Posts Tagged ‘Egypt’


July 1, 2011

I just don’t know what to believe anymore. The national and international news is so distorted that we haven’t a clue what is real and what is manufactured for effect.  In an interview with CNN, Michelle Obama even said, “Fortunately, we have help from the media. I have to say this: I’m very grateful for the support and kindness that we’ve gotten”.

In this case, she was referring specifically to the media not invading the privacy of the first daughters. That would be the very same media who headlined every antic or misstep in which Jenna or Barbara Bush could be caught. The same media that Michelle is so grateful for made jokes and plastered them on the front, above the fold or early pages of section A or teased the nightly news with them. Going back a bit further, the Clinton first daughter, Chelsea, was also off limits.

If the news is so eager to tear down a Republican president’s child and protect those of Democrats, how can we believe there is any truth presented regarding policies coming from the White House under control of either party?

If you listen to someone on the left, you will undoubtedly hear that FOXNews is a right-wing, Republican outlet with no balance as advertised. There will never be a mention of MSNBC. If FOXNews is so right-wing, the presentations are certainly balanced by the red-faced, hate spewing personalities on MSNBC. So we’ll call that a wash. Both right and left have their allies and adversaries. Print media, NPR, PBS…not so much. The left certainly has the upper hand when it comes to you hearing what they want you to hear.

When predictions are made about upcoming political events, policy changes, legislation, etc. by conservatives, be they regarding local, national or global events the predictions are either touted as insane, hate mongering, bigoted, racist.  When quoted by liberals or quietly mentioned and dropped. Reason, logic and historical events generally play a part in the conjectures from conservatives with hope and vacuity reserved for liberals. When touted insane and the predictions prove correct there is no apology from the media; there is no correction printed or broadcast.  The story is forgotten. When applauded and the predictions do not pan out for the liberals, the only place you will hear about it is from right of center talk radio or FOXNews, never the New York Times or the Washington Post or MSNBC.

So, how are Greece, Libya, Syria, Egypt, Iran and the rest of the volatile Middle East really doing? What is the truth about jobs and the economy here? We may never know for sure until it is too late. I, for one, certainly don’t know what is real and what is Memorex.


February 1, 2011

From the Los Angeles Times
Citing the pro-democracy unrest in Egypt and Tunisia, Gov. Jerry Brown called it “unconscionable” that GOP legislators are vowing to block his attempt to ask voters to extend tax hikes to balance the budget. 

From the Rahm Emanuel playbook, “A crisis is a terrible thing to waste”, Gov. Brown will find any excuse to raise taxes on the masses instead of cutting government waste, graft, corruption or need-for-naught entitlement programs to illegal aliens.

“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.

He challenged both parties to take the difficult votes necessary to balance the budget.

“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.”

There are enough union bosses and people drawing their living from the government in this state who do not contribute to the tax base, that the few working people just may have to “pick up the slack”.  EBT-SNAP recipients will undoubtedly see a bit more in their monthly stipend to cover the difference on their end.

The idiots in Sacramento, like New York City, simply cannot correlate  their inane policies with why so many income and tax producing companies and families are exiting the state faster than you can say tax increase.  They blindly continue them only to enhance the existent problems – or…maybe it’s a well planned scheme to break the system.


January 30, 2011

Articles in the Jerusalem Post and the Telegraph point to much earlier U.S. involvement in the current uprising in Egypt than was previously known.  Both articles indicate that back in 2008, the United States (yes, under the final days of George W. Bush) financed a trip to New York for a young Egyptian dissident, a pro-democracy activist, to attend a “Youth Movements Summit” in New York.  These articles are seemingly supported in a cable released by Wikileaks which can be found here:

It seems curiously odd to me that the conference took place on Dec. 3-5, 2008 (between the elections and the inauguration of our current president), and that the time frame for violent revolution was scheduled for 2011.  Initially, the proposed scheduling for action that had been set for “prior to the 2011 elections” was considered unrealistic but not to be completely discounted.  Today we see the Muslim Brotherhood and many socialist associations participating in the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak.

It is suggested that President Obama, in talks with President Mubarak, encouraged the Egyptian head to take firm and decisive action.  At the same time, the Washington elite were, and are still, supporting his adversaries.  It’s much like the schoolyard fight where the kids standing around are yelling “Hit him, Joe, hit him”, and “Knock him out, Jason, he deserves it!”  Yelling both, repeatedly, at the same time is sure to excite the direct participants as well as the crowd watching.  This double handed support undoubtedly exacerbated an already explosive situation.

One result of the unrest in Egypt is that the price of oil is already rising and future pricing for crude is projected to continue upward for quite a while due to the closing of the Suez canal.  A second result might be the demonstration of how easily the Internet can be controlled and blocked by an overpowering government.  Can you use power hungry government and FCC in the same sentence?

Installing a peaceful democratic leadership in Egypt would, of course, be an  ideal situation for the global good most might think.  However, a theocracy; an Islamic Republic would suit the needs of others, perhaps including our own president.

I certainly doubt that Obama is a prophet.  He’s most definitely not in the league of Nostradamus, but his own words are beginning to show clarity.  The engines are ignited on our energy and food costs.  As the poor are now poorer and the once middle class are now poor the staples of life as we’ve known it are continuing to skyrocket.

George Pepppard, as Hannibal Smith of the “A” Team, had a signature line announced once per program.  At the end of every mission he would say, “I love it when a plan comes together”.

Are we there yet?  How much longer until we get there?  Has anyone noticed that Barack is smiling more in the past two weeks than he has since the health care subjugation of the American people?