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Who are We, America? – Terry Newell/HuffPo

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Pope Francis, addressing a joint session of Congress in late September, received a warm — at times joyous — reception. His message, interrupted by frequent applause, pleaded for welcoming the immigrant, helping the poor, healing the planet and protecting life in all its forms and at all its stages. Seated behind him were Speaker of the House, John Boehner, and Vice-President, Joe Biden, both Catholics and in direct line of succession to the presidency in a nation where, just over half a century ago, the idea of a Catholic president frightened many.

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Scandals involving Arab royalty roil Beverly Hills – LA Times

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In Beverly Hills and surrounding upscale hamlets, the talk at social gatherings this month has centered on indications of wealthy Arab visitors behaving badly.

Earlier this month, a man driving a Qatar sheik’s rare, million-dollar-plus Ferrari LaFerrari raced a Porsche 911 GT3 through a quiet Beverly Hills neighborhood, ignoring stop signs and passing slower vehicles as horrified residents looked on. A member of the country’s ruling family, the sheik first claimed diplomatic immunity, then skipped town — with his costly vehicles.

Then on Wednesday, a Saudi prince was arrested at his rented estate in Beverly Glen and booked on suspicion of having forced a female worker to perform oral sex on him. He was freed on $300,000 bail.

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Syria Gives Tanks to Hezbollah as Russia Beefs Up Its Forces – GPD/Veterans Today

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     Hezbollah poster

“When new gods were chosen, then war was in the gates. Was shield or spear to be seen among forty thousand in Israel?” (Judges 5:8)

Syria sent 75 Soviet tanks to Hezbollah to help them fight Al Qaeda affiliated terror groups, Kuwaiti newspaper Al Rai reported on Saturday.

Syrian President Bashar Assad reportedly sent the T-55 and T-72 tanks to the Lebanon-based terror organization (pot calls kettle “black”) in thanks for its support during the ongoing civil war. This gift will now allow Hezbollah to set up its own armored division.

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Putin Plays Russian Roulette

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They don’t call it Russian roulette for nothing.  Get a six-shooter, load it with a single bullet called Destiny, spin the chamber, point the barrel an inch above your ear, any ear – now wait or don’t wait – now squint or don’t squint – think or don’t think – now flashback or don’t – now weep or unweep – now breathe and don’t breathe now laugh and don’t laugh so dammit what the heck you waiting for – pull the goddamn trigger!


Pot luck, you’re still alive.

You lost five pounds of sweat in just under a minute.  But you’re alive.

Now it’s Putin’s turn.  Shootin’ hootin’ tootin Putin – it’s his turn.

You hand him the gun.  He takes it.  He looks down at you even though he’s shorter than you.  How the hell does he do that, you wonder?

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Shifting Direction, Kerry Aims to Include Iran in Efforts to End the Conflict in Syria – Michael R. Gordon/The New York Times

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UNITED NATIONS — Secretary of State John Kerry sought on Saturday to draw Iran into the search for a political solution to the Syrian conflict as he began a week of diplomacy over the brutal fighting there.

“I view this week as a major opportunity for any number of countries to play an important role,” Mr. Kerry said at the start of a meeting at the United Nations headquarters with Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran’s foreign minister. “We need to achieve peace and a way forward in Syria, in Yemen, in the region itself.”

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The Day the West Likes to Forget – Michael Jabara Carley/

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History is being rewritten by Nato. World War II would not have been an internal conflict of capitalism but a glorious struggle of democracy against Nazism. The Soviet Union would therefore have not played a significant role in the conflict. On the contrary, his regime would have made the longest possible alliance with Evil. This propaganda does not stand up to the facts.

How often have you heard about the Nazi-Soviet non-aggression pact, concluded on 23 August 1939? On that day Adolf Hitler and Iosif Stalin, those two peas in a pod, according to the western Mainstream Media, “carved up” eastern Europe from the Baltic to the Black Seas. The gates were opened to World War II. Stalin stabbed Britain and France in the back, the so-called western democracies, actually the two largest colonial empires in the world.

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