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New Jersey town to Ala. volunteer
utility crew: Don’t help with Sandy
unless you’re unionized

Daily Caller, by David Martosko

Original Article

Posted By:Hooverdog, 11/2/2012 6:32:52 AM

Utility crews from several states East of the Mississippi River hit the road this week to volunteer their time and talents in Northeastern states hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. But crews from Alabama got the shock of their lives when other workers in a coastal New Jersey town told them they couldn’t lend a hand without a union card. Derrick Moore, who works for Decatur Utilities in Decatur, Ala., told WAFF-TV in Huntsville that crews in Seaside Heights, N.J. turned him and his crewmates away, saying they couldn’t do any work there because they’re not union employees..

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: dragonlearner, 11/2/2012 6:34:41 AM     (No. 8981492)

This is your modern Democrat party.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Muncsdad, 11/2/2012 6:35:39 AM     (No. 8981494)

Incredible.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: jalo1951, 11/2/2012 6:40:05 AM     (No. 8981499)

Then say goodbye and go help someone who is not so stupid. Let them sit in their cold, dark homes/apartments surrounded by dirty water and trash.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Kansas Conservative, 11/2/2012 6:40:23 AM     (No. 8981501)

It is amazing how liberals respond to disasters. Always political (blame it on global warming, embrace Emperor Obama, where are your union cards?). This is like that scene from "The Blues Brothers" when Jake (John Belushi) asks the Good Ol' Boys band from Tennessee where their union cards are.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Fiesta del sol, 11/2/2012 6:40:27 AM     (No. 8981502)

Chris Christie needs to stop doing photo ops with Obama and Springsteen. And start helping the people in his state. Christie may have been premature in his Obama love.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Old Army Vet, 11/2/2012 6:41:16 AM     (No. 8981504)

Nothing suprising here. As I've said before, unions dont care about anything but the union. If it can't benefit the union, the leaders don't want it. The members and the public be damned.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: M2, 11/2/2012 6:41:24 AM     (No. 8981505)

So that's the bribe Obama used on Christie to get help.

Evil.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Crosscut, 11/2/2012 6:49:43 AM     (No. 8981514)

I'd turn around and go back home. Let them dumb Democrats sit in the dark.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Maybeth, 11/2/2012 6:54:20 AM     (No. 8981521)

New Jersey needs mega help, but they have politicized their needs by announcing that non-union utility personnel need not apply to offer assistance. More than a few people out here are wondering what kind of 'deal' Chris Christie made with the pro-union president.
.... Whew! Lots of sympathy for New Jersey just evaporated!

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Janjan, 11/2/2012 7:04:55 AM     (No. 8981538)

They will keep voting the Democrats in. Nothing will be learned here. Their Governor gave Obama a cheap photo-op and he has moved on to more important things (like his own campaign). Let them sit in the dark. Get used to it.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: ynaught, 11/2/2012 7:06:00 AM     (No. 8981541)

Don't blame the whole state for the actions of the union thugs. I've no doubt that this will end up hurting the unions in the long run as the public will come to see them as the political machine they are without any concern for the best interests of the people.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: sueacworth, 11/2/2012 7:17:54 AM     (No. 8981551)

What ever respect I had for Governor Christy is now completely gone. What a complete money grubbing weasel. I hope the people from Alabama come home to the south and let these idiot people fend for themselves. After all the marathon must go on.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: rocket scientist, 11/2/2012 7:21:59 AM     (No. 8981556)

This is disgusting on so many levels. Drudge needs to pick up this story if he hasn't already. I was always told "Never look a gift horse in the mouth". More Americans need to be aware of what's going on with the Union thugs Øbama regime. I hope Rush picks this up also. If you vote for Øbama you get what you deserve, more Union Thugs in control.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: eoddad, 11/2/2012 7:25:03 AM     (No. 8981559)

They didn't want Bush's new power grid now we southern first responders aren't welcome without a union card, and they routinely elect pols who cut the nation off from our own Coal gas and oil. Yep, getting hard to fell sympathy for the Garden state. Oh, I left out their complaining about Romney's sending aid.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: thelmalou, 11/2/2012 7:26:09 AM     (No. 8981560)

Well, God love 'em. They're learning what I learned a long time ago from some co-workers who used to work in the NE. Strange to us'ns what grew up without iron-clad union influence.


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Reply 16 - Posted by: John c, 11/2/2012 7:27:02 AM     (No. 8981562)

Are the area media covering this. The people in need should be outraged!

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Reply 17 - Posted by: taytay52, 11/2/2012 7:30:58 AM     (No. 8981570)

Seriously? Okay, I'm from Alabama. Those innocent people who are sitting in their homes with no power and are cold and damp need help.

So listen Alabama Boys who went to help, do it, get it done, don't ask permission, just do it and ask forgiveness later. Tell the UNION idiots to lead, follow or get out of the way.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: sorosisbehindit, 11/2/2012 7:35:27 AM     (No. 8981579)

You could not ask for a better example of unions that do not care about their fellow citizens. They will bankrupt their state and local governments and not feel a bit of remorse.

This is your next right to work campaign ad!

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Reply 19 - Posted by: fed-up, 11/2/2012 7:41:58 AM     (No. 8981591)

Fox and Friends just talked about this story, so yes, it is getting out there. Its not surprising to anyone who has lived and seen how powerful the unions are in NJ. Don't expect this will be known in the MSM... although, things are deteriorating quickly in the NE.Tempers are starting to flare over the lack of common sense.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: subman47, 11/2/2012 7:45:16 AM     (No. 8981596)

I live in Ma and Granny Warren running for the US senate against Scott Brown is very proud with her endorsement by all her union buddies. I wonder if she has any comment about the actions of these union folks refusing help to get the power back on in NJ. These guys support democrats all the time and now we see what they really think of the people in need. Unions first... democrats second.... people in need THIRD....

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Reply 21 - Posted by: john56, 11/2/2012 7:47:46 AM     (No. 8981599)

A friend of mine is an insurance claims adjuster (primarily flood claims) and is preparing to go to NJ/NY this weekend for several months of claims service.

He tells me that his experience in that area is that most contractors (my bet many unionized) there do shoddy work and they have a history of many claims requiring multiple re-dos. Part of the problem is almost every homeowner has a "contractor friend," most of them inept.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: masscon, 11/2/2012 7:57:22 AM     (No. 8981619)

I wonder if New Jersey residents who are in the dark now will ever find out about this?

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Reply 23 - Posted by: offrope, 11/2/2012 8:01:06 AM     (No. 8981625)

Well, they must not want non-union donations, either. My non-union checkbook is now closed.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Catherine, 11/2/2012 8:09:30 AM     (No. 8981641)

There were people crying last night that they have been forgotten or ignored. Their street was a mess. There was no help. I wondered why they just didn't get out and clean the street themselves. You don't see southerners whining about this - they get out there with gloves on their hands and get to work.

If they only want union help - then they can just sit amid the garbage until help gets to them.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: neenbean, 11/2/2012 8:17:25 AM     (No. 8981653)

It's on Drudge...going viral now...they were talking about it on Bill Bennett too

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Grace Veritas, 11/2/2012 8:23:30 AM     (No. 8981667)

Keeping their priorities straight - even in a time of crisis.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Rakasha, 11/2/2012 8:23:46 AM     (No. 8981668)

I'm missing something. The article says that 'crews' turned away the volunteer help. Aren't 'crews' employees who work for someone? Who - in authority - actually told these volunteers that they could not help? Who 'owns' the electrical lines and the power grid and did they determine that help could only be union?

In short, where is the short list of names of people who should be held accountable for this stupidity?

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Reply 28 - Posted by: southernboy, 11/2/2012 8:26:35 AM     (No. 8981681)

In the comments section there was one woman writing about how only union people know how to 'do it right.'
That they 'work all day and go to school at night.' Horse hockey!
I would put the southern line crews up against any crew, any place. These southern people have years of get-it-done experience those yankees don't even know about.
The TVA crews on my own system are outstanding.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: tunnelrat, 11/2/2012 8:30:23 AM     (No. 8981688)

Then Matt Lauer had a special this morning on 'unlicensed contractors' who are 'preying' on devastated citizens. There were film clips of workers helping get trees off of houses and cars, then the licensing inspector comes around and makes them stop because they haven't paid to play...

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Reply 30 - Posted by: Oriton, 11/2/2012 8:34:30 AM     (No. 8981702)

Good, make sure the news of this spreads. The people of NJ should know who to blame for their delayed recovery.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: gaeditor, 11/2/2012 8:36:32 AM     (No. 8981707)

Tis reminds me of a story from junior high school. One of my friends was originally from up North and her dad was a union meat worker there. He worked at a local plant-don't know if it was union, this is in Georgia, but a national company.

She came to school one morning very upset-seems her mother had asked her to run to the store before breakfast to pick up some bacon for their eggs. She did, and when she got back her father flipped out. It was a pack of "non union" produced meat. (Wha???Like she would have known the difference. Like anyone would.).

I don't know if he hit her (she was very, very upset and started bawling so we kind of assumed...) but he definately had shouted at her and called her some pretty vile things and then threw the food away.
Threw food away??

I knew from that point that people in unions can be demented. I mean, she would never talk about it again but we could tell...it was very, very bad, whatever happened.

Yeah, this is them- your Union first, your family, your neighbors, your sanity and everything else after.

Same thing.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: civilservant, 11/2/2012 8:36:47 AM     (No. 8981708)

You can all call me a fool, but as for Christie and NJ's unions, they get along PERFECTLY together.
Christie pretends to go after the paucity of public officials 'double dipping'(around 2,000 people over the last 20 years) and lets the 400,000 municipal, county and state government workers continue to do NOTHING(except fill check boxes on a Fed. form) steal their paychex each and every week..........with a little 'taste' for the Unions ala 'dues'.
Furthermore, Bloomberg's support of the Wan and Christie's tour, IMHO was a set-up. Bloomie got to play tough one day, and the next he provides his endorsement.

RINO's ARE destroying this country, and I am sickened by the idol worship HERE for a man who was NEVER a conservative. The community here had filled Mr. Christie "like an empty glass, filled with the hopes and dreams" JUST LIKE THE LEFT DID TO OBAMA.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: mrduc, 11/2/2012 8:42:52 AM     (No. 8981719)

Hate to be the fly in the southern ointment, but whiners, slackers and union thugs come in all colors, shapes and sizes and from all areas of the country. We all saw more than a few of the same after Katrina which, if I remember correctly, devastated our Southern shores and surrounding areas.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: Mr. Know-It-All, 11/2/2012 9:06:25 AM     (No. 8981766)

What's that old saying about looking a gift horse in the mouth?

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Reply 35 - Posted by: fwebb, 11/2/2012 9:13:03 AM     (No. 8981787)

Southern utility crews are probably the best when it comes to restoring power after a disaster. Unfortunately, they are experienced with all the tornados and hurricanes we have to deal with in our Southern states. Sad that the union comes before compassion.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: troutgreen, 11/2/2012 9:18:14 AM     (No. 8981800)

If those Alabama boys turn around and head home right now, they can be home in time for Alabama-LSU this Saturday. Let the union thugs freeze in the dark.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: saildreamer, 11/2/2012 9:26:11 AM     (No. 8981826)

I have very little respect for Chris Christie now. He is governor of the state. He should be able to do something about the union thugs. Instead he walks around with Obama, kissing his ring. Well, 3 days later, people are cold and hungry. How's that working out for you, Chris? I'd love to hear Ann Coulter's comments. Thank goodness this man decided not to run for president. Can't be trusted. As for the Alabama crew... move on to Long Island or someplace where you are wanted and appreciated.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: TexasRed, 11/2/2012 9:31:13 AM     (No. 8981838)

You don't have to be stupid or crass to belong to a union, but it helps - you fit right in!

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Reply 39 - Posted by: Davids918, 11/2/2012 9:35:00 AM     (No. 8981846)

Let them only use union workers to restore power and build their roads, etc...

They will be waiting longer than they should have, and anger will mount.

Agree with others, if they only want union help, then I won't help.

Let them live with their decisions, election choices, etc...



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Reply 40 - Posted by: Heil Liberals, 11/2/2012 9:39:10 AM     (No. 8981865)

Because, damn it, Sandy was a union storm, making work for union men! Scabs need not apply.

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Reply 41 - Posted by: toodles3956, 11/2/2012 9:42:42 AM     (No. 8981877)

Bet the union guys are getting double or triple time pay. I doubt there is one that is doing this out of compassion. Disgraceful!


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Reply 42 - Posted by: J F Ackerman, 11/2/2012 9:52:04 AM     (No. 8981899)

Fine. Let 'em rot in their unionized H---.

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Reply 43 - Posted by: paulfromTexas, 11/2/2012 9:52:07 AM     (No. 8981900)

I'm sure the boys from Alabama would happily go home where there's real food and folks who accept help when they need to do so.....and it doesn't smell like New Jersey does.

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Reply 44 - Posted by: Tanker76, 11/2/2012 10:09:48 AM     (No. 8981953)

Gotta be careful with union thugs - defy them and violence will result. Was once at an animal shelter in NY that had a satellite facility on LI. We offered to transport some animals that needed to be moved, to save someone an unnecessary trip. We were told in no uncertain terms by the union drivers, that if we did, they would slash our tires before we could get out of the parking lot.

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Reply 45 - Posted by: Peterieck, 11/2/2012 10:10:35 AM     (No. 8981955)

Came to lend a hand and got the finger instead. Unions---bunch o pr**ks!

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Reply 46 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 11/2/2012 11:00:30 AM     (No. 8982122)

It doesn't sound like they're hurting enough.

Go back home, honorable crews, and tend to your families.

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Reply 47 - Posted by: Razorgirl, 11/2/2012 11:23:21 AM     (No. 8982207)

My sister lived in Orange, NJ many years ago. She discribed NJ as the arm pit of the nation. I believe she was a little too high up in her body parts. A-hole of the nation seems to fit the discription.

As I said in the Must Read thread above, these Alabama boys came to help us out after the ice storm in NW Arkansas. Really nice people and worked their buns off.

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Reply 48 - Posted by: Boneshaker, 11/2/2012 11:28:07 AM     (No. 8982230)

I guess the union greedheads didn't hear that Obama and Christy cut all the red tape.
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After presenting at the Academy Awards this year, Kim Novak didn’t want to leave her house. The Hitchcock screen siren, 81, was too humiliated to venture from her home near the Rogue River in Oregon. She read the cruel posts and Internet snark about her appearance, and it was just too much. “It got to me like it gets kids and teenagers,” she told the Associated Press. The “Vertigo” actress, considered one of the great beauties in her day, posted a note on her Facebook wall Thursday, acknowledging that she’d gotten fat injections in her face and addressing her halted

Analysis: Obama Celebrates
Eight Million ´Enrollments,´
Again Declares Debate ´Over´

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Townhall, by Guy Benson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/17/2014 8:56:28 PM     Post Reply
President Obama addressed the White House press corps today, announcing that with the final numbers in, Obamacare´s exchanges have attracted eight million sign-ups -- 35 percent of whom are "under the age of 35," he said. Several elements of his comments were misleading: (1) At first blush, the 35 percent stat is both significant and impressive. As recently as last month, the share of "young invincibles" signing up for plans was struggling in the 25 percent range, far short of the actuarial target of nearly 40 percent. A leap into the mid-30´s, while still shy of the goal, would constitute a major step, and would bode well for the risk pools'

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

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

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

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.

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?

Illinois Dems to offer $100 million in
taxpayer money to lure Obama library site

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Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 4/18/2014 9:15:50 AM     Post Reply
First, the good news: We are close enough to the end of the Obama presidency for his crowd to talk about a presidential library. Now, the bad news: Obama´s retirement is still 1,008 days distant. Plenty of time though to round up the dough to build it somewhere. Figure they need Solyndra-style money, at least $500 million. The last two presidents – Bill Clinton and George W. Bush -- built their legacy edifices totally with private money. [Snip] However, Obama supporters have a different take. They think taxpayers should put up $100 million in public money for Obama´s library.

Every Media Outlet: Hillary
Grandkid the Most Consequential
Baby Since Jesus

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Mediaite, by Tina Nguyen    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/18/2014 10:34:40 AM     Post Reply
Less than 16 hours after Chelsea Clinton announced she was pregnant, a lot of major news outlets started staring into the crystal ball of Chelsea’s womb, wondering what this currently floating zygotic multicellular being meant for the prospects of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign, which is also a floating, zygotic, multicellular being. Their answer: The immaculately conceived Clinton child could mean everything. And no, it’s not just the fact that having a grandchild could be personally fulfilling to Hillary and Bill (mazel tov, by the way), or that a cute baby would be a sweet cherry on top of Hillary’s already

Glen Campbell has been
moved into a facility

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People Magazine, by Gilliam Telling    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 4/17/2014 6:58:48 PM     Post Reply
Glen Campbell has been suffering from Alzheimer´s for over three years, but the Grammy-winning singer, 78, has recently moved into a facility, PEOPLE has confirmed. "He was moved to an Alzhemier´s facility last week," says a family friend. "I´m not sure what the permanent plan is for him yet. We´ll know more next week." The "Rhinestone Cowboy" crooner first opened up about having Alzheimer´s to PEOPLE in an exclusive 2011 interview. Campbell and his fourth wife, Kim Woolen, decided to go public with the news because Campbell hoped to embark on a final farewell live tour. The couple wanted his

Even Hillary Clinton Isn’t Sure What
We Should Like About Hillary Clinton

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PJ Media, by Stephen Kruiser    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/18/2014 4:33:53 AM     Post Reply
The first step is admitting… It was a simple question to someone accustomed to much tougher ones: What was her proudest achievement as secretary of state? But for a moment, Hillary Rodham Clinton, appearing recently before a friendly audience at a women’s forum in Manhattan, seemed flustered.(Snip)So…no definitive successes and some clear-cut failures. And that’s the generous New York Times assessment. The Democrat fantasy story about Mrs. Clinton paints her as strong and accomplished on her own. In reality, this is a woman who is professionally defined almost entirely by two men in her life, both of whom happen to have

Those ‘rogue’ agents
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New York Post, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/18/2014 4:37:07 AM     Post Reply
Remember when Lois Lerner, in answering a planted question at an American Bar Association conference, admitted the IRS had targeted conservative groups but tried to pass it off as the work of rogue agents — “our line people in Cincinnati”? Today we know there were indeed federal agents involved. But they weren’t rogue, and they weren’t confined to IRS workers in Cincinnati. Thanks to a Freedom of Information request by Judicial Watch, we now have an e-mail Lerner sent to colleagues noting the Department of Justice was looking into criminal prosecutions of these tax-exempt groups. We know something else, too. These investigations


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