July 4, 2009

Why does it have to be either/or?

Posted in CIA, Elections, Iran presidential election, politics tagged , , , at 4:00 pm by bluebanshee

I get frustrated by those who see CIA conspiracies lurking under every rock and hiding in the shrubbery every time there is an international incident.  The recent situations in Iran and Honduras are both prime examples of this kind of thinking. Read the rest of this entry »

New questions about Iran’s election

Posted in Elections, Iran presidential election, paper ballots, voting tagged , , , at 3:33 pm by bluebanshee

Aspects of the Iran election remind me of a TV commercial for men’s pants. There are several variations but the basic storyline concerns some guy who is shown going through a variety of spills and disasters only to return home to the question: “Where have those pants been?”

While the pants are unscathed the guy appears disheveled and somewhat worse for the wear, the pants are free of stains and wrinkles. The sales pitch is that one should prefer pants that stay crisp and clean no matter what.

But what does the Dockers commercial have to do with the Iran election, you might wonder. The answer is simple — photos of paper ballots being recounted have been shown on Iranian TV. But the pictures just raise new questions about the integrity of Iran’s electoral process. The question that must be asked: “Where have these ballots been?” Read the rest of this entry »