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U.S. Sets Stage for
Bigger Syria Role

Wall Street Journal, by Adam Entous & Sam Dagher

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Posted By:Desert Fox, 8/25/2013 7:23:26 PM

The Obama administration hardened its stance against Syria´s regime and stepped up preparations for possible military action, saying it believed Damascus used chemical weapons in an offensive last week and rebuffing its offer to let United Nations officials inspect the affected areas. The White House, in statements issued by senior officials, signaled it wasn´t backing away from a showdown with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad despite apparent efforts by Damascus to ease tensions by letting U.N. inspectors visit areas near Damascus that were allegedly hit with chemical weapons. In recent days, the Pentagon has moved more warships into place in the eastern Mediterranean


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Reply 1 - Posted by: curious1, 8/25/2013 7:28:34 PM     (No. 9490992)

They´ll go ahead to improve Otard´s poll numbers and distract from the idea that Otard´s admin is most likely behind this, by providing ´arms´ to Valjar and Huma and Otard´s MB and AQ buddies in Syria.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: STLstudent, 8/25/2013 7:52:18 PM     (No. 9491033)

Oh yea! Here we go! Let´s send our boys in to die in the middle of a war between Muslims. Oh yea! American parents, it´s time to sacrifice your children FOR SYRIA!

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Reply 3 - Posted by: stablemoney, 8/25/2013 8:07:03 PM     (No. 9491057)

Obama is a fool to get this country involved in Syria. This is nothing but a personal ego thing for Obama.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: harleynyc, 8/25/2013 8:07:07 PM     (No. 9491058)

This is a travesty.
This is obama helping terrorists.
We all know al qaeda used those poison bombs.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: mfm, 8/25/2013 8:50:30 PM     (No. 9491122)

WE all knew Libya would not end well, this will be worse, much worse...

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Reply 6 - Posted by: arcady, 8/25/2013 10:12:45 PM     (No. 9491198)

Just remember to remind any and all Dem friends they´re now supporting, Arms Smuggling Warmongers!

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Scout Finch, 8/25/2013 11:54:53 PM     (No. 9491271)

He´s rebuffed the UN offers to inspect and investigate? But I thought the UN was sacrosanct to Obama and his kind?

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Heraclitus, 8/26/2013 12:40:19 AM     (No. 9491294)

All the intersections up here were clogged with lefty anti-war protesters... wait... not one, not one since GWB left office.

The British MPs want Cameron to debate the issue. Will our Congress demand the same? Unfortunately, McCain and Graham will probably be gung-ho.

Every day there´s a new reason to explain the nausea.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: johngalt1, 8/26/2013 12:51:49 AM     (No. 9491299)

Assad would have to be incredibly stupid to use chemical weapons. On the other hand, the surest way for his Islamist foes to topple him would be to perpetrate a CW event and blame it on Assad. Which of these seems more likely?

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Reply 10 - Posted by: JediJerry, 8/26/2013 2:51:13 AM     (No. 9491353)

Hardened it´s stance? It´s "stance" so far has to let them gas civilians. Now it can be done on a broader spectrum and still nothing will be done. Perhaps Hillary will issue a stern letter of warning of possible harsh sanctions and a UN resolution of condemnation. That oughtta do it.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Warren Bonesteel, 8/26/2013 3:26:52 AM     (No. 9491363)

This is Armageddon on a stick, kids. With Chinese and Russian economic and political investment in Iran and Syria, if (and when))this spins out of control, everyone on earth gets screwed.

The UN scenario was Obama trying to get the UN involved and inspect Syria for WMDs. Russia and China said ´no.´ A few weeks later, they said, ´OK, now you can do it.´ Obama said, ´Screw that. It´s too late.´

A couple days ago, Russia sent the diplomatic equivalent of a ´war warning´ to Obama. The Chinese response has ben more subtle, but was a warning, none-the-less.

That´s when the US and Brits starting moving more assets into the region.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Rinktum, 8/26/2013 5:41:38 AM     (No. 9491396)

Have we had one success in the Middle East during Obama´s presidency? The Muslims have worn down the West. It is obvious that they have an agenda and will not stop until they reach their goal even though it means many fellow Muslims will die. They are willing to sacrifice everything for the caliphate. Unfortunately, Obama has enabled them. On one hand he keeps the rage against the United States hot because of his drone strikes and on the other, he is weak and indecisive.

We do not have the leadership in this country to deal with the situation in the Middle East. There is no clear policy and what we are doing is not working. We need to step back. Our men and women have spilled enough blood without any meaningful success.

The root of the problem boiling over in the world is Islam and until the world decides to address that, nothing works. Intervention or non-intervention will have no effect. It will not slow it down. Muslims welcome the chaos and vioence they create. It may be an anathema to us, but it is a means to an end in their thinking. They will not change. Until we understand that, any involvement will be futile. They draw us into these conflicts to weaken us economically and militarily and it is working. They have purposely built close ties with Russia and China. We are dying a slow death of a thousand cuts because of the influence of the Muslim Brotherhood in the highest levels of this administration.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: zbogwan2, 8/26/2013 7:39:03 AM     (No. 9491507)

The Islam o Mob rapes, beheads, shoots and blows up Westerners and each other on a regular basis,but when a gas attack happens, Obama, France and Great Britain have an orgasm, so to speak. I don´t believe anything that comes out this Civil War situation in Syria or the Obama Camp at all.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Crosscut, 8/26/2013 8:15:03 AM     (No. 9491546)

Syria´s use of WMDs makes clear why Iran must not be allowed to manufacture nuclear weapons. They will use them. Obviously Syria acquired these WMDs from Iraq, thus vindicating George Bush.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: faith_and_reason, 8/26/2013 8:28:39 AM     (No. 9491569)

It seems that the presumption is that the government used chemical weapons. Why not the Muslim Brotherhood?

But the government didn´t allow inspectors in? Perhaps they wanted to make sure the evidence was not being fabricated.

Snipers attack the inspectors? Again, whose snipers? People not yet sure their fabricated evidence is in place? Or people afraid that it is?

Trust no one. Especially the Muslim Brotherhood.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Heil Liberals, 8/26/2013 8:49:23 AM     (No. 9491607)

Everyone wanted to know what happened to Iraq´s weapons of mass destruction. Well, here they are! WMDs are played as a shell game by the Middle Eastern thugocracies. And the U.S. is always played as the sucker to bet on where the pea is.

We need to stay out of Syria. There is nothing there for us. And, no, the horror of the situation is not enough to commit blood and treasure. If Europe thinks it is so horrible, then let them get their noses bloodied. As for us, sit it out.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: bigfatslob, 8/26/2013 9:35:35 AM     (No. 9491687)

We have bigger fish to fry than to enter into anything that has to do with Syria.
I´m concerned about Ben Affleck playing the role of Batman. Obama´s golf score and Michelle´s rap CD are what´s news.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: jglas, 8/26/2013 9:35:49 AM     (No. 9491688)

This is another Tonkin Gulf incident (LBJ´s excuse for attacking North Vietnam). That didn´t end well. This won´t either. Nothing good can come from jumping in on either side of a Muslim feud.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: coldoc, 8/26/2013 9:42:54 AM     (No. 9491703)

Thank you #18. I remember those days and you are right on. This is a lose lose for sure. The shame will be spilling any American blood. The good might be tainting clowns like mcain, clinton, and grahamn.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: hicokid, 8/26/2013 9:45:00 AM     (No. 9491709)

This is "wag the dog" on steroids.

What sense does it make for Syria to:
Attack women and children (citizens) when they are fighting the rebels.
Commit a war crime when they are winning.
Use chemical weapons when a 20-member UN team is allowed access for inspection.
Fire on the UN team with snipers.
Do all of this when they are winning.

Now, the obama regime can´t wait. Syria´s 5 day delay is a sure sign of guilt.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: RancherJack, 8/26/2013 10:20:50 AM     (No. 9491759)

Why would Assad gas his own civilians instead of the rebels?

Difficulty: Can´t invoke Godwin.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: chicodon, 8/26/2013 10:34:45 AM     (No. 9491783)

Does Obama even have a clue? Every time I hear "the Obama administration" I just shake my head. Obama, Biden, Hagel, Brennan, Kerry, Rice et al. Oh yeah, I´m sure they´ve got a handle on it. I just hope they don´t get anyone killed.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: stryker714, 8/26/2013 10:35:03 AM     (No. 9491785)

Alleged chemical weapons use seems fishy ok. If Obama is proclaiming something, think the opposite...no credibility. Some more sleight of hand perhaps? It´s Mr Barack Houdini himself. Hopefully bamboozler is just saber rattling and won´t get involved. It would just open up a new can of worms. Ah to have a voice in DC standing up for us and speaking out against what he is doing re foreign policy. He´s about to break yet something else with no means to put it back together again.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: woodsman, 8/26/2013 10:54:06 AM     (No. 9491832)

Bingo #23....this smells of week old fish...and if it did happen odds are it was the MB...arm whoever is losing at the moment and let Allah sort it out

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Reply 25 - Posted by: ScarletPimpernel, 8/26/2013 10:55:52 AM     (No. 9491835)

Another distraction from the many impeachable offenses of Barack 0bama?

Joel Richardson writes today:

"Now, if the Obama administration goes forward with its stated plans to attack Assad, it will be the greatest mistake that this nation has made in decades. Not only will we have the blood of hundreds of thousands of innocents on our hands, but we will subsequently be forced to deal with the utter chaos that results from our actions. I’m appealing to everyone who reads this to stop right now and pray that the US and Britain do not go forward with military action in Syria." - http://www.joelstrumpet.com/?p=5263

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Reply 26 - Posted by: nevernaught, 8/26/2013 11:00:42 AM     (No. 9491843)

So now we are going to war because we believe something is happening, as yet not confirmed. What I believe is he will have Americans killed to divert attention from his scandal ridden Administration. Isn´t that in the Marxist playbook?

If this bozo thinks Russia will just sit by and let the US get away with military action against an ally, then he is dumber that I think. Remember this so called activity is only because the Muslim Brotherhood is getting it´s butt whipped in Syria and Egypt.

When our Ambassador and his people were being murdered in Benghazi, by Muslim Terrorists, he couldn´t have cared less. If he starts military action in Syria, no Americans abroad will be safe, just as they aren´t secure in this country anymore.

For some reason, I don´t trust Community Organizers.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Timber Queen, 8/26/2013 11:35:13 AM     (No. 9491899)

Where´s Nancy Piglosi? I seem to remember a very public and old-media supported visit to Syria during the run-up to Operation Iraqi Freedom, complete with Hermes scarf indicating her subservient status as a woman. Since she´s such a good personal friend of Assad´s I think Bambi should send her over to explain to Assad that he should hand his country over the Brotherhood. But, thanks for that photo op we used to give GW Bush the perverbial finger.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: strike3, 8/26/2013 12:10:44 PM     (No. 9491987)

Act XXXIV of Amateurs in Action.

President Dumcluck hightails it from Iraq, effectively abandoning a recovering country to chaos. He gives the muslims a departure date from Afghanistan, effectively saying that thousands of US soldiers died for nothing.

Now he will bomb the wrong side in a civil war where neither side has clean hands. This will get much worse when the bigger boys of the world get involved.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: lencu255, 8/26/2013 12:30:36 PM     (No. 9492037)

team obozo is very consistent: they support the extremist forces throughout the Middle East - in Egypt, Libya, now in Syria (I think same was in Lebanon). So, let´s not call our regime stupid or naive - they know what they are doing!

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Reply 30 - Posted by: Billyc, 8/26/2013 12:31:53 PM     (No. 9492042)

The United States should definitely keep out of Syria.Again Obama listen up stay out of Syria. We start loping shells into Syria will cause a response from Russia who has a Naval Base in the Med granted by Syria.Our Commander in Chief still has not told us what happened the night of 9/11. What was he doing , was a command sent fromn the WH to stand down.Griening family want to know. 300 missiles funneled from the Benghazi complex via Turkey to Syrian Rebels whoever they are.Why people at the Benghgazi site are till gagged.Morsi , Obama´s friend was indirectly involved in the attack on the Benghazi consulate.Obamna is incompetant enough to start a Middle East regional war . It´s seriouis and the WH is playing with fire. As an aside , try and write , phone Boehner and McConnell tell them Border fence first . Otherwise in another 10 years same situation for the next generation. Time out !

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Reply 31 - Posted by: udanja99, 8/26/2013 1:36:32 PM     (No. 9492164)

I haven´t read all of the comments yet, so pardon me if I´m echoing someone else.

Zippy helps the "reformers" (his MB pals) in Egypt. Zippy helps the "reformers" (his MB pals) in Libya. Looks like zippy is now going to help the "reformers" (his MB pals) in Syria. Zippy refuses to help the true reformers in Iran.

Hey, Nobel committee, how´s that peace prize workin´ out for you?

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Reply 32 - Posted by: retCPO, 8/26/2013 1:36:56 PM     (No. 9492165)

More likely rebels than Assad (who has most to gain). How much more experience do we need in this part of the world. It McCain and his shadow Graham would just shut up we would all be better off.

Better for Obama to just state "wrong color of red, but you can keep trying - forever."

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Reply 33 - Posted by: Franz, 8/26/2013 2:08:04 PM     (No. 9492224)

Considering that Obama has taken two years to get to the point to take action, will he go before Congress and ask for a declaration to take military action?
Will he violate the Constitution again and take military action without Congressional approval? After two years, he cannot claim that he didn´t have time to get Congressional approval.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: jacksin5, 8/26/2013 2:20:18 PM     (No. 9492264)

Obama is insistent on keeping American troops overseas. Why exactly is that. Is he afraid of having them on U.S. soil? Given his plans for the country so far, this bears looking at.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: iamfree, 8/26/2013 2:46:38 PM     (No. 9492312)

My heart goes out to the people being killed by WMDs in Syria, but I don´t want even one more American life destroyed in that sandbox we call the Middle East.

By the way, what a surprise that we were right about where the Iraqi WMDs ended up.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: smidgen, 8/26/2013 3:06:17 PM     (No. 9492341)

#31--he has been on the side of all "reformers" except for the students in Iran. That is also instructive of his muslim sympathies!

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Reply 37 - Posted by: FlatCityGirl, 8/26/2013 3:28:52 PM     (No. 9492387)

Maybe I´m simple-minded [okay, I´ll admit to it: I´m simple-minded] but here´s what I don´t get about this flap over Chemical Weapons: why is killing thousands by the use of CWs different or worse than killing thousands with conventional weapons?

Genocide is genocide. Killing is killing. We´ve been standing around with our thumbs in our collective mouths since the first Syrian protester/rebel was killed by Assad. Why are we in such a sweat now, wringing our hands?

The Chemical Weapons that the Leftists had such hissy fits over when we invaded Iraq, went to Syria. We all knew that. There are satellite images of convoys out of
Iraq into Syria and everyone with a voice and knowledge said they were Saddam´s CW´s being shuffled into Syria in advance of the US invasion.

When this Syrian genocide started, all anyone has talked about is Chemical Weapons, but no one seemed to care about all of the killing with conventional weapons, or inclined to put a stop to the killings, until now when CWs are involved. Why?

It seems to me that we´re waaaaay late to the party, and so is the rest of the civilized world. We had a chance to save Syria, we muffed that chance, and now every despot in the world is in on Assad´s side.

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When it comes to tracking the cost of Obama family vacations, there are two primary challenges. First, the Obamas are prolific jet-setters, so there are many details to track. Second, the Obama administration, clearly embarrassed by these lavish and frequent family vacations, stonewalls the release of records at every turn. But we have been relentless in pursuit of this information. Our attorneys file the lawsuits and make our case, and our investigators pour through pages of records and crunch the numbers. And the information we’ve uncovered – information that would otherwise remain under lock and key – shows that the

Why is US Senator Harry
Reid so concerned with
a local Nevada rancher?

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Fox News, by Wayne Allyn Root    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/16/2014 9:37:12 PM     Post Reply
I live in Las Vegas. I live and breath Nevada politics. Something is very wrong. Something smells rotten in the Nevada desert. And Senator Harry Reid’s fingerprints are all over it. I am of course referring to the Bundy Ranch siege. This was a dispute between a Nevada ranching family with rights to the land in question for 140 years and the BLM (Bureayu of Land Management). The government claims they haven’t paid grazing fees for 20 years. The result was a government assault on the ranch- including snipers with assault rifles, SUV’s, helicopters, airplanes and over 200 heavily armed troops. No

Analysis: Obama Celebrates
Eight Million ´Enrollments,´
Again Declares Debate ´Over´

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Townhall, by Guy Benson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/17/2014 8:56:28 PM     Post Reply
President Obama addressed the White House press corps today, announcing that with the final numbers in, Obamacare´s exchanges have attracted eight million sign-ups -- 35 percent of whom are "under the age of 35," he said. Several elements of his comments were misleading: (1) At first blush, the 35 percent stat is both significant and impressive. As recently as last month, the share of "young invincibles" signing up for plans was struggling in the 25 percent range, far short of the actuarial target of nearly 40 percent. A leap into the mid-30´s, while still shy of the goal, would constitute a major step, and would bode well for the risk pools'

Kim Novak responds to post-
Oscars ridicule: ‘I was bullied.’

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Washington Post, by Soroya Nadia McDonald    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 4/18/2014 5:02:40 AM     Post Reply
After presenting at the Academy Awards this year, Kim Novak didn’t want to leave her house. The Hitchcock screen siren, 81, was too humiliated to venture from her home near the Rogue River in Oregon. She read the cruel posts and Internet snark about her appearance, and it was just too much. “It got to me like it gets kids and teenagers,” she told the Associated Press. The “Vertigo” actress, considered one of the great beauties in her day, posted a note on her Facebook wall Thursday, acknowledging that she’d gotten fat injections in her face and addressing her halted

Elizabeth Warren whines about coverage
of her fraudulent Indian claim

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Daily Caller, by Patrick Howley    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/16/2014 9:54:52 PM     Post Reply
Democratic Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren wrote in her forthcoming book that she was “hurt” and “angry” by 2012 reporting on her fraudulent claim to Native American heritage. “What really threw me, though, were the constant attacks from the other side,” Warren wrote in her book “A Fighting Chance.” “I would almost persuade myself that I was starting to get the hang of full-throttle campaigning and then — bam! Out of left field, the state Republican Party, or the Brown campaign, or some blogger, would launch a rocket at me,” Warren wrote, adding, ”I was stunned by the attacks.” This reporter (blogger?) reported extensively

Former US president joins
opposition to Keystone XL

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Houston Chronicle, by Jennifer A. Dlouhy    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/16/2014 10:32:12 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Former President Jimmy Carter joined fellow Nobel laureates Wednesday in opposing Keystone XL, insisting that approving the pipeline would trigger “more climate upheaval” around the globe. In an open letter to President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry, Carter and the nine other Nobel Peace Prize winners bluntly warned the leaders: “Your decision on the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline will define your climate legacy.” The missive, published as an advertisement in Politico, represents the first time Carter has taken a position on the $5.4 billion project and makes him the first former president to come

The Folly Of The Bundy Ranch Rebellion
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The Federalist, by Grace Olmstead    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/18/2014 4:21:46 AM     Post Reply
It’s the stuff of Westerns: a showdown on the desert plains, the big bad government against an underdog farmer. Though the story has only grabbed national headlines in the past several days, rancher Cliven Bundy has illegally grazed cattle on the Nevada land surrounding his farm for over 20 years. He hasn’t paid grazing fees since 1993, and refuses to renew the necessary grazing permit.(Snip)Rather than using the avenues and pathways presented to him, Bundy has staunchly declared his own law and allegiances. Unfortunately, reality doesn’t work this way. If only it did—we could rebel for paying stupid taxes, refuse to

Fox News Poll: Many voters say Obama lies
to the country on important matters

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Fox News, by Dana Blanton    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/16/2014 7:39:27 PM     Post Reply
About six in ten American voters think Barack Obama lies to the country on important matters some or most of the time, according to a Fox News poll released Wednesday. Thirty-seven percent think Obama lies “most of the time,” while another 24 percent say he lies “some of the time.” Twenty percent of voters say “only now and then” and 15 percent “never.” Click here for the poll results. President Obama has been accused by political opponents and media fact-checkers alike of telling falsehoods. Frequently cited: His repeated claim that under Obamacare “If you like your plan, you can keep

Rev. Al Sharpton’s Easter message:
Politically ‘crucified’ Obama has risen again

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Washington Times, by Jessica Chasmar    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/16/2014 3:42:51 PM     Post Reply
With Easter soon approaching, the Rev. Al Sharpton on Wednesday drew parallels between the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the resurrection of President Obama’s political career. Joining the “Tom Joyner Morning Show,” Mr. Sharpton said that his message for this Easter is that “no matter what the world may do to you unfairly, no matter how you’re crucified — nailed to the cross at home, or in your personal relationships, or on the job — that you can rise if you don’t lose yourself during the hard times and the challenges.” The reverend went on to say that Christ endured so much humiliation and unearned suffering leading up to his death,

Wendy Davis will undergo neck surgery
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Star-Telegram [Fort Worth TX], by Anna M. Tinsley    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/16/2014 4:02:34 PM     Post Reply
FORT WORTH — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis will undergo neck surgery today, her campaign said Tuesday. “After experiencing shoulder and right arm pain in recent weeks, Sen. Davis will have a routine surgical procedure to remove bone spurs and degenerative discs that are creating compression on the nerves in her neck,” campaign spokesman Zac Petkanas said in a statement Tuesday. “This is a common issue experienced by runners and endurance athletes,” he said. Davis, of Fort Worth, will undergo the outpatient surgery at the Fort Worth Brain and Spine Institute. Dr. Thomas Ellis will perform the

Obama administration gives Detroit
$100 million for ´blight removal´

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American Thinker, by Rick Moran    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/16/2014 1:36:54 PM     Post Reply
The cash infusion by the federal government is actually going to help the city pay pensions, even though they´re playing a kind of shell game with the money. As for "blight removal," perhaps they could start with city hall. Reuters: Michigan officials and President Barack Obama´s Administration are discussing a plan to free up $100 million in federal money to aid Detroit´s retired city workers, the Detroit Free Press reported on Tuesday. Citing two people familiar with the talks, the newspaper said the talks were centered around federal money flowing to Michigan for blight removal. Under the plan, $100 million

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