100th Year of Ronald Reagan’s Birth


Ronald Wilson Reagan, 40th President of the United States

Ronald Wilson Reagan

(/ˈreɪɡən/; February 6, 1911 – June 5, 2004) was the 40th President of the United States (1981–1989) and the 33rd Governor of California (1967–1975).[1]

Reagan was born in Tampico in Whiteside County, Illinois, reared in Dixon in Lee County, Illinois, and educated at Eureka College in Eureka, Illinois, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and sociology. Upon his graduation, Reagan first moved to Iowa to work as a radio broadcaster and then in 1937 to Los Angeles, California. He began a career as an actor, first in films and later television, appearing in over 50 movie productions and gaining enough success to become a famous, publicly recognized figure. Some of his most notable roles are in Knute Rockne, All American and Kings Row. Reagan served as president of the Screen Actors Guild, and later spokesman for General Electric (GE); his start in politics occurred during his work for GE. Originally a member of the Democratic Party, he switched to the Republican Party in 1962. After delivering a rousing speech in support of Barry Goldwater‘s presidential candidacy in 1964, he was persuaded to seek the California governorship, winning two years later and again in 1970. He was defeated in his run for the Republican presidential nomination in 1968 as well as 1976, but won both the nomination and election in 1980.

As president, Reagan implemented sweeping new political and economic initiatives. His supply-side economic policies, dubbed “Reaganomics,” advocated reducing tax rates to spur economic growth, controlling the money supply to reduce inflation, deregulation of the economy, and reducing government spending. In his first term he survived an assassination attempt, took a hard line against labor unions, and ordered military actions in Grenada. He was reelected in a landslide in 1984, proclaiming it was “Morning in America.” His second term was primarily marked by foreign matters, such as the ending of the Cold War[citation needed], the bombing of Libya, and the revelation of the Iran-Contra affair. Publicly describing the Soviet Union as an “evil empire,”[2] he supported anti-Communist movements worldwide and spent his first term forgoing the strategy of détente by ordering a massive military buildup in an arms race with the USSR. Reagan negotiated with Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev, culminating in the INF Treaty and the decrease of both countries’ nuclear arsenals.

Reagan left office in 1989. In 1994, the former president disclosed that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease earlier in the year; he died ten years later at the age of 93. He ranks highly in public opinion polls of U.S. Presidents, and is a conservative icon. [Source: Wikipedia]

Egypt: The Way Forward 1


— President Barack Obama said Friday that talks between the Egyptian government and its political opponents were in the initial stages, but warned that the mere “pretense of reform” would not be enough to resolve that country’s deepening crisis.

Washington (CNN)

The transition of power “must begin now” and lead to “free and fair elections,” he declared. Negotiations must “include a broad representation of the Egyptian opposition,” he told reporters.

Asked if embattled President Hosni Mubarak needs to step down now — as opposed to waiting for a successor to be chosen in Egypt’s September elections — Obama said Mubarak needs to consult with advisers and listen to what’s “being voiced by the Egyptian people.”

The Egyptian leader is “proud” but also a “patriot,” Obama said. Mubarak needs to make a judgment about his legacy and the best “pathway forward.” Violence and repression have no role in the “orderly transition process,” he added. “The whole world is watching.”

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6:00AM EST. Protesters in Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt tense, but, calm.  No word on the status of President Hosni Mubarak.  The word is that there will be several demonstrations today as the standoff with the government continues.  The army is still the guardian of the nation.

CNN reports that not all Egyptians approve of continuing the demonstrations.  Some people speak of trying Mubarak for war crimes.  Arguments have been seen on the street corners in Alexandria. Watch this video of an interrogation of a pro-Mubarak supporter in Alexandria.

Watch Faheed Zakaria talk about “What Is Mubarak Thinking”.

DEPARTURE DAY FOR MUBARAK!


 

Hosni Mubarak 2009

Muhammad Hosni Sayyid Mubarak (Arabic: محمد حسني سيد مبارك‎, Egyptian Arabic pronunciation: [mæˈħæmːæd ˈħosni ˈsæjːed moˈbɑːɾɑk], Muḥammad Ḥusnī Sayyid Mubārak; born May 4, 1928) is the fourth and current President of the Arab Republic of Egypt. He was appointed Vice President in 1975, and assumed the Presidency on October 14, 1981, following the assassination of President Anwar El Sadat. He is the longest-serving Egyptian ruler since Muhammad Ali Pasha. Before he entered politics Mubarak was a career officer in the Egyptian Air Force, serving as its commander from 1972 to 1975. Beginning on January 25, 2011, a popular uprising called for his resignation as president of Egypt.[1] On February 1, 2011, Mubarak announced that he will not seek another term in the upcoming presidential election.[2] His regime has been accused of massive corruption and misgovernance. [Wikipedia. Subject to change by current events.]

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Those who oppose Mubarak have designated today as “D-Day. Departure day for Hosni Mubarak to leave office and Egypt.”  For several days now the main square in Cairo and other cities have been full of peaceful protesters who are fed up with their corrupt, repressive government that gave them no human rights or economic opportunities.  Most Egyptians live on $2 a day. Sixty percent of the population is under 30 years of age. Such is grist for the mill of revolution in the 21st century with its ubiquitous  mass communications. (Facebook, Twitter, etc.)  During the current struggle for democratic freedom, President Mubarak tried to break the people’s spirit by turning off the Internet and cell phone service.  The people would not be deterred or silenced.  Some have vowed to demonstrate until Mubarak leaves office.

Emergency law rule

Egypt is a semi-presidentialrepublic under Emergency Law (Law No. 162 of 1958)[25] and has been since 1967, except for an 18-month break in 1980s (which ended with the assassination of Sadat). Under the law, police powers are extended, constitutional rights suspended and censorship is legalized.[26] The law sharply circumscribes any non-governmental political activity: street demonstrations, non-approved political organizations, and unregistered financial donations are formally banned. Some 17,000 people are detained under the law, and estimates of political prisoners run as high as 30,000.[27] Under that “state of emergency”, the government has the right to imprison individuals for any period of time, and for virtually no reason, thus keeping them in prisons without trials for any period. The government continues the claim that opposition groups like the Muslim Brotherhood could come into power in Egypt if the current government did not forgo parliamentary elections, confiscate the group’s main financiers’ possessions, and detain group figureheads, actions which are virtually impossible without emergency law and judicial-system independence prevention.[28] Pro-democracy advocates in Egypt argue that this goes against the principles of democracy, which include a citizen’s right to a fair trial and their right to vote for whichever candidate and/or party they deem fit to run their country. [Wikipedia]

Intention to stand down in September 2011

Mass protests against President Hosni Mubarak erupted in Cairo and other Egyptian cities in late January 2011.

On February 1, 2011 Hosni Mubarak announced that he will not contest the Presidential election in September 2011. He also promised constitutional reform.[40] This did not satisfy the majority of protesters as they expected Mubarak to depart immediately.[41] The demonstrations continued and on 2 February 2011, violent clashes occurred between pro-Mubarak and anti-Mubarak protestors. [Wikipedia]

Update: Friday, February 4, 2011, 4:00AM EST. I have just learned that there have been over 43 incidents where the pro-Mubarak forces have assaulted the press, damaged or confiscated their equipment.  Some needed hospital care. In an inverview with ABC News that if he resigns today, there will be chaos.  I say, that is what the army is there for.

In Tahrir Square we have an amazing calm.  There are no goons (pro-Mubarak thugs).  There is a fully outfitted riot squad present. A stage with microphones has been erected.  We wonder what lies in store.  Will there be a gigantic clash?  Will the army remain on the side of the people.  Earlier I heard that there have been discussions and that perhaps President Mubarak will resign today leaving the Vice President in charge.  If this happens, will it be acceptable to the protestors? Will there be enough press coverage so that the world can continue to witness a revolution on live television?  Is this a setup for a dramatic crush by the government?  Will Mubarak accede to the “suggestions” of the USA and certain arab states and resign today? It is in the Lord’s hands.

One good sign is the announcement that the Egyptian Stock Market will re-open on Monday.  The banks will reopen shortly.

Friday, February 4, 2011, 11:00am EST. Night has fallen on Tahrir Square in Cairo. The call for Mubarak to resign has been a huge protest today, but, alas, no conclusion.  The rally goes on into the night with the people still being protected by the army.  It is said that discussions with interested governments go on but hope of wish fulfillment is small…at least for tonight in Egypt.

DIPLOMACY? A LADY CRIES :0


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Definition of DIPLOMACY

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: the art and practice of conducting negotiations between nations
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: skill in handling affairs without arousing hostility : tact
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Pres. Obama, how long will you be concerned with diplomacy? Violence erupts in the streets of Cairo as thousands of Mubarak supporters attack protesters. » Whips, firebombs…

President Mubarak, stable friend to our country and the Middle East has spilled the blood of his people in revenge for being forced out of power.  He unleashed his goons armed with machetes and razors on peaceful Egyptians who are tired of living on $2 a day and no future of a good job and prospects. Citizens who are tired of corruption in their government and who are now ready to die for reforms in Egyptian governance.  For days the world has watched their peaceful demonstration on TV characterized as a joyous, family affair that has now turned to self-defense against thugs bused in by the thousands.  Many have been injured and reportedly there have been three unconfirmed deaths among the protesters.  President Mubarak cannot now remain as President until the scheduled election in September.  He refuses to leave Egypt and wants to die there.  So far, the people have not obliged him.  Mubarak’s place in history will now be written in blood. As I write it is 6:00am in Egypt, Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011.  Perhaps a day in advance of a scheduled large-scale protest, the army might finally act to end the bloodshed, return stability to the nation, regain Egypt’s place on the world stage by removing Mubarak from power and providing for a smooth transition to democracy.  Would that the protestors had organized groups, political leaders.  News reports say that there have been discussions as the battles rage.  Perhaps today we will see the fruits of these discussions including those between President Obama and President Mubarak. God bless the peace-loving people of Egypt and give them the democratic government they deserve and have earned.==================================

It is 7:10am EST, Thursday. MSNBC reports that the Egyptian army has put up a substantial barrier between the protesters and the pro-Mubarak forces who suffered toward the end of last night. Mika Brzezinski of “MorningJoe” said that the Egyptian Prime Minister apologizes for the attacks on the protesters and vows to investigate who was responsible.  I hope the media does it’s job and holds this Prime Minister of a failed regime to keep his word and reveal who armed the hooligans with iron bar, stick, razors AND SWORDS and delivered them to the battle on buses, horses and camels. [Go to the video tape.]  The world will laugh in the Prime Minister’s face and that of President Mubarak if they try to sell us a bill of goods saying that the goons acted independently and spontaneously.

The next big demonstration will be tomorrow after prayers.  Millions of protesters must be out again in the square AND the army, the only credible broker of power in Egypt, must finally start the transition to democracy by conducting Mubarak out of the country and installing an interim leader who will serve while a new political system is devised and a new constitution is written.  This is what the people ultimately are fighting for. Yes, I say fighting because some of the protesters vow to remain in the square until Mubarak leaves…or they die!

 

Lady Liberty Sheds a Tear for Egypt

 

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Citizens United’s Confused Mission


The Citizens United vs FEC decision of the US Supreme Court joins Gore vs Bush as departures from the separation of the judiciary and politics.  In the latter case the Presidency of United States was given to the republican candidate by republican leaning members of the Court.  In the former the Court decided that corporations have the same rights as an individual citizen.  Citizens United, a “membership” and “grassroots” organization is responsible for unleashing billions of unregulated dollars from corporations for so-called conservative causes which seek to roll back hundreds years of American government history in an attempt to return the country to the days of the Founding Fathers.  I don’t believe the Founders envisioned a static government but created The Constitution as a living document that would change/grow with the passage of time and the evolution of politics in America.  This is antithetical to the stated mission of Citizens United:
Citizens United is an organization dedicated to restoring our government to citizens’ control. Through a combination of education, advocacy, and grass-roots organization, Citizens United seeks to reassert the traditional American values of limited government, freedom of enterprise,  will of its citizen, strong families, and national sovereignty and security. Citizens United’s goal is to restore the founding fathers’ vision of a free nation, guided by the honesty, common sense, and good will of its citizens.
Citizens United wants the government’s decisions to be made by citizens as individuals yet their court case ending up giving unlimited political power to corporations whose goal and mission and fiduciary responsibility is to maximize profits…not the welfare of the people.  How do they live with this incongruity?  It’s like living a lie. A year after the court decision, the leaders of Citizens write on their website:
Tomorrow, January 21, marks the one-year anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court case Citizens United v. FEC. The impact of the case has been to
level the playing field in American politics during the 2010 election cycle.

Level the playing field?  Who are we kidding? You and I have voices that been made feeble in the national discourse.  When we give our several $5 contributions to the candidate of our choice, how can we hope to be heard?  Big money talks! Our only recourse is to join this “grassroots organization” and change it from within.  Thankfully, membership fits our budget: $15.  This would be a version of the saying, “If you can’t beat ’em,  join ’em!” Yes, join them and be true to the real roots of America in the 21st century.  Are you game?  Can you spare $15 and a small amount of time? Of course you can. Be a part of the solution!

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Black History Month


Black History Month is a remembrance of important people and events in the history of the African diaspora. Since 1976, it is celebrated annually in the United States of America and Canada in February and the United Kingdom in the month of October. In the U.S., Black History Month is also referred to as African-American History Month.

Black History Month actually started as Negro History Week in 1926.
The goal of Black History Week was to educate Blacks about their
cultural background, and instill in them a sense of pride in their race. [Source: Wikipedia]

Perhaps you are new to the celebration of afro-american history and culture.  I just discovered the ultimate source of all things about us and those who love us or, at least, find us interesting: THE GRIO, whose parent is NBC-Universal.  This colorful website is rich in content and is one which you will enjoy throughout the whole month of celebration.  And, don’t be a stranger here.  This year THE GRIO is proud to present “100 History Makers in the Making” which introduces us to black leaders who are making a difference in American society and just might make “the history books.”[sic] 🙂 I jest.  Their stories will feature largely in our history.  Don’t miss this look at today and peek into the future.

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China Rips Off “Top Gun”


China Splices Scenes from American Movie, “Top Gun,” into It’s Newscast

Recently China showed off the prototype of it’s  stealth bomber when Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates visited.

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Happy Birthday, Chris!


Chris Jansing
Born January 30, 1957

Egypt: Thoughts on Humanity


Humanity (Poem)

Humanity
has the humanity gone
Or every one became looking for
his own
And does not looking for what is going on
Tell me tell where it
is now and I will run
Cause I know in it is land will be the fun
And I
will feel and see the real sun
Now tell me please where it is my son
To
help it before to be something and done
We lived with the humanity with
everyone
We were use our hearts and now they use the gun
Running after
the needs and forgot the human
We knew the evil and how to shun
And now
they use the evil with anyone
The humanity is in a place, waiting alone
But none thinks to go there.. None
So let us find this place together my
son
Earam Dio

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We relect on the needs and aspirations of the people of the Middle East.