Iran’s Pro-Democracy Protestors Call for Our Help

Iran’s Pro-Democracy Protestors Call for Our Help

By A. Millar
Created 2009-06-22 08:35

A cartoon on depicts Iranian pro-democracy protestors bloodied and beaten by president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s thugs. As they scream for “help” in the background, France’s president Sarkozy remarks “I feel someone is calling us!?” US president Obama – his face awash with characteristic dreaminess – responds, “my friends, we should think positive.”

It is a damning indictment of the West, and most especially of Obama and his dreamy incapacitating liberalism. The Iranian youth in particular has been the most pro-American of all Muslims in the Middle East. The enemy of the pro-democracy protestors is not only an Islamofascist regime, it is an enemy intent on wiping Israel off the face of the earth, and the ideological enemy that we now face in the West. Their enemy is our enemy.

A few days ago, Ahmadinejad gave a speech decrying the demonstrators as “khas o khashak” (‘dirt and dust’ or  ‘trash and dust’). The phrase has rebounded on him, however, becoming a rallying cry against the Islamic dictatorship.

“Dirt and dust is you [Ahmadinejad], it is you who are the enemy of Iran,” runs one chant.

According to the Guardian
, the reformist Etemad-e Melli newspaper also carried a picture of protestors holding a banner bearing the words “Epic of Dirt and Dust.” Various blogs have appeared under that title, and I have also seen one video with this name. (The British-based, Tehran-financed Press TV however translated Ahmadinejad’s insult as “dust and pebbles” for its target – gullible, Leftist, Western – audience.)

The authorities have brutally cracked down on the protests. A Google Map appeared in response, pinpointing the locations of embassies supposedly accepting the wounded, although most of these (including the Belgian, Dutch, German, Irish and probably also the British) appear to have been blocked by the police and Basij (a paramilitary force founded by Ayatollah Khomeini).

According to The Daily Mail, at least 17 protestors were killed and 100 injured over the weekend, although this would seem to be very much an underestimation. The mainstream media is lagging behind events, but you can get up-to-the-minute information from Anonymous Iran. The site also has a list of Twitter accounts that are posting information on events the second they occur, and you don’t need to be signed up to get that information. Here are just a few from Twitter account iranbaan:

Ghalamsnews asks for those injured in recent violence to leave their names and contact number. This is a trap
Choppers continue to hover over Tehran. It is unclear whether they belong to the Army, Basij or Sepah (Revolutionary Guard)
3 people killed in Mashhad over the last few days
Police reports they arrested 475 people yesterday

Iran’s democratic dissidents are also using Tor software (which was originally developed for the US Navy) to remain anonymous on the web, and get information out to the rest of the world. It’s possible to sign up to Tor, no matter where you live in the West, and to run a relay on your computer to help keep the Iranian dissidents anonymous.
A petition addressed to the Prosecutors of the International Court of Justice has also been posted online, calling for an “investigation into crimes committed by Ali Khamenei.” 


Obama– Where have all his records gone????

Obama– Where have all his records gone????

AmeriCrooks Watch: Meddling Michelle Obama to keynote volunteerism conference

AmeriCrooks Watch: Meddling Michelle Obama to keynote volunteerism conference

By Michelle Malkin  •  June 20, 2009 10:47 AM

Photoshop credit: Leo Alberti

Well, well, well.

Michelle, Michelle, Michelle.

Guess where the First Lady will be on Monday?

Why, she’ll be delivering the keynote address at the 2009 National Conference on Volunteering and Service in San Francisco.

And who is co-sponsoring the conference?

Why, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)!

Yes, that’s the same CNCS that is the parent organization of AmeriCorps.

It’s the same CNCS that last year suspended Sacramento mayor/Obama crony Kevin Johnson from receiving federal funds after then-inspector general Gerald Walpin blew the whistle on massive fraud and abuse of AmeriCorps dollars for personal and political gain.

It’s the same CNCS that then sat by and meekly watched Team Obama and the U.S. Attorney in Sacramento railroad Walpin after the November 2008 election for doing his damned job.

And now, there is no honest, independent watchdog to raise questions on behalf of taxpayers as the Obama political machine takes over the national service juggernaut. How…convenient.

By the way: The First Lady’s former chief of staff, Jackie Norris, starts her new job as “senior adviser” (translation: Michelle O’s mole) at CNCS on Monday. And from the AmeriCorps press release published yesterday:

“The First Lady has made service and volunteering a life calling, and her leadership is helping to inspire a whole new generation of Americans who are making service a part of their daily lives,” said Nicola Goren, Acting CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service. “Her participation demonstrates the high priority the White House has placed on service as a way to help in our nation’s recovery.”

“First Lady Michelle Obama knows first-hand the power of service to transform lives and communities,” said Michelle Nunn, CEO of the Points of Light Institute and co-founder of HandsOn Network. “We are thrilled that she chose our national conference as the platform to launch United We Serve. She has made service a centerpiece of her agenda, and her appearance will add a burst of excitement and a new significance to this gathering of service leaders as well as our larger efforts to usher in a new era of service.”

I first raised questions about the First Lady’s meddling into the AmeriCrooks mess on June 12 after following up on little-noticed reports in the niche publication Youth Today detailing Mrs. Obama’s active role and interest in staffing the top management at CNCS. As I noted last week:

Mrs. Obama’s interest is more than passing. She ran the AmeriCorps-funded non-profit Public Allies in Chicago from 1993-1996 and served on its national board until 2001. Like so many of the AmeriCorps recipients investigated by the inspector general’s office over the years, Public Allies was found to have violated basic eligibility and compliance rules. A January 2007 audit reported that the group lacked internal controls verifying that recipients who received education grants and living allowances were legal citizens or permanent residents as required by law.

Michelle Obama’s installation as the face and voice of the government volunteerism boondoggle only deepens suspicions about the role she and her staff may have played in Walpin’s sacking. So does her past exploitation of the “community service” mantle to reward Chicago politicos (see “The Obama horror story you won’t hear”).


You know who else was supposed to speak at the CNCS conference next week?

The supposedly dazed and confused Gerald Walpin.

Via WashTimes (hat tip – Quin Hilyer):

On Tuesday June 9, just one day before the White House first asked him to step down, the agency asked him to make a speech on June 23 in San Francisco to a conference of some 2,000 staff members and grantees. The invitation, he said, was delivered by Gretchen Van De Veer, director of the Office of Leadership Development and Training at the Corporation for National and Community Service.

“They begged me to come,” he said. “Why would they do that if they thought I am incapacitated?”

Michelle? Anyone?


Will the liberal media lapdogs in San Francisco ask tough questions — or will they genuflect a la the Washington Post’s Robin Givan, who gushed last week that “so many eye her with awe and disbelief.”

Will anyone press the First Lady on the financial scandal — or will we get more drool-covered coverage of her bare arms?

Well, here’s the San Francisco Chronicle’s Carla Marinucci previewing the “frenzy” over Michelle Obama’s upcoming visit:

First Lady Michelle Obama is kicking off a White House push to underscore the importance of volunteerism in San Francisco on Monday — a move that will have political figures here elbowing each other to get in the frame with her.

But step aside, folks, it’s California First Lady Maria Shriver who snags that honor before all. Volunteerism has long been her leading issue, and she’s going to be alongside First Lady Michelle for the day in the starring role.

…”During this summer, the president is renewing his call to all Americans to identify needs in their communities, engage in meaningful service to create change — and stay engaged with these projects long after September,” says the Obama Administration press release, which urges Americans to hit the website of the Corporation for National and Community Service for ideas on where to volunteer.

But having Michelle Obama on board in San Francisco to make the case is a coup, bigtime, for Shriver and California; it not only ensures that armies of TV cameras will be focusing on state and local efforts, but brings out an adoring public — and that horde of local elected officials to lend support (and get in the picture).

Despite the MSM protectionism, this scandal is not going away.

I have a terrific volunteerism project: Volunteer to do the job the obsequious professional journalists won’t do. There will be national service events involving Team Obama members on Monday all over the country. Volunteer to serve your country by showing up and asking why Dear Leader undermined the IG protection law he helped co-sponsor in cutting Walpin loose.

Here’s the list of scheduled events open to the press and public unless otherwise noted:

First Lady Michelle Obama
*Note: This event is closed to the public.*
Mrs. Obama will join the First Lady of California Maria Shriver and Corporation for National and Community Service acting CEO Nicky Goren to highlight the importance of children’s health and well-being by helping to construct a public playground at Bret Harte Public Elementary School in San Francisco in conjunction with KaBOOM!. KaBOOM! empowers communities to build play spaces for children across the country.

12:30pm PDT
1035 Gilman Avenue
San Francisco, CA

Department of Defense
*NOTE: This event is closed to the press and the public.*

Secretary Gates will visit Walter Reed Army Medical Center to spend time with wounded warriors in residence there and to recognize the efforts of the many volunteers supporting this community of Service Members, families and staff.

Department of Justice
Attorney General Holder will visit the Police Athletic League in Philadelphia to tour the PAL center, speak to youth and volunteers and toss the opening tip-off of a youth basketball game.

3:00pm EDT
Cozen Center
732 N. 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA

Department of the Interior

Secretary Salazar will work with volunteers from Youth Conservation Corps, Volunteers-in-the-Parks, Student Conservation Association and the Shenandoah National Park Association to remove exotic plants in the Shenandoah National Park.

11:30am EDT
Shenandoah National Park
Highway 121 and Skyline Drive
Luray, VA
Secretary Salazar will hold a media availability at 12:00pm EST.

Department of Commerce
Secretary Locke will visit the La Mesita Homeless Shelter for Families in Mesa, Arizona to read to children and serve them lunch at the Child Care Center.

11:00am MST
La Mesita Homeless Shelter for Families
2254 W. Main Street
Mesa, AZ

Department of Labor
Secretary Solis will work with the Los Angeles Communities Advocating for Unity Social Justice and Action YouthBuild program to help construct energy-efficient housing for low income individuals.

10:00am PDT
LACAUSA YouthBuild
1117 Goodrich Blvd
Los Angeles, CA

Department of Housing and Urban Development
Secretary Donovan will join volunteers from the St. Bernard Project and other local organizations to rebuild a New Orleans home that was destroyed in Hurricane Katrina. Donovan will also join the St. Bernard Project to welcome a family back into their Gentilly neighborhood home that was recently renovated with support from the St. Bernard Project.

9:45am CDT
The Allen Family House
7730 Hansbrough Avenue
New Orleans, LA

1:00pm CDT
The Wiltz Family House
5334 Cameron Blvd.
New Orleans, LA

Secretary Donovan will be available for interviews at 12:00pm CST at the Allen family house.

Department of Transportation
Secretary LaHood will visit and work on Habitat for Humanity’s Atlantic Avenue project in Brooklyn, New York. The Atlantic Avenue project is a 41 unit, multi-family, energy efficient building complex.

1:00pm EDT
Atlantic Avenue Habitat for Humanity project
2331 Atlantic Avenue (between Eastern parkway and Sherlock Place)
Brooklyn, NY
Secretary LaHood will hold a media availability at 2:00pm.

Department of Energy
Secretary Chu will travel to Battle Creek, Michigan for an energy efficiency event in partnership with League of Conservation Voters at the local YMCA. He will help assemble home energy efficiency kits and educational materials to help families lower their energy costs.

2:00pm EDT
Battle Creek YMCA
182 Capital Avenue NE
Battle Creek, MI

Department of Education
Secretary Duncan will meet with librarians and then read to children at Fanwood Memorial Library in Fanwood, New Jersey to highlight the importance of combating reading loss during the summer.

1:20pm EDT
Fanwood Memorial Library
North Avenue and Tillotson Road
Fanwood, NJ
Secretary Duncan will hold a media availability at 2:40pm EDT.

Department of Veterans’ Affairs
*NOTE: This event is limited to invited press.*
Secretary Shinseki will assist volunteer drivers in transporting patients who are unable to drive to their medical appointments at VA Medical Centers. Assistant Secretary Duckworth will address a group of youth volunteers about “Knowing and Respecting Disabled Veterans” and help escort a patient to a rehabilitation appointment.

Department of Homeland Security
Secretary Napolitano will be working with the Orlando Citizen Corps Council and volunteers in Orlando to assemble Community Emergency Response Team kits in preparation for hurricane season at the Orlando Emergency Operations Center.

1:15pm EDT
City of Orlando Emergency Operations Center
110 Andes Avenue
Orlando, FL

*Note: This event is closed to the public.*

Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Fugate, a former volunteer firefighter himself, will meet with firefighters, Community Emergency Response Team volunteers and members of Fire Corps, a group of community members that volunteer time to support local firefighters, in Denver. They will discuss the importance of volunteerism in the effort to fight fires and keep communities safe.

11:00am MDT
Station 8, Denver Fire Department
1616 Park Avenue
Denver, CO

United States Mission to the United Nations
*Note: This event is closed to the public.*
Ambassador Rice will visit the Harlem Children’s Zone in New York, where she will teach middle and high school students about the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and about the emergency relief items needed by children in the DRC. The US Fund for UNICEF will make a donation of emergency goods to children in the DRC, and the Harlem students will personalize the gifts with cards and photos.

12:15 pm EDT
Harlem Children’s Zone
35 East 125th Street
New York, NY

Office of the United States Trade Representative
Ambassador Kirk will serve breakfast at The Second Chance Café at The Bridge, a program of The Stewpot, a facility that feeds the homeless in Dallas, Texas. The Stewpot is a comprehensive resource center for homeless and at-risk individuals in Dallas.

7:00am CDT
The Second Chance Café at The Bridge
1818 Corsicana St.
Dallas, TX

Environmental Protection Agency
Administrator Jackson will join Missouri River Relief, Blue River Watershed Association, Missouri Stream Team and Friends of the Kaw, as well as local students to monitor and help clean up the Missouri and Kansas Rivers at Kaw Point Park, Kansas. Students will be testing mercury levels in fish and measuring water quality and volunteers will be using boats to pick up trash along the rivers’ banks.

11:30am CDT
Kaw Point Park
Fairfax District
Kansas City, KS

United States Agency for International Development
Acting Administrator Alonzo Fulgham will participate in an immunization drive with the Baltimore City Health Department, the Esperanza Center, a health center that provides bilingual primary care adult, pediatric and well-woman care, and the Baltimore City Women, Infant and Children program.

10:00am EDT
Esperanza Center
430 South Broadway
Baltimore, MD

11:00am EDT
Baltimore City WIC Program
620 N. Caroline Street
Baltimore, MD

Council on Environmental Quality
Chairwoman Nancy Sutley will work with the Anacostia Watershed Society to plant native wetland species in Kingman Lake, a 35-acre wetlands marsh adjacent to the Anacostia River. Kingman Lake is the biggest tidal wetland in D.C.

2:00pm EDT
Kingman Lake
2790 Benning Road, NE
Washington, DC

Small Business Administration
Administrator Mills, along with SCORE, Small Business Development Center and Women’s Business Center volunteers and counselors will host a Young Entrepreneurs session at Southern Maine Community College. Mills, along with the other volunteers, will counsel budding business leaders by providing insight and assistance based on their knowledge and past experiences.

9:00am EDT
Southern Maine Community College
Peter A. McKernan Hospitality Center
2 Fort Road
South Portland, ME

Tuesday, June 23rd

Department of Health and Human Services
Secretary Sebelius will participate in the “Reach Out and Read” program and read to children at a local health center in the DC metro area. Details are forthcoming.

Office of Personnel Management
Director John Berry will visit Food For Others food distribution center to kick off the ‘Feds Feed Families’ food drive that federal employees will participate in throughout the summer.

12:00pm EDT
Food For Others
2938 Prosperity Avenue
Merrifield, VA

Thursday, June 25th

Department of Treasury
Secretary Geithner will participate in a community service project in Washington, DC. Details are forthcoming.

Monday, June 29th

United States Department of Agriculture
Secretary Vilsack will work with the Summer Food Service Program in Chicago to help prepare and distribute free, nutritious meals and snacks to children in low-income areas who are enrolled in the program. The Summer Food Service Program is administered by the Food and Nutrition Service, an agency of the USDA.

11:45am CDT
St. Agatha Family Empowerment Center
Chicago, IL

Fair elections, Mullah-style

Fair elections, Mullah-style

Rosslyn Smith

Iran’s Guardian Council spokesman Abbas-Ali Kadkhodaei, who was speaking on Iranian television on Sunday had this to say in response to a complaint filed by Mohsen Rezaei, one of the candidates supposedly defeated in the June 12 election.
“Statistics provided by Mohsen Rezaei in which he claims more than 100% of those eligible have cast their ballot in 170 cities are not accurate — the incident has happened in only 50 cities,”
HT: Hot Air

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The Health Care Tax Shuffle

The Health Care Tax Shuffle
By: Michael Reagan
Monday, June 22, 2009


Under the pending socialized medicine plans, you will pay for (at least) every dime of care the government allows you to receive.
Last week, I wrote about the serious risks which older Americans and those seriously or terminally ill face in the so-called “efficiencies” which President Obama and congressional Democrats say will fund a large part of their health care plans. These “efficiencies” can only refer to reallocating doctors, hospital care, drugs and surgeries away from older and ill Americans where it is “wasted” because we will probably pass away sooner than younger and healthier people.

However, in our prior discussion, I did not address the direct financial problems with the plan. The fact is that these plans, even with the so-called efficiencies, will cost more than $100 billion a year. Then Obama says the plan will save the typical family $2,500 a year, meaning about $300 billion. This is to be paid for he says, along with trillions of dollars in corporate bailouts and other new spending, by increasing taxes only on those earning over $250,000 yearly!

Well, about 2 percent of all families, or about 2 million families, earn in excess of $250,000 annually. These folks would be facing a tax increase of roughly $100,000 a year just for the health care portion of the spending increases and savings by “typical” families. Since the income tax on these high earners is already about $100,000 annually, it means their taxes will double to pay just for health care.

This is absurd, of course. So what will really happen? With a little sleight of mouth, the administration has also mentioned that employe-paid health insurance “may” become taxed. I guarantee when a politician says a tax “may be increased,” you can insert “will” for “may.” This is a serious tax increase on every American whose employer pays for health insurance. A big tax increase on the vast majority of middle-class Americans. It is a tax increase that could easily hit $2,500 per year.

Well, if that doesn’t sound like a good deal – you’re right! You see, under this calculation, the average family “saves” $2,500 a year on their health insurance, and the same family gets hit with $2,500 in taxes on their employer-paid health insurance. What has happened here? The old government pea game – cut by a dollar what you pay a private insurer, take it away in taxes and then feed it to the federal government spending machine.

Add into this discussion congressional Democrats’ suggestions that a value added tax and/or luxury tax on incidentals such as sodas, and you have the recipe for significantly increased taxes on all American families – regardless of income.

And now you will increase the number of people getting health insurance without adding a doctor, nurse, hospital, surgery or the supply of any drug. Suddenly the sharp decline in available health care assets we discussed last week hitting those on Medicare is also cutting into the health care services available to the middle class who are not on Medicare, with no net cost savings.

The bottom line is the supply and demand. You cannot increase the demand for health care services by 20 percent with no added supply of services. It will just drive the cost up at least 20 percent.

If we want to provide 45 million currently uninsured people with health care comparable to what those of us who are insured receive, you must reduce the quality and quantity of health care services the currently insured receive or dramatically increase the supply of care. Simply adding the burden to the existing system both reduces the quality and quantity of care to the currently insured and increases the cost of care to everyone.

Admittedly it “spreads the wealth around,” but that is not what Americans want and not what is being promised. Go to and help me fight any health plan that reduces the quality of care, or increases taxes.

Mike Reagan, the eldest son of President Ronald Reagan, is heard on more than 200 talk radio stations nationally as part of the Radio America Network.

The Middle East and Double Standards

The Middle East and Double Standards
By: P. David Hornik
Sunday, June 21, 2009


The troubling contrast between Obama’s Iranian and Israeli policies.

In the same week that President Barack Obama said it would “not [be] productive [for] the U.S. president [to be seen as] meddling in Iranian elections,” Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman reportedly told Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that “Everywhere people are born, people die, and we cannot accept a vision of stopping completely the settlements. We have to keep the natural growth.”

Clinton, for her part, “reiterated that the U.S. viewed a total settlement freeze as an ‘important and essential’ step toward achieving peace between Israel and the Palestinians.”

In other words, “natural growth”—whether or not the population of a settlement would, say, increase over the course of a year because fifty babies had been born within its confines—remained an issue on the table between the U.S. and Israel. Meanwhile, a poll found only 6% of Jewish Israelis saying the Obama administration was pro-Israeli and 50% saying it was more pro-Palestinian than pro-Israeli.

Also last week it was reported that the U.S. was upping the pressure on Israel to allow more supplies into the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip including cash from Ramallah-based banks to Gaza banks and also iron and steel—even though Israel knows those metals are used to make military bunkers and Qassam rockets. It was also conveyed that “the Obama administration thinks Israel’s linkage of the case of abducted soldier Gilad Shalit and the opening of the [Gaza] crossings was not constructive.”

That is, in return for thousands of rockets being fired at its territory, and its kidnapped soldier being held in Gaza for three years without visits even by the Red Cross, the administration wants Israel to react with—largess, even militarily dangerous largess.

It’s true that on Saturday Obama finally made a less neutral, ever so faintly meddlesome statement on Iran, saying:

We call on the Iranian government to stop all violent and unjust actions against its own people. The universal rights to assembly and free speech must be respected, and the United States stands with all who seek to exercise those rights…. The Iranian people will ultimately judge the actions of their own government. If the Iranian government seeks the respect of the international community, it must respect the dignity of its own people and govern through consent, not coercion….

It was an improvement—but not much of one. It somehow didn’t catch the flavor of the axes, daggers, bullets, batons, boiling water, and acid being used against the unarmed demonstrators in Tehran and the other cities. One wouldn’t have known it was being addressed to the most vicious and dangerous regime in the world, the thirty-year epicenter of anti-American and anti-Western terror, champion both of Holocaust denial and a new Holocaust, oppressor-by-proxy of Lebanon and backer of the very Hamas regime in Gaza that the administration seems so intent on bolstering.

Obama’s words—“The universal rights to assembly and free speech must be respected”—sounded, instead, as if addressed to a reasonable, generally well-behaved regime that had gone off track and needed a little admonishment. Not the regime that hangs homosexuals and teenage girls, whose prisons are some of the world’s worst dens of cruelty and torture, but one that “seeks the respect of the international community” and needs to be mildly reminded that it might be losing it.  

There are, indeed, grounds for caution in assessing the situation in Iran. Mousavi’s record is no better than that of the ruling clique that probably robbed him of his win at the polls. Undoubtedly there are genuine democrats as well as Islamists among the protesters, but the fact that they have, even if by default, adopted Mousavi as their figurehead reflects the fact that the liberals have no leader of their own or cohesion of organization and purpose. That, in turn, makes the protesters much less than a sure horse to back against the repressive resources of the regime.

But that does not change the fact that the rebellion marks a potential historical crossroads and an astonishing opportunity—if the U.S. and its allies were there to seize it—to turn the tables on a menacing regime by strongly and publicly backing the rebels, highlighting the regime’s ongoing record of subversion and terror, and marshaling economic and other pressures to further weaken it amid the upheaval. That Obama—still nursing his hopes of negotiating with the mullahs a reasonable compromise over their nuclear plans—has instead subjected the regime to nothing worse than mild admonishment has the look, so far, of a tragedy in the making.

Many have speculated as to Obama’s motives. One fruitful place to look is his policy toward the Middle East’s only accomplished democracy, which has stunned the Israeli people and intimidated a newly elected prime minister into altering his lifelong stance of opposition to a Palestinian state abutting Israel’s capital city, airport, vital infrastructure, and crowded coastal strip.

If the contrast between Barack Obama’s Iranian and Israeli policies indeed stems from a flawed worldview in which aggressors like the Iranian regime and Hamas are manifesting just grievances that it is the West’s duty to mollify, then the world is in for a tough ride and the fighters against evil will keep finding themselves very much alone.

P. David Hornik is a freelance writer and translator living in Tel Aviv. He blogs at He can be reached at