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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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The Citizens Commission on Benghazi, a self-selected group of former top military officers, CIA insiders and think-tankers, declared Tuesday in Washington that a seven-month review of the deadly 2012 terrorist attack has determined that it could have been prevented – if the U.S. hadn´t been helping to arm al-Qaeda militias throughout Libya a year earlier. ´The United States switched sides in the war on terror with what we did in Libya, knowingly facilitating the provision of weapons to known al-Qaeda militias and figures,´ Clare Lopez, a member of the commission and a former CIA officer, told MailOnline. She blamed the Obama administration

Why Does Nation Tolerate A
Habitual Liar As President?

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Investors Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/22/2014 2:10:54 PM     Post Reply
Public Trust: Sixty-one percent polled say President Obama lies "some of the time" or "most of the time" on matters of national importance. Americans have to ask: Why do we let him get away with it? It´s no surprise that a Fox News poll of 1,012 registered voters last week found immense distrust of a president whose main domestic initiative was based on a lie. The shock is that the same poll found his disapproval level down to its lowest since last fall. Asked, "How often do you think Barack Obama lies to the country on important matters?" 37% replied "most 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.

Dole: Cruz, Paul & Rubio
lack experience for 2016

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The Hill [Washington, DC], by Mario Trujillo    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/22/2014 11:18:06 AM     Post Reply
Former Sen. Bob Dole (R-Kan.) said a number of junior GOP senators considering a presidential run in 2016 do not yet have the experience — specifically naming Rand Paul (Ky.), Marco Rubio (Fla.) and Ted Cruz (Texas). The former 1996 GOP presidential candidate sounded particularly skeptical of Cruz in an interview this week with The Wichita Eagle. "A number of the younger members, first-termers like Rand Paul, Rubio and that extreme-right-wing guy, Ted Cruz — all running for president now. I don´t think they´ve got enough experience yet," Dole said. The 90-year-old former senator said, however, his main concern about 2016 is living

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.

Fraud runs rampant in Census Bureau
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New York Post, by John Crudele    Original Article
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There’s a pattern of falsifying statistics throughout the entire Census Bureau. And anyone who attempts to blow the whistle on the fraud is either retaliated against or ignored, according to two new sources who have experienced the process firsthand. As I’ve been writing for more than six months, the Census Bureau office in Philadelphia uncovered a case of fraud in 2010, did nothing about it and allowed the practice to continue. In that instance, a data collector named Julius Buckmon was faking reports that went into the nation’s all-important jobless tally and consumer-inflation survey. Because the Census Bureau’s surveys are scientific — meaning

Professor: ‘Colleges Will Start Closing Up’ if
‘Racist, Misogynist, Money-Grubbing’ GOP Wins

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National Review Online, by Andrew Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/22/2014 4:42:50 PM     Post Reply
New audio reveals an Eastern Connecticut State University professor warning that Republicans will “want things to go back — not to to 1955, but to 1855? if they win control of Congress in November. Republican victories could also put him out of a job, he cautioned. “We will live in a very, very, very different kind of country if that happens,” Professor Brent Terry told students in his Introduction to Creative Writing course, according to audio obtained by Campus Reform. “I mean, colleges will start closing up if these people have their way.” Over the course of his rant, Terry characterized conservatives

Jeb Bush: ‘I’m thinking about
running for president’

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Fox News, by Christina Corbin    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/23/2014 3:01:45 PM     Post Reply
Jeb Bush said Wednesday he´s "thinking about running for president," in his most direct statement yet about a possible 2016 run. The former Florida governor spoke at a Catholic school benefit in New York Wednesday morning. He previously has said he´ll make a decision on whether to run for president before the end of this year, making clear that he was considering the possibility. But his comments on Wednesday appeared to be more direct. Asked what his "immediate plans" were, he said, according to an attendee: "I´m thinking about running for president." The answer was met with applause and a standing ovation, after

Reid: ´We Are a Nation of Laws,
Not of Men and Women´

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Cybercast News Service, by Susan Jones    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/22/2014 10:53:27 AM     Post Reply
It may not be tomorrow, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) says "something will happen" to force a Nevada rancher to obey a court order to stop grazing his cattle on federal land and pay his grazing fees. "It´s obvious that you can´t just walk away from this," Reid said in an April 18 interview with a Nevada´s KSNV-TV News 3 program “What’s Your Point?” "You can´t have a law that is -- we´re a nation of laws, not of men and women," he said. (Video) Reid noted that most cattlemen pay their taxes, pay their fees, and follow

38 Republican lawmakers put aside differences
for lawsuit challenging legality of Obamacare

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Washington Times, by Dave Boyer    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/22/2014 5:20:31 AM     Post Reply
Thirty-eight Republican lawmakers, including such unlikely bedfellows as John McCain of Arizona and Ted Cruz of Texas, have joined to support a lawsuit challenging the legality of the Affordable Care Act and accusing the president of repeatedly ignoring the law he signed for political reasons. The lawmakers have signed onto a legal brief in support of a lawsuit filed by Sen. Ron Johnson, the Wisconsin Republican who is asking a federal court to overturn Obamacare’s special treatment for members of Congress and their staffs. “The unlawful executive action at issue in this case is not an isolated incident,” the brief

The Five’s Beckel Rips Bolling
for Laughing at Climate Science:
‘You Are a Total, Complete Jerk!’

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Mediaite, by Matt Wilstein    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 4/23/2014 8:29:47 AM     Post Reply
Today is Earth Day. Fox News’ The Five opened its show with a nearly 15 minute segment titled “Earth Day Hysteria.” The goal appeared to be to prove that scientists’ warnings about climate change are overblown and should be ignored if not outright mocked and co-host Eric Bolling was the ringleader of the effort. But he found an adversary in Bob Beckel, who challenged the status quo by presenting actual data on the rise of CO2 levels from NASA, of all places. But before Beckel got to his chart, Bolling took some time to “praise” President Barack Obama for what

Justice Sotomayor: Affirmative
Action ‘Opened Doors in My Life’

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WPRO Radio [E. Providence, RI], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 4/23/2014 12:30:26 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON -- In a dissent to Tuesday’s Supreme Court ruling upholding Michigan’s voter-approved ban on affirmative action programs in its public colleges, Justice Sonia Sotomayor speaks from experience about the complex impact of such programs on her own life. Sotomayor’s 58-page dissent, joined by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, has one theme: Race matters. (Snip) She takes a dig at Chief Justice John Roberts who wrote once, “The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discrimination on the basis of race.” Sotomayor says: “It is a sentiment out of touch with reality.” Sotomayor says, “Race matters.


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