Thursday, June 25, 2009

Telephoning the Revolution

Yesterday I saw this CNN video of an anonymous woman’s account of the alleged “Baharestan Square massacre” posted all over the web and it’s understandably provoking a lot of raw outrage (read the comments at C&L for an example). It’s fairly compelling stuff, but (here comes the heartless realism) I question its veracity.  Undoubtedly, there’s a tremendous amount of savage brutality going on in Iran now and it’s not limited to batons (witness Neda), but her account seems a little over-the-top (axes, etc.) when coupled with her overwrought pleas for US intervention (not to mention, no collaborating visuals). The NY Times’ The Lede has posted a few accounts that contradict the woman’s recounting of the events that took place during the rally at Baharestan Square and I think they’re worth highlighting:

Update | 5:03 p.m. The National Iranian American Council’s blog reports that “a trusted source who attended today’s silent rally at Baharestan Square” wrote to to them with an account of today’s events more like the one we heard from a reader of The Lede this morning — and quite unlike the account of the anonymous woman who spoke with CNN:

 

I was there from 5:15 to 7:30. It was very tense. Being out in Baharstan was an act of defiance. No one said anything, there were only a few chants coming from outside the square. Although the police were a lot nicer, the Basij continued to be brutal. No one was allowed to stand in one place, we had to keep on moving. The moment we stood in one place, they would break us up. I saw many people get blindfolded and arrested, however it wasn’t a massacre. I heard that someone was killed, however I didn’t see it.

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Posted by Kevin K. on 06/25/09 at 10:16 AM
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Teeny Wolf

I don’t remember if Gulliver mentioned encountering wolf packs in Lilliput. But if he did, it might sound something like this:

[Cross-posted at Betty Cracker]

Posted by Betty Cracker on 06/25/09 at 06:54 AM
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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Welcome to the Dolthouse

Ha ha, Glenn Back is either the world’s worst prop comic or an eight-year-old girl. I’m voting for both. [via Booman]

Posted by Kevin K. on 06/24/09 at 11:04 AM
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Dumb and Dumberer

73%.  I want 2012 to happen, like, right now.

p.s. It’s also hilarious that 58% of them don’t know what to make of Michael Steele. I guess who can blame them after you watch this. The best description I can come up with is scrambled dork with extra cheese. I don’t know whether to devour it because it’s such an intriguing mess or send it back to the kitchen and tell them I’d prefer to go with a sandwich.

Or something like that.

Posted by Kevin K. on 06/24/09 at 09:40 AM
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Well, they both start with an “A”—UPDATE: Sanford was visiting mistress in Argentina w/ video

UPDATE:  I’m making this post sticky for a bit because I didn’t want to start another post about Mark Sanford.  He just announced during his 2PM press conference he was visiting his mistress (“a dear, dear friend”) in Argentina. Jim Newell is live blogging it here. I’ll post the video when it’s available.—KK

MORE: Here’s coverage from MSNBC, WaPo and The State.

UPDATE: Here’s a video clip of the presser…

So now formerly missing South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford says he was in Argentina, not hiking the Appalachian Trail. I have a feeling the volume of skeletons that are about to start tumbling out of ol’ Marky Mark’s closet are going to make the skull avalanche scene in Lord of the Rings look like an overturned Operation game board. Gather ye Orville Redenbacher microwavable packets while ye may…

Posted by Betty Cracker on 06/24/09 at 08:08 AM
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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Calling Dr. Helen, Dr. Fine, Dr. Helen

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This is your brain on wingnut.

I’ve always thought Dr. Helen Smith (aka Mrs. Instaputz) was a dipshit, but even I didn’t think she was this stupid:

Anyway, the [Mother Jones] article begins by talking about me and states that I am a blogger for the “conservative Pajamas Media network”—newsflash to the author Amy Benfer: I am a blogger on blogspot, not at Pajamas Media—but why get bogged down with too many facts?

Did she really write that? For reals? Ummm, yeah, why should Dr. Helen get bogged down with the facts that she’s written thirty-nine posts for Pajamas Media, including one that was published two days ago, and that she hosts her own “show” (“Ask Dr. Helen”) on their craptacular fake TV network? Silly Amy Benfer.  I hope she gets Dr. Helen’s “newsflash” because, oh boy, is she ever going to be embarrassed.

UPDATE: Roaster Tom65 called Dr. Helen out on her ridiculous argument in her comments and this was her second response...

Again, the point I was making is that the author of the Mother Jones piece does not know the difference between a blog and a column. Perhaps she is just not very new-media savvy? In which case, she should study up a bit.

TRANSLATION: When you’re a forensic psychologist, you’re a PJM columnist, but when you’re just a plain old psychologist like Phyllis Chesler (.pdf), according to Dr. Helen, you’re a PJM blogger. Got it?

 

 

Posted by Kevin K. on 06/23/09 at 10:06 PM
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When Joe Klein is good…

...he’s really, really good:

I’ve been receiving a steady stream of favorable emails from Iranian-Americans regarding my appearance on Larry King last night. They’re delighted that I made it clear that Iran is different from the other countries in the region—better educated, more sophisticated, with far greater rights for women (although not nearly enough). And they also appreciated the fact that when King asked me what John McCain should do right now, I said, “Be quiet.”

The Washington Post has a piece today about the efforts of some Republicans to make hay out of the situation in Iran. McCain, who spent the entire 2008 election making misleading statements about the nature of the Iranian government (I wonder if he still thinks Ahmadinejad is more powerful than the Supreme Leader), has been at the forefront of this. It is very unseemly. I have yet to hear what possible good it would do for the President of the United States to encourage the protesters, except to give the Iranian regime a better excuse for killing more of them. McCain’s bleatings are either for domestic political consumption or self-satisfaction, a form of hip-shooting onanism that demonstrates why he would have been a foreign policy disaster had he been elected.

To put it as simply as possible, McCain—and his cohorts—are trying to score political points against the President in the midst of an international crisis. It is the sort of behavior that Republicans routinely call “unpatriotic” when Democrats are doing it. I would never question John McCain’s patriotism, no matter how misguided his sense of the country’s best interests sometimes seems. His behavior has nothing to do with love of country; it has everything to do with love of self.

Read it all, including his response to the “wingnuts over at National Review” regarding their attempt to scold him by shamelessly exploiting the death of Neda Agha Soltan.  This is the main reason you won’t be seeing the logo of this blog turning green (or my Twitter icon).  I refuse to latch onto an internet movement that’s been cheapened by the presence of rightwing opportunists who express tearless outrage over the death of Neda (replete with posting the video of her dying over and over and over), but fight gun control laws that might have saved the life of Martez Henderson who was killed by a stray bullet (check out the Google News search for that term) three years ago when he was only eleven years old. His mother still can’t afford a gravestone for him.  But don’t be bothered by that story or the others in that search (try this one), Glenn “Shoot Em’ Up” Reynolds turned Instapundit green! Iran Go Bragh!

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Posted by Kevin K. on 06/23/09 at 08:26 PM
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+One

Quoth TBogg:

Pam Geller, who makes Danielle from The Real Housewives of New Jersey look like Maria von Trapp, has never been what we would call a “Friend of Dafiyah”.  Or, for that matter, our secret Muslim President:

I am not a racist. Tough to prove a negative. But I refuse to dhimmi down and STFU. Too much is wrong. Obama’s narrative is being altered, enhanced and manipulated to whitewash troubling facts. The web is being scrubbed of Obama’s ties to Islam. But America will know the truth, even if the mainstream media refuses to touch the third rail. The media is already in full spin mode. The racist charge is fallacious - Islam is not a race, but why split hairs, right?

America should be skeptical. America should question - intensely. We are in the fight for our lives against an enemy who has vowed to destroy us. Good faith is not good enough.

My objective is to unearth Obama’s relationship to Islam. Islam is a political ideology and it is incompatible with democracy.

But when handed an accidental martyr in Neda Agha-Soltan.

Like many in her neighborhood, Neda was loyal to the country’s Islamic roots and traditional values, friends say, but also curious about the outside world, which is easily accessed through satellite television, the Internet and occasional trips abroad.

The second of three children, she studied Islamic philosophy at a branch of Tehran’s Azad University, until deciding to pursue a career in the tourism industry. She took private classes to become a tour guide, including Turkish language courses, friends said, hoping to some day lead groups of Iranians on trips abroad.

Pam has suddenly changed her tune:

 

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Posted by YAFB on 06/23/09 at 05:39 PM
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Cat Treats

Summer has come to the Rockies along with the annual migration of miller moths.  Having had a lot of cats over the years, I have noticed that they have three basic reactions to these furry fliers and, coincidentally, each of the three cats we have now represents each point of view.

Clara, our little black and white cat pretty much ignores them.  Ginger, the ginger cat (original name, no?) will bat them down and play with them until they quit moving, then walk off in a bored manner.

Twyla, though, the gray and orange tortie, she of the goofy tail and big paws, has only one thought when it comes to the millers.  YUM!  She will watch the moth fly around until it lights where she can get it, make a quick leap, scoop it with her paw and transfer it straight to her mouth.  Chomp, gulp, settle back down with a satisfied smile.  Kitty chocolate.

Sorry PETA, but it’s a cat eat bug world out there.  And, yes, I have posted pics below the fold.

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Posted by marindenver on 06/23/09 at 10:21 AM
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Sorta food prØn: The Crop

I staggered out yesterday in the suffocating heat (well, actually, my husband did) and found this little beauty on the vine:

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Ingredients:

1 homegrown cherry tomato

Directions:

Wash thoroughly. Cut off bad spot (eliminating approximately 1/5th of total mass). Drizzle with 1 drop balsamic vinegar. Place approximately 4 grains of kosher salt and 5 black pepper specks on tomato. Enjoy! 

Posted by Betty Cracker on 06/23/09 at 09:11 AM
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John McCain on Iran: “This is an American issue.”

All of the people, including some overly emotional libs/progs, belly-aching that Obama should be more vocal about what’s going down in Iran, should understand why he’s not butting in when dipshits like John McCain are belching out inanities like this:

“He should point out this is not just an Iranian issue. This is an American issue.”

This imbecile was nearly our president. And don’t even get me started about Palin yapping away behind him. I don’t even want to look to see what she’s said about this.

Obama’s handling this just the way it should be at the moment. Our involvement will only make things worse. I don’t understand why some folks don’t get that.

UPDATE: More proof that Obama is doing the right thing. (Background here.)

Posted by Kevin K. on 06/23/09 at 08:44 AM
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Buzz Aldrin’s Rocket Experience with Snoop Dogg and Talib Kweli

Posted by Kevin K. on 06/23/09 at 06:23 AM
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Monday, June 22, 2009

Krugman Lays out Health Care Reform Dilemma

Writing in the New York Times today, Paul Krugman lays out perfectly and concisely the biggest hurdle facing meaningful health care reform right now - so called “centrist” Democrats.  It’s appropriate to use quotes around the word “centrist” because, as Krugman points out, if the recent NYT/CBS News poll is correct, a clear majority of Americans want a public option and are willing to pay for it. 

I use scare quotes around “centrist,” by the way, because if the center means the position held by most Americans, the self-proclaimed centrists are in fact way out in right field.

Yes, they are.  Way out in the field where the words “socialized medicine” are supposed to evoke fears of commiemartyrdom overtaking the country with European-style socialism leading the way.

This is the first real chance we’ve had at meaningful health care reform in, well, probably forever!  We can’t let a handful of so-called moderate Democrats screw this up for the rest of us because they see an opportunity to make names for themselves.  (They likely wouldn’t like the names many of us would give them anyway.)

If your senators and congresspeeps aren’t on board for real reform in the health care system let them hear your displeasure!  Write, call, e-mail, blog, send telepathic messages, whatever it takes.  Let them know what the American people really want!  Health care that is a service, not a product for sale to the highest bidders.

Posted by marindenver on 06/22/09 at 01:31 PM
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How to Make a Bad News Day Better



h/t Cute Overload and Ms. YAFB

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Monday Morning Music: Gus & Fin cover The Clash’s “Complete Control”

Chris and I are gradually recovering from attending a fantastic bluegrass festival up in Vermont (we got back late last night) with our good pals Amy and Rob.  Had an amazing time listening to great music, sleeping under the stars for four nights next to a babbling river, and ogling at the gorgeous rolling green hills all around us. And, of course, there were the endless amounts of booze and food.  Will write more about it later after I get settled in.  Thanks to the front-pagers for doing a phenomenal job holding down the fort while I was gone. Here’s some semi-bluegrass from Gus & Fin to weave me back into this thing called “blogging.”

p.s. Nothing like going from hearing rushing water rolling over rocks and the feint sound of mandolins and banjos in the distance when you wake up in the morning to hearing construction workers repointing the building directly behind you to start your day.  Ahhhhhhh, it’s great to be home.

Posted by Kevin K. on 06/22/09 at 08:17 AM
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