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A Fork? De Blasio’s Way of
Eating Pizza Is Mocked

New York Times, by MICHAEL M. GRYNBAUM

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Posted By:FlyRight, 1/11/2014 7:11:53 AM

The pizza arrived, steaming and delectable, a smoked-mozzarella-and-sausage pie presented to Mayor Bill de Blasio like a gilded offering to a visiting caliph. The mayor, on a pilgrimage on Friday to Goodfellas, a venerable Staten Island pizzeria, smiled, nodded at his slice and then proceeded to do the unthinkable: eat it with a knife and fork. Cue the foodie firestorm. “Disaster,” declared a writer at New York magazine, citing the longstanding city protocol of devouring pizza, no matter how greasy, with the hands, and the hands only. One website called it Mr. de Blasio’s first mistake as mayor.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: EuroTim, 1/11/2014 7:29:20 AM     (No. 9687830)

Maybe he doesn´t like to burn the roof of his mouth.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: GringoinQuito, 1/11/2014 7:39:08 AM     (No. 9687839)

What does he know, he´s a Bostonian.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Udanja99, 1/11/2014 7:46:57 AM     (No. 9687845)

Kinda like Kerry wanting Dijon or whatever it was on his Philly cheesesteak.

I once watched a NE liberal eat " peel and eat " boiled shrimp and crawdads with a knife and fork, even using the utensils to do the peeling. Having grown up in NW Florida, it was hilarious to me.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: CGP, 1/11/2014 7:48:57 AM     (No. 9687848)

Hey, those people elected him. Didn´t they have enough sense to find out how he eats pizza before they jumped on his bandwagon Looks like they´re stuck with a fork-user.

Who knows what other bizarre beliefs and practices he has...?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Hugh Akston, 1/11/2014 7:51:27 AM     (No. 9687851)

So you let it cool off a little first. I will admit to being ´shocked´ the first time I saw someone eating pizza with a fork. It was like being asked if I wanted mustard or mayo on my sub, which also was a culture shock as I ventured forth below the Mason-Dixon line over 4 decades ago. Now I wouldn´t go back above said line...but still don´t use a fork for pizza. For a New Yawk City mayor I can see why this is a BIG cultural faux pas, a signal that you are not ´one of us´, kinda like someone else we know who is not culturally an American.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Hugh Akston, 1/11/2014 8:01:52 AM     (No. 9687866)

@ #3 - Did Kerry really do that? Philly cheesesteaks were their own section of the food pyramid where I grew up. And how do you eat shrimp with a knife and fork? By the time you eat 3 everyone else has had at least 1/2 pound and they are almost all gone. LOL.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Laurie, 1/11/2014 8:01:55 AM     (No. 9687867)

Girly man.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: NancyD, 1/11/2014 8:06:33 AM     (No. 9687876)

#5, if you don´t put mayo or mustard on a sub, what goes on it? That is normal standard here, unless of course you have a pizza sub and that is marinara.

Just curious. Ha!

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Mobyclik, 1/11/2014 8:10:25 AM     (No. 9687882)

Another top-drawer story that the simple-minded media can sink their teeth into. Traffic cones, anyone?

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Reply 10 - Posted by: FunOne, 1/11/2014 8:15:47 AM     (No. 9687888)

Yes, #9. We have evidence of some hard-hitting news reporting here from the New York Times.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Hugh Akston, 1/11/2014 8:18:54 AM     (No. 9687892)

#8 - Oil and vinegar, a little Italian seasoning. Basic yellow mustard...no comment. LOL

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Reply 12 - Posted by: uno, 1/11/2014 8:23:39 AM     (No. 9687899)

Hey I don´t really care what this commie eats or how he eats it. He´s been installed to ensure that all of New York City votes democRat in 2016. Don´t like how he forks a pizza? Just wait until he forks the whole city!

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Reply 13 - Posted by: OkieTom, 1/11/2014 8:32:52 AM     (No. 9687909)

# 12 is sopt on! Who cares how the Commie eats pizza; it´s his ideology that that should be mocked to high heaven!!

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Reply 14 - Posted by: grampus, 1/11/2014 8:33:07 AM     (No. 9687910)

Never had heard of a sub or anything like it when I joined the Navy in ´51. While in sub school (how appropriate) in New London, however, I was introduced to "grinders" whose ethnic origin was indicated by the descriptive adjective preceding the word grinder. Later in life, I ate lots of po-boy sandwiches in NOLA and lots of subs elsewhere. Best were the grinders with oil and vinegar.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: pineledger, 1/11/2014 8:37:05 AM     (No. 9687919)

Totally predictable from the man who marries an ex-lesbian.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: rustycfc, 1/11/2014 8:44:32 AM     (No. 9687927)

maybe he forgot to wash his hands.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Balogreene, 1/11/2014 8:51:17 AM     (No. 9687940)

#1, you don´t burn the roof of your mouth, because you fold it, before you eat it.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: uno, 1/11/2014 8:54:50 AM     (No. 9687946)

#17 - That´s a mechanical concept too complicated for a communist...

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Reply 19 - Posted by: catfur27, 1/11/2014 8:59:15 AM     (No. 9687954)

...maybe , like George Costanza( on the classic Seinfeld episode) , he saw Mr. Pitt..who cut up his Snickers Bar and ate it with a fork...and decided to ape him too.???

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Reply 20 - Posted by: PAdiva, 1/11/2014 9:04:52 AM     (No. 9687964)

Unless the pizza is small, I use a fork and knife to cut the pizza. I´ve burnt my mouth too many times.
The photo makes it look like he is eating off the pizza pan.
Do you think he will make an edit that everyone must use a fork and knife to eat pizza?

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Reply 21 - Posted by: jglas, 1/11/2014 9:09:31 AM     (No. 9687969)

Maybe he´s pulling a Seinfeld. In one episode Elaine is working as a helper for a distinguished old gentleman and she observes him eating a candy bar with a knife and fork. So she tries it in front of George and Cramer. They both pick up on it and pretty soon everyone is eating their candy bars with a knife and fork.

If DeBlazio is leading by example his next step should be to give all of his income except for a basic living allowance back to the city so they can use it to make sure nobody is left behind.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: peterfleming, 1/11/2014 9:10:04 AM     (No. 9687970)

Why is this trash posted ?

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Reply 23 - Posted by: ida Lou Pino, 1/11/2014 9:10:43 AM     (No. 9687971)

As much as I despise De Blasio - - the knife-and-fork method is the way pizza is consumed in Italy,

Wolfing down pizza "a mano" is a strictly American tradition begun where all great American traditions originate - - in that shining city on a hill, Brooklyn, USA.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Me_Opinionated_Nah, 1/11/2014 9:32:20 AM     (No. 9688008)

Slow news day.



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Reply 25 - Posted by: maryc, 1/11/2014 9:33:42 AM     (No. 9688009)

just another example of the wussification of America. bet he eats quiche too.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Anner40, 1/11/2014 9:35:59 AM     (No. 9688012)

Dentures maybe? They make it hard to bite...

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Reply 27 - Posted by: goose, 1/11/2014 9:45:02 AM     (No. 9688015)

Back in the 1950s, MAD magazine did a piece on how the various methods to eat pizza. Da Mayor probably didn´t read it.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: Eheu Fugaces, 1/11/2014 9:45:50 AM     (No. 9688018)

The website called it De Blasio´s first mistake as mayor? What about all the poor carriage horses he´s trying to send to the petfood cannery?

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Reply 29 - Posted by: Delilah, 1/11/2014 10:05:14 AM     (No. 9688052)

I once watched a friend eat a donut with a knife and fork. She didn´t want to get her fingers messy. Needless to say she was obsessive compulsive about her appearance.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: mitzi, 1/11/2014 10:05:15 AM     (No. 9688053)

#4 - Staten Island tends to vote Republican. From the Staten Island Advance, 11/6/2013:

Joe Lhota may have lost the mayoral election decisively, but he can hang his hat on winning Staten Island. The Republican captured our borough with 53 percent.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: Salt5792, 1/11/2014 10:09:57 AM     (No. 9688061)

I use a knife and fork if the pizza is hot right out of the oven. When it cools sufficiently, then eating by hand is more convenient. Just makes sense.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: terry_tr6, 1/11/2014 10:23:50 AM     (No. 9688083)

Was going to click on the article but just in time, saw it was NY Times article

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Reply 33 - Posted by: happywarrior, 1/11/2014 10:30:19 AM     (No. 9688095)

Was the girlyman sipping a glass of red wine between cuts?

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Reply 34 - Posted by: F15 Gork, 1/11/2014 10:31:18 AM     (No. 9688098)

Hey New Yorkers! Wake up! This is the guy who is about to "Drink your Milkshake"!!

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Reply 35 - Posted by: franq, 1/11/2014 10:40:34 AM     (No. 9688110)

Everyone knows the correct way is to roll it into a ball an consume it in one piece.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: Moritz55, 1/11/2014 10:54:55 AM     (No. 9688138)

How he eats pizza is the least of New York´s problems.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: lil dotty, 1/11/2014 11:10:59 AM     (No. 9688155)

Seinfeld? Snickers, knife and fork? And we call him "Mr. Pitt"


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Reply 38 - Posted by: NotaBene, 1/11/2014 11:26:00 AM     (No. 9688173)

I always eat pizza with a fork and knife. Actually we called for pizza last night and that is what we did. It is very messy eating it with your hands, even if you fold it.

Must be our Italian roots.


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Reply 39 - Posted by: paral04, 1/11/2014 11:49:07 AM     (No. 9688203)

Really? With our young people being slaughtered in the middle east and no mention in your publication, we have this nonsense in the papers? Throw in the towel, NYT you are no longer worthy of being printed much less read.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: woofwoofwoof, 1/11/2014 12:00:30 PM     (No. 9688222)

He´s going to fork everyone in New York City.

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Reply 41 - Posted by: enemyofthestate, 1/11/2014 12:39:55 PM     (No. 9688278)

He strikes me as the crude type. I´m surprised he knows how to use a knife and fork.

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Reply 42 - Posted by: mitzi, 1/11/2014 1:14:33 PM     (No. 9688325)

There´s a whole routine/technique that you have to practice to be able to hold and eat a piping hot, messy, saucy, oily slice w/o the hot oil and sauce running down your arm, and the cheese burning the roof of your mouth.



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Reply 43 - Posted by: joew9, 1/11/2014 1:29:25 PM     (No. 9688339)

I use a fork but then again I put on an enormous amount of red pepper flakes and slather every bite with HV Ranch Dressing.

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Reply 44 - Posted by: Udanja99, 1/11/2014 1:33:04 PM     (No. 9688346)

#23, Europeans eat EVERYTHING with a knife and fork. I went to Burger King in Frankfurt, Germany once and everyone was eating Whoppers with a knife and fork.

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Reply 45 - Posted by: franq, 1/11/2014 1:42:34 PM     (No. 9688352)

Fourth time on this thread and #22 still make me break out laughing...

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Reply 46 - Posted by: strike3, 1/11/2014 4:39:55 PM     (No. 9688527)

They elected him. Now it´s taken them two weeks to not take him seriously. It´s going to be a loooooong term Mr. Mayor.

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Reply 47 - Posted by: BigGeorgeTX, 1/11/2014 5:33:05 PM     (No. 9688561)

He´s probably one of those who puts ranch dressing on a gyro.

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Reply 48 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 1/11/2014 5:58:55 PM     (No. 9688581)

New Yorkers eat pizza by folding the slice in half. In the good old days, pizza was often sold through a store window on the street. You paid 15 cents for a slice, folded it in half, and ate it while you window shopped.

De Blasio is obviously not a real New Yorker.

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Reply 49 - Posted by: Keekng, 1/11/2014 7:23:13 PM     (No. 9688647)

#15; Is there such a thing as an "Ex-lesbian"? I thought it was biological, not a choice......

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Reply 50 - Posted by: Hazymac, 1/11/2014 7:34:56 PM     (No. 9688656)

General Jack D. Ripper: "That´s the way your hardcore Commie works." And while he fastidiously consumes his pizza with a knife and fork, De Blasio probably drinks only vodka (or rainwater) to maintain the purity of his precious bodily fluids.

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Reply 51 - Posted by: Japanorama, 1/11/2014 9:19:07 PM     (No. 9688748)

Forkin´ commie.

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Reply 52 - Posted by: Bohallx, 1/11/2014 10:19:55 PM     (No. 9688794)

A regular old wheat flour based pizza is easily wrapped around so you can avoid getting burned by the boiling hot jalapeno or scotchbonnet peppers floating up on the surface of the still liquid cheeses (at least 3 kinds)

Unfortunately, if you have to make all of them ´home made´ using the best possible gluten free dough mix, that crust will be brittle so watch it.

You´ll have two choices ~ carefully cut it into small pieces, or carefully cut it into larger pieces and eat them from a spatula so it doesn´t shatter all over the place.

But knife and fork?

You can´t eat a gluten free pizza with a fork and knife!



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Reply 53 - Posted by: Bohallx, 1/11/2014 10:24:44 PM     (No. 9688796)

#43 ~ everything you can make with a pita bread you can make with white corn tortillas, preferably the 1/4 inch thick Salvadoran style.

You can even make it taste like ordinary wheat bread by sprinkling those pepper flakes/seeds over the tortilla.

Which leads me to the thought that the original mustache petes who opened up those first American pizza joints undoubtedly used those pepper flakes to hide the fact they were using far less expensive corn meal in place of the more expensive wheat flour!

I think the Mexicans are up to the same trick but they overdid it. Recently a day care center in suburban DC saw several of its employees busted and hauled to court for TORTURING the chillun´ with red hot pepper potato chips!

My grand daughter is so jealous of those children ~ all that pepper gone to waste. She loves peppers.

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Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/14/2014 4:23:09 PM     Post Reply
President Obama inspired a generation of young people to support his historic election in 2008. And in 2012, despite the struggles of his first term, Mr. Obama still managed to win the support of a full 60% of voters age 18-29. But the man who once dreamed of being a transformative leader in the Reagan mold is inspiring few of those young people to follow his lead. "For all the talk about the movement that elected Mr. Obama, the more notable movement of Obama supporters has been away from politics. It appears that few of the young people who voted

Brit Hume: Obama, Holder
‘Benefited Enormously’ From
Being African American

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Mediaite, by Evan McMurry    Original Article
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On Fox News Sunday, political analyst Brit Hume said that Eric Holder’s claim that his treatment at the hands of Representative Louie Gohmert (R-TX) at a House hearing this week was unprecedented toward an Attorney General, made him a “crybaby,” and that he and President Barack Obama had in fact benefited “enormously” from being the first African Americans in their respective positions. “This strikes me as kinda crybaby stuff from Holder,” Hume said. “My sense about this is both Eric Holder and Barack Obama have benefited politically enormously from the fact that they are African American and the first to

Chelsea Clinton no longer
ruling out politics

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The Hill (Washington DC), by Judy Katz    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/14/2014 11:57:36 AM     Post Reply
Chelsea Clinton says when people ask her these days whether she wants to go into politics, her answer isn’t an automatic “no.” The 34-year-old former first daughter told Fast Company in an interview published Monday, “for so long the answer was just a visceral no. Not because I had made any conscientious, deliberate decision, but since people had been asking for as long as literally I could remember, it was no." Now, the only child of former President Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton explains, "I live in a city and a state and a country where I

Glaring limits of the Civil Rights
Act: We need to redistribute wealth

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Salon Magazine, by Matt Bruenig    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/14/2014 7:20:41 PM     Post Reply
Although the Civil Rights Act, the landmark legislation which just reached its 50th anniversary, made great strides in desegregating the economy, economic discrimination is still widespread, and anti-discrimination legislation alone can never rectify the economic damage inflicted upon blacks by slavery and our Jim Crow apartheid regime. The Civil Rights Act was a mild reform, all things considered, but one conservatives fought with vigor and one many conservatives are still bitter about to this day. When the Civil Rights Act passed in 1964, the primary purpose was to root out discrimination in public accommodations (like hotels and movie theaters)

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
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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

Obama Selects First Openly Gay
Episcopal Bishop to Lead Easter Prayer

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Mediaite, by Andrew Kirell    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/14/2014 12:46:05 PM     Post Reply
President Obama pulled a surprise move Monday at the White House’s Easter Prayer Breakfast when he selected Gene Robinson to lead the closing prayer. Robinson is famously known as the first openly gay Episcopal bishop. Talking Points Memo’s Tom Kludt spotted the following tweet from Robinson, who was in attendance: (Tweet) Robinson, 66, became diocesan bishop of New Hampshire in March 2004. He retired in January 2013 and is currently a senior fellow at the progressive

Developing: Russian fighter jet buzzes
U.S. Navy destroyer in Black Sea

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Associated Press, by Lolita C. Baldor    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/14/2014 12:49:12 PM     Post Reply
A Russian fighter jet made multiple, close-range passes near an American warship in the Black Sea for more than 90 minutes Saturday amid escalating tensions in the region, a U.S. military official said Monday. In the first public account of the incident, the official said the Russian Fencer flew within 1,000 yards of the USS Donald Cook, a Navy destroyer, at about 500 feet above sea level. Ship commanders considered the actions provocative and inconsistent with international agreements, prompting the ship to issue several radio queries and warnings. The fighter appeared to be unarmed and never was in danger of

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

You´re in denial if
you think Steve Israel is
wrong about GOP racism

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Daily Beast, by Michael Tomasky    Original Article
Posted By: Fiesta del sol- 4/14/2014 6:09:58 AM     Post Reply
Some time back, whenever a big racial controversy erupted, I trained myself into the habit of reading about it at FoxNews.com, just for the unbelievable comment threads. Let’s put it this way: If my friends and I went out to a bar and started playing a “let’s write the racist FoxNews.com comment thread” drinking game, our efforts couldn’t begin to approach what I read there.I wasn’t alone. Liberal websites started feasting on these threads. And so, a couple of years ago, Ailes & Co. got wise. Stories about race were, at least in my disheartened experience, closed to comments.


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