I think I could like Ayatollah Hossein Kazemeyni Boroujerdi. I will likely never meet him as he is in prison in Iran and being tortured and relatives fear he is close to death.
Mr. Boroujerdi supports the traditional Shiite view that religious leaders should stay out of politics and preach their messages to the faithful in mosques (maybe a few Christian preachers in the US could learn that lesson). In his words, protesting in 2006, “the regime is adamant that either people adhere to political Islam or be jailed, exiled or killed. Its behavior is no different from that of Osama bin Laden or Mullah Omar.”
Mr. Boroujerdi has also preached tolerance of all religious beliefs, including atheism, on the grounds that faith must be freely chosen. Perhaps nothing bothers the Iranian regime more than religious pluralism: In recent years, the country has been swept by the arrests and executions of members of minority groups like the Bahais and Sufi dervishes.
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Currently, President Barack Hussein Obama is planning on going to Copenhagen to be a celebrity pitchman for the city of Chicago (and America in general) for the home of the 2016 Olympics. While there is plenty of controversy over this decision since there are probably hundreds of movie stars and celebrities that could be tasked with helping the cause, the concern that BHO is too busy to go is probably not relevant.
Currently, every head of state for a city that is in the finals is visiting the IOC. BHO’s lack of attendance would be telling if he did not go. If BHO stayed home and spent more time socializing our economy, he would be vastly criticized if Chicago lost their bid. It is the sad state of Olympics politics that the head of state needs to be involved in order to win since Blair did that 4 years ago to secure London’s hosting spot.
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I have spoken about Iranian justice in the past and ranted that a population that wants to be treated seriously cannot be so barbaric. Now I read about a blogger that specialized in cultural discussions was imprisoned and died in prison. On this blog, I rant and discuss a lot of politics and some cultural things. In Iran, I would be thrown in jail and I too would probably be dead by now. For as much as I complain about broken things in the US, at least it is better than most of the world.
I first saw this information on Blog Herald so go over and read about what they have to say on the subject. You can also read more in the New York Times, the LA Times, and they all seem to point to Radio Free Europe.
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The White House has released the March Madness NCAA tournament picks of President Barack Hussein Obama. While I don’t begrudge the man the opportunity to spend a few minutes of pleasure doing the same thing that many Americans are doing today, I question the wisdom of releasing those picks to the public. I think it may play to the superstar status that he tried to get away from in the election (and caused Paris Hilton to release this video). It also may be a little frustrating to the thousands that received a foreclosure notice today.
Regardless, here are BHO’s picks. You can click on the image to go to the original larger image.
I question that BHO crossed out Louisville and then selected UNC. While that may be a prudent choice, I wonder about his flip-flop on this issue. I sure hope that he didn’t have a political analyst help him with this!
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Another story in the continuing discussion regarding former prisoners at Guantanamo that returned to cause harm to Americans and our allies. This further questions that very political decision to close Gitmo as a secure prison for terrorists. We obviously cannot release them back to their home countries since it seems that so many were true criminals and should be put in jail for decades.
Here is a part of the story from AP but there are some other interesting thoughts at the blog Clinging to G & G
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Taliban’s new top operations officer in southern Afghanistan had been a prisoner at the Guantanamo Bay detention center, the latest example of a freed detainee who took a militant leadership role and a potential complication for the Obama administration’s efforts to close the prison. U.S. authorities handed over the detainee to the Afghan government, which in turn released him, according to Pentagon and CIA officials.
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I have written about the legacy of George Walker Bush several times on this site. Most notably, I did a 5 part series that tried to answer the question if GWB is the worst President ever. Now I read an opinion by Thomas Fleming, who is one of the most respected and well written presidential historians that we should all take a long sigh and relax for a bit before grading the man.
I respect the work of Mr. Fleming (and the WSJ) to quote too much of his article on this site. Please go to their site and read the full opinion but here are some highlights that I thought were interesting.
Several polls of historians have named George W. Bush the worst
president in American history. This baffles me. I’ve been writing about
presidents for a long time. What I know, and what I presume these
gentleman know, doesn’t connect.
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