Comedy Gold Power

Did she really say this [expletive deleted] with a straight face?

Clinton: US using “smart power” for Libya, Syria

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton defended the U.S. response to crises in Libya and Syria on Tuesday, saying the Obama administration is projecting “smart power” by refusing to act alone or with brute force to stop autocratic repression in the two countries.

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Clinton said Libya was a study in the use of “strategic patience,” whereby the United States resisted the impulse for immediate intervention and instead helped to build support for the country’s nascent opposition, which the U.S. now recognizes as Libya’s legitimate government. She said the unprecedented NATO-Arab alliance protecting civilians on the ground was a key result of the tactics of smart power.

“This is exactly the kind of world that I want to see, where it’s not just the United States and everybody is standing on the sidelines while we bear the costs,” she said.

In Syria, Clinton said Washington had adopted a similar stance. The administration has imposed sanctions to protest a ruthless crackdown on reformers but has thus far resisted calls to make an explicit demand for President Bashar Assad to step down, something it did with Qaddafi.

Clinton said it would be a mistake for the administration to demand Assad’s ouster on its own because it wouldn’t be effective given Washington’s long-strained ties with Damascus and limited U.S. influence and trade with Syria.

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Let’s recap: for months now, we’ve been bombing the [expletive deleted] out of Libya, a country that isn’t a direct threat to U.S. national security, killing civilians, destroying infrastructure, and backing a “rebel” movement containing elements of al Qaeda. That’s “smart power” and “strategic patience”, check. Meanwhile, Bashar Assad in Syria, a dictator in a country with plenty of American blood on its hands and a huge threat to U.S. national security, is killing civilians on a daily basis, with a death toll totaling in the thousands, and we’re doing nothing, because our relationship with Syria is “strained”. That’s also “smart power”, as well as “protecting civilians”, check.

What manner of counterproductive, nonsensical bull[expletive deleted] foreign policy is that? Smart Power my ass!

/are you seriously telling me that we have to put up with these moronic clowns for another year and a half?

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Sex Sells

Is it an honest mistake or a clever marketing ploy?

Chad Ochocinco’s cereal box has sex-line number

The telephone number pasted on boxes of cereal named for Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco was supposed to be for a charity — but mistakenly directed callers to a sex line, the player’s agent said Thursday.

“The wrong number was given by the Feed the Children charity,” Ochocinco’s agent Robert Bailey said. “It’s a shame because it’s a good cause.”

The outspoken Ochocinco said he was confident the mistake — an 800 area code was substituted for 888 — would be corrected by PBL Sports, the marketing company behind “Ochocincos” cereal.

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PBL Sports
Feed The Children

This was probably a mistake, but knowing what an attention whore washed up wide receiver Chad Ochocinco (nee Johnson) is, I wouldn’t put it past him to have done this deliberately.

/either way, Feed the Children couldn’t buy this much publicity

We Was Robbed!

What a travesty!


At World Cup, U.S. soccer coach Bob Bradley says disallowed score was ‘good goal’

To the thousands of U.S. supporters at Ellis Park and the millions back home watching Friday’s World Cup match between the United States and Slovenia, a clear injustice had been perpetrated. With no explanation as to why referee Koman Coulibaly had nullified Maurice Edu’s apparent go-ahead goal against Slovenia, rage rang out like a vuvuzela blaring inside a tollbooth.

Like everyone else, the U.S. team was incredulous and incensed. However, in the murky culture of soccer, where officiating decisions are rarely clarified during or after a match, Coach Bob Bradley took the mysterious call almost in stride.

“We’re all accustomed to the fact that, if it is an NFL playoff game and there is a call of some question, there will be a statement by the league from the referees. But FIFA operates differently,” Bradley, a New Jersey native, said of the sport’s international governing body on Saturday.

“Soccer is a different game. There are some aspects of it that are not made 100 percent clear, that seem to add to the discussion about the games. On our end, we get used to that. That’s just how it is sometimes, and then you move on and you get ready for the next game.”

Make no mistake: The U.S. delegation was grumbling after the final whistle of the 2-2 draw and, like many fans around the world, watched replays of the sequence dozens of times in search of answers. But because Coulibaly made a judgment call, FIFA guidelines do not offer a process to formally protest rulings made on the field.

Report: U.S.-Slovenia ref may be banned

According to a Yahoo! Sports report, World Cup referee Koman Coulibaly, whose unexplained call took away the United States’ go-ahead goal in the final minutes of Friday’s game vs. Slovenia, will face an expedited review and could be excluded from the rest of the World Cup.

The story credits a FIFA source as saying Coulibaly’s performance will be reviewed Saturday following a game in which replays showed he had some crucial missed calls and failed to control rough play.

“If he is found to have made a serious mistake, especially one that affected the outcome, then he would be highly unlikely to play any further part in the tournament,” said the source, who is close to senior figures on the refereeing panel. “FIFA is determined to keep refereeing standards high and does not want high-profile mistakes.”

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2010 FIFA World Cup: America’s Ire on Disallowed Goal a Good Thing for Football
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Did the U.S. get robbed of the winning goal against Slovenia?

For the record, I am not a fan of introducing any type of instant replay into FIFA soccer. Part of the beauty of the game is that the time doesn’t stop, 45 minutes a half, straight through, without interruption. As for Koman Coulibaly, that was his first World Cup referee assignment and it damn well better be his last. He was horrible. However, banning Coulibaly from refereeing further World Cup games is no consolation for his monstrous mistake that may keep the U.S. from advancing.

/oh well, it is what it is, let’s just hope that we can beat Algeria on Wednesday and, for good measure, Slovenia beats or draws with England