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Why Academics Hate Diana West
Breitbart, by by Vladimir Bukovsky and Pavel Stroilov

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Posted By:FlyRight, 9/29/2013 7:48:36 AM

Groundbreaking books about the history of communism, such as Robert Conquest’s The Great Terror, Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s Gulag Archipelago or Viktor Suvorov’s Ice-Breaker, are never written by "professional" historians. Indeed, historians typically meet those books with remarkable hostility. Yet, non-academic history books certainly have their advantages. For one thing, they are readable. More often than not, they are better researched too. Above all, they are intellectually honest, free from the unspoken taboos of the academic world and from allegiances to theories and to colleagues that tie the hands of many an academic.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: richwill, 9/29/2013 8:33:01 AM     (No. 9541914)

I have knowledge of much of what Ms. West
has written about, but I will read the book.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Judith, 9/29/2013 8:46:58 AM     (No. 9541924)

Fascinating. Long but informative. And, in the end, the result we see in our very own country, confirms Ms. West´s book.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: grampus, 9/29/2013 8:53:07 AM     (No. 9541932)

Having read many of Diana West´s offerings in past years, I was surprised and confused by the seemingly universal scathing criticism of this latest book...which I have not read. How could such attacks be fairly directed at "my" objective and sensible Diana West? This article answers that question. Thanks to the writer of the article and to the one who posted it here.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Judy W., 9/29/2013 9:05:46 AM     (No. 9541945)

This is nonsense on stilts. See David Horowitz´s reply here:


I have asked many knowledgeable people -- not the despised academics but other kinds of experts who have read at least as widely as Diana West on the subject of World War II. Her idea that the Roosevelt administration´s war strategies were designed to benefit the Soviets over our own needs is simply wrong. Several commenters on this site have made this point in detail.

Diana West cannot differentiate between the corruption of intellectuals, media, and politicians in the service of a leftist world view, and controlling our government in the service of the Kremlin. That there were many Communists and Soviet agents in the government is not denied by Horowitz, Radosh, or any other knowledgeable person. (In fact, those two have been instrumental in getting that knowledge out.) That is different from accusing Roosevelt of being a total tool of the Kremlin, or that our military strategy would have been different were it not for instructions from Stalin.

Read or re-read Jonah Goldberg´s great book, Liberal Fascism, for a better perspective on the way these ideas crept into the higher levels of our society. They did not, however, make Roosevelt into a tool of the Soviet Union. He, like many "progressives" of the time, were anti-communist and there are many quotes that demonstrate that.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: fhancock, 9/29/2013 9:17:47 AM     (No. 9541956)

Roosevelt was either a complete fool not to know that his administration was completely corrupt with communists and fellow-travelers or he knew it and condoned it...Diana West goes with door 2

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Arby, 9/29/2013 9:19:56 AM     (No. 9541961)

Just a small point: I am amazed how few academics know of the Venona project and (when you tell them) how little they care. They cannot believe that communism could, ultimately, be bad and so they excuse anything and everything connected with its horrific history. The fact that FDR remains a saint is also striking. When you reveal some of his behavior or failures they simply say that he was ´being tough´ or some such thing. He was, in many ways, a failure. He prolonged the depression and betrayed eastern Europe after the war.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: LouD, 9/29/2013 9:34:57 AM     (No. 9541985)

Eleanor Roosevelt was instrumental in getting FDR to recognize the communist regime in Russia. Therefore, he was a fool for allowing her to influence him so.
Others have said it was Roosevelt´s policies that drove Japan to attack us, the theory being that Germany, being an ally of Japan, would be forced to declare war on us. There was no official reason to declare war on Germany before this. It allowed Roosevelt to continue sending help to Russia and Europe without the protests of the people here. Or so the theory went. I don´t know how true it was, but we sure got involved against Germany.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Gretchen, 9/29/2013 9:48:07 AM     (No. 9541995)

The Gates of Vienna blog has good background on this, too.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: richwill, 9/29/2013 9:51:32 AM     (No. 9541999)

Amity Schlase´s book, "The Forgotten Man" explains how many in FDR´s administration were duped by Stalin and thought he was a grand fellow. Stalin killed 3 times as many as Hitler and not a peep from the liberals. The other hero, Mao, killed 70 million or more in China, but a top official in Hussein´s administration thought he was great leader. She should have been in China for the great leap forward. Ever wonder where Hussein got "forward" from?

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Reply 10 - Posted by: SpeedMaster, 9/29/2013 9:53:33 AM     (No. 9542001)

I have the book in iBooks but have not read it yet. I have read The Venona Papers and a good political history of the ending of WWII (I can not give the title or author, I lent it out). I have also read the hit piece from radosh, and David Horowitz´s remarks. I am predisposed to agree with Diana West´s conclusions, though I am inclined to believe FDR was taken advantage of as he was in poor health.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Hobbiest, 9/29/2013 9:54:06 AM     (No. 9542004)

The excerpt I read proved the author was ignorant of geography,logistics, the military technology of the era, all the events in the Pacific before and immediately after Pearl Harbor as well as th personalities of men such as Admiral Ernest King, General George Marchall and the rest of the high command. That excerpt wasn´t historical revisionism, it was historical fiction that requires one to believe the entire US military command co-conspired with FDR to benefit the Russians at the cost of the lives of American serviceman.

If you buy into that, it pretty much proves membership in the tinfoil hat club.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: kono, 9/29/2013 9:58:14 AM     (No. 9542008)

The content of this article and remarks about it are going to percolate awhile in my head before I conclude anything about it. What strikes me initially is how long this article is. Some folks seem to excel at writing book reports that are books unto themselves.

The way this article contrasts the cynical intentions of "professional" historians with the innocent intentions of the non-academic authors of history books left a nasty taste in my mouth. While ´careerism´ certainly influences academics to conform their research to accepted norms, the desperate effort to get attention and establish name recognition influences the non-academics to sensationalize and stoke controversy that these authors might call groundbreaking, while others might criticize them as sloppy and irrational.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: ColoWapiti, 9/29/2013 9:59:03 AM     (No. 9542010)

I have not read the book. However, I did not get from the article that FDR directly intended to help the Soviets, but rather he was too easily swayed by close advisers that did have that objective. Thus the re-focus to Nomandy, and all that implied.

I think the big lesson is that we should not just look at the leader (Obama), but also the the advisers (Jarret, et al) and the corrupt supporting infrastructure (NEA, university academia, Hollywood, the music industry, the MSM, SEIU, ACLU, et al) to see where they are pushing Congress, state legislatures, and public opinion.

The fight is joined. Which side are you on? How will you fight?

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Reply 14 - Posted by: RancherJack, 9/29/2013 10:37:02 AM     (No. 9542056)

#4 #11

I find it remarkable that either of you would type such sentiments given the factual history of Communism throughout the world. Look around you .. you think our leaders of the past were any less crazy than they are today? Seriously? The current Washington Madness did not spring out of the ground while cloth on an Autumn afternoon in 2008.

The roots of all of this have a firm grip on every figure in Washington´s past save three .. General George Patton. He alone sought to go after Russia while we had the men and weapons to do so. And died for his opinion.

General MacArthur. He sought to go after Mao and destroy China´s Communism and what happened to him? Hmm? Publicly relieved of Command after saving South Korea and Washington´s arse, he was publicly humiliated by ... the President.

FBI Director Hoover. Mocked, scorned, derided and ultimately turned into a caricature of a closet queen. Surely you recognize the pattern ..

Washington DC has been in on the spread of Communism from jump street. I find it appalling any Ldotter would not recognize that.

PS - Horowitz is as crazy as Krauthammer from time to time.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: BuckeyeRon, 9/29/2013 11:05:58 AM     (No. 9542091)

Thanks to Ms. Lucianne for making this a ´must read´ and to #4 for posting the reply. Both are in the best tradition of this site. It is a delight to start one´s day with serious brain food, even though it took 2 full cups of coffee to read and re-read both.

To some this is just an academics spat, but I urge my fellow LDotters to visit reply #12 because it answers the question PIAPS most recently posed and which applies to this spat, ´what difference does it make´?

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Butch59, 9/29/2013 11:15:36 AM     (No. 9542101)

I think that this article points out a lot of things that I´ve had questions about for years. Such as why did FDR refer to Stalin as "uncle Joe" all the time? Or why did he appoint Joe Kennedy (yes that Kennedy), a known admirer of Stalin, to be ambassodor to Britin? And why was the American army given orders to stop their advance through Germany and not cross a certain river (I can´t offhand remember the name) so the Russian army could capture Berlin? If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it must be a duck. And when one looks back through the pages of history, a lot of other like questions come to mind. Does Diana West´s book answer those question? I don´t know. And the actions of the "learned academics" is always a source of great concern too. They always seem to come up with a theory and will defend it to the grave reguardless of any know facts. I don´t trust any of them. Guess I´ll just have to read Diana West´s book

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Reply 17 - Posted by: RedLegLeader68, 9/29/2013 11:28:47 AM     (No. 9542115)

A very long, but very interesting article.

I´ll now read West´s book and draw my own conclusions.

Once again, I strongly recommend to my fellow Ldotters the book, "Comrade J." by Pete Earley. If you were to read this first, I just might put things in perspective.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: stablemoney, 9/29/2013 11:36:04 AM     (No. 9542120)

Too much review without having read the book for my taste.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Chuzzles, 9/29/2013 11:42:57 AM     (No. 9542128)

Academics hate Diana West because she used research and facts from both sides to rock their boats. She challenged established belief with fact, and she must be made to pay for that courage.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: JoElla Bee, 9/29/2013 11:47:57 AM     (No. 9542131)

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Reply 21 - Posted by: joew9, 9/29/2013 12:49:13 PM     (No. 9542218)

I think West´s point about the Lend Lease program being used in such a way as to overly benefit the Soviets at the detriment of the US is one worth considering. Wrong or right, there certainly has not been enough discussion and research on this topic. We now know that the FDR administration was full of Soviet spies, sympathizers, and fellow travelers. That they bent and twisted FDR´s ear is not a large stretch. That is why they positioned themselves there.

Look at a similar situation today. Is the Obama administration helping the Muslim Brotherhood? It seems obvious to me that it is. Whether it is Obama´s direct intent to do so or whether he is being played by those around him - the result is the same. Obama and Hillary have placed MB sympathizers around them. And certainly they must be influenced by them.

This ability of close associates to influence is the why we must be wary of who our close associates are. Not only of our government leaders but in our personal lives as well.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: real fifi, 9/29/2013 1:12:14 PM     (No. 9542241)

I´m with Horowits, Radosh n Conrad Black on this one.

Here´s Horowitz´ latest salvo.http://frontpagemag.com/2013/david-horowitz/another-personal-attack-inspired-by-west/

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Reply 23 - Posted by: peterfleming, 9/29/2013 2:01:32 PM     (No. 9542307)

The door is now opening. It is slowly becoming permissible to write about communism. Last week, IBD’s Monica Showalter described fierce Leninist propaganda acts to scare Russian peasants into submission, ideas familiar to imposter Obama. Months ago, Allen West declared there are 80 Communists in today’s Congress and received no response. Now a Rodosh and Horowitz appear criticizing Diana West’s book of Communist intrigue. The least these academic “experts” could do is question in a more postivie mode, not just nit-pick on irrelevant Communist related details ! A truth seeking woman puts together information all Americans need to know. Enough. Include Anne Applebaum, who has published two brilliant gems, one "GULAG", awarded a Pulitzer Prize. Remember “martyrs” of The Hollywood Ten? Blacklisted because they were Communists. In fact, they were the winners. Since the 60’s HUAC investigations, Hollywood has gone totally silent on the subject of Communism for the masses. Movie going masses are unaware of the terrors of Stalinist Soviet Gulag enslavement, mass murder, famine, non stop warring aggression. Yes, books for the comparitively few readers, but for the masses, there are no movies about Communism. The masses don’t know what the Obama, Soros, Jaret, Puglosi, Reid, Feinstein, Boxer, Durbin, Schumer, Bloomie communists have in store for them. Movie going non readers are doomed to ignorance. Anti or pro Communism never discussed in any movie. 200 about Hitler’s Nazis NOT ONE about Stalinist Soviet mania. Thank you, Rule of Censoring Silence Hollywood.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: master sergeant, 9/29/2013 2:57:49 PM     (No. 9542368)

Suggest you read "The Sword and the Shield - The Mitrokhin Archive and the Secret History of the KGB" by Christopher Andrew and Vasili Mitrokhin (former KGB General). The DemocRATS want to protect their Roosevelt and other past party heroes to hide the failures. Venona intercepts also tell the sad story of DemocRAT duplicity!

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Reply 25 - Posted by: peterfleming, 9/29/2013 3:18:24 PM     (No. 9542388)

The whole point of Censoring Silence on Communism Hollywood, is that most people don´t give a damn about communism or a communist bunch of politicians like we have,
and don´t have a single idea of how bad it
can get with more public killings to put gun fear stupidly into the minds of all who watch Diane Sawyer only, to be pushed into government controlled medicine, to need no ID for voting, to allow Hilary to get away with the Benghazi murders, to ignore endless
losses of personal rights, NSA spying, more unconsttutional wars, on and on. Pro commie
Hollywood has deadened American minds.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Sunhan65, 9/29/2013 4:13:06 PM     (No. 9542416)

I have already expressed my admiration for Horowitz on another thread and won´t repeat it here. On substance: That there were Stalinist agents in the Roosevelt administration no one disputes. The theory that FDR´s policies were driven by these agents is ludicrous. Churchill supported Lend Lease to Stalin for the same reason Roosevelt did: Because Lend Lease helped break Nazi power in the East, without which Europe would have been wholly lost to Hitler instead of half lost to Stalin.

The shape of post-war Europe was dictated far more by forces on the ground than communist conspirators in the White House. FDR´s goals were to win the Second World War, prevent a Third World War, and avoid another Great Depression. Churchill agreed with these goals and disagreed only on means. Churchill also added two goals of his own: One that Roosevelt did not fully share--minimizing Soviet influence in post-war Europe--and another that Roosevelt didn´t share at all--preserving the British Empire. Roosevelt was sometimes naive in dealing with Stalin; Truman was not, hence the Cold War.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: prairiemain, 9/29/2013 5:02:09 PM     (No. 9542441)

it is regrettable that Horowitz and West have become embroiled in a personal dispute over one contention in her latest book. In this case, I have to agree with Horowitz. I, too, have studied World War II extensively and it´s simply not true that Roosevelt sided with the Soviets at the expense of the US. There were outcomes that did not help the US but by 1942, when the US was just getting into the war, the Russians had already dealt the German Army major defeats in the East and were the only one of the "Allies" that could claim such. By the time the Allied invasion of Normandy, Russia had already driven the Germans essentially out of their country. The US and British were dealing with a situation over which they had little control other than with persuasion. Even Churchill, who was the first to sound the Soviet alarm later, accommodated Stalin in those early years simply because he had little choice and at a time when victory over the Nazis was in no way assured.

I admire Ms West and look forward to reading this latest book.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: BuckeyeRon, 9/29/2013 5:21:02 PM     (No. 9542446)

Re my #16, I was actually urging a re-reading of reply #13, but guess the coffee had not fully circulated at the time of writing...this stresses the need to continue to focus on Zero and his minions, and challenging them at every turn...thanks Rush (I hope he fails) and, recently, Ted Cruz...

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Reply 29 - Posted by: robwin, 9/29/2013 5:56:28 PM     (No. 9542481)

I have read Ms West´s tome and, though I find her style a bit florid at times, her essential point that the Roosevelt administration was larded with Soviet agents working on Stalin´s behalf is quite accurate. What is surprising about the Radosh/Horowitz response is not that they disagree with her, but that their response was so unnecessarily venomous. Radosh could have made his case without the vituperative tone. That is, if he could.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: peterfleming, 9/29/2013 8:21:43 PM     (No. 9542581)

Rancher Jack knows it´s there, been there for many decades, it´s growing, and what´s worse, dumbed down Americans don´t get any anti communist information on its stealth growth and infiltration in our government.
Again, all of Holywood prevents ANY talk of
communism, pro or con. NO TALK of communism
allowed, just fogetabboutit. Keep the non reading masses DUMB, at least unaware of the horrors of Marxist, Leninist, Stalinist
Soviet terror death enslavement fame and murderous aggression throughout Europe.
Ask around... how many know the name Gulag Archipelago ... just for basic starters?

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Like him or hate him, there is no disputing that Rush Limbaugh’s very special brand of mixing right-wing politics with his flare for entertainment has produced one of the most successful radio programs in the medium’s long history. Whatever the burning political question of the day, millions of Americans have relished the opportunity to tune into Rush’s program, knowing that he would quickly take that hot potato, throw a few gallons of verbal kerosene into the mix and elevate the matter into a five alarm fire with a just a few well-chosen words spoken in the style only Rush Limbaugh could

Biden Tells Boston Bombing
Survivors, ´It Was Worth It´ (Video)

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Breitbart´s Instablog, by Debra Heine    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/15/2014 9:28:18 PM     Post Reply
Less than a minute into his speech at the Boston marathon bombing memorial on Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden went tragically off script and told the crowd of Boston bombing survivors that "it was worth it." After expressing how impressed he was with the tribute, he said somberly, "let me say to those ´quote survivors,´ my God, you have survived and you have soared. It was worth it. I mean this sincerely - just to hear each of you speak. You´re truly, truly inspiring." The audience sat in stunned silence until Biden declared, "I´ve never heard anything so beautiful than

Casual marijuana use linked with
brain abnormalities, study finds

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Fox News, by Loren Grush    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/15/2014 6:12:53 PM     Post Reply
Casual marijuana use may come with some not-so-casual side effects. For the first time ever, researchers at Northwestern University have analyzed the relationship between casual use of marijuana and brain changes – and found that young adults who used cannabis just once or twice a week showed significant abnormalities in two important brain structures. The study’s findings, to be published Wednesday in the Journal of Neuroscience, are similar to those of past research linking chronic, long-term marijuana use with mental illness and changes in brain development. Dr. Hans Breiter, co-senior study author, said he was inspired to look at the effects of casual

Which Actor Portrays The
Best James Bond?

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American Spectator, by Jonah Goldberg and Taki Theodoracopulos    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 4/16/2014 11:20:22 AM     Post Reply
Look, everyone loves Sean Connery, particularly Sean Connery. That’s why he plays Sean Connery in every movie he’s in. People love that Scottish brogue so much, they don’t mind that he has it when he plays Juan Sánchez Villa-Lobos Ramírez, an immortal Spaniard in Highlander. The guy even won an Oscar for playing an Irish cop with a Scottish accent. Talk about sexist double standards: Meryl Streep has to master foreign dialects to get her golden statuettes. Connery just has to show up on time. In economics you devalue a currency by printing too much of it. In film you

Michelle Obama Riverdances
Through Dublin to the Tune
of $7,921,638

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Breitbart Big Peace, by Tom Fitton    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/17/2014 6:45:16 AM     Post Reply
When it comes to tracking the cost of Obama family vacations, there are two primary challenges. First, the Obamas are prolific jet-setters, so there are many details to track. Second, the Obama administration, clearly embarrassed by these lavish and frequent family vacations, stonewalls the release of records at every turn. But we have been relentless in pursuit of this information. Our attorneys file the lawsuits and make our case, and our investigators pour through pages of records and crunch the numbers. And the information we’ve uncovered – information that would otherwise remain under lock and key – shows that the

White babies just 15 months old show racial
bias when picking playmates, study found

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Daily Mail (U.K.), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/15/2014 10:23:35 PM     Post Reply
Toddlers show racial bias when picking playmates, a study reveals. They also take account of how fairly others behave. Researchers tested the reaction of white 15-month-olds as toys were distributed. Two white adults divided the toys, one equally and the other unequally. Seventy per cent of the toddlers chose to play with the researcher who distributed the toys fairly. But in a second test, when one researcher favoured a white recipient over an Asian one, they picked the ‘fair’ researcher less often, the journal Frontiers in Psychology reports. And the babies are more likely to help those who share the same ethnicity, which is known as

Why is US Senator Harry
Reid so concerned with
a local Nevada rancher?

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Fox News, by Wayne Allyn Root    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/16/2014 9:37:12 PM     Post Reply
I live in Las Vegas. I live and breath Nevada politics. Something is very wrong. Something smells rotten in the Nevada desert. And Senator Harry Reid’s fingerprints are all over it. I am of course referring to the Bundy Ranch siege. This was a dispute between a Nevada ranching family with rights to the land in question for 140 years and the BLM (Bureayu of Land Management). The government claims they haven’t paid grazing fees for 20 years. The result was a government assault on the ranch- including snipers with assault rifles, SUV’s, helicopters, airplanes and over 200 heavily armed troops. No

Elizabeth Warren whines about coverage
of her fraudulent Indian claim

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Daily Caller, by Patrick Howley    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/16/2014 9:54:52 PM     Post Reply
Democratic Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren wrote in her forthcoming book that she was “hurt” and “angry” by 2012 reporting on her fraudulent claim to Native American heritage. “What really threw me, though, were the constant attacks from the other side,” Warren wrote in her book “A Fighting Chance.” “I would almost persuade myself that I was starting to get the hang of full-throttle campaigning and then — bam! Out of left field, the state Republican Party, or the Brown campaign, or some blogger, would launch a rocket at me,” Warren wrote, adding, ”I was stunned by the attacks.” This reporter (blogger?) reported extensively

White is not right: Campus admins ask
for help weeding out white people

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Daily Caller, by Robby Soave    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/15/2014 7:47:18 PM     Post Reply
Western Washington University sent a questionnaire to students asking them for advice on how the administration could succeed at making sure that in future years, “we are not as white as we are today.” The question notes that WWU’s racial make up does not perfectly reflect the nation at large, and asks students to consider strategies that other universities have used to focus on skin color as the paramount indicator of a student-applicant’s worth. The president of WWU has stated that his explicit goal is to reduce the white population on campus, according to Campus Reform. “I’ve said before and I’ll say it

Atlanta Braves flooded with Hank
Aaron hate mail: He’s a ‘s*****g’

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Washington Times (D.C.), by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/15/2014 3:23:19 PM     Post Reply
Hank Aaron’s recent comments about the need for America to realize that racism is still very much alive and thriving — only now due to those who wear “neckties and starched shirts” rather than KKK hoods — has sparked an angry backlash and many fans are turning the tables, calling the baseball legend himself a racist. “Hank Aaron is a s*****g piece of [expletive] [racial slur],” one man said in an email to the Atlanta Braves’ front office, one of the teams Mr. Aaron used to play for, CBS News reported. “My old man instilled in my mind from a

Former US president joins
opposition to Keystone XL

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Houston Chronicle, by Jennifer A. Dlouhy    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/16/2014 10:32:12 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Former President Jimmy Carter joined fellow Nobel laureates Wednesday in opposing Keystone XL, insisting that approving the pipeline would trigger “more climate upheaval” around the globe. In an open letter to President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry, Carter and the nine other Nobel Peace Prize winners bluntly warned the leaders: “Your decision on the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline will define your climate legacy.” The missive, published as an advertisement in Politico, represents the first time Carter has taken a position on the $5.4 billion project and makes him the first former president to come

Progressive Insurance
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National Review Online, by Victor Davis Hanson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/15/2014 10:08:10 PM     Post Reply
How do you ensure that you won’t be ostracized, denounced, or fired if you are a media celebrity, captain of industry, or high public official? For some, sexist banter is certainly no problem. Stand-up comedian Bill Maher called Sarah Palin a c–t and a tw-t, but suffered no ill consequences. David Letterman joked on air that Sarah Palin’s 14-year-old daughter had had sex with Alex Rodriguez during a New York Yankees game. There was no downside to that either. President Obama tosses around “sweetie” as he wishes. No problem with that. No one believes Barack could be condescending to women.

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