Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Fleeting Moments

On Sunday I saw my mother for the first time as a real person. A girlish woman not tainted by motherhood, age, or work. She was as I wish she would be always. A smile on her face, giggling, dukes up in a comic pretend fight with my nephew. My mom is beautiful when she is smiling. I wish she did it more. All I want is the best for the people I love, all the time.

Also why isn't the national media covering this? Of course it is better covered independently here and here.

Our lame duck has good reflexes ...

He just did what we've all been wanting to do for the past eight years!

The journalist that threw those shoes is Muntadar al-Zaidi he's a 29 year old journalist, and the bravest person I've seen in a long time. As the first shoe is thrown he is quoted saying: "This is a goodbye kiss from the Iraqi people, you dog." and shortly after the second shoe: "This is for the widows and orphans and all those killed in Iraq." and finally, "You are responsible for the deaths of thousands of innocent Iraqis."

According to United for Peace and Justice, "This bold statement also has to be understood in its cultural context. Showing the soles of your shoes to someone, let alone tossing your shoes at them, is a sign of contempt in Arab culture.
Unfortunately this brave man is being held without being charged in an Iraqi jail, and has suffered multiple broken bones. This is how the people of Iraq are reacting, solidarity. Sign an e-petition for the release of Muntadar al-Zaidi, click here.

Also, sorry I haven't updated for a too long time. So much is happening.

1 comment:

CrystalCabinet said...

Is the media seriously not covering that??? I even saw it on the Japanese nightly news here!

The lame duck/good reflexes joke was pretty sweet, btw.

Hope things are snazzy in the states.