Monday, February 21, 2011

Two Libyan fighter pilots land their jets in Malta, ask for asylum, refused to bomb anti-government protesters

Another incredible day of news around the world: The Associated Press is reporting that two Libyan Mirage F1 fighter jets have landed in Malta and their pilots have asked for asylum. According to the AP report, via The Guardian, the pilots had been ordered to bomb anti-government protesters and obviously refused.

Unfortunately, this has not stopped other air force pilots from carrying out their orders as word is coming out of Libyan of bombings in Tripoli. Reuters has been reporting on the air raids, quoting Adel Mohamed Saleh, a political activist, as saying "Our people are dying. It is the policy of scorched earth." he said. "Every 20 minutes they are bombing."

Meanwhile, back in the States, Tom Morello, formerly of Rage Against The Machine, performed for protesters today in Madison., which is has been doing a great job of reporting on events, quotes the guitarist and singer and saying "The future of the rights of working people is going to be decided on the streets of Madison. You're making history here and the whole world is watching."

I can tell you that the weather has turned bad in the upper Midwest with snow and sleet hitting the area since Sunday. Today is worse.

The Democratic State Senators remain in Illinois, preventing a quorum. However, the Assembly is schedule to reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m. to take up the controversial budget repair bill. Democrats are working on amendments, but so far Republicans legislators and the governor do not appear willing to compromise on their stance to end collective bargaining rights for most state workers.

So far no readers have written in to complain about the occasional news or political story here. Thanks for your understanding. The events both in the Middle East/North Africa and here in Wisconsin are, in my opinion, far too important for anyone to ignore -- even a site dedicated to New Media.

In any case, it is hard to just pretend the world is going on its merry way when momentous events continue to occur around us -- some of them very, and I very, close to home.