Monday, February 28, 2011

Muammar Gaddafi - Zenga Zenga Song

Both versions with and without girls. As one comment says,More free party for the Arab world, less Ghaddaffis, Sharia and terror. A guy just north of Aurora Illinois says party on dude.

Joel's Question on GA and the right to collective bargaining

Joel asks,
If the right of collective bargaining for public employees is so critical to our principles of human dignity and the democratic process that it justifies an emergency email from the Congregational Advocacy & Witness Director asking us to sign a petition from Interfaith Worker Justice and to participate in a strategy call with labor leaders; if it's a basic human right enshrined not only in our principles, but in the United Nations Universal Human Rights Declaration and in the first amendment to the Constitution,then why are we holding our General Assembly in North Carolina, one of only five states in the nation to outlaw collective bargaining by public employees?
No kidding. Why not hold it in Chicago at McCormick place.

I presented there once a few years ago at the American Cardiologist convention (the day Mayor Daley bulldozed Meigs field that night leaving some Cardiologists and their private planes stranded). I had a dedicated Teamster in the room to plug and unplug my laptop.

That's it. Two Teamsters dedicated to my presentation and one's sole mission "electronics" meaning only he could plug and unplug my laptop. I don't have a clue what the other guy was doing there.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Hitchens, Wolpe, Harris, Artson and the Afterlife

I'm off to watch the Academy Awards but below saved for later watching. The moderator writes,
This was my second opportunity — privilege — to share a stage with Hitchens. The first time was in November 2008, when the same event organizer, American Jewish University, pitted Hitchens against Wolpe to debate “Is Religion Good?”

That disputation ended without a K.O. Hitchens, heavily self-medicated on Johnnie Walker, insisted on arguing against an extreme version of religion that Wolpe neither represented nor defended. Taken to extremes, of course religion is bad for you — but you could say the same about most anything, even scotch.
Time to pour myself one. Enjoy.


via Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America

Hindu Chant

If you missed Church today, here is a nice chant for a reflective few moments.

A Scottish Song during Offertory

Laughing in Church

A friend at Church told a visitor dutifully using a blue cup at coffee hour after today's service, that the thing that stood out for him about our UU Church was people could laugh in Church. My friend had never heard laughter in Church growing up non-UU.

Laughing in Church probably says more about UUism than any list of principles.

Husam Tammam and Patrick Haenni: Egypt: Islam in the insurrection

Recaps how different religious trends reacted to revolution in Egypt. H/T The Arabist who writes,
One important thing to remember is that neither the leadership of the secular parties, the Muslim Brotherhood, the army or the wider regime wants to see that culture of reverence for the older leaders to end. The paternalism of the Military Council, the support it generally has from the over-40/50 crowd (with exceptions such as Aboul Fotouh or ElBaradei of course) is just another evidence that generational divides are an important aspect of what's going on.

Qadhafi's bunker

Sarah Carr: The Egyptian Army is now single

Sarah Carr witnessing a moment with the Egyptian Army and wondering how long the love affair will last.
One protestor was in tears, shouting, “the army is hitting us! The army is hitting us!” There has long been popular adoration of, and respect for the army, reinforced since the tanks rolled in on the 28th. It will be interesting to see whether last night’s episode in any way shakes this, or whether it rallies more people around the demand that Shafiq resigns.

The army has already subjected us to a barrage of statements on Facebook about the incident, like a teenage girl discussing boy problems. Statement no. 22 was particularly odd. Entitled “apology” it then said that the “encounters” between the military police and the great Egyptian people were “unintentional” (“OMG I didn’t mean to hurt you babe!!!! Luv u 4ever xoxoxoxo)

Statement no. 24 meanwhile goes on about how the army has got our back but there exist fears of “infiltrating elements” trying to corrupt the revolution who threw stones and bottles at the armed forces (“How cld u treat me like this I hate u you’ve broken my heart you bastard!! :-( (((((”).

This is all very Mubarak and must desist.

Pro-Union Protester LITERALLY Foams at the Mouth: "I'll Make You Suffer"

A loose bolt at Chicago's Solidarity Ralley. H/T Steve Stevlic

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Hideaway in Rockford!

Who would have thought Rockford.

Absence of Earmarks Helps Budget Process | The Weekly Standard


Absence of Earmarks Helps Budget Process | The Weekly Standard

Abdurrahman Shalgam: do something "within hours, not days"

Pretty stunning, via The Telegraph,
Abdurrahman Shalgam, an ally of Gaddafi since the pair were teenage radicals in the late 1950s, compared the leader's actions to those of Pol Pot and Hitler and backed the protesters in Tripoli.

In an emotional speech to the UN Security Council in New York, Mr Shalgam, who had previously remained loyal, said: "Muammar Gaddafi is telling the Libyans 'either I rule you or I kill you'." He told the 15 members of the council, who are considering an Anglo-French plan for sanctions against the Gaddafi regime: "We need a courageous resolution from you".

Outside the chamber, he gave another speech in which he pleaded for the outside world to do something "within hours, not days" to stop the bloodshed in the country.

Mr Shalgam said Gaddafi had lost the support of "90 per cent" of his diplomats and predicted further revolution in the middle-east.

"Slavery and the rule of one person is finished – it's finished," he said.

Christopher Hitchens: The administration's pathetic, dithering response to the Arab uprisings has been both cynical and naive.

Not so racked with cancer he can't take a powerful swing at an administration both cynical and naive,
Unless the administration seriously envisages a future that includes the continued private ownership of Libya and its people by Qaddafi and his terrible offspring, it's a sheer matter of prudence and realpolitik, to say nothing of principle, to adopt a policy that makes the opposite assumption. Libya is—in point of population and geography—mainly a coastline. The United States, with or without allies, has unchallengeable power in the air and on the adjacent waters. It can produce great air lifts and sea lifts of humanitarian and medical aid, which will soon be needed anyway along the Egyptian and Tunisian borders, and which would purchase undreamed-of goodwill. It has the chance to make up for its pointless, discredited tardiness with respect to events in Cairo and Tunis. It also has a president who has shown at least the capacity to deliver great speeches on grand themes. Instead, and in the crucial and formative days in which revolutions are decided, we have had to endure the futile squawkings of a cuckoo clock.

Obama And Libya: The President Is Waiting And Doing Nothing. Why? | The New Republic

More from TNR to set beside our Creating Peace SOC... from Leon Wieseltier.

Obama And Libya: The President Is Waiting And Doing Nothing. Why? | The New Republic

Why is Obama so disinclined to use the power at his disposal? His diffidence about humanitarian emergencies is one of the most mystifying features of his presidency, and one of its salient characteristics. These crises—in Tehran two years ago, in Cairo last month, in Tripoli now—produce in him a lame sort of lawyerliness. He lists the relevant rights and principles and then turns to procedural questions, like those consultations. The official alibi for Obama’s patience with Qaddafi’s atrocity is his concern for the Americans who are still stranded within Qaddafi’s reach; I was amused to learn from a friend that the spin out of the White House includes the suggestion that Obama’s restraint is actually the wisdom of the hostage negotiator. But Obama’s statement about Libya suggests another explanation for his slow pace. This was its climax: “So let me be clear. The change that is taking place across the region is being driven by the people of the region. This change doesn’t represent the work of the United States or any foreign power. It represents the aspirations of people who are seeking a better life.”
The idea that assistance does not compromise the autonomy of the assisted is in fact one of the central beliefs of liberalism. We invoke it in our social policies all the time. We help people to help themselves. And that is all that is being asked of us by these liberalizing revolutions; no less, but no more. We disappointed Tehran. We disappointed Cairo. Now we are disappointing Tripoli. It is so foolish, and so sad, and so indecent.

Why The Libyan Uprising Might Mean More Than The Protests In Egypt And Tunisia | The New Republic

I'm curious how UUs who supported the GA's Creating Peace SOC (and I consider myself as one) view what's happening in Libya today through the filter of our SOC. Below is from Michael Totten in TNR,

Why The Libyan Uprising Might Mean More Than The Protests In Egypt And Tunisia | The New Republic
....his instruments of internal repression are proving as ruthless as promised in the face of strong civilian protests. (Libya’s second largest city of Benghazi and third largest city of Bayda are now reported to be in the hands of the opposition and under the guardianship of citizen militias and officers who have switched sides.) They’re busy assaulting demonstrators not with rubber bullets and tear gas but with artillery fire, attack helicopters, and war planes. Qaddafi has even imported mercenaries from Sub-Saharan Africa in case his own military officers flinch at orders to murder their neighbors (which some of them have, joining the demonstrators in the streets).

Ben Ali and Mubarak were low-hanging fruit, but, if a tyrant as vicious and murderous as Qaddafi can be taken out, it would seem just about anyone can be. If the people of Libya manage to overthrow him, it might even inspire Iran’s Green Movement to finish what it started in 2009 and push all the way to the end. But if Qaddafi survives by mass murder, which he just might, and if the world lets him get away with it, the Iranian regime and other despotic governments will take comfort in the knowledge that they, too, might do the same without consequence.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Collective Bargaining and the Pacific District

Doesn't it seem a little odd to have this dog-of-an-issue out there while UUA and others claim the moral high ground on Unions, Wisconsin, labor bargaining, and agreement?

Isn't anyone reflecting a bit here? Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth, and Truth's getting crowded out in the stampede to side with Love.

As Boston Unitarian pointed out: reception over reflection not always a wise choice. We UU's have known better.

First Things: The Cosmopolitan Nature of Pentecostalism

From Dale M. Coulter's The Cosmopolitan Nature of Pentecostalism
Defining Pentecostalism more precisely, however, poses a challenge equal in difficulty to the relative ease of identifying the channels through which Pentecostal DNA flooded into various regions of the world. The cosmopolitan nature of Pentecostalism works against classification in part because Pentecostalism is more a spirituality than a confessional tradition, a set of spiritual experiences to be transmitted than a set of doctrines to be taught.
To those struggling with their elevator speeches I'd suggest considering our similarity with the Pentecostal. Our UU practice a spirituality --especially suited to those uncomfortable with spirituality-- we transmit through the religous home of our churches, and not a confession easily summarized in principles, mission statements, or creeds.

Issandr El Amrani: The Economist on Libya

El Amrani's The Arabist channeling The Economist on Libya,
The lesson from the Arab awakening is an uplifting one. Hard-headed students of realpolitik like to think that only they see the world as it truly is, and that those who pursue human rights and democracy have their heads in the clouds. In their world, the Middle East was not ready for democracy, Arabs not interested in human rights, and the strongmen the only bulwark between the region and Islamic revolution. Yet after the wave of secular uprisings, it is the cynics who seem out of touch, and the idealists have turned out to be the realists.

Just occasionally, the power of ordinary people can overturn the certainties of the experts. That is why countries dealing with dictators should never confuse engagement with endorsement and why the West should press for human rights and democracy—even when it is inconvenient, as it is with China and Russia. Just ask those who have summoned up the courage to risk death for a cause on the streets of Tripoli.

Tim Carney: Democrats just don't understand the new populism

From Carney's column,
The Obama campaign and other liberals are looking to tap into the populist current of today's politics and turn the Wisconsin union fight into a national issue in the 2012 election. While the liberals can wield rhetorical pitchforks and light political torches, they should realize that it's their guys who are living inside the castle today. Specifically, public-sector unions -- by many measures the most entrenched special interest in American politics -- are not fighting against The Man, which is to say the entrenched powers of government. In this struggle, The Man is the government unions, which are sitting in the smoky back room divvying up the spoils of a crooked racket. And cronyism -- not wealth -- is the object of today's populist ire.

The Left has misread the postbailout populist sentiment all along, assuming public anger was directed at the rich. But American anger, I suspect, is directed not at some people who have money or success, but at those who profit through cronyism and their connections to power.

In other words, anti-bailout anger is not anger at the rich, but anger at those unfairly getting rich -- at the taxpayer's expense.

Read more at the Washington Examiner:
And not just Democrats judging from this email sent to Joel.

Geez, lets not anchor the already badly listing ship of Unitarian Universalim with this Demorcatic misread of America's power-and-politics. We'll sink our Church for sure.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Carl Jung.. I know God exists with H/T to Nicolas Axam

I first saw this clip of Jung in high school. Nicholas Axam talks about it in Hersey Saved Me; a book I've promised to review, and a book that deserves more reading my UUs struggling with their elevator speeches which shouldn't be struggled with at all. Read Axam, and you'll know, or at least know more, and perhaps like him saved by heresy, and not creeds or principles.

Omar Mukhtar: To God we belong and to Him we return

J Hammond's bio of Libyan patriot Omar Mukhtar,
On social media associated with the Libyan uprising of 2011, two images have become ubiquitous. One is the pre-Qaddafi flag of the Libyan monarchy. The other is the image of Omar Mukhtar, a guerrilla leader killed by the Italians in 1931. For Libyans, Omar Mukhtar has become what Mohamed Bouazizi symbolized for the Tunisians or Mohammed Khaled Said for Egyptians.
Read the rest.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

If i go down i am taking you with me...

The caption along with the pic from Hamid Dabashi's facebook.

Libyan diplomats defect en masse - Africa - Al Jazeera English

Libyan diplomats defect en masse - Africa - Al Jazeera English

Some quotes:

Ali Aujali, Ambassador to the United States

"I think [Gaddafi] should step down, of course, after what's happening in our country now. There's no other solution. He should step down and give the chance for the people to make their future.

"How can I support a government killing our people? What I have seen in front of my eyes is not acceptable at all."
Ibrahim Dabbashi, Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations

"The tyrant Muammar Gaddafi has asserted clearly, through his sons, the level of ignorance he and his children have, and how much he despises Libya and the Libyan people," he said in a statement that was endorsed by the staff at the mission, excluding the ambassador.

"This is in fact a declaration of war against the Libyan people,'' Dabbashi told reporters, surrounded by a dozen Libyan diplomats. "The regime of Gaddafi has already started the genocide against the Libyan people.''

The statement called on "the officers and soldiers of the Libyan army wherever they are and whatever their rank is ... to organise themselves and move towards Tripoli and cut the snake's head."

It appealed to the United Nations to impose a no-fly zone over Libyan cities to prevent mercenaries and weapons from being shipped in.

It also urged guards at Libya's oil installations to protect them from any sabotage "by the coward tyrant," and urged countries to prevent Gaddafi from fleeing there and to be on the lookout for any money smuggling.

Dabbashi and his colleagues called on The Hague-based International Criminal Court to start an immediate inquiry into war crimes and crimes against humanity they said Gaddafi and his sons and followers had committed.

They called on employees of Libyan embassies all over the world to "stand with their people", especially the mission at the UN European headquarters in Geneva, which they said should seek action by the UN Human Rights Council there.

Jannat Al-Baqi Cemetery

On 8th Shawwal Al-Mukarram, Wednesday, in the year 1345 AH (April 21, 1925), mausoleums in Jannatul Al-Baqi (Madina) were demolished by King Ibn Saud. In the same year (1925), he also demolished the tombs of holy personalities at Jannat al-Mualla (Makkah) where the Holy Prophet Muhammad's (saw) mother, wife, grandfather and other ancestors are buried. Destruction of sacred sites in Hijaz by the Saudi Wahhabi's continues even today.

From a nice history of the destruction of Ibn Saud's destruction of the Jannat Al-Baqi Cemetery to help frame what I think will unfold in the Kingdom.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Michael Totten: Remind me why Libya is on the UN's Human Rights Council.

A question off Totten's Facebook page.

Also an old article by Totten In the Land of the Brother Leader on life in the Great Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya.

Rahm Emanuel

I'm with Roeper that he gets it today with over 50% and no need for run off. Chicago's buying the Vladimir Putin line: only a strong arm can run Chicago. Wonder how strong Rahm's arm will be?

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Monday, February 21, 2011

Pathetic | The Weekly Standard

Pathetic | The Weekly Standard

Kristol's word for the Administration's response to this plea from the Libyan Ambassador's call to denounce his nation's leader,
"I want the U.S. to tell the world and to work with the countries who love peace...they have to stop this," Ambassador Ali Ojli said, suggesting that he had resigned his post, in an interview with Al Jazeera English.

"I would never ask us to intervene physically in Libya," he said, but called on the Obama Administration to "take a strong position that what's happening in libya must be stopped now…”
Follow the link for SecState Clinton's bizarre statement, and Obama's gone silent.

Wisconsin Union Protest: Myth vs. Fact

Eric Kohn comments: A note on the final comment from last protestor shown: The graduation rate in Milwaukee is sub-50%. The average ACT score is 15.8. Truancy and drop-out levels are sky-high. Could Wa...l-Mart or Disney really do any worse?

Look at these numbers and compare to what your Church is paying your --I'm betting-- underpaid Minister and Church Staff. Hopefully you're better outcomes in your Church than the citzens of Milwaukee are getting from their dismal school system.

WSJ: UW Health investigates doctors who wrote sick notes for protesters

Via Wis State Journal,
UW Health is investigating doctors who wrote medical notes last weekend excusing protesters at the Capitol from work, and the Wisconsin Medical Society has criticized their actions.

“These UW Health physicians were acting on their own and without the knowledge or approval of UW Health,” UW Health said in a statement. “These charges are very serious.”
Wonder if these fools canceled clinics for real patients to make this statement?

Mike Nichols: It's time for a little honesty about who will pay the bill

Mike Nichols in Madison at the State House noting the protesters' use of kids as props,
...who's gonna pay?

The answers varied a little. Defense should be cut at the national level, said one, and our state prison system should be reformed.

Taxes should go up was a common answer. Of course, taxes could go up and up and up and still not cover the debt we've already accumulated and the spending levels we're used to.

There were a lot of lockstep chants at the protest and signs that said stuff like "Welcome to Cairo;" not a lot of real solutions. For years, we've preferred to pass our solutions 20 or 30 years down the road.

Who's gonna pay?

I wish that tall guy in the red jacket had put that on the sign he attached to his child - maybe the answer, too. I wish that instead of using their children as props, the parents would just fess up and be honest with their kids and say, "Who's gonna pay? You are."

J. P. Freire: We don't work for you, taxpayer. You work for us

We don't work for you, taxpayer. You work for us.
is Freire's suggested slogan over at the Washington Examiner: Wisconsin reveals class war between 'have-nots' and 'have yours'. What a disaster for civil servants these fools in Madison are bringing on.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

A view from Wisconsin of what an anti-democracy mob does

Via 620 WTMJ

The tea party plans to rally in support of Governor Walker. I don't know what kind of numbers they can amass, but frankly, I doubt they can come close to busloads of union thugs being shipped in from all over the country. Last night one Senator told me they had been told to clear the Capitol because the new groups coming in overnight are filled with with people "who aren't afraid to be arrested" and the Administration could not guarantee the safety of the legislators and their staffs. In our Capitol.

On Thursday, legislators were advised to return to their offices and lock their doors. Mobs roamed the halls, banging on the glass of the doors, pounding on the walls. No one could move in the halls or enter or leave the building. The glass of the Supreme Court's entrance was broken. Legislators were genuinely afraid. Our elected representatives were afraid. In our Capitol.

A young female reporter trying to get into the Senate chamber struggled to get through the crowd. She arrived disheveled and upset because she had been roughed up as she tried to get through "Bitch-slapped" the mob told her. A senior senator was spat on. A senator and his female staffer struggled to get into the capitol. He was worried about his staffer because the crowd was grabbing at her and pushing her. University Police were two arms lengths away and did nothing. They, of course, are union.

Update: Check Ann Althouse's "So you're really providing real doctor's notes for people that miss work?" The Doc seems to have his affiliation taped over. Gee, wanna make sure your not hiring this MD to do forensic exams, workman comp claims, whatever.

Update: Madison Tea Party rally 2/19/11 Breitbart gets a doctor's note

Update: Berwyn's own Steve Stevlic.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

RIP Conrad Wright

The obit over at Harvard Divinity School.

FDR and Comrade Mayor Zeidler on Government Unions

Frank and I and the rest of us in the party really did address each other as Comrade. He was no fool of a Comrade though. Below clipped from Patrick McIlheran's, FDR's Ghost Is Smiling on Wisconsin's Governor
But only for the private sector. Roosevelt openly opposed bargaining rights for government unions.

"The process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service," Roosevelt wrote in 1937 to the National Federation of Federal Employees. Yes, public workers may demand fair treatment, wrote Roosevelt. But, he wrote, "I want to emphasize my conviction that militant tactics have no place" in the public sector. "A strike of public employees manifests nothing less than an intent on their part to prevent or obstruct the operations of Government."

And if you're the kind of guy who capitalizes "government," woe betide such obstructionists.

Roosevelt wasn't alone. It was orthodoxy among Democrats through the '50s that unions didn't belong in government work. Things began changing when, in 1959, Wisconsin's then-Gov. Gaylord Nelson signed collective bargaining into law for state workers. Other states followed, and gradually, municipal workers and teachers were unionized, too.

Even as that happened, the future was visible. Frank Zeidler, Milwaukee's mayor in the 1950s and the last card-carrying Socialist to head a major U.S. city, supported labor. But in 1969, the progressive icon wrote that rise of unions in government work put a competing power in charge of public business next to elected officials. Government unions "can mean considerable loss of control over the budget, and hence over tax rates," he warned.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Ann Althouse: After all those efforts to paint Tea Partiers as using violent images and rhetoric, these pictures from Madison have got to hurt.

Pics too over at her blog.

Werner Herzog's Cave Painting Documentary: Werner Herzog's Cave Painting Documentary

Happened at Chauvet Cave in southern France. A friend is an expert on this stuff. He can track the artists by the shape of their hands, missing fingers, and so on.
The cave, discovered in 1994, is home to hundreds of pristine artworks. Over 30,000 years old, they are the oldest known pictures created by humans and show at least 13 different species of animals, including horses, cattle, lions and bears.

In the spring of 2010, Herzog was given a unique opportunity to film inside the cave. He and his team were only allowed access for a period of a few days, and were only able to use battery-powered equipment. High levels of radon gas and carbon dioxide in the cave meant they could only stay inside for a few hours at a time.

The director opted to make the film in 3D -- the first time he has used the technology -- to do justice to the cave paintings, which use the contours of the rock for dramatic effect. "I knew immediately that it was imperative to shoot in 3D," he says. The result is a visually stunning documentary that transports the viewer into the cavern and captures the artwork in all its glory.
Der Speigel's interview with Herzog here.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Liberal Denominations Face Crisis as Rabbis Rebel, Numbers Shrink

The weakening of denominational organizations is not unique to liberal Jews, according to Mark Chaves, a professor of sociology, religion and divinity at Duke University who studies congregational life in America.

“What is unambiguously a trend is lower amounts of money being given by churches to denominational offices, and that is causing financial turmoil at the denominational level,” Chaves said. “Protestant churches are asking themselves… ‘What do we get from the denomination?’”

Read more:

Iran -14 Feb 2011- "We dont want islamic regime" "Independence, Freedom Iranian republic"

One of the victims is identified. It was the 26 year old art student Sane Jale. He was hit by a bullet in the head...

A google translation of the Persian

.. Profile of John Bakhtgan yesterday: the students

Latest News: A source knowledgeable about personal details during the shooting yesterday was martyred by the people told our reporter: shot taken in a young university student named "Jaleh Sane" was martyred.

His street intersection where the incident Jamalzadeh Revolution announced and said: "Because of head shot and wounded the student to come to treatment centers was martyred. Jaleh Sane 26 years old and born in the DA of Art University students have been.

According to informed sources the incident had two other serious injuries have been reported.
مشخصات یکی از جان باختگان دیروز: دانشجو بوده

آخرین نیوز: یک منبع مطلع درخصوص مشخصات فردی که در جریان تیراندازی دیروز به سوی مردم به شهادت رسید به خبرنگار ما گفت: در اثر تیراندازی صورت گرفته یک دانشجوی جوان به نام "صانع ژاله" به شهادت رسید .

وی محل این حادثه را تقاطع خیابان جمال زاده و انقلاب اعلام کرد و گفت: به علت اصابت گلوله از ناحیه سر این دانشجو زخمی و پیش از رسیدن به مراکز درمانی به شهادت رسید. صانع ژاله ۲۶ ساله و متولد پاوه است كه دانشجوي دانشگاه هنر بوده است.

به گفته این منبع آگاه حال دو زخمی دیگر این حادثه وخیم گزارش شده است.

William F. Schulz: Revelations from the Revolution: Tough Lessons for Human Rights

William F. Schulz column here shows revolutions happening in Boston as in the Middle East.

Some quotes and quick AM thoughts:
Other lessons may be more difficult for human-rights advocates to stomach, however. Here are five of them:

George W. Bush was half right. Though Iraq was in no way the inspiration for the Egyptian revolt, Tunisia certainly was. To the extent that Bush theorized that a democratic foothold in the Middle East might spark other countries to follow suit, he was right. He just failed to realize that genuine revolutions are homegrown, not foreign-imposed.
Iraq's democracy is young. Maliki's said he'll not run again. The young Sadr returned and promptly left (again). Sistani's CDs preaching seperation of Mosque and State the most popular Ayatollah playing now in Iran. Democracy is contagious. Iraqi purple fingers had impact in many places. Let's not write their example off.

The military makes the difference. It takes nothing away from the courage and persistence of the protestors to acknowledge that in both Tunisia and Egypt, it was the military's refusal to turn on the people that ultimately guaranteed the success of the revolution. Just the opposite happened in Iran. With the exception of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard, most human-rights institutions have tended to keep their distance from militaries, foreign or domestic. (After all, militaries have historically been among the worst human-rights violators.) But that view is shortsighted. We may never know whether the extensive U.S. contact with the Egyptian military played a decisive role in its moderation, but interaction between human-rights defenders and security officials ought to be elevated to a higher place in the human-rights agenda.
Egyptians have gone from Mubarack to a Supreme Military Council. That's a Military Junta. I'm optimistic. But the verdicts out. Egypt's Army a true Military Industrial complex. It runs Egypt's economy and keeps the Generals in Pasha-like plush lifestyle. That verdict's yet to come in.

Mubarak, Ben Ali, now it's Seyyed Ali's turn - Middle East - Al Jazeera English

Iran police confirm protest death - Middle East - Al Jazeera English

Mubarak, Ben Ali, now it's Seyyed Ali's turn That's the chant in Iran.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Joe Lieberman on Egypt | The Weekly Standard

Joe Lieberman on Egypt | The Weekly Standard
“We cannot be naïve about the obstacles and the uncertainties that lie ahead in Egypt, which is today just at the beginning of its transition to democracy. But we have seen, repeatedly in our lifetimes, democracy take root in places where few predicted it was possible. From Indonesia to Chile, and from East Germany to South Korea, authoritarian regimes have been supplanted by flourishing free societies in every corner of the earth, and the United States and the world are better for it.

“A democratic Egypt is definitely achievable, and it is clearly in our national interest to do everything we can to support the Egyptian people as they go to work to bring it into being. Americans and Egyptians are now natural allies in our hopes and aspirations for a new democratic Egypt, and so too may I add, are the people of the one mature democracy in the Middle East today—and that, of course, is Israel.

“That means we must encourage the Egyptian army to immediately lift the emergency law and to forge a genuine partnership with a broad and representative spectrum of the opposition, so that a transitional government can be formed that reflects the aspirations and inspires the confidence of the Egyptian people. It means providing whatever assistance we can as that transitional government takes steps to revise the Egyptian constitution, to open up space for real political dialogue and competition, and to lay the groundwork for elections that are truly free and fair.

Video: Security in Aden Yemen fires over crowd

via Armies of Liberation

أسامة الشرمي/دارسعد/ خاص
خرجت اليوم في مديرية دار سعد بمدينة عدن مسيرة جماهيرية، نظمها نشطاء من الحراك الجنوبي، للمطالبة بإطلاق سراح المعتقلين
السياسيين من نشطاء الحراك الجنوبي، المسيرة جابت الشوارع الرئبسبة للمدينة متوجهةً نحو قسم شرطة دار سعد.
وعند وصول المسيرة إلى جوار قسم الشرطة قان أفراد من الأمن بضرب المتضاهرين بالهراوات، ومحاولة دهسهم بالعربات العسكرية هناك، كما قام أفراد الأمن بإطلاق الأعيرة النارية في الهواء لتفريق المتضاهرين.
هذا وقد كان أهالي منطقة دار سعد قد قاموا بالأعتصام في الشارع الرئيسي للمديرية، وذلك للمطالبة بالأفراج الفوري وغير المشروط عن أثنين من نشطاء الحراك هناك، تم اعتقالهم على خلفية أحتجاجات يوم الجمعة الماضي 11 فبراير التي دعى لها الشباب في صفحة على موقع التواصل الأجتماعي “face book” ، ويقول أهالي المنطقة بأن أفراد الأمن قام بنقل المعتقلين فجر يوم أمس السبت على متن سيترة عسكرية واخذوا إلى جهة غير معروفة، كونهم قد سئلوا (أي المواطنين) عن مكان احتجاز أبنائهم في مراكز وأقسام الأمن في مدينة عدن، لكن دون جدوى تذكر.
وقد تعهدت قيادات من أمن المديرية للمعتصمين ليلة البارحة، أن يتم اطلاق سراح المعتقلين قبل عصر هذا اليوم، مقابل فظ الاعتصام، وإلى الساعة الرابعة من عصر هذا اليوم، لم يتوصل أهالي المعتقلين لأي جديد بخصوص الأفراج عن أبنائهم أو مكانهم على الأقل.
هذا وستستمر المسيرات والاحتجاجات في المدينة حتى يتم اطلاق سراج السجناء حسبما أفاد منظموا الاحتجاجات لنا عصر هذا اليوم
And the google arabic to english translation,
Osama Acharmi / Darsaad / special
Went out today in the Directorate of Dar Saad city of Aden, a mass rally, organized by activists of the southern movement, demanding the release of detainees
Political activists from the southern movement, the march Alribesbp roamed the streets of the city heading towards the police station in Dar Saad.
Upon arrival at the march to the vicinity of the police department Gan, members of the Security Almtdahirin hit with batons, and try to run them over the military vehicles there, as the security personnel fired bullets in the air to disperse the Almtdahirin.
This was the people of the Dar-Saad may have sit in the main street of the Directorate, and to demand the immediate and unconditional release of two activists of the movement there, was arrested on a background of protests last Friday, February 11, which called her youth in a page on the social networking site "face book ", says the people of the region that the security personnel by the transfer of detainees at dawn on Saturday on board the Sterp military and taken to an unknown destination, they had been asked (ie, citizens) the place of detention of children in the centers of departments and police stations in the city of Aden, but without much success.
The leaders pledged to the security of the Directorate of protestors last night, that the detainees be released before this afternoon, against the rude, and whom to four o'clock this afternoon, relatives of the detainees had not reached any new about the release of their children or their place at least.
This will continue marches and protests in the city until the launch of Siraj prisoners according to organizers of the protests to us this afternoon

ا ۲۵ بهمن - 12/ Feb 14, 2011

Chicago Mega Church moves into Rev. Robert Collyer's Unity Church

Via Crain's Chicago Business,
A tony block in the Gold Coast will soon include an unlikely resident: a suburban-based mega-church.

The new home of Harvest Bible Chapel is marked by a temporary sign at the corner of Dearborn Street and Walton Avenue — once part of the campus for the Scottish Rite Cathedral.

Harvest Bible wouldn't comment beyond saying it expects to move into the cathedral in 2012. It would be the church's sixth campus.
Before the Scottish Rite Cathedral, this Church was Rev. Robert Collyer's Unity Church.  In 1903 Unity moved to Barry Street on Chicago's Northside and eventually became Chicago's Second Unitarian (See "When Chicago was Young" column in the Chicago Trib May 27, 1951).

Also from the Chicago Trib Nov 10, 1957 an article titled "Anvil to Play Historic Role as Unitarian Church Marks Centennial".  Second Unitarians's Rev Heyworth showed Collyer's Anvil at Unity's successor Church.
As soon as the Rev. John R. Heyworth, pastor, explains the anvil’s origin, its place of honor near the pulpit makes sense.

The Rev. Robert Collyer, a Yorkshireman, first church minister and also a blacksmith, placed the avil in the church he founded, at what is now 915 N. Dearborn st.

“He said he was going to hammer out the truth as he hammered out horse shoes,” explained the Rev. Heyworth.

After the Chicago fire claimed the first Unity Church the Rev. Mr. Collyer stood on its ruins and pleaded for funds to build a second church, erected two years later on the same site.

In 1902, the congregation built the present church with funds from the sale of the former one, now the Scottish Rite Cathederal.

“This church was a sunken ship when I took it 27 years ago, “ said the Rev. Mr. Heyworth. “I was told it wouldn’t last my life. Now it’s a good and vigorous church.”
Now how many UU Ministers left who can go at it Hammer and Tongs, hammering out the truth, in the honest and workman like fashion of the Chicago's veneralbe Rev. Collyer?

Clashes reported in Iran protests - Middle East - Al Jazeera English

Clashes reported in Iran protests - Middle East - Al Jazeera English

قطع تمامی ارتباطات تلفنی موسوی و رهنورد، انسداد کوچه منتهی به منزل توسط پلیس / Mousavi's communication channels cut off

via Face Book
On the day of proposed demonstrations by Mousavi and Karroubi in support for the popular uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia against dictatorship, cell phones of Mir Hossein Mousavi and Zahra Rahnavard – Mousavi’s wife- as well as land lines of their residence all have been disconnected by government. All, communication channels including internet networks of their residence have also been disconnected. Additionally since this morning security forces have blocked the alley where Mousavi’s residence is located at with their cars and prevent anyone from entering or exiting.

تمامی تلفن های منزل و تلفن همراه آقای موسوی و خانم رهنورد از روز گذشته قطع شده است. از صبح امروز نیز در ابتدای کوچه بن بستی که منزل میرحسین و رهنورد در آن قرار دارد توسط ماشین پلیس مسدود شده است

Sunday, February 13, 2011

The Arabist: Regarding the Brotherhood

Not the comment on seperating proselytization and politics. Via The Arabist.
As it stands, the Muslim Brotherhood is one of the most intellectually un-evolved major Islamist movements in the Arab world. Practically everyone of its offshoots has devised mechanisms for separating proselytization and politics, and has had the opportunity of having a richer intellectual debate about it means to be an Islamists in the 21st century. The MB, like most opposition groups in Egypt, took on some of the attributes of the regime: sclerosis, gerontocracy, authoritarian tendencies, lack of vision, and more. They were taken by surprise by Kifaya in 2005 and by the revolt in 2011. Their major advance in recent years was their public attachment to democracy and pluralism, but that was when it seemed like a distant possibility. They now need to reassess and more clearly communicate what they stand for in post-25 January Egypt. There will have to be a lot of house-cleaning.

London Demo in support of Democracy in Egypt

Interesting placard. H/T Arab Democracy

تهران 24 بهمن - اکباتان / Tehran 13 Feb 2011

Via Mir Hossein Mousavi, On the eve of the proposed demonstration by Mousavi and Karroubi to be held on Feb 14, Green people of Iran once again went on their rooftops and chanted “God is great” and “Down with the dictator” to show their support for this call

Pro-reform Saudi activists launch political party

Now the financiers of reaction face reform. Via Reuters
"You know well what big political development and improvement of freedom and human rights is currently happening in the Islamic world," the group of ten activists said in a letter to King Abdullah, obtained by Reuters and also posted on their website.

"It's time to bring this development to the kingdom," they told the king, who is about 87 and now recuperating in Morocco after medical treatment in the United States.

Islamists and liberals both seek more political freedoms in Saudi Arabia and, while differing on details such as the rights of women, say that reform is their overriding goal.

Taiz, the sleeping giant, protests, Update: Self immolation by 22 year old

Via Armies of Liberation who notes, I really hope the trend of self-immolation tapers off. A shahid for democracy is still dead. Some expression of solidarity from those of us in the west lets protestors know were watching and no need to become a shahid for democracy.
By Abdullah al-Qubati, for Yemenat
Sanaa- Thousands people took street rally Saturday evening in the central city of Taiz for second day in a row, shouting for Saleh regime overthrow.

At least 15,000 crowded at the main street of Jamaal chanting slogans: listening "No autocracy after today.. "the people want to bring down the regime".. "Jada: be ready, another one will come to", in reference to the Saudi town, in which former President of Tunisia arrived after last Tunisian uprising.

Separately, a jobless 22 years young man burned himself in Taiz protesting on the difficult living conditions, inflaming outrage among the local people.

About 4000 protesters went to street rally last Friday in the city streets in favor of the Egyptian uprising that ousted their President Husni Mubarak, a high number of them have not left the stage.

Among of the organizers, a pro-change group of Taiz youth called themselves "Youth towards change (Irhal)".

Write to Abdullah at

رسانه شمایید ... You Are The Media ...

You are the Media...I like that. We are. Via Mir Hoseein Mousavi's facebook page.

در منطقه بویژه قیام آزادیخواهانه مردم تونس و مصر بر علیه حکومت استبدادی در کشور، درخواست صدور مجوز برای دعوت به راهپیمایی مردمی طبق اصل بیست و هفت قانون اساسی در جهت حمایت از قیام مردم این دو کشور مسلمان را در روز دوشنبه ۲۵ بهمن ساعت ۳ بعدازظهر از میدان امام حسین تا میدان آزادی را داریم

با تشکر از حامیان ...رسانه شمایید

Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi in a letter to Interior Ministry of Iran: Hereby, we request permit to call for a rally – as Article 27 of the constitution authorizes – on Monday, Feb 14, 2011, at 3:00PM (local time) from Imam Hossein square to Azadi Square (Tehran) to show solidarity with the popular movements in the region and in particular the freedom-seeking movements of the Tunisian and Egyptian people against their autocratic regimes

Saturday, February 12, 2011

The Egyptian Army and Obama | The Weekly Standard

The Egyptian Army and Obama | The Weekly Standard

Worry about the Army instead of the MB. Reuel Marc Gerecht with more of some of the best insights from anyone during the past week on Egypt,
President Obama appears to be abandoning the pro-authoritarian, status-quo realism that had defined his administration’s policy toward the Middle East. The June 12, 2009, electoral earthquake in Tehran barely shook the White House (the diplomatic effort to stop the mullahs’ quest for nuclear weapons trumped whatever pro-democracy empathy President Obama may have felt for the Iranian demonstrators). But Tahrir Square may have finally broken the hold that Washington’s authoritarian-tolerant liberal foreign-policy establishment (think the pro-Mubarak emissary Frank Wisner) had on the president. Bill Burns, Middle Eastern dictators’ favorite diplomat at the State Department, may still be number three at Foggy Bottom, but it’s a good guess that he will no longer be making quips about how U.S. foreign policy aims to turn “Putin into our [Russian] Mubarak.” (The idea actually now has a certain appeal.)

Contrary to so much chic leftist chatter, the United States still has an important role to play in Egypt’s democratic transition. We still possess considerable financial leverage on Egypt’s military; we should not hesitate to use it if the army doesn’t immediately end the draconian police-state emergency regulations and soon establish a transitional government whose membership includes prominent nonmilitary men. A transitional government should be open to all—including members of the Muslim Brotherhood—and must have real authority. That government, not the military, should set the calendar for new elections and decide whether Egypt’s current constitution can be revised or is better chucked into the trash bin. (Probably the latter.)

As President Obama may know now, the most difficult time for his administration lies in the months ahead, when the Egyptian Army will test to see how much autocracy (and wealth) it can keep in its hands. There will surely be an enormous temptation in Washington, on both the left and right, to side with the army for a “slow” transition or even a “restrictive democracy,” where the Muslim Brothers are excluded from parliament. Much of Washington, like most in the European Union, wants to support democracy in Egypt, but a democracy that follows the exact same policies as Mubarak’s dictatorship.

Fears of a Muslim Brotherhood Takeover are Overblown | The Weekly Standard

Fears of a Muslim Brotherhood Takeover are Overblown | The Weekly Standard
Instead of concentrating on fear of Islamists, the West ought to focus on the unprecedented shift in attitude among Arabs in addressing their multitude of grievances. For the first time, the Arab people have publicly recognized that their misfortunes are not the fault of outsiders— the West, Israel, colonialism—but the result of the hierarchical and totalitarian Arab methods of governing in which the individual is subservient to the state and to the whims of absolute rulers.
Focus and encourage its spread.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Richard Dreyfuss's initiative on Civics

Dana Loesh interviews him at CPAC on it.

AlMasyray AlYoum: McCain slams Mubarak, calls to quit

We should trust the Egyptian people too, via AlMasyray AlYoum
US Senator John McCain has condemned Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's "deeply unfortunate and troubling" refusal to step down immediately and urged him to heed his people's calls to quit power.

"President Mubarak's announcement that he will remain in power is deeply unfortunate and troubling," McCain said in a statement shortly after a televised speech by the longtime US ally in which he stopped short of resigning.

"I urge President Mubarak to begin listening to and trusting his people. The stability of Egypt and the wider region increasingly depend on it," said Senator McCain, who has called before for the Egyptian leader to leave power immediately.
Also, Group of Egyptian protesters call on Iranians to revolt against Tehran govt

Wednesday, February 09, 2011


This happens when you buy your kid the book Flatlander.

Monday, February 07, 2011

Reuel Marc Gerecht: How Democracy Became Halal

Gerecht on one of the most missed intellectual events of the last century that as far as I can tell every UU thinker has missed despite electrons spilled defending Muslims from discrimination in the US (not a particularly heroic thing here with no Jihadists blowing up Mosques: unlike Iraq or Afghanistan).
One of the great under-reported stories of the end of the 20th century was the enormous penetration of the West’s better political ideas — democracy and individual liberty — into the Muslim consciousness. For those of us who speak and read Persian, the startling evolution was easier to see. Theocracy-versus-democracy has been a defining theme of the Islamic Republic of Iran since the revolution, which harnessed both Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini’s religious charisma and the secular intelligentsia’s democratic aspirations. Over the last three decades, clerical Iran has nurtured an intense intellectual discourse about the duties that man owes to God.

When the legitimacy of theocracy started to unravel amid the regime’s corruption and brutality in the late 1980s, democratic ideas, including powerful democratic interpretations of the Islamic faith, roared forth. The explosion on the streets after the fraudulent presidential elections of June 2009 was just the most visible eruption of the enormous democratic pressures that had built up underneath the republic’s autocracy. More regime-threatening moments are surely coming.
A great movement of thought roars forth and UU's stuck shaking the Tyrant's hand.

Policy Governance™

On Policy Governance™ via Carver's website,
Dissent is expressed during the discussion preceding a vote. Once taken, the board's decisions may subsequently be changed, but are never to be undermined. The board's expectations for itself also set out self-imposed rules regarding the delegation of authority to the staff and the method by which board-stated criteria will be used for evaluation. The board's expectations for itself also set out self-imposed rules regarding the delegation of authority to the staff and the method by which board-stated criteria will be used for evaluation. Policy Governance boards delegate with care. There is no confusion about who is responsible to the board or for what board expectations they are responsible. Double delegation (for example, to a board committee as well as to the CEO) is eliminated. Furthermore, boards that decide to utilize a CEO function are able to hold this one position exclusively accountable.
Which may work for corporate boards today but brings back creepy history for me. From Political Affairs, November 1946 on the struggle against Browderism.
The anti-Party elements also took advantage of unclarity of sections of our membership concerning Communist principles of organization and democratic centralism. Distorting the right and duty of every Party member to healthy, constructive discussion and criticism, as provided for by our Party constitution which is based on the principle of democratic centralism, they advanced the petty-bourgeois, anarchistic slogan of “freedom of criticism” to facilitate their propagation of views hostile to the Party.
UUA needs to get out front communicating exactly what this reorganization is all about. Party and anti-Party, this Side of Love, or that; all these Boolean Either/Ors no way to run a Free Party or a Free Church.

The Orlando Statement: when in doubt, then Reorg

Dan Harper links to it here, and I'm at a loss to see how the problem of stagnating membership is solved by the reorganization the statement proposes.

Sunday, February 06, 2011

....everyone is equal in front of the TV.

From Geoffrey M. Vaughan in First Things
Sports achieve just such an egalitarianism of interest by reaching down. The achievement of the sports culture in America is that it permits a clear recognition that some people are better than others—elitism—without producing a cultural divide between those who can truly appreciate it and those who cannot. Everyone, rich and poor, intellectual and uneducated, can appreciate the achievement of elite athletes: Everyone is equal compared with Aaron Rodgers and Troy Polomalu. Even more, everyone is equal in front of the TV.

Snobbery among sports fans does not break down along social lines as so many other cultural efforts do. Reading Oprah’s latest middlebrow selection marks you as an embarrassing striver after a culture you can’t reach. Watching the Super Bowl marks you as a normal American.
If not interested in the game, then there are at least the Beer Commercials for all to share.

Lombardi quotes from Packers' Pastor

What would a UU Team Chaplin say? Via National Catholic Register
Another great quote from Lombardi is: ‘Think of only three things: your God, your family and the Green Bay Packers, in that order.’ Keep the first two in the right order, and the last one will take care of itself.”

Saturday, February 05, 2011

Ghassan al-Najjar

He's an Islamist and part of the Muslim Brotherhood but the west ought stand on principles and send al-Assad the message. Via Human Rights Watch
President Bashar al-Assad should take a cue from events in the region and announce that he will lift the state of emergency and improve public freedoms. Tunisians and Egyptians have shown that the old methods of repression cannot suppress a people's yearning for freedom.
--Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch
(New York) - Syrian authorities should immediately free Ghassan al-Najjar, leader of a small group called the Islamic Democratic Current, Human Rights Watch said today. Security services arrested him at his home on the morning of February 4, 2011, and detained him. Al-Najjar, who is in his mid-70s, had issued public calls in the last week for Syrians in Aleppo to demonstrate to demand more freedoms in their country.

His arrest comes amid other measures by security services to pre-empt any public gathering after Syrian activists issued calls on Facebook and Twitter for large protests in the country on February 4 and 5. Syria's security services have summoned more than 10 activists in the last 48 hours, to pressure them not to demonstrate, a Syrian activist told Human Rights Watch. Security officials also detained three young demonstrators for a few hours on February 3 after the youths took part in a Damascus protest against corruption and high cell phone communication costs.

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Michael Totten: Egypt Needs Liberalism

Michael Totten » Egypt Needs Liberalism
All this talk about whether democracy in Egypt will be a good thing or a bad thing just goes to show how misunderstood the word democracy is. Democracy refers not so much to elections but to liberalism in the general sense of the word.
Go read him all, and if your from Illinois, well, we're hardly in a position to judge who's ready for Democracy or not given the way we've driven this State and the City of Chicago. Check Natasha Korecki today:Ex-Streets and Sanitation boss Sanchez gets 2 1/2 years in prison
His codefendant, Aaron Delvalle, was sentenced to one year and a day in prison. The sentence of more than a year means Delvalle can get time off for good behavior.

Delvalle was convicted of lying to a grand jury about the city’s hiring scheme. His testimony came while he was on leave as a Chicago police officer so he could run for city alderman.

“It’s a tragedy a nice young man like you got yourself into this, but here you are,” Gettleman said. “You basically became a soldier in a corrupt army.”
No kidding a corrupt army and it's General off to retirment and we're getting his chosen one next it sure seems.

Michael Totten » Sandmonkey’s Last Post

Michael Totten » Sandmonkey’s Last Post

The final two paragraphs but go read the whole thing.
Now, just in case this isn’t clear: This protest is not one made or sustained by the Muslim Brotherhood, it’s one that had people from all social classes and religious background in Egypt. The Muslim Brotherhood only showed up on Tuesday, and even then they were not the majority of people there by a long shot. We tolerated them there since we won’t say no to fellow Egyptians who wanted to stand with us, but neither the Muslims Brotherhood not any of the Opposition leaders have the ability to turn out one tenth of the numbers of Protesters that were in Tahrir on Tuesday. This is a revolution without leaders. Three Million individuals choosing hope instead of fear and braving death on hourly basis to keep their dream of freedom alive. Imagine that.

The End is near. I have no illusions about this regime or its leader, and how he will pluck us and hunt us down one by one till we are over and done with and 8 months from now will pay people to stage fake protests urging him not to leave power, and he will stay “because he has to acquiesce to the voice of the people”. This is a losing battle and they have all the weapons, but we will continue fighting until we can’t. I am heading to Tahrir right now with supplies for the hundreds injured, knowing that today the attacks will intensify, because they can’t allow us to stay there come Friday, which is supposed to be the game changer. We are bringing everybody out, and we will refuse to be anything else than peaceful. If you are in Egypt, I am calling on all of you to head down to Tahrir today and Friday. It is imperative to show them that the battle for the soul of Egypt isn’t over and done with. I am calling you to bring your friends, to bring medical supplies, to go and see what Mubarak’s gurantees look like in real life. Egypt needs you. Be Heroes.

Chicago Blizzard - Feb 2, 2011

The view from Logan Square.

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Television Advertising is a Powerful Medium

Television Advertising is a Powerful Medium

Dan Harper pointed to this site. Ok, we can advertize our Churches cheap. What do we say?
Cable and satellite TV have put the medium within the reach of all advertisers. To a guerrilla, this is glorious news. A prime-time TV spot for under $20? It wasn’t possible in the twentieth century. Today it is. And many a small business is becoming a big business as a result. Think of advertising on cable and satellite TV as an invitation to give serious consideration to what some describe as “the undisputed heavyweight champion of marketing.”

The Syrian Revolution 2011 الثورة السورية ضد بشار الاسد - A Statement From The Youth Of 4-5th -Feb.

'Al-Qaida on brink of using nuclear bomb'

'Al-Qaida on brink of using nuclear bomb'

From Wikileaks... considering the stock some UU's were putting into Assange's work, what do you all think?

Also: WikiLeaks: tension in the Middle East and Asia has 'direct potential' to lead to nuclear war

States such as North Korea, Syria and Iran are developing long-range missiles capable of hitting targets outside the region, records of top-level security briefings obtained by WikiLeaks show.

Long-running hostilities between India and Pakistan – which both have nuclear weapons capabilities – are at the root of fears of a nuclear conflict in the region. A classified Pentagon study estimated in 2002 that a nuclear war between the two countries could result in 12 million deaths.