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Feds readying movie theater
regulations for blind, deaf
patrons (Video)

The Hill (Washington DC), by Julian Hattem

Original Article

Posted By:JoniTx, 9/15/2013 9:32:52 AM

The Obama administration is nearing completion of a proposal to require that movie theaters offer technology so blind and deaf people can go to the cinema. The draft rule, which is part of a decades-long effort by advocates for people with disabilities, would likely require thousands of movie theaters across the country to offer devices that display closed captioning and provide audio narration of what’s happening onscreen.(Snip) But theater owners worry that a federal mandate will force small, rural and struggling theaters to close given the costs associated with the rule.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: mitzi, 9/15/2013 9:44:47 AM     (No. 9521549)

I can hear and see and have absolutely no desire to go to the movies.

I didn´t realize that there was a need to accommodate the blind and deaf folks.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: bamapreacher, 9/15/2013 9:46:38 AM     (No. 9521550)

I´m all for most things that benefit the blind but this is just crazy. If a blind person can´t see the screen why not just tape the soundtrack and sell the tapes separately. That way the blind can hear the movie either in the comfort of their own homes, or if they want to have a theater experience they can take a portable CD player and sit in the theater and listen. No need for special equipment to be installed by theaters. The studios wouldn´t even have to charge much if anything for the CDs. After all, they really won´t benefit anyone but the blind, so it´s not something that would be pirated, etc.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Iraengneer, 9/15/2013 9:51:00 AM     (No. 9521560)

This "agency law" garbage is killing the country. The very notion that rules published by unelected, anonymous, and unaccountable swivel-chair hussars should have the same weight and reach as laws enacted through the constitutional process, is repugnant to a free people.
Time to FIRE some people and to abolish in toto most of these departments and agencies. This one would seem a good place to begin.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: NYC RAL, 9/15/2013 9:51:15 AM     (No. 9521561)

"Disability associations say that the new regulation will make sure that blind and deaf people can appreciate the latest blockbuster just like everyone else." “The National Association of the Deaf believes strongly that all deaf and hard of hearing people should have equal access to all services in society available to everyone else.”
HELLO!!! They can´t.
1. Tactile System– sense of touch
2. Visual System— sense of sight
3. Auditory System—sense of hearing
4. Gustatory System—sense of taste
5. Olfactory System—sense of smell
6. Vestibular System– sense of balance
7. Proprioception System– sense of body position
If your "system" is not working an individual can not experience that particular sense. Are politicians that SENSELESS?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Attercliffe, 9/15/2013 9:52:24 AM     (No. 9521562)

But theaters with live actors, orchestral and other concert music venues don´t have to do this? Why just movie theaters?

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Reply 6 - Posted by: privateer, 9/15/2013 9:53:45 AM     (No. 9521566)

FTA: ´The draft rule, which is part of a decades-long effort by advocates for people with disabilities, would likely require thousands of movie theaters across the country to offer devices that display closed captioning and provide audio narration of what’s happening onscreen.´ They spelled "daft" wrongly.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: planetgeo, 9/15/2013 9:58:50 AM     (No. 9521574)

OMG, is there no end to this insanity? What next, mandatory captioning/labeling of bakery odors for the smelling impaired? I want to see these insufferable fascists arrested and jailed some day.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: wilko, 9/15/2013 10:01:06 AM     (No. 9521580)

This is like the law that requires pools to have an expensive hydraulic lift for getting the handicapped in and out of swimming pools. Most communities couldn´t afford the device, so they were shutting down the pools rather than risk a Federal violation. Eventually the gov´t relented and eased implementation of the law. This is another similar potential job killer.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Bohallx, 9/15/2013 10:03:29 AM     (No. 9521586)

Hmm ~ not a thing in there about making 3D movies accessable to those who have impaired 3D perception.

Bad law ~ trash it ~ I see no reason to have my ticket price increased just to help out people who see better than me.

99% of the garbage covered by these rules can be handled with a WIFI and a tablet anyway ~

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Reply 10 - Posted by: voxpopuli, 9/15/2013 10:07:42 AM     (No. 9521591)

these are not "advocates" for ANYTHING..
they are COMMUNISTS, one and all, with one purpose in mind..
the destruction of capitalism and the institution of Global Communism..
on the backs of AMERICANS.. no one else...

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Reply 11 - Posted by: dogbreath, 9/15/2013 10:12:35 AM     (No. 9521603)

Thank you, Democrats! This is why you lost me, long ago! Morons!

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Pluperfect, 9/15/2013 10:13:13 AM     (No. 9521605)

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Reply 13 - Posted by: tren9, 9/15/2013 10:13:33 AM     (No. 9521607)

The government should require that drive-up ATMs have braille keypads.

Oh, wait. They do.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Sunhan65, 9/15/2013 10:18:39 AM     (No. 9521616)

I´m old enough to remember a time when disabled people went out of their way to avoid being a burden on others. I have a minor disability. As a result, there are things I can never do, and some things I can do only with difficulty. To the extent that I still want to do the latter, I make the effort. What I do not do is impose on others the burden of the gap between my desires and my disability.

The idea that blind/deaf people can force others to bear the cost of retrofitting expensive hardware into theaters to enhance their personal movie going experience is so selfish and wrong-headed, I can´t believe we tolerate it. The Americans with Disabilities Act encourages the belief that your defect is my problem.

One of the most valuable things anyone ever said to me came during one of my earliest crybaby rants about my medical condition. My father said, simply, "It´s your disease." And so it is: My disease, my challenge, and my choices.

My life.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: StormCnter, 9/15/2013 10:19:35 AM     (No. 9521622)

One of my lawyers built a new office. OSHA required him to make the entire suite handicap-accessible, including doorways wide enough to accommodate a wheelchair and raised fixtures in the single bathroom. The construction revisions cost him thousands of dollars. At the time, he had never had a wheelchair-bound client or visitor. Now, fifteen years later, he still has not had one.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: VinGoombatz, 9/15/2013 10:20:18 AM     (No. 9521624)

Really? With large-screen home entertainment systems and streaming video...

I don´t know why anybody attends a movie theater today. A huge hassle.

I say close the theaters...but bring back the drive-ins for the adolescents.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: angelesgift, 9/15/2013 10:44:40 AM     (No. 9521672)

I have a handicap. I don´t like the crowds that go to movie theaters. So, the theaters must provide myself and my care giver with private screenings.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: lil dotty, 9/15/2013 10:51:19 AM     (No. 9521684)

After the swimming pool alterations to accommodate wheel chairs, nothing can surprise us

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Reply 19 - Posted by: earlybird, 9/15/2013 10:51:51 AM     (No. 9521686)

Formerly regulat movie goers (when we were teenagers we went every Saturday to matinees), we haven´t gone to a movie now in several years. And have no desire to do so.

This new regulation should pretty much kill off the movie industry. Sorry, but I don´t want closed captioning across my movie screen.

What on earth would make a blind person want to go to a movie?

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Reply 20 - Posted by: NYC RAL, 9/15/2013 10:52:12 AM     (No. 9521687)

Did a little research at the City of White Plains, NY web site and found the following explanation for the cuckoo and chirping/tweeting bird sounds. I drive and am a pedestrian there quite often and still see people involved in near misses when they cross the street.
"1. What are those bird sounds I hear downtown?
• White Plains has one of the more ambitious programs in the northeast for installing audible pedestrian signals to aid the elderly and sight impaired. Ninety-one units are currently installed at 17 intersections with more planned. Bird sounds activate during the "Walk" phase and identify the range of time when it is safest to start crossing. The "chirp-chirp" is for east-west crossing and the "cuckoo" for north south crossing. "

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Rama41, 9/15/2013 10:53:34 AM     (No. 9521689)

I´m torn on this. I certainly don´t like seeing the federal government making it harder for small businesses to prosper. On the other hand, if theaters close, Hollywood ends up getting hurt. Nothing wrong with that.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Coy860, 9/15/2013 10:57:06 AM     (No. 9521698)

One of my adult children is legally blind.
The politicians are going overboard with their rules and regulations. This idea is crazy.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: FlatCityGirl, 9/15/2013 10:57:30 AM     (No. 9521700)

Yep. More regulation to stifle the private sector.

However, if every movie theater in the nation went out of business, it wouldn´t be a blip on my radar screen. I quit putting my hard earned cash in Hollywood´s back pocket somewhere around the time Smokey And The Bandit was released. Not a dime from me.

If this new regulation goes into effect, I wonder how long it will take hedonist Hollywood to understand what it will do to their bottom line?

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Reply 24 - Posted by: CEP, 9/15/2013 11:05:22 AM     (No. 9521716)

Just wait a few weeks and it will come out on DVD and they can use their own equipment/devices that they currently use at home to watch movies/TV etc.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Sunhan65, 9/15/2013 11:22:43 AM     (No. 9521738)

Sorry for the second post, but #16 correctly points out that the pragmatics of these special accommodations are all wrong. Then there´s the principle. For example, let´s stipulate that a certain number of wider spaces should exist in each parking lot so handicapped people have a chance at parking. However, if the lot is full, should these spaces still be reserved exclusively for them? I know what we´re told to think, but here´s the deal: There are times when I can´t find a parking space. The lot is full. It´s a universal human experience. Why should having a handicap exempt you from this reality? Should these last spaces be held open and unused by people who got there first on the off chance that a handicapped person might show up and have the inconvenience of not finding a space? I realize there are other practical issues, but the principled question about special privileges remains.

Disney lets handicapped people come to the front of the line. Why shouldn´t handicapped people have to wait in line like everyone else?

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Reply 26 - Posted by: LouD, 9/15/2013 11:23:59 AM     (No. 9521742)

#21, I have a problem hearing certain high-pitched sounds. (Not all, buy some.) What if a blind person has the same problem - won´t that be a problem, too? I don´t know how many others are affected this way, but I know if I were blind it could be a disaster in waiting.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: steph_gray, 9/15/2013 11:24:59 AM     (No. 9521743)

Great post 11, and I am torn the same as #22.

I have been tied up for a long time now attempting to make the software I work on "accessible." It is a Kafkaesque nightmare of irrational and conflicting rules, which in the end _cannot_ be satisfied no matter what. Worse yet, many _real_ software bugs that affect all users are routinely ignored in favor of attempting to hurdle this huge and utterly pointless barrier. Our group has a joke "All this time, expense, and pain for one blind would-be system administrator in China."

Counting the days to retirement!

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Reply 28 - Posted by: fayebeck, 9/15/2013 11:43:21 AM     (No. 9521760)

Although I never go to the movies my concern would be having all those seeing eye dogs laying in the aisle licking their privates.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: Trust No One, 9/15/2013 11:44:42 AM     (No. 9521761)

His Hollywood buddies won´t say anything because of his blackness.

They will love that color even more when the theaters are enveloped in glorious Blackness from lack of Seeing and Hearing patrons. Their White Guilt will be assuaged.

The Black Hand Strikes Again.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: big red navy cheif, 9/15/2013 11:52:43 AM     (No. 9521774)

Dem´s might as well do this - the dead already vote, so why not the deaf at concerts and the blind at art galleries?

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Reply 31 - Posted by: curious1, 9/15/2013 12:03:35 PM     (No. 9521790)

Well, folks, when the grandchildren of the survivors ask how the US became a fascist/communist/socialist country, hopefully the reply will be, because the citizens of the time didn´t hang or put up against the wall every last libtard when the nonsense regulations started. If not, then history will repeat itself on down the road again, after this. One rotten apple can spoil the whole barrel. We´ve had a load of rotten apples tolerated in the Republic for the past century.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: Bill Adams, 9/15/2013 12:19:37 PM     (No. 9521808)

What´s wrong here is not the idea of converting the theaters -- if the article is right, a large fraction have already been converted -- it´s the unfunded mandate. Whoever thinks this is an important thing to do should pay for it. If a majority think it´s worth doing, that´s what the general tax fund is for. And if a billion dollars (rough guess, 100,000 theaters times 10,000 dollars, it might be a good bit less) strikes the voters as reasonable, fine, and if it doesn´t , then you don´t do it, and that´s democracy. Imposing it as a fine on a dying industry without counting the costs, on the other hand, is just tyranny posing as civil rights.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: LadyVet, 9/15/2013 1:16:11 PM     (No. 9521876)

Call me Pollyanna if you wish, but my first thought was the same as #22.

Also, now maybe they can get someone to sit on the front row.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: Smart11344, 9/15/2013 2:17:42 PM     (No. 9521934)

I´m color blind. I want a description of what I am missing when I see a film. /s off

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Reply 35 - Posted by: Masscon, 9/15/2013 2:49:03 PM     (No. 9521968)

Saul Alinsky: The issue is never the issue. Always be discontent. Like a spoiled child, it´s never enough.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: bvillr, 9/15/2013 3:20:04 PM     (No. 9521999)

Next stop: genitalia enhancement subsidies and regs. I guess we are all supposed to be carbon copies of one another with no differentiating features ... tall people will have to slouch. fast people will have to slow down. Smart people will have to act stupidly .... hey wait, that´s what all those smart Democrats are already doing.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: Hammock, 9/15/2013 4:21:05 PM     (No. 9522056)

The feds are almost literally beating a dead horse; movie theaters are struggling for breath.

I quit going into movie theaters long ago due to ridiculous loudmouths, long before the news of bedbug infestations put the creepy seal on my absence.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: CEP, 9/15/2013 4:51:18 PM     (No. 9522076)

They also really need to work on driving tests for the blind. How are they supposed to get to the movie theatre?

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Reply 39 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 9/15/2013 5:01:57 PM     (No. 9522081)

Does this apply to the porn industry too? Yikes!

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Reply 40 - Posted by: KTWO, 9/15/2013 5:27:34 PM     (No. 9522096)

Dead voters will need special devices too. Who says they don´t want to attend movies?

In a somewhat related matter. Dead voters have cast ballots for decades without similar devices in the voting booth. Experts are puzzled about how they manage to do so.

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Reply 41 - Posted by: Pinchem, 9/15/2013 10:13:59 PM     (No. 9522385)

#26...awww poor baby, can´t find a parking spot so that gives you the excuse to be selfish and inconsiderate. So you park in a handicap space then I come after you. I have to have a wide handicap spot so with my sliding door a ramp comes out for my mobility scooter. You can´t do that in a normal parking space. I didn´t ask for this condition but I have to live with it and selfish and inconsiderate people. So take your whiny cry baby behind and park in the next block and walk.

By the way #26, most places will fine you anywhere from $100 to $500 for parking in a handicap spot. And if you do try using someone´s card, you best have that handicap person IN the vehicle or the fine is higher.

Oh yes, try going through a shopping mall on a mobility scooter. You will find hundreds of selfish inconsiderate people who think it is MY responsibility to get out of THEIR way. Yes I´ve had them walk into me, or they try to jump in front of me because they are what I call "impatient imbeciles". Then when I hit them (not on purpose) they want to blame me.

Truthfully, I am no one special, but then neither are any of you. If I am authorized a handicap spot and you are not then stay the heck out of it.

Time for people to grow up and start exercising Manners, Courtesy, and Respect, that is if your parents were intelligent enough to teach you, but these days it sure makes me wonder.

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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

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

´America´s royal baby´: How Chelsea´s first
child could give Hillary Clinton a boost in
the polls if she runs for president in 2016

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Daily Mail (U.K.), by Jessica Jerreat    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/19/2014 7:12:10 PM     Post Reply
For Hillary Clinton, having her own baby grandchild to kiss on the campaign trail, could be one of the biggest boosts to her possible presidential election campaign. Although the former Secretary of State and First Lady has not said if she will run in 2016, the arrival of her first grandchild will soften her image, analysts have said. While Chelsea only revealed her pregnancy on Thursday, supporters of her mother have already started cooing over a possible baby in the White House. With the Clintons having a near-royal status in the U.S., the announcement of a new arrival due this fall has sent

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.

Ted Cruz, Invoking Reagan,
Angers GOP Colleagues
but Wins Fans Elsewhere

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Wall Street Journal, by Monica Langley    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/19/2014 8:09:17 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON--Rushing to an afternoon vote last month, Sen. Ted Cruz hopped the underground tram to the U.S. Capitol from his office across the street. The Texan planted his black ostrich cowboy boots in the middle of the small subway car without getting so much as a nod from the other senators--Republican or Democrat--amiably chatting or huddled in their seats. Mr. Cruz finds himself standing alone a lot these days. His response to the cold shoulders: "The establishment despised Ronald Reagan" before he became president, "but the people loved him." For the 43-year-old Republican, the Reagan name illuminates his political life´s

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

You lie! Reporters accuse Obama
of deception, demagoguery just
to get attention

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Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/18/2014 9:28:24 PM     Post Reply
Prominent Washington correspondents are accusing President Obama and his aides of knowingly stretching the truth on issues like the so-called women´s pay gap just to create controversy and keep issues -- and the president -- relevant. Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus kicked off the attack last week when she blasted as “demagoguery” the administration´s tactics during the pay gap debate. “The level of hyperbole -- actually, of demagoguery -- that Democrats have engaged in here is revolting,” she wrote. CBS White House Correspondent Major Garrett then weighed in this week in his National Journal

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