Archive for January 28, 2011
Think threats by wingnut Republicans against Democrats are “isolated incidents?” Think again. This would be the fifth such “isolated incident” in roughly the last four weeks (here are the other four):
Los Angeles Country Sheriff deputies announced “a 42-year old South Los Angeles man was arrested by Sheriff’s Major Crimes Bureau detectives Friday morning, after a series of recent phone calls threatening to kill retired U.S. Congresswoman Diane Watson.
Oh, gezus. There’s no end to Fox’a ah, creativity:
Read President Obama’s statement here. You’ll be amazed at what a bunch of crap Fox’s headline is.
This pretty much sums up what we know about Obama’s position on what’s going on in Egypt:
Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak said today that he “requested” his government step down. Problem is, Egyptians aren’t protesting his government. They’re protesting HIM.
His government is his puppet. It isn’t the problem. He is.
My tax dollars to Mubarak? No way.
Al Jazeera English is covering what’s happening in Cairo, live here.
Protesters are still in the streets, despite the late hour and the imposition of a curfew.
Update @4:45 p.m. ET
@4:48 p.m. ET — The Speaker of the Egyptian parliament to make an “important announcement” soon. Al Jazeera says the Speaker is the person to whom power would pass to if the President became incapacitated.
@4:58 p.m. ET:
@5:18 p.m. ET. President Mubarak is speaking now.
@5:22 p.m. ET. Mubarak is talking about “reforms” he wants to implement. Doesn’t sound like he’s going anywhere.
– “New steps towards more democracy.”
– “New steps to raise the level of employment.”
– “I have requested the government to step down today and I will designate a new government as of tomorrow to shoulder new duties and to account for the priorities of the upcoming era. … I will safeguard the safety and the aspirations of our people. May God save Egypt and our people and may peace be on you all.”
@3:32 p.m. ET — Mubarak has apparently (per Al Jazeera) been accused of being “out of touch.” Not hard to imagine given the lifeless nature of that speech.
@5:43 p.m. ET — I’m waiting for Michele Bachmann to give the Tea Party rebuttal. Woohoo!
@8:06 p.m. ET — Oh, BTW, Mubarak is 82-years-old and 60% of Egypt’s population is under the age of 30. Oy. Not a good combination.
Conservatives (would that be you Teabaggers?) say they’re against using public money to finance political campaigns (because they want to starve the government-beast and because they want their corporate benefactors to have the unregulated ability to contribute to their campaigns). On the other hand, they have no problem ordering public employees to work for their reelection.
Per the Constitution, public employees work ah, the public, i.e., their employers, the taxpayers. They work for everyone, no matter their party affiliation.
But hey, forget those stupid pesky details, like Maine’s Tea Party Governor Paul LePage is doing:
I’d like to connect the week before Christmas with you and key staff. If you are not in town, we can hopefully get some of your staffs putting together some of the resources / information we are going to need to get rolling. Once we take office, Paul will put 11,000 bureaucrats to work getting Republicans re-elected.
So, public employees in Maine are going to be asked/pressured to work to reelect LePage. You probably love that thought if you’re a LePage supporter but what happens when the tables are turned?
Do you really, really want to pave that road?
Wow. Look at how Internet traffic to and from Egypt fell off a cliff last night after the government there shut it down:
I’ve been dying for news about Lawrence O’Donnell’s ratings (in his new times slot) versus Keith Olbermann’s:
Here are the prelims: