Saturday, June 27, 2009
Barry should note the video below to get tips on how a real leader of the free world should throw a ball:
H/T: Gateway Pundit
I went to one of my favorite sites, Newsbusters, today and noticed this report filed by columnist Tom Blumer:
In a passionate Wall Street Journal op-ed this morning ("Silence Has Consequences for Iran"), former Spanish Prime Minister José Aznar who, in case anyone cares, serves on the board of WSJ parent News Corp., says that "It would be a shame .... if our passivity gave carte blanche to a tyrannical regime to finish off the dissidents and persist with its revolutionary plans."
Shaking off passivity requires visibility. America's media establishment almost across the board is providing very little. The Associated Press and the New York Times reports exist, but their distribution is dwarfed by the death of a pop star and a governor's infidelity.
This was filed under the headline "Iran Fading From Media Attention". Funny that. Of course, from what I've seen Iran is still doing well in garnering news coverage (Blumer even admits so in his article)--everyone from the NYTimes to CNN to FOXNews has Iran in their main headlines. So could it be that some people don't get that Michael Jackson wasn't just a "pop star", but a legendary and controversial worldwide cultural icon who crossed racial borders? Or maybe Blumer forgets about the media's obsessive coverage regarding with the likes of Princess Diana--wherein news regarding her death went on for weeks and continues to this day? Or maybe Blumer just doesn't understand how the death of a black man could warrant such massive coverage to the point that it almost killed the internet? Who knows, other than Blumer.
Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., says Americans should refuse to comply with the Obama administration’s 2010 census because the data could be used for nefarious purposes, including the imprisonment of Americans in internment camps.
Appearing on Fox News, Bachmann said it was the census that allowed the internment of the Japanese during World War II. She also boasted about breaking the law in refusing to complete the census form she received.
“If we look at American history -- between 1942 and 1947 -- the data that was collected by the Census Bureau was handed over to the FBI and other organizations at the request of President Roosevelt,” Bachmann said.
“That’s how the Japanese were rounded up and put into the internment camps. I’m not saying that’s what the administration is planning to do. But I am saying that private, personal information that was given to the Census Bureau in the 1940s was used against Americans to round them up.”
Bachmann said she was shocked that the census would ask for people’s telephone numbers. Although not required by law, the numbers are used only to contact recipients who have incomplete forms.
Bachmann also doesn’t like the fact the census asks about one’s age, race, and the type of home one lives in. According to the Census Bureau, questions on race have been asked since 1790; home language since 1890; rent since 1880; and income since 1940. The Census Bureau has asked what kind of heating fuel heats Americans’ homes since 1940.
Friday, June 26, 2009
Contrasting Olbermann’s struggles, Fox News is dominating more than ever. FNC has ranked fifth or higher for 24 straight weeks among all cable channels in prime time, while MSNBC ranks seven spots below the Food Channel. A typical ratings score looks something like this one from June 22: O’Reilly – 2.9 million, Olbermann – 1.2 million.
Olbermann’s uncritical coverage of Obama is one reason some liberals are starting to turn on him.
During last year’s campaign, liberal Salon blogger Glenn Greenwald noted the hypocrisy of Olbermann’s fire-breathing reaction to Bush over the FISA bill--“Now it begins to look like the bureaucrats of the Third Reich.”—versus his rationalization of Obama’s support of the bill, praising Obama for “refusing to cower even to the left on the subject of warrantless wiretapping.”
Is that really what anyone wants -- transferring blind devotion from George Bush to Barack Obama? Are we hoping for a Fox News for Obama, that glorifies everything he says and whitewashes everything he does?
The viewers have answered that question, and KWolfman over at the Daily Kos chimed in on July 18 as well. Wolfman points out that Olbermann’s show is now devoid of politics and consists entirely of Republican bashing.Countdown's coverage of the "horse race" between Obama and McCain gradually became less and less about substantive politics and more and more about "calling out" the nameless, faceless blowhards shouting racist crap at McCain/Palin rallies. Countdown became 60 minutes of redneck-bashing. … At one point, he spent the last five minutes of the show yelling at McCain for "aiding and abetting" terrorists. ...
The show has degenerated completely, now resembling nothing more than the left-wing equivalent of Fox News politico-pop. Keith loves to mock Bill O'Reilly's ridiculous shtick and arrogance, but it is increasingly difficult to see the stylistic difference between KO and Bill-O.
Wolfman laid out a pretty accurate lineup for what a typical Olbermann show consists of, for any of you who have not yet been subjected to the inhumanity:Item #5 will always be on the biggest news item of the day. … Item #4 will be about the latest baseless talking-point laid by Dick Cheney. … An "expert" will come on and fervently agree with Keith… Items #3 and #2 will be pretty much repeats of Item #4… Finally, there's item #1 … which usually highlights -- you guessed it! -- the latest baseless political talking points laid by a cranky obsolete conservative.
Wolfman accompanies his post with a poll asking if Olbermann has lost it, and a plurality of the Kos community has actually voted that yes, Olbermann has lost it.
Tom D’Anoni, writing for the Huffington Post, agrees that Olbermann—and MSNBC as a whole—has degenerated past the point of news.Many progressives are avoiding Keith Olbermann altogether because there is no news on his program, just endless coverage of what the Republican party is doing, clips of Rush Limbaugh and Dick Cheney like any of that was relevant to anyone in the real world.
In fact, D’Antoni notes, MSNBC wasn’t even offering any coverage of the Iranian protests last weekend:While the world was watching the conflict in Iran, MSNBC was showing you cop video and convicts.
He even went so far as to commit liberal heresy:All of a sudden MSNBC fell off the map. Even Fox was better. Even Fox.
It’s not just Olbermann’s utter lack of any real news coverage, his mean-spiritedness is riling some Daily Kos bloggers, too. In fact, Larry Wohlgemuth agrees with Joe Scarborough that Olbermann has been getting a twisted amount of satisfaction out of Sanford’s improprieties.I don't like Mark Sanford nor do I like his politics. To me he is the worst of what the Republican Party has to offer and the antithesis of anything this country might need. The sooner we rid this country of his ilk the better. But Keith Olbermann made Rush Limbaugh look like Albert Schweitzer tonight on his program. Have you no decency man?
It must hurt Olbermann to be compared to Limbaugh, Dick Cheney, and Fox News by one of his own. I must say the comparisons do have some validity but for one crucial difference: ratings.
Olbermann, the fragile ego he is, was in fact hurt by the comparisons and attempted to offer a response to Wolfman’s post.
After getting through lines of his insipid pseudo-poetic prose, you get to the meat of his post:I would be delighted to invite you to conceive, create, and perform a version of what you want, on broadcast or cable television, and make it also fit the business’s requirements (profit-making), while dodging rocks, every day, from all sides. If anything the task is more difficult now because so many believe that those who would use the media to buttress the regressive cause simply vanished with last year’s vote. They didn’t. Death threats are up, not down. Corporate pressure is up, not down.
If corporate pressure is up, perhaps that’s because unprecedented government takeovers in business are making executive nervous.
Or maybe it’s simpler than that. Corporate pressure is up on Olbermann for the simple fact that his ratings are down 26% since last year.
During George W. Bush's successful 8-year run as President, one of his chief antagonists was Michigan senator John Conyers. Conyers is a man whose hatred for Bush was so over-the-top, that several times he tried, unsuccessfully, to push bills to get the President impeached, bills based on nothing but conspiracy theories and typical left-wing propaganda. Any wonder while Conyers was so busy trying to harm the President, he couldn't keep an eye on the illegal shenanigans his wife was up to:
Monica Conyers, the wife of the powerful chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., pleaded guilty to one count of bribery in a federal court in Detroit, this morning.
According to court documents, in late 2007, Mrs. Conyers, president pro tem of the Detroit City Council, twice accepted envelopes filled with cash, once in the parking lot of a Detroit McDonalds.
This case focuses around dealings with Detroit businessman Rayford Jackson who pleaded guilty on Monday to giving $6,000 to a member of the Detroit City Council to help steer a wastewater treatment contract to Synagro Technologies.
Music icon Michael Jackson, whose fame spanned from his childhood with the legendary Jackson 5 to a superstar solo career that earned him the nickname 'King of Pop,' died Thursday afternoon at a Los Angeles hospital. He was 50.
His brother Jermaine Jackson confirmed Jackson's death from suspected cardiac arrest at a press conference Thursday evening.
Jermaine Jackson said his brother's physician was with him at his home at the time of his suspected cardiac arrest, and both the physician and the paramedics who transported to the UCLA Medical Center attempted to resuscitate him.
"Upon arriving at the hospital at approximately 1:14 p.m. a team of doctors, including emergency physicians and cardiologists, attempted to resuscitate him for a period of more than one hour, but they were unsuccessful," he said.
Jackson was pronounced dead at at 2:26 p.m. PDT, his brother said.
"My family request that the media please respect our privacy during this time, and may all love be with you Michael, always. We love you."
Really sad when I read this news--can't help but think that all his plastic surgeries had something to do with this passing. Anyway, now's not the time for that. The original MJ was the greatest artist of his generation and that's what he should most be remembered for.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
"Silly" or not, this kind of stuff doesn't happen under President Bush.
Farrah Fawcett, the blonde-maned actress whose best-selling poster and "Charlie's Angels" stardom made her one of the most famous faces in the world, has died. She was 62.I can't even lie. I'm a black man born in 1972 and growing up that Farrah Fawcett poster was iconic. I first saw it on the wall of Tony's room in the classic "Saturday Night Fever" and for years it'd go on to set the standard of what was beauty. Later, Farrah Fawcett would certainly have her ups and downs in her personal life (which unfortunately sort of turned her into a kook), but for awhile there, when it came to good looks, she set the bar.
Fawcett, who checked into a Los Angeles, California, hospital in early April, had been battling anal cancer on and off for three years.
Ryan O'Neal, Fawcett's romantic partner since the mid-1980s, recently told People magazine that the sex symbol was declining.
"She stays in bed now. The doctors see that she is comfortable. Farrah is on IVs, but some of that is for nourishment. The treatment has pretty much ended," he said in a story posted May 7.
Fawcett's cancer journey has been documented in a television special partly shot by the actress. Fawcett began shooting "Farrah's Story," by taking a camera to a doctor's appointment. Eventually, the film expanded to include trips overseas in hopes of treating the cancer.
The documentary aired on NBC on May 15.Fawcett's beauty -- her gleaming smile was printed on millions of posters -- initially made her famous. But she later established herself as a serious actress. She starred as a battered wife in the 1984 TV movie "The Burning Bed." She appeared on stage as a woman who extracts vengeance from a would-be rapist in William Mastrosimone's play "Extremities."
A jovial U.S. Sen. John Kerry must have been channeling his inner Letterman Tuesday when he quipped the wrong governor had gone missing.What a loser. Democrat President and Democrat controlled Congress and they still can't get past their obsessive hate for Sarah Palin. Funny that.
The Bay State Democrat was regaling a group of business and civic leaders invited to the Capitol on the bizarre disappearance of South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, who was said to be hiking the Appalachian Trail.
“Too bad,” Kerry said, “if a governor had to go missing it couldn’t have been the governor of Alaska. You know, Sarah Palin.”The Democratic-centric crowd chuckled.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
A dozen years in prison.What a crock. Bernard Madoff didn't turn himself in--he got caught. And why should Madoff be given any leniency for not "fleeing the country"--he's not supposed to flee the damn country! To think too, Ira Sorkin, former NY regional director of the SEC, supposedly helped in keeping Madoff out of prison for like 20 years! Madoff victims weren't only hurt financially, but emotionally and mentally as well--that's why some even committed suicide. Bernard Madoff belongs in prison for the rest of his life.
In a letter to the court, the lawyers said there seemed to be an atmosphere of “mob vengeance” surrounding Mr. Madoff. They urged the court to consider that he essentially turned himself in, rather than continuing the fraud or fleeing the country, when he described the $65 billion scheme to his sons in December.Since then, they said, he has cooperated fully with his bail conditions and helped investigators in their efforts to recover funds for his victims.
The Obama administration, led by Education Secretary Arne Duncan, wants to turn around thousands of low-performing schools across the United States using a plan utilized in Chicago when Duncan was the head of that city’s public schools. The Chicago plan, however, has produced an angry backlash among thousands of African-American teachers who lost their jobs as part of Duncan’s program. The Duncan Chicago plan, known as Renaissance 2010, forced out many veteran teachers and replaced them with younger, cheaper and predominantly Caucasian instructors, according to critics.Renaissance 2010 was first implemented in the Windy City in 2002, forcing the closure and reorganization of many schools in poor neighborhoods. Many of the fired teachers banded together into a new organization, the Caucus of Rank & File Educators (CORE), to point out the injustices of Renaissance 2010. For instance, CORE found that the proportion of African American instructors in Chicago public schools has dropped from 39% to 32%. In response to this situation, CORE has filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, alleging that the school reform program is discriminatory.
Once again, the "1st Black President" fails to take care of his own. Then too considering the notoriously scrupulous nature of Chicago-style politics, should anyone be surprised at the latest mess coming out of the Windy City?
The U.S. Senate resolution apologizing for slavery and segregation will be used as a lobbying tool to acquire reparations payments, say members of the black leadership network Project 21. The group urges the Senate to "move on," saying the apology will do little to heal perceived racial gaps.Slavery will always serve as one of the darkest periods in American history, but the idea of a mostly white, liberal, Democratic-run Congress throwing a bone at Blacks by "apologizing" for it is not only laughable, but self-serving and doesn't come close to making up for the party's very turbulent history of racist hate.
On June 18, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a resolution apologizing for slavery and segregation in the United States. While the resolution was written with the intention that it could not be used to support claims for monetary reparations, reparations activists Randall Robinson told the Washington Post the legislation constitutes a "confession" that will aid the process of acquiring reparations. Harvard professor Charles Ogletree said the resolution should not be a substitute for reparations, saying "That battle will be prolonged."
Project 21 members voicing skepticism about the politics behind the resolution and the need for it include:
Jerry Brooks (Auburn, WA): "I'll accept the Senate's apology, but let's move on already. This apology is something that might have been more appropriate long ago, and now it's likely going to be misused by those with a political axe to grind. In particular and despite its intention to the contrary, it is already being used to promote reparations. Not only is this an idea without merit, but an extremely foolish one to be clinging to while our nation is trying to recover from its current economic distress."
Brooks continued, "I also take offense to the ignorant partisan attacks involved in this debate. In trying to infer Republicans are responsible for slavery is downright silly considering that the party came about as part of the movement to abolish slavery."
Jimmie L. Hollis (Millville, NJ): "As an American of African ancestry, I think this apology is ridiculous and useless. It is just another 'feel good' action. If we are to start apologizing for every injustice and wrong done in the past, we will spend the next few decades just apologizing. Let's move on."
Bob Parks (Athol, MA): "Why the need to do this now? Are we attempting to keep the First Lady proud of her country?"
Parks added, "The problem is that, when you apologize, it's important that the recipient knows the reason for the apology and who is giving it. It wasn't the entire Senate whose former party slogan was 'the White Man's Party' or fostered the Ku Klux Klan or resisted black civil rights efforts until it was realized just how the black voting bloc could be used for political advantage. But why the entire Senate is apologizing for evil past doings, once supported by the Democrat Party, is a mystery to me."
Charles Krauthammer says it best:
Columnist Charles Krauthammer noted on FNC's Special Report that while “there wasn't exactly aggressiveness on the part of the press with a couple of exceptions” during the afternoon presidential press conference, “it looked as if the stupor that the press has been in for the last six months is lifting slightly.” Krauthammer quipped: “I say that as a psychiatrist who has a lot of experience in watching these things.”
Earlier in the program, Brit Hume declared “the head over heals phase of the honeymoon with the press is over” and he speculated: “I think the reporters down there were tired of being criticized for being soft on Obama.”
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
The U.S. Supreme Court will not revive a lawsuit that former CIA operative Valerie Plame brought against former members of the Bush administration.Richard Armitage "outed" former secretary Valerie Plame, not Karl Rove, not Scooter Libby or anyone else in the Bush administration. Now it's about time the book on the arrogant pricks that are Joe Wilson and Valerie Plame be closed.
The court on Monday refused to hear an appeal from Plame and her husband, former Ambassador Joseph Wilson.
A lower court last year threw out the lawsuit in which Plame and Wilson accused former Vice President Dick Cheney and several former high-ranking administration officials of disclosing her identity to reporters in 2003. Plame and Wilson said that violated their constitutional rights.
The lawsuit named former presidential adviser Karl Rove; Cheney's former top aide, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby; and former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage.
The U.S. Court of Appeals said that Plame and Wilson did not meet the legal standard for constitutional claims, in part because the lawsuit hinges on alleged violations of the Privacy Act — a law that does not cover the president or the vice president's offices.
Police have charged the tour manager of the Black Eyed Peas with assault after he allegedly gave celebrity blogger Perez Hilton a black eye outside a Toronto nightclub.
Hilton said he got into an argument with band members Fergie and will.i.am at the Cobra nightclub early Monday morning and was punched outside by Polo Molina, the band's tour manager. They were at the club following a Sunday night video awards show.
Molina turned himself in and has been charged with assaulting Hilton, Toronto Police Constable Tony Vella said. Molina is due in court Aug. 5.
Hilton, whose real name is Mario Lavandeira, complained about the incident on the microblogging site Twitter. He tweeted at 4 a.m.: "I am bleeding. Please, I need to file a police report. No joke."
Hilton, who is openly gay, said in interview with The Associated Press that he called will.i.am a "faggot," a gay slur, inside the club after the musician told the blogger not to write about his band on his Web site.
"He was like 'You need to respect me.' He was in my face. He was obviously trying to intimidate me and scare me," Hilton said. "I was like 'I don't need to respect you. I don't respect you and I did say this, and I knew that it would be the worst thing I could possibly say to him because he was acting the way he was. I said 'You know what, I don't respect you and you're gay and stop being such a faggot.'"
Good. This self-righteous, obnoxious jerk got what he deserved. For years now "Hilton" has used his gossip website, PerezHilton.com, to get rich and famous by slamming celebrities while using his gayness whenever he needed to defend himself from critics or those who dislike him in general because of his verbal abuse (of whom he's shown little tolerance for). And it's worked to the tune of "Hilton" becoming sort of a celebrity himself, going so far as to become a judge on the Miss USA pageant (a nice pulpit for his pro-gay agenda with its huge white, gay male fanbase) and cost Carrie Prejean her chance at winning the Miss USA pageant with his politically charged "gay marriage" question (recall too that Perez called Prejean everything from a "bitch" to a "cunt" during the brouhaha that followed). But now it seems like someone finally got fed up with Perez's abuse (even the gays are turning against him for this one) and gave him what Carrie probably wished she could've given: a punch in the face.
During an interview with President Obama, Harry Smith asked about recent criticism by Dick Cheney and President Bush: "Leon Panetta intimated that the former Vice President was playing politics with national security issues. The former President has intoned his own displeasure with some of your policy changes. I think they feel like some of the things that you've done, in fact, are treacherous."
Smith failed to provide any direct quote of Panetta’s comments, made during an interview for The New Yorker, in which the CIA director declared: "I think he smells some blood in the water on the national-security issue...It’s almost, a little bit, gallows politics. When you read behind it, it’s almost as if he’s wishing that this country would be attacked again, in order to make his point. I think that’s dangerous politics."
Instead of asking Obama why a member of his administration would make such an outrageous statement about a former vice president, Smith simply mentioned that Panetta accused Cheney of "playing politics with national security issues."In reference to President Bush’s comments, even Obama thought Smith’s description was unfair: "I think, if you read President Bush's remarks, I think that is – that's not a fair characterization of what President Bush said." Smith replied: "Maybe not so unfair [with] what Vice President Cheney said." Obama responded: "Well, I think, when it comes to Vice President Cheney, he and I have a deep disagreement about what's required to keep the American people safe...I would argue that our policies are making the American people safer. And that some of the policies that he's promoted in the past have not."
This shouldn't surprise anyone as rumors about these two child abusers being fed up with each other have been the talk at the water cooler for awhile now:
After months of speculation, the 10-year marriage of Jon & Kate Plus Eight's stars Kate and Jon Gosselin appears to be coming to an end, a source close to the situation tells PEOPLE. Documents to initiate a legal split were filed in Pennsylvania Monday afternoon.Sounds like Jon's gonna move to NYC, while Kate gets the house with the kids--hey, maybe Jon can get his balls back now. Meanwhile the show will go on, yunno, more money to be made.
Fans who have watched the couple's popular TLC show – or read the voluminous coverage of the Gosselin marriage in the press – will hardly be surprised: The duo had long maintained a tense relationship, with Jon recently telling PEOPLE he wanted a less high-profile life, while Kate appeared to remain committed to their TV career.
Monday, June 22, 2009
"RIP NEDA, The World cries seeing your last breath, you didn't die in vain. We remember you."The Iran protests and have been going on for days now, hundreds have died and the American press wants to make this about the death of a pretty, light-skinned girl. Should anyone be surprised? Granted, what happened to this young lady is tragic and all the images on her passing can't help but move you, but the reality is that little is really known about 'Neda' and Iran remains a global threat no matter whose in charge--it's why the Right has been so angry about Barry's response to this mess. What with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad having no real power over the Iranian military, the building of nuclear arsenal in Iran remains pressing regardless of how these protests turn out. Thus it's on our media to keeps their eyes on the ball here instead of using Neda Soltani as a convenient distraction.
That Twitter post was from a man who said he is a guitarist from Nashville, Tennessee.
Amid the hundreds of images of Saturday's crackdown on protesters in Iran that were distributed to the world over the Internet, it was the graphic video showing the dying moments of a young woman shot in the heart that touched a nerve for many people around the world.
Like most of the information coming out of Tehran, it is impossible to verify her name, Neda, or the circumstances of her apparent death, which was captured close-up on a bystander's camera.CNN ran a pixilated version of the video, which was posted on YouTube. Another amateur video captured images of Neda and her father attending what appeared to be a peaceful protest, just moments before the shooting. It shows a woman in jeans and white sneakers collapsed on the street, as the person with the camera -- most likely from a cell phone -- runs toward her and focuses on her face.
One blogger posted that Neda was protesting with her father in Tehran when pro-government Basiji militia opened fire and shot her.
"The final moments of her tender young life leaked into the pavement of Karegeh Street today, captured by cell phone cameras," the unnamed blogger posted on Newsvine.com. "And not long after, took on new life, flickering across computer screens around the world on YouTube, and even CNN."People on Twitter started forming a discussion group with the "hashtag" #neda to post their comments about her death and media coverage of the killing, as well.
"[W]hat really, you know, strikes me is the celebrity nature of the treatment, the coverage of him as a celebrity versus the policy-maker...So you know, the problem here is he's not being treated as a politician. The press is not being sufficiently adversarial, which is its role, to hold him accountable."
Unrepentant Rumsfeld Finally Opens Up: Slams The Media, Still Rages At Rice And Powell
Democrats Worried Health Plan Lacks Votes
White House: Census Will Count Married Gay Couples
The Uninsured: A Bogus Excuse For Trillions In New Welfare Spending
Reading Miranda Rights To Terrorists Is 'Crazy' And 'Stupid,' Say GOP Congressman
'Today Show': Don't Stay Together For The Kids
Sarah Palin Slams Critics Over Ethics Complaints
Obama's Dinner Joke: I Sleep With Brian Williams
Senate Apologizes For Slavery And Jim Crow Laws - But Why?
Sean Hannity Discusses California's Congress-Created Dust Bowl
Black Immigrants Overrepresented In The Ivy League
Obama's White House Not Much More Diverse Than Bush's Team
Sunday, June 21, 2009
150 people dead over the results of an election?!? Kind of puts the anger felt by the Left here after Bush vs. Gore 2000 in perspective.
The country's foreign minister disputed allegations of ballot irregularities in Iran's disputed presidential election, and the parliamentary speaker implied the nation's election authorities had sided with one candidate.
Amateur video showed large crowds marching down a major Tehran thoroughfare shouting, "Don't be afraid, we're together!" and "Death to dictator!" The person who shot the video said it was taken Sunday, but CNN could not immediately verify that the protest had taken place.
Eyewitnesses reported a protest also took place at Southern Tehran's Azad University, where final exams were postponed after about 200 students refused to take them.Thousands of riot police and members of the Basij militia lined the streets of the city, according to eyewitnesses. Security personnel surrounded the headquarters of the country's state television and radio. Many shops were closed, and shopkeepers whose stores were open said they planned to close early Sunday. However, no tanks were seen on the city's streets. Traffic was light.
A statement purportedly from opposition leader Mir Hossein Moussavi on Sunday called on Iranians to "exercise self control" during protests in Tehran, while still supporting their right to demonstrate against the government and the results of the disputed June 12 presidential election.
"The country belongs to you. The revolution and the system is your heritage," the statement attributed to Moussavi said in a statement posted on his Web site. "Protesting against lies and cheating is your right. Be hopeful about regaining your rights. Do not allow anyone who tries to make you lose hope and frighten you make you lose your temper."
The authenticity of the message could not be verified; it was posted in Farsi and translated by CNN.The message came a day after hospital sources said 19 people were killed in clashes between anti-government protesters and police. Unconfirmed reports put the death toll as high as 150. "The sad news of the martyrdom of another group who protested the results of the elections has caused our society astonishment and our people mourn them," said the statement attributed to Moussavi. "Firing on people, militarization of the city's atmosphere, threats, agitations and show of force are all the illegitimate children of law breaking and we are facing all of that. It is a wonder that the perpetrators accuse others of breaking the law for expressing their opinions."
Besides being a former advisor to Slick Willie, Paul Begela is an arrogant, liberal prick who knows how to take on conservatives, that's well-documented. Meghan walked into a lion's den by going on "Maher" and got utterly pwned. Next time you wanna play with the big boys, do some research first before they make you look even more stupid.
Gallup just announced that the President's job approval has slipped to 58%, an all time low for him in Gallup's daily tracking poll. Obama's approval rating has averaged at 63% since he took office, peaking at 69% early in his presidency. He's only dipped below 60% on three other occasions this year. The drop seems to be attributable to respondents identifying as Republican or Independent. Around 92% of Democrats approve of how Obama is doing the job.
Although this latest number is slightly lower than Obama's average, it is still high by historical standards.
The people are paying attention and they're tired of everything being blamed on the last guy. Barry wanted this job, no one forced him to run for President. It's about time we start seeing some real "change".