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Stories by Jennifer Oliver O'Connell

Jennifer Oliver OConnell offers witty, insightful, and direct opinion, analysis and musings on local and national politics and popular culture, with occasional detours into reinvention, food, and Yoga. Jennifer also teaches Yoga, and coaches clients on careers and reinvention. You can keep up with what's in Jennifer's orbit through her As the Girl Turns website.
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Obama’s fiddling over illegal immigration hurts African-Americans

LOS ANGELES, July 14, 2014 — “Illegal alien women and children given a free pass into America; African-Americans hardest hit.” You will not see this headline in any mainstream media newspaper or online feed, but it is a reflection of the truth. Despite the hope of some African-Americans that the first black president would usher ...

Memorial Day 2014: Refreshing the significance of the day

LOS ANGELES, May 26, 2014—Today marks the American holiday of Memorial Day. Memorial Day is significant because it honors those who have bravely sacrificed their lives for our country. Unfortunately, the word “bravery” is thrown about so cavalierly that we have lost touch with its true meaning. Perhaps if we get back to the significance ...

Sandra Fluke and Marianne Williamson: Either win would be a loss for California

LOS ANGELES, May 18, 2014— In California the candidacies easily getting the most press are those of Sandra Fluke and Marianne Williamson, running for Senate in District 26, and Congress in District 33, respectively. California’s primary elections will be held on June 3. Most of the ballot is peppered with propositions, initiatives, and judicial seats needing to filled, ...

Uncloaking the layers of the Benghazi tragedy

LOS ANGELES, May 2, 2014 — While Democrat Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi continued to try to dismiss the Benghazi investigation as a Republican “diversion”, another layer has been uncovered from the tragic September 11, 2012 Embassy attack that killed four Americans, including Security Officer Sean Smith, former Navy Seal Tyrone Woods, and U.S. Ambassador Chris ...

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“Racist” Cliven Bundy asks a legitimate question: What he really said

LOS ANGELES, April 24, 2014—The Cliven Bundy Ranch brouhaha is now warranting 24/7 news coverage from a media outlet other than Fox News—but not in the way that you might think. Patriarch Bundy has obviously been lapping up the media attention given to his stand against the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The BLM and ...

Gosnell The Movie: America’s most notorious serial killer revealed

LOS ANGELES, April 8, 2014—The New York Post reported yesterday that the New York State Health Department is failing to inspect many of New York’s abortion clinics. Some of these facilities have escaped scrutiny for more than a decade. The report by Carl Campanile states that NY tanning salons are more rigorously inspected: “Health inspectors ...

Obamacare enrollment campaigns to young invincibles grow desperate

LOS ANGELES, March 21, 2014—The Obama administration’s last gasp marketing efforts to encourage Young Invincibles to sign up by March 31 reek of desperation. This move comes despite the rosy projections of 5 million Obamacare enrollees reported by Health and Human Services, and yesterday’s appearance by President Obama on cheerleader Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show. The fact that ...

Obamacare’s sleight of hand: The numbers just don’t add up

LOS ANGELES, March 11, 2014—The McKinsey Center for U.S. Health System Reform did a survey of consumers eligible to purchase individual coverage during the Obamacare open enrollment period on or off the exchange. The biggest revelation from their findings was the most common reason for not enrolling in Obamacare continues to be affordability. “Perceived affordability ...

CA’s drought: Obama offers band-aids rather than solutions

LOS ANGELES, February 14, 2014 — President Obama swooped into Fresno, California on Air Force One this afternoon, to shine a light on the three-year drought that has devastated California’s Central Valley. The White House is announcing the availability of more than $200 million in aid to those affected by these severely arid conditions. The ...