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The Undoing of Storybook Man
National Review Online, by Jonah Goldberg

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Posted By:StormCnter, 10/5/2012 5:40:40 AM

It was the Puss in Boots eyes. If you’ve seen the Shrek movies or the spin-off cartoon starring the storybook cat voiced by Antonio Banderas, you know what I’m talking about. Whenever Puss in Boots really needs something from someone, he flashes these enormous kitten eyes that melt anyone in their path. Whenever my daughter really wants something, she tries to lay them on me, and I have to say, “Stop trying to give me the Puss in Boots eyes . . . you can’t have chocolate cake for dinner.” I knew Barack Obama was miserable


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Reply 1 - Posted by: PLPointer67, 10/5/2012 5:51:58 AM     (No. 8911139)

Thoughtful article. Perhaps even one we could share with our liberal family/friends, as Jonah shares the Truth so sweetly... perhaps even with Puss in Boots eyes.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: texascunning, 10/5/2012 6:01:30 AM     (No. 8911144)

The Taranto Principle on display.

Love the line "hunger for Obama has been replaced by indigestion..."

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Reply 3 - Posted by: JLoophole, 10/5/2012 6:13:04 AM     (No. 8911155)

Awesome analogical article....AAA.

I'm willing to bet (and based on my own observations) that most dems would argue that beauty is only skin deep.

Underneath the notable lack of attractiveness, they would point out about, say,______ (fill in blank with dem politician), there is a man/woman who cares for the little guy. But somehow they can't get it through their minds that Black, too, is only skin deep. Obama IS the man they saw at the debates. No matter his skin color.

Obama should give hope to cult leaders everywhere. Just find the sheeple. Seriously.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: lancelink1, 10/5/2012 7:04:57 AM     (No. 8911208)

The manchild will not win in the arena of ideas or accomplishments. That leaves how he won his other electorial contests - the Chicago way baby. This is the set up for the axe. As in Axelrod.

This race is going to get more brutal and ugly.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: MMC, 10/5/2012 7:08:15 AM     (No. 8911213)

Brietbart.com is alluding to a new donor scandal hitting the Obama camp soon...

stay tuned folks... October surprises are going to be dangerous.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: aposematic, 10/5/2012 7:15:14 AM     (No. 8911219)

Its the orchestra playing behind the empty chair people should be worried about.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Bad Dog, 10/5/2012 7:16:32 AM     (No. 8911221)

Great analysis by Jonah, as usual.

I've always liked the Obama analogy of the blank canvas. At first blush, people interpret ''blank canvas'' as a place where they can paint what they want on it. And far too many painted on their blank canvas a Messiah, someone to save them from themselves, and whom they would willingly follow.

But when you break down the term ''blank canvas'', what do you have? Blank means nothingness, zero. And Obama certainly has been that.

Canvas means a hard, rough fabric, scratchy to the touch, not soft and comfy. Obama certainly has been that as well.

So there's my analogy of Obama: A prickly nothingness; a hard, scratchy zero.

Blank canvas, indeed. And now, on that blank canvas, I paint a big ''L'' with the words, Buh-bye! And perhaps a red circle with a hammer and sickle inside and a diagonal line through it.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: sagman, 10/5/2012 7:23:03 AM     (No. 8911233)

Obama War Room: After Math

[White House exercise facility]

MICHELLE: Axelrod, spot for me while I press 250. Everybody else, gather round.
JOE BIDEN: Hey, what's goin' on? I just saw the Boss in the Rose Garden. He’s wearin’ pjs, chain smokin', and killin’ ants.
BIDEN: Yeah. Watches them, then crushes the ones headin' right. Those meanderin’ aimlessly, he leaves alone. Some kind of simpatico thing.
MICHELLE: He’s stressed out. I’m running things until his therapists clear him for duty. Jay, at your briefing, say the president's decided to hole up in the White House for the duration to do the work of the American people.
BIDEN: How ‘bout tough love, M’am. Just haul his bony rear end back to the Oval Office and tell him to start actively deferrin’ decisions again.
AXELROD: Just got word. Joy Behar, Whoopi, Maddow, and Ed Schultz are going on a nude hunger strike until the polls show the president opening up a 10 point lead.
MICHELLE: Eric, what about Lehrer?
HOLDER: He’s in custody, charged with failure to report an assault.
NANCY PELOSI: I’m outta here. Call me if Waterwalker over there gets his game back. [exits]
CARNEY: Senator Reid, line 1, M’am.
MICHELLE: Put it on speaker. Hi Harry, I. . . . .
REID: The election is lost.
MICHELLE: [hangs up] Loser. Jay, contact the Commission on Presidential Debates. Tell them the president is too busy juggling crises to attend the last two debates, but he’ll be happy to respond to questions submitted in writing.

[enter president, holding Blackberry]

OBAMA: It’s Chris Matthews, dear. Says he forgives me. He wants to know what I’m wearing. Should I tell him?

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Reply 9 - Posted by: cgood, 10/5/2012 7:27:59 AM     (No. 8911243)

Obama is a false prophet and his mindless followers are just beginning to awaken to that fact.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Bevan, 10/5/2012 7:29:52 AM     (No. 8911247)

The debate reminded me of the final scene from "A Face in the Crowd."

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Reply 11 - Posted by: earlybird, 10/5/2012 7:31:51 AM     (No. 8911257)

Jonah hits all the notes. Started to highlight a good one to bring to the thread, but there were too many good ones. You'll just have to read it.

As for the Puss in Boots eyes, I thought they looked more like Shooting Daggers eyes. Evil.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: K620, 10/5/2012 7:34:47 AM     (No. 8911263)


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Reply 13 - Posted by: NuGoddess, 10/5/2012 7:40:20 AM     (No. 8911276)

He is not our first ''African American'' president; he was catapulted into office because the Democrats were guilt-laden. The job is above his pay grade.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: pineledger, 10/5/2012 7:45:12 AM     (No. 8911287)

Amen, 13.


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Reply 15 - Posted by: TunnelRat, 10/5/2012 7:57:59 AM     (No. 8911309)


He's back!!!

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Reply 16 - Posted by: LZK, 10/5/2012 8:15:48 AM     (No. 8911348)

I fianlly figured out what happened to the bamster at the debates....

I saw the "ole" obama on the tube last night as they replayed his speech from the campaign rally....

He didn't have an audience participating at the debates. He needs constant stroking, i.e. applause and approval, for him to respond to the question with energy....

He's always looking for the attention he didn't get as a child from his care/takers.

At the debate -- he was on his own. No affirmative action "mandate" to force others to like him and his opinions. He was truly the "man without clothes"....

Completely out of his league....


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Reply 17 - Posted by: Holeymoses, 10/5/2012 8:29:24 AM     (No. 8911385)

I think it was the silence of the crowd that un-nerved him. He couldn't gage his own wonderfulness.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: 4poster, 10/5/2012 8:29:43 AM     (No. 8911386)

From late night TV....

Obama's performance in the debate with Mitt Romney was the same as his performance with Clint Eastwood.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Felixcat, 10/5/2012 8:45:13 AM     (No. 8911419)

Wonder how the election of 2008 would have turned out if McCain had actually challenged (like Romney did) Obama in their debates?

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Reply 20 - Posted by: sw penn, 10/5/2012 9:05:22 AM     (No. 8911479)

"He thought he smashed through the Democratic primaries like a battering ram through concrete when he mostly pushed on open doors."

Didn't Push.
He cruised through open doors on Soros'
airport conveyer in a Lazy-Boy recliner
like Baldwin in a travel commercial!

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Reply 21 - Posted by: kayjaymac, 10/5/2012 9:07:40 AM     (No. 8911485)

It was more the cheshire cat grin that he turned on and off. There was no smile in his eyes, just showing those teeth. That was really off-putting.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Sanspeur, 10/5/2012 9:12:26 AM     (No. 8911497)

Frankly I think he wears big contact lenses sometimes like Moochie does to get that puss look ..check out the real close up ( if your stomach is strong).

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Adam, 10/5/2012 9:12:53 AM     (No. 8911500)

"Obama implored Lehrer, a bit like a motorcycle thief begging a cop to take him into custody rather than let him stay with the surly biker gang that caught him." Very good piece of writing. Hat tip to Mr. Goldberg.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: suejeanne, 10/5/2012 9:20:34 AM     (No. 8911511)

Okay, we are on a crowded elevator - something happens - someone says "whew!" - most everyone glances around -

"wasn't me" says the tall guy in the middle, chin lifted, looking skyward at the floor lights blinking along at the top - "wasn't me . . . it was George Bush".

. . . and George Bush wasn't even on that elevator!

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Reply 25 - Posted by: GOPinTN, 10/5/2012 9:22:19 AM     (No. 8911515)

This is a dangerous world, and this cat isn’t remotely qualified to handle it. This guy has no clue, I promise you.
~~George W. Bush

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Flyball dogs, 10/5/2012 9:30:03 AM     (No. 8911532)

Sagman, you are going to make these next 30+ days tolerable. You're the only reason I have smiled this morning.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: zoidberg, 10/5/2012 9:34:35 AM     (No. 8911543)

Excellent article, and great reporting by sagman, also.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: Kimistry, 10/5/2012 9:42:55 AM     (No. 8911566)

Sagman, I think I am in love with you!

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Reply 29 - Posted by: bullhead, 10/5/2012 9:47:27 AM     (No. 8911577)

"Mister Sagman," sing me [another] song. Enjoyed your post.

(Apologies to the 1950's singing group, The Chordettes.)

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Reply 30 - Posted by: nightvision, 10/5/2012 9:49:46 AM     (No. 8911580)

#26, W said that? Wow! That was right on the money.

#8, Brilliant, Saggie!
"He wants to know what I’m wearing." I'm STILL laughing.

Great article by Jonah. Many excellent metaphors!
And how adorable that little Luci uses the 'Puss in Boots eyes' on her daddy.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: StormCnter, 10/5/2012 9:50:11 AM     (No. 8911581)

Get in line, #29. I love him first.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: kono, 10/5/2012 9:54:35 AM     (No. 8911587)

Good piece by Jonah. Loved the point about flabby narcissism.

But the weeping in the king's court isn't from his clunky limericks - take note that amid the tears someone manages to squeeze out a few words ... "Mm-mmmmm, who's m-m-mmaking coff-c-coff-ee c-c-cake?"

When King Barry passes gas, the sycophants all insist it smells delicious.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: caddyjak, 10/5/2012 10:05:24 AM     (No. 8911619)

Will the day ever come when intelligent people will say that Obama is not "black"? Why won't the Repubs simply have a blogger release this truth every day for the next thirty days. At least 25% of his support is due to this bold faced lie.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: Susannah, 10/5/2012 10:07:41 AM     (No. 8911633)

Ladies, puh-leeeze. It is far too early in the day to start fighting over Sagman.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: walcb, 10/5/2012 10:19:26 AM     (No. 8911663)

First of all, Obama has accomplished most of what he wanted. Don't confuse creation of policys that are opposed to our country's success to failure of Obama to succeed. He has succeeded, it is just that his success results in our misery.
Secondly, Obama is the master of straw man creation. His description of Romney and Romney's policies are created and not accurate, so when Romney is there to defend himself with logical and factual rebuttals, Obama's straw men crumble to chaff.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: Nan, 10/5/2012 10:30:35 AM     (No. 8911702)

Excellent article.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: OdinsAcolyte, 10/5/2012 10:51:39 AM     (No. 8911782)

Uh. No. I never did believe that lying President. Never liked him. Was never fooled. Sorry so many of you are so silly.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: Arby, 10/5/2012 10:54:17 AM     (No. 8911793)

I've got a talking Puss in Boots doll. My favorite line for Fauxbama:

Uh . . . hairball!

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Reply 39 - Posted by: tehtriggerman, 10/5/2012 11:18:53 AM     (No. 8911879)

Here lemmie step in my time machine back to 2008.


Can you hear me?...Told ya so.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: dman, 10/5/2012 11:19:04 AM     (No. 8911881)

Kudos to Jonah and #8.

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Reply 41 - Posted by: Italiano, 10/5/2012 11:20:24 AM     (No. 8911886)

Sure, Obama always was a 100% media creation. No accomplishments, no record, no expertise. The media declared him brilliant and a trailblazer and closed the subject to futher scrutiny, until Wednesday night. But he wasn't the first. Remember Hillary Clinton? One was race-based, one was gender-based. Same result. Crash and burn.

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Reply 42 - Posted by: Spiderman, 10/5/2012 1:00:25 PM     (No. 8912189)

Storybook man indeed, a horror story that won't go away.

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Reply 43 - Posted by: cheese, 10/5/2012 1:09:05 PM     (No. 8912220)

Sagman, you're a frickin' genius! Back off, ladies! He's MINE!

Mrs. Cheese

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Reply 44 - Posted by: sagman, 10/5/2012 1:27:29 PM     (No. 8912267)

Re the column: As far as I'm concerned, every piece Jonah writes is a must-read. I regard him, Steyn, Michael Walsh, Krauthammer, and Will as the best columnists out there.

I laughed my head off at some of the comments following my earlier post. However, my wife was not amused. (sarc/off). I really do appreciate the feedback and encouragement.

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Reply 45 - Posted by: noddy, 10/5/2012 1:28:33 PM     (No. 8912271)

Thanks Jonah, and thanks sagman. My favorite line: ''tell him to start actively deferrin’ decisions again.''

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Reply 46 - Posted by: steph_gray, 10/5/2012 1:37:54 PM     (No. 8912287)

Actually what if McCain and Huckabee hadn't colluded to knock Mitt out of the 2007 primary because "it was McCain's turn"?

Oh and Sag, ignore all those women rolling on the floor of this salon pulling out each others' hair over you - let's slip out the back door while they are distracted. ;-)

(Sag, Jonah, Mark Steyn, James Delingpole, Ann Coulter, IowaHawk - all our right-rapier wits who have kept me sane for these mad elections! We need them all this month!)

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Reply 47 - Posted by: Japanorama, 10/5/2012 2:08:41 PM     (No. 8912369)

What does it say about an educational system that turns out voters incapable of seeing through Obama's practiced smile and soothing patter, to an inexperienced beneficiary of affirmative action?

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Reply 48 - Posted by: lencu255, 10/5/2012 2:41:19 PM     (No. 8912450)

I wanted to comment on obozo's 2007 speech.
This race baiting behavior reminds me of fascists/commies. They don't care if their incitement will lead to unrest, violence, casualties... They have their agenda, which usually is power hunger. And I mentioned many a times, imo, they are clinical sadists. They don't care about ideology, they want rape as many humans as possible! (This is my homegrown theory).
And look at the executioners of this theory: hitler, stalin, pol pot, kim family from n.korea, mugabe, sadat, as-assad from syria....
Tell me they are normal people!

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Reply 49 - Posted by: snowcloud, 10/5/2012 4:08:55 PM     (No. 8912662)

“Hunger makes the best sauce.” This is good stuff. Excellent article!

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Reply 50 - Posted by: manofparadise, 10/5/2012 6:43:31 PM     (No. 8912937)

I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: "Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown
And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.
And on the pedestal these words appear:
`My name is Obama, King of Kings:
Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!'
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away".

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Reply 51 - Posted by: Drive, 10/5/2012 7:40:47 PM     (No. 8912988)

sigh. I just love this site.

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Reply 52 - Posted by: Hazymac, 10/5/2012 10:27:34 PM     (No. 8913262)

Biden, describing Mr. Potato Head: “I mean, that’s a storybook, man.” Stroke away, Joe. And may you reach climax and achieve satiety. Instead, I see pictures of matchstick men.

FTA: "(H)is speechwriters, who always did him the disservice of producing the kind of pedantic and clichéd boilerplate that Obama mistook for soaring oratory" ....

Pedantic? Pedantic?? No. Absolutely not. Not even close. His pedestrian road licking speechwriters (who can write better than he ever could) aren't capable of cobbling together one memorable sentence, and haven't done so in the past four years. Pedantry is a couple of universes away from the place where he exists. (John Entwistle: "Every sentence in my head someone else has said.") The "small c communist" Bill Ayers and the Large C Communist Frank Marshall Davis (CPUSA card #47544) were his only truly competent ghostwriters. (Davis wrote that poem "Pop" that is credited to Obama.)

Eric Voegelin was pedantic; Leo Strauss was pedantic; Willmore Kendall was pedantic; Ernest van den Haag was pedantic; WFB was pedantic; Whittaker Chambers was a poet. Zippy is a bull artist, and not a particularly effective one at that. He won't win a debate against the superior mind of Romney because such ability does not inhere in him. Nor do the facts. He abhors any fact that he can't pull out of his narrow ass at will.

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Reply 53 - Posted by: Kurto, 10/5/2012 11:32:54 PM     (No. 8913332)

All the kings horses and all the kings 's men couldn't put Humpty 0bama together again.

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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

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

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

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