Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Mullahs Vote was fixed, but it's gonna stand

What a bunch of amateurs. The mullahs need to call ACORN in Chicago for some advice on rigging elections, or perhaps a direct call to Barack Barry Soetoro Hussein Obama on the "hope and change hotline". Better yet send the executives of ACORN to Iran. It really matters not who won this election, as the loser is just as rabid an Islamist puppet as is Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

The real crime here is less the violent and deadly suppression of the Iranian people, as horrific as that is, but Obama's scurrilous lack of support for the freedom lovers in Iran.

But then freedom of speech is Obama's greatest enemy.


Mullahs Vote was fixed, but it's gonna stand

Reform. "Amid Crackdown, Iran Admits Voting Errors," by Michael Slackman for the New York Times, June 22 (thanks to all who sent this in):

CAIRO — Iran’s most powerful oversight council announced on Monday that the number of votes recorded in 50 cities exceeded the number of eligible voters there by three million, further tarnishing a presidential election that has set off the most sustained challenge to Iran’s leadership in 30 years.

The government continued with a two-track approach in its showdown over the re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Even as the powerful Guardian Council acknowledged some irregularities in the June 12 election, it insisted that the overall vote was valid. At the same time, security forces stepped up their threats to treat protesters as criminals seeking to destabilize the country.

A group of as many as a thousand demonstrators at Haft-e-tir Square in central Tehran was quickly overwhelmed Monday by baton-wielding riot police and tear gas shortly after the Revolutionary Guards issued an ominous warning on their Web site saying that protesters would face “revolutionary confrontation.” Opposition leaders said the next move may be civil disobedience or a general strike.

The legitimacy of the vote remains at the core of the dispute. On Monday, the Guardian Council sought to help validate the outcome when it announced there had been discrepancies in 50 cities, which it said involved up to three million votes, not enough to overturn the landslide election margin that the government had announced for Mr. Ahmadinejad. But the recognition of a broad discrepancy between the number of recorded votes and registered voters in some districts only fueled suspicions that the election — and the Guardian Council’s arbitration of it — was unfair....