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Egyptian MP Ahmed Qassim of the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) from al-Fayyoum performs a quick 'exorcism' on one of his colleagues during parliamentary session yesterday morning.
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Anonymous ate my hamster!
lol! Oh, it's the day for humor I see. Perhaps Ahmed should meet Grover...a match made in heaven. :)
Debt forgiveness for Bank of America customers? Is this an election year or something?http://www.cnbc.com/id/47331680
lol!Possibly just a coincidence on the timing of the resolution of that court case. :)That was always a pet peave, though, that banks got a bailout and people weren't helped enough to stay in their homes when they were underwater, especially if there was fraud involved. 200,000 is a drop in the bucket, but at least there is the precedent being set. It will be interesting to see how many will take the offer.
Zeyad,I've been reading some of your older blog posts, just fitting pieces of the puzzle together. I just read the one about your house being searched. *sigh* I wonder if your family ever knew why then? At that time? Sad. I understand now why the soldiers were so jumpy. I also understand that, while you didn't whitewash the situation in Adhamiya, it must have been much harder than you could put into words for you and your family.
In other news, Obama backs gay marriage
"Debt forgiveness for Bank of America customers? Is this an election year or something?"Off topic, Mr. Spam.
some are allowed to troll here
"In other news, Obama backs gay marriage. synick @ 11:54 PMSince the subject has come up… "Just hours after President Barack Obama publicly backed gay marriage, the House struck back and passed a measure aimed at reinforcing the Defense of Marriage Act. "With a 245-171 vote, the House voted to stop the Justice Department from using taxpayer funds to actively oppose DOMA — the Clinton-era law defining marriage as between a man and a woman that the Obama administration stopped enforcing in February 2011."It passed largely along party lines: "Sixteen Democrats voted with the GOP for the amendment, while seven Republicans opposed it."The measure supposedly prohibits the DoJ from "actively opposing DOMA". It matters not that the Justice Dept. has, as of yet, done no such thing, they decided to get out front and prohibit it anyway.I'd say this falls into the ‘against whatever the administration is for’ category of maneuvers. And they wonder why the congressional approval ratings are in single digit territory.
link to quotes…
More re: American politics: "Tuesday,…a party-line vote in the Senate meant Democrats could not get the 60 votes they needed to proceed on the bill. Neither party is actually against the bill; they differ on how to pay for it. Democrats want to raise taxes on the wealthy, and Republicans want to eliminate part of Obama’s health care law. * * * "[T]he vote on Tuesday was the 21st time Senate Republicans have successfully filibustered a Democratic bill since this Congress took office in January 2011." Politico.com
My first knee-jerk reaction to the discussion of the gay marriage issue by Congress was that they were wasting precious time that could have been spent on other more critical issues. But, on further reflection, it probably is a good place to discuss this, just like any other issue that affects the American public.
[Lee] I'd say this falls into the ‘against whatever the administration is for’ category of maneuvers.That's why so many people detest politics.
"My first knee-jerk reaction to the discussion of the gay marriage issue by Congress was that they were wasting precious time that could have been spent on other more critical issues."That remains my reaction. To my knowledge the federal government hasn't issued a marriage license to anybody during its entire 230 odd year history.I was likewise entirely bored with the sudden media frenzy on the subject following Biden's comment on Meet the Press.
New development: Now we're gonna be treated to stories about Mitt Romney being a high-school bully who targeted gays.I'm not particularly impressed with the ‘targeted gays’ part of it. High schoolers don't have their brains finish wired yet. He could as easily have gone after the math geeks instead and it'd make no real difference to me. I did sit up and take notice of the bullying tendency itself though.This could have legs, if only because Romney claims to ‘not remember’; that was probably a bad move on his part. This isn't quite the place for a convenient amnesia.
To my knowledge the federal government hasn't issued a marriage license to anybody during its entire 230 odd year history.Just one of those perogatives that was set at the local level. And wisely so. It falls under the heading of micro-management and isn't necessary at the federal level. There is nothing wrong with encouraging a discussion, since it is so important to some people, as long as it doesn't interfere with other legislation that is necessary at the federal level.
More re: American politics:(and probably enough of this for the day) "Mitt Romney adviser and former RNC chairman Ed Gillespie said that President Obama's support of gay marriage will be an issue for the campaign between the two men. "‘Sure,’ he said, when Todd asked if this will be something Republicans campaign on, adding that it's important to respect people's sensitivities, but that it's a clear difference of opinion. He also referred to Romney and his pledge, through the National Organization for Marriage, to enact a federal amendment banning gay marriage. This is a different tack than most Republicans, including House Speaker John Boehner, have taken, which is to try to pivot - as they say - to the economy, the main battleground for the fall race." Burns & HabermanI'm thinkin’ that this Gillespie fella ain't fully digested the import of Romney's ‘prank’ assault on a fellow high-school student, and that Romney's campaign will get tired of this one real fast.
Apparently someone didn't learn any lesson, Spanish or otherwise.And don't get me started on the greedy fools (to put it nicely) who are renouncing their US citizenship to avoid paying taxes. As far as I am concerned they will have to apply for a visa like anyone else if they want to come back to visit.
They're gonna try to pretend they were running a ‘hedge’ on their investments and loans, but with a portfolio of 160 stocks they were takin’ derivatives on, that's gonna be a hard sell to anybody not already among the laissez-faire purists enthralled to Glenn Hannibaugh.Obama blew it when he didn't press to break up the ‘too big to fail’ shadow banks. (I rather doubt he coulda gotten that through congress, even in the first two years, but it needed done, and it was disappointing that he didn't even try. Not that we can expect to see any better from the Republican nominee, should he become president.)
Meanwhile in Bahrain
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