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Black dogs are last to
picked at shelters because
of the color of their fur

Daily Mail [UK], by Staff

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Posted By:Ribicon, 1/14/2014 10:41:03 AM

Black dogs don´t get as adopted as easily as others animals of other colors. The reason is largely because of some common misconceptions about them. Black dogs are mischaracterized as mean and potentially violent and according to NBC News. Black Dog Syndrome is a phenomenon in which dogs with black fur often go unadopted because of misinformed stereotypes. Black dogs are are euthanized at a much higher rate than dogs with different complexions. Many owners of black dogs say they are sweet, lovable, but also unwanted. The chances of being adopted are poor if you´re a black dog.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: abuela10, 1/14/2014 10:45:49 AM     (No. 9691468)

Baloney. We have adopted a black rottweiler and a black lab. Both were beautiful and desired dogs

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Reply 2 - Posted by: kanphil, 1/14/2014 10:46:36 AM     (No. 9691470)

My family has owned a long line of black Labs. We loved them all.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: StormCnter, 1/14/2014 10:56:27 AM     (No. 9691482)

Our late, much-loved Chow/mix, Jolie, was adopted from the Arlington shelter at the age of three months. She was solid black and a treasure.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: CaptainLibra, 1/14/2014 10:57:01 AM     (No. 9691484)

Black greyhounds are often the first to be picked at our rescue kennel. So sharp looking!

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Reply 5 - Posted by: dallasdude, 1/14/2014 10:57:51 AM     (No. 9691485)

What a load of black crapolla.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Quigley, 1/14/2014 11:01:40 AM     (No. 9691496)

Arrest every dog owner who doesn´t have a black dog.

Regulations setting out the shades constituting "black" and the percentage of the dog´s body covered by such shades required for the dog to be "black" will be issued next year. But that will not delay enforcement.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: jasmine, 1/14/2014 11:03:11 AM     (No. 9691499)

Life is better with dogs, no matter what color they are. To any L-Dotters "thinking about" adding a dog to your family, drop by a shelter today and prepare to fall in love.

Dogs have a way of delivering unexpected love and hilarity when it´s least expected. Heaven knows we could use more of both these days.



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Reply 8 - Posted by: Cavallodifiero, 1/14/2014 11:08:03 AM     (No. 9691508)

What a cockeyed story this is. If that was a fact that black dogs are unwanted they would be extinct by now and in fact would have had the black gene bred out of them. Black horses are the preference of most men so what do we say to that? And it´s probably because they are more majestic.

I see hidden messages in every story I read, perhaps I should stop reading.

Black Labs are among the most popular dogs in the country, probably next to Golden Retrievers.



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Reply 9 - Posted by: pomom, 1/14/2014 11:09:18 AM     (No. 9691511)

Aww.. the photo of the black dog in the article looks exactly like my Rikki Mae. She wandered up to our building one rainy day and my boss brought her in. I took her home, loved and raised her to a ripe old age of 14. Best dog I ever had.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: killerbee, 1/14/2014 11:17:37 AM     (No. 9691520)

I would think it would be white dogs because they always look kind of dirty at the shelter. We adopted a white/light brown dog and she looked particularly skeevy. Her personality overcame all.



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Reply 11 - Posted by: Mike PHX, 1/14/2014 11:20:21 AM     (No. 9691525)

I personally rescued my minpin/ozzie mix (discovered through DNA test) and he is the biggest sweetheart. He is so peaceful my cats chase HIM around.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: civilservant, 1/14/2014 11:20:47 AM     (No. 9691526)

Went to the pound to adopt a small white terrier type of dog. Cage 1(the worst one to be in in a pound, it is the last stop)had the saddest, sweetest looking little black dog.
Spike and I had 16 years together and I am tearing up just thinking about her.
Got Maggie a couple of weeks after Spike passed; Maggie could pass for Spike´s twin sister.

Dog people love dogs. We don´t care about colors.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: richwill, 1/14/2014 11:26:10 AM     (No. 9691533)

Racism strikes pooches. Time for a NAABP. National Association of Black Pooches.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: mitzi, 1/14/2014 11:30:50 AM     (No. 9691541)

When I was a kid we had a little black dog - some sort of Terrier. Later (after I was no longer at home) they got a little white dog. Next dog was black.

Black dog hair doesn´t show as much as white dog hair does on carpet, furniture and clothing!



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Reply 15 - Posted by: maryann4629, 1/14/2014 11:39:42 AM     (No. 9691555)

We have had two black lab mixes. The first, Missy, was the "stray who came to stay." She found us when she was four months old, and we had her for the next 15 years. I never even once heard that dog growl. Our next, Sammi, stole my heart the first time I saw her at the shelter. She checked me out, decided I was okay, and immediately flipped over for a tummy rub. We only had her for five years. She became very sick, and in spite of our best efforts, a vet specialist, and hospitalization, we had to have her put to sleep. She was also sweet and gentle, and is deeply, deeply missed.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: skedaddle, 1/14/2014 11:40:55 AM     (No. 9691558)

I think #14 is on to something, especially nowadays when people cruise online for shelter dogs. I know from current experience that it´s extremely hard to photograph a black dog to show their detail and personality. But then I guess I didn´t get the memo about not getting a black dog (does the white on his chest negate the whole thing?)

I wish someone would trace these memes back to their origin and find out where all this stupidity starts from - kind of a modern-day search for the source of the Nile.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: 6079 Smith, W, 1/14/2014 11:43:01 AM     (No. 9691562)

´...according to NBC News...´---say no more!

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Reply 18 - Posted by: MDMuskrat, 1/14/2014 11:46:26 AM     (No. 9691566)

What a meaty title! And this sentence: "Black dogs are mischaracterized as mean and potentially violent and according to NBC News." Mischaracterized?

Seems to me there was a movie long ago, "The Dam Busters," in which there was a beloved black dog.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Cor-vet, 1/14/2014 11:56:43 AM     (No. 9691590)

Our latest, mostly black dog, is a rescued Shi Tzu named Gus, and our 1st small dog. He´s quiet, and very affectionate. Even though he´s mostly black, we plan on keeping him!

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Reply 20 - Posted by: KingBubo, 1/14/2014 11:57:47 AM     (No. 9691593)

Some of my favorite dogs are black. Maybe people don´t want to have black fur on their furniture or clothes.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: gillyo, 1/14/2014 11:58:17 AM     (No. 9691594)

We recently had a 3 month old black chihuahua mix show up on our doorstep. She was terrified and emaciated. My husband brought her in and we called our local shelter. The woman I spoke to asked if there was any way we could keep her. At our local shelter they have a hard time getting black dogs adopted, and the fact that she was a chihuahua mix made it worse, (they´re a dime a dozen out here in California). Anyway, after an unsuccessful search for her owners, she´s become a part of our family.

Best thing we ever did! We had a six year old rescue Chihuahua/Rat Terrier mix, and a two year old feral cat that had been born in our yard. They did not get along. Here comes our new puppy and she´s managed to bring them together. The older dog has a companion, and the cat and puppy play together. The cat will even lie with her tummy up to try to entice the puppy to pounce on her. I bought a large dog bed and the three of them sleep together most of the time.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: jalo1951, 1/14/2014 11:59:00 AM     (No. 9691597)

The dog that went with Louis and Clark was black. His name was Seaman. He was a Newfoundland. Guess they didn´t have time to worry about such foolishness. I have a black cat. Does that count?

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Reply 23 - Posted by: thewarden, 1/14/2014 12:04:08 PM     (No. 9691608)

2 of our 3 dogs have been black lab mixes. Other was a yellow lab/boxer mix. We got them because they had lab in them. All 3 great dogs. But yes, I have seen studies that claim people are afraid of black dogs. Stupid.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: mizzmac, 1/14/2014 12:14:42 PM     (No. 9691617)

Government subsidies for everyone who adopts a black dog! Tax penalties, IRS audits and NSA surveillance for every racist who adopts a non-black dog! This will right the obvious racial inequality. (Please send my government goody-bag. My rescue dog is black. And quite precious to me.)

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Udanja99, 1/14/2014 12:25:28 PM     (No. 9691637)

I´d like to know more about #4´s rescue kennel. We have two greyhounds, a black and white and a brindle. Both are elderly and I imagine we´ll probably be looking for another hound in the not too distant future, as sad as it is. I´ve always loved black greyhounds and would jump at the chance to adopt one.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: BigGeorgeTX, 1/14/2014 1:08:38 PM     (No. 9691696)

As most true dog lovers know, your dog picks you, not the other way around. Anyone dispassionate enough about the selection to eliminate a dog due to it´s color probably wouldn´t make much of a dog owner to begin with. A dog is not an accessory.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: bobn.t, 1/14/2014 1:15:05 PM     (No. 9691706)

Maybe our infamous halfrican can sign an executive order demanding that black dogs be adopted first.
Do black dogs kill each other at the same rate as do black humanoids?
Should we call black dogs "african-canines?"


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Reply 28 - Posted by: harper, 1/14/2014 1:31:21 PM     (No. 9691731)

I had a black-white mix. Strange coat, white one side, black the other with a faint yellowish tinge at the spine. Big ears.

Could not break him of the desire to play with local coyotes. One day he ran off to see what a passing pack of wolves was howling about. Haven´t seem him since.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: Videodrone, 1/14/2014 2:10:24 PM     (No. 9691791)

sitting here typing one handed as the 25lb "doxie-something" year old rescue (Glossy black except for the white blaze on her chest and the tips of her toes) doesn´t quite understand she is larger than my lap.

what a crock of an article




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Reply 30 - Posted by: nonsense, 1/14/2014 2:22:48 PM     (No. 9691801)

#27 try the Greyhound rescue site, or Petfinder.org and type in the breed you are interested in, and your zip code. It will probably break your heart, but rescue people know their breed and do a very good job of matching dog and new owner.

Our first black dog was a purebred dog, a wonderful boy. The other 4 were the same breed from the rescue group, although most of them held onto the breed label by a dog´s toe nail. All our black dogs were the best ever. Such good dogs, I miss every single one of them and can´t wait to meet up with them across the Rainbow Bridge.

Love the dog in the first picture, just my kind of dog.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: KTWO, 1/14/2014 2:29:08 PM     (No. 9691805)

Oh yeh? Well I have plenty of black dog friends.

But I admit that when the whites colonized Africa the first thing they did was kill off all the black lions. Reparations are long overdue.

#14 has a good point about photography. Contrasts help the photographer.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: Safari Man, 1/14/2014 2:33:03 PM     (No. 9691813)

All I know is...

Need a woman gonna hold my hand, won´t tell me no lies, make me a happy man.


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Reply 33 - Posted by: JoElla Bee, 1/14/2014 3:17:49 PM     (No. 9691850)

The country loved Barney and Ms. Beasley.

My family loved our two black dogs.

Our niece loved her big black Lab. A favorite dog that she still talks about to this day, as do we about our beloved dogs.

OP´s observation of the absurdity nails it.

If a black dog isn´t chosen, it is probably because of something other than the color of its fur.

I´ve had to deal with being attacked by a former neighbor´s big white dog. I never thought for a minute that the dog´s demeanor had a thing in the world to do with the color of its fur. Ridiculous.

The fact that one white dog attempted to attack me on a number of occasions didn´t cause me to think all big white dogs are mean. The same is true of any color of fur. Good grief!



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Reply 34 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 1/14/2014 3:32:11 PM     (No. 9691873)

As a child, I had a beautiful little black short-haired mutt. I´ve had a soft spot for black dogs ever since. A neighbor had the most lovely black lab. I can´t imagine not liking a dog for its color.

I do think #14 makes a good point. When our shelter runs photo ads, the black dogs often look like blobs, with no definition to their faces.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: Rafter, 1/14/2014 3:44:56 PM     (No. 9691899)

We have had two consecutive black lab Second Chance shelter dogs,
with great success. They are fun and well-behaved.

Isn´t this artickle a Dog Whistle... ?

We need a dog to visit Chrissie Matthews´ leg so Chrissie will feel
a trickle running down his leg, and then he can wake up and yell...
"Dog Whistle!"

It´ll make his otherwise boring and colorless day.
(I have a black lab that´s available and ready... )

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Reply 36 - Posted by: faith_and_reason, 1/14/2014 4:05:33 PM     (No. 9691927)

Now that so many conservatives have confessed to "owning" a black dog, PETA will certainly consider that proof that conservatives want to "own blacks." ("A boy is a dog is a rat")

You can´t win!

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Reply 37 - Posted by: BigGeorgeTX, 1/14/2014 4:13:08 PM     (No. 9691935)

#30 "I had a black-white mix. Strange coat, white one side, black the other with a faint yellowish tinge at the spine. Big ears."

Your dog´s name didn´t happen to be Barack, did it? From the description it sure sounds like it.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: globalwarmer, 1/14/2014 5:53:58 PM     (No. 9692039)

I am owned by a black Miniature Schnauzer. She´s so sweet!

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Reply 39 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 1/14/2014 5:56:25 PM     (No. 9692042)

I guess I´m "color blind" when it comes to dogs. I think mostly black German Shepherds look awesome! When we go to the dog park I have no greater sense of insecurity with a black dog than a white one, although the big Rotties are sometimes a bit challenging.

Worse than being a ´black dog´ is being a ´black cat´. Every year I hear horrific stories of black cats being tortured and killed because morons believe their Satanic, or evil. I´d like to beat the crap out of anyone who´d do that to a cat.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: Pasann, 1/14/2014 7:41:17 PM     (No. 9692167)

Had 3 black dogs and 3 mixed color........Dogs are my kind of people.

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Reply 41 - Posted by: CaptainLibra, 1/14/2014 9:43:40 PM     (No. 9692314)

#27. We rescued our black greyhound from the Southern Arizona Greyhound association. Check them out at:

http://sagreyhoundadoption.org/

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Reply 42 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 1/14/2014 11:06:06 PM     (No. 9692396)

Rubbish. All of my pets have been black or black and white with the exception of my first two gray cats.

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Reply 43 - Posted by: nihtwael, 1/15/2014 8:27:43 PM     (No. 9693693)

Didn´t take long, ´fore I found out, what people mean by down and out...

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Many Americans have been watching with great consternation the ongoing struggle between the Federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Marshals against Cliven Bundy and his family. There are no signs of either side relinquishing their position. Many onlookers have been informed that this dispute is over protecting the desert tortoise. But it is nothing of the sort. In fact, the reality of the dispute goes far underneath what is being talked about. The more appropriate source of the dispute is ground water as well as surface water -- this is a war over water. Cliven Bundy and his

Cowboys steal their cattle BACK
in tense showdown over Nevada´s last
rancher: Protesters break federal
blockade as militias threaten to
join fight and pregnant woman claims
she was assaulted by agents

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Daily Mail (UK), by Dan Miller & Meghan Keneally    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/11/2014 10:29:52 AM     Post Reply
The son of the Nevada rancher locked in an increasingly tense land dispute with the federal government, says their cowboys managed to break a blockade and retrieve around 30 head of cattle. Federal agents swooped on Tuesday after Cliven Bundy, dubbed the last remaining rancher in southern Nevada, refused to remove his herd of 900 cows from land he claims has been in his family since 1870. The heavily-armed federal agents, equipped with eight helicopters and backed-up by snipers, surrounded the Bundy ranch after the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) attained a federal court order to confiscate the family´s herd. But

Hillary Clinton Cancels Appearance Where
Benghazi Victim´s Mom, Protestors Await

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Cybercast News Service, by Barbara Boland    Original Article
Posted By: BaseballFan- 4/11/2014 10:02:18 AM     Post Reply
Hillary Clinton was the planned keynote speaker at the 17th Annual Western Healthcare Leadership Academy in San Diego on April 11 - but she´s cancelled her visit in the midst of planned protests from San Diego locals and military families. Protestors organized by "The Difference Matters" do not want the former U.S. Secretary of State to come because of Clinton´s role in the Benghazi scandal. "She is not welcome here in San Diego by so many of us. We don´t want her here," said Jan Iverson, a local mother and protestor. (Snip) Clinton´s office says she changed plans because of

The five extra words that can
fix the Second Amendment

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Washington Post, by John Paul Stevens    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 4/11/2014 10:35:30 PM     Post Reply
Following the massacre of grammar-school children in Newtown, Conn., in December 2012, high-powered weapons have been used to kill innocent victims in more senseless public incidents. Those killings, however, are only a fragment of the total harm caused by the misuse of firearms. Each year, more than 30,000 people die in the United States in firearm-related incidents. Many of those deaths involve handguns. The adoption of rules that will lessen the number of those incidents should be a matter of primary concern to both federal and state legislators. Legislatures are in a far better position than judges to assess the

Nevada Cattle Rancher Wins
´Range War´ With Feds

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ABC News, by Liz Fields    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/12/2014 3:33:27 PM     Post Reply
A Nevada cattle rancher appears to have won his week-long battle with the federal government over a controversial cattle roundup that had led to the arrest of several protesters. Cliven Bundy went head to head with the Bureau of Land Management over the removal of hundreds of his cattle from federal land, where the government said they were grazing illegally. Bundy claims his herd of roughly 900 cattle have grazed on the land along the riverbed near Bunkerville, 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas, since 1870 and threatened a "range war" against the BLM on the Bundy Ranch website after one of

Sunk: Climate change threatens to
flood world´s largest Navy base
warns Gov. Terry McAuliffe

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Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/11/2014 4:08:01 PM     Post Reply
Recently elected Democratic Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is warning that global warming could raise sea levels high enough to flood the Hampton Roads region, home to the world´s largest naval base, without immediate and “smart decisions.” Addressing an environmental summit this week at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Va., McAuliffe embraced climate change, blamed humans for causing it, and said action is needed now to protect Virginia´s coast from rising ocean levels that will result from global warming. “The first big decision of course is to accept that climate change is real,” he told the group. “I happen to believe in

Meet the Clinton shoe-thrower
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NBC Universal, by Emma Margolin    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/12/2014 5:03:17 PM     Post Reply
Who throws a shoe? Honestly! That would be 36-year-old Alison Ernst of Phoenix, Arizona, who was charged Thursday night with disorderly conduct by the Las Vegas Police Department after allegedly throwing a shoe at former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. According to NBC News, who spoke with a Secret Service official, the U.S. Attorney’s office has declined federal prosecution. Ernst was wearing shoes on Thursday night when she attended a speech Clinton was giving in Las Vegas, but apparently brought an extra one specifically to throw at the former secretary of state. The official said the incident appeared to be “premeditated.”

President Obama stands by Rev. Al Sharpton
while accusing Republicans of trying
to restrict the right to vote

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New York Daily News, by Celeste Katz & Annie Karni    Original Article
Posted By: Flyright- 4/12/2014 7:02:39 AM     Post Reply
President Obama stood Friday with the Rev. Al Sharpton and accused Republicans of trying to keep millions of Americans from voting, in a fiery speech days after new revelations about Sharpton’s past as an FBI informant. “The right to vote is threatened today in a way that it has not been since the Voting Rights Act became law nearly five decades ago,” Obama told the annual convention of Sharpton’s National Action Network in Manhattan. Obama’s appearance represented a presidential seal of approval of Sharpton’s role as a civil rights activist, amid the new revelations about how Sharpton used a wire to record

White House Denies ’09 Fort Hood Victim´s
Request for Meeting With Obama

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ABC News, by Lee Ferran    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/11/2014 6:08:03 PM     Post Reply
As President Obama spoke of old "wounds” at Fort Hood this week, the White House declined a request from a survivor of the 2009 massacre there to meet with Obama for a few minutes so the veteran could explain face-to-face how he believes the government has mistreated and disrespected the victims of that attack. Staff Sgt. Alonzo Lunsford (ret.) was shot seven times in November 2009 when Army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Hasan opened fire at Fort Hood, killing 13 people. Despite Hasan’s admission that he carried out the attack on behalf of the Taliban and revelations that he had been

The IRS Scandal Comes Into Focus
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Wall Street Journal, by Kimberley A. Strassel    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/11/2014 6:33:53 AM     Post Reply
Nearly a year into the IRS scandal, we still don´t know exactly what happened—though we are finally getting an inkling. That´s thanks to the letter House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp sent this week to the Justice Department recommending a criminal probe of Lois Lerner. The average citizen might be dizzied by the torrent of confusing terms—BOLO lists, Tigta, 501(c)(4)—and the array of accusations that have made up this IRS investigation. Mr. Camp´s letter takes a step back to remind us why this matters, even as it provides compelling new information that goes to motive and method—and clarifies some of

Jeb Bush defends ‘act of love’
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Politico, by Maggie Haberman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/11/2014 12:53:18 PM     Post Reply
STAMFORD, Conn. — Jeb Bush defended his controversial comments about immigration reform, insisting they were nothing new for him and urging “sensitivity to the immigrant experience.” At a Connecticut Republican party dinner Thursday night, the former Republican governor of Florida did not repeat his remarks from last weekend at his father’s presidential library, when he said that people who come to the United States illegally in search of a better life for their children “broke the law, but it’s not a felony. It’s an act of love.” This time the potential 2016 candidate put it differently. “To be young and

Barbara Boxer Says Keystone
Pipeline a Cancer Risk

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Breitbart California, by William Bigelow    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/12/2014 6:54:45 PM     Post Reply
Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) is now accusing the Keystone pipeline of being a cancer risk. Her first point was that the pipeline “will bring 830,000 barrels of dirty tar sands oil into our nation every day.” She then segued to point #2 by asserting that the heavy tar sands oil will put people who live near refineries at risk for cancer: Significantly higher levels of dangerous air pollutants and carcinogens have been documented downwind from tar sands refineries, and in these areas people are suffering higher rates of the types of cancers linked to these toxic chemicals, including leukemia and


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