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"Fool me once... shame on you. Fool me... I won't get fooled again."

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Wednesday said “there were mistakes made” in Iraq but praised his brother’s 2007 troop surge as “one of the most heroic acts of courage, politically, that any president’s done.” And he blamed the rise of the Islamic State and collapse of security in western Iraq on the Obama administration, which officially withdrew from the country in 2011.


“It is quite possible that mistakes were made,” Henry Kissinger explaining U.S. support for Latin American dictatorships, 2002

“We did not achieve what we wished, and serious mistakes were made in trying to do so,” President Reagan explaining the Iran-Contra scandal in 1987

“So, if there was a mistake made, in trying to move them along a more civilized path by having contacts as we did, fine,” - President George H.W. Bush explaining his support for Saddam Hussein during the Iran-Iraq war, 1990

“She had said only that if mistakes were made, they would be corrected,” aides to Condoleeza Rice explaining away her apparently telling German leader Angele Merkel that the U.S. had kidnapped a German citizen on accident, 2005

“The biggest mistake that's happened so far,” George W. Bush on the Abu Ghraib scandal, 2006

Mistakes were made,” Alberto Gonzalez explaining the politicized firing of U.S. attorneys, 2007

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The people who believe Obama's Muslim.....

.....are the same people who believed Dick Cheney was Christian.



O'Reilly Defends His Time "Under Fire in The FOX-Hole"


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.”



Cocaine-snorting Oscar statue removed from Hollywood Boulevard



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.



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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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.



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


...... 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.”

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:

“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.”


....... 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.


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.


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


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