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U.S. Air Force veteran added to no-fly list after visiting sickly mom

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A 10-year veteran of the US Air Force is once again unable to return to his home after being mysteriously added to a federal no-fly list for a second time.

Saadiq Long, a Muslim American born in the state of Oklahoma, is stranded near his hometown despite having purchased a plane ticket to return to Qatar, a small Arab nation where he teaches English and lives with his wife and children.

Long has been visiting his family in the United States to tend to his ailing mother, who still lives in the small Midwest town of McAlester, Oklahoma, and intended on leaving on Wednesday to return to Qatar. He tells the Associated Press that while attempting to catch his flight, however, he was refused a boarding pass and was referred by the TSA to a group of armed police.

"I think about three police officers arrived after that," Long, a US citizen, tells the AP. "It was very, very strange, by the way, and very intimidating."


W. Kamau Bell on drones: 'Obama isn't Hitler, he's Bush'

The escalating controversy over President Barack Obama's policy on the use of drones, W. Kamau Bell said on Thursday, made him sick of people calling him a socialist, or comparing him to Adolf Hitler.

"Obama's not Hitler - he's [George W.] Bush," Bell said, setting off a round of confetti and celebratory music as he entered the rarified territory of a Black Comedian Criticizing a Black President.

"That's right, black liberal guy going at Obama," he whooped to the audience, before realizing that all that confetti was made out of his invitation to the White House.


Hating Karl Rove: Not just for liberals anymore

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With his new Conservative Victory Project, Rove seeks to knock off Tea Party candidates in GOP primaries. Tea Party leaders are crying treaso

The Tea Party Express, a political action committee famous for its traveling shows of right-wing agitators and entertainers, is warning its members of a terrifying new threat -- no, not Obamacare, or black helicopters, or gun-seizures. It's something far more frightening: "We are under attack by Karl Rove," reads the subject line of a fundraising e-mail from Tea Party Express.

That's right: The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man is lumbering through the streets of the Real America, terrorizing the denizens of Tea-Partyville.

At issue is a new political action committee formed by Rove and his associates at American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS, the superPAC and related group that were supposed have been the unstoppable, big-money juggernaut that would win Mitt Romney the presidency.

War Whore

Dirty wars: Jeremy Scahill and Rick Rowley's new film exposes hidden truths of covert U.S. warfare

Premiering this week at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah, the new documentary "Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield" follows investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill to Afghanistan, Somalia and Yemen as he chases down the hidden truths behind America's expanding covert wars. We're joined by Scahill and the film's director, Rick Rowley, an independent journalist with Big Noise Films. "We're looking right now at a reality that President Obama has essentially extended the very policies that many of his supporters once opposed under President Bush," says Scahill, author of the bestseller "Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army" and a forthcoming book named after his film. "One of the things that humbles both of us is that when you arrive in a village in Afghanistan and knock on someone's door, you're the first American they've seen since the Americans that kicked that door in and killed half their family," Rowley says. "We promised them that we would do everything we could to make their stories be heard in the U.S. ... Finally we're able to keep those promises."


Best of the Web: Stop the unconstitutional drone killings

This week, an unclassified memorandum prepared by the Justice Department for members of Congress on the drone killings accidentally became public. The actual Office of Legal Counsel opinion which purports to authorize this program is still a wrongfully classified secret, and a federal judge just refused a FOIA request from the New York Times for release of the document.

This is exactly how the infamous torture memo came into existence during the Bush administration, a secret OLC opinion, the legal reasoning of which was so flimsy that it could not survive the light of day. So not only are we not supposed to question the murder of people in multiple countries, we are not even allowed to question the legal basis for it. It is sheer lunacy that LEGAL arguments need to be classified.

Bad Guys

Sex scandals: Gallery of Republican rogues

Rudy Giuliani

Ex-wife Donna Hanover accused him of "notorious adultery"; he's now married to Judith Nathan, his girlfriend at the time.

Comment: This is the political party that considers its views "God given" and therefore attempts to remove reproductive choices from women and opposes gender equality. Obviously these sociopaths feel that laws and morality do not apply to them - only us sheeple who are forced to live under their rules.


As GOP splits, whose side is Fox News on?

With declarations of a conservative civil war being proclaimed this week, political combatants on the right are picking sides between Tea Party activists hungry for radical change within the GOP, and the Republican Establishment, which seeks to regain control of the party's message and improve upon 2012's election setbacks.

This week Karl Rove and his allies at the American Crossroads super PAC launched the "Conservative Victory Project," a group that plans to support more traditional Republican candidates in an effort to end the streak of undisciplined Tea Party hopefuls who blew Republican-leaning races with controversial campaign comments. (Think: Todd Akin.)

Meanwhile, House Majority Leader Eric Canton (R-Va) just launched an effort to rebrand brand the Republican Party and broaden its appeal by softening the harsh rhetoric and, theoretically, seeking common ground. That kind of bipartisan, bridge-building rhetoric is precisely what the Tea Party labels as conservative heresy.


Baby camel given to Francoise Hollande for 'liberating' Mali was stolen from farmer whose home was destroyed by French shelling

Nicked gift: France's President Francois Hollande receives presents during his visit to Mali before he was given a baby camel which now has been reported as stolen
A baby camel presented to French President Francois Hollande for 'liberating' Mali was stolen and will not be allowed to stay in Paris, it emerged today.

In a plot straight out of a madcap Gallic comedy film, a Malian refugee said he wanted the young dromedary back.

Mr Hollande was hailed a hero on Saturday when he arrived in Timbuktu, Mali, which until a few days before had been in the hands of Al-Qaeda backed terrorists.

As a token of thanks for the part French troops played in defeating the Islamist radicals, Mr Hollande was presented with the camel.

The pair were pictured together, although the camel screeched constantly, and was far from impressed with the portly French head of state tried to pat him on the head.

Now it has emerged that the camel, who had not been named, actually belonged to a farmer, whose house was destroyed by French shelling during their attack on Timbuktu.

Star of David

IDF corruption case explodes

Ehud Olmert
In the aftermath of the elections in Israel, only one person is laughing hard. On January 11, 2013, former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert gave an interview to Channel Two's "Friday's Studio." He accused Netanyahu of spending $3 Billion on "hallucinated adventures that were not implemented and would not be implemented." As described in Israel Spent $3 Billion on Iran Attack, the sum went missing on preparations of an attack on Iran. Most Israelis are naive, but not naive enough to believe that military exercises for an airstrike can cost so much.

Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, who had been recently acquitted after having been forced to leave office, used his regained innocence to hit the most probable figure behind his impeachment: Netanyahu. Olmert's careful whisper destroyed Netanyahu's dreams. Instead of increasing his power as polls predicted, Netanyahu lost 11 seats in the Knesset, giving place to the current Treason Season. However, Olmert's achievement went beyond that. He opened the gate for other corruption cases to be exposed. On February 6, Yedioth Aharonot exposed a case that led on the next day to the banning of six communication equipment suppliers by the IDF, following the acknowledgment of a non-commissioned officer to have robbed the army.


The running man ... for real

How long will it be before they actually start shooting us from helicopter gunships a la The Running Man?

In that movie, Arnold Schwarzennegger plays Ben Richards - pilot of a gunship who actually refuses to spray a crowd of helpless people with his mini-gun. For his refusal to be brutal, he is turned into a contestant on The Running Man, where he must fight for his life against a series of gladiators for the amusement of the crowd.

Is it not amazing how predictive so many mass-market films have proved to be? Only in this case, the real-life 'copter pilots are itching to mow us down. See, for instance, the recent "drills" in Florida and Texas - video seen below, for instance- where civilian areas were overflown by military choppers firing blanks. To train them. More precisely, to acclimate them to the idea of raining death down on Americans.

Everything's ramping up; you have to be willfully oblivious to not see it.