This comes by way of This Ain’t Hell but You Can See It From Here
The other day we reported that poor Medea Benjamin (born Susan Benjamin) was detained in Cairo airport and held overnight in a cell before she was deported to Turkey. She sends us an email today describing her terrible (yet, somehow delicious) treatment;
Just the other day I hopped on a plane to Egypt, eager to join the international delegation of 100 women headed to Gaza for International Women’s Day. Little did I know I would be stopped at the Cairo airport, detained, held overnight in a cell, then in the morning brutally assaulted by Egyptian authorities. They threw me to the ground, stomped on my back, handcuffed me so tightly they dislocated my shoulder, and then deported me to Turkey.
Now the Egyptian authorities are blocking most of the remaining delegates from entering Egypt and traveling to Gaza. It has been frustrating and disappointing for us, but we cannot forget that almost two million Palestinians remained trapped in Gaza while the Egyptian Rafah border remains closed or tightly controlled.
What happened to me was traumatizing, but is minor compared to what Egyptian activists are going through, including women. Thousands of peaceful Egyptian demonstrators have been killed or jailed by the Military Junta since the July 2013 military coup.
See, some Egyptian official got to do what the rest of us would like to do
via Another heartwarming tale from Code Pink : This ain’t Hell, but you can see it from here.
From our friends at Liberty and Prosperity.
Three inconvenient truths about insolvent NJ public employee pension funds
March 7, 2014
#1. The pension funds are hopelessly insolvent. They are run as a Bernie Madoff scheme where money from younger workers is not invested, but is instead immediately paid out to current retirees.
#2. Article 8, Section 2 of N.J. Constitution says NJ taxpayers can NOT be forced to bail out insolvent pension funds, because those pensions were never approved by voters.
#3. While Governor Christie and the unions are correct in blaming SOME of the pension problems on long gone politicians–Republicans and Democrats–that NJ pension funds are broke because they were set up to run as Bernie Madoff schemes since the 1980′s. This is because many employees (a) collect pensions as early as age 52, and (b) pay peanuts into pension funds with low-pay, part-time jobs for most of their careers, but
collect based on high-pay political jobs they got in the last three years before they retired. Simple solution: No pension payments until age 66, and cap pensions at $50,000. Why won’t any Democrat or Republican leader say so?
By the way, I first stumbled into people gaming the pension funds when I was a councilman n Atlantic City in the 1980′s. I notice that several lifeguards were kept on payroll during most of the winter when the beaches were obviously closed. I was told they were “painting the boats”. Later, I learned that summer lifeguards were put on the payroll year round during the three years before they retired to “juice up” their pensions. Since then, I learned that most public employees with some political influence or knowledge of the system “juice up” their pensions one way or another in last three years to collect far more than they paid in. Seth Grossman, Executive Director.
via Three inconvenient truths about insolvent NJ public employee pension funds — Liberty & Prosperity Liberty and Prosperity.
DEBKAfile’s military sources report that the Ukrainian
95th Separate Airmobile Brigade, which counts as the special
forces backbone of the Ukraine army, rolled out of its base in the
west of the country Saturday night, for an unknown destination. Its Zhytomyr
base was completely emptied out. Some sources report that the elite Ukrainian
force is heading for Crimea; others for Kiev to guard the interim government.
Green Eggs and Ham anyone?
I wish she had also laid out some simple policy issues and said “Follow Me”!
No one did that. We need NOW someone who will lead from the front to bring liberty and prosperity (The NJ State motto) back to our country. Sarah could do it!
Following is an excerpt from an essay appearing in the Washington Post. It devastates Obama’s policy regarding Russia. It puts the blame for the invasion of Ukraine squarely on Obama. The author must be racist.
Wait…its Condoleezza Rice.
Well, she’s a black conservative and no doubt a sellout to her race. Or so our liberal friends would say.
I say that she is right (except for placing too much emphasis on having a foreign policy based on the promotion of democracy…. it should be based on our national interest).
The notion that the United States could step back, lower its voice about democracy and human rights and let others lead assumed that the space we abandoned would be filled by democratic allies, friendly states and the amorphous “norms of the international community.” Instead, we have seen the vacuum being filled by extremists such as al-Qaeda reborn in Iraq and Syria; by dictators like Bashar al-Assad, who, with the support of Iran and Russia, murders his own people; by nationalist rhetoric and actions by Beijing that have prompted nationalist responses from our ally Japan; and by the likes of Vladimir Putin, who understands that hard power still matters.These global developments have not happened in response to a muscular U.S. foreign policy: Countries are not trying to “balance” American power. They have come due to signals that we are exhausted and disinterested. The events in Ukraine should be a wake-up call to those on both sides of the aisle who believe that the United States should eschew the responsibilities of leadership. If it is not heeded, dictators and extremists across the globe will be emboldened. And we will pay a price as our interests and our values are trampled in their wake.
via Condoleezza Rice: Will America heed the wake-up call of Ukraine? – The Washington Post.
Is it….to appease the Russians?
What will he do when the Russians “intervene” in eastern Ukraine?
This is not Obama’s Carter moment…it is his Chamberlain moment and he is playing the role wonderfully.