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Late Late Night FDL: Live Life

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 8th, 2010 5:49 am by HL

Late Late Night FDL: Live Life
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They’re pretty sure he’s an American
These colors don’t run, or explain anything in particular detail.

Well, he’s got quite a beard — close enough

Well, they’ve captured somebody in Pakistan:

Pakistani officials have contradicted each other on whether the suspect is Adam Gadahn, 31, who has appeared in videos threatening the West. Two intelligence officers and a senior government official identified the detained man Sunday as Gadahn. However, a different official Monday said the suspect was an American, but not Gadahn.

He might be this guy:

American and Pakistani officials said the man arrested was Abu Yahya Mujahdeen al-Adam, who was described as having been born in Pennsylvania

In any case they are pretty confident he’s an American because he’s overweight, is so certain about everything, doesn’t like soccer, keeps complaining about what’s available on cable, insists he’s just a re-enactor preparing for Comic-Con, and is inappropriately loud when demanding everybody speak English.


No Lawyers for Swiss Animals

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 8th, 2010 5:48 am by HL

No Lawyers for Swiss Animals
In a referendum in which 70 percent voted “no,” the people of Switzerland have decided against a proposed law that would have assigned lawyers to defend animals in court. In its defense, Switzerland already has comprehensive animal rights laws, though many feel the vote was a cat-astrophe. The referendum was a result of a petition to expand a regional animal abuse law in Zurich that grants animals the right to be represented in court by an attorney. —JCL ABC News: Switzerland has voted against assigning lawyers to defend animals in court cases. The Swiss Animal Protection Group says unlike humans, animals have no rights and cannot prosecute people who cause them harm. The group initiated a Swiss referendum on whether a law in the Zurich region – which requires lawyers be named for animals during court cases – be extended to the rest of the country. But 70 per cent of voters have defeated the idea. Read more

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In a referendum in which 70 percent voted “no,” the people of Switzerland have decided against a proposed law that would have assigned lawyers to defend animals in court. In its defense, Switzerland already has comprehensive animal rights laws, though many feel the vote was a cat-astrophe.

The referendum was a result of a petition to expand a regional animal abuse law in Zurich that grants animals the right to be represented in court by an attorney. —JCL

ABC News:

Switzerland has voted against assigning lawyers to defend animals in court cases.

The Swiss Animal Protection Group says unlike humans, animals have no rights and cannot prosecute people who cause them harm.

The group initiated a Swiss referendum on whether a law in the Zurich region – which requires lawyers be named for animals during court cases – be extended to the rest of the country.

But 70 per cent of voters have defeated the idea.

Read more

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Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 8th, 2010 5:47 am by HL

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Sheriff’s Office Cites Islamic Terror ‘Cells’ In Bossier Parish

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 8th, 2010 5:46 am by HL

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Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 8th, 2010 5:43 am by HL

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Massa Says Democrats Pushed Ethics Charges

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 8th, 2010 5:42 am by HL

Massa Says Democrats Pushed Ethics Charges
Rep. Eric Massa (D-NY) — who will resign at 5 p.m. today — said that an ethics investigation “was triggered by a comment he made to a staffer at a New Year’s Eve wedding, and intimated that Democrats desperate to pass health care legislation pushed the issue to get Massa, a vocal opponent, out of the way,” the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.

Said Massa: “Now they’ve gotten rid of me and it will pass.”

After dancing and drinking, Massa said a staff member “made an intonation that maybe I should be chasing after the bridesmaid.” He responded by saying, “Well, what I really ought to be doing is frakking you.”


All the Things You Didn’t Know About Pakistan

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 8th, 2010 5:41 am by HL

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Bye bye, Cuckoo Marty Peretz

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 8th, 2010 5:40 am by HL

Bye bye, Cuckoo Marty Peretz
I’ve long known that Marty Peretz, owner of The New Republic, was a bit nuts. But now he has raised the paranoid mutterings of a crazy old man to a new level. This is worth a read. Peretz’s subject is…


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Chris Wallace Calls The Perpetually Wrong Bill Kristol An ?Expert? On Iraq

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 8th, 2010 5:38 am by HL

Chris Wallace Calls The Perpetually Wrong Bill Kristol An ?Expert? On Iraq
Demonstrating again Fox News’ hilariously low standards, this morning Fox News’ Chris Wallace referred to Bill Kristol as an “expert in [the] area” of Iraq’s elections: WALLACE: Bill, you certainly are an expert in this area. The two leading candidates seem to be the current prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, and the original prime minister [Ayad] Allawi. […]

Demonstrating again Fox News’ hilariously low standards, this morning Fox News’ Chris Wallace referred to Bill Kristol as an “expert in [the] area” of Iraq’s elections:

WALLACE: Bill, you certainly are an expert in this area. The two leading candidates seem to be the current prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, and the original prime minister [Ayad] Allawi. From the U.S. point of view, who would we rather see?

KRISTOL: I honestly don’t know. I think — the good news has been the degree of reformist parties and the new leaders who have begun to emerge in the Iraqi political system.

Watch it:

Kristol has spent the last decade proving that he doesn’t know. Here’s a classic example of Kristol’s Iraq “expertise” from 2003:

On this issue of the Shia in Iraq, I think there’s been a certain amount of, frankly, a kind of pop sociology in America that, you know, somehow the Shia can’t get along with the Sunni and the Shia in Iraq just want to establish some kind of Islamic fundamentalist regime. There’s almost no evidence of that at all. Iraq’s always been very secular.

Months later, Iraq would explode into a civil war driven by competing radical Sunni and Shia militias trying to establish some kind of Islamic fundamentalist regime.

Kristol’s propensity for error is so serious that, according to Newsweek’s Eric Margolis, Bill’s late father Irving Kristol sometimes lamented to an old family friend, “My poor son has got it wrong again.” Journalist Eric Alterman wrote in the Nation, “if one looks for a consistent pattern to Kristol’s perpetual wrongness, it’s not hard to discern. For Kristol is less interested in being correct than in advancing his side’s interests. He’s not a journalist; he’s an apparatchik working undercover as a man of the press.”

In other words, the perfect Fox News journalist.

Mitt Romney Claims That President Obama?s Words ?Support? 911 Truthers Abroad
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney’s foreign policy mythology book tour continued on Fox News Sunday this morning. Romney started his interview saying that President Obama had engaged in an “apology tour.” This has been a standard conservative talking point in response to the massive positive shift in global attitudes toward America, as a result of […]

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney’s foreign policy mythology book tour continued on Fox News Sunday this morning. Romney started his interview saying that President Obama had engaged in an “apology tour.” This has been a standard conservative talking point in response to the massive positive shift in global attitudes toward America, as a result of President Obama’s diplomatic outreach.

However, Romney went further asserting that Obama’s words gave “support” to those saying the 9/11 attacks were a fabrication:

ROMNEY: It also adds fuel to the fire of those who are apart of the blame America crowd. I saw even Ahmadinejad is even saying 911 is a fabrication. These sorts of voices should not receive any kind of support from the words of the President of United States.

But I can tell you, that I am glad the the President reversed course in Iraq – he didn’t pull our troops out as he said during the campaign. He likewise supported our surge efforts in Afghanistan, having voted against the surge in Iraq… He has done some things right, but his apology tour was one of the things he did very very badly.

Watch it:

Romney’s outrageous claim that Obama’s words “support” Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad also belies the reality that the President’s outreach to the Iranian people helped bolster the movement for change within Iran that is intensely opposed to Ahmadinejad.

In his short answer to Chris Wallace, Romney was able to forward two more factually false statements. Romney seems to have no idea that US troops in Iraq are being pulled out at a fairly rapid rate that fits with the timeline outlined by candidate-Obama. There are now fewer than 100,000 troops in Iraq for the first time since the invasion.

Romney also claimed that the surge in Afghanistan was a GOP idea. This is completely wrong. During the 2006 and 2008 elections Democrats campaigned aggressively on shifting the focus from Iraq to Afghanistan. Upon taking office Obama immediately authorized an increase in troop levels – something that President Bush refused to do – bringing US troop levels in Afghanistan to the highest they had ever been. He then authorized a further increase and a timeline for withdrawal with his West Point speech last fall.


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