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What other decade would you live in?
Most Americans choose the 1950s

Washington Times, by Jennifer Harper

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Posted By:KarenJ1, 8/16/2013 1:18:09 PM

Americans continue to harken to the call of the bodacious, idyllic, post-war, big-finned, fabulous ‘50s. Given a choice of any decade in the century, the public would most want to live in the 1950s, this according to a new YouGov/Economist poll. The 1980s comes in second - with some interesting partisan divides between Republicans and Democrats over the decades. And the numbers: 18 percent of Americans would live in the 1950s if they could go back in time; 20 percent of Republicans and 14 percent of Democrats agree. 15 percent of Americans overall would chose to live in the 1960s;

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I would say that also, even though I was a very young child during those times. There was such an innocence about America back then. When I was old enough to "look back" and compare it to the turbulent 60´s, the assassination of JFK, etc. I had felt much safer then.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: jmkotow, 8/16/2013 1:23:01 PM     (No. 9477222)

The 50´s forever! I grew up in the 50´s and loved it,wish we could go back. Thank God for a good memory.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: BigGeorgeTX, 8/16/2013 1:25:40 PM     (No. 9477230)

Not hard to understand. People were optimistic about the future in the ´50s and ´80s. The music in the ´50s was pretty good too.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Coy860, 8/16/2013 1:27:34 PM     (No. 9477233)

I graduated high school in 1959.
The movie "Grease" describes my teen years. They were the best of times.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Aunt Agnes, 8/16/2013 1:38:58 PM     (No. 9477251)

Loved the fifties - I got in on the tail end, but it was great! My youngest niece loves vintage home decor & dishes from that time period & I recently met a young doctor that loves the books & jazz of that era. I am always amused to tell the "young whippersnappers" about party-line phones, TV test patterns, no "dish-on-demand" & the fabulous fashions of the day. All agree that the women were so attractive then (no tattoos or goth or emo) & men wore ties everywhere! I tell them that there was plenty to do & we had a huge, close family, then. I make sure the younger kids in the family know what it was like, because I think it appeals to them to bring back the family closeness that we had in those days.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Daisymay, 8/16/2013 1:41:01 PM     (No. 9477256)

I´m with #3. We enjoyed Sock Hops, Soda Shops and a general "Happy Days" kind of life. Back then, there were "Families". It was frowned upon to be divorced. Worse yet, to have a baby out of wedlock. There were no Homosexuals that we knew of, they certainly weren´t having parades. Girls never could ever think of having a boy in the girls bathroom just because he "THINKS" he now a girl! Teachers controlled their classrooms. If you didn´t behave, you were sent home and couldn´t come back without a very serious parent/principal conference. If you got into a fight on the school bus, you were kicked off for the rest of the school year! Everyone worked when they were 16 or older because if they didn´t, they went without. Nobody felt sorry for them! When you graduated, you were expected to get a full time job,(with the gas, phone or other utility companies)go to college, or take up a Trade. If you went to college, you got a degree in something that would land you a job! Poor people were helped by family and the Church. If they were just lazy, and not sick or old, nobody cared where their next meal came from! Nobody gave them a place to live either. It was work or you´re on your own! I loved the 50´s! I wish my grandchildren could live in that era. I shudder to think what is ahead for them!

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Reply 6 - Posted by: chumley, 8/16/2013 1:52:29 PM     (No. 9477277)

I missed the 50´s by one year, but the 1960´s didnt really start till 1965 or so, with the Johnson escalation in Viet Nam and color TV becoming common.
I dont disagree that the 50´s were proabaly a better time, but we should not forget the stresses of the Korean War, the cold war, unbreathable air in many cities (Akron comes to mind, where I was born. Sulphur stench and soot every morning) and probably a lot of other things we put aside and forgot. Wasn´t polio still around then? Bad stuff.
I do miss the hair styles and clothes of the 1970´s, but those were my teen years. Special place in my heart for that.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: fleetusa, 8/16/2013 1:52:51 PM     (No. 9477280)

Only people over 70 can appreciate the 50´s and I ain´t there yet.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: danvillebill, 8/16/2013 1:55:13 PM     (No. 9477284)

The 50´s were ok but those periodic air raid test sirens scared the c--p out of me as a kid.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Ken M., 8/16/2013 1:55:24 PM     (No. 9477285)

Another 50´s kid here -- 1st grade 1949, graduated HS 1961 -- and the times were good. There was one pregnancy in HS, and everyone was horrified.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: QRP, 8/16/2013 1:57:34 PM     (No. 9477289)

Didn´t care that much for the 50´s. Never much cared for DoWop but Lo-Fi did hide much of its flaws. No radial tires. Everyone smoked. No AC even in office buildings. Much preferred the 60´s. Society had not gone down the tubes and technology was coming on line.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: JHHolliday, 8/16/2013 2:01:54 PM     (No. 9477296)

I´ll go with the 50´s. It´s when I grew up (born 1942). Of course, for most of us, those childhood years are looked on fondly. I would gladly go back to earlier eras....IF we could take the medical advances with us. I had polio as a child (age nine) so 1951 was a bummer for me. I really think that era ended November 22, 1963.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Talk2, 8/16/2013 2:02:44 PM     (No. 9477297)

I lived through the entire decade and remember things some others might not - The Korean War that claimed WWII veterans who managed to escape death or maiming only to be taken by Truman´s "Police Action" in another war for which we were unprepared and politicians decided we didn´t want to win so it goes on today. I remember the "duck and cover" drills in schools in case the USSR decided to drop the bomb. I recall the line guys used on girls to get into their panties - "Come on, we could be dead tomorrow if the Russians drop the bomb." I remember gas for $.25 a gallon and a new car for $1500 or less. We never locked our doors and had parent imposed curfews of 9PM on weekdays and 11PM on weekends. The vast majority of girls guarded their virture and the vast majority of boys were like birddogs pointing at girls known to be "loose". Today it may seem a more gentle time, but reality was there wasn´t much in the way of spending money and a nickel for a coke with your sack lunch was a big deal. I joined the Navy during the Korean War and WWII veterans were not kind and gentle with recruits because they knew the horrors of combat weren´t video games. I´d still take the 50s over the 60s and subsequent decades with their drugs, lack of self discipline, welfare, and Obama and his ilk.


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Reply 13 - Posted by: Philipsonh, 8/16/2013 2:05:48 PM     (No. 9477302)

YES, to that one. Of course one has to be over
50 to remember much. Today´s youth with all their hi-tech gadgets are inundated with propaganda and a great deal of foolishness.
You can´t beat a radio, a tv with 3 channels plus PBS. a newspaper with real news, and an optimistic environment. So much different today.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: dman, 8/16/2013 2:14:18 PM     (No. 9477313)

Count me in. I grew up in the 50´s, and despite the threat of nuclear annihilation with those "duck and cover" drills it was a peaceful, well-managed decade. America was America back then. Aside from the space race and resulting tech boom, and a brief political respite during the Reagan years, things have gone downhill since the Kennedy assassination. That was the "tipping point", IMO.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: StormCnter, 8/16/2013 2:14:42 PM     (No. 9477315)

#11 beat me to it. The fifties were great in retrospect, but I´ll take the medical advances of today. Polio, thalidomide, heart problems that can be dealt with today meant death back then,childhood leukemia was always fatal but now can be treated successfully. There are many more to mention, but I´ll stay where I am, thank you. However, can I list Barack Obama as a disease of 2013 that might be fatal?

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Reply 16 - Posted by: mitzi, 8/16/2013 2:18:05 PM     (No. 9477321)

I was born in 1942 ... 50s were easy for me.

Too young to have any responsibility other than to obey my parents and get good marks in school.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Lucky4, 8/16/2013 2:41:05 PM     (No. 9477342)

The 50´s. You could fly a flag. Respect others, church was considered a good thing. Morals were held in high regard. Family was important and divorce was considered a sad thing and bad for the kids and to be avoided.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: sabrajet, 8/16/2013 2:44:03 PM     (No. 9477345)

I loved the 50´s, except when my Dad, an Infantry Officer was transfered back to my Mom´s home town in GA, hone of Ft. Benning. Living on Army Post overseas you forgot that blacks -who were my friends -could rarely leave the post gates without running into some kind of racial problems. The city took great pride in having Ft Benning and black solders had less problems in the South but the locals were not so lucky. It it weren´t for that I would look back at the 1950´s with a smile-and ´I liked Ike´ and always will.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Mike PHX, 8/16/2013 2:51:16 PM     (No. 9477352)

Whenever I think about living in another era, I remind myself:
No computers.
No cell phones.
Only 3 liberal TV channels to watch.
And many more I could name. No, thanks, I´m glad I´m where I am.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: whyyeseyec, 8/16/2013 2:55:22 PM     (No. 9477358)

As a young pup growing up in the 50`s, my earliest memory was turning on the t.v., leaving the room and coming back 15 minutes later just as the picture was coming on screen. Then there was 5 minutes of adjusting the horizontal and vertical. Today, I yell at the microwave when it takes 30 seconds to heat food....

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Reply 21 - Posted by: FL_Absentee_Voter, 8/16/2013 2:59:52 PM     (No. 9477363)

I loved the 80s - Reagan, hair bands and new wave music, introduction of the PC - but older people tell me that the 50s were even better. Man, you folks must had a great time back then!

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Reply 22 - Posted by: youngtexan, 8/16/2013 3:11:20 PM     (No. 9477374)

Geez. Um, being born in 1972, the 70s were great except Jimmeh Carter. The 80s was great due to Reagan. The 60s gave us hippies. No thanks. Not sure about the 50s either. Except that women acted like ladies while men acted like gentlemen.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: jorgecito, 8/16/2013 3:15:51 PM     (No. 9477378)

Thanks for the memories, all you wonderful posters above!

Yes, the ´50s weren´t perfect, as are constantly reminded by Leftists, who insist that the days of "Ozzie & Harriet" weren´t so wonderful. It is true that there was lingering injustice in some places in the ´50s, such as the Jim Crow laws that were still on the books.

Lefties miss the irony, however, that families in the black community were much better off in the ´50s --more parents were married, more fathers supported their families, and incomes were steadily rising during this period.

These positive trends were destroyed by LBJ´s Great Society programs in the ´60s.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: sceptic, 8/16/2013 3:23:35 PM     (No. 9477386)

80s,Definitely. Loved Ronnie. Music, tech,optimism, just wouldn´t do it with the wife I had at that time!

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Reply 25 - Posted by: michellewsc2, 8/16/2013 3:29:08 PM     (No. 9477396)

For me....the 1940´s..great history, movies, music, great time for America

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Cat Ballou, 8/16/2013 3:34:59 PM     (No. 9477407)

I grew up in the 50´s, I´ve read we were the last innocent generation & I believe it. The 60´s started the destruction of the family & those "flower" children are now running our country.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: nonsense, 8/16/2013 3:54:56 PM     (No. 9477439)

I have that thought about every other day. It was the best of times. Sparklers, cap guns, girls playing with baby dolls, or pretending they were Daniel Boone. Staying outside in the summer to play Kick the Can until the street light came on. A library card was a ticket to adventure.

Children were mostly shielded from evil. I grew up thinking that Americans loved their country. Now in 2013 it is absolutely shocking to hear that so many hate-America first.

Lastly, I grew up with the most trusted man in America delivering the world news. Then as an adult I found out that he was a New World Order believer. Talk about bursting your bubble.

Well, it was still the best of times. Can innocence ever be returned?

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Reply 28 - Posted by: yuban, 8/16/2013 4:00:05 PM     (No. 9477457)

I will take the 50´s and 60´s. Born in 47. There was seldom a pregnant girl, unless married. Never locked the house or the car. Yes, we had polio but we did not have aids. Ok, so medical wise things are better now but both my parents lived to almost 90, one aunt 93, etc etc. People even dressed up for church back then. My wife and I didn´t live together before we got married. We will have 45 yrs together in Dec. TV?, never watched it much. Yup, for me and my wife, we will take the 50´s and 60´s over the ME ME ME world of today.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: Freeloader, 8/16/2013 4:12:43 PM     (No. 9477488)

Ten reasons, for starters, why the 1950s win "hands down" for this LDotter born in the Pre-World War II days of FDR´s "New Deal": (1)General Of The Army Dwight David Eisenhower, one of the greatest Americans of the 20th Century, served as our nation´s 34th POTUS and The United States of America flourished...January 20, 1953 to January 20, 1961 (2) Detroit, Michigan, believed it or not, was still a "boom town" and considered one of America´s greatest cities (3) General Motors was still the greatest manufacturing colossus the world has ever known (4) America´s prestige aboard, thanks to the magnificent leadership of General Ike, was the highest in the history of The Republic (5) Hollywood was still producing movies the whole family could enjoy and considered Pro-American, with many of it´s greatest stars being veterans of World War II (Audie Murphy, Jonathan Winters, Jimmy Stewart, Clark Gable, Eddie Albert, Kirk Douglas, James Arness, Glenn Ford, Walter Matthau, Charlton Heston, Ernest Borgnine, James Whitmore, Paul Newman, Henry Fonda and Lee Marvin to name just a few) (6) America´s public school systems, colleges and universities were still the envy of the world (7) The national debt was still under control with President Eisenhower appointed "adults" running the Treasury Department and federal agencies (8) The universal draft was still in effect and our nation´s armed forces
reflected a true cross section of American life (9) Elvis Presley, The Platters, Fats Domino, Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Ray Charles, The Everly Brothers, Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard, to name only a few, produced some of the most memorable rock n´ roll music ever heard (10) The 1950s were also considered "The Golden Age Of Television" with "I Love Lucy," "The Ed Sullivan Show," "Gunsmoke," "The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet" and "The Jackie Gleason Show" leading the charge.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: mindyourbubble, 8/16/2013 4:17:44 PM     (No. 9477499)

Agree with all the 50´s ites, the 40´s were tough with rationing and such. Father worked 2 jobs during WWII. Lockheed and Goodyear. He got a little extra in the gasoline rationing stamps. He was an air-raid warden too. We kids collected tin cans and scrap metals, paper, and mom´s collected grease from cooking for the war effort. I Enlisted in the Navy in ´51 after high school. Out in ´58. Loved the Mickey Mouse Club on TV while in for upkeep. (qualified submariner).
In movies, radio and TV not a single curse work. Gay meant being happy. One car in the family (older brothers had their own used cars bought cheap after WWII was over and new cars came out of Detroit. No Face Book...notes slipped to a girl...one wrote letters (3Cent stamps). Banks paid 4.5% interest on savings. 4 to six kids in many families. Abortion! Happened but not talked abut. when girls suddenly left school...they went to care for granny we were told. I like to watch TMC movies. Gives one an idea of what "decent" movies were and are.
ok. Enough...The 50´s were an era of sensibility and reason ...


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Reply 31 - Posted by: Currach, 8/16/2013 4:50:47 PM     (No. 9477538)

no fond memories; lots of us contracted a disease known as gontokorea.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: supersid, 8/16/2013 4:59:38 PM     (No. 9477557)

Best decade? 1990s, hands down.

1. Soviet union was history.
2. Booming stock market (missed out on it completely, being just a grad student), prosperity, overall optimism all around.
3. Tech boom.
4. Best TV - Seinfeld, Frasier, The Practice, Wings (not many remember it probably but was on my list every week)
5. Sports - Bulls actually got me watching B-ball
6 Music - Nirvana, Pearl Jam.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: nigella, 8/16/2013 5:06:59 PM     (No. 9477564)

The 50´s for me also...

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Reply 34 - Posted by: PoliticalJunky, 8/16/2013 5:23:19 PM     (No. 9477584)

I would never, never live through the 60´s again. The 540´s and 50´s were the last gasp for a system that had worked well for 100 years. The liberals were working to destroy that system and replace it. It had to be destroyed because it was in their way. They told us that what they were going to give us would be much better. That our children would be educated far beyond anything we could dream of. Not having seen them in action then, we were in no position to refute the claims. Ronald Reagan provided a temporary reprieve.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: Penney, 8/16/2013 5:26:50 PM     (No. 9477593)

Those are our Happy Days years too! ...Actually, the optimistic years between 1945 and through the mid ´60s, were wonderful years to grow up. The very best!!

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Reply 36 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 8/16/2013 5:30:21 PM     (No. 9477598)

Some things I would have liked seeing in the 1950s: fins on cars, ´googie´ architecture, the nightclubs (including Tiki rooms), kids playing cowboys & indians, 99% of women liked men, early rock music, 3% unemployment (except for 1958), American flags being honored, new highways, drive-in theaters/diners, almost everything Made in USA, etc...

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Reply 37 - Posted by: Boneshaker, 8/16/2013 6:56:25 PM     (No. 9477707)

The 1950´s and even the early 1960´s.

In the ´50´s most people were at or near the poverty level by today´s standards but no one knew it!

Life in the 50´s was good as the country ercovered from the Depression of the 30´s and the World War of the 40´s.

Once the moon-bat liberals came out of the woodwork in the mid 1960´s we went on a long downhill slide.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: anonymous, 8/16/2013 7:20:59 PM     (No. 9477726)

The 50´s had Marilyn and Elvis. It was the decade before the "sexual revolution" took hold, turning everything to porn. Public standards were higher than today.

Women dressed to the same level of modesty as men, a point I make repeatedly to those who claim that today´s women are more equal than the women of the 1950´s. If today´s women are more equal to men than back then, why do they dress far less modestly than men?

But let´s not forget the color, excitement and tragedy of the earlier decades, such as the period between 1910 and 1920. This was the decade when the United States became a superpower, the suffragettes were hip, and anarchists in Bosnia triggered the massive avalanche known as World War 1.



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Reply 39 - Posted by: Boneshaker, 8/16/2013 7:21:54 PM     (No. 9477728)

I grew up in the ´50s in a place where schools were integrated. We never knew it could be different and never gave it a second thought. We all played together, beat each other up and liked, or disliked, others based on personality or character and without special regard for skin color.

Many families were Irish, Italian, Polish, etc. and ethnic slurs were common but not frantically and irrationally treated as horrid hate crimes as they are today. Slurs were shrugged off like water on a duck´s back.

Divorce was uncommon and the only single-parent American kids I knew were those whose fathers had been killed in WWII or Korea. And there were a lot of them.

Veterans were respected and held in the highest regard by every kid I knew. It was a special event if a vet handed down a piece of old military gear like a cartridge belt or rucksack.

If anything, the blacks I knew were more religious and dedicated to their families than many of the whites.

There were many European refuges resettled here in the late 40´s. They were formally known as Displaced Persons but everyone called them DP´s.

They were the really poor people of the time and there were many orphans and single parent families among them.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: franq, 8/16/2013 8:03:37 PM     (No. 9477784)

Oohhl, back in the 50´s truck drivers were the most courteous drivers on the road....

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When she was secretary of state, Hillary Clinton instituted a Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review. The first one was completed in December 2010. Nearly four years later, AP reporter Matt Lee asked State Department Jen Psaki to name one thing that Clinton’s QDDR accomplished. Just one. She can’t. LEE: “Off the top of your head, can you name one tangible achievement that the last QDDR resulted in?” PSAKI: “Well Matt, obviously it’s in an extensive, expansive process.” LEE: “So no.” PSAKI: “We’re looking at how it was done last time.” LEE: “Just one.” PSAKI: “I know, I’m making an important

US personnel sifting through
rubble on ground in Yemen after
drone strikes, source says
Fox News & Associated Press, by Jennifer Griffin *    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/22/2014 8:44:21 PM     Post Reply
U.S. military personnel has been on the ground in Yemen sifting through the aftermath of recent drone strikes, helping to retrieve bodies and data from the scene of a handful of weekend drone strikes carried out by the CIA, a source told Fox News on Tuesday. Separately, Fox News has learned that U.S. pilots provided airlift to Yemeni troops via Russian-built MI8 helicopters overnight for a separate ambush on a vehicle believed to be carrying top Al Qaeda militants. The missions follow the recent targeting of suspected terrorists in the country. On Monday, a suspected U.S. drone strike in southern Yemen killed 68 people,

Obama vows to stand
by mudslide victims
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Justin Sink    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/22/2014 8:14:03 PM     Post Reply
President Obama vowed that the nation would be "strong right alongside" the victims of the Oso, Wash. mudslide after touring the area where a hillside gave way last month and wiped out a small neighborhood, killing at least 41 people. "The country is thinking about all of you and have been throughout this tragedy," Obama said. "We´re not going anywhere. We´ll be here as long as it takes." Obama thanked first responders, federal officials, and lawmakers, saying they have been "relentless in making sure Oso has the resources they need." And Obama said he was "inspired by the incredible way the community

Benghazi attack could have been prevented if
US hadn´t ´switched sides in the War on Terror´
and allowed $500 MILLION of weapons to reach
al-Qaeda militants, reveals damning report
Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/22/2014 7:02:40 PM     Post Reply
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

Disciplined IRS workers
got bonuses, time off
Chicago Tribune, by Becky Yerak    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/22/2014 4:49:52 PM     Post Reply
More than 2,800 Internal Revenue Service workers who had been disciplined recently received millions of dollars in bonuses and time off as part of an employee recognition program, a new government audit shows. The IRS has a program that rewards its employees for a job well done, but a report released Tuesday by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration found that, between October 1, 2010, and December 31, 2012, more than 2,800 recently disciplined IRS workers got more than $2.8 million in monetary awards and more than 27,000 hours in time-off awards. The employee infractions included not paying their taxes. “While not

SPLC Launches Hysterical Attack
on Critics of UN Agenda 21
New American, by Alex Newman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/22/2014 4:03:44 PM     Post Reply
The self-styled “civil rights” organization Southern Poverty Law Center, which despite mounting controversy maintains some links to government agencies, released a bizarre and factually challenged screed attacking critics and opponents of the deeply controversial United Nations plot known as Agenda 21. Apparently unfamiliar with the definition of basic words such as “conspiracy” and “theory,” or with the UN plan itself, the SPLC also lashed out at “activist groups,” “mainstream politicians,” voters, “extremists,” and others who question or oppose the UN agenda for what it calls “sustainable development” in the United States.



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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.

Michelle Obama:
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Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/21/2014 9:31:25 PM     Post Reply
Washington - Michelle Obama said "splurging is the key to life" if you regularly eat right and stay active. Her biggest guilty pleasure: French fries. "How would you appreciate vegetables if you never had chocolate?" she asked. "You couldn´t live without a little chocolate, a little French fries." The first lady took questions from children reporters Monday after appearing at the White House Easter Egg Roll. She told the children that if they eat right the majority of the time, then a splurge or snack is not going to hurt them. "I still splurge when I can, but that's why I try to exercise almost every day," she said.

Fraud runs rampant in Census Bureau
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New York Post, by John Crudele    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/22/2014 5:03:20 AM     Post Reply
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
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National Review Online, by Andrew Johnson    Original Article
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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

But Seriously, Just How
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American Thinker, by C. Edmund Wright    Original Article
Posted By: quantumman- 4/21/2014 7:22:21 AM     Post Reply
As he moves from lobbyists to the golf course, from press conferences to the tanning bed, he remains oblivious to all that is around him. He has power, incredible power, and yet to this day he has no understanding of the election that made it so. Moreover, all around him are astonishing opportunities for him to be an historic figure -- one who could and should be the man who did more than any other single person in turning back the red tide of Obama. It’s all there for Speaker of the House, and yet John Boehner manages to miss

Benghazi attack could have been prevented if
US hadn´t ´switched sides in the War on Terror´
and allowed $500 MILLION of weapons to reach
al-Qaeda militants, reveals damning report

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Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/22/2014 7:02:40 PM     Post Reply
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

Would YOU be underwater if the
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if sea levels rose by 260ft

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Daily Mail (UK), by Ellie Zolfagharifard    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/21/2014 5:20:21 PM     Post Reply
Global sea levels have risen by 8 inches (20cm) since 1880 and scientists predict they could rise up to 3ft (98cm) by 2100. But despite the UN’s recent threats of war, famine and extreme weather, such a dramatically different world caused by sea level rise can be hard to imagine. To help picture the future, Martin Vargic, an amateur graphic designer from Slovakia, has created a map depicting the planet with sea levels around 260ft (79m) higher than they are today. He imagines what Earth would look like if the ice sheets surrounding the North and South poles melted, releasing

Reid: ´We Are a Nation of Laws,
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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

You´re on the clock:
Doctors rush patients out the door

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USA Today*, by Roni Caryn Rabin    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/21/2014 4:35:59 AM     Post Reply
Joan Eisenstodt didn´t have a stopwatch when she went to see an ear, nose and throat specialist recently, but she is certain the physician was not in the exam room with her for more than three or four minutes. "He looked up my nose, said it was inflamed, told me to see the nurse for a prescription and was gone," said the 66-year-old Washington, D.C., consultant, who was suffering from an acute sinus infection. When she started protesting the doctor´s choice of medication, "He just cut me off totally," she said. "I´ve never been in and out from a visit faster." These days,

The Increasing Desperation of Democrats
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National Review Online, by John Fund    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/21/2014 5:19:02 AM     Post Reply
Harry Reid isn’t backing down from his claim that rancher Cliven Bundy’s supporters are “domestic terrorists.” It’s astonishing rhetoric given the White House’s characterization of the mass shooting by a genuine terrorist, Major Nidal Hasan, who killed 13 Americans at the Fort Hood Army base after yelling “Allahu Akbar!” (God is great.) Rather than labeling Hasan’s actions “domestic terrorism,” the Obama administration is prosecuting him for having committed “workplace violence.” Democratic rhetoric is become ever more desperate and overheated as we approach the November midterm elections. Last week, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said that GOP positions on immigration were motivated by


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