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BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Terrorist leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the most wanted man in Iraq, was killed in a coalition airstrike near Baquba, jubilant U.S. and Iraqi authorities announced Thursday.

The 3-year-old insurgency has "lost its leader," Gen. George Casey, the U.S. military commander in Iraq, told reporters.

Details are still emerging of the operation against the self-proclaimed leader of al Qaeda in Iraq who pledged allegiance to Osama bin Laden.

But the killing of al-Zarqawi, who had a $25 million bounty on his head, is a major coup for the embattled coalition forces.

"Today is a good day," U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad told a news conference soon after cheers and applause broke out when Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki announced: "Zarqawi has been killed."

Khalilzad called al-Zarqawi "the godfather of sectarian killing and terror in Iraq" -- said the death "marks a great success for Iraq and the global war on terror."

"His organization has been responsible for the deaths of thousands of civilians in Iraq and abroad."

In London, British Prime Minister Tony Blair called al-Zarqawi's death "a very important moment in Iraq. A blow for al Qaeda in Iraq is a blow for al Qaeda everywhere."


Casey said al-Zarqawi and a key lieutenant, spiritual adviser Sheik Abd-Al-Rahman, were at an isolated safe house outside Baquba at 6:15 p.m. (10:15 a.m. ET) on Wednesday.

"Tips and intelligence from Iraqi senior leaders from his network led forces to al-Zarqawi and some of his associates who were conducting a meeting approximately eight kilometers north of Baquba when the airstrike was launched," he said.

Baquba is a volatile area northeast of Baghdad in Diyala province, a mixed Shiite-Sunni jurisdiction. There have been many roadside bombings and shootings throughout the province and within the week, severed heads were found in fruit boxes there.

"Iraqi police were first on the scene after the air strike, and elements of Multi-National Division North, arrived shortly thereafter," Casey said. "We have been able to identify al-Zarqawi by fingerprint verification, facial recognition and known scars."

In addition to Zarqawi and the spiritual adviser, seven others died in the attack.

Casey wouldn't provide many details about the action but said that "all of these operations are the result of a long, painstaking process where tips and intelligence are received, processed and checked out."

This particular operation had been in the works for a couple of weeks, leading to the location of the house in a wooded area and the meeting, he said.

Al-Maliki indicated that the strike on al-Zarqawi was the "result of cooperation" with ordinary Iraqis, saying that authorities many times have asked the citizenry to provide information.

"This is a message to all those who take violence as a path."

Khalilzad said the demise of al-Zarqawi won't end the violence in Iraq, but it is "an important step in the right direction."

CNN's Jamie McIntyre contributed to this report.


Pentagon Admits 'Zarqawi' Fraud PsyOps
by MICHEL CHOSSUDOVSKY

Who is behind "Al Qaeda" in Iraq? The Pentagon has acknowledged fabricating a "Zarqawi Legend"


Abu Musab Al Zarqawi has been presented both by the Bush administration and the Western media as the mastermind behind the "insurgency" in Iraq, allegedly responsible for the massacres of Iraqi civilians.

Zarqawi is the outside enemy of America.

The Bush administration in official statements, including presidential speeches, national security documents, etc. has repeatedly pointed to the need to "go after" Abu Musab Al Zarqawi and Osama bin Laden.

"You know, I hate to predict violence, but I just understand the nature of the killers. This guy, Zarqawi, an al Qaeda associate -- who was in Baghdad, by the way, prior to the removal of Saddam Hussein -- is still at large in Iraq. And as you might remember, part of his operational plan was to sow violence and discord amongst the various groups in Iraq by cold- blooded killing. And we need to help find Zarqawi so that the people of Iraq can have a more bright -- bright future.

" (George W. Bush, Press Conference, 1 June 2004)

The official mandate of US and British occupation forces is to fight and win the "war on terrorism" on behalf of the Iraqi people.

Zarqawi constitutes Washington's justification for the continued military occupation of Iraq, not to mention the brutal siege of densely populated urban areas directed against "Al Qaeda in Iraq" which is said to be led by Zarqawi.

Coalition forces are upheld as playing a "peace keeping role" in consultation with the United Nations.

The Western media in chorus has consistently upheld the legitimacy of the "war on terrorism".

It has not only presented Zarqawi as a brutal terrorist, it has also failed to report on the Pentagon's disinformation campaign, which has been known and documented since 2002.

Pentagon PSYOP Zarqawi Program

In an unusual twist, the Washington Post in a recent article, has acknowledged that the role of Zarqawi had been deliberately "magnified" by the Pentagon with a view to galvanizing public support for the US-UK led "war on terrorism":

"The Zarqawi campaign is discussed in several of the internal military documents. "Villainize Zarqawi/leverage xenophobia response," one U.S. military briefing from 2004 stated. It listed three methods: "Media operations," "Special Ops (626)" (a reference to Task Force 626, an elite U.S. military unit assigned primarily to hunt in Iraq for senior officials in Hussein's government) and "PSYOP," the U.S. military term for propaganda work..." (WP. 10 April 2006)

The military's propaganda program, according to the Washington Post, has "largely been aimed at Iraqis, but seems to have spilled over into the U.S. media.

One briefing slide about U.S. "strategic communications" in Iraq, prepared for Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr., the top U.S. commander in Iraq, describes the "home audience" as one of six major targets of the American side of the war." (WP, op cit.)

An internal document produced by U.S. military headquarters in Iraq, states that "the Zarqawi PSYOP program is the most successful information campaign to date
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The senior commander entrusted with Pentagon's PSYOP operation is General Kimmitt who now occupies the position of senior planner at US Central Command (USCENTCOM), responsible for directing operations in Iraq and the Middle East.

"In 2003 and 2004, he coordinated public affairs, information operations and psychological operations in Iraq -- though he said in an interview the internal briefing must be mistaken because he did not actually run the psychological operations and could not speak for them. Kimmitt said, "There was clearly an information campaign to raise the public awareness of who Zarqawi was, primarily for the Iraqi audience but also with the international audience."

A goal of the campaign was to drive a wedge into the insurgency by emphasizing Zarqawi's terrorist acts and foreign origin, said officers familiar with the program. "Through aggressive Strategic Communications, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi now represents: Terrorism in Iraq/Foreign Fighters in Iraq/Suffering of Iraqi People (Infrastructure Attacks)/Denial of Iraqi Aspirations," the same briefing asserts...

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It is difficult to determine how much has been spent on the Zarqawi campaign, which began two years ago and is believed to be ongoing. U.S. propaganda efforts in Iraq in 2004 cost $24 million, but that included extensive building of offices and residences for troops involved, as well as radio broadcasts and distribution of thousands of leaflets with Zarqawi's face on them, said the officer speaking on background...

The Zarqawi program at the Pentagon was run concurrently with a related operation "led by the Lincoln Group, a U.S. consulting firm, to place pro-U.S. articles in Iraq newspapers, according to the officer familiar with the program who spoke on background." According to The Washington Post, however, there was no relationship between the Pentagon's PSYOP program and that run by the Lincoln Group on behalf of the Pentagon. (WP, 10 April 2006)

Disinformation and war propaganda are an integral part of military planning.

What the Washington Post fails to mention, however, is its own role in sustaining the Zarqawi legend , along with network TV, most of the printed press, and of course CNN and Fox News, not to mention a significant portion of the alternative media.

Disinformation regarding the War on terrorism has been fed into the news chain by a limited number of "top feeders":

A relatively few well-connected correspondents provide the "scoops" that get the coverage in the relatively few mainstream news sources - the four TV networks, TIME, Newsweek, CNN - where the parameters of debate are set and the "official reality" is consecrated for the bottom feeders in the news chain. In other countries, this is what is known as propaganda - or, put less politely, psychological warfare. ( Chaim Kupferberg, The Propaganda Preparation for 9/11)

Zarqawi has been identified by the US media as being behind the "insurgency" in Fallujah, Tal Afar and Samara. He was held responsible for the Amman hotel bombings as well as terrorist attacks in several Western capitals.. He is indelibly behind the suicide bomb attacks in Iraq as confirmed by the Washington Post: " The ruling Shiite leadership has Zarqawi squarely in its sights. He has led the suicide bombers whose Shiite victims are now climbing into the thousands." ( 11 December 2005).

The Pentagon's PSYOP is a cover-up for US sponsored atrocities by the US media, which has upheld the "villainize Zarqawi" focus in its news and editorials coverage of the Iraqi resistance movement.

The top U.S. military intelligence officer in Iraq said Abu Musab Zarqawi and his foreign and Iraqi associates have essentially commandeered the insurgency, becoming the dominant opposition force and the greatest immediate threat to U.S. objectives in the country.

"I think what you really have here is an insurgency that's been hijacked by a terrorist campaign," Army Maj. Gen. Richard Zahner said in an interview. "In part, by Zarqawi becoming the face of this thing, he has certainly gotten the funding, the media and, frankly, has allowed other folks to work along in his draft." (WP, 25 September 2005)

Amid the continuing bloodshed in Iraq, there is evidence of fresh thinking. The change is, ironically, brought about by Abu Musab Zarqawi himself, whose indiscriminate terrorism appears to have succeeded in uniting people there against his global jihad ideology. Since the hotel bombings in Zarqawi's native Jordan, more and more Sunni Iraqis and Arabs have condemned the terrorist leader's nightmarish vision for their societies -- one that promises further "catastrophic" suicide attacks. (WP, 4 December 2005)

Immediate withdrawal from Iraq is not an option the U.S. administration can or should entertain. It would give Abu Musab Zarqawi and his small band of foreign fighters the opportunity to claim victory and to announce that they have successfully defeated a superpower. This would strengthen al Qaeda's hand across the Middle East and elsewhere, and lead to greater instability throughout the region. (WP, 11 December 2006)

The US media has identified the nature of the insurgency, centering on the key role of Zarqawi and his ties to the former Baathist regime:

"The backbone of the insurgency appears to be an alliance between the die-hard Baathists and the network of terrorists mostly under the command of Abu Musab Zarqawi. It is a partnership of convenience; both groups are fighting the same battle, but for different reasons and with different goals. (WP, 8 May 2005)

[S]enior officials at the Pentagon and in Iraq say they believe that Mr. Zarqawi and the insurgency's ''center of gravity'' is now in the bends and towns of the Euphrates River valley near the Syrian border.(New York Times, 17 September 2005)

In Fallujah, the siege of the city, which resulted in thousands of civilian deaths was described as a battle against the "Zarqawi network":.

U.S. forces have conducted four airstrikes on what have been described as targets associated with Zarqawi's network in and around the city. Among them was a housing compound in an agricultural area about 15 miles south of Fallujah where the U.S. military said as many as 90 foreign fighters were meeting. The military said the strike, which occurred on Thursday evening, killed about 60 foreign fighters.

Witnesses and hospital officials disputed the account, saying that about 30 men were killed, many of them Iraqi. They said 15 children and 11 women also died in the attack.

Neither version of the strike could be independently verified.

The following night, the U.S. military said in a statement that it conducted "another successful precision strike" on a meeting of "approximately 10 Zarqawi terrorists" in central Fallujah. "There was no indication that any innocent civilians were in the immediate vicinity of the meeting location," the military said in the statement. (WP, 21 Sept 2004)

Concluding Remarks

If indeed Zarqawi's role was fabricated as part of the Pentagon's PSYOP, what is the accuracy of these media reports?

The internal military documents leaked to Washington Post confirm that the Pentagon is involved in an ongoing propaganda campaign which seeks to provide a face to the enemy.

The purpose is to portray the enemy as a terrorist, to mislead public opinion.

Counterterrorism and war propaganda are intertwined. The propaganda apparatus feeds disinformation into the news chain.

The objective is to present the terror groups as "enemies of America." responsible for countless atrocities in Iraq and around the World.

The underlying objective is to galvanize public opinion in support of America's Middle East war agenda.

US military-intelligence has created it own terrorist organizations. In turn, it has developed a cohesive multibillion dollar counterterrorism program "to go after" these terrorist organizations.

To reach its foreign policy objectives, the images of terrorism in the Iraqi war theater must remain vivid in the minds of the citizens, who are constantly reminded of the terrorist threat. The Iraqi resistance movement is described as terrorists led by Zarqawi.

The propaganda campaign using the Western media, presents the portraits of the leaders behind the terror network.

In other words, at the level of what constitutes an "advertising" campaign, "it gives a face to terror."

The "war on terrorism" rests on the creation of one or more evil bogeymen, the terror leaders, Osama bin Laden, Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi, et al, whose names and photos are presented ad nauseam in daily news reports. Without Zarqawi and bin Laden, the "war on terrorism" would loose its raison d'�tre.

The main casus belli is to wage a " war on terrorism".

The Pentagon documents leaked to the Washington Post regarding Zarqawi have revealed that Al Qaeda in Iraq is fabricated.

The suicide attacks in Iraq are indeed real, but who is behind them? There are indications that some of the suicide attacks could have been organized by the US-UK military and intelligence. (See references below pertaining to the British Special Forces Soldiers, caught planting bombs in Basra.)


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Try this one:

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You can always tell when Ann Coulter's got a new book to sell: first thing she does is throw on that black miniskirt, go on TeeVee and say something really really really really really REALLY stupid.

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I think it's to match that freakishly long neck. Did anybody notice that? She could kiss you and go down on you without moving her body!

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Vince Welnick, last keyboardist of the Grateful Dead, dies at 51

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Vince Welnick, the Grateful Dead's last keyboard player and a veteran of other bands, including the Tubes and Missing Man Formation, has died, the Grateful Dead's longtime publicist confirmed Saturday. He was 51.

Welnick died Friday, said Dennis McNally, who would not release the cause.

He lived in the northern California town of Forestville, but McNally said he didn't know whether he died at home or in a hospital.

''His service to and love for the Grateful Dead were heartfelt and essential. He had a loving soul and a joy in music that we were lucky to share,'' the group said in a statement on its Web site. ''Our Grateful Dead prayer for the repose of his spirit: May the four winds blow him safely home.''

Welnick was the last in a long line of Grateful Dead keyboardists, several of whom died prematurely, leading some of the group's fans to conclude that the position came with a curse.

Welnick had replaced Brent Mydland, who died of a drug overdose in 1990. Mydland succeeded Keith Godchaux, who died in a car crash shortly after leaving the band. And Godchaux had replaced the band's original keyboard player, Ron ''Pigpen'' McKernan, who died at 27 in 1973.

Welnick was the last musician to join the group before the 1995 death of lead guitarist and unofficial leader Jerry Garcia, which McNally said hit Welnick particularly hard.

Vince Welnick was one of the sweetest guys on the planet. I met him a couple times at Tubes concerts. He always had time for idle chit-chat.

One of my favorite moments involving Vince was the time he, Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir sang "The Star Spangled Banner" at a San Francisco Giants baseball game. Welnick, of course, was the only one on key.

And by the way, Welnick wasn't 51; he was born in 1951. But that's what happens when you get your news from The Grateful Dead. I wonder if Mc Nally has ever even heard of The Tubes.


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Influential composer Ligeti dies

Austrian composer Gyorgy Ligeti, whose music appeared in the film 2001: A Space Odyssey, has died aged 83.

He was known for his avant garde compositions, including the 1962 piece Poeme Symphonique, which is played on 100 metronomes.

His most famous works are those used in the Stanley Kubrick film, including Atmospheres and Lux Aeterna.

Ligeti was born in Romania in 1923 to Hungarian parents, and later adopted Austrian citizenship.

He began studying music at the conservatory in Cluj, Romania, in 1941 and continued his studies in Budapest.

In 1943 he was arrested and, because he was Jewish, was sentenced to forced labour for the rest of the Second World War.

Although Ligeti survived, the war claimed several members of his family - including his brother and his father.

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After his release at the end of the war, he returned to Hungary, where he taught music at the Liszt Academy.

His musical ambitions were constrained by Hungary's communist regime, with the result that much of his work from this period was based on folk music.

Following the 1956 uprising, Ligeti fled Hungary, settling in Vienna, Austria.

Here, he came into contact with avant garde composers like Karlheinz Stockhausen, and Gottfried Michael Koenig.

After this time, his writing became more adventurous and playful - often challenging the conventions of music and performance.

Ligeti's 1961 work, Future of Music - A Collective Composition, consists of the composer looking at the audience from the stage, and the audience's reaction.

He wrote in a variety of styles, including chamber music, opera and electronic music.

In 2004, he was awarded Sweden's prestigious Polar Music prize, and judges praised him for "stretching the boundaries of the musically conceivable".

Ligeti is survived by his wife, Vera, and a son, Lukas, a percussionist who lives in New York.

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Too bad about Ligeti, I was wondering if he was still composing music, as I have most of his CD's. I find his music accessible and challenging at the same time, and I think it will stand the test of time. I highly recommend his music.

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Bussunda - Great Brazilian comedian famous for, among others, imitations of Ronaldo and of President Lula died in Germany today.



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Comedian dies covering World Cup

A comedian renowned for his imitations of footballer Ronaldo and the Brazilian president has died while covering the World Cup for a TV channel.


Claudio Besserman Vianna - known as Bussunda in Brazil's satirical series Casseta and Planeta Urgente - suffered a heart attack in Munich. He was 43.

He fell ill after playing football with friends and could not be revived.

Brazil's football association issued a statement expressing sympathy from all of its national team players and staff.

It added that star striker Ronaldo had a "feeling of sadness for the death of a person he admired".

Mr Vianna had been working at the football tournament for Globo TV and found fame as an impressionist and comedy writer.

Casseta and Planeta Urgente offered topical humour and parodies of newsworthy events and celebrities, including the country's President, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

Mr Vianna is survived by his wife and a daughter.

A programme director from Globo TV said Mr Vianna had no history of heart problems and usually played football each week.

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Actually this news seems to be inaccurate: He died this morning of a heart attack, after not feeling well yesterday during a football game he was palaying with colegues...

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ingo preminger, 95, brother of filmaker otto preminger, and producer for the film m*a*s*h passed away. i just bought the movie a few days ago and was so happy to see he was still with us :cry:

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Television producer Aaron Spelling, the man behind some of US TV's most famous shows, has died at the age of 83.

Spelling's hits included Charlie's Angels, Dynasty and Starsky and Hutch, as well as Beverly Hills 90210.

He died at his home in Los Angeles, where he was resting after suffering a stroke on 18 June, his spokesman said.

During the 1970s and 1980s Spelling's shows brought success to the ABC TV network, and he also produced more than 140 TV movies in his career.

He underwent radiation therapy for a lesion in his throat in 2001.

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Over decades spent working in the US TV industry Aaron Spelling became famous for his prodigious output and succession of hit shows.

A succession of stars launched their careers in Spelling's productions, from Farah Fawcett in Charlie's Angels to John Travolta and Nick Nolte, who won their first major roles in Spelling's TV movies.

He was credited with launching the career of Heather Locklear, who co-starred with a post-Star Trek William Shatner in TJ Hooker and later appeared in Melrose Place.

Other shows he produced included Hart to Hart, Matt Houston, Fantasy Island and Burke's Law.

Spelling's own daughter, Tori Spelling, won a role in Beverly Hills 90210, a show base around a California high school which became popular in the 1990s.

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Didn't he do Love Boat too? Now that should be his shining achievement.

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Mother of Slain JonBenet Ramsey Dies

Patsy Ramsey, who was thrust into the national spotlight by the unsolved 1996 slaying of her daughter, 6-year-old beauty pageant contestant JonBenet, died Saturday following a long battle with ovarian cancer, her lawyer said. She was 49.

Ramsey was diagnosed with the disease in 1993 and suffered a recurrence several years ago, attorney L. Lin Wood said. She died at her father's home in Roswell, Ga., a suburb of Atlanta, with her husband, John, at her bedside.

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Co-founder of Kool & the Gang dies

Claydes Charles Smith, co-founder and lead guitarist of the group Kool & the Gang, has died at age 57.

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World's Oldest Tortoise Dies at 176

Harriet, the world’s oldest tortoise, has died at the age of 176.

Harriet, believed to be the tortoise Charles Darwin worked with to prove his theory of evolution, has died in the Australian Zoo of Queensland.

Harriet suffered a heart attack because she was severely ill. She died night, said senior veterinarian John Hanger.

Hanger said that the tortoise was believed to have been captured by Charles Darwin, who used the tortoise as an object for his study. The animal was brought to Australia after she was kept in Britain, the veterinarian added.

Caught in the Galapagos Island in 1830 and weighing 150kg, Harriet went into the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s oldest living animal.

Harriet was initially named Harry due to the mistake about her sex, and this mistake could only be corrected after one hundred years.

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Damn! Aaron Spelling was responsible for some of the lousiest tv programs ever!

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Music legend Arif Mardin has died of pancreatic cancer in New York.

Mardin made his name with Atlantic Records with his work with Aretha Franklin. He was with the label 1963 to 2001 before leaving to set up his own label at EMI where he developed the talents of Norah Jones.

His career started in 1956 when he met jazz trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie in Turkey who inspired him to take up a scholarship in the USA.

At Atlantic, he first worked as an assistant to co-founder Nesuhi Ethegun before becoming studio manager, then house manager then arranger.

In 1967, he arranged Aretha Franklin’s ‘I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You’ album as well as her soul classic ‘Respect’.

What followed in the 60’s was work with The Rascals, Dusty Springfield and Laura Nyro and the 70’s with Hall & Oates, Bette Midler and Roberta Flack.

The major success of his career came in 1974 when he took up production chores for a waning Aussie pop band called The Bee Gees. Mardin produced hits like ‘Jive Talking’ and ‘You Should Be Dancing’, relaunching the band’s career and sending them to supergroup status.

That followed even more successes for Mardin with Rod Stewart, Average White Band, George Benson and Carly Simon.

It didn’t stop in the 80’s either. Mardin worked on Phil Collins first solo album ‘Face Value’ and again with Bette Midler for her now signature tune ‘Wind Beneath My Wings’.

A memorial service for Mardin is expected to be planned for New York and he will be buried in his birth country Turkey.

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Eddie, Dog From 'Frasier,' Dies At 16

The dog that drove Frasier crazy has died.

Eddie was played on the TV series by a Jack Russell terrier named Moose. Moose was 16-and-a-half years old when he died at home in Los Angeles.

He'd been retired for the last six and a half years of his life.

Moose also starred in the movie "My Dog Skip" as the older Skip.

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Ann Coulter= has large hands...no I mean FREAKISHLY large alien-like merman hands.[/
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I think it's to match that freakishly long neck. Did anybody notice that? She could kiss you and go down on you without moving her body!


Who is Ann Coulter...and she we (here in Europe) care?


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No you shouldn't care. Here are some quotes from Ms. Coulter -

After 9-11:We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity. We weren't punctilious about locating and punishing only Hitler and his top officers. We carpet-bombed German cities; we killed civilians. That's war. And this is war.

On women:Like the Democrats, Playboy just wants to liberate women to behave like pigs, have sex without consequences, prance about naked, and abort children." - How to Talk to a Liberal (If You Must), 2004

On the environment:"The ethic of conservation is the explicit abnegation of man's dominion over the Earth. The lower species are here for our use. God said so: Go forth, be fruitful, multiply, and rape the planet — it's yours. That's our job: drilling, mining and stripping. Sweaters are the anti-Biblical view. Big gas-guzzling cars with phones and CD players and wet bars — that's the Biblical view."

Liberals:"Liberals hate America, they hate flag-wavers, they hate abortion opponents, they hate all religions except Islam, post 9/11. Even Islamic terrorists don't hate America like liberals do. They don't have the energy. If they had that much energy, they'd have indoor plumbing by now."

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No you shouldn't care. Here are some quotes from Ms. Coulter -

After 9-11:We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity. We weren't punctilious about locating and punishing only Hitler and his top officers. We carpet-bombed German cities; we killed civilians. That's war. And this is war.

On women:Like the Democrats, Playboy just wants to liberate women to behave like pigs, have sex without consequences, prance about naked, and abort children." - How to Talk to a Liberal (If You Must), 2004

On the environment:"The ethic of conservation is the explicit abnegation of man's dominion over the Earth. The lower species are here for our use. God said so: Go forth, be fruitful, multiply, and rape the planet — it's yours. That's our job: drilling, mining and stripping. Sweaters are the anti-Biblical view. Big gas-guzzling cars with phones and CD players and wet bars — that's the Biblical view."

Liberals:"Liberals hate America, they hate flag-wavers, they hate abortion opponents, they hate all religions except Islam, post 9/11. Even Islamic terrorists don't hate America like liberals do. They don't have the energy. If they had that much energy, they'd have indoor plumbing by now."


What an utter twat. :P

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No you shouldn't care. Here are some quotes from Ms. Coulter -

After 9-11:We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity. We weren't punctilious about locating and punishing only Hitler and his top officers. We carpet-bombed German cities; we killed civilians. That's war. And this is war.

On women:Like the Democrats, Playboy just wants to liberate women to behave like pigs, have sex without consequences, prance about naked, and abort children." - How to Talk to a Liberal (If You Must), 2004

On the environment:"The ethic of conservation is the explicit abnegation of man's dominion over the Earth. The lower species are here for our use. God said so: Go forth, be fruitful, multiply, and rape the planet — it's yours. That's our job: drilling, mining and stripping. Sweaters are the anti-Biblical view. Big gas-guzzling cars with phones and CD players and wet bars — that's the Biblical view."

Liberals:"Liberals hate America, they hate flag-wavers, they hate abortion opponents, they hate all religions except Islam, post 9/11. Even Islamic terrorists don't hate America like liberals do. They don't have the energy. If they had that much energy, they'd have indoor plumbing by now."


And she gets "Air time" on national Television ?????
Man the US of A is in a sadder state than i thought !
Make sure to vote whenever you can people, you are in danger !!

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You think Sarkozy and Segolene Royal are better ?

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And she gets "Air time" on national Television ?????
Man the US of A is in a sadder state than i thought !
Make sure to vote whenever you can people, you are in danger !!


That's what gets her on the air. She says offensive things and the media are more than happy to give her a platform.

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Ann Coulter is just one more hideously ugly reminder that we all should have cared when the US began to develop the intellectual and educational vacuum years ago when triviality and insignificance were elevated in social stature by both so-called "liberals" and "conservatives", each of which was freely and busily engaged in borrowing and swapping the worst and stupidest ideas from either until we were left with the loss of any truly intelligent thinkers. That gap was filled in by charlatans and posers who sold themselves via emotionalism and visceral, gut-level appeal which has always been the easiest and most effective means to gaining credibility in any society.

The most decisive moments were in the mid-1960s for "liberalism" and about ten years later for "conservatives" once their was a re-ignited craving for nationalism and blind jingoism. It could not have been coincidence that the rise of religious fanaticism and fundementalism occurred at the same time and was co-opted by the new conservatives who knew that was a sure road to power. It was by that time that the new liberals had so little to offer that they adopted a pseudo-humanism that didn't amount to much more than a dogmatic, very illiberal crowning touch of Political Correctness that so many mistook for some bizarre form of "enlightenment" -- certainly nothing at all like what it was mistaken for, but it had no lack of broad appeal.
So what are we left with today? Ann Coulter and those of her ilk are one small piece of the mess and Hillary Clinton and her kindred are another small piece of it.
Why should anyone care about either? No one should be forced into such a choice but they typify what remains: two sides of a very bad penny.
We can all scream and squawk about which is the right one but we were brought to a state of Global Corporatism by the "modern conservatives" and "modern liberals" and we're all up for sale, courtesy of "neo-cons" and "neo-libs who sold us out to the highest bidders.
Ann Coulter disgusts but also sells. Who cares? She's a fad and her obnoxiousness will sell to both those who find her putrid and those who find her a delight but the primary significance regarding her is that she sells.
Could anyone have sold her to nation that didn't have such an intellectual vacuum? It's safe to hazard a guess and answer, "No."

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