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This Scared the Shit Outta Me

Never – EVER – underestimate the power of nature.

I saw this video on Al Jazeera English.  It is not only mesmerizing, it renders speechlessness.  And what’s even CRAZIER.  Into the video about 45 seconds or so, there’s traffic on a street just beyond the sea wall!



Karma and Fucknuts

An urgent tweet came from a fellow politico geek: “I need some help with adjectives to describe this human being.”

I figured it had something to do with the utterly amazing protest in Madison, Wisconsin today. Some neocon fucknut going off about the ‘average’ teacher making $89,000 a year, only working 6.5 hours a day, 9 months of the year….blah, blah, blah.

Nope it was this. 

Seriously? Pearl Harbor? No mention of the internment of Japanese-Americans in camps during said conflict referenced above or the nuclear annihilation of a large number of the populations of Nagasaki and Hiroshima in effort to end said conflict, WWII.

Karma for this asshole tapping out such a blatant racist statement has gotta have some karma judge waiting, somewhere, around some corner.


Breaking news ‘Egypt is free! Egypt is free!’

UPDATE:   Here’s a link to the Al Jazeera English page with the video from Omar Sulieman on the resignation of Hosni Mubarak. (Scroll down a bit)

“It’s absolutely insane!”   Al Jazeera English correspondent in Tahrir Square.   You gotta watch Al Jazeera English.

I have to say – I am fucking impressed they got it done without a slaughter which I was so fearful would happen.

One story via ABC News.   Now the Egyptian people can decide what and when to do it.

The Revolution Continues in Egypt

Egyptian Army Statement on “our great people”

As per Reuters:

CAIRO Jan 31 (Reuters) – The army said on Monday it would not use force against Egyptians staging protests demanding President Hosni Mubarak step down, a statement said.

It said “freedom of expressionwas guaranteed to all citizens using peaceful means.

It was the first such explicit confirmation by the army that it would not fire at demonstrators who have taken to the streets of Egypt since last week to try to force Mubarak to quit.

“The presence of the army in the streets is for your sake and to ensure your safety and wellbeing.  The armed forces will not resort to use of force against our great people,” the army statement said.

“Your armed forces, who are aware of the legitimacy of your demands and are keen to assume their responsibility in protecting the nation and the citizens, affirms that freedom of expression through peaceful means is guaranteed to everybody.”

It urged people not resort to acts of sabotage that violate security and destroy public and private property.   It warned that it would not allow outlaws and to loot, attack and “terrorise citizens”.

(Writing by Samia Nakhoul, Editing by Alison Williams)

About that Military Aid

This morning while watching  ‘This Week’ with Christiane Amanpour – who is in Cairo, by the way – she reported jets flying overhead, and in fact you could hear them.  They were quite loud, widely circling the part of Cairo near Tafrir Square  not far from the Nile River.  At one point the camera did focus on the jets circling.  These same jets had already come up via Twitter.  By then Al-Jazeera English (AJE) was up and running on my computer and the video below is a bit of what I saw live on AJE.   The Nation magazine has Sharif Kouddous in Cairo, live blogging reports.

A helicopter hovered overhead and two military fighter jets made repeated flybys, coming in at a lower altitude each time until the noise became deafening. Whatever the intended message, the crowd was not intimidated. They cheered, held up victory signs and waved in defiance. After emerging victorious in Friday’s battle with the interior ministry’s forces, there is little that can quell the enthusiasm of the Egyptian people or their full-throated call for change.

Two things: 1) The intimidation factor undoubtedly directed towards the demonstrators and protesters by an autocratic government.  2) Nothing illustrates more the influence of the United States than those goddamned jets.  They are made for Egypt.  Again – that military aid comes up.

Lockheed Martin Corp is building 20 new advanced F-16C/D fighter aircraft for Egypt. The final Egyptian F-16 under contract is to be delivered in 2013, joining the 240 Egypt already has purchased, according to Lockheed Martin, the Pentagon’s biggest supplier by sales.

Egypt was the first Arab country to buy F-16s, widely viewed as a symbol of political and security ties with the United States.

Made in the USA!

Oh yeah – here we go.   According to a couple of reports I’ve read and newscasts I’ve heard the amount of foreign aid to Egypt – specifically for military/security purposes – is given at $1.3 billion in 2010.   Billion – billion…..not measly millions.

The photo above is part of an amazing photographic slide show of the Egyptian protests against the government of Hosni Mubarak.   Several of the photos are terribly graphic and may be disturbing.  It’s a truly sharp picture of the reality happening in Egypt currently.