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In a Hole, Golf Considers
Digging a Wider One

New York Times, by Bill Pennington

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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

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: question_complexity, 4/19/2014 11:00:15 AM     (No. 9816831)

Nobody wants to risk bumping into Obama on the golf course.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: bamapreacher, 4/19/2014 11:03:09 AM     (No. 9816839)

Golf is a very time consuming game so I imagine a lot of business people who used to play during the week now find they can´t fit it into their schedules. Meanwhile I know many people here in rural Alabama who golf regularly, but I doubt the NY Slimes bothered to check the statistics of middle class proles.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: dirtyjersey, 4/19/2014 11:16:40 AM     (No. 9816856)

#2 hit it on the head. No one can afford to take half a day to play a game. I also think the game has become too expensive, with greens fees, super-engineered clubs, etc.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Trappedinmn, 4/19/2014 11:19:52 AM     (No. 9816864)

Here´s a really silly idea- how about reducing the cost? Many people do not golf because in addition to the time commitment, it is very expensive for many people. I know I would go more if it cost less. Plus, if it cost less, it would reduce the deficit caused by excessive golfing by you know who.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: JHHolliday, 4/19/2014 11:23:36 AM     (No. 9816872)

Like anything else golf enjoyed a boom period. New courses being built every week, new vacation homes on courses, etc. Then comes the inevitable bust. Golf is simply reverting back to its old participation. Tennis did the same thing 30-40 years ago.

Golf is a great game and will always have plenty of players just not as many as the developers would like.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Thos Weatherby, 4/19/2014 11:27:05 AM     (No. 9816874)

I think it´s cost orientated. In the 60´s I could play a round for 50 cents. Now it´s $50.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: jhpeters2, 4/19/2014 11:27:55 AM     (No. 9816876)

Golf is too expensive. The obstacles to participating are increasing under Obama. Fewer jobs, less earning potential and higher fees (taxes and regulations). I also agree that golf may go the way of Raquetball of the 80´s. If you go to health clubs or gyms how many raquetball courts do you see now?

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Reply 8 - Posted by: antiquegolf, 4/19/2014 11:29:51 AM     (No. 9816880)

Golf is and never has been an instant gratification sport. It requires discipline, patience and practice. You have to put a lot of effort into golf before you get much out of it. As for the pace of play, "teeing it forward" is a must for aging golfers. Older players have an obligation to accept that a 165 yard top drive is not competitive on a 6000 yard course, let alone a longer one. Other slow play factors include poor etiquette, players who just don´t pay attention, and new players with an obsession to hole out. Ball in pocket in the interrest of fast play is good manners.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: supersid, 4/19/2014 11:31:32 AM     (No. 9816882)

A lot of golfers who took up golf in the Tiger Woods era will probably fall off as he gets less dominant. [Masters this year had the lowest viewership since 1990s.]

Most of the measures suggested in this article are stupid, they turn golf into something else entirely.

Main problems, for a hacker like me: too tough, too costly, too time-consuming.

1. Too tough: counter by reducing water and bunkers. Give option of using special beginners tees for those of us that drive 180-200 yards, 230 tops.
2. Too costly: Hard to justify spending $60-80 for a day at the golf course. Not sure what can be done about this.
3. Time: make sure Marshals enforce times and warn the slow players.

But changing the size of the hole or the ball, or allowing to kick or throw, is nonsense. It has to remain ´Golf´.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: woofwoofwoof, 4/19/2014 11:46:35 AM     (No. 9816895)

I played as a kid, but not since. Never liked courses where you lose a lot of balls - except as a kid I´d dive into the bushes and come home with more than I arrived with!

Games is also better played with fewer clubs, maybe one wood, two irons, and a putter. Might be fun to have one or two holes with big, fat holes, tempt you to run the ball across the target. Or add a few windmills and such ...

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Reply 11 - Posted by: god of irony, 4/19/2014 11:48:35 AM     (No. 9816897)

Lower fees, friendlier greens, wider fairways

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Grambo, 4/19/2014 11:59:59 AM     (No. 9816911)

Unfortunately, a course that challenges an expert is impossible for a beginner, so the newbies find the game just too difficult to be worth taken up.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: AGGW, 4/19/2014 12:13:50 PM     (No. 9816932)

Sounds a lot like the dumb it down method they use in schools and politics.

It´s worked for all these years.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Hazymac, 4/19/2014 12:15:16 PM     (No. 9816934)

I can´t quibble with what my fellow LDotters have written above. In this Obama economy fulltime work has become part time, even as food, insurance, medicine, energy, and pracically everything else, spurred upward by regulation, higher taxation and congresscritters who want to subsidize everything, get more expensive daily. Those who are financially stressed cannot afford many things they used to enjoy, and golf is one of those things.

Two miles to my east is Innisbrook Resort, a magnificent facility that hosts a PGA Tour event during the Tour´s Florida swing in March. At their two top-rated courses, Copperhead and Island, green fees were $180 per round a decade ago. God know what they are now.

The middle class is slowly disappearing, as planned by pols like Obama, who want a solid majority dependent on Uncle Sugar (which is why they´re doing their level best to legalize and register to vote tens of millions of border crashers and visa flouters with no education or marketable skills). As the middle class flags, so does participation in golf, which requires commitments of both time and money.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Me_Opinionated_Nah, 4/19/2014 12:28:42 PM     (No. 9816953)

Golf’s popularity grew noticeably when President Eisenhower was in office. Without naming names (nudge nudge wink wink), I’ll confidently leave it up to you, Fellow Hacker, to draw the same conclusion I’ve drawn.


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Reply 16 - Posted by: earlybird, 4/19/2014 12:31:13 PM     (No. 9816954)

What is the point of radically changing a long-existing sport to try to "attract more players".

If you want to play tennis, you play on a standard court. The net isn´t always at the same height as the Wimbledon net, but the game is essentially the same. If you can´t get it, you quit and move on to something else.

Seniors play doubles. And they play smart. Makes up for not being able to race around to get a ball.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: leesum, 4/19/2014 12:32:40 PM     (No. 9816956)

I did not take up golf because of the cost and the time I would be away from my family. My job took me away from them enough so why spend more time away from them?


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Reply 18 - Posted by: Hazymac, 4/19/2014 12:35:15 PM     (No. 9816958)

One other point: Extremely difficult courses are not fair, or even fun, for average or below average players.

(Years ago, my father, whose handicap was then about 10, played Nicklaus´s Muirfield Village northwest of Columbus, Ohio, and didn´t enjoy it one bit, even from the members´ tees. Wayward shots were rewarded with double and triple bogeys. Of course, Nicklaus´s course was built for his Memorial tournament, so it´s probably not the best example i could use.)

Too many investors who build courses want to advertize that their facilities are "championship" level. These courses can be brutally long--at least from the tips of the tees--and filled with punitive hazards, knee deep rough, and infuriating collection areas around greens. Simpler member courses (as Arnold Palmer calls them) that are perhaps not as impressive looking, but are easier to play and and cheaper to maintain than the Pete Dye-Tom Fazio-Nicklaus horrorshows that challenge scratch amateurs and professionals are what should be built in most communities. If you´re a golfer whose average score is 100--that´s the median for the golfing population at large--you don´t want to go to a place where you lose a dozen balls and shoot 130. Golf is supposed to be fun.

Never mind me. I love hard courses because they challenge my skills. But I´m one in ten thousand, and I have enough wisdom to know it. What´s good for the sport I will support wholeheartedly. And what´s good is for golf course architects to ease up on duffers. They provide the traffic that keeps courses in business.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 4/19/2014 12:36:28 PM     (No. 9816960)

We are fortunate to have a number of public courses nearby. 18 hole couses in multiples, and numerous 9-hole 3-pars for those who don´t want to work so hard or whose time is limited.

The rates are not killers.

Maintaining a golf course is expensive and it is a single-purpose facility.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: planetgeo, 4/19/2014 12:38:17 PM     (No. 9816964)

Here´s my Top 10 Ways to Make Improve Golf:

10. Make it free for conservatives and double the price for liberals (I call this the Sports Reparations Act).

9. Require anyone arriving with plaid pants to leave.

8. Have a windmill hole on the last green (or a volcano hole) to give players who are way behind a fighting chance at the end.

7. Allow "Australian rules full contact golf" on the back nine so you can tackle your opponents any time prior to reaching the greens.

6. Provide golf carts driven by Swedish Bikini Team members.

5. Give away a box of your favorite ammo if you beat Obama´s best ever score.

4. Give away two boxes of your favorite ammo if you get a worse score than Obama´s worst ever score.

3. Allow one mid-course correction tap on putts.

2. Build some Par 1 holes.

And the top recommendation...

1. Require any player who breaks par on a hole to down a shot of Bourbon on every such hole.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Newtsche, 4/19/2014 12:46:47 PM     (No. 9816976)

#9 says "A lot of golfers who took up golf in the Tiger Woods era will probably fall off as he gets less dominant."

Kind of agree. Woods has been credited for bringing so much expansion and money to the game, the downside has been prohibitively expensive equipment, too many courses being built and getting people on the courses who were in over their heads.

I´m reminded of a worse case scenario a few years back on a crowded Saturday at the public Grand Marais golf course in East St. Louis. Directly in front of me for 18 holes was an all too familiar thug looking young guy with all the sartorial bells, whistles and attitude. He played alone with his wife(?) and kid in tow. He had no clue what he was doing and swung so hard he fell over spectacularly at least once a hole.

Few have tried and golfed worse than him but I´m sure he´s no alone in being lured into the wrong sporting choice. For all the reasons mentioned in previous posts, golf´s eyes were bigger than its stomach.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Emerson, 4/19/2014 12:58:53 PM     (No. 9816990)

Does anyone not playing golf now really want to play a dumbed down amusement park version just so they can say they are "playing golf"? I really don´t think this will be the answer.

Hazy´s remarks about the difficulty of the existing courses makes more sense. At our country club, younger members got on the board and decided they wanted a "championship" course. So the water hazards proliferated and the rough grew coarser and taller. And the older (not ancient) golfers who had supported this club drifted away to public courses, taking their money with them.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: trapper, 4/19/2014 1:01:13 PM     (No. 9816993)

“We’ve got to stop scaring people away from golf by telling them that there is only one way to play the game and it includes these specific guidelines,”

Sounds like the Republican elite. Take a perfectly good conservative political party, turn it into a money machine for a select few, and then when people wander away in disgust, try to drastically transform it into something completely different in order to lure people who couldn’t care less and never belonged there in the first place to your newly created monster just to keep your cash cow alive.

Golf. I’ll tell you what’s wrong with golf. Every little muni and blue-collar course in the country got taken over by some manager who thought it was a brilliant idea to turn it into a “resort” course. So now the suburbs and countryside are filled with public courses with $200 green fees, 200 yard carries over water, island greens, no rough but impenetrable briar patches hard up against the edges of the fairways, mandatory carts and NO walking, drivers the size of water mellons with sweet spots the size of oranges, million dollar landscaping you are prohibited from entering to recover an errant shot, and last, but by no means least, parking lots filled with Lexuses.

But there is hope. Tucked away and forgotten are a few courses, the little gems, that haven’t been messed with. Greens the same as they were in 1925. I know some of them, and I play them. But I won’t tell you where they are. They have become like favorite fishing spots. Honey holes of real golf.


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Reply 24 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 4/19/2014 1:03:09 PM     (No. 9816995)

On the golf course boom, it should be remembered that many of these were built by real estate developers as magnet amenities for their housing projects. Some very high end; others with more moderate housing. But all clubs to be supported. They did not come free. And run by operators as third party entities, there had to be an extra layer of profit in there for those entities (as opposed to member owned and operated clubs).

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Time4AR2, 4/19/2014 1:04:04 PM     (No. 9816996)

On golf I agree with bill cosby:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzjYGhcaz5A

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Reply 26 - Posted by: catfur27, 4/19/2014 1:11:03 PM     (No. 9817007)

This is the second article I´ve seen this week discussing the fast-fading interest in golf. (...yeah sure...next they´ll be claiming that fast-pitch softball, racquet ball , jarts , and chess are fading too)

Since this one is in the NY times naturally, most of the article revolves around their usual solution to everything...dumbing down the game.

And I´m guessing in the near future there will be more articles here suggesting that Government take over golf...to make it more fair...and accessible to more people...even illegal aliens who are now living in the shadows of the bunkers they maintain. At least , for once, Czar Zippy has some background in an area he will be messing up beyond all recognition.



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Reply 27 - Posted by: old north state, 4/19/2014 1:17:15 PM     (No. 9817013)

I think the biggest problem is slow play; boring and leads to five hour rounds. I would suggest that for casual golf course rules be changed to allow only Par+2 shots per hole. After that you pick up and proceed to the next tee. To compensate, you get to place your ball once each hole without penalty. You want to improve your overall game? Go to a driving range and practice.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: bogeegolf, 4/19/2014 1:21:00 PM     (No. 9817016)

I´m hoping there is golf in heaven since I don´t really have much time or money to play now and retirement will probably never be an option. Also the courses here still have two feet of snow on them.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: antiquegolf, 4/19/2014 2:26:43 PM     (No. 9817068)

It is possible to build courses that are a fun challenge for all levels of golfers, which is the essence of the Alister Mackenzie concept of golf course design. MacKenzie and Bob Jones exercised that approach at Augusta, which has wide fairways, little rough, and from the member tees, provides an 18 handicap player with a reasonable chance to make a bogey on every hole. Yet, as Masters viewers know, elite players can attack the course as agressively as they dare, but pay a price, sometimes a severe one, for an imprecise shot.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: preciosodrogas, 4/19/2014 2:45:52 PM     (No. 9817079)

How about requiring people play to par ... and no more? After that bag it to the next hole. Set up practice courses aside from game course to work on your game.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: shamrock, 4/19/2014 5:58:08 PM     (No. 9817215)

Wow, I don´t know where the rest of you folks live but here in Idaho we have terrific courses that aren´t crowded and don´t break the bank. Of the 10 courses we play, the most expensive is $50 for two with a cart. I guess we are all about the same speed because we´ve only had to let a few of the racehorse young guys pass. Of course we never play Sun Valley, known as the snob courses, and loaded with rude, rich, libtards.

I love golf just as it is, where else can you get 4 hours of fun and fresh air for $40?

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Reply 32 - Posted by: BruisedOrange, 4/19/2014 8:56:03 PM     (No. 9817356)

If you´re reading this and didn´t read the article... then you´re evidently like most of the people who posted here. L´dotters, we´re getting lazy.

The article is about young, new golfers. It´s about golf losing this generation of videogame-wired brains who expect to play whatever they want, whenever they want, wherever they want. I understand why they think this wonderful game is too slow, too rule bound, location-restricted, and balk that it requires actual social etiquette--not social media etiquette.

My desire to shout all the wonderful things about golf (a game you can play for life, that develops character, demands honesty, and requires self-control of emotions as well as small & large muscle groups) is tempered by the reminder that it was my generation that rejected baseball as the national pastime... preferring the faster, more constant action of football.

More thought should be given to saving this generation´s brain capabilities. But I think these golf changes are more focused on saving golf course property investments than saving the game of golf.

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Rebel Pundit interviewed the community this week about Barack Obama’s open border policies and his spending on the illegal immigrant community. Let’s just say – they are NOT HAPPY. One local resident even says, “Barack Obama will go down as the worst president ever elected.” The Chicago resident below says: “With the president setting aside all these funds for immigrants and forsaken African-American community and African-American families, I think that’s a disgrace. And Barack is from the heart of 55th in the City of Chicago… He will probably go down as the worst president ever elected. Bill Clinton was the African-American president.“

American Way: Sarah Palin is doing
more harm than good to Republican Party

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Telegraph [UK], by Matt K. Lewis    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/13/2014 8:56:27 AM     Post Reply
Sarah Palin wants to impeach Barack Obama. In an op-ed article published last week, the former Republican vice presidential nominee declared that the crisis on the southern border (where young illegal immigrants are being detained) "is the last straw that makes the battered wife say, ´No, mas´." The Republican Speaker of the House, John Boehner, thinks that´s loco. (Technically, he said, "I disagree".) For Republicans hoping to avoid the kind of drama that might derail what looks to be a very good midterm election year, this kind of call is both a nuisance and a trend. In a world where there are no

Sarah Palin´s impeachment nonsense
could keep Democrats in power

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Washington Examiner [DC], by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 7/12/2014 5:02:52 AM     Post Reply
“Without borders, there is no nation,” former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin wrote in a Breitbart op-ed this week. “Obama knows this. Opening our borders to a flood of illegal immigrants is deliberate. This is his fundamental transformation of America ... President Obama´s rewarding of lawlessness, including his own, is the foundational problem here ... It´s time to impeach; and on behalf of American workers and legal immigrants of all backgrounds, we should vehemently oppose any politician on the Left or Right who would hesitate in voting for articles of impeachment.” That this desperate cry for attention (dangling participle and all)

Honduran President Vows To Keep Dumping
Illegal Alien Children On U.S. Border Until
His Friend President Obama Says To Stop….

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Conservative Treehouse, by Sundance    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 7/13/2014 6:57:40 AM     Post Reply
Things are beginning to add up now. In May 2013 President Obama attended a gathering of leaders from the Central American Integration System, (CAIS). [The leaders of Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama] It wasn’t the first conversation.. This Reuters article from last month explains the ideology ? GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) [...] Senator Robert Menendez and Democratic Representative Luis Gutierrez said U.S. lawmakers in the Congressional Hispanic Caucus on Wednesday held a “very testy meeting” with diplomats from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico. “I proposed to the Vice President the possibility of considering temporary work programs, which

‘I,’ ‘Me,’ ‘My’—Obama Uses First
Person Singular 199 Times in Speech
Vowing Unilateral Action

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Cybercast News Service, by Terence P. Jeffrey    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/11/2014 10:45:06 PM     Post Reply
Not counting instances when he quoted a letter from a citizen or cited dialogue from a movie, President Barack Obama used the first person singular--including the pronouns "I" and "me" and the adjective "my"--199 times in a speech he delivered Thursday vowing to use unilateral executive action to achieve his policy goals that Congress would not enact through the normal, constitutional legislative process. “It is lonely, me just doing stuff,” Obama said at the speech in Austin, Texas, according to the official transcript and video posted on the White House website. “I’m just telling the truth now,” Obama told the

What it’s like when Michelle
Obama shows up to the restaurant
where you’re dining

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Washington Post, by Tom Sietsema    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/12/2014 9:15:16 AM     Post Reply
It’s true what they say about Michelle Obama. She has amazing arms. I saw this up close when she unfurled her bare right limb in front of me Thursday night, while the two of us were doing tapas at the jumping Barcelona on 14th Street NW. Clearly the first lady works out, clearly she moisturizes and clearly L’Oréal should hire her as its pitchwoman after she leaves 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. “Ma’am, you rock,” I wanted to tell her, even though I was seated a table away from her party of eight, which included White House chef Sam Kass, and was

Obama Says GOP Lawsuit
Will Cost Tax Dollars

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ABC News, by Chris Good    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/12/2014 7:11:35 PM     Post Reply
In his weekly radio/YouTube address, President Obama derided House Republicans’ planned lawsuit against him, warning that GOP lawmakers will spend taxpayer dollars on a frivolous legal challenge. “It’s a political stunt that’s going to waste months of America’s time. And by the way, they’re going to pay for it using your hard-earned tax dollars,” Obama said. (Video) House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, has orchestrated the beginnings of a lawsuit against the president over his use of executive authority. As the White House and the GOP-controlled House have failed to compromise on a slew of issues during Obama’s tenure, the president has

Forget the IRS Scandal – Holder DOJ
to Investigate Obama Outhouse Float

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Gateway Pundit, by Jim Hoft    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/12/2014 1:00:41 PM     Post Reply
Angry Democrats in Nebraska said the Obama Outhouse float in the 4th of July parade may have been racist. So now Eric Holder is looking into it. Omaha.com reported: The U.S. Department of Justice has joined the discussions over a controversial float in the Norfolk Independence Day parade. The department sent a member of its Community Relations Service team, which gets involved in discrimination disputes, to a Thursday meeting about the issue. Also at the meeting were the NAACP, the Norfolk mayor and The Independent Order of Odd Fellows. The Odd Fellows organized the parade. One of the floats included a zombie-like mannequin standing near

Spokesman: Obama ´absolutely´
the most transparent president

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The Hill (Washington, D.C.), by Justin Sink    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/13/2014 2:56:52 PM     Post Reply
President Obama is “absolutely” the most transparent president in history, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Sunday after the White House received a letter from signed by a dozen top journalists’ groups complaining about the administration’s policies toward the media. “There are a number of steps that we´ve taken to give people greater insight into what´s happening at the White House,” Earnest said in an interview with CNN’s “Reliable Sources.” The letter, signed by the Society of Professional Journalists and the Poynter Institute, among others, accuses the White House of "politically driven suppression of news and information about federal agencies." It

Gutierrez Slams ´Shameful´ GOP
For Creating Fear Of Children

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Breitbart TV, by Pam Key    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/13/2014 7:18:00 AM     Post Reply
Friday on "Democracy Now," Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL) attacked his "shameful" Republican colleagues for wanting to change the 2008 child trafficking law so that the children from from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador current streaming across the border in hopes of evading deportation will be treated the same as those from Mexico before approving the $3.7 billion in emergency funding the president has requested. The Illinois Democrat said, "I think it is shameful that in the Congress of the U.S. we see members of Congress engendering and creating fear of children. We should be protecting children, not creating fear of them." Yesterday,

Obama the Bear is Loose
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American Thinker, by Peter Wilson    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/12/2014 9:45:06 AM     Post Reply
As NBC reports, “´The Bear is Loose´: Obama Strolls to Starbucks in D.C.” Hear him roar! Elsewhere we read: CNN: “Obama, the ‘Bear,’ is loose and trying to reconnect with voters” ABC: “Obama ‘The Bear’ Lets Loose in Denver” Huffington Post: ´The Bear Is Loose!´ Obama Goes Out And About” Washington Post: “The bear is loose’: Obama escapes from the White House” Whitehouse.gov explicates: Going all the way back to the early days of the campaign, whenever President Obama shook off his schedule and busted out of the bubble, we would say "The Bear is loose." Lately, the Bear has

Immigrant children bringing out
the worst in some Americans

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Fort Worth Star-Telegram, by Bob Ray Sanders    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/13/2014 6:35:35 AM     Post Reply
The “ugly American” has gotten a lot uglier over the past few weeks, from the streets of California to the halls of Congress and state houses around the country. A growing number of our fellow Americans have taken on grotesque features, in looks and sounds, in reaction to the thousands of children from Central America who have crossed our borders as they flee poverty and violence in hope for something better. Sadly, the arrival of these youngsters has been greeted by flag-waving, sign-carrying, Bible-thumping and Constitution-quoting citizens demanding that they not be received here and that they be returned immediately to their


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