Egypt is Exploding

Won’t get too much work done this morning.  There aer two live feeds to follow.  The better of the two in my opinion, Al-Jazeera English.

Al-Jazeera, English and CNN International.

Some amazing, amazing video coming from Al-Jazeera English office in downtown Cairo earlier.  It’s dark now.  It’s currently 7:50 pm or so in Egypt.

Since most of my Twitter feeds are either political or social justice oriented, Twitter is burning up.

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Rage Day in Egypt

It’s not abating any that I can see.  Twitter has erupted. Here’s some pics from Suez .

The Egyptian interior ministry issued a warning of “decisive measures“to be undertaken with protests tomorrow, the 28th.  It’s already Friday in Egypt – morning, I believe.

‘Crazy Uncle Joe’ Biden has weighed in on Mubarek; he’s not a dictator.  Watched this tonight and damned near threw the cat across the room.  And I like Joe Biden.  It doesn’t mean he’s correct – he isn’t.

In an exclusive interview with the NewsHour, Vice President Joe Biden told Jim Lehrer Thursday afternoon that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, the target of anti-government demonstrations in Cairo, is someone he knows “fairly well” and does not consider to be a dictator. But the “time has come for President Mubarak to begin to move in the direction of being more responsive to some of the needs of the people out there.”

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Labrador

Last Sunday Raul Labrador appeared as one of five panel members on NBC’s ‘Meet the Press.’   Three on the panel were Democrats: Reps Cleaver (D-MO), Grijalva (D-AZ), and Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL); the remaining two from the GOP, Reps Trent Franks(R-AZ) and Mr. Labrador (R-ID).  David Gregory billed them as ‘five of Rep. Giffords colleagues’ with the topic of conversation being the “vitriolic rhetoric” (using the words of Sheriff Dupnik in Tucson) and its contribution to violent behavior aimed at lawmakers.

“When you look at unbalanced people, how they respond to the vitriol that comes out of certain mouths about tearing down the government, the anger, the hatred, the bigotry that goes on in this county is getting to be outrageous. Unfortunately, Arizona, I think, has become sort of the capital,” Dupnik, a Democrat, continued.

Being a freshmen member of the House, I really doubted Mr. Labrador had yet met Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, and as he pointed out he was the only one of the panel “who doesn’t know Rep. Giffords.”  Somewhat confused  I couldn’t quite grasp the point of his even being on the panel.  Then it struck me – his ‘tea party’ backing. And finally the conversation rolled around to just that. Continue reading

Is This Denial or Stupidity?

During ‘morning rounds’ I happened upon this from Crooks & Liars.   It’s an interview of Christopher Barron of GOProud by Cenk Uygur.*   Apparently two groups have bowed out of the CPAC (Conservative political action community) annual meeting due to GOProud’s presence at the upcoming conference.  Those two organizations: Concerned Women for America and the Family Research Council (bully pulpits of Phyllis Schlafly & Tony Perkins, respectively) – surprise! surprise!  -and here, Cenk gets down to brass tacks.

“All right, Chris. First, let me get it out-of-the-way. Why on God`s green earth are you even a Republican?”

Truly.

Here’s the response from Mr. Barron:

And I`m a conservative because while I was born gay, I wasn`t born to believe that government has all of the answers. In fact, I`ve seen throughout my life that, in fact, government is often the problem, because I believe in free markets, because I believe in a strong military defense, because I believe in the power of the individual. That`s why I`m a conservative Republican.

That’s fine – totally understandable.  It’s all about him.  He doesn’t get the connection between us but how it relates to his needs and his pleasure or fulfillment.   As Cenk asks, where was he in the past when the Republican Party was (and still is, I might add) campaigning against ‘the likes’ of Mr. Barron.

BARRON: Well, first off, we`ve only been around for two years. So every year that we`ve been in existence we`ve participated in CPAC. Continue reading

The Hilarity of Absurdity

Please note this asshole’s occupation.

And as was handily pointed out, once again – the motto of the ReTHUGS:

“As long as I have mine – FUCK YOU!”

According to an account from a Capitol Hill staffer in Politico, newly elected Maryland congressman Andy Harris — who ran on an anti-health care reform platform — wanted to know why it was taking so long for him to get his government-subsidized health care.

He demanded to know during freshman orientation why his government health care wouldn’t kick in for a month, according to the account. It starts in February, a month after he’s sworn in, something he says is unusual and, according to one of his staffers, inefficient.

Really?

The ONLY place I ‘worked’ where health care kicked in immediately was the military.

Most of my adult life has been working for medicos – hospital or clinics – and there, the only exception was with the radiology group in Ohio; it was 2 weeks.   Otherwise it ranged from 30 to 91 days – covering the 90-day probationary period.

Are NONE of these people connected to reality?

 

Because I Have a Memory

I Remember which party believes the problem is that the wealthy don’t have enough money & freedom to pollute our air & water.

I Remember which party has worked tirelessly to destroy Social Security, Medicare, Public Education, & Civil Rights…..

…. I Remember which party was in power during every major banking crisis since 1900.

I Remember which party cannot hear the screams of the people, but hears the whispers of Big Business.

I Remember which party wants to take our country back.

I Remember which party wants to take our country forward.

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Playing the Media For the Fools They Are

Jason Linkins has a terrific column at Huffington Post on that so-called pastor in Gainesville, Florida.  You know the one.  The one Mr. Linkins refers to as “the leader of a microscopic cult of idiots” who at the time were all fired up to burn the Koran on the 9th anniversary of 9/11.   One of many press conferences were conducted in which “a rapt media which decided that his moronic plans were the single most important thing going on in America.”   This leader of the “microscopic cult” – Terry Jones – had called the presser to announce the calling of the book burning fun-fest because “he had successfully reached a deal with the people behind the Park51 community center in Lower Manhattan, in which they would move their facility away from the site of the World Trade Center.”

Of course – it was a lie.  Just as was much of what  came out of Jones’ mouth – lies – and, therein, lies the problem. Continue reading