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A Fork? De Blasio’s Way of
Eating Pizza Is Mocked

New York Times, by MICHAEL M. GRYNBAUM

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Posted By:FlyRight, 1/11/2014 7:11:53 AM

The pizza arrived, steaming and delectable, a smoked-mozzarella-and-sausage pie presented to Mayor Bill de Blasio like a gilded offering to a visiting caliph. The mayor, on a pilgrimage on Friday to Goodfellas, a venerable Staten Island pizzeria, smiled, nodded at his slice and then proceeded to do the unthinkable: eat it with a knife and fork. Cue the foodie firestorm. “Disaster,” declared a writer at New York magazine, citing the longstanding city protocol of devouring pizza, no matter how greasy, with the hands, and the hands only. One website called it Mr. de Blasio’s first mistake as mayor.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: EuroTim, 1/11/2014 7:29:20 AM     (No. 9687830)

Maybe he doesn´t like to burn the roof of his mouth.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: GringoinQuito, 1/11/2014 7:39:08 AM     (No. 9687839)

What does he know, he´s a Bostonian.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Udanja99, 1/11/2014 7:46:57 AM     (No. 9687845)

Kinda like Kerry wanting Dijon or whatever it was on his Philly cheesesteak.

I once watched a NE liberal eat " peel and eat " boiled shrimp and crawdads with a knife and fork, even using the utensils to do the peeling. Having grown up in NW Florida, it was hilarious to me.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: CGP, 1/11/2014 7:48:57 AM     (No. 9687848)

Hey, those people elected him. Didn´t they have enough sense to find out how he eats pizza before they jumped on his bandwagon Looks like they´re stuck with a fork-user.

Who knows what other bizarre beliefs and practices he has...?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Hugh Akston, 1/11/2014 7:51:27 AM     (No. 9687851)

So you let it cool off a little first. I will admit to being ´shocked´ the first time I saw someone eating pizza with a fork. It was like being asked if I wanted mustard or mayo on my sub, which also was a culture shock as I ventured forth below the Mason-Dixon line over 4 decades ago. Now I wouldn´t go back above said line...but still don´t use a fork for pizza. For a New Yawk City mayor I can see why this is a BIG cultural faux pas, a signal that you are not ´one of us´, kinda like someone else we know who is not culturally an American.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Hugh Akston, 1/11/2014 8:01:52 AM     (No. 9687866)

@ #3 - Did Kerry really do that? Philly cheesesteaks were their own section of the food pyramid where I grew up. And how do you eat shrimp with a knife and fork? By the time you eat 3 everyone else has had at least 1/2 pound and they are almost all gone. LOL.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Laurie, 1/11/2014 8:01:55 AM     (No. 9687867)

Girly man.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: NancyD, 1/11/2014 8:06:33 AM     (No. 9687876)

#5, if you don´t put mayo or mustard on a sub, what goes on it? That is normal standard here, unless of course you have a pizza sub and that is marinara.

Just curious. Ha!

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Mobyclik, 1/11/2014 8:10:25 AM     (No. 9687882)

Another top-drawer story that the simple-minded media can sink their teeth into. Traffic cones, anyone?

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Reply 10 - Posted by: FunOne, 1/11/2014 8:15:47 AM     (No. 9687888)

Yes, #9. We have evidence of some hard-hitting news reporting here from the New York Times.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Hugh Akston, 1/11/2014 8:18:54 AM     (No. 9687892)

#8 - Oil and vinegar, a little Italian seasoning. Basic yellow mustard...no comment. LOL

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Reply 12 - Posted by: uno, 1/11/2014 8:23:39 AM     (No. 9687899)

Hey I don´t really care what this commie eats or how he eats it. He´s been installed to ensure that all of New York City votes democRat in 2016. Don´t like how he forks a pizza? Just wait until he forks the whole city!

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Reply 13 - Posted by: OkieTom, 1/11/2014 8:32:52 AM     (No. 9687909)

# 12 is sopt on! Who cares how the Commie eats pizza; it´s his ideology that that should be mocked to high heaven!!

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Reply 14 - Posted by: grampus, 1/11/2014 8:33:07 AM     (No. 9687910)

Never had heard of a sub or anything like it when I joined the Navy in ´51. While in sub school (how appropriate) in New London, however, I was introduced to "grinders" whose ethnic origin was indicated by the descriptive adjective preceding the word grinder. Later in life, I ate lots of po-boy sandwiches in NOLA and lots of subs elsewhere. Best were the grinders with oil and vinegar.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: pineledger, 1/11/2014 8:37:05 AM     (No. 9687919)

Totally predictable from the man who marries an ex-lesbian.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: rustycfc, 1/11/2014 8:44:32 AM     (No. 9687927)

maybe he forgot to wash his hands.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Balogreene, 1/11/2014 8:51:17 AM     (No. 9687940)

#1, you don´t burn the roof of your mouth, because you fold it, before you eat it.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: uno, 1/11/2014 8:54:50 AM     (No. 9687946)

#17 - That´s a mechanical concept too complicated for a communist...

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Reply 19 - Posted by: catfur27, 1/11/2014 8:59:15 AM     (No. 9687954)

...maybe , like George Costanza( on the classic Seinfeld episode) , he saw Mr. Pitt..who cut up his Snickers Bar and ate it with a fork...and decided to ape him too.???

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Reply 20 - Posted by: PAdiva, 1/11/2014 9:04:52 AM     (No. 9687964)

Unless the pizza is small, I use a fork and knife to cut the pizza. I´ve burnt my mouth too many times.
The photo makes it look like he is eating off the pizza pan.
Do you think he will make an edit that everyone must use a fork and knife to eat pizza?

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Reply 21 - Posted by: jglas, 1/11/2014 9:09:31 AM     (No. 9687969)

Maybe he´s pulling a Seinfeld. In one episode Elaine is working as a helper for a distinguished old gentleman and she observes him eating a candy bar with a knife and fork. So she tries it in front of George and Cramer. They both pick up on it and pretty soon everyone is eating their candy bars with a knife and fork.

If DeBlazio is leading by example his next step should be to give all of his income except for a basic living allowance back to the city so they can use it to make sure nobody is left behind.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: peterfleming, 1/11/2014 9:10:04 AM     (No. 9687970)

Why is this trash posted ?

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Reply 23 - Posted by: ida Lou Pino, 1/11/2014 9:10:43 AM     (No. 9687971)

As much as I despise De Blasio - - the knife-and-fork method is the way pizza is consumed in Italy,

Wolfing down pizza "a mano" is a strictly American tradition begun where all great American traditions originate - - in that shining city on a hill, Brooklyn, USA.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Me_Opinionated_Nah, 1/11/2014 9:32:20 AM     (No. 9688008)

Slow news day.



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Reply 25 - Posted by: maryc, 1/11/2014 9:33:42 AM     (No. 9688009)

just another example of the wussification of America. bet he eats quiche too.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Anner40, 1/11/2014 9:35:59 AM     (No. 9688012)

Dentures maybe? They make it hard to bite...

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Reply 27 - Posted by: goose, 1/11/2014 9:45:02 AM     (No. 9688015)

Back in the 1950s, MAD magazine did a piece on how the various methods to eat pizza. Da Mayor probably didn´t read it.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: Eheu Fugaces, 1/11/2014 9:45:50 AM     (No. 9688018)

The website called it De Blasio´s first mistake as mayor? What about all the poor carriage horses he´s trying to send to the petfood cannery?

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Reply 29 - Posted by: Delilah, 1/11/2014 10:05:14 AM     (No. 9688052)

I once watched a friend eat a donut with a knife and fork. She didn´t want to get her fingers messy. Needless to say she was obsessive compulsive about her appearance.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: mitzi, 1/11/2014 10:05:15 AM     (No. 9688053)

#4 - Staten Island tends to vote Republican. From the Staten Island Advance, 11/6/2013:

Joe Lhota may have lost the mayoral election decisively, but he can hang his hat on winning Staten Island. The Republican captured our borough with 53 percent.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: Salt5792, 1/11/2014 10:09:57 AM     (No. 9688061)

I use a knife and fork if the pizza is hot right out of the oven. When it cools sufficiently, then eating by hand is more convenient. Just makes sense.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: terry_tr6, 1/11/2014 10:23:50 AM     (No. 9688083)

Was going to click on the article but just in time, saw it was NY Times article

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Reply 33 - Posted by: happywarrior, 1/11/2014 10:30:19 AM     (No. 9688095)

Was the girlyman sipping a glass of red wine between cuts?

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Reply 34 - Posted by: F15 Gork, 1/11/2014 10:31:18 AM     (No. 9688098)

Hey New Yorkers! Wake up! This is the guy who is about to "Drink your Milkshake"!!

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Reply 35 - Posted by: franq, 1/11/2014 10:40:34 AM     (No. 9688110)

Everyone knows the correct way is to roll it into a ball an consume it in one piece.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: Moritz55, 1/11/2014 10:54:55 AM     (No. 9688138)

How he eats pizza is the least of New York´s problems.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: lil dotty, 1/11/2014 11:10:59 AM     (No. 9688155)

Seinfeld? Snickers, knife and fork? And we call him "Mr. Pitt"


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Reply 38 - Posted by: NotaBene, 1/11/2014 11:26:00 AM     (No. 9688173)

I always eat pizza with a fork and knife. Actually we called for pizza last night and that is what we did. It is very messy eating it with your hands, even if you fold it.

Must be our Italian roots.


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Reply 39 - Posted by: paral04, 1/11/2014 11:49:07 AM     (No. 9688203)

Really? With our young people being slaughtered in the middle east and no mention in your publication, we have this nonsense in the papers? Throw in the towel, NYT you are no longer worthy of being printed much less read.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: woofwoofwoof, 1/11/2014 12:00:30 PM     (No. 9688222)

He´s going to fork everyone in New York City.

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Reply 41 - Posted by: enemyofthestate, 1/11/2014 12:39:55 PM     (No. 9688278)

He strikes me as the crude type. I´m surprised he knows how to use a knife and fork.

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Reply 42 - Posted by: mitzi, 1/11/2014 1:14:33 PM     (No. 9688325)

There´s a whole routine/technique that you have to practice to be able to hold and eat a piping hot, messy, saucy, oily slice w/o the hot oil and sauce running down your arm, and the cheese burning the roof of your mouth.



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Reply 43 - Posted by: joew9, 1/11/2014 1:29:25 PM     (No. 9688339)

I use a fork but then again I put on an enormous amount of red pepper flakes and slather every bite with HV Ranch Dressing.

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Reply 44 - Posted by: Udanja99, 1/11/2014 1:33:04 PM     (No. 9688346)

#23, Europeans eat EVERYTHING with a knife and fork. I went to Burger King in Frankfurt, Germany once and everyone was eating Whoppers with a knife and fork.

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Reply 45 - Posted by: franq, 1/11/2014 1:42:34 PM     (No. 9688352)

Fourth time on this thread and #22 still make me break out laughing...

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Reply 46 - Posted by: strike3, 1/11/2014 4:39:55 PM     (No. 9688527)

They elected him. Now it´s taken them two weeks to not take him seriously. It´s going to be a loooooong term Mr. Mayor.

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Reply 47 - Posted by: BigGeorgeTX, 1/11/2014 5:33:05 PM     (No. 9688561)

He´s probably one of those who puts ranch dressing on a gyro.

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Reply 48 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 1/11/2014 5:58:55 PM     (No. 9688581)

New Yorkers eat pizza by folding the slice in half. In the good old days, pizza was often sold through a store window on the street. You paid 15 cents for a slice, folded it in half, and ate it while you window shopped.

De Blasio is obviously not a real New Yorker.

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Reply 49 - Posted by: Keekng, 1/11/2014 7:23:13 PM     (No. 9688647)

#15; Is there such a thing as an "Ex-lesbian"? I thought it was biological, not a choice......

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Reply 50 - Posted by: Hazymac, 1/11/2014 7:34:56 PM     (No. 9688656)

General Jack D. Ripper: "That´s the way your hardcore Commie works." And while he fastidiously consumes his pizza with a knife and fork, De Blasio probably drinks only vodka (or rainwater) to maintain the purity of his precious bodily fluids.

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Reply 51 - Posted by: Japanorama, 1/11/2014 9:19:07 PM     (No. 9688748)

Forkin´ commie.

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Reply 52 - Posted by: Bohallx, 1/11/2014 10:19:55 PM     (No. 9688794)

A regular old wheat flour based pizza is easily wrapped around so you can avoid getting burned by the boiling hot jalapeno or scotchbonnet peppers floating up on the surface of the still liquid cheeses (at least 3 kinds)

Unfortunately, if you have to make all of them ´home made´ using the best possible gluten free dough mix, that crust will be brittle so watch it.

You´ll have two choices ~ carefully cut it into small pieces, or carefully cut it into larger pieces and eat them from a spatula so it doesn´t shatter all over the place.

But knife and fork?

You can´t eat a gluten free pizza with a fork and knife!



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Reply 53 - Posted by: Bohallx, 1/11/2014 10:24:44 PM     (No. 9688796)

#43 ~ everything you can make with a pita bread you can make with white corn tortillas, preferably the 1/4 inch thick Salvadoran style.

You can even make it taste like ordinary wheat bread by sprinkling those pepper flakes/seeds over the tortilla.

Which leads me to the thought that the original mustache petes who opened up those first American pizza joints undoubtedly used those pepper flakes to hide the fact they were using far less expensive corn meal in place of the more expensive wheat flour!

I think the Mexicans are up to the same trick but they overdid it. Recently a day care center in suburban DC saw several of its employees busted and hauled to court for TORTURING the chillun´ with red hot pepper potato chips!

My grand daughter is so jealous of those children ~ all that pepper gone to waste. She loves peppers.

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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

Barack Obama and the politics of lies
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Washington Examiner [DC], by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/20/2014 5:45:25 AM     Post Reply
That was quite a victory dance President Obama did Thursday while claiming Obamacare is “working” because eight million people have now supposedly signed up for the health care program. He even indulged in some less-than-subtle mockery of Republicans - and by extension the majority of Americans who have disapproved of Obamacare since before it became law. "The repeal debate is and should be over,” Obama said, taking a dig at Republicans who are “going through, you know, the stages of grief … anger and denial and all that stuff …” But a president who is viewed by most Americans as less

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

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

White House asks American parents to
monitor their children for signs of terrorism

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Daily Caller, by Eric Owens    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/19/2014 5:50:04 PM     Post Reply
In a speech earlier this week, Lisa O. Monaco, President Barack Obama’s assistant for homeland security and counterterrorism, insisted that American parents must be vigilant because their “confrontational” children could be on the verge of becoming terrorists. Monaco’s full, prepared text is available here. She presented the speech, entitled “Countering Violent Extremism and the Power of Community,” at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government on April 15. Monaco began her remarks by eloquently describing the lives tragically lost last year during the Boston Marathon bombings. Interestingly, the Harvard grad failed to mention the religion or the motive of brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan

Ann Coulter takes up ‘Mitt
Romney for President’ chant again

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Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/18/2014 7:03:28 PM     Post Reply
Conservative columnist Ann Coulter — who used her talk show platform in the last presidential election cycle to campaign hard for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney — has taken up the mantra once again, calling on Republicans to give the failed White House bidder another shot in 2016. She made the suggestion during a discussion on Sean Hannity’s radio show while speaking of her new book, “Never Trust a Liberal Over 3-Especially a Republican.” Ms. Coulter also addressed the question of Mr. Romney’s shortcomings by saying that his 2012 loss wasn’t entirely his fault. “I think too much blame, not only in this

You lie! Reporters accuse Obama
of deception, demagoguery just
to get attention

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Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/18/2014 9:28:24 PM     Post Reply
Prominent Washington correspondents are accusing President Obama and his aides of knowingly stretching the truth on issues like the so-called women´s pay gap just to create controversy and keep issues -- and the president -- relevant. Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus kicked off the attack last week when she blasted as “demagoguery” the administration´s tactics during the pay gap debate. “The level of hyperbole -- actually, of demagoguery -- that Democrats have engaged in here is revolting,” she wrote. CBS White House Correspondent Major Garrett then weighed in this week in his National Journal

Clintons celebrate Chelsea’s
pregnancy announcement

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New York Post, by Stephanie Smith    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/19/2014 8:32:52 AM     Post Reply
The Clintons had a busy night of celebrations after Chelsea announced she and husband Marc Mezvinsky are expecting a baby. Bill joined “House of Cards” star Kevin Spacey at the Revlon Rainforest Fund Benefit Concert at Carnegie Hall Thursday, joking of Spacey’s Machiavellian character, “When I was president people accused me of murder all the time, made a show of investigating. Spacey’s president for 15 minutes and he gets away with murder.” Spacey, who sang during the event with Sting, Stephen Stills and James Taylor, also showed off his Johnny Carson impression, taking a swipe at the coverage of Flight

Harry Reid Doubles Down on Bundy
Ranch: ´If They´re Patriots, We´re
in Big Trouble´

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Breitbart Big Government, by Kerry Picket    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/18/2014 9:39:40 PM     Post Reply
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Friday stood by his statement regarding embattled Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, saying on KSNV’s What’s Your Point?, “If anyone thinks by any figment of their imagination that what happened up there last week was just people rallying to somebody that was oppressed, 600 people came in armed. They had practiced. They had maneuvered.” Reid continued, “They knew what they were doing. They set up snipers in strategic locations with sniper rifles. They had assault weapons. They had automatic weapons. And they boasted about the fact that they put women and children, in fact one


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