Arab League secretary-general for the last decade, Moussa, 74, is the most prominent figure yet to declare his candidacy for the position from which Hosni Mubarak was toppled on Feb. 11 after three decades in power.
The military, which took power after Mubarak was ousted, plans to hold a parliamentary vote in June to be followed by a presidential election six weeks later.
ElBaradei, a leading figure in the reform movement, has yet to say whether he will run on not. He is widely expected to.
U.S. Rep. Michele Bachman references Genesis 12:3
Wow. I wouldn't normally post this, but to hear a U.S. representative reference this particular biblical scripture is surreal (but in a good way):
Rep. Bachmann, who is not Jewish, previously has expressed deep respect for the Torah and said last year, “I am convinced in my heart and in my mind that if the United States fails to stand with Israel, that is the end of the United States... that as a nation, we have been blessed because of our relationship with Israel, and if we reject Israel, then there is a curse that comes into play.”
New Egypt foreign minister likely to be tougher on Israel
Egypt on Sunday got its second new government in less than six weeks, including a new foreign minister who is expected to take a tougher line with Israel than the government of the ousted president Hosni Mubarak did.
This is ony a temporary government as elections loom in September, but the trends in Egypt are undeniable at this point:
"Public opinion in Egypt is in favor of a less soft approach to Israel, and I think he shares this feeling," he added. "It will be very difficult for him to make the kind of concessions Hosni Mubarak made to Israel," such as during the 2009 Gaza war, when Egypt closed its border with Gaza.
Elaraby is also likely to be more open to establishing diplomatic relations with Iran, improving Egypt's frosty relationship with Syria and opening dialogue with Lebanon's Hezbollah movement, Sayyid said, suggesting that the new Egypt may not be as reliable an ally of the United States as Mubarak's Egypt was.
Exactly what we would expect.
Saudi Arabia imposes ban on 'un-Islamic' protests
After Beijing sends a frigate to the Med...How long until a Chinese aircraft carrier sails up the Thames?
With Libya teetering on the brink of civil war, it ordered the 4,000-ton frigate Xuzhou through the Suez Canal to cover the escape of 30,000 Chinese workers. For the first time in history, a Chinese warship sailed on the Mediterranean Sea.
But the Xuzhou’s mission is not just humanitarian. If democratic governments rise out of the ashes of Middle Eastern autocracy, they are unlikely to be very pro-Western.
They will be looking for new friends; and the Xuzhou is there to show the flag.
If, on the other hand, the geriatric strongmen who rule the Arab world hang on, they too will be looking for new friends, because now they know that America will not take care of them. For them, too, the Xuzhou is showing the flag.
More regarding the "Kings of the East":
China will pursue 'powerful' military
Premier Wen Jiabao vowed on Saturday that China would continue building a "powerful" military, one day after Beijing announced a return to double-digit percentage hikes in defence spending.
China has upgraded the People's Liberation Army's capabilities over the past three decades, developing advanced weaponry like its first stealth fighter jet, revealed in January.
The campaign has alarmed the United States, Japan, and others in the region and raised fears a more assertive China would seek to project its power overseas
Homeland Security bows to Read ID outcry
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security today postponed the effective date of the Real ID Act until January 15, 2013, a move that avoided causing tremendous disruptions to air travel.
It looks like another battle between states and the federal government:
The reason that Homeland Security granted the delay is that, apart from some Republican stalwarts in Congress, this law creating a digital nationalized ID is hardly popular, with critics calling it a national ID card. A chart (PDF) updated last month by the National Conference of State Legislatures lists 16 states with laws forbidding them to comply with Real ID and eight states including Colorado, Hawaii, and Illinois that have enacted resolutions effectively boycotting it.
Once the regulations take full effect, the impact on Americans would be dramatic: Residents of those 24 states including Arizona, Georgia, Oregon, and Washington would not be able to use their drivers' licenses to fly or enter a federal building such as a courthouse, even for jury duty. U.S. passports or military IDs would remain valid for identification.
Because Real ID links state DMV databases, establishes a standard bar code that can be digitally scanned, and mandates that original documents such as birth certificates be verified, backers claim the benefits extend beyond antiterror and ID fraud cases. (Extending it to firearm and prescription drug sales has not been ruled out)
France to recognize Palestine in September, Palestinian official says
A senior Palestinian official said Saturday that France has reiterated that it will recognize the Palestinian state in September, Xinhua news agency reported.
Shaath added that France is leading an initiative in the European Union (EU) which aims at activating the EU in sponsoring the peace process and adopting an initiative based on recognizing the state of Palestine with East Jerusalem as its capital.
Strong quake rocks the South Sandwich Islands
Hawaii's Kilauea volcano eruptions cause crater floor collapse
U.S. Rep. Michele Bachman references Genesis 12:3
I'll bet that's burning the ears and throwing the RTs, Muslims, and Commies in our current regime into a real tizzy!
The Subtle Effect of Daily Propaganda
"If you tell a lie often enough, it becomes the truth."
Scott quotes the dailymail.co.uk:
"If democratic governments rise out of the ashes of Middle Eastern autocracy, they are unlikely to be very pro-Western."
[Bold & Italics mine]
What's truly amazing is that most staunch conservative will blather something about "democracy" in reference to our "Constitutional Republic", apparently not knowing the difference at all!
Where did this dramatic distinction begin to take the proverbial sharp "Left Turn":
Under the enormous personal influence and guiding hand of "Colonel" Edward Mandell House [CFR founder, promoter of the League of Nations ...need I say more?] - "Mr. House is my second personality. He is my independent self. His thoughts and mine are one." — President Woodrow Wilson:
"Woodrow Wilson Asks for War" - ...And his all-time catch phrase to "sell" US on war??
"...The world must be made safe for democracy..." [?!?]
Who, in their 'right mind', would want any country, let alone the whole world, safe for the most unstable, transitory form of government that always degenerates into dictatorship?!?
In the Greek there are 2 words for "people": Laos; the polite form, and demos; the derogatory form - ie. the masses, the crowd, the MOB!!
Our learned Founding Father were well versed in history, multiple languages, and the Greek Classics, and knew very well that "democracy" should be read, understood, and pronounced as "Mobocracy"!
"Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote!"
~ Benjamin Franklin, leader of the American Revolution
"A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine."
~ Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of the United States
"The experience of all former ages had shown that of all human governments, democracy was the most unstable, fluctuating and short-lived."
~ John Quincy Adams, 6th President of the United States
"Experience has proved that no position is more false than this. The ancient democracies in which the people themselves deliberated never possessed one good feature of government. Their very character was tyranny; their figure deformity."
~ Alexander Hamilton, author of the Federalist Papers
"Democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and have in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their death.
~ James Madison, 4th President of the United States, Father of the Constitution
"The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter."
~ Winston Churchill
[Of course, the more modern version is "a five-minute conversation with the average Democrat..., or average Obama koolaid drinker..."]
[More on the dailymail's misuse of "autocracy" later, if I have the time...]
I bet 95% of HS and college students believe that we have a democracy in the US....Hopefully its a matter or semantics, but I'm not so sure.
It might be "...a matter of semantics," to the ill-educated who are not aware of the wiles of Marxism and its spiritual father; Satan.
Marxism employs "Aesopian language" to confuse the average person's understandings and meanings of terms and words, thereby changing the language itself.
This deliberate deception is the necessary tool for recruiting the idealistic, and naive young'uns, in HS and college, into believing that they have and are, indeed, working toward a common goal of "Whirled Peas".
The Constitution of the United States does not contain a single solitary reference to the word "democracy," but instead stipulates, for admission into the Union, that "The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a republican form of government."
The FF knew that it would be the eventual destruction of the Republic if one or more of the states were a Monarchy or a dictatorship and had any say-so, whatsoever, in the future of our Republic.
It IS, BTW, "...and to the Republic for which it stands..."
And that's why "they" wanted God and the Pledge out of our State controlled 'schools'!!
Oooo! Ooo! I just had a great idea for a new bumper-sticker:
Commies & Jihadies - Working together for Whirled Peas!
Hmmm, of course, that could make me a moving target on the hi-way...
Yep - I couldn't agree more.
"The deliberate deception is the necessary tool"...Exactly - nail on the head.
PS. I wuz going to say "And now, on a lighter note...", but I couldn't! - God help us!
Here's 1 of them thar "idealistic, and naive young'uns..."
"...free food...on vegetable trees..."
a couple of interesting things...first a high school in giles county where the students walked out because they wanted to keep the ten commandments posted in school. yes the students want the ten commandments! also drnofog...what can i say to you? have you yet to realize that america's downfall is not due to the democrats. i am always greatly saddened by conservative christians who believe that somehow the republican party is the christian party. alas i fear for them when ac shows up. whats that little warning about "even the elect being decived" that Jesus talked about? i am not a democrat or republican. but i do have enough discernment to realize the horrible division satan easily created by these two parties. really look at all the ground work the republicans have laid out for mr fallen angel himself. lets try agenda 21 just to start. anyway thank God Jesus is coming soon. and i mean that in every way you can imagine.
DrNofog said “Marxism employs "Aesopian language" to confuse the average person's understandings and meanings of terms and words, thereby changing the language itself”.
Well I never did, that’s exactly what the ‘Purpose Driven’ brigade do!
The Vegetable Tree monologue was aided and abetted by two stunned children and a variety of spaced out adults. The applause was thunderous.
I do hope you're not just throwing rocks and then disappearing into the b-sphere as I will have a response for you later this evening [I am jammed for time right now]...
Do stick around.
Anon said... "...also drnofog...what can i say to you?"
Well, 1st of all, since we already have a number of 'UFAs' [Unidentifed Flitting Anons] that buzz thru here on occasion, throwing rocks, as well as a good number of 'regular' Quasi-Anons, who at least identify themselves with some kind of name or tag at the end of their posts, I would suggest, if you really are a Christian, as you would like to portray yourself as, and therefore have nothing to hide, that you would at least give a distinctive name/tag at the end of your posts soz we know which Anon we be addressn'!
"have you yet to realize that america's downfall is not due to the democrats.
You have not started off by contesting a single Constitutional point or fact that I was raising.
"have you yet to realize...
Instead, you insinuate that I have not achieved your level of "enlightenment", that I have a limited understanding of the political landscape, and the "players", and that I must be partisan by allegedly denigrating one "particular" party by merely poking fun of same at the end, as tho there are only two parties!
"i am always greatly saddened by conservative christians who believe that somehow the republican party is the christian party.
Rather, it is you that has taken offense and risen to the defense of one "particular" party [which you 'claim' not to be a member of], an extreme Leftist party that harbors just a slight tad more Marxist-Stalinists Commies than the "slightly less" extreme Leftist party, the one you despise and blame for everything, AND in all, in juxtaposition to "conservative christians"!
It is you that confuses both Christianity & conservatism, AND ALSO ...with any one particular party!
You are truly clueless as to who I am and what I do know...
The fact that you have singled out "conservative christians" as the ones in error speaks great volumes! - It identifies you at the "other end" of the spectrum...
"alas i fear for them when ac shows up.
So you are also deficient in your understanding of prophecy and the Tribulation...
End Pt.1 - Con't.
"whats that little warning about "even the elect being decived" that Jesus talked about?
"whats"?? - Did you mean "What's"?
"decived"?? - Did you mean "deceived"?
And what's [the apostrophe is correct grammar] that 1st little portion of Scripture that you conveniently clipped off, where Jesus 1st said: "...insomuch that, if - it - were - possible,..." Matthew 24:24
But then again, that Scripture is in reference to "...false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders..." during the Tribulation.
This is very weak that you have to hack Scripture to make your point!
i am not a democrat or republican. but i do have enough discernment [Really?!?] to realize the horrible division satan easily created by these two parties.
Here again, in speaking only of "these two parties", you relegate to oblivion the voices of the many other "non-IBC, non-Government controlled" parties!
**"have YOU yet to realize... that the so-called Gubmint has proffered us only 2 parties?!? One to hold to, no matter what... The other one to despise!**
really look at all the ground work the republicans have laid out for mr fallen angel himself.
Really?!?... "ground work..." Always funded by the Righ.. no, by Marxist-Satanist-Illuminati IBC!!!
So you seem to get your "conspiracy theory" info from NPR; Government 'funded'[controlled] Nazi Propaganda Radio!?!
Yet again, in YOUR partisan bigotry, you cast all this at the feet of "Republicans", blaming one "particular party", not knowing who the real players are!
lets try agenda 21 just to start.
Yeah, let's! [Again, the apostrophe is correct grammar, as in the contraction for; 'let us'.]
Agenda 21 is UN, IBC, Illuminati, Satanism!!! [favored by the "Progressive" parties that you seem to have an affinity for...]
anyway thank God Jesus is coming soon. and i mean that in every way you can imagine.
And at the end of it all, in considering all of your foregoings, I now think my 1st question to you should be; What exactly does it take to become a Christian??
And so...Anon said... "...also drnofog...what can i say...?"
Yes! In light of all the foregoing, what can you say for yourself??
And do come back when you git a little bit more edjumacated...
In case you hadn't noticed, you have been foolhardy enough to take on a ‘top bloke’ who always leaves me ‘gob smacked’ by his grasp of Scripture and all things political, and is one gifted with the prowess for dispensing verbal rebukes, with all the acumen of a skilled brain surgeon wielding a glinting scalpel.
Instead of blindly accusing with mocking derision, be gracious and ‘suggest’ your proffered opinion in a friendly tone, as DrNofog is more than able to intelligently debate any suggestions on your personal agenda. Thus, you may learn of matters you have not even considered previously, which could benefit your worldview significantly.
Just adding a little humour, rather than sarcastic derision, is like the gentle answer that will turn away wrath. DrNofog, and all others, will be courteous and respectful in return, and any lack of grammatical skills will not be held against a non-arrogant and respectful approach. Imho.
Well said, Ei!
You have always have that nice motherly way of moderating things, [when yer not beatin' your hens to make 'em tow the line]...
You don't think that I wuz overly harsh with the character, do ya??
I wuz debating wif meself whether it needed to be ratcheted up a notch or 2 more for the right effect...
Parts one and two were just the ticket - thereafter, any other parts would have resulted in full exposure and had a detrimental effect on the viewing public.
Good show, carry on, up and at em and always wait until you can see the writes of their aeiou's.
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