I´m reading a terribly sad book these days. It´s a book that I thought would uplift me during the doldrums of second-year medical school, and renew in me a sense of hope. It´s called "The Audacity to Win," and it´s a memoir of Barack Obama´s 2008 presidential campaign. When I´m finished with my patient write-ups at night and get into bed, the book returns me to a time when politics inspired millions and speeches could take your breath away. The election turned out to be a landslide, and news anchors paused to reflect on the historic nature of the hour. My classmates
And you thought all Harvard medical students are smart?
This clown voted for Obama twice and is surprised by who Obama turned out to be (in contrast to most of us, who spotted this statist phony from day one). And he still apparently thinks Obamacare is wonderful. Guess when he enters the medical profession he will be in for yet another unpleasant surprise.
There are two issues with this fiasco: one with the actual website, which is an amazing bit of incompetence, and the other with the actual plan, which anyone with a brain could see would never work.
The media has carried Obama´s water for years, with record deficits, unemployment, and scandals ignored. Obama intentionally planned this disaster to begin in 2014 because he didn´t want it to muck up his re-election.
Many of our problems might be solved by raising the voting age to 30. It is a mistake to encourage young people to vote. How are they supposed to have acquired the wisdom and experience to judge complex matters - especially if they, like the writer of this piece, have been in school all their lives?
Expansion of the franchise may not have caused our decline, but it has certainly hastened it. The machine - the U.S. system of government- was simply not designed to run the way it is being run, i.e. on universal enfranchisement. The results were predictable. It is a classic case of GIGO: garbage in, garbage out. It is going to get worse, for Democrats want convicted felons to be able to vote.
#7, I have thought about the need to raise the voting age too; however, many people of my own middle-age group act and think like self-absorbed, gullible, self-important, and petulant children. If we were to raise the voting age to 65, there would still be many, like this author´s own parents who apparently were busy gathering newspaper articles about their faux messiah in 2008. I wonder if they made a scrapbook to remember the gloriousness of the "mmm, mmm, mmm" time by. The things Nathaniel Morris sees as Obama´s great successes are, to me, among the many disasters for our republic.
One of our problems is Harvard itself. All the leftist statist professors there are turning out affirmative action idiots like obama and self loathing whites like Nathaniel in droves. The so called Ivy League schools should be shutdown and the Marxist profs, like the ones that obama was drawn to, sent packing. The so called best and brightest from these colleges and universities are destroying this country with all their drivel about diversity and fairness.
Republican obstructionism cannot explain allowing the bugging of foreign leaders... having drones strike innocent children overseas... the National Security Agency collect data on the private lives of Americans...prosecuting whistle-blowers who reveal government wrongdoing... assassinating Anwar al-Awlaki, an American citizen, without a trial...shirking public funding and spending limits during presidential campaigns.
Oh sure it can and will and CNN will help make sure that the Free Stuff Army, you know, the people who´ll soon be your patients, continue to blame it all on anyone or anything but their Saviorness.
It makes me yearn for the many promises that disappeared.
Nate, to steal from Paul Simon, you;re "Still Stupid After All These Years." The title of your article should be "I Miss The Way I Felt When I Believed In Fairy Dust." Good luck with the Free Stuff Army. You voted for it. Oh, and btw, new concept you´ve NEVER heard of before in your life; decisions have consequences, but it doesn´t look like you´ll ever grasp that. Looks like your "mojo" is in the way.
My policy on this is that the people who voted for Obama were NOT ignorant. They were NOT misled. I reject the notion that they are even surprised.
All this chaos and damage was intentional. I will not allow them to run from their decision, nor let them hide.
They voted for Obama on purpose, and especially for this purpose: to keep him in power long enough to make sure Obamacare became established. They did it because they thought they would benefit personally. They didn´t care who or how Obamacare was going affect as long as they got a benefit.
They are NOT crying out in despair. These are the lying tears of the swindler and standard procedure in the escape phase of a successful fraud.
Isn´t it funny to think of someone who was so young talking about the "need for change".......as if he had any idea how things "should be".
I have known and worked with many people from Harvard. The one thing I feel like I can see in all of them is an attitude that they know everything and they are helping everyone else by sharing their vast knowledge.
They are quite "educated", but no better suited for leadership than anyone else. In fact, they can be very dangerous.
Nate has learned very little. He needs to realize that humans are herd animals and start distancing himself from the herd. Any bets on who he votes for in the next presidential election? You know who it will be.
My observations on liberals is that they fall into 2 categories. #1 - not so bright, but idealistic. Believe we can have equality in everything( ie: salaries, insurance, vehicles, homes, etc) without any loss of "freedom" - utopia. #2 - intelligent but evil liberals. they understand that to achieve liberal utopia of equality they need the thumb of government control and ultimately a loss of freedom is worth it for the end game.
Just wait until this naif runs into the members of the permanent underclass and their super-sized sense of entitlement and their indulgences (tats, acrylic nails, designer bags, piercings, etc). He´s in for a second rude shock. It will probably happen during his internship and residency.
I know that both words start with an "h", but it´s their meaning that Nathaniel must be confused by. After all Obama went to Harvard and he surely knows the difference.
hippocratic (as in the oath all graduating doctors swear to, which kinda states "First do no harm". Supposedly it doesn´t, but it comes close.)
hypocrite: 1.a person who pretends to have virtues, moral or religious beliefs, principles, etc., that he or she does not actually possess, especially a person whose actions belie stated beliefs. 2.a person who feigns some desirable or publicly approved attitude, especially one whose private life, opinions, or statements belie his or her public statements.
"Obviously, elective office isn´t a predictable course, as the opposing political party and random events, such as the Newtown massacre, will shape our public conversation."
Oh, my, what naivete! Sweetie, the Dems and Reps have been the opposing political parties in this country for well over 100 years. Didn´t they teach you that at Harvard? An opposition party was very predictable. And while Newtown itself wasn´t predictable, disaster was. Every generation, every president, has experienced catastrophe. (Hint: Obama´s predecessor experienced catastrophe on 9/11/2001. Look it up.)
I like all the above comments. It´s too bad this young man didn´t have parents who taught him critical thinking skills. They sound like the typical liberal. How could anyone buy the rhetoric that Obama was peddling? "We are the ones we have been waiting for!" That one sentence told me everything I needed to know about Obama. He was prone to hyperbole, had an ego the size of Texas, and humility was foreign to him. He was a fraud from the get go. His supporters didn´t want to see it. Liberals are a danger to any society because they are so easily duped. This young man and his parents are shining examples of that. Reality will really hit him in the face when he learns that his profession is not going to provide him with the lifestyle he expected. That will be his ultimate epiphany. I can´t say I am sorry for him. When you reject the truth because it doesn´t fit your world view, life will slap you up side the head.
This is intellectual laziness. If he puts as much effort into treating any patients he may have when puts on the white coat as he has into into analyzing politics, his patients will be in real trouble. Also. Have I missed something? He says that Obama has not closed the "base at Guantanamo Bay". I thought it was just the terrorist country club that they wanted to shut down.
This is a very depressing article. This young man has no idea what this nation was founded to be, no concept of the idea of limited government. At such a young age, bought into the "hope and change" BS. Change from what? To What? He had no idea this "young team of visionaries" was talking about fundamental change, changing from what this nation was founded to be. Of course, now he is upset at the promises Zero has failed to keep, after listing his "great and varied accomplishments". And as we read in his article, his parents are obviously complete idiots. Our youth is clearly not being taught our constitution and basic civics. It is difficult to see how the US survives as founded.
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lil dotty, 11/2/2013 8:30:29 AM (No. 9594880)
Chinese proverb: When the wise man points at the moon the fool looks at the finger... Mr. Morris, fortunately our Founding Fathers had much more experience in human nature than you. Voting is not your just your civic duty. It is truly your life. Everything, all the time, forever. That ripple in the pond which touches all around, forever and ever. Persons such as you will be held responsible when judgment is given as to the cause of America ceasing to be. The Lathe of Heaven is in your hands, yet you are too inexperienced to use it.
I´m not so sure Morris "gets it." He obviously bought into the hope and change hype and even though Barry has been exposed as an incompetent Marxist thug, Morris still clearly believes the hype and would vote for the fraud a third time. This further confirms my belief that the best and the brightest aren´t attending Harvard.
It may be opinion but that doesn´t excuse the writer´s trip hammer use of the pronoun ´I´ - much like his fallen idol.
And when will they shut up about Gitmo? These people aren´t going anywhere because they can´t go anywhere else. 250 of the most vile murderous scum are nothing compared to the multitudes running riot throughout the world.
It´s a purely symbolic issue which is why it´s attractive to lefties eager to show their correct mode of thought.
Due to the extremes on both sides of the aisle, the polls showing favorability ratings can be very misleading, unless the poll allows the person polled to identify their primary issue that caused their negative rating. So don´t be comforted by assuming that the negative feelings reflect people coming around to our opinion.
The extreme left is not satisfied because he has not managed to fully turn us into a socialist state in 5 years (although they should give him a C for his effort). The liberal idealists who might lean toward liberitarian opinions are viewing him negatively due to his NSA and drone activities. The yellow dog democrats, who naively thought their vote for a black president would get us over the hump of prejudice in this country, are shocked at what he has done that has cost them money. And then there are those of us who knew all along what he was all about.
#40, so well stated! Everything we do resounds; we just usually do not realize the extent.
Obviously, this kid who is trying to become a doctor is easily swayed. It makes me wonder how he approaches everything else in his life - touchy feely is somehow better than logic and good sense, plus values and morals with a knowledge and an understanding of history.
Start looking for a place where English is spoken so you won´t be a union employee doctor.
Why is it that all I had to know about Obama is that he wanted to fundamentally transform America? Regardless of my ideology I understand that the whole purpose of the Constitution was to prevent ANY president or faction from changing the fundamentals of our government without going through the amnendment process outlined in the document itself.
Obama told us he was going to violate his oath before ever taking it.
This Washington Examiner headline says it all: "Obamacare shock: $12,600 deductible, 40 percent co-pay, zero competition"
It´s obvious that Obamacare is designed to fail. It´s a Rube-Goldberg contraption. Just think of how much simpler it would be if it was paid via income taxes. The same middle class chumps will pay for it but the rubes (myself included) won´t face the sticker shock.
That has been the plan from day one (sadly by elites in both parties). So Nathaniel, you have a bright future ahead at a Kaiser style healthcare mill. Good luck.
PS: Always remember the EU motto... "United in diversity". You´ll need it.
Hooray for Lucianne´s readers. Not fooled twice, nor even once, as to whom we have in the White House. Not impressed with the cries of angst that are oozing through the floorboards, nor foolishly optimistic that at last most will see the light. Readers are right, this sad little soul would vote him in a third time given the chance. When and if his ilk start screaming for impeachment, we´ll know they have truly turned. Till then, kill the kudos!
Most or all of this starts at home within the family and is affirmed at corrupted schools. Then it´s off to Harvard to follow in the footsteps of our glorious leader.
What ever happened to that old saying ´fool me once and its your fault, fool me twice and its my fault´. If he hasn´t learned that by the age of 5, then he´s hopeless and this article only confirms that he doesn´t have a grip on life.
As someone said above, he will probably vote for Hillary in the next election, instead of someone who tried to warn people like him of the dangers ahead.
With all due respect to our genial hostess and staff--This guy doesn´t sound too smart to me, and I don´t think he "gets it". He´s basically still whining about those mean Republicans, and that 0 isn´t being leftist enough for him. And he still thinks 0 can turn it around.
I look at those people behind him, smiling, nodding their heads, clapping, and can´t help but think...´he´s eating their lunch with higher taxes, higher spending, higher healthcare premiums, poorer medical care, lower wages....and they don´t even know it.´
While we here at Lucianne.com find this doctor in training to be lacking wisdom, many others will find him to be perfect for the Independent Payment Advisory Board. I´m sure he thinks he would make better healthcare decisions for you and your family than you would make.
Obama: ´I want us to get our mojo back,´ he said. ´We´ve got to remember who we are.´
Here´s the thing... the world is starting to figure out who Obama really is. He´s done a good job (with the help of the MSM) masking who/what he really is. Nate thinks Obama is simply off track and needs to get back to his old, perfect being. Its pathetic that Nate still thinks Obama can be rehabilitated.
The educational system and the media in this country have done this to us.
Wonderfully intuitive thread...you´ve all outdone yourselves. I have just a couple of points to add. This young man is a prime example of the dumbed-down teaching our children receive today, along with political and environmental brainwashing. And his generation all too often, refuse to allow the ´other side´ to be heard. I have a few neighbors who voted twice for Obama. They only watch the lib influenced news sources. You cannot talk to them in intelligent terms.
Hey, c´mon, the child moonbat actually came out and admitted that maybe the NSA spying is not the fault of the Republicans. Not exactly 1.5 steps down the road of logic. Maybe 0.05.
And yes, that´s about the best we can expect from a Harvard-trained collectivist, because I know a whole lot more of them who would dig up fever-swamp "evidence" that the Halliburton weather machine also controls the NSA mainframes.
This doctor in training illustrates the liberal mindset well. Liberalism is the desire to hang on to the fantasyland of childhood and refuse to accept the responsibilities of adulthood. This allows them to suspend their better judgement and believe the expansive promises of someone like Obama for some utopian dream world. Recall when Obama promised to lower the sea level no one remarks that this is impossible even for the POTUS. The promise is taken seriously in the general euphoria of many other impossible promises. Liberals will deceive themselves because they are eager to believe in their fantasies of childhood!
I still don´t think Republicans and Conservatives understand to what extent most people have been brainwashed in this country. Bill Whittle recently got it, describing a battle between left and right in which the left has complete air supremacy. A majority of people have a negative view of Republicans, the tea party, etc. but they cannot tell you why. Think about that. They hate people Palin, Limbaugh, Cruz; they think Obama cares about them; they think Romney hates poor people - but they cannot cite one fact to support their views. And they don´t care but they will vote accordingly. If you understand that, then you will understand why this otherwise intelligent young man can stare reality in the face and still cling to the illusion.
Of course this Harvard med student is crying in despair.
Just like all his elite Ivy League brethren it´s just dawning on him that he is, in fact, dumber than Sarah Palin. Yes, that Sarah Palin, the Caribou Barbie who supposedly is dumber than a bag of hammers because she went to a state school. Well, it only took her five minutes to see through this Obama guy and all his lies -- it took the ivy league elite four years (and counting).
The tidbit about the author´s parents saving all the newspapers from Obama´s election is perfection. So telling. Liberals are pack animals. It´s very important to them to be seen in their own eyes and in the eyes of the pack as "good" people. Saving the newspapers and papering the walls of their little eco-friendly solar-powered caves is a testament and public show of how good they truly are. Liberals -- yuck.
Eve was undoubtedly the smartest woman who ever lived, as she was created perfect by God in the Garden of Eden, yet even she was deceived by the silver-tongue of Satan.
Human intellect is no indicator of common sense, nor is it a guard against deception. Had these Obama voters had even the basic knowledge of Biblical Doctrines they would have seen through this wolf in sheep´s clothing.
We all knew he would be who he was in the Senate in Illinois. The huge red flag was his voting for post-delivery infanticide... twice!
People here (posting comments) are all over this guy "like white on rice."
Reality break for you, in case you´re shocked at this unrealistic wannabe professional health care provider...
Most medical students really aren´t all that good or that smart... Many Harvard people really are not realistic or well-informed, but rather biased and of course snooty about their own political correctness...
Having dealt with all of the above for close to a half century of adulthood... Allow me to advise you that lawyers and doctors and others of similar ilk are vastly overrated in their abilities and also their intentions and integrity...
It´s a Wizard of Oz phenomenon... Much of the malarkey handed out to folks in the form of diplomas and awards and so forth is, if not fully bogus, at least far short of the mark in meeting expectations.
There is absolutely no shortage of fraud in any profession.
And many of our leaders, too, are fraudsters. Get over it. Or not... and impeach and prosecute.
I am not sure as to your motivations for penning your thoughts for CNN. To seek absolution one generally has to admit ones sins, a concept which appears foreign to your frame of reference. I am writing in response to inform you that your capacity for self delusion is disturbing to me, a potential future patient of your profession.
Your essay indicated that you are a second year medical student at Harvard and that you cast your first ballot for Mr. Obama in 2008. Those metrics would indicate that you are between 23 and 26 years of age. You confess to being surprised that President Obama´s policies and performance have not met the rhetoric of candidate Obama. You found Mr. Romney´s campaign disjointed, yet ignored all of the warning signs from the first term to cast a second ballot for President Obama.
Given your inability to critically analyze evidence (or symptoms in you profession) one has to hope that your specialty is Dermatology rather than Infectious Diseases!
I do not accept that your youth an inexperience with life led you to the decision to cast your vote for a man with absolutely no accomplishments to his name. No sir, it was simple intellectual laziness that allowed you to feel good voting for a black man based upon the color of his skin rather than the content of his character. Had you analyzed his character you would have realized that he supports wealth redistribution, he wants to shrink the U.S. Economy, he wants to reduce the standard of living for all Americans except for him and his friends.
How did I know this? By ignoring what he said in speeches and paying attention to who he associated with BEFORE he started campaigning for president.
You sir voted for a man who advocated illicit drug use. You voted for a man who voted against a law to protect an infant who survives an abortion. You voted for a man who believes that government creates wealth. You voted for a man who believes Israel is a threat to world peace but thinks that the Muslim Brotherhood just needs to refine its message.
And you did this not once but twice.
Frankly if given the choice of seeking your care for a medical condition or the assistance of a local veterinarian, I would choose the later simply because he is not distracted by mellifluous words, as he considers the evidence before his very eyes.
Be gone and return when you truly understand what your misguided desire for utopia has wrought on your countrymen.
As soon as Obie heads into phony Southern Baptist preacher speak and begins stuttering "eye-eye-eye-eye ... ah,ah, ah..." in what I conclude is his pathetic impersonation of Elvis, I reach for the remote.
I sure-hell wouldn´t have told people I was a medical student! Next he´ll want us to believe he passed organic chemistry on the first try. There might be some hope for this double-barreled fool, but the rest of us are skrude.
I have another take on Morris; that he has written an article that is at the very edge of what could be printed in the captured media, and has gone to the very edge of permitted criticism in his environment. The examples he chooses, like the skirting of campaign funding, for example, shows me that he can reason and is presenting a case to his fellow socialists. The guy´s life would be hell were he to go farther, everyone he probably knows or who has power over him would make it so he´d have a hard time finishing med school.
This is a classic liberal bemoaning the fact that BO hasn´t been liberal enough or good enough. Nataniel wants more liberal agenda items carried out and he wants peace NOW, even though the world is filled with people who want us dead.
Yes, they had high hopes for BO but BO´s biggest obstacle is the liberal ideology he espouses. It flat out doesn´t work. That´s why the economy has stalled for 5 years. That´s why health care won´t work (the botched website is only the tip of the iceberg). That´s why the world is slipping into chaos and no nations respect us anymore. That´s why government is out of control.
That´s also the reason that BO is unable to find any agreement with the Republicans. His far left addenda is irrational and unsupportable.
#12 and others: the sad thing is he is too stupid to be doctor. Harvard and many other big medical schools only care about what the students are able to memorize. This is why we have such lousy, but expensive treatment. They are taught that if you have condition x, apply pharmaceutical product y. When are schools at any level going to teach students to think.
PS: Nate, Obama had an "easy win" in the electoral college, but it was no landslide. Reagan´s second term was a landslide.
Lenin would have called this guy a "useful idiot" and would have been correct.
However, just because he´s an idiot politically doesn´t mean he´s an idiot in other areas.
Over the years, I´ve come to the conclusion that the mind is like a searchlight in the darkness. The area it is focused on is brilliantly-lit, but everywhere else is darkness. You have to learn to swing that searchlight around to other areas to avoid unpleasantness.
In this case, the author might have a pretty good searchlight, but he is pointing it in the direction of his career - he doesn´t know that it might be a good idea to swing that searchlight to other areas. If he doesn´t eventually learn to do this, he will continue to suffer injury from surprise attacks from the things in the dark. If he had only thought to swing his searchlight around, he could have avoided these disasters. This has already happened to him twice from Obama sneaking up on him in the dark. I wonder if he will ever learn to swing his searchlight around to other areas (like politics!).
This young man typifies what our indoctrination centers (formally referred to as the public schools and colleges) have done to our young people. In this case, the young man had so much hate and lies pumped into his head, it kind of became inbred, so he voted for Obie....twice! We do know who controls the public schools especially in the urban centers, don´t we?
You complain about Republican "obstructionism." We have a right and even a duty to oppose policies which we don´t like and/or which are bad policies.
If there were´t opposition to it, I could become president of General Motors or even the United States.
Policies must work even in the face of opposition.
If there weren´t crooks in the world I could open up the lowest cost grocery store in town: no locks, no cash registers, no security etc etc - I could save a bundle.
But there are. You sound like the golfer who would have shot par except for the double bogey on 1, 3, 5, 11, 13, and 14, the triple bogey on 16 and 17, and the 12 on 4, and the bogies on every other hole.
Diplomatic security that depends on the absence of a certain type of youtube video to preserve the lives of our personnel is not very robust security.
You have fallen for a marketing brochure for an unviable product.
Clarice Feldman and her article on the preface to George Orwell´s Animal Farm gives an epiphany of the concept of national narrative or common consensus. National group think.
We have seen Alinsky and Marx sociology and the resulting knowledge of propaganda and the setting of the national narrative to arrive at a common consensus. As people wake up or look in a different spotlit area as above poster spoke, the common consensus is changed and direction changes.
Pop Media, academia, celebrity worship, all have made this fraud possible but also for the 49 % who didn´t buy into the far out-left common narrative, we are inoculated from a similar worldwide imposter.
The nation now in a place where the light might shine on liberty but the big IF is will the Tea Party common consensus mess it all up with inner party head butting and competition when cooperation is needed more than ever?
Time for the prayers to pray and the politicians lead the way. We can´t have that moral common man down the street some yearn fo because we need politicians who can influence the direction of the national narrative. Ask Orwell and Clarice.
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Incompetence: Mr. President, you might not remember her, but Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is the one running the disastrous ObamaCare launch. You once met her. You two should get acquainted. Jimmy Carter was the most infamous micro-manager to be president, pestering commanders of the ill-fated 1980 Iran hostage rescue mission by two-way radio, and personally reviewing White House tennis court schedules. As to the opposite, Ronald Reagan was relentlessly accused of being out of touch. "Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don´t interfere as long as the policy you´ve decided upon is being carried
I have never been much of a conspiracy theorist. For me it was always Oswald by himself from the Texas School Book Depository and nothing in the intervening fifty years has disabused me of this notion. For the most part, I’m an Occam’s Razor kind of guy — the most obvious explanation is likely to be true. (Snip) To put it bluntly, Occam’s Razor has moved. Things that were once possibilities now seem almost certainties to me. Principal among those is that Obama’s academic records are perpetually unavailable for a reason — and that reason is most likely that they reveal
Last summer on his $100 million family tour of Africa, Barack Obama hoped for a priceless photo op with Nelson Mandela, the ailing freedom pioneer who went from prison cell to the presidency of South Africa. Mandela´s family suggested that wouldn’t happen. So, the Obamas did a photo op in Mandela´s former prison cell. Which Obama’s White House quickly tweeted upon word of the icon´s passing at 95. [Skip] But Obama was also caught staring at television coverage of Mandela’s passing, which became Obama’s Photo of the Day.
Hardly a week goes by without Hillary Clinton receiving another award. Last month she was named a “Global Champion” by the International Medical Corps, received the American Patriot Award at the National Defense University Foundation and the Hermandad Award from the Mexican American Leadership Initiative. [Snip] At this rate, if a bunch of elderly left-wing Swedes toss her the Nobel Peace Prize early on, the way they did to Obama, it will barely rate mention among all the other glittering trophies that have been bestowed on a woman whose only actual accomplishment was being married to a crooked governor with
Speaker John Boehner said his party should support gay Republican congressional candidates and urged his colleagues to “be a little more sensitive” when running against women. “Some of our members just aren’t as sensitive as they ought to be,” Boehner said. When asked if he thinks his party should support gay candidates, Boehner simply said: “I do.”
In February, the Bush family’s personal emails were hacked by Guccifer, a hacker who uncovered photographs of former President George H. W. Bush in a hospital bed and George W. Bush’s oil paintings in the process. It seems Guccifer has struck again, this time targeting former President Bill Clinton and the Clinton Library. The hacker has reportedly uncovered doodles of Clinton drawing on what were, at the time, classified documents. Among the doodles is apparently a picture of a penis. The document uncovered is a briefing of the strategic measures the United States could take prior Clinton’s decision to intervene in
Denver - A baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex ceremony must serve gay couples despite his religious beliefs or face fines, a judge said Friday. The order from administrative law judge Robert N. Spencer said Masterpiece Cakeshop in suburban Denver discriminated against a couple "because of their sexual orientation by refusing to sell them a wedding cake for their same-sex marriage." The order says the cake-maker must "cease and desist from discriminating" against gay couples. Although the judge did not impose fines in this case, the business will face penalties if it continues to turn away gay
Amid an array of “knock-out” attacks against a number of Jews in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights neighborhood, a city councilwoman pointed to the success of the Jewish community as triggering the aggression. Councilwoman-elect Laurie Cumbo emphasized that while she “admire[s] the Jewish community immensely” for its work ethic, black teens may see it differently. “While I personally regard this level of tenacity, I also recognize that for others, the accomplishments of the Jewish community triggers feelings of resentment, and a sense that Jewish success is not also their success,” Cumbo, who was recently elected, wrote in a letter. Chief among the issues
On Tuesday, The Boston Globe reported that Onyango “Omar” Obama, uncle to President Obama, says that his famous nephew stayed with him while a student at Harvard Law School in the 80s, in contradiction to The White House’s contention that the two had never met. At Thursday’s White House daily briefing, Press Secretary Jay Carney confirmed that the President had, in fact, briefly stayed with “his father’s half-brother,” as Carney described Omar Obama, and that no one had actually asked the President about it when the White House initially commented. The 69 year-old Omar Obama has been facing deportation back
Former President Bill Clinton shared an anecdote regarding Nelson Mandela and the aftermath of his impeachment Friday on CNN. Clinton revealed shortly after the “impeachment business” finished on Capitol Hill, Rep. Henry Hyde (R., Ill.) who managed the impeachment trial requested a meeting at the White House. The former president granted the meeting out of lessons of humility and forgiveness he learned from Mandela, he said: BILL CLINTON: I remember one day, oh, about a month after the whole impeachment business was over, Henry Hyde, who had run the whole show, unbelievably enough, maybe a few months after, it was
The world premiere of the “Ballad for Trayvon Martin for Orchestra and Jazz Quartet” is set for tonight. Princeton University’s director of its jazz-studies program composed the work in honor of the Florida teen. Anthony D. J. Branker told the Star-Ledger that the piece is intended to “be a form of healing” after Martin’s death and the controversial court case that followed it. The ballad, which will be performed by the university’s official orchestra and jazz ensemble, is intended to be a tribute to victims of racial violence, Branker explained. He hopes that the performance will be “one that speaks to
WASHINGTON – A fourth straight month of solid hiring cut the U.S. unemployment rate to a five-year low of 7 percent in November, an encouraging sign for the economy. The Labor Department says employers added 203,000 jobs, nearly matching October´s revised gain of 200,000. The job gains helped lower the unemployment rate from 7.3 percent in October. The strengthening job market is likely to fuel speculation that the Federal Reserve may start to scale back its bond purchases when it meets later this month. The economy has now generated an average of 204,000 jobs from August through November. That´s up
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has high praise for potential 2016 contenders Vice President Joe Biden and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. “I think Joe Biden will go down in history as one of the best vice presidents ever, and he has been with me, at my side, in every tough decision that I’ve made,” Obama told MSNBC in an interview Thursday held at American University. “Hillary, I think, will go down in history as one of the finest secretaries of state we’ve ever had, and helped to transition us away from a deep hole that we were in,