June 12th, 2009

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Boehner Still Clueless After All These Years

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Boehner: 'Digging Ourselves Out of a Deep Hole'

June 11, 2009 6:07 PM

House GOP leader Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, invited me to his “smoke-filled room” in the Capitol this
afternoon. 

Offering me a Diet Coke and pulling out a Camel 99 for himself, he spent the next
half hour giving me a blunt analysis of  his party’s problems and a forceful presentation on how
to solve them.

“We’re digging ourselves out of a deep hole,” he admitted.  “We took it in the shorts with Bush-Cheney,
the Iraq War, and by sacrificing fiscal responsibility to hold power.”  

Boehner also acknowledged that the GOP hasn’t done a good enough to job shaking the “party of no” label. 

But he believes, with some justification, that President Obama is more popular than his policies, and he outlined a comeback strategy.

 

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Obama DOJ defends DOMA

President Obama called the Defense of Marriage Act "abhorrent" on the campaign trail and won praise from gay rights advocates for promising to reverse the whole act, not just one section.

But for now, Americablog finds, his Justice Department is defending it as the law of the land — and defending it forcefully, with analogies to incest and child marriage.

The government's motion to dismiss is below; here's John Aravosis:

It's pretty despicable. And before Obama claims he didn't have a choice, he had a choice. Bush, Reagan and Clinton all filed briefs in court opposing current federal law as being unconstitutional (we'll be posting more about that later). Obama could have done the same. But instead he chose to defend DOMA, denigrate our civil rights, go back on his promises, and contradict his own statements that DOMA was "abhorrent."

A cap of the motion is at the source.

There's a lot of wrath over this and I'm feeling taken aback myself. Some hold that it's a move to block lawsuits and defend DOMA at the Federal level until DOMA is overturned by congress, etc., etc. That's the kindest thing anyone is saying. I just don't get this. Why now? Why do anything? I'd certainly understand it feeling like a kick in the teeth to gay Obama supporters. :(

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http://www.americablog.com/2009/06/obama-justice-department-defends-doma.html

http://slog.thestranger.com/slog/archives/2009/06/12/obama-defends-doma
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"Rev. Jeremiah Wright apologizes for statements in Daily Press".

Daily Press | 10:35 AM EDT, June 12, 2009

The Rev. Jeremiah Wright has posted a statement on his Facebook page apologizing for controversial statements he made earlier this week to Daily Press columnist David Squires.

Wright's comments, in which he blamed "them Jews" for keeping him away from President Barack Obama, created national headlines and became a hot topic on talk shows and blogs.

On his Facebook page, Wright posted the following statement today:

"I am extremely disturbed and deeply saddened that once again my comments as reflected in the June 10, 2009 Daily Press article has resurfaced a divisive debate about my relationship with President Barack Obama. I love President Obama as my son, and support and honor him as the President of the United States America and leader of the free world. I apologize to the Jewish community and all others who were offended by the way in which I framed my comments. I misspoke. I meant no harm or ill-will to the American Jewish community or the Obama Administration. My great respect for the Jewish faith and the foundational (and central) part of my Judeo Christian tradition are unquestionable and I pray that all whom I have hurt accept my sincerest apology."

Wright's jeremiahwright.com Web site links to the Facebook statement.


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Iranian elections

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Huge turnout in Iran presidential poll
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The BBC's Jon Leyne, in Tehran

There has been a huge turnout for Iran's closely-fought election as incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad seeks a second term in office.

"Voter turnout has been unprecedented," election commission chief Kamran Daneshjoo said, as long queues were reported at polling stations.

Polling has been extended by three hours to 2100 local time (1630 GMT).

Mr Ahmadinejad faces a strong challenge from former PM Mir Hossein Mousavi in a campaign dominated by the economy.

The election is being watched closely around the world for signs of a possible shift in Tehran's attitude.

US President Barack Obama said he was "excited" about the robust debate taking place, which showed change was possible in Iran.

If no candidate gets 50% in the first round, the two front-runners will face a run-off vote.


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IRANIAN ELECTION - general info
Voting age 18 years; electorate of 42.5m people
President to serve maximum of two consecutive four-year terms (or three non-consecutive)
Election won by absolute majority
Second round held between top two if no candidate wins majority

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Iranian Elections -- Incoming Results


~*~Iran Votes 2009!~*~

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Re-Elected With Surprising 65% of Votes

Voter Turn-Out An Immense 75-80% of 46.2 Million Eligible Voters (12:00AM EST JUN 13 2009)

10:40PM EST - BBC Election Results (From official Iranian Tally -- 77% of votes counted)

Ahmadinejad Mousavi Reza'i Karroubi
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65.2% 31.8% 2.0% 0.9%


OP Note: According to Gooya the Interior ministry of Iran has already begun lining its surroundings with cement in anticipation of riots against Ahmadinejad. Iranians will be very angry if he wins. This is srs bsns.



Mousavi Warns of possible fraud in election
10:25EDT TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's interior ministry said Saturday President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was far ahead with nearly 80 percent of all votes counted, but his pro-reform rival countered that he was the clear victor and warned of possible fraud in the election. The dispute rose up even before the votes were counted — sharply boosting tensions after an intense monthlong race between the combative president and his main challenger, Mir Hossein Mousavi, who has the backing of a growing youth-oriented movement. - Associated Press

Ahmadinejad at 66.81% and Mousavi 31.40%!
9:20PM EDT The election commission said Ahmadinejad was ahead with about two-thirds of the votes from Friday's election in the world's fifth biggest oil exporter after nearly 26 million ballots had been counted, out of 46 million eligible voters. Mousavi, a former prime minister, had 31.4 per cent of the votes, said the commission, a part of the Interior Ministry. It said 73 per cent of all ballot boxes had now been counted.
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OP note: Projected 2:1 results for ahmadinejad... absolutely impossible given the polls prior to election. Keep watching.

خرين نـتـایـج شمارش آرا توسط ستاد انتخابات: احمدی‌نژاد ‌١٨/٦٦ درصد، ميرحسين موسوی ‌٠٦/٣١ درصد، ايسنا
Ahmadinejad at 66.81% and Mousavi 31.60%
7:00PM EDT Iran's interior ministry said Saturday President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had a commanding lead after 61 percent of all votes were tallied, but his pro-reform rival countered that he was the clear victor and warned of possible fraud in the election. - AP

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IRNA Declares Ahmadinejad as election winner opposition says #persian: BULLSHIT#
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's Interior Ministry has released partial results showing President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad leading with nearly 70 percent of votes counted so far in Friday's election. Senior ministry official Kamran Daneshjoo says Ahmadinejad had 68.8 percent of the more than 10 million ballots counted so far. His main reformist challenger Mir Hossein Mousavi had 28.8 percent. Associated Press

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Iran rivals both declare victory
The two main candidates in Iran's presidential election have claimed victory, after extended voting as huge numbers of people turned out to vote. Reformist challenger Mir Hossein Mousavi told a news conference that he had won by a substantial margin. However, state media said incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had won, and electoral officials said partial results put him ahead on 69%.

3:39 p.m. EDT
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's state news agency is reporting that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has won re-election, but a reformist rival is also claiming victory. The rival claims came even before the close of polls on Friday. Official results are not expected until Saturday. Neither the report in the IRNA news agency nor the competing announcement by Former Prime Minister Mir Hossein Mousavi at a news conference gave details on what their claims were based on.

موسوی با ۳۰ ميليون رای پيروز انتخابات شد، خرداد نو
خرداد نو - ميزان شرکت کنندگان در انتخابات رياست جمهوری از مرز ۴۰ميليون نفر, گذشت و همين موضوع موجب شده تا وزارت کشور برای جلوگيری از شکست احمدی نژاد در انتخابات, دست به محدوديت زمان فعاليت شعب اخذ رای و محدوديت توزيع تعرفه های رای بزند.
(Basically -> Mousavi anticipated to win with 30 million votes)

Road to Elections: Irani Edition



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Patrick Kennedy Admitted To Medical Facility For Treatment



Rep. Patrick Kennedy, who has struggled with depression, alcoholism and addiction for much of his life, said Friday that he has checked into a medical facility for treatment.

The Rhode Island Democrat, who sought treatment three years ago after an early-morning car crash near the U.S. Capitol, said in a statement that his recovery is a "lifelong process" and that he will do whatever it takes to preserve his health.

"I have decided to temporarily step away from my normal routine to ensure that I am being as vigilant as possible in my recovery," Kennedy said. He did not disclose where he was being treated.

Kennedy, who has wrestled with alcoholism, bipolar disorder, an addiction to prescription drugs and bouts of binge drinking, has often spoken publicly about his recovery and the importance of removing any stigma associated with mental illnesses.

He has been a leading voice in Congress on mental health issues, championing legislation to require insurance companies to treat mental health on an equal basis with physical illnesses, when policies cover both.

The measure passed last October as part of a $700 billion financial bailout.

"I hope that in some small way my decision to be proactive and public in my efforts to remain healthy can help remove the stigma that has served as a barrier for many Americans reluctant to get the help they needed," he said.

Kennedy's office declined to offer any details about the congressman's health or what prompted him to seek treatment. He sought the treatment in the last few days, his office said.

"He takes his health very seriously and had conversations with his doctors, and they thought it was best for him to step away from his work right now and go in and get some medical care," said Jack McConnell, a lawyer, longtime Kennedy friend and former campaign manager.

"I'm incredibly proud of him for doing it," he added.

He said no particular incident or relapse prompted his decision to seek treatment.

In May 2006, Kennedy, the son of Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., crashed his 1997 Ford Mustang into a security barrier on Capitol Hill in the early morning hours. He entered into a rehabilitation program at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. He agreed to a plea deal on a charge of driving under the influence of prescription drugs and received a year's probation.

He earlier disclosed he went to rehab as a teenager for an addiction to cocaine, and has since said he was in recovery for depression and alcoholism. In 2000, he was accused of shoving an airport security guard in Los Angeles and trashing a yacht.

Kennedy continues to enjoy high popularity ratings in Rhode Island, cruising to an eighth term in last November's elections.

News of his treatment was first reported by The Providence Journal.

The congressman's latest treatment comes as his 77-year-old father is battling brain cancer.

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Shenanigans Friday: June 12, 2009.

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Holy Land hopes for dogged peacemakers




"We are now in the Holy Land, the Land of the Lord", says Rabbi Menachem Froman welcoming us to his modest house in the tiny settlement of Tekoa in the West Bank.

With his long beard and a black suit, the rabbi looks like a typical religious settler. In fact he is more than a settler, he is one of the founders of the settler movement. Moreover, he believes that settlements like his can be a vehicle for peace.

The rabbi is part of Jerusalem Peacemakers, an interfaith project with an aim to facilitate dialogue between the Jewish and Muslim community.

And the dialogue which Rabbi Froman is engaged in would shock most Israelis: he was close friends with the leader of the Palestine Liberation Organisation, Yasser Arafat, and used to visit Sheikh Ahmad Yassin, the late founder and spiritual leader of the militant Hamas group, at home in Gaza and later in his Israeli jail cell.

"From the very beginning it was very clear to me that you cannot love the country, love the rocks, the trees, the valleys, and hate the people living here," says Rabbi Froman.

"Two thousand years ago one of our sages, Rabbi Hilel, was asked to explain the essence of Judaism while standing on one leg - in other words, in a very short time. And his answer was: Love your neighbour. Every Jewish child learns this story at school. And this is what I am doing here today."

Rabbi Froman says that those settlers who love the Holy Land should be prepared to live under Palestinian rule - not as occupiers under the heavy protection of the Israeli army.

More than 300,000 Israeli settlers live in the West Bank, in addition to about 200,000 in Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem, and the vast majority are opposed to a Palestinian state.

They dismiss the rabbi's views as irrelevant. But other Israelis often admit there is logic to this unorthodox solution to the question of Jewish settlements.

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Scarborough Claims He Didn't Criticize DHS Report, But He Did (VIDEO)

Scarborough Claims He Didn't Criticize DHS Report, But He Did (VIDEO)

It looks as if I may have missed out on making an important point about Joe Scarborough's comments from today's Morning Joe on the DHS report, warning about the dangers of right-wing extremism. This morning, Scarborough said:

SCARBOROUGH: Of course, the point that Krugman misses is the fact that what upset most of us -- that we're talking about that report around this table -- was the fact not that they were targeting right-wingers, it's that they were targeting veterans, saying, watch out, these people are going to come home and -- but it is -- I mean, it is sort of sad and pathetic that this is being exploited.

But, regardless of the concern expressed over veterans, what Scarborough is suggesting here simply isn't true. If you cast your mind back to April 15, 2009, Scarborough was plenty upset that this DHS report targeted "right-wingers." He went so far as to imagine the Obama administration riding on Salt Lake City, rounding up extremists (like the Hipster Grifter, maybe?). And, of course, the whole group continues to wonder aloud about what would happen if the DHS had released a similar report on left-wing groups. It seems to have escaped their attention that they had actually done that, in January.


Naturally, I'll have to confirm with a roomful of comedy writers before definitely stating that this is not actually all some big sarcastic joke about cappuccino.

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So Bill is silent, Rush shifts the blame, and Joe just denies it... we just witnessed the three stages of idiocy...

U.S. porn industry had 16 unpublicized HIV cases

There have been 16 unpublicized cases of HIV among porn actors since a 2004 outbreak made headlines, Los Angeles health officials said on Friday, a disclosure that was likely to raise new concerns about AIDS in the adult film industry.

The revelation came in response to a request for information by the Los Angeles Times, which reported that an unidentified actress had tested positive last week.

The adult film industry had said it was the first case since the 2004 outbreak, the Times reported.

In fact 22 performers have tested positive, including last week's case and five in 2004, according to the numbers released by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

Since the 2004 outbreak, in which a male star infected three actresses and another performer also tested positive, the $12-billion-a-year U.S. adult film industry has required regular testing by porn actors.

Most of that testing is conducted by the Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation, which issues work certificates to the performers who test negative.

The unnamed actress first tested positive for HIV on June 4 and worked the following day before taking second and third tests, according to the Times.

The second test was also positive and results of the third were pending, according to AIM Healthcare.

"AIM Healthcare has never been cooperative with us and our investigations," Dean Fryer, a spokesman for the state Division of Occupational Safety and Health, told the paper, adding that the clinic had refused to name the actress or her employer.

In a statement on its website, AIM Healthcare said it was still awaiting "final confirmation" that the actress was positive for HIV.

The porn industry, which is largely centered in the San Fernando Valley suburbs of Los Angeles, includes about 200 production companies that employ about 1,200 actors, the Times said.

Since 2004, 1,357 porn performers have tested positive for gonorrhea and 15 for syphilis, according to county health data cited by the Times.

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Arizona Republican Wants To Ban Ethnic Studies.

Tucson lawmaker's bill seeks to outlaw ethnic studies at TUSD (Updated)

A Tucson lawmaker and the state’s schools chief are moving to make ethnic studies in the Tucson Unified School District illegal.

If a bill set for a hearing in the state Legislature next week is approved, the city’s largest school district would have to get rid of the ethnic-based programs in four of its high schools or the schools would risk losing 10 percent of their state funding each month.

If the classes were eliminated, the money would be returned.

“Ethnic studies programs ... are designed to promote ethnic chauvinism,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne in a news release. “I have tried for two years, using publicity and persuasion, to attempt to convince the Tucson Unified School District to put a stop to this dysfunctional program. They have refused. The next step is legislation.”

The legislation will be introduced the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday — a committee chaired by Sen. Jonathan Paton, R-Tucson, who's sponsoring the bill.

Specifically, the bill would say that schools cannot group or teach students based on their ethnic background.

TUSD’s Ethnic Studies program serves about 1,200 students, who take a four-course block of history, social justice and literature classes.

To avoid the risk of losing federal funds, the bill would not affect any American Indian programs.
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GOP vs Sotomayor: the fight continue...

Poll: GOP risks loss of respect if it goes after Sotomayor

Republicans may have a window of opportunity to turn public opinion against President Barack Obama's first Supreme Court nominee, but a new poll finds that such a campaign could hurt their party's already weak standing with Americans, especially Hispanics, the nation's fastest-growing voter group.

Fully 55 percent of Americans said they hadn't yet heard enough about Sonia Sotomayor to have an opinion of her, according to a new McClatchy-Ipsos poll. That could be the opportunity that Republicans can exploit by attacking her. Even so, 54 percent said the Senate should confirm her, while only 21 percent said it should not, and one in four Americans isn't yet sure.

However, the poll revealed a danger for Republicans: 37 percent of the general population and 42 percent of Hispanics said they'd feel less favorably toward the Republican Party if Senate Republicans "overwhelmingly oppose" Sotomayor, 54, a Latina federal appellate judge from New York.

A much smaller number — 24 percent of the general population and 20 percent of Hispanics — said that organized GOP opposition would endear Republicans to them.
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Former President GHW Bush stands up for Sotomayor

Former President George H.W. Bush stood up for his former judicial nominee Sonia Sotomayor Friday, telling HLN Anchor Robin Meade that GOP critics who called President Obama's Supreme Court pick a racist were off-base, and unfair.

"I don't know her that well but I think she's had a distinguished record on the bench and she should be entitled to fair hearings. Not – [it's] like the senator John Cornyn said it," he told CNN. "He may vote for it, he may not. But he's been backing away from these…backing off from those radical statements to describe her, to attribute things to her that may or may not be true.

"And she was called by somebody a racist once. That's not right. I mean that's not fair. It doesn't help the process. You're out there name-calling. So let them decide who they want to vote for and get on with it."
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Conservative PR Firm That Repped Swift Boat Vets Now Helping Fight Sotomayor

When conservative leaders wanted to criticize the White House over Sonia Sotomayor’s record on crime, they turned to a little-known Alexandria public relations firm that has been quietly leading the charge against President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee.

Attack videos on Sotomayor and other finalists? Abortion polling data that supports the conservative cause?

Time to bring in CRC Public Relations, a hard-charging outfit headed by Pat Buchanan’s former presidential campaign communications director. CRC's unfailingly polite staffers aren’t shy about pushing alternative views of Sotomayor, who would be the first Hispanic justice if confirmed. At least nine of them sent more than 60 e-mails to a single Washington Post reporter in recent weeks, pitching anti-Sotomayor editorials, statements attacking her as a liberal activist and a Web posting accusing Obama of race-baiting in selecting her.

CRC, whose conservative pedigree extends back to promoting the Contract with America in the mid-1990s, organized this week’s conference call rebutting a White House event that supported Sotomayor’s record on law enforcement. The firm coordinated similar calls that unveiled videos blasting Sotomayor and other perceived finalists for the nomination -- before anyone was selected -- and discussed the data showing that Americans want to uphold abortion regulations already in place.

“They are among the most powerful and consequential people you’ve never heard of, and they like it that way," said Kellyanne Conway, a Republican pollster who has worked with CRC for years. “CRC is one of the first entities that is called whenever there is a major public policy initiative for most conservatives."
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Comming Soon: The GOP Ice Age

The Ice Age Cometh



Despairing Republican friends have been asking me what I think we should do to rebuild the GOP and begin our certain and inevitable comeback. My answer disappoints them: "Build an ark."


I say this because I've made a career out of counting votes, and the numbers tell a clear story; the demographics of America are changing in a way that is deadly for the Republican Party as it exists today. A GOP ice age is on the way.
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Abortion cartoons: Where is the woman's voice?

Sociological Images has a post up pointing out something I have actually never noticed: how women are almost always depicted as voiceless or faceless in editorial cartoons about abortion. This isn't solely the province of anti-choice cartoons, either. Some examples:

What these (and most) editorial cartoons are doing is channeling and distilling the political debate. It's telling how, even in the pro-choice cartoon in the center above, the woman is just a stand in for "women's rights" -- a broad issue, not an individual woman making a choice. This is reflective of how we talk about "contentious" abortion issue -- and it's pretty striking to see all these cartoons lined up. (More here.)

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They are not welcome: IGN and District 9’s sexist contest

"I picked up a Game Informer the other day, and one of the first full pages is the “Who’s Who?” on the staff. I scanned the page and something popped out at me: there were ten staff writers, and they were all men.1

But that’s just the beginning. If you’re a gamer or a comics nerd you may have heard of IGN.com’s contest/promotion for the upcoming SF flick District 9. The winner will get flown out to San Diego Comic Con and be sent on “assignment” to do some reporting and promotion of the film. I hadn’t thought anything of it until I sawJohanna Draper’s post looking at the actual contest rules. Let’s have a look:

This sweepstakes is open only to males who are both legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and Washington D.C. and who are at least between 18-24 years of age as of July 23, 2009… "

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Rest of the original post here Not exactly from a 'news' site, but still reasonably political. I suppose what shocks me the most about this is that they thought they could get away with it.


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Rightwingnuts who brought you the Iraq war wants Ahmadinejad to win just to make Obama look stupid

Neocons Pulling Hard For Ahmadinejad

America’s neoconservatives simply do not care for democratic or reformist movements arising organically among the citizens of tyrannical nations. What is America supposed to do, right? Who are these “self-interested” clowns crowding out the strong arm of the American military, which only wants to give them their freedoms after killing them all? Do they hate freedom? So much! And so as punishment to them, the “Iranian people,” America’s neoconservatives want Ahmadinejad to defeat the reformist challenger Mousavi in today’s election, because it would just make the inevitable nuke ‘n’ rape campaign go down all the smoother, later. In an interview with freaking K-LO, the American Enterprise Institute’s Michael Rubin sums up his and his colleagues’ feelings: If Mousavi were to win, that idiot Barack Obama might think that something has *changed,* because he is retarded and gets all of his news from the notably liberal MSNBC.
LOPEZ: Should we want Ahmadinejad to lose the election this weekend?

RUBIN: The Obama administration tends to conflate advocacy with analysis. They see in the Islamic Republic what they want to see, not what the Iranian leadership’s intentions really are. As such, should someone more soft-spoken and less defiant — someone like former prime minister Mir-Hossein Mousavi — win, it would be easier for Obama to believe that Iran really was figuratively unclenching a fist when, in fact, it had it had its other hand hidden under its cloak, grasping a dagger. What Ahmadinjead did was to expose the ideology of the power holders in Iran for what it actually is. Holocaust denial, for example, is nothing new to the Islamic Republic. Both Rafsanjani and Khatami also encourage it. Ahmadinejad’s bluntness, however, forced even the Europeans to react.
Isn’t it amazing that Michael Rubin knows what every state’s secret intentions are, but the President who gets classified intelligence briefings every morning has no clue? Amazing but true! So might as well go with the far right-wing psychopath who is at least honest, rather than the one who supports not chopping off ladies’ heads for daring to show an ankle at the grocery store.

Right-Wing Neocons Rooting For Ahmadinejad Win (VIDEO) [Huffington Post]
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US museum shooter son slams father's 'cowardice'

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The son of white supremacist James von Brunn, who shot a guard at the entrance of Washington's Holocaust museum this week, slammed the "cowardice" of his father's actions on Friday.

"My father's actions are unforgivable," Erik von Brunn, 32, said in a statement to ABC News. "I do not expect, nor will I accept forgiveness for what he has done," he said.

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Privacy May Be a Victim in Cyberdefense Plan

Privacy May Be a Victim in Cyberdefense Plan

A plan to create a new Pentagon cybercommand is raising significant privacy and diplomatic concerns, as the Obama administration moves ahead on efforts to protect the nation from cyberattack and to prepare for possible offensive operations against adversaries’ computer networks.

President Obama has said that the new cyberdefense strategy he unveiled last month will provide protections for personal privacy and civil liberties. But senior Pentagon and military officials say that Mr. Obama’s assurances may be challenging to guarantee in practice, particularly in trying to monitor the thousands of daily attacks on security systems in the United States that have set off a race to develop better cyberweapons.

Much of the new military command’s work is expected to be carried out by the National Security Agency, whose role in intercepting the domestic end of international calls and e-mail messages after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, under secret orders issued by the Bush administration, has already generated intense controversy.

There is simply no way, the officials say, to effectively conduct computer operations without entering networks inside the United States, where the military is prohibited from operating, or traveling electronic paths through countries that are not themselves American targets.

The cybersecurity effort, Mr. Obama said at the White House last month, “will not — I repeat, will not — include monitoring private sector networks or Internet traffic.”

But foreign adversaries often mount their attacks through computer network hubs inside the United States, and military officials and outside experts say that threat confronts the Pentagon and the administration with difficult questions.

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