January 08, 2004

Charlie Hustle

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Baseball great Pete Rose recently admitted to years of lying about his baseball gambling. This big news was apparently timed to coincide with the release of Rose's new book, "My Prison Without Bars". John Cox, the baseball fan among Cox & Forkum, offers the above cartoon as a possible explanation for Rose's mea culpa. Meanwhile, FoxNews reported yesterday: Pete Rose's Former Cohorts Say He's Still Lying.

Baseball's hits king finally acknowledged that he bet on baseball while he managed the†Cincinnati Reds, but insists that he never placed wagers from his office.

Not true, say two of his reputed bet runners.

"Of course Pete bet from the clubhouse," former house mate Tommy Gioiosa, a New Bedford, Mass., native, said Tuesday in a phone interview. "It would be nice if he came clean with everything, just let it rip."

SPECIAL UPDATE REGARDING IRAN: 'Free Iran' News has brought to our attention a PBS documentary that airs tonight, Jan. 8th, on Frontline: FORBIDDEN IRAN. It looks to be an excellent exposť of atrocities committed by the Iranian theocracy against dissidents. Here are excerpts from the Web site:

At a peaceful demonstration at the Iranian Embassy in London, [journalist Jane] Kokan meets a young leader of the Independent Student Movement, Iman Samizadez. "I'm looking for [a] free Iran, without religion," Samizadez tells Kokan. "People, they can have religion as a private thing. But in a political way, we are looking for a free country."

In London, Kokan uncovers photographs documenting the bloody aftermath of a raid on a student dormitory in Tehran in the summer of 2003. The raid was carried out by vigilantes armed with machetes, metal pipes, chains and butcher knives.

Kokan also learns that some 4,000 Iranian student activists were arrested after protests in Tehran and other cities in June 2003 and at least 500 remain in prison for their democratic beliefs. Amir Fakhravar, a student movement leader and hero, is among the men and women Kokan will attempt to make contact with while in Iran. Punished for writing a book promoting democracy and free speech, Fakhravar is serving an eight-year prison sentence at Qasr Prison in Tehran. In a video recorded before he went to prison last year, Fakhravar prepares his mother for his execution, which he believes is imminent. "I don't [want] you to have that sad face. I want [you] at that moment they're hanging me, to stand proudly and say, 'I'm proud of my son,'" he says. In prison, Fakhravar has suffered regular beatings and torture. [Emphasis added]

A streaming video of FORBIDDEN IRAN will be available at the Web site on Jan. 12.

We posted the cartoon below on July 10, 2003, after the planned strike against the mullahs was suppressed by government thugs.

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Posted by Forkum at January 8, 2004 07:27 AM
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