Persian New Year

Stephen Harper’s address to on the commemoration of Nowruz, the Persian New Year: “It is my pleasure to extend best wishes on behalf of the Government of Canada as you celebrate Nowruz. The New Year is an important time to gather together with family and friends. And as tables are set with the Haft Sîn, we all reminded of the rich history and long traditions of the Persian people.”

Interesting to contrast that stale blancmange with President Obama’s message on the same occasion which, in part, was: “You, the young people of Iran – carry within you both the ancient greatness of Persian civilization, and the power to forge a country that is responsive to your aspirations. And though times may seem dark, I want you to know that I am with you.”

Oh, and another thing… Why didn’t Harper say “It is my pleasure to extend best wishes on behalf of MY Government”? I mean, after all, that would have been more in keeping with his new communications edict, would it not? Or might that have sounded a little too absurdly vainglorious…

Fired Up!

Dennis Kucinich delivering an impassioned, tub-thumper of a speech in Madison, Wisconsin at the Workers’ Rights rally this weekend.

And a more restrained post-rally interview:

Not that he would have a snowball’s chance in Arizona of winning, but it would be great to see Kucinich take another run at the Democratic nomination, if for no other reason than to perhaps “change the narrative” of the debate.

Mubarak Obama!

Look for that catchy epithet to rapidly spread like a noxious weed throughout Wingnuttia.

On a more substantive note, the assertion being made by Fox News contributor Monica Crowley is, quite simply, utter balderdash.

Government officials routinely elect not to enforce all manner of nonsensical and/or patently unconstitutional laws that happen to be on the books, but have yet to be formally struck down by the courts. It’s hardly something that rises to the level of being an impeachable offense. Which, given Crowley’s experience as a former Nixon acolyte, is something one might think she’d be quite familiar with…

Update: I had to replace the video from “The Daily Caller” (an ostensibly right-wing version of HuffPo fronted by former Moony Times staffers) because, for some inexplicable reason, they had withdrawn it. So, that’s the reason Larry’s take on the story is here instead.

Sources & Methods…

How remarkably sad is this?

”i get my news from bob”

Unfortunately, the curiously namedhoeslaper” who made above comment isn’t alone. Deriving opinions in this way is all too common these days. I can’t be bothered to name names (let alone provide links), but I’m fairly confident you may well be able to accurately guess at the unreliable sources involved in this regard without me actually having to disclose their personal names, addresses and other such information.

Related: What we can learn from PET scans?

Um, I dunno….maybe something that would explain this.

Assalaamu Alaykum

The night before Barack Obama’s address at Cairo University the other day, Max Blumenthal took to the streets of Jerusalem to ask young Israelis and American Jews what they thought of the U.S. president coming to the region.

NSFW Warning: The video contains some pretty shocking language. Viewer discretion is advised.