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Wednesday Night Open Thread

Reverend Amy’s post is coming up shortly, so let me squeeze this open thread in so that Breeze and all of you can get going on the open thread. Before I turn this over to you, I’m going to chat about the nuclear disaster in Japan and the treatment of, and opportunities for, women in Egypt — beginning with a revisit of Larry Johnson’s important post last week.

I just heard the answer of a nuclear scientist/expert (name unknown) to this question from an MSNBC host: “What would you do if you lived in Tokyo?” He replied, “Get out.”

Then the expert added that this is what the Japanese government fears most and noted that it would be impossible to evacuate Tokyo, given its mammoth population of TWENTY MILLION people. Needless to say, the conversation left me a bit nervous, just like I’ve been for decades because I grew up about 40 miles from a major U.S. nuclear installation that has leaks into the groundwater so bad that drinking from the rivers will make you glow at night. (Note how my writing style moves to third person. It’s too difficult to contemplate just how much nuclear waste I accumulated during the first 18 years of my life. It’s far easier to remember all the DDT I breathed in. Not to mention the smoke from the smudge pots (to keep fruit trees from freezing during the winter).)

I trust that our armed forces being deployed to Japan are being kept safe — it was not good news to hear today that U.S. pilots were stripped and scrubbed down after they returned to aircraft carriers near Japan, and that their uniforms were DESTROYED.

And let’s hope the reporters and film crews bouncing all over Japan — the CNN group of Anderson, Soledad, Sanjay et al. is especially bouncy — are all being extra-cautious. Each CNN person is carrying a personal Geiger counter, which is good.

The U.S. has already expanded Japan’s 20-mile no-go zone for all U.S. personnel to a 50-mile no-go zone for all U.S. personnel. Good thinking, U.S. (Dept. of Energy?). I hope that the rescue teams from the U.S. and other groups who’ve gone to Japan to lend their help will heed the U.S. 50-mile zone.

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Larry Johnson is correct in his assessment of how women are treated in Egypt. If you missed it, check out Larry’s post, “Wrongs, Not Rights for Egyptian Women.” Here’s the beginning:

Apparently International Women’s Day in Cairo was not so swell for the girls. Allahpundit at Hotair seems a bit surprised by this development. If he had been reading at NoQuarter he should have expected this nonsense. … [Keep reading.]

Around the same time, I actually found a positive article about Egyptian and other women in the Middle East, and shared it with the blog.

And today, I spotted yet another positive article, once again from the Facebook wall of Women Of Egypt. Granted, this is definitely a rare event, but it is a beginning. From “Female judge denies running for Egypt presidency“:

CAIRO: In the aftermath of Egypt’s revolution, there is much talk about who will be Egypt’s next president. Among the most common names are Mohamed ElBaradei, prominent opposition figure in Egypt and former head of the U.N.’s IAEA, and Amr Moussa, Secretary-General of the Arab League.

The names are all men.

Several public figures and Facebook groups, however, have put forth the name of Noha al-Zeini, a female judge. Al-Zeini is known for exposing fraud in the 2005 parliamentary elections.

Al-Zeini, however, has said she has no plans to run for president. “I was astonished to see many people and Facebook groups asking me to run,” she told AlArabiya.net. “I really appreciate this, yet I still think it is not possible to do so at the time being.” Egyptian society is not ready to see a woman in power, she said.

“Up till now, Egyptians are arguing whether women can be judges or not. How then can they accept having a woman for president? Social acceptance is important before thinking of running.”

Among those urging al-Zeini to run is Nader Fergani, editor of the Global Human Development Report.

Some have said at least one woman should run for the position, even if their chances of winning are very slim. … [Read all.]

By the way, the Women Of Egypt Facebook page has a nifty logo. Check it out:



 
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OKAY! It’s your turn now!

  • trixta

    Absolutely, oowawa.  No one should be taking potassium iodide pills at this point!  Levels have to get pretty high to require such action.  Indeed, taking such pills needlessly could adversly affect one’s health (you don’t want to mess with the thyroid!).  Unfortunately, some will medicate themselves without the proper information.  (Also, depending on what is being leaked such pills may not do any good.)  The path and density of the radioactive plum depends on the weather patterns and conditions, so while the concentration may be quite low or insignificant this time around it could change due to weather patterns.  Luckily the West Coast is 5000 miles away!  Unfortunately, the crisis is far from over in Japan.  Indeed, it looks like this will go on for weeks (or even months) until the damaged reactors are stabilized.   My heart goes out to the Japanese who can’t seem to get a break.   No country should have to endure three simultaneous life-threatening disasters — a mega earth quake, tsunami, and nuclear contamination!       

  • yttik

    The nuclear disaster at Chernobyl almost 20 years ago has so far claimed fewer than 50 lives, according to a study by the International Atomic Energy Agency, the UN Development Programme and the World Health Organisation

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2005/sep/06/energy.ukraine

  • margaret

    Link, regarding Chernobyl?

  • margaret

    It was Obama who said that, but everyone loves to scapegoat a powerful woman, whether it’s Hillary, Sarah, etc.

  • Madame de Farge.

    The cooks used to slip the NY steaks left at the end of the run to my Dad.  During one of his promotions he supervised the “wrecker” crews.  He lived and breathed the RR.

  • Jim Ticehurst

    And I want to make Sure You know how I feel..anout my Above Comments..Obama is  very Emotionally Complicated..He had better Shape up..or He will have the Distinction of being Removed from Office by Peer Pressure like Richard NIXON..Dems 1.Repubs 1
    We need a Third party..

  • oowawa

    LOL–yes Ellen, I sure remember when the two-car garage was a jaw-dropping innovation.  In fact, a one-car garage was a real step up over the car-port, or nothing at all.  It’s kind of neat that in the new impoverished America, so many of us will be getting back to a simpler if less spacious lifestyle.  Three-car garage?  Ha ha ha!

  • EllenD

    From that article:  
    We forget that the suburbanite — ranch house, three cars in the garage,  
    THREE cars? I remember when two cars was a lot.  
    A young guy here asked me if it was true that in the fifties you could have a house an 2 cars on one salary. Not in my family. We had ONE car and wouldn’t have had a house except my grandparents died and left their house to my mother.  
    Is grandiose now the norm?

  • EllenD

    From that article:
    We forget that the suburbanite — ranch house, three cars in the garage,
    THREE cars? I remember when two cars was a lot.
    A young guy here asked me if it was true that in the fifties you could have a house an 2 cars on one salary. Not in my family. We had ONE car and wouldn’t have had a house except my grandparents died and left their house to my mother.
    Is graniose now the norm?

  • Breeze

    Celebratory gunfire across Benghazi
     
    Agence France-Presse,
    by Staff   

     Original Article

    3/17/2011
    Benghazi, Libya

    - Gunfire has rung out across the rebel-held city of Benghazi after the UN Security Council voted to authorise air strikes against Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s forces. Gunfire crackled across the night sky as preachers at mosques in the coastal city of eastern Libya took to loudspeakers shouting “God is greatest, God is greatest.” Tracer bullets streaked across the night sky like fireworks and anti-aircraft fire punctuated the sound of cars honking their horns.

  • Breeze

    They’re Not Serious
     
    Investor’s Business Daily,
    by Staff   

    Original Article

    3/17/2011 

    Energy: No-drill Democrats are looking wan under the bright light of rising gasoline prices. So what do they do? They retreat to their worst ideas and claim they’ve brought a fresh set of solutions to the table. The Hill reported Wednesday that “Democrats say they learned their lesson from the summer of 2008 and have resolved to go on the offensive to avoid another pummeling over high gas prices.” Sounds promising. But anyone who thought Democrats had given up on their crackpot energy proposals will be disappointed to learn that the party still refuses to offer any serious answers.

  • Breeze

    Harry Reid Is Running Scared –
    EPA Vote Postponed as Leader
    Tries to Bring Democrats Together

    Fox News,
    by Phil Kerpen   

    Original Article

    3/17/2011

    Harry Reid is running scared. On Tuesday, Reid promised to allow a Senate floor vote on an amendment offered by Republican Leader Mitch McConnell that would stop the EPA from implementing President Obama’s failed global warming agenda by manipulating the 1970 Clean Air Act. This morning – fearing he would lose the vote – Reid confirmed he won’t allow it to happen until after next week’s recess. On Tuesday night, as the McConnell Amendment was headed for a vote, Sen, Jay Rockefeller (D-W.V.) made a desperation ploy to derail the amendment.

  • EllenD

    How bout just another glass of Sonoma wine, Oowawa. My cure-all.(sip)
    BTW – if it gets here Friday, it’s gonna rain here starting Saturday morning.
    Is that good or bad? (sip).

  • getfitnow

    Muttered or thought by members of the CBC, that is.

  • Breeze

    U.N. Authorizes Military Strikes on Libya
     
    Wall Street Journal,
    by Jay Solomon*   

    Original Article

    3/17/2011 

    The United Nations Security Council authorized military strikes on Libya Thursday evening, and U.S. and European officials said air attacks against Col. Moammar Gadhafi’s forces were possible “within hours.” The Pentagon was already fine-tuning military options for “serious” strikes against ground and air targets should the White House order them, said U.S. defense officials. Options included using cruise missiles to take out fixed Libyan military sites and air-defense systems, according to these officials. Manned and unmanned aircraft could also be used against Col. Gadhafi’s tanks, personnel carriers and infantry positions, with sorties being flown out of U.S. and North

  • Breeze

    Writing on the wall
    for public unions

     
    Washington Times,
    by Terrence Scanlon   

    Original Article

    3/17/2011

    The American public at last has come to realize – and is demanding that our elected officials address – the terrible consequences of public-sector unions: Union health and pension plans are bankrupting state and local governments left and right. Wisconsin, for example, faces a gaping $3.6 billion budget deficit over the next two years, necessitating new Gov. Scott Walker’s current showdown with the Badger State’s public-worker unions. Mr. Walker is not alone: Other governors, including New Jersey’s Chris Christie, are at last confronting their states’ public employees and telling them a harsh….

  • Breeze

    The enemy within
     
    Washington Times,
    by Jeffrey T. Kuhner   

    Original Article

    3/17/2011

    Radical Islam threatens American democracy. It is slowly subverting America from within and without. If it is not stopped, U.S. civilization is doomed. For decades, Europe has been in the grip of an Islamist assault. Largely ghettoized Muslim populations have become dangerously alienated from the European mainstream. From Paris to Hamburg, Germany, radicalized imams preach the virtues of global jihad. Subway systems in London and Madrid have been bombed; hundreds of civilians have been slaughtered. Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh was murdered. These atrocities were committed largely
    by…..

  • getfitnow

    She should be fired!

  • Breeze

    Top Obama Aide Ripped
    by Rubio, Senate Dems

     
    Fox News,
    by James Rosen   

    Original Article

    3/17/2011

    As Muammar al-Qaddafi’s soldiers and mercenaries closed within 100 miles of the Libyan rebel stronghold of Benghazi Thursday, preparing to crush the revolution that just three weeks ago appeared on the brink of ending Qaddafi’s four decades of authoritarian rule, a top foreign policy aide to President Obama endured a withering barrage of criticism on Capitol Hill over the administration’s handling of the Libyan crisis.

  • Breeze

    Day after saying no
    second term, a big win
    for Hillary Clinton

    Politico,
    by Glenn Thrush   

    Original Article

    3/17/2011 

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s revelation that she won’t be staying on if there is a second Obama term may have been news to those who don’t know her, but did not surprise her friends, who say she’s spending an increasing amount of time considering her post-government options even as challenges mount at Foggy Bottom.(Snip) Clinton’s position seemed to be vindicated on Thursday as the U.S. pushed for a U.N. no-fly-zone resolution. In addition, U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice told reporters that such a move could involve direct attacks on pro-Qadhafi forces now bearing down on the rebel stronghold…..

  • getfitnow

    Is this for real?

  • getfitnow

    Let him eat his waffle.

  • getfitnow

     Rush Limbaugh is right. He says,  “they will tell you who they fear,” And that’s why they’re doing everything they can to bring Gov Palin down.

  • getfitnow

     isRush Limbaugh is right. He says,  “they will tell you who they fear,” And that’s why they’re doing everything they can to bring Gov Palin down.

  • Breeze

    As Libya Snuffs Out Rebels,
    Now A No-Fly Zone?

    Investor’s Business Daily,
    by Ed Carson   

    Original Article

    3/17/2011 

    There were arguments for and against imposing a “no-fly” zone on Libya a week or two ago. No need to hash them out again, because that time has passed. Yet late Thursday, with Moammar Gadhafi reimposing his iron grip on his country and hammering the rebels’ last and best stronghold of Benghazi, a city of 1 million people, the U.S. pushed the U.N. Security Council to declare a no-fly zone. That will likely trigger U.S.-NATO-Arab strikes to take out Gadhafi’s air defenses. But the dictator appears to have sufficient other forces to squash the opposition at this stage.

  • getfitnow

    I guess the UN passed the “no fly” vote. But I think they said it’ll take a couple of days to ramp up.

  • getfitnow

    Problem is, he got re-elected.

  • getfitnow

    I heard a few weeks ago that much of the aid money (no surprise) isn’t getting where it’s needed. Haitians are still living in squalor while a multi million dollar hotel is being built, I think, by the airport for the aid workers.

  • Breeze

    Oh, Hill No  
     
    The Daily,  
    by Joshua Hersh     
     
    Original Article  
     
    3/17/2011  
     
    Fed up with a president “who can’t make his mind up” as Libyan rebels are on the brink of defeat, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is looking to the exits.  At the tail end of her mission to bolster the Libyan opposition, which has suffered days of losses to Col. Moammar Gadhafi’s forces, Clinton announced that she’s done with Obama after 2012 — even if he wins again.  “Obviously, she’s not happy with dealing with a president who can’t decide if today is Tuesday or Wednesday, who can’t make his mind up,” a Clinton insider told The Daily.

  • helenk

    PER FOX NEWS   UN PASSES NO FLY ZONE OVER LIBYA

  • helenk

    Every time he can he disses an American ally. Now Columbia on his South American trip.

    http://www.dailytopseven.com/readmore.php?newsid=NDIwMg==

    WOMEN WITH INTELLIGENCE AND EXPERIENCE,MEN WHO SUPPORT THEM AND COUNTRY BEFORE PARTY ALWAYS

    PUMAS,BUBBAS,EQUALISTS AND THOSE CHATTERING PEOPLE RULE

  • getfitnow
  • getfitnow

    It doesn’t seem like Hillary thinks so.

  • getfitnow

    …and birds!

  • Breeze

    Japan nuclear crisis:
    Fukushima ‘meltdown’ is worrying,
    but this is no Chernobyl

    Telegraph [UK],
    by Tom Chivers   

    Original Article

    3/17/2011 

    I’ve been trying to write this blog post for two days, because I wanted to get it right. The events at Fukushima No1 Nuclear Power Plant are frighening and, understandably, they have attracted the attention of the world’s media. The words “meltdown” and “Chernobyl” have been bandied around, and every time I wrote something, the situation moved on, making each of my pronouncements out of date. So forgive me if that has happened again. Are we looking at a meltdown? Possibly, in that the fuel rods that run the reactor have lost coolant and may be melting.

  • Breeze

    New Power Line Installed At
    Fukushima Daiichi Plant: Govt

    Nikkei (Japan),
    by Staff   

    Original Article
     
    TOKYO

    – Japanese officials have installed cables to supply electricity from Tohoku Electric Power Co.’s (9506) power grid to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, a step they hope will help inject water more efficiently into the facility’s crippled reactors that are at the center of Japan’s nuclear crisis, the government’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency said at a news conference Thursday night.

  • helenk
  • helenk
  • Breeze

    Inconvenient Truth: Wind Energy Has
    Killed More Americans Than Nuclear

     
    Newsbusters,
    by Lachlan Markay   

    Original Article

    3/17/2011

    There has been quite a bit of hysteria among some major media outlets in the past few days regarding the potential dangers of nuclear power. Some have even suggested that the benefits of nuclear energy do not outweigh its potential dangers to human life. The dangers of nuclear power, while serious, need to be put in perspective. To that end, here’s an interesting fact you won’t be hearing from the mainstream press: wind energy has killed more Americans than nuclear energy. You read that right. According to the Caithness Windfarm Information Forum, there were 35 fatalities associated with wind turbines…..

  • Breeze

    Does the Obama administration know
    what it is doing on Libya?

    Telegraph [UK],
    by Alex Spillius   

    Original Article

    3/17/2011

    Now that Col Gaddafi is winning, the Obama administration now appears inclined not just to impose a no-fly zone against the Libyan leader, but a no-drive zone and a no-sail zone too. That, at least, is the impression some analysts and journalists in Washington have taken from comments made late on Wednesday by Susan Rice, the US ambassador to the US.   “We are interested in a broad range of actions that will effectively protect civilians and increase the pressure on the Gadhafi regime to halt the killing and to allow the Libyan people to express themselves in their aspirations…..”

  • Breeze

    Costly Indecisiveness on Libya
     
    American Spectator,
    by Ross Kaminsky   

    Original Article

    3/17/2011

    In a remarkably ridiculous statement for a man who has done nothing except charter a boat in response to the crumbling revolution in Libya, President Obama yesterday said that his administration was “slowly tightening the noose” on dictator Moammar Gaddafi. There has been no noose, loose or tight, placed on Gaddafi by the U.S. or anybody else.  At least not yet.  I’ve written recently about how Obama’s indecisiveness and fecklessness is not harmless. The obviousness of Obama’s indecision has reached a new high today
    with the U.S asking the United Nations” to authorize not just a no-fly zone……

  • Breeze

    Barack Obama’s paralysed presidency:
    the White House looks incapable of
    leading at home and abroad

    Telegraph [UK],
    by Nile Gardiner   

    Original Article

    3/17/2011

    Earlier this week I gave an interview to Fox News, talking about how the president seems paralysed in the face of the Libyan crisis, as Colonel Gaddafi’s forces make progress towards the rebel stronghold of Benghazi, leaving death and destruction in their wake. While Barack Obama has dithered, and his Secretary of State has worshipped at the altar of the United Nations, one of the most brutal tyrants on the face of the earth is getting away with murder, with a death toll that could reach as high as 15,000.  It is a sad day when the foreign policy of …..

  • Breeze

    Costly Indecisiveness on Libya

    American Spectator,
    by Ross Kaminsky   

    Original Article

    3/17/2011

    In a remarkably ridiculous statement for a man who has done nothing except charter a boat in response to the crumbling revolution in Libya, President Obama yesterday said that his administration was “slowly tightening the noose” on dictator Moammar Gaddafi. There has been no noose, loose or tight, placed on Gaddafi by the U.S. or anybody else.  At least not yet.  I’ve written recently about how Obama’s indecisiveness and fecklessness is not harmless. The obviousness of Obama’s indecision has reached a new high today with the U.S asking the United Nations” to authorize not just a no-fly zone

  • Breeze

    Libya Provides Obama and America
    with Another Conscience Check

    Commentary Magazine,
    by Jonathan S. Tobin   

    Original Article

    3/17/2011

    Time may be running out to do something to prevent Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi from crushing a popular rebellion. While Qaddafi recovered from the initial shock of the revolt, President Obama characteristically dithered over what to do about it. Weeks after even the New York Times editorial page endorsed imposing a no-fly zone in Libya, the administration is finally asking the United Nations to approve such a measure, even though it would almost certainly serve only to salve our consciences, since it will be too little and too late to stop Qaddafi.

  • Breeze

    Sarah Palin’s name floated
    for Arizona Senate

    The Hill
    [Washington DC],
    by Shane D’Aprile   

    Original Article

    3/17/2011

    Democrats in Arizona are already taking full advantage of rumors that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin could use the state as a base for a 2012 presidential campaign, but how about a run for the seat of retiring GOP Sen. Jon Kyl?

    (Snip) Writing for the Daily Caller on Thursday, Republican Ford O’Connell, who heads Civic Forum PAC, argues that Palin could sweep into Arizona and win a GOP primary for the seat over Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.)…..

  • Breeze

    Getting out of Dodge
    before the plume hits

     
    Canada Free Press,
    by Judi McLeod   

    Original Article

    3/17/2011

    There it is as the lead story on the Drudge Report this morning: UN: `Plume’ To Hit US Friday.  The scare tactics employed by the world’s largest bureaucracy, the scandal-ridden United Nations, make Frankenstein look like a choir boy.  “A United Nations forecast of the possible movement of the radioactive plume coming from crippled Japanese reactors shows it churning across the Pacific, (is there any other way to fly?) and touching the Aleutian islands on Thursday before hitting Southern California late Friday.”

  • Breeze

    Oh, Hill No

    The Daily,
    by Joshua Hersh   

    Original Article

    3/17/2011

    Fed up with a president “who can’t make his mind up” as Libyan rebels are on the brink of defeat, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is looking to the exits.  At the tail end of her mission to bolster the Libyan opposition, which has suffered days of losses to Col. Moammar Gadhafi’s forces, Clinton announced that she’s done with Obama after 2012 — even if he wins again.  “Obviously, she’s not happy with dealing with a president who can’t decide if today is Tuesday or Wednesday, who can’t make his mind up,” a Clinton insider told The Daily.

  • Breeze

    Libya: We will hit civilian targets
    in response to foreign attack

    Reuters,
    by Staff   

    Original Article

    3/17/2011

    Libya will strike back at civilian and foreign targets if the country comes under attack from foreign forces, the Libyan Defense Ministry said in a statement broadcast on television. Libya’s embattled leader Muammar Gadhafi also warned Libyan rebels on Thursday that his armed forces were coming to their capital Benghazi tonight and would not show any mercy on fighters who resisted them.

  • Breeze

    Danny Glover travels to South Africa to
    bring ex-Haitian President
    Jean-Bertrand Aristide back home

    New York Daily News,
    by Lukas I. Alpert   

    Original Article

    3/17/2011

    Actor Danny Glover has taken on a new role – as international statesman.  The “Lethal Weapon” star traveled to South Africa late Wednesday to escort exiled former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide back home.  Aristide has been issued a diplomatic passport after seven years in exile but has encountered resistance to his return to Haiti before a presidential run-off election on Sunday.