Did anyone else notice that?
All, or at least most of, the "Yes to Mubarak" support signs are no longer up on the streets. I've noticed that but could never figure out why, well, until i read this: Giant portraits of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, which hung in many locations of central Cairo in a show of support for him to seek re-election, disappeared on Sunday an AFP photographer reported. The reason being? The portraits disappeared about a week before a planned visit by US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul-Gheit said Rice would arrive on June 20. Ah-uh! So Mommy Dearest Condi is coming to visit, and we all have to behave ourselves huh? hmm....... This would all be good and well, if it wasn't for the fact that they are starting to put Pictures of Suzanne Mubarak up, with billboards everywhere naming her numerous "achievments" and efforts to "enlighten the masses" in the relams of family, education and culture. For example, the Billboards for the 100 year anniversary celebration of Heliopolis have her name is a far bigger font then the words "Heliopolis" or "100 year anniversary". You could see another example on the 6th of October Bridge, where a Suzanne Mubarak family awareness group has an anti-drug billboard with her name in a larger font then the Anti-Drug message. And if you want to get on the bridge from the Ghamra exit, you shall be greeted with her Portrait on a billboard that praises her "enlightment" achievments from a library she opend in downtown cairo to the newly erected Alexandria Library. Somehow those are her achievments, as if she is the one who built Heliopolis- not the Baron Empain- or designed and financed the Library. I mean, i understand that as the actual ruler of Egypt these days she wants to be recognized and have her ego stroked, but give us a goddamn break will ya? We know that you are the one behind the efforts to have Gamal take over after Mubarak finally croaks because you want to still be Egypt's first Lady and have all those women in women councils and groups to continue kissing your ass like it's the holy black stone of Mecca. We know it, and we know there is nothing we can do about it really. So why rub it in? Look, Woman, one dictator at a time, OK?