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Saudi Arabia declares all atheists are terrorists in new law to crack down on political dissidents

Atheists, peaceful protesters and those who go to fight abroad have all been brought under the auspices of new "anti-terror" laws

Saudi Arabia has introduced a series of new laws which define atheists as terrorists, according to a report from Human Rights Watch.

In a string of royal decrees and an overarching new piece of legislation to deal with terrorism generally, the Saudi King Abdullah has clamped down on all forms of political dissent and protests that could "harm public order".


Article one of the new provisions defines terrorism as "calling for atheist thought in any form, or calling into question the fundamentals of the Islamic religion on which this country is based"


Sarah Palin To American Females: If You Want To Get Ahead, Tramp Yourself Up & Get A Man To Take You

So Palin's message to our female youth is clear. If you want to get ahead you need to tramp yourself up and get a man to take you where you want to go.

Such a wholesome role model, don't you think?



"In DOG We Trust"

'In dog we trust' misprint on US sheriff's office rug

It took two months for the error at the Florida office to be spotted:

A rug has been removed from a sheriff's office in Florida after it was noticed that it read "in dog we trust" instead of "in God we trust".

The $500 (£329) mat lay at the entrance to the office in Pinellas County for two months before someone noticed, a spokeswoman said.

The error was made by the rug's manufacturer and it is being replaced.


Salman Rushdie: “The moment somebody says, ‘I believe in free speech, BUT,’ I stop listening”

“The moment somebody says,
‘I believe in free speech, but,’ I stop listening,”
he said before lampooning what he referred to as
“the but-brigade.”

“‘I believe in free speech, but people should behave themselves.
I believe in free speech, but we shouldn’t upset anybody.
I believe in free speech, but let’s not go too far.’”

The problem with that logic, he said, “is the moment you limit free speech, it’s not free speech.”

“You can dislike Charlie Hebdo,” Rushdie concluded,
“because not all their drawings are funny.
But the fact that you dislike them has nothing to do with their right to speak.”


Rat City: Inside the Nation's Largest Homeless Encampment

I missed this gem:

Rupert Murdoch derides Mitt Romney 2016 candidacy: 'He had his chance'

In an address to thinktank, Murdoch says former Massachusetts governor, who is weighing running for president for a third time, was ‘a terrible candidate’

Rupert Murdoch has a history of not being impressed with Mitt Romney. On Wednesday night, he confirmed that his opinion hasn’t changed.

Murdoch spoke at a conservative thinktank about the coalescing 2016 Republican presidential field, which now includes the man who lost out on the nomination in 2008 and lost the election in 2012. His remarks were reported by Politico.

“I rather agree with the Journal this morning, which sort of lacerated Romney,” said Murdoch, who owns the Wall Street Journal. “He had his chance, he mishandled it, you know? I thought Romney was a terrible candidate.”


CIA on Trial in Virginia for Planting Nuke Evidence in Iran

Jeffrey WHO?

Jeffrey Sterling went to Congress with his story. He was a CIA case officer. He is accused of having taken his story to James Risen. The prosecution is quite clearly establishing, against its own interest, during the course of this trial already, that numerous people were in on the story and could have taken it to Risen. If Sterling is to be proved guilty of the non-crime of blowing the whistle on a crime, the prosecution has yet to hint at how that will be done.

But what is the story? What is the crime that Sterling exposed for that tiny sliver of the population that's interested enough to have listened? (Sure, Risen's book was a "best seller" but that's a low hurdle; not a single prospective juror in Alexandria had read the book; even a witness involved in the case testified Wednesday that he'd only read the one relevant chapter.)

The story is this. The CIA drew up plans for a key part of a nuclear bomb (what a CIA officer on Wednesday described in his testimony as "the crown jewels" of a nuclear weapons PROGRAM), inserted flaws in the plans, and then had a Russian give those flawed plans to Iran.

During the trial on Wednesday morning, the prosecution's witnesses made clear both that aiding Iran in developing a part of a bomb would be illegal under U.S. export control laws, and that they were aware at the time that there was the possibility of what they were doing constituting just such aid.



Hero Of Paris Grocery Store Siege, Lassana Bathily will be given French nationality next week!

Hero of Paris grocery store siege to get the ultimate reward from the French government

Bernard Cazeneuve announced that Lassana Bathily, who had helped clients to hide during the hostage Hyper hide would be naturalized.

Bernard Cazeneuve has announced that Lassana Bathily, the "hero" of the hostage-taking in Hyper hide would be naturalized , Tuesday, January 20. The young man, Mali had helped clients to hide during the hostage-taking perpetrated by Amedy Coulibaly, January 9 last. Lassana Bathily had opened the door of the cold room Hyper Hide supermarket, where he was the employee, Porte de Vincennes to several people wanting to escape the jihadist.

A welcoming ceremony

"Following the bravery of Mr. Lassana Bathily, born in 1990 in Bamako (Mali) during the hostage taking (...) the Minister of the Interior has requested emergency instruction the naturalization application he had filed July 7, 2014 , "said the communiqué of the place Beauvau. Bernard Cazeneuve chair in his honor a welcoming ceremony in the French citizenship, Tuesday, January 20 at 18:30 Place Beauvau.


Cartoon: Charlie Hebdo - In Memoriam: Love is stronger than hate


GOP Establishment-Wing Head Table: "Which One Of You Is Taking My Order?"

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