This is a good play and I understand we’ve got a good sized house tonite (for Full Circle Theater .. around 40 people…that makes our audience seem full.) Dimmers all seem to be working OK and I’ve got my cues laid out. Maddie‘s here on sound and our curtain is in about 55 minutes.
The Doctor said I didn’t have a stroke on Sunday night… apparently I had a seizure. Now they have to find out if I’m developing epilepsy. Joe Jurand thinks it’s because my blood sugar had a drop, and he’s probably right. I’m going into the Robinwood Center to have an eight hour EEG test sometime next week… That sounds outrageously boring. Oh, and I’m not supposed to drive for a few months, but if I don’t I have no way of getting to shows to run lights or getting to WSHC to do radio with John Case on Friday mornings.
Anyway, here we are on the Friday of the Martyrs… Mubarak is out and Egypt could set an interesting example for the rest of the Middle East (especially Saudi Arabia and Iran). Lots of stuff to watch this week!
- Young ballet dancers leap into the hearts of their host families (pennlive.com)
- Mubarak Steps Down (politicalwire.com)
- Dilpomatic Setback for Saudis (online.wsj.com)
- London: Claudie Bastide @ Hayhill Gallery (artistmarketingsalon.wordpress.com)
- “Saudi Arabia & Israel happy to see Mubarak “strong & defiant”…” and related posts (friday-lunch-club.blogspot.com)
- Did Booth Sabotage His Own Relationship on ‘Bones’? (buddytv.com)
- Diagnosing Epilepsy: The EEG Test (everydayhealth.com)
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)
This just in from HuffPo… Mubarak is giving some power over to his VP, but he is NOT LEAVING!
Here’s a piece:
- Egypt President Hosni Mubarak Steps Down May Be Out Of Country Possible Military Coup [Video] (realestateradiousa.com)
- Military Coup in Egypt? Mubarak May Be Stepping Down (time.com)
- Mubarak Could Step Aside As Soon As Tonight & Delegate Powers To Vice President (pumabydesign001.wordpress.com)
- The day everything changes in Egypt? (washingtonmonthly.com)
- Is Massive Chaos About To Break Out In Egypt Once Mubarak Speaks? (businessinsider.com)
- Striking developments in Egypt (thehill.com)
- Tahrir Square Protestors Cheering: Egypt’s Mubarak to Speak Soon, Relinquish Power (firedoglake.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)
“In all sincerity, regardless of the current circumstances, I never intended to be a candidate for another term.”
– Hosni Mubarak
“Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.”
As I settled in this afternoon awaiting a coming ice storm (the first of these just missed us last night) and curious about what’s going on in Egypt where around 2 million people were demonstrating today for Hosni Mubarak‘s resignation (in a speech this afternoon he said he would not run for reelection and would be out of office by the Fall… as you might guess, this does not seem good enough for the demonstrators who want him out now) I wondered what was happening on C-Span 2.
I thought I’d watch the Senate debate the FAA Funding Bill and what do you think happened? Senate Republicans have attempted to repeal last year’s sweeping health care law via an amendment to a FAA funding, proposed by the beloved Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) Not since the Earth’s creation some 6000+ years ago, when men and dinosaurs peaceably shared the world, have I heard such idiocy.
So, instead of solving the major problem of supporting and improving Airline regulations, we are listening to Republicans tell us that most Americans are opposed to the Health Care law (although recent polls indicate that an average of 80% of those Americans DON”T WANT IT REPEALED!) They are adamant that 50 million people who became covered due to parts of the Affordable Care Act should be dropped from coverage… and at the same time they will continue to waste our time and money with this kind of folderol. I thought Harry Reid was going to keep this crap off the floor.
I guess this is going to be Mitch’s strategy… no matter what bill is proposed, Mitch will see to it that an amendment to repeal Health Care will be included. And we will look on in disbelief. Maybe we need 2 million Americans to stand outside of Congress until Mitch and his pals decide to take an early vacation.
- On Aviation & Health Care: Senate Poised To Vote On Repeal (blogs.abcnews.com)
- GOP Plans To Force Vote On Health Care Repeal (huffingtonpost.com)
- US’s Reid: Sees ‘Serious Talks’ To Cut Deficit;But Not Soc Sec (forexlive.com)
- Republicans Look to Build Steam for Health Care Law Repeal After Florida … – Fox News (news.google.com)
- Senate’s 47 GOP members agree to back health care repeal bill – USA Today (news.google.com)
- Senate Republicans Seek State Opt-Out of Health-Care Overhaul (businessweek.com)
- Hosni Mubarak Addresses Egypt [Updated] (laist.com)
- In Congress, GOP backs Obama’s Egypt stance, Dems not so much – Christian Science Monitor (news.google.com)
- Democrats, GOP form chorus on Egypt (politico.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)