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America´s first climate change refugees:
Hundreds forced to flee their Alaskan
village before it disappears
underwater within a decade

Daily Mail [UK], by Anthony Bond

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Posted By:Attercliffe, 7/30/2013 7:56:18 AM

It is a small Alaskan village whose inhabitants have relied on the sea for countless generations. But within a decade, it is expected that the ocean which the village of Kivalina has so relied on will completely destroy it--creating America´s first climate change refugees. Temperatures in the Arctic region of Alaska are warming twice as fast as the rest of the U.S, causing ice to retreat, sea levels to rise and coastal erosion to increase. It is a small Alaskan village whose inhabitants have relied on the sea for countless generations. The 400 indigenous Inuit inhabitants of Kivalina, who live

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Best they can hope for is a delivery of FEMA mobile homes in a safer part of Alaska. The problem is similar to that faced by New Orleans but the numbers are too small.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: tren9, 7/30/2013 8:11:28 AM     (No. 9449288)

I think I read somewhere that FEMA has put out for bid a program to equip FEMA-trailers with pontoons...

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Reply 2 - Posted by: mws50, 7/30/2013 8:20:58 AM     (No. 9449296)

And only 10,000 years ago, the place was uninhabitable, due to the massive amount of ice covering everything in the area.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: seabear, 7/30/2013 8:31:13 AM     (No. 9449304)

Climate change refugee? Has anyone told this Guy that Ice on the water, when it melts, does not raise the water level? Put Ice in a glass fill the glass with water, and wait for it to overflow.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: mitzi, 7/30/2013 8:32:10 AM     (No. 9449307)

It may be the first for America, but if you watch the NatGeo, Science or History channels, you know that this has been happening for thousands and thousands of years.







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Reply 5 - Posted by: Shelgeyr, 7/30/2013 8:35:17 AM     (No. 9449315)

"Temperatures in the Arctic region of Alaska are warming twice as fast as the rest of the U.S..."

Meh. 2x0=0

Not really all that worried about this...

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Reply 6 - Posted by: cartcart, 7/30/2013 8:36:39 AM     (No. 9449318)

Move up to higher ground. That is what people just never seem to understand.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: neanderthal, 7/30/2013 8:39:25 AM     (No. 9449322)

Good News! If true, this means that New York City, Washington, DC, Los Angeles can´t be far behind.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: jlw509, 7/30/2013 8:39:50 AM     (No. 9449325)

And what´s really amazing is, tiny islands in the ocean have never been inundated before! Leaving thousands of undersea archaeologists with absolutely nothing to work with!

These darn Inuits have no doubt been guzzling the hydrocarbons for frivolous things like heating in the Arctic winter. Excessive exhaling as well. So they brung it on themselves.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Shelgeyr, 7/30/2013 8:44:00 AM     (No. 9449331)

Oh and "forced to flee"? Really?

Even if the sea-level rise was to take place, heck even if it was ten times as bad as they predict and the village has a year to move instead of decade, does that qualify as "flee"?

I´m thinking the worst-case scenario would be "America´s first climate change refugees: Hundreds forced to casually saunter a few yards uphill, and consider maybe making some architectural modifications to their Alaskan village before it disappears
underwater within a decade" (except that I bet the writer is confusing "get´s the foundations of a few buildings wet" with "disappears underwater".

I mean really - is ANY climate alarmist predicting an ocean rise that could even cover a dog house in a decade, much less an actual building?

Lies, lies, lies, told by statists grasping for power.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Libertygal, 7/30/2013 8:46:09 AM     (No. 9449335)

Oh friggin´ bullsnibbit. The Alaska Islands and shoreline are connnnnnstantly changing. This is what happens when you live on volcanic islands! They are ever evolving, just like Hawaii. What is there today may well NOT be ther tomorrow.

Those natives that have not been bought and paid for likely know this. Schoolchildren used to be taught this.

Before Climate carp was fished up by modern day whoremongers.

Sick. They make me sick.


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Reply 11 - Posted by: fingerpicker, 7/30/2013 8:53:45 AM     (No. 9449344)

Wait ... there have been 300, maybe 500 generations in the last 10,000 years ... perhaps fewer than 1,000 for all of homo sapiens.

So how can it be "countless" generations???

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Garage Logician, 7/30/2013 8:55:00 AM     (No. 9449346)

What a dump. Obama would be happy to spend FEMAbucks to move them to another island which they can then turn into a dump. No whales? How about learning another trade, such as farming? Plenty of land available in Detroit. Bring the harpoons.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: TexasRose, 7/30/2013 8:56:51 AM     (No. 9449352)

See, what we need to do is to move the White House to that area so that Obama can stop those rising oceans. If he lived there, then he could continue to hold it back!

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Reply 14 - Posted by: mc squared, 7/30/2013 9:02:42 AM     (No. 9449358)

I watch Ice Road Truckers. I have to wonder if the people on those little frozen islands only stay to provide work for the drivers.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: mitzi, 7/30/2013 9:03:41 AM     (No. 9449362)

I heard that you used to be able to walk all the way from Alaska to Russia! /s

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Blackeagle, 7/30/2013 9:14:06 AM     (No. 9449382)

Funny how the ocean is ´´rising´´ in only a few well-publicized locations. One such area - on the VA coast near Norfolk, the shoreline is built up from land fill. Oops.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: god of irony, 7/30/2013 9:15:05 AM     (No. 9449384)

If it is global warming then how can tempature changes be occurring at different rates in different parts of the world?

My money is on erosion.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: jglas, 7/30/2013 9:20:28 AM     (No. 9449394)

I think the lesson to learn here is don´t build your village on a barrier island subject to storms and near the mouth of a river. Those sort of places erode away and reform all the time.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Northcross, 7/30/2013 9:34:19 AM     (No. 9449412)

The article fails to explain how the sea level is going to increase by several feet in northwest Alaska but nowhere else in the world. Utter claptrap that a fifth grader could successfully challenge. The island may sink, but not because the sea around it is rising, and the Daily Mail should be ashamed for running this propaganda.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: JustRight, 7/30/2013 9:47:54 AM     (No. 9449442)

Just perpetuating the lies and scams generated by the econuts and all of the twisted facts put out by the East Anglia dooms day folks!

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Reply 21 - Posted by: F16 guy, 7/30/2013 9:49:08 AM     (No. 9449445)


"America´s first climate change refugees" ??

Stupid statement. How about the Anasazi who left their cliff dwellings about 700 years ago, most likely because of naturally occurring drought or other change in climate?

The author should be embarrassed by this article- for a variety of reasons


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Reply 22 - Posted by: RockingStrata, 7/30/2013 10:00:07 AM     (No. 9449460)

Libertygal, look it up. They´re not on a volcanic island, they´re on a barrier island. Storms create them, and storms destroy them.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: LouD, 7/30/2013 10:08:09 AM     (No. 9449467)

#19, maybe the earth is tilting in that direction, so the water is running down to that area. /S
Has anyone ever heard of Glacier Bay up there? In the early 1800´s the glaciers actually filled the bay, while by the 1880´s they had retreated about 40 miles, so people questioned why the place got its name. So I guess globull warming was taking place because of the Inuits at that time.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Salt5792, 7/30/2013 10:08:11 AM     (No. 9449468)

Eskimos to move in ten years!!! We´re all gonna die!!

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Reply 25 - Posted by: marthaville, 7/30/2013 10:09:29 AM     (No. 9449473)

Will Alaska become the next Greenland before the ice freezes again?

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Reply 26 - Posted by: bohallx, 7/30/2013 10:09:37 AM     (No. 9449475)

#14 ~ folks who are adapted over tens of thousands of years to live in Arctic or subarctic conditions stick around their native habitat because it is comfortable.

That´s the case with the Eskimos of all types, a number of Northern Indian tribes, NE Asian tribes, North Asian tribes, the Sa´ami in Western Asia (Scandinavian peninsula), and quite possibly among the Tierra Del Fuegan Indians ~ they were observed by Magellan and his crew to live around glaciated areas STARK NEKKID!

Then, there´s the diet ~ most of these people can live on meat and fish, maybe a few ligon berries, or moon berries ~ for years at a stretch interspersed with the occasional seal (vitamin C in the hide eh).

Why would they want to move further South where they´d sweat all the time and have to eat bad food.



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Reply 27 - Posted by: jayd, 7/30/2013 10:20:00 AM     (No. 9449495)

The small island is facing erosion caused by severe storms that they blame on climate change. They lost a lawsuit in 2012 against businesses they tried to claim are responsible. Connection between the erosion and rising sea levels appear to be editorializing by the writers.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: skedaddle, 7/30/2013 10:27:54 AM     (No. 9449506)

With the ocean "rising" in odd spots around the world, our planet must be starting to look pretty lumpy-bumpy from space. s/o

How can you use the word "flee" and "decade" in the same sentence? The Inuits could crawl to higher ground in a tiny fraction of a decade. Maybe they should start packing in 9 years or so.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: billp, 7/30/2013 10:28:47 AM     (No. 9449510)

I posted this in the comments section on the story - if, since it´s moderated, they allow it, but I thought I´d re-post it here.

As posted:

Interesting... this place looks more like an industrial compound than a quaint Inuit village.

"Problem they had no part in."

Then I take it they use no ´fossil fuels,´ plastics or electronic gizmos. Better take another look at the photo. I´d say they fully participate in all the modern conveniences that are supposedly to blame for ´global warming.´ But then again, I guess it´s just us white American males who can be held responsible for this world-wide problem eh?

In the pic with the ´town council´ sitting on a porch I´m pretty sure I see a roll of paper towels hanging on the side of the house. They had those in 1900?

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Reply 30 - Posted by: BigGeorgeTX, 7/30/2013 10:33:48 AM     (No. 9449520)

People have had to leave areas of the Earth that have become inhospitable for millennia. Not that moving to a more temperate climate constitutes a hardship. It´s what all species do.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: ida Lou Pino, 7/30/2013 10:44:40 AM     (No. 9449535)

#16 nails it. Isn´t it amazing how the ocean rises only where glo-bull warming moonbats want it to?

Hey, moonies - - there´s only one sea level. It can´t rise in one place and not everywhere else!

These idiots are saying that the water is higher in one end of the bathtub than it is in the other. How can anyone fall for this total crap?

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Reply 32 - Posted by: lancelink1, 7/30/2013 10:45:14 AM     (No. 9449536)

Ground Unicorn horn when mixed with ice water turns the water back into a solid. The sea never rises, the natives can stay home and enjoy the beach like they do in Florida.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: tennman, 7/30/2013 10:46:07 AM     (No. 9449539)

No to #7. That´s not good news. That means these libs will flee to "fly-over" country and bring their pollution with them.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: Clinger, 7/30/2013 10:56:08 AM     (No. 9449558)

Isn´t it about time to chronicle the dire global warming predictions which by now should have come to fruition? Why do I keep getting an image of Bullwinkle telling Rocky "this time for sure" before every attempt to pull a rabbit out of the hat?

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Reply 35 - Posted by: kono, 7/30/2013 10:57:03 AM     (No. 9449559)

It is the nature of barrier islands to migrate toward the shoreline and gradually disappear, only to ´reappear´ a short distance further out and repeat the conveyer-belt-style migration ashore again. The geologic history of those structures is well-studied and understood, and it has nothing to do with ´warming´.

The ice caps literally froze this dynamic by keeping the pounding tides from driving the movement wherever ice extended beyond the islands into the sea.

And it is the nature of volcanic islands to grow, stop growing, erode, and subside into the sea. Contrary to the brainless vision of many AGW prophets, keeping the sea levels absolutely unchanged would make neither type of island permanent. Both would still gradually slip beneath the waters.

The abundance of bogus ´facts´ and simplistic arguments in the rhetoric on both sides of this issue ensures both sides will be calling each other idiots and liars for a long time. I´ve pointed out ridiculous and disingenous aspects of the hype coming from Algore and his AGW alarmist minions for two decades now. This post and the next will be an effort to be even-handed in that.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: kono, 7/30/2013 10:58:34 AM     (No. 9449563)

(cont. from #35)

#3 -- while the Arctic cap is afloat, most of the southern polar ice cap is on solid ground. Warmists tend to ignore #3´s point when it comes to shrinking Arctic ice, and anti-Warmists tend to do the opposite with receding Antarctic and continental ice.

#9 -- realize that many who push the globalwarming hype predict up to 20 feet of sea level rise in the next few centuries. That´s a little higher than most dog houses...

#10 -- good point, though the island in this article is a barrier island, not a volcanic one. Different geology.

#11 -- the article didn´t say "unlimited generations". "Countless" just means we have no basis on which to estimate the count.

#17 -- ´global´ as in taking the planet as a whole. If the amount of rise times the rising areas exceeds the amount of recession times the receding areas, then the global result will be a net rise. Simple math.

#18 -- the ice used to extend beyond the coastline and prevent the tidal erosion that is standard fare for barrier islands. So that part of their argument holds water (no pun intended).

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Reply 37 - Posted by: kono, 7/30/2013 10:59:24 AM     (No. 9449565)

(cont. from #36)

#22,27 -- slight fix: tides and currents create them and move them, storms accelerate the process, and sea ice pauses it.

#28 -- actually it does look lumpy from space, both in sea level and in gravitational field. And it isn´t quite a sphere -- it´s slightly squashed between poles and bulges a little bit, slightly below the equator.

#31 -- when the ´bathtub´ is the size of a planet and its basin has unequal distribution of mass inside it, the differing gravity will actually lead to some an uneven smoothness on the surface of the water. Just because AGW is a scam doesn´t permit us to use centuries-out-of-date science.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: leftcoastmom, 7/30/2013 11:06:29 AM     (No. 9449579)

Anthony Bond...Moron.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: Srhea, 7/30/2013 11:10:05 AM     (No. 9449586)

Wait a minute! I thought that someone proclaimed in 2008 the the "seas would cease their rise". What Happened?

Oh yeah, that was just the president with more rainbows and unicorns talk!

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Reply 40 - Posted by: mws50, 7/30/2013 11:47:31 AM     (No. 9449671)

It is the moon´s fault with its tidal action. Let´s nuke the moon!!!

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Reply 41 - Posted by: mickturn, 7/30/2013 11:55:09 AM     (No. 9449690)

Wait around a bit longer and it will all be ice again...climate change is a myth, it is simply sun cycles.

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Reply 42 - Posted by: formerlyphelps, 7/30/2013 12:02:51 PM     (No. 9449711)

FTA: ´The US government imposed this Western lifestyle on us, gave us their burdens and now they expect us to pick everything up and move it ourselves. What kind of government does that?´

Whoa. This makes the head explode. The “village” is an industrial complex on a flat erodible spit hardly above sea level surrounded by no land taller than a potted geranium. What kind of moron builds an industrial complex in such a place and expects it to last forever? This is exactly the same thing as people building multi-million dollar mansions on the beach below sea level in Florida, then complaining that the insurance is too high. Of course you are going to be displaced. That reef has not been there forever, and even the barest research would demonstrate that this type of landscape is in a CONSTANT state of change.

If they don’t want this "imposed" lifestyle any more, walk away and leave it to drown and be free from evil Western conveniences. The conveniences you were given are yours now – do with it what you will. If you don’t want to pay to move YOUR possessions, then DON’T.



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Reply 43 - Posted by: OdinsAcolyte, 7/30/2013 12:41:51 PM     (No. 9449769)

Subsidence happens anywhere. Why is the water not rising in Venice if sea levels are rising?
Too much ´miseducation´ (yes; a new word. It means wrongly directed education; perhaps due to nonviable theories).

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Reply 44 - Posted by: formerlyphelps, 7/30/2013 1:53:23 PM     (No. 9449867)

Sorry, there is just too much to say here:
The lead-in makes it sound as if this “village” has been there for “countless generations,” which is complete hokum. I’m sure the people of the lower 48 who have been displaced from their homes due to weather blamed on “global warming” are feeling cheated that THEY are not the “first refugees”.

The last part about imposing a carbon tax on Americans or “millions will die” is textbook hyperbolic nonsense on steroids. What exactly will bankrupting businesses do to stop ice from melting? These people aren’t going to die, they are going to move to a new sandbar.

Lastly, why does this author hate whales? I’m sorry the people can’t go out and kill whales this year, I’m sure that’s never happened before in human history. Shouldn’t this tree-hugging, polar bear cuddling, seal-smooching buffoon of a writer be HAPPY that the whales are being spared? NO! He wants ice so that whales can be slaughtered. /S


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Big Brother isn´t watching you--but he is listening. The S.C. Department of Health and Human Services, one of the largest, costliest agencies in state government, pays Clemson University´s Social Analytics Institute $50,000 a year to "scrape data" from 150 million public, real-time feeds each day and report back to the agency what people on the Internet are talking about. That includes Medicaid patients who may be complaining about the application process on Twitter or bloggers who criticize Gov. Nikki Haley´s decision to reject Obamacare´s Medicaid expansion. But they say they´re doing this "social listening" in the name of customer service,

GOP senators:
Eric Holder must resign if he won´t
indict IRS lightning rod Lois Lerner –
and owes House Republicans an apology!
Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 4/13/2014 4:47:39 PM     Post Reply
U.S. senators told MailOnline during a weekend presidential candidate cattle-call that Attorney General Eric Holder´s credibility is on its last legs, that he owes one Republican lawmaker an apology, and that it´s time for his exit if he won´t indict a corrupt Obama administration official Holder has frayed the GOP´s collective nerves in the past two years, presiding over what they see as a wall of silence that impedes congressional oversight and gives a middle finger to legislators´ lawful subpoenas for tens of thousands of documents. [Snip] If Holder refuses Congress´ demand to indict her, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz told MailOnline,

Putin’s power play
Telegraph [UK], by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 4/13/2014 4:40:38 PM     Post Reply
What is Vladimir Putin’s game? The recent unrest in eastern Ukraine has been presented by the Kremlin as an autonomous phenomenon, an upsurge of patriotic feeling among embattled ethnic Russians who long for the protection of the Motherland against what they see as a neo-nationalist regime in Kiev. It may be true that the initial impulse came from locals acting without Russia’s direct involvement. But it is becoming clear that, just as in Crimea, many of the “separatists” are not just taking their orders from Moscow, but are very probably Russian troops in paper-thin disguise. The key difference is that,



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

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

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

Glaring limits of the Civil Rights
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Salon Magazine, by Matt Bruenig    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/14/2014 7:20:41 PM     Post Reply
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American Thinker, by Richard F. Miniter    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 4/15/2014 9:16:05 AM     Post Reply
Megyn Kelly’s "Kelly File" is a great news show. She’s incisive, informed and customarily handles the toughest guest with aplomb. But her lengthy interview of Facebook C.O.O. Sheryl Sandberg about her second book in the Lean In series Lean In: For Graduates was a head shaker. Amazing that she of all people allowed Sandberg to restring the same old, same old, shamed, and shopworn feminist myths about women and girls and then jangle it in front of her viewing audience like something new out of the box. Indeed Kelly all but genuflected in front of this woman. Kept her on thru

White is not right: Campus admins ask
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Daily Caller, by Robby Soave    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/15/2014 7:47:18 PM     Post Reply
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Washington Times (D.C.), by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
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Hank Aaron’s recent comments about the need for America to realize that racism is still very much alive and thriving — only now due to those who wear “neckties and starched shirts” rather than KKK hoods — has sparked an angry backlash and many fans are turning the tables, calling the baseball legend himself a racist. “Hank Aaron is a s*****g piece of [expletive] [racial slur],” one man said in an email to the Atlanta Braves’ front office, one of the teams Mr. Aaron used to play for, CBS News reported. “My old man instilled in my mind from a

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The Week, by Marc Ambinder    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 4/15/2014 4:51:46 AM     Post Reply
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Obama taps gay bishop to wrap Easter
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Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: jackson- 4/15/2014 9:25:28 AM     Post Reply
When President Obama needed a preacher to fulfill the closing prayer duties at the annual White House Easter Prayer Breakfast, he turned to none other than the Episcopal Church’s first openly gay bishop — who said he was as shocked as anyone at the appointment. The Right Rev. Gene Robinson said in a tweet, accompanied by a photo of Mr. Obama behind a podium at the event: “POTUS ‘preaches’ at the Easter prayer breakfast. Then, out of the blue, asks ME to close with prayer. OMG!” Newsmax said he also emphasized that the words he chose to close the breakfast

Obama Selects First Openly Gay
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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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