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Friday, January 28, 2011

CHAOS IN EGYPT

Update: 8:00 AM: The army has established control in major cities. There are more people in the streets than yesterday but the protests appear to be more peaceful. This story is far from over.


930 PM EST is 4:30 AM in Egypt. Here's what we know:

The police ( a historically corrupt and brutal organization in which is not well liked by the Egyptian population) has lost control of the streets of most major cities. Reports (unconfirmed at the moment) are that many local police stations have been looted and burned.

The army ( a historically professional organization admired by the public) has been called out to attempt to restore order. Many reports indicate that the citizens who are rioting have welcomed the army and invited them to participate in peaceful demonstrations. The army generals have resisted allowing their forces to be used because of the respect the citizens have for the army - the generals do not want to see any acts of violence that could undermine the army's respect and authority.

President Mubarak has dissolved the government.

The citizens will not rest until Mubarak resigns. The country holds Mubarak responsible for the lack of democracy, the brutality of the police force, the lack of economic opportunities, and the widespread corruption in government.

Rumpole says: The citizens in the streets are mostly middle class. This is a true revolt of the entire country (compare this to the 1979 Iranian Revolution when a small minority of extremist Islamic fundamentalists were able to seize power.) President Obama was correct not to unilaterally support the Mubarak government. Even a Judge in the REGJB can see that the Obama administration has written off the Mubarak government based on the President's words earlier Friday evening.

The question is who is in line to seize power?

In 2-3 hours the sun will be rising in Egypt. If you're reading this Saturday morning then it is 7 hours later in Egypt. An entire working day (Friday was the Muslin sabbath in Egypt) will bring more people to the streets and Mubarak cannot last.

Stay tuned. Bulletins at once, and we highly recommend the BBC. You can get radio feeds from the BBC website on line.




22 comments:

Anonymous said...

I understand not wanting to allow Muslim extremists to gain control of Egypt but there is something hypocritical of the US being allies with a leader/country that has had the same President for 30 years.

eyeonEgypt said...

somebody call the Q!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Let Egypt and Tunisia be examples for the Cuban people in the island.

Anonymous said...

Power to the people!!!

Anonymous said...

This is not good news. Nature abhors a vacuum. Political chaos always results in tyranny.

Anonymous said...

An aide rushed into the Egyptain President's office proclaiming President Mubarak here is your farewell speach to the people of Egypt. President Mubarak replied "Why, are they all leaving?"

Anonymous said...

1:17 - I agree completely about Cuba. In fact, Miami Cubans should consider going back en masse and forcing the issue. But the bottom line is they won't, because life in the US is too comfy and nice and most don't want to go back to poverty, jail and danger.

Anonymous said...

I loved the graphic on the John Stewart Show illustrating the real problem in Egypt--suppressed Islamic Rage. Although Mubarak is probably a dictator of the worst sort, it is scary to think what will happen to regional and world stability if a group like the Muslim Brotherhood is suddenly in charge of Egypt.

Anonymous said...

P.S.: The Numbert Two man in Al Qaeda started out in the Muslim Brotherhood.

Anonymous said...

One of the great things about pinkos, sorry, Progressives, is that they never worry about safety, just principle. It must be nice. Remember, though, our flip on principles, when Israel is involved. A strong Mubarak protects Israel. An Islamic state would be a disaster.

Anonymous said...

Mubarrak is a stong handed tyrant. The worry is what/who will replace him. I thought in '79 that it was good that the Sharw of Iran was overposed by a student revolt. NOW I realize it wasnt that good, just the opposite. What will Egypt look like next year or next decade?DS

Anonymous said...

correction rump: the Iranian revolution was off the people as well. The lower and middle classes were fed up with Shah's forces who were known for their brutal tactics. Khomeni was a big proponent of women's rights while in france (all you have to do it to listen to some of his sermons, which are available in English translation) but ofcourse when he took power, he sang a different tune.

Anonymous said...

Rumpy here is the latest from the NYT:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/30/world/middleeast/30-egypt.html?_r=1

Anonymous said...

who are you kidding. the cubans will never rise up against castro. sorry to mess with your wet dream.

Anonymous said...

Sorry to change the subject. But latest talking points by Gov Scott and Legislators is that they are going to balence the defecic on our backs. Soon the ASAs n APDs n AAGs, who havent seen a raise nor COLA in 6 years get to pay their own pention contribution. Instead of HALF what a private attorney can earn will will mAKE A third. THE Make-up/BALENCE WAS OUR BENI'S BUT NOW WE ARE SEEN as PARASITES ON THE STATE BUDGET. THEY have
NO RESPECT for STATE WORKERS or the FACT WE MAKE THE STATE GOV'T RUN. Thanx for your service, NOW BEND OVER!!
D.Sisselman

Anonymous said...

En Cuba nadier quiere poner el muerto. (In Cuba, nobody wants to be the one who's willing to die for the cause of freedom).

Mr. Chief Justice-Designate Milton Hirsch said...

To: All REGJB personnel
From: Mr. Chief Justice-Designate Milton Hirsch

A few matters that must be brought to everyone's attention:

1. As I unfortunately will not be taking my seat on the United States Supreme Court for some time, President Obama has designated me as the point man to help Egypt resurrect their legal system. Therefore, I will be on indefinite leave from the REGJB but hope to return shortly.

2. Upon my return, I will be taking over as Chief Judge from Joel Brown. I will also be appointing myself Administrative Judge for the Civil, Criminal, Juvenile, Family, Probate, Child Support, Circuit Court Appellate and all County Court divisions.

3. "Your Honor" is a term of respect and is the proper term with which to address judges, it is not sufficient for a jurist of my intellect and capabilities. While the term "Your Most High Excellency" is undoubtedly one befitting me, I will allow attorneys and the general public to address me as "Your Excellency Chief Judge and Mr. Chief Judge Designate" for the time being. Of course, usage of the term "Your Most High Excellency" is welcomed and indeed encouraged.

4. I have heard that some attorneys have complained about my motion practice procedures. Remember, I am a judge and you are not. Not only that, but I am Chief Judge and the Chief Justice-Designate of the Supreme Court. Remember that.

/s/
Chief Judge and Mr. Chief Justice-Designate Milton Hirsch

Anonymous said...

exile (ˈɛɡzaɪl, ˈɛksaɪl)

— n
1. a prolonged, usually enforced absence from one's home or country; banishment
2. the expulsion of a person from his native land by official decree
3. a person banished or living away from his home or country; expatriate
4. in the case of South Florida Cubans, see "coward."

Anonymous said...

The demonizing of prosecutors and public defenders is downright frightening. We already have DCs five years out of law school handling murder cases. The current salary and beni's aren't enough to keep the talent, cutting them is going to make things even worse. How many innocent people need to be convicted, how many guilty people need to go free, how many people need to be hurt before the powers that be recognize what important jobs our prosecutors and public defenders have?

BTDT

Anonymous said...

ds

your ae one of the few older apd's who actually works. the rest of the hard working apd's are >5 years at the job and then they leave for private practice. we hear stories of people like david weed who retire and then come back to work in a hybrid eru division, and endless other stories about lazy lawyers in that office.
wise up and go private.

Rumpole said...

if you removed the gratutious first sentence about performing a sex act on a judge;s rear end I would print the comment .

Anonymous said...

Hey 4:39 go fuck yourself. All of the pussies at Fox and Lush Rimbaugh together don't have one millionth of the balls Teddy Roosevelt had and it was progressives who kicked the crap out of the nazis. Read some history before citing Hannity and Beck as your sources.