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Three Theories on Manti Te’o
Daily Beast, by Josh Dzieza

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Posted By:StormCnter, 1/18/2013 4:55:34 AM

Manti Te’o was the hero of the college football season, overcoming the loss of both his grandmother and his girlfriend on the same day to lead his team to victory over Michigan State. But then Deadspin broke the news that Lennay Kekua was nothing but an online figment, compiled from stolen Facebook pictures, possibly by Te’o’s friend Ronaiah Tuiasosopo. Te’o says he was the victim of a hoax, but others are skeptical that he could have been suckered for so long.Below, three theories on how the Catfish-meets-Lifetime scandal might have come about.

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My opinion is that he made the whole thing up and I´m certainly gratified that it didn´t win him the Heisman.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: jeff100, 1/18/2013 5:17:55 AM     (No. 9123549)

Get lost, make-believe boy, and go get a real name while you´re at it.....

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Reply 2 - Posted by: GringoinQuito, 1/18/2013 6:36:58 AM     (No. 9123609)

Who cares? The country is being raped by the Dems, and this is what we are worried about.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Grace Veritas, 1/18/2013 6:42:01 AM     (No. 9123612)

Nothing is real anymore. Sigh.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: JAN, 1/18/2013 7:02:09 AM     (No. 9123634)

No difference between Te´o´s girlfriend and Obama´s ´composite´ girlfriend.

Something in the water in Hawaii???

Or too much choom???

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Reply 5 - Posted by: VeteranAmerican, 1/18/2013 7:03:35 AM     (No. 9123637)

Who the hell cares about this fairy tale. Hostages killed in Algeria, troops killed in Afghnaistan and the country in a financial mess. And this is what the press covers? PLEEEEEEZE!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Reply 6 - Posted by: pineledger, 1/18/2013 7:09:28 AM     (No. 9123648)

Superb last paragraph.

And 1, I think Samoan names are lots of fun. Especially ones that can barely fit on a jersey.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: pineledger, 1/18/2013 7:11:57 AM     (No. 9123652)

Sorry for the double post, but I just noticed this in Te´o´s wiki:

In 2006, Te´o played for Punahou School, a private co-ed institution in Manoa, Honolulu, where he had also attended middle school.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: M2, 1/18/2013 7:40:28 AM     (No. 9123700)

What stratum of society is interested in this story? The Kardashian stratum? The Lance Armstrong stratum? Maybe the Low Information stratum?

The more face-time such people get, the more coarse and corrupt our society becomes. I find this so distastful and vapid, I cannot fathom who cares other than those who are directly involved.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Hermoine, 1/18/2013 7:48:00 AM     (No. 9123712)

I´m not sure I´m buying the whole gay thing either...seems to be another way for them just insert themselves into any major story...I think theory #3 makes the most sense.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: pmarc078, 1/18/2013 7:57:51 AM     (No. 9123726)

agree with #4. College and pro football is the new opiate of the masses.....

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Rinktum, 1/18/2013 8:01:39 AM     (No. 9123733)

Look around this country today and THIS is what the media wants to dwell on? It says more about the media than it does this kid´s lack of character. The coverage was over the top in my opinion.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Old Army Vet, 1/18/2013 8:01:57 AM     (No. 9123734)

There is a fourth FACT. He is a lier.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: gagolfer, 1/18/2013 8:21:04 AM     (No. 9123793)

No matter which theory is correct, where he made his big mistake was the interview on Dec. 8th with ESPN where he was still talking about the awful loss of his girlfriend to leukemia in September. It is a fact that he and Notre Dame knew it was all a hoax on De. 6th, 2 days before the interview. Even if theory #1 is true and he genuinely had been tricked all along, he knew at the time of the interview it was a hoax but continued to talk about his ´girlfriend´s death´. And ESPN didn´t even ask him a question about it; he brought up the subject himself, so he was promoting a sympathy vote for the Heisman at that point.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: LZK, 1/18/2013 8:21:43 AM     (No. 9123797)

This story is fiction produced by the media looking for a "story"...

Here are my three theories: I don´t care -- I don´t care -- I don´t care.....

Go sell your story some place else....

LZK

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Reply 15 - Posted by: suncitypro, 1/18/2013 8:30:57 AM     (No. 9123814)

#4--you are right on the money.
Who cares? More wag the dog mess.
Focus on the important issues in our lives.
God Bless our Military Heroes!

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Reply 16 - Posted by: mrduc, 1/18/2013 8:35:40 AM     (No. 9123830)

Totally agree w/#11, except I would add that all three strata listed combine into one stratum in my mind. They´re the same crowd.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: fed-up, 1/18/2013 8:45:56 AM     (No. 9123857)

Sure -there are more important things to cover, but that doesnt mean they will, just because of this story. I dont believe him, and think it was all to get attention and to win sympathy vote for the Heisman. He lied about too many things. If she didnt exist and then didnt die, who did he send the flowers to? Wouldnt you know at that point there was no funeral? But the biggest clue is what #16 said. He KNEW it was a hoax and still was promoting it. And his parents are in on it too.. sounds to me like all were in on it. The man is delusional, and to cover for him and promote him as a victim is what makes this a story that needs exposed.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Alibi Inn, 1/18/2013 9:05:39 AM     (No. 9123926)

The Lyin´ Hawaiian. Why do the Temptations "Just My Imagine" come to mind....

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Reply 19 - Posted by: so_free_me, 1/18/2013 9:18:27 AM     (No. 9123967)

Lance Armstrong has set the template: Manti will be on Oprah within the week and before we know it he´ll be the toast of San Francisco and playing for the 49ers.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: MissMolly, 1/18/2013 9:23:46 AM     (No. 9123979)

I wish this young man well. He´s made a big mistake if the hoax was his own, but who or what was harmed aside from his own reputation? Maybe he´s learned. The reason for it doesn´t matter.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Pros7767, 1/18/2013 9:27:19 AM     (No. 9123992)

And the Duke Lacrosse kids were all guilty in the beginning too.

Sorry, I´m giving him the benefit of the doubt until the facts come out.

This woman´s existence may have kept him grounded through a high profile football career at a demanding university. He wouldn´t be the first to be scammed. And he won´t be the last.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: snakeoil, 1/18/2013 9:35:47 AM     (No. 9124024)

Cut the guy some slack. Imaginary girl friends are always better than the real thing. This could add new meaning to the phrase "coming out." Just don´t make him a victim.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: lakerman1, 1/18/2013 9:36:18 AM     (No. 9124026)

You people are missing the two main points about this story.
First, no reporter bothered to do the most minimal factchecking, which could have been to look for an obituary, or try to talk to her parents about Te´o. The newspapers could have assigned some of the same sports reporters who went to Alaska in 2008 to investigate Sarah Palin´s H.S. basketball skills. But nothing was done except to interview Te´o´s parents, who had a vested interest in pimping out their son for the Heisman. (See Cam Newton´s daddy, for example) Te´o was a family money tree.
But the biggest perp in my opinion is Notre Dame.
Notre Dame is a public relations machine, and pimping out Te´o´s candidacy for the Heisman served the interests of ND. So I suspect they knew about the truth, and chose to amplify the lie.
Jack Swarbrick is the AD at Notre Dame, and he held a press conference on Wednesday, and it was the most fake, insincere appearance I have ever seen. He even tried to come up with some tears, and almost was successful. He talked about how the investigation of Te´o showed that Te´o was the victim, but will not release the investigation report. Swarbrick was disgusting in his little show, in my opinion.
So what do we have? A psychologically disturbed, maybe sociopathic lad, parents who were looking for financial security, and a Catholic college that has no particular moral scruples. They did, after all, give an honorary doctorate to the abortionist in chief.
And they almost pulled off the impossible, by pimping out a defensive player for the Heisman.
So shame on the news business, shame on the lad, shame on his parents, and SHAME on Notre Dame, the Catholic college that stands for nothing.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: montanabound, 1/18/2013 9:37:08 AM     (No. 9124029)

One interesting aspect of the story is how poorly the sports media performed. Not only did they not fact check the story they promoted, but I think they were in on the cover up. The announcers downplayed the girlfriend story at the National Championship game, if they mentioned it at all. Someone on Fox this morning called it the Football-Industrial Complex.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Pluperfect, 1/18/2013 9:52:45 AM     (No. 9124069)

#28, you have made the comparison with Palin´s experience on at least two threads. The difference, of course, is that Palin was a national vice-presidential candidate. This guy is a college football player. Not many newspapers would have spent the money to see if he really had a girlfriend.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Razorgirl, 1/18/2013 9:57:11 AM     (No. 9124084)

And this is newsworthy because.........?

Note to news critters: stuff like this makes me change the channel.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Flyball dogs, 1/18/2013 9:57:23 AM     (No. 9124085)

No. 28, I like the way you have broken this down. Well thought out and well stated. I suspect you are as close to the truth as any other ideas. I love football (pro and college -War Eagle!) but I am becoming cynical and disillusioned that either are sports. More like big (BIG) business.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: Aunt Agnes, 1/18/2013 10:02:28 AM     (No. 9124099)

No. 28 gets it - who has an interest in making the guy pathetic & getting the public to feel sorry for him (and hand him an award)? Think back on how BO was pimped & promoted by Harvard. What is Affirmative Action except "feeling sorry" for a certain class of people & their lack of progress? The fantasy back story on Clinton´s "deprived" childhood when he was running for pres. (there is a picture of him, in his mother´s biography, fixing a soda at his own HOME soda fountain)! Think of Oprah & her gullible audience & how they love feeling virtuous & superior because they "feel sorry" for her pathetic, confessing guests. All of it is related - to play on the public´s emotions...and get the desired response - give something: a trophy, an award, a restored public image and even an undeserved political office to people who cannot achieve honestly.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: wildcat1, 1/18/2013 10:04:00 AM     (No. 9124102)

Too bad this and the misbehaving of Johnny Football wasn´t given a full vetting before the Heisman was awarded. Colin Klein would have won hands down. He had one bad game and dropped off the chart. Part if the Heisman award consideration is supposed to be CHARACTER and Colin Klein has the best character of the three hands down.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: StormCnter, 1/18/2013 10:14:36 AM     (No. 9124120)

Man, those grapes must be mouth-puckering, #34. There was no scandal about Johnny Manziel. Even the Oklahoma coach apologized for floating a false story.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: Hardright, 1/18/2013 10:35:49 AM     (No. 9124166)

Shame on Notre Dame for covering this up and especially for doing nothing to help the young girl raped by the ND football player She committed suicide. As I´ve said before, Notre only believes in one God, Football. I´ve lost ALL respect for Notre Dame.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: TXknitter, 1/18/2013 10:39:44 AM     (No. 9124178)

Yes, #28 covered all the major points. I did hear one reporter yesterday say that the way one particular teammate acted when asked about T´s "girlfriend," he was suspicious. He was almost telling him with his demeanor, "it´s not real, you guys." The reporter said it bugged him so he called T, said can I contact the girl´s parents, to get obit info, interview, etc.? T said no, they want their privacy. So, my point is, at least one reporter did make an effort.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: Arby, 1/18/2013 10:53:50 AM     (No. 9124213)

There are a lot of unanswered questions and the bottom line is that it is likely that no one will get out of this without some bruises, scars and smudges.

Having said that, this is nothing compared with the mysteries surrounding Fauxbama, the PIAPS´ law firm records turning up in the WH, the death of Vince Foster, etc. etc. Could we please get the LSM interested in something that´s really important?

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Reply 34 - Posted by: Fiesta del sol, 1/18/2013 11:03:58 AM     (No. 9124245)

He´s gay, Jim. -Bones McCoy

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Reply 35 - Posted by: The Advocate, 1/18/2013 11:36:17 AM     (No. 9124368)

Re 28
Corruption and possibly gay.
But what stands out to me is " In 2006, Te´o played for Punahou School, a private co-ed institution in Manoa, Honolulu, where he had also attended middle school."
POTUS and Mant both had fictional girlfriends/ stories.
When will the press REALLY investigate the cardboard AA cutout out that is POTUS?

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Reply 36 - Posted by: Safari Man, 1/18/2013 11:52:59 AM     (No. 9124423)

"Lennay Kekua" is Hawaiian for "palm of right hand".


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Reply 37 - Posted by: catspjs, 1/18/2013 12:04:29 PM     (No. 9124459)

#42 - coffee all over keyboard!

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Reply 38 - Posted by: LamontCranston, 1/18/2013 12:07:27 PM     (No. 9124470)

This story is the result of sloppy, shallow reporting and feel goodism over objective journalism. The reason we can´t get the truth in the media is because virtually EVERY reporter in EVERY field is a a narrow, shallow, and lazy thinker who simply parrots back what he is told.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: K.I.S.S., 1/18/2013 12:11:30 PM     (No. 9124480)

...if obama had a fake girlfiend "julia" then te´o can have one too...and you "white crackerS" dissin´ obama´s hawaiia bro are RACISTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Reply 40 - Posted by: ScarletPimpernel, 1/18/2013 12:13:22 PM     (No. 9124489)

Why is this news? The real news would be about 0bama´s "composite" (made-up) girlfriends. That might also be a gay cover story as well.

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Reply 41 - Posted by: LadyHen, 1/18/2013 12:39:26 PM     (No. 9124572)

Weird, creepy, maybe a beard, maybe deception on his part, all BS... stick a fork in him.

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Reply 42 - Posted by: GreatPlains, 1/18/2013 12:47:42 PM     (No. 9124590)

Man does not live by politics alone .
Because some of us are interested in this scam, does not make us less interested in Obama´s scams.
For months, the story of Manti Te´o and the death of his beloved girlfriend was touted by the sports media
and Notre Dame as " the " motivating factor
in their run to the national championship.
It became a mix of Win One for the Gipper
and Brian´s Song.
The students rallied around Te´o by wearing leis to games to honor his grief and his dead girlfriend.
The sympathy story aided his quest for the Heisman Trophy.
It was a major and ongoing story in the world of college sports
and highlights how the media , whether sports or otherwise , has become lazy and gullible .
That´s why I call the media - the MTM ( Manti Te´o Media ) now.
Because they have fashioned an imaginary president.
Notre Dame embarrassed themselves with that ridiculous press conference the other day.
The AD said Te´o only became aware on Dec 6 and yet , Te´o gave interviews on Dec 8 and 11
where he still referred to his dead girlfriend.
He may not have been in on the hoax in the beginning, but, he obviously became a willing participant at some point.

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Reply 43 - Posted by: ASAvet, 1/18/2013 1:15:12 PM     (No. 9124671)

This clown has a great future somewhere in the Democrat party. Just makes up "reality."

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Reply 44 - Posted by: Patchy Groundfog, 1/18/2013 2:41:04 PM     (No. 9124855)

I believe it is Munchausen syndrome.

#28 is correct but let´s expand: all the media outlets reprinting one lie after another are now doing the usual Haka dance attempting to distract from their shoddy, lazy practices.

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Reply 45 - Posted by: drbulb, 1/18/2013 2:43:19 PM     (No. 9124860)

Finally! Some real investigative journalism! Maybe we could get them to vet Øbama, or look into Benghazi, or fast n furious or whatever when they´re done covering this important stuff...

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Reply 46 - Posted by: Patchy Groundfog, 1/18/2013 2:43:28 PM     (No. 9124861)

Oops hit post too early.

One more point: Te´o´s Mormonism was also played up vis-a-vis a Catholic university.

Aren´t Mormons viewed as more truthful due to the dictates of their faith? Why has the LDS angle disappeared?

If Te´o had attended BYU their honor code would see him promptly kicked out of school.

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Reply 47 - Posted by: ida Lou Pino, 1/18/2013 3:10:55 PM     (No. 9124920)

Manti Gay´O?

But here´s the real question - - - -

Wasn´t there a time when Notre Dame footballers had O´ at the front of their names - - instead of ´O at the back?

What´s going on here?

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Reply 48 - Posted by: Lawsy0, 1/18/2013 3:28:30 PM     (No. 9124957)

Low info voters, take note. Kunta Kinte wasn´t his real name, BTW. Thanks for naught, Alex Haley!

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Reply 49 - Posted by: Pluperfect, 1/18/2013 3:33:12 PM     (No. 9124967)

Plus, #53, he´s supposedly Samoan. They are legendary truth-tellers.

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Reply 50 - Posted by: ccyr, 1/18/2013 3:55:50 PM     (No. 9125003)

As soon as he didn´t try to go to his "girlfriends" funeral, he became a perpetrator and not a victim. What boyfriend accepts any reason that he can not go to his girlfriend´s funeral?

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Reply 51 - Posted by: ccyr, 1/18/2013 3:59:14 PM     (No. 9125008)

#30. Then why can´t we see the college transcripts of the person who has the power to blow up the entire planet and destroy every single human life on it?

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Reply 52 - Posted by: Calvinesq, 1/18/2013 4:44:35 PM     (No. 9125089)

Look. This is serious. I mean, we have a dead non-existent girl here. Show some respect for goodness sake.

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Reply 53 - Posted by: vesicant, 1/18/2013 4:48:09 PM     (No. 9125100)

"Any publicity is good publicity as long as they spell your name right." Tough to do in this case.

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Reply 54 - Posted by: texas_gop, 1/18/2013 4:49:36 PM     (No. 9125103)

And why does anybody care what prima donna athletes say or do? I will watch them perform but I don´t really care what they do outside of that. I detest stupid gossip when there is real news out there for people to be concerned about.

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Chuckie Hagel´s New Horse
American Spectator, by Jed Babbin    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/14/2014 5:07:39 AM     Post Reply
Judging by the horse he gave Defense Secretary Chuckie Hagel a couple of days ago, Mongolian Defense Minister Dashdemberel must be a very diligent student of the defense budget that Congress is now trying to craft. The horse, of course, is a gelding. When the president announced his proposed budget and Hagel went to Congress to state the party line, I wrote that several indispensable weapon systems — the U-2 reconnaissance aircraft, the A-10 Warthog attack aircraft, and half of the Navy’s 22 cruisers among them — would be retired. Under the president’s plan, military pay raises would be capped at

Podesta seeks points for Obama´s
scoreboard before it´s too late
The Hill [DC], by Amie Parnes    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/14/2014 5:04:08 AM     Post Reply
White House senior adviser John Podesta is running against the clock. Time is winding on Podesta’s objective, which is to make sure President Obama put points on the board in the final three years of his second term through either legislation or executive action. With Obama and the White House flailing in late 2013, Podesta returned to the West Wing in January as part of an Obama reboot. A little more than three months later, the former chief of staff for President Clinton gets good marks from Democrats and fellow West Wingers for helping to improve the White House’s strategy and communications. They say

Our Psychodramatic Campuses
PJ Media, by Victor Davis Hanson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/14/2014 4:48:47 AM     Post Reply
Dartmouth College students recently staged an overnight sit-in the office of their president Philip Hanlon. They had over seventy demands. Apparently, they grew out of their alleged suffering at the hands of “racist, classist, sexist, heterosexist, trans-homophobic, xenophobic, and ablest structures.” Translating into English, the students elaborated, “Our bodies are already on the line, in danger, and under attack” — suggesting conditions similar to the teen-aged Marines who stormed Fallujah in November 2004, or perhaps the iron-workers who tip-toe on girders 1,000 feet above Manhattan, or an acquaintance of mine whose work clothes reveal that he pumps out quite messy rural

The next ObamaCare disasters
New York Post, by Betsy McCaughey    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/14/2014 4:39:51 AM     Post Reply
On Friday the president used the long-awaited resignation of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to again claim victory for his namesake health law. “She got it fixed, got the job done,” Obama said. Right. Sorry, there is plenty of more bad news ahead. It’s not called SebeliusCare, and she wasn’t to blame for most of its problems. The horrors were mostly baked into the law, with some made worse by the president’s dishonest hard sell to get unsuspecting Americans to sign up. Obama claimed Friday that 7.5 million people have enrolled in exchange coverage. In fact, perhaps 20 percent haven’t

Supremacist ID´d As Suspect in Kansas Attacks
Associated Press, by Maria Sudekum    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/14/2014 4:31:25 AM     Post Reply
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- The man accused of killing three people in attacks at a Jewish community center and Jewish retirement complex near Kansas City is a well-known white supremacist and former Ku Klux Klan leader who was once the subject of a nationwide manhunt. Frazier Glenn Cross, of Aurora, Mo., was booked into Johnson County jail on a preliminary charge of first-degree murder after the attacks Sunday in Overland Park. At a news conference, Overland Park police Chief John Douglass declined to publicly identify the man suspected in the attacks. But an official at the Olathe jail, speaking on the condition



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Brit Hume: Obama, Holder
‘Benefited Enormously’ From
Being African American

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Mediaite, by Evan McMurry    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/13/2014 9:14:46 PM     Post Reply
On Fox News Sunday, political analyst Brit Hume said that Eric Holder’s claim that his treatment at the hands of Representative Louie Gohmert (R-TX) at a House hearing this week was unprecedented toward an Attorney General, made him a “crybaby,” and that he and President Barack Obama had in fact benefited “enormously” from being the first African Americans in their respective positions. “This strikes me as kinda crybaby stuff from Holder,” Hume said. “My sense about this is both Eric Holder and Barack Obama have benefited politically enormously from the fact that they are African American and the first to

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

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
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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

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

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

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

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
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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

You´re in denial if
you think Steve Israel is
wrong about GOP racism

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Daily Beast, by Michael Tomasky    Original Article
Posted By: Fiesta del sol- 4/14/2014 6:09:58 AM     Post Reply
Some time back, whenever a big racial controversy erupted, I trained myself into the habit of reading about it at FoxNews.com, just for the unbelievable comment threads. Let’s put it this way: If my friends and I went out to a bar and started playing a “let’s write the racist FoxNews.com comment thread” drinking game, our efforts couldn’t begin to approach what I read there.I wasn’t alone. Liberal websites started feasting on these threads. And so, a couple of years ago, Ailes & Co. got wise. Stories about race were, at least in my disheartened experience, closed to comments.

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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