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Why Republicans Lose in Urban Areas
American Thinker, by Alicia Colon

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Posted By:drive, 11/12/2013 7:28:03 AM

Fourteen years ago, I was asked to be a keynote speaker at the Richmond County Women´s Republican Club annual dinner. I had started my column at the Staten Island Advance the year before, and as an Hispanic who had grown up in Spanish Harlem, many Republicans were surprised that I was a conservative. It was my first speaking engagement and one I accepted reluctantly, but I felt that it was an opportunity to offer some advice to the Republican Party about winning over the voters in the barrios and the inner city.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Patchy Groundfog, 11/12/2013 7:36:52 AM     (No. 9609068)

Messaging may be important but even the Sermon On The Mount hasn´t got a chance against vote fraud.

100% voter turnout would make a cat laugh. 100% of ballots cast for a single candidate would make the cat cry. A mathematically impossible turnout of 105% would make the cat tear its fur out in frustration.

A four-year gap between elections shouldn´t allow the scrutiny to dissipate on obviously corrupt elections in far too many urban precincts.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: abuela10, 11/12/2013 7:56:23 AM     (No. 9609100)

FTA- "Too many of the elite look down at Democratic voters as ignorant fools incapable of knowing what´s good for them. That attitude is a mirror image and just as diametrically wrong as the one held by ideological liberals who want to take control of our lives."

The comments on the article prove this point. They should remember that Ben Carson came out of this environment.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Rather Read, 11/12/2013 7:57:45 AM     (No. 9609102)

Yes, it´s sad but it´s true. The country club republicans look down on the tea party too.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Gordon Mills, 11/12/2013 7:58:04 AM     (No. 9609105)

I didn´t find anything in what she wrote that showed how the results of the elections would have been different. If the candidates had shown up as she suggested they would have been hooted off the stage and run out of the ghettos and barrios.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: faith_and_reason, 11/12/2013 8:00:59 AM     (No. 9609109)

Alicia is correct, but she neglects to mention the cult-like lynch mentality hatred that "liberals" express, and act upon, when they hear dissent. In my neighborhood, "outing" yourself as a conservative, or even as a traditional Christian, will get your tires slashed, your car "keyed," and sometimes worse.

There is not a genuine symmetry between those who favor redistribution of wealth, "the takers," and those who favor rewarding productivity and honesty, i.e., "the makers."

The Democrats have aligned with the takers, and they have developed a vicious cult-following, which they accept and incite. The cult vilifies and then purges any dissenters.

I´m not surprised that the Philadelphia branch of the cult has neighborhoods that achieve a Saddam Hussein level of support (100%).

These people need God, and the missionaries will need to have a lot of courage. Some guns would help.

May God save America.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: tinnyanko, 11/12/2013 8:03:42 AM     (No. 9609113)

If they only show up just before the election maybe be so but if they start early and just be there all year it would. Black pastors are starting to rise up about gay rights issue yet no Republicans back them.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: StormCnter, 11/12/2013 8:11:29 AM     (No. 9609127)

Alicia Colon is absolutely correct and, as she writes, she knows from experience what she is telling us. We have to show up in those areas if for no other reason than to prove we are not bogeymen. We should be talking to, counseling with, informing. Just because it hasn´t worked before is no reason not to try.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: civilservant, 11/12/2013 8:18:19 AM     (No. 9609134)

#2, I hear what you are saying....BUT IMHO we have lost our faith in the old sayings in America and the wisdom they contain.....

Ben Carson is the exception that makes the rule.

As is Walter Williams, Thomas Sowell, Clarence Thomas....

And then you get a Colin Powell, who shows you that even with a truly well built facade you can´t escape certain realities.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: 1976Ag, 11/12/2013 8:20:08 AM     (No. 9609140)

It´s simple. Urban areas are racist and most Republicans are white or they are perceived that way.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: starsNstripes, 11/12/2013 8:49:57 AM     (No. 9609185)

#9 nailed it.

Urban areas are predominately black.

Urban blacks are predominately anti-white racists.

It´s the elephant in the room that nobody on the left or in the media wants to talk about. There is racism in America, but it is predominately blacks who are the racists.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: rabidrepublican, 11/12/2013 8:53:33 AM     (No. 9609196)

Boiled down to its real definition, racism has nothing to do with color. It has everything to do with ideology. Conservatives who are black get the exact same treatment (or much worse) than whites therefore proving that racism isn´t about color.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: lanika, 11/12/2013 8:53:55 AM     (No. 9609197)

Wow, Alicia is getting the same treatment that Pope Francis gets from right wing Catholics for daring to see people as God´s creations worthy of saving. I didn´t read one thing in her article that said we have to give up our principles. All Republicans are not white males but unless we show up in those nabes to prove the media wrong, we deserve to let the lies prevail.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: horacer, 11/12/2013 8:55:37 AM     (No. 9609201)

Excellent advice and I´d add stop pandering to groups like the NAACP. Go and listen to the people in these neighborhoods. You´ll find the strongest advocates for school choice, deregulation and conservative social policies. There are a lot of Susana Martinez´s waiting to happen if we´d only try.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: ilovedogs, 11/12/2013 9:01:22 AM     (No. 9609215)

Worth the effort even if the rewards are down the road.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: artman1746, 11/12/2013 9:04:34 AM     (No. 9609224)

It´s really much simpler that that. They vote for whomever they perceive will give them the most stuff. There are no principles envolved; no concern over the Constitution; no concern over fairness; no concern over the collateral damage from the policies. No concern over anything other than what´s in it for me. The Democrats learned this a long time ago and ignored the debt in favor of winning elections on the backs of the taxpayers. The GOP will have to out bid the Democrats to win elections. Sorry but it´s a simple fact. It´s the culture of the welfare state plain and simple.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Avogadra, 11/12/2013 9:04:37 AM     (No. 9609225)

Once again it comes down to marketing. I´ve heard this since before Reagan. You´d almost think the Republicans don´t really want to win.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: tank, 11/12/2013 9:06:19 AM     (No. 9609229)

I agree with Alicia´s recommended tactics; you have to get out there and pound the pavement to turn peoples heads away. However, I must sadly disagree on her racial analysis. I have lived in mixed and ´´majority minority´´ neighborhoods over all of my 53 years, 23 in an inner city urban neighborhood, and the racism is palapable and unescapable.

´´They´´ hate us, and it´s not because of who we are, it´s because of what we are.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: FlatCityGirl, 11/12/2013 9:07:31 AM     (No. 9609232)

Up front: I didn´t read the article.

Republicans lose in urban areas because that´s where the Freeloaders are. The Takers. The ones who live off the Makers.

Republicans talk about wanting to give the "less advantaged" more opportunity.

The Less Advantaged do not want more opportunity. The less Advantaged like things just the way it is: lots of giant screen televisions for watching Round Ball; lots of Budweiser; lots of snacks and goodies paid for on the EBT cards; health care, with or without insurance; lots of Taking and no Making.

The Less Advantaged are doing just fine, and that´s why the Republicans lose: the Less Advantaged are never going to vote for a party that doesn´t look like Santa Clause.

Now I´ll go read the article and see how close I came --or how far off Alicia Colon is.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Bad Dog, 11/12/2013 9:16:45 AM     (No. 9609252)

Wait...what? The GOP Establishment DON´T know what they´re doing?


Here is my shocked face: 8^|

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Reply 20 - Posted by: smcchk, 11/12/2013 9:18:18 AM     (No. 9609253)

A lot of comments here are proving Alicia´s point! The Republicans don´t even try. It is time that we do! We can reach some of the people. It is shameful that we are not communicating in anyway. How can the those in the inner city perceptions change if they never hear the GOP? The GOP might even find out how to fight voter fraud if they actually were in the areas. For nothing else, make the Democrats expend energy and money in areas they usually don´t have to bother with!

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Reply 21 - Posted by: toledo, 11/12/2013 9:20:50 AM     (No. 9609254)

Sad to see so many Ldotters as bad as establishment GOP writing off everybody in inner city. that´s why Alicia mentioned those black conservatives to carry the message that government checks kill the souls. If we can save just a small percentage not for their votes but because it´s their right, shouldn´t we try?

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Reply 22 - Posted by: drive, 11/12/2013 9:27:46 AM     (No. 9609263)

here´s agreat quote from that article about Ken Cuccinelly running for senate that explains what Alicia means:
" Instead of treating voters like dummies or statistics in pie charts, Reagan talked to the owners of the country like real people. It was easy. That´s how Ronald Reagan truly felt about his countrymen. He talked to the American people like his neighbors. If onlyGOP campaign consultants could just figure out how to fake that kind of heartfelt sincerity. Reagan understood the people he was talking to, from real life experience, not from consultants analyzing voter blocs for him."

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Reply 23 - Posted by: brianod1, 11/12/2013 9:31:19 AM     (No. 9609267)

Conservatives won´t win in urban areas for decades even if outreach began this day. That doesn´t mean it´s not worthwhile to reach out. In the short term, shaving a few percentage off D city votes will help statewide R efforts. And as an ´inner city´ conservative, the absence of outreach says as much about us as it does about the voters who apparently are viewed as alien by some LDotters.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: FlatCityGirl, 11/12/2013 9:34:34 AM     (No. 9609276)

FTA: Like all Democrats she knows that it will be those getting government assistance that will keep her in office.

Yep. I was right.

And for those posters who believe that the GOP has not done enough, or should not write off the Less Advantaged:

The GOP simply can not compete with Santa Clause.

The GOP simply can not compete with the likes of Al and Jesse who have preached Bad Whitey for generations.

The GOP simply can not compete with the Leftist Media who perpetuate every stereotype about Republicans, Conservatives and Whitey that the Left throws out.

If the Less Advantaged [read: blacks] think they have it bad now, wait until the Left votes Amnesty and blacks take a back seat to the browns. Too many blacks are escaping off the Plantation and it´s time for the Left to cultivate a whole new voting base.

I´m sick to death of hearing about the Less Advantaged. I´m fast becoming one, thanks to the Black God, 0bama.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: aliciacolon, 11/12/2013 9:39:29 AM     (No. 9609281)

Thank you, #24 for relegating me to the new threat to blacks because I´m brown skinned. If we had voter fraud prevention, we´d find that many of those browns you fear are not citizens and many who are are just as conservative as you

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Rinktum, 11/12/2013 9:51:03 AM     (No. 9609312)

I see the divide as more of a philosophical one than racial. We fall into two categories; give a man a fish and the teach a man to fish groups. Any race that ascribes to the teach a man to fish will change his life for the better and then he can go on to teach others the same principal. The man or woman who buys into the give a man a fish philosophy, will remain stagnant unable to better himself and he will produce more of the same. The question is how to teach more to fish. That comes from spreading that wealth of knowledge around. Successful blacks need to go to the ghettos and teach their brothers and sisters. Show them the way to be successful and accomplished. Whites can´t do that in the black or Hispanic community. It is going to take successful minority leaders to show them the way. If every successful person regardless of race would commit to their old neighbors and set the example, things would change. Show them the way. Teach them to fish.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 11/12/2013 10:00:34 AM     (No. 9609340)

I would just add that when it comes to state-wide or national elections the Republicans don´t necessarily need to ´win´ the urban areas. They need to make inroads. And one way to do this is explaining how horrible Democrat policies are for these people, which recent Republican candidates are fearful of doing.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: FL_Absentee_Voter, 11/12/2013 10:11:46 AM     (No. 9609368)

Bingo, #9!

Romney tried a swing into one of our inner cities (I forget which one) during the campaign and they all but ran him out on a rail. "What HE doin´ here!" shouted one of the residents.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: FlatCityGirl, 11/12/2013 10:45:43 AM     (No. 9609432)

Don´t take swipes at me.

I´ve been preaching 0bama/Democrat Voter Fraud through three election cycles. 0bama fine tuned it and made it an art form.

Let me point to just one "brown": the Female Latino Governor of New Mexico, Susana Matinez: as conservative at it gets, and a Shero of mine.

We have many, many good Latino, as well as black conservatives --too numerous to mention.

But we do not have a majority, and we´re not likely to. Another 0bama LIE: the border is more secure than ever. And now the Leftist and the GOP are working in concert to throw the borders wide open.

Housing, food and medical care is free to illegal Takers; housing, food and medical care is free to the "native" takers --white and black, and that´s why the GOP can´t win the urban areas.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: nvr4get911, 11/12/2013 10:46:42 AM     (No. 9609434)

Alicia is pure tea party. Send this to the RNC to get the message

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Reply 31 - Posted by: thelmalou, 11/12/2013 11:12:28 AM     (No. 9609491)

Our Alicia gets it right again. Thank you, dearest.

RE: #1 - Voter fraud will ever be an issue thanks to the gutless wimps of the GOP who signed a consent decree in the early 80s stating they would never challenge voter fraud. This was in response to something they had done. Anyhoo, it´s been taken back to court and the earliest it can be reviewed again is 2017, IIRC. Christian Adams has written extensively on this if you wanna hunt down his articles.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: thelmalou, 11/12/2013 11:15:59 AM     (No. 9609498)

Republicans simply do not know how to market their message and until they get off their high horse and walk among those on the ground, they will lose.

Pure awesomeness. I am still struck over the complete truth of what Michael Walsh wrote awhile back in The Corner - he said the GOP is the equivalent of the Washington Capitals, the opponent of the Harlem Globetrotters. Their role is to lose, and they are compensated very well for it.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: StormCnter, 11/12/2013 12:44:40 PM     (No. 9609653)

Three tries and you still didn´t get the point. It´s not about out-giving the Dems. It´s not about inner-city blacks hating us. It´s not about illegals. It´s ESPECIALLY not about illegals. Bragging about not reading the article before posting a very long critique is pretty lame. Ms. Colon and I have corresponded about this problem. In urban areas there are influences to be made. There are, maybe eventually, votes to be had. A GOP presence is the only way to begin. Go into the neighborhoods, shake hands, kiss babies, march in the parades, attend the firemen´s fundraisers, but most of all explain what Republicans stand for, how we can make the country better and by doing so, can change the future for all our children.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: civilservant, 11/12/2013 2:05:29 PM     (No. 9609783)

#33 & #25, Every day......every......single.....day.....I am in the City of Trenton, NJ at work. I speak to my co-workers frequently, preaching the Right´s position.......I can show you dozens and dozens of Black man and women who are:
Anti-Gay marriage.
Aware of the waste of Government(We work for the State)
Pro-low taxes.
Pro-crime control
Anti-Gun control.

And not a ONE would EVER consider voting Republican.


Now onto the Brown skinned, like #25. AC, thank YOUR parents for the conservative work ethic THEY gave you. Each of the Hispanics I work with LOVE Government and can only imagine it getting bigger, never smaller. Whether or not they ever avail themselves of it, they would march in the streets if ever the Freebie train stopped.

As I said before on another topic, we have lost the utility of our old sayings...and one of them is....

You can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make them drink.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: Caveman, 11/12/2013 2:12:22 PM     (No. 9609797)

What Republicans, not Conservatives stand for any more are the same as Democrats. Why change sides and have to answer for it. Just stick to the status quo.
Until the free stuff gravy trains is curtailed, no one of any color or ethnicity is going to shoot themselves in the foot by voting against the freebies. This is not really their fault. There are millions of people out there that would love to have a job and take care of their families themselves, but currently that isn´t an option. Until there is a fundamental change in the American economy, nothing will change for the better.

Alicia has it right, but without some other outside MAJOR change, it is more than likely just a dream.

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Posted By: Judy W.- 3/31/2014 6:57:51 AM     Post Reply
I have no objections to Jeb Bush running for president. He obviously has a wide appeal as a potential candidate. (Snip) His support of Common Core, however, will also find many who are in the conservative ranks objecting, since they fear that Common Core represents educational centralism and having the government ram federal standards down their throats. What I do object to is that Bush is already being heralded as the obvious candidate, the man to whom the big money must and will flow. As the Washington Post reports: Many of the Republican Party’s most powerful insiders and financiers have begun a

Obamacare Real Enrollment:
Just 1.7% of Uninsured Covered

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Breitbart´s Big Government, by Wynton Hall    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 3/31/2014 4:10:39 PM     Post Reply
Obamacare, the plan purportedly created to provide health coverage for the uninsured, has enrolled just 1.7% of America´s 48.6 million uninsured. News of the disastrous numbers comes as nervous Democrats and President Barack Obama, ahead of the November midterm elections, did their best on Monday´s enrollment deadline to put a positive spin on the deeply unpopular Obamacare program. (Snip) The White House now claims an Obamacare enrollment figure of six million people. However, according to The New York Times, at least 20% of those never paid their premiums to activate coverage, leaving them uninsured.

Seven Million? Who Does the Obama
White House Think They’re Fooling?

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PJ Media, by Bryan Preston    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/1/2014 1:12:14 PM     Post Reply
A few months back, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius stated for the record that 7 million Obamacare sign-ups by the end of March would constitute success. She was clear about it. But then February came, and February always stinks. It’s just a lousy month. You’re tired of winter, you’re still miles away from spring, and no one was signing up for Obamacare. That 7 million figure looked totally unreachable. So Sebelius does what every other member of the Obama administration does when confronted with inconvenient facts. She lied. In a Tuesday appearance on HuffPost Live to discuss outreach to African American communities,

Ratings may sink Ronan
Farrow´s show on MSNBC

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New York Daily News, by Marianne Garvey, Brian Niemetz    Original Article
Posted By: Fiesta del sol- 3/31/2014 11:57:13 AM     Post Reply
Ronan Farrow’s MSNBC talk show is facing cancellation amid poor ratings, sources exclusively tell Confidenti@l.Farrow, 28 — the opinionated, blue-eyed son of actress Mia Farrow and either Woody Allen or Frank Sinatra (even Farrow’s not sure which) — has been a disaster for MSNBC. The channel took the frequent cable-show guest and handed him his own program, “Ronan Farrow Daily,” which premiered in late February.The theory was that Farrow, a Rhodes scholar who graduated college when he was 15 and went on to score degrees from Yale and Oxford, would bring his 245,000 Twitter followers with him to television

College Football Unionization
Decision Opens a Can of Worms

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Reason Magazine, by S.M. Oliva    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 3/31/2014 5:57:01 AM     Post Reply
A National Labor Relations Board official has given the green light to Northwestern University football players to form a union. The March 26 decision by the NLRB´s Chicago regional director, Peter Sung Ohr, held that scholarship football players are "employees" for purposes of federal labor law. Ohr rejected the longstanding view of Northwestern and the National Collegiate Athletic Association that players are "student-athletes" rather than employees. While Ohr´s decision is hardly the final word on this issue, it does accelerate the legal and political battle against the NCAA and its century-old amateurism rules. Is Football Academic? Kain Colter played quarterback at

Pelosi gets Pope Francis-blessed
rosary from Obama

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Washington Times (D.C.), by Dave Boyer    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/1/2014 3:03:55 PM     Post Reply
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, criticized last year by a Vatican official for her support of abortion, received a rosary Tuesday from President Obama that was blessed by Pope Francis. Mrs. Pelosi told reporters of the president’s gift after having lunch with Mr. Obama at the White House. The president met with the pope last week at the Vatican. “I was happy to receive a rosary blessed by Pope Francis,” she said. “It means a great deal to me.” Last year, a Vatican official in Rome said that Mrs. Pelosi should be denied communion. “This is a person who obstinately,

U.S. to require rear cameras
in all vehicles by 2018

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Detroit News, by David Shepardson    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 3/31/2014 2:49:26 PM     Post Reply
Washington — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Monday finalized long-delayed rules that will require automakers to install back-up cameras in all vehicles by May 2018. The new rules set rear visibility standards that automakers will initially be able to meet only by installing cameras. At the same time, major automakers said Monday they are petitioning the Obama administration to let them end the use of side view mirrors if they install cameras that could perform the same task — a move that could improve fuel efficiency. (Snip) “We are committed to protecting the most vulnerable victims of backover

Report: Obama Admin Released
Tens of Thousands of Illegal
Immigrant Criminals

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Breitbart´s Big Government, by Matthew Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: ketchuplover- 3/31/2014 12:30:51 AM     Post Reply
President Obama’s Department of Homeland Security caught then released 68,000 aliens who had previously been convicted of a crime, a new report from the Center for Immigration Studies shows. The report, provided to Breitbart News ahead of its late Sunday evening release, reviews internal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) metrics to conclude that the Obama administration released 35 percent—or 68,000—convicted criminal aliens back into the U.S. general population when they could have been deported. (Snip) In response to these findings from CIS that follow up on his office’s report last week, Sessions said immigration law in America has essentially ceased to

A cup of Earl Grey ´as good as statins´
at fighting heart disease, study finds

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Telegraph [UK], by Alice Philipson    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 3/31/2014 11:13:20 AM     Post Reply
Drinking Earl Grey tea could help guard against heart disease, it has emerged, after a study found that bergamot extract--a key ingredient in the hot drink--is just as effective as statins at controlling cholesterol. Scientists believe bergamot, a fragrant Mediterranean citrus fruit which gives Earl Grey tea its distinctive flavour, can significantly lower cholesterol. They say it contains enzymes known as HMGF (hydroxy methyl glutaryl flavonones) which can attack proteins in the body known to cause heart disease. The study found bergamot could even be as effective as statins, used to control cholesterol but which can have side effects in

Historians claim to have
recovered Holy Grail

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New York Post, by Bob Fredericks    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 3/31/2014 6:30:59 PM     Post Reply
Spanish historians say they have discovered what Monty Python could not – the Holy Grail, the legendary cup Jesus supposedly drank from at the Last Supper. The Spaniards – Margarita Torres and José Ortega del Río – believe the 2,000-year-old vessel is in a church in León in northern Spain. The pair spent three years studying the history of the chalice and last week published a book, “The Kings of the Grail,” making their case. The onyx chalice, they explained, was concealed within another antique vessel known as the Chalice of Doña Urruca, which is located in León’s basilica of

Study: Obama and the Democrats Disrupted
the Whole Healthcare Industry for Just
Two Million Uninsured

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PJ Media, by Bryan Preston    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 3/31/2014 8:29:22 PM     Post Reply
A RAND study pours buckets of cold water on the Obama administration’s claims that it has nearly reached 7 million sign-ups for Obamacare. The whole point of Obamacare, supposedly, was to insure the uninsured and bend the cost curve down. Those who had insurance were supposed to be able to keep it. Families were supposed to start saving about $2500 a year. If you believed the Obama administration. Reality, according to RAND‘s study, is that the Obama administration’s 7 million figure is deceptive. Supposing 7 million have actually signed up and paid their first premium — which is not a given,

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