Open thread: Iran

I don't often find myself heartbroken, enraged and inspired by a simple slide show. But this one is just too hard for my brain to grasp.

Click on the album cover.


Blogger news

Looks like Microsoft thinks it can buy anything . . . including some very bad public relations.

I'm going to have to stick up for Microsoft here

MS felt like there were inaccuracies in an article having to do with its open document format, but Wikipedia strongly discourages edits by interested parties. So MS hired a blogger (who isn't exactly a MS fanboy)to make changes, without asking the blogger to run those changes by Microsoft first. This was after MS asked Wikipedia to address the problems in the article, to no avail. Wikipedia's answer to MS's "so what were we supposed to do?" is kind of nutty. Wikipedia said that MS should commission a white paper, publish it on the web, and then come back to Wikipedia and link to the paper.

This isn't my idea, but technorati doesn't want to serve up the links I was looking at yesterday: if Wikipedia is going to be the go-to information repository for the coming age, its going to have to come up with a better way to deal with contributions by interested parties. (Open to question is whether IBM was behind the posting of the original, inaccurate, article.)

Had to stick my head in

and say thanks for the slide show, A. Sending it on to friends and our dD listserve.

I had no idea Iran was such a beautiful place. They forced other countries out almost thirty years ago, including the US. They had a rough patch there for a while, but look at Iran now. They actually have checks and balances in their government. The structure doesn't look like ours, but neither does China's or Russia's for that matter.

I read recently that the Ayatollah has put the breaks on Iran's "bellicose President" and wanted talks with America. My thoughts in light of that development are twofold:

First: When is our duly elected Congress going to put the breaks on our "bellicose President?"

Second: It makes my brain hurt to think that the rational voice in the midst of the War Drums around our relationship with Iran is ...

the Ayatollah.

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

Yusuf Islam

And by Cat Stevens you mean Yusuf Islam and not the wife of Senator Ted Stevens who had difficulty with the no-fly list.

Among them was Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, who complained that his wife, Catherine, was being identified as "Cat" Stevens and frequently stopped due to confusion with the former name of the folk singer now known as Yusuf Islam, whose name is on the list. In 2004 he was denied entry into the U.S., but officials declined to explain why.

His return to New York was covered by FoxNews and the New York Post and the NYTimes and NPR

Earlier this month he was awarded the Mediterranean Prize for Peace as described in the Boston Globe


I saw him live in the mid 70s in Norfolk. I still remember every moment of the concert like it was yesterday.

The very first concert I ever went to

was his - also in the 70's, in NY. It was amazing.

Thanks for the slide show. A beautiful place. There is beauty everywhere, yes? How awful to see it destroyed by narrow agendas that have no room for differences of opinion or government.

As for bellicose presidents, ours needs to stfu and sit down.
"Be the change you wish to see in the world." - Gandhi

John McCain wants your opinion, really

I've got a fun diary up at Daily Kos about an email I got from John McCain. I didn't post here because there wasn't enough NC in it but take a look and don't forget to take the survey and tell John McCain what you really think.

thanks for that

Some very very funny stuff on there. If his campaign is gonna be based around that language he is already dead in the water.

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"Keep the Faith"

thanks for the slide show

and I have a blog post up that is "For Faiza" - she is a friend who used to live in Baghdad, until she ran for safety to Amman. I would appreciate it if you would leave a message for Faiza.

and, to see just how popular we are in Baghdad, go look at the photo on this link:


Somebody please post a diary

So that goober's picture will scroll below the fold.....or below the edge of my computer screen or...or....just get it away!

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

just promote mine

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"Keep the Faith"

Ah, memories

Too young to be able to say that I saw Cat Stevens perform live, but I do remember our first family stereo system that had a cassette player. One of the tapes we bought was Teaser and the Firecat. I still love that album.

The Thornsetter Project

Just another step

In the program to bring democracy to the Middle East at the point of a gun. Funny thing is, they look and act just like us. I have sent emails to every congress critter I can to basically beg them not to give in to the neo-cons attempt to broaden the war into Iran.

Jesus, some days it's so g**damned hard to know how far this country has fallen in just a few short years and what could (should) have been.