Iran's Supreme Leader: Sit Down And Shut Up

  • Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has decided the best way to lead the country while thousands of people are protesting the fraudulent elections is to tell them to shut up, accept the results or risk a violent crackdown. [MSNBC]
  • Most of his people are concerned that his speech will embolden Iran's Basij militias, who operate in plainclothes to foment unrest and have a habit of beating and killing people simply because they can. [Washington Post]
  • Meanwhile, we're boosting our defenses around Hawai'i, since Kim Jong Il has threatened it with a missile strike. [Associated Press]
  • China is officially denying that its leadership met with Kim Jong Il's son and successor, Kim Jong Un, two weeks ago. You probably should take that piece of propaganda with a very large, ragged grain of salt. [UPI]
  • Back in the States, Obama is more popular than Clinton or Dubya were at this point in their Presidencies. [Matthew Yglesias]
  • The husband of the woman who was sexing John Ensign while he was separated went on to have a pretty lucrative career with companies close to the GOP Senator. [Politico]
  • Ensign is denying he came forward because of a blackmail plot; he's not saying he just wanted to beat his former staff to the media punch. Also, when he reconciled with his wife, he fired his mistress and paid her severance out of his own pocket. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Crazy fucking conservative Michael Savage said, "The white Christian heterosexual married male is the epitome of everything right with America." The family of the guard, Stephen Johns, gunned down at the Holocaust Museum and George Tiller's family — just for starters — might disagree. [Media Matters]
  • Stephen Johns' funeral is being held today. The Museum is being closed to allow all employees to attend, and they've set up a fund for his family. [Washington Post]
  • The Supreme Court has ruled that there is no Constitutional right to post-conviction DNA testing. Apparently, "justice" is not about truth. Big surprise. [LA Times]
  • The Court also issued a ruling throwing out an established age discrimination law, making it harder for anyone to ever prove ever again that they were dismissed or demoted as a result. [LA Times]
  • Finally, the blogosphere is a-buzz that Sarah Palin follows John McCain on Twitter but McCain doesn't follow her back...as if their accounts weren't set up and maintained by their staff. [Mother Jones]