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SEMI-NEWS/SEMI-SATIRE: August 9, 2015 Edition

Russian Calls for War Crimes Inquiry into Atom Bombs Dropped by US

Russian legislator Sergei Naryshkin called for an international military tribunal to open an investigation of the United States' bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, calling the bombings "a crime against humanity." While most historians agree that the bombings resulted in fewer Japanese casualties than would have been the case had the country been invaded, Naryshkin contended that "the use of unconventional weapons had unforeseen and irreparable consequences on both Japan and Russia."

"Instead of being permitted to sacrifice their lives in suicidal attacks on invading US and Soviet troops, the Japanese people were forced to endure the humiliation of surrender," Naryshkin said. "The comforts of martyrdom and oblivion were replaced by the degradation of foreign occupation by American imperialists."

"On top of this, the Soviet Union was denied its share of the spoils of war," Naryshkin added. "No army suffered more casualties during World War II than the Soviet Army. Yet, these gallant troops were blocked from taking the same benefits of rape and pillage they justly enjoyed over the Germans. Similarly, Japan's hasty capitulation deprived the Soviet government of its own zone-of-occupation within Japan. This allowed the United States to hog it all for themselves and shut out the progressive influences that Soviet occupation bestowed on East Germany and other eastern and central European states."

Retiring Comedy Central TV host Jon Stewart hailed Naryshkin's initiative as a vindication of his assertion that former President Harry Truman "was a war criminal for authorizing those bombings" and expressed a hope that "the United States will ultimately redeem itself for that atrocity by paying reparations to Japan."

Trump Sure Debate Helped His Candidacy

Donald Trump, the current front runner for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, hit back at debate moderator Megyn Kelly's implication that his insulting remarks about women might cost him votes.

"I'm just saying what everybody else is thinking," Trump insisted. "Anyone who has eyes has got to agree that a distressingly large portion of women in our grossly overweight nation are fat slobs. Rather than keep quiet about this disgusting blight like so many other so-called opinion leaders, I have the courage to speak up. I don't think voters will punish me for that. And only a bimbo like Kelly would try to make viewers believe otherwise."

Trump was equally confident that his admission that he makes donations to movers and shakers in both political parties won't be held against him. "Who knows better how to battle against the corrupt system of influence peddling than a person who has participated in it?" he asked. "For one, putting one of the major influence purchasers inside the government will, by itself, reduce the incidence of this sort of bribery. As president, I wouldn't have to contribute to Clinton, or McConnell, or Boehner and hope they'd look out for my interests. I could look out for them myself from a position of impregnable strength. That's why everyday Americans are supporting my candidacy."

Trump also assailed the post-debate analysis where he took offense at Frank Luntz's focus group report indicating that participants expressed negative reactions to the candidate's performance. "Let's not forget that Fox News' 'record-breaking' audience for this debate was only 16% of those watching TV at that time," Trump pointed out. "Eighty-four percent—the vast majority—didn't even see it. Luntz is a low class slob for concealing that salient fact."

In related news, recently recovered emails from Lois Lerner, the chief IRS persecutor of right-leaning groups, revealed a pattern of derogatory name-calling where she referred to conservatives as "crazies" and "assholes." While Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee attributed these types of characterizations to possible political bias, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore) argued that "these seem like accurate assessments of the opponents of progressive policies to me."

Kerry Bewails Schumer Opposition to Iran Deal

Secretary of State John Kerry bewailed Sen. Charles Schumer's (D-NY) announcement of his opposition to the Iran deal as "profoundly misguided."

"I understand that Senator Schumer needs Jewish votes," Kerry observed. "What he doesn't understand is that his Jewish constituents are not the Jews Iran intends to wipe off the map. Iran has made it clear to me that it is targeting Zionists in Israel for extermination. Jews who are willing to leave Israel and Jews who live in New York are not their targets."

Kerry admitted that he "didn't totally disregard the possibility that some of the funds granted to Iran as part of the deal could be used to fund attacks on targets in America," but argued that "these attacks would likely be aimed at Americans, in general," and that "Jews would not be inordinately exposed to risks not faced by other non-Jewish inhabitants of our country."

The Secretary also insisted that war was the only alternative to accepting the deal. "GOP members of Congress like to assert that there are other measures short of war that might be taken," Kerry said. "But President Obama—the only person who is in a position to take action—says there is no other alternative. People should know better than to doubt this man. If he decides we go to war, we go to war. He will not wait on Congress to authorize the use of force. He didn't wait on Congress before deciding to take out Libya's Khadaffy. He's aggressively used drones to eliminate this country's enemies. So, if he says it's this deal or war, Congress had best take him at his word."

Obama Denounces Murder and Organ Harvesting

In the midst of a series of covertly obtained and publicly released videos of Planned Parenthood's murder of human babies and sale of their organs, President Obama has come out strongly against the practice of killing albinos and selling their organs in Africa, telling a group of African leaders "this cruel tradition has got to stop."

Meanwhile, the "cruel tradition" practiced by Planned Parenthood still escapes notice at the White House. Press Secretary Josh Earnest has explained that "the President refuses to watch the defamatory videos being peddled by the Center for Medical Progress" and "saw no contradiction between his stance on what is going on in Africa compared to what is going on in this country."

"In Africa, the tissues being harvested from albino cadavers are used in superstitious rituals," Earnest explained. "The tissues being harvested from infant cadavers at Planned Parenthood are being used for scientific research. Perhaps if we were less squeamish about this more parts could have been extracted and more research undertaken. Maybe Christopher Reeve could've been saved or Michael J. Fox's Parkinsons' symptoms eased if more fetal cadavers at more advanced stages had been available for organ harvesting."

"Unfortunately, restrictions on third-trimester and partial-birth abortions have reduced the quantity of viable organs that have been available for post mortem extraction," Earnest lamented. "Suppressing the supply of fetal tissue, as so many state legislatures have done by restricting the window of opportunity during which fetuses may be aborted, thwarts science's efforts to convert the wretched refuse of unwanted lives into medical therapies that could be used to save the lives of more worthy persons."

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev) rallied to President Obama's side on this issue contending that "efforts to punish Planned Parenthood by cutting federal funding show that the GOP has lost its moral compass. They're putting the interests of unwanted potential people ahead of the interests of real people—our wives, our sisters, our daughters, our granddaughters—people who will vote to determine who will and won't retain their seats in government. The only saving grace is that these Republicans will be the instrument of their own political demise."

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif) also waded into the controversy and called efforts to defund Planned Parenthood "a vicious attack on women's health. The GOP would like to pose as a champion of the defenseless fetuses. At best, only half of these fetuses could have become women. But all of those getting abortions are women. Cutting funding to Planned Parenthood would force their customers to seek other places to perform their abortions—places whose commitment to progressive values may not be as clear and firm as Planned Parenthood's."

In related news, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) vowed that he would not allow efforts to revoke or reduce Planned Parenthood's federal subsidies to imperil the operation of the government. "Tragic as the loss of hundreds of thousands of innocent lives at the hands of this depraved organization may be, we must not permit our emotions to overrule our heads," he declared. "Tens of millions depend on government for their subsistence—both welfare recipients and federal employees. And a long list of corporations depend on government contracts to meet their payrolls and pay their investors. The greater good of this greater number has to take priority over the interests of the smaller number of potential persons terminated and dissected by Planned Parenthood."

Crimes Committed by Illegals "an Acceptable Cost" Says Congressman

Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill) told Spanish channel Telemundo that "we shouldn't overreact to a little thing like the murder of Kate Steinle" by a criminal illegal alien. Gutierrez advised that "we need to keep things in proper perspective. The thousands of crimes committed by the those who enter this country without permission should be weighed against the benefits to the tens of millions who don't commit crimes."

"Why should the much larger number of poor and oppressed people seeking refuge in the United States be deported and denied the food, housing, education, and medical care they so desperately need just because some of those who accompanied them in their journey turn out to be rapists and murderers?" the Congressman asked. "Are there not also rapists and murderers among those born in this country? We don't use this as an argument against allowing the native born to receive government benefits, why should we use it against allowing the foreign born to receive government benefits?"

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