June 26th, 2009

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MARIA BELEN CHAPUR: Mark Sanford's Mistress (PHOTO, NEWS, VIDEO, INFO)

MARIA BELEN CHAPUR: Mark Sanford's Mistress (PHOTO, NEWS, VIDEO, INFO)



María Belén Chapur has been identified as Mark Sanford's alleged mistress. Politico links to an Argentinian outlet that identifies the mother-of-two.

The media has been camped out by her apartment building near the Buenos Aires zoo. Maria Belen Chapur is 43 and has the two sons from a previous marriage.

Maria is described
by a neighbor as a beautiful brunette who plays tennis, goes jogging, and has large eyes. It was previously, erroneously reported that she worked for an agriculture company.

The NYPost claims to have a Maria Belen Chapur photo.

Guanabee has also got the Maria Belen Chapur photo, seen here, and reports it is an authentic screengrab from a news video.

The video shows Chapur in New York City covering the 9/11 attacks as a reporter for Argentine TV station Canal America, reports McClatchy:

This much is known: Chapur worked as a journalist and translator of English for about a year for the Argentine television station Canal America, according to Gabriel Bartos, who was then a producer with Canal America. Bartos said that Chapur went to New York after the 9-11 attacks in 2001 to report for the station.
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I gotta say, Mark Sanford has taste...
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Mystery of Sanford's mistress deepens in Argentina

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – It's a wild scene outside the luxury apartment building where Gov. Mark Sanford's mistress reportedly lives, where dozens of journalists have camped out, interviewing every passerby in hopes of finding Sanford's elusive "Maria."

But with at least five Marias living in the building, the mystery persists.
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Joe Biden: the administration is committed to "the unfinished business of true equality"

Joe Biden reaches out to gay community

Vice President Joe Biden told gay and lesbian Democrats that he doesn't blame them for their impatience and promised that the Obama administration will begin to push more strongly on the issues they care about, including the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell.

Speaking at a LGBT fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee, Biden acknowledged the anger many gays and lesbians have toward the White House, and he pledged to "put some pace on the ball."

"I don't blame you for your impatience," Biden said. "I hope you don't doubt the president's commitment."

The vice president spent 20 minutes trying to convince the donors inside the Mandarin Oriental Hotel that President Barack Obama is dedicated to following through on his campaign promises. He said he had asked to give the speech at the annual leadership dinner Thursday night, and he read from a TelePrompter.

"I am not unaware of the controversy swirling around this dinner and swirling around the speed or lack thereof that we are moving on issues that are of great importance to you," Biden said.

Outside the hotel about 50 protesters held up signs chastising participants — which included all three gay members of Congress, Reps. Tammy Baldwin, Barney Frank and Jared Polis — with sayings such as "Gay Uncle Toms."
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Blah. We'll see.
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Michael Jackson dies.....nearly takes the internet with him.

Michael Jackson is a test. He is only a test of the emergency broadcast system

June 25, 2009 | Dean Takahashi

The Internet was built to withstand nuclear attack. That was why it was built in the ’60s in the first place, as a communications system with redundancy built in so that the military could communicate even if one of the nodes went down.

We saw some of that happen today, as news of Michael Jackson’s death spread like wildfire through the Internet. TMZ.com got the scoop about Jackson being sent to the hospital. But the site went down from the surge of traffic. The LA Times reported he was in a coma, but then that site went down too. The LA Times managed to report that Jackson was dead, and then everyone else started buzzing about it. Twitter went down. Keynote Systems, which measures web site performance, said that the following sites all slowed significantly: ABC, AOL, LA Times, CNN Money and CBS. Starting at 230 pm PST, the average load time for a news site slowed from 4 seconds to 9 seconds.

This is not supposed to happen. More than a decade ago, when I was writing about computer servers and Sun Microsystems was advertising itself as “We’re the dot in dotcom,” the hardware vendors were all talking about “utility computing.” Carly Fiorina, then the chief executive of HP, touted “adaptive computing,” where software would automatically route traffic from one overloaded server to another. Sun called its version of utility computing “N1,” after the code name for a project that aimed at rebalancing server loads on the fly. IBM, meanwhile, operated on a vision that it called “on demand.”

These visions were great and they all made sense based on an understanding of traffic as a flow of data. Companies such as Akamai set up networks to deliver video in real time for events, such as Victoria’s Secret’s annual lingerie show on the web. In years past, Victoria’s Secret had lots of trouble keeping a site up. But now it’s not as hard. Akamai sets up server centers around the country to feed video to users as needed. But now we’re talking the need to update in micro-seconds.

Servers have gotten better at being multi-headed beasts, especially with the arrival of hardware innovations such as low-power processors and chips with multiple cores, or processing engines, on a single chip. Virtualization software from VMware and others has arrived. That allows a server to split itself into two or three or more machines, just like the old mainframe computers, which had to do tasks in batches by necessity. Each instance of the server can handle a computing task, like fetching a web page from memory and sending it back to the user that requested it. Servers have become like hydras, doing all sorts of these trivial computing tasks at the same time.

And yet networks still buckle under the weight of traffic when something like today’s events shakes the whole world. Mobile networks are particularly weak, as AT&T’s activation problems related to the launch of the iPhone 3G S showed. In some ways, the servers worked today. As one site went down, another picked up the torch. But the transitions were rocky. The promise of utility computing is that you will be able to switch on and off server capacity as if you were switching on and off your lights.

And that leads me to consider the future. As tragic as Michael Jackson’s death is, it’s only a small taste of what would happen in a true calamity. If the servers go down, how are we going to get our Gmail or Yahoo Mail? Who will be there to listen when we collectively Tweet for help? What will we do if the emergency plan is stored on the network?

It’s a wake-up call for the web, and for those who are building its infrastructure and plumbing for it.

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I think this is something that our new Cyber Czar needs to look into.  Today, it's just one person dying that sent bunches of huge sites crashing.  What happens when it's an actual national disaster?  Even when 9/11 happened, we weren't yet nearly as reliant on these online sites to communicate so much of what we do.  If we had another major disaster, I think last night's outages would be minor by comparison.

German therapy center helps torture victims get their lives back

June 26 is the UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. Torture victims carry the burden of their experiences forever, but one therapy center in Cologne seeks to make living with the memories bearable.

Petek T.* has been a patient at the Cologne Therapy Center for Torture Victims for two years now, but the memories of her torture during her imprisonment in Turkey are still very vivid. Her biggest wish is for something that many people take for granted: sleep.

"During the day, I can distract myself," she said. "But at night, I have problems sleeping, and nightmares. The traumatic experiences always come back."

Petek, now 38, was 18 when she began her university studies in her hometown of Izmir in western Turkey. She wanted to become a journalist, and wrote articles for student organizations criticizing an increase of repression and the authoritarian approach of the Turkish government.

She was sent to jail three times for her writing after being convicted or being a member in a forbidden organization. Her most recent imprisonment was from 1994-2002, but even seven years later, it churns up too many memories for her to talk about.

Since her time in a Turkish prison, the situation of prisoners there has improved somewhat, she said, but people are still being tortured.

"People are still dying in prison under unclear circumstances, but the government denies that there is systematic torture going on in Turkey," said Petek.

Waiting list for torture therapy

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For the lulz: 'Stoned wallabies make crop circles'

Australian wallabies are eating opium poppies and creating crop circles as they hop around "as high as a kite", a government official has said. Lara Giddings, the attorney general for the island state of Tasmania, said the kangaroo-like marsupials were getting into poppy fields grown for medicine.

She was reporting to a parliamentary hearing on security for poppy crops.

Australia supplies about 50% of the world's legally-grown opium used to make morphine and other painkillers.

"The one interesting bit that I found recently in one of my briefs on the poppy industry was that we have a problem with wallabies entering poppy fields, getting as high as a kite and going around in circles," Lara Giddings told the hearing.

"Then they crash," she added. "We see crop circles in the poppy industry from wallabies that are high."


Rick Rockliff, a spokesman for poppy producer Tasmanian Alkaloids, said the wallaby incursions were not very common, but other animals had also been spotted in the poppy fields acting unusually.

"There have been many stories about sheep that have eaten some of the poppies after harvesting and they all walk around in circles," he added.

Retired Tasmanian poppy farmer Lyndley Chopping also said he had seen strange behaviour from wallabies in his fields.

"They would just come and eat some poppies and they would go away," he told ABC News.

"They'd come back again and they would do their circle work in the paddock."

Some people believe the mysterious circles that appear in fields in a number of countries are created by aliens. Others put them down to a human hoax.

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LOL forever. Drunk animals (who eat fermented fruit) are hilarious so this is doubly ridiculous.
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"A Message from the Average Black Person"

Via the Huffington Post (Would love to hear what you guys think)

To Whom It May Concern:

Greetings. My name is Elon James White. I'mBlack.

I write this letter on behalf of a lot of people that fall into the category of Average Black People. (Yes, I capitalize it, as if it were a title.) I do not claim to represent them because that would be absurd. I really, truly don't. I don't even represent my circle of friends. At any point in time one of my Black buddies will, in fact, tell me to go to hell when speaking on concepts of race, politics, or religion.

I do, however, qualify as an Average Black Person. I am neither a part of the Black intelligentsia, nor do I fall into the category of your garden-variety street Negro. A lot of folks see Black people in one of these two categories. Normally, let's be honest, it's the latter.
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I don't qualify.

I do come from "the Hood." That's right. I am a born and bred Brooklynite raised in the middle of Bed-Stuy. If you aren't familiar with Bed-Stuy, perhaps you have never listened to gangster rap. You're probably also unfamiliar with Jay-Z, Biggie Smalls, or the thousands of songs that yell out "Brooklyn!" and then give a shout-out to Bed-Stuy. It's fine. Just understand that Bed-Stuy has a primarily negative connotation and for many years was used in boasts to gain respect or fear because it's an incredibly violent environment.

In other words, you could get shot, son.

Speaking of which, I am the son of a single mother. My father is in prison. My grandfather was a pastor and I grew up in the church. I, without shame, also enjoy fried chicken, watermelon, ribs, and orange soda. I can have an incredibly in-depth debate on the best five MCs ever. My credit isn't great and I've been shot.

With facts like this I qualify as a stereotypical Black person right?

But I am also a computer programmer. I've been known to quote Nietzsche. I, on occasion, host dinner parties where I serve five-course meals, including a specialty of mine, White Truffle Tilapia (it's delightful). I have the entire John Williams discography and wear a backpack that is emblazoned with the Thundercats insignia.

Those with one half of that story shake their head at the sheer mass of stereotypes I carry. Then those with the other half question if I even understand the Black experience at all. Some refer to me as someone who "made it out." I currently live in Crown Heights. Some say "You're not like the others." Most people I interact with are very similar to me.

I am an Average Black Person.

So, as an ABP, I have a few requests:

Media.
Please stop referring to blacks as a monolith. I can't possibly express to you the different types of Black people that exist. We neither move as an entity, nor do we move as three or four entities. For every Sharpton, there's a Steele. And for every Sharpton and Steele there are a hundred folks in the middle. What we share is a past, which on occasion helps shape our view on things. Also? Obama is not a unicorn. Please stop acting like Obama and his family are magical in the Black community. Just because some of you may not have seen a Negro like this doesn't mean they don't exist. Lots of smart black folk living with their smart mates and their cute smart kids. So please remember. Obama? Not a unicorn. Black people? Not one voice: I don't care what the supposed Black leaders try to claim.

Supposed Black Leaders.
Please stop speaking for us as if we were a monolith. This is not the 1960s. We don't need a Martin Luther King, Jr. or a Malcom X. You speak for yourselves and your view on what's happening. You also can't police black people. There isn't an us. Are there issues within the Black community? Absolutely, but it's not everybody as much as it is certain groups, most time classes that are in need of help and focus. Hence you can't speak for "Blacks." There are people who need your help and don't want you speaking for them. Oh, and for the love of all that is holy, could you please stop critiquing Obama simply to show you aren't drinking the kool-aid? I get it. You're sugar-free. Got it.

Critics Of Obama.
Hey, um...guess what Black people are not? A monolith. We are not holding Obama on a pedestal. Some critique him harshly (and personally I feel unjustly) and others love him. This is the case with every president. Obama is not the spokesperson for Black people. He is a symbol of hope. He is a symbol of opportunity in a land where opportunity for us seemed nonexistent. He's a symbol of a fight where people cried and died and sacrificed in order for the opportunity for him to exist. But his actions are his actions and have to be judged. Just not four months after he walked in the door with one of the worst clean up jobs in the countries history. You may critique him without critiquing Blacks' ability to critique him.

The hypocrisy of saying we are not One, and yet speaking for the exact group for which I justemphatically denied exists, is not lost on me. Perhaps there are Black people who absolutely want to be spoken for and referred to as if we were one big team. I acknowledge the possibility, but if this was the majority people like Dyson and Smiley would be way more important, and let's be honest: they aren't. I hope that my message is clear. After reading this, the next time you talk to a Black person you can feel comfortable in now knowing with every fiber of your being that you have no clue what they think or feel based on their skin color.

But if they're wearing a Soulja Boy shirt you may disregard this essay and judge them immediately


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Shenanigans Friday: June 26, 2009.

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Let's get this commission started!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOO

Webb Crime Bill Moving In House



The House of Representatives will be taking up a companion version of a popular Senate bill intended to overhaul the American criminal justice system, Rep. Bill Delahunt (D-Mass.) told the Huffington Post on Wednesday.

The Senate bill was introduced by Sen. Jim Webb and would create a commission to make recommendations on the reform of everything from sentencing to drug policy. Everything, Webb has said, would be on the table.


Delahunt, a senior Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, said that reform of the American justice system should begin with a broad look at drug policy.

"I think it's really time to do an absolute overview of the issue of drugs and come at it with an open mind," he said.

The bill, he said, "would create a commission of respected individuals in the field with a time frame for review. This deals with gang violence and everything else, but clearly, as you continue to peel back the problems, dealing with crime in this country, and particularly violent crime, the one common nexus is drugs. So you've gotta take a hard look at that."

Delahunt is a former prosecutor from Massachusetts. Asked how his experience as a prosecutor shapes his thinking on drug legalization, he turned the question around.

"I mean, how long have we been waging the war on drugs?" he said.

Forty years?

"Is it working?" he asked.

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Everyone wants a piece of that Scarborough.

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BAD 'WEEK' FOR MORNING JOE

 MSNBC host Joe Scarborough was all set to appear this Sunday on ABC's "This Week" with George Stephanopoulos until yesterday, when Scarborough canceled because David Gregory, the host of NBC's "Meet the Press," allegedly threw a fit.

"What is David Gregory so afraid of?" asked one network insider.

Stephanopoulos was first pitched to have Scarborough as a guest by Scarborough's "Morning Joe" co-host on MSNBC, Mika Brzezinski.

"About three weeks ago, George got a handwritten note in the mail and a copy of Scarborough's book, 'The Last Best Hope,' " said our source. "The note said, 'Would you consider putting Joe on your show?' "

Last week, the booking was finalized. "She [Brzezinski] said she checked with all the high-ups at NBC," said our source.

But on Wednesday night, Stephanopoulos was alerted there might be a problem. Scarborough is said to have informed him, "I'm terribly sorry, but David Gregory had a fit." Yesterday morning, Scarborough canceled his appearance, leaving Stephanopoulos scrambling to find a replacement guest.

Stephanopoulos declined to comment, but an ABC source said, " 'Meet the Press' has lost more than half a million viewers on David Gregory's watch. That explains his tantrum, but it does not excuse it."

Since Gregory took over on "Meet the Press" last December after Tim Russert's death, viewership of the still top-rated Sunday morning show has plummeted. "Meet" topped "This Week" by 2.2 million a year ago, compared to 240,000 this past Sunday.

An NBC rep told Page Six: "NBC News never approved an appearance by Joe on George's show. But it's flattering to know that when ABC needed a smart political analyst, they turned to us. As far as any issue between David and Joe, he's hosting a book party for Joe [last] night in DC."

source: NY post. So it has to be true.
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Why is Mika acting as Joe's pimp?

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'Biggest Loser' trainer convicted of beating child

BY ANN GIVENS | ann.givens@newsday.com
10:33 PM EDT, June 25, 2009

Anthony Badalamenti made a name for himself as a personal trainer who helped whip an overweight Freeport police officer into shape on the reality show "The Biggest Loser."

Thursday, he earned a more sinister kind of fame - he was convicted of beating his girlfriend's 6-year-old son with a weightlifting belt.

Badalamenti, 31, of Merrick, did not look at the jury foreman as the verdict was read: guilty of second-degree assault, criminal possession of a weapon and endangering the welfare of a child. In the Mineola courtroom, Badalamenti's sister sobbed and shouted, "We love you," as court officers led him away in handcuffs.

Badalamenti, who got a flurry of publicity after he was featured on "The Biggest Loser" for helping contestant Jim Germanakos lose 186 pounds, was acquitted of one of the eight counts he faced: a charge accusing him of assaulting the child about a week before the day last October when he was arrested.
 

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I found out today that the boy in this article is my coworker's nephew and that her brother has custody. She also says that the article isn't detailed enough, and that there's more to it. I hope this motherfucker and the boy's mother get the same treatment they gave this poor kid. I swear some people should just not have kids.


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The week of Maria continues!

Maria, Maria! Washington's Maria Cantwell Voted 'Sexiest Senator'

Last week we asked you to select the sexiest senator on Capitol Hill.

Nearly 40,000 of you voted, and although many of you wrote in former Illinois Senator Barack Obama and some of you bemoaned your options, we do have a conclusive winner: Senator Maria Cantwell (not to be confused, of course, with the Maria of recent Governor Sanford infamy) of Washington.

Kirsten Gillibrand of NY was second, followed by Evan Bayh of Indiana, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, John Thune of South Dakota and Mark Warner of Virginia.

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YEAHHHHHH STATE PRIDE BABY. I'd say more, but that would be going into, you know.
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Largest lobbying day for Africa ever

As an update, the bill(s) went from 6 co-signers in the Senate and 13 in the House prior to Tuesday to 12 in the Senate and 60 in the House as of this morning.

Activists promised a huge lobbying effort for identical bills in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate that call for the elimination of a Ugandan warlord and his Lord's Resistance Army fighters in eastern Africa.

At a Monday gathering in Washington, an estimated 3,000 activists discussed plans to win over members of Congress during meetings Tuesday in offices of the Capitol complex.

In its statement of policy, the legislation specifies that the United States will provide "political, economic, military and intelligence support for a comprehensive multilateral effort to protect civilians in affected areas, to apprehend or otherwise remove Joseph Kony and his top commanders from the battlefield, and to disarm and demobilize Lord's Resistance Army fighters."

It authorizes $10 million in aid for the budget year beginning Oct. 1 to meet humanitarian needs of people in southern Sudan, Uganda and Congo affected by Kony's fighters.

Many thousands have been killed by Kony's rogue army, which largely comprises abducted children, and by Ugandan military efforts to capture him since 1986.

In 2005, Kony and his top lieutenants were named in the first arrest warrants issued by the International Criminal Court.

The warrants have not been served, however, because Kony has escaped arrest since he began his private war 23 years ago in Uganda and southern Sudan. His forces are now based in eastern Congo.

The ICC prosecutor, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, who took out the warrants against Kony and his aides, spoke Monday to the activists who are pressing for passage of the two bills, both filed on May 19.

"Joseph Kony's army is an army of children," Moreno-Ocampo said. "They don't want to fight. He forces them to fight, and when he kills them, he just abducts more. It's an army of defectors, and that's why if Kony is arrested, most of the Lord's Resistance Army will collapse."

He told the activists: "You are changing the world, but it will take more than one day."

Source: http://www.etaiwannews.com/etn/news_content.php?id=984014⟨=eng_news

All of the articles about the event (compiled by Resolve Uganda), including a few that lean a bit more toward the ONTD side (Kristen Bell, Tom Shaydac and Anna Lynn McCord were there)
http://www.resolveuganda.org/node/867

More info and history (they also have videos with information about this event and past events)
http://www.invisiblechildren.com/about/history/

More on the legislative side (IC does more of the out the ground work and outreach, Resolve is more focused on legislation)
http://www.resolveuganda.org/

The article is about the actual lobbying but we also had what was basically a conference on Monday. Speakers included Luis Moreno-Ocampo (prosecutor for the International Criminal Court), Stephen Lewis (who was one of the best for sure) Crispus Kiyonga (Defense Minister of Uganda), Ruhakana Rugunda (Uganda's ambassador to the United Nations), among so many others. You can see a full list of speakers at http://www.howitends.tv/ (they also have many video clips and further reading there)
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White House Drafts Executive Order to Allow Indefinite Detention of Terror Suspects

The Obama administration, fearing a battle with Congress that could stall plans to close Guantanamo, has drafted an executive order that would reassert presidential authority to incarcerate terrorism suspects indefinitely, according to three senior government officials with knowledge of White House deliberations.

Such an order would embrace claims by former president George W. Bush that certain people can be detained without trial for long periods under the laws of war. Obama advisers are concerned that bypassing Congress could place the president on weaker footing before the courts and anger key supporters, the officials said.

After months of internal debate over how to close the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, White House officials are growing increasingly worried that reaching quick agreement with Congress on a new detention system may prove impossible. Several officials said there is concern in the White House that the administration may not be able to close the facility by the president's January deadline.

White House spokesman Ben LaBolt did not directly respond to questions about an executive order but said the administration would address the cases of Guantanamo detainees in a manner "consistent with the national security interests of the United States and the interests of justice."

One administration official suggested the White House was already trying to build support for an executive order.

"Civil liberties groups have encouraged the administration, that if a prolonged detention system were to be sought, to do it through executive order," the official said. Such an order could be rescinded and would not block later efforts to write legislation, but civil liberties groups generally oppose long-term detention, arguing that detainees should either be prosecuted or released.

The Justice Department has declined to comment on the prospects for a long-term detention system while internal reviews of Guantanamo detainees are underway. The reviews are expected to be completed by July 21.




Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/26/AR2009062603361.html?hpid=topnews

It's like he's going down his list of campaign promises and saying, "yeah, that is so not happening". What is he doing?

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National Security Experts: Jackson Death Could Doom Iran


Mark Sanford isn't the only person relishing the King of Pop's demise—national security experts are warning that his death could distract from Iran's increasing crackdown on democracy.

The jokes popped up almost immediately that Mark Sanford was the luckiest guy on Earth after word broke that Michael Jackson had suffered a heart attack. But the notion that Jackson's death, which preempted virtually all other news coverage on the cable networks last night, is sucking up media attention from other matters carries a dark edge to it as well. National security experts are warning that without sustained attention on Iran, its repressive tactics could grow more deadly in the coming days.

The Jackson story, paired with Farrah Fawcett's death and Sanford's own scandal, “without a doubt” poses a danger in Iran, according to Michael Rubin, an American Enterprise Institute scholar and former Bush administration official.

“Its' a sad commentary that celebrity still trumps national security in news coverage, but that’s the world we live in,” says former Bush official Michael Rubin.

In an interview with The Daily Beast, Rubin said the issue was already a hot topic among his colleagues in the Middle East.

“To put it this way, the gods are not in favor of hope and change,” Rubin said. “Unfortunately in Iran people are going to prison, but when a tree falls in the forest and there's no one to hear it, the pressure goes away.”

Rubin cited Sudan as an example of where international pressure, encouraged by heavy media coverage, helped force the government to significantly reduce violence.

“It's a sad commentary that celebrity still trumps national security in news coverage, but that’s the world we live in,” he said.
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Not sure I would call bloggers or folks from the American Enterprise Group a "national security expert", but Huffpo has been sensationalizing their headlines a lot lately. Thoughts?

Director of liberal think tank: No evidence Iran election stolen



Was Iran's Election Stolen?

By Mark Weisbrot
co-director, Center for Economic and Policy Research

Since the Iranian presidential election of June 12, allegations that the announced winner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's victory was stolen have played an important role in the demonstrations, political conflict, and media reporting on events there.

Some say it does not matter whether the elections were stolen because the government has responded to peaceful protests with violence and arrests. These actions are indeed abhorrent and inexcusable, and the world's outrage is justified. So, too, is the widespread concern for the civil liberties of Iranians who have chosen to exercise their rights to peacefully protest.

At the same time, the issue of whether the election was stolen will remain relevant, both to our understanding of the situation and to U.S.-Iranian relations, for reasons explained below. It is therefore worth looking at whether this allegation is plausible.

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Related: BBC says a pro-Ahmedinijad demonstration is in fact a "pro-Mousavi" demonstration. The BBC issued a retraction.
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White House Press Corps. fail

Press corps whine about no written statement from Obama on Michael Jackson's death.  Robert Gibbs gave a verbal statement on the President's behalf but that apparently was not enough.  Here is the video. 


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Now I was surprised over Michael's death, but I think the statement from Gibbs was sufficient considering what else is going on in the world.
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Michele Bachmann's Census Theories Too Much For Glenn Beck. It's official, she is nuts...

Michele Bachmann's Census Theories Too Much For Glenn Beck

As we related yesterday, Michele Bachmann has drawn a line in the sand, and will not fill out the Census, and no one really cares because who in America really wants to see government resources allocated to the Bachmann demographic, anyway? Nevertheless, Bachmann is the Neda Agha Soltan of fighting ACORN and the Census. "Why does the government need our phone numbers?" complains Bachmann, making me wonder if she plans on robo-calling her constituents come re-election time. You know I'll be watching for that!

Anyway, yesterday, Michele Bachmann went on the Glenn Beck Common Sense Comedy Hour to talk about all of this. Understandably, Bachmann is concerned with whether the government should know about its citizens' "mental stability." And here is one of Bachmann's amazing insights:

BACHMANN: You know the question that's not on this survey, Glenn? "Are you a U.S. citizen?" This would be your perfect opportunity to find out how many illegal aliens are in the United States.

Of course! That is precisely the way this mystery should be penetrated! I can see it now!

CENSUS TAKER: Okay, next question...are you a U.S. Citizen?


ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT: RATS! You caught me!

CENSUS TAKER: I shall now deport you, with my ACORN magicks!

ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT: And to think I almost got away with it!


And that's the incredibly true story of how Mitt Romney had to start paying his gardeners actual money!

But here's the revelatory part of Bachmann's conversation: It appears that there actually is a point at which you can even out-bonkers Glenn Beck! Watch as the video gets to about the two-minute mark. That's when Bachmann starts up her "OMGZ! THE INTERNMENT CAMPZ" spiel. Beck starts shaking his head in disbelief, and then just shuts her down, mid-thought! Is that a bridge too far for Glenn Beck, who runs the most realistic Doom Room in Cable news? Maybe! Of course, I can't help but notice that Beck set Bachmann up perfectly to proffer that answer.

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Not-Extremist American Joe The Plumber demands Execution of Sen. Chris Dodd

Joe The Plumber Suggests Lynching Chris Dodd

Samuel "Joe" Wurzelbacher, better known as "Joe the Plumber," has had his fifteen minutes of fame during the 2008 election and was widely expected to disappear when the candidate who brought him into the spotlight lost. But he's still a star in conservative circles -- and still saying some odd, hostile things. At an event Thursday for the Wisconsin chapter of Americans for Prosperity (one of the lead organizations behind the Tax Day Tea Parties), Wurzelbacher suggested Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) should be lynched.

Wurzelbacher has a reputation for being a blunt, politically incorrect speaker. Referring to Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., more than once, Wurzelbacher asked, "Why hasn't he been strung up?"

Wurzelbacher appeared at a Tea Party in Michigan on April 15, where he claimed that he and other protesters were wrong labeled as extremists.

"I'm here for one reason and one reason only: It's 'I love America,'" Wurzelbacher told the crowd. "Mainstream media wants to paint us as a bunch of extremists, right? We're in search of liberty and our freedoms. What's so extreme about that?" [...]

"Let me give you another extremist view, 'In God We Trust,'" he said to wild applause. "Say that too loud in some parts of America and you will be shot. It's terrible." "'In God We Trust' ... too loud in some parts of America and you will be shot."

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Media reporter demands to know why is Obama keeps doing it all wrong...

Now CBS’ Chip Reid Wants To Know Why Obama Meddled In Iranian Politics So Much


At Tuesday’s Obama Press Conference, CBS’ Chip Reid wanted Obama to admit that Lindsey Graham and John McCain were finally knocking some sense into his weak skull about how he needed to yell at/bomb Iran some more. America aids its friends of course! And even though Obama only kicked up his rhetoric a half-degree or so on Tuesday, Ahmadinejad was very quick to condemn America’s meddling. So today all Chip Reid wanted to know was why this idiot Obama would speak so recklessly about Iran’s internal politics — doesn’t he know anything about international relations?? [YouTube]


Obama Scoffs At Ahmadinejad's Demand For Apology

President Barack Obama's criticism of Iran escalated Friday into an unusually personal war of words. To Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's demand he apologize for meddling, Obama shot back that the regime should "think carefully" about answers owed to protesters it has arrested, bludgeoned and killed.

"The violence perpetrated against them is outrageous," Obama said. "We see it and we condemn it."
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Obama's doctor supports single payer; conservatives confused

[Obama's doctor criticized Obama's plan for not going far enough. Conservatives got confused and assumed this meant the doctor, as a "critic," supported a Republican-style free market system. Oops!]


Conservative Media Confused by Obama Doctor Story
06/23/2009 by Steve Rendall

After the conservative site Forbes.com published a story headlined "Obama's Doctor Knocks ObamaCare," it was quickly picked up by the right-wing Drudge Report, where, presumably because of its conservative pedigree, right-wing commentators ran with it as if it were a point scored by the right against the White House.

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It wasn't the Basij, it was the CIA!

Iranian envoy: CIA involved in Neda's shooting?


MEXICO CITY, Mexico (CNN) -- The United States may have been behind the killing of Neda Agha-Soltan, the 26-year-old Iranian woman whose fatal videotaped shooting Saturday made her a symbol of opposition to the June 12 presidential election results, the country's ambassador to Mexico said Thursday.

"This death of Neda is very suspicious," Ambassador Mohammad Hassan Ghadiri said. "My question is, how is it that this Miss Neda is shot from behind, got shot in front of several cameras, and is shot in an area where no significant demonstration was behind held?"

He suggested that the CIA or another intelligence service may have been responsible.

"Well, if the CIA wants to kill some people and attribute that to the government elements, then choosing women is an appropriate choice, because the death of a woman draws more sympathy," Ghadiri said.

In response, CIA spokesman George Little said, "Any suggestion that the CIA was responsible for the death of this young woman is wrong, absurd and offensive."

Though the video appeared to show that she had been shot in the chest, Ghadiri said that the bullet was found in her head and that it was not of a type used in Iran.

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Sanford booked 10 day trip, Jenny warned him not to visit Maria

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On or around the day his wife asked him to move out, South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford booked a ten-day trip to Buenos Aires, a person familiar with the governor's travel plans told POLITICO.

Sanford booked the trip on Delta Air Lines on June 10, using the company's SkyMiles program, the source said. He bought a ticket for June 18, returning June 28.

Jenny Sanford said yesterday, June 24, that she'd "asked my husband to leave two weeks ago."

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Jenny Sanford said Friday that she warned her husband not to travel to Argentina last week to visit his mistress.

In an interview Friday with The Associated Press, the first lady of South Carolina said that her husband agreed to end the affair in January after she found a letter from the governor to his Argentine mistress.

When the governor recently informed his wife that he would be leaving the state, Jenny Sanford said, he told her that he needed time alone to write. She then warned him not to visit the woman in Argentina and said she was shocked to find out that he had.

Jenny Sanford added later in an interview with reporters that her husband’s career “is not a concern of mine.”

“He’s gonna have to worry about that, and I’m going to worry about my family and the character of my children,” she said.

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Shohreh Aghdashloo on the Iranian protests



The release date of Shohreh Aghdashloo’s new film “The Stoning of Soraya M.,” could not be more propitious. As the world watches Iran in the throes of what may be another revolution — and finds a new Iranian heroine in Neda Aghan Soltan, who died in the streets of Tehran and again and again on YouTube and on TV screens around the planet — this film, based on the nonfiction book by journalist Freidoune Sahebjam, presents us with two other, real-life examples of courageous Iranian women: Soraya (Mozhan Marnò), a young woman at the cruel mercy misogynist Islamic law, and her aunt, Zahra (Aghdashloo), who dared to ensure that her story was known to the outside world.

MaryAnn Johanson: Do you feel like you have a different perspective on feminism from Americans and Europeans because you grew up in Iran?

Shohreh Aghdashloo: Iranian women have been practicing their freedom and feminism unconsciously perhaps for the last 30 years. Because every time there was a riot or a protest women were at the forefront of the movement, and now we can see that this movement, which is very much a spontaneous movement, is also very much women-driven. We see women’s faces on the streets of Iran, and according to some statistics, 40 percent of the protesters are women. This is in a country that has been constantly suppressing these women and sending them home, or did not allow them higher education at one point. And what we’re seeing is evidence of their constant war with the government and all the restrictions they were confronted with over the last 30 years.

Now the whole world is watching them and can see how proud and strong they are, and they are ready to lose their lives in order to gain freedom. And they’re still coming out, even after Neda. We thought that they might not decide to come out anymore, that they may be afraid, or their parents might not let them come out, but they keep coming out into the streets. And it’s just incredible.

I knew about this proudness of Iranian women. All these women were told at one point that all they could do was to be good mothers and good wives and obey their husbands and do not even say anything, do not have any attitude. Now they’re out and about and fighting shoulder to shoulder with their men.

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Tennesee Couple accused of assault....USING CHEETOES!!!

Tenn. couple accused of assault using Cheetos
AP Fri Jun 26, 3:19 pm ET
SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. – Authorities said a couple got into a fight using Cheetos. The Bedford County Sheriff's Department said a 40-year-old man and 44-year-old woman became involved in a 'verbal altercation.' Somehow, the orange puffy snacks were used in the assault.

Deputies said they were charged with domestic assault. No one was hurt.

According to the Shelbyville Times-Gazette, both posted bond of $2,500.

Information from: Shelbyville Times-Gazette, http://www.t-g.com

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