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Egypt: Military Coup by Popular Demand

Mubarak has officially stepped down as President of Egypt. Power of the country has been handed over to the Military, this in essence has become a ‘soft’ Military Coup. The questions now swirl as to who exactly the Military will promote to lead the country, or if there will be a “democratic” vote.

If a vote happens expect the Islamic Fascists (Muslim Brotherhood) to snatch control and kick all the Communist groups that helped them out of the country (this include Labor Unions and Code Pink). They will be very Anti-Israel and United States. This change could take a few months or only a few weeks, but chances are we’re seeing the rise of another Iran in the Middle East.

This comes on the 32nd Anniversary of the Iran royal regime falling during the Iranian Revolution of 1979.

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By dhert
On February 11, 2011
At 12:00 pm
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Discontent in Middle East Spreads

Early reports indicate that demonstrations have started in Iraq. The demonstrations are said to be much like those that have taken place in Tunisia and Egypt. The fate of Iraq should concern us all, given it holds within it’s borders the site of Ancient Babylon.

It may be important to note that the one site never to be touched during all US operations in Iraq is Babylon. Also important to note is that Babylon is the prophesied seat of power for a new Islamic Caliphate, should one form, as well as a false prophet who comes before the second coming of Jesus (or, as some have researched, the 12th Imam). Both are scary possibilities, but could still be decades to centuries away.

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By dhert
On February 9, 2011
At 5:57 pm
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Bengals new O.C.

Bengals have hired on a new Offensive Coordinator, Jay Gruden. The last name should sound familiar if you follow football, since Jon Gruden lead the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a Super Bowl XXVII victory in 2002. Jay is Jon’s brother and was an Offensive Assistant Coach with Tampa Bay during that season (and up til ’08).

So what should we expect? Smash Mouth Football. We’re talking Fullback in the back field running in front of our Running Back and clearing massive holes style. This is the kind of change you would expect to see for a team planning on keeping their current Running Backs and losing major names in the passing game. So long as the Offensive Line holds together and we can keep up the production we’ve had on the Defense and Special Teams it could mark a stark difference from this year where we had no real identity on Offense. It also means having someone in the O.C. job that will hold the Offensive players accountable for everything they do both on and off the field.

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By dhert
On February 3, 2011
At 5:39 pm
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Violence in Egypt, Day 2.

After 15 hours of violence yesterday everything had finally come to a calm. Anti-Mubarak demonstrators set up what looks like a patchwork wall and base camp in Tahrir square. This morning at around 9:45am EST heavy gunfire broke out around Liberation square in Cairo, the sounds were of heavy caliber automatic weaponry. Its not clear at this point if the gunfire is coming from Egyptian Military firing into the air to clear out fighting between sides or if the Pro-Mubarak side has obtained heavy weaponry.

Keeping my eyes peeled as the situation changes. Pray for all the people in Egypt, that they see peace and transition soon.

UPDATE, 10:10am EST: It has been confirmed that the sustained heavy gunfire was the Egyptian Military firing warning shots. They were clearing out Pro-Mubarak protesters from Liberation square.

CNN was shooting live yesterday afternoon when a Pro-Mubarak protester went to throw a Molotov Cocktail at the Anti-Mubarak crowd when he failed horribly and set himself on fire. Chances are the poor guy was injured badly, as he ran after it happened rather than stopping, dropping and rolling.

Clarification: Liberation Square and Tharir Square are the same thing. It’s absolutely beyond me why there are two different names for it.

UPDATE, 5:15pm EST: Here’s a story no one else is really talking about anywhere else and something I’ve been saying to keep an eye on. Silent Protests in Saudi Arabia, which is much bigger news than it may seem to someone outside of the region. Saudi Arabia is quite possibly the most stable country in the Middle East and silent protests there could lead to much bigger things no one would really expect.

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By dhert
At 5:00 am
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Violence in Egypt

Violence has broken out between whats being described as “Pro Mubarak” demonstrators and “Anti-Government” demonstrators in both Cairo and Alexandria. For now they’re only throwing rocks at each other, though injuries are still mounting. What we’re seeing is an absolute travesty and we can only hope that order returns to the region soon.

Watch what’s happening here.

NBC’s Brian Williams is reporting that this all started when paid government “thugs” were interjected into the crowds and thats when this violence broke out. This claim would make sense given the protesters from both sides were very peaceful and working together up until today. UPDATE, 10:45am: Al Jazeera was just showing video from earlier today where Protesters were holding up IDs of Police force members who came in and started violence amongst the groups.

Military has taken over the Egyptian Museum and have been using it as a base. Warning shots have started to ring out over the crowds and are clearly audible on Al Jazeera’s live feed.

UPDATE, 2:00pm: Pro-Mubarak supporters have begun using Molotov Cocktails, Whips, Sticks and Swords over the past several hours. Reports indicate that ~750 people have been injured, Egypt’s Health ministry reports closer to 400 people. More Pro-Mubarak supporters have been “taken into custody” and Egyptian Police ID’s have been found on them, making it pretty clear that the Egyptian government is involved in this violence.

UPDATE, 4:30pm: More evidence has come to light that the Pro-Mubarak supporters have been bussed in from the country side and in many cases are being organized by the National Democratic Party, which currently runs the government. CNN has been hearing from many Pro-Mubarak demonstrators that they work for the government and there have been many rumors that these supporters are being paid for their being there. This MSNBC article sheds a lot of light on the situation.

UPDATE, 10:00pm: Reports from Anti-Mubarak demonstrators in Tahrir Square on Al Jazeera are that shots have been fired coming from the Pro-Mubarak crowd. Egyptian military are still sitting on the sidelines while all of this goes on, but some fear if they don’t intercede soon that this could turn into an absolute tragedy.

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By dhert
On February 2, 2011
At 10:18 am
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Egypt’s leader, Hosni Mubarak, is now making concessions to the protesters throughout the country. Promises include reform of the current government and that Mubarak will not run for reelection, but no promises to move the government to a true democracy which is what all of the protesting was for. President Obama spoke about the events today with a stance opposite the one held on Monday, urging that an orderly transition “must be meaningful, must be peaceful and must begin now”, but what should we expect to see?

Mubarak has indicated that, to this point, the current government will stay in place and reforms will be made to it. He will not run for reelection, though we can assume that his son would run in his place as he has been groomed to take over. That, however, assumes that Egypt makes it to the elections in September. Even ‘Opposition Leader’ ElBaradei has stated that Mubarak will not only be a “lame-duck president” but also a “dead man walking” if he doesn’t step down before the next election (I apologize for the bit of Propaganda at the end of the video):

This indicates to me that there will be a tough road ahead for the country and the region. So long as Egypt remains in turmoil other countries will seize on the opportunity to begin revolutions of their own. Should someone like ElBaradei and the Muslim Brotherhood seize power in Egypt it would only further deteriorate US relations in the region.

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By dhert
On February 1, 2011
At 11:59 pm
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A Good Day

Today’s been a good day for those who oppose the health care legislation and for fans of the Cincinnati Bengals. If you happen to fall in both camps its probably one of the best days on record this year and its only the end of January.

A U.S. District Judge in Florida has ruled that the individual mandate of the new Health Care Law is unconstitutional. It’s inevitable that this case will end up in the Supreme Court for the Justices there to decide, and given the track record so far one could argue that they will hold with this decision. That is not to say that Congress doesn’t have the power to regulate the Health Care system, but they certainly don’t have the power to require citizens to purchase it.

As for news on the Bengals front I’m proud to announce that everyone’s favorite target this year, Offensive Coordinator Bob Bratkowski, is now unemployed. While I feel for anyone searching for a job in this climate, his time had certainly passed. After having a top 10 offense during the ’05-’07 seasons he’s put up sub 20 numbers since and this year he had what could be called the most talented offense this city has seen since ’89. Numbers show what he was able to do with the talent and it wasn’t much.

Rumors which were previously rather mild are now sweltering with the idea that the Bengals could take advantage of the Vikings paying Childress $3 million/year for the next two years to bring him in as Offense Coordinator now at a discount. Other rumors are promoting the current QBs coach and hiring Jim Zorn. The reality will be known in the coming weeks and certainly will be effected by Mike Brown. I, for one, am hoping they bring on Childress, but thats just me.

Filed under : Politics,Sports
By dhert
On January 31, 2011
At 4:30 pm
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Middle east…

The middle east is on fire, literally and figuratively. Fires have broken out in Tunisia, Libya, Algeria, Jordan, Yemen, Morocco and Egypt which include protests and riots in these countries wanting to overthrow/replace their government. The people are sick of their governments and are demanding more freedom and democracy. There are also signs that protests are starting in Saudi Arabia and hundreds have already been detained there.

I propose that we pray for the people in these countries.  No matter what God you believe in, these are troubling times for everyone in the world. I hope that an acceptable resolution comes quickly.

Filed under : Politics
By dhert
On January 29, 2011
At 3:47 pm
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Cincinnati Bengals…

Never have I seen a team in so much turmoil. I was going to wait to opine on what’s happened this offseason, but its really past the point of tolerating any further.

Here you have an organization promising change, but not taking any actions towards real change. You bring back an overall average Head Coach who does a lot for the community, that I’m fine with. Marvin Lewis then states that him and Mike Brown are on the same page, the problem here is that Brown’s page has always been one of undermining the coaching staff. Where does that leave us?

Our Franchise QB, Carson Palmer, wants out specifically because the change he’s wanted to see hasn’t happened and Cedric Benson doesn’t want to come back for the same reason. The fans have been asking for the same change all season, fire Bratkowski the Offensive Coordinator. The Offense was dismal last season and wasn’t much better the season before that. Bratkowski hasn’t put up a good offense since 2005 and coincidentally thats the year Carson went down with a knee injury.

So is Bratkowski the problem, or is it Carson Palmer? I would have to say that the problem is both. Carson is obviously past his prime and hasn’t ever been the same player since Kimo von Oelhoffen rolled up on his knee in the playoffs in 2005. Bratkowski has been telegraphing plays for a decade now. Need an example? If you see a RB line up 7 yards behind the line of scrimmage 75% of the time its a run to the right, the other 25% is a split between up the middle or to the left.

So what does the team do to improve? There are a ton of people coming off contracts of the next couple of years. Theres going to be a lot of uncertainty on Offensive line, which means uncertainty on Offense as a whole. I think what we need to do is let Carson retire and pull in an older experienced QB for a year to teach a rookie we draft with pick #4 (which would hopefully be Cam Newton) and work on improving the O line. You also have to get some late round talent to spread around the entire team since we’ll be losing major names on Defense over the next couple years (Jonathan Joseph, this year, and Leon Hall, next year, come to mind).

Overall this team is in a state of distress. Mike Brown has never listened to the fans and has always hoarded control over the team. He brought back an overall mediocre Head Coach in Marvin Lewis and won’t let him make the changes needed to help the team prosper. What we really need is a GM to come in and make football decisions in Mike Brown’s place, because Mike Brown is obviously flying this plane into the ground.

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By dhert
On January 28, 2011
At 1:14 pm
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SotU response…

After taking a day to ingest what other people had to say about last nights State of the Union, I have to agree with a lot of things that were said. The speech did fall flat, there were a few obvious pauses in the speech for laughter after jokes that just weren’t funny. Obama spent a majority of the time praising China and all they’ve done while stating that we haven’t spent enough money to do the same, but we also need to make spending cuts to save our nation.

In the end it was just another stump speech from a guy whose supposed to be a great speaker. He’s trying to play both sides of the aisle and maybe that’s why the speech fell flat; or maybe it’s because the magic is finally wearing off and the country is seeing him for what he really is, just another politician from Washington.

Filed under : Politics
By dhert
On January 27, 2011
At 1:11 am
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