Daily Archives: January 30, 2011

Fox’s Chris Wallace To Speaker Boehner: Why Do You Cry And Smoke?

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In addition to getting serious about budget deficits and the debt ceiling, the conversation between Speaker of the House Boehner and Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday also expanded to include talking about two of Boehner’s most well-known characteristics: crying and smoking. Wallace asked bluntly, “why do you cry so often,” to which, Boehner almost cried again, right on cue.

Boehner stressed that he came to Washington “to do something on behalf of the American people” and despite Wallace warning him that some of his supporters think the crying makes him look “strange” or “weird,” Boehner confidently stated “I’m not going to apologize for being emotionally attached to the things I feel most strongly about in this town.”

The conversation became more humorous when the topic turned towards smoking, to which Boehner admitted “listen it’s a bad habit, but I have it. It’s a legal product, I choose to smoke, leave me alone.”

There, can the crying issue, and the questions about it, be put to rest now?

Watch the clip from Fox News below:

 

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China Blocks ‘Egypt’ On Twitter-Like Microblog Sina

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China has blocked the word “Egypt” from appearing in searches on its country’s popular Twitter-like service, Sina.

A search for “Egypt” on the microblogging site brings up a message saying, “According to relevant laws, regulations and policies, the search results are not shown.”

PCWorld reports that only the Chinese version of ‘Egypt’ is blocked though, and the English version returns results.

The news comes in light of recent developments in Egypt, which have included a fresh wave of protests, Egyptian Internet being shut down, and growing looting.

Launched in Aug. 2009, Sina has more than 80 million users and is said to be growing rapidly — adding as many as 10 million users per month.

Due to the success of Twitter, China also launched a state-run microblog in December, which has earned the nickname “Red Twitter.”

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Al Jazeera In Cairo Being Shut Down, Press Credentials Revoked: Egypt State TV

This just in about 15 minutes ago (4:05 am.)  I’m posting this at 4:20 am…

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Egyptian state TV reported Sunday morning that the Al Jazeera office in Cairo is being shut down and Al Jazeera reporters are losing their press credentials in Egypt.

Al Jazeera correspondent Dan Nolan tweeted the news at about 11 a.m. local time, adding that Al Jazeera’s licenses were revoked, per state media.

Nolan quickly added, “Don’t worry we’ll still report what’s happening in #Egypt no matter what new restrictions they put on us.”

Another Al Jazeera employee Evan Hill put the news this way: “State TV announces Al Jazeera’s broadcasting license and press cards are being revoked. Our bureau is packing up.”

Follow the latest developments in Egypt by watching the Al Jazeera English livestream here and following our live blog here.

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Thousands protest in Jordan

It appears that discontent in the Middle East has manifested a “domino effect”.  Now it’s Jordan…

Aljazeera

Protesters gather across the country, demanding the prime minister step down.

Thousands of people in Jordan have taken to the streets in protests, demanding the country’s prime minister step down, and the government curb rising prices, inflation and unemployment.

In the third consecutive Friday of protests, about 3,500 opposition activists from Jordan’s main Islamist opposition group, trade unions and leftist organisations gathered in the capital, waving colourful banners reading: “Send the corrupt guys to court”.

The crowd denounced Samir Rifai’s, the prime minister, and his unpopular policies.

Many shouted: “Rifai go away, prices are on fire and so are the Jordanians.”

Another 2,500 people also took to the streets in six other cities across the country after the noon prayers. Those protests also called for Rifai’s ouster.

Members of the Islamic Action Front, the political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood and Jordan’s largest opposition party, swelled the ranks of the demonstrators, massing outside the al-Husseini mosque in Amman and filling the downtown streets with their prayer lines.

King Abdullah has promised some reforms, particularly on a controversial election law. But many believe it is unlikely he will bow to demands for the election of the prime minister and Cabinet officials, traditionally appointed by the king.

Rifai also announced a $550 million package of new subsidies in the last two weeks for fuel and staple products like rice, sugar, livestock and liquefied gas used for heating and cooking. It also includes a raise for civil servants and security personnel.

Record deficit

However, Jordan’s economy continues to struggle, weighed down by a record deficit of $2bn this year.

Inflation has also risen by 1.5 per cent to 6.1 per cent just last month, unemployment and poverty are rampant – estimated at 12 and 25 per cent respectively.

Ibrahim Alloush, a university professor, told the Associated Press that it was not a question of changing faces or replacing one prime minister with another.

“We’re demanding changes on how the country is now run,” he said.

He also accused the government of impoverishing the working class with regressive tax codes which forced the poor to pay a higher proportion of their income as tax.

He also accused parliament as serving as a “rubber stamp” to the executive branch.

“This is what has led people to protest in the streets because they don’t have venues for venting how they feel through legal means,” Alloush said.
 

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