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We’re Doomed! Again!
PJ Media, by Michael Ledeen

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Posted By:earlybird, 11/20/2012 6:14:18 PM

The Europeans — and the American intellectuals who yearn to be European — have long believed that America was doomed. It goes way back. There was already a significant literature on the inferiority of Americans during the colonial period, replete with scientific proof: those who lived in North America were held to be shorter, weaker, and stupider than those who stayed put under the old regimes. In the view of the transatlantic intellectual elite, we never really had a chance. Even though the American Revolution is the only durable success among the Big 3 — ours, the French,

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So we get a bad rap from the "intellectual elites". Ledeen says "feh" and explains why.

Nice uplifting piece after a stolen election but before Thanksgiving. We have much to be thankful for. Even Obie can´t ruin that. For long. We´ll be here and we´ll be back.

Recommended read.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: preciosodrogas, 11/20/2012 6:33:39 PM     (No. 9026414)

Excellent read. Thanks for posting. A great message for Thanksgiving. Speaking of facing disaster how about the Pilgrims? And they made it. True Americans are simply indomitable.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: bogeegolf, 11/20/2012 6:43:06 PM     (No. 9026428)

Yeah I needed that.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: bkt23, 11/20/2012 6:53:25 PM     (No. 9026448)

Ours is an exceptional country with an outstanding founding based on immutable truths. It can only fail if we force it to.

And we are, right now, in the process of forcing it to fail.

The foundation of any society is its ability to trade value for value and our medium of trade, our currency, is garbage. This isn´t our doing but the doing og those in charge of ensuring precisely this - what we are seeing today - would not happen.

Were it the case that the majority of Americans were even vaguely aware there is a problem, maybe we could salve a great deal. As it is, though, take any 1000 Americans off the street and only 10 or so would have a clue what´s really going on. That´s not enough to fix our problem.

But, thankfully, our problems *WILL* be solved. It will just be somewhat more violent than it needs to be.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: FormerDem, 11/20/2012 8:56:37 PM     (No. 9026682)

Yes, indeed. I truly love France, but it is hard not to tape my mouth shut when they find fault with our system. Since our constitution was agreed upon in 1789, the French have gone from the Bourbon monarchy to first republic, a junta (Directory), a second junta (Consulate), empire (Napoleon I), monarchy (Bourbon), return of empire (Napoleon I), restoration of Bourbons again, usurpation of monarchy by the Orleanists, second republic, second empire, third republic, Vichy, fourth republic, fifth republic. And Segolene Royal thinks it´s time to start over again with a Sixth Republic. Maybe there is something in the Federalist Papers worth considering?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: ocjim, 11/21/2012 6:37:52 AM     (No. 9027061)

Thanks, Mike! Chin up.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: M2, 11/21/2012 6:57:16 AM     (No. 9027091)

Nice, but Ledeen fails to mention that each time we have come out of a very bad time in America, the basic core of our country has been a love for it. That has changed.

The very thing that made us perpetual winners is gone, taught out of children in the public schools for generations, slow and methodically. We cannot win when the only people who love America are too old to do anything about what´s going on, or are dead.

I´d love to believe Ledeen but pragmatism dictaties otherwise. It´s going to take a bloody revolution or massive secession or both to get America back to its Founding Principles. And it is certainly going to take Divine intervention in order for us to regain Truth and honor.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: sorosisbehindit, 11/21/2012 6:57:54 AM     (No. 9027093)

I feel like a team that got it´s butt kicked in the first half and had the coach fire them up in the locker room.
I needed that!

"Somebody should tell the garment-renderers and sackcloth-and-ashes crowd that we’ve been through a lot worse than this, and recovered well enough to save the world."

"Americans love a good challenge. That´s our history."

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Reply 8 - Posted by: strike3, 11/21/2012 7:12:12 AM     (No. 9027114)

The main problem is that we haven´t been pushed hard enough yet. Zippy "accomplished" his damage in his first term by showing some restraint, bribing the right people with trillions of dollars and successfully lying his way out of multiple failures.

Wait until he really gets going. Even the deaf, dumb and politically blind will take notice and they will be very angry that their messiah is an irresponsible, childish jerk.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: squid, 11/21/2012 7:15:56 AM     (No. 9027118)

The reason America´s revolution succeeded, as apposed to the French and Russian revolutions, is that the American revolution was not based on Romantic Utopianism. It was based on the Enlightenment Movement, which was based on rational ideas.

As America moved from the Republic form of government to a Democratic form of government, and as America has allowed its educational structure to be dumbed down, our future looks dim. A whole lot starving is on the horizon.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: thelmalou, 11/21/2012 7:18:28 AM     (No. 9027120)

Even I, who really do think we´re doomed, needed that. Thanks.


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Reply 11 - Posted by: franq, 11/21/2012 7:50:15 AM     (No. 9027161)

Sorry, but I believe there´s a whole new breed on the street. And way too many of them.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Maybeth, 11/21/2012 7:50:23 AM     (No. 9027163)

Like many other posters, I needed this scolding too. Great read and reminder of what America stands for. Thanks, Michael.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: LZK, 11/21/2012 8:11:17 AM     (No. 9027207)

Excellent!! I´m from Sweden and survived during WWII many nights of covering our windows with blankets and enduring target practice runs by pilots on our barns.

German soldiers rode our rails from Finland to Norway -- by consent of the Swedish government (impartial indeed) and they stole our "rationed" food whenever they could.

So this wonderful article says what I want to say this day before Thanksgiving. I don´t and won´t read "the sky is falling" articles from now till next week. This is the GREATEST country in the world. Take it from a woman who survived Hitler....

Happy Thanksgivng everyone!! You have MY permission to be happy and healthy and AMERICAN.

LZK

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Reply 14 - Posted by: wws, 11/21/2012 8:23:23 AM     (No. 9027235)

Ledeeen mentions that the Civil War was a greater challenge than we face now, but he doesnt mention that we got out of that by shooting all the people who wanted to tear the country down. And burning down their cities.

I admit that the idea of burning down San Francisco sounds pretty good right now.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: ebgodard, 11/21/2012 9:01:18 AM     (No. 9027315)

I wish I could be as optimistic. We were a different people 300 years ago-even 50. We understood our history and the fragility of freedom. The general populace today could not care less. We used to vote and fight for the greater good of the nation. Not anymore. The mantra is "What´s in it for me? The nation and everyone else be damned." I frankly see no silver lining for my grandchildren. I fear they will never know the America I grew up in.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: zbogwan2, 11/21/2012 9:02:00 AM     (No. 9027317)

Nobody needs pseudo-blues, if people want to vote left, they’ll vote for the real thing, not you-pretending-to-be-them-except-cuter.

I was at the doctors office yesterday and the nurse was saying that the Republicans are going to have to be more like the Dem´s next time around.I disagreed, but I wished I had had the above statement at hand to refute her opinions.



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Reply 17 - Posted by: Me?Opinionated?Nah!, 11/21/2012 9:07:01 AM     (No. 9027333)

The PJ in PJ Media stands for Pollyanna Journal? I don’t think so, although as regards this article, some seem to. Dr. Denton Pajamas with the essential flap in the back is probably more like it. But, that’s another discussion, about sleepwear, for another day.

I enjoy a good, upbeat, look-on-the-bright-side pep talk as much as the next guy or gal but these days I’m afraid I’m not my usual optimistic self. There’s nothing quite like being around long enough to view what used to be referred to as ‘the passing parade’ over scores and decades to acquire a most valuable of aptitudes, perspective.

Electing a 99 & 44/100% mystery man to our nation’s presidency, by virtue of his assiduously hiding every aspect of his background as possible, namely Barack Hussein Obama (if that’s even his real name), was unprecedented. And then to reelect him? Don’t get me started!

Over the past four years, “This is no longer the country I grew up in.” has been my oft-repeated watchword. Now, as he embarks upon his next four years, I have no doubt I’ll be thinking it and saying it and meaning it and lamenting it as never before.


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Reply 18 - Posted by: WAN2, 11/21/2012 9:12:30 AM     (No. 9027344)

GENERATIONS of increasing ease leave us defenseless as have GENERATIONS of Marxist public school teachers, the MSM, Hollywood types and politicians pandering for their votes. Ask the average bear to kill and prepare a chicken for dinner and watch the blood drain from their heads.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: dadofboys, 11/21/2012 9:12:40 AM     (No. 9027345)

To all the posters who urge us to "fight": Who in the heck do we figh? In the civil war, they wore uniforms and we had guns. Ditto the revolution. There is no one to fight and no realistic way to win. I would love to scrap with the destroyers of my country, but how do you do it? Unless you go full "John Brown" on the government, nothing is going to save our nation, and if you do, you will be vilified for all history. And dont tell me to start going to local Republican party meetings.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Elvira, 11/21/2012 9:31:15 AM     (No. 9027384)

#14 You are amongst many I have, and still, admire here. Though some have left us, yet left their wisdom with us. I hope someday to meet you. Your stories have fascinated me for years now. I can´t help but wonder, still, how you ended up in the hell hole you did after all you´ve survived! - I kid! (Well, only partly) ;-D

This year I am thankful that for now we still have our country - hey, it was never perfect, no matter what our individual or collective memories may be!

I am especially thankful for all of you ... here ... on Lucianne! My safe harbor in the storms of life. And of course, our hostess, Ms. Lucianne, who knows a thing or three about storms in life! May God bless and keep us all!

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Reply 21 - Posted by: curious1, 11/21/2012 9:32:18 AM     (No. 9027385)

#21, you have the same problem our military has in the icky-stans - the enemy hides in plain sight (or wears Burkhas). When fighting guerrillas mixed in with the populace you have to look at actions/behaviors instead of looking for a uniform.
In our case the enemy in inside our gates and mixed among us - they are the libtards. Just look for libtard actions/behaviors and you´ll have your enemy.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Elvira, 11/21/2012 9:34:43 AM     (No. 9027393)

/thinking about changing my handle to Polyanna! ;-D

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Felixcat, 11/21/2012 9:34:59 AM     (No. 9027395)

#14 - Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving!

The problem, though, is that poster LZK came to this country to become an American, build on the American dream and give back. The recent waves of immigrants come here not to become American but to take and take.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: coldoc, 11/21/2012 10:02:20 AM     (No. 9027443)

We may have been through worse before but it was a different country. We had different (less) laws, a different supreme court (roberts has proved a fool), a different populace make-up, were more energy independent, didn´t have an epa trying to destroy every industry, and had the manufacturing base to pull our economy out of any pit it fell into. Like numerous articles have pointed out, obama is not the problem. A people that would actually affirm him based on the insanity he has already wrought is the problem. And that´s not going away without a serious upheaval in our society.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Victor Volsky, 11/21/2012 10:04:46 AM     (No. 9027448)

Prediction: 2016, Democratic Convention. President Barack Obama placing the name of Michelle Obama in nomination: "Bush made such a mess of the economy that even I couldn´t right the ship of state, so Michelle needs another eight years to do it."

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Avogadra, 11/21/2012 10:20:17 AM     (No. 9027483)

During the past election, the Democrats proved that they can steal any election they choose to. And what are the Republicans doing about it? Discussing immigration and entitlements.

I am grateful for the freedoms and responsibilities this country has given me, but I think that Ameritopia is our future. A few of us understand what is happening, but our voices are drowned out by the ever-expanding crowd that wants what it wants when it wants it.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: earlybird, 11/21/2012 10:31:19 AM     (No. 9027512)

Romney´s 47% remark was so misunderstood, even by some here.

At the time he made it and throughout much of the campaign, Obie´s number stuck at about 47% in the polls. What Romney was saying was "I don´t believe that there´s much I can do about them as they are beholden to Obie and government entitlements". It was his intention to go for the remaining 53%.

The liberals and their lapdog media twisted this so badly. Most - but not all - of us understood exactly what he meant from the first time we heard/read that remark - which by the way was taken out of the context of his total remarks. Those zingers always are. They wouldn´t be effective opposition tools if they weren´t.

Anyone with a brain knows that all Social Security participants did not vote for Obie. But that most of Obie´s hardcore supporters were on some part of the federal government dole - whether they be college students or seniors or somewhere in between.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: Calvinesq, 11/21/2012 10:37:03 AM     (No. 9027528)

Thank you, #14. I have heard several references over the past week or two about America´s deficiencies compared to the wonders of equality and socialism in Scandanavian countries.

Believe me, I admire Scandanavians as people. But, I am already tiring of hearing the preaching regarding the "superiority" of their systems of government.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: starboard, 11/21/2012 10:37:35 AM     (No. 9027530)

#14 Beautiful post. Thank you for sharing with us.

I´m an optimist and also one of the 47 million. Even though we will have to endure four more years of poor leadership before we turn our mighty ship around, I´m confident it will happen. There will be "Morning in America" again.


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Reply 30 - Posted by: Hobbiest, 11/21/2012 10:47:20 AM     (No. 9027550)

#21. You fight it my counter idiocy whenever and where ever you see it. Most of all you fight it by holding true to your own virtues and by noting to others that these virtues always work. It is rapidly becoming apparent the values of the past three decades- self esteem, self promotion, self congratulations and self satisfaction- do not.

What can´t continue won´t.



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Reply 31 - Posted by: LWGII, 11/21/2012 11:03:07 AM     (No. 9027582)

Sorry, but de Tocqueville got it right. We will endure, but not as we are now. The quicker the collapse the sooner we can rebuild.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: formerlyphelps, 11/21/2012 11:17:52 AM     (No. 9027625)

Yes, the USA is composed of resilient people. Ironically, those resilient people who believe in the founding principles that made this country great are being blamed for creating the problems we now face. If we are to regroup and win this time, people will have to be taught to believe and respect those principles again – and who is teaching them?

It is not true that all people have an innate yearning to be free. People believe what they are taught. If we do not truly believe that conservative principles work – enough to actually support people who practice them – we are part of the problem.
Both major political parties now support big government candidates. This is a tacit surrender to the socialist mentality. When there is NO ONE standing up for truly limiting government, why take the party offering you half, when the other is offering you all? Both agree that you should get something, so why not get as much as possible?

You have to win the hearts and minds. You don’t do that by writing off half the nation up front with ill-disguised class warfare.


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Reply 33 - Posted by: jimmiet, 11/21/2012 11:20:57 AM     (No. 9027631)

Pray. God is not through with the U.S. yet. Every generation gets it challenges and He has provided a way through because we know who to be thankful to. Happy Thanksgiving to all who post here. If any are offended let me ask to whom are you grateful to?

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Reply 34 - Posted by: WAN2, 11/21/2012 11:22:39 AM     (No. 9027635)

#34. The parties differ only in the speed with which we will collapse.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: Stopstoreload, 11/21/2012 11:26:19 AM     (No. 9027646)

I regretfully have to differ with Mr. Ledeen. I think we have fallen terminally into the hands of the unwashed, the cellphone party voters, the naive old ladies, the people who sneak in and don´t talk our lingo too good, the half baked college population, the semi-permanently unemployed, the ruthless poll sneakers and ballot stuffers and the entrenched state and local unions who aid them, abetted by the feeble minded who will fall for any Democratic smear of Republican presidential candidates and, who while feeble minded, manage to be purists in their own minds.

And I don;t see any hope. We are headed for bankruptcy and possibly for destrucdtion.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: EnsignO´Toole, 11/21/2012 11:37:12 AM     (No. 9027670)

#14 - I hope you write your autobiography for your grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and family friends. I would love to read it and pass your stories on to the students I get a chance to teach.

Since 1960 (my senior year in high school), when the Adolph Eichmann trial was taking place, my reading preoccupation has been about the German Theatre of WWII. Even though I was born the day before Pearl Harbor was bombed, the Japanese part of the war has never held the same interest for me.

The Germans (I am one-quarter German) were too close to my proud ancestry(my dear, sweet grandmother was German). How could smart, solid, well-educated people buy what Hitler was selling? It confounds me still to this day.

Though I live near the People´s Republic of Ann Arbor, Michigan where the University of Michigan is located, I am proud that Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat who saved thousands of Hungarian Jews, graced our city for several years as he was earning his degree in architecture from the U of M.

There is a bit of recent good news regarding Wallenberg, which gives me a bit of hope that America still recognizes good people: On July 26, 2012 he was awarded a Congressional Gold Medal by the United States Congress "in recognition of his achievements and heroic actions during the Holocaust."

May Raoul Wallenberg´s heroism be a continued beacon for Jews and Christians against the barbarism that is engulfing the world!

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Reply 37 - Posted by: readitfirst, 11/21/2012 12:15:05 PM     (No. 9027769)

As long as I keep my eye on God and remember I am to be obedient to His Word, I AM NOT DOOMED. The conflicts we face will ultimately be about that. Bring it!

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Reply 38 - Posted by: Timber Queen, 11/21/2012 12:17:58 PM     (No. 9027780)

I understand the urge for a pep talk, but I´m with those noting that we are a different country with a populace that believes the revisionist history because that was all they were taught. Traditional political solutions are no longer open to us.

We are facing a time of trials. Faithful people will be tested. Its time for deep prayer and learning to listen to God and following His Will.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: simple simon, 11/21/2012 1:24:47 PM     (No. 9027893)

Just because I scored 6 touchdowns in a high-school football (hat tip, Al Bundy) doen´t mean I can walk on the field now 30 years later with the same attitude, hunger, fearlessness and ability.

I think it´s foolish to rest your minds and hope on the past. EVERY great nation in the history of mankind has failed to some form of evil, power-hungry dictatorship....wonder how many of their populace fooled themselves into remembering the good ol´ days while the enemy kept advancing and solidifying their positions.

It´s absurd to think the feminized men and macho women of today would stand and fight for the concept of freedom and liberty when they have little idea or clue what it really means outside of contraception and food stamps.

IMO, we are lazy, selfish and PRIDEFUL people who don´t have the guts, strength or fortitude of even the generation preceding us and the curtain is falling on everything America was.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: Penney, 11/21/2012 1:26:38 PM     (No. 9027898)

Excellent article. Never misunderestimate the spirit of Liberty within the American people! Securing and maintaining each individual´s equal respect for human Life, Liberty and Justice for ALL has historically always trumped freedom´s adversaries, ´de jeur,´ in the USA. . ...Mark Levin´s best seller clarifies the choices: ´´Liberty and Tyranny.´´ The heart of America cherishes Liberty.

America remains THE beacon of Liberty on planet earth. We give thanks for our blessings of freedom, not only in this country but whereever else Liberty thrives in the hearts of all others this day in 2012!

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Reply 41 - Posted by: roger h. cook,MD, 11/21/2012 1:32:43 PM     (No. 9027901)

Hay everyone not so fast,I just heard that Obama and the demacrats are talking of ending everyones IRA and "giveing you a government annuity" and distributing our money to who they seem to be needy.Please pass this on .

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Reply 42 - Posted by: LC Chihuahua, 11/21/2012 3:17:31 PM     (No. 9028054)

Sorry, but I´m just not that optimistic.

Alot of people will be content to get kicked in the face by the government over and over as long as they get a bone now and then.

Right now people are thinking they can buy the government´s good will. Big mistake. The government wants to control the wealth of the entire country. Most people will be reduced to subsistence living.

As long as the media can manipulate the public (including many Republicans), and is controled by the government, nothing will change.

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Reply 43 - Posted by: larryp, 11/21/2012 3:23:45 PM     (No. 9028064)

No, The 22nd amendment will be overturned and Obama will run againand win in 2016. Maybe even 2020.
We need to work on the Senate.
Also, alot of the schools do not teach history before about 1880. We need to set up after schools History of the USA classes. Just as Jewish people set up classes to teach history and hebrew. aaand the Japanese too.
We could rent community buildings and see how it goes.

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Reply 44 - Posted by: Japanorama, 11/21/2012 3:57:28 PM     (No. 9028106)

This American refuses to surrender without a fight. Want to deprive me of my rights? Then you´ll have a fight on your hands, and the loser won´t be me.

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Reply 45 - Posted by: loyalreader, 11/21/2012 4:18:33 PM     (No. 9028137)

Michael you are incorrect about being a taker if you are on social security. I worked hard for 47 years and the liberal government took money our of every pay check for my retirement. I am not taking, the liberal government is returning, with nowhere near the interest I would have earned had they let me invest it on my own.

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Reply 46 - Posted by: vesicant, 11/21/2012 4:40:06 PM     (No. 9028168)

What phase of grief is this supposed to be -- acceptance? Where to start on this mendacity? First, he conflates what the eurotrash have always said with what US citizens are now saying for the first time. The eurotrash has had completely different reasons for saying the US is a failure -- i.e., it´s not eurotrash socialist. But Scumbama´s two elections are an inflection point for the US in that regard, and Ledeen just doesn´t want to see or acknowledge that. Second, does Ledeen really think illegal immigrants, "moderate muslims" (TANSTAAMM), and the 47% or more of the country with ingrown and incurable NPD are going to rescue the US? They are THE PROBLEM, not the solution.

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Reply 47 - Posted by: Mother of AL, 11/21/2012 9:02:57 PM     (No. 9028502)

Thanks poster. I have been posting since Nov 7 that the election was stolen. We need to band together, and keep it from happening in 2016. 0 and his minions do not know American history, and the nature of Americans. We just need to teach our children and grandchildren and great grandchildren what America is, and that she is worth fighting for.

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Reply 48 - Posted by: jorgecito, 11/21/2012 9:07:17 PM     (No. 9028508)

#15, while your post was sadly humorous (should I say with gallows humor?), I think you have hit on something that I fear is true.

Yes, before the Civil War was resolved, our nation went through a long, horrifying and bloody ordeal. I´m afraid our nation is going to suffer through something similar, and soon.

I don´t know whether that suffering will be caused by external forces (Iran perhaps), or by internal collapse. I do know that this has been a long time coming, with the Left having slowly, persistently and deliberately undermined our culture over many decades.

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Reply 49 - Posted by: Harlowe, 11/21/2012 11:22:23 PM     (No. 9028678)

#43 – Correct. Search Engine: Private Savings Accounts May Be “On the Table” in Fiscal Cliff Talks (11-19-12)

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Reply 50 - Posted by: Harlowe, 11/21/2012 11:51:50 PM     (No. 9028718)

#51 – Clarification – Search Engine: National Seniors Council

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Posted By: earlybird- 4/13/2014 6:20:17 AM     Post Reply
KUALA LUMPUR: A CREW member of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 made a desperate call from his mobile phone as the plane was flying low near Penang, the morning it went missing. The latest breakthrough in the ongoing criminal investigation traced the source of the call to co-pilot Fariq Abdul Hamid´s phone. (Snip) They are investigating the case under Section 130C of the Penal Code, which deals with hijacking, terrorism and sabotage offences, as well as the Security Offences (Special Measures) and Aviation Offences Acts. On why these findings were not made known, the sources said, like criminal investigations by any police

Obama Lets N.S.A. Exploit
Some Internet Flaws, Officials Say
New York Times, by David E. Sanger    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 4/12/2014 10:03:55 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Stepping into a heated debate within the nation’s intelligence agencies, President Obama has decided that when the National Security Agency discovers major flaws in Internet security, it should — in most circumstances — reveal them to assure that they will be fixed, rather than keep mum so that the flaws can be used in espionage or cyberattacks, senior administration officials said Saturday. But Mr. Obama carved a broad exception for “a clear national security or law enforcement need,” the officials said, a loophole that is likely to allow the N.S.A. to continue to exploit security flaws both to crack

BREAKING NEWS: BLM ends
roundup of Bundy cattle
KLAS [Las Vegas], by Lauren Rozyla    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 4/12/2014 1:27:55 PM     Post Reply
LAS VEGAS -- The Bureau of Land Management has announced it will stop the roundup of cattle owned by rancher Cliven Bundy. The BLM says the animals have been illegally grazing on public lands for 20 years. The BLM made the announcement Saturday morning, a week after rangers started gathering the animals from land near Gold Butte. The agency says it is concerned about the safety of its employees and the public. Earlier this week, BLM officers and supporters of the Bundy family were involved in a scuffle. Cliven Bundy´s son, Ammon Bundy, was tased twice by federal agents. Another woman said

What A Disembodied Finger
In Jay Carney’s Photo Says
About Media Propaganda
Independent Journal Review, by Soopermexicn    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 4/12/2014 1:20:57 PM     Post Reply
In a profile of Press Secretary Jay Carney appearing in the magazine Washingtonian Mom, this photo of the loving family appears:(Snip for photo)Cute, isn’t it? But, as savvy Twitter users noticed almost immediately, the picture is photoshopped, and not very well at that. The right side of the book case is a mirror image of the left, which poses a slight problem. A problem I like to call “disembodied finger of a child floating in air”! It’s a common photoshop mistake:

Couple hit by tractor-trailor says truck
was on fire before deadly bus crash
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 4/12/2014 12:59:53 PM     Post Reply
ORLAND, Calif. – A tractor-trailer already was on fire as it came across a median and crashed into a tour bus, killing 10 people, according to a couple whose car was sideswiped by the big rig. Joe and Bonnie Duran were driving a sedan northbound on the 5 Freeway on Thursday when they said a FedEx truck heading south careened toward them, struck their rental car and crashed into the oncoming bus carrying high school students from Southern California. (Snip)Bonnie Duran, who was driving, told KNBC-TV in Los Angeles that flames were coming from the lower rear of the truck cab.

FBI: Middle school gang
behind mob violence
Courier-Journal [Louisville], by Patrick T. Sullivan and Andy Wolfson    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 4/11/2014 10:57:21 AM     Post Reply
The teens responsible for the mob violence in downtown Louisville last month were members of a gang of middle-school students, according to an FBI memo distributed to law enforcement agencies. The memo, which the FBI says was based on "unverified intelligence," says that the gang — "Young ´N Off That," or YNO, was organized last summer at Frost Middle School but spread to other schools, and that its members are "armed in a major way." The FBI memo also says there have been "rumblings" about the gang showing up in large numbers May 1 at the Kentucky Derby Festival Pegasus Parade. Louisville

Attkisson: Unprecedented Influence
on the Media By Special Interests,
Political Interests & Corporations
RealClearPolitics, by Staff (Transcript)    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 4/11/2014 10:26:14 AM     Post Reply
(VIDEO) BILL O´REILLY: How about Benghazi, what did you find out about that? SHARYL ATTKISSON: Benghazi, I was assigned to look into about three weeks after the attacks happened by management and pursue that aggressively and as I felt we were beginning to scratch beneath the surface on that scandal as well, which I think had many legitimate questions yet to be asked and answered. Interest was largely lost in that story as well on the part of the people that are responsible for deciding what goes on the news. OREILLY: So did they tell you, look, we don´t want

Tiger Woods´ absence from Masters
greeted mostly with shrugs
Los Angeles Times, by Bill Plaschke    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 4/9/2014 3:58:09 PM     Post Reply
AUGUSTA, Ga. — The slow and awkward decay of the powerful aura of Tiger Woods continued here Tuesday on a rain-soaked golfing cathedral that smelled like a damp towel. For the first time in 20 years, Woods will not be here for the Masters, a tournament he has won four times, his virtual ownership of Augusta National symbolizing his decades of dominance. Yet his fellow golfers do not sound relieved. They do not act as if reprieved. They spoke of this giant, haunting presence with neither fear nor reverence.(Snip)"He´s 38 now, he´s an old man," said Jason Day, the media

Why Heartbleed, the Latest
Cybersecurity Scare, Matters
Businessweek, by Joshua Brustein    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 4/9/2014 2:00:42 PM     Post Reply
Another day, another terrifying computer security vulnerability. A hole in a widely used encryption technology has given hackers a way to infiltrate many of the world’s largest websites and download sensitive information from their servers without leaving a trace. The problem, dubbed Heartbleed, has existed for two years, but was recently discovered by researchers at Google, setting off a scramble to fix it. Trying to track new security vulnerabilities can be dizzying, but here’s why this one is worth paying attention to: It affects services you use. The problem is a shortcoming of OpenSSL, which is supposed to protect,

UN finding on climate change
is just a bunch of hot air,
new report claims
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 4/8/2014 5:09:13 PM     Post Reply
A U.N.-commissioned panel says climate change is hurting the growth of crops, affecting the quality of water supplies and forcing wildlife to change the way it lives – but what if it’s all just smoke and mirrors? A new report from the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC), written by an international collection of scientists and published by the conservative Heartland Institute, claims just that, declaring that humanity´s impact on climate is not causing substantial harm to the Earth. (Snip)The panel of scientists says human impact on the global climate is small, changing temperatures are within a historic scope

Arrest Made After LAPD Motorcycle
Officer Critically Hurt in Crash
KNBC-TV [Los Angeles], by Willian Avila*    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 4/7/2014 12:17:06 PM     Post Reply
A 33-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after her vehicle struck a Los Angeles Police Department motorcycle officer from behind at a red light, leaving him pinned between two vehicles Saturday, officials said. The officer was waiting for the traffic light at Saticoy Street and Lankershim Boulevard (map) about 5:30 p.m. when an SUV rear-ended him, according to the LAPD. The officer was pinned between the SUV and the vehicle in front of him. The officer was in a medically-induced coma in critical but stable condition at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills

MH37O: Angus Houston confirms
signal detected by Ocean Shield are
consistent with black box
News.com [Australia], by Jennifer Rajca*    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 4/7/2014 11:28:59 AM     Post Reply
IN A major development in the search for MH370, Angus Houston has confirmed the Ocean Shield has detected signals consistent with aircraft black boxes, describing the lead as the most promising yet. Air Chief Marshal Houston called the development significant, saying “this is the most promising lead, probably in the search so far, it’s probably the best information we’ve had”. The search coordinator told reporters more signals have been detected by a towed pinger locator deployed by the Australian vessel Ocean Shield. “Today, I can report some very encouraging information which has unfolded over the last 24 hours,” he told



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Meet the Clinton shoe-thrower
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NBC Universal, by Emma Margolin    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/12/2014 5:03:17 PM     Post Reply
Who throws a shoe? Honestly! That would be 36-year-old Alison Ernst of Phoenix, Arizona, who was charged Thursday night with disorderly conduct by the Las Vegas Police Department after allegedly throwing a shoe at former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. According to NBC News, who spoke with a Secret Service official, the U.S. Attorney’s office has declined federal prosecution. Ernst was wearing shoes on Thursday night when she attended a speech Clinton was giving in Las Vegas, but apparently brought an extra one specifically to throw at the former secretary of state. The official said the incident appeared to be “premeditated.”

Bundy Ranch, the Federal Government,
and the Nevada Water Tipping Point

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American Thinker, by Monica Morrill    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 4/12/2014 7:29:42 AM     Post Reply
Many Americans have been watching with great consternation the ongoing struggle between the Federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Marshals against Cliven Bundy and his family. There are no signs of either side relinquishing their position. Many onlookers have been informed that this dispute is over protecting the desert tortoise. But it is nothing of the sort. In fact, the reality of the dispute goes far underneath what is being talked about. The more appropriate source of the dispute is ground water as well as surface water -- this is a war over water. Cliven Bundy and his

Nevada Cattle Rancher Wins
´Range War´ With Feds

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ABC News, by Liz Fields    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/12/2014 3:33:27 PM     Post Reply
A Nevada cattle rancher appears to have won his week-long battle with the federal government over a controversial cattle roundup that had led to the arrest of several protesters. Cliven Bundy went head to head with the Bureau of Land Management over the removal of hundreds of his cattle from federal land, where the government said they were grazing illegally. Bundy claims his herd of roughly 900 cattle have grazed on the land along the riverbed near Bunkerville, 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas, since 1870 and threatened a "range war" against the BLM on the Bundy Ranch website after one of

Barbara Boxer Says Keystone
Pipeline a Cancer Risk

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Breitbart California, by William Bigelow    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/12/2014 6:54:45 PM     Post Reply
Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) is now accusing the Keystone pipeline of being a cancer risk. Her first point was that the pipeline “will bring 830,000 barrels of dirty tar sands oil into our nation every day.” She then segued to point #2 by asserting that the heavy tar sands oil will put people who live near refineries at risk for cancer: Significantly higher levels of dangerous air pollutants and carcinogens have been documented downwind from tar sands refineries, and in these areas people are suffering higher rates of the types of cancers linked to these toxic chemicals, including leukemia and

Why The Feds Chickened Out
On A Nevada Ranch

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Townhall, by Kevin McCullough    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 4/13/2014 11:55:18 AM     Post Reply
Let me obliterate a bit of confusion here: the Obama administration attempted to go to war with a rancher in Nevada. Let me amplify a little bit of truth: They tucked tail and have returned home. And let me add a bit of clarity: they had no choice! As the nation began to become familiar with the plight of the family of Cliven Bundy, many of us harkened back to another standoff in which the Federal government attempted to bully it´s outcome: Waco, Texas and the Branch Davidian massacre. It is telling that in the Nevada case the feds pulled out so

President Obama stands by Rev. Al Sharpton
while accusing Republicans of trying
to restrict the right to vote

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New York Daily News, by Celeste Katz & Annie Karni    Original Article
Posted By: Flyright- 4/12/2014 7:02:39 AM     Post Reply
President Obama stood Friday with the Rev. Al Sharpton and accused Republicans of trying to keep millions of Americans from voting, in a fiery speech days after new revelations about Sharpton’s past as an FBI informant. “The right to vote is threatened today in a way that it has not been since the Voting Rights Act became law nearly five decades ago,” Obama told the annual convention of Sharpton’s National Action Network in Manhattan. Obama’s appearance represented a presidential seal of approval of Sharpton’s role as a civil rights activist, amid the new revelations about how Sharpton used a wire to record

Why Hillary v. Jeb Would
Be Great for America

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Daily Beast, by Mark McKinnon    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/13/2014 6:11:32 PM     Post Reply
They’re both qualified, respectful of each other (shocker!), and represent the vast majority of middle America. So what’s not to like about another Clinton/Bush race for 2016? When you mention the prospect of Clinton vs. Bush 2016 a funny thing happens. First, there is the reflexive response: "Oh no, not again. We don´t need more dynastic politics in this country." But upon further reflection, you realize Jeb Bush vs. Hillary Clinton would be a great race and actually good for the country. Let´s review. QUALIFICATIONS—THEY’VE BOTH GOT THEM. Barack Obama won the presidency because in an election where the premium was on change, it mattered little

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

Goodbye tea party, hello big tent
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Washington Post, by Jennifer Rubin    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/13/2014 5:08:01 AM     Post Reply
Say what you will about Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), but they know a train wreck when they see it. They also know when to separate themselves from the cranks and the losers on the right. Although both supported the shutdown and were heartily supported by tea party groups in their own Senate races, neither one has endorsed Matt Bevin in Kentucky, Milton Wolf in Kansas or Chris McDaniel in Mississippi. In fact, Cruz’s office confirms he hasn’t endorsed anyone in the primaries. He may weigh in after the primaries. Rand Paul has endorsed two very establishment

Nevada GOP removes social issues from platform,
moves ahead with pre-primary endorsements

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Associated Press, by Sandra Chereb    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/13/2014 3:48:58 PM     Post Reply
LAS VEGAS — The Nevada Republican Party stripped opposition to abortion and gay marriage from its platform Saturday as state convention delegates instead focused on judging fellow Republicans on their worthiness to serve in office and adherence to GOP values. The platform, with few changes, was adopted overwhelmingly as the Las Vegas convention stretched late into the evening. The vote mirrors that of the Clark County GOP, which voted earlier to remove platform language defining marriage as between a man and a woman and statements opposing abortion. Many Republicans are re-evaluating their strong stances on conservative social issues as public

Video: Flash mob of women steal
$20,000 worth of sunglasses
from California store

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New York Daily News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 4/13/2014 10:50:38 AM     Post Reply
A brazen flash mob has been caught on camera storming a California store and making off with $20,000 worth of sunglasses. Surveillance footage shows eight women piling into a Sunglass Hut and crowding around display cases. Shielding workers from what they´re doing, they quickly stuff dozens of fashion specs into their bags. A store clerk pleads with them to stop, before running out of the shot to get help and dial 911. The thieves then all bolt outside and escape in a waiting SUV. The incident occurred at the Valencia Town Center mall, in Santa Clarita, at 3 p.m. on

Democrat Center Folds
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American Thinker, by Clarice Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: real fifi- 4/13/2014 7:44:30 AM     Post Reply
It’s hardly been a secret that in recent years the moderate center of the Democrat party has been driven away and what remains is a conglomeration of disparate blocs which, to date, the party has been able to treat as if there were no conflicting interests between them. As the midterm elections approach and the administration’s incompetence, along with the distaste for the president’s signature ObamaCare legislation, drive the party’s chances down further, the make-believe coalition of opposites may well crumble if the opposition doesn’t blow it. Democrats hope to retain control of the Senate and recapture the House by driving


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