December 31st, 2006


Blood for blood... or what happens when you turn a villain into a martyr.

Thousands of Iraqis flocked to Saddam Hussein's hometown of Ouja on Sunday, where the deposed leader was buried in a religious compound 24 hours after his execution.

Dozens of relatives and other mourners, some of them crying and moaning, attended the interment shortly before dawn near Tikrit, 80 miles north of Baghdad. A few knelt before his flag-draped grave. A large framed photograph of Saddam was propped up on a chair nearby.

Police on Saturday blocked the entrances to Tikrit and said nobody was allowed to leave or enter the city for four days. Despite the security precaution, gunmen took to the streets, carrying pictures of Saddam, shooting into the air and calling for vengeance.


Um Abdullah, a Sunni and teacher in Tikrit, said she would wear black to mourn the city's favorite son.

"Saddam will be a hero in our eyes," she said. "I have five kids and I will teach them to take revenge on Americans."

Bring 'em on?!

Saddam's last words:
"There is no God but God, and Muhammad is his messenger.
There is none worthy of worship but God, and Muhammad..."

He died with Muhammad on his lips. A martyr's death.


What's up for New Year's?

So, what's everyone out there doing to celebrate New Year's out there? I wanna know...!

It's Natalie's birthday, so we're having a gathering at the house, with a really nice spread snacks -- coldcuts, cheeses, caprice salad, dolmas, fresh seasoned pita chips and hummus, smoked salmon, olives, olive bread, deserts, fruits, fresh berries and cherries, and probably a slew of other things I'm forgetting. The theme is a pajama party, and though the party will probably be mostly social, we'll also be playing boardgames. Not sure whether we're going to break out the Wii tonight or not though. Oh, and I have some pretty lovely wine pairings, even... with champagne all around at midnight.

Currently, we have about a dozen people showing up who found out about the gathering on Kirsten's journal, but just in case there are a few of you on the friend's list who don't have plans out there, feel free to drop by. Just shoot me an email for details.

As for the rest of you, have a loverly New Year, and/or a peaceful Eid. Don't drive drunk, and don't fall down in the gutter!

Last post of the year! W00t! - 

Update: Ok... I admit it... I posted again... but hey, looks like Cthulhu dropped for the pajama party, in elegant nightwear and bunny slippers! 

Oh, the fear!