Why not? His approval rating is at 29% (According to "Faux News") so there's nothing to loose, and everyone in the country is addicted to the presidential race so noone will even notice.

Today is the first day that the US strike killing 8 in Syria *SUNDAY* has made it to the front page of any major news source, at least that I have seen, and that was only for a few hours on Google News. So if you haven't heard the US went several miles into Syrian territory to the Abu Kamal border community, and had a firefight with a group on the ground with a couple of helicopters, then took the body of the one they were after. The target was Badran Turki al-Mazidih or "Abu Ghadiyah", a top al-Qaida in Iraq figure who operated a network of smuggling fighters in and out of the country. Now Al Jazeera reports that 4 of the dead were children.

Wait it gets better. Washington has yet to even formally acknowledge the raid. Even better, Syria has threatened to pull their troops off the border and basically screw any form of border security if the US doesn't formally apologize and knock it off.

So yesterday hundreds of riot police set a perimiter around the US Embassy in
Damascus just before a crowd of tens of thousands headed to a central square for a 2 hour peaceful protest of the attacks. Now the preemptive riot police and the fact that in a counrty where you are arrested for protesting I can only assume that this was goverment-orchistrated. None the less the fact that is was peacefull still gives me hope that Bush hasn't started another fight that he can't finish.
A new view, a new language.
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I have recently decided that I wanted to learn Arabic. I love learning and I speak Francais tres mal already, so I wanted to learn another. When looking at all the languages I could learn, I thought about why I would want to take the time to learn them.

I started with Spanish and that's the most reasonable option according to my life experiences. Many people around me speak Spanish and I have a hard time speaking to those Spanish speakers who do not speak English but I get by... barely. Also Spanish in my field Spanish is a smart choice because there are alot of people I need to either question, help or get a statement from that I need a translator to get the whole story.

Then I looked at Italian. I thought that would just be a fun language to learn. It's very beautiful and there's alot of history in the Italian language. It would also be a great advantage whenever I go to Europe to speak the languages in two of the major places I want to visit.

Chinese was another language that I thought would be fun to know. I picked up a few quick phrases to test the waters and thought that it was a beautiful language. I quickly decided that I would need to take a class rather than try on my own because I could very easily call some one's mother a horse just by the inflection in my voice.

I also looked into Arabic. Arabic has always fascinated me. I loved hearing it in the hookah lounges and at the local Middle Eastern shops I would visit. I know a couple phrases already and thought that it may be fun to learn.

The more I looked into Arabic the more I wanted to learn it. Arabic is the 5th most commonly spoken language and is the official language of over 20 countries and there are well over 300 million native speakers of the language. These speakers are largely concentrated in the Middle East, but there are minority groups of native speakers throughout the world. It is also an official language of the United Nations. I found this great free site, Madinah Arabic, that has lessons set up in both reading and speaking. I am currently still learning the alphabet but I am very encouraged by how easy this site makes it to learn on my own terms.
The mother and brother of Chicago's Englewood native Jennifer were found dead at 3pm today in what appears to be a domestic dispute. J. Hud's nephew 7 year old Julian King was abducted as well during the incident at 71st and Yale on the city's south side.

Police have suspect William Balfour in custody, as well as several others but say that Julian is still missing. An AMBER AlERT was issued for a 1994 white Chevrolet Suburban with license plate #X584859. They might also be in a teal or green Chrysler Concord with a temporary license plate, a left front headlight hanging out and scratches on the left side of the vehicle, police said.

According to state records Balfour was paroled in 2006 after convictions for attempted murder, vehicular hijacking and receiving stolen property. Sounds a little to familiar. This douche bag extraordinaire claims to not know the location of the child or of the events that occurred.

Murders happen all to often in this city and it's saddening thing. But what bothers me is when the victims are truly innocent, not "He was planning to turn around and was a talented musician" or "He was a good kid but did some bad things," but a truly innocent person. Or when it involves a young child. These are things that don't need to happen and this scumbag should be quartered.