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How Do You Solve a
Problem Like Mitt Romney?

American Spectator, by Judd Magilnick

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 8/23/2014 8:09:41 AM

We wuz robbed. Admit it, you neo-cons, paleo-cons, compassionates, country clubbers and decline-to-states: right now, in a just, moral, ordered universe, Mitt Romney should be President. He was right on Iraq and Benghazi, right on healthcare, immigration, and Russia. But he was so mendaciously smeared that voters possessed the ludicrous mindset that Mitt didn’t “care about someone like me.” Feckless Republican operatives allowed data-mining splashed with voter fraud to seal the defeat. Twenty months later, numerous polls indicate significant voter remorse. This genuine sentiment has naturally provoked calls of “Run, Mitt,


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Passion, 8/23/2014 8:15:11 AM     (No. 9977459)

Mitt robbed himself, along with the GOP elites, who insisted on calling Obama "a nice guy" after spending six months called Newt the devil. They insisted on conceding that the economy was Bush´s fault. They insisted on not pushing foreign policy because it might invoke the C word (Cheney).
They insisted on not challenging the fallacious 7.9% UE rate, foolishly thinking it would stay over 8% and that would magically elect them.

Mitt was wrong about a lot more than he was right. Yeah, I´d prefer Mitt over Obama by a mile, and voted for him. But no interest in Mitt 16 whatsoever….

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Namma, 8/23/2014 8:19:57 AM     (No. 9977469)

along with the facts that #1 states...it was a stolen election. Obama knew he was going to "win" this election months before it was even held. If the fraud isn´t stopped it wont matter who the GOP runs..

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Reply 3 - Posted by: North Range, 8/23/2014 8:34:11 AM     (No. 9977489)

I hope all purist conservatives are really, really enjoying the Obama administration. You deserve it.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Joe vann, 8/23/2014 8:36:44 AM     (No. 9977494)

I am interested in the best person to win in 2016...I don´t care who it is, as long as the person has conservative values and has the traits to be able to win.

A good point to select Romney is that the news media has already crucified him once. It would be hard to do it again. I believe Romney learned a lot from the mistakes made in the last race. He was a good honorble man four years ago and is today. We need a leg up.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: StormCnter, 8/23/2014 8:37:07 AM     (No. 9977496)

There´s always a lot of CYA talk
after a disappointment such as the 2012 loss from those who couldn´t be bothered to support someone other than their first choice. #3 is right.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Starlady, 8/23/2014 8:41:08 AM     (No. 9977505)

My response to the premise in the article is "Yes" to a Cabinet position (Treasury or HHS - not sure about the Super-Secretary), Mitt would be a great asset there. "No" to a third try for President. I am most offended by his lack of will to fight for the position. He has not changed in that regard, it´s who he is; not a fighter. He was not my choice for the nomination, but I did vote for the GOP ticket in 2012.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: harleynyc, 8/23/2014 8:45:22 AM     (No. 9977514)

Ryan is the problem for me. Amnesty is a disaster for the U.S.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: chance_232, 8/23/2014 8:48:06 AM     (No. 9977516)

In general elections you have a choice of the candidates that won or stole the primary election. You don´t have the choice od the candidate/s that you wish had won the primary. To paraphrase Rumsfeld. You go to war with the army that you have, not the army that you wish you had.

In the general election, you vote for the best candidate at best. At worst, you vote for the lesser evil, or vote AGAINST the other guy. You hold your nose and vote for what´s best for the country. By staying home, because your hacked off that your candidate didn´t win, you hand the election to the worst possible candidate.

What I wanted to see from the Republicans in 2012 was the candidates making the case for why I should vote for them. Instead, we were treated to non-stop attacks telling us why we shouldn´t vote for the other guy. Romney and Gingrich were the greatest violators of Reagans 11th commandment. Which contributed to a lot of hacked off people staying home.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: tangles, 8/23/2014 8:48:51 AM     (No. 9977517)

Obama is the problem for me. Them, and the GOP purists that wouldn´t vote for a Mormon.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: horacer, 8/23/2014 8:59:14 AM     (No. 9977530)

Treasury Secretary would be great but let´s win first. In 2012 the GOP ran a 20th century campaign. Rallies and newspaper endorsements are wonderful things, but they don´t mean much. You need to identify your voters, get them to the polls early, use social media and sadly go on shows like the View.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Periwinkel, 8/23/2014 9:01:48 AM     (No. 9977538)

Mitt was too kind to Democrats all the while eviscerating his fellow Republicans. If he could redirect that that vitriol toward the Democrats, we might have had a better chance. As John Fund says, Republicans must win by a large enough margin to make fraud irrelevant...cause they are Democrats and cheating is what they do.

I think over the next year ISIS will pull something so horrible that Mitt won´t even be a question. The whole country will go for the meanest, baddest, strongest true blue Conservative they can find. If not, go buy yourself a pretty hijab.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: 3XALADY, 8/23/2014 9:05:51 AM     (No. 9977546)

@11. I´m not sure our side even has one of those - the baddest, meanest. etc. on our bench. That´s why the libs take the conservatives to the cleaners almost every election.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: bigfatslob, 8/23/2014 9:33:22 AM     (No. 9977582)

If ISIS strikes on US soil that will be the icing on the cake for communist democrats. Open border, military downsizing, blood on their hands from American deaths will spell doom for the left.
I´m am a hard core conservative and I DID vote for Romney but he is yesterday´s news.
I will sit out the next election because the scar tissue on my knees keep me from crawling over glass to vote for an elitist pick like the three previous I voted for. I´ll be finish voting in any politics if that happens.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: cgood, 8/23/2014 9:43:15 AM     (No. 9977592)

Some people are still stuck on stupid. There is not now, nor will there ever be, a candidate who satisfies everyone on every issue. It will always come down to the lessor of two evils. Today´s democratic party is so evil that they must be removed from power any way possible. There are no gray areas here. When you ultimately have a choice between two options, pick the least harmful. If more people had followed that simple principle, the 2012 election would not have been close enough for them to steal.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: smcchk, 8/23/2014 9:46:16 AM     (No. 9977595)

OK, Mitt-bashers, name one strong candidate for ´16. Enough with what he did wrong and how hard it was for you to vote for him. Name other contenders. Mitt would go into the race with a strong head start. Many fools who voted for Obama regret that now. Yes, Mitt is a centrist, but that means he would get centrist votes. I think Hillary could be exposed as no centrist, no matter how she is spinning. Also, with the continued world chaos, Hillary would have a lot of explaining to do.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Intentional, 8/23/2014 9:50:21 AM     (No. 9977598)

If the Republicans nominate a ham sandwich, I will vote for it. Anything, anyone but a Democrat.

This election is our last hope. If you sit this one out, we´re done. Think about what that really means and then ask yourself if you want to explain that to your kids and grandkids.

All you have to do is show up and vote Republican. We can sort out the rest of it once we take the White House, House and Senate.

But if we lose this one it´s over.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Joe vann, 8/23/2014 10:00:24 AM     (No. 9977614)

# 12 The main reason the Reublicans get their ass kicked is the msm is corrupt. When the right say anything substantial they distort it and make them look like fools. A rare person indeed that can turn the facts back on them, if they won´t report the truth or facts.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Periwinkel, 8/23/2014 10:07:14 AM     (No. 9977621)

#16 That is the fallacy. Once an Establishment gets elected, it will never get sorted out. The big lie: After the election we´ll sort it all out.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Susannah, 8/23/2014 10:07:42 AM     (No. 9977622)

#10, It´s interesting you mention social media. I think Romney made pretty good use of it. (Though I hate to think that Facebook and Twitter decide who gets elected.) Anyway, I checked the FB stats for various people, and, as of 9:58 eastern time this morning, here they are:

Ted Cruz: 809,209 likes

Chris Christie: 166,155 likes

Jeb Bush: 88,647 likes

Rick Perry: 1,031,615 likes

Sarah Palin: 4,323,384 likes

Mitt Romney: 11,341,136 likes

Romney had somewhat over 12 million FB likes (idiotic term) during his campaign. But if FB is anything to go by, he still remains the most popular Republican politician by a huge margin.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: MDConservative, 8/23/2014 10:10:46 AM     (No. 9977627)

#3 - I hope the "get along" establishment Republicans enjoy "Immigration Reform" - the last piece of "Compassionate Conservatism" that failed to pass in 2007 when the whatever-cons and common Americans said "NO!".

I actually voted for Romney, not that it mattered here in MD. He couldn´t even handle Candy Crowley when the chips were down.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: StormCnter, 8/23/2014 10:10:55 AM     (No. 9977628)

I would love it, #15, and judging from the L-Dotter email I get, others would love to see Romney give us another chance, too. But, I do not believe he will do it.

#19, that´s a revelation. Thanks for posting that info.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: suedotsue, 8/23/2014 10:13:26 AM     (No. 9977631)

It´s not about Romney. It´s about the RNC which is merely a bank account. When Mr. Romney finances and heads a campaign to reverse Massachusetts v EPA, the 2007 Supreme Court 5-4 decision that agreed with Romney´s staff that the state of Massachusetts was sinking due to CO2 from automobiles and the US fed. gov. must regulate CO2 from autos (and later other sources) even if there´s no proof that CO2 is poison or that Americans alone could stop the state of Mass. from sinking even if it were, shepherds the case back to the Court, discredits the UN, and the case is reversed, then he´ll have taken a first step in separating himself from the machine. Right now, he´s just a number on the Bush-Barbour bank statement.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: clw54, 8/23/2014 10:17:21 AM     (No. 9977636)

Mitt shouldn´t run, but that doesn´t mean he can´t vigorously campaign for the candidate. He can be a real asset there.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: horacer, 8/23/2014 10:20:54 AM     (No. 9977643)

Thanks #19. That´s interesting. I´ll be curious to see what happens to Perry´s likes in the next few months.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: preciosodrogas, 8/23/2014 10:31:30 AM     (No. 9977659)

From previous election results it´s a high risk to run the re-runs. The voters are just not that interested in the elite message. It does not attract the votes. It opens the door for BHO types. Dems seem to run at 47%. With the elite message that´s enough with the help of the media. The elites get pushed over the line at times by surrounding circumstances such as the economy, war, etc. But Romney couldn´t even do that running against one of the weakest candidates of all time with many factors in his favor. It couldn´t even beat BHO. Sure he would have been better but he couldn´t beat an empty suit.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: yuban, 8/23/2014 10:34:01 AM     (No. 9977664)

Postings on this thread prove the GOP is nothing more than Socialism lite. You best hope you keep picking up votes from the Left since you keep losing them on the Right. Go ahead and blame me for all your losses if that is what makes you feel superior. Being from California, my vote means squat anyway. I will continue to vote for Conservatives only and enjoy living in a County that is 75% Conservative/Libertarian. Life will continue to be good here, until more Moderates move in.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: bluefindad, 8/23/2014 11:10:37 AM     (No. 9977704)

Here´s a list of ´litmus test´ issues that will determine whether I vote for any candidate:

* Does not support government action to combat global warming, or ´climate change´

* Does not support ´gay marriage´

* Supports the 2nd amendment unabashedly

* Seeks to repeal Obamacare

There are lots of other things, but they are ´considerations´, not ´show stoppers´.

How does Romney do on these? As I recall, he was somewhat squishy on ´climate change´. Not sure of his current positions on the others.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: ramona, 8/23/2014 11:24:05 AM     (No. 9977722)

George Bush won twice in large part because he was eminently more likable than either AlGore or JF´Kerry. Momentous wins they were, given he had to overcome MSM bias, DNC dirty tricks and voter fraud, including Soros´ and Clinton´s role in preventing active duty servicemen and women from voting.

Mitt Romney was a risky candidate for the GOP for several reasons - he did not appeal to the Conservative base, he ran a milquetoast campaign against a Chicago commie-thug regime, and his optics (uber-rich goody two-shoes) were colossally repugnant to the Leftist creeps/MSM. I voted for him knowing that he did not have the personality or optics edge on Zero that GWB had on his opponents.

Yes, Romney would have been way better that a 2nd Obama term. But it´s tiring to hear Conservatives blamed for Romney´s loss. The vast majority of us voted for him and it´s high time that the Establishment Elites/Coffee Party/Rovian sycophants stop bashing the base and start facing the fact that the GOP is doomed unless it returns to solid Conservative principles.

A win in 2016 will require not only having the base fully on board, but an enormously concerted effort to fight fraud and corruption in voting, and a campaign team savvy enough - and devoted- to counteract the MSM. Who will it be? I don´t know yet, but I´ll be watching closely for signs of a fearless, smart Conservative who can handle Candy Crowley and David Axlerod types.

Ramona (the Pest)

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Reply 29 - Posted by: whyyeseyec, 8/23/2014 11:33:31 AM     (No. 9977738)

What has Mitt done since 2012 to bolster his public persona and make the American people yearn for a Romney presidency?

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Reply 30 - Posted by: Carolina Kat, 8/23/2014 11:50:14 AM     (No. 9977757)

People who did not vote for Romney have principles. It isn´t about the perfect candidate or GWB would never have won. It´s about nominating someone who does not have the support of the part of the party that can usually be counted on most. As a candidate he was the worst possible choice.

I voted for Romney (in the primary and in the general) because he was the lesser of two evils by the time the primary was held in NC. I am not the only one who is sick of the stupidity at the top - running our primaries through states that are low on EC votes known for being more left than right dooms us structurally from the outset.

It´s right up there with the stupidity of not voting to whine about those who don´t, do you think you can shame someone out of their principles? I know die-hard Republicans who would not vote for that "out-of-touch Romney" - no matter how hard I tried I could not persuade. Try canvassing for votes sometime - it´s a real eye opener. They voted for our Gov - Pat McCrory and our local R - but not Romney.

As to the pathetic "he´s already been vetted" crap. Oh Puhlease - do you live in this country? All they have to do is revive some of the killing statements - the 47%, the file folders of women, etc.

Until you can learn from history, you are doomed to repeat it, and those who want to repeat it are worse than the ones they condemn, for at least those who did not vote for Romney did it on principle. What´s your excuse?

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Reply 31 - Posted by: tisHimself, 8/23/2014 11:51:35 AM     (No. 9977760)

yes, by all means, blame the conservatives. You know, the ones who voted against the early indications of how dangerous Obama really was, who gave us ( you? not them?) a house and a couple of Senators snot afraid in 2010. Palin, Cruz, the T Partiers framed winning issues and themems in 2010. Think tanks, the Kochs and governors like Jindal and Walker and Brewer and Perry, new voices like Cain and the guy who brought national health care to halt in 1994, all were muted, distorted and ignored by the establishment in order to satisfy the well funded ambitions of a liberal republican with daddy issues whose last name wasn´t Bush.
The conservative base has awakened to the reality that the problems of this country have been caused by the benign neglect of weak establishment republicans, who abandon principle in order to rub elbows with the K street and Wall street funders. Few embody that reality more than Romney.
A candidate since 2006, his successful avoid the fight statesmanship and willingness to show up and congratulate local winners after the fact(unless they happen to be, you know, "evangelicals") have left him exactly where he was at the start of 2012---a guy who 76% of likely republicans do not prefer against the field. Zogby, this week.
The establishment loses because they hate the base that finds their bloated, crony driven, intellectually bankrupt, leadership by fundraising outdated and ineffective against a thinly veiled communist regime out to destroy the economic and social foundations of America. Perhaps all you severe conservatives were surprised that Obama was "worse than you expected". Romney ain´t the problem. The pathology of his supporters is.
You probably think this post is about you, don´t you, don´t you?

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Reply 32 - Posted by: IdahoSky, 8/23/2014 12:23:53 PM     (No. 9977810)

I´d happily vote for him again but he doesn´t seem to be running.
I really doubt he´d be interested in being a Super Secretary or working in another administration. Why would he come out of retirement for that?
I´m happy enough waiting to see who emerges as the candidate in 2016.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: killerbee, 8/23/2014 12:29:09 PM     (No. 9977815)

I see it again on this thread -- the Romney supporters who belittled and insulted people from the beginning. Acting like Democrats.

I voted for Romney and I wish he´d won. I am one of those who believes the election was stolen, that several key states went inexplicably for Obama. I also now believe the NSA was used to spy on Romney´s campaign and that´s one of the ways the Obama camp knew to arm Candy Crowley with the transcript in order to twist BO out of his own trap.

But you Romney supporters aren´t going to win any hearts and minds with your nasty talk. You pushed a lot of people away during the primaries and the general election so you can thank yourselves.

Let me ask you this -- if Sarah Palin or Ted Cruz were the candidate, would you vote for them? I´m doubtful. The nasty talk continues and extends to anyone who doesn´t line up. Look to your own behavior before you throw accusations at others.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: woofwoofwoof, 8/23/2014 1:00:22 PM     (No. 9977852)

America demands leadership from its leaders and Romney is an empty suit, a non-selfstarter, he´s 47% a vulture capitalist and not even that, he´s just the frontman for the vulture firm. He might be a reasonable chief executive if someone just handed it to him, but he´s a terrible candidate and nobody is going to just hand it to him. He hired terrible campaign consultants who misguided him, misprepared him, lied to him, to themselves, and to the public. That´s no recommendation for higher office.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: TXknitter, 8/23/2014 2:24:54 PM     (No. 9977927)

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Reply 36 - Posted by: glsmith36, 8/23/2014 2:31:34 PM     (No. 9977934)

How Do You Solve a Problem Like Mitt Romney?

Just say NO!

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Reply 37 - Posted by: An Afternoon Walk, 8/23/2014 3:54:32 PM     (No. 9978002)

How do you solve a problem like Maria, I mean Mitt?

Sarah Palin fits the character of Maria much more than Mitt Romney.

So I´d say, solve the problem of voting for the lesser of two evils with someone we can be proud of and trust, Sarah Palin. Ben Carson is another great choice. The public didn´t get very excited the first several times Mitt ran. We´re not looking for a perfect candidate, we´re looking for the right candidate, someone who will work for the people, not the system. The people have the power to choose the best person. There are a lot of us. We don´t have to listen to the naysayers and liberal Republicans that say we have no choice. We do have a choice. Let´s surprise the entitled establishment of both parties. All we have to do is do the right thing and stand by our candidate. We may not have money or connections, individually, but together, we can take the power away from the do-nothings polluting and destroying our government.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: Yorkiemom, 8/23/2014 9:39:17 PM     (No. 9978247)

Thanks for the info, #19. To #1, #26, and other like-minded posters, enjoy Hillary in 2016. I am very conservative, #28, and Romney appealed to me for many reasons. Finally, to #33, yes, I would vote for Palin, Santorum, or any Republican who happens to get the nomination! I am sick of the Dems and want Harry Reid out!

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Reply 39 - Posted by: ScarletPimpernel, 8/24/2014 2:32:27 PM     (No. 9979054)

"I hope all purist conservatives are really, really enjoying the Obama administration. You deserve it."

Why? We voted for Romney. Your comment should be removed.

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I have written frequently that I estimate that one-third of the mortgage foreclosures in the 2007-10 period were of Hispanic homebuyers. Very many had been granted mortgages, despite bad or dubious credit, by lenders who then fobbed them off on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac or other mortgage securitizers, in the meantime gaining brownie points with regulators for lending to “minorities.” Evidence supporting this comes, inadvertently, from an Urban Institute report spotlighted by the industrious and provocative blogger Steve Sailer. You can see that there was a huge increase in the number of mortgages granted to Hispanics in the years

To stop the next US beheading
New York Post, by Patrick Dunleavy    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 10/3/2014 5:08:42 AM     Post Reply
The signs were all there, glaring, waiting to be seen. The predisposition to violence, time spent in prison, emotionally unstable Web postings. Alton Nolen, the alleged perp in last week’s horrible beheading in Oklahoma, was no aberration. If anything, he was a ticking time bomb with a short fuse. His firing from Vaughn Foods was simply the catalyst that seemingly tripped the trigger in his mind to move from jihadi thoughts to violent action: One small switch, one perceived slight and he was gone — doing what he had seen ISIS members do, beheading innocents. Several radical Islamist groups had recently urged American “lone

What does an Ebola patient in Dallas
have in common with an Irish cook?
Fox News, by Dr. Manny Alvarez    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 10/3/2014 4:34:17 AM     Post Reply
As Texas health officials continue to investigate the potential transmission of Ebola virus in Dallas, a lot of questions still remain. Did Thomas Eric Duncan know he might have possibly been exposed to Ebola in Liberia? Should he have been more aware of the potential dangers of Ebola and the potential for spreading the disease to others? (Snip)Allow me to familiarize you with, or introduce you to the story of Mary Mallon – better known to Americans as Typhoid Mary. An Irish immigrant who came to the United States as a teen to work as a cook for wealthy families,

Long-ignored evidence
suddenly used to catch rapists
CBS News, by Nancy Cordes    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 10/3/2014 4:25:20 AM     Post Reply
CLEVELAND - It is shocking that just three percent of rapists in America ever serve time. CBS News reported five years ago that investigators often ignore DNA evidence collected from victims in what is known as a "rape kit." Thousands of these rape kits have gathered dust for years. Stories such as ours persuaded some police departments to begin testing them. Charles Steele raped at least four Cleveland women in the mid-´90s. One was at a gas station when he walked up. "And I looked up, next thing I know I have a gun pointing at me," one survivor said. But her case and all

Court Allows Texas to
Enforce Anti-Abortion Law
Associated Press, by Paul J. Weber    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 10/3/2014 4:21:38 AM     Post Reply
A federal appeals court Thursday gave Texas permission to fully enforce a sweeping abortion law signed by Republican Gov. Rick Perry last year that would effectively close all but seven abortion facilities in America´s second-most populous state. Two years ago, Texas had more than 40 abortion facilities. Many clinics have already closed under a part of the law requiring doctors who perform abortions to obtain hospital admitting privileges, and now more than a dozen remaining clinics are set to shutter as well. The decision by a panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court in New Orleans wipes out what was a fleeting

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Lena Dunham: I Was Raped By
a ´Campus Republican´ In 2008

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Breitbart Big Hollywood, by John Nolte    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 10/3/2014 8:29:26 PM     Post Reply
In her just-released memoir, 27 year-old "Girls" star Lena Dunham claims that as a 19 year-old Oberlin College student in Ohio, she was raped by a college Republican. In the first chapter that addresses the encounter, Dunham describes the "ill-fated evening of lovemaking" as awkward and hollow. The most sensational moment comes from the fact that "Barry" wasn´t wearing a condom. In the next chapter, Dunham backtracks with the claim that she´s an "unreliable narrator" and accuses "Barry" of rape: [I]n another essay in this book I describe a sexual encounter with a mustachioed campus Republican as the upsetting but

EXCLUSIVE: Ousted Secret Service chief
was ´sandbagged´ by ´p***ed off agents
who had had enough´ of her and thought*

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Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 10/2/2014 9:11:57 PM     Post Reply
A recently retired Secret Service agent told MailOnline on Thursday that former director Julia Pierson´s resignation will be welcomed by the agency´s rank-and-file because ´people in the service thought she was a joke from Day One.´ He attributed her swift fall from grace to a cadre of ´p***ed off agents who had had enough´ of feeling disrespected by the service´s first female director. ´Putting her in charge was part of the [Obama] administration´s push to feminize the service after the "hookergate" nightmare,´ the agent said, referring to agents who were fired after patronizing prostitutes during a security-check trip to Colombia

The Case for Panic
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Washington Free Beacon, by Matthew Continetti    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 10/3/2014 5:27:33 AM     Post Reply
Deadly, irrational, and determined, the intruder snuck across a weakened perimeter. Eluding capture, the intruder was detained only after missteps and close calls. The spin began soon after the threat was isolated. Information was selectively leaked. Half-truths and untruths were uttered. Responsibility was avoided; privileges and credentials asserted; authority reasserted. Trust us. Remain calm. Don’t panic. This is the template of recent events. A mental case jumps the White House fence. He makes it to the East Room before he’s tackled by an off-duty Secret Service agent. Initial statements turn out to be misleading or false. We discover that lapses in

28 words that Democrats
really wish President Obama
didn’t say today

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Washington Post, by Chris Cillizza    Original Article
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President Obama was at Northwestern University on Thursday to deliver an economic speech that, he and his team hoped, would lay out the case for why the public is better off today than they were six years ago -- even if they didn´t feel it in their everday lives. Instead, Obama just gave every Republican ad-maker in the country more fodder for negative ads linking Democratic candidates to him. Here are the four sentences that will draw all of the attention (they come more than two thirds of the way through the speech): "I am not on the ballot this

The View looking to add cool-down room
for the ladies after Whoopi Goldberg and
Rosie O´Donnell come to blows in front
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Daily Mail [UK], by Chris Spargo    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 10/2/2014 10:52:17 AM     Post Reply
A recent fight between Rosie O´Donnell and Whoopi Goldberg has producers at The View looking to add a cool-down room for the ladies. After being cut off by Goldberg during an episode last week so the show could go to commercial, O´Donnell began to express how upset she was and, after being told repeatedly by Goldberg it was not the right time to have that discussion, eventually got cursed out by the Oscar winner. Goldberg told O´Donnell, ´F*** it, I told you to leave it alone and you just don´t want to listen. If you want to go there Rosie,

Mitt Romney and 2016:
Could It Be True?

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ABC News, by Alana Abramson    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 10/2/2014 1:46:59 PM     Post Reply
A presidential defeat isn’t an easy thing to bounce back from. And Mitt Romney did it twice. So it was understandable that after he lost the presidential race in 2012, he was adamant about closing the door to the possibility of a third campaign. But recently, speculation is whirling that Romney may not be so adamant anymore. When asked if he was running in a New York Times interview published earlier this week, Romney said : “I have nothing to add to the story. We’ve got a lot of people looking at the race,” he said. “We’ll see what happens.” That response, which

Meghan McCain on Secret
Service: ´I hated all of them´

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The Hill (Washington DC), by Judy Kurtz    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 10/3/2014 12:30:44 AM     Post Reply
Meghan McCain joined the dog pile on the Secret Service this week, saying she’s had “nothing but horrible experiences" with the agency and likening the agents to “glorified mall cops.” The 29-year-old author and television personality, who is also the daughter of former GOP presidential candidate Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), opened up on Pivot’s “TakePart Live” about some of her interactions with the Secret Service. "I have nothing but horrible experiences with the Secret Service,” McCain said. “One of my friends called them glorified mall cops and I don´t think that´s terribly far off. I found them cliquey. I hated

Some Blacks See Secret Service
as Flawed Shield for the President

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New York Times, by Peter Baker    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 10/3/2014 12:16:43 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Representative Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland was at the grocery store the other day when he ran into an elderly black woman who expressed growing concern about President Obama’s safety. Why, she asked, wasn’t he being better protected by his Secret Service agents? The furor that led to this week’s resignation of the director of the Secret Service resonated deeply among blacks, outraged that those supposed to be guarding the first black president were somehow falling down on the job — and suspicious even without evidence that it may be deliberate. “It is something that is widespread in

White House says it has
Ebola virus under control

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The Hill [Washington, DC], by Sarah Ferris    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 10/3/2014 6:55:38 PM     Post Reply
Top White House officials on Friday worked to reassure the American public that the national response to Ebola is under control. Leaders of the country’s health, defense and military branches stressed that they are taking the right steps to contain the spread of the deadly virus, which was first diagnosed in the U.S. on Tuesday. Top White House officials on Friday worked to reassure the American public that the national response to Ebola is under control. Leaders of the country’s health, defense and military branches stressed that they are taking the right steps to contain the spread of the deadly virus, which

California’s next big political fight:
Plastic grocery bags

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Washington Post, by Reid Wilson    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 10/3/2014 9:19:26 AM     Post Reply
Go to a grocery store in California and buy all the milk, eggs and vegetables you want. But there’s one thing you won’t find at the checkout line, beginning July 1, 2015: Plastic bags to carry your stuff home. Gov. Jerry Brown (D) on Tuesday signed into law a ban on single-use plastic bags, making California the first state to prohibit stores from using the ubiquitous carry-alls. Shoppers will be charged 10 cents for every paper bag and heavy-duty plastic bag they use. “This bill is a step in the right direction,” Brown said in a press release announcing his approval. “It

Lindsey Graham Mulling White House Run
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Daily Caller, by Alex Pappas    Original Article
Posted By: jackson- 10/3/2014 1:37:53 PM     Post Reply
The hawkish Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina says he is thinking about running for president in 2016. In an interview with Stephen Hayes of the Weekly Standard, the senator, running for re-election to the Senate this year, said: “If I get through my general election, if nobody steps up in the presidential mix, if nobody’s out there talking — me and McCain have been talking — I may just jump in to get to make these arguments,” Graham said. Graham, 59, also dismissed Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, 43, as a presidential candidate, saying he is too young. “He’s a good

Hillary Gets Tocqueville
Wrong By 100 Years

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Weekly Standard, by Daniel Halper    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 10/2/2014 11:31:10 AM     Post Reply
Speaking at a Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors event last night, Hillary Clinton decided to talk about Alexis de Tocqueville. The problem? She got it wrong -- by about a hundred years. "There´s a wonderful phrase that was first used by Alexis de Tocqueville, who came to the United States in the very early 1930s and traveled around our country," said Hillary Clinton, a probable 2016 presidential candidate. "And he was so amazed at how Americans organized themselves -- you know, coming from aristocratic Europe, which was totally top-down and hierarchical -- he couldn´t believe how many of us were joiners.

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