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The Charge of the Defund Brigade
Wall Street Journal, by Kimberley A Strassel

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 10/18/2013 9:02:53 AM

"Forward the Light Brigade! Charge for the guns!" he said. Into the Valley of Death, Rode the 600. –Alfred, Lord Tennyson. On an October morning in the Crimea, 1854, British Lord Cardigan led his 600-strong cavalry force into a frontal assault of a fully dug-in and alerted Russian artillery battery. The charge was courageous. And it was suicidal. The Light Brigade was ripped apart in the Valley of Death. Commenting on the bravery and utter futility of the attack, French Marshal Pierre Bosquet declared: "C´est magnifique, mais ce n´est pas la guerre. C´est de la folie." ("It is magnificent, but it is


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Lt.Mom, 10/18/2013 9:08:57 AM     (No. 9570891)

Ha Ha...the French are well acquainted with ´la folie´

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Reply 2 - Posted by: CleanhouseinDC, 10/18/2013 9:13:24 AM     (No. 9570897)

The American taxpayers lost in this deal, and the GOP Los. The GOP lost any chance it has of Conservative support in 2014. They´ve shown us that the Republican Old Guard, will sell us out in whatever way makes them be as spineless as possible.

If only they had a backbone... They´ve lost more credibility with their base than the citizenry.

Moron losers

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Reply 3 - Posted by: JimS, 10/18/2013 9:13:58 AM     (No. 9570898)

Yes, Kimberly, we should just go along with the destruction of our country like sheep.
Don´t fight any battles that you aren´t sure you can win.
Go along to get along.

I think Obama´s pettiness in shutting down the government, shutting down parks and monuments, bullying WWII vets, witholding death benefits to surviving spouses of soldiers, etc., will not go unnoticed by American voters.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Sanspeur, 10/18/2013 9:14:02 AM     (No. 9570899)

"we have only begun to fight" . Rinos are as good as demos.. , it will take time but "Laudace, toujours l´audace" will win ... By civil disobedience, teaching , seeing the actual evil of o´scare , and electing a contra party to congress.... Now press on ..

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Reply 5 - Posted by: reilly, 10/18/2013 9:19:02 AM     (No. 9570912)

I thought 1994 was going to lead to a smaller government. Stupid me. It´s almost 20 years later and all the useless and wasteful federal departments are still there, the government unions are stronger than ever, and Soviet style healthcare is a reality.

Gee, I wonder why some people in Realville don´t care if there´s ANY sort of shakeup. This is one depressing country at the moment.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: bpl40, 10/18/2013 9:25:42 AM     (No. 9570933)

November ´14 is a long way off. Look at it this way. The best option for 0bama was to agree to postpone implementation for year in return for funding the government and extending the debt limit to Jan ´15. It was a deal the Republicans could not have refused and would be thrice blessed for the Kenyan - 1.All talk of repeal would have lost its edge.2. The horrors of 0bamacare would be hidden till the election and 3. Government by deadline would be postponed and he would be free to campaign. But the Jarrett whose meanness index is ten time her IQ would have none of it.
So what do you have? A Tea Party that will increasingly vindicated as the deal that the RINOs foisted on us is revealed to be a hollow sham. A perfect I-told-ypu-so in the hands of the opposition. Non LoFo electorate that will wake up and (I believe) Conservative grassroots, who will definitely realize that this is their last chance, returning to the fold.
Don´t be panicked by these doom sayers.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: earlybird, 10/18/2013 9:27:39 AM     (No. 9570937)

This is so different from the Kimberley Strassel I have watched and resd that I shake my head, wondering if she wrote it. Surely she did, but something then has happened to her ....

Going along to get along got us where we were before the "charge". It necessitated it.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: fhancock, 10/18/2013 9:27:46 AM     (No. 9570938)

At least they charged and didn´t crawl up in the fetal position and cry "No Mr Obama...please don´t hurt me" like McCain and Graham do

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Reply 9 - Posted by: mikkins2, 10/18/2013 9:28:21 AM     (No. 9570939)

1994 quest for a smaller government was killed by the same Establishment Republicans that killed it in 2013. They back stabbed Gingrich like they did Cruz. Soon Cruz will be fighting trumped up charges of one form or another, just like those in which Gingrich was acquitted of.

Of course the Wall Street Journal is going to join in attack. Where do you think most of the taxpayer money ultimately flows to?

My question is how many times do conservatives and libertarians need to be duped before they wake up and realize they are being played like a fiddle?

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Reply 10 - Posted by: HPmatt, 10/18/2013 9:28:47 AM     (No. 9570943)

Kim, with your plush WSJ/Rupert benefits, please sign up for the dental plan next year and get your teeth fixed if you´re going to be on the weekend show - it is distracting from your childish arguments.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: FlatCityGirl, 10/18/2013 9:36:00 AM     (No. 9570964)

Hey, Kimberly! Kiss my grits!

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Reply 12 - Posted by: ivehadit, 10/18/2013 9:36:50 AM     (No. 9570967)

Kimberly, those of us who fully support what Ted Cruz did are not stupid. Do you think we don´t know the Alinsky game plans? Really?
What Ted Cruz did was magnificent and brilliant for every article you and those who subscribe to your views of the past 3 weeks write only further highlights the fact that Cruz has courage and stamina and THE WILL to SAY NO. He stands further and further out from the crowd. Brilliant, imho. Broken windows no more (or crony capitalism). Oh, and by the way, for the lofo voters, there is NO DOUBT now that this president FULLY OWNS his actions, including STILL supporting the ruthless and cruel healthcare law. Ted Cruz accomplished that. Have you all been successful at doing that? No, you have not.

Conventional "wisdom" has gotten us where we are today. And I can promise you that, come next year, Ted Cruz will be the HERO. And don´t you DARE TRY to glom on to his success at that time...don´t even think it.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Refried, 10/18/2013 9:48:46 AM     (No. 9570989)

We are in a war with the Left. Fighting an unwinnable battle is self defeating. Obamacare is not going to be repealed until we get a Republican president and a majority in the Congress. It is abhorrent BUT it is the law of the land. We don´t have the resources to win this battle at this time. If we are smart we will in 2016.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Mass Minority, 10/18/2013 9:53:06 AM     (No. 9570994)

Tell the rest of the story and its even more apt to what happened last week.

The Charge was supposed to be fully supported by both infantry attacks on the flanks and support fire from the rear. At the last minute the attack was called off. Everyone got the order except the light brigade which charged into the valley of death fully expecting their comrades and allies to support their efforts. They were hung out to dry and were slaughtered as a result. Leave it to the British to turn such a military disaster into a source of national pride.

Doesn´t that scenario seem familiar right now?

There is some plausible evidence that that the order to stand down was never issued to the light brigade, that they were purposefully sent to their deaths by a vindictive commander in a tiff with the commander of the light brigade.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: StormCnter, 10/18/2013 10:11:07 AM     (No. 9571026)

Kim Strassel has held this view for weeks, that those believing enough pressure could be exerted on Senate Dems and Barack Obama that they would abandon their crown jewel was misguided and doomed. She was right. I understand how good it felt to make the fight but we wasted a lot of time and lost the focus we could have used to hammer about the cost of ObamaCare and the fiasco the rollout was going to be. Maybe that wasn´t going to work either, but we could have avoided the PR damage of the shutdown. I understand that others disagree, but we have to find a way to unite against this dangerous government instead of diverting our energy into targeting our own. There are many in Congress whom I believe need to go, but we have many good ones, too. Perhaps our divisions are unbridgeable. If so, maybe we´re all charging to the Valley of Death.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: terry_tr6, 10/18/2013 10:13:39 AM     (No. 9571029)

#5, I still believe that what killed the 1994 effort was the Clintons having the goods (just like obama has on justice roberts) on newt and let him know he either backed off or his warts would find there way onto the front page of the NYT.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: chicodon, 10/18/2013 10:16:44 AM     (No. 9571034)

Kimberley needs to get out more. Cruz accomplished several things, at least for Conservatives.
First, we now have a definitive list of RINOs in the Senate. Those that voted with Reid for cloture failed a Conservative litmus test.
Secondly, Cruz derailed Obama´s agenda for weeks. That was important. The shutdown also highlighted his petty vindictiveness.
Thirdly, when the sleeping masses finally awake to the horrors of Obamacare they will learn that it was only the Tea Party that fought back.
Lastly, Cruz took the first step towards ushering in the era of young and Conservative Gen-X politicians. His 21 hour marathon without breaking a sweat set the stage. As much as the old guard wish they would go away, they will find themselves swimming against the tide.
The battle has just begun.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: mikeyt64, 10/18/2013 10:18:45 AM     (No. 9571040)

Oh and FWIW, England won the Crimean war, C´est Magnifique.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: bighambone, 10/18/2013 10:33:08 AM     (No. 9571066)

Up to this stage it appears that the Tea Party has misfired, shooting itself in the foot, as Obama and the Democrats perceived from the get-go. Sometimes one looses battles before they win the war, we will have to wait and see how this plays out. As of now it appears that the people who were hurt by all this political maneuvering were the little people who always become casualties when the poop starts rolling down hill. Then we have the millions of government employees who got a two week all expenses paid vacation of of this.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: 49 Ford, 10/18/2013 10:33:52 AM     (No. 9571069)

None of the posts here denouncing Strassel and/or glorifying Cruz takes issue with the substance of the writers´ arguments. Unfortunately Strassel is right.

Her point about the Virginia governor´s race is especially salient. The Dems are much better at politics than we and understand what is most important at any given time. What good is "Remember the Alamo!" when we are losing any pathway to 270 electoral votes for anyone we nominate?

Too many on our side seem to think that politics can be likened to a movie in which the superhero implausibly prevails in the end. The American people don´t see things that way and neither should we. It took a long time to get into the hole we´re in and it is going to be a long, hard slog to recovery.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Freeloader, 10/18/2013 10:41:07 AM     (No. 9571076)

Need a historical comparison Ms. Strassel? How about General Charles de Gaulle (Senator Cruz) leading the Free French Forces during World War II to liberate France from Nazi occupation and Marshal Philippe Petain´s Vichy Regime?

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Reply 22 - Posted by: ColoWapiti, 10/18/2013 10:42:43 AM     (No. 9571079)

Let me see if I got this right - The GOP is doomed because they tried to say no to the leftists and statists. The way for the GOP to survive is to give the Dems everything they want.

So, what purpose does the GOP serve if it behavior is to retain seats, even if it means destroying the country?

People defending the GOP right now need to take a long look in the mirror and ask themselves whether the current GOP establishment is more important than the country itself.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: mathman, 10/18/2013 10:56:18 AM     (No. 9571108)

This is just more RINO speak.
You cannot win a war unless you are in a war.
In a war you lose some battles and you win some battles.
The battle here is EASY: shall the Government spend only what it takes in, or shall the Government spend whatever it wants?
Unlimited spending has led to disaster in hundreds of situations, and has been a good idea in no situation.
You all (I mean Ldotters) know about the Weimar Republic, Argentina, Greece, Portugal, Iceland, Italy, and Spain.
The war is simple: stop imposing draconian spending without the accompanying revenue!

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Reply 24 - Posted by: kahunavol, 10/18/2013 10:56:55 AM     (No. 9571110)

What possible reason could I have for believing that the republicans now in Congress would, if they get a majority in both houses, repeal Obamacare? Does the evidence of the past when they had both houses suggest they would act to do such things? Did their recent actions suggest this to you? The strategy of getting control so that they can repeal is for suckers who refuse to learn that past actions tend to be the best indicators of future action.

The most they would do is tinker and fix the problems when it is the problem. Did the welfare reform under Clinton result in less welfare twenty years later? As another poster mentioned, we not only still have ridiculous departments in government we have more departments than we had then thanks to Homeland Security and its related entities.

They want power only for the sake of power.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Razorgirl, 10/18/2013 11:18:03 AM     (No. 9571142)

First of all, contrary to popular opinion, Ted Cruz did not shut down the government. Barry and Harry and Valarie did that. It was pre-ordained to do it before the "Green Eggs and Ham" marathon.

Second, I agree with #12, #17 and #22. We may have lost the battle but we can still win the war. We now have a clear idea of who we should follow into battle. Not McCain, not King, but Cruz and Lee. I saw a House of Representatives follow their constituents views for a change and not the party line. I´m really proud of them. The phone calls and emails from the lowly public is what was keeping them going. My representative went from "I don´t see how this can work" to "win or loose, I will take a stand". Now those millions of voters who couldn´t vote for the Mormon will more than likely go out and vote in the mid-term.

And about those polls; can anyone here on this site say they were actually polled? My reaction to polls is, it´s not an accurate poll if they didn´t ask me. Who do you think they are polling? I´m going to stick my neck out and say they didn´t poll anyone whose from a state that does not touch an ocean or a great lake.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Lt.Mom, 10/18/2013 11:29:42 AM     (No. 9571160)

#22, I am in total agreement with everything you have stated in your comments. I hope you don´t mind if I copy them and pass along your analysis.

Just to expand, if I may, on the phrase you use, "total agreement" to describe how it is re-interpreted by progressives on both sides of the aisle; bipartisan, compromise, concessions, working together, etc.

We are playing for keeps @kim, just as you recommend, but you don´t like the way we play the game. Guess what. We don´t like the game you play. It isn´t over, so stop complaining.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Moritz55, 10/18/2013 11:47:55 AM     (No. 9571189)

The important thing is to learn from this debacle and next time go in with a better battle plan and better optics. This time we came off looking as wise as doves and as innocent as serpents. It works better the other way around, and we need to figure out how to do that.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: ivehadit, 10/18/2013 11:49:21 AM     (No. 9571192)

If I may, "Forward the Light Brigade! Charge for the guns!" he said. Into the Valley of Death, Rode the..." 60,000,000 who voted for Obama/care.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 10/18/2013 1:01:37 PM     (No. 9571306)

We won´t worry too much about the Rinos- they have sealed their own fate. It´s the Ted Cruz´s of this Republican party that are important. The mid terms are coming and I very seriously doubt the Democrats will do very well, even among their own voters. It will be a race of "Mini-thems" and "Mini-us-es" A race that pits the tiny against the miniscule. Let the voters decide. It will not need congress or a folly of a President to take donw a disaster of legislation like Øbamacare. It will simply be the people as they universally turn their back on it. It will die like yesterdays Times- dirty, ragged, drifting in tiny circles in alley whirlwinds. Its self importance in useless, fading ink smear and nothing more.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: iamfree, 10/18/2013 1:41:05 PM     (No. 9571369)

Missing from Ms. Strassel´s assessment is something very important. What Cruz and Lee did (following on the heels of the successful recall of two anti-gun legislators in Colorado) was to "awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve." We now have a working list of Senators and Representatives who need to be primaried, and we have a substantial number of people who had essentially thrown up their hands in disgust and given up but are now ready to be back in the fight. I was ready to give up on the GOP, but I have decided to fight to save it from the cowards who have polluted it. If this battle can be compared to anything, it should be compared to the Battle of Thermopylae. It may have been a lost cause, but it stirred the other Greeks to action and led to the eventual defeat of their enemy.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: absalom, 10/18/2013 2:25:15 PM     (No. 9571449)

Strassel quotes Marshall Bosquet, another staff nobody. A far greater man, Fredrick of Prussia, exclaimed " Audacity, audacity, always audacity." Cruz and Lee will be remembered, after weenies like McConnell and Reid are long gone.
BTW, while the Charge failed, the Light Hussars did penetrate the Russian Batteries and Britain won both the Battle at Balaclava and the Crimean War. So much for folly.

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Posted By: magnante- 4/15/2014 9:16:05 AM     Post Reply
Megyn Kelly’s "Kelly File" is a great news show. She’s incisive, informed and customarily handles the toughest guest with aplomb. But her lengthy interview of Facebook C.O.O. Sheryl Sandberg about her second book in the Lean In series Lean In: For Graduates was a head shaker. Amazing that she of all people allowed Sandberg to restring the same old, same old, shamed, and shopworn feminist myths about women and girls and then jangle it in front of her viewing audience like something new out of the box. Indeed Kelly all but genuflected in front of this woman. Kept her on thru

Why You Should Be Sympathetic
Toward Cliven Bundy

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Powerline, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: Toledo- 4/15/2014 8:40:58 AM     Post Reply
On Saturday, I wrote about the standoff at Bundy Ranch. That post drew a remarkable amount of traffic, even though, as I wrote then, I had not quite decided what to make of the story. Since then, I have continued to study the facts and have drawn some conclusions. Here they are. First, it must be admitted that legally, Bundy doesn’t have a leg to stand on. The Bureau of Land Management has been charging him grazing fees since the early 1990s, which he has refused to pay. Further, BLM has issued orders limiting the area on which Bundy’s cows can

Glaring limits of the Civil Rights
Act: We need to redistribute wealth

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Salon Magazine, by Matt Bruenig    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/14/2014 7:20:41 PM     Post Reply
Although the Civil Rights Act, the landmark legislation which just reached its 50th anniversary, made great strides in desegregating the economy, economic discrimination is still widespread, and anti-discrimination legislation alone can never rectify the economic damage inflicted upon blacks by slavery and our Jim Crow apartheid regime. The Civil Rights Act was a mild reform, all things considered, but one conservatives fought with vigor and one many conservatives are still bitter about to this day. When the Civil Rights Act passed in 1964, the primary purpose was to root out discrimination in public accommodations (like hotels and movie theaters)

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

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

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

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

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

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