Posted: 26 Jul 2010 04:36 AM PDT
Every week Elie and I switch off hosting Musical Monday. Check out the sesquicentennial (whatever that is) at Elie's. Anyway you know the drill, identify the lyrics, figure out the theme and no Googling. Have fun!
1) And see that twinkle in your eyes
1) He's tearin' you apart, oh every every day
Posted: 26 Jul 2010 03:58 AM PDT
I've recently been following some developments on the Iranian front. There appears to be another effect the most recent round of sanctions have had on Iran - Sanctions Slow Development of Natural Gas Field in Iran
Threatened by tougher international and U.S. penalties that target the financing of oil projects and technical support for Iran's energy sector, Western firms such as Shell, Total and Halliburton have pulled out of the development of the South Pars gas field. South Pars is the Iranian portion of a natural gas reservoir about two miles below the Persian Gulf between Iran and Qatar. The reservoir is the world's largest gas field, covering 3,745 square miles and containing an estimated 1,800 trillion cubic feet of gas. About 38 percent of it lies below Iran's territorial waters.
I don't think so. I don't think sanctions have any value beyond window dressing. I don't think agreements have any value. I don't think threats have any value. It boils down to whether we accept the Iranian nuclear program or we destroy it.
(Israel Matzav focuses on a different aspect of the interview. Perhaps the most controversial suggestion made by Dr. Pipes.)
In addition Michael Ledeen believes that the Iranian regime has lost a measure of control:
Moreover, in the city of Zahedan -- where the murderous suicide attacks took place last week (the best coverage, as usual, was from Banafsheh, who was first with the pictures of the killers) -- the Revolutionary Guards control things during the day, but once night falls, anti-regime forces, many of them armed, take to the streets. In short, the people have lost their fear. The regime may very well arrest them, beat them, torture them, and kill them, but it is getting more and more difficult to control them.
These two items are positive developments. (I'm not meaning to applaud the death of innocents.) The degree to which they are helpful are not at all clear.
Crossposted on Yourish.
Posted: 26 Jul 2010 03:58 AM PDT
Last week, we saw what can happen when it's done the other way.
Breitbart, of course, was demonstrating that the NAACP, which had called the Tea Parties "racist" had some racist tendencies itself. This was what he gleaned from the reactions to Sherrod's admission that she had not adequately helped a white farmer because of his skin color.
(In fairness, I should point out that Scheiffer appears to have treated the tea parties fairly. Though I would characterize them as libertarian not right wing as Schieffer did.)
But what's really fascinating about Schieffer's dig at the new media here is because of how he got his job as anchor of the CBS Evening News.
A partisan journalist with an agenda - not a blogger - put the heavily edited, totally out of context, now infamous document on "60 minutes." Some of the news organizations picked up the story, and demanded the President's ouster.
Et tu, Bob?
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