<quote>Sodomy is a crime for which both partners can be punished by death. If the participants are adults, of sound mind and consenting; the method of execution is for the Shari'a judge to decide. A non-adult who engages in consensual sodomy is subject to a punishment of 74 lashes. (Articles 108 to 113) Sodomy is proved either if a person confesses four times to having committed sodomy or by the testimony of four righteous men. Testimony of women alone or together with a man does not prove sodomy. (Articles 114 to 119). "If sodomy, or the lesser crimes referred to above, are proved by confession, and the person concerned repents, the Shari'a judge may request that he be pardoned. If a person who has committed the lesser crimes referred to above repents before the giving of testimony by the witnesses, the punishment is quashed. (Articles 125 and 126).</quote>
<quote>According to The Boroumand Foundation, there are records of at least 107 executions with charges related to homosexuality between 1979 and 1990. According to Amnesty International, at least 5 people convicted of "homosexual tendencies", three men and two women, were executed in January 1990, as a result of the Iranian government's policy of calling for the execution of those who practice homosexuality. In April 1992, Dr. Ali Mozafarian, a Sunni Muslim leader in the Fars province (Southern Iran), was executed in Shiraz after being convicted on charges of espionage, adultery, and sodomy. His videotaped confession was broadcast on television in Shiraz and in the streets of Kazerun and Lar.</quote>
as DKos and to a lesser extent, MyDD, flip the hell out over Rahm Emanuel as CoS, Hillary as SoS, and McAuliffe running for VA Gov.
Here's the funny part: I spent about 40 hours a week as a volunteer at the Arizona for Obama HQ here in Phoenix. (Probably helped Barack out alot more in New Mexico, Montana and Colorado alot more than you CDS freaks could have ever dreamed of). And all the Democrats I met there highly respected the Clintons, and many were former Clinton supporters. (AZ was a strong Hillary primary state.) It's funny how delusional Kossaks and the blog world are getting about this when, I would imagine, around 85% of Democrats would believe this to be a wonderful pick, probably top of the line.
The reaction to Senator Obama's moves from the blogosphere has been rather disheartening, especially since I think he's pulled this off incredibly. Kos wants a "party purge", 90% of the blogosphere wants the Clintons out of the party entirely and thought that Obama was going to finally pull the trigger (LOL--after she made 75 campaign stops for him? Are you dense?). Well, listen, the mantra during this election was that Obama's "got this". Well, he's "Got this" alright. He knows what works, who works, and how they work. And he knows how good Hill and Bill were for this party, and how well his advisers helped him to run this country.
So, CDS freaks, don't worry. Barack, Hillary, Rahm and Bill have "got this".
I wish I could say that it changes people's minds, but those of us with CDS will never truly be swayed, short of Bill deep throating Barack on a live feed from Obama's bedroom, while simultaneously calling him the "Supreme Potentate". While my description in a touch crude, it is exactly true.
The reason why I've come to respect Senator Obama little bit more is that in many ways, he is Bill Clinton part two. Some of the Bill bashers would do well to realize that.
But hey, the attack dogs like Kathleen Sebelius, John Kerry, Joe Biden, et al, must know more than the Big Dog about winning Presidential elections, right?
I tend to think that Michelle may just follow in the footsteps of Hillary Clinton. She's very outspoken, and I can see her playing a role in an Obama adminstration on some major policy points and as a public spokesperson, perhaps even running for office after his terms are over. She's an excellent speaker and I think she could very well be the "next" Hillary Clinton in her own special way.
I'm already uncomfortable with Barack on gay issues (but I can get over it), but Nunn or Hagel is a real deal breaker. Sorry, I don't need a homophobe a heartbeat away from the Presidency, end of discussion, and I won't help to get one there. The choice of either of those social conservatives is a direct slap in the face to gay and lesbian Americans and it's intolerable in my eyes. I really doubt he'll pick either of them, but if he does, then I will start weighing 3rd party options.