Archive for August 18, 2011
After insisting that the only way he’d leave Libya was in a body bag, Moammar Gadhafi surprised the world by saying…nothing. OK, he didn’t surprise the world that way. But it looks as if, after five months of battle, he is preparing to leave Libya, due to what appears to be his inevitable demise.
Rebel forces are rapidly capturing key cities throughout the country, while NATO holds the line at “the shores of Tripoli”.
So if he’s not talking, how do we know he’s planning to leave? Something a little more than rumor among US national defense employees.
Is this the return of Arab Spring in the dog days of summer?
- Rebels battle Gadhafi forces for city (edition.cnn.com)
- Rebels battle Gadhafi forces for control of oil refinery (ctv.ca)
- Explosions shake Libyan capital as rebels advance (ctv.ca)
- Gadhafi Support Soars Amid NATO Bombing By SCOTT TAYLOR (jhaines6.wordpress.com)
- Are Libya’s rebels edging closer to victory? — CNN International (news.google.com)
Full disclosure: I do not own a cellphone. I do not carry one. I never have, even though a couple of them live at my house. In fact, there are frequent bitter accusations made within our family along the lines of, “What if we were all out hiking and somebody on the trail with you was mauled by a bear, and they would bleed to death because you don’t even know how to use the damn phone?”
I serenely resist this pressure. I don’t want people to be able to reach out and touch me whenever they choose. I don’t want my peaceful solitary hikes to be interrupted with complaints about how long the line-up is at the car wash, or questions about which kind of cheese is best for lasagna, or reports on how fussy the baby is while teething on these hot days.
Human beings were not meant to be in constant, round-the-clock contact with one another. Our souls are nourished in solitude.
And call me paranoid, but I don’t want sinister quasi-governmental organizations having the ability to track my every move. I find this kind of stuff deeply alarming, because it hints at the potential for kinds of mischief I can barely imagine, let alone understand. Perhaps people will become less enamored of their cell phones when they slowly begin to realize they are carrying a spy in their pocket.
Somehow I doubt it.
- IPhone Spy App — 3 Things You Must Know First (bigsexymedia.com)
- FYI : BEWARE CELL PHONE USERS ! Your phone is spying on you !!! (hemantkhurana81.wordpress.com)
Once a month, we give a rundown of the Republican field for the 2012 Presidential nomination.
With Congress on recess, and voters’ attention focused on a whip-sawing stock market, a growing European (and American) debt disaster, and sluggish economic recovery, it didn’t look like much was going to happen on the Republican political front in late July and early August. Wisconsin Democrats tried, and failed, to gain control of the State Senate, falling one seat short. The Super-Congress was appointed.
In the race for the 2012 nomination until August 13, there was little movement in the Republican field. Then, on that one day, perhaps in response to some primitive olfactory cue, elephants stampeded:
- Representatives Michele Bachmann (R-MN) and Ron Paul (R-TX) virtually tied for the lead in the Ames (Iowa) Straw Poll.
- Texas Governor Rick Perry announced his candidacy in South Carolina, thumbing his nose at Iowans in the process.
- Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, disappointed at his distant third-place showing in the Ames Straw Poll, announced that he was folding up his tent and leaving. (more…)