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Whose sarin?
London Review of Books, by Seymour Hersh

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Posted By:Write2Right, 12/8/2013 8:27:45 AM

Barack Obama did not tell the whole story this autumn when he tried to make the case that Bashar al-Assad was responsible for the chemical weapons attack near Damascus on 21 August. In some instances, he omitted important intelligence, and in others he presented assumptions as facts. Most significant, he failed to acknowledge something known to the US intelligence community: that the Syrian army is not the only party in the country’s civil war with access to sarin, the nerve agent that a UN study concluded – without assessing responsibility – had been used in the rocket attack. In the months before the attack,

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: JoniTx, 12/8/2013 8:37:28 AM     (No. 9645117)

~~‘The guys are throwing their hands in the air and saying, “How can we help this guy” – Obama – “when he and his cronies in the White House make up the intelligence as they go along?”’~~

Another in a long list....Un-believable!

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Reply 2 - Posted by: treyb, 12/8/2013 9:04:45 AM     (No. 9645158)

I hate to play "attack the messenger", but Hersh (in my mind) is not trustworthy as a newsman. Hersh hates the American Experiment.

Having said that, Obama is not trustworthy as a person. Obama hates the American Experiment.

Which liar should I believe?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 12/8/2013 9:25:22 AM     (No. 9645198)

If Sister Mary Syntax was right (back in the 6th grade) then "Whose" does not convey or imply possession.

I will defer to more accomplished grammarians for a final ruling.

Perhaps....Who´s ?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: mizzmac, 12/8/2013 9:29:45 AM     (No. 9645203)

How many times do we have to see proof that this administration routinely lies to advance its narrative, and is willing, in a moment, to lie again when its needs change? This president lies with terrifying impunity, and no one has the courage to say so and challenge him. Unless we draw on the wisdom and means of our Constitution and the bravery of patriots to stop this lawlessness, we are a lost republic.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: mark34, 12/8/2013 9:40:56 AM     (No. 9645224)

FTA: "In some instances, he omitted important intelligence, and in others he presented assumptions as facts."

A similar misrepresentation of intelligence was made to promote the Iraq war, as we found out after the war had been fought and the damage done. Some things never change.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: kitty12, 12/8/2013 9:44:35 AM     (No. 9645229)

Nothing to do with this article, but I wanted to comment on the dog pictured today. That is NOT funny! That poor dog must have been left out in snow for HOURS to have accumulated so much snow on his lower body and extremities. The dog must have been freezing, and probably numb at that point! Whoever took that picture should have instead rushed that dog into a warm area to remove the ice and snow from its body.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: peterfleming, 12/8/2013 9:50:06 AM     (No. 9645237)

DeNiro said it in RONIN, "whenever in doubt, there is no doubt". Obama manipulating intelligence is an abomination of a mentally disturbed occupier of the White House.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: big red navy cheif, 12/8/2013 9:52:36 AM     (No. 9645243)

Iraq intel: No, it was not a hand-picked presentation, but rather the consensus of the world that Saddam had WMD. (Indeed, what Syria had now came from there, in part.)

What Obama has done is made things up entirely. Dropped things he knew were true. And slanted it all to the point it no longer bears any resemblance to the intel evaluation it was based on.

In other words, he knew the truth but lied. Bush was presenting the truth as understood by us, our allies, and the world at large. No one - not a single person - came forward in the following week to dispute it.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: nerdowell, 12/8/2013 9:55:18 AM     (No. 9645248)


Iraq had already invaded a neighbor, gassed a dissident people within it´s borders, continued to issue threats, continued seeking materials for and defied attempts to control or determine to extent of it´s WMD manufacturing after agreeing to same.

Just thought I should remind you.


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Reply 10 - Posted by: Poobah, 12/8/2013 10:11:03 AM     (No. 9645270)

It’s difficult to learn from the article what actually happened in Syria. But, one thing is clear: Obama had no business saying that the U. S. would come into the fray if chemical weapons were used. There are only two possibilities and neither is great for us. One is that Assad did, in fact, use those weapons on his people and the U. S. broke its promise to retaliate. So Obama should not have made a promise that he wasn’t sure he would keep.

The other possibility is worse. It is that the U. S. actually caused the atrocity by promising Assad’s enemies our support if nerve gas was used.

Either way, we should resolve NEVER to put another hopeless incompetent into the White House.


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Reply 11 - Posted by: pensom2, 12/8/2013 10:20:00 AM     (No. 9645284)

Zippy knew nothing. He was as much in the dark as we were. He never reads his daily intelligence briefings--he finds stuff out from reading the morning paper on his way to the golf course.

On the other hand, ValJar knew plenty---what Valjar knows is a whole ´nother matter.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: LC Chihuahua, 12/8/2013 10:43:24 AM     (No. 9645314)

We should not be choosing winners in the Syrian civil war. None of them are our friends, and this country is tight on money.

Its disturbing that the obama gang picks the same side that is backed by AQ. There is no benefit from that. There is no benefit from siding with the Syrian government either.

This country should get ready for the next battle wherever it may be. Thanks to the obama gang, that is not happening.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Avogadra, 12/8/2013 10:56:52 AM     (No. 9645333)

For those who couldn´t make it through this very long article, here is a shorter version: http://www.lucianne.com/thread/?artnum=763868

A few excerpts:

The Hersh article is based in part on a four-page secret cable given to a top official at the Defense Intelligence Agency on June 20, one of a group of intelligence community documents allegedly stating that jihadi rebel group Jabhat al-Nusra has the ability to make sarin gas.

Seymour Hersh reports...that President Obama, while pitching the administration’s case for war, “failed to acknowledge something known to the US intelligence community: that the Syrian army is not the only party in the country’s civil war with access to sarin...

“When the attack occurred al-Nusra should have been a suspect, but the administration cherry-picked intelligence to justify a strike against Assad,” Hersh writes.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: stablemoney, 12/8/2013 11:00:02 AM     (No. 9645338)

The only thing incredible is that Seymour Hersh can find anyone to publish his articles. I see he has gone to London to find one.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: M2, 12/8/2013 11:03:48 AM     (No. 9645343)

The Daily Mail was more blunt: ‘Intelligence report says US officials knew about nerve-gas attack in Syria three days before it killed over 1400 people – including more than 400 children.

Is there a pattern to this President´s utter disdain for human life? Is there a pattern of not wanting to have Obama´s fingerprints on anything unpleasant? Here´s more:

...a spokesman for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence responded to the complaints. A statement to the Associated Press said that the intelligence behind the earlier administration assertions was not known at the time of the attack, but recovered only subsequently: ‘Let’s be clear, the United States did not watch, in real time, as this horrible attack took place.

"Let´s be clear" has become the "I did not have sex with that woman" of the Obama Administration. Whatever he says is not going on, is going on.

...the Washington Post,...vividly reported on its front page that American intelligence was able to record ‘each step’ of the Syrian army attack in real time, ‘from the extensive preparations to the launching of rockets to the after-action assessments by Syrian officials’. It did not publish the AP corrective, and the White House maintained control of the narrative.

So they lied about "watching it in real time". Does this sound like Benghazi all over again?

...continued

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Reply 16 - Posted by: M2, 12/8/2013 11:04:07 AM     (No. 9645344)

...continued

The White House’s misrepresentation of what it knew about the attack, and when, was matched by its readiness to ignore intelligence that could undermine the narrative.

It´s all about protecting Obama. So what if thousands of people would be living today if Obama told the truth and the media followed?

...the White House had no direct evidence of Syrian army or government involvement, a fact that was only occasionally noted in the press coverage. Obama’s tough talk played well with the public and Congress,...

Those who believed him then should feel pretty silly about now. They´re like battered wives.

The White House further declared: ‘We have no reliable corroborated reporting to indicate that the opposition in Syria has acquired or used chemical weapons.’ The statement contradicted evidence that at the time was streaming into US intelligence agencies.

Once again, Obama lied, people died. It´s Benghazi redux.

In both its public and private briefings after 21 August, the administration disregarded the available intelligence about al-Nusra’s potential access to sarin and continued to claim that the Assad government was in sole possession of chemical weapons.

Hearing about everything Obama "disregarded" in his five years in office is unnerving.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: busterman, 12/8/2013 11:17:06 AM     (No. 9645357)

Just a few points:

- Part of 0bama´s strategy is undermining American morale. Allying with al Qaeda makes us look like chumps in his mind. It´s the other way around, of course. But psychopaths don´t understand that.

- I´ve been subjected to made-up intel, by a particular Flag officer, in the hope it would convince Congress and Joint Staff to push his agenda along. It´s rampant in certain ´communities´ and at certain positions.

- There will be hunting of people in this country but it won´t be Democrats hunted by dogs. It will be the government hunting us down. Decide now and prepare: sheep or sheepdog?

- There were WMD in Iraq. They even found a small cache of it and I´m not talking about mortars. With biological/chemical weapons you don´t need much. A small suitcase full of vials with various weaponized agents was located in late 2004. Disperse a few drops of ONE of those in an aerosol form and you have a WMD attack that could kill thousands. Why not report that? Because it´s not a ´big´ enough find. If there were no chemical weapons facilities for ABCCBSNBCCNNMSNBC to prostitute themselves in front of, then it isn´t newsworthy. That and the fact that ´Bush lied´ is so much easier to sell than the truth. ´Lo-fo´ viewers begets ´Lo-fo´ voters (e.g.: sheep).

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Reply 18 - Posted by: nevernaught, 12/8/2013 11:28:46 AM     (No. 9645373)

This all comes from the mind of a lifetime Muslim and in their world it is right to lie if it advances the Muslim cause.

Nice summary #15.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: preciosodrogas, 12/8/2013 11:42:52 AM     (No. 9645387)

Someone is going to get their knuckles cracked #3.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Ida Lou Pino, 12/8/2013 12:00:19 PM     (No. 9645411)

"Whose" is correct.

- - Grammar Police

NEXT!

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Reply 21 - Posted by: ketchuplover, 12/8/2013 12:44:12 PM     (No. 9645468)

I concur with Nr.20. "Whose" shows possession. Who´s is a contraction of who is. (It´s the apostrophe that throws you - and the nun - off. Apostrophes often indicate possession - but they can also indicate a contraction. In this case, the apostrophe is for the contraction, Who is.")

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Reply 22 - Posted by: walcb, 12/8/2013 1:36:57 PM     (No. 9645520)

Who to believe, the Russians and Assad or Obama?

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Reply 23 - Posted by: edgar, 12/8/2013 1:38:09 PM     (No. 9645523)

#2 - Ask Uncle Omar.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: jorgecito, 12/8/2013 1:40:51 PM     (No. 9645527)

#6 is in high dudgeon over the doggie photo on the main page today ...

... but I can assure you, dogs with curly coats can accumulate caked-on snow (as exhibited in photo) in about 10 seconds ... it doesn´t take hours! Happens every time I take my bichon out for a leak after a snowfall - and I have a devil of a time toweling the frozen chunks off his little legs when we get back inside. Doesn´t bother him one bit however.

So the pooch in the photo has probably just had a joyful experience frolicking in freshly-fallen drifts. No need to be concerned about its health and safety.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: grounded, 12/8/2013 2:07:37 PM     (No. 9645547)

The pooch in the photo is covered with fake snow anyway.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 12/8/2013 2:08:54 PM     (No. 9645550)

The main thing from this article is the astonishing fact that Øbama and his cronies in State are making up intelligence to fit their leftist, pro-radical Islam agenda. They can lie to their base all they want. They can lie to the American people and get away with it due to the lefty media enablers. They can even lie to Congress since they basically control congress with an iron fist. But, it is the global intelligence community they can not lie to. This fiasco told the foreign intelligencers that the US intelligence agencies are basically a clown act and that - worse - our President may or may not listen to their assessments, wrong or right, if they do not fit his particular political agenda. This means power states, like Russia and China have the leverage to steer US diplomacy and military initiatives. All they have to do is dangle the right little piece of pro-Øbama agenda Intel in front of the US and Øbama will jump at it in spite of the truth being told him by our own intelligence people! This is not just dangerous- it is quite deadly and will be used again to the US gross disadvantage. It can easily lead the US into making terrible mistakes. And it will and has already, cost American lives.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: jglas, 12/8/2013 2:12:50 PM     (No. 9645554)

Assad had no reason to use sarin, he was winning the war against the rebels and would have been a fool to cross Obama`s red line guaranteed to bring the US into the war on the rebels´ side. On the other hand the rebels had every reason to set up Assad as using sarin and so bring the US into the war on their side. Nobody ever explained away that common sense logic. Then Putin made that same point and additionally presented proof that the sarin used in the attack was dirty, i.e. manufactured in a low grade lab and not of the same quality as the sarin Assad had. That was ignored too. Adding to the logic being ignored was the fact that Obama had been backing the Muslim Brotherhood in Libya and Egypt and the rebels were associated with the Muslim Brotherhood. Obama had every reason to lie and mislead to get his way, which was to attack Assad and help the rebels. He might have succeeded if Putin hadn´t talked Assad into surrendering all his WMD. As Hersh points out that will probably leave the rebels e.g. al Nusra and al Qaida the only ones with chemical weapons. What do you want to bet this will also be ignored?

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Reply 28 - Posted by: MDMuskrat, 12/8/2013 2:16:22 PM     (No. 9645557)

FTA: "But in recent interviews with intelligence and military officers and consultants past and present, I found intense concern, and on occasion anger, over what was repeatedly seen as the deliberate manipulation of intelligence."

"The deliberate manipulation of intelligence" is a critical part of the leftist goal of taking over this country. The 2007 NIE paper on Iran is an excellent example of how it works. That politically manipulated intelligence estimate prevented President Bush from taking any meaningful action to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.

The mention of Snowden and his (mostly suppressed) data dump to the WaPo are also important details. Good people are either not going into the intelligence services or are being forced out. Ask Porter Goss his real reason(s) for leaving as Director of the CIA.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: kafir091101, 12/8/2013 2:45:00 PM     (No. 9645582)

#24: Different dog, same experience year after year.

Our 140lb Chinook would sit Sphinx style beside young Emily for a half hour or so as she made little snowmen and snow castles in our front yard.

When they came back in, Maggie stayed in the kitchen until the snow clumps were mostly melted and then combed and toweled before she was allowed on ‘her couch’ in the TV room.

Having been bred for Bird’s Antarctic expedition, Maggie’s ancestors had no qualms about snow frozen to their hind quarters and neither did she.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinook_%28dog%29

Back to Business:

Although ‘large quantities’ of WMDs weren’t found in Iraq, the ‘makings’ and many delivery systems were found during the year after the invasion.

The few reports of these findings were ignored by the MSM and in some cases were trashed by the MSM.

Instead of investigating the reports in depth, the MSM swept them under the rug.

You know, ‘Bush lied and people died’.

Why Bush and his people never corrected this and other false narratives, I’ll never know.

Regardless of his other faults, not correcting the narratives is the only thing I will never forgive G W Bush for because his presidency became our presidency after 911.

Kafir

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Reply 30 - Posted by: triggerberg, 12/8/2013 3:24:26 PM     (No. 9645616)

Nonsense, #6. We used to have poodle, and he would routinely look like that after a mere twenty minute walk in the snow.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: Riley, 12/8/2013 3:34:13 PM     (No. 9645626)

#24 is correct. Our Cockapoo cames in looking like that quite often and I assure you she was neither frozen or miserable. Curly haired dogs accumualte snow very easily and our cockapoo loved the snow.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: cat2, 12/8/2013 4:08:12 PM     (No. 9645647)

My beloved Schnauzer also used to collect snowballs on his leg "furnishings". He was never out alone and always would have stayed outside longer than we cared to. Once inside, he went to the kitchen until he melted and was toweled dry.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: P51DMustang, 12/8/2013 5:36:57 PM     (No. 9645733)

O´Stinky continues his pathological lying.

The man has no credibility on the World Stage, and non with the American people.

He really must resign.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: TruthAndJustice, 12/8/2013 6:55:22 PM     (No. 9645781)

Gee did that Sarin come from Benghazi...is that what Obama´s transferred to AlNursa...in his plot to turn Syria over the Muslim Brotherhood?

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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

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

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

Brit Hume: Obama, Holder
‘Benefited Enormously’ From
Being African American

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Mediaite, by Evan McMurry    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/13/2014 9:14:46 PM     Post Reply
On Fox News Sunday, political analyst Brit Hume said that Eric Holder’s claim that his treatment at the hands of Representative Louie Gohmert (R-TX) at a House hearing this week was unprecedented toward an Attorney General, made him a “crybaby,” and that he and President Barack Obama had in fact benefited “enormously” from being the first African Americans in their respective positions. “This strikes me as kinda crybaby stuff from Holder,” Hume said. “My sense about this is both Eric Holder and Barack Obama have benefited politically enormously from the fact that they are African American and the first to

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)

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

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

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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