And just to seal that deal, my I-Pod was playing an old favorite of mine:
"wailed Ray Charles.
For the first time in a long time, I actually heard the words: And crowned thy good with brotherhood"
Must have been a portent because my next mouse click brought up a story by IPS, the news service I work for. The headline read
SAN FRANCISCO, California, Sep 28, 2010 (IPS) - A week after Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told heads of state gathered for the U.N. General Assembly in New York that his government does not jail its citizens for expressing their opinions, Iran's Revolutionary Court sentenced Hossein Derakhshan, an internationally known Iranian-Canadian blogger, to 19 and a half years in prison.