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Is Obama a Victim of
Self-Esteem Education?

American Thinker, by Jonathon Moseley

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Posted By:Desert Fox, 7/2/2013 6:55:47 AM

I never understood Barack Obama -- or even some of my friends -- until I read The Amateur by Edward Klein (Regnery Publishing 2012 -- paperback June 13, 2013). But first you also need to remember the plague of "self-esteem" based education. And finally it all makes sense. The self-esteem movement hurt our public schools and degraded the curriculum. The self-esteem time bomb is now coming full circle, as the victims of our schools, colleges, and universities have moved into leadership of our country.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: JimS, 7/2/2013 7:08:24 AM     (No. 9404753)

Interesting take on what make Obeyme tick.
I do disagree with the statement that Obama "is naturally bright."
I have seen no shred of evidence or actions by this arrogant fool to indicate that he is any smarter than a typical Chicago street hustler.
Smoother talking (with a teleprompter), yes.
Cunning and manipulative, yes.
Smart? Heck, no.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Scottyboy, 7/2/2013 7:08:25 AM     (No. 9404754)

This is a good piece. I have thought this ever since obozo strode onto the national stage...but I also think his mother had a lot to do with it. I believe his dippy mother filled young Barry with a lot of "esteem" by praising hiim out of guilt because hs father was an absent bum and she then married into yet another third world scenario with the next guy. His natural father was also known as a pseudo intellectual blowhard with delusions of grandeur.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: M2, 7/2/2013 7:13:02 AM     (No. 9404762)

Why doesn´t Obama get involved in shaping legislation important to his agenda as it develops in Congress? Because he doesn´t know how. Obama avoids the hard work not only because he is lazy but also because he doesn´t have the skills to tackle it. He instinctively avoids situations in which his weaknesses and ignorance would be exposed.

That is why he is always voting "present" while being absent. He is always AWOL when the going gets tough.

Where was President Obama when the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya was under attack? Well, where would you be if you knew you don´t understand the U.S. military, foreign policy, U.S. military capabilities, response options, and how various countries might be involved in defending U.S. diplomats? Obama didn´t want everyone to see in the Situation Room that he could not intelligently discuss the options or the problems.

Look back over his entire Presidency so far; every time there is a crisis or hard decisions to be made, he´s nowhere to be found. Instead, he sends out others who may or may not have the answers and lets them take the fall. If it succeeds, he takes the credit, but he truly doesn´t know how ignorant he is.

The self-esteem movement in schools was a bad idea from its inception because it removed the need to learn and yes, to excel. I could smell that coming decades away and today we reap the whirlwind of horrendous liberal policies in our schools.

In the guise of good intentions, we have produced two generations, at least, of know-nothing liberal robots who have lost their ability to reason. What´s worse is that they don´t know what they have lost.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: John c, 7/2/2013 7:13:02 AM     (No. 9404761)

Frank Davis and Bill Ayers also had a big influence on this communist.
I would guess that since he never attended any classes at Columbia, they get a by on his education or lack thereof.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: jinx, 7/2/2013 7:26:59 AM     (No. 9404782)

Obama is lazy. He has turned everything over to Valerie Jarrett and makes no decisions himself. It is obvious from the failures of this administration that she doesn´t know anything either. No one dares to disagree with her or challenge her on anything. She is his Communist handler and he is the figure head.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Teleologicus, 7/2/2013 7:55:23 AM     (No. 9404817)

Self-esteem is one of those buzz words that few people stop to think about, hence seldom have any idea what they are talking about when they use the term. Proponents of self-esteem education believe that children with low self-esteem cannot learn until their self-esteem is elevated. They think that low self-esteem impedes learning. Their formula is improved self-esteem = improved learning, diminished self-esteem = diminished learning. There is not a shred of genuine evidence to support such contentios.

Where did this come from? What is the origin of the self-esteem movement in education? I do not know - but I suspect that forced integration may be part of the story. When it became painfully obvious that large numbers of black students could not possibly master the material and keep up with their white peer cohorts, some explanation was required to avoid the undesirable political implications of the observations.

One "explanation" was that the black children were not learning and progressing because they "lacked self-esteem." Of course their failure to show the expected progress, it was thought, only further damaged their already precarious self-esteem. Something had to be done.

Lowering or abandoning standards, grades, expectations was tried, but this could not solve the problem. Fuzzing up the curriculum, eliminating courses and subjects in which progress could be definitively measured was another approach. Grade inflation and cheating (by educators) on tests was another tactic.

The self-esteem movement is founded upon pity for the wretched of the earth. It is really more about the educators and their feelings and self-esteem than it is about the students, who are simply enabled in their ignorance and indiscipline by the emotional needs of those whose job it is to educate them.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: mathman, 7/2/2013 7:56:32 AM     (No. 9404821)

Many of you miss the point.
The worst bullies I have ever seen had the highest self esteem.
To perform a criminal act requires that you value yourself above others. To be decent, honest, and kind, one must value others as equal to oneself. This is the core of many religious faiths.
Simply because Zippy values himself does not mean that he is of value to anyone else. He is, in fact, quit fond of hurting those who value him most. For example, the black population, whose unemployment is worse under his "leadership", and who support him at the 90% level. The same is true for labor unions.

Let us get back to earned esteem. Praise someone for what they have actually done, rather than who they are.

Please?

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Reply 8 - Posted by: miceal, 7/2/2013 8:09:10 AM     (No. 9404840)

Please, Obama is from start to finish an Affirmative Action hire. The ONLY thing he has going for him is his skin color and top cover provided by the major media and enemies of America....

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Reply 9 - Posted by: kar120c, 7/2/2013 8:12:12 AM     (No. 9404845)

This man has captured the essence of Obama, and the education system that produced him.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: kahunavol, 7/2/2013 8:21:01 AM     (No. 9404858)

He isn´t the victim here.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: strike3, 7/2/2013 8:31:39 AM     (No. 9404884)

No, he´s just flippin nuts.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Daylily, 7/2/2013 8:52:26 AM     (No. 9404911)

The latest example of Obama not knowing what to do is this Snowden debacle. Passing responsibility for dealing with it on to Biden means that if things go horribly wrong Obama will not be blamed.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: JoniTx, 7/2/2013 9:10:26 AM     (No. 9404939)

Great read. Thanks for posting.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: PoliticalJunky, 7/2/2013 9:18:22 AM     (No. 9404959)

Obama went to Pelosi and asked her to put together a health care bill. She went to all the Democrats in the House and asked them to pull out any health care proposals they had laying around and after collecting them she put a bill together. One Democrat she approached told her he had an old bill that had failed to pass but "if it was not good enough then it is not good enough now." Too bad more of them did not feel the same.

That Obama had no idea how to do it was evident from the first. It was there for all to see.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Udanja99, 7/2/2013 9:33:14 AM     (No. 9404991)

Zippy is too old to have been part of the self esteem nonsense taught in schools. Plus, he was not educated in the US for most of his formative years. He ( and we ) is a victim of his own narcissism.

Self esteemed must be EARNED, not granted by teachers or parents.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Hobbiest, 7/2/2013 9:33:49 AM     (No. 9404992)

He was probably exposed to some of this. IF anything it probably reinforced some existing tendencies to dodge real challenges.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: mc squared, 7/2/2013 9:42:23 AM     (No. 9405011)

I disagree that Obama is exceptionally bright. His speech and mannerisms put the lie to that and his alleged great oratory.




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Reply 18 - Posted by: jimmiet, 7/2/2013 9:56:29 AM     (No. 9405040)

The muslim mulato has been foisted upon us by the powers of the left. I´ve witnessed slicker,smoother,more attractive, con men in neighborhoods no where near DC. He´s been used by the left to accomplish goals that have been fermenting since the 50´s. To the quite successful destruction of our society built on opposing principles.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: comstock, 7/2/2013 10:14:31 AM     (No. 9405071)

The Black Pride movement dated back to the 1960´s. "Say It Loud – I´m Black and I´m Proud" is a funk song written and recorded by James Brown in 1968. In the last half-century all the grievance-based groups have adopted this "pride" moniker to justify their protests - take Gay Pride Month. There was a time in this country where being a sexual deviant was a mental illness, now it´s thrown in our faces. We are doomed.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: AltaD, 7/2/2013 10:49:13 AM     (No. 9405145)

Obama is too old to be a product of the self-esteem education. He is however the perfect example of affirmative action education.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: EnsignO, 7/2/2013 11:49:14 AM     (No. 9405279)

Excellent article! I only wish it had been written when I was a full-time teacher in the early 1970´s. I was too young at the time to understand what I was battling in the racially-divided school system where I worked.

No wonder I was chastised by my fellow teachers for insisting that my students make, at least, a C- in my English classes. One teacher (an art teacher) even point-blank asked me "Why are you trying to teach these kids English? They are just going to go work at Ford´s?" There was a Ford Motor Co. plant next door to the school. I doubt if the Board of Directors at Ford Motor Co. would have appreciated that art teacher´s remark.

In the Zimmerman trial, Trayvon Martin´s girlfriend, Rachel Jeantel, must have plenty of self-esteem. She didn´t seem the least embarrassed to say the term "creepy-ass cracker" wasn´t a racial slur against Zimmerman. She is typical of the black students I had - things haven´t changed, sorry to say.

PS. Teachers´ Unions are the biggest reason for students´ pathethic performance once they land a job. Hopefully, future doctors and nurses are held to a higher standard. Our lives depend on it.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Arby, 7/3/2013 9:50:34 AM     (No. 9406872)

The nasty thing about the self-esteem b.s. is that it is automatically paired with low expectations. We have horrible scores in math, science, and reading, but we ring the gong with our self-esteem. This has created a world in which the pseudo-glib magically seem to be intelligent and wise, rather than just, pseudo-glib. The self-esteem world helped make Fauxbama possible. Similarly, to criticize him would be too ´judgmental´. The horrors of our ed schools and the grammar/high school faculty they create are not yet fully recognized by society.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: steveW, 7/3/2013 11:10:25 AM     (No. 9407053)

This article doesn´t fully take into account the Left´s agenda, which is to bring down the USA and turn it socialist. Sure, Obama is "incompetent" and full of unearned hubris, but that´s judging him by reasonable standards, which do not apply in Left Land. The last thing the Left wants, for example, is a good, or even just competent, American commander in chief - look no further than how they loathed and feared W in that capacity. They want a failure, like Obama, because they want America to fail (economically, but especially at warring). Self-esteem issues are not the point, really. The point is: with what type of "leaders" can the Left achieve its goal? Leaders we would consider "good" are necessarily discounted by the Left - because the Left´s goals are bad. It matters not a whit if Dear Leader has 0% or 200% self-esteem, as long as Dear Leader looks out into the world every day and only sees the proletariate (or substitute any current designated victim group) oppressed by the bourgeoisie.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Illinois Resident, 7/3/2013 11:28:38 AM     (No. 9407102)

I agree with #18. Obama has no moral roots or values thanks to his parents who had no time for him and he is the most uneducated, uncultured, and unamerican president whose speech, mannerisms, and choices show exactly what he is, an actor who loves to dress up and put on a show with others writing the script.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Hazymac, 7/3/2013 11:31:05 AM     (No. 9407106)

Good essay. #15 is exactly right about the necessity of earning self-esteem. Unearned self-esteem gets into the muddy area of "rights," which are worthy as freedom from illegal government interference in daily life, but unworthy when one is trying to claim something he hasn´t earned and doesn´t deserve. One´s constitutional rights inhere from one´s mere existence. Self-esteem, if it´s not to be the stultifying nuisance it has become in today´s government schools, must be the result of doing things right and well.

One would be mistaken to say that Obama is a stupid individual; he manifestly is not (although he is quite ignorant: that´s another matter). But any of us who have been to the best schools were surrounded by classmates who were all well above average intelligence, and a few of them could fairly be called brilliant. In that crowd, Obama would have been in the cheap seats in the outfield. His intelligence quotient, while above the American average of about 98, is probably below 120. Hiding that fact is a daily job requiring thousands of gallons of printer´s ink and legions of pre-orgasmic brainwashed television acolytes. His inability to think on his feet, speak extemporaneously without running the gaffe gaudily through the point he´s trying to make, and his dependence on a plebian group of slogan-dependent speechwriters and aides de camp is a reliable signal that he is at bottom a rather ordinary dog. I´d debate him. And I´d make him look bad. So would numerous others on this news forum.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Me?Opinionated?Nah!, 7/3/2013 11:52:26 AM     (No. 9407143)

Barack-the-President’s crucial Joe-the-Plumber Spread-the-Wealth moment never should have been allowed to disappear from page one above the fold and ostensibly slip away forever. Talk about teachable moments… But, it did slip away, courtesy of America’s truth-be-damned media.

Repeating myself for the umpteenth time on threads such as this one, Voter Fraud and a Corrupt Media are why our nation is in the dire shape it’s in.


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Reply 27 - Posted by: RancherJack, 7/3/2013 12:05:06 PM     (No. 9407158)

When China passed its One Child policy, I said to Mrs. Jack - "This will be the deadliest thing ever. Chinese will kill their girl babies so they can get a boy baby, and then they´ll have a nation of a half billion boys with no girls. Can you imagine how emotionally twisted that will become?"

Same thing with Self-Esteem ´education´.

Can you imagine how emotionally twisted the USA will become?

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Reply 28 - Posted by: Eheu Fugaces, 7/3/2013 12:10:40 PM     (No. 9407163)

Moseley makes some excellent points. However, one would have to believe that the Indonesian schools and the elite prep school that Obama attended in the sixties and seventies were purveyors of the Self Esteem delusion. (The general sense is that this nonsense did not become the basis of modern public "education" until the eighties.) More likely, he learned nothing because, at least by his own account, Obama wasted his high school years goofing off and smoking weed.

Therefore, it is likely the Comrades really worked him over in college, and his overweening conceit and irregular upbringing made him all the more vulnerable to the siren song of the Self Esteem movement.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 7/3/2013 1:53:07 PM     (No. 9407298)

Clint Eastwood was ridiculed for addressing an empty chair, but IMHO, it was a brilliant demonstration of what is lacking in Dear Leader.

Clint Eastwood as Dirty Harry said it all with one sentence: "A man´s got to know his limitations."

Obama is so arrogant, conceited and lacking in self-awareness, coupled with overwhelming self-regard, that he doesn´t know his limitations. As Ed Klein said in "The Amateur," he doesn´t know what he doesn´t know.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: ArtieC, 7/3/2013 2:40:27 PM     (No. 9407387)

I wouldn´t call Obama naturally bright. Conniving and deceitful yes. But bright no. You can tell how "bright" he is by the way he talks without a teleprompter.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: baxter1, 7/3/2013 6:16:16 PM     (No. 9407723)

What today is called self esteem used to be called conceit and was not something to be cultivated.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: noddy, 7/3/2013 6:42:08 PM     (No. 9407757)

Affirmative Action at its best.
--and for us--
Affirmative Action at its worst.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: Grambo, 7/3/2013 10:14:22 PM     (No. 9407943)

Obama is incapable of linear logic, thinking on his feet, or analytic analysis. Venues such as the situation room, where those inadequacies are quickly apparent are made off limits by his handlers. When the teleprompter fails, he fails. America elected a burned out coke-head hood ornament.

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Less than a minute into his speech at the Boston marathon bombing memorial on Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden went tragically off script and told the crowd of Boston bombing survivors that "it was worth it." After expressing how impressed he was with the tribute, he said somberly, "let me say to those ´quote survivors,´ my God, you have survived and you have soared. It was worth it. I mean this sincerely - just to hear each of you speak. You´re truly, truly inspiring." The audience sat in stunned silence until Biden declared, "I´ve never heard anything so beautiful than

Which Actor Portrays The
Best James Bond?

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American Spectator, by Jonah Goldberg and Taki Theodoracopulos    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 4/16/2014 11:20:22 AM     Post Reply
Look, everyone loves Sean Connery, particularly Sean Connery. That’s why he plays Sean Connery in every movie he’s in. People love that Scottish brogue so much, they don’t mind that he has it when he plays Juan Sánchez Villa-Lobos Ramírez, an immortal Spaniard in Highlander. The guy even won an Oscar for playing an Irish cop with a Scottish accent. Talk about sexist double standards: Meryl Streep has to master foreign dialects to get her golden statuettes. Connery just has to show up on time. In economics you devalue a currency by printing too much of it. In film you

Michelle Obama Riverdances
Through Dublin to the Tune
of $7,921,638

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Breitbart Big Peace, by Tom Fitton    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/17/2014 6:45:16 AM     Post Reply
When it comes to tracking the cost of Obama family vacations, there are two primary challenges. First, the Obamas are prolific jet-setters, so there are many details to track. Second, the Obama administration, clearly embarrassed by these lavish and frequent family vacations, stonewalls the release of records at every turn. But we have been relentless in pursuit of this information. Our attorneys file the lawsuits and make our case, and our investigators pour through pages of records and crunch the numbers. And the information we’ve uncovered – information that would otherwise remain under lock and key – shows that the

Why is US Senator Harry
Reid so concerned with
a local Nevada rancher?

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Fox News, by Wayne Allyn Root    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/16/2014 9:37:12 PM     Post Reply
I live in Las Vegas. I live and breath Nevada politics. Something is very wrong. Something smells rotten in the Nevada desert. And Senator Harry Reid’s fingerprints are all over it. I am of course referring to the Bundy Ranch siege. This was a dispute between a Nevada ranching family with rights to the land in question for 140 years and the BLM (Bureayu of Land Management). The government claims they haven’t paid grazing fees for 20 years. The result was a government assault on the ranch- including snipers with assault rifles, SUV’s, helicopters, airplanes and over 200 heavily armed troops. No

White babies just 15 months old show racial
bias when picking playmates, study found

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Daily Mail (U.K.), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/15/2014 10:23:35 PM     Post Reply
Toddlers show racial bias when picking playmates, a study reveals. They also take account of how fairly others behave. Researchers tested the reaction of white 15-month-olds as toys were distributed. Two white adults divided the toys, one equally and the other unequally. Seventy per cent of the toddlers chose to play with the researcher who distributed the toys fairly. But in a second test, when one researcher favoured a white recipient over an Asian one, they picked the ‘fair’ researcher less often, the journal Frontiers in Psychology reports. And the babies are more likely to help those who share the same ethnicity, which is known as

Elizabeth Warren whines about coverage
of her fraudulent Indian claim

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Daily Caller, by Patrick Howley    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/16/2014 9:54:52 PM     Post Reply
Democratic Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren wrote in her forthcoming book that she was “hurt” and “angry” by 2012 reporting on her fraudulent claim to Native American heritage. “What really threw me, though, were the constant attacks from the other side,” Warren wrote in her book “A Fighting Chance.” “I would almost persuade myself that I was starting to get the hang of full-throttle campaigning and then — bam! Out of left field, the state Republican Party, or the Brown campaign, or some blogger, would launch a rocket at me,” Warren wrote, adding, ”I was stunned by the attacks.” This reporter (blogger?) reported extensively

Former US president joins
opposition to Keystone XL

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Houston Chronicle, by Jennifer A. Dlouhy    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/16/2014 10:32:12 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Former President Jimmy Carter joined fellow Nobel laureates Wednesday in opposing Keystone XL, insisting that approving the pipeline would trigger “more climate upheaval” around the globe. In an open letter to President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry, Carter and the nine other Nobel Peace Prize winners bluntly warned the leaders: “Your decision on the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline will define your climate legacy.” The missive, published as an advertisement in Politico, represents the first time Carter has taken a position on the $5.4 billion project and makes him the first former president to come

Progressive Insurance
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National Review Online, by Victor Davis Hanson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/15/2014 10:08:10 PM     Post Reply
How do you ensure that you won’t be ostracized, denounced, or fired if you are a media celebrity, captain of industry, or high public official? For some, sexist banter is certainly no problem. Stand-up comedian Bill Maher called Sarah Palin a c–t and a tw-t, but suffered no ill consequences. David Letterman joked on air that Sarah Palin’s 14-year-old daughter had had sex with Alex Rodriguez during a New York Yankees game. There was no downside to that either. President Obama tosses around “sweetie” as he wishes. No problem with that. No one believes Barack could be condescending to women.

Fox News Poll: Many voters say Obama lies
to the country on important matters

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Fox News, by Dana Blanton    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/16/2014 7:39:27 PM     Post Reply
About six in ten American voters think Barack Obama lies to the country on important matters some or most of the time, according to a Fox News poll released Wednesday. Thirty-seven percent think Obama lies “most of the time,” while another 24 percent say he lies “some of the time.” Twenty percent of voters say “only now and then” and 15 percent “never.” Click here for the poll results. President Obama has been accused by political opponents and media fact-checkers alike of telling falsehoods. Frequently cited: His repeated claim that under Obamacare “If you like your plan, you can keep

Rev. Al Sharpton’s Easter message:
Politically ‘crucified’ Obama has risen again

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Washington Times, by Jessica Chasmar    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/16/2014 3:42:51 PM     Post Reply
With Easter soon approaching, the Rev. Al Sharpton on Wednesday drew parallels between the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the resurrection of President Obama’s political career. Joining the “Tom Joyner Morning Show,” Mr. Sharpton said that his message for this Easter is that “no matter what the world may do to you unfairly, no matter how you’re crucified — nailed to the cross at home, or in your personal relationships, or on the job — that you can rise if you don’t lose yourself during the hard times and the challenges.” The reverend went on to say that Christ endured so much humiliation and unearned suffering leading up to his death,

Wendy Davis will undergo neck surgery
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Star-Telegram [Fort Worth TX], by Anna M. Tinsley    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/16/2014 4:02:34 PM     Post Reply
FORT WORTH — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis will undergo neck surgery today, her campaign said Tuesday. “After experiencing shoulder and right arm pain in recent weeks, Sen. Davis will have a routine surgical procedure to remove bone spurs and degenerative discs that are creating compression on the nerves in her neck,” campaign spokesman Zac Petkanas said in a statement Tuesday. “This is a common issue experienced by runners and endurance athletes,” he said. Davis, of Fort Worth, will undergo the outpatient surgery at the Fort Worth Brain and Spine Institute. Dr. Thomas Ellis will perform the


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