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  • Nostalgia for Iraq’s Saddam Hussein flowers on social media

    03/31/2015 4:51:46 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | March 31, 2015 | BY HANNAH ALLAM - MCCLATCHY
    On a recent Saturday evening, Ahmed al-Shabibi relaxed at a hookah café in England with other Iraqi friends – both Shiite and Sunni Muslims – when the conversation turned to the ongoing battle to reclaim the city of Tikrit from Islamic State jihadists. A Sunni in the group lamented Iranian interference in the fight and boasted that such meddling never would’ve occurred under the former Sunni dictator, Saddam Hussein. Al-Shabibi said he and the others agreed because, “Saddam, as you know, had a very interesting idea of security.” Nostalgia for Saddam is hardly new, but it appears to be reaching...
  • Communism Left So Many Scarred Lives Behind

    12/27/2014 12:46:18 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 6 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/27/14 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    The scars left on the soul and minds of so many surviving victims of communism are hard to heal On Christmas 1989, twenty-five years ago, the brutal communist dictatorship of Romania ended with the execution of the tyrant Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife Elena in front of a firing squad at Tirgoviste, following a brief trial. His reign of terror lasted 24 years (1965-1989). The first communist despot, Gheorghe Georghiu-Dej (1945-1964) was so ruthless, the citizens felt like “hunted” animals during his regime. Almost forty-four years of brutal communism left a deep and festering wound that would be hard to...
  • EU looks to African dictators for migration solutions

    12/08/2014 12:43:34 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 12/08/14 @ 09:29 | Nikolaj Nielsen
    The EU is turning to African dictators to help counter a multitude of threats as it steps up efforts to tighten border controls and renew counterterrorism initiatives. Dimitris Avramopoulos, the commission’s top man on migration and home affairs, told reporters last week following a two-day marathon meeting of EU justice and home affairs meetings in Brussels that “we are confronted with increasing pressures at our external borders and inside the European Union”. Discussions included the issues surrounding the threat of foreign fighters returning to Europe after fighting for IS, getting the European parliament to sign off controversial data sharing agreements,...
  • MSNBC's Wagner: Obama No Dictator . . . Compared to Kim Jong Un

    12/04/2014 4:14:06 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 20 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Talk about the soft bigotry of low expectations: Alex Wagner has demonstrated that Barack Obama is no kind of emperor or dictator . . . compared to Kim Jong Un, the brutal ruler of perhaps the world's worst regime, North Korea. Wagner was riffing off the news that Kim has banned North Korean parents from naming their children Jong Un and ordered those already bearing the name to change it. After describing other elements of Kim's cult of personality, Wagner concluded: "to all the detractors who compare our American president to an emperor and a dictator, this is what a...
  • EPA get out of my life. Ice/Water dispensers filters now low flow (Vanity rant)

    11/21/2014 11:44:26 AM PST · by UB355 · 31 replies
    Samsung parts ^ | 11/21/2014 | Me
    Low flow toilets, low flow hose nozzles now apparently low flow refrigerator water dispensers. I recently purchased the third replacement water filter for my Samsung refrigerator. Mine last about 9 months before water flow has been reduced. I put the new one in then dispensed water to flush it. The water flow was about the same as the old filter. I removed the new filter and discovered the hole in the end used to be ice pick sized was now large paperclip sized. Thanks EPA now it takes twice as long to fill a glass of water. I will curse...
  • Haiti's Brutal Former Dictator Jean-Claude-Duvalier Is Dead At 63

    10/04/2014 10:43:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/04/2014 | Evans Sanon
    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Jean-Claude-Duvalier, the self-proclaimed "president for life" of Haiti whose corrupt and brutal regime sparked a popular uprising that sent him into a 25-year exile, died Saturday of a heart attack, his attorney said. Reynold George said the 63-year-old ex-leader died at his home. Duvalier, looking somewhat frail, made a surprise return to Haiti in 2011, allowing victims of his regime to pursue legal claims against him and prompting some old allies to rally around him. Neither side gained much support, and the once-feared dictator known as "Baby Doc" spent his late years in relative obscurity in...
  • North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un Suffering From 'Gout Due to Hereditary Obesity'

    09/26/2014 5:48:44 AM PDT · by C19fan · 34 replies
    International Business Times ^ | September 26, 2014 | Vasudevan Sridharan
    North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is said to be suffering from gout, a hereditary disease which he seems to have inherited from his father and grandfather. The ruling North Korean leader, who is believed to be his early 30s, has not been seen in public for more than three weeks. He also skipped the regular session at the Supreme People's Assembly in Pyongyang on Thursday amid increasing speculation that he is severely ill.
  • Visiting Cuba Feels Like Going Back in Time (AFRO Reports)

    09/15/2014 7:19:12 AM PDT · by YourAdHere · 51 replies
    The Afro ^ | 9/11/14 | Pat Wheeler
    Yes, you can go to Cuba legally. Yes, you can have your passport stamped. And yes, it’s safe there. These were just a few of the questions I was bombarded with before and after I went to Cuba in July. Going to Cuba for Americans is probably the easiest it has been in years. Under the Clinton and Obama administrations, travel restrictions have been eased.
  • War as a Fact of Life

    09/03/2014 8:01:47 AM PDT · by rktman · 11 replies
    canadafreepress.com ^ | 9/2/2014 | Alan Caruba
    Younger generations can be forgiven if all they know of war is what they have learned in school or seen dramatized on film and television. For most Americans, the Civil War, the two World Wars, and the conflicts in Korea and Vietnam are events that occurred “a long time ago.” For my generation, born just prior to or during World War Two, wars have been a constant element of our lives.
  • Obama’s monsters ball: How the White House opened its doors to some of Africa’s most evil dictators

    08/07/2014 7:01:25 AM PDT · by safetysign · 11 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 08/06/2014 | COREY CHARLTON and TED THORNHILL
    President Barack Obama drew a diplomatic line at the first ever U.S-Africa summit at the White House this week by not inviting Zimbabwe’s brutal dictator Robert Mugabe. But the guest list still included several other African leaders with only slightly better human rights records. The White House promoted the summit as the largest-ever gathering of African leaders in the United States, with more than 50 countries represented. The red carpet was rolled out for Equatorial Guinea's Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, who shot or jailed virtually all his political opponents, Gambia’s Yahya Jammeh, who threatened to ‘cut off the head’ of...
  • Karl Rove: Founding Fathers Did Not Envision 'King Barack I' (VIDEO)

    07/02/2014 11:46:15 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 38 replies
    News Max ^ | July 2 2014 | Wanda Carruthers
    The framers of the Constitution did not envision "King Barack I" when they formed the separation of powers within the federal government, said Republican strategist Karl Rove. Lawmakers are debating whether President Barack Obama is attempting to shift the balance of power to an imperial presidency by threatening to use executive action in bypassing Congress to enact his policies. The framers of the Constitution "did not want a king. They didn't want King George III, and certainly didn't want King Barack I," Rove, former deputy chief of staff to President George W. Bush, told Fox News' "America's Newsroom" on Wednesday....
  • Saddam, the Good Old Days

    06/22/2014 5:43:04 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 15 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/22/14 | Alan Caruba
    I know it’s a terrible thing to say, but sometimes I miss Saddam Hussein.
  • We Were Warned

    06/21/2014 6:18:33 AM PDT · by rktman · 90 replies
    canadafreepress.com ^ | 6/20/2014 | Greg Halvorson
    In 2008, we were warned…. Barack Obama, late of a Black Liberation church, protege of Communist Frank Marshall Davis, buyer of real estate from a convicted felon, and community organizer from a political machine as corrupt and ruthless as any in the country, wasn’t going to be Madison’s alter ego. Beyond the gate of political correctness and white guilt, we expected a rough, if not fatal, four years—but no one – and I mean, NO ONE – called this. That it would be this bad, this unmoored, and that, despite a train of scandals, four would become EIGHT abject years,...
  • If abortion was a person it would the silver medal winner of this list...

    04/23/2014 10:11:35 AM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 5 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 4-23-14 | The Looking Spoon
    Actually, if your view of abortion was limited to America only post Roe v. Wade the title of this post would be true...in all actuality it's probably king of the hill here.
  • Obama wants overtime pay for more salaried workers

    03/12/2014 4:39:44 PM PDT · by Jean S · 77 replies
    AP ^ | 48 minutes ago | JIM KUHNHENN
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Bypassing Congress, President Barack Obama intends to order changes in overtime rules so employers would be required to pay millions more workers for the extra time they put in on the job. The rules, which would not likely take effect until 2015, are aimed at workers currently designated as supervisory employees but who are exempt from overtime because they get paid a salary of more than $455 a week. Obama plans to order his Labor Department to recommend regulations that would increase that salary threshold and change the definition of what constitutes a supervisor. Obama's attention to...
  • THANK YOU, PUTIN! : Bring Down the Syria Asshat Regime & Un-Castrate Cuba NOW!

    03/08/2014 10:36:07 AM PST · by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide · 16 replies
    vanity | 2014-03-08 | USOTOS
    Thank you, Vladimir Putin! It won't be apparent immediately, but Mr. Putin has done the United States a great favor. No longer is the United States under the strictures and tyranny of the United Nations and so-called international law. Mr. Putin has exposed the fact that any permanent member of the UN Security Council can unilaterally resolve its international disputes and grievances and block any UN interference with its veto. Russia's actions in Ukraine show the way to getting rid of nuisances like Asshat in Syria (and then any successor regime not in America's interests), the Castro brothers in Cuba...
  • Special Benefits for Tyrants in the UN

    02/25/2014 1:03:11 PM PST · by wtd · 2 replies
    Gates of Vienna blog ^ | 02/25/2013 | Dymphna
    What if dictatorships judged the world on human rights? Special Benefits for Tyrants in the UN From the video: What do these four countries have in common? CHINA: China insists that Tibet must never break away from Chinese rule...and proves it's point with violence against it's own. CUBA: Life isn't easy for Cuba's political dissidents. Video illustrates this point. RUSSIA: Russia's new law means that all public demonstrations by sexual minorities are now illegal. SAUDI ARABIA: For now, Saudi Arabia remains the only country in the world that doesn't give women the right to drive. So...what do these four countries...
  • Presenting The #1 Financial Haven For Dictators & Criminals (It's not what most think)

    02/26/2014 2:45:58 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 02/26/2014 | Simon Black, Sovereign Man
    Pop quiz: When really nasty criminals and dictators want to hide their illicit gains, which country do they go to?I’ll make this easy for you - multiple choice:a) Switzerlandb) British Virgin Islandsc) Hong KongWith all the drama, history, and stigma surrounding Switzerland, most people would choose (A).Yet over the last few years, Switzerland has worked hard to shed this reputation, even going so far as to propose laws making it easier for them to freeze dictators’ funds.But in reality, the correct answer to the question is (D), none of the above. It’s the United States of America.Despite being at the...
  • Obama needs to do more, not less, on his own

    02/24/2014 4:17:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | February 24, 2014 | E.J. Dionne Jr.
    Republicans are unhappy that President Obama is invoking his executive powers to govern in the face of a do-nothing-in-2014 House of Representatives. To hear them talk, you would think our chief executive is modeling himself on the late Hugo Chavez and wants to seize dictatorial control. This, of course, is nonsense. In fact, Obama has in many ways been less aggressive in his use of executive authority than his predecessors. Take the matter of executive orders. According to the American Presidency Project at the University of California at Santa Barbara, Obama issued 147 executive orders in his first term. This...
  • One More Freedom Fighter

    02/18/2014 9:19:12 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax
    Coach is Right ^ | 2/18/14 | David Dunnington
    The world teeters on the precipice of entering either a lasting era of darkness, or an era of jubilant rebirth and renewal. If just one more voice is required to fuel the flames of freedom, which I believe is the path to the latter, I offer my voice for that cause. Just like so many of you across this once and still great nation, I am jaded by the lack of representation, despite an ever burdening sea of regulation and taxation, as well as a cultural assault which seeks to undermine our traditions and drive a wedge between every demographic...
  • Holder Confirms Obama Ready to Use Executive Order on Guns ‘in Absence of Meaningful Action’

    01/31/2014 7:42:59 AM PST · by rktman · 134 replies
    PJMedia ^ | 1/29/2014 | Bridget Johnson
    Attorney General Eric Holder said at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing today that President Obama is open to using an executive action to push through gun-control and/or associated mental health measures that haven’t found approval in Congress. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), one of the top proponents of new gun-control measures in Congress, noted that Obama only made a “very brief” reference to gun violence in his State of the Union address. “But I hope, and I hope you will join me in the view that the president remains completely committed to ending gun violence in this country, adopting common sense...
  • Obama considers revoking trademark for Washington Redskins because some people said it was offensive

    01/21/2014 1:29:52 AM PST · by grundle · 40 replies
    wordpress ^ | Janaury 21, 2014 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Dan from Squirrel Hill's Blog Obama considers revoking trademark protection for the Washington Redskins’ name because some people said it was offensive It was recently reported that the Obama administration was considering revoking trademark protection for the Washington Redskins’ name because some people said it was offensive.This could set a horrible precedent.Just about every R-rated movie includes content that someone would consider offensive, whether that content be violence, sex, profanity, etc. The same can be said for the content of many books, the lyrics of many songs, the content of many paintings, etc. If any copyright, patent, trademark, etc., can be...
  • North Korean leader fed uncle to starving dogs, report says

    01/03/2014 5:41:37 PM PST · by ETL · 65 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | January 03, 2014 | Edmund DeMarche
    The execution of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's uncle was more brutal than initially reported, according to a Beijing-controlled newspaper, which said the country's second-most-powerful figure was thrown into a cage filled with starving dogs and eaten alive. The Singaporean Straits Times cited a report from Wen Wei Po, a Beijing-control newspaper, that said Jang Song Thaek and five close associates were stripped and fed to 120 dogs that had not eaten for three days. The entire process, witnessed by 300 senior officials, lasted for about an hour, the report said. Fox News could not immediately verify the report.
  • Settled Science: The Biggest Risk Factor Leading to Premature Death Is…Government?

    12/29/2013 7:35:10 AM PST · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | December 29, 2013 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Nope, the answer isn’t smoking. Or fatty food. Or 16 oz. sodas. And it’s not alcohol, driving too fast, or standing between politicians and a TV camera. Why is murder “chic” for some people? In the past 100 years or so, the biggest cause of premature death has been government. Back in 2011, while criticizing the Baltimore Symphony for using the Soviet hammer and sickle in a promotion, I linked to a website showing how many millions of people were murdered by the dictators who ruled the Soviet Union. You’ll find similar data in this video, as well as...
  • Obama Administration Secretly Extends Health-Care Enrollment Deadline By a Day

    12/23/2013 8:49:54 AM PST · by kristinn · 95 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 11:32 a.m. EST Monday, December 23, 2013 | Amy Goldstein and Juliet Eilperin
    At midnight Monday, the official deadline arrives for Americans to sign up through the new federal health insurance exchange for health plans that begin Jan. 1. But, without any public announcement, Obama administration officials have changed the rules so that people will have an extra day to enroll, according to two individuals with knowledge of the switch. Over the weekend, government officials and outside IT contractors working on the online marketplace’s computer system made a software change that automatically gives people a Jan. 1 start date for their new coverage as long as they enroll by 11:59 p.m. on Christmas...
  • Tucker Carlson: Obama Admin "Getting Into Soviet Territory" With Actors Shilling For Obamacare

    12/19/2013 8:44:36 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 26 replies
    realclearpolitics.com ^ | December 18, 2013
    TUCKER CARLSON: They are transparently committed to propaganda. And I will say this, the fact that they have suborned all these actors and comedians, that they're entering in to partnership with Funny or Die -- Will Ferrell's website -- or Amy Poehler to sell Obamacare, I mean, when you have entertainment figures acting as shills for government, that's kind of getting in to soviet territory.
  • This could be the hottest toy (for liberals) of the holidays

    12/11/2013 2:17:45 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 8 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 12-11-13 | The Looking Spoon
    This would be a nice change of pace from all of the Obama inaction figures out there...When I was a kid I used to have the Super Friends toys (Batman, Superman, etc.). They always came with some kind of mechanism where when you squeezed their legs their arms would move (for Flash his legs would kick like he was running fast when you squeezed the arms).This follows the same idea...but with Obama et al it would be more like Stupor Friends.
  • Former Secret Service Agent Warns: President Obama Sees Government as a ‘Shiny New Toy’

    11/01/2013 6:38:08 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 25 replies
    http://www.theblaze.com ^ | October 31, 2013 | Erica Ritz
    Former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino, who is running for Congress in Maryland, appeared on the Glenn Beck Program Thursday to discuss why he chose to run for elected office. “We’re at a very dangerous point, Glenn,” Bongino began. “We’re in a lot of trouble. The president sees government — and I think it’s because of his lack of experience, and maybe community organizing in the past — as like this shiny new toy. And for all the disagreements I had with Clinton, Carter, and Bush, there were always limits. There was that line you just didn’t cross — we...
  • Philly city council wants socialism taught in schools - in praise of mass murdering dictators

    10/27/2013 9:11:08 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 43 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | October 27, 2013 | Robby Soave
    Philadelphia city council members have approved a resolution that calls for socialist historian Howard Zinn’s book “A People’s History of the United States” to be taught in public high schools. The resolution was backed by council members Jim Kenny and Jannie Blackwell, who believe that Zinn’s far-left socialist vision of American history is currently missing from high school textbooks. “Howard Zinn’s ‘A People’s History of the United States’ emphasizes the role of working people, women, people of color, and organized social movements in shaping history; not simply the version retold by those powerful enough to ensure history remembers their actions...
  • Some young migrants in Laredo protest released

    10/01/2013 6:02:26 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 3 replies
    stamfordadvocate.com ^ | October 1, 2013 | CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN, Associated Press
    MCALLEN, Texas (AP) — Eight of the 34 young migrants who presented themselves to immigration officials at the U.S.-Mexico border without legal documents have been released from U.S. custody, a lawyer said Tuesday. The others remained in detention, but U.S. authorities haven't said where, immigration attorney David Bennion said. Nearly all of the group who marched across one of Laredo's international bridges Monday in colorful graduation gowns and caps say they spent long stretches of their childhoods in the U.S. after being taken there by their families at early ages and are demanding to be let back in. Bennion said...
  • LatAm’s unpopular leaders, Region’s presidents struggle with low approval

    09/24/2013 6:39:14 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    Buenos Aires Herald ^ | September 24, 2013 | By Patricio Navia
    As a continent that has enjoyed rapid economic growth for over a decade, Latin America is experiencing a wave of popular dissatisfaction. Street protests and manifestations have sporadically arisen in different countries in recent months. Discontent is also being voiced in low presidential approval. As people perceive that their countries are doing well but progress is not trickling down, they punish their nations’ presidents. Though domestic politics explain why different presidents are struggling with their popularity, there are also some common trends in the region. People are showing signs of dissatisfaction and anxiety. As they see the economy in their...
  • N. Korea: Kim Jong Un orders 9 executed to protect wife from scandal (costly porn scandal)

    09/22/2013 3:13:33 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 28 replies
    Asahi ^ | September 21, 2013 | YOSHIHIRO MAKINO
    Kim Jong Un orders 9 executed to protect wife from scandal September 21, 2013 By YOSHIHIRO MAKINO/ Correspondent North Korea executed nine music group performers in an apparent attempt to squelch rumors leaking that the wife of leader Kim Jong Un might once have led a provocative lifestyle. The information comes from a high-ranking North Korean government official who recently defected. According to sources, both the Japanese and South Korean governments have confirmed the veracity of the report. Kim's wife, Ri Sol Ju, was a singer with the Unhasu Orchestra before she married him in June 2012. The scandal involves...
  • Kathleen Sebelius: The political debate over Obamacare is over

    08/22/2013 12:15:42 PM PDT · by theruleshavechanged · 63 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | August 22, 2013 | Charlie Spiering
    “While it may seem that this is still a political debate, the debate is really over,” Sebelius said, reminding the audience that the law was passed by Congress, signed into law, ruled constitutional by the Supreme Court, and President Obama was re-elected “overwhelmingly.”
  • John Kerry: ´This Little Thing Called the Internet ... Makes It Much Harder to Govern´

    08/13/2013 5:47:33 PM PDT · by Nachum · 46 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 8/1313 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Speaking to State Department personnel at the U.S. Embassy in Brasilia, Brazil, on Tuesday, Secretary of State John Kerry said that "this little thing called the Internet ... makes it much harder to govern." He also said that "ever since the end of the Cold War, forces have been unleashed that were tamped down for centuries by dictators." "I’m a student of history, and I love to go back and read a particularly great book like [Henry] Kissinger’s book about diplomacy where you think about the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and the balance of power and how difficult it was...
  • Joe Biden: No More Rand Pauls and Ted Cruzes in Congress

    08/10/2013 10:51:06 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 84 replies
    unitedliberty.org ^ | 08/08/2013 | Jason Pye
    Vice President Joe Biden is calling Democrats to action to stop grassroots conservatives from electing more Republicans in the mold of Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Ted Cruz (R-TX). In a fundraising letter for the Democratic National Committee, first reported by Ed Krayewski at Reason, Biden wrote told prospective donors that a “group of freshmen senators are running the show in the Republican Party” and played up the possibility of a government shutdown over ObamaCare.
  • Obama: 'There Is Only So Much I Can Do on My Own'

    07/30/2013 9:04:53 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 24 replies
    Obama: 'There Is Only So Much I Can Do on My Own' 11:36 AM, Jul 30, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER In his latest email to supporters, President Obama bemoans his lack of political power. The email, sent today, is signed by Obama and sent to the list of Organizing for Action, his former reelection campaign group. "Daniel," the email begins. "There is only so much I can do on my own." The special interests know it, and they're counting on you to be silent on gun violence and climate change. They hope you're not paying attention to creating jobs...
  • President Says No Plan to Force Churches to Perform Gay Marriages

    07/01/2013 12:09:38 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 41 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 29 June 2013 | John Semmens
    While hailing the Supreme Court’s decision overturning the Defense of Marriage Act as “one of the greatest and most eloquent Court decisions for all time,” President Obama tried to reassure those whose religious beliefs condemn the legitimacy of same-sex marriage that “there are no current plans to force all churches to perform weddings between persons of the same sex.” How reassuring these reassurances are, though, is uncertain. The President has ordered military chaplains of all denominations to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies if requested to do so by military personnel. “These chaplains are first and foremost soldiers,” Obama declared. “As their...
  • Syria crisis: US steps up aid to rebels at talks in Turkey (Kerry: Mo' Money)

    04/20/2013 6:42:56 PM PDT · by haffast · 6 replies
    BBC ^ | 20 April 2013 Last updated at 18:31 ET | BBC
    Mr Kerry told the meeting in Istanbul that the US would provide Syrian rebels $123m in new, non-lethal aid. He said President Barack Obama was committed to a "democratic, unified, post-Assad Syria". More than 60,000 have died in the two-year uprising against Bashar al-Assad. Mr Kerry also announced that all aid from the 11 countries known as the Friends of Syria would now be channelled through the Turkey-based Free Syrian Army group headed by Gen Salim Idris. The meeting in Istanbul brought together the foreign ministers of countries opposing the government of President Assad. Mr Kerry said the meeting had...
  • Biden Vows Obama Will Use Executive Orders

    04/19/2013 10:37:07 AM PDT · by yoe · 86 replies
    Cowboy Bytes ^ | April 19, 2013
    They can’t pass gun control via Congress so they’re going the dictator route. This is not going to go over well. On a conference call with “stakeholders,” Biden told gun control advocates that the fight is not over and that eventual action on gun control will come. Press were not invited to the conference call; a participant provided BuzzFeed with access. “Look I know you’re going to say that I’m just being an optimist and I’m trying to put a good face on this. But you know I’ve been around here a long time and we’ve already done, because of...
  • Emotional Obama vows gun control ‘without Congress’

    04/18/2013 11:22:41 AM PDT · by pabianice · 59 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 4/18/13 | Spiering
    President Obama was visibly angry during his press conference yesterday, voicing disappointment with the Senate for failing to pass an amendment requiring universal background checks for gun sales. The president, however, insisted it was still possible to “bring about meaningful changes that reduce gun violence” outside of Congress. “Even without Congress, my administration will keep doing everything it can to protect more of our communities,” Obama insisted. “We’re going to address the barriers that prevent states from participating in the existing background check system. We’re going to give law enforcement more information about lost and stolen guns so it can...
  • Ex-RNC Chair Michael Steele: I Don’t Understand The Fear Of Gun Registration

    04/10/2013 8:10:04 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 82 replies
    tpm ^ | 4/9/2013 | DAVID TAINTOR
    Former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele on Tuesday said he doesn't understand why gun owners fear the registration of their firearms. "I don't get the fear of registration," Steele said on MSNBC. "I don't get the, the concern about trafficking. Are we saying that we want criminals to, you know, make … back-alley sales out of the trunks of their cars?" Steele was part of a panel on MSNBC's "The Daily Rundown," during which former Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) said that responsible gun owners insure their guns, which means they're registered. "I mean, I don't understand," she said. MSNBC...
  • Obama: ‘I Am Constrained By A System That Our Founders Put In Place’

    04/04/2013 8:24:34 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 100 replies
    Obama: ‘I Am Constrained By A System That Our Founders Put In Place’ April 4, 2013 8:14 AM DENVER (CBSDC/AP) — Ratcheting up pressure for Congress to limit access to guns, President Barack Obama said Wednesday that recent steps by Colorado to tighten its gun laws show “there doesn’t have to be a conflict” between keeping citizens safe and protecting Second Amendment rights to gun ownership. “I believe there doesn’t have to be a conflict in reconciling these realities,” Obama said in Denver, where he stepped up his call for background checks for all gun purchases and renewed his demand...
  • Bill Gates: ‘Some days I wish we had a system like the UK’ to give Obama more power

    03/14/2013 9:22:47 AM PDT · by PreciousLiberty · 36 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 3/14/2013 | Nicholas Ballasy
    Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, the wealthiest American, said on “some days” he wishes the U.S. political system were like England’s, so that President Barack Obama could have “slightly more power.” Gates was asked for his assessment of President Obama’s job performance during an interview at Politico’s “Playbook Cocktails” event. “Some days I wish we had a system like the U.K. where, you know, the party in power could do a lot and you know, you’d see how it went and then fine you could un-elect them,” said Gates on Wednesday. “Now, over time, our system has worked slightly better than...
  • Chavez tattoos. Chavez underwear. Chavez action figures: Money to be made as myth takes hold

    03/13/2013 12:49:39 PM PDT · by tje · 22 replies
    theSpec.com ^ | Tue Mar 12 2013 17:36:00 | Paul Haven
    CARACAS, VENEZUELA — Business has never been better for Eudis Carrillo. Sure, he’s heartbroken over the death of his hero Hugo Chavez, but there’s precious little time for sentiment: Hats and T-shirts of the late Venezuelan president are flying off the shelves at his streetside stand faster than he can keep them in stock. Ditto demand for Chavez tattoos, Chavez earrings, Chavez mugs and talking Chavez action figurines. One can even buy Chavez boxer shorts and panties, part of a cult of personality that began while the former paratrooper was still alive, but exploded in the week since he succumbed...
  • Hugo Chavez body will be permanently display(ed)

    03/08/2013 1:23:26 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Hugo Chávez was carried through the streets of Caracas on Wednesday As the Venezuela flag-draped his coffin. Chavez’s state funeral was scheduled for Friday, but Nicolás Maduro, has said that Hugo Chávez’s embalmed body will be permanently displayed in a glass crystal casket so “his people will always have him.” He also said his body would later to moved from the military museum to his final burial site. The Museum of the Revolution, near the presidential palace where Chávez ruled for 14 years. Chávez cultivated a cult of personality and a loyal band of followers throughout Latin America due in...
  • President Hugo Chavez Has Died

    03/05/2013 1:59:16 PM PST · by wideawake · 363 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 3/5/2013 | AP
    President Hugo Chavez Has Died
  • Why Cuba Will Still Be Anti-American After Castro

    03/05/2013 8:31:30 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 03/05/2013 | Jaime Suchlicki
    Dressed in an impeccable, custom-tailored suit and a Versace tie, instead of his usual military fatigues, General Raul Castro addressed the Cuban Parliament on February 24. He did not discuss political or economic reforms. Instead, he announced he would be stepping down from power at the end of the five-year term for which he had just been elected. If the Pope retires, "I can also retire," he explained. Yet the Cubans would have to wait for the "younger" brother to reach 87 years of age to see the end of the Castro dynasty. But not so fast. There are other...
  • Doctors notify Chavez’s family of the Venezuelan President’s imminent death

    02/12/2013 2:57:36 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 62 replies
    ABC.es via InterAmerican Security Watch ^ | February 12, 2013 | BY EMILI J. BLASCO
    Translated by IASW Physicians caring for Hugo Chávez in Havana have notified his family, the Castro brothers, and the main chavista leaders that their patient will no longer be able to return to his functions as president of Venezuela. This is according to sources in direct contact with his medical team, who also indicate that Chávez has lost his voice completely as a result of medical treatment. His vocal cords have endured permanent damage making recuperation highly unlikely. Speechless and unable to move from the bed in which he has spent the last two months, our sources tell us the...
  • Decades Before Chavez Dies

    01/11/2013 4:50:01 AM PST · by nyds · 1 replies
    New York Daily Sun ^ | 11/01/13 | Dominic Whiteman
    The failure of the sick President-elect of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, to show up yesterday for his necessary swearing in as the nation’s President at Venezuela’s Supreme Court was emblematic of a man who has cared little for law or procedure whilst ruling Venezuela as a dictator for over a decade now.
  • Jews Outraged by Hitler Statue in Warsaw Ghetto

    12/29/2012 9:35:20 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 43 replies
    INN ^ | 12/28/2012, 10:30 PM | Elad Benari
    An artist has caused huge controversy after placing a statue of Adolf Hitler praying on his knees in the former Warsaw Ghetto, the Daily Mail reports. Some Jewish groups have expressed fury at the decision to install the provocative artwork in the area where thousands of Jews were forced to live during the rule of the Nazi regime. In total, around 300,000 Jews from the Ghetto died or were sent to their death in concentration camps. The statue by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan, entitled “HIM”, has attracted a large number of visitors since its installation last month, reported the Daily...