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Oprah ´sorry´ for Switzerland´s flap
Associated Press, by Nicole Evatt

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Posted By:Periwinkel, 8/13/2013 7:41:41 AM

LOS ANGELES -- Oprah Winfrey says she's "sorry" a media frenzy emerged after saying she experienced racism during a trip to Switzerland."I think that incident in Switzerland was just an incident in Switzerland. I'm really sorry that it got blown up. I purposefully did not mention the name of the store. I'm sorry that I said it was Switzerland," Winfrey said
"I was just referencing it as an example of being in a place where people don't expect that you would be able to be there," she continued.In recent interview with "Entertainment Tonight," Winfrey recalled a clerk at an upscale Zurich boutique refusing to show her a handbag. Winfrey said she was told she could not afford the $38,000 purse.
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Reply 1 - Posted by: The Advocate, 8/13/2013 7:49:34 AM     (No. 9471201)

Oprah is only sorry that she is now exposed as a complete racist and ingrate.
I will not see any movie or show which will add to her fortune or accolades.
Same for traitorous Jane Fonda.
Same for elitist Matt Damon who pontificates about public schools, sends his children to private schools and wants to,condemn other children to public unionized ghettos instead of giving their parents school choice vouchers.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: neanderthal, 8/13/2013 7:50:02 AM     (No. 9471203)

Just another Affirmative Action celebrity.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: FlatCityGirl, 8/13/2013 7:56:43 AM     (No. 9471211)

Hey, Toad! Yeah. You. Have you got enough publicity for your racist movie now? Do you think the Oscar committee knows your name? Okay, Toad, you can exit stage left. Go back to whatever activity you were engaged in before you raised your fat posterior for all the world to view. Again.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: nina584, 8/13/2013 8:04:57 AM     (No. 9471222)

Good old Oprah forgot that white housewives made her rich.Now that she is a racist hog she can go on with ratings in the dumpster.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Lawsy0, 8/13/2013 8:06:34 AM     (No. 9471225)

Did Oprah ever think her public would turn on her if there wasn´t a gift under each of their chairs??

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Reply 6 - Posted by: nimby, 8/13/2013 8:08:40 AM     (No. 9471228)

Obama is in the WH, and yet we NEVER stop talking about racism?? I have never witnessed this amount of racial divide as I see under this administration.


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Reply 7 - Posted by: Coy860, 8/13/2013 8:09:31 AM     (No. 9471231)

She is a cheap liar who gets her jollies getting "her people" riled up.
She exposed herself and will now pay the consequences. A shame that she picked on a little shopkeeper..who spoke UP. Oprah usually uses and squashes the little people.
Sometimes even a mouse roars, Oprah.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: envirodude, 8/13/2013 8:13:04 AM     (No. 9471232)

Oompah accomplished her goal. Now that the other side has chimed in to defend herself, the oompah has been outed as a fat spoiled diva.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Rather Read, 8/13/2013 8:13:48 AM     (No. 9471233)

It sounds like she was rude to the clerk and I would be willing to bet she isn´t sorry at all.
Anyway, spending that amount of money on a purse is something I just can´t wrap my mind around. That´s more than I make in a year!

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Reply 10 - Posted by: jinx, 8/13/2013 8:13:52 AM     (No. 9471234)

If anyone had seen the picture of Oprah as she shopped, one would understand why the shopgirl did not want to climb up to the top shelf to get down a $35,000 purse that was obviously put up high for a reason. It had nothing to do with her race; she looked like a bum. All she had to do was ask in a respectful way to see the purse. Instead, her "don´t you know who I am?" attitude was in place.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: MattMusson, 8/13/2013 8:15:36 AM     (No. 9471237)

"Denial of Oprah" has now become a punishable offense.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Hobbiest, 8/13/2013 8:16:21 AM     (No. 9471239)

She´s sorry her publicity stunt backfired. Oprah´s charm was always that she seemed like she could be next door neighbor to most of the women in the audience. The $38,000 handbag completely guts that idea.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: lazyman, 8/13/2013 8:20:26 AM     (No. 9471244)

Next time she lies and there will be a next time, she will cover it better. A billion dollars and all we get is a fat fibber with an agenda.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: earlybird, 8/13/2013 8:23:03 AM     (No. 9471248)

Hoisted on her own pitard.

A photo of her and Gayle King on the street in Switzerland (yesterday´s Daily Mail article) showed a couple of women who qualitied for People of Walmart status, not lusury boutique in a major city.

She has played the "don´t you know who I am?" card once too often. And now what she calls "the black card". Shame on her. Very small soul in a morbidly obese body.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: charliecoconut, 8/13/2013 8:27:47 AM     (No. 9471257)

Oprah
1. Black
2. Chicago
3. Speaks good English
4. Racist
5. Democrat

Obama
1. Black
2. Chicago
3. Speaks good English
4. Racist
5. Democrat

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Reply 16 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 8/13/2013 8:29:33 AM     (No. 9471260)

Reported in this article:

"I didn´t have anything that said `I have money´: I wasn´t wearing a diamond stud. I didn´t have a pocketbook. I didn´t wear Louboutin shoes. I didn´t have anything," said Winfrey on the red carpet. "You should be able to go in a store looking like whatever you look like and say `I´d like to see this.´ That didn´t happen."

But wait. There´s more. Previously she said:


She said: "I was in Zurich the other day, in a store whose name I will not mention. I didn´t have my eyelashes on, but I was in full Oprah Winfrey gear. I had my little Donna Karan skirt and my little sandals. But obviously The Oprah Winfrey Show is not shown in Zurich.

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/articles/497983/20130809/oprah-winfrey-racism-swiss-shop-handbag-expensive.htm

(She found a "little Donna Karan skirt" to cover that girth. And barefoot in "little sandals". ???

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Muncsdad, 8/13/2013 8:30:40 AM     (No. 9471263)

#7, Oprah won´t pay any consequences--but the salesperson has been publicly humiliated and Zimmermanized.

Oprah struts into a high end store looking like an obese homeless woman demanding to be treated like royalty. When the sales clerk didn´t jump fast enough for her, Oprah plays the race card.

But this time, the sales clerk fought back and exposed Oprah for the lying race-baiter she has always been. But Oprah will not face any consequences anymore than Shapton, Jackson and Obama will for their racism and lies.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: J F Ackerman, 8/13/2013 8:34:19 AM     (No. 9471268)

Pathetic. Pound sand, racist bully. And #4 is correct... silly, emotional white women DID make this monster.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: MDConservative, 8/13/2013 8:49:30 AM     (No. 9471299)

Just spell her name right, boys!

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Sanspeur, 8/13/2013 8:50:31 AM     (No. 9471301)

Just like they made Preezy...and fwiw, O made preezy zero palatable , presentable...

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Reply 21 - Posted by: lil dotty, 8/13/2013 8:56:39 AM     (No. 9471314)

Oprah lies? Oprah misunderstood? Perhaps. This being the same O who sat in church and listened attentatively to Rev Wright´s services ....ie ´the chickens come home to roost´ GD America´, ie. She never seemed to understand what he was saying either. O, take note. What has happened to your old buddy Obomba has happened to you as well. Uppity noses eventually must come down for oxygen on occasion just to exist. Two Os Two of a kind. You deserve each other.


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Reply 22 - Posted by: JLoophole, 8/13/2013 9:01:01 AM     (No. 9471327)

"I was just referencing it as an example of being in a place where people don´t expect that you would be able to be there,"

Honestly. Is there nothing else in the world these people have to discuss? Oprah has interviewed thousands of people, many with REAL problems. Mothers whose children were killed. Burn victims. Abused children. Innocent people incarcerated for decades.

Has she gained no perspective on what is truly important in life? Is her relevance still so tied to her victim status that she has to gin up situations in which she was "wronged?" Grow up, Oprah.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: udanja99, 8/13/2013 9:02:22 AM     (No. 9471331)

Orca is sorry that the salesgirl had the guts to call her out as a liar.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: donnaclaire, 8/13/2013 9:07:54 AM     (No. 9471340)

Yeah, yeah, yeah, Oprah.......you´re sorry because you got some negative publicity as a result. Many of us are sick to death of you, Oprah, and we don´t need to hear or read of your latest utterance, thought or trip to the bathroom. Enough already.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Elvira, 8/13/2013 9:08:43 AM     (No. 9471341)

I beg to differ #18. Perhaps before the George Zimmerman hanging. Not now. Many of these women see how one of their sons or daughters could be fighting for his or her life, shoot the perp and then be given a public lynching that would result in all of their accomplishments to that point be for naught.

Whites have been trying to tell blacks that the racists are few amongst us for years to no avail. I think that all those white women who supported O-prah thought she understood. Now they know she´s just another Lib who will NEVER let go of the race card. Who amongst us has been disrespected by someone for one reason or another? All I would suspect. We just don´t go around holding whatever reason against everyone we come across who resembles the person who we feel disrespected us.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Keekng, 8/13/2013 9:08:43 AM     (No. 9471342)

Baloney. It was calculated to gain attention to her latest film.
Now would be a good time to say, "liar liar pants of fire", but that might require aerial bombings with flame retardant.
The stores sales lady said Oprah´s tale is completely false. I believe the sales lady.


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Reply 27 - Posted by: rinohunter, 8/13/2013 9:21:16 AM     (No. 9471358)

Nothing like when one is stuck in a hole to keep digging deeper to get out! This is what Orca appears to be doing. The only difference is that her shovel is platinum plated. Good for her.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: Shimmer128, 8/13/2013 9:22:55 AM     (No. 9471361)

I agree with the posters above. Oprah lied and claimed victim status, and then when caught, oh no no no, it was all nothing.
It was all nothing from the beginning!
That purse was never anything you´d take to a wedding anyway. I saw the picture of it, big, bulky, drab. You don´t take suitcase purses to a nice wedding.
Besides, the clerk works with commission, and also the purse is up high for a reason! So the peons don´t steal it easily. So if it was hard to get down, I don´t blame the woman for being reluctant to get it down just so some Walmart shopper could say she´d held a $38k purse, but she would like to have sold it, to get the commission, so if Queen O had been less likely to be perpetually offended and seeing racism under every rock, maybe this would never had to happen.


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Reply 29 - Posted by: Tallgrass Palms, 8/13/2013 9:33:02 AM     (No. 9471382)



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Reply 30 - Posted by: Keekng, 8/13/2013 9:33:33 AM     (No. 9471386)

#29, You do take suit case purses if you want to lift some of the silver.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: bighambone, 8/13/2013 9:43:05 AM     (No. 9471402)

It is bad PR for Oprah to pick on a minimum wage shop girl in a foreign city that has no history of discrimination against American black folks, who would have probably got a small commission if she had sold that expensive purse to Oprah or any anyone else.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: heartsurgeon, 8/13/2013 9:48:01 AM     (No. 9471411)

She´s backpedaling because her lawyers told her to. She is probably trying to avoid a legal flap. I suspect she has conflated nothing into a "racist" encounter.

A snooty european clerk in a high end boutique? I´m shocked! Get a life Oprah..it happens (if it happened) to everyone.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: InOhio, 8/13/2013 9:48:37 AM     (No. 9471412)

Did any else see the article about her doing the exact same thing some years ago when another movie she had an interest in, was getting ready to be aired? I forget the details but she pulled it in the US instead of Europe, so probably some poor salesperson got fired.

First of all I seriously doubt of the great O is running around anywhere without an entourage and at least one or two security guards, so the part about her not looking wealthy or important is just plain BS.

All of the story is BS. SHe is a race-baiting ho and needs to be called out as such. Yup, that chip on some of those shoulders must be superglued on.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: Tallgrass Palms, 8/13/2013 9:48:39 AM     (No. 9471413)

Was this lumpy, dumpy race-baiter so desperate for publicity that she had to accuse someone of racism and along the way let us know that she can afford a $35,000 handbag? She was quick to make a false accusation but slow to apologize however she got the attention she wanted.....mostly negative.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: suejeanne, 8/13/2013 9:49:24 AM     (No. 9471414)

Was it a silk purse?

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Reply 36 - Posted by: FlatCityGirl, 8/13/2013 9:51:27 AM     (No. 9471418)

I will say this --and I´m not defending Harpo by any means: It´s is a mistake to "judge a book by its cover," in most any business. I´ve witnessed that old saw in action twice in my life when people of means were misjudged merely for the way they were dressed. Not everybody with means thinks the place to spend their money is on Rodeo Drive, when a $20 dollar pair of slacks from WalMart serves the same purpose.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: tasine, 8/13/2013 9:52:11 AM     (No. 9471419)

I´ve wondered if the sales person actually meant that she didn´t believe Oprah Winfrey was actually stupid enough to pay that kind of money for a PURSE. It surprises me that she is that stupid, or perhaps merely VAPID.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: mozey, 8/13/2013 9:57:34 AM     (No. 9471429)

I saw a picture of that huge expensive purse. Lord, it looked like a saddle bag.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: jasmine, 8/13/2013 10:01:49 AM     (No. 9471433)

I find it hard to believe Oprah would let a "racist" incident pass without heading straight to management. Why? Because confronting racism is the right thing to do, and heaven knows Oprah is big on that. And yet she says only that she "could have" made a scene in the store, but chose not to.


As if she chose quiet suffering. But she did no such thing. Instead, she waited to create an international "incident" in which she holds all the cards, and as a celebrity has the last word.

Oh by the way, the "victim" has a movie coming out...I think the stunt backfired.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: farmwife, 8/13/2013 10:02:49 AM     (No. 9471435)

What Oprah is sorry for is that she told this story with so many specific details that it could be checked out and found to be baloney. Next time she will tell her stories with more vagueness like Obama.

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Reply 41 - Posted by: Keekng, 8/13/2013 10:04:00 AM     (No. 9471442)

Well.....A saddle bag would fit quite nicely on one of her hips.

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Reply 42 - Posted by: tusker, 8/13/2013 10:28:14 AM     (No. 9471494)

One word Oprah: "Nutrisystem".

Now, we are looking frantically for something equally efficient to reduce your 3.50 ego, inflated to the max thanks to all that hateful "crackuh" largesse.

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Reply 43 - Posted by: dwa, 8/13/2013 10:30:50 AM     (No. 9471501)

Oprah is nothing more than a "more refined", female Jessie Jackson

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Reply 44 - Posted by: mickturn, 8/13/2013 10:37:41 AM     (No. 9471525)

The only racism I detected from this incident was that the sales clerk failed to bow and scrape when her majesty approached.

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Reply 45 - Posted by: earlybird, 8/13/2013 11:02:25 AM     (No. 9471571)

I found it interesting that Oprah referred to not having used the "black card".

Do you suppose she meant she hadn´t flashed this?

https://www.blackcard.com/

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Reply 46 - Posted by: velox, 8/13/2013 11:05:03 AM     (No. 9471579)

People that would pay35K for a purse do not want something handled and worn.
If I was a storekeeper I would not let people simply walk in off of the street and turn it twist it and scratch it.In addition: How many fat black ladies in the entire world could afford such a purse?
How many fat white ladies could afford it?
In fact how many people in the entire world could afford it and would actually pay this much for a purse?
Most rich people are rich because they are not stupid with their money. Now, oil rich are a different breed. They have never worked and don´t care how much something costs. Let an Arab walk in and it´s a different story.



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Reply 47 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 8/13/2013 11:15:18 AM     (No. 9471607)

If Oprah was really trying to impress she´d have a Birkin bag made by Hermes, rather than a Tom Ford designer bag made pricey because of his name and crocodile.

Here is real luxury and status, Oprah:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Birkin_bag

As for " a retail store is there to sell merchandise so should serve everyone regardless of how they look", that notion is almost too absurd to address. Think about it. Then think again.

Just as real estate agents screen (profile) their customers, lest they be showing mansions to indigents all day, so luxury retail stores try to pleasantly steer those who seem to be in the wrong place away from the most expensive goods in the store. Based upon her second statement - the one that came after her being in Oprah gear and before the one where she had on her little Donna Karen skirt - Oprah was not dressed, was not carrying a handbag, and somehow didn´t look like $38,000 bag material to this sales assistant.

The language problem was in Oprah´s ear and brain, where it clicked into "racist".

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Reply 48 - Posted by: postaway, 8/13/2013 11:16:51 AM     (No. 9471612)

Maybe she went into that shop looking like a complete slob in order to elicit a negative reaction which she could then blame on racism in order to plug her movie. It reminds me of the walk to the capital building that Nancy Pelosi took with black members of congress in tow, walking through a crowd of opponents with that ridiculously big gavel, going to pass a law that was highly unpopular. They were baiting that crowd, hoping to elicit a racist or sexist response. When they didn´t get either, they lied about it.

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Reply 49 - Posted by: jkcinsalem, 8/13/2013 11:53:32 AM     (No. 9471702)

This is the second time OW has pulled this scam. She must have a movie coming out that she wants to win an award for. Shameless self-promoter.

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Reply 50 - Posted by: Tarheelkate, 8/13/2013 12:50:10 PM     (No. 9471809)

I´ve been in shops in Zurich, although I don´t have Oprah´s budget. Clerks speak several languages, of which English is the last and least. And "English" means "British." I speak slowly and clearly with European friends because they don´t always understand my American accent. This Italian clerk probably didn´t say quite what Oprah heard her say, and very likely didn´t intend it. This was a language and perception problem. This wasn´t America, and Oprah (at best) misunderstood the situation.

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Reply 51 - Posted by: Emerson, 8/13/2013 1:36:55 PM     (No. 9471878)

Re #49, here is one photo of her taken on street in Zurich. And she has no handbag with her. Two bits say this is sort of the way she looked when she shopped that store.

http://assets.nydailynews.com/polopoly_fs/1.1425375.1376406528!/img/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_635/spl581787-004.jpg

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Reply 52 - Posted by: bob913, 8/13/2013 1:44:38 PM     (No. 9471890)

Oprah WILL receive an Oscar for her performance. Not for the movie she is in but for the show she is putting on now.

It is called: "The Purse"

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Reply 53 - Posted by: udanja99, 8/13/2013 2:27:11 PM     (No. 9471948)

You know that a very high end shop like that one has security cameras up the wazoo. Any bets on whether the footage was shown to Orca and her attorneys and they decided to back peddle? Perhaps they saw a defamation lawsuit coming down the pike with the end results being loads of bad publicity for Orca and a very wealthy shop girl.

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Reply 54 - Posted by: Tarheelkate, 8/13/2013 3:51:44 PM     (No. 9472043)

Limbaugh was going on about this on the radio today. I think he may have one point. It is unusual to see fat people on the Bahnhofstrasse In Zurich. Europeans walk a great deal and are in general not as heavy as Americans. You can see the difference immediately when you fly from Europe into American airports. A customer able to purchase what Trois Pommes had for sale does not typically resemble the photo in #52´s link.

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Reply 55 - Posted by: JudithC, 8/14/2013 11:16:51 AM     (No. 9473499)

This lumbering fat black woman with a mouth the size of the Grand Canyon had her 15 minutes. She´s a liar, she got caught, and anyone with an IQ that cracks 10 knows it. What is it that makes this noxious woman think she should now lead some kind of racial war and that anyone gives a darn about a $40,000 purse?

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I thank my friend Reid Smith for his kind response to my recent op-ed on libertarians and Mitch McConnell. But I think he and some others are overstating what I’m arguing here, perhaps understandably because effective headlines are not nuanced. I’m not saying McConnell is better on an issue-by-issue basis than his primary challenger, Matt Bevin. I don’t think that, in fact. I’m not even saying people should necessarily vote for McConnell over Bevin, though I’m not terribly impressed with the latter and think the former is the least bad of the big five GOP leaders in Congress.

Cruz Control? Part II
Townhall, by Thomas Sowell    Original Article
Posted By: Periwinkel- 2/20/2014 8:46:54 AM     Post Reply
Senator Ted Cruz is a hero in some Republican circles -- and the opposite among many of his Senate Republican colleagues.(sn)However unjustified Senator Cruz´s actions, the very fact that a freshman Senator can so quickly gain so many supporters, with so much enthusiasm, ought to be a loud warning to the Republican establishment that they have long been a huge disappointment to a wide range of Republican voters and supporters. One of their most maddening qualities has for decades been their can´t-be-bothered attitude

Rep. Louie Gohmert launches
conservative PAC to defend candidates
against establishment Republican attacks
Daily Caller, by Patrick Howley    Original Article
Posted By: Periwinkel- 2/19/2014 9:10:20 AM     Post Reply
Republican Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert is launching a new political action committee to help defend House conservatives from 2014 attacks from mainstream Republican PACs, Gohmert announced exclusively to The Daily Caller. The new GOH Conservative PAC, inspired by the Senate Conservatives Fund, “defends conservative Republicans from the attacks that come from the mainstream,” Gohmert told TheDC. “That’s been a problem, we’ve seen in some races, where we’ve had leadership come and play and there was no counterbalance

Republicans to the Rescue
TownHall, by Thomas Sowell    Original Article
Posted By: Periwinkel- 2/4/2014 5:58:37 PM     Post Reply
Some supporters of President Obama may be worried about how he and the Democrats are going to fare politically, as the problems of ObamaCare continue to escalate, and it looks like the Republicans have a chance to win a majority in the Senate. But Democrats may not need to worry so much. Republicans may once again come to the rescue of the Democrats, by discrediting themselves and snatching defeat from the very jaws of victory. The latest bright idea among Republicans inside the Beltway is a new version of amnesty

Paul Ryan and Hugh Hewitt
have heated exchange
over veteran pension cuts
The Daily Caller, by Patrick Howley    Original Article
Posted By: Periwinkel- 1/15/2014 9:20:30 AM     Post Reply
Conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt slammed Rep. Paul Ryan Tuesday in a heated exchange over the federal spending bill’s pension cuts for active duty military servicemen. “This will destroy retention, it will destroy morale and it is deeply unfair to the American military,” Hewitt told Ryan, the Republican chairman of the House Budget committee. “…On every level it is an outrage to what we stand for in the Republican party.” “If you think I wanted to do this…that’s not true,” Ryan said, later adding, “Look, I didn’t write this bill that’s coming to the floor tomorrow…this isn’t a bill that I

Senate Democrats Block Amendment
to Restore Military Pensions
Washington Free Beacon, by Elizabeth Harrington    Original Article
Posted By: Periwinkel- 1/13/2014 9:44:08 AM     Post Reply
Senate Democrats on Thursday blocked a Republican attempt to restore military pensions cut in last month’s budget deal, denying a vote that would save up to $20 billion by closing a loophole that allows tax refunds to go to illegal aliens. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D., Calif.) called an effort by Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R., N.H.) to repeal the military retiree cuts “fiddling while Rome burns.” Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) “filled the amendment tree” on Thursday, ending debate and blocking any Republican amendments to a bill to extend unemployment insurance (UI) benefits. Among them was Ayotte’s measure, which would

Is Scott Walker next?
Daily Caller, by Matt K. Lewis    Original Article
Posted By: Periwinkel- 1/10/2014 9:25:53 AM     Post Reply
While Chris Christie’s bridge scandal is dominating the headlines, a lesser-known potential scandal is brewing in Wisconsin. As the Wall Street Journal reported in November, ”a special prosecutor is targeting conservative groups that participated in the battle over Governor Scott Walker’s union reforms.” The allegation is of improper coordination between the campaign and conservative outside groups, and the real danger may simply be that a denouement isn’t reached until after November (Walker’s re-election).

Activist: Congressmen confessed
to not reading budget bill
that cuts veteran pay
Daily Caller, by Patrick Howley    Original Article
Posted By: Periwinkel- 1/8/2014 2:43:34 PM     Post Reply
Many lawmakers including a vast cross-section of Republican House members voted for the recent two-year budget deal without reading the bill and realizing that it slashes veteran pensions — and there’s now bipartisan desperation reaching the White House to repeal that provision with new legislation. “[The House] moved it very quickly. It came out Tuesday, they voted Thursday and they were gone Thursday night,” retired Col. Mike Barron told The Daily Caller. Barron’s organization Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) is now leading a charge on Capitol Hill to repeal the pension cuts.

Issa Introduces Bill
to Stop Military Pension Cuts
Washington Free Beacon, by Elizabeth Harrington    Original Article
Posted By: Periwinkel- 1/6/2014 12:30:37 PM     Post Reply
A new bill offered in the House of Representatives by Rep. Darrell Issa (R., Calif.) would replace pension cuts to military retirees by ending the U.S. Postal Service’s (USPS) delivery of Saturday mail. The proposal would save an estimated $17 billion over 10 years and eliminate a controversial provision in the budget deal passed last month that hit military retirees with a 1 percent decrease in their annual cost-of-living adjustments (COLA). The budget agreement did not cut pensions for federal civilian retirees.



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Ben Carson: White House wanted
apology for ‘offending’ Obama

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Daily Caller, by Alex Pappas    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/15/2014 5:22:51 AM     Post Reply
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

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 You Should Be Sympathetic
Toward Cliven Bundy

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Powerline, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: Toledo- 4/15/2014 8:40:58 AM     Post Reply
On Saturday, I wrote about the standoff at Bundy Ranch. That post drew a remarkable amount of traffic, even though, as I wrote then, I had not quite decided what to make of the story. Since then, I have continued to study the facts and have drawn some conclusions. Here they are. First, it must be admitted that legally, Bundy doesn’t have a leg to stand on. The Bureau of Land Management has been charging him grazing fees since the early 1990s, which he has refused to pay. Further, BLM has issued orders limiting the area on which Bundy’s cows can

Obama Generation Losing
Interest in Obama

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Wall Street Journal, by James Freeman    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/14/2014 4:23:09 PM     Post Reply
President Obama inspired a generation of young people to support his historic election in 2008. And in 2012, despite the struggles of his first term, Mr. Obama still managed to win the support of a full 60% of voters age 18-29. But the man who once dreamed of being a transformative leader in the Reagan mold is inspiring few of those young people to follow his lead. "For all the talk about the movement that elected Mr. Obama, the more notable movement of Obama supporters has been away from politics. It appears that few of the young people who voted

The world must shift to solar and wind
power rapidly to avoid catastrophic global
warming, say UN scientists in major report

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Daily Mail (U.K.), by Ben Spencer    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/13/2014 7:15:31 PM     Post Reply
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

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

Chelsea Clinton no longer
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The Hill (Washington DC), by Judy Katz    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/14/2014 11:57:36 AM     Post Reply
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
Act: We need to redistribute wealth

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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)

If a nuclear bomb exploded in downtown
Washington, what should you do?

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The Week, by Marc Ambinder    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 4/15/2014 4:51:46 AM     Post Reply
Funny question in the headline, yes? But since President Obama worries more about the threat of terrorists´ improvised nuclear device going off in a major American city than anything Russia can throw at us, I was wondering if the government had deigned to share with us citizens any tips for, you know, surviving something their own intelligence points to as the likeliest unlikely Black Swan event. Well, no. And yes. No — very few people in Washington, D.C., who work for the government have any idea what they would do if a 10-kiloton nuclear device exploded at the intersection of 16th and K

Obama taps gay bishop to wrap Easter
Prayer Breakfast with invocation

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Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: jackson- 4/15/2014 9:25:28 AM     Post Reply
When President Obama needed a preacher to fulfill the closing prayer duties at the annual White House Easter Prayer Breakfast, he turned to none other than the Episcopal Church’s first openly gay bishop — who said he was as shocked as anyone at the appointment. The Right Rev. Gene Robinson said in a tweet, accompanied by a photo of Mr. Obama behind a podium at the event: “POTUS ‘preaches’ at the Easter prayer breakfast. Then, out of the blue, asks ME to close with prayer. OMG!” Newsmax said he also emphasized that the words he chose to close the breakfast

Obama Selects First Openly Gay
Episcopal Bishop to Lead Easter Prayer

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Mediaite, by Andrew Kirell    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/14/2014 12:46:05 PM     Post Reply
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
U.S. Navy destroyer in Black Sea

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Associated Press, by Lolita C. Baldor    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/14/2014 12:49:12 PM     Post Reply
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


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