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Graham calls for GOP embrace
of Reagan conservatism

Post & Courier [Charleston, SC], by Prentiss Findlay

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Posted By:Attercliffe, 1/26/2014 7:08:31 AM

The Republican Party has a great opportunity to re-gain control of the country, but it must seize the day, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said Saturday night. The GOP is poised to win back a majority in the Senate and keep its advantage in the House in Congressional elections this fall, Graham said. [Snip] Graham, who is up for re-election, is facing GOP primary challengers state Sen. Lee Bright of Spartanburg, Orangeburg attorney Bill Connor, Upstate businessman Richard Cash and Citadel graduate and Lowcountry public relations businesswoman Nancy Mace. They accuse Graham of not being a true conservative.

Textbook example of "too little, too late."


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Foggybottom, 1/26/2014 7:38:10 AM     (No. 9706018)

Some apparently aren´t that familiar with President Reagan. Ronald Reagan held firm conservative principles and beliefs and had honor and integrity. I think that´s what you statist folk call purity.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: StormCnter, 1/26/2014 7:39:59 AM     (No. 9706020)

Remember how fond we were of Lindsey Graham during the Clinton impeachment proceedings? I think he went all wrong when he became McCain´s faithful companion. Graham appeared to be less than decisive and McCain was the wrong bus to climb on, anyway. Graham seems to have moved away from McCain now and that´s a good thing, but it´s probably too late to erase the image.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: gerty, 1/26/2014 7:44:58 AM     (No. 9706025)

Based on his past performance, can you really re-elect this guy?!?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: RCFlyer98, 1/26/2014 7:46:13 AM     (No. 9706027)

We will see if Graham is a true believer. Speaking of McCain, I see where Arizona Repubs have censured McCain, and also McCain is photographed meeting with Soros in Davos. Hmmmm . . . wonder what that is all about?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: govlawyer, 1/26/2014 7:50:21 AM     (No. 9706034)

Sorry, but this guy isn´t credible anymore--his charter membership in any "Gang of (fill in the blank) " effort led by McRINO makes him as desirable as having a Senate led by Upchuck Schumer.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Passion, 1/26/2014 7:50:54 AM     (No. 9706035)

#1 you do not know history…Reagan was NO big tent Repulbican, he told those "pale pastels" to GO THEIR OWN WAY……I suggest the same of you.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Judith, 1/26/2014 7:55:07 AM     (No. 9706039)

During mccain´s last (I hope)run for potus, he was on the soros payroll and being advised by soros, same as obama.
As for Reagan, he did welcome the other side of the aisle in when it realized the dems had gone off the cliff in their insanity. He held his CONSERVATIVE ideals very tightly, was able to articulate a good argument about his standards and never suggested people hold their noses and vote in a particular way that was against their core principles. I feel somewhat responsible for today´s state of the union. I held my nose when I should have stood on my principles.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Attila DiMedici, 1/26/2014 7:57:07 AM     (No. 9706040)

Actually, Reagan was a "big-tent" Republican in the sense that if you were willing to fight for something he believed in, he was willing to accept your help, even if you opposed him on something else.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Pluperfect, 1/26/2014 7:59:30 AM     (No. 9706045)

#7, I offer the following, from a 1967 Reagan speech:

“We must keep the door open – offering our party as the only practical answer for those who, overall, are individualists. And because this is the great common denominator – this dedication to the belief in man’s aspirations as an individual – we cannot offer them a narrow sectarian party in which all must swear allegiance to prescribed commandments.”

And then I suggest to you that your comment is exactly the "purity test" #1 referenced.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: M2, 1/26/2014 7:59:46 AM     (No. 9706047)

Now that is a strategy every conservative can get behind if they don´t get stupid again and stay home because their candidate isn´t Snow White.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: bugger, 1/26/2014 8:00:46 AM     (No. 9706048)

Yes #5, I saw that this morning myself. It only supports the conviction I had that McCain was in it to lose. They thought that putting Palin on the ticket would help them lose, but that shows how dumb they are, she was the only reason we had to vote for that traitor.

Then, in 2012, "they" picked the guy who lost to McCain to run. This is all a show with people like Soros pulling the strings. When guys like Cruz show up it messes up their plans which is why they hate him so much.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: sorosisbehindit, 1/26/2014 8:35:03 AM     (No. 9706086)

Oh my, the RINOs are really out of touch! They need to get out of Washington and spend a few weeks on the road visiting diners and Walmarts across America.
What they don´t realize is that GOP no longer means conservative to any of their long time voters, because their words and their actions do not line up. If they vote with their comrades to grant voting rights to illegals they will be the minority party forever.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Britvah1, 1/26/2014 8:55:34 AM     (No. 9706115)

Not having a "purity test" for the likes of Graham is like having a willingness to ingest raw sewage.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: 49 Ford, 1/26/2014 9:02:42 AM     (No. 9706126)

Poster #9 has the right idea. Like Lincoln, RR understood that achieving great goals required practical steps.

Party unit was important to Reagan and he knew that GOPers were a somewhat diverse lot, unlike their ideologically homogenous opponents. He is, after all, the guy who offered the vice presidential slot to Richard Schweiker, a liberal Republican, in 1976.

Ronaldus was also helped by the fact that others feared him in a political sense and he knew it. Winning a landslide gives a president that card to play.

RR was, overall, one of our best presidents. But let´s not lose the real man in the same sort of hagiography that´s been erected around JFK.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: DCGIRL, 1/26/2014 9:03:04 AM     (No. 9706127)

Bottomline. Graham is getting nervous about his reelection. If he does get re-elected he will start acting like the RINO John McCain the next day. Hey, South Carolina be sure to keep this jerk out of office.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: sanchin, 1/26/2014 9:12:23 AM     (No. 9706139)

Its election year and these guys will say anything to get re-elected.

Regarding the issue of the "big tent", there is a huge difference between accepting those who share your principles and core beliefs although you might differ on smaller issues than just accepting anyone for a vote. Today the Republican Party has no core principles or beliefs they are willing to uphold and fight for. Big Tent today does not have the same meaning or reality as it did during Regan´s time.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: eoddad, 1/26/2014 9:40:19 AM     (No. 9706167)

If Graham survives will be stuck with S.C. counties censuring him for the next six years, like those easily conned AZ Republicans are doing to McCain, while he is off meeting with Soros in Davos, Graham probably had to turn down his invite to Davos, after all it is election year, and he is busy conning the gullible folks back home and telling them how conservative he is and how dangerous the Tea-party is.
Lindsey needs to GO.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Keekng, 1/26/2014 9:44:02 AM     (No. 9706172)

We must elect whoever wins the Republican nomination.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: chillijilli, 1/26/2014 9:47:31 AM     (No. 9706177)

Reagan would never have said, "Shoot your allies!" NEVER.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: dittohead, 1/26/2014 10:04:57 AM     (No. 9706197)

Saying whatever he thinks needs to be said to be reelected. Just come on out of the closet so PBO can quit blackmailing you and then get a back bone and fight for our country!!

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Sunhan65, 1/26/2014 10:12:16 AM     (No. 9706212)

We are not arguing whether Lindsey Graham can be a conservative, nor is anyone proposing to stop him from becoming one. And, yes, we all agree with Reagan that conservatives should seek and accept the help of non-conservatives on individual issues of the political day. Those aren´t the issues.

We are deciding whether to re-elect Lindsey Graham for another six years. We are evaluating how reliably with us Graham has been in the past before deciding how with him we should be now. It´s why we have elections. This is the question: Who is the most conservative candidate who can win? If there´s an alternative to Graham who is more conservative, less incumbent, and still able to win, we should be looking to support that person.

I would be inclined to run some risks on this one because displacing a guy like Graham with a more conservative winner would stiffen spines throughout GOP incumbents in Washington.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Coy860, 1/26/2014 10:28:31 AM     (No. 9706238)

Who does Graham think he´s fooling?
He never missed a chance to be a member of a "gang" of 8 or "Gang" of 12..he is just so needy, dump principles..just to belong to the gang of the moment. To hell with the People who elected him.
He and others like him are the problem, not the solution.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Keekng, 1/26/2014 10:29:02 AM     (No. 9706240)

Conversely, #22, Grahams spine would likely stiffen with a Republican Senate majority.
He is, among other things, a survivor.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Periwinkel, 1/26/2014 10:31:10 AM     (No. 9706244)

#1 Why do you not propose the opposite? The Establishment Republicans should welcome the Conservatives? We read all the time about how Rove, Cornyn, McConnell, Boehner, Cantor, etc., are working hard to put the TEA Parties out of business in 2014. Is there not room for all of us in the Republican party?

Tell me again why I should follow their orders in another election where these guys are pushing candidates who, like themselves, will not work for the betterment of the country...but will work for their own personal enrichment?

We are rushing headlong into fiscal disaster and, as one writer put it...the Country Club Republicans just want to do it slower.

Don´t like that appellation of RINO, huh? I think it fits.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: ColoWapiti, 1/26/2014 10:32:31 AM     (No. 9706246)

If you think Graham´s apparent move away from McCain will last past re-election, you are, ahem, misguided.

If you think Reagan wanted a tent so big he would have allowed socialists and statists in it, you are delusional. Reagan would have never tolerated the behavior of many of the GOP Establishment darlings.

Many of us are old enough to remember Reagan too, so don´t try to tell us otherwise by taking quotes out of context and applying them to situations he would never have supported.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: mnwxyz, 1/26/2014 10:39:16 AM     (No. 9706253)

I believe every word Grahamnesty says, myself. I´m sure he´s a new man now-- just like McVain was, BEFORE he was re-elected.

Anybody know who would be the strongest candidate against this azalea in the runoff?

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Reply 27 - Posted by: richwill, 1/26/2014 10:56:48 AM     (No. 9706277)

Graham is a swish that is swashing scared,

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Reply 28 - Posted by: Pluperfect, 1/26/2014 10:59:21 AM     (No. 9706282)

"If you think Reagan wanted a tent so big he would have allowed socialists and statists in it, you are delusional."

Exaggerate very often? No one said anything remotely like your statement.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: jansgraphix, 1/26/2014 11:16:06 AM     (No. 9706301)

Funny how they all sound like this before election. Must be a lot of uninformed out there if they won´t be bothered to look at the record vs the rhetoric.

How many years has this rino pulled this exact same play card? And he´s not alone. The establishment make this exact same play, time after time after time... as the "moderates" all rush to their sides. Backed by the liberal media who are happy to advise us how to lose. But they call it "winning" of course.

My guess, it must work.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: ida Lou Pino, 1/26/2014 11:28:42 AM     (No. 9706316)

Utterly shameless.

Suddenly Leftist Lady Lindsey has discovered that he´s really, really a Reaganite.

Gosh, Lady - - dontcha know they won´t invite you back on Meet The Press if you really believed that?

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Reply 31 - Posted by: ColoWapiti, 1/26/2014 11:28:54 AM     (No. 9706317)

When you use Reagan quotes to advocate that there should be no guidelines for GOP party membership, you are advocating for the very people in the party who have have not opposed the socialists and statists, but have actually helped them.

For example, it was not that long ago a certain senator from Pennsylvania and a certain governor from from Florida were part of the GOP. Criticism of them was met by people on this site with big tent kinds of replies. Later, we were all able to see that they were really Democrats, who are statists and socialists. Sorry, I don´t want that big of tent. I am not a purist, but I do want to make sure the people in the party are not Democrat trojan horses. To me, Graham is suspect, and should be treated as such.

Exaggerate? I think not. Maybe it would be better to smear someone else.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: mnwxyz, 1/26/2014 11:42:40 AM     (No. 9706334)

Right you are, #32!

Also, I used to hear a lot of "big tent... at least he´ll help the GOP organize the Senate" talk about... Jumpin´ Jim Jeffords.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: Pluperfect, 1/26/2014 12:19:10 PM     (No. 9706388)

"When you use Reagan quotes to advocate that there should be no guidelines for GOP party membership,..."

Well, there you go again, as someone under discussion famously said. No one advocated any such thing.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: bobn.t, 1/26/2014 12:21:18 PM     (No. 9706392)

I think Graham is a RINO and a closet companion to McPain.
Some of you think otherwise.
It only matters to the voters in Soth Carolina. Whatever they think of Graham will be the test.
I think his goose is cooked there.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: ROLFnader, 1/26/2014 12:53:38 PM     (No. 9706428)

Therein lies yet another misconception under which you labor, #1 and #7- A RINO seeks power, a conservative seeks constitutional adherence dyouyou a

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Reply 36 - Posted by: rochow, 1/26/2014 1:07:03 PM     (No. 9706443)

Plllllease, what would Graham know about Reagan´s conservatism???? His record speaks entirely against it. Oh, I forgot,he is up for re-election??

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Reply 37 - Posted by: Judith, 1/26/2014 2:26:17 PM     (No. 9706540)

Perhaps it would be helpful if we remembered Pres. Reagan´s funeral and all the liberals reminiscing about how "friendly" every one was during Reagan´s administration. That might explain some comments on this thread alluding to Reagan´s big tent that, in reality, welcomed in people from the dem side (where he once resided)to what, at the time, was a conservative leaning, SANE, gop. It did NOT include the liberal lunatics that now run the gop.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: oh-heck, 1/26/2014 2:33:00 PM     (No. 9706551)

Note that there is zero definition of Graham considers principles of conservatism. I firmly believe the constitutional conservative need to define their positions now for the balance of 2014 and the first 90 days of 2015.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: bighambone, 1/26/2014 4:15:09 PM     (No. 9706643)

Graham is one of the big business connected cheap labor Republicans who has been spouting the nonsense that if only the Republicans would facilitate a big liberal Democrat designed amnesty, that Hispanics who now vote reliably for the liberal Democrats will come flocking to vote Republican. That is big time fool´s gold that was originally put out by the many very liberal ethnic and immigrant rights groups that have from the get-go been politically aligned with the liberal Democrats. In fact the liberal Democrat so-called immigration reform plan that passed the US Senate would in effect fund those liberal ethnic and immigrant rights groups to essentially chaperone the legalized aliens and their close foreign relatives who would be able to enter the USA in unlimited numbers through an Americanization process that would end up with about 85% of those aliens eventually becoming Democrat voters.

The vast majority of Hispanic voters today who vote reliably Democrat are working class mostly poor and generally uneducated people many who benefit from many social welfare programs run by the federal and state governments, with the liberal Democrats always promising them that they intend to expand those benefit and services programs, while the Republicans are always claiming that they intend to either trim or knock those government programs out all together, now who do you think those Hispanic voters will continue to vote for?

A big amnesty and massively increased immigration into the future are bound to flood the legal US job market with cheap foreign labor that will adversely affect the future job prospects, wages, job related benefits, and the working conditions of a huge number of American workers, including Hispanic voters who will have to compete for jobs against the massive in-sourcing of cheap foreign labor who will be granted complete access to the legal US job market.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 1/26/2014 8:40:41 PM     (No. 9706834)

Miss Linseed must be worried about a Tea Party primary challenger to be invoking the name of Ronaldus Maximus.

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Like him or hate him, there is no disputing that Rush Limbaugh’s very special brand of mixing right-wing politics with his flare for entertainment has produced one of the most successful radio programs in the medium’s long history. Whatever the burning political question of the day, millions of Americans have relished the opportunity to tune into Rush’s program, knowing that he would quickly take that hot potato, throw a few gallons of verbal kerosene into the mix and elevate the matter into a five alarm fire with a just a few well-chosen words spoken in the style only Rush Limbaugh could

Michelle Obama Riverdances
Through Dublin to the Tune
of $7,921,638

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Breitbart Big Peace, by Tom Fitton    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/17/2014 6:45:16 AM     Post Reply
When it comes to tracking the cost of Obama family vacations, there are two primary challenges. First, the Obamas are prolific jet-setters, so there are many details to track. Second, the Obama administration, clearly embarrassed by these lavish and frequent family vacations, stonewalls the release of records at every turn. But we have been relentless in pursuit of this information. Our attorneys file the lawsuits and make our case, and our investigators pour through pages of records and crunch the numbers. And the information we’ve uncovered – information that would otherwise remain under lock and key – shows that the

Why is US Senator Harry
Reid so concerned with
a local Nevada rancher?

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Fox News, by Wayne Allyn Root    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/16/2014 9:37:12 PM     Post Reply
I live in Las Vegas. I live and breath Nevada politics. Something is very wrong. Something smells rotten in the Nevada desert. And Senator Harry Reid’s fingerprints are all over it. I am of course referring to the Bundy Ranch siege. This was a dispute between a Nevada ranching family with rights to the land in question for 140 years and the BLM (Bureayu of Land Management). The government claims they haven’t paid grazing fees for 20 years. The result was a government assault on the ranch- including snipers with assault rifles, SUV’s, helicopters, airplanes and over 200 heavily armed troops. No

Which Actor Portrays The
Best James Bond?

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American Spectator, by Jonah Goldberg and Taki Theodoracopulos    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 4/16/2014 11:20:22 AM     Post Reply
Look, everyone loves Sean Connery, particularly Sean Connery. That’s why he plays Sean Connery in every movie he’s in. People love that Scottish brogue so much, they don’t mind that he has it when he plays Juan Sánchez Villa-Lobos Ramírez, an immortal Spaniard in Highlander. The guy even won an Oscar for playing an Irish cop with a Scottish accent. Talk about sexist double standards: Meryl Streep has to master foreign dialects to get her golden statuettes. Connery just has to show up on time. In economics you devalue a currency by printing too much of it. In film you

Elizabeth Warren whines about coverage
of her fraudulent Indian claim

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Daily Caller, by Patrick Howley    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/16/2014 9:54:52 PM     Post Reply
Democratic Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren wrote in her forthcoming book that she was “hurt” and “angry” by 2012 reporting on her fraudulent claim to Native American heritage. “What really threw me, though, were the constant attacks from the other side,” Warren wrote in her book “A Fighting Chance.” “I would almost persuade myself that I was starting to get the hang of full-throttle campaigning and then — bam! Out of left field, the state Republican Party, or the Brown campaign, or some blogger, would launch a rocket at me,” Warren wrote, adding, ”I was stunned by the attacks.” This reporter (blogger?) reported extensively

Former US president joins
opposition to Keystone XL

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Houston Chronicle, by Jennifer A. Dlouhy    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/16/2014 10:32:12 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Former President Jimmy Carter joined fellow Nobel laureates Wednesday in opposing Keystone XL, insisting that approving the pipeline would trigger “more climate upheaval” around the globe. In an open letter to President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry, Carter and the nine other Nobel Peace Prize winners bluntly warned the leaders: “Your decision on the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline will define your climate legacy.” The missive, published as an advertisement in Politico, represents the first time Carter has taken a position on the $5.4 billion project and makes him the first former president to come

Fox News Poll: Many voters say Obama lies
to the country on important matters

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Fox News, by Dana Blanton    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/16/2014 7:39:27 PM     Post Reply
About six in ten American voters think Barack Obama lies to the country on important matters some or most of the time, according to a Fox News poll released Wednesday. Thirty-seven percent think Obama lies “most of the time,” while another 24 percent say he lies “some of the time.” Twenty percent of voters say “only now and then” and 15 percent “never.” Click here for the poll results. President Obama has been accused by political opponents and media fact-checkers alike of telling falsehoods. Frequently cited: His repeated claim that under Obamacare “If you like your plan, you can keep

Rev. Al Sharpton’s Easter message:
Politically ‘crucified’ Obama has risen again

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Washington Times, by Jessica Chasmar    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/16/2014 3:42:51 PM     Post Reply
With Easter soon approaching, the Rev. Al Sharpton on Wednesday drew parallels between the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the resurrection of President Obama’s political career. Joining the “Tom Joyner Morning Show,” Mr. Sharpton said that his message for this Easter is that “no matter what the world may do to you unfairly, no matter how you’re crucified — nailed to the cross at home, or in your personal relationships, or on the job — that you can rise if you don’t lose yourself during the hard times and the challenges.” The reverend went on to say that Christ endured so much humiliation and unearned suffering leading up to his death,

Wendy Davis will undergo neck surgery
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Star-Telegram [Fort Worth TX], by Anna M. Tinsley    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/16/2014 4:02:34 PM     Post Reply
FORT WORTH — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis will undergo neck surgery today, her campaign said Tuesday. “After experiencing shoulder and right arm pain in recent weeks, Sen. Davis will have a routine surgical procedure to remove bone spurs and degenerative discs that are creating compression on the nerves in her neck,” campaign spokesman Zac Petkanas said in a statement Tuesday. “This is a common issue experienced by runners and endurance athletes,” he said. Davis, of Fort Worth, will undergo the outpatient surgery at the Fort Worth Brain and Spine Institute. Dr. Thomas Ellis will perform the

Obama administration gives Detroit
$100 million for ´blight removal´

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American Thinker, by Rick Moran    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/16/2014 1:36:54 PM     Post Reply
The cash infusion by the federal government is actually going to help the city pay pensions, even though they´re playing a kind of shell game with the money. As for "blight removal," perhaps they could start with city hall. Reuters: Michigan officials and President Barack Obama´s Administration are discussing a plan to free up $100 million in federal money to aid Detroit´s retired city workers, the Detroit Free Press reported on Tuesday. Citing two people familiar with the talks, the newspaper said the talks were centered around federal money flowing to Michigan for blight removal. Under the plan, $100 million

Michael Bloomberg: ´I Have Earned
My Place in Heaven´

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The Weekly Standard, by Daniel Halper    Original Article
Posted By: Bill the Cat- 4/16/2014 9:15:28 AM     Post Reply
Former New York City mayor is pledging to spend $50 million this year to push gun control, the New York Times reports. For this and other deeds (such as taking on obesity and smoking), Bloomberg believes he´s going to heaven. “I am telling you if there is a God, when I get to heaven I’m not stopping to be interviewed. I am heading straight in. I have earned my place in heaven. It’s not even close,” Bloomberg told the Times.

Climate change causing fish to
lose their minds, researchers say

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Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/16/2014 1:35:05 PM     Post Reply
Climate change’s latest casualty appears to be fish — or more specifically, fish brains — as researchers say the carbon dioxide that’s being absorbed into the ocean is causing the scaly creatures to lose their survival instincts. In other words, the fish are losing their minds, The Daily Mail reported. The acid from atmospheric carbon dioxide seeps into sea waters, dissolves and ultimately lowers the pH balance, researchers said. The acidic waters then hamper the fishes’ sensory systems, so they’re not able to distinguish between smells any longer, the scientists went on. When the acid levels get really high, the fish lose their

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