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    Friday night trites

    Friday night trites

    What a day.  I’m going to try to stay away from Newt-Mitt-fest, but no guarantees:

    What else?


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    What do you mean renovate? In our little town, where we moved 23 years ago, we’re on our third brand new Social Security Commission building. I didn’t know they kept anything around long enough to require maintenance.

    Eqypt, the next Somalia – looted, starving and insolvent.

    “Hey You, the Square” – Arab Spring music…
    Music from a non-Islamist, cosmopolitan Eqyptian minority.

    And Zeinobia, the Egyptian girl, chronicles her times and the decline and fall of Eqypt

    But things fall apart, Egypt is on target to become the next failed state. Spengler explains…

    “Stripped of a thin Western veneer, what remains of Egypt is one of the world’s most backward societies, despite the veneer of sophistication that beguiled reporters who parachuted into Cairo for the Tahrir Square theatrics in February. Nearly a third of Egyptians marry cousins (because they count on their clan to protect them). 45% are illiterate. 90% of adult women suffered genital mutilation.”

    “What ordinary Egyptians see is they barely can fill their stomachs on the 5-piaster (less than 1 cent) pita loaves subsidized by the government. They are looking for someone to blame, and there is plenty of blame to go around: the new book from al-Wafd on Egypt’s central bank puts a narrative in place to explain the impending collapse of the Egyptian currency and the food shortages that will come with it. (Egypt is reported to be the world’s largest importer of wheat. In 2010, the oil minister stated that Egypt imports 40% of its food, and 60% of its wheat. )
    In fact, the surge in corruption is an effect rather than a cause of Egypt’s financial collapse. Once Asian demand pushed grain prices to a permanently higher plateau, the old regime was finished. And once the instability killed Egypt’s tourism, financial collapse became a matter of “when” rather than “if.” Rather than stay and try to get richer, the kleptocrats are salvaging what they can and getting out.

    Nasser, Sadat and Mubarak left Egypt without a single untainted institution. As in Iran in 1979, the Westernized elite, who speak foreign languages and keep bank accounts abroad, will decamp for the fleshpots of London. The Islamists are left by default.

    The difference between Egypt and a banana republic is, the bananas: the collapse of Latin American currencies during the 1980s never led to starvation, because it occurred in countries that exported food. The difference between Egypt and Iran is oil. An Islamist Egypt will resemble not Iran, but Somalia.”

    DINORightMarie | December 3, 2011 at 9:09 am

    I find it hard to accept all these nameless so-called Republican “insiders” and such that are being quoted in these Newt hit pieces (see Hot Air’s Quotes of the Day yesterday for a collection of them).

    And then there are the ones with a face and well-known name: “Newt, who would have made a marvelous Marxist……” ?!?! Really?! Really, George Will?! You want Romney that badly?!

    It is one thing to say Newt is not a stable, solid Conservative, if that is your opinion. (And I say, have the courage to say it on the record, if you believe it.) But to equate Newt with Marxism? That is beyond the pale, and beneath contempt, IMHO.

    The primary process is good for duking it out, ensuring that the person selected is well vetted – that their positions and vision is the best the field has to offer. However, the Republicans seem to tear each other apart, doing the Democrats’ dirty work for them, in many cases.

    Will someone do a non-biased, clear assessment of each of the candidates, outlining their vision, their record, and their commitment to Conservative principles?! Anyone?!

      Henry Hawkins in reply to DINORightMarie. | December 3, 2011 at 11:02 am

      Will and Krauthammer are longtime close associates of the old school Rockefellerian GOP, wine and cheese Republicans.
      Romney paid his dues in 2008, lost to McCain, but secured their (the est. GOP) approval to be next in line for 2012. It’s Mitt’s turn. How dare we provincial peons choose a candidate on our own! How dare we ignore their brilliance! Don’t we realize and accept that the people who *matter* have already decided it’s to be Mitt Romney?

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