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Juan Cole has a nice piece on the contrast between the two Joe Wilson’s, one called Bush a liar for stating Iraq bought yellowcake uranium from Niger, and the other called Obama a liar for stating that the health reform would not cover illegal immigrants. Well, the first Joe Wilson was right: Bush lied when he said Iraq bought yellowcake uranium, and for pointing out that lie Joe Wilson was vilified by his government. The second Joe Wilson was wrong: Obama told the truth when he said illegal immigrants will not be covered. (In fact, the illegal immigrants will pay but will receive no benefits, just as happens when they must pay into social security.) Obama accepted the second Joe Wilson’s apology. Bush, especially Cheney, never accepted the truth and tried to destroy the first Joe Wilson’s reputation. Read Juan Cole’s excellent analysis of this, and see the funky graphics by Befunky.com.

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Angry Arab Shoes!

Here’s more on the importance of flying shoes in the Arab world. The Angry Arab News Service relates the following story:

Asad Abu Khalil, a Lebanese-American professor at Stanislaus University in California, wrote in his blog that he had early childhood memories of watching his father hurl shoes at the television whenever a certain Lebanese politician appeared. “The flying shoe speaks more for Arab public opinion than all the despots/puppets that Bush meets with during his travels in the Middle East,” Khalil wrote at angryarab.blogspot.com.”

Brian Donohue on dailyrevolution.net is promoting a new model, Tight Spiral, shoe featuring an autograph from Muntadar al-Zaidi. Should sell well in the Middle East, and even here.

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Muntather al-Zaydi is the Iraqi journalist who flung the size 10 shoes at Bush. After throwing the shoes the poor guy was badly beaten and is now imprisoned. Is this Saddam all over again? al-Zaydi’s employers have published a statement asking for his immediate release. If you can read Arabic, here’s his employer’s statement.

Here’s a free online petition in English asking for his release as well.

Let’s save al-Zaydi from the dogs!
😈 :mrgreen:

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Flying Shoes!

OK, here’s something that will be seen over and over and over again, as it is in this video! An Iraqi journalist flings a couple shoes at Bush in Baghdad. See it live, then live again, then again, on and on and on. We may have lost the war — although not admitted by Bush or our MSM — but we gained a couple of size-10 shoes.

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From Juan Cole this morning: A couple days ago Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas) interviewed Joseph Christoff, Director, International Affairs and Trade, for the U.S. Government Accountability Office. The Texas Democrat was trying to get Mr. Christoff to admit that the benchmarks Bush laid down for success of the “surge” in Iraq have still not been met. Mr. Christoff kept saying his report was not about benchmarks, but the questioning by Mr. Doggett ended up showing that there has been no progress on benchmarks. This five minute interview is what you might call “wonky” but it’s interesting nevertheless and shows that the so-called surge has not been a great success.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7H-VL6njuQ[/youtube]

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How about some non-US spin on General Petraeus leaving Iraq? Ajazeera is a good place to start. Here’s a video discussed by Juan Cole this morning. Instead of the happy talk of victory that the US media would spin, Juan Cole quotes a more realistic statement by Gen. Petraeus himself:

‘ In a telephone interview with The Associated Press on Sunday, Petraeus said experience in Iraq shows it will take political and economic progress as well as military action to tackle increased violence in Afghanistan. “You don’t kill or capture your way out of an industrial strength insurgency,” he said.’

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=piLqHQyqDos[/youtube]

Click on the YouTube and watch the heavies! There’s quite a bunch there. Also, what sounds to Juan Cole (and me) like realistic reporting. Worth a three minute watch.

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Juan Cole provides an interesting news item from Aljazeera this morning: “Almost all of the wealth generated in Iraq comes from two off-shore oil rigs. Guarding these sites is a priority, not just for war-torn Iraq, but for a world in which oil prices have touched record highs.
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdHOc-TbSOQ[/youtube]

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Listen to Matt Lauer of MSNBC keep hyping the Iraq flip-flop narrative. Matt either doesn’t get it or doesn’t want to, probably the latter. But now Obama has the Prime Minister of Iraq on his side! Worth a listen. :-)

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1d4ha-bOvjU[/youtube]

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Jesse Ventura, remember him?, tells it like it is!
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=99unD0ivfrE[/youtube]
How come more Dems aren’t talking like this? Forget the Repugs, but geez, can’t we get a single Dem to get this pissed off once in a while?

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Real News

Where can you find real news? Well, not on the networks. Lets hear it from Lara Logan and Jon Stewart via www.theREALnews.com:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6zDb7jx4gw[/youtube]

Thanks to Juan Cole for posting the above so that I could copy it here.

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