Posted by: smithy | June 30, 2009

My News Summary, 6/30/2009

My News Summary, 6/30/2009

For the past few months I’ve been collecting and sending to a friend of mine links to articles dealing mostly with Obama’s domestic and foreign policies. Rather than send my friend a dozen emails daily, I’ve decided to collect these links on my website and send him that. Most of what you will find here are links to articles that I find interesting or important with maybe a few words of commentary that I’ll add. The sites I visit most often are Atlas Shrugs, Hot Air, Instapundit, Ace of Spades HQ, JOSHUAPUNDIT, and Wolf Howling. Although I don’t necessarily agree with everything on these sites, I’ve overall found the analysis there to be good and worth reading, which is why I reference their articles. You can consider what I’m doing as either a personal news summary or my sharing with you my part of a conversation.

Foreign News/Policy

An interesting and informative article on the politics of Iran: Whatever happens in Tehran, there’s no going back to the Ayatollah Khomeini’s Islamic Republic. The author doesn’t discuss economics, but the Iranian economy is suffering from both high inflation (above 14%) and high unemployment (17%), and economic conditions might be getting worse. Unlike totalitarian China, the Iranian government hasn’t given its people a better lifestyle. This is driving both the protesters and the regime to take a much harder stand than they would otherwise, i.e., desperate times create desperate people. I also agree with the author that there’s no going back for the regime or the people. The Iranian government will increasingly be a dictatorship hated by its people until it’s overthrown.

More articles on Iran: Iran’s Intelligence Minister Announces Some Protesters “Will Not Be Released”, Ahmadinejad kinda sorta vows revenge on western states that supported protesters, Leading Dem Blog Huffington Post Equates Iranian Thugs Who Killed Neda to Jews, and Pigs Fly… Aljazeera Slams Obama for His Failing Iranian Strategy.

Obama now “meddling” in Honduras: What was on the referendum ballots printed in Venezuela, White House Doubles Down On Honduras, Horror! US Co-Sponsors Pro-Zelaya UN Resolution With Marxists From Venezuela & Bolivia, Gingrich: Obama Siding With Castro & Chavez On Honduras, and Thousands March In Honduras Against Chavez-Backed “President” Zelaya: Democracy Lives!.

Great News: Bye Bye Babylon: Exiting Iraq’s Cities Victorious (Via Instapundit).

Bad news: Turks increasingly turn to Islamic extremism. The trend in Turkey for the last few rears is less secularism and more Islamic expression, which includes extremism. Admitting Turkey into the European Union, which is currently the goal of Turkey, would make security harder for the West. It looks like Season 4 of the TV show 24 had it right.

Leftists, Feminists, and Europeans can’t wait: The Death of Macho.

Domestic News/Policy

Obama and the Democrats’ Deathcare: Two videos against ObamaCare, Blahous: Barack Cassidy and the Health-Reform-Myth Kids, Michelle and Barack Obama’s Lies about Healthcare, and Queen Michelle the First? (Imitating Hillary is Pure Nuts!!!).

On the other hand, why worry? One day soon Obama will finally heal our souls.

Tax hikes and more government control are coming: Everything Inside The State. Related: Debt and Taxes: The CBO’s Dire Projections (Via Instapundit).

Completely disgusting: Liberals say Conservatives Are Nothing But Terrorists And Traitors and CA Dem leader: Why do we allow free speech to terrorize politicians? Meanwhile: Video: Democrats refuse to stand for Pledge of Allegiance and Oh My God, It’s Senator Franken(stein?).

Slandering Sarah: PALIN: They Wanna Killa The thrilla From Wasilla and Another Sarah Palin Hit Job Profile, and Video: Vanity Fair author defends Palin hit piece.

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