Monday Morning Open Thread

Welcome to Monday, MTs. Hope you all had a good weekend. A few things caught my eye around the world today:

The Iranian government have arrested a group of mothers on Saturday at a protest, according to The New York Times. The mothers have been gathering each Saturday since the street protests against the June re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the government oppression that came with the protests.

The mothers took part in an antigovernment protest in Leleh Park in central Tehran every Saturday since the death in June of Neda Agha-Soltan, 26, whose shooting became a symbol of the government’s violent repression. The rally had been attacked by the police before, but Saturday was the first time the mothers were arrested.
An opposition Web site reported that the protest was broken up by the police and many demonstrators were taken away. The BBC Persian service quoted a witness who said 29 women were arrested, some of whom were later released. But at least 21 remained in jail, the BBC said.


Next Saturday, six months after Election Day, protests are planned around the world “to honor the Iranian people’s peaceful struggle for their human and civil rights,“ according to the organizer, United4Iran, a network of activists supporting human rights in Iran.

Would you join these protests?

In Spain, the government has apologized to a gay man for imprisoning him in the 70s, when the Franco regime deemed homosexuality a crime.

Antoni Ruiz, 50, has become the first Spaniard to receive official recognition of his suffering more than three decades after he was imprisoned for his sexual orientation.
An estimated 5,000 men served prison sentences during the dictatorship of Gen Franco when homosexuality was made illegal but Mr Ruiz was one of the few sentenced for the crime following the death of the dictator in November 1975.
In 1976, at the age of 17, Mr Ruiz, from Valencia, told family members that he was gay. At the time homosexuality was still banned and when his parents confided in a Catholic monk, he denounced their son to the authorities.
He was sentenced to three months in prison and was then banished from his home town for a further year.

Spain has come a long way since the 70s in more ways than one – but particularly in that it has legalised gay marriage. Good for the Socialist Zapatero government for making this symbolic gesture.

Finally, from my neck of the woods, a story I’m filing this under “Reasons I’m Happy I Practically Eloped“: In NZ, authorities called out a police helicopter to search around an Auckland suburb after a bridesmaid enjoyed a wee bit too much champagne and wandered off into the forest. The bridesmaid was found safe and presumably mostly sound, asleep under a bush.

After a search involving search and rescue volunteers and a police helicopter, the woman was found about 5.30 m. She was asleep about 10 or 15 metres into the bush, Inspector Shawn Rutene said.
She was cold after her night spent sleeping rough, but otherwise fine, he said.
“We had to extend our search because of the time delay,” he said, with searchers anticipating the bridesmaid could have roamed much further than she did before falling asleep.

Bet that’ll dwarf most wedding faux pas stories…

What’s up with you this morning? As always, this is an open thread.


26 thoughts on “Monday Morning Open Thread

  1. feeling tired and violated

    We were robbed last night.  This is the second time this year.  

    This time was tidier than the previous–someone cut the screen out and crawled through the little window over the sink in our kitchen, took DH’s laptop, the monitor (but not the CPU) from our desktop, and our digital camera.  With the memory card in it, with photos of our visit with DH’s father and his wife and all the kids opening their Xmas presents on Saturday.  

    They did a little snoop for jewelry, etc., but it was cursory and nothing was taken (I lost things from my mother and grandmothers in the last burglary so there wasn’t a whole lot to take, and it’s NEVER like we had any really expensive jewelry in the first place).

    Does anyone know if you file a theft claim, does your homeowners insurance premium go up as a result?  We are going to put in a security system so that may even things out eventually.

    • Oh no

      That is terrible! I’m sorry to hear that your home was broken into. Violating, indeed. I’m glad that damage was minimal at least, and that no one was hurt.

    • so sorry to hear this

      Must be a terrible feeling to feel violated in this way and to have it happen a 2nd time.     Hope you got a good response from your local police at least.    How do the children react to this?

      • the police

        are really good–the last time it happened they caught the (15yo) kids that did it right away; ditto the 15yo kid who broke one of our windows last week.  I don’t know if they’ll catch this one, but there was another burglary right down the street shortly after, so they’re busy on our street.

        The kids don’t know yet.  It’s been sort of a blessing that both times it’s happened, they’ve been at their bio-moms’ houses when DH and/or I have gotten home and found the mess, so we have a chance to clean up and talk to them before they see anything.  They’ll be upset about the camera (they did some really good trick photography during the weekend that was on the memory card) but probably not too freaked out about anything else.

        Upset as I am, I’m profoundly grateful that the burglar didn’t take my auxiliary hard drive so I didn’t lose all my family photos.  I’d be shattered if that happened.

    • So sorry

      It’s such a bad feeling to get robbed : (

      I do think your insurance could go up if you file a claim.

      We just got a security system. Money well spent.

      • no

        DH was at work and I was out grocery and Xmas shopping.  I honestly don’t think the person who did this OR the ones who did it last time would have done anything if someone was home.  I don’t think they’re interested in hurting anyone (physically) and it’s just too much of a risk to break a house when people are around.  These kids aren’t that smart, but they’re THAT smart.

    • Oh my…

      I am so sorry.  Glad to hear the kids weren’t home but so sorry that you’re going through this.  When we were in a house I know that the addition of a security system decreased our premium quite a bit (although added another monthly cost – which I was happy to pay since I was alone a lot at night…) so perhaps any increase would be offset?


    • They didn’t get the camera!

      DH just brought the girls home after school–turns out that they were playing with the camera earlier in the day and it was wrapped in a scarf on their bed!  

      I said I’ll never scold them again for not putting things where they belong.  DH said not to repeat that to them though.  :)

        • well . . .

          I’m careful about that, because DH was really upset about the laptop (and I don’t blame him, he just bought it three months ago and hadn’t even finished paying for it yet!).  Monetarily it’s the most valuable thing, and that matters–but the camera and those pictures on it were what seemed to be really gnawing at me.

          Also–it’s just a little Kodak and my folks are giving me money for a better one for Xmas anyway, but the kids were looking forward to getting this one (they had one of their own but lost it in the first burglary and we hadn’t replaced it).  So, this’ll make everybody happier.

  2. That same thing happened to us

    my hubby is named after his grandfather. Grandfather is dead and hubby inherited a ring, not terribly expensive, just an aquamarine in a simple gold setting, but it was the only thing he got from Grampa. The thieves took it. They also got my engagement ring which I had been leaving at home for work. And the worst was our video camera with a single video we had taken a month at a time of our baby girl from birth to her age at the time which was 3 years old.

    Get an alarm, and scout your property, are there bushes or things that make an easy ingress for a thief? Can you replace screens with metal screens? Do you have “landscape lighting” at night? What about floodlights on a motion sensor? Do you have a neighborhood watch program? Can you start one?

    These measures made me feel a lot safer.

    Our house was burgled twice in 2 months and the feelings of violation and anger took me a long time to get over.

  3. Iran

    I’d love to think that I’d have the guts to protest if I were there, but it sure is a scary place to voice dissent.  It’s humbling how many do.  I thought Neda was 16, not 26?

  4. The Onion…

    Sometimes they really make me laugh.  I thought you might enjoy this:

    From the “article”:

    most adults are completely unaware that they could be living among callous monsters who would remorsely exploit them to obtain something as insignificant as an ice cream cone or a new toy.

    I can think of a few examples from my trip to Target this week-end… :-)

    • That was the best!

      Reminds me of another all-time favorite, which my co-workers posted in my cube when I was pregnant with DS: “Pregnant Woman Glows with Pure Rage.”

    • Ha!

      So true.  My children are such emotional leeches!  

      Another old favorite.

      Cameron’s psychological problems run even deeper. He can name every one of his beloved, imaginary Pokemon characters, but the plain realities of the actual world he inhabits are an enigma: Ask Cameron the name of the real-life city councilman sponsoring the referendum to renovate the park just across the street from his house–a park he plays in daily–and he draws a blank.

  5. monster baby

    I’ve never seen DS2 like this before. Screaming and hitting me and running into the other room and refusing, absolutely refusing, to get dressed or let me dress him (well, that ship sailed about a month ago). I was going to put him in the car in his underwear, but figured in the time it would take me to wrestle him into his seat I may as well just wait for him to dress. We were 25 minutes late. The weirdest thing was, he wasn’t the only one – the secretary said there were several who were just out of control this morning (to be fair, it is a preschool-thru-K school mostly for kids with special needs). She blamed the barometric pressure.

    I had to keep walking away. Put the bags in the car, grab his lunch, leave the room. It was awful. I keep thinking how close I was to violence. As it was, I screamed a little.

    • I know those mornings

      William would have them from time to time when he was in 4K.  One day he waited until we were walking to school to throw his fit.  He stayed at the edge of the playground at school and screamed (or ran away if I got too close) for a good 15 minutes one day.  All I could do was sit down and wait him out – while school staff, other parents, etc. all watched.

      • if he’d do it in public

        I’d have a better chance of keeping myself together. I’m far less likely to scream when there’re people watching. but yes, that’s the same kind of fit.
        Oddly enough, he made good potty progress this afternoon and evening.  Wonder if they’re connected?

        I hope this week is going better for you, Jen – been thinking about you and your family.

        • They’re connected

          I am sure of it.  William’s really hard times did seem to correlate with significant steps forward, either in his academic development or his attachment to us.

          Thanks for the thoughts.  Yesterday felt like we had entered a new dimension of hell but a good night’s sleep and a day away from it helped DH and I to feel like we have a handle on things.  

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