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anyone ever tried to learn Arabic?

I am bilingual (english and spanish). I know Arabic is hard and I am really just aiming for a basic conversational ability. I have ordered the Pimsluer basic CDs and I have a friend who is fluent and has lots of beginning books. If it just overwhelms me I will go back to my original learn French plan
Posted by arely staircase | Thu Feb 6, 2014, 06:22 PM (19 replies)

Today's Bit of Irony

Posted by arely staircase | Sun Feb 2, 2014, 04:14 PM (7 replies)

Does Corey Remsburg think he was used as a prop by the President? What does he think of those saying

he was? That is what I would like to know.
Posted by arely staircase | Sat Feb 1, 2014, 02:15 AM (34 replies)

loser fuckheads accusing obama of using soldier as a "prop"

http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV/2014/01/29/General-Scales-Accuses-Obama-of-Using-Wounded-Vet-As-A-SOTU-Prop

at breitbartvomit.com

Don't click it because fuck them.

But just so you know.



Posted by arely staircase | Thu Jan 30, 2014, 09:56 PM (183 replies)

Clinton has largest recorded early primary lead in at least 30 years.

Hillary Rodham Clinton holds a commanding 6 to 1 lead over other Democrats heading into the 2016 presidential campaign, while the Republican field is deeply divided with no clear front-runner, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

Clinton trounces her potential primary rivals with 73 percent of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents, reinforcing a narrative of inevitability around her nomination if she runs. Vice President Biden is second with 12 percent, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) is third with 8 percent.For 2016, Hillary Clinton has commanding lead over Democrats, GOP race wide open

Although Clinton’s favorability rating has fallen since she stepped down as secretary of state a year ago, she has broad Democratic support across ideological, gender, ethnic and class lines. Her lead is the largest recorded in an early primary matchup in at least 30 years of Post-ABC polling.

http://m.washingtonpost.com/politics/for-2016-hillary-clinton-has-commanding-lead-over-democrats-gop-race-wide-open/2014/01/29/188bb3f4-8904-11e3-833c-33098f9e5267_story.html

Damn she is kicking some ass.
Posted by arely staircase | Thu Jan 30, 2014, 12:48 PM (39 replies)

Obama Approval

Do you approve or disapprove of how President Obama is doing his job as president?
Posted by arely staircase | Wed Jan 29, 2014, 08:56 PM (48 replies)

which is worse? honoring a wounded vet or threatening to beat up a homeless woman?

Posted by arely staircase | Wed Jan 29, 2014, 07:25 PM (27 replies)

Like PRISM on Steroids. SORM will monitor all electronic communication in Sochi area

"a perfect storm of terrorist threats, autocratic government and limitless resources..."


“It’s almost like Sochi has been turned into an independent state,” said Mark Galeotti, a specialist in security affairs and modern Russia, who teaches at NYU. “It is an extremely extensive control zone.”

On Wednesday, I spoke to Andrei Soldatov, a Russian investigative journalist who broke the biggest security story of the Sochi Olympics: SORM, the Russians’ virtual surveillance system. The Russian FSB (successor to the KGB) will monitor all communications between spectators, journalists, athletes and anyone else who visits (or lives in) Sochi. The U.S. State Department has warned business travelers to be careful with sensitive information, which “may be taken and shared with competitors, counterparts, and/or Russian regulatory and legal entities.” One security expert said SORM was like “PRISM on steroids.”

“There’s not public outcry about these measures,” Soldatov said. “After every big terrorist attack, like Volgograd,” — where suicide bombings killed 34 people last month — “Russian society approves half-measures. And metadata seems quite innocent in comparison to what was proposed.” In October, for example, the lower house of the Russian Parliament approved a law to hold the relatives of terrorists financially responsible for crimes. Muslim women in nearby Dagestan say they have been asked to provide saliva samples to the FSB so that their body parts may be identified in the event of a suicide bombing.

http://www.salon.com/2014/01/25/the_sochi_olympics_putins_shiny_new_surveillance_state/
Posted by arely staircase | Sat Jan 25, 2014, 06:20 PM (0 replies)

Regarding the Maryland Mall Shooting - not sure which was more inappropriate

during the CNN coverage - the woman plugging her store during a phone interview, the guy in the background during the sheriff's press conference on the phone and clearly smiling and talking to a friend who was watching him on teevee or the person who kept honking their car horn during the same.
Posted by arely staircase | Sat Jan 25, 2014, 01:46 PM (5 replies)

Holder: Possible plea deal for Snowden

In an interview with MSNBC, Attorney General Eric Holder ruled out what supporters of Edward Snowden have demanded: Were the whistle-blower to return to the U.S. from hiding in Russia, he would not be granted clemency.

However, Holder suggested that a possible plea deal could be negotiated. “We’ve always indicated that the notion of clemency isn’t something that we were willing to consider. Instead, were he coming back to the U.S. to enter a plea, we would engage with his lawyers. ”

Crucially, this should not be read as a hint toward leniency for Snowden. Indeed, Chelsea Manning put forward a plea — admitting to handing over a trove of classified material to WikiLeaks — to face lesser charges. The whistle-blower received a 35-year sentence in a military prison. Indicating continued anger at Snowden, Holder declined to call the fugitive a whistle-blower: “I prefer the term defendant. That’s the most apt title,” he said.

http://www.salon.com/2014/01/24/holder_possible_plea_deal_for_snowden/
Posted by arely staircase | Fri Jan 24, 2014, 04:12 PM (2 replies)
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