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  • craigsswanndo craigsswanndo Aug 14, 2013 4:05 PM Flag

    O/T- Dr. Benjamin Carson For President

    We need someone smart that can rewrite healthcare and solve problems,, what we have is not working, period,,
    C

    Sentiment: Hold

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    • libs won't be able to scream racism - right stupid libs?

    • To be a black president in America now you must first have a white birth mother and white grandparents that raised you, otherwise good luck on that. after Obama's disaster never again in our life time.I'm surprised Obama is still alive to be honest with you that he made it this far?

      Nicholas Borghi.

    • C, I secon that. I;m very imressed by the good dotcor I wish he would run.

    • BEN CARSON, CONSERVATIVE HERO, MELTS DOWN ON CABLE NEWS

      David Zurawik | April 1st, 2013 | Press & Politics | DailyDownload

      Ben Carson got a tough lesson in the past week on how quickly the angry and divisive world of cable TV can chew you up.

      The 61-year-old Baltimore County physician has been in the media spotlight as a darling of the right since early February, when he addressed the National Prayer Breakfast with what some interpreted as a lecture to President Barack Obama. But last week, Carson’s TV image and the discussion about him shifted dramatically — for the worse.

      He became engaged in a TV discussion on race that included back-and-forth name calling — and he offered a critique on same-sex marriage that included such extreme rhetoric that he now has Johns Hopkins colleagues calling him out and medical students petitioning to have him removed as a graduation speaker in May. Most of it played out before millions on highly partisan Fox News, where he has recently been treated like a member of the home team.

      It started with Toure, a commentator on liberal MSNBC, describing Carson as a man of “unserious ideas” who was being “embraced” by the Republicans because he was “helpful in assuaging their guilt.”

      Toure — who is African-American —called Carson the GOP’s “new black friend” and described him as getting a fast pass to the “head of the line” after his speech at the prayer breakfast because he’s shown a willingness to be used by the right. In his March 22 commentary, Toure imagined bumper stickers for white Republicans saying, “How could I be racist? I would have voted for Carson.”

      Tuesday afternoon, Carson appeared on Fox News with show host Megyn Kelly to fire back.

      “They feel that if you look a certain way, then you have to stay on the plantation,” the Hopkins doctor said of critics like Neblett. “You know, I’ve heard some people refer to me as an Uncle Tom. Well, obviously they don’t know what an Uncle Tom is.”

      Later Tuesday on Sean Hannity’s prime-time show, where Carson has more or less been a regular since the prayer breakfast, he was again interviewed about Neblett’s commentary.

      “SOME PEOPLE REFUSE TO SAY IT, BUT I WILL SAY IT: HE’S LYING,” CARSON SAID OF NEBLETT. “I THINK WHEN PEOPLE DON’T HAVE ANYTHING TO TALK ABOUT AND THEY CAN’T ATTACK YOU ON YOUR CHARACTER, THEN THEY START CALLING YOU NAMES. … BECAUSE EVERYTHING FOR THEM IS ABOUT RACE.”

      EXCEPT TOURE NEVER USED THE TERM UNCLE TOM OR ANY OF THE “PLANTATION” RHETORIC IN HIS “NEW BLACK FRIEND” COMMENTARY. IT WAS CARSON WHO INJECTED SUCH HOT-BUTTON LANGUAGE ABOUT RACE INTO THE DISCUSSION LAST WEEK. AND IT IS FOX THAT REGULARLY PUTS CARSON IN A RACIAL CONTEXT WITH HEADLINES LIKE “THE RACE CARD,” WHICH WAS USED FOR YET ANOTHER SEGMENT ON THE SURGEON LAST WEEK.

      But things got worse at the very end of the conversation when Hannity asked Carson about gay marriage.

      “Marriage is between a man and a woman,” he replied. “No group, be they gays, be they NAMBLA, be they people who believe in #$%$, it doesn’t matter what they are. They don’t get to change the definition.”

      The comparison of gays to members of the North American Man/ Boy Love Association and those who engage in #$%$ has set off a backlash of criticism in the media, online and at Hopkins.

      “We have been trying to have an open discussion about this issue, and obviously we support his [Carson’s] right to free speech,” said Todd Shepard, co-director of the Johns Hopkins Program for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality. “But what he said is not about opening up discussion. It’s about shutting it down by scaring people.”.

      In a telephone interview Friday, Carson stood by the intent of his remarks while apologizing if he “offended anyone” with his “choice of words” and use of NAMBLA and #$%$ as examples..

      “I think people have completely taken the wrong meaning out of what I was saying,” he said. “First of all, I certainly believe gay people should have all the rights that anybody else has. What I was basically saying is that as far as marriage is concerned, that has traditionally been between a man and a woman, and nobody should be able to change that.”

      “Now perhaps the examples were not the best choice of words, and I certainly apologize if I offended anyone,” he added. “But the point that I was making was that no group of individuals — whoever they are, whatever their belief systems — gets to change traditional definitions. The reason I believe the way I do, I will readily confess, is because I am a Christian who believes in the Bible.”

      The Baltimopre Sun also obtained a copy of a petition circulating on Hopkins medical campus Friday aimed at getting Carson, who is about to retire this summer, removed as speaker for the diploma ceremony at the School of Medicine this year.

      “At the time of his nomination, Dr. Carson was known to most of us as a world-class neurosurgeon and passionate advocate for education,” the petition says. “Many of us had read his books and looked up to him as a role model in our careers. Since then, however, several public events have cast serious doubt on the appropriateness of having Dr. Carson speak at our graduation.”

      When asked about the petition Friday, Carson said, “I’ve caught wind of it, and I’ve sent back a message that this is their graduation, their big day, and if they think me being there is going to be a problem, I am happy to withdraw.”

      IN CONTRAST TO WHAT HAD BEEN UNTIL LAST WEEK A STEADILY RISING TIDE OF CALLS FOR CARSON TO SEEK POLITICAL OFFICE AFTER HE RETIRES FROM HOPKINS, GRACE WYLER, WHO COVERS POLITICS AT BUSINESS INSIDER, WROTE, “CARSON’S VENTURE INTO GAFFELAND TUESDAY INDICATES THAT HIS CAREER IN POLITICS MIGHT BE OVER BEFORE IT EVEN BEGAN — AND DEMONSTRATES THE DANGER REPUBLICANS FACE WHEN THEY FALL IN LOVE WITH A ‘CANDIDATE’ WHO HAS YET TO BE VETTED BY A SINGLE VOTER.”

      Like MSNBC on the other end of spectrum, Fox wins ratings by pushing a hard-line ideology and creating conflict. Part of the set of ideas Fox peddles to its audience is that the media and government are hopelessly liberal and anyone who voices a conservative point of view can expect to be vilified. Both Kelly and Hannity played those cards this week in opening interviews with Carson by voicing their outrage at the way in which they say Carson is being “targeted” by the left — and then repeating some of the very things said to ensure a hot reply.

      It would probably be presumptuous of me to lecture Carson on the ways in which a skilled TV production can exploit a guest to serve its own agenda rather than the guest’s.

      But in the name of the greatness he achieved in the Hopkins operating room over the years, I would urge Carson to try and remember — the next time he sits down with Kelly or Hannity and they tell him through their phony TV smiles how it’s him and them against the liberal world — that “one may smile and smile and be a villain.”

      It’s not Kelly and Hannity who are being called out or named in petitions. It’s Ben Carson in the final days of his Hopkins career.

      Sentiment: Strong Buy

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      • Elk, I see Dr. Carson as a soft spoken highly intelligent independent thinker who earned his success the hard way. He says what he thinks and means what he says. You might say he is an anomaly because he is conservative and black. He is instilled with a value system much needed in today's society. No doubt MSNBC set out to provoke him as those on the left fear him as a future political opponent.. We hear a lot of complaining about Fox but any rrational viewer should be able to see MSNBC is rude, crude, and over the top. I don't know what the future holds for Dr.Carson but I have no doubt the left wing will continue to attack and try to discredit him. As long as they don't revert to their usual method of LIES, they will fail.

      • Wow Elk, an article right up your alley,, talking about Christianity, the Bible, Marriage, ya know the principles that founded our country and how it was built,, MSNBC, I would rather be deaf than listen to that shiet,,
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        Sentiment: Hold

    • Finally America is seeing a man who not only is VERY accomplished, but is smart enough to save America. BTW, he is a black man. This proves my point that color is only the merchandise of the progs. Let me see if they will call Dr. Carson a racist for speaking up against the evil policies of these hapless progs. The tide is turning as TRUTH be known. TRUTH always trumps evil. Watch the defections from prog to sanity increase as we approach 2014. Hope also that we don't see missing persons report increase, Arkansas style, bwahahahahahahahaha

    • COMMENTARY: DR. BEN CARSON'S BAFFLING VITRIOL AGAINST PRESIDENT OBAMA

      Barry Saunders | The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) | March 26, 2013

      You wouldn’t know it just by looking, but Dr. Ben Carson, the brilliant neurosurgeon, and I have a couple of things in common.

      We were both placed in special education classes in school – deemed incapable of book learning – and we both also were saved when a knife didn’t do what it was supposed to do.

      In Carson’s case, he tells how he stabbed a fellow in a fight but the blade hit his victim’s belt buckle and broke, sparing him serious injury and Carson a possible murder rap.

      Me? I threw a knife at a kid named Nick with whom I was fighting, but the handle – not the blade – struck him in the back. Fortunately for me, our mothers powwowed and resolved the problem without police. The look of disappointment and sadness on my mom’s face was worse than anything the cops could’ve done to me, anyway.

      That’s where our similarities end. Carson has since become a genuine role model and the world-renowned director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital who performed the first successful separation of Siamese twins joined at the head.

      You see what I’ve become.

      CARSON HAS ADDED YET ANOTHER TITLE TO HIS NAME – DARLING OF POOR-PEOPLE-DEMONIZING, GOVERNMENT-HATING CONSERVATIVES. HIS SPEECHES AT A PRESIDENTIAL PRAYER BREAKFAST IN FEBRUARY AND THE CPAC CONVENTION THIS MONTH HAVE MADE HIM THE HOT, NEW FACE FOR CONSERVATIVES – AS THOUGH ALL THEY NEED DO IS PUT FORTH THE SAME OLD TIRED MESSAGE WITH A BLACK OR BROWN FACE.

      Vitriol is baffling

      HIS INCESSANT, VITRIOLIC ASSAULT ON THE POOR AND THE GOVERNMENT HAS MADE IT HARD NOT TO CONCLUDE THAT THE DUDE HAS GONE LOONY. OR HAS A NEW BOOK OUT. OR IS PLANNING TO RUN FOR OFFICE. OR HAS A NEW BOOK OUT.

      Take it easy, greasy. Neither President Barack Obama nor any other president is immune to criticism, and Carson has as much right as anyone else to slam Obamacare and Obama without being perceived as villainous. Honest people can have honest disagreements over such contentious subjects. It is the vitriol with which he attacks the president and the poor that is so baffling, even when he is making a salient point about, say, self-reliance.

      For instance, who can dispute the importance of personal responsibility – not a Republican invention, by the way – when Carson tells in his autobiography, “Gifted Hands,” how his mother, not willing to believe he was a “dummy” as teachers and fellow students called him, made his brother and him turn off the television set and write her twice-weekly essays. She then made them read the essays to her.

      It was years later, he said, before his brother and he realized that their mother made them read the essays because she was illiterate. In explaining how he succeeded, Carson proclaimed at CPAC, “It was because I had a mother who believed in me.”

      She didn’t do it alone

      No doubt, Mother Carson deserves tremendous credit, but – in the words of a political sound bite from the last presidential election – she didn’t do it alone. Carson, in his book, tells how his grades improved tremendously when a government program provided him with free eyeglasses because he could barely see. Not only that, in “Gifted Hands” we read this nugget: “By the time I reached ninth grade, mother had made such strides that she received nothing but food stamps. She couldn’t have provided for us and kept up the house without that subsidy.”

      HE WRITES ELSEWHERE, “AS I’VE SAID, WE RECEIVED FOOD STAMPS AND COULDN’T HAVE MADE IT WITHOUT THEM.”

      OY. BEN CARSON NOW, THOUGH, BEMOANS THE “WELFARE STATE” AND TALKS ABOUT HOW THE RICH HAVE ALWAYS TAKEN CARE OF THE POOR, HOW “NO ONE IS STARVING IN AMERICA” AND HOW GOVERNMENT DEPENDENCE KILLS INITIATIVE.

      EATING WELFARE CHEESE OBVIOUSLY DIDN’T KILL HIS AMBITION OR PREVENT HIM FROM BECOMING A GREAT SURGEON, BUT HE NOW THINKS IT WOULD BE BAD FOR EVERYONE ELSE. SORT OF LIKE FLORIDA SEN. MARCO RUBIO, EH, RAILING AGAINST MEDICARE AND GOVERNMENT-BACKED STUDENT LOANS – EVEN WHILE ADMITTING THAT HIS PARENTS RECEIVED MEDICARE AND HE WENT TO COLLEGE ON STUDENT LOANS?

      How many more Ben Carsons might there be out there who, if Carson’s plans go into effect, would never get a chance to shine?

      Carson said he may quit medicine to enter politics, and he obviously knows there is no quicker way to raise one’s profile and sell a boatload of books than by attacking Obama, government and the poor. Just ask Herman “I may not be president but I sold a zillion books” Cain.

      In 2003, my 13-year-old son and I went to see the Greg Kinnear-Matt Damon goofball comedy “Stuck on You,” in which they played conjoined twins. The movie was funny, but I fell asleep.

      “Dad, it’s Dr. Ben Carson,” the kid yelled into my ear. Sure enough, the good doctor had made a cameo in the movie, and the money he received for it went toward his noble scholarship fund.

      In 2011, filmmaker Spike Lee and his wife wrote a children’s book featuring famous people, and NBC news host Meredith Viera turned to a page and asked the couple “Who is this man and why is he in your book?”

      They patiently explained to her who Carson was.

      After his latest attack on O, government and the poor, everyone knows who Ben Carson is.

      Except, perhaps, Ben Carson.

      Sentiment: Strong Buy

    • its called by you obamacare. Aren't you supposed to be retired b4 oct 1?

 
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