Monday, November 30, 2009
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Really? Wolf Blitzer, I expected better of you. Comments like that do not come from someone who is unbiased or at least fair about situations such as this. Cultural insensitivity is way beneath you... at least I thought so.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
"I am strong," Rihanna said in the interview, voice unfaltering. "This happened to me -- I didn't cause this. I didn't do it. This happened to me, and it can happen to anybody."If you're looking for more on Chris Brown, go here. I actually do go out of my way to avoid him. I don't want him to get any money from me listening to his music.
The night before she was killed on the streets of Tehran, the woman the world would come to know simply as Neda had a dream. "There was a war going on," she told her mom the next morning, "and I was in the front."More than four months after Neda's death, her mother, Hajar Rostami, described the pain her family has endured and how grateful they are to millions across the world who have hailed Neda as a martyr -- a symbol of freedom for Iran. She spoke with CNN by phone in her native Farsi from her home in Tehran a few days ago."As a message to everyone, I really want to thank the whole world," she said. "And I don't really know how to thank them, so I ask of you: Please find the right words for me."I can't tell you how much it has warmed our hearts, how much it's helped us."Recalling that day, her mother paused in the hourlong interview. The family, she said, has gone back to the scene and retraced Neda's movements."She was only 26 steps from her car."Those were 26 steps Neda never had a chance to take -- the difference between returning home to her family and becoming a symbol of a greater struggle inside Iran."But when I returned home, I did see the video," she said. "It was enormously painful. So painful that I've never been able to watch it again all the way through to the end."It was the moment of seeing her give her life, the life leaving her body. That was very painful. The look in her eyes at that moment. I wake up with that look in her eyes every morning; I go to bed with the image of that look in her eyes every evening."It is tradition in Iran to give away personal belongings of a loved one after they die. But Neda's bed, her makeup stand, her photographs -- everything that was hers -- remains untouched.The reason: Neda appeared in her sister's dream and told her not to part with anything."I am alive," Neda said.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
- Maine repeals same-sex marriage, becoming the 31st state to do so
- Maine also votes to expand the medical marijuana law
- Washington is expected to pass Referendum 71, allowing many of the benefits of opposite-sex marriage to same-sex couples
- Iranian people take to the streets in remembrance of the hostage crises of 1979, chanting "Obama" in an effort to call for help and attention to the voting issues that began over the summer
- President Barack Obama is elected the first African-American president of the United States of America
- Michael Crichton dies at age 66
- Proposition 8 is approved by California voters, overturning a previous ruling that same-sex couples would be able to marry
- Aaron McKinney, who took part in slaying Matthew Shepard because he was homosexual, is sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole and promises not to appeal his conviction
- Israeli PM Yitzhak Rabin is assassinated by a Jewish extremist in Tel Aviv.
- Ronald Regan opens his library in Simi Valley
- Regan wins the presidential race over incumbent Jimmy Carter
- The Iranian hostage crises begins as as militant storm the U.S. Embassy in Tehran
- Soviet troops move into Hungary in order to crush a revolt
- Cy Young dies at 88
- Dwight Eisenhower is elected president
- The "Cash and Carry" position is taken by the U.S. in World War II, allowing support for France and Britain
- Wyoming elects the first female governor, Nellie T. Ross 1922 - King Tut's tomb is discovered
- Grover Cleveland is elected president
- Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd are married in Springfield, Illinois
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
During the sentencing for 26-year-old Jeremy M. Lund, the Wood County victim-witness coordinator read a letter written by the toddler's mother and father. The parents wanted the letter read out loud in court so Lund would have to hear the damage he's caused.
"Make sure that he will never be in a place to harm another child," they wrote.
Wood County Circuit Court Judge Greg Potter sentenced Lund to 40 years in prison with credit for 287 days already served. Lund will serve an additional 20 years on extended supervision.
The sentencing was difficult for the victim's family, who filled the courtroom. Crying could be heard throughout the hearing and at one point, several family members left the courtroom, finding it too difficult to be in Lund's presence and listen to the proceedings.
In their letter, the parents wrote that their 17-month-old daughter had to go through surgery to evaluate the damage done to her.
"We love our daughter, and it rips us apart what happened to her," they wrote.
He ordered Lund to be on GPS monitoring for life, maintain absolute sobriety, maintain full and verifiable employment, undergo alcohol assessment, give a DNA sample and be tested for sexually transmitted diseases.
(h/t WI Rapids Tribune)