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Jon Stewart Urges Morsi To Lay Off Egyptian Satirist

Stewart said he is friends with the comedian, adding that Youssef loves both Islam and Egypt.

Stewart also questioned why Morsi is worried about a comedian like Youssef, who is sometimes referred to as “Egypt’s Jon Stewart.”

“What are you worried about, Mr. President of Egypt?” Stewart said. “The power of satire to overthrow the status quo? I’ve been doing this crap fest for 15 years, granted I’m not as popular as Bassem, but we’ve had our nights. And just so you know, there’s been a grand total of zero toppled governments we’ve brought about during the time.”



Video & more:
http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2013/04/jon-stewart-egypt-bassem-youssef.php?ref=fpblg

back to say, PLEASE WATCH!!!

Uh-Oh Brits spill torture beans

British troops recount human rights abuses at US detention facility in Iraq
British soldiers and airmen tell of prisoners brought in by SAS and SBS snatch squads being hooded and given electric shocks


British soldiers and air personnel who helped to operate a secretive US detention facility in Baghdad that was at the centre of some of the most serious human-rights abuses to occur in Iraq after the invasion have, for the first time, spoken about abuses they witnessed there.

Members of two RAF squadrons and one Army Air Corps squadron were given guard and transport duties at the secret prison, the Guardian has established. Many of the detainees were brought to the facility by snatch squads formed from Special Air Service and Special Boat Service squadrons. The abuses the soldiers and airmen say they saw included:

• Iraqi prisoners being held for prolonged periods in cells the size of large dog kennels.

• Prisoners being subjected to electric shocks.

• Prisoners being routinely hooded.

• Inmates being taken into a sound-proofed shipping container for interrogation, and emerging in a state of physical distress.


MORE:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/apr/01/camp-nama-iraq-human-rights-abuses
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/04/01/1198495/-Uh-Oh-Brits-spill-torture-beans

Elderly Obama And Boehner Daughters Arrive In Time Machine To Demand Climate Action

Elderly Obama And Boehner Daughters Arrive In Time Machine To Demand Climate Action
House GOP pass emergency bill criminalizing research into time travel even as their own grown children return from future with irrefutable evidence of climate catastrophe.

April 1, 2013 |
In one of the epochal moments in human history, the grown-up children of our leading politicians have returned from the future in a time machine to warn humanity that the worst fears of climate scientists have come true and that we must act now to save billions of people from starvation and endless wars over land and water.

DNA testing has confirmed that the group is led by a now-elderly Sasha and Malia Obama together with Lindsay and Tricia Boehner. They emerged with dozens of others from a remarkably small blue ship that bore a striking resemblance to a 1960s-style London police box, which materialized on the National Mall.

Who among us can forget Malia’s first words to a rapidly-growing crowd in this historical meeting between present and future, “People of 2009, we come from–” words that were immediately interrupted by her younger self, surrounded by Secret Service, saying, “It’s 2013,” which led future Malia to punch future Sasha, saying, “I told you not to mess with the controls.” Malia then continued, “2013, seriously? What’s the friggin’ point?”

Just then Tricia Boehner stepped forward and said, “For the love of God, we’ve left our family and friends on this risky voyage to our past, to give humanity one chance at redemption, one chance to avoid horrors that you can’t possibly imagine, unless, of course, you are a climate scientist … or someone who listens to climate scientists.” She played a horrific hologram of a world ruined by heat, drought, superstorms, acidification, and rising seas.

A sobbing John Boehner hugged his aged daughters and embraced the President saying, “If we can’t act now, when will we ever act?”



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the rest 4/1/13:
http://www.alternet.org/elderly-obama-and-boehner-daughters-arrive-time-machine-demand-climate-action

FOX On the Poors: 'It Gets A Little Comfortable To Be In Poverty'




CAVUTO: The argument, Charles Payne, is that once you get them, it's hard to stop them, so the benefit is there and it's hard to take the benefit of it away and the more people that are getting them, then it's just exponentially grows.

PAYNE: Yeah, well there's absolutely no doubt about that, that there's this idea that, you know, between the food stamps and the welfare and the earned income tax credit and the child tax credit and the local programs, you know, it gets a little comfortable to be in poverty, you know... and I know people are going to.... listen. No. Listen, I've lived it first hand. I've seen where people don't go to work because they get everything paid for them. The incentive is not there.





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http://videocafe.crooksandliars.com/heather/foxs-payne-it-gets-little-comfortable-be-p

Pastor to Rabbi, Imam: U.S. Is a 'Christian Nation' -- But We 'Let' You Worship

A Pentecostal bishop on Sunday told a rabbi and an imam that the U.S. was a "Christian nation" that was bridging religious divisions because Christians would "let" other faiths worship and "we're not going to persecute you."

Speaking to a interfaith panel on CBS News, Hope Christian Church Pastor Harry R. Jackson responded to Rabbi David Wolpe, who said that the Americans should "celebrate difference" because "God is greater than any religious tradition."

"In deference to the Christian foundation of this nation, it is that foundation that allows us freedom," Jackson explained. "I don't see this diversity in other places. So to the credit of our Christian foundation of this nation, this freedom we're experiencing is because folks came and said, 'We believe this is to be a Christian nation. We feel like we've been persecuted in the places we came from, and we're going to intentionally let this nation be founded in a way that if you come here and you're Islamic and you come here and you're Jewish, we're not going to persecute you.'"

"Although we don't worship as Jewish people, we're going to let this country be guided in a place where there's going to be liberty and freedom or worship. I feel we'd be remiss if we act like some other set of countries has operated in this way."



video & more:
http://videocafe.crooksandliars.com/david/pastor-rabbi-imam-us-christian-nation-we-let

The Treason of Intellectuals - by Chris Hedges

Published on Monday, April 1, 2013 by TruthDig.com
The Treason of Intellectuals
by Chris Hedges

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(Illustration by Mr. Fish)

The halfhearted mea culpas by many of these courtiers a decade later always fail to mention the most pernicious and fundamental role they played in the buildup to the war—shutting down public debate.


Those of us who spoke out against the war, faced with the onslaught of right-wing “patriots” and their liberal apologists, became pariahs. In my case it did not matter that I was an Arabic speaker. It did not matter that I had spent seven years in the Middle East, including months in Iraq, as a foreign correspondent. It did not matter that I knew the instrument of war. The critique that I and other opponents of war delivered, no matter how well grounded in fact and experience, turned us into objects of scorn by a liberal elite that cravenly wanted to demonstrate its own “patriotism” and “realism” about national security. The liberal class fueled a rabid, irrational hatred of all war critics. Many of us received death threats and lost our jobs, for me one at The New York Times. These liberal warmongers, 10 years later, remain both clueless about their moral bankruptcy and cloyingly sanctimonious. They have the blood of hundreds of thousands of innocents on their hands.

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These apologists, however, acted not only as cheerleaders for war; in most cases they ridiculed and attempted to discredit anyone who questioned the call to invade Iraq.


............Those who transfer their allegiance to the practical aims of power and material advantage emasculate themselves intellectually and morally. Benda wrote that intellectuals were once supposed to be indifferent to popular passions. They “set an example of attachment to the purely disinterested activity of the mind and created a belief in the supreme value of this form of existence.” They looked “as moralists upon the conflict of human egotisms.” They “preached, in the name of humanity or justice, the adoption of an abstract principle superior to and directly opposed to these passions.” These intellectuals were not, Benda conceded, very often able to prevent the powerful from “filling all history with the noise of their hatred and their slaughters.” But they did, at least, “prevent the laymen from setting up their actions as a religion, they did prevent them from thinking themselves great men as they carried out these activities.” In short, Benda asserted, “humanity did evil for two thousand years, but honored good. This contradiction was an honor to the human species, and formed the rift whereby civilization slipped into the world.” But once the intellectuals began to “play the game of political passions,” those who had “acted as a check on the realism of the people began to act as its stimulators.” And this is why Michael Moore is correct when he blames The New York Times and the liberal establishment, even more than George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, for the Iraq War.



Those who doggedly challenge the orthodoxy of belief, who question the reigning political passions, who refuse to sacrifice their integrity to serve the cult of power, are pushed to the margins. They are denounced by the very people who, years later, will often claim these moral battles as their own. It is only the outcasts and the rebels who keep truth and intellectual inquiry alive. They alone name the crimes of the state. They alone give a voice to the victims of oppression. They alone ask the difficult questions. Most important, they expose the powerful, along with their liberal apologists, for what they are.


https://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/04/01-0

BREAKING: Perry Announces Support for Medicaid Expansion

BREAKING: Perry Announces Support for Medicaid Expansion

by: Ben Sherman
Mon Apr 01, 2013 at 09:30 AM CDT

Saying he was "recommitting" himself to following the teachings of Jesus Christ after a period of intense prayer over the weekend, Texas Governor Rick Perry announced at a press conference on Monday that he supports expanding Medicaid in Texas under the Affordable Care Act.

"It would be un-Christlike to punish one-and-a-half million sick, poor Texans because of politics," said Perry, flanked by members of the Boy Scouts and Texas megachurch pastors Robert Jeffress and John and Matthew Hagee on the South Steps of the Capitol. "Jesus wouldn't let scouts like Jimmy or Grandma Hagee go broke just because they got sick. Expanding Medicaid is the Christian thing to do."

Perry is the latest Republican governor who, after taking time to consider the issue, has decided to support the expansion of Medicaid provided in the Affordable Care Act. Though Perry's reversal came amid mounting pressure from Texas hospitals, business representatives, newspaper editorial boards, and even members of Perry's own party, the Governor made it clear on Monday morning their arguments made no direct impact on his decision to support Medicaid expansion.

"I really had some soul-searching to do," said Perry. "Anita gave me one of those 'What Would Jesus Do?' wristbands after we ate our Easter ham, and I spent the rest of the day consulting with Jesus. I know He would treat the 'least of these,' better than I have, and I'm recommitting myself to following his example."

yes, April Fools, lol,
http://www.burntorangereport.com/diary/13298/breaking-perry-announces-support-for-medicaid-expansion

KRUGMAN: "California"

* And California as an experiment for liberal economics: Conservatives like to point to California as a glaring example of the failure of liberal policies, but Paul Krugman pushes back on this storyline: now that the GOP in that state has lost its power to obstruct, we may now see a test run for genuinely progressive economic policies.

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The point, however, is that these problems bear no resemblance to the death-by-liberalism story line the California-bashers keep peddling. California isn’t a state in which liberals have run wild; it’s a state where a liberal majority has been effectively hamstrung by a fanatical conservative minority that, thanks to supermajority rules, has been able to block effective policy-making.

And that’s where things get really interesting — because the era of hamstrung government seems to be coming to an end. Over the years, California’s Republicans moved right as the state moved left, yet retained political relevance thanks to their blocking power. But at this point the state’s G.O.P. has fallen below critical mass, losing even its power to obstruct — and this has left Mr. Brown free to push an agenda of tax hikes and infrastructure spending that sounds remarkably like the kind of thing California used to do before the rise of the radical right.

And if this agenda is successful, it will have national implications. After all, California’s political story — in which a radicalized G.O.P. fell increasingly out of touch with an increasingly diverse and socially liberal electorate, and eventually found itself marginalized — is arguably playing out with a lag on the national scene too.

So is California still the place where the future happens first? Stay tuned.


MORE:
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/01/opinion/krugman-lessons-from-a-comeback.html

The sacred bond - (Between One Penis & One Vagina.) byTom Tomorrow



The cover of the magazine you receive if you join the NRA.


http://talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/2013/03/only_you_can_save_your_guns_from_king_pinocchio.php?ref=fpblg
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