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Coca-Cola Super Bowl
ad draws outrage

USA Today, by Jolie Lee

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Posted By:KarenJ1, 2/3/2014 10:11:46 AM

Coca-Cola´s Super Bowl ad has sparked both outrage and kudos on Twitter and Facebook. The ad, entitled "America the Beautiful," features the patriotic song sung in eight languages. The ad shows people of different ethnicities. The ad also shows two dads rollerskating with their daughter. This was the first Super Bowl ad to feature a gay family, according to GLAAD, a lesbian gay, bisexual and transgender media advocacy organization. The inclusion of different languages sparked comments on Coca-Cola´s Facebook page calling the ad a disgrace and unpatriotic. "Speak English or go home," said one commenter on the page. Another commented, "Screwed up a

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They sure covered all the bases in celebrating diversity! It´s outrageous. "Speak English or go home" says it all.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Whamdbambam, 2/3/2014 10:18:15 AM     (No. 9717327)

A return of We Are the Weird...err...World. Can Jimmuh Cahtah be far behind?

Everything old is new again.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Grady, 2/3/2014 10:25:42 AM     (No. 9717337)

Celebrate diversity. Drink water.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: oldmagnolia, 2/3/2014 10:26:43 AM     (No. 9717339)

It was disgusting and an insult to Americans. A cousin of mine, who never lived in the U.S., told me back in the 80s, that illegal immigration will finish the United States as we know it. I think he was correct.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: SkyTexas, 2/3/2014 10:27:26 AM     (No. 9717342)

It´s Pepsi from now on for me.
Unless they bring Michael Jackson back from the dead.
Then it´s tap water.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Mildred, 2/3/2014 10:30:30 AM     (No. 9717346)

I can´t get too worked up about this. It was surprising but I liked the various ethnicities celebrating the United States. It´s only one TV ad. The game was great so who cares what they show during the breaks. Actually none of the commercials I saw were particularly good.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: mc squared, 2/3/2014 10:35:49 AM     (No. 9717357)

Tea.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: unagator, 2/3/2014 10:37:14 AM     (No. 9717359)

Weren´t we all outrageously outraged about a Pepsi transgression not so long ago?

This is just another SQUIRREL!!! "controversy". Probably had the story written before the ad aired.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: god of irony, 2/3/2014 10:37:32 AM     (No. 9717360)

Some of the worst atrocities in the world happen becuase of Balkanization. We should not encourage it.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Lawsy0, 2/3/2014 10:43:22 AM     (No. 9717371)

If they are singing praises to my country, America, I don´t think I am harmed by their praise of my homeland. BUT, since I speak mainly English with a smattering of Spanish, how do I know that what was being sung was actually ´´America the Beautiful´´ translated correctly?

I sure as heck won´t be taking Coca-Cola´s word for the correctness.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Country Boy, 2/3/2014 10:44:41 AM     (No. 9717375)

Agree with the above. Coke didn´t have to do this.

Special irony here is that Coke got to top of the heap by being the contractor to the U.S. Army during WWII. All soft drinks to the GI service men were Cokes. So Coca Cola became super wealthy as American men (many still in their teens) gave their lives for this country.

Never was a Coke fan. Much less so now.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: OkieTom, 2/3/2014 10:53:31 AM     (No. 9717385)

#6 has it right.
Tea from now on.
Two birds with one stone, right?

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Reply 12 - Posted by: StuartL, 2/3/2014 10:56:00 AM     (No. 9717391)

No comments about the smiling young woman in her hijab?

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Reply 13 - Posted by: AltaD, 2/3/2014 11:02:49 AM     (No. 9717399)

Coke wants to feature diversity, that´s fine, but why not in sing in English with diverse accents?

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Reply 14 - Posted by: earlybird, 2/3/2014 11:02:51 AM     (No. 9717400)

Our country was built on diversity. Those from other lands who longed for what we had here and waited out the long haul until they could come here legally.

My grandparents were elderly when they arrived with their family. I imagine they were too old to learn enough English to sing in English a song like "America the Beautiful". But that would not have kept them from singing it because they loved this country. And they became citizens, as did their children born in the "old country".

So I cannot get worked up over this. And I am utterly amazed at the venom expressed over a Coke commercial, an ad...

How tiny we have become. Great issues facing us and we are livid over a commercial?

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Salt5792, 2/3/2014 11:13:11 AM     (No. 9717419)

No more Coke for me. And I´m going to sell my stock too.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: FlatCityGirl, 2/3/2014 11:15:48 AM     (No. 9717426)

I suspect it´s not JUST the Coke commercial that has some folks up in arms, but rather, a culmination of the vulgarity and evil that most of us see being thrust upon us and our nation by the PC Police.

Yes, we´re diverse, and thank God for that. Who would want to live without guacamole?

The article below: America The Vulgar, addresses what´s likely behind the outrage expressed by so many posters.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: john56, 2/3/2014 11:15:57 AM     (No. 9717429)

The switching between languages confused me more than anything else.

Why not do the ad with a graphic on what language was sung and the words in English and the language being sung?

But the Coke ad with the kid from Green Bay running into Lambeau Field was okay (and for those of you who can´t pronounce it -- Ash-wah-ben-non is the name of the town on the kid´s jersy ... and it´s an Indian word which I think means "between Lambeau Field and the Casino."). But I´m a Packer fan who grew up near Green Bay.

And anyway, once the Packers are out of the playoffs I think the remainder of the NFL season is just an early start to the exhibition season.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Hank Reardon, 2/3/2014 11:17:31 AM     (No. 9717431)

I had five cans of Coke on hand. I say had, as I dumped them down the sink last night.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: gobushcheneygo, 2/3/2014 11:19:43 AM     (No. 9717438)

If Coca-Cola was attempting to be patriotic, it was an epic fail. Not "outraged" but struck me as just more PC ´isn´t diversity wonderful´ crapola. Coke needs a new marketing team.

I´ll take more Two If By Tea, Rush.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: jinx, 2/3/2014 11:29:54 AM     (No. 9717458)

Why throw it in our faces? Pepsi anyone?

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Reply 21 - Posted by: postaway, 2/3/2014 11:37:58 AM     (No. 9717468)

I was in D.C. recently with my sister who lives in a town that has not (yet) been effected by out-of-control immigration. We were at a mall and she was stunned by the people in the mall and she said that she felt like she was in a foreign country. I said, "That´s the point. You´re meant to feel that way. People like us are being made into a minority." My brother, a Washingtonian, sniffed and said, "This is the most cosmopolitan city in the country. That´s why you see so many foreign people." I said, "Gee, that´s funny, because it looks just like NYC, Chicago, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Boston, New Orleans and even Austin, TX." He looked surprised.

Simply put, we are being invaded. It´s just being done peacefully and we are being softened by the media, including ads like this.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: tanstaafl44, 2/3/2014 11:44:20 AM     (No. 9717472)

criminal invaders show respect for another gringo tradition, "America the beautiful", a poem written in English and set to music, so that it may be shared by many voices in harmony




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Reply 23 - Posted by: RayLRiv, 2/3/2014 12:01:09 PM     (No. 9717503)

I think it was a desperate corporate attempt to rekindle or strike TV commercial ´fool´s gold´ with an updated version of the late 1960s-early 1970s "It´s The Real Thing" Coke jingle...

...but this failed miserably...

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Smart11344, 2/3/2014 12:23:17 PM     (No. 9717541)

Over the years there have been many very creative and clever commercials that debuted on the Superbowl broadcasts. I think I saw two commercials that passed that test yesterday. The rest must have been produced in Washington and Colorado with the ad agencies all high on legalized pot.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: P51DMustang, 2/3/2014 12:47:56 PM     (No. 9717582)

Stopped drinking and purchasing Coke stock a long time ago.

They are all things to all people, but they do not represent patriotism in our Beloved United States.

Yep, speak english or stay home plus 20.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: littleorby, 2/3/2014 12:48:36 PM     (No. 9717584)

!Por Dios gentre!

Yo hablo dos linques y soy es 100% Americana.

Frankly, I´m very proud of learning Spanish during my spare time, while, I might add, many others were wasting their time watching the Simpsons.


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Reply 27 - Posted by: The Architect, 2/3/2014 12:49:33 PM     (No. 9717588)

Does anyone on this thread really think you could find two Muslims who would sing "America, America, God shed his grace on thee....". I don´t think so. Remember, we are "the Great Satan"! After 9/11 virtually none of the polls taken could find any Muslim group which would outright condemn the atrocity. The Muslim neighborhoods in Jersey were dancing in the streets right accross the river from the WTC. Coke can keep it´s product. I´d rather drink water than give them a penny.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: Maggie2u, 2/3/2014 12:58:40 PM     (No. 9717604)

To all those here who think there was nothing wrong with our National Anthem being sung in different languages, try to imagine the outrage in Mexico if their Anthem was sung in English.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: Historian58, 2/3/2014 1:03:58 PM     (No. 9717618)

I went to Youtube and tried to download versions of the ad. Bunches of languages including Arabic. The English and Hebrew versions would not load or download. None of the versions would allow comments to be made. I think Coca Cola knows they messed up big time on this ad and is trying to lessen the reaction. Cowards. I prefer R.C. and Dr. Pepper and avoid Coke and Pepsi. This fiasco deepens my resolve to avoid Coke. They pooched it this time.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: avmermaid, 2/3/2014 1:18:01 PM     (No. 9717648)

The commercial could have been saved if all of the singers gathered at the end and began singing in English. That would have portrayed the melting pot effect and made the translations more believable.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: Coy860, 2/3/2014 1:27:07 PM     (No. 9717662)

I was deeply offended because Coca Cola attempted to STEAL our Heritage that our grandparents worked so hard to create for us until the illegals started calling the shots here. The way it used to be :
Theodore Roosevelt´s ideas on immigrants and being an AMERICAN in 1907.
"In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person´s becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American...There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn´t an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag... We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language... and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people."


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Reply 32 - Posted by: Lalo, 2/3/2014 1:51:06 PM     (No. 9717707)

Even though the refusal of many immigrants to learn English annoys me, I can´t work up much outrage over this. Coke is an ultra-international business. And yes, it was a PC ad (though thankfully not half as saccharine as "I´d Like to Teach the World to Sing.") But the flip side of the negative view might be: implanting the suggestion that all these ethnicities sing the praises of the USA - think well of it and feel positively about it rather than cynically & hatefully. As for the gay families being included - tolerance, inclusiveness & harmony are more of a sell nation-wide than their opposites. And besides, it´s all the rage now. (semi-s/o)

Bottom line - it was, overall, probably good for their bottom line and in business that´s what it´s all about, n´est-ce pas?

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Reply 33 - Posted by: Lalo, 2/3/2014 1:55:28 PM     (No. 9717715)

P.S. I prefer RC, too, but now drink Sweet Leaf mint & honey green iced tea.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: mickeymat, 2/3/2014 1:56:34 PM     (No. 9717718)

#31 is on to something. Yes, we are multi-cultural and have welcomed people from all over the world to our blessed country. But each of those persons must give up something of their old nation in order to partake of the good things in ours. They should therefore be devoted to our language and to our way of life lest there be division and strife. When they speak only their native tongue they are expressing a certain rejection of their host country.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: Udanja99, 2/3/2014 2:03:12 PM     (No. 9717733)

If leftists ever read the words to America the Beautiful beyond the first verse, they would hate it. All that stuff about pilgrims, westward expansion and personal responsibility is anathema to them.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: lil dotty, 2/3/2014 3:30:22 PM     (No. 9717846)

Seems that many of US AMERICANS were highly offended. Forget Coke!!! Got TEA?


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Reply 37 - Posted by: FrankIncensed, 2/3/2014 3:38:08 PM     (No. 9717857)

SodaStream starting to sound better and better. Just sayin´

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Reply 38 - Posted by: US Veteran, 2/3/2014 4:40:25 PM     (No. 9717918)

Is it a hate crime yet to dislike this commercial?

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Reply 39 - Posted by: 4Justice, 2/3/2014 8:13:26 PM     (No. 9718112)

Hmmm...my grandma and grandpa C were born in the U.S. in the late 1800s. They didn´t speak English but they encouraged their children to learn. All the kids grew up bilingual. Me and my siblings grew up completely uni-lingual (English only)--though I regret that we never learned (outside of school) any other language. It would have been better to have grown up knowing two (or more) than learning later. Anyway, my point is that grandma & grandpa C couldn´t speak English but they were citizens as were their parents (my family line has been here since the days of the conquistadors). Yes, English is the official and should be the official language. But I fail to see how singing in different languages is unpatriotic. My grandparents were natural born citizens but didn´t speak English! What does that mean? My father and all 4 of his brothers fought in WWII and his youngest brother fought in Korea. I think my family was patriotic even if they couldn´t all speak English.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: 4Justice, 2/3/2014 8:27:55 PM     (No. 9718126)

I meant all 4 of his older brothers...there were 5 boys and 1 girl in the family. I guess I am a bit disgusted when people automatically think that Hispanics are "illegal invaders" if they speak Spanish. As I said, my family was here from Spain since before most other Europeans. They are not "Mexican" -- they are Spanish who came to America. My family never lived in Mexico (unless you count Texas as being once a part of Mexico before annexation. There was even a little railroad town named after my family in Texas. But people with our unusual name can also be found in the Philippines and Puerto Rico because (as I said) they came with the conquistadors--they got around!

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Reply 41 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 2/3/2014 11:41:12 PM     (No. 9718316)

I am going with When in Rome, do as the Romans.

We are talking about a different kind of immigrant today. "Everywhere you go, there you are" because they refuse to assimilate. Everybody wants to come here, but don´t want to be patriotic Americans. They want to keep the old country ways and want US to cater to them. That´s where the resentment comes from.

Coke doesn´t care about US. They care about their bottom line.

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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

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

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)

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

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

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

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

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


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