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Obama administration relaxes
rules of health-care law four
days before deadline

Washington Post, by Amy Goldstein

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Posted By:Dreadnought, 12/19/2013 10:10:24 PM

The Obama administration Thursday night significantly relaxed the rules of the health-care law for millions of consumers whose individual insurance policies have been canceled, saying they could buy bare-bones health plans or entirely avoid the requirement that most Americans have health insurance. The surprise announcement, four days before the Dec. 23 deadline for people to choose coverage that begins on Jan. 1, triggered an immediate backlash from the health insurance industry and raised new fairness questions about a law intended to promote affordable and comprehensive coverage. “This type of last-minute change will cause tremendous instability in the marketplace and lead


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Sandbar, 12/19/2013 10:41:49 PM     (No. 9660961)

Let´s move the goalposts again.
Last week these catastrophic policies were called junk. Today they are "common sense".

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Reply 2 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 12/19/2013 10:50:56 PM     (No. 9660966)

Would you like some Schadenfreude on your karma?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: TunnelRat, 12/19/2013 10:52:58 PM     (No. 9660969)

Funny, I thought that Congress passed the laws and the Executive enforced them. How does the administration get the authority to ´relax´ the rules?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: 6079 Smith, W, 12/19/2013 11:03:15 PM     (No. 9660976)

REPEAL! The ´law´ that passed is a shambles and only the expanded powers gained by the federal government remain intact. Why should ´we the people´ be held to be bound to this disastrous legislation is randomly changed at Obama´s whim?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: wilarrbie, 12/19/2013 11:43:54 PM     (No. 9661010)

How in the world can any agency follow the spiderweb path of this law? This law is unenforceable. It certainly fails the due process test. It is no longer the law as it was passed. Heck, even the law as passed was not the law it was said to be. What a cluster mess this is. I hate these people. Yep - I´m a hater.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: coldoc, 12/20/2013 12:16:57 AM     (No. 9661031)

It´s good to be king.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: bluebonnet, 12/20/2013 1:27:22 AM     (No. 9661074)

I´m entering my seventh year of a cancer-proscribed five-year timeline. I´ve had 7 or 8 surgeries (I´ve lost count). Then there are the chemo, rad, & hyperbaric chamber treatments and one screams, "ENOUGH!"
I told my husband a month ago, "enough!", as he was worried about coming changes to our insurance.

The Zero Administration is totally bat-s**t crazy. I´m serious. They´re off the rails! When is anyone going to call them on this???

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Reply 8 - Posted by: lil dotty, 12/20/2013 1:44:33 AM     (No. 9661081)

#7 more than one prayer being said for you. As for the creature, he must be popping bullets of perspiration. Not only is he depressed, he is desperate. Take a peak in his room. You´ll find him on his prayer rug repeating over and over.....Let them buy SOMETHING, anything. Make you a deal you can´t refuse. We´ll give it to you along with whatever amount you request. Gotta get it off our lot...I mean our desks. Never would be honored as ´salesman of the year´ so ´it´s a good thing´ he got the Nobel Peace Prize when he did. Would you buy a policy from this individual, or anyone who worked for him?

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Reply 9 - Posted by: bluebonnet, 12/20/2013 1:51:06 AM     (No. 9661085)

Please forgive 2nd post.
#8, thank you. Please know you are loved, also.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: steveW, 12/20/2013 2:41:44 AM     (No. 9661093)

President Unicorn can make laws change just like magic! It´s a miracle, really - "law" is whatever Lightbringer says it is! How wonderful, and how tolerant of the GOP to let him display these magical powers without even a weak wrist slap.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Trigger2, 12/20/2013 4:04:50 AM     (No. 9661112)

When, oh when, is somebody in congress going to buck up and file a federal lawsuit against the unlawful idiot in the WH?

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Reply 12 - Posted by: mws50, 12/20/2013 4:30:25 AM     (No. 9661127)

If obamacare gives obama the authority to postpone signing up for this fiasco, then let him postpone it for three years.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 12/20/2013 4:45:58 AM     (No. 9661140)

It used to be "stroke of the pen, law of the land."

Now, it´s wave of the hand, or perhaps twitch of the lip, and it´s law of the land, Obama-style.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 12/20/2013 7:34:52 AM     (No. 9661241)

In a few months Zippy gets to say:"It looks as though no one wants to be in the health insurance business any more.....so....I have no choice but to announce the formation of the Central Health Agency."


(The carefully vetted crowd goes wild.)

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Gram77, 12/20/2013 7:39:42 AM     (No. 9661246)

I was going add my 2 cents to this but what is really needed are prayers for #7. And....here are mine.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: beca, 12/20/2013 7:45:13 AM     (No. 9661255)

so obama is a constitutional scholar???? does that give him the right to just change existing law...................come on......let´s roll this thug OUT

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Reply 17 - Posted by: planetgeo, 12/20/2013 7:49:04 AM     (No. 9661267)

A law that doesn´t have to be followed by some people at some times...is not a law.

Only in the land of the LieBringer, a non-legal ruler, do you have a government that passes non-legal laws.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Grace1798, 12/20/2013 8:03:24 AM     (No. 9661287)

"There they go again!"

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Patchy groundfog, 12/20/2013 8:33:14 AM     (No. 9661347)

A lawsuit requires laws. We no longer have those.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: guybee, 12/20/2013 8:36:50 AM     (No. 9661355)

A law that is not a law is a law when the enforcers choose to enforce it.

This is all part of the plan to destroy the insurance industry. This all part of the single payor strategy.

It is part of the Alinsky method - cause division and confusion. The enemy is reading from their playbook and calling plays in the huddle. These are merely the QB reading the defense and changing the play at the line of scrimmage.

The defense is in total disarray while the offense is ready to throw the hail Mary into the endzone.

Don´t be fooled fans. We are watching a game that is well structured and strategized. The only solution is not available to us - a united and organized opposition party with the guts and will to undo the damage.

It will never happen because McCain, Graham and Boehner are either part of the plot or unwilling accomplices that are too stupid to see what is happening.

2014 is Custer´s last stand. Watch how voter fraud become even more rampant as the demoncrats pull out every trick they have to cling to power.

This is our time. But will we cease the day?

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Poobah, 12/20/2013 8:40:49 AM     (No. 9661363)

Have we completely abandon the rule of law in this nation?

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Reply 22 - Posted by: mc squared, 12/20/2013 8:50:31 AM     (No. 9661377)

This won´t end after (if) O´care is fully implemented because everything in it is ´to be determined by Kathleen Sebelius´.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: maryc, 12/20/2013 8:53:30 AM     (No. 9661380)

Just what the Proctologist says before he begins his exam...relax. Perfect. Meanwhile back at the ranch, Michelle thinks a spoonful of obamacare is a magical treat. she is totally wigged.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Udanja99, 12/20/2013 9:00:14 AM     (No. 9661391)

Nice try, zipster, but I don´t think your newest mulligan is going to get more people to sign up. Everyone is on to you now. When you´ve spent 5 years brazenly cherry-picking the enforcement of our nation´s laws, we the people get the message. Looks like we are cherry-picking too and the one law that most of us are choosing not to obey is your signature law. You know what they say about payback, don´t you?

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Reply 25 - Posted by: bubbabgone, 12/20/2013 9:04:29 AM     (No. 9661396)

A Christmas gift of Cluster Fudge from Barack Obama to us all ...you can´t give it back and you gotta eat the whole thing.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Wakeupcall, 12/20/2013 9:05:04 AM     (No. 9661398)

When the president can change the law at his whim you do not have a legal government, you have a tyranny.

The Marxist democrats and RINO´s in 1975 when they had the power changed the filibuster rule from 66 or 2/3rds vote to 60 or 3/5ths vote. They have now by their control of the senate changed the filibuster rule to 51 or 1/2 a simple majority.

Can anyone say Marxist communists democrats and RINO´s ruling by tyranny.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: azusaman, 12/20/2013 9:06:14 AM     (No. 9661406)

I wonder if John Roberts is proud of his decision.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: bigfatslob, 12/20/2013 9:06:19 AM     (No. 9661407)

Obama care is no care at all. It never was and never will be. It was designed to be a theft of funds from taxpayers to give to cronies and punish the opposition. That make believe website was theft of money for a proven company that couldn´t make a video game work with Valarie Jarrett ties.
Obama can relax/postpone rules on the law but it doesn´t fix anything. My doctor is gone, can´t find him, services are gone not in Obama´s network so I´m screwed.
I´m like #7 I have a patient number card to MD Anderson in Houston but can´t use it. This cabal of misfit communist bozo´s killed the health care industry that only needed some tweaking around the edges not totally destroyed. We have 1890s medicine now where the sawbones horse doctor doubles as your surgeon in a barn.
I´m sick of these misfits and the do nothing buttscratching clueless Congress.
If the ACA was going to be so great then everyone should participated from the President on down. That was a tip off that it was a piece of junk law.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: Felixcat, 12/20/2013 9:22:09 AM     (No. 9661453)

I hope AARP, the AMA, big Pharama, etc are happy.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: grayjay, 12/20/2013 9:23:34 AM     (No. 9661456)

So this allows people to either go without insurance or have catastrophic coverage. That is not a satisfactory replacement for the prior insurance coverage that they have had cancelled. This is an absolute fiasco.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: trapper, 12/20/2013 9:26:19 AM     (No. 9661464)

It´s like watching the clown act at the circus. Falling over their own big feet; pulling the rug out from under themelves; and every time a clown with a ladder tries to put it up against the burning Obamacare building to rescue the clown at the top he hits someone in the face with it. Up soon ... the elephants, holding each others´ tails, trotting in a circle, and going nowhere.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: Arby, 12/20/2013 9:33:07 AM     (No. 9661479)

Well, isn´t that special. Throw the whole thing on the trash heap of history and let´s start all over (after the 2014 elections).

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Reply 33 - Posted by: Coy860, 12/20/2013 9:57:40 AM     (No. 9661533)

Best wishes #7 and prayers going your way.
Perhaps John Roberts should have READ the bill..the Supreme Court is no better than the democrats who voted for it. ALL are fools who didn´t really know what they voted for. WHO pays the price for their ignorance? You and me.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: Tallgrass Palms, 12/20/2013 10:12:53 AM     (No. 9661563)

Clint Eastwood was right!

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Reply 35 - Posted by: snapper451, 12/20/2013 10:18:40 AM     (No. 9661573)

Can you imagine if Bush had made changes to a law like No Child Left Behind without consulting Congress and kept moving the goal posts as this crew is doing? There would be immediate cries of the lawlessness of it and calls for impeachment. Are we living in an alternate universe?

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Reply 36 - Posted by: Butch59, 12/20/2013 11:13:31 AM     (No. 9661674)

I have pointedly noticed that all of these "fixes" that Obozo has been passing out, including this recent one, is going to last ONLY for one year. If my math-a-magic is correct, that corresponds with the 2014 elections. So, my conclusion is that all Obozo is trying to do is provide cover for dims who are running for re-election and trying to hold on to the group that will simply give him whatever he wants. And I can´t figure out why the Republicans aren´t yelling loud and long about it. Someone needs to tell the lo-fo´s what is happening, even if they have to whap them upside the head with a 2x4. Just to get their attention of course.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: strike3, 12/20/2013 11:37:26 AM     (No. 9661704)

If it were not for people like #7 who are in serious need of healthcare (prayers to you) this sideshow that the Putz-in-Chief is putting on for us would be hilarious.

But take heart, Obama holds the highest office in the land and has no compunction about breaking the law on a daily basis, yet he still can´t break our spirit. He´s not going to survive three more years but we will.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: Me_Opinionated_Nah, 12/20/2013 11:44:43 AM     (No. 9661714)

Obama has stepped in it and now it’s all the way up to his eyebrows. But, he still hasn’t gotten the message. It’s high time someone inform him that presidents are not sultans.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: tnorling, 12/20/2013 11:56:31 AM     (No. 9661740)

Indeed. Where´s John Roberts now? And where are patriots and even Republican Congressman who should be screaming from the Capitol dome about this illegal encroachment and overreach by the Executive?

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Reply 40 - Posted by: Deedo, 12/20/2013 12:18:53 PM     (No. 9661787)

Since there is no filibuster anymore, if the GOP wins the majority in the Senate and holds on to the House (likely to increase in the House), the President might actually face veto-proof legislation post 2014 elections.

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Reply 41 - Posted by: owl, 12/20/2013 12:21:33 PM     (No. 9661794)

Read Wayne Root " Is oBama too big to jail? ". The Emperor just blithely waves sceptor and announces it shall be done. Congress simply shrugs, raises hands and say " It´s his way ". This is a LAW that ,by law, needs congressional approval before a letter can be changed. Zero has done this 14 times now, each time breaking the law. It´s time to forget him and impeach congress for dereliction of duty.

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Reply 42 - Posted by: nevernaught, 12/20/2013 12:25:03 PM     (No. 9661805)

Where are all the Constitutional scholars? The President can´t just arbitrarily change laws passed by Congress and signed by any President, by whim. If I was covered by ObamaCare, a law that was created and passed by the Democrat Party (and they own it), I wouldn´t abide by any of his mandates or Executive Orders. He isn´t Adolph Hitler, you know, he just acts like him.

Once Obama started changing the law, the implementation dates and just about everything else that it covers, then the law is invalid. If ever there were presidential actions that are illegal his actions here invalidate the law, and are raw meat for the Supreme Court. Give Roberts a chance to rehabilitate himself.

impeachment starts when?

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Reply 43 - Posted by: jayhawk, 12/20/2013 3:36:23 PM     (No. 9662079)

When anarchy reigns as it does with this administration and he is not upholding his sworn oath, indeed, he is breaking/has broken laws that he himself instigated and thumbs his nose and ignores established immigration laws, can civil disobedience or revolution be far behind? We can choose to ignore the very laws that he does. It is becoming very clear, who the domestic enemy is, now what will the populace do about it?

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Reply 44 - Posted by: gone2pot, 12/20/2013 6:02:42 PM     (No. 9662221)

Here´s why I believe this nation is no longer the United States; Mr Obama has OPENLY, PUBLICLY, brazenly conspired with his attorney general to not investigate or prosecute those who violate the law, then he told citizens to violate the law and "promised" they would not be prosecuted if they did violate the law; all this done in broad daylight and in your face. Do you really think he cares that his poll numbers are down? For those of you in Rio Linda, NO, he doesn´t. It doesn´t matter how low he goes in the polls, his tyranny is being implemented way ahead of schedule to a population of voters who make cows staring at passing trains look brilliant. Kids, IT IS OVER and it´s never coming back. If you really think Republicans will do anything other than fall down roll over and soil themselves even if they keep the House and win sixty seats for a filibuster proof Senate (and yep, I have to don my bright green florescent clothes pin and vote for them in 2014 and ´16), you are dreaming and good luck with that (my turnip truck wounds healed back in 2006).

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Reply 45 - Posted by: bighambone, 12/20/2013 6:04:59 PM     (No. 9662224)

The Obama Administration is making it up as they go along. If they can get away with doing that with Obama Care, why not with all other laws, as an example with the Internal Revenue Code, Omaha could make changes there to say who has to pay taxes and who is given a pass.

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Reply 46 - Posted by: Gr8Shiphandler, 12/20/2013 6:31:09 PM     (No. 9662251)

Now we know what it´s like to live in Nazi Germany.

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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

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

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)

Biden Tells Boston Bombing
Survivors, ´It Was Worth It´ (Video)

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Breitbart´s Instablog, by Debra Heine    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/15/2014 9:28:18 PM     Post Reply
Less than a minute into his speech at the Boston marathon bombing memorial on Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden went tragically off script and told the crowd of Boston bombing survivors that "it was worth it." After expressing how impressed he was with the tribute, he said somberly, "let me say to those ´quote survivors,´ my God, you have survived and you have soared. It was worth it. I mean this sincerely - just to hear each of you speak. You´re truly, truly inspiring." The audience sat in stunned silence until Biden declared, "I´ve never heard anything so beautiful than

White babies just 15 months old show racial
bias when picking playmates, study found

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Daily Mail (U.K.), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/15/2014 10:23:35 PM     Post Reply
Toddlers show racial bias when picking playmates, a study reveals. They also take account of how fairly others behave. Researchers tested the reaction of white 15-month-olds as toys were distributed. Two white adults divided the toys, one equally and the other unequally. Seventy per cent of the toddlers chose to play with the researcher who distributed the toys fairly. But in a second test, when one researcher favoured a white recipient over an Asian one, they picked the ‘fair’ researcher less often, the journal Frontiers in Psychology reports. And the babies are more likely to help those who share the same ethnicity, which is known as

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

Casual marijuana use linked with
brain abnormalities, study finds

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Fox News, by Loren Grush    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/15/2014 6:12:53 PM     Post Reply
Casual marijuana use may come with some not-so-casual side effects. For the first time ever, researchers at Northwestern University have analyzed the relationship between casual use of marijuana and brain changes – and found that young adults who used cannabis just once or twice a week showed significant abnormalities in two important brain structures. The study’s findings, to be published Wednesday in the Journal of Neuroscience, are similar to those of past research linking chronic, long-term marijuana use with mental illness and changes in brain development. Dr. Hans Breiter, co-senior study author, said he was inspired to look at the effects of casual

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

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

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

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