Pray for the people of Joplin: Horrible. A tornado has killed at least 89 people, and the count will certainly go higher as the missing become known to be killed.
Breaking British law: Come and get me, if you can. Imogen Thomas is having an affair with British soccer player Ryan Biggs. The U.K. media laws are so restrictive that a judge granted Biggs permission to force all British news media not to publish his name. The AP says it is forbidden to publish the name. But this is the age of social media, and fans have sent out thousands of tweets with the details, and a quick Google search gave me the name. Take that, U.K., and stick your overarching laws up your royal-loving butts. And no, I have no idea who either of these people are. But British media laws offend me. You can’t stop the message.
What? Actual recognition that the Palestinians are stonewalling on Obama’s demands? It’s a mild, mild story, but the AP covers the Palestinians’ intransigence and reaction to his speeches in the last few days. And for once, the AP balances out Palestinian lies with the truth immediately after publishing the lie:
Nabil Shaath, a senior Palestinian official, said recognition of Israel as a Jewish state would sell out not only the refugees, but potentially open the door to Israel expelling its roughly 1.5 million Arab citizens as well. This idea has never been seriously raised in Israel.
Good for you, AP. Perhaps there’s hope for you after all. (Of course I don’t believe that. Every time the AP puts out a fairly balanced piece on Israel, it is immediately edited to reflect the anti-Israel, pro-Palestinian narrative.)
The Palestinians are also standing firm on their new precondition for talks with Israel: Recognition of the 1967 lines as a starting point for negotiation.
Erekat said if Netanyahu accepts the 1967 lines he could raise any other matter in negotiations. “Before I hear the prime minister of Israel saying that he accepts this principle, I think it would be a waste of my time to discuss any other issue,” Erekat said.
Great job, Barry!
Hamas spokesman Mahmoud al-Zahar responded by saying, “Clearly Obama’s plan is no different, aside from a few small details, from that of George Bush. Now he refers to the 1967 borders as sacred, but who says we accept them, and that we won’t speak of the ’48 lines?” he told al-Emarat al-Youm.