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Bahrain jails photojournalist, detains rights activist

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Sunni-ruled Bahrain upheld a 10-year jail term for a photojournalist on Sunday and detained a human rights activist, as it presses a crackdown on Shias over a 2011 uprising. The tiny but strategic kingdom, just across the Gulf from Iran and home base for the US Fifth Fleet, remains deeply divided three years since authorities crushed…

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Top AZ school official: Ban Spanish! "This is America! I'm not being racist."

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Meet John Huppenthal, an Arizona school official. A top Arizona school official. Keyword: School. Where he was responsible for the "public instruction" of, you know, impressionable kids.  Apparently, Mr. Responsible isn't fond of the Spanish language, which is likely spoken by many of the impressionable kids at the schools he oversees. Translated into his version of English that means, "You are not welcome here, brown people." To quote Superintendent Big Tent, "This is America. Speak English."

How so American of him. Give me your tired, your poor, your English Only. Your white. Your Republican.

What was that about America being a melting pot again?

melting pot

noun

1. a pot in which metals or other substances are melted or fused.

2. a country, locality, or situation in which a blending of races, peoples, or cultures is taking place.

KTVK:

Pressure on the state's top school official to resign continued to mount Monday as more anonymous blog posts from John Huppenthal emerged.

Using an online alias, the superintendent of public instruction posted several comments on a conservative-leaning website calling for no Spanish language in the state.

In one post Huppenthal wrote, "We all need to stomp out balkanization. No Spanish radio stations, no Spanish billboards, no Spanish TV stations, no Spanish newspapers. This is America, speak English."

Not offensive enough? How's this? Superintendent Racist went on to say that he "doesn't mind" if Mexican food is sold, as long as the menus "are mostly in English."

Anyone know the English word for tamale? Or tortilla? Or burrito? Or a**hole, for that matter. I'm guessing El Pollo Loco may have issues with Señor Huppenthal, what with the name of the entire chain being so unAmericanly Spanishly balkanized and such.

And how about that First Amendment freedom of speech and press thing that conservatives rely on so often, right Sup. "patriot"? M.I.A. How exactly does he justify shutting down TV stations and newspapers that fall under that constitutionally protected right? Silly me, I forgot. IOKIYAR:

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Señor Gilipollas then displayed a total lack of self-awareness when he followed all of that up with:

"And, I'm not being humorous or racist."

Well, he was half right. He sure isn't funny.

All these statements were made in 2010, and as reported above, under a pseudonym. Did I mention he also called welfare recipients "lazy pigs"? Project much, Hup?

Go here for more details and reaction.

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Liz Cheney: "Newspapers are dying, and that's not a bad thing."

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Most people know that Liz Cheney is running for a U.S Senate seat in Wyoming; of course, as with Daddy Dick, controversy has followed her everywhere, and for good reason. One recent public collision resulted in this from Alan Simpson, a response to Mommy Dearest Lynne Cheney's "shut up": "You are going to get facts without rumor & innuendo, BS & mush."

Here are a few more hot potatoes, courtesy of the Los Angeles Times:

For all her pugnacity, however, Cheney has spent much of the early campaign on the defensive.

She was late on her property tax bill because, she said, of a misunderstanding about the terms of the sale. She sparked a family squabble by declaring her opposition to same-sex marriage. "I love my sister," responded Mary Cheney, who is gay and married to a longtime partner. "But she is dead wrong."

Perhaps most significantly, it was revealed that Liz Cheney received a state fishing license 72 days after closing on her Wyoming home, a violation of the law requiring residents to live in the state 365 consecutive days.

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But check out who Ms. Patriotic Defender of the Constitution blamed and what she thinks of one of our most venerable, prevalent, and dependable sources of news and information:

Cheney blamed a clerical error and slammed the newspaper editor who reported that she paid a $220 fine.

"Newspapers are dying, and that's not a bad thing," she told a tea party gathering. "We're not depending on the Jackson Hole News & Guide to get the news out. We're depending on ourselves. We're going over their heads."

This from the Dickette who set out to convince America that she champions the First Amendment like nobody's business, especially if it means smearing President Obama:

Cheney claims that Obama has "literally declared war" on the First and Second amendments to the United States Constitution as well as the interests of Wyoming ranchers and energy workers who face regulations from the United States Environmental Protection Agency.[31]

Of course, the most preposterous part of that statement was "We're depending on ourselves." Yes, let's all depend on the tea party to accurately report and investigate news stories, you know, so we don't have to.

Then again, this implies that she trusts peons like me, a self-reliant blogger, to "get the news out" more than she trusts one of Rupert Murdoch's big news outfits.

Just as banks and corporations thrive on pushing laws to regulate themselves, Li'l Liz would prefer that we rely on ourselves (read: her political allies) to provide and oversee as much right wing and/or self-serving misinformation as possible.

As for those pesky newspapers, they should all just die.

Freedom of the press, my ass.

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Reporter banned from Nevada caucus: “Spy! She’s a spy!”

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Here are a couple of excerpts from a story about how one reporter was treated by Republican caucus voters in Nevada. It isn't pretty. The words "GOP paranoia" come to mind.

Via Ashley Powers of the L.A. Times:

After about 10 speakers touted their presidential favorites – most of them backed Mitt Romney – the caucus chairwoman, whose name I didn’t catch, announced that no reporters were allowed in the room. [...]

“You’re a bunch of liars!” someone shouted.

“Spy! She’s a spy!” someone else said.

A woman waved a button at me, which said: DON’T BELIEVE THE LIBERAL MEDIA. [...]

Then a man walked over to me and said if I didn’t leave, he’d call security. So I left the room while voters cast their ballots.

Another word that comes to mind: "Extreme".

Did I mention "WTF"?

I wonder...  if Powers had been wearing a button that said, "I work at Fox," would she have been allowed to stay?

So much for freedom of the press. Hey Nevada GOP, how's that Constitution thing workin' for ya?

Please read the whole story here.

H/t: @42bkdodgr

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