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Mubarak Orders Government Resignation as Egypt Spins Out of Control 01/29/2011
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Mubarak Orders Government Resignation as Egypt Spins Out of Control
By David A. Patten
In remarks immediately criticized some observers as too soft, President Barack Obama called upon Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to refrain from “any violence against peaceful protesters,” but did not call for him to step down.

President Obama also urged authorities to restore Internet and cell phone service, and to ensure Egyptians’ civil rights.

Obama pledged the United States “will continue to stand up for the rights of the Egyptian people, and work with their government in pursuit of a future that is more just, more free, and more hopeful.”

egypt,riots,mubarak,Yet it is precisely on that point -- the administration’s apparent reluctance to challenge the Mubarak regime and side with the protesters seeking freedom from Mubarak’s 30-year reign -- that has left some many rebels disillusioned with the U.S. reaction to the unrest.

“They want [Obama] to be more behind the people, more prepared to take a much firmer line with President Mubarak than this appears to be. I think there’s going to be a good deal of disappointment,” said CNN’s Nic Robertson.

Egyptians’ frustrations with the United States will not be helped by rumors circulating in Cairo that the tear gas canisters police used to barrage protesters bear the markings: “Made in the U.S.A.”

ABC and CBS both reported that demonstrators provided photo images of canisters with the U.S.A. markings. The validity of the images has not been verified. But protesters are well aware that the United States provides $1.3 billion per year in military financing to Egypt. Earlier remarks from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden praising the “stability” of Egypt and insisting that he is not a dictator has further confused protesters who question which side of the struggle the United States is on.

Analysts point out, however, that there is no assurance, even if Mubarak is forced from office, that Democratic forces ultimately would prevail in a nation where by some estimates the radical Muslim Brotherhood organization would control up to 30 percent of the popular vote.

President Obama’s brief remarks came shortly after Mubarak addressed his country, which has been caught up in civil unrest and turmoil in the wake of the Jasmine Revolution in Tunisia. In his speech, Mubarak announced that he would fire the ministers who run his government, but would remain in power himself.

Immediately after the Mubarak’s remarks, which came after midnight in Egypt, protesters marched to the ministry of information that controls the nation’s media outlets in violation of the government-imposed curfew. They stood outside the building and chanted that Mubarak had to go.

CNN analyst and Time Magazine editor-at-large Fareed Zakaria called it a “tough” speech which offered no substantial concessions after five days of escalating turmoil and violence. Zakaria added that it is reasonable to assume the Egyptian military, which is considered the ultimate power broker in the nation’s affairs, fully concurred with Mubarak’s address. Mubarak was a career officer in the Egyptian Air Force prior to his career in politics.

In his speech Mubarak defended the way his police force reacted to the demonstrators. He expressed regret for the innocent victims and casualties on both sides of the clashes that have occurred, and cast himself as the protector of the nation.

“I will always adhere to society and the right of freedom and expression,” he said, “so long as it is within the tolerance of law and constitution. There is a fine line separating freedom from chaos.”

Mubarak’s address left protesters, who had hoped that he might voluntarily accept limits on his power and refute his heirs’ right to succeed him in a dynasty, angry and bitterly disappointed.

A Newsmax source in Cairo who runs a business there, identified only as Ahmed to protect him from any reprisals, told Newsmax he was “shocked” that Mubarak was not more forthcoming.

“He knows that the people are looking for several basic demands, like touching the topic of his son [Gamal] and him being ousted completely from Egyptian political life, and he did not touch it.

“He did not touch anything about the illegitimate Parliament, and he did not mention anything about him not running anymore for the presidency, because the presidential elections will be this year in October. So he did not mention any of the three critical issues that the people were looking for,” he said.
Mubarak said he would disband the cabinet and appoint another group of ministers tomorrow. Ahmed called this “something that does not concern the Egyptians at all.

Overall he told Newsmax the Mubarak response was “very frustrating and shocking at the same time.” Many of his fellow protesters apparently felt the same way, as an angry group immediately marched on the information ministry building to make their feelings known.

Mubarak’s speech appears to signify that the battle lines are drawn. When Egypt’s extremely unpopular police force was routed by the large crowds on Friday. The Egyptian military, which has the respect and admiration of many citizens, moved in to replace them.

The soldiers, some of them riding in tanks, did not take any action to stop the protests or punish civilians who wandered out after the government-imposed curfew. Several soldiers told people they had been sent into Cairo to protect the citizens from the police. Tonight and tomorrow, as news spreads of Mubarak’s unyielding speech, Egyptian protesters may learn one way or another just how far the military is willing to go to enforce the president’s will.

Economic Collapse: 20 Warning Signs 01/29/2011
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Economic Collapse: 20 Warning Signs
The Economic Collapse, 1/28/11

Do you see all of the warning signs that are flashing all around you?  These days it seems like there is more bad economic news in a single week than there used to be in an entire month.  2011 is already shaping up to be a very dark year for the world economy.  The price of food is shooting through the roof and we have already seen violent food riots in countries like Egypt, Algeria and Tunisia.  World financial markets are becoming increasingly unstable as the sovereign debt crisis continues to get worse.  Meanwhile, the number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits is up, foreclosures are up and poverty continues to spread like a plague throughout the United States.  What we are starting to see around the globe is a lot like the "stagflation" of the 1970s.  All of the crazy money printing that has been going on is overheating prices for agricultural commodities and precious metals, but all of this new money is not doing much to help the average man or woman on the street.

Do you remember what the economy was like in America during the 70s?  We had high unemployment and high inflation at the same time.  It was horrible.  Well, all the warning signs are there for a stagflation repeat.  Unemployment is at epidemic levels and it isn't showing any signs of decreasing much any time soon.  Meanwhile, the crazy money printing that the Federal Reserve and other central banks have been doing is starting to cause significant inflation.  The price of oil is about to cross the 100 dollar a barrel mark and the UN is forecasting that the global price of food is going to increase by 30 percent by the end of the year.

So, yes, there are some really, really good reasons to be incredibly concerned about the global economy in 2011.

Meanwhile, the only solutions that our global leaders seem to be offering are more money printing, more government debt and more financial control by international organizations.

The truth is that we have a real mess on our hands.  The following are 20 economic warning signs that should be of great concern to all of us....

#1 Over the past seven days, the price of wheat has risen by 11 percent as concerns about food shortages continue to grow around the world.

#2 The price of corn is up a staggering 94 percent since last June.

#3 The United Nations is projecting that the global price of food will increase by 30 percent in 2011.

#4 According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose last week to the highest level since last October.

#5 According to the Pew Charitable Trusts, of the 14 million Americans "officially" unemployed in December, 30% of them had been unemployed for one year or longer.

#6 Beginning in the month of March, the U.S. Postal Service will begin shutting down up to 2,000 post offices across the United States.

#7 In an absolutely stunning move, Standard & Poor's has downgraded Japanese government debt from AA to AA-.

#8 72 percent of the major metropolitan areas in the United States had more foreclosures in 2010 than they did in 2009.

#9 Approximately 5 million homeowners in the United States are at least two months behind on their mortgages, and it is being projected that over a million American families will be booted out of their homes this year alone.

#10 According to the Congressional Budget Office, the Social Security system will run a deficit of 45 billion dollars this year.  When the new payroll tax breaks are factored in, the projected "Social Security deficit" for this year swells to 130 billion dollars.

#11 The U.S. money supply has been rising at a pace that is absolutely unprecedented.

#12 Right now, money is flowing out of bonds at an absolutely staggering pace.

#13 The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says that the price of food increased 50 percent faster than the overall rate of inflation during 2010.

#14 According to the U.S. Conference of Mayors, visits to soup kitchens are up 24 percent over the past year.

#15 During the last school year, almost half of all school children in the state of Illinois came from families that were considered to be "low-income".

#16 Those living in the town of Discovery Bay, California will soon not be permitted to use cash to pay for any public services.  Could this be another disturbing step in the direction of a cashless society?

#17 French President Nicolas Sarkozy says that the IMF should be given the power to enforce new rules that would be designed to prevent "global economic imbalances" from happening.

#18 The U.S. government is currently borrowing about 40 cents of every single dollar that it spends.

#19 According to the Congressional Budget Office, the U.S. government will have the biggest budget deficit ever recorded (approximately 1.5 trillion dollars) this year.

#20 It is being projected that the U.S. national debt will increase by $150,000 per U.S. household between 2009 and 2021.

So is there any good news?

Well, yes there is.

U.S. Representative Ron Paul has introduced a new bill to audit the Federal Reserve.  Let us hope that the move to audit the Fed fares better in the 112th Congress than it did in the 111th Congress.  It would be wonderful if the American people could actually learn what has been going on inside the Fed all this time.

But mostly the news about the global economy is really bad.  There have been some people that have been warning for decades that all of this money printing and all of this government debt would eventually catch up with us.  Now we have almost reached the moment of reckoning that the doomsayers have been warning about for so long, and it is going to be really painful to go through it.

Thanks to the greatest debt bubble in the history of the world, we have been living beyond our means for decades.  When "times were good" it was not because either the Republicans or the Democrats were doing something right.  The truth is that both political parties have been horribly addicted to government debt.  The debt-fueled prosperity that our politicians purchased for us is starting to come to an end, and an economic implosion is coming that most Americans will never see coming.

But hopefully most of the readers of this article are much wiser than the average American.  The warning signs are there.  Now is the time to take action and get prepared.
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Why Grandpa carries a gun 01/28/2011
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Why Grandpa carries a gun
I'm a firm believer in the 2nd Amendment!
If you are too...READ ALL OF THIS STORY

Why Carry a Gun?
My old grandpa said to me, "Son, there comes a time in every man's life when he stops bustin' knuckles and starts bustin' caps
and usually it's when he becomes too old to take an ass whoopin."
I don't carry a gun to kill people.
I carry a gun to keep from being killed.
I  don't carry a gun to scare people.
I carry a gun because sometimes this world can be a scary place.
I  don't carry a gun because I'm paranoid.
I carry a gun because there are real threats in the world.
I don't carry a gun because I'm evil.
I carry a gun because I have lived long enough to see the evil in the world.
I don't carry a gun because I hate the government.
I carry a gun because I understand the limitations of government.
I don't carry a gun because I'm angry.
I carry a gun so that I don't have to spend the rest of my life hating myself for failing to be prepared.
I don't carry a gun because I want to shoot someone.
I carry a gun because I want to die at a ripe old age in my bed, and not on a sidewalk somewhere tomorrow afternoon.
I don't carry a gun because I'm a cowboy.
I carry a gun because, when I die and go to heaven, I want to be a cowboy.
I don't carry a gun to make me feel like a man.
I carry a gun because men know how to take care of themselves and the ones they love.
I don't carry a gun because I feel inadequate.
I carry a gun because unarmed and facing three armed thugs, I am inadequate.
I don't carry a gun because I love it.
I carry a gun because I love life and the people who make it meaningful to me.
Police protection is an oxymoron.
Free citizens must protect themselves.
Police do not protect you from crime, they usually just show up and investigate the crime after it happens and then
call someone in to clean up the mess.
Personally, I carry a gun because I'm too young to die and too old to take an ass whoopin' . . . . .
author unknown (but obviously brilliant).
In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control. From 1929 to 1953, about 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves,
were rounded up and exterminated.
In 1911, Turkey established gun control. From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves,
were rounded up and exterminated.
Germany  established gun control in 1938 and from 1939 to 1945, a total of 13 million Jews and others who were unable to defend
themselves were rounded up and exterminated.
China  established gun control in 1935. From 1948 to 1952, 20 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves,
were rounded up and exterminated.
Guatemala established gun control in 1964. From 1964 to 1981, 100,000 Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves,
were rounded up and exterminated.
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Uganda established gun control in 1970. From 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians, unable to defend themselves,
were rounded up and exterminated.
Cambodia established gun control in 1956. From 1975 to 1977, one million educated people, unable to defend themselves,
 were rounded up and exterminated.
Defenseless people rounded up and exterminated in the 20th Century because of gun control: 56 million. 
You won't see this data on the US evening news, or hear politicians disseminating this information.
Guns in the hands of honest citizens save lives and property and, yes, gun-control laws adversely affect
only the law-abiding citizens.
Take note my fellow Americans, before it's too late!
The next time someone talks in favor of gun control, please remind them of this history lesson.
With guns, we are 'citizens'.  Without them, we are 'subjects'.
During WW II the Japanese decided not to invade America because they knew most Americans were ARMED!
If you value your freedom, please spread this anti gun-control message to all of your friends.

The purpose of fighting is to win.
There is no possible victory in defense.
The sword is more important than the shield, and skill is more important than either.
The final weapon is the brain.
All else is supplemental.
I'm a firm believer in the 2nd Amendment!
If you are too, send this to those you care about
Thank God For
Small Favors.
"Targets are residential and commercial buildings in the United States with the Capitol Building being their main target." 01/28/2011
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"Targets are residential and commercial buildings in the United States with the Capitol Building being their main target."
January 27, 2011

Al Qaeda's "Inspire"

The newest issue of Al Qaeda’s Inspire magazine (Winter 2010) has hit the Jihadi newsstands, and all of the media outlets are concentrating on the cover story. Written by Anwar al-Awlaki, it is a justification or rationalization on stealing money for the Jihad. The real story is buried within the rest of the magazine.
The Jihadists always tell us what they were going to do. They told us that they were going to destroy the World Trade Center and they did. They tell us that they will use our own citizens and they do. They can clue us in on what they are thinking because they are patient. They love our national Attention Deficit Disorder. We do not possess the ability to concentrate on more than one subject at a time. Of course the majority of Americans remember bin Laden and know that Islamic extremist are looking to do us harm.  Some Americans believe that the Jihadist problem is too far away and too complicated for them to consider.
Unfortunately, Jihad is not the only problem that America faces. I can understand why the regular Joe could care less about militant Islam when he or she is trying to put food on the table or keep their jobs. Jihadists thrive on this lack of knowledge and they take advantage of it. In the days prior to 9/11 or soon thereafter, radical Imams would visit from afar and would rail in Arabic about the kuffar and individual duty of every Muslim to participate in Jihad. The translator would then change the words and make them more palatable to any non-Arabic speaking spy that might be in their ranks. Regardless, they told us their true intentions.
In this issue of their magazine they cover several topics. They include stories of Jihadi activity around the globe and instructional material such as, how to take apart your AK47 assault rifle or blow up a building. On page three, where the articles are listed, the main focus is not the main story but a graphic of their article on how to destroy buildings. I sincerely do not think that this was a creative editorial decision, but a clue to us, the kuffar, on their intentions.
This is illustrated in their first issue (Fall 2010), on page 19, they show a picture of Ramzi Yousef. In the 1990s, Yousef and Khalid Shaykh Muhammad developed a plan to blow up 12 airliners flying from Asia to the United States. I believe, this graphic, was a hint regarding the 2010 plot to blow up UPS planes flying from Yemen into Europe and the United States. 
The emphasis on destroying residential and commercial buildings brings up the moral question on killing the innocent civilians who occupy these buildings. The attempted justification comes in the form of an article, on page 20, written by Shaykh Adil al-Abbab who justifies the killing of the innocents by quoting the surahs and hadiths. On page 67 they printed a picture of the Capitol Building. I believe that this is their main target.  So with this, I predict that their targets are residential and commercial buildings in the United States with the Capitol Building being their main target. Of course I can be totally off base with this, and I hope that I am.  It is not only published to seek the attention that they so dearly desire, but as a poke in the eyes of the American people. It is a threat and part of their marketing campaign. They laugh at us knowing that they have shown us their cards and we will still lose the game.
The media should concentrate on what AQ is telling us in this magazine that they publish. Unfortunately they probably believe that it is politically incorrect to show the Jihadist in a bad light. As I have written before, political correctness will kill us. We must point out who the enemy is because they are also the enemy of good Muslims.
Family Security Matters Contributor Afredol Kuilan is a retired New York City Police Department Detective Sergeant who runs Caetra Consulting, a security company where he also blogs on Mexican Cartels and Global Jihad.
United States of Shame...Where does YOUR State Rank? 01/28/2011
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After compiling various census and US health figures, pop culture blog Pleated-Jeans constructed a surprisingly informative map to illustrate the acts for which each of our fifty great states came in dead last.
While some stats fit in with a common stereotype, others are a bit more enlightening.
Most stats taken from and (unless otherwise noted)
1. Alabama: highest rate of stroke (3.8 percent) (tied with Oklahoma)
2. Alaska: highest suicide rate (23.6 suicides per 100,000 people in 2004)
4. Arkansas: worst average credit score (636)
5. California: most air pollution (15.2 micrograms per cubic meter)
6. Colorado: highest rate of cocaine use per capita (3.9 percent total population)
7. Connecticut: highest rate of breast cancer⊂=112&sort=a
8. Delaware: highest abortion rate (27 per 1,000 women aged 15 to 44)
9. Florida: highest rate of identity theft (122.3 reports per 100,000 people)
10. Georgia: sickly based on highest rate of influenza
11. Hawaii –highest cost of living (tied with California)
12. Idaho – lowest level of Congressional clout
13. Illinois: highest rate of robbery (284.7 incidences per 100,000 people)
14. Indiana: rated the most environmentally unfriendly by NMI solutions
15. Iowa: highest percentage of people age 85 and older (1.8 percent) (tied with three other states)
16. Kansas: poorest health based on highest average number of limited activity days per month (3.5 days)
17. Kentucky: most cancer deaths (227 per 100,000 people) (BONUS fact: Kentucky also has the highest rate of tobacco smokers – 25.6 percent)
18. Louisiana: highest rate of gonorrhea (264.4 reported cases per 100,000 people)
19. Maine: dumbest state claim based on lowest average SAT score (1389)
20. Maryland: highest rate of AIDS diagnosis (27.6 people per 100,000 people)
21. Massachusetts: worst drivers claim based on highest rate of auto accidents
22. Michigan: highest unemployment rate (13.6 percent)
23. Minnesota: highest number of reported tornadoes (123 in 2010)
24. Mississippi: highest rate of obesity (35.3 percent of total population)
BONUS facts: Mississippi ranks last in the most number of categories. These include highest rate of child poverty (31.9 percent), highest rate of infant mortality (10.3 percent) lowest median household income ($35,078), highest teen birth rate (71.9 per 1,000 women aged 15 to 19) and highest overall rate of STDs.
25. Missouri: highest rate of bankruptcy (700 out of every 100,000 people)
26. Montana: highest rate of drunk driving deaths (1.12 deaths per 100 million miles driven)
27. Nebraska: highest rate of women murdered annually
28. Nevada: highest rate violent crime (702.2 offenses per 100,000 people). BONUS fact: Nevada also has the highest rate of foreclosure (one in 99 houses)
29. New Hampshire: highest rate of corporate taxes
30. New Jersey: highest rate of citizen taxation (11.8 percent)
31. New Mexico: antisocial claim based on lowest ranking in social heath policies
32. New York: longest average daily commute (30.6 minutes)
33. North Carolina: lowest average teacher salary
34. North Dakota: ranked last in ugliest residents report as chosen by The Daily Beast
35. Ohio: nerdiest state claim based on highest number of library visits per capita (6.9)
36. Oklahoma: highest rate of female incarceration
37. Oregon: highest rate of long-term homeless people
38. Pennsylvania: highest rate of arson deaths (55.56 annually)
39. Rhode Island: highest rate of illicit drug use (12.5 percent of population)
40. South Carolina: highest percentage of mobile homes (18.8 percent)
41. South Dakota: highest rate of forcible rape 76.5 per 100,000
42. Tennessee: chosen most corrupt state by The Daily Beast
43. Texas: lowest high school graduation rate (78.3 percent)
44. Utah: highest rate of of online porn subscriptions
45. Vermont: infertility claim based on lowest birth rate of any state (10.6 births per 1,000) (tied with Maine)
46. Virginia: highest number of alcohol-related motorcyle deaths
47. Washington: most cases of bestiality (4 reported in 2010)
48. West Virginia: highest rate of heart attack (6.5 percent of population)
49. Wisconsin: highest rate of binge drinking (23.2 percent of population)
50. Wyoming: highest rate of deadly car crashes (24.6 deaths per 100,000)

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