Saturday, February 05, 2011

Sarah Palin Refused A Trademark

     In case you did not know it, Sarah Palin has tried to get both her name and her daughters name ( Bristol ) trademarked by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.  Well, that is not going to happen be cause apparently she forgot to sign the forms which were submitted to the office.


Applications to trademark the names Sarah Palin and Bristol Palin, both for "motivational speaking services," were filed on November 5 by the Palins' longtime family attorney, Thomas Van Flein, but were quickly slapped down by a trademark examiner.

"Registration is refused because the applied-for mark, SARAH PALIN, consists of a name identifying a particular living individual whose consent to register the mark is not of record," the patent agency said in an office action.

"Please note this refusal will be withdrawn if applicant provides written consent from the individual identified in the applied-for mark," the patent office said.

   The forms for the brat, Bristol, will also have to be redone. Her attorney says that the trademarks will be approved when they are submitted in the correct manner.

   What an idiot! Sarah Palin can’t fill out a form and sign it, but she has fantasies of being the President of the United States? Give me a break.

   I think that the idiot believe that having her name trademarked will stop bloggers and such others from using her name in articles that she would not approve of, but that is not going to happen.

Bristol Palin became a fan sensation as a contestant on the popular ABC show "Dancing with the Stars."

An unwed, single mom as a teenager, Bristol Palin has also made a name for herself giving talks about teen pregnancy and abstinence from sex.

    Just what would an unwed mother know about sexual abstinence? Has she become another one of those “ born again “ virgins or something?

   Sarah and Bristol Palin. Go back to Alaska and get lost in the woods on your way back home.

Mubarak’s Secret Police Busy With Journalist

Original Article

Egyptian Secret Police Taking Journalists

by kck     Sat Feb 05, 2011
Neither freedom nor democracy can exist without a functioning press.

An illustration of what the Egyptian uprising is all about.

Two NYT journalists, Souad Mekhennet, Nicholas Kulish, and their driver were stopped at a civilian checkpoint as they were trying to drive into Cairo Thursday. They were detained for 24 hours. Stopped, searched, seized into custody because they were journalists sending pictures and bearing witness, beginning a frightening and uncertain detention.

Please read this whole NYT account.

We had been detained by Egyptian authorities, handed over to the country’s dreaded Mukhabarat, the secret police, and interrogated. They left us all night in a cold room, on hard orange plastic stools, under fluorescent lights.

But our discomfort paled in comparison to the dull whacks and the screams of pain by Egyptian people that broke the stillness of the night. In one instance, between the cries of suffering, an officer said in Arabic, "You are talking to journalists? You are talking badly about your country?"

A voice, also in Arabic, answered: "You are committing a sin. You are committing a sin."

Yesterday news of the first journalist in Cairo killed was published. Ahmed Mohammed Mahmoud, 36, was shot by a sniper as he stood on his balcony photographing Egyptian security forces confronting protesters.

Foreign and Egyptian journalists, photographers, and news staff have been detained, stripped of their equipment, stabbed, beaten, blindfolded and detained. Still, the news reports, video, and phoned in blog posts spread the word. It's as if the uprising is globalized. Courageous journalists enabling and honoring courageous Egyptians and creating a sphere of support and enthusiasm for their demands.     

The free flow of information is the enemy of tyranny.

...we were driven to a military base. The military had been the closest thing Egypt had to a guarantor of stability and we thought once we explained who we were and provided documentation we would be allowed to go to our hotel.

In a strange exchange that only made sense later, Ms. Mekhennet asked a soldier, "Where are you taking us?" The soldier answered: "My heart goes out to you. I’m sorry."

After driving to several more bases we were told we were being handed over to the Mukhabarat at their headquarters in Nasr City...

The Mukhabarat is Egypt's intelligence service run since 1993 by Omar Suleiman, until his reassignment this week.

The Mukhabarat has had a working relationship with American intelligence, including the C.I.A.’s so-called rendition program of prison transfers. During our questioning, a man nearby was being beaten — the sickening sound somewhere between a thud and a thwack. Between his screams someone yelled in Arabic, "You’re a traitor working with foreigners."

Souad Mekhennet is familiar with intelligence agencies and their use of rendition and torture. It was she who broke the story in the NYT about the German citizen, Khaled el-Masri, mistakenly dragged into a nightmare of rendition and torture all because his name was similar to an Al-Qaeda operative. Mr. el-Masri was kidnapped by the United States while on vacation in Yugoslavia, transported to a prison in Afghanistan, and tortured by the CIA. We can only imagine Souad Mekhennet's thoughts and calculations while detained as she saw blindfolded colleagues tied up and pleading for help, hearing the screams and cries of beatings throughout the night. 

What a story. Bone-chilling. Takes my breadth away. The so far relentless demands from the streets for these murderous enemies of free people with armies of thuggish mercenaries to go now. Courageous journalists and witnesses are real and important parts to this uprising. In fact, hopes for democracy anywhere and everywhere depend on a free functioning press. We all owe them our gratitude and support

Middle East: Latest Tweets


Fighting erupts in southern Sudan: Rebellion by former pro-Khartoum fighters against giving up their heavy weapo... 2 minutes ago via twitterfeed

Al Jazeera


8:12pm Thousands more pro-democracy protesters flock to Tahrir Square amid reports of possible army evacuation of the square.

8:07pm Hosni Mubarak must stay in power for the time being, says Frank Wisner, Barack Obama's special envoy for Egypt.

We need to get a national consensus around the pre-conditions for the next step forward. The president must stay in office to steer those changes.

8:01pm Al Arabiya television retracts its earlier report that Hosni Mubarak resigned as head of Egypt's ruling party.

7:33pm Al Jazeera's online producer in Cairo reports, the army is no longer negotiating to remove the protesters out off Tahrir Square, the army is still present around the square. Protesters continue to rally in Tahrir Square under the cold and rainy weather.

6:00pm General Hassan El-Rawani, the head of the army's central command, speaks to the masses in Tahrir Square urging them to leave the square, they chant back at him "We are not leaving, He [Mubarak] is leaving".

GOP: Here’s Reagan’s Real Legacy

   Conservatives all over America will be celebrating Ronald Reagan.s 100th birthday on Sunday, February 6th with many tall tales of how great a president he was and of how he reigned in big government, lowered taxes, and the deficit.

   The problem is that very little of that is true.

   A bit of Reagans fiscal irresponsibility.

The Reagan administration’s hastily prepared fiscal blueprint, however, was no match for the primordial forces — the welfare state and the warfare state — that drive the federal spending machine.

Soon, the neocons were pushing the military budget skyward. And the Republicans on Capitol Hill who were supposed to cut spending exempted from the knife most of the domestic budget — entitlements, farm subsidies, education, water projects. But in the end it was a new cadre of ideological tax-cutters who killed the Republicans’ fiscal religion.             David Stockton


A born-again convert to supply side economics, Ronald Reagan came to office in 1981 promising to simultaneously slash taxes, massively increase defense spending and balance the budget.  Instead, as his budget director David Stockman acknowledged last year, Reagan produced red ink as far as the eye could see:

"[The] debt explosion has resulted not from big spending by the Democrats, but instead the Republican Party's embrace, about three decades ago, of the insidious doctrine that deficits don't matter if they result from tax cuts."

Which is exactly right.  While the Republicans' fiscal rot deepened under George W. Bush, it began with Ronald Reagan. It was the legendary Gipper whose financial recklessness and tax-cutting fetish came to define the modern GOP.


As predicted, Reagan's massive $749 billion supply-side tax cuts in 1981 quickly produced even more massive annual budget deficits. Combined with his rapid increase in defense spending, Reagan delivered not the balanced budgets he promised, but record-settings deficits. Even his OMB alchemist David Stockman could not obscure the disaster with his famous "rosy scenarios."

Forced to raise taxes twice to avert financial catastrophe (a fact conveniently forgotten in the conservative hagiography of Reagan manufactured by the GOP's 2008 ticket of John McCain and Sarah Palin), the Gipper nonetheless presided over a tripling of the American national debt. By the time he left office in 1989, Ronald Reagan more than equaled the entire debt burden produced by the previous 200 years of American history.

For his part, George H.W. Bush hardly stemmed the flow of red ink. And when Bush the Elder broke his "read my lips, no new taxes" pledge to address the cascading budget shortfalls, his own Republican Party turned on him. While Bush's apostasy helped ensure his defeat by Bill Clinton, it was Clinton's 1993 deficit-cutting package (passed without a single GOP vote in either house of Congress) which helped usher in the surpluses and economic expansion of the late 1990's.

Alas, they were to be short-lived. Inheriting a federal budget in the black and CBO forecast for a $5.6 trillion surplus over 10 years, President George W. Bush quickly set about dismantling the progress made under Clinton. Bush's $1.4 trillion tax cut in 2001, followed by a second round in 2003, accounted for half of the yawning budget deficits he produced.  Bush's presidency nearly doubled the national debt   And as the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities concluded last year, the Bush tax cuts if made permanent would contribute more to the U.S. budget deficit over the next decade than the Obama stimulus, the TARP program, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and revenue lost to the recession - combined.



Mubarak Resigns: But Still President

   That is kind of a contradiction, isn’t it?  He has decided to stay on as Egypt’s President, sending a small sign of the reform to come in the country’s government.


The top leadership body of Egypt's ruling party, including President Hosni Mubarak and his son Gamal Mubarak, resigned Saturday in a new gesture apparently aimed at convincing anti-government protesters that the regime is serious about reform, according to state TV.

   I’ll have more info as it becomes available.

Friday, February 04, 2011

Saturday Satire

   Well hell, it has been an interesting week with the things that have been going on over in Egypt, and with Glenn Beck being his usual “ asshole “ self.  

Conan O'Brien :

"While in Egypt, CNN’s Anderson Cooper was attacked and beaten, which raises 2 questions. Is it safe to send our media into these places? And how do we get Glenn Beck over there?"

"Egypt has responded to hundreds of thousands of protesters by shutting down the internet. Listen, if you want people to stay home and do nothing, turn the internet back on."

Jay Leno:

"The big rumor: Sarah Palin said she may run for president. I understand there's an opening in Egypt."

"President Mubarak came out of the presidential palace today and saw his shadow; six more weeks of rock throwing."

"Secretary of state Hillary Clinton said regarding the crises in Egypt that the Obama administration is not advocating or working toward any specific outcome. Same policy they had during the economic crises. Just kind of go along and see what happens."

Jimmy Kimmel:

"Apparently something is going on over in Egypt. Anderson Cooper and his crew got attacked by pro-government forces. He got hit in the head about 10 times, and I think he got kicked in the Mini Cooper too."

"I've been watching a lot of the news footage, and it turns out they don't walk like Egyptians after all. They walk regular like us.

Middle East: Jordan…

   …got a little taste of protest on Friday as a few hundred Jordanians took to the streets in the capital city of Amman to demand political and economic reforms and to also show support for the anti-Mubarak government movement in Egypt.

Protesters from leftist groups and the Muslim Brotherhood marched from the prime minister's office to the Egyptian embassy on Friday, calling for change in their country.

Activists on Friday chanted "Down with the government" as they rallied outside the prime minister's office.

Protesters also expressed their support for Egyptians, calling on Hosni Mubarak, Egypt's president, to step down and accused him of being a CIA agent.

"No to Arab regimes that have ties to the US and the West," they chanted outside the embassy in Cairo, and "no to Arab regimes that serve Israel's interests".

Activists also called prayed for all the Egyptians who had lost their lives during the protests against Mubarak.

Flashback: GOP claimed credit for today's jobs report


by Jed Lewison
Fri Feb 04, 2011 at 10:00:04 AM PST

Remember this?

19 days in, GOP leadership takes credit for job growth

It took less than three weeks for the new Republican Congressional leadership to claim credit for an apparent economic upturn.

Well, in light of today's jobs report, Republicans are doing their best to make you forget.

The drop in the unemployment rate last month wasn't enough, Republicans said Friday in reaction to the latest jobless numbers.

The GOP used the report showing that the unemployment rate had dropped to nine percent as a pretext for calling for new spending cuts, and attack President Obama's stimulus policies.

"Instead of more ‘stimulus’ spending and more debt, as the president proposed in his State of the Union address, we need less spending, more freedom, and more certainty for those in America who create jobs," House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said in a statement.

That's a load of crap. Not only have Republicans have done absolutely nothing to boost job creation since taking control of Congress, the only economic ideas they've proposed are making things worse.

The beginning and end of every Republican discussion about the economy is that we need to immediately reduce spending. Actually, the opposite is true. Since last February, there's been 1.3 million new private sector jobs. However during the same period there's been a loss of 255,000 government jobs at the local, state, and federal levels. (That doesn't include the Census hiring bubble -- since then, there's been a lost of 761,000 government jobs.)

It doesn't take a genius to figure out that cutting government employment in the middle of an economic recovery is a bad idea. If you're trying to put people to work, putting them out of work is idiotic. But that's the Republican agenda, and as long as they get their way, economic recovery is going to take far longer than it should.

Daily Kos Contributing Editor and Editor of Daily Kos TV. Las Vegas resident and former communications director for Sen. Maria Cantwell. @jedlewison on Twitter.

The Egypt Saga… Updated

                    Al Jazeera Live


   Some of the latest tweets form those on the ground at Tahrir Square.

  UPDATE  12:00pm EST

(All times are local in Egypt, GMT+2)

6:53pm Al Jazeera's reporter says that pro-democracy protesters have set up several layers of barricades between themselves and the Mubarak-loyalists.

They are apparently using a code, which involves banging on the metal barricades, when they notice trouble heading their way - others then gather and form a human cordon behind the barricade.

6:32pm Amir Hamzawy, of the Carnegie Middle East Centre, says he met prime minister Ahmed Shafiand and vice president Omar Suleiman. Hamzawy tells Al Jazeera that Mubarak is likely to stay till September as an honory president and based on his conversations with youth, this might be acceptable to protesters.

Stupidity: Glenn Beck Style

  Watch Glenn Beck explain the happenings in the Middle East, and what is going to happen to the region, to his viewers on Fox.

Thursday, February 03, 2011

When Corporations Choose Despots Over Democracy

Posted at Common Dreams

by Amy Goodman

“People holding a sign ‘To: America. From: the Egyptian People. Stop supporting Mubarak. It’s over!” so tweeted my brave colleague, “Democracy Now!” senior producer Sharif Abdel Kouddous, from the streets of Cairo.

More than 2 million people rallied throughout Egypt on Tuesday, most of them crowded into Cairo’s Tahrir Square. Tahrir, which means liberation in Arabic, has become the epicenter of what appears to be a largely spontaneous, leaderless and peaceful revolution in this, the most populous nation in the Middle East. Defying a military curfew, this incredible uprising has been driven by young Egyptians, who compose a majority of the 80 million citizens. Twitter and Facebook, and SMS text messaging on cell phones, have helped this new generation to link up and organize, despite living under a U.S.-supported dictatorship for the past three decades. In response, the Mubarak regime, with the help of U.S. and European corporations, has shut down the Internet and curtailed cellular service, plunging Egypt into digital darkness. Despite the shutdown, as media activist and professor of communications C.W. Anderson told me, “people make revolutions, not technology.”

The demands are chanted through the streets for democracy, for self-determination. Sharif headed to Egypt Friday night, into uncertain terrain. The hated Interior Ministry security forces, the black-shirted police loyal to President Hosni Mubarak, were beating and killing people, arresting journalists, and smashing and confiscating cameras.

On Saturday morning, Sharif went to Tahrir Square. Despite the SMS and Internet blackout, Sharif, a talented journalist and technical whiz, figured out a workaround, and was soon tweeting out of Tahrir: “Amazing scene: three tanks roll by with a crowd of people riding atop each one. Chanting ‘Hosni Mubarak out!’ ”

Egypt has been the second-largest recipient of U.S. foreign aid for decades, after Israel (not counting the funds expended on the wars and occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan). Mubarak’s regime has received roughly $2 billion per year since coming to power, overwhelmingly for the military.

Where has the money gone? Mostly to U.S. corporations. I asked William Hartung of the New America Foundation to explain:

“It’s a form of corporate welfare for companies like Lockheed Martin and General Dynamics, because it goes to Egypt, then it comes back for F-16 aircraft, for M-1 tanks, for aircraft engines, for all kinds of missiles, for guns, for tear-gas canisters [from] a company called Combined Systems International, which actually has its name on the side of the canisters that have been found on the streets there.”

Hartung just published a book, “Prophets of War: Lockheed Martin and the Making of the Military-Industrial Complex.” He went on: “Lockheed Martin has been the leader in deals worth $3.8 billion over that period of the last 10 years; General Dynamics, $2.5 billion for tanks; Boeing, $1.7 billion for missiles, for helicopters; Raytheon for all manner of missiles for the armed forces. So, basically, this is a key element in propping up the regime, but a lot of the money is basically recycled. Taxpayers could just as easily be giving it directly to Lockheed Martin or General Dynamics.”

Likewise, Egypt’s Internet and cell phone “kill switch” was enabled only through collaboration with corporations. U.K.-based Vodafone, a global cellular-phone giant (which owns 45 percent of Verizon Wireless in the U.S.) attempted to justify its actions in a press release: “It has been clear to us that there were no legal or practical options open to Vodafone ... but to comply with the demands of the authorities.”

Narus, a U.S. subsidiary of Boeing Corp., sold Egypt equipment to allow “deep packet inspection,” according to Tim Karr of the media policy group Free Press. Karr said the Narus technology “allows the Egyptian telecommunications companies ... to look at texting via cell phones, and to identify the sort of dissident voices that are out there. ... It also gives them the technology to geographically locate them and track them down.”

Mubarak has pledged not to run for re-election come September. But the people of Egypt demand he leave now. How has he lasted 30 years? Maybe that’s best explained by a warning from a U.S. Army general 50 years ago, President Dwight D. Eisenhower. He said, “We must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex.”

That deadly complex is not only a danger to democracy at home, but when shoring up despots abroad.

                © 2011 Amy Goodman

Amy Goodman is the host of “Democracy Now!,” a daily international TV/radio news hour airing on more than 900 stations in North America. Goodman is the first journalist to receive the Right Livelihood Award, widely known as the 'Alternative Nobel Prize' for "developing an innovative model of truly independent grassroots political journalism that brings to millions of people the alternative voices that are often excluded by the mainstream media." She is the author of “Breaking the Sound Barrier,” recently released in paperback and now a New York Times best-seller.

Egypt: Latest Tweets, and Mubarak Wants To Leave

Mubarak tells ABC News that he no longer wishes to be President, and wishes that he could leave now.

    So what’s stopping you Mr. Mubarak?

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PHOTO: Mubarakâ??s wealth may be safeguarded when he steps down


    Below is a picture taken from Egypt’s state run television, NILE TV, which shows the streets in Tahrir Square as being empty while they are really still full of people.     Al Jazeera Live

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6:22pm We're seeing wire reports of significant anti-Mubarak demonstrations at the Egyptian embassy in Beirut late this afternoon. More than 100 protesters clashed with Lebanese police after trying to break through a security cordon and enter the building. No arrests or injuries were reported, but police were using batons and rifle butts to push away the crowds. Army troops were then brought in to reinforce the police lines. Many of the protesters were holding up portraits of the late Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser.


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1:22 pm Inspired by Egypt and Tunisia, thousands of opponents of Yemen's government and its supporters are demonstrating in the capital and other cities a day after Yemen's president pledged not to seek another term in office.

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8:55 am Egypt's health minister, Ahmed Samih Farid confirms five people were killed in violence in Cairo's Tahrir Square.

Most of the casualties were the result of stone throwing and attacks with metal rods and sticks. At dawn today there were gunshots. The real casualties taken to hospital were 836, of which 86 are still in hospital and there are five dead

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WTF is wrong with Americans?

    That is a very good question as we watch the events that been u n-folding  over in the Middle East.

Original Article

WTF is wrong with Americans?

by wannabe hermit     Wed Feb 02, 2011
All over the world people are standing up to corrupt kleptocracies. In Greece and Iceland, the people took to the streets to resist the looting of the public sphere by banks. The dictator of Tunisia has fallen and Mubarak is on they way down. Americans, however, are as docile and obedient towards our masters as ever.

New York's Democratic Governor is considering laying off 10,000 workers. Califonia is raising college tution by 8% in the fall of 2011. At the same time as the states are eliminating public jobs and services, the Federal government and the Federal Reserve are tranferring trillions of dollars to the biggest and most connected financial institutions.

The Fed is funnelling cash to the banks through zero percent interest rates and the scam that is quantitative easing. Quantitative easing involves the Federal Reserve buying Treasuries, essentially monetizing U.S. sovereign debt. The Fed, however, doesn't actually buy any notes from the Treasury. Instead, it buys them from banks like Goldman Sachs and J.P. Morgan at a mark-up. So, when the Fed monetizes a trillion dollars of debt, the banks get to skim about $20 billion or so off the top. They then get to leverage that $20 billion back into trillion dollars or more.

All of this free money that our government and the Fed are bestowing upon the big banks has to go somewhere. Right now, a lot of it is being used by speculators to drive up the price of commodities. This is why oil is back over $90 a barrel and gold is over $1300 an ounce.

Speculation made possible by the Fed's generosity to the big banks is also the driving force behind skyrocketing food prices. Global grain prices rose 30% in the last half of 2010 despite no change is supply or demand. The rising price of food, along with a lack of decent jobs, has propelled the people of Tunisia and Egypt to revolution.

Americans, however, seem content to just bend over and take it. We have had some modest private sector job growth (mostly shit service jobs and not nearly enough to keep up with population growth) over the last couple of months, and so we seem quite willing to just stand aside as public sector jobs are slashed.

While the Egyptian and Tunisian people got angry in response to their elites engaging in extravagant luxuries while life deteriorated for everyone else, Americans treat the annoucement of record Wall Street bonuses for 2010 as not even newsworthy.

In 2008, the American people, outraged by 8 years of pointless wars, tax breaks and giveaways to the rich, and declines in wages and employment, voted out the ruling party in favor of a candidate who promised change.
Was that the last gasp for the dignity of the American people? Today, all the key foreign and economic policies of the previous administration remain in place, but there are no protests, no challenge to the President from the left.

While the Egyptian people are fighting off hired thugs in the streets of Cairo in order to have a shot at a decent, fair, democratic society, we here in the U.S. are sitting on our asses as America turns into a corrupt, bankrupt, Third-world oligarchy. What the fuck is wrong with us?

Tweets From Egypt: Update 5

 Al Jazeera Live is online once again.

Vodafone says was ordered to send mobile-phone text messages by the Egyptian government, urging people to confront “traitors and criminals” as demonstrators demanded the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak.

Al Jazeera Blog

Times are local in Egypt, GMT+2)

6:16pm One of Al Jazeera's correspondents near Tahrir Square says:

People are hurling petrol bombs down at the crowds below, and you can see small fires breaking out...It's difficult to determine who is who and which supporters belong to which group. We were also hearing a string of gunshots and seeing flares fired into the air - we assume by the military.

6:11pm Egypt's Health Ministry says that 13 people were killed and 1,200 injured in last night's clashes between pro- and anti-government demonstrators.


  • BloggerSeif Refrain from bringing supplies! Arresting ppl for this reason #Jan25 less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®

    ShaimaStreet Banks open Sunday "no matter what the circumstances", military police arresting ppl, journos arrested, media blackout #jan25 #tahrir #egypt less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®
  • Mubarak not A Poor Man…

    …which is no big surprise. Most of the dictators of the world live quite comfortably while the folks that they rule over go broke and starve.

       ABC News has a story online reporting on just how much Mubarak has amassed over his 30 year insult    reign  of the Egyptian people, and it is quite a lot. Some estimates have put the Mubarak family’s net worth at between $40 billion and $70 billion, which is not chump change.

    Experts say the wealth of the Mubarak family was built largely from military contracts during his days as an air force officer. He eventually diversified his investments through his family when he became president in 1981.

      It is noted also that Mubarak made tons of money from looting Egypt’s public resources and from corruption.

        Why else be a dictator if you are not going murder and pillage the country that you are controlling? unfortunately, Mubarak will still have billions of dollars when his sorry ass is finally forced to leave the country.

    Jamal said that Mubarak's assets are most likely in banks outside of Egypt, possibly in the United Kingdom and Switzerland.

    "This is the pattern of other Middle Eastern dictators so their wealth will not be taken during a transition, she said. "These leaders plan on this."

       I would not be shocked to learn that the Mubarak clan has some of that cash in American banks and brokerages.

       In the end it does not really matter as long as Mubarak leaves, either on foot or by stretcher.

    More violence In Egypt

       I’ll let the fine citizens of Egypt fill you in on what has happened in the last hour so.


    rontlineclub RT @lindseyhilsum: Egyptian TV says Israeli spies all over Egypt so now foreign journalists are suspect. Ugly mood. #channel4news #egypt half a minute ago via HootSuite

    ugel RT @hadeelalsh: The reports are saying military is taking journos into "protective custody" #egypt #jan25 half a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®

    Al Jazeera

    1:44 pm The army has cleared the pro-Mubarak crowd off of the overpass overlooking the pro-democracy barricades.

    1:36 pm The Egyptian army has pushed supporters of president Mubarak away from pro-democracy protesters, continuing its drive to separate the opposing camps who have clashed in central Cairo.

    Wednesday, February 02, 2011

    Egypt Protest:Outright Bullshit From Fox News Channel

       Only the propaganda news channel (FOX) could come up with this bullshit. Now we will find out just how stupid their viewers really are.


    Egypt: The Latest Views and Tweets

    Al Jazeera Live Blog

    All times are local in Egypt, GMT+2)

    The Committee to Protect Journalists has accused the Egyptian government of using "blanket censorship, intimidation, and today a series of deliberate attacks on journalists carried out by pro-government mobs" to deprive the world of independent information about the unrest. Reporters Without Borders, meanwhile, has said "infiltrated policemen" joined the assaults.
    (Source: BBC)

      • APIC (APICONG) 4 minutes ago

        A doctor at a clinic near Tahrir Square tells the Reuters news agency that more than 1,500 people have been injured so far in Wednesday's violence - nearly three times the official figure.
        Mr. Mubarak, you believe to be doing what you have to do. But this is a terrible delusion. You are committing suicide, perhaps quite in the physical sense. For the sake of Allah, do wake up to the responsibility conferred upon you by the position you have been holding for 30 years and to the loyalty you owe to this country! Save your own life and the lives of the sons and daughters of Egypt! Let the darkness cover you and leave tonight!


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      • Sending in the embarrassed and armed state police with carte blanche and paying rowdies to bring violence to a peaceful demonstration... there's your US taxpayer dollars at work. Thanks, Obama, for being a predictable corporate stooge. He and other stuffed-shirt EU and US officials blatantly tripping and stumbling over their long-standing hypocrisies, their century's old practice of imperial double-talk, their continued support of useful-to-corporate-profits tyrants, their lip-service to liberty and justice, and their crass support of endless and ineffectual establishment remedies.
        The forces of repression and illegitimate authority understand only force; they will never understand that some of us are not for sale, and that certain principles are non-negotiable for a free people.
        "[The ruling elites] know who their enemies are, and their enemies are the people, the people at home and the people abroad. Their enemies are anybody who wants more social justice, anybody who wants to use the surplus value of society for social needs rather than for individual class greed, that's their enemy."
        (Dr. Michael Parenti)

    EVERYONE listen carefully, starting tweeting, its time to take out the STATE owned TV channel, start tweeting it now, its now time to take Mubaraks Media away.......
    And support this comment to keep it running....

    This was so clearly planned I find it incomprehensible that anyone could think otherwise. The police have been in hiding for days, planning their strategy, hiring thugs as needed, and getting fancy, professional banners printed. The violent outbreaks have been simultaneous and well-coordinated. Anyone can see this as clear as the noon-day sun. Anyone who claims otherwise is a liar with an agenda.

    10:55pm Latest from Al Jazeera Web Producer in Cairo's Tahrir Square:

    The pro-Mubarak crowd suddenly retreated, and the pro-democracy protesters advanced a moveable wall of metal shields to a new front line much further up.

    A side battle erupted down a street behind the pro-Mubarak lines, with rock throwing and molotov cocktails.

    An armored personnel carrier opened fire into the air, shooting red tracers up over Cairo, in an apparent effort to disperse/frighten the pro-Mubarak crowd, who contracted again.

    The pro-democracy protesters are now advancing their line of staggered metal shields farther and farther and seem to have gained decisive momentum.

    glcarlstrom Most pro-Mubarak rioters have pulled back onto an overpass. They're throwing Molotov cocktails down at the anti-gov't crowd. #egypt 3 minutes ago · reply

    evanchill Someone just attempted to drive a bus into the Tahrir protesters, rumbled through for about 50 feet before he was stopped by the sheer mass. 6 minutes ago · reply

                More here



    Biased Media Coverage Of Health Care Court Decisions

       The far-right and those other conservative groups are always harping about how biased the media is towards them when it comes to coverage of issues. The “ liberal media “ is what the call most mainstream organizations. But…

        Original Article

    by Barbara Morrill
    Wed Feb 02, 2011
    Since President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law last March, four federal courts have handed down decisions on its constitutionality, with two finding in favor of the law, and two striking down part or all of it.

    On Tuesday, Steve Benen at the Washington Monthly compared the coverage those four decisions have received in the traditional media, and not surprisingly:

    ... the coverage discrepancy is overwhelming. One of the two pro-reform rulings didn't even make the Washington Post's A section at all. In literally every instance, the Republican-friendly rulings generated more coverage, with better placement, and longer stories than the rulings preferred by Democrats.

    And using Benen's numbers, here's a chart that shows just how glaring that discrepancy is.

    Obviously a case of that liberal media bias we keep hearing about.

    Latest Tweets From Egypt

        It is getting ugly in Cairo and it ain’t going to get better any time soon.

    UPDATE:1:45 PM EST

    ajimran #Egypt. Tahrir. At least 2 dead. Hundreds injured. Ambulances unable to reach sq. Tear gas. Molotov cocktails and sticks, rocks as weapons.

    AJELive AJ web producer: Earlier today. The rioters in the back are standing atop an army tank. Army does nothing. #egypt 3 minutes ago · reply

    nolanjazeera I have taken shelter. SO much anti-jazeera sentiment among mubarak supporters its not safe to be outside. Say a prayer for #cairo tonight 5 minutes ago · reply

    glcarlstrom Earlier this afternoon. The rioters in the back are standing atop an army tank. Army does nothing. 8 minutes ago · reply

    Egyptian President Mubarak Sends In His Thugs

    Earlier, witnesses said the military allowed thousands of pro-Mubarak supporters, armed with sticks and knives, to enter the square. Opposition groups said Mubarak had sent in thugs to suppress anti-government protests.

    One of our correspondents said the army seemed to be standing by and facilitating the clashes. Latest reports suggest that the centre of the square is still in control of the protesters, despite the pro-Mubarak supporters gaining ground.    Al Jazeera

        Funny thing about the timing of the violence that has broken out between the anti-Mubarak protesters and the pro-Mubarak protesters.

    "The events of the last few days require us all as a people and as a leadership to chose between chaos and stability and to set in front of us new circumstances and a new Egyptian reality which our people and armed forces must work with wisely and in the interest of Egypt and its citizens.   Mubarak

        Up until Mubarak gave his speech, there was very little chaos going on. The looting that had been going on was reportedly being done by his own police forces in many instances. The majority of the violence which is now happening did not begin until the pro-Mubarak forces took to the streets and started the continuing violent intimidation of the other protesters. This is a dictator’s only option when being faced with his over-throw.

    America Takes A Break From Stupidity…

    ….and I say that only because the latest cable news network ratings are out and it appears that the biggest ratings loser is FoxNewsChannal, with one of their flagship idiots,Glenn Beck, leading the way.

        TVNewser says that from January,2010 to January,2011 Fox was down –21% in its total viewers and was down –31% in younger viewers.

       While that it good for those of us who know how ignorant and stupid this country has become, Fox still is the #1 network on cable, beating MSNBC and CNN combined.

       Speaking of MSNBC, it was the only news cable network to show growth, beating out CNN for the 7th straight month in January, 2011. This was even though the network sacked its biggest star, Keith Olbermann, whose viewership had rising by 6%.

    Overall, MSNBC was the only cable news channel to grow year-over-year: +23% in Total Viewers and +25% in younger viewers (total day, Mon-Sun).

    Events In Egypt



        It now appears that the Egyptian military has sided with dictator Mubarak as it has issued a call for citizens to end the demonstrations against Mubarak. Now we are even seeing pro-Mubarak demonstrations in Cairo,and the military fears that both sides of the groups may turn violent against each other.

    The declaration was a clear shift in the stand of the army, which gave a tacit endorsement to the movement on Monday by saying it would not use force against protesters, and that they had legitimate demands.

    Representatives of his National Democratic Party immediately began making public statements trying to project the image of the regime as Egypt's sole path back to stability and security after the disruption of normal life caused by eight days of protests, and a wave of looting and arson that gripped the country over the weekend after the government pulled police from the street.

    The army's message to the demonstrators had a more conciliatory tone, appealing to young protesters to stand down "out of love for Egypt."

    "You have started coming out to express your demands and you are the ones capable of returning normal life to Egypt," military spokesman Ismail Etman said in an address on state television. "Your message has arrived, your demands have become known."

    Immediately after his statement, state television ran a scrolling message reading: "The armed forces call on the protesters to go home for the sake of bringing back stability."

    Tuesday, February 01, 2011

    Harry Reid: Cuts To Social Security Off The Table

                      Original Article

    Harry Reid: Social Security "Off The Table"

    by Forrest Brown       Mon Jan 31, 2011
    Reid delivery - photo 1

    Did you ever wonder if your voice is actually heard by political leaders after you sign a petition or share your personal story on issues like Social Security?

    Last week, PCCC members delivered over 50,000 notes directly to Senator Harry Reid -- thanking him for boldly opposing cuts to Social Security. We also read notes from PCCC members like you out loud.

    Click here to watch video from the event -- and join our effective campaign to protect Social Security.

    Reid delivery - photo 2After listening to the powerful stories of PCCC members, Senator Reid took an even stronger stand for Social Security than he did before.

    At our event, Senator Reid said "it's become the official position of the Republican Party to privatize and dismantle Social Security" -- which he called "the most successful social program in the history of the world."

    The Majority Leader then vowed to do everything in his power to keep Social Security "off the table." Reid's words in the PCCC video made news today in the Wall Street Journal, the Atlantic, TPM and Huffington Post. This is big news, as many politicians on both sides of the aisle have refused to take this position.

    Reid delivery - photo 3
    Click here to watch video from the event, including more bold statements from Reid. Then, join our effective campaign to protect Social Security.

    PCCC members Larry Fleisher, Gloria Spottswood, and David Klutts were also eloquent voices at the event. We know their stories and others were heard! You can see them on the video too.

    Tweets After Mubarak’s Speech

    Watch Al Jazeera Live

        The latest Tweets since Mubarak gave his speech earlier.

    glcarlstrom State television airing a Mubarak biopic, now recounting his days in the air force (sort of glossed over that whole 1967/1973 thing). · reply

    AymanM History may be repeating itself. Former tunisian prez Ben Ali gave 3 speeches and said not re-running in elex b4 fleeing #Egypt #jan25 #feb1 8 minutes ago · reply

    AymanM #mubarak announcement that he won't seek re-elex in sept not enough 4 #Egypt protesters who respond w angry chants #jan25 #feb1 11 minutes ago · reply

    glcarlstrom One line that jumped out at me in Mubarak's speech: "I will die on this soil." Translation: "I won't follow in Ben Ali's footsteps." #jan25 16 minutes ago · reply


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    A Remarkable Thing In Egypt Revolution

        President Mubarak has announced that he will not seek another term as the President of Egypt. he still is appearing to stay put. Go to  Al Jazeera Live for reactions to his speech, which just ended.  He sounded just like an American Republican politician, talk a lot but say nothing.

       Update:  Al Jazeera has just reported that the military is trying to find a way for Mubarak to leave while saving face.  He is widely respected by the military as "one of their own" and they do not want him to be seen as being "thrown out".

     This is something that I haven’t thought about.

    by Granny Doc     Tue Feb 01, 2011
    For a week now, I have been puzzling over the various comments, and attempts to gin up hysteria, pervading the media coverage of the popular uprising in Cairo.  There was something askew, leaking through in such small doses, that I could not put into words what was bothering me.  Then, this morning, Chuck Todd said it,  "A peaceful movement without a leader."

    Imagine the horror of that!!

    It is possible for millions of people to gather and without some jacknape with an AK47 threatening them, they can police themselves.

    The BBC and CNN have reported that groups are searching those who want to join the demonstration and, if they find weapons they turn that individual and their guns, over to the military.  If they are not armed, they shake their hands and escort them to the center of the square. 

    People sharing their increasingly limited food stuffs, offering shelter and water, and standing guard over the sleeping protesters.  Singing.  Yelling.  Dancing.

    And all without "official" sanction, "crowd control", or authoritarian strutting.  A world that doesn't NEED "leaders".

    How that must terrify everyone who thinks they are in control of something or other!

    After decades of a popular media producing films of crowds gone wild, women who scream, men who can't control their violent impulses, and the need for a "strong" leader to keep civilization on track, what must it do the subtext of every disaster, political, and religious themed attempt to cow the public into accepting an overlord?

    We don't need no stinkin' badges!

    Meanwhile, Jordan Gets In On The Protest Fever And…

        ….it is being reported that  King Abdullah II has dismissed his  government due to the street protests which started on Tuesday over prices and reforms. They’ve protested in previous weeks but today the people took it up a notch.

    Jordanians had been calling for the resignation of prime minister Samir Rifai who is blamed for a rise in fuel and food prices and slowed political reforms.
    A Jordanian official said the monarch officially accepted the resignation of Rifai, a wealthy politician and former court adviser, and asked Marouf Bakhit to form a new cabinet.  

    "[Bakhit] is a former general and briefly ambassador to Israel who has been prime minister before. He's someone who would be seen as a safe pair of hands," Rosemary Hollis, professor of Middle East policy studies at London's City University, said.      Al Jazeera

        Many of the people of Jordan are getting bolder after having watched the Egyptian citizens take on the establishment there with some pretty good results. Jordanians blame  free market corruption  for the sad state the poor in the country.

       Sort of like what has been going on in the United States with the middle class and the poor.

    Health Care Reform

                          Original Article

    Mitt: No apology for HIS individual health care mandate

    by Jed Lewison Tue Feb 01, 2011
    While all this focus on the constitutionality of the individual health care mandate might be an annoying political distraction for the White House, for Mitt Romney it's an absolute f^$#!ng disaster because now, every time the subject of health care reform comes up, the first thing Mitt has to do is explain why it was okay for him to sign the individual health care mandate into law, but it was really horrible for Barack Obama to do the same thing. Case in point:

    Mitt Romney: No Apology for Individual Health Care Mandate

    On the kick off to his "No Apology" book tour Mitt Romney is on message – refusing to apologize for the Massachusetts health care law that, like President Obama’s federal legislation, requires citizens to buy health insurance.

    “I’m not apologizing for it, I’m indicating that we went in one direction and there are other possible directions. I’d like to see states pursue their own ideas, see which ideas work best,” Romney told me.

    That stand seems to reject the advice of Karl Rove and others who say that Romney can’t get the GOP nomination in 2012 unless he finds a way to distance himself from "Romneycare", but Romney did concede that his Massachusetts plan is imperfect.

    So, basically, Mitt's answer now boils down to this: my individual health care mandate was okay because I was a governor. Barack Obama's wasn't okay because he was president. In other words, it's a state's rights issue.