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"The real democratic American ideal is, not that every man shall be on a level with every other man, but |
that every man shall have liberty to be what God made him, without hindrance." --Henry Ward Beecher
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Friday, May 02, 2003
Posted 7:33 AM by WiN
Iranian referendum demonstration set for July 9th
Pro-democracy Iranians are targeting July 9th for a massive, nationwide demonstration to draw worldwide interest and support for an independent referendum on democracy for Iran (link via camedwards.com). July 9th is significant to the movement as it marks the anniversary of the 1999 uprising at Tehran University that was crushed by the police and other government forces.
We hope the world and the European Community has heard the message of the Iranian people for a referendum under UN observation in the absence of a coalition council that could lead the nation for democracy on behalf of imprisoned leaders.The tree of liberty in Iraq may bear fruit even sooner than many expected. Keep the brave pro-democracy forces in Iran in your prayers, and support them however you can.
Thursday, May 01, 2003
Posted 1:30 PM by WiN
Coolest. President. Ever.
Cast your mortal eyes upon President George W. "My own bad self" Bush. Long may he reign.
UPDATE: Seems the Commander in Chief was also First Pilot for a few minutes yesterday. According to this story Bush, who flew F-102 jets during his stint in the Texas Air National Guard, took the stick for a few minutes (link via Townhall's CLog). How do we know which portion of the flight he was in charge of (hint: not the landing)? According to Ari Fleischer:
"The best clue will be if you see the plane flying on a straight line, you'll know that the Navy pilot is in charge," Mr. Fleischer said. "If it does anything else, it's an open question."
Posted 7:23 AM by WiN
Windows settings you'll never see
Ever wonder why Windows is so friggin frustrating? Could it be by design?
Wednesday, April 30, 2003
Posted 2:44 PM by WiN
Ack! Could it be?
Or should I say, achtung?
Posted 9:37 AM by WiN
Dealing with telemarketers, part deux
Another Carnival entry, Jack has more suggestions on how to deal with telemarketers over on The People's Republic of Seabrook. Here's David's suggestion that I passed along a week ago.
UPDATE: Jack has another suggestion sent to him. This one borders on brilliance.
Posted 8:13 AM by WiN
Bush not a 'team player'?
Reading through the Carnival of the Vanities posts, the first one I came across was this submission by Michael Finley at worldgonewrong. I was going to comment on the post at his site, but apparently you have to register to do so. He doesn't provide an email address either (that I could find), so I'm posting my response here. You'll have to read his article yourself to find out what I'm talking about.
You make some interesting observations, and a few very good points in your article about the decline of teamwork exemplified by the Bush administration. I appreciate your background and your extensive knowledge of team dynamics. However, my observations of the administration as an outsider, like yourself, are quite different from those in your matrix. A few examples:
Posted 7:06 AM by WiN
Hey, kids! The Carnival's back in town!
Tuesday, April 29, 2003
My Bloginality is INFP
AN OPEN LETTER IN SUPPORT OF THE PEOPLE OF IRAN FROM THE WEBLOGGING COMMUNITY
We are not politicians, nor are we generals. We hold no power to dispatch diplomats to negotiate; we can send no troops to defend those who choose to risk their lives in the cause of freedom.
What power we have is in our words, and in our thoughts. And it is that strength which we offer to the people of Iran on this day.
Across the diverse and often contentious world of weblogs, each of us has chosen to put aside our differences and come together today to declare our unanimity on the following simple principles:
- That the people of Iran are allies of free men and women everywhere in the world, and deserve to live under a government of their own choosing, which respects their own personal liberties
- That the current Iranian regime has failed to create a free and prosperous society, and attempts to mask its own failures by repression and tyranny
We do not presume to know what is best for the people of Iran; but we are firm in our conviction that the policies of the current government stand in the way of the Iranians ability to make those choices for themselves.
And so we urge our own governments to turn their attention to Iran. The leaders and diplomats of the world's democracies must be clear in their opposition to the repressive actions of the current Iranian regime, but even more importantly, must be clear in their support for the aspirations of the Iranian people.
And to the people of Iran, we say: You are not alone. We see your demonstrations in the streets; we hear of your newspapers falling to censorship; and we watch with anticipation as you join the community of the Internet in greater and greater numbers. Our hopes are with you in your struggle for freedom. We cannot and will not presume to tell you the correct path to freedom; that is for you to choose. But we look forward to the day when we can welcome your nation into the community of free societies of the world, for we know with deepest certainty that such a day will come
A personal note: I have only had one Iranian acquaintance in my life, but I definitely considered him a friend. While I was in college (second time round) I had a part-time job as a self-serve gas station attendant. The senior employee was an engineering student named Rahim. The school I attended had (and probably still has) a significant middle-eastern student population, a lot of them in engineering. This was also during a period (mid-eighties) when Iran was not a popular place to be from (Iatolla Khomeini era). Since he was obviously middle-eastern, people would sometimes ask him, "Where are you from?" to which he would reply, with a sly grin "Persia".
He was not very political, so the topic of Iranian politics rarely came up. Occasionally he would show me some propaganda sheet he had picked up on campus, written in Farsi, and translate some of it for me. He also delighted in the ridiculous political cartoons showing Uncle Sam in various uncomplimentary poses. He seemed to regard the whole thing as humorous, but he got very serious when he spoke on rare occasion about the danger his relations back home faced from the oppressive regime. He had married an American and intended to stay here, at least until things got better back home.
I can't count the number of times he helped me out with work-related situations like swapping shifts and taking over for me in emergency situations. I gladly did the same for him. He was especially enamored with a nice "fuzzbuster" I had that I used for my many trips to Dallas. He borrowed it for a couple of trips he had to make to El Paso, where a former professor was holding a term paper of his "hostage" and he was negotiating to have the paper approved in order to get credit for the course, which was holding up his degree. He returned from his trips singing the praises of the magical device.
I lost track of him, of course, after I quit the job but to this day he is the face of Iran to me - friendly, helpful and a little mischievous, with a heart of gold. I wish him and all the people of Iran good will and the blessings of freedom.