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1.) Mitt Romney supporter
s finally showing energy and excitement — TheDC’s Jeff Poor reports on the lively ongoings of an Oklahoma Republican state convention:
“Throughout the GOP presidential primary, presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney and Texas Rep. Ron Paul, who remains in the race for the White House, seemed to havesome sort of unspoken truce. This led to speculation that the libertarian-leaning Republican would ultimately play nice with Romney in order to grow his voice within the Republican Party. But as Oklahoma City NBC affiliate KFOR’s La’Tasha Givens reported on Saturday, Paul and Romney may have some work to do at the grassroots level. ‘It was an eventful day at the Republican state convention,’ she said. ‘And most of the discourse lasted throughout the evening. We’re told the police had to get involved when a 70-year-old Mitt Romney supporter punched a Ron Paul supporter in the head after they disagreed on the vote.'”
Kids, please do not interpret this as supporting violence. TheDC Morning strongly adheres to the motto: Hugs not Thugs. We have a zero tolerance rule on thuggery and a zero intolerance rule on hugging.
2.) This fatwa is notta binding — Reza Khalili reports for TheDC that the supposed fatwa by Iranian Ayatollah Khamenei calling a nuclear weapon a sin may not be so revered by Iran’s Supreme Leader:
“A group of defectors from Iran has cautioned that Iranian authorities believe the West has been lulled into a false sense of security by a fatwa — a pronouncement of Muslim law — by Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has said that a “nuclear bomb is a sin in Islam.” It is based on a lie, they warned, despite the Obama administration’s apparent reliance on this declaration to guide its foreign policy. ‘While God is with us and has forced Russia and China on our side, America cannot do anything,’ they reported rhat Khamenei told the officials. ‘The fatwa which I gave years ago that a nuclear bomb is haram, a sin, has now become a statement of fact for the West, and because of their own needs and fears of Israel, they are emphasizing that statement.’ ‘However,’ Khamenei continued, ‘the Imam’s hidden soldiers, based on their religious obligation under Shiite Islam, will continue in total secrecy and in other locations to attain the most advanced arms to defend the regime.'”
Even more fundamentally, some question whether this sacred fatwa even exists! And most importantly, let’s remember that Iran seriously has a person who is considered the Supreme Leader. Seriously.
3.) Democratic Skullduggery — In a shocking development, TheDC’s Neil Munro reports on political dishonesty:
“There’s yet another glitch with the Democrats’ trouble-plagued campaign convention in Charlotte, N.C. Democrats tried to burnish their anti-Wall Street claims by promising in February 2011 that the $37 million convention wouldn’t accept corporate dollars. But the convention’s host committee has been quietly soliciting corporate money to pay for convention-related activities.”
What next? A report on Greek profligacy? Or perhaps that MSNBC is liberal? Or maybe that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will not be vacationing in Israel this year?
4.) Saturday Night Live pulls off phenomenal feat! — It was heretofore thought to be impossible. But SNL’s latest edition defied both science and magic. The cast was able to put out a terribly unfunny show even with Will Ferrell as the host. If you’re currently laughing and want to stop, TheDC’s Jeff Poor provides some help by giving us a run-down of a skit from Saturday’s edition of the “comedy” show:
“On this weekend’s cold open of NBC’s ‘Saturday Night Live,’ Jason Sudeikis as Vice President Joe Biden and Will Ferrell as President George W. Bush came together to commiserate about being outshined, in Biden’s case by President Barack Obama and in Bush’s case by ‘President’ Dick Cheney.”
In fairness, that wasn’t nearly the worst of the show. But watch yourself and maybe cry for what SNL once was.
5.) Poll of the Day: Obama holds lead in Romney’s kind-of home state — Glengariff Group poll of Michigan: President Obama 45.1%, Mitt Romney 39.5%, Undecided 15.4%.