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Live Thread: State of the Union 2013 Speeches by Obama, Rubio, Paul - Tea Party 9:00 P.M. EST
Live video via C-SPAN ^ | Tuesday, Feburary 12, 2013

Posted on 02/12/2013 3:44:56 PM PST by kristinn

Barack Obama speaks at 9 p.m. EST. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) gives the GOP response after Obama speaks. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) gives the Tea Party Express response around 10 p.m.

Sen. Paul's speech can be seen live on the Tea Party Express website.


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1 posted on 02/12/2013 3:45:04 PM PST by kristinn
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I just heard on Fox that Rubio will give the response in both English and Spanish. So, why the pandering Marco?
2 posted on 02/12/2013 3:47:57 PM PST by re_nortex
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So, I wonder if our fearless Republican Congress critters and Senators will be standing and clapping like drunken sea lions when King Barry makes his big entrance?


3 posted on 02/12/2013 3:50:00 PM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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4 posted on 02/12/2013 3:52:34 PM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: kristinn

bttt


5 posted on 02/12/2013 3:55:37 PM PST by TigersEye (The irresponsible should not be leading the responsible.)
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The Obama administration is showing Obama's speech in an "enhanced" version at WhiteHouse.gov starting at 8:50 p.m. EST.

Play State of the Union Twister with this White House issued game board:


6 posted on 02/12/2013 3:58:58 PM PST by kristinn (Welcome to the Soviet States of Obama)
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To: kristinn

DVR is full of Breaking Bad I need to watch. Got lots of cool documentaries in my Netflix Instant Watch.

So enjoy watching the short bus known as D.C., guys!


7 posted on 02/12/2013 3:59:02 PM PST by VanDeKoik
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Anonymous threatens to take down State of the Union livestream (teleprompter hacked?)
8 posted on 02/12/2013 4:03:35 PM PST by TigersEye (The irresponsible should not be leading the responsible.)
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To: kristinn

I wouldn’t be surprised if 0bama uses the NK nuke test to argue that the sequestration places America’s forces at great risk at time of danger. Not that he cares about defense, he just wants to stop the other cuts more than he wants to cut defense.

Odd how NK could have given him the perfect excuse to make this pitch if he does so.


9 posted on 02/12/2013 4:04:02 PM PST by Lou Budvis
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To: kristinn

I canNOT listen to the lying liar’s voice, so will read what I need to know here.

Thanks, Kristinn!


10 posted on 02/12/2013 4:07:14 PM PST by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos!)
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To: kristinn
Thanks for the STFU, er, SOTU thread.

Read somewhere on FR that Rand is FOR amnesty. Hope it's not true...hopefully he'll dispel any of that nonsense with his response speech.

11 posted on 02/12/2013 4:08:07 PM PST by Jane Long
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To: re_nortex

This is not pandering. Until we make English the official language, why not do a response in Spanish? How many illegals voted? Our country is broken, he’s trying to attract those people. We might not like it, but, it is reality.


12 posted on 02/12/2013 4:08:43 PM PST by Indy Pendance
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To: re_nortex

The “pandering” irks me to no end! I have lost respect for him because of that!


13 posted on 02/12/2013 4:13:40 PM PST by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos!)
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To: TigersEye

Maybe Ted Nugent can drown Obama out with this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lz8QXngF6W8


14 posted on 02/12/2013 4:20:14 PM PST by sheikdetailfeather (Yuri Bezmenov (KGB Defector) - "Kick The Communists Out of Your Govt. & Don't Accept Their Goodies.")
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To: kristinn

Darn. The litter box needs to be cleaned at 9.


15 posted on 02/12/2013 4:20:14 PM PST by matt04
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Guest List for the First Lady's Box at the State of the Union Address

First Lady Michelle Obama

Dr. Jill Biden

Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President

The following individuals will be seated in the box with the First Lady and Dr. Biden at the State of the Union Address:

Sergeant Sheena Adams (Vista, CA) Team Advisor & Lead Instructor, Female Engagement Team
A native of Kauai, Hawaii, Sergeant Adams joined the Marine Corps in 2003 and attended recruit training in Parris Island, S.C. In 2010, Sergeant Adams joined the Female Engagement Team (FET) and was deployed to Helmand Province, Afghanistan from September 2010 to April 2011 in direct support of 1st Battalion 8th Marines in Musa Qal’eh District. Sergeant Adams received her Combat Action Ribbon and Navy and Marine Corp Achievement Medal (second award) after successful completion of the deployment. In September 2011, Sergeant Adams returned to 1st Marine Expeditionary Force Advisor Training Cell, as Team Advisor/Liaison and lead FET instructor, where she re-engineered the Period of Instruction for future FETs.

Alan Aleman (Las Vegas, NV) DREAM Student ILLEGAL ALIEN
Alan Aleman was born in Mexico City, Mexico. In high school, Alan watched his friends come of age – driving around town with their new licenses and earning some extra cash from their summer jobs at the mall. Although Alan knew he could not do those things because of his immigration status, he was determined to get a good education. Last year, when Alan heard the news that the Obama Administration was going to provide Deferred Action for undocumented youth like him to emerge from the shadows, he was one of the first to sign up. Alan was among the first people in Nevada to get approved. In that moment, Alan said, “I felt the fear vanish. I felt accepted.” Today, Alan is in his second year at the College of Southern Nevada. He’s studying to become a doctor and he hopes to join the Air Force. Alan is currently working at Hermandad Mexicana, where he is in charge of final review for DACA applications.

Jack Andraka (Crownsville, MD) Winner of the 2012 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair
Jack Andraka, 16, of North County High School, was awarded first place for his new method to detect pancreatic cancer at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 2012, a program of Society for Science & the Public. Motivated by the death of his uncle due to pancreatic cancer, Jack created a simple dip-stick sensor based on diabetic test paper to test blood or urine to determine whether or not a patient has early-stage pancreatic cancer. His study resulted in over 90 percent accuracy and showed his patent-pending sensor to be 28 times faster, 28 times less expensive and over 100 times more sensitive than current tests. President Obama strongly believes that we need more students like Jack who are passionate about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and has hosted two White House Science Fairs to celebrate students participating in such competitions.

Susan Bumgarner (Norman, OK) Early Childhood Educator
Susan Bumgarner's home state of Oklahoma is a national leader in providing access to high quality preschool for all children, and she has been an early educator in the Oklahoma system for more than twenty years. Susan was educated at the University of Oklahoma and influenced by family members who taught and studied there. Susan has written curriculum, trained Head Start teachers, taught infants and toddlers, and prepared parents by teaching Early Birds readiness class. In 1992 Susan began teaching pre-kindergarten at what is now Wilson Arts Integration Elementary School, a public school. “My work is enthralling and my students are amazing, creative, intelligent people,” she said. “It is an honor to facilitate their playful transition into the formal world of learning.”

Deb Carey (New Glarus, WI) Small Business Owner, New Glarus Brewing Company
Deborah Carey’s decision to start New Glarus Brewing Company was rooted in doing what was best for her family. As she worked on a business plan, her husband Dan, a master brewer, gathered the materials, grains and equipment needed for start-up. In 1993 they negotiated to rent a warehouse in New Glarus, exchanging the lease for stock in the New Glarus Brewing Company. They sold their home and raised $40,000 in seed money, but still needed more funding. Deborah pitched her story to local newspapers, and the media attention brought $200,000 from investors. In the early days, the couple worked hard to establish the brewery’s reputation for consistent quality beers and developed a very loyal customer base. Today, New Glarus Brewing Company has grown to 50 full-time employees, and registered growth in profits of 123 percent from 2007 to 2009, becoming Wisconsin’s number one micro-brewery relative to sales volume.

Sergeant Carlos Evans, USMC (Cameron, NC) Wounded Warrior
Sergeant Evans, born in Puerto Rico, was on his fourth overseas deployment when he sustained injuries in Afghanistan that resulted in the loss of both of his legs and his left hand. Recovering at Walter Reed Medical Center, Sergeant Evans met the First Lady and later visited the White House for a Wounded Warrior Tour. At that time, the President signed his prosthetic arm. He credits the support he has received from private organizations to the First Lady and Dr. Biden’s efforts in Joining Forces. In 2012, he received a custom home from Operation Coming Home and now resides in North Carolina with his wife and two young daughters.

Tim Cook (Cupertino, CA) CEO of Apple
Before being named CEO in August 2011, Tim was Apple's Chief Operating Officer and was responsible for all of the company’s worldwide sales and operations, including end-to-end management of Apple’s supply chain, sales activities, and service and support in all markets and countries. He also headed Apple’s Macintosh division and played a key role in the continued development of strategic reseller and supplier relationships, ensuring flexibility in response to an increasingly demanding marketplace.

Prior to joining Apple, Tim was vice president of Corporate Materials for Compaq and was responsible for procuring and managing all of Compaq’s product inventory. Previous to his work at Compaq, Tim was the chief operating officer of the Reseller Division at Intelligent Electronics. Tim also spent 12 years with IBM, most recently as director of North American Fulfillment where he led manufacturing and distribution functions for IBM’s Personal Computer Company in North and Latin America.

Tim earned an M.B.A. from Duke University, where he was a Fuqua Scholar, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Auburn University.

Cleopatra Cowley-Pendleton and Nathaniel A. Pendleton Sr. (Chicago, IL)
Cleopatra and Nathaniel’s daughter Hadiya Pendleton was murdered on January 29, 2013, when she was shot and killed in Harsh Park on Chicago’s South Side. Hadiya had participated in President Obama’s public inaugural celebration on January 21, 2013. She was an honor student and band majorette at King College Prep High School. First Lady Michelle Obama attended Hadiya’s memorial service on Saturday, February 6th.

Menchu de Luna Sanchez (Secaucus, NJ) Registered Nurse, NYU Langone Medical Center
When Hurricane Sandy cut the power at NYU Langone Medical Center, Menchu Sanchez, a Registered Nurse, devised a plan to transport twenty at-risk infants to intensive care units around the city. She organized the nurses and doctors to carefully carry the babies down eight flights of stairs with only cell phones to light the way. Even as Menchu’s own home was flooding, she thought only of protecting the babies in her care. Menchu was born, raised, and educated in the Philippines and she immigrated to the United States in the 1980s. She has worked as a nurse in New York for more than 25 years, and has been at NYU since 2010. Menchu currently lives in New Jersey with her husband and two children, both of whom are in college.

Bobak Ferdowsi (Pasadena, CA) Flight Director, Mars Curiosity Rover
Bobak Ferdowsi, aka NASA’s “Mohawk Guy,” is a member of the Mars Curiosity rover team at NASA and Caltech’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California. After the successful landing of the Curiosity rover in August 2012, President Obama called to congratulate the team on their success, and singled out Bobak for his unique haircut that captured the imagination of millions of people around the world. The Curiosity rover is a car-sized robot equipped with a laser, chemistry set, and drill for assessing whether Mars ever had an environment able to support small life forms. Bobak is an Iranian-American and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) professional who, in addition to his inspiring day-to-day work on the Mars Curiosity mission, volunteers as a FIRST robotics mentor to get more boys and girls excited about STEM education.

Bradley Henning (Louisville, KY) Machinist, Atlas Machine and Supply
Bradley Henning’s high school has one of the best machining programs in Kentucky. He got hooked on machining in his sophomore year, and by the time he graduated, Bradley had taken enough vocational classes to get hired as a full-time apprentice with Atlas Machine and Supply in Louisville, Kentucky. For the past four years, Bradley has worked under a veteran machinist and is taking additional classes to earn his full certification. Today, at 23, he is a card-carrying Journeyman Machinist at Atlas, and responsible for mentoring the next generation of apprentices. Bradley is committed to a career in manufacturing and sees a bright future ahead. “This is going to be my lifelong career,” he said. “I come in every day with a smile on my face. I learn something new every day…I love that.”

Tracey Hepner (Arlington, VA) Co-Founder, Military Partners and Families Coalition
Tracey is a co-founder of the Military Partners and Families Coalition (MPFC), which provides support, resources, education, and advocacy for LGBT military partners and their families. Outside of her work with MPFC, Tracey works full time for the Department of Homeland Security as a Master Behavior Detection Officer. She is married to the first openly gay or lesbian general officer in the military, Army Brigadier General Tammy Smith.

Peter Hudson (Evergreen, CO) Co-Founder and CEO, iTriage
Dr. Peter Hudson, the co-founder and CEO of iTriage, is a physician and entrepreneur with more than 15 years of experience founding and growing healthcare-related businesses. His focus has been on creating efficiencies within the healthcare delivery system, and empowering healthcare consumers with technology. Using open government data, Dr. Hudson launched iTriage in 2009, a company focused on prompting citizens to actively engage in their own healthcare. Through the app, an example of government inspired innovation, smartphone users can locate nearby providers based on their symptoms, make appointments, store their personal health records, save medication refill reminders, and learn about thousands of medications, diseases and procedures.

Governor John Kitzhaber (D-OR)
Governor John Kitzhaber has built on his experience as a former emergency room doctor to transform health care delivery in Oregon. Now in his third term, Governor Kitzhaber is working with the Obama administration to scale up innovative models that show how government can do more with less. These performance partnerships, which emphasize federal flexibility and local accountability, are key to achieving improved health care outcomes and efficiencies, better results for our students and building the infrastructure we'll need to unleash the 21st century economy.

Mayor Marie Lopez Rogers (Avondale, AZ)
Marie Lopez Rogers served on the Avondale City Council for 14 years before being elected as the city’s first Latina Mayor in 2006. Growing up in migrant farm labor camps and picking cotton alongside her parents in fields where her City Hall now stands, Mayor Rogers never imagined that she would be guiding the transformation of the region. Mayor Rogers currently serves as Chair of the Maricopa Association of Governments. In Dec. 2012, she was named president of the National League of Cities, an organization dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. She and her husband Ed have been married for 43 years and have three children and six grandchildren.

Amanda E. McMillan (Jackson, MS) Pay Discrimination Victim
For a number of years Amanda McMillan worked as a secretary for the owner of a Forrest City Grocery Company. She was doing many of the same duties as male salespeople, but at lower pay. Despite repeatedly asking to be officially promoted to the better and higher-paying job in sales, she was told by the company that the job of a salesman was too dangerous for a woman, and that she would not be a good mother if she were on the road meeting customers. With the help of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), she sued the company for sex discrimination. The lawsuit charged that Forrest City Grocery denied sales positions to an employee because she was a woman and paid McMillan less than men doing the same work. When asked why she has pursued the case, McMillan said, “I’m doing this because it was wrong and I could never look my girls in the face and then tell them they live in America and could be anything they wanted to be.”As a result of the suit, Forrest City Grocery agreed to pay $125,000 in monetary damages and agreed to disseminate employment policies to employees and provide ongoing training for management on sex discrimination. Amanda, a mother of three, currently lives in Jackson, MS.

Lee Maxwell (Wilton, IA)
Graduate, Kirkwood Community College Wind Technician Program In 2012, Lee Maxwell graduated from Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He gained twenty six separate certifications in everything from reading blueprints to driving forklifts. Today, he’s responsible for turning on the power for new wind turbines that are being built all around the country. Kirkwood started its wind technician training program three years ago in partnership with Iowa-based Clipper Windpower, combining an industry-based curriculum and donated equipment to give students the hands-on experience they need to succeed.

Lieutenant Brian Murphy (Oak Creek, WI)
Lieutenant Brian Murphy was the first police officer to arrive at the scene of the tragic Sikh temple shooting in Oak Creek, Wisconsin last August. Lt. Murphy directly confronted the shooter, and took fifteen bullets to his head, neck, and body before the rest of the police force arrived. When his fellow officers moved to assist him, he waved them off and told them to protect the threatened citizens who remained in the temple. When asked how he was able to respond with such bravery, Lt. Murphy responded, “That’s just the way we’re made.” Today, Lt. Murphy is on medical leave from the force and still recovering from his injuries. Lt. Murphy has served as a police officer for more than twenty years and previously served in the Marine Corps and the United National security force. He lives with his wife and children in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.

Lisa Richards (Arlington, VA) #My2K Participant
Lisa Richards, a single mom, was one of thousands of Americans who shared stories about what paying $2,200 more in taxes would mean for her family by using #My2K. She wrote, “It's 20 weeks of groceries, two years worth of gasoline, 1/3 of a new roof (which I need), six months of utilities.” With the passage of the middle class tax cuts at the beginning of the year, Lisa and millions of Americans like her did not see did not see an income tax increase. Born in Philadelphia and raised in New York and Dallas, Lisa has called the Washington, DC area home for more than 25 years. She now lives in Arlington, Virginia with her seven-year-old daughter working freelance and contract work for a variety of website clients.

Kaitlin Roig (Greenwich, CT) 1st Grade Teacher, Sandy Hook Elementary School
Kaitlin Roig has taught first grade for six years at Sandy Hook Elementary, and has always had a passion for education and working with children. She attended and received her Master’s degree from the NEAG School of Education at the University of Connecticut, where she was a member of the Order of Omega Honor Society, The Historical Honor Society, and the NEAG honor society. In addition to her teaching, Kaitlin also started a running club called Marathon Mondays for third and fourth grade students at Sandy Hook Elementary. She will be running the New York City Marathon this year.

Abby Schanfield (Minneapolis, MN) ACA Beneficiary
Prior to the passage of the Affordable Care Act, Abby would have lost coverage upon turning 21 and would not have been able to obtain care due to her several pre-existing conditions. Abby is a member of TakeAction Minnesota’s healthcare team, a grassroots organization that advocates for progressive policies ranging from health care to economic reform. Abby was influenced by her experiences growing up with a chronic illness, and the privileges that come with being insured. A recent graduate of the University of Minnesota, Abby hopes to work in public policy, focusing on women’s and community health.

Haile Thomas (Tucson, AZ) Let’s Move! Champion
Haile Thomas is a 12 year-old Youth Advisory Board member with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. She is Co-Founder/Director of the HAPPY Organization, an Arizona nonprofit dedicated to improving the health and wellness of youth through education, outreach, and advocacy about proper nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices. Haile hosts an annual H.E.A.L. (healthy eating, active lifestyle) Festival on Global Youth Service Day in Tucson. She created the Healthy Girl Adventures Club to inspire girls to embrace healthy habits, and produces online cooking videos aimed at encouraging kids to get cooking. Haile is also the Youth Spokesperson and Jr. Chef Consultant for Hyatt Hotels.

Desiline Victor (Miami, FL)
Desiline Victor, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Haiti and retired farmworker, is 102 years old. On October 28, the first Sunday of early voting in Florida, Desiline went to vote at her polling place, a local library. When she arrived at 10:00 a.m., wait times were up to six hours. Determined to vote, she stood in line for three hours, until 1:00 p.m. After citizen advocates complained that the elderly woman was struggling on her feet, a poll worker asked Desiline to come back at a later time. On Desiline’s second visit that evening, she was finally able to cast her ballot. When she emerged from the building with her “I Voted” sticker, the crowd of thousands of waiting voters erupted into applause. Several voters remarked that the lines were long, and they needed to get home, but because of Desiline they would continue to stand and wait. Desiline resides in North Miami, where she is lovingly known as “Granny” among the city’s Haitian community. A spirited and independent centenarian, she enjoys attending church services and cooking her own meals.

16 posted on 02/12/2013 4:20:26 PM PST by kristinn (Welcome to the Soviet States of Obama)
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To: kristinn; StarFan; NautiNurse; Black Agnes; GOPsterinMA; raccoonradio; DTogo; DollyCali; ...
OK, everybody take a drink when The One says "fair share", "revenue", "invest" and/or "assault weapon".

We'll all be under the table in the first 15 minutes or so...

17 posted on 02/12/2013 4:22:11 PM PST by nutmeg (FUBO!)
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To: Indy Pendance
This is not pandering. Until we make English the official language, why not do a response in Spanish? How many illegals voted? Our country is broken, he’s trying to attract those people. We might not like it, but, it is reality.

You're right, I don't like it one bit. Indeed, you're quite correct, English is not America's official language but it's the default language of our country. I think Tim James of Alabama was right in every way.

In my opinion, what it comes down to is this: If a Mexican (or other Latino) won't bother to assimilate by learning the defacto language of America, how can we be sure they'll embrace other aspects of our values and culture?

I'll freely admit to being a traditionalist and, truth be told, intolerant. But I want to see America go back to the country I so fondly remember when there was no "press 1 for English" messages and I could turn on any television station and understand every word without half of them being in a foreign language. And, respectfully, that's why I perceive as pandering what Marco Rubio plans for tonight.

18 posted on 02/12/2013 4:22:44 PM PST by re_nortex
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To: kristinn

Is there gonna be room for her fat butt in that box?


19 posted on 02/12/2013 4:23:54 PM PST by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos!)
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To: onyx
Be sure to take a drink when The One says "fair share", "revenue", "invest" and/or "assault weapon".

We'll all be under the table in the first 15 minutes or so...

20 posted on 02/12/2013 4:24:18 PM PST by nutmeg (FUBO!)
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To: LUV W

He’s a politician and has to play to all voters, including the 13 million new ones we’re gonna have.

If we keep doing the same thing and expecting different results we are insane.


21 posted on 02/12/2013 4:24:43 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: LUV W

What humors me is that the spotlight has been taken entirely off of the POTUS’s SOTU tonite by the surrounding of the LAPD Cop murderer Dorner, out in CA. The leadup to the speech is virtually nonexistant on the TV channels, that are all fixated on the police standoff in the mountains outside of LA. After the POTUS’s speech is over, anyone who is watching will immediately switch back to the standoff, and the cable channels will be focused on this, not the POTUS’s speech. Why watch a dull speech when there is an exciting showdown going on out West?

Plus, on another front, there is the fact that Hugo Chavez is on his way out and could die any minute. So delighted Obama’s moment of glory is being obliterated by other news. The only thing I am not delighted about, in fact feel awful about, is the fact that another LAPD officer died in the shootout today with Dorner up in the woods. Hope the other officer that was shot too is okay. Haven’t heard anything yet about his status yet. This Dorner is a one man destruction machine. Just heard a tactical operation is now underway and that teargas has been fired. Back to the TV.


22 posted on 02/12/2013 4:26:19 PM PST by flaglady47 (When the gov't fears the people, liberty; When the people fear the gov't, tyranny.)
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To: LUV W
I'm surprised a couple of you call him giving the speech also in Spanish, is pandering. So many Spanish people don't speak English but they vote. Why wouldn't we want them to hear what Rubio says about the economy, our debt, less spending, etc.. I don't believe he is only giving it in Spanish to talk about amnesty. Perhaps that is what you mean, that he's only doing it to give them a “free” pass into the US.

I don't mean to fight with either of you but we're going to have to speak to the Spanish.

23 posted on 02/12/2013 4:29:20 PM PST by Marcella (Prepping can save your life today. Going Galt is freedom.)
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To: nutmeg

I couldn’t drink like that back in the days when I drank like that! lol


24 posted on 02/12/2013 4:29:47 PM PST by TigersEye (The irresponsible should not be leading the responsible.)
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To: re_nortex

We are praticing on becoming DimRats. This is just the begining.


25 posted on 02/12/2013 4:30:29 PM PST by elephant
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To: re_nortex

Just fifteen years ago, I would go into a local store, and the sound of ANY foreign language would be so unusual and rare that I’d just instinctively turn and make a mental note of it. That was fifteen years ago. Now, I go into the same local stores, and 75% of what I hear is Spanish. I’m now the stranger in my own land... I’m now the one getting dirty looks... and I’m now the one paying through the nose, for schooling, insurance, taxes, and now living in a ratty, degraded third-world atmosphere of increased crime and blight.

At least I haven’t paid as much as my friend across the street, whose young nephew and sister-in-law were smashed into a bloody pulp on the highway by a drunk illegal. Or, the honor student who was down the street on his bike and got run down by two illegals fleeing the quickie-mart they had just robbed.

This is what I think of, when Rubio gives a response in Spanish. The mere thought of it makes my blood boil. I hope every bastard politician that IGNORED our rule of law and let this invasion occur... they can all die in a fire. I’d even lend the matches to get it started. Damn them all to hell. I will NOT be tuning in to Rubio and his amnesty talk.


26 posted on 02/12/2013 4:42:42 PM PST by greene66
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To: Marcella; LUV W
I'm surprised a couple of you call him giving the speech also in Spanish, is pandering. So many Spanish people don't speak English but they vote. Why wouldn't we want them to hear what Rubio says about the economy, our debt, less spending, etc.. I don't believe he is only giving it in Spanish to talk about amnesty. Perhaps that is what you mean, that he's only doing it to give them a “free” pass into the US.

I don't mean to fight with either of you but we're going to have to speak to the Spanish.

Thanks for the comment, and likewise, I don't seek confrontation over this matter. That said, I do strongly disagree and unless you have some very persuasive points, I don't think I'll budge from my position. Permit to explain why I take such a hardline stand on the issue of language and why the immigrants must come to our terms and we, not to theirs.

Assimilation works best by total immersion. Here in Texas and elsewhere, we have billboards on the highways in Spanish. The airwaves are filled with Mexican music and Spanish language programs. An immigrant (legal or illegal) is hard pressed to recognize that we're a very different country from whence they came.

There was a time when, in order to become a citizen, proficiency in the language and knowledge of American history was required. In my opinion, we've made it far too easy for people who have no intention of embracing our culture and values to enjoy the benefits of America.

Calvin Coolidge's (a favorite of President Ronald Reagan) words come to mind:

American institutions rest solely on good citizenship. They were created by people who had a background of self-government. New arrivals should be limited to our capacity to absorb them into the ranks of good citizenship. America must be kept American. For this purpose it is necessary to continue a policy of restricted immigration. It would be well to make such immigration of a selective nature with some inspection at the source, and based either on a prior census or upon the record of naturalization. Either method would insure the admission of those with the largest capacity and best intention of becoming citizens. Those who do not want to be partakers of the American spirit ought not to settle in America.

We'll probably still disagree (although will have done so in a FRiendly manner). From my standpoint, speaking English is one of the metrics of "partaking in the American spirit".

27 posted on 02/12/2013 4:44:04 PM PST by re_nortex
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28 posted on 02/12/2013 4:44:15 PM PST by RedMDer (Support Free Republic)
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To: driftdiver

Well, since I haven’t seen anything different happening......

*sigh*


29 posted on 02/12/2013 4:48:41 PM PST by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos!)
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To: kristinn

30 posted on 02/12/2013 4:50:56 PM PST by bigheadfred
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To: sneakers

Bttt


31 posted on 02/12/2013 4:51:06 PM PST by sneakers (Go Sheriff Joe!)
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To: sneakers

Will the Cable Networks turn away from the shootout for the SOTU?

Hahahahaha maybe not!!


32 posted on 02/12/2013 4:54:36 PM PST by ConservativeMan55
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To: kristinn
I heard a rumor Obama will present the following charts during SOTU speech:

obama tax plan:

33 posted on 02/12/2013 4:56:53 PM PST by entropy12 (The republic is doomed when people figure out they can get free stuff by voting democrats)
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To: greene66; dfwgator; GeronL; mylife
Just fifteen years ago, I would go into a local store, and the sound of ANY foreign language would be so unusual and rare that I’d just instinctively turn and make a mental note of it. That was fifteen years ago. Now, I go into the same local stores, and 75% of what I hear is Spanish. I’m now the stranger in my own land... I’m now the one getting dirty looks... and I’m now the one paying through the nose, for schooling, insurance, taxes, and now living in a ratty, degraded third-world atmosphere of increased crime and blight.

At least I haven’t paid as much as my friend across the street, whose young nephew and sister-in-law were smashed into a bloody pulp on the highway by a drunk illegal. Or, the honor student who was down the street on his bike and got run down by two illegals fleeing the quickie-mart they had just robbed.

I'm not sure what part of the country you're in but I still think you'll find Sean Bass and His Sobering Stance on Driving Drunk an interesting (if not blood boiling) read. I've pinged a few people from hereabouts in the Ft. Worth-Dallas area who are likely familiar with the individual in the story's headline. He has a rather high profile in the area and, like you, is acquainted with the state to which America has descended because of the invasion from across the Rio Grande.

The Dallas Observer is a leftist periodical but I'll give them credit for identifying the driver, Osvaldo Cerda, who took a life:

And in a twist of irony, the article I linked to has the "Ask a Mexican" column on the same page.


34 posted on 02/12/2013 4:58:25 PM PST by re_nortex
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To: kristinn
Sen. Paul's speech can be seen live on the Tea Party Express website.

Oh good. I could care less about the sotu, but I wanted to hear the rebuttal, and I wasn't sure what time it would be on. The last thing I wanted to do was hear barrack stalins face spewing it's crap again.

Thanks for the info. It saves us a LOT of trouble.

35 posted on 02/12/2013 4:59:05 PM PST by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: Marcella

I say that they must speak to US. But we will pander. That’s what the Rs do any more.


36 posted on 02/12/2013 5:01:13 PM PST by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos!)
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To: re_nortex

I totally agree and lose patience and respect with those who can’t see that pandering is the wrong path to take.


37 posted on 02/12/2013 5:03:00 PM PST by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos!)
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To: Lou Budvis
I wouldn’t be surprised if 0bama uses the NK nuke test to argue that the sequestration places America’s forces at great risk at time of danger.

Go ahead and pass the sequestration, then immediately pass a bill to refund the military only, and reduce somewhere else. Democrats couldn't argue with it, because they're using the military cuts as an excuse to forget the whole thing.

38 posted on 02/12/2013 5:05:20 PM PST by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: entropy12

Nice charts. Your fellow citizens don’t care. Or else they tremble in fear of being called “racist” by either side if they should notice something’s amiss!


39 posted on 02/12/2013 5:05:20 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: nutmeg

Wonder if he’ll say “this economy I inherited from myself”. /s


40 posted on 02/12/2013 5:08:49 PM PST by Jane Long
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To: onyx

41 posted on 02/12/2013 5:09:47 PM PST by Lucky9teen (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading.~Thomas Jeffer)
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To: kristinn

It would be interesting to see the links to those names of Michelle’s box attendees and their ties to Agenda 21.

I’m disgusted that the mayor from my city will be there, sucking up to Moochelle. Ugh.


42 posted on 02/12/2013 5:14:07 PM PST by Lucky9teen (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading.~Thomas Jeffer)
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To: onyx

That is a recipe for alcohol poisoning.


43 posted on 02/12/2013 5:14:07 PM PST by Hoodat ("As for God, His way is perfect" - Psalm 18:30)
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To: greene66
This is what I think of, when Rubio gives a response in Spanish. The mere thought of it makes my blood boil.... I will NOT be tuning in to Rubio and his amnesty talk.

Ditto.. Rubio is a fraud. If people believe Rubio is Conservative, then they have not read enough about him. He is just a smooth talker that can parrot Conservatism.

The simple fact that Rubio will give the response in Spanish shows he is a panderer of the worse kind.

Only English should be spoken by our leaders.

44 posted on 02/12/2013 5:14:22 PM PST by sand88
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To: re_nortex

More and more, I think Calvin Coolidge is my favorite president.


45 posted on 02/12/2013 5:16:41 PM PST by Lucky9teen (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading.~Thomas Jeffer)
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To: TigersEye

Me neither, LOL!


46 posted on 02/12/2013 5:18:17 PM PST by nutmeg (FUBO!)
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To: re_nortex

Oh, and I agree wholeheartedly with your sentiments!!! Enough of the melting pot, where America and the American spirit are being melted away. It’s time for THEM to conform to US.

As well, I could be wrong, but I do believe ALL other countries require this of anyone who migrates into their country. Why should America be different? If people don’t like it, don’t come here.


47 posted on 02/12/2013 5:20:32 PM PST by Lucky9teen (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading.~Thomas Jeffer)
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To: re_nortex

Get over it. What’s “pandering” about that?

The Dems are just jealous because they don’t have anybody who speaks good enough Spanish to do that. Rubio does - he’s not somebody from an illiterate family who grew up speaking Spanglish, but actually speaks good, grammatical Spanish and isn’t “pandering” to anybody.

Also, if we want to develop our markets in Latin America and, in fact, extend capitalism in the face of the Latin American left, we have got to have good spokesmen. He’s one, and we only need more like him.


48 posted on 02/12/2013 5:20:34 PM PST by livius
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Please keep ‘em coming! Thank you all very much!

49 posted on 02/12/2013 5:21:22 PM PST by RedMDer (Support Free Republic)
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To: livius

Bravo!


50 posted on 02/12/2013 5:27:10 PM PST by Texas4ever
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