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Iran Blames It All on the West

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 30th, 2009 4:43 am by HL

Iran Blames It All on the West

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Iran has begun a strange process of recounting 10 percent of the ballots cast in the visibly fraudulent June 12 presidential election. According to the brother of a losing presidential candidate, former Revolutionary Guard commander Mohsen Rezai, a substantial number of ballots cast in the disputed election were written in the same pen and the same handwriting.

Meanwhile, Iranian authorities continue to blame the West for the protests and the death of a woman tour guide shot in the streets of Tehran who now serves as a symbol for the Iranian people of the violent crackdown that has taken place in the Islamic Republic.

Update: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been declared the victor of the recount by the Guardian Council.

The Los Angeles Times:

Iranian authorities today announced that a recount of 10% of the ballots cast in the disputed June 12 presidential election had begun even though all the opposition candidates, who have alleged irregularities or vote fraud, have declined to participate in the recount effort, at least two rejecting it as little more than a ploy.

… Iran has blamed Britain, other foreign nations and international media of being behind the unrest, which has led to a broad crackdown and wholesale detentions.

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And on Sunday, Iranian officials arrested nine British Embassy workers in Tehran for allegedly being involved in postelection rioting. After the Brits expressed their outrage, five of the detainees were released Monday. In an act of solidarity with the remaining four captives, EU countries threatened to recall their diplomats from the Islamic Republic.?

The Guardian:

European Union states are considering recalling their ambassadors from Iran in an attempt to secure the release of the British embassy employees being held in Tehran.

EU diplomats said the envoys could be recalled temporarily in solidarity with locally engaged staff from the British mission in Tehran who have been accused of involvement in post-election rioting. The British government insists the accusations are false.

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AP ignores Sessions’ assertion that “[y]ou don’t have to read everything [Alito has] written”

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 30th, 2009 4:41 am by HL

AP ignores Sessions’ assertion that “[y]ou don’t have to read everything [Alito has] written”

In a June 28 article on the confirmation process of Supreme Court nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor, the Associated Press quoted Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) saying that the Senate Judiciary Committee “needs time to review 300 boxes of records that recently turned up in connection with [Sotomayor’s] work for a legal advocacy group,” and reported that ranking member Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) “wrote to Sotomayor to request additional information related to her career as a lawyer, prosecutor and judge.” But the AP did not note that after former President Bush announced Justice Samuel Alito’s nomination on October 31, 2005, Sessions reportedly said: “My personal view is, let’s finish it this year; let’s not have it hanging out there. …You don’t have to read everything he’s written.”

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In fact, [then-Republican Sen. Arlen] Specter [PA] was under quite a bit of pressure from his Republican colleagues to accede to the White House’s wishes and to get Alito on the high court bench — and [Justice Sandra Day] O’Connor off it — as soon as possible.

Before the announcement, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.) expressed impatience with the process.

“My personal view is, let’s finish it this year; let’s not have it hanging out there,” he said. “You don’t have to read everything he’s written.”

Several print outlets, including the AP, previously reported Sessions’ call in early June to delay Sotomayor’s confirmation hearing until the fall, without noting his reported comments about the Alito confirmation process.

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Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said Sunday the committee preparing for hearings for Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor needs time to review 300 boxes of records that recently turned up in connection with her work for a legal advocacy group.

McConnell, R-Ky., said the Senate Judiciary Committee needs to examine the materials from the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund, now known as LatinoJustice PRLDEF. Hearings are scheduled to begin July 13 on President Barack Obama’s nomination of Sotomayor, a federal appeals court judge.

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On Friday, the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee, Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, wrote to Sotomayor to request additional information related to her career as a lawyer, prosecutor and judge.

In the letter, Sessions noted that he had been in contact with counsel for the PRLDEF and that the group’s archives contained more than 300 boxes of material that Sotomayor’s representatives were searching in connection with her nomination.


Sanford To Lover: “I Love The Erotic Beauty Of You Holding Yourself”

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 30th, 2009 4:39 am by HL

Sanford To Lover: “I Love The Erotic Beauty Of You Holding Yourself”
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Talking About “Blood and Politics”

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 30th, 2009 4:34 am by HL

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ThinkFast: June 29, 2009

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 30th, 2009 4:33 am by HL

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Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 30th, 2009 4:29 am by HL

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