Daily Archives: February 7, 2011

Hosni Mubarak’s Human-Rights Horrors

The Daily Beast

Torture, imprisonment, repression of dissent, murder, disappearances—as the Egyptian regime teeters, dissidents and bloggers look back on three decades of abuses.

Pundits and politicians shout “Better the devil you know!” as Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak’s regime nears collapse.  Mubarak is hailed for not waging war on Israel, allowing some space for civil society, and permitting multi-candidate presidential elections. So why encourage his departure and risk the ascent of a theocratic, fundamentalist Muslim Brotherhood, which could be far worse?

The Egyptian dissidents and bloggers I’ve spoken to have little patience for this worldview. They have been tortured and imprisoned under Mubarak and refuse to accept that they must choose one brutal tyrant over another. They hold out the hope that they too can live in a normal country. After three decades of Mubarak, Egyptian dissidents feel it necessary to remind the world of his true legacy on human rights and democracy.

“Mubarak did not know the meaning of humanity,” said Bassem Samir, a democracy activist imprisoned under the dictator. “He did not know that they have rights. He worked for 30 years to ensure that Egyptians fear democracy. He weakened the opposition, and anyone who didn’t agree with him was out, out of everything—the media, work, and even the country. Whenever Mubarak thought someone else could be liked by the people, he removed them totally.”   More…

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Palin Trademark Refused Because She Forgot To Sign Application

Okay, when one has their mind set on “branding” their name for future profits, shouldn’t one have the know-how to sign the damned forms?

Alan Colmes’ Liberaland

The attempt by Sarah and Bristol Palin to have their names trademarked was refused because they forgot to sign the applications.

Sarah Palin and daughter Bristol failed in a bid to get their names trademarked because they forgot to sign the applications, according to an ABC News report.

Frum Forum claims, “The Palins wanted to protect their names for “educational and entertainment services, namely, providing motivational-speaking services in the field of life choices,” according to rejected app, filed on Nov. 5.”

They are free to file again.

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Late Night Music Selection – Maroon 5 – “Sunday Morning”

I love that movie with Jack Nicholson, Diane Keaton and Keanu Reeves called Something’s Gotta Give

 Mainly because it’s very funny and quite entertaining. 

Secondly I’m a huge fan of Keanu Reeves. 

Finally, because it introduced me to Maroon 5‘s music. 

Here’s their song from Something’s Gotta Give, “Sunday Morning”.

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Monday Morning Blog Round up

  

Despite talk of concessions, Egyptian military cracking down

AOL Agrees To Acquire The Huffington Post   

Bush Cancels Swiss Trip Due To Fear Of Torture Prosecution, Mass Prote..

The Rapeublican Party

John Thune cheerfully creates an alternate reality

Al Jazeera English website traffic up 2500%

Bill O’Reilly’s Network Interview with President Obama

Egypt’s vice president agrees to new reforms

Cheney calls Mubarak a good friend, U.S. ally

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