Lara Logan of CBS News, sexually assaulted in Egypt- Must be, Must See TV

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Lara Logan of CBS News, sexually assaulted in Egypt- Must be, Must See TV

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JUST THE FACTS, please (The who, what, where, when, and how- of the story.)

CBS News correspondent Lara Logan was reporting from Egypt for the TV show- 60 Minutes, when a group of 200 “angry” Egyptians began beating Lara, and sexually assaulting her. A group of Egyptian women and about 20 Egyptian soldiers rescued Lara Logan from the crowd. She was taken to a local hospital, then flown back to America, where she is resting in the hospital.

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For weeks now, I have been trying to figure out why we are sending western journalists into Egypt? Why?

We have Egyptian reporters, who speak English, who can get video footage of the protests and news reports from Egypt, to America; so why are we sending all these “Lilly-White” reporters into Egypt?

I mean, come on..?? If Osama bin Laden can record a video tape of himself, and somehow sneak it out of his cave, traverse through a war zone, and have it land into the media; surely Egyptian reporters can get a video broadcast out of Egypt EVEN if the government shuts down the media.

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So why are we sending western journalist into Egypt?

I can only guess that the networks believe that it is “Must-see TV” to watch a reporter get his (or her) ass kicked, while reporting from Egypt.

What other reason could there be?

Unless… (Ok, can you feel the sarcasm dripping from this editorial?)

Unless everyone in the media thought that this was just a group of innocent “happy-hippie” protesters in the streets of Egypt. These protesters are fun-loving people who only want freedom. They wouldn’t hurt a fly. They LOVE President Obama, and therefore; they will LOVE American reporters.

Those dumb conservatives who are trying to scare people with all that stupid talk about the “Muslim Brotherhood” are just trying to get votes for 2012. This is a peaceful protest in Egypt, a protest against an evil dictator (who we supported for 30 years), nothing bad will happen. Let’s send all our reporters to Egypt so that they can report on all the peace and the love that Egypt has for President Obama and America (now that the evil George Bush is gone.)

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And a poor female reporter get beat and sexually assaulted because of TV Network stupidity.

Could this be the reason? Could liberals have believed that this protest was completely peaceful and conservatives were lying about the Muslim Brotherhood?

My evidence for this theory- Maureen Ryan- for AOL’s “TVSquid” says this in her editorial:

“…Many of the scenes broadcast from Egypt in recent days have been joyful, but events took a horrific turn for CBS News correspondent Lara Logan…”

JOYFUL..?? The scenes from Egypt have been JOYFUL..??

My God Maureen, what the hell have you been watching? Are you on crack?

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I have been keeping a watchful eye on this revolution in Egypt, and “joyful” has never been a word I would use to describe current events. “Chaos” would be a better word.

First, the State Department advises Americans to get the hell out of Egypt. Then Anderson Cooper gets his ass kicked. Two other reporters end up in the hospital with stitches in their heads. And now Lara Logan gets beat and sexually assaulted. So far, 365 people have been killed during these protests. I see nothing “joyful” happening in Egypt right now.

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People see what they want to see. Liberals wanted to see “happy- hippies” getting their freedom in Egypt. So that is what they think that they are seeing. Progressives hate republicans so much that they will not listen to us when we warn about radical Islam, and the Muslim Brotherhood.

What happened to the Obama love that would change the world’s view of America? What happened to the peaceful protesters?

Could it be that those stupid conservatives were right about the Muslim Brotherhood?

Could it be that the “peaceful people” of Egypt, who really want freedom, are staying home, praying, and not taking to the streets in protest? Could it be that the radical Muslims, who are unemployed and pissed off, and could care less about liberty and freedom, are the ones taking to the streets?

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You know, it wouldn’t hurt you folks to listen to us conservatives once in a while. We see things that you are missing. Instead of calling us racists for warning about a radical Muslim group in Egypt, you might want to listen to us in the future.

Written by AR Babonie for The Angry Republic

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I had scheduled an editorial about Ron Paul winning the CPAC straw poll, and how libertarians could hand the 2012 election to Barack Obama. However Egypt has been the focus for us, as of late. If you would like to read my editorial on libertarians and Ron Paul, click here.

Thanks for reading The Angry Republic

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Egypt Rising

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While I was working and trying to make a buck, I almost didn’t notice that the Arab world is on fire

Surprisingly enough, they are NOT shouting “Death to America.”

Which begs the question: WHY?

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This is one extraordinary event, protesters taking to the streets in Egypt. When something like this happens, I try to look at it through political eyes: “Are the protesters fighting for peace and freedom? Or are they radical; are they looking to become a more hard-lined Islamic State? How will this affect the world? The United States?”

These are tough questions.

So I look to the News Sites, and it is very confusing…

Conservatives believe that President Obama isn’t acting fast enough. Obama needs to do something- NOW. Yet, conservative web sites and bloggers are torn between helping Mubarak; or helping the protesters.

Liberal sites are calling this a revolution towards democracy. Some say we should help the protesters. Yet, others are mindful of what happened to Iran, 30 year ago, and are worried about a hasty choice.

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This is one of those occasions where the best minds in the media have no clue.

I believe that the BEST advice would be for the United State to do: NOTHING, (right now.) We simply do not know who is right and who is wrong. America gets into trouble by sticking our noses into others affairs and we MUST remember what happened in Iran.

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Yes, I know; the Iranian revolt happened about 30 years ago, but you would be wise to remember that history does repeat itself. The Shah of Iran was an asshole. He was ruthless to the Iranian people and he hindered freedom. Yet, the Shah did help America get weapons into Russia, so the Russians could defeat Hitler during WW2. Most Muslim Nations were backing Germany (or didn’t want to get involved), so the help from the Shah of Iran helped win the war for the Allies. The Shah of Iran was pro- western, and worked with us to develop oil trading.

So when the protesters overthrew the Shah of Iran, many people in the west thought that Iran might finally have a democracy. (It was a “good thing”, many people thought. That wasn’t the case; the newly appointed (elected) President of Iran brought back the exiled religious leader: Ayatollah, to a guiding role in the Iranian government. In my opinion, Iran has become even more repressive since the overthrow of the Shah.

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It is easy for us in the west to project our 1960’s era “freedom hippies” image unto other countries. This can lead us to believe that all those young people, who are protesting in the streets of Egypt today, are fighting for freedom against the old-conservative government, similar to the young hippies in the 1960’s America.

This may not be the case.

Let me ask you a basic question…How many 50 year old suicide bombers have you seen? Think about it, wouldn’t it be more logical for a man in his 60’s to commit a suicide bombing? After all, he has lived out much of his life. His children have grown up and can care for themselves. But this isn’t the case. Most of the terrorists that we have seen are in their 20’s and early 30’s.

Many, (not all) but many of the Muslim people who became pro-western did so about 30 years ago. These folks are now in their 50’s and 60’s. These are the older folks who are not taking part in the current protests in Egypt. Sure, they too want freedom and democracy; but they do not want violence.

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The young folks taking to the streets in Egypt want change, whether it is through peace, or through violence. Please do not read more into what I am trying to say here. Yes, there are millions upon millions of young Muslims who wear blue jeans, they like Rap and Rock music, they want peace and freedom; they are tuned into the Internet, and they are reminiscent of us folks in the west. They are taking to the streets because they are tired of being repressed and held back.

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However, many believe that the old men and the old leaders, who side with the west, have been corrupted by the west; and are causing all of the modern problems that they see today in Egypt. Radical Islam offers these young people a religious way to return to peace and harmony. “The GREAT State of Islam” is their goal, if only these young protesters would overthrow the older “pro-western” government, and elect a pro-Islamic leader; everything will be fine.

It happened in Iran. It can happen in Egypt.

The best thing that we can do is- nothing. We cannot know who is right, and who is wrong. Even if we think we know who is righteous, we cannot know what they will do one year from today.

We must help Egypt keep the Suez Canal open and safe. We must help Egypt protect the Great Pyramids. However; I do not believe that the protesters would harm these ancient treasures. (At the time of writing this, the Pyramids have been closed to the public.)

Short of that, the United States would be wise to stay the hell out of it. This isn’t our fight.

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That might be why the people of Egypt are NOT crying out: “Death to America.”

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Written by AR Babonie for The Angry Republic

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Keith Olbermann Fired? Must be a conspiracy

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As a writer, I try very hard to “walk a mile in another man’s shoes.” It saves wear and tear on my shoes, and they last much longer.

(See, what I did there? You thought I was going to talk about integrity. My ability to see both sides of a story. Instead, I talked about how cheap I am.)

None the less, while I am wearing your shoes, (to save wearing out my shoes) I do catch a glimpse of what it must be like; TO BE YOU.

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It’s gotta be tough to be a progressive right now. After all, it was those evil conservatives and their hate speech who caused that Arizona kid to kill people. AND WHICH TV HOST GETS FIRED?

Glenn Beck….No.
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Rush Limbaugh…No.

Keith Olbermann…

Keith Olbermann gets fired..??

What the hell is going on in this crazy world? Those Neo-Cons are taking over, everywhere. This has got to have something to do with Comcast merging with NBC Universal. I bet you Comcast is in bed with those conservative Neo-con assholes. This is a conspiracy.

(OK, let me put my shoes back on, your shoes do not fit- RIGHT.)

If a progressive would have read my editorial that was published in November, 2010; when Olbermann was suspended, this new event wouldn’t be a shock to you.

The editorial was titled: Keith Olbermann is suspended; should liberals find a new home. You can find that editorial here. LINK

In that editorial, I explain exactly why liberals should look for a new TV network to call home, and I talk about a possible network they could seek out.

Today, I wanted to talk about “WHY” Keith Olbermann was fired (or he quit, was let go, or mutual termination of a 4 year contract, etc. However they want to describe it.)

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Many liberals might be tempted to blame the recent deal for Comcast to merge with NBC Universal; which operates MSNBC and CNBC.

To my knowledge, Comcast is neither a Right- nor Left leaning company. In my humble opinion, Comcast entered into this deal to pick up Universal. Think about all the Hollywood movies that have been made, which fall under the Universal banner. If you own an “On Demand” movie service, it might be nice to have a hand in Universal. And Comcast was probably interested in NBC, which could be a diamond in the rough. CNBC and MSNBC were just part of the package, and Comcast probably has no immediate plans for each.

How can I say this, why am I so sure that Comcast isn’t a Right-wing outfit, and why would you believe me?

Simple…

Look at the MSNBC lineup, after Keith Olbermann is gone:

5pm- Chris Matthews- (Same as it ever was)
If Comcast were a conservative outfit, you would see at least one conservative face in that crowd. Hell, with the addition of the “Young Turks”, I believe MSNBC is now leaning even MORE Left.

6pm- Cenk Uygur of the Web show “The Young Turks” will now take over this timeslot. Cenk is so progressive that he makes some liberals cringe.

7pm- Repeat of Chris Matthews (I think?)

8pm- Lawrence O’Donnell will take over the Keith Olbermann spot. In my opinion, O’Donnell is much more partisan than Olbermann ever was. He even called himself a socialist.

9pm- Rachel Maddow

10pm- Ed Shultz

No, this has nothing to do with the politics of Comcast. It has everything to do with the routing out of “troublesome” people.

Jeff Zucker, the “head cheese” of programming at NBC and MSNBC was also, along with Olbermann, let go from his duties. Zucker was behind the Conan O’Brian / Jay Leno mess which took place last year. Critics in the business have been very objective towards Zucker’s leadership, and many site Zucker as the reason for low rating at NBC’s networks.

Which leads us to why Keith Olbermann was fired (or had a mutual parting of ways with MSNBC.)

It is no secret that Olbermann fights with his bosses. He fought with management at ESPN, which caused his departure at that network. Keith walked out on his first job at MSNBC, and has had problems with MSNBC President- Phil Griffin, over the past few years.

Some companies and bosses, like GE and Jeff Zucker, are willing to tolerate a demanding individual, but Comcast isn’t willing to do this. They weeded out the two people that they felt that they would have problems with. (Zucker and Olbermann.)

Some people, like the web site- The Wrap (dotcom) believes Olbermann left MSNBC on his own accord to start his own web site; similar to The Huffington Post. If this were true, surely Keith Olbermann could have run a web site while still doing his TV show. Glenn Beck runs two web sites (Glenn Beck dotcom, and The Blaze) Beck does a 3 hour radio show, and a 1 hour TV show everyday, plus personal appearances.

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Keith Olbermann isn’t a dumb guy, he should have been able to chew gum and walk at the same time? This, to me, is a cover story to explain why Olbermann left MSNBC, which helps soften his ego. But clearly, Olbermann saw the writing on the wall, and knew his time was limited.

Jeff Bercovici, a blogger at Forbes, completely disagrees with me. Jeff believes that Comcast is a conservative company, and Jeff lists a connection between Comcast and News Corp / Fox News. Jeff believes that Olbermann was fired solely because Comcast is a conservative outfit.

If this were true Jeff, why would Comcast keep Maddow? Or O’Donnell? Or add a show for The Young Turks? Wouldn’t Comcast stick at least ONE conservative host into MSNBC’s lineup?

John Gibson would LOVE to have a TV show again. Tucker Carlson is searching for a primetime show. There has to be at least two dozen conservative broadcasters who would jump at the chance to have a conservative show on MSNBC. If Comcast were a conservative company, who wanted to drastically change MSNBC, they would have waited until they had a few conservative shows developed, then they would have dropped two of the MSNBC liberal shows and added their conservative shows.

No, in my opinion; Comcast weeded out two people that they figured they would have problems with. (Keith and Zucker.) I believe that they have no immediate plans for MSNBC and will run it with the schedule listed above (for a while.) They are probably most interested in the Hollywood movies listed under Universal and the NBC network.

As far as a “link” between News Corp / Fox News and Comcast…

Sure, there is a link. Comcast is, after all; a cable TV provider, at its core. Comcast HAS to deal with News Corp because Murdoch operates, at least, 4 TV networks: Fox, Fox News, Fox business, FX. Comcast has a link between ABC Disney. Comcast has had a “link” and dealings with Ted Turner (who owns or used to own) TBS, Turner classic movies, CNN, Headline news, etc.

Being in the cable TV business; you are going to have “links” and ties with all of the networks that your cable outfit displays. To site just one “link” (Fox News) is dishonest. And to site ONE GUY who was fired from Comcast, who now claims that he was fired because Fox wanted him fired, because he spoke out about Bill O’Reilly; is just plain silly. My God, everyone at MSNBC would be fired if that were true. They all have spoken out about O’Reilly.

Keith Olbermann was fired (or given a “heads-up” that he should leave) because Comcast did not want to deal with his ugly business persona. It had nothing to do with Keith’s politics because Comcast is keeping all the other liberal hosts.

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Will Comcast keep MSNBC a liberal network, over the long haul..??

I can’t say for sure. I believe Comcast will go after CNN in ratings. In the future, Comcast may drop any show that isn’t doing well against CNN, during a particular timeslot.

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If I am right, and my first editorial on this subject is spot-on (which you can read here- LINK) then liberals need to find a new TV home. (And I list a few new TV homes at that editorial.)

If I am wrong, and Comcast is an evil conservative company bent on destroying the liberal paradise called: MSNBC; then progressives will need to find a new home.

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Either way, MSNBC might not be a good place for progressives to call: HOME.

Written by AR Babonie for The Angry Republic

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Beware of what liberals accuse you of, for they are surely masters of that evil activity

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Just in case you are living the GREEN life, and you have turned off your TV to save the earth. Maybe you do not read the newspapers, and you only fire up your computer once a week to see if the rest of us are still alive (out here.) Maybe you do not know what happened last week?

Or, maybe you have rationalized all of the events of last week, and basically “parrot” everything that you hear. You, yourself; never really have an opinion on things?

Either way; last week we had a tragic event take place: a deranged individual killed 6 people and wounded others in Tucson Arizona. Most of us rational people felt sick about the event, and asked questions like: “How could someone do this? Could the police have stopped this? Were there warning signs?”

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Some liberals do not THINK like us normal- rational people do. These liberals heard about this horrible event in Arizona and thought: “I hate Glenn Beck, I hate Sarah Palin. How can I make this killing in Arizona a political event and blame Rush, Beck, and Palin? I know, I will say that because Beck, Rush, and Palin speak out about President Obama, and say hurtful things, it caused this kid to kill people in Arizona. Where can I find a microphone to float my theory, into the news, about evil republicans and their evil hate speech, and how republicans killed those people in Arizona?”

Liberals had no problem finding a microphone. All of the news organizations piled on to help promote the theory that Jared, the Arizona killer, was moved to KILL because of conservative talk radio. Even Fox News had Geraldo Rivera pushing the theory.

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There was one problem…

Not one person was even sure if this kid listened to talk radio, or if he attended any of Glenn Beck’s shows, or if he was a Tea Party member, or if he was a republican who listens to Rush?

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Liberals quickly fixed this lack of information by putting together a FAKE voter registration for Jared, which claimed that he was a republican. This is, of course, a very serious crime: forging State documents for public view could get someone a long jail sentence. When this document was found out to be a fake, liberals didn’t seem concerned about the crime that just took place in front of our eyes, and continued with their assault on the Tea Party: “If Sarah Palin would go away, if Rush would tone it down, if guns were illegal; Jared would have NEVER killed anyone.”

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Again, there is one problem with this theory…

Jared didn’t listen to conservative talk radio. Jared didn’t attend Tea Party rallies, and as far as guns being outlawed, remember Jared would have no problems finding guns because he bought illegal drugs. I, having some experience in buying illegal drugs, (decades ago, when I was a- utopia searching liberal- who got stoned) I know that anyone who buys illegal drugs also knows where to get illegal guns. Maybe your drug dealer doesn’t actually sell guns, but he will know someone who does.

So, even if guns were illegal, Jared could have gotten a gun from his drug dealer. And, (more important) Jared wasn’t moved to kill by conservative Talk Radio.

Just when things were quieting down, a man was arrested in Tucson for death threats. It seems that during a Town Hall meeting, a Tea Party member: Trent Humphies; stated that all suggestions on new gun restrictions SHOULD be held off until all the dead were buried. Not liking what Trent just said, a self-proclaimed liberal, named: James Eric Fuller- stood up in the crowd, took a picture of Tea Party member- Trent, and told Trent: “You’re DEAD.”

Now, I am not sure how you define “hate speech”, however; standing up at a meeting and telling a Tea Party member “You’re DEAD” is a very hateful thing to say.

Before you think that I am about to make “political hay” from a tragedy, let me say this: I do not blame MSNBC because James Fuller told a Tea Party member that “You’re DEAD.” I do not blame Keith Olbermann or Maddow because this man is so angry. Fuller was one of the victims in the Arizona shooting. The guy is grieving, he is emotional, and anything that Chris Matthews said did not force Fuller to act violent. I do not want MSNBC to be censored, in fact; I like having MSNBC there because they give me endless amounts of material to write about.

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But that is the difference between a conservative like me, and the liberals who tried to turn death and tragedy into a political event. Hence, the title of my editorial:

“..Beware of what liberals accuse you of, for they are surely masters of that evil activity..”

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Above- a still picture from the movie “Death of a President”, where Bush is assassinated.

What pissed me off the most about the disgusting display by liberals over the Arizona shooting, and blaming republicans for the killer’s actions; is that we had to watch liberals assault President Bush for 8 years. From creating a movie showing President Bush being shot and killed (Movie: “Death of a President), to liberals writing a book called: “How to assassinate President Bush.” (If you liberals do not believe me, do a Google search on the book or the movie, it is true. You liberals wrote this stuff.) Could you imagine a conservative writing a book called: How to assassinate President Obama?

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Liberals here at this web site called President Bush a liar, a murderer, and a war criminal. Bush has never been charged in a court of law for lying, or war crimes; so calling Bush a war criminal or a liar is HATE SPEECH because none of this has ever been proven. Worse yet, calling Bush a war criminal could cause a sick minded person to take justice into his own hands (if I use YOUR theory.)

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Liberals do not see the nasty things that they are doing, yet they accuse us conservatives of the same act. Why is it OK for you to talk trash about President Bush, but we cannot do the same for President Obama?

The point of this editorial, which I hope to reach, is that there is nothing new in modern political dialogue. (And, a side note would be: you whiney ass liberals dished it out for 8 years during President Bush, now you know what it feels like to be the receiver.)

Same as it ever was

A brief American history lesson: The man who would be president- Alexander Hamilton

I call Hamilton “the man who would be president” not necessarily because I agree with him politically, but because he probably would have been elected as president sooner or later, except that he ended up DEAD.

How did he die, you might ask?

Alexander Hamilton (then- Secretary of the Treasury) died in a gun duel with Vice President Aaron Burr.

These two Founding Fathers could not agree on the political direction of America. They fought heated debates. There was bad blood between each family. And they wrote “hateful” speeches against each other. The only thing that Burr and Hamilton could agree on is the way to solve this political debate: for one of them to die.

So they stood back to back in a field in New Jersey, they took ten paces from each other, they turned and they fired at each other.

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A witness to the duel made this statement, later on: “Three died that day. Hamilton died from Burr’s gunfire. Burr’s political life died, and he lived out the rest of his life in exile. And the American Federalist Party, all died that day, in a field in New Jersey.”

The Hamilton- Burr duel is a mere exclamation point in long-line of heated political debate in American politics. To say that political rhetoric is any more heated today than it was during the time of the Founding Fathers is to reveal your lack of knowledge in history.

Granted, Burr never called Hamilton: “Hitler.” (Primarily because Hitler wasn’t born until 100 years after Hamilton’s death.) Yet, they did liken each other to the King of England. (Which carried a lot of weight in those days. It is kind of like calling someone- Hitler.)

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Please, remember this…

Freedom of speech is NOT truly free, if you must be careful of what you say.

(Which means..)

If you must be careful of what you say, then there is no freedom of speech.

If Glenn Beck says something that is untrue of George Soros, Soros can sue Beck. The American court system solves the problem of liars in the media. (Notice, Soros has yet to sue Beck for any statement Beck has made.)

If Rush Limbaugh says “I hope Obama fails”, he hasn’t really said anything hateful. It is Rush’s opinion that the country would be better off if President Obama’s policies fail.

Shame on all of the people who tried to make a tragedy into a chance to score political points, as we now know politics had nothing to do with the killings in Arizona.

Written by AR Babonie for The Angry Republic

Interested in talking monkeys, the mud puddle of life, and Darwinism? Please check out my editorial on the subject. LINK

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It is all fun and games until someone gets dead- Arizona

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The ebb and flow of politics, the debate over ideas and direction of this great country, is the main reason that I dwell in the realm of politics.

Unfortunately, like religion, politics can become deadly.

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The left has been busy all night, burning up the Internet with stories about how a right-wing Tea Party nut tried to kill Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

Has politics become deadly?- LINK- My editorial on today’s politics.

Try as I might, I cannot identify the killer: Jared Loughner, as a republican; or a democrat.

Let’s go over what we currently know…

Jared had a video on his MySpace page of himself, (or someone) dressed in a black hood, burning the American flag. I know of no conservative who burns the American flag. Even the black helicopter, gun toting, survival food storing, paranoid republicans who live in seclusion; do not burn the American flag. Hell, you folks on the left made fun of us conservatives because we wanted to read the constitution in the House of Representatives. We wrap ourselves in the flag, we do not burn it. Burning the American flag is something that a liberal- democrat might do.

Yet, Jared was angry that many people around him could not speak English. He was angry that schools “dumbed-down” students and didn’t use proper English. OK, that might be a conservative trait.

However, during a school class session (which Jared attended), a female student was reading an emotional poem about a pregnant girl and what she was going through in her decision on whether to keep her baby. Jared disrupted the class by interrupting the poem and saying: “Kill the baby. Strap a bomb to the fetus and make him a baby bomber.”

What conservative- republican, during a speech about abortion, would say: “Kill the baby”? That is not something that republicans even joke about. He could not be a conservative.

And yet, Jared did not trust American paper money. He wanted to return to the gold standard. This is something that libertarians and people like Glenn Beck talk about.

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As time goes on, we will learn more about this killer. However, going with what we now know, I cannot say whether this killer was a republican; or a democrat? I believe that the left is being very reckless by trying to pin this killing on the Tea Party, Glenn Beck, or Sarah Palin.

This was a 22 year old BOY, (I cannot call this killer a MAN) who killed for no other reason then the fact that he was insane, delusional, and hated government / authority. He did not kill in the name of the Tea Party. He did not kill because Rep. Giffords was a “Blue-dog democrat” and he was trying to help progressives.

Jared Loughner killed because he is a self-indulgent little twat, who was searching for his 15 minutes of fame. The fame he never would have obtained in a life filled with hard work, because he didn’t want to do the hard work.

Blame parenting if you like. Someone forgot to raise this child. Someone didn’t have the time to teach this child the difference between right and wrong. Someone wasn’t concerned when Jared was arrested for drugs, or was kicked out of college because he could be dangerous to fellow students. Someone MUST have thought that Jared wasn’t “their” problem. Someone decided that “we”, (society) will have to deal with Jared. Someone now has blood on their hands.

Blame a government system that doesn’t communicate with each of its parts. How a student could be kicked out of college because he was considered “dangerous”, yet was able to buy a gun and carry out this act, is frightening.

The honest liberal will not blame the parents, and place the blame on gun laws and society. Politics will be the furthest thing from the honest liberal’s mind.

The honest conservative will protect gun rights and blame the parents. Politics will not be mentioned.

The political hack will blame the Tea Party, Sarah Palin, and republicans. After all, we must make hay while the sun is shining. Death is always a great time to score political points.

The political hack will also turn Jared into a flag burning, pro abortion liberal. Murder is always a great time to prove to people that a well-adjusted life as a conservative, is the better option.

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There comes a time in each of our lives that we MUST decide who we are.

Some folks, like NY Times columnist Paul Krugman, have decided to be a political hack and blame the republicans because Jared murdered innocent people. Surely, if Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin never existed, Jared would have never killed anyone. Sorry, Paul. I am not willing to bet the farm on your theory. A killer is a killer. If not for Beck or Palin, Jared would have been moved to kill by a lyric in a rock song, or a movie, or a barking dog, or some other distraction.

Other people will become party cheerleaders, condemning everything that the “other side” does. But over-looking and rationalizing every evil that “their side” takes part in.

We all must decide who we are. Why we are here, blogging.

Are you a cheerleader for your political party? Are you a political hack? Or are you here to debate ideas to benefit this country?

When censorship arrives on the Internet, it will not be because good people wanted a place to debate great political ideas. Censorship will arrive on the Internet because of political hacks, party cheerleaders, and a boy named Jared Loughner.

Lying dead on the ground will be a 9 year old girl who just happened to be born on September 11th; killed by Jared Loughner, for no good reason. She had done nothing wrong.

Lying dead on the ground, next to this innocent little girl, will be free speech. Killed by political hacks and party cheerleaders.

We all must decide who we are and why we are here.

Written by AR Babonie

Naughty or Nice list for 2010

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It is time again for our annual “Naughty or Nice” Christmas list. (That is, of course, total BS. We have never done a naughty or nice list, ever. But it just sounds better if we act like it is a long standing tradition.)

As we have done for many, many years in the past (again, a boat load of crap) it is time to countdown the famous people who have done something this year, which has landed these folks into the news. Then, by using our wisdom and experience (more BS), we will tell you if this person (or thing) has been naughty, or nice, or indifferent. (Indifferent- neither nice, or naughty, just breathing and taking up space.)

Ok, let’s get started…

Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Aniston, and Megan Fox have all been very naughty this year.

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Actually, I have no proof that any of these three women have been naughty this year. But for some reason, when I think about these women “being naughty”, it just makes me feel better. (Don’t try and figure it out, it has something to do with testosterone, I do not even understand it.)

Next up- Julian Assange

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For convenience and to ease your reading experience, from this point forward, we will refer to Julian Assange as: J-Ass.

Has J-Ass been Naughty, Nice, or Indifferent?

J-Ass has been- indifferent (definitely NOT nice, closer to naughty, however J-Ass is indifferent because he is basically a blob of human flesh that is taking up space.

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If J-Ass were an American, we could claim that he was being unpatriotic, or even (maybe) committing treason. But he is not an American. If we can prove that J-Ass talked a US soldier into removing secret US documents, then J-Ass is in big trouble. But that might be hard to prove. If J-Ass were leaking stories that prove that global warming is a hoax, we would be patting J-Ass on the back. If J-Ass published stories about the inter workings of the Iranian government, we would want to shake J-Ass’s hand.

However, unfortunately for us, J-Ass has made America his newest target. We were not always J-Ass’s prime meal ticket. From 2006, (when Wikileaks started) until last year, two of Wikileaks prime targets were China and corrupt governments in Africa.

The REAL villains in this Wikileaks mess are..??

Villain 1

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22 year old Army Intelligence Expert Bradley Manning. As of writing this, Manning is accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of documents from US military and State Dept computers, and turning this information over to Wikileaks. If found guilty, Manning should spend a long time in a military prison. (Maybe Gitmo..??) Very Naughty.

Villain 2

Whomever is in charge of security for military and State Dept computers and files. How a 22 year old soldier could walk away with thousands of secret US files is insane? Very- very naughty..!!

Villain 3

Michael Moore and others who are running to J-Ass’s defense. Remember, J-Ass is accused of (sort of) raping TWO women.” Yes, everyone consented to the sex, however the women wanted J-Ass to wear a condom. J-Ass said he put on a condom, but he didn’t, and completed the act. Is that rape, rape? Or “sort of” rape? Who the hell knows?

One woman, who is being called “Miss A”, claims that sex with Assange was “the worst sex ever.” LINK.

This is bad news for us men. If women are able to charge us men, in a court of law, with “bad sex”, it’s all over for us. However, I digress, this is no laughing matter.

J-Ass is currently running away from the law. Assange is accused of raping two women. J-Ass is NOT a “poster-boy” for justice and “fair play” in the world. Until J-Ass appears in court to face these rape charges, J-Ass is a criminal, and Michael Moore should not be running to his aid.

(Which brings us back to…)

Villain 4

Julian Assange (J-Ass)- He is not a villain for printing the US secret documents. Yes, he could have been “nice” and refused to print them. But printing these documents doesn’t make him “naughty”, it just makes him one of the thousands of people who are trying to get (richer) quicker. However, Assange is naughty for running away from his rape charges.

Next up…

Naughty, Nice, or Indifferent.

American politicians

“Don’t ask, don’t tell” about the “Bush tax cuts”, unemployment extensions, earmarks- O- plenty in the omnibus bill, the DREAM Act, and everything else that politicians have been fighting about this fall has lead us to the conclusion that politicians are- Indifferent this year. “Same as it ever was” would be the best way to describe politics.

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Whether you are a democrat or a republican (and all points beyond), there is something in this latest group of “Christmas Time” government bills that will make you happy…

And there is stuff in these bills that will piss you off.

Liberals are pissed that rich people got their tax breaks extended, and they are angry that the DREAM Act was shot down. They blame republicans for this, however 5 democrats voted against the Dream Act (or were no-votes) which is why it failed to receive the votes LINK. Liberals are happy that unemployment is being extended and “don’t ask, don’t tell” will be repealed.

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Conservatives are angry over (the stuff listed above) and that the Bush tax cuts were not made permanent, but conservatives are happy that we are not raising taxes on small business owners in this economy, the “death tax” might not be increased, and the HUGE Omnibus 2011 budget bill, chuck full of 6,000 earmarks, got turned down. (For now.)

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Yes, congress has given everyone a reason to smile, and a reason to give the government the middle finger.

Next…

Naughty, Nice, or Indifferent

Fox News’ Megyn Kelly has been very naughty this year.

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OK, so I just recycled that same joke from the beginning of this editorial, big deal? I am trying to be “GREEN” and save the earth by recycling old jokes instead of wasting computer space and electricity on creating new jokes. So shoot me.

Naughty, Nice, or Indifferent

Larry King

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Aaaah come on, this is easy. For being in the media longer than most of us have been alive. Surviving 25 years at CNN (no easy task). And for being himself, which is like no one else on TV, Larry King has been “Nice” and he will be missed. (Especially, considering what CNN has lined up to replace him.)

Next up…

Naughty, nice, or indifferent.

Hurricanes

This year was supposed to be a killer hurricane season. Remember back at mid-summer, forecasters were predicting HUGE- stronger hurricanes this year. Scientists and global warming people told us that we were going to be hit with many, many hurricanes, and guess what…

(Pssst) Na-da..!!

This is a tough one for us (at The Angry Republic) to call because it depends on your perspective. If you live along the American coastline, hurricane season was very “nice” this year. However, if you are Al Gore and his man-made global warming minions, you are depressed because this year was supposed to knock your socks off with strong hurricanes, but that didn’t happen.

Hurricane season 2010- Nice

Global Warming people- Naughty (for scaring people into thinking that huge hurricanes were coming. Then sitting back with your fingers crossed, looking for these killer storms. All, so you could say- “I told you so.”) Very naughty.

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Naughty, Nice, or Indifferent

President Obama has been VERY naughty this year.

OK, so you are a dog lover. BIG DEAL.

That is no reason to hit that poor cat IN THE FACE with a snowball.

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Very, very naughty Mr. President.

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Next up…

Naughty, Nice, or Indifferent

A group of Arabs, bankrolled by Saudi King Abdullah, are trying to move the Ground Zero Mosque to a site that is a mile away from ground zero. This new site is located at an abandoned hospital. Plans call for most of the hospital to be reopened with the Mosque located in a side building. LINK
If this holds true, I believe this would be a great gesture by Muslims in showing that they care for our feelings and want to work with us. We need more acts of understanding on both sides.

Yes, we have had problems with Saudi Arabia, (not to mention that most of the 9/11 terrorists were Saudi), however this act by the Saudi King is very nice.

Next up…

Naughty, Nice, or Indifferent

100 Santas playing “Roll out the barrel” on accordions…

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VERY NAUGHTY..!!

Ok, now it is your turn. If know of anyone who has been nice, naughty, or just a blob of flesh, taking up space; let us know in the comment section.

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Merry Christmas from AR Babonie- LINK

GOD, climate change, and a BIG tax to save the earth

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I have always thought that God had a sense of humor, however I could not prove it. Sure, there were clues everywhere: Politicians who lecture us about the evils of Gay people, who later turn out to be VERY Gay themselves. Jumbo-shrimp, New Jersey, and of course- weather forecasting; all great examples of God’s wit.

Today, I have solid proof that God has a great sense of humor.

The 2010 climate change / global warming summit has come to an end in sunny, warm- Cancun, Mexico; and guess what..??

Cancun has not been this cold (54 degrees) in over one hundred years. God; you have a masterful sense of humor.

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Maybe you think that this is only a “one-time event”, and this could not be proof of a “funny” God, or the act of denouncing man made climate change. Oh, no, no..

Two years ago, parts of the global warming summit had to be canceled because of a very heavy snow fall. It happens so often that people have coined the phrase: “The Gore Effect.” If Al Gore is scheduled to speak at a global warming conference, bring your winter coats because it will be cold. LINK And lets not forget about the climate scientists who hiked up to the Arctic to see for themselves the effects of Global Warming. Unfortunately, the scientists were not prepared for the changing Arctic weather, a storm rolled in and they were trapped. None of their equipment worked in the bitter cold and they had to be rescued. Maybe they didn’t know about “The Gore Effect?”

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OK, maybe you do not believe in God, and therefore this stuff that I am talking about is all based (for you) on “random-chance.” There is no God-ly plan in any of this. Yes, I understand your position, but if something happens more than “once”, how can it be “random” or just by “chance?” If it keeps happening, doesn’t it deserve equal study? (Scientifically speaking, of course.)

I will get back to you “God-less” people in a moment, but first I wanted to return to the believers…

If you believe in God and prophecy, you might not find anything funny in what I am saying. (IE- My theory of God, and his sense of humor.) Is God trying to tell us something and what God has to say is no laughing matter? But what would God be saying…

“..STOP playing God, you assholes..”

OK, God might not talk that way, but you get my drift.

How could Global Warming people be playing God? Because they believe that they can regulate the world’s temperature. By wearing a sweater in the house and turning down the thermostat. Don’t forget to put a sweater on the kitty, and a few bandages on your clawed-up arms and face. (Kitty doesn’t like wearing sweaters.) Also, by plugging your Chevy Volt electric car into the wall outlet and sucking up all that Green power produced by the local coal burning power plant. Or, you can change the world’s temperature by sitting in a dark-dirty corner and breathing as little as possible. And don’t forget about adding a HUGE tax to change the world’s temperature.

These are all great ways of showing how freaking GREEN you are, but scientists are 5 steps ahead of you…

In Ohio, scientists have found a protein that slows the melting of ice. (Chemical reaction in ice raises the melting point.) These scientists can reproduce this in the lab, and they would love to try it out, on a large scale, in the Arctic. OK, I know that I say this a lot, but: “Isn’t this how EVERY scary movie starts out?” Scientists, trying to save the earth, spray their secret chemical on the Arctic ice, and guess what? It works. But it works TOO GOOD. Ice never melts, and we run out of fresh water, and the earth is plunged into an ice age. And, of course, we all die. (Except for the famous actors who are featured in this scary movie. They have sex and repopulate the earth.)

Maybe this is what the Supreme Being meant when he said: “Stop playing God.”

However, I digress back for the benefit of the non-believer. No government on EARTH would be stupid enough to allow an un-tested chemical to be used on a large scale without a comprehensive study. Your stupid “scary movie” scenario could never happen, AR Babonie.

Ooohhh, don’t be so quick to give government more credit than it is due. You have not lived long enough, my friend.

In 2005, President GW Bush decided that republicans should do “something” to act like we “care” about global warming. So, taking the advice of the left wing global warming people, Bush signed into law the mandate of ethanol additives. All gas stations will add up to 10% ethanol by Dec 31, 2010; and tax incentives would be given to companies which developed ethanol technologies. Using ethanol would help us get away from that dirty, smelly foreign oil.

Sounds GREAT, doesn’t it..??

Except, well…

No one REALLY thought about it, or tested it thoroughly. It seems that corn farmers are selling their corn to ethanol producers (because they get tax breaks) and they can make more money instead of selling the corn to food producers and cattle ranchers. (But we need corn for food, how can they do that..??) And, ethanol doesn’t burn very good in older, or smaller engines. Even Al Gore and President Obama NOW agree that corn-based ethanol wasn’t a very good idea. But, we made it THE LAW. So, screw you humans and you taxpayers. Just deal with it.

Is this what God, (or, for the non-believer) Mother Earth is trying to tell us..?? “Stop rushing these stupid global warming laws into effect without testing them. Someone could get hurt.”

Is this why Cancun has a century old record low temperature during the global warming summit?

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OK, let me back up for a moment; maybe you think that I am crazy for not supporting “man made climate change” reversal efforts, however; think about this…

How will a “Cap and Trade” tax clean up the CO2 from the earth’s atmosphere? If a Cap and Trade tax will be added to any smokey factory that exceeds the CO2 emissions limit, yet the factory is not shut down; how will this stop global warming? Isn’t this just a way to raise taxes, and not really a way to stop greenhouse gas emissions?

OK, now follow me a minute here, because this is VERY important…

Didn’t you liberal- progressives just claim that the Bush tax cuts shouldn’t be kept for the rich people because we cannot afford them, and it will not affect anything because rich people will eat the new higher tax rate? Didn’t you claim that rich people will not change things like: close down factories, or lay off workers, because of a tax raise?

So why would you think that a Cap and Trade tax would cause rich companies to say: “Oh my God, they are adding a CO2 tax to our company. We MUST shut down this smokey factory and build a new multi-billion dollar GREEN facility.”

That is not going to happen, and you know that it is not going to happen. Companies will pay the tax, keep their smokey factories running, raise the costs of their products, and pass this tax on to you. So, why are you supporting a law that will not lower greenhouse emissions, will not “save the earth”, and will cause higher utility rates for the poorest Americans?

Really folks, this is why I search for humor in a topic like global warming. It is the only way that I can deal with the insanity of the situation and the proposed global warming solutions.

It really works, picture this…

God is slapping his knee and letting out a belly laugh while people are freezing during the Climate Summit, and Al Gore’s speech on global warming is canceled because it is too cold out.

Will higher taxes make the earth cooler..??

Sure it will..!!

The government will spend the new tax money to study the affects of cocaine on monkeys. (Just like they did last year, the government spent 2 millions bucks to study monkeys on cocaine.) While jacked up on coke; one monkey will confess to us on how “we all got here.” (Evolution, and all.) Knowing how we achieved human intelligence, from one cranked up monkey, and how fragile this random-chance existence is; we humans will begin to walk to work, stop taking a hot bath and showers, and wear ugly Christmas sweaters in the house.

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We will save the earth. We will be an ugly group of smelly humans with big-bulky thighs, but we will keep those monkeys jacked up on cocaine for years.

Yes, high taxes will make the earth cooler, and we will be living in Utopia. Which, by the way, Utopia is an abandoned auto parts store.

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Written by AR Babonie for The Angry Republic- LINK

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