Saturday, February 6, 2010

Time

TIME GETS BETTER WITH AGE
Read it through to the end, it gets better as you go!


I've learned that I like my teacher because she cries when we
sings "Silent Night".
Age 5

I've learned that our dog doesn't want to eat my broccoli
either.
Age 7

I've learned that when I wave to people in the country, they
stop what they are doing and wave back.
Age 9

I've learned that just when I get my room the way I like it,
Mom makes me clean it up again.
Age 12

I've learned that if you want to cheer yourself up, you should
try cheering someone else up.
Age 14

I've learned that although it's hard to admit it, I'm secretly
glad my parents are strict with me.
Age 15

I've learned that silent company is often more healing than
words of advice.
Age 24



I've learned that brushing my child's hair is one of life's
great pleasures.
Age 26

I've learned that wherever I go, the world's worst drivers
have followed me there.
Age 29

I've learned that if someone says something unkind about me,
I must live so that no one will believe it.
Age 30

I've learned that there are people who love you dearly but
just don't know how to show it.
Age 42

I've learned that you can make some one's day by simply
sending them a little note.
Age 44

I've learned that the greater a person's sense of guilt, the
greater his or her need to cast blame on others.
Age 46

I've learned that children and grandparents are natural allies.
Age 47

I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems
today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.
Age 48



I've learned that singing "Amazing Grace" can lift my spirits
for hours.
Age 49

I've learned that motel mattresses are better on the side away
from the phone.
Age 50

I've learned that you can tell a lot about a man by the way he
handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and
tangled Christmas tree lights.
Age 51

I've learned that keeping a vegetable garden is worth a
medicine cabinet full of pills.
Age 52

I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your
parents, you miss them terribly after they die.
Age 53

I've learned that making a living is not the same thing as
making a life.
Age 58

I've learned that if you want to do something positive for
your children, work to improve your marriage.
Age 61



I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.
Age 62

I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catchers
mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back.
Age 64

I've learned that if you pursue happiness, it will elude you.
But if you focus on your family, the needs of others, your
work, meeting new people, and doing the very best you can,
happiness will find you.
Age 65

I've learned that whenever I decide something with kindness,
I usually make the right decision.
Age 66

I've learned that everyone can use a prayer.
Age 72

I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be
one.
Age 82

I've learned that every day you should reach out and touch
someone. People love that human touch-holding hands, a warm
hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.
Age 90

I've learned that I still have a lot to learn.
Age 92

From JMG: Pat Robertson Accused Of Trading Liberian Gold Concession For Lobbying Work

According to the former president of Liberia, televangelist Pat Robertson traded gold mine concessions there in return for lobbying the Bush administration on his behalf.
The revelations came in the midst of Taylor's U.N.-backed trial on 11 counts of committing war crimes and crimes against humanity during Sierra Leone's 1990s civil war. Taylor is accused of directing a Sierra Leonean rebel group, the United Revolutionary Front, in a campaign aimed at securing access to the country's diamond mines. The rebel movement stands accused of committing mass atrocities in the West African country in the late 1990s, including the mutilation of thousands of civilians. Prosecutors at the Special Court for Sierra Leone contend that Taylor offered concessions to Westerners in exchange for lobbying work aimed at enhancing his image in the United States. They maintain that he also spent an additional $2.6 million paying lobbying and public relations firms to influence in his favor the policies of former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. Under cross-examination, Taylor said that Robertson had volunteered to argue Liberia's case before U.S. officials and that he had had spoken directly to Bush about Taylor. He also confirmed that Robertson's company, Freedom Gold, signed an agreement to exploit gold in southeastern Liberia, but that it never generated any profit.
Robertson has long been condemned for his investments in African diamond mines whose overseers abused and defrauded workers.

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another great JMG repost

From JMG: Tea Party Convention Opens In Nashville With A Racist Bang

The first ever Tea Party Convention got underway in Nashville today with a speech from former Rep. Tom Tancredo in which he lamented the loss of the Jim Crow days when southern blacks had to pass a literacy test in order to vote.
In his speech Thursday to attendees, former Republican congressman Tom Tancredo invoked the loaded pre-civil rights era buzzword, saying that President Barack Obama was elected because "we do not have a civics, literacy test before people can vote in this country." Southern states used literacy tests as part of an effort to deny suffrage to African American voters prior to Johnson-era civil rights laws. "Prior to passage of the federal Voting Rights Act in 1965, Southern (and some Western) states maintained elaborate voter registration procedures whose primary purpose was to deny the vote to those who were not white," a website for civil rights veterans explains. "In the South, this process was often called the 'literacy test.' In fact, it was much more than a simple test, it was an entire complex system devoted to denying African-Americans (and in some regions, Latinos) the right to vote."
Tancredo went on decry the multicultural state of modern America and said that it's time for (presumably white) Americans to "take it back."

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Reposted from JMG

You are an inspiration

http://www.iranian.com/main/2010/feb/you-are-inspiration

You are an inspiration

One American Jew's solidarity with Iranian people

You are an inspiration

by rwitonsk
05-Feb-2010

As an American who is living openly in freedom, I feel utterly unqualified to address the Iranian people. After all, I don’t have to fear that the Basij will arrest me and torture me and rape me in Evin Prison. I don’t have to fear that I will be beaten or murdered for attending or organizing a demonstration on February 11, 2010, the 31st anniversary of the Islamic revolution in Iran, or any other day. I don’t have to fear that my phone is being tapped, my email is being watched. If I leave Iran, I don’t have to fear that my family will be endangered by my speaking out. I am also not subjected to the innumerable and unjust restrictions and cruelties which are inflicted on Iranian women in name of radical Shi'ite Islam.

My American friends and I are greatly concerned about the media blackout being imposed by the regime. We know that it means Iranian democrats are being tortured, imprisoned, and murdered. According to my friend Mr. Mehdi Khalaji, 4,000 political prisoners have been arrested since last June. I am greatly concerned about Mr. Khalaji's father Ayatollah Mohammad Khalaji, who is now free on bail but subject to re-arrest by these murderers at any moment.

I felt helpless and sickened when the regime murdered two young men last Thursday, Arash Rahmanipour, 19, and Mohammad Ali Reza Zandani. I am greatly concerned about the 9-65 people currently on death row whose lives are in immediate danger of being murdered.

I am also greatly concerned about the fate of the Bahai minority in Iran, especially the seven Bahai leaders who were imprisoned in 2008 and are currently threatened with death. I was horrified to read that Bahai marriages are not recognized in Iran and married Bahai women are treated as prostitutes. I was saddened that Bahais are deprived of the right to attend Iranian universities. In addition, the regime also shut down a private Bahai university. More attention needs to be paid to the plight of the Bahais who are persecuted because they are not recognized as a protected people under Shi’ite Islam. My friend Amir Nasiri is absolutely right when he emphasizes that Iranian democrats need to show their concern for Iranian ethnic and religious minorities.

Unfortunately, there is nothing I can do to protect you when you go out to demonstrate from being injured, imprisoned, tortured, or killed by murderers who have no respect for the sanctity of human life. I will not be there when you are being shot and beaten by these murderers, and I cannot block their bullets from hitting you.

In fact, I cannot even promise you that you will have the support of the leaders of the free world. The sad truth is that the leaders of the free world refuse to stand by the Iranian people because they do not care about your suffering. They also prefer to profit by business deals with the Iranian regime than to stand by the Iranian people’s quest for basic human freedom and dignity.

As an American, I feel deeply ashamed by the actions of President Obama. I feel that he does not represent me because he does not stand by the ideals of universal human freedom and dignity. He believes instead in appeasing dictators worldwide and negotiating with mass murderers. He does not care if Iran gets a nuclear weapon because he thinks it will only threaten the Jews, not the West and America as it actually will.

But I can promise you that when you go out to demonstrate, I will stand by you in every way possible. I will be gathering information on the protests from every source possible and sharing it with everyone. I will be notifying everyone in my network of American friends of what is really going on in Iran. I will be speaking out for you and supporting your hopes and dreams for freedom.

I will be doing this because I believe that as Martin Luther King Jr once said,”Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” I genuinely believe that even if I have freedom of speech here in the great land of America, I am not truly free as long as human beings in any part of the world are not free. I believe that your problem is my problem, that your issue is my issue, that your oppression is my oppression.

As a Jew, I am repulsed by the way that this regime is waging war on Israel and the Jews and denying the Shoah, the genocide against my people in Europe. At the same time, I know from my own conversations with Iranians both inside and outside Iran that this regime does not represent the Iranian people. I know that many Iranians inside and outside Iran share my moral revulsion at this regime’s anti-Semitism and support Israel and the Jews. These conversations lead me to believe that a secular, democratic Iran will be a friend to Israel and the Jews.

I believe that peaceful regime change is the only answer to the oppression in Iran. No compromise with this regime is possible, and there is no reason to salvage a regime which is based on totalitarian Islamist oppression. The problem is not simply a matter of Ayatollah Khameini or President Ahmadinejad. The problem lies with the nature of the Islamic regime itself. The regime is based upon a brutal and distorted version of Shi’ite Islam under which Shi’ite clerics have absolute power over their fellow Iranians. This regime’s theology violates centuries of Shi’ite belief and practice according to which clerics should not be allowed to participate in government since the disappearance of the 12th Imam.

The answer to this regime is not a new election under this regime’s auspices. Any election under this regime is inherently illegal because the regime subjects candidates to ideological screening before they can run for office. This regime subjects candidates to an ideological litmus test which is totally unacceptable. The only answer to this regime is to remove it entirely. The system should be eliminated so that clerics no longer hold absolute power over the lives of Iranians. The system of secular democracy should be based on separating religion and state and ensuring the equality of all Iranians regardless of sex, religion, or ethnicity.

I also want to tell me how much you have inspired me by your courage. I have read about students who have boycotted their final exams to protest the imprisonment of their classmates. I have read about students who have gone to the Intelligence Ministry to find their arrested friends and who have themselves been arrested. I have seen horrifying photos of people who are being beaten because they dare to defend others who are being assaulted by the Basij-SS thugs. I have seen the videos in which strangers during demonstrations immediately provide emergency first aid to injured fellow protestors. I have seen how people risk their lives to take pictures and videos of demonstrators being attacked and murdered by Basij thugs and share them with the West. These innumerable acts of solidarity have helped to define the humanity and courage which characterizes your movement.

I am inspired by the way that you have taken every holiday as an opportunity to protest against this regime. You have taken the holy day of Ashura as a chance to show your outrage at the brutality of murderers who act like the killers of your martyred Imams Hussein and Ali. You have taken Al Quds Day and turned it from an anti-Semitic regime demonstration into a show for the Iranian people’s freedom. You have turned Students Day from an anti-American regime propaganda into a chance for Iranian students to show their own yearning for liberty. You turned the funeral of the late Ayatollah Montazeri into a demonstration against this evil regime. And just recently young Muslims joined with Zoroastrians on January 30, 2010, in a Zoroastrian holiday in an anti-regime demonstration.

I do not know how many people will be killed and injured on February 11, 2010, during demonstrations against radical Shi’ite Islam on the 31st anniversary of the Islamic revolution. I do not know how many people will participate in demonstrations in different cities in Iran or how many people will be arrested. And I do not know whether these protests will be the beginning of the end for this totalitarian regime in Iran or merely another step on the road toward freedom.

But based upon your ability to take every holiday and turn it into an anti-regime demonstration, I believe that your victory in the struggle against this totalitarian regime is inevitable. I believe it is only a matter of time before you remove this regime from power and begin the difficult but wonderful process of building a free and democratic society based on separation of religion and state. And I believe that you are capable of removing this regime on your own even in the absence of support from Western governments.


URL to archives is http://listserv.buffalo.edu/archives/tarikh-list.html



Under the Staircase

Under the Staircase from kimia ferdowsi on Vimeo.

Friday, February 5, 2010

$50 MILLION IN STIMULUS RELEASED BY CHANCELLOR

CFA scores a victory in the “Free the $50 Million” campaign to save class sections and educate students!

On Thursday, CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed reacted to CFA’s call to action and released the remaining $50.9 million in unused federal stimulus money to campuses to use for the fall term.

This money is desperately needed on campuses and could fund in excess of 8,000 more course sections throughout the system.

To view the Chancellor’s memo, go to: http://calfac.org/allpdf/Budget_10_11/CBR%20-%20Presidents%20Memo%202-4-10%20Fall%20Courses%20Funding.pdf

The Chancellor’s actions come just four days after CFA launched a campaign urging him to release the money to help students and protect jobs. During the preceding four days faculty and students sent the Chancellor more than 600 messages asking him to “Free the $50 Million.” It was clear that faculty, staff and students were just getting started.

While CFA leaders are pleased with Thursday’s news, they remain determined that this needed funding must be used soon as possible to fund classes and other vital student services.

“We applaud the Chancellor for making the right choice in releasing this money to campuses,” said CFA President Lillian Taiz, a professor of History at CSU Los Angeles.

Taiz continued, “The question now is how and when this money is going to be used. There remains a critical need this term for more money to fund additional course sections to help students complete their education and save faculty and staff jobs.

“We look forward to working with the Chancellor and campus presidents to ensure that every penny of this funding is used for classes and vital student services because that’s the best graduation initiative we could ever have.”

HOW THE MONEY COULD BE USED NOW


CFA knows there are many ways this money could be used NOW – instead of next fall – that will help put the university back on the right track.

Quarter campuses could use the money to increase the number of course sections they offer in the spring 2010 quarter to help ensure students are getting the classes they need

Even on semester campuses that are already under way, the money could be put to good use with creative solutions - such as classes in a compressed format and on weekends to add access to course units, especially in highly impacted programs. The funds also could be used to avoid layoffs or to call back people already laid off.

In addition, some resources could go to funding regular summer session courses rather than forcing students to pay extra in for-profit summer sessions.

All of these options would put this much needed funding to work as the federal government intended it to be used.

William Rivers Pitt | Bush, Cheney and the Great Escape

William Rivers Pitt, Truthout: "With each passing day, it becomes more and more astonishing to encompass the fact that George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and their henchmen from the prior administration have managed thus far to escape any accounting whatsoever for the massive battery of criminal activity committed during their time in office."

Read the Article
CBS has sold a second anti-abortion ad to Focus On The Family. This one, also featuring the Tebows, will be aired during the pre-game show.
News of the second ad comes just days after, anticipating the Tebow ad, Planned Parenthood posted an online ad featuring Olympian Al Joyner and former NFL player Sean James defending abortion rights. Interest groups including the National Organization for Women have asked CBS to drop the Tebow ad. Although Focus on the Family won't reveal its ads' details, CEO Jim Daly says the original ad was rejected by CBS. In it, Pam Tebow, who was advised by a doctor to have an abortion for medical reasons when pregnant with her son, said, "Both of our lives were at risk." "They felt that was too much," he says. "So we dropped the line. We didn't fight them." The word "abortion" is never used. The ad is "an open discussion on the sanctity of human life — not just the issue of abortion," Daly says. It was made for less than $100,000 with "a bit of humor in it — in fitting with the Super Bowl theme."
Via Towleroad, here's an amusing Tebow response ad made by Jimmy Kimmel's team.

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reposted from JMG

From JMG: Focus On The Family Buys Second Tebow Super Bowl Commercial

CBS has sold a second anti-abortion ad to Focus On The Family. This one, also featuring the Tebows, will be aired during the pre-game show.
News of the second ad comes just days after, anticipating the Tebow ad, Planned Parenthood posted an online ad featuring Olympian Al Joyner and former NFL player Sean James defending abortion rights. Interest groups including the National Organization for Women have asked CBS to drop the Tebow ad. Although Focus on the Family won't reveal its ads' details, CEO Jim Daly says the original ad was rejected by CBS. In it, Pam Tebow, who was advised by a doctor to have an abortion for medical reasons when pregnant with her son, said, "Both of our lives were at risk." "They felt that was too much," he says. "So we dropped the line. We didn't fight them." The word "abortion" is never used. The ad is "an open discussion on the sanctity of human life — not just the issue of abortion," Daly says. It was made for less than $100,000 with "a bit of humor in it — in fitting with the Super Bowl theme."
Via Towleroad, here's an amusing Tebow response ad made by Jimmy Kimmel's team.

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reposted from JMG

More AIG Outrage

Hi,

The people at AIG who are most responsible for the severity of the
financial crisis should be in jail. But instead, they're slated to get
another $100 million in bonuses--on top of the $450 million they got last
year. Unbelievable, right?

I signed a petition telling Congress that it's long past time to take real
action to stop companies from giving out taxpayer dollars in bonuses. Can
you join me at the link below?

http://pol.moveon.org/aigagain/?r_by=18846-538505-12xQbHx&rc=mailto

Thanks!

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