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Egyptian blogger receives two-year sentence #Egypt

This is a follow-up to my earlier post entitled “Tyranny in Egypt” about Egyptian political prison Maikel Nabil, his hunger strike, and his quest for justice in a country in upheaval…

I have two questions. How many times have people who told the truth been persecuted? Truth is what it is. But when the truth is unpalatable to some, it can be followed by retribution. Then it takes many courageous people to do what is required to right the wrong. Sometimes this actually happens, but I bet more often than not it never does.

My second question has to deal with assholes. What good is a revolution to displace an asshole if the result is only more assholes?

In other words, what the hell is going on in Egypt?
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Tyranny in Egypt

Maikel Nabil Sanad

Thanks to that #FF (Follow Friday) thing on Twitter I found a new blog this week. Blogdramedy did an #FF for someone called @the_blacklisted. I liked the tweets so I clicked “follow.” I then checked out the blog and subscribed.

Something on the blacklisted blog caught my eye and motivated me to learn more. Unfortunately the “reblog” function wasn’t working, so I shall attempt to wing it.

Have you heard the story of Maikel Nabil Sanad? He’s a young man, blogger, atheist and political activist from Cairo, Egypt.

The removal from power of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in 2011 after a wave of a civil disobedience was exciting and welcomed by many of us in the west. The question then became: If a void is created, what will fill it?

The fate of Maikel Nabil offers insight into that question.
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Creepiness follow-up: Hidden camera activist arrested

What’s the best way to go around exposing corruption? By breaking the law, of course! (Allegedly.)

I wrote about this James O’Keefe fellow back in September 2009 in a blog post entitled: Hidden camera politics is the new creepiness. O’Keefe posed as a pimp and got people at ACORN to say some unfortunate things to his hidden camera. He enjoyed his 15-minutes of fame and then some.

Now Mr. O’Keefe is back in the news. As Reuters puts it: Activist accused of tampering with senator’s phone.

This is a breaking story and details are still sketchy. But it seems O’Keefe just might have gone out and bought himself a heap ‘o serious trouble. A little organization known as the FBI would now like a bit of his time. I feel pretty sure that the authorities will take a rather dim view of attempting to interfere with a Senator’s phone in a Federal building. Indeed!

Of course, O’Keefe is innocent until proven guilty. But if this story pans out, score another victory for truth, justice and the American way. Oops. “The ends justifies the means.” Yep. That’s better. If he’s guilty, no doubt we’ll see a crybaby book extolling the virtues of “how to root out corruption by breaking the law.”

Some people just ain’t got no sense. Or morals. Or ethics. Again, allegedly.

If convicted, the four face a maximum prison sentence of 10 years and a $250,000 fine, the FBI said.

Oh Lord, please hear my humble prayer!