Monday's intriguing people
Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan says Tunisian-style protests will erupt in the U.S.
February 28th, 2011
10:53 AM ET

Monday's intriguing people

Louis Farrakhan

The leader of the Nation of Islam predicts that uprisings like those in the Middle East will happen in the United States, according to the Chicago Tribune. He is calling on President Obama not to attack the protesters when they revolt. During an address Sunday, Farrakhan told his followers: “What you are looking at in Tunisia, in Egypt … Libya, in Bahrain … what you see happening there … you’d better prepare because it will be coming to your door.”

Tim Pawlenty

The former Minnesota governor, a 2012 GOP presidential prospect, tells the liberal blog Think Progress that a government shutdown might be what the country needs. “We’ve got to get back to certain principles and responsibilities and starting with getting the budget balanced,” Pawlenty said. “If it takes a dramatic moment or a dramatic week or a dramatic month, those kinds of line-in-the-sand moments are what we need to get politicians back up against the wall and have them make the tough decisions. They all talk about making the tough decisions and never do.”

Kirk Douglas

The 94-year-old actor is being heralded for holding the floor at the Academy Awards for more than five minutes last night. Known as much for his cleft chin as his epic role in the 1960 Stanley Kubrick classic “Spartacus,” Douglas was nominated three times for an Oscar during his career. He was born in 1916 of Russian-Jewish immigrants in New York and is actually named Issur Danielovitch Demsky. A WW II vet, Douglas got his first starring role with the help of friend Lauren Bacall. He is a best-selling author who survived a helicopter accident in 1991 and a stroke in 1996. He and second wife, Anne Buydens, have been married since 1954. Actor Michael Douglas is the oldest of his three surviving sons.

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  1. Fatma Ali

    The very nice thing about the studies nowadays, is that they happen very rapid, interview people, and start writing; without working hard for the results.
    In the past, they were learning the language, mixing with the people for years, and then concluding.
    I live in Bahrain, where it is obvious that the only political activists are the extremists, and the imam of each group can simply tell the public whom to elect. Hence, when I saw the parliament elections last year, people knew who will win, and with what percentage.
    Some of the US consultants are betting on some information they took from the people in the street. And they are optimistic, that the people are ready for democracy.
    But, me seeing the imam spitting in the water and giving it to some people to drink as a “holy water”, I am very pessimistic, and if the full democracy is given before the Liberals start involving more in politics, we need to say bye to Bahrain. And think of another country as the center of banking and US base.
    Today, even the Liberal people have to write their names when they attend to the protests, otherwise, they will be considered “betrayers” to the imams; and will be punished if they succeeded in taking over.
    And if really the US will think of supporting these extremists to take over, I advise the people to start selling their real-estate, and start packing, because it will be just a small island in the sea, full of extremists, who will have to become extremists not to be punished or at least neglected by the ruling parties.
    And if people are saying otherwise in the interviews, it is just because they know that the US people take these interviews seriously. Especially those polished imams, who live in London, and make us think that they are Liberals.
    If you want to analyze what is really happening, please go to facebook and use Google Translate. The extremists from both Sunni and Shiete are leading the problems. And you can have a look at their demands: from closing the nightclubs, tourism, to the US base. Then you can have a deeper look at what they call the “Leaders of the Change” and what they really want.
    The following links might help you:
    In short, if you will allow the extremists to convey their vision to you, and extending what they believe into your talks, then they will take over.
    Do you know that the population of Bahrain is also having: Christian 9%, other religions 9.8%? and most of the remaining are liberals?
    What about them?
    What will happen when one of the extremist parties, or both takeover and have all of the power? Will be there any room for a Liberal party to evolve when everybody had to take sides?
    What will happen to the Churches and Temples and the way of living for the other religions?
    To conclude, these people can’t be unleashed because of two reasons:
    1- Majority of the activists are not native from Bahrain, they are coming from Persian roots or Saudi roots, and are still speaking Persian or Saudi Accent. And those believe they are superior to Other People (even Arabic Shea or Shiet). Since one is taking support from Iran and the other from Saudi.
    2- They are very extremists, and can’t mix with the modern world because it is too logical for them.
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    February 28, 2011 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
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      February 28, 2011 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |

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      February 28, 2011 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Frank

    Maybe Louis Farrakhan has a point. The way that the MIC(military-industrial-complex) currently runs things in Washington D.C.,it looks like it's about time that we took our capitol back from it and once again have our own President and Congress instead of these right-wing cronies!

    February 28, 2011 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  3. banasy

    @Sutler: I agree! Wah wah wah wah waaaaah!

    As for old Louis, he's saying the same thing that we on the blogs have been saying since the unrest in Egypt began. Nothing original there!

    February 28, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  4. JACK

    We don't have a dictator here in the USA, and we elect our president every 4 years. Louis, do us a favor, GO BACK TO SLEEP or read your Koran. Muslims do not need leader, the Koran is their leader. So, you are no needed.

    February 28, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      We do have a dictatorship here in America,Jack. You seem to be unaware of the MIC(military-industrial-complex) and how they own the President and most of Congress and that's why we're continuously at war halfway aroud the world!!!

      February 28, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      Sorry Jack about the missprint above. I meant to say "around",not "aroud".

      February 28, 2011 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Concerned american

    Unfortunately, CNN is very biased and one-sided against the great Louis Farrakhan. Totally disgusting how most of the US media is manipulated so much in favor of Israel and the zionists. CNN has a lot to learn from media organizations overseas.

    February 28, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Philip

      Very well put,Concerned american. I fully agree. The news media is quite right-wing as one can see how the events in Libya are covered.

      February 28, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ancient Texan

    And you can bet that Farrakhan will be working to make sure the same thing happens in America. There is no lower form of sub human life than this man.
    The news media is right Wing. You have to be kidding. 99% of all media is far left progressive and totally in bed with Obama.

    February 28, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      If the news media is not right-wing,then why are Mohammar Qadaffi and Mahmoud Ahmedinejad getting such a bad rap while those dictators who are stooges of West getting very little coverage at all for their crimes? Besides,Barack Obama is in cahoots with the MIC(military-industrial-complex) and that makes him right-wing too.

      February 28, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. mrs sippy

    You wear one of those beanies too, concerned citizen? The only thing great about Louis Farrakhan is his girth.

    February 28, 2011 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Truth hurts

    Ancient Texan, when you say “the lowest form of sub human”, who are you talking about?
    Has Farrakhan ever taken the land from the Native Americans? Sold people as slaves?
    Gone to war on a lie? Place America in this financial state that it’s currently in?
    I think you should stop worrying about who’s in bed with who b/c it’s obvious that you’re the only one sleeping.

    February 28, 2011 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  9. northernwarrior

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  10. northernwarrior

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    March 10, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
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