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Telling the Emperor He’s Naked OR Saying What Others are Afraid to.

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Sometimes when Bill O’Reilly speaks I find myself shaking my head in disbelief and disagreement.  Other times my nodding is profuse and fervent in the positive.

Regardless of what you personally think of Bill O’Reilly, the man isn’t afraid to say what he thinks and more often than not what others are likely thinking but are too afraid to say themselves.

So it is with his Talking Points segment on the O’Reilly Factor Monday night following President Obama’s second speech on the Trayvon Martin case and race in America.

Personally, I felt the President injected himself into the Zimmerman case haphazardly and recklessly when he made his first statement prior to the trial or any presentation of evidence in the case.  I felt he unnecessarily created more angst and bitterness with his unbalanced remarks which made it appear the president had taken sides and with no thought toward the presumption of innocence until proven guilty by a court of law with regard to George Zimmerman.

This second speech was more tempered and calculated than the first but still failed, in my opinion, to root out the main cause for the tensions and problems that exist with regard to race in America today and failed to acknowledge the core reasons for the problems that plague the African American community.  He ignored them, played the blame game, and did little to ease the tensions of which he spoke.

I’ve long held the belief that the disintegration of the family has led to more problems in society than any other failure and that includes the black community.  I still hold that belief and apparently Bill O’Reilly sees it that way too.  Fix that problem and many many other problems go away.  It’s not a panacea but it is a huge part of the cure.

Of course in the days following this monologue the excuse makers and placaters have come out in droves.

The Royal Court is not pleased at having its leader’s bareness outed.

Written by DCL

July 24, 2013 at 3:44 pm

Vetting Sandra Fluke Not a Fluke.

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Sandra FlukeSandra Fluke became the center of media attention at the end of February when she appeared before a group of Senators to share her story and feelings about Georgetown University and it’s student insurance which does not provide free contraception.

Since her controversial testimony on February 23, Sandra Fluke has been called a slew of names, from a heroine to a “slut” the now infamous word used to describe her by Rush Limbaugh. But the truth is, she may actually just be a fake.  Gateway Pundit and Hot Air suggest that may be the case, citing a post by Jammie Wearing Fools that says:

“For me the interesting part of the story is the ever-evolving “coed”. I put that in quotes because in the beginning she was described as a Georgetown law student. It was then revealed that prior to attending Georgetown she was an active women’s right advocate. In one of her first interviews she is quoted as talking about how she reviewed Georgetown’s insurance policy prior to committing to attend, and seeing that it didn’t cover contraceptive services,  she decided to attend with the express purpose of battling this policy. During this time, she was described as a 23-year-old coed. Magically, at the same time Congress is debating the forced coverage of contraception, she appears and is even brought to Capitol Hill to testify. This morning, in an interview with Matt Lauer on the Today show, it was revealed that she is 30 years old,  NOT the 23 that had been reported all along.”

Fluke is really 30 years-old and has been a women‘s rights activist who not only didn’t get caught without contraception at Georgetown, but specifically knew the university didn’t cover it and chose to attend anyway so she could fight against the policy.

The idea that Fluke is herself an unwitting victim of Georgetown’s policy on contraceptives is now apparently a ruse. In several interviews, especially following Rush Limbaugh’s attack, Fluke has implicitly included herself in the group of women who allegedly unwittingly suffer as a result of Georgetown’s policies. This is a key point for the Democrats supporting her, for if Fluke did happen to read Georgetown’s insurance policy before coming and decide to come anyway, that would, at best, undermine her spokeswoman status and at worse make her a fraud.


I don’t have to agree with a person’s right or reasons to protest and seek changes to policies or laws or whatever they are not happy about, to respect that right.  I just want to know that its genuine and they are who they claim to be and the thing they claim to be an injustice is legitimate, at least in their eyes, and above board.  I can respect that.  What I can’t deal with is a fake.  A liar.  Someone who manipulates and twists the truth in a way to exaggerate their case or try to make their ideas or opinions more consequential.

This is a fairly damning report, especially when combined with the knowledge that Miss Fluke was also being handled and represented by someone at the progressive PR firm SKDKnickerbocker, where Anita Dunn — the former Obama communications director — is a managing director. This was reported last week by Bill O’Reilly on his Fox News program.  O’Reilly flat out says he believes the Sandra Fluke controversy was manufactured to divert attention away from President Obama and his unconstitutional mandate and attack on religious freedom.

While I don’t agree with Rush Limbaugh’s portrayal of Miss Fluke, this new information also makes the attack on Limbaugh by the left and mainstream media look even more hypocritical and more like a witch hunt to silence a very successful and influential conservative voice.

You can read a full report on Fluke and these interesting revelations about her HERE at

Written by DCL

March 12, 2012 at 9:53 pm