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We interrupt our somewhat deserved obsession/disdain with the American election to announce problems that may be best required as “is this good news or ‘oh shit’?“:

Turkey has signalled that Farouq al-Sharaa, Bashar al-Assad’s veteran vice-president, could replace the Syrian leader at the head of a transitional administration, amid more firing across the border between the two countries.

“Farouq al-Sharaa is a man of reason and conscience and he has not taken part in the massacres in Syria,” Turkey’s foreign minister, Ahmet Davoutoglu, said in a weekend TV interview.

I suppose, that cannot be good for the Assad government, but about this Sharaa fellow?

Davoutoglu was on shakier ground suggesting that the anti-Assad opposition was “inclined to accept Sharaa” as a future leader – many would see him as too closely associated with the regime.

Syria has now managed to get Turkey actively involved in its civil war…the question is whether that’s a good thing or not?  We’d know what Republican troglodyte Louie Gohmert would think, so at least we can take comfort that he’s always both wrong and absurd.



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 .