"Yesterday was President Obama's birthday. He turned 49 years old, if you believe the liberal media." – Jimmy Kimmel
10. Sent troops to invade
9. Read details of his surprise party on WikiLeaks
8. Got a new fake birth certificate he wanted
7. Read 'Eat Pray Love' and bawled his eyes out
6. Asked birthday party magician if he could make Sarah Palin disappear
5. Fist-bumped with Snooki and The Situation
4. Went to Pizzeria Uno for their 'Shrimp & Crab Fun-Doo' with the guys from NORAD
3. Flew Air Force One to Party Depot to buy helium balloons
2. Sat alone watching 'Real Housewives' marathon on Bravo
1. Stuffed Tony Hayward full of nickels and beat him like a pinata
It has helped spark the bluster and threatening response from Hezbollah, who has said that they will no longer be idle if another incident occurs, they will come to aid of their Lebanese brothers-in-arms. They are trying to take the heat off of themselves, with the impending release of a UN investigation that links members of Hezbollah to the 2005 assassination of the Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, who also was father to the current one. In fact, Hezbollah also announced today that they have proof that Israel was responsible for the assassination, not themselves. And Israel fired the rockets from the Sinai desert that landed in Jordan and Israel because they wanted to insure future attacks into Gaza. Ahh yes, the old alternate conspiracy theories. While Israel does a lot of bad things that they need to admit to, they are not responsible for everything squirrelly that goes wrong in this region. And to make a mockery of my point, last night Israel fired upon a lone Lebanese fishing boat that was sailing in contested waters...
The horrible severity of Pakistan's monsoon flooding, and the 800 wildfires raging in Russia both point out the problems with poor governmental response to something that they hadn't planned for - natural disasters. In Pakistan's case, where the local charities sponsored by the splinter Taliban groups offer better service than the official aid areas, it could mean the end of remaining confidence in the Zardari government. On the other hand, there hasn't been any suicide bombings this week in Pakistan, which has served to emphasize how often there are still bombings in Iraq. I don't know if the Iraqi police are still relying on those fake hand-held wands that claimed to detect explosives and truffles, but it may be getting close to the time that the Iraqis deport all of the Sunnis. then, they can either get their civil war out of the way, or have a good couple of weeks of peace and quiet, and a good meal out at a restaurant...
Firefighting responsibilities go to the municipal governments, and the complete lack of firefighting crews, proper equipment, and trucks that would not start, has led to cries of corruption, laziness, and let's bring back the Communist Party... Many fires have burned unattended because there aren't enough trained firefighters to go around. Vladimer Putin has been making the rounds of burned out villages, making promises of help to rebuilding people's lives, but more often he has been getting an angry response: "Mr. Putin, visiting a village in the Nizhny Novgorod region where 11 people had died in a fire, got a firsthand view of the rising anger over the fire response. When he waded into a crowd to discuss a plan for monetary compensation, a woman yelled in anger.
“You didn’t do anything, everything is burning, don’t make promises,” the woman said, according to a video of the encounter posted on the Internet. Mr. Putin said he could do nothing now, as the village had already burned. “We asked for help. We trusted you. Why didn’t anybody do anything?” the woman said." I guess that taking his shirt off while doing tricks on his Harley won't cut it with this crowd...
So far, there have been protests, rallies, and people chanting rude things and holding up ugly signs in blatant displays of religious intolerance. But you can still wear a burka, if that is your choice, and even put medical marijuana in your hubbly bubbly...
Outside of the US, people are not so lucky, for example, recently in Pakistan, where: "... violent clashes broke out between Muslims and Christians after two Christian brothers — Rashid and Sajid Emanuel — were shot dead outside the district courthouse after showing up to face charges of blasphemy. Immediately, there were fears of rioters’ setting fire to the Christian neighborhood where the brothers had lived, Warispura, a poor suburb with about 100,000 people — as they had done in a similar episode last year in a district nearby.
Blasphemy is a capital crime in Pakistan, and rights activists say the allegations are usually spurious and used to settle personal vendettas or to score political points."
This is not to say that there aren't clashes between Muslims and Muslims, just try walking around the streets of Basra or Baghdad any night after 8 pm... One antidote to this seeming growing of intolerance, is embedded within our younger generation. There are now five times as many college students who spend a year abroad, studying in places like Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Indonesia than there were a few years ago. Studying a language and culture, and especially making friends adds to the clout of the Internet.
And they bring their unique cultural events to the Middle East, like the rave. Dance parties, with European DJ's, play all night in the desert sands while hundreds of young folk dance till dawn near ancient ruins in Jordan and Saudi Arabia. Perhaps one of the rockets fired from the Sinai peninsula into Jordan came from a stern parent warning his children that they could not attend that weekend's festivity...
But, so far, I feel safer living where I do in Colorado. We do have our share of ignorance, but they mainly come out in small groups and ask you to sign their petitions in front of the library. So far, I have only gotten a couple of emails from people who find me too rude and offensive, only been called out for a fight once. So far, I think that's pretty good odds, score one for myself against those nattering nabobs of negativity... But, if you wish to make a comment, or make a curse, feel free to click on the comment icon and fill in the blank...