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Vulgarity invades entire culture;
few options for escape

Tribune Syndicate, by Jonah Goldberg

Original Article

Posted By:Write2Right, 12/28/2013 8:46:07 AM

Newspapers are among the last places in America that have close to zero tolerance for [expletive deleted]. I could give you a hint about what word is between the brackets, but I’d best not for fear of arousing the ire of the editing Comstocks. About twice a year, I quote a profanity from a public figure, using just the first letter of the word and then some bowdlerizing asterisks for the rest. No dice, my editor tells me. You’re writing for a family newspaper. There was a time when such standards were the norm at major media institutions in America.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Attila DiMedici, 12/28/2013 8:57:05 AM     (No. 9670655)

He did not mention A&E adding bleeps to "Duck Dynasty" even though the cast never says anything that needs to be bleeped. That sums up his point as much as anything else he wrote about, and his point is both a good one and an important one.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Lawsy0, 12/28/2013 9:03:31 AM     (No. 9670664)

On the day I met my college roommate for the first time and we escaped our parents, we whispered that we were firm believers in a ´´well-placed damn´´ and maybe a sip or two of whiskey from time to time. Said parents knew nothing of it all--we were so sure!

Ha. Ever raise a teenager? If so, you have nothing else to fear.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: WAN2, 12/28/2013 9:09:54 AM     (No. 9670671)

It is, perhaps, in the human DNA to become vulgar with freedom and prosperity.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: walcb, 12/28/2013 9:15:41 AM     (No. 9670677)

Seinfeld? Master of my domain and sandwich with sex come to mind. A little more than suggestive (but I loved the show).

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Reply 5 - Posted by: cgood, 12/28/2013 9:41:12 AM     (No. 9670718)

Thank you, Jonah. And while we´re at it, when did ´conservative´ sites become so supportive of vulgarity? Lucianne is a rare refuge these days from the cultural meltdown worming its way into everything else. The Daily Caller site is no longer worth viewing, so creepily obsessed are they with soft porn. Just this morning on Powerline, I noticed a string of girly ads after each post. Instapundit is using the f-word openly. Surely, I could go on and on. I used to think we are better than this, but masks are coming off all around us. Very sad.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 12/28/2013 9:45:21 AM     (No. 9670723)

Entertainment has always edged up as close as possible to the seedier side of human life experience. Our problem, as civilized people, is to try to preserve childhood innocence as long as possible. We fear that if children knew the "whole thing" they would become more vulnerable to those in society who exploit and even desire younger and younger "participants" in that part of human life. Today, such carnal knowledge is so readily available it should be considered all but impossible to keep even a semblance of innocence preserved. As soon as a child learns how to navigate the internet, the information is in front of them. As an adult, I find it difficult to keep my computer screen clean of such unsolicited filth.

Such vulgarity is reinforced regularly on public television (I have noticed Viagra and even condom ads on as early as 070 a.m.!)is a given. Exposure can no longer be denied.

The problem is exacerbated by the erosion of family units- working moms can not possibly supervise what information their children have access to.

What is the eventual outcome of such early age exposure? I think we will see as much harm as good- a zero sum balance. Yes, some will be harmed. While others develop a healthy knowledge base about such parts of life. It is the family unit that gives the true healthy ability to children on how to deal with such knowledge that is most important. And that is what is the most dangerous to kids- Healthy family units are being lost faster than innocence.


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Reply 7 - Posted by: BeatleJeff, 12/28/2013 9:50:57 AM     (No. 9670734)

Used to be that profanity was used to either shock or to drive home a point. Today profanity is a constant. It is neither shocking or persuasive. It is just gratuitous and pandering, as if the more you swear the cooler and hipper you seem to be. And it is so unnecessary. Look at the Beatles´ catalogue: the word damn is used only once (in the song "Piggies"). And that´s it for profanity from the Fab Four. Perhaps all the profanity today is cover for banal and clichéd lyrics from a bunch of no-talent performers, who neither shock or inform, they simply bore me.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Chuzzles, 12/28/2013 9:54:49 AM     (No. 9670736)

So many very good points touched on here by my fellow Ldotters.

#1, DD did say something that A&E did not like, they mentioned Jesus and the Bible. Liberals hate that as we well know.

I think part of the problem too is that some conservative sites are actually squishy moderates, who think it is ´unmannerly´ to stand up for morals and decency. They feel that we should abandon social conservative values for fiscal conservatism. When decent people decry immorality and try to stand up for people like Phil, mods run for their fainting couches.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: JoniTx, 12/28/2013 10:09:44 AM     (No. 9670760)

Thank you Jonah! It is a sad commentary on our times....hard for most of us to understand how it has come to this.

Amazing, but last night the Coast to Coast radio show (George Noory) had a guest host, Dr. Katherine Albrecht. Her guest was James O´Connor, and he discussed his book, Cuss Control: The Complete Book on How to Curb Your Cursing.

An interesting show, as is this article by Jonah. We need more of these discussions.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: bluehouse, 12/28/2013 10:15:17 AM     (No. 9670769)

Throughout history, most humans have been much closer to farming and livestock. Children saw early in their lives how and where babies came from and fairytale stories that told of magic deliveries were only for very young children.

The innocence lost by children today is something far more than knowing sex exists. We no longer value our bodies higher than toilets in most tv shows, songs, or movies. You are no longer a child of God, just a blob of orifices.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: kanphil, 12/28/2013 10:16:05 AM     (No. 9670770)

For my exhibit A, I offer the movie, "Wolf of Wall Street" starring Leonardo de Caprio. It is profane, vulgar and pornographic from the opening scene and throughout. It is one of the "hits" of the Christmas season.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Arby, 12/28/2013 10:30:12 AM     (No. 9670789)

OK, I´ll say it. Last night we watched Anchorman (I, not II). It was crude throughout and, almost without exception, not at all funny. What is the audience? Eleven year-olds who find a man who names his testicles funny? This was mostly ´naming of parts´ comedy without wit, wisdom or cleverness. Is this our new cultural touchstone? A few nights earlier I had dinner with a person of taste and intelligence. He told me that he does not watch any network television and has stopped going to the movies. So, in effect, have I. Our cultural level has sunk to an unimaginable low.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Eheu Fugaces, 12/28/2013 10:31:55 AM     (No. 9670792)

Let´s face it -- a lot of people under 50 would be completely mute unless they could use some form of the F-word or the S-word in every sentence. It´s a sign of being an intellectual cripple, rather than of being cool.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Cor-vet, 12/28/2013 10:37:17 AM     (No. 9670798)

I have (had) a habit of buying most of the animated films (cartoons) as they came out, for my grand children, which we enjoyed together. They are no longer ´G´ rated, but ´PG´ for parental guidance. Thanks Dreamworld, you´ve lost a customer!

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Reply 15 - Posted by: stealthy, 12/28/2013 10:45:12 AM     (No. 9670808)

AMEN

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Daylily, 12/28/2013 10:59:16 AM     (No. 9670826)

Jonah, thank you for writing of an issue that bothers so many of us. The vulgar language and behavior of today is hard to believe; the really disturbing thing is that when people, especially young ones, hear this garbage so often they start to believe that it is normal and ok. How low can the moral, ethical and cultural decay of our country go - we´re on a bad track, but I have to believe that there will be a turnaround at some point.

Just to show where I´m coming from, when young if I even said ´shut up´ to my sibling, that led to big time trouble!

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Reply 17 - Posted by: clw54, 12/28/2013 11:02:24 AM     (No. 9670829)

I´ve gone the opposite direction. I used to cuss when I was younger, but seldom do anymore. Looking back, it seems immature.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: MirJoy, 12/28/2013 11:02:55 AM     (No. 9670830)

It´s easy to compare this to that when it comes to the whole Duck Dynasty fiasco, but how come there was no big hoop and holler from all those who took fake umbrage at Phil (I even read that Rove and Dana Perino were tsk tsking on Fox), and yet I didn´t hear any big outcry, or even a whimper, when OBAMACARE came out with the -- 1-800 **** You -- phone number? When you read how Pajama Boy thinks (next article), you figure that a bunch of kids are setting standards of what is and isn´t allowed nowadays.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: planetgeo, 12/28/2013 11:16:07 AM     (No. 9670843)

Something big is approaching. We all know it. We can feel it. Like the thousands of temblors before the eruption. No need to guess what it will be or exactly when it will hit, but it´s coming. Whatever it is.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: maryc, 12/28/2013 11:38:54 AM     (No. 9670871)

Pervasive ignorance. Neglected children from homes where no one is there to care for them. The education in public schools is over. How many children do you think know how to write a simple letter in English ? They can text in a vulgar abbreviated way that in no way resembles English , much less proper grammar. Even the newscasters have atrocious vocabularies. The folks on Duck Dynasty have much more extensive and proper vocabularies than any other reality show. Yet another reason to hate them. Most children in urban schools have had standards lowered to such an extent that the diploma they receive is more of a participation award . I´d be willing to bet that a full 1/3 of graduating seniors cannot read, write or add at what would have once been considered a 7th grade level. The more ignorant the populace, the easier it is to corrupt and use them. Thank you to the left.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: ruready?, 12/28/2013 11:49:49 AM     (No. 9670878)

Thank, Jonah. You must have a great mom!

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Reply 22 - Posted by: gerty, 12/28/2013 12:21:45 PM     (No. 9670925)

It would seem as though we have learned nothing from Sodom and Gamorrah!

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Reply 23 - Posted by: sadc, 12/28/2013 12:43:47 PM     (No. 9670950)

Remember the Smurfs cartoons? They used smurf as every form of every part of speech. They "smurfed on down, had a smurfy day" and it was idiotic but for children. Now,the F-bomb is the new smurf in some circles. It is just as idiotic and childish, and, as has been said above, shows a lack of vocabulary and laziness. Thank you, Jonah, for reminding us that we should speak up and exactly why.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Butch59, 12/28/2013 12:46:01 PM     (No. 9670953)

As #20 has pointed out, the use of profanity in regular speech points out the lack of a command of the English language. I can recall in my school years just how intensive the study of English was. But, sadly, now we have teachers that don´t know proper English and don´t know how to teach it. It all related to the crumbling of the American culture.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: bluefindad, 12/28/2013 12:46:44 PM     (No. 9670958)

Raising children involves the long and arduous task of ´civilizing´ them. We teach them table manners, how to address others, ´please´ and ´thank you´, and especially the mechanics of civil discourse - what is appropriate to say or do considering circumstances. This process results in a population that is able to communicate and resolve problems in a peaceful, civil fashion.

The rise of vulgarity as the means of communication undermines civility and will inevitably result in the degradation of civil communication, resulting in an increase in miscommunication - and interpretations that increasingly yield the basal form "You´re dis-respecting me!". Ultimately, pecking orders will be established wherein the offender must lie on their back and present their belly so they will not be attacked...

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Motorcycleboy, 12/28/2013 1:10:56 PM     (No. 9670977)

Nothing else tops the vulgarity of Anderson Cooper at CNN recently talking about a type of oral sex that starts with a "c", and being so comfortable with the topic on his show he went on to recount his mother having it performed on her by a boyfriend. She was 85 at the time.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: KarenJ1, 12/28/2013 1:11:20 PM     (No. 9670978)

Bravo Jonah! He sure is correct in the fact that the new taboo is decency. Even what is now deemed as the least offensive I have heard on Fox News. I am referring to someone being p****ed off. It just shocks me when I hear it even on that station. The boundaries continue to be pushed. There is a culinary show I also enjoy and that is "Chopped" on Foodnetwork. The same statement that Jonah made about "Top Chef" could be applied to Chopped. Those at the network should tell the contestants they are not allowed to swear or they will not be permitted on TV. Period! The bleeps make no difference whatsoever!

No. 16 the words "shut up" were also off limits in our household! Amazing. When I was 8 or 9 I remember a time when I committed a minor transgression (I know it was minor because nothing said in this day and age was even in my world purview) and the chosen punishment was the dreaded mouth being washed out with soap. To this day I can still remember what Camay soap tastes like! Yuck!

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Reply 28 - Posted by: JimBob, 12/28/2013 1:40:36 PM     (No. 9670996)



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Reply 29 - Posted by: JimJr, 12/28/2013 1:42:32 PM     (No. 9670997)

The gratuitous use of profanity is the sign of an underdeveloped vocabulary.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: JimBob, 12/28/2013 1:47:25 PM     (No. 9671005)

A few days ago, the thought popped into my head that many of the ´pop´ music/´pop´ video performers are not ´artists´, they are ´vulgarists´. I do not know if this is a word. If it is not, then perhaps it should be introduced, as I think it more properly describes performers such as Miley Cyrus, Stefani Germanotti (L.Gaga), etc.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: absalom, 12/28/2013 2:00:11 PM     (No. 9671019)

#19. Two tales from history.
*Before Krakatoa erupted in 1883, sailors reported that all sea life around Java had disappeared.
*As the run up to the Reign of Terror approached; the coarsening of French culture accelerated and hardened violently.
Perhaps you are a clairvoyant!

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Reply 32 - Posted by: Lalo, 12/28/2013 2:00:27 PM     (No. 9671020)

Funny how things are just in the air sometimes. Last night I was inwardly bemoaning this very thing. One of the worse things is the pervasive b**** and h* - no respect for women. And girls like the silly and unfortunately ubiquitous Ms. Cyrus aren´t very helpful in that regard either.

I´m glad this was posted though - inspires me to wipe out the vulgarity seep in my own vocab, my old school friend´s "One s***´s worth a thousand d***s" notwithstanding!

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Reply 33 - Posted by: JHHolliday, 12/28/2013 2:11:19 PM     (No. 9671029)

I have been trying the last few years to clean up my own mouth. If you post on other sites, it stands out that the left commonly uses foul language. For this reason only it´s worth it to keep your own posts free of obscenity. It makes quite a contrast between the foul-mouthed left and polite posts from the right.

Disagree with a lefty and you will get several hate-filled and obscene replies calling you all sorts of vile names. Conservative should hold the moral high ground and be above that.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: trapper, 12/28/2013 2:19:53 PM     (No. 9671037)

In The Back Page of the January 2014 issue of First Things, David Bentley Hart makes the point that "It was in July of 2014 that European civilization entered its final death throes..." He goes on to state that "Since then, the great moral mission of Western European society has been to arrange the debris in as attractive a style as possible."

If 100 years later the beginning of the end of European civilization is traceable to the commencement of The Great War, I wonder what will be identified as the moment the Great American Experiment passed the point of no return. Some of us have still not given up hope, but it does get discouraging.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: Chuzzles, 12/28/2013 2:20:51 PM     (No. 9671038)

An FYI for #21 and all the newbies here, Jonah Goldberg is the son of our esteemed hostess, Lucianne.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: coyote, 12/28/2013 3:07:04 PM     (No. 9671067)

Erectile dysfunction ads are inappropriate for some shows, but what is really obscene is commercial life spans-probably about 8 months. They figure by the time you have viewed the same commercial 124 times, you will think of no other product should you consider becoming a customer. Usually, they are right.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: belwhatter, 12/28/2013 3:24:10 PM     (No. 9671078)

Being an ´old school´ sort, nothing teases the mind so well as a bedroom scene which the viewer is left to imagine as the door closes and the screen goes dark - followed by sun up and birds chirping and breakfast a deux.
A pet peeve is the overwhelming and inappropriate use of the word like. It no longer is a term of comparison or preference; it is nowadays merely a filler for the inarticulate gabbler.
Present day culture is coarse, bit the pendulum will swing back - it always does.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: thelmalou, 12/28/2013 3:52:27 PM     (No. 9671104)

If anything, the new taboo is decency.

Well said, nep. :despairingsigh:


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Reply 39 - Posted by: texaspast, 12/28/2013 6:15:08 PM     (No. 9671187)

At one time it was understood that one of the necessary roles women filled in society was to perpetuate civilization and tame or at least suppress the natural crudity and slothfulness of men. Now that women want to be like men, including being equally as crude, civilization is taking a nosedive. Men have always been crude and somewhat profane (the two are not the same) when it is a ´men only´ group, but now women have allowed them to bring it into ´polite´ society - and the women are reveling in the crudity and profanity themselves.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: smidgen, 12/28/2013 10:12:31 PM     (No. 9671317)

I was recently on a cruise and the lack of civility was amazing. I am not sure which was worse---language or behavior. Not a young adult in sight....all 40 +!

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Reply 41 - Posted by: anonymous, 12/28/2013 11:05:27 PM     (No. 9671346)

Vulgarity has always been around but the internet has made it de rigueur. Anybody can access obscene language and explicit sex on the internet with very little effort.

Moreover, boundaries have been blurred. Women particularly lack boundaries, especially in their dress sense. A cocktail function is not the place to go dressed as if you´re going to the beach, girls. Interestingly, men have retained a modicum of decency and a sense of boundaries in their dress sense.

This all points to an interesting notion: by encouraging women to sell themselves to men, liberal doctrine has turned women into extreme sellers. Extreme selling brings with it a lack of morals because you will do anything for a sale.

Overall, it was the aim of liberalism to bring the culture down. The lower you go, the harder it is to get back up. Lower then seems comfortable; it´s less of an effort to stay there than it is to climb your way out of it.

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Reply 42 - Posted by: StuartL, 12/29/2013 6:36:26 AM     (No. 9671444)

#35 – I suspect poster #21 is very well aware of who Jonah’s mother is – and, typing with a smile, was paying them both a subtle compliment. :-)

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WASHINGTON — President Obama plans to sign an executive order requiring that janitors, construction workers and others working for federal contractors be paid at least $10.10 an hour, using his own power to enact a more limited version of a policy that he has yet to push through Congress. The order, which Mr. Obama will highlight in his annual State of the Union address on Tuesday night, is meant to underscore an increasing willingness by the president to bypass Congress if lawmakers continue to resist his agenda, aides said. After a year in which most of his legislative priorities went nowhere,

Usher, Scooter Braun fly to Panama for
‘sit down’ with Justin Bieber after
singer´s arrest
New York Daily News, by CHIDERAH MONDE    Original Article
Posted By: Write2Right- 1/26/2014 2:09:38 PM     Post Reply
Justin Bieber´s Panamanian getaway appears to be the perfect setting for an intervention.Usher, who discovered the 19-year-old pop star in 2009, has reportedly flown down to Nitro City, a resort in Punta Chame, Panama, to be with his prodigy. He was joined by Bieber´s manager Scooter Braun and childhood friend Ryan Butler, TMZ reports.Several excited "Beliebers" tweeted sightings of the singer´s "original crew" in Panama, which apparently refers to the people who surrounded the pop star in the beginnings of his career.Before his arrest Thursday, rumors that Bieber´s drinking and drug abuse had gotten out of control began to surface

Mystery woman jumps to her death from roof
of Beverly Hills plastic surgery clinic to the
stars where she had undergone a facelift*
Daily Mail (UK), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Write2Right- 1/26/2014 1:50:19 PM     Post Reply
A 53-year-old woman jumped to her death Wednesday in Beverly Hills after undergoing a facelift at the office of Hollywood´s most exclusive plastic surgeon. The unidentified woman was reportedly a patient of Dr Brian Novack, considered one of the best - and most expensive - doctors specializing in keeping Hollywood A-listers looking eternally young. The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Novack´s tragic mystery patient had been staying overnight under supervision at his sleek clinic on North Camden Drive in Beverly Hills following a facelift procedure. According to the celebrity news site, the woman - described as blonde and

Boom: AP Confirms Hoboken´s Share of
Sandy Aid ´On Par´ With Other Cities
Townhall, by Guy Benson    Original Article
Posted By: Write2Right- 1/26/2014 1:09:35 PM     Post Reply
One week ago today, we covered in detail serious allegations from the Democratic Mayor of Hoboken, New Jersey against Chris Christie´s administration. Dawn Zimmer claimed that two high-ranking Christie officials -- including the Lieutenant Governor -- told her that aid for her city´s recovery from the storm was contingent on her approval of a building development deal favored by the governor. I discussed several curious elements of this accusation at the time, noting the Mayor´s unqualified praise of Christie several months after this alleged shakedown attempt took place, and citing a local reporter to whom Zimmer had floated a different



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Brit Hume: Obama, Holder
‘Benefited Enormously’ From
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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

Why The Feds Chickened Out
On A Nevada Ranch

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Townhall, by Kevin McCullough    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 4/13/2014 11:55:18 AM     Post Reply
Let me obliterate a bit of confusion here: the Obama administration attempted to go to war with a rancher in Nevada. Let me amplify a little bit of truth: They tucked tail and have returned home. And let me add a bit of clarity: they had no choice! As the nation began to become familiar with the plight of the family of Cliven Bundy, many of us harkened back to another standoff in which the Federal government attempted to bully it´s outcome: Waco, Texas and the Branch Davidian massacre. It is telling that in the Nevada case the feds pulled out so

Why Hillary v. Jeb Would
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Daily Beast, by Mark McKinnon    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/13/2014 6:11:32 PM     Post Reply
They’re both qualified, respectful of each other (shocker!), and represent the vast majority of middle America. So what’s not to like about another Clinton/Bush race for 2016? When you mention the prospect of Clinton vs. Bush 2016 a funny thing happens. First, there is the reflexive response: "Oh no, not again. We don´t need more dynastic politics in this country." But upon further reflection, you realize Jeb Bush vs. Hillary Clinton would be a great race and actually good for the country. Let´s review. QUALIFICATIONS—THEY’VE BOTH GOT THEM. Barack Obama won the presidency because in an election where the premium was on change, it mattered little

The world must shift to solar and wind
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Daily Mail (U.K.), by Ben Spencer    Original Article
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A rapid shift to wind and solar power is needed if the world is to avoid catastrophic global warming, the United Nations warns in a crucial report today. Emissions of greenhouse gases need to be cut by up to 70 per cent before 2050 to control climate change, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says. ‘Large-scale changes in energy systems’ are required, with coal power stations to be switched off and replaced by wind and solar. And the transformation needs to be made in the next 15 years or controlling climate change will become increasingly harder and more expensive. The report was published

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

Nevada GOP removes social issues from platform,
moves ahead with pre-primary endorsements

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Associated Press, by Sandra Chereb    Original Article
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LAS VEGAS — The Nevada Republican Party stripped opposition to abortion and gay marriage from its platform Saturday as state convention delegates instead focused on judging fellow Republicans on their worthiness to serve in office and adherence to GOP values. The platform, with few changes, was adopted overwhelmingly as the Las Vegas convention stretched late into the evening. The vote mirrors that of the Clark County GOP, which voted earlier to remove platform language defining marriage as between a man and a woman and statements opposing abortion. Many Republicans are re-evaluating their strong stances on conservative social issues as public

Goodbye tea party, hello big tent
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Washington Post, by Jennifer Rubin    Original Article
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Say what you will about Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), but they know a train wreck when they see it. They also know when to separate themselves from the cranks and the losers on the right. Although both supported the shutdown and were heartily supported by tea party groups in their own Senate races, neither one has endorsed Matt Bevin in Kentucky, Milton Wolf in Kansas or Chris McDaniel in Mississippi. In fact, Cruz’s office confirms he hasn’t endorsed anyone in the primaries. He may weigh in after the primaries. Rand Paul has endorsed two very establishment

Video: Flash mob of women steal
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New York Daily News, by Staff    Original Article
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A brazen flash mob has been caught on camera storming a California store and making off with $20,000 worth of sunglasses. Surveillance footage shows eight women piling into a Sunglass Hut and crowding around display cases. Shielding workers from what they´re doing, they quickly stuff dozens of fashion specs into their bags. A store clerk pleads with them to stop, before running out of the shot to get help and dial 911. The thieves then all bolt outside and escape in a waiting SUV. The incident occurred at the Valencia Town Center mall, in Santa Clarita, at 3 p.m. on

Developing: Russian fighter jet buzzes
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Associated Press, by Lolita C. Baldor    Original Article
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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

Democrat Center Folds
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American Thinker, by Clarice Feldman    Original Article
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It’s hardly been a secret that in recent years the moderate center of the Democrat party has been driven away and what remains is a conglomeration of disparate blocs which, to date, the party has been able to treat as if there were no conflicting interests between them. As the midterm elections approach and the administration’s incompetence, along with the distaste for the president’s signature ObamaCare legislation, drive the party’s chances down further, the make-believe coalition of opposites may well crumble if the opposition doesn’t blow it. Democrats hope to retain control of the Senate and recapture the House by driving

You´re in denial if
you think Steve Israel is
wrong about GOP racism

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Daily Beast, by Michael Tomasky    Original Article
Posted By: Fiesta del sol- 4/14/2014 6:09:58 AM     Post Reply
Some time back, whenever a big racial controversy erupted, I trained myself into the habit of reading about it at FoxNews.com, just for the unbelievable comment threads. Let’s put it this way: If my friends and I went out to a bar and started playing a “let’s write the racist FoxNews.com comment thread” drinking game, our efforts couldn’t begin to approach what I read there.I wasn’t alone. Liberal websites started feasting on these threads. And so, a couple of years ago, Ailes & Co. got wise. Stories about race were, at least in my disheartened experience, closed to comments.

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


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