One year

One year ago today my mother died, this is a song of her funeral.


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  1. I hope you have healed from the loss, Ina. I know you’ll always miss her and cherish the memories you had with her, both in your youth and as a grown woman.

    We have something in common: Celtic Woman
    Aren’t they great?!!

  2. Thanks Thinker Belle, yes the mourning part is over, memories lingering and live goes on.

    • Nice 🙂 I wonder why he decided to become a Muslim. Good thing he did, because his music therefor was popular in Arabic countries and the only music in the juke box I could understand in a café in Marrakech 🙂 (the old part of that city).

      I need to make travel plans, it is boiling inside of me lol. PS I am away for a few days; miss me lol

  3. I don’t know, Ina. Perhaps it was an alternative to the buffoonery often presented by typical American “Christians” like we’ve seen with the Nephillium, ghost chasers and bounty hunters. And, the crap posted on the hokeymouth and the “signs of the times” which the Internet paints with a broad brush how these people operate.
    Note the name of the video which features the Gosch case: by thefifthseal

    Here’s a link about Stevens:
    Schooled by the Catholics.He had TB in the late sixties. Converted to Islam in the late seventies. And, like most converts to most religions, there had been a life altering experience-he almost drowned off the coast of Malibu. He has been denied entrance into the U.S.-my guess would be because of some type of British tabloid hype made up to sell their crap…who really knows? Do you?

      • Wow, that song is great! Moving, good lyrics. “Not ready to make nice” 🙂
        I suppose sometimes you need to take time for your anger. Hm. Good thinking 🙂

    • Those seven seals are interesting, I seem to be a cultural barbarian, I must admit I never heard of them although I saw the movie The Seventh Seal. I read on wiki about the fith seal, the souls of martyrs etc. . Stuff like that inspire artists I think.

      Cat Stevens : from wiki:

      “The singer attracted controversy in 1989, during an address to students at London’s Kingston University, where he was asked about the fatwa calling for the death of author Salman Rushdie. The media interpreted his response as support for the fatwa. Yusuf released a statement the following day denying that he supported vigilantism, and claiming that he had merely recounted the legal Islamic punishment for blasphemy. In a BBC interview, he displayed a newspaper clipping from that time period, which quotes from his statement. Subsequent comments made by him in 1989 on a British television programme were also seen as being in support of the fatwa. In a statement in the FAQ section of his web site, Yusuf asserted that he was joking and that the show was improperly edited. In the years since these comments, he has repeatedly denied ever calling for the death of Rushdie or supporting the fatwa.”
      He also said he could not believe Muslims commited the nine eleven crimes.

      I suppose that didn’t make him popular with Western governments? Freedom of speech has its limits?

      “Denial of entry into the United States

      On 21 September 2004, Yusuf was on a United Airlines flight from London to Washington, travelling to a meeting with singer Dolly Parton, who had recorded “Peace Train” several years earlier and was planning to include another Cat Stevens song on an upcoming album. While the plane was in flight, the Computer Assisted Passenger Prescreening System flagged his name as being on a no fly list. Customs agents alerted the United States Transportation Security Administration, which then diverted his flight to Bangor, Maine, where he was detained by agents from the Department of Homeland Security.

      The following day, Yusuf was deported back to the United Kingdom. The Transportation Security Administration claimed there were “concerns of ties he may have to potential terrorist-related activities”. The Israeli government had deported Yusuf in 2000 over allegations that he provided funding to the Palestinian organisation Hamas; he denied doing so knowingly. “I have never knowingly supported or given money to Hamas,” says Yusuf, who repeatedly has condemned terrorism and Islamic extremism. “At the time I was reported to have done it, I didn’t know such a group existed. Some people give a political interpretation to charity. We were horrified at how people were suffering in the Holy Land.” However, the United States Department of Homeland Security added him to their FBI watchlist. The US deportation provoked a small international controversy, and led British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw to complain personally to US Secretary of State Colin Powell at the United Nations. Powell responded by stating that the watchlist was under review, adding, “I think we have that obligation to review these matters to see if we are right”.

      Yusuf believed his inclusion on the watch list may have simply been an error: a mistaken identification of him for a man with the same name, but different spelling. On 1 October 2004 Yusuf requested the removal of his name, “I remain bewildered by the decision of the US authorities to refuse me entry to the United States”. According to a statement by Yusuf, the man on the list was named “Youssef Islam”, indicating that Yusuf himself was not the suspected terrorism supporter. Romanization of Arabic names can easily result in different spellings: the transliteration of the Islamic name for Joseph (Yusuf’s chosen name) lists a dozen spellings.

      Two years later, in December 2006, Yusuf was admitted without incident into the United States for several radio concert performances and interviews to promote his new record. Yusuf said of the incident at the time, that, “No reason was ever given, but being asked to repeat the spelling of my name again and again, made me think it was a fairly simple mistake of identity. Rumors which circulated after made me imagine otherwise.”

      Yusuf has written a song about the 2004 deportation experience, entitled “Boots and Sand”, recorded in the summer of 2008 and featuring Paul McCartney, Alison Krauss, Dolly Parton, and Terry Sylvester.

      In October 2004 the British newspapers The Sun and The Sunday Times voiced their support for Yusuf’s deportation by the US government, claiming that he had supported terrorism. Yusuf successfully sued for libel and received a substantial out-of-court financial settlement and apologies from the newspapers stating that he had never supported terrorism and acknowledging that he had recently been given a Man of Peace award from the private Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Committee. However The Sunday Times managing editor Richard Caseby said that while there was an “agreed settlement”, they “always denied liability” and “disagreed with Cat Stevens’ lawyers interpretation”, but took a “pragmatic view” of the lawsuit.

      Yusuf responded that he was “delighted by the settlement [which] helps vindicate my character and good name. … It seems to be the easiest thing in the world these days to make scurrilous accusations against Muslims, and in my case it directly impacts on my relief work and damages my reputation as an artist. The harm done is often difficult to repair”, and added that he intended to donate the financial award given to him by the court to help orphans of the tsunami in the Indian Ocean.

      Yusuf wrote about the experience in a newspaper article titled “A Cat in a Wild World”. “

  4. I think they have ensnared this woman into their schemes years ago. Out of grief and desperation to find her son, she may have fallen victim to a plan of yesteryear. This plan is still in force. All this goobly-goo-la crap does nothing. It psyches the victim out, hypes the public, and helps to sell their books or cover stories on the subject.

    MKUltra did exist. However, it seems to be reasonable that after that story broke, others would want to copy-cat it as well. I have a hard time beleiving they were doing this in later years as it was too easy to get on military bases to check this out, and no one would think much of the drug culture which is thick around them.

    However, the former FBI agent, the one involved in this fifth seal thing, made claims that GI’s were transporting drugs in the cavities of dead soldiers years ago. I would believe that! Their ability to police their own is basically nil.

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