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  • Department of Justice Uncovers Alleged Iranian Terrorist Plot

    Okay, so, two terrorists backed by the Iranian government and a DEA agent posing as a member of Mexican drug cartel walk into a bar.

    The bartender takes one look and says, what is is this, some sort of recently foiled insane terrorist plot to assassinate a Saudi Arabian diplomat on U.S. soil?

    Attorney General Eric Holder said two Iranians have been charged with conspiracy to murder a foreign official and conspiracy to commit an act of international terrorism, among other charges. One of the suspects, an Iranian with U.S. citizenship, was arrested in New York last month; the other, an Iranian, remains at large…

    The suspects were identified as Manssor Arbabsiar, a 56-year-old from Austin, and Gholam Shakuri, an Iran-based member of Iran’s Quds Force, an elite division of that country’s Revolutionary Guard Corps responsible for foreign operations…

    Officials described the details of the plot involving the ambassador as chilling, and alleged that Arbabsiar met with a DEA informant – who was posing as a representative of a Mexican drug cartel — to arrange his killing.

    I'm sure ACORN or William Ayers has got to be mixed up in this somehow. Can't wait to find out how.

    Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images News/Getty Images

    Tags: Drugs, Eric Holder, Iran, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Terrorism
  • U.S. + Saudi Arabia = Luv 4-Eva

    In this time of upheaval and revolution in Yemen, Libya, Egypt, Bahrain, and all those other farflung sandy places, it's easy to forget about our #1 BFF in the Middle East (besides the 51st state, Israel): Saudi Arabia!

    Sure, nearly all the September 11th hijackers were Saudis, and Osama bin Laden was a naughty Saudi trustafarian, and Saudi Arabia THROWS WOMEN IN JAIL FOR DRIVING CARS, but who cares? Saudi Arabia sells us lots of oil, which is made of the blood of dinosaurs and also children.

    The New York Times has a lovely piece on just how Saudi Arabia is currently keeping its oppressed citizenry in check

    King Abdullah paid an extra two months’ salary to government employees and spent $70 billion alone for 500,000 units of low-income housing. As a reward to the religious establishment, he allocated about $200 million to their organizations, including the religious police. Clerics opposed to democratic changes crowed that they had won a great victory over liberal intellectuals.

    "They don't care about the security of the country, all they care about is the mingling of genders — they want girls to drive cars, they want to go the beaches to see girls in bathing suits!" roared Mohamed al-Areefy, a popular young cleric, in a recent Friday sermon.

    Let's all get down on our knees and pray to our American God (the dollar bill) in order to give thanks that we continue to collaborate with this nation of cousin-marrying psychopaths. Hooray for capitalism!

    Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

    Tags: Abdullah bin Abdel Aziz, Islam, Men and Women, Middle East, Religion, Saudi Arabia, Terrorism
  • The Daily Show on the Latest in Municipal Land Disputes

    We all remember where we were and what we were doing on that fateful day. It still seems like just yesterday, and yet in some ways it seems like a million years ago. It was just so jarring and unexpected, the kind of thing that happened in other places, but never here. I'm talking of course about the closing of the Manhattan Burlington Coat Factory, something we all pledged to never forget. And now, as anyone probably could have expected, there are disagreements over what to do with the building where the tragedy took place.

    Coverage continues after the jump.

    The Daily Show airs Monday through Thursday at 11pm / 10c.

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    Tags: 9/11, Fox, Islam, Jon Stewart, New York City, Newt Gingrich, Religion, Saudi Arabia, The Daily Show, Video, Wyatt Cenac
  • Hillary Clinton and Audience Share Laughter Over Very Idea of Sarah Palin Presidency

    This is the part of the movie where it smash-cuts to "Three Years Later" and we see U.S. bomber jets flying over New York City, dropping load after load of Bibles while the President sits in her Oval Office laughing hysterically.

    I don't like that movie. Turn it off!

    Tags: Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin, Saudi Arabia
  • "Biggest Dick" Denied Job as Diplomat

    And that's when you read this thing

    Despite having served for years as a distinguished Pakistani diplomat, Akbar Zeb reportedly cannot receive accreditation as Pakistan's ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    The reason, apparently, has nothing to do with his credentials, and everything to do with his name — which, in Arabic, translates to "biggest dick"

    Looks like the current ambassador, Monstrous Vagina, will have to remain in place for at least a little while longer. (Which is a shame because, diplomatically speaking, he really kind of stinks.)

    This guy shouldn't feel too bad, though. These diplomacy jobs are so political. In the end, they have very little to do with genuine merit and so much more to do with who has the akbar zeb.

    Tags: Pakistan, Saudi Arabia