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Egypt – What Happened?! Symptomatic of the World

Posted by politicalmonkey2010 on October 11, 2011

We have all watched in horror and dismay the events in Cairo the past two days as the Coptic Christians clashed with security forces on the street leaving at least 25 dead, and over 330 injured.  As this country takes it steps towards democracy, the birthing pains are being felt on the street.  I do not think it is adding sensationalism to say that the world is in a state of flux, we see it on the national level, and right down to the small micro-systems we each operate in.  Egypt is no different, this is a complicated country, multi layered social fabric, and in the middle of  re-inventing itself.  I do not have any answers as to what happened, but it is important that all the components be factored into the events in Egypt and the larger ramifications.

The Media

If you want to look to the local media for the story and you want facts good luck.  The media for the past 30 years had been controlled tightly by the Mubarak regime.  During the revolution I remember watching Nile News, there were literally 1,000’s of people outside their studio and they were talking about the Valley of the Kings and tourism.  With the toppling of Mubarak a new door was opened – journalism, or at least the idea of reporting a different narrative than what the state wanted to provide.  The only problem is the idea of fact checking, canons of journalism, ethics and responsibility in reporting haven’t quite caught on – sensationalism, and promoting a specific agenda are alive and well.   This is no different than what we have in the US – i.e. Fox News where thinly disguised “opinions” are presented as facts.  There is a mentality that we have been conditioned to that says – if I saw it on TV it MUST be true.  This mentality has also moved over to social media, it was tweeted out so it must be true.  We have seen the emergence of more talking “heads” in cyberspace with their own internet radio talk shows – catering to a specific audience, cherry picking information and packaging it all very neatly for the consumer.  It is not different in Egypt.  News consumers world wide are facing the same problems with accuracy of information – news must be viewed in the same light as if you were buying a car, you have to contrast and compare, and you have to be brave enough when the facts show, no matter how much you want to believe “XYZ” they are wrong.

Social Media

As we watched the Arab Spring unfolding on social media, specifically on Twitter the world had the benefit of living in real time with people in Tahrir Square.  The peaceful protests over threw a dictator in 18 days, the world rejoiced.  From Twitter also sprang a new form of mico-celebrities.  Some rightly earned, some rightly earned and then started to believe their own press, and simply could not give up the limelight.  Egyptians knew the world was watching, they had a unified message, they carried it thru flawlessly.  Without a doubt the news media  was a part of the success of the revolution.  News organizations such as CNN and BBC provided coverage 24/7, interviewed tweeters from the square – they say fame is addicting and for some tweeting Egyptians it became a way of life.  The continual occupying of Tahrir Square moved from being a revolution to being an impediment to moving forward, because if Egypt moved forward and no protests were happening, their claim to fame was also over.

The Military and Security Forces

During the revolution when the tanks rolled into the city I literally sank to my knees in fear and terror.  The military acted with honor, not once did they open fire on the crowds in Tahrir Square.  When the tanks rolled into my neighbourhood, they were greeted like heroes.  The chants the people and the army are one reverberated throughout the country.  One of the complaints you hear from the youth of the Revolution is that the army is moving too slowly, that they want to retain power.  I do not believe that for one minute.  The military wants to go back to doing what a military force does, protecting the country, not running the country on a daily basis.  I think they are very eager to  give control to the civilian sect, and they are taking their responsibility during this transition very seriously.  Nobody wants to see the need for another revolution in a year.  They are proceeding with caution.

They have handled the protesters with kid gloves, they have acquiesced to demands, these are not the actions of people who want to retain power.  When the security forces disappeared during the revolution the people took over protecting their own neighbourhoods.  Security forces still are not back in mass, there is a security void being filled by the military.  People want to live in a safe place, basic need any where in the world, Egypt is no exception.  There is an overwhelming large silent majority that fully support the military.  They are going to have to find their voices – because what the media is covering are the “squeaky wheels”.

I, like everybody else watched in horror as the tanks went through the crowds two days ago, as hard as the images were to watch there are two things that stand out.  First, if the   military wanted to open fire they could have very easily wiped out all the protesters.  Second, the tanks were being used to disperse the crowd, you can see in the videos the driver slowing down, if he had wanted to crush them all he would not have slowed down.  Does that sound harsh?  Do I think it was handled right?  No, and the Egyptian government doesn’t think it was handled right either.  You cannot “un-ring” that bell.

Christian VS. Muslim?  or Divide and Conquer Extremism

For over 1,400 years Coptic Christians and Muslims have lived side by side.  Like any neighbours, problems have arisen.  This is not a unique occurrence.   Catholics VS. Protestants in Ireland.  Ultra Orthodox Jews VS. Reformed Jews in Israel.

One of the easiest ways to divide a society is through religion.   When anybody adds God into the equation you are lighting a match at a gas station.  The battle cry of “God is on our side” should send shivers down everybody’s spine.  The real question is.. are you on God’s side?  The most volatile, emotional wedge is one of religion.  It ignites passion.  We see this in the US don’t we?  In the last few days we have heard Dr. Robert Jeffress, a Dallas pastor and leader of the Southern Baptist Convention say  he believes Mormonism — along with Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism — are “false religions.”

Having lived in this country I can tell you what I see, I see Christians and Muslims living side by side as neighbours, I see them in business together.  I see them supporting one and other on their own spiritual journeys.  During Ramadan when Muslims are fasting I see Christians very much aware that they are fasting and they are very careful not to smoke and eat in front of them.  Conversely, I see Muslims returning the respect when Coptics fast.  I see them giving one and other greetings of peace.   I see them offering one and other holiday greetings.   I saw Christians during the revolution forming a human shield around praying Muslims, pouring the water for them to perform their ablutions.   I saw Muslims lifting a priest upon their shoulders and chanting, the Cross and the Crescent are one.

Every Egyptian male (with few exceptions) are required to enlist in the military.  That means both Muslims and Christians are serving in the military.  There is no special uniform that says I am a Muslim or Christian in the Egyptian army, they are brothers.  They are one.

In my own household, I as a Catholic, married to a practising Muslim we observe and support one and other on our spiritual path, for one very simple reason – the goal and the God are the same.   I participate in Ramadan and Eid, he participates in Easter and Christmas.  It isn’t a matter of “converting”  or who is “right”, it is a matter of love,  the greatest commandment  Matthew 22:36-40

36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

This will upset right wing nut jobs to learn that in Islam there is an obligation to protect and non Muslim.  It is not a recommendation it is an obligation, no negotiating.

We too in the US are actively experiencing the effects of extremism, it has reared it’s head in politics and religion.  The result has been nothing short of disastrous.  People standing behind all or nothing mentalities caused the downgrade of US debt,  to get this Congress to enact a law for the benefit of the people has not happened for almost 3 years, and I wouldn’t hold my breath for the remaining term.  The Tea Party has held the country hostage, and now we have the emergence of the Occupy Wall Street.  Of course the Tea Party doesn’t like to be compared to them..but here’s the truth, Occupy Wall Street is a direct result of the push from the right, they are the left’s extremist. Religious groups like Westboro Baptist and Mr. Jeffress shoving their beliefs down our throats.  Koran burning pastors seeking the limelight.  There is an “attack on God and faith” in the US and it is coming from ignorant extremist, fundamentalist, self appointed saviours of our collective souls.  God must certainly weep as he looks down upon us.

Who Benefits from Division?

The real question is who would benefit from a civil war in Egypt?  There are a million conspiracy theories out there, and I don’t have enough time to cover them.  I will however, address what I feel is the most likely guilty party – and that would be left overs from the old Mubarak regime.

We have seen this hand at play before, during the revolution the bizarre “camel attack” was orchestrated by a member of Parliament.. the trial is literally ongoing as of this blog posting.  There is an ongoing investigation into the New Year’s Eve bombing of a Church in Alexandria, where it is being alleged that it was coordinated by the former Interior Minister Habib Adly.  Again, another on going investigation/trial.  The creation of chaos with prisoners being freed during the revolution, the police disappearing, another orchestrated event by Habib Adly.  Unleashing chaos is a way to keep people in fear, to keep people from moving forward, to make them long for the days of the safety of the tyrant and regime.   Is it a coincidence that this occurred as Egypt announced the date of elections? and there is a law being considered to prohibit members of the former ruling National Democratic Party from holding elected office.

When politic office is your career,  there is a huge danger that it is not about public service.  Walk down the prison halls of Tora prison outside of Cairo Egypt and you can literally start a government.  Presidents, members of Parliament, ministers of departments have all taken up residence on charges ranging from graft to murder.  If you have earned your living through raping the country’s treasury for your personal enrichment, it is hard to replace that kind of job and lifestyle.  These people stand a great deal to lose as Egypt goes forward.

I cannot help but draw comparisons to US politicians, how many have benefited from political action committees, contributions?  Left political office in order to become a lobbyist?  We in the US are not that far removed from an Egyptian situation.

What Triggered It? and Who is Responsible?

Again, if you are looking to the local media to give you the full story I am sorry to say you won’t find it.  This is what I know – take it with a grain of salt:

In order to build a church or a mosque, you must get permission.   (By the way Al Azhar is asking for the law to be applied, which I believe is on the books that says you can building a church or a mosque according to population, i.e. if you are predominantly a Christian neighbourhood then you should logically have more churches than mosques.(

There was a structure, it was not originally part of a church, it was a hall of sorts that was used for weddings, engagements etc.  According to the governor in Aswan, there was never a permit issued to build a church or any religious institution on that spot.  Some type of permit must have been issued as the hall was expanded, and evidently expanded beyond what the permit allowed for, as a result, it was demolished.  This was the trigger.  Other sources say it was a church to begin with.  Other sources says, it was torched by Salafi’s.  I don’t know what happened, and I am not sure we ever will.  In some ways it doesn’t matter why it happened, it did.  It illustrates what happens when government is in control of religion.  This should be a huge warning to Americans as we watch the “Christian” extremist trying promoting their belief system into our laws.

The march to Maperiro was a protest by the Coptic Christians saying they were not being treated fairly.  Then something went terribly wrong.  Some say plain clothes people in the crowd opened fire on the military forces, the Church says the group was infiltrated, but by whom?  The investigation is on going.

Who is responsible ultimately?  Everybody.  Nobody is innocent in this tragedy.  And it is time that everybody owned it.  The country has been engulfed in a protest fever…if you don’t like something then protest!  One of the things that caught my eye during this protest march were the signs in English “Quit Killing Christians”.  Why in English?  Egyptians speak Arabic.  Who was the audience they were appealing to?  That makes me uncomfortable.  If  I were in protesting in the US would I write a sign in Arabic?  Probably not.

How Egyptians take this revolution forward, take it from off the streets to practical application is being challenged.  Elections must go forward. Things in my neighbourhood remained calm.  People were shocked and surprised.  Everybody seemed to know that this was a danger  from the beginning- a division caused by sectarian violence.  They were determined that Egypt would not fall into this trap…and yet it happened.   It has become fashionable and almost expected to protest since the revolution.  Everybody has done it, teachers, doctors, drivers, and now religious sects.  It begs the question, for over 30 years you have been living with a boot on your neck and you choose now during a critical transition period which needs each and every Egyptian speaking with one voice – and  you choose now to protest?

How to Move Forward

I don’t know, I don’t have a magic wand, we can’t turn back time, but we have to move forward.

As my husband and I watched it all unfold, tears came to our eyes.  It was all so very, very wrong.  We also knew we could not change the country by ourselves, but we could set an example.  We went together to a  Mass at a Coptic Church – a Muslim and a Catholic, an Egyptian and an American…then I put on a scarf and I went to evening prayers at my neighbourhood mosque.  We are one.

I believe deep in my heart the Egyptian people will come out of this stronger, more united, democracy will bloom.  There will be more challenges, but at the end of the day, nobody will have died in vain, no blood will have been shed for naught.

 

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Cookin’ with the Munky! Never Fail Yellow Cake

Posted by politicalmonkey2010 on September 27, 2011

Domestic God-dess Munky Style

Introducing Cookin’ with the Munky …a side of the munky not usually revealed on the blog….but that’s what life is all about right…finding out things you never knew…

This one goes out to my twitter buddy  @manyko2 … in his honor we will call it

Manyko2 Cake

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: Two 9-inch Cake Rounds

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of flour *
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened **
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature (this is VITAL)
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla
  • 3/4 cup milk **

(Variations – add lemon or orange zest)

*From each cup of flour remove 2 tablespoons of flour, you will remove a total of 4 tablespoons of flour.  Then add 4 tablespoons of cornstarch.

**Use real butter and full fat milk, you can if you must use margarine and low fat milk, but I don’t know to know about it ok?

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour 2 9-inch cake pans.

In bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt with a wire whisk.

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Add vanilla and mix until completely combines. Slowly add flour alternately with milk. At end of addition batter should be smooth. Divide between 2 pans.

Bake Yellow Cake Recipe for 20 to 25 minutes. Cool 5 minutes in pan, then invert onto a rack and cool completely before frosting.

For a 9 x 13 pan – Baked at 350 degrees F. for 30 to 38 minutes

 

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Chicken Capers – Egyptian Style

Posted by politicalmonkey2010 on February 5, 2011

Sometimes the only way you can deal with what is without a mistake a horrific situation is to look  through the lens of humor.  I spent the day with my “adopted” family, and heard the stories of one of the brothers who has a men’s clothing store on a main street in Giza.

The first 4 or 5 days of  this “event” the nights were full of terror, from the thugs.  While things have quieted down some, make no mistake the neighborhood is still on full alert, still being patrolled by the neighborhood men, and my only contribution is late night tea and cookie delivery, but I digress…

There are a few things that one notices immediately when looking at the landscape of Cairo, one is that between a coffee shop and a coffee shop is another coffee shop(keep in mind there is legally no such thing as a coffee shop, they are all call “cafeterias”).  Two, the rooftops of the buildings are covered with satellite dishes, and finally every neighborhood has a “suq” a market where you will find everything from vegetables, to fresh fish and live chickens.  You know you are a true Egyptian when you can go to the chicken man, and poke a live chicken and tell him you want that one, he will slaughter it and pluck it for you.  Since the price of beef the past year has absolutely skyrocketed, chicken is the protein of choice, so it is vital that it be available in the market.  Egyptians do not like or trust frozen chicken.  Since the bird flu crisis, live chicken shops have technically been banned, although you would never guess that from walking thru any suq.  You can also go to more American style supermarkets where you can keep the illusion that your chicken or beef is some how grown in plastic wrapped Styrofoam, but  the cost is very prohibitive if you are living on less than $2.00 a day.

One evening Ibrahim, the owner of the clothing store was in his store, preventing it from being looted.  While there was a curfew in place, there was still activity on the street, including a truck load of live chickens bound for the suq.  As luck would have it, the chickens were in the wrong place at the wrong time, the truck was stopped by four thugs toting machine guns and firing them randomly to scare any heroes off.  Ibrahim’s shop is located next to a coffee shop, and of course everybody is seeing this happen,  the driver of the truck terrified, chickens clucking, and machine gun fire going off.  Nobody had a machine gun in the store or coffee shop to fend these chicken bandits off, but they did have some guts and ingenuity. They grabbed the coffee shop tables and used them  as  shields and surrounded the chicken nappers, a huge crowd surrounding the thugs.   Evidently, the sheer number and I think the surprise that anybody was going to stop them since they had the machine guns allowed a group of decent law abiding citizens the ability to over power them.  Over power them they did, they beat the hell out ’em.  The thugs were begging to be turned over to the military,  they were tied up and turned over.  (There is a number to call to tell the military you have thugs tied up.) The first four days of this “event” in Ibrahim’s neighborhood there were 85 thugs captured by every day citizens.

Score Good Guys 85     Thugs 0  Chickens? Collateral Damage

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Monkey on Haitus or Life Interruptus

Posted by politicalmonkey2010 on January 20, 2011

The Munky is going on Haitus for a bit – but in parting a few words of advice…

Buyer beware….be true to yourself, and never let ’em see ya blink…

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Rep. Mantra of 2011 – No More Earmarks or Welcome to Fantasy Land

Posted by politicalmonkey2010 on January 2, 2011

2011 will usher in a Republican lead house who has vowed “No more earmarks” .  A noble cause to be sure after funding a “Bridge to Nowhere” and a variety of other pure wasteful spending bills.   Earmarks are part of the legislative process, like it or not.  So how does one get around that pesky little problem once you have campaigned on a “no more earmarks!” election?

We can take a lesson from Michele Bachmann, leader of the Tea Party Caucus in Congress, wants to “redefine” earmarks.  Mmmm redefine…is that like when you are pregnant you say you have a “bun in the oven”?  .. like when somebody dies they are pushing up daisies?… you get my point the end result is the same, I don’t care what you call it Michelle, earmarks are earmarks.  But if you want to play spin the earmark, go ahead.   Here is a partial list of earmarks in 2008 Michele has requested (Source)  She did not request earmarks during the campaigning of 2009 a notable event.

  • $94,000 for Sheriffs Youth Program of MN
  • $335,000 for Equipment Acquisition for Northland Medical Center
  • $803,000 for Replacement Small Buses, St. Cloud Metro Bus

While the good people of MN were experiencing less federal government in their lives while  Michele was campaigning and ranting about socialized government,  her family was more than happy to receive funds from the federal government.   On her 2008 Financial Disclosure Statement she lists among her assets an interest in the Independence, Wisc., farm worth between $100,001 and $250,000.  This same farm received federal farm subsidies  to the tune of $259,332 paid to a family farm between 1995 and 2008.  (Source)This  is sorta like I was for it, then I was against it, and if this Munky were to look into the crystal ball of the future I bet she will be for some other “redefined” federal spending.

Here’s a preview of how Michele is going to re-define earmarks… Congress should exempt “roads, bridges and interchanges” and recommends that if a town, city, county or state approves a project, a lawmaker in Washington should be able to submit a request — a practice she says she has followed. Rep. Jean Schmidt, R-Ohio, says Congress should earn back the public’s trust before considering a new definition but concedes the earmark ban will bring about “unintended consequences.”  (Source)  Oh, OK!  But wait a minute,  isn’t that what Pres. Obama’s stimulus package included – infrastructure?  So the truth is those stimulus projects are really ok, but the right side of the US certainly could not admit that could they?

The fact of the matter is earmarks have a place in our country.  Case in point? The $400,000 earmark that funds the Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization, which helps connect military service members and their families with private-practice physicians. That’s necessary because Fort Drum, in upstate New York, is the only Army base in the country without its own hospital.   (Source)

I wonder how a Tea Party electee could deny funding basic health care for the military?  Oh wait, these are the same people who want to deny health care to EVERYBODY.

Hate to burst the bubble of hopeful, because here is the reality of who is making headlines in the GOP

  • Representative Hal “Prince of Pork” Rogers to chair the House Appropriations Committee, who pushed through 135 earmarks at a cost of $246 million in the past two years alone.
  • Representative Dave Camp, someone best known for protecting tax loopholes that reward big corporations for shipping American jobs overseas, to Chair the Ways and Means Committee.
  • Representative Spencer Bachus, chief Republican negotiator of the tea-party hated TARP bailout to lead the House Financial Services Committee.
  • Those new Tea Party electees?  Well 9 of them have already hired  K Street lobbyists as their top aides.

What we have allowed to be elected into office with these right wing nut jobs, is a group of people who have no intention of conducting the business of the people.  Should be an interesting year folks…stay tuned.

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The Bitch is Back!

Posted by politicalmonkey2010 on December 1, 2010

The Bitch is Back

After an extended illness, which started out as a 24 hour flu, one month later I am back to feeling like myself, long story, suffice to say something called para-typhoid.  Yes,  it sounds as shitty was it was….

Ok, so we have alot of catching up to do…still in Egypt, making a mental list of all the things to to tell you about, so if I forget, remind me to to tell you about Eid.

But let’s talk politics shall we?  Random thoughts…

  • The right wing nut jobs are still out in force.  These people make a perfect case for why we need to get back to the basics of education, the ability to reason, research – and by research we aren’t talking about cherry picking, we are talking about true research, looking at facts in total and drawing conclusions.  Shall we start on S. 510: FDA Food Safety Modernization Act?  If one were to listen to the chatter, this is the government telling children what they can and cannot eat, this is the government forbidding you to plant a garden..we are going to have genetically modified foods which will turn cattle into turtles..shall I go on?  How about this is the government trying to make sure your ungrateful ass is not poisoned by contaminated food.  Anybody remember the spinach recall?  Tomato recall? Egg recall?  E-coli for dessert anyone?  What is even more amazing is that the information is readily available online for all to read.  Just a thought….read it http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=s111-510
  • Sarah Palin, I am seriously thinking of encouraging her to run, after all that would certainly assure that who ever, and I literally mean who ever ran against her would win.  Media whore.
  • Rally to Restore Sanity – one of the best things to occur on the National Mall in a long, long time.  Watching while I was running a fever, I was bound and determined not to miss it.  The best part was at the end when Jon Stewart said…when you amplify everything you hear nothing.  Wise man isn’t he for a comedian.
  • Mid-term elections – there is a God, and he/she has a wonderful sense of humor.  Two notable Palin endorsed right wing nuts jobs did not get in…Christine O’Donnel and Sharon Angle, however we have to have some  humor that Bachman and Rand managed to fleece the folks.  Should be interesting to watch.
  • Health care…just read that a VA court threw out a lawsuit brought by the conservative Christian Liberty University and individuals who said the law would violate several parts of the U.S. Constitution. .http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6B000920101201?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Reuters%2FPoliticsNews+%28News+%2F+US+%2F+Politics+News%29 But that won’t stop people from wasting money.
  • The following is an in general comment for all those leading and or participating in what they view as a revolution:  a revolution with no plan is called anarchy.
  • Reading George W. Bush’s Book – looks like those right wing nuts jobs aren’t commenting about this too much..like the part where Bush says he was stunned at the magnitude of the economic problems.  See Obama may be Commander in Chief, but nobody, is able to control the economy, not the Fed, not even Conservative Republicans.  Time for the US to grow up and have adult conversations about what we are going to do on the debt/deficit.  It’s a problem, and it needs to be fixed.
  • Wikileaks – I am sure these candid cables fly back and forth between all nations, it is not nice to see the sausage being made is it?  But the little shit who downloaded it should be tried for treason.
  • Airport pat downs…look folks this is a tangible way to prevent terrorism, where were all those right wing nut jobs who are now jumping up and down when Bush and Cheney thought nothing of violating your right to privacy with wire taps?

I am warming up my fingers…I’ll be back….

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God Speed Nadia

Posted by politicalmonkey2010 on October 21, 2010

It is with a heavy heart that I say say goodbye to Nadia.  The world was a better place when she was in it, and her touch will be forever felt.  Be at peace Nadia  you are free.

Don’t Stand at My Grave and Cry

Do not stand at my grave and weep

I am not there
I do not sleep

I am a thousand winds that blow
I am the diamond glints on snow

I am the sunlight on ripened grain
I am the gentle Autumn rain

When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush of quiet birds

In circled flight
I am the soft stars that shine at night

Do not stand at my grave and cry

I am not there
I did not die

Author Unknown

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Sarah Doesn’t Realize She’s a Celebrity

Posted by politicalmonkey2010 on August 10, 2010

Isn’t that sweet? Maybe once those checks start rolling in at a rumored $1 million per episode for “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” it will hit her…

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Meet the Oracle

Posted by politicalmonkey2010 on July 24, 2010

The Oracle

I would like to welcome the Oracle to the jungle.   The Oracle hails from that mystical place in the cyber world known as the Conservatives.  The Oracle has been selected to bring in some balance.  While we may not agree on everything, we do agree that some where between the far right and the far left is where we as a country, as a people need to be headed.  Should be interesting..stay tuned.

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The Week in Review and an “Award”

Posted by politicalmonkey2010 on July 24, 2010

The Week in Review

  • Let’s start with my favorite target, Sarah Palin.  Seems Facebook automatically deleted her hate inspired post about the mosque at Ground Zero…and the problem is?  What could she possibly ‘refudiate’? mmmmmmmmmwaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhh  Keeping in the Palin family zoo – Bristol and Levi of course are back together.. announced via a magazine (US Weekly) without the mama grizzly’s knowledge.  But rumor has it after Bristol and Levi’s cover on the magazine, sales were disappointing.

A source reveals:  “Last week sales figures for Us Weekly were a huge disappointment.
After spending that sort of money, Us was hoping to sell over a million copies; instead they only sold around 750,000. Don’t expect to see any of the Palins on a cover of any other [celebrity] weeklies any time soon.  Sexy Sarah was asking for $150K for the staged photos and make-up
interview between her and Levi, but it was quickly reduced to $10,000
and STILL no takers!

  • BP – it’s still flowing.
  • Andrew Breitbart destroyed Shirley Sherrod’s life with a maliciously edited video and of course Fox News jumped on board, along with the “administration”.  Was this a teachable moment?  Something along the lines of VERIFY your sources…and curb those knee jerk reactions?
  • Freedom of speech is alive and well in the USA – we do not require you to show that you have any common sense before you spew something out into cyberspace or organize a Koran Burning day under the guise of religion –  Dove World Outreach Center   – makes a monkey wonder if they are using the Reader’s Digest Version of the Bible and perhaps some critical things have been left out.

This week’s Monkey Throwing Feces Award goes to………all of them…they are all outstanding examples of what is wrong.

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