Michele Bachmann says the wave of democratic uprisings in the Middle East is because of Barack Obama. Well, all right, if you say so - but Bachmann didn’t mean it as a compliment. No, in Michele Bachmann’s mind, this is a very bad thing:
At a campaign stop Thursday in North Carolina, U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann blamed Pres. Barack Obama for the outbreak of the Arab Spring, the wave of democracy uprisings across the Middle East.
Bachman linked the Arab Spring, which has resulted in pro-democracy uprisings in countries like Egypt, Syria and Libya, to the President’s earlier stance that negotiations between Israel and Palestine should begin at the 1967 boundaries.
“And when he called upon Israel to retreat to it’s indefensible 1967 boarders, don’t you think that message wasn’t lost to Israel’s 26 hostile neighbors,” Bachmann said. “You want to know why we have a Arab Spring. Barack Obama has laid the table for Arab Spring by demonstrating weakness from the United States of America.”
So, for Bachmann, citizens in the Middle East rising up against dictatorships to demand democracy is a bad thing. Why exactly? I’m not sure. It appears that democracy and jihad are indistinguishable to Bachmann; given her constant supposition that forcing her own religious beliefs on the rest of America constitutes freedom and democracy, however, I suppose it is understandable that she can’t quite grasp the difference.
Damn, if this turns out to be legit, then we’re on a fucking roll. So far this year, the U.S. has killed bin Laden, Ilyas Kashmiri (who was a top contender to replace bin Laden), another guy who was like their top bomb maker or something, and now Anwar al-Awlaki.
This morning, we were alerted to the possibility of Radiohead playing an impromptu show at #OCCUPYWALLSTREET at about 4pm this afternoon.
The New York Times’ City Room Blog reports that the band’s spokesperson has said that the band is “definitely not” going to perform at Liberty Plaza, contrary to initial reports. This is contrary to the “confirmed” information we received earlier from Gothamist and the OccupyWallSt.org website, and we are not quite sure where that information came from.
BUT! Gawker is reporting the following:
However, an Occupy Wall Street spokesman we spoke to insists the show will go on and that organizers have email confirmation from members of the band that Radiohead will be playing an acoustic set at 4pm. “What we think is happening is they don’t want a lot of people to come,” he said. “Trust me, we have confirmation.” CNN’s Jeremy Ryan is now reporting that the show is a go as well; what might happen if Radiohead doesn’t show up could be more interesting than if they did.
It is still unclear exactly what will (or will not) happen, but we apologize for any confusion caused by the announcement on this blog earlier today. We thank you for your patience and understanding — obviously getting dependable information is difficult, given the nature of this event.
UPDATE: One of the occupation’s official Twitter feeds states that Radiohead will not be playing at the demonstration and that event organizers were ‘hoaxed.’
There’s a rare disease whose victims appear to turn into stone. Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva is a condition where muscle tissue, tendons, and ligaments become replaced by bone.
The condition usually begins with the neck and shoulders and spreads to the rest of the body as it progresses. This results in a loss of mobility, sometimes even going so far as to prevent people from eating and breathing. It’s very rare, it occurs to only 1 in 2 million people worldwide.
Hey Moneyman the crowd is outside. The past, the future and the now is outside. The teachers and cooks and the drop-outs too. Word on the street is they looking for you…
Hey Moneyman they saying whats the score? And how much blood have you spilled on the butcher shop floor? Those numbers keep running but what they running into? The crowd is outside and they asking of you…
Hey Moneyman Moneyman the mayors’ on the phone. He says he wants to know if all those people went home. Those momma’s and poppa’s and students and cooks. Those teachers and preachers, one second I’ll look…
Hey Moneyman Moneyman the tents are still up, the songs are still singing and the coffee’s in cups. The nights due to fall and the sun’s going down but its still a whole mess of good folks hanging round…
They eyes are wide and their voices are loud. Its white and black and colorless proud. The signs are big and the smiles are bright. By heaven I reckon its gone be one hell of a night!
Hey Moneyman poor Moneyman you should slip out the back. Cuz the forces of greed are under attack. No bombs or bullets or rocks or guns. Just hashtag’s and voices at the tops of their lungs!
And Moneyman Moneyman I wont need a ride. But if you need me…
Dog turds are stealth weapons. People with 20/20 vision often fail to notice them until they appear hours later, on the bottom of a shoe. How the heck is someone who can’t see supposed to track down and eliminate these sidewalk scourges, then?