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They Had a Dream
Weekly Standard, by Noemie Emery

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Posted By:trapper, 5/24/2014 5:57:23 PM

They had a dream. For almost a hundred years now, the famed academic-artistic-and-punditry industrial complex has dreamed of a government run by their kind of people (i.e., nature’s noblemen), whose intelligence, wit, and refined sensibilities would bring us a heaven on earth. Their keen intellects would cut through the clutter as mere mortals’ couldn’t. They would lift up the wretched, oppressed by cruel forces. Above all, they would counter the greed of the merchants, the limited views of the business community, and the ignorance of the conformist and dim middle class.

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Coupled with the article in the weekend Wall Street Journal about the campaign in the EU to, well, end the EU, and it begins to smell like spring is in the air.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Pros7767, 5/24/2014 6:03:40 PM     (No. 9860722)

Absolutely a Must Read.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Lawsy0, 5/24/2014 6:17:41 PM     (No. 9860730)

Honestly, teacher, I read as far as the photograph of Barack Obama and then I got the dry heaves. I had to relieve the pain so I closed the article.

I really don´t mind being beneath the contempt of people like Arthur Schlesinger. He isn´t bothered by the fact that he is so far beneath my own.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Scottyboy, 5/24/2014 6:19:02 PM     (No. 9860733)

Yes, a must read for the human debris that dumped this garbage on us. But unfortunately, the lefties that foisted this dreck on us, will never will have a clue.
For engaged and informed Americans (i.e. the well read garden variety conservative who has been screaming bloody murder since LBJ and before).
This is just another "we told ya so" .


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Reply 4 - Posted by: Lalo, 5/24/2014 6:33:05 PM     (No. 9860739)

This lady´s very good with a hammer and a nail.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Udanja99, 5/24/2014 7:25:11 PM     (No. 9860764)

I don´t think they´re done by a long shot. Naomi is a bit too optimistic. They will steal, cheat and kill to keep what they´ve started.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: MDMuskrat, 5/24/2014 7:28:56 PM     (No. 9860766)

Wow! Thanx, OP, for a very good - and very long article, and for your optimistic comment.

I´m sure I looked like a bobble-head as I read it, mumbling "Yes!" every now and then. I saw similarities in Narendra Modi (India), Nigel Farange (UKIP), and our own Senator Cruz in appealing directly to the grassroots, common people while giving the elites heartburn (and worse).

And, in the latter part of the piece, when she launched into a thorough critique of the ills and failings of Obamacare, I could add only one further failing, albeit a major one.

By design, there was nothing in Obamacare about TORT REFORM!

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Reply 7 - Posted by: mulhaven, 5/24/2014 8:03:33 PM     (No. 9860789)

The intellectual nitwits have shown their true value to the real world. Dissatisfied with their ivory towers, which bring very little power, they ventured full boar into the political world. Although they can speak an endless stream of inanities, virtually everything they have to say is unthinking nonsense. They are talkers and not thinkers. Stringing pretentious words together is not thinking, but superficial behavior. Their conglomerated words, a phrase from here and a line from there, is what a defective intellect does in trying to mask overwhelming ignorance. It takes a lot of genuine effort, honesty and dedication to become a thoughtful person. On the other hand, learning an ideology is the refuge of the mentally lazy, dishonest and cynical.

Obama is a not-to-bright, self-indulgent and pretentious product of academia and the silly statists who molded his pathetic life.

The world and its people are a wondrous thing and we should have nothing but contempt for these intellectual nitwits who disparage the vast number of people who are the real source of mankind’s wonders.


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Reply 8 - Posted by: dman, 5/24/2014 8:06:54 PM     (No. 9860794)

Must read indeed, #1. A scathing piece.

But why stop at Obamacare? Immigration "reform" and draconian measures to address "climate change" (formerly AGW) - despite opposition from the "soiled" masses - loom on the horizon. The elites have barely lost a step.

Government of the middle class, by the "effetes", and for the privileged and their underclass slaves, has descended upon us. There is a remedy for such abuse, as demonstrated in the 18th and early 19th Centuries. Perhaps history must repeat itself should the safeguards provided by the Framers fail.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: annie xango, 5/24/2014 9:53:15 PM     (No. 9860866)

Powerful. I am forwarding this to all the libs I know..and listen for the sound of heads blowing off....a total MUST READ!!!

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Reply 10 - Posted by: belwhatter, 5/25/2014 3:55:45 AM     (No. 9860987)

Excellent read. FTA "The damaged economy was the critical issue but the creation of jobs took a back seat to boutique left wing causes." This phrase is the perfect summation of the pseudo uber-intelligent incumbent´s policy making.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: uno, 5/25/2014 7:25:45 AM     (No. 9861054)

They Had a Dream, We Got a Nightmare!

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Reply 12 - Posted by: M2, 5/25/2014 7:28:55 AM     (No. 9861056)

Very good!

But that doesn’t mean that we cannot draw some conclusions about them and their class and their kind. One is that they were perhaps not as good as they thought they were, and perhaps deserved to be not that much listened to. Another is that the people who shine in the faculty lounge ought to stay in it, that novelists have not been good judges of political horseflesh, and that if you really believe you belong to an aristocracy of the intellect, you most likely do not. The intellectual salons include a whole lot of windbags,...

Would that the rank and file low information voter knew what their would-be benefactors thought of them. The effort to dumb down the schools, long in its planning and execution, has turned out at least one generation, probably two, of know-nothings whose fuel is all emotion and no thinking. It has worked to get people like Obama elected.

What puzzles me still is that current-day liberals really, really do think they know better than everyone else. Down with faculty-lounge fantasizing. Why are there no educational standards for candidates? Shouldn´t they at least be taught Econ 101?

Noemie´s article is a keeper and I hope it goes viral.



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Reply 13 - Posted by: real fifi, 5/25/2014 7:54:49 AM     (No. 9861070)

No one writes better than Noemie and this is , in my opinion, her very best.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: knarfski, 5/25/2014 8:07:34 AM     (No. 9861079)

Bravo Noemie. Bravo #7.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: 901AtTheRiver, 5/25/2014 8:10:30 AM     (No. 9861083)

FTA "This can stand as the last word for the great aspiration, and the people who held it. They wanted their chance, and they got it. They had it. They blew it. They’re done." Amen

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Reply 16 - Posted by: EnsignOToole, 5/25/2014 8:11:03 AM     (No. 9861084)

...people who shine in the faculty lounge ought to stay in it, What more can be said - that would include B.H. Obama.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Freeloader, 5/25/2014 8:16:38 AM     (No. 9861089)

FTA: "Today, Obamacare is a technical mess and a public relations disaster, a bomb that has been radioactive to all who come near it. Thus far, it has terminated the careers of almost 70 Democrats..."

"There is no gloom or deep darkness where evildoers may hid themselves."
-Job 34:22

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Ramona, 5/25/2014 8:17:42 AM     (No. 9861090)

Wow. Noemie had me nearly believing that the middle class will rise again. Then I remembered that the Establishment Elites of the GOP/RNC think that we can "fix" the ACA.
Ramona (the Pest)

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Freeloader, 5/25/2014 8:48:10 AM     (No. 9861114)

Re #17: Should read---"Thus far, it has terminated the careers of almost 70 national Democrats..."

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Reply 20 - Posted by: nightvision, 5/25/2014 8:53:34 AM     (No. 9861121)

"This system (Obamascare) requires coordination of over 288 policy options .??.??. each with three or more levels of coverage, while simultaneously calculating beneficiary income, tax credibility, subsidy levels, deductibles, not to mention protecting applicant privacy, insuring web security and managing a host of other data points,” the New York Times’s Thomas B. Edsall informed us, adding that all this had to be coordinated with numerous state and federal departments and public and private bureaus and agencies that were not well equipped to assist in these ventures."

What could POSSIBLY go wrong?
And yet, they didn´t see it coming.

Brilliant article! Bookmarked and forwarded.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: MeiDei, 5/25/2014 9:06:14 AM     (No. 9861129)

An understanding of human nature & economics is sorely missing in the ACA. For one: putting a tax on medical devices is supposed to generate new funds....how? Raising the cost of medical devices results in greater cost to hospitals, one of the biggest users of high ticket items i.e., hospital beds, wheelchairs, X-Ray, MRI, Cat Scans, prosthetics for the returning wounded & thereby raises the cost of private insurance, Medicare/Medicaid, etc., while at the same time the ACA reduces $500 million from Medicare with more boomers & injured veterans impacting the system & we´re supposed to believe that private insurance will drop. What genius thought that would work?

For another: why didn´t they KISS (Keep It Simple, Stupid) the problem by having something for only those who did not, or could not, get insurance? One-size-fits-all rarely works in the real world.....try it with shoes, clothing, cars.


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Reply 22 - Posted by: planetgeo, 5/25/2014 9:33:51 AM     (No. 9861162)

A few observations about the "faculty lounge" mentality that is in fact the source of much of Obama´s programs, including their centerpiece, Obamacare.

Observation number 1: If PhDs are so smart, how come universities are so inefficient, wasteful, and undemocratic? Organizational efficiency? Please...they spawn committees spontaneously for the most trivial matters. Sustainability? More forests have been destroyed by paper-churning universities than by all the industries on the planet. Fairness, democracy? Sure, if you think, talk, and act like an uber-liberal.

Observation number 2: No matter how bad the results of their pipe dream Obamacare turn out to be, they will never admit it´s a disaster because they themselves will not have to deal with it. They have their own separate platinum-care health plans.

And therein lies the answer for how to kill Obamacare...force all public employees (professors, politicians, bureaucrats, police, firemen, etc.), ALL of them to have to use it instead of their own special plans.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Eheu Fugaces, 5/25/2014 10:32:12 AM     (No. 9861225)

She touches on something that should be pointed out more -- the ability to ace multiple guess tests, and to write theses on "Oppression of Women in the American Comic Book - 1938 to 1978", and run one´s mouth does not indicate the ability to run so much as a lemonade stand.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Adam, 5/25/2014 10:55:07 AM     (No. 9861260)

Perfect. Love it. I grew up around the people described in the article. Arrogance personified and inept.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Arby, 5/25/2014 11:16:08 AM     (No. 9861291)

The greatest fear of academics (and others within this bubble) is that they will be spurned by their peers. They are risk-averse, bien-pensant conformists who believe that mouthing a common ideology will confirm their intelligence. Reagan probably said it best--they believe things that simply aren´t true. Their default position is emotion, not reason. Many are misfits who want to be loved by someone, anyone.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: peterfleming, 5/25/2014 11:22:36 AM     (No. 9861297)

Noemie is an avoids, a clever one, where a truth appears, hidden in the paragraphs, she doesn´t make it easy to understand her fancily worded pitch.
Fascism, as in Mussolini´s Italian dictatorship, is the conniving of big corporate business with government. The Germans caught on and Hitler did the same thing, created fascism (no, fascism is not Jew hating), the merging of Krupp giants with the government, creating privileged laws. F Roosevelt admired the structures of Hitler and Mussolini, and created that same merging of government and corporate power in the USA. We are lobbied fascists.

Marxists also came to America in the 1900´s and called themselves Fabian socialists, and in 1920, STOLE the good word "liberal" so they could carry on their communist schemes, undetected. It worked. Idiots today, still call communists, like Schumer, Obama, Feinstein, Waxman, Reid, Puglosi, still call them "liberal". A great disguise !
Good people like Ann Coulter and Rush and Hannity, CONTINUE to use that cover up, false ID word.
They´re all AFRAID to call these criminals, communists!

Bureaucracy doesn´t work. It kills marketplace CHOiCE, and can NEVER work. Simple. Unavoidable truth.
The VA tragedy: the first opportunity of its kind in history!
It´s crimes are now bringing us a virtual ARMY of whistleblowers, vets and family members who have suffered through the abuses of government bureaucracy.
This truth can no longer be stopped by Diane Sawyer, the NYTimes, Steve Pelley, ANY of the powerful propagandists.

The truth is out in grand crashing scale. This whistleblower story will bring about the end of the VA, the end of punishment of all wounded vets, and the death of Obamadeath, the future punishment of ALL American citizens. Obamadeath monopoly is the communist copy of corrupt medicine gone bureaucratically insane.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Aria, 5/25/2014 11:51:07 AM     (No. 9861316)


I remember reading that Obama saying to his prep school basketball coach that he wasn´t as good as he had thought. Too bad he and his ilk haven´t figured out this applies to so many things when you actually have to put something into practice and not just theory.

Those who can´t do - teach. We all know who they are - it´s just that they can´t admit who they are or it would destroy their whole charade about themselves.

I take Sarah Palin any day over these arrogant know it all do nothings. She knows how to actually survive - probably one of the reasons they hate her so much.


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Reply 28 - Posted by: Carolina Kat, 5/25/2014 12:40:29 PM     (No. 9861390)

If Progs could compete in the world of ideas they would not be compelled to purge opposing thinkers, creating an echo-chamber they are intellectually incapable of discerning. They had a dream, indeed, and it is our long sad national nightmare.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: Butch59, 5/25/2014 1:04:16 PM     (No. 9861421)

"when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security".

Quoted From the Declaration of Independence.

It´s very clear to me that we are descending into that area of absolute despotism that Jefferson wrote about. The question is "What are we going to do about it?"

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Reply 30 - Posted by: bigfatslob, 5/25/2014 1:26:20 PM     (No. 9861441)

A very good article but although a must read I didn´t need this to tell me this cabal of nitwit buffoons could lead or save us from anything. On a daily basis I wouldn´t give this gaggle of idiots the time of day. I saw many of these head band wearing, pot smoking hippies in the sixties and now they are the government with their low IQ stupid teleprompter reading, droning lisping/whistling lying ´icon´. No I never bought what these misfits were selling, Never.
Intellectuals? Only in their own mind and easy prey for a formidable power to destroy them. The left never grows up they are all dreamers and in the end losers.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: reilly, 5/25/2014 1:29:42 PM     (No. 9861446)


Must Read of the year. Print it and read it twice in the fall.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: jglas, 5/25/2014 2:26:27 PM     (No. 9861500)

Plato started this with his philosopher king crap 2400 years or so ago. Self described philosopher elite types have been claiming they ought to rule ever since. Being a philosopher just implies one uses informed logical thought. It doesn´t imply the thought is correct or comports with reality. Meanwhile king pretty much means absolute ruler. Philosophy is not really a problem but making a philosopher a totalitarian ruler very definitely is. Democracy is a stab at the cure but has problems (e.g. mob rule). A constitutional representative republic is a much better solution but judging by our current situation not perfect.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: OhMy, 5/25/2014 5:00:32 PM     (No. 9861598)

Must read of the year. Indeed. I see other excellent regular columnists quoting this one at length and urging their readers read this whole column. Outstanding!

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Reply 34 - Posted by: seenitallbefore, 5/25/2014 5:58:56 PM     (No. 9861633)

Thomas More foresaw it all 500 years ago in ´Utopia.´

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Professor Stephen Hawking is backing the academic boycott of Israel by pulling out of a conference hosted by Israeli president Shimon Peres in Jerusalem as a protest at Israel´s treatment of Palestinians. Hawking, 71, the world-renowned theoretical physicist and former Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge, had accepted an invitation to headline the fifth annual president´s conference, Facing Tomorrow, in June, which features major international personalities, attracts thousands of participants and this year will celebrate Peres´s 90th birthday. Hawking is in very poor health, but last week he wrote a brief letter to the Israeli president to say he

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

Michelle Obama to Latinos: ‘We cannot
afford to wait on Congress’ for immigration

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Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/13/2014 2:53:50 PM     Post Reply
First lady Michelle Obama grabbed the political reins during a speech to the League of United Latin American Citizens in New York City, telling the crowd of admirers not to worry — that her husband wouldn’t wait on Congress to take action on immigration reform. “So make no mistake about it — we have to keep on fighting as hard as we can on immigration,” Mrs. Obama said, to a cheering crowd, Breitbart reported. “And as my husband has said, he’s going to do whatever administrative action it takes to fix this broken system.” Mrs. Obama then vowed that Congress wouldn’t get

First wave of deportations begins amid
immigration crisis: Plane-loads of children and
single mothers are returned to Central America
from overwhelmed New Mexico detention center

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Daily Mail [UK], by Reuters & AP Reporter    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/15/2014 3:59:57 AM     Post Reply
The U.S. deported Honduran children as young as 1-1/2 years old on Monday in the first flight since President Obama pledged to speed up the process of sending back illegal immigrant minors from Central America. Fleeing violence and poverty, record numbers of children from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala have crossed into the United States over the past year, sparking intense debate about how to solve the problem. Monday´s flight from New Mexico to San Pedro Sula, the city with the highest murder rate in the world, returned 17 Honduran women, as well as 12 girls and nine boys, aged

Jon Voight Lashes Out Against
Obama In Lengthy Televised Statement

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Hollywood Reporter, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/13/2014 5:21:34 PM     Post Reply
In remarks framed as a message to the American public, actor Jon Voight emotionally aired his political grievances for several minutes in a televised statement on Saturday. Those grievances range from (but are not limited to) Benghazi, the IRS scandal, the "targeting" of conservative filmmaker Dinesh D´Souza, illegal immigration, the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court case, the treatment of war veterans, the chaos in Iraq and deep reservations about President Obama. "Five years ago, I stated that Obama would take the country apart piece-by-piece, that he would cause a civil war in this country," Voight read on Saturday in a statement on

Inside the Beltway:
White House grade slips to ‘F’

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Washington Times, by Jennifer Harper    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/13/2014 7:59:09 PM     Post Reply
Inquiring minds wonder if there’s a “G” in the grading repertoire. And that does not stand for “good.” Pollster John Zogby has given President Obama an “F” this week for the White House performance on the global stage, and the researcher has no imminent good news for the president. “Some people have really bad weeks. Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff got an ‘F’ after the nation’s soccer team lost to Germany. But President Obama’s week was just as bad,” Mr. Zogby says. “Israel and the Palestinians are at war again. The president should have visited the U.S.-Mexican border, where so many immigrant children are in danger and so many

Comic Character Archie to Die
Taking Bullet for Gay Friend
Pushing Gun Control

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Breitbart´s Big Hollywood, by AWR Hawkins    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/14/2014 12:41:56 PM     Post Reply
On July 16, comic character Archie Andrews, of Life With Archie, will die after being shot while protecting gay friend Kevin Keller. Keller is "Archie Comics´ first openly gay character." According to the Associated Press, Keller is "a married military veteran and newly elected senator who´s pushing for more gun control in Riverdale after his husband was involved in a shooting." Archie Comics´ publisher and co-CEO Jon Goldwater said the way in which Archie will die was carefully chosen. While he could have been killed saving "Betty" or saving "Veronica," doing so for Keller was something "that would really resonate

Holder sees ´racial
animus´ in opposition

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The Hill (Washington D.C.), by Justin Sink    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/13/2014 2:20:31 PM     Post Reply
Attorney General Eric Holder said Sunday he and President Obama have been targets of “a racial animus” by some of the administration’s political opponents. “There´s a certain level of vehemence, it seems to me, that´s directed at me [and] directed at the president,” Holder told ABC. “You know, people talking about taking their country back. … There´s a certain racial component to this for some people. I don’t think this is the thing that is a main driver, but for some there´s a racial animus." Holder said the nation is in “a fundamentally better place than we were 50 years ago.” “We´ve

Obama a "shark" at the pool table,
Gov. Hickenlooper says

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CBS News, by Stephanie Condon    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/14/2014 4:33:37 PM     Post Reply
President Obama is known for being competitive on the basketball court, but he´s also apparently a cutthroat pool player. Gov. John Hickenlooper, D-Colo., told reporters at the National Governors Association meeting on Sunday that the president surprised him by beat him in two consecutive games. To add insult to injury, the two were playing at the Wynkoop Brewing Company, a bar that Hickenlooper co-founded. "You know I´ll tell ya -- the man is a shark," Hickenlooper told reporters, Time reports. "I was up a few balls. I felt pretty good. I was actually wondering whether how hard should I --

Impeachment: The Red Line
and the Last Straw

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American Thinker, by Cindy Simpson    Original Article
Posted By: DW626- 7/14/2014 6:12:41 AM     Post Reply
Where is the red line of impeachment? In theory, a red line might be located somewhere on a list of impeachable offenses – perhaps at the point where a certain number of transgressions is exceeded, or next to a specific instance because of its significance or impact. In reality, though, that red line exists along a spectrum of “political will.” As Andrew McCarthy explained: “You can have a thousand provable impeachable offenses, but before Congress may remove the president from power, there must be strong popular support – a public will that cuts across partisan and ideological lines.”


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