Yemeni tribal chiefs switch allegiance to opposition

posted at 5:00 pm on February 26, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Earlier this month, Yemen’s president Ali Abdullah Saleh promised demonstrators that he would not seek another term in his three-decade rule, committing to leave power by 2013 and hold open elections.   Saleh’s pledge has not appeased protesters, and now his own power base appears to be falling apart.  Two chiefs from his own tribe have publicly changed sides and now demand that Saleh leave office immediately:

Two powerful tribal chiefs in Yemen joined opposition forces demanding the ouster of the country’s longtime president Saturday, a new sign the embattled leader might be losing his grip on the impoverished, conflict-ridden country.

The defections were a blow to President Ali Abdullah Saleh because the chiefs abandoning him are from his own tribe, the Hashid. That was a signal that he may not be able to capitalize on tribal rivalries to maintain power, a tactic he has successfully employed in the past.

They’re not leaving quietly, either:

In a speech to the protesters, Sheikh Hussein bin Abdullah al-Ahmar, a key Hashid leader and a longtime ally to Saleh, said he is resigning from the leadership of the ruling party.

“I call on every honorable Yemeni to work to topple the regime” said al-Ahmar to the applause of the protesters, many carrying weapons. “The regime should go and be replaced by state institutions.”

This could be the Obama administration’s biggest headache in the Arab uprisings of 2011, assuming they don’t spread to Saudi Arabia.  In Tunisia, the uprising came from a fairly Westernized populace seeking an end to a kleptocrat.  In Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood may well play kingmaker in democratic elections, assuming the military will actually relinquish power, but other democrats can and will likely organize along secular lines and limit the Ikhwan’s influence.  Libya has melted down into open civil war against a terror-sponsoring regime hostile to the US, but despite Moammar Gaddafi’s hyperbolic claims, an al-Qaeda coup is almost entirely unlikely.

That’s most certainly not the case in Yemen.  AQ has been actively undermining Saleh for years, and its Yemeni branch has grown more active and dangerous over the last few years under the leadership of American citizen Anwar al-Awlaki.  Saleh’s government has reluctantly and inconsistently aligned itself with the US but has attempted numerous rapprochements with AQ, with several prisoner “escapes” that seem highly suspicious.  Saleh also publicly refused to extradite Awlaki even if the Yemeni security forces managed to capture him.  Appeasement hasn’t worked, and Saleh allowed the US to conduct military raids on AQ targets over the past couple of years to slow down their growth, but have mainly missed the leadership of the terrorist network, as several plots against the US have proven.

The sudden instability of Saleh complicates another priority for Barack Obama as well.  He came to office promising to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, which now holds almost 100 Yemenis captured by the military or intelligence agents.  Yemen already has a poor record in keeping released Gitmo detainees under wraps, and they have a flood of AQ recruits coming into the country without the US sending more.  It’s almost certain that whatever replaces Saleh’s regime won’t continue even the limited policies of cooperation with the US, which means the White House really has nowhere to send the Yemenis at Gitmo.

When Saleh falls, the US will face a nightmare scenario of AQ opportunity to seize control of a state, and one in a critical location on major sea lanes and near the richest sources of energy in the world.  Their first target will be Saudi Arabia and an attempt to seize Mecca and Medina by overthrowing the oppressive monarchy in Riyadh, Osama bin Laden’s ambition since starting AQ two decades ago.  Will Obama be prepared to deal with this outcome?  Given his disturbingly passive response to the uprisings thus far, confidence won’t exactly be high.


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And the hits just keep on coming…

teke184 on February 26, 2011 at 5:02 PM

Google able to take their dedicated servers away from Libya now that they’re 2-0 on Mideast overthrows?

Redirect all server power to the Yemen Network“. Says the Commander of the Google Borg.

PappyD61 on February 26, 2011 at 5:04 PM

This is starting to get scary..real scary!..:(

Dire Straits on February 26, 2011 at 5:07 PM

“…we claim those American principles to be universal principles.” –Bill Kristol

Here is what is “delusional”: the belief that American principles — freedom of religion, freedom of speech, equality before the law — have a natural place as “universal principles” in a culture grounded in Shariah principles. This is the pure fantasy that has driven our foreign policy through a decade of “nation-building” wars. Meanwhile, the only way I know how to get to anything you might call “universal principles” into the Islamic world is through the establishment of … a caliphate.

Diana West
Let’s Talk About a Caliphate

maverick muse on February 26, 2011 at 5:13 PM

If the only outcome of all this is a rotation from one US-hating regime to another, but we get serious about energy independence as a result, it’s a win.

I know when it comes to energy independence, Obama couldn’t find his butt with both hands in a dark shower, but there’s no Obama presidency after 2012 if gas is $6 or $8/gal. Delayed gratification is better than none at all, I suppose.

TexasDan on February 26, 2011 at 5:15 PM

This is starting to get scary..real scary!..:(

Dire Straits on February 26, 2011 at 5:07 PM

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.

darwin-t on February 26, 2011 at 5:16 PM

maverick muse on February 26, 2011 at 5:13 PM

Yeah. In the average room, how many people know what the caliphate was, how/when it was ended, and the ongoing effect of that in today’s Arab world?

TexasDan on February 26, 2011 at 5:18 PM

Our troops are surrounded if Yemen falls. Yemen is the womb of militant islamists of all stripes.

Maybe Al Obama wasn’t kidding when he said our troops would be out of Iraq by 2011.

Key West Reader on February 26, 2011 at 5:19 PM

Time for some U.S. power projection. Bowing to the Islamic world, once again, might just be the way out of this and could send a powerful message about the strong horse-weak horse thingy.

a capella on February 26, 2011 at 5:19 PM

Will Obama be prepared to deal with this outcome? Given his disturbingly passive response to the uprisings thus far, confidence won’t exactly be high.

He might declare another national state of emergency, as soon as Saleh is falling.

Can someone please explain this decision.

Schadenfreude on February 26, 2011 at 5:21 PM

a capella on February 26, 2011 at 5:19 PM

WhaT?

Key West Reader on February 26, 2011 at 5:22 PM

Things to do Today

1. DON’T order that printer from Yemen with free UPS shipping.

TugboatPhil on February 26, 2011 at 5:23 PM

Not going to happen. Saudia Arabia is going to slice like an effin hammer. They will make Kadaffi look like a frickin piker.

Rocks on February 26, 2011 at 5:24 PM

Obama sides with the losers, until they actually lose.

Schadenfreude on February 26, 2011 at 5:25 PM

Schadenfreude on February 26, 2011 at 5:21 PM

That source looks a lil shady. End paragraph references Micky Rourke. Heh.

Key West Reader on February 26, 2011 at 5:26 PM

Schadenfreude on February 26, 2011 at 5:21 PM

Good lord, I hadn’t seen that. WTF?

“I have determined that the actions of Colonel Muammar Qaddafi, his government, and close associates, including extreme measures against the people of Libya, constitute an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States. The order declares a national emergency to deal with this threat,” Obama wrote in the letter to House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH).

a capella on February 26, 2011 at 5:28 PM

Their first target will be Saudi Arabia and an attempt to seize Mecca and Medina by overthrowing the oppressive monarchy in Riyadh, Osama bin Laden’s ambition since starting AQ two decades ago. Will Obama be prepared to deal with this outcome?
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Given his disturbingly passive response to the uprisings thus far, confidence won’t exactly be high.

Our foreign enemies sense WEAKNESS in America, and like a pack of Jackals they are moving in to the herd, taking off the weaker ones at the perimeter. Becoming ever more bold while the leader of the herd……looks the other way.

And aren’t our Domestic enemies sensing the same? That THIS is the opportunity they have been waiting for?

to CLOWARD AND PIVEN this country and too bring it down?

PappyD61 on February 26, 2011 at 5:29 PM

WhaT?

Key West Reader on February 26, 2011 at 5:22 PM

:)

a capella on February 26, 2011 at 5:29 PM

I suppose it would be in poor taste to ask about the difficulty of drilling through glass….

ElectricPhase on February 26, 2011 at 5:30 PM

Saudi Arabia is going to slice like an effin hammer.

It would have to be another Desert Storm, but to the south. Which means DefSec Gates’ recent lecture/speech will need some quick revising.

karl9000 on February 26, 2011 at 5:31 PM

In Tunisia, the uprising came from a fairly Westernized populace seeking an end to a kleptocrat.

Here is a little update on heroic Tunisia, the most modern nation in Islam.

Will America send its youth once more to die for the Saudi King defending him against the hordes of anti Saudi animals demanding freedom and democracy?

BL@KBIRD on February 26, 2011 at 5:32 PM

He might declare another national state of emergency, as soon as Saleh is falling.

Can someone please explain this decision.

Schadenfreude on February 26, 2011 at 5:21 PM

My guess is the “state of emergency” for Libya was the need to evacuate Americans.

But, maybe we are under marshal law and nobody told us :)

mockmook on February 26, 2011 at 5:34 PM

I wish someone would have encouraged us to drill here, drill now.

Wait, what?

pain train on February 26, 2011 at 5:39 PM

“Democracy” is the guise of Islamism. They know how to play the media and make use of international PC baloney.

Schadenfreude on February 26, 2011 at 5:39 PM

BL@KBIRD on February 26, 2011 at 5:32 PM

Interesting article. The author ends on a rather incongruous note:

It would be foolish to argue that Arabs are somehow incapable of stable democratic government. There is, indeed, a chance that they are setting out on a turbulent path to a brighter future, free from repressive dogma.

But in a region that confounds analysts’ predictions on a daily basis, only one thing can be said with certainty: it is far too soon to declare any kind of triumph.

ORLY?

ElectricPhase on February 26, 2011 at 5:42 PM

Al-Qaida’s offshoot in Yemen urged Muslims to revolt against Arab rulers and establish governments based on Islamic law, according to an audio tape posted Saturday on militant websites.

(Excerpt) Read more at apnews.myway.com …

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onlineanalyst on February 26, 2011 at 5:43 PM

Wake up: It is the battle for Western civilization.

While the West slept…or was engaged in “willful blindenss”…

http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/260786/oic-and-caliphate-andrew-c-mccarthy

Here is the place where ObaMao gets his verbal slip re the 57 states and standing with his Muslim brothers.

onlineanalyst on February 26, 2011 at 5:47 PM

Meanwhile………………………………….

Al-Qaida calls for revolt against Arab ruler
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Feb 26, 1:24 PM (ET)

CAIRO (AP) – Al-Qaida’s offshoot in Yemen urged Muslims to revolt against Arab rulers and establish governments based on Islamic law, according to an audio tape posted Saturday on militant websites.

The appeal came at a time of growing political unrest in the Arab world. Popular uprisings have deposed the leaders of Tunisia and Egypt, and anti-government protests are gaining momentum in Libya, Yemen and Bahrain.

http://apnews.myway.com/article/20110226/D9LKKAO80.html

canopfor on February 26, 2011 at 5:50 PM

Thread Musical Theme
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Muse – Uprising
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8KQmps-Sog

canopfor on February 26, 2011 at 5:52 PM

Can’t a president finish his waffle without all these revolts interrupting him? What a truly sad world we live in today.

jarodea on February 26, 2011 at 5:55 PM

Sounds like everyone wants a piece of the pie,
and jocking,flanking,and fancy thuggery maneuver
ing,for a Islamic Leadership roles!!!

canopfor on February 26, 2011 at 5:58 PM

Time for some U.S. power projection. Bowing to the Islamic world, once again, might just be the way out of this and could send a powerful message about the strong horse-weak horse thingy.

a capella on February 26, 2011 at 5:19 PM

I wonder if anyone has checked where the direction oBOWma’s famous bows intersect, as far as map coordinates go? Hmmm?

hillbillyjim on February 26, 2011 at 5:59 PM

I suppose it would be in poor taste to ask about the difficulty of drilling through glass….

ElectricPhase on February 26, 2011 at 5:30 PM

Giggle.Hey,remember when countries fought wars and the winner got stuff?

katy the mean old lady on February 26, 2011 at 5:59 PM

These middle easterners are nuts. I don’t think they know what they want.

jeanie on February 26, 2011 at 6:07 PM

katy the mean old lady on February 26, 2011 at 5:59 PM

From onlineanalyst’s link at 5:47

What really dissolved the Ottoman caliphate was not anything so contemporary as a “freedom agenda,” or a “battle for hearts and minds.” It was one of those quaint military wars, waged under the evidently outdated notion that Islamic enemies were not friends waiting to happen — that they had to be defeated, since they were not apt to be persuaded.

a capella on February 26, 2011 at 6:07 PM

I suppose it would be in poor taste to ask about the difficulty of drilling through glass….

ElectricPhase on February 26, 2011 at 5:30 PM

Hell, the Lightworker Ojesus won’t even allow us to drill through water, for frackssake.

hillbillyjim on February 26, 2011 at 6:08 PM

From the English Muslim Brotherhood website!
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00:10
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Obama: Gaddafi must leave now(New)

http://www.ikhwanweb.com/

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‘Gaddafi MUST leave the country now’
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Obama calls on Libyan leader to step down for the first time since violence broke out

By Daily Mail Reporter
10:45 PM on 26th February 2011
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President Obama has called for Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi to step down for the first time since violence broke out.
In a private telephone conversation with Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel today he said Colonel Gaddfi must leave the country now.

The White House says President Obama told Merkel that when a leader’s only means of holding power is to use violence against his people, then he has lost the legitimacy to rule and needs to do what’s right for his country by ‘leaving now.’
======

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1360940/Gaddafi-MUST-leave-country-Obama-calls-Libyan-leader-step-time-violence-broke-out.html#ixzz1F6pw8F4g

canopfor on February 26, 2011 at 6:08 PM

ElectricPhase on February 26, 2011 at 5:30 PM
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Hell, the Lightworker Ojesus won’t even allow us to drill through water, for frackssake.

hillbillyjim on February 26, 2011 at 6:08 PM

hillbillyjim:Sounds like you could use some quality time
at the United Union Swimming Pool,in Block
“C”,of the ReEducation Centre!!(sarc).

canopfor on February 26, 2011 at 6:12 PM

But bribing unions is fine.

GaltBlvnAtty on February 26, 2011 at 6:14 PM

Things to do Today

1. DON’T order that printer from Yemen with free UPS shipping.

TugboatPhil on February 26, 2011 at 5:23 PM

Good Plan. Very Funny.

Geochelone on February 26, 2011 at 6:17 PM

…then he has lost the legitimacy to rule and needs to do what’s right for his country by ‘leaving now.’

Common Barry, just once, lead by example and show QuDaffy the way.

scituate_tgr on February 26, 2011 at 6:18 PM

We don’t need no water…

Ronnie on February 26, 2011 at 6:19 PM

It’s 3AM. Do you know where your president is?

paul1149 on February 26, 2011 at 6:30 PM

Yemen eh!
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Tragedy & Honor
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Photos Presented By The Cargo Letter*
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canopfor on February 26, 2011 at 6:32 PM

White House state of emergency document.

Buy Danish on February 26, 2011 at 6:36 PM

Coping with Crumbling States:
A Western and Israeli Balance of Power Strategy for the Levant
**********

The Stakes for the Region and the United States
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As this competition builds, the United States remains preoccupied with the quest for “comprehensive peace” without reference to regional strategic rivalries and the crumbling nature of the states engaged in them.
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The Strategic Consequences of Failed Secular-Arab Nationalism
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Baathism seeks to combine Leninist socialism, a concept of “Arab awakening,” and even racial nationalism. It is flawed, dangerous, and terminally ill. Some scholars argue that despite their failure, Syria and Iraq can remain united under strong statist institutions, such as a ruling military junta, rather than be ripped apart by the politics of warlords, tribes, clans, sects, and key families. Some, perhaps most, argue that the leadership in the military has become a case of “riding the tiger.” Namely, at the moment of transition, the leadership, even of the military, understands it either hangs together or hangs separately. Thus, the unified army could be expected to assume power and hold at least most of the center of country together.
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more…..

http://www.israeleconomy.org/strat2.htm

canopfor on February 26, 2011 at 6:42 PM

White House state of emergency document.

Buy Danish on February 26, 2011 at 6:36 PM

Buy Danish:Thanks for the Linky,so,umm,its all strong talk,
and nothing else,kinda like Chamberlain!!:)

canopfor on February 26, 2011 at 6:46 PM

Buy Danish:Thanks for the Linky,so,umm,its all strong talk,
and nothing else,kinda like Chamberlain!!:)

canopfor on February 26, 2011 at 6:46 PM

Basic Barry bullcrap.

katy the mean old lady on February 26, 2011 at 6:51 PM

Establishing the Khilafah is not a dream
Tuesday, 27 February 2007
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For some the idea that Muslims could unite together into one unified Islamic State under the banner of a Khilafah is a distant pipe dream. Recently a few so-called experts have stepped forward to rubbish the idea that in the 21st century Muslim unity is anything but possible. They cite examples of the current disunity and division plaguing the Muslim world as evidence to support their claims.
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Some of the allegations against the return of a Khilafah are summarised below.
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1. The Muslim world is culturally too diverse
2. Nationalism is too deeply rooted
3. Sectarian differences prevent Sunni and Shia uniting
4. Muslims prefer to live separately in nation states
5. America will never allow it
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5. America will never allow it
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In a speech on the Global War on Terror, US President George Bush said, “They hope to establish a violent political utopia across the Middle East, which they call a “Caliphate” — where all would be ruled according to their hateful ideology…I’m not going to allow this to happen – and no future American President can allow it either.”

Arrogant claims such as these just don’t fit the political reality of the Muslim world. The Iraq war has exposed the limits of American firepower. Despite claims after the Iraqi invasion that the demons of Vietnam were now exorcised, Iraq is quickly becoming Vietnam II. Around 100 US soldiers are dying each month and America has been forced out of much of the country due to heavy resistance. The occupation of Afghanistan isn’t going much better with America unable to secure the territory it has taken.

American politicians with greater understanding of the situation than Bush can clearly see the limits of American power. Pat Buchanan, co-founder of The American Conservative magazine and advisor to three former American presidents, Nixon, Ford and Reagan said, “If Islamic rule is an idea taking hold among the Islamic masses, how does even the best army on earth stop it?”
—————————-
(more…)

http://www.khilafah.com/index.php/the-khilafah/issues/73-establishing-the-khilafah-is-not-a-dream
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Meaning of… Word: Khilafah
Meaning: The Caliphate system – The leadership system of the Muslim nation (ummah).

http://www.islamic-dictionary.com/index.php?word=khilafah

canopfor on February 26, 2011 at 6:59 PM

Yeah, but Defense Secretary Gates said…

yubley on February 26, 2011 at 7:01 PM

“…and one in a critical location on major sea lanes and near the richest sources of energy in the world.”

You know…

… If we had put the full power, might, genius, innovation, creative, and entrepreneurial spirit of the American people into becoming energy independent after the 9/11 attacks,

whilst at the same time, cutting government regulations, bureaucratic red tape, along with tort reform, we would probably be looking at this from a distance and saying, “sucks to be them”.

Just something to think about when you come to the decision to fill up your car with gas in order to get to work if you are lucky enough to have a job, and what is left in your wallet to feed your family…

… I wonder what those responsible for our current situation would do if a thousand protesters surrounded their house demanding accountability?

Seven Percent Solution on February 26, 2011 at 7:01 PM

Buy Danish:Thanks for the Linky,so,umm,its all strong talk,
and nothing else,kinda like Chamberlain!!:)

canopfor on February 26, 2011 at 6:46 PM
====================

Basic Barry bullcrap.

katy the mean old lady on February 26, 2011 at 6:51 PM

katy the mean old lady:This global Community Organizing is
becoming a wee bit dangerous,er,leth
al!

The only language the M.E. understand
s,is Force,from the end of a Aircraft
carrier,and US Ordanance!!!:)

canopfor on February 26, 2011 at 7:03 PM

It’s still all bad.

SlaveDog on February 26, 2011 at 7:05 PM

“…and one in a critical location on major sea lanes and near the richest sources of energy in the world.”

You know…

Seven Percent Solution on February 26, 2011 at 7:01 PM

Seven Percent Solution:All excellent points,and,lets con
sult the Oil Shipping Lanes Choke
Points to bolster your point!!:)
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http://westforwestwing2012.files.wordpress.com/2011/02/oil_chokepoints1.jpg

canopfor on February 26, 2011 at 7:08 PM

Wars, rumors of wars, etc…

cntrlfrk on February 26, 2011 at 7:13 PM

A tad O/T-The Great Betrayal
=============================

Al-Qaddafi: Obama is a Muslim – Foreign Donations to the Obama Campaign
Sept 4 2009
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnQaEPKGai4

canopfor on February 26, 2011 at 7:17 PM

Giggle.Hey,remember when countries fought wars and the winner got stuff?

katy the mean old lady on February 26, 2011 at 5:59 PM

IMHO, we made a huge mistake when we gave all of Europe back to the original owners at the end of WW2. France is two steps away from becoming another Greece, England is falling apart, and the smaller countries aren’t in much better shape.

At the very least we ought to have kept Germany for their quality workmanship. Even today, from guns to game consoles, if you want it built well get it made German.

Dark-Star on February 26, 2011 at 7:24 PM

This could be the Obama administration’s biggest headache in the Arab uprisings of 2011,

Headache? More like another dream come true.

albill on February 26, 2011 at 7:25 PM

@Dark-Star
Germany makes game consoles?

And European countries now falling apart? WWII was over nearly 66 years ago. (Just imagine 66 years prior to 1945. The year 1879. Can you imagine someone claiming that if we would have done something in 1879 that WWII would not have happened? Long past history is not necessarily a determinate of the present.)

The US is no better off than most of the European countries; if it weren’t for the press covering for Obama everyone would be in a real panic over the bankrupt state of the USA.

albill on February 26, 2011 at 7:32 PM

Germany makes game consoles?

Okay, bad example, I was trying for something with the same letter.

Dark-Star on February 26, 2011 at 7:34 PM

Obama is both awesome and exceptionally intelligent. I’ve decided to go with this factual (cough), item because nothing else seems to work these days.

betsyz on February 26, 2011 at 7:40 PM

No. Really. I’ve been fighting the tide for over two years now. This guy is awesomely awesome, possessing a world of historic intellect that no one else could ever, on this planet, could achieve in a million/gazillion years. I’m going with this. Nothing else seems to work, especially regarding the wombats.

betsyz on February 26, 2011 at 7:52 PM

Why, look at your YAHOO offers up, day by day, hour by hour. This STUFF is important news.

betsyz on February 26, 2011 at 7:55 PM

O/T
==========

WISCONSIN, OHIO SAY “NO” TO ATTACKS ON PUBLIC SERVICES

PHOTOS: Hundreds of thousands rally across the country

WATCH LIVE: Inside WI Capitol | High above the crowds outside

Send a message of support to SEIU members in Wisconsin

LOCAL UPDATES:Wisconsin | Ohio

http://www.seiu.org/index.php
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Talk’n Point OverDrive!

Just Say No – no more cuts for workers
****************************************

By Rose Ann DeMoro
Executive Director, National Nurses United, AFL-CIO

There should be two lasting lessons to emerge from the heroic labor-led protests in Wisconsin.

First, working people–with our many allies, students, seniors, women’s organizations, and more–are inspired and ready to fight.

Second, we need to send a clear and unequivocal message to the right-wing politicians and those in the media suggesting further concessions from working people.

Working people did not create the recession or the budgetary crisis facing federal, state and local governments, and there can be no more concessions, period.

It should be apparent that the right wants to scapegoat workers and their unions, and is trying to exploit the economic crisis for an all-out assault on unions, public employees, and all working people in a campaign that is

funded by rightwing, corporate billionaires like the Koch brothers.

http://www.nationalnursesunited.org/blog/entry/just-say-no-no-more-cuts-for-workers/
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Saturday, February 26, 2011
50-State Union Protest Falls Far Short Of Predicted Turnout
Protests in support of Wisconsin public sector unions were organized by MoveOn.org and labor unions today.
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http://legalinsurrection.blogspot.com/

Promoters, such as David Dayen at Firedoglake, were predicting a million-person turnout nationwide. But reports as of 7:00 E.S.T. today make clear that other than in Madison, Wisconsin, the crowds were sparse.

canopfor on February 26, 2011 at 7:56 PM

So, cancel the casbah rocking?

di butler on February 26, 2011 at 8:02 PM

O/T(Live Streaming)
—-

Welcome,we are Live at the Rally in the Capital in Madison,Wi
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http://www.ustream.tv/channel/afl-cio-2010-rally

canopfor on February 26, 2011 at 8:07 PM

This person, Jennifer. what the eff her last name is, actually had a change of hair style. She went blonde!!! Do you hear me??????????????

betsyz on February 26, 2011 at 8:09 PM

But more importantly: Kicks are for kids, not for silly rabbits.

betsyz on February 26, 2011 at 8:12 PM

Dark Star….Do you even glance at yourself? For whatever reason, a self-reflecting type thing. Not on your menu, I suppose.

betsyz on February 26, 2011 at 8:18 PM

betsyz on February 26, 2011 at 8:18 PM

Take two ‘make sense’ pills and call me me in the morning.

Dark-Star on February 26, 2011 at 8:22 PM

Fox News is reporting Obama finally realized he better say something about the situation in Libya and has said that Qaddaffy Duck needs to step down now.

Based on how things are going over there, expect the reply to Obama to be something closely akin to “Pound sand!”

pilamaye on February 26, 2011 at 8:38 PM

Al-Qaddafi: Obama is a Muslim – Foreign Donations to the Obama Campaign
Sept 4 2009
**************

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnQaEPKGai4

canopfor on February 26, 2011 at 7:17 PM

Thanks canopfor for all your very insightful and informative links…

… +7%%!

Seven Percent Solution on February 26, 2011 at 8:40 PM

Maybe we can get Barry to send Trumka over to help organize the Kadaffy withdrawal. Maybe bring some purpleshirters to beat him up for union dues.

Then send Ayers over to prop up the Yemeni regime… or the rebels… neither of them would look with much favor on the guy.

But, of course, Barry will only vote ‘Present’ as destabilizing the entire M.E. only means hard times for America and the world. Soon, very soon, we will get to see what a 30 Years War done by Islam will look like and I bet you its not as pretty as the Christian version. And the Left will be shocked (shocked I tell you!) that hatred of America and the west includes them. The weak allies usually don’t have a good time of it once the SHTF.

ajacksonian on February 26, 2011 at 8:50 PM

canopfor on February 26, 2011 at 7:17 PM
======================
Thanks canopfor for all your very insightful and informative links…

… +7%%!

Seven Percent Solution on February 26, 2011 at 8:40 PM

Seven Percent Solution:Anytime 7%:)

canopfor on February 26, 2011 at 9:32 PM

For all of us Americans who dismiss or demean the idea of “tribes,” remember:

Tribes are gangs.

MS13, Nortenos, Sorenos, Bloods, Crips…

America is rife with tribes.

shorebird on February 26, 2011 at 11:27 PM

Hey, this sounds like the time for another party at the White House.

mobydutch on February 26, 2011 at 11:40 PM

Watch Algeria too. Uprisings were put down earlier this month but I don’t believe that is the end of it.

journeyintothewhirlwind on February 27, 2011 at 12:18 AM