Monday, September 27, 2010
''This is my oldest son, Mujibar. He would have been 24 years old now.''
''Yes, I remember him as a baby'' says the other mother cheerfully.
"He's a martyr now though" the mother confides.
"Oh, so sad dear'' says the other.
''And this is my second son, Khalid. He would have been 21.''
''Oh, I remember him,'' says the other happily,
''he had such curly hair when he was born.''
''He's a martyr too'' says the mother quietly.
''Oh, gracious me . . . '' says the other.
''And this is my third son. My baby. My beautiful Ahmed.
He would have been 18'', she whispers.
"Yes" says the friend enthusiastically, ''I remember when he first
''He's a martyr also,'' says the mother, with tears in her eyes.
After a pause and a deep sigh, the second Muslim mother looks wistfully
at the photographs and, searching for the right words, says . . .
"They blow up so fast, don't they?"
mothers are sitting in a cafe chatting over a plate of tabouli and a pint of goat's milk. The older of the two pulls a bag out of her purse and starts flipping through photos. They start reminiscing.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Boy, 5, wanders into wrong class, prompts lockdownThe Associated Press
VANCOUVER, Wash. - A 5-year-old Vancouver, Wash., kindergarten student who wandered into the wrong classroom set off a school lockdown before he was located Monday. Vancouver police said Braiden Gonzalez arrived at Walnut Grove Elementary on the school bus as usual. The problem started when he played outside with some first-graders and then followed them into their classroom.
Braiden's mother realized he was missing when she arrived to pick him up from his half day of kindergarten.
Vancouver Public Schools spokeswoman Kris Stork said the boy sat at the desk of a new student in the first grade classroom - and responded to the teacher as if he was that student. District officials say the boy also didn't respond when his name was called on the intercom system.
Stork said Braiden was found around 1 p.m. after his photo was circulated among school staffers.
I guess the new generations will simply think that this is a normal way of life, and not even worry about it.
Saturday, September 4, 2010
The irony of Jesse Jackson's stripped SUV
Henry Payne / The Michigan View.com
Add Jesse Jackson’s ride to prominent vehicles being stripped in Detroit.
Following the embarrassing news that Mayor Dave Bing’s GMC Yukon was hijacked by criminals this week, Detroit’s Channel 7 reports that the Reverend’s Caddy Escalade SUV was stolen and stripped of its wheels while he was in town last weekend with the UAW’s militant President Bob King leading the “Jobs, Justice, and Peace” march promoting government-funded green jobs.
Read that again: Jackson’s Caddy SUV was stripped while he was in town promoting green jobs.
Add Jesse to the Al Gore-Tom Friedman-Barack Obama School of Environmental Hypocrisy. While preaching to Americans that they need to cram their families into hybrid Priuses to go shopping for compact fluorescent light bulbs to save the planet, they themselves continue to live large.
“We need an economy that creates employment that can't be shipped overseas,” the Green Rev wrote for CNN about the march. “Home-grown American labor will be installing windmills and solar panels. A green economy is not an abstract concept.”
Interesting to see of how people tell you how to do it, but seldome do it themselves. Let me know if you need examples, I got tons......
Friday, September 3, 2010
Arizona State University Forced to Stop Using Kindles Until They're Functional for Blind People
ASU is one of three universities participating in a pilot program that gave Kindles to students to see how they would work -- as opposed to actual books -- in the classroom.
The program started in May, 2009, and by June, two different groups representing the blind got all butt-hurt and filed a lawsuit claiming that by using the devices, the universities were violating the Americans With Disabilities Act because they weren't accessible to the blind.
The problem, according to the blind, is that while the devices have a function that will put text into speech, the menu on the Kindles doesn't -- making it tough for someone who can't see to navigate their way through the functions.
"Advancing technology is systematically changing the way universities approach education, but we must be sure that emerging technologies offer individuals with disabilities the same opportunities as other students,"said in a statement. "These agreements underscore the importance of full and equal educational opportunities for everyone."
The agreement allows the universities to continue experimenting with the Kindles through the spring semester but says that after the spring, they will need to use a device that blind people can use, too.
Ever hear of books on tape?
Ahh, I have a question here, what is the difference between reading the Kindle and reading a book other than it is electronic. The blind can't read a book either, so what is the damn big deal?
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Homeless man calls 911 from hot tub, seeks cocoaThe Associated Press
BEAVERTON, Ore. - A homeless man who called 911 from the hot tub of a suburban Portland home and asked for towels, hot chocolate and a hug got arrested for trespassing instead.
Beaverton police say Mark Eskelsen called 911 from his cell phone, identified himself as "the sheriff of Washington County," and asked for medical help. He later admitted he wasn't the sheriff but informed the dispatcher he'd been "yelling for about an hour and a half."
The man said in his Sunday morning call that he'd been in the water about 10 hours and his towels had gotten wet. As he put it, "I just need a hug and a warm cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows in it."
The Oregonian newspaper says arriving officers arrested Eskelsen for investigation of second-degree criminal trespass and improper use of 911.
Bums , ( homeless ) when I was growing up hung around in and around, beneath the train trestle . They seemed to be more iniquitous , not demanding......
Society has obviusly made them more needy for the finer things in life......
Funny that Beaverton came up so soon.....
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
City of Beaverton Celebrates Mexico’s Independence: Is It Appropriate?From the Portlander.
The city of Beaverton ask you to celebrate the bicentennial of Mexico’s independence with an evening of music, dancing and food in City Park (5th Street & Hall Blvd) on Thursday, September 16th from 6pm to 8:30pm. Come listen to Mariachi Viva Mexico, hear from guest speakers, including Mayor Denny Doyle, and enjoy a performance of a variety of native dances from regions across Mexico by Ballet Folklorico Sol Azteca.
“The city of Beaverton is fortunate enough to have one of the most diverse populations in the area and we’re excited to be a part of this cultural celebration,” said Mayor Doyle. “It’s an honor to recognize events like these that are so special to many members of this community.”
Two historic milestones in Mexico’s history occur this year. September 16 marks the 200th anniversary of Mexican independence movement from Spain and November 20 will mark the 100th anniversary of the Mexican revolution.
So Portland, what do you think: Is it appropriate for a city government in one country to celebrate the independence of another country?
And I thought that Berkeley in California was a wacko city, Beaverton doesn't celebrate the fourth of July, but spends money on this holiday.
I wonder if SMA will celebrate fourth of July.....