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The Obama White House´s Original Sin:
A Failure of Effective Management

Atlantic, by Norm Ornstein

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 10/25/2013 5:52:01 AM

The Healthcare.gov debacle has been thoroughly dissected so far by America´s best health journalists and policy analysts. To be sure, every major rollout of a new or changed social policy, including Medicare itself, is rough and takes weeks or months to resolve. (Snip) It is the larger failure of public administration that has been endemic in the Obama White House, and is probably the president´s most significant weakness. The first clues to this problem came during the transition in 2008. George W. Bush and his chief of staff, Josh Bolten, offered exemplary assistance to the incoming Obama team—but many of the

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: steveW, 10/25/2013 6:13:57 AM     (No. 9581386)

No, no, no. The original sin is Obama´s anti-American, Leftist ideology. From that, all the bad flows.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: TakeBackAmerica, 10/25/2013 6:38:55 AM     (No. 9581402)

American presidents are supposed to love America. This one is where he is because George Soros leveraged Obama´s color, and fool voters fell for it. Twice. All this despite the purposeful cover up of the twisted so-called man´s background and records.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Really?, 10/25/2013 6:45:55 AM     (No. 9581407)

Wow...talk about turning a blind eye.

Good theory....wishful thinking....waste of time to read.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: sagman, 10/25/2013 6:47:58 AM     (No. 9581410)

Obama War Room: Mellow Yellow

[Defense Secretary Hagel, agitated, storms into the Oval Office]

HAGEL: Mr. President, we . . .
OBAMA: Stop! This sounds like trouble. I don’t want to hear it. [to Secret Service agent] Get him out of here!
HAGEL: [yelling] It’s North Korea, they’ve . . .
OBAMA: [covers his ears] Nyah nyah nyah nyah nyah . . .
HAGEL: [screaming as he’s dragged away] They’ve attacked South Korea!
OBAMA: Damn, I heard that. Let him go. What’s going on, Chuck?
HAGEL: The North invaded the South three days ago, sir. Our troops on the demilitarized zone were overrun, Seoul was bombarded and occupied. In response, I ordered a strike on the North’s nuclear weapons facilities.
OBAMA: Why didn’t you tell me?
HAGEL: Sir, your standing order to the Cabinet: ´´I wish to remain ignorant of any event that would require me to make a decision.´´
OBAMA: Oh, right. So, why are you violating that directive?
HAGEL: The Norks got off a missile. It’s heading toward California. ETA, 11 minutes; touchdown, Orange County. We can’t knock it down. I’m telling you because no decision is necessary.
OBAMA: Well, don’t put this on me. I had nothing to do with it. Jay, when it comes up at your briefing later, say, ´´The president just learned of these events. He is as frustrated as everyone else about the loss of life.´´
CARNEY: Very good, sir. Network anchors on line 3.
OBAMA: Scott, Brian, Diane, ignore or spin the Korean situation tonight. That’s half a world away. As for Orange County . . . who cares?
WILLIAMS: Very good, Mr. President. I’ll devote the bulk of our broadcast tonight to the new Smurfs’ movie.
SAWYER: I’ll lead with a segment implying the North Koreans interpreted the Republican-engineered government shutdown as a sign of weakness.
OBAMA: Make it so. Scott?
PELLEY: We’ll do a story comparing the rise of Ted Cruz to Kim Young-un’s elevation to power.
OBAMA: Perfect.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: StormCnter, 10/25/2013 6:49:31 AM     (No. 9581411)

Sagman, I love you.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: FlatCityGirl, 10/25/2013 6:56:42 AM     (No. 9581420)

I have this sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach that Sagman´s scenario is closer to the truth about how this reign of terror is run than we´ll ever know.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Country Boy, 10/25/2013 7:10:34 AM     (No. 9581431)

An insurance industry guy on Larry Kudlow last night reports that 50% of the transactions delivered to insurance companies are INACCURATE.

The insurance industry is saying that the broken website is the small problem. The big problem is the erroneous data which the website is generating.

http://video.cnbc.com/gallery/?play=1&video=3000211014

That´s like setting up a WallMart store and 1/2 the cash registers can´t add correctly.

Thinking that insurance execs are fearing that what happened to the banking industry in ´08 is soon to happen to them.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: mws50, 10/25/2013 7:11:59 AM     (No. 9581435)



This article provides more proof that obama is an inept, incompetent, inexperienced, anti-American, socialistic, muslim-leaning, ex-lawyer doofus. (especially the first three adjectives in my list)

Also, Norm, obama never has been a constitutional-law professor.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Janjan, 10/25/2013 7:12:56 AM     (No. 9581437)

That´s right Norm. The Republican ´rants´ about Fast and Furious, Benghazi, the IRS scandal, a totally racist Justice Department, and unconstitutional executive orders notwithstanding, this truly is such an ethical Administration. And if Obama could have only found a few more socialist political hacks to fill some vacant positions life in your little bubble would be perfect.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: privateer, 10/25/2013 7:13:44 AM     (No. 9581438)

Yes, I´ve always susupected Sagman was the real leaker. This griped me: FTA "Combine that with the shocking failure to quickly nominate judges to fill vacancies—for a constitutional-law professor who had served in the Senate." They won´t drop that lie! zero was no more that than Barney Fife was the Sheriff of Nottingham.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: MattMusson, 10/25/2013 7:17:33 AM     (No. 9581443)

90% of implementations fail for the same reason: Bad Management.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Chuzzles, 10/25/2013 7:20:52 AM     (No. 9581450)

Filling those key posts with somebody of experience would have prevented Skippy from being able to claim ignorance on a whole host of scandals.

By not filling those key posts, corruption and classic liberal failure had a perfect breeding ground in this administration. There was/is literally no one ethical in place to put the brakes on.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Poobah, 10/25/2013 7:23:18 AM     (No. 9581451)

The Democrat´s fundamental problem is that they think that large, complex computer systems come from the tooth fairy.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: 3XALADY, 10/25/2013 7:31:25 AM     (No. 9581461)

@13 Someone certainly figured it out because they didn´t do so bad in the voter fraud department last time - and many times before. And the fraud wasn´t from little old ladies coloring in the circle with a black marker like we do in our voting booth.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 10/25/2013 7:36:12 AM     (No. 9581468)

Norm would have you believe that this regime´s problems stem from their being too ethical.

The Kool-Aid appears to contain both LSD, Everclear and what ever the opposite of truth serum is.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Peterfleming, 10/25/2013 7:41:58 AM     (No. 9581484)

This Atlantic article goes into great seeming detail to miss the point entirely, and come away having learned nothing of the underlying truth. The truth is: create chaos
all confusion is deliberate. The communism of it all is to cause as much irreversible destruction and confusion as possible, as quickly as is possible, Holder smuggling guns to Mexican drug bosses, eliminating requirements to vote legally, Hitlary and Obama hiding from the Benghzi deaths, the Obama "gang" organizing the illegal labor pool of alien invaders to give them false legal standing, communist designed takeover of millions of dedicated doctor, nurse, technician professionals careers, destruction of uncountable millions of jobs and previously held satisfactory medical plans, hundreds of unseen executive orders further destroying our freedoms, and top it off with a drunken, greedy big waste spending Congress, a massive bureaucracy that keeps on plowing us under with non work, and the final grotesque Goebbels propaganda smear of subservient to the state news actors like Scott Pelley, Brian Williams
Diane Sawyer and so called entertainer propagandists like closet socialist David Letterman. Planned chaos !!


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Reply 17 - Posted by: Midnight Rambler, 10/25/2013 7:42:16 AM     (No. 9581485)

Article says Obama failure of management, but goes on to blame Republicans and FOX news.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: god of irony, 10/25/2013 7:47:00 AM     (No. 9581492)

What Norm Ornstein and the Polianna Republicans fail to understand is that this is not by accident, it is by design. Obama is a leftist and it is their doctrine to collapse the society before they can rebuild it in their utopian ideal.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: artman1746, 10/25/2013 7:59:30 AM     (No. 9581509)

This analysis is like the liberal scientist recording his observations after removing each leg from a frog. He removes the first leg and says, "hop frog!". The frog hops. He removes the second leg and says "hop frog!". The frog hops. He removes the third leg and says "hop frog!". The frog hops. He removes the fourth leg and says "hop frog!". The frog does not hop. The liberal scientist writes his conclusion: "after removal of the fourth leg, frog went deaf!"

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Rinktum, 10/25/2013 8:03:00 AM     (No. 9581516)

Obamacare is failing because it is a bad idea. Usually ideas like this are implemented by the barrel of a gun. Trying to get it done without force is problematic for Comrade Obama and his fellow travelers.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: edgar, 10/25/2013 8:05:31 AM     (No. 9581521)

The author slams people for "distorting" and "misusing" Max Baucus´ Train Wreck reference, yet he refers to Obama as a "constitutional-law professor." Talk about distortion.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: rabidrepublican, 10/25/2013 8:22:19 AM     (No. 9581547)

Management? Really? The only job for this regime is to come up with brilliant ideas. Who cares how they are managed.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: shamus, 10/25/2013 8:24:59 AM     (No. 9581551)

Ornstein is a leftist googoo dedicated to the proposition of denying Americans their first amendment rights. His spin won´t make the ACA any more popular.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: strike3, 10/25/2013 8:30:00 AM     (No. 9581559)

The Chosen Won´s claim is that he didn´t know that healthcare.gov was not fully functional on opening day until after it was turned over for public use. This gives us two choices on the level of his management ability: 1) Cowardly, blame-dodging liar. 2)Totally incompetent. Can you imagine how long the CEO of a private ompany would last if he made a claim like that after a colossal failure like that? Roughly the time it would take him to clean out his desk.


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Reply 25 - Posted by: Freeloader, 10/25/2013 8:30:33 AM     (No. 9581562)

A failure of effective management? For crying out loud Norm, what did you expect? The guy had never even "managed" a corner shoe shine stand prior to 2009!

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Adam, 10/25/2013 8:53:10 AM     (No. 9581601)

Norm, you are as easy to see through as a Katy Perry dress. "Oh, the problem isn´t the rotten ideology, the problem is the execution. If we get Hillary in there, she will make the execution happen. Obama is too much a brilliant dreamer." Norm, you are PATHETIC.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Arby, 10/25/2013 9:56:06 AM     (No. 9581680)

He fundamentally dislikes America and wants to shape it to fit his ideological assumptions. However, he is too inept and inexperienced to do that and tosses the ball to others. His incompetence and indolence are our potential salvation.

The curious thing is that he wants to change the country even though it has been very, very good to him, far better than he has earned or deserved.



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Reply 28 - Posted by: jeffkinnh, 10/25/2013 10:15:23 AM     (No. 9581725)

This is the direction the liberal defense of BOCare will go, as all liberal programs go. It´s not that the idea itself is flawed. No, the idea is absolutely correct! It´s the implementation that is flawed. The solution: do it over, spend more money. Repeat forever.

This is what they do with education and other programs. They are adamant they are doing the right thing but they need more time and money to do it "better".

The liberal ladder is always leaning against the wrong wall and their fix is to climb the ladder faster and go higher. They will never reach the right place no matter how they implement or manage it.

Further, it allows liberal leaders to maintain their "goodness". It´s not bad to fail at implementation, just annoying. Since the leaders are trying to do the right thing, they are still "good" people. I wonder how that would work in an emergency room. Well, the doctor intended to save the patient´s life. He just botched the implementation by amputating the patient´s leg instead of treating him for a heart attack, the real problem, and the patient died. No problem?

But liberals will never see or admit to all that.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: Me?Opinionated?Nah!, 10/25/2013 10:24:37 AM     (No. 9581745)

Thanks to the proverbial lemonade stand, we have a convenient metaphor by which to describe the ultimate in ineptitude.

“He’s so dumb, he couldn’t run a lemonade stand for an hour without going belly-up.”

In Commissar Obama’s case, dumb, when you really get to observe him from up close, becomes a given. And what’s behind his glib, carefully staged façade? Another façade waiting to take its place. ‘All hat, No cattle’ as they say yonder down thar, dag nab it! One must add philosophically free-enterprise-opposed, prophet-good, profit-bad, business experience bereft, prodigiously slothful. And that’s just for openers.

Will these eight years come to be known as America’s Era of Never Again? I’d like to think so.


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Reply 30 - Posted by: mc squared, 10/25/2013 12:13:02 PM     (No. 9581952)

And the buck starts and stops with the president.

Some people say there is a buck stopping somewhere. Let me make this clear...er.., I will direct every agency to to ..ah, ..find this buck. It´s my ..er,.. first priority every day because it´s what the ..um.., people want....

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Reply 31 - Posted by: chicodon, 10/25/2013 12:56:55 PM     (No. 9582042)

Worth watching if you haven´t seen it. Back when Obama wasn´t hiding his Communist roots.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZjzPirAp0vM

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Reply 32 - Posted by: Gr8Shiphandler, 10/25/2013 4:01:42 PM     (No. 9582361)

This failure of the liberals is predictable. Ideology always triumphs common sense. I remember Chairman Mao´s Great Leap Forward in 1958. Someone in the Communist Party noticed that Sparrows were eating crop seeds, so they put a penny bounty for each dead sparrow turned in. Millions of sparrows were killed. The next year there were no sparrows to eat the insects, most of the crops were eaten by insects, and a widespread famine lasted for years. Obama and his wrecking crew are no smarter than the Chinese Communist Mandarins.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: Peterfleming, 10/25/2013 4:34:38 PM     (No. 9582409)

Please, L-dotters, seriously consider not using words of self destructive propaganda. Every time you call these destroyers the good name of liberal (who are actually bad socialist, fascist, communist really bad people), you are helping them to their further destruction of our free country. They use good words to disguise bad acts.
Try using CommunistBodyControl. See if you feel better.
Call it, and them, what they really ARE !

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Reply 34 - Posted by: StuartL, 10/25/2013 4:56:19 PM     (No. 9582440)

Let’s keep banging that drum, #s 8, 10 and 21 – the word is starting to get out (although the Atlantic is probably several bridges too far).

And we should supplement what he wasn’t – a Constitutional law professor – with what he was: a part-time lecturer who “taught” exactly one course: a 2-unit bull session entitled “Critical Race Theory and the Constitution,” or, in plain English, “Those dead white racist Founders got it all wrong.”

And he only held that position, such as it was, because his tissue-paper résumé needed beefing up and Valerie Jarrett, who at the time was a regent of the U of Chicago, pulled a few strings.


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Reply 35 - Posted by: Hammock, 10/26/2013 2:05:41 AM     (No. 9582927)

When I read this many lies in an article I make sure to remember the name of the writer and what entity is publishing him.

Previous posters have covered most of it, but I must admit I laughed myself silly when Atlantic´s Ornstein blamed the administration´s ethical restrictions on hiring lobbyists. How many hundreds have they hired now?

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Reply 36 - Posted by: papasparky, 10/26/2013 4:10:58 AM     (No. 9582955)

To paraphrase an old military adage: To err is human, to FUBAR requires a government web site.

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When it comes to tracking the cost of Obama family vacations, there are two primary challenges. First, the Obamas are prolific jet-setters, so there are many details to track. Second, the Obama administration, clearly embarrassed by these lavish and frequent family vacations, stonewalls the release of records at every turn. But we have been relentless in pursuit of this information. Our attorneys file the lawsuits and make our case, and our investigators pour through pages of records and crunch the numbers. And the information we’ve uncovered – information that would otherwise remain under lock and key – shows that the

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

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

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

Elizabeth Warren whines about coverage
of her fraudulent Indian claim

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

Former US president joins
opposition to Keystone XL

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

Fox News Poll: Many voters say Obama lies
to the country on important matters

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Fox News, by Dana Blanton    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/16/2014 7:39:27 PM     Post Reply
About six in ten American voters think Barack Obama lies to the country on important matters some or most of the time, according to a Fox News poll released Wednesday. Thirty-seven percent think Obama lies “most of the time,” while another 24 percent say he lies “some of the time.” Twenty percent of voters say “only now and then” and 15 percent “never.” Click here for the poll results. President Obama has been accused by political opponents and media fact-checkers alike of telling falsehoods. Frequently cited: His repeated claim that under Obamacare “If you like your plan, you can keep

Rev. Al Sharpton’s Easter message:
Politically ‘crucified’ Obama has risen again

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Washington Times, by Jessica Chasmar    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/16/2014 3:42:51 PM     Post Reply
With Easter soon approaching, the Rev. Al Sharpton on Wednesday drew parallels between the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the resurrection of President Obama’s political career. Joining the “Tom Joyner Morning Show,” Mr. Sharpton said that his message for this Easter is that “no matter what the world may do to you unfairly, no matter how you’re crucified — nailed to the cross at home, or in your personal relationships, or on the job — that you can rise if you don’t lose yourself during the hard times and the challenges.” The reverend went on to say that Christ endured so much humiliation and unearned suffering leading up to his death,

Wendy Davis will undergo neck surgery
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Star-Telegram [Fort Worth TX], by Anna M. Tinsley    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/16/2014 4:02:34 PM     Post Reply
FORT WORTH — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis will undergo neck surgery today, her campaign said Tuesday. “After experiencing shoulder and right arm pain in recent weeks, Sen. Davis will have a routine surgical procedure to remove bone spurs and degenerative discs that are creating compression on the nerves in her neck,” campaign spokesman Zac Petkanas said in a statement Tuesday. “This is a common issue experienced by runners and endurance athletes,” he said. Davis, of Fort Worth, will undergo the outpatient surgery at the Fort Worth Brain and Spine Institute. Dr. Thomas Ellis will perform the

Obama administration gives Detroit
$100 million for ´blight removal´

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American Thinker, by Rick Moran    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/16/2014 1:36:54 PM     Post Reply
The cash infusion by the federal government is actually going to help the city pay pensions, even though they´re playing a kind of shell game with the money. As for "blight removal," perhaps they could start with city hall. Reuters: Michigan officials and President Barack Obama´s Administration are discussing a plan to free up $100 million in federal money to aid Detroit´s retired city workers, the Detroit Free Press reported on Tuesday. Citing two people familiar with the talks, the newspaper said the talks were centered around federal money flowing to Michigan for blight removal. Under the plan, $100 million

Michael Bloomberg: ´I Have Earned
My Place in Heaven´

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The Weekly Standard, by Daniel Halper    Original Article
Posted By: Bill the Cat- 4/16/2014 9:15:28 AM     Post Reply
Former New York City mayor is pledging to spend $50 million this year to push gun control, the New York Times reports. For this and other deeds (such as taking on obesity and smoking), Bloomberg believes he´s going to heaven. “I am telling you if there is a God, when I get to heaven I’m not stopping to be interviewed. I am heading straight in. I have earned my place in heaven. It’s not even close,” Bloomberg told the Times.

Climate change causing fish to
lose their minds, researchers say

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Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/16/2014 1:35:05 PM     Post Reply
Climate change’s latest casualty appears to be fish — or more specifically, fish brains — as researchers say the carbon dioxide that’s being absorbed into the ocean is causing the scaly creatures to lose their survival instincts. In other words, the fish are losing their minds, The Daily Mail reported. The acid from atmospheric carbon dioxide seeps into sea waters, dissolves and ultimately lowers the pH balance, researchers said. The acidic waters then hamper the fishes’ sensory systems, so they’re not able to distinguish between smells any longer, the scientists went on. When the acid levels get really high, the fish lose their


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