Friday, August 23, 2013

Egypt Continues Towards Democracy – Arrests 75 Brotherhood Leaders

From the Eyptian Independent: An additional 75 arrests of Mulsin Brotherood leaders took place - There may be more to follow:

The interior minister stressed that the crackdown would continue until all wanted figures had been captured, following a series of arrest warrants issued for senior Brotherhood figures.

State television reported on Thursday afternoon that another significant Brotherhood figure would be arrested shortly, without elaborating.

Security forces have arrested a number of Islamist figures over the past few days, among them the Muslim Brotherhood's Supreme Guide Mohamed Badei and prominent Islamist preacher, Safwat Hegazy. Both stand accused of inciting violence in clashes between the security forces and Morsy supporters in the wake of forced dispersals of Brotherhood-linked sit-ins in Cairo.

With the turmoil in the Middle East being tied to the radical factions of Islam, where there is little to no freedom under the theocracies that are literally political-religious organizations – Egypt has apparently rejected the attempt by the Muslim Brotherhood to impose that form of government in their nation. Does the world really need any more Iran’s? It also appears they are making progress without any outside influences - Refreshing!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Egyptian Media Opines Western Media Pays No Attention to Persecution of Christians – only Lauds Muslim Brotherhood. – Mubarak – Free from Prison Under House Arrest.

In an op-ed piece from the, comes an opinion piece that is worth the read – suggesting that there is less attention paid to Muslim Brotherhood’s atrocities against Egyptian Christians, and more of a propping up of the organization. The piece is titled “The True Face of the Muslim Brotherhood”.

As this is State-run media, one gets the impression with the Brotherhood on the outs with the majority rule, one might understand that Egypt’s previous secular society was more in tune with the nation’s prosperity and openness, rather than living in what was an attempt at a “Muslim State”.

Additionally, the same agency is reporting that former President Mubarak is no longer imprisoned but under house arrest, much to the dismay of the various Muslim political parties.

Apparently, for all the meddling and propping up of the Brotherhood by certain politicians outside of Egypt, the Egyptians have decided upon their own path and government. A new constitution is reportedly in the works and should be released next week.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Cruz’in in Dallas – Defund Obamacare – The Option and the Consequences

Ted Cruz, at a town hall meeting in Dallas suggested that the Congress Stop the Affordable Health Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare by simply defunding the program. He was greeted with enthusiastic support and a smattering of protestors(Dallas Morning News). One might think that Cruz is suggesting a tactic that would be so deplorable that the entire government would come to a screeching half. Frankly, should Congress halt funding, as it does hold the purse strings, one might look to history to see if it is feasible, and what type of tool it might be to stop a program that is obviously harmful to the nations financial stability and most especially the financial security and health of millions of American’s who will be shuttled into the Obamacare program, against their will.

The Kaiser Foundation offers the scenario where premiums for private pay family plans are in the neighborhood of $16,000 annually, which is a “modest increase” – As insurance carriers attempt to get out of Obama care exchanges, successfully, those employer groups are faced with the decision as to whether or not to fund employees healthcare programs or pay a smaller fine to just shove them into the nearest exchange. (Graph’s, etc., at Kaiser).

Therefore, Cruz has a good point, should Congress shut down the government, it would be an inconvenience to most American’s living on fixed incomes, but it would depend a great deal on the messaging as well as the willingness of the Republican’s in Congress and the Senate to step up and do the right thing rather than worry about how the Media and the General Public who would never vote for them anyhow, perceives those individuals. Frankly, it is a big bargaining chip to use in opposition when one is in the Congress. One might want to ask how the budget was balanced, and other reforms that drove the economy to success under the Clinton Administration were accomplished. Or, one might ask Newt Gingrich, who pushed the nation into a shutdown, as part of a larger showdown, forcing the hand of then President Clinton to act.

It was, in essence, a lot of bleating about something that bruised a few polecat class egos, and helped the nation prosper.

If one is not concerned with ego, then one might want to do something right for the nation. Cruz is obvious in his consideration for those who work for a living and the millions upon millions of individuals who will lose their healthcare, and be forced into a system that has yet to meet any of its benchmarks for readiness. In other words, those individuals will be without adequate coverage, or coverage of any kind, while employers will simply pay a fine. Meanwhile, Congress, the Unions, and others who have won exceptions from participating in the plan, will live life as normal. Whether on is a Democrat or Republican, one must take a long hard look at what the program really is, rather than base decisions on partisan nonsense and, ultimately one would find that agreement with Cruz is a normal course of action. Hopefully, there are others of his ilk ready to perform the job they were hired to do.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Ted Cruz – Doing the “Right “thing – Frustrates the Right and the Left of the Spectrum

Ted Cruz, the firebrand Senator from Texas, has seen an uptick in reporting and opinion pieces lately, specifically his potential as a 2016 contender for the GOP nomination. Fellow Republican’s in the Senate are not necessarily in agreement with his tactics to defund Obama care – although he is constitutionally correct, he is also a torn in the side to those Republican’s who are so concerned with the media’s image of the “Party”, that they must run for cover rather than come up with a plan that would run counter to the present administration – regardless of the consequences. (Time) One must remind John McCain hat he was a media darling, before he was running against a Democrat for President. It’s just never going to happen.

Those on the left, are clearly rattled, as Cruz spends more time in Iowa, the left ramps up the innuendo’s that may be needed come an expansion in Cruz’s popularity. The Daily Beast, in delving into the Senator’s past at Princeton, has, on rumor, decided that a bathrobe worn in a co-ed dorm, might be “creepy” – of course, it matters not if this took place in 1988, it goes to the man’s fashion sense (that’s not what the Beast is in anyway implying.. The Dallas Morning News, doing its part for Print Media, is harping on the fact that Cruz was born in Canada – and is – shockingly also eligible to be a Canadian Citizen quoting lawyers from - Canada.

The right and the left, from Ann Coulter is not sure if Cruz is eligible, , she may have spent some time with the other birth certificate challenger (Mediate)– Donald Trump has raised some doubt as to his eligibility - (Fox News Latino) Unfortunately for both left and right of the spectrum – who have a variety of reasons to want to derail Cruz, should he have any plans at all to run, is his birth – by an American Citizen, in a foreign country, which automatically gives him American Citizenship.

The fact that Cruz has a Canadian Citizenship also poses no threat, as it is easily dispatched – (and that is from the Dallas Morning News article – final paragraph.

Ted Cruz, for riling the Democrat Base of Crazies, along with the Republican Party Standard-bearers Crazies, just got a lot more appealing.

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