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Ex-Marine Jailed on Gun Charge
in Mexico Released

Associated Press, by Curt Anderson

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MIAMI — A Marine veteran jailed for months in Mexico after trying to carry a family heirloom shotgun across the border has been freed, officials and his lawyer said late Friday. The attorney for Jon Hammar tweeted Friday night his client had been released from a detention center in Matamoros, Mexico. U.S. officials were planning to drive Hammar, 27, across the border at Brownsville, Texas. “He’s out. Going home,” Eddie Varon Levy wrote in a tweet. U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla.,

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Reply 1 - Posted by: killerbee, 12/22/2012 7:11:52 PM     (No. 9079892)

This is possibly the first time the AP has mentioned this story. Jon Hammar was in a notorious, cartel-controlled prison from August to yesterday and they didn´t print a word until he was released. Why? My guess is that they were covering up the fact that the Obama administration sat on their hands and did absolutely nothing while this hero rotted. The tale is easily spun but when you get the specifics it´s clearly a story of someone trying to follow the law and being punished horrifically for someone else´s mistake.

I hope he´ll be able to recover. He´s already faced deployments in both Iraq and Afghanistan and now this. I´m glad he´s out but I´m furious at the disinterest in this story.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: calgrammy, 12/22/2012 7:19:16 PM     (No. 9079898)

How much money did his family have to pay the corrupt Mexicans?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Coy860, 12/22/2012 7:33:44 PM     (No. 9079914)

Hammar bought that little Winnebago, and had all his possessions with him. He has suffered post traumatic shock, and he and a buddy were on their way to surf in Costa Rica. He did check with customs, did everything the right way and this stinks to high heaven.
Mexico is no place for any American to go anymore. In fact, thanks to Obama, Americans would be wise to not travel out of the country.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: janylou, 12/22/2012 8:00:55 PM     (No. 9079926)

Praise The Lord!

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Reply 5 - Posted by: dr.lakerman, 12/22/2012 8:12:42 PM     (No. 9079932)

Boycott mexico. There is no reason to go there. Ever.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: bighambone, 12/22/2012 8:16:34 PM     (No. 9079934)

Detaining the ex-Marine chained to a bed in a jail cell for months on trumped up charges stunk to high heaven, especially after it was reported throughout the USA that the Mexicans attempted to extort money from his family in Florida.

The PR for Mexico is so bad that it will probably keep a lot of US tourists from going to Mexico this winter. The Mexicans had no choice but to do an about face and get rid of the guy, or watch as a lot of their tourist industry goes down the tubes.

Anyone going to Costa Rica should use commercial air, and forget about driving through Mexico, where you can easily be robbed, raped, murdered, or arrested on trumped up charges or experience a combination of those factors.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: MrYules, 12/22/2012 8:53:58 PM     (No. 9079957)

Did the Mexican "government" return his stolen property and compensate him for his (monetary) losses?


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Reply 8 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 12/22/2012 9:09:58 PM     (No. 9079972)

It´s freakin´ Mexico !

He´s lucky to be alive.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Hammock, 12/22/2012 9:58:12 PM     (No. 9079999)

The state-sucking AP can mention this now that it´s resolved. They couldn´t mention it before because that might have put some pressure on the president to do something, and Valerie Jarrett is busy.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: coldoc, 12/22/2012 10:44:16 PM     (No. 9080029)

Almost all of these type operations are extortions. I watched many examples while we lived there. This has been going on forever. The only people that are safe travelling in mexico are broke hippie orphans.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: leftcoastmom, 12/22/2012 10:52:55 PM     (No. 9080042)

I hope some well off person can send him to Costa Rica by airplane so he can go surfing!! Hang Ten Marine!! Merry Christmas!

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Reply 12 - Posted by: annie xango, 12/23/2012 1:04:08 AM     (No. 9080129)

amen #11..you know that will happen.. Marines will step up to the plate..
Kudos to Rep. Ros-Lehtinen...I think we all need to send her a thank you for her efforts. I had contacted my Reps. and Senator´s in Ohio..but don´t know if they helped in any way.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: thelmalou, 12/23/2012 1:44:35 AM     (No. 9080153)

Praise the Lord. I pray God´s blessings and healing for him in every way. Semper Fi, sir.

I can´t think of anything that would EVER make me take another trip to Mexico. Nothing.


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Reply 14 - Posted by: liberalslovetaxes, 12/23/2012 3:26:29 AM     (No. 9080179)

Thank you Bill Oreilly and FoxNews for putting this on the air until he was released. All the other networks didn´t think this was important enough to air.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: jj1319, 12/23/2012 4:11:25 AM     (No. 9080186)

I´ve been to Mexico several times and was getting more and more comfortable crossing the border. And then it turned ugly. My fine, if that´s what you want to call it, was the exact amount I had in my pocket. He did give me $2.00 back so I could get across the bridge. Funny thing: they don´t give receipts in Mexico. Never been back.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: pineledger, 12/23/2012 5:04:56 AM     (No. 9080202)

2 and 15, our experiences were the same way back in the 1970s. Their border police shook us down, us in our VW bug with a 2 year old kid in tow. Have been back to Mexico on only two occasions since, both as cruises´ ports of call. Would not even consider a cruise now that includes those.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: strike3, 12/23/2012 5:12:50 AM     (No. 9080206)

The problem with the American tourists who visit Mexico regularly is that they are usually too drunk and addled by the sun to care about the politics and corruption of the country. The tequila is good, the service is good and they don´t care that they are being played for rich fools.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: JLoophole, 12/23/2012 5:36:40 AM     (No. 9080223)

Wonderful news.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Judith, 12/23/2012 6:34:56 AM     (No. 9080240)

Up here in MA, they make sure they do not name the congresswoman. Just some anonymous, partyless federal employee who mildly intervened in this fiasco. I´ve watched this lady and admire her. And I´m glad o´reilly joined in. He, at least, has a world stage. Our media cannot ignore or cover up his show the way they can a republican politician.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: osprey21, 12/23/2012 6:36:28 AM     (No. 9080241)

From what I gathered, that area is heavily run by one of the drug cartels, perhaps Holder traded more guns....

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Rinktum, 12/23/2012 6:41:57 AM     (No. 9080244)

Mexico is a beautiful country and has great natural resources in addition to tourism. They have squandered it because the people had no vision for freedom and prosperity which requires sacrifice and determination. Our ancestors did the hard work to provide us a country rich in opportunity. Not many want to work to achieve freedom, they want it given to them. I have no desire to travel to Mexico again. They want to take from us what they have not earned.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: judy, 12/23/2012 6:46:03 AM     (No. 9080249)

Fox & Rep. Ilena is all the help he received....sad...

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Malia2012, 12/23/2012 7:48:00 AM     (No. 9080304)

What #14 & #22 said. We watched the hyena-looking-senator-bill-nelson from FL on O´Reilly the other night giggle his way through questions about Jon Hammar. Now, nelson and the rest of the scrum will try and take credit for the release. Jon Hammar´s parents went on FNC because the "state-department" would NOT do anything. THEY know what happened.. Merry Christmas Hammar family!

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Reply 24 - Posted by: HisHandmaiden, 12/23/2012 8:00:04 AM     (No. 9080319)

Great news!
Bless all those involved... and Merry Christmas Hammar family!

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Reply 25 - Posted by: ROLFnader, 12/23/2012 8:06:05 AM     (No. 9080327)

Don´t be surprised when we are told that Hillary did this single-handedly- even though she is suffering from an open head wound or whatever.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: LZK, 12/23/2012 8:08:07 AM     (No. 9080330)

Time to boycott Mexico my fellow Americans.....

The french learned what WE the people can do to "trade" when WE get POed.....

obama didn´t want to hurt the mexican dictator´s feelings by telling him what to do.........like release my fellow American.....

Semper Fi -- "ex" (no such thing as an EX Marine)-Marine......

LZK

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Dodge Boy, 12/23/2012 9:10:52 AM     (No. 9080429)

So it took a female member of the House to make this happen. Way to step up, men of congress! Just darn glad that the ex-marine is home.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: antiquegolf, 12/23/2012 9:20:19 AM     (No. 9080443)

A substantial portion of the tourist trade in mexico comes from current and former mexican nationals who travel there with gringo dollars stuffed in their pockets. This is just another economic insult from mexicans who reside in USA who mostly resent this country. First they sneak in and suck billions out of the social welfare systems. mexicans also send an estimated $30 billion each year back to relatives in the old country. Boycott western union too.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: shurnuff, 12/23/2012 9:25:02 AM     (No. 9080452)

Thanks, U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (and others)! Now THAT´S how you win re-election.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: Susannah, 12/23/2012 9:27:11 AM     (No. 9080454)

Sorry to disappoint you, #19, but the Boston Globe mentioned the congresswoman by name and quoted her, as did several other news outlets up here.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: J F Ackerman, 12/23/2012 11:22:49 AM     (No. 9080636)

To all you "low information" Americans: Mexico is a narco-state. Stay out of Mexico. Boycott Mexico. Mexicans, here and there, hate your guts.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: annie xango, 12/23/2012 11:36:31 AM     (No. 9080658)

on her web site she credits..Marco Rubio, Mike Thompson and Bill Nelson by name..I did send her a thank you email...she doesn´t accept emails from out of her district..but of course, you know how to get around that..

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Reply 33 - Posted by: Fat Elvis, 12/23/2012 11:44:17 AM     (No. 9080671)

Also, Props to Bill O´Reilly for hammering this story nightly on his show.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: mrjimbob, 12/23/2012 12:06:35 PM     (No. 9080702)

If he and his parents were affiliated with the Republican Party, maybe that would explain why the Obama people were not interested in doing anything.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: InThePines, 12/23/2012 1:09:28 PM     (No. 9080780)

This young soldier could have been released early on by our dear president. I had heard Bill O´Reilly was also partly responsible for his release?

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Reply 36 - Posted by: PoliticalJunky, 12/23/2012 2:08:31 PM     (No. 9080857)

La Rasa tells its people that when they come to the US they come as conquerors retaking land once owned by Mexico. They march in our streets and tell us what they will do when they get the vote. When we show no enthusiasm for that, they call us "nativists". I guess the fence will never be built now. What else can go wrong? I feel as though I am in a House of Horrors.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: Analyn, 12/23/2012 3:26:14 PM     (No. 9080923)

I noticed too that he was released within 24 hours after Congressman Duncan Hunter called for a boycott of Mexico.

Amazing how much power that word "boycott" holds. I remember May 1, 2006 when Mexicans boycotted America and protested in our streets; basically biting the hand that feeds them and showing such disrespect and ingratitude. And I won´t ever forget it. I began my own boycott of Mexico on that day, and haven´t stopped. - except for an occasional avocado when others aren´t available; and I will never travel there. I realize that I can´t avoid all things Mexican, but because of their actions on that day, I try.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: geminale, 12/23/2012 3:51:41 PM     (No. 9080943)

Proud to see our Florida Rep (who also wisely married a Finn) as the driving force behind Hammar´s release.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: larryp, 12/23/2012 4:31:03 PM     (No. 9080989)

Mexico´s justice system is Napoleonic Code. You are guilty until proven innocent. Amenicans need to learn about these rules.
As soon as Hammar shows up in Mexico with a rifle or shotgun, whether grand pas or an antique, he has violated their laws and goes to Jail. The mexican govt deos not want guns brought into Mexico. Nor ammo.Their laws mean business and you are jailed. It is not Marquis de Queensbury rules down there.
You can´t get your information from a border guard. Better find out ahead from someone who knows. Don´t fool around with them. Don´t send yr kids there, don´t go camping or surfing there.
I went dn there every week for years to do business. I got the insurance, the right one, drove over. Was careful and lucky.
But I had a sinking feeking that like the poster above, things were changing.SO I parked on the US and walked across. But never saw an accident as the mexican drivers know they will be tossed in jail and are very careful. Hamar should never go back to mexico, ever.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: JoniTx, 12/23/2012 4:35:28 PM     (No. 9080995)

Just heard a little while ago (on Fox) that his mother has told them that he has been hospitalized in Lousiana. He and his father are on the way home to Florida. Cannot find a story about it.

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Reply 41 - Posted by: Grambo, 12/23/2012 4:41:32 PM     (No. 9081000)

There is nothing in Mexico worth risking your life and freedom for. And let’s not forget that Mexico is now all the more dangerous thanks to Eric Holder and Obama reinforcing the firepower of the Cartels with Fast and Furious weapons, which, by the way, will be on Mexican streets for decades to come.

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Reply 42 - Posted by: Heraclitus, 12/23/2012 6:44:32 PM     (No. 9081138)

"Fox & Friends" also covered this story every day, not just O´Reilly.

Very thankful the young man is coming home.

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Reply 43 - Posted by: KimoSaavy, 12/23/2012 6:57:18 PM     (No. 9081148)



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Reply 44 - Posted by: KimoSaavy, 12/23/2012 7:01:31 PM     (No. 9081156)

He is looking for some self healing for his PTSD but it´s too bad the road to that took him through Mexico. Mexico is quickly becoming a lawless nation which it is why military people are told not to cross the border for cheap deals and fun. Camp Pendleton is only a skip and a jump away from the border and they avoid Mexico like the plague after jarheads became targets. I wonder if he checked with them in his planning.

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Reply 45 - Posted by: LWGII, 12/23/2012 7:38:32 PM     (No. 9081188)

The gentleman is a former Marine. There is only one "ex" Marine, and that´s Lee Oswald. Jack Murtha was working on becoming Ex-Marine Number Two, but he died before the paperwork could be completed.

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Reply 46 - Posted by: Muggins, 12/23/2012 8:04:44 PM     (No. 9081210)

Flying to South America? Schedule your flights to miss Mexico City Airport. I went through there 2 years ago. LAN Airlines receive no mention on their arrival and departure screens. It increases the difficulty in understanding where your boarding gate is. In fact, at the information booth, the woman claimed to not know anything about LAN airlines. Unacceptable.

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Reply 47 - Posted by: thefield, 12/23/2012 9:23:51 PM     (No. 9081265)

Anyone going to mexicao unarmed is a fool.
it is illegal to be armed in Mexico
Anyone going to Mexico is a fool

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Reply 48 - Posted by: flatwater, 12/23/2012 9:30:23 PM     (No. 9081270)

He should have just told them the gun was a gift for the drug cartels from Barack Obama and Eric Holder. Then everything would have been okay.

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Reply 49 - Posted by: garyhope, 12/24/2012 7:02:11 PM     (No. 9082465)

I have zero desire to go to Mexico. None. I think the place is like another planet and worse.

And "La Raza" and all of the other Chicano organizations want the American Southwest to be like Mexico? Why? To turn the formerly great United States into a POS country like their "homeland"? Why come here if you want the US to be just like corrupt, violent, fetid, stinking Mexico?

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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'

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

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

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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