Saturday, June 27, 2009

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Rob Barnett's continues to break new ground.

On June 24, Iranian Superstar Andy Madadian went into an LA recording studio with Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora and American record producers Don Was and John Shanks to record a musical message of worldwide solidarity with the people of Iran.

This version of the old Ben E. King classic is not for sale - it was not meant to be on the Billboard charts or even manufactured as a's intended to be downloaded and shared by the Iranian give voice to the sentiment that all people of the world stand together....the handwritten Farsi sign in the video translates to "we are one".

If you know someone in Iran - or someone who knows someone in Iran - please share this link:

Kudos to the artists and to My Damn Channel for using the Interwebs for good. The good of the Iranian people and the world.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Iran Revolution 2009

There is so much to say about what's happening in Iran and around the world. The rigging of an election, the terror heaped upon citizens by government, and how the story has been broadcast and spun by both Mainstream Media and the brave new world of Social Media.

There are hours of video, thousands of pictures, and scores of real life stories about the mess in Iran. I think this video is very powerful and brings so many of the emotions together. I don't know the person who created it, but she is very gifted. Thanks to Alyssa Milano for passing this along.

Watch it. And be thankful for our "freedom", as flawed as it may be.

I guess I can't avoid a droplet of humor in any post, and I'm paraphrasing a joke I heard Friday. At least in America, when we steal an election the results are close. (reference to 2000) Sadly, it seems that you can't say that about the "election" in Iran.

Monday, June 15, 2009


Its no secret that I've been more than a little bit critical of Metro, the St. Louis public transit system, for their incomprehensible lack of decent management and horrendous service cuts. The cuts have made thousands of people in the St. Louis region change their commuting habits, and many even change their jobs.

I won't rehash old posts, but I've written below about the tremendous efforts of the Mayor and staff of the city of Chesterfield, MO to get service restored to that suburb. For that I am eternally grateful. Now comes word from Metro that
a significant amount of bus service is likely to be restored in August of this year.

Assuming Missouri Governor Jay Nixon finds the bill on the pile of unsigned laws on his desk and signs it in the near future, about a third of the bus service that was slashed earlier this year will be returned.

It ain't over til its over, but it looks like Metro has worked hard to get the money they need and put it where its most needed. I applaud them on their efforts and only hope everything goes as planned.

Of course, the situation will be updated here.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Milton Bradley Makes Me Want To Scream

Some things are beyond belief. Take, for instance, Friday's performance by now legendary Chicago Cub Milton Bradley.

Dear God In Heaven...

Friday, June 05, 2009

We Believe Trailer

I usually don't get too excited about documentary films. I respect the work of the film makers, I admire their dedication, but it takes a lot to get me to a theatre to see a documentary.

However, That's going to change this summer. Thanks to Tom Lisack at CBS for turning me on to what, at least for me, will be THE cinematic event of the year.

Just watch the trailer.