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Obama: We must ´take meaningful action
to prevent more tragedies like this´

Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm

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Posted By:SurferLad, 12/15/2012 9:28:05 AM

On Friday, we learned that more than two dozen people were killed when a gunman opened fire in an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. Most of those who died were just young children with their whole lives ahead of them. And every parent in America has a heart heavy with hurt. Among the fallen were also teachers—men and women who devoted their lives to helping our children fulfill their dreams.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Rubinski, 12/15/2012 9:32:33 AM     (No. 9067108)

I think a great start would be reinstating prayer in schools.

Do you thinhk this is the meaningful action that Obama might have in mind?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: TheMom, 12/15/2012 9:34:09 AM     (No. 9067114)

Well, here it comes. I predict he will issue the gun grab EO before Monday.


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Reply 3 - Posted by: jimK1, 12/15/2012 9:34:45 AM     (No. 9067116)

Arm the teachers so incidents like this won´t happen again, but I doubt that the Communist in Chief meant that.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Johnny Angle, 12/15/2012 9:34:45 AM     (No. 9067117)

Were the people in this dysfunctional Connecticut family registered Democrats? Just wondering.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Attercliffe, 12/15/2012 9:35:05 AM     (No. 9067119)

Easing restrictions in those states where concealed carry isn´t encouraged?

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Reply 6 - Posted by: dr.lakerman, 12/15/2012 9:37:07 AM     (No. 9067124)

Amen, #6.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: franq, 12/15/2012 9:38:00 AM     (No. 9067128)

Sorry, must disagree with #6. The only segment who would benefit from the psychological solution are those in the mental health industry. Metal detectors would be far more effective. If the gunman can´t get in, who can he shoot?

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Davids918, 12/15/2012 9:38:14 AM     (No. 9067130)

Funny how Rep. Jerry Nadler is asking for leadership from Obama on this issue.

Won´t happen. He´s never lead - he´s waiting for Valerie Jarrett´s instructions.



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Reply 9 - Posted by: RosietheObserver, 12/15/2012 9:41:24 AM     (No. 9067137)

This is the "burning of the Reichstag" moment. O will use it to take control.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: JAN, 12/15/2012 9:43:50 AM     (No. 9067143)

Resignation would be a good start.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: stablemoney, 12/15/2012 9:47:36 AM     (No. 9067155)

Obama makes his perpetual "never happens again" remarks that he makes after every tragedy, and we can be assured that he will make them again.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: scarface67, 12/15/2012 9:47:47 AM     (No. 9067156)


This is a time for grieving, not political rhetoric.




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Reply 13 - Posted by: Not your typical New Yorker, 12/15/2012 9:50:22 AM     (No. 9067163)

Oh barry! Does that mean the democrats will allow mental patients to be institutionalized again instead of roaming amongst us on the streets???!!

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Reply 14 - Posted by: angelesgift, 12/15/2012 9:52:49 AM     (No. 9067173)

Meaningful action would be to put up signs at schools saying, "Armed Security on Staff" and arm them. Instead, innocent children get smugly stupid signs saying, "Gun-free Zone" (that may as well say "Target-Rich Environment").

While we´re at it, let´s take a meaningful survey of all the gun grabbing control-freak politicians and celebrities to see how many of them have armed security. Disgusting hypocrites who want to punish people who didn´t do anything because it makes them feel good about themselves.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: bogeegolf, 12/15/2012 9:54:38 AM     (No. 9067180)

yeah make it law that if you have an establishment that says "gun free zone " you check everyone as they enter the building. I try to avoid those places although a lot of hospitals and clinics have them. Mental cases probably don´t read them.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: lillehuset, 12/15/2012 10:00:00 AM     (No. 9067191)

Dare I suggest years and years of extremely violent video games, t.v. and movies could play a part with a disturbed youngster...........however you will never hear from the liberals who make millions from this form of entertainment...

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Reply 17 - Posted by: 6079 Smith, W, 12/15/2012 10:08:33 AM     (No. 9067213)

"Meaningful action" is lib talk for gun control, because it was the gun that forced the kid to kill.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: alaskaal, 12/15/2012 10:09:31 AM     (No. 9067214)

A root cause analysis of this event would not reveal the gun to be the cause. Until our society is forced to do what any successful business would do to eliminate incidents, nothing will change.

Meaningful action means doing what feels good, or fits an agenda not what is meaningful nor provide action.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: VinGoombatz, 12/15/2012 10:10:29 AM     (No. 9067216)

#10 excellent points. I too have known good families with a troubled kid. Very very sad. Our mental health industry can do next to nothing. It´s some people making a buck...prescribing mild sedatives for the most part. Not much better than leeches (the medicine...or, wait...)

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Yephora, 12/15/2012 10:21:10 AM     (No. 9067240)

Bingo #15.

It was the Demonrats who legislated the closing of lunatic asylums and made us take the crazies back into society.

Oops, can you still say crazies?

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Reply 21 - Posted by: roger h. cook,MD, 12/15/2012 10:27:02 AM     (No. 9067247)

The answer is you cant prevent this, as I have written before you cant force a mental problem case hospitaijze. The surprime opened the mental hospital gates years ago because their " rights were being violated by forced hospitialization.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: mitzi, 12/15/2012 10:31:47 AM     (No. 9067258)

Meaningful action? Who´s going to be on the losing end of this action? The perps or the law abiding citizens.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: GringoinQuito, 12/15/2012 10:32:08 AM     (No. 9067260)

I submit that this societies young people have become desentizied to violence through violent ideo games, bloody violent movies such as those by Tarantino, the "Hostel" films, the everyday violence in the black neighborhoods, etc. this is what has to be cleaned up, and fast. They are burying their heads in the sand by avoiding these issues and blaming it all on guns.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: fembot, 12/15/2012 10:36:37 AM     (No. 9067269)

The FIRST and most fundamental thing we must do is to bring back three things currently very unpopular in this society -- morality, self-control, and responsibility. Teach the younger generation RIGHT FROM WRONG and make them aware that it is their RESPONSIBILITY to control their behavior and do what is right!

True mental illness will always be with us. But to be brutally honest, how many of the people who are currently diagnosed with mental illnesses are really MORALLY ill? We bring up our children without a sense of right and wrong, and then when they act out their fallen human natures, we give them drugs and call them mentally ill. The TV and the schools tell them all day long that they´re entitled to do whatever "feels good" and that self-control is a bad and repressive thing. Then we wonder why they don´t control their impulses, including the most vicious ones.

There will always be those who insist on breaking moral rules. However, how can we expect moral behavior from a generation that never learned the difference between moral and amoral behavior? It ain´t rocket science, folks.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Freeloader, 12/15/2012 10:47:58 AM     (No. 9067297)

Hollow words from the leader of "The Party of Death"...who rejoices over the slaughter of 55,000,000 innocent helpless souls, since 1973, as a "constitutional right."

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Reply 26 - Posted by: jasmine, 12/15/2012 10:53:44 AM     (No. 9067310)

There are always warnings. Unfortunately, liberals led the charge to empty mental hospitals, starting back in the 1950s.

As liberals always do, they neglected to think it through. A society that puts up too many hurdles to the evaluation and hospitalization of the mentally ill ends up with some people living on the streets, and others living in homes where their families are at risk.

Meaningful action means we stop pretending the only civil rights worth protecting are those of the mentally ill.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: jorgecito, 12/15/2012 10:57:59 AM     (No. 9067317)

#10, the family was to some degree dysfunctional, by definition. I.e., the young man´s parents got divorced apparently when he was barely into his teens.

Often parents will try to put a happy face on divorce "(it was amicable, the kids will be fine, they´ll get over it") but we all know better. Divorce is devastating to children.

Of course not all children in dysfunctional families become murderers; but conversely, it is almost certainly true that all murderers come from dysfunctional families.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: Country Boy, 12/15/2012 10:58:39 AM     (No. 9067320)

I think a "meaningful action" would be for obama to stop his class warfare hate speech. According to the Dem Think, 90% of the country is getting screwed by the other 10% and we need a much bigger government to get some fairness. Problem is, mentally unstable people take matters into their own hands, like we see these tragedies more and more.

The Dems constant incitement of rage and hatred is fueling a lot of this violence. I never heard Ronald Reagan even once tell people that they should be mad and seek revenge.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: Italiano, 12/15/2012 10:59:46 AM     (No. 9067323)

This from the monster who approves of killing babies who survive attempted abortions.


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Reply 30 - Posted by: bighambone, 12/15/2012 11:09:19 AM     (No. 9067346)

You have to remember that there are a lot of mentally ill people out there who vote for the liberal Democrats, so the liberal Democrats are not going to emphasize the fact that these murders were perpetrated by a mentally ill person.

On the other side of the coin, firearms have no vote, so you can safely bet that the liberal Democrats will attempt to lay as much blame as they can on guns.

What the Congress should be doing is passing effective measures, including waiving the medical privacy laws during background checks for prospective firearms purchasers, that would greatly help to keep mentally ill people from being able to purchase firearms, as the current ATF background procedures for firearms purchasers are clearly ineffective in that respect.

In the Connecticut case, even tightening up the ATF procedures might not have worked, as from first reports, if correct, it appears that the perpetrator´s mother had the guns that he used registered in her name, certainly an indication that she may have been a firearms straw purchaser who affectively bought guns for her mentally ill son, resulting in the loss of her life, and the lives of 26 other innocent people.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: Teleologicus, 12/15/2012 11:33:19 AM     (No. 9067402)

Firearms have long been easily available. Spree killings by young people are new. Blaming the tool used does not account for the phenomenon. The incredible pornographic violence of pop culture is the new factor here and is undoubtedly a major contributor to such horrible shootings. In movies, on TV, in music(rap) and, most of all, in violent video games the violence is omnipresent and graphically depicted. The latest killer, like the Columbine killers and others, including the Norway mass killer, was exposed to all of this, including the violent video games, some of the most popular of which are called "first person shooter" games.

Many elements go into these terrible crimes. Ignoring everything but the murder weapon itself is shallow and misleading. It mistakes the symptom for the disease. And it represents a denial of the existential peril of life and well as the propensity of human beings for premeditated evil. Liberal fantasy ideology has no room for any of this and insists upon blaming the weapons and those who disagree with their emotional urge to eliminate the instruments of violence.

Monstrous acts of wickedness like these child murders punch a hole in the imaginary life world of liberals which they are desperate to plug as quickly as possible. Having rejected the category of evil for the pseudo-explanations of superficial rationalism, liberals are unable to comprehend acts of pure evil and prefer to change the subject and avert their eyes. Championing more gun control and demonizing those who oppose them is a convenient and effective means of avoiding the many issues raised by these horrifying slaughters of the innocents.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: RUReadyY3K, 12/15/2012 11:47:46 AM     (No. 9067428)

Maybe Lanza didn´t see the "Gun Free Zone" signs. Then again, why would anyone think those signs and the similar "Drug Free Zones" would prevent anything?

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Reply 33 - Posted by: jackburton, 12/15/2012 11:50:52 AM     (No. 9067431)

I agree with the above poster. ´Gun free zone´ = ´target rich environment.´

Teach people, starting in school, not to kill. Enforce that.

Best start.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: Mike PHX, 12/15/2012 12:00:37 PM     (No. 9067446)

If Obama doesn´t win the acadamy award for his fake crying, it will be the biggest upset since Don Knotts not winning for "The Ghost and Mr. Chicken".

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Reply 35 - Posted by: Sunhan65, 12/15/2012 12:24:08 PM     (No. 9067486)

If the voice in my head wrote as well as #33, it would write what #33 posted.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: bighambone, 12/15/2012 12:57:59 PM     (No. 9067564)

Many of the factors that #33 brings out above are created by the very liberal Hollywood and New York entertainment industries who were huge contributers to Barack Obama and the liberal Democrats.

So look for the liberal Democrats to completely ignore things like violent movies, and computer games as they consider what course of action to take politically.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: whyyeseyec, 12/15/2012 12:59:28 PM     (No. 9067569)

It didn`t take long for the dems to march out Gabby Giffords after this tragedy. She`s the new Sarah Brady...

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Reply 38 - Posted by: homjett, 12/15/2012 1:36:05 PM     (No. 9067659)

#33 nailed it. One can just timeline the cause an effect of movies, videos, TV programs over the years. Rather then call for Gun Control, might be better to boycott these things that perpetuate violent behavior.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: tomanderson61, 12/15/2012 1:47:27 PM     (No. 9067683)

Ok great, what is "meaningful action"? Gun control? We all know that will only take guns away from people who want to defend themselves. Whackjobs and criminals will always be able to get guns.

Here is the truth. We live in a free society. With that comes responsibility. You cannot control all irresponsible behavior. Take guns away, people will use illegal arms. Or knives, or look up how to make a poison gas and throw it into a classroom, or a bomb in a suitcase. Or whatever.

As awful as it is, that is living in a free society. What is the alternative? Start locking up in a mental facility anyone you don´t like or looks at you funny. Arrest your 7 year old kid for saying "I am going to kill you" to a bullying classmate. Take your defensive weapons away. Create a federal police force to "investigate undesirables".

Which way do you want it folks, freedom with the associated horrors of dirtbags and psychos, or lose all your freedoms and be imprisoned in your own society?

I know which one this "president" wants.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: hershey, 12/15/2012 1:48:51 PM     (No. 9067689)

I´ve said it before and I"ll say it again....every time gun owners make progress (the latest decision against Illinois in court), something like this happens...

It isn´t far from feasible that the anti-gunners have a ´stable´ of unstable people and every once in a while they arm them and trot them out to commit some carnage or another.

Just because you don´t think they are out to get you doesn´t mean they aren´t...

Just saying......

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Reply 41 - Posted by: MDConservative, 12/15/2012 1:58:37 PM     (No. 9067708)

#6 - "The Chicago street corners are due to a subculture that glorifies violence."

The murderer is identified as a "goth"...like Columbine, like other "mass" incidents. Goth is as much a poisonous, violent subculture as gangstas...no, gangstas don´t attack school kids in classrooms.

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Reply 42 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 12/15/2012 2:10:32 PM     (No. 9067730)

More signs paid for by Federal Gvt borrowed money from China- Saying in larger letters, "Gun Free Zone!"

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Reply 43 - Posted by: NYbob, 12/15/2012 2:48:13 PM     (No. 9067791)

#12, the guns were registered. The Democrats and some Republicans want to force a choice so you have to decide, are we going to be like Israel and Switzerland or like Britain and Japan? I guess being like Vermont is off the table. Please remember that if you like the ´no guns ever´ route, criminals, bad cops, very wealthy, politicians and friend of the court will always have their guns. It´s just that YOU will not have that option again. It´s a BIG step and you might want to read some recent global history before you apply the magical thinking.

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Reply 44 - Posted by: WIBadger, 12/15/2012 3:03:19 PM     (No. 9067814)

Well we knew this was coming eventually.

Good crisis and all that.

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Reply 45 - Posted by: Conservativegirl, 12/15/2012 3:41:32 PM     (No. 9067868)

#14, you were refering to the President´s comment, weren´t you?


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Reply 46 - Posted by: flatwater, 12/15/2012 4:25:35 PM     (No. 9067908)

Just wondering, who grieves for the 300+ Mexican Citizens dead because Barack Obama decided to sell weapons to Mexico´s most violent drug cartels?

Obama´s "Operation Fast & Furious" resulted in the murders of over three hundred people, twelve times the number of victims in the Sandy Hook shootings, and we still can´t get any answers from the (p)Resident as to WHY he did it.

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Reply 47 - Posted by: LanieLou, 12/15/2012 9:36:24 PM     (No. 9068289)

Obama is going to allow the families to pray to him in person, as their savior, when he makes a speech there, announcing a temporary ban on gun sales.

After some time passes, someone needs to highlight the crime rates in Gun Free Zones.

Also, please don´t advocate for gov´t mental incarceration. DHS is already planning to deem all returning military with combat experience with mental problems that mean they can´t have a gun.

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Posted By: SurferLad- 4/5/2014 9:28:51 AM     Post Reply
Hi, everybody. Today, our economy is growing and our businesses are consistently generating new jobs. But decades-long trends still threaten the middle class. While those at the top are doing better than ever, too many Americans are working harder than ever, but feel like they can’t get ahead. That’s why the budget I sent Congress earlier this year is built on the idea of opportunity for all.



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

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

Obama Generation Losing
Interest in Obama

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

Why You Should Be Sympathetic
Toward Cliven Bundy

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

Chelsea Clinton no longer
ruling out politics

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

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

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

White is not right: Campus admins ask
for help weeding out white people

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Daily Caller, by Robby Soave    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/15/2014 7:47:18 PM     Post Reply
Western Washington University sent a questionnaire to students asking them for advice on how the administration could succeed at making sure that in future years, “we are not as white as we are today.” The question notes that WWU’s racial make up does not perfectly reflect the nation at large, and asks students to consider strategies that other universities have used to focus on skin color as the paramount indicator of a student-applicant’s worth. The president of WWU has stated that his explicit goal is to reduce the white population on campus, according to Campus Reform. “I’ve said before and I’ll say it

Atlanta Braves flooded with Hank
Aaron hate mail: He’s a ‘s*****g’

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Washington Times (D.C.), by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/15/2014 3:23:19 PM     Post Reply
Hank Aaron’s recent comments about the need for America to realize that racism is still very much alive and thriving — only now due to those who wear “neckties and starched shirts” rather than KKK hoods — has sparked an angry backlash and many fans are turning the tables, calling the baseball legend himself a racist. “Hank Aaron is a s*****g piece of [expletive] [racial slur],” one man said in an email to the Atlanta Braves’ front office, one of the teams Mr. Aaron used to play for, CBS News reported. “My old man instilled in my mind from a

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

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

Megyn Kelly and the
Sandberg Head Shaker

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American Thinker, by Richard F. Miniter    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 4/15/2014 9:16:05 AM     Post Reply
Megyn Kelly’s "Kelly File" is a great news show. She’s incisive, informed and customarily handles the toughest guest with aplomb. But her lengthy interview of Facebook C.O.O. Sheryl Sandberg about her second book in the Lean In series Lean In: For Graduates was a head shaker. Amazing that she of all people allowed Sandberg to restring the same old, same old, shamed, and shopworn feminist myths about women and girls and then jangle it in front of her viewing audience like something new out of the box. Indeed Kelly all but genuflected in front of this woman. Kept her on thru

Obama taps gay bishop to wrap Easter
Prayer Breakfast with invocation

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

Obama Selects First Openly Gay
Episcopal Bishop to Lead Easter Prayer

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

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

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


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