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Cruz Control?
Creators Syndicate, by Thomas Sowell

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Posted By:StormCnter, 2/18/2014 5:29:00 AM

Freshman Senator Ted Cruz says many things that need to be said and says them well. Moreover, some of these things are what many, if not most, Americans believe wholeheartedly. Yet we need to remember that the same was true of another freshman Senator, just a relatively few years ago, who parlayed his ability to say things that resonated with the voters into two terms in the White House. Who would disagree that if you want your doctor, you should be able to keep your doctor? Who would disagree with the idea of a more transparent administration in Washington, or

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: mws50, 2/18/2014 6:19:32 AM     (No. 9736619)

This is the first ridiculous column I have read by Dr Sowell. He is dead-wrong on all accounts. The republicans sunk their own boat by kissing Harry Reid´s posterior regarding their cloture votes.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: chumley, 2/18/2014 6:56:14 AM     (No. 9736649)

Even Dr Sowell is entitled to be wrong once in a while. His big error is the assumption that the Republicans will protect our rights if they are in power.
I have seen little evidence of that. They just take away different rights.

Go Cruz!

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Cherrybark, 2/18/2014 7:06:18 AM     (No. 9736658)

Sowell´s contention is that is wrong to embarrass the RINOs in the Republican Party by calling them out publicly and exposing their hidden support for the liberal agenda. Then Sowell wander far off into the weeds comparing Ted Cruz´s actions to those of German political leaders who failed to stop the rise of Hitler.

The problem is doctor, the establishment RINOs are doing nothing to stop Obama. Specifically, Senator Cornyn is flooding Texas with ads claiming he fights against Obama each and every day. Cruz called him out, forced him to openly vote his support the Obama agenda and exposed him as just another Republican enabler.

The tired, old, de-horned bulls of the Republican establishment may not like Cruz´s actions but I support them wholeheartedly.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: bugger, 2/18/2014 7:09:57 AM     (No. 9736662)

What happened Dr. Sowell? The establishment republicans are completely supportive of this administrations use of the IRS to persecute conservatives. It doesn´t get much worse than that. Yet we are to support them? I don´t think so. I hate to think they "got to him", if so, they must have threatened him.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Rakasha, 2/18/2014 7:12:43 AM     (No. 9736666)

I find myself astounded. Dr. Sowell is an intelligent man. I have never seen an article like this from him. To blatantly conflate Ted Cruz with Obama or Hitler... to contort the actions of members of the Republican party to be the responsibility of Ted Cruz... Dr. Sowell is far to intellectually honest to lay the results of Republican re-elections at the feet of one man. At least he always has been. Something is very wrong.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: mws50, 2/18/2014 7:21:25 AM     (No. 9736676)

#5 it is possible he wrote this column in Colorado or Washington.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: MirJoy, 2/18/2014 7:57:08 AM     (No. 9736712)

FTA: "...the federal government can do whatever it wants to do if nobody stops them."

I understand (I´m happy to be corrected) that Senator Cruz, Lee, and few others wanted the budget passed without funding for ObamaCare. He, and a few others, were trying to "stop them".

Senator Cruz is trying to effect change and it´s change that Americans want.

ObamaCare is terrible, but there must be a lot of Republicrats who benefit from it.

First time I´ve ever read a Thomas Sowell opinion piece where I did not agree with him.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: drcopela, 2/18/2014 7:59:48 AM     (No. 9736716)

Cruz wants Republicans to be for Texas and America.

It they say they are but are not (amnesty Cornyn) then he wants a CHANGE in Republicans senators not to defeat the Republicans.

Mike Lee was very impressive.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: horacer, 2/18/2014 8:04:26 AM     (No. 9736723)

Is it remotely possible that Ted Cruz might be the slightest bit wrong in his judgement on those most rare of occasions or does he too breathe the purified air fit only for the truly pure at heart and Sarah Palin. I don´t think Dr. Sowell is wrong and I don´t think he´s comparing Cruz to Hitler. He´s using an historical analogy to show that attempts at political purity can have disastrous consequences. History, much like a bad burrito, has a tendency to repeat itself.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: mws50, 2/18/2014 8:04:32 AM     (No. 9736724)

Dr Sowell is wrong. Period.

Senator Cruz´s "tactics" are exactly what is needed in DC. For too long, republicans have wanted to be in the minority and have done everything they can to stay there. Senator Cruz is blasting a bunch of holes in their comfortable "ship of state", and all the establishment is doing is whining about the holes. They do not have the first clue how to fix the holes.

Senator Cruz´s goal is simple to see. He is attempting to save our Nation from its headlong rush into socialism. There are a LOT of people that are completely comfortable with our rush to socialism, and those people harp on our Senator´s goals and tactics, without seeing the "ultimate goal".

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Rakasha, 2/18/2014 9:00:57 AM     (No. 9736791)

~ ...I don´t think he´s comparing Cruz to Hitler. ~

I stand corrected. He did not compare Cruz to Hitler, he compared Cruz and his supporters to Hitler enablers.

The most charitable interpretation of Ted Cruz and his supporters is that they are willing to see the Republican Party weakened in the short run, in hopes that they will be able to take it over in the long run, and set it on a different path as a more purified conservative party.

Dr. Sowell could not be more wrong. As one who appreciates Senator Cruz, allow me to state clearly so that there is no need for interpretation - charitable or otherwise: We do not wish to ´take over the party´ and we do not wish to see it weakened. We wish to see it stand up; for the Constitution, against an out of control Executive branch; for the people, against Representatives who have forgotten who they serve; for the States, against a Government that has arrogated all power unto itself.

We wish to see the Republican Party strengthened to these ends. If this is ´purity´ then so be it. If this ´purity´ is considered ´wrong-headed´ then we part ways. And if some members of the Republican Party are exposed as weak, by their own actions, that can hardly be blamed on Senator Cruz or his supporters.

I am fed up with people who, two years ago, told us that if we didn´t like the way the Republican Party was headed we should try to change it, who are now telling us that, because we are trying to change it, we are selfish, short-sighted and power hungry.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: so_free_me, 2/18/2014 9:06:19 AM     (No. 9736804)

This is beneath Dr Sowell. Why try to demonize Ted Cruz by suggesting he must turn into a dictator like Obama simply because Obama was once a freshman senator? They have nothing in common. Obama was the epitome of mainstream Democrat beliefs, and Cruz is despised by the status quo of his party. Obama was embraced, elevated and enshrined by his party´s elites while Cruz has to hope the grassroots can merely give him a fighting chance to sit at the table. No comparison.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: SaguaroJack, 2/18/2014 9:09:46 AM     (No. 9736809)

I suspect somebody else wrote this column and Tom Sowell put his name to it.

There are huge differences between Cruz and Sen. Obama. Obama hid who he was and Pres. Obama is still hiding it. Cruz has been as open as it´s possible to be. We can see the consistency of his record going back to his childhood. What´s more, his own daddy is saying, publicly and vociferously, the same things Ted Cruz is saying. Sowell´s implication that because Obama lied then Cruz could be lying doesn´t work.

Similarly, the GOP has a track record of pussy-footing and giving in that stretches back a long way. The GOP can´t be trusted. It´s that simple. Yet Sowell wants us yet again to trust the untrustable Republican Party.

Ted Cruz certainly is running risks in the tack he has taken. But he´s swinging for the fences in the bottom of the ninth. He wants to clean up WASHINGTON, not just the GOP or the Dem Party. He can´t do that as a go-along-to-get-along GOPer.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: StormCnter, 2/18/2014 9:09:59 AM     (No. 9736810)

Thomas Sowell is NEVER wrong. I hope the good Senator reads this column and thinks about what the doctor is saying.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: enuf8, 2/18/2014 9:31:05 AM     (No. 9736842)

# 15 - The comment is the biggest load of manure I´ve read today!

Totally disagree! There too many who are tired of the darn games DC plays and they think the constituents are too dumb to catch on. Along comes an elected official and actually is honest and has morals and he is degraded as was Gov. Sarah Palin.
The State of the Union has been diminished by the illegal and incompetent actions of the fraud in the WH; the two-faced actions and the games Congress plays are being exposed to those who had not been cognizant of what was transpiring.
THERE is absolutely NO resemblance of Sen. Cruz with obama!



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Reply 16 - Posted by: yuban, 2/18/2014 9:34:28 AM     (No. 9736848)

Moderates say Sowell is correct. Conservatives say he is wrong this time. No big surprise.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: grace1798, 2/18/2014 9:37:06 AM     (No. 9736854)


I am CONVINCED that Obama and anyone in the WH Administration could commmit MURDER on Worldwide Television and his CHEERLEADERS would let him get away with it. They did that for O.J. Simpson didn´t they? Of course they did! They´ll do it again.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: WAN2, 2/18/2014 9:43:39 AM     (No. 9736861)

No matter. We´re frogs in water about to boil.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Judith, 2/18/2014 9:51:46 AM     (No. 9736872)

I´ll add my vote to the one´s that are disappointed in Dr. Sowell.
As of now, I see no difference between the two main parties.
I do see a few, a very few, willing to fight the good fight to re-establishing an opposing political party so that we have a choice in voting.
For too long, the hold-your-nose-and-vote people have held sway over people who support and honor our constitution, country and social AND fiscal conservative values. The result is a dem party and a mini-me dem party.
Let Cruz, Lee, Paul, Gowdy, Palin ROAR, I want to hear them.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: PowerCorrupts, 2/18/2014 10:37:33 AM     (No. 9736946)

Thomas Sowell, as Justice John Roberts has been "turned". Whether from the IRS or the NSA, the end result is the same.

Also, I believe this site has drawn the attention of progressives who not only post "tripe", but then artificially inflate the "like" scores.

Unfortunately, it had to happen sooner or later.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Susannah, 2/18/2014 11:13:18 AM     (No. 9736992)

And it´s equally possible, #21, that Democrats posing as conservatives are posting here, encouraging people to vote for crackpots like Steve Stockman. I really doubt that Thomas Sowell has been "turned."

It might be instructive to read an article from Real Clear Politics, by Mark Salter, entitled "Why Democrats Love Ted Cruz."

www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2013/10/14/why_democrats_love-ted_cruz_whom_they_despise_120315.html

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Moritz55, 2/18/2014 11:14:59 AM     (No. 9736994)

Whether or not Dr. Sowell is corrrct, it disturbs me to see posters automatically dump on him because he dares turn a critical eye on Sen. Cruz. We complain because of the left´s once unquestioning support for Obama and its vilification of anyone who questioned his actions. I would hate to see something similar happen on the right.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: drcopela, 2/18/2014 11:28:52 AM     (No. 9737017)

Number 21 is correct! Their high scores for the hatters do not match up to the number conservatives posters on the articles.

The hatters that love Cornyn and the other rhinos who are on the side of Obama and Reid will never see the light. They are like pit bulls that sink their teeth in and don´t let go. There is no hope for them to want representatives who love America and Texas. They make me appreciate even more that conservatives on this site.





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Reply 24 - Posted by: oh-heck, 2/18/2014 11:44:20 AM     (No. 9737041)

I went back and reread the article. The vast majority was of the theme that we must fight because the Obama administration is relentlessly taking over our freedom. The Supreme Court failed us by not stopping Obamacare.

My first quibble is with the notion that we needed the Supreme Court to end Obamacare. In the end, Congress will repeal Obamacare. Congress could have started by defunding or delaying Obamacare for a year.

By his fights of CR and debt ceiling, Cruz has forced both Dems and GOPs to go on record. And we the People are going to act in March and Nov. The Republicans in January will have a lot more fight in them. Some of Thomas Sowell´s friends will not be among them.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: lostinmassachusetts, 2/18/2014 11:55:07 AM     (No. 9737062)

I agree with posters #22 and #23 that some progressive posters have infiltrated this site to sway opinion. But there are also some overly-zealous conservatives who are too quick to see enemies among their more cautious allies and willing to attack anyone who disagrees with them in any way. I am a great fan of Ted Cruz, and wish him well in his efforts to combat the Obama regime. But I´m not willing to support those witch hunters who see RINOs and turncoats in every corner of the Republican party and choose to tear it apart instead of working with other, honest, but less hot-headed conservatives to combat the progressive rot that is destroying this this country.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: An Afternoon Walk, 2/18/2014 1:22:42 PM     (No. 9737226)

First time I´ve disagreed with Thomas Sowell. But that is not what disturbs me. Sowell admits Cruz is telling the truth but then compares him to Hitler enablers. If he insists on using despicable analogies to describe a good man, then perhaps I might venture a less offensive analogy to say that perhaps the Obama enablers are in actual fact the Republican establishment?

The fact is, the establishment have been in charge of the Republican party since George Sr. (one of the few mistakes Reagan made) became president. Ted Cruz is not holding back the establishment from winning presidential elections. How craven to blame one person, a person who is not even in the establishment, for the failure of the establishment. This is called scapegoating.

Remember, the establishment blamed one woman (Sarah Palin) for the establishment´s loss in 2008. This tactic, blaming one decent individual for the consequences of sorry behaviour from our party leaders is despicable.

Comparing Ted Cruz to Hitler enablers...badly done, Mr. Sowell.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Blackeagle, 2/18/2014 1:46:12 PM     (No. 9737265)

Seems like Sowell is comparing *Obama* to Hitler and the feuding parts of the current Center-Right-Libertarian America to those who were diddling around while Barry/Hitler dismantled the democratic German state.

This is apt: (Cruz´s supporters) ´´are willing to see the Republican Party weakened in the short run, in hopes that they will be able to take it over in the long run, and set it on a different path as a more purified conservative party´´. Seems like a popular position among posters on this site. George Wallace used to say that there wasn´t ´´a dime´s worth of difference´´ between the two parties. Maybe in the days of Truman and Eisenhower - but todays´ Dems are Teddy Kennedy leftards. They are destructive freaks - and, now controlling the media and educational system, time is on their side.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: jeffkinnh, 2/18/2014 2:18:44 PM     (No. 9737318)

Sorry Dr.

What has failed is the Republican policy of continual appeasement and capitulation to liberal power grabs.

What Cruz does is call out Republican appeasers and forces them to take ownership of their weak policy decisions. If they don´t like that, maybe they should reconsider their policies. Maybe THEY are the self serving ones, holding on to their comfortable power bases year after year without consideration of the damage being done to the country.

When the Bushes and Karl Rove were in charge if they had effectively blocked the liberal easy housing money policies that led to the financial collapse and swung the election for BO, maybe we wouldn´t be in the situation we are in now. Compassionate stupidity was a lousy policy for the country and the people. How many people that got to buy a house for nothing down still actually have it? Not too many I´ll bet.

You can´t put out a house fire with teaspoons of water. You need a high pressure fire hose. Cruz is a fire hose. The Republican establishment are a bunch of teaspoons, weak and ineffective.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: Pluperfect, 2/18/2014 2:26:01 PM     (No. 9737329)

"Cruz is a fire hose"

A fire hose accomplishes something.

Cruz is more comparable to one of those inflated balloons that you let go of so it can buzz around the room until landing limply on the floor. Nothing accomplished but a spectacle.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: mws50, 2/18/2014 5:13:16 PM     (No. 9737515)

Yep, Senator Cruz should have kept his pie hole closed about obamacare. After all, everyone knows that is an excellent government-managed insurance program.

And Cruz should have kept his pie hole closed when the republicans rolled over and played dead on the debt hike, because everyone knows our DC politicians are doing everything they can to help the American people. And Senator Cruz should have sit down and shut up when his betters told him to, because he is real new to governing and does not understand all the ins and outs of the established politicians re-election funds.

Instead, he is the fire hose, putting out every establishment politician´s shush fund campfire.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: MirJoy, 2/18/2014 5:15:52 PM     (No. 9737520)

#30 - Republicrats and Democans want the people to be numb and dumb.

Cruz believes that the people should not be fed propaganda that furthers an elitist agenda.

Today we read that Sebelius is spouting the propaganda that no jobs are being lost because of ObamaCare, though I read a post today, and heard it also as well last week, that any company that complains of job losses being caused by ObamaCare will be visited by the IRS

I think this is called disinformation on her part.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: yorkiemom, 2/18/2014 8:30:35 PM     (No. 9737713)

Sowell is a RINO!/s/ Actually, he probably is to some posters now.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: Sunhan65, 2/19/2014 1:58:25 AM     (No. 9737973)

Even Homer nods.

And the anti-Cruz folks nod in sympathy.

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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

Obama Generation Losing
Interest in Obama

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Wall Street Journal, by James Freeman    Original Article
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

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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