وزارد او دا وستساد
VIZITOR TO THE VESTSIDE
an
American blog of Iranian dissent

Sex and the Shahriaty

Hope everyone had a sweet Valentines Day weekend, whether you played the role of a lover, a loner, or as an eshghi.

Few locales in the world are as romantic than Manhattan should you have the requisite dough to splash. While the global economic recession has some cutting their budgets, others are finding it a great time to cut their teeth in new endeavors.

It was less rosier in upstate New York over the weekend where a Pakistani man in Buffalo who runs a Muslim TV station butchered his wife in what some are calling America's first honor killing. Two days later in Tehran Ameneh Bahrami publicized something akin but came out alive.

Speaking of the war of hearts and minds, this year's V-Day marks the 20th anniversary of Ayatollah Khomeini's infamous fatwa issued against humanist author Ahmed Salman Rushdie for his novel Satanic Verses -- a book Khomeini never even read. (Q&A by aptly named Jian Qomeshi) After Khomeini's idiotic edict, some anti-fun religious fundamentalists tried to pull a P.H.A.T.W.A. by protesting around my favorite bookstore but to no avail.

They won't ass-assinate me either because the Mayor has my back, offering free protection for those wishing to hit the big time.

In much brighter news, it's that time of the year when New York City hosts the increasingly popular Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. And if there's two things Persians love, it's Mercedes-Benz and overpriced brand-name fashion.

Not that I care, but you might like to know that Iranian-Americans are well represented there. Behnaz Sarafpour is back with her new line, while young upstart Haleh Nematzadeh showed off her rock-chic collection in the city streets. Meanwhile another newbie, hip-hop designer Melody Ehsani, showcased her bling for an urban audience.

But hey, I didn't receive one invite or a candy trinket from those ladies. I never had love. Ladies never loved cool James or Ruhollah. So I'm just going to tap my feet and magically pray that MY god strike down upon them, and have my followers execute order from here to eternity.

See how easy that is?