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The Selling of Attention Deficit Disorder
New York Times, by Alan Schwarz

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Posted By:StormCnter, 12/15/2013 5:08:21 AM

After more than 50 years leading the fight to legitimize attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Keith Conners could be celebrating. Severely hyperactive and impulsive children, once shunned as bad seeds, are now recognized as having a real neurological problem. Doctors and parents have largely accepted drugs like Adderall and Concerta to temper the traits of classic A.D.H.D., helping youngsters succeed in school and beyond. But Dr. Conners did not feel triumphant this fall as he addressed a group of fellow A.D.H.D. specialists in Washington. He noted that recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that the diagnosis had been

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Rinktum, 12/15/2013 7:57:31 AM     (No. 9654505)

No expert, but a lot more outside play would burn off some of this excess energy. Kids needs exercise, play and some physical work around the house to dissipate all the energy that gets stored up in their bodies. These video games are just not cutting it. I can remember coming in after playing outside all day and being tired and ready to settle down. I am also a great believer in chores for kids, but I am old-fashioned. However, if the kid sees the parents on their electronics a lot and not up and out working around the house they won´t want to do chores. It is good to be physically tired at the end of the day after doing work. Going to the gym, is just not the same. Work is good for the soul.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: StormCnter, 12/15/2013 8:04:58 AM     (No. 9654511)

Many years ago, my son was having trouble with his 3rd grade teacher. She was a much older woman, a spinster, and I believe she really didn´t enjoy or understand children. She kept sending notices that my child wasn´t behaving in a suitable way. No specifics, just not behaving. In person, she told me "He acts silly in the lunch line". He was 8 years old. She referred us to the school counselor who was very surprised. The counselor considered him, after testing, a completely normal 3rd grader boy.

Some things don´t change. As the earlier poster said, kids need an opportunity to burn off excess energy and should not be shuffled into medication in order to make life easier for a teacher or a parent.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: BeatleJeff, 12/15/2013 8:08:06 AM     (No. 9654515)

I´ve always believed that Hyperactivity/ADD/ADHD or whatever they´re calling it this year is a fake, phony, fraudulent disease. And any doctor who comes up with this diagnosis is either a quack who can´t figure out the real problem and is just slapping on the label du jour or else is a Ritalin pusher.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Poobah, 12/15/2013 8:14:58 AM     (No. 9654518)

This is a long, beautifully written, well-researched article from the New York Times about an important problem that has emerged from activities of drug companies and doctors. Both of those groups are strongly supportive of right-wing politics.

Where is the New York Times in reporting the serious problems our country is facing from abuses on the left?


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Reply 5 - Posted by: gewgaw, 12/15/2013 8:21:05 AM     (No. 9654523)

And at times...used by ´lazy´ parents....;)

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Reply 6 - Posted by: desertcowboy, 12/15/2013 8:27:43 AM     (No. 9654526)

ADHD is real and the proper drug helps tremendously in fighting the symptoms. I had my son tested after years of underperforming (he is VERY bright) and mild behavioral problems; and he was confirmed ADHD. The drugs worked wonders and he went from a pain in the neck "C" student to a clever and enjoyable "A" student in one semester. It is real and clearly not every problem-child is ADHD. This NYT article is a slam against the drug companies and has very few medical facts in it. My son always got plenty of exercise, but that didn´t help the forgetfulness, bad judgment, constant talking,etc. He is much happier when using these drugs because ie is doing very well in school, much more socially aware and is more fun to be with. He doesn´t take them on weekends, but uses the medication during class weeks. He is in college now and doing very well. Some need these drugs and some don´t; but for those who do they are very helpful.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: catfur27, 12/15/2013 8:36:25 AM     (No. 9654534)

...I think the diagnosis of widespread ADHD is a bunch of cra....HEY look!!.....a football game is on!!...gotta go!

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Catherine, 12/15/2013 8:40:23 AM     (No. 9654541)

Unfortunately this stuff is real. I don´t, however, think every child on Ritalin should be. It´s over-diagnosed.
My son was 16 before I went ahead and had him tested. She said he had a very high IQ but there was a problem with his ability to do math and that was a sign of ADD. I remember hearing something on TV once that I didn´t understand how they got to that number. I asked younger son and he gave me the right answer but could not tell me how he got it. I called older son, he told me the same thing but was also able to walk me through the steps. And therein was the exact difference the counselor told me about. We tried Ritalin but he didn´t like it so I threw it away. He has had problems his whole life specifically due to his inability to work with anything involving several steps. It´s hard to see such a bright young man have to struggle so much. I wish it were a pipe dream of the medical community. But sadly it´s not.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: GardenGal, 12/15/2013 8:42:26 AM     (No. 9654544)

I don´t like lawyers or medications being advertised on tv. They are both sleazy practices. This article was long on accusations but short on truth.

Addiction is a very specific term. I have never heard of anyone getting and using ADHD medications as properly prescribed by a doctor and using them properly as getting addicted. Depending on the severity of the adhd, users may be dependent on the drug to function properly but that is not addiction. I am not sure anyone is getting addicted but if they are, it is the people who use the drugs illegally, use way more than the recommended amount and crush them and snort them. NOt the people taking their daily pill.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Calvinesq, 12/15/2013 8:42:52 AM     (No. 9654546)

My son was diagnosed with ADD by his pediatrician and was prescribed, I believe, Ritulin. I said no. I remember being backed up in my belief by Dr. Dobson, who I recall believed that boys in the normal range were being prescribed these drugs just to allow teachers and parents to face fewer disciplinary problems.

I believe I did the right thing. My son has learned to cope with some absent-mindedness. He is now a professional violinist with a promising future in the music world.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: M2, 12/15/2013 8:49:15 AM     (No. 9654555)

This is more complicated than on the surface:

Behind that growth has been drug company marketing that has stretched the image of classic A.D.H.D. to include relatively normal behavior like carelessness and impatience, and has often overstated the pills’ benefits.

I wouldn´t be all that quick to blame the Pharms first. The cultural decay had more to do with it than the Pharms. To wit: It may be "normal" for children to be careless and impatient, but children are permitted by their parents to use these traits as excuses for bad behavior.

Kids need to be taught that being "careless and impatient" have consequences, but consequences are rarely forthcoming because so many parents are scared to death their kids won´t love them if they´re disciplined.

So rather than take the harder but more effective route of discipline, parents medicate their kids, feeling virtuous that they are treating a "disorder", something really medical.

I have always suspected that kids with short attention spans (I was one) are simply bored or undisciplined or both. Rarely do they have a "disorder" that doesn´t come from bad parenting in their early years.

Dr. Benjamin Spock and Montessori Schools ruined good parenting back in the mid-40-s thru the 70´s because it gave children control over their own lives at an age when they are too young to make rational and wise choices.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Udanja99, 12/15/2013 8:54:08 AM     (No. 9654564)

Amen, #6. Pretty much my story too. With my daughter, it also manifested itself as an inability to focus which drastically affected her grades. She was diagnosed at 16 and went from being in trouble with the school and also with law enforcement, plus failing grades to being out of trouble and on to the honor roll.

And we were not lazy parents. I drove 50 miles round trip twice a day every school day for 8 years to take her to Catholic school in another state. The other kids in our neighborhood did not like to play at our house because we had rules and enforced them.

Our daughter is now 23, employed, self sufficient and pursuing her dreams.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: zephyrgirl, 12/15/2013 9:00:32 AM     (No. 9654572)

I´ve known a couple of children with ADHD. It is pretty obvious when they´re not on their meds. Their behavior is pretty extreme. Having said that, I doubt it is as common as people think.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Jloophole, 12/15/2013 9:34:40 AM     (No. 9654630)

Interesting. Recently I went to get my hair done and my stylist was uncharacteristically very witty and full of energy. Much happier. I didn´t think much about it but I did notice it. I vaguely figured that all my other visits over the last couple years had been on days when she was tired or whatever. In the course of the conversation, she told me that she had quit taking Adderoll for her ADHD, after years of thinking she needed it. This is a woman in her 30´s. Her husband told her he feels like he has his wife back. She is now learning the coping skills we ALL learn, how to break projects into smaller pieces, prioritize, etc. she said it´s like she woke up.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Avogadra, 12/15/2013 9:45:18 AM     (No. 9654647)

ADHD is very real. And it comes in all degrees from mild to severe. If you suspect that you or your child has it, be highly involved in the process of diagnosis and treatment. Some people can do well with environmental modifications. Others need pharmacological help. Many different drugs are available, and in those who are severely affected, a combination of one of the psychostimulants plus an alpha-2 agonist may be necessary.

Successful treatment is very specific to the individual. With children it also changes over time as they grow, mature, and develop interests that may or may not require a high degree of concentration. Best wishes to every LDotter who finds himself or herself coping with this condition.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: jasmine, 12/15/2013 9:47:36 AM     (No. 9654649)

Reads more like hit piece on doctors, drug companies and parents.

Since it´s from the NYT I have to wonder what "surprises" regarding ADHD medications are scheduled somewhere in the ACA...and yet to be revealed. That the NYT is demonizing doctors, drug companies, and now stimulant drugs themselves could be a coincidence.

But given that the NYT often acts as a propaganda arm of the administration, a reasonable person might wonder if there´s something else, something calculated, going on.



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Reply 17 - Posted by: earlybird, 12/15/2013 9:48:47 AM     (No. 9654652)

Re #2, my son had the same problem with a second grade teacher. She was not old, but she was very tough and rather hyper herself. Wanted us to consider medicating him. But the following year his excellent (older) third grade teacher found him to be quite a normal little 8 year old and worked wonders, making up for all the misses in second grade. And no, we did not medicate him.

Those who say medications "worked wonders" in their kids are missing the fact that medication WILL change a child. But it it not necessarily best for the child.

My friend from school days, an internationally reknowned child psychologist, believes ADD-ADDHD is basically a crock. That little boys need more of their fathers and the kinds of activities and play that goes with dad - sports and so forth. And they need RECESS. They are not good at being confined to a desk in a classroom for long periods of time without a workout break.

I find it interesting that the increase in so-called ADHD kids seems to correlate with disappearing playgrounds. The elementary school at the end of our street - which most of my family attended over several generations - has now given over almost all of its playground to portable classrooms and teacher parking. We were very active kids and used all of those big playground areas all the time and very actively. What now?

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Reply 18 - Posted by: peterfleming, 12/15/2013 10:04:04 AM     (No. 9654678)

One of America´s first personal bloggers, Jon Rappoport, wwww.nomorefakenews.com has been reporting on the widespread doctor crime of loading up kids with pharmaceuticals for many, many years.
Frightening enough that seniors are sentenced to life long, chronically prescribed "meds". But to stack the powerful pharmaceutical monoliths against high energy children is one small step from a destructive life sentence. Read unerring Jon.
Also to find some clinically published, medical journals only, information on plant food cures for asthma, from scientists and teams from all over the world, try www.healthbulletin.org. It´s published science. Only.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Callmecrazy, 12/15/2013 10:08:16 AM     (No. 9654685)

I´m a high school computer programming teacher. My classes are filled with mostly boys. Over the years, I´ve noticed that ADD/HD is real but rare. Unfortunately, the symptoms mimic poor self discipline. The drugs really help the ADD kids, but don´t improve the behavior of the others. It´s a stimulant. A kid with poor behavior on a stimulant is NOT an improvement. However, properly medicated ADD kids have become some of my best programmers.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: F16 guy, 12/15/2013 10:10:33 AM     (No. 9654689)

"According to a 2010 US government survey,1 1 in 10 American children now has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)—a 22 percent increase from 2003."

According to some, the disorder may not even be a “real” disorder at all. Psychiatrist Leon Eisenberg, hailed as the “scientific father of ADHD,” actually went on record saying that ADHD is “a prime example of a fictitious disease.”

Read the rest of the article here:
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/12/05/adhd-glyphosate.aspx?e_cid=20131215Z3_SNL_MV_1&utm_source=snl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=mv1&utm_campaign=20131215Z3&et_cid=DM37198&et_rid=369424936



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Reply 21 - Posted by: mikkins2, 12/15/2013 10:15:10 AM     (No. 9654696)

Those who think ADHD is a "crock" hav ent a clue as to what they are talking about. I have had it since a child and only recently was diagnosed properly. Let me explain what it feels like and what its effects are.

Imagine being in a room seated across from another person who has something very important to tell you. You know you need to hear and understand the information and you are intent on giving it your full attention.

Just as the person starts to speak, a marching band playing as load as it can begins to ply its trade between you and the other person. You are trying as hard as you can to focus on the other persons words but you can only hear and understand 1 of 5 being said. You try even harder to shut out the detracting marching band and now, because your focus is now splint between trying to hear the other person and tuning out the marching band, your brain is now overloaded and nothing is making sense. You become frustrated, mostly with yourself, and you just give up.

After being tested and treated properly I have a brand new life. I look back and think of all the heartache and humility I felt growing up and wish I had been treated much earlier.

Heres an example of the difference it has made.

After hearing and singing to songs I have know since my childhood, over 30+ years, I actually now understand what the words mean as a whole, their actual intent to relay a message.

My daughter was recently diagnosed as severe and she is now preforming in all things on the level of her peers because of medication. And I assure you, she is still a pain in the butt like all other 7 year olds.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: mc squared, 12/15/2013 10:41:55 AM     (No. 9654752)

Any connection to the frantic world of social networking, I-phones and computer games?

Maybe the advance of ADHD and technology is just a coincidence. I really don´t know.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: RancherJack, 12/15/2013 10:54:12 AM     (No. 9654775)

The Nazis perfected this in the 1930s, for pete´s sake.

Added sodium fluoride to domestic water to control the German people. Sodium fluoride directly affects the Hippocampus, the seat of decision-making.

Where we exercise Attention. With the capacity of Attention radically altered, you get the population we have today.

Can´t hold a charge ..

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Reply 24 - Posted by: enuf8, 12/15/2013 11:56:37 AM     (No. 9654861)

Why won´t studies on additives to food to the ADHD activity be done?

"Feel good" pills are the first thing looked at as an answer to the problem. I think the answers lay elsewhere.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: loveUSA, 12/15/2013 2:21:51 PM     (No. 9655028)

In Redding CA 50% of babies born are drug addicted. Their mothers mostly were doing meth while pregnant. Therefore, we are seeing what that does to babies and their brains. Medicine dos help the drug babies who have learning disabilities from being born drug addicted. We know. We adopted one of these drug babies.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: flybynight, 12/15/2013 2:47:04 PM     (No. 9655058)

I know I am wasting my time trying to defend people with ADHD against science illiterates who cling to their easy judgmental answers.
-Kids with ADHD usually have normal siblings, without the symptoms of ADHD, despite similar diet, exercise habits, discipline, vaccinations, or whatever else the blamers like to use to explain away the troubles of others.
-ADHD kids diagnosed and treated early enough spend much less time in trouble,much less time alone and friendless, and much more time able to learn, succeed, and earn deserved praise.
- the ailment has been documented on PET scans, double blind studies by the dozens have proven therapeutic efficacy.
As the parents and grandparents of both normal kids and kids with (inherited) ADHD, it is easy for us to understand the difference, and cherish both the gifts and the challenges each child faces. It is sad that there are so many dimwits who choose to ignore the facts, refuse to understand the science, and choose make the lives of those so afflicted so difficult.


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Reply 27 - Posted by: Elvira, 12/15/2013 4:49:52 PM     (No. 9655163)

Great responses here and some who need to educate themselves a little more IMHO. That said, I´ve been down this road with my own son who it ended up did not need to be medicated. This was during the Ritalin "boom".

Now, I have chronic lyme disease. Just as poster above stated with the marching band, this and being tired to the core of my being on an almost daily basis I have been helped greatly by using Adderal. Not where I used to be, but I am at least functioning better.

We´re all different, some things help others and some do not. I must say, that I´m glad to be living in a time of medical advancement. Otherwise, my oldest daughter and I would have both died in childbirth.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: cgood, 12/15/2013 5:27:04 PM     (No. 9655206)

Clearly not a black and white issue. Is ADHD real? Of course. Is ADHD over-diagnosed? Of course. Is it a bad idea to try to decide the validity of someone else´s experiences based upon an online comment thread? You betcha.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 12/15/2013 6:08:15 PM     (No. 9655244)

I do agree that the conditions of ADD/ADHD exists. I have seen children who could not be calmed, or kept paying attention, no matter how carefully disciplined (I do not mean punished, but rather taught) they were.

However, I have seen many children put on these drugs because their teachers insisted on it. As one pediatrician friend said to me, "I get a couple of kids a month where the teacher´s demanding the child be put on a mind-altering drug due to ADD (a diagnosis that a teacher is not legally permitted to make, since they are not medical doctors) just because he or she cannot control a classroom."

A friend cited her child´s first-grade teacher who sent ADD complaints home to parents of 22 of her 25 students. The school administration did nothing to alleviate the situation, fearing the teacher´s union. Many of the children I have known who were called problems by their teachers were actually very bright children with tremendous enthusiasm, and the teacher did not have the skills to harness that enthusiasm or manage the classroom. Given another teacher and another grade, the same children excelled. Given a student who is experiencing difficulty who will be gone from the school in a few years, vs. a teacher with tenure who will be there until they retire, many principals side with the teacher. As one school psychologist neighbor said to me, many times she had to tell the administration that their teacher was the problem.

Our society is not teaching children in the way that children need to learn. They don´t get enough exercise or playground time, as others have mentioned. They do get too much "screen time," even in school.



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Reply 30 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 12/15/2013 6:34:32 PM     (No. 9655266)

When my Grandson - a highly intelligent, very active kid- was in the first grade, the teacher insisted he had ADD and demanded a parent conference to encourage his parents to get him on medication. They actually agreed! Within a month the boy quit going outside, dropped his athletic play, only wanted to draw and sleep. The school gave him excellent marks although he was doing no work. I became alarmed and warned my son; "Get him to a specialist! Something is dreadfully wrong here." Son delayed the advice. First semetser on ADD meds the kid was practically a vegetable. It was as if they had lobotomized him. They said it was merely a balancing of the meds that was necessary. The second semster, I saw the boy and being away from him for a year, I saw that he was in deep trouble. I insisted, demanded they get him to a doctor who had some sense, which they finally did. After a few visits the Dr. took the boy off of the meds. Severe head aches, and a few intense beahviorial episodes followed that upset everyone. Finally the boy was back. He became very active, joined in soccer, bike riding, runing around like a wild indian. He started reading, and his keen interst in math returned (his mother was a teacher!!). Today, he is owner of his own highly successful financial consulting business and has children of his own- he turned out to be a great dad himself. I consider we averted a huge disaster.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: fanzing, 12/15/2013 8:30:01 PM     (No. 9655344)

This isn´t news. South Park busted this wide open 13 years ago in the classic "Timmy!" episode.

"SIT DOWN AND STUDY!"

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Reply 32 - Posted by: ArtieC, 12/15/2013 8:30:03 PM     (No. 9655345)

I think ADHD is a bunch of baloney, but I´m no scientist either. But I´d suspect if my elementary school class from 1957-61 were in schools today we´d all be diagnosed as ADHD and drugged with the ADHD drug du jour. But our teachers and parents knew about the paddle. That and recess took care of our ADHD.

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Remember when Lois Lerner, in answering a planted question at an American Bar Association conference, admitted the IRS had targeted conservative groups but tried to pass it off as the work of rogue agents — “our line people in Cincinnati”? Today we know there were indeed federal agents involved. But they weren’t rogue, and they weren’t confined to IRS workers in Cincinnati. Thanks to a Freedom of Information request by Judicial Watch, we now have an e-mail Lerner sent to colleagues noting the Department of Justice was looking into criminal prosecutions of these tax-exempt groups. We know something else, too. These investigations

Even Hillary Clinton Isn’t Sure What
We Should Like About Hillary Clinton
PJ Media, by Stephen Kruiser    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/18/2014 4:33:53 AM     Post Reply
The first step is admitting… It was a simple question to someone accustomed to much tougher ones: What was her proudest achievement as secretary of state? But for a moment, Hillary Rodham Clinton, appearing recently before a friendly audience at a women’s forum in Manhattan, seemed flustered.(Snip)So…no definitive successes and some clear-cut failures. And that’s the generous New York Times assessment. The Democrat fantasy story about Mrs. Clinton paints her as strong and accomplished on her own. In reality, this is a woman who is professionally defined almost entirely by two men in her life, both of whom happen to have

For Obamacare, What Counts As Success?
New York Times, by Ross Douthat    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/18/2014 4:23:43 AM     Post Reply
Ezra Klein, in his new capacity as one of the impresarios behind Vox, has written a pair of attention-grabbing posts — here, and then here — defending the proposition that Obamacare has, in some sense, “won,” and that conservatives who can’t come to terms with that victory can’t come to terms with reality itself. Reading them, it struck me that this argument would benefit from laying down some specific markers for the near future, because Klein seems to move back and forth between two definitions of success. At times, as when he writes that Obamacare “has won its survival” and

What would a Mitch
McConnell-led Senate look like?
Washington Post, by Paul Kane    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/17/2014 5:08:09 PM     Post Reply
It’s no secret that Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) don’t like one another. They battle regularly over legislation and their Senate floor fights over arcane-but-important rules have become must-see entertainment for senatorial insiders. According to aides in both parties, the two leaders have not had a one-on-one sitdown to discuss legislation (or anything else) since late last year. Nowadays, all business is conducted on the phone or in brief discussions on the Senate floor. Part of that feud is political – Democrats targeted McConnell in 2008, Republicans targeted Reid in 2010, Democrats

Jews ´ordered to register and list property´
in east Ukraine city of Donetsk where pro-Russian
militants have taken over government buildings
Daily Mail [UK], by Julian Robinson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/17/2014 4:55:14 PM     Post Reply
Jews have reportedly been told to ´register´ with pro-Russian forces in the east Ukrainian city of Donetsk. They were also told they would need to provide a list of property they own as well as being ordered to pay a fee or face the threat of deportation. U.S. officials in Washington say leaflets bearing the chilling order have recently appeared in the city amid pro and anti-Russian protests as tensions rise in the area. It comes after Jews leaving a synagogue in the city of Donetsk were reportedly told they had to ´register´ with Ukranians trying to make the city part of Russia.United



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Has Rush Limbaugh Finally
Reached the End Of The Road?

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Forbes Magazine, by Rick Ungar    Original Article
Posted By: EveningStar- 4/16/2014 7:24:05 PM     Post Reply
Like him or hate him, there is no disputing that Rush Limbaugh’s very special brand of mixing right-wing politics with his flare for entertainment has produced one of the most successful radio programs in the medium’s long history. Whatever the burning political question of the day, millions of Americans have relished the opportunity to tune into Rush’s program, knowing that he would quickly take that hot potato, throw a few gallons of verbal kerosene into the mix and elevate the matter into a five alarm fire with a just a few well-chosen words spoken in the style only Rush Limbaugh could

Michelle Obama Riverdances
Through Dublin to the Tune
of $7,921,638

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Breitbart Big Peace, by Tom Fitton    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/17/2014 6:45:16 AM     Post Reply
When it comes to tracking the cost of Obama family vacations, there are two primary challenges. First, the Obamas are prolific jet-setters, so there are many details to track. Second, the Obama administration, clearly embarrassed by these lavish and frequent family vacations, stonewalls the release of records at every turn. But we have been relentless in pursuit of this information. Our attorneys file the lawsuits and make our case, and our investigators pour through pages of records and crunch the numbers. And the information we’ve uncovered – information that would otherwise remain under lock and key – shows that the

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

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

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'

Elizabeth Warren whines about coverage
of her fraudulent Indian claim

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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