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Thanks, Duck Dynasty, for the Christmas Gift
American Thinker, by Lloyd Marcus

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Posted By:Desert Fox, 12/25/2013 7:28:14 AM

Duck Dynasty gave me an unexpected wonderful gift for Christmas: a renewed hope in America. Polling on various social issues confirm that liberals have made significant inroads towards secularizing America into a culture in which anything goes. The norm on TV is disrespectful kids scolding their parents, cussing, youths sleeping around, the promotion of homosexuality, and poking fun at Christians. Traditional principles and values are on the chopping block. Several months ago, I heard about this cable show, Duck Dynasty, that was kicking American Idol´s butt in the ratings on Wednesday nights. Since the recent controversy


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Reply 1 - Posted by: zzzghy, 12/25/2013 7:40:06 AM     (No. 9667321)

I´ve never seen the show. I can barely tolerate the commercials.

But put me down for all the rest.

Take THAT, A&E.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: ColoWapiti, 12/25/2013 7:50:24 AM     (No. 9667327)

Ah, it wouldn´t be a Duck Dynasty story without #2´s cut and paste posting of "I used to be a fan, but...".

Still not going to work.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: The Advocate, 12/25/2013 7:53:48 AM     (No. 9667330)

Re 2
Troll Alert.
We have a fraud in the WH thanks to the secular progressives and their storm troopers.
Who is Barry Dunham aka Barry Soetero aka Harrison J. Bounel aka Barack Hussein Obama?
Who foisted this creature upon America and the world and why?
The Robertsons are Christians and Americans.
Who is he?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: cindiana, 12/25/2013 7:59:54 AM     (No. 9667338)

Often the gift that means the most is one that is not found in a store--it is an expression of that which your soul has been aching for. And it arrives completely unanticipated, with perfect timing.

Those of us who live among, grew up with, or had the good fortune to cross paths with Robertson type people are better for it. We´ve learned life lessons from them that can never be taught by the self-appointed "experts", who recoil in loathing for such simple and honest Americans.

Merry Christmas to The Patriarch and his family, and THANK YOU.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: JoElla Bee, 12/25/2013 8:03:39 AM     (No. 9667339)

Amen, Lloyd Marcus. Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones and thank you for being in the forefront of showing that it is the honest, decent, caring content of the heart that has the power to unite us as un-hyphenated Americans.

I´m unashamedly sappy and old-fashioned too. Yes, "May God bless us, every one."

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Reply 6 - Posted by: FlatCityGirl, 12/25/2013 8:08:56 AM     (No. 9667342)

Right here: Perhaps Phil Robertson´s leadership will inspire more Americans to push-back against the tyranny of political correctness.

If you have not seen and heard the interview that Phil gave to Sports Spectrum, you can see it here:


Please watch and listen --perhaps twice. Listen to the sub-text. There´s something happening. Phil Robertson said what he did to GQ for a reason. I´ve been watching this kerfufffle for days and I´m convinced that this is happening for a reason.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: ruready?, 12/25/2013 8:09:56 AM     (No. 9667345)

Phil was quoting scripture as best he could. Clearly he got the sense of it. People that have trouble with the Bible will probably not be thrilled with Duck Dynasty.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Catherine, 12/25/2013 8:17:21 AM     (No. 9667358)

# 7 - my son said the same thing. He thinks this was planned from the start. Fine with me. I was sick to death of gay this gay that. And obviously millions agree with Phil. They just needed a place or person brave enough to speak out. And one did. Thanks, Phil.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: dallasdude, 12/25/2013 8:31:13 AM     (No. 9667374)

"There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, ´Thy will be done,´ and those to whom God says, ´All right, then, have it your way."
C. S. Lewis ~~~~~~~~~
And when you have it your way eternity is forever and heaven is for real.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: JAN, 12/25/2013 8:39:07 AM     (No. 9667380)

Thanks to the papa duck many more of us will be less afraid to stand up and speak up.

Took this man from the swamp to show us the way. Isn´t that the way it ought to be?

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Periwinkel, 12/25/2013 8:50:33 AM     (No. 9667397)

#2 must live under a rock. What Phil said is mild compared to what the LGBT crowd says and promotes on a daily basis. And yes, I read the all the excerpts printed from GQ. Sorry, #2, the crude words Phil used were truthful. Crude, but truthful.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Rob_NC, 12/25/2013 8:57:48 AM     (No. 9667403)

..may Phil and his family continue exactly as they have.. and I hope come Nov,14...
America remembers

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Reply 13 - Posted by: bigfatslob, 12/25/2013 9:01:02 AM     (No. 9667408)

#2 this is the third thread in two days I´ve seen this same post. Quit with the ´I used to be a fan´ mantra and go back to the Huff Post.
Phil Robertson just might be the spark to ignite the push back against the left and all of it´s insults hurled at Christians and American values. Even our symbols come under attack on American soil. Our flag gets torn down because it ´offends´ some minority when it is tradition. I´m waiting for the left to demand the 4th of July be canceled.
Yes give thanks to Phil Robertson and the dumbness of A&E.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Libertygal, 12/25/2013 9:04:54 AM     (No. 9667412)

I have never watched it.

I will only watch it if they change to another station.

I refuse to give A&E one rating. It won´t hurt the Robertson´s.

I hope they do leave and find another home. Perhaps the one who showed the story of the Bible, the highest rated program in recent history. Might be a smart move. There was something to he gleaned here. The nation was hungering for it, the film series of the Bible story proved it.

This is NOT a muslim nation as our pResident wants the gullible to believe.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: M2, 12/25/2013 9:12:43 AM     (No. 9667422)

Traditional principles and values are on the chopping block.

Christmas is a good time to remind people that all of this was prophesied in Scripture. The destruction of morality and the people who call wrong things right is all there. No Christian should be surprised at what is happening.

The Good News is that we win, they lose.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: raspberry, 12/25/2013 9:18:14 AM     (No. 9667427)

#2 tells us more about himself than he wants us to know.

Right on #4.

Merry Christmas everyone.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Rinktum, 12/25/2013 9:31:15 AM     (No. 9667441)

God bless Phil Robertson and his entire family for their stand for Christ. He has started a firestorm across this country that the godless progressives may not be able to put out. Sometimes it takes one man to take a stand that gives others the courage to stand also. This incident serves as a reminder that we have not forgotten who we are and what we believe and our lifestyle is worth affirming. Thank you Phil and your entire family. You are the kick in the pants that America needed.

Merry Christmas to Ms. Lucianne, the staff and all my fellow LDotters! Although we probably will never meet, you are my cyber BFF´s who fill my heart with hope and laughter every single day of my life. Thank you and God bless you and all your families.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: MDMuskrat, 12/25/2013 9:56:01 AM     (No. 9667468)

Lloyd Marcus: You are a fellow American from the America we all knew and loved...and an America that is re-awakening. God bless you, son.

To my fellow LDotters: A word of advice. #2 here is "hunting over bait," something Phil and the rest of the Robertson waterfowlers would never do. These types always jump in early on a thread and completely distract (and yes, enrage) us. The focus here should have been on Lloyd, Phil, Christmas and gifts. Instead, many of us took the bait and gave this poster a response...instead of a finger.

To Poster #2, sickened, (and the 7 Likers): May our loving God bless you and soften your heart. And, above all, MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Poobah, 12/25/2013 9:59:49 AM     (No. 9667471)

#7´s link to a youtube video no longer works. Guess the thought police figured it gave too much truth. There is another youtube of Phil Robertson speaking about the media control of what´s said on TV. Here´s the link:


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Reply 20 - Posted by: berthabutt, 12/25/2013 10:00:11 AM     (No. 9667473)

Hate to give #2 the attention it seeks, but anyone with Christian faith places God at the center and forefront of our lives, not the selfishness of physical pleasure. ALL sin causes evil; ALL self-serving actions putting our desires over God´s plan of happiness for our humanity that He created will lead to our death. Homosexuality has no higher status over the other ways we manage to sin, it just gets more airplay as the sin ´du jour.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: guybee, 12/25/2013 10:00:20 AM     (No. 9667475)

Love the sinner but hate the sin.

The Bible says in the ends times the scoffers and deviants will call evil good and sin acceptable. What Phil Robertson did was put words to what many of us know to be the true word of God.

It is wonderful to see the support and comments coming from the SILENT majority of Americans who are tired of being silenced by a growing minority of deviants.

Read the end of the Book, we do win. But the Bible does not say it is going to be easy. Courage is what we demonstrate in the face of great adversity. I pray those who are supporting Phil will remain convicted and STRONG as the battle continues to rage.

Blessed be the name of the Lord and those who stand with Him. Otherwise, He will say, :I never knew you."

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Hobbiest, 12/25/2013 10:07:33 AM     (No. 9667480)

I guess the trolls have nothing better to do on Christmas Day then to spew their pernicious nonsense.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Poobah, 12/25/2013 10:16:55 AM     (No. 9667489)

I attempted to post a link in post number 20 above. The link doesn´t work. When I originally pasted the link, part of it didn´t appear in the post. I tried again to type the link into the preview area and then tried the link as it appeared. Again, it didn´t work.

Does anyone know how to post a YouTube link into Lucianne?

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Iceman, 12/25/2013 10:18:51 AM     (No. 9667496)

What terrifies GLAAD and other leftist bullying organizations is that other actors/actresses/programs etc. will take the cues offered by Phil Robertson and Cracker Barrel. They really thought they were turning the corner when Cracker Barrel jumped on. But when Cracker Barrel jumped off, it struck terror into the leftist hate lobby.

"A retailer we really hate caved. We´re making some real progress now. We´ve got the situation under control and back on track...only a question of minutes before Phil and the whole Robertson clan caves...wait a minute...you say that Cracker Barrel reversed itself. And that Phil is standing by his original comments and reiterated his position? OMG! What do we do now?"

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Reply 25 - Posted by: steelbreeze, 12/25/2013 10:23:06 AM     (No. 9667502)

#2 you make me long for the site-lice of old.You aren´t fit to even carry their jocks.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: M2, 12/25/2013 10:42:02 AM     (No. 9667513)

#7, your link goes to a video that has been removed.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Spidey, 12/25/2013 10:43:17 AM     (No. 9667515)

I´ve been reading around what the big left´s reaction is to all this and surprisingly they back the duckers.Not because they agree with them but because A&E knew what they were getting and should have stood behind them.

The left doesn´t mind this show being on anyway because they think it stereotypes the average republican and for sure southerner in this country.

Their humor is based on mockery and that´s conservatives favorite kind.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: M2, 12/25/2013 10:44:20 AM     (No. 9667516)

#20, your link also doesn´t work. Notice the "https". That´s a "secure" site. Not available.

Anyone else want to try?

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Reply 29 - Posted by: Keekng, 12/25/2013 11:48:03 AM     (No. 9667559)

It is obvious that #2 had no factual source for his/her/its diatribe against Phil Robertson.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: FlatCityGirl, 12/25/2013 11:49:13 AM     (No. 9667561)

I´m sorry for a link that doesn´t work.

You can go to youtube directly and find it. Phil Robertson Fake Bleeps. It comes right up. To listen to and watch is a Christmas Treat that I treated myself to again this morning.

Especially watch Phil´s face when he speaks.

This is the video where Phil says A&E doesn´t know who the Robertsons are.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: faith_and_reason, 12/25/2013 11:51:25 AM     (No. 9667564)

#2, you once again falsely clam: "Phil Robertson in 2010 on the subject of gay people: ´They´re full of murder,..."

I´ve already corrected your G*dd*mned lie on two previous occasions. You continue to claim that Phil´s comments are "on the subject of gay people..."

Once more, I point out that your repetition of the malicious media narrative is either misinformed or is itself malicious.

Phil spoke of "the unrighteous" in general, *and then* listed sodomites as *just one example* along with liars, envious, and heartless - and yes, murderers.

Furthermore, you failed to mention that Phil loves gays and warns them, in love, of a judgment to come. Phil clearly states that judgment of particular sinners is God´s work, not mankind´s.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: planetgeo, 12/25/2013 12:48:31 PM     (No. 9667590)

As we all quack in with our "attaduck, Phil" comments, we need to keep in mind what is needed from this point forward. Namely, we can no longer sit politely and quietly as others question, ridicule, and demean our values. Rather, we need to stand up and personally speak out to defend those values and not acquiesce to the forced "thought normalization" of those practices we find contrary to those values, and under no circumstances accept the proselytizing of our children.

Don´t just defend Phil Robertson. BE Phil Robertson...at work, in your social circle, and especially in your family. Don´t be a chicken. Join the Duck Dynasty. Be a Duck Commander in your own pond. Clusterduck.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: saguni, 12/25/2013 1:04:33 PM     (No. 9667608)

Coerce my approval against my will
In my heart I´ve the same opinion still

That has been running through my head recently, GLAAD and LGBT have made great strides in forcing their detractors to remain silent about any of their faults--and all humans have faults of one sort or another--but far too many decent, honest, Christian people who love all humanity and hope for the best have been forced to attend politically correct indoctrination sessions against their will.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: stjohnswood, 12/25/2013 1:09:02 PM     (No. 9667615)

In reference to the quote used by #2., as others have noted already, you´ve been busy copying and pasting this same charge on every thread applicable.
So allow me to repeat my previous suggestion to you from one such thread:
Take some time to refresh your memory and revisit the aftermath of the effects of the passing of Prop. 8 in California -- for one.
Generalizations don´t exist and don´t last without real foundation. And the foundation for this one is perverse as as all Hell

Stop breaking out store windows, sending death threats, threatening loss of livelihood, loss of property, bankruptcy, the destruction of others´ reputations through your own false values.
Stop demanding attention from our chiildren by forcing your dishonest portrayal and bent agenda into school curriculum.
Stop proselytizing.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: berthabutt, 12/25/2013 1:14:13 PM     (No. 9667618)

To (try) to quote a fine fellow at the front-lines of smart conservative thinking, ´´Stop liberals from claiming the moral higher ground. They do not have it!´´ ~Bill Whittle

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Reply 36 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 12/25/2013 2:15:13 PM     (No. 9667654)

Hollywood is on the brink of insolvency because of their deep embrace of voyeuristic violence and sex on screen and in real life. Their last financial refuge was international DVD sales, but even those are in the dumpster, so they´ve cut way back on paying the "stars" the money they need to live their much ballyhooed lifestyles, and most of them are turning to voice acting to make their rent payments.

Independent movies, on the other hand, have been doing quite well, especially those with an unabashed Christian message. Hollywood elitists must be seething wuth hatred for Christianity even more now than before. If you watch a good Christian movie, go out and buy it on DVD, and vote with your pocketbook.

I believe A&E started out to make fun of the rubes of America and picked on the Robertsons since they´re a "rags to rags" story, sort of like the Clampetts on the "Beverly Hillbillies." However, somewhere along the way, the NASCAR Americans began to identify with the values of this family and chose it over some of the trash TV on all cable and over the air broadcasting.

The homos of America may have just crossed the Rubicon and the war for civilization has begun. Thank you, Phil, for stating Truth.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: lana720, 12/25/2013 5:29:26 PM     (No. 9667768)

It appears the second pits has been removed. Even the allusions to it are pretty bad. Thanks, Staff!

The exact words uttered by Phil Robertson are the same ones taught to children in sex ed classes where they call things by their correct names. If they are good enough for children of single digit age range, they can certainly be handled by a bunch of hissy-fit prone, so called adults. Unless, of course, those words condemn their militant actions.

This good man has caused a cultural shift so intense that I can feel it under my feet! Good and evil can simply not stand in the same place, so overcome this evil with your own good!

Thanks, Marcus. We´re with you on the traditional fare for Christmas viewing!

God help us to speak out with courage. Phil has shown us how!

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Reply 38 - Posted by: thelmalou, 12/25/2013 9:23:41 PM     (No. 9667858)

RE: #6 - I get the same sense of things going on that you do.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: ok state mom, 12/25/2013 9:42:19 PM     (No. 9667863)

A&E ran with the show thinking it would draw a demographic similar to Honey Boo Boo and people would make like making fun of redneck, bible toting, duck shooting white trash millionaires. A&E was wrong and got caught with their hands in the cookie jar and it had almost a half-billion dollars in it. The US embraced the Robertson family, whether they watch the show or not. Any family that has a patriarch who looks to God for leadership, bathes every decision in prayer, and looks to the bible for decisions cannot be brought down by the likes of A&E. Papa Duck is no fool. He could have signed with Washington Redskins but decided to stay in Louisiana. He found a relationship with Jesus Christ and the rest is history.

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Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) on Friday called for a Senate hearing into the dispute between Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) over cattle grazing. Heller described as "patriots" the people who came armed to Bundy’s ranch after the BLM began to seize his cattle for refusing to pay grazing fees and fines that now total more than $1 million. Heller debated the ranch standoff on a Nevada television station with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who has called the armed Bundy supporters “domestic terrorists.” "What senator Reid may call domestic terrorists, I call patriots," Heller said.

High school senior forms petition with over
ONE THOUSAND signatures against Michele
Obama speaking at their high school
graduation ´because it would overshadow
the students´ big day´
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/19/2014 5:20:14 PM     Post Reply
If expanding the guest list to include Michelle Obama at graduation for high school students in the Kansas capital city means fewer seats for friends and family, some students and their parents would prefer the first lady not attend. A furor over what the Topeka school district considers an honor has erupted after plans were announced for Obama to address a combined graduation ceremony for five area high schools next month an 8,000-seat arena. For some, it was the prospect of a tight limit on the number of seats allotted to each graduate. For others, it was the notion that Obama´s speech,

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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

White House blames fox for
destroying Michelle’s garden

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Daily Caller, by Vince Coglianese    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/18/2014 3:59:04 PM     Post Reply
The White House is going to war with another fox — and this time, it’s personal. The Wall Street Journal reports that a red fox has been causing chaos around the White House, tripping security alarms, digging up Michelle’s garden and distracting the president from his duties. The Secret Service won’t give any details about how often the fox trips the White House’s obviously sophisticated security alarms, but rest assured, officials say, they’re watching. President Obama was apparently “stunned” to see the fox roaming freely down the oft-photographed White House colonnade, home to the world’s shortest, but most dramatic, outdoor strolls. The bushy-tailed visitor

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
Robert E. Lee´s ´Racist and Dishonorable Conduct´

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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

Living in the New York Times World
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American Thinker, by J. Paul Masko    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 4/19/2014 7:48:36 AM     Post Reply
I began reading the entirety of the first section of the New York Times at nine years old, and continued that practice, more or less, for decades.(snip) ...the power of reverence, intrinsic to what I call the “cascade” of The Times: the near avalanche-like flow and distribution of information through electronic and print networks: through like-minded network newscasts, magazines, local newspaper s, blogs, daytime talk TV, late-night entertainment, statements at media award ceremonies, the celebrity Twitterverse, etc. The cascade rolls through Saturday Night Live, Jon Stewart, The New Yorker, the mouths of third-grade teachers, Elmo, Madonna and Susan Sarandon …through

In a Hole, Golf Considers
Digging a Wider One

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New York Times, by Bill Pennington    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/19/2014 10:48:33 AM     Post Reply
GREENSBORO, Ga. — Golf holes the size of pizzas. Soccer balls on the back nine. A mulligan on every hole. These are some of the measures — some would say gimmicks — that golf courses across the country have experimented with to stop people from quitting the game. Golf has always reveled in its standards and rich tradition. But increasingly a victim of its own image and hidebound ways, golf has lost five million players in the last decade, according to the National Golf Foundation, with 20 percent of the existing 25 million golfers apt to quit in the next few years. People under 35 have especially spurned the game, saying it takes too

´America´s royal baby´: How Chelsea´s first
child could give Hillary Clinton a boost in
the polls if she runs for president in 2016

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Daily Mail (U.K.), by Jessica Jerreat    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/19/2014 7:12:10 PM     Post Reply
For Hillary Clinton, having her own baby grandchild to kiss on the campaign trail, could be one of the biggest boosts to her possible presidential election campaign. Although the former Secretary of State and First Lady has not said if she will run in 2016, the arrival of her first grandchild will soften her image, analysts have said. While Chelsea only revealed her pregnancy on Thursday, supporters of her mother have already started cooing over a possible baby in the White House. With the Clintons having a near-royal status in the U.S., the announcement of a new arrival due this fall has sent

Obama: ´For me, Easter is a story of hope,
a belief in a better day to come´

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Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 4/19/2014 9:16:36 AM     Post Reply
Hi, everybody. For millions of Americans, this time of year holds great meaning. Earlier this week, we hosted a Passover Seder at the White House, and joined Jewish families around the world in their re-tellings of the story of the Exodus and the victory of faith over oppression. And this Sunday, Michelle, Malia, Sasha, and I will join our fellow Christians around the world in celebrating the Resurrection of Christ, the salvation he offered the world, and the hope that comes with the Easter season. These holy days have their roots in miracles that took place long ago. And yet, they still inspire us, guide us, and strengthen us today. They remind us of our

Harry Reid calls dissident Nevada ranchers
´domestic terrorists´ following show of
force against the federal government

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Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 4/19/2014 9:29:17 AM     Post Reply
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday that a family of dissident ranchers and their supporters in his home state of Nevada are ´domestic terrorists,´ citing this week´s standoff with the federal government´s Bureau of Land Management. Cliven Bundy has refused to pay grazing fees for land where his hundreds of cattle roam every day. The land is owned by the federal government, which says he owes more than $1 million. Bundy, however, insists that since his family has been using the land since the 1870s, Uncle Sam can´t collect the grazing fees. A tense standoff developed this week after

Pelosi assists in Holy Week
foot-washing ritual

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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.

Ted Cruz, Invoking Reagan,
Angers GOP Colleagues
but Wins Fans Elsewhere

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Wall Street Journal, by Monica Langley    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/19/2014 8:09:17 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON--Rushing to an afternoon vote last month, Sen. Ted Cruz hopped the underground tram to the U.S. Capitol from his office across the street. The Texan planted his black ostrich cowboy boots in the middle of the small subway car without getting so much as a nod from the other senators--Republican or Democrat--amiably chatting or huddled in their seats. Mr. Cruz finds himself standing alone a lot these days. His response to the cold shoulders: "The establishment despised Ronald Reagan" before he became president, "but the people loved him." For the 43-year-old Republican, the Reagan name illuminates his political life´s

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?

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