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People that are against democracy in Egypt have been citing the violence in Egypt as evidence of radicalism that we should fear. This doesn’t tell the whole story. If the peaceful demonstrations became violent, it is largely due to the actions of a government that fears for its own continued existence. Rachel Maddow has a solid video that questions why journalists are being accosted and arrested. Why would the government not want people reporting on what is happening?
The government has been trying to stoke violence and chaos so they can justify strong action against those seeking democracy. Those horrible looters people say demonstrate the danger of the protesters, but the looters were laregly police. It also makes you wonder how 1000s of prisoners escaped.
Mubarak needs to be seen as the only thing keeping order in Egypt, so in order to make people want to turn to him, he has to create disorder.
I think they made a mistake by having forced confessions run on pro-government networks. It was especially a mistake to have these people claim they were trained by Israel and America in Qatar to overthrow the government. Such claims are obviously false, stink of desperation, and show exactly why people are trying to overthrow the government. They will arrest innocents and force them to tell lies in order to maintain power.
Anyone that called our government tyrannical over the last few years and now defends Mubarak has an odd sense of tyranny, in that it is idiotic. A lot of people just get to define words as they go and claim they’re good based on whether or not they favor the results. For instance, Obama is a tyrant (Tea Party, Dick Armey, etc.) because he works to get legislation they don’t like, even though they have the option to vote him out when the time comes. Which is, um, the opposite of tyranny. Democracy is good, unless we don’t like who we think someone will democratically elect, in which case, tyranny! But it’s not really tyranny, though Mubarak abuses his power to maintain power (or tyranny), because he’s our ally.
I didn’t intend on going on that little tangent when I started this post, but it just struck me how hypocritical people can be. It again feels like people don’t actually support ideals, but rather support them only when they get the results they desire. It’s like how Republicans have claimed for years to be against government spending, then each time elected they only try and change where the money is spent, not the actual amount spent (though some of the current batch do seem serious).
But anyway, the main point is that the Egyptian government is attempting to make things look bad so they have an excuse to come down hard on the protesters. They should know that silencing foreign journalists is not going to do much to help their credibility, nor will having protesters say we trained them.
I haven’t been incredibly excited to write about much that has been going on recently. We all know the oil spill is horrifying and will have huge consequences. The little girl worried about her mother’s lack of papers was at once cute and sad, but that will be reported on too much and exploited. Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE) has never used an ATM card, which is sort of funny, but it isn’t all that interesting. Senate candidate Rand Paul (Ron Paul’s son) said something he probably shouldn’t have (that could be interpreted as private businesses should be able to discriminate) but it probably won’t affect his campaign and he doesn’t support overturning the Civil Rights Act, saying he supports 9/10 of it.
There’s some news in a nutshell, and I feel confident our readers already were aware of each of these stories (which is why I didn’t put a link for each). Though I often write about things everyone is aware of, I normally have something to say or am curious what others think. But this just hasn’t been true for a few days. Though I haven’t been inspired to write by much news, I feel I need to post something, so here are some thoughts.
- First of all, I just want to thank everyone who has participated in the blog over the years (you too, Dr). I’ve bee thinking about this recently, and I believe we’ve all been participating in the exercise of examining issues from all angles. We may not always agree or change each others’ minds, but I feel confident we all learn simply based on the conversations we have. Hopefully this has also fostered more understanding for those with which we disagree.
- David Ortiz is back. Look out, American League, here come the Red Sox.
- The Celtics are a team possessed. They look like they’ve shed several years over the last two series. Look out, Lakers.
- My puppy hates when I write because it involves ignoring her. Indiana Jones Feser cries for a large part of my writing time. Hopefully you appreciate these posts more knowing the pain they bring my canine friend.
- Dr and I need to get some primary coverage going, so look for that.
- I should also probably post about the Euro diving. (Maybe I had more to write about than I thought. It’s always just a matter of looking harder.)
- Better Off Ted, one of the most amazing shows most people never watched, has officially been canceled. Do yourself a favor and purchase the first season on DVD and the second when it comes out.
- Has anyone seen Robin Hood, is it worth the 2.5 hours?
- If you want to hear one of the best albums of 2010, I recommend The Wild Hunt by the Tallest Man on Earth.
- If you have any requests for me to write about, feel free to ask.
Just to make this post seem a little meatier, here is a song from The Wild Hunt:
And here is video of Rand Paul on Maddow:
I don’t think he ever actually answers the question, but you can see what he’s driving at. I will say if he wants to address this issue on an academic level, I believe he is mistaken. Saying businesses cannot discriminate is not related to individuals’ First Amendment rights. He may have noticed that the First Amendment is running strong decades after the bill was passed. Stopping a restaurant from denying entrance to black people is not going to infringe on anyone’s right to speech. His argument would rest upon the idea that discrimination equals speech. Discrimination is activity, not speech. You can still have a white power parade, but you cannot commit acts against blacks. But I do appreciate that he wants an intelligent discussion on the issue.
Enjoy the ramblings.
It’s a shame that ACORN will forever be known as the group that advised the pimp and prostitute, because that didn’t actually happen. They lost millions in funding because some douche can edit a video. California’s attorney general conducted an investigation and found ACORN had committed no crimes. In fact, the conservative activist, James O’Keefe likely committed crimes. He exchanged the full tapes for assurance he wouldn’t be prosecuted (he has enough on his plate with his other crimes).
The tapes were severely edited to make it look like they were directly advising a supposed pimp and prostitute to break the law. The ACORN officials actually called the police in several instances. This didn’t stop people like Hannity from lauding O’Keefe as a messiah-like figure.
ACORN was not without its problems, but this shouldn’t have become the phenomenon it did.
Watch Maddow break down how dishonest the whole thing is:
Here’s Colbert on the editing and pundits’ response:
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Enjoy knowing that creatively breaking the law can make you famous and ruin a community organization.
A resolution passed the South Dakota House recently, and it’s stirred up some negative attention.
Rep. Don Kopp introduced the resolution, and it originally looked pretty atrocious. The resolution is about global warming in schools, and Kopp assumes he and a small majority in the House have a better grasp of what should be taught than do scientists. But that’s not the most embarrassing part.
The bill originally claimed astrology played a role in our climate, made some other dubious claims, and had a grammatical slip. It’s really hard to give Kopp the credit to dictate what is taught in our schools when he drops a resolution so horribly written.
I got this from Cory over at the Madville Times, and his post is superior. I recommend reading some more about it there.
Rachel Maddow, who I am sure all my readers love, picked up on this story. Our House may have been bailed out in the dumbest thing of the week competition by U.S. Rep Trent Franks from Arizona, who claimed blacks are worse now than they were under slavery because of women’s right to choose.
Steven Newton also jumped in on the SD House bashing, though much of his piece is actually about climate change. Science Progress, not surprisingly, also joined in. The National Center for Science Education, of course, is amazed by this resolution. It may just be easier to link to Badlands Blue, who have a pretty exhaustive list of HCR 1009 detractors.
But seriously, astrology effects the climate? I feel like homophones are killing America. If you don’t believe me watch closely how people use there, their, they’re, your, you’re, its, it’s, to, two, too, and, relevantly, affect and effect. It’s saddening.
Enjoy some publicity, I guess.
Besides calling it “troopergate,” (I absolutely hate adding the word “gate” to things. Is that ever going to stop?) Rachel Maddow sums this issue up pretty nicely. It is fairly shocking how Sarah Palin responds to the report.
Enjoy the gnarly knuckler at 7:00.
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