First, this little treat from The Religion Of Peace:
Then, this gem from your pal and mine, Muammar Qaddafi:
If recollection serves, this is not the first time he's called for "Israteen." One wonders how sane the dictator of Libya truly is, but then again, most Muslim nations call for the same thing. They say that Israel and the pals should all live in one nation, under Muslim rule, of course. They insist that the Jews will thrive under Muslim rule, as they fall under "the people of the book" category and are to be treated well by Muslims.
So answer me this: If the Jews are to be treated so well under Islamic rule, why is an Iranian cleric issuing a fatwa against Jews owning property in his native country?
Effing liars and hypocrites. Jews will never submit to being trod underfoot again. That's why we need Israel, Steven, and why your statistics of the deaths since the dawn of Israel's nationhood are meaningless. How many people have thrived in Israel because they haven't been victims of pogroms in the lands from which they came? Can you tell me how many would have died if Israel hadn't existed? No? Neither can I. But we can both see that anti-Semitism has not died, and seemingly never will die. Am Yisrael chai, and partly because Israel is there. Never again will Jews have to live under conditions like the fatwa above.
Not in my lifetime, nor in yours, is my bet. But it's nice to see a Jew has so much confidence in his fellow Jews that he thinks Arab nations, which have zero history of democracy, will surpass the state of Israel in democratic behavior. Why, you would think that Mohammed was the one responsible for all the democratic reforms in the world over the centuries, and Jewish laws and philosophy had no effect whatsoever on, say, the Founding Fathers of America. Sure. I see your point entirely. Because all of the Muslim nations are just overripe for those nascent democratic movements (like the one that overthrew Saddam Hussein), and the state of Israel made sure to become a fascist theocracy ruled by iron-jawed rabbis who forbid women to work or drive or leave the house unescorted by a male relative.
Way to be realistic, Steven. Back up your "pragmatism" with some facts next time. Because right now, it reads a whole lot more like fantasy. permalink
Wind Rider has his version up of the Busch Gardens day. It's mostly accurate, no quibbles. But I'll fill in what happened to us after he and Anna left. The end of the night is our traditional repeat time, where we go on our favorite rides one last time before heading to Roman Rapids and out. The Alpengeist is mine, and we were right there to do it again. Then Heidi and Sorena split off toward Loch Ness Monster and Jaimie and I went for a couple of tame rides, as she doesn't do roller coasters (she stepped through and waited for us to ride the Alpengeist).
Then to Roman Rapids, lateand there were no Sorena and Heidi. I was worried that they were already on the ride, so Jaimie and I went through and I found a nice woman escorting three small girls who thought it would be fine if Jaimie rode with them. (I was not driving home an hour in wet clothes, and I'd already given Anna my spare t-shirt, so no water ride for me.) While I was waiting for Jaimie, Sorena and Heidi showed up, just as Jaime's raft came to the dock, which was perfect timing for Sorena to join them in riding as many times as they could until the park closed. Then Heidi and I went to the patio that held the machines that spray the riders, and waited. I had told the girls I was out of quarters. I lied. We got a few strangers, because, well, it's a lot of fun to soak people. Apparently, this is not a joy that leaves you with age. Okay, it's not a joy that leaves me, then. Along came the girls, I got a perfect, drenching shot on them as Heidi and I shouted to them, they waved their little fists in the air, and we laughed and high-fived. The night was complete. Well, almost.
"I thought you said you didn't have any more quarters!" Sorena said, highly insulted, as the girls came off the ride.
"Well, I fibbed," I told her.
It's a life lesson, you see. Kids simply have to learn that they can't even trust the people they can trust. Not when it comes to squirting water at them, anyway. Vengeance for dozens of wet-head hugs from Sorena. Heh. permalink
First, congratulations to Laurence Simon, who is no longer an unemployed systems administrator from Houston. His expose of Senator Orrin Hatch's website copyright violations landed him a job. Mazal tov, Lair! You made Ha'aretz, you network administration in Houston, you.
Chuck Simmins, righty and Republican, keeps on posting things I agree with alongside the ones I don't. (Chuck, this post just proves what the Democrats have been saying about capital gains taxes all along: Lower them, and the wealthy get wealthier.) On the other hand, this post on the comments his posts on Indymedia have gotten is fascinating if only for the sheer stupidity of the commenters. And this one has a Photoshopped photo that made me laugh. And this one makes me think that perhaps Chuck ought to stop reading Indymedia so much. It's warping his brains.
The Islamic kingdom of Saudi Arabia is lettin' its wimmenfolk speak out on television.
Be still my heart: They wore colored headscarves! They bitched about not having jobs! They said they're not free! Say. Wonder if my correspondent was watching this program.
Butbutjust the other day I reported about a Saudi doctorate holder who said that Saudi women were free. She couldn't have been exaggerating, could she?
Or, it's another effort of the Saudis to add a new coat of paint to a crumbling tenement because people are starting to notice how rotten the building is.
Really? Like we do here in America? But I thought you guys don't want our culture.
You can't ask for your rights, sweetie. You need to take them. Viva la revolution! Women of Arabia, unite! Indymedia, a cause! Unequal rights and cruel oppression of a people by the government that they didn't vote for! Oh, right. You're too busy protesting "Frankenfood."
Okay, let's stop here for a bit of reality. The Shura council is, in effect, a group of fat old men (joined by a few young men who become fat and old) that essentially bribe the appropriate member of the Saudi royal family (and there are thousands of them, don't forget) to do business the way they need to. It isn't so much governing as the true Old Boys Network. It ain't a parliament, boys and girls, not by any means. But boy, it sure is a great example of ass-kissing.
I'm thinking the religious posses took names and are waiting for you girls to step outside for a few minutes.
All sarcasm aside, this is a huge thing. But one show does not change a single law. When Saudi Arabia effects real change, I'll cheer loudly. So far, everything that I've read about points to the Saudis making PR statements about the issues the West complains about the most. When they remove the restrictions on women, I'll think that this "groundbreaking" show actually meant something other than window-dressing. permalink
The refugees that nobody acknowledges are moving to make their cases heard:
That 850,000 number seems familiar to me... why is that? Hm. Let's think. Could it be the number of palestinian refugees that the Arabs say left Israel in 1948? Why, it's awfully close. Funny how the Jews were absorbed by Israel, the U.S., and other nations, while the pals were refused entrance and citizenship by most Arab nations. But here's a really interesting numeric fact:
687 resolutions. Let's see, there are 1,487 Security Council resolutions to date. I could not find a source for the total amount of General Assembly resolutions. My personal count of Security Council resolutions concerning Israel (as of October 1st, 2002) was 210 out of 1,436. The world's obsession with the supposed misdeeds of the Jews continues, as does the world's refusal to acknowledge the misdeeds of the Arabs against the Jews. Something to ponder during this so-called Road Map period. Russia wants Syria put on the table? I say put the plight of the Syrian Jews in, too. And the Iraqis and Egyptians and everything other nation that forced its Jewish population to flee for their lives, leaving everything behind. While we're at it, let's also talk about reparations for property stolen from them.
Then we'll have peace in the Middle East. Or at least parity. permalink
It's a giant blur. There were G-forces, plastic horses, the feeling of flying through the air, funnel cakes, Italian ice, and people with ridiculously phony German accents dancing to an oom-pah-pah band.
Busch Gardens: The call of the child. Wind Rider and his daughter met us at the park, and they got to see first hand what Sorena looks like in hyperdrive. We wore Anna out, though it may have been that she'd been up working until about two the previous morning.
We had a wonderful time, and I figured out how to rig one of those stupid carnival games in my favor, and won Sorena and her friend each a stuffed dolphin, with some help from Wind Rider. Heidi says I wasn't cheating, just using strategy. If the park were a little more crowded, I'd have strategized my way to a giant prize. Maybe next time.
And last night, as Heidi and I were letting the dogs out before collapsing in our beds, we found one of the reasons why I refuse to live in the sticks: Check this sucker out. (High-bandwith alert: I wanted to let you see the biggest possible picture of it.) That's Heidi's hand near the spider, or as close as she would get to it. We tried to get a comparison picture with it next to her sandal, but then the spider answered our question as to whether it was dead or alive and it fairly flew off the patio. And may I say: Ew.
Mom's coming to town today. I have some housecleaning to do. I don't expect to catch up on news until this evening, but I should be able to get her to watch TV or something while I post a bit later on tonight. I do believe that yesterday would be the first day in more than a year that I didn't put at least one post up. Now that was tired. permalink
Chuck Simmins went looking for recent articles about Iran. Nope, still not on any of the Indymedia main pages, he says. Take a look, he's got more information than I'm willing to excerpt here.
And I received this letter last night:
This was on the first results page of the search. Yup, I'm impressed. Well, no, not really.
Then there's this, an article copied from the Asia Times, I believe:
I like the comment on this article:
Yeah, that's what I say about Indymedia. Oh, the comment was on an article on the nascent democratic students movement, in January. Not another comment, though this was on San Francisco's site.
The Italy Indymedia page does have an articleon the front pageabout the protests in Iran. Reader Tim M. sent it to me, and put it through Babelfish.
Finally, I found one page dedicated to the democratic movement in Iran. It consists of reprints of various news articles about the movement, including Andrew Sullivan's column for Frontpage Magazine. Except, well, it's not an Indymedia site.
Clearly, Mark B. didn't click on the links in the search he sent me, but I did. I tracked back to see which were linked from the main pages of their specific sites. Only Germany Indymedia has Iran on the front page. Everything else is buried. Which is my point: The movement for democratic reform in Iran has ratcheted up in the last few weeks, and it is being mostly ignored by Indymedia. Oh, except for the effort to bring up an Indymedia Iran site that is not "dominated" by any group that Indymedia sees unfit to post on their open publishing sites.
Yeah, you folks go on ahead and do that. Let me know when it gets out of committee. permalink
Four prize-winners for the not-really-a-contest from last week: Momma Bear, Jack, Daniel S., and tireless correspondent Alex Bensky. If you put them together and averaged their age, they'd still all average over 30. Then again, I'm over 30, so I guess it figures. Plus, I grew up watching movie musicals on television with my mother, who used to have quite a good singing voice. Alas, the most I can do is stay on key; my singing is best saved for the car and the shower.
Lair Simon has a post on Powell's ridiculous claim that the pals are making a real effort to stop the violence. Thanks, Lair, my outrage for the day may have been used up already.
Summer has finally hit Richmond, which is good, because, well, summer has finally come to this hemisphere. And Tig just came indoors after lying in the sun. Ah, warm kitty fur. Lucky for him, the apartment is air conditioned.
Imshin's blog turned a year old last week, and I didn't get around to telling her how much her writing means to me. Keep on writing, Imshin. The world is that much fuller for the views from your little piece of it.
I have not tipped my hat to Dave Tepper in ages. Remedied.
I am still far behind on my email. Sorry. Been attending to other things. But I snuck a peek at Merde In France's mail and got this link. (I think Glenn got it, too, but hey, the more the merrier.) I will get to the rest of the mail, which discusses scientology and Indymedia's lack of support for Iran, soon.
Oh, speaking of that: Chuck Simmins, who is much farther to the right than I but knows the difference between a lefty and a lefty loon (thank you so much for that, Chuck), has been tweaking the Indymidiots by posting about the protests in Iraq. He has emailed me about it, but I must demand more: Follow-up posts on your blog, sir! Write up the results and I'll link it. Who knows, you might get Instapundit involved.
Okay, I have procrastinated long enough. Things to do today. The Creator is arriving Thursday evening. Housework, organization, grocery shopping, the usual. permalink
Okay, a brief recap: The Zayed Center is an organization that purportedly brings speakers to tell the "truth" about the wicked aims of the Zionists. One of their speakers was a Saudi woman who went into great detail about how Jews use human blood in their pastries for Purim. The woman has a Purim fixation, because she went on to insist that the war on Iraq was nefariously tied into Purim, as well:
Well, apparently, Al-Jalahma is really pissed about her negative publicity, because she wrote a long, rambling article for Al-Watan, and Lynn B. sent me a copy. Here are some of the highlights (and I do use that word loosely):
Okay, now you've piqued my interest: The Conditions of Jewish Woman in the Zionist Society? Well, as a Jewish woman in Zionist society (because everyone knows, the world is controlled by the Zionists), I am absolutely fascinated to hear what you have to say.
Hot damn! We're going to hear how Jewish women are being oppressed in the middle eastnot Muslim women!
Wow, how generous of her. "Even if she is a Jew." No, your bigotry isn't showing at all, is it? Oh, and here in America, we like to say "Pissing into the wind," but I expect you'd be, like, whipped if you wrote that in a Saudi newspaper, what with your being a woman and all. Oh, and may I add a tip: Editor! Hello! Editor? Help! Geez, woman. E-D-I-T-O-R!
Sure, this has nothing to do with your hatred of all things Jewish. And the Islamic point of view towards women in general is quite well known. Say, sweetie, could you drive to the grocery store and pick me up a six-pack of Mecca Cola? What's that? You can't drive because you're a Saudi Arabian woman? Hey! That could be the subject of your next lecture.
And once again, let me ask you something about the land of oppression and injustice for women: Can you leave the country without your husband's permission? Can you walk in your own town unaccompanied by a male relative? Can you wear a skirt that comes only to mid-calf in Saudi Arabia? Can you go out with your head uncovered? For that matter, can a Christian woman in Saudi Arabia wear a crucifix? Can a Jewish woman so much as enter Saudi Arabia if she's not Barbara Walters and being used as a PR stooge?
Let's take a look at that current situation of the Arab woman Saudi Arabia with an unexpectedly hilarious admission about the Saudi view toward educating girls:
Wow. Around 1980, education was finally available to all Saudi girls. Imagine that. Say, if I point out that Jewish girls were required to be given a basic education for centuries, think it would piss off Al-Jalahma?
Yeah, and the October 1973 war was launched during Ramadan, and yet we don't see Jewish Ramadan conspiracy theories. Funny, that. (Schmuck.)
Even the Wikipedia thinks Shahak was a nutjob. And if Rozen is quoted positively by Israel Shamir, he's as big a nutjob. Get better sources; these are the same tiresome ones we read over and over again. And if they're so right, tell me: Why aren't they mainstream opinion? Oh, I forgotit's that damned Zionist conspiracy to hide the truth. My bad.
Yeah, I can't imagine why people would think there's something wrong with an organization that has Lyndon LaRouche and Kurt Waldheim as their guest speakers. A convicted tax-evading conspiracy theorist and a former Nazithose are two categories of person to take pride in having sponsored.
One thing you can say about the Zayed Center: It's consistent. And so is this lunatic. permalink
Even Gracie. permalink
Dr. Bruce Banner, former researcher in nanotechnology and nuclear science, was attacked by the U.S. Army while protesting peacefully in downtown San Francisco.
Banner, who now spends his time attempting to bring the world's attention to the nuclear industry and military-industrial complex that caused him to become a transmutant outcast, was simply taking a stroll in the San Francisco Underground when he was attacked by helicopters and fighter jets, endangering civilians as well as landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge. At considerable risk to himself, Transmutant Banner prevented a jet from crashing into the Golden Gate Bridge, saving dozens of civilian lives.
A protest in support of Transmutants against the Bush Military-Industrial Complex, and No! To Nuclear Modifications On Humans is scheduled to take place on Friday, July 4th at five p.m. Show your solidarity with Dr. Banner by painting yourself green and wearing purple pants. Protest signs will be supplied by ANSWER and Not In Our Name. Help stop the oppression of transmutant scientists by the Bush Administration! permalink
Andrea is right. This is the funniest photoshopping of the Lileks pic yet. Hulk doesn't think so, but hey, he's not the brightest behemoth on the planet. Of course, I may be a wee bit prejudicedbut it's still funny. permalink
In an Orwellian interview with Ahmed Jbarra, the longest-serving palestinian prisoner who was released as a "good-faith measure," the BBC (in an amazingly unbiased interview) finds out what Jbarra will be telling Arafat now that he's "special advisor" to the Chief Terrorist:
As Lynn B. put it: What state? What state would that be 27 years ago? Or are we talking about the state of life as a man who killed 13 civilians and injured dozens more.
"We fight for peace." I simply cannot believe they released this man. This is why I'm all for the death penalty for bombers in Israel. If they'd had one, the release of this mass murderer wouldn't even have been an issue. "Good-faith" measures. No, it's Israel contributing to her own destruction again. permalink
Last week's blogs are archived. Looking for the Buffy Blogburst Index? Here's Israel vs. the world. Here's the Blogathon. The Superhero Dating Ratings are here. If you're looking for something funny, try the Hulk's solution to the Middle East conflict, or Yasser Arafat Secret Phone Transcripts. Iseema bin Laden's diary and The Fudd Doctrine are also good bets if you've never been here before.