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The Anchoress On Fire

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The Anchoress is on fire here about the ham-fisted efforts of the Obama administration to stifle dissent.  Eventually someone in Obama’s administration is going to have a “Yamamoto moment” and turn to him and say words to the effect of:    I fear all we have done is to rouse a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.

You May Be A Member of An Angry Mob If…

With apologies to Jeff Foxworthy.

You may be a member of an angry mob if:

1.   You think your Congresscritter works for you and not the other way around.

2.   You’re real sure that the First Amendment protects your right to free speech.

3.   You believe that townhalls are something more than photo ops for members of Congress.

4.   You recall that the right to vigorous political debate is one of the reasons why this country was founded.

5.   You remember something in the First Amendment about the right of the people to petition the government for redress of grievances.

6.   You have always regarded this picture as one of your favorite Norman Rockwell paintings:

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7.   You agree with President Reagan that one of the scariest phrases is, “I’m from the government and I’m here to help”.

8.    You are pretty sure that a lot of brave Americans didn’t die for this country so you would just keep your mouth shut and do what you’re told.

9.   You strongly agree with this quote from George Washington:  “If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”

10.   You think that it might be a good idea for Congress men and women to actually read bills before they vote to make them laws.

Iran: Protest Becomes Insurrection

Rioting in Tehran Saturday is shown in the above video.  Protests are quickly developing into an insurrection.  The Iranian government is using brutal force to suppress the dissidents, but reports from Iran clearly indicate that the situation is moving well beyond the ability of the government to suppress it without massive bloodshed.  The Guardian has an hour by hour account of the events yesterday here.  Nico Pitney here has been doing yeoman work in covering the crackdown at the Huffington Post.  Ed Morrissey here has been doing his usual fine work covering breaking events at Hot Air.

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Free Iran

In the proud tradition of news photos of beautiful women protesting against political oppression, the Boston Globe provides a series of photos of the protests over Iran’s apparently rigged presidential election, but the first is this one:

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(In all seriousness, this is some of the best photo journalism I’ve seen in a long time, go check it out.)

There’s some reasonable dispute as to whether it would help or hurt the protestors for the Obama Administration to break silence on the issue and speak in support of the protestors. Given Iran’s history and the fierce national pride across the political spectrum, if Obama openly supported the protestors it might give Ahmadinejad the ability to paint Mousavi’s supporters as stooges of the US. However, the US and the rest of the world should make it clear that a violent crackdown ala Tiananmen Square would be absolutely unacceptable.

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