This headline caught my eye, and disgusted me, all at the same time, “Egyptian General Admits ‘Virginity Checks’ Performed On Some Protesters.” As one would deduce, the headline means WOMEN protesters.

This is disturbing on so many levels, not the least of which how women continue to be treated. At first there were denials that any such thing had occurred:

A senior Egyptian general admits that “virginity checks” were performed on women arrested at a demonstration this spring, the first such admission after previous denials by military authorities.

The allegations arose in an Amnesty International report, published weeks after the March 9 protest. It claimed female demonstrators were beaten, given electric shocks, strip-searched, threatened with prostitution charges and forced to submit to virginity checks.

At that time, Maj. Amr Imam said 17 women had been arrested but denied allegations of torture or “virginity tests.”

And now, there is the justification for these, um, “tests” by the military:

But now a senior general who asked not to be identified said the virginity tests were conducted and defended the practice.

“The girls who were detained were not like your daughter or mine,” the general said. “These were girls who had camped out in tents with male protesters in Tahrir Square, and we found in the tents Molotov cocktails and (drugs).”

The general said the virginity checks were done so that the women wouldn’t later claim they had been raped by Egyptian authorities.

“We didn’t want them to say we had sexually assaulted or raped them, so we wanted to prove that they weren’t virgins in the first place,” the general said. “None of them were (virgins).”

This demonstration occurred nearly a month after Egypt’s longtime President Hosni Mubarak stepped down amid a wave of popular and mostly peaceful unrest aimed at his ouster and the institution of democratic reforms.

Afterward, Egypt’s military — which had largely stayed on the sidelines of the revolution — officially took control of the nation’s political apparatus as well, until an agreed-upon constitution and elections. [snip] (Click here to read the rest.)

Wow. I scarcely know what to say about that admission. It is despicable, deplorable, and horrifying.

Of course, women were not the only ones tortured, as the video below makes clear:

As horrible as the treatment sustained by some of these male protesters is, and it is, it does not compare to the torture, and threat of MORE torture, the women endured. The threat of electrocution or surrender to “virginity tests” is not much of an option, is it?

And here is where the “I told you so” part comes in. Many of the Lefty stripe were celebrating turning over Egypt to the military. Picture Alfred E. Newman when you read this: “What could go wrong?”

Plenty. Not only are they teaming up with the Muslim Brotherhood (told you so about that, too), but women continue to bear the brunt of the anti-woman structure there. Can you imagine any woman in the United States, or Europe, being forced to decide between Electrocution and a Virginity Test? Hell to the no. And it is not okay that our Egyptian Sisters are being forced to do so at the hands of the military.

The rights, and dignity, of women are being subjugated in Egypt. Amnesty International is all over this, thank heavens (I am a card carrying, regular contributor to AI). But between the Muslim Brotherhood and the military, I continue to fear for the safety of women in Egypt.

And I still want to know why Obama wants to send them so damn much money given these human rights abuses, and the strong role of the Muslim Brotherhood. Again, I must ask – where is the hue and cry? So far, the silence is deafening…

  • Retired_from_SPOnaj

    I am sorry to say the Egyptian “virginity checks”–and other tactics–would come as no surprise to one who had gained familiarity with Egypt and its military through close observation while in residence there.  What is disappointing to me is the studied ignorance of same by our elected representatives and appointed government functionaries, including women.

  • sowsear
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  • sowsear

    Treasury to sell last 6% Chrysler holding to Fiat

  • FlBreeze




  • FlBreeze

    Speaker Boehner Throws Down
    the War Powers Act Gauntlet On Libya

    ABC News,
    by Jake Tapper   

    In the immortal words of the vice president, this could be a big
    $%^ing deal: House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, is throwing what one Republican calls “a legal and political hot potato at the President.” In a resolution to be voted on in the House tomorrow, Boehner is giving the president two weeks – until the Pentagon Appropriations bill comes up – to either:

    a) Ask for authorization for the military intervention in Libya, or
    b) Figure out how to disengage the US from the NATO operation in Libya.

    The resolution states:

    • kinthenorthwest

      Finally …. Its about time to clip some Obama’s wings..

  • FlBreeze

    Michael Brown:
    Karl Rove‘Micromanaged’
    Katrina Response

    ABC News,
    by Rick Klein   

    Former FEMA director Michael Brown is out with a new
    book that makes an explosive charge: that Bush White House political guru Karl
    Rove sought to “micromanage search and rescue efforts from afar” in the
    aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Brown’s clear implication was that Rove was
    playing political favorites in the wake of the tragedy. Brown writes that “Karl
    Rove became interested in Louisiana for the very practical reason” that a once
    solidly Democratic state could be turned red.

  • FlBreeze

    GOP rejects Obama’s call for ‘Sputnik’moment
    on clean energy development

    The Hill
    [Washington, DC],
    by Erik Wasson   

    House Republican appropriators have rejected President Obama’s call to have a “Sputnik moment” by ramping up
    spending on clean energy. On Thursday, the Appropriations Energy and Water panel moved a bill to full committee that slashes renewable energy funding by 27 percent, or $491 million, to $1.3 billion. That is $1.9 billion below what Obama sought in
    his budget.

  • FlBreeze

    Amid media circus,
    Palin lays out policy positions

    Washington Examiner,
    by Byron York   

    In the last week Sarah Palin has commanded the attention of
    the national press corps simply by taking in a few tourist sites
    on the East Coast. Whenever she stops her “One Nation” bus, reporters lucky or canny enough to keep up with her have asked about her political intentions. Will she run for president? Is she thinking about running for president? If she ran for president, how would she campaign? One thing many viewers have probably
    missed in all the horse-race speculation is that Palin is perfectly willing to discuss her positions on key issues…..

  • JE Colon

    These people are so backwards. Look at Islam- you can’t change their sura and hadith. In the Judeo-Christian, things were explained and clarified by Yeshua. Our roots of Judeo also felt the same way as these people. If you caught someone stealing you cut off their hands. Women were stone to death too. Thank G-d for sending us Yeshua , otherwise , we too would be doing this crap.

  • sowsear
    • Guest

      Of Course- these guys will never be unemployed. Its a self propagating machine. 

      • RewiredReading

        SELF-propagating is exactly right, Katmoon — everything is about self-promotion, promoted even more by our Self-Promoter-in-Chief

  • FlBreeze

    Mother of picture recipient furious at Weiner scandal

    New York Post,
    by Reuven Fenton &
    Jeane MacIntosh   

    The furious mom of the Seattle college coed at the center of Weinergate yesterday demanded that the cocky congressman come clean about the lewd photo. “I’m really upset. I feel like he’s a person of power and influence, who can make a statement and make all this go away,” Carol Mizuguchi said, blasting Rep. Anthony Weiner for his continued snarky sidestepping.
    “As her mother, I’m really upset,” Mizuguchi told The Post. “I’m pi$$@* off at that.” Mizuguchi’s 21-year-old daughter, Gennette Cordova, got the surprise package —

  • FlBreeze

    Giving your online identity to Obama

    Canada Free Press,
    by Judi McLeod    

    Obama for America Campaign Manager Jim Messina’s
    “matched by a real person” big grassroots MATCH rally cry went over America like the proverbial lead balloon yesterday. It must have because here is President Barack Obama himself taking over the lead in the Grassroots MATCH Campaign today.

    “Someone is about to tap you on the shoulder,” Obama writes on an email, subject line of which “Someone you don’t know” was sent out into cyberspace today.

  • FlBreeze

    Facebook to Tea Party:
    No more organizing

    Daily Caller,
    by Kellen Giuda   

    In February 2009, Alex Zablocki and I used Facebook to organize the New York City Tea Party, one of the first Tea Party protests in
    the country. Several thousand people joined our Facebook group, which we used to organize our first Tea Party protest. Hundreds of people showed up, we passed around a bullhorn, and we officially became “Tea Party organizers.” Without Facebook our rally would have most likely attracted about 20 people. Facebook
    was powerful and we knew it.

  • FlBreeze

    Republicans Take on the NLRB

    National Review Online,
    by Andrew Stiles   

    When the National Labor Relations Board’s general counsel filed a complaint challenging Boeing’s decision to open a $2 billion
    plant in South Carolina — one of 22 “right-to-work” states that prohibit compulsory union membership — the state’s governor, Nikki Haley (R), launched a spirited opposition campaign, urging members of Congress, the GOP 2012 field, and her fellow governors to weigh in…..

  • FlBreeze

    What Writing A Book Taught Me About Obama
    and Those Who Followed Him In 2008

    Big Peace,
    by Brad Schaeffer   

    My novel Hummel’s Cross takes place in pre-war (and
    wartime) Nazi Germany. In the course of my research I became fascinated by how a nation of such highly sophisticated and astute people as the Germans—who gave us Bach, Beethoven, Luther, Goethe, Schweitzer, Handel, Nietzsche, Kant, Wagner, (and thrown in a few Austrians like Mozart. Strauss, and Haydn) etc. could be so easily led to their own destruction – taking much of the Western World with them – by a charismatic if empty man.

  • sowsear

    This is yhe video that BO asked to be removed from the web: Jewish singing group at the WH:

    • revamyinsc

      Wow – I can see why Obama wanted this removed. SNARK.

      WTH is wrong with him?

  • FlBreeze

    Who gets nearly free internet and computers?

    American Thinker,
    by Ed Lasky   

    If this isn’t blatant favoritism I don’t know what is. As part of the White House’s deal to permit Comcast to buy NBC Universal,
    the government forced Comcast to promise to provide, according to Abby W. Schacter of the New York Post: 2.5 million low income households:

    (i) high-speed Internet access service for less than $10 per month;
    (ii) personal computers, netbooks, or other computer equipment at a purchase price below $150; and
    (iii) an array of digital-literacy education opportunities.”

    Who are the lucky beneficiaries among all the Americans who fit this category? Are you sitting down?

    • an array of digital-literacy education opportunities
      If they haven’t learned anything by now (which is why they are in low-income households), it is probably too late to do anything. Besides, does anyone *really* think they would use computers for literacy purposes? I mean, really!

      I’d rather see this sort of program going towards those who live in BFE, e.g., the Great Plains. They work hard but don’t have access to all the “luxuries”. But then, they’re just bitter white folk clinging to guns and clutching bibles.

  • FlBreeze

    Number of Republicans Has Increased Over the Past Year

    Weekly Standard,
    by Jeffrey H. Anderson

    A Rasmussen poll released yesterday shows that 35.6
    percent of Americans are now Republicans, compared to 34.0 percent who are Democrats. That’s a higher tally for Republicans, and the widest margin between the two parties, than at any time since the GOP took control of the House in January.

  • sowsear
    • It’s here and it goes by the misnomer, progressive, which really means anal-retentive, hand-wringing types who can’t manage their own damn business but still have plenty of time to wreck ours. Maybe if the half of the country that actually went to work every day decided not to so do tomorrow and the next day and the next, and so on, those idiots who do nothing (the moochers, leeches, parasites, locusts, and politicians) might get the message.

  • sowsear

    where is Janet Napeolano when we need her? this has to be a terrorist act. Trying to smuggle in almost 2000 phony Karaoke machine into the USA. Image all the damage a bunch of drunks killing songs could do to the nerves of Americans.



  • FlBreeze

    Unions Not As Excited About Reelecting Obama,
    Says AFL-CIO’s Trumka

    Weekly Standard,
    by Mark Hemingway    

    Uh oh: President Barack Obama faces waning enthusiasm
    from union members as he prepares for his 2012 re- election bid, AFL-CIO
    President Richard Trumka said. “It will be more challenging this time than it
    was last time to motivate our members,” Trumka, 61, said in an interview today
    at Bloomberg’s office in Washington.

  • FlBreeze

    Obama’s White House Counsel Resigning

    Associated Press,
    by Staff   

    President Obama’s top lawyer at the White House is resigning to return to private practice and represent Obama as his personal
    attorney and as general counsel to Obama’s re-electioncampaign. Bob Bauer will be replaced by his top deputy, Kathy Ruemmler, a former assistant U.S. attorney best known as a lead prosecutor in the Enron fraud case.

    • 0getfitnow1

      Doesn’t this make at least two? Dropping like flies.


    Who said MI6 does not have a sense of humor. I love this story.



    • RewiredReading

      What I like best about this story is that the recipe was on the chat site of an American gay female, it contained alcohol, and involved no virgins.  Talk about apostosy!

  • FlBreeze

    Dem cries for stimulus are shot down

    The Hill
    [Washington, DC],
    by Erik Wasson   

    Democrats on the House Appropriations Energy and Water subcommittee cried out for another economic stimulus package on Thursday, only to be jokingly dismissed by full committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.):

    “Yes, stimulus! We need a stimulus. We need to put people back to work…..””

  • FlBreeze

    Obama solicitor general:
    If you don’t like mandate,
    earn less money

    Washington Examiner,
    by Philip Klein    

    President Obama’s solicitor general, defending the
    national health care law on Wednesday, told a federal appeals court that
    Americans who didn’t like the individual mandate could always avoid it by
    choosing to earn less money. Neal Kumar Katyal, the acting solicitor general,
    made the argument under questioning before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the
    Sixth Circuit in Cincinnati.

    • told a federal appeals court that Americans who didn’t like the individual mandate could always avoid it by choosing to earn less money.
      OK, here’s a future Darwin Award Winner. Let’s see, earning less money means less taxes to the Treasury which means either bigger deficits or reduced spending which means less Obamacare. If this sort of rubbish is what constitutes the mindset and policy of this administration, we’re *so* screwed. I wouldn’t hire that idiot to clean toilets.

  • sybilll

    Pat Condell’s latest, on the ME, may be one of his very best.  The topic of women’s rights is covered, so I think it fits nicely with this atrocious subject.

  • FlBreeze

    Inhofe bill seeks to reverse Obama,
    send suspected terrorists to Guantanamo Bay

    Daily Caller,
    by John Rossomando   

    Not a single high-value detainee has been sent to the
    terrorist detention facilities at Guantanamo Bay (Gitmo) since Barack Obama became president, but Oklahoma GOP Sen. James Inhofe hopes to change that with legislation.

  • FlBreeze

    Michael Bloomberg:
    theman who killed New York

    Telegraph [UK],
    by Brendan O’Neill   

    I have written in the Spectator this week about the muzzling of New York City by its miserabilist Mayor, Michael Bloomberg, and his joy-killing sidekick and health commissioner, Thomas Farley. These two health freaks are zapping the spirit from what Walt Whitman described as a “mad…..”