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Feds readying movie theater
regulations for blind, deaf
patrons (Video)

The Hill (Washington DC), by Julian Hattem

Original Article

Posted By:JoniTx, 9/15/2013 9:32:52 AM

The Obama administration is nearing completion of a proposal to require that movie theaters offer technology so blind and deaf people can go to the cinema. The draft rule, which is part of a decades-long effort by advocates for people with disabilities, would likely require thousands of movie theaters across the country to offer devices that display closed captioning and provide audio narration of what’s happening onscreen.(Snip) But theater owners worry that a federal mandate will force small, rural and struggling theaters to close given the costs associated with the rule.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: mitzi, 9/15/2013 9:44:47 AM     (No. 9521549)

I can hear and see and have absolutely no desire to go to the movies.

I didn´t realize that there was a need to accommodate the blind and deaf folks.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: bamapreacher, 9/15/2013 9:46:38 AM     (No. 9521550)

I´m all for most things that benefit the blind but this is just crazy. If a blind person can´t see the screen why not just tape the soundtrack and sell the tapes separately. That way the blind can hear the movie either in the comfort of their own homes, or if they want to have a theater experience they can take a portable CD player and sit in the theater and listen. No need for special equipment to be installed by theaters. The studios wouldn´t even have to charge much if anything for the CDs. After all, they really won´t benefit anyone but the blind, so it´s not something that would be pirated, etc.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Iraengneer, 9/15/2013 9:51:00 AM     (No. 9521560)

This "agency law" garbage is killing the country. The very notion that rules published by unelected, anonymous, and unaccountable swivel-chair hussars should have the same weight and reach as laws enacted through the constitutional process, is repugnant to a free people.
Time to FIRE some people and to abolish in toto most of these departments and agencies. This one would seem a good place to begin.


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Reply 4 - Posted by: NYC RAL, 9/15/2013 9:51:15 AM     (No. 9521561)

"Disability associations say that the new regulation will make sure that blind and deaf people can appreciate the latest blockbuster just like everyone else." “The National Association of the Deaf believes strongly that all deaf and hard of hearing people should have equal access to all services in society available to everyone else.”
HELLO!!! They can´t.
1. Tactile System– sense of touch
2. Visual System— sense of sight
3. Auditory System—sense of hearing
4. Gustatory System—sense of taste
5. Olfactory System—sense of smell
6. Vestibular System– sense of balance
7. Proprioception System– sense of body position
If your "system" is not working an individual can not experience that particular sense. Are politicians that SENSELESS?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Attercliffe, 9/15/2013 9:52:24 AM     (No. 9521562)

But theaters with live actors, orchestral and other concert music venues don´t have to do this? Why just movie theaters?

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Reply 6 - Posted by: privateer, 9/15/2013 9:53:45 AM     (No. 9521566)

FTA: ´The draft rule, which is part of a decades-long effort by advocates for people with disabilities, would likely require thousands of movie theaters across the country to offer devices that display closed captioning and provide audio narration of what’s happening onscreen.´ They spelled "daft" wrongly.


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Reply 7 - Posted by: planetgeo, 9/15/2013 9:58:50 AM     (No. 9521574)

OMG, is there no end to this insanity? What next, mandatory captioning/labeling of bakery odors for the smelling impaired? I want to see these insufferable fascists arrested and jailed some day.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: wilko, 9/15/2013 10:01:06 AM     (No. 9521580)

This is like the law that requires pools to have an expensive hydraulic lift for getting the handicapped in and out of swimming pools. Most communities couldn´t afford the device, so they were shutting down the pools rather than risk a Federal violation. Eventually the gov´t relented and eased implementation of the law. This is another similar potential job killer.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Bohallx, 9/15/2013 10:03:29 AM     (No. 9521586)

Hmm ~ not a thing in there about making 3D movies accessable to those who have impaired 3D perception.

Bad law ~ trash it ~ I see no reason to have my ticket price increased just to help out people who see better than me.

99% of the garbage covered by these rules can be handled with a WIFI and a tablet anyway ~

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Reply 10 - Posted by: voxpopuli, 9/15/2013 10:07:42 AM     (No. 9521591)

these are not "advocates" for ANYTHING..
they are COMMUNISTS, one and all, with one purpose in mind..
the destruction of capitalism and the institution of Global Communism..
on the backs of AMERICANS.. no one else...

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Reply 11 - Posted by: dogbreath, 9/15/2013 10:12:35 AM     (No. 9521603)

Thank you, Democrats! This is why you lost me, long ago! Morons!

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Pluperfect, 9/15/2013 10:13:13 AM     (No. 9521605)



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Reply 13 - Posted by: tren9, 9/15/2013 10:13:33 AM     (No. 9521607)

The government should require that drive-up ATMs have braille keypads.

Oh, wait. They do.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Sunhan65, 9/15/2013 10:18:39 AM     (No. 9521616)

I´m old enough to remember a time when disabled people went out of their way to avoid being a burden on others. I have a minor disability. As a result, there are things I can never do, and some things I can do only with difficulty. To the extent that I still want to do the latter, I make the effort. What I do not do is impose on others the burden of the gap between my desires and my disability.

The idea that blind/deaf people can force others to bear the cost of retrofitting expensive hardware into theaters to enhance their personal movie going experience is so selfish and wrong-headed, I can´t believe we tolerate it. The Americans with Disabilities Act encourages the belief that your defect is my problem.

One of the most valuable things anyone ever said to me came during one of my earliest crybaby rants about my medical condition. My father said, simply, "It´s your disease." And so it is: My disease, my challenge, and my choices.

My life.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: StormCnter, 9/15/2013 10:19:35 AM     (No. 9521622)

One of my lawyers built a new office. OSHA required him to make the entire suite handicap-accessible, including doorways wide enough to accommodate a wheelchair and raised fixtures in the single bathroom. The construction revisions cost him thousands of dollars. At the time, he had never had a wheelchair-bound client or visitor. Now, fifteen years later, he still has not had one.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: VinGoombatz, 9/15/2013 10:20:18 AM     (No. 9521624)

Really? With large-screen home entertainment systems and streaming video...

I don´t know why anybody attends a movie theater today. A huge hassle.

I say close the theaters...but bring back the drive-ins for the adolescents.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: angelesgift, 9/15/2013 10:44:40 AM     (No. 9521672)

I have a handicap. I don´t like the crowds that go to movie theaters. So, the theaters must provide myself and my care giver with private screenings.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: lil dotty, 9/15/2013 10:51:19 AM     (No. 9521684)

After the swimming pool alterations to accommodate wheel chairs, nothing can surprise us

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Reply 19 - Posted by: earlybird, 9/15/2013 10:51:51 AM     (No. 9521686)

Formerly regulat movie goers (when we were teenagers we went every Saturday to matinees), we haven´t gone to a movie now in several years. And have no desire to do so.

This new regulation should pretty much kill off the movie industry. Sorry, but I don´t want closed captioning across my movie screen.

What on earth would make a blind person want to go to a movie?

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Reply 20 - Posted by: NYC RAL, 9/15/2013 10:52:12 AM     (No. 9521687)

Did a little research at the City of White Plains, NY web site and found the following explanation for the cuckoo and chirping/tweeting bird sounds. I drive and am a pedestrian there quite often and still see people involved in near misses when they cross the street.
"1. What are those bird sounds I hear downtown?
• White Plains has one of the more ambitious programs in the northeast for installing audible pedestrian signals to aid the elderly and sight impaired. Ninety-one units are currently installed at 17 intersections with more planned. Bird sounds activate during the "Walk" phase and identify the range of time when it is safest to start crossing. The "chirp-chirp" is for east-west crossing and the "cuckoo" for north south crossing. "

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Rama41, 9/15/2013 10:53:34 AM     (No. 9521689)

I´m torn on this. I certainly don´t like seeing the federal government making it harder for small businesses to prosper. On the other hand, if theaters close, Hollywood ends up getting hurt. Nothing wrong with that.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Coy860, 9/15/2013 10:57:06 AM     (No. 9521698)

One of my adult children is legally blind.
The politicians are going overboard with their rules and regulations. This idea is crazy.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: FlatCityGirl, 9/15/2013 10:57:30 AM     (No. 9521700)

Yep. More regulation to stifle the private sector.

However, if every movie theater in the nation went out of business, it wouldn´t be a blip on my radar screen. I quit putting my hard earned cash in Hollywood´s back pocket somewhere around the time Smokey And The Bandit was released. Not a dime from me.

If this new regulation goes into effect, I wonder how long it will take hedonist Hollywood to understand what it will do to their bottom line?

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Reply 24 - Posted by: CEP, 9/15/2013 11:05:22 AM     (No. 9521716)

Just wait a few weeks and it will come out on DVD and they can use their own equipment/devices that they currently use at home to watch movies/TV etc.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Sunhan65, 9/15/2013 11:22:43 AM     (No. 9521738)

Sorry for the second post, but #16 correctly points out that the pragmatics of these special accommodations are all wrong. Then there´s the principle. For example, let´s stipulate that a certain number of wider spaces should exist in each parking lot so handicapped people have a chance at parking. However, if the lot is full, should these spaces still be reserved exclusively for them? I know what we´re told to think, but here´s the deal: There are times when I can´t find a parking space. The lot is full. It´s a universal human experience. Why should having a handicap exempt you from this reality? Should these last spaces be held open and unused by people who got there first on the off chance that a handicapped person might show up and have the inconvenience of not finding a space? I realize there are other practical issues, but the principled question about special privileges remains.

Disney lets handicapped people come to the front of the line. Why shouldn´t handicapped people have to wait in line like everyone else?

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Reply 26 - Posted by: LouD, 9/15/2013 11:23:59 AM     (No. 9521742)

#21, I have a problem hearing certain high-pitched sounds. (Not all, buy some.) What if a blind person has the same problem - won´t that be a problem, too? I don´t know how many others are affected this way, but I know if I were blind it could be a disaster in waiting.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: steph_gray, 9/15/2013 11:24:59 AM     (No. 9521743)

Great post 11, and I am torn the same as #22.

I have been tied up for a long time now attempting to make the software I work on "accessible." It is a Kafkaesque nightmare of irrational and conflicting rules, which in the end _cannot_ be satisfied no matter what. Worse yet, many _real_ software bugs that affect all users are routinely ignored in favor of attempting to hurdle this huge and utterly pointless barrier. Our group has a joke "All this time, expense, and pain for one blind would-be system administrator in China."

Counting the days to retirement!

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Reply 28 - Posted by: fayebeck, 9/15/2013 11:43:21 AM     (No. 9521760)

Although I never go to the movies my concern would be having all those seeing eye dogs laying in the aisle licking their privates.


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Reply 29 - Posted by: Trust No One, 9/15/2013 11:44:42 AM     (No. 9521761)

His Hollywood buddies won´t say anything because of his blackness.

They will love that color even more when the theaters are enveloped in glorious Blackness from lack of Seeing and Hearing patrons. Their White Guilt will be assuaged.

The Black Hand Strikes Again.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: big red navy cheif, 9/15/2013 11:52:43 AM     (No. 9521774)

Dem´s might as well do this - the dead already vote, so why not the deaf at concerts and the blind at art galleries?


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Reply 31 - Posted by: curious1, 9/15/2013 12:03:35 PM     (No. 9521790)

Well, folks, when the grandchildren of the survivors ask how the US became a fascist/communist/socialist country, hopefully the reply will be, because the citizens of the time didn´t hang or put up against the wall every last libtard when the nonsense regulations started. If not, then history will repeat itself on down the road again, after this. One rotten apple can spoil the whole barrel. We´ve had a load of rotten apples tolerated in the Republic for the past century.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: Bill Adams, 9/15/2013 12:19:37 PM     (No. 9521808)

What´s wrong here is not the idea of converting the theaters -- if the article is right, a large fraction have already been converted -- it´s the unfunded mandate. Whoever thinks this is an important thing to do should pay for it. If a majority think it´s worth doing, that´s what the general tax fund is for. And if a billion dollars (rough guess, 100,000 theaters times 10,000 dollars, it might be a good bit less) strikes the voters as reasonable, fine, and if it doesn´t , then you don´t do it, and that´s democracy. Imposing it as a fine on a dying industry without counting the costs, on the other hand, is just tyranny posing as civil rights.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: LadyVet, 9/15/2013 1:16:11 PM     (No. 9521876)

Call me Pollyanna if you wish, but my first thought was the same as #22.

Also, now maybe they can get someone to sit on the front row.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: Smart11344, 9/15/2013 2:17:42 PM     (No. 9521934)

I´m color blind. I want a description of what I am missing when I see a film. /s off

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Reply 35 - Posted by: Masscon, 9/15/2013 2:49:03 PM     (No. 9521968)

Saul Alinsky: The issue is never the issue. Always be discontent. Like a spoiled child, it´s never enough.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: bvillr, 9/15/2013 3:20:04 PM     (No. 9521999)

Next stop: genitalia enhancement subsidies and regs. I guess we are all supposed to be carbon copies of one another with no differentiating features ... tall people will have to slouch. fast people will have to slow down. Smart people will have to act stupidly .... hey wait, that´s what all those smart Democrats are already doing.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: Hammock, 9/15/2013 4:21:05 PM     (No. 9522056)

The feds are almost literally beating a dead horse; movie theaters are struggling for breath.

I quit going into movie theaters long ago due to ridiculous loudmouths, long before the news of bedbug infestations put the creepy seal on my absence.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: CEP, 9/15/2013 4:51:18 PM     (No. 9522076)

They also really need to work on driving tests for the blind. How are they supposed to get to the movie theatre?

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Reply 39 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 9/15/2013 5:01:57 PM     (No. 9522081)

Does this apply to the porn industry too? Yikes!

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Reply 40 - Posted by: KTWO, 9/15/2013 5:27:34 PM     (No. 9522096)

Dead voters will need special devices too. Who says they don´t want to attend movies?

In a somewhat related matter. Dead voters have cast ballots for decades without similar devices in the voting booth. Experts are puzzled about how they manage to do so.

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Reply 41 - Posted by: Pinchem, 9/15/2013 10:13:59 PM     (No. 9522385)

#26...awww poor baby, can´t find a parking spot so that gives you the excuse to be selfish and inconsiderate. So you park in a handicap space then I come after you. I have to have a wide handicap spot so with my sliding door a ramp comes out for my mobility scooter. You can´t do that in a normal parking space. I didn´t ask for this condition but I have to live with it and selfish and inconsiderate people. So take your whiny cry baby behind and park in the next block and walk.

By the way #26, most places will fine you anywhere from $100 to $500 for parking in a handicap spot. And if you do try using someone´s card, you best have that handicap person IN the vehicle or the fine is higher.

Oh yes, try going through a shopping mall on a mobility scooter. You will find hundreds of selfish inconsiderate people who think it is MY responsibility to get out of THEIR way. Yes I´ve had them walk into me, or they try to jump in front of me because they are what I call "impatient imbeciles". Then when I hit them (not on purpose) they want to blame me.

Truthfully, I am no one special, but then neither are any of you. If I am authorized a handicap spot and you are not then stay the heck out of it.

Time for people to grow up and start exercising Manners, Courtesy, and Respect, that is if your parents were intelligent enough to teach you, but these days it sure makes me wonder.


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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
Toward Cliven Bundy

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

Chelsea Clinton no longer
ruling out politics

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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
for help weeding out white people

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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
Washington, what should you do?

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

Megyn Kelly and the
Sandberg Head Shaker

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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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