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Al Jazeera English has broken into programming to report that their reporters in Egypt have confirmed that Egypt's military has ordered tanks to be deployed to two pro-Morsi rallies.  

The Pro-Morsi rallies are much smaller than the huge anti-Morsi rallies that have been taking place, but people at the rallies have said they will defend Morsi's government with their lives.  The main pro-Morsi rally is taking place near Cairo University.

A spokesman for the government of Morsi has stated that he believes that the tanks have been deployed to forcibly break up the rally.  Morsi's chief foreign advisor has said that this constitutes a military coup.

Al Jazeera says at this point, no tanks are yet seen.

For people with high speed internet access, you can watch the live feed here.

Update 1:20pm Eastern.   Al Jazeera now showing video of Armored Personal Carriers being driven into a Pro-Morsi area of Cairo, Nasr City, on flatbed trucks.

Update 1:30pm Eastern.  Arabic Christian TV channel based in Egypt, Al hayat says Morsi under house arrest.  US news link.

Anti-Morsi rally in Tahrir Sq becomes celebratory.  US State Dept Spokesperson Jen Psaki expressed concern that Morsi has not done enough outreach to opposition.  US technically neutral.  

Update 1:55pm Eastern.  New York Times reports Tanks being deployed to Presidential Palace.  Link.


On Monday afternoon, the small Alaska town of Talkeetna hit an all-time high temperature of 96 degrees F (35.5 C.)  The entire state is recording temperatures unprecedented in history, with half the state recording high temperatures 25 degrees F over typical high temps for this time of the year.

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Thu Apr 04, 2013 at 12:52 PM PDT

Roger Ebert Has Passed

by Winston Sm1th

MSNBC is reporting that Roger Ebert has died.  While I grew up watching his movie reviews with Gene Siskel, over the past few years I grew to appreciate his powerful progressive voice.  His twitter feed was noted for being an outlet for insightful progressive criticism.  He was 70 years old.

Link to the Sun-Times

Link to the Chicago Tribune

Here is Roger's last article, which he called A Leave of Presence.

Here's a classic Ebert review, decrying censorship and finding art in the movie, Halloween, while criticizing the glut of slasher films which followed for being anti-woman.


Without the help of opinion polls, I can guess how this vote is going to go.  Argentina claims the Falkland Islands, which it calls las Malvinas, and the general opinion of the nation of Argentina is that all inhabitants of the islands are foreign invaders.  Argentina insists that the sovereignty of the Islands be transferred over the vehement objections of the inhabitants of the islands, and has already condemned the referendum as a stunt.  

In the Argentinian model of sovereignty transfer, only direct negotiations between Buenos Aires and London are legitimate, and the population of the islands can be forcibly removed or made to submit to Argentine control once Britain agrees that Argentina owns the islands.  

Let's review the political history of the islands.

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The Denver Post just tweeted their projection of a Colorado victory for President Obama.

The website was just updated while typing this to reflect this call.  They mention long lines in Democratic areas, and voting is still ongoing.


Around noon today an early voting site in Winter Park, Fl in the crucial I-4 corridor was evacuated after a suspicious package was discovered at the site.  It is described as a cooler that had a wire sticking out of it.  The voters have been removed from the site, a public library, but many hundreds are on the streets outside, waiting patiently to exercise their right to vote.  Many had already waited for up to 4 hours before being told to evacuate.

Democratic senator Bill Nelson has asked tea party Governor Rick Scott to extend early voting hours by executive order due to long wait times, but Scott has stated that the law does not allow this.  Which, of course, is a lie.  

Bomb scares which disrupt voting, challenging signatures, limited voting hours leading to long lines, and illegal purges of the voting rolls are all taking place in Florida to limit access to the polls.  A good admission that the GOP machine know that they can't win free and fair elections.  Their only path to election victories is limiting who can vote.


Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 04:28 PM PDT

RomneyHood Meme on MSNBC

by Winston Sm1th

Yeah! Chris Matthews just featured my graphic for a RomneyHood Meme on Hardball.  I first saw coverage of Obama's brilliant frame on MSNBC last night.  I came onto DailyKos right after and looked around for a graphic.  No luck, so I tried to bang one together.  I gave up after a half hour because my familiar software is no longer available, but when I saw a specific request from another user, I decided to slap one together even if looked a little rough.

It's funny, if I had known it was gonna be covered on national news I would have been such a perfectionist, I never would have finished it.

Here's the link to the Meme Generator site.  Over the fold, some picture and graphics.

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Tue May 08, 2012 at 04:34 PM PDT

Lugar Loses Primary

by Winston Sm1th

Longest Reigning GOP Senator is sent packing by the Tea Party Hordes.  


So this Tea Party thing is really not so bad after all.  I mean, Christine O'Donnell, Sharon Angle, and Ken Buck probably did more for the Democratic Party than Harry Reid did in 2010.  

I guess moving out of your home state in 1977 doesn't endear the local yokels to their senators.  Logical.



The White House has announced that President Obama has arrived in Afghanistan to meet with President Hamid Karzai and sign the U.S.-Afghanistan Strategic Partnership Agreement.  Link (h/t kimoconnor.)  According to NBC News, steps were taken to insure that the agreement could be signed on Afghan soil.  

Also, the President is reported to be addressing the nation tonight at 7:30 pm EDT.  

Details are not being divulged at this point due to security concerns.  

The White House schedule still notes that the President is in the Oval Office.

UPDATE 1:Links now coming in:


Under intense security and the cover of night, President Barack Obama slipped into Afghanistan on Tuesday to sign an agreement cementing a U.S. commitment to the nation after the long and unpopular war comes to an end.

Obama was to be on the ground for about seven hours in Afghanistan, where the United States has been engaged in war for more than a decade following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The trip carries major symbolic significance for a president seeking a second term and allows him to showcase what the White House considers the fruit of Obama's refocused war effort: the killing a year ago of 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden

President Barack Obama arrived in Afghanistan on Tuesday to sign an agreement charting future relations with the country, making the secret trip on the first anniversary of the killing of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

Obama plans to deliver a televised address to Americans later on Tuesday.

New York Times
KABUL, Afghanistan – President Obama landed here Tuesday, on a surprise visit, to sign a strategic partnership agreement with Afghanistan meant to mark the beginning of the end of a war that has lasted for more than a decade.

Mr. Obama, arriving after nightfall under a veil of secrecy at Bagram Air Base north of Kabul, flew by helicopter to the presidential palace, where he was to meet President Hamid Karzai before both leaders signed the pact. It is intended to be a road map for two nations lashed together by more of than a decade of war and groping for a new relationship after the departure of American troops, scheduled for the end of 2014.


Washington Post

UPDATE 2 (5pm EDT): White House is live streaming audio address at Bagram Air Base.  Ended 5:05pm

UPDATE 3: Formal Presidential Address from Bagram being televised.  WH Livestream


To add to St Louis Woman's recommended diary I can tell you that the stories here in central Florida are coming fast and furious and are actually shocking to me.  I don't put much faith in anecdotal evidence, but I had some strange and uplifting interactions in the past few days.  In the above diary, I related an conversation from just last night when I met a Halliburton employee at a sports bar who tore Bush and McCain a new asshole.  

What happened tonight leaves that story in the dust.  I am a doctor in a big hospital here, and I do admissions overnight.  Around 9:30 pm, I went into the hospital room of a frail 81 year-old woman who was admitted for breathing problems.  As I usually do when I talk to a patient, I turned down the volume of her TV, and I spent the next 20 minutes or so talking to her about her history and doing an exam.  She was quite weak, and her memory wasn't all that good, but she was otherwise in pretty good shape, and I was able to reassure her about getting her feeling better.  

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After watching the Democratic Convention, I feel a real sense of pride in my party, but I have to admit I do feel a little bad for the Republicans.  I mean, you have managed to pull off some pretty good shows recently with all the smoke and mirrors, but really, you only have so much to work with this time.  So, full of a spirit of bipartisanship, I offer a few tips on how to avoid totally fucking up your convention.

First, don't drink a lot of fluids on the flight to Minneapolis.  With your enlarged prostate you need to take frequent bathroom breaks, and the last thing you want to do is use the airport restroom.  It would be better to be photographed with a potty stain on the front of your trousers than to be photographed coming out of the airport men's room.  Just take my word on this.

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Sun Apr 08, 2007 at 04:02 AM PDT

Global Warming Deniers

by Winston Sm1th

William Gray, the "eminent" meteorologist weighed in on Al Gore and global warming:

"He's one of these guys that preaches the end of the world type of things. I think he's doing a great disservice and he doesn't know what he's talking about,"

For those of you who dont know Dr Gray, he is a hurricane "expert" from Colorado.  For a quarter of a century, he has been issuing seasonal hurricane forecasts.  As Sciguy rightly notes on his blog, these premonitions are often as questionable and accurate as the Amazing Criswell's were.

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