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The death of the comma? U.S.
academic claims punctuation mark
could be abolished from English
language with ´little loss of clarity´

Daily Mail (UK), by Sophie Jane Evans

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Posted By:JoniTx, 2/8/2014 12:14:00 PM

It is one of the most common - albeit, ineptly used - elements of the English language. Now, an American academic has suggested that the comma could be abolished as a punctuation mark. Professor John McWhorter claims removing commas from most modern U.S. texts would cause ´little loss of clarity´ - meaning they may now be in a state of obsolescence. He adds that internet users are becoming increasingly carefree in their use of the punctuation mark - with some professional writers following suit, according to The Times. ´[You] could take them out of a great deal of modern American

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: killerbee, 2/8/2014 12:21:27 PM     (No. 9724615)

Wow. They need to read "Eats, Shoots & Leaves" by Lynn Truss.

I´m awful at commas, but I do appreciate them when I´m reading.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: mamafrog, 2/8/2014 12:21:54 PM     (No. 9724618)

The comma may indeed fade from use. It will still be taught in American Classrooms along with a number of other archaic and no longer useful skills.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Susannah, 2/8/2014 12:22:01 PM     (No. 9724619)

Perhaps Obama should speak to this issue: "If you like your commas, you can keep your commas."

I´ll keep them, thank you. They´re an essential part of writing.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: mikkins2, 2/8/2014 12:22:32 PM     (No. 9724622)

The grammar Nazis are not going to be happy about this!

One less thing they will be able to smugly lecture about the proper use of ;, ´, and ,.

Heh!

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Reply 5 - Posted by: WV.Hillbilly, 2/8/2014 12:23:38 PM     (No. 9724625)

Let´s eat, Grandma.

Let´s eat Grandma.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Kendet1946, 2/8/2014 12:24:39 PM     (No. 9724627)

I teach school not using commas periods semicolons colons quotation marks parenthesises can lead to confusion and a slowdown in understanding and communication if the comma goes all the rest will follow and what you are reading right now is the result get my drift

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Reply 7 - Posted by: retiree, 2/8/2014 12:25:35 PM     (No. 9724629)

Why not? This country is eliminating much of what this country is based on, including education (not giving the facts, but whitewashing many actual events in this country). Making the US out as evil.
No more pennmanship or cursive, common core bringing things into the curriculem that students DON´T need.
Students spelling what something sounds like instead of proper spelling and passing them anyway. I could go on and on but it would be to no avail.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: E Unum Pluribus, 2/8/2014 12:26:06 PM     (No. 9724630)

Reminiscent of Benny Hill:

What´s that in the road ahead?

What´s that in the road, a head?


Without the comma, we´re going to have some major misunderstandings in both our written and spoken language.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: maryc, 2/8/2014 12:26:48 PM     (No. 9724632)

Text grammar. Thumb English Note to all you cannot get excited ´for´ an inanimate object !!! You can get excited about one but not for them. Really, ,,,,,,,,,,

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Reply 10 - Posted by: tren9, 2/8/2014 12:29:21 PM     (No. 9724633)

I researched the matter in 1960. At that time text books in use in high schools were divided. Some said ´one, two, and three.´ Others said ´one, two and three.´ In an earlier time the first prevailed. In latter time the latter prevailed.
I personally agree that losing the comma will lead to less clarity.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Screwgun, 2/8/2014 12:29:27 PM     (No. 9724634)

You can take away my commas; you´ll never take away my semicolons.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: MirJoy, 2/8/2014 12:36:02 PM     (No. 9724644)

I´ve noticed that quotation marks are missing in some pieces lately as well. (not sure if I should put in a comma after lately; sometimes I overdo.)

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Susannah, 2/8/2014 12:43:40 PM     (No. 9724653)

"Rachael Ray finds inspiration in cooking her family and her dog."

"The meeting was addressed by two Democrats, Ted Cruz and Sarah Palin."

"I´d like to thank my parents, Ayn Rand and God."

Of course, only a Nazi would insist on basic literacy.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Veritas2009, 2/8/2014 12:45:10 PM     (No. 9724655)

Woman,without her, man is a savage.
Woman without her man, is a savage.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: wetenschapper, 2/8/2014 12:48:54 PM     (No. 9724657)

An American and retired researcher living in Europe, I bring in a few extra euros by proofreading the English on papers written by non-native speakers. I can say from a great deal of experience that the properly-placed comma can do wonders to make an ambiguous or incomprehensible sentence clear. Save the comma!

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Reply 16 - Posted by: bullhead, 2/8/2014 12:52:53 PM     (No. 9724663)

Betty Davis vows Joan Crawford is a superior actress.

Betty Davis, vows Joan Crawford, is a superior actress.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Philipsonh, 2/8/2014 12:53:18 PM     (No. 9724664)

Without commas, many sentences make no sense, the wrong sense, or nonsense. Obviously, like the media, we will just write in capitals and headlines and have to read the article to know what is in it - which much of the time is not the same as the HEADLINE -

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Reply 18 - Posted by: strikingviking, 2/8/2014 1:06:39 PM     (No. 9724679)

A Repubican party platform plank dispute a few years ago was about a comma. The party supported either:

Tax cuts which boost the economy.

or

Tax cuts, which boost the economy.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: kayjaymac, 2/8/2014 1:09:21 PM     (No. 9724682)

"What is this thing called love?"

"What is this thing called, love?"



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Reply 20 - Posted by: Brittany, 2/8/2014 1:10:56 PM     (No. 9724684)

Ditto, #1 Article head careless. Speaking of clauses, et.al. in sentences? Like previous one. No thank you. In fact, more should be taught about clauses as I labor to make myself clear. My children were luckier and had an old-fashioned teacher. My son was miles ahead in English when we moved to this ´academic´ community.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: ida Lou Pino, 2/8/2014 1:11:34 PM     (No. 9724687)

I always use commas - - except when I post on this board.

That´s when I use the double dashes - - like this - -

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Miss Ann Thrope, 2/8/2014 1:13:28 PM     (No. 9724689)

Speak and write so that you cannot possibly be misunderstood.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Brittany, 2/8/2014 1:16:05 PM     (No. 9724690)

In fact, ´language arts´ in my teaching time had little instruction in the 6thgrade in how sentences were put together. My team leader and I spent time just illustrating by parsing on the board but there was only so much we could do.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: dman, 2/8/2014 1:23:31 PM     (No. 9724693)

Another step on the road to Babel. The purpose of language is to accurately transfer a thought from one mind to another. Commas help do that. The fact that many, including myself, are not as skilled in their use as they should be is not a reason to abandon them. A refresher course would be a more appropriate remedy.

The devolution of our language is part of the devolution of our culture. Long live Ebonics and the F-bomb!! /s

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Reply 25 - Posted by: lakerman1, 2/8/2014 1:36:50 PM     (No. 9724703)

Throw momma from the train a kiss

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Reply 26 - Posted by: rocket-j-squirrel, 2/8/2014 1:39:50 PM     (No. 9724706)

Love all the examples posted above. I will keep my commas, thank you. It gives your brain a chance to breathe.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: StormCnter, 2/8/2014 1:39:58 PM     (No. 9724707)

I´m guilty. I admit it. I fling commas like confetti. I tell myself that it´s better too many than not enough, but I don´t really believe that.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: earlybird, 2/8/2014 1:48:52 PM     (No. 9724711)

i believe we really don´t need Professor McWhorter who doesn´t seem to have enough to do and should consider grabbing some tools and tucking in to one of Obama´s shovel ready projects so that then we wouldn´t have to cope with his foolishness and could keep our commas periods semi-colons and exclamation points and not give a whit.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: Shells, 2/8/2014 1:49:56 PM     (No. 9724713)

No commas?

The epitome of intellectual laziness.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: Tall Oak, 2/8/2014 1:55:31 PM     (No. 9724716)

I´m cpoying these examples to a Word file so that I can relish the wit and wisdom of my lucuianne bothers and sisters. Keep the comma to maintain clarity. My humble offering:

I used to kiss her on the lips but, it´s all over, now.

I used to kiss her on the lips, but it´s all over now.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: fayebeck, 2/8/2014 1:56:55 PM     (No. 9724718)

#16 who is BETTY Davis? First the came for the commas. I did nuthin´. Then they came for spelling.....

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Reply 32 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 2/8/2014 2:04:28 PM     (No. 9724733)

With a little luck some day they´ll come for the Spelling and Grammar Nannies who regularly insult our posters.

Repeat after me:

"Not everyone is perfect like you."

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Reply 33 - Posted by: Rama41, 2/8/2014 2:10:14 PM     (No. 9724738)

To be replaced by the words "ya know" or "like".

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Reply 34 - Posted by: suziesuburbanite, 2/8/2014 2:13:06 PM     (No. 9724740)

Commas aren´t needed there is virtually no difference between

1. We´re having grandma for dinner
and
2. We´re having grandma, for dinner.

s/o

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Reply 35 - Posted by: bkt23, 2/8/2014 2:25:01 PM     (No. 9724769)

#4, that´s "one fewer things", not "one less thing".

(sorry :-p :D)

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Reply 36 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 2/8/2014 2:32:34 PM     (No. 9724776)

At one time in America they taught the proper use of punctuation, but then the liberal left "educators" decided it was too much information for the inner city LoFos to absorb. About ten years ago they began loosening up the ´rules´ to allow an "anything goes" doctrine to punctuation. They allowed commas anywhere it felt OK to add one, such as when you wanted to insert a pause. Yet now the elitists of change doctrine want to just do away with it althogether? So, why do we need English teachers at all anymore? Fire the lot of them.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: suziesuburbanite, 2/8/2014 2:34:27 PM     (No. 9724778)

rid of the semi-con first!

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Reply 38 - Posted by: stablemoney, 2/8/2014 2:44:48 PM     (No. 9724789)

McWhorter is free not to use commas, others are free to do as they please. Liberals cannot abide freedom.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: TunnelRat, 2/8/2014 2:59:31 PM     (No. 9724805)

I cannot begin to say how many times I have wanted to reply to a comment (here and elsewhere):

"Punctuation is your friend"

or

"Paragraphs are your friends".

It often seems that those who most want to dispose of the rules of grammar are the same ones whose writing is hard to understand.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: lawdoc, 2/8/2014 3:32:50 PM     (No. 9724827)

This goes along with the notion that there is no right or wrong: everything is equal. Or maybe they want to emulate the Torah, which has no vowels or punctuation.

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Reply 41 - Posted by: tomanderson61, 2/8/2014 4:09:38 PM     (No. 9724856)

There was this same sort of BS a few years ago about changing silent letters...tonight=tonite, light=lite, etc.

I am sick of it. Have some discipline and write correctly. My son is in fifth grade and has just passed all his grammar tests, including common placement.

Try to be a little better than a fifth grader.

And yeah, I know my "comment grammar" is not all that great, so flame away!



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Reply 42 - Posted by: prairiemain, 2/8/2014 4:10:13 PM     (No. 9724857)

As others have noted above, some sentences will be very confusing in English without the use of commas. Proper use of commas has never been good, even in England, but let´s keep the comma for the time being.

That said, it is disheartening that we have so many failures in our education system, to the point that US students´ ranking falls every year relative to other countries, that some overpaid academic found this more worthy of his or her deep thoughts. A debate over the usefulness of commas while nearly half of students graduating from US high schools can barely sign their own name? Give me a break.

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Reply 43 - Posted by: TarAndFeathers, 2/8/2014 4:18:09 PM     (No. 9724864)

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , !

Take that, McWhorter!

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Reply 44 - Posted by: Pinchem, 2/8/2014 4:29:59 PM     (No. 9724875)

#31 said, in part: "First the came for the commas."

Perhaps you should check your own spelling before criticizing the spelling of another.


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Reply 45 - Posted by: Susannah, 2/8/2014 4:55:05 PM     (No. 9724888)

They´ll take my commas from me when they pry them from my cold, dead keyboard. Same goes for my apostrophes, colons, semi-colons, exclamation points, periods, single quotation marks, and double quotation marks.

Bring it on, language despoilers! My blazing keyboard and I will battle you to the death!

"Words mean things." -- Rush Limbaugh

"So does punctuation." -- Susannah



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Reply 46 - Posted by: bpl40, 2/8/2014 5:16:04 PM     (No. 9724902)

Consider this. Woman without her man, is a savage.And.. Woman, without her man is a savage. Same meaning?

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Reply 47 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 2/8/2014 6:19:40 PM     (No. 9724935)

Try this one:

That which is is that which is not is not is that not so it is.

-------or----------

That which is, is.

That which is not,is not.

Is that not so ?

It is.

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Reply 48 - Posted by: Smart11344, 2/8/2014 6:46:31 PM     (No. 9724949)

Do they use commas in Ebonics?

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Reply 49 - Posted by: StuartL, 2/8/2014 6:56:47 PM     (No. 9724952)

whystopwithcommasletsgetridofallthoseotherdumbmarksandtwokindsofeveryletterandwhilewereatitaalsoallthatuselessspacebetweenwords

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Reply 50 - Posted by: Heraclitus, 2/8/2014 8:12:55 PM     (No. 9724989)

Your comments are delightful as usual!

#21, i, too, like the double dash! Note that the author, while avoiding the comma, employs a single dash.

English grammar, the comma serves an important function of clarifying one´s meaning and intention.

Has anyone here ever tried to translate ancient Greek? There isn´t much punctuation in this highly inflected language. Some sentences run on for a whole page, challenging one´s sanity.

So i will cling to my commas AND my dashes ...as well as semicolons! ...AND... the beloved exclamation point (with the ever useful dot dot dot...)!!!


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Reply 51 - Posted by: Bohallx, 2/8/2014 8:36:18 PM     (No. 9725006)

There´s currently a theory rotating its way through the realms of linguistics that says the spoken languages in the various regions of the Roman Empire didn´t arrise AFTER the Empire fell, but they´d been there all along.

The evidence provided is that virtually all Classical Latin found in original, or nearly original texts, dating from the early centuries, has no punctuation ~ or even spaces between words!

It wasn´t imagined that Latin, per se, would ever be spoken by anyone, so even at the Senate a local tongue ~ let´s call it Tuscan, was spoken, but the records were kept in a common written language called Latin.

Throughout the Empire folks spoke one language (or a hundred if we count all the local dialects) but official scribes and government record keepers wrote in another.

This happened in the Middle East. The people who first invented writing, the Sumerians, died out in a massive drought, but their language lived on as a way to record information. Cunuiform characters/ideographs were used by Semitic speakers!

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Reply 52 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 2/8/2014 9:04:47 PM     (No. 9725025)

In the article, I counted 14 commas and 13 hyphens, which should have been commas. I tried to read the article without the commas or the hyphens and found it much more difficult reading. Though, I did understand it.

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Reply 53 - Posted by: Garage Logician, 2/8/2014 9:14:52 PM     (No. 9725029)

Throw the cow over the fence some hay.

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Reply 54 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 2/8/2014 10:20:02 PM     (No. 9725086)

Are they suggesting that everyone use ´computer speak´ in writing everything, including books ?

Does it bother anyone that the founding fathers were more educated than what they are cranking out of colleges today or that this country is falling farther behind academically ?

But, hey, you don´t need commas on the welfare app.

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Reply 55 - Posted by: bubber, 2/9/2014 12:16:11 AM     (No. 9725136)

Pat Conroy,,,Prince of Tides,,,king of commas,,,...

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WASHINGTON — IT’S weird to be jealous of your car. But I am. Men look at my car with such naked lust, their eyes devouring the curves and chrome, that I often feel as though I’m intruding on an intimate moment. Women like it, too. They sometimes grin and give it a thumbs up as it growls by, and one girlfriend fondly refers to it as “the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Goddess car.” But the icon evokes a special feeling in men. It’s the Proustian madeleine of cars, stirring old dreams and new. Guys sometimes follow in the American beauty’s

California Unemployment Holds
Steady at Dismal 8.1%
Breitbart California, by William Bigelow    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/20/2014 5:14:55 AM     Post Reply
California’s unemployment rate is rotten and holding steady. In March, according to the Los Angeles Times, the rate was 8.1%. In February, it was exactly the same. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the state only added 11,800 net new jobs in March, many of them in construction, government, education, and health services. The greatest gains were in professional and business services, with 3,100 new positions. But the jobs numbers in hospitality, manufacturing, and leisure dipped, and the biggest drop came in financial activities, as the slowing rate of mortgages forced banks to fire employees. The field of finance

Morgado´s ´Hot Jesus´:
Everywhere on Easter
USA Today, by Bryan Alexander    Original Article
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On Easter weekend, Diogo Morgado portraying Jesus Christ is on screens everywhere. Morgado is the star of Son of God, by executive producers Mark Burnett and wife Roma Downey, which continues to thrive in theaters, pulling in $59 million since its debut Feb. 28. Downey believes there will be a "spike" in attendance at theaters this weekend because of the spiritual holiday for a film that has already proved a box-office force. "People are in that head-space and in that heart-space. It´s that time of the year where people are much more reflective and much more open to connecting with



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´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
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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

Living in the New York Times World
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American Thinker, by J. Paul Masko    Original Article
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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

Barack Obama and the politics of lies
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Washington Examiner [DC], by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/20/2014 5:45:25 AM     Post Reply
That was quite a victory dance President Obama did Thursday while claiming Obamacare is “working” because eight million people have now supposedly signed up for the health care program. He even indulged in some less-than-subtle mockery of Republicans - and by extension the majority of Americans who have disapproved of Obamacare since before it became law. "The repeal debate is and should be over,” Obama said, taking a dig at Republicans who are “going through, you know, the stages of grief … anger and denial and all that stuff …” But a president who is viewed by most Americans as less

White House asks American parents to
monitor their children for signs of terrorism

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Daily Caller, by Eric Owens    Original Article
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In a speech earlier this week, Lisa O. Monaco, President Barack Obama’s assistant for homeland security and counterterrorism, insisted that American parents must be vigilant because their “confrontational” children could be on the verge of becoming terrorists. Monaco’s full, prepared text is available here. She presented the speech, entitled “Countering Violent Extremism and the Power of Community,” at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government on April 15. Monaco began her remarks by eloquently describing the lives tragically lost last year during the Boston Marathon bombings. Interestingly, the Harvard grad failed to mention the religion or the motive of brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan

In a Hole, Golf Considers
Digging a Wider One

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New York Times, by Bill Pennington    Original Article
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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
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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
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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

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

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Wall Street Journal, by Monica Langley    Original Article
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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

Stop dressing so tacky for church
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CNN, by John Blake    Original Article
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If the Rev. John DeBonville could preach a sermon to lift the souls of churchgoers across America, his message would be simple: Stop dressing so tacky for church. DeBonville has heard about the “come as you are” approach to dressing down for Sunday service, but he says the Sabbath is getting too sloppy. When he scans the pews of churches, DeBonville sees rows of people dressed in their Sunday worst. They saunter into church in baggy shorts, flip-flop sandals, tennis shoes and grubby T-shirts. Some even slide into the pews carrying coffee in plastic foam containers as if they’re going to Starbucks. “It’s like

Clintons celebrate Chelsea’s
pregnancy announcement

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New York Post, by Stephanie Smith    Original Article
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The Clintons had a busy night of celebrations after Chelsea announced she and husband Marc Mezvinsky are expecting a baby. Bill joined “House of Cards” star Kevin Spacey at the Revlon Rainforest Fund Benefit Concert at Carnegie Hall Thursday, joking of Spacey’s Machiavellian character, “When I was president people accused me of murder all the time, made a show of investigating. Spacey’s president for 15 minutes and he gets away with murder.” Spacey, who sang during the event with Sting, Stephen Stills and James Taylor, also showed off his Johnny Carson impression, taking a swipe at the coverage of Flight

The Growing Financial Disaster of Obamacare
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Power Line, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
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President Obama asserts that 8 million people have signed up for Obamacare, as though that were something to be proud of. In fact, Obamacare has always been a fiasco from a fiscal perspective–a black hole of subsidies and expanded Medicaid, with largely fictitious mechanisms in place to pay for it. As the number of subsidized participants grows, the disaster gets worse. Charles Blahous explains: Our national discussion…is missing the truly significant story here; what is unfolding before our eyes is a colossal fiscal disaster, poised to haunt legislators and taxpayers for decades to come. It is quite possible that the ACA is

Gospel story of Jesus’ resurrection a
source of deep rifts in Christian religion

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Washington Post, by Kimberley Winston    Original Article
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“On the third day, he rose again.” That line, from the Nicene Creed, is a foundational statement of Christian belief. It declares that three days after Jesus died on the cross, he was resurrected, a glimmer of the eternal life promised to believers. It’s the heart of the Easter story in seven little words. But how that statement is interpreted is the source of some of the deepest rifts in Christianity — and a stumbling block for some Christians, and more than a few skeptics. Did Jesus literally come back from the dead in a bodily resurrection, as many traditionalist


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