December 2, 2008 at 6:34 am
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abesheet | December 2, 2008 at 7:04 am
Incase you are wondering, Yes, I believe he is innocent. Anybody who followed the court proceedings would. YeEwnet ejj bEadebabi sitemezez mayet leDegaffim leNeQafim AnGet Yemiyasdeffa newu.
Girum | December 2, 2008 at 12:41 pm
Betam yemiyasazin!!!!!!!!……..Too rubbish to hear, not expected from group of people ‘leading’ a country. Ehhh, we are really too back from the century we are in………
Just doing this on a young man with a creative mind which they can’t even deny……..too lame for the government, too shame for all the Ethiopians and especially TIGRES,
We are really bunch of people with very small mind…………BACKWARD SOCIETY!!!!!
Girum | December 2, 2008 at 12:43 pm
am ashamed of being Ethiopian!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
abesheet | December 2, 2008 at 1:46 pm
It’s as if EPRDF if going out it’s way to antagonize people and prove it’s hai baai yaata ‘yemender GulBe’. I really believed they’d do the right thing this time, find him guilty for drunk driving and driving without a license, but drop the manslaughter charge. After the Cuban doctor’s testimony, it simply couldn’t hold water. Now they did this, one can only wonder if this a classical case of auto-phobia. Those who hate themselves, I’ve read somewhere, try to turn everyone against themselves [i.e. the self they hate]. Or is it the case of those who do not learn from history repeating it?! Met’ne!
Mazzi | December 2, 2008 at 1:59 pm
What a SAD SAD outcome!!!!!!
I do not know if Teddy is really guilty or innocent of what he is being accused. But for the young talent and rare icon that he is, any time he spends behind bars is a HUGE loss to all of us Ethiopians and devastating to his career that was very promising!! My heart breaks for him and his family indeed.
Guilty or not, I have a feeling his sentencing would be very much politically motivated, and that in short makes me ashamed and saddened to be from Ethiopia at this very moment :-(.
In my short life, I have lived through three Ethiopian government systems, and I have never had any confidence in our judicial system in any of them!!!! I am more scared (terrified is more like it!!) of my own people in their ill gotten and undeserved positions of power based on might and ethnicity than I am of this often systematically racist government and society on this side. I have found it much easier to deal with the ills of this society with its ever increasing xenophobia and anti-immigrant sentiments than to deal with my own people in positions of power. I am one of those Ethiopians who holds her breath when I have to even renew my passport at an Ethiopian embassy because to the core of my being I know the folks at the embassy do not represent me or have my best interest at heart.
It is with this sentiment that I feel Teddy will be used to make a point by the government, and his sentencing would have very little to do with the death of the poor homeless man, may he rest in peace. If they truly cared about the plight of the homeless, they would have effective policies to address that, and would not have evacuated them to city outskirts in mass prior to millennium celebrations to hide them from the public eye!! After his sentencing, I bet those in power would sleep better thinking that they have helped the homeless cause while at the same time silencing one of the few original voices brave enough to speak against them.
I wonder if in our life time whether we shall ever live in Ethiopia that is truly free, poor or not, where speaking your mind about the ills of society, and speaking on behalf of the voiceless does not make you a prime candidate for the guillotine!!!
Just in my last comment, I was worried about Teddy’s career assuming that he would be free soon (or few years behind bars at most since this is not a premeditated murder) and able to resume his work. But now, I am worried for his life or the many years behind bars they will keep him to make a point.
abesheet | December 2, 2008 at 2:14 pm
Very true, Mazzi. If you have read my previous posts on this subject, you’d know I’ve given the government more than it’s share of ‘the benefit of doubt’ for I really believed it would do the right thing. None of us would know whether Teddy Afro run down the kid, or not. But we know if his court proceedings could present ‘reasonable doubt’, then the charges should be dropped. Surprise surprise.. Meles’ government proved his accusers right one more time.
What breaks the heart isn’t so much Teddy being convicted, as nobody seems to bother to try and make it ‘appear’ he was guilty. It’s like “min tametalachu”. That’s the saddest part for me.
Mazzi | December 2, 2008 at 2:25 pm
I don’t think there is such a thing as “a reasonable doubt” in the Ethiopian judicial system. The accused could be tried and convicted in the eyes of those in power before they even make it to court!!! When the government and court goes unchallenged about anything, how can we expect “a reasonable doubt” would persevere in such an environment???
Gosh, I feel so hopeless to be Ethiopian sometimes :-(!!!
Ankami | December 2, 2008 at 6:32 pm
I really don`t know if Teddy Afro is inocent or guilty, but I know that the judicial proces was very irregular and without guarantees.
Democracy is also a separation of powers.
chuni | December 2, 2008 at 11:16 pm
I don’t see what the big deal is. This won’t be the first time an innocent man has gone to jail in ethiopia and it won’t be the last.
and our ager has been “erreeee’ing” for year for the thousands of innocent men and women who’ve been done wrong by our legal system. I don’t see what makes his special!…*shrugs*
Dr.Ethiopia | December 3, 2008 at 12:51 am
How in the world Teddy’s conviction is related to “Tigrayans”, or “has anything to do with being ashamed of being an Ethiopia”, i simply don’t uderstand.
But then again, i am reminded of the dangers of emotions.
TIA, This Is Africa. Is it ever true . . .
abesheet | December 3, 2008 at 6:09 am
This is like asking what made Martin Luther King’s death different to the deaths of thousands of afro americans’ or Mandella’s imprisonment like no other. I’m not comparing them to him. It’s what they represented, stood for, the people saw in them that matters. That’s why all eyes were on him. And that’s what makes this different. Remember all those things most Ethiopians felt strongly about, whether they were right or wrong; understood shit about it or not?! “Eritrea”, “yebahir berr”, “Qwanqwa”, “Andinet”, “Ethiopiawinet”, “Badme”, “Kinjit”. As far as they are concerned, the government took all those from them. It didn’t just take it, but it laughed in their face while doing it. Teddy Afro seems to be the only remaining link to all that they lost. Now this happened.. it’s as if nobody needs to make any more statement. The message is clear. And since we are all powerless to do anything about it, “Kuchit” and “AnGet Medffat” seem to be the only thing we can do.
I guess you’d have to see the video to understand what i’m talking about. Still, I remember how you once said some things are better left unsaid. For peace’s sake! That’s how we’ve been doing it back here for centuries. That’s what we should continue to do.
Dr.Ethiopia | December 3, 2008 at 6:26 pm
My dearest Abesheet, i was talking about in reference to the person who had talked about, “being ashamed of an Ethiopian and so forth”. Because of this case? I say, C’mon!!
You know me, i can go on and on, and say who is Teddy Afro really??? But that wouldn’t be fair. As i honestly believe, this guy’s career and in a way heroism was just beginning and was was nipped in the bud.
You must have not been around your friend’s blog lately to view my opinion on this matter.
I think we are on the same page, all in all.
RiRi, | December 3, 2008 at 6:51 pm
I must agree with Dr Ethiopia and ask – what does being ashamed of Ethiopia have to do with this? And also, emotions seem to be THE driving force of most of the arguments put forward in many blogs by different Ethiopians… it really is fascinating.
I do not believe i know enough about Teddy’s case to have an opinion on it. Of course if he commited the crime he should be able to pay for it like anyy other citizen. Habesheet do you mind sharing some of the information of the court proceedings which led you to believe his innocence?
But regardless of what happened, we will all be affected by this, it is not every day that one comes across such amazing talent.
Girum | December 3, 2008 at 8:18 pm
For Dr Ethiopia,
‘You don’t simply understand it’ hah….that must be u can’t understand things man!!!……I mean it, and am bold on it!!
As u would ‘definitely not loose sleep over it’, let me put my points(Lol don’t think u really need that??? u seem to be confused over the case)
The verdict actually make us ashamed of who we are at least for this very moment( thanks for getting the very word to express my right feeling from Mazzi)….It is our gov’t who did this, on the basis of a lame accusation. They aren’t from the world u’r leaving in, but from our society. Who do u think we shall blame? only TPLF?……This is a case more than that…Doing this on a creative young mind who has inspired millions of people is just ‘Anget Yemiyasdefa’….and that’s why, I think, it makes one ashamed of being an Ethiopian at ‘this vey moment’, atleast.
But U seem to be adequetly confused of the case…..+ U seem to be like ‘ It doesn’t provoke me that much’……Really???ohh what shall we do? Lol
Yeah, that might be ‘TIA’, which we hope would be ‘changed’ but still see it in the minds of people like you.
May be that’s not the ‘Change’ you used to hear, write about and ‘Drive you crazy part X’. hah….
Girum | December 3, 2008 at 8:20 pm
leaving in = living in
abesheet | December 4, 2008 at 6:11 am
Well, RiRi, all the news articles I have on my hand happen to be in amharic (and i ain’t in the mood to meterGom them, seeing I have yet to finish the post “Abiyotawi Democracy made simple”). The websites with reference to it i found are mostly “weGentegna”. Of the top of my head though:
1. The Cuban doctor who signed on the death certificate actually said the kid died one day previous to when Teddy afro is claimed to run down the kid. At that time, Teddy afro wasn’t even in Ethiopia. According to the doctor, a bunch of cops showed up and told him to sign on a “corrected” version. He agreed because that was “yeTelemede aserar”
2. Three of the “Aqabe Hig” witnesses weren’t standing close enough to see neither the plate number nor the color of the car which supposedly made the hit and run. If i remember correctly, one of them was just told by a colleague what happened and who it might be and simply took the guy’s word for it.
3. Teddy afro’s friends, witnesses for the defense, have claimed he’s spent half the evening with them (placing him no where near the accident) and the “Aqabe Hig” didn’t prove them wrong.
Now, if you write “Teddy afro” and hit the “Search” button on top of this page, you’d find out that I ain’t demanding Teddy shouldn’t pay for the wrongs he’s done. But the manslaughter charge, atleast from what the evidences tells us, is bogus. The question follows, why would EPRDF want to punish this kid or atleast make him a “meQetacha”? Is it because of, as many would tell you, those fateful lines in “Jah Yasteseryal” or to simply prove that you can’t say anything ‘remotely’ against them and get away with it. I think it’s the later. Well, when you see all the responses our government gives to every charge of human right violations from even the most “Geleltegna” parties (complete denial and then ‘yesim matfat zemecha’) you’d know this is one ruthless government in the world with not a drop of humility in it’s body. Do you know what that makes me feel like? It makes me feel vulnerable. It makes me feel the way those people living in a colonized land would (“Don’t say anything against them”, “Don’t look at them”, “don’t even dare breath in their presence” or else). It makes me wanna bury my head in the sand and live quitely. It even makes me wonder if i should blog anymore, coz who knows right? These guys can easily track me down and come after me.
Now, unless we shrug our shoulders and ask what would an abesha do with the freedom to expressing what he/she felt without the fear of harassment, beatings and Qaliti Esir Bet “meBesBes” anyway, this is bigger than Teddy Afro. That’s what they are proving. And that’s what i’m reading and ‘anGeten medFat’. Coz I’m powerless to do anything more.
I’ve never seen Meles and Co. as representing neither Ethiopians nor Tigrayawyan. The first has never bothered me before because I understand where the anger comes from and I sympathise. I’ve hated the word Ethiopian until my husband-to-be showed up in addis and i saw my country in the eyes of a stranger. It was beautiful. It was heart breaking. It was home! I’ve rarely paid much attention to the second claim (that they were trying to become “YeTigray Qign Gejiwoch”) because I know Mihurans and Politicians rarely represent the people they hailed from. But that’s just me. Not them. And certainly not all those Ethiopians who have buried their head in the sand and refusing to see what’s happening in the eye, like i said, for the sake of “abro menor”. Qifu Qen Liyalf, keGorebet LalemeQeyayem. Still.. the fact that somebody is making a victory dance for the benefit of somebody else (and not for you and my good) is made only too plain in that music video of Oromigna singer Getachew. I’ll try to video tape it and put it on youtube.
Last, but not least, Girum:
are u the one taking the vid of a graduated girl…
Lol. Nah. I wish. But I was running around addis trying ot “mAdAres” all my graduating friends and took only that photo of her at the AAU. That is another friend of hers. They showed me the video and i decided to post it. Cute, ain’t she?! Incase you are wondering, she’s single 😉 .
Regarding the book:
The website demanded that we post every chapter when we are done with it. I guess it would help them to know who is writing online, and copying off somebody else’s work. So they are all separate pages. When i’m done editing it, for i intend to add more lines to the plot and correct all the stupid grammers i stuffed in there, I will perhaps put it in one folder and post it. Till then, antem bemAnbebu berta, enem beMecharu lemebertat emokraleh. Thank you for being here.
Girum | December 4, 2008 at 12:07 pm
Abesheet, ‘ Yegebat neger honshibign eko’….about the ‘single’ stuff….Lol…
abesheet | December 4, 2008 at 12:15 pm
Mazzi | December 4, 2008 at 8:07 pm
Gosh Abesheet min largish :-). ‘Yene bat’hogni yiqochegn neber!’.
Loved your comment #16. I appreciate how you often see the big picture, and never miss the forest for the tree. I can’t say the same for some of the people who commented.
If my previous comments on this subject (why among other things I said I am ashamed to be an Ethiopian right now) were written based on emotion, it is because what we are dealing with is not even whether Teddy Afro is innocent or not of the grave things he was accused of. Only Teddy himself and God know that as I don’t even know how reliable even eye witnesses can be!
In a judicial system, the prosecution’s job is to prove the accused is guilty above and beyond any reasonable doubt. The presence of any reasonable doubts (it sounds to me there were few in Teddy’s case) does not even necessarily mean the accused is innocent!!! It just means the prosecution does not have enough evidence to convict the accused!! Ideally the whole ‘reasonable doubt’ business is there to minimize innocent people from ending up in jail even at the expense of acquitting seemingly guilty individuals if there was any reasonable doubt about their guilt!
Let’s face it, we are dealing with a not so perfect and man-made judicial system whether in Ethiopia, here in the US, or anywhere else for that matter. But that also means that in a not so transparent government system (and by God Meles’ government is far from that!), it means anything can be manipulated. We see everyday how even in so called advanced nations criminal cases can be manipulated. More than a decade ago, I followed OJ Simpson’s criminal trial and felt there was enough evidence pointing at his guilt. But his team of high profile lawyers raised enough doubts on the case the prosecution presented against him, and that was enough to not convict him of murder. That is how imperfect things can be.
From what I read, Teddy was formally accused, and a case brought against him 18 months after the incident. And I often wondered why the court waited that long to present a case, and what in those 18 months was being done to influence the outcome of the case. Also, this is not even about why we care about the outcome of this case because it is Teddy and not some other ordinary Ethiopian.
I followed Teddy’s case because I wanted to see how transparent his accusers would be in court if they are aware that the rest of the world is watching on account of Teddy being famous both at home, in the Diaspora, and even among non-Ethiopians. If it became business as usual in the Ethiopian judicial system even when the ‘world’ was watching, and while Teddy had the support of his thousands of fans rallying behind him and following his case in detail, can you imagine what these people are capable of doing when the accused is some innocent ordinary Ethiopian who will not have the rest of the world rallying behind them and rooting for them?! This is precisely why we should care about the outcome of this case, not because it is Teddy as sad as that is!!!
I have very close relatives back home who rotted in Meles’ prisons for years and years as political prisoners with no formal accusations or opportunities to fight for their rights in courts. As a family, we are all still dealing with it, never to be the same again. At least Teddy’s case was put in court though we all pretty much felt his case and sentencing would be very much politically motivated because of who Teddy represents for countless Ethiopians who feel their voices are not being heard especially if they oppose the current system of government. So I am speaking from personal experience here. Even when abroad, I live in fear of my own government, because ‘Neg benne neww’ not to mention my entire family is back home living in fear of even being related to their formerly imprisoned family members.
The fact that I and my family are not free in our place of birth to express our opinions in fear of upsetting the powers that be and what they might do to us is in short WHY at this moment I am ashamed to be an Ethiopian. NOT because Teddy Afro is going to go to jail but because with him will go any hope I had of ‘freedom of speech’ being a reality in the country that I long for. Enough said.
RiRi | December 4, 2008 at 9:26 pm
Thanks, abesheet, for clarifing it a little bit. God Knows what happened that night… Thanks also for keeping us posted on currents events in Addis. I’m becoming a fan 😉
Sawel | December 5, 2008 at 5:14 am
Dr. Ethiopia what the heck are you talkin about ? What is wrong with you? I see your name on every habesha blog here n there playin the wise guy! The usual DC habesha patriotism game ! Damn! You ain’t know nothing what it means to be thrown to Ethiopian jails without any reason. I’ve been thrown to dedessa 4 years ago at the age of 21.I was taken from home just b/c I was young during the 2001 elections. I have seen and lived inside those concentration camps. I can tell you that many brothers and sisters are still there suffering like hell for no reason! Fuck the TPLF racists! Teddy Afro case is no different ! Do you have an answer for this? The phobia is still bothering me inside my head even though I’m in the U.S. tsenatun yistew le Teddy! I wish I could say more but thanks to Mazzi she explained it well.
abesheet | December 5, 2008 at 5:51 am
I wish I could say more but thanks to Mazzi she explained it well.
Yeap! Nobody can make a point crystal clear the way Mazzi can. Not digging for compliments here. But my lines are two long, too stuffed to the brim, and sometimes based only on emotion (which Dr. Ethiopia knows only too well about 😉 ). I have to sometimes wait to read Mazzi’s take on them, so i could clearly see what they mean or their implications. Dr. Ethiopia, by the way, is a cool guy Sawel. He has his heart in more the right place than mine. His only problem, he doesn’t know how to fake humility (the way i sometimes recognize myself doing). And that he can afford. Because he is a cutie.
Girum | December 5, 2008 at 12:41 pm
1. Mazzi, thanks a lot..those were much wiser approachs…Lol
2. Abesheet, that might be a good advocacy, if not a humility. But still can’t get what u said about the ‘cutie’ right ……( anyways that doesn’t concern me and it ends here…)
Girum | December 5, 2008 at 12:43 pm
Ohh I forgot, am waiting today’s update…trust to see it here.
Many Thanx, Abesheet
abesheet | December 5, 2008 at 1:05 pm
Incase you haven’t been there already, Girum, Arefe has reported Teddy Afro has been given a six-year sentence and a 14,000 Birr penalty.
Girum | December 5, 2008 at 4:12 pm
Dr.Ethiopia | December 6, 2008 at 9:28 pm
left a comment and came back to many addressed to “the Dr.” lol, The difference a couple of days of absence can make.
I will adress them all in due time.
@Girum – What can i say? Sometimes i get outwitted by a person like you who wants me to blindly follow the masses. The fact is, I happen to not be afraid of dissent, and that one must clearly remember that there is a victim here – The Homeless Guy, that no one talks about. But that’s the power of music isn’t it? It shadows ones judgment. Listen, there is nothing more that i can say that that will change our differences on how we approach and view things. As for me, i can say that i have no problem judging things dispassionately. You are on fumes over the messiah (Teddy) whom you believe is innocent, (no matter what). Enough said.
@sawel – “Playing the wise guy?” You don’t think i am? (Joking). On a serious note, i am no wise guy, trust me when i tell you that. I don’t accuse you of being a wise guy for stating your opinion, do i? Why should you? Call me opinionated. Agreed? Yes i do frequent blogs, and where i am from i would be considered a reader, but i guess you see it differently.
They say: “it ain’t braggin if you are it”, so shall i tell you i run the most popular abesha blog, do your home work. Scratch that. It might make you even madder. I am sorry i don’t know what other concern of yours i need addressing.
@Abesheet – I thikn i sometimes can say i even know how you think, even when words are not typed, as i am sure you can say the same about me.
I think the difference between those who comment on our sites and those who blog on it is that we are not judged by the wole body of our work. I think you are abolutely right in saying that there are those who are and will be doing victory dance on Teddy’s ordeal, that i believe is transient and would only make him a better singer and human being, when all is said and done.
My point is, those who celebrate his ordeal are those who we should remind ourselves to never be like. It says a great deal about them than it does about Ethiopians.
In the end, and i don’t say this very lightly, and i suspect we all can go back and forth on this, this was not a case that was “clear and cut”. it was a very tough case, not to mention the government’s case and its strength (or shall i say delivery).
Do i think Teddy could have been repreesented better on a trial of his life time? Absolutely.
P.S. I am loving this thing. Wheew!
Girum | December 7, 2008 at 2:25 pm
”fumes over the messiah (Teddy)” @u Dr Ethiopia,
You don’t really get why we are shouting this loud @you. Nobody says it’s unfair to talk about the ‘homeless guy’. Don’t try to cover ur self by…such ‘humanitarian’ kind ideas. You ain’t the only one who needs to talk abt him, everybody does!!!
Everyone along the street of Addis needs to talk about Degu’. + Noone, atleast among the so many fans of Teddy afro, I know, believe Teddy shall be released, had he done the crime.
So my point is that raising that issue doesn’t make u different nor wise. It doesn’t make u somebody who sees the other side and faces against emotions for truth. It ain’t mean chosing the other way which all the mass ‘blindly’ gave up to follow.
Take me, for example, as u put it there I might consider Teddy as a ‘messiah’ or whatever. Yet I don’t won’t justice to be unserved, had he done the crime. He shall has to pay for everything, not even one day less in prison.
frnd, it is this way many of the Teddy fans think….it is this way the youth in Addis view the case.
Now the point turns around when everyone looks how the trial was being handled. From that stand was all the emotions, u found blind, arose….Not from just being acute ‘Teddy fan’, or ‘Music shadow’ or the ‘Messiah stuff’…
Remind me those ‘ye duro arada’ guys who tries to tell u something they consider different or special but which was already in everyone’s mind. What else could one say for those guys other than ‘don’t waste ur time, everyone knows this, but it is just one step back’.
Girum | December 7, 2008 at 2:30 pm
What is this ‘comment is awaiting moderation’….didn’t like it!
Trust your blog is impartial,
Sawel | December 8, 2008 at 1:48 am
To Dr. Ethiopia
why do you tell me that you’re a reader, that you run a popular abesha blog minamin…
Ok thanks for letting me know that you have a blog! I appreciate your efforts for that one! I also respect your work, good for you!
let me put it simple…I have no problem with you nor your personality but on your comments and the comments that are alike yours!
For instance I see that you don’t have adequate knowledge or information about Teddy Afro’s verdict. C’mon read back again on the websites and you’d probably get the point! The case was full of contradictions and you could detect and sense the fictitious stories made up to make false accusations on him. Abesheet had put it above lucidly and I agree that she understood the fact of the matter! Therefore please note that I had the same feeling that you have now when Teddy was arrested! I was sayin the same thing as you do back then but I gave it time to understand it clearly! You’re right to stand for the poor fellow Ethiopian ‘Degu Yibeltal’, in that I support you!
But are you thinking that EPRDF is concerned about the poor Ethiopians? and giving justice! Hahaha…give me a break that must be a jock! I tell you bro open your eyes that is not how
it works back home. This is the usual EPRDF plot.Thousands of poor souls had died on Addis streets and are dying due to car accidents everyday. But is it treated the same way
as what they’re pretending to do on Teddy!NO! I have known EPRDF making ruses far better than this one! Making it look true! So man…wake up unless you don’t want to wake up intentionally ! alesemen sima belew alu! Please don’t consider this comment as an offence since it is not my intention. I respect your opinions and you have the right not to know the truth nor stand for the truth if you’d like to.
abesheet | December 9, 2008 at 6:00 am
What is this ‘comment is awaiting moderation’….didn’t like it!
Trust your blog is impartial,
Good question, Girume.
Well, I’m sure it’s no secret to you, the fact that we Ethiopians find stomaching other’s opinion (when it’s different to that of ours) difficult! When you hear how a person I thought knew me so well who came running to me the first time Teddy Afro’s arrest hit the presses and said “You know he’s run down the kid, right?!” (with me protesting I don’t think any of us could know that for sure) referred to me as “Guwad abesheet” after reading the above post (still wondering which of the following the claim that Teddy Afro is innocent made me: a Derg’eEssapa member or a Kinjit fan), you’d realize just how boundless our intolerance can be.
Unfortunately, some do not stop at giving labels. They go as far as calling the sister names. Stupid names. Names that have nothing to do with the subject at hand but with my personality that none of them know and can figure out in just one post.
Now, name callings don’t bother me much. As I always say, it says more about the caller than the called. I used to moderate an Ethiopian Chatroom ferChristsakes 😉 , gives you a thick e-skin, that does! But those who love me, especially the husband, flinches every time a broza started saying nasty things about the sister. And since we have made a pact he would only read my blog and never comment on it (coz it would create an unnecessary pressure on me as a Blogger), i didn’t want him continuing to fill helpless when it comes to defending the wiffy’s honor.
Spams are the other problem. Akismet (i love that word, by the way, reminds me of Kismet, and one of Kipling’s short stories) is good at filtrating spams, but only when they have 3 or more links in them. So.. the “awaiting moderation” button has been activated. But when i go on a long vacation, like I did a year or so ago, i usually deactivate it. Thank you for being here.
Girum | December 9, 2008 at 2:10 pm
Abesheet….. anchi kalsh engdih it’s okay. am loving your blog, of course I used to also. and u know I felt a need to be heard on time…’ ale adel Ye Fendata neger honobign new’….see ya
sistu | December 9, 2008 at 4:08 pm
first thing is first…. Hardly-Girum, please accept my brand of cyber karia tifees.. 1 for every outrageous thing you said on this topic (i counted a few, so here are a few kalchos on your behind to mawerared the tifee). if i had known you in person, i would have done my best to let you know how irritating people like you are but i dont know you in person so lets not cry over yefesese wiha.
about teddy… i have always reserved a certain special ‘weche-gud’ for him and his nuro-bezede ways in life and this is just another example of his instincts for survival.
i will pretend that i lack the intelligence required to understand how somebody could have potentially killed a human being and managed to appear the victim in the process. but having spent some time with the obnoxious, overly-privileged, kene-belay-nifas kinda masses who think they should get away with murder (i thot that was just a phrase), i’m not really surprised by that. What surprises me (unpleasantly so, let me just add) is the show of emotions by my fellow countrymen and women (whom i normally admire greatly on just about any scale). Considering that not many of us bat an eyelid when we hear about the thousands dying of malnutrition and millions from AIDS, this particular ereeta is somewhat disappointing to my ears and not because i am a saint or anything (although never say never). To teddy i say maymetut lij seekotut yaleksal [I mean, six years for manslaughter? really? we should become an immigration hotspot for the criminally-inclined). To ordinary (‘ordinary’ as in no fame and fortune) folks i say you remind me of those ashkabach maids in the house who cry (or pretend to cry) when yegetoch lij cries. you wouldn’t cry if it were the zebegna or even the maid next door who were crying but you cry for the kimitil yegeta lij. But he doesn’t care that you are crying, in fact he doesn’t even notice that you exist until its time to serve his breakfast. in fact!, he probably wishes u stopped existing except at meal times. poor you. [seekotush alekesku, seemetush dem wetagn…] I mean its cool and all to preserve some sympathy for others but why not direct a good portion of it somewhere deserving of that sympathy? to paraphrase, For the love of God faccetta neras!!
Ethiopia, we happen to see eye to eye on your point and i’m sure this is just my yediro-arada metality getting in the way of my good sense, but i happen to think not enough noise is being raised about Degu. If we spend time talking about Teddy, then an equal amount of talk time should be devoted to Degu and I think its yezendiro arada mentality that makes us think we can sidestep valid points with yechulile refutations. So why aren’t people caring about the possibility that Degu (a human being, despite his dihinet) was indeed killed by Teddy? [I had a very good, exceptionally kind friend named Degu so thats the picture I have of this dead man, nefsun yimarew]. It’s sad that nothing, not even human life, is allowed to get in the way of good music. Some of the dispassion there tells me that most of you have probably not lost someone close to you to death so I am sort of glad for you on that front. But what I know is that if Degu were a brother or sister of mine, Teddy would have been very happy right now that prison walls were protecting him. As a big believer in family-sponsored death penality, if Degu were my brother, I would have destroyed Teddy without any hesitation of any sort. To make it clearer, I would have killed Teddy Afro and he could be screaming EPDRF from yewedeeyagnaw alem and I wouldn’t have cared less. But cheerio, i’m sure there is an ‘If I did It…’ in the works. Our teddy never shies away from opportunity and i’m sure mr. trend-setter won’t let us down now.
yam hone yih…
btw, Mazzi, could gut-wrenching ~ anjet mekoret? -ish. something from ur past posts. v interesting topic. will post a link to an interesting article about it.
Dr.Ethiopia | December 9, 2008 at 6:04 pm
I have said it before and it almost sounds dumb to sound like a broken record. Gove me a break here. For someone who labels people and calls almost anything you have a thin skin. What is about repeating what i have said in quotations. Is that how you make your points and draw contradictions?
Anyhow, i have said it clearly that you ARE a fan and clearly a blind man can see your inability to judge things dispassionately.
Abesheet knows the “facts” onthis case? Now that i find it to be over the top. Abesheet not judging your knowledge on this case in any matter, but Girum i feel the biggest mistake that we make as Ethiopians and fans is that to be quick to judge on this matter.
It would be as irresponsible as the government’s case to aquit Teddy in the Court of “public opinion”.
Girum, do you feel attacked here? For someone who had first said this ” Dr. Ethiopia is all over the blogs saying this and that”? I figured you didn’t know me, and i was introducing myself. I will tell you that “yes all that i have said remains to be true”, unless it is otherwise, you shouldn’t have problem with it. Yes i am proud of my blog and have #1 status by any measurement (traffic, Page Rank and repeat visitors), and yes i am opinionated and yes i do read, since they were all points you tried to emphasize, i figured i would say it myself, if it makes you feel better.
I have been a visitor of “My E-Shoe Box” long before your arrival. So anything i say, i feel, should only be attacked on the merits and not otherwise. Calling someone out seems to take us away from the point.
Shockingly though i agree with you in one regard. Abesheet, what’s going on with us here? Why moderating the comments all of a sudden? 🙂
I read your valid response to Girum above. with all that said, i think your blog “in the long run” will benefit from it. I have been called all kind of names under the sun, and in the long run there are those that are going to remain strongheaded and they mostly lack the ability to link their thoughts into words, so they would always resort to attacking and so forth . . . but let it be girl. You would realize soon that there are those that would quickly come to your defense (your loyal readers).
However, it doesn’t mean what has worked for me would work for you.
Jeesh! I ought to be more succinct next time. My fingers hurt. 🙂
abesheet | December 10, 2008 at 5:34 am
sistu, darling! Welcome back 🙂 . You’ve been sorely missed. Now, if we can get hold of Abissinia and sira salata around, we can have that get together I’ve been planning on for months at http://www.bloggersandfriendsgettogether.com.
I’ve heard this mentioned repeatedly so i thought i might put the record straight: the claim, or impression, that those who believe Teddy Afro is innocent (from the exhibits and testimonies at the proceedings) don’t give a hoot about poor Degu Yibeltal. When it comes to this blogger atleast, that is a wrong impression. Incase you missed it, I present to you If Degu were alive. This may come as a shock to you but I’ve seen, actually seen, a man who was accused with hit and run and found guilty getting away with 1 year imprisonment and 3,000 birr penalty. But we all know that isn’t even almost the point.
The point is both Degu and Teddy Afro are being used as pawns in Ethiopia’s political game (with those who have any affinity to EPRDF, BeZer or BeEmnet, claiming Teddy Afro is guilty 100%; and those who have anything against the government getting offended at the mere mention of the dead boy). Mircha-97 all over again, I mean to say. Disappointing! Especially when it comes from those one expects to know better. Those you have heard (beJoRoachu) judging others for only seeing in black or white and failing to think of that shade of grey in between giving you labels for not seeing things the way they did.
Now, I’m sure the bible would have something to say about this (LeLochin beMinkessibet wenJel endankeses Qom bilo yeGeza liBin silememermer, etcetra). Me, being only a blogger who finds her’s, as well as other’s, dikmet amusing (but not necessarily evil), try to see the humor in it all.
Hope to have more of you in here sistu.
sistu | December 10, 2008 at 9:56 am
nope, i was never gone. i was reading bezimita; was not really in the talking mood for some time. and yep, i remember degu’s post and was directing the degu point to another set of eyes which, i am sure, are less beautiful than urs (couldn’t resist).
abesheet, you are right: it can happen to anybody and Teddy should be subset of that group of anybodies. So it might just be that Teddy is the sort of coward who would indeed hit and run, in the same way that meles might be the sort of coward who might also hit and run. Anybody might end up running over anybody else, so i can understand a 1 year sentence for that. but hit and run is a double murder, the person who has been hit might have a chance to live if you had stopped to see how they are. but no amount of yezer or yemnet affiliation, or a lack thereof, with EPRDF should or would protect you from the law if you decide to hit and run (or a number of other crimes, for that matter).
What I am finding unbelievable is people’s belief that the akabee higs, judges etc are all gov’t envoys with no regard for their professional integrity and truth and that some invisible hands in gov’t would take the time to plan Teddy’s demise (who exactly is tasked with that responsibility, btw?). I happen to know a few judges and akabi higs who, I imagine, would love to have gov’t officials stand trial so i’m really having a hard time seeing Teddy as the ball in a political game of ‘tezer’. I would have believed in standing in the middle ground until i heard the outcome of the case, but now the decision has been made i don’t see why we should just attribute it to his enemies. The law says he killed someone and although I won’t say ‘esey’ to him, i am having a hard time with people’s reaction.
once somebody dies, you don’t get them back. they die, they die, end of story and its the worst kind of event on this world and i am just beyond amazed at how teddy is coming off as the victim here. i certainly didn’t wish for him to be guilty and i do wish he wasn’t because i rather think of teddy afro as the teddy afro of my good days, the one whose appearance on hibret tir-eet was a sure sign that you are having a good day.
However, now that he has been found guilty, i am not loving this ‘he was a victim’ defense, which i consider nonsense. If he was a victim of such a well-conceived conspiracy plot, he sure as hell is living to tell about it, which is not exactly the sort of ending your enemies have in mind for you when they write the plot. In his defense, i haven’t really heard of an instance when he has outright claimed to be the victim of gov’t, so my tizibt is directed at people who consider this an example of judicial failure now that teddy has been found guilty.
The worst abuse of justice is when somebody gets away with things based on background circumstances which are not related to their actions/their character or their behavior as individuals. I hear when OJ “chimakey” Simpson was first on trial in america, people were encouraged to see it as a plot against the blackness and there was a big division along those lines. but the scum was someone who beat his wife, the mother of his children, repeatedly so there WAS a reason he was a suspect. and he got off on technicalities, the kind that people are now calling on for teddy’s case because they were adamant about investing their emotions to fabricate innocence for him. but it turns out that he is the sort of scum who lands in prison periodically and he is back at it when there is no ‘conspiracy plot’ theories to cash on coz, what do you know, it happened a month before the election of mr. black president . The point is he was in prison for his own actions, and his demise was his and his alone and people should not have tried to share in his guilt or attribute it to someone else. i’m just sayin’.
and btw, sira salata might be missing in name but i see someone on this page who sure reminds me of him. hmmmmm ale sewiyew.
Girum | December 10, 2008 at 12:05 pm
Before I post this, better to read and re-read what I said before,
C’mon this is a very simple thing, why are u guys complicating things?
The court has been held for abt 8months, and they were unable to convince us a little bit. It is unfair to give the verdict on a probablistic based trial. Leaving aside his being ‘Teddy’, he is just a young man like Degu. if they aren’t able to provide the full proof, they should have let him go. The Law is on the side of the accused as long as there is even a small chance for the evidence to be faulty. If there is anyone out there, who believes the evidences are sufficient for the sentence, could argue this emotions are wrongly driven. However, I can’t get it when u guys call me to look the otherway around…..how comes? am not going to jump into your wagon of ‘ Teddy might have done it’, that is just an imagination, it’s not real. Prove a little of it, then okay it’ll be logical to think that way. Otherwise, how can I set aside my emotions over the case and start imagining ‘ Ya he may have killed an innocent man, let’s under react on the case’.
BTW traffic accidents in Ethiopia are killing so many innocent lives.
If u’r touched by what has happened on Degu, u should have to also talk about the other lives. What really is different of ‘Degu’?
I am really sorry for him, but also to all lives like him. He is just slaughtered by one irresponsible driver, ununkown person X. There are so many incidents while Mr X hits and runs away leaving the dead body of Mr Y. That’s it!!! Believe this untill somebody articulates Teddy as being that Mr X.
Why can’t people think of that somebody who did this crime for Teddy is paying all that. Justice is being unserved here twice!!!
Dr Ethiopia= I think, it ain’t me who raised about the ”all over the blog” thing….Thanx anyhow for telling me abt ur blog, though I know it. I appreciate ur work on that, keep it up man!!!
Please, know that amnot trying to unjudge ur opinions or something like that. But u as a blogger me as a reader could live with a 180° different approaches we have for things.
Sistuye, yene konjo = min atefahu enat, endemetash weredshibign eko!!!! am really really ready to humbly accept your sisterly ‘ Tiffis and kalchos’…..
Sawel | December 10, 2008 at 7:42 pm
I found this vid on youtube and thought it might also interest you guys as well !
abesheet | December 11, 2008 at 6:39 am
What I am finding unbelievable is people’s belief that the akabee higs, judges etc are all gov’t envoys with no regard for their professional integrity and truth and that some invisible hands in gov’t would take the time to plan Teddy’s demise (who exactly is tasked with that responsibility, btw?).
Sistuye.. you obviously haven’t been to Ethiopia for the last, atleast, 4 years. This government has gone, literally, mad! Literally! And i’m not saying that based on this isolated incident.
Lemme give you an idea of what Meles’ Ethiopia, the background so to say, looks like:
People aren’t even allowed to go to government educational institutions unless they show ‘Yeabalinet WereQet’ these days, and by people I mean teenage boys and girls who just took their high school exam and scored a passing mark.
Teachers aren’t allowed to live in peace if they refused a cadre’s “milmela”, espeically in Oromia regions. OLF members, that’s what they’d be labled as. It’s happened to my uncle-in-law who finally gave up and became an EPRDF member. I asked why. It was neither the Edget nor the Demoz Chimari that tempted him (which, ofcourse, came afterwards). “Lijochen baSadiG yishalegnal” he said matter-of-factly.
Farmers don’t get neither “mirt zer” nor “madaberia” unless they have “yeAbalinet wereqet”. And the earth being what it is these days, they’d have to choose between starving their families or living in surplus. (Oh yeah.. farmers aren’t what they used to be in Ethiopia; atleast the ones we see on TV). *chuckles*
“BeMahberat Yetederaju Wetatoch” and “TiQaqin Mahberat” would have to have registered members to get loans from “bidir tequams” or families who work for the Kebele. I’m talking about “yeGulit Nigd” sweetheart.
And most of the farmers the government “meshelemed” as “Birtu Gebere” a few months back are EPRDF members who mostly live in Addis, or those whose bank account showed borrowed money.
Not to mention how you need to be from a certain ethnic group to be a ‘Bekur’ partaker of most of the priviledges.
Now this is a public knowledge to most of us who live in Addis. Integrity doesn’t even come into it. I mean, c’mon, this is the same judge who sentenced Mesfin Negash of Addis Neger for reporting a claim Teddy Afro’s lawyer made a few months back. Just reporting it, is all. “Ato Million said he’d have the judge do this or that”. And what did he get? Arrest and sentence. And this is one newspaper editor who begs all to see the grey are. What do you get for it? “Tekerchem” as we used to say back in Dergue days.
Now, let’s talk like friends, you and I. When was the last time you gave an ear to any of the accusations people make against this government? Honestly! Do you give them the benefit of the doubt? Or simply label them stupid, or haters and go on?!
Those, atleast, were my reactions to any claim made against Meles’ government before 1997. It’s realities I saw (my sister being refused entrance to the university, a good friend of my cousin being refused ‘bidir’ for his furniture store, my uncle-in-law becoming a member so he could be around his kids until his one good Kulalit gave up, my other nephew getting a position neither his education nor his experience would make him after converting and going to Civil Service College) that forced me up.
True, there is more to Meles’ ethiopia than this. I am grateful I don’t have to send “ejj mensha” and “memelales” for weeks/months when i go to Mazegaja to have anything done for me. I’m happy I don’t have to kiss anybody’s ass to visit a family at TiQur Anbessa. Internet service, telephone lines, water & electricity; they have all been made easy. Not to mention the various developments especially in the construction “zerf” my country men and women are earning their daily breads from. I, do, believe Ethiopia has shown some development in the past few years. I’m grateful for those. No government is perfect, so i allow license for error/abuse. Why do the above atrocities bother me more? Because they are done to the most defenseless Ethiopians. To those Ethiopians the government should have been a “kelela” to instead of what it’s forcing them to do. To the voiceless, so to say. We see. We shake the head. We wonder ‘ere Aynegam woyiii’. But ‘quchit metenfes’ is the best we can do. The least we can do. Try not to hold that against us. Atleast until you can come to Addis, see & judge for yourself.
The worst abuse of justice is when somebody gets away with things based on background circumstances which are not related to their actions/their character or their behavior as individuals.
That’s true, Sistuye. It’s maddening seeing those people you are almost certain are guilty walking free. I’m sure it’s been a source of debate for centuries (or atleast decades). But i think the laws are in place to protect the innocents, instead of benefit the guilty. Having a chink in their armor doesn’t make them necessarily wrong. Like somebody wise once said, we would be in trouble if we try to judge a philosophy by it’s abuse.
soff bar | December 11, 2008 at 8:47 am
All of you are wasting your time about things you don’t have knowledge. this is between god and Tewodros kassahun. He used to be a believer ane he left God. Now god is trying to teach him a lesson by putting him where he can hear himt. Can’t you see what happen to the singer Natnael?.He left his quire to sing for the world. Soon,he found out that the world isn’t as accepting as his loving father. I will pray for Tewodros,so that he’ll grow in God’s knowledge. If he can see Christ the way he did in previous life,he’d know his love is greater than gold or silver. It may be hard for him now,but lover covers all sins. As the bible says `le gziaber yemisanew negere yeleme.
About what you said about the government as well as the judge,you should not open your mouth against god’s appointed. They are only god’s weapons to fulfil his loving promise. He will show Tewodros Kassahun he will not desert him,even if he deserted god. I wish his mother and his family God’s comfort.
soff bar | December 11, 2008 at 9:02 am
“Ethiopia will raise her hands towards God.Amen
abesheet | December 11, 2008 at 9:29 am
I found this vid on youtube and thought it might also interest you guys as well !
Oh my God! That was embarassing, to say the least. What the fuck happened to him? You don’t make fun of a case in which a young man’s life was lost. For whatever reason! Woy meKari matat ale yaGere sew?!. Still.. I doubt that proves much except Teddy Afro wasn’t as reserved and “astewai” as we believed him to be. What’s your take on it?
Sure thing, darling. Only one question though. How come your God seems to find suffering the only way to teach. What?! There isn’t a lesson to be learnt in “tezelilo bemeQemet”?!
I, ofcourse, agree with your comment regarding ‘raising the hand’ against “God’s elect”. I see it’s dangers. Although not from the angle you mentioned 🙂 .
Girum | December 11, 2008 at 12:07 pm
The vid wasn’t cool…… I wish somebody else was singing that for him.
Abesheet, I have a feeling that one of the weaknesses of this young man has got to do with ‘ Mekari’ thing. dono much, but have this feeling that he was doing all the stuffs alone with no ‘hi bie’, after he become famous. Though he is very wise for his age, he could have been much better, had worthy people were around him. My younger brother has told me once that Teddy lives an isolated life with few friends and family members around. Especially at the level of fame he earns, comments from family members do matter a lot.
I believe, he could have also reduced the intensity of his music reflections against EPRDF, which might have resulted a different condition from what he is now.
BTW, i don’t think 6 yrs is too long. He could get lessons out of it and it will help him realize the real ‘ He’ and become a strong man once again. The biggest mistake in life is not failure but not knowing how to stand up.
For me days in jail are sort of times you get a long talk with yourself, and in the process it helps in realizing ur strength and weakness. Muchmore than that it teaches humility, limits of our capacity and reservations we need in life.
Sometimes being ‘young’ is risky with all the power and energy you have for things, ambition and overconfidence u feel of ur capabilities. It is much better to have such a check point to let us moderate the surplus of it.
My mom used to say ‘ ay yichi alem silematakat new…’ and urges me to pray(think towards God) when she reads my ‘ Yaltegera’ behaviours or over confidence to many things. Those days I felt she used to say so due to a fear she has that her beloved son would lose what he earned. But realize on many occasions she was indeed right,
Let’s hope Teddy will get lessons and turns out to be a more wiser musician than he is now and will again start to satisfy people like u, me and the EPRDF!!
Sawel | December 11, 2008 at 2:38 pm
This concert vid was taken in Atlanta just few months before he was taken into custody.I say Teddy Afro had never made such a crazy mistake by far I suppose! Sayin such cheap stuff infront of the audience. I personally believe that Teddy was becoming a bit arrogant a year or so before he was detained.He was usually late on every concerts, preaching the audience entofento during his concerts… He was late like 2 and 1/2 hours here in Seattle for his concert last year around June 2007… minamin! I agree with Girume it is just b/c ‘mekari matat newe’. Anyways ‘kesew sehitet kegenfo wust metrebia aytefam’ newena… most people diregard his lil mistakes including myself b/c he’s more than that ! Anyways I posted the video link b/c I wanted to show the coicidence about him saying ‘ Endet mekera newe esere bet megbateeee! ahaha…’ no other thoughts beside that ! Peace!
sistu | December 11, 2008 at 4:43 pm
I hear ye well. I wish you wouldn’t think I’m giving a blind defense of the gov’t. First thing is that I do have an experience with them that will keep breaking my heart for the rest of my life, that i will never get away from (not meaning to be dramatic). But, for the most part, I can’t say I would hold them responsible for things all that much. you are right, I have not been there for a while but I like to believe that I have an above-average feel of what goes on there. The way I see it, some people’s lives got better and some people’s got worse (for what it’s worth, i think my family would fall under the latter category). I really can’t say its all undeserved or deserved. And I very much see the need for people to voice their dissatisfaction, i just think its a bit sad that it has to be over Teddy afro. Why not for those who are getting poorer and suffering more, like the Degus of the country. (i see my drama today is manserarat-ing with every sentence so forgive me for that). Its just a bit sad that all our energy comes out either for politicians or celebrities. i’m just saying we should be for each other more. kisses for reading the paragraph.
The vid was disturbing, but not too much of a huge surprise to me. People might morph into strange behavior when faced with new circumstances in their lives. I won’t use the vid to insinuate anything about Teddy but would just like to say its best not to assume anything* about people who may not be living under similar circumstances as us (*guilt or innocence). I do wish him well and, in fact, I hope he won’t have to serve all 6 years (although I completely stand by my opinion voiced in my akuam-meglecha post up there)
Girumiye, I will hold my butign and testa getse-berekets to you if you hold your milas. kiddin, kidding. I will take back all my tifees, kalchos and all their zemed azmads (past, present and future) at the first sight of that kulmicha for my name. I’m just vain like that. also at promises from you to stop telling me to be ashamed of myself.
abesheet | December 12, 2008 at 6:02 am
I agree with you. Teddy did show signs of changing for the worse in the last few months before his arrest. I actually created a post Teddy Afro, [already] a bully? on it. Perhaps, like sofo said, esir betu “leBego” yihoniletal (bilen enasib). Which ofcourse doesn’t make his going there on a bogus charge right.
wish you wouldn’t think I’m giving a blind defense of the gov’t.
I appologize. It was really wrong of me to assume that. I guess I judged you by those I see around. I should have known better than to do that.
Now about this “yeLijaGered chin” thing, what’s wrong with the “chin” of a woman who isn’t a “Lijagered”?! Affen BeMisalle Likfet 🙂 . You go to Merkato. You buy Kangaroo Foam. You take it home. Try to jump on it and see if it’s comfortable. You’d be lucky if you can stand on your feet the next day for the back pain (ain’t the “good” kind of back pain neither). That’s “yeLijagered chin” for you — I think!
sistu | December 12, 2008 at 12:00 pm
begzer, begzer ere aygebam. now you are going to make me offer apologies too.. i tend to over-dramatize..
ere minim, Abesheet, i didn’t say there is anything wrong with non-lijagered chins. i wouldn’t dare. but if there is, nigerign. and if you want to take the case up with the non-[ ] cousin who is yeWerey abate on the matter, I would be more than happy to give you her number. u would like her. but Abesheet I don’t know how I feel about you marakes-ing 1 of my greatest childhood memories, which is the year the family made the transition from yeTiT firash (with its many ‘riban’ materials inside) to ‘sponge’ (i didn’t know it as foam then). no more having to keep your ear open for ‘firash-adashhhhhh!’ every other month. (woe to you if u miss the call and let him pass the house).
but i’m intrigued… what is the “good” kind of back pain?
celia.wondabs | April 4, 2009 at 9:02 pm
Dr. Ethiopia, please be straight with your comment. Why don’t you just tell us that you have issues. The real reason why you say negative things about teddy is because you support this damn government. You can just tell us you like the government. That wouldn’t bother us, I guess. You are not the only one. Any way, Mazzi has a point. I completely agree with her.
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