted by: SpeedMaster, 3/5/2013 5:55:44 PM     (No. 9210065)

I have no more details then what is reported, which is he died of cancer. Where is the best cancer treatment in the world (at least for now)? If he had not been such an #** he could have come here for treatment and still be alive, there is a God!

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Noj15, 3/5/2013 6:00:18 PM     (No. 9210071)

Smell ya later...

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Reply 18 - Posted by: leopardtwo, 3/5/2013 6:01:34 PM     (No. 9210072)

Sic semper tyrannis.
- motto of the Commonwealth of Virginia

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Namma, 3/5/2013 6:03:09 PM     (No. 9210076)

It´s now 63 p.m. and Hugo is still dead..

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Hazymac, 3/5/2013 6:05:11 PM     (No. 9210079)

What #15 said. Later, Oogo. Much, much later. Burn baby burn.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: RedWhiteBlue, 3/5/2013 6:05:21 PM     (No. 9210080)

One dictator down, more to go.

Smell the sulfur yet?

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Reply 22 - Posted by: CEP, 3/5/2013 6:08:31 PM     (No. 9210085)

Good, that disgusting pig is gone. Fiery is not a word to describe him crazy but I´m sure that he is in the fire now.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: BigGeorgeTX, 3/5/2013 6:13:26 PM     (No. 9210091)

I understand his last words were "why does it smell like sulfur in here?".

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Reply 24 - Posted by: neanderthal, 3/5/2013 6:14:13 PM     (No. 9210093)

Many of the phrases and characteristics mentioned in the article seem to accurately describe another president much nearer to home.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: flygal, 3/5/2013 6:14:49 PM     (No. 9210095)

When I read the intro to the article about him challenging the status quo and polarizing his countrymen but being a master communicator, I thought he was talking about our president.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: snakeoil, 3/5/2013 6:15:40 PM     (No. 9210097)

Another chance for diplomacy for Dennis Rodman. He would have lived to be 59 if it weren´t for Cuban medicine.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: justavoter, 3/5/2013 6:16:56 PM     (No. 9210099)

The Muslim Brotherhood is already circling.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: 4Justice, 3/5/2013 6:19:32 PM     (No. 9210103)

I am not one to wish ill on anyone but....YAY!!!

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Reply 29 - Posted by: Rafter, 3/5/2013 6:22:38 PM     (No. 9210107)

Obama will invite the Caracas Carcass to the White Hut for a special award...

"For Conspicuous Posthumous and Posthumorous Longevity Levity"

The Generalissimo Francisco Franco Award
for longest dying scene in charismatic history...

Accepting the award for President Chavez will be... Chevy "Chavez" Chase...
the SNL Alum most famously associated with Francisco Franco...
Who, btw, is STILL dead...
After nearly four decades of endless appearances as Cadaver in Chief...

Next up for a Camp David Sequester Moment...
"Weekend At Bernie´s... Part Four"

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Reply 30 - Posted by: mominNoCA, 3/5/2013 6:25:44 PM     (No. 9210110)

I thought I smelled sulfur.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: tomanderson61, 3/5/2013 6:26:21 PM     (No. 9210112)

Good riddance to you, filthy commie pig. All the cowardly bravado, all the stealing of people´s money, all the misery you and your ilk create...and for what? Nothing could stop you from dying at a young 58...aside from maybe some good medical care from your enemy the USA.

Hope you had that thought as the cloak of death surrounded you. Hey, I could have done something GOOD for my country, I could have gotten help for my health from the USA, I could have done alot, but now I am dead.

A great day for the world. Oh, and Hugo, the Bush´s are doing quite fun. Hope you thought of them too. George was enjoying his ranch while you were suffering.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: JediJerry, 3/5/2013 6:34:40 PM     (No. 9210120)

If the Prince of Pitching and Putting finds out there is a golf course in Caracas, you know he will go to the funeral of his pal and stay for at least a week to 10 daze.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: Udanja99, 3/5/2013 6:36:01 PM     (No. 9210123)

I notice that Mikey Moore isn´t on twitter right now extolling the virtues of Cuban health care.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: TX2Step, 3/5/2013 6:38:11 PM     (No. 9210126)

I´m sure Sean Penn is grieving uncontrollably.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: stablemoney, 3/5/2013 6:38:22 PM     (No. 9210127)

Didn´t Hugo get the constitution revised to allow him to remain as president after he died?

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Reply 36 - Posted by: DARling, 3/5/2013 6:39:43 PM     (No. 9210129)

What tin pot dictator will Sean Penn latch onto now, and tell everyone what a great guy he is?

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Reply 37 - Posted by: Vaquero45, 3/5/2013 6:41:50 PM     (No. 9210133)

Hey, Hugo - say hi to Hitler, Stalin and Pol Pot. They saved a pot for you right by the fire.

A.M.F.!

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Reply 38 - Posted by: farmwife, 3/5/2013 6:42:07 PM     (No. 9210134)

Only say good things about the dead. He´s dead. Good.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: Words have Meaning, 3/5/2013 6:45:41 PM     (No. 9210140)

I have to tell you he has probably been dead for weeks.

If you look at recent pictures he sometimes has a fullhead of hair and in other photos he is bald. They could not lie any more because even when they propped his hand up to wave, he looked dead.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: Citizen Plain, 3/5/2013 7:01:59 PM     (No. 9210160)

Obama promised the dying Chavez that elections would be fixed as long as he´s dictator

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Reply 41 - Posted by: iamtinman, 3/5/2013 7:07:24 PM     (No. 9210164)

The world is a better place and Venezuela, a country I visited several times and grew to love will be better for his early passing. Hopefully PDVSA the national oil company will get the kind of professional management they need as they are in dire straits now and the economy can turn around.

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Reply 42 - Posted by: D S Craft, 3/5/2013 7:12:24 PM     (No. 9210167)

Good riddance. May he rot in hell.

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Reply 43 - Posted by: Pearson365, 3/5/2013 7:15:17 PM     (No. 9210174)

Chavez is the first victim of sequestration. I hope that Boehner and the GOP are satisfied. Obama warned us of catastrophe if we reduced growth in federal spending by 2%.

Viva Sequestation!!

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Reply 44 - Posted by: Ida Lil, 3/5/2013 7:19:06 PM     (No. 9210179)

After i stop gagging from the syrupy media eulogy I will say --A self proclaimed lord and master and controller of lives died today.
NEXT

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Reply 45 - Posted by: mustang flyer, 3/5/2013 7:20:14 PM     (No. 9210181)

Hey Obama, since your Obamacare isn´t going to take care of you should you come down with a nasty brain cancer at least we know where you will be going for treatment...I´m sure the Castro boys will pull no stops to plug you into the same machines your pal Hugo so successfully used. It´s probably still warm too...hurry, hurry and beat the rush...

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Reply 46 - Posted by: rocket scientist, 3/5/2013 7:24:09 PM     (No. 9210185)

Good riddance to an avowed enemy of the United States. I thought it was about time he should be smelling the sulphur fumes "down below" by now. Say hello to Hell for us, Amigo.

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Reply 47 - Posted by: zzzghy, 3/5/2013 7:26:37 PM     (No. 9210188)

hugo chavez is dead?

Bummer, man...

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Reply 48 - Posted by: L.A. Guy, 3/5/2013 7:28:12 PM     (No. 9210191)

The AP praised this thieving creep...

Bad day for Obama, Bill Ayers and Sean Penn as they mourn their Socialist Dictator hero, who drove Private business out of the Country, then pillaged 2 billion from his own people.





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Reply 49 - Posted by: Dr. Kranky, 3/5/2013 7:29:24 PM     (No. 9210193)

Don´t cry for me Venezue-e-e-elaaaa!

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Reply 50 - Posted by: TXknitter, 3/5/2013 7:36:08 PM     (No. 9210196)

Amen #11. It´s why I am staying quiet too.

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Reply 51 - Posted by: bluebonnet, 3/5/2013 7:36:58 PM     (No. 9210199)

Poster 29 beat me to it. Excellent!

It´s early in the week, but I think it´s certainly in the running for "Best Post of the Week"

btnboerne

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Reply 52 - Posted by: jetsman, 3/5/2013 7:38:55 PM     (No. 9210202)



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Reply 53 - Posted by: pindarjr, 3/5/2013 7:42:15 PM     (No. 9210212)

Sean Penn, Danny Glover and other Hollywood notables, in deep, deep mourning, say they will be seeking solace and guidance from their newest guru, Kim Jong-il. Penn, in a "short" statement to the press, said. "Dear leader Kim? Finally, a murderous dictator I can look down on." In related news North Korea has indicated it will be importing more Kool-Aid to slake the thirst of an expected influx of pilgrims.

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Reply 54 - Posted by: jetsman, 3/5/2013 7:42:33 PM     (No. 9210214)

Well, there is another log burning in hell tonight!!!
Hollywood will air this cretins funeral from
beginning to ending and then ask to have his death be made a national holiday in America!

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Reply 55 - Posted by: pindarjr, 3/5/2013 7:51:03 PM     (No. 9210227)

Meant "Kim Jong Un," not Kim Jong-il. Sorry for the second post.

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Reply 56 - Posted by: Lefticide, 3/5/2013 8:00:36 PM     (No. 9210236)

I heard that they are going to bury him 100 feet down, instead of the customary 6 feet...Because deep down, he´s a really good person. Rot in Hell, socialist trash.

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Reply 57 - Posted by: thewarden, 3/5/2013 8:02:25 PM     (No. 9210241)

Satan just got a new boyfriend. Mazel!

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Reply 58 - Posted by: ledbythnose, 3/5/2013 8:34:17 PM     (No. 9210272)

Stealing the words of a Brad Paisley song. I´m gonna miss him. The World is one Devil light Tonite. Buenos Dios Pancho.

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Reply 59 - Posted by: spinpilot, 3/5/2013 9:27:52 PM     (No. 9210345)

Such a GREAT day for the Venezuelan people! May he burn in hell forever! One tyrant down and one more to go!

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Reply 60 - Posted by: Italiano, 3/5/2013 9:32:25 PM     (No. 9210348)

He´s sure as hell fiery now...

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Reply 61 - Posted by: johnwayne, 3/5/2013 9:36:31 PM     (No. 9210360)

It´s Bush´s fault.

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Reply 62 - Posted by: northeast, 3/5/2013 9:38:31 PM     (No. 9210364)

maybe Jimmie Carter will go to pay his last repects, r

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Reply 63 - Posted by: shurnuff, 3/5/2013 9:53:02 PM     (No. 9210393)

El Diablo... good riddance!!

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Reply 64 - Posted by: PageTurner, 3/5/2013 11:56:55 PM     (No. 9210504)

Today just happens to be the 50th anniversary to the day of the death of Joe Stalin.

How appropriate.

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Reply 65 - Posted by: bifgroovey, 3/6/2013 12:09:44 AM     (No. 9210512)

Whenever an elitus communist dictator praised by Malibu mansioned Hollywood ilk dies... ... The bells of liberty ring (Sean Penn never had his family farm confiscated by Chavez).

RING THE BELLS OF LIBERTY VENEZUELA!!! The communist dictator is dead.

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Reply 66 - Posted by: mickturn, 3/6/2013 1:22:53 PM     (No. 9211585)

Firey, great adjective and great admission of where he is enjoying his days now...

Hey Chavez, how does it feel to not need a light for your cigar? Enjoy your deserved fate for eternity! Hey Penn, wanna go live with him? You can´t come back...

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Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) on Friday called for a Senate hearing into the dispute between Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) over cattle grazing. Heller described as "patriots" the people who came armed to Bundy’s ranch after the BLM began to seize his cattle for refusing to pay grazing fees and fines that now total more than $1 million. Heller debated the ranch standoff on a Nevada television station with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who has called the armed Bundy supporters “domestic terrorists.” "What senator Reid may call domestic terrorists, I call patriots," Heller said.

High school senior forms petition with over
ONE THOUSAND signatures against Michele
Obama speaking at their high school
graduation ´because it would overshadow
the students´ big day´
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/19/2014 5:20:14 PM     Post Reply
If expanding the guest list to include Michelle Obama at graduation for high school students in the Kansas capital city means fewer seats for friends and family, some students and their parents would prefer the first lady not attend. A furor over what the Topeka school district considers an honor has erupted after plans were announced for Obama to address a combined graduation ceremony for five area high schools next month an 8,000-seat arena. For some, it was the prospect of a tight limit on the number of seats allotted to each graduate. For others, it was the notion that Obama´s speech,



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But Seriously, Just How
Slow-Witted is John Boehner?

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American Thinker, by C. Edmund Wright    Original Article
Posted By: quantumman- 4/21/2014 7:22:21 AM     Post Reply
As he moves from lobbyists to the golf course, from press conferences to the tanning bed, he remains oblivious to all that is around him. He has power, incredible power, and yet to this day he has no understanding of the election that made it so. Moreover, all around him are astonishing opportunities for him to be an historic figure -- one who could and should be the man who did more than any other single person in turning back the red tide of Obama. It’s all there for Speaker of the House, and yet John Boehner manages to miss

Would YOU be underwater if the
polar caps melted? Map reveals
what our planet would look like
if sea levels rose by 260ft

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Daily Mail (UK), by Ellie Zolfagharifard    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/21/2014 5:20:21 PM     Post Reply
Global sea levels have risen by 8 inches (20cm) since 1880 and scientists predict they could rise up to 3ft (98cm) by 2100. But despite the UN’s recent threats of war, famine and extreme weather, such a dramatically different world caused by sea level rise can be hard to imagine. To help picture the future, Martin Vargic, an amateur graphic designer from Slovakia, has created a map depicting the planet with sea levels around 260ft (79m) higher than they are today. He imagines what Earth would look like if the ice sheets surrounding the North and South poles melted, releasing

Jeb Bush is your only chance
against Hillary, Republicans

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Hot Air, by Bob Schrum    Original Article
Posted By: quantumman- 4/22/2014 6:32:54 AM     Post Reply
If Jeb reaches for the nomination, there will be a titanic battle between the party establishment and the Tea Party. Steve Schmidt, McCain’s strategist in 2008, insists that in the end Republicans usually settle on the most electable candidate. To get by, this Bush may be forced to trim his positions, although the cautionary tale of Romney suggests that he would have to tack artfully and carefully for the sake of the general election. Certainly he will have the resources to outlast, discredit, and disqualify his rivals.

You´re on the clock:
Doctors rush patients out the door

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USA Today*, by Roni Caryn Rabin    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/21/2014 4:35:59 AM     Post Reply
Joan Eisenstodt didn´t have a stopwatch when she went to see an ear, nose and throat specialist recently, but she is certain the physician was not in the exam room with her for more than three or four minutes. "He looked up my nose, said it was inflamed, told me to see the nurse for a prescription and was gone," said the 66-year-old Washington, D.C., consultant, who was suffering from an acute sinus infection. When she started protesting the doctor´s choice of medication, "He just cut me off totally," she said. "I´ve never been in and out from a visit faster." These days,

The Increasing Desperation of Democrats
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National Review Online, by John Fund    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/21/2014 5:19:02 AM     Post Reply
Harry Reid isn’t backing down from his claim that rancher Cliven Bundy’s supporters are “domestic terrorists.” It’s astonishing rhetoric given the White House’s characterization of the mass shooting by a genuine terrorist, Major Nidal Hasan, who killed 13 Americans at the Fort Hood Army base after yelling “Allahu Akbar!” (God is great.) Rather than labeling Hasan’s actions “domestic terrorism,” the Obama administration is prosecuting him for having committed “workplace violence.” Democratic rhetoric is become ever more desperate and overheated as we approach the November midterm elections. Last week, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said that GOP positions on immigration were motivated by

A rancher´s armed battle against the US
government is standard libertarian fare

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Guardian [UK], by Kieran Suckling    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 4/21/2014 8:10:33 AM     Post Reply
Perhaps the most remarkable feature of American democracy is the magnificent estate of public land that it reserved from the very beginning for the use of all citizens, rich or poor. There is nothing like it in the democracies of Europe, which came into being with nations already carved up into private fiefdoms. The Great Idea that hundreds of millions of acres of forests, deserts, rivers and prairies should be owned by, and managed for, the public interest has had a profound and lasting influence on American culture. But not everyone has accepted it. Cliven Bundy’s armed standoff with the National Park

A Marine´s story: Women set up
to fail USMC’s most grueling test

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ABC News, by Martha Raddatz*    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 4/21/2014 11:13:10 AM     Post Reply
At a petite 5’3’’, Sage Santangelo may not look like a combat fighter at first glance. But the female second lieutenant has never let that hold her back from pursuing her dream of becoming an infantry officer in the Marine Corps. Growing up, Santangelo found she was always able to keep up with the guys and enjoyed playing hockey on all boys’ teams. But when she joined the Marines, Santangelo found the playing field changed; she was segregated into female-only training units and as a woman, was relegated to less strenuous physical training than her male counterparts. And that’s why,

Wasserman-Schultz: Midterm Election
´Absolutely Not´ A Referendum on Obama

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Cybercast News Service, by Susan Jones    Original Article
Posted By: Toledo- 4/21/2014 8:22:28 AM     Post Reply
"No, absolutely not," the November midterm election is not a referendum on President Obama and his policies, Democrat Party Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) told NBC´s "Meet the Press" on Sunday. "[T]hese elections, particularly the Senate elections, are referendums on the candidates running," she said. Asked about vulnerable Democrats who have criticized President Obama´s flawed healthcare law, Wasserman Schultz said they are running their own race. "They have to talk about and focus on the issues that are important to their constituents. And what´s also true is, if you look at the success rate and the track record of

Obama to free hundreds of drug
felons under clemency rules
designed to un-do mandatory
sentences from ´War on Drugs´ era

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Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 4/21/2014 11:37:51 PM     Post Reply
The Obama administration is poised to entertain a flood of new clemency applications from thousands of federal prisoners who were given harsh sentences under mandatory-minimum laws following drug convictions, Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday. Holder said in a short videotaped statement that he wants to shrink the federal prison population by a modest amount while ensuring ´that those who have paid their debts have a chance to become productive citizens.´ At the center of the move is a set of old sentencing rules that punished crack-cocaine offenders with more time behind bars than users or traffickers of powder cocaine.

Michelle Obama:
´splurging is the key to life´

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Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/21/2014 9:31:25 PM     Post Reply
Washington - Michelle Obama said "splurging is the key to life" if you regularly eat right and stay active. Her biggest guilty pleasure: French fries. "How would you appreciate vegetables if you never had chocolate?" she asked. "You couldn´t live without a little chocolate, a little French fries." The first lady took questions from children reporters Monday after appearing at the White House Easter Egg Roll. She told the children that if they eat right the majority of the time, then a splurge or snack is not going to hurt them. "I still splurge when I can, but that's why I try to exercise almost every day," she said.

John Kerry’s Easter Message:
I’m ‘First Catholic Secretary of
State in 33 Years’

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Cybercast News Service, by Terence P. Jeffrey    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/21/2014 2:26:51 AM     Post Reply
In an op-ed published in the Boston Globe on Easter Sunday and posted on the State Department website, Secretary of State John Kerry recalled his days as an altar boy and pointed out that he is “the first Catholic Secretary of State in 33 years.” Alexander Haig, who served as secretary of state to President Ronald Reagan from January 1981 to July 1982, was also a Catholic. Last month, I traveled to Rome with President Obama, where I was honored to meet His Holiness Pope Francis,” said Kerry. “As an altar boy six decades ago, I never imagined that I

Ignoring an Inequality Culprit:
Single-Parent Families

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Wall Street Journal, by David Maranto & Michael Crouch    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/21/2014 5:05:45 AM     Post Reply
Suppose a scientific conference on cancer prevention never addressed smoking, on the grounds that in a free society you can´t change private behavior, and anyway, maybe the statistical relationships between smoking and cancer are really caused by some other third variable. Wouldn´t some suspect that the scientists who raised these claims were driven by something—ideology, tobacco money—other than science? Yet in the current discussions about increased inequality, few researchers, fewer reporters, and no one in the executive branch of government directly addresses what seems to be the strongest statistical correlate of inequality in the United States: the rise of single-parent


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