Ed Schultz Psycho Talk: Schultz hits Michael Savage in his Psycho Talk segment for this:
He urges "all people in the media who have been harassed by this Stalinist group, Media Matters" to do the same.
Michael Savage continues with the behavior that David Neiwert has been reporting on repeatedly. How the right wing talk show hosts help promote violence in our society with their over the top rhetoric. What does Savage expect to happen to MM employees by posting their personal information on his website? There can only be one outcome. Violence against them.
Media Matters is not afraid and came back with this video. Good for them.
In the wake of the Mark Sanford revelations, Chris Matthews gets Ken Blackwell to concede that the Republican Party is not morally superior to the Democratic Party. It's nice to see the hypocrisy of the "family values" party being called out for once.
Countdown's Worst Persons segment where he eviscerates Missouri's Cynthia Davis for her outrage at meals being provided for poor children in MO.
Runners up Randy Neugebauer for being one of the five co-sponsors of Bill Posey's bill that would require birth certificates from Presidential candidates and for still wondering out loud if the President of the United States is a citizen or not. I wonder what Rep. Neugebauer would have done had McCain been elected since he was the one actually not born in the United States of America. Anyone want to take a guess???...lol.
And last we have Joyce Thomann for suggesting that Obama and Hitler have a great deal in common.
The thought that what is happening in Iran is so much more than a mere election has struck many of us as self-evident. Would they show this ferocious courage simply for a fixed election? I don't think so. And others, much more learned express it better.
Hamid Dabashi, Kevorkian professor of Iranian studies and comparative literature at Columbia University:
I see the moment we are witnessing as a civil rights movement rather than a push to topple the regime. If Rosa Parks was the American “mother of the civil rights movement,” the young woman who was killed point blank in the course of a demonstration, Neda Agha-Soltan, might very well emerge as its Iranian granddaughter.
It seems to me that these brave young men and women have picked up their hand-held cameras to shoot those shaky shots, looking in their streets and alleys for their Martin Luther King. They are well aware of Mir Hossein Moussavi’s flaws, past and present. But like the color of green, the very figure of Moussavi has become, it seems to me, a collective construction of their desires for a peaceful, nonviolent attainment of civil and women’s rights. They are facing an army of firearms and fanaticism with chanting poetry and waving their green bandannas. I thought my generation had courage to take up arms against tyranny. Now I tremble with shame in the face of their bravery.
The idea of "Neda", apart from the young woman herself who was murdered on the street, suggests to me Women's rights, above all. The suppression, even the targeting of women protestors of any age, is perhaps the greatest threat to the orthodoxy under which Iran is governed.
Iranian Nobel Peace laureate Shirin Ebadi put it this way:
Many fear that a second term for a man first elected in 2005 in part on a platform of restoring "Islamic values" will only prove worse than the first.
"The root of the current unrest is the people's dissatisfaction and frustration at their plight going back before the election. Because women are the most dissatisfied people in society, that is why their presence is more prominent."
The video above was taken from an Iranian YouTube video, Neda ye Sarzamin. I could find no translation for it, except that it is a tribute to Neda Agha Soltan. I've added some pictures to make my point.
Reza Aslan weighs in on Iran's reform movement and the fight for the future of the Islamic Republic.
Aslan wore the green armband as a show of support for the Reform movement. Aslan also said "Thank god for Barack Obama," and not some more militant blowhard making bombastic statements who would have made the situation much worse, a move which would have led to more bloodshed and ended the reform movement. Hooman Majd called such people Ahmadinejad's useful idiots.
From the Ed Schultz Show, while espousing the virtues of St. Ronald Reagan, Dana Rohrbacher blames President Obama for making the unrest in Iran worse, and claims if he's used harsher rhetoric sooner, maybe some lives would have been saved. Ed gets his back up over the statement about President Obama, but lets the Reagan talk slide. Is it too much to ask that Ed Shultz call one of these guys out when they start telling fairy tales about Ronald Reagan or ask them a few questions about Iran-Contra?
Last week Rohrbacher called President Obama a "cream puff". Our own Jon Perr has more on that at Perrspectives: Ronald Reagan, Cream Puff.
An Iranian gives her eye-witness report on today's atrocities carried out against non-violent protesters on the streets of Tehran. Further accounts online paint a similar grim picture. From persiankiwi's excellent twitter page:
all shops was closed - nowhere to go - they follow ppls with helicopters - smoke and fire is everywhere #Iranelectionabout 4 hours ago from web
ppl run into alleys and militia standing there waiting - from 2 sides they attack ppl in middle of alleys #Iranelectionabout 4 hours ago from web
saw 7/8 militia beating one woman with baton on ground - she had no defense nothing - #Iranelection sure that she is deadabout 5 hours ago from web
they were waiting for us - they all have guns and riot uniforms - it was like a mouse trap - ppl being shot like animals #Iranelectionabout 5 hours ago from web
I see many ppl with broken arms/legs/heads - blood everywhere - pepper gas like war - #Iranelectionabout 5 hours ago from web
Nico Pitney relays from Facebook:
"In Baharestan we saw militia with axe choping ppl like meat - blood everywhere - like butcher . . . Fighting in Vanak Sq, Tajrish sq, Azadi Sq - now . ."
The graphic accounts of the state using terror on it's own citizens has caught much of the media off-guard. Both the interviewer and the news anchor were, at times, left speechless. After years of sanitized war in Iraq and elsewhere we're just not prepared for the brutality or the injustice of such events.
Rachel Maddow notes what the script is for a disgraced GOP Senator returning to the Senate. Apologize, no further comment, and get a round of applause from your fellow Senators.
John Ensign follows the likes of Larry Craig, David Vitter and Ted Stevens with a show of support from his fellow family values Republicans. It's so nice to see the Republicans are at least being consistent with their hypocrisy when it comes to protecting their own.
While discussing what the United States should do if the crisis in Iran turns into another Tiananmen Square, McCain responds that the U.S. should follow the lead of the French, who we all know Republicans love so much, the Germans and the Brits. McCain says that the death of Neda might be a defining moment in history and the end of the tyrannical regime in Iran.
When asked if we should negotiate with them if Mahmoud Ahmadinejad remains in power, of course Mr. Bomb, Bomb, Bomb Iran doesn't think so. McCain also says the we can't trust the Iranians because they've "violated fundamental human rights upon which this nation (The United States) was founded".
As someone who formerly chaired and remains a member of the Indian Affairs Committee in the Senate, I wonder if Senator McCain has ever asked any of his American Indian constituents if they'd agree with that statement? He might want to ask the African American community as well. I don't think being kept as slaves qualifies as honoring someone's basic human rights.
John McCain made some similar statements and additional history revision on Sean Hannity's show last week.