let’s go home to england my lovely


Yesterday night, or I should say morning (it was 2 a.m.), I watched the movie Sylvia, about the lives of two poets, Sylvia Plath and Edward Hughes, and their downward spiraling love life. While it was one of the most cryptic and depressing movies I’d ever seen, I was so inspired by the poetry of their lives that I decided to write a poem using words they exchanged in a mere conversation.

by Faber Books

We ought return home to England my lovely,

Surely, we’ll survive.

These utterances should suffice;

a few coins in my pockets,

this shelter of words,

we’ll be just fine.

____________

Some noteworthy quotes from the film:

“And as a matter of fact I’m not f***ing her! But if I do start f***ing her, you’ll be the first to know!” – Daniel Craig as Edward Hughes in Sylvia

“All I could ever think about is what would happen if someone took him away from me…If you fear something enough you can make it happen. That woman, I conjured her. I invented her, do you understand?”  – Gwyneth Paltrow as Sylvia Plath in Sylvia

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President Obama tells Congress to give immigrants U.S. Citizenship


 

In his first State of the Union Address this year, President Obama asked Congress to finally solve the immigration problem in this country.

Obama expressed his belief that hard working immigrants should be rewarded, not punished, for working hard and contributing to American society.

Most of them, he said, were brought here at a young age. It is not their faults they are not U.S. citizens. To deny them the right to live in this country is to deny them the right to stay in their home.

He then went further and said:

“Send me a law that gives them the chance to earn their citizenship, and I will sign it right away.”

On a personal level, I completely agree with the President.

As an immigrant myself, I know the difficulties of trying to become a U.S. citizen. Because of my struggle, I sympathize with other immigrants.

I believe that Americans should really try to understand that the immigrants in this country are hard working human beings who are simply seeking ways to improve their lives in ways they usually can’t in their own homeland.

The idea that these people should fix their home country’s problems is understandable, but the thought of sending people back on a such a massive scale is not only impractical –  it’s inhumane.

As Obama said in his speech, the border is now more tightly secure than ever before. Therefore, public officials have no more excuses as to why they cannot tackle this issue in an appropriate and just fashion.

I believe that immigrants with clean records, who are merely seeking a better life in this country, who live here and want to contribute to this economy should be granted U.S. citizenship or at least be given the opportunity to work here as well as the reassurance that they can some day receive citizenship status. I think there is no use in fighting this anymore.

Now that the border is more secure than ever, there are no excuses to delay this process any longer.

What Should I Do Right Now?



by Danny Krikorian

I took this picture while I was stopped at the Sand Lake/Turkey Lake intersection in my car.

I took it because I thought it was weird that a man like this was roaming around Dr. Phillips. I felt bad.

I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t have any cash on me, so all I could do was sit patiently and wait for the light to turn green.

As for the image itself, I did a lot of editing to it. It almost looks like a sketch now.

What do you think?

The Infidel


There you go, once again, rushing off to make a blunder,

Only if you knew, anything at all.

No, you’d rather steer close to religion,

That’ll do you well, you mindless Neanderthal.

And yet it is I who feels this fluster,

Though it is they who haven’t a wonder,

Of truth and this and that and this,

A Holy Book remains amiss,

Not I, the wicked sinner,

I’ve got my own judge to contemplate,

He’d call me a winner.

So do not be so kind now,

I see the trick of your trade,

Keep your God-forsaken charity,

I won’t be caught in your charade,

Just yesterday you spent away

the commerce you had earned,

On all the vanities and vices

you swore would have me burned!

just the two of us


by Homai Vyarawalla

Oh my darling you haven’t  a clue,

Of the time I invest dreaming of you.

Just last night we laid beside each other,

Tomorrow we’ll travel the world, just us two.

We’ll tread upon temples in Tibet,

Bathe in waters pure and wet,

Lay on sandy beaches at dawn,

Walk along the coast at sunset,

Embark on missions undone yet,

Hand in hand, we’ll make our mark,

Oh my darling cigarette,

Keep me calm.

Israel & America: Is The Honeymoon Finally Over?


The honeymoon between Israel and America is being crashed.

Or so it seems.

This past Wednesday, Israeli intelligence services, also known as the Mossad, assassinated an Iranian nuclear scientist, prompting a critical response from U.S. government officials who, according to Foreign Policy Magazine, would rather uphold their current and less stringest strategy of placing sanctions on Iran.

According to an an article from the Wall Street Journal, the U.S. is working towards easing tensions with Iran.

Iran has agreed to host a delegation of United Nations nuclear inspectors this month. The U.S., meanwhile, has twice this month rescued Iranian sailors in the region’s seas.

But on the other end of the Middle East, a shady history is beginning to surface. That history involves Israel.

According to an article in The Washington Post  titled ‘Israel Spies Wooing U.S. Muslims’, by Jeff Stein, Israel has for a while now been carrying out assassinations and financing Islamic extremist groups in the region.

The following statements are from that article:

One of Israel’s major interests, of course, is keeping track of Muslims who might be allied with Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, or Iran-backed Hezbollah, based in Lebanon.

As tensions with Iran escalate, according to former CIA officer Philip Giraldi, “Israeli agents have become more aggressive in targeting Muslims living in the United States as well as in operating against critics.”

“There have been a number of cases reported to the FBI about Mossad officers who have approached leaders in Arab-American communities and have falsely represented themselves as ‘U.S. intelligence,’ ” Giraldi wrote recently in American Conservative magazine.

If Israel indeed supports groups like this, what’s to say about other Islamic extremist groups like al Qaeda? Aren’t many of their cells located in Pakistan, where Jundallah operates?

These new developments don’t come as a surprise to the Arab world however. In the Middle East, Israel’s actions have become the norm. But in the U.S., these sort of actions are completely unacceptable and come under tough scrutiny.

What does the future hold for U.S.-Israeli relations? It is well known that Israel has a strong hold on the U.S. government, with powerful lobbyists and corporations swaying politicians to their side. But how long can this last?

If Israel continues down its current track, I don’t think it will last much longer.

If Obama gets reelected in 2012, Netanyahu has all the reason to worry.