On the morning following a day celebrating our freedoms in this wonderful country I watched one of the more disturbing and horrific stories regarding religious dictatorship in Iran on CNN. This is indeed a story that belongs in the 12th century.
Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, an Iranian mother of two, was convicted of adultery in 2006. She confessed her adultery while being given 99 lashes. She later recanted her confession, obtained under torture. Her conviction was not based on evidence, but on the determination of three of the five judges hearing her case.
Iran's Supreme Court upheld her conviction three years ago, and the stoning can take place at any time. Amnesty International has said the stoning will probably not be open to the public, as to deflect the condemnation of the international community. From the beginning of the year until June 6 there have been 126 executions in Iran , according to Amnesty International.
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Its called "Useless Trivia and Mindless Rants". That's because I adhere to the principle that you can't please everyone, nor should you try to please everyone....so before anyone else rips this blog for being a waste of time or having faulty logic, I thought I'd beat them to the punch, and zing just a bit of self deprecating humor into the title....hey, some people think that's an endearing quality.
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My model is probably CBS SUNDAY MORNING, a magazine format. I'll talk about news, sports, TV and films, about music, literature and pop culture, and about the famous and the infamous....and about some people who are out there trying to make a difference in a world that seems to get just a little tougher everyday.
Oh yes...there will be some politics as well.
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Occupation- If you believe my conservative friends, I'm a pinko commie socialist out to destroy the very fabric of America's core beliefs.
Liberals think I'm an old school moderate Democrat, and that a guy my age needs to get his hair cut more often.
Just put away that broad brush....
I'm just a "Blue Jersey Guy" who happens to "Bleed Scarlet".