Wednesday briefs

Yet another reconciliation: Hamas and Fatah are reconciling again. Okay, let’s start the pool now. Who’s got a week? A month? Three days?

Benjamin Netanyahu is telling Mahmoud Abbas to pick his peace partner: Israel or Hamas. Oh, come on. We all know that Abbas is going to pick Hamas. And the world is going to blame Israel for not wanting to deal with the PA while they’re cozying up to the Islamists who want to destroy them.

On the serious side, of course this brings any chance of peace talks to a screeching halt. Hamas wants only the destruction of Israel. (Fatah does too, but they pretend that they don’t, and the West buys it.) But hey, it’s time to play the game again. We really should create a Peace Talks Bingo card. What say you, Elder?

Shorter George R.R. Martin: Hey, I didn’t write the rape scene, I only wrote the incest scene. (eriously, I gave up on Game of Thrones after the third book. Brutal, depressing, overwordy and needlessly violent. Pass. But it amuses me no end that George is distancing himself from the miniseries rewriting of his scene. He didn’t write it as a rape. It was just an incestuous coupling of a brother and sister who hadn’t seen each other in a while–and decided to have sex in the same room where their murdered oldest son lay in his coffin. Because that’s not as bad as writing it as a rape. [insert multiple eye rolls here] Look, he can write what he wants, and people can watch what they want, but I’m going to call them out on the hypocrisy.

“Though the time and place is wildly inappropriate and Cersei is fearful of discovery, she is as hungry for him as he is for her,” Martin wrote on his blog to a reader’s question.

Oh, that’s okay then.

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