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The Press and Dr. Faustus
National Review Online, by Victor Davis Hanson

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Posted By:StormCnter, 7/4/2013 5:19:42 AM

In the old Dr. Faustus story, a young scholar bargains away his soul to the devil for promises of obtaining almost anything he wants. The American media has done much the same thing with the Obama administration. In return for empowering a fellow liberal, the press gave up its traditional adversarial relationship with the president. But after five years of basking in a shared progressive agenda, the tab for such ecstasy has come due, and now the media is lamenting that it has lost its soul. At first, the loss of independence seemed like a minor sacrifice.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: steveW, 7/4/2013 6:13:04 AM     (No. 9408163)

The loathsome MSM had a soul to lose?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: planetgeo, 7/4/2013 6:24:35 AM     (No. 9408167)

I´d say the press is more like Dr. Kevorkian...where the truth comes to die.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Jebediah, 7/4/2013 6:28:16 AM     (No. 9408172)

Got "The Center Holds" out of our library, took one look and returned it-------the thesis is that Obama is STILL a success! Do NOT count on the Dems giving up (and stop making excuses) for this guy.......watched, for the H--- of it, Brian Williams interview the two First Ladies together on the job of being lst Lady---Laura bush got MAYBE two sentences and the rest was the glorious Michelle, fortunately NOT wearing the $1,245 dress she departed Air Force 1 from in Senegal.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: jinx, 7/4/2013 6:44:56 AM     (No. 9408198)

The MSM is now just another tabloid singing the praises of celebrities; the only difference between their coverage of the Obama´s and the Kardashians is they created the Obama´s and reality TV created the Kardashian´s. I have never watched the latter and hit the remote everytime Obama gets up to read his teleprompter. He is a weak President and their slobbering coverage of him and his wife is disgusting and shows a weakness in them.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: dagger, 7/4/2013 7:12:19 AM     (No. 9408227)

VDH of course is spot on and the Faust analogy is perfect, but the fact remains that the MSM is so heavily invested in Obama that they will never turn on him no matter what. Too much white guilt to ever tell the truth about a black president.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Lala, 7/4/2013 7:12:47 AM     (No. 9408228)

Wishful thinking. They will never turn on him. To do so would be to admit their culpability. Not gonna happen.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: M2, 7/4/2013 7:14:10 AM     (No. 9408229)

VDH did a particularly good job of reminding readers of the serial sins of this Administration and its leader.

Our poor media did not even get five years of adulation before Obama called in their souls.

Good line, but it still baffles me that the entire left wing MSM didn´t spot what a pathological liar he is when the rest of us saw it so clearly.

How he treated the people who trusted him and how they forgave him time after time reminds me of two things: Wives who won´t press charges against their battering husbands, and victims of the Stockholm Syndrome.

Still, it´s good to know that Faustus and the Press are on their way to at least a temporary, if not permanent separation. A divorce may be unrealistic at this point, but maybe when the Press can no longer lives with their tattered consciences, they will file.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: pineledger, 7/4/2013 7:17:16 AM     (No. 9408232)

The face of evil.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Janjan, 7/4/2013 7:26:31 AM     (No. 9408241)

The media have not changed under Obama. They just quit caring about being exposed. They have shown their open hostility toward conservatives and especially the Tea Party, who committed the mortal sin of rising up against Obama, Big Government, and ultimately the media themselves. They have ABCCBSNBCCNNMSNBC. We have FOX, Breitbart, Drudge, Lucianne and Ted Cruz. We can make our voices heard.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Me?Opinionated?Nah!, 7/4/2013 8:08:27 AM     (No. 9408280)

“Hello, he lied.” is the old joke that could’ve been inspired by first mulatto president Barack Hussein Obama. Concealing his past from Day One five years ago was all the evidence needed to demonstrate just how little he respects the word “truth,” much less the concept of it.

Each of BHO’s unbelievable (i.e. not to be believed) apologists and sycophants should’ve been hard-wired to their own polygraph (i.e. lie detector) machines throughout the extent of his administration. In so doing, something even vaguely resembling the truth might eventually have risen to the surface.


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Reply 11 - Posted by: Travis Mcgee, 7/4/2013 8:09:21 AM     (No. 9408282)

I honestly believe that the MSM no longer cares about being credible as long as the machinations to maintain a liberal agenda are kept in place. The analogy of Faust can only be applicable if the media do indeed pay a heavy price for their prostituting for the democrat party. Despite VDH´s assertion I am not convinced that the "debt" will ever be payed.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: gaeditor, 7/4/2013 8:10:05 AM     (No. 9408285)

The brilliant VDH does it again! Fabulous column and a perfect comparison of what the press has done. Of course, they can never admit it, because if they do admit that they ignore the scandals of the people they like, we all know where that goes.

Back to another president they covered for, too. Questions like: “Why does Al Queda member and terrorist Jose Padilla look just like John Doe #2? Was Timothy McVeigh really working alone?” “What really happened at Waco?” “What about that guy Vince Foster?” “Was Bill Clinton really a rapist? Did other women accuse him of rape?” (The answer to that is ‘Yes,’ by the way.) “What was the deal with that Whitewater?” “What about….” Pick your scandals and you know what that means. It goes to their next choice to coronate for President and if they are stopped (as they must be) what will happen to Hillary?

If there’s no one to protect her from the real questions, she goes down….

They, not she, must be stopped. If they are stopped, this country can be saved. If not, I don’t hold out much hope. The press will destroy us all…along with themselves.


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Reply 13 - Posted by: dolphin, 7/4/2013 8:30:18 AM     (No. 9408308)

The press and the administration are united in their hate of us. They will stop at nothing until we are figuratively or literally dead. Nothing else matters. And if we don´t get a leader pretty soon, they will get their wish.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: WimeTarmerFable, 7/4/2013 8:42:16 AM     (No. 9408321)

Sadler, I believe that world events will prove, even to the Lo-FOs that King Bozo and his Court are lying weasel socialists bent on enslaving the populace...and that the will of man to rebel against this will be clear...and we will have a war of good and evil....we know what side the Media is on because they have made their choice...stay tuned.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Rinktum, 7/4/2013 8:44:36 AM     (No. 9408325)

Face it. Conservatives are up against a hostile media and that won´t change anytime soon. They are bullies who never lose the appetite to try and take our lunch money. Until you step up and confront them, they will never change. They are products of the indoctrination divas in our high schools, colleges and universities. They openly harrass a student who espouses conservative ideas. The job as they see it is to rewrite history and make sure each of their students are well versed in the hate America, everything bad is our fault mentality. Until these folks are exposed and fired, young people will graduate these institutions ignorant of our history and hostile to the founders. Best thing a conservative can do for their children is send them to a school that teaches history and does not rewrite it with a progressive slant. Don´t put your money where their mouth is. What is the point in sending your children to an Ivy League school or even your alma mater when they come home believing the hyper progressive ideology they were spoon fed. Our kids are being indoctrinated from cradle to the grave through education, media, and entertainment. This has to stop.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: GoDeacs79, 7/4/2013 8:46:44 AM     (No. 9408328)

The bulk of the media has been taken over, infiltrated, by liberals/progressives for the sole purpose of advancing their agenda. They are no longer a voice exposing tyranny in government that the Founders envisioned. They are the voice of propaganda for the power-hungry tyrants. Unfortunately our education system suffers from the same infiltration and, like the "green energy" industry, has become a place where huge amounts of taxpayer money goes to those who work to promote progressivism. We have lost this once-great nation, just as all of the great civilizations throughout history fell due to their own corruption and decadence.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: dman, 7/4/2013 9:16:14 AM     (No. 9408400)

They are no longer the "press". The soul of the press lives on the internet. We are the press now.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: nonsense, 7/4/2013 9:17:38 AM     (No. 9408401)

I mourn for a lost America, trampled not only by the regime, but enabled by the corrupt press.

At one time it was hoped that the youth of the country would demand a life of freedom and liberty, but no more. If Leftism/Liberalism continues to dominate the culture, the youth of America will grow up as serfs. Pathetic that they have no clue what is in store for them.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Libertygal, 7/4/2013 9:42:39 AM     (No. 9408448)

Pretty soon, they will realize that for the most part, they are talking to each other and the rest of us just sit back and watch and laugh.

That is, afterall, what we are doing, right? I got past disgust a long time ago. Lol.

See?!


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Reply 20 - Posted by: GraniteBayTom, 7/4/2013 9:53:30 AM     (No. 9408471)

The fact that so many of the lib media are in VERY serious financial trouble tells me that the tide is slowly turning. Think NYT, WaPo, Time, Newsweek, and many others. Thank you, Lucianne, The Corner, and others in the conservative New Media.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Holeymoses, 7/4/2013 9:54:09 AM     (No. 9408474)

This relationship is not evolving, with the media seeing the light, it is as steadfast as ever. They will staunchly defend this Bozo against all and everything. When they can´t defend, they simply don´t report. Seems that´s the latest strategy.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Hotrod, 7/4/2013 9:55:31 AM     (No. 9408477)

Until business stops paying the msm for advertising, nothing will change. Money talks, even to liberals. Drop subscriptions, stop advertising, let remaining advertisers know that you won´t be buying their products, and keep supporting the fair and balanced media.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: RancherJack, 7/4/2013 10:55:26 AM     (No. 9408615)

Yeah, but Vic .. there has to be another player on the field in order to shame, shout down and delegitimize the whining MSM losers.

Who´s the other player on the MSM field?

(crickets)

That house has to be cleansed and restaffed from the inside out. The MSM has no competition. And they know it.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Arby, 7/4/2013 11:10:05 AM     (No. 9408644)

Nice article. But what do you expect from people who are writing the gardening news one day and politics the next? Journalists have no substantive knowledge unless they develop it independently or are trained by pol sci depts (e.g. George Will) rather than J-schools. J-schools acculturate them to be liberals and they go off on their merry little way. Hint: the vast majority have never heard of Dr. Faustus, Christopher Marlowe, Goethe, or Thomas Mann.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: roger h. cook,MD, 7/4/2013 11:12:05 AM     (No. 9408647)

No they lost it when JFK was elected.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Sandbar, 7/4/2013 11:13:22 AM     (No. 9408649)

The problem is that if/when they sour on Bambi they will just move on to the next liberal of the hour. Communism has failed multiple times but it is always because they didn´t do it right or it was the wrong leader. The system is never blamed.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: chicodon, 7/4/2013 11:19:26 AM     (No. 9408657)

Communist goals via the 1958 Naked Communist:

15. Capture one or both of the political parties in the United States.
17. Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers´ associations. Put the party line in textbooks.
20. Infiltrate the press. Get control of book-review assignments, editorial writing, policymaking positions.
21. Gain control of key positions in radio, TV, and motion pictures.
25. Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio, and TV.
26. Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as "normal, natural, healthy."

That´s good enough but there´s much more.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: wsdiego, 7/4/2013 11:27:54 AM     (No. 9408673)

To remember a teacher in the 50´s that told her class," All socialist systems get to the point of the lowest common denominator and eventually require a slave labor force because somebody has to do the work"! The 50´s were a hole world away from now!

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Reply 29 - Posted by: BcdErick, 7/4/2013 11:29:11 AM     (No. 9408676)

The problem with this essay is it makes him seem intelligent, quoting a number of "witty" rearks. Obama is not intelligent. Anything that comes out of his mouth and is even semi smart he reads from a script. Watch the debates again (if you´re into S&M) or just watch him without a teleprompter. The man is dumb.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: Sherlock1, 7/4/2013 11:34:00 AM     (No. 9408686)

#7: "... it still baffles me that the entire left wing MSM didn´t spot what a pathological liar he is when the rest of us saw it so clearly."

Oh they spotted it all right, but why would Obama´s adeptness at lying be a problem for the MSM? That´s one of the shared values they found attractive in him... a feature, not a bug.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: Butch59, 7/4/2013 11:37:08 AM     (No. 9408693)

The current media went whole hog for Obozo for two primary reasons. One, he is just as liberal (read communist) at they are and 2. he is black. That makes, it their eyes, a perfect match. And even though they have had a small burp at what has happened to AP, they are never going to go full force against Obozo like they did to Busch. They´ve made their bed and are determined to lie in it.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: strike3, 7/4/2013 11:38:09 AM     (No. 9408697)

Obama is the first almost-black president and a far, far left liberal. He CAN NOT be allowed to fail no matter how incompetent he is. The press will carry his water and attempt to hide his many blunders until they all collapse, and collapse they will. These "news" organizations were in financial trouble before obama was elected. Their only hope in the world is some sort of stimulus bailout from the obama administration because they will never sell enough of their garbage to the general public again to be able to stay afloat.

JournoList must be overwhelmed in trying to intercept attack-obama articles these days because the attacks are coming nonstop from all directions. The MSM will die embarrassed and broke.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: Eheu Fugaces, 7/4/2013 12:21:13 PM     (No. 9408768)

Why not punish the media and their allies for their propaganda offensive, and their offensive propaganda? Do not watch their TV networks. Do not buy their newspapers or magazines. Do not watch their movies, or buy their music. Do not visit their websites: instead, visit websites or subscribe to publications that will reprint, review or discuss the more asinine outgivings of the liberal information hegemony.

Believe me, you won´t have missed much.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: shamus, 7/4/2013 1:07:22 PM     (No. 9408827)

A life of presstitution grinds you down.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: lencu255, 7/4/2013 1:15:47 PM     (No. 9408839)

Bravo, #27! I am not alone. I´ve been posting similar ideas for very long time. Yes, commies/fascists were infiltrating our media, education, entertainment, and (very important!) bureaucracy for many years. They learned from indisputable sources, like lenin/hitler/stalin/mao!
Unfortunately, repubics watched this and didn´t fight back.
And, sorry, I expect from VDH much more when analyzing the current situation.
I usually comment: less philosophy, more simple common sense.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: peterfleming, 7/4/2013 2:37:16 PM     (No. 9408929)

Double Bravo #27 Chicoden, and #35 Lencu !!!
We are all on the same anti Communist page.
And it IS all about Communism. First, go to Mark Skousen´s THE NAKED COMMUNIST, and look at his list of 50 signs of Communism,
several recited above, thank you. It´s on Wikipedia, easy to find, print and send out. The ultimate rule of Communist infiltration, is Stealth. The Rule of Silence is what we suffer. A few months ago, Allen West announced there were sometning like 80 Communists in Congress.
The MSM TV commies ignored it. No news. But here is the big one, Hollywood, communist filled Hollywood is the easiest one to bust.
In over sixty years, Hollywood´s controllers
have not allowed ONE single film to be made on the ruthless rule of Stalinist Soviet prison slavery. Not one single film, while at the same time, making HUNDREDS of Nazi German films, hundreds of anti Hitler films. What´s worse, nothing about Hitler being a damned socialist first! All that filmogoers are permitted to learn about is that Nazi Germans were brutal anti semitic kilers. Nothing about Germany´s dictatorial socialist structure that mirrored Stalin and his socialist USSR communist structure.
It´s wake up time. Now we have to recognize
the political Islamist killers, too, also being sliently protected by Nobama and his
collectivist mistress, Diane Sawyers.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: ketchuplover, 7/4/2013 3:50:01 PM     (No. 9409009)

Excellent article! Thanks for posting. I, too, join the skeptics that the MSM will show any remorse or regret. They are too tied up in the Obama Fantasy to break loose - and they are too proud and image-conscious to say they were wrong, let alone devastatingly wrong.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: rocket scientist, 7/4/2013 3:52:38 PM     (No. 9409015)

The MSM has been run by Mafia-like animals since before Bill Klintoon was pResident. I still remember Bill Klintoon bragging that "We own the media". I trust the MSM as much as I would trust the Mafia. They are wise guys, animals, who would just as soon knife somebody in the back as look at them. They have zero morals just like their leader, Obama.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: Mike6, 7/4/2013 5:37:05 PM     (No. 9409108)

Our media is owned by 70+ rich New York families who supported Bolshevism for the last one hundred years. Like Faust they have sold their souls to the devil. They hate America.
in 1917, they send Leon Trotsky (Lev Davidovich Bronstein) to Russia in a boat from New York with millions in gold bars to fan the Bolshevik Revolution. They are still fighting the Imperial Russian Czars and they hate Richard Nixon for exposing Alger Hiss as a GRU spy.
They have said that Barry "is the one we have been waiting" to impose a Leninist Social Justice system.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: NotaBene, 7/4/2013 7:44:27 PM     (No. 9409246)

The Socialist/Marxist Internationale seeks to eliminate private property (now through the redistribution of wealth to the non-working classes), destroy the family ( now through the promotion of homosexuality), and religion. The most efficient way to achieve this is through the mass media, and Commies have known it for 100 years. Baracka Hussein Obama is a dream come true for them. A president of the USA that was raised a Muslim and a Communist and will have no qualms in sowing our destruction.

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Reply 41 - Posted by: Lawsy0, 7/4/2013 8:11:04 PM     (No. 9409268)

The unholy alliance of Obama and the media is sort of like the wife who will not leave her cussin´ drinkin´ wife-beating husband ´´because she still loves him.´´

Just wait until he blacks both your eyes AND takes your money.

Like #1, I marvel that anyone could think the MSM has a soul.

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Reply 42 - Posted by: ncgrammie4, 7/4/2013 9:24:07 PM     (No. 9409304)

Unfortunately the media hates right wing Christian Americans more than life. As a matter of fact all of the left hates the same thing and will do everything to keep any person who believes from ever being in power. Folks, this is about more than Obama.

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The Supreme Court has made pretty clear that putting your money where your mouth is deserves broad protection as a form of free political speech. The justices are about to consider whether outright lying in a campaign deserves a similar First Amendment shield. The court’s recent decisions easing the flow of generous campaign contributions already shifted the electoral landscape. If the court finds that even the most patently outrageous statements about candidates may not be barred by law, those two decisions combined could expand the rhetorical battlefield of the midterm elections and raise the attack ad volume as never before. With Congress

The Real Meaning of Soviet
Agitprop in Jay Carney’s Kitchen
PJ Media, by Oleg Atbashian    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/15/2014 4:42:19 AM     Post Reply
As soon as the photograph of Soviet propaganda posters in Jay Carney’s kitchen hit the Internet, right-wing pundits began to draw conclusions about White House Press Secretary’s ideology, morals, and political leanings. It was as if things that a man merely places on his walls and looks at day after day can be any indication of his life choices. If that were so, the meals in Carney’s kitchen would also probably match the menu of the place and time of the posters. His family would be living on a diet of beets, gruel, occasional rat, and thinly sliced boiled jackboots, which

Former Sheriff Treviño:
´I plead guilty, your honor´
McAllen Monitor [TX], by Ildefonso Ortiz    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/15/2014 4:39:30 AM     Post Reply
McALLEN — Five words sealed the fate of the man who used to be the highest law enforcement official in Hidalgo County. “I plead guilty, your honor,” former Sheriff Lupe Treviño said Monday morning when asked for his plea on the charge of money laundering. Wearing a black suit with a white shirt and red tie, Treviño spoke loudly and clearly when responding to the questions made by U.S. District Court Judge Micaela Alvarez. Read the money laundering charges against Lupe Treviño With a hand in his pocket and a slight tilt to his head, Treviño agreed to the facts

The Saga of Bundy Ranch --Federal Power, Rule
of Law and Averting Potential Bloodshed
Breitbart Big Government, by Logan Churchwell & Brandon Darby    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/14/2014 9:32:52 AM     Post Reply
BUNKERVILLE, NEVADA—The Bundy Ranch roundup has understandably stirred thin-stretched emotions as the federal government seizes cattle belonging to the Bundy family. The family settled in the late 1800’s and has ranched in the area since. The federal government allowed Nevada ranchers to graze their cattle on federal tracts of land adjacent to their private properties for generations. The federal government later created the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to administer and “protect” the vast swaths of federal land—including the land the Bundy family’s livelihood was—and still is—dependent upon. The BLM began restricting ranchers’ usage of federal lands to protect various



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Brit Hume: Obama, Holder
‘Benefited Enormously’ From
Being African American

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Mediaite, by Evan McMurry    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/13/2014 9:14:46 PM     Post Reply
On Fox News Sunday, political analyst Brit Hume said that Eric Holder’s claim that his treatment at the hands of Representative Louie Gohmert (R-TX) at a House hearing this week was unprecedented toward an Attorney General, made him a “crybaby,” and that he and President Barack Obama had in fact benefited “enormously” from being the first African Americans in their respective positions. “This strikes me as kinda crybaby stuff from Holder,” Hume said. “My sense about this is both Eric Holder and Barack Obama have benefited politically enormously from the fact that they are African American and the first to

Why The Feds Chickened Out
On A Nevada Ranch

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Townhall, by Kevin McCullough    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 4/13/2014 11:55:18 AM     Post Reply
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Why Hillary v. Jeb Would
Be Great for America

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Daily Beast, by Mark McKinnon    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/13/2014 6:11:32 PM     Post Reply
They’re both qualified, respectful of each other (shocker!), and represent the vast majority of middle America. So what’s not to like about another Clinton/Bush race for 2016? When you mention the prospect of Clinton vs. Bush 2016 a funny thing happens. First, there is the reflexive response: "Oh no, not again. We don´t need more dynastic politics in this country." But upon further reflection, you realize Jeb Bush vs. Hillary Clinton would be a great race and actually good for the country. Let´s review. QUALIFICATIONS—THEY’VE BOTH GOT THEM. Barack Obama won the presidency because in an election where the premium was on change, it mattered little

The world must shift to solar and wind
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Daily Mail (U.K.), by Ben Spencer    Original Article
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A rapid shift to wind and solar power is needed if the world is to avoid catastrophic global warming, the United Nations warns in a crucial report today. Emissions of greenhouse gases need to be cut by up to 70 per cent before 2050 to control climate change, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says. ‘Large-scale changes in energy systems’ are required, with coal power stations to be switched off and replaced by wind and solar. And the transformation needs to be made in the next 15 years or controlling climate change will become increasingly harder and more expensive. The report was published

Chelsea Clinton no longer
ruling out politics

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The Hill (Washington DC), by Judy Katz    Original Article
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Chelsea Clinton says when people ask her these days whether she wants to go into politics, her answer isn’t an automatic “no.” The 34-year-old former first daughter told Fast Company in an interview published Monday, “for so long the answer was just a visceral no. Not because I had made any conscientious, deliberate decision, but since people had been asking for as long as literally I could remember, it was no." Now, the only child of former President Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton explains, "I live in a city and a state and a country where I

Glaring limits of the Civil Rights
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Salon Magazine, by Matt Bruenig    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/14/2014 7:20:41 PM     Post Reply
Although the Civil Rights Act, the landmark legislation which just reached its 50th anniversary, made great strides in desegregating the economy, economic discrimination is still widespread, and anti-discrimination legislation alone can never rectify the economic damage inflicted upon blacks by slavery and our Jim Crow apartheid regime. The Civil Rights Act was a mild reform, all things considered, but one conservatives fought with vigor and one many conservatives are still bitter about to this day. When the Civil Rights Act passed in 1964, the primary purpose was to root out discrimination in public accommodations (like hotels and movie theaters)

Ben Carson: White House wanted
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Daily Caller, by Alex Pappas    Original Article
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Neurosurgeon Ben Carson says the White House wanted him to apologize for “offending” President Obama after he famously delivered a conservative message at the National Prayer Breakfast last year. Carson, the former director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, recalls the events surrounding his 2013 speech in his new book, One Nation: What We Can All Do To Save America’s Future. The Daily Caller obtained an advance copy of the book, which is set for release May 20. “He did not appear to be hostile or angry,” Carson writes of Obama, “but within a matter of minutes after the conclusion of

Nevada GOP removes social issues from platform,
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Associated Press, by Sandra Chereb    Original Article
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LAS VEGAS — The Nevada Republican Party stripped opposition to abortion and gay marriage from its platform Saturday as state convention delegates instead focused on judging fellow Republicans on their worthiness to serve in office and adherence to GOP values. The platform, with few changes, was adopted overwhelmingly as the Las Vegas convention stretched late into the evening. The vote mirrors that of the Clark County GOP, which voted earlier to remove platform language defining marriage as between a man and a woman and statements opposing abortion. Many Republicans are re-evaluating their strong stances on conservative social issues as public

Video: Flash mob of women steal
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New York Daily News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 4/13/2014 10:50:38 AM     Post Reply
A brazen flash mob has been caught on camera storming a California store and making off with $20,000 worth of sunglasses. Surveillance footage shows eight women piling into a Sunglass Hut and crowding around display cases. Shielding workers from what they´re doing, they quickly stuff dozens of fashion specs into their bags. A store clerk pleads with them to stop, before running out of the shot to get help and dial 911. The thieves then all bolt outside and escape in a waiting SUV. The incident occurred at the Valencia Town Center mall, in Santa Clarita, at 3 p.m. on

Obama Selects First Openly Gay
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Mediaite, by Andrew Kirell    Original Article
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President Obama pulled a surprise move Monday at the White House’s Easter Prayer Breakfast when he selected Gene Robinson to lead the closing prayer. Robinson is famously known as the first openly gay Episcopal bishop. Talking Points Memo’s Tom Kludt spotted the following tweet from Robinson, who was in attendance: (Tweet) Robinson, 66, became diocesan bishop of New Hampshire in March 2004. He retired in January 2013 and is currently a senior fellow at the progressive

Developing: Russian fighter jet buzzes
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Associated Press, by Lolita C. Baldor    Original Article
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A Russian fighter jet made multiple, close-range passes near an American warship in the Black Sea for more than 90 minutes Saturday amid escalating tensions in the region, a U.S. military official said Monday. In the first public account of the incident, the official said the Russian Fencer flew within 1,000 yards of the USS Donald Cook, a Navy destroyer, at about 500 feet above sea level. Ship commanders considered the actions provocative and inconsistent with international agreements, prompting the ship to issue several radio queries and warnings. The fighter appeared to be unarmed and never was in danger of

You´re in denial if
you think Steve Israel is
wrong about GOP racism

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Daily Beast, by Michael Tomasky    Original Article
Posted By: Fiesta del sol- 4/14/2014 6:09:58 AM     Post Reply
Some time back, whenever a big racial controversy erupted, I trained myself into the habit of reading about it at FoxNews.com, just for the unbelievable comment threads. Let’s put it this way: If my friends and I went out to a bar and started playing a “let’s write the racist FoxNews.com comment thread” drinking game, our efforts couldn’t begin to approach what I read there.I wasn’t alone. Liberal websites started feasting on these threads. And so, a couple of years ago, Ailes & Co. got wise. Stories about race were, at least in my disheartened experience, closed to comments.


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