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Outraged Philadelphia mayor
calls for investigation
into ´disgusting´ magazine
article about race relations
in the city titled Being
White in Philly

Daily Mail (UK), by Staff

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Posted By:JoniTx, 3/17/2013 4:20:49 PM

The mayor of Philadelphia has called for an investigation into a controversial article recently published in a local magazine titled ´Being White in Philly.´ The story that appeared in Philadelphia Magazine this month features a series of interviews with unnamed white residents living in different parts of Philadelphia who talk about their dealings with African-Americans. Calling the article´s tone ´disgusting,´ Mayor Michael Nutter has asked the Human Relations Commission to look into some of the race-related concerns raised by the article.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: jntsrgn, 3/17/2013 4:32:21 PM     (No. 9229726)

Keep feeding the stereotype, Mayor.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: iris354, 3/17/2013 4:33:53 PM     (No. 9229728)

Demonization and PC go hand in hand. Ben Carson is so right, this is eating into our civic culture and destroying the right to free speech.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Pros7767, 3/17/2013 4:35:24 PM     (No. 9229732)

Perhaps Mayor Nutter should be more concerned about making sure the inner city youth are getting an education and staying off the streets instead of flash mobbing.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Screwgun, 3/17/2013 4:35:48 PM     (No. 9229734)

"Human Relations Commission". We´re doomed.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: kanphil, 3/17/2013 4:36:19 PM     (No. 9229736)

I read the rather long article from first to last. I have no way of knowing if it was all factually true, but it had the ring of veracity to it. Mayor Nutter needs to face facts.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: jacooley, 3/17/2013 4:36:48 PM     (No. 9229737)

Guess the mayor hasn´t heard of that 1st Amendment thingie.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: kayjaymac, 3/17/2013 4:38:37 PM     (No. 9229738)

The other day I was walking through a parking lot at a shopping center and a car with four black ladies, probably middle-aged (not youngsters I am trying to say) drove by with their windows down and their stereo blaring some rap "music". In the short time it took for them to pass me, I heard the n-word. Now, why are we racist again????

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 3/17/2013 4:43:35 PM     (No. 9229746)

Leftists crush their adversaries and the truth. Solving problems is no fun and does not advance the narrative. We can´t have journalists just running around around with their own opinions. That would be too crazy.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Keekng, 3/17/2013 4:47:01 PM     (No. 9229757)

Who could have ever guessed the outraged mayor is black...... s/o.
That truth stuff only goes so far.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: JonR, 3/17/2013 4:49:00 PM     (No. 9229760)

If the shoe fits.....

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Reply 11 - Posted by: suziesuburbanite, 3/17/2013 4:51:28 PM     (No. 9229766)

Apparently the first amendment doesn´t apply in Phili

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Former lurker, 3/17/2013 4:51:36 PM     (No. 9229767)

I read the article, it was in no way disgusting. If anything the people quoted leaned over backwards to make excuses for the dysfunctional black neighborhood being discussed.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: LComStaff, 3/17/2013 4:56:31 PM     (No. 9229777)

Article discussed posted here earlier today.
http://lucianne.com/thread/?artnum=727466

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Reply 14 - Posted by: rinohunter, 3/17/2013 5:03:54 PM     (No. 9229788)

Is it at all possible to give this nimrod a test to find out if he actually read the article or is it simply the title that he´s offended by?
Keep up the good work mayor...along with the rest of the "nutters" ruining America´s big cities, i.e. Chicago, New York (Bloomers is NOT a republican), the imbecile in Newark, NJ, the imbecile in Boston, etc., etc..

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Reply 15 - Posted by: JAN, 3/17/2013 5:06:17 PM     (No. 9229791)

Evidently the New Black Panthers threatening voters at the polling place in Philadelphia were simply a figment of our imaginations?

Black flash mobs on the trains in Philly?
More figments?

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Reply 16 - Posted by: maggie2u, 3/17/2013 5:07:13 PM     (No. 9229792)

The mayor just proved the point of the article.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Hotrod, 3/17/2013 6:02:51 PM     (No. 9229898)

Nutter couldn´t have done a better job of validating the point of the article! What a nutjob!

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Reply 18 - Posted by: The Advocate, 3/17/2013 6:04:07 PM     (No. 9229899)

Lived in Philly for 15 years -including the Wilson Goode years.He was the first black Mayor.
When he BOMBED the west Philadelphia compound of the MOVE people killing and maiming the occupants, including children, and destroying 125 black middle class homes -he got a pass!
He double downed by hiring a black contractor to rebuild the homes -who promptly went to prison.
Once the homes were built at a cost of 175 K each - they lasted 15 years before being torn down because they were unsafe.
The problem is not money -it is the Culture and now our Racist in Chief is making things worse.
Nutter is continuing the racist destruction of the black community-from within.
They can´t blame The Man -Obama is The Man.
Their extravagant lifestyle of the Obamas fits the worst sterotypes.
50percent of blacks in phila don´t even graduate from high schools-they have no present and no future -but they get free housing, obamaphones and food stamps to have more failures.
Nutter should focus on the illegitimacy rate in the black community, the predator males, the criminals preying on the young and get off the Race Pimp bandwagon.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: jalo1951, 3/17/2013 6:16:27 PM     (No. 9229919)

Ouch, truth hurts. Maybe the obamas will let him visit the WH and they can kiss his boo boo and make it better.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: noproblems, 3/17/2013 6:21:49 PM     (No. 9229929)

someone might want to tell Mayor Mook about the 1st amendment

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Perfectsense, 3/17/2013 6:22:36 PM     (No. 9229930)

Speaking truth to power is now racism.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: snakeoil, 3/17/2013 6:32:47 PM     (No. 9229951)

Why not call the article Being White in America? It no different anywhere else. At least in Philly you can get a decent cheese steak.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: KTWO, 3/17/2013 6:36:30 PM     (No. 9229959)

a shoe on the other foot is uncomfortable

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Reply 24 - Posted by: ann_n_GA, 3/17/2013 6:37:41 PM     (No. 9229964)

Ditto in the ATL

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Th-Gr-Sil-Majority, 3/17/2013 6:39:22 PM     (No. 9229966)

...as some have said, the chump mayor proves the point the author asks at the end of the article, can it even be spoken of?...

...not for the mayor or his kind and so someday, perhaps, Philly will go like Detroit, and just rot away...

...when the nanny state goes broke, the cities will riot and burn...

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Reply 26 - Posted by: bighambone, 3/17/2013 6:39:28 PM     (No. 9229967)

It´s not a racial thing so much anymore, but is all about the degenerate, disgusting, and violent culture that most USA ghetto black folks have created for themselves in just about all the big cities. Only those black folks can back out of the gutter level cultural situation that they have put themselves in, but obviously they are not ready to do that, and don´t want to hear the truth.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: lakerman1, 3/17/2013 6:41:33 PM     (No. 9229971)

#18, Obama blames ´the man.´ Haven´t you been listening to him?

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Reply 28 - Posted by: Sheepfarmer, 3/17/2013 6:42:40 PM     (No. 9229974)

We lived in Baltimore County for 15 years, and I worked in East Baltimore. What´s described in the original article rang true for me, and I felt that a lot of the people interviewed in this article could have been from Baltimore, or many places on the I-95 corridor. Instead of dismissing the article as "disgusting," wouldn´t it have been amazing if the mayor had said, "I hear you," to the people who feel this way, and maybe opened up some nonjudgmental, honest conversations?

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Reply 29 - Posted by: Japanorama, 3/17/2013 7:10:37 PM     (No. 9230018)

Win a trip to Philadelphia!
Second prize: 2 weeks in Philly.
First prize: 1 week in Philly.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: snapper451, 3/17/2013 7:35:44 PM     (No. 9230047)

Lived there - lived that. The city is a mess and will probably be the next Detroit. Fast Eddie Rendell managed the city reasonably but it´s been crap since. I just won´t go there anymore. The article is in no way distasteful unless the truth tastes like crap to you.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: Bison65, 3/17/2013 7:50:21 PM     (No. 9230071)

The left created the terrible conditions in all of our decaying cities. In Baltimore, Senator/Councilman Mikulski sat on her butt aided by Senator Sarbanes and a host of loser Baltimore mayors who followed Mayor Schaefer watched as tens of thousands of good jobs left the city and Maryland. Bethlehem Steel once employed 35,000 men...now all but gone. National Can, Continental Can, American Can, Lever Brothers, Crown Cork and Seal, General Motors Fisher Body all gone. All of this because of the social experimenters. Let´s bus students across the city, set up Section 8 housing, penalize a family which has a father in place. Thank you President Johnson for the Vietnam War and the war on poverty...I hope he is burning. Now Governor O´Malley is taking up the gauntlet as he watches industry and wealth flea the state. Hey, let´s try gay marriage, drug legalization, make felons out of law abiding citizens by declaring their weapons of protection illegal. I grew up in east Baltimore and went to public schools and received a great education. In two generations this city became diseased...what a tragedy. The greatest generation led to a generation of takers. Mayors who stole the $ 50 dollar coupons intended for Christmas gifts. A Councilwoman who used phony SS numbers to set up family members on a pay roll. A woman who recently ran for Congress and was discovered to be voting multiple times in recent elections. Sodom you had nothing over Baltimore and I am sure Philly, Detroit, Chicago, Atlanta, Etc

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Reply 32 - Posted by: JimS, 3/17/2013 7:53:41 PM     (No. 9230074)

I have not seen such polarization and animosity between the white and black races since 1960. And if it develops into a race war, we can thank the Divider-in-Chief Obama.
From the very beginning he has taken sides against white people with the Cambridge police officer, New Black Panthers, appointing incompetent blacks like Holder and Jarrett, "we´re a country of race cowards," Trayvon.
We watch black mayors and black population run
Detroit, Trenton, Baltimore, Camden, Philadelphia,
Chicago into the ground and become as bad as Haiti.
We watch ever more entitlements and Obamaphones handed out to blacks, Affirmative Action promoting
barely litterate incompetents
And our Reward for putting up with all this crap, is WE GET CALLED RACISTS if we don´t like it.
Fine. I admit it. After 60 years of putting up with black victimology, I am now a racist.
Bring on the race war.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: jorgecito, 3/17/2013 8:02:35 PM     (No. 9230088)

So it´s ThoughtCrime to speak the truth.

And btw, the truth as spoken in this article is as "inoffensive" as it could possibly be. No horrific crimes against whites are described or even mentioned. This piece could´ve been inflammatory ... it isn´t.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: killerbee, 3/17/2013 8:35:10 PM     (No. 9230125)

And thus he illustrates the point of the article. How helpful. Of course, the magazine will back down and issue a thousand apologies before they go bankrupt because none of the apologies will be accepted.



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Reply 35 - Posted by: jhholliday, 3/17/2013 8:55:04 PM     (No. 9230140)

I agree with #32. After years of being sympathetic to blacks and the discrimination they suffered they have turned me into a racist. 99% of black politicians are on the take and then they still blame whites. Their crime rate is staggering and should be a nationwide scandal if the media did their job.

Sorry. Send me a membership racist card. I am now a charter member.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: DARling, 3/17/2013 9:15:04 PM     (No. 9230151)

I read the whole article. The only thing that is disgusting is how people pussyfoot around the truth. Such as where liberal blacks are in charge, no decent person would ever want to live.

The article was honest. That first amendment thing can bite you hard at times.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: taxed2death, 3/17/2013 9:31:33 PM     (No. 9230173)

"Congress shall make no law...abriding the freedom of speech orf of the press..." is apparently an intellectual concept beyond the esteemed Mayor Nutter. I live in Delaware (part of the Philly TV market). Philly is an ungovernable "state of nature" thanks to 60 years (!) of Democrat rule. "Democracy is the theory the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard."

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Reply 38 - Posted by: Caljeepgirl, 3/17/2013 9:39:18 PM     (No. 9230182)

I live in Oakland, CA. When I read that article, I could relate completely! I had no idea when I read it that it was considered controversial. Just telling it like it is.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: Italiano, 3/17/2013 9:51:07 PM     (No. 9230196)

America could have evolved beyond this had it only elected Barack Obama in 2008. He was post-racial.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: god of irony, 3/17/2013 9:58:11 PM     (No. 9230200)

Attack the messenger like a good little socialist Alinskyite.

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Reply 41 - Posted by: Hugh Akston, 3/17/2013 10:07:43 PM     (No. 9230207)

I wonder how the mayor would have reacted if the author had dropped the veneer of caution and didn´t tiptoe his way through the article?

Kudos for Philadelphia Magazine for even publishing this knowing the blowback it was bound to generate.

Wonder if the author has moved his son out of the neighborhood at 19th and Diamond or convinced him to go to somewhere other than Temple University next semester?

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Reply 42 - Posted by: Blue hen1, 3/17/2013 10:47:18 PM     (No. 9230235)

I live in nearby Wilmington Delaware and the amount of blacks committing crimes are so plentiful that the only newspaper in town refuses to print the race of criminals that violate the law as to not prejudice the public

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Reply 43 - Posted by: rocket scientist, 3/17/2013 10:53:53 PM     (No. 9230239)

All I know is I haven´t seen a Black DemocRAT politician yet who wasn´t corrupt and a criminal in some way. The entire list of CBC members have been the subject of one investigatioon or another for wrongdoing.
Mayor Nutter is running Philly into the ground, like all Black DemocRAT mayors do.

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Reply 44 - Posted by: Evocatus, 3/17/2013 10:57:13 PM     (No. 9230240)

Truth hurts Mayor. Deal with it.


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Reply 45 - Posted by: wepeople, 3/17/2013 11:03:46 PM     (No. 9230248)

Another former Marylander who when I was young could walk in most areas of Baltimore City with no problem. Now you wouldn´t dare or for sure you would be mugged or murdered, especially if you are white.
I´ve also spent a lot of time over the years in Africa. The culture is what it is and these african tribal people, unlike SE Asian tribal ethnics, will not assimilate into western society, nor into an urban city life in Africa. Black Americans are in denial about the fact that their own ancestors in Africa are the ones who sold them into slavery to Arab traders. Our kenyan in the Whitehouse only exacerbates the dreadful problem and I think he enjoys turning America into a banana republic.

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Reply 46 - Posted by: get er done, 3/17/2013 11:29:06 PM     (No. 9230271)

Mayor Nutter should clean up the corrupt political machine in Philadelphia, with precincts reporting NO votes for Romney and 100% of votes for Obama. If Republicans were elected, conditions in his city would improve.

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Reply 47 - Posted by: smcchk, 3/18/2013 12:39:08 AM     (No. 9230315)

My daughter taught in an inner city school in a decaying Rust belt city. The amount of racial taunting and bullying of the minority white students was awful. It´s time to speak out about it.

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Reply 48 - Posted by: Hammock, 3/18/2013 1:00:40 AM     (No. 9230325)

I read the article discussed and I was also disgusted. The thing was pretty wussy. If one writes, and an editor publishes, a timid article like that it invites bullying. Since it´s Philly and one will be bullied anyway, why not stand up and speak "truth to power". The mayor is a racist, go ahead and say it.

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Reply 49 - Posted by: readaholic, 3/18/2013 1:37:54 AM     (No. 9230350)

For the thousandth time I wish Lucianne had a "Like" button -- brilliant posts abound on this thread.

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Reply 50 - Posted by: PChristopher, 3/18/2013 2:08:58 AM     (No. 9230364)

Mayor...your city´s a cesspool. Quit blaming the guy pointing it out and fix it.

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Reply 51 - Posted by: Lonecoolman, 3/18/2013 2:32:40 AM     (No. 9230371)

I am a Racist. Proud of it, for I have a mind that is able to discern what is good and what is evil. The black community is evil. For they take zero responsibility for their own actions and the consequences of those actions. I am sure there are pockets of good blacks, but the majority of them showed that they are haters of whites and America. They voted overwhelmingly for the dipstick in the WHITE house. I am tired of paying for their lazy butts! And they try to squelch honest debate and disagreement with the black man in the WHITE house. To me that is racist, and far worse than any bad thoughts I have towards them and their ilk.

When the economy goes south, be ware of the inner city thugs to move out to the suburbs to find their food.



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Reply 52 - Posted by: garyhope, 3/18/2013 2:46:52 AM     (No. 9230376)

I´m with #49 and a whole lot of other Ldotters here.

I´m "old" now and could never have imagined the state that America is in now. We seem to have completely lost our minds and have driven full speed into a bizarre Twilight Zone.

It seems to be a daily struggle between reality and the fantasies of the so called "liberals". Truth is a victim.

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Reply 53 - Posted by: FL_Absentee_Voter, 3/18/2013 2:53:36 AM     (No. 9230379)

#28 - All I could think of while reading about the ghetto surrounding Temple was the one that has sprung up around Baltimore´s finest educational institution, Johns Hopkins University.

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Reply 54 - Posted by: Old Army Vet, 3/18/2013 10:55:24 AM     (No. 9230862)

Same situation exists wherever you have long term demonRAT politicians. They take, take, take and then want more. LBJ started all of this in the 60´s and it has continued ever since. I have worked with some wonderful black people over the years, however, they are few and far between. The same can be said of white people but not on such a grand scale. Wake up mayor, listen to the truth and do something about it. Make people, all people, take responsibility for their own situation. Stop relying on the government.

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Reply 55 - Posted by: FunOne, 3/18/2013 11:20:23 AM     (No. 9230921)

There was a time when Philadelphia had a real mayor. Note the quotes following:

"The streets are safe in Philadelphia, it´s only the people that make them unsafe."

"A conservative is a liberal who got mugged the night before."

--Mayor Frank Rizzo of Philadelphia



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LOS ANGELES, CA – Following the February launch of Breitbart London and Breitbart Texas, the Breitbart News Network announced today the latest in its ongoing multi-year national and international expansion with the launch of Breitbart California. Breitbart News Senior Editor-at-Large Joel Pollak will become Editor of Breitbart California. Jon Fleischman, the founder and publisher of the 2013 National Blogger Association State Level Blogger of the Year, the Flash Report, will serve as Breitbart California’s Politics Editor. “For years, California has been written off by conservatives as too far past the point of return, but the truth is every single day there

Gorgeous George: Regal in red
Kate wears Queen’s New Zealand
brooch as she arrives in Wellington…
but it’s her baby prince who
steals the show
Daily Mail (UK), by Rebecca English    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/6/2014 10:55:34 PM     Post Reply
Wellington -He may be only eight months old. But Prince George made an assured appearance on his debut royal tour this morning. Arriving in New Zealand on the first day of a three-week trip Down Under, the third in line to the throne took the windswept welcome in his stride, although he looked a little chilly in a cream jumper and shorts. Scroll down for video -With a lifetime of royal engagements ahead of him, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are understandably protective of their young son. Indeed, his appearance today was only the second time he has been

ABC´s Dan Harris Denies Any
Conscious Liberal Bias; Claims
There Are ´Very, Very Powerful´
Conservatives at ABC
Newsbusters, by Tim Graham    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/6/2014 10:45:26 PM     Post Reply
ABC "Nightline" co-host Dan Harris appeared on the Steve Malzberg show Friday on Newsmax TV to promote his new book promoting meditation called "10 Percent Happier." After the two communicators discussed having panic attacks while they were broadcasting, Malzberg concluded the interview by asking about liberal media bias. Harris repeatedly said he was "open" to the idea, but insisted it was subconscious, and that "very, very powerful" people at ABC are conservatives. [See video below.] MALZBERG: Is there a media bias in your view...do you acknowledge that there’s a bias? HARRIS: I think – [In] my experience the bias is toward

Bobby Jindal, Jeb Bush
star in new GOP ad
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/6/2014 8:47:00 PM     Post Reply
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and Jeb Bush are starring in a new ad for a group seeking to rebrand the Republican Party. Jindal and the former Florida governor promote NewRepublican.org in a 30-second spot that will air nationally during Fox News Sunday. The group was launched last year by GOP consultant Alex Castellanos to help update the party´s image and focus on ideas after its loss in the 2012 presidential election. Bush talks about school choice in the ad, while Jindal promotes small government. Both men are weighing presidential campaigns in 2016. Bush has been traveling the country to talk

Country music´s biggest stars
hit Vegas for 2014 ACM Awards
CBS News, by Lauren Moraski    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/6/2014 8:36:35 PM     Post Reply
The Band Perry got the 49th Academy of Country Awards started with a bang, heating up the MGM Grand´s Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday night with the new single "Chainsaw." Co-hosts Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan then stepped into the spotlight with a string of jokes and digs at each other, along with audience members. Bryan poked fun at Shelton, saying he and his wife, Miranda Lambert, could star on Broadway in "Beauty & the Beast." They joked about same-sex marriage (what happens you´re in a longtime relationship) and even tossed in a Miley Cyrus mention.



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Jeb Bush: Many illegal immigrants
come out of an ‘act of love’

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Washington Post, by By Ed O´Keefe    Original Article
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Former Florida governor Jeb Bush said Sunday that many who illegally come to the United States do so out of an "act of love" for their families and should be treated differently than people who illegally cross U.S. borders or overstay visas. The comments came during an event marking the 25th anniversary of the presidency of George H. W. Bush at the library and museum that bears the name of the Bush patriarch.

Hillary Betrays Her Country
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Washington Free Beacon, by Andrew Stiles    Original Article
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Why does Hillary Clinton hate America? That is the question that should be on everyone’s mind as she embarks on a worldwide tour to plug her forthcoming memoir. Check out this THE POLITICO article [emphasis mine]: Hillary Clinton discussed her work at the State Department, called for young women not to take criticisms personally and rapped the media for treating powerful women with a double standard at the kickoff of “Women in the World” in New York City Thursday night. Clinton’s appearance on a panel with International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde, moderated by New York Times columnist Tom Friedman, ran

Now Muslim parents are complaining
about flyers for Easter egg hunts

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Daily Caller, by Eric Owens    Original Article
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In Dearborn, Mich., home to over 40,000 Americans of Arab descent, some Muslim parents have complained about flyers handed out at public schools advertising an Easter egg hunt at a local Presbyterian church. The Muslim parents assert that the flyers – emblazoned with the word “Eggstravaganza!” – violate the separation of church and state widely ascribed to the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause, reports the Detroit Free Press. Students at three Dearborn elementary schools received the flyers. A large number of Muslim students attend the schools. The “Eggstravaganza!” is scheduled to take place on April 12 event at Cherry Hill Presbyterian Church

Jeb Bush to make decision
on 2016 by the end of this year

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Washington Post, by Ed O´Keefe    Original Article
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Former Florida governor Jeb Bush said Sunday that he will base his decision on whether to run for president in 2016 on whether he thinks he can mount a campaign that would transcend the modern-day mechanics of such a run. Bush, the second-oldest son of former president George H. W. Bush and younger brother of George W. Bush, spoke at an event marking the 25th anniversary of his father´s presidency at the library and museum that bears the patriarch´s name. The event was closed to reporters, but moderated by Fox News anchor Shannon Bream and portions of the event were later

Back to Africa? For some African-
Americans, the answer is yes

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Christian Science Monitor, by Chris Stein    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 4/5/2014 12:58:38 PM     Post Reply
Accra, Ghana — Jimmy Thorne says that relocating to Ghana is one of the best moves he’s ever made. It doesn’t matter if he, an African-American, gets called “obroni,” the local word for white person, in the streets, or if some of his family can’t quite figure out what he’s doing in this West African nation so far from his roots in North Carolina. (Snip) Whether motivated by love, money, or the desire to rekindle a long-lost connection, black repatriation to Africa remains alive and well, even if it never quite became the high-volume, emotional return to African roots

Romney’s return to public life stokes
speculation about potential 2016 run

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FOX News, by Staff    Original Article
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Former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney has sworn off running again for elected office, but Americans have certainly heard that one before. Speculation that Romney might run again has largely been stoked by the reunion he planned to host last month in Park City, Utah, for members of his 2012 campaign and debate team and a string of recent public appearances. He has appeared on TV news shows 12 times in the past six months. That’s essentially on pace with Michigan GOP Rep. Mike Rogers, who led all national politicians last year with 26 appearances over 12 months. Romney has

The artist formerly known as Cat
Stevens enters rock’s hall of fame

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Boston Globe (MA), by James Sullivan    Original Article
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“Morning has broken, like the first morning.” Whatever your faith, if you’ve got any at all, that’s pretty much what it boils down to. The sun comes up, and we give it another shot.(snip) Stevens converted to Islam in the late 1970s, and he angered a lot of fans when he appeared to support the fatwa against novelist Salman Rushdie with comments he made in 1989. But for a kid in thrall to the kinetic power of the spinning records in his father’s hi-fi console, Stevens seemed to be living proof that popular music (he had 11 Top 40 hits in

Anti-vaccine movement is
giving diseases a 2nd life

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USA Today, by Yamiche Alcindor    Original Article
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Kathryn Riffenburg decided on a closed casket for her baby´s funeral. She didn´t want her family to see what whooping cough, her son´s first illness, had done to 9-week-old Brady Alcaide. The nearly forgotten disease, which has in recent years afflicted thousands of Americans, left Brady´s tiny body swollen and unrecognizable. So his mother dressed him in a white baptismal suit and hat and tucked him into a tiny white casket. Brady´s burial came just four weeks after his first laugh — inspired by her version of I´m a Little Teapot — and two weeks after his family learned that he had

7M enrolled doesn´t guarantee
health law´s success

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Associated Press, by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar    Original Article
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WASHINGTON- Seven million people signed up, so there is an appetite for President Barack Obama´s health care law, but that doesn´t guarantee success for the country´s newest social program. Big challenges are lurking for the next enrollment season, which starts Nov. 15. Chief among them are keeping premiums and other consumer costs in check, and overhauling an enrollment process that was advertised as customer-friendly but turned out to be an ordeal. "They have demonstrated the law can work, but we are a ways off from being able to judge its success," said Larry Levitt, an expert on health insurance markets

The president takes the low road
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Washington Post, by Ed Rogers    Original Article
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The president gave two speeches this week, one in the Rose Garden to talk about Obamacare and one in Ann Arbor, Mich., to push minimum wage increases. What did we learn? We learned that President Obama is most comfortable in campaign mode, and his campaigning has gotten downright ugly. His Rose Garden speech was a typical self-congratulatory moment for supposedly hitting 7.1 million Obamacare sign-ups — although we know that once again, the White House is ignoring some inconvenient truths. We also learned that the president was vain enough to asked the networks to cover his speech in prime time, but

Female transgender student
suspended for using women’s bathroom

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New York Daily News, by Nicole Hensley    Original Article
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A female transgender student wants an apology from a North Carolina college for being detained by a security officer and sent home for using the women’s bathroom. The 22-year-old freshman, Andraya Williams, believes she was discriminated against during a March 19 incident at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, N.C. because of her looks. The freshman said she was leaving the restroom and going to her social studies class when a female officer stopped her and requested her student ID, according to a statement released by the Transgender Law Center. The officer then laughed while asking the student if

Matt Bevin defends going
to cockfighting rally

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Courier-Journal [Louisville, KY], by Joseph Gerth & James R. Carroll    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 4/6/2014 7:20:55 AM     Post Reply
U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin spent the week defending his decision last weekend to attend an event in Corbin, Ky., that most attendees knew was a rally to legalize cockfighting in Kentucky. Bevin has said he didn´t know it was a rally supporting cockfighting and thought it was a "state´s rights" rally. After ducking other calls for comment, Bevin went on WHAS radio´s "Terry Meiners Show" on Thursday to talk about the rally, cockfighting and other things. "I´ve never been to a cockfight, I don´t condone cockfighting, but here´s the thing: I´m not going to disparage people for exercising their First Amendment rights,"


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