Ode to Neda



Thanks to Troy

She was a beauty
She was a lark
A beautiful songbird
Shot through the heart

A heart is so big
A life is so grand
When dying for freedom
In the homeland

Neda, the sweet
Voice of
Now soars above
And sings like a swan

Little songbird
Fly away
And smile on us mortals
While we stay

Neda, the sweet
Voice of her land
Her beauty lives on
For her soul is so grand

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A disturbing video showing a young woman purportedly shot in the streets of Tehran is becoming a rallying symbol for opponents of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

It is one of many images and video posted on the Internet that seem to show the violence of today’s crackdown in the capital, where police and pro-government militiamen fired tear gas and water cannons at stone-throwing demonstrators protesting a disputed election.

It is not possible to verify the authenticity of these images, but they have been uploaded repeatedly on YouTube, Facebook and other sites.

A copy of the video was also emailed to The Times. It seems to show a woman lying in the street with blood spurting from her chest. A man leans over, trying to stop the bleeding with his hands.

The footage, which can be viewed on YouTube, is extremely graphic. The identity of the woman could not be independently confirmed. But she is referred to on Twitter as Neda.

“#Neda: You are the VOICE of the people. You are a call to FREEDOM…..rip,” readd one of the many tweets about her apparent slaying.

CNN reports that pictures of the woman are appearing on posters in Tehran and she is being hailed as a martyr. The network broadcast an excerpt of the video with the face of the woman blurred out.

Iranian Americans also downloaded the video and used it to make posters, which were held up at a demonstration today outside the Federal Building in Westwood.

140 Responses to “Ode to Neda”

  1. rosettasister Says:

    Troy, I didn’t realize you had written this.

    It’s just beautiful!

  2. rosettasister Says:

    Troy Says:
    June 21, 2009 at 3:45 am

    My pleasure…If you have a way to pass it on, you may.

  3. Troy Says:

    Thanks Rose…..The words came very easy to me.

  4. rosettasister Says:

    Hugh Hewitt on the Tragic Events Taking Place Inside of Iran


    On Roger Cohen’s analysis:

    Cohen candidly admits what is the truth about the situation for everyone participating in it and certainly for media “covering” it in the haphazard ways that happen when totalitarians control the media: “I don’t know where this uprising is leading. I do know some police units are wavering.”

    Would that Cohen’s last statement be true and not just a wish.

    The first YouTube video that shows the first police/IRG/Army unit on the side of the protestors will be the moment at which we will know that the June 12 Revolution is closing in on triumph. If the power holding up Khamenei and Ahmadinejad fractures even a bit, the crumbling could be as rapid as happened in Eastern Europe in 1989.

    The possibilities for the region if Iran became democratic are almost too great to imagine, with the greatest of them being the avoidance of any sort of conflict between Israel and the mullahs. CNN and FoxNews have gone wall-to-wall today on the turmoil, and it deserves every minute of it. President Obama’s statement today was a big step in the right direction, and tomorrow’s Sunday shows will hopefully provide more evidence of the Administration’s decision to throw in with the forces for freedom.

    The tweets at #iranelection are painful to read,


    and the videos of the beatings and the murders are a testament to the amazing courage of the protestors who are laying down their lives for freedom. It is an incredible and moving drama, and one that will profoundly impact the lives of every American.

  5. rosettasister Says:

    [Warning: graphic video!]

    Iran, Tehran: wounded girl, Neda, dying in front of camera in the arms of her father after being shot by government-hired riot police.



  6. rosettasister Says:

    Iranian immigrants protest in U.S. streets


  7. rosettasister Says:

    If you’re trying stay updated, may I suggest these sites?





  8. rosettasister Says:


    From earlier, I’m not sure if this is Tehran time or what?

    “”people planning to march into centre Tehran tonight as darkness falls””
    plain clothes police are at hospitals taking names
    more journalists arrested
    What is notable about Shiraz is that the security forces have sometimes lashed out randomly at people who might only look like protesters
    Shiraz that there have been clashes in different parts of the city


  9. Troy Says:

    rosettasister Says:

    June 21, 2009 at 4:10 am
    If you’re trying stay updated, may I suggest these sites?
    Thanks Rose

  10. rosettasister Says:

    “Today You Are The Media”


    Mir Hossein Moussavi, the runner-up in the disputed Iranian election, has purportedly released a message


    on his FaceBook page, stating, “Today you are the media. It is your duty to report and keep the hope alive.”

    The posting comes as a defiant Moussavi declares he is “ready for martyrdom.”

    As a possible revolution unfurls in Iran, traditional gatekeepers of information like international news organizations are faced with the realization that a revolution is occurring in how we consume news. The world’s networks and newspapers are standing idly by as they are supplanted by amateurs who take pictures and video with their cell phones, and file eyewitness reports on social networking sites like FaceBook and Twitter.

    As many as 150 protestors may have been killed as thousands of Iranians took the streets of Tehran in the seventh day of chaos in the Iranian capital.

  11. rosettasister Says:


    Google translator in Persian (Farsi) needs a lot of work; still in ALPHA version-I sampled it. #iranelection #iran #tehran

    Mousavi’s official website warns-check sources attributed to him: http://bit.ly/PZwFl #tehran

    Tonight the WORLD is GREEN; Tonight, we are from this beautiful planet, and we are all IRANIAN- #iranelection #tehran #neda

    Thugs of the government–Hitler would be proud of these Fascists–your days r numbered #tehran #iranelection

    @taurenlegend look for overlay posts

    Lets change the tag to #iranfreedom instead of #iranelection

    I love you Neda–you are our daughter; sister–young symbol of innocence; you did not die in vein sweet voice! #iranelection #neda #tehran

    CNN is finally catching up with Neda’s story–also, finally not just “tear gas, and beaten”, people are killed out there #iranelection

  12. Troy Says:

    Neda’s face will become the symbol for a united resistance by freedom loving people around the world.

  13. rosettasister Says:

    Iran riots Killing a man by police then running away but someone vitness that from next building

  14. rosettasister Says:

    Person shot by police in Iran Warning graphic

  15. rosettasister Says:


    RT From Iran just now: ALERT:basij are breaking into houses right now, Please RT #iranelection #gr88 #tehran #iran

    RT *PERSONALLY CONFIRMED FROM #IRAN* Tanks have rolled in Tehran … #iranelection

  16. rosettasister Says:


    RT @dcb23: RT @AZADIKhaah They were able to destroy the Basij Tehran HQ. Confirmed by BBC. http://www.tiny.cc/basijhq #iranelection #gr88

  17. rosettasister Says:

    Listen Live BBC World Service


  18. Troy Says:

    The world will never tolerate the brutal government sponsored violence taking place in the streets of Iran….The entire world is watching….The current Iranian regime is on it’s way out.

  19. rosettasister Says:

    God, I hope you’re right, Troy!

  20. Troy Says:

    I posted my ‘Ode to Neda” in the LA Times comment section….I only wish I knew how to get it to her family…..God bless her and them.


  21. rosettasister Says:

    Natural gas lines of Basij Head quarter was set on fire after Basijie’s locked themselves inside. At least 5 were killed.

  22. rosettasister Says:

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  23. Tenacity Says:

    I suspect you are thinking with your heart. The U.S. is no longer the conscience of the world. Obama is a part of the problem not the solution. No country is being attacked and the rest of the world will gladly stand by while Iran fights itself. If Hussein were still in power, he might have taken advantage of the moment.

  24. Troy Says:

    I suspect you are thinking with your heart. The U.S. is no longer the conscience of the world.
    I wasn’t refering to governments….I meant people in general from all over the world.

  25. rosettasister Says:


    RT: Protest in Los Angeles – Sunday, June 21st @ 9am – Wilshire Federal Bldg, Westwood! Support Freedom & Democracy! #IranElection

  26. Troy Says:

    Natural gas lines of Basij Head quarter was set on fire after Basijie’s locked themselves inside. At least 5 were killed.
    Well, well, It appears that the gloves are definitely off….I believe they are all beyond the point of no return now.

  27. rosettasister Says:

  28. rosettasister Says:


    Basij mark doors,attack later.Oil/petrol/brake fluid to remove marks+street signs,manhole covers,break traffic cameras #iranelection #tehran

  29. rosettasister Says:


  30. Tenacity Says:

    I want to agree with you about the people. I believe that there are over 50 million in the U.S. that recognize what is going on. They would support a responsible President. We don’t have a responsible President and we have more problems in our own homeland than we can handle at the moment.

  31. rosettasister Says:

    THIS VIDEO IS FROM LAST NIGHT (Saturday night)

  32. Troy Says:

    I think that the scenes from Iran will be witnessed right here at home….It’s just a matter of time.

  33. rosettasister Says:

  34. rosettasister Says:


    Rest in Peace Sister Neda. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family tonight. #neda #iranelection #Mousavi #gr88

    My heart is broken, every martyr lives in a piece. I have no heart for this regime anymore! Death on this regime! #iranelection #Mousavi

  35. rosettasister Says:


    Quote of the week: “I have one vote. I gave it to Moussavi. I have one life. I will give it for Freedom.” #IranElection

  36. rosettasister Says:


  37. rosettasister Says:


    RT @aparshall: CONFIRMED Reports that Basij outside all embassies. DO NOT GO TO EMBASSIES #iranelection RT as much as possible RT RT #neda

    RT: RT Iran: People are changing name of Amirabad Ave to “Neda” by spraying signs. #iranelection #neda

  38. rosettasister Says:

    Iran Protesters June 21st Unbeliable footage

  39. rosettasister Says:


    five members of Rafsanjanis’ immediate family have been arrested #iranelection #tehran #mousavi

  40. Tenacity Says:

    Satire: White House Leaks Story of Obama’s Kenyan Birth
    Posted on June 20th, 2009 by Lynn Dartez

    Note that Oilforimmigration has marked this as satire. I will check the tags in the other sites postings.

  41. rosettasister Says:

    iranian protesters after the helicopters released some sort of chemical (ITS NOT TEAR GAS)

  42. Troy Says:

    Satire: White House Leaks Story of Obama’s Kenyan Birth
    Posted on June 20th, 2009 by Lynn Dartez
    If this is the manger story, I posted it on the previous thread.

  43. Tenacity Says:

    This looks more like the real story:


    Whispers on the Web: White House says Obama born in Kenya? He was and Don Fredrick provides the proof

    June 20, 2009 by rolenrock

    Stanley Ann Dunham

    It could be completely false but I had to share it because it says the administration might have finally made up a story to present to the American people about Obama’s birth. And in this story we have “Obama’s birth in a manger” as a central theme. Isn’t that appropriate?

    This alleged story may just be the beginning of the stories the administration throws out to the blogosphere as they try to find one that sticks and the MSM will support and promote. This one might not be from them because it shows Obama is illegitimate because his father was already married when he “married” Obama-mama. In America we could only have one wife at a time in 1961.
    Repubx: White House leaks story of Obama’s Kenyan birth

    It’s a spoof. A joke that got put out, not by the White House, but by a website, called TOTUS. It got my attention onto researching some more and I found some REAL information that is very convincing he really was born outside the United States. Please, read on and don’t get frustrated by this TOTUS prank.

    The administration IS worried about Obama’s lies about his past catching up to him and may be the ultimate source behind this “trial balloon” story. Even a brazen narcissist has to worry that his past can, and will, catch up to him.
    Real research on Obama’s birth has been done

    Research for an upcoming book by Don Fredrick provides detail and documentation about Obama’s background. After reading his research I am more convinced than ever that he really was born in Kenya.

  44. Tenacity Says:

    I am just following up to the posts by you and Rose.

  45. Troy Says:

    Ok, I see

  46. Troy Says:

    Research for an upcoming book by Don Fredrick provides detail and documentation about Obama’s background.
    Have you seen any links to this guy or his research?

  47. rosettasister Says:

    If anyone is still around, good night and thank you.

    Until tomorrow.


  48. Tenacity Says:

    Obama Superhero Cartoon!
    Jump to Comments

    JibJab rules the tubes. The best animators on Earth have now created a Barack Obama Superhero masterpiece. Enjoy.


  49. Tenacity Says:

    Troy Says:
    June 21, 2009 at 7:22 am

    Have you seen any links to this guy or his research?
    Not yet, but Fredrick is now on my radar.

  50. Troy Says:

    From the previous thread
    Troy Says:

    June 21, 2009 at 2:46 am
    rosettasister Says:

    June 21, 2009 at 2:41 am
    Her name was Neda, which, so fittingly, means “voice” in Farsi.
    She was a beautiful girl and wasn’t even participating in the protests…I wonder why the asshole sniper picked her out for his target….He will burn in hell.
    It just hit me….I know why the sniper shot her….It was because she was a female dressed in western style attire; bluejeans / pants instead of traditional female muslim attire / burka…..That is something that really irks the hardline muslim males.

  51. Tenacity Says:

    Don Fredrick

  52. Tenacity Says:

    I’d say you are right on about Neda. I loved your ode btw.

  53. Troy Says:

    Thanks Ten….I’m outta here too….sleepy time

  54. Tenacity Says:

    Good night Rose’s Gang

  55. neda….Day 8: The Violence Continues…. Neda: The Voice of Iran…. | Latest Information Says:

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  56. Neda Iran Video: Iranian Revolution Martyr, Obama Silent » Right Pundits Says:

    […] can read a poem about her martyrdom. See photos of Neda before she passed and the Neda Iran video below the fold. […]

  57. Troy Says:

    Shrinking the food supply

  58. patriotamy Says:

    Bless you Troy for your beautiful Ode to Neda.

  59. Neda Iran Video: Iranian Revolution Martyr, Obama Silent Says:

    […] can read a poem about her martyrdom. See photos of the Iranian woman shot, Neda, before she passed and the Neda […]

  60. sliderblaze Says:

    whats new good people, Happy Fathers Day

  61. patriotamy Says:

    Happy Father’s Day, Slider. Have a great day.

  62. Katie Says:

    Troy Says:
    June 21, 2009 at 6:02 am

    I think that the scenes from Iran will be witnessed right here at home….It’s just a matter of time.

    I’ve been saying the same thing, Troy. It’s like looking into a crystal ball. Couldn’t agree with you more.

    I said it last summer and I’ll say it again. Obama is the most divisive person on the planet, and his agenda is going to affect the whole world. When America isn’t there to be the moral compass, who will fill the void?

    No one.

  63. rosettasister Says:

    Good morning, good people!

    Troy, three sites linked to your poem for Neda. You can see them above.

    And to all you daddies out there, thanks so much for taking care of us!

  64. rosettasister Says:

    Iran Update from Hugh Hewitt


    It is hard to imagine a revolution succeeding by passive action, especially given the twittered warnings of night-time round-ups and hospital arrests indicating a state security strategy of reducing the numbers of dissidents every night. Some of the tweets repeat rumors that the army is turning, and others announce a Sunday afternoon demonstration.


    (Here’s the clock for current time in Tehran.)


    The slow shuttering of Western media doesn’t mean that the turmoil isn’t continuing, just that the Iran-to-The West information flow is drying up.

    One key thing that the Obama Administration and other governments could do is release their knowledge of what is going on in the streets –

    there are lots of ways to do this without leaving fingerprints if that was the goal—

    so that those images and that information could be sent back into Iran via the social media platforms.

  65. rosettasister Says:

    (Reposting these links from above. And I’ll try and update these as well.)

    If you’re trying stay updated, may I suggest these sites?





  66. Troy Says:

    Wow, Rose that is amazing….I recieved an email from a blog owner this morning, wanting to know if it was an original and if he could share it.

    Wouldn’t it be great if it went viral?

  67. rosettasister Says:

    Absolutely great!

  68. rosettasister Says:

    This is good. Better that more strongly disapprove. Hoping this will help prevent “public” option.


    Presidential Approval Index -2

    Strongly Approve 32

    Strongly Disapprove 34

    Total Approve 53

    Total Disapprove 46

    (06/21/2009 -2 32% 34% 53% 46%)

  69. rosettasister Says:

    ‘Ten killed’ in Iran clashes – state TV (Sunday live thread)



    To: don-o

    per a twitter thread I’ve been following that has been pretty accurate, Mousavi and wife where just arrested

    81 posted on Sunday, June 21, 2009 9:47:04 AM by mnehring

  70. rosettasister Says:


    The latest from last night and this morning are here, here, and here.

    21 Jun 2009 08:57 am


    21 Jun 2009 09:08 am


    21 Jun 2009 11:58 am


  71. rosettasister Says:


    Faeze Hashemi Rafsanjani and family members being held prisoner in military compound


    Mousavi – We are(Independently) working on a gerneral Strike Plan. Please help us with your ideas if you have expertise

  72. rosettasister Says:

    Thank you, Mr. Sullivan!


  73. rosettasister Says:

    All we want is a better world!


    The protests continue! chanting…

    Natarsid! Natarsid! Mah hameh bah ham hastim!

    Don’t be scared! Don’t be scared! We are all together!


    Marg bar Dictator! Death to Dictator!

  74. Troy Says:

    I found another poem tribute to Neda…..It’s also a nice piece.

    Donald Mason | June 21, 2009 11:32 AM | Reply
    For Neda

    A voice as soft as a breeze through roses
    The petals give scent to the air
    And lift heavenward a message of flowers
    To anyone who might care

    Listen to the lady of voices
    So gently she heavenward goes
    Her voice can never be quieted
    Her voice now the color of rose

    I’m still partial to mine.

  75. rosettasister Says:

    Troy, you owe me a coke!

    Do you know what that means, or was that just a South Florida thing?!

  76. Troy Says:

    rosettasister Says:

    June 21, 2009 at 5:15 pm
    Troy, you owe me a coke!

    Do you know what that means, or was that just a South Florida thing?!
    Hahaha…No, it made it to Texas also….It means we were simultaneously thinking or saying the same thing…Right?

  77. sliderblaze Says:

    good lord, i can only follow twitter so long, cant take the political sniping that going on. Not to mention Obama trying to take credit for the “robust debate” thats going on….. i’m sure it has nothing to do with a free Afgstn or Iraq sandwiched on either side of Iran…NOOOOOOO Couldnt Be

  78. rosettasister Says:

    When I was a little girl with a friend and we both said the same thing at the same time, then we’d repeat simultaneously “You owe me a coke!” until one of us won.

    Usually accompanied by a lot of giggling.

    A fun childhood memory.

    I’m sure Neda did something similar with her friends too.

  79. Troy Says:

    i’m sure it has nothing to do with a free Afgstn or Iraq sandwiched on either side of Iran…NOOOOOOO Couldnt Be
    Give Bush some credit???…..NO, never!!!…..SARC 😉

  80. rosettasister Says:

    i’m sure it has nothing to do with a free Afgstn or Iraq sandwiched on either side of Iran…NOOOOOOO Couldnt Be


    Good point, slider.

    Happy Father’s Day!

  81. rosettasister Says:

    You owe me a coke!

  82. rosettasister Says:

    Check out the look of defiance on this woman’s face as she confronts these thugs!

    These people are fearless!


  83. rosettasister Says:


    Witnesses: Security forces surrounding headquarters of Iran’s state television and radio

  84. rosettasister Says:


    (I don’t necessarily believe a word these people say. After Pak govt set their sights on Baitullah Mehsud, all of a sudden former allies are against him now and saying it wasn’t us, it was the CIA or Mossad or India, the usual suspects.)


    In this exclusive interview days ago with AfPax Insider, Pakistani Taliban Mehsud tribesman Qari Zainuddin Mehsud explains why he opposes Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud.

    A full English translation of the 14:27 interview is available by e-mailing info@AfPax.com

  85. rosettasister Says:

    Pakistani military pounds suspected militant hideouts in northwest


    And in South Waziristan (vah-ZEER’-ih-stahn), two intelligence officials say six suspected militants were killed today when a military jet struck their positions minutes after they fired three rockets toward a military camp. Troops have been moving into position in the province since the government said it was going after Pakistan’s Taliban commander, Baitullah Mehsud (BEH’-tuh-luh mah-SOOD’).

    President Asif Ali Zardari (AH’-seef ah-LEE’ zahr-DAH’-ree) says the military has been having success against the Taliban because the Pakistani people are backing the troops.

  86. rosettasister Says:

    Apparently Obama and I both like Dawn!

    In this first-ever one-on-one interview by any US president to the Pakistani media, Mr Obama assured the Pakistani nation that he has no desire to seize Pakistan’s nuclear weapons or send US troops inside the country.


  87. rosettasister Says:

    Interesting Comment:

    From Imran2006g

    “If we go by the interview he is very clear in his objectives specially issues related to Pakistani nukes or for that matter attacking Pakistan by US troops. He also seemed keen in enhancing bilateral relationships.

    The only point of concern was that as mentioned by him US is not keen in mediating between India and Pakistan over Kashmir which means that Pakistan isn’t left with too many options inorder to resolve the Kashmir dispute.”

    Dont know why we want the US to interfere in kashmir; it was the British who ****** it up in the subcontinent; we should be at the throat of the Queen of England, not Obama…

    (It would seem that some in that part of the world are confusing “Great Satan” with “Great Britain.”)

  88. rosettasister Says:


    To: Son House

    More twitter;
    Tanks have rolled in Tehran. This is what tweetsphere wanted. Now you have it!
    Dreamed that I was in Iran and survived the riots last night…
    Go to Michelle Malkin’s website for information
    repeated shooting heard in two places in Tehran – Sky news says
    Video: Protesters break steel fence and use it to block the road in Tehran

    93 posted on Sunday, June 21, 2009 10:48:35 AM by Son House

  89. rosettasister Says:

    (I guess this was from yesterday.)

    Iran – Tehran – Jun 20, 2009 – Azadi Street – Yadegar-e-Imam crossing – Presidential Elections Protests ایران – تهران – 30 خرداد 1388 – تقاطع خیابان آزادی و یادگار امام – تظاهرات انتخابات ریاست جمهوری

  90. rosettasister Says:

    CQ Transcript: Sens. Dodd, Graham on ABC’s ‘This Week’


    STEPHANOPOULOS: Let me bring it Senator Graham in on this. Republicans seem to be digging in, Senator Graham, on a couple of big issues.

    On the issues of taxes to pay for health care, on the issue of a public health insurance plan.

    But let me show you this

    “New York Times” poll that’s just out this morning showing 72 percent, 72 percent of the public supports a government health insurance plan and 57 percent of the public is willing to pay more taxes for universal health care.

    (This is bullshit! If you had asked, “Do you want government-run healthcare?” 72 percent would have said “Hell, no!”)

    They seem to be ready for the kind of change that Republicans are fighting.

    GRAHAM: Well, it’s just not Republicans, George.

    The reason you’re not going to have a government run health care pass the Senate is because it would be devastating for this country.

    The last thing in the world I think Democrats and Republicans are going to do at the end of the day is create a government run health care system where you’ve got a bureaucrat standing in between the patient and the doctor.

    We’ve tried this model — people have tried this model in other countries.

    The first thing that happens — you have to wait for your care.

    And in socialized health care models, people have to wait longer to get care and the government begins to cut back on what’s available because of the cost explosion.

    The CBO estimates were a death blow to a government run health care plan. The finance committee has abandoned that.

    *** We do need to deal with inflation in health care, private and public inflation, but we’re not going to go down to the government owning health care road in America and I think that’s the story of this week. ***

    There’s been a bipartisan rejection of that.

    STEPHANOPOULOS: Well, you call it a death blow. Let me just press that point.

    Are you saying now that Republicans just as we saw in the stimulus where I think only three Republicans voted for the president’s stimulus package –

    if there’s a government run health insurance plan, are Republicans going to vote on that against this package?

    (As far as I know, those three “Republicans” Snowe, Collins, Specter all oppose the “public” option.)

    GRAHAM: I don’t think it’s just going to be Republicans.

    You’ve got Senator Conrad talking about a co-op. (non-profit but NOT government-run)

    You’ve got other Democrats running away from the government-run health care where the bureaucrat stands between the doctor and the patient.

    I think this idea is unnerving to the members of the Senate and will be to the public when they understand what it means, that you’ll wait longer to get treated and you’ll get health care the government decides for you, not that of your doctor.

    So yes, I think this idea needs to go away and replace it with something maybe like Kent Conrad ’s proposal.

  91. Troy Says:


  92. rosettasister Says:

    Gosh, some of us “shifted” long time ago!

    Health debate shifting to public vs. private


    But moderate Republicans like Senator Charles Grassley the ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee who is negotiating with Baucus on a bipartisan bill, does not want the government to be involved at all.

    So North Dakota Democrat Kent Conrad has stepped forward with another alternative to a public option.

    *** His proposal, which the Senate Finance Committee is on the verge of embracing, would allow for government-chartered but privately run nonprofit insurance cooperatives. ***

    The basic idea would be to have the federal government provide start-up money but then let community governing boards take over, designing insurance products and negotiating with providers. The boards would also assume the risk, like any other insurance company.

    “It’s probably not too far removed from Republican philosophy anyway that we ought to have more competition,’’ Grassley told Iowa reporters in a conference call last week.

    “And if it’s all done entirely within the private sector, you know, it doesn’t seem to me it’s got the faults that you have . . . by having the government institute something.’’

  93. rosettasister Says:


    To: Son House

    More twitter;
    Women of IRAN: You are so brave. Fight for equality, fight for your future. The world is watching you make history. FIGHT!
    The Most Staggering Footage Yet


    actual link


    95 posted on Sunday, June 21, 2009 11:17:28 AM by Son House

  94. rosettasister Says:

    Just incredible footage!

    You may be able to find more like that here:


  95. rosettasister Says:


    On this Father’s Day, I can’t help but think of Neda’s father.

    And of all the Iranian fathers whose sons and daughters are so brave!

  96. Tenacity Says:

    rosettasister Says:
    June 21, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    ‘Ten killed’ in Iran clashes –
    Wow, you scared me. I had to pinch myself and make sure I was still here.

    Sorry, I know I should not be making light of this travesty.

  97. Tenacity Says:

    I just keep remembering William Penn’s statement: “Those people not willing to be governed by God will be ruled by Tyrants.” Per the Word, “As sin increases, grace increases all the more.” There is an opportunity to reach people with the truth at this time perhaps more than any other time in history. As the sinister acts of evil escalate, and I believe they will, those that trust in God must speak out. This world is not my home. The blood of the martyrs fills the bowls of God’s wrath. When those bowls are filled, judgment will come quickly. Beware of the false prophets and false signs. The first problem in the Garden wasn’t eating the apple, it was not trusting God.

  98. Katie Says:

    Happy Father’s Day to all the good men out there.

    Troy & Tenacity – I didn’t know if you’d seen this post about the $134B in bonds. Lots of info. to chew on.


  99. rosettasister Says:

    This looks like a lot of pics from today:


  100. sliderblaze Says:

    is msnbc still awol on this story?

  101. rosettasister Says:

    This should answer your question, slider.


    To: alrea
    More twitter;
    “we students do not chant death to America. we want the American constitution”;
    A colleague from Tehran says new military emerging in black facemasks, dressed in black. It is an ominous turn.
    msnbc Turnes its back on the Iranian struggle and refuses to cover the struggle PLEASE BOYCOT THIS FAKE NEWS CHANNEL SHAME:Brian Williams
    No further word from our Iranian photojournalist. His family says he was arrested. We hope for better news soon

    105 posted on Sunday, June 21, 2009 12:47:57 PM by Son House

  102. rosettasister Says:


    To: Girlene

    From Repblica, it seems Italy will offer help to wounded demonstrators at their embassy.

    ….” Frattini: “Embassy will assist demonstrators wounded”
    “The Italy does not subtract the efforts of international humanitarian assistance.” He said Foreign Minister Franco Frattini that, pending coordination with European colleagues, meanwhile, has “instructed” to the Embassy of Italy in Teheran to “accommodate and assist the injured demonstrators'” where there is demand and need assistance. ” “………..

    106 posted on Sunday, June 21, 2009 12:51:38 PM by Girlene


  103. sliderblaze Says:

    i guess they said it best, fake a$$ news channel

  104. rosettasister Says:

    So Now It’s Saturday in Iran


    UPDATE III, the Mousavi appearance today (Saturday still) from one of his people:

    Mousavi [dressed in pure white, the dress of the dead] briefly in public; in his speech he stated “Khamenei your speech did not contain a single word of truth”; “Khamenei why kill and harm innocent civilians if you know you are right with the elections? Why not prove that you are right by means of a new election? Then, if you win as you are so confident about, you can once and for all prove that you have always been right and then we have to silence ourselves. Why not, Khamenei?

    I accept my fate; if they arrest me please go on strike; if they kill me please go on an indefinite strike until you have achieved our goals.

    While Mousavi gave his speech 10 RGs spontaneously defected.

    ME: Mousavi is still calling for a non-violent solution, but he knows–as I have said before, he has known for some days now–that this is a life and death showdown, that elections cannot “fix” it, and that the only issue is the survival of the regime, whether or not the Islamic Republic falls.

    When people start chanting “death to the dictator!” and “death to Khamenei!” talk of calmly going to some polling booth and voting is hardly relevant. Even Roger Cohen has figured it out (nothing like a bit of tear gas to clarify the situation).


    Sunday in Tehran: A Letter from Mousavi’s Office


  105. rosettasister Says:

    Sunday Morning in Iran, A Letter from Mousavi’s Office


    UPDATE: From Mousavi’s speech on Sunday:

    The great participation in this election was, in the first degree, indebted to the efforts for creating hope and trust among the people, to obtain a befitting response to the existing administrative crises and the widespread social dissatisfaction, whose accumulation can target the bedrock of the Revolution and the Regime. If this good faith and trust coming from the people is not answered by protecting their votes, or the people can not react in a civil and peaceful way to defend their rights, there will be dangerous pathways ahead, responsibility for which lies with those who can’t stand peaceful behaviors.

    If the high volume of cheating and vote manipulation, that has put a fire to the foundations of people’s trust, is itself introduced as the proof and evidence of the lack of fraud, the republicanism of the regime will be slaughtered and the idea of incompatibility of Islam and republicanism would be practically proven.

    UPDATE II: Mousavi has called for a general strike on Tuesday. Meanwhile, the regime is now rounding up Rafsanjani family members. As Banafsheh Zand-Bonazzi tells us:

    Tabnak Website from Iran reports: Five members of the Rafsanjani family arrested. It is said that his daughter Faezeh who is very outspoken and has been very active in politics for more than two decades has also been arrested. Reportedy Faezeh, her daughter,Hossein Marashi (cousin of Mrs. Rafsanjani nee Effat Marashi), Marashi’s daughter and Marashi’s sister-in-law have been taken into custody as well

    Update III: From Judith Klinghoffer, the unions are joining the revolution.


    Update IV: From the Guardian’s excellent blog:

    More evidence of tensions among the ayatollahs. Hossein Ali Montazeri, an architect of the 1979 Islamic revolution who fell out with the present leadership, said: “Resisting people’s demand is religiously prohibited.” Montazeri, who has been under house arrest for some years, called for three days of national mourning for those killed, in a statement on his website.

    This is to be expected, and it’s a tribute to the courage of Montazeri. There’s a reason he’s been under house arrest, after all.

    UPDATE V: To show you what’s happening in Iran, today the security forces invaded the central election headquarters in Tehran and arrested everybody there. No doubt because they don’t want any witnesses to the “election circus.” Normally the staff is about 80, but today, Sunday, only 26 had made it to the office. All of which reminds me of a great exchange on Twitter. Somebody had announced an upcoming general strike, and another person replied saying “all you have 2 do is announce a demonstration and Basij will shut down all of Tehran 4 us.”

  106. rosettasister Says:

    Good coverage here:


  107. rosettasister Says:


    To: Son House
    No further word from our Iranian photojournalist. His family says he was arrested. We hope for better news soon.

    More from Nico Pitney’s blog



    “Another photojournalist missing. Via reader Teni, Life magazine posts this message about the photojournalist who runs TehranLive.org: “A NOTE TO OUR READERS: We are saddened to report that the Iranian photojournalist, whose pictures appear in this gallery, is missing. He has not been in contact with us; this morning we received the following email from one of his relatives. We will update this space when we have more details. THE EMAIL: Hi im [photographer’s relative], when he go out side yester day for he never came back home and also his friend and a lot of our young brave people, government arrested them [. . .] don’t let them suffer in those bloody hands. With thanks.””………………

    107 posted on Sunday, June 21, 2009 1:13:47 PM by Girlene

  108. rosettasister Says:

    Marg bar Jomhoori Islami;
    Marg bar Khamanei Khar;
    Marg bar Rafsanjani Dozd;
    Marg bar Ahmadinajad;
    Marg bar Dictator;
    Marg bar Hezbolah;
    Zendebad Iran Azad!!!

  109. rosettasister Says:

    More like this:


  110. rosettasister Says:

  111. rosettasister Says:

    IRAN: At least 24 journalists arrested since disputed election


  112. rosettasister Says:


    DTut: rt @koabal85: HuffPost: “soccer players wearing green wristbands in the Iran-South Korea game have been suspended.”


    I’m seeing more and more Iraqis wearing green in support of freedom for their neighbor.

    109 posted on Sunday, June 21, 2009 1:53:11 PM by Allegra ( Iran Azadi!)

  113. rosettasister Says:


  114. rosettasister Says:

    ” Mibarim Ma ” – Official Mir Hossein Mousavi Campaign Song – میبریم ما

  115. Tenacity Says:

    Is this the death of the dollar?

    Another $20 Billion Smuggle Bust
    http: // atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2009/06/-another-20-billion-smuggle-bust.html

  116. Troy Says:

    Rose, it looks like your latest post here has attracted a bit of attention. 😀


  117. KoolAid_Free_Lexi Says:

    Troy, what does that link mean?

    Sorry, but we are unable to provide results from Google.
    Most errors are because three or more valid characters must be in the
    search box before we pass them along. Languages other than English
    require that your browser support the UTF-8 character set. Sometimes
    our request to Google does not get through, and you should try again.

  118. Troy Says:

    Well that link didn’t work, but this one will.


  119. KoolAid_Free_Lexi Says:

    All I can say is …Wow!

  120. KoolAid_Free_Lexi Says:

    Ooh sorry and thank you too.

  121. Troy Says:

    Obambi strikes again….Lmaooooo


  122. j.b. Says:

    Nice job on the poem, Troy. Touching to say the least.

    Thanks for the updates, Rose. And the place.

    Happy Father’s Day to all that it applies to. 🙂

    Who amongst US believes the bonds (found on the Japs at the border of Italy) worth 134 Billion were fake?

    How ’bout that Tony Hawke boardin’ down the halls of OUR WHITE HOUSE?

    I have to find a new word to replace “unbelievable” , because it just doesn’t come close to describing any of it anymore.

    Please don’t suggest un-fuckin-believable either, ‘cuz that’s all used up, too.

  123. Troy Says:

    I have to find a new word to replace “unbelievable” , because it just doesn’t come close to describing any of it anymore.

    Please don’t suggest un-fuckin-believable either, ‘cuz that’s all used up, too.
    Well if you asked Larry Johnson, over at No Quareter, he would tell you it’s all just “batshit crazy”.

  124. sliderblaze Says:

    what about, rigoddamndiculous?

    a tweet said it best

    Bush vindicated by history already…lol

  125. sdee Says:

    The political elite feel they need to be exempt from ObamaCare.


  126. j.b. Says:

    Heh, thanks for the suggestion, slider. Although I’ve been known to talk like a truckdriver (long hauler, I imagine) at times, I pride myself in refraining from the ever popular GD word. I am currenmtly trying to wean myself from Lying Motherfucker………

  127. j.b. Says:

    Oh, he’s so…………….so………………..Presidential.

    Evil much? Why, yes, yes he is!

  128. rosettasister Says:

    Oh, gosh, you guys make me laugh!

  129. Troy Says:

    Kim Jong-ll hitting the crack pipe


  130. sliderblaze Says:

    Iran’s election authority has rejected claims of voting irregularities by a defeated presidential candidate, while acknowledging that the number of ballots cast in dozens cities exceeded the number of eligible voters in those areas, state-run TV reported Monday

    sounds like they took one out of the democrat playbook

  131. sliderblaze Says:

    Obama — mmmmmm….. pipe

  132. sliderblaze Says:

    i swear i keep running into the only two people who watch msnbc on twitterfall…. it’s amazing

  133. Troy Says:

    Wow, I didn’t realize ACORN was registering voters in Iran.

  134. goferit Says:

    Hello Rose and Gang!

    Sorry that I have been missing recently but am overwhelmed with a number of items on my plate at the moment. I do appreciate everyone’s efforts to keep up on what is happening worldwide.

    Thought this would be interesting to a few of us.

    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Sunday shows that 32% of the nation’s voters now Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Thirty-four percent (34%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -2. That’s the President’s lowest rating to date and the first time the Presidential Approval Index has fallen below zero for Obama.


  135. rosettasister Says:

    New Thread:


  136. LIVE REPORT: from today demonstration 6/22 -- (part4) - Page 18 - Why We Protest - IRAN Says:

    […] The Symbol of a Brewing Revolution Neda: The Symbol of a Brewing Revolution | IANYAN Ode to Neda Ode to Neda Rosettasister’s Weblog Neda is the face of Iran Neda is the face of Iran David Wylie DAILY NEWS-Neda, young girl […]

  137. Richard Allan Jenni Says:

    Oh, Neda, may our freedom not be a fleeting dream but eternal reality- a living monument to thy memory. May the blood you have shed for us ever remind the enemies of human liberty that they will one day stand before God and suffer exquisite pain for their crimes against us.

  138. rosettasister Says:

    Thanks so much, Richard!

    If you’d like to see most recent post, please go here:


  139. Kamran Says:

    Thank you very very much rosettasister for your supports for Iranian people.

    I read your poem and i found it vey nice.
    I wish there were more people like you with open eyes .

    These kind of support give us Iranians more energy to fight for our freedom, now that the free world know our government is not our choice.

    All of Iranians were ashamed of themselves because everytime ahmadinezhad said something stupid and the world thought he is the president , so other Iranians have to be even more stupid.

    at least now we are happy that we showed to the world that he hasn’t been talking instead of us, but only instead of himself and the filthy islamic rejim of Iran and it’s leaders.

    and other good thing is that this filthy rejim became oblige to show what it really is and showed to world what the True meaning of islamic democracey is.

    I wish you more success and thank you again!

  140. rosettasister Says:

    Thank you very much, Kamran!

    One of our regular posters, Troy, composed “Ode to Neda.”

    We have a great variety of people here.

    And we all pray that God will deliver your people to freedom.

    I am trying to keep up with updates from Iran.

    You can find the latest in the comments section of most recent post:


    I have been paying particular attention to this page:


    and to a poster there named Tehrani.

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