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Mutually Assured Derision
Wall Street Journal, by James Taranto

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Posted By:Desert Fox, 4/25/2014 3:24:27 PM

The U.S. State Department "has embraced the social media to re-shape public diplomacy and transform American diplomacy," observed Donald Bishop, a retired diplomat who now serves as president of the nonprofit Public Diplomacy Council, early last month. Bishop was interviewing Ambassador Laurence Pope, another retired diplomat, and wondered what he made of the department´s efforts. Pope´s reply was disapproving and trenchant: There is nothing wrong with the use of Twitter and Facebook and Zillow [sic] and Youtube and all the rest of it, but diplomacy requires speech on behalf of the state, and social media are individual expressions by definition. This

      


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Mutually Assured Derision
Wall Street Journal, by James Taranto    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/25/2014 3:24:27 PM     Post Reply
The U.S. State Department "has embraced the social media to re-shape public diplomacy and transform American diplomacy," observed Donald Bishop, a retired diplomat who now serves as president of the nonprofit Public Diplomacy Council, early last month. Bishop was interviewing Ambassador Laurence Pope, another retired diplomat, and wondered what he made of the department´s efforts. Pope´s reply was disapproving and trenchant: There is nothing wrong with the use of Twitter and Facebook and Zillow [sic] and Youtube and all the rest of it, but diplomacy requires speech on behalf of the state, and social media are individual expressions by definition. This

   

 

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Liberal Hypocrites Like Marlo Thomas Don´t
Worry About Income Inequality When It
Comes to Their Own Wealth and Success
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/25/2014 3:22:24 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: As you recall at the end of the program yesterday we were in the midst of a discussion about the French socialist wacko economist by the name of Thomas Piketty, and who we have sound bites from today as well. Mr. Piketty´s premise is that there´s too much income inequality and that there´s too much wealth and the wealth is held in the hands of the same people forever and they don´t share it and they don´t pay people enough. All they do is just take and take and take and this leads to the end of democracy. It´s

Hillary Clinton: Today´s media is
more entertainment, less facts
CNN, by Dan Merica    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/25/2014 1:36:33 PM     Post Reply
Storrs, Connecticut - Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lamented the state of journalism on Wednesday, telling an audience at the University of Connecticut that journalism is now driven more by entertainment than fact based reporting. Clinton, who has been the focus of national media attention since the early 1990s, told the 2,300-person audience that "journalism has changed quite a bit in a way that is not good for the country and not good for journalism." "A lot of serious news reporting has become more entertainment driven and more opinion-driven as opposed to factual," she said. "People book onto the shows,

Southern Whites’ Loyalty to G.O.P.
Nearing That of Blacks to Democrats
New York Times, by Nate Cohn    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/25/2014 11:21:33 AM     Post Reply
President Obama’s landslide victory in 2008 was supposed to herald the beginning of a new Democratic era. And yet, six years later, there is not even a clear Democratic majority in the country, let alone one poised for 30 years of dominance. It’s not because Mr. Obama’s so-called new coalition of young and nonwhite voters failed to live up to its potential. They again turned out in record numbers in 2012. The Democratic majority has failed to materialize because the Republicans made large, countervailing and unappreciated gains of their own among white Southerners. From the high plains of West Texas to the

Are you ready for Bush/Paul 2016?
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Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/25/2014 12:54:04 AM     Post Reply
A corollary to yesterday’s post spitballing about what Paul might do if Jeb (or someone else) squashes him in the early primaries. Whatever you think of Rand’s chances at the nomination, says Ramesh Ponnuru, he’s a strong contender for VP. Do the math: Let’s say the Kentucky legislator makes a strong run — winning some states and coming close in others — but doesn’t win the nomination, a scenario that seems more likely than not. He has something going for him in the veepstakes that other Republican also-rans would not: a constituency that might well defect in large numbers from the

Tom Steyer´s Glass House
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Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/24/2014 8:47:43 PM     Post Reply
The psychiatric world defines "projection" as the act of denying unpleasant qualities in yourself, while attributing them to others. Consider liberal billionaire Tom Steyer´s riff this week about the libertarian billionaire Koch brothers. Mr. Steyer took exception in a C-SPAN interview to comparisons between his big-dollar funding of Democrats with the Koch brothers´ big-dollar funding of Republicans. The Kochs´ priorities "line up perfectly with their pocketbooks—and that´s not true for us," said Mr. Steyer, who is fighting against the Keystone XL pipeline. Moreover, he insisted, his politicking is "completely open," whereas the Kochs have "not been huge embracers of transparency." Why is

   

 

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The Decline of Tornado Devastation
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Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/24/2014 8:44:15 PM     Post Reply
So far in 2014, the United States has experienced fewer tornadoes than in any year since record-keeping began in 1953, or even before. Greg Carbin, a meteorologist with the Storm Prediction Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, has called this "likely the slowest start to tornado activity in any year in modern record, and possibly nearly a century." But just because tornado activity has declined doesn´t mean that we can let down our guard, as potentially large impacts are always a threat. Overall, however, the good news for residents of the Midwest´s "Tornado Alley" and elsewhere is that

Senators Denounce Obama for
Threatening ´Entire Constitutional
System´ By ´Nullifying´ Immigration Laws
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/24/2014 8:41:19 PM     Post Reply
On Thursday, 22 Republican senators, including even Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), denounced President Barack Obama in a scathing letter for threatening America´s "entire constitutional system" with his immigration "enforcement review" that threatens to "nullify" the nation´s immigration laws. "Your actions demonstrate an astonishing disregard for the Constitution, the rule of law, and the rights of American citizens and legal residents," the senators wrote in a letter to Obama. "Our entire constitutional system is threatened when the Executive Branch suspends the law at its whim and our nation’s

Obama administration may unveil
new deportation policy in two stages
Reuters, by Edwards and Richard Cowan    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/24/2014 8:38:42 PM     Post Reply
The White House is considering small steps in the near term to ease the threat of deportation for some undocumented immigrants, but advocates in communication with the administration expect President Barack Obama to make bigger changes later in the year. With legislation to reform U.S. immigration policy stalled in Congress, Obama has come under increasing pressure from the immigrant community to take executive action to curb the rate of deportation that has reached a record level under his presidency. In the coming weeks, an Obama-ordered review of deportation enforcement at the Department of Homeland Security is expected to conclude that certain steps

Boehner mocks GOP colleagues
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Cincinnati Enquirer, by Sheila McLaughlin    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/24/2014 8:28:54 PM     Post Reply
MADISON TOWNSHIP House Speaker John Boehner theatrically mocked his fellow Republican Congressmen for being afraid to reform immigration policy when he spoke Thursday before the Middletown Rotary Club in his home district. "Here´s the attitude. Ohhhh. Don´t make me do this. Ohhhh. This is too hard," Boehner whined before a luncheon crowd at Brown´s Run County Club in Madison Township. "We get elected to make choices. We get elected to solve problems and it´s remarkable to me how many of my colleagues just don´t want to ... They´ll take the path of least resistance." Boehner said he´s been working for 16 or 17

Ted Cruz: GOP Will
Win the Senate
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Charlie Spiering    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/24/2014 6:45:00 PM     Post Reply
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) believes if the midterms elections were held today, Republicans would win control of the Senate. “I believe right now that we are on a path to do that, I think we’re going to win control of the Senate and we’re going to retire Harry Reid as Majority Leader,” Cruz said during an interview with Oklahoma radio host Pat Campbell, ahead of a planned rally in support of Republican Senate Candidate T.W. Shannon. Cruz reminded conservatives that they should be focused on winning control of the Senate. “I think if the election happens right now we would take control of

   

 



 
Blue states try
raiding Electoral College
Washington Times, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/24/2014 6:40:43 PM     Post Reply
The fondest dream of the modern Democrat is to neutralize the votes of the yokels in Peoria and put important decisions in the hands of sophisticates in places like San Francisco and Manhattan. The modern Democrats took a step closer to realizing their ambition last week when New York joined nine other liberal states with laws to undermine the Electoral College. Blue states have been rushing to sign up for the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. So far, the list includes — in addition to New York — California, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington and



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