January 04, 2007

Iranian Dies Natural Death

Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has apparently succumbed to cancer. It is the first natural death reported in Iran this year.

Typically, Iranians are very unlucky people, with many public figures dying as a result of accidents.

Update: Oops. Not Dead. this means no Iranians have died of natural causes this year, right?

Posted by Confederate Yankee at January 4, 2007 03:41 PM | TrackBack

Excerpted and linked: Saddam gets a roommate.

Posted by: Bill Faith at January 4, 2007 03:52 PM

Excerpted and linked at Old War Dogs: Saddam gets a roommate.

Posted by: Bill Faith at January 4, 2007 04:10 PM

The Jooos poisoned him with radiation!

Posted by: Purple Avenger at January 4, 2007 04:13 PM

Ace of Spades is publishing an AP story on Captain a guy named Steven Hurst.

It appears that AP is strutting the "Jamil is Real" line, and that MOI is retracting the story that he wasn't...but are threatening to arrest him.

I smelled a rat when Eason Jordan offered to "take" Michelle on this hunt. I smell a rat still.

Posted by: cfbleachers at January 4, 2007 05:53 PM

Michelle now also has the story up.

Funny thing is, AP has weasel worded their article (big surprise) so that it seems that there was never any question about the veracity of the things that Jamil was "sourcing" for them.

No mention of the immolations, the FOUR burned down mosques...they still continue to miss the point.

Jamil (if he is, who they say he is) HAD NO WAY of being a "source" for dozens of stories all over multiple districts. His "sourcing" of stories was complete tripe.

They used a guy who didn't know anything, to verify stories that weren't true in the first place.

I asked before and I ask did he purport to know these things and what was their basis for believing he "knew" the facts they were attempting to foist onto the public?

More than ever, I believe the Eason Jordan invitation to Michelle (AND subsequent "calling out" of the AP)...was the equivalent of a shill at a three card monty sidewalk game.

I smelled a rat then, and I smell the same rat now.

Posted by: cfbleachers at January 4, 2007 06:42 PM

Come on, it just took a few weeks to fake up the records. Spread $20,000 around to the right people and you could get frigging Elvis listed as an Iraqi cop.

Posted by: Purple Avenger at January 4, 2007 06:49 PM


Michelle had caught on to this Jamail Ghulaib Hussein thing, for a little while now.

I smelled a rat and I was happy she went digging.

If this is the guy they used, ONE portion of the stinking recipe is done. The questions were as follows:

1)Who is this guy?

2)How does he know the things he purports to know?

3)How did he come by his "knowledge" about the immolations and four mosques?

What was the "backup" for all those stories? If the story is wrong, how did he get it so wrong...if he, in fact...was blessed with this "inside" knowledge that was being relied on so heavily. (and solely)

If the AP knew him so well, they had to know he wasn't given authority to speak with them...then how did they know he had such detailed information from all over the entirety of Baghdad and surrounding areas? Did they double check his reliability?

What went wrong in the case of the burning mosques and two dozen deaths?

Did they go back and check his 60 other accounts as the sole source....for accuracy? Truth?

If not, why not?

If JGH is "their guy"....the next two thirds of the inquiry have to do with why they relied on him so heavily, how accurate was he, how reliable was he as a source, did he have an agenda, ...the FULL expose' on the mosques and immolations story.

THAT is the real story. The fact that they used some just scratching the surface.

Eason Jordan can now "support" THEM, that they have "come clean". The Ministry of Media can now attempt to "turn the tables" on the bloggers.

"See, he exists". Horse hockey. HE was never the true was him as a SOURCE that was the story. And THAT....has yet to be told.

Posted by: cfbleachers at January 4, 2007 07:11 PM

Eason Jordan can now "support" THEM, that they have "come clean".

I think he's got more to gain by taking them down than supporting them. The media isn't nearly clever enough to have set this up to sting the blogosphere.

Posted by: Purple Avenger at January 4, 2007 08:14 PM


I don't think they "set this up to sting the blogosphere"...from the outset.

I smelled a rat when right out of the chute Eason Jordan jumped up and invited Michelle to go all the way to Iraq to "uncover" whether Jamil existed.

The whole "exists/doesn't exist" debacle looked like a red herring to me and stunk like two month old beached alewives.

It kept deflecting the spotlight from the REAL issue...which was...and is...NOT whether this goof existed, but whether he was worthy of belief as the sole source on several dozen stories. How accurate are those stories? Does he have an agenda.

If the Ministry of Media could morph the debate into a "he exists-no he doesn't" spitball fight...and then have Michelle go over and VOILA...miraculously he's found, you would have the leftists frothing with glee, jumping up and down and screaching like monkeys in a moontent, and wildly sticking out their collective tongues saying "Nyah, Nyah". (in fact, see their posts today)

They are famous for "framing the issues" and the are even more infamous for twisting the facts and creating strawment. They will blame the blogosphere for "overreacting" and blame the military for trying to "suppress the honest press".

And it's a load of horse hockey. The issue was NEVER whether Jamil, Jamail, Jamama...existed. But that's EXACTLY how they are going to portray it.

THAT'S the setup. It's always been the setup. And Eason Jordan, if he wants back into the MUCH more invested in tainting the blogosphere, than he is in exposing the AP.

That's my read, for what it's worth. It's ALWAYS been my read.

Posted by: cfbleachers at January 4, 2007 08:54 PM

I haven't bothered looking for any comment policies here, but I'm guessing posts recognising irony are subject to deletion.

The majority of comments here refer to the Jamil Hussein affair in which the AP has been the subject of endless criticism for supposedly relying on lone, unsupported or dubious sources

Here. In response to this report that the Ayatollah has died based on a single anonymous source who has been contradicted by everyone on the planet.

Including this guy...
"Reuters - 34 minutes ago
TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran's highest authority, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said on Monday Tehran would never yield to international pressure to ..."

Posted by: Tank at January 8, 2007 06:35 AM