"With Tea Party conservatives and many Republicans balking at raising the debt ceiling, let me offer them an example of a nation that lives up to their ideals. It has among the lowest tax burdens of any major country: fewer than 2 percent of the people pay any taxes. Government is limited, so that burdensome regulations never kill jobs.
This society embraces traditional religious values and a conservative sensibility. Nobody minds school prayer, same-sex marriage isn’t imaginable, and criminals are never coddled. The budget priority is a strong military, the nation’s most respected institution. When generals decide on a policy for, say, Afghanistan, politicians defer to them. Citizens are deeply patriotic, and nobody burns flags.
So what is this Republican Eden, this Utopia? Why, it’s Pakistan." - Nicholas Kristoff
It used to be that the weekend was the slow cycle for the news, but now its the most active time in the Middle East, after Friday prayers is when most protests are planned. This weekend, Palestinians who live in Syria planned a non-violent dash across the border into the Golan Heights. They were shot at by Israeli forces... It's not clear exactly why these folks are volunteering to martyr themselves without wearing the latest in Iranian suicide vests, but they are succeeding in causing an international incident and showing how hot-headed many Israeli troops are... Speaking of hot-headed troops, the Syrian army claims that over 80 officers were killed, along with 40 civilians, in a war with some "armed gangs" in the north. The Syrian government has been long saying that the agitators against them are all from the outside, and that often the civilian population is begging the army to protect them and interfere with the protests... The NY Times interviewed one protest organizer, who said: “I have seen no evidence of organized violence by protesters against the regime,” said Wissam Tarif, a Syrian human rights activist currently outside the country. “Protesters do not have weapons they could even use against tanks and helicopters, which the regime is using.”
They’re selling postcards of the hanging
They’re painting the passports brown
The beauty parlor is filled with sailors
The circus is in town...
And the Good Samaritan, he’s dressing
He’s getting ready for the show
He’s going to the carnival tonight
On Desolation Row - Bob Dylan
"He who warned, uh, the British that they weren't going to be taking away our arms uh by ringing those bells and making sure as he's riding his horse through town to send those warning shots and bells that we were going to be secure and we were going to be free and we were going to be armed."
She was then ridiculed for saying that Paul Revere warned the British that the Americans were coming, years before porn dominated the internet. Then, on Fox News Sunday, she said that she really didn't make a mistake, transcript courtesy of TPM: "You know what, I didn't mess up about Paul Revere," Palin said. She went on:
Here's what Paul Revere did. He warned the Americans that the British were coming, the British were coming and they are going to try to take our arms so we have to make sure that we were protecting ourselves and shoring up all of our ammunitions and our firearms, so that they couldn't take them. But remember that the British had already been there, many soldiers, for seven years in that area. And part of Paul Revere's ride, and it wasn't just one ride -- he was a courier, he was a messenger -- part of his ride was to warn the British that were already there that, "hey, you are not going succeed, you are not going to take American arms. You are not going beat our own well-armed persons, individual private militia that we have." He did warn the British, and in a shout-out gotcha type of question that was asked of me I answered candidly. And I know my American history."
She was referring to an obscure letter that Revere wrote, where he said that during his ride he was stopped by some British troops, an officer put a gun to his head and asked what he was doing out at night, and he told them that he was out informing the colonialists that the British troops were advancing. The question is why they let him go... The debate this weekend isn't why Sarah leaves her bus to fly to Fox studios, but the depth of her knowledge of American history, and I feel a quiz coming on, Sarah to be invited on the set on Are You Smarter Than A Sixth-Grader? It's bad enough that some sneaky Sarah supporters tried to literally rewrite history by going on wikipedia and rewriting the section on Paul Revere to reflect Sarah's version of history, while her detractors are saying that telling a cop what you are up to to save your life is different than riding up to houses and informing British citizens that their army was advancing, if you please, while historians are searching all sources trying to find out where being a courier then meant what she said...
And that French guy pleaded not guilty to accosting the hotel chambermaid. He has hired the best lawyers around to defame the woman making the accusation, and if this only were France, she would have been deported already. At least I understand that Italy Silvio Berlesconi has a job lined up for her...