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BREAKING: Terrorist leader Usama Bin Laden is dead!

Fox News reports:

Usama bin Laden is dead, putting an end to the worldwide manhunt that began nearly a decade ago on Sept. 11, 2001. The architect of the deadliest terror attack on U.S. soil was killed a week ago inside Pakistan by a U.S. bomb.

Statement from former President George W. Bush:

Earlier this evening, President Obama called to inform me that American forces killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of the al Qaeda network that attacked America on September 11, 2001.  I congratulated him and the men and women of our military and intelligence communities who devoted their lives to this mission. They have our everlasting gratitude.  This momentous achievement marks a victory for America, for people who seek peace around the world, and for all those who lost loved ones on September 11, 2001.  The fight against terror goes on, but tonight America has sent an unmistakable message:  No matter how long it takes, justice will be done.

Tonight is a great night. God bless American and our troops!

I will end this post with some Toby Keith:

The “Star Spangled Banner” being sung at Ground Zero in New York City:

*UPDATE* – May 2, 2011 – 11:55 PM.

The intelligence ultimately leading to Bin Laden’s death came from the enhanced interrogation of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and Abu Faraj al-Libi:

Officials say CIA interrogators in secret overseas prisons developed the first strands of information that ultimately led to the killing of Osama bin Laden.

Current and former U.S. officials say that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, provided the nom de guerre of one of bin Laden’s most trusted aides. The CIA got similar information from Mohammed’s successor, Abu Faraj al-Libi. Both were subjected to harsh interrogation tactics inside CIA prisons in Poland and Romania.

The news is sure to reignite debate over whether the now-closed interrogation and detention program was successful. Former president George W. Bush authorized the CIA to use the harshest interrogation tactics in U.S. history. President Barack Obama closed the prison system.

While President Obama showed a lot of courage for making the call to invade Bin Laden’s compound, it was ultimately President Bush’s policies (that Obama and the Left previously despised) that put this great accomplishment into motion.

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Wonder what you would find if you frisked MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski during her interview with Harvard’s Niall Ferguson?

Answer: She gets schooled.

Mediaiate reports:

Niall Ferguson, Harvard professor and Newsweek columnist, rained on the Morning Joe parade this morning by arguing President Obama blew it in Egypt and has now left the country in a fragile state potentially susceptible to domination by the Muslim Brotherhood. Prior to hearing Ferguson, Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough thought Obama did pretty well with the situation, however Ferguson passionately attempted to convince them otherwise.

Wow… This was excellent. Props to Niall Ferguson.

If you want to read Niall Ferguson’s Newsweek article that was discussed in the video clip above, you can find it here.

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BREAKING NEWS: Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has stepped down.

Fox News reports:

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has stepped down and handed control of the country to the military, Vice President Omar Suleiman said Friday in an address on state television.

The announcement touched off a wave of jubilation throughout Cairo’s Tehrir Square, where tens of thousands of anti-government protesters had gathered demanding Mubarak’s ouster hours after he failed to do so in an address on Thursday.

“In these difficult circumstances that the country is passing through, President Hosni Mubarak has decided to leave the position of the presidency,” Suleiman said. He has commissioned the armed forces council to direct the issues of the state.”

Mubarak had sought to cling to power, handing some of his authorities to Suleiman while keeping his title. But an explosion of protests Friday rejecting the move appeared to have pushed the military into forcing him out completely. Hundreds of thousands marched throughout the day in cities across the country as soldiers stood by, besieging his palace in Cairo and Alexandria and the state TV building.

Here is a great video clip from Fox Insider — the reaction in Tahrir Square at the moment of the announcement:

The Egyptian military is now in charge. While everything seems great right now, as The Heritage Foundation points out, the country of Egypt has a long way to go:

The Egyptian military faces many challenges: restoring order, cracking down on violence, ensuring that the economy does not collapse, and guiding a political process that will allow time and space for the voices of the Egyptian people to be heard. Egypt’s most pressing need is economic reforms that will improve the livelihoods of its citizens and create a platform that will allow civil society to flourish. If either the Muslim Brotherhood or the country’s “old guard” is permitted to hijack the revolution, the needs and aspirations of the people will never be satisfied, and the country could lapse into an authoritarian state even less desirable than that of the Mubarak regime.

Are you wondering how President Obama heard about President Mubarak stepping down? He heard the news the same way everyone else did… Through television:

Caught up in stunning news like the rest of the world, President Barack Obama was in an Oval Office meeting Friday when he learned of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s resignation. He watched the celebration on television and prepared to make an afternoon statement.

President Obama is scheduled to speak about Mubarak’s resignation at 1:30 PM ET.

Exit Question: Will he take all the credit? Probably not, because his loyal followers are already doing it for him.

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Wonder what you would find if you frisked the anti-war movement these days?

Answer: The attendance at anti-war rallies have decreased significantly.

Has America’s overall foreign policy changed at all? Mmm, not so much. So what else has changed since President Bush left office? Reason.TV explains:

Even as President Obama maintains close to 50,000 troops in Iraq and continues to escalate and expand the war in Afghanistan, the antiwar movement in America continues to shrink (PDF).

So, what happened?

Reason.tv visited two antiwar protests—one left-leaningone libertarian—in an attempt to answer that question. Author and historian Thaddeus Russell and Reason Senior Editor Brian Doherty also weigh in.

War, it seems, is a bipartisan venture, which is reflected by the fact that Democrats have a favorable view of Obama’s foreign policy, despite its remarkable similarity to George W. Bush’s foreign policy. And though there have been rumblings of antiwar sentiment from some on the RightRepublicans remain strongly in favor of an interventionist foreign policy.

Although public sentiment is turning against the war in Afghanistan, the always-shifting withdrawal deadlines and the unwillingness to touch defense spending mean that this bipartisan war is likely to continue far into the future.

It is obvious that Democrats (especially young ones) just wanted go out and yell at something, because of their hatred for the previous administration. Now that they have one of their own in the White House, they seem to be struggling with a little case of amnesia. For the sake of our national defense, it is good thing that a majority of Democrats have jumped on the bandwagon that the Republicans have been steering for almost a decade now.

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Wonder what you would find if you frisked the so-called Princeton Committee for Palestine?

Answer: They are mad that the school-run stores sell Sabra hummus.

Why are they so worked up over hummus? Well, the hummus is owned by a business that supports the Israeli military.

Greg Gutfeld – from Big Hollywood – reports:

So in case you missed it, the big news in 2010 was in Princeton, NJ where students voted on expanding the schools hummus offerings.

Yes, hummus.

A group, called the Princeton Committee for Palestine, want the school-run stores to sell more than one brand of the chick pea concoction. They claim that the one offered, Sabra, is owned by a business that supports the Israeli military.

And, I think we can all agree: since Jews are bad, a Jewish military is really bad!

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Yes, I apologize for scarring your retinas, but it must be done. You need to be reminded how foolish students can be – but also, how entertaining their foolishness is, provided you aren’t close enough to smell their unshaven pits.

So, the gist: in these students misguided brains, hummus is worse than… Hamas.

I only hope that the idiocy they flaunt in that clip is more than matched by the sheer embarrassment of their parents.

Note: If these shameless creatures are your offspring, please stop paying their tuition, and force them to fend for themselves. My guess is any hummus will start looking tasty, for it will be all these hopeless sacks of self-congratulating cretins can afford.

Welcome to Liberal University La-La Land. Do I really have to elaborate more on this group of students’ extreme idiocy?

This video is just another example of why I really dislike dirty hippies.

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Wonder what you would find if you frisked White House press secretary Robert Gibbs’ interview on Fox & Friends?

Answer: We got ourselves a question dodger.

I must say, epic question dodging! This is what the American people love about politics. 🙄 When you combined President Obama and then-Senator Obama’s stance on the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, you get one giant mess. Why? Because there’s way too many contradictions between the two and unfortunately for Robert Gibbs, he has to defend one of Obama’s biggest flip-flops.

After watching the interview above, we all know what’s going on here. Robert Gibbs’ “non-answer” is his answer. This current administration has blamed their predecessor so much that they can’t even give credit when credit is due.  George W. Bush is clearly responsible for the surge and success in Iraq, but Obama finally decided to jump on the bandwagon and continue the support of the surge, which was made apparent when chose to repeat it in Afghanistan.

Props to Gretchen Carlson for not allowing Gibbs to squeak by.

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Wonder what you would find if you frisked the North Korean World Cup soccer team?

Answer: The coach and players might have been tortured.

Interesting… I thought about this happening immediately following their embarrassing performance in this year’s FIFA World Cup.

Daily Mail reports:

Fifa has launched an investigation into allegations that the North Korean World Cup coach and players were punished by the government after they lost all three of their games in the tournament in South Africa.

Last month, Radio Free Asia said that the Korean squad, apart from two foreign-based players, were subjected to ‘harsh ideological criticism’ after their team conceded the most goals of all 32 at the tournament.

Their coach Kim Jong-hun was also publicly humiliated and sentenced to hard labour for their performance.

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Asian Football Confederation President Mohamed Bin Hamman, who recently travelled to the secretive communist nation, said he was hopeful the investigation would prove conclusive.

‘There was an unconfirmed report that these players have gone through torture or something like that, but I can’t confirm that.

‘I haven’t seen anything with my eyes or heard anything with my ears. Maybe this Fifa investigation can clear the air.’

Got to love communism, right? Let’s hope these allegations aren’t true, but it is North Korea after all…

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