Thoughts as I Watched the Revolution in Egypt…(Update 1X)

~~By InsightAnalytical-GRL

UPDATE  4/27/11

Well, Egypt  isn’t turning out so great…It’s all so predictable, isn’t it?  Any whiff of hope anywhere gets squelched real fast. 
And we’re now involved with Libya.  Meanwhile, the powers in Syria seem to be emulating the Libyan approach to dealing with protesters.

It’s like watching one disheartening train wreck after another.

Some personal train wrecks have taken me away from this blog…but, a rest still is in order.  It takes a lot of energy to fight the world these days!

One real positive is that our photovoltaic solar system is now up and running and yes, the meter is running backwards!  Have lots of pics and details which I hope to post one of these days!

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Nothing profound here to say, only an urge to write about my feelings as I’ve been sitting glued to Al Jazeera for days on end.

Today, I was clapping and cheering for the people of Egypt. A rush of feelings and memories flashed by.  I remembered 2000 as our elections were completely corrupted. (Some satisfaction as George W.  Bush is unable to go to Switzerland…war criminal that he is!)  I was thinking of the lies that led to the Iraq War and thought about the report I heard this morning on NPR about how there are fears that something may coalesce as the heat arrives and the electricity remains on only 2 hours a day. Protests percolating already around Iraq, and I say, go for it!

I’m finding myself coming back over and over again to about how the U.S. is perhaps going to get its ass kicked and deservedly so. They utter hypocrisy of the “democracy talk” as we sit here supporting repressive regimes all over the world.  We are a fraud when it comes to democracy.

My mind dwells on the right wing religious freaks and the Republican Party that has become their home who continue to attempt to screw women out of their rights and their independence as human beings, who basically are out to screw anything that helps people. And I’m supposed to worry about the Muslim Brotherhood while I live in a country that has it’s own brand of the Taliban roaming the halls of Congress??

I think of John Lennon. A site has “Revolution” up but I’m thinking of “Power to the People.” Is that the right title? I don’t know, but I can hear John singing it. Who really killed John Lennon? I’ve seen enough and read enough to figure it wasn’t just another “lone gunman.”

I’m sitting here, having celebrated my 60th birthday a few days ago….reflecting on the marches for women’s rights, the power of the movement, and how every time a fucking Republican comes along…with fake Democrats who assist…how every time we go BACKWARDS! And how backwards we have gone!  I think about the type of  “leadership” we have in this country…there are no real thinkers leading these days.  Between the servants of the bankers,  the increasingly shrill Republicans and passive Democrats…Jeebus, am I supposed to look at the Palins, Gingriches, Romneys and that Jeb Bush lurking in the corner and feel optimistic??  When I see how skillfully a Chris Christie can take a state like New Jersey and divide people into camps and blame all ills on teachers  and the people who do the day to day work to keep the place running?….disgusting!  Lying thuggery personified…and just the tip of the iceberg, I’m afraid. And Obama pontificating on democracy after Mubarak’s demise…what a load of crap.

I think about how we were supposed to get some “community radio” but all I hear is right wing shit talk radio all over the dial. People getting very little true news follow these propagandists for the right as they go about their highly-paid work to divide and conquer and sow the seed of intolerance and hate.

Yeah, I’m watching Egypt and cheering them on….but knowing full well that the arm of the IMF will probably soon reach in and grab them by the throat. Hell, we fund it and guess what? The IMF is talking about the dollar no longer being the reserve currency for the world. I’m just surprise all this is happening so quickly…Between the IMF and the Fed, Americans do not know how the world is getting screwed and how it’s going to come back to bite them.

Fat and unaware Americans will soon wake up to find that they are being ground down to a pulp.  Your dollars will be worthless soon.

We wrote a lot in the past about the impending disaster that was going to befall lthis nation.  There are many wonderful sites out there trying to wake people up. I read them every day…and spend a lot of time trying to figure out how to save my own financial neck.

Start stocking up on food, go to ChrisMartenson.com to start to try to prepare yourself (in right sidebar links).

And to the Egyptian people…stay strong, stay proud. I’m rooting for you…you’re starting fresh while the U.S. is rotting from the inside.  Note to the women there…get loud and don’t let them steamroller you…

Throwing Things as We Think of Other Historic Events on January 20th We Don’t Plan to Celebrate (A Joint Post by IA-GRL, Chicago Correspondent Leslie, and Kenosha Marge)

Editor’s Note: Don’t forget to stop by tomorrow for our “Obama-Free Inauguration Day Safe Zone Celebration!”

~~By InsightAnalytical-GRL

As the schlock revs up, I have to share with you my absolute favorite piece of Obama memorabilia that has been shoved at me through the mails.  This one is from the Danbury Mint, that ever-ready exploiter of any event they can think of.

It’s a THROW!

"There are no Red States or Blue States...just the United States."

"There are no Red States or Blue States...just the United States."

It’s a “stunning celeberation of America’s youngest Chief Executive since President John F. Kennedy” and it depicts “five classic images” of Obama.

The 44th President displays his winning smile, emphasizes a point in a speech, campaigns in shirtsleeves, waves to supporters from a podium emblazoned with the memorable campaign slogan “Change We Need,” and shares a warm moment with the new First Lady, his wife, Michelle.

Now, this “luxurious, intricately detailed tapestry woven tribute” doesn’t come with any indication of what it’s made of. Will it fall apart at the first washing? Will it FADE?? Can you even wash it at all or is it going to take you to the cleaners??

Well, I suppose Obamatons will be dying to snuggle up next the their hero with this.  They may have to if they can’t pay their heating bills this winter…

As for me, I won’t be getting one.  Frankly, because the very idea makes me want to “THROW” UP!

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~~Via Chicago Correspondent Leslie

The Chicago  Sun-Times is offering this very special poster, perhaps to hang in the bathroom (or how about darts?)

Collector Print

Collector Print

Notice this little gem:

As Chicago’s own Barack Obama takes his place in history and ascends to this nation’s highest office, the Chicago Sun-Times is offering yet another way to commemorate the historic occasion.

“ASCENDS”?? As into the heavens??

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Other Historic Events I Don’t Plan to Celebrate

~~By Kenosha Marge

Evidently the Presstitutes who we have been burdened with in this country have maxed out their vocabulary at the H’s. Having discovered that having an African-American, even a half African-American, as President is historic they cannot stop repeating the word. Historic, Historic, Historic until just the sound of the word is enough to send anyone not drinking the Kool-Aid or worshipping the Obamamessiah into spasms of nausea. Here’s a link to the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary/Thesaurus to help them look up some new words. http://www.merriam-webster.com/ And perhaps help them to tell the difference between historic and hysterical.

If you are as tired of the continual slobbering by the media over the “historic” In-Ugh-uration of his Oliness as I am perhaps you might want to think on other events that occurred on January 20th to NOT Celebrate.

January 20 1998 the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted the Mama and Papas the and Eagles. I really liked the Mamas and the Papas and I love the Eagles. I don’t celebrate.

January 20, 1996 the U.S. Female Figure Skating championship won by Michelle Kwan. Good for Nancy! Still, I don’t celebrate.

January 20, 1989 Bush I inaugurated as 41st president and Dan Quayle becomes 44th vice president. I didn’t celebrate that day either. I hadn’t yet stolen my friend PssttCmere’s term “In Ugh uration” at that time but it certainly described how I felt.

January 20, 1985 Superbowl XIX: San Francisco 49ers beat Miami Dolphins, 38-16 in Stanford. Superbowl MVP: Joe Montana, San Francisco, QB.

Frankly my dears, I didn’t give a damn. I don’t celebrate games. Not even Green Bay Packer Games. As a Wisconsinite it is almost mandatory that you celebrate Packer wins. Although I have been a Packer Fan for over 50 years I am glad when they win, Arm-chair Quarterback when they lose, and then forget about the game. I don’t celebrate games.

The fact that supposed adults prance through the streets bleating that they are #1 in a victory of which they did not participate strikes me as ludicrous. That people celebrate by setting fires, overturning cars and other acts of criminality in celebration of a game is a stupidity I will never understand.

January 20, 1971 John Lennon meets Yoko Ono’s parents in Japan. I will admit that the panting press was nearly hysterical about this event but I alas was not.

January 20,1955 the 1st atomic sub, USS Nautilus, launched at Groton, Connecticut, an event you can celebrate if you like but only if you also have a habit of celebrating events that cost more money that most of us can even understand.

You can read for yourself all about nuclear-submarines if you are interested. Once I read the price tag, ballpark estimate of 2 to 2.5 billion dollars I knew this wasn’t something to celebrate. Just wondering how many of this things we have. http://outthere.whatitcosts.com/nuclear-submarine.htm

January 20,1953 1st live coast-to-coast Inauguration address (Dwight D. Eisenhower) The start of a process by which you cannot get away from the event no matter how hard you try. And I try.

January 20,1952 British army occupies Ismailiya, Suez Canal Zone. That was back before the Brits need our help in its Empire Building.

January 20, 1937 1st Inauguration day on Jan 20th, (held every 4th years there-after)

January 20, 1892 Students at the Springfield, MA YMCA Training School, played the first official basketball game. I don’t celebrate games.

January 20,1869 Elizabeth Cady Stanton becomes 1st woman to testify before Congress. You might wonder why I do not celebrate this historic even as I am and always have been an advocate for women’s rights. And I respond, given that the United States had been a democracy for nearly 100 years, what the hell is there to celebrate that it took that long for a woman to testify before Congress? And a woman’s right to vote was still 51 years in the future. No cause for celebration there.

January 20,1840 Dutch King Willem II crowned. He was personally conservative and no democrat, he acted with sense and moderation. One morning he woke up and said: “I changed from conservative to liberal in one night”. He gave orders to to create a new constitution which included that the Eerste Kamer (Senate) would be elected indirectly by the Provincial States and that the Tweede Kamer (House of Representatives) would be elected directly. Electoral system changed into census suffrage in electoral districts (in 1917 census suffrage was replaced by common suffrage for all men, and districts were replaced by party lists of different political parties), whereby royal power decreased sharply. That constitution is still in effect today. Good for Willem! I hope they have a nice “King Willem II day in Holland.

January 20, 1809 1st U.S. geology book published by William Maclure I know nothing about geology and didn’t know William so although I’m sure it was a very good thing, I don’t celebrate.

January 20, 1800 Napoleon I’s sister Carolina Bonaparte marries King Joachim Murat of Naples. This marriage might have been fruitful (4 kiddies) but it didn’t end well.   Caroline fled to the Austrian Empire when her husband was executed. Caroline seems to have been a reprehensible character who caused much misery for others in her never-ending quest for power. One of her direct descendants is the American actor Rene Auberjonois.

January 20, 1788 Pioneer African Baptist church organizes in Savannah, GA

January 20, 1785 Samuel Ellis advertises to sell Oyster Island (Ellis Island), no takers. Guess all the bargain hunters were out of town.

January 20,1783 Hostilities cease in Revolutionary War. I always find it somewhat disconcerting that we celebrate the beginnings of war, and that we all know, or should know that 1776 was when the war begin but don’t know when it ended.

January 20, 1667 Treaty of Andrussovo ends 13 year war between Poland and Russia. Ending a war is always a good thing. But to be perfectly honest I didn’t even know about the beginning of this war until today. So I’m just glad it only took them 13 years to stop killing each other. Especially when you know there are Wars named the 100 Years War.

January 20,1613 Peace of Knarod ends War of Kalmar between Denmark and Sweden. Ending a war, once again a good thing of which I wasn’t aware. If I’d been around I’m sure I would have been overjoyed.

January 20, 1503 Casa de Contratacion (Board of Trade) founded in Spain to deal with American affairs.

January 20,1265 1st English Parliament called into session by Earl of Leicester

January 20, 473 is the day St. Euthymius, the Great died. If you didn’t know, I’m sorry to be the bearer of sad tidings. St. Euthymius, the Great, was a humble abbot in Palestine whose miraculous cure of a Saracen chief made him famous.

A miracle cure? Now, THAT’S something to celebrate!

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