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I agree with Tammy Bruce:  If you are just following the mainstream media, you could not be blamed for thinking that we would have been better served in Benghazi if we sent Charles Ramsey.

For those middle-class Chick-fil-A fans who have been following Professor Jacobson’s streaming of the hearings covering the events surrounding the terror attack on our Libyan embassy, Ramsey just became a national hero when he helped rescue three missing women who were held hostage for a decade in Ohio.

However, if you were only getting your information via Google, this is The News!

News #01

CNN has a bit more variety, also featuring the Jodi Arias trail verdict:

News #02

The Washington Post, whose reporters lead the way in bringing down the Nixon Administration over stolen tapes, seems less than enthusiastic in covering the hearings about attacks and a failed rescue that left 4 Americans dead. The placement with photo clearly indicates what stories they want their readers to see:

New #03

The Washington Post staff may want to reflect that their primary responsibility under the US Constitution is to be a watch-dog on our government officials and political representatives. If they decided to actually report the news, instead of insult the news consumers, perhaps the paper’s profits would not be plunging by 85%.

Comparing the coverage of the Ohio and Benghazi rescues, it is sad to see the depths to which American journalism has sunk.

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Dear Readers:  A quick Egypt-based update for my fans of the ancient land.  I bet the true believers in the “Arab Spring” were shocked to discover that the new Muslim Brotherhood President transformed himself into the new pharaoh!

This via Egypt Daily News: Egypt journalists blast Morsi declaration, warn of general strike

The general assembly of the Egyptian Journalists Syndicate on Sunday voiced its rejection of President Mohamed Morsi’s constitutional declaration, threatening to stage a general strike in retaliation against Morsi’s divisive Thursday declaration.

“The general assembly announces its total rejection of the latest decisions issued by the president,” Gamal Fahmi, member of the syndicate’s executive board, shouted to hundreds of journalists at the syndicate’s downtown headquarters.

The president’s decisions “represent naked aggression against general freedoms, the rule of law and the independence of the judiciary,” he added, as fistfights erupted around him between supporters and opponents of the syndicate’s head Mamdouh El-Wali.

Another article shows the turmoil and economic hardship that the dictate has wrought: Entirely predictable to those of us who recognized the only entity in Egypt to organize after the power vacuum following Mubarak’s ouster was the hate-mongering fundamentalist Muslim Brotherhood.

Egypt’s stock index fell by nearly 10 percent Sunday in the first trading since President Mohammed Morsi issued decrees to assume sweeping new powers, while a 15-year-old boy was killed in an attack on the Muslim Brotherhood’s headquarters and police in central Cairo fired tear gas at protesters.

Morsi’s edicts, which were announced on Thursday, place him above oversight of any kind, including that of the courts. The move has thrown Egypt’s already troubled transition to democracy into further turmoil, sparking angry protests across the country to demand the decrees be immediately rescinded.

The judiciary, which was the main target of Morsi’s edicts, has pushed back. Judges and prosecutors stayed away from several courts in Cairo and across much of the country.

Fortunately, a dear friend of mine has relocated his family. Charles Caesar also has an Egyptian friend who makes the following report: The country now is divided between two camps and no other, Egyptians versus the Muslim Brotherhood, anyone who says anything differently doesn’t know what they’re talking about.”

In essence, what has happened is that Morsi feels entitled to act out, now that he has the Obama Administration’s blessing following the pseudo-cease-fire between Hamas and Israel. It looks like the Muslim Brotherhood is going to get a crack at rewriting the Egyptian Constitution:

Among Egypt’s secular opposition groups, there was mounting alarm over Morsi’s declaration that no court could dissolve the country’s Constituent Assembly, which is drawing up a new Egyptian constitution.

The rewriting of the new constitution has been a controversial issue, with most non-Islamist members quitting the Constituent Assembly – including representatives of the Coptic Christian Church and the April 6 Youth Movement, which played an influential role in the 2011 ouster of former President Hosni Mubarak.

That’s going to go well for the Copts./sarc X 1,000,000

EGYPT FOR THE EGYPTIANS!

This is one of my favorite lines from George Bernard Shaw’s “Caesar and Cleopatra. I have always maintained that Egypt will be best served by the citizens recalling their ancient roots and remembering that they are Egyptians first and foremost.

On a slightly lighter, but related note, here is a video tour of the ancient Egyptian hell. You only have to turn on your TV to see its modern one.

UPDATE: Video: Protests, clashes spread outside of Cairo

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Dear Readers: A bit of Egyptology news for the history fans among my friends. I recently mentioned that a Czech team located an undiscovered tomb of an Egyptian princess. It seems nearby tombs contained statues of surpassing beauty, and as I love the statuary of ancient Egypt from the Old Kingdom, I am thrilled to share a few items:


(Image courtesy of the Egyptiana Emporium)

Breathtaking.

Also, there is a great video from NTD Television detailing the find — well worth the 5 minutes for any Egyptophile (click here for link to video). A snippet from the story:

A team of Czech and Egyptian archaeologists are continuing to excavate a recently discovered tomb complex.

They say it includes the tomb of an ancient Egyptian princess from the Old Kingdom.

The excavations have yielded a treasure trove of statues that experts say are some of the finest examples of their kind.

The findings were made near the Abu Sir necropolis in Saqqara, known to be a burial site for high officials of the Old Kingdom, when the capital was still located in Memphis.

Last week, archaeologists apparently unveiled the 4,500-year-old tomb of Princess Shert Nebti and three other tombs nearby—some of the most significant finds in recent years.

[Miroslav Barta, Head Archaeologist, Abu Sir Mission]: “All the monuments around us developed during the fifth dynasty and belonged to several powerful families. One of the leading persons that was buried here is the princess Sherit Nebti. The excavation is not finished yet but still what we have at the moment is this unique pillared courtyard, which contains four pillars which were originally roofed, and inscriptions which say that Sherit Nebti,’ the nose of two ladies’, belonged to a royal family, a royal family of the kings that were buried northward in the pyramid field of Abu Sir.”

Another notable temple at the site is believed to have belonged to a high official named Nefer or ‘the Beautiful One’.

One of the most impressive finds in Nefer’s tomb is a well-preserved passage that archaeologists say was a kind of ‘passport’ to the underworld.

Nefer was believed to cross back into the land of the living to participate in the offerings, later returning to the land of the dead.

Chief inspector for Northern Saqqara, Hamdi Amin, says that there are still countless discoveries waiting to be made in Abu Sir.

[Hamdi Amin, Chief Inspector, Northern Saqqara]: “We have a lot of treasure we find this season, nine statues, intact ones, limestones, good preserved colour, intact colours. Now they are situated in the magazines [storehouses] of Saqqara. Here we have a very big site for a new area. Abu Sir, we considered it to be a virgin area which is still keeping a lot of secrets.”

Egypt’s antiquities authorities say, excavators have uncovered four sarcophagi, and some highly detailed statues have now been moved to nearby storehouses.

[Miroslav Barta, Head Archaeologist, Abu Sir Mission]: “The statues are important for two principle reasons—one of them is the mastery of their execution and the second important thing is that they represent a very huge new corpus of Old Kingdom unique statuary.”

The authorities are hoping such spectacular discoveries may remind holiday-goers of Egypt’s impressive and still unfolding heritage.

I would also like to take a few moments for a little link love:

And finally, Lipstick Underground offers some salient post-election advice:  SUCK IT UP!

Finally, the perfect blend of Bollywood and Egypt as my Music Mix offering for this week. BONUS – the video has the translation!

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Dear Readers: The Shrine has been silent due to the fact the Prophetess of Capitalism has been “BUILDING” her business. However, I noticed that there seems to be a new craze that has arisen last week: THE WALKBACK.

You put your assertion in.
You take your assumption out.
You put your accusation in…
and shake it all about.

CASES IN POINT:

In the case of Feinstein, I suspect that the only reason she made the initial statements about the White House leaks was to actually get the attention of the Obama inner circle.  After all, when Obama says “stay the course”…he means the golf course!

April: The last time Obama got an economic briefing!

Speaking of dance, which then leads to music:  Silvio sent me an awesome addition for our world music collection!

Kindly, he provided an approximate translation:

“Cuando sei Maria Dolores  (When I know Maria Dolores)
Cuando sei quei mal d’amore  (When I am lovesick)
Cuando sei quei mal a su vera (When I am in real  pain)
Cuando sei me va al dottore  (When I have to see the doctor)

Baila Baila Baila Baila  (dance, dance…..)
Baila Baila Baila me  (dance, dance for me)
Esta rumba a la gitana  (this gipsy rumba)
Que yo siempre cantaré (that I will always sing)
Pero lo siempre cantaré (I will always sing it)
Pero lo siempre cantaré (I will always sing it)
Esta rumba a la gitana  (this gipsy rumba)
Que yo siempre cantaré (that I will always sing)

Que solo vivo enamorar te  (that I live just to love you)
Que solo vivo enamorar te
Me enamore de esta gitana  (I fell in love with this gipsy woman)
Que ya se ponga a bailando  (she needs to start dancing for me)

I will be on Silvo’s show tomorrow, with Charles Caesar of Doo Doo Economics!CHECK CANTO TALK THURSDAY, JULY 26 AT 7 PM PACIFIC/9 PM CENTRAL! We will be joined by San Diego A list musician Mike McGill who will be offering his song, “Southern California”!

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Based on the Duran Duran song (Is there Something I should Know), SCOTUS has detestably rewritten for implementation Obamacare, “you are as easy on me as a nuclear war”.  No words I have can convey my anger and disappointment.  As SoCal Tax Revolt Coalition President Dawn Wildman  notes – “This is the day liberty died”.

Basically:  If you like your death panels, you can keep your death panels.

The SoCal Tax Revolt Coalition will be releasing a press release later today.  Check back for updates.  I am off to start a day of heavy drinking.

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Dear Readers: I had a lovely chat with LaDona Harvey this afternoon, as she was covering the case of the EPA Region VI administrator, Al Armendariz, who stated he “crucified” businesses as part of his regulatory compliance practices (Update – check out the conversation by clicking HERE — I on on about minute 20:00). She and Slash were amused by my compare-&-contrast of Rome to the EPA. Happily, I was able to report to her that Armendariz has fallen on his sword (courtesy of Bryan Preston/Pajamas Media).

The Obama administration’s top environmental official in the oil-rich South and Southwest region has resigned after Republicans targeted him over remarks made two years ago when he used the word “crucify” to describe his approach to enforcement. In a letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson sent Sunday, Al Armendariz says he regrets his words and stresses that they do not reflect his work as administrator of the five-state region including Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana.

A review of Armendariz’ record shows a resume weak in practical science and business experience, blended with close connections to extreme leftist environmental activists! Perfect choice for Team Obama’s supervision of the energy-rich states!!!

One down, so many more to go (e.g., Holder’s Answer to ‘Fast and Furious’ Records Requests: Blank Pages)!!!! Now, this is a Roman approach involving elite, arrogant, power-mad bureaucrats that I can get behind. But, I digress.

Keeping the environmental focus, Lonely Conservative notes that the Obama-blessed green energy corporation that was going to usher in an era clean energy has left behind a bunch of hazardous waste (in addition to the enormous debt that we taxpayers are going to cover): The Fremont Fire Department’s Jay Swardenski oversees the cleanup. He said some materials, such as cadmium , are toxic, and hard to dispose of. “They don’t degrade at all, so we want to make sure we don’t allow these materials to get into the environment,” he said.

Jammie Wearing Fools has more here.

And if the “Curse of the Eco-Tryant” news wasn’t enough, comes data from a recent study that shows that Large Windfarms Cause Global Warming. Even though the application of global-warming prevention policies are toxic, both Professor Jacobson and I find the irony highly entertaining. Based on a scientific analysis of the data, I predict that Obama’s “Green Energy Campaign” is going to be as successful as his new “Forward” marketing strategy.

A perfect trifecta of complete environmental failure!!!

Tomorrow, I will focus on a trifecta of California failure (unions and their platinum pensions, regulations, and Brown).  As Mark Meckler notes, Big Government is Killing California.  Meanwhile, enjoy this YouTube clip of the “Death of Anthony and Cleopatra” from the iconic Elizabeth Taylor Cleopatra.

As an aside, one of the primary health and safety rules I teach is read the label. Political Junkie Mom has an opinion of idiots who fail to do so, forcing others to pay for their stupidity.

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Dear Friends: I have so happy news to share. Capitalists have scored some victories over the forces of eco-tyrants and nanny-state do-gooders.

Courtesy of Professor Athena, this gem from the Wall Street journal: U.S. Nears Milestone: Net Fuel Exporter

U.S. exports of gasoline, diesel and other oil-based fuels are soaring, putting the nation on track to be a net exporter of petroleum products in 2011 for the first time in 62 years. A combination of booming demand from emerging markets and faltering domestic activity means the U.S. is exporting more fuel than it imports, upending the historical norm.

According to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Tuesday, the U.S. sent abroad 753.4 million barrels of everything from gasoline to jet fuel in the first nine months of this year, while it imported 689.4 million barrels.

As if that were a tasty treat, this marketing maneuver from McDonald’s is delicious (via HotAir):

Victory: McDonald’s outsmarts San Francisco on Happy Meal ban

Remember when San Fran “banned” Happy Meals by requiring fruit and vegetables to be served with any meal that includes a toy? Question: What if the meal doesn’t automatically include the toy? What if the toy’s “optional,” purchasable with a Happy Meal plus a small additional fee that you’ll be happy to pay just to shut up that screaming brat who wants the toy, mom, c’monnnnn?

Yes, it is time to do a Happy Dance:

I would like to give a full Flaming Capitalism blessing to Hell on Wheels, my new favorite show (replacing Mad Men). Iconic. Non-PC. Intelligent. Beautifully filmed and superbly acted. And fully American.

Dawn Wildman of SoCal Tax Revolt Coalition wants everyone to know that Stop-the-CA-Dream-Act petition signings will be featured on Jon and Ken (AM640/KFI) from 3pm and 7pm tomorrow. There will be a ton of locations for petition signings, and more information can be found HERE.

Beers with Demo is featuring a video covering Tea Party vs Occupy. Flaming Capitalist Promotion: Anna’s Clue Tank is featuring Occu-Potty bumper-stickers that are hilarious; order yours today!!! Inspired by KT, here is my concluding image:

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