State Dept was holding meetings with Egyptian dissidents

Here is a fascinating story from  Ameristroika. Take a look then follow the links for an inside look at what our country has been up to. Here is a portion:

On Friday, Wikileaks published a secret cable that detailed the U.S. government’s involvement with an Egyptian dissident. His notes of a democratic revolution for Egypt in 2011 were confiscated.

The April 6  youth activist had attended the Alliance of Youth Movements in New York City 2008, sponsored by the State Department.

Undersecretary James K. Glassman wasinterviewed on Nov. 24, 2008, and the questioner shows his concern specifically about Egypt. He asks the Undersecretary, speaking of Egypt and Turkey, “Don’t you run the risk of unleashing something here that is going to come back to bite you, especially with our allies?

Glassman explains that they support pro-democracy movements and that sometimes “puts us at odds with other governments.” It almost looks as if they were thinking ahead. But the interviewer’s response is immediately cut-off. Undersecretary Glassman clarifies how the State Department works:

“What we do in public diplomacy and what is often done in official diplomacy. We are communicating and engaging at the level of the public, not at the level of officials. So you know, it certainly is possible that some of these governments will not be all that happy that – at what we’re doing, but that’s what we do in public diplomacy.” Following up with “And I think this is an important part. We as a government have been engaging with such civil society organizations in places like Egypt for a long time.”

So the State Department was well aware of the risks they were running, in so far that they lined up the perfect dissidents and organizers, threw a convention for them, and sent them home to start the revolution. It seems everyone knew about this except us…until now.

Short version:  Associated Content Yahoo

UPDATE: Google Restores Social Network in Egypt for Obama

Koch Foundation receives Van Jones, Code Pink, Unions warm rally

On Friday, Greenpeace flew one of it’s airships over Rancho Mirage, California with a banner reading “Koch Brothers: Dirty Money.” Why Rancho Mirage? Because this is where the oil billionaires are hosting a secret political strategy meeting. Planet Save

Van Jones, the former green jobs deputy in the Obama Administration and senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, described the anti-Koch rally as “the beginning of our fight back.”

Twenty-five hippies were reportedly arrested. Click here for some nice photos of the Riverside Sheriff’s Department riot squad who, alas, didn’t get the opportunity to use their batons, pepper spray and tasers. The Other McCain

I have been waiting to see who was ginning up the masses for this warm up rally against the Conservative get together of the Koch Foundation. Funny, isn’t it, Soros can dish it out to his leftwing causes.Conservatives are not suppose to comment.

I am sure Van Jones and rest of the Marxist crew are just salivating seeing the rioting in the Middle east and in Europe. If only in America. I am sure this was just the trial run for him. Code Pink managed to make an appearance as well.

Hundreds of liberal activists, environmentalists and union members protested outside the Rancho Las Palmas Resort in Rancho Mirage, California to protest against what they view as the heavy financial influence of the Koch brothers in conservative causes.

Koch spokeswoman Nancy Pfotenhauer said the closed-door meeting “brings together some of America’s greatest philanthropists and job creators … who share a common belief that the current level of government spending in our nation is simply unsustainable.”

Widely associated with the Tea Party fringe of the Republican Party, the Koch brothers have come under unprecedented media scrutiny in recent years. IB Times

Here is a great link to later breaking news on the characters in this play: Conservative Hideout

Sen. Schumer Nullifies Judicial Branch

The three branches of Government are difficult to understand. Considering he chairs the Senate Judiciary, he might want to keep the Supreme Court in mind once in awhile, as annoying as it is.

Sen. Schumer complained that the Roberts Court turned back the clock 100 years in the Citizens United decision. Apparently what he really meant was the Supreme Court is no longer relevant as far as he’s concerned. Three branches of government to work together. That is the House, the Senate and the Presidency. H/T: Tammy Bruce

Majority of Egyptians want Sharia Law

Coming to Egypt?

Coming to Egypt?

Looks like however things turn out in Egypt, women will not fare so well. Stoning, and other primitive methods of justice will be on tap if the majority have their way with whatever goverment develops. I found this from a post last month in Atlas Shrugs. Bill Bennet was talking about the Pew Research as well this morning, so instead of the endless redundant talking points, how about getting to the heart of the matter.

Here’s more for the misunderstanders of Islam to invert, twist and re-interpret:

Beirut — A majority of Muslims around the world welcome a significant role for Islam in their countries’ political life, according to a new poll from the Pew Research Center, but have mixed feelings toward militant religious groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah.

According to the survey, majorities in Pakistan, Egypt, Jordan and Nigeria would favor changing current laws to allow stoning as a punishment for adultery, hand amputation for theft and death for those who convert from Islam to another religion. About 85% of Pakistani Muslims said they would support a law segregating men and women in the workplace.

Muslims in Indonesia, Egypt, Nigeria and Jordan were among the most enthusiastic, with more than three-quarters of poll respondents in those countries reporting positive views of Islam’s influence in politics: either that Islam had a large role in politics, and that was a good thing, or that it played a small role, and that was bad.

Turkish Muslims were the most conflicted, with just more than half reporting positive views of Islam’s influence in politics. Turkey has struggled in recent years to balance a secular political system with an increasingly fervent Muslim population.

[…]The poll was conducted April 12 to May 7 in seven countries with large Muslim populations. About 8,000 people were interviewed face to face, and the survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points for Pakistan and 4 percentage points for the other countries. From Atlas Shrugs

Pew Research:Here

Ohio law would require teen drivers to have CPR and First Aid

Yes, indeed, a sad story. It took EMS 6 minutes to reach the scene of the accident. Solution? Why we simply force everyone now to take classes in order to be able leap into the breech. Of course it is a great idea, but where do we end with these great ideas? For me, this is a precise example of how our government feels about us. We are merely cogs in the bureaucratic wheel that can be dictated to. Any thoughts about making this optional? When do these mandates end? When I googled this story, I was amazed how everyone concurred that this was a simple solution without regard to the impact on its subjects. How easily it now comes to pass these laws that require us to perform certain behaviors.

A Geauga County woman’s death could create new requirements for teens eager to get behind the wheel.

“A young neighbor man came into the culdesac too fast, he did not see her. He ran off into the grassy berm, he did not cover her and he did not do any CPR,” said the Jennifer’s mother, Peggy Halley.

According to Peggy, it took six minutes for paramedics to arrive. In the days after her daughter’s death, Peggy started writing letters to local lawmakers to see what changes could be made to driver’s license requirements.

Because of the tragedy, Republican State Representative Cheryl Grossman, of Grove City, decided to sponsor legislation which would require all teen drivers to learn CPR and first aid training. “Just one time you could affect the outcome in a positive way in a tragic accident or someone having a heart attack, it would be well worth it,” said Rep. Grossman.

The bill is being currently drafted and is expected to be introduced next month.

Fox 8

Special plants for a Winter’s day

It has been a tough week that Mother Nature handed out for many of us. Here is the other side of the gifts she offers us. This week, the gardening catalogs starting arriving. Just in time. The link at the bottom of the page, offers more of these specialities


More Plants here from: Warning, page 2 is graphic!

Obama Lifts Ban on Muslim Brotherhood Leader – Getting ready for the new Egypt?

Let me offer my two cents or more. Sounds like the U.S. may have been supporting the overthrow of the present Egyptian regime behind the scene. Okay, maybe Egypt is up for Jeffersonian Democracy, but I wouldn’t count on it. I was willing to let that go, for perhaps a feel good moment that the great awakening was happening in the middle east. Since I am very much a cynic regarding the Obama regime, this tidbit that I caught up with was very alarming to me. Having witnessed first hand from relatives who worked for the U.S. government in Iran at the time the Shah was kicked, a deja vu moment flashed before me. Yes, the Shah was tough on the fanatics. Yes, the Shah for the first time was attempting to westernize the country that was driving the clerics nuts. Women were allowed to go to school. Drive. Use makeup. But no, we were determined that they have their Democratic society. It lasted a few moments. Then the fanatics took over. At some point, as much as we love our Country, we must come to recognize it is not always the perfect system for everyone. If the price of potential freedom ends up in worse tyranny, nothing has been gained.

Getting on with my story: Recall this post of ours last year: Janet Napolitano meets with Muslim Brotherhood Leaders

Why are we now sucking up to the Muslim Brotherhood? Is this Obama’s idea for the new government in Egypt? Is this what he is working on behind the scene? Another repeat of Iran?

Today we learn that the Barack Obama administration has decided to lift a ban preventing Muslim Scholar Professor Tariq Ramadan from entering the United States. Ramadan, an Egyptian currently living in Switzerland, is a leading member of Europe’s Muslim Brotherhood branch and the grandson of the movement’s founder Hassan al-Banna. The Muslim Brotherhood is the parent organization for Hamas and some of the groups that recently merged into al-Qaeda, including Ayman al Zawahiri’s Egyptian Islamic Jihad. Ramadan was invited to teach at the University of Notre Dame in 2004 but the George W. Bush administration revoked his visa, citing a statute that applies to those who have “endorsed or espoused” terrorism.  Israel Nation News

For more on where Obama is in all of this : Obama Aiding Terrorists in Egypt from  rjjrdq

Greatest Moments in Liberal History – Video

Thanks to Always On Watch for a vid that cuts to the chase.. enjoy!

Who is Frances Fox Piven?

There is a wonderfully written piece over at the American Spectator. I had come across the Cloward-Piven writings at some point in my earlier life. I had really thought that both of them were long gone. As is well-known by now, Glenn Beck gave Fran her second wind. I have posted a number of her recent vid rants. But who were these characters and what were their lives about? I can’t do the article justice by picking a few salient paragraphs, so if you are as curious as I.. take a spin and read the whole thing. Also dispelled is the notion that slavery caused the single parent black family.Here is a link to the Nation article that started this reincarnation.

From the Nation: Mobilizing the Jobless that Glenn Beck quoted. Here tis from the American Spectator:

To me it’s almost startling to find they are real people — just as Piven, who is now receiving death threats for her writings, must be astonished to find there are actually people out there paying attention to what she has to say.

n 1966 Cloward and Piven had married and moved on to write “The Weight of the Poor: A Strategy to End Poverty,” the article in The Nation that 45 years later has captured Glenn Beck’s attention. Cloward and Piven suggested a simple, if cynical, strategy for “ending poverty.” The welfare law — the notorious AFDC (Aid to Financially Dependent Children) — was filled with special allowances for furniture, clothing, and back-to-school expenses that nobody ever claimed. Millions of people were eligible for welfare but never applied. All you had to do, after all, was have a baby out of wedlock. Many states refused to apply these laws while others kept them hidden from applicants. But a full-scale national effort to get everybody signed up for welfare would bankrupt the system, paving the way — in good Marxist fashion — for something much better. The “Cloward-Piven Strategy,” later expanded into Regulating the Poor (1971), became the foundation of the Welfare Rights Movement, which Cloward and Piven founded in 1968 and whose main accomplishment was to get millions of unwed mothers to apply for government assistance, so that the term “single-parent home” not only entered the lexicon but became a national phenomenon.

Here is an interesting factoid from the author of this piece from A.S…….Herbert Gutman’s The Black Family in Slavery and Freedom and several other books that this pattern can be traced all the way back through slavery . Yet families do form. Eighty percent of the families in Gutman’s plantation records had two parents and the rate of two-parent families among African-Americans living in Harlem in the 1920s was close to 90 percent.

Full article here at the Spectator

Castration Helps Reindeer Handle Climate Change

Researchers say they forage for food better, then share it

When Al Gore heard this, he said, finally there is an answer to this burdensome thing. We de-populate the planet, and create a warm and fuzzy for our fellow man. What could be better?

The indigenous Sami peoples in the Arctic have found a way to help reindeer survive the ravages of climate change—but we’re guessing the deer don’t like it too much. Fluctuating temperatures have been a challenge for the reindeer, because melting snow often refreezes and forms ice over the pastures they feed on. Sami researchers have found that castrating male reindeer allows them to more easily break the ice, in part because they keep their antlers later into winter.

It also makes the males more likely to share their food with calves that would otherwise starve to death. “To make herds more resilient in the future, we need to relearn the traditional knowledge of castration,” one professor tells Reuters. Specifically, they’re aiming for “half-castration,” which renders animals sterile, but able to produce testosterone. More at Newser

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