Saturday, May 01, 2004

How does one get provoked into committing the crime?

You would think that the honor killing is done to the kidnappers instead. Even worse, I don't understand how does one get provoked into killing a family member? What nonsense!

Girl strangled in 'honor' killing
Turkey struggles to halt practice
By Suzan Fraser, Associated Press | May 1, 2004

ANKARA, Turkey -- Ignoring the pleas of his 14-year-old daughter to spare her life, Mehmet Halitogullari pulled on a wire wrapped around her neck and strangled her -- supposedly to restore the family's honor after she was kidnapped and raped.

Nuran Halitogullari, buried Thursday in a ceremony attended by women's rights advocates, is the latest victim in a long history of "honor" killings, which Turkey's government is struggling to end.

Each year, dozens of girls are killed in Turkey by their relatives for allegedly disgracing their families -- some for merely being seen speaking to men. The practice is especially common in the more traditional southeast and among families who have migrated to big cities from the region.

Honor killings also occur in Pakistan and some countries of the Middle East and among immigrant families in EU countries like Britain and Sweden. The European Union, which Turkey aspires to join, is pressing the country to take steps to stop a practice it says is a violation of women's rights.

Parliament voted last year to raise the punishment to up to 24 years in prison. But a loophole in the laws allows relatives to escape with sentences as light as eight years if they can prove they were "provoked" into committing the crime. European countries want Turkey to ensure that relatives cannot benefit from the loophole.

Friday, April 30, 2004

Jeff Buckley: Grace

Another closeyoureyes recommendation:
1. Mojo Pin (Buckley/Lucas) - 5:42
2. Grace (Buckley/Lucas) - 5:22
3. Last Goodbye (Buckley) - 4:35
4. Lilac Wine (Shelton) - 4:32
5. So Real (Buckley/Tighe) - 4:43
6. Hallelujah (Cohen) - 6:53
7. Lover, You Should've Come Over (Buckley) - 6:43
8. Corpus Christi Carol (for Roy) (Britten) - 2:56
9. Eternal Life (Buckley) - 4:52
10. Dream Brother (Buckley/Grondahl/Johnson) - 5:26
My reaction was mixed to this album. Most I like (2, 3, 6, 7). Some I don't (5, 9). However, on the whole, it's not bad for a first album. There are always many others to follow. But unfortunately, he died three years later (May 29, 1997). So, there are only the ones in between.

I reflected on my comment last night about my music related entries. Boring was a poorly chosen word. I think a more accurate word is lame, as they don't communicate much. But then again, what I write weren't really meant as reviews as such. They just reflect my immediate impressions on an intuitive level. But hopefully, I won't be stuck forever listening to music on a sensual plane.

Thursday, April 29, 2004

Suggested by an anonymous member

Gee, here I am. It's almost 8pm, two more hours before bedtime. I still don't have an entry for today's post. My ego got slightly deflated earlier after reading BethanyC's You know you're procrastinating when...:
I know I am procrastinating when I see that I have a journal entry for every day of the week. Trust me I don't have time to have a journal entry every day of the week! It means I have spent entirely too much time on journal space and not enough time tending to the business of my life. Oh well, here I am again... procrastinating.
And I thought I was being a good journalspace citizen. But she's probably right, I'm just procrastinating too.

As I was about to pen another boring music album review, blissless instant messaged me about us being on the journalspace home page. What do you know, my journal is a Reader Pick "Suggested by an anonymous member". I almost fell off my chair when I saw this. Was it the ramen noodle post that did it? Because, everything else here is probably an acquired taste.

Well, I think I made the minimum number of words for an entry. So, closeyoureyes will have to wait until tomorrow for the music review (she's also a Reader Pick as well). Now, I can watch how George W. Bush found religion on Frontline without feeling guilty.

Monday, April 26, 2004

I wasn't invited to their wedding

Welch wedding guest list ...

YOU'RE CORDIALLY INVITED Didn't get invited to Saturday's wedding of Jack Welch and Suzy Wetlaufer? That's OK. You can watch the happy couple go one on one tonight (two on one, actually) with WB56's Karen Marinella. In the interview, taped before the big day, the celebrity couple talks about their relationship, their age difference - she's 44, he's 68 - and even some of their regrets. So who did go to the wedding at Park Street Church? Media tycoon Barry Diller, Sony CEO Andrew Lack, Miami Dolphins owner Wayne Huizenga, ``Today'' show host Matt Lauer and his wife, former top model Annette Roque, Washington power broker Vernon Jordan, Fox News's Roger Ailes, and talk show hosts Charlie Rose and John McLaughlin.

Well, I didn't get invited to their wedding last Saturday. In case you don't know, here's part of their story, Saying their vows and still in the spotlight.

Welch was such a faithful husband and Wetlaufer apparently:
(A devout Christian, Wetlaufer says her faith ``governs all of my choices.'')
But you object. However, in her defense, the Commandment refers to not coveting thy neighbor's wife. It didn't say anything about the husband. As for Welch, I don't know if he's a Christian. Probably not. If so, then the other Commandment about adultery doesn't apply to him.

Really, they are so much in love with each other that we have to wish them the best. Besides, look at all that money I saved on the present I didn't have to buy.

Sunday, April 25, 2004

They were reckless too

I meant to comment on this incident earlier but for one reason or another hadn't gotten to it. However, my previous post reminded me of it. This happened over a month ago. Although it was technically the second day of spring, winter hadn't left yet. Here's their story:

Tragic fate met on a mountain
Frostbitten spouse recounts errors that killed wife on hike
By Mac Daniel, Globe Staff, 3/30/2004

Dressed and equipped for just a 9-mile day hike over the summit of three New Hampshire peaks, Russell and Brenda Cox kept heading up toward the summit of the first, Mount Lafayette, even after descending hikers warned that conditions were deteriorating. When the Andover couple finally decided to turn back, Russell Cox said yesterday, they headed down the wrong trail.

That last error, on March 21, led to the Andover couple getting trapped near the summit for nearly 48 hours in a late-winter storm.
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Brenda Cox, also 43, was unresponsive when rescuers used a helicopter to rescue the two from the mountainside. She was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. Her funeral was scheduled for this morning in North Billerica.

Also present yesterday was a New Hampshire Fish & Game official, who said the fatal hiking trip on the 5,260-foot peak is under investigation by his agency and the New Hampshire attorney general's office. Under a 1999 law, Cox could be charged with negligence and required to pay thousands of dollars for the cost of his rescue.

"In my opinion, it was a case of a failure to turn," said Lieutenant Todd Bogardus of New Hampshire Fish & Game, who initiated the two-day rescue operation. "Upon trying to summit on Mount Lafayette, there may have been a period when they should have made a different decision and turned to go back."

The Coxes did not bring a sleeping bag, a tent, or a stove on their day hike, items that Fish & Game officials said could have saved Brenda's life. They were not wearing any insulating layers of clothing, nor did they leave an itinerary with anyone before leaving the trailhead.

Asked about the investigation, Cox said he hadn't thought about it.
And then, he had the audacity to declare:
"It doesn't concern me," said Cox, whose fingertips were still purple from frostbite. "I'm very happy to be alive. I miss Brenda with all my heart and I'm glad she lived the active life that she lived and that she died doing what she loved."
Unlike the Japanese hostage situation, I know something substantive about this one. I've hike the White Mountains many times and this Franconia Ridge Loop as well. No one should attempt this anytime without equipment, let alone doing it in March. They did none of the things they should for the hike. They were reckless too.