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Old 05-10-2011, 02:14 PM   #736
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Well, I don't disagree, but having some idea of the types who publish and read "Der Zeitung," any concept of their commitment to "journalistic integrity" makes me giggle.
Hahaha, well, I can't speak to that. Even still, if their publication is a rag, it doesn't give them free reign. But ya, I think we're on the same page
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Old 05-10-2011, 02:28 PM   #737
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There's actually a pretty strong case to be made that for a self-identified "newspaper" to alter photos, no matter their source, violates Jewish law (beyond the problem of violating the copyright laws of the land, which almost certainly violates Jewish law). But where "modesty" is concerned, it just would be a total waste of time engaging most Hasidim in a discussion about that.

In Israel they do this too, for example opposition leader and oftentime Cabinet member Tzipi Livni is routinely cropped or brushed out of Hasidic papers' photos (writing about her isn't a problem, likewise I guarantee you many of those airbrushing HRC out or approving of that nonetheless voted for her for Senator).
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It's a violation of copyright. If someone altered my photo without consent I'd be pissed
also yeah, a copyright fuck up too.
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Old 05-10-2011, 07:26 PM   #740
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If they were doing it selectively based on men's attractiveness ratings, that would be even more degrading.

Nice touch on the smilie though; its provenance is quite amusing.
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Noam Chomsky: “My Reaction to Osama bin Laden’s Death” | Open Culture

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We might ask ourselves how we would be reacting if Iraqi commandos landed at George W. Bush’s compound, assassinated him, and dumped his body in the Atlantic. Uncontroversially, his crimes vastly exceed bin Laden’s, and he is not a “suspect” but uncontroversially the “decider” who gave the orders to commit the “supreme international crime differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole” (quoting the Nuremberg Tribunal) for which Nazi criminals were hanged: the hundreds of thousands of deaths, millions of refugees, destruction of much of the country, the bitter sectarian conflict that has now spread to the rest of the region.
Took a spell but the insane Left is now speaking out.
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Old 05-10-2011, 10:53 PM   #742
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Oh, Noam, not really living in reality are we?

That said, just for fun....

1993 WTC: 6 deaths
U.S.S. Cole: 17 victims
September 11th: 3,000 deaths
Bali: 202 deaths
London: 56 deaths
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~ 3,281 deaths


Invasion and occupation of Iraq: ~ 150,000 civilian / combatant deaths
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~ 150,000 civilian / combatant deaths


It's of course stupid to compare bin Laden and Bush in terms of being "evil". In terms of aggregate body count, though, things get a little blurry, don't they?

Wait, what's that, you say? Iraq wasn't about al-Qaeda at all? Oh, oh dear
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Old 05-11-2011, 02:18 AM   #743
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^This is why I only own a black and white tv. It makes things so much easier.
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There was a claimed retaliatory attack for Bin Laden's death by the Pakistan Taliban (TTP) near Peshawar today. Double suicide bombings at a paramilitary academy. More than 80 people killed and close to twice that number injured, many critically.


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If ever an opportunity presented itself for a civilian government to claw back powers it has ceded to an army whose tentacles extend into every part of life in Pakistan, yesterday was the day. The army, and its premier spy agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate (ISI), were facing an unprecedented assault on their competence after the US raid on Abbottabad. Even talk show hosts, the secular mullahs of Pakistan, turned on them. How could Osama bin Laden's presence go undetected for six years in a garrison town that is home to three regimental headquarters and a military academy? How could US helicopters grab their quarry from underneath their noses?

Hours before the army chief, Gen Ashfaq Kayani, was due to answer questions like these in a closed session of parliament, the Taliban put down a third amendment for debate: How is it the military failed to protect its own recruits, 66 of whom were among over 80 who died in two suicide bombings in Charsadda, north of Peshawar?

Asserting the primacy of civilian control over a failing military is, however, the last thing on the mind of President Asif Zardari. If his period of office has taught us anything, it is that there is a world of difference between strengthening the democratic project and strengthening a civilian government's hand, as [a columnist for the Karachi paper Dawn] has observed. If the summit of the government's ambition is to see out a full term, then a chastened army becomes the ideal partner. One pretends to govern while the other pretends to protect. But nor is that an answer either.

Being the chief of Pakistan's army is a balancing act. He heads an empire that has simultaneously threatened to let the Chinese inspect the rotor parts of the stealth helicopter that crashed into Bin Laden's compound, and given the CIA access to Bin Laden's widows. Bigger trade-offs are in the works. Gen Kayani will continue to resist US pressure to go after three groups that the ISI still consider long-term assets–-Mullah Omar, the Haqqani network and Lashkar-e-Taiba. To go after them would be to provoke civil war, the ISI pleads. But the price of pleading impotence may also be high: allowing back all those CIA agents who have just been forced to leave the country, and with them more US operations on sovereign soil.

The bottom line is that Islamabad will not change its strategic posture. The irony of the US relationship with Pakistan is that it may not have to, if the military path currently being pursued in Afghanistan fails to blunt the Taliban's offensive. Two armies, one American the other Pakistani, both performing dysfunctionally in this part of the world, need each other.
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Rosie O’Donnell is making some waves suggesting America may have become the type of “monsters” we loathe with our targeted killing of Osama bin Laden. Uncomfortable with the wild celebrations last week of “drunken fraternity boys” celebrating Bin Laden’s death in New York and Washington, Rosie also reveals that she expects America to be an example for how we want other countries to act and was disappointed we were not the leader of morality and fairness here.

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“You can also be upset about the fact that he didn’t have due process, that he didn’t get tried, that he wasn’t you know brought to The Hague for war-crime tribunal. . . . Many, many people, including now on the Twitter feed say, ‘Well, Rosie, it was illegal for them to fly planes into the Twin Towers.’ I’m fully aware of that. Because other people are capable of criminal acts on our soil doesn’t equate to ‘therefore, we are allowed to do criminal acts on their soil.’”

Never one to shy away from her opinion, Rosie wonders, “you don’t want to become what you loathe, wasn’t the whole point of this is that we are not monsters?”
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Took a spell but the insane Left is now speaking out.
And this one too.

I guess as a "liberal" I'm supposed to know who this guy is and worship everything he says? I've heared of him, but that's about the extent of it.

Sorrby but I don't feel any burden to defend the kooks on my side of the fence.
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apparently, they found lots of porn, a pot garden, and heaps of Coca-Cola.

religious fanatics are all the same, aren't they.
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I only know who Noam Chomsky is because Bill Hicks called himself "Chomsky with dick jokes."
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I really don't want to think about OBL watching porn. It's much more pleasant to remember him as an asexual mass murderer. Come on, let's not tarnish his reputation by revealing that he had a porn stash.


Gates: Obama kept bin Laden photo secret due to Photoshop fears - Josh Gerstein - POLITICO.com
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Old 05-14-2011, 03:32 PM   #749
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So I'm glad Obama did this to squash alot of the conspiracy claims:

-Obama was secretly sympathetic to Muslims cos he is a closet Muslim himself blah.
-Al Queada really doesn't exist, and if so they did, they are only being used to as a group to be blamed 9 11 on blah.

I also am mixed about the photos being released.

People like Sean Hannity jumping around like a 9 yr old demanding that the photos be release irritate me. There could be soldiers that are living moment by moment as hostages and that could trigger an insane captor to kill them.

On the other hand a stock photo with the body cleaned up but dead would have sufficed.

I do think Obama is milking this which is shabby and sad-but I will give him a pass on it.

And Osama having porn doesn't surprise me but only adds to the character that he is, makes sense-he wasn't a godly person.

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makes sense-he wasn't a godly person.


most "religious" leaders aren't.
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