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‘Duck Dynasty’ Star’s Anti-Gay
Comments: Clay Aiken Weighs In

Yahoo! TV!, by Tim Kenneally

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Posted By:NorthernDog, 12/21/2013 4:05:52 PM

Former “American Idol” contestant Clay Aiken offered his thoughts on the scandal surrounding “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson’s anti-gay comments on Thursday night, saying that such comments and attitudes are “built out of fear.” (Snip) “I think it certainly shows that we’ve got a long way to go when it comes to people being accepting and understanding,” Aiken, who came out as gay in 2008, said. “Homophobia, racism …. all of it’s built out of fear. All of it’s out of fear. And if you grow up in an area like Louisiana and you’re not exposed to diversity, then you

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Keekng, 12/21/2013 4:07:56 PM     (No. 9663546)

Just another flake saying, "Look at me, I am offended."

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Not your typical New Yorker, 12/21/2013 4:23:09 PM     (No. 9663563)

I was on pins and needles waiting to hear what this petunia had to say....NOT!

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Keekng, 12/21/2013 4:30:26 PM     (No. 9663569)

We have two gay neighbors, I would go ask their opinion but they would laugh at me and quack their duck calls.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: woofwoofwoof, 12/21/2013 4:30:57 PM     (No. 9663571)

In those famous words, Clay, "Shut up and sing".

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Persecutor2, 12/21/2013 4:32:50 PM     (No. 9663574)

Who exactly is Clay Aiken? "Former ´American Idol´ contestant" hardly seems like much of a claim to fame, much less authority to speak on biology, psychology, theology and cultural mores.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: TexasAllTheWay, 12/21/2013 4:34:01 PM     (No. 9663575)

Huh?! He misses the point entirely. Phil was asked HIS thoughts on these subjects, and this joker certainly is not tolerant or accepting of those, is he?

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Magic8Ball, 12/21/2013 4:43:00 PM     (No. 9663579)

Somehow, I don´t think Phil fears Clay Aiken.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: secondtimelucky, 12/21/2013 4:54:13 PM     (No. 9663589)

FTA: if the person had said something about interracial marriage, or said that we should put all children with disabilities in institutions, would we still say, ‘Well, that’s free speech, we’re okay with that opinion?’ And I think the answer is no.”

au contraire Clay boi - we wouldn´t likely say we´re okay with that opinion, we would probably say it´s ignorant. But more to the point, we´re not interested in clamping the speaker in the stocks. What you or I or anyone SAYS will neither pick one´s pocket or break one´s leg.

Life is gonna be full of hurt feelings. Cowboy up...



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Reply 9 - Posted by: MirJoy, 12/21/2013 4:57:26 PM     (No. 9663594)

O.K. another product NOT to buy - mostly never bought Cracker Barrel products except once or twice at Christmas for hostess´ gifts; never buy Ritz crackers any more; don´t buy Sargento cheese for years and I don´t even remember why, BUT

I ALWAYS buy Barilla pasta and sauce because it is great, and some group recently told me not to because they took umbrage about something STUPID.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: fritzilou, 12/21/2013 4:58:13 PM     (No. 9663595)

None of us fear gays or homosexuals, unless they are criminals that appear to be up to no good. What we do not like is being called racists and homophobes that will do nothing to create good will between the races and the homosexual community. I had a gay uncle, who has since passed, and have black friends and acquaintances and they act like me, are like me in every respect and do not make any demands for exceptionalism from their blackness or their gayness. We all accept each other the way we are, but do not try to change the rules of the game by intimidatiion.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: TruthAndJustice, 12/21/2013 4:59:42 PM     (No. 9663597)

Just because the president is gay doesn´t mean we all have to celebrate gayness...After all, he still hides that fact...so he mustn´t feel that proud of being gay.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Illinois Mom, 12/21/2013 5:02:03 PM     (No. 9663598)

We get it...I don´t hate Gay people. I know it´s a cliche but, I do have friends that are Gay and I like them very much.

I also have friends who have live together without benefit of marriage.

I care about them however I do not want to discuss what they are doing...I will, if asked, give my opinion which they are free to accept or reject. God judges their souls...I am allowed to judge the behavior.

I don´t feel that by accepting the choices that they have made are theirs...that I am also required to become a "champion" for those causes.

I would like the same respect of my beliefs.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: cjohn2979, 12/21/2013 5:02:05 PM     (No. 9663599)

Fear? Fear of what? Aiken is an idiot.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Hollyhock, 12/21/2013 5:11:36 PM     (No. 9663606)

Remember it was Mark Twain that said "it is better to remain silent an be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt."
Really, to many people are ignorant about what the Bible teaches. READ YOUR BIBLE. If you have a problem with what it says take it up with Him.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: mean Gene, 12/21/2013 5:17:33 PM     (No. 9663611)

This from a male who was AFRAID to admit being gay until 2008?!?
Most gays claim they ´´knew´´ they were gay as youngsters.
What was Clay´s excuse?

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Reply 16 - Posted by: JoElla Bee, 12/21/2013 5:17:49 PM     (No. 9663612)

Clay has always seemed like a sweet guy. But, his comments about Phil Robertson and free speech were profoundly ignorant.



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Reply 17 - Posted by: Hairy Eyeball, 12/21/2013 5:21:09 PM     (No. 9663615)

" not exposed to diversity "


Should read " not exposed to perversity "

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Reply 18 - Posted by: tc rider, 12/21/2013 5:26:06 PM     (No. 9663619)

Clay grew up around here (Raleigh) and we have friends whose kids went to school with him. He never needed to come out. The only one who might not have know he was gay was his Mother.

Every one said he was destined for Broadway long before he was on American Idol.

Sadly, he not as nice now as he was as a kid.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: bobn.t, 12/21/2013 5:36:23 PM     (No. 9663628)

Hey Clay and the rest of "you"
Some of us are repulsed by your life style.
Nothing more, nothing less.
You´re angry because we won´d accede to it.
So stuff it.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: kono, 12/21/2013 5:38:10 PM     (No. 9663631)

Principled opposition is neither fear nor hate. What I hate isn´t gays -- it´s having someone presume to tell me what my beliefs or motives are, no matter what orientation that person has.

It´s long overdue for society to recognize the religophobia on which secular political-correctness is based... and that believing in the non-existence of God is, itself, a religion -- just as zero is, itself, a number.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: beveyscool1, 12/21/2013 5:42:19 PM     (No. 9663633)

fruit loop

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 12/21/2013 5:42:40 PM     (No. 9663635)

One´s right to ´free speech´ like one´s right to the ´presumption of innocence´ only circumscribe one´s relationship with the government. When dealing with each other these ´rights´ do not exist. They may be a good idea and a logical way to behave but they do not exist between individual citizens. They were built into the Constitution to protect individuals from the overwhelming power of the government.

This is a small but important point.

EG-- I do not owe anyone the ´presumption of innocence´ but the government does.

Nomesain ?

Think about it.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: tearza, 12/21/2013 5:46:13 PM     (No. 9663640)

He probably has not been humped lately

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Reply 24 - Posted by: SaguaroJack, 12/21/2013 5:47:10 PM     (No. 9663643)

Disagreement with homosexuality because of a belief in biblical tenets isn´t "homophobia." It´s belief in biblical tenets.

To date, no one has shown how racism derives from fear, or even THAT it does. Saying it´s so doesn´t make it so.

But then, neither has anyone shown that Phil Robertson is homophobic or racist or afraid. Saying he is doesn´t mean he is.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: jinx, 12/21/2013 5:48:30 PM     (No. 9663645)

Sad that Gays take offense to everything. They bring it on themselves by flaunting it in our faces all the time. It is as if their sexuality is more important than our faith. Are they all sexaholics? Is that all that they are about? If they want to hang their sex lives out for all to see, then they are asking for trouble. Ask a Muslim what he thinks about homosexuality. I think this is just another way to trash Christianity which seems to be easy to do since Christians don´t strike back in kind. Phil Robertson is a true and courageous Christian. May God bless him and his family.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Megrits, 12/21/2013 5:54:20 PM     (No. 9663652)

Scandal? Wow, I´m SO glad this all knowing delicate bloom has straightened this out for all us toothless, inbred, racist, homophobic Neanderthals. If it weren´t so offensive, it could actually be funny. I´m SURE the good people of Louisiana are SO relieved, Tinkerbell has explained everything so "correctly". I´m up to my redneck, racist, homophobic hiney with this garbage!!

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Flipper3, 12/21/2013 5:58:54 PM     (No. 9663657)

Clay who?

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Reply 28 - Posted by: birddog, 12/21/2013 6:08:15 PM     (No. 9663660)

Aiken is Ache´n, to hear his own name on the News. Quick..get a quote from Carrot top. I´m sure he is hungry too.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: anonymous, 12/21/2013 6:09:01 PM     (No. 9663661)

The mainstream media continues to beat up this diversion. They need to keep the bad stuff about Obama off the front page.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: St. Pitbull, 12/21/2013 6:10:23 PM     (No. 9663662)

These people need our pity - but they get none from me. How terrible must it be to go through life with the singular purpose of looking for things to be offended at. Cuddle up next to your guy´s (or guys´) favorite ani, Clay for the Holidays. Best watch it after the Mexican food though.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: Chief1942, 12/21/2013 6:14:46 PM     (No. 9663664)

If the whole repugnant issue wasn´t so tragic, one would actually have to laugh at the GLBT folks. With all their pontificating out acceptance and understanding, they are the bigoted ones and the "phobic" ones. They are afraid of the truth! There is going to be such a backlash over this "reverse bigotry" that it will set the LGBT cause back decades. You think there was hostility and un-acceptance before, you haven´t seen anything yet. An old physics axiom " For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction". Watch your backs Butt Rangers!

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Reply 32 - Posted by: Marzon, 12/21/2013 6:30:58 PM     (No. 9663678)

Despite having as "troubled" youth to beat back the advances of a homo scoutmaster, guidance councilor, and the parish priest, I am not afraid of homosexuals and refuse to be labelled "homophobic". I am however disgusted by the thought of gay "sex" and therefore prefer not think about it. When I am forced to I tend to get called homophobic but I reply that no I am not homophobic but I am homosprevic and nothing will ever change that

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Reply 33 - Posted by: Tianne, 12/21/2013 6:42:58 PM     (No. 9663687)

So, Clay Aikin is equating homosexuality with inter-racial marriage and putting children with disabilities in institutions? My, my – (and the use of the non-word, ‘homophobia’ is more than ridiculous – there is no such thing as ‘homophobia’ – it’s a made-up word for a made-up condition).

As #13 asked, ‘fear’? ‘Fear of what’, exactly? If Mr. Aiken means fear of our schools making our children read books that promote having two daddies or two mommies, or fear of teachers demonstrating condom use to kindergarteners, or fear of our children being told by school officials that they have to ‘celebrate’ homosexuality, then I suppose that Mr. Aiken is approaching a point – only I wouldn’t call it ‘fear’ – I would call it seething outrage.


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Reply 34 - Posted by: artsy, 12/21/2013 6:50:52 PM     (No. 9663694)

The only fear is that we may be forced to watch a gay pride parade, and to pretend it´s all normal.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: Salt5792, 12/21/2013 7:08:39 PM     (No. 9663711)

Straights are afraid of gays??? Don´t make me laugh.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: Cavallodifiero, 12/21/2013 7:42:47 PM     (No. 9663742)

Homosexuals resent people not accepting them without any care or concern as to how those people feel, being in the company of people they consider to be degenerates or having their children in proximity to them. Why is that so complicated for them to understand, are they so intolerant that they can´t accept the normal persons opinion?

I hate intolerance don´t you?

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Reply 37 - Posted by: Udanja99, 12/21/2013 7:50:45 PM     (No. 9663752)

Shut up and sing.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: MaMe2, 12/21/2013 7:53:17 PM     (No. 9663754)

All 98 pounds of Aiken weighs in.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: Catherine, 12/21/2013 7:55:59 PM     (No. 9663757)

Not exposed to diversity? Excuse me, I lived in La til I was 50 years old. Worked there 25 years. Every job had gay people and blacks and the last one I had there had half black, half white representation. We all got along fine. We knew who was gay and of course could tell who was black. It made NO difference. The ignorance of the south is stunning. People who haven´t lived there should mind their own business.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: MDMuskrat, 12/21/2013 8:23:11 PM     (No. 9663776)

I personally agree with Russia, Uganda, 38 other African countries, and Islam on this one. There ought to be well enforced laws against propagandizing aberrant behavior which adversely affects our children.

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Reply 41 - Posted by: god of irony, 12/21/2013 8:42:44 PM     (No. 9663791)

Why should we have to accept deviant sexual and social behavior. It does not benefit our species.

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Reply 42 - Posted by: harper, 12/21/2013 8:44:02 PM     (No. 9663793)

He wouldn´t be Aiken if he changed his unsanitary lifestyle.

Ya know?

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Reply 43 - Posted by: Smart11344, 12/21/2013 8:45:44 PM     (No. 9663795)

Gosh, Clay is so brave and courageous to make his remarks about Phil. Let´s toast Clay. BOTTOMS UP!

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Reply 44 - Posted by: Psalm_2, 12/21/2013 8:54:56 PM     (No. 9663806)

Phil strikes me as someone who gets along well with people. it appears that accusations of ignorance against him are projections from low info demographics, & not those who know, believe & state the truth. those not familiar with the Truth should study up so as not to be considered, again, low info. also those not familiar shouldn´t intrude or inhibit others expression of free speech.

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Reply 45 - Posted by: ArtieC, 12/21/2013 8:58:07 PM     (No. 9663814)

Yeah, i sit up at night out of fear of Clay Aiken and other homosexuals.

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Reply 46 - Posted by: WIBadger, 12/21/2013 9:16:57 PM     (No. 9663834)

And just this morning as I was getting out of bed I thought ´I wonder what Clay Aiken thinks...?´

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Reply 47 - Posted by: Hermoine, 12/21/2013 9:32:57 PM     (No. 9663851)

Homosexuals (or homosexual activists) need to come up with a new term. It´s a real pet peeve of mine to say someone who does not agree with homosexuality is homophobic. I can guarantee Clay and any other gay guy out there, that Phil Robertson does not fear them. He is not scared of them or fears that they will turn him into a homosexual. He does not agree with their lifestyle. There´s a big difference.

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Reply 48 - Posted by: dr fate, 12/21/2013 10:05:43 PM     (No. 9663883)

"Homophobia" is a term invented by the sodomites and the sodomite lovers in the leftist media to imply that "we", the normal people are somehow the sick ones. And #19, telling them to "stuff it" is unnecessary. It´s what these sickos live to do.

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Reply 49 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 12/21/2013 11:26:44 PM     (No. 9663934)

Clay who?

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Reply 50 - Posted by: killerbee, 12/21/2013 11:30:32 PM     (No. 9663937)

I can´t wait to find out what Clay Aiken thinks about this! Said no one ever.

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Reply 51 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 12/22/2013 1:03:24 AM     (No. 9663959)

"All of it’s built out of fear."

What I fear is a small percentage of the population making decisions for all of US.

#39 Who are you calling ignorant ? Not everyone in the south is some hillbilly.

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Reply 52 - Posted by: LaVallette, 12/22/2013 2:46:14 AM     (No. 9663989)

Fear has nothing to do with the opposition to the gay lifestyle and gay marriage in particular. The claim that all opposition to the gay lifestyle is based on "fear" is a futile attempt by the gay agendists to seize the intellectual high ground that enables them to cast as troglodytes and bigots all those who who oppose them. But the real violation of the human intelligence and the real intellectual fraud against nature, the science and principles of biology and anatomy, and society in general are the very practices of the the gay lifestyle and gay marriage in particular. Just one element of the intellectual fraud. Two decades ago when campaigning for the decriminalization of homosexual practices and the gay lifestyle the slogan was "Get the State out of the gay bedrooms since the State has no interest in who sleeps with whom and in what happens in those bedrooms, and nothing will ever eventuate from those practices that will raise raise state interest (meaning the parties having children the future citizens of the State". Now however despite nothing having changed to challenge their ow slogan the cry is "The state has the duty to get back into the gay bedrooms as a matter of upholding the right to marriage of the participants involved", and even issues if faithfulness and exclusivity, the exception rather than the rule in gay relationships which are two of the many hall marks of a marriage, notwithstanding.

Like the matter of Abortion, it is the refusal to accept the Intellectual Fraud not the purported "fear" that sustains and will sustain forever, the widespread opposition to the gay lifestyle and gay marriage.

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Reply 53 - Posted by: Grace1798, 12/22/2013 3:58:16 AM     (No. 9664003)

Sick perv. That´s what we need ......more sick pervs.

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Reply 54 - Posted by: ROLFnader, 12/22/2013 9:57:50 AM     (No. 9664260)

I watched the clip of the Arsenio show that was in the article and was surprised to hear Clay lump racism and homosexuality in with ´other disabilities´. Off to PC prison with you, too - pretty boy.

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Reply 55 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 12/22/2013 11:42:05 PM     (No. 9665026)

I don´t even know who this guy is, but he needs to be informed that homos lost the argument with God a long, long time ago. I follow the Lord Jesus Christ through His Word by the power of the Holy Spirit.

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Reply 56 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 12/23/2013 12:19:52 AM     (No. 9665049)

#51, I think #39 means that non-Southerners´ are ignorant of the South.

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ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. - Innovative Title Services, Inc., a real estate title services company established in 2003, faces a tax penalty that could virtually shut down the small business. According to the company´s President, Michael Day, the nearly $20,000 late fee is being assessed on taxes that were never due in the first place. Day and his accountant have been appealing the penalty for nearly a year which is due on April 15. (Snip) "I´m hiring people, wanting to hire people paying unemployment taxes paying payroll taxes and I really don´t understand why they would like to impose such a

What I learned as a liberal
talking head on Fox News
Christian Science Monitor, by Sally Kohn    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 4/15/2014 2:28:47 PM     Post Reply
New York - In the fall of 2013, I gave a TED talk on what I learned as a progressive, on-air talking head at Fox News, where I worked for two years before leaving and joining my current home, CNN. After all, one of the most frequent questions I was asked during my time at Fox was how I did it, how I was a fox in the henhouse – or a hen in the Fox house, if you will. (Snip) For a radical progressive who once harbored negative stereotypes about folks on the right, it was a turning point

N. Korea officials ´target
London salon over Kim haircut ad´
Agence France-Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 4/15/2014 1:16:08 PM     Post Reply
London - British police said Tuesday they had intervened after North Korean embassy officials reportedly told a London hairdresser to take down a discount haircuts advert featuring leader Kim Jong-Un. Mo Nabbach said two officials identifying themselves as being from the Stalinist state´s mission took pictures of his M&M Hair Academy in Ealing, west London. They then demanded to know his name and ordered him to remove the "disrespectful" poster from the salon window, he told the Evening Standard newspaper. The poster featured a large picture of Kim´s distinctive short-back-and-sides hairdo with the slogan: "Bad hair day? 15 percent off

Fur flies as US gets
to grips with feral cats
Agence France-Presse, by Robert Macpherson    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 4/14/2014 1:47:09 PM     Post Reply
Washington - It´s Friday night in Eckington, a quiet residential corner of Washington, and the back alley is crawling with feral cats -- rich pickings for seasoned cat-trapper Marty King. "Here, kitty kitty kitty kitty," said King after setting four metal traps baited with flaked shrimp and fish cat food and lined with fresh newspapers. (Snip) Coast to coast, the Humane Society of the United States estimates there are as many as 50 million feral cats, or "community cats" as their advocates prefer to call them. That compares to 95.6 million cats kept as pets. For decades, standard procedure has

Melissa Harris-Perry: Eric Holder Is
the ‘Obama We Had Been Hoping For’
Mediaite, by Matt Wilstein    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 4/12/2014 3:45:41 PM     Post Reply
After remarks he made at the National Action Network conference this week and various actions on voting rights and equality he’s taken over the past several months, MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry is starting to wonder if Attorney General Eric Holder is “the Obama we had been hoping for.” Even though she admitted it’s not entirely fair to “separate” Holder from President Barack Obama, that’s the question the host posed to her panel Saturday morning. “I think he may be the greatest addition to the entire Obama Administration,” Fordham University’s Christina Greer told Harris-Perry, saying the “foundational work”

Ukraine prepares armed response
as city seized by pro-Russia forces
Reuters, by Pavel Polityuk and Thomas Grove    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 4/12/2014 3:29:19 PM     Post Reply
KIEV/MOSCOW - Armed separatists took virtual control of a city in eastern Ukraine on Saturday and Kiev prepared troops to deal with what it called an "act of aggression by Russia". Pro-Russian activists carrying automatic weapons seized government buildings in Slaviansk and set up barricades on the outskirts of the city. Official buildings in several neighboring towns were also attacked. The developments have increased concerns of a possible "gas war" that could disrupt energy supplies across the continent. "The Ukrainian authorities consider the events of the day as a display of external aggression from Russia,"



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Kim Novak responds to post-
Oscars ridicule: ‘I was bullied.’

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Washington Post, by Soroya Nadia McDonald    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 4/18/2014 5:02:40 AM     Post Reply
After presenting at the Academy Awards this year, Kim Novak didn’t want to leave her house. The Hitchcock screen siren, 81, was too humiliated to venture from her home near the Rogue River in Oregon. She read the cruel posts and Internet snark about her appearance, and it was just too much. “It got to me like it gets kids and teenagers,” she told the Associated Press. The “Vertigo” actress, considered one of the great beauties in her day, posted a note on her Facebook wall Thursday, acknowledging that she’d gotten fat injections in her face and addressing her halted

White House blames fox for
destroying Michelle’s garden

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Daily Caller, by Vince Coglianese    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/18/2014 3:59:04 PM     Post Reply
The White House is going to war with another fox — and this time, it’s personal. The Wall Street Journal reports that a red fox has been causing chaos around the White House, tripping security alarms, digging up Michelle’s garden and distracting the president from his duties. The Secret Service won’t give any details about how often the fox trips the White House’s obviously sophisticated security alarms, but rest assured, officials say, they’re watching. President Obama was apparently “stunned” to see the fox roaming freely down the oft-photographed White House colonnade, home to the world’s shortest, but most dramatic, outdoor strolls. The bushy-tailed visitor

The Folly Of The Bundy Ranch Rebellion
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The Federalist, by Grace Olmstead    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/18/2014 4:21:46 AM     Post Reply
It’s the stuff of Westerns: a showdown on the desert plains, the big bad government against an underdog farmer. Though the story has only grabbed national headlines in the past several days, rancher Cliven Bundy has illegally grazed cattle on the Nevada land surrounding his farm for over 20 years. He hasn’t paid grazing fees since 1993, and refuses to renew the necessary grazing permit.(Snip)Rather than using the avenues and pathways presented to him, Bundy has staunchly declared his own law and allegiances. Unfortunately, reality doesn’t work this way. If only it did—we could rebel for paying stupid taxes, refuse to

Students Demand Acknowledgement of
Robert E. Lee´s ´Racist and Dishonorable Conduct´

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Breitbart´s Big Government, by AWR Hawkins    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/18/2014 12:35:28 PM     Post Reply
A group of seven multiracial Washington and Lee University (W&L) students are demanding the school remove all Confederate flags from campus and "acknowledge" General Robert E. Lee´s "dishonorable side." According to the Roanoke Times, "seven multiracial students, calling themselves ´The Committee,´" have also demanded the school "acknowledge and apologize for participating in chattel slavery." They want recognition of "Martin Luther King Jr. Day on the undergraduate campus" and an end to "neo-Confederates" marching across campus "to the Lee Chapel on Lee-Jackson Day." The students say they will "engage in civil disobedience" if their demands are not met by September 1st. They added: "The

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

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

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

Pelosi assists in Holy Week
foot-washing ritual

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San Francisco Chronicle, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Harlowe- 4/18/2014 11:46:54 AM     Post Reply
To "honor the dignity and work of immigrants," Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi helps Bishop Marc Andrus wash the feet of two children Thursday at Saint John the Evangelist Episcopal Church in San Francisco. Pelosi also used the occasion to talk about passing HR15 - bipartisan immigration legislation that her office says would "reduce the deficit by nearly $1 trillion, secure our borders, unite our families, protect our workers and provide an earned pathway to citizenship." The Democratic leader´s ceremony coincides with Pope Francis´ similar ceremony in Rome to mark Holy Week.

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

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

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?


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