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Coca-Cola Super Bowl
ad draws outrage

USA Today, by Jolie Lee

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Posted By:KarenJ1, 2/3/2014 10:11:46 AM

Coca-Cola´s Super Bowl ad has sparked both outrage and kudos on Twitter and Facebook. The ad, entitled "America the Beautiful," features the patriotic song sung in eight languages. The ad shows people of different ethnicities. The ad also shows two dads rollerskating with their daughter. This was the first Super Bowl ad to feature a gay family, according to GLAAD, a lesbian gay, bisexual and transgender media advocacy organization. The inclusion of different languages sparked comments on Coca-Cola´s Facebook page calling the ad a disgrace and unpatriotic. "Speak English or go home," said one commenter on the page. Another commented, "Screwed up a

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They sure covered all the bases in celebrating diversity! It´s outrageous. "Speak English or go home" says it all.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Whamdbambam, 2/3/2014 10:18:15 AM     (No. 9717327)

A return of We Are the Weird...err...World. Can Jimmuh Cahtah be far behind?

Everything old is new again.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Grady, 2/3/2014 10:25:42 AM     (No. 9717337)

Celebrate diversity. Drink water.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: oldmagnolia, 2/3/2014 10:26:43 AM     (No. 9717339)

It was disgusting and an insult to Americans. A cousin of mine, who never lived in the U.S., told me back in the 80s, that illegal immigration will finish the United States as we know it. I think he was correct.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: SkyTexas, 2/3/2014 10:27:26 AM     (No. 9717342)

It´s Pepsi from now on for me.
Unless they bring Michael Jackson back from the dead.
Then it´s tap water.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Mildred, 2/3/2014 10:30:30 AM     (No. 9717346)

I can´t get too worked up about this. It was surprising but I liked the various ethnicities celebrating the United States. It´s only one TV ad. The game was great so who cares what they show during the breaks. Actually none of the commercials I saw were particularly good.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: mc squared, 2/3/2014 10:35:49 AM     (No. 9717357)

Tea.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: unagator, 2/3/2014 10:37:14 AM     (No. 9717359)

Weren´t we all outrageously outraged about a Pepsi transgression not so long ago?

This is just another SQUIRREL!!! "controversy". Probably had the story written before the ad aired.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: god of irony, 2/3/2014 10:37:32 AM     (No. 9717360)

Some of the worst atrocities in the world happen becuase of Balkanization. We should not encourage it.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Lawsy0, 2/3/2014 10:43:22 AM     (No. 9717371)

If they are singing praises to my country, America, I don´t think I am harmed by their praise of my homeland. BUT, since I speak mainly English with a smattering of Spanish, how do I know that what was being sung was actually ´´America the Beautiful´´ translated correctly?

I sure as heck won´t be taking Coca-Cola´s word for the correctness.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Country Boy, 2/3/2014 10:44:41 AM     (No. 9717375)

Agree with the above. Coke didn´t have to do this.

Special irony here is that Coke got to top of the heap by being the contractor to the U.S. Army during WWII. All soft drinks to the GI service men were Cokes. So Coca Cola became super wealthy as American men (many still in their teens) gave their lives for this country.

Never was a Coke fan. Much less so now.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: OkieTom, 2/3/2014 10:53:31 AM     (No. 9717385)

#6 has it right.
Tea from now on.
Two birds with one stone, right?

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Reply 12 - Posted by: StuartL, 2/3/2014 10:56:00 AM     (No. 9717391)

No comments about the smiling young woman in her hijab?

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Reply 13 - Posted by: AltaD, 2/3/2014 11:02:49 AM     (No. 9717399)

Coke wants to feature diversity, that´s fine, but why not in sing in English with diverse accents?

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Reply 14 - Posted by: earlybird, 2/3/2014 11:02:51 AM     (No. 9717400)

Our country was built on diversity. Those from other lands who longed for what we had here and waited out the long haul until they could come here legally.

My grandparents were elderly when they arrived with their family. I imagine they were too old to learn enough English to sing in English a song like "America the Beautiful". But that would not have kept them from singing it because they loved this country. And they became citizens, as did their children born in the "old country".

So I cannot get worked up over this. And I am utterly amazed at the venom expressed over a Coke commercial, an ad...

How tiny we have become. Great issues facing us and we are livid over a commercial?

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Salt5792, 2/3/2014 11:13:11 AM     (No. 9717419)

No more Coke for me. And I´m going to sell my stock too.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: FlatCityGirl, 2/3/2014 11:15:48 AM     (No. 9717426)

I suspect it´s not JUST the Coke commercial that has some folks up in arms, but rather, a culmination of the vulgarity and evil that most of us see being thrust upon us and our nation by the PC Police.

Yes, we´re diverse, and thank God for that. Who would want to live without guacamole?

The article below: America The Vulgar, addresses what´s likely behind the outrage expressed by so many posters.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: john56, 2/3/2014 11:15:57 AM     (No. 9717429)

The switching between languages confused me more than anything else.

Why not do the ad with a graphic on what language was sung and the words in English and the language being sung?

But the Coke ad with the kid from Green Bay running into Lambeau Field was okay (and for those of you who can´t pronounce it -- Ash-wah-ben-non is the name of the town on the kid´s jersy ... and it´s an Indian word which I think means "between Lambeau Field and the Casino."). But I´m a Packer fan who grew up near Green Bay.

And anyway, once the Packers are out of the playoffs I think the remainder of the NFL season is just an early start to the exhibition season.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Hank Reardon, 2/3/2014 11:17:31 AM     (No. 9717431)

I had five cans of Coke on hand. I say had, as I dumped them down the sink last night.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: gobushcheneygo, 2/3/2014 11:19:43 AM     (No. 9717438)

If Coca-Cola was attempting to be patriotic, it was an epic fail. Not "outraged" but struck me as just more PC ´isn´t diversity wonderful´ crapola. Coke needs a new marketing team.

I´ll take more Two If By Tea, Rush.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: jinx, 2/3/2014 11:29:54 AM     (No. 9717458)

Why throw it in our faces? Pepsi anyone?

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Reply 21 - Posted by: postaway, 2/3/2014 11:37:58 AM     (No. 9717468)

I was in D.C. recently with my sister who lives in a town that has not (yet) been effected by out-of-control immigration. We were at a mall and she was stunned by the people in the mall and she said that she felt like she was in a foreign country. I said, "That´s the point. You´re meant to feel that way. People like us are being made into a minority." My brother, a Washingtonian, sniffed and said, "This is the most cosmopolitan city in the country. That´s why you see so many foreign people." I said, "Gee, that´s funny, because it looks just like NYC, Chicago, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Boston, New Orleans and even Austin, TX." He looked surprised.

Simply put, we are being invaded. It´s just being done peacefully and we are being softened by the media, including ads like this.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: tanstaafl44, 2/3/2014 11:44:20 AM     (No. 9717472)

criminal invaders show respect for another gringo tradition, "America the beautiful", a poem written in English and set to music, so that it may be shared by many voices in harmony




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Reply 23 - Posted by: RayLRiv, 2/3/2014 12:01:09 PM     (No. 9717503)

I think it was a desperate corporate attempt to rekindle or strike TV commercial ´fool´s gold´ with an updated version of the late 1960s-early 1970s "It´s The Real Thing" Coke jingle...

...but this failed miserably...

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Smart11344, 2/3/2014 12:23:17 PM     (No. 9717541)

Over the years there have been many very creative and clever commercials that debuted on the Superbowl broadcasts. I think I saw two commercials that passed that test yesterday. The rest must have been produced in Washington and Colorado with the ad agencies all high on legalized pot.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: P51DMustang, 2/3/2014 12:47:56 PM     (No. 9717582)

Stopped drinking and purchasing Coke stock a long time ago.

They are all things to all people, but they do not represent patriotism in our Beloved United States.

Yep, speak english or stay home plus 20.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: littleorby, 2/3/2014 12:48:36 PM     (No. 9717584)

!Por Dios gentre!

Yo hablo dos linques y soy es 100% Americana.

Frankly, I´m very proud of learning Spanish during my spare time, while, I might add, many others were wasting their time watching the Simpsons.


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Reply 27 - Posted by: The Architect, 2/3/2014 12:49:33 PM     (No. 9717588)

Does anyone on this thread really think you could find two Muslims who would sing "America, America, God shed his grace on thee....". I don´t think so. Remember, we are "the Great Satan"! After 9/11 virtually none of the polls taken could find any Muslim group which would outright condemn the atrocity. The Muslim neighborhoods in Jersey were dancing in the streets right accross the river from the WTC. Coke can keep it´s product. I´d rather drink water than give them a penny.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: Maggie2u, 2/3/2014 12:58:40 PM     (No. 9717604)

To all those here who think there was nothing wrong with our National Anthem being sung in different languages, try to imagine the outrage in Mexico if their Anthem was sung in English.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: Historian58, 2/3/2014 1:03:58 PM     (No. 9717618)

I went to Youtube and tried to download versions of the ad. Bunches of languages including Arabic. The English and Hebrew versions would not load or download. None of the versions would allow comments to be made. I think Coca Cola knows they messed up big time on this ad and is trying to lessen the reaction. Cowards. I prefer R.C. and Dr. Pepper and avoid Coke and Pepsi. This fiasco deepens my resolve to avoid Coke. They pooched it this time.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: avmermaid, 2/3/2014 1:18:01 PM     (No. 9717648)

The commercial could have been saved if all of the singers gathered at the end and began singing in English. That would have portrayed the melting pot effect and made the translations more believable.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: Coy860, 2/3/2014 1:27:07 PM     (No. 9717662)

I was deeply offended because Coca Cola attempted to STEAL our Heritage that our grandparents worked so hard to create for us until the illegals started calling the shots here. The way it used to be :
Theodore Roosevelt´s ideas on immigrants and being an AMERICAN in 1907.
"In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person´s becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American...There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn´t an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag... We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language... and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people."


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Reply 32 - Posted by: Lalo, 2/3/2014 1:51:06 PM     (No. 9717707)

Even though the refusal of many immigrants to learn English annoys me, I can´t work up much outrage over this. Coke is an ultra-international business. And yes, it was a PC ad (though thankfully not half as saccharine as "I´d Like to Teach the World to Sing.") But the flip side of the negative view might be: implanting the suggestion that all these ethnicities sing the praises of the USA - think well of it and feel positively about it rather than cynically & hatefully. As for the gay families being included - tolerance, inclusiveness & harmony are more of a sell nation-wide than their opposites. And besides, it´s all the rage now. (semi-s/o)

Bottom line - it was, overall, probably good for their bottom line and in business that´s what it´s all about, n´est-ce pas?

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Reply 33 - Posted by: Lalo, 2/3/2014 1:55:28 PM     (No. 9717715)

P.S. I prefer RC, too, but now drink Sweet Leaf mint & honey green iced tea.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: mickeymat, 2/3/2014 1:56:34 PM     (No. 9717718)

#31 is on to something. Yes, we are multi-cultural and have welcomed people from all over the world to our blessed country. But each of those persons must give up something of their old nation in order to partake of the good things in ours. They should therefore be devoted to our language and to our way of life lest there be division and strife. When they speak only their native tongue they are expressing a certain rejection of their host country.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: Udanja99, 2/3/2014 2:03:12 PM     (No. 9717733)

If leftists ever read the words to America the Beautiful beyond the first verse, they would hate it. All that stuff about pilgrims, westward expansion and personal responsibility is anathema to them.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: lil dotty, 2/3/2014 3:30:22 PM     (No. 9717846)

Seems that many of US AMERICANS were highly offended. Forget Coke!!! Got TEA?


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Reply 37 - Posted by: FrankIncensed, 2/3/2014 3:38:08 PM     (No. 9717857)

SodaStream starting to sound better and better. Just sayin´

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Reply 38 - Posted by: US Veteran, 2/3/2014 4:40:25 PM     (No. 9717918)

Is it a hate crime yet to dislike this commercial?

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Reply 39 - Posted by: 4Justice, 2/3/2014 8:13:26 PM     (No. 9718112)

Hmmm...my grandma and grandpa C were born in the U.S. in the late 1800s. They didn´t speak English but they encouraged their children to learn. All the kids grew up bilingual. Me and my siblings grew up completely uni-lingual (English only)--though I regret that we never learned (outside of school) any other language. It would have been better to have grown up knowing two (or more) than learning later. Anyway, my point is that grandma & grandpa C couldn´t speak English but they were citizens as were their parents (my family line has been here since the days of the conquistadors). Yes, English is the official and should be the official language. But I fail to see how singing in different languages is unpatriotic. My grandparents were natural born citizens but didn´t speak English! What does that mean? My father and all 4 of his brothers fought in WWII and his youngest brother fought in Korea. I think my family was patriotic even if they couldn´t all speak English.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: 4Justice, 2/3/2014 8:27:55 PM     (No. 9718126)

I meant all 4 of his older brothers...there were 5 boys and 1 girl in the family. I guess I am a bit disgusted when people automatically think that Hispanics are "illegal invaders" if they speak Spanish. As I said, my family was here from Spain since before most other Europeans. They are not "Mexican" -- they are Spanish who came to America. My family never lived in Mexico (unless you count Texas as being once a part of Mexico before annexation. There was even a little railroad town named after my family in Texas. But people with our unusual name can also be found in the Philippines and Puerto Rico because (as I said) they came with the conquistadors--they got around!

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Reply 41 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 2/3/2014 11:41:12 PM     (No. 9718316)

I am going with When in Rome, do as the Romans.

We are talking about a different kind of immigrant today. "Everywhere you go, there you are" because they refuse to assimilate. Everybody wants to come here, but don´t want to be patriotic Americans. They want to keep the old country ways and want US to cater to them. That´s where the resentment comes from.

Coke doesn´t care about US. They care about their bottom line.

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

The Folly Of The Bundy Ranch Rebellion
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The Federalist, by Grace Olmstead    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/18/2014 4:21:46 AM     Post Reply
It’s the stuff of Westerns: a showdown on the desert plains, the big bad government against an underdog farmer. Though the story has only grabbed national headlines in the past several days, rancher Cliven Bundy has illegally grazed cattle on the Nevada land surrounding his farm for over 20 years. He hasn’t paid grazing fees since 1993, and refuses to renew the necessary grazing permit.(Snip)Rather than using the avenues and pathways presented to him, Bundy has staunchly declared his own law and allegiances. Unfortunately, reality doesn’t work this way. If only it did—we could rebel for paying stupid taxes, refuse to

Students Demand Acknowledgement of
Robert E. Lee´s ´Racist and Dishonorable Conduct´

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Breitbart´s Big Government, by AWR Hawkins    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/18/2014 12:35:28 PM     Post Reply
A group of seven multiracial Washington and Lee University (W&L) students are demanding the school remove all Confederate flags from campus and "acknowledge" General Robert E. Lee´s "dishonorable side." According to the Roanoke Times, "seven multiracial students, calling themselves ´The Committee,´" have also demanded the school "acknowledge and apologize for participating in chattel slavery." They want recognition of "Martin Luther King Jr. Day on the undergraduate campus" and an end to "neo-Confederates" marching across campus "to the Lee Chapel on Lee-Jackson Day." The students say they will "engage in civil disobedience" if their demands are not met by September 1st. They added: "The

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

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

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

In a Hole, Golf Considers
Digging a Wider One

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

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

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

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

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

Pelosi assists in Holy Week
foot-washing ritual

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San Francisco Chronicle, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Harlowe- 4/18/2014 11:46:54 AM     Post Reply
To "honor the dignity and work of immigrants," Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi helps Bishop Marc Andrus wash the feet of two children Thursday at Saint John the Evangelist Episcopal Church in San Francisco. Pelosi also used the occasion to talk about passing HR15 - bipartisan immigration legislation that her office says would "reduce the deficit by nearly $1 trillion, secure our borders, unite our families, protect our workers and provide an earned pathway to citizenship." The Democratic leader´s ceremony coincides with Pope Francis´ similar ceremony in Rome to mark Holy Week.

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

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

Deadbeat on the Range
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New York Times, by Timothy Eagan    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/18/2014 3:52:52 PM     Post Reply
Imagine a vendor on the National Mall, selling burgers and dogs, who hasn’t paid his rent in 20 years. He refuses to recognize his landlord, the National Park Service, as a legitimate authority. Every court has ruled against him, and fines have piled up. What’s more, the effluents from his food cart are having a detrimental effect on the spring grass in the capital. Would an armed posse come to his defense, aiming their guns at the park police? Would the lawbreaker get prime airtime on Fox News, breathless updates in the Drudge Report, a sympathetic ear from Tea Party Republicans?


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