22 Bahman

An opposition map shows proposed routes to a rally in Tehran's Azadi Square.

Today is Sarah Palin’s 46th birthday. It’s also the 31st anniversary of the Iranian Revolution. One is notable because of an accident of history. The other is world-historical.

Iranians take their anniversaries very seriously. The mourning of the dead follows a strict calendar, one that was significant in the original revolution, and significant again in mourning the fallen like Neda. Both the people and their rulers are acutely aware of the schedules: each anniversary that approaches, the government attempts to smother the inevitable street protests.

Nobody knows what will happen today — is already happening, by the time this is posted. Political prisoners have been executed. Green remains a dangerous color to display in public. Access to Gmail is being cut off. And still, cries of “marg bar dictator” — Death to the Dictator — can be heard from Tehran rooftops.

Americans inspired by Sarah Palin are quick to invoke Hitler, Stalin and Mao, in their fear that our nation has become a tyranny. They, like their leader, don’t have a fucking clue.

Iran protests: live blog [Guardian UK]

Overview: Reading 22 Bahman [Tehran Bureau, via Sully]

18 Comments

Why should they? In Fatass Diabeetus Candyland, all the bad guys are fiber pushing, vegetable eating Hitlers, Maos and Stalins.

TJ/ Uh, so that section of the SAT Jr tanked last time? He went from a 480 to a 720. O_o

@JNOV:
mazel tov! it’s a proven fact that remaining awake for the SAT greatly increases your score.

@baked: RIGHT! He says, “I know! It’s amazing I actually stayed awake this time.”

@JNOV: Wow, Jr! What a smarty-pants. It’s amazing how being awake can increase one’s score.

@JNOV: Awesome! Did you know that staying awake during the SAT greatly increases your score? :-P

Wait, Iran is still around? I’d assumed it had been swallowed up in the vortex created by Michael Jackson’s death. That’s what the news led me to believe, anyway.

@Tommmcatt Say Relax: Not with all this snow, I’m not.

@baked: @JNOV: @SanFranLefty: @TJ/ Jamie Sommers /TJ: I’m amazed that I managed to finish that section in the first place. I was running on, maybe, four hours of sleep and I usually run out of time even when I get my beauty rest. Mom keeps trying to coax me into being excited, but I refuse to compromise my values for her sake.

@nojo: We so don’t get it. All we know is that he’s dead, right?

@nojo: Satan’s Super Sweet Sixteen? (We’re trying here.)

@nojo: We were talking about Biggie Smalls at brunch on Sunday.

@JNOV: Correct. And to tie my Incredibly Obscure Reference together, three people said the same thing at the same time.

@nojo: Ahhh! Genius! Saw some shite emo dude interviewing South Park ppl about how they’ve so revelant. Churn out each ep in like 3 days.

Drunk.

Coffee and cigs now. Xanax mithg kill me. IPA! Yay! Boo!

@JNOV: Well, if I have to explain it, I haven’t done my job. It’s only Genius if it works.

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