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            Archive | May, 2013

            Trouble in Istanbul… And Other News

            Istanbul Riots

            Trouble in Istanbul, Turkey – and surprisingly not because of Syria!

            Turkish police are using tear gas and hoses to shoo 10,000 rioters away from Gezi Park in Istanbul. The demonstrators have been camped out since Monday in an attempt to stop police from demolishing the treasured park in the city’s center—which houses trees up to 75 years old. The literal tree huggers are angry at the decision to turn the Istanbul park into a shopping mall. But many are also unhappy with the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his increasingly authoritarian rule. Last week, Turkey’s parliament approved legislation restricting the sale and advertising of alcoholic drinks. Erdogan is apparently more into yogurt drinks. I guess I’d be pretty angry too – yogurt sucks. BBC News

            Current Event Cat of the Day: Yanira Maldonado

            Current Event Cat - American Freed from Mexico Yanira Maldonado

            Brokedown palace Mexican style! Except with a slightly more uplifting ending. Yanira Maldonado, the Arizona woman, held in a Mexican jail for a week on a drug-smuggling charge was freed after a court reviewed her case.

            Yanira Maldonado was arrested by Mexican soldiers last week at a security checkpoint after they found about 12 pounds of marijuana stashed under her bus seat. Packets of drugs were found attached to the seat bottoms with metal hooks.

            Initially it was Yanira Maldonado’s husband, Gary, who was arrested, but once she persuaded the soldiers to let her accompany her husband to serve as his translator, they decided to just arrest her and let him go. Ha! Gary said authorities originally demanded $5,000 for his wife’s release, but somehow the bribe fell through.

            While she was rotting away in the Mexican jail, her husband and lawyer worked to exonerate her, encouraging court officials to review security footage from the bus company that showed the couple – the only Americans on the bus – boarding a commercial bus traveling from Mexico to Phoenix with only blankets, bottles of water and her purse in hand.

            “Many thanks to everyone, especially my God who let me go free, my family, my children, who with their help, I was able to survive this test,” she said.

            Meanwhile, US officials were busy intercepting into the US.

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            Pakistani Taliban Hire New #2… And Other News

            Must Find New #2

            After a US drone in North Waziristan killed former Pakistani Taliban #2, Wali-ur-Rehman, the terror organization must choose a new #2.

            And they already have – out with the old #2 and in with the new #2! Pakistani Taliban militants have chosen Khan Said as their new deputy commander. The position of #2 is a tough one to fill, especially since it’s always the #2 who gets killed in drone strikes – never the #1! But Khan Said has a great resume! It includes (but is not limited to) acting as deputy to Rehman, helping plan a 2011 attack on a Pakistani naval base, and freeing nearly 400 militant inmates in a jailbreak last year. The decision to hire him was unanimous. “There was absolute consensus over Khan Said,” one Pakistani Taliban member said. But… can he


            Fox News Collectively Freaks Out Over Women Breadwinners

            Fox News Lou Dobbs

            Yesterday Reagan Plus Cats wrote about Saudi writer Abdullah Mohammed al-Dawood, who thought that working women should be sexually harassed until they returned to the 体彩手机在线怎么下载. Well, apparently that attitude is not exclusive to Saudi Arabia – Fox News is also on board!

            Fox Business host Lou Dobbs and his all-male panel had a collective freakout Wednesday night after learning that mothers the primary source of income in 40 percent of U.S. households. Dobbs and the Fox contributors were VERY worried that the increasing number of women becoming economic breadwinners would bring about the dissolution of American society and nature.

            Dobbs described the as “showing that women have become the breadwinners in this country体彩手机在线怎么下载, and a lot of other concerning and troubling statistics.”

            Fox News contributor Juan Williams agreed that this was very troubling indeed and indicative of “something going terribly wrong in American society”:

            “What we’re seeing with four out of ten families, now the woman is the primary breadwinner. You’re seeing the disintegration of marriage, you’re seeing men who were hard hit by the economic recession in ways that women weren’t. But you’re seeing, I think, systemically, larger than the political stories that we follow every day, something going terribly wrong in American society, and it’s hurting our children, and it’s going to have impact for generations to come.”

            thinkofthechildrenWon’t somebody please think of the children!!

            Fox News’ newest contributor, Erick Erickson, took things one step further, saying nature itself commanded that women be subservient to men and anyone who thinks otherwise is clearly “anti-science”.

            “When you look at biology, look at the natural world, the roles of a male and female in society, and the other animals, the male typically is the dominant role. The female, it’s not antithesis, or it’s not competing, it’s a complimentary role. We as people in a smart society have lost the ability to have complimentary relationships in nuclear families, and it’s tearing us apart.”

            Fox News contributor Doug Schoen concluded the discussion/collective rant by labelling breadwinning moms a “catastrophic issue” and claiming they “could undermine our social order.”

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            Mayor Rob Ford Privately Reveals his Crack Video Exists… and is also Caught up in a Murder Investigation?

            Mayor Rob Ford

            The scandal surrounding Toronto Mayor Rob Ford just keeps getting better.

            Mayor Rob Ford reportedly verified the existence of the video showing him smoking crack cocaine to aides in a May 17 meeting in his office. Ford even gave the exact address of the person he believed to be in possession of the video and told his staff not to worry about it because he knew where it was and who had it. Staffers were shocked when Ford blurted out the address of two 17th-floor units — 1701 and 1703 — at a Dixon Rd. apartment complex.

            Publicly, Mayor Rob Ford still maintains the video doesn’t exist. A week after his staff meeting, Ford held a news conference in which he denied the video’s existence and said that he does not use drugs.

            “I do not use crack cocaine, nor am I an addict of crack cocaine. As for a video, I cannot comment on a video that I have never seen or does not exist,” he insisted to reporters.

            Well, he’s certainly not a crack “addict”; they tend to be dangerously thin, not verging on whale-like obesity.

            Only reporters from The Star and from Gawker.com have seen the video so far, in which a red-faced and disheveled Ford is reportedly shown smoking crack and making remarks homophobic remarks regarding Justin Trudeau. Nice.

            The mystery surrounding the video continued Thursday as involved in a shooting that they believe may be connected to it. Two men were charged with first-degree murder in the killing of 21-year-old Anthony Smith, the man who appears in a photo (seen below) beside Mayor Rob Ford that is at the centre of the crack controversy.

            Mayor Rob Ford and ANthony Smith

            Smith, 21, was shot in the back of the head shortly before 3 a.m. on March 28 outside a King West nightclub.

            What was his connection to Mayor Ford? Was Mayor Ford involved in the killing? Why hasn’t Mayor Ford’s crack problem caused him to lose weight? So many unanswered questions.

            But Mayor Ford is still refusing to answer. When heThursday shortly before noon, he said nothing to reporters other than to yell: “move!”



            Current Event Cat of the Day: Weapons to Syria

            Current EVent Cat - Russia Sends Syria Weapons

            This ought to end well…. Just days (perhaps minutes!) after the European Union’s embargo on weapons transfers into Syria expired, Syria confirmed that Russia had delivered the missiles it had promised. Sending weapons to evil dictators has never gone wrong before, right?

            President Bashar al-Assad of Syria said in a television interview to be broadcast on Thursday that, “Syria has received the first shipment of Russian antiaircraft S-300 rockets.” Other shipments are expected to arrive soon since the S-300 missile systems “do not just come in a box” – they need to be delivered in stages!

            Russian officials had made it clear earlier in the week that they would deliver weapons to Syria, a move widely condemned by pretty much every country体彩手机在线怎么下载 except Syria. Israel is especially shook up about the whole thing, saying the weapons present a threat to its security and against which it is willing to use force.

            The White House has also been openly critical of Russia’s decision, calling it a step in the wrong direction.

            “Providing additional weapons to Assad — including air defense systems — will only prolong the violence in Syria and incite regional destabilization,” a spokesperson for the National Security Council said on Thursday.

            I guess there’s only one solution now: arm the rebels, close our eyes, and wait until the whole country体彩手机在线怎么下载 implodes! Problem solved.

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            Al Qaeda Makes Terrorists Fill Out Expense Reports… And Other News

            Osama bin Boss Al Qaeda

            Even Al Qaeda has to deal with expense reports and pointless corporate meetings.

            The Associated Press discovered a leaked memo about the terror network’s North African wing’s “most difficult employee”. After years of trying to discipline him, the leaders of Al Qaeda’s North African branch sent one final letter to Moktar Belmoktar. The memo accused him of not answering his phone when they called, failing to turn in his expense reports, ignoring meetings, openly mocking co-workers, and refusing to carry out orders. Al Qaeda – they’re just like us!

            Moktar Belmoktar followed the path of many disgruntled employees before him and became an entrepreneur. A terrorist entrepreneur… Belmoktar formed his own competing group, the Masked Brigade. He is now credited with taking more than 100 foreigners hostage in Algeria in January, leaving more than 30 dead, as well as simultaneous bombings just last week of a military base and a French uranium mine in Niger. I guess not everyone was meant for the corporate world! Via:

            Saudi Cleric: Working Women Should Be Molested

            Saudi Cleric

            A Saudi cleric / writer is facing backlash over his Tweets, urging followers to sexually harass working women in order to protect their chastity. Makes sense.

            Abdullah Mohamed al-Dawood, a Saudi cleric and writer who has almost 100,000 Twitter followers, is advocating harassment as a way of discouraging women from working in mixed-gender work environments. More specifically, he urged his Twitter followers to sexually molest women hired to work as cashiers in big grocery stores, using the hashtag “harass_female_cashiers”.

            Al-Dawood’s campaign to force women to stay 体彩手机在线怎么下载 and protect their chastity has been met with outrage. Hundreds of Saudis and other Arab tweeters attacked him, some asking him what right he had to stop women working, asking, “what kind of person urges the youth to commit debauchery?” and suggesting he harass his own wife and leave others alone.

            Others, however, have applauded him and his crusade to preserve the country体彩手机在线怎么下载’s deeply conservative Islamic identity. While Saudi women have long worked in all-female workplaces, it is now becoming more common for them to work in public places alongside men. This is not sitting well with the conservatives, al-Dawood included, who continue to fight against government efforts to westernize (i.e corrupt) Saudi Arabia.

            The Saudi cleric justified his call to sexually harass working women by using an obscure story from the early days of Islam. In the story, a famous warrior, Al Zubair, does not want his wife to leave the house so he hides in a dark alley, waiting for her to appear. When he sees her, he runs up and molests her in the street. The wife, now terrified of the outside world, rushes 体彩手机在线怎么下载 and vows never to leave again. Well, that’s a lovely, f*cked up story.


            The Droning Continues: U.S Drone Strike Kills Six

            Drone Strike Kills Six

            So much for the stricter drone policies Obama went off about last week…. A U.S drone strike killed six suspected militants in Pakistan on Wednesday—the first attack since President Obama’s speech last week that outlined the administration’s new policy to use drones only when absolutely needed.

            According to Obama’s speech last Friday, drone attacks should only be used amid a “continuing, imminent threat” to the US where no other options are available.

            So who were the latest drone victims? Although not officially confirmed yet, it is reported that the second-in-command of the Pakistani Taliban was among those killed in the drone strike. Not bad, not bad. The US government had placed a $5 million bounty on his head, accusing him of involvement in attacks on coalition forces in Afghanistan, including the 2009 bombing of a US base in which seven CIA agents were killed. I suppose that falls under Obama’s use of drones as a “just war” of self-defence against militants.

            And the other five killed when drone missiles struck a house in the tribal district of North Waziristan? No one really knows yet. Apparently the identities of drone victims are notoriously difficult to confirm and can take days or weeks since the remote tribal areas are inaccessible to foreign and most local journalists.

            This latest drone strike is also the first one since the May 11 election in Pakistan. Drone attacks were a key issue in the Pakistani election and Nawaz Sharif, whose party won the recent election in Pakistan and is expected to be sworn in as prime minister next week, is not happy with the drones. Sharif expressed “serious concerns” and says he plans to engage the United States in “serious” negotiations to put an end to the attacks, which Pakistan says violate its sovereignty. In other words, he’s serious.



            Current Event Cat of the Day: Michele Bachmann

            Current Event Cat - Michele Bachmann

            Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) announced she is leaving Congress, a decision which has “nothing” to do with the ongoing ethics investigation regarding alleged misconduct during her failed attempt to win the 2012 Republican presidential primary. I repeat, nothing.

            Accompanied by some distracting theme music, Michele Bachmann announced early Wednesday morning in a YouTube video on her campaign Web site that she would not be running for reelection to the House of Representatives in 2014. YouTube videos are apparently the new medium for campaign announcements (see: Weiner for Mayor).

            Bachmann was also quick to insist that her stepping down had “nothing” to do with the fear of not being reelected. In 2012 she won a very narrow victory against Jim Graves, who has already announced he is running in 2014.

            “Be assured: My decision was not in any way influenced by any concerns about my being reelected to Congress,” Bachmann said. “I have every confidence that if I ran, I would again defeat the individual who I defeated last year, who recently announced he is once again running.”

            “And rest assured, this decision was not impacted in any way by the recent inquiries into the activities of my former presidential campaign or my former presidential staff. It was clearly understood that compliance with all rules and regulations was an absolute necessity for my presidential campaign.”

            Don’t worry – she also insists her passion for America will remain! Phew!!! And of course it wouldn’t be a Michele Bachmann YouTube video if she didn’t take a jab at the Liberal mainstream media and Obamacare.

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