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One of these is an actual Fox Nation headline from earlier today.






Did you figure out which one is real? It’s this one. It’s hard to parody these fools.

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They say the second 9/11 is easier

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This was too good to pass up. The op-ed professionals at the Washington Examiner had to weigh in on the embassy violence. It wouldn’t be patriotic of them to remain silent while the rest of us were piling up dead bodies. Picking through smoking rubble. DNA testing the remains.

It’s the sequel. “9/11: Muslims Never Sleep.” Vote Rudy Giuliani in 2016.

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The beaucoux eye-queuex of the Wall Street Journal

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Time for the Wall Street Journal to weigh in on the latest Romney shambles. Sniff, snort, publish. Roll over, order room service.

Whatever the timing of the Cairo Embassy’s statements, Mr. Romney is right that a U.S. Embassy ought to ignore YouTube videos produced by obscure cranks. As Tuesday’s events showed, pandering to Islamists who would use the video to inflame anti-American sentiment isn’t going to stop the protests.

So when the Cairo delegation smelled smoke in the wind, their official response should have been “Bring it on, motherfuckers.” None of these editorial geniuses has ever been posted abroad I’m thinking.

His political faux pax was to offend a pundit class that wants to cede the foreign policy debate to Mr. Obama without thinking seriously about the trouble for America that is building in the world.

Mitt Romney’s political “fake peace.” That is precious. I figure our president being a Kenyan ipso blackto confirms his desire to kiss Arab ass. You guys really showed the pundits who the smart ones are. Most of the goats on Murdoch’s farm eat tin cans, but some are used for fire prevention.

Speaking of horny, Ann Althouse. You politic-snots just can’t stand it, can you? It makes you jealous when a candidate tries to win.

There was an opportunity to go for the win, and Romney took it. The media noticed, of course, and sprang into such intense, concerted action that it was obvious that they knew it was a day to be won and if the other side was going to go for the win, they had to act quickly and ensure that their guy won the day.

But today? It’s Thursday. Today Ann won.

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Republican foreign policy analysts reject Mitt Romney’s attacks over ambassador’s death

2012 campaign, foreign policy, politics of the politics

I’m no fan of Buzzfeed’s writing. Or much of anything else they do. But if they’re accurately reporting Republican reaction to Mitt Romney’s criticism of Obama after the death of our Libyan ambassador, Mitt better do something. He might shamble his way back to a microphone pretty quick.

Mitt Romney’s sharply-worded attack on President Obama over a pair of deadly riots in Muslim countries last night has backfired badly among foreign policy hands of both parties, who cast it as hasty and off-key, released before the facts were clear at what has become a moment of tragedy.

This was Romney last night: “I’m outraged by the attacks on American diplomatic missions in Libya and Egypt and by the death of an American consulate worker in Benghazi,” he said. “It’s disgraceful that the Obama administration’s first response was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions, but to sympathize with those who waged the attacks.”

Romney keyed his statement to the American Embassy in Cairo’s condemnation of an anti-Muslim video that served as the trigger for the latest in a series of regional riots over obscure perceived slights to the faith. But his statement — initially embargoed to avoid release on September 11, then released yesterday evening anyway — came just before news that the American Ambassador to Libya had been killed and broke with a tradition of unity around national tragedies, and of avoiding hasty statements on foreign policy. . .

“They were just trying to score a cheap news cycle hit based on the embassy statement and now it’s just completely blown up,” said a very senior Republican foreign policy hand, who called the statement an “utter disaster” and a “Lehman moment” — a parallel to the moment when John McCain, amid the 2008 financial crisis, failed to come across as a steady leader.

That one’s anonymous. But maybe you’d like a name. How about Bill Kristol?

“I guess we see now that it is because they’re incompetent at talking effectively about foreign policy,” said the Republican. “This is just unbelievable — when they decide to play on it they completely bungle it.”

More and more:

“It’s deeply unfortunate when the circumstance of the statement becomes the story,” said Rick Perry’s former foreign policy adviser, Victoria Coates, who is now an adjunct fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, and who suggested that Romney should simply have “gone earlier rather than save it for midnight” to avoid appearing to play politics on September 11. “It’s unfortunate that it’s playing out this way, and hopefully they can get back on message, because their point is sound,” she said.

Other conservatives were less sympathetic.

“It’s bad,” said a former aide to Senator John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign. “Just on a factual level that the statement was not a response but preceding, or one could make the case precipitating. And just calling it a ‘disgrace’ doesn’t really cut it. Not ready for prime time.”

A third Republican, a former Bush State Department official, told BuzzFeed, “It wasn’t presidential of Romney to go political immediately — a tragedy of this magnitude should be something the nation collectively grieves before politics enters the conversation.”

The third Republican did support Romney’s essential message after disparaging the timing and politics of it. Romney however isn’t interested in whatever these foreign policy experts have to say. He’s lagging in his campaign for the presidency with only eight weeks to go. So this morning he doubled up on the attack:

“I also believe the administration was wrong to stand by a statement sympathizing with those who had breached our embassy in Egypt instead of condemning their actions,” Romney said, echoing a provocative statement the campaign released late Tuesday night. “It’s never too early for the United States government to condemn attacks on Americans and to defend our values.”

Before violence broke out, the Egyptian consulate commented on the growing controversy by denouncing anti-Muslim rhetoric [see here]. After the deaths, the consulate re-posted the comment, but the administration disavowed it. Instead, both the President and the Secretary of State issued statements strongly denouncing the killing. Romney knows this but chooses to ignore it. Because he’s desperate. What a sad campaign.

Incidentally, did you see Vladimir Putin yesterday thank Mitt Romney for calling Russia “our number one geopolitical foe”? He said Mittens made Russia’s case for opposing the missile defense shield. Well played, foreign policy expert.

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Libyan ambassador killed in violent protests; Romney calls Obama administration response “disgraceful”

2012 campaign, politics of the politics, tragedy

An internet film made by an Israeli American real estate developer from California and promoted by Koran-burning pastor Terry Jones of Florida has sparked violent protests in Egypt and Libya. An attack on the Libyan embassy in Benghazi yesterday killed the US ambassador and three others.

Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens was killed Tuesday night when he and a group of embassy employees went to the consulate to try to evacuate staff. The protesters, angry over a film that ridiculed Islam’s Prophet Muhammad, were firing gunshots and rocket propelled grenades. All of the officials — three in all — hold senior security positions in Benghazi.

The President condemned the violence.

“I strongly condemn the outrageous attack on our diplomatic facility in Benghazi, which took the lives of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens,” President Obama said in a statement Tuesday morning. “Right now, the American people have the families of those we lost in our thoughts and prayers. They exemplified America’s commitment to freedom, justice, and partnership with nations and people around the globe, and stand in stark contrast to those who callously took their lives.”

In Egypt, protestors climbed the embassy walls in Cairo and tore down the American flag. It was replaced with one exalting Muhammad. Mitt Romney seized upon the mayhem and death to criticize the Obama administration.

“I’m outraged by the attacks on American diplomatic missions in Libya and Egypt and by the death of an American consulate worker in Benghazi,” he said. “It’s disgraceful that the Obama administration’s first response was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions, but to sympathize with those who waged the attacks.”

Romney was referring to the Egyptian consulate’s response to the growing controversy before the violence broke out. They “condemn[ed] the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims.” GOP chairman Reince Priebus similarly attacked the president, albeit personally. Priebus charged that Obama “symapathize[d]“ with the Egyptian rioters.


The Obama campaign shot back, calling the Republican criticism ugly politics:

“We are shocked that, at a time when the United States of America is confronting the tragic death of one of our diplomatic officers in Libya, Governor Romney would choose to launch a political attack,” Obama’s campaign press secretary Ben LaBolt said in a statement.

The “movie” that started this mess is essentially anti-Muslim trash. It’s a low-budget green-screen affair that portrays Muhammad as an idiot and his followers as homicidal child-molesting pagans.

The movie, “Innocence of Muslims,” was directed and produced by an Israeli-American real-estate developer who characterized it as a political effort to call attention to the hypocrisies of Islam.

At least some of the movie, when it’s not calling Muslims gay donkeys, is sympathetic to Egyptian Coptics. After clips of it were dubbed into Arabic and redistributed online, the protests began.

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Just another drunken Texas congressman

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Louie Gohmert. Witness him weave his way from Obama on the ’08 campaign trail, through the number of states in the OIC, past Egypt and the Muslim Brotherhood, to stumble upon “people who wants to destroy our country.”


Is he really that stoopid? Or drunk? Yes. I am reminded of his comments, two years ago, on The Great Cats And Rare Canids Act. It provided money to countries making efforts to preserve their endangered species. He complained:

We are still borrowing money from the Chinese. And, once again, the irony here is incredible. We are going to borrow more money from the Chinese to possibly give them money back to create habitats for wild dogs and cats that are rare.

There is no assurance that if we did that we wouldn’t end up with moo goo dog pan or moo goo cat pan. There is no way to assure that money will not be wasted when it’s sent to foreign countries.

Throw away perfectly good Moo Shoo Bark? Never.

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National Review’s Andrew McCarthy sneers at the Arab world

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Aren’t people all alike? You know, like the Eskimos — they’re all alike. Mexican people, all exactly the same. The Blacks, the Jews, whatever. The fucking Arabs, too.

An Ill Season
The Arab spring unleashes Islamists on Egyptian Christians
Andrew C. McCarthy | National Review | May 14, 2011

Screaming “With our blood and soul, we will defend you, Islam,” jihadists stormed . .

. . fucking Arabs. Like dogs. They should stay leashed.

. . burned the nearby homes of two Copt families to the ground, attacked a residential complex, killed a dozen people, and wounded more than 200: just another day in this spontaneous democratic uprising by Muslim hearts yearning for freedom.

Muslim hearts and freedom — that is rich. They just kill people.

In the delusional vocabulary of the “Arab Spring,” this particular episode is known as a sectarian “clash.” That was the Washington Post’s take.

Stupid Washington Post. These fucking Arabs will kill you, you idiots.
Kill you.

The thugs in question were Egyptian Muslims. Were they representative of all Egyptian Muslims? No, but it would be more accurate to portray them as such than to suggest, as the Pollyanna narrative holds, that Egypt (and Tunisia, and Yemen, and Syria, and Lebanon, and Algeria, and …) is teeming with legions of Gamal al-Madisons.

Wisconsin Arabs? Very funny, Andy. They’re sooooo different.

This is the Egypt where the toppling of the pro-American, pro-peace Mubarak regime was celebrated by the rape of CBS correspondent Lara Logan amid the familiar chants of “Allahu Akbar!”

And then they’re fucking raping people. Fucking Arabs.

The same Egypt where, just a few weeks ago, Islamist factions wiped out the proponents of democracy by a whopping 78–22 margin in a referendum on the formation of a new government. The result ensures a Muslim Brotherhood hammerlock on the new parliament, and perhaps even the presidency . .

Who let them vote? God damn. We should stop that bullshit, like right now. As if anything good could ever come of it. “Remember on Tuesday, vote for Prop 21, the jihad proposition. YES ON 21. YES ON JIHAD.” Yeah, we should totally jihad. And then go rape some journalists. Who’d vote ‘NO’? Nobody.

The provocation that stirred Muslims this time, as if there had to be one, involved a rumor that Copts are preventing a Christian woman from converting to Islam — and who wouldn’t grab the blowtorch over that?

Typical. Fucking. Muslims.

That didn’t stop enraged Muslims — rage being the default condition . .

. . you get the picture. If the National Review had a conscience, they’d fire McCarthy yesterday. But then, who’d clean the cat box?

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Conservative sh*tbags thoroughly rip victim Lara Logan

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Frankly, I’m having a hard time typing. My hands are practically shaking, I’m so pissed at the bacterial likes of Jim Hoft, Debbie Schlussel and their exultant readers.

Who the hell could be furious with or mocking of reporter Lara Logan, someone who has suffered this way?

In the crush of the mob, she was separated from her crew. She was surrounded and suffered a brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating before being saved by a group of women and an estimated 20 Egyptian soldiers. She reconnected with the CBS team, returned to her hotel and returned to the United States on the first flight the next morning. She is currently in the hospital recovering.

Here’s Debbie Schlussel:

Alhamdillullah [Praise allah], Islam Fan Lara Logan Gets a Taste of Islam

. . I just love it when the people of the profession of “the public’s right to know” suddenly want “privacy.” Tell it to your next interview subject, Lara. Of course CBS has no further comment. Wouldn’t wanna impugn the “peacefulness” of “Religion of Peace” animals, would we? Now, if they were Christians or Jews, well, then there would be comments galore.

So sad, too bad, Lara. No one told her to go there. She knew the risks. And she should have known what Islam is all about. Now she knows. Or so we’d hope. But in the case of the media vis-a-vis Islam, that’s a hope that’s generally unanswered.

This never happened to her or any other mainstream media reporter when Mubarak was allowed to treat his country of savages in the only way they can be controlled.

Now that’s all gone. How fitting that Lara Logan was “liberated” by Muslims in Liberation Square while she was gushing over the other part of the “liberation.”

How do I comment on something so devoid of the hallmarks of humanity: intelligence and compassion? Debbie Schlussel acts like some ugly fraction of a human.

“Praise Allah” for Lara’s sexual assault? “How fitting” she ended up in the hospital?

And, for the record, where is Lara Logan’s blog? The one where she identified herself as a leftist? Or her Twitter feed, where she’s found “gushing over” the Disneyland Muslims of Tahrir Square? Neither exists. None of the things they identify as Lara Logan is true. They’ve completely lost their minds, and they couldn’t be happier. Jim Hoft:

Lara Logan is lucky she’s alive.
Her liberal belief system almost got her killed on Friday. This talented reporter will never be the same.

Jim Hoft is notoriously stupid, so there’s no way he actually knows any of the things he’s alleging here. He’s just in his glory, period. Nothing more than that. He’s just drunk on Logan’s bruising and blood.

Why did this attractive blonde female reporter wander into Tahrir Square last Friday? Why would she think this was a good idea? Did she not see the violence in the square the last three weeks? Did she not see the rock throwing? Did she miss the camels?

Jim refuses to treat Lara with the respect she’s earned. She’s reported from war-torn hellholes like Iraq and Afghanistan for years and years, so she’s well aware of what dangers exist in the environment. The revolution in Egypt is the biggest story of the year, and Logan is particularly well-suited to report upon it. I can’t blame her for being there, even after others got assaulted while covering the events.

Jim, though, like other right-winger bloggers, would prefer to piss on her professionalism and good reputation. Ace of Spades:

Here’s Logan shooting her dirty, dirty whore-mouth off on The Daily Show.

Jammie Wearing Fool:

Howard Kurtz gushed over Logan being a rapid riser a couple of years ago. Apparently she knows how to get a rise out of others.

Here’s Jim joining in the fun . .

A True Media Whore
Posted by Jim Hoft on Thursday, June 26, 2008, 7:07 AM

You can imagine Hoft’s readers are at least as rotten a kennel of shit-bottomed curs, as he is. You imagine correctly:







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Democracy and Freedom, courtesy only White Christian America (part one)

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The Egyptian Revolution. Hallelujah. Wow. What a thing of beauty, an awesome spectacle.

And what a great reminder of our own shocking, but humble, beginnings. I am struck again by the genius of our Founding Fathers.

Perhaps never before was, never again will be, a statement as brilliant as the Declaration of Independence issued by the rebels while they were rebelling. These were no bargain basements insurgents, these were the best a whole new nation had to offer.

These may have been some of the best a whole new world had to offer. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson remain iconic inspirations to peoples across the globe. There’s a good reason for that: their ideas have stood the test of time.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

They might have been (if you ask me) as famous for these words just as easily, from the paragraph before:

“When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them . .”.

They evoke similar themes. Man is free, thus no one may justifiably trap him in a ‘lesser station.’ His Freedom is a natural thing, like Earth’s gravity. This is always true, it always will be.

Good stuff! Quintessentially American. Taught to all of us from the first years at school, practically wallpapered on our brains. So tell me: why are Conservatives so uncomfortable with it?

The people of Egypt are people, right? Each is endowed with natural rights, no question? So what foreign philosophy have the wingnuts newly embraced here? Why have they forsaken the lucid legacy of the Founding Fathers? Glenn Beck:

This is the coming insurrection. It is. And it is imperative that you get up to speed. Do your own homework. This is not about Egypt. This is about your hometown and your lifestyle. It is important to see what is really going on and what this leads to.

You can just imagine Britons saying the same of us in 1776. John McCain:

This virus is spreading throughout the Middle East. The president of Yemen, as you know, just made the announcement that he wasn’t running again.

This, I would argue, is probably the most dangerous period of history in — of our entire involvement in the Middle East, at least in modern times.

Freedom, the dangerous virus. The poor martinet, on the other hand, dictator of 30 years, he’s a good person, he’s practically American himself. Just ask Dick Cheney:

So he’s been a good man. He’s been a good friend and ally to the United States, and we need to remember that.

Hosni Mubarak: gone after running away with billions of Egyptians dollars, oppressing his people for decades and torturing anybody he didn’t like. So he’s a good man, in Cheney’s eye. Pastor John Hagee:

. . an American ally and closet friend to Israel . . Israel will soon be surrounded by enemies screaming for their blood. Will America support them? Our president certainly has not been supportive of Israel to this point in his administration; why would he change now?

Freedom and human rights mean death to Israel. I wonder if the opposite is really what Israel wants for the world. Sarah Palin ain’t so comfortable with any of this, either:

. . surely they know more than the rest of us know who it is who will be taking the place of Mubarak and I’m not real enthused about what it is that that’s being done on a national level and from DC in regards to understanding all the situation there in Egypt. And in these areas that are so volatile right now because obviously it’s not just Egypt but the other countries too where we are seeing uprisings, we know that now more than ever, we need strength and sound mind there in the White House. We need to know what it is that America stands for so we know who it is that America will stand with. And we do not have all that information yet.

Underpinnings of freedom, anybody? Any of our guiding principles? Constitution, Declaration of Independence, yadda-yadda? Every one of these Patriots has been rendered a nervous babe lost in the woods. Sarah herself, with her mouth in gear and brain in neutral, admits she’d know better what to do if she only she could figure out “what it is that America stands for.” All, clueless or deranged with respect to understanding how to react to the events unfolding in the Middle East.

They weren’t always this way. George W. Bush, 2003, on the approach of democracy:

. . the power of freedom to transform that vital region, by bringing hope and progress into the lives of millions . .

Now that’s what I expect. Very odd — don’t you think? How can they be on both sides of the same issue?

From his studio in Philadelphia, syndicated radio talk-show host Glenn Beck urges Americans to support President Bush and what he characterizes as Mr. Bush’s plan for seeding freedom in the Middle East with the invasion of U.S. troops.

OHHHHH. Now I get it. If WE bring them democracy, it’s terrific. If they get it for themselves, it stinks (and Israel will die). Version 1: 100,000 dead, continuing violence and strife, no government yet installed. Version 2: 300 dead, elation in the streets, oppressive regimes across the Middle East shaking in their boots.

But Conservatives across America aren’t overjoyed, to say the least.

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Kenneth Cole, socially conscious CEO? Meet Kenneth Cole, twidiot.

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Crazy Egyptians — what a funny bunch of ants. It’s our fault. Ha.

Oops.


REVERSE:

As funnier as the CEO tweet is, it’s essentially true: Cole has been a a force for social consciousness.

Since 1985, Kenneth Cole has been openly involved in publicly supporting AIDS awareness and research. He is considered the first in the fashion industry to do so.

He uses fashion as a medium to promote socially conscious ads to help fight various causes from AIDS to homelessness. He has donated proceeds to such organizations as Mentoring USA, amfAR and Rock the Vote.


Hmm, lessons. Life and death matters in your neighborhood: critical issues attended by brilliant, sensitive people, in turn addressed by provocative, high-profile campaigns.


Life and death matters in far-flung neighborhoods: caterwaul.

But — oh — the potential!

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The regimes are dropping like flies in the Middle East

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First, it was the end of President Ben Ali in Tunisia. Next, it was . . seemingly everybody . .

Have the people of Tunisia changed the face of the Middle East?
Xavier Zapata | BBC | Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Last month an unemployed young man set himself on fire in Tunisia, and the flames appear to have engulfed a region. Officials wouldn’t let Mohamed Bouazizi sell vegetables without a licence, and his desperate act triggered an upsising that toppled the government of President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali. Since then we’ve seen a dramatic chain reaction, as people across the Arab World have protested against what they see as authoritarian and oppressive rule. Events have been moving at breathtaking speed . .


In Egypt:

Mubarak Says He Will Not Run for Presidency Again
Reuters and AP with CNBC.com | Tuesday, 1 Feb 2011

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said on Tuesday he would not leave Egypt although he would step down from the presidency at the end of his term, due to end when the country holds a presidential election in September . .

He also said pledged to implement a series of reforms, including calling on the judiciary to combat corruption, one of the complaints of protesters who have pushed him to announce an end to his presidency later this year.

In Jordan:

Jordan’s King Dismisses Government Amid Protests
By HASSAN HAFIDH and FARNAZ FASSIHI | Associated Press | Feb 2 2011

AMMAN—Jordan’s King Abdullah II fired his government and named a new prime minister who he said would be responsible for enacting “true” political reforms, the latest in a handful of moves announced Tuesday across the region that appeared aimed at tamping down growing popular anger at political and economic malaise.

On a day that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak faced hundreds of thousands of angry protesters with a pledge that he wouldn’t seek re-election, leaders around the region took steps to hold on to their own power.


In Yemen:

Yemeni president vows to step down after term, as protests spark changes across Arab world
Haretz | 2 2 2011

Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, a key U.S. ally against Al-Qaida, said on Wednesday he will not seek to extend his presidency in a move that would end his three-decade rule when his current term expires in 2013.

Eyeing protests that swept Tunisia’s leader from power and threaten to topple Egypt’s president, Saleh also vowed not to pass on the reins of government to his son. He also appealed to the opposition to call off protests as a large rally loomed.


The unrest grows in Syria:

Syrians called to join in anti-government protests
Peter Cave | ABC.net | Mon Jan 31, 2011

Syria looks set to join the growing list of Middle East regimes facing mass, anti-government demonstrations . .

Organisers have begun circulating leaflets and messages on the internet demanding freedom of speech, human rights and economic reforms and they are asking demonstrators to rally outside parliament house in Damascus, the Syrian capital.

The strict authoritarian government of Syrian president Bashar Assad has already broken up attempts to rally outside the Egyptian embassy and has begun deploying troops in the northern city of Aleppo ahead of planned protest rallies there.


. . and in Algeria:

The Revolution Continues – Unrest in Algeria, Jordan
Erin | Africana Online | January 31, 2011

Algeria, another northern African nation, has also been inspired by neighboring Tunisia and is seeing massive protests. More than 10,000 protesters marched against authorities in Algeria’s northeastern city of Bejaia on Saturday in the country’s largest rally yet. Demonstrators marched peacefully in the city, chanting slogans such as: “For a radical change of the regime!” RCD leader Said Sadi, whose group organized the rally, said, “The protest gathered more than 10,000 people.” The police were out but the protesters dispersed peacefully. In Algeria, as in Egypt and Tunisia, residents are growing frustrated with rising costs and unemployment. Three-fourths of Algerians are under 30. Most of them do not have jobs or apartments, despite the fact that the state assets are full with money from oil and gas exports . .

After riots broke out earlier in the month that left five people dead and over 800 injured, Algiers responded swiftly by reducing the prices of oil, sugar and other basic necessities which had risen sharply. The government also assured citizens that subsidies on essential goods like flour would continue. But, longtime President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is supported by a corrupt circle of military officers and secret police and his assurances did little to calm the unrest in the country. Similar to Tunisia and Egypt, more residents are using public suicide in an effort to protest the government. Within the past two weeks, eight people have set themselves on fire, most jobless and desperate.

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No crystal ball needed: Glenn Beck is blind to the future

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“The truth has no agenda, but the media does.”

Gee, I wonder in which of the truth/media camps Fox’s multi-million dollar man thinks he resides? Glenn Beck got off a real corker of a rant yesterday. Unhappy to keep feeding his nervous audience the same line of fears, as substantial as they are, he’s now detailing the disintegration of the entire political world. [. . having now seen the clip a second time, he's actually predicting the end of global civilization (below).] He tore it to pieces and threw it before mindless, rapacious superpowers far out of the menial control of the likes of you or me. I suppose it would be wise to believe they’re surely coming for us.

Here are the subjects Beck avows are involved with or predictors of the events currently unfolding in Egypt and rippling across the planet:

–Mohammed ElBaradei
–The Obama administration
–The Iranian Revolution
–Progressive activists
–The Weather Underground
–Bill Ayers
–Bernadine Dohrn
–The flotilla to Gaza
–Turkish Islamists
–The Muslim Brotherhood

Those are only the conspiratorial forces he exposes in the first two minutes. After that, it’s time for Glenn to give his viewers the concrete answers to all of the following:

–”What’s going on”
–”Why we went to war in Iraq”
–What of “The coming insurrection”
–The future of the Middle East
–The futures of the major political players on the planet
–The futures of the continents of Earth

That’s all:

As Steve Benen quotes Beck:

“I believe that I can make a case in the end that there are three powers that you will see really emerge. One, a Muslim caliphate that controls the Mideast and parts of Europe. Two, China, that will control Asia, the southern half of Africa, part of the Middle East, Australia, maybe New Zealand, and God only knows what else. And Russia, which will control all of the old former Soviet Union bloc, plus maybe the Netherlands. I’m not really sure. But their strong arm is coming. That leaves us and South America. What happens to us?”

Yes, what happens? Will I live?

Any problem with that take? Well, sure there is. Glenn Beck’s not just a predictor of crazy, he’s a predictor of wrong. He doesn’t get it right, he never gets it right, he’s never even close. By any measure, Glenn Beck stinks at predicting where the teeming world will be in a year or two. So far, he has a 100% track record of being mistaken on the side of chaos, conspiracy, apocalypse, and mass death.

Witness a video of his I uploaded 2 years ago (thank you, Crooks and Liars) where he predicts the complete unraveling of Mexico with dire consequences for America. Yeah, he tries to tell you that this is just his gut feeling, but it’s identical in rationale and tone to his subsequent predictions, including the whoppers above. It’s so perfectly a reverse-xeroxed take that Beck’s seed crystal of the End of Days — Archduke Ferdinand — makes the same ominous appearance [11:21 above, 0:42 below].

Holding Beck’s recent behavior in mind, upon watching the clip, what hits you isn’t that Glenn would now think he misfired on predicting a struggling Mexico collapsing with shocking consequences for the American Southwest. It’s more likely he went wrong in telling the camera he could be wrong. Mexico is, after all, only one country, no big deal. Contrast this with yesterday’s epic take where he calls the perhaps destinies of virtually every major power in the world. Right or wrong, though it’s always the latter, he no longer gives in to the hesitations we see here:

“There are too many things going on in Mexico that nobody is paying attention to, and we’re going to. Because I just have this gut feeling that . . this could be the final lightning bolt in the perfect storm.”

His previous shows were merely practice for what Glenn’s doing now. If he has either become too messianic or too professional to be qualified, who will protest the difference? Like his tears, Beck no longer needs a single excuse.

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