December 2009

The 21st Century has been unkind to all the cable news networks. Except Fox, that is. The conservative news network has bucked the trend and grown a remarkable 570% in the decade.

This chart shows each network’s Nielsen average year-by-year ratings for the last 10 years (12-27-99 thru 12-23-09).

There’s only one solution for the other guys. Get Michael Mann to do the next ratings chart.

Source: Nielson via

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Black Americans still love the nation’s second black president, but their enthusiasm has fallen from the lofty levels The One once enjoyed. The damning line from this survey is that “the thrill is gone.”

The CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey reveals the demagogic details:

More than nine in 10 blacks questioned in the poll approve of the job Obama’s doing in the White House, far higher than 42 percent of whites who approve of his performance as president.

But when asked how they personally feel about Obama’s presidency, only 42 percent of black respondents say they’re thrilled, with nearly half of those questioned saying they are happy but not thrilled.

The 42 percent who are thrilled is down from 61 percent in January, when Obama was inaugurated.

“African-Americans are still big fans of the first black president in U.S. history, but the thrill is gone,” said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

Thrilled? This is undoubtedly the first time in history that pollsters have asked the question, “Are you still thrilled with the President?”

And with that, ladies and gentlemen, we introduce a new theme song for the Obama administration, performed by blues legend B.B. King.

Source: CNN

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Shocker: Most Americans agree with Hugo Chavez

by editor on December 31, 2009

Hugo Chavez looks past the illusion and doesn't like what he sees.

As if to prove the old saying that “Even a blind sow occasionally finds an acorn”, Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez has stumbled upon a truth that the American people having been discovering over the last eleven months.

Reuters reports this comment from Chavez’ year end message to the Venezuelan people:

“Let’s not kid ourselves: the Obama illusion has finished, and the shameless interventionism of the American administration shows that.”

In related news, Rasmussen reports that American voters no longer buy the illusion, either:

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 26% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Forty-one percent (41%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -15.

Luckily, the people of the United States have much greater ability to oust unpopular leaders than the people of Venezuela.

Source: Reuters, Rasmussen

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Attention: 2010 Census Crossing Ahead

The Democrats are counting on their friends at ACORN to “help out” with the 2010 census. And if this analysis is correct, they need all the help they can get.

The Washington Times reports the depressing details for Democrats:

… in the final pre-count estimate just released by the Census Bureau, we already have a broad idea of where the results are headed and what they will mean politically.
The numbers are cause for alarm for Democrats.

Of the states gaining House seats — Texas (three) and Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Nevada, South Carolina, Utah and Washington — only Washington is reliably Democratic, having last voted for a Republican presidential candidate in 1984.

Of the states losing seats and electors — Ohio (two), Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania — only Louisiana is reliably Republican. And the fact that there are 170,000 fewer residents of New Orleans than before Hurricane Katrina has made the state even more reliably red.

But the real shocker is California. After a consistently large gains in the second half of the 20th century, California is on track for only 9 percent growth in the first decade of the 21st. Compare that to 14 percent growth in the ’90s, 26 percent growth in the ’80s, 19 percent in the ’70s and 27 percent in the ’60s.

9% growth in California? Build a wall on the Mexican border and the population won’t increase at all. Of course, you’d also have to build a wall along the Nevada border to retain the legal residents.

Source: Washington Times

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Rumor has it that Danny Glover has replaced Barack Obama with an unidentified, hot-blooded Latino hunk

It’s not surprising, really. It was one of those typical May-December Hollywood romances. Barack was young and eager to please. Danny was older and jaded.

Big Hollywood reports the sordid details:

“I think the Obama administration has followed the same playbook, to a large extent, almost verbatim, as the Bush administration. I don’t see anything different,” the activist movie actor said of Obama’s policies in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Middle East. “On the domestic side, look here: What’s so clear is that this country from the outset is projecting the interests of wealth and property. Look at the bailout of Wall Street. Why not the bailout of Main Street?”

“He may be just a different face, and that face may happen to be black—and if it were Hillary Clinton, it would happen to be a woman,” says Danny Glover. “But what choices do they have within the structure?”

Think of it as Washington, DC’s answer to Hollywood’s casting couch, President Obama. You looked good in the auditions, but couldn’t deliver once the director hollered, “Action.”

That’s life in Hollywood.

Source: Big Hollywood

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Hawaiian estate, $4000. 18 holes of golf, free. Protective fleet of gunboats, priceless.

American citizens, especially travelers, are feeling more uneasy after a near miss by an Islamic terrorist who tried to blow up an airliner on Christmas.

But don’t worry, President Barack Obama is snuggy safe in his $4,000 a day Hawaiian estate. A maritime security zone has even been established around the estate.

“According to the Coast Guard, the maritime security zone includes a portion of Kailua Bay, beginning at Kapoho Point and extending westward to the shoreline at Namala Place, near the Castles surf spot. The zone also includes the adjacent Kawainui Channel beginning at Kapoho Point to a point 85 yards mauka of the North Kalaheo Avenue Bridge.”

By the looks of the gunboats and Coast Guard craft in the area, they mean business, too.

If someone gets caught trying to break that security zone, they’ll be looking at a prison term up to 10 years.

Unless they’re suspected members of Al Qaeda or Taliban. They’ll be released immediately and issued an official presidential apology.

Source: Hot Air Pundit

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Next thing you know, the Associated Press will notice that Keith Olbermann isn't really a newsman.

Reality slapped the Associated Press up the side of the head this week. They finally noticed that MSNBC isn’t really much of a news network.

AP explains what lead them to this overdue conclusion:

MSNBC spent considerable time Monday reporting on the aftermath of an attempted Christmas Day attack on a Detroit-bound airliner, but its executives didn’t want to talk about why the story received little attention as it was breaking.

Competitors CNN and Fox News Channel gave much more extensive attention to the story on Christmas night as MSNBC stuck with taped programs on a murder mystery and environmental issues, along with an “undercover” report on the teenage sex trade.

MSNBC has been criticized in the past for failing to respond quickly to breaking news during off-hours, a choice that may complicate its efforts to be seen as a go-to news source. The network is revamping its daytime schedule to be more news-oriented than personality-driven, since the latter approach has proven to be a ratings failure.

On Christmas, an anchor did live cut-ins about once an hour to pass on news of the attempted terrorism, said Jeremy Gaines, network spokesman.
Fox mixed live coverage of the story Friday night with a taped year-end retrospective show with Bill O’Reilly. CNN devoted virtually all of its prime-time hours to the incident, its coverage anchored by Ali Velshi.

Neither Gaines nor Phil Griffin, MSNBC’s top executive, would discuss the judgment call on Monday.

MSNBC’s choice was noted by Rachel Sklar, a blogger for the Mediaite Web site: “If you’re going to call yourself a news network, then cover the news,” she wrote.

As a result of this actual reporting, Keith Olbermann is expected to name Associated Press the World’s Worst Wire Service of the Day.

Both of MSNBC’s remaining viewers will think it’s the funniest damn thing they’ve ever seen.

Source: Associated Press

Admittedly, we didn’t have a lot of interest in the case of David Goldman, the American father who was battling to get his son back from the kid’s adopted stepfather in Brazil. But when we saw that Goldman was flying back and forth from New Jersey to Brazil in a private jet, we briefly thought to ourselves, “Jeez, that guy must have a ton of money.”

We were wrong. Turns out NBC has a ton of money and they spent it like Barack Obama on speed to become the exclusive David Goldman network.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that NBC’s actions have earned the network a scathing rebuke from the Society of Professional Journalists’ Ethics Committee:

The panel says it’s “appalled” because NBC News chartered a plane for Goldman and his son, Sean, to fly from Brazil to the United States. They were reunited after a five-year custody battle, and they arrived in Orlando on Christmas Eve. In paying for the plane, NBC News engaged in “checkbook journalism,” the Ethics Committee says.

The journalists’ group has a code of ethics that urges reporters to refrain from bidding for news.

“The public could rightly assume that NBC News bought exclusive interviews and images, as well as the family’s loyalty, with an extravagant gift,” Ethics Committee Chairman Andy Schotz said.

In a statement, NBC News said: “The Goldmans were invited on a jet NBC News chartered to fly home to the U.S. on Thursday, December 24. NBC News has followed this story since the Goldmans’ story first ran on Dateline nearly one year ago — David Goldman since has appeared on Today seventeen times. NBC News has not and will not pay for an interview.”

With its lavish gesture to the Goldmans, NBC News helped create the news and jeopardized its credibility, the SPJ Ethics Committee said.

“Mixing financial and promotional motives with an impartial search for truth stains honest, ethical reporting,” Schotz said. “Checkbook journalism has no place in the news business.”

Close, Schotz, but no cigar.

What you should have said is that NBC has no place in the new business.

Source: Orlando Sentinel

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Poor little baby, don't you cry. Daddy's gonna sing you a lullaby.

Sometimes stories just write themselves. Or in this case, sometimes the Associated Press writes them.

This cloying AP story explains that being the so-called leader of the so-called free world is tiring. Very tiring, indeed.

CAPITAL CULTURE: Big first year leaves Obama tired

After a sleepless, overnight flight to Oslo to accept the Nobel Peace Prize earlier this month, President Barack Obama made a not altogether surprising admission. He was tired.

Who could blame him? The president was on his ninth foreign trip to his 21st country; he added a 10th trip the following week. The year had been bookended by the two most intense periods of his young presidency – the early decisions to bail out the nation’s banks and automobile industry, steps the president deemed unpopular but necessary, and his December orders to deploy 30,000 additional U.S. troops to fight the war in Afghanistan.

Throw in an unemployment rate in the double-digits, a health care bill still stuck on Capitol Hill, and last-minute negotiations on a global climate change agreement, and aides say it’s no secret that the president is tired, and looking forward to recharging during his year-end family vacation in Hawaii.

Obama himself has been candid about the pressures of being president during what he has called an “extraordinary year.”

“You have a convergence of factors that have made this a difficult year not so much for me but for the American people,” he said in an interview with CBS News last month. “Absolutely that weighs on me.”

That weight was particularly striking during the president’s exhaustive, three-month review of the U.S. strategy in Afghanistan. Images of a visibly tired Obama, his black hair now flecked with gray, greeting the bodies of fallen soldiers at Dover Air Force Base and walking through rows of headstones at Arlington National Cemetery sparked rumors that he was skipping meals and losing weight.

Why that poor, tired man. Who would have thought that socializing the American economy could be such hard work?

Might we humbly offer a suggestion, Mr. President? If you’re really as tired as you say, take a nap every afternoon. Lay off the golf. And the photo shoots for all those magazine covers. And the appearances on all those TV shows. And the bowing to foreign dignitaries. Especially the bowing to foreign dignitaries.

Source: Associated Press

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We ran across a hilarious website called Come with us now on a guided tour of the gallery and be dazzled by the wide array of artists’ who were inspired by The Greatest President In History, Barack Hussein Obama.

“America’s First Blue Black President”

america's first blue black president

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It’s somehow fitting that the JibJab guys should use the theme from “The Sting” as the basis for their 2009 year in review video. Don’t you kind of feel like you’ve been part of an elaborate sting ever since January 20?


The Art Therapy Rehab program changed Muhamad al-Awfi from a cold-blooded killer to a cold-blooded attempted mass murderer

We’d like to pose a question. A hypothetical question, to be sure.

How successful do you think you’d be rehabilitating Muslim fanatics with something called the “art therapy rehabilitation program”?

You are correct. Whatever it is, it was obviously an abysmal failure. ABC News reports the ludicrous details:

Two of the four leaders allegedly behind the al Qaeda plot to blow up a Northwest Airlines passenger jet over Detroit were released by the U.S. from the Guantanamo prison in November, 2007, according to American officials and Department of Defense documents. Al Qaeda claimed responsibility for the Northwest bombing in a Monday statement that vowed more attacks on Americans.

American officials agreed to send the two terrorists from Guantanamo to Saudi Arabia where they entered into an “art therapy rehabilitation program” and were set free, according to U.S. and Saudi officials.

Guantanamo prisoner #333, Muhamad Attik al-Harbi, and prisoner #372, Said Ali Shari, were sent to Saudi Arabia on Nov. 9, 2007, according to the Defense Department log of detainees who were released from American custody. Al-Harbi has since changed his name to Muhamad al-Awfi.

The Art Therapy Rehabilitation Program. Or as it’s known in Waziristan, finger painting for fanatics.

Source: ABC News

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"Ssssssh. I think the al-Qaeda terrorists are hiding in the sand traps surrounding the 14th green."

President Obama channeled O.J. Simpson today when he said, “We will not rest until we find all who were involved and hold them accountable.”

Then, according to Politico, “A half-hour after President Obama vowed to catch the terrorists behind a plot to blow up a plane on Christmas, he arrived at 10:40 a.m. at the Luana Hills Country Club, where a golf course winds through a rain forest, the pool reports. The club is below inland cliffs and the towering Mt. Olomana.”

Apparently, golf courses are now the preferred choice of hideouts for bloodthirsty killers. After erroneously being found not guilty of killing his wife, O.J. Simpson also declared that he would spend the rest of his life searching for the real killers, then went out and played 18 holes.

The president reportedly spent a lot of time in the sand traps looking for the al-Qaeda terrorists in their native habitat.

Source: Politico

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President Obama puckers up and prepares to kiss his presidency goodbye

President Obama puckers up and prepares to kiss his presidency goodbye

Hell hath frozen over. The leftist Huffington Post is starting to sound absolutely conservative in its criticism of The One. They’ve opened their eyes. They’re seeing the Obama the rest of us have been seeing for a couple years.

Huffpo writer Drew Weston said:

Consider the president’s leadership style, which has now become clear: deliver a moving speech, move on, and when push comes to shove, leave it to others to decide what to do if there’s a conflict, because if there’s a conflict, he doesn’t want to be anywhere near it…

Like most Americans I talk to, when I see the president on television, I now change the channel the same way I did with Bush. With Bush, I couldn’t stand his speeches because I knew he meant what he said. I knew he was going to follow through with one ignorant, dangerous, or misguided policy after another. With Obama, I can’t stand them because I realize he doesn’t mean what he says — or if he does, he just doesn’t have the fire in his belly to follow through. He can’t seem to muster the passion to fight for any of what he believes in, whatever that is. He’d make a great queen — his ceremonial addresses are magnificent — but he prefers to fly Air Force One at 60,000 feet and ’stay above the fray.’…

I don’t honestly know what this president believes. But I believe if he doesn’t figure it out soon, start enunciating it, and start fighting for it, he’s not only going to give American families hungry for security a series of half-loaves where they could have had full ones, but he’s going to set back the Democratic Party and the progressive movement by decades, because the average American is coming to believe that what they’re seeing right now is ‘liberalism,’ and they don’t like what they see. I don’t, either.

Welcome aboard, HuffPo. Better late than never.

Source: Huffington Post

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According to The Hill, “Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said the Senate needs to have a ‘Rodney King’ moment in its healthcare debate.”

We assume the vile old codger isn’t requesting that cops beat him senseless, but rather that we should all just get along.

How convenient that Harry should want to break out the kumbaya songbook after all the indignities dished out by the Whitehouse and the Democrats on their GOP opponents. Not to mention Harry’s own speech in which he compared Republicans to Nazis, klansmen, communists and terrorists.

So now that his party has steamrolled its way to what they consider victory, Harry wants the Senate to return to it’s “gentlemanly ways”?

That’s not called a Rodney King moment, Harry. It’s called a senior moment, where everyone just forgets the whole thing.

Sorry, Harry, our memories might be fading just a little bit, but odds are good that we’ll remember recent events quite clearly in November, 2010

Source: The Hill

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hanging-bear The greens are distraught over the circus that was Copenhagen. As the Brisbane Courier-Mail reports, Aussie greens have resorted to lynching polar bears:

Copenhagen was the anti-climax of the century and the feeling of disappointment, anger and frustration from those who wanted more is palpable. In Brisbane, campaigners tied nooses around the necks of giant soft toy polar bears and threw them off balconies and bridges.

Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, Director of the Centre for Marine Studies at the University of Queensland, said the political leaders were putting a “brave face on total failure”, declaring it “a triumph for the fossil fuel lobby.” The usually understated Dr John Church, principle research scientist in CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research and a world authority on sea-level rise, said: “Continued failure to reduce greenhouse gas emissions commits the world to metres of sea-level rise, with severe consequences for many millions of people and the natural environment.”

Damn, these people are hilarious. Who the hell are we going to laugh at when they are finally forced to abandon the global warming scam?

Source: Brisbane Courier-Mail

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Delusional Department of Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano thinks the Christmas airline bomber proves that they system worked. Seriously. That’s what she said.

Dutchman Jasper Schuringa poured water on the bomber's balls and simultaneously rained on Janet Napolitano's parade

Dutchman Jasper Schuringa poured water on the bomber's balls and simultaneously rained on Janet Napolitano's parade

Politico reports that even CNN choked on the comment:

DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano said that the thwarting of the attempt to blow up the Amsterdam-Detroit flight this week demonstrated that “the system worked.”

Asked by CNN’s Candy Crowley on “State of the Union” how that could be possible when the young Nigerian who sought to set off the bomb was able to smuggle explosive liquid onto the flight, Napolitano responded: “We’re asking the same questions.”

Napolitano added that there was “no suggestion that [the bomber] was improperly screened.”

For god’s sake, Jan, disaster was averted only because one brave passenger tackled the guy, poured water on his burning balls, stripped him naked to make sure he had no additional explosives, and tied him up.

News flash for Janet Napolitano: that guy didn’t work for the DHS.


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Watch Senator Max Baucus (D-Montana) debating ObamaCare on the floor of the senate. Then make up your own mind.

We can’t actually verify that he’s drunk, but it’s been reported that he began chanting ”Toga, toga, toga” immediately after his speech.

We’d guess that Baucus checked the bill and discovered that rehab is covered.


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Rachel Maddow can't quite put a finger on where her former viewers went

Rachel Maddow can't quite put a finger on where her former viewers went

Things are not going well for MSNBC. Not for the network in general nor for Rachel Maddow in particular.

While the poor dear used to routinely and handily top 1,000,000 total viewers per night, she’s reached that lofty level only once in the last five weeks.

We’re very sad to report that this is her third week of record low ratings within that same five week period (it probably would have been four out of five, but we won’t hold the disrupted Thanksgiving week against her).

And just to make things even worse, her total viewers for the most recent five night period has reached an all-time low, clinging precariously just above the 4,000,000 level. Here are the grim details:

Date Total Viewers
Mon, Dec 14 755,000
Tues, Dec 15 857,000
Wed, Dec 16 915,000
Thur, Dec 17 -806,000
Fri, Dec 18 745,000
Total 4,078,000

It will be interesting to see what Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA), MSNBC’s new owners, decide to do with the also-ran cable news network.

MSNBC is, of course, the network that once billed itself as the Obama Network. Apparently,“The Cartoon Network” was already taken.


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Snow on the beaches of Southern France on December 19, 2009

Snow on the beaches of Southern France on December 19, 2009

If you’ve been dreaming of a white Christmas, you’ve come to the right place. Hell’s bells, it’s not even winter yet and the northern hemisphere is covered with unprecedented snow. Damn that global warming.

Alaska sees record snow: Five feet, 8 inches deep!
Source: Alaska Dispatch

Let It Snow: NYC Preps for the White Stuff

Blizzard Dumps Snow on Copenhagen as Leaders Battle Warming
Source: Bloomberg

Washington, DC expecting up to 20-inches of snow
Source: Weather Underground

Cold snap wreaks havoc across Europe
Source: BBC

This is an oddball post. We admit it. Not the kind of story and not the kind of video we normally run. But it’s pretty damn cool. And it’s our blog, so we’ll run what we damn well please.

Consider this proof that we are not a one trick pony here at Yes, in addition to being media mavens and political scientists, we are also highly-trained astronomers.

H/T: Neatorama

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There's nothing worse than hearing the buzzing of a mosquito in the middle of the night. Except maybe the droning of Al Gore.

There's nothing worse than hearing the buzzing of a mosquito in the middle of the night. Except maybe the droning of Al Gore.

Woe is Al. The Goracle has been nailed with another inconvenient untruth by epidemiologist Paul Reiter. Here’s how the Spectator UK reports the buzz:

I am a scientist, not a climatologist, so I don’t dabble in climatology. My speciality is the epidemiology of mosquito-borne diseases. As the film [An Inconvenient Truth] began, I knew Mr Gore would get to mosquitoes: they’re a favourite with climate-change activists. When he got to them, it was all I feared.
In his serious voice, Mr Gore presented a nifty animation, a band of little mosquitoes fluttering their way up the slopes of a snow-capped mountain, and he repeated the old line: Nairobi used to be ‘above the mosquito line, the limit at which mosquitoes can survive, but now…’ Those little mosquitoes kept climbing.

The truth? Nairobi means ‘the place of cool waters’ in the Masai language. The town grew up around a camp, set up in 1899 during the construction of a railway, the famous ‘Lunatic Express’. There certainly was water there — and mosquitoes. From the start, the place was plagued with malaria, so much so that a few years later doctors tried to have the whole town moved to a healthier place. By 1927, the disease had become such a plague in the ‘White Highlands’ that £40,000 (equivalent to about £350,000 today) was earmarked for malaria control. The authorities understood the root of the problem: forest clearance had created the perfect breeding places for mosquitoes. The disease was present as high as 2,500m above sea level; the mosquitoes were observed at 3,000m. And Nairobi? 1,680m.

Al, there’s a mosquito on your face. Let us slap it.

Source: Spectator UK

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The blue dogs are running, but not for election

The blue dogs are running, but not for election

But the latest one to announce his retirement should give all Democrats reason to worry about the 2010 elections.

Tennessee Democrat Bart Gordon had $1.2 million in cash-on-hand in his last FEC filing. His Republican challengers? Only one of them had any cash on hand at that filing and that was a mere $13,731.

When an incumbent Democrat with a big pile of cash on hand decides that its time to retire, it must send a shiver down the spines of other Democrats.

Mustn’t it?

(Yeah, we know that wasn’t our cleverest closing line, but we’ve never used the word “mustn’t” before and this seemed like a good time to do it.)

Source: National Review

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chaffetz The folks at are not ones to mince words. Here are some of the unminced words they used in a recent heartfelt retraction.

Earlier this week, we called congressman Jason Chaffetz a self-hating weirdo, an asshole, a probable closet case, and the son of Kitty Dukakis. He is not the son of Kitty Dukakis. We regret the error.

Note to self: Don’t piss off the Gawker.


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Tehran’s Gitmo gets no coverage

by editor on December 26, 2009

Dr. Ramin Pourandarjani, the latest victim of Iranian terror and American media indifference, if not compliance.

Dr. Ramin Pourandarjani, the latest victim of Iranian terror and American media indifference, if not compliance.

Rape and torture. Abuse. Denial of basic rights of an adherent to Islam.

Are these allegations of American military treatment of terror suspects in Gitmo? Or tales from Abu Ghraib?


These are reports about the horrible conditions of prisoners brought to light by a heroic Iranian doctor that, unless you read the Wall Street Journal, you’ve never heard about. You probably haven’t heard of the name of the latest martyr to the cause of a free Iran either, a cause the American government and media has chosen to bury.

The young Iranian doctor named Ramin Pourandarjani defied the regime by refusing to sign death certificates and dared to report on the conditions in the prison, which included tales of rape and murder.

Pourandarjani mysteriously ended up dead. The Iranian government said it was a car accident. And then heart attack. And then a suicide.

“I sent off my young, healthy and beautiful son to military service, and I got his dead body back,” says his mother, Ruhangiz Pourandarjani, who lives in the northwest city of Tabriz. “Anyone who says he committed suicide is lying and should be afraid of God.”

Maybe if an American had been in charge of Tehran’s torture jail Dr. Pourandarjani would still be alive today. His tales of torture would have certainly been front page news in newspapers and leading stories on television.

Source: Wall Street Journal

– Written by Sven Waring

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