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Obama Who?
PJ Media, by Victor Davis Hanson

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Posted By:StormCnter, 8/7/2013 5:04:01 AM

Critics of the president are convinced that Barack Obama will do lasting damage to the U.S. I doubt it. Obama came to power in the third year of large Democratic congressional majorities. In his first referendum, he lost the House and he may soon lose the Senate; in other words, there followed a somewhat normal reaction against a majority party. Obama’s popularity rating is well below 50%, despite an obsequious media and a brilliantly negative billion-dollar campaign that long ago turned Mitt Romney into a veritable elevator-using, equestrian-marrying, canine-hating monster. In the second term, there is little

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Spidey, 8/7/2013 5:43:28 AM     (No. 9462025)

This country is just too big a paradigm, set in its ways for some out of nowhere whipper snapper to convert it to something we don´t recognize. In a lot of ways Obama mirrors things FDR did which kept us in a ditch for maybe 7 years.

You can´t last very long as a president who has little or no moral guidance and is a terrible decision maker.He´s blowing countless billions on left wing schemes that sat on the shelves for decades.
There was a time when a president getting caught in one lie would be sent packing but Obama lies so much it´s almost accepted as normal.This is reconditioning the population.

He´s creating a whole generation of dysfunctional zombies while all along praising the failed education bureaucracy.College professors and administrators are getting rich off free federal money disguised as student loans.

For a lot of students this money has become party money,they´ll worry about later.If you failed the SAT exam,no problem,just cut and paste an essay that gets high praise from people who approve entrances.You can get some guy in India to write your thesis for 50 bucks.No professor ever questions how a student can be so ignorant for a year and then write a genius level thesis.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: neanderthal, 8/7/2013 5:46:53 AM     (No. 9462027)

Why doesn´t Lucianne just tweak the system so the VDH just automatically goes to "must reads?"

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Lucianne, 8/7/2013 5:50:59 AM     (No. 9462029)

One of the smarter ideas on deck this morning. Not fair but still....smart.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Janjan, 8/7/2013 7:00:56 AM     (No. 9462074)

Love VDH but do not share his optimism about the future of the country or of Obamacare. A gigantic new entitlement program is about to be born and it is going to grow and grow and never go away. We have to kill it off now. And #1 FDR was the Father of Liberalism and we still suffer for it to this day.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: lilo, 8/7/2013 7:10:37 AM     (No. 9462090)

The press may be realizing they´ve been had, but like an abused wife they will never admit the truth.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: 3XALADY, 8/7/2013 7:21:07 AM     (No. 9462109)

My wish for our esteemed ´press´ ~ May fleas from a thousand camels infest their armpits and may they have to be buried in a pauper´s grave when they meet their end. The demise of this great country will be laid at their feet. If they had shame, they would be ashamed for their failure.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Country Boy, 8/7/2013 7:30:41 AM     (No. 9462120)

FTA "The president’s signature achievement?"

He´s never proven that he is a U.S. Citizen.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: brianod1, 8/7/2013 7:37:55 AM     (No. 9462133)

Good column, but little in it supports the notion that the press realizes it has been had. They are still arm-in-arm with Obama.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: stjohnswood, 8/7/2013 7:41:17 AM     (No. 9462137)

#5 has it exactly right. Well, almost.
I doubt the press/msm feel abused at all. Nothing is going to change, and any signs of hope are just temporary glitches or minor offerings tossed up to suggest an objectivity they´re not serious about.
People here have been posting articles or references to ´´examples´´ since the eunuch´s first term that are supposed to be signs that the press is ´´coming around´´, ´´waking up´´.
Don´t kid yourselves.
They´re personally insulated from the results of their ´´work´´. Their standard for quality is based on how well they think they´ve sold the lie.

It´s going to take a completely new generation, and there´s no guarantee there either.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Rinktum, 8/7/2013 7:49:39 AM     (No. 9462155)

Love VDH, but I don´t agree with the premise that Obama will do no lasting damage to this country. He has given rise to and validation of the entitlement mentality on steroids not only for the poor but for the wealthy. We are all entitled, except, of course, the middle class. Welfare abusers and crony capitalists have had a heyday during Obama´s reign. How you wrest that out of people´s hands is going to take an enormous effort. Secondly, the morals of this country have taken a nose dive and pulling us out of that decline will take divine intervention. I am not as hopeful as Mr. Hanson primarily because I see no leadership or unity in the Republican Party. The country has lost any sense of moral outrage. Apparently, I am a negative Nellie because the future looks grim to me.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: maryc, 8/7/2013 7:59:11 AM     (No. 9462175)

FDR gave us Social Security which has morphed into something quite different from what it was earlier advertised. obamacare is something far far more sinister. It´s not just an entitlement to be used to garner votes from threats and promises then used as as the left´s wish list slush fund. No, obamacare is a means to an end of ultimate control over every personal freedom. But in the end the divisive little man will be nothing more than the the man who made the first real tear in the union since the Civil War. States are already fighting the federal government on multiple Constitutional issues. obama´s legacy of destroying the division of powers set up by the Constitution and dispensing with bothersome freedoms is provides states and individuals is very real and enduring.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: dagger, 8/7/2013 8:07:40 AM     (No. 9462197)

From VDH´s pen to God´s ears. I hope he´s right about Obamacare , his belief that Obama is "over" and the 2014 elections. But the press is never going to really turn on him and I think there will be long term damage to the country especially if conservatives can´t field a decent candidate in 2016 to stop Herself. Eight years in the hard left wilderness followed by PIAPS is a fate we can´t survive.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: udanja99, 8/7/2013 8:16:03 AM     (No. 9462213)

OK, I admit that I haven´t read the whole article yet, but I have to disagree with the second sentence.

We are STILL reaping the horrors of Carter´s disasterous administration. If he had not bowed down to the mullahs in Iran and had supported the Shah, the ME wouldn´t be the mess that it is today, we wouldn´t have had September 11 and Iran wouldn´t be closing in on nuclear capability.

Thankfully I most likely won´t be around in 35 year to see what horrors this country will still be reaping from zippy´s regime, if there still is a country at all.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Felixcat, 8/7/2013 8:16:41 AM     (No. 9462214)

What if someone worse than Obama comes along - Hillary? Then what? If Congress will not execise its authority as one of the three branches and challenge the taupe one, then they will just roll up and die when Hillary comes along - no way they challenge the First Woman President. The beginning of the end for the USA was the election and re-election of Bill Clinton. Obama just put the nail in the coffin that is the demise of the USA. We are a country born of revolution and we will die from suffocation and oppression - and of our own doing.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Hugh Akston, 8/7/2013 8:33:42 AM     (No. 9462240)

Since I just read yesterday´s article/thread here are my carryover comments from that -

The special place in Hell that Barry the Fraud and Hillary (and many, many more) belong is either Dante´s 8th circle - Fraud, or the 9th, and innermost circle - Treachery.

I tend to concur with the various posters re- it´s not 1973 anymore. The morality and mores of the people are not the same, plus we have a much higher percentage of citizens (cough, cough) that have no concept of post WWII thru 1960´s America. We do not have the ´educated and moral´ citizenry that John Adams stated were necessary to maintain our representative republic.

As to this article, I just can´t agree with the closing paragraph VDH uses in summation. Carter was consequential in the paradigm shift caused by his feckless actions in Iran and the Mideast during his term. And just like the introduction of progressive policies circa 1913 under Wilson and the ramping up of those policies and more during the FDR era, the trojan socialist virus that Barry the Fraud and his Chicago communist cabal have inserted into our societal and economic framework are more of the Wilson/FDR progressive policies - on steroids.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Farmwife1, 8/7/2013 9:05:41 AM     (No. 9462299)

I´ve said it for some time that if he didn´t have "an obsequious media" working diligently to prop him up, his approval ratings would be 10-15% lower. If the fools start to get a clue, he´s sunk.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Hugh Akston, 8/7/2013 9:23:29 AM     (No. 9462327)

Here it is almost an hour later. After reading the comments after the article - highly recommend - my hope is that VDH also reads those comments and reconsiders his position in a subsequent column.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Freeloader, 8/7/2013 9:51:58 AM     (No. 9462387)

Re #11..."FDR gave us Social Security which has morphed into something quite different from what is was earlier advertised."

Like perhaps, a young, undocumented foreign student in Honolulu during 1981, being issued a SSN originally assigned in Connecticut during 1951?

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Reply 19 - Posted by: cjjeepercreeper, 8/7/2013 9:52:00 AM     (No. 9462388)

I have only one thing I could possibly say about this article--wishful thinking. Sorry VDH, you missed the boat big time on most of this.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: steph_gray, 8/7/2013 9:58:31 AM     (No. 9462400)

Ditto #17. The comment that really stood my hair on end was the one pointing out that formation of a third conservative party - essentially what allowed the Clintons in, a la Perot, not that Perot was a real conservative - is actually Hilliary´s dream scenario to win the same way her hubby did. In fact there could be a team working on it.

And such a team would be working overtime bashing the Republican Party on sites like this one. Just sayin´.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: oh-heck, 8/7/2013 10:10:16 AM     (No. 9462425)

The real damage of the Obama terms has been the power he has shifted to the agencies. Even in 2009 with large majorities in the House and Senate, he was unable to pass Cap and Trade to regulate greenhouse gas. So lawyers at EPA figured out how to bend the Clean Air Act into a pretzel to regulate big coal fired power plants while ignoring Al Gore´s house. Once they had that sussed, they could move on regulating mercury for power plants while ignoring the mercury in those twisty light bulbs. Then they figured out how to charge TX high pollution levels in IL. Undoing this is going to require a true leader who will ruthlessly weed out Obama´s minions. I´m not certain even Ronald Reagan would have been up to that task.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: M2, 8/7/2013 10:54:48 AM     (No. 9462521)

As hopeful as VDH´s assessment is for a post-Obama America, our POTUS has already done what I believe is irreversible damage; first, to our economy because of entitlement and profligate (and useless) spending, and second, to the Rule of Law due to not just voter-fraud but to all the current scandals.

His Administration has rendered his enemies in his own country helpless to do anything about being silenced. That is not as hopeful as VDH´s mindset. Love VDH but he may be underestimating the subterranean fractures of this nation´s foundation.

He is getting what he wanted. Whether or not O´Care is repealed will be the bellweather of whether or not this country survives this Administration without irreversible damage.

I want my country back pro-Obama. Pro-Clinton, actually, when you factor in the moral decay they wreaked on our culture.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Arby, 8/7/2013 11:05:40 AM     (No. 9462548)

This pretty much says it all. I´m less sanguine than VDH that we will get over the huge Fauxbama deficits, but the economy will certainly take off the moment a republican rides in the inaugural car with Barry and Chewie.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Arby, 8/7/2013 11:09:17 AM     (No. 9462558)

P.S. I did not notice much in the comments concerning race. Fauxbama has set back race relations at least thirty years and Holder has poured gasoline on the fire.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Me?Opinionated?Nah!, 8/7/2013 11:11:11 AM     (No. 9462563)

Bravo Me! I just forced myself to sit through a 23-minute video of last night’s Obama-Leno lovefest. Talk about softball… this was closer to puffball. Leno obviously worked from a well-prepared, thoroughly vetted outline of subjects to cover and Obama obviously was well-prepared to comment on those subjects. As many of us know, Obama excels at vague, indistinct, imprecise, diaphanous statements; all the better to graphically demonstrate his masterful affinity for ambiguity.

I won’t say it was Obama in his element - his element is a teleprompter on a golf course – it was the next best thing though; an opportunity to play fast and loose with the truth. In my day, we referred to people who could do that as bee ess artists.

Come to think of it, still do.



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Reply 26 - Posted by: lencu255, 8/7/2013 1:06:31 PM     (No. 9462805)

I would like to wake up in America again!
Will it happen? Not so sure - with "opponents" to the communism like bushes, rubios, boehners, priebuses, let´s be honest, there is no bright future for my grandkids. And considering that there will be 30-40 million "reparation" blacks and at least the same amount of welfare "hispanics" it won´t be even close to the Swedish model of socialism.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: joew9, 8/7/2013 1:10:29 PM     (No. 9462812)

If the damage lasts until the end of my life and contributes to ending my life prematurely (which Obamacare seems to have the potential to do) then I say it is very lasting damage.

Some people recently have pointed out that the Soviet Union eventually failed. Problem is, during that 72 years, they purposely killed about 30 million, and enslaved hundreds of millions for their entire lives. It did not fail soon enough for any of them. And they are left with a country full of people with a defeated mindset which will take another 72 years to dispel.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: OhMy, 8/7/2013 1:17:25 PM     (No. 9462824)

I think the damage Obama causes will be lasting. The debt he ran up alone will be a permanent drag. While he ignores laws he doesn´t like Obamacare and Dodd Frank will lock in the power of the administrative state in ways future administrations cannot correct even if they have majority backing in congress. The funding of Dodd Frank does not require congressional vote but is direct from the treasury. That is something which should be constitutionally challenged if only the court were not corrupt.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: Butch59, 8/7/2013 1:24:56 PM     (No. 9462831)

I have been and still am an admirer of VDH and will continue reading his columns, I, like others here, think his conclusions are in error. Obozo HAS done extensive, long term damage to the US. Even if some Republican should be elected POTUS and manages to reverse most of the damage done, the lo-fo´s and those on the federal dole will become so angry that they will promptly vote in the same types that created the damage in the first place. Remember, most of them have no concept of history or what has happened in the past. They have been sold a bill of dung and have been taught that they have "rights" to someone else´s property. Because someone told them so. It´s becoming depressing to watch our country descend into 3rd world status.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: dbdiva, 8/7/2013 1:41:48 PM     (No. 9462866)

It would really make me feel a whole lot better about the direction we are headed if I could agree with VDH. His columns are usually ones you can ´take to the bank´ but I think he went a little off the rails on this one. I cannot fathom how Obama´s tenure could be considered inconsequential at all. It will take decades and decades to undo everything he has done and I for one do not believe criminality and thuggishness is ever inconsequential especially by the holder of the highest office in the land.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: LAW428, 8/7/2013 3:21:47 PM     (No. 9463040)

Lasting damage has indeed been done with the 17 trillion dollar (insurmountable) debt alone. Add to that the influx of millions of illegals and we´ve been severely damaged before the discussion even gets underway.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: a man over thirty, 8/7/2013 3:25:44 PM     (No. 9463048)

He goes on late night talk shows to talk about terrorist threats and make jokes.
Even for all of Clinton´s horndogedness, he seemed to understand that a POTUS was not a cast member of Dancing with the Stars.
Obama´s turning the office of the presidency into an embarrassment in just about every way imaginable.
He is a walking humiliation of this country.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: peterfleming, 8/7/2013 3:36:55 PM     (No. 9463070)

Hansen is briliant, but much too contained.
Hugh_Akston says," the trojan socialist virus that Barry the Fraud and his Chicago communist cabal have inserted into our societal and economic framework are more of the Wilson/FDR progressive (fascist)policies - on steroids. Good words! Look at the recently over displayed photo session: the greatest undetected fraud image of all times, is Barry sitting with Putin, and both looking unhappy together. These guys love each other. They are two of the most powerful communists in history, each in their on individualism destroying, freedom losing way. Remember two TV star wrestlers pretending to fight, shouting, arguing supposedly fighting, all the time protecting each other from injury. Then, after work, going out and getting drunk together. That´s these two would-be dictator frauds. Why is Hansen so brillantly cautious when he should be constantly, at least, hinting at Nobama´s questioned citizenship, his imitation social security numbers, redacted files of his entire academic so-called career? Hansen is beautifully grounded, so why not take bigger intellectual hits into Nobama´s soft, lying brained belly? And, we all now know Jay Leno has traitorous ways. The safest surviving assumption is that all of this crime is expected. It´s the fabric of
rarely identified stealth communsim. Accept that bloody truth, and it all falls together

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Reply 34 - Posted by: TakeBackAmerica, 8/7/2013 3:40:08 PM     (No. 9463075)

Who says he´s going anywhere in ´16?

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Reply 35 - Posted by: peterfleming, 8/7/2013 3:46:17 PM     (No. 9463082)

If Wikipedia hasn´t censored it out by now,
read the 50 points list in Cleon Skousen´s
1950´s book THE NAKED COMMUNIST. Chilling.
Remember, all of Hollywood, academe and all of the Diane Sawyer TV indoctrinator news actors don´t want you to know about even the word, communism.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 8/7/2013 3:58:54 PM     (No. 9463097)

Even Bill Clinton isn´t commanding the high priced speaking fees anymore, unless it´s with the help of good old DNC "pump-priming" for some fund-raising event. BJObama will do far worse, as his scandals will continue long after he´s gone. The only thing he can hope for is an honorarium for a commencement address at Grambling State University, or some other racist black school. Of course, that assumes he can be convinced to leave the golf course to speak to the lesser-beings.

VDH is right on in his prescient assessment of the Obama-nation. The scandal reporting has only just begun. If Obama is responsible for Dem losses in 2014 and 2016, he will be pariah to Dems and liberal journalists, many of whom are undergoing life-altering job changes. This will continue for decades to come, ala Jimmy Carter, who has never regained his "mojo" with journo-liberals.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: Rafter, 8/7/2013 5:05:17 PM     (No. 9463186)

The jury´s still out on Trayvon´s adopted dad...

O-Bomber is doing his unlevel best/worst to destroy our once-great and once-proud nation.

It´s too early yet to say how much damage is being done and how permanent it will be.

Everything is ongoing. Stay tuned.
If impeachment begins... make popcorn.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: pickle1, 8/7/2013 5:18:03 PM     (No. 9463219)

I agree with VDH. This is America.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: M Stuart, 8/7/2013 5:31:20 PM     (No. 9463237)

I disagree. We now have third generation welfare/entitlement recipients.

Plus 0bama has picked at old wounds & brought us to the brink of violent race battles. His people & sycophants keep warning us. I hate the way people are at each others´ throats these days. Whoever thought his half-blackness would "heal the country" has been sorely misled.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: Dodge Boy, 8/7/2013 7:32:46 PM     (No. 9463394)



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Reply 41 - Posted by: Dodge Boy, 8/7/2013 7:37:11 PM     (No. 9463396)

Yes #1 poster. Any ldotters able to run for office in 2014 to help turn this country around?


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Reply 42 - Posted by: djcdjc, 8/8/2013 11:38:56 AM     (No. 9464334)

No budget..no funds...no spend. Problems solved.

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Reply 43 - Posted by: Rafter, 8/8/2013 2:40:56 PM     (No. 9464641)

Since we get another bite at the apple... with this thread continuing on today´s board...

Allow me to readdress a point which for time´s sake I skipped before...

Most of what #1 says on various topics I am in partial or full agreement with...
and appreciate the humor and sarcasm used, sounding very like one of my astute friends...

The final point in #1 above I will take exception with...
my dad was a professor (political science, Ph.D. from Harvard)...
While of course every profession has some bad apples and some lackadaisacal people,
and we can site lawyers, doctors, auto mechanics, teachers, journalists, etc...
Many professors, believe it or not, are not stupid and notice what´s going on...

Students get busted for buying theme papers online, and any student who is just clueless
is not going to pull off a genius stunt to make a top grade at the end of a course,
without at least raising eyebrows or worse; many profs have integrity, whether you agree
with them or not...

Not saying it never happens that college kids try things, and some may get away with
whatever it is, for a while...

But there are people with brains and integrity at the university and college level,
and not all of them condone misconduct, which post #1 claims categorically they do.

In fact, one of my favorite busts involved a Harvard grad student who noticed something
fishy with a Harvard med school prof´s research, and blew the proverbial whistle
on him... the prof got fired... the prof was one of the bad apples... and the
university got rid of him...

Speaking of loose cannon cheaters, O-Bomber´s father got disinvited from

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Reply 44 - Posted by: Rafter, 8/8/2013 3:21:25 PM     (No. 9464681)

Sorry, a sudden computer glitch arose, so I posted above before finishing, so as not to
have to lose and rewrite it all...

O-Bomber´s alleged father, Wacky Baracky Senior, was disinvited from Harvard for being
a loose cannon and apparently somewhat undesireable... maybe I should have deleted
the "cheater" reference, and saved it for...

Remember that back in the day, Teddy Kennedy was caught having someone take his
Spanish exam at Harvard for him, and so got expelled, and enlisted in the U.S. Army,
eventually returning to complete his degree at Harvard, prior to UVA law school.

(And he was from a very rich family loaded with Harvard alumni, too.)

Strom Thurmond never let him forget it, referring to him once on the Senate floor
as "Harvard´s Spanish language expert."

These days, if you want someone from India to help you "outsource" your thesis, just
turn to the student next to you in class and axe him/her whether they or their sibling back home in Asia can do it for you, since campi are crawling with Asians.

Not that there´s anything wrong with all that foreign money pouring in, and not that
you wouldn´t get caught trying to do it.

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Reply 45 - Posted by: Sliver of Truth, 8/8/2013 6:02:21 PM     (No. 9464928)

Printing out this article for posterity.

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Reply 46 - Posted by: Ida Lil, 8/8/2013 8:36:52 PM     (No. 9465116)

Perhaps the situation calls for a little less grumbling and a little more action. Egypt didn´t tolerate their brotherhood president long.

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Discovery Channel Cancels Its Terrible Idea
Everest Jump Now That 13 Sherpas Are Dead
Atlantic Wire, by Sara Morrison    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/21/2014 5:11:04 AM     Post Reply
Following the deadly avalanche that killed at least 13 people, the Discovery Channel has realized that a live jump off the summit of Mount Everest is just a bad, bad plan and has cancelled the special. "In light of the overwhelming tragedy at Mount Everest and out of respect for the families of the fallen, Discovery Channel will not be going forward with Everest Jump Live," the network wrote on its website. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the whole Sherpa community." Joby Ogwyn was to jump off Everest in a wing suit on May 11. On Friday, while the climbers

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Power Line, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/21/2014 4:57:29 AM     Post Reply
Billionaire hedge fund operator and “green” energy magnate Tom Steyer has pledged $100 million in the 2014 election cycle to help Democratic candidates who oppose the Keystone pipeline and who favor “green” energy over fossil fuels. Steyer claims to be a man of principle who has no financial interest in the causes he supports, but acts only for the public good. That is a ridiculous claim: Steyer is the ultimate rent-seeker who depends on government connections to produce subsidies and mandates that make his “green” energy investments profitable. He also is, or was until recently, a major investor in Kinder

Iran Won’t Have a Nuclear Weapon. Period!
PJ Media, by Roger L. Simon    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/21/2014 4:52:33 AM     Post Reply
What happens when presidents lie? The American public has had plenty of experience with this in recent years. Liar-president could be the new hyphenate occupation like writer-producer or architect-contractor. Almost every president has shaded things a bit, but three modern ones have been unabashed bull artists — Richard Nixon, Bill Clinton and, of course, Barack Obama. Clinton ultimately got a pass for his prevarications. Nixon didn’t. Neither deserved one. But our current liar-president deserves one even less, because his lies have been of substance, affecting policy. Nixon and Clinton just lied in self-defense — normal human cowardice. Obama is something else again. He

Obama shuts down debate
New York Post, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/21/2014 4:43:12 AM     Post Reply
When President Obama trumpeted the 8 million figure representing people who had signed up for ObamaCare, he didn’t just declare it a victory. He declared the debate over — and told Republicans “it’s well time to move on.” Now, we understand the eagerness of politicians to declare debates over. It’s certainly easier than defending ObamaCare’s broken promises, or even providing the breakdowns behind that 8 million top-line number that would let us measure if the program is getting the sign-ups it needs. Increasingly, however, it seems that the “shut up and move on” trope has become the go-to response of liberals on

Oklahoma will charge homeowners
who generate their own power
Hot Air, by Jazz Shaw    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/21/2014 4:39:18 AM     Post Reply
A disturbing story out of the Sooner State this week, noted by Doug Mataconis at Outside the Beltway. Under the terms of a recently passed bill, expected to be signed by Governor Mary Fallin, homeowners who install their own private solar or wind turbine energy resources and sell some of the juice back to energy companies will be paying a fee for the privilege. Utility customers who want to install rooftop solar panels or small wind turbines could face extra charges on their bills after legislation passed the Oklahoma House of Representatives on Monday. Senate Bill 1456 passed 83-5 after no debate

Easter 2014: A celebration of hope
Fox News, by Rev. Dr. James B. Lemler    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/20/2014 7:32:56 AM     Post Reply
Over 2 billion people are celebrating Easter today, April 20, as the calendars of Western and Eastern churches coincide this year, and these billions of faithful people are celebrating HOPE. The Easter message begins with the hopeful news that death has been overcome by life, that hatred has been overcome by love, and that sorrow has been overcome by joy. The elements of the story involve women arriving at a garden tomb and finding it empty, but even better, meeting the risen Lord, the embodiment of life and love. Their lives are changed forever and so are the lives of many, many

Gorgeous Easter Eggs From the
Master Patissiers of France
Slate, by Kristin Hohenadel    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/20/2014 6:18:20 AM     Post Reply
Chocolatiers love a holiday, be it Christmas, Valentine’s Day, or Easter. The French version of the Easter Bunny is Easter Bells (les cloches de Pâques)—which allegedly fly to Rome for a few days before the holiday to be blessed by the Pope before returning with chocolate eggs for the kids. But you don’t have to hunt very far to find French chocolate and pastry shop windows full of Easter eggs all trying to out-cute, out-class, or simply out-design one another. Good-looking pastries and other sweets are a modestly priced pleasure in France. But like fashion designers, French patissiers and chocolatiers

Say Goodbye to Taiwan
National Interest Magazine, by John J. Mearsheimer    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/20/2014 6:11:05 AM     Post Reply
WHAT ARE the implications for Taiwan of China’s continued rise? Not today. Not next year. No, the real dilemma Taiwan will confront looms in the decades ahead, when China, whose continued economic growth seems likely although not a sure thing, is far more powerful than it is today. Contemporary China does not possess significant military power; its military forces are inferior, and not by a small margin, to those of the United States. Beijing would be making a huge mistake to pick a fight with the American military nowadays. China, in other words, is constrained by the present global balance

The Bundy Ranch Standoff
and Attitudes Toward the State
Reason Magazine, by Brian Doherty    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/20/2014 6:05:36 AM     Post Reply
The immediate "crisis" portion of the standoff involving the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy over his cattle grazing on federal land ended last week. Whether this will be end of Bundy´s troubles with the BLM, who have been in court with him over his refusal to pay fees to them for decades, remains to be seen, with the Bundys reporting that they´ve received registered mail from the BLM this week that they haven´t opened yet. I blogged about a lot of the factual background of the conflict here, with links to some relevant court documents. This story

Barack Obama and the politics of lies
Washington Examiner [DC], by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/20/2014 5:45:25 AM     Post Reply
That was quite a victory dance President Obama did Thursday while claiming Obamacare is “working” because eight million people have now supposedly signed up for the health care program. He even indulged in some less-than-subtle mockery of Republicans - and by extension the majority of Americans who have disapproved of Obamacare since before it became law. "The repeal debate is and should be over,” Obama said, taking a dig at Republicans who are “going through, you know, the stages of grief … anger and denial and all that stuff …” But a president who is viewed by most Americans as less



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