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Vanishing workforce
weighs on growth

Washington Post, by Jim Tankersley

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Posted By:Dreadnought, 4/6/2013 11:28:59 PM

Put out an all-points bulletin: Millions of Americans have gone missing from the workforce. Every month that those would-be workers are gone raises the odds that they might never come back, dimming the prospects for future economic growth. The vanishing trend is more than a decade old, but it accelerated during the Great Recession. Throughout 2012, economists held out hope that it had stopped. But then came Friday’s jobs report, and hopes were dashed. The Labor Department reported that the U.S. labor force — everyone who has a job or is looking for one — shrank

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Scribelus, 4/6/2013 11:41:36 PM     (No. 9263400)

They won´t come back so long as Uncle Sugar suckles them in such splendor.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: woofwoofwoof, 4/6/2013 11:50:03 PM     (No. 9263405)

It´s just government lying.

10,000,000 jobs have been shipped to China, we *know* where the *jobs* are, so we just conveniently don´t count the unemployed, wot a mystery.

I´ve been doing mostly contract IT work for twenty years, and hardly ever count as either employed or unemployed. I suppose there are a lot like me, by choice or oherwise.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Pearson365, 4/7/2013 12:11:11 AM     (No. 9263414)

Purpose of this article is to link declining labor force, including the 500,000 plus who dropped out in March, to a "decade long trend" rather than to the delusional Obama who promised change. There is no mention of Obama in article. Nor is there any mention of how Obama´s anti-job, anti-growth administration is the cause of the current malaise. Also note that in the first 40 or so WaPo reader comments, there is no mention of Obama.


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Reply 4 - Posted by: smcchk, 4/7/2013 12:19:17 AM     (No. 9263418)

Once again, the MSM turns "the economy" or the "vanishing workforce" into animate objects, with uncooperative wills of their own, that make for the bad news. Since they can´t mention Obama, or any Democrat, in connection with these stories, and they can only blame the GOP so many times, they have to fault the economy or the workforce.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: bedub, 4/7/2013 1:10:14 AM     (No. 9263423)

Workforce Collapse Disorder. Vanished, just like the bees.


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Reply 6 - Posted by: Iraengneer, 4/7/2013 1:32:03 AM     (No. 9263432)

Free trade, however you wish to define it, is not an unmixed blessing.
I have been a degreed process/manufacturing engineer for nearly 30 years, working with and for some organizations all here would recognize, and others that were (once) leaders in their fields. Have worked with some wonderful people along with the usual assortment of dullards, creeps, and liars. To include most accountants and all bums in the Legal Departments. We have done some good work, developing products, processes, and materials that have been a benefit to many of you, whether you know it or not.
And with the exception of my current assignment, ALL of these, the work of over a quarter century, are now located in places like Mexico, China, Honduras, etc. I have known, personally, too many whose lives, livelihoods, families, and communities have been demolished. I know of too many who have taken early retirements, committed suicide, or wangled SSDI in an attempt to eat regularly. Not just manufacturing - how many of those call centers are in Bangalore or Mumbai? Even menial jobs are now occupied by illegal aliens, enabled by people like W.
It did not begin with Obumble. Several of these matters happened in W´s tour and Carter´s and even in Reagan´s, in states where the nominal Pubbies held sway.


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Reply 7 - Posted by: steveW, 4/7/2013 1:53:08 AM     (No. 9263442)

Mission: Protect Dear Leader

Dear Leader never said "at some point you´ve made enough money"
Dear Leader never said "you didn´t build that"
Dear Leader never said "it´s good to spread the wealth around"
Dear leader never appointed communists to help run the economy
Dear Leader never increased the rate of poverty then said "voting is the best revenge"

Mission: Protect Dear Leader

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Reply 8 - Posted by: FL_Absentee_Voter, 4/7/2013 1:57:23 AM     (No. 9263446)

I live in a rural SoCal town, home to many immigrants - both legal and otherwise. Most have no desire to join the workforce and climb the income ladder. All they need to get through life is a steady hand-out that will pay the rent, put gas in the very used car, and buy groceries. We´re approaching another crossroad of American history.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Trigger2, 4/7/2013 6:42:33 AM     (No. 9263502)

It´s a perfect Barry plot. Vanish the workforce so he can import more muzzies and low-skilled foreigners.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: pineledger, 4/7/2013 7:27:56 AM     (No. 9263534)

Is it any wonder that GDP stinks?

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Aunt Agnes, 4/7/2013 8:05:19 AM     (No. 9263562)

What No. 6 said! This slide into the abyss has been slowly happening for a long time. There are a LOT of people who voted for BO & the current crop of dem criminals because they were angry about the job base moving out of this country. I know some of them. They don´t have a sophisticated understanding of why the manufacturing job that they performed so well, for so long, was taken away. They only know that the rug was jerked out from under their sense of pride & independence . Some of them were old enough that no one wanted to retrain them. Naturally, they blame "Corporate America." This is one reason they distrust Republicans because they tend to be the business owners. They aren´t really, at heart, socialist/communists - but the Republican party is going to HAVE to address this issue better than they have been doing.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: bubby, 4/7/2013 8:16:01 AM     (No. 9263586)

The msm and the Democrats will use this to explain the need for amnesty. We really need those 11-30 million illegals to join the workforce! What a bunch of bs it the vanishing jobs that vanishes the workers. It´s as simple as that but to the far left msm and Democrats their hatred of Capitalism blinds them to simple truths.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: krause, 4/7/2013 8:24:51 AM     (No. 9263596)

Anyone who really thinks Obama is trying to improve the economy is either dishonest, incredibly naive, or just plain dumb.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Dodge Boy, 4/7/2013 8:29:28 AM     (No. 9263603)

I remember that W had picked up on this during his second term in 2006. Google the American Competitive Initiative. But, since then, many subsequent policy mistakes after W left office have undermined the country´s ablity to restore its competitiveness in the global market place. We have a long road ahead of us, and can get there. But, I feel for our young people who lap up everything Obie says and does while they are being screwed by the gummint at the same time with zero hope of enjoying the life style us, let´s say us 60-somethings have had.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Red Jeep, 4/7/2013 8:51:30 AM     (No. 9263626)

Obama´s goal to destroy America is moving along smoothly.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: strike3, 4/7/2013 9:09:53 AM     (No. 9263655)

I agree with most of your assessment, #6, except that we know the main reason for firms moving overseas is cost cutting, ie, cheap labor. If they did not move, they could not compete and would soon close their doors. If union plants did not move their operations elsewhere we would see $60,000 Fords and Chevys that still wouldn´t be as good as a Toyota or Honda. We can´t blame it all on obama but he is a proponent of inflated unskilled labor wages, diversity, OSHA, EPA, Sarbanes Oxley, which are all government mandates that have conributed to our demise.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: EnsignO, 4/7/2013 9:17:41 AM     (No. 9263668)

FTA:Betsey Stevenson, a labor economist and associate professor at the University of Michigan. “I get concerned because there are a lot of people who have useful and productive skills that could really contribute to the economy, and we’re just failing to find ways to get them involved.”

Can anyone say Atlas Shrugged?


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Reply 18 - Posted by: LZK, 4/7/2013 9:26:44 AM     (No. 9263680)

Oh brother -- the wash/com/post is dooming and glooming this morning....

Duhhhh -- it´s obamanomics -- duhhh!!

LZK

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Reply 19 - Posted by: NancyD, 4/7/2013 9:29:50 AM     (No. 9263684)

Pat Buchanan was right, there would be a giant sucking sound of jobs leaving the USA.

Rather than start their own business, find work, they decided to go on disability. More people go on disability than those who find jobs. I can´t figure out if some of these people are lazy OR if this is the only way they can survive because the Fed´s have created a disaster?

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Reply 20 - Posted by: pindarjr, 4/7/2013 9:38:09 AM     (No. 9263700)

If Mr. Tankersley were truly interested in finding out where so many Americans have gone, he would drag his lazy butt out of the richest city in the country and take a look around. The workforce has not vanished if you open your eyes. As the author notes, some (a rather large number, actually) have developed injuries (real or feigned), and have gone on disability. But many of today´s jobless are still busy people. In my county and those surrounding, here is where many of them can be found:

Auctions, yard sales and flea markets are thriving as people gather to sell or barter the stuff they still have. Those with manual skills have glutted the handyman market so getting something repaired or painted has become cheaper for us home owners and there has been an increase in the traditional gypsy trades where people go door to door selling plants and trees and whatever. ("We prefer cash, thank you.") Over the past four years, too, the local rag has reported a steady increase in arrests for robbery and burglary.






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Reply 21 - Posted by: gone2pot, 4/7/2013 9:45:38 AM     (No. 9263714)

Here´s why kids and it has nothing to do with work force participation rates. That´s merely a symptom. Read Deuteronomy 28. Mock, roll your eyes at your own peril but that is us and we´re WAY into it and unless we do what it says in 2 Chronicles 7:14; say goodnight, Dick.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Iraengneer, 4/7/2013 9:50:40 AM     (No. 9263719)

forgive 2nd post please
to a previous poster, that was Ross Perot re the "sucking sound", not Pat. Ross was right. Haven´t heard any apologies, though.
To the poster citing labor costs, that is not always the case. I have been at ground Zero in three cases in 10 years (in three states) where the operation being closed was non-union. And one more prior to that. It´s also the overall operating cost and environment. I still recall one (closed) operation that had me filing reports to state EPA estimating the amount of motor oil and antifreeze leaking from employee´s cars in the lot. Medium-size operation FAR from a ´navigable waterway´. You think the operations in Mexico have to do this sort of idiocy? Or file reports proving ´diversity´, including of the transgendered? MANY factors go into operating costs, and in some cases labor is smaller component than in others. Cost of stupid regulations is also huge and growing and idiotic and with no end in sight. And much of it under the Bush eyes.
Now you want to talk about age discrimination for those over 47?

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Reply 23 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 4/7/2013 9:55:24 AM     (No. 9263724)

Agree w/ #21. The people quoted in the article are sitting around sipping Chablis wondering what´s going on ´´out there´´. Stop by a Wal-Mart on the 1st day of the month and interview some of them.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: M2, 4/7/2013 10:24:55 AM     (No. 9263781)

This isn´t rocket surgery:

“Prime-aged people are working less, and we don’t know why,” said Betsey Stevenson, a labor economist and associate professor at the University of Michigan. “I get concerned because there are a lot of people who have useful and productive skills that could really contribute to the economy, and we’re just failing to find ways to get them involved.”

When free money is so easily available, and when taxes are high and working is harder than leeching off the public teat, people think, "Why should I work when I can sleep, watch TV, play and generally screw off?"

Don´t forget that the work ethic so many of us grew up with is essentially not there any more for a good percentage of Americans. Work isn´t honorable any more, it´s for suckers.

There is good reason there are so many radio and TV ads for SNAP programs and other free money; this Administration and its liberal buddies in Hollywood and the media don´t want people working because they vote Democrat to get the free money. At least they think it´s free. When the economy collapses under the weight of a dying tax base and Galt-goners, people MAY wake up.

Or not.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Arby, 4/7/2013 10:29:46 AM     (No. 9263786)

Vanishing workforce = Obamanomics

Hopefully we´ll be able to recover from eight years of incompetent socialism.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: sixtiesdude, 4/7/2013 10:41:02 AM     (No. 9263802)

#23 is right on the money: Making a product is hardly all of the cost of putting it on the market. Not saying we should allow mfrs. to dump cleaning solutions into the stream out back, but all of the diversity/gender bender/Sarbanes junk hardly makes us competitive with China.

Companies DO HAVE to pay attention to stockholders and the bottom line. Just ask Kodak.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Grambo, 4/7/2013 11:13:05 AM     (No. 9263837)

Two things:

First, #6 is spot on. And it’s not completely a sinister plot. Companies are competing against one another to be cost effective, and it’s cheaper to do some things off shore. When the competition does that, you follow suit or lose in the market place. That’s just the way it is, and until we find ways to deal with that, it will continue. But, we’re smart people, we can figure this out.

Second, and this is where the evil plot does come in, Obama’s handlers and his ideology unashamedly believe the capitalist economy in America (and everywhere) must be destroyed in order for the socialist revolution to arise from the ashes, and they are in the process of doing just that. Bill Ayers goes so far as to predict that as many as 20 million Americans, who cannot be converted to the socialist ideology, insisting instead on clinging to capitalist beliefs, will have to be killed. These people are as bloody-minded in this ideological struggle as the radical Islamists are in eliminating infidels.

So here we are, with two problems on our hands; a job drain that we must find a way to counter — a serious problem even in peaceful times, and president in the White House fronting for the Marxist shadow government of insurrectionists bent on destroying capitalism, and doing a good job of it so far, (with the enthusiastic support of Hollywood and the MSM, lest we forget.)

Until the public becomes absolutely clear about what we are dealing with, the economic drain of job loss and the insidious agenda destruction of the economy by the Marxist insurrection will continue and our once free nation under God will perish from the earth.


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Reply 28 - Posted by: K.I.S.S., 4/7/2013 12:18:47 PM     (No. 9263919)

...standing in line for their free obamaphones & checks ...and then "working" for cash only...the new american way...liars, leeches, users and obamavoters.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: chicodon, 4/7/2013 12:46:46 PM     (No. 9263960)

Let´s not forget the role of government and unions in all of this. Most of us are old enough to remember a strong and vibrant electronics, textile and steel industry. IIRC they were the first ones to vanish in the 1980´s move to a banker driven "global" economy. We simply couldn´t compete. The unions´ intransigence over wages didn´t help either. Just my opinion.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: Black Knight, 4/7/2013 12:54:28 PM     (No. 9263970)

The "decade trend" is a useless observation that purposely distracts ignorant readers from the three Root Causes that Liberals in Congress and Obama in chief have relentlessly propagated:

- Massive numbers of illegal immigrants who displace citizens from their jobs.
- Suffocating growth in litigation and regulation of industries that consequently cut jobs when they would otherwise be adding them.
- Stifling explosion in non-workers dependent on government for welfare, food stamps, disability, retirement, health care, etc.

For solutions, let´s start with the sole Righteous Case for Immigration Policy:

Immigration and Citizenship must do no harm to current citizens´ employment. Here´s How:

- Limit immigrants to those who bring job-creating investment.

- Freeze citizenship at current levels until the percentage of Americans working exceeds what it was in 2000 (encompassing both is the past 2 administrations).

- Then limit new citizenships to those who do not displace existing citizens.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: Aud, 4/7/2013 1:02:23 PM     (No. 9263987)

FTA: "Millions of Americans have gone missing from the workforce."

Let´s have that again in U.S. English:
"Millions of Americans are missing from the workforce."

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Reply 32 - Posted by: DaBigGuy, 4/7/2013 1:19:05 PM     (No. 9264002)

I know doctors who tell me that people are constantly coming to them wanting them to sign off on minor ailments being disabilities. They won´t sign them, as they value their medical licenses.

If I remember right, there was at least one month last year where the number of people going on disability exceeded the number of people supposedly hired. More of the vanishing workforce.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: garyhope, 4/7/2013 1:58:47 PM     (No. 9264048)

#3, I hope you don´t mind that I quoted your comment and posted it on Facebook along with the link to the Wa Po article.

Now if I can just get my "friends" to read and digest the article and your quote.

Thank you. I´ll take it down if you object.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: Swo, 4/7/2013 2:06:53 PM     (No. 9264062)

The answer to Dreadnaught´s question is: This worker, at 62 years old and 40 years in "real" jobs, is driving 18-wheelers over the road and barely making minimum wage. Any ideas out there for a disability claim?

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Reply 35 - Posted by: Grambo, 4/7/2013 2:34:39 PM     (No. 9264112)

#34, I´m one of those doctors, and it´s true.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: Japanorama, 4/7/2013 7:11:20 PM     (No. 9264374)

Why work, merely to aid millions of moochers?

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Reply 37 - Posted by: 4Justice, 4/7/2013 8:49:59 PM     (No. 9264461)

#27, actually...that is MOST corporations must be accountable to their shareholders. The chosen mega multi-nationals in bed with the politicians and big government are NOT accountable to anyone. And they are given all the unfair advantages over all their competition with special exemptions, subsidies, bailouts, etc. while their fat cat executives bleed the business for their own personal growth, power, and wealth. The rest of the companies out there have to comply with excessive regulations and higher costs which makes it impossible to compete, let alone survive. Not only do we end up with fewer businesses, we get worse quality, higher prices, fewer jobs, etc.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 4/7/2013 10:17:56 PM     (No. 9264515)

#36, how´s your vision? (said with a smile)

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Reply 39 - Posted by: Safari Man, 4/7/2013 10:37:31 PM     (No. 9264534)

#38 is spot on. I resigned my very high paying, very highly skilled job last year as I simply refuse to pay into the greedy socialist´s system any more and I don´t want to do anything that helps the economy recover as long as we have Marxists at the helm. I am still young, but will find a way to survive the rest of my life on savings and probably doing some cash transactions under the radar. I could not live with myself if I felt like I was helping the Obama economy prevail. I am making a sacrifice, but its the least I can do. Who is John Galt?


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Reply 40 - Posted by: TXknitter, 4/8/2013 12:51:02 AM     (No. 9264638)

#34 is right. However, there are tens of thousands finding doctors who are willing to just sign off on these phony disabilities.

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The House Oversight Committee has voted to hold former IRS subpotentate Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress, while the House Ways and Means Committee has referred her case to the Justice Department for criminal prosecution. The facts in the case suggest very strongly that Ms. Lerner has earned the contempt of the American people as well as criminal prosecution to the full extent of the law. The question of whether Justice will do justice now rests with the Obama administration, in service to which Ms. Lerner organized and oversaw the repression of nonprofit activists under color of IRS authority. That

A Criminal Organization Masquerading
As… Oh, You Know the Rest
PJ Media, by Michael Walsh    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 4/10/2014 10:25:12 PM     Post Reply
Another day, another chronicle of Democratic Party malfeasance. Enjoy: In Congress, Rep. Darrell Issa of California has just leveled an explosive charge against his Democrat counterpart on the House Oversight and Government Reform committee — to wit, that the gentleman from Maryland colluded with the IRS to harass a conservative organization fighting for honest elections: Issa said records obtained last week from the IRS show communications from the office of ranking member Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., about True the Vote, a Texas-based, non-profit conservative group that aims to prevent voter fraud.The communications at one point involved Lois Lerner, the ex-IRS

Kathleen Sebelius resigning after
botched Obamacare rollout
Washington Times, by Tom Howell Jr. and Dave Boyer    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 4/10/2014 10:21:10 PM     Post Reply
With the rocky rollout of his health care law in a post-deadline lull, President Obama will move this week to shake up his health care team, accepting the resignation of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and tapping his budget director as a troubleshooting replacement, the White House confirmed Thursday. Mrs. Sebelius, a former Kansas governor who has served as HHS secretary for Mr. Obama’s entire tenure, was the president’s point person as his signature law stumbled out of the blocks in October. Despite calls for her to be fired, Mrs. Sebelius stayed on the job to oversee a



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

Nevada Cattle Rancher Wins
´Range War´ With Feds

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

Barbara Boxer Says Keystone
Pipeline a Cancer Risk

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

Why The Feds Chickened Out
On A Nevada Ranch

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

Why Hillary v. Jeb Would
Be Great for America

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

The world must shift to solar and wind
power rapidly to avoid catastrophic global
warming, say UN scientists in major report

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Daily Mail (U.K.), by Ben Spencer    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/13/2014 7:15:31 PM     Post Reply
A rapid shift to wind and solar power is needed if the world is to avoid catastrophic global warming, the United Nations warns in a crucial report today. Emissions of greenhouse gases need to be cut by up to 70 per cent before 2050 to control climate change, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says. ‘Large-scale changes in energy systems’ are required, with coal power stations to be switched off and replaced by wind and solar. And the transformation needs to be made in the next 15 years or controlling climate change will become increasingly harder and more expensive. The report was published

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

Victory for Nevada´s last rancher!
Federal government backs down and
says it will NOT try to seize cattle from
cowboy at the centre of armed showdown

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Daily Mail [UK], by Ryan Gorman*    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/12/2014 2:34:02 PM     Post Reply
The last rancher in southern Nevada has won his battle to graze cows on public land after a week-long stand off with federal agents. The Bureau of Land Management today said it would stop trying to seize the cattle of Cliven Bundy after armed militia members today continuing to gather in Nevada in a confrontation with federal agents. BLM Director Neil Kornze said: ´Based on information about conditions on the ground, and in consultation with law enforcement, we have made a decision to conclude the cattle gather because of our serious concern about the safety of employees and members of

Obama Begins to Say Good-Bye
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National Journal, by James Oliphant    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/13/2014 5:20:56 AM     Post Reply
Because you can find anything on the Web, you can easily search and pull up a running clock that tells you just how long, to the second, Barack Obama has been president. It moves in real time. It only feels like it´s speeding up. Constrained by crises over which he has little power to impact events, hemmed in by a divided Congress more interested in scoring points with voters than in legislating, and watching as his potential successor assumes more and more of the political spotlight, Obama may be receding into history more quickly than either he or his aides ever anticipated. It was impossible to listen to the president's speech Thursday


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