Saturday’s Mishmash

Hi guys,

Have a great weekend.🙂

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President Obama’s weekly address. Optimism never looked so pretty.😉

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Here’s President Obama’s statement regarding the situation in Egypt. As someone who lived in the Middle East for many years, I can say that this was a perfect statement. Ignore those who are against America getting involved in other countries business, until it comes to Barack Obama and suddenly they are all in favor of  getting involved in other countries business. This is not that simple. Mubarak is a dictator, but he helped to keep the ME stable and the chances of his replacement being even worse – are pretty high. This is very very complicated and all I can say is: Thank god for having a smart, cool, deliberate and calm president.

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If you didn’t get to see the president’s speech at the Families USA Health Action Conference, don’t miss it:

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Here’s a terrific read. NY Times opinion piece by Kate Betts about Michelle Obama:

Boosting America, in Her Own Fashion

…Michelle Obama’s impact on fashion extends far beyond the “made in America” label stitched into her dress. The optimism, glamour and accessibility that she communicates through her style of dressing transcends cultural borders and economic boundaries. Yes, she is sometimes an ambassador for American designers, but more important, she is an ambassador for the self-possession that defines American style.

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And, most important, we dress for ourselves, something the first lady does so effortlessly it’s hard to imagine that there had ever been any dress code for her position. With her floral prints and hula hoops, she’s not afraid to flaunt her femininity — so why should the rest of us be?

No matter what hopes we pin on her husband, or disappointments we suffer, Americans look to Michelle Obama to set the emotional tone of his administration. As we are with all first ladies, we are subconsciously invested in her looking good — it’s almost as if there’s some sort of national pride at stake. But her decision to wear an American-designed dress doesn’t make it easier for American designers to sell more clothes in the Chinese market.

After all the discussion of the red dress at the state dinner, Mrs. Obama stepped into the House chamber on Tuesday for the State of the Union address in a silvery-white sheath by the American designer Rachel Roy. Its color and simplicity signaled fresh beginnings — as did that inaugural gown she wore in January two years ago. For this there was not so much criticism. Only a lot of American women silently thinking about where they might find a simple, pale sheath dress.

 

257 thoughts on “Saturday’s Mishmash

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  2. So far, I haven’t heard that anyone has thought that PBO’s speech on Egypt was anything but pretty darn good.
    No police to be seen on the streets of Cairo and relations with the army still look good. A curfew in about 2 hours that will most likely just be ignored, as will Mubarak’s appointment of a new cabinet. The people reacted just as I thought they would – anger that Mubarak is trying to hang on. They want him gone, gone, gone.

  3. And he will go. This is 1989 all over again, where a series of foreign-backed despots are faced with a pent-up anger from decades of repression and corruption and no legitimacy. It’s led, once again by young people who don’t buy the old propaganda of the past and who have been shut out of whatever future there might have been.

    I doubt if a single thinking Egyptian believes Mubarak. He’s 82, and has had 30 years to do something. Even if he’s sincere, there’s little time left on the clock to do much, and nothing he agreed to necessarily binds his successor to the agreement.

    So the Revolution is on

  4. It is a shame that we see this scenario played out over and again in Africa. Time and time again, leaders on the continent leave power in this fashion. They are either killed or pushed out because they don’t know when it is time to leave, even when their people have spoken loud and clear.

    Many end up living in exile when they could live out their years gracefully in their own country. At what costs?

    Just recently, I wrote this piece http://www.thediasporavoice.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=103:commentary&catid=38:kate-stuff and Mubarak was one of this I mentioned.

    My prayers and hopes are for the Egyptian people at home. And for many of those living outside the country, I can only imagine how worried they are about the fate of their country and their loved ones. I can certainly empathize.

    About two decades ago, when Liberia was embroiled in its civil war, at one time, for six months my siblings and I did not know the fate of our parents and other family members.

    I hope that this ends soon and ends well.

  5. Good morning everyone. Thank you BWD for all this great information. I am very worried about Egypt and Yemen, but I am so thankful we have a President who thinks about the whole picture. Will America ever quit supporting dictators! I hope the people of Egypt win, but who will lead them?

  6. Good commentary. The AJ reporters have soundly hinted that if Egypt is the falling domino that will change the ME, it will also be the event that changes Africa as well.

    This is not unique to either the ME nor Africa. In many other countries it is not a particular individual but a party that remains in office far too long, as in Ireland, becomes corrupt and lazy and no longer works for the citizens but for itself and their cronies. In the US it was both of the major parties.

    President Obama is utterly unique in our world and that is how and where he will make a difference across the whole world.

  7. Also, Obama, like some other Presidents we’ve had, knows his limits. He knows the possiblity that we may “mar more than mend” by taking sides, at least openly. America will have to deal with whoever prevails, and the wise thing is to wait and see.

    Obama’s getting Mubarak to reopen the internet is important. It’s like shutting down the telephone system was in an earlier time-hampers business and does little to mollify people suddenly unable to contact loved ones. A double whammy to say the least-pushing people outside who might have stayed indoors.

    We may soon see a World very soon where the “Middle East Problem” joins the terms “Berlin Wall” and “Iron Curtain” into dusty retirement.

  8. Carol thank you for the link. Does Elbaradai have the ability to put together a government. I am afraid Iran will be able to take advantage of the kaos.

  9. “Will America ever quit supporting dictators!”

    Let’s take a little step back. It is not really supporting dictators but accepting the leader they have, much as one may hate him and want another, vs. the instability that comes into play if and when he is removed. Look what happened in Iraq when the dictator was removed forcibly by Bush – the country became totally unstable and Al Qaida was able to come in and increase the instability.
    One reporter, talking about Mubarak, said he is an SOB but he has been our SOB.
    Some things take time and cleverness to resolve.

  10. I so do not want another Iraq. We have interferred in to many plces. We need to let the people dcide what they want. That is why I am so thnkful for Obama. Andd I am so thankful for all of you and your sharing of information.

  11. I shudder to think what would be the american response if that pow old guy was in charge today ?

  12. From what I have read, this is a youth revolution-Iran has little appeal after they have repressed similar young people at home. Egypt has also a much larger population: 80 million, and has a tourist trade, the Suez canal revenues, and some oil and trade. Iran is struggling with a tottering economy and a quietly restless population.

  13. The difference is that if the Iraqis overthrew Saddam, there is at least a group around which a government can form, and at least one faction of society that supports the new government.

    Further more, there has been usually some work done to get the people to accept the changes made, an deals done with others.

    The Iraq war supplanted those organic changes with those imposed on the Iraqis by a foreign government without the consent of the people.

  14. I think about McCain’s response… with you know who by his side, many times. Thank God, thank everyone, that is not our reality.
    Phew!

  15. Thank you BWD for your tireless devotion in providing a place for many of us to come to learn, be inspired, and have adult discussions. Have a wonderful weekend and lets all pray for Egypt and her people.

  16. He’d be invading, to give ‘freedom’ to the people, not knowing how things were going to shake up, who our real friends or enemies were. He would have inflamed the situation by now.

    Immediately following Obama’s comments, MSM was saying “it wasn’t enough”. Do you remember a time when the press understood that a President knew more of what was going on than we did, and would support and respect the President as things were unfolding in a volatile situation?

    Seriously, what the hell has happened to this country?

  17. Obama’s handling Egypt pretty well

    After President Obama spoke last night about the situation in Egypt, my Twitter feed and inbox filled up with angry denunciations, with lots of people complaining bitterly that he had endorsed Mubarak’s grim struggle to hold on to power, missed an historic opportunity, and risked sparking a wave of anti-Americanism. Once I actually read the transcript of his remarks, though, I felt much better. I think the instant analysis badly misread his comments and the thrust of the administration’s policy. His speech was actually pretty good, as is the rapidly evolving American policy. The administration, it seems to me, is trying hard to protect the protestors from an escalation of violent repression, giving Mubarak just enough rope to hang himself, while carefully preparing to ensure that a transition will go in the direction of a more democratic successor.

    Much more:

    http://lynch.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2011/01/29/obamas_handling_egypt_pretty_well

  18. Mubarak has just appointed Suleiman as Veep, the first VP he has ever appointed. It is another ploy to stay, but it looks like neither the protesters nor the US are buying it. He doesn’t have clean hands and is too close to Mubarak.

    Cowan in Ireland tried a similar thing and it didn’t work for him either.

  19. Thank you for that update. I thought his speech was pretty then I also heard he hadn’t said enough. I wish the msn would just shut up and let the President handle it. I will keep everyone in my prayers.

  20. Many experts are talking about the Army. They are respected. A good scenario would be that the Army sides with the people, and assumes power for a transitional period towards free elections.

  21. I have no opinion on Egypt — only prayers that there be as little violence as possible and that this leads to greater self-determination for the people. I also pray that whatever leadership emerges be a thoughtful, self-aware, self-confident and insightful leadership.

    Everything I know about Egypt I know through the prism of the west. Therefore, I don’t trust the information I have. Even if I meet people here from Egypt or who’ve been there — I know I’m getting a biased take on it.

    My own country is flawed — my countrymen self-righteous about their ignorance — and I have no answers for my own country. My own country trumpets ideas as evidence of it’s superiority that were born in Egypt centuries ago. I have no advice for them and no belief that they need my advice — no belief that if I do have any wisdom that it would be something that they don’t already know.

    The only thing I am qualified to offer them is my prayer that the darkness has passed and this is the dawn of great things for them.

  22. Unfortunately, BWD, the meme was set by the “it’s not enough” b.s.

    Are people really that ill-informed to not understand that we have no idea what the make-up is yet of the protests, that there isn’t a leader that has yet emerged that we could ally with and that would represent the best interests?

    Have we not learned that regime change doesn’t necessarily mean that the new regime will be better? It’s different if there’s a Nelson Mandela who leads a revolution that can be identified and supported. Right now, who the hell knows what’s going on.

    I’m far beyond expecting the American people to understand the complexities of foreign policy: Egypt has been a stable ally and not every ally can be the personification of Thomas Jefferson in the Middle East.

    But the spin on Obama’s statement is already having a negative effect and Repubs are running with it. Yes — the statement was pitch perfect and if this country hadn’t gone batshit crazy, everyone would have seen that. Not in this political climate.

  23. BWD, I listened to POTUS speech and felt it hit the right note, firm to Mubarak about violence, human rights etc, and then I heard MSM’s critisim, as usual assumed I was living in an alternate universe.

    The mis-information from the MSM is apalling and not much better that some of regimes across the world that we love to critique so much

  24. Have you all noticed that the MSM is trying to pull the USA into this skirimish? Richard engel: -I have a tear gas canister here, that egyptian Police fired at protesters, it says, Made in the USA!
    Then Howard fineman: – Barack Obama has seen he needs to get on the right side of history and be with the people of egypt. Had he done this a few days ago, this would have never happened!
    Really? This criticism is weak! First, support for EGYPT goes back to after Sedat was shot, or back to the reagan era.
    Second, they are using the same critique that this adminstration used on the republicans during the IRAN uprising back in 09!
    Thus, they are trying to reverse it!
    Howard Fineman is a sheep in tea bagger clothing!
    Watch for him…

  25. I agree. Things are very complicated and the best intentions can lead to disaster.

    Change has to come “from the bottom up”. Why do you think Barack Obama has made a speech in Cairo, has had so many town-halls with young people all around the world ? He has been telling them that THEY can make a difference, that they have to participate and push for what they believe in.

    It has been fascinating to watch Barack Obama in the last two years. While he’s doing his best to deal with the world as it is, at the same time he’s doing his part to accelerate the processes of change everywhere.

  26. I shudder too.

    You know what ? One of the most important reasons people have to work hard to reelect Barack Obama is foreign policy. I’m not only talking about the President, but all the competent team around him. I just can’t contemplate the possibility that the neocons would get back in the WH. They’ve done enough damage already.

  27. Shout it, Faith!

    “I’m far beyond expecting the American people to understand the complexities of foreign policy”

    I never realized just how insular the people in the US are until I lived outside it.

  28. I always think I can imagine how little we know or care about understanding the complexities of the world, and yet I’m sure I can’t.

    And now we’ve institutionalized our ignorance as a kind of banner to be proud of. Astounding.

  29. Unfortunately, MSNBC had the collosal lack of judgement to put Cenk Uygur on the air last night. He leavened his characteristic lack of wisdom with gratuitous and predictable personal comments on the president.

  30. While AlJazeera & Guardian UK have reporters feeding news live from Egypt, the american msm has blowhards quarterbacking in plush studios mostly spouting nonsense.

    The US fourth estate is really the fifth columnists.

  31. You know what really ticks me off, we hate when others interfer in our affairs, yet there are people in this country who at every opportunity, want to dictate to other countries. I mean the disconnect between what they want for themselves and for others boggles the mind.

    I know some people in other countries want the USA to intervene in their affairs and be on their side, I get that. However, those same people would be the first to start screaming when things go wrong and would not hesitate to blame the US for interfering (which we have done far too many times).

    Somehow it seems to escape some folks that we have to walk a very careful line between how we are handling a situation and our desired outcome vs. actual outcome, as no one has a crystal ball, at least not POTUS. Our president always uses the analogy between using a scalpel and a chainsaw, when dealing with complex situation, so that the least damage is done. Although sometimes I want him to use a chainsaw, I trust his judge in complex situations.

    Thanks for indulging my rant 🙂

  32. Fineman said WHAT?!?!? Oh, my God.

    Actually the aid deal with Egypt goes back to the Camp David accords and Jimmy Carter. No U.S. President — Democrat or Republican — has made any changes to it in all these years.

    So Howard Fineman is saying the President of the United States should have gotten up when the protests first started and called for them to violently replace Egypt’s leader right then and there? Seriously?

  33. I listened to the speech live and I came out of it with pretty much the same impression as what you cite here. I was telling myself that I had rarely seen a President going that far in publicly approving a revolution process. He was basically saying that he hadn’t that much confidence in Mubarak’s promises, that Mubarak has blew it and won’t be able to hold to power without the consent of his population.

    I was flabbergasted that people interpreted the speech differently.

    Another thing: tuesday, in the SOTU, he made a very very clear statement of approval of the tunisian people, knowing perfectly well what was happening in Egypt and elsewhere. I was VERY impressed.

    As usual, BWD, my deepest thanks for your diligent work.

  34. I have an Italian friend who always tells me how much the world appreciates President Obama’s leadership. She feels he is a stabilizing force for the whole world.
    I think he knows that, and I think that is a awesome (in the true sense of the word) load for those slender shoulders. But he bears it well. He does us proud.

  35. Thank you BWD for another great mishmash.

    I hope you all have a great weekend.

    My prayers go out to the Egyptian people. It doesn’t surprise me anymore that people would criticize President Obama saying that he isn’t doing enough. Whatever he does he would be handling it wrong.

  36. Fineman blew his cover when he couldn’t shut up about the debt the very next morning after the SOTU. And now this STUPID STUPID comment about President Obama not acting soon enough.

    Boy I’m so sick of those pundits.

  37. Yes! He said it on Hardball! Then,(these must have been email talking points from his RNC friends) chuck todd came on and said that Obama needs to get on the right side of history and side with the people of Egypt!
    Really?
    These MSM folks all love to jump on POTUS and anything that happens they will spin it to make it his fault!
    I am surprised that those dead fish and birds( a couple of weeeks ago) were not spun to be POTUS fault. Still waiting, though!

  38. The really sad thing is that The “It’s not enough” meme comes from the same people who denounced American involvement in similar situation in the past.

    The PL is pathetic.

  39. I here what the MSM is doing, and it needs to be told to everyone, that propaganda is alive and well! Why? The powers that be are afraid of this PRESIDENT!
    My grandmother always told me, You cannot fight city hall!
    Well, that is waht POTUS is doing, as you can see!

  40. But did you watch the NYT guy put him in his place and explain the delicate situation President Obama was in ?? Cenk tried to save face but had to back-track.

  41. Great post. I’m of the same mind. I merely wish that all will be well, and I’m grateful we have steady leadership. I’m sure Biden is of special value to POTUS at this point, and needless to say I trust to be deliberate and wise.

    I don’t have enough knowledge to say much more but I will be watching with great curiosity and hope.

  42. Good mornin’ everyone, everywhere in the world…

    Thanks BWD and you, too, and thanks for as always great mishmash(es).🙂

    And, God has blessed the U.S.A. and the world w/Barack H. Obama (and Mrs. O) as our President and First Lady…

    So, we MUST do all we can, like BWD, to support him, and we MUST help him for the good of America and the American people to “fight” against GOPTeaParty’s vitriolic rhetoric and evil/uncarin’ people like the Koch Bros:

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    From 2005-2008, the Kochs vastly outspent even ExxonMobil in funding organizations fighting clean energy legislation.

    The Koch brothers’ Tea Party organization [Americans for Prosperity (AFP)] gave an award to a blogger who claimed President Obama was demonically possessed.

    Koch Industries desperately wants us to believe climate disruption isn’t happening: They emit eight times more air pollution than BP.

    Besides what’s goin’ on in Egypt and the rest of the world, this is what our President is up against, here, at home…

    What say ye?!

  43. Thanks for the mishmash this Saturday morning. I love the piece about Michelle. That ensemble at the SOTU was stunning (and I’m not even a fan of Rachel Roy, but FLOTUS made it look fabulous). She keeps getting fly-er and fly-er each day🙂.

    Have a great weekend!

  44. Good point. We used to have folks like that, who would take a cameraman and a hookup and go into burning cities, wars and the like, or who were already there, giving us info. These lazy good for-nothings won’t even go across town if it might mean getting caught up in a crowd or living in bad conditions. If they had to do reporting like those reporters in Al Jazeera did, probably sleeping in their studio (no hotel rooms available, at least not in the good part of town) they would have spent most of their time complaining instead of reporting.

  45. We decidedly have the right President at this point in time. He is intelligent, thoughtful, and measured enough to understand the tightrope he must walk here, and unlike so many, capable of understand the complexities involved. I am not sure that he has any perfect options right now, but I trust him to handle it better than anyone else in his place would do.

  46. Yeah, right, I really trust “journalists” (or what passes for them today, though I do like Engel) or pundits to have a better grasp of the complexities and nuances of this situation than the President and his advisors. Where were all these “journalists” when Bush was in power and should have been questioned repeatedly? What a silly country we’ve become.

  47. The same ones who are screaming “it’s not enough” regarding the presiident’s remarks on Egypt are the same ones screaming “get out of Iraq and Afghanastan NOW” – which had no thought to barging in and finally a plan to get out. The president learns far more about these situations in a day than we could learn in a lifetime. I fou fou their comments because they’re rarely based on real information and more about getting on camera. And at the end of the day, the Obama Administration leaves them looking like the fools they are.

  48. I must weigh in on the First Lady’s wardrobe, which I think is spectacular. I continue to wait for it to take effect on the street, but everywhere I go, I still see people in blacks, neutrals, khakis, turtlenecks and jeans. Women have freedom that men do not to wear beautiful fabrics that feel wonderful on the body and the freedom to embrace color, which is a great gift of the cosmos, light made manifest. Why don’t more of us wear it?

  49. Luckily for us the rest of the world pays no attention what-so-ever to our ignorant ‘press’. They don’t need to listen to them, they have their own Press.

    As for some of these windbags saying this or that about what the President should or shouldn’t do…I see it more as a function of the drama. Things were getting boring around here…SOTU goes straight down the center…the people love it…ooo, shiny new toy! Egypt. Riot porn! Let’s bash the President.

    That didn’t take long.

  50. Obama administration gets in gear to sell its energy agenda
    By Andrew Restuccia – 01/28/11 12:49 PM ET

    The White House is organizing a series of events in the coming weeks to sell the energy agenda President Obama laid out in his State of the Union address Tuesday night.

    Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and other administration officials will meet with business owners at an event Monday where the White House will launch its “Startup America” campaign. The initiative will focus on “promoting high-growth entrepreneurship across the country with new initiatives to help encourage private sector investment in job-creating startups, accelerate research, and address barriers to success for entrepreneurs and small businesses,” according to the White House.

    On Tuesday, Obama plans to meet with business owners from the tech industry and hold a cabinet meeting to discuss the campaign. Obama will then travel to Penn State’s University Park campus on Wednesday to discuss energy innovation. And on Friday, Obama’s economic advisers will update a 2009 report on innovation.

    In his State of the Union address, Obama called for getting 80 percent of the country’s electricity by 2035 from “clean energy” sources like renewables, nuclear, coal with carbon-capture technology and natural gas. He offered no detail on how he might implement such a goal and Energy Secretary Steven Chu was equally vague on a call with reporters Friday.

    Still, the proposal is already causing a buzz on Capitol Hill, where liberal Democrats who have long criticized proposals to incentivize coal and nuclear power have seemingly warmed to the prospect. But Republicans, some of whom have floated very similar proposals in the past, fear that Obama will give preference to renewable energy over other energy sources.

    But Chu, on the call Friday, said, “This clean energy standard is not picking favorites.”

    Source:
    http://thehill.com/blogs/e2-wire/677-e2-wire/140941-obama-administration-to-sell-energy-agenda-next-week

  51. When I read his statement last night, I got the impression that he was supporting the right of the protesters to express their displeasure with Mubarak and the current government, and that he was issuing a subtle warning to Mubarak to either get his act together or leave the country. I think that having members of his family leave the country doesn’t make Mubarak look capable of handling the situation. If his own son and other family members fled the country, it doesn’t look like they have a whole lot of faith in Mubarak’s ability to weather this particular storm. I think the MSM and some others want to put words in PBO’s mouth when none of them are party to the intimate details. How many of them can pick up a phone and talk to Mubarak in less than a minute? None, yet they seem to think they know everything about the situation.

  52. Don’t forget Quilted Northern Bathroom tissue. All things Georgia-Pacific. I looked around my apartment to see if I had any of these products and the only thing I could detect was that the paper on the drywall is probably Georgia-Pacific…and I do have a couple items with 5% Lycra. Lucky for us…there are perfectly acceptable alternatives to the products they sell.

  53. Thanks for the mishmash BWD. I love our FLOTUS and the fact that she wears what she wants to wear, wears it well, and has her own smashing style.

    I had to smile/smirk at the demands that MO “wear American” from designers who get their clothes made cheaply in other countries. Then, of course, they sell them to their fellow Americans for a thousand times what it cost to manufacture. Talk about outsourcing jobs. They’re a big reason why America’s manufacturing sector has shrunk so much over the decades – and not just in the 2 years since President Obama was elected.

  54. CORPORATE MEDIA’S GALLING STUPIDITY!!!

    I have been watching our corporate media’s appalling coverage of the events unfolding in Egypt and all I can say is, Palin/Bachmannization complete!!! (Yeah this whole media landscape is the personification of those two poxes on our political discourse)

    This is the price they and we all pay for the the corporate media’s myopia born of greed, laying off foreign corespondents, shutting down foreign bureaus, and utter ignorance of history.

    Ferchissakes, how hard is it to realize that not everything going on in the world is about the USA!!! The world does NOT revolve around us. Why is it so hard to believe that other people around the globe want the same economic, social and political basic things that we want? So they go into the streets to hold their leaders accountable, and we think it is about us? That their protests can only be motivated by religious fundamentalism?

    Yesterday, I peaked at Faux news and for a brief period they were making more sense than either CNN or MSNBC. Even Saurkraut noted with some appreciation the fine line that Pres. Obama was walking. But that didn’t last long. By the time Sean Hannity came on, the poisoned political lens that blames the President for every darned thing that happens on this planet was back with a vengeance.

    Al Jazeera has eaten the Western media’s lunch and the latter can’t find it’s way out of a cul-de-sac no matter how much they try. The reality is that the sooner western leaders and their corporate overlords realize that the old playbook of Middle Eastern “containment through stability” is totally antiquated now. There’s a reason Israel is very quiet. They know a gamechange is underfoot. Netanyahu’s chickens have come home to roost and events are overtaking all of them.

    Thankfully Pres. Obama seems to have his wits about him, but he needs to recalibrate quickly else he’ll smell the “change we can believe in” on a global scale he hadn’t anticipated.

  55. Sure…blaming the President for everything that goes wrong in the world, including this, is what they do best. “If only he’d done x, y or z, then none of this would have happened. But now he must do a, b and c to fix it.” Lazy, lazy, lazy.

  56. ZIZI thanks for so what I am feeling and thinking. So far not a peep from Netanyahu’s. I know its the Sabath but that should be over at sundown, so lets see if he makes a statement, or if anything leaks out.

  57. Thanks you so much for sharing these resources. This had not been on my radar at all.

    I always look for concrete steps we can take to make a difference. No more Brawny, Dixie or Lycra. Reading below it seems they own Georgia Pacific as well. Is there a place we can find all the Koch holdings?

  58. Well said Faith.. it seems to me there is often a willful misinterpretation of President Obama’s words.

  59. Yep I had to give up my favorite affordable paper towels when I started boycotting Koch. I’ve been boycotting them since info on them first came out- its been several months now.. but I really hope others will join in and stay with it.

  60. For the first time ever, Mubarak has appointed a vice-president. He’s been ruling without a designated successor since assuming power in 1981. Again, too little, too late.

  61. Actually, Bush didn’t even do that, jovie. I thought there was much grumbling about him closing off the press. Sometimes I think he got a free pass because he was simple enough and stupid enough for the media to understand. Everything in black-and-white, no pesty analysis needed. How easy for those too lazy to dig for facts and attempt to interpret them in a thoughtful manner.

  62. Good idea to boycott Koch Industries’ products, though looking at your list, I realize I do so already even though I didn’t know it.

  63. I think PBO is striking the right tone. Still talking to Mubarak as if he’s in charge, but knowing that he will probably be gone soon.

  64. Not to praise McCain, but he *did* come out with a statement expressing his dismay at the Egyptian gov’t’s actions against the protestors. Even he sees the writing on the wall.

  65. This expresses my feelings too, as I paid no attention to Egypt before this outburst. The only meaningful thing I can do now is add a prayer that the situation is resolved without excessive violence, and that the people will be allowed greater say in their government.

  66. President Obama will make a fool out of the media just like he did with the Iran situation. He is not reactionary, he thinks before he acts and i am glad.

  67. Oh I am loving the weekly address. I like the setting and POTUS looks extra ferosh.

    As far as the whole Egypt thing, I wish them the best. The way to democracy is never easy. I am praying too many people don’t get hurt and I hope the leaders over there finally take heed to what president Obama has been warning them about over and over again.

    Bless.

  68. BWD – To your line at the top, “Optimism never looked so pretty,” I can only add:

    Ha cha cha!

  69. Here is a little background on Suleman’s appointment from:

    ttp://www.stratfor.com/analysis/20110129-red-alert-former-air-force-chief-PM

    Red Alert: Mubarak Names Former Air Force Chief as New Egyptian PM

    Read more: Red Alert: Mubarak Names Former Air Force Chief as New Egyptian PM | STRATFOR

    Egypt’s former air force chief and minister for civil aviation, Ahmed Shafiq, has been designated the new prime minister by Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and tasked to form the next Cabinet, Al Jazeera reported Jan. 29. The announcement comes shortly after Egyptian intelligence chief Omar Suleiman was appointed vice president, a position that has been vacant for the past 30 years.

    Mubarak is essentially accelerating a succession plan that has been in the works for some time. STRATFOR noted in December 2010 that a conflict was building between the president on one side and the old guard in the army and the ruling party on the other over Mubarak’s attempt to create a path for his son Gamal to eventually succeed him. The interim plan Mubarak had proposed was for Suleiman to become vice president, succeed Mubarak and then pass the reins to Gamal after some time. The stalwart members of the old guard, however, refused this plan. Though they approved of Suleiman, they knew his tenure would be short-lived given his advanced age. Instead, they demanded that Shafiq, who comes from the air force — the most privileged branch of the military from which Mubarak himself also came — be designated the successor. Shafiq is close to Mubarak and worked under his command in the air force. Shafiq also has the benefit of having held a civilian role as minister of civil aviation since 2002, making him more palatable to the public.

    Mubarak may be nominally dissolving the Cabinet, ordering an army curfew and now asking Shafiq to form the next government, but the embattled president is not the one in charge. Instead, the military appears to be managing Mubarak’s exit, taking care not to engage in a confrontation with the demonstrators while the political details are being sorted out.

    Via: andrew sullivan the atlantic

    Read more: Red Alert: Mubarak Names Former Air Force Chief as New Egyptian PM | STRATFOR

  70. Interesting background. I don’t know how much the military can control the situation, though. Everything seems to be progressing so quickly. How admired is the military in Egypt? I assume very, and they surely have won much goodwill by not turning on the protestors.


  71. that Mubarak has blew it and won’t be able to hold to power without the consent of his population.

    As he indicated in his short address, he already said this during his Cairo speech.
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    At that time I thought “Wow, he’s threatening Mubarak in his own house !”.

    Apparently, it “worked”.

  72. Al Jazeera reports that members of the Muslim Brotherhood have been arrested. The reporter on the scene — and Al Jazeera in general — is taking Egyptian TV reports with large grains of salt.

  73. Now, I love me some Joe Biden. But really, how idiotic it was for him to say that Mubarak wasn’t a dictator, and shouldn’t step down?

  74. POTUS is their magic negro who can snap his fingers and fix everything, including a 30-year governing regime which is almost as old as POTUS himself.

    One thing about an immature viewpoint is that every happenstance is interpreted as revolving around oneself. They can’t comprehend that there are some things taking place internationally which largely do not involve the United States.

  75. Granted, this was on Thursday, so things have changed inalterably since then. The tone the administration is taking is pitch perfect. Again, to be a fly on the phone line between the WH and Cairo.

  76. Thank you all in this thread for this deeply educational and intelligent analysis. Happy Saturday everyone.

  77. Those were some of my thoughts too T M when I listened to his Cairo speech, “Mubarak et al I am talking to you”

  78. GN thats because the western culture for the most part is based on individuality thinking and ME and other societies are more community based thinking.

    Typically US responds to stuff: whats in it for me etc, community responds: how does this help the community.

    Our POTUS balances community and individualty thinking and tries to push the country/his adgenda forward

  79. As well they should. There are thugs that are looting, however, and the people shot 3. I have a creepy suspicion that these “thugs” might be Mubarak’s men trying to discredit the demonstrators. Oh, me of little faith.

  80. He was always KO’s lap dog. It has always amazed me that he continually adjusts what he says according to the show he is on. What a slime bucket. Now working for Haggiana.

    I remember during the primaries, he kept saying, I think Obama is too slick. I am tired of his rhetoric. Well Howard, I am really sick of you period.

    So now we have another Obama did not move quickly enough story.

  81. Liberal Librarian – I’m just guessing that was the “tone” the President wanted to set at that moment in time. You know – how the “second in charge” is the one who goes out there to put forth the best response at the time, later to be changed or altered as conditions warrant. My take.

  82. True, and as I amended, he made that statement on Thursday evening, before yesterday’s Day of Rage when everything blew up.

    I was glued to the BBC yesterday. Today I’m glued to Al Jazeera. God, how uninformed would we be if we were relegated to depending on US media?

  83. Same here to BWD and everything else you had to say.

    I am thankful that Obama does not jump when the media try to demand that he should.

  84. From the BBC: “The BBC’s world affairs editor, John Simpson, brings this analysis from Cairo. In spite of the turmoil, one or two things are becoming clearer, he says. It looks pretty likely that President Mubarak and his military leaders have been told in no uncertain fashion by the Americans that the Tiananmen Square option – by which the authorities restore order by shooting the protesters down by the hundred – is simply not acceptable here. Mr Mubarak’s only hope therefore is to form a government which the demonstrators might accept, hard though that is to imagine.”

    President Obama in action.

  85. And to think that just a week ago pundits and analysts were claiming that the Egyptian people were too put upon and too busy just trying to survive to take to the streets. Never underestimate the ability of slow burning embers to erupt into a conflagration.

  86. The army is deployed in the Cairo Museum. Looters took a few objects last night.

  87. Well this is interesting

    RT @Dima_Khatib: journalist warns King of Morocco left secretly to France, redeployed troops from Sahara for poss use in cities. #sidibouzid

  88. Snoopy, I just created a note on my face book page to ask every one to join the boycott and to spread the word. Thanks for this.

  89. Very interesting, isn’t it? If true, he was getting his ton of gold out first and then looking round to see the lay of the land.

  90. Funny how they didn’t see this coming, but are certain our President must have and just sat on his thumbs when he could have waved his magic wand and prevented it.

  91. Just found this little nuggett from

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jan/29/egypt-protests-government-live-blog

    Robin Niblet, director at Chatham House

    If Egypt stepped in that direction [of political Islam] implications for Israel and Israel’s security could be very serious indeed.

    He [Obama] has to be incredibly careful about the message he sends right now publicly, whatever he says in private. I think the US government in part has to be in very close contact with the Egyptian military, now that they’ve been brought in to this contact by the president.

    They are potentially the group that could tell Mubarak to go. It could potentially turn against him … quietly and privately. A new government will have to undertake all of the social, structural changes … so that economic opportunity is not trapped in the hands of so few.

  92. Don’t think the Egyptian protesters want the US intervening publicly on their side, nommore than the Iranians did. They are nationalists, approval of US is relatively low (although vastly improved under our current president!). Better to work behind the scenes, putting pressure om Mubarak. To be effective these negotiations must be kept quiet. Can’t believe how stupidnall these pundits are.

  93. Mubarak might be better than the current governor of Texas. I’m sure he is smarter.

  94. Have we reached the acceptance part of grieving yet? Not about that other blog, but about the MSM. Our television news delivery system appears to be broken beyond repair.

    There are all kinds of things that America does well in the entertainment industry: movies, drama, reality, etc. Sports. News just isn’t one of them unless it has a built-in drama factor like disaster porn, the news-gathering on the national level is so sub-par…stick a fork in it, it’s done.

    So why bother watching it when there are perfectly acceptable alternatives like Al Jazeera? Even more questionable, why keep watching it then bitching about how broken it is? There’s no such thing as Breaking News any more. There’s only Broken News. Let go of cable news. It’s not that difficult to do. If you need a 24/7 steady diet of news…it’s all right there online, without the miserable commentary from lazy pretend journalists.

    Honestly, more people in this country care about the Super Bowl, heck even the commercials during the Super Bowl than they do what is going on in Egypt.

  95. HAH!

    Hey, I was right. AJ is now reporting that the “thugs” doing the looting are the police.

  96. There we go. I will listen to her, read Whitehouse.org, and spend time here.

    “Journalists” not required. And the last thing I would use is Racist DKOS. Be careful what you wish for, DFools. I remember then screaming for a people’s revolution over HCR. Theit resident “Photojournalist O” would conveniently post photos of past revolutions.

    My prayers for this very special country.

    Amazing. In the old days, I’d read two comments of “that” blog and feel ill. This experience could not be more different.

    Thank you, community.

  97. Oh, lord dont even let me think of those two at a moment like this. Thank God, we have the right people, Potus and VP Biden. And again AMERICA, thank you again for electing the right guys.

  98. The pundits are a waste of time. I’m pretty stunned (in a very good way) about the high quality of analysis in this thread. Who needs Fineman or Chuck Todd, lol?

    Your comment was well-stated from start to finish.

  99. TL MSM treats News as entertainment and they do that quite well also.

    But serious news coverage not so much, $$$ does not bring in enough revenue,

    So yes, you are right we should and have to seek alternate source.

  100. Hi gn

    I was just marvelling at the same thing, even made the comment to mu husband. I am out of my depth, but I’m so freaking self absorbed these days. Mea culpa. I missed a sub day Friday. Simply forgot to show up!

    So I am going to concentrate on my volunteer work. That way I can make a difference. Or I can scream about what POTUS should do on DKOS🙂

    This blog educates, provides a forum for open minded adults. I cannot thank BWD enough for this gift.

    Have a good weekend. Prayers to Egypt and the ME.

  101. I only watch C-Span. At school, the computers are set to MSN. WE can move about of course, but I’m usually rushed. Read it’s headlines and log off.

    Certain TV speaker’s opinions I am interested in hearing, (good news about HRC on TV tomorrow) Most, I do not give a damn about.

  102. Honestly, I haven’t watched US news for years. So many years that I don’t even quite remember how many. Sure, I tuned in for HCR, but that was it. Even with the Tucson shootings I was on the BBC.

  103. A look inside Paul Ryan’s scary budget proposals:

    * Large tax cuts for the wealthy but tax increases for the middle class. The plan would give the most affluent households a new round of large tax cuts by reducing the top income tax rates; eliminating income taxes on capital gains, dividends, and interest; and abolishing the corporate income tax, the estate tax, and the alternative minimum tax.

    To offset some of the cost, the plan would place a new consumption tax on most goods and services, which would increase taxes on most low- and middle-income families.The richest 1 percent of Americans would see their taxes cut in half, and households with incomes above $1 million would receive a $502,000 tax cut each year, on average, according to the Urban Institute-Brookings Institution Tax Policy Center. http://blog.dearmrpres.com/2011/01/29/inside-paul-ryans-budget.aspx

  104. Does this qualify as an angry leftist who expects Pres. Obama to snap his fingers? You decide.

    From the BBC liveblog: Johan Baumeister from Minneapolis, USA, writes: “As an American citizen, I am deeply ashamed of my government’s lukewarm response to the protests in Egypt. President Obama and Vice-President Biden have an opportunity to influence the outcome in favour of a more democratic Egypt. Thus far, they have squandered that chance. I urge all my fellow Americans to contact their senators, representatives, and the White House. It is time to call on Washington to stop supporting tyrants and dictators. It is time for out vaunted American gospel of democracy to be more than empty words and hollow gestures. It is time for a free world, and a Free Egypt!”

  105. I think it’s safe to say that that budget is DOA. I mean, really, if the people who voted for the GOP thought they would be responsible vis a vis the deficit and the middle-class, this should disabuse them of that notion, and perhaps shame them.

  106. I don’t know, but on her GMA interview yesterday when Robin brought up the Oscar De La Renta comments she simply said that “I wear what I am comfortable in, and what I love.” I am so glad she said that and then went on to say that she would rather “discuss military families, and how she can make a difference in people’s lives” rather than obviously discussing Oscar De La Renta who is transparently bitter because she won’t wear any of his designs.

  107. Good grief.. theres one for the ole gipper.

    People just do not appear to think before they go sticking their two cents and big nose into the business of other countries. I totally respect President Obama’s words yesterday.. these folks all up in arms- wanting us to call and write and demand ACTION from the US regarding Egypt really must have so little idea of consequences of words/actions. Either they want him to be more involved when he’s less involved.. or they want him less involved when he’s more involved. It’s a constant ignorant see-saw by the PL and the rightwing. They just crave chaos and mayhem I think anymore.

  108. Thanks, I’m not a fashionista.. but thats a nice little site.. and I enjoyed reading about the bangles made for her .. I’m into (learning) jewelry making and thus this was really cool to read about. thanks for the link askew🙂

  109. I drool over some of the clothing and colors our POTUS wears but she is a magnificent figure of a young woman. Unfortunately, I am short, dumpy and old. I do wear color though in styles that suit my more ‘mature’ figure.

    I agree though that lots of young women could borrow some fashion tips from her and adapt some of her style. She made the comment that she wears what she loves and I think that’s a good attitude to have.

  110. Thanks, jovie. I will be keeping an eye out on this. Solar and wind energy have been pet interests of mine for years.

  111. Yes, but are the Texans?🙂

    I apologize in advance to those Texans who did not vote for Bush or Perry.

  112. I just realized I promoted our dear First Lady. That should read FLOTUS not POTUS. Perhaps I am projecting the future, no? I doubt she would want that job after her experience supporting our Prez, lol.

  113. I am not a fashionista either, but I love the clothes that Michelle wears and I think she is really great at promoting lesser known designers.

  114. Nothing this President does will satisfy some. I thought his comments were modulated to the situation.

    I feel comfortable that his comments are not be based upon whether or not some oil or arms company can make a profit, but upon what is in the best interests of the United States in the long run.

  115. Overseasgranny, check out the twitter updates up page. There is a piece by Mark Lynch on Obama’s handling of the Egyptian crisis.

    He said that last evening his email box and twitter accounts were completely full of people condemning Obama for shoring up Mubarak in his remarks last evening.

    Sounds like a lot of them were from liberals who felt Obama was supporting the dictatorship. (Now, he really is Gbush).

    Will this craziness ever stop? Now PBO is against the citizens of Egypt.

    Mr. Lynch’s article clearly states that the President handled the situation well. Lynch seemed to be shocked by the anger over Obama’s statement.

  116. Reuters reports that protesters have set fire to the Tax Authority office tower near Cairo’s interior ministry, and that Barack Obama held a meeting this afternoon about the developments in Egypt with top advisers including Joe Biden and his national security adviser, Tom Donilon:

    “He (Obama) reiterated our focus on opposing violence and calling for restraint; supporting universal rights, and supporting concrete steps that advance political reform within Egypt,” the White House said in a statement released after the meeting.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jan/29/egypt-protests-government-live-blog

  117. Perfect answer, Mrs Obama! I appreciate her style, I enjoy seeing what she wears and how she wears it, but I would never believe it is a major preoccupation of hers. She would never have time for all her wonderful pursuits if it were. She is not shallow. I deplore the “who are you wearing” mentality in celebrityville. Waste of money, IMHO.

  118. Great mishmash today, BWD and all commentators please take a big bow!

    I learn so much here. I know very little about Egyptian politics. All I can do is pray for the good people of Egypt and send healing for their country. I thank all of you for providing so much information.

    I agree about so much that has been written here, the total inanity of our press, the ignorance of people who demand that President Obama do….all sorts of stupid things.

    My Sis has a pic of President Obama with the caption: “Relax, I’ve got this.”

    Bless him! I trust that he does have this and will do the best thing to help Egypt.

    Blessed weekend to all you good people here ♥

  119. I have added a day counter to my blog titled “How many Days until House GOP introduces a Jobs Bill.” I think others should do that as well. The House GOP is spending all of their energy on wasting time on frivolous legislation. They need to be called out.

  120. Those jerks just want PBO to be an abject failure at something…anything!..and when he isn’t they get more angry and try to make it sound like he is a failure. It’s the chattering sound of stupidity.

  121. Nicely said g, thats exactly how I see her.. shes just so effortlessly gorgeous- inside and out.

  122. Good idea and I have been sending weekly faxes and emails to them with: “Forget the posturing and rhetoric, SHOW US THE JOBS!”

  123. I think the plan is to do all the teabagger biddings first and then say “We tried, but we need the Senate and White House if you want the changes you desire”.

    Gives Dems some attack points in a years time – a month in and they’ve did nothing. What did the Dems accomplish a month in?

  124. I would like to second all that you said Aquagranny.. I too know little about Egypt’s politics.. and yet felt very comfortable with our President’s speech on things happening there.. he’s always so low key and calm and that is what I see here at bwd’s site.. the ability to have conversations about facts, calmly and reasonably without the hyperbole that has become so fashionable Everywhere by so many, particularly our media.

  125. You are doing such a great job on your blog- and all of the info you’re putting out Tori, thank you.

  126. Saint Roscoe

    On Jan 28, 2009 the House passed the Stimulus bill.

    IN January 2009 the Senate passed SCHIP and then it was signed into law.

    Very Important legislation.

    It is not about only having a month. This month will be pre-view of the entire year. They promised to “repeal and replace” the Health Care bill. Where is the replace portion? Eventhough they have only been in the majority for a month, they have had years to come up with ideas and so far nothing. The Tea Party is not the majority in this country. People are concerned with jobs, and if the Republicans were concerned with what is important they would be focusing on that area.

  127. I can’t think of anything worse for the protesters in Egypt than being labelled as agents of the USA. That’s not exactly a popular thing to be in the Arab world, no? Obama is doing the right thing: not getting involved.

    Of course, he did give that speech in Cairo a little while ago. He might have started kind of a slow burn there, you think? 🙂

  128. and the oil spill disaster. He made fools out of all thos PL’s screaming for him to “do” something they could visiably see when he was working behind the scenes getting to the bottom of things. They ALL wound up ashamed when he got BP to voluntarily agree to pay billions to the workers.

  129. Tori
    Read in Sheri’s post you had a blog. Clicked on your gravatar and found it. It’s marvelous!

  130. This is a description of Ryan’s proposals of last year.

    Clinton said it best in talking about this type of economic model: “Ideology over evidence”.

    My goodness it goes at the opposite of plain economic commonsense.

    Good news is that Ryan’s plan was so radical his fellow republicans never wanted to endorse it.

    So let’s be careful here. This is NOT the budget proposals the republicans will offer. However, we can be sure what they will indeed propose won’t be good either.

  131. Hannity’s head is so far up Bush’s behind it is not funny. There are only rocks in this pea brain.

  132. I am with the boycott. I will google a list of products. Also boycott Comcast and Directv owned by Rupert Murdoch.

  133. Thanks Tien for your link, its Mardi Gras paper towels. what a load of different industries they’re involved in.. very broad, but all easily replaceable imo with other items from other folks not a part of the Koch industries.

  134. Dorothy if you provide a link to your facebook group- I’ll join and then share it with my facebook folks.. please.

  135. Happy to do that.. and easy also. Please tell me- is Netflix owned by these? I love my Netflix and would hate to give it up.. but would do so.

  136. I suspect that more than the speech in Cairo — Obama’s non-intervention in Iran might be a catalyst for this and more uprisings. In the past — even if we didn’t intervene with force — it was guaranteed that we would use other means to try to cripple anybody who didn’t choose something that satisfied us.

    I read a lot of commentary from the Middle East to the effect that people trusted Obama — but they didn’t trust that people in this country would allow Obama policy.

    Which — if people are feeling more hopeful that they can escape US domination — then credit has to go to more folks than Obama. These people would have to see indication that Obama’s new direction had enough support to be sustainable. So — the state department must be doing a pretty good job of alleviating people’s fears and raising their hopes. And — it could also be that many of our usual allies are signaling a solid break with past policies — too.

    Whatever the case — I realize that in some cases there may be violence — but I’m so glad to see people feeling hopeful enough to stand up and demand their freedom.

    The antidote to desperation is hope.

  137. Ya know, y’all… I’ve been reading here but not posting. Just busy and pretty depressed over the state of just about everything. 😦

    But just wanted everyone to know that it’s great to read just fair and balanced views – without all the drama.

    So Thanks!!! 🙂

  138. Sorry to read that you’re depressed kishik. Co-signed@it’s great to read analysis here where there’s balance and very little drama, as well as intelligence, wisdom and maturity IMO. sheila has been discussing themes of American exceptionalism and challenging this country’s need to believe that we are exceptional. Numerous people today, rather than knee-jerking or screaming for the daddy in the WH to snap his fingers and fix a mess, offered sane and rational analysis, noting the nuances of the situation. This is a deeply special space.

  139. Very well said Faith. I am just sick of people who have little understanding of the complexity of what is going on Egypt. How quickly they forget the example of the Iranian Revolution. I think President Obama has responded very wisely, unlike people who want to pour gasoline on raging fire thinking that is the way to put it out.

  140. Wasn’t the fair pay for women, Lily Ledbetter bill’ the first month also? Important for 1/2 of us!

  141. Reason, analysis, no drama or vitriol. Respect, inclusion. What an oasis! Reminds me of that campaign in 2008. We are the change we want to see in the world.

  142. I’m not surprised that they torched the Tax Authority. Kleptocracies like Mubaraks’s regime steal everything that’s not nailed down and demand the people give them still more and more. With those tax records gone, the only way to collect taxes will be to create a whole new tax authority that would be fairer than the old one.

    I read somewhere that Mrs. Mubarak has left Egypt. Considering that wives like to stand by their man, it’s another sign. Of course, she may decide to stay in exile rather than face a public that probably hates her as much as her husband. She’s 71, and probably wants to retire anyway.

  143. I see so few instances of military dictatorships being any easier to get rid of than civilian dictatorships. Could you give me some examples that would give me hope?

  144. I’ve been pretty busy the past couple of days, but wanted to second, third, fourth, etc., the comments about appreciating the reasoned commentary about the Egypt situation. As someone else said above, I had literally no interest in Egypt in general prior to Thursday, and have enough self-awareness to not immediately assume that I know what’s “best” for the situation, too bad others on the “left” are incapable of that. I have a feeling that more and more around the world we will see this type of thing, and just like with Iran last year the last thing the US needs to do when this happens is try and impose their will. Make sure support for the people is expressed, but ultimately this problem will have to be resolved by the Egyptian people, for better or worse.

  145. Egypt Update from:

    http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/01/29/latest-updates-on-protests-in-egypt-2/

    People Completely Governing Themselves’
    As Egyptians endure a night of uncertainty, defending their own homes in the absence of a functioning police force, bloggers and journalists continue to speculate that sowing chaos might be part of the regime’s strategy for hanging on to power.

    An Egyptian blogger who writes as Sandmonkey has found his way back on to Twitter. On Saturday night, he wrote:

    Dear Mubarak, collect your thugs, it’s not working. You’re sacrificing them. We’re protecting the streets….

    Nasr City now safe and calm, Heliopolis on the way thanks to people taking control of street protection….

    Women carry sticks and join volunteer protection committees on the streets of Heliopolis. People saluting army. It’s great….

    People in neighborhoods wearing white bands to identify each other.

    Great moment for Egypt, people completely governing themselves.
    He signed off with this observation: “5 years ago my beliefs made me a minority opposition, today I am the people.”

    CNN’s Cairo correspondent Ben Wedeman echoed the reports of Cairo residents banding together to provide their own security, writing on Twitter:

    Neighborhood protection groups wearing white arm bands in Cairo. People getting organized to end chaos and looting.

    My wonderful wife has handed out baseball bats, clubs, kitchen knives and tea to neighborhood patrol.

    Almost every Egyptian I’ve spoken with, plus myself, is hoarse. Too much teargas, smoke from burning buildings, shouting and talking.

    Crowd drags two looters to Army soldiers at State TV, after beating the … out of them, looters I mean.

    It’s blessedly quiet in central Cairo at 12:45 a.m.

    Army in control of Egyptian Museum. No repeat of Baghdad, please

  146. The idocy of the PL never sees to amaze me.

    It’s like they have no brain – just an immediate knee jerk reaction to just spout nonsense without thinking through the implications.

    They were livid over Bush invading another country. Yet what do they want now? Obama to go blazing in and running another country??

    Essentially that’s what they are asking him to do.

    He handled this explosive situation with as much care.

    And quite frankly I think from the Egyptian citizens’ point of view, they would be pissed that we are in anyway making it about us, it’s about them and what they are looking for.

    So it irritates me to no end how they keep touting in the media how Social networking and twitter is at the forefront of the “revolution”

    It’s a frickin tool – get over yourselves! It’s not about social media or the US Citizens opinion!

  147. EXACTLY!!!!

    Maybe it’s from watching too many Star Trek episodes – but I do respect this notion of the “Prime Directive” obviously, it’s one thing to step in on a mass humanitarian basis or genocide, but quite another thing to interfere in another country’s culture and government.

    Who are we to judge which way is the right way?

  148. This is the Iranian elections all over again. Why do these people (the PL) have to learn the same lessons over and over again?

  149. I really love what you’re doing on your blog. I recommend that after you vote on Tori’s poll, click on the ‘dashboard’ thing. It’s pretty nifty.

    I’ve never clicked the ‘like’ button on anything before, but that countdown to the GOP introducing a jobs bill…my first ever.

  150. Good evening everyone.

    I’ve been pretty busy the last few days as well and also had a young co-worker (28 years old) of mine who was killed in a head on car crash this week. Everyday is a blessing and I am grateful everyday that I wake up and President Obama is our President.

    Great job with the Saturday Mishmash BWD.

  151. He just sounds like someone who doesn’t know what he’s talking about and is just comforting himself in a time of instability with a fact-free yet emotionally and ego-satisfying rant against President Obama. At least he doesn’t have his own show on MSNBC from which to do this, lol.

  152. Given that the situation is so precarious, McCain meddling in it is more detrimental, than good.

  153. More Recovery due to the efforts of this Administration:

    Stimulus funds help wire rural homes for Internet. The effort parallels the New Deal electrification of the nation in the ’30s and ’40s

    Snip:

    — In Colorado, mountains and vast stretches between farms and ranches on the plains have made it difficult for companies to justify spending millions of dollars to lay fiber optic cable to connect far-flung residents.

    There, a public-private partnership won $100 million in stimulus money to try to expand high-speed Internet access to all Colorado school districts and to libraries and key institutions across the state. Some of the money will go to laying fiber and erecting new microwave towers to deliver broadband — at least — into areas that need them.

    — In Texas, where 96 percent of households have broadband, $8 million in stimulus money is funding a five-year effort that includes mapping, data collection and technical assistance in hopes of reaching the 285,550 now-unserved households. Dave Osborn, CEO of Valley Telephone Cooperative Inc., said his company serves an area of roughly 1,700 square miles in south Texas with a population of 30,000. Stimulus money is key, he says.

    “It takes a whole lot of money to serve this (population),” Osborn said. “At the end of the day, there’s no way I can spend $14,000 on a line and bill a customer $16 a month. We couldn’t do it without (the federal dollars).”

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/41329567/ns/technology_and_science-tech_and_gadgets/

  154. Because they operate on the basis of emotions and not on critical thinking. This is what I think fuels their knee jerk reactions. They don’t think beyond what they would like to see happen. They’re also not thinking about how the people of Egypt would deal with the negative consequences of their knee jerk recommendations, but PBO is thinking about it. That’s why I’m glad he is POTUS at this time in history. We don’t need to insert ourselves into another military conflict, imho. Our military is already operating under a tremendous amount of pressure and stress. If we care about our military forces, we won’t want to make any rash decisions based primarily on emotions. One of the reasons I voted for PBO is because of his ability to remain calm in the face of chaos.

  155. Partisanship is supposed to end at the water’s edge – so the next two years will be very interesting, since the President is expected to pay more attention to foreign affairs. We’ll see if these naysayers and armchair quarterbacks have any allegiance to their president.

  156. They are really confusing to me, one week it’s we shouldn’t be picking leaders for other countries now it’s we need to pick the leader for Egypt. The media spends so much time trying to predict the future that they are never in the present.

  157. I did. Not only the NYT guy, but also another expert on Egypt and the Middle East was on his show and agreed with the gentleman from the NYT. Jenk really looked like an uninformed partisan hack.

  158. president mccain is unfit to comment on anything reg this issue. He should just STFU and go away.

  159. Has he been the only GOPer to make a commenht? I haven’t heard the usual litany of teeth-gnashing. Then again, I haven’t been watching US news.

  160. Like you, I haven’t watched any news (gave it up two years ago🙂 but I wouldn’t be surprised if the GOP is all over the Sunday News shows- putting in their two cents.. and of course McCain has a permanent star on the walk of sunday news shows.

  161. Demonstrators in L.A. get it.

    I just flipped on our local NBC station. The lead story was about a demonstration by both Arabs and Iranians being held at the Federal Building in Westwood. After getting crowd reaction, the reporter went on to say that the demonstrators understand the fine line Pres. Obama has to walk, and how he has to not be seen interfering in something organic and Egyptian. He did say that those in the crowd said the US shouldn’t be afraid of what comes after Mubarak, but, finally, people with a direct interest in what’s happening in Egypt acknowledging that balancing act the administration has to conduct. If only our commentariat could be as enlightened.

  162. I went back and re-read the Marc Lynch article, and I thought the money quote was this:

    “It’s crucial to understand that the United States is not the key driver of the Egyptian protest movement. They do not need or want American leadership — and they most certainly are not interested in “vindicating” Bush’s freedom agenda or the Iraq war, an idea which almost all would find somewhere between laughable, bewildering, and deeply offensive.”

  163. Yes! This is a nationalist protest with nationalist aims. The populace is tired of a 30-year kleptocratic dictatorship where their lives get progressively worse, with no control over the fate of their own country. The worst thing we could do would be to interfere and try to take “leadership” of the revolution. Pres. Obama has done the best thing he can do: indicate to Pres. Mubarak that a Tienanmen solution is NOT on the table.

  164. This is my key take-away from the excellent Lynch article: “And then will come the hard part. This part of the speech, which went largely unremarked, may prove to be the key to the future: ‘When I was in Cairo, shortly after I was elected President, I said that all governments must maintain power through consent, not coercion. That is the single standard by which the people of Egypt will achieve the future they deserve.’ If the U.S. can help the Egyptian people achieve those aspirations, then it will be a major diplomatic success which resonates far beyond Egypt’s borders.”

  165. He Just Keeps Bleeding Love

    “No matter what is said about him – President Obama keeps his chin up and keeps letting us know he does love ALL Americans by helping us. This is just a bit of what he has done!”

  166. Interesting bit of information from Al Jazeera. People are getting around the blocking of the Internet in Egypt in two ways. Firstly, they’re going back to dial-up, just plugging into analog modems and getting online that way. The second way is that people are calling friends and relatives outside the country, and giving them things to post on the blocked Twitter accounts. Very, very creative.

  167. What I’d heard yesterday was that the military is respected by the Egyptian people. It’s the police that they don’t respect.

  168. I don’t even think that Chuck Todd has any political science education, or can even point to Egypt on a map. His words are worthless to me.

  169. Al Jazeera

    The United States and other leading European nations have urged Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian president, to refrain from violence against unarmed protesters and work to create conditions for free and fair elections.

    Washington told Mubarak on Saturday that it was not enough simply to “reshuffle the deck” with a shake-up of his government and pressed him to make good on his promise of genuine reform.

    “The Egyptian government can’t reshuffle the deck and then stand pat,” State Department spokesman PJ Crowley said in a message on Twitter after Mubarak fired his government but made clear he had no intention of stepping down.

    “President Mubarak’s words pledging reform must be followed by action,” Crowley said, echoing Obama’s appeal on Friday for Mubarak to embrace a new political dynamic.

    In a statement released in Berlin on Saturday, the leaders of Britain, France and Germany said they were “deeply worried about the events in Egypt”.

    “We call on President Mubarak to renounce any violence against unarmed civilians and to recognise the demonstrators’ peaceful rights,” the joint statement said.

    “We call on President Mubarak to begin a transformation process that should be reflected in a broadly based government, as well as free and fair elections.”

    The European trio appealed to Mubarak to respond to his people’s grievances and take steps to improve the human rights situation in the country.

    http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2011/01/201113003435803286.html

  170. So, what you’re saying is that its NOT all about us? The media obsession with making this OUR problem, our responsibility. Isn’t it like blaming Norway for the American Revolution? The people of Egypt are concerned about their lives, their futures. They don’t see that as including an 82 year old dictator and the entrenched interests that profit from his being in power.

    If we believe in democracy then we believe in it. Not just for us. I believe this will unfold as a formative period in Egypt and the Middle East in the same way we saw dictatorships in Latin America fall in the 90s.

  171. I saw the interview. Biden did not say Mubarak was not a dictator. He said “I would not call him a dictator.” It would be completely inappropriate for the Vice President to characterize the leader of an allied state as a dictator, even if true. It was a diplomatic side step.

  172. This actually made me a little sad. President Obama (and the Democrats in Congress) have moved the cause of the middle class and normal Americans forward with so much important legislation and focus on previously neglected areas. From veterans affairs, to infrastructure, to education, to decades long settlements for wronged minority groups. It’s been two solid years of hard work on behalf of Americans, including those who proudly wear their “Obama Sucks” t-shirts, or call him a commie and such – without knowing a single fact.

    I was in Washington for a rally before Health Care was passed, and it happened to be the weekend when about 50,000 tea baggers descended on Washington for one of their first rallies. They were literally swarming all over the place. And I remember thinking, as I sat on a tour bus, watching them sit at outdoor cafes with their “Don’t tread on me” signs and t-shirts, that they didn’t even realize that the man they were protesting had saved the global economy – which allowed them to sit in those cafes, spending their money, free from the fear of utter global collapse. I was traumatized that weekend – and still remember the disgust I felt watching them swarm the capital, without knowing a single fact of truth, and claiming to be angry over deficit – all the while simply being racist, ignorant fools.

    This video brought all that back. Yet, through it all – there’s smiling President Obama, looking at the bigger picture, staying focused, and working for ALL Americans. Even those who hate him for no good/real reason.

  173. A new nation is born.

    South Sudan referendum: 99% vote for independence

    Some 99% of South Sudanese voted to secede from the north, according to the first complete results of the region’s independence referendum.

    A total of 99.57 percent of those polled voted for independence, according to the referendum commission.

    Early counting had put the outcome of the ballot beyond doubt, indicating Southern Sudan had secured a mandate to become the world’s newest nation.

    The poll was agreed as part of a 2005 peace deal to end two decades of war.

    Final results from the 9-15 January vote, which Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has said he will accept, are expected early next month.

    If the result is confirmed, the new country is set to formally declare its independence on 9 July.

    Hundreds of officials and diplomats gathered in Juba at the grave of rebel leader John Garang for the first official announcement of the results.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/mobile/world-africa-12317927

  174. Perhaps many of the keyboard jockeys are not in this world much less than the present. I have a feeling a lot of them are gamers and think what is going on in the world is just another virtual game world and they can slam around and do and say all kinds of things with no repercussions. Perhaps we can give them a virtual world game that retrains them on anger management and stupidity?

  175. Hello everyone…As stated up thread..I find
    it a little coincidental that all of these
    revolutions are happeing at a time when the
    world recognizes our amazing President.

  176. Hello Everyone, & Peace to all. Listen, I can’t help but wonder at times, why all these problems are happening on our President’s watch. I guess I sometimes get a bit dissappointed, & I sometime am loaded with all kinds of questions as to why now, when we have a President that Is doing his darnest to restore Peace to everyone, & around the world. He’s trying his darnest to get along & have peaceful relations with our fellow Human Beings. I sometimes wonder why our God In Heaven, Is allowing all of these problems to happen on one of his believing Servant’s watch. It’s been one thing after another happening since our Beloved President has taken Office. I find myself saying Forgive me Lord, for questioning you, which I believe he does. I guess what I’m trying to say Is: I guess some of us Americans, Including myself could be feeling like we’re In a “Job” like situation. You remember that “Job”, was a good man that had great Faith In God, and yet he had one problem after another, after another, seem like there was just no light at the end of the tunnel. I think I or perhaps we, sometimes feel a bit like “Job” did. Seem like In all that the little bit of good that we do, or try to do, Is just not good enough. No rewards or credit, thankless efforts. So, at the end of the day, I come up with, we must go through the fire FIRST, before our little light shines. We must not give up, but keep looking forward Anyhow! Inspite of our Frustrations, & all the obstacles, and thankless efforts, & the will to do right by others. Please understand my fellow readers, that I’m not a self righteous person by far, I fall down, but I get up too. And I guess that’s what this entire struggle of being American & trying to right our wrongs Is about. Falling down & getting up. Winning a few, & losing some. We just have to keep hope alive to the bitter end. Listen People, I believe that we must PRAY, & PRAY some more not only for ourselves, Family & Love Ones, but for our Country & our President as well. I sincerely believe that our “Lord” Is using our Prez. which Is a good thing. I’m beginning to believe that that’s why our God chose our President, to be President. He’s setting an example, a positive example. Something good Is going to come out of all of this. For the “Good Book” have many many stories of great Kings & Rulers that struggled & had to go through the Fire FIRST, before coming out like pure gold, being a winner, so to speak. I started out typing here, feeling a bit dissappointed , & questionable about why we’re going through all of this, when we have a good & respectable Prez. that’s doing a lot of good for everyone. A President that believe In reaching back, & helping the “Have Nots”. I guess I’ve answered my own question, which Is: Keep the Faith, don’t give up, keep hope alive so to speak. Thanks for your listening ears, or should I say your reading eyes, lol. Have a great day, & Pray, Pray, Pray :-

    Thank you so much “BWD”, for this opportunity to journal my thoughts on things & Issues. Thank you🙂.

    I love you all:-).

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