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The Man Who Called It Right
Washington Free Beacon, by Andrew Evans

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Posted By:StormCnter, 11/10/2013 5:40:22 AM

Jim Capretta saw the Obamacare debacle coming when it was months away. On July 5, the Obama administration released a 600 page regulation announcing a one-year delay in part of Obamacare’s implementation. States would not have to check the income of people applying for subsidies, according to the administration’s guidance. The administration simply would not be ready in time. “This announcement is another indicator—as if we needed one—of the complete fiasco that is Obamacare implementation,” Capretta wrote the following Monday for the Weekly Standard. It wasn’t the first delay, as a few days earlier the administration had let all big businesses off the

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This is the man who quietly sat, waiting to get a word in, while Ezekiel Emanuel smugly told Fox News Sunday that we are all wrong, everything is all right and there is nothing to worry about with Obamacare.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: pineledger, 11/10/2013 6:03:48 AM     (No. 9606511)

The postponement would have fallen at the wrong time in the election cycle. Plus you attack the weakest of the herd first.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: noparallel, 11/10/2013 6:41:43 AM     (No. 9606526)

There´s also Betsy McCaughey. She´s been right, too.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: philsner, 11/10/2013 6:52:44 AM     (No. 9606535)

Are you kidding me?

Obamacare is nothing more than a symptom of what we conservatives knew before Jim Wright´s and Bill Ayers´ buddy Barry Sotero was elected!

Now the chickens have come home to roost! This guy is 5 years late to the party!

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Reply 4 - Posted by: M2, 11/10/2013 7:32:50 AM     (No. 9606566)

"I think the country needs a more flexible, consumer driven, decentralized approach to this, not trying to centralize all decision-making in HHS,” Capretta said.

Ya think? Isn´t that the whole crux of the matter? We already had "consumer driven, decentralized" health care but Obamacare destroyed that. Now, Capretta says, we should get it back. The only way to do that is to defund O´Care, repeal it or radically change it so that people who don´t want it don´t have to have it. It will then collapse because of non-participation. That´s what the mandates do -- they mandate people participate and that is the sticking point.

How much damage is already done to market-based insurance is considerable, but it´s repairable. This horrible law needs to go away. If it doesn´t, we´re sunk.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: bubby, 11/10/2013 7:42:38 AM     (No. 9606580)

#4 Great post your rant is exactly how I feel. Just treat obamacare the way the civil rights protesters dealt with the Jim Crow laws. There has to be some push back from "we the people" on a grand scale or obamacare will be set in stone by the Democrats, elite GOP and the Rinos. The professional politicians in DC could care less about what we want. As long as they get their donations from lobbyists and big corporations they will continue to ignore us.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: FenwayFrank, 11/10/2013 7:56:55 AM     (No. 9606591)

What #4 said.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: planetgeo, 11/10/2013 8:07:16 AM     (No. 9606605)

For those of you familiar with my posts on this subject, I have been saying exactly the same things for months. (I am in the system development business.) The project as conceived is too massive, too complex due to politically conceived regulations, and too dependent on currently non-integrated public and private systems to work in the near future. Therefore:

1) the healthcare.gov site will take YEARS, not weeks or months to redesign and get to a fully working state
2) the administration will kludge a partially working solution that will only handle some minor functions online, and will require other offline processes, not all of which will work
3) they will nevertheless announce that it´s working and still not back off the requirement for individuals to comply with the law
4) the more people somehow get far enough to discover what this will really cost them, and the more people who get notices of losing their current plans, the greater the pressure will build to kill Obamacare in the election year 2014
5) bottom line: Obamacare is doomed to fail

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Wakeupcall, 11/10/2013 8:08:38 AM     (No. 9606607)

Five months ago is no big deal.

Many including myself at the time the Marxist democrats passed this law we were yelling it was a disaster intended to subvert healthcare so badly that only government single payer healthcare would save the people.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Dodge Boy, 11/10/2013 8:09:33 AM     (No. 9606610)

Oppose Obiecare like the anti-war protesters opposed the Vietnam War in the 1960s and 1970s. Make the opposition become second-nature and a way of life. To the point that it becomes inbred within all of us.

It took the anti-war protesters 4 to 5 years to disrupt and prevail. These liberals of the time had a dim-controlled congress whose opinion was the war should go on. But, despite Lyndon Johnson, congress eventually threw in the towel and Nixon was the one to bring the troops home. Not that I ever condone surrender in war, just recalling the history.

Today, we have a different kind of a war that is raging - the survival of our own culture. The radical left values Obiecare as their main weapon. Our weapon is values and self-respect. We are in it for the long haul for the next 4 to 5 years, right, , ?

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Reply 10 - Posted by: strike3, 11/10/2013 8:34:10 AM     (No. 9606646)

A clear picture of the O´Fibber style of progress was formed in 2008 when billions of dollars in stimulus money hit the streets and you saw those ugly green and orange signs spring up by every ditch that was dug along remote stretches of highway. They just screamed, "Look at me! Look at all of this shovel-ready work being done!" Nothing has changed in five years. He is still spending billions and we are getting nothing in return.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Bpl40, 11/10/2013 8:41:14 AM     (No. 9606654)

The 0bamacare launch is like a bungled robbery. Not necessarily bad news. All talk of civil disobedience is fine but not practical when the enemy occupies the Senate and the Executive with support of 47% LoFos who couldn´t care less. Voter education before the. ´14 and ´16 elections is the only real way out. You wouldn´t convince everyone, but enough will turn.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: mws50, 11/10/2013 8:43:51 AM     (No. 9606660)

I agree with #8s fifth point, but I totally disagree with the first point. It will be impossible to create a fully working webpage without a major re-write of the law. The way obamacare is written, it MUST fail. You simply cannot make a Utopian fantasy work in the real world.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: peterfleming, 11/10/2013 8:44:33 AM     (No. 9606661)

How bad is this Communist medical scam ? It´s as evil as the Berlin Wall, the symbol of death, instant death if you crossed it. And it took one guy to shout, "TEAR DOWN THAT WALL!" Ronald Reagan, the one solid anti Communist in Washington. Ronald Reagan, the one man in Washington disliked by all press and TV media and Washington´s elite precisely because he came to Washington as a committed anti Communist.

When Hollywood Communists were summoned to the House Un American Activities, to be questioned about their memberships in the American Communist Party (in fact, financed by soviet dictator Josef Stalin), Ronald Reagan, along with very few others, spoke out openly against Communism. Not the chic thing to do. Like John Wayne, Adolph Menjou, Charlton Heston, Reagan was disliked by Hollywood´s leftist elites. So, Reagan´s daring Berlin Wall challenge then is precisely what we need now. One person like a Ted Cruz, simply steps up and identifies this entire scheme as totalitarian COMMUNIST driven !

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Avogadra, 11/10/2013 8:58:54 AM     (No. 9606677)

#4 continues to post the same thing, over and over and over. He/she does get lots of likes though.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: RCFlyer98, 11/10/2013 9:00:06 AM     (No. 9606679)

The man who called it "right"? Sen. Enzi, Wyoming, had it right on the Senate floor back in 2010. The Dems voted him down. They, the Dems, totally own this fiasco. Do not let them forget it, 2014 and 2016.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: MirJoy, 11/10/2013 9:07:14 AM     (No. 9606689)

Before this terrible piece of junk law was passed by the Democrats at midnight a few years back, we were told it was needed because there were so many millions who could not get health insurance.

I could not understand that argument because several decades ago, because of divorce, I applied for and received Medicaid to cover myself and my children. My pediatrician remained the same, but did get a different dentist who was on the welfare list and was really bottom of the barrel. Worked it out, got out of it in a couple of months and got private insurance again.

Now, is Medicaid part of ObamaCare´s insurance options? Why did they not leave it the way it was before when I got on Medicaid, with people having private insurance and those who could not afford it, getting on Medicaid. Another totally illogical move by these people - similar to cash for clunkers that makes no sense
and only causes disruptions in people´s lives.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: MirJoy, 11/10/2013 9:17:03 AM     (No. 9606697)

Of course, ObamaCare has caused so many people to lose their jobs that I guess that the people who need or will need Medicaid just grows and grows. Something so bad about all of this.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: gone2pot, 11/10/2013 9:17:08 AM     (No. 9606698)

#4, et al, if you deal solely in Bitcoins, cash and/or gold and do not have a bank account of any kind, your plan could work. Unfortunately, if you have a bank account, the IRS WILL garnish it for the fine AND the cost of a bronze plan. That´s in the law and it´s there for the very purpose of masses of people trying not to sign up. Just like our current social programs (SNAP, public housing, other subsidies, etc) mask the current depression we are in, Obamacare will simply overcome any revolt by robbing everyone who resists of their labor automatically, no fuss, no muss, no agents, easy-peazy. The IRS as the ACA´s electronic rep will simply take your money and the fine for not signing up and enroll you in a bronze plan of its choice. The only people who can resist like you are suggesting are the stars of the Alaska reality show or those truly off the grid. Oh yeah, there is also provision in the law to take your property (land, cars) as well. Hence the need for IRS agents learning how to fire assault weapons. But the good news is you can keep your current plan and your doctor if your plan hasn´t changed after the law was passed, or some such nonsense.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: StormCnter, 11/10/2013 9:17:12 AM     (No. 9606699)

#4, do you have anything fresh to offer? That comment has been posted more than a dozen times.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Philipsonh, 11/10/2013 9:25:08 AM     (No. 9606712)

With all due respect, those of us who paid attention to the legislation prior to it´s passage into law were well aware it was not a viable product. Remember? Additional Medicaid funds to bribe La and Neb - pre/determined funding data sent to the CBO to keep the cost under $1T ( why that particular number is a mystery ) - lies to the 7 Senators ( Bart Stupak ) about abortion )to get their yes vote- $700B+ moved out of Medicare - almost everything front loaded -that is- pay for 4 years before most benefits were initiated- adding 30-45 million ( a moving number ) to the rolls with promise that there would be sufficient providers and no additional expenses - myriad hidden taxes in the law to cover the additional costs of expanded treatment- the promise that the average family premium cost would be reduced by up to $2500 annually ( yes- $2 is part way ´up to´ = in Obama´s legal mind )- when in fact it was an impossibility to add massive expenses and at the same time decrease costs - the complex and convoluted mechanics of full time/part time/ waivers/exemptions/ etc- mandating the reimbursement of contraceptive materials completely contrary to many folk´s religious
practices- and the list goes on- and then the President unilaterally, illegally, with no authority - making changes to the law to suit his ideological whims- a total totalitarian disaster- informed individuals did not just become aware of the harm this law would do a few months ago- we thought so from the beginning-

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Passion, 11/10/2013 9:48:03 AM     (No. 9606732)

THE man who called it right? Puh-leeeze……Sarah Palin called it right…almost every decent talk show host called it right…most columnist at Brietbart and Amerian Thinker and American Spectator and so on called it right. Anyone and everyone who is part of the 20-30 million person conservative base more or less called it right.

Only some of the conservatives inside the beltway, like Krauthammer and Will and so on, missed it….

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Reply 22 - Posted by: P51DMustang, 11/10/2013 10:08:53 AM     (No. 9606752)

We are in a time where calm is needed regarding Obamacare.

Americans can actively engage in passive resistance. Americans should just do nothing, very simple.

1. We do not go to the enrollment web site and created an account;

2. We do not go to any Obamacare center to fill out any forms, ask questions or make any payments;

3. Have no contact with the IRS and send no forms or money to them for Obamacare.

Obamacare will crumble under its own weight if Americans just do nothing. Do not rent Obamacare any more space in your head. For Americans, Obamacare should be a done deal, take no action period.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: MattMusson, 11/10/2013 10:15:59 AM     (No. 9606762)

Too late to Repeal.

ObamaCare has derailed the healthcare train. But, it is still grinding along down the tracks and has not yet come to a stop. Hospitals and Medical Practices are still going to go broke. Hell, all Doctors in Vermont are going to have their salaries decided by a state committee.

It´s over. Done. Dying.

The only question is what can rise from the ashes.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Udanja99, 11/10/2013 10:42:16 AM     (No. 9606802)

#4, posting the same thing over and over will eventually get you banned from the site. While I agree with what you say, seeing it 30 or so times over the last month is getting tedious.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: RancherJack, 11/10/2013 10:42:43 AM     (No. 9606803)

FTA " .. Jim Capretta saw the Obamacare debacle coming when it was months away. .."

Seriously?

You couldn´t see this coming in 2011?

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Reply 26 - Posted by: herder elwood, 11/10/2013 11:09:13 AM     (No. 9606829)

#20 I have seen a lot of your posts.....is there anything "fresh" from you?

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Boston Tea Party, 11/10/2013 12:51:42 PM     (No. 9606931)

James Capretta has been criticizing Obamacare and predicting that it will be a disaster since well before the bill was passed, and anyone who has been seriously following the Obamacare trainwreck knows it. He has appeared regularly on Bill Bennett´s morning show, and written several articles for the Weekly Standard, for example.
The author of this article does him a disservice by cherry-picking a statement made 5 months ago and leading the article with it. I wish some of the commenters here would read and understand articles before commenting on them.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: bighambone, 11/10/2013 12:52:32 PM     (No. 9606932)

I think that Obama is a lot more likely to propose a mend it don´t end it ploy as a political "fix" to Obama Care by trying to greatly expand the government subsidy ceiling to include a lot more people, thus probably doubling the cost of the subsidies, then he is to go along with any attempt to repeal Obama Care.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: Bohallx, 11/10/2013 1:16:14 PM     (No. 9606948)

#8 ~ the only single business entity in America that has to deal with everybody in some way is USPS.

I rewrote their primary rule book for use by the public ~ the Domestic Mail Manual. Many others have worked in that body of regulatory wonderment as well. Before me a fellow named Jack Mercer rewrote the Post Office Manual and turned it into the Postal Service Manual. Someone between his last scribble and my first one converted the PSM to the DMM.

It´s only 500 pages! The legislation behind the agency is maybe 24 pages. There´s a Constitutional clause that goes "post offices and post roads" ~

Easiest thing in the world to do is to EXPAND a regulation. But that would be the wrong thing to do.

BTW, I rode herd on the DMM for a good long while ~ almost went blind. But I did the ASM, the POM, and a couple of other major works ~ everything but the Personnel Manual.

All of them were of reasonable size, able to be used without an index, and written in plain speech.

Let me contrast this with ObamaKKKare ~ No Constitutional clause at all.

Well darn. I think we have our first major problem. ObamaKKKare isn´t in there ~ then there´s over 20,000 pages of regulations ~ remember, that DMM, serves everybody, it´s got 500.

Their legislation is between 2000 and 2800 pages depending on how you count them ~ USPS´ is bout 24 pages!

It´s hard enough keeping USPS operating ~ OBAMAKKKARE is doomed by its inate cumbersomness.

Let´s show that again:
Constitutional.............. USPS ........... ObamaKKKare
Clause.............................1............................0
Public ...........................500 pages........20,0000 pages
Rules(in CFR)
Legislative.......................24.....................2,000 pages
Pages (In USC)
People Served.............320,000,000......69,000,000

Congress screwed up big time with ObamaKKKare.


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Reply 30 - Posted by: mambo 5, 11/10/2013 2:35:31 PM     (No. 9607015)

go to guy? heck the average American who reviewed this and followed the process could tell you way back when that the minimum benefit packaging was going to cause this problem with increased insurance cost.


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Reply 31 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 11/10/2013 3:26:08 PM     (No. 9607046)

Actually, most people called it right back in ´93 or so when Hillarycare was up for debate.

All anyone has to do is look at the NHS in Britain, where the Liverpool Pathway (death panels) is in effect, and Canada, where numerous Canadians cross the border to get operations they can´t get in Canada. By the way, two of my family´s doctors are Canadians, who left to get away from their country´s health system.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: Rafter, 11/10/2013 4:36:30 PM     (No. 9607093)

Once the Kommunists like O-Bomber have their way with our once-great nation...

The publication providing this article will no doubt be called by a new name...

"Washington Free Bacon"...

Regardless of who is bringing home the bacon,
it´ll be free...
Right?

Must be the true meaning of...
"Free-Dumb."

And, perhaps you, like many others, were completely unaware why we had an
entire era of so many...
"Free-Dumb Marchers"
or maybe they were styled as...
"Free-Dumb Riders"...
Whatever.

Now ya know.

Vilkommen...
to das New Era of...
AmeriKan Free-Dumb Voters.
Ya get whatcha vote for.



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Reply 33 - Posted by: strike3, 11/10/2013 5:18:33 PM     (No. 9607112)

Sarah Palin called it right in 2008, right after this scam was announced. For a "stupid" woman, she sure has some fine insight. If you want to give away healthcare to thirty million new patients, you need to let a few old timers just lie there and die.

I think #4 is stuck in Groundhog Day. Every day he wakes up is a fine day for the same rant.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: Starlady, 11/10/2013 7:18:45 PM     (No. 9607179)

#19, actually ,the IRS CANNOT garnish anything but your refund from overpaid taxes to penalize you if you don´t buy Obamacare. That´s the law, read it.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: Labrador Heaven, 11/11/2013 5:27:52 AM     (No. 9607398)

Yes, #19 is incorrect on all the IRS info. All they can take is a refund offset. The fine will continue to accrue interest, but there is NO garnishment, bank account seizures etc. Tax attorneys are screaming at people to stop scaring people into thinking they need to send money in to the IRS for this debacle. And after they make the full cost of your health insurance fully taxable...see item dd on your W2... probably in 2014, refunds will be significantly reduced for a huge segment of people still getting a check and coverage from an employer.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: kiwikit, 11/11/2013 8:17:40 AM     (No. 9607568)

Could we possibly go back to the time when we paid directly for health care? Insurance for catastrophic only and no paperwork for doctors. Just like the days before the guvment foisted this insurance on us during WW II. Doctor bills would probably be cut by at least 50% if they didn´t have any forms to fill in for insurance and people would go to doctors only when necessary if they had to put out their own money for it.

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PJ Media, by Robert Spencer    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/20/2014 4:53:18 AM     Post Reply
Have you ever been blamed for a murder? Speak out against jihad terror, and you probably will be. It has happened to me three times (so far): 3. Reza Aslan blames me for murder of Muslim woman in California. Last Thursday in El Cajon, California, an Iraqi Muslim named Kassim Alhimidi was found guilty of murdering his wife, Shaima Alawadi, after she had told him that she wanted a divorce. Before Alhimidi was arrested, this murder was widely reported as an “Islamophobic hate crime”: a note was found by Alawadi’s body that read, “Go back to your country, you terrorist.” Leftists and Islamic

Sea lion pup could soon be going
home after heading 100 miles inland
CBS News, by Danielle Nottingham    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/20/2014 4:47:20 AM     Post Reply
A little sea lion pup named Hoppie is only 10 months old but oh the adventures he´s had since being separated from his mother. "He was out in the world trying to find his way and trying to figure out where and how to catch fish and somehow he ended up going the wrong way," said Shawn Johnson, a veterinarian with the Marine Mammal Center near San Francisco. It´s believed that Hoppie´s odyssey began in Southern California off the Channel Islands. He migrated north, then under the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco Bay and down the San Joaquin River

Stop dressing so tacky for church
CNN, by John Blake    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/20/2014 4:40:56 AM     Post Reply
If the Rev. John DeBonville could preach a sermon to lift the souls of churchgoers across America, his message would be simple: Stop dressing so tacky for church. DeBonville has heard about the “come as you are” approach to dressing down for Sunday service, but he says the Sabbath is getting too sloppy. When he scans the pews of churches, DeBonville sees rows of people dressed in their Sunday worst. They saunter into church in baggy shorts, flip-flop sandals, tennis shoes and grubby T-shirts. Some even slide into the pews carrying coffee in plastic foam containers as if they’re going to Starbucks. “It’s like



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White House blames fox for
destroying Michelle’s garden

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Daily Caller, by Vince Coglianese    Original Article
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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

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

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

´America´s royal baby´: How Chelsea´s first
child could give Hillary Clinton a boost in
the polls if she runs for president in 2016

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Daily Mail (U.K.), by Jessica Jerreat    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/19/2014 7:12:10 PM     Post Reply
For Hillary Clinton, having her own baby grandchild to kiss on the campaign trail, could be one of the biggest boosts to her possible presidential election campaign. Although the former Secretary of State and First Lady has not said if she will run in 2016, the arrival of her first grandchild will soften her image, analysts have said. While Chelsea only revealed her pregnancy on Thursday, supporters of her mother have already started cooing over a possible baby in the White House. With the Clintons having a near-royal status in the U.S., the announcement of a new arrival due this fall has sent

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

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
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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

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
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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.

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

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Wall Street Journal, by Monica Langley    Original Article
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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

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?

Ann Coulter takes up ‘Mitt
Romney for President’ chant again

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Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/18/2014 7:03:28 PM     Post Reply
Conservative columnist Ann Coulter — who used her talk show platform in the last presidential election cycle to campaign hard for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney — has taken up the mantra once again, calling on Republicans to give the failed White House bidder another shot in 2016. She made the suggestion during a discussion on Sean Hannity’s radio show while speaking of her new book, “Never Trust a Liberal Over 3-Especially a Republican.” Ms. Coulter also addressed the question of Mr. Romney’s shortcomings by saying that his 2012 loss wasn’t entirely his fault. “I think too much blame, not only in this

You lie! Reporters accuse Obama
of deception, demagoguery just
to get attention

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Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/18/2014 9:28:24 PM     Post Reply
Prominent Washington correspondents are accusing President Obama and his aides of knowingly stretching the truth on issues like the so-called women´s pay gap just to create controversy and keep issues -- and the president -- relevant. Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus kicked off the attack last week when she blasted as “demagoguery” the administration´s tactics during the pay gap debate. “The level of hyperbole -- actually, of demagoguery -- that Democrats have engaged in here is revolting,” she wrote. CBS White House Correspondent Major Garrett then weighed in this week in his National Journal


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