“That’s the way life works… He didn’t know he was running for president, so he told the truth. The literary agent wrote down what he said… He said he was born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia… Now they’re saying it was a mistake. Just like his Kenyan grandmother said he was born in Kenya, and she pointed down the road to the hospital, and after people started screaming at her she said, ‘Oh, I mean Hawaii.’ Give me a break.”
– Trump in an interview
Another name for Birther is Asshole.
- How Can Anyone Be A Birther? (personalliberty.com)
- Typos Tip Off a Birther Resurgence (theatlanticwire.com)
- Busting Another Birther Eruption (andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com)
- Latest Birther Eruption Based On A Falsehood (alan.com)
- Obama’s former literary agency claimed he was born in Kenya (rawstory.com)
Referring to the mass murders in Norway and the murderer’s views on immigrants:
“With her native-born populations aging, shrinking and dying, Europe’s nations have not discovered how to maintain their prosperity without immigrants. Yet the immigrants who have come – from the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, South Asia – have been slow to learn the language and have failed to attain the educational and occupational levels of Europeans. And the welfare states of Europe are breaking under the burden.[…]”
As for a climactic conflict between a once-Christian West and an Islamic world that is growing in numbers and advancing inexorably into Europe for the third time in 14 centuries, on this one, Breivik may be right.”
“Maybe this world is another planet’s Hell.”
– Aldous Huxley (1894-1963)
Warning: if you are hoping that this will change your mind on our involvement in Libya then I’ve got a nice bridge to sell you.
I’d be interested in your e-mail or comments. – Bill
- Obama Strongly Defends US Military Action In Libya (annem040359.wordpress.com)
- Obama Makes Case for ‘Military Action’ in Libya (blogs.wsj.com)
- What Obama needs to explain about the US’s role in Libya | Richard Adams (guardian.co.uk)
- Obama seeks to define Libya goals and exit plan – Reuters (news.google.com)
- President Obama to Address Nation on Situation in Libya (seattlepi.com)
This from Reuters:
Reuters describes the bodies of eighteen Libyan civilians officials say were killed overnight by Western air strikes in Tripoli. Some of the bodies were charred beyond recognition, the agency reports after journalists examined what were the first victims seen by foreign reporters:
“They are civilians. They are not guilty of anything,” said morgue worker Abdel Salaam.
- Western air strikes fail to dislodge Gadhafi armour (theprovince.com)
- Libyan officials show charred bodies to reporters (reuters.com)
- Western air strikes fail to dislodge Gadhafi armour (calgaryherald.com)
- WRAPUP 4-Western air strikes fail to dislodge Gaddafi armour (reuters.com)
- VIDEO: Libyans in Tripoli ‘back Gaddafi’ (bbc.co.uk)
- Libya crisis: live updates (guardian.co.uk)
I was at the Neurologist when Mubarak stepped down and I didn’t hear about it until after I got home.
This from HuffPo
Egypt‘s Hosni Mubarak resigned as president and handed control to the military on Friday, bowing down after a historic 18-day wave of pro-democracy demonstrations by hundreds of thousands. “The people ousted the president,” chanted a crowd of tens of thousands outside his presidential palace in Cairo.
So the military is in control. This from the BBC:
“Around Cairo, drivers are honking their horns in celebration and guns are being fired into the air. The huge crowds are rejoicing. However, the army takeover looks very much like a coup. The constitution has been breached. Officially, the speaker of parliament should be taking over. Instead it is the army leadership. Egypt moves into a very uncertain future.”
It took 18 days of protest…but there it is.
- President Hosni Mubarak Steps Down in Egypt (Video) (sugarslam.com)
- Mubarak Is Out! (slog.thestranger.com)
- Egypt: Mubarak Quits (bostonist.com)
- Mubarak steps down (theworld.org)
- Breaking News: President Hosni Mubarak to step down as president of Egypt, (vanguardngr.com)
- Mubarak Digs In, Ctd (andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com)
- The Suleiman Problem: Egypt’s Transitional Figure Won’t Transition (time.com)
- “Vice President Omar Suleiman addressed the nation shortly after the embattled president Hosni Mubarak said he is not stepping down now :” and related posts (yalibnan.com)
- Mubarak vows to hang onto power, protesters furious (dailykos.com)
- Amb. Marc Ginsberg: “Mabruk’ (Bless) Wael Ghonim — Omar Suleiman’s Worst Nightmare (huffingtonpost.com)
“Mubarak‘s fate is sealed, not even the support of the United States will be able to save his government. The people of Egypt are an intelligent people with a glorious history who left their mark on civilization. ‘From the top of these pyramids, 40 centuries of history are looking down upon us,’ Bonaparte once said in a moment of exaltation when the revolution brought him to this extraordinary crossroads of civilizations.”
– Fidel Castro
- Egypt Protests: Even Castro Says Mubarak’s Got to Go (usnews.com)
- Open thread for night owls: Life in exile for Mubarak? (dailykos.com)
- David Sirota: America’s Dictator Addiction (huffingtonpost.com)
- What Mubarak talks about when he talks (3quarksdaily.com)
- In backing change in Egypt, US neoconservatives split with Israeli allies – Washington Post (news.google.com)
Governments that rule with one heavy hand are going to trickle away in the 21st Century.
Meanwhile, take a look at this piece from BoingBoing:
- China: Bridging news on Egypt (advocacy.globalvoicesonline.org)
- China is blocking coverage of Egypt protests on Twitter-like services (venturebeat.com)
- China blocks “Egypt” searches on micro-blogs (reuters.com)
- China’s Twitter sites Censor ‘Egypt’ Search (penn-olson.com)
- China Blocks Egypt on Micro-Blogging Service (thenextweb.com)
- China Blocks “Egypt” On Sina Weibo, Its Twitter Clone (businessinsider.com)
It looks like there are no significant leaders in the protesters… nobody that they can build any kind of revolution on. Plus, the protestors are breaking down into two major factions: The Muslim Brotherhood and everyone else.
This from Twitter frpm an hour ago:
@sharifkouddous: Muslim Brotherhood chanting Allah Akbar. Crowd stopped them chanting louder: Muslim, Christian, we’re all Egyptian
Perhaps someone will rise out of the second group… I don’t know, but I’ll keep looking.
- “Muslim Brotherhood Joins in Egypt Protests” and related posts (worldthreats.com)
- Egyptian Internet Goes Down, And Muslim Brotherhood Leaders Arrested Ahead Of Massive Day Of Protest (businessinsider.com)
- “Egypt Arrests Muslim Brotherhood Leadership” and related posts (patdollard.com)
- Egyptian protesters chant ‘Freedom!’ – CNN International (news.google.com)
- Egyptian protesters chant ‘Freedom!’ (cnn.com)
- If I say something bad about Pepsico, will I get in trouble? [Greg Laden’s Blog] (scienceblogs.com)
- Vaccinations are high, but measles shots decline (sfgate.com)