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In spite of government effort, news keeps pouring out of Iran about the protests. Click here for a constantly-updating roundup of Twitter posts and news links. Or click here to find out what you can do to help.

Irshad Manji is a writer and educator who focuses on Muslim reform. She wrote on her blog yesterday about a young Iranian she met last year, who has (according to her Twitter page) been seriously injured in the Tehran protests.

President Obama today revealed his proposal for a new structure to regulate the financial industry, including a new agency designed to protect consumers.

Surprise! Gay rights groups aren't impressed with Obama's record on gay rights issues so far. Admitting that today's vague benefits memo is mostly for show probably won't help.

The FDA has issued a warning against Zicam cold remedy products. The agency claims the products have caused users to lose their sense of smell.

Investigators say they're getting closer to determining what brought down Air France flight 447, although the in-flight recorders still haven't been found.

Today in ways we're all gonna die, radioactive wasps. I'm not kidding.

OK, so I know I declared a moratorium on contributing to the relevance of She Who Shall Not Be Named from Alaska, but when her supporters start calling David Letterman a child rapist it's kind of hard to ignore. The joke was stupid, unfunny, and in bad taste. Fine. But the guy's been on the air forever and you want to fire him now? Over one bad joke? Also, obviously the appropriate way to show your outrage and moral superiority over a guy who made fun of someone's kids is to make cruel comments about his kids. Stay classy, America.

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da_diva
Jun. 17th, 2009 07:34 pm (UTC)
I just can't be outraged with the President after 6 months in office.

After two years? Maybe.

Baby steps.
sassette_news
Jun. 17th, 2009 07:37 pm (UTC)
I agree with you; it's too soon to really judge him as a President. I just feel like he's pointedly backing away from promises he made re: gay rights on the campaign trail, which I find disappointing.
da_diva
Jun. 17th, 2009 07:59 pm (UTC)
I don't see it like that. I see him playing it incredibly cautious and close to the chest because he needs to get other things done first. I mean, if everyone has healthcare then it's not special treatment for gays to have spousal benefits.

And politically, every time left-leaning groups protest, it makes Obama look less threatening to conservatives, which he'll use to his advantage for whatever is on the top of his agenda.

This week's/month's message is Healthcare. Let's see how things are in 6-12 months.
sassette_news
Jun. 17th, 2009 08:17 pm (UTC)
The problem with that strategy arises with things like his administration releasing an endorsement of the Defense of Marriage Act that likens same-sex marriage to incest and pedophilia. There's rumors that Obama is going to repeal that brief, and I hope he does. But until he does it looks pretty bad.
stargazerspike
Jun. 17th, 2009 11:15 pm (UTC)
The "bigger issues" line is a complete lack of bullshit. Of course there's always something else. There's the economy or health care or war or the midterm elections or keeping the White House or another set of midterms. And people didn't scream about "bigger priorities" when he took the time to sign the Lily Ledbetter Act. He needs to grow some fucking balls and do something. Sure, Clinton slammed us with DADT, but at least he -tried-.
stargazerspike
Jun. 17th, 2009 11:21 pm (UTC)
And furthermore, on my lovely little rant here. . .how the hell does Obama expect gay members of the largest government employer, the armed services, to actually. . .ya know. . .enforce these new "rights." You try to claim them, you get fired. So yeah, great, health care reform for everyone. . .unless you're gay and in the military. . .or gay and have a domestic partner. . .
tiwonge
Jun. 17th, 2009 10:18 pm (UTC)
The joke was stupid, unfunny, and in bad taste. And par for the course, for him.
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