Saturday, June 20, 2009


Along with it being another cumbersome day on the homefront, I have to be honest, it was rather depressing, the news coming out of Iran today.

CNN has been on-the-case (albiet, doing mucho reporting on posts from Twitter, Facebook and others). Perhaps we need to come up with a new code, being, if "RT is "Re-Tweet", that CNN has been engaged in "RBRT" (Rebroadcasting Re-Tweets).

Which is a few boatloads more that MSNBC has been doing.

If they are not just flat-out obtuse, than the MSNBC suits must be in a coma, running their infamous "Doc-Blocs", while Tehran burns.

Surely, if one is not missing, there must be a white woman in distress among the Iranian throngs.

How to stay on top of the breaking news there, guys ...

Here's some posts you should check out, to get a handle on what's going on, and, to see, that this is far past the rigged election, they be remaking the country over there ... Just what comes out at the end is what we have to shake the Magic 8-Ball to see...

There's two people that have been doing yeoman work;

Andrew Sullivan - Live-Blogging Day 8

Nico Pitney - Iran Updates (VIDEO): Live-Blogging The Uprising

Two posts, worth reading, from Al Giordano;

Tehran’s Freedom Square Will Be “the Palpitating Heart of the World”

Iranian Bus Workers Join the Resistance

The Flying Monkeys, and Right Wing Freak Show are throwing their feces around ...

Steven Benen takes apart The Cheney Fluffer, and Little Billy Kristol in "DO THEY KNOW THE OTHER SIDE EXISTS?..."

Mike Madden, of Salon, has Mousavi: "I am prepared for martyrdom"

Carnegie Endowment Iran analyst Karim Sadjadpour: Is Mousavi willing to risk "slaughter" in the streets?

Larisa Alexandrovna: Iran's protest not as bloody as feared and US double standards...

Anonymous, on Salon: Khamanei weeps, he tells us there was no vote rigging, and he seems to give a green light for a crackdown

And, Juan Cole turns it over his Informed Comment to Jeffery Lyons (Reuters Tehran bureau chief from 1998-2001, is the co-author of Answering Only to God: Faith and Freedom in 21st-Century Iran. His latest book, The House of Wisdom: How the Arabs Transformed Western Civilization, was published earlier this year by Bloomsbury Press), for a "man behind the curtain" view, with "Lyons: Khamenei's Past Power Play against the Clerics May Weaken him Now in Confronting the Reformers"

The Respite

Back in the early 1960's, the Duke Ellington Orchestra embarked on a State Department-sponsored world tour, primarily hitting the Middle East, in what later would be heard in his "Far East Suite";

The album's title is something of a misnomer, since only one track – "Ad Lib on Nippon", inspired by a 1964 tour of Japan – is strictly speaking concerned with a country in the "Far East". The rest of the music on the album was inspired by a world tour undertaken by Ellington and his orchestra in 1963, which took in Beirut, Amman, Kabul, New Delhi, Sri Lanka, Tehran, Madras, Mumbai, Baghdad, and Cairo (visits to Istanbul, Nicosia, Cairo, Alexandria, Athens, and Thessaloniki were postponed when the news of the assassination of John F. Kennedy reached the tour party).
One of the tunes, "Isfahan" became a jazz standard, and here it is;

Duke Ellington - Isfahan

Hopefully, tomorrow, we'll be back in-the-groove ...

From The Rooftops ... Allah Akbar!

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