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Crisis a minefield for Obama, Kerry
Boston Herald, by Joe Battenfeld

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Posted By:JoniTx, 8/27/2013 3:00:55 AM

After years of U.S. ?inaction and denial, Secretary of State John Kerry is now leading the Obama administration’s charge against Syria but faces a ?political minefield, including opposition from voters and potential GOP presidential contenders. Kerry’s ominous words could mean a military strike soon against Syria, a risky gamble because most Americans appear opposed to another U.S. intervention, while many Republicans are likely to seize on the issue to portray Kerry and Obama as weak and slow-footed in dealing with President Bashar Assad. Whatever the president decides to do, he will be pilloried by his opponents and even some liberal

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: PChristopher, 8/27/2013 3:17:41 AM     (No. 9493059)

Another war? Really?! Unbelievable. I assume President Golfcart and SecState Windsurf will have us fighting for the pro-Muslim/Anti-Israeli forces.


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Reply 2 - Posted by: belwhatter, 8/27/2013 3:19:06 AM     (No. 9493060)

There is nothing the Russians would like better than for the weakened USA to get involved in a conflict in Syria. The problems are serious, but why must the USA always be obligated to ´do something´? If Obama wants to throw money and munitions into Syria he must first go to Congress not the U.N. for approval, but his track record with Lybia reminds us that he does not follow legal process, yet we must foot the bill.
Do we even know for sure who deployed the poison gas? Duplicity and double duplicity must always be suspected as nothing is ever straight forward and simple where the middle east is concerned. I would urge Congress to put the brakes on Obama any way they can.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: sudmuf, 8/27/2013 3:36:03 AM     (No. 9493064)

Why would we even consider intervention in this win/win situation. It´s muslims killing muslims and thats good for us. As is typical with any totalitarian political ideology they eventually eat their own.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Phosphene, 8/27/2013 4:04:58 AM     (No. 9493070)

president peace prize posed to bomb some more innocents

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Reply 5 - Posted by: NotaBene, 8/27/2013 4:06:47 AM     (No. 9493073)

Kerry reminds me of WMD Colin Powell. BHO reminds me of Mohammed Mursi and Ayman al-Zawahiri.

Enjoy the Arab spring caused by Hussein´s Cairo speech. After that magnificent oratory thousands got killed in Libya, Syria, and Irak by al-Quaeda/Zmuslim Brotherhood. Most especially Christians, my coreligionists.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: TulsaTowner, 8/27/2013 4:28:13 AM     (No. 9493081)

A minefield of Obama´s making.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Topic Thunder, 8/27/2013 4:33:09 AM     (No. 9493083)

Not for these two. They walk on water and tiptoe between the raindrops.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: coldoc, 8/27/2013 5:05:17 AM     (No. 9493087)

Our enemies are killing our enemies. This is not a terrible thing. As long as the syrians are busy with each other, they are less of a threat to us and our interests. This is like interfering in your neighbors pending divorce. They will both end up blaming and hating you.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Keekng, 8/27/2013 6:51:33 AM     (No. 9493133)

Don´t forget about the wild rhetoric Kerry (he was in Vietnam) spewed about his Vietnam experiences and Genghis Khan. He is a proven liar who will say anything to sell his agenda.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: suedotsue, 8/27/2013 6:51:39 AM     (No. 9493134)

Obama has no opponents. And if he did it wouldn´t matter what they said. No one cares. Boehner adores Obama as does McCain who´s like the co-president now. If anyone did say anything against Obama, McCain would run to the media and defend Obama.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: pucky1, 8/27/2013 7:02:03 AM     (No. 9493144)

More analysis, please. Create a study commission to sift through ALL of the evidence. Take another month to get international cooperation and ponder the consequences. Allow yourself to get bluffed by Assad for fear of gas attacks on Israel or even within the U.S. Dither, Dawdle and doodle your plans.

The Obama reaction in full force.



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Reply 12 - Posted by: Spidey, 8/27/2013 7:24:02 AM     (No. 9493168)

If you have a closet full of rifles,shotguns and pistols,the NSA knows exactly where you are but they cant find Syria on a map.It´s amazing to me that we have no knowledge of what´s going on ,on the ground there.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: cake crumb, 8/27/2013 7:27:09 AM     (No. 9493173)

Yeah, Hanoi John Boy has never lied about anyone, has he?

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Arby, 8/27/2013 7:42:25 AM     (No. 9493187)

Lurch is feckless and always looks like he spent too much time in a Parisian bistro, but whether he´s right or wrong he looks like he´s actually attempting to function as Secretary of State. He seems to have actually done more already (for good or ill) than the flying PIAPS did in four years.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Rinktum, 8/27/2013 7:52:25 AM     (No. 9493207)

This is not good. When you don´t know who threw the first punch, stay out of the fight. No more American lives for Muslim insanity. Stay out of it.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: baldguy, 8/27/2013 8:17:27 AM     (No. 9493246)

that´s ok...Jugears is yelling at his aides to get me a tee time! and then a speaking tour of some liberal colleges where he can pitch global warming!

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Reply 17 - Posted by: bigfatslob, 8/27/2013 8:25:40 AM     (No. 9493258)

Maybe the president should go to a middle school and give a speech.
I love it when a traitorous Vietnam era former sailor who had Christmas in Cambodia seared in his brain and a stand on the corner community organizer play ´war monger´. Gingis Kahn and GODzilla take us to war. Rebels shooting at us with guns we sold to them from Benghazi. This is fun to watch because whatever they choose it will be wrong. Their media will have to work overtime on this one.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: udanja99, 8/27/2013 8:39:51 AM     (No. 9493275)

What´s the rush? We tool 14 months to invade Iraq and got all kinds of coalitions and approval to do it. And then the demoncrats who support zippy went for Bush´s throat.

Trayvon is off the front pages and all of the black on white beatings and murders don´t serve his purpose so zippy needs a Wag the Dog and this is it.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: stevendm, 8/27/2013 8:42:55 AM     (No. 9493279)

Jeez. This guy just loves to start wars. Warmonger.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Felixcat, 8/27/2013 8:48:39 AM     (No. 9493286)

FTA: while many Republicans are likely to seize on the issue to portray Kerry and Obama as weak and slow-footed in dealing with President Bashar Assad.

One aspect of the Republicans I despise. This eagerness to rush to war under the guise of national security.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Bohallx, 8/27/2013 9:02:09 AM     (No. 9493311)

REAL Republians and all true Conservatives are NOT rushing to attack anyone in Syria.

There are mentally derranged or brain damaged idiots all up or it, but that´s about it.

Syria is a highly complex nation with a large number of ethnic and religious communities. It´s not the black/white of Iraq where you had modernists on one side ~ who we were killing off ~ they were Saddam´s crowd, and traditionalists on the other side ~ who we were also killing off ~ remember the Faluja battle against the Sunni tribals?

Syria has several Christian communities, numerous sorts of Sunni, a wide variety of Shi´ites, and ruling them all are the Allawites who have a basic Shi´ite religious affiliation with bits and pieces of Christian and Jewish tradition through in.

Syria also has large oil pipelines ~ ..... ~ which are probably the economic target of interest.

Obama´s only interest is in killing Christians ~ and that´s simply no longer a basis for war in the West.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: chicodon, 8/27/2013 9:02:14 AM     (No. 9493312)

Obama painted himself into a corner by opening his big yap and setting a red line. So now for political reasons he faces a conundrum. I believe he will lose no matter what Valerie chooses to do.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: lana720, 8/27/2013 9:15:42 AM     (No. 9493339)

Too many unanswered questions here.
Where is the hue and cry from the leftists anti-war crowd?
Where are the screams of this being for oil?
For people for whom the word, "Victory? is non existent, this is not right. If our enemies are killing one another, let them have at it.
The hate for Christians and Jews is rampant within this administration.
If England will meet on it, why are we not (Congress?) and heading into a war or a whizzing contest with nuts with nukes?
This has al-qaeda / MoBro fingerprints all over it.
God help us!

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Reply 24 - Posted by: BaseballFan, 8/27/2013 9:22:19 AM     (No. 9493350)

Remember the term used by the Left when President George W. Bush went to Afghanistan and Iraq?

"Chickenhawk" was the term used frequently and derisively by the Left.

Well what then, is this? How about "Chickenspit"? (If you get my drift).

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Reply 25 - Posted by: nevernaught, 8/27/2013 10:44:32 AM     (No. 9493458)

And to think that the next person the Marxist Party is grooming for a Presidential run is just as crooked and incompetent as the Chicago nightmare we have now. Lets see... who have they run recently. Jon Carry, the anti hero who was in Viet Nam. Hillary Clinton, the hero from Benghazi and Fort Marcy Park. Also the glorious stoned Communist Community Organizer from Chicago.

There probably less than a couple hundred impeachable offences against the three, or four of them, if you include Bill the rapist and proven perjurer..

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Reply 26 - Posted by: RancherJack, 8/27/2013 10:45:42 AM     (No. 9493459)

Kerry´s ´backbone´ is going to get a lot of Americans killed and give Washington DC the chance they´ve been looking for to turn us into the Fourth Reich.

Hope you have your papers in order, comrades

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Reply 27 - Posted by: tnorling, 8/27/2013 10:47:49 AM     (No. 9493467)

And our compelling national interests in Syria are...?

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Reply 28 - Posted by: MDConservative, 8/27/2013 11:01:06 AM     (No. 9493495)

Don´t kid yourself, a Republican in the White House would already be there as a peacekeeper for UN. This is another perfect fight to avoid - like Beirut was, like Libya was. President´s can´t seem to avoid these approval poll honeypots.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: oh-heck, 8/27/2013 11:01:35 AM     (No. 9493497)

We have no friends in Syria. Assad is most assuredly Putin´s man and Russia will absolutely back him militarily. We don´t know who the rebels are but they seem to have multiple links to terrorists. If we arm them, they will use those weapons against our interests somewhere in the world.

What happens if an Exocet missile sinks the cruiser launching cruise missiles? What if during the escalation, a SAM takes out a helicopter full of SEALS? It really looks like we´ll be doing well to get out of this having delivered a symbolic gesture against what might well turn out to be the wrong party.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: bob913, 8/27/2013 11:37:01 AM     (No. 9493557)

John Kerry supported the communists in Vietnam. He and his brother were part of a 100 million deal to build docks in Vietnam.

Here he is now supporting terrorists.
Nothing changed.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: zbogwan2, 8/27/2013 11:50:18 AM     (No. 9493577)

The Obama administration’s delay in responding to the slaughter of innocent Syrians and alleged use of chemical weapons by Assad is already a hot political issue that’s likely to resonate in the 2014 elections and beyond.

Al Qaeda and company were probably
fighting from the town where the alleged gas attack occurred. Assad´s troops shelled the city and collateral damage happened to be the allegedly innocent citizens of the city. Isn´t that what happens in a civil war, or for that matter, any war?


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Reply 32 - Posted by: FlatCityGirl, 8/27/2013 1:07:45 PM     (No. 9493689)

The Smartest Kid In The Room and his Toadies have painted themselves into a corner, and now every slap they took at GWB is going to come back and bite them in the posterior

I don´t understand why everyone on both sides of the aisle are running around with their hair on fire, and wringing their hands over Chemical Weapons being used now. We had a chance to take Assad out when he killed the first Rebel/Protester with Conventional Weapons, and we let him slide. The body count using Conventional Weapons is in the multi-thousands by now and it doesn´t seemed to have bothered anyone.

Genocide is genocide. Killing is killing. What difference does it make what weapon Assad is using? Yes, I understand about the weapons falling into the "wrong hands," but who decides which hands are the wrong hands? 0bama? Does he make the decision? Because if it up to him, he hasn´t made a right decision yet --so at this stage of the game, What Difference Does It Make?

We´ve all been shown the satellite images of the convoys out of Iraq into Syria in the run up to the invasion. The speculation was that Saddam was shuffling the WMD to Syria; surely we know where those convoys eventually ended up. Surely we have way more recent satellite images of Syria. Surely we know where the Chemical Weapons are located. Don´t we pay thousands upon countless thousands of government employees to analyze just that kind of intelligence?

I just don´t understand why everyone is up in arms [no pun intended], but I´m thrilled to death to see the Mulatto Marxist and his Henchmen get exactly what they asked for.


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Reply 33 - Posted by: Grambo, 8/27/2013 1:11:42 PM     (No. 9493695)

We´ve got no dog in this fight.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: walcb, 8/27/2013 1:25:39 PM     (No. 9493723)

My question for Kerry would be, how do the atrocities in Syria compare to the atrocities against the S Vietnamese by the Chicoms a few years ago?

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Reply 35 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 8/27/2013 2:04:21 PM     (No. 9493794)

Hahaha: Øbama is now finding out, "Bein´ President is hard."

Those words the liberals so laughed at when Bush-2 said them must be resounding in this moron´s big ears about now.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: Marzon, 8/27/2013 2:21:01 PM     (No. 9493821)

Apparently "Genjhis John" Kerry wants to find out what it´s really like to ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake...

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Reply 37 - Posted by: GreatPlains, 8/27/2013 2:21:04 PM     (No. 9493823)

# 10 You are incorrect.
McCain has been criticizing Obama for months for ignoring the Syrian situation.
Terrorists with WMD-gee, what could go wrong ?
In fact, McCain today gave an interview today where he said that Obama gave Assad the green light to use chemical weapons.
Assad has been using chemical weapons for the past year while Barry has been , giggling , golfing
and playing Spades with Reggie.
Syria and the Middle East is now spinning out of control , thanks to Barry´s failure as a leader.


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Reply 38 - Posted by: hoopsfan, 8/27/2013 6:16:07 PM     (No. 9494202)

Kerry actually seems engaged and is delivering stern words to someone other than a domestic political opponent.

Obama appears unsure of several things:
How did he get in this situation
What should he do short-term
What should he do long-term
Whom can he blame
When can he get to the golf course or play cards with Reggie

This is not an easy situation or set of choices. IMO, it would take a good President to navigate through all this, and Obama is clearly not capable of doing so.



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Reply 39 - Posted by: KanCreeper, 8/27/2013 9:57:49 PM     (No. 9494562)

Tonight Hannity played a tape mix of Jon Fing Kerry in front of Congress in 1971 when he put down the American Vietnam War efforts. Then along side that tape, he payed Hanoi Jonboy Kerry´s speech about Syria and what was going on there.
Seems Jonboy copied the same speech and just changed a few words to fit the current chaos in Syria.
Maybe he was hoping he could get whoever bought Zippy´s Nobel Peace Prize... To buy him one.
After all he wrote the citations saying he was wounded in Vietnam. (So he could throw those medals over the WH Fence ) BUT, no wounds were bad enough to be medically treated. just had Jon Fraud Kerry´;s word that they happened.


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Reply 40 - Posted by: Crosscut, 8/27/2013 11:27:54 PM     (No. 9494643)

Syrians ain´t shooting at me or mine. Let them keep on killing one another. I don´t care. But I do fear more from the Democrat Party and what they can do to me and my family than any AQ or Taliban retard.

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Reply 41 - Posted by: larryp, 8/28/2013 12:06:32 AM     (No. 9494681)

look at the photos of the gassed civiians. Theadult men are dressed pretty much alike big-plaid shirts, and all are lookingas ift hey have been ironed. the kids have new shoes and they are all similar. No one is dressed as a muslim, not even the women.the deceased kids are all the same size. The camera in some of the views seems to shudder and repeat the same image. The treatment is water on the eyes--for a neuro toxin???
that attacks nerves that are BENEATH the skin.
Pepper spray gets one to coughing nad the eyes burn.
The muslims have a lot invested in Obama. Even a phony gas attack drives Benghazi
of the front pages and the investigation must be getting close even if the gas is real.
Assad has F 15,16 war planes that I bet could sink a battleship.

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Obama to free hundreds of drug
felons under clemency rules
designed to un-do mandatory
sentences from ´War on Drugs´ era

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Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 4/21/2014 11:37:51 PM     Post Reply
The Obama administration is poised to entertain a flood of new clemency applications from thousands of federal prisoners who were given harsh sentences under mandatory-minimum laws following drug convictions, Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday. Holder said in a short videotaped statement that he wants to shrink the federal prison population by a modest amount while ensuring ´that those who have paid their debts have a chance to become productive citizens.´ At the center of the move is a set of old sentencing rules that punished crack-cocaine offenders with more time behind bars than users or traffickers of powder cocaine.

Dole: Cruz, Paul & Rubio
lack experience for 2016

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The Hill [Washington, DC], by Mario Trujillo    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/22/2014 11:18:06 AM     Post Reply
Former Sen. Bob Dole (R-Kan.) said a number of junior GOP senators considering a presidential run in 2016 do not yet have the experience — specifically naming Rand Paul (Ky.), Marco Rubio (Fla.) and Ted Cruz (Texas). The former 1996 GOP presidential candidate sounded particularly skeptical of Cruz in an interview this week with The Wichita Eagle. "A number of the younger members, first-termers like Rand Paul, Rubio and that extreme-right-wing guy, Ted Cruz — all running for president now. I don´t think they´ve got enough experience yet," Dole said. The 90-year-old former senator said, however, his main concern about 2016 is living

Jeb Bush is your only chance
against Hillary, Republicans

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Hot Air, by Bob Schrum    Original Article
Posted By: quantumman- 4/22/2014 6:32:54 AM     Post Reply
If Jeb reaches for the nomination, there will be a titanic battle between the party establishment and the Tea Party. Steve Schmidt, McCain’s strategist in 2008, insists that in the end Republicans usually settle on the most electable candidate. To get by, this Bush may be forced to trim his positions, although the cautionary tale of Romney suggests that he would have to tack artfully and carefully for the sake of the general election. Certainly he will have the resources to outlast, discredit, and disqualify his rivals.

Michelle Obama:
´splurging is the key to life´

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Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/21/2014 9:31:25 PM     Post Reply
Washington - Michelle Obama said "splurging is the key to life" if you regularly eat right and stay active. Her biggest guilty pleasure: French fries. "How would you appreciate vegetables if you never had chocolate?" she asked. "You couldn´t live without a little chocolate, a little French fries." The first lady took questions from children reporters Monday after appearing at the White House Easter Egg Roll. She told the children that if they eat right the majority of the time, then a splurge or snack is not going to hurt them. "I still splurge when I can, but that's why I try to exercise almost every day," she said.

Fraud runs rampant in Census Bureau
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New York Post, by John Crudele    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/22/2014 5:03:20 AM     Post Reply
There’s a pattern of falsifying statistics throughout the entire Census Bureau. And anyone who attempts to blow the whistle on the fraud is either retaliated against or ignored, according to two new sources who have experienced the process firsthand. As I’ve been writing for more than six months, the Census Bureau office in Philadelphia uncovered a case of fraud in 2010, did nothing about it and allowed the practice to continue. In that instance, a data collector named Julius Buckmon was faking reports that went into the nation’s all-important jobless tally and consumer-inflation survey. Because the Census Bureau’s surveys are scientific — meaning

Professor: ‘Colleges Will Start Closing Up’ if
‘Racist, Misogynist, Money-Grubbing’ GOP Wins

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National Review Online, by Andrew Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/22/2014 4:42:50 PM     Post Reply
New audio reveals an Eastern Connecticut State University professor warning that Republicans will “want things to go back — not to to 1955, but to 1855? if they win control of Congress in November. Republican victories could also put him out of a job, he cautioned. “We will live in a very, very, very different kind of country if that happens,” Professor Brent Terry told students in his Introduction to Creative Writing course, according to audio obtained by Campus Reform. “I mean, colleges will start closing up if these people have their way.” Over the course of his rant, Terry characterized conservatives

But Seriously, Just How
Slow-Witted is John Boehner?

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American Thinker, by C. Edmund Wright    Original Article
Posted By: quantumman- 4/21/2014 7:22:21 AM     Post Reply
As he moves from lobbyists to the golf course, from press conferences to the tanning bed, he remains oblivious to all that is around him. He has power, incredible power, and yet to this day he has no understanding of the election that made it so. Moreover, all around him are astonishing opportunities for him to be an historic figure -- one who could and should be the man who did more than any other single person in turning back the red tide of Obama. It’s all there for Speaker of the House, and yet John Boehner manages to miss

Would YOU be underwater if the
polar caps melted? Map reveals
what our planet would look like
if sea levels rose by 260ft

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Daily Mail (UK), by Ellie Zolfagharifard    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/21/2014 5:20:21 PM     Post Reply
Global sea levels have risen by 8 inches (20cm) since 1880 and scientists predict they could rise up to 3ft (98cm) by 2100. But despite the UN’s recent threats of war, famine and extreme weather, such a dramatically different world caused by sea level rise can be hard to imagine. To help picture the future, Martin Vargic, an amateur graphic designer from Slovakia, has created a map depicting the planet with sea levels around 260ft (79m) higher than they are today. He imagines what Earth would look like if the ice sheets surrounding the North and South poles melted, releasing

Reid: ´We Are a Nation of Laws,
Not of Men and Women´

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Cybercast News Service, by Susan Jones    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/22/2014 10:53:27 AM     Post Reply
It may not be tomorrow, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) says "something will happen" to force a Nevada rancher to obey a court order to stop grazing his cattle on federal land and pay his grazing fees. "It´s obvious that you can´t just walk away from this," Reid said in an April 18 interview with a Nevada´s KSNV-TV News 3 program “What’s Your Point?” "You can´t have a law that is -- we´re a nation of laws, not of men and women," he said. (Video) Reid noted that most cattlemen pay their taxes, pay their fees, and follow

You´re on the clock:
Doctors rush patients out the door

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USA Today*, by Roni Caryn Rabin    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/21/2014 4:35:59 AM     Post Reply
Joan Eisenstodt didn´t have a stopwatch when she went to see an ear, nose and throat specialist recently, but she is certain the physician was not in the exam room with her for more than three or four minutes. "He looked up my nose, said it was inflamed, told me to see the nurse for a prescription and was gone," said the 66-year-old Washington, D.C., consultant, who was suffering from an acute sinus infection. When she started protesting the doctor´s choice of medication, "He just cut me off totally," she said. "I´ve never been in and out from a visit faster." These days,

The Increasing Desperation of Democrats
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National Review Online, by John Fund    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/21/2014 5:19:02 AM     Post Reply
Harry Reid isn’t backing down from his claim that rancher Cliven Bundy’s supporters are “domestic terrorists.” It’s astonishing rhetoric given the White House’s characterization of the mass shooting by a genuine terrorist, Major Nidal Hasan, who killed 13 Americans at the Fort Hood Army base after yelling “Allahu Akbar!” (God is great.) Rather than labeling Hasan’s actions “domestic terrorism,” the Obama administration is prosecuting him for having committed “workplace violence.” Democratic rhetoric is become ever more desperate and overheated as we approach the November midterm elections. Last week, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said that GOP positions on immigration were motivated by

Benghazi attack could have been prevented if
US hadn´t ´switched sides in the War on Terror´
and allowed $500 MILLION of weapons to reach
al-Qaeda militants, reveals damning report

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Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/22/2014 7:02:40 PM     Post Reply
The Citizens Commission on Benghazi, a self-selected group of former top military officers, CIA insiders and think-tankers, declared Tuesday in Washington that a seven-month review of the deadly 2012 terrorist attack has determined that it could have been prevented – if the U.S. hadn´t been helping to arm al-Qaeda militias throughout Libya a year earlier. ´The United States switched sides in the war on terror with what we did in Libya, knowingly facilitating the provision of weapons to known al-Qaeda militias and figures,´ Clare Lopez, a member of the commission and a former CIA officer, told MailOnline. She blamed the Obama administration


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