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The South is holding America hostage
Salon, by Michael Lind

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Posted By:Desert Fox, 10/14/2013 9:24:37 AM

When I have described the well-considered, coherent political and economic strategies of the conservative white South, as I have done here, here and here, I am sometimes been accused of being a “conspiracy theorist.” But one need not believe that white-hooded Dragons and Wizards are secretly coordinating the actions of Southern conservative politicians from a bunker underneath Stone Mountain in Georgia to believe that a number of contemporary policies — from race-to-the-bottom economic policies to voter disfranchisement and attempts to decentralize or privatize federal social insurance entitlements — serve the interests of those who promote them, who tend to be

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Coy860, 10/14/2013 9:27:17 AM     (No. 9564347)

Take a look at the last election map..Find the blue States and THEN point your finger.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: youngtexan, 10/14/2013 9:27:57 AM     (No. 9564350)

Haha! We´re holding DC hostage!?!? No, you dimwit. Odumbo is.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: hisself, 10/14/2013 9:28:21 AM     (No. 9564352)


What blatant idiocy!

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Reply 4 - Posted by: texaspast, 10/14/2013 9:35:03 AM     (No. 9564366)

So America is only the North?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: ivehadit, 10/14/2013 9:35:47 AM     (No. 9564367)

I wonder why the South has the #1 growth demographics. And gosh, Texas is, well you know, just BOOMING...hehehe.

This article is so 20th century, Mr. Lind.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Catherine, 10/14/2013 9:38:20 AM     (No. 9564377)

I am sometimes been accused of being a “conspiracy theorist.”

I am sometimes been? Really. Maybe a few grammar course - huh, Michael?

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Reply 7 - Posted by: TarAndFeathers, 10/14/2013 9:40:18 AM     (No. 9564380)

It´s sometimes interesting to lift that flat, moist rock known as socialist reaction and see what the infestation beneath is fermenting. It stinks as much in 2013 as it did in the Thirties under FDR. Let the rock fall and remain for another eighty years.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Northcross, 10/14/2013 9:42:26 AM     (No. 9564382)

Without the South, all American cities could be like the socialist paradise of Detroit, or Chicago, or Newark. Mindless drivel by a dimwit Salon writer.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: craige, 10/14/2013 9:45:25 AM     (No. 9564387)

People and money are both moving from the northern East, to the South. It is not forced, but entirely voluntary. It has been going on for decades.

Better economic opportunity and less regulation are probably the reasons.

Decentralization is part of the Third Wave. It is a messy process, and scares Liberals, Rino´s, and other worshipers of strong central authority.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: richwill, 10/14/2013 9:48:08 AM     (No. 9564397)

Once sgain, fly over country is relegated to the basement. What is that saying from times past: "The South shall rise again?"

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Whamdbambam, 10/14/2013 9:48:57 AM     (No. 9564399)

Prejudice is no more attractive when it´s against the "right" people than it is otherwise, Mr. Lind.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Guillermo Sepulveda, 10/14/2013 9:51:34 AM     (No. 9564402)

Another silly article accusing the southern states of voter suppression because they want identification of the supposed voter. Then this other silliness of workers wages being unfair? I know plenty of blue-collar workers who are making six figures in my state and where northerners are flocking to live because of the low cost of living, the better quality of life, and the higher wages. As I said, a silly, leftist article.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: FlatCityGirl, 10/14/2013 9:54:31 AM     (No. 9564404)

Proof that Leftism is a mental disorder just keeps piling up.

Not that many years ago --before Algore invented the internet, Mr. Lind could have sold this tripe to a limited number of readers at a third rate MagRag, collected his paycheck and gone on down the road, just as happy as if he had good sense.

No more. Now he´s exposed his mental disorder for all the world to see. You wonder, doesn´t he have any family or close friends who care enough about hi to get him under lock and key?

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Reply 14 - Posted by: jimK1, 10/14/2013 9:58:03 AM     (No. 9564414)

Might want to catch up on some history Michael. Those white hooded dragons you speak of were DEMOCRATS, not conservatives and they were never ever in collusion with conservatives. But if you got your progressive education from equally minded liberal teachers, oh what´s the use, you´re an idiot.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: yo-yo, 10/14/2013 9:59:34 AM     (No. 9564422)

You´re better off being held hostage by the South, than being rescued by 0bama and his flying monkey air force.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Jethro bo, 10/14/2013 10:05:06 AM     (No. 9564433)

Strange, had it not been for Southern states, Salon´s favorite little fascist despot would not have been elected to the dictatorship. The far left needs the south to impose its vision of fascism upon the country. Now that the south is awakening to the threat, this Salon kneepad owner is getting all prissy. For the record, the ‘progressive’ states could end all this by voting to let the South secede.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: TulsaTowner, 10/14/2013 10:13:37 AM     (No. 9564447)

We´re ready to go, #16! Unfortunately, they want to dominate and milk us for everything they can. That´s something that hasn´t changed in almost 200 years.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Patchy Groundfog, 10/14/2013 10:19:04 AM     (No. 9564455)

And how are home sales doing in the blue states?

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Edgelady, 10/14/2013 10:26:17 AM     (No. 9564465)

Wow! This guy is as goofy as a road lizard!

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Reply 20 - Posted by: SouthSanAntonio, 10/14/2013 10:29:50 AM     (No. 9564474)

I can never get past the first paragraph in any lie-beral propoganda piece over at "www.salon.commie"...

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Reply 21 - Posted by: RancherJack, 10/14/2013 10:34:07 AM     (No. 9564478)

Michael Lind - The Union marched on the South to end slavery .. at the same time Union soldiers were killing Indians and forcing them into the slavery of Reservations.

George Armstrong Custer was present at Appomattox where Lee finally had to surrender the South´s struggle for self-determination.

IMMEDIATELY following the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia, the UNION took to exterminating and enslaving Indians with such ruthless abandon it beggars belief.

DO NOT TALK DOWN TO ME ABOUT THE SOUTH

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Reply 22 - Posted by: M2, 10/14/2013 10:34:53 AM     (No. 9564481)

The inherent racism in this column is so ubiquitous that it´s hard to even begin picking it apart without running out of space at the first paragraph. But let´s pick just one inanity:

So the struggle is not one to convert Southern Baptists to Darwinism or to get racists to celebrate diversity. The on-going power struggle between the local elites of the former Confederacy and their allies in other regions and the rest of the United States is not primarily about personal attitudes. It is about power and wealth.

It´s hard to tell if this is immaturity, ignorance, stupidity or malice, or some malignant amalgam of all of the above.

Do people believe this kind of tripe? Do those who write it believe it or are such columns attempts to stir the racial pot?

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Reply 23 - Posted by: boomerak, 10/14/2013 10:44:09 AM     (No. 9564501)

Cow pie alert.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: odinsacolyte, 10/14/2013 10:55:59 AM     (No. 9564519)

Socialism is destroying America.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Michaelus, 10/14/2013 11:00:10 AM     (No. 9564524)

Of course all the workers in the South are moving North to get all those high paying jobs with great benefits in places like Detroit and Bridegport and Pittsburgh....

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Lawsy0, 10/14/2013 11:05:38 AM     (No. 9564533)

Oh relax; it´s only Salon. No serious patriot gives them the time of day.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: southron, 10/14/2013 11:08:13 AM     (No. 9564536)

"voter disfranchisement" - translation - having to prove who you are in order to vote.

Lind has such a low opinion of blacks that he thinks they are too stupid to even establish their true identity.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: forward, 10/14/2013 11:13:45 AM     (No. 9564546)

Funny how Liberals keep complaining that the South is "still fighting the Civil War" -- when it is Northern Liberals who put out garbage anti-Southern opinion pieces like this one. Frankly if it weren´t for the political influence of the South and the Heartland (both of them viewed with contempt by coastal elites), what used to be the good ol´ USA would be somewhere today in horrible shape, a fumbling and failed experiment heading somewhere between Liberal and Socialist!

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Reply 29 - Posted by: rmsimms, 10/14/2013 11:16:34 AM     (No. 9564554)

Hare to burst your bubble, #21....but the south has no room to tak when it comes to the Indians. Remember the "trail of Tears", where a Southern Democrat Preisdent (who, btw considered Secession Treason and promised to personally lead the Army South and see the leaders of any auch attempt summarily hanged) flatly refused to recognize the fact that the SCOTUS had upheld the Treate with the Cherokee and dispossessed them of their property and marched them to what effectively were concentration camps in Oklahoma? Then there was the Mexican War, where at the behest of the Dixiecrats we stole half of Mexico because we could.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: MelRae71, 10/14/2013 11:24:01 AM     (No. 9564567)

#9 said: "People and money are both moving from the northern East, to the South. It is not forced, but entirely voluntary. It has been going on for decades.

Better economic opportunity and less regulation are probably the reasons."

And we here in The South welcome them, as long as they leave their liberal ideals in the North East when they come. Texas is an excellent example of a conservative stronghold, but we are seeing pockets of liberalism pop up.



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Reply 31 - Posted by: Grimland, 10/14/2013 11:29:54 AM     (No. 9564579)

Have you ever heard of anyone retiring and moving up North?

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Reply 32 - Posted by: SheikYerBooty, 10/14/2013 11:42:15 AM     (No. 9564620)

Michael Lind the JourNoList liar is being eviscerated in the comments section.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: haraldbluetooth, 10/14/2013 11:52:33 AM     (No. 9564638)

Should have let the South go when you had the chance. How does it feel to be in the glorious "Union"?

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Reply 34 - Posted by: bigfatslob, 10/14/2013 11:56:55 AM     (No. 9564646)

Michael Lind must have received his education on history during February and Black History Month.
I´m not accusing you Mr. Lind of being a conspiracy theorist but I am accusing you of being a low IQ total idiot.
Salon should withold your paycheck for writing this garbage tripe but then maybe not it´s a dumbed down liberal rag.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: Chuzzles, 10/14/2013 12:09:04 PM     (No. 9564675)

It is amazing how the left is still trying to blame the conservatives for a racist, bigoted group of thugs that they themselves started after the Civil War to keep the freed blacks in line.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: gaeditor, 10/14/2013 12:31:48 PM     (No. 9564704)

Right you are #29. I live about a half mile from one of those "Trails" and about two miles from "Fort (not exactly the designation I would have given it) Buffington.

Andrew Jackson - Democrat- violated the rights of the Cherokee, including ignoring a SOCTUS ruling - to proceed with the theft of Cherokee Land, the illegal imprisonment of the Cherokee and their march (and death of 25% of the Cherokee Nation) on the Trail of Tears. Assisted by a Democrat Governor in Georgia, of course. Who said he would "Deal with the problem." Democrats have always been good at B$, not so good at the stuff to make it work well. (See Obamacare)

Our county history includes stories of the horrified neighbors of the Cherokee watching what was happening to them.

And would someone please note that the gold strike in N GA (remember, Democrats will do anything for money)had plenty to do with it as well (as in, the Cherokee owned that land.)

Please study your history of US Civil Rights, too. The Republicans in the Union fought against the slavery supporters in the South, but not everyone in the South supported slavery. Jasper Ga was famous for protecting the Stars and Stripes throughout the Civil War with armed guards. Ask anyone around here why Sherman burned random houses in my hometown.

Saying "The South" shows your extreme ignorance, Mr. Lind. (And typical black and white mindset of dysfunctional people like you. The Civil War was much more political than it was geographic.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: dman, 10/14/2013 12:43:38 PM     (No. 9564723)

"Saloon" strikes again. The "reforms" proposed in the article are a socialist/statist wish list. The Constitution would be rendered totally meaningless. Coupled with the pro-unionism and overt anti-white racism in the piece, you get a peek (as if you needed one) into the progressive mindset. Neither Bill Ayers nor Saul Alinsky could have done a better job.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: joew9, 10/14/2013 1:43:59 PM     (No. 9564825)

"A federal living wage. At one blow, a much higher federal minimum wage would cripple the ability of Southern states to lure companies from more generous states which supplement the too-low present federal minimum wage with higher local..."

OK Michael, how do you stop those companies from leaving the whole country and not just going to the south of this one?


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Reply 39 - Posted by: jglas, 10/14/2013 4:26:29 PM     (No. 9564997)

Yes power and wealth is what it´s all about. In the north they concentrate on taking as much wealth away from the people as possible in order to get and maintain power. In the south they try to create as much wealth as possible which means getting the government out of the way, which means going light on exercising power. Liberals flourish in the north because power means control and they like to control everyone. In the south people want to keep their wealth and be free of government. The south could give a flip about controlling the north or any part of America for that matter, much less holding anyone hostage. That´s what liberals (mostly in the north) want to do. The south is much closer to realizing the ideals of the founders as written in the constitution than the north. The south is fighting taxes and regulations and those kind of policies you mention because they suppress wealth generation and freedom. We don´t like a lot of government especially when it is imposed from Washington DC and amounts to a power grab.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: tommyr, 10/14/2013 4:39:32 PM     (No. 9565013)

The writer is a Soros cheerleader who is on the same page as the Castro family, and the Ortega and Chavez dictatorships. Funny he is not in the State Department.

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Reply 41 - Posted by: FormerDem, 10/14/2013 9:47:19 PM     (No. 9565292)

Don´t know where your ancestors were, buster, but mine were volunteering in the Massachusetts Infantry in the Civil War, actually singing the Battle Hymn of the Republic, and you do not speak for me in this effort to re-open old wounds, sing old battle songs, and try to treat the moment as if fighting the last war were what is needed here. I like Cruz especially. Btw think Sarah Palin is the best political analyst in the country at the moment.

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Reply 42 - Posted by: FormerDem, 10/14/2013 9:51:47 PM     (No. 9565295)

To be precise, one gg grandfather and several collateral ancestors in MA infantry.

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Reply 43 - Posted by: Penney, 10/14/2013 10:20:01 PM     (No. 9565317)

Lefties on BOTH sides of the pond hate the American south and they have for a very long time. ...Apparently lefties always have to have someone and something or other to target and the south is but one of their favorites.

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Hillary Clinton was the planned keynote speaker at the 17th Annual Western Healthcare Leadership Academy in San Diego on April 11 - but she´s cancelled her visit in the midst of planned protests from San Diego locals and military families. Protestors organized by "The Difference Matters" do not want the former U.S. Secretary of State to come because of Clinton´s role in the Benghazi scandal. "She is not welcome here in San Diego by so many of us. We don´t want her here," said Jan Iverson, a local mother and protestor. (Snip) Clinton´s office says she changed plans because of

Barack Obama Saves Wife
Michelle From Wardrobe Malfunction,
Marilyn Monroe Moment: Picture

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US Magazine, by Rachel McRady    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 4/10/2014 7:59:06 PM     Post Reply
Barack Obama got quite the handful on Thursday, April 10, but it was all for a good cause! As the President of the United States was boarding Air Force One with his wife Michelle Obama, a gust of wind blew up her skirt. Barack quickly stepped in and grabbed the First Lady´s billowing skirt to help her avoid a wardrobe malfunction and embarrassing Marilyn Monroe moment. Earlier in the week, another famous lady on the global stage suffered a similar snafu, but no one was around to help her -- not even her prince!

Researchers raise
questions about flu drugs

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USA Today, by Michelle Healy    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 4/10/2014 1:17:52 AM     Post Reply
A new review is questioning the effectiveness of two key drugs enlisted in the fight against influenza and in turn the investments by governments to stockpile the drugs in the event of a global flu outbreak. The antiviral drugs Tamiflu (oseltamivir) and Relenza (zanamivir ) are commonly used to treat influenza in healthy adults and children. In the case of Tamiflu, the drug does shorten symptoms of influenza by about half a day - as the manufacturer suggests - but there is insufficient evidence to support claims that it reduces hospital admissions or serious complications, such as confirmed pneumonia or

Michelle Obama´s Food Program
Is Non-Nutritious Waste Of Money

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Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 4/10/2014 2:35:20 PM     Post Reply
Big Government: As students flood Twitter with images of inedible slop, it´s clear that Michelle Obama´s government school lunch revamp is a costly failure. It´s time to get the feds out of kids´ lunch boxes. The $12 billion federal student lunch program, which serves 30.7 million kids, is losing participants fast — more than a million just last year, according to a recent Government Accountability Office report. The reason: the first lady´s Healthy Hunger-free Kids Act, an act that has accomplished exactly the opposite of what it claimed it would — leaving hungry, angry, disgusted kids and dumpsters full of wasted

Sunk: Climate change threatens to
flood world´s largest Navy base
warns Gov. Terry McAuliffe

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Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/11/2014 4:08:01 PM     Post Reply
Recently elected Democratic Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is warning that global warming could raise sea levels high enough to flood the Hampton Roads region, home to the world´s largest naval base, without immediate and “smart decisions.” Addressing an environmental summit this week at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Va., McAuliffe embraced climate change, blamed humans for causing it, and said action is needed now to protect Virginia´s coast from rising ocean levels that will result from global warming. “The first big decision of course is to accept that climate change is real,” he told the group. “I happen to believe in

Democrat Elijah Cummings Faces
Up to Five Years in Federal Prison

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Gateway Pundit, by Jim Hoft    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/10/2014 5:20:42 AM     Post Reply
Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) could face up to five years in federal prison for obstructing a Congressional proceeding. On Wednesday, Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) and five Subcommittee Chairmen on the committee sent a letter to Ranking Member Cummings demanding an explanation for his staff’s queries from the IRS, why the Minority hid these efforts from the Majority, and why the Ranking Member denied such actions by his staff at a February Subcommittee hearing: “Although you have previously denied that your staff made inquiries to the IRS about conservative organization True the Vote that may have led to additional

Stephen Colbert to replace Letterman
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Entertainment Magazine, by James Hibbard    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 4/10/2014 12:10:39 PM     Post Reply
Official: Stephen Colbert is the new host of CBS’ Late Show. Release: The CBS Television Network today announced that Stephen Colbert, the host, writer and executive producer of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning “The Colbert Report,” will succeed David Letterman as the host of THE LATE SHOW, effective when Mr. Letterman retires from the broadcast. The five-year agreement between CBS and Colbert was announced by Leslie Moonves, President and CEO, CBS Corporation, and Nina Tassler, Chairman of CBS Entertainment. Letterman, the legendary, critically acclaimed host of the CBS late night series for 21 years, announced his retirement on his April 3 broadcast. Colbert’s

Global solar dominance in sight
as science trumps fossil fuels

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Telegraph [UK], by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 4/10/2014 6:08:54 PM     Post Reply
Solar power has won the global argument. Photovoltaic energy is already so cheap that it competes with oil, diesel and liquefied natural gas in much of Asia without subsidies. Roughly 29pc of electricity capacity added in America last year came from solar, rising to 100pc even in Massachusetts and Vermont.[Snip] The technology is improving so fast--helped by the US military--that it has achieved a virtous circle. Michael Parker and Flora Chang, at Sanford Bernstein, say we entering a new order of "global energy deflation" that must ineluctably erode the viability of oil, gas and the fossil fuel nexus over time.

The IRS Scandal Comes Into Focus
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Wall Street Journal, by Kimberley A. Strassel    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/11/2014 6:33:53 AM     Post Reply
Nearly a year into the IRS scandal, we still don´t know exactly what happened—though we are finally getting an inkling. That´s thanks to the letter House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp sent this week to the Justice Department recommending a criminal probe of Lois Lerner. The average citizen might be dizzied by the torrent of confusing terms—BOLO lists, Tigta, 501(c)(4)—and the array of accusations that have made up this IRS investigation. Mr. Camp´s letter takes a step back to remind us why this matters, even as it provides compelling new information that goes to motive and method—and clarifies some of

Pelosi: Immigration law
like internment of Japanese

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Daily Caller, by Neil Munro    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/10/2014 3:42:16 PM     Post Reply
The deportation of foreigners living illegally in the United States is similar to the forced internment of ethnic-Japanese Americans in World War II, according to Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. “I’ll be very honest with you: Looking at the numbers at some point, in terms of how people are treated and deported and families separated and the rest, this has a scent of Japanese internment,” Pelosi told a Politico reporter. “It’s really a black mark,” said Pelosi. Roughly 110,000 ethnic-Japanese immigrants and their American children were detained during World War II after Japan’s sneak attack on Americans in Pearl Harbor. Pelosi also urged Obama


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