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Nov. 22, 1963: 50 years,
and still no conspiracy

Los Angeles Times, by Richard M. Mosk

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Posted By:Hazymac, 11/2/2013 4:15:26 PM

As one of the surviving members of the staff of the Warren Commission, which investigated and issued a report on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, I am not looking forward to the coming weeks: Nov. 22 will mark the 50th anniversary of Kennedy’s death, and that means a new round of demonizing the Warren Commission and celebrating fallacious conspiracy theories. After Chief Justice Earl Warren hired me to work for the commission, he told me that “truth was our only client.” Throughout the inquiry, that phrase remained our guiding principle. The evidence that Lee Harvey Oswald killed the

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: grampus, 11/2/2013 4:58:31 PM     (No. 9595543)

I lived in El Paso in 1963. Had a good friend in Border Patrol which, among many other things, kept watch lists. My friend said at the time that out of curiosity he checked the list to see what info was there on Oswald. Zero. (This was before folks started counting bullets and suggesting conspiracies.)My friend said, however, that Oswald´s name would have to have b een on the list but was not. Hmmmmm.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: mamafrog, 11/2/2013 5:03:34 PM     (No. 9595546)

We live in a world where random events can completely change our lives and the direction of the world. We don´t like that, its easier to think that things happen because of complex conspiracies.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Bubbasuncle, 11/2/2013 5:03:36 PM     (No. 9595547)

Call me crazy, but no one will ever convince me that Oswald acted alone. He was a piker and a loser; and they want us to believe he pulled this off. No way. Don´t know what happened, but it wasn´t him alone.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Grady, 11/2/2013 5:12:15 PM     (No. 9595553)

Sorry, but I believe the Warren Commission
was the final part of the conspiracy.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: saurkrut, 11/2/2013 5:20:38 PM     (No. 9595562)

After watching the video of the event several times over the years, there is no way that the shot came that killed Kennedy came from behind him. The shot that killed him came from the front as evidenced by the backward jolt his head took when he was hit. Something is not right with the "official" version of the incident.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: StormCnter, 11/2/2013 5:26:56 PM     (No. 9595566)

There will always be theories. But, Lee Oswald killed Kennedy and Jack Ruby killed Oswald. Each man acted for his own reasons and without help or co-conspirators.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Chuzzles, 11/2/2013 5:30:59 PM     (No. 9595570)

Sorry Richie, but if there is no conspiracy, why have we not been told the truth? Why have your commission´s results been sealed for all this time?

You had TWO clients to serve Richie, truth AND the people of this Country. People who deserve the truth and the WHOLE story, not just little bits and bobs.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Hank Reardon, 11/2/2013 5:31:08 PM     (No. 9595571)

Exactly, #5.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Country Boy, 11/2/2013 5:37:42 PM     (No. 9595576)

I´m with #5 & #8.

Plus, just google the images of LBJ swearing in on Air Force One.

He certainly looks like somebody who´s been thinking about this moment for week or months. The people watching him in these pics are certainly full of uncertainty, but LBJ looks extremely calm.

Fast forward 50 years, the government is lying to us 24X7. What has changed? Nothing. Surprise.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: snakeoil, 11/2/2013 5:56:58 PM     (No. 9595591)

Hate to admit I was alive back then. What I remember most vividly was the press immediately assumed that it was a "right-winger" who shot him. When they found out it was a left-winger they had a cow and have been trying to pin it on somebody besides Oswald ever since. Jackie Kennedy was reported to have said she wanted JFK to have died for the civil rights movement and was heart broken to find out it was a silly communist. Oswald had a high powered rifle, was taught how to shoot by the Marines, was an expert shot, had the opportunity and motive. Youse guys can watch Oliver Stone movies all you want. But there isn´t one scintilla of evidence pointing to anyone else. Not Castro, Jimmy Hoffa, etc. The one thing about conspiracies is they all fall apart. Look at Watergate, Benghazi, Monica, etc. Those of you who question the ballistics tests need to remember that bullets are just like Democrats: they have no brains, cause great destruction, and are totally unpredictable. Case closed.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Teleologicus, 11/2/2013 6:15:00 PM     (No. 9595602)

I do not know the rationale for keeping some of the records sealed for half a century, but I can think of no plausible reason that should have outweighed the public´s right to know everything and the inevitable risk of breeding suspicion and conspiracy theories by failure to be completely transparent. The writer does not address this point, at least not directly. He writes that "Those who, after almost five decades, contend that some information was withheld from the commission, or that it did not follow matters to the point of certainty, even if true, have not been able effectively to show that these alleged deficiencies could have affected the conclusion. The issue should not be whether the commission reached perfection in its methodology — something that is unobtainable — but whether the evidence supports its conclusion. And it does." This, of course, makes no sense at all. How could anyone show that evidence that has been withheld from them makes a difference? How would they know if the evidence supports the conclusions of the commission if they are denied access to all the evidence? The very policy of withholding information, any information, is a sure-fire way to generate conspiracy theories.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Italiano, 11/2/2013 6:20:30 PM     (No. 9595610)

I still like the Mob hit theory. It may not be true, maybe not even close,but it´s the most interesting.



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Reply 13 - Posted by: MissBlue, 11/2/2013 6:27:18 PM     (No. 9595616)

I firmly believe that folks who cling to conspiracy theories after 50 years don´t have enough to do with their time. Why not research further than Oliver Stone´s movie and loonie books? By the way, you can find several loonies every day hawking pamphlets at Dealey Plaza.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: jalo1951, 11/2/2013 6:29:11 PM     (No. 9595617)

I was 12 when jfk was shot. Of course I will never forget and believe those events caused my interest in politics. What I don´t understand is the transfer of oswald where jack ruby shot him. Can you imagine anything so important to the death of our president being so lax? I can believe that the little cuban/russian/communist putz shot him. But I just am not sure. I am sure no one expected such a devastating film of the killing, total breakdown of security in the jail, no Dallas autopsy and a hundred other problems and questions. With our government lying to us as at every opportunity I doubt we will ever know the truth. I remember watching every second that was on tv at that time and saw ruby shoot oswald live. It was a sad time no matter what you thought of the kennedys.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: tren9, 11/2/2013 6:45:30 PM     (No. 9595629)

The reports that are still not released are classified Top Secret for 75 years, then Secret for the next 75 years, then Confidential for the next 75 years. I know because I handled military classified documents in the ´60s. This is what we called ´overclassified.´

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Balogreene, 11/2/2013 6:45:36 PM     (No. 9595630)

I guess I was 11 when Kennedy was shot, and of course, will never forget. For all who say the evidence was never released, in a college history class we read the book, "The Warren Commission Report". Our college class, in the early 70s accepted the report as true, and so did I.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: mikkins2, 11/2/2013 6:55:07 PM     (No. 9595638)

After reading a few books on the Kennedy Assassination describing how evidence was misplaced, lost, miraculously appears, and down right defies physics as presented by the Warren Commission and add to this the assassination of other political figures during this era with the fact that the evidence is still sealed to prevent further investigation into these events its almost comical people still believe that it was just Oswald by himself.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: simple simon, 11/2/2013 6:59:05 PM     (No. 9595643)

Those of you making cheap shots re: Oliver Stone need to check yourselves and quit being so smug. Plenty of doubters of the official story pre-Stone.

You may now return to your normal programming.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Rafter, 11/2/2013 6:59:47 PM     (No. 9595644)

Another possibly well-intended, but rather lame, weak, and merely
philosophical presentation that is mostly spin and PR.

Let´s see...
The doctor who worked on JFK at Parkland Hospital wrote a book...
in which he said the throat wound (that nicked the tie) was an entry wound.
That doctor knew a lot about gunshot wounds and was puzzled about the odd "facts" in the official autopsy version.

A Dallas Morning News reporter was in Parkland Hospital in the hallway
outside the ER during the events of Nov. 22, and talked to Jack Ruby there.
He was puzzled by Ruby´s odd presence, and said to him,
"Jack, what are you doing here?"
Ruby lamely responded something about caring about JFK.
The FBI tried repeatedly to make the reporter change his testimony.
He refused each time, saying, "I knew who Jack Ruby was, and I addressed him by his name and talked to him."
It was in this hallway where the so-called "Magic Bullet" was found lying on a vacant stretcher... Hmmmmm.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Rafter, 11/2/2013 7:05:11 PM     (No. 9595650)

Both Lyin´ Lyndon Johnson and J. Edgar Hoover were going to lose their jobs.
JFK´s personal secretary, Evelyn Lincoln, wrote books about Johnson, who was
going to be dumped in 1964.
Hoover, according to Ms. Lincoln, who was present, helped LBJ blackmail JFK with audio sex tapes to force LBJ onto the 1960 ticket.

Hoover used the FBI to cover up much of the evidence to hide a conspiracy,
regardless of who the perps were, and Hoover´s neighbor, pal, ally and
crony, LBJ, became president and kept Hoover in office.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Rafter, 11/2/2013 7:08:37 PM     (No. 9595652)

In the 1970´s, we began to learn much more about JFK´s rather twisted
connections to sinister elements, and it became obvious we had been misled
in a great PR blitz that helped elect JFK.

One of the best reporters in Washington, D.C., Roger Mudd, later hosted a
series for The History Channel, called "The MEN Who Killed Kennedy."
There were several plots by various elements to kill JFK.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: dave29299, 11/2/2013 7:10:08 PM     (No. 9595654)

I read somewhere that Zapruder himself said he heard shots that he believed to have originated behind him. Several people pointed to the grassy knoll, and said they heard shots from that location. I´ve often wondered if there´s a special "team" within government that has the job of removing a president from office under special circumstances - what would we do, for example, if we suspected a president was mentally ill? - and perhaps about to launch WWIII or some other cataclysmic event - perhaps before normal channels of removal could be exercised? Do we really believe there is no contingency? Kennedy was on a dozen medications, including receiving intravenous injections of a precursor to methamphetamine. In Dallas, a couple secret service agents were waived off the car, ordered to fall behind (you can see it on YouTube, where one agent raises his arms in the air in disbelief). Then there´s that tell-tale smile and wink (was it Sen. Yarborough?) on Air Force One as LBJ is sworn in... pic is easily found on the ´net. Add a couple more things: Oswald is 24 years old, and he´s totally calm as the press shouts questions at him - calling himself a "patsy." And... there was around 12 hours of interrogation of Oswald before he was killed - NO TRANSCRIPTS OR RECORDINGS WERE MADE, and whatever he said has been lost to history - or so we´re told. He might have been a part of it (or not), but there´s no way he was all of it.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Rafter, 11/2/2013 7:14:50 PM     (No. 9595658)

On the Monday before, November 18, 1963, the plan to assassinate JFK during his
appearance in Miami, Florida was thwarted when his motorcade was canceled and he
flew by helicopter to his speech instead.

The shooters then drove to Texas for the next attempt the following weekend.

They even told a lady they picked up in Louisiana what their plans were.
She told authorities on Thursday, November 21, 1963, and was deemed "insane."
It´s a matter of record.

It was illegal to remove JFK´s body from Texas.
It was illegal to destroy the original autopsy notes.
The brain went missing.
The limo was destroyed by order of LBJ.

Oswald was not a good shot, and said he had not shot anyone.
He never said anything against JFK.

Multiple authorities in law enforcement and CBS News said the weapon found
in the alleged shooter´s lair was a German Mauser with a scope, and the DA for Dallas also said it.

The guy who gave Oswald a ride to work that day said he did not have anything
big enough to be a Mannlicher-Carcano that was the alleged murder weapon
with him on the ride...


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Reply 24 - Posted by: Rafter, 11/2/2013 7:18:39 PM     (No. 9595661)

Oswald was never above the second floor after 10:30 am, the only elevator was
locked into place while being used by several men (a freight elevator)...
and the people on the stairs saw no one.

Oswald, seconds after the shooting, was found calm and collected and not out
of breath, questioned by a cop who let him go at the snack room on the second floor.

In short... you don´t have a case.
He had an alibi... he was "elsewhere"...
on the second floor.

The Commission report was a liberoid lie to elect LBJ president.
It was rushed out in September 1964 to convince voters.
And the list goes on...

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Reply 25 - Posted by: kayworthy, 11/2/2013 7:18:57 PM     (No. 9595662)

Who keeps a secret for 50 years? You´d think one of the participants would have blabbed by now.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Italiano, 11/2/2013 7:23:48 PM     (No. 9595665)

Somebody did. Frank Sheeran, in a book published, as agreed, only after his death. True? Who knows?

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Reply 27 - Posted by: wsdiego, 11/2/2013 8:14:29 PM     (No. 9595689)

Who changed the root at the last minute to go in front of the book deposit building? There would have been no shooting if that hadn´t happened!

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Reply 28 - Posted by: fb2002, 11/2/2013 8:17:58 PM     (No. 9595693)

I was very young but I saw the Ruby assassination live on TV. The first words uttered by the grown ups in the room was "this is very fishy." It looked as though the police officers who were escorting Oswald knew something was coming. They seemed to thrust Oswald in front of Ruby to ensure he had a great shot.

I do not believe the Warren report. The magic bullet, and the fatal shot theory is very far fetched. JFK was killed by a bullet fired from the grassy knoll. The shooters were behind the fence. It was a very easy shot. The distance was less than 200 ft. This was a professional hit, but the truth will never come out.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 11/2/2013 9:21:31 PM     (No. 9595719)

Who benefits most ?

LBJ

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Reply 30 - Posted by: LouD, 11/2/2013 10:07:53 PM     (No. 9595757)

Sure are a lot of "experts" here who were young kids, or not even alive at the time, who seem to know more about this than those of us who were grown up(29) at the time. And anyone who believes an Oliver Stone movie needs to survey his grasp on reality. I´ll bet some of you believe 9/11 was an inside job, perpetrated for some unknown reason by government lackys. And Lincoln really wasn´t assassinated. He was kidnapped and brought to Africa, where he died in the Sahara. And Santa is real.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: Italiano, 11/2/2013 10:26:50 PM     (No. 9595775)

At least nobody´s blaming Nixon, W or Cheney. Not yet anyway.

Then again, we still have three weeks to go.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: D S Craft, 11/2/2013 10:29:58 PM     (No. 9595778)

I have watched the Zapruder film over, and over, and over again. There is absolutely no way the kill shot came from behind Kennedy. You can see as clearly as the nose on your face that the right front of his face explodes in a mist of blood and tissue and his head snaps back and to the left. To suggest that the shot came from the back and to the right is ridiculous and defies logic. I mean, who are you going to believe, the Warren Commission or your own lying eyes.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: belwhatter, 11/2/2013 11:40:23 PM     (No. 9595817)

I have a considerable collection of books concerning the assassination. Kennedy knew he was a target. Dallas was the third attempt in a week. What ghastly heavy knowledge for any to endure. The world was stunned by the news - so many people had pinned their hopes on JFK for a change of direction and hope for the future. There are too many glaring inconsistencies to naively believe the Warren Commission. Too many people who were connected to JFK or knew something died in strange ways or just disappeared within months after the assassination. MKUltra had perfected a form of mind control which was probably employed on the patsies of the political killings at that time. Eye witnesses placed Oswald in the second floor lunch room during the assassination. Trajectory of bullet that blew his skull and brain out backwards had to be caused by a sharp shot from in front, not possible from the book depository. I cannot believe that in the face of overwhelming investigative findings that people still subscribe to the Oswald being the lone shooter.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: bob913, 11/3/2013 12:45:38 AM     (No. 9595860)

I am still leaning towards Bigfoot shooting Kennedy from the grassy knoll.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 11/3/2013 4:44:52 AM     (No. 9595954)

I don´t know who did it, but I know we didn´t get the whole story.

And what we did get, I don´t trust, because Arlen Specter was counsel and was responsible for the "magic bullet" theory.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: DaddyO, 11/3/2013 7:24:56 AM     (No. 9596053)

Professor plum with the candlestick in the library.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: canuckchopper, 11/3/2013 9:29:19 AM     (No. 9596248)

Look for ´Farewell America´ - written in the mid-to-late 60s, purportedly by French and British intelligence folks. Published in Europe, but banned in America.
Yes -banned in America.
Quite a convincing book.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: toddh, 11/3/2013 9:39:02 AM     (No. 9596260)

Shape-shifting lizard aliens having a family squabble in Dealey Plaza.

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Last week’s Supreme Court decision in McCutcheon v. FEC struck down federal limits on the total amount individuals can contribute to combinations of federal candidates and parties during a two-year election cycle. Predictably, it unleashed a wrath of criticism from labor unions. But a comparison of their rhetoric to reality shows a little introspection is warranted before they call the kettle black. In the hours after McCutcheon was announced, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka stated, “The Supreme Court made one of the most undemocratic and corrosive decisions in history with the Citizen’s United (sic) ruling. Today, it has dangerously broadened its



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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

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

Obama: ´For me, Easter is a story of hope,
a belief in a better day to come´

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Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 4/19/2014 9:16:36 AM     Post Reply
Hi, everybody. For millions of Americans, this time of year holds great meaning. Earlier this week, we hosted a Passover Seder at the White House, and joined Jewish families around the world in their re-tellings of the story of the Exodus and the victory of faith over oppression. And this Sunday, Michelle, Malia, Sasha, and I will join our fellow Christians around the world in celebrating the Resurrection of Christ, the salvation he offered the world, and the hope that comes with the Easter season. These holy days have their roots in miracles that took place long ago. And yet, they still inspire us, guide us, and strengthen us today. They remind us of our

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

Harry Reid calls dissident Nevada ranchers
´domestic terrorists´ following show of
force against the federal government

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Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 4/19/2014 9:29:17 AM     Post Reply
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday that a family of dissident ranchers and their supporters in his home state of Nevada are ´domestic terrorists,´ citing this week´s standoff with the federal government´s Bureau of Land Management. Cliven Bundy has refused to pay grazing fees for land where his hundreds of cattle roam every day. The land is owned by the federal government, which says he owes more than $1 million. Bundy, however, insists that since his family has been using the land since the 1870s, Uncle Sam can´t collect the grazing fees. A tense standoff developed this week after

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.

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?

Ted Cruz, Invoking Reagan,
Angers GOP Colleagues
but Wins Fans Elsewhere

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Wall Street Journal, by Monica Langley    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/19/2014 8:09:17 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON--Rushing to an afternoon vote last month, Sen. Ted Cruz hopped the underground tram to the U.S. Capitol from his office across the street. The Texan planted his black ostrich cowboy boots in the middle of the small subway car without getting so much as a nod from the other senators--Republican or Democrat--amiably chatting or huddled in their seats. Mr. Cruz finds himself standing alone a lot these days. His response to the cold shoulders: "The establishment despised Ronald Reagan" before he became president, "but the people loved him." For the 43-year-old Republican, the Reagan name illuminates his political life´s


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