together we thrive!

From his 2004 speech at the Democratic Convention through last month’s tragedy in Tucson, President Obama’s message has been to unite all Americans, Democrats and Republicans alike. But Americans don’t seem to have gotten that message: the country has never been more divided during a president’s first two years in office.

According to the latest Gallup poll, an average of 81 percent of Democrats and 13 percent of Republicans approved of the job the president is doing, a 68-point gap. That spread is up three points from last year when President Obama set a record for partisan divide among first year presidents

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oh, well there’s that

Are “first period parties” really a market large enough to be worth the effort?  I had no idea.

Regretsy via David Thompson

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finally

Deborah E. Lipstadt, a respected Holocaust scholar, was quoted in the Jewish Funds for Justice (JFSJ) letter slamming Glenn Beck for use of Holocaust imagery. She tells Right Turn the quote was used in the ad without her approval.

At the Forward, a decidedly liberal publication, she explains: “In recent weeks the debate about branding one’s political opponents ‘Nazis’ has become quite heated. Most of the attention has focused on Fox News’s star performer, Glenn Beck, who has made it a practice to compare his opponents to Nazis.” She brands Fox’s record as “atrocious,” but then she notes that Jewish Funds for Justice “has taken the lead in mounting an anti-Beck/Ailes/Fox campaign over this issue. An avowedly progressive group, JFSJ has been taking aim at Beck for some time over his attacks on the concept of ‘social justice.’” She continues:

I don’t disagree with the thrust of JFSJ’s ad. That said, I do worry that it is a distortion to focus solely on the conservative end of the political spectrum.
During his term in office, President George W. Bush was frequently compared to Hitler. A 2006 New York Times ad from a group called the World Can’t Wait, signed by a number of prominent leftists (as well as five Democratic members of Congress), cited a litany of complaints about the Bush administration’s policies and concluded: “People look at all this and think of Hitler—and rightly so.” British playwright and Nobel Prize winner Harold Pinter, who signed onto the ad, went to so far as to call the Bush administration “more dangerous than Nazi Germany.” (Emphasis added.)

Similarly, references to Israelis as “Nazis” and claims that Israel is committing genocide abound in left-wing discourse. Because of their ubiquity, we have almost become inured to the horror of such comparisons.

One need not minimize the danger of Beck’s rhetoric in order to wonder why JFSJ—which has significant credibility among progressives—has not mounted an equally passionate critique of misbegotten analogies on the left. Is this about principle, or is it about politics? Is this about anti-Semitism, or about Rupert Murdoch? (Of course, there are also some conservatives who have no trouble spotting anti-Semitic innuendo except when it is appearing on Fox.)

I e-mailed her last night to inquire, in light of all that, why her quote appeared in the ad, in essence giving an endorsement to JFSJ’s letter. She responded by e-mail:

I was NOT asked for permission to use my quotes. The quotes were taken from an interview I gave to NPR [David Folkenflik] that was on [NPR’s] All Things Considered. I was livid at not having been, at the very least, given a heads up. I happened to be at Shabbat dinner with a member of the JFSJ Board and expressed my anger.

I spoke to Professor Lipstadt by phone this morning. She explained that JFSJ had contacted her about Beck and sent her some clips. When the ad appeared she complained to JFSJ and received a profuse written apology by e-mail.

In her view, Beck’s behavior is “despicable.” She explains that in political discourse “It is entirely unacceptable to simply call someone a Nazi. It’s wrong.” She says that Beck’s assertion that JFSJ’s president Simon Greer’s use of the term “common good” is the sort of thing that lead to the Holocaust is historically false and “so distasteful.” She says she doesn’t think Beck is anti-Semitic, and “I know he’s not pro-Nazi.” What he is doing, she says, is “playing this” as a way of getting attention and ratings.

And then she adds, “I think the same could be said of JFSJ.” She says she opposes inappropriate use of Holocaust imagery “when it is on the left and when it is on the right.” Why? Indiscriminate and inappropriate use of Holocaust language and imagery “scratches away” at the unique horror and sacred memory of the Holocaust.

I would suggest that selective outrage about the Holocaust is equally objectionable in that it converts the Holocaust from an historic event of immense suffering and meaning into a tool for partisan battle. The rabbis, unlike Beck, are uniquely responsible for educating the public and their congregants about the legacy of the Holocaust. They have done damage to themselves, the rabbinate and that legacy by joining in the political food fight. Shame on them....

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Teh Iron

it’s a lifesaver

On Friday, amid the chaos of looting, mass protests and burning buildings, with police in full riot gear standing ready and tear gas hanging in the air, Donna Boyd arrived at Cairo’s airport.

...Boyd, 55, was on a mission. With a girlfriend from Seattle, she planned to meet up in Cairo with members of Code Pink, a U.S.-based peace group, and then travel to Gaza to support Palestinian rights.

..."We really wanted to get into the situation and find out what was going on,” Boyd said. So they hopped into another taxi and headed toward the square.

“We were going into the epicenter of where the burning was going on,” Boyd said.

...The next day, Boyd learned that the trip to Gaza was off—the Egyptian government had canceled the travel permits—so they went to see the pyramids. They were closed, but they enjoyed a camel ride.

...On their way back, the taxi passed throngs of men on the streets.

“They were all out on the streets with weapons,” she said. “They had clubs and swords and pipes. We didn’t know what was going on. We ended up at Tahrir Square because they took a wrong turn.”

They bailed out of the taxi and fled across the river to their hotel. They decided to leave on Sunday.

...[at the airport] The 8:40 a.m. British Airways flight they had hoped to catch was delayed until 3:30 p.m.  ..."My anxiety was getting out of control,” Boyd said.

...They found a group of other Westerners and stayed with them. Turned out they were a group of Shell Oil employees who had chartered a flight out of Egypt.

In the end, the two women left Cairo on that flight to Amsterdam.

“We were treated like royalty,” Boyd said.

Shell put the two women up in a hotel in the Netherlands, where they plan to stay until Wednesday when they have a flight home.

[visual warning at linky - NSFW. no. rly.]
Code Pink

Maetenloch

see also Rodgie for the best update evah!  bwaaahhahhahaaa

Claire, Ideologically Stubborn Heatist Ruralite Claire, Ideologically Stubborn Heatist Ruralite
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“Day of Departure”

?!??!?

Srsly—if this Egyptian Uprising is a “movement without leaders,” whoinhell is choosing and propagating all these catchy names for the days?

I sense an unseen hand [an un-sprung trap] but I don’t see it.

Just Me™?

Claire, Ideologically Stubborn Heatist Ruralite Claire, Ideologically Stubborn Heatist Ruralite
02/04 at 07:04 AM •
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Egyptian Humor?

...

See: Weasel Zippers

Claire, Ideologically Stubborn Heatist Ruralite Claire, Ideologically Stubborn Heatist Ruralite
02/04 at 06:09 AM •
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life sucks and then you live on to suffer some more
---some liberal

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from our girl-taking-pics-of-herself-in-the-mirror series

statuesque
I think that’s the look she was goin’ for.

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Because Michaelangelo was the second thing I thought of,
and I couldn’t pass up the obvious similarities for a cheap PhotoShop joke.
Well, that, plus I think she’s cuter’n the dickens, even if she probably can kick my @ss.

Consider this an open thread.

DougM (constitutional fetishist) DougM (constitutional fetishist)
02/03 at 09:22 PM •
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Semper Fi devil dog

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...When a sniper’s bullet struck Pfc. Colton Rusk, the first to reach his body was his best friend Eli _ a bomb-sniffing, black Labrador so loyal he snapped at other Marines who rushed to his fallen handler.

“Eli bit one of them,” said Rusk’s father, Darrell, recalling the story told to him by other Marines.

After Rusk died Dec. 6, his parents decided they wanted to adopt his dog. They picked Eli up Thursday at Lackland Air Force to take him back to their home in rural South Texas. It was only the second time that a U.S. military dog has been adopted by the family of a handler killed in combat.

Eli wagged his tail furiously when he was brought into a small room inside the 37th Training Wing to meet his new owners. A Marine staff sergeant tried to get the dog to sit obediently while he read a letter of thanks to the family, but he relented after Eli kept lunging forward to sniff Rusk’s mother, Kathy.

When the leash was finally handed to Darrell Rusk, his wife and two sons each crouched down to hug and pet Eli, who lifted his front right paw to invite their hands toward his belly. All were crying.

“Every time he called home, it was always about Eli,” Kathy Rusk said of her son. “It gave me some comfort knowing that Colton wasn’t alone over there.”...

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non-newtonian materials

You’ve seen ‘em.  Silly putty, mushy when you just squeeze it but breaks like a solid if you pull it apart sharply.  Or the water-and-cornstarch trick so popular in science classes...watery like thick gravy, but slam your hand down into it and it instantly becomes a solid.

It was only a matter of time before someone put that idea to a good use.  And I can’t think of one much better than this:


WANT.

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Happy 110th Birthday Frank Buckles


Former President George W. Bush welcomed Cpl. Frank Woodruff Buckles to the Oval Office in March of 2008. [White House photo by Eric Draper]


Frank Buckles’ World War I photo in his uniform and campaign hat.

Frank Woodruff Buckles, Jefferson County’s most famous living citizen and the last surviving World War I doughboy, turned 110 years old on Tuesday.

Buckles, who lives with his daughter, Susannah Buckles Flanagan, at Gap View, the family farm off old W.Va. 9, has been the subject of wide media and congressional attention in recent years.

In 2010, U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., and U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., co-sponsored a bill to rededicate and restore a monument in Washington, D.C., honoring the 500 or so District of Columbia residents who served in World War I. Their bill calls for authorizing a new sculpture to make the monument a national memorial honoring all 4.7 million Americans who served in the 1914-18 conflict, not just those from the nation’s capital.

There are national memorials in Washington, honoring veterans from World War II, the Korean and Vietnam wars, but none for World War I, said Jamie Corley, Capito’s spokesperson.

“Mr. Buckles represents the very best of this country — service, determination and patriotism. He has lived through some of the most historic events in American history, from the Great Depression to two world wars to the invention of the Internet,” Capito said Monday in a statement.

Buckles said he lied about his age in 1917 when he was 16 so he could enlist. The Army sent him to France, where he drove ambulances and motorcycles. After the armistice, he helped return German prisoners of war to their country.

David DeJonge, a Michigan filmmaker, is producing a documentary on Buckles’ life titled “Pershing’s Last Patriot: The Story of Frank Woodruff Buckles, America’s Last Veteran of World War I.”

It will be narrated by actor Richard Thomas.

The Ugly American The Ugly American
02/03 at 01:58 PM •
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Sandmonkey Arrested

beat and release program

I’ve been reading Rantings of a Sandmonkey off and on for years.  This week, he has been in the thick of it in Tahrir Square and Snapped Shot has mirrored Sandmonkey’s most recent post—the last before his “account was suspended.” Apparently he was arrested, beaten and released after taking medical supplies to protesters holding Tahrir Square.  His whereabouts are currently unknown.

The whole post is well worth a read for insights Brian Williams et al cannot give.

In the meantime, State-owned and affiliated TV channels were showing coverage of Peaceful Mubarak Protests all over Egypt and showing recorded footage of Tahrir Square protest from the night before and claiming it’s the situation there at the moment. Hundreds of calls by public figures and actors started calling the channels saying that they are with Mubarak, and that he is our Father and we should support him on the road to democracy. A veiled girl with a blurred face went on Mehwer TV claiming to have received funding by Americans to go to the US and took courses on how to bring down the Egyptian government through protests which were taught by Jews. She claimed that AlJazeera is lying, and that the only people in Tahrir square now were Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas. State TV started issuing statements on how the people arrested Israelis all over Cairo engaged in creating mayhem and causing chaos. For those of you who are counting this is an American-Israeli-Qatari-Muslim Brotherhood-Iranian-Hamas conspiracy. Imagine that. And MANY PEOPLE BOUGHT IT. I recall telling a friend of mine that the only good thing about what happened today was that it made clear to us who were the idiots amongst our friends. Now we know.

Now, just in case this isn’t clear: This protest is not one made or sustained by the Muslim Brotherhood, it’s one that had people from all social classes and religious background in Egypt. The Muslim Brotherhood only showed up on Tuesday, and even then they were not the majority of people there by a long shot. We tolerated them there since we won’t say no to fellow Egyptians who wanted to stand with us, but neither the Muslims Brotherhood not any of the Opposition leaders have the ability to turn out one tenth of the numbers of Protesters that were in Tahrir on Tuesday. This is a revolution without leaders. Three Million individuals choosing hope instead of fear and braving death on hourly basis to keep their dream of freedom alive. Imagine that.  ...

Srsly.  RTWT

Claire, Ideologically Stubborn Heatist Ruralite Claire, Ideologically Stubborn Heatist Ruralite
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pity the Lympians

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  This is the sign that more or less got me pushed out of Wholefoods,” he writes. “I apparently offended a lot of people with it. One older white lady didn’t like the angry black man yelling at her. And a Vegan didn’t like that Mr. T. pitied her because she wouldn’t eat meat. 

goldstar.jpgSpin

SondraK, unapologetic Lympian Slayer SondraK, unapologetic Lympian Slayer
02/03 at 08:38 AM •
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Can’t we all just get a long ...

… rope? WTF?!
Scratch a liberal/progressive/commie, and you find a fascist Klansman.


~ vid ~


via Breitbart

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02/03 at 07:27 AM •
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for Teddy

Sen. Edward Kennedy’s (D-Mass.) former office manager was convicted on Tuesday of stealing more than $75,000 from the Senate.

Ngozi Pole was found guilty on five counts of wire fraud and one count of theft of government property...

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tonight’s audience participation

Before the shit hits the fan™ mentally assemble your tribe.
Who would you chose and what skills or offerings to the tribe do they have?

Besides your spouse or significant other*. 

SondraK, unapologetic Lympian Slayer SondraK, unapologetic Lympian Slayer
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It’s Spreading

dominoes

[Jordan’s King Abdullah II] named Marouf al-Bakhit prime minister, bowing to public pressure from protests inspired by those in Egypt against President Hosni Mubarak.

Hamza Mansour, a leader of the opposition Muslim Brotherhood’s political wing, rejected al-Bakhit’s nomination, saying he “is not the right person for the job.”

Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh will not seek re-election once his current term ends in 2013 ... as unprecedented protests sweep across North Africa and the Middle East.

Saleh had called an emergency parliamentary meeting ahead of a “day of rage” protests scheduled for Thursday.

...A day earlier, the president also ordered the release of journalist Abdul Elah Haidar Shaye who was sentenced to five years in jail last month after he was convicted of collaborating with al Qaeda in Yemen, according to the country’s official news agency

Claire, Ideologically Stubborn Heatist Ruralite Claire, Ideologically Stubborn Heatist Ruralite
02/02 at 12:07 PM •
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there’s a word for this

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A new chicken restaurant opened in Clinton, Iowa—and it may give Colonel Sanders a run for his money. It, too, has a personality behind it. But this personality is particularly big.

In front of the fry vat is not the first place you would expect to see rapper Flavor Flav. William Drayton Jr, as he is otherwise known, made sure he was there to fry up the first bird on opening day of Flav’s fried chicken in Clinton, Iowa

The co-founder of hip hops’ Public Enemy says its important to get it just right.

See the color of my chicken,” he said. “Very good color.”

So how did Flav get from MTV to Clinton, Iowa? Local restaurateur Nick Cimino, that’s how. The owner of Mama Cimino’s struck up a friendship with Flav in Las Vegas and convinced the singer to give it a try.

“And Nick said, ‘You know what Flav? I see you in here frying chicken wings, you seasoning up your chicken wings, you breading them up, you frying em up yourself. I am going to go back to my town and I am going to build you a restaurant, your first FFC. I’m like Word.’”...

SondraK, unapologetic Lympian Slayer SondraK, unapologetic Lympian Slayer
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ToDaZeD CA Alert

interesting, nonetheless

Find salaries of local city/county employees here

*yikes*

Claire, Ideologically Stubborn Heatist Ruralite Claire, Ideologically Stubborn Heatist Ruralite
02/02 at 09:54 AM •
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Hoo Boy…

operating at a disadvantage as my puter is at the puterdoctor—nevertheless, I persevere.

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Yes.  a freakin’ camel-rioter

So tonight [night their time] looks like the jump-ugly push-back in Cairo.  Machettes, straight razors, bits of sidewalk, bottles, clubs, whips and camels....  Gunfire has been heard.  Andy Cooper has been bitch-slapped.  yeah.  you look it up.  I tolja: disadvantage

Are we lookin at a Tiennemen Square style ‘push-back’?

Ace and Byron York discuss the infantalized nature of peoples who have been ruled by kings/dictators/tyrants for generations.  Some would argue that lack of what we consider ‘adult development of an independent and self sufficient nature’ never develops in the first place in peoples of particular world-views which control every aspect of the individual’s life.  And then call it a feature not a bug.

Though, a certain degree of infantalization is on display in other places…

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Who drives around after a much-publicized “Storm of the Century” hits.  Whoinhell drives on Lake Shore Drive?!?  Whoinf’nhell sends a bus out?!?  Sure, a few newly-arrived Californians dorks from Mediterranean Climates… But locals??!?!?!  Infantalized Morons who believe The State will Take Care Of Them No Matter What.
see also:  CircleD

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Claire, Ideologically Stubborn Heatist Ruralite Claire, Ideologically Stubborn Heatist Ruralite
02/02 at 08:50 AM •
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poppies!

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An ex-soldier, who believes 9/11 was a government conspiracy, has been busted for selling heroin to an undercover police officer.
Kevin Rowe, who produced the Sept. 11 conspiracy documentary, “Loose Change,” was arrested in his hometown of Oneonta, New York last week...

SondraK, unapologetic Lympian Slayer SondraK, unapologetic Lympian Slayer
02/02 at 08:06 AM •
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today’s celebrity wedgie couldn’t be more wedgier

SondraK, unapologetic Lympian Slayer SondraK, unapologetic Lympian Slayer
02/01 at 07:44 PM •
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Sarah Palin Rachel Maddow is so stoopid

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Only ten days after her idiocy-laden appearance on HBO’s “Real Time,” MSNBC’s resident Rhodes scholar Rachel Maddow once again made a fool of herself on national television.

In a segment bashing various conservatives for their views about the growing Egypt crisis, Maddow went after Sarah Palin loaded with quotes from a well-known satirical website...

SondraK, unapologetic Lympian Slayer SondraK, unapologetic Lympian Slayer
02/01 at 05:13 PM •
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WHAT UP BEEF

Anyone who hasn’t subscribed to EpicMealTime yet is missing out on great laughs and awesome food.


I mean, maybe not something you’d serve to anyone you cared about, but damn.

apotheosis, wasteland legend apotheosis, wasteland legend
02/01 at 02:54 PM •
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cheers

I’ve been lamenting lately that there aren’t many “nice songs” being produced anymore.
So here:

goldstar.jpgRetiredGeezer via InnocentBystanders

SondraK, unapologetic Lympian Slayer SondraK, unapologetic Lympian Slayer
02/01 at 11:25 AM •
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today’s audience participation

What are your favorite “lesser-known” sites?
( provide links* so everyone can see what they’ve been missing )

SondraK, unapologetic Lympian Slayer SondraK, unapologetic Lympian Slayer
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BOUNDARIES, People!  BOUNDARIES!

Get the hell offa my lawn!

New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg wanted to illustrate that buying a gun like the one used in the recent Arizona shootings is as easy as buying “a hamburger and fries at a McDonald’s.” So he sent out undercover investigators to help him prove it. ...  to Arizona.

...Bloomberg has long campaigned for tougher federal gun regulation — after all, he argues, most illegal firearms that cause carnage on the streets of New York are bought on the streets elsewhere, usually in Pennsylvania and Virginia.

Now, Bloomberg, who formed a task force of mayors against illegal guns, has seized the moment when the nation is mourning the victims in Tucson to make a point.

...In a performance straight out of Hollywood, an investigator is seen handling a semiautomatic pistol that he is thinking about buying from a dealer at a Jan. 23 Crossroads of the West gun show in Phoenix. Sounding sinister, he says, “I like the concealability, it’s the best part,” and admits he couldn’t pass the background check required to buy a gun from a licensed dealer — but not from a private dealer like the one at the gun show. He then hands over a wad of cash and walks away with the pistol.

“That sale was blatantly illegal,” said Bloomberg, explaining that private sellers are not supposed to forgo checks if they have a reason to believe buyers are felons, mentally ill or couldn’t pass federal scrutiny. “But it happens all the time.”

Gee… I was under the impression that private individuals could sell their possessions to one another without gubbmint interference.  Silly me.

Again.

Robert Templeton, president of Crossroads of the West, issued a statement ... “Mayor Bloomberg and his ‘task force’ have no legal authority in the state of Arizona, or in any other place in America except New York City,” Templeton said. “These forays into America’s heartland committing blatant acts to entrap otherwise innocent gun owners is an unlawful scheme.”

And just plain rude.

But Bloomberg made it clear there were no borders in his campaign to plug “dangerous gaps” in federal gun laws.

No Borders.  No Boundaries. Ev’rybuddy all up in yer shiite.

Claire, Ideologically Stubborn Heatist Ruralite Claire, Ideologically Stubborn Heatist Ruralite
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“I Smell Mustard...”

“Quit your daydreaming, melonhead!”

Forward into the 70’s! Led by an oooold man who “hasn’t much time.”

Brown’s “small is beautiful” mantra

Brown has tossed some of the flashier trappings of the state’s top office in part because of his age, maturity and experience in the office, experts say.

The 72-year-old Brown underscored those strengths in his 2010 gubernatorial drive launch on the Internet, when he looked directly at the camera and told Californians that ”at this stage in my life” he wasn’t looking to a future political campaign but to secure California’s future, said Joe Trippi, Brown’s campaign-ad strategist.

“He’s giving you, up front, an explanation on why he needs to do it; he doesn’t have time to screw around,” said UC Irvine political scientist Mark Petracca.

...Petracca said. ”He’s of a particular age where time is more precious - and I think it makes people take you more seriously.”

...or not

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Also gone from the governor’s office is the boardroom table, with a wooden picnic table now in its place.

..."After a while you want to leave,” [Brown] said, “depending upon the strength of your posterior.”

Bet he didn’t use that particular word… but he did use these:

“When democratic ideals and calls for the right to vote are stirring the imagination of young people in Egypt and Tunisia and other parts of the world, we in California can’t say now is the time to block a vote of the people,” Brown said in his first State of the State address in nearly 30 years.

He said the budget has tough choices but that the people “have a right to vote” on the package.

Gee… Thanks

“If you are a Democrat who doesn’t want to make budget reductions in programs you fought for and deeply believe in, I understand that,” he said. “If you are a Republican who has taken a stand against taxes, I understand where you are coming from. But this time things are different. In fact, the people are telling us—in their own way—they sense something is profoundly wrong. They see that their leaders are divided when they should be decisive and acting with clear purpose.”

No matter what he says, no matter what he does, remember, Jerry Brown fully supports AB32, aka Global Warming The Final Solution, which will gut the entire CA economy, encourage producers to flee the state and leave the real estate to the Reconquistas

ok—gut it further.

First, remember that these areas are the ground zero, so to speak, of 20 years of illegal immigration. There has been a general depression in farming — to such an extent that the 20- to-100-acre tree and vine farmer, the erstwhile backbone of the old rural California, for all practical purposes has ceased to exist.

That’s from Victor Davis Hanson’s article on CA—a must read—where I also found this:

“If a man takes no interest in public affairs, we do not commend him as quiet but condemn him as useless.”
--Thucydides, Peloponnesian Wars

Claire, Ideologically Stubborn Heatist Ruralite Claire, Ideologically Stubborn Heatist Ruralite
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Organization? 

OR spontaneous street protests?

The army said on Monday [1/31/11] it would not use force against Egyptians staging protests demanding President Hosni Mubarak step down…

It said “freedom of expression” was guaranteed to all citizens using peaceful means.

Is that in Egypt’s constitution?  Cuz it’s sure not in its history…

“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.”

WTH did that come from?!?

The International Monetary Fund stands ready to help riot-torn Egypt rebuild its economy, the IMF chief said Tuesday as he warned governments to tackle unemployment and income inequality or risk war.

IMF = “Social Justice” Hm… Learn something every day…

Overall, according to the IMF managing director, widening imbalances across and within countries were sparking tensions that threaten to derail the fragile global economic recovery—and could even spark armed conflict.

No ideology; no cries of “Freedom!”; no calls for “God’s Law”; no blathering about “rights of the people”—just economic disparity and lack of JobsJobsJobs.

Makes about as much sense as this:

The IMF boss [shouldn’t that be ”Boss”?] called anew on China to adjust its exchange rate in its own economic interest, but said he disagreed with critics in the United States and elsewhere who want a rapid revaluation to the yuan.

He said the US government itself should not have a problem financing its massive debt, and downplayed fears over Japan’s debts after a downgrade last week by Standard & Poor’s.

erm… whaaa?

“These global imbalances put the sustainability of the recovery at risk, ...

oh.  ...

Egypt’s armed forces chief of staff Sami Enan could be an acceptable successor to Hosni Mubarak because he is perceived as incorruptible, a member of the banned Muslim Brotherhood said on Tuesday.

...date and place of birth as 1948, in Cairo, and says he was trained in both Russia and France as well at a military academy in Egypt.

He held senior roles in air defence before being appointed to his current job in 2005…

Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, held a telephone conversation with Enan on Sunday in which he urged restraint from Egypt’s military, but at the same time praised the “professionalism” of Egypt’s armed forces…

Enan and more than 20 other Egyptian officers were in Washington for long-planned talks when the unrest broke out in Cairo and other cities. They were attending the Military Cooperation Committee, an Egyptian-U.S. body that is chaired by Enan and Assistant U.S. Secretary of Defense Sandy Vershbow.

As a result of the situation at home, Enan cut short the mission and flew home.

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Kamel El-Helbawy, a prominent overseas cleric from Egypt’s main opposition movement [has been a] member [of Islamic Brotherhood] since 1952, Helbawy has long been a prominent member of the Brotherhood’s overseas thinkers, working in Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Britain.

In the mid-1990s he served as the Brotherhood’s spokesman in the West, and helped create the Muslim Council of Britain and the Muslim Association of Britain.

So he’s the IB spokes-imam. 
["Kamel"?~?  rly?]

Helbawy said new Vice President Omar Suleiman could be an interim leader but not a long-term successor to Mubarak.

So that’s IB’s timeline…

Helbawy said of the Brotherhood’s role: “The Brotherhood is now forming a part of this coalition led by ElBaradei, so they are no longer working for their own private agenda. They are working in a coalition with ElBaradei.”

And then… ?

Aaaaand in other [completely unrelated, I’m sure] nooz:

King Abdullah of Jordan, a close U.S. ally, on Tuesday replaced his prime minister after protests over food prices and poor living conditions, naming a former premier with a military background to head the government.

Arsonists set fire to a synagogue in the southern Gabes region of Tunisia

“What astonished me was that there were police not far from the synagogue,” added Perez, who is also head of the Ghriba synagogue on the island of Djerba, the oldest synagogue in Africa.

Claire, Ideologically Stubborn Heatist Ruralite Claire, Ideologically Stubborn Heatist Ruralite
02/01 at 08:08 AM •
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What, no helmet?

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DougM (constitutional fetishist) DougM (constitutional fetishist)
02/01 at 08:08 AM •
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