‘I’d Rather Kill Myself,’ says 11yo girl from Yemen said to be escaping arranged marriage

From Boing Boing:

A video of an 11 year old Yemeni girl protesting the practice of child marriage has skyrocketed to viral status, via YouTube, Reddit and other aggregator sites. In it, young Nada Al-Ahdal pleads with parents not to arrange marriages for their kids. She is identified as having escaped what was to be a forced marriage.

“It’s not our fault. I’m not the only one. It can happen to any child,” she says in the video, first published by Yemeni photographer Ziad Abdul-Jabbar and translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute.

“There are many cases like that. Some children decided to throw themselves into the sea. They’re dead now.”

“Go ahead and marry me off,” she says. “I’ll kill myself, just like that.”

Question of the Day

Quite a few Cynics seem to have visited Paris so what were your favorite restaurants?

I had a lot of good food there but I’ll give my two favorite.


Au Petit Sud Ouest This is located on ave de la Bourdonnais which is a few minutes walk from the Champs de Mars. They specialize in duck. One of the regrets of the trip is I didn’t get the foie gras to start since each table has their own toaster so you can spread your foie gras on freshly toasted bread. We did get the duck breast and duck stew in orange sauce which was très délicieux.

Le Café du Marché This is also near Champs de Mars but on rue Cler. This had a nice blend of tourists and locals and it was awesome to watch rue Cler come alive around you when you stretch into the evening and the locals head out to eat. We both had the confit de canard as recommended by Yelpers and were not disappointed. It seems like such a simple dish yet it is packed with flavor.

Oh, I’ll add one more.
Relais de l’Entrecôte It has several locations and we ate at the St. Germain one. There is no dinner menu. They only serve steak frites bathed in some kind of sauce that should be banned for being so addictive. You sit down, order your drink and how you want your steak (No, you can’t have it well done because c’est dégoûtant) and they bring out a salad, then your steak frites. Don’t fill up on bread because you get a second portion of steak frites when you’re finished. It’s probably not the most authentic Parisian restaurant experience but the food was excellent.

Pepper-Spray Lieutenant Appeals for Worker’s Comp

From here:

The former police lieutenant who became the target of worldwide ire after dousing Occupy UC Davis protesters with pepper spray, John Pike, is appealing for worker’s compensation, claiming psychiatric injury caused by the Nov. 18, 2011, incident.

Pike’s case is scheduled for a mandatory settlement conference on Aug. 13 in Sacramento, according to the State Department of Industrial Relations website. If no settlement is reached, his case would go forward to trial or further hearing.

Armed George Zimmerman Pulled Over by Texas Police, Warned for Speeding

Hide your Skittles Texas:

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – George Zimmerman, a volunteer watchman whose acquittal in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin led to protests, was pulled over by police in Texas on Sunday for speeding, officials said on Wednesday.

Zimmerman told the officer that he had a weapon in his glove compartment and was going “nowhere in particular,” said Brian Brooks, city manager of Forney, Texas, about 25 miles southeast of Dallas, where Zimmerman was stopped.

The gun in the glove box is legal in Texas, and police routinely ask motorists if they have weapons in the car, Brooks said. He said the entire stop lasted less than five minutes.

“It wasn’t for super-excessive speeds, they just got him on regular speeding,” Brooks said. “It’s a pretty routine stop except for the fact that it was George Zimmerman.”

Zimmerman was released when it was determined that he had no warrants.