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Benghazi Hearing: Special Ops
Commander Said He Was Traveling,
Had ‘Unreliable Communications’

PJ Media, by Bridget Johnson

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Posted By:KarenJ1, 7/31/2013 8:07:31 PM

The former commander of special operations in Northern Africa told a closed-door briefing today that he was largely detached from events the night of the Benghazi attack as he was traveling at the time. The testimony of Col. George H. Bristol, USMC, Former Commander, Joint Special Operations Task Force-Trans Sahara, Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command Africa, had been eagerly anticipated by members of Congress. Originally, lawmakers had been told by the Defense Department that he had retired — the actual date is Aug. 1, an “administrative error” according to the Pentagon — and that they didn’t have

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His testimony obviously wasn´t helpful. No one wants to take responsibility for this tragedy and we all know why. I feel so sorry for all those families who lost loved ones. I wonder if we will ever get the truth because 0bama and his regime will do everything in their power to not allow it to come out.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 7/31/2013 8:17:01 PM     (No. 9452089)

He got sick and then fell and had a concussion.

And then the dog ate his cell phone.

And then Leon Pannera Bread called and suggested he shut the flock up.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Jntsrgn, 7/31/2013 8:18:01 PM     (No. 9452090)

The commander of special ops had unreliable communication? Is this a joke? Turn in your uniform, traitor.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Patriot Forever, 7/31/2013 8:21:56 PM     (No. 9452095)

What a loser. He should have retired long ago. No second in command?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: excalgalcg, 7/31/2013 8:35:20 PM     (No. 9452110)

Take a guess who is keeping this guy´s mouth shut. Is he being threatened? A Special Ops commander who gave such a feeble excuse is shameful and unworthy of his title.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: BaseballFan, 7/31/2013 8:43:40 PM     (No. 9452122)

Chicago on the Potomac continues.

"Hey Colonel - nice retirement package ya got there...what is it - July 31? No? August 1? No matter. Be a shame if something happened to it... real shame. So anyway, when are you supposed to testify on Benghazi again...?"

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Reply 6 - Posted by: dvc, 7/31/2013 8:45:26 PM     (No. 9452124)

OK, if Sgt. Schultz was out of contact, who was the officer assigned to handle that in his absence?

This is BS! The NORMAL, NON-Obama military does not leave critical posts unmanned. If this is actually true, and I doubt it, he needs to be court martialed for gross dereliction of duty.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: dman, 7/31/2013 8:48:36 PM     (No. 9452127)

That Col. Bristol had "unreliable communications" during the 8-hour attack should trigger an investigation on its own. We spend millions (billions?) to provide reliable communications for our military, especially in circumstances like this.

This does not pass the smell test.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: turninggrey, 7/31/2013 8:49:05 PM     (No. 9452128)

Wow. A Marine retreating? Only under Obama.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: mfm, 7/31/2013 8:52:13 PM     (No. 9452132)

I sure hope Canada doesn´t decide to invade us..

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Pearson365, 7/31/2013 8:57:41 PM     (No. 9452141)

The Marine colonel does not want to endanger his civilian job at the Pentagon that was surely arranged for him shortly after Benghazi. Allows him to collect Marine Corp pension plus $135,000 salary for the next 15 years. Hate to write this, but Col Bristol is not one of the men who will be honored by the Marines. He has apparently sold out his fellow Marines to protect Obama and Hillary.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: horacer, 7/31/2013 9:02:34 PM     (No. 9452151)

What communications systems did he have access to, secured and unsecured. This is bs.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: ida Lou Pino, 7/31/2013 9:07:21 PM     (No. 9452156)

Old, old joke - - -

- - "Don´t call me - - I´ll be out of town."
- - "What? They don´t have phones out of town?"

That joke became lame by about 1923 - - but here we have a 21st-century colonel trying to use it.

Pathetic. And criminal.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: faldo, 7/31/2013 9:40:03 PM     (No. 9452203)

It was September 11, 2012 and he was INCOMMUNICADO. I´m sure he´ll agree to a polygraph test...I would insist Chairman Issa and Camp!



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Reply 14 - Posted by: SpeedMaster, 7/31/2013 9:42:07 PM     (No. 9452207)

Sept 11 and this guy is "out of pocket", this stinks beyond my ability to express. Also note the last of the article, when he said the "department" did not request non disclosure agreements. He did not say non disclosure agreements were not requested, only that the "department" did not. I really wish these people knew how to parse the language and could think on their feet.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: lil dotty, 7/31/2013 9:48:36 PM     (No. 9452214)

He is a very slow learner. It´s taken him this long to remember the few lines he has spoken? Water board him.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: smcchk, 7/31/2013 10:26:03 PM     (No. 9452267)

My children tried the same lame excuse when they were 15. Unbelievable and unacceptable!

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Reply 17 - Posted by: oh-heck, 7/31/2013 10:33:07 PM     (No. 9452276)

This was a closed door hearing and I´m sure that the testimony was cherry picked before being released to the press. I am very concerned that Rogers, the chair of the Intelligence Committee seems to be letting the Democrats write the press briefings. The same can be said of the way the talking points changed so many times in 24 hours. Rogers had to know, but we silent.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: miceal, 7/31/2013 10:46:45 PM     (No. 9452285)

BeeEss! JSOC has the absolute BEST of every kind of communications gear currently available and projected too!

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Reply 19 - Posted by: enuf8, 7/31/2013 11:13:37 PM     (No. 9452312)

Since Gen. Hamm was in DC with Gates and Dempsey when he was relieved of command--how did they get word to Bristol he was in command of AFRICOM?

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Reply 20 - Posted by: stablemoney, 7/31/2013 11:34:38 PM     (No. 9452332)

The commander puts our enemies on notice that they need to call 24 hours prior to any attack so he can get his pants on.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Bison65, 8/1/2013 12:20:04 AM     (No. 9452360)

Marine Col George Bristol you are just one of the perfumed princes...a term coined by a real Colonel, Col David Hackworth who is sadly no longer with us. I wonder Col Bristol would you accept such lame excuses from one of your lieutenants.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: HisHandmaiden, 8/1/2013 1:35:28 AM     (No. 9452399)

Lame excuses, indeed...

Every mom has heard them... with quivering lips...

Heaven help us!

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Rinktum, 8/1/2013 7:11:33 AM     (No. 9452517)

Honor has given way to self-preservation. The military is not exempt from the infiltration of today´s culture. When you have an administration that promotes individuals who are loyal to it and are willing to say or do anything that they know will protect it, truth is going to be elusive. Many men and women in high office today have thrown their moral compass aside. Honor comes cheap and this administration is more than willing to pay.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: scarface67, 8/1/2013 7:38:06 AM     (No. 9452537)


Bristol is a disgrace to the Corps.



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Reply 25 - Posted by: TruthAndJustice, 8/1/2013 8:06:02 AM     (No. 9452571)

Another Traitor. A liar.

Col Bristol, hope you dream of the Ambassador being raped to death every night the rest of your sorry life.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: sorosisbehindit, 8/1/2013 8:11:18 AM     (No. 9452575)

"Originally, lawmakers had been told by the Defense Department that he had retired — the actual date is Aug. 1, an “administrative error” according to the Pentagon — and that they didn’t have his forwarding contact information."
Unless this guy donated his paycheck and pension back to the U.S. treasury, they know exactly where he lives! This bothers me more than what happened in Benghazi.
The Pentagon and top military leaders obviously feel no obligation to reply to the nation they "serve" when Congress is seeking answers! That my friends, is what makes a banana republic - a military that is arrogant and will not submit to authority.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: MattMusson, 8/1/2013 8:31:56 AM     (No. 9452621)

Didn´t the USMC moto used to be ´Death Before Dishonor?´

When did it get changed to ´Money Talks´?

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Reply 28 - Posted by: lifelonghuman, 8/1/2013 8:32:40 AM     (No. 9452623)

He´s neither a traitor nor a liar. Just somebody promoted because of tenure. Not exactly what you would expect from a marine, much less Special Ops. Maybe it´s "special" like Special Olympics. (No offense meant to Special Olympics.)

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Reply 29 - Posted by: geoguy, 8/1/2013 8:33:32 AM     (No. 9452624)

Did anyone on the committee ask him to define "unreliable communications?" (BTW, that´s bs!) If it was unreliable, then shouldn´t he have gotten an officer in a location who had reliable communications to monitor the attack and with authority to give appropriate orders to protect our brave men?

I would drag his a** back before the committee and grill him until he can´t see straight. He is either covering up or an incompetent idiot.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: aasilver, 8/1/2013 8:48:42 AM     (No. 9452641)

Waterboarding anyone?

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Reply 31 - Posted by: udanja99, 8/1/2013 8:51:16 AM     (No. 9452645)

Perhaps a few guys, sent by Axelrod, had his family gathered in a soundproof room with guns pointed at their heads while he testified.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: chicodon, 8/1/2013 9:10:10 AM     (No. 9452693)

We might as well face the fact that virtually everyone in the chain of command and everyone in Congress who was briefed want this covered up. It seems obvious by the number of CIA operatives in Benghazi that this was a spook operation. That the Turkish Ambassador was the last visitor is also a clue. We may finally get to the bottom of it but I think it will take a whistle blower. CNN may find out by interviewing the attackers but will they report it if it puts Hillary in a bad light? Who knows.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: indccc, 8/1/2013 9:21:42 AM     (No. 9452718)

Some of you need to actually read the very short article and others need to read it again before you start calling a very dedicated Marine Officer a traitor! It was the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs that said no one had been asked to sign non-disclosure agreements, not Bristol. We still have no idea what happened or what role Col. Bristol actually had in any of it! Do you know anything about the man or anything about his career? People at one time called Oliver North a traitor. Just sayin....

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Reply 34 - Posted by: BetseyRoss, 8/1/2013 9:33:57 AM     (No. 9452734)

OK, most people that are called before the Congress have told their story. I can´t believe that the questioners didn´t already know what he was going to say. The big question is, "Who is next to testify?"

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Reply 35 - Posted by: PeoplesRepublikNY, 8/1/2013 9:43:46 AM     (No. 9452762)

I´m trying to imagine how Lt. Daniel Kaffee (played by Tom Cruise) would have interrogated Col. Bristol.

Seems some Pubbie committee staffer should´ve watched "A Few Good Men" and prepared accordingly.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: Holeymoses, 8/1/2013 9:44:13 AM     (No. 9452763)

They got to you , didn´t they Commander? Gave you time to think it over. Is there a chickie pie in the mix? Some homosexual indiscretion? Perhaps some threat to the family dog?

Aren´t we lucky to have guys like you protecting our people.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: Arby, 8/1/2013 9:44:26 AM     (No. 9452764)

The most depressing part of the Fauxbama regime has been the degradation of the military, or at least that part of the military that plays ball, goes along to get along, hungers for promotion and plays political correctness games (or worse) to secure it.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: dixonnh, 8/1/2013 10:33:18 AM     (No. 9452876)

Unreliable Communications......for our Military? If that were to be true, this has only happened since Obama took office.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: jeffrx, 8/1/2013 10:41:54 AM     (No. 9452897)

Important to remember that he didn´t "testify". This was a briefing, he was not under oath.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: Grambo, 8/1/2013 10:47:40 AM     (No. 9452916)

Pity the men being led by doofuses like this.

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Reply 41 - Posted by: pineledger, 8/1/2013 11:05:06 AM     (No. 9452963)

Court martial the creep.

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Reply 42 - Posted by: nigella, 8/1/2013 11:43:24 AM     (No. 9453062)

Nothing will ever come of these "phony" scandals as obama calls them.... He owns the media and they won´t go there. It´s all about the 2014 elections and how they can take back the house. If they do then it will be end of all investigations, unless of course an R is involved...

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Reply 43 - Posted by: 6079 Smith, W, 8/1/2013 12:10:31 PM     (No. 9453126)

I wonder how much we´d be hearing about the attack in the MSM if Cindy Sheehan had lost a son in Benghazi.

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Reply 44 - Posted by: cjjeepercreeper, 8/1/2013 2:01:46 PM     (No. 9453329)

A quote from Monty Python comes to mind all too often anymore, "My brain hurts!".

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Reply 45 - Posted by: Packard Man, 8/1/2013 2:02:54 PM     (No. 9453332)

Couldn´t find a pay phone.

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Reply 46 - Posted by: mabel normand, 8/1/2013 3:30:46 PM     (No. 9453483)

*Hand over mouth, makes ´static´ noises*

"I´m going into a tunnel; I´ll call you right ba--"


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Reply 47 - Posted by: Rafter, 8/1/2013 3:48:33 PM     (No. 9453500)

Why doesn´t he own an O-Bomber Phone... ?
He could easily obtain three or more.
Even urinalists get O-Bomber phones...
jes´ for de axing.

If he spent more time with the Brudda´s in da Hoodies, dey´d provide him summa doze phonez.

His explanation sounds... well... phony.
Is this now... like... another... "Phony Scandal"... ?
Maybe that´s all that O-Bomber ever meant with that term...
These scandals erupt soley because the participants did not yet receive nor obtain
their free O-Bomber phonez.
So that´s why they had communications problemz... It´s really so simple!
Phone-y Scandals!
Viola!
Or voila! for our French purist friendz.

Btw...
Regarding this "commander"...
The interview went like this...
"We´re here LIVE! in Fort Marcy Park with... oops... well... we WERE... LIVE...
but... but... there´s been an unfortunate... uh... incident... accident... well... anyway... we won´t be interviewing the... uh... reluctant witness... who has suddenly... clammed up...
Back to you at the studio!!"

Would YOU tell all you knew if you realized it meant your own DEATH SENTENCE... ??

Didn´t think so.

(Psssst! Phone me... We´ll talk... really talk, this time... Right? Sure.)

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Reply 48 - Posted by: CountryDoc, 8/1/2013 8:54:41 PM     (No. 9453910)

I´m disappointed in the officer, but more concerned that this indicates the degree of pressure that politicians are able to exert on our military people. One of my sources of reassurance in concern of the direction this country is going, is that I know most of the military leadership is composed of loyal patriots who will stand for the constitution collectively. I wonder now. There will be 8 years for the leadership to be diluted ideologically.

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Reply 49 - Posted by: Mushroom, 8/1/2013 9:44:23 PM     (No. 9453945)

A long time ago I was deeply involved in communications of this type in the beginning of JSOC. I call BS. 30yrs ago we knew where everyone was and had pinpoint communications at ALL times.

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After presenting at the Academy Awards this year, Kim Novak didn’t want to leave her house. The Hitchcock screen siren, 81, was too humiliated to venture from her home near the Rogue River in Oregon. She read the cruel posts and Internet snark about her appearance, and it was just too much. “It got to me like it gets kids and teenagers,” she told the Associated Press. The “Vertigo” actress, considered one of the great beauties in her day, posted a note on her Facebook wall Thursday, acknowledging that she’d gotten fat injections in her face and addressing her halted

Analysis: Obama Celebrates
Eight Million ´Enrollments,´
Again Declares Debate ´Over´

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Townhall, by Guy Benson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/17/2014 8:56:28 PM     Post Reply
President Obama addressed the White House press corps today, announcing that with the final numbers in, Obamacare´s exchanges have attracted eight million sign-ups -- 35 percent of whom are "under the age of 35," he said. Several elements of his comments were misleading: (1) At first blush, the 35 percent stat is both significant and impressive. As recently as last month, the share of "young invincibles" signing up for plans was struggling in the 25 percent range, far short of the actuarial target of nearly 40 percent. A leap into the mid-30´s, while still shy of the goal, would constitute a major step, and would bode well for the risk pools'

The Folly Of The Bundy Ranch Rebellion
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The Federalist, by Grace Olmstead    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/18/2014 4:21:46 AM     Post Reply
It’s the stuff of Westerns: a showdown on the desert plains, the big bad government against an underdog farmer. Though the story has only grabbed national headlines in the past several days, rancher Cliven Bundy has illegally grazed cattle on the Nevada land surrounding his farm for over 20 years. He hasn’t paid grazing fees since 1993, and refuses to renew the necessary grazing permit.(Snip)Rather than using the avenues and pathways presented to him, Bundy has staunchly declared his own law and allegiances. Unfortunately, reality doesn’t work this way. If only it did—we could rebel for paying stupid taxes, refuse to

Students Demand Acknowledgement of
Robert E. Lee´s ´Racist and Dishonorable Conduct´

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Breitbart´s Big Government, by AWR Hawkins    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/18/2014 12:35:28 PM     Post Reply
A group of seven multiracial Washington and Lee University (W&L) students are demanding the school remove all Confederate flags from campus and "acknowledge" General Robert E. Lee´s "dishonorable side." According to the Roanoke Times, "seven multiracial students, calling themselves ´The Committee,´" have also demanded the school "acknowledge and apologize for participating in chattel slavery." They want recognition of "Martin Luther King Jr. Day on the undergraduate campus" and an end to "neo-Confederates" marching across campus "to the Lee Chapel on Lee-Jackson Day." The students say they will "engage in civil disobedience" if their demands are not met by September 1st. They added: "The

White House blames fox for
destroying Michelle’s garden

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Daily Caller, by Vince Coglianese    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/18/2014 3:59:04 PM     Post Reply
The White House is going to war with another fox — and this time, it’s personal. The Wall Street Journal reports that a red fox has been causing chaos around the White House, tripping security alarms, digging up Michelle’s garden and distracting the president from his duties. The Secret Service won’t give any details about how often the fox trips the White House’s obviously sophisticated security alarms, but rest assured, officials say, they’re watching. President Obama was apparently “stunned” to see the fox roaming freely down the oft-photographed White House colonnade, home to the world’s shortest, but most dramatic, outdoor strolls. The bushy-tailed visitor

Living in the New York Times World
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American Thinker, by J. Paul Masko    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 4/19/2014 7:48:36 AM     Post Reply
I began reading the entirety of the first section of the New York Times at nine years old, and continued that practice, more or less, for decades.(snip) ...the power of reverence, intrinsic to what I call the “cascade” of The Times: the near avalanche-like flow and distribution of information through electronic and print networks: through like-minded network newscasts, magazines, local newspaper s, blogs, daytime talk TV, late-night entertainment, statements at media award ceremonies, the celebrity Twitterverse, etc. The cascade rolls through Saturday Night Live, Jon Stewart, The New Yorker, the mouths of third-grade teachers, Elmo, Madonna and Susan Sarandon …through

In a Hole, Golf Considers
Digging a Wider One

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New York Times, by Bill Pennington    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/19/2014 10:48:33 AM     Post Reply
GREENSBORO, Ga. — Golf holes the size of pizzas. Soccer balls on the back nine. A mulligan on every hole. These are some of the measures — some would say gimmicks — that golf courses across the country have experimented with to stop people from quitting the game. Golf has always reveled in its standards and rich tradition. But increasingly a victim of its own image and hidebound ways, golf has lost five million players in the last decade, according to the National Golf Foundation, with 20 percent of the existing 25 million golfers apt to quit in the next few years. People under 35 have especially spurned the game, saying it takes too

Obama: ´For me, Easter is a story of hope,
a belief in a better day to come´

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Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 4/19/2014 9:16:36 AM     Post Reply
Hi, everybody. For millions of Americans, this time of year holds great meaning. Earlier this week, we hosted a Passover Seder at the White House, and joined Jewish families around the world in their re-tellings of the story of the Exodus and the victory of faith over oppression. And this Sunday, Michelle, Malia, Sasha, and I will join our fellow Christians around the world in celebrating the Resurrection of Christ, the salvation he offered the world, and the hope that comes with the Easter season. These holy days have their roots in miracles that took place long ago. And yet, they still inspire us, guide us, and strengthen us today. They remind us of our

Harry Reid calls dissident Nevada ranchers
´domestic terrorists´ following show of
force against the federal government

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Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 4/19/2014 9:29:17 AM     Post Reply
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday that a family of dissident ranchers and their supporters in his home state of Nevada are ´domestic terrorists,´ citing this week´s standoff with the federal government´s Bureau of Land Management. Cliven Bundy has refused to pay grazing fees for land where his hundreds of cattle roam every day. The land is owned by the federal government, which says he owes more than $1 million. Bundy, however, insists that since his family has been using the land since the 1870s, Uncle Sam can´t collect the grazing fees. A tense standoff developed this week after

Pelosi assists in Holy Week
foot-washing ritual

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San Francisco Chronicle, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Harlowe- 4/18/2014 11:46:54 AM     Post Reply
To "honor the dignity and work of immigrants," Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi helps Bishop Marc Andrus wash the feet of two children Thursday at Saint John the Evangelist Episcopal Church in San Francisco. Pelosi also used the occasion to talk about passing HR15 - bipartisan immigration legislation that her office says would "reduce the deficit by nearly $1 trillion, secure our borders, unite our families, protect our workers and provide an earned pathway to citizenship." The Democratic leader´s ceremony coincides with Pope Francis´ similar ceremony in Rome to mark Holy Week.

Deadbeat on the Range
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New York Times, by Timothy Eagan    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/18/2014 3:52:52 PM     Post Reply
Imagine a vendor on the National Mall, selling burgers and dogs, who hasn’t paid his rent in 20 years. He refuses to recognize his landlord, the National Park Service, as a legitimate authority. Every court has ruled against him, and fines have piled up. What’s more, the effluents from his food cart are having a detrimental effect on the spring grass in the capital. Would an armed posse come to his defense, aiming their guns at the park police? Would the lawbreaker get prime airtime on Fox News, breathless updates in the Drudge Report, a sympathetic ear from Tea Party Republicans?

Ann Coulter takes up ‘Mitt
Romney for President’ chant again

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Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/18/2014 7:03:28 PM     Post Reply
Conservative columnist Ann Coulter — who used her talk show platform in the last presidential election cycle to campaign hard for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney — has taken up the mantra once again, calling on Republicans to give the failed White House bidder another shot in 2016. She made the suggestion during a discussion on Sean Hannity’s radio show while speaking of her new book, “Never Trust a Liberal Over 3-Especially a Republican.” Ms. Coulter also addressed the question of Mr. Romney’s shortcomings by saying that his 2012 loss wasn’t entirely his fault. “I think too much blame, not only in this


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