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The real Navy Yard scandal
Washington Post, by Charles Krauthammer

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In the liberal remake of “Casablanca,” the police captain comes upon the scene of the shooting and orders his men to “round up the usual weapons.” It’s always the weapon and never the shooter. Twelve people are murdered in a rampage at the Washington Navy Yard, and before sundown Sen. Dianne Feinstein has called for yet another debate on gun violence. Major opprobrium is heaped on the AR-15, the semiautomatic used in the Newtown massacre. Turns out no AR-15 was used at the Navy Yard. And the shotgun that was used was obtained legally in Virginia after the buyer, Aaron

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: bluehouse, 9/20/2013 12:01:31 AM     (No. 9528444)

Where I live, unless you pose an immediate threat to yourself or others, there is nothing the police can do to help a mentally ill person. So if you are hearing voices or those microwaves are coming at you, cover your windows with aluminum foil. A tin hat is your best hope.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: earlybird, 9/20/2013 12:13:42 AM     (No. 9528449)

This is a very important read. I hope that it will get more than just drive-by attention.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: texascunning, 9/20/2013 12:15:43 AM     (No. 9528451)

Agree with #2 about the importance of this column. The Doctor ventures bravely into a very politically incorrect subject and tells it like it is.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: steveW, 9/20/2013 12:33:38 AM     (No. 9528459)

And the other real scandal here is how the Court Eunuch media lie about the shooting in order to exploit it. Their only interest is in how the tragedy can be twisted to advance Dear Leader´s agenda of making all Americans (except criminals and Socialist Rulers) defenseless. Doesn´t that make them as sick as Aaron Alexis?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: smcchk, 9/20/2013 12:52:27 AM     (No. 9528471)

This is heartbreaking. For what Alexis suffered and for the suffering that transpired. I wonder how those Rhode Island cops feel now? Why do we respond to physical trauma but ignore mental trauma? This is the scandal of American society.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 9/20/2013 2:30:02 AM     (No. 9528498)

When I go to the Va, I sometimes see these unfortunate people. they truly are lost. I am not unlike everyone else- I try to avoid them. I am not proud of that. But, they have fallen so badly, they are in desperate shape and it saddens me. I look at them and try to see the Sergeant leading a quad on an ambush partol in vietnam. A young new Lieutenant fresh out of West Point, not ready for command and seeing just that much too much. There they sit in front of of me in the waiting area- smelly, nervous, dry mouthed (licking lips frequently), their breath smells awful from their rotten teeth (hard to get dental services from the VA), sometimes their eyes are just so vacant. The nurse comes and calls them- often three times- the security guard taps them- "Isn´t that you?" they leave the waiting room- we all look at each other...glad and sad at the same time. Secretly ashamed.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Country Boy, 9/20/2013 4:45:43 AM     (No. 9528531)

Liberals will never give ground/admit mistakes on the Mental Illness topic. Same as Affirmative Action. It´s the gift that keeps on giving.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: pineledger, 9/20/2013 6:58:50 AM     (No. 9528641)

A brilliant article, deservedly a must-read. I am glad to se Dr. K. put his doctor hat on.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: seminolesecure, 9/20/2013 7:07:26 AM     (No. 9528645)

How many former mental hospitals have been torn down or abandoned? The patients weren´t miraculously cured. Liberals created the homeless problem so we´ll never hear about the cause, only the effect. And they want more and more money in today´s do problem they created 30 years ago

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Hermoine, 9/20/2013 7:29:40 AM     (No. 9528670)

Amen Dr. Krauthammer, amen! And while this gets national attention because he went crazy with a gun, there are stories like this ALL THE TIME, where a young man, stabs someone 50 times or in a relatively recent case in Atlanta, a teenager literally beheaded his grandmother with a sword. They are paranoid schizophrenics and they need to be committed, for their own protection and ours.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: FlatCityGirl, 9/20/2013 7:40:16 AM     (No. 9528678)

Another example of what the Left hath wrought.

Dr. K states what would have happened 35 years ago had a man presented with Alexis´s symptoms, then asks if a 14 day commitment would have been cruel.

Under the guise of compassion, the Left has tied the hands of mental health professionals when it comes to treating people who, for their own good and that of society, are seriously in need of being medicated and put under lock and key.

Correct me if I´m wrong, but haven´t the last several "mass" shootings been committed by people who 35 years ago would have been locked away? Gabby Giffords would not be brain damaged. A lot of people in Aurora, Colorado would be alive. Lots of little children in Connecticut would have spent Christmas playing with their toys from Santa. Twelve civilian workers at the Navy Yard would be leaving for work about now. How about Virginia Tech. That shooter surely should have been locked away for the good of society.

Where´s the compassion?

Everything the Left touches in the name of "compassion," in the long run hurts many, many more than it ever helps.

LBJ´s Great Society.


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Reply 12 - Posted by: Hermoine, 9/20/2013 7:41:33 AM     (No. 9528681)

By the way, on a related note, one of the major problems we face today in relation to mental illness are psychologists and psychiatrists. The former can only recommend prescriptions and the latter just scribbles off pretty potent meds, often times, w/o the whole story. And, it has been my contention for a while that, especially in young men, drugs like Adderall and Ritalin, literally change the chemical make-up of the brain and over time trigger more mental disorders rather than fix the fictional ADD/ADHD.

I would love to see Krauthammer pen a serious piece on reforms needed not only in terms of how we treat the mentally ill, but in the profession that treats it as well. I have personally malpractice at worst, negligence in the middle and complete ignorance by folks who have an M.D. behind their names.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Hermoine, 9/20/2013 7:46:12 AM     (No. 9528688)

Lest I implicate myself the above should rea...I have personally witnessed malpractice at worst, negligence in the middle and complete ignorance by folks who have an M.D. behind their names.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: JAN, 9/20/2013 8:09:10 AM     (No. 9528727)

The scandal is that involuntary commitment is against the law.

In every case of recent mass killings, the shooter needed to be confined to a mental institution.

EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THE KILLERS.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: rmagnus, 9/20/2013 8:28:30 AM     (No. 9528759)

The problem of what to do with the mentally ill will never be solved. The gray area is way too large. Imagine being accused of being mentally ill and having to go before an Obama psychiatric panel - all us conservative Ldotters would be institutionalized. Rush Limbaugh would be carried out in a straight jacket and never heard from again. There is way too much power in the government making decisions regarding an individual that exhibits some signs of what the government thinks is a mental illness.

The answer is that we need to be able to protect ourselves from people such as Aaron Alexis when whatever system is in place breaks down because it certainly will. Di Fi wants to take away our source of protection plus let the mentally ill roam the streets.

She is clearly showing signs of being mentally ill herself.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Grambo, 9/20/2013 8:34:42 AM     (No. 9528765)

Excellent!

To quote Jonah, "Can we talk about mental health now?"

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Reply 17 - Posted by: peterfleming, 9/20/2013 8:44:11 AM     (No. 9528782)

Charles got his opening line all wrong when he made the gross misquote from CASABLANCA.
One of the legendary, classic lines in this great Bogart Bacall film, is Claude Rains telling the police to "Round up the usual suspects"(not the guns). Point number two,
go to nomorefakenews.com, Jon Rappoport and
read his recent column discussing a long known subject of mind control suspects in
the giant topic of MK ULTRA. There are tons
of books, journals, articles and references
to this decades old government brainwashing
mind control program. This will never be on TV, Fox or most talk radio, but it is always a fascinating first question to ask in these suspiciously regular events, or, as
Jon would say, "Ops". It would not be foolish to question anti gun opportunist,
Feinstein, and her knowledge of MK ULTRA.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: jimK1, 9/20/2013 8:45:28 AM     (No. 9528786)

I´m afraid #15 is right. Involuntary commitment will be abused by the ruling elite. Mental illness is a serious problem that we need to deal with. the overuse of psychotropic drugs is another problem, how many of these mass killers were on drugs that in the long run made things worse? We have to be prepared to defend ourselves and don´t trust the ruling elites as far as you can throw them, on anything. They are only out for themselves, with precious few exceptions.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Expat in China, 9/20/2013 9:02:57 AM     (No. 9528810)

#18, the quote was altered on purpose to perfectly mimic what liberals are in effect saying.... the guns are the problem, not the people using them.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: sorosisbehindit, 9/20/2013 9:30:39 AM     (No. 9528869)

A national protocol is needed for police and medical personnel that demands a legally acceptable confinement of schizophrenics who tell them they hear voices! I have never heard of any voices that tell them to go out and do good deeds!

I worked the front desk at a Katrina shelter with 700 people at my church. Even the mobile health unit that stopped by to check blood pressure was able to access one of our residents as "homicidal". I remember trying to correct her misspeak and ask if she means suicidal. They took him to a hospital to get him back on his meds.

You also need someone who can monitor their meds upon release, which is a real challenge with adults.
In the case of our shelter, they dropped our schizophrenic off at our door a few days later and drove off with absolutely no instructions or warnings for me regarding the monitoring of his medication!

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Reply 21 - Posted by: joew9, 9/20/2013 9:41:09 AM     (No. 9528884)

Krauthammer said:
"True, psychiatric care is underfunded and often scarce."

It started in California in about 1959, that mental patients should have rights to refuse treatment. Especially if they can be medicated at home with the new miracle pills.
So laws were passed.

We were not long out of WWII when penicillin had come to the forefront and saved many lives. As more drugs emerged we began to believe there were pills to cure everything.

The laws spread to all the other states during the early 60´s. The state mental hospitals emptied. The funds were cut because there was no reason to fund empty beds and wards. They weren´t emptied because of cuts. They were emptied by do good lawyers using the new laws. The mental patients ended up on the streets because the miracle pills didn´t work the promised miracles. The only place they had to go was jail on a charge of vagrancy. And for many that was good relief. They couldn´t freeze or starve to death in jail. But then the do good lawyers got involved again and overturned the vagrancy laws. And the ranks of the homeless swelled and the ignorant news media and guilty liberals blamed Reagan.

We don´t need more money for "True, psychiatric care". We need these laws repealed and replaced with laws that allow us to commit truly disturbed people so that once again there will be a demand for "True, psychiatric care". Then the money will come.

This entire problem was created by misguided liberals passing laws with good intentions and never examining the results of what they had done. Only blaming others.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: dman, 9/20/2013 9:56:21 AM     (No. 9528921)

"More than half of those you see sleeping on grates have suffered mental illness. It’s a national scandal. It’s time we recalibrated the pendulum that today allows the mentally ill to die with their rights on — and, rarely but unforgivably, take a dozen innocents with them."

Dr. K. is on point, and knows of what he writes.

However, this swing of the pendulum is symptomatic of a deeper problem: denial. Conditions in mental institutions (and prisons, for that matter) get out of hand and downright inhumane because we choose to ignore them. We put those we would rather not deal with "away" and forget about them. More to the point: we ignore how they are treated. We don´t keep track of the abuses and excesses. (Shoot them up with drugs or give them a color TV to keep them "quiet".) We don´t properly vet and monitor those hired to treat them. We´d rather not think about it. We´d rather not know.

But, what we don´t know has hurt us. The mass mental health releases in the late 20th century and the mass prison releases that continue to this day were/are triggered by the conditions that we choose to ignore. Then, when society suffers the consequences, we seek to "fix" the wrong things. The lesson in this? We need to pay attention: these people are our problem.



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Reply 23 - Posted by: Razorgirl, 9/20/2013 10:09:43 AM     (No. 9528939)

One also has to wonder if this shooter was "passed" by the vetting contractor because they had a quota to fill. Surely his issues came up in their review but they just crossed their fingers and hoped he wouldn´t go off the deep end because they needed another ethnic hire. And besides, they didn´t have to work with him personally.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: bighambone, 9/20/2013 10:43:17 AM     (No. 9528998)

What you are getting here is the opinion of an experienced doctor whose medical discipline was mental health.

Unfortunately it will be very hard to change the law, as the Democrats do not want to commit anyone involuntarily to a mental health facility likening that to a "One flew over the Cuckoo´s Nest" scenario, and the Republicans think that it would cost too much.

Also forget about the Democrats ever putting any pressure on the violent video game industry, as that industry is full of Democrat supporters who hand over big money to the Democrats for their political campaigns. No matter the fact that violent video games are well known to send addicted dangerous mentally ill people over the edge.



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Reply 25 - Posted by: bigfatslob, 9/20/2013 10:56:38 AM     (No. 9529023)

The communist liberals will never address the mental health issue because they are all retarded and suffer from some psychosis themselves.
The pot they all smoked ´in the day´ have freed their minds and their backsides followed. They´re ignorant and stupid it´s not the guns that scare them it´s the Constitution.
Very good article by Dr. Krauthammer.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: marthaville, 9/20/2013 10:57:19 AM     (No. 9529024)

Ask any seasoned medical professional and they will tell you how the mentally ill were sent home with prescriptions (that they often did not take) years because of the uproar from the left.

Now we have the absolute moron Democrats, led by the rich old bag, Dianne Feistein. She is so incredibly ignorant that she cannot grasp mentally what physicians like Dr. Krauthammer have explained.

We could ban all sales of guns and attempt to confiscate the ones that currently exist, but we would still have the mentally ill walking the streets.

Try reading the article, rich old bag.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Hobbiest, 9/20/2013 11:02:34 AM     (No. 9529033)

Let´s not forget that our entertainment culture has downplayed and even glorified mental illness. It began with a common theme about improper forced hospitalizations. Then came the idea that the mentally ill were more free and even more spiritual than their caregivers. Finally there is the myth that people in the midst of an episode of paranoid schizophrenia are creative geniuses.

A genius may become afflicted, but the very nature of paranoid schizophrenia diminishes the functioning IQ and makes it impossible for a victim to create anything of value unless and until they stick to their meds.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: nevernaught, 9/20/2013 11:38:04 AM     (No. 9529084)

Like Rush say´s, Liberalism is a mental disease. Just after this shooting, I commented on this site that it took Dianne Feinstein about an hour to issue a statement about gun control. Obama followed up somewhat later, probably because he was busy threatening Syria with bombing and devastation because they maybe, possibly, could have, or were suspected of gassing rebels.

Then the Russians stepped in, the Iranians, Israel, France, the UK and just about any other country that wanted to look macho. They started chirping about retaliation and WW3 seemed to be on the table. I believe Obama should be shipped to the nearest mental institution for shock therapy ASAP.

I agree that the mentally ill need treatment and I suspect that violence is their way of getting attention. This person gave authorities all the signs needed for treatment but was ignored. What is it with the mass media love affair with the AR-15 semi automatic weapon. This poor piece gets blamed for every shooting in the USA.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: RancherJack, 9/20/2013 11:46:53 AM     (No. 9529098)

Have grown tired of Krauthammer but bis is a good one.

STILL fails to mention SSRIs. Aaron would not be this crazy if he wasn´t on a cocktail of these satanic pharmaceuticals ...

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Reply 30 - Posted by: Franz, 9/20/2013 3:44:26 PM     (No. 9529482)

What the MSM is not reporting is that every anti-gun regulation that the anti-gun crowd wants is already enforced at all Federal installations. Because of the strict ban on weapons at the naval facility, the victims were helpless to defend themselves from the shooter, who was in violation of the rules.

Anti-gun legislation does not prevent gun violence it only makes the law abiding more helpless.

Per the article, changing the laws so that you did not have to wait until after a mentally deranged person went on a kill spree before getting them help is what would have prevented these deaths,

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Reply 31 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 9/20/2013 4:27:59 PM     (No. 9529554)

Where did #31 read of this "cocktail" of meds?

Link?

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Reply 32 - Posted by: Bohallx, 9/20/2013 5:23:57 PM     (No. 9529630)

#15 ~ schizophrenia is no longer a gray area ~ they know it´s genetic basis ~ just a matter of time and folks can be tested for it.

Let me predict the Leftwingtards will oppose testing even mad dog killers. We´ll win that one. Then they´ll oppose testing prisoners. We´ll win that one too.

There will be a million challenges, but the one test the Leftwingtards will not oppose is PRENATAL.

That´s because they, the leftwingtards, want every excuse they can get for killing a baby.

Note, some people have the genes and yet never show any symptoms and live happy, productive lives. That means there´s another ´switch´ somewhere, so possibly all we need to do is find the ´switch´, toggle it, and save all those milions of people from the heart ache that is schizophrenia!

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Reply 33 - Posted by: Mother of AL, 9/20/2013 5:55:00 PM     (No. 9529680)

Several years ago, a man went on a killing rampage in Albuquerque. He had mental problems, was on meds, but he quit taking them. His family repeatedly tried to contact his docs, but they COULDN´T talk to the family due to HIPPA. The docs can´t be blamed, because if they violate HIPPA they will be fined ($10,000 per incident), can lose their jobs and possibly even their licenses. So instead, there were 5 or 6 families whose loved ones simply went to work, as at the Navy Yard, and lost their lives.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: harleynyc, 9/20/2013 8:21:22 PM     (No. 9529851)

He might have been just another wacky muslim.

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2013/09/navy-yard-murderer-aaron-alexis-created-webpage-with-name-mohammed-salem.html

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Reply 35 - Posted by: gaeditor, 9/21/2013 8:32:03 AM     (No. 9530267)

#34, there is one indicator that may be a trigger for schizophrenia, that is, extensive pot smoking in your youth.(No matter how many people want to shriek about it, numbers don´t lie.)

We actually have a friend who developed schizophrenia late in life (undifferentiated, not paranoid schizophrenia, though) and the only indicator was the pot. (He smoked a LOT). He won´t even take to shooting large numbers, I suspect, but he is in misery. Yep.

Of course, our current Choom Gang Dear Reader did that. Guess to libbies its a "choice" to suffer from schizophrenia, too.

In my life I have known five families affected by mental illness. It is not pretty, but years ago (my first, wide-eyed experience was with a friend who became bi-polar at 16) they were always treated kindly. By the police, by doctors, etc.

That friend was literally cured by ECT´s. But the good- hearted (sarcasm not off) idiot liberals took that away. Then years later a doctor, not aware (she didn´t tell her) she had a history of mental illness when told she was depressed, gave her Prozac and boom! She was manic again. Nothing can be done because she refuses to be medicated,

He kids have all left home as fast as they could. (Don´t blame them)He husband is so kind, he just does the best he can. So sad.

When did this country (or part of it)start to consider it "humane" to just ignore people in misery. Oh, I forgot. That´s just fine if you´re a liberal.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: guybee, 9/21/2013 10:45:58 AM     (No. 9530476)

Where are those slobbering liberals when we need them who are so concerned with every under represented minority group who can vote?

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Reply 37 - Posted by: Rafter, 9/21/2013 7:01:32 PM     (No. 9531022)

Virtually any liberal will tell you that Ronald Reagan released all the mental
patients in the 1980´s and their situation along with homelessness in general
developed at that time.

They remain, however, generally opposed to involuntary commitments.
Such commitments can be necessary, as the doctor describes.

This probably is not going to be resolved any time soon...
Unless Tipper Gore becomes either POTUS or veep and commits her ex, the sex-crazed
poodle algwhore-zero...

Tipper knows firsthand that most DimWitz are mentally ill.
It´s a growth industry, like brain tumors and warts.

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Three people were shot and killed Sunday afternoon in suburban Kansas City, and a spokeswoman for a local hospital said a 15-year-old boy is in critical condition. Overland Park city spokesman Sean Reilly says two people died at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City campus and one was killed at Village Shalom, which is a retirement community that is several blocks away from the center. Overland Park Fire Department spokesman Jason Rhodes said Sunday afternoon that one person of interest is in custody. The Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City in Overland Park

Palin on Sebelius Replacement Sylvia
Burwell: ´You Can´t Make This Stuff Up´
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 4/12/2014 5:03:32 PM     Post Reply
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin blasted President Barack Obama for nominating as his new Health and Human Services Secretary the same woman who ordered the shutdown of the war memorials during the so-called government shutdown last year. After accepting Kathleen Sebelius´ resignation Friday, Obama nominated Sylvia Burwell, the former Office of Management and Budget director. This is the same person who sent the email initiating the barricading of the memorials, even as veterans were arriving in D.C. on their "honor flights" to see the memorials that they built. Palin, along with Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee

The five extra words that can
fix the Second Amendment
Washington Post, by John Paul Stevens    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 4/11/2014 10:35:30 PM     Post Reply
Following the massacre of grammar-school children in Newtown, Conn., in December 2012, high-powered weapons have been used to kill innocent victims in more senseless public incidents. Those killings, however, are only a fragment of the total harm caused by the misuse of firearms. Each year, more than 30,000 people die in the United States in firearm-related incidents. Many of those deaths involve handguns. The adoption of rules that will lessen the number of those incidents should be a matter of primary concern to both federal and state legislators. Legislatures are in a far better position than judges to assess the

U.S. blocks Iran’s pick as envoy to
U.N., setting up new confrontation
Washington Post, by Anne Gearan    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 4/11/2014 10:32:08 PM     Post Reply
The Obama administration said Friday that it would block Iran’s nominee as ambassador to the United Nations from entering the United States, setting up a new confrontation with Tehran just as relations with the Islamic republic appeared to be improving. The decision to bar entry to the diplomat, who was allegedly involved in the 1979 seizure of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, followed intense political pressure on the administration from Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill. But it also marked a rare instance in which Washington has effectively vetoed another country’s preferred choice as envoy to the United Nations. Iran

Distressed homeowners seeking
mortgage relief could get
stuck with a big tax bill
Washington Post, by Dina ElBoghdady    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 4/11/2014 10:28:52 PM     Post Reply
Struggling homeowners across the country could face significant new tax bills if they receive mortgage relief from their banks, a prospect that threatens to slow the housing recovery and put further strain on distressed borrowers. The collapse of the housing market and plunging home prices left millions of people stuck owing more on their mortgages than their homes were worth. Some have worked with their banks to reduce the loan amount to avoid foreclosure or enable a sale. In 2007, Congress adopted a law that spared those homeowners from being taxed on the amount of the loan that was forgiven. But



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Kim Novak responds to post-
Oscars ridicule: ‘I was bullied.’

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Washington Post, by Soroya Nadia McDonald    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 4/18/2014 5:02:40 AM     Post Reply
After presenting at the Academy Awards this year, Kim Novak didn’t want to leave her house. The Hitchcock screen siren, 81, was too humiliated to venture from her home near the Rogue River in Oregon. She read the cruel posts and Internet snark about her appearance, and it was just too much. “It got to me like it gets kids and teenagers,” she told the Associated Press. The “Vertigo” actress, considered one of the great beauties in her day, posted a note on her Facebook wall Thursday, acknowledging that she’d gotten fat injections in her face and addressing her halted

White House blames fox for
destroying Michelle’s garden

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

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

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

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

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

In a Hole, Golf Considers
Digging a Wider One

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

´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

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?


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