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Obama tried to sarcastically respond to them at times, and at other times he speciously considered that Iran deserved more attention, and that the US would make up for the years of estrangement between the two countries, saying that the Iranian regime fits as a partner of the United States in the Middle East.
The appropriation of Jesus as a good Jew can be found in speciously gentle Jewish humor.
This loud choral unison may mark a turning point in the kingdom's splintered history--a country speciously united while tugged between Palestinian, and Bedouin, and other loyalties.
Second, Lord Lindley seems to have speciously derived a right from
In the face of the continued deceit, the psychologists, lawyers and executive branch members who invented, justified, codified, executed and covered up that speciously legalized form of brutality - which defied the Geneva Convention and basic human decency - should be brought to justice.
They were all still clean at three years, which is a speciously high success rate.
The quotation marks around untimely are not meant speciously.
Individuals who wish to drastically understate the current economic situation in Iran, speciously, but quickly, will point out as their positive justification that the currency value and inflation rate are both in comparatively better straits now than a year ago; as if somehow, in their flawed estimation, these two factors are the only benchmarks to meet in order to have a copasetic economy.
Also introduce Mahdavi statistics, Gods, Navix, Toss, Shiraz, Zaria and AL moot by central research and cultivated speciously after doing Anfarm designs in modest regions and cold regions.
In what sounds more like a self-justifying political treatise, the report speciously claims that "more seriously disabled veterans" would "probably" not want the lifelong recognition the monthly payments provide.
Intervening in the incident, one of the police officers was injured speciously and died at the hospital.
The Review has termed CCP a maturing authority, which is still facing the external challenges of operating in a tough environment, but has stuck to its mandate and continues to build a reputation of being taken speciously both within Pakistan and abroad.
And this speciously charming scenery has fallen victim to fire--arson, maybe?
Though these firms speciously tout their designs as "custom," the implants they sell actually are not made-to-order--they're the same off-the-shelf replacements (available in six to 10 standard sizes) that have been used in countless other procedures over the last several decades.
It also importantly reestablishes the work's bold confrontations with darkness as examples of radical critique rather than vestiges of Lu Xun's individualistic pessimism or despair to be explained away as his being influenced by his times or led astray by individualism, as Feng Xuefeng's piece had done, or others like Wang Yao had tried to gloss over by speciously claiming that Lu Xun was actually full of revolutionary optimism.