Local contribution - not bad, if you ask me:
What he says is: "At around this point there aren’t any chips anymore and it’s all just air."
Local contribution - not bad, if you ask me:
According to Saudi Arabia’s Al-Arabiya itself:
A special news program showcasing newly-leaked and highly-classified Syrian security documents will be aired by Al Arabiya News Channel, the 24/7 free-to-air news and current affairs newscaster.So far, the first scoop that Al-Arabiya published relates to the fate of two Turkish pilots whose F-4 jet was shot down by a Syrian missile on July 22, 2012.
These documents were obtained with the assistance of members in the Syrian opposition; which has preferred not to elaborate on how they got hold of them, Al Arabiya said.
Of course, it's easier to criticize than to create. This is why some people sit in their comfy armchairs and write two-penny posts and others lead them and millions more to the bright future. So why do I think that Bibi botched that task in NYC recently?
Standing in front of the cameras, the prime minister told the whole world that Iran's nuclear program must be stopped before it reached its final stage, when the Islamic republic will have already begun enriching uranium to 90 percent purity.
Requiring cell phone companies to provide access to individuals whereabouts by law without a warrant is a step too far.This is only a short quote from the whole communique. Read it.
This is from the Jewish Chronicle and is contained in two articles. The first is summarised in the paper's own headline: "Time for one state, says key Liberal Democrat".
He (Simon Hughes, MP, Lib Dem Deputy Leader - but given they elected Clegg, perhaps this is less surprising) may well say that (and he does, of course), but as usual, he misses or ignores so much, it's difficult to know where to begin. We could start, I suppose, with my own comments on the article from The Tablet relating to Patrick Tyler's book (and those you've made, of course).
Because of his approach, that the road to the two-state solution is (almost) at an end, he refuses to acknowledge the problems of a one-state "solution"*, and even thinks that "a single federated state in which Muslims, Jews and Christians had separate constitutional rights" is actually a viable option.
He clearly needs to get out more often and read more widely. I'd also like to know who he is associating with who have connections with the region. They are clearly just as one-eyed as Hughes is.
Given that Hughes was speaking at a Conference fringe meeting of the Lib. Dem Friends of Israel, and his comments go against government policy (of which, in case he'd forgotten, the Lib Dems are part), that he went on to call "for “Jewish friends who are moderate and internationalist” to make sure “international law is honoured” and challenge the Israeli government."
Fortunately, all is not lost. The Israeli ambassador to the UK, Daniel Taub, said "Simon Hughes was “playing into the hands of extremists” by advocating an approach that would “signal the end of the Jewish homeland”."
If you go to the www.thejc.com, you will also find a fascinating article (it's the front page headline of this week's issue) declaring that an overwhelming majority of UK citizens (75%, they say) are against a cultural boycott of Israel. Take that, Mark Rylance, and Hugh Lloyd Packman, and JfJfP. BIGOT, etc, etc! Habimah lives!
* Benny Morris, in his book "One State, Two States" (which I reviewed here:), comments on this, asserting that a one state solution would lead to, at best, an exodus (there's a word to conjure with) of Jews from the region, and at worst...I guess that Hughes either didn't think of this, or doesn't care. Make your choice.
By Brian Goldfarb.
Of course, the responses were immediate and in the very wide spectrum. I chose the entertaining series, like this one:
Every year the painful issue of the political and (as a result) military blunders by Israeli leaders in the days before the war is raised anew. This year, due to release of another batch of hitherto secret documents, the discussion of these failures is heating up again.
Individuals rarely learn from other individuals' mistakes and only a bit more from their own. History show pretty well that nations don't learn anything from any mistakes, and it will be of immense benefit to us if we succeed at least to remember the chief lesson of that war: be prepared.
There is another, secondary* lesson, though. I was reminded of it, hearing on the radio today somebody reciting a headline from 1973 Maariv daily:
Preemptive attack will create a crisis in our relationship with USA
(*) Is it really secondary? You tell me.
From Mick Hartley:
Holocaust-denier Israel Shamir, recently discovered gracing the pages of the Morning Star with his views on Pussy Riot, revisits Pol Pot at Counterpunch.Just to remind you: this vermin is Julian Assange's bosom buddy.
I love the irony of this one! From the same issue of The Tablet as the item below on Israel as a modern Sparta, comes this gem from Danny Ayalon, Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister: "Echoing Bill Clinton’s call in July 2000 for an International Fund administered by the U.N. to compensate all people who were made refugees by the 1948 war, Ayalon announced that Israel will make the creation of such a fund a precondition of any peace agreement with the Palestinians." (That is, to compensate Jewish refugees from Arab lands.)
For those not completely au fait with the British notion of irony, it is (dictionary definition time) saying, in essence, the opposite of what you really mean. Perfect example: team A is hammering team B (at whatever sport), and team A send in another big hitter. Media commentator: "just the man you want coming in in a crisis!"
Ayalon must be a Brit in disguise. Reminds me of the time at a Maccabi World Union Congress, when we were in a sub-committee hammering out the wording of Resolutions, and one English speaker (a South African) looked at us Brits, doing devious things with words, and wondered, aloud, "How did you guys ever lose the Empire?" You have to imagine the accent.
By Brian Goldfarb.
By the editor. More information on the subject:
I'm not sure that I agree with this thesis, but The Tablet has an item looking at a new book by a US journalist, Patrick Tyler, who has written for the NYT and the Washington Post (and who doesn't appear, as reported, to be particularly anti-Zionist), which, apparently, argues this very point.
Here is a small quote from the article: "Beginning with David Ben-Gurion and Moshe Dayan in the 1950s and continuing almost up to the present, Tyler details a military mindset that pervades nearly all of Israeli culture and that, as he sees it, has made peace in the region all but impossible." (The article is linked to a 22 minute interview with the author, which I haven't listened to).
Well, okay, but this argument could be aimed at any modern state that feels, realistically or otherwise, threatened by its neighbours. The only state I can think of that took an alternative route in the modern world is Costa Rica (motto: "no army since 1948" - now there's a date to conjure with). And, by definition, as reported, it ignores unimportant little details such as the Oslo Accords, the peace treaties with Egypt and Jordan, the withdrawal from Gaza, the suggestion, in the same issue, that Barak appears to be arguing for a withdrawal from the West bank (and that, by anyone, is not for the first time. I haven't, yet, read the item myself, so I have no idea if that's what Barak actually said.
Of course, it also ignores certain realities in the region, not all (or any? depends how - delicately now - committed one is) of Israel's making, such as Hamas, Hezbollah, Moslem Brotherhood, Yasser Arafat, Ahmanedinejad, the Ayatollahs...Complete the list according to taste.
Or, as Golda Meir once famously said, of the Palestinians, "We can forgive you for killing our children. We cannot forgive you for making us kill your children".
And I did start this piece by saying that I wasn't sure that I agreed with the thesis. On reflection, let me make that firmer: left-winger that I am, I definitely don't agree with the thesis. Given a genuine partner for peace, I suspect that even Netanyahu, despite his reputation, would willingly give up the West Bank. Think of all the resources that would become available to boost the general standard of living even higher. And it's the highest by far in the region as it is.
By Brian Goldfarb.
She is a good actress. In fact, and I am saying this carefully, not being a connoisseur, she is a wonderful actress. Her acting is one of the things that keep one believing in the greatness of the ex-empire, tattered and denuded of its property as it is today. This was in a nutshell all I thought about Ms Redgrave before reading What is Left by Nick Cohen. The chapter where he tells the sordid story of the Workers’ Revolutionary Party has really shaken me. Even after learning about Mosley, about the peculiarly British form of this quiet xenophobia in general and antisemitism in particular, about BNP etc, one tends to stick to his early beliefs in that untarnished image of dignity, democracy, stiff upper lip and Oliver Twist, in short - the really great Britain. But the Redgrave family and its romance with Healy and WRP was more than I was able to stomach.
Why I am saying all that? I was reading an article about Vanessa Redgrave and the disastrous effect she has on the causes she carries a torch for. One paragraph struck me as outstanding:
The actress has championed the Workers’ Revolutionary Party, the PLO, and suspected Chechen terrorists (she paid £50,000 bail for Akhmed Zakayev, the separatist Chechen leader accused by Russia of being behind the Moscow hostage taking in 2002, in which 128 lost their lives.) Oh, and she used her 1978 Academy Awards acceptance speech to launch an attack on “Zionist hoodlums”.Even in the fairly large crowd of people with causes, Ms Redgrave stands out thanks to her ferocity, extremism and demented behavior. When the author of the above quote says "Look at her record – and shudder", I know exactly what she means.
This is why I don't think concerned citizens need lift a finger against the Travellers who, for so many communities, have proved troublesome land-grabbers. Leave them in Ms Redgrave's care, and she'll soon alienate even their most sympathetic supporters. When the actress recently visited the more than 80 Traveller families who've illegally taken over the Dale Farm site in Essex, I bet they brandished garlic and crucifixes to keep their self-appointed champion away.I haste to add that I don't know anything about the Travellers, and that the clearly negative attitude of the article's author to their plight is not shared by me.
Them cyclists were asking for a long time to be taken down a notch or two, if you ask me. Which you don't, of course. But anyway.
It was noticed more than once that owners of hybrid cars like Toyota Prius, Honda whatever etc tend to look very smug and that their road behavior tends to be obnoxious to the point where shooting accidents are just a carelessly uttered word or two away. Why does their being a bit greener than the average entitle them to smugness and obnoxiousness, I cannot explain, but the fact is that they feel that it does and behave accordingly.
And of course, cyclists are a further step on the road of refining these two qualities (I mean the smugness and the obnoxiousness). Since they don't use any organic fuels* to locomote, they are smug to the utmost. And, since many of them are vegetarians on top of not burning any fuels, their obnoxiousness is top grade (in more senses than one, if you consider their increased production of exhaust gases, inevitable in a vegetarian).
So, when one of the more hardened and incorrigible members of this group takes down one of their own, in an exemplary fashion, too, I cannot but be happy. Snotty people should be taken down. Snotty cyclists... well, by now you have got the point.
Right. You should know that this overly long post was written only because the comment system on the blog of the above linked is broken. And that the post is overly long only due to the time of day when it was penned, with is precisely in the middle of the long dark weekend tea-time.
(*)Aside of various food items they consume, of course. Whether they convert the energy from that food into locomotion more efficiently than an internal combustion engine, I wouldn't know. But I have my suspicions...
Warning: a long post. My personal concern about the behavior of US administration in the current wave of Islamist "outrage" against a stupid movie that doesn't have anything to do with that administration is growing into something else: a concern about the ability of that administration to cope with the challenges that it is facing on the much larger scale.
Let me state up front: I have always granted that being a successful liar is a necessary quality of a successful politician or diplomat. While most lies get eventually discovered for what they are, a good liar does it so smoothly that years may pass before the truth comes to light. Which is what counts in politics, after all.
Agents stopped the bus at a checkpoint in Sierra Blanca, Texas, Wednesday night and arrested the singer after a drug-sniffing dog detected controlled substances onboard, the Hudspeth County Sheriff's Office said in a statement. Investigators found 0.010 pounds of marijuana and 0.010 pounds of hashish, the statement said.Sounds real bad, ain't it? Probably took a few burly border policemen to carry all that stash to the judge's chamber... I wonder why don't they use tons instead of pounds - to make an even greater impression... well, let's all relax with that, at least:
That was a new one:
A spying device disguised as a rock at Iran’s Fordo nuclear facility blew up when it was discovered by Iranian security forces, Western intelligence officials told The Sunday Times.Two questions only:
Who could possibly resist a title like that? Even if one isn't a film buff or even a film-goer. Anyway, The Tablet tells us that Pitt has been seeking to make this film ever since he read "IBM and the Holocaust: The Strategic Alliance between Nazi Germany and America's Most Powerful Corporation" by one Edwin Black.
Who would have though that punched cards and a Hollerith machine could be such a potent weapon of genocide. Actually, anyone who's read Max Weber on bureaucracy and his (more implied than actual) extension of the notion of rational organisation taken to irrational extremes.
Assuming the report is accurate, we might be able to see for ourselves just how amoral large, indeed mega-sized, multinational corporations can be.
If you're anything like me (and this has little, if anything, to do with personal politics), you will probably have assumed that most US Jews, like their European counterparts, are largely liberal, whatever political party they vote for. Given that all survey findings show that the higher the level of formal education, the greater the degree of "liberalness", this is a no brainer.
However, are you in for a surprise. According to The Tablet, the Rabbi of what is now one of the most (socially and politically) liberal congregations in both New York ad the US was, back in the 1850s and 60s, a strident proponent of slavery.
The Congregation ("shul", for the European Ashkenazim among us) is B'nai Jeshurun, on 88th Street (of course, those of us who regularly visit NY would wish to know whether that's 88th St East or West, but you can't have everything, even from know-it-all New Yorkers), and the Rabbi in question is Morris Raphall. In early 1861 (after Lincoln was elected, but before he took office), Raphall justified slavery with reference to biblical statements concerning slavery and Talmudic disquisitions on the subject. He also opined on the probable mental abilities of African Americans, when compared with White Americans, and not to the advantage of the former. After the Civil War broke out, he condemned the Southern break-away. Too little, too late, I'd say, for the liberal reputation of 19th Century New York Jews.
All, of course, a million miles away from what the current congregation would be likely to say or do.
Amicus Plato, sed magis amica veritas
In other words, "Plato is my friend, but truth is a better friend".
Now that you all are thoroughly impressed by these linguistic fireworks and, by inference, by my sterling qualities, we can get to the subject: My friends of CiF Watch, striving to put their finger on yet another anti-Zionist, blundered into a grave miskate.
...for over a year now the Syrian people have been the Arabs most in need of aid in the Middle East, and yet the ‘humanitarians’ are nowhere to be seen.And they illustrate the situation as they see it by this excellent infographic:
There is evidence to suggest that IHH, the Islamic charity that helped organise the 2010 flotilla to Gaza, has been involved in gun-running to Syria on behalf of the Muslim Brotherhood.And if you consider this effort being anything else but humanitarian, tell me what could be more humanitarian than a well placed bullet from a smuggled AK-47 that stops suffering of a human being?
Free Syrian Army commanders have told The Times that a boat containing weapons that docked in Syria this week was registered to members of the IHH, which has ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.
Highly educational. Enjoy.
If someone tried to feed me a PB and J* sandwich, I would probably fight to death for my right not to touch it. The mere idea... bleh...
However, one can take the resistance to PB and J sandwiches into a totally different dimension. The one of Political Correctness, that rarified atmosphere where oxygen-deficient brains of humorless idiots, best and finest of the bureaucratic elite, tirelessly invent regulations that promote their PC god(dess?). And, incidentally, allow them to keep their worthless jobs and even add new ones for their coreligionists.
Quite a few eyebrows were raised by a Portland, Ore., report that found traces of racism in the classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich.Frankly, I don't know what shocked me more: the mere idea of putting PB and J on a pita or the so called "study"...
The study is aimed at uprooting the subtle ways schools foist majority viewpoints on minority students. Its authors decided that telling children a PB and J sandwich is the quintessential American kids lunch sends a message of inferiority to students whose families hail from places where peanut butter and jelly comes on a pita or corn husk.
Aside from its sandwich anxiety, the report, prepared by the Pacific Educational Group (PEG), frets that schools promote "white culture" and "white privilege" by teaching values traditionally associated with our country — values such as "rugged individualism," "adherence to rigid time schedules" and "hard work is the key to success."Yep, it's time to get rid of individualism, the anal-retentive obsession with schedules and hard work in favor of... er... group learning and shared property... where did I hear all that already? Cannot recall for the sake of my life at the moment.
Other cultures, the report suggests, place higher priority on group learning, shared property and decision making based on "what will be best for the family or group."
The man who would be president takes peanut butter and jelly sandwiches -- on whole wheat, strawberry jelly preferred to grape -- twice a day on the campaign trail.Twice a day - a real hard case, I say. At least we can be reasonably sure he will not become a POTUS.
I swear that if I see another headline like this anytime soon, I shall pick up some weapons, ammo and do the whole deed by myself - just to stop the unending downpour of crapola about Iranian nukes and how better to stop them.
As for the all-seeing eye of the M.: why does the author (or the editor who thought up this headline) consider Mossad having only one eye? Here is the real picture of the relevant equipment:
Paris is already rocking with the new European HQ:
In near future FEMEN plans to open offices in New York, Montreal and Sao Paulo, and in longer term plans to establish a branch of movement in Israel for training activists in the Middle East.What does Montreal have, aside of long and cold winter, for crying out loud? We have more things to demonstrate against than some measly Montreal. And how long is that "longer term"?
The on-line front page of Fox News carries today a pair of articles, interesting mainly because the on-line editor decided to couple them together in the list of the latest news:
Russian scientists are claiming that a gigantic deposit of industrial diamonds found in a huge Siberian meteorite crater during Soviet times could revolutionize industry.The second article isn't, strictly speaking, about natural deposits:
A Carson City, Nev., recluse whose body was found in his home at least a month after he died left only $200 in his bank account. But as Walter Samaszko Jr.'s house was being cleared for sale, officials made a surprise discovery: gold bars and coins valued at $7 million.Now, does the person that put the articles together mean that the diamonds will help Russian economy as much as the gold bars helped... well, you see what I mean by now?
As expected, the inside story of "Innocence of Muslims" is unraveling pretty fast under the scrutiny of the media and (somewhat) of the law enforcement. And the real protagonists become known.
A schlock softporn director named Alan Roberts has been identified as the director of the film that ridicules Muslims and the prophet Muhammed and has incited violent protests across the Middle East, according to a report by Gawker published Saturday.And the outfit that provided the shooting location came to light too:
According to the Associated Press, Media for Christ, a nonprofit that raised more than $1 million in 2011 "to glow Jesus' light" to the world, was listed as the production company for the film.According to the same linked source, Media for Christ provided most of the financing as well, although the answer to this question is not finalized yet.
Most of Innocence of Muslims was shot in about two weeks inside a squat warehouse that serves as the offices of Media for Christ, according to Eric Moers.
No, that "primate" in the title is not a typo. The story is a bit unusual, that's all:
Three men have been arrested in Delhi for trying to board a flight with small primates hidden in their underwear. Two of the men were found with slender lorises concealed in pouches in their briefs, a customs official at Indira Gandhi International Airport told the BBC.Yeah, and don't ever start reading an article in the middle, like I was doing, getting stuck on this sentence:
The animals were uncovered when security guards noticed a bulge in their underwear during a frisk.Who was frisked, whose bulge in whose underwear is meant? Etc...
Shaun aka Jams of The Poor Mouth made a prediction:
I get the feeling that the editor of Closer (the French version, not the British version which owned by a totally separate company)will rue the day she authorised publication.I am anticipating hordes of indignant Brits burning down French embassies all over the world.
I like this one. Israeli technology and know how strikes a blow for the human race, yet again. And does anyone care? (Rhetorical question)
Anyway, Israel21c.com publicises Israeli achievements across the board, and this one I really like. The article headline is a mind-boggling "New Israeli tactic makes deadly viruses commit suicide". This is great, if only because this yet something else the boycotters must boycott.
They won't, of course, because anything that really affected them or their families for the worse is the last thing they will do.
Read and enjoy.
By Brian Goldfarb.
You know, the one blamed for the attacks on American Embassies and Consulates in Libya and Egypt - and the murder of the US Ambassador to Libya as well as two others - (among other places). Well, despite the initial rumours that "we jews" were responsible for it (so, as usual, it was all our fault - and people wonder why we're paranoid?), it turns out, according to this article (Huffington Post, via The Tablet), that it's the Coptic Christians wot done it. Made the film, that is.
That's a relief, then. So when they continue to blame us, and even attack Jewish targets, we'll know they've got the wrong people. Again. You know, Henry Kissinger got it right when he said (you have to imagine the heavy germanic accent) "You know, even paranoids have enemies".
More interesting is the claim in the article that the actors were misled and the film has been doctored (good heavens! you mean that what's filmed or photographed isn't necessarily what really happened? Pass me my air brushing equipment at once! I must get Trotsky out of this picture!). Note the following from the article: "The actors in the film issued a joint statement Wednesday saying they were misled about the project and said some of their dialogue was crudely dubbed during post-production.
In the English language version of the trailer, direct references to Muhammad appear to be the result of post-production changes to the movie. Either actors aren't seen when the name "Muhammad" is spoken in the overdubbed sound, or they appear to be mouthing something else as the name of the prophet is spoken."
There are, of course, those among you out there who might well be sceptical of items in the Huffington Post, if you've discovered Huffington Post Monitor, which claims to do for the Huffington Post what CiF Watch does for The Guardian of London. However, this is too good a story to dismiss as easily as that. And, after all, both The Guardian and CiF do manage to produce stories from time to time which are both good and true.
I think this is one of the of the good and true stories. At least, I hope so.
By Brian Goldfarb.
As it happens frequently in the Muslim world, another manifestation of rage already took several lives, including that of American ambassador to Libya and three other Americans, not related (of course) in any way to the Rage Boy and his peculiar ways to demonstrate his sensitivity. And the murderous display of sensitivity is not over yet.
This time the cause for the eruption of rage is accompanied by an accusing finger pointing directly at Jews. Not that the previous outbreaks of the disease were Jew-free, some Muslim thinker in every single case eventually mentioned Jews being the driving force behind the latest anti-Muslim (Islamophobic, if you will) atrocity. However, the accusations were of a generic character - like in "you and I know that Jews are behind it all, so lest we forget..."
But this time the big, unwashed and accusing finger found a very specific Jew to blame. At least if you believe Fox News article with an overly long headline:
Filmmaker Sam Bacile in hiding after anti-Muslim film sparks violence in which American diplomat was killed
The headline is long for a purpose: it succeeds to convey the direct link between the “Innocence of Muslims” movie and the tragic fate of American diplomat(s). Step one is over and done with, quite effectively.
Step two is disposed of in the first paragraph of the article:
An Israeli filmmaker based in California went into hiding Tuesday after his movie attacking Islam's Prophet Muhammad sparked angry assaults by ultra-conservative Muslims on U.S. missions in Egypt and Libya, where a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans were killed.Besides stressing again that link that was so admirably formed in the headline, the main and immediate item of knowledge you gain that the filmmaker behind that Islamophobic atrocity is an Israeli. And if you are still harboring a doubt, here comes a clincher:
Bacile, a California real estate developer who identifies himself as an Israeli Jew, said he believes the movie will help his native land by exposing Islam's flaws to the world.And if even the clincher isn't enough, here is a control shot:
"Islam is a cancer, period," he said repeatedly, his solemn voice thickly accented.Well, enough with the "factual background", let's go through it quickly - backwards for my personal convenience.
The anti-Muslim film implicated in mob protests against U.S. diplomatic missions in the Mideast received logistical help from a man once convicted of financial crimes and featured actors who complained that their inflammatory dialogue was dubbed in after filming.So much for the thick accent, the hatred of Islam and the ready confession to being Jewish...
The self-proclaimed director of "Innocence of Muslims" initially claimed a Jewish and Israeli background. But others involved in the film said his statements were contrived as evidence mounted that the film's key player was a southern Californian Coptic Christian with a checkered past.
So, the film was from the beginning a fraud. It was directed by a fraud. It was promoted by a militia trainer. And Nakoula marketed it fraudulently as the work of a fictitious Israeli-American Jewish real estate agent, ‘Sam Bacile,’ and falsely said it had been funded by “a hundred Jewish donors.”Almost caused me some tears, but they dried up very quickly prior to exit - read the rest for yourself. And then, of course, there is HuffPost...
The group behind the film, in other words, managed to evoke all the classic themes of anti-Semitism as a way of disguising the Coptic and evangelical network out of which the ‘film’ came. When they weren’t busy picketing Mormons and defaming Muslims they were trying to get Jews killed for their own smears of Islam!
On Tuesday night, protesters were outside the consulate in Benghazi, demonstrating against the video "Innocence of Muslims," which reportedly was made in California by a producer whose identity is unclear.Difficult to imagine that Fox News were totally unaware of the above information.
Eventually, a group of heavily armed militants "infiltrated the march to start chaos," according to Libyan Deputy Interior Minister Wanis al-Sharif.
Initial reports indicate the four-hour assault began around 10 p.m. as attackers pelted the U.S. Consulate complex's main compound with gunfire and rocket-propelled grenades . Within 15 minutes, the gunmen entered the building.
“Fair and Balanced” is fast becoming more slogan than operating system at Fox News, and nowhere is this seen more clearly than in the way Israel is increasingly being treated and the extent to which anti-Semitism is tolerated as part of the cable channel’s conversation.Read this article, it poses some interesting questions (and thanks to Michael for the tip).
Yes, not all Libertarians are created in the image of their self-appointed leader and faux Libertarian - you know who...
Andrew Ian Dodge, a Harpswell (Maine) resident, and independent candidate for the U.S. Senate in the November Election, speaks out. Worth a listen.
These two side by side pictures from CNN and the capture under the second one show only too well where the world finds itself in the century XXI:
Then there's this, from The Commentator. Note, when you click on the link, the placard the young woman is holding up in the lead photo, while greeting perfectly innocent tourists at Ben Gurion airport. "Welcome to Palestine", it says. In addition to being geographically illiterate (and she looks, on first acquaintance, to be quite intelligent), it is, of course, political nonsense.
I've spent the last few minutes rehearsing my response to her. And it would be quite caustic. Sadly, I've only just got back from Israel (and given that we arrived at 12.00 midnight, having cleared baggage reclaim, she wasn't there: no surprise - the crazies only demonstrate 9 to 5), I won't have the chance to let her know just how silly she's being any time soon. But some of you out there might. May I suggest you start practising? Swamping her (and her colleagues) with intelligent and well-thought responses might just drive her into a nervous breakdown. After all, as the headline of the article from The Commentator seems to suggest, they don't know what, to put it politely, they're talking about.
Help from the intelligent folk who read this website might just help them regain political equilibrium. Or not, as the case may be. Depends how bone-headed they really are.
What's most interesting is that the Israeli authorities, being good democrats, are quite happy to let her carry her ludicrous placard around Ben Gurion. Bet it doesn't occur to her and her soul mates that she couldn't do that in Cairo, Amman, Beirut, and certainly not in Damascus or Teheran airports.
I wonder why that is?
By Brian Goldfarb.
The following two quotes say it all. But if you insist, you can read the whole article on how Galloway, yet again, makes a fool of himself, on The Commentator:
The first quote is, in fact , the headline to the article, and reads "British MP yells, "You make me sick!" at anti-Assad audience member on Islamist linked TV station" That, of course, just shows how unfit he is to be in public life. Fortunately, I'm not a constituent of his, although I do feel sorry for those who are and didn't vote for him.
The second quote just about sums up the man himself: "From being offensively condescending to downright factually inaccurate and rude, Galloway takes viewers on a journey that starts with laughter, middles in anger and culminates in disgust."
Pretty accurate character assessment, I'd say. Read and enjoy. I think.
By Brian Goldfarb.
Just a short piece (the full Haaretz story is hiding behind a pay-wall, and there are limits to my pocket), but this extract, via The Tablet, says it all: "According to an article in the New Yorker, Mossad agents broke into the home of a Syrian top official in Vienna and copied dozens of photographs of the secret facility, bombed in 2007; The U.S. was convinced by Israel's intelligence, but refused to carry out a strike."
Yeah, they're building a nuke, but we'll let the Israelis carry out the strike. Plausible deniability carries the day. Again.
What do you think the yanks will say when Israel (if it does) saves their faces yet again over Iran? No prizes for the answer.
By Brian Goldfarb.
The definitive essay by one and only Akaky Akakievich Bashmachkin tells it all.
No, it's not a joke. Here it goes:
Why write still more on this topic? That's a good question, given how tired readers of (and posters on) this site are of this whole issue. Especially given that those who support the likes of Rachel Corrie (who may have been naive, idealistic...insert your own adjective), who hardly expected to die in pursuit of her beliefs, conspicuously fail to acknowledge facts and evidence about the Middle east.
Or, as the author of the article from The Tablet puts it: "Even the bloody, intra-Arab strife coursing throughout the region hasn’t derailed the notion that the conflict in the Holy Land is the most significant conflict in the Mideast: It remains useful as a reflecting pool for a well-known variety of Western narcissism." Can't you just see it? The problem of Israel/Palestine really does go away (probably, in the eyes of these people, with the dissolution of Israel..but why worry about the fate of a further 6 million Jews? Okay, that's too cynical, even for this site, but still...), and suddenly, the anti-Assad forces win, or make peace, or something. Iran stops trying to develop nuclear weapons. China leaves Tibet...
Now I know that I'm a cynical, seen it all, sane lefty who's in his dotage (i.e., I'm retired), but we all know that's a load of utopian nonsense. Even if we manage not to impute extreme ideological motives (polite way of suggesting that these people are, at best, anti-Zionist), we all know that this is political tunnel vision at its most obvious. Perhaps the following comment from the article, that "The obvious advantage that Israel offers is that, compared to the rest of the Middle East, it is relatively safe" gives the clue. After all, where did the kidnapped reporter, Alan Johnston, go when released from captivity in Gaza (and he was kidnapped, despite his "friendship with the Palestinian cause" credentials)? That's right, Israel. Where "it is relatively safe".
Just how (politically) stupid can these people get? That's a rhetorical question, by the way.
By Brian Goldfarb.
I couldn't resist posting this item, from Israel 21c, a US based site that posts news on Israeli advances in science, both technical and social. Always heartwarming to read this site.
Anyway, notice the name of the scientist in the photograph at the head of the article and featured in part 2 of the story. What was that about "apartheid Israel"? Must be hearing idiots spouting nonsense in the wind, again. The link is here, and do take a look at the other entries in this issue of the site.
By Brian Goldfarb.
Is not of any interest to this here blog. But this might be of interest to you, dear viewer, esp. after surfing for hours for that Sofia's shot:
Hit "Read more" only if you are of a sound body and mind and over the minimal age as defined in your country.
Warning: works in FireFox only for me so far. Sorry.
The campaign in US heats up and with the heat more money is needed (to keep it cool, obviously). And here is the new money-raising idea Michelle Obama came up with:
XXX --This is not a spoof, I assure you. Well, even not being an American, I have given a thought to this proposal. Seeing as my meal usually costs less than the minimal amount* requested on the site Michelle is referring to, I will probably have to skip at least two or, possibly, three meals to add up to $15.
I know your life is full -- with work, or school, or family -- and yet you still find the time to help out when you can.
You may have a tight budget, but you give what you can afford.
A woman recently told the campaign her family skipped a pizza dinner at their favorite place so that they could make a difference in this election.
That is the commitment that drives this campaign.
If you can support Barack with a donation today, please know it makes a huge difference. If we win, it will be because of what you did at moments like this:
But keep your hands in your pockets*. And mind this.
(*) Actually it's only a figure of speech. These days they will get your money no matter where your hands are, so you might as well occupy your hands by something more pleasurable.
Yeah, yeah, I know its' a cheap laugh. But a laugh nevertheless, and these days we need all we can get. Besides, there are other pols where this one comes from.
By Isaac Schrödinger. Interesting.
Mofaz, our opposition leader and Kadima's chieftain, meets Bibi. This is the main point of his report to the press:
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seemed “confused, stressed out and unfocused” to Kadima head Shaul Mofaz when the two met last week to discuss the latest developments with Iran, the opposition leader told Army Radio Sunday morning.While one couldn't say that Mofaz is stressed, the other two items are highly relevant in his case too, but this is besides the point. Which was:
“He seems to have lost his wits,” said Mofaz, “and rather than making thought-out, responsible decisions, he is creating the sense of an impending war.”Dunno. Possibly. But the response of PM's office to this fairly typical for Mofaz volley was something totally unexpected:
One unidentified source told Army Radio that “Mofaz is irresponsibly using details from the briefing, despite being asked specifically to not use them in a public manner.”And what does this response teach even the least observant reader about our secrets?
This is highly educational, I can assure you. Kids from one year old and up should watch it once a week. At least.
The case of ostensibly forbidden circumcision in Germany still echoes in some corridors of theological power. The corridors almost emptied by now, since the seriousness of the case was seriously exaggerated, and the cutting in Germany will continue as usual for all who are bent (?) on it.
Jim Wald, who blogs on To Find the Principles and contributes (rather too infrequently) to Times of Israel, produced a veritable treaty on the whole subject of circumcision, and it's a joy to read from the beginning to the end. At least once. My only contribution (I am not up to remarks) will be this:
In a new policy report published Monday, the American Academy of Pediatrics endorsed the procedure and its medical benefits for the first time, urging third-party insurance providers to cover the cuts. The landmark guidelines come on the heels of a surprising study published last week by Johns Hopkins researchers, which linked declining rates in circumcision in recent years to rising health-care costs—and a measurable spike in sexually-transmitted infections.
From a comfy chair of an outsider: the hurricane of opinions that overflows the existing media channels is dwarfing the main issue on the agenda (I mean of course the election campaign which, accidentally, was the main reason for the Eastwood brouhaha).
Of course, the reaction from the Democrats-leaning press was entirely predictable: from playing out to the hilt the fact that Eastwood's performance may have overshadowed the "coronation" speech by Romney that followed this performance to his "off-color references" (such prudery from people who usually deplore prudery of Republicans!). It must be said that some responses, politically charged or not, were quite funny, like that one:
Comedian Roseanne Barr put it simply: "clint eastwood is CRAY" -- a slang reference to being crazy.Coming from inimitable Roseanne, whose cooking is done on some other planet for too long, this is a badge of honor even a man of "clint eastwood"* caliber could be (moderately) proud of.