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Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian leader, says Paul the Octopus, the sea creature that correctly predicted the outcome of World Cup games, is a symbol of all that is wrong with the western world.

He claims that the octopus is a symbol of decadence and decay among “his enemies”.
Paul, who lives at the Oberhausen Sea Life Centre, in Germany, won the hearts of the Spanish by predicting their World Cup victory.

[T]he Iranian president accused the octopus of spreading “western propaganda and superstition.” Paul was mentioned by Mr Ahmadinejad on various occasions during a speech in Tehran at the weekend.

I kind’ve wonder if this is a mistake in translation or something of that nature. If not then Iranian politics must be pretty weird.

No, really. Also: despite Breitbart’s claims this is about Shirley Sherrod after all. The campaign continues at Riehl’s place, where he posts another edited video. We clearly have no reason to doubt the veracity of rightbloggers; it’s not as though they have a history of taking things out of context, so I’m sure there’s nothing untoward about the vid being clipped to begin a split-second before the offending phrase.

Enough with the big-boy tough talk. Put your money where your mouth is and get the fuck out of my country. You’ll be just fine without matching federal funds, highways, a military, access to the US’ markets, etc. So do it. Get the fuck out. Or shut the fuck up.

Rep. Zach Wamp (R-03) suggested TN and other states may have to consider seceding from the union if the federal government does not change its ways regarding mandates.

“I hope that the American people will go to the ballot box in 2010 and 2012 so that states are not forced to consider separation from this government,” said Wamp during an interview with Hotline OnCall.

He lauded Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX), who first floated the idea of secession in April ’09, for leading the push-back against health care reform, adding that he hopes the American people “will send people to Washington that will, in 2010 and 2012, strictly adhere” to the constitution’s defined role for the federal government.

“Patriots like Rick Perry have talked about these issues because the federal government is putting us in an untenable position at the state level,” said Wamp, who is competing with Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam (R) and LG Ron Ramsey (R) for the GOP nod in the race to replace TN Gov. Phil Bredesen (D).

via Health Care Law Has Wamp Hoping Against Secession – Hotline On Call.

He’s just such a nice, concerned guy you know? He really doesn’t want Tennessee to secede but gosh, this new Obama Dictatorship in which conservatives occasionally don’t get 100% of their way is just too much for the upstanding people of TN to handle and things might just get out of hand and I only hope I can restrain them before something crazy happens! Not that I’m inciting it or anything hehehe:)

Along a similar vein, let me just say that I really really really hope nobody burns Rep. Wamp’s house down with his wife and children inside. Because that would be a terrible thing to do!

via salon:

In a new blog post arguing against the planned Muslim community center near Ground Zero, Newt Gingrich explicitly argues that the United States should follow the lead of the oppressive theocracy of Saudi Arabia and reject the so-called Ground Zero mosque.

This is not a distillation or summary of his argument. Gingrich actually favors adopting the discriminatory policies of the Saudis. Read it for yourself (emphasis ours):

There should be no mosque near Ground Zero in New York so long as there are no churches or synagogues in Saudi Arabia. The time for double standards that allow Islamists to behave aggressively toward us while they demand our weakness and submission is over.

Those Islamists and their apologists who argue for “religious toleration” are arrogantly dishonest. They ignore the fact that more than 100 mosques already exist in New York City. Meanwhile, there are no churches or synagogues in all of Saudi Arabia.

If the people behind the Cordoba House were serious about religious toleration, they would be imploring the Saudis, as fellow Muslims, to immediately open up Mecca to all and immediately announce their intention to allow non-Muslim houses of worship in the Kingdom.

i realize this is gingrich we’re talking about, but REALLY? REALLY? where to even start?!?!

1. this is not saudi arabia, this is the united states. we have things like a constitution, and constitutionally guaranteed freedom of religion. you’re supposed to be of the party that is all about the constitution and the founding fathers and blah blah blah, remember, gingrich?

2. perhaps you don’t realize this, but not all muslims are saudis. and for those who are, perhaps they came to this country to escape the very same religious repression you are now lauding.

3. if, as some on the right are so fond of claiming, the terrorists hate us for our freedom, then you are really working hard to make sure that won’t be a problem much longer. this country occupies a unique role in the world; it is supposed to be a city on a hill, a light unto the world. but if we want anyone to respect us, we need to lead by example, not by lowering ourselves to play by the standards of a repressive theocratic state.

4. fuck you, newt gingrich.

The Most Reasonable Conservative considers recent events. As he points out, it’s interesting how the narrative has gotten so twisted that it’s now “the left”‘s fault for getting fooled.

Even the racially incendiary Eric Erickson tweeted his disquiet, and then posted this on his RedState website.

But you’ll never guess who emerged as the villains of the story in this second-day conservative react. Not Andrew Breitbart, the distributor of a falsified tape. No, the villains were President Obama and the NAACP for believing Breitbart’s falsehood.

Breitbart went almost universally unmentioned. Erickson even justified Breitbart’s falsehood as a tragic but necessary and justifiable measure of conservative self-defense:

This is what we have become in politics because of the unrepentant race-baiting on the Left. It has become a tit for tat war of retribution. … That war has casualties on both sides. Ms. Sherrod is the latest. It is not fair. But that’s how the Left plays and the Right must fight on offense or not fight at all. It disgusts me to have to say it, but that is so very sadly where we are.”

via Shirley Sherrod and the shame of conservative media – The Week.

Disturbing shit, though not particularly surprising given the trend toward authoritarianism in the last decade. Kind’ve ironic when you think about it; when something goes bad and a cop is caught on tape they act the same way criminals do covering up a crime. Intimidate witnesses, falsify evidence, band together with a false story that makes them all sound better, etc.

That Anthony Graber broke the law in early March is indisputable. He raced his Honda motorcycle down Interstate 95 in Maryland at 80 mph, popping a wheelie, roaring past cars and swerving across traffic lanes.

But it wasn’t his daredevil stunt that has the 25-year-old staff sergeant for the Maryland Air National Guard facing the possibility of 16 years in prison. For that, he was issued a speeding ticket. It was the video that Graber posted on YouTube one week later — taken with his helmet camera — of a plainclothes state trooper cutting him off and drawing a gun during the traffic stop near Baltimore.

In early April, state police officers raided Graber’s parents’ home in Abingdon, Md. They confiscated his camera, computers and external hard drives. Graber was indicted for allegedly violating state wiretap laws by recording the trooper without his consent.

Arrests such as Graber’s are becoming more common along with the proliferation of portable video cameras and cell-phone recorders. Videos of alleged police misconduct have become hot items on the Internet. YouTube still features Graber’s encounter along with numerous other witness videos. “The message is clearly, ‘Don’t criticize the police,'” said David Rocah, an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland who is part of Graber’s defense team. “With these charges, anyone who would even think to record the police is now justifiably in fear that they will also be criminally charged.”

Carlos Miller, a Miami journalist who runs the blog “Photography Is Not a Crime,” said he has documented about 10 arrests since he started keeping track in 2007. Miller himself has been arrested twice for photographing the police. He won one case on appeal, he said, while the other was thrown out after the officer twice failed to appear in court.

“They’re just regular citizens with a cell-phone camera who happen to come upon a situation,” Miller said. “If cops are doing their jobs, they shouldn’t worry.”

via Videotaping Cops Can Get You Arrested.