Excerpt: Iran's supreme leader ordered Monday an investigation
into allegations of election fraud, marking a stunning turnaround
by the country's most powerful figure and offering
hope to opposition forces who have waged street clashes to protest
the re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmahandjob.
State television quoted Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
directing a high-level clerical panel, the Guardian Council, to look into
charges by pro-Western candidate Mir Hossein
Mousavi, who has said he is the rightful winner of Friday's presidential
The decision comes after Mousavi wrote a letter
appealing to the Guardian Council and met Sunday with Khamenei,
who holds almost limitless power over Iranian
affairs. Such an election probe by the 12-member council is uncharted
territory and it not immediately clear how it
would proceed or how long it would take.
Even George Bush was smart enough to know you
don't steal an election by 30 points.
Polls showed a close race - some even showed
Mousavi ahead - but then Ahmahandjob wins 63-33?
And why would Khamenei agree to an investigation?
Does he secretly want closer ties with the West?
Excerpt: A great example of the right-wing echo chamber's
bullying came when they managed to smack down the release of
a Department of Homeland Security report about
the rise of right-wing extremism. Judging from the right's rhetoric,
you'd have thought Janet Napolitano was suggesting
rounding up Rush and his dittoheads and putting them in an
old Japanese-American internment camp or something
. . .
The calm nine-page report merely looked at warning
signs for extremism, based on history: They include a prolonged
economic downturn, the demonization of immigrants,
the election of the first black president, fears about losing the right
to own guns, a banking crisis inciting age-old
paranoia about 'Jewish cabals' and the return of many veterans to the States
suffering from PTSD and other conditions while
getting insufficient care.
Presciently, the report said the top perceived
threat was a 'lone wolf": 'White supremacist lone wolves pose the most
significant domestic terrorist threat because
of their low profile and autonomy -- separate from any formalized group
-- which hampers warning efforts.'
DHS, meet James von Brunn, whose wife divorced him because of his hatred,
racism, paranoia and violence.
But the right-wing echo chamber went nuts about
the report. Rush called it 'crap,' thundering, 'There is not one instance
they can cite as evidence where any of these
right-wing groups have done anything.' Rep. Michele Bachmann crowed:
'To me, it looks like the extremists are those
running the DHS.' John Boehner called it 'offensive' and said, 'Unfortunately,
Secretary Napolitano still has a lot of explaining
to do.' Newt Gingrich harrumphed that 'the person who drafted the
outrageous homeland security memo smearing veterans
and conservatives should be fired.' And Rep. Peter Burgess
said Napolitano herself should 'step down, and
let's move on.' Will any of them apologize to Napolitano now? Dream on.
If torture is a "good thing" that produced
"tangible results" and "saved American lives"
why did they call her "a bad apple"
and throw her in prison?
Subject: Les Paul ailing
Our local sports radio morning show had ex Yankee
centerfielder and accomplished jazz guitarist Bernie Williams
on today and he said he'll be standing in for
Les Paul at the Iridium while Paul recovers from an illness. Bernie said
may be doing Monday nights for "some time". No
word on the illness.
Bernie plays a mellow lite jazz but he is very
good. I'm surprised he found time to play with all those gold gloves he
At old Yankee Stadium, he had a jam room for
himself and drummer-right fielder Paul O'Neil.
I was excited to see your advertisement for a
special Independence Day gun-toting church event.
I love God and I love guns and I am always thrilled
when the two can be merged together.
I know you will get a lot of criticism for this
event, but like your website says,
"When someone says, 'What would Jesus do?' we
reply, 'What did Jesus say?'"
And I think everyone is familiar with Matthew
5:38-42, where Jesus said, "You have heard that it was said,
'An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.'
But I tell you, a gun makes that easier. If someone strikes you
on the right cheek, turn to him and blow that
jackass's head off. And if someone wants to sue you and take
your tunic, give him a mouthful of Glock. If
someone forces you to go one mile, shoot him in the feet.
Shoot the one who asks you, and blow away the
one who wants to borrow from you."
My only true concern with your event is that you
are requiring everyone to remove the magazines from their guns.
What is the point of packing heat in church if
you cannot blow someone's head off at any moment? I think we all
know that Jesus would have his gun loaded in
church, and it is an outrage that you would not honor Jesus and the
Second Amendment to the fullest extent possible.
How could you expect a God-loving, gun-loving,
all-American Kentucky white male like myself
to attend your church event when you're perfectly
comfortable half-assing Jesus and the Constitution?
Gun-totin' God-lover in Shepherdsville
have to admit my visits to the page are confined
then i go through the week's pages. so would
not be a good judge on the page versus radio..
get this one: in the worst economy in decades,
working at a job I hated and having thought
I'd be stuck in for-ever, a great new job opportunity
fell into my lap (referred by a colleague)
and now I am making more money, with better benefits,
and having a way better time..
seriously i am usually NOT that lucky.. i shoulda
gone to the casino that day..
downside: working hugely longer hours 12-14
so trade offs trade offs..
keep on trucking, bart.
Letter to the Iranian People From a Sympathetic American by Alan Bisbort
We are all Iranians now.
We know your election was rigged. We know who
was responsible, because it felt so familiar to us.
We know that the right-wing fanatics in your
country are afraid of change. They are afraid of real freedom, afraid of
We know you don’t want Ahmadinejad as your president.
We know what it’s like to have a president “installed” rather than elected.
We know the vote count was held in secret, in
a back room, with no witnesses. We know that the will of the people has
We know exactly how that feels.
We know that the right-wing fanatics in our country
could not be happier with the results of your election, at least as they
They love having Ahmadinejad in power, so they
can use him to demonize all Iranian people. Ahmadinejad is the answer to
They love to hate, and who better to hate than
someone who can hate back with such intensity?
It’s almost funny how similar our right-wing fanatics
are to your right-wing fanatics.
That is, it would be funny if it weren’t ultimately
so tragic. For both our nations.
For eight years, we lived without legitimate leadership
in our nation, after our highest court, packed with partisan hacks,
voted to suspend a fair, complete and open count
of the votes and “install” a man who lost the election by half a million
For eight years, we woke up to that bastardization
of our democracy. Eight years of waking up feeling sick to our stomachs
at the violations being done to our Constitution,
eight years in which we lived a lie. And every day that lie was nurtured
more lies, lies from our political “leaders,”
lies from our “free” press, lies from our Holy men and lecture halls and
and movies screens and shopping malls and magazines.
We were terrorized with lies.
But we did nothing about it. Oh sure, a few of
us marched, a few of us wrote columns for weekly alternative papers in
out of the way cities or we blogged about it.
We vented to each other, we preached to the choir. We wrote our
corporate-owned Congress people, our “Representatives”
and “Senators.” And, guess what?
NOT ONE DAMN THING WAS DONE ABOUT THE BIG LIE
OF OUR ELECTION.
In fact, the illegitimate government that we allowed
to remain in power actually got stronger during those long eight years,
leaving us in the end powerless to hold it accountable.
To assure that the leaders of that government would face no consequences,
these illegitimate rulers looted our Treasury,
compromised our Justice Department and led us into a war that should never
taken place, a war that has now lasted twice
as long as our participation in World War II. And we are stuck there, paralyzed
our debt and the continuing lie that we should
just “move on.”
It is, therefore, perhaps insultingly easy for
me to encourage you, the Iranian people, to do what we did not do.
That is, to do something about what has happened
to you in the past three days.
The illegitimate government of Ahmadinejad will
respond with violence against its own people and some innocent people
will no doubt be killed. But this will happen
regardless of whether you do anything or not. Violence is all that an illegitimate
government knows how to do, even ones like yours
that profess to have the backing of religious leaders and holy writings.
We know that you love your children as much as
we love ours, that you want peace and tolerance between our two nations.
I hope one day when our political nightmares
are over that we can meet and shake hands.
Our hopes go with you.
Alan Bisbort is a columnist for the Hartford Advocate.
His most recent book is Media
Scandals (Greenwood Press)
Excerpt: A prisoner who says he was tortured while being
held for nearly four years as a suspected terrorist
can sue former Bush bastard John Yoo for coming
up with the legal theories that justified his alleged treatment,
a federal judge in San Francisco ruled Friday.
U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White's decision marks the first time
a government lawyer has been held potentially
responsible for the abuse of detainees.
"Like any other government official, government
lawyers are responsible for the foreseeable consequences
of their conduct," White said in refusing to
dismiss Jose Padilla's lawsuit against Yoo.
If Padilla, now serving a 17-year prison sentence
on terrorism charges, can prove his allegations, he can show
that Yoo "set in motion a series of events that
resulted in the deprivation of Padilla's constitutional rights," White
White, an appointee of Fuhrer Bush, noted that
Padilla's lawsuit accuses Yoo of helping to design administration
policy on detention and torture, and then crafting
legal opinions to justify it - stepping outside the usual role of a lawyer.
Why is the common sense judge always from San
Why can't there be a judge in Texas or Alabama
with brains and courage?
"The right wing has lost whatever restraint
it had and that the ongoing paroxysms of violent, extreme rhetoric are having their effect. The crocodile
tears of the anti-abortion forces after the Tiller assassination notwithstanding, it's also pretty clear that they know
this violence is effective. If you want to paralyze a society and force
people to capitulate out of fear of random
violence, nothing beats terrorism."
-- digby, Link
Excerpt: Obama is, by far, the most popular politician
in America. And there is little doubt who is No. 2.
The city of Auburn, New York, population 28,574,
held its first annual Founder's Day celebration June 6.
The most famous of the city's fathers is William
Seward, who as secretary of state purchased Alaska from
Russia in 1867. To commemorate the event, the
city council invited the current governor of Alaska.
The parade featuring Sarah Palin drew more than
20,000 people, according to press reports.
The next day Palin traveled to Long Island to
speak at a fund-raiser for a charity. Before that, she and
her daughter attended a New York Yankees game
to get knocked up by Alex Rodriquez.
It was a rare trip outside of Alaska for Ms. Palin,
who stays busy tending to her day job,
and it produced plenty of snotty commentary.
Much of it came from "GOP insiders" in Washington
who speak anonymously to journalists.
There's a sane faction in the GOP?
Why haven't we heard more about this?
Who are these people and why can't they be identified?
wrote this yesterday after reading about our sure-to-be-passed
new Mandatory Minimum laws,
put in place by confounding violent gang activity
with God's Flowers. I hope to write more about
the actual topic. It seems no country close to
Uncle Sam can ultimately "do enlightenment." Hail Caesar!
BTW Yonge St. is the Main Drag in Toronto, and
because it looked like reason was beginning to
sprout there in the form of A COUPLE (soon to
be just one, I'm told) public places where one
could smoke, it is being dubbed, optimistically
it turns out, "Yongesterdam."
I'll be surprised if it's still around 5 years
"Included in the materials submitted to Congress
for the confirmation process is a tape of Judge Sotomayor singing the praises
of affirmative action. So much for Dr. King's aspirations..."
-- Hannity, saying it was wrong, wrong, wrong for Poppy Bush to
an unqualified idiot like quota king Clarence 'Slappy' Thomas to the Supreme
"It is obvious that if a man enters a race
three hundred years after another man, he would have to perform some incredible
feat in order to catch up." -- Dr King, 1963,
So, I took a few moments out of my Sunday to look
at "news" and blogs
and noticed a CNN poll indicating "Half of Israelis
open to bombing Iran".
I thought, well, counter to that, about half
of the world might be open to bombing Israel.
And then I scrolled down to see the poll open
at the time:
Do you think Iran's presidential election was
conducted fairly? Ninty-three percent of respondents said no.
Now, I have no way of knowing whether it was
or not, but I find it interesting that 93% have a strong opinion
about an election halfway around the world, but
couldn't pull their heads out their asses long enough to recognize
our presidential election in 2000
I would have been proud to be an American to see
the streets of every major city in America flooded with people
protesting a corrupted election instead of cowering
in the corner, whimpering about how, if the Supreme Court said so,
then W must have won the election. Sadly, all
I got was 8 years of the jackass clearing brush in Texas while the Dick
masterminded the invasion of a sovereign nation.
I think I'll turn off my computer and go have
a drink (or more).
Excerpt: Back in April, there was a huge fuss over an
internal report by the Department of Homeland Security warning that
current conditions resemble those in the early
1990s - a time marked by an upsurge of right-wing extremism that
culminated in the Oklahoma City bombing.
Conservatives were outraged. The chairman of the
RNC denounced the report as an attempt to “segment out
conservatives in this country who have a different
philosophy or view from this administration” and label them as terrorists.
But with the murder of Dr. George Tiller by an
anti-abortion fanatic, closely followed by a shooting by a white
supremacist at the United States Holocaust Memorial
Museum, the analysis looks prescient.
There is, however, one important thing that the
D.H.S. report didn’t say: Today, as in the early years of the
Clinton administration but to an even greater
extent, right-wing extremism is being systematically fed by the
conservative media and political establishment.
Now, for the most part, the likes of Fox News
and the R.N.C. haven’t directly incited violence, despite Bill O’Reilly’s
declarations that “some” called Dr. Tiller “Tiller
the Baby Killer,” that he had “blood on his hands,” and that he was a
“guy operating a death mill.” But they have gone
out of their way to provide a platform for conspiracy theories and
apocalyptic rhetoric, just as they did the last
time a Democrat held the White House.
And at this point, whatever dividing line there
was between mainstream conservatism
and the black-helicopter crowd seems to have
been virtually erased.
Excerpt: Years ago, when my children were young and packed
together in age like sardines in a tin can,
my then-husband and I took them to Moab for spring
break. It was a scant 6 hours from our home
in Boulder, Colorado. But that 6-hour drive
was like a time machine.
As the years went by, I returned to Moab several
times and was never able to find that freedom trail.
I had decided that perhaps my memories of that
ride had been too influenced by my perception of it,
my interpretation of it. Perhaps I would
never find it again.
The people of the United States made progress
in taking America back from the corporations this week
when the Senate passed a bill to regulate tobacco
as a drug. It's about time! The influence of big tobacco
has been like a cancer on the Congress and finally
the voters have cut the tumor out in the last election and
big tobacco is a little smaller today. When the
People unite then "Yes We Can" stop big tobacco.
Now on to health care reform and taking the hospitals
back from big insurance.
We are nearing the $4,000
level! Thanks to all who have been so generous.
I know what you're thinking...
"I've been reading bartcop.com
for years, maybe I should send Ol' Bart a 'love' check."
I think we started this the last day of February.
Now we're into June - but we're 2/3 thru :)
survive! The cost of catnip is enormous.
send a 'love' check to
bartcop.com PO Box 54466 Tulsa, OK 74155
"The controversial Carrie Prejean was stripped
of her title. Not only that, her chances of becoming Miss San Francisco
are really looking slim."
-- Conan, inheriting Leno's title of Least Funny Millionaire Comic
This is from that garbage Bill Frist and company
passed before they got tossed out of office in 06.
Barney Frank and others have been working to
get the law repealed. Congress is a bunch of scared little girls
who are afraid the religious nutjobs will come
out and scream about poker being 'the devil's game' and being
immoral and all that jazz. Poker players don't
wield enough clout politically to get this fixed at the moment,
that's what the Poker Player's Alliance is about,
forming an NRA like special interest for poker players
so we can have a voice in congress and get them
to back off our game the way they back off guns.
Furthermore, this isn't Obama, this is some idiot
lawyer from New York named Arlo Devlin-Brown,
assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District
of New York. He's decided to go on the latest
anti-poker crusade most likely trying to make
a name for himself fighting 'corruption' or whatever.
Believe me when I say this, during the summer
of 06, I was at so many tables where people declared
themselves 'former republicans' over this issue
it was amazing. All the crap Bush had pulled, but it took
Frist and company going after internet poker
for them to finally divorce themselves from the party, it is unreal.
I wish Obama would step in and say he's pro-poker,
that on-line poker should be regulated and
taxed in America, but it's not likely to happen
because nobody in congress has backed Frank
or anyone else who's tried to get this ball rolling.
To hell with those cowards.
Finally, this story strikes me as being poorly
reported, when the whole bill went down, the banks
made it clear they would try to stop the flow
of funds to and from these internet poker sites, but one thing
they made clear is that they *would not* track
down checks. It would be to expensive and time consuming
for them to hunt down every check to figure out
if it came from an internet gambling site or not. The fact that
the report says the player tried to 'cash a check'
and then got his money seized seems weird. The checks you
get from on-line poker sites are always from
weirdly named shell companies. Hell I have a check from Full Tilt
Poker right now, and it's listed as being from
"Account Services Corp."
--Mike The Dealer
Still, it's Obama's Justice Department.
On his orders they are waging war against poker players and medical
You do what you gotta do...I'll learn to survive
without my daily fix if you need to produce less pages.
However, not sure what Malloy will do (last week
he told his story again about how he always ends
his work day with a glass of wine and Bartcop.com).
Had a couple middle of the night thoughts for
you to ponder...what about hiring a paid intern
(paid a commission of advertising revenue he/she
brings in) who helps you put the page together
while selling advertising and doing other marketing
for the site? I'm old (not as old as you) and
don't know a lot about technology, but I bet
some young college kid can do that remotely from
anywhere, and probably knows all about how to
market websites. That could potentially decrease
the rigors of putting the page together for you
while increasing the revenue through additional marketing.
Also it would be great to use the fact that Malloy
loves your site. Could you send him clips from BCR
that he might play on his show. He has
all those other "correspondents" or "contributors", and snippets
from BCR (some of the few "clean" ones) would
go great on his show and provide added exposure for your site.
Maybe just crazy rantings from a guy that couldn't
but just trying to help keep the best site on
the web going strong.
PS The WSOP report was awesome. Wish
we would've won it all, but it was great to "live" the experience with
Excerpt: What’s startling is the spillover of this poison
into the conservative political establishment. Saul Anuzis, a former Michigan
G.O.P. chairman who ran for the party’s national
chairmanship this year, seriously suggested in April that Republicans should
stop calling Obama a socialist because “it no
longer has the negative connotation it had 20 years ago, or even 10 years
Anuzis pushed “fascism” instead, because “everybody
still thinks that’s a bad thing.” He didn’t seem to grasp that “fascism”
is nonsensical as a description of the Obama
administration or that there might be a risk in slurring a president with
that most find “bad” because it evokes a mass-murderer
The Anuzis "fascism" solution to the Obama problem
has caught fire. The president’s nomination of Sonia Sotomayor and his
speech in Cairo have only exacerbated the ugliness.
The venomous personal attacks on Sotomayor have little to do with the
3,000-plus cases she’s adjudicated in nearly
17 years on the bench or her thoughts about the judgment of “a wise Latina
She has been tarred as a member of “the Latino
KKK” by Tom Tancredo, as well as a racist and a David Duke (by Limbaugh),
and portrayed, in a bizarre two-for-one ethnic
caricature, as a slant-eyed Asian on the cover of National Review. Uniting
insults is an aggrieved note of white victimization
only a shade less explicit than that in von Brunn’s white supremacist screeds.
Why can't the GOP recognize that voters are recoiling from them in droves?
"Gov. Palin announced that her 17-year-old
unmarried daughter is five months pregnant. And you thought John Edwards was in
trouble before! Now he has really done it." -- unfunny Leno last year, doing a joke
similar to the one that got Letterman in trouble, Link
I guess Palin let that go because of all
the time Leno spent kissing McCain's ass.
"Tiller's medical practice had almost nothing
to do with abstract moral and theological arguments about when
life begins. Quite like the Terri Schiavo case, it had
to do with irreparable tragedies at life's end: catastrophically
deformed fetuses, pregnant children too young to carry a baby
to term, suicidal, retarded or mentally ill victims of statutory
rape, and with women stricken by cancer or other deadly complications. Who should make such heartrending decisions? You? Me? Bill O'Reilly?" -- Gene Lyons, Link
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