This and That

Somewhat good news to report today. The Iranian government decided to suspend the stoning sentence of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, imposed after her conviction on an adultery charge. This is only a suspension of the sentence, and she still faces a charge in connection with her husband's murder. Where there is time and life, there is hope, however.

You can read more in the Associated Press article here.

For those of you who don't know me personally, I despise Walmart. The way they encourage the enslavement of workers in Third World countries, the way they show their employees how to register for food stamps and other benefits while Sam's children are billionaires, the way they push the local mom-and-pop businesses out of existence when they enter a town. . . . I could go on all day.

I certainly don't need any additional reasons to dislike the corporate giant, but they always seem to provide new ones, anyway. Here's an interesting piece from about the way "African-American books" are shelved separately from the other books in their stores.

A sample:

At Walmart, apparently, skin color trumps all.

The ''black section'' contains everything written by and about blacks: romance novels, self-help books, religion, sports, even an autobiography by the current president of the United States.

Now, whether or not you're a fan of Barack Obama, can't we at least agree that the thing that defines him is not his skin color but his job title? We have lots and lots of African-Americans in this country — about 38 million, according to the U.S. Census Bureau — but during this country's entire 234-year history we have had only 44 presidents.

On the letter-writing front, if you're looking for a pen pal from Germany, try registering on Letternet. I joined at the end of August after finding the site through another blogger, and I've already received four requests to be someone's pen pal. Wow!


Anonymous said…
And now another reason why I don't like to shop at Walmart, other than the fact that I feel slimy every time I've ever walked in to any of their stores.

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