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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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It’s not every day that Bill O’Reilly accuses someone else of expressing “right-wing paranoia,” but that’s what happened Tuesday night when he faced off with Fox News contributor Monica Crowley over a proposed solution to the controversy over voter ID laws. O’Reilly began his show by giving a soft endorsement to an idea put forward by former President Bill Clinton that would add photos to social security cards, which American citizens are already required to have in their possession. “I am all for combating voter fraud by using voter I.D.,” Crowley told O’Reilly. “My issue with the social security card in particular

HHS nominee Burwell
entangled in MetLife lawsuit
Washington Times, by Jim McElhatton    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/15/2014 8:50:56 PM     Post Reply
Sylvia Mathews Burwell, President Obama’s nominee to lead the country’s health care overhaul, remains entangled in a lawsuit brought by shareholders of MetLife accusing her of misleading investors as a director of one of the country’s biggest insurance companies. The federal lawsuit, filed in New York, says the company used a Social Security death index to stop making payments when beneficiaries died, but the company wasn’t as diligent about using the database to track deaths of its policyholders, which triggers payouts, the lawsuit said. Last year, a judge refused to toss a federal lawsuit against the company, including claims against Ms. Burwell

GOP writes legislation to
deny AG Holder his salary
Washington Times, by Stephen Dinan    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/15/2014 8:31:39 PM     Post Reply
A Republican congressman has introduced a bill that would stop government paychecks for officials who have been found in contempt of Congress — a move that seems designed in the short term to go after Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. Mr. Holder has refused to cooperate with the House GOP’s probe into the Fast & Furious gun-walking operation, and the House has voted to find him in contempt. Mr. Holder is challenging that vote in court. Rep. Blake Farenthold, a Texas Republican who publicly excoriated Mr. Holder at a hearing last week, introduced the legislation just before Congress went on vacation,

White House defends closed
press Obama moment of silence
Washington Examiner, by Meghashyam Mali    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/15/2014 8:18:22 PM     Post Reply
The White House on Tuesday downplayed the controversy over media access to President Obama, who will hold a moment of silence to mark the Boston Marathon bombing anniversary in the Oval Office without the press. The president and aides will observe the anniversary of the deadly attack behind closed doors at 2:29 p.m., exactly one year after two pressure cookers packed with shrapnel detonated near the finish line of the raise. “The president´s going to have a moment of silence in the Oval Office. There will be some senior advisers there,” said White House press secretary Jay Carney, adding that the tribute

PETA scolds Michelle Obama over
using real eggs for Easter Egg Roll
Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/15/2014 8:11:58 PM     Post Reply
PETA is urging first lady Michelle Obama to substitute fake eggs for the 19,000 real ones to be used in Monday´s Easter Egg Roll, claiming that egg production is cruel and eating them unhealthy and a violation of her “Let´s Move!” agenda. "For chickens on egg factory farms, Easter is not a time of renewal or joy. It can take up to 34 hours in typically hellish conditions for a hen to produce just one of the thousands of eggs slated to be used at the Easter Egg Roll. Furthermore, encouraging the consumption of cruelly sourced, unhealthy eggs is inconsistent

Dem lawmaker’s husband pleads guilty
to Social Security fraud, other crimes
Daily Caller, by Caroline May    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/15/2014 7:55:36 PM     Post Reply
The husband of a Democratic lawmaker has pled guilty to Social Security fraud and other crimes. Henry A. Fellela Jr., the husband of Rhode Island Democratic state Rep. Deborah A. Fellela, pled guilty last week to illegally collecting more than $58,000 in Social Security benefits, according to local reports. Fellela pled guilty to five counts on charges of aggravated identity theft, credit card fraud, Social Security fraud and theft of government funds. This was not Fellela’s first brush with the law. In 1999, he first applied for Supplemental Social Security benefits — the benefits were ultimately terminated when he was



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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

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

Why You Should Be Sympathetic
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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

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)

White is not right: Campus admins ask
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Daily Caller, by Robby Soave    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/15/2014 7:47:18 PM     Post Reply
Western Washington University sent a questionnaire to students asking them for advice on how the administration could succeed at making sure that in future years, “we are not as white as we are today.” The question notes that WWU’s racial make up does not perfectly reflect the nation at large, and asks students to consider strategies that other universities have used to focus on skin color as the paramount indicator of a student-applicant’s worth. The president of WWU has stated that his explicit goal is to reduce the white population on campus, according to Campus Reform. “I’ve said before and I’ll say it

Atlanta Braves flooded with Hank
Aaron hate mail: He’s a ‘s*****g’

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Washington Times (D.C.), by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/15/2014 3:23:19 PM     Post Reply
Hank Aaron’s recent comments about the need for America to realize that racism is still very much alive and thriving — only now due to those who wear “neckties and starched shirts” rather than KKK hoods — has sparked an angry backlash and many fans are turning the tables, calling the baseball legend himself a racist. “Hank Aaron is a s*****g piece of [expletive] [racial slur],” one man said in an email to the Atlanta Braves’ front office, one of the teams Mr. Aaron used to play for, CBS News reported. “My old man instilled in my mind from a

If a nuclear bomb exploded in downtown
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The Week, by Marc Ambinder    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 4/15/2014 4:51:46 AM     Post Reply
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Megyn Kelly and the
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American Thinker, by Richard F. Miniter    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 4/15/2014 9:16:05 AM     Post Reply
Megyn Kelly’s "Kelly File" is a great news show. She’s incisive, informed and customarily handles the toughest guest with aplomb. But her lengthy interview of Facebook C.O.O. Sheryl Sandberg about her second book in the Lean In series Lean In: For Graduates was a head shaker. Amazing that she of all people allowed Sandberg to restring the same old, same old, shamed, and shopworn feminist myths about women and girls and then jangle it in front of her viewing audience like something new out of the box. Indeed Kelly all but genuflected in front of this woman. Kept her on thru

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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