Friday, June 19, 2009

June 19 2009 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: Here Comes Fathers Day... The Basis For The Entire Year's Sales Of Electric Razors

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Cabale News ServiceJune 19 2009 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: Here Comes Fathers Day... The Basis For The Entire Year's Sales Of Electric Razors - What Does Fatherhood Mean In America?

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In The News: The North Koreans are set to test another couple of intercontinental missiles and just in case they actually reach Waikiki, the US Navy is on station (more surveillance/data gathering vessels than combat vessels you can be sure)
Secretary Gates says the United States is watching North Korea's missile launch preparations "very closely" and he has ordered a new high-altitude missile interceptor system deployed to Hawaii, along with a floating radar system to provide tracking data.

"We do have some concerns if they [North Korea] were to launch a missile in the direction of Hawaii," said Secretary Gates. "I've directed the deployment again of THAAD [Terminal High Altitude Area Defense] missiles to Hawaii and the SBX [Sea Based X-Band] radar has deployed away from Hawaii to provide support. Without telegraphing what we will do, I would just say I think we are in a good position, should it become necessary, to protect American territory." [In Full]
NASA is sending an unmanned probe named 'Centaur' to the moon and punch a hole in it looking for water (and colony sites). Nice... We've already dug holes in every available place on Earth, hostile and friendly (except of course our own back yard), and generally ravaged the planet we inhabit so now we're going to scavenge the moon.

There were an estimated 1 million people protesting in Tehran yesterday and tens of thousands more in other cities around Iran. Supreme Leader Ali Khameni says the elections were legit and " rumored to be planning to call for an end to protests and to threaten a harsh crackdown if he is not obeyed.", but the religious elements of Iranian society may have lost control of what appears to be more a cultural revolution.

Juan Cole @ Informed Comment:
Friday, June 19, 2009
Mourning Rally Biggest Demonstration Since Monday in Tehran;
Khamenei to Address Nation

Thursday's march in Tehran was just enormous, several hundred thousand strong. AFP writes, "Many in the huge crowd walked silently and lit black candles as night fell. Others wore green wristbands or ribbons and carried flowers as they filed into Imam Khomeini Square, a large plaza in the heart of the capital named for the founder of the Islamic Revolution, witnesses said." The marchers wore black to show their mourning for the dozen reformers killed by security forces on Monday. Mir-Hosain Mousavi, whom the crowd has adopted as their leader, addressed them briefly. [In Full]
The US Senate passed the $106 BILLION dollar supplemental war spending bill (which BTW only funds our wars till September) yesterday and sent it to the White House for the president's signature, and did so without a permanent ban on the release of detainee abuse photos.

The Minnesota Supreme Court is expected to deliver it's ruling in the long awaited Coleman/Franken senatorial race. If the court rules in Franken's favor, the Senate Democrats will have a filibuster-proof majority.

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