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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Love the line "hunger for Obama has been replaced by indigestion..."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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Democratic Rep. Jim Moran of Virginia wants you to know that, at $174,000 a year, members of Congress are underpaid. Because Jim Moran, like others, doesn´t understand actual economic hardship and, frankly, isn´t that great at politics either. Moran is not the only public official to make a dubious claim about salary hardship in the past 24 hours. Larry Schwartz is secretary to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a position that´s a sort of like chief of staff in the state. Schwartz was discussing a proposal backed by Cuomo that would freeze property taxes on people at certain income levels.

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Brendan Eich and the New
American Totalitarian State

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American Thinker, by Sally Zelikovsky    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 4/4/2014 6:48:31 AM     Post Reply
Imagine going to work one day only to be, in effect, fired -- not because of anything you did or didn’t do at your job, but because of something you did in your personal life. Something religious. Or maybe, something political.(snip)That’s exactly what happened to Brendan Eich, a highly-respected tech guru in Silicon Valley and co-founder of Mozilla Corporation, after he was appointed CEO in late March. In less than a week, he was forced out of this position for no reason other than that he had a made a $1000 contribution to the Prop 8 initiative in 2008. His

$6 Billion Goes Missing at State Department
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Fiscal Times, by Brianna Ehley    Original Article
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The State Department has no idea what happened to $6 billion used to pay its contractors. In a special “management alert” made public Thursday, the State Department’s Inspector General Steve Linick warned “significant financial risk and a lack of internal control at the department has led to billions of unaccounted dollars over the last six years. The alert was just the latest example of the federal government’s continued struggle with oversight over its outside contractors. The lack of oversight “exposes the department to significant financial risk,” the auditor said. “It creates conditions conducive to fraud, as corrupt individuals may attempt

Ex-CIA boss Morell gives unorthodox
reasons for omitting key Benghazi details

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Fox News, by Catherine Herridge    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/3/2014 10:03:11 PM     Post Reply
In his opening statement during highly anticipated testimony Wednesday on Benghazi, former CIA deputy director Michael Morell claimed to be an intelligence professional who was willing to lay out the facts -- no matter how damaging. "I take very seriously the allegations about how the CIA in general and about how I in particular handled the analysis and the talking points," Morell told the House Intelligence Committee, in his first public testimony on the Benghazi attacks. "The ethical code under which intelligence officers carry out their responsibilities calls for total objectivity." But Morell´s own testimony would appear to undercut that

CEO of Firefox maker Mozilla steps down
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USA Today, by Brett Molina    Original Article
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Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich will step down following uproar over his apparent opposition to gay marriage. In a statement released Thursday, Mozilla -- which makes the Firefox Web browser -- apologized for not reacting more quickly to the controversy surrounding Eich, who made a 2008 donation supporting California´s plan on gay marriage, The Guardian reports. "We know why people are hurt and angry, and they are right: it´s because we haven´t stayed true to ourselves," said Mozilla executive chairwoman Mitchell Baker in a statement. Last week, Eich attempted to dispel fears on whether he would support equality as the head

Romney 2016: Coulter Says Mitt
Strongest on Immigration

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Breitbart´s Big Journalism, by Jeffrey Poor    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/4/2014 1:02:48 PM     Post Reply
Earlier this week on Boston’s WRKO-AM’s The Howie Carr Show, conservative commentator Ann Coulter shocked some conservatives when she said she is making 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney her favorite for the 2016 Republican contest. Last month in an interview on CBS’s Face the Nation, Romney himself ruled out the possibility of a 2016 run and said he was instead focused on who to get behind in that contest. Coulter, however, wishes otherwise. “Well, don´t tell him but I´m planning on giving Mitt Romney a little more time to rest -- flying out, kidnapping him and depriving him of sleep, food and

Beating of white driver by
angry mob after he accidentally
ran over young boy ruled NOT
a hate crime by Detroit police

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Daily Mail [UK], by Ryan Gorman    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 4/4/2014 5:01:05 PM     Post Reply
A 54-year-old white man has been left barely clinging to life after he was brutally beaten by a group of black men when he got out of his car to check on a young black boy he accidentally hit. Steve Utash, from suburban Roseville, was beaten into a coma Wednesday by an angry mob in a poverty-stricken Detroit neighborhood after David Harris, 10, ran in front of his truck on a busy street, but police insist the incident was not racially motivated. The gang also stole his wallet before leaving him for dead. Utash is in extremely critical

North Carolina drivers to
be charged by the mile?

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WTVD-TV [Raleigh-Durham, NC], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Fiesta del sol- 4/3/2014 6:40:07 AM     Post Reply
Big changes could be just down the road for North Carolina drivers. A proposal is in the works that would change the state tax system to charge drivers by the mile, instead of at the gas pump.The proposal would be to charge a half cent per mile for cars, which would generate almost $500 million in annual state revenue. A driver who travelled 15,000 miles in a year would pay about $75. "Basically you pay per the mile. It´s treating transportation as a utility, much like your water and sewer," said Larry Goode, with the Institute of Transportation Research and
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David Letterman makes big announcement
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CBS News, by Lauren Moraski    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/3/2014 5:00:45 PM     Post Reply
It´s the end of an era: David Letterman announced Thursday that he´s retiring from CBS´ "Late Show" sometime next year. He made that announcement during the taping of his program this afternoon. The late-night talk show host, who will celebrate his 67th birthday next week, made his debut on the "Late Show" on Aug. 30, 1993. Letterman got his television start in 1978 on the CBS variety series "Mary," starring Mary Tyler Moore. Months later, he paid his first visit to "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" -- marking the first of 22 appearances. He also guest-hosted "Tonight" numerous times.

Dem Rep.: ‘Members of Congress
Are Underpaid,’ Can’t Afford
to ‘Live Decently’

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Mediaite, by Josh Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/3/2014 7:15:42 PM     Post Reply
Do you think members of Congress are overpaid or underpaid? Most likely you’d go with the former, but Democratic congressman Jim Moran argues it’s actually the latter. In an interview with CQ Roll Call, Moran says, “I think the American people should know that the members of Congress are underpaid.” The House recently took up a bill to freeze members’ paychecks, placing another halt on the annual cost-of-living pay increases they would normally get and keeping annual salary at $174,000. Moran believes that this is the wrong way to go, not necessarily talking about himself in particular, but saying there

Gov’t Spent $700 Million
Promoting Obamacare

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Washington Free Beacon [DC], by Elizabeth Harrington    Original Article
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President Barack Obama contended that the government did not “make a hard sell” for Obamacare, despite his administration spending nearly $700 million to promote the law. “We didn’t make a hard sell,” Obama said in the Rose Garden on Tuesday, praising the 7.1 million sign ups for the Affordable Care Act. “We didn’t have billions of dollars of commercials like some critics did.” However, last July the Associated Press reported that Obamacare’s marketing campaign would cost at least $684 million. Taxpayer funding went to all 50 states in efforts to encourage people to enroll, including nearly $28 million for the

Networks Refuse Obama Request for
Primetime to Announce Obamacare
Hitting 7 Million Mark

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Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/3/2014 7:04:57 PM     Post Reply
According to a report via BuzzFeed’s Evan McMorris-Santoro, President Barack Obama requested the opportunity to address the nation in prime time on the major broadcast networks on Tuesday night to announce that the Affordable Care Act had reached 7 million enrollees. Those networks did not, however, accommodate the White House’s request. “Three sources familiar with the request confirmed the White House asked for the prime time slot in their effort both to emphasize a bright moment following the challenging roll out and, more important, to try to reintroduce the country to a law that remains unpopular,”

Eric Holder defends using Justice
Department airplane for 27 personal trips

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Washington Examiner (DC), by Joel Gehrke    Original Article
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Attorney General Eric Holder disputed a Government Accountability Office report on his use of Justice Department airplanes for personal trips, saying it overstated the number of trips he took and failed to recognize that some trips were job-related. "My staff keeps telling me to take it easy, you know, well, this is one that gets me," Holder told Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., during a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing. "There was this notion that we´ve taken -- I think it was described as hundreds of personal trips. That was wrong. GAO counted flights, not round trips. And we looked at it

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