Bruce Hill has written his best-ever essay on being a Jew, and on being the Other. And he did it using less than a fifth of the word total of a Whittle essay, even including the Kipling poem at the end of the post.
There really is nothing I can excerpt that will give you the flavor of the essay; go, read, you won't be disappointed. permalink
Folks, I need some computer expertise.
Twice, now, my laptop screen has darkened to the point where I can still (barely) make it out, but not read anything on the screen. It has fixed itself after a reboot, but having to do this twice in three days is a worrisome sign. My screen also blinks sometimes after closing a window, leading me to believe that it's having difficulty refreshing, and that I may be having trouble with my video card. It's a four-year-old Sony Vaio PCG-F270 laptop. When I look at the System Properties tab, it says the NeoMagic MagicMedia 256V +AC97 Driver (WDM) Display Adapter is working properly.
I can't afford to buy a new laptop, and if the screen dies, I'll have to buy a new laptop. There's one possible cause for these semi-blackouts. The monitor took a heck of a blow last week (it was on the floor and got accidentally kicked from a 90 degree angle to a 180 degree angle). Is it possible that loosened a wire? I could open up the laptop and look, if only I knew what I was looking for.
Any help would be appreciated. permalink
It doesn't matter what Israel does. The world refuses to acknowledge that peace in the Middle East is dependent upon both sides taking responsibility. Some headlines from Google News about Sharon's acceptance of the Road Map, nearly all of which may as well have scare quotes around "acceptance":
The Times piece is typical of the rest of the news articles, which point out that the pals have already "accepted" the Road Map. They do not add that the pals have not ceased terror attacks, nor do they point out that the various terrorist groups absolutely refuse to even consider ceasing terror attacks. If they do mention terror attacks at all, they say the pals are unable to affect the terrorist groupsin spite of the fact that Al Aqsa is commanded by Arafat, and that all of them are in bed with each other.
So it doesn't really matter if Israel accepts the Road Map to Murderville or not. Sure, because even if Israel completely accepts it, the world will lay the blame for its failure on Israel's shoulders, just as the world blames Israel for the failure of peace during every attempt.
I dunno about you, but I'm getting a strong sense of deja vu here. permalink
Charles is off for the weekend to attend his brother's wedding. I think I'll try to pick up the LGF slack while he's gone. Can't help you folks in the comments area, but I'll post a few letters. Make 'em short and relatively sane.
First entry: Two more ISM terrorist shields arrested
Also in the article, the IDF turns into the third leg of the Jewish mother's dream (behind doctor and lawyer): They're terrorist dentists. Hopefully withou using novocaine.
Last night, I went to see a play at Sorena's school. The play was "The Dragon of Krakow." Sorena played the dragon. Well, she played half the dragon, as it was a two-headed dragon. And the version I saw last night was a bit different from the versions I've found on the web so far. This one is the most brutal, and bears little resemblance to the children's play (3rd, 4th, and 5th grade actors, I think, or 2nd, 3rd, and 4th) from last night. This one is more like the children's version. (Overall, however, I think the writers of the tale were a bit lacking in their dragon lore. I mean, a beast that can breath fire would probably flourish on a diet of tar and sulfur. If you want to get it to drink lots of water, feed it salt, for heaven's sake!)
Here's the most factual site I found. Interesting, really. (Note that I got through the entire Dragon of Krakow post without a single Polish joke. I have advanced beyond ethnic insults.)
So here's my little dragon, who was superb last night, speaking her lines clearly and with great emotion and not a single mistake:
(She scared me, she was such a scary dragon.) She's the head on the right. And here's our two-headed dragon unmasked:
Yeah, that was some long tail. Heidi made the head and the tail. It's amazing, the things you can do with newspaper and flour and water.
Alas, I couldn't get a picture of the dragon fleeing after it ate the sulfur-and-tar-tainted sheepskin. It fled too quickly to be captured on disk. I don't blame it, though. It was awfully thirsty. (Go read the legend if you don't get the references yet. Yeesh.)
Yeah, there was a surfeit of cuteness last night. But hey, it took my mind off the crud in the news lately. permalink
Apparently, when he's a head of state. Remember this? The cartoon published in the Independent that portrayed Ariel Sharon as eating Palestinian babies? Let me refresh your memory:
Bill Allison sent me links to the results of the U.K. Press Complaints Commission inquiry into whether or not this was an anti-Semitic cartoon, what with Jews and others pointing out that it portrays one of the foulest anti-Semitic lies, that of Jews killing Gentile babies, usually for their blood to be used in Jewish rituals. By the way, none of these anti-Semitic canards take into account the fact that blood is absolutely proscribed in Jewish dietary laws, and that the kashering process includes salting the meat to remove any blood that wasn't drained after slaughter, but why let a few facts get in the way of blind hatred?
The results of the Independent's inquiry?
The Independent's editors were full of self-righteous congratulation:
And why not? Look at the ruling itself:
Here's the killer reasoning:
This particular ruling clearly illustrates one of the things that the world manages to do: Have it both ways with Israel. When it suits their purposes to point out that the Israelis are Jews, such as when they insist that a Jewish state is "racist," they do so. Yet when it suits their purpose to insist that they weren't pointing out Ariel Sharon's Jewishness, in spite of the fact that no matter which way you cut it, the man is a Jew, they do so. The palestinians do it. The Euros do it. The anti-Israeli left does it. And, of course, the anti-Semites do it.
So when is a Jew not a Jew? When it suits the world's purpose to say so. permalink
Let's see what's on the plate today. Ah. Those bastions of feminine equality have discovered the real cause of suicide bombers: women.
It would be funny if it weren't so sad. But there's more, and it gets worse:
The thing that I often wonder about the Arab News: Is there truly anyone with any kind of a brain in charge of what gets published? Or was that a rhetorical question?
Then we have this writers' fantasy about what would have happened after the terrorist attacks if the United States Government ran Saudi Arabia. (Hint: We still have that Constitution thing that you guys simply do not get, but your article makes for a few chuckles.)
And what's wrong with all that? Boy, that sounds like a good country to live in.
Two words: Al Qaeda. Four more: 15 of the 19. And one more thought: Saudi money supports it all.
By the way, this comes on the heels of the American media's rash of articles on how Saudi Arabia is changing its ways of thinking since the terror attacks last week.
Daniel Drezner has a host of links to Buffy sites and news articles, including this great one from the Miami Herald:
I'm still thinking over the finale. I think I have to watch it again. permalink
So after my brief absence, the cats are seemingly back to normal. Well, except for the simultaneous belly-rub this morning, an occurrence so rare that it happens only when the retrograde is in Mercury's Jupiter eclipse, or something like that. (Astrology isn't my thing. Can you tell?) It could also only occur after I've been away for several days, or if Gracie is feeling excessively affectionate. Tig is a slut. He will let nearly anyone rub his belly, nearly anytime.
Well, it's a wet day out, but the rain has ceased, and the patio door is open, and the cats have been going in and out at their leisure. Just now, Gracie ran inside, tail fluffed out, which usually means she has been frightened by something. A dog, perhaps, or a person walking in the back. So I glanced outside, and saw nothing. Gracie ran back outside. Then she ran back inside. Then she ran back outside, ran back inside (pursued by Tig), jumped onto the front picture windowsill, and walked back and forth as if searching for something, leading me to wonder if something went around back, then around front, and she was watching it from a secure spot. But then Tig yowled at her, and I realized that I am in the midst of some kind of kitty game whose rules I simply don't know. They are currently glaring at each other from across the dining room.
Well, the game is apparently over. It's my fault. I ended it by asking, "What are you doing?" which brought their attention to me, and which made them realize they could bother me for a quick brush, or maybe some tunafish. And when they get neither, it is naptime. permalink
Once again, we have clear evidence of how much the pals want peace.
Do you suppose that's what it says on his door at the PA? "Adel Almairibi/Weapons Smuggling Dept."
By the way, they caught two Hizbullah members. On a ship laden with explosives bound for the Gaza Strip. And yet, Arafat and the EU still insist that the PA is neither a terrorist organization nor working with terrorist organizations.
I say again: It's the palestinian piece process. They don't want real peace. They want the Jews blown to pieces. permalink
Sounds a bit self-indulgent, doesn't it? But it's not. Shanti asked me to write the first in a series of a new feature at Real Women Online, and it's up. Go have a look. Remember, she's my blogdaughter, so it's a Jewish mother asking. Well, a Jewish blogmother, anyway. permalink
Lynn's been busy. Check out this post:
And don't miss the one on the Zayed Center that's come under some heat lately.
Damian Penny has a new home, and new blog software, and has been browbeaten out of making it white-on-black. (You're welcome.)
Ah, this made my day. Lena M. didn't like what I wrote.
That's a quote from my anti-PETA campaign.
Ow! Mommy, she's insulting me! Make her stop! Plus, she's throwing my words at me!
Good. Annoying PETA people with pieces like the one you read is absolutely the effect I have been going for. Nothing warms a writer's heart more than to know she is succeeding at what she set out to do. (And re: the weblog insult: Ow. Ow. Mommy, she's insulting me again!)
Not that I need your permission, but you got it, sweetums. I'll continue to be myself, you continue to send me letters that you think are going to hurt my feelings, and my readers will have plenty to laugh at.
Another reference to my letter to PETA. Okay, so they can read, but they can't come up with any original insults. Like, stop using my words and use your own, dudes. And hello, you didn't read my weblog well enough. Cat person. Meow, meow! (More like: Rowr! Hssss! but hey, I'm trying to be polite here.)
On the serious side, it's interesting that not one of the letters protesting my Eat an Animal for PETA Day have yet addressed the issue that I brought up: The fact that comparing the slaughter of six million Jews by the Nazis to the raising and eating of food animals is a disgusting, hateful comparison. All they seem to want to do is insult me.
Perhaps that would be because the PETA ad campaign is indefensible. At least, that's my take on it. permalink
The troll known in various pro-Israel sites as Babylonian is apparently a member of Metafilter, and has posted there about Google News removing nazimedia from its list of news sources. But he's puzzled as to why I would point to a mailing-list entry as proof of nazimedia's anti-Semitism. I explained why in the post he points to, but it bears repeating on my front page.
The Regional Director of B'nai B'rith Canada sent an email to the contact on an Indymedia page requesting that Indymedia remove the full text of the infamous forgery known as "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion." This was created in Czarist Russia to defame Jews, and has been used ever since by Jew-haters. Indymedia's refusal to remove this text is clear evidence of their anti-Semitism. The Protocols have no other use than to spread lies about Jews and foment Jew hatred. Perhaps Babylonian doesn't have a problem with that, but I do.
Let's see if I can also explain why Indymedia shouldn't have been listed by Google as a news site to begin with. One, it's not a news site. Anyone can publish anything they like, with no editorial control whatsoever, and without letting anything like the matter of facts get in the way.
Indymedia came to my attention because of its virulent anti-Semitism. And yes, we got Google to get rid of it by pointing out that Indymedia is both not a news source, and it promotes virulent anti-Semitism. It's a lose-lose situation for Google to keep it. The whiners don't like that we got Indymedia booted for its content, but refuse to admit that if nazimedia is to be considered a legitimate news site, then so is any group weblog or, for that matter, any blog with uncensored comments. Whoops, sorry, I forgot: Any posts defending Israel tend to disappear on nazimedia. Why is that, you figure?
I would love to see the Arab News taken off Google's newscrawler bots, too, but at least they're a semi-legitimate news source. I would neither start nor join a campaign against them. Once again, the folks on the other side can't see the difference between free speech and the consequences thereof. Nobody's stopping Indymedia from publishing their trash. The only thing that stops is Google News displaying it next to the latest stories from the New York Times.
And that's a good thing. permalink
Hold the letters. Nazimedia is gone from Google News. Thank you, everyone who wrote.
And thank you, Google News staff.
I took a trip up I-95 today for a quick there-and-back-again to NJ. Because I don't know anyone in the Richmond area to watch the Buffy finale with, and I have a friend who's been watching Buffy ever since I convinced her and her husband that it was much, much better than the first season and she should watch it again. That was toward the end of the second season, when I started watching it because a coworker at Lucent convinced me that it was much, much better than the first season and I should watch it again. He was right, and now it's all his fault that I'm going to be really unhappy after the show is over. Because it will be over. But at least I'll be able to mourn the show with fellow Buffy fans.
So anyway, I was driving over the Nice Bridge and thinking about taking more pictures and making Marduk nervous again, but there was traffic on it and, well, I wasn't stopped, waiting for the flagmen to flag me on this time. (Did I neglect to say that last time, Marduk? Oops.)
But the funny thing is, last time, I passed a flatbed carrying brightly-colored fire hydrants, and wondered in that post how often one gets a chance to see a truck carring fire hydrants.
Life is funny, sometimes.
So I asked my brother after dinner tonight: What are the odds of this happening? And since he will soon be taking a statistics course, he pointed out to me that it's entirely likely that my route to NJ happens to be a standard delivery route for a fire hydrant company. So it's not really much of a shock that I'd see another truck laden with fireplugs.
Have I mentioned how annoying my brother can be? Yeah, my younger brother. All grown up, and still a pain in the ass. Thanks, Dave. permalink
I went to bed early Saturay night, and so I missed the breaking news story of yet more dead Jews in Israel.
I didn't get to the news last night until close to ten p.m. I was at a concert, studying teenage and twentysomething behavior while not smoking weed (wow, when did that go out of fashion?) and listening to some great bands (some with really stupid names) and trying not to get too soaking wet (stupid rain).
Let me tell you, no news is good news. Because now I don't want to write about the concert. Maybe later I will.
But at least I wasn't the oldest one there. permalink
Just kill the murdering bastard.
They have presented evidence to the US and the UN that clearly shows Arafat paying for the murder of Jews, and yet, he remains holed upwith dozens of his fellow murdering Islamonazisin Ramallah, and he is allowed to live.
The ISM website urges its terrorist-helping members to avoid riding on Israeli buses. Why do you suppose that is?
Perhaps this is why.
But no. It couldn't be as simple as that. The Palestinians are their friends.
Fuck expulsion or isolation. Kill him. Kill him, and every murdering bastard hiding inside with him. And if Terje Larsen or Christopher Patten happens to be visiting at the time, so much the better. 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.