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The Mystery of Elizabeth Smart
PJ Media, by Andrew Klavan

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Posted By:Judy W., 10/12/2013 12:14:45 PM

Elizabeth Smart is making the rounds, flogging her new book My Story (written with Congressman Chris Stewart). Smart is, of course, the beautiful Mormon girl who in 2002 at 14 years old was abducted for nine months by evil lunatic Brian David Mitchell and his wife. Then, miraculously, she was found and reunited with her family. Today, she’s married and says she “couldn’t be happier.” She does good work fighting human trafficking and speaking to sexual abuse survivors. I’ve always been kind of fascinated with Smart. (Snip) Her kidnappers dragged her around the country, chaining her up like an animal

There are some very good comments to the article. Many people say it´s her faith or her family. Whatever it is, she is remarkable.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: lagniappe, 10/12/2013 12:35:54 PM     (No. 9562318)

Read Viktor Frankl´s book: Man´s Search for Meaning.

(Viktor was a holocaust survivor)

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Reply 2 - Posted by: maggie2u, 10/12/2013 12:36:21 PM     (No. 9562320)

While attending College, she was an intern at a bank where my son worked. He said she was a very nice young lady that everyone liked.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: ruready?, 10/12/2013 12:37:08 PM     (No. 9562321)

Not a liberal for sure.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: NotaBene, 10/12/2013 12:38:58 PM     (No. 9562327)

God is on her side.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: lakerman1, 10/12/2013 12:40:25 PM     (No. 9562329)

when the police finally found her, she was in a restaurant with her kidnappers, wearing an improvised veil. And she told the police that she was not Elizabeth smart.
And when her kidnappers were jailed, she expressed concern for their well being.
And when the movie about her life was being cast, she wanted to play herself. Her family talked her out of it.
She now makes a handsome living as a motivational speaker.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: mamafrog, 10/12/2013 1:26:04 PM     (No. 9562369)

She has my admiration, being happy is the best revenge. I have nothing but contempt for those who question how victims survived.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: stencil, 10/12/2013 1:39:42 PM     (No. 9562387)

I´m not sure what to make of the post at 5. My understanding, from listening to the lady herself, was that she was afraid of her tormentor, who was present when the police asked if she was Elizabeth Smart. After an officer suggested that they separate her from the evil-doers, she readily told them who she was.

I don´t know, of course, that she spoke the truth about this or the other ordeals she described going through. Perhaps she was so savvy that she anticipated a "handsome living" in her future and staged everything herself.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: jar, 10/12/2013 1:42:15 PM     (No. 9562389)

How did she avoid becoming pregnant?

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Coy860, 10/12/2013 1:46:17 PM     (No. 9562395)

This young woman has a glow, or an aura about her face that is pure joy and love for life.
She doesn´t need to be anything but who she is. She is out there trying to help other women who experience violent sexual assault.
I admire her.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: richwill, 10/12/2013 2:21:28 PM     (No. 9562417)

I find it difficult to read a couple of the posts about Elizabeth Smart, on this site. To think this woman staged this to gain fame and fortune is beyond the pale. What ever this woman has, I would certainly like some of it.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: plainjane, 10/12/2013 2:27:46 PM     (No. 9562422)

I believe her story is beautiful proof of God´s provision in the greatest of difficulties. Her life is a testimony of the evil a person can overcome and use for good.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: ScarletPimpernel, 10/12/2013 2:37:50 PM     (No. 9562439)

Elizabeth Smart suffered a horrible trauma. I don´t believe that one fully "recovers" from this sort of experience, but her family´s love and support certainly has brought her through it. That said, I always found her father to be a strange and rather passive sort of man when seeing him interviewed. Anger is the normal (and healthy) response to these types of crimes, especially from fathers, but I never saw that in Mr. Smart. Just my observation, and it´s not intended to offend anyone.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 10/12/2013 2:49:55 PM     (No. 9562451)

I have some very strong reservations about this whole event. It´s interesting that she was gone almost exactly 9 months, yet no sign of pregnancy. That´s a special duration to us humans. Did this homeless Svengali use condoms?
The very fact her father, a rather vocal Type A self-promoting personality, started a ´foundation´ for his daughter, which is another red flag to me. I don´t trust anyone who tries to make money off someone else´s hardship.

It´s been a nice gig overall when you look at it. There´s no evidence of "trauma" or "rape" or "brutalization" it´s just her and her father´s word against some homeless guy with delusions of religious grandeur and his tag-along crazy girlfriend. Everyone came out a winner. Elizabeth has millions in the bank and a career. Her dad has a ´foundation´ that probably provides him a nice income, and the homeless guy is getting 3 square meals and a cot in the pen instead of living under a bridge somewhere.

I don´t care, there´s something too candy coated to this whole story, but since it involves a Mormon family, it won´t be investigated by the Utah State police.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 10/12/2013 2:52:57 PM     (No. 9562453)

I don´t think the author is criticizing Elizabeth Smart; he seems to be in awe that she is able to go on with her life.

I felt the same way about my friend, a dear woman who lost her entire family in Auschwitz, where she was tortured and held captive for a total of about six years. She very matter-of-factly told me about her relative who had no children, because the Nazis "took her babies and killed them in Auschwitz." This woman, who was a teenager when she was imprisoned, had to look at numbers crudely tattooed on her arm for the rest of her life.

How did she go on? I don´t know.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: harper, 10/12/2013 2:53:20 PM     (No. 9562454)

That the trendy, whip smart left hates Christianity is not news. And, if they were to choose which branch of Christianity was absolutely "the worst" in their distorted life view, it surely would be the LDS church.

This young Mormon lady and her so evident strength is an example of what is good, and what the left hates so much. There´s a message here for us all about good and evil.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: EQKimball, 10/12/2013 2:53:36 PM     (No. 9562455)

Some people are traumatized for life by a short time in battle. Others endure greater combat hardship and horrific wounds, later to become generals, authors and CEO´s. Some people can be tortured as war prisoners for year on end and remain well enough adjusted to have a full career in the U.S. Senate. I do believe that an abiding faith in God is the greatest healing medicine for the mind and heart.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: MisterDickens, 10/12/2013 2:56:04 PM     (No. 9562456)

You might be a little cold, #13, but I do get your point. My jury is out. Time will tell and I´ve got time. I hope you are wrong about the motivations.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: JudithC, 10/12/2013 3:35:29 PM     (No. 9562500)

I can´t imagine how, without her faith and a family who never quit, Elizabeth Smart ever would have made it. She and her family are wonderful people who stand head and shoulders tall among people like #9 and the disgusting slant added to the misery this girl managed to survive.

My prayers are for Elizabeth, her husband, her family and lives filled with happiness. Above all else, thanks be the the Lord God Almighty and to Him be the glory for this girl´s survival and rescue.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: TXknitter, 10/12/2013 3:42:40 PM     (No. 9562503)

Yes, when you read the article in its entirety, it´s basically Andrew really questioning his OWN world view. In the natural, yes, how COULD this sweet young lady survive and even thrive? HOW does she retain her sweetness, loving attitude, and why is she at peace? The answer, Andrew, is utter and complete faith in God. This is why no weapon, no weapon formed against her prospered. I am going to keep this man in my prayers. He is searching.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 10/12/2013 3:58:41 PM     (No. 9562514)

Our Dear family Doctor, Dr. Janiskowski- a Polish Jew captured by the Nazis, tortured, and thrown into several of the horror camps- He was rescued in spring of 1945, having endured nearly 5 full years of unspeakable (beyond horror) was the kindest, most likeable guy in the world. He saved my wife´s life, delivered our children, Drove like a mad man from a meeing 90 miles away- refused to let another Dr. deliver our youngest- to be there. Some people go through a glass wall when exposed to such (words escape me).

My history teacher, Mr. Franken, a German Jew, also survived and gave me a large part of who I am today- made me not just like history, made me love it. One of the most gentle people I ever met- and filled with mirth and cheer.

Some people - survive in spite of their tormentors. We find it hard to believe, that´s all. But, it´s true! God truly blesses them in their salvation.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: richwill, 10/12/2013 4:06:14 PM     (No. 9562525)

I believe there is a cliche: A doubting Thomas?

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Reply 22 - Posted by: killerbee, 10/12/2013 4:26:14 PM     (No. 9562541)

For those wondering about pregnancy, who´s to say she wasn´t pregnant when she was found? As I recall she was chunkier than when she´d been taken and right after she was recovered she was kept out of the public eye for a while. She could have had a baby in that time and the Smarts have wisely kept the whole thing out of the public eye with the baby being privately adopted.

OR, the guy was shooting blanks. His witch of an accomplice didn´t have any kids either.

OR, yes, he might have been using condoms so as not to knock-up his eff-toy.

As to the article, the comments following are very astute. I believe she likely has to come to terms with her experience every day of her life. That she can manage a positive public persona is a credit to her, not a reason to doubt she suffered trauma.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Judy W., 10/12/2013 4:29:26 PM     (No. 9562545)

I just learned of something called post-traumatic growth. My husband and I have always remarked how he and his fellow Vietnam POWs did not show classic signs of PTSD despite a more traumatic experience than many veterans. Instead, they´re generally high achievers with good personal lives. Then I read in a book called Anti-Fragility that people who overcome their traumas, especially if they can feel a sense of control, often show positive benefits from the experience. My husband looks at his experience wholly positively.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Guillermo Sepulveda, 10/12/2013 4:51:13 PM     (No. 9562566)

#s 7 and 13, you are truly cynical, despicable people for suggesting what you do about what happened to this young girl. I imagine that you question anything that I good, praiseworthy or positive. Yes, faith and family and a strong personal resolve do count for something in this dark and difficult world. You two must have had poor childhoods or some other traumatic experience.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Bohallx, 10/12/2013 4:59:14 PM     (No. 9562573)

Some people overcome incredible adversity. Some don´t. Then there are those who not only overcome it in their own lives they go on to relieve the pain of others ~ Harriet Tubman was such a person, and there´s no reason why Elizabeth Smart can´t be also.

In reality most people can´t understand how this happens ~ so they kvetch.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: PoliticalJunky, 10/12/2013 5:18:20 PM     (No. 9562590)

Apparently the people who during the time Elizabeth Smart was missing blamed her family are still with us. According to them she had been sent to some pologamy venue, one of her uncles was under suspiion, and the Mormon religion was trashed daily. It was a tough time to be on Lcianne.

The first time Romney tried to get the nomination the Mormon haters were in full cry. Every day we had to debate the tenets of the Mormon religion and were warned how destructive it would be for one to be President.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: shurnuff, 10/12/2013 5:49:55 PM     (No. 9562608)

I cannot believe that the same people who at times speak wisely on political threads can be so venomous on this thread.

In Proverbs 22:6 we are told to "train up a child in the way he (or she) should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.

Elizabeth Smart grew up in a home filled with love, and in church where she was nurtured in God´s word. She had God´s word stirring in her all the time she was gone. And that is why she still had her sanity after her terrible ordeal.

Try it.... it can work for your family, too.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: tomanderson61, 10/12/2013 6:46:42 PM     (No. 9562651)

Well, I share at least some of #13s issues with all this.

I don´t want to be this cynical, I really don´t.

But I thought this thing smelled fishy when the girl was found, she refused to say anything about what happened, and so did her family.

Yes, she deserved her privacy, yes she should not have to answer private questions, especially about rape.

Suddenly, she wants to "help" other potential victims. Well, what about all those people who searched, looked for her, turned over every rock, prayed for her. So her "help" now comes in a book you have to pay for? What about answers at the time of her rescue--answers that could have helped other potential victims?

She was so scared she couldn´t bolt out of a store that this guy would bring her into? She wasn´t 5 years old. What exactly was she afraid of? That he would mystically appear back in her parents house in the same microsecond and kill her parents?

I don´t know what happened. But for me, this story never added up. It stinks somewhere along the line, and I don´t know where.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: redink, 10/12/2013 7:20:50 PM     (No. 9562682)

To the cynics on this thread: she was 14!
Elizabeth Smart was a 14 year old child from a nice family who was obedient and respectful to adults. She believed every word her psychopathic captor told her, including death to her family if she tried to escape.

Please take a moment to let that sink in before making cruel and ignorant comments about what she shoulda-woulda-coulda done.

Thank God she is not only recovering, but trying to use her experience to help others. Sometimes that is what gives help and healing to those of us who have passed through such things.

And #26, really...I could count on one hand how many comments during Romney´s campaign included his Mormon beliefs. Most of the objection was for his "severely conservative", aka: moderate-liberal beliefs.
Let it go...

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Reply 30 - Posted by: smcchk, 10/12/2013 10:56:40 PM     (No. 9562836)

It doesn´t add up and there is nothing anti-Mormon about thinking that.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 10/12/2013 11:16:51 PM     (No. 9562856)

We have become hardened and cynical in a cruel world. It seems like Elizabeth lived a sheltered life with a loving family. Maybe if she came from NYC, her attitude would be different. I wish them the best.

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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

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

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

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

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

If a nuclear bomb exploded in downtown
Washington, what should you do?

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The Week, by Marc Ambinder    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 4/15/2014 4:51:46 AM     Post Reply
Funny question in the headline, yes? But since President Obama worries more about the threat of terrorists´ improvised nuclear device going off in a major American city than anything Russia can throw at us, I was wondering if the government had deigned to share with us citizens any tips for, you know, surviving something their own intelligence points to as the likeliest unlikely Black Swan event. Well, no. And yes. No — very few people in Washington, D.C., who work for the government have any idea what they would do if a 10-kiloton nuclear device exploded at the intersection of 16th and K

Obama taps gay bishop to wrap Easter
Prayer Breakfast with invocation

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Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: jackson- 4/15/2014 9:25:28 AM     Post Reply
When President Obama needed a preacher to fulfill the closing prayer duties at the annual White House Easter Prayer Breakfast, he turned to none other than the Episcopal Church’s first openly gay bishop — who said he was as shocked as anyone at the appointment. The Right Rev. Gene Robinson said in a tweet, accompanied by a photo of Mr. Obama behind a podium at the event: “POTUS ‘preaches’ at the Easter prayer breakfast. Then, out of the blue, asks ME to close with prayer. OMG!” Newsmax said he also emphasized that the words he chose to close the breakfast

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