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Bill Maher: 'Jeb not only a heavy user of marijuana-on at least 1 occasion he was a dealer as well'

“The first time I really got stoned was in Jeb’s room,” Tibbetts said. “He had a portable stereo with removable speakers. He put on Steppenwolf for me.” As the rock group’s signature song, “Magic Carpet Ride,’’ blared from the speakers, Tibbetts said he smoked hash with Bush.

He said he once bought hashish from Bush but stressed, in a follow-up e-mail, “Please bear in mind that I was seeking the hash. It wasn’t as if he was a dealer, though he did suggest I take up cigarettes so that I could hold my hits better, after that first joint.”


http://www.bostonglobe.com/news/politics/2015/02/01/tumultuous-four-years-phillips-academy-helped-shape-jeb-bush/q6ccyHNOtP1n6kqDokMBfK/story.html

VIDEO & MORE:
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/02/21/1365870/-Bill-Maher-calls-out-Jeb-Bush-for-marijuana-hypocrisy-past-user-that-sold-it-at-least-once

Cocaine-snorting Oscar statue removed from Hollywood Boulevard

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2962119/Life-size-cocaine-snorting-Oscar-statue-removed-site-Academy-Awards.html?ito=social-twitter_dailymailceleb

Dead for 48 minutes, Catholic Priest claims God is female

Dead for 48 minutes, Catholic Priest claims God is female

Feb 19, 2015 at 2:13pm



A Catholic priest from Massachussetts was officially dead for more than 48 minutes before medics were able to miraculously re-start his heart has revealed a shocking revelation that will change everything you once believed.

The 71-year-old cleric Father John Micheal O’neal claims he went to heaven and met God, which he describes as a warm and comforting motherly figure.

Father John Micheal O’neal was rushed to the hospital on January 29 after a major heart attack, but was declared clinically dead soon after his arrival.

With the aid of a high-tech machine called LUCAS 2, that kept the blood flowing to his brain, doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital managed to unblock vital arteries and return his heart to a normal rhythm.


http://starrfmonline.com/1.2002887

Speechless......

VIDEO HERE: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=411737725670739&fref=nf



This is the touching moment that dozens of strangers embraced a blindfolded Muslim man who has been wrongly labelled a terrorist.

More than 20 people wrapped their arms around Mustafa Mawla as he stood on the streets of Toronto, Canada, and asked for hugs.

He had two signs at his feet reading, 'I am a Muslim.I am labelled as a terrorist,' and 'I trust you. Do you trust me? Give me a hug.'

The social experiment, filmed by Time Vision, aimed to eliminate the stereotypes surrounding Muslims.


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2949149/Group-asks-passers-hug-blindfolded-Muslim-terrorist-bid-fight-Islamophobia.html#ixzz3SJskaV6w
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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2949149/Group-asks--hug-blindfolded-Muslim-terrorist-bid-fight-Islamophobia.html



http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2949149/Group-asks-passers-hug-blindfolded-Muslim-terrorist-bid-fight-Islamophobia.html

Good Time To Re-Read Senator Al Franken's: O'Reilly's lies in 'Liars: The Lying Liars Who Tell Them'

Heck, SENATOR Franken wrote an entire chapter about O'Reilly's lies in 'Liars: The Lying Liars Who Tell Them.'

"Actually God asked me to write this book, because he was so pissed off at Bush who claimed, whose friends claimed, he had been chosen by God. And God said, 'No, he hadn't. He was just chosen by Clarence Thomas,'" said Franken at a book convention, where he was promoting his book "Lies and the Lying Liars who Tell Them."




"So Bill, I'm sorry that I call you one of the many people who do lie in my book," he said to Fox News' conservative commentator Bill O'Reilly, who was also present.

A heated exchange with O'Reilly, who was also hawking a book, turned the usually sedate event into a shouting match.

O'Reilly responded by saying, "You're supposed to be here 15 minutes, this idiot goes 35, OK? All he's got in six and a half years is that I misspoke, that I labeled a Polk award a Peabody."

Soon the two were talking over each other.

"You had your 35 minutes, now shut up," said O'Reilly.

"This isn't your show, Bill," Franken countered.

And then came the lawsuit.

Fox News' lawyers, reportedly at O'Reilly's urging, filed suit against Franken, claiming the title of his new book violated their trademark motto.

But, Franken got the last laugh. The judge threw out the case and Franken got a windfall of free publicity.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/al-franken-and-the-lying-liars/


http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/lies-and-the-lying-liars-who-tell-them-al-franken/1100624904?ean=9780452285217

Obama loves this country-BUT-he tempers his view with nod toward the uglier parts of our history

The Past Perfect
It’s absurd to question Obama’s patriotism. But Rudy Giuliani is right that
Obama isn’t like his predecessors.

By Jamelle Bouie


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...... Compared with the visions of his predecessors, his is less triumphant and informed by a kind of civic humility. “I believe in American exceptionalism,” he told Roger Cohen of the New York Times while still just a candidate, but not one based on “our military prowess or our economic dominance.” Instead, he said, “our exceptionalism must be based on our Constitution, our principles, our values, and our ideals. We are at our best when we are speaking in a voice that captures the aspirations of people across the globe.”
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/10/opinion/10cohen.html?gwh=5E699017F5570A8928F006C64191D406&gwt=pay&assetType=opinion

As president he echoed this during a now-famous (perhaps infamous) 2009 news conference in Strasbourg, France, where he elaborated on his sense of exceptionalism:
http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=85959#axzz1tdE2dfXh

“I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism.” Every nation has a sense of its unique place in the world. Even still, Obama said, there are things especially exceptional to the United States. “I think that we have a core set of values that are enshrined in our Constitution, in our body of law, in our democratic practices, in our belief in free speech and equality that, though imperfect, are exceptional.”


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....... there is absolutely nothing he has said or done to make anyone question his patriotism or his love of America. As a president from black America, Obama carries this with him, and it comes through in his sometimes less-than-effusive vision of national greatness. He loves this country, but he also tempers his view with a nod toward the uglier parts of our history.

This isn’t the exceptionalism of the Republican Party or much of the national mainstream, and it can alienate Americans not used to a more critical eye—it’s why Mitt Romney chose “Believe in America” for his 2012 election slogan. But it is as authentically American as any other. And while Obama is far from a perfect president, I’m at least glad he’s here to give it a greater voice.


http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2015/02/rudy_giuliani_says_barack_obama_doesn_t_love_america_that_s_absurd_but_the.html

Explosive New Snowden Doc: NSA/GCHQ Stole Vital Cell Phone Encryption Keys

Explosive New Snowden Doc: NSA/GCHQ Stole Vital Cell Phone Encryption Keys
New reporting by The Intercept, based on documents leaked by whistleblower, reveals how spy agencies hacked world's largest SIM card manufacturer

byJon Queally, staff writer


Explosive new reporting by The Intercept published Thursday, based on documents obtained by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, reveals how the U.S. spy agency and their British counterpart, the GCHQ, worked together in order to hack into the computer systems of the world's largest manufacturer of cell phone SIM cards – giving government spies access to highly-guarded encryption codes and unparalleled abilities to monitor the global communications of those with phones using the cards.

Following its publication, journalist Glenn Greenwald called it "one of the biggest Snowden stories yet."

According to fellow journalists Jeremy Scahill and Josh Begley, who did the reporting on the top-secret documents and detail the implications of the program, the target of the government hacking operation was a company called Gemalto, based in the Netherlands, which makes SIM cards for some of the best known makers of cell phones and other portable electronic products, including AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and hundreds of other global brands. The acronym SIM stands for "subscriber identity module" and is a small intergrated circuit within a phone that is used to authenticate users and relay key information to the network on which the phone is operating.

As Scahill and Begley report:

With these stolen encryption keys, intelligence agencies can monitor mobile communications without seeking or receiving approval from telecom companies and foreign governments. Possessing the keys also sidesteps the need to get a warrant or a wiretap, while leaving no trace on the wireless provider’s network that the communications were intercepted. Bulk key theft additionally enables the intelligence agencies to unlock any previously encrypted communications they had already intercepted, but did not yet have the ability to decrypt.

As part of the covert operations against Gemalto, spies from GCHQ — with support from the NSA — mined the private communications of unwitting engineers and other company employees in multiple countries.


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jeremy scahill ✔ @jeremyscahill
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This is basically what the NSA & GCHQ are doing to cell phone "privacy" http://interc.pt/1COE51C
11:47 AM - 19 Feb 2015


https://twitter.com/jeremyscahill/status/568497102076190722


MORE:
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/02/19/snowden-s-revenge-new-mega-spying-project-revealed.html?via=mobile&source=twitter
'http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/02/19/explosive-new-snowden-doc-nsagchq-stole-vital-cell-phone-encryption-keys
https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2015/02/19/great-sim-heist/
https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/1670898-dapino-gamma-gemalto-yuaawaa-wiki.html

What Rudy Giuliani knows about love — a response to his 'doesn't love America' critique of Obama

I didn't know that Rudy Giuliani and his whole family were draft dodgers and that his father was a scumbag.

Figures.



Rudy may have forgotten the half-dozen deferments he won ducking the Vietnam War, even getting the federal judge he was clerking for to write a letter creating a special exemption for him. And remember Bernie Kerik? He's the Giulaini police commissioner, business partner and sidekick whose nomination as homeland security secretary narrowly preceded indictments. He then did his national service in prison.
. . . .

Giuliani went so far as to rebuke the President for not being "brought up the way you were and the way I was brought up through love of this country," a bow no doubt to the parenting prowess of Harold Giuliani, who did time in Sing Sing for holding up a Harlem milkman and was the bat-wielding enforcer for the loan-sharking operation run out of a Brooklyn bar owned by Rudy's uncle.

Though Rudy cited Harold throughout his public life as his model (without revealing any of his history), he and five Rudy uncles found ways to avoid service in World War II. Harold, whose robbery conviction was in the name of an alias, made sure the draft board knew he was a felon. On the other hand, Obama's grandfather and uncle served. His uncle helped liberate Buchenwald . . . .

. . . .

He was a consultant for the government of Qatar, the country his friend and FBI director Louis Freeh accused of hiding 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed before the attack. That's the ultimate triumph of money over memory, since he's still talking, as recently as a week ago, about the 10 friends and 343 firefighters he lost on 9/11.


http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/wayne-barrett-rudy-giuliani-love-article-1.2122253

Bill O’Reilly is super mad at Mother Jones-For Revealing He Lied About Combat (UPDATED)

Bill O’Reilly is super mad at Mother Jones — here’s why
Arturo Garcia ARTURO GARCIA
19 FEB 2015 AT 20:06 ET


Fox News host Bill O’Reilly angrily denounced a Mother Jones report on Thursday questioning his statements regarding his reporting during the Falklands War in 1982.

“It’s a hit piece,” O’Reilly told Politico. “Everything I said about what I reported in South and Central America is true. Everything.


The report from Mother Jones‘ Washington bureau chief David Corn highlighted discrepancies between O’Reilly’s description of his experiences in Argentina in a 2001 book and several public statements regarding his time there.


In the book, Corn stated, O’Reilly says he was reporting for CBS News in Buenos Aires — more than 1,000 miles from the actual warzone — when he was “right in the middle” of a major riot that caused several fatalities. The riot, which was widely reported, followed Argentina’s surrender to United Kingdom forces in July 1982, ending the Falklands conflict. O’Reilly says a soldier aimed his weapon toward him, and that he and other journalists were tear-gassed and attacked before he escaped the scene.

“I managed to make it back to the Sheraton with the best news footage I have ever seen,” O’Reilly wrote. “This was major violence up close and personal, and it was an important international story.”


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On Thursday, O’Reilly called Corn a “despicable guttersnipe” and said he never claimed to have been on the islands.


“It was clear that I did not say I was in the Falkland Islands,” he told Politico. “I’ve done myriad interviews over the years and I never said that.”




Corn, an MSNBC contributor, posted his own response to O’Reilly on Twitter:

David Corn ✔ @DavidCornDC
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This Just In: O'Reilly resorts to spin and name-calling. Stay classy. http://www.politico.com/blogs/media/2015/02/bill-oreilly-mother-jones-report-garbage-202825.html
3:44 PM - 19 Feb 2015

https://twitter.com/DavidCornDC/status/568556759348088832

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2015/02/bill-oreilly-is-super-mad-at-mother-jones-heres-why/



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UPDATED TO ADD:


David Corn hits back at Bill O'Reilly

"To me, the issue here is whether a media figure and journalist like Bill O'Reilly, who claims to be a truth teller, can get away without answering questions about specific statements he's made, and hide behind name calling," Corn told the On Media blog on Thursday. "I would encourage anyone else who covers this story to get Bill O'Reilly to answer those quesitons -- if not to me, than to anyone else."


http://www.politico.com/blogs/media/2015/02/david-corn-hits-back-at-bill-oreilly-202828.html
David Corn hits back at Bill O'Reilly



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ANOTHER TIDBIT:

Mother Jones also said O’Reilly exaggerated the violence he saw when reporting from El Salvador during its civil war in 1982. O’Reilly stated in his book that he visited a village that had been “leveled to the ground”, and there was no one “alive or dead”. But in a 90-second report for CBS News, residents could be seen walking around amid a handful of burned-out structures.

O’Reilly responded: “Everything I reported was true.”

Corn, the Mother Jones co-author, said he had attempted to reach O’Reilly before publication of the story on several occasions.

“O’Reilly more than once said he was in a war zone. But the war was on an island. It was not in Buenos Aires. It’s like saying you were in a war zone during the Vietnam War because you were in Washington,” he said.

http://www.theguardian.com/media/2015/feb/20/fox-news-bill-oreilly-accused-of-exaggerating-war-zone-exploits

WH Perfect Response To Rudy: "He also said that during his “fleeting 2007 run for the presidency”

"I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America," Giuliani reportedly said at a private New York fundraiser for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R). "He doesn't love you. And he doesn't love me. He wasn't brought up the way you were brought up and I was brought up through love of this country."


Asked about the matter during a flight aboard Air Force One to Chicago, a White House spokesman partially agreed with Giuliani's assessment -- of his own remarks. "It was a horrible thing to say," deputy press secretary Eric Schultz said, according to a pool report.


Schultz further jabbed at the onetime presidential hopeful by noting that Giuliani had tested the line during his "fleeting 2007 run for the presidency."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/19/obama-rudy-giuliani_n_6715434.html
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