Saturday Open Thread

Mad props to the people of Egypt

The Beatles were an English rock band, formed in Liverpool in 1960, and one of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed acts in the history of popular music.[1] From 1962, the group consisted of John Lennon (rhythm guitar, vocals), Paul McCartney (bass guitar, vocals), George Harrison (lead guitar, vocals) and Ringo Starr (drums, vocals). Rooted in skiffle and 1950s rock and roll, the group later worked in many genres ranging from pop ballads to psychedelic rock, often incorporating classical and other elements in innovative ways. The nature of their enormous popularity, which first emerged as the “Beatlemania” fad, transformed as their songwriting grew in sophistication. The group came to be perceived as the embodiment of progressive ideals, seeing their influence extend into the social and cultural revolutions of the 1960s.

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33 Responses to Saturday Open Thread

  1. Ametia says:

    When Democracy Weakens
    February 11, 2011

    As the throngs celebrated in Cairo, I couldn’t help wondering about what is happening to democracy here in the United States. I think it’s on the ropes. We’re in serious danger of becoming a democracy in name only.

    While millions of ordinary Americans are struggling with unemployment and declining standards of living, the levers of real power have been all but completely commandeered by the financial and corporate elite. It doesn’t really matter what ordinary people want. The wealthy call the tune, and the politicians dance.

    The poor, who are suffering from an all-out depression, are never heard from. In terms of their clout, they might as well not exist. The Obama forces reportedly want to raise a billion dollars or more for the president’s re-election bid. Politicians in search of that kind of cash won’t be talking much about the wants and needs of the poor. They’ll be genuflecting before the very rich.

    The corporate and financial elites threw astounding sums of money into campaign contributions and high-priced lobbyists and think tanks and media buys and anything else they could think of. They wined and dined powerful leaders of both parties. They flew them on private jets and wooed them with golf outings and lavish vacations and gave them high-paying jobs as lobbyists the moment they left the government. All that money was well spent. The investments paid off big time.

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  2. Ametia says:

    Source: Associated Press

    Paul wins conservatives’ straw poll again

    Published: 04:46 p.m., Saturday, February 12, 2011

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Texas congressman Ron Paul won the presidential straw poll at the Conservative Political Action Conference for the second straight year Saturday and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney finished second.

    Paul got 30 percent, while Romney got 23 percent of the votes of those attending the conference in Washington. Paul is a hero to libertarians and has a fiercely loyal following. Others were grouped far behind.

    Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann and Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels were among those in single digits.

    Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, two high-profile Republicans who did not attend, were also in single digits.

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  3. Ametia says:

    Another Black History Moment: Barack Obama Frees the Slaves of Egypt (Moses Who?)
    Friday, February 11, 2011

    We Both Have Funny Sounding Names
    I really haven’t been following the events as they’ve unfolded in Egypt. But whatever’s been happening, I do know that somebody scored a major victory today as Hosni Mubarak has decided to resign. Of course it took him a while and he was quite defiant. But now I’m wondering just what it took to break him? Could it be those images of Negroes from New Orleans and Los Angeles shipped in specifically to loot in Egypt? Could it have been one too many renditions of Barack Obama invoking his inner Jesse Lee Brooks as he sung “Go Down Moses” in Mubarak’s ear? Or could it be that somebody finally exposed his Craigslist shirtless camera-pic? I’m gonna say that this is all Obama; he can do anything, but don’t tell that to the Israelis. Who cares what a republican focus group in Iowa says; if this doesn’t prove Obama to be a Christian and not Muslim, nothing will. After all, Jesus was Black, no?

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  5. Ametia says:

    TRENDING: Palin hires chief-of-staff
    By: CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby

    Washington (CNN) – Sarah Palin has added a veteran Republican strategist to serve as chief-of-staff for her political action committee, Sarah PAC, CNN has learned.

    Michael Glassner, an attorney and longtime adviser to former Kansas senator and presidential candidate Bob Dole, has signed on to steer the former Alaska governor’s political operation as she considers a possible 2012 presidential bid.

    During the 2008 presidential campaign, Glassner managed vice presidential operations during John McCain’s unsuccessful White House bid.

    “We are happy and excited that Mike is joining our team,” Sarah PAC spokesman Tim Crawford told CNN.

  6. Ametia says:

    U.S. News
    Hawaii House OKs civil unions
    Published: Feb. 12, 2011 at 1:53 AM

    HONOLULU, Feb. 12 (UPI) — The Hawaii House voted 31-19 Friday to legalize civil unions for gay and heterosexual couples in the island state.

    The measure now goes back to the state Senate, which approved a similar bill last month. If it approves the House bill with its minor changes as expected, it would go to Gov. Neil Abercrombie, who supports the legislation, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported.

    Rep. Rida Cabanilla was absent for the House vote, the newspaper said.

    The House version incorporated changes recommended by the state attorney general’s office, including clarification that certain provisions of the Internal Revenue Code that apply to husbands and wives in Hawaii would apply equally to partners in civil unions. Also, family court will have jurisdiction in matters of annulment, divorce and separation in civil unions, the same as with marriages.

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  7. Ametia says:

    Joint Chiefs Chairman to Reassure Jordan, Israel
    Amid uncertainty in Egypt, US Joint Chiefs chairman touring region to reassure Israel, Jordan

    By ROBERT BURNS AP National Security Writer
    WASHINGTON February 12, 2011 (AP)

    As Egypt’s army led a hoped-for drive to democracy, President Barack Obama sent his senior military adviser to the Mideast to reassure allies Jordan, also facing rumblings of civil unrest, and Israel, which sees its security at stake in a wider Arab world transformation.

    Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, planned meetings Sunday with King Abdullah II and other senior officials in Jordan, the scene of weeks of protests inspired by unrest in Tunisia and Egypt.

    Mullen’s schedule for Israel included talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres. Mullen had no plans to visit Egypt.

    Israel is deeply worried about the prospect that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s ouster could lead to a government less friendly to the Jewish state.

  8. Ametia says:

    Schwarzenegger says he’s returning to acting
    After seven years in the California governor’s mansion, Arnold Schwarzenegger is returning to his old day job: acting.

    Schwarzenegger wrote on Twitter that he’s ready to start considering film roles again.

    The former governor tweeted Thursday night: “Exciting news. My friends at CAA have been asking me for 7 years when they can take offers seriously. Gave them the green light today.”

    Creative Artists Agency is a leading Hollywood talent agency.

    Schwarzenegger‘s personal aide, Daniel Ketchell, confirmed the tweet Friday morning.

    Before leading the state of California from 2003 to 2010, the former body builder was the star of such blockbusters as the “Terminator” franchise and “True Lies” and comedies like “Kindergarten Cop” and “Twins.”

    Arnold couldn’t get that Oscar as governor, now he can try to get one as he returns to acting.

  9. (Twitter)


    #Algeria #Feb12 protest now starting. Al Arabiya reporting on police clashes with demonstrators. #Egypt #Jan25 #Fev12

  10. Ametia says:

  11. Revolution in Egypt shows courage, unity

    With the world watching, millions of young people led a revolution against a seemingly immovable dictator without resorting to violence.

    Thankfully, 82-year-old President Hosni Mubarak left, because there’s no telling what would have happened had he remained as the head of the country.

    While I have no idea what democracy will look like in a country that has 28 political parties, I do believe that Egyptians will be better off for having won their liberation through a bloodless coup.

    It was awesome to witness.

    The Egyptian revolution reminded us what can happen when a people put fear aside and come together for a common goal.

    After all, it was not easy for whole families to leave their homes and take up residence in Cairo’s packed Tahrir Square.

    And it was courageous for any young mother or father to participate in the protests not knowing whether or not the situation would erupt into violence.

    Many Americans embraced the revolution because even though Egypt has been an ally, one less dictatorship in the Middle East is seen as one less problem.

    What is interesting, though, is that while anti-government protests in other regions are seen as good, anti-government protests here have turned into something quite different.

    Nonviolent protest vs. gun-toting rallies

    In Egypt, young people sought relief from low wages and police brutality and took a stand for free speech and an end to corrupt government.

    No weapons, no violence! They did it with their voices in numbers.

    You say you want a revolution
    Well, you know
    We all want to change the world….

  12. Egypt Revolution Echoes in Arab World

    CAIRO – As euphoria in Egypt flashed around the Arab region, the fall of long-standing President Hosni Mubarak under massive popular protests has sent strong messages to Arab leaders.

    “It’s broken a psychological barrier not just for North Africa but across the Middle East,” Anthony Skinner of political risk consultancy Maplecroft told Reuters on Saturday, February 12.

    “I think you could see some contagion in terms of protests; Morocco, perhaps Jordan, Yemen.”

    After 18 days of massive protests, Mubarak, who ruled Egypt for 30 years, stepped down and handed over his authority to the military.

    The resignation has raised the alarm bell among Arab leaders, who face possible popular uprisings.

    Mubarak’s fall came a month after the ouster of Tunisia’s president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali in similar popular protests.

    Scrambled to avoid similar uprisings, some Arab leaders were quick to offer concessions.

  13. dannie22 says:

    Good morning all!

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