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The death of the comma? U.S.
academic claims punctuation mark
could be abolished from English
language with ´little loss of clarity´

Daily Mail (UK), by Sophie Jane Evans

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Posted By:JoniTx, 2/8/2014 12:14:00 PM

It is one of the most common - albeit, ineptly used - elements of the English language. Now, an American academic has suggested that the comma could be abolished as a punctuation mark. Professor John McWhorter claims removing commas from most modern U.S. texts would cause ´little loss of clarity´ - meaning they may now be in a state of obsolescence. He adds that internet users are becoming increasingly carefree in their use of the punctuation mark - with some professional writers following suit, according to The Times. ´[You] could take them out of a great deal of modern American

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: killerbee, 2/8/2014 12:21:27 PM     (No. 9724615)

Wow. They need to read "Eats, Shoots & Leaves" by Lynn Truss.

I´m awful at commas, but I do appreciate them when I´m reading.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: mamafrog, 2/8/2014 12:21:54 PM     (No. 9724618)

The comma may indeed fade from use. It will still be taught in American Classrooms along with a number of other archaic and no longer useful skills.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Susannah, 2/8/2014 12:22:01 PM     (No. 9724619)

Perhaps Obama should speak to this issue: "If you like your commas, you can keep your commas."

I´ll keep them, thank you. They´re an essential part of writing.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: mikkins2, 2/8/2014 12:22:32 PM     (No. 9724622)

The grammar Nazis are not going to be happy about this!

One less thing they will be able to smugly lecture about the proper use of ;, ´, and ,.

Heh!

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Reply 5 - Posted by: WV.Hillbilly, 2/8/2014 12:23:38 PM     (No. 9724625)

Let´s eat, Grandma.

Let´s eat Grandma.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Kendet1946, 2/8/2014 12:24:39 PM     (No. 9724627)

I teach school not using commas periods semicolons colons quotation marks parenthesises can lead to confusion and a slowdown in understanding and communication if the comma goes all the rest will follow and what you are reading right now is the result get my drift

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Reply 7 - Posted by: retiree, 2/8/2014 12:25:35 PM     (No. 9724629)

Why not? This country is eliminating much of what this country is based on, including education (not giving the facts, but whitewashing many actual events in this country). Making the US out as evil.
No more pennmanship or cursive, common core bringing things into the curriculem that students DON´T need.
Students spelling what something sounds like instead of proper spelling and passing them anyway. I could go on and on but it would be to no avail.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: E Unum Pluribus, 2/8/2014 12:26:06 PM     (No. 9724630)

Reminiscent of Benny Hill:

What´s that in the road ahead?

What´s that in the road, a head?


Without the comma, we´re going to have some major misunderstandings in both our written and spoken language.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: maryc, 2/8/2014 12:26:48 PM     (No. 9724632)

Text grammar. Thumb English Note to all you cannot get excited ´for´ an inanimate object !!! You can get excited about one but not for them. Really, ,,,,,,,,,,

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Reply 10 - Posted by: tren9, 2/8/2014 12:29:21 PM     (No. 9724633)

I researched the matter in 1960. At that time text books in use in high schools were divided. Some said ´one, two, and three.´ Others said ´one, two and three.´ In an earlier time the first prevailed. In latter time the latter prevailed.
I personally agree that losing the comma will lead to less clarity.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Screwgun, 2/8/2014 12:29:27 PM     (No. 9724634)

You can take away my commas; you´ll never take away my semicolons.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: MirJoy, 2/8/2014 12:36:02 PM     (No. 9724644)

I´ve noticed that quotation marks are missing in some pieces lately as well. (not sure if I should put in a comma after lately; sometimes I overdo.)

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Susannah, 2/8/2014 12:43:40 PM     (No. 9724653)

"Rachael Ray finds inspiration in cooking her family and her dog."

"The meeting was addressed by two Democrats, Ted Cruz and Sarah Palin."

"I´d like to thank my parents, Ayn Rand and God."

Of course, only a Nazi would insist on basic literacy.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Veritas2009, 2/8/2014 12:45:10 PM     (No. 9724655)

Woman,without her, man is a savage.
Woman without her man, is a savage.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: wetenschapper, 2/8/2014 12:48:54 PM     (No. 9724657)

An American and retired researcher living in Europe, I bring in a few extra euros by proofreading the English on papers written by non-native speakers. I can say from a great deal of experience that the properly-placed comma can do wonders to make an ambiguous or incomprehensible sentence clear. Save the comma!

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Reply 16 - Posted by: bullhead, 2/8/2014 12:52:53 PM     (No. 9724663)

Betty Davis vows Joan Crawford is a superior actress.

Betty Davis, vows Joan Crawford, is a superior actress.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Philipsonh, 2/8/2014 12:53:18 PM     (No. 9724664)

Without commas, many sentences make no sense, the wrong sense, or nonsense. Obviously, like the media, we will just write in capitals and headlines and have to read the article to know what is in it - which much of the time is not the same as the HEADLINE -

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Reply 18 - Posted by: strikingviking, 2/8/2014 1:06:39 PM     (No. 9724679)

A Repubican party platform plank dispute a few years ago was about a comma. The party supported either:

Tax cuts which boost the economy.

or

Tax cuts, which boost the economy.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: kayjaymac, 2/8/2014 1:09:21 PM     (No. 9724682)

"What is this thing called love?"

"What is this thing called, love?"



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Reply 20 - Posted by: Brittany, 2/8/2014 1:10:56 PM     (No. 9724684)

Ditto, #1 Article head careless. Speaking of clauses, et.al. in sentences? Like previous one. No thank you. In fact, more should be taught about clauses as I labor to make myself clear. My children were luckier and had an old-fashioned teacher. My son was miles ahead in English when we moved to this ´academic´ community.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: ida Lou Pino, 2/8/2014 1:11:34 PM     (No. 9724687)

I always use commas - - except when I post on this board.

That´s when I use the double dashes - - like this - -

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Miss Ann Thrope, 2/8/2014 1:13:28 PM     (No. 9724689)

Speak and write so that you cannot possibly be misunderstood.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Brittany, 2/8/2014 1:16:05 PM     (No. 9724690)

In fact, ´language arts´ in my teaching time had little instruction in the 6thgrade in how sentences were put together. My team leader and I spent time just illustrating by parsing on the board but there was only so much we could do.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: dman, 2/8/2014 1:23:31 PM     (No. 9724693)

Another step on the road to Babel. The purpose of language is to accurately transfer a thought from one mind to another. Commas help do that. The fact that many, including myself, are not as skilled in their use as they should be is not a reason to abandon them. A refresher course would be a more appropriate remedy.

The devolution of our language is part of the devolution of our culture. Long live Ebonics and the F-bomb!! /s

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Reply 25 - Posted by: lakerman1, 2/8/2014 1:36:50 PM     (No. 9724703)

Throw momma from the train a kiss

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Reply 26 - Posted by: rocket-j-squirrel, 2/8/2014 1:39:50 PM     (No. 9724706)

Love all the examples posted above. I will keep my commas, thank you. It gives your brain a chance to breathe.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: StormCnter, 2/8/2014 1:39:58 PM     (No. 9724707)

I´m guilty. I admit it. I fling commas like confetti. I tell myself that it´s better too many than not enough, but I don´t really believe that.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: earlybird, 2/8/2014 1:48:52 PM     (No. 9724711)

i believe we really don´t need Professor McWhorter who doesn´t seem to have enough to do and should consider grabbing some tools and tucking in to one of Obama´s shovel ready projects so that then we wouldn´t have to cope with his foolishness and could keep our commas periods semi-colons and exclamation points and not give a whit.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: Shells, 2/8/2014 1:49:56 PM     (No. 9724713)

No commas?

The epitome of intellectual laziness.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: Tall Oak, 2/8/2014 1:55:31 PM     (No. 9724716)

I´m cpoying these examples to a Word file so that I can relish the wit and wisdom of my lucuianne bothers and sisters. Keep the comma to maintain clarity. My humble offering:

I used to kiss her on the lips but, it´s all over, now.

I used to kiss her on the lips, but it´s all over now.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: fayebeck, 2/8/2014 1:56:55 PM     (No. 9724718)

#16 who is BETTY Davis? First the came for the commas. I did nuthin´. Then they came for spelling.....

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Reply 32 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 2/8/2014 2:04:28 PM     (No. 9724733)

With a little luck some day they´ll come for the Spelling and Grammar Nannies who regularly insult our posters.

Repeat after me:

"Not everyone is perfect like you."

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Reply 33 - Posted by: Rama41, 2/8/2014 2:10:14 PM     (No. 9724738)

To be replaced by the words "ya know" or "like".

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Reply 34 - Posted by: suziesuburbanite, 2/8/2014 2:13:06 PM     (No. 9724740)

Commas aren´t needed there is virtually no difference between

1. We´re having grandma for dinner
and
2. We´re having grandma, for dinner.

s/o

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Reply 35 - Posted by: bkt23, 2/8/2014 2:25:01 PM     (No. 9724769)

#4, that´s "one fewer things", not "one less thing".

(sorry :-p :D)

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Reply 36 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 2/8/2014 2:32:34 PM     (No. 9724776)

At one time in America they taught the proper use of punctuation, but then the liberal left "educators" decided it was too much information for the inner city LoFos to absorb. About ten years ago they began loosening up the ´rules´ to allow an "anything goes" doctrine to punctuation. They allowed commas anywhere it felt OK to add one, such as when you wanted to insert a pause. Yet now the elitists of change doctrine want to just do away with it althogether? So, why do we need English teachers at all anymore? Fire the lot of them.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: suziesuburbanite, 2/8/2014 2:34:27 PM     (No. 9724778)

rid of the semi-con first!

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Reply 38 - Posted by: stablemoney, 2/8/2014 2:44:48 PM     (No. 9724789)

McWhorter is free not to use commas, others are free to do as they please. Liberals cannot abide freedom.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: TunnelRat, 2/8/2014 2:59:31 PM     (No. 9724805)

I cannot begin to say how many times I have wanted to reply to a comment (here and elsewhere):

"Punctuation is your friend"

or

"Paragraphs are your friends".

It often seems that those who most want to dispose of the rules of grammar are the same ones whose writing is hard to understand.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: lawdoc, 2/8/2014 3:32:50 PM     (No. 9724827)

This goes along with the notion that there is no right or wrong: everything is equal. Or maybe they want to emulate the Torah, which has no vowels or punctuation.

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Reply 41 - Posted by: tomanderson61, 2/8/2014 4:09:38 PM     (No. 9724856)

There was this same sort of BS a few years ago about changing silent letters...tonight=tonite, light=lite, etc.

I am sick of it. Have some discipline and write correctly. My son is in fifth grade and has just passed all his grammar tests, including common placement.

Try to be a little better than a fifth grader.

And yeah, I know my "comment grammar" is not all that great, so flame away!



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Reply 42 - Posted by: prairiemain, 2/8/2014 4:10:13 PM     (No. 9724857)

As others have noted above, some sentences will be very confusing in English without the use of commas. Proper use of commas has never been good, even in England, but let´s keep the comma for the time being.

That said, it is disheartening that we have so many failures in our education system, to the point that US students´ ranking falls every year relative to other countries, that some overpaid academic found this more worthy of his or her deep thoughts. A debate over the usefulness of commas while nearly half of students graduating from US high schools can barely sign their own name? Give me a break.

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Reply 43 - Posted by: TarAndFeathers, 2/8/2014 4:18:09 PM     (No. 9724864)

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , !

Take that, McWhorter!

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Reply 44 - Posted by: Pinchem, 2/8/2014 4:29:59 PM     (No. 9724875)

#31 said, in part: "First the came for the commas."

Perhaps you should check your own spelling before criticizing the spelling of another.


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Reply 45 - Posted by: Susannah, 2/8/2014 4:55:05 PM     (No. 9724888)

They´ll take my commas from me when they pry them from my cold, dead keyboard. Same goes for my apostrophes, colons, semi-colons, exclamation points, periods, single quotation marks, and double quotation marks.

Bring it on, language despoilers! My blazing keyboard and I will battle you to the death!

"Words mean things." -- Rush Limbaugh

"So does punctuation." -- Susannah



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Reply 46 - Posted by: bpl40, 2/8/2014 5:16:04 PM     (No. 9724902)

Consider this. Woman without her man, is a savage.And.. Woman, without her man is a savage. Same meaning?

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Reply 47 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 2/8/2014 6:19:40 PM     (No. 9724935)

Try this one:

That which is is that which is not is not is that not so it is.

-------or----------

That which is, is.

That which is not,is not.

Is that not so ?

It is.

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Reply 48 - Posted by: Smart11344, 2/8/2014 6:46:31 PM     (No. 9724949)

Do they use commas in Ebonics?

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Reply 49 - Posted by: StuartL, 2/8/2014 6:56:47 PM     (No. 9724952)

whystopwithcommasletsgetridofallthoseotherdumbmarksandtwokindsofeveryletterandwhilewereatitaalsoallthatuselessspacebetweenwords

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Reply 50 - Posted by: Heraclitus, 2/8/2014 8:12:55 PM     (No. 9724989)

Your comments are delightful as usual!

#21, i, too, like the double dash! Note that the author, while avoiding the comma, employs a single dash.

English grammar, the comma serves an important function of clarifying one´s meaning and intention.

Has anyone here ever tried to translate ancient Greek? There isn´t much punctuation in this highly inflected language. Some sentences run on for a whole page, challenging one´s sanity.

So i will cling to my commas AND my dashes ...as well as semicolons! ...AND... the beloved exclamation point (with the ever useful dot dot dot...)!!!


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Reply 51 - Posted by: Bohallx, 2/8/2014 8:36:18 PM     (No. 9725006)

There´s currently a theory rotating its way through the realms of linguistics that says the spoken languages in the various regions of the Roman Empire didn´t arrise AFTER the Empire fell, but they´d been there all along.

The evidence provided is that virtually all Classical Latin found in original, or nearly original texts, dating from the early centuries, has no punctuation ~ or even spaces between words!

It wasn´t imagined that Latin, per se, would ever be spoken by anyone, so even at the Senate a local tongue ~ let´s call it Tuscan, was spoken, but the records were kept in a common written language called Latin.

Throughout the Empire folks spoke one language (or a hundred if we count all the local dialects) but official scribes and government record keepers wrote in another.

This happened in the Middle East. The people who first invented writing, the Sumerians, died out in a massive drought, but their language lived on as a way to record information. Cunuiform characters/ideographs were used by Semitic speakers!

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Reply 52 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 2/8/2014 9:04:47 PM     (No. 9725025)

In the article, I counted 14 commas and 13 hyphens, which should have been commas. I tried to read the article without the commas or the hyphens and found it much more difficult reading. Though, I did understand it.

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Reply 53 - Posted by: Garage Logician, 2/8/2014 9:14:52 PM     (No. 9725029)

Throw the cow over the fence some hay.

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Reply 54 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 2/8/2014 10:20:02 PM     (No. 9725086)

Are they suggesting that everyone use ´computer speak´ in writing everything, including books ?

Does it bother anyone that the founding fathers were more educated than what they are cranking out of colleges today or that this country is falling farther behind academically ?

But, hey, you don´t need commas on the welfare app.

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Reply 55 - Posted by: bubber, 2/9/2014 12:16:11 AM     (No. 9725136)

Pat Conroy,,,Prince of Tides,,,king of commas,,,...

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At this point it might take a dead body to get the Big Three (ABC, CBS, NBC) networks to give the IRS-Tea Party scandal any sort of real coverage. Huge developments in the last week – like IRS official Lois Lerner receiving a criminal referral from the House Ways and Means Committee and e-mails proving she fed tax information on a targeted group to the staff of Rep. Elijah Cummings (D) – were completely censored by ABC and NBC news. Only a 90 second report on Thursday’s CBS This Morning kept last week’s revelations from being totally blacked out on

Kansas Jewish Center Gunman
didn´t just Appear out of Nowhere
American Thinker, by Stu Tarlowe    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/15/2014 5:26:15 AM     Post Reply
He’s not “unknown”, and he didn’t just pop up on the horizon. The alleged killer of three at the Overland Park (Kansas) Jewish Community Center and a nearby Jewish retirement home didn’t just “appear out of nowhere”; he’s a man who has been in the public eye before, right here in the Kansas City area and elsewhere, along with his foaming-at-the-mouth anti-Jewish and white supremacist views. The suspect, identified as Frazier Glenn Cross of Aurora, Missouri, is also known as Frazier Glenn Miller or simply Glenn Miller. As Glenn Miller, he ran for the U.S. Senate from Missouri in 2010.

Post-apocalyptic scenes engulf
Chile as helicopters, airplanes and
firefighters struggle to contain wildfires
that have killed 15, devastated
2,000 homes and left 8,000 homeless
Daily Mail (UK), by Tara Brady    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/15/2014 4:44:42 AM     Post Reply
Helicopters, airplanes and firefighters have been struggling to contain wildfires that have killed 15 people, devastated more than 2,000 homes and left 8,000 homeless in Valparaiso, Chile. A 15th body was found today and the toll of destroyed homes has risen to more than 2,150. As smoke rose from smoldering ruins all over the picturesque coastal city, many compared the scene to Dante´s inferno. Scroll down for video - Some people made their way home after days without sleep, only to discover ruins. The fires, so hot they created their own fierce winds, consumed a few entire neighborhoods. In other



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Ben Carson: White House wanted
apology for ‘offending’ Obama

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Daily Caller, by Alex Pappas    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/15/2014 5:22:51 AM     Post Reply
Neurosurgeon Ben Carson says the White House wanted him to apologize for “offending” President Obama after he famously delivered a conservative message at the National Prayer Breakfast last year. Carson, the former director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, recalls the events surrounding his 2013 speech in his new book, One Nation: What We Can All Do To Save America’s Future. The Daily Caller obtained an advance copy of the book, which is set for release May 20. “He did not appear to be hostile or angry,” Carson writes of Obama, “but within a matter of minutes after the conclusion of

Brit Hume: Obama, Holder
‘Benefited Enormously’ From
Being African American

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Mediaite, by Evan McMurry    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/13/2014 9:14:46 PM     Post Reply
On Fox News Sunday, political analyst Brit Hume said that Eric Holder’s claim that his treatment at the hands of Representative Louie Gohmert (R-TX) at a House hearing this week was unprecedented toward an Attorney General, made him a “crybaby,” and that he and President Barack Obama had in fact benefited “enormously” from being the first African Americans in their respective positions. “This strikes me as kinda crybaby stuff from Holder,” Hume said. “My sense about this is both Eric Holder and Barack Obama have benefited politically enormously from the fact that they are African American and the first to

Why You Should Be Sympathetic
Toward Cliven Bundy

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Powerline, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: Toledo- 4/15/2014 8:40:58 AM     Post Reply
On Saturday, I wrote about the standoff at Bundy Ranch. That post drew a remarkable amount of traffic, even though, as I wrote then, I had not quite decided what to make of the story. Since then, I have continued to study the facts and have drawn some conclusions. Here they are. First, it must be admitted that legally, Bundy doesn’t have a leg to stand on. The Bureau of Land Management has been charging him grazing fees since the early 1990s, which he has refused to pay. Further, BLM has issued orders limiting the area on which Bundy’s cows can

Obama Generation Losing
Interest in Obama

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Wall Street Journal, by James Freeman    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/14/2014 4:23:09 PM     Post Reply
President Obama inspired a generation of young people to support his historic election in 2008. And in 2012, despite the struggles of his first term, Mr. Obama still managed to win the support of a full 60% of voters age 18-29. But the man who once dreamed of being a transformative leader in the Reagan mold is inspiring few of those young people to follow his lead. "For all the talk about the movement that elected Mr. Obama, the more notable movement of Obama supporters has been away from politics. It appears that few of the young people who voted

The world must shift to solar and wind
power rapidly to avoid catastrophic global
warming, say UN scientists in major report

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Daily Mail (U.K.), by Ben Spencer    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/13/2014 7:15:31 PM     Post Reply
A rapid shift to wind and solar power is needed if the world is to avoid catastrophic global warming, the United Nations warns in a crucial report today. Emissions of greenhouse gases need to be cut by up to 70 per cent before 2050 to control climate change, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says. ‘Large-scale changes in energy systems’ are required, with coal power stations to be switched off and replaced by wind and solar. And the transformation needs to be made in the next 15 years or controlling climate change will become increasingly harder and more expensive. The report was published

Chelsea Clinton no longer
ruling out politics

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The Hill (Washington DC), by Judy Katz    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/14/2014 11:57:36 AM     Post Reply
Chelsea Clinton says when people ask her these days whether she wants to go into politics, her answer isn’t an automatic “no.” The 34-year-old former first daughter told Fast Company in an interview published Monday, “for so long the answer was just a visceral no. Not because I had made any conscientious, deliberate decision, but since people had been asking for as long as literally I could remember, it was no." Now, the only child of former President Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton explains, "I live in a city and a state and a country where I

Glaring limits of the Civil Rights
Act: We need to redistribute wealth

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Salon Magazine, by Matt Bruenig    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/14/2014 7:20:41 PM     Post Reply
Although the Civil Rights Act, the landmark legislation which just reached its 50th anniversary, made great strides in desegregating the economy, economic discrimination is still widespread, and anti-discrimination legislation alone can never rectify the economic damage inflicted upon blacks by slavery and our Jim Crow apartheid regime. The Civil Rights Act was a mild reform, all things considered, but one conservatives fought with vigor and one many conservatives are still bitter about to this day. When the Civil Rights Act passed in 1964, the primary purpose was to root out discrimination in public accommodations (like hotels and movie theaters)

If a nuclear bomb exploded in downtown
Washington, what should you do?

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The Week, by Marc Ambinder    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 4/15/2014 4:51:46 AM     Post Reply
Funny question in the headline, yes? But since President Obama worries more about the threat of terrorists´ improvised nuclear device going off in a major American city than anything Russia can throw at us, I was wondering if the government had deigned to share with us citizens any tips for, you know, surviving something their own intelligence points to as the likeliest unlikely Black Swan event. Well, no. And yes. No — very few people in Washington, D.C., who work for the government have any idea what they would do if a 10-kiloton nuclear device exploded at the intersection of 16th and K

Obama taps gay bishop to wrap Easter
Prayer Breakfast with invocation

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Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: jackson- 4/15/2014 9:25:28 AM     Post Reply
When President Obama needed a preacher to fulfill the closing prayer duties at the annual White House Easter Prayer Breakfast, he turned to none other than the Episcopal Church’s first openly gay bishop — who said he was as shocked as anyone at the appointment. The Right Rev. Gene Robinson said in a tweet, accompanied by a photo of Mr. Obama behind a podium at the event: “POTUS ‘preaches’ at the Easter prayer breakfast. Then, out of the blue, asks ME to close with prayer. OMG!” Newsmax said he also emphasized that the words he chose to close the breakfast

Obama Selects First Openly Gay
Episcopal Bishop to Lead Easter Prayer

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Mediaite, by Andrew Kirell    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/14/2014 12:46:05 PM     Post Reply
President Obama pulled a surprise move Monday at the White House’s Easter Prayer Breakfast when he selected Gene Robinson to lead the closing prayer. Robinson is famously known as the first openly gay Episcopal bishop. Talking Points Memo’s Tom Kludt spotted the following tweet from Robinson, who was in attendance: (Tweet) Robinson, 66, became diocesan bishop of New Hampshire in March 2004. He retired in January 2013 and is currently a senior fellow at the progressive

Developing: Russian fighter jet buzzes
U.S. Navy destroyer in Black Sea

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Associated Press, by Lolita C. Baldor    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/14/2014 12:49:12 PM     Post Reply
A Russian fighter jet made multiple, close-range passes near an American warship in the Black Sea for more than 90 minutes Saturday amid escalating tensions in the region, a U.S. military official said Monday. In the first public account of the incident, the official said the Russian Fencer flew within 1,000 yards of the USS Donald Cook, a Navy destroyer, at about 500 feet above sea level. Ship commanders considered the actions provocative and inconsistent with international agreements, prompting the ship to issue several radio queries and warnings. The fighter appeared to be unarmed and never was in danger of

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

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


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