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GOP establishment gears up
to destroy any chance at
midterm success in 2014

Washington Times, by James Richard Edwards

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Posted By:mikkins2, 1/1/2014 7:11:43 AM

The establishment GOP in Washington hates the Tea Party and the conservative wing of the party more than they do the Democrats. They will make very clear that instead of riding a conservative wave to a landslide victory in the 2014 midterms, they will do everything in their power to sabotage conservative and Tea Party candidates for their own personal benefit. Many establishment groups have been vocal about their strategy to attack principled conservatives. Karl Rove’s American Crossroads is “preparing an aggressive effort to groom and support more centrist Republican candidates.” The Chamber of Commerce, who supports illegal and cheap

Mr. Edwards, I think you just about covered all the basis with this article. The Republican Establishment is the problem, not even remotely related to the solution.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Mobyclik, 1/1/2014 7:37:35 AM     (No. 9675132)

Do NOT send money to the RNC or any of the other establishment groups, send it DIRECTLY to the candidate of choice. When they call, begging, let them know why.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: darthmuaddib, 1/1/2014 7:59:07 AM     (No. 9675143)

My favorite analogy for this establishment vs. tea party effort comes via the movie Braveheart. As the king is riding away from a field victory over the Scots (IE: Tea party), Mel Gibson´s character goes riding after the king and his entourage. Mel is knocked down off his horse by one of the king´s guards and in the ensuing battle, Mel knocks the helmet off of the guard and finds out it is the Earl (IE: establishment) who is working with the king to further his own agenda. The look on Mel´s face is priceless and is how we patriots must look like when we hear the true motivation behind the Republican establishment politicians.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: 4freedom, 1/1/2014 8:07:17 AM     (No. 9675154)

Is it time for a third party? We may go down in flames doing so, but what are our chances with the Progressive Republican party.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Keekng, 1/1/2014 8:17:43 AM     (No. 9675165)

Rove and company want to prove they are really really good at losing elections.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Pluperfect, 1/1/2014 8:24:28 AM     (No. 9675174)

I would suggest, #4, that tea party backed candidates seem to be losing clout, also. In contrast to real success in 2010, didn´t they lose about 75% of their races in 2012?

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Reply 6 - Posted by: judy, 1/1/2014 8:26:01 AM     (No. 9675177)

They didn´t learn anything from liberals like Dole, McCain, Romney, etc. They will never win until they go conservative, because it´s like one big party in the DC elite circle. If there is no difference in the parties why vote? The elites in DC are more interested in getting good reviews on abccbsncdcnn NY Times & WP than listening to the people. I blame Boehner for the down fall of the republican party.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Periwinkel, 1/1/2014 8:37:52 AM     (No. 9675192)

#5 Nice try. Where do those stats come from? Sounds like they are fabricated. But thank you for responding...the rest of the Rove Girls will ignore this.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: arkfamily, 1/1/2014 8:38:44 AM     (No. 9675195)

Boy, Republicans and Tea Party people are falling for the tactics that Obama uses. "Let´s divide them up and we will conquer them" and it is working.

I read the nasty comments made about McCain, Romney etc and it really annoy me. You would think they were coming from the Democrats. I may not agree with everything they stand for but they are very respectable people.

Republicans and Tea Party can work together but enough of the backstabbing about each other.

Please don´t buy into Obama´s tactics.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Pluperfect, 1/1/2014 8:44:08 AM     (No. 9675205)

#7, there were sixteen senate candidates claiming Tea Party backing in 2012. Twelve of them lost. That´s 75% to those of us who can count.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Keekng, 1/1/2014 8:46:00 AM     (No. 9675207)

#5, For what it´s worth, this is the first year in a long time I have not sent $$$$ to any Republican committee.
Rove et al, should not pee on my leg and claim it is raining.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: EnsignOToole, 1/1/2014 8:49:25 AM     (No. 9675212)

Karl Rove is a mystery. Back in Michigan in 2009, Karl came to speak at a Heritage Foundation dinner held in Birmingham, MI, a lovely example of what a well-run city of Michigan could be - certainly not a Detroit despite its proximity.

Rove was introduced at the that dinner by then president of The Heritage Foundation, Ed Fuelner, a strong, large man who didn´t suffer fools very well. Ed came to Michigan several times to promote Republican candidates, all of which won election. I think I attended all of those events.

Why on earth the establishment Republicans would try to sink conservative candidates seems irrational. Now that Jim DeMint is President of Heritage, one would think that the establishment would show their appreciation for the Heritage´s backing.

Now that I think about it, several Republicans came to events I attended in 2009 and 2010 which were either Club for Growth, Red State, or Heritage events. Maybe those organizations ought to form a council and have a sit-down with the RNC powers.

Ken Cuccinelli´s loss in Virginia was a bitter pill to swallow. We need as many states as possible to be run by Conservatives in order to save the country.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: StormCnter, 1/1/2014 8:56:39 AM     (No. 9675229)

I´m all for anyone...anyone raising money and spending it on Republican candidates, whether it be Karl Rove, the Koch brothers, Jim DeMint...ANYONE!

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Reply 13 - Posted by: doctorfixit, 1/1/2014 8:58:45 AM     (No. 9675234)

The first sentence is right on. The GOP is a sham party that exists to provide the illusion of choice. The GOP establishment is part of the ruling class, which uses socialism to placate the rabble, and uses the middle class to pay for it. Thus it matters not who gets elected. Politics will not resolve the struggle between Freedom and tyranny. Non-violent revolution is required.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Freeloader, 1/1/2014 9:14:24 AM     (No. 9675255)

Torpedoman´s Mate Tokyo Rove, previously decorated with The Grand Cordon Of The Order Of The Rising Sun for his daring attacks on the USS Palin, USS Cain, USS Angle, USS O´Donnell and USS Akin, gears up for the ultimate victory---the complete destruction of The TEA Party Fleet!

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Reply 15 - Posted by: chillijilli, 1/1/2014 9:14:47 AM     (No. 9675256)

Wake up! We are ALLIES. You don´t shoot your allies!
How come the Demos can WIN elections with differing viewpoints within their party? Why is it that we can´t do the same?

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Reply 16 - Posted by: yuban, 1/1/2014 9:42:09 AM     (No. 9675306)

#5, alias #9, just can´t seem to post without his/her snide remarks.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: terrywhite, 1/1/2014 9:44:02 AM     (No. 9675310)

For all those we support ANYONE just because they have an "R" by their name, can you give me just one example of how that has furthered the cause of limited government, reduced spending, reduced the national debt, or inhibited illegal aliens from crossing the border? I can´t think of a single think the Republican leadership has done to curtail the Obama agenda in the last five years. He´s gotten just about everything he´s wanted, yet the Republican leadership seems hell bent on fighting the Tea Party rather than the Democrats. Yeah, it makes a lot of sense to keep electing them "Rs" just because they are "Rs"!

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Reply 18 - Posted by: mikkins2, 1/1/2014 9:57:02 AM     (No. 9675334)

"#7, there were sixteen senate candidates claiming Tea Party backing in 2012. Twelve of them lost. That´s 75% to those of us who can count."

Note the word "claimed" to be part of the sentence. Anyone can "claim" Tea Party support. That doesn´t mean they actually had Tea Party support.

Even so, please provide your source.

Like this:
"The Republican strategist(Rove)created the model for outside money groups that raised and spent more than $1 billion on the Nov. 6 elections -- many of which saw almost no return for their money.

Rove, through his two political outfits, American Crossroads and Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies, backed unsuccessful Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney with $127 million on more than 82,000 television spots, according to Kantar Media’s CMAG, an ad tracker based in New York. Down the ballot, 10 of the 12 Senate candidates and four of the nine House candidates the Rove groups supported also lost their races."


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Reply 19 - Posted by: Iraengneer, 1/1/2014 10:10:20 AM     (No. 9675365)

Some of us wish to emphasize principles.
The "professional politicians", like the GOP insiders, wish to emphasize party and crony.
You are free to make your own choice. I have made mine.
I wish you a happy and blessed new year.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Sunhan65, 1/1/2014 10:18:16 AM     (No. 9675378)

Any other elections in 2012, #9? Or do "those of you who can count" not count Mitt Romney´s loss to the worst president in U.S. history. If winning is how you decide whom to support, you must be furious at the GOP establishment for blowing the last two presidential elections. Since you claim you can count, how did Rove do with a quarter of a billion Republican dollars in 2012?

#12, Rove isn´t raising money to spend on Republicans. He wants the money to give to his cronies. Then he wants to deny funding to the "wrong" kinds of Republicans and use the money to eliminate conservative candidates who threaten his GOP establishment friends. Lately he´s been setting up false front organizations to conceal his interventions. I thought you knew all that.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: danvillebill, 1/1/2014 11:41:23 AM     (No. 9675506)

Happy New Year everyone.
And welcome to the 2014 version of the Republican, Conservative, Libertarian and Tea Party Circular Firing Squad.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: StormCnter, 1/1/2014 11:50:38 AM     (No. 9675523)

It´s not about Karl Rove, #18, no matter how he excites you. No one on this thread has defended Karl Rove or his fundraising. For that matter, I´m not thrilled with Jim DeMint´s fundraising methods and how the money is used.

There´s room for different opinions, my friend.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: mikkins2, 1/1/2014 12:03:16 PM     (No. 9675540)

Actually, you know I posted this as a response to a previous accusation that 75% of candidates who "claimed" to be backed by the Tea Party lost, insinuating that somehow that record was worse than Rove and Republican Establishment backed candidates.

Note that there has not been a response as of yet for the source of the information alleged in the accusation.

Those of us who cannot count would like to be educated.

Happy New Year Stormy!

Got Tea?

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Malia2012, 1/1/2014 12:11:06 PM     (No. 9675553)

Agree with #22 and #23, along with all the other "Rove girls" said. BTW, that insult sure sounds like "conservative" name-calling to me..not...We have lost the last 2 Senate elections badly because some "tea party" candidates were inexperienced and did not know how to run against democrats OR the "msm". Looks like the road to total democrat rule is well on the way for the ones who refuse to tolerate candidates not "conservative" enough to vote for...That plan has worked out so well up to now hasn´t it? At least democrats DO stick together, the GOP, not so much. Seems that some "conservatives" would rather win the battle and LOSE the war and the Republican party altogether.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: ROLFnader, 1/1/2014 12:13:16 PM     (No. 9675557)

I have a feeling that freedom and liberty´s greatest hope lies in the possibility that there are more ´Tea Partiers" out here than any pundit, right or left, can estimate. All the money in the world thrown at the wrong causes doesn´t help anyone but the handlers and campaign consultants. If the Marxists end up keeping the Senate and taking the House, this country will be facing a bigger battle than the one the Roves and Plouffes of the world are trying to fund.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: mathman, 1/1/2014 12:32:24 PM     (No. 9675599)

The Republican Party was begun for a simple reason: the parties then in existence did not represent the will of the people.
We currently have two major parties: Democrat and Republican. Both represent big government. Both represent spending money we do not have. Both stand for buying votes by providing benefits. Both defend the status quo, and are opposed to any change whatever.
Those who benefit from big government will continue to support the Dems and the RINOs. The Tea Party does not support spending money we do not have, providing benefits to buy votes, or defending the status quo. So the Tea Party must die; Dems and RINOs will form an alliance to do this. See the recent "election" in Virginia for details.
Neither Dems or RINOs represent the will of the people. But the two together control the news outlets, own the ears of the LoFos, and will continue to be elected until the system collapses.
If I remember correctly, there was a three-way split in 1860, with the new Repubs having only a plurality. So don´t tell me it can´t be done.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Pluperfect, 1/1/2014 12:36:33 PM     (No. 9675606)

OP/#18/#24- For your reading pleasure, I offer



BTW, I made no "accusation". I stated a fact as an observation.

Last post on this thread.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: sw penn, 1/1/2014 12:55:46 PM     (No. 9675632)

Karl Rove’s American Crossroads is “preparing an aggressive effort to groom and support more centrist Republican candidates.”

Whose Center?

People who pay lip service
to the Constitution
are unlikely
to have it at the center
of their politics.

The goal should be to elect only Constitutional Strict Constructionists.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: whyyeseyec, 1/1/2014 12:59:22 PM     (No. 9675638)

@#5: Did you read the article? Have you not heard about the IRS targeting conservative groups? Did you know Boehner removed all conservative republicans from committee chairmanships? What has the GOP done to stop Obamacare? Seems to me the GOP is playing the Knockout Game against the Tea Party.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: mikkins2, 1/1/2014 1:03:18 PM     (No. 9675651)

The numbers provided were from one selected group, Tea Party Express, that claims to represent the Tea Party. And those figures included PRIMARIES AND OTHER RACES when we both know we are talking about GENERAL ELECTION

Here is a quote directly from the Wikipedia YOU cited:
For the 2012 election, four of the 16 Tea Party candidates won a seat on the Senate, and Tea Party Caucus founder Michele Bachmann was re-elected to the House.

I rest my case.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: StormCnter, 1/1/2014 1:15:45 PM     (No. 9675676)

This is just about the silliest "debate" I´ve seen in a while.

Poster 5/9/28 says: "..there were sixteen senate candidates claiming Tea Party backing in 2012. Twelve of them lost."

Poster OP/18/24/31 says "For the 2012 election, four of the 16 Tea Party candidates won a seat on the Senate.."

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Reply 32 - Posted by: JediJerry, 1/1/2014 1:30:07 PM     (No. 9675702)

Rove is the architect of the upcoming GOP Perfect Circular Firing Squad. Last year I re-registered to vote here in Mexiforniaco as a Libertarian. I think I will re-register again as a Democrat. Maybe that will help keep the IRS off my back.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: Susannah, 1/1/2014 1:45:12 PM     (No. 9675729)

To the poster who stated that "anyone can claim Tea Party support":

That´s precisely the problem. Any crackpot or loon can claim to be Tea Party-backed. And apparently there are a sufficient number of saps who will buy the claim.

In South Carolina, Graham has five primary challengers. Four of them claim to be "Tea Party candidates." So who´s the real deal here? Which one is more Tea Party than thou? Why are there four Tea Parties in one state if they all have the same goal?

"Got Tea" would be a great slogan--if the brewers could agree on what´s in the cup.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: belwhatter, 1/1/2014 1:47:11 PM     (No. 9675732)

The two party system is dead,dead,dead and should lie down if it weren´t for the persistent squeaks from a cadre that have their heads in the sand, and you know how that exposes a certain part of the human anatomy.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: Starlady, 1/1/2014 3:02:50 PM     (No. 9675802)

I have a feeling that establishment Repubs would not be happy with those who act as their salespersons on many of the threads at this site.
The caustic remarks throughout 2012 turned me permanently against the moderate wing of the GOP. I remember posting warnings about how their posts would do Mitt Romney more harm than good, and sure enough by the election many were so fed up they stayed home.
It´s only January 1st, but the poison dialog is already bringing back memories of 2012.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: absalom, 1/1/2014 3:58:54 PM     (No. 9675871)

The record is plain. Rove was George the Compassionate´s mind and mouthpiece; hands down the most incompetent and inept R POTUS since our founding, far out distancing Harding and Hoover; and the catalyst for Obama. But the predictable suspects insist Rove´s judgement is sound. Wow. It´s called vincible stupidity squared!

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Reply 37 - Posted by: Iraengneer, 1/1/2014 5:15:30 PM     (No. 9675959)

sadly, what I continue to see hre and elsewhere, reminds me of nothing so much as the various factions as the Roman Republic slid into the Roman Empire.
I have to believe that I am not the only one who longs and prays for a return to the American Republic, one that has been fading away since the era of Woodrow Wilson, if not before. I really don´t care whether the current "temporary" tribune is of the Greens or the Reds or the Blues. I don´t want even a temporary "Protector", a.k.a. Caesar, a.k.a. Dictator. Or a President having the same characteristics, regardless of title.
What I see is nothing more than the differing factions of insiders seeking momentary advantage.
I weep for my country.

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Neurosurgeon Ben Carson says the White House wanted him to apologize for “offending” President Obama after he famously delivered a conservative message at the National Prayer Breakfast last year. Carson, the former director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, recalls the events surrounding his 2013 speech in his new book, One Nation: What We Can All Do To Save America’s Future. The Daily Caller obtained an advance copy of the book, which is set for release May 20. “He did not appear to be hostile or angry,” Carson writes of Obama, “but within a matter of minutes after the conclusion of

Megyn Kelly and the
Sandberg Head Shaker

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American Thinker, by Richard F. Miniter    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 4/15/2014 9:16:05 AM     Post Reply
Megyn Kelly’s "Kelly File" is a great news show. She’s incisive, informed and customarily handles the toughest guest with aplomb. But her lengthy interview of Facebook C.O.O. Sheryl Sandberg about her second book in the Lean In series Lean In: For Graduates was a head shaker. Amazing that she of all people allowed Sandberg to restring the same old, same old, shamed, and shopworn feminist myths about women and girls and then jangle it in front of her viewing audience like something new out of the box. Indeed Kelly all but genuflected in front of this woman. Kept her on thru

Why You Should Be Sympathetic
Toward Cliven Bundy

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Powerline, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: Toledo- 4/15/2014 8:40:58 AM     Post Reply
On Saturday, I wrote about the standoff at Bundy Ranch. That post drew a remarkable amount of traffic, even though, as I wrote then, I had not quite decided what to make of the story. Since then, I have continued to study the facts and have drawn some conclusions. Here they are. First, it must be admitted that legally, Bundy doesn’t have a leg to stand on. The Bureau of Land Management has been charging him grazing fees since the early 1990s, which he has refused to pay. Further, BLM has issued orders limiting the area on which Bundy’s cows can

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

Biden Tells Boston Bombing
Survivors, ´It Was Worth It´ (Video)

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Breitbart´s Instablog, by Debra Heine    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/15/2014 9:28:18 PM     Post Reply
Less than a minute into his speech at the Boston marathon bombing memorial on Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden went tragically off script and told the crowd of Boston bombing survivors that "it was worth it." After expressing how impressed he was with the tribute, he said somberly, "let me say to those ´quote survivors,´ my God, you have survived and you have soared. It was worth it. I mean this sincerely - just to hear each of you speak. You´re truly, truly inspiring." The audience sat in stunned silence until Biden declared, "I´ve never heard anything so beautiful than

Casual marijuana use linked with
brain abnormalities, study finds

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Fox News, by Loren Grush    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/15/2014 6:12:53 PM     Post Reply
Casual marijuana use may come with some not-so-casual side effects. For the first time ever, researchers at Northwestern University have analyzed the relationship between casual use of marijuana and brain changes – and found that young adults who used cannabis just once or twice a week showed significant abnormalities in two important brain structures. The study’s findings, to be published Wednesday in the Journal of Neuroscience, are similar to those of past research linking chronic, long-term marijuana use with mental illness and changes in brain development. Dr. Hans Breiter, co-senior study author, said he was inspired to look at the effects of casual

Which Actor Portrays The
Best James Bond?

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American Spectator, by Jonah Goldberg and Taki Theodoracopulos    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 4/16/2014 11:20:22 AM     Post Reply
Look, everyone loves Sean Connery, particularly Sean Connery. That’s why he plays Sean Connery in every movie he’s in. People love that Scottish brogue so much, they don’t mind that he has it when he plays Juan Sánchez Villa-Lobos Ramírez, an immortal Spaniard in Highlander. The guy even won an Oscar for playing an Irish cop with a Scottish accent. Talk about sexist double standards: Meryl Streep has to master foreign dialects to get her golden statuettes. Connery just has to show up on time. In economics you devalue a currency by printing too much of it. In film you

White babies just 15 months old show racial
bias when picking playmates, study found

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Daily Mail (U.K.), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/15/2014 10:23:35 PM     Post Reply
Toddlers show racial bias when picking playmates, a study reveals. They also take account of how fairly others behave. Researchers tested the reaction of white 15-month-olds as toys were distributed. Two white adults divided the toys, one equally and the other unequally. Seventy per cent of the toddlers chose to play with the researcher who distributed the toys fairly. But in a second test, when one researcher favoured a white recipient over an Asian one, they picked the ‘fair’ researcher less often, the journal Frontiers in Psychology reports. And the babies are more likely to help those who share the same ethnicity, which is known as

Atlanta Braves flooded with Hank
Aaron hate mail: He’s a ‘s*****g’

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Washington Times (D.C.), by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/15/2014 3:23:19 PM     Post Reply
Hank Aaron’s recent comments about the need for America to realize that racism is still very much alive and thriving — only now due to those who wear “neckties and starched shirts” rather than KKK hoods — has sparked an angry backlash and many fans are turning the tables, calling the baseball legend himself a racist. “Hank Aaron is a s*****g piece of [expletive] [racial slur],” one man said in an email to the Atlanta Braves’ front office, one of the teams Mr. Aaron used to play for, CBS News reported. “My old man instilled in my mind from a

White is not right: Campus admins ask
for help weeding out white people

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Daily Caller, by Robby Soave    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/15/2014 7:47:18 PM     Post Reply
Western Washington University sent a questionnaire to students asking them for advice on how the administration could succeed at making sure that in future years, “we are not as white as we are today.” The question notes that WWU’s racial make up does not perfectly reflect the nation at large, and asks students to consider strategies that other universities have used to focus on skin color as the paramount indicator of a student-applicant’s worth. The president of WWU has stated that his explicit goal is to reduce the white population on campus, according to Campus Reform. “I’ve said before and I’ll say it

If a nuclear bomb exploded in downtown
Washington, what should you do?

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The Week, by Marc Ambinder    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 4/15/2014 4:51:46 AM     Post Reply
Funny question in the headline, yes? But since President Obama worries more about the threat of terrorists´ improvised nuclear device going off in a major American city than anything Russia can throw at us, I was wondering if the government had deigned to share with us citizens any tips for, you know, surviving something their own intelligence points to as the likeliest unlikely Black Swan event. Well, no. And yes. No — very few people in Washington, D.C., who work for the government have any idea what they would do if a 10-kiloton nuclear device exploded at the intersection of 16th and K

Obama taps gay bishop to wrap Easter
Prayer Breakfast with invocation

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Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: jackson- 4/15/2014 9:25:28 AM     Post Reply
When President Obama needed a preacher to fulfill the closing prayer duties at the annual White House Easter Prayer Breakfast, he turned to none other than the Episcopal Church’s first openly gay bishop — who said he was as shocked as anyone at the appointment. The Right Rev. Gene Robinson said in a tweet, accompanied by a photo of Mr. Obama behind a podium at the event: “POTUS ‘preaches’ at the Easter prayer breakfast. Then, out of the blue, asks ME to close with prayer. OMG!” Newsmax said he also emphasized that the words he chose to close the breakfast

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