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In his big pitch in Colorado on Wednesday for further gun control, President Obama made an astonishing statement about gun rights advocates’ fears of governmental gun seizures. He said that such worries would just feed “into fears about government. You hear some of these folks: ‘I need a gun to protect myself from the government. We can’t do background checks because the government’s going to come take my guns away.’ The government’s us. These officials are elected by you … I am constrained as they are constrained by the system that our founders put in place.”
There are two odd angles to this statement. The first is Obama’s overarching theme: government violation of rights is impossible because “the government is us,” and we can’t violate our own rights. Were this true, we could do away with the Constitution altogether. We would also never have to worry about democracies turning tyrannical, or electing tyrannical rulers. In this odd vision, Germany, Italy, and Spain remained liberal democracies throughout the twentieth century, World War II never happened, and Egypt, the Gaza Strip, and Turkey are all thriving centers of freedom.
The government is most assuredly not us – at least not all of us – which is why our system of government is designed to protect the rights of minorities while still allowing majorities to legislate without violating those rights. Obama’s defense to charges of incipient tyranny is that tyranny can never happen here. Which, of course, makes it more likely that tyranny will happen here.
Truth be told, even Obama does not believe that the “government is us.” If he did, he would never worry about pro-life legislation (he does, and would challenge such legislation in court), heterosexual marriage legislation (he does, and challenges such legislation in court), or anti-Obamacare legislation at the state level (he does, and will likely challenge such legislation in court). Even in Obama’s vision of rights, populism is limited, although his vision of rights is skewed.
Full Story: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/04/03/Obama-Constitution-constrainsIn his big pitch in Colorado on Wednesday for further gun control, President Obama... more
An Egyptian opposition group is taking a unique approach to try to get rid of the sitting President Mohammed Morsi.
http://www.examiner.com/article/egyptian-group-against-presidency-of-mohammed-morsi-wants-to-send-him-to-spaceAn Egyptian opposition group is taking a unique approach to try to get rid of the... more
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In Egypt a popular Muslim cleric claims that the recent rape and sexual assault of female protesters in Cairo’s Tahrir Square is justified.
Ahmad Mahmoud Abdullah, also known as Abu Islam, is a prominent Salafi preacher who has justified the rape and sexual assault of female protesters by making the absurd claim that women protesters “are going to Tahrir Square because they want to be raped.” The ultraconservative Islamic cleric made his controversial claims in a video posted online Wednesday, Feb. 6.
Justifying a string of mob sexual assaults on women protesters in Cairo's Tahrir Square, and depicting the victims as loose women, the ultraconservative cleric and popular television personality said:
"They are going there to get raped ... These are devils named women ... They speak with no femininity, no morals, no fear ... Learn from Muslim women, be Muslims."
Corresponding to a wave of unrest since late January, sexual assaults on women protesters have spiked in Egypt, with at least 19 reported on Jan. 25 alone. In many cases, mobs stripped women, penetrating them with knives and other objects, according to reports.
http://www.examiner.com/article/egypt-islamic-cleric-justifies-rape-for-female-protestersIn Egypt a popular Muslim cleric claims that the recent rape and sexual assault of... more
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In fact, much of the post-Mubarak violence in Egypt stems from clashes between the ultras and security forces. The ultras’ battle is a battle for karama or dignity. Their dignity is vested in their ability to stand up to the dakhliya or interior ministry which they are happy to confront at every opportunity.In fact, much of the post-Mubarak violence in Egypt stems from clashes between the... more
This is what is under way in Egypt. It is the story of most revolutions. The moderates, who are crucial to winning the support of the masses and many outside the country, become an impediment to the consolidation of autocratic power.This is what is under way in Egypt. It is the story of most revolutions. The... more
Despite instability due to the new Islamic government in Egypt, the US is sending more than 20 F-16 fighter jets to Egypt as part of a $1 billion foreign aid package.
The first four Lockheed Martin F-16 fighter jets are set to arrive in Egypt on Jan. 22, an unnamed source told Fox News. Although Egypt already has more than 200 such planes and the latest delivery fulfills an order placed two years ago when former President Hosni Mubarak was still in power, the protests and widespread instability in Egypt have caused some to wonder if providing jets at this time is a bad idea.
The new Islamic president, Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood, has recently made political moves that have fueled anger and criticism both in the West and among secular Egyptians. Mass demonstrations are currently taking place in Cairo and several other Egyptian cities against Morsi’s decision to hold a referendum on a pro-Islamist constitution. Secular, liberal and Christian groups are demanding that Morsi cancel this referendum.
Groups in opposition to the referendum are due to converge on the presidential palace. The opposition has already breached a barrier outside the palace, but has been unable to pass the wall of concrete blocks and tanks that guard its perimeter. Still, several thousand are protesting in the presidential compound after being let in by the Republican Guard.
In the days leading up the referendum, Morsi authorized his military to secure state buildings and arrest civilians. Six Egyptian Air Force F-16 fighter jets also flew symbolically over Cairo on Monday, military sources told DEBKAfile.
Providing Egypt with more than 20 fighter jets at a time when tensions are so high may not be the best timing. The move may also cause President Obama to appear as if he is standing behind Morsi.
“Obama is therefore using those warplanes as a signpost for the Muslim-Arab Middle East – and the Israeli voter – to show them that he is sticking unswervingly to his policy of support for the region’s Muslim Brotherhood – and especially the Egyptian president – even if Morsi did slip up by a grab for sweeping powers that alienated most of the opposition,” according to DEBKAfile.
Even if the US is simply fulfilling a deal it made two years ago with Mubarak, providing the more than 20 fighter jets in 2013 does make the Obama administration appear to be in support of the controversial Egyptian regime that is now in power.
“The Obama administration wants to simply throw money at an Egyptian government that the president cannot even clearly state is an ally of the United States,” said Florida Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the Republican chair of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.
Malou Innocent, a foreign policy analyst at the Cato Institute, warned reporters at Fox that providing Egypt with military resources could haunt the US in the future if a conflict between Israel and Egypt were to arise.
“Should an overreaction [by Egypt] spiral into a broader conflict between Egypt and Israel, such a scenario would put US officials in an embarrassing position of having supplied massive amounts of military hardware … to both belligerents,” she said. “Given Washington’s fiscal woes, American taxpayers should no longer be Egypt’s major arms supplier.”
The $213 million order, paid for by US taxpayers, will provide the Egyptian air force with newer and improved resources. Its fleet of current fighter jets are older versions of the F-16s.
http://rt.com/usa/news/obama-fighter-jets-egypt-856/Despite instability due to the new Islamic government in Egypt, the US is sending more... more
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Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi expanded his authority Thursday in a startling power grab that weakens the courts and frees him from judicial oversight amid deepening political intrigue in the
Arab world's most populous nation.
Link: http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-egypt-morsi-powers-20121123,0,976207.storyEgyptian President Mohamed Morsi expanded his authority Thursday in a startling power... more
After leaving President Obama during a trip to Myanmar and Cambodia, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton flew in the middle of the night Monday to Israel to broker an agreement. She then traveled to the West Bank for further negotiations before jetting over to Egypt to finalize the deal with Egyptian President Morsi, who has been a key player in brokering a deal.
http://veracitystew.com/?p=46081After leaving President Obama during a trip to Myanmar and Cambodia, Secretary of... more
My first introduction to working in Egypt was a project in Cairo’s historic old quarter, following the 1992 earthquake that caused widespread and devastating damage. Cintec International won the contract to repair and reinforce a number of badly affected structures, with work commencing in 1998.
The project consisted of some 15 notable mosques and maqaads, successfully strengthened using Cintec’s patented anchoring systems. Most of the essential work was completed by early 2005, with ongoing localised repairs still being undertaken as and when required.
Reinforcing the Temple of Hibis
Following the success of the project in the old quarter, Cintec was requested to provide internal reinforcement to the Temple of Hibis in the El-Kharga Oasis, 700 kilometres due south of Cairo. Construction on the Temple began in 672 BC, with additions and improvements made by various Pharaohs until 68 AD. Due to poor soil conditions, the temple had differential settlement problems. This was unusual for pharaonic structures, as the Egyptians had by this time been building very large constructions for many centuries without any foundation problems.
Work on the temple needed to solve two main problems. One was to isolate the structure from the existing water table, a project undertaken very efficiently by Arab Contractors and the Antiquity Consultants. Secondly, having successfully isolated the structure from the prevailing water, the temple needed to be secured internally without any intervention being visible. This was a particularly difficult operation, due to the extensive wall paintings and hieroglyphic carvings on both internal and external walls. Innovative diamond drilling and reinforcing techniques, developed and patented by Cintec, were required to solve these problems, and were successfully implemented with no damage to the splendour and history of the monument....
http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/10/2012/egypts-collapsing-pyramidsMy first introduction to working in Egypt was a project in Cairo’s historic old... more
Real Islamic terrorists, not the fake ones that the FBI rounds up in these provacatuered "domestic terror sting operations."
Terrorism is OK so long as your on OUR payroll and terrorize the targets WE don't like.
Examples the US backs or has backed
The Zia ul-Haq in Pakistan,
The Mujahideen of Afghanistan,
Abu Qurah in Jordan,
The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt
MEK (Mujahadeen e-Kalk) in Iraq/Iran
Jundullah South Pakistan
Salafi Jihadist, FSA in Syria and this is a number of groups with GCC and NATO sponsors
And then the US supports the government in the Republic of Yemen despite its election only having one name on the ballot.
Hadi North Yemen, the US claims to be supporting the government in a fight against "al qaeda" the reality this is still the unresolved conflict between North and South Yemen from their civil war from 94. There was even a secession movement as recently as 2007 but all of that history you see is ignored. Why acknowledge the civil war (almost exclusively fought in the South) or a secession movement when it's much easier to just scream Al Qaeda and support the puppets. They love the simplistic GI Joe narrative of we are good they are bad, its us vs Al Qaeda.
After a nearly two year battle led by numerous Republican and Democratic officials, the MEK has been taken off the US State Department’s list of terrorist organizations under the Hillary Clinton and Obama Administration. According to the September 21, 2012 article in the Guardian UK:
“The US secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, is expected to notify Congress that the MEK will be removed from the terrorism list in the coming days.Real Islamic terrorists, not the fake ones that the FBI rounds up in these... more
"We have discovered a Neolithic temple complex that is without parallel in western Europe.”
"This wasn't a settlement or a place for the living... This was a ceremonial centre, and a vast one at that.”
In size and sophistication... comparable with Stonehenge or the wonders of ancient Egypt. Yet the temple complex predates them all.
"Ideas spread from this place....This was the font for new thinking at the time."
"We have never seen anything like this before... The density of the archaeology, the scale of the buildings and the skill that was used to construct them are simply phenomenal.”
But it is not just the dimensions that have surprised and delighted archaeologists. Two years ago, their excavations revealed that haematite-based pigments had been used to paint external walls – another transformation in our thinking about the Stone Age.
Around 2,300BC, roughly a thousand years after construction began there, the place was abruptly abandoned. Radiocarbon dating of animal bones suggests that a huge feast ceremony was held, with more than 600 cattle slaughtered, after which the site appears to have been decommissioned.
[All above excerpts are from an article by Robin McKie published in TheGuardian on 6th October 2012]
http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2012/oct/06/orkney-temple-centre-ancient-britain?INTCMP=SRCH"We have discovered a Neolithic temple complex that is without parallel in... more
When your whole political and social structure undergoes a sudden and dramatic change it shouldn't be a surprise to anyone that violence can result. And although it would be nice to think that the Arab Spring suddenly changed the world and that there would be no more violence it is a bit naive to think that a change that earth shattering could happen overnight. All you have to do is remember that the American Revolution did not happen in a day and that even when that ended to this day there are still Americans who would rather resort to violence to change the system to fit their own views of the world than abide by the Constitution. The Arab world is more complicated and nuanced than the so called experts and talking heads can even begin to explain in an hour news program. It's easy to see how people can be convinced that when a group of radicals start burning down embassies and killing people that they are representative of the whole Arab world. Change is rarely ever easy and in the case of the ARAB spring I'm afraid it may get a whole lot worse before it changes into anything anyone can peacefully live with and even then there will still be people who thrive on chaos.When your whole political and social structure undergoes a sudden and dramatic change... more
MSNBC's Joe Scarborough created a controversy on Monday by suggesting Muslims and Arabs protesting the infamous, and infamously bad, anti-Islamic video hate America because of their religion and culture. "You know why they hate us?" he said. "They hate us because of their religion, they hate us because of their culture, and they hate us because of peer pressure. And you talk to any intelligence person, they will tell you that's the same thing, and all those people who think we're going to go over there and change them are just naive." Joe is specifically blaming Islamic religion and Arab culture, which isn't necessarily true, but there are some connections - just not the type he's suggesting. Before throwing his baby out with the bathwater, consider this:MSNBC's Joe Scarborough created a controversy on Monday by suggesting Muslims and... more