Qaddafi's Most Bizarre Moments in a Bizarre Speech
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By John Hudson | February 22, 2011 2:28pm
Qaddafi's Most Bizarre Moments in a Bizarre Speech
Col. Muammar Qaddafi's defiant, discursive speech today has left international observers dumbfounded. As the broadcast aired across the globe, professional translators at CNN and Al Jazeera stumbled and stuttered as the Libyan dictator jumped from subject to subject. The most important takeaway is that he's not leaving and will use deadly force against Libyans who foment dissent. But a quick summary like that doesn't do justice to the bizarre one-liners he delivered in his hour-plus-long diatribe. Here are some of our favorite moments (dutifully transcribed by NPR's Andy Carvin).
Qaddafi on Drug Use On a number of occasions, Qaddafi depicted opposition groups as youthful drug addicts who could be controlled if only they stopped abusing illicit substances:
They are a group that are sick, taking hallucinatory drugs... They were given drugs, like in Tunisia, are just imitating... We won't lose victory from these greasy rats and cats.... They should be given a lesson and stop taking drugs. They're not good for you, for your heart. Don't destroy the country... Shame on you, you gangsters. Surrender, give up all weapons, or they'll have massacres, drugged kids with machine guns... tonight and tomorrow, youth, all of you, not those who are rats on drugs--form committees for security.
Qaddafi on China The Libyan leader seemed to defend China's actions during the Tiananmen Square Massacre.
When Tiananmen Square happened, tanks were sent in to deal with them. It's not a joke. Do whatever it takes to stay united... People in front of tanks were crushed. The unity of China is more important than those people in Tiananmen Square.
Qaddafi on Waco Yep, he also referenced the 1993 Waco siege of the Branch Davidians by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives:
Armed rebellion is another matter... We won't allow it. Unarmed incidents in Waco were dealt with by force... The Davidian cults in Waco were dealt with by armed vehicles.
Qaddafi on the Libyan Constitution The leader said that "anyone who undermines the constitution shall be put to death" but as political analyst Ibrahim Jibreel politely noted "The interesting thing is that Libya has no constitution but he has threatened the death penalty for people who fail to follow the constitution."
Qaddafi on Qaddafi Speaking in third person, Qaddafi seemed to deny the fact that he had any real power in the Libyan government.
Qaddafi has no rule if he's not the president, he's leader of a revolution, he has nothing to lose... We left the regime to the Libyan people. We don't have any authority.
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Sea-Tac Café Is Now Refusing to Serve TSA Agents
By Curtis Cartier, Tue., Feb. 22 2011 @ 12:11PM
UPDATE: The more we check into this story, the more it's starting to sound like bullshit. Read more here.
Being a TSA agent is rough. You spend all day groping angry people's boobs and balls only to get vilified by politicians and in the press on almost every occasion. But at least working at the airport means one is surrounded by a host of restaurants, cafes, and bars where an agent can walk in and get a decent meal and a stiff drink. Wait . . . What's that, blogosphere? There's a Sea-Tac area cafe that's now openly refusing to serve TSA agents? OK, never mind. Being a TSA agent just sucks all around.
The mystery cafe was first reported by consumer-advocacy journalist Christopher Elliott.
An employee of the restaurant, one K.C. McLawson, tells him:
"We have posted signs on our doors basically saying that they aren't allowed to come into our business," she says. "We have the right to refuse service to anyone."
The employee claims that not only does the restaurant refuse to serve agents, they have called police before to have "their kind" forcibly removed from the premises.
My boss flies quite a bit, and he has an amazing ability to remember faces. If he sees a TSA agent come in, we turn our backs and completely ignore them, and tell them to leave.
Their kind aren't welcomed in our establishment.
A large majority of our customers--over 90 percent--agree with our stance and stand by our decision.
We even have the police on our side, and they have helped us escort TSA agents out of our cafe. Until TSA agents start treating us with the respect and dignity that we deserve, then things will change for them in the private sector.
The restaurant is perfectly within its rights to refuse to serve TSA agents. Protected classes in the U.S. and Washington state don't include specific professions, and a private business can refuse to serve almost anyone it wants.
Not that 86'ing the entire profession of TSA agents isn't a dick move--'cause it is.
It'd be more meaningful to ban TSA Administrator John S. Pistole, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, or any of the politicians who make the rules that the working-class agents have to follow.
Of course the restaurant owners are already being hailed as "heroes" by commenters on Elliott's site and elsewhere.
We'll see if the agents return the favor with a little "additional screening" the next time anyone from the restaurant wants to fly somewhere.
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Breaking: Obama to abandon DOMA defense
posted at 12:40 pm on February 23, 2011 by Ed Morrissey
Hey, why not? With the nation focusing on union influence in the public sector and a debate on public spending, what better time to reverse course on gay marriage? Marc Ambinder reported it for National Journal:
President Obama has decided that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional and has asked his Justice Department to stop defending it in court, the administration announced today.
“The President believes that DOMA is unconstitutional. They are no longer going to be defending the cases in the 1st and 2nd circuits,” a person briefed on the decision said.
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