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Egypt's Sisi vows Muslim Brotherhood 'will not exist'

Boom: Republican Colonel Blasts Republicans For Focusing on Benghazi Over Cheney's War Crimes

New ‘Openly Secular’ group seeks to combat anti-atheist discrimination

Mississippi Chefs to Protest State Law (the discriminatory 'Religious Freedom Restoration Act') on the Eve of Annual Picnic.

A Simple Chart To Share With Anyone Who Complains About People On Welfare

Video: Discussion between Bill Moyers and Paul Krugman: What the 1% Don't Want You to Know

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Photo: theguardian.com

Photo: theguardian.com

Pete Seeger Testimony Before HUAC - the House Unamerican Activities Committee - on August 18, 1955

Atlanta: Snow, Ice, Sand Send South's Flagship City Reeling (AP)

Excellent news!
BP Deepwater Supervisors Must Face Manslaughter Rep!

Terror Suspect Challenges NSA Surveillance Program

This is very serious:
Egypt to Put 20 Al-Jazeera Journalists on Trial

When 100,000 people sign a petition for you to be deported (from the US - petitioning the White House), don't you rethink your behavior? Apparently Justin Bieber doesn't: he just got arrested in Canada for assaulting a limo driver.
Justin Bieber Charged with Assault

US deep South snow storm maroons motorists

Movement Seen in Talks Over Syria, Despite Gap

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"What Hitler Did Will Be Nothing Compared To What We're Going To Do"

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Mr Peabody's Wayback Machine

With at h/t to Andrew Meyers, a New York attorney, accountant and my cousin.

SHERMAN: "Where to today, Mr. Peabody?"

MR PEABODY: "Today, Sherman, I've set my"wayback machine" to 1948. We're going to various locations around the United States and then onto an amazing undercover operation in Israel, still then called, Palestine."

Clandestine phone calls had been going out to veteran U.S. WWII pilots. Think of this as putting together THE DIRTY DOZEN, only in this case, it was called the Mahal. They were to become the first Air Force and the last hope of this nascent country. Their mission would determine the viability and the existence of  a new independent nation -- the State of Israel. The odds were formidable but the stakes couldn't be higher. Failure would destroy their hopes of existence.

The Machal were made up of volunteer pilots, most of them American, some British. Their hush-hush mission was to defend Israel from a five prong attack -- Eqypt, Syria, Trans-Jordan, Iraq and Saudi Arabia. The coordinated efforts of this assault were sure to doom the budding Israel. Time was ticking as the five formidable enemies readied their armies. The Israeli defenses were outrageously outnumbered, but not in hopes and dreams. This was do or die and they were not going to be denied their independence. They had suffered enough already.

Messerschmitt-Bf-109-airplane-2

Israel had only four (4) airplanes as the war began. They were German (how ironic) "Messerschmidt 109's" (again ironic, remember PT 109) which they smuggled in from the Czech Republic. The fighters were assembled overnight in Tel Aviv and were never flight tested before going into battle.

The unified army had tanks, squadrons, manpower and fighter planes. How could the State of Israel stand up to that? Was this the David and Goliath story of it's time?

A preview of the documentary ABOVE AND BEYOND is below. It's really a great insight into struggles for existence and of will power over might. Enjoy:

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Add A Pinch Of Salt And You’ve Got Whack-A-Doodle Stew

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King Bachmann Gohmert

Here’s what you get when you send fertilizer over to Egypt and expect the results to be anything less explosive than the Oklahoma City/Timothy McVeigh car bomb.

Tea party experts on diplomacy and foreign affairs, stalwarts Michele Bachmann, Louie Gohmert and Steve King spent this past weekend in Egypt thanking the country’s military for overthrowing their elected government. Rumor has it that their real purpose in going there was to get tips on how to overthrow a government because they have plans to do that here in the states.

When it came time to demonstrate this troika’s understanding of the unrest in Eqypt, they began what can best be described as a Saturday Night Live sketch.  Oh, this is priceless. During the threesome’s speeches, they constantly blamed the Muslim Brotherhood for the 9/11 attacks in the U.S.

RAW STORY:

“We have seen the threat that the Muslim Brotherhood has posed here for the people in Egypt. We have seen the threat that the Muslim Brotherhood has posed around the world. We stand against this great evil. We are not for them. We remember who caused 9/11 in America. We remember who it was that killed 3,000 brave Americans. We have not forgotten.”

So much for our Tea party knuckleheads’ understanding of the actual 9/11 details:

In fact, the 9/11 Commission determined that Osama bin Laden and his Al-Qaeda terrorist network were responsible for orchestrating the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 (not the Muslim Brotherhood). Following the attack, the Muslim Brotherhood “strongly condemned” the action.

Deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, who was a top Muslim Brotherhood leader at the time of the attacks, called them “a wrong act which we denounce regardless of its doer.”

So this blathering trio, los tres amigos de locura (insanity) continued their road show, gaff after gaff. They hardly got a fact right. What they were doing in Egypt is anyone's guess. A pending war action in Syria, a total failure by President Obama's official emissaries John McCain and Lindsey Graham 10 days earlier that then these "saviors" pop up, to add to the hijinx.

Lorne Michaels once used a Sarah Palin speech, word for word, as an opening for SNL. It was delivered by Tina Fey. It brought down the house. And when the real Sarah Palin then stepped on the stage, the roar could be heard around the world. You have to hand it to Sarah, she knew she was a joke and was a good sport about it.

Here’s the next verbatim sketch from the comic geniuses at SNL:  Bachmann, Gohmert, and King face the people of Egypt. You'll fight to keep a straight face.

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