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A Force to be Reckoned With (…and she wears a tiara!)

We always hear about superheroes - Superman, Spiderman, Iron Man….but there are every-day heroes out there, and I know one! I’m also happy to say that the world knows one, too as Jane’s mission has made the NYT:

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Jane Novak, a 46-year-old stay-at-home mother of two in New Jersey, has never been to Yemen. She speaks no Arabic, and freely admits that until a few years ago, she knew nothing about that strife-torn south Arabian country.

And yet Ms. Novak has become so well known in Yemen that newspaper editors say they sell more copies if her photograph — blond and smiling — is on the cover. Her blog, an outspoken news bulletin on Yemeni affairs, is banned there. The government’s allies routinely vilify her in print as an American agent, a Shiite monarchist, a member of Al Qaeda, or “the Zionist Novak.”

The worst of her many offenses is her dogged campaign on behalf of a Yemeni journalist, Abdul Karim al-Khaiwani, who incurred his government’s wrath by writing about a bloody rebellion in the far north of the country. He is on trial on sedition charges that could bring the death penalty, with a verdict expected Wednesday.

Ms. Novak, working from a laptop in her Monmouth County living room “while the kids are at school,” has started an Internet petition to free Mr. Khaiwani. She has enlisted Yemeni politicians, journalists, human rights activists and others around the globe. Her blog goes well beyond the Khaiwani case and has become a crucial outlet for opposition journalists and political figures, who feed her tips on Yemeni political intrigue by e-mail or text message.

She says her campaign is a matter of basic principle. “This is a country that lets Al Qaeda people go free, and they’re putting a journalist on trial for doing his job?” she said. “It’s just completely crazy.”

You simply should go read the story in The New York Times…it is only one glimpse into Jane’s heart-felt passion and her diligence. You should also read her blog: Armies of Liberation

I am so very proud to know Jane and her focus and dedication to the Yemeni people who have been treated unfairly and cruelly for simply speaking the truth.

While you are at it, please Support Abdulkarim al-Khaiwani by signing a letter to the Yemeni government. You can do that here.

The Birthplace of the Process of Illogical Logic linked with A Tiara makes the NYT
Never Forget Them

I made this by special request for my Jawa co-blogger Vicki.

I Can Follow Where Others Lead….

Yanno, I’ve been spending the week thinking about how I might write a post to describe what our weekend adventure to Nashville was like. But why should I when others do such a good job?!?!? Go check out this stunning piece over at 6MB!

Rachael Ray Helps Bring Prom to Enterprise

A tornado in Enterprise, Alabama, devastated their school and eight classmates were lost in the storm. Enter Rachael Ray, who wanted to be sure the students got a senior prom.

The celebrity chef planned the menu and helped prepare dinner at Enterprise High School’s prom, according to a statement Thursday from publicist Georgianna Dente. The star of the syndicated “Rachael Ray” coordinated donations for the dance, which was shot for an episode to air April 30.

“The students of Enterprise High are so courageous, given all that they’ve gone through,” Ray, 38, said in the statement. “When I heard about what happened to their school and classmates, we wanted to help.”

“The prom was all about celebrating their accomplishments and honoring the classmates who tragically lost their lives,” she said.

Those students lost their lives in a recent spring storm spawning tornadoes on March 1. The High School and Elementary School were damaged in the storm. Students went back to school on March 14 at a Community College. There are plans in the works to rebuild both schools.

I’m so happy to see that people understand the importance of giving these kids memories of their senior year outside the tragedy.

Earlier in the day, Ray appeared with Gov. Bob Riley and Enterprise Mayor Kenneth Boswell to greet students at an assembly.

The prom, held at Fort Rucker, was themed “Caught in a Moment.” Photographs of seniors Jamie Vidensek and Michael Tompkins two of the students killed lined the dance floor, the Eagle reported.

Senior Mitchell Baker, 17, said the prom was bittersweet after the death of his friends.

“It makes it a little harder for me,” Baker, 17, told The Dothan Eagle newspaper. “I’m used to all of them being around.”

I watch Rachael Ray’s show every day and definitely won’t miss this episode on April 30.

Hat tip goes out to Sadie.

Give The Cartoon Jihad The Middle Finger

Add your name to the petition.

Via Agora.

Manifesto for Two, Please

By way of Hubby, a Manifesto against Islamofascism over at Agora…check it out!

Please, sign me up. Vinnie, my dear, you need some competition for your fatwa.

Please see the entire manifesto under the fold:

Agora linked with The Quran reported to the Police
Agora linked with Support the Manifesto online by signing this petition.
Plains Feeder linked with A few good blog reads
Spoootnik linked with The manifesto
All Things Beautiful linked with The Manifesto Against The New Islamic Totalitarianism
Blue Star Chronicles linked with Manifesto Against Islam
Vince Aut Morire linked with I'll Take Your Fatwa And Raise You A Manifesto
GO NAVY! Project Valour-IT

Please stop over at my hubby’s site here. 

He’s participating in a fund drive for a good cause - Project Valour-IT.  He has all of the information, but simply stated, this fund drive will allow Soldiers’ Angels Project Valour-IT to "…form laptop libraries equipped with voice-controlled software at each major military medical center.  Service personnel with hand or arm wounds can check out one of these laptops for as long as they are hospitalized.  If they still need assistance when they leave the hospital, they receive a copy of the voice-controlled software to use on their own computer."

What a GREAT CAUSE!  By donating using the donation button at Vince Aut Morire, your donation will count for the "Navy" team.  A little friendly competition for a good cause never hurt anyone, right?  The competition is scheduled through Veteran’s Day (Friday, November 11th).

Thanks for your consideration.  Eric and I have donated and hope you’ll think about helping our soldiers as well!

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