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Conservatives, Get a Grip on Reality!
National Journal, by Charlie Cook

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Posted By:congaree53, 10/19/2013 8:29:50 AM

Here’s a question for conservatives and Republicans: Going into the 2012 Election Day, or even in the last few days before Election Day, did you think Mitt Romney was going to win? A couple of months ago, did you think the strategy of threatening to shut down the government or prevent raising the debt ceiling, to force the outright repeal or defunding of Obamacare, would really work? Romney lost by 4,967,508 votes, 126 Electoral College votes, and 3.85 percentage points. That’s not very close. Obamacare isn’t going to be repealed this year, and it’s not going to be defunded. So the


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Reply 1 - Posted by: StormCnter, 10/19/2013 8:34:21 AM     (No. 9572272)

I dunno, that´s a pretty harsh assessment. Yes, I thought/hoped/wished/prayed for a Romney victory. Yes, I thought the defund tactic was going to be a disaster. Yes, I absolutely disdained Bill Clinton, but "hatred" is too strong. Mr. Cook´s analysis goes a bit astray when he dumps all of us into the same pot and thinks he´s cooking up something brilliant.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: JAN, 10/19/2013 8:46:02 AM     (No. 9572289)

The republicans were NOT threatening to shut down the government.

They were trying to save America from bankruptcy.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: simple simon, 10/19/2013 8:49:21 AM     (No. 9572297)

Aha - so Charlie didn´t deny or even address that Obama is/could be a lizard-alien.

His analogy about a kid throwing a vase against a wall is misleading. What he left out was his mother was physically and sexually abusing the child and the child threw the closest object at hand to catch the attention of an unaware passerby.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: stencil, 10/19/2013 8:50:00 AM     (No. 9572300)

Right on, #3.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: hamrman, 10/19/2013 9:01:48 AM     (No. 9572317)

Reality...Barry, Reid, and the Dims shutdown the government, so quit whee wheeing down our backs and then trying to convince us that it is raining out!

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Reply 6 - Posted by: CleanhouseinDC, 10/19/2013 9:02:39 AM     (No. 9572318)

What the "moderates" are doing isn´t working. See McCain/Romney candidacies.

At least a Palin and a Cruz get people engaged and people want to listen to them.

Conservatives have a grip, it´s the rest of the fools that keep doing the same thing over and over that doesn´t work.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Passion, 10/19/2013 9:07:04 AM     (No. 9572327)

Keep in mind Charlie Cook is hopelessly a prisoner of conventional wisdom inside the beltway, and gets a ton of stuff wrong....especially when it comes to seeing the mood of the bigger picture.

Romney and McCain are exactly the kind of candidates he said the GOP must nominate...and now he´s blaming conservatives? What an idiot..a__.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: ruready?, 10/19/2013 9:08:10 AM     (No. 9572328)

Here is a dose of reality, Charlie. I am a free man and I will fight tyranny at every juncture. Win or lose. Take your polls and then read your Bible and get a grip on the reality that with God, all things are possible.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Bohallx, 10/19/2013 9:12:10 AM     (No. 9572336)

Right down to the bitter end I asked for Romney to step aside and let a better candidate win.

Although there´s this crowd who thinks that you go out and attract voters, the better approach is to get your people registered and get them to the polls to vote for candidates they like.

Then, run candidates who give pause to the other side´s supporters ~ that is, run somebody who will discourage the other side from organizing and getting out their own vote.

Romney did little about getting out Republican voters ~ he spent virtually all of his campaign raising money from a handful of Republican donors ~ although we might well ask why Romney was inviting key Democrat donors to those meetings.

At the same time, to some degree, he was able to convince about 3 million of Obama´s 2008 voters to stay home. That still left him 6 million votes behind even with 100% of Republicans voting!

Still, worse, Romeny discouraged another 4 million newly registered Democrats from voting at all!

Those were the newly registered Democrats to make up for the death of 1 million Democrats from 2008 to 2012. Yes, Democrats do eventually die.

So Romney had a net gain of getting 7 million Democrats to NOT SHOW UP. He still got all the Republicans.

And yet, he wasn´t a good candidate for us. If he had been he´d been pushing voter registration back in 2011 and early 2012 ~ we needed another 5.3 million voters on our side. We had at least 3 Conservatives who could have done that ~ gotten enough new Republicans to vote and to discourage Democrats.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: mikkins2, 10/19/2013 9:24:07 AM     (No. 9572353)

I love the "back up plan" meme. As if the Establishment Republicans would have all of a sudden had a come to Jesus moment and assisted him in enacting it.

Cruz´s plan was easy and simple but the reality is that the Republican Establishment doesn´t want to cut spending or stop Obamacare. So they did everything they could to not make it work.

Ted Cruz and conservatives are the only people willing to look reality in the face and try to do something about it.

Got Tea?

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Reply 11 - Posted by: congaree53, 10/19/2013 9:27:54 AM     (No. 9572359)

#10 raises some interesting and provocative points.
1. ´Yes, Democrats do eventually die.´ Smile.
Unfortunately the present demographic of the GOP, older and white, suggests that Republicans die faster.
2. Conservatives (I assume he/she means Gingrich and Santorum since they were the last standing) would have done better than Romney.
As someone who enjoys a wager now and then, I find it amusing when someone predicts something that can never be tested,e.g. Secretariat would have beat Man O´ War.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: jglas, 10/19/2013 9:40:02 AM     (No. 9572377)

From a nearby article: The United States is a giant bus that is rushing toward an economic precipice. A few more years of Mr. Obama’s borrow-and-spend policies and America will crash upon the rocks of fiscal reality and national insolvency. The Democrats are keeping their foot on the gas pedal, full speed ahead. The Republican establishment thinks we may need to slow down — at least a little. The bus, however, will still go off the cliff. Only the Tea Party is saying — in fact, yelling — to hit the brakes. They’re right, and they will be vindicated. The only question is this: Will Americans wake up before it’s too late?

That is a really nice analogy that perfectly captures the situation we are in, a situation of which I think most people are obliviously unaware. You Charlie appear to be a passenger on that bus complaining that the passengers who are disturbed by the careening bus ride aren´t playing the license plate game properly or they´re missing their round of "Row Row Row Your Boat" or are singing off key. You are oblivious to the blinding speed with which the bus is approaching the cliff. We need all the Ted Cruz´s we can find to scream STOP! Somebody has to get the driver´s attention or push him out of the driver´s seat. We really don´t need people to tell those who are shouting the warning to shut up, sit down and get a grip on reality. You are the one who doesn´t see the reality.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: brianod1, 10/19/2013 9:40:53 AM     (No. 9572380)

Mr. Cook is right about self-delusion. I think that too often we of a more conservative bent choose to dwell in an echo chamber. I knew that I hoped Romney would win, and we all looked for signs that we were right. I thought he would win until the week before the election, when the Real Clear Politics poll averages in the swing states were fairly clear. I still hoped, but I didn´t expect a Romney win (something the nation should still rue.)

An issue going forward with which we must grapple, is that we can win the states where population is relatively low, and the democrat party, by virtue of the fact it wins big in densely populated areas (whether by hook or by crook is a discussion for another day) will continue to remain competitive and, more often than not I´m afraid, victorious.

Of course the national debt is the iceberg some of us see, and once the ship of state unequivocally encounters that behemoth, hearts and minds will be open to our ideas. (Nautical reference an homage to Bill Ayers.)

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Reply 14 - Posted by: clw54, 10/19/2013 9:41:08 AM     (No. 9572381)

Republicans need to point out that Obamacare was passed completely by the democrat party, and do it every time they´re near a microphone.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: dman, 10/19/2013 9:46:48 AM     (No. 9572393)

Just a gentle reminder:

* Prohibition was once the law of the land
* Prohibition was ratified as 18th Amendment to the Constitution in 1919
* Prohibition was a disaster
* Prohibition was repealed by 21st Amendment to the Constitution in 1933

Even at the Constitutional level, disastrous laws can and have been repealed. Conservatives are positioned to repeat history - when the time comes.

That is reality!

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Reply 16 - Posted by: On fire, 10/19/2013 9:48:53 AM     (No. 9572396)

Agree with #13. Only conservatives are going to force a change- dragging, kicking & screaming may be involved but at least the media & lo-info voters are going to get exposed to truth.

Blacks are stuck on the liberal plantation, conservatives need to get off the GOP plantation.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Bpl40, 10/19/2013 10:09:42 AM     (No. 9572429)

The future of over 240 years achievements of the Judeo/Christian work ethic was tottering on the brink. Out of 155 million white voters only 90 million showed up and 57 million voted for the Republican nominee. This is political bankruptcy on steroids. RINO infested and controlled Republican Party is no match for the Left.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: yuban, 10/19/2013 10:16:39 AM     (No. 9572445)

Ho hum, another bash the Conservatives article. You Moderates really have nothing to worry about. You and the Left are still in control and own what is happening to America. Once you completely ruin this Country, we will still be around trying to fix your mess. You keep saying the GOP must pick it´s fights. Too bad you decided to fight us and not them.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: spahrkl, 10/19/2013 10:23:15 AM     (No. 9572466)

People who use scare tactics and names, who claim to have a handle on a situation reveal more about themselves than what they attack.

Three years are ahead of us. Young people are just beginning to know what is expected of them to make this Obama care function. We are in the me, myself, and I generation. How well do you think paying out insurance in the amounts required is going to play with these folks? The Dems are very worried.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Heil Liberals, 10/19/2013 10:27:27 AM     (No. 9572473)

You know, Cook had me thinking seriously about the politics of the GOP right up until he printed this:

And don’t get me started on the “birthers.” It’s one thing to dislike or disapprove of Obama, but to get obsessed over birth certificates—really?

At this point, Mr. Cook showed that his grasp of the importance of the rule of law established by the United States Constitution is extremely weak. Constitutional requirements are not requests or suggestions. There was plenty of evidence, or lack thereof, to support questioning of the eligibility of Barack Hussein Obama. Only intellectually lazy people poo poo the requirements. And if they do not like them, then change them by amending the Constitution. But do not diminish their concerns by the Alinsky system of destruction.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: mermer, 10/19/2013 10:35:32 AM     (No. 9572487)

[[[Obviously, not every Republican or conservative thought, up until the end, that Romney would win or that the anti-Obamacare strategies would work. But this increasingly widespread tone deafness should concern party leaders, particularly when it leads to self-destructive decisions, as we are witnessing these days. In politics, it isn’t uncommon to see judgment clouded by emotion, but when hate and contempt predominate, truly awful decisions often result.]]]

Worth repeating and really thinking about. If we can´t tell ourselves the truth - we aren´t fit to lead, imo. Ted Cruz is the head of the adolescent wing of the GOP - ´freedom without responsibility´. I want to do whatever "I" want to do no matter who it harms. Shutting down the government was harmful and stupid...adolescent.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: mws50, 10/19/2013 11:02:52 AM     (No. 9572538)

Ted Cruz is fighting for the American people, not the DC establishment. Erroneously thinking he is juvenile is denying reality. He is a seasoned veteran of the Supreme Court wars, and he is doing EXACTLY what Texans want him to do.

And thinking the defeat of obamacare is a chess game is totally absurd. obamacare is the worst government takeover of private industry in the lifetime of our Nation. It is NOT a chess "game"; it is a full-on fight against an abusive government.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Pluperfect, 10/19/2013 11:09:35 AM     (No. 9572544)

#24, even a "full-on fight" requires planning and strategy with a goal of victory. Much as in a chess game. The leaders of the defund fight now tell their followers that they knew it would not succeed. So, nothing was accomplished except publicity for those leaders. The rest of us lost out because of the focus being taken off of the Obamacare rollout.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: stablemoney, 10/19/2013 11:15:04 AM     (No. 9572554)

Charlie, how is the country going to work without a constitution that is followed?

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Sunhan65, 10/19/2013 11:17:23 AM     (No. 9572556)

It´s not a game. It´s about doing the right thing. Sometimes you don´t concede. Sometimes you don´t cooperate. Sometimes you don´t collaborate. Sometimes you just stand athwart history yelling "Stop!"

This is one of those times.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Chuzzles, 10/19/2013 11:43:48 AM     (No. 9572597)

Thank you #7!! And it is really sad how many people here today still don´t understand what Ted Cruz was/is trying to do. They just want to hold on to the same failed moderate policies that have gotten us where we are today.

Mr. Cook needs to sit in the corner and just be quiet. His grasp on reality and the Constitution is the one that is loose, not Conservatives.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: whyyeseyec, 10/19/2013 11:49:40 AM     (No. 9572613)

Meanwhile, has anyone heard of a republican voter drive lately?

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Reply 28 - Posted by: mustang flyer, 10/19/2013 12:48:11 PM     (No. 9572703)

The party in power is on a roll...no doubt about it. They offer ´a chicken in every pot´ and a lot of people go for the fowl and feathers so for now they are happy...reality will take a little longer... But remember the old saying ´you can fool some of the people some of the time...etc´, that too will come to pass just like Prohibition, Slavery, the funding for the Vietnam War...the appeal dims and they are gone. Truth is this very, very bad idea will also fall into place just like Obama´s place in history for the lack of truth in his entire administration. Sad but this too will pass.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: Keep_Right, 10/19/2013 1:10:55 PM     (No. 9572738)

Perhaps many of us that label ourselves as conservatives are less concerned with strategies and more concerned with our future and our kids future.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: killerbee, 10/19/2013 1:22:23 PM     (No. 9572747)

Funny. All the folks who say Ted Cruz is the "adolescent wing" (how ... civil) of the party and those who hatefully obsess over every article written about Sarah Palin are the same ones who push candidates that don´t win. All they ever seem to push for is giving dems what they want and stabbing those who fight in the back. The media can always find a "moderate Republican" to bash the person fighting.

"Here, let me throw salt in his eyes for you!"

We lose ground every time someone tries to fight because the dems know they can always count on a percentage of the Republican party to stab the fighter in the back. Because plan B ... which wouldn´t be necessary if the GOP had the fighter´s back. Obama would have caved had McCain and King (and the wonderful folks in places like Power Line) not scr3w3d the pooch for their own benefit.

Don´t expect the support of conservatives in the future. Good luck to ya.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: Bohallx, 10/19/2013 1:46:27 PM     (No. 9572773)

#12 ~ the way this work is the Baby Boomers are entering those years where their average death rate skyrockets.

Given the fairly even division of society into Republicans and Democrats, with an unregistered hinterland of people who don´t care to participate, we have about 1 million Republican baby boomers die per year, and about 1 million Democrats, and probably 1.5 million non registered die per year. (90 million adults are not voters)

The Democrats saw this coming a bit earlier than the Republicans.

As you recall we got to 64 million voters in 2004, and the Democrats barely made 66 million voters 8 years later in 2012!

Two major voter registration drives bring those numbers so close together ~

(1) The ACORN campaign. They got at least 13 million new voters over 4 years ~ truly commendable, and also a number that explains why we see ´scandal´ ~ when you do that much you do tend to pile up some cr*p and that always comes out.

(2) The TEAParty phenomenon. They got at least 5 million new voters in one year ~ again truly commendable. That´s one of the reasons TEAParty partisans think they´ve taken over Republican politics (or that they should) and why people who´ve been Republican all along (55 million of them) don´t always agree.

It´s all about the voters. You have to line them up first long before the nominations. You must make sure to have candidates available that your voters will vote for.

The Democrats have been failing in the legislatures and the House because their state candidates are idiots. We´ve failed for the Senate and the Presidency because our national candidates are equally idiots.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: MissMolly, 10/19/2013 1:55:41 PM     (No. 9572783)

"Obama would have caved..."

#32, you can not seriously believe Barack Obama and the Democrats would have said well, ok, Senator Cruz, we´re going to just help you bring down our single achievement because you sound so fierce.

You know that bridge? I´ve got one for you.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: Bohallx, 10/19/2013 1:59:55 PM     (No. 9572789)

#12 almost forgot the ´conclusion´. The GOP got 64 mil in 2004, but the TEA Party had nothing to do with that. They weren´t around AS the TEA Party at that time. However, their voter drive in 2010 kept us in the range of 60 voters. We need more obviously.

However, the Democrats DROPPED in 2012 ~ 3 million didn´t show up. I think that´s more a consequence of ceasing voter registration drives than lack of interest. The Dems continue to die and they have to be replaced.

The point I´m trying to make is that you can´t sit there and wait on voters to show up, or imagine you can send out a darling candidate and he or she will attract new voters.

YOU HAVE TO GO GET THE VOTERS first ~ with voter registration drives. Then you give them candidates they like. If they´re attractive people so much the better, but Tricky Dick definitely won races where he was far from attractive! He played to his Republican base though ~ and won! Bill Clinton played to his base as well.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: killerbee, 10/19/2013 2:02:12 PM     (No. 9572791)

#34: if the Republicans would have backed Cruz the dems would have blinked. We might not have gotten rid of Obamacare, but we would have gotten something. And if the Dems wouldn´t have blinked then what? Why don´t we find out? Can´t! The GOP is too scared of the fight. Thank goodness they weren´t around for the Revolution (although with McCain that´s debatable).

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Reply 35 - Posted by: LC Chihuahua, 10/20/2013 4:19:49 PM     (No. 9574148)

Factors that gave Obama the presidency in 2012:

- A megadose of media manipulation all in favor of Obama. The MSM is full of liberal bias.

- The Dem party is more organized. Plenty of dirty tricks too.

- The Republicans were disorganized. Did anyone bother to register new voters for 2012? I saw some Republican fundraisers sit on their hands during 2012. Did some Republican fundraisers prefer Obama over Romney because it would give the Conservatives less power? The Republicans came out flat in 2012. I doubt many Conservatives stayed home because they could not stand Obama. I saw more moderate Republicans switching to Obama because they like big government. Great opportunity for the Tea Party and other conservative groups to fill the void left by Republicans.

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On Tuesday, I mocked the Hurricane Katrina/Obamacare comparisons. Hurricane Katrina, after all, killed more than 1,800 people. Obamacare´s Web site isn´t working well yet. Ron Fournier, among others, defends the comparison, arguing that of course the crises themselves aren´t similar. The analogy is really about "the ways that Bush and Obama handled their crises, and [how] those actions changed the public´s view of their presidencies." But that´s precisely the point: The political fallout is driven by the nature of the crises. Or, to put it more starkly, reality drives politics — politics doesn´t drive reality. Start with the basic premise of

Healthcare plan enrollment surges
in some states after rocky rollout
Los Angeles Times, by Noam N. Levey    Original Article
Posted By: congaree53- 11/19/2013 11:45:18 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Despite the disastrous rollout of the federal government´s healthcare website, enrollment is surging in many states as tens of thousands of consumers sign up for insurance plans made available by President Obama´s health law. A number of states that use their own systems, including California, are on track to hit enrollment targets for 2014 because of a sharp increase in November, according to state officials. "What we are seeing is incredible momentum," said Peter Lee, director of Covered California, the nation´s largest state insurance marketplace, which accounted for a third of all enrollments nationally in October. California —

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

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

Analysis: Obama Celebrates
Eight Million ´Enrollments,´
Again Declares Debate ´Over´

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Townhall, by Guy Benson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/17/2014 8:56:28 PM     Post Reply
President Obama addressed the White House press corps today, announcing that with the final numbers in, Obamacare´s exchanges have attracted eight million sign-ups -- 35 percent of whom are "under the age of 35," he said. Several elements of his comments were misleading: (1) At first blush, the 35 percent stat is both significant and impressive. As recently as last month, the share of "young invincibles" signing up for plans was struggling in the 25 percent range, far short of the actuarial target of nearly 40 percent. A leap into the mid-30´s, while still shy of the goal, would constitute a major step, and would bode well for the risk pools'

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

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

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

White House blames fox for
destroying Michelle’s garden

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

Pelosi assists in Holy Week
foot-washing ritual

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San Francisco Chronicle, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Harlowe- 4/18/2014 11:46:54 AM     Post Reply
To "honor the dignity and work of immigrants," Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi helps Bishop Marc Andrus wash the feet of two children Thursday at Saint John the Evangelist Episcopal Church in San Francisco. Pelosi also used the occasion to talk about passing HR15 - bipartisan immigration legislation that her office says would "reduce the deficit by nearly $1 trillion, secure our borders, unite our families, protect our workers and provide an earned pathway to citizenship." The Democratic leader´s ceremony coincides with Pope Francis´ similar ceremony in Rome to mark Holy Week.

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

In a Hole, Golf Considers
Digging a Wider One

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

Deadbeat on the Range
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New York Times, by Timothy Eagan    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/18/2014 3:52:52 PM     Post Reply
Imagine a vendor on the National Mall, selling burgers and dogs, who hasn’t paid his rent in 20 years. He refuses to recognize his landlord, the National Park Service, as a legitimate authority. Every court has ruled against him, and fines have piled up. What’s more, the effluents from his food cart are having a detrimental effect on the spring grass in the capital. Would an armed posse come to his defense, aiming their guns at the park police? Would the lawbreaker get prime airtime on Fox News, breathless updates in the Drudge Report, a sympathetic ear from Tea Party Republicans?

Illinois Dems to offer $100 million in
taxpayer money to lure Obama library site

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Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 4/18/2014 9:15:50 AM     Post Reply
First, the good news: We are close enough to the end of the Obama presidency for his crowd to talk about a presidential library. Now, the bad news: Obama´s retirement is still 1,008 days distant. Plenty of time though to round up the dough to build it somewhere. Figure they need Solyndra-style money, at least $500 million. The last two presidents – Bill Clinton and George W. Bush -- built their legacy edifices totally with private money. [Snip] However, Obama supporters have a different take. They think taxpayers should put up $100 million in public money for Obama´s library.

Every Media Outlet: Hillary
Grandkid the Most Consequential
Baby Since Jesus

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Mediaite, by Tina Nguyen    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/18/2014 10:34:40 AM     Post Reply
Less than 16 hours after Chelsea Clinton announced she was pregnant, a lot of major news outlets started staring into the crystal ball of Chelsea’s womb, wondering what this currently floating zygotic multicellular being meant for the prospects of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign, which is also a floating, zygotic, multicellular being. Their answer: The immaculately conceived Clinton child could mean everything. And no, it’s not just the fact that having a grandchild could be personally fulfilling to Hillary and Bill (mazel tov, by the way), or that a cute baby would be a sweet cherry on top of Hillary’s already

Harry Reid Doubles Down on Bundy
Ranch: ´If They´re Patriots, We´re
in Big Trouble´

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Breitbart Big Government, by Kerry Picket    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/18/2014 9:39:40 PM     Post Reply
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Friday stood by his statement regarding embattled Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, saying on KSNV’s What’s Your Point?, “If anyone thinks by any figment of their imagination that what happened up there last week was just people rallying to somebody that was oppressed, 600 people came in armed. They had practiced. They had maneuvered.” Reid continued, “They knew what they were doing. They set up snipers in strategic locations with sniper rifles. They had assault weapons. They had automatic weapons. And they boasted about the fact that they put women and children, in fact one

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