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The Many Sides of Joni
Mitchell´s ´Both Sides Now´

Wall Street Journal, by Gail Sheehy

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Posted By:Hazymac, 8/24/2014 1:47:55 PM

Back in 1968, when I was 30, my entire life blew up. I had a life plan and it collapsed for no rational reason. I had been a newspaper reporter in New York but left the job to help editor Clay Felker start New York magazine. My marriage was breaking up and I was falling in love with Clay. The song that carried me through those years and all stages of my life is "Both Sides Now" by Joni Mitchell. I first heard the song in 1968, when Judy Collins´s version was a huge radio hit. But when I heard

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For the sake of discussion I post this brief remembrance of this song, which has become a standard. In some ways Joni Mitchell, with her leftwing politics and fairly explicit rejection of Christianity, is analogous to Christopher Hitchens, whom many of us nonetheless admired for his honesty and his synaptic prose style. Joni´s work strikes me the same way. Her last verse in this song ("But now old friends are acting strange...") reveals a wisdom that belied her age (24) when she wrote the words. Her career has advanced the art of songwriting. I´m a fan.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Gallo3, 8/24/2014 2:18:19 PM     (No. 9979037)

Wife has been singing Joni´s songs since they first came out, with myself accompanying.
Joni has left a fabulous catalog of music, my favorite being the 1976 album ´Hejira´ - with Jaco Pistorius playing bass.
You want to get a new album to run on a continuous loop in your car? load Hejira off I-Tunes.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: shamrock, 8/24/2014 2:19:15 PM     (No. 9979039)

I guess I wasn´t as deep as OP, never cared for her style. I thought I read that she wrote that song about her battle with depression.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Italiano, 8/24/2014 2:21:16 PM     (No. 9979041)

I loved that song back then, and I still do. 45+ years of life´s ups and downs added perspective.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: califedup, 8/24/2014 2:23:07 PM     (No. 9979043)

The skull faced Joni Mitchell produced nothing but drug addled, hippie mush. Both sides now is a shining example of what your brain produces when it´s on drugs.

Thank God no one plays this caterwauling, soggy, self pitying song in public anymore.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Japanorama, 8/24/2014 2:28:20 PM     (No. 9979050)

Anyone whose philosophy derives from a song by a 25-year-old pop singer is not capable of much critical thinking.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Italiano, 8/24/2014 2:32:16 PM     (No. 9979053)

Well, Mac, I guess we´re morons. Our intellectual superiors have spoken.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Halfvast Conspirator, 8/24/2014 2:37:49 PM     (No. 9979059)

Attended a JM concert once, she started off by saying she thought she had the flu, wasn´t feeling too well, but would give it a try anyway. She did OK, but not totally up to her standard. So the break comes, after a while some scruffy dude is walking around the stage, moving things around, guy next to me says, "That´s Neil Young!" We´re all like, no, can´t be. So then Joni comes back out and says, look I am feeling really bad, but I want you to have a good show, so I called my friend Neil Young to see if he would come help me out. The crowd went crazy. He plays for an hour or so, then she comes out and they sing a coupla of songs together, while she is apologizing for not being able to finish the show. It was probably the best show ever, and she was totally classy.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Hazymac, 8/24/2014 2:49:16 PM     (No. 9979067)

Fellow writers recognize in Joni´s best songs flashes of imagery and recognition that leave the listener thinking, "That is so true; I wish I had written that myself." "Both Sides, Now"--there is a comma in the title--has that quality. So too does her best love song, featuring her mountain dulcimer with acoustic guitar dubs and her early career high soprano voice, from the album Blue (1971), entitled "A Case of You."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YuaZcylk_o "A Case of You"

My college girlfriend immersed me in Joni´s music back in the mid-´Seventies--what was I going to do? bore her with heavy metal?--and I have been forever thankful. I´m also in agreement with #1 that Hejira (1976) is a great album, the last in a run of seven outstanding LPs before her jazz period (also good, but in a different way).

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Reply 9 - Posted by: smcchk, 8/24/2014 3:06:58 PM     (No. 9979089)

Senior year of high school/early college days flashback! A beautiful song then and now. Imagine being able to still relate to a song 40+ years later.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: 4justice, 8/24/2014 3:13:12 PM     (No. 9979092)

Geez, 4, one would think we were talking about today´s hip-hop and rap...Not Mitchell. Do you know anything about Mitchell or her music? She was not Janis Joplin or Grace Slick...she actually was a good songwriter and fairly good singer who actually was not so much a part of that crazy scene aside from the time period she was in. She may not be your style, but I feel she also doesn´t deserve that kind of negativity. I prefer a lot of music from the 30s, 40s and 50s and even classical (I studied classical voice for 8 1/2 years)...as well as more contemporary R&B, soul and pop of the 60s and 70s. But I´ve learned to appreciate several genres of music for being what they are. I even got into country in the late 80s. But I don´t even try to compare Al Green to Mario Lanza. I don´t compare Beethoven to Bing Crosby or John Gary. How can anyone compare Mitchell to Jeanette MacDonald, Ella Fitzgerald or Joan Sutherland? Not saying you would compare them...but I also don´t think you know much about her either.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Italiano, 8/24/2014 3:16:07 PM     (No. 9979094)

My last post was facetious, but I think that a big part of the deal with songs has to do with where you were in your life when they first came out. I was a teenager and, by definition, brain-dead (e.g, Jim Morrison and Jimi Hendrix lyrics made sense, which of course they don´t and never did.)

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Reply 12 - Posted by: richwill, 8/24/2014 3:19:43 PM     (No. 9979099)

I have quit reading the WSJ. This soap opera article is the reason.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: uno, 8/24/2014 3:21:20 PM     (No. 9979103)

One of the millions of stories about why music is so important to so many.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: SezzieBear, 8/24/2014 3:23:29 PM     (No. 9979107)

I have always liked the song but have to say my favorite version is the duet by Clannad and Paul Young.


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Reply 15 - Posted by: mitzi, 8/24/2014 3:31:11 PM     (No. 9979117)

Sometimes - a song is just a song...

I prefer the philosophy of Aquinas to Joni Mitchell´s.


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Reply 16 - Posted by: earlybird, 8/24/2014 3:34:50 PM     (No. 9979120)

Never cared for her or this rambling song, which was typical of the period. Masses of itinerant minds, looking for profundity in song lyrics.

Most of them didn´t "know life at all".

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Reply 17 - Posted by: alliecat, 8/24/2014 3:47:54 PM     (No. 9979133)

Let her speak for herself. Here is a 16 minute interview with Joni after she turned 70. It shows lots of imagery of her paintings too...She has God given talent to burn... http://www.cbc.ca/news/arts/joni-mitchell-reflects-on-her-life-and-legacy-1.1307145

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Reply 18 - Posted by: doublesharp, 8/24/2014 3:57:33 PM     (No. 9979143)

She would have been a nobody if she wasn´t Bob Dylan´s girlfriend. Hippie dippy navel gazer.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: eljay, 8/24/2014 4:04:10 PM     (No. 9979148)

The original article is pretty I I I I . . . um, narcissistic

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Hazymac, 8/24/2014 4:06:16 PM     (No. 9979151)

The reactions to this post are instructive. Some have their mental hatches locked down tightly, World War II submarine style; others have the exploratory gene. Not having lived in other LDotters´ domiciles, I make no judgments. Each to his own.

But Joni, with her one hundred (at least) different guitar tunings, could always put a different musical spin on any song she recorded, even songs written by others, such as "How Do You Stop" (with back up vocals by Seal).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOTQnJVDOiw ("How Do You Stop")

If that makes me shallow, I wear it well, and take no offense. As a revelatory bone tossed to fellow LDotters, this is the best thing I ever posted here. As Vaughn Monroe once sang, "...Sound off! (Sound off) ... Cadence count, one, two, three, four...."

One other thing: If I had a choice of four people to invite to dinner, I´d invite Joni. Really! We´d have a capital time together, even with the political haggling. Are you listening, Joni?

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Mickeymat, 8/24/2014 4:09:05 PM     (No. 9979152)

Always been a fan of Mitchell. But this article was just awful.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: StormCnter, 8/24/2014 4:09:37 PM     (No. 9979153)

I can offer bandaids, OP/#20. I´ve been there.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Hammock, 8/24/2014 4:12:05 PM     (No. 9979156)

Gifted songwriter. "Sweet Bird" was her best as far as I´m concerned.


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Reply 24 - Posted by: Seething Citizen, 8/24/2014 4:54:02 PM     (No. 9979182)

I remember the song so well! Really liked it. I was unhappily stationed in Libya at the time, Wheelus Air Base.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: msjena, 8/24/2014 5:11:39 PM     (No. 9979191)

She was never Bob Dylan´s girlfriend. That was Joan Baez. I liked Joni back in the day, but never viewed her as philosopher or guide for living. I think she peaked at her Blue album. Jazz and blues didn´t suit her.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: wilarrbie, 8/24/2014 5:26:47 PM     (No. 9979204)

I loved just about everything JM did - have many of her albums still. As a moony, moody, angst filled teenager (and older!)her songs were a comfort that I wasn´t alone with similar thoughts. But to this day - if "You Turn Me On, I´m A Radio" comes on - I will sing along in my own little duet with her. My favorite!

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Calvinesq, 8/24/2014 5:40:58 PM     (No. 9979220)

Joni was a fine songstress. Hejira,I believe, is a reference to Muhammad´s flight from is adversaries as told in the Koran. Back then the reference was like seeing the nearest popular guru.

Anyway, I liked her music and voice. My favorite in this genre, however, was Jim Croce, who died tragically and way too young.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: ASAvet, 8/24/2014 5:45:48 PM     (No. 9979223)

I´m a huge fan of Judy Collins, of this song not so much. Favorite album of all time is "Colors of the Day."

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Reply 29 - Posted by: columba, 8/24/2014 6:04:27 PM     (No. 9979240)

When we are in our teen years, there is nothing that is not important. This song is remembered by individuals who were teens then. I prefer (for depth) Ba Ba Ba Barbara Anne, however.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: paloalto, 8/24/2014 6:12:01 PM     (No. 9979247)

I have no dog in this Joni Mitchell good/Joni Mitchell bad fight. I just wanted to comment on the Gail Sheehy article itself. This article is so lightweight it may as well have been written in invisible ink. Apparently Ms. Sheehy has written a new book that´s coming out on September 2nd and methinks she must have naughty pictures of someone at the Wall Street Journal to get this piece of fluff published to promote said book.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: earlybird, 8/24/2014 6:22:29 PM     (No. 9979254)

Eons ago Gail Sheehy wrote sort of pop-psyche lifestyle pieces for women´s magazines. Eons ago.

That about covers her.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: mitzi, 8/24/2014 6:24:33 PM     (No. 9979256)

Fr. Robert Barron has a YouTube videos on the spiritual theme in Bob Dylan´s lyrics.

Easy to find via Google.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: Udanja99, 8/24/2014 7:31:21 PM     (No. 9979305)

I was in high school and college when she was at her peak and loved her music. Her jazz, blues and new age albums did nothing for me at all. But in the last couple of decades, what I´ve liked about her the most is that she continued to be photographed smoking cigarettes when it has been anathema to the rest of the left. It´s so "in your face". Gotta love it!

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Reply 34 - Posted by: f64, 8/24/2014 7:37:32 PM     (No. 9979310)

Back in the day I went to see Judy Collins at a free concert in Central Park. Of course she sang "Both Sides Now".

0 - BTW that wasn´t the last verse. The last verse started "I´ve looked at life from both sides now...". The verse was repeated twice.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: Carolina Kat, 8/24/2014 7:56:48 PM     (No. 9979328)

Can´t say as I have strong feelings one way or t´other, music is a matter of tastes, and as long as you aren´t stuck in an elevator with someone playing something you hate, why does it matter what anyone else likes or doesn´t. As to this song, I played it on the piano back in high school, so have the tune hammered in, not so much the lyrics. I´ve got my own version for the horses: "Hooves and mane and feeling proud, taking trails I´ve newly found, A little rain, a little sun, I really don´t mind - life at all. I´ve looked at life from both sides now, from on the horse to in the dirt, and it really really is better… when you hang on." The horses love it.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: fobo, 8/24/2014 10:01:56 PM     (No. 9979434)

While I admit to finding "Both Sides Now" a bit sappy, I´d have to argue that "Blue" is one of the best albums of the 70´s (along with Dylan´s "Blood on the Tracks").

I read somewhere that Mitchell considers herself a painter whose career was waylaid by music.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: smcchk, 8/24/2014 11:02:28 PM     (No. 9979483)

#20, you would be an excellent dinner companion. Good luck with Joni.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: garyhope, 8/25/2014 11:58:41 AM     (No. 9980130)

As a former musician, I think Joni Mitchell is very talented and very damned good as a songwriter and band leader.

She always drank good wine and hired good drummers and other musicians. That makes her worthwhile in my viewpoint.

Gail Sheehy on the other hand,...who cares what her "feelings" are or were. What makes her think we care about her superficial and lightweight thoughts are? Not me.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: Hazymac, 8/25/2014 2:19:15 PM     (No. 9980400)

Re #34: That was the last verse (see below). What you quoted from was the refrain (which changes slightly each time, reflecting the verse just completed).

Many years ago Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin guitarist) quoted Joni´s last verse: "But now old friends are acting strange, they shake their heads, they say I´ve changed. Well something´s lost but something´s gained in living every day." He said he wished he had written it. That´s the highest possible praise from a fellow songwriter.

I agree that what Gail Sheehy has written is, in itself, unimpressive and jejune; it was my excuse to get other LDotters into a discussion of one of my all time favorite artists, whose work remains vital in my life even decades after I first heard it.

Here´s "Taming the Tiger" from 1998, featuring Joni´s cigarette-deepened latter career voice. The song makes a direct reference to William Blake´s Song of Experience: "Tyger, Tyger" (Burning bright in the forests of the night). Joni, same as Yr Hmbl Srvnt and E. Hemingway, loves cats.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1g8RZw6rpeE

This has been a most successful thread. I love hearing my friends´ opinions.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: jdf, 8/25/2014 6:24:01 PM     (No. 9980731)

Help Me, A Case of You, River, A Free Man in Paris, Blue.... as a songwriter, JM has one of the greatest books in pop music. Her paintings are pretty amazing too.

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Reply 41 - Posted by: jdf, 8/25/2014 6:50:32 PM     (No. 9980775)

“Most of the hippie values were silly to me,” Mitchell says. “Free love, come on. It’s a ruse for guys. Look at the rep I got. It was a list of people whose path I crossed... in the summer of love they made me into this love bandit. So much for free love. Nobody knows more than me what a ruse that was.”

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Reply 42 - Posted by: GomerShabazz, 8/25/2014 7:11:57 PM     (No. 9980811)

It´s entertaining to watch old hippies get old and face death.....blah blah blah....doesnt mean squat when your worm food!...maybe you can tell God he is a sexist bigot, homophobe......good luck idiot!

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After declaring war on the Tea Party and often showing nothing but contempt for grassroots conservatives that powered Republicans to record gains in the 2010 midterm elections, Karl Rove whined that the GOP may not take back the Senate this year because of the lack of enthusiasm for his establishment-approved candidates. Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Rove notes that even though Obama´s "job approval numbers are lousy, no Democrat in a competitive Senate race polls regularly above 50%, GOP enthusiasm is high, and independents are trending Republican... each passing day provides evidence as to why a GOP Senate majority is

ISIS fighters terrified of being
killed by female troops

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New York Post, by Geoff Earle    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 9/20/2014 5:10:13 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Kurdish fighters battling ISIS desperately want more guns and armor, but they already have a secret weapon: The fanatics they’re fighting fear that if they get killed in combat by a woman, they won’t go to heaven. “They have many female battalions, as you know who fought very bravely,” Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.), who chairs the House International Relations Committee, told The Post of the Kurds. Royce, who met this week with the foreign minister of Kurdistan, cited recent reports of young female Kurdish troops “laughing” at ISIS forces they had turned back. “These ISIL soldiers apparently believed that if

Retired Head Of Marine Corps: Obama’s
ISIS Strategy Doesn’t Have ‘A Snowball’s
Chance In Hell Of Succeeding’

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Daily Caller, by Jamie Weinstein    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 9/20/2014 5:31:37 AM     Post Reply
The man who was the top Marine general from 2006 until his retirement in 2010 says President Barack Obama’s strategy to defeat the terrorist group the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria is doomed to fail. “I don’t think the president’s plan has a snowball’s chance in hell of succeeding,” retired Marine General James Conway, who served as the 34th Commandant of the Marine Corps during the end of the Bush administration and the beginning of the Obama administration, said at the Maverick PAC Conference in Washington, D.C. Friday, according to a source in attendance. Maverick PAC has described itself

´My kids´ defense of my family makes
my heart soar´: Sarah Palin finally speaks
out about Alaska brawl and proudly
defends ´straight-shooter´ Bristol accused
of punching a man in the face

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Daily Mail (UK), by Ashley Collman & Mia De Graaf    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 9/21/2014 12:04:21 PM     Post Reply
Sarah Palin has come out in defense of her daughter Bristol who allegedly punched a man in the face during a family brawl. The former Vice President candidate hailed her child as a ´straight shooter´ in a Facebook which appears to be her first veiled reference to the fight two weekends ago. The 23-year-old is said to have repeatedly hit the owner of a home in Anchorage, Alaska, during an outburst in which her brother Track broke four ribs and her father Todd was left with a bloody nose. (Tweet) It came after Willow Palin´s ex-boyfriend allegedly engage in some

Budget Chief: Denying Climate Change
‘Makes You a Member of the Flat
Earth Society’

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Cybercast News Service, by Penny Starr    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 9/20/2014 12:06:12 PM     Post Reply
Shawn Donovan, director of the Office of Management and Budget, said on Friday that if you don’t believe in climate change and support federal spending to fight it, you believe the earth is flat. “The failure to invest in climate solutions and climate preparedness doesn’t get you membership in a fiscal conservatives caucus,” Donovan said at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C. “It makes you a member of the Flat Earth Society.” Donovan, who formerly ran the Department of Housing and Urban Development under President Barack Obama, is now in charge of the arm of the executive branch

Ouch! NY Times TV Critic Says
CBS´s Version of Secretary of State
Hillary Is ´Hillary With a Human Face´

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Newsbusters, by Tim Graham    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 9/20/2014 4:29:34 PM     Post Reply
CBS is putting its Hillary-inspired drama "Madam Secretary" on Sunday nights next to "The Good Wife." In Friday´s New York Times, TV critic Alessandra Stanley discussed the two shows and slammed Hillary. "Hillary Rodham Clinton is the obvious inspiration, but this is Hillary with a human face," she wrote. During the Cold War, reporters would suggest a kinder, gentler Marxist regime was "communism with a human face." Stanley continued: "Téa Leoni, who has a husky voice and a loose, engaging manner, is an unusually likable beauty. As Elizabeth McCord, she has all the brains and determination of the original and none

Four teachings from Jesus
that everybody gets wrong

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CNN, by Amy-Jill Levine    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 9/21/2014 3:52:29 PM     Post Reply
It was once said, “religion is designed to comfort the afflicted and to afflict the comfortable.” Jesus’ parables – short stories with moral lessons – were likewise designed to afflict, to draw us in but leave us uncomfortable. These teachings can be read as being about divine love and salvation, sure. But, their first listeners – first century Jews in Galilee and Judea – heard much more challenging messages. Only when we hear the parables as Jesus’ own audience did can we fully experience their power and find ourselves surprised and challenged today. Here are four examples of Jesus’ teachings that everybody gets wrong: 1.

Democrats Are Poised To Hold The
Senate, And It´s Conservative´s Fault

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Townhall, by Derek Hunter    Original Article
Posted By: SpeedMaster- 9/21/2014 12:25:17 PM     Post Reply
I know a lot of people are giddy at the prospect of Republicans taking the Senate this November, but that’s becoming less and less likely. It’s not because Democrats are rallying around a particular mission or set of candidates; it’s because Republicans and conservatives aren’t. It seems like I’m always writing on issues no one wants to hear are mistakes, such as messaging or social issues. But I don’t care. These things have to be said. If these columns are received like a gaseous cousin on a long car trip through the desert, so be it. Crack a window… If things continue on their current course, the GOP will not retake the Senate.

Security breached:
Intruder gets into White House

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Associated Press, by Josh Lederman    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 9/20/2014 7:41:42 AM     Post Reply
Washington - The Secret Service is coming under intense scrutiny after a man who hopped the White House fence made it all the way through the front door before being apprehended. President Barack Obama and his daughters had just departed the White House on Friday evening when an intruder scaled the north fence, darted across the lawn and into the presidential residence, where agents nabbed him. The security breach triggered a rare evacuation of much of the White House, with Secret Service officers drawing their guns as they rushed staffers and journalists out a side door.

Is Obama whitewashing a traitor?
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New York Post, by Paul Sperry    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 9/20/2014 3:36:13 PM     Post Reply
Three and a half months have come and gone and the Pentagon has offered no clarity on what happened to alleged Army deserter and Taliban collaborator Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Fellow soldiers and other critics fear the military’s now-delayed investigation is shaping up to be a whitewash. The case has become a political powder keg for President Obama. Since he traded five imprisoned Taliban leaders for Bergdahl, the US Government Accountability Office has declared the swap illegal, and nearly two dozen House Democrats have joined Republicans in officially condemning the move for making “Americans less safe.”

Petition Urges Obama To Let Border-
Jumper Stay In The White House

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Daily Caller, by Neil Munro    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 9/21/2014 5:26:31 AM     Post Reply
The man who jumped the White House railing Sept. 19 deserves the right to live in President Barack Obama’s home, just as the president is allowing hundreds of thousands of border-jumping Central Americans to live in Americans’ homeland, says a new tongue-in-cheek petition posted at the White House website. “We urge President Obama to immediately and publicly recognize that Mr. Omar J. Gonzalez, an oppressed migrant, was merely looking for a better life when he entered the White House after going over the classist, divisive and needless fence,” says the petition, which was authored by D.A. King, founder of the Georgia-based

Two Redheaded Strangers
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New York Times, by Maureen Dowd    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 9/21/2014 4:41:06 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — WHEN Willie Nelson invites you to get high with him on his bus, you go. The man is the patron saint of pot, after all, and I’m the poster girl for bad pot trips. It seemed like a match made in hash heaven. When Nelson sang at the 9:30 club in D.C. one recent night, I ventured onto the Honeysuckle Rose, as his tour bus and home-away-from-home is called. I was feeling pretty shy about meeting him. The 81-year-old Redheaded Stranger is an icon, one of America’s top songwriters and, as Rolling Stone said, “a hippie’s hippie and


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