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Orson Welles plays Harry Lime in a scene of Carol Reed's movie "The Third Man". The documentary "Shadowing the Third Man," which played at the Cannes Film Festival, chronicles the serendipity that turned Reed's 1949 caper into arguably the greatest postwar tale about the new world order of moral ambiguity. (AP Photo/HO) ** NO SALES **

HURT: Close down the Democratic minstrel show on immigration

The Republican Party has for years been in a quandary about how to address the issue of illegal immigration honestly and firmly without sounding racist. A good place for the party to start would be to knock off the brown-face minstrel show routine they learned from Democrats. Published February 18, 2014

From a different angle: President Obama and French President Francois Hollande examine items on the desk of Thomas Jefferson on Monday. The visit to Monticello by the liberal and socialist leaders carried ironic and contradictory overtones. (Associated Press)

HURT: Obama reveals his obliviousness at Monticello

America's president — heir to the world's greatest document of freedom ever drawn up by man — strode across the hallowed grounds of Thomas Jefferson's Monticello. With his hands clasped behind his back as a fuehrer surveying his troops or his kingdom, he told a gaggle of onlookers, "That's the good thing about being president. I can do whatever I want." Published February 11, 2014

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara announces charges against more than a dozen Russian diplomats and their spouses living in New York during a news conference Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013 in New York.  The charges stem from the defendants' alleged involvement in a $1.5 million fraud of a U.S. government health program for the poor. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

HURT: Meet Preet — Obama's hatchet man against filmmakers

Preet Bharara, the U.S. prosecutor who last week indicted anti-Obama filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza on campaign finance charges, is the snapping jaws of Attorney General Eric H. Holder's junkyard attack dog and the velvet fixer of President Obama’s thorniest political problems. Published January 28, 2014

FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2013 file photo, Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., a longtime deficit hawk, outlines his annual Wastebook, which points a critical finger at billions of dollars in questionable government spending during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn says he plans to finish the current year in office and resign his seat nearly two years before his term is scheduled to end. The 66-year-old Coburn released a statement late Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014  saying he would give up his seat at the end of the current session of Congress, scheduled to end in January 2015.(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

HURT: Republic to lose true public servant

It is a safe bet that Tom Coburn will not have a big federal building named for him. He is not likely to get a monument erected around here honoring him. He won't be sitting for an official portrait — striking that generous pose of the longtime, greasy politicians — anytime soon. Published January 21, 2014

Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney tweeted this photo on Christmas Eve of himself and wife Ann with their grandchildren.

HURT: Romney grandchild latest victim of racist media

For the racist media, 2013 was another bad year. It culminated with the hideous display on MSNBC where a gang of nasty jabber-mouth panelists played the "knockout" game on Mitt Romney and his adopted black grandchild. Published December 31, 2013

** FILE ** This undated image released by A&E shows brothers Silas "Uncle Si" Robertson, left, and Phil Robertson from the popular series "Duck Dynasty." Phil Robertson was suspended last week for disparaging comments he made to GQ magazine about gay people. (AP Photo/A&E, Zach Dilgard)

HURT: 'The Nutcracker' — the 'Duck Dynasty' of ballet

It is probably safe to say that I am not the world's greatest ballet critic. That changed this week with a strongly suggested family outing to the Warner Theater to see Septime Webre's "The Nutcracker." Published December 24, 2013

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara announces charges against more than a dozen Russian diplomats and their spouses living in New York during a news conference Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013 in New York.  The charges stem from the defendants' alleged involvement in a $1.5 million fraud of a U.S. government health program for the poor. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

HURT: Russian diplomats found socialist paradise in U.S.

Investigators in New York and politicians here in America's capital were shocked to learn last week that 50 Russian diplomats had defrauded the U.S. out of some $1.5 million as part of a Medicaid scam. Published December 10, 2013

**FILE** Fireworks explode over the New York-New York, a $460 million hotel & casino in Las Vegas, on Jan. 2, 1997. (Associated Press)

HURT: Postal Service misses address by a whole continent

So the Postal Service decides to issue a stamp commemorating the Statue of Liberty. Just one slight little problem — the postage stamp commemorates a cheap schlocky knock-off statue that graces, naturally, the strip in Las Vegas. Published December 3, 2013

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HURT: Let us all give thanks for George Mason and the Bill of Rights

George Mason's home, Gunston Hall, just down the river from Mount Vernon, is closed on Thanksgiving Day but reopens to visitors the day after. In this season when Americans reflect upon all that we are grateful for, these stately and hallowed grounds are a good place to start. Published November 26, 2013

**FILE** President Obama (right) waves to members of the audience after speaking at the Clinton Global Initiative with former President Bill Clinton in New York on Sept. 24, 2013. (Associated Press)

HURT: It's the Democrats, not the GOP, facing a looming civil war

Despite what the hysterical media will tell you, those distant blasts you heard last week rolling from New York City to Richmond were not cannon fire from the ongoing civil war within the Republican Party. They were the first shots fired in the civil war that is about to break wide open within the Democratic Party. Published November 12, 2013

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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