Muslim Brotherhood Makes Bold Move In Egypt, Names Candidate For President

There will be a blow-back over this decision.

Some background here.

The Muslim Brotherhood nominated its chief strategist and financier Khairat el-Shater on Saturday as its candidate to become Egypt’s first president since Hosni Mubarak, breaking a pledge not to seek the top office and a monopoly on power.

Mr. Shater, 62, a millionaire business tycoon, was a political prisoner until just a year ago. Because of the Brotherhood’s unrivaled grass-roots organization and popular appeal, he is now a presidential front-runner.

He is being nominated at a moment of escalating tension between the Brotherhood and Egypt’s military rulers. The Brotherhood, an Islamist group outlawed under Mr. Mubarak, already dominates the Parliament and the assembly writing a new Constitution. It is now demanding to replace the military-led cabinet and is tussling with the military council over questions like the degree of civilian oversight of the military under the new charter.

His candidacy is likely to unnerve the West and has already outraged Egyptian liberals, who wonder what other pledges of moderation the Brotherhood may abandon.

The Brotherhood’s entry into the race also turns the election into a debate over the future of the Islamist political movement that is sure to resonate in the region. Mr. Shater faces Islamist rivals to his left and right — one a more liberal former Brotherhood leader, the other an ultraconservative Salafist. Indeed, the Brotherhood may have entered the race in part because a strong showing by either rival could undercut the group’s authority as the predominant voice of Islam in Egyptian politics.

Mr. Shater is considered a conservative but a pragmatist. He has argued that Islam demands tolerance and democracy, has championed free trade and open markets and has guided the Brotherhood through its first public commitment to uphold the peace agreement with Israel.

Political Trivia: Try And Scorn These Government Employees

August 1910 was the driest month in the Northern Rockies since 1894.  On July 26th a massive dry thunderstorm swept over parts of Idaho and Montana starting a series of small fires.  By August 10 with high afternoon winds and more rainless storms there will be over 2,500 separate fires blazing under extremely dry conditions.  Throughout the west the sunsets will be recorded as “blood red”.

The National Forst Service is in its infancy.  Even with the most assertive out-reach possible there was not even one firefighter per blaze that could be scrounged from the bars, jails, backwoods, and train yards to battle the blazes by August 6th.  (Shortly afterwards President Taft will send some of the Army to firefight.)

One of the problems was the lack of proper funding from Congress to pay the wages of firefighters.

It was then that Elers Kock, a young Yale graduate who was the ranger for three national forests in the northern Rockies, then a newly wed man who had made promises of a home and better way of life for his wife, made a decision.  He went to the bank in Missoula and withdrew his personal savings.  He then urged two other rangers, one of them just age 22 “with the dew of Yale still on him” who only had a small savings, to do the same so to pay some of the firefighters to keep fighting the blazes.

There are so many who have chided and tried to chip away at those who are government workers, attempting to demean them and make them into scoundrels and ones who take from the public taxpayer.

At a time when America will encounter the largest conflagration of fire ever (3 million acres in 48 hours will be devoured) some of the best of the human spirit will be demonstrated by government workers.  

From The Big Burn by Timothy Egan

‘Hottie’ Congressman Aaron Schock Used Campaign Funds For Workout DVD’s

Newt Gingrich should use some of his cash for the same program!

Republican Rep. Aaron Schock (Ill.), whose “musculature” and “body politic” garnered praise from Men’s Health in 2011, is being accused of using campaign funds to buy home workout DVDs.

Schock, 30, purchased the P90X “Extreme Home Fitness” DVDs during the 2010 election cycle and classified them as a “healthcare” expense.

The purchase was identified as campaign-related by mistake, and a later report was amended to reflect the error, Schock Chief of Staff Steve Shearer told The Associated Press.

He did not respond to requests for further comment by the time of this posting.

Melanie Sloan, of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), authored a report that claims his campaign did not change the total amount reimbursed to Schock on an amended form.

“Originally, P90X was listed as an itemization on what were included on the total. They took those out, left the total the same,” she told the AP.

“At some point, he realized the fitness tape was a problem and he amended the reports to take them out.”

Mass Shooting In South Florida–At Funeral Home–14 Shot, Two Dead

What does one say?

Before I post what happened–lets read why it happened.   Unbelievable!

The commander said someone at the wake touched Andre’s body in the casket in a way that other gangs took as disrespectful. This led to an argument inside the funeral home which spilled out to the street.

Members of one gang retrieved an assault rifle and a handgun from a car and opened fire at other gang members in front of the funeral home, according to the CBS4 source.

Fourteen people have been shot and two are dead in what may be one of the worst mass shootings in South Florida history.

The shooting took place around 9:30 p.m. outside the Funeraria Latina Emanuel funeral home at 14990 W. Dixie Highway Friday night.

One of the victims, a 43-year-old man, died outside the funeral home, authorities said. The other, a 27-year-old man, died at the hospital. Witnesses at the funeral home had said one of the two people killed was shot in the chest. Their names have not been released.

 Grandma, Ive Been Shot Said Girl Hurt In Gang Related Mass Shooting

Family photo of Mckayla, the 5-year-old girl shot in the leg in the North Miami funeral home shooting. (Source: Someta Etienne)

A 5-year-old girl, identified by her family as Mckayla Bazile, was shot in the leg and hospitalized at Jackson Memorial Hospital along with eleven other victims.

Mckayla’s grandmother told CBS4’s Maggie Newland that the girl has a bullet lodged in her leg bone that doctors do not plan on removing, however, she should fully recover. The grandmother said she was on the phone with Mckayla when the barrage of bullets began and the girl said, “Grandma, I’ve been shot.”

Saturday Song: Carol Lee Cooper

Longtime Grand Ole Opry performer background vocalist Carol Lee Cooper of the Opry’s famed Carol Lee Singers marked the end of her Opry career Saturday, March 24 with a portion of the show performed in her honor.     The Carol Lee Singers are the famous backup group that lends their voices to the various acts that perform on the longest running radio show.

Carol Lee is the daughter of famed Wilma Lee Cooper and Stoney Cooper.

Cooper first appeared on the Opry stage with her parents, longtime Grand Ole Opry members Wilma Lee and Stoney Cooper, in 1956. She formed and has led the Carol Lee Singers, given its name by Opry patriarch Roy Acuff, on Opry background vocals since 1972. The Carol Lee Singers’ other members, Norah Lee Allen, Rod Fletcher, and Dennis McCall, will continue at the Opry as “The Opry Singers.”

Below is a classic example of Wilma singing, along with her daughter, Carol Lee.  It should be noted that the music of Wilma Lee Cooper resides at the Smithsonian as an example of the classic Appalachian sound.

Political Trivia: Skinny Dipping With President Teddy Roosevelt

Teddy Roosevelt was not the first President of the United States to skinny dip in the Potomac River.  John Quincy Adams would rise early in the morning and strip off at the shore and plunge into the river.  I have never read that Adams did this in the winter months–it is recorded that the ever-charged Roosevelt did so regardless of the temperature.  BULLY!

At about 1903 comes a great story of the skinny dipping President Roosevelt, and his most trusted confident who also was first Chief of the United States Forest Service, Gifford Pinchot.

Both Roosevelt and Pinchot had been out for a strenuous outing with the French Ambassador when they all found themselves at the shore of the Potomac.  Without missing a beat both Roosevelt and Pinchot stripped and dove into the water.

The ambassador hesitated on the shore before taking his clothes off, leaving him naked but for his gloves.

“Why do you wear the gloves?” Roosevelt asked the ambassador as he swam towards them.

“We might meet ladies” was the reply.

From The Big Burn by Timothy Eagan

Tom Barrett Will Run In Recall Election To Replace Scott Walker

Game On.   Barrett will face a tough Democratic primary against Kathleen Falk.

In a Friday afternoon email to supporters, Barrett, who has twice run unsuccessfully for governor, announced that he will be making a third bid for the state’s highest office as part of the recall election of Gov. Scott Walker.

“We need to bring our state back,” Barrett wrote in the note. “Wisconsin needs a governor who is focused on jobs, not ideology; a leader committed to bringing our state together and healing political wounds, not pitting people against each other and catering to the special interests.

“This is the governor I will be for the people of Wisconsin.”

Barrett’s top adviser put the matter more succinctly.

“Game on,” the adviser said. “I think we had a sleepy campaign. For a lot of reasons, I don’t think it’s going to be sleepy now.”

Is This How Madison Teacher Should Instruct About Trayvon Martin?

From a Facebook friend of James come this message regarding the ‘lesson’ taught at a Madison middle school over the shooting of 17 year-old Trayvon Martin.   The parent writes the following.

She told the kids that she thinks Trayvon got shot because he “looked suspicious” with his hoodie up. She told my daughter (who said she thought he got shot because Zimmerman was racist) that she can’t judge him: it’s like calling him a jerk. Then she proceeds to “demonstrate” how suspicious Trayvon looked by telling two Latino boys to stand up and put hoodies on (saying, “You’re not black, but you’ll do), then turns off the lights, and asks if these kids “look suspicious.”