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Richard Reid, Adultery and Tats, and Filipinos Stabbed singing “My Way”

February 12, 2010

A survey of some good articles and video suggesting that Newt Gingrich does not know the difference between an American and a Brit:

The Tea Party Last Time by Robert Zaretsky (NY Times). In this Op-Ed, Zaretsky discusses similarities between rabid Tea Party protesters and the French, specifically members of the Poujadist movement, a group of angry populists angry about the urbanization of France in the 1950s (And the Americans. And the Jews). Zaretsky’s article is a good discussion of the limits, historically, of a political philosophy based primarily on yelling.

Chambliss: Repealing DADT Would Open Door to ‘Adultery’ and ‘Body Art’ in the Military by Jillian Rayfield (TPM). I went to high school in GA, and heard the name Saxby Chambliss once in a while. The Republican Senator only became important to me, however, on November 4, 2008, when the Obama headquarters in Benton Harbor, Michigan gathered together to watch the returns and see the man who accused Max Cleland, his previous Democratic opponent and triple-amputee Vietnam veteran, of failing to uphold the Constitution as a senator (and inferred his lack of patriotism). We went nearly as far as praying Chambliss would lose. God is funnier than that, though, and Chambliss won in 2008, but his god-given purpose seems to be to play the ignorant gas-bag and make gays in the military seem like a damn patriotic idea (it is).

Sinatra Song Often Strikes Deadly Chord by Norimitsu Onishi (NY Times). When in Rome, do as the Romans do. When in the Phillipines, don’t sing “My Way,” or you might get stabbed.

Newt Gingrich Wrong: Says British Shoe Bomber ‘Richard Reid was an American Citizen” (Huffington Post). Newt Gingrich went on the Daily Show, and predicated his whole “Obama is a radical” argument on Richard Reid being American, as opposed to the X-mas Bomber (both of whom had their Miranda rights read). Video and short article can be found on this HuffPo link.

Reuters Photographer says Reborn After Freed by US (Reuters). The US snatched an Iraqi journalist, Ibrahim Jassam Mohammed, from his home in the middle of the night, held him for a year and a half – never bringing charges – and then freed him. Why?

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