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If it Wasn´t Syria it Would
Have Been Something Else

National Review, by Victor Davis Hanson

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Posted By:FlyRight, 9/7/2013 7:23:40 AM

It is very possible that the president will not obtain a join authorization to bomb Syria; if he chooses to go ahead and attack anyway, Obama will incite a constitutional crisis—the first time in history that a president has decided to go to war against the declared wishes of Congress. The public and the courts will adjudicate the legality of that act, and it would be contentious. So the corner that Obama has painted himself into is now inescapable. Defying Congress will put the country into a Watergate/Monicagate mess. Not doing anything will confirm the administration’s impotence and only enhance

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Jebediah, 9/7/2013 7:26:26 AM     (No. 9509717)

And meanwhile, we are not looking at the NSA, the IRA, Benghazi etc.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: udanja99, 9/7/2013 7:34:00 AM     (No. 9509725)

Previously posted, yesterday.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Sanchin, 9/7/2013 7:42:20 AM     (No. 9509735)

Spot on Analysis!!

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Desert Fox, 9/7/2013 7:47:56 AM     (No. 9509746)

Previously Posted Here: http://lucianne.com/thread/?artnum=751087

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Reply 5 - Posted by: sorosisbehindit, 9/7/2013 7:57:57 AM     (No. 9509758)

This is a great summary of the incompetence of these B team players who are now playing in the big game for the national championship. Turns out they have not been practicing at all, because they never dreamed it would be up to them. They had just been criticizing the A team and the coach while eating junk and smoking.

My favorite part was "He came into the world to save the world, but the world rejected him."



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Reply 6 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 9/7/2013 8:00:04 AM     (No. 9509762)

FTA:After five years of this, the world caught on, and sees juvenile and narcissistic petulance in lieu of statesmanship—and unfortunately a sinister Putin takes great delight

Note that Putin waited until Obama was safely re-elected to come down on him like a hammer. It´s going to be like 1979 and Jimmy Carter for the next 3 years.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: jeffkinnh, 9/7/2013 8:08:00 AM     (No. 9509768)

"If the congressional vote is, as I hope, no, Obama should quietly ... (lots of suggestions)"

A narcissist such as BO CANNOT be quiet. His self declaration of greatness is all he really is. Asking him to practice leadership and statesmanlike behavior is absurd. Not once in his presidency´s challenges has BO shown ANY inclination to be anything else but what has gotten him into so much trouble. It has become clear he is not capable of personal revelation or growth.

We are stuck with the child king for another 3 years. Hopefully the world will still be around when he is gone.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: StuartL, 9/7/2013 8:10:12 AM     (No. 9509772)

"He came into the world to save the world, but the world rejected him" -- posters are aware, of course, of VDH´s allusion?

John 3:17, in the King James Version: "For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved"; and, more colloquially, in the New International Version: "For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him."

One Savior, rejected by far too many. And one pseudo-Messiah, receiving his long overdue comeuppance.



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Reply 9 - Posted by: Not gonna take it anymore, 9/7/2013 8:19:34 AM     (No. 9509783)

How did I miss this yesterday? Great column.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: bigfatslob, 9/7/2013 8:41:00 AM     (No. 9509824)

I wish Obama would stay on the golf course for the next three years and shut up.
What´s the old train robber saying? "He´s gonna get us killed".
VDH writes what we already know he just lists it better so I can remember.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: peterfleming, 9/7/2013 8:56:54 AM     (No. 9509853)

If there was ever a time for thoughtful people like Victor to join forces with those
truly gutsy people of intelligence, this is the time. It is past time to re-expose the badly forged birth document, to expose this
felonious crime for what it, in fact, is.
If it is found he is not who he claims to be
is not born in the USA, and doctored these critical documents, then, not being president, he cannot be impeached! He can be arrested for treason. Let´s get him out of here, in disgrace, quickly, and move on.
The big question is, why have so many good people chosen to ignore this vital question?
Victor,too? The birth certificate crime is about to burst out in the news. There will be no stopping of the truth this time.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: mindyourbubble, 9/7/2013 9:00:00 AM     (No. 9509862)

Obama has now learned to not kick a sleeping dog.

In this case the whole "World Dog Pound" is biting him on all sides.

IMHO Putin is not kidding. His words are not a threat, but a promise!

Obama...STAND DOWN.

The citizens of the USA do not want this.

If you want to satisfy your maniacal egotism
Go and look into a mirror!!!

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Reply 13 - Posted by: saucy, 9/7/2013 9:02:28 AM     (No. 9509867)

Great analysis of the present situation.

However, Obambi is incapable of quietly and humbly going about the business of a president.

He is ALL bombast, sound and flaccid fury.
There is no there there.

We pay and will pay the price.


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Reply 14 - Posted by: Deedo, 9/7/2013 9:06:03 AM     (No. 9509872)

Contributing to this whole mess is the transparent summer of fun spent by the President. He vacationed and golfed all summer long, and did so with as little concern as to appearance as imaginable.

Putin, Iran and Assad have weighed and measured Obama and have found him wanting, to say the least.

Even now, Putin supports the upcoming report to the UN that the gas attack is a fraud (see Must Reads list). Obama has nobody really inside Syria to inspect the site, while Putin has full access. This UN report is going to humiliate Obama in front of the whole world. Go Putin I say.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: maryc, 9/7/2013 9:13:07 AM     (No. 9509883)

The old movie Advance to the Rear was a funny in 1964. Little did we know that it would be obama´s foreign policy plan. Thank you VDH for summing up our world status predicament. The danger of having someone who believes his own press rather thank acknowledging the truth that he has no clue as to what to do as leader of the currently free world.VDH´s idea of Sit down and shut up would have worked but is it too late now and what chance that the man with such large ears will ever listen to anything but the sound of his own voice either bragging or whining and blaming the world.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: gone2pot, 9/7/2013 9:22:07 AM     (No. 9509903)

Doing something small, with or without congressional approval, will be looked upon as a cynical waste of human lives to restore Obama’s credibility, the sort of craven, immoral political act that a younger Obama made a career out of mocking.

Nope. Sorry VDH, it won´t be looked upon that way. EVERY bit of the media, education, and Hollywood propaganda machine will declare victory for him and that will be that. Unfortunately, everything and everyone else, especially the GOP is completely irrelevant and will be rendered racists(we conservatives included). The lie will simply be told until it is believed. That´s how and why the man is president, remember?

After five years of this, the world caught on, and sees juvenile and narcissistic petulance in lieu of statesmanship

Oh for Pete´s sake, VDH, you´re confusing the present United States and world with 30 years ago. NO ONE other than conservatives has caught on and they never will, no matter what the president does. Just because it´s obvious to us what you´re saying, the rest of the world is happily clueless and is only getting "cluelesser" every day in every way. Plus, the world doesn´t want to fight because they think it´s a bad idea. They don´t want to fight because they´re cowards. Otherwise lots of the Middle East would be a glass parking lot.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Twinkle93, 9/7/2013 9:24:38 AM     (No. 9509909)

Obama has beed dissed and to him that is enough reason to kill people and send our sons & daughters to war.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: ocjim, 9/7/2013 9:25:50 AM     (No. 9509913)

Obama is like a Hollywood set street scene. Ostensibly real and purposeful but in fact false facade buildings and scripted activity to maintain an illusion. And our hero, the star, reading his script.
But America and the world --- and even his fans --- have finally realized it´s all a show, and not a really good one, at that.

And the once fawning reviews are turning scathing. He´s already finished. He just doesn´t know it yet.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Ida Lou Pino, 9/7/2013 9:35:54 AM     (No. 9509934)

Shouldn´t the headline read - - - -

"If It Weren´t Syria - - - - "?

The leftists are doing their best to dumb down the world. Please let us not join them.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Farmwife1, 9/7/2013 9:52:12 AM     (No. 9509960)

I still believe it is ValJar, not the Bamster who is calling the shots, especially on foreign policy. He is nothing more than a figurehead who delivers the message (from the teleprompter) but does not make the decisions. And she was born in Tehran.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: sinic, 9/7/2013 10:11:35 AM     (No. 9509997)

Administration Motto..."Look, it´s a SQUIRREL!"

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Reply 22 - Posted by: K.I.S.S., 9/7/2013 10:11:52 AM     (No. 9509999)

...isn´t obama asking our military to support and fight for the same demons who beheaded the catholic priest while the "civilians" cheered & photographed the horrific event?

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Grandpa Bill, 9/7/2013 10:17:48 AM     (No. 9510010)

Brilliant prose by Mr. Hanson, however Ms. Pino (#20) is correct: when stating a supposition the verb is were. no offense meant - just an old language purist here.

I delight in reading L-dotters comments daily.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: RancherJack, 9/7/2013 10:43:44 AM     (No. 9510056)

#1 - nail, head

Perfect Score

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Holeymoses, 9/7/2013 10:46:43 AM     (No. 9510059)

Why is there the constant assumption that Obama might go ahead without Congresses approval? That would take more nerve than he has, and Jarrett and Axelrod would never let him do so.

It is truly unforgivable what the Democrats and their minions have done to our country. We are further cursed by spineless Republicans.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: sherlock1, 9/7/2013 11:04:22 AM     (No. 9510078)

Comment #1 is spot on. Obama is convinced that his partisans, sycophants and lapdogs will not only protect him from blame for any outcome, but affix it to others. That is why he dares to callously use this crisis he created to drive everything else out of the spotlight.

JIMMY CARTER JUST GOT LUCKY

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Ben Around, 9/7/2013 11:11:07 AM     (No. 9510090)

#26 - It is unfortunate that the american people elected him. He is a nothing - the ony thing he has is the race card, and it doesn´t work with the likes of Putin. We live in a democracy (the founders considered it a tyranny of the majority), and we all will have to live with the results of the laziness, stupidity, and selfishness of the majority.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: FLCracker, 9/7/2013 11:58:30 AM     (No. 9510133)

Hanson advises Obama to :

"back out of the bombing mode, more quietly continue the belated work of promoting a pro-Western resistance to Assad, mend fences with allies most quietly, and prepare very carefully (but without the bombast) for a real crisis on the near horizon that will need the public, the Congress, our allies, and the president’s full attention and response."

"Back out" "quietly" "work" "mend fences" "prepare very carefully" "full attention" "response"

How do any of these words apply to Obama?

In other words, there´s not a chance in Hell that Obie will act this way.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: E Unum Pluribus, 9/7/2013 12:34:22 PM     (No. 9510176)

Defying Congress will put the country into a Watergate/Monicagate mess.

Why? The media will spin, weave and cover; and the Republicans will huff, puff and blow into the wind.

As much as I like VDH, it´s as though he does not recognize that the game has changed. There would be no genuine impeachment threat without the full support of the American electorate. And they are the same people who put this man in office . . . twice.

I´m not saying there would be no consequences at all, but we blew past Watergate/Monicagate long ago.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: PoliticalJunky, 9/7/2013 12:53:55 PM     (No. 9510194)

I am grateful for the opportunity to read this article. I missed it yesterday.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: saryden, 9/7/2013 1:49:49 PM     (No. 9510265)

Making the US the laughingstock of the world or else the greatest bully is not going to raise Zero´s poll numbers. When/how can we be rid of this foreign imposter??

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Reply 32 - Posted by: owl, 9/7/2013 2:27:50 PM     (No. 9510314)

Go no further than #1. Watch one hand, not the other. The other holds all the scandals that could jeopardize his chance of regaining the house. Deflect attention. If he doesn´t have a handy crisis, make one. His only objective is regaining the house. Nothing else matters. If he has complete control again, it´s curtains and lights out.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: lencu255, 9/7/2013 2:43:45 PM     (No. 9510333)

My conspiracy theory is that cabal that put obozo in power did it because he is 1/2 black for everybody and black for the libs/fascists/commies. We, opposing "transformation of America" can´t criticize His (cabal´s) actions. And obozo can´t shut up because cabal needs him in remaining years to continue "transformation". Unfortunately, we are not Australia - total pu$$ification of the nation, that´s what happened to America!

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Reply 34 - Posted by: Rafter, 9/7/2013 4:48:09 PM     (No. 9510459)

O-Bomber... or NO-Bomber... ?

"At this point, what difference does it make???!!!"

Well, for starters...
If Putin had a son, he´d look like Bashar al Assad...
So, if you chose to publicly be a Bashar Basher...
Guess what, you are going to suffer the supposed consequences of same...

If O-Bomber the NO-Bomber gets himself into a bloody knife-fight in Syria...
Who will be the first to go to the gunz and blow the other away... ?

If this weren´t so serious about Syria´s...
("You cannot be Syria´s!!" ... McEnroe if he were president?)...

I´d say it was popcorn time right about now...
Wish we could just let TAARP Baby twist slowly in the wind...
But... he´s our POTUS-POS for now...
And he´s taking us (U.S.) down with him.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: JoElla Bee, 9/7/2013 5:14:57 PM     (No. 9510500)

#20, #24, VDH probably did not write the headline. Headline writers usually do that.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: NotaBene, 9/8/2013 3:19:29 AM     (No. 9510887)

Baraka Hussein Obama is likely to obtain Congress approval for this new war. Assad will fall, chaos will ensue and it will all be blamed on US.

Yesterday Pope Francis held a wonderful vigil of prayer for peace in Syria. If you are Catholic do not miss the Rosary prayed by 100,000 people at about one third in of this movie.

http://m.youtube.com/?client=mv-google#/watch?v=zw1UYylwwuc

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Reply 37 - Posted by: EnsignO, 9/8/2013 1:52:08 PM     (No. 9511570)

#20, #24, and #36, VDH (or headline writer) used wasn´t correctly. The subjective mood to which you are referring (If it weren´t Syria) would have been incorrect, in this instance, because it would say that this Syria situation is just a hypothetical situation or something contrary to fact.

I´m sure we all wish that this mess was "contrary to fact" or "hypothetical"; however, it is very much a reality.

To use the subjunctive mood, "If it weren´t Syria", would have been correct if this issue was just a figment of someone´s imagination. Remember subjunctive mood is hypothetical or contrary to fact. For example:
Subjunctive mood: "If I were a first-grade teacher, I would make every Friday an ice- cream cone day." I am not really a first-grade teacher, but I am describing a hypothetical situation that might occur if I were one.
Indicative mood:"When I was a first-grade teacher, we had ice-cream cone day every Friday." In this sentence, I am stating that I really was a first-grade teacher and I really did have Friday ice-cream cone day.

Friday ice-cream cone day is not the usual thing first-grade teachers do, but when I really was a first-grade teacher in Hawaii, the room mothers did do neat things for the classroom.

I really appreciate having a brief grammar discussion. Language is very important and our young minds have some real gaps in English grammar - yes, I also was an English teacher and revel when I get a substitute teaching job in the subject. I also teach diagramming sentences when given the opportunity.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: Heraclitus, 9/8/2013 3:17:10 PM     (No. 9511659)

#38, your´s is another Comment i wish i could multiple click!!!

From now on i will always be looking for your grammar lessons! Studying Latin and especially Ancient Greek gave me a better understanding of English grammar than i had ever had. But sometimes we get lazy. Keep us on our feet!



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Reply 39 - Posted by: JoElla Bee, 9/8/2013 3:25:00 PM     (No. 9511670)

Thanks, #38. :-) I can use all the help I can get!

I should have been clear that my comment to #20 and #24 was only with regard to the fact that headlines are not usually written by the person who writes the article or column.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: EnsignO, 9/8/2013 5:47:10 PM     (No. 9511830)

#39 and #40 Thank you for the feed-back. I have very little with which to find fault among the Ldotters.

I think Ldotters are the most astute, perceptive people with whom I have ever had the privilege of associating. Lucianne.com, for me, is a loose federation of citizen reporters who run rings around supposedly schooled journalists. Every morning I know that when I click on Lucianne.com I will find the truth, so why bother with any other medium?

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Reply 41 - Posted by: EnsignO, 9/8/2013 9:58:05 PM     (No. 9512056)

Oops, I needed to proof before posting. #38 second sentence should read "The subjunctive mood to which you are referring." Some kind of English teacher I am, huh?

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Reply 42 - Posted by: ocjim, 9/9/2013 12:36:25 AM     (No. 9512159)

Thanks! The subjunctive mood was lost on me until now. I now feel confident I can use it correctly, e.g. If Obama were a real president then...
Hypothetical, indeed, I believe.

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Reply 43 - Posted by: StuartL, 9/29/2013 7:01:41 PM     (No. 9542520)

Continuing the skirmish on the grammar front, it´s about time to send in the verb tenses. Very strictly speaking, the head should read: If it hadn´t been Syria, it would have been something else.

Here endeth the lesson.

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After his health-care law surpassed the low-ball enrollment target of 7 million, President Obama staged a Rose Garden rally and zinged doubters: “Armageddon has not arrived.” At least he did not declare: “Mission Accomplished.”The country is years from knowing whether Obama’s overhaul of the health-care system fulfills the promise of delivering universal coverage.While large numbers of Americans have found the program very advantageous, including people who were formerly uninsured, many others have been forced to change plans or change doctors — contrary to Obama’s repeated promises.Obama tacitly admits the unintended consequences every time he waives a deadline or mandate in

´The debate over repealing this law is over´: Obama
boasts 7.1 MILLION have signed up to Obamacare
but study shows just 858,000 newly insured*
Daily Mail (UK), by DAVID MARTOSKO    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 4/5/2014 7:49:46 AM     Post Reply
A triumphant President Barack Obama declared Tuesday his signature medical insurance overhaul a success, saying it has made America´s health care system ´a lot better´ in a Rose Garden press conference. But buried in the 7.1 million enrollments he announced in a heavily staged appearance is a more unsettling reality. Numbers from a RAND Corporation study that has been kept under wraps suggest that barely 858,000 previously uninsured Americans – nowhere near 7.1 million – have paid for new policies and joined the ranks of the insured by Monday night.

No Country For Young Men.
PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 4/4/2014 9:18:12 PM     Post Reply
The author of the Twilight of Abundance, David Archibald, sent an email a few days ago, saying “there is a whole new world coming.” Archibald, who’s an Australian, warns in his book that the world is running out of food, energy and security. Where he differs from Malthus, however, is in arguing that the shortages are the consequence of policy, rather than the inherent limitations of the universe. The world is doing everything it can to run in the opposite direction of abundance because we think we have too much. The West dreads warmer weather, even though warmer weather might



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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

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'

Michelle Obama Riverdances
Through Dublin to the Tune
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Breitbart Big Peace, by Tom Fitton    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/17/2014 6:45:16 AM     Post Reply
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
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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

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

Students Demand Acknowledgement of
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Breitbart´s Big Government, by AWR Hawkins    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/18/2014 12:35:28 PM     Post Reply
A group of seven multiracial Washington and Lee University (W&L) students are demanding the school remove all Confederate flags from campus and "acknowledge" General Robert E. Lee´s "dishonorable side." According to the Roanoke Times, "seven multiracial students, calling themselves ´The Committee,´" have also demanded the school "acknowledge and apologize for participating in chattel slavery." They want recognition of "Martin Luther King Jr. Day on the undergraduate campus" and an end to "neo-Confederates" marching across campus "to the Lee Chapel on Lee-Jackson Day." The students say they will "engage in civil disobedience" if their demands are not met by September 1st. They added: "The

Elizabeth Warren whines about coverage
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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
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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

Pelosi assists in Holy Week
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San Francisco Chronicle, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Harlowe- 4/18/2014 11:46:54 AM     Post Reply
To "honor the dignity and work of immigrants," Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi helps Bishop Marc Andrus wash the feet of two children Thursday at Saint John the Evangelist Episcopal Church in San Francisco. Pelosi also used the occasion to talk about passing HR15 - bipartisan immigration legislation that her office says would "reduce the deficit by nearly $1 trillion, secure our borders, unite our families, protect our workers and provide an earned pathway to citizenship." The Democratic leader´s ceremony coincides with Pope Francis´ similar ceremony in Rome to mark Holy Week.

Deadbeat on the Range
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New York Times, by Timothy Eagan    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/18/2014 3:52:52 PM     Post Reply
Imagine a vendor on the National Mall, selling burgers and dogs, who hasn’t paid his rent in 20 years. He refuses to recognize his landlord, the National Park Service, as a legitimate authority. Every court has ruled against him, and fines have piled up. What’s more, the effluents from his food cart are having a detrimental effect on the spring grass in the capital. Would an armed posse come to his defense, aiming their guns at the park police? Would the lawbreaker get prime airtime on Fox News, breathless updates in the Drudge Report, a sympathetic ear from Tea Party Republicans?

Illinois Dems to offer $100 million in
taxpayer money to lure Obama library site

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Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 4/18/2014 9:15:50 AM     Post Reply
First, the good news: We are close enough to the end of the Obama presidency for his crowd to talk about a presidential library. Now, the bad news: Obama´s retirement is still 1,008 days distant. Plenty of time though to round up the dough to build it somewhere. Figure they need Solyndra-style money, at least $500 million. The last two presidents – Bill Clinton and George W. Bush -- built their legacy edifices totally with private money. [Snip] However, Obama supporters have a different take. They think taxpayers should put up $100 million in public money for Obama´s library.

Every Media Outlet: Hillary
Grandkid the Most Consequential
Baby Since Jesus

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Mediaite, by Tina Nguyen    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/18/2014 10:34:40 AM     Post Reply
Less than 16 hours after Chelsea Clinton announced she was pregnant, a lot of major news outlets started staring into the crystal ball of Chelsea’s womb, wondering what this currently floating zygotic multicellular being meant for the prospects of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign, which is also a floating, zygotic, multicellular being. Their answer: The immaculately conceived Clinton child could mean everything. And no, it’s not just the fact that having a grandchild could be personally fulfilling to Hillary and Bill (mazel tov, by the way), or that a cute baby would be a sweet cherry on top of Hillary’s already


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