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"It's just a different language."

"I was just trying to share my culture, my language. I wasn't forcing it on others."

Dana is a sophomore. She speaks in serious tones that belie her age. One day, she hopes to pursue a degree in computer science.

Dana didn't expect to be the first student to mark National Foreign Language Week by reciting the Pledge; others had been scheduled to recite it in Japanese and Spanish on Monday and Tuesday. She can't help but think that had they done so, things might have turned out differently.

"I also thought I'd recite the Pledge in English, as well," she says.

But it was not to be. She read the Pledge in Arabic, "and after that, people just blew up," she said Friday.

Friends told her of ugly comments posted by other students on Twitter; that students refused to stand for the Pledge while she read it.

She could hardly believe what her friends were telling her.

"I just felt people didn't respect my culture or language."

Did she translate the word "God" in the Pledge as "Allah"?

"Yes, it was on Google Translate that way."

Her voice strains with pained incredulity.


Ingraham, who serves as a contributor at Fox News and hosts "The Laura Ingraham Show," wasn't having any of it.

"What if the skinheads want to do the Pledge of Allegiance, we're gonna do that too?" she said on her radio show, using a term often synonymous with neo-Nazism. "To some people that would be offensive. We're gonna let them do that?"

Where have you been, Ms. Ingraham? Skinheads already recite the Pledge of Allegiance in English, as do your wingnut friends, most of whom are indistinguishable from skinheads.


When your kid has to go to bed hungry.....

(The Rude Pundit): Tom Cotton Pleasures Himself in Front of the Senate

..........talking about how much Obama just wants to destroy Israel with his love of all things Muslim (or words to that effect), Cotton pulled his pants down in front and grabbed his balls just in time to ejaculate all over the Senate floor.

For Cotton really said that comments from the Obama administration about broadening option as regards an Israeli government no longer even paying lip service to a two-state solution "could very well startle some of the smaller parties and their leaders with whom Prime Minister Netanyahu is currently in negotiations. This raises the question, of course, if the administration intends to undermine Prime Minister Netanyahu's efforts to assemble a coalition by suggesting a change to our longstanding policy of supporting Israel's position with the United Nations."

You got that, right? Tom Cotton, the author of the letter from 47 GOP senators telling Iran not to trust the president on a deal to give up nuclear arms, is worried that the words of the president and his aides might have negative influence on Israel. No, wait. On Netanyahu. Because you can sure as hell bet that had the Zionist Union and Isaac Herzog had won, Cotton wouldn't have said a goddamned word.

Cotton concluded with threats to the United Nations should it say mean things to Israel, too. And, without a hint of shame, his jizz on the ground in front of him, the dildo being moved slowly, delicately, even, Cotton said, "For decades, the relationship between Israel and the United States has transcended political and personal differences. Our shared interests were enough to overcome any ideology or personal disagreement, but I fear mutual respect is of little concern to this administration. The President and all those senior officials around him should carefully consider the diplomatic and security consequences of their words. This Congress certainly will."

He went silent again and removed the dildo from his anus, pulling up his pants after. He took out an anti-bacterial cloth and wiped it down before carefully placing it back in the velvet and shutting the case. As he walked away, Lindsey Graham was heard telling an aide, "Find out where I can get one of those Bibi penises." -

See more at: http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/#sthash.BmHQi0N3.dpuf

Mideast "Peace"


A California Dog Saves Swimmers at Beach

Two swimmers at a Ventura beach were rescued Thursday from dangerous rip currents — not by a lifeguard — but by a dog.

The dog’s owners said the 3-year-old Burmese mountain dog ran into the ocean after a couple started screaming for help.

Dave Mecham reports for the KTLA 5 News at 6 on Friday, March 20, 2015.


12th anniversary of Iraq War-How corporate media promoted official deception & marginalized dissent.

On 12th anniversary of Iraq attack, recalling how corporate media promoted official deception & marginalized dissent.

Iraq and the Media: A Critical Timeline

Bush speaks about
Bush speaks about Iraq invasion--Photo Credit: War Made Easy/Media Education Foundation

It's hardly controversial to suggest that the mainstream media's performance in the lead-up to the Iraq War was a disaster. In retrospect, many journalists and pundits wish they had been more skeptical of the White House's claims about Iraq, particularly its allegations about weapons of mass destruction. At the same time, though, media apologists suggest that the press could not have done much better, since "everyone" was in agreement on the intelligence regarding Iraq's weapons threat. This was never the case. Critical journalists and analysts raised serious questions at the time about what the White House was saying. Often, however, their warnings were ignored by the bulk of the corporate press.

This timeline is an attempt to recall some of the worst moments in journalism, from the fall of 2002 and into the early weeks of the Iraq War. It is not an exhaustive catalog, but a useful reference point for understanding the media's performance. The timeline also points to missed opportunities, when courageous journalists—working inside the mainstream and the alternative media—uncovered stories that should have made the front pages of daily newspapers, or provided fodder for TV talk shows. By reading mainstream media critically and tuning into the alternative press, citizens can see that the notion that "everyone" was wrong about Iraq was—and is—just another deception.

September 1, 2002
— In a Baltimore Sun column calling for the resumption of weapons inspections in Iraq, former inspector Scott Ritter points out that earlier inspections had been able to verify a "90 percent to 95 percent level of disarmament," including "all of the production facilities involved with WMD" and "the great majority of what was produced by these facilities."

September 6, 2002

— In a story entitled "Lack of Hard Evidence of Iraqi Weapons Worries Top U.S. Officials," Knight Ridder's Warren Strobel and Jonathan Landay report that "senior U.S. officials with access to top-secret intelligence on Iraq say they have detected no alarming increase in the threat that Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein poses to American security and Middle East stability."

September 7, 2002
—"From a marketing point of view, you don't introduce new products in August."
(White House chief of staff Andrew Card, quoted in the New York Times about the government's plan to sell the public on the Iraq War.)
—Speaking of the need to disarm Iraq, George W. Bush refers to a report by the International Atomic Energy Association (IAEA) alleging that Iraq was six months away from developing a nuclear weapon. No such report exists, as MSNBC reports on its website. (Oddly, the article was quickly removed from MSNBC's website, as Paul Krugman would note months later--4/29/03.) Bush's lie mostly escapes media scrutiny; as John MacArthur recalled months later (Columbia Journalism Review, 5-6/03), the Washington Post half-heartedly acknowledged the problem deep in a story:
In the twenty-first paragraph of her story on the press conference, the Washington Post's Karen DeYoung did quote an IAEA spokesman saying, in DeYoung's words, "that the agency has issued no new report," but she didn't confront the White House with this terribly interesting fact.

September 8, 2002
—Michael R. Gordon and Judith Miller co-author the article "U.S. Says Hussein Intensifies Quest for A-Bomb Parts" on the front page of the New York Times. The story relies heavily on claims made by Bush administration officials regarding Iraq's "worldwide hunt" to acquire aluminum tubes for uranium enrichment. Miller and Gordon warn that "Mr. Hussein's dogged insistence on pursuing his nuclear ambitions, along with what defectors described in interviews as Iraq's push to improve and expand Baghdad's chemical and biological arsenals, have brought Iraq and the United States to the brink of war." The article would come to be entirely discredited.
—Vice President Dick Cheney appears on Meet the Press and contends that Iraq has "reconstituted" its nuclear weapons program. His main piece of evidence is the recent attempts by Hussein to obtain aluminum tubes, which Cheney cites to "a story in the New York Times this morning."

September 11, 2002
— After CBS reporter Mark Phillips refers to talk of war against Iraq as "the belligerent noises being made in Washington and some other places," anchor Dan Rather (according to a transcript from the Media Research Center) expresses his displeasure with the term "belligerent":
Now of course, what Washington sees it as a kind of quiet determination to do what President Bush feels the United States must do, is the word belligerence, is that one that the Iraqi government has been attaching to Washington and President Bush's policy as a way of getting their propaganda across the Arab world?


Way, way, way MORE (let's not remember to forget THIS time):

Josh Marshall: I Don't Think It Gets Any Better Than This

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) denounces "Jews in America" who are "Democrats first and Jewish second" when it comes to supporting Benjamin Netanyahu.

It really is true that for conservatives of a certain stripe, like King, Huckabee and others, Jews are little more than a kind of yahwistic lawnjockeys, mascots for a certain type of militant defense policy and museum pieces in the historical imagination of right-wing Christianity.


LOL! Watch the secret CIA video made for Reagan showing how the Soviets saw America


This Secret CIA Video Showed Ronald Reagan How the Soviets Viewed America
Featuring Michael Jackson, Rambo, and a brainwashed "oligarchy controlled by big capitalists."

When President Ronald Reagan took office in 1981, he became the first president to receive Central Intelligence Agency briefings in video format. The CIA produced more than 40 short informational videos for Reagan, ranging from evening-newsy looks at topics like the Chernobyl nuclear accident (below) to profiles of foreign leaders.

Not an '80s sitcom. CIA
Bob Woodward and others have maintained that Reagan preferred these videos since he was not keen on heavy reading. Not so, says CIA historian Nick Dujmovic. "This myth is supported by Reagan's purported preference as a former career actor in films and television and by the old perspective of Reagan's simple-mindedness," he asserts in an agency report on the Great Communicator's consumption of top-secret intelligence. While Reagan found the videos helpful and asked for more, the original idea for the televised briefings was the CIA's. The president still received regular written and in-person briefings, Dujmovic writes.

The CIA declassified and released several of the videos in 2013, including this look at how the Soviet media portrayed the United States. It's worth a watch as an '80s-tastic Cold War relic, featuring cameos by Michael Jackson and Rambo. There are also references to the Russian translation of oral historian Studs Terkel's Working and the state-run newspaper Pravda's interest in Native American activist/prisoner Leonard Peltier. The agency refrained from criticizing the Russian media for translating the title of Jackson's Thriller as Film of Horrors.

"The Soviet media," the CIA narrator explains, "portrays the US political system as an oligarchy ruled by big capitalists who control the impoverished masses. Moscow radio said recently that the American public has been lulled by the demagoguery of politicos whose services have been bought by capital."


Government Ordered to Release 2,100 Pictures of Detainee Abuse

Source: Newsweek

The U.S. government has 60 days to decide whether it will release an estimated 2,100 pictures depicting U.S. military abuse of prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan or appeal an order to do so, according to a decision handed down Friday by U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein in New York.

The case began in 2004 when the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) sued for the release of the photos under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). A handful of images showing detainee abuse at Abu Ghraib prison surfaced in media reports that year—piles of naked bodies, detainees being led on leashes—and some of the remaining photographs are said to be even more disturbing. One image reportedly shows a female soldier pretending to sodomize a naked prisoner with a broom, while others allegedly depict U.S. troops pointing guns at detainees’ heads.

Since the ACLU first submitted its FOIA request, the Obama administration has supported the release of the Senate Intelligence Committee's long-awaited “torture report,” which describes the harsh treatment of detainees at secret CIA prisons in devastating detail. But the government argues that the photographs in particular could further encourage attacks against U.S. personnel still in Afghanistan and Iraq and could be used by the Islamic State—the terrorist group commonly known as ISIS—as propaganda to encourage new membership.

Read more: http://www.newsweek.com/government-ordered-release-2100-pictures-detainee-abuse-315680


In Lockheed Martin call, bank analyst worried that Iran deal could depress weapons sales.

The possibility of an Iran nuclear deal depressing weapons sales was raised by Myles Walton, an analyst from Germany’s Deutsche Bank, during a Lockheed earnings call this past January 27th. Walton asked Marillyn Hewson, the chief executive of Lockheed Martin, if an Iran agreement could “impede what you see as progress in foreign military sales.” Financial industry analysts such as Walton use earnings calls as an opportunity to ask publicly-traded corporations like Lockheed about issues that might harm profitability.

Hewson replied that “that really isn’t coming up,” but stressed that “volatility all around the region” should continue to bring in new business. According to Hewson, “A lot of volatility, a lot of instability, a lot of things that are happening” in both the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region means both are “growth areas” for Lockheed Martin.

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