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Friday: Here comes the sun, doo-n-doo-doooo!

The sun!  The Sun!  I think it’s out this morning.  I must get my camera and take a picture so I can remember this day.  Hallelujah!  My pasty white skin rejoices for the return of vitamin D production.  I think I shall weep with joy. Let’s have breakfast on the beach at the New Jersey Shore.

Ruh-Roh.  It looks like the foul weather may be contributing to the spread of the H1N1 virus.  Too many school children are cooped up inside and they are being the hardest hit.  Remember that this flu is the result of antigenic shift, which means that most of us have no immunity to it.  The more people infected, even with a mild to moderate flu, the more chances the virus has to mutate into something a lot more virulent.  If you’re sick, please don’t go to work.  It’s still early in the pandemic.  It’s not too late to pester your workplace about their plans in the event that you come down with it.  Your employer would be doing a public service. Vaccine makers are getting busy.  When the vaccine arrives and you have a chance to get it, get it.

Speaking of health, Congress is planning to do a number on those of us who have high salaries in states where high salaries don’t mean diddly.  What exactly are we going to get in return for a tax on our employer based health benefits?  I don’t have a “cadillac plan”, whatever that means.  I have to stay in network to keep a low co-pay and my choices of doctors is limited.  But now I have to cough up more money to fund a plan that reforms nothing?  Like I don’t have college to pay for?  Sigh.  It’s not the tax that bothers me so much as the fact that we won’t be bringing down the costs of health care until every one of us is covered.  And we can’t get to that point if our elected officials are too fricking cowardly to take on the insurance industry.  Screw bipartisanship.

Ayatollah Khamenei tried to guilt protesting Iranians into rejecting the “media belonging to Zionists, evil media”.  Does he mean Twitter?  Twitter sounds so cute.  Ahamadinejad is back in Iran and trying to backtrack his comments of a few days ago when he called the protesters “dust” and compared them to the fans of the losing team at a soccer game.  I think that is the equivalent of the Obot scream, “Get over it!  We won, you stupid, uneducated, working class, sino-peruvian lesbians!”  Or, what was it Markos called us?  Ah, yes, a “shrieking band of paranoid holdouts”.  That’s what Iranian protestors are.  Well, Ahamadinejad is trying to walk it back:

“I only addressed those who made riot, set fires and attacked people. Every single Iranian is valuable. The government is at everyone’s service. We like everyone.”

Ahuh.  Alright then.  Now, we wait to see if the protestors are convinced to put down their deadly two fingered victory salute and go home.  Given then number of protests in cities all around Iran and the growing crowds, I have my doubts, but I’ve been wrong before.

Iranian PUMAs at a protest in Tehran

Iranian PUMAs at a protest somewhere in Europe

Update: Since I started this post, Ayatollah Khameini has declared the election results “fair” and has told everyone to get off his lawn and go home.  Yeah, that ought to go over well.

Juan Cole has more good links and analysis at his blog Informed Comment.  According to Twitter, a new protest is scheduled for tomorrow.  Protestors are asked to bring their Qurans and sit down if they are attacked.  A perfect weekend event for the whole family!

Paul Krugman says Obama’s proposals for reining in bad banks is only half-assed. Ok, Paul didn’t say that.  But that’s what he meant.

Obama is vetting candidates for his old seat while claiming to not endorsing anyone.  Meanwhile, Larry Sabato recaps the off-off-year elections, including the gubenatorial race here in New Jersey.  It turns out that Corzine really is disliked here.  It isn’t just me.  Sabato doesn’t get the tax issue with Corzine though.  It’s not that Corzine raised any taxes.  There were a few minor ones here and there, like the iTunes tax.  No one much cares about those.  It’s that Corzine did *nothing* about the ridiculous property tax system.  Municipalities are still raising them  We’re hostages to our houses.  What the state needed was a bold visionary for major tax reform with new funding mechanisms that would stop dumping the entire burden for funding the state on the backs of homeowners.  Corzine wasn’t it.  Oh, and he nullified my primary vote for Hillary.  WHERE’S MY VOTE, JON??

The Washington Post fired Dan Froomkin yesterday.  Stupid, stupid, stupid.  With David Broder and Crazy Krauthammer, WaPo is becoming the print version of Fox News, a conservative propaganda unit.  This is not your Watergate newspaper anymore.

A crowd in New York City chased Robert Pattison, the blood sucking star of Twilight, into the path of a taxi.  What was left out of this report was that the cabdriver got out and started screaming at him.  (just kidding)  Come on, people, repeat after me, “He’s not a real vampire.”

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  1. One cannot badmouth Ahamadinejad – as Teh One referred to him in his speech as the “Supreme Leader” – so there!

    “some initial reaction from the Supreme Leader that indicates he understands the Iranian people have deep concerns about the election.”

    WaPo hasn’t been the Watergate newspaper at least since the Clinton presidency which is when I started reading it. But their firing of Froomkin made me think of a hallmark of the times
    http://edgeoforever.wordpress.com/2009/06/19/the-age-of-the-weasel/

    • “deep concerns” sounds like suits in a conference room taking a meeting.

    • I think that was in reference to Khameini, who said he was going to have a (completely manufactured and artificial) recount. He “did,” and declared the election legit.

  2. Good morning, RD! Love those Iranian PUMAs! Did you hear the Ayatollah telling his David Koresh story? “The husband of the woman Mrs. Clinton” was to blame. I had a little giggle at that-Bill is the little lady for a change.

    I have come to accept that our government is a disaster but they have surprised even me at their total ineptitude and bankrupt morals in dealing with the health care crisis. They really are going to make it worse. Unbelievable.

  3. Bloggers may disagree, but Mousavi’s spokesman says Mousavi is Iran’s Obama:

    Obama has said that there is no difference between Ahmadinejad and Mousavi. Does he like it himself [when someone is] saying that there is no difference between Obama and [George W.] Bush? Ahmadinejad is the Bush of Iran. And Mousavi is the Obama of Iran.

    http://www.foreignpolicy.com/story/cms.php?story_id=5018&page=0

    • Does that mean when he loses they declare him the winner anyway?

    • In the analysis I have been reading, neither Moussavi or Ahmadinejad are that important. The Iranians are sick of the current system. Their real target is khamenei and the Revolutionary Guard.

      It remains to be seen what kind of leader Moussavi is. I think we can safely assume that Iran is not going to become the MidEast version of Hedonism II no matter who is in charge.

      • Kinda like our last election

        A conservative vs. a conservative posing as a librul reformer.

        Bush III or Bush the 3rd

        • “Now taters never did taste good with chicken on the plate.
          But I had to eat ’em just the same.
          That is why I look so bad and have these puny ways.
          because I always had to take an old cold tater and wait.

      • We already have an idea of what kind of leader he is. What we are all “HOPING” is that he has seen the light and won’t be the kind of leader he was the last time he had power.

    • Mousavi was one of four hand-picked candidates by the mullahs–out of over 400. He has a really horrible history himself. He is no freedom-fighter, but as one columnist wrote, this has gone way beyond the election. This push for more freedom and expression has been building in Iran for years, and the election created an opening for it to break through. That’s why it’s important for the U.S. president to acknowledge their aspirations. Instead, he’s delicately protecting the possibility of negotiating with a maniacal terrorist funder (Ahmydinnerjacket). He can still make a strong statement in support of human rights without “meddling” in their election. He’s so maddeningly ambivalent about everything!

      • He could have made a strong statement any time against Ahaminadajad’s ongoing genocide of gays in Iran.

        Oh, wait. . ..

  4. I’m whoppingly amused by the demands for Obama to declare for the protesters. What’s he gonna say, “Count all of the votes?” No won der the silence is deafening.

    • LOL! Too funny. We can rerun endless reams of videos from the convention.

    • How the hell did she fall while in the state department’s basement? Does she drive her own car and what happened to the secret service guys?

    • How about SOME kind of affirmation of human rights?? His silence is deafening. He makes Bush I look macho. No surprise that Biden & Hilary are reportedly pushing for a stronger statement. They must be wringing their hands (well, Hill can’t with her sore elbow…).

    • Just what I was thinking, Chatblu.

  5. I think having a recount is the right thing to do. Weren’t some of the votes destroyed?

  6. North Korea plans missile attack on Hawaii’

    North Korea is reportedly preparing to fire a long-range ballistic missile toward the US state of Hawaii in early July, reports say.

    Japan’s top-selling newspaper the Yomiuri said Thursday that a Taepodong-2 with a range of up to 4,000 miles (6,500 kilometers) could fly over Japan and toward Hawaii.

    However, the daily added that the missile would fall short of Hawaii’s main islands which lie about 4,500 miles (7,200 kilometers) from the North Korea.

    The paper noted the Taepodong-2 launch could come in the first week of next month.

    A spokesman for the Japanese Defense Ministry declined to comment on the report.

    Senior officials in Washington, meanwhile, say that it would take at least three years for Pyongyang to pose a real threat to the West Coast of the US.
    ——

    http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=98434&sectionid=351020405

    • That is kinda ruining my vacation plans. Number one child lives in Maui.

      • NK wants attention from Obama but so far he has ignored them. I don’t think they will do anything.

      • Even if it was to happen, I don’t think anyone believes a missile could actually reach Hawaii.
        Seems like NK wackadoodle leader has some kind of death wish. His people are in dire straights, starving and who knows what else so an uprising is most likely not in the cards against this regime.

      • It’s kind of ruining my life plans–brother and sister-in-law live in Honolulu right near the Chinese ambassador’s compound.

        Ugh.

        I’m calling them tonight and will report back if there’s anything of interest happening on the ground or in the news.

        We were there over Christmas when the power went out (and the 0 family was there then, too). My brother says the infrastructure there is vulnerable, and that they are ill prepared overall for an extended emergency. He works in cellular, runs their most successful local cell service and has some experience working with the utilities and politicians there, so I trust his assessment.

  7. Good morning RD! I’m glad NJ is getting sun. We might see the sun peek out briefly tomorrow, and then it’s rain rain rain all next week. Yech!

  8. Irritant of the week: I went to a conference a couple of weeks ago but to get a discount on the {outrageous} registration fee, I had to charge it to my corporate AMEX card months in advance. As you can probably guess, the travel and expense report I filled out didn’t get approved until yesterday. In the meantime, American Express has been hounding me relentlessly for $1600 that my company should have paid. No idea how to get around this except to pay it myself a couple months ago and ask for the company to reimburse me now. Sucks. Big time.

    • That happens to my family too – it is like giving a mandatory interest-free loan to your employer.

      • Same here. My partner works for a successful international company and we float them loans to throw events all the time. It drives me crazy.

    • If it is a business expense, I ask that they pay any upfront costs. If they want the discount, they can pay early. Otherwise, if it has to go on my card to be reimbursed later, it gets charged at the last minute.

      Did you talk to your employer about it? Many have a coporate AMEX card for just such expenses. Most won’t volunteer that information because so many employees appear content to give them interest free loans.

  9. The June 12 local elections in Morocco mark yet another victory for women. Morocco now holds the largest number of elected women among the Arab countries. With the country’s new quota system established in 2008 calling for at least 12% of the 28,000 elected local council seats to be reserved for women, women will now have much greater representation in government. Before the elections, women held only 127 council seats, a mere 0.58% of the seats. While vote totals are still being finalized, with over 20,000 women having registered to run (15% of the total number registered), women will take at least 3,300 council seats.

    This recent victory for women is in line with Morocco’s general move toward modernization and greater gender equality. King Mohammed IV has addressed the gender disparity of Morocco, which he arguably sees as a possible obstacle to success in a bid for inclusion into the European Union. In 2004, he supported a controversial family law that gave women the right to file for divorce and own property, limiting a husband’s traditional right to repudiate his wife.
    ——

    Fatima Benlamine, one of the 127 women who served as a council member before these elections, believes that women have the power to bring about real change. She explains: “Women live the problems of their children, live the problems of their kids’ education, live the problems of providing for them – they’re more apt at translating these problems to bring about results.” Hopefully, an unprecedented number of women now in politics will work together to bring further change to Morocco.

    http://tinyurl.com/mamr2n

  10. Property taxes: CA is cratering into bankruptcy today because the CA legislature failed to act to revise property tax laws. Instead, we had revision through ballot initiative—the infamous Jarvis amendment/Prop. 13 and a 2/3 majority to pass a state budget. Good luck in New Jersey. Schools now depend on state tax revenues for most of their funding; CA schools have deterioriated from an excellent system to one of the worst. What has happened—high salaries and benefits for administrators and teachers, declining tax revenues and a big squeeze on class size and materials to keep it afloat. In a state with a high COL and high home prices, it is hard to fault employees for pushing for income and benefits. But the children are really screwed. We are overwhelmingly Democrats in office; liberal/progressive with Republicans who are extremists on the margins. What is that getting us? Catastrophe.

    • CA is in the gutter because our politicians overspend and sit on their assess in SAC and squabble.

      You can raise taxes all day long – it will NOT solve the overspending.

      I don’t think schools should ever have a budget cut – EVER. All programs should be fully funded. But – we have a ton of waste in our gov’t — the DEMS and GOP continue to fight.

      Throw out the party system right f’ing now. But the problem – is power. Even if you put a bunch of Puma’s in a room you wouldn’t be able to agree on a fair / balanced budget. I don’t know what the answer is. Do you prioritize? What goes on the list? Education – Elder care – Infrastructure ? Or is it healthcare? Childcare? Disability transportation?

      How about taxing the churches? That should bring in some revenue.

      BTW — I pay $13,000 a year in taxes here in CA — I don’t want to pay any more until they get their shit together. I am sick of higher taxes being the answer — when it’s not the problem.

    • I see what your problem is: ballot initiatives. Yinz got too many of them.

  11. Everything You Need to Know About the Paycheck Fairness Act

    The Paycheck Fairness Act is a high-profile piece of legislation that breezed through the House 256 to 163 this past January. Today, senators are gathering up proponents including Democrats and Republicans alike to see it through the Senate.
    ——–

    To tighten anti-discrimination policy, Representative Rosa DeLaura (D-CT) introduced the Paycheck Fairness Act in the House along with 198 co-sponsors. A popular bill, it received the support of House Republicans including Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and Chris Smith (R-NJ). The bill passed the House on January 9, 2009 but has yet to be voted on by the Senate.

    On the Senate side, supporters are gearing up to push the bill through to the president. On Tuesday, June 16th, Senators Mikulski (D-MD) and Dodd (D-CT) wrote a letter to colleagues, requesting support on the legislation.

    About the new bill Senator Mikulski wrote, “The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was necessary to keep the courthouse door open for victims of pay discrimination, but we need the Paycheck Fairness Act to stop discrimination from happening in the workplace in the first place. By giving new teeth and a much-needed update to the Equal Pay Act of 1963, this bill will help empower women to negotiate for equal pay, create strong incentives for employers to obey the law, and strengthen enforcement efforts”.

    http://tinyurl.com/kpvtgh

  12. Partnering Against Trafficking
    To some, human trafficking may seem like a problem limited to other parts of the world. In fact, it occurs in every country, including the United States, and we have a responsibility to fight it just as others do. The destructive effects of trafficking have an impact on all of us. Trafficking weakens legitimate economies, breaks up families, fuels violence, threatens public health and safety, and shreds the social fabric that is necessary for progress. It undermines our long-term efforts to promote peace and prosperity worldwide. And it is an affront to our values and our commitment to human rights.
    —-
    We must build on this work. When I began advocating against trafficking in the 1990s, I saw firsthand what happens to its victims. In Thailand, I held 12-year-olds who had been trafficked and were dying of AIDS. In Eastern Europe, I shared the tears of women who wondered whether they’d ever see their relatives again. The challenge of trafficking demands a comprehensive approach that both brings down criminals and cares for victims. To our strategy of prosecution, protection and prevention, it’s time to add a fourth P: partnerships.

    Human trafficking flourishes in the shadows and demands attention, commitment and passion from all of us. We are determined to build on our past success and advance progress in the weeks, months and years ahead. Together, we must hold a light to every corner of the globe and help build a world in which no one is enslaved.

    http://tinyurl.com/kwy8zr

    • What kind of progress can we expect to achieve in the global issues of war, hunger, global warming, if the issues of human rights are not addressed. Hillary knows this. Obama can’t fathom it. So much for hope.

  13. oldest daughter has been home all week with the flu.
    got swabbed on monday morning after coming down with a 102.5 fever and runny nose on sunday night.
    dr. wasn’t going to swab, just assume it was flu and prescribe tamiflu (she has asthma as do I) but I insisted as I didn’t want her on tamiflu if not necessary . they only test for whether it’s flu or not, not if it’s swine. they claimed the test wouldn’t even say whether it was type A or B but she did test positive for flu and since about 90% of the flu active in this country (and % is probably higher here in jersey) is swine both the dr. and I am assuming that is what it is.
    We are all on tamiflu, called the school, they claim no big rise on absenteeism. baloney. It’s finals week and next week is the last day.
    One of her friends texted her that she had a fever and felt lousy but the nurse told her to stay in school since her mom was at work and there was no one to pick her up. ???? Either the friend is exaggerating or else this is ridiculous. Flu or not if the kid is running a fever why put her back in with the rest of the group?
    And not just the kids, there are lots of pregnant teachers, etc. that shouldn’t be put at risk for flu virus, not too sure how safe that tamiflu is.

    Anyway, my daughter’s flu is very mild, still running a lowgrade fever off and on but hasn’t gone over 100.5. Never had any nausea, tiny scratchy throat a few days ago, still a stuffy nose, not as runny. The rest of us seem fine (other than some digestive system stuff that seems to ok now, blaming that on the tamiflu).

    I don’t see how you can actually contain this, especially now. parent’s don’t all have the ability to stay home for a week, the pediatrician’s office was chock a block full of runny nosed kids who if they haven’t already probably picked up the flu from each other, just have to hope the flu shots get into distribution soon. Guess when school is out there may be less chance of spreading so quickly but who knows.

    • Tamiflu probably helped reduce the severity of the symptoms for her. Containing it is crucial. The fewer people exposed, the less likely we’ll get a deadly flu this fall.
      Yes, the nurse should have sent the kid home but you know what it’s like here in NJ. You’re a bad parent if you leave a kid alone for 2 seconds. They’ll call DYFS on you in a heartbeat.

    • My youngest sister, who lives in South Orange, is going through exactly the same situation with her six year old daughter. Poor little girl had to stay home all week but will be allowed to attend on her last day-next Monday.
      Sis said that the time in the pediatrician’s waiting room was the most dangerous moment-one kid brought his own plastic bucket to puke in.

  14. I think the democrats are preparing for corzine to lose, they are already talking about how losing out for NJ and possibly VA governors isn’t a reflection on obama’s wh or the democratic party in general.
    Hmmm, jon lost my vote when he stole the one I put in for Clinton, what does that reflect?

    • I think we should go to some Corzine events with some of those Iranian PUMA signs.

  15. Love the Iranian PUMAs. You could substitute any PUMA picture from the DNC convention with one from the Iranian protests, and vice versa. Hmmm what does that say??

    • Nothing good. We got rolled. Hillary should have demanded a floor fight.

      • One of the most disappointing aspects of the whole primary for me was that she didn’t demand a floor fight, especially when she got more votes than B0 and the delegates were “reallocated” by the corrupt DNC.

        I think I understand the reasoning behind not fighting, but on the other hand, sometimes the only way to get over the BS is to hit back, and hit back hard. I can’t help but wonder how different things might have been, how the delegates may have risen up off the convention floor in support of her and of Democracy–if Hillary had created the opening.

      • oh.I was so hoping that would happen.(sob)

  16. I’ve been thinking the same thing about our votes – we did get rolled. The protesters in Iran are a sight to behold. They might still lose but I am proud of the protests forcing the issue.

    Our votes have been cast aside for the past three elections for president. The wrong guy was handed a victory three times now. I wonder if our votes will ever count again (Isn’t three points on a graph a trend?) I don’t know how we will get our voices back while the media is promoting the stealing of elections. We can’t seem to muster the outrage.

  17. Hi folks. I have some links to contribute this a.m.

    Families, women in chadors join Iran’s opposition
    Anna Johnson

    It’s not just young, liberal rich kids anymore: Whole families, taxi drivers, even conservative women in black chadors are joining Iran’s opposition street protests.

    They say they want something simple: their votes counted and their voices heard. What they will settle for — or push for — is a far bigger question.

    Swathed in a long black chador, 21-year-old Saman Qahremani said she wanted to let the government know that many Iranians from all walks of life are angry.

    “When I learned about the result I just felt hatred. They cheated us,” said Qahremani, who held a sign at Monday’s rally that read in English, “We just want our vote.”

    “I have come to tell the government I am not stupid. I know what they did with my vote,” said one of the teens, Amir Ebrahimi.

    http://www.realclearworld.com/news/ap/international/2009/Jun/18/families__women_in_chadors_join_iran_s_opposition.html

    Sound familiar?

    • All too familiar.

      The way the Iranians are protesting is impressive. Day after day, not letting up. Are we over-medicated here by TV, creature comforts, or ??. PUMAs put up a fight last year, but why did Americans not rise up in protest?

      It’s been 3 presidential elections, for God’s sake.

  18. This is a good link that has links to reviews on the regulation from WAPO, NY Times, LA Times.

    The Amazing Shrinking Regulatory Overhaul

    http://voices.washingtonpost.com/white-house-watch/financial-crisis/the-amazing-shrinking-regulato.html

  19. Obama Is Just Like Bush, the First

    William Safire dubbed it [re: Ukraine 1991] the “chicken Kiev” speech, which fit and stuck. The first Bush administration was so frightened of geopolitical instability that it managed to downplay American ideals while missing a strategic opportunity. Ukrainian independence passed overwhelmingly.

    In President Barack Obama’s snail-mail response to Iran’s Twitter revolution, he has tended toward the chicken Kiev model, which should come as no surprise. During the presidential campaign, Obama summarised his approach to foreign affairs: “It’s an argument between ideology and foreign-policy realism. I have enormous sympathy for the foreign policy of George HWBush.”

    The practical justification for this approach is that American “meddling” would discredit the Iranian opposition. But this argument shows how simplistic “realism” often turns out to be. It is not necessary or advisable for an American president to directly criticise Iran’s electoral process or actively support the opposition. Obama could, instead, have harshly criticised the regime thugs on motorbikes for breaking the heads of women and youth during protests, and led the world in condemning press and internet censorship and the arrest of dissidents. Instead of critiquing Iran’s political processes, he could have spoken out for human rights with firmness and clarity.

    The arguments for this approach are not merely moral. It is in the direct, hardheaded interest of the US to encourage enough social space in Iran to test how far these protests might go. If Obama is not willing to employ his global credibility in this cause, he should explain what other cause is more urgent.

    http://www.realclearworld.com/articles/2009/06/18/obama_is_just_like_bush_the_first_96790.html

  20. Why are some in the media making such a big “to do” over the rigged election in Iran — when they didn’t give a shit about the rigged election in the United States? All the evidence that was being uncovered with ACORN and Obama, $250 million in donations to Obama that his campaign said they couldn’t trace because they were made on “pre paid” credit cards — the Democratic Party Rules Committee GIVING delegates to Obama to make him the nominee.

    How bout they stfu about Iran — and focus on the United States

    Just saying

    • Especially we can’t do anything about the election in Iran except watch.

      • We (the generic we) got accustomed to watching in 2008.

        Oh, maybe B0 can use that in a speech:

        “Just watching? Tolerating voting fraud–just watching? Not saying a thing while my opponents are smeared as racists–just watching? Refusing to condemn sexism and misogyny–just watching?”

  21. Another nice spot…reminds me of someone I knew from NJ back in the late 70’s. She was from there, and she would say “Going to the Shore” or her dad had a house at the Shore….

    ps: RD that twitter is quite a little phenom. Just met an alum of mine in there? Also I follow Tapper.

    this was important, kiddos…..
    http://www.future-earth.net/government/hr-2749-totalitarian-control-of-the-food-supply.html

    my twitter pal is on it…..

    oh pss — RD you know what your old stomping grounds said yesterday about NK?

    I saw the hed in google.

    glad you are here, not there.
    hugs.

  22. I liked this:

    “Here’s some advice for Barack Obama, John McCain, and any other U.S. politician who feels the urge to issue a declaration about the election in Iran: Shut up.”

    The writer, Sheldon Richman, says the only appropriate response–given our hideous history of “intervention” in the elections of other countries, especially Iran, is to stay the hell out of their electoral process and out of their country:

    “The Obama administration says the United States has two concerns regarding Iran: its support for terrorism in the Middle East and its nuclear ambitions. Neither concerns the American people. Even if Iran builds a weapon, the leaders there are not suicidal. And the way for the United States to safeguard against terrorism is to follow a noninterventionist foreign policy. U.S. troops can’t be attacked in the Middle East if they aren’t there. Someone as bright as Obama ought to realize that. ”

    http://www.fff.org/comment/com0906i.asp

    • I don’t agree. People are dying in the streets over there–we’re not supposed to say anything about that? Well, I guess if it’s ok for Saudi Arabia, why should we huh? So much for that beacon of freedom thing. Intervening and being a witness for human rights are not the same thing.

  23. Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, sternly warned opposition supporters on Friday to stay off the streets and raised the prospect of violence if their defiant, vast demonstrations continued.

    Ayatollah Khameini has declared the election results “fair” and has told everyone to get off his lawn and go home. Yeah, that ought to go over well.

    Party Unity?

    My Ass.

  24. Health mandates are just another way they’re looting the taxpayer after the bailouts, Social Security “reform” and (next) Education “reform.”

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