Muslim Feminists Pray With Men

Thank God for feisty women. 

Now these Muslim feminists have had enough. Hoping to reform Islam by making it more women-friendly, Ms. Thompson—an American convert to Islam—has organized several “pray-ins” at mosques in the D.C. area. These include the Islamic Center of Washington and the Dar Al-Hijra Islamic Center in Falls Church, Va., a mosque attended by several of the 9/11 hijackers and the Fort Hood mass killer Maj. Nidal Hasan. Ms. Thompson’s next pray-in target is a mosque in Washington.

Like the civil rights activists of the 1960s, whose “sit-ins” were part of a movement that ended racial segregation, Ms. Thompson hopes her peaceful pray-ins will help initiate a movement that ends overt sexism in Islam, despite the conventional wisdom that regards Islam and feminism as anathema. Her efforts come at a time when, as of a 2001 study, 66% of American mosques segregate men from women during prayer, an increase of 14% from 1994.

During the pray-ins, Ms. Nomani, Ms. Thompson, and several other women walk through the front door of the mosque—many require women to enter through a side or back door—and into the main hall. They then seat themselves behind the rows of men to pray.

The Muslim men get rattled. Ms. Nomani remembers one bearded man who “furrow[ed] his brows and scream[ed]… ‘Sisters go over there!'”—indicating the dreaded penalty box. Ms. Nomani humorously refers to him as the mosque’s “bouncer.” At one pray-in, the women didn’t budge when they were asked to move, and the service began with them praying with the men.

Wisconsin State Journal Looking At Salaries Of MATC Instructors

In light of the Wisconsin Legislative Audit Bureau looking into the  technical schools comes this nugget from Charles McDowell,  Executive Director of Human Resources at MATC.  He mailed the following notice to all instructors at MATC.  This shows the press intends to pursue the many elements that spin-off of the audit.

I write to let you know that we received a request pursuant to the state open records act from the Wisconsin State Journal for an electronic database of salary information for full-time and part-time faculty members and administrators for the 2009-2010 academic year. The request included access to overtime and other salary source information.  The request included access to overtime and other salary source information. Additionally the request asked for hire dates, years of service and seniority for each faculty member. A follow-up request asked for the names of the employees to match the information, as opposed to other identifying information such as an employee ID number.  

We have complied with these legal requests.

Jurors In Rod Blagojevich Trial Wants Transcripts Of All Testimony

Cut me down a forest, please.

The jury in the corruption trial of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich may be settling in for a long haul after sending a note to the judge this morning asking for a transcript of all the testimony.

“Is it permissible to obtain a transcript of the testimony?” the note signed by the jury’s foreman read. “It would be helpful.”

U.S. District Judge James Zagel said he took the note to mean the jury wanted transcripts of the testimony of all 27 witnesses in the seven-week trial.

Hibiscus Bloom Like Small Plate

The size of the Hibiscus blooms never fail to draw attention.  This one measured 8 inches across.  Though amazing blooms, they are short-lived.

William Shatner And Sniper Make Strange Story

I want to know if William Shatner will record a CD of ‘music’ with the sniper.  This is just way strange, even when measured in how one must when talking about William Shatner.  

In an interview to  be televised Thursday night, one of the D.C. snipers, Lee Boyd Malvo, said he and the other convicted gunman, John Muhammad, had co-conspirators.

“There were supposed to be three to four snipers with silenced weapons,” he told William Shatner in a phone interview from prison.

Wait. William Shatner?

Yes, it was Mr. Shatner, the “Star Trek” actor and Priceline negotiator, who interviewed Mr. Malvo and found out that the snipers claim to have committed dozens of other shootings, some with co-conspirators.

“It was the most electrifying 20 minutes I’ve ever spent on the phone,” Mr. Shatner said in an interview Thursday.

The interview was conducted for “Aftermath,” Mr. Shatner’s new series on the Biography Channel. The series, which Mr. Shatner said he conceived and sold to the channel, is about the human leftovers of the 24/7 news cycle.

A Look At The Jurors In The Rod Blagojevich Trial

Everyone is watching and waiting for any movements or questions from the jury that is deliberating the fate of Rod Blagojevich.  On Thursday the jury requested the closing arguments of the prosecution, but was denied the request since the arguments are not evidence in the case. 

Who are the jurors that are mulling over the weeks of testimony?  A snapshot of the jury shows a diverse group.  The jury includes a legal assistant, a public school math teacher, an avid marathon runner, two college students, a retired letter carrier and a man who was born in a California detention camp for Japanese-Americans during World War II. There are six women and six men.

Here is brief look at the jurors.

103 — White female. A legal assistant who prepares legal notices. She has a young son and likes to play softball.

105 — Black female, middle aged. Teaches math and pre-algebra at a public school. Her husband is an adult probation officer. She listens to talk radio.

106 — Black female, a senior citizen. A retired official for the Illinois Department of Public Health. Once had been director of teen counseling for the Chicago Urban League. She once handed out campaign literature for a relative who ran for public office. Listens to National Public Radio and liberal radio talk shows. 

119 — White female in her 30s. Works in investment accounting. A mother of two daughters and an avid runner who does marathons. Her favorite reading material is “Runners World” and she said she doesn’t have time to watch the news. 

121 — White female. An accounting major at Western Illinois University. Parents both work for the Hoffman Estates Police Department.

123 — White male, about 40. Human relations manager for a law office. He does volunteer work for a family shelter.

127 — White female, in her 40s. Worked for the Illinois Department of Employment Security for 26 years. She said Blagojevich was technically her superior when he was governor.

128 — White male. He has applied to the College of DuPage for the fall. Worked in computer sales at Best Buy. Mom is in the Army. He is undecided on what he wants to do in life, but he likes to play sports and video games and hang out with friends. He couldn’t recall having heard anything about the case.

133 — White male, middle aged. Former superintendent in a manufacturing plant. Former sergeant in Marines who hurt his hip serving in Lebanon. Had a hip replacement in 2000 and now needs another, making it hard to sit or stand for more than 20 or 30 minutes at a time. The judge told him that could be accommodated by seating him in the back row of the jury box.

135 — Japanese-American man born in 1944 in the Manzanar detention camp in California. Retired former videotape librarian who served as a Marine in Okinawa and Vietnam. Wife was a Chicago public school teacher.

137 — White male, middle aged. Works for Johnson Controls as a service operations agent managing contracts for building automation controls in the city. Was in the Navy for 21 years and served in Operation Desert Storm. Likes computer strategy games.

148 — Black male, senior citizen. Retired letter carrier. Does Bible study at church. Was on a criminal jury about 10 years ago in a murder case that ended up hung because one juror was uncomfortable with the possibility of the death penalty.