Iranian woman discusses choice to cut hair so she can walk hijab-free in public — Women in the World in Association with The New York Times – WITW

The image of 29-year-old Kajal is a striking one: She stands in front of a […]

via Iranian woman discusses choice to cut hair so she can walk hijab-free in public — Women in the World in Association with The New York Times – WITW

The image of 29-year-old Kajal is a striking one: She stands in front of a historic site with her arms crossed in front of her, wearing a white coat with a white bag slung over her shoulder as a cellphone hangs from its strap. Her eyes are obscured by dark, almond-shape sunglass lenses. Her hair is buzzed short, almost like a military service member’s might be. Standing next to Kajal is a woman completely shrouded in black. This is the apparent choice for women who venture out into public in Iran: Adhere to the compulsory headscarf mandate, go out in public without a hijab and risk facing the “morality police” or cut your hair short and dress like a man to avoid a run-in with the long arm of the law.

Kajal is one woman who opts for the manly look in order to move about freely and not wear a hijab. This photo turned up last week on the My Stealthy Freedom Facebook page with a caption that reads, according to a translation, “I would like to tell the woman standing next to me that even though there is no trace of us on the wall behind us, I would still like to hold your hand in peace.”

Kajal spoke out in a Q&A interview with The Independent about her decision to nearly shave her head and dress with a masculine look. She said she’s been dressing “like a boy” since childhood “to feel free and strong” because girls around the world are made to feel weaker and less-free than boys. The decision, she said, stemmed from an incident during her youth in which she was arrested along with some friends for attending a mixed-gender party — a huge no-no in Iran, where just last week dozens of college students were rounded up and lashed 99 timesfor having attended a mixed-gender graduation party.

Hijab tells women you are beautiful and if you show any of your beauty it will be a sexual temptation for men,” Kajal said in response to a question about whether the hijab is oppressive. “So to safeguard the moral health of society you have to cover your hair. This complete sexual take on a part of my body that has no sensual temptation is very disturbing to me,” she said.

Kajal touches on several other related topics including what happened when she had a run-in with a morality police office, and she goes on to list the six freedoms she hopes women in Iran will one day enjoy during her lifetime.

Read the full interview at The Independent.

SEPTA Postpones Fare Increases — CBS Philly

SEPTA’s new operating budget delays fare increases for another year, and its capital budget includes adding more hybrid buses to grow its greening fleet.

via SEPTA Postpones Fare Increases — CBS Philly

by Steve Tawa

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — SEPTA’s new operating budget delays fare increases for another year, and its capital budget includes adding more hybrid buses to grow its greening fleet.

The transit agency decided to postpone hiking fares because the timing of it would coincide with the long-planned rollout of SEPTA Key, its new fare payment and collection system.

“So we deviated from our usual pattern of doing fare increases every three years,” said SEPTA spokesman Andrew Busch. “The last fare increase went into effect in July of 2013.”

SEPTA will revisit the possibility of a fare increase at the earliest in July of 2017.

The SEPTA Board also approved spending nearly $412 million to acquire 525 diesel-electric hybrid buses so it can retire older straight diesel buses.

“Another step in building one of the cleanest bus fleets in the nation,” said Busch.

He says at the end of the five-year contract with the manufacturer, New Flyer, 95% of SEPTA’s buses will be the more energy-efficient hybrids.

Happy Memorial Day and remember . . . — Rosalinda R. Morgan, Author of Historical Novels & Garden Writer

Lest we forget, Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those men and women of the armed forces who have made the supreme sacrifice in times of war. The occasion of Memorial Day will be marked by parades, speeches and wreath-laying ceremonies. People are urged to take time from their day’s activities on Memorial […]

via Happy Memorial Day and remember . . . — Rosalinda R. Morgan, Author of Historical Novels & Garden Writer

The occasion of Memorial Day will be marked by parades, speeches and wreath-laying ceremonies.  People are urged to take time from their day’s activities onMemorial Day to remember those who died in the service of their country. For those who have lost a loved one in the service of our country, the day will be an especially poignant one.

Established in the 1860s during the American Civil War, Memorial Day tapped into the general human need to honor our dead who have done so much to serve this great country. Memorial Day came into being in a ceremony called Decoration Day in 1868 when John Logan, Commander in Chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, issued an  order fixing May 30, “for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in the defense of their country in the late rebellion.” Memorial Day was originally observed as a memorial by the northern states to the Union soldiers who died in the Civil War.  From this, Memorial Day, or Decoration Day, as it also came to be called, grew into a national holiday that honors soldiers killed in all wars.

Memorial Day became a federal holiday in 1971 and has been an annual tribute to those who have given their lives in service to their country. May 30th was initially designated as Memorial Day but an Act of Congress moved Memorial Day to thelast Monday in May which only served to take away from its intended purpose as a day to remember our war dead.

The day has and always should be a day when we all ,take a moment to honor and reflect upon these men and women of the armed forces who have made the supreme sacrifice in times of wars to protect our freedom. They perished in service to their country and for each and every man, woman, and child who calls the United States home.

My gratitude to all men and women in uniform who served and who are still serving in our armed forces – From Rosalinda R Morgan, author of “BAHALA NA (Come What May): A WWII Story of Faith, Love, Courage, Determination and Survival”, a book dedicated to our soldiers.

 

Rosalinda Morgan

Author and Garden Writer

See the trailer for the new movie, Beauty and the Beast

Walt Disney Pictures released the first teaser trailer for their upcoming movie Beauty and the Beast. This is a live-action remake of the animated version. Here is the teaser trailer: This teaser is another one that reminds me of the times I watched this as a child and also as an adult with my niece. I […]

via Beauty and the Beast (Live-Action) Teaser Trailer — 1,000,000 People Who Love Disney!

Clinton Broke Rules But Nothing Illegal, Inspector General Finds — The Jéter Diaries

The Inspector General’s report finds that rules were broken but that nothing illegal is apparent. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton violated federal records rules through her use of a private email server while she was secretary of state, a State Department audit has concluded. “At a minimum, Secretary Clinton should have surrendered all emails dealing […]

via Clinton Broke Rules But Nothing Illegal, Inspector General Finds — The Jéter Diaries

The Inspector General’s report finds that rules were broken but that nothing illegal is apparent.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton violated federal records rules through her use of a private email server while she was secretary of state, a State Department audit has concluded.

“At a minimum, Secretary Clinton should have surrendered all emails dealing with Department issues before leaving government service,” says an audit by the State Department Inspector General, obtained by NBC News.

“Because she did not do so, she did not comply with the [State] Department’s policies that were implemented in accordance with the Federal Records Act.”

The audit found that such problems went beyond Clinton, and that Colin Powell and others also failed to preserve government-related emails when he was secretary of state.

American Revolution Museum Construction Unearths Artifacts — CBS Philly

More than 82,000 artifact pieces were uncovered during construction.

via American Revolution Museum Construction Unearths Artifacts — CBS Philly

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) —The Museum of the American Revolution being built at 3rd and Chestnut Streets in Old City is on track and set to open next Spring. More than 82,000 artifact pieces were uncovered during construction.

Some of the shattered pieces unearthed date back to the 16 and 1700s. They are puzzle pieces of sorts, attempting to be fitted together to tell the stories of people before, during, and after the American Revolution.

Michael Quinn, president and CEO of the Museum of the American Revolution. One of the largest assemblages of artifacts comes from what looks to be from a mid-18th century tavern and includes many red earthenwares made by identifiable local potters, according to Michael Quinn, president and CEO of the museum.

“We are able to see the forms that the potters made. They would have been served in a common man’s tavern in the city of Philadelphia, and they would have been used as people were sitting there debating the Declaration of Independence, or Thomas Payne’s Common Sense, should we separate from Britain or should we remain loyal? So it’s wonderful to look at these pieces and think, we got that in our hands.”

A lot of the pieces came from brick-lined privy and well shafts.

Some of the artifacts are planned to be included in the new museum.

Pearl Jam Dedicates Song To 24-Year-Old Stabbed To Death In Philly — CBS Philly

It’s been more than two months since Matthew and Terrence McGovern lost their brother Colin.

via Pearl Jam Dedicates Song To 24-Year-Old Stabbed To Death In Philly — CBS Philly

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — It’s been more than two months since Matthew and Terrence McGovern lost their brother Colin. The 24-year-old McGovern from Bucks County was stabbed to death in Rittenhouse Square after a night out with friends back in March.

The senseless violence grabbed the attention of Pearl Jam when they played at the Wells Fargo Center just a few weeks ago. A video posted to YouTube shows lead singer, Eddie Vedder dedicating the song “Release” to the McGovern brothers.

“You cannot avoid the grave and we can prolong it the best we can but you never know if it’s going to be something sudden…something senseless,” said Vedder, introducing the song. “Some of us out there– we’ve lost brothers, we’ve lost fathers, we’ve lost sisters, and we’ve lost kids. This song was about losing a pop and this song is one of those healing songs…”

Vedder paused, bending down with one hand still on the mic.

“And it’s not going to lessen the blow of any kind of tragedy but in loud volumes or alone or with a lot of other people sometimes it just helps to get through, because you can’t get around it, you don’t get under it, you can’t get over it…you got to get through it,” Vedder said, met with cheering from the crowd.

“There’s two brothers in the audience and they lost their brother Colin McGovern and we just want to send this out to them.”

Steven E. Simminger, the man charged with McGovern’s death, has a pre-trial conference set for June 2.