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The most disturbing part of the story is that it was completely unintentional; the reporter was just trying to give the poor guy a high five. This is some of the worst hand-eye coordination I’ve seen… and a respectable amount of restraint shown by the guy who got palmed in the face.
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President Teddy Roosevelt has a reputation for being a tough guy, but here’s a story a bit more personal than the common tale of his days leading the Rough Riders. The best part of this story is that it’s in the President’s own words. It really does justice to the fair but tough man that Roosevelt was.
Take note that Roosevelt makes it clear that he really didn’t want this confrontation, but lacked any alternatives at the time. He also didn’t fall in with the other patrons who submitted to the bully and allow him to continue his shenanigans. He even let a few of the bully’s jibes slide until he stood up. Great story. Read more…
In an unprecedented act of open criticism of a sitting President, two 4-star Generals have publicly blasted President Obama’s policies. Several weeks ago Marine Corps General John Kelly, commander of U.S. Southern Command, first spoke out about the President’s border crisis, and now the Marine Corps top commander, Gen. James Amos, Marine Corps Commandant, publicly ridiculed President Obama’s handling of Iraq and the subsequent mess that ensued.
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Ron Paul Launches Snowden Clemency Petition
Former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) has launched a petition to grant NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden clemency so he may return home. Russia had granted him amnesty for a term of 1 year, but this amnesty runs out in in 5 months, at the end of July. Paul said of Snowden “[He] sacrificed his livelihood, citizenship, and freedom by exposing the disturbing scope of the NSA’s worldwide spying program. Thanks to one man’s courageous actions, Americans know about the truly egregious ways their government is spying on them.” Edward wants to return to his home but needs some degree of assurance that he won’t be persecuted. Read more…
Americans Oblivious to Revolution
As @sayrer bluntly put it in a tweet, “Egypt just shut off the Internet. CNN is interviewing some Kardashians, and Maddow is reporting some boring partisan politics.” While Americans are one of the most ‘plugged-in’ nations in the world, we are unreasonably unaware and ignorant to anything going on outside of our borders.
As I type this, the Egyptian people are grappling with their government for control of their country. The Egyptian government has taken a significantly underhanded step in blocking all social media websites from within their country. The rumor is that by tomorrow morning that will expand to include the entire internet.
President Obama and the U.S. government have taken the cowardly position of standing behind the Egyptian government and their heavy handed measures in quieting their people’s unrest, all hidden conveniently behind a facade of ‘neutrality’. It seems ‘the land of the free’ has become distressingly comfortable with not-so-free regimes and governments. Many people might claim that this is nothing new, but regardless of what you believe, I don’t think our government has ever been so open about their support of a country who is blatantly suppressing the will of the people.
There was a day when the United States would fearlessly stare down even the most intimidating states and demand democracy and freedom for every person on the face of the earth. Our policy seems to have changed. I guess I didn’t get the memo.