Turkey's Erdogan Goes Full-Dictator: Designates Journalists And Teachers As "Terrorists"; Arrests Lawyers

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“It is not only the person who pulls the trigger, but those who made that possible who should be defined as terrorists, regardless of their title,” Turkish President Tayyip Recep Erdogan said on Monday, in an attempt to convince parliament to include journalists, politicians, academics, and activists under the country’s anti-extremism laws.

Erdogan’s comments came a day after the latest in a string of suicide bombings ripped through Ankara, killing 34 and wounding more than 100 in Kizilay. Since then, Turkey has arrested nearly 50 people with “suspected ties” to the PKK against which Erdogan is waging a highly personal crusade.

Apparently, the President doesn’t think parliament is moving fast enough on his “request” to expand the definition of “terrorist” because in a speech on Wednesday, he effectively instructed lawmakers to get moving before also urging parliament to deal with “the issue of immunities.”

Erdogan desperately wants to prosecute HDP members who he says are guilty of “inciting terrorism.” “We must swiftly finalize the issue of immunities,” he said. “Parliament must take steps on this issue swiftly,” he added, as if the first statement was in some way unclear.

(Erdogan gets it, why don't you?)

But frankly, we’re not even sure why he bothers parliament with these things. Erdogan is going to do whatever Erdogan wants to do. We're talking about a man who arrested two of the country's preeminent journalists and had the nerve to charge them with "deliberately aiding a terrorist organization" when what they were in fact doing was exposing Erdogan for... wait for it... deliberately aiding a terrorist organization.

And if that's not absurd enough for you, there are countless other examples including an incident which saw a medical doctor put on trial for posting a picture of the President next to a picture of a fictional creature from a Tolkein novel on social media. 

Turks are in fact so scared of their "leader" that just last month, a Turkish truck driver literally sued his own wife for cursing at Erdogan when he spoke on television. "I warned her," the man later said.

True to form, Erdogan didn't wait on parliament to expand the definition of "terrorist" before he went ahead and arrested three academics for "terrorist propaganda" after they made the mistake of publicly asking the government to stop the siege on Cizre and other cities in the predominantly Kurdish southeast.

"More than 2,000 academics signed a petition in January criticizing military action in the southeast, including round-the-clock curfews aimed at rooting out PKK militants who have barricaded themselves in residential areas in southeastern cities," Reuters notes. "The petition outraged President Erdogan, who said the academics would pay a price for their 'treachery'".

A few days ago, a group of lawyers made the mistake of holding a press conference to defend the academics who signed the aforementioned petition. On Tuesday, Erdogan arrested the lawyers too.

Finally, when a British citizen who teaches at Bilgi University showed up at the courthouse to support the lawyers, he was also arrested. His crime, in his own words: "I am accused because I had several invitations to Kurdish new year (celebrations on March 21) published by the HDP - the third-largest party in the Turkish parliament - in my bag."

So there you go. Lessons learned all around we suppose.

Better still, the President says he plans to start campaigning in April for his long-planned push to expand the powers of the presidency (because clearly he's not powerful enough). Erdogan will look to rewrite the constitution (literally) in order that it might, in Bloomberg's words, "feature a strengthened presidency while retaining a key role for the parliament."

Yes, "a key role for parliament," where the third largest party is about to have their immunity stripped away so that Erdogan can prosecute the whole lot of them for being terrorists.

Erdogan, Bloomberg goes on to write, "has devoted much energy to expanding the executive role of what’s traditionally been a largely ceremonial post, arguing that strong leadership will help extend a record of economic growth [but] only holds 317 seats in the 550-member parliament, short of the 330 votes needed to take a new charter to a public vote." 

Trust us. He'll get it to a referendum. Votes or no votes. And then he'll rig the referendum.

Clearly, Nihat Ali Ozcan at the Economic Policy Research Foundation in Ankara (who spoke to Bloomberg) doesn't get it: “The PKK is engaged in a direct confrontation with Erdogan with the aim of preventing him from turning his office into an executive presidency. However, Erdogan may benefit from a growing nationalist backlash in his campaign for a presidential system, as long as he maintains his crackdown on the PKK.”

Gee, do you think so? 

That's been the entire gambit since last June's elections. Erdogan lost ground to the pro-Kurdish HDP and so, he used the war on ISIS as an excuse to deliberately restart the conflict with the PKK in order to convince the public that it needs his protection lest the entire country should descend into chaos. Three months and a whole lot of lost lives later, AKP performed better in a November redo election that Erdogan - gun to his head - was "forced" to call when the coalition building process was sabotaged fell apart in August.

We have no doubt that Erdogan will succeed one way or another in his bid to rewrite the constitution. Even if it kills him. Or wait. No. Even if it kills you.

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Thu, 03/17/2016 - 02:05 | 7325276 Lost in translation
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Sounds like Erdogan needs a 9 mm double-tap to the melon.

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 02:18 | 7325284 Latina Lover
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But, but, but.... Erdogan's Turkey is a member of NATO and he is our key ally,with Saudi Arabia, to fight the war on Terror against ISIS /sarc off.


The USSA arms Turkey and Saudi Arabia, two of worst human rights abusers, while demanding  President Assad  of Syria  step down for abusing the human rights of Syrians. No wonder most of the world considers USSA foreign policy to be the epitome of hypocrisy.

Time to rid ourselves of the Necon Clown show.  Make Amerika, America.

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 02:35 | 7325308 joego1
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You are right, Erdo needs a Triple double tap.


I want a Tee Shirt "Make Amerika America!"

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 02:49 | 7325332 CuttingEdge
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A bullet in the head is a waste of an entertainment opportunity with that venal cunt.

Hung draw and quarter him already.


Thu, 03/17/2016 - 03:32 | 7325357 Manthong
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The term  “despot”  might be a more apropos description.

..and where the hell are all the Kurd snipers, anyway?

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 05:15 | 7325447 Dutti
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This is how Erdogan deals with own Kurdish population:



This upstanding former general of the Greek special forces  had the backbone to make unpopular, politically incorrect statements in the EU parliament:


Of course these quotes from former Ottoman scholars are a bit over the top in today’s world, but there is a ring of truth to those statements.

I have spent several months in Turkey in 2011/2012 and met many modern and genuinely friendly Turks who still hold the founder of modern Turkey, the great “Mustafa Kemal  Atatürk” in the highest regard. Unfortunately the trend in this country moves from secular to more religious again under the “democratically elected” fascist psychopath Erdogan who is persecuting the Kurds in the “Turkish tradition” from a hundred years ago. Clueless Angela Merkel and most of the EU Leadership regard Erdogan as an “indispensable partner” – This is a travesty and a traitorous attitude towards the European population.

The Armenian genocide and persecutions of Christian and Jewish minorities in Turkey are well known. I highly recommend watching the excellent movie by top movie director Elia Kazan from 1963, “America, America”:


It shows the history of oppression, Greeks and Armenians faced in the land of their ancestors by Turks and also shows the classic immigration story into the US from about a century ago.


Thu, 03/17/2016 - 05:16 | 7325452 HowdyDoody
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He may be a bastard, but at least he is our bastard.

The US does not appear to have made any attempt to get Erdogan to tone it down, therefore his actions suit the US' purpose.


Thu, 03/17/2016 - 06:09 | 7325493 philipat
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For the US, with friends and close allies such as Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Ukraine, UAE etc., who needs enemies? (I alsost tped enemas, which, thinking about it, is perhaps more appropriate?). How far the US has drifted from the high moral ground, presently occupied by Putin.

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 06:38 | 7325521 VinceFostersGhost
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Time to burn all books...

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 07:50 | 7325622 HectorCamachoTrump
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Ze Nazis only burnt jew books and porn.

After the jews declared war on Germany.

The state department and FBi doesn't need to send idiots to post nonsense anti Hitler propaganda here.

They have kosher nostra ass kissers like you.

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 07:51 | 7325625 weburke
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another muslim country gone monarchy.

clintons act like they are monarchs.

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 08:02 | 7325651 new game
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its like merica in his foot steps. two words til revolution, gun control

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 08:50 | 7325805 Stuck on Zero
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When speaking the truth and logic becomes sedition you are in deep doo doo. Welcome to America.

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 06:33 | 7325510 BobEore
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"who still hold the founder of modern Turkey, the great “Mustafa Kemal  Atatürk” in the highest regard."

One of the conundrums about the current situation is that there really are no good guys, much less 'great ones.' It was Ataturk who rolled out the oppression -might be putting it mildly, that - which sent millions of Armenians to a terrible death, and Greeks out of their country of birth. The British, in the negotiations which took place in the aftermath of WW1, had already agreed to the establishment of both Kurdish and Armenian homelands - in fulfillment of longstanding promises made to both. But the Young Turks - primarily Donme from Salonika and Symrna had other ideas. Their fanatasy of pan-Turkic nationalism won the day, and ironically it was Kurds who ended up doing most of the butcher work on the Armenians - at Ataturk's encouragement.

The present regime is actually a rollback to the C16th and the time of Selim 1's campaigns against the Qizilbashi - who happened to be Turkomen that were unwilling to show the correct attitude of obedience to the will of the Sultan. Now it's the Kurds who get to play that role, and it will be the Alevis soon enough who get to play the role of "heretics" whom the new gazis[holy warriors] of the neo-Ottoman sultanate will turn their attentions towards in this tragic re-enactment of ancient feuds - and feudalism. It's a subject with so many bizarre twists and turns, there is no end of unravelling to be done to try and half way understand what is going on here. I've given it a shot here recently.

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 07:22 | 7325571 Dutti
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"It was Ataturk who rolled out the oppression -might be putting it mildly, that - which sent millions of Armenians to a terrible death, and Greeks out of their country of birth."

I don't know where you got your info, but it seems completely wrong. During the Armenian Genocide, Ataturk was not only NOT in power, but also nowhere near where these atrocoties occured. Please check:



Thu, 03/17/2016 - 09:29 | 7325898 BobEore
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I don't know where you got your info, but it seems completely wrong.

I can help you with that. The following - extracted from Thomas Bois' THE KURDS give the most succinct representation of the affair. It is a work of considerable more scholarship and first hand knowledge than that of your link. I assume you do understand the nature of "Wikipedia." Bois book was written before history became 'malleable' to electronic tampering. Sort of like 'elections' used to be.

"on August 10th 1920 between the Allies and the Turks, founded
an independent Armenia and a Kurdistan (Section III, art. 62-64).

If such a decision was received with enthusiasm by the Kurds,
it provoked an equally strong opposition and wave of protest
from the French Radical pro-Turks of the Comite Dupleix.

Mustafa Kemal, on his side, revolted against the treaty, and his
victorious army, which had just thrown the Greeks into the sea,
left him free to consider Sevres a mere scrap of paper. A new
agreement, the Treaty of Lausanne (June 24th 1928), in fact
rendered it null and void. Europe thus betrayed the Armenians
and the Kurds and "once more abandoned Armenia to its
executioners" in the words of Le Fur, a professor of international

May I also assume you to know the identity of "Mustafa Kemal?"

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 20:54 | 7329145 Dutti
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Again,your sources are not credible. It seems to me that someone is just trying to smear Ataturk.

I trust wikipedia a lot more than some individual, whose info, agenda and motivations are not known to me.

Here is the wikipedia link to the "Armenian Genocide":


It contains the following passage:

During the Republican period, several Turkish politicians expressed their discontent with the deportations and subsequent massacres. Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the first President and founder of the Republic of Turkey, consistently used the term "shameful act" (Turkish: fazahat) when referring to the massacres.[145][165][166][167] In a 1 August 1926 issue of the Los Angeles Examiner, Ataturk also said that the Young Turk Party was responsible for "... millions of our Christian subjects who were ruthlessly driven en masse from their homes and massacred".

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 05:22 | 7325456 French Bloke
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Assad is a fucking saint compared to this guy who started the war with Syria with O'Banana's backing. There is a whole raft of megolomaniacs that need clearing out, without whom we may stand a chance at peace.

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 02:43 | 7325318 BaghdadBob
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USSA CIA Spokesman yesterday - "Yes, certainly, no doubt, Erdogan is an unhinged genocidal fascist dictator. But, that said, he's our unhinged genocidal fascist dictator".

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 03:36 | 7325362 Zero Point
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If you want your brutal dictator, you can keep your brutal dictator.

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 12:43 | 7327018 Kirk2NCC1701
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In spite of all his many flaws, you must admit that he got the "Let's kill the lawyers" part right.

Some lawyer jokes...

The other day it was so cold in NYC, that lawyers were seen with hands in their own pockets.

A few from "Better Call Saul", S2E5:

   Q: What's the difference between a vaccum cleaner and a motorcycle?  A: the vaccum cleaner has the Dirtbag on the inside.

   Q: What do you get when you cross the Godfather with a lawyer?  A: an Offer you can't understand.

   Q: What do they bury lawyers under 20 feet (6m) of dirt?  A: because 'deep down', they're really good people.

   Q: What do you call a lawyer with an IQ of 60?  A: Your Honor.

   Q: What's the difference between a tick and a lawyer?  A: the tick falls off when you die.

   Q: What do lawyers and sperm have in common?  A: They both have a 1 in 3,000,000 of becoming a human being.

   Q: What do you have when you got 25 attorneys, buried up to their chins in concrete?  A: not enough concrete?

Bad-a-bing, bad-a-boom.  Here all week.  Try the salad bar.

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 05:37 | 7325465 OldPhart
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"The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers."  Shakespeare, Henry VI, part 2.

I'm fuckin' all for it as it would eliminate 99.9% of our war criminal government.  As to our prostitute press...I'd happily double tap each and everyone on the level of state coverage and higher.  Absolutely useless (except for the state propagandists).

However, I know we have to wait until it all goes to shit to be able to take any advantage of the situation.

Erdogan may be on to something here...tyranny; because this time it's different. Kill the lawyers, kill the press, and kill anyone else that questions his actions.  Now THAT's effective leadership! /sarc (if it wasn't obvious already)

This is the quality of NATO BFF's we have.  It's fucking pathetic.

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 02:08 | 7325279 Syrin
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If he made the same accusation here in the US, he would be right

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 05:42 | 7325467 Arnold
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MBA s , the low hanging fruit for practice.

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 02:13 | 7325286 Sandmann
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Merkel approves of Erdolf. This is The Way and the reason Turkey must join the EU, to bring back the Fuehrer.....

Er ist wieder da !!!


Thu, 03/17/2016 - 02:15 | 7325290 joego1
Thu, 03/17/2016 - 05:43 | 7325468 OldPhart
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Barack Soetoro would so Man-Thursday Erds he wouldn't be able to walk for a week!

He'd go back to the Moose with Cosby pudding lips.

His queef would melt the Resolution Desk and imprint the oval orifice carpet.

Obama, the ultimate goobermint cock sucker.

Oddly, the only one who's not an obvious cock sucker is Hillary, when there was a job to do she outsourced it.

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 07:44 | 7325605 HectorCamachoTrump
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Lmao dats rayciss

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 02:22 | 7325298 trulz4lulz
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How very democratic of him! I enjoy turkey so much, i put it on all my sandwiches. Turkey is the number 1 forever and ever. Maybe number 2 after Amerika but a close number 1 or 2 for turkey!!! I love democracy!!! 

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 02:23 | 7325299 83_vf_1100_c
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  Time for a Turkish military coup d'état. Also time for the USA to bounce Turkey and SA from NATO or just pull out of it ourselves. Maybe the Orange One will do that for us next year. Trump needs to open big, ditching the UN would be cool. 

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 05:05 | 7325443 DeathMerchant
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Ditching the UN would be the epitome of cool. It's been a fantasy of mine for a long time. I didn't realize that the US doesn't even own the land that the UN Headquarters buidlings are on. The US wastes far too much money on that globalist shit hole. The UN really does need to go. Send it to Europe.

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 07:30 | 7325583 Arnold
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Send it to Belgium.

Dry bulk rates are low. Freight Collect.

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 12:20 | 7326846 Kirk2NCC1701
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Not gonna happen as long as Erdo greases the skids of his Mil brass.

They, in turn will make sure that only boot-lickers get promoted to Major and Colonel level.  Which means that they'll get their asses handed to them in a real war with a real army that knows WTF it's doing.

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 02:27 | 7325304 Lord_wotton
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At what point do his criminal actions make his country sideways with NATO? Putin rapidly withdraws half his forces from Syria this week. Angela remains defiant to her rising opposition. Scotland having rumblings of independence again. Trump opponents going ape shit. China moving to be Currency King.

Someone solve the big riddle for me.

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 02:33 | 7325306 theliberalliberal
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Answer: 42

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 05:45 | 7325471 OldPhart
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The answer to life, the universe and everything.

Thanks for all the fish.

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 02:35 | 7325307 trulz4lulz
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Sideways from NATO?! The fuck you on? They have promoted, protected and encouraged this behaviour for some time from many different NATO allies. Turkeys Erdogan is just following examples set by his peers is all. For democracy and stuff.

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 02:37 | 7325310 joego1
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Erdo would look really good with one of those Turkish cone hats behind him on his head. I think that one would fit up his ass too, might need some bacon grease though.

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 02:40 | 7325313 BadKiTTy
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Is it me or are Erdo's moves straight out of Hitlers playbook?

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 02:58 | 7325341 Wile-E-Coyote
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Yesssssssm, isn't Erdo a fanboy of old Adolf?

But you just know the uniforms will be really shit, too much gold braid and tassels. 

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 03:37 | 7325372 Zero Point
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Yeah, no-one's ever pulled off the cool evil empire look that the Nazis did. They had the best tailors in WW2.

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 04:39 | 7325422 radiobomb
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actually,their uniforms were designed by Hugo Boss. So was the olympic torch.

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 05:48 | 7325475 walküre
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C.Dior and Coco Chanel were their favorites in Paris

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 02:44 | 7325321 BubbaJones
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He sounds like Pol Pot rewinded when he had all the "educated" who could see through his lies and bullsh*t rounded up and murdered.  

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 02:48 | 7325330 trader1
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Tylers - are we missing a big story in Brazil?  riot worthy?

Protests erupted in several Brazilian cities on Wednesday after President Dilma Rousseff named her predecessor Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva chief of staff and a taped conversation fed opposition claims the move was meant to shield Lula from prosecution.

In the capital Brasilia, riot police fired pepper spray at more than 5,000 demonstrators who filled the streets outside the presidential palace and Congress building. They waved banners calling for the leftist leader's resignation and Lula's arrest.

Thousands more demonstrators packed the main Avenue Paulista in Sao Paulo, Brazil's financial hub, which was the center of national protests on Sunday that drew more than 1 million people onto the streets in a call for Rousseff's departure.

With Brazil's economy mired in its worst recession in a generation, popular anger at Rousseff is mounting as an investigation into bribes and political kickbacks at state oil company Petrobras (PETR4.SA) taints her inner circle.


"I am here for the future of my children, grandchildren and great grandchildren," said Vera Carneiro, 75, draped in a yellow-and-green Brazilian flag outside the presidency. "Dilma has to go. She and Lula both. Enough is enough."



Thu, 03/17/2016 - 04:37 | 7325420 radiobomb
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Yup Trader1, OT, but good call.

1milllion people in the streets should get some international attention !

Wait 'till they cancel pensions in the 2020's (as announced on previous ZH articles), then TSHTF for real.

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 05:51 | 7325477 LA_Goldbug
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Just like in Greece where the Super Profitable Olymics were held, Brazil (in the name of the People) blew a huge wad of borrowed money to hold the Football World Cup. Now comes the pain and reality. Of course the rich of Brasil could careless living fenced in and under guard.

Well so did Louis XIV of France when they come for him.


Thu, 03/17/2016 - 08:01 | 7325647 Ranting Troglodyte
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I believe you mean Louis XVI....the 14th was king for 72 years.  The 16th was around during the Revolution.

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 09:56 | 7326036 LA_Goldbug
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Yes, you are correct !!!  :-)

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