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I doubt if the MSM will bother with this. No story here folks, move along…

Mike Adams has the story:

Frank Lombard is the associate director of Duke’s Center for Health Policy. The university administrator was recently arrested by the FBI and charged with offering up his adopted 5-year-old son for sex. I tried to contact Frank Lombard over the weekend to probe his expertise regarding the health benefits of raping small children. So far, he’s declined to comment.

Local Coverage here

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As bad as the news is for our friends to the south, Canada may be in a great position to take advantage. Lower corporate tax rates and a growing energy sector will position Canada to suck more money out of the US economy.

In a clear indication that Canada is starting to be considered a low-tax place to do business, Tim Hortons Inc. announced Monday plans to shift its base of operations from Delaware to Canada for tax purposes.

Further, analysts indicate this is also a sign of unease among corporations regarding the U.S. business environment, where taxes are likely heading upward to deal with trillion-dollar deficits and proposed health-care reforms; and the White House is looking to crack down on companies that invest abroad. …

In Canada, the federal corporate tax rate is headed to 15% in 2012, and the federal Conservative government has called on the provinces to get to a 10% business levy by the same timeframe – for a combined 25% rate on corporate income. Alberta is already at 10%, British Columbia will be there in 2011, Ontario by 2013, and New Brunswick will go down further, to 8%, in 2012.

In the United States, the top corporate tax rate is in the mid-30% range. As a result, the U.S. now has about the highest combined corporate tax rate, second only to Japan among industrialized countries. – Hot Air

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Looks like some Dems are showing their true colours on free speech in the US. Can a new Fairness Doctrine be far behind?

LAT – How do you think conservative talk radio has affected the Legislature’s work?

Assembly Speaker Karen Bass – The Republicans were essentially threatened and terrorized against voting for revenue.(Taxes) Now [some] are facing recalls. They operate under a terrorist threat: “You vote for revenue (Taxes) and your career is over.” I don’t know why we allow that kind of terrorism to exist. I guess it’s about free speech, but it’s extremely unfair.

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On The Wrong Side Of The Issue Again

This has become a disturbing pattern of behaviour. Too bad he couldn’t have meddled as much in the Iranian situation.

Michael Ramirez

Michael Ramirez

During his campaign, President Obama made a big deal of criticizing leaders who are elected democratically but don’t govern democratically. He’s had a chance to show that it mattered in Honduras. He didn’t. – IBD

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Saeed Mortazavi

Saeed Mortazavi

Looks like life is going to get a whole lot more painful for some Iranians arrested  in recent days.  Saeed Mortazavi, the man said responsible for the torture and killing of Canadian citizen Zahra Kazemi is in charge of prisoner interrogations in Tehran.

As prosecutor-general of Tehran since 2003 and as a judge before that, he ordered the closure of more than 100 newspapers, journals and websites deemed hostile to the Establishment. In 2004 he was behind the detention of more than 20 bloggers and journalists, who were held for long periods of solitary confinement in secret prisons, where they were allegedly coerced into signing false confessions.

Mr Mortazavi has also led a crackdown in Tehran that has seen women arrested for wearing supposedly immodest clothing.

Earlier this year he oversaw the arrest and trial of Roxana Saberi, the American-Iranian journalist sentenced to eight years for spying, and his name has appeared on the arrest warrants of prominent reformists rounded up since the unrest started, such as Saeed Hajarian, a close aide of Mohammad Khatami, the reformist former President. With more than 600 people now having been arrested, including dozens of journalists, many fear the worst.

Mr Mortazavi became notorious for his role in the death of Zahra Kazemi while in Iranian custody on July 11, 2003. Kazemi, a freelance photojournalist with dual Iranian-Canadian nationality, was arrested while taking photographs outside Evin prison, Tehran, during an earlier period of reformist unrest in the city, also ruthlessly repressed. – TimesOnline

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Trying To Out-Do The Chinese

But hands off Iran you guys…

The Iranian authorities have ordered the family of Neda Agha Soltan out of their Tehran home after shocking images of her death were circulated around the world.

Neighbours said that her family no longer lives in the four-floor apartment building on Meshkini Street, in eastern Tehran, having been forced to move since she was killed. The police did not hand the body back to her family, her funeral was cancelled, she was buried without letting her family know and the government banned mourning ceremonies at mosques, the neighbours said. – Gaurdian

Related - Report: Iran Tries to Charge Slain Man’s Family $3,000 for Bullet That Killed Him

Related – No Prayers For You

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This Is What Real Torture Looks Like

None of that pansy waterboarding for these guys…

The torture of a 17-year-old in Iran – Salon.com

One of them asked me if Mr. Khatami would come save us, while they were breaking my fingers and cutting the finger webs. Although I swore a thousand times that I had not voted and had never participated in any demonstration, they didn’t care and just kept beating me hard. I fainted once or twice but there were some of us who fainted every time their bones were broken, and as soon as they gained their consciousness, the riot police started beating them again. I was trying to contract my muscles to avoid further bone fracture.


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