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Remember to say bromides about “protecting our freedoms” appropriately — in, uh, Afghanistan.

KABUL, Afghanistan, May 27 (UPI) — Improvised explosive device blasts in southern Afghanistan killed eight U.S. troops in one of the worst such attacks on record, military officials said.

And…

A NATO airstrike targeting insurgents inadvertently hit two civilian homes in the volatile southwestern Helmand province, killing 12 children and two women, an Afghan government official said Sunday…

He said NATO hit two civilian houses, killing five girls, seven boys and two women.

And about those “freedoms”:

US President Barack Obama approved the four-year extension of the Patriot Act on Thursday, May 26, 2011, while on his Europe tour.

Why fight to protect “freedom” — no matter whether the place is irrelevant or outdated — when you are so willing to sign them away?

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Attaturk

In 1949, I decided to wrestle professionally, starting my career in Texas. In my debut, I defeated Abe Kashey, with former World Heavyweight boxing Champion Jack Dempsey as the referee. In 1950, I captured the NWA Junior Heavyweight title. In 1953, I won the Chicago version of the NWA United States Championship. I became one of the most well-known stars in wrestling during the golden age of television, thanks to my exposure on the Dumont Network, where I wowed audiences with my technical prowess. I was rumored to be one of the highest paid wrestlers during the 1950s, reportedly earning a hundred thousand dollars a year. My specialty was "the Sleeper Hold" and the founding of modern, secular, Turkey.

Oops, sorry, that's the biography of Verne Gagne with a touch of Mustafa Kemal.

I'm just an average moron who in reality is a practicing civil rights and employment attorney in fly-over country .

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