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HURT: Sarah Palin knew a death panel when she saw one

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was laughed out of town for making four years ago what we now know is a prescient prediction about Obamacare and death panels. Perhaps she is one of the few who actually read the health care bill before it passed. Published November 5, 2013

Lou Reed (left), former frontman of the U.S. band "Velvet Underground," speaks with former Czech Republic President Vaclav Havel, who was a big fan. (Associated Press)

HURT: Lou Reed: A voice wanting to get free

Before he finally flew into the sun this week, Lou Reed set the world of rock 'n' roll aflame, filled stereos with the spirit of pure poetry, renounced the fakery of so much commercial success, fed the Velvet Revolution and chronicled some of New York City's freakiest characters. Published October 29, 2013

President Barack Obama reaches over to help Karmel Allison of San Diego who started to lose her balance while he was speaking in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, on the initial rollout of the health care overhaul. The woman, who was standing with a group of supporters of the health care law, was helped away from the stage. Obama acknowledged that the widespread problems with his health care law's rollout are unacceptable, as the administration scrambles to fix the cascade of computer issues. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

HURT: Ineptness of Obama leaves America staggering

That was America standing behind President Obama in the Rose Garden this week as he stammered, and droned on and on, trying to explain away the epic disaster that Obamacare has become even before it has begun. Published October 22, 2013

President Barack Obama talks about the the budget and the partial government shutdown, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, in the Brady Press Room of the White House in Washington. The president said he told House Speaker John Boehner he's willing to negotiate with Republicans on their priorities, but not under the threat of "economic chaos."  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

HURT: No need for lectures from a debt-saddled president

In the seven years since President Obama voted as a U.S. senator not to raise the federal debt ceiling any higher, he and his government cronies have piled up $7 trillion in crazy new spending that even our grandchildren have little hope of ever paying off. Published October 15, 2013

Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

HURT: Cruz playing kamikaze checkers with budget antics

I consider myself an unapologetic Tea Party Patriot. But here is where I have to get off the crazy train. This bamboozling head fake of a parliamentary charade led by Mr. Cruz and company that they say will somehow defund Obamacare by not actually defunding Obamacare is just plain nuts. Published September 24, 2013

** FILE ** A rifleman sits inside a helicopter circling above the Washington Navy Yard as police search for shooters on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013. (Andrew S. Geraci/The Washington Times)

HURT: Defenselessly 'sheltered' as anti-gun fortress is breached

For those of us foolish enough to live in a crime-gripped city that summarily denies our constitutional right to protect ourselves, this week's massacre at the Washington Navy Yard pretty well sums up our insane, defenseless existence. Published September 17, 2013

** FILE ** In this Aug. 30, 2013, file photo Secretary of State John Kerry makes a statement about Syria at the State Department in Washington. Kerry said in a series of interviews on news shows Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013, that the United States now has evidence of sarin gas use in Syria through samples of hair and blood provided to Washington by first responders in Damascus. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

HURT: Tales of atrocities, as told by John Kerry

What a delightful change of pace it has been this past week listening to Secretary of State John F. Kerry accuse someone other than U.S. soldiers of committing atrocities against innocent civilians, women and children during war. Published September 3, 2013

** FILE ** Alana Thompson, better known as Honey Boo Boo, stars in the TLC show "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo." (AP Photo/TLC)

HURT: The boo-boo of 'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo'

America, if you want to know what the establishment media and the beneficent federal government think of you, tune your television sets in to "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo." Published August 27, 2013

Washington Post buyer Jeff Bezos was described by Slate magazine as an "inscrutable libertarian Democrat." The Amazon CEO has thrust himself into politics in recent years, with views supporting both Democrats and Republicans. (Associated Press)

HURT: The Washington Post: A once-great newspaper brought the world to a boy

This week's shocking fire sale of the once-vaunted Washington Post to a home-shopping magnate was another inglorious jolt reminding us that newspapers have committed themselves to a slow and painful suicide. It was like watching a body in free fall from some high rooftop slamming off another window sill in its long journey to the pavement. Published August 6, 2013

Vice President Joseph R. Biden and President Obama. (courtesy: White House)

HURT: White House paints picture of Joe Biden out to pasture

Perhaps in this brave new era where nobody's a traitor anymore, it's not such a big deal how badly President Obama is shortchanging his vice president. But it is fairly extraordinary considering how much Mr. Obama owes his presidency to Joe Biden. Published July 30, 2013

George Zimmerman leaves Seminole Circuit Court with his family on Saturday, July 13, 2013, in Sanford, Fla., after a jury found him not guilty of second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. (AP Photo/Joe Burbank, Pool)

HURT: Race obsession obscures good Samaritan George Zimmerman

George Zimmerman swoops back into the spotlight, this time saving the day. He and another good Samaritan arrived on the scene of an accident just in time to help rescue two adults and two children trapped inside their burning vehicle that had turned over. Published July 23, 2013

Several hundred people gather in Baltimore on Monday, July 15, 2013, for a demonstration after the acquittal of neighborhood watch member George Zimmerman, who was found not guilty Saturday in the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark)

HURT: Can't we all just move on when it comes to race?

Appalling ignorance, seething racial hatred, lurid sexual fears and grotesque violence once again swirl together in search of rough justice and bark out gunfire in the inky darkness, instantly altering so many lives forever. Published July 16, 2013

**FILE** Attorney General Eric Holder, the nation's top law enforcement official, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on May 15, 2013, before the House Judiciary Committee oversight hearing on the U.S. Department of Justice. (Associated Press)

HURT: Voting Rights Act represents abomination of justice

Like so many monstrosities of injustice and unfairness — especially if the federal government is involved — the Voting Rights Act began with the best of intentions. But today, long after the vast majority of Americans have emerged from the low and sordid swamp of racial discrimination, the federal government remains deeply mired in it. Published June 25, 2013