Once again, for those of you who don't care for swearing, go read something else. My readers have responded to Jewish Double Standard Time. Joel G. says:
You forgot Noam Chomsky. From Michael L.:
That, Michael, is why I call it Jewish Double Standard Time. The world's clocks are always set to it. From Mark D.:
Well, the New Jersey Jews that I knew were extremely pro-Israel and unashamed of it, but I'm sure there are some of the kind you describe. However, many of them have changed their opinions since the bloody spring that launched Operation Defensive Shield, which is still in effect today, and which, every time it is relaxed, results in more terrorists blowing up more Jews. You know, Mark, this gives me an idea. I'll have to keep an eye out for Traitor Beilin and see if he's going to speak in my area anytime soon. (I'm in Richmond now.) I do believe it's time to tell these hypocrites and liars exactly what I think about them, in person.
Finally, from Dobrat & Asher, whose name I feel should be a lot more familiar to me (is there a weblog I'm forgetting?), a link towell, let's play "Guess the Jew," shall we?
Give up? Rabbi Meir Kahane, who was murdered by an Arab terrorist who not only killed Kahane, but who was convicted of conspiracy in the 1993 WTC bombing. He used to say, "I say what you're thinking," and was reviled for it. I do not agree with his more radical ideas (he was an advocate of "transfer"). But I certainly agree with the entirety of his "Dear World" letter. permalink
The United Nations passed a nonbinding resolution in the General Assembly telling Israel to stop working on the security fence. Israel ignored it, as all nations do to nonbinding General Assembly resolutions. Today, Kofi Annan filed some kind of report, which the nonbinding resolution called for, thus proving that he truly does have shit-for-brains, because anybody with half a real brain would have laughed at the toothless resolution and gone out shopping on Black Friday, like all the rest of us Americansoh, wait, he's not American. He only mooches off U.S. taxpayers, who fund the UN in a greater percentage than the rest of the nations of the world. (I bought meat, Michele, is that good enough for the Spend Lots Of Money Day or whateverthefrig you're calling it?)
So the nonbinding resolution, which had a report asked for in it, now has the report, supplied by the man who simply cannot condemn Palestinian terror attacks without also telling Israel that they brought it on themselves, or that they should "show restraint," or that they can only achieve peace through dialogue, or using that tired old "cycle of violence" phrase. Oh, and Kofi has shown that he stands with the pals on Saturday, the international "solidarity with palestinians" day or some such stupid thing. Funny, I've never seen him stand with Israel on anything. Say, Kofi, when I was in Washington two years ago, I don't recall you issuing any statements for the pals to stop blowing up Israelis. Were you out sick that month?
And now they're talking about taking the violation of the nonbinding resolution to the nonbinding International Court of Justice, where I'm sure they'll release another nonbinding ruling and declare that though the rest of the world is not bound by nonbinding resolutions, Israel is, because, well, it's the Jewish state.
I'm going to unleash my Inner Bitch here for a few minutes, because I am so incredibly tired of the double standard. If you don't like swearing, you'd best go somewhere else. I have a lot of things stored up that I need to get off my chest.
When the United Nations ignores the horror of the Saddam Husseins, when it refuses to engage North Korea's and Iran's open defiance of signed international treaties, when it looks the other way as millions are slaughtered and enslaved in the Sudan, or in Rwanda, or in sub-Saharan Africa, which seemingly exists only to bash the United States with the lack of funding for AIDS initiatives there, when its peacekeepers stand aside in Bosnia and let the slaughter of innocents happen, when UN representatives willingly let terrorists work within their buildings and cover for them when the IDF searches for evidence, then I need to respond in the only manner they deserve:
Fuck you, Kofi, and your whole crew of Jew-haters, from the Swiss (whose attempt to hold on to the money from Jews killed in the Holocaust is worse than despicable) and the Belgians and the French to every single Jew-hating, misogynistic Arab state, the Persians, and every last one of the 57 members of the Heinz Ketchup Organization of Islamic Conference countries. Fuck you, you lying, hypocritical murdering bastards and the states (France, Russia) that turn a blind eye to the oppression because trade, realpolitik, and European face is more important than admitting that the current state of international affairs is sadly broken and needs to be fixed. Fuck you all for seeing oppression only in Israel, and not in the rest of the Middle East. And a special, hearty fuck you to all the Jew haters of the world, including Jimmy Carter with his bullshit " free and fair democratically elected" buddy Arafat, now pushing the agreement of the traitor Yossi Beilin, who couldn't get elected dogcatcher in his own hometown, and who would sell his people's hearts to those that wish to murder them in their sleep. And while I'm at it, fuck you, too, Yossi, and do the Jewish state a favor and die before you can do any more damage to her. The Oslo War is bad enough. Now you want to give away the Temple Mount? For that, fuck you again. And a major, big, hearty fuck you to the universities around the world who are organizing a boycott of Israeli students and papers, who are cutting off their noses to spite their faces, as the scholars in Israel work hard to come up with improvements in irrigation technology, nanotech, cures for Parkinson's disease. Fuck you all for blocking the advancement of science, and for not seeing how much you harm all of us with your stupid, stupid prejudices.
Note that the title of this post was deliberately chosen. Not "Israeli double standard time." Jewish double standard time. Because there are ways to criticize the state of Israel without being anti-Semitic, but the UN isn't showing us that its members comprehend this fact. So let me repeat my mantra I developed for Jew-haters: Anti-Semites of the world, just die already. permalink
There's a lot of pretty depressing and annoying news out there, but then there was this gem of a moment, unsurpassed in the history of the world: President George W. Bush sneaking out of the country to surprise a few hundred of our troops spending Thanksgiving away from home.
He nearly gets my vote for this action alone. Happy Thanksgiving to all our men and women in uniform, and out. And thanks to W. for putting a huge, huge smile on my face. The audacity, the cheek, the wonderful thumb in the eyeall to improve our troops' morale and make a statement to the world on our staying power re: Iraq.
I'm a glass-half-full kinda person. I will take the higher motives that I believe were behind this phenomenal effort, and lift a glass in praise of W. for today. permalink
Driving to my brother's for the annual Thanksgiving bash, I caught this out of the corner on my eye, traveling west on Route 78.
Only in America.
I can die happy now. I've seen Mr. Peanut both on the Atlantic City Boardwalk and in the Nutmobile on Route 78 West in New Jersey.
Yes, that is the Planters' Peanuts Nutmobile. I didn't watch the parade, but perhaps this was part of it. If not, well, y'know, the New York/New Jersey area is full of things like this. Anyway. Happy Thanksgiving, you buncha nuts. It takes one to know one. permalink
I'm doing that magical time machine thing, writing this post last night for posting today (which would be tomorrow at the time I'm writing it). That's because I'm going to (sigh) drive on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Last year, a supposed snowstorm got me to call it off until Thursday. I don't expect snow tomorrow, so I guess I'll be leaving and hoping that the traffic on 301 isn't anything like the traffic on 95 will be. I'm planning to avoid the D.C. area like the plague, and wish I didn't have to pass near Baltimore, either, but heyI'm not going to get on a boat, so I guess I'll have to pass a couple of cities.
I expect readership to be pretty light tomorrow, though, so I don't think you'll miss me much. With any luck, I'll be at my friends' apartment by midafternoon, piggybacking on their wireless hub. Then it's off to the family's on Thursday. I'll be in NJ until Monday, so maybe I can get into the City on Sunday to meet up with some New York bloggers. Katz's, anyone? Or the Village? Or midtown? Chinatown? Hm. No way I'm going to be able to decide. Maybe Judith can help.
By the way, Richmond area Tolkien geeks: I still have an extra ticket to Trilogy Tuesday and haven't decided what to do with it yet. Ebay is an option. So is the Ticket Exchange at The One Ring.net. I have another few weeks to figure it out, I suppose. Too bad it's a school day. My nephew would love to go, but there's the small problem of his living 375 miles away. And being in school.
Oh, and one last thing: Dr._Funk, thanks so much for the Hulk DVD. I watched it that evening. I don't know if it was my imagination or not, but the Hulk parts of the film were even better (and the boring actor parts of the film were even more boring. Wow, they really define the adjective "wooden") .You really brightened up my day, and you'll be brightening my nephew's Thanksgiving: There's an XBox Hulk game sample on the DVD, and he's got an XBox. We're going to smash things, I think. permalink
And gets email. Michael N. writes:
You should try Fifth Avenue during the fall fashion shows. But you'd need a ticket to get in.
The ever-helpful Alex Bensky says:
Uh-huh. Strictly in the interest of my website. Sorry, Alex, but the Brooklyn Bridge argument never worked with me before, and it's not going to work on me now. permalink
Okay, this is just plain dumb. It's been bugging me since I read about it over at Allison's. Jewsweek has an article by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach that has him all huffy over Victoria's Secret (and not in a good way).
Okay, yes, the ads have gotten a lot more sexy, to the point where I am rather amazed they get shown on daytime television. (Then again, when I see them during the soaps, it isn't the men they're trying to get to buy their product.) But let's be clear here: Victoria's Secret is not forcing you to buy their lingerie. Hey, capital-F Feminist here (as Kate called me). I like sexy lingerie, and Victoria's Secret makes some of the best. But maybe I'm not in the majority opinion. Let's take a quick poll here, ladies, and yes, you can choose more than one answer:
I'm sorry, but this article simply reeks of stupidity. Can Boteach truly pretend that he doesn't know that women know full well what the effect of their wearing Victoria's Secret is going to be? Hello, we like the effect. A lot. Or we wouldn't be wearing the lingerie in the first place.
By all means, be offended by the ad campaign. But don't slam the objectification label on me for wearing something slinky because you don't like the fact that Victoria's Secret has discovered a way to get men to buy lingerie (hopefully for their women, but if not, hey, whatever floats your boat). permalink
So, ya think Adam Sandler's going to add a new line to his Chanukah song this year that goes like this:
NZ Bear has gone over the half million visitors mark. And he lists one of the reasons why: He blackmailed me from the get-go. Now it can be told. Honest! He admitted it in the post.
AMCGLTD is pretty funny these days. I found out my soul is worth less than six thousand British pounds, and that 91% of the people who took the soul poll have more soul than I. Yeah, yeah, yeah, but I'm Jewish. You know it has something to do with British anti-Semitism. This link is utterly hilarious, so you probably shouldn't click it from work.
Gary sent me some kind of red flag, but I'm too lazy to see exactly what he's writing that he thinks will piss me off. So just go there and tell me, will you? And if you're up for it, send him a check. Yeah, that's right. A series of unfortunate events have made him unable to use Paypal, and he's in need.
Okay, I found the post. It's his take on the Theodorakis anti-Semitism, and now I see why he thought I'd get angry. Not at Gary. At the other things he found. And may I say a hearty "fuck you!" to the Seattle Times. (What can I say, I caught it from Lileks.) And this post: An Auschwitz survivor is starting a fund appeal to rebuild the Holocaust Museum that Indiana Jew-haters burned down last week. Here's the link to donate.
Busy day ahead. Teaching class at 4:15, have to do a bunch of housework and get ready for my drive to NJ tomorrow (Lord help me, I'm driving on Thanksgiving weekend), and my left earpiece broke last night, forcing me to choose a new pair of glasses today. Dammit.
Class is going to be rough. I have four boys and one girl, and the last time the girl was out, the boys were close to uncontrollable. It's amazing how even at age ten, that testosterone kicks in. Well, the girl is off with her family out of state, in spite of my having forbid them ever to let her miss class again. I predict a long, long recess. And many negative points given out. permalink
Last week I answered a question from an Egyptian reader (who has not responded to my answer, which is, frankly, typical of the writers of these kinds of letters) on why I am a Zionist. Today, Nelson Ascher asks some questions of his own to my Egyptian reader:
Read the whole thing; it's well worth it. permalink
Ariel Sharon has suddenly gotten a spine again, and refuses to make any more concessions to the pals until the negotiations begin:
But wait, there's more. And it's even harsher. Is Sharon playing to his party faithful because he's losing popularity, or does he mean it?
Tough talk. Talk that neither the pals nor the Euros want to hear. And here's where my sense of humor kicks in:
He just co-opted the Euro indignation by effectively saying that he's fine with the Road Map, and the pals need to get on board with it.
However, I am withholding judgment. Ariel Sharon was elected to make Israel a safer place now than it was in the spring of 2002. It is safer in that there are fewer successful terror attacksbut that's because the West Bank is in a virtual lockdown and the IDF, Mossad, and Shin Bet are working overtime to prevent terrorists from getting across the border with their bomb belts intact. There needs to be a long-term solution.
The other mystery to this mix: Sharon's pronouncements have come on the heels of his trips to Europe, and Defense Minister Mofaz's trip to America. On the other hand, perhaps they got wind of this:
Oooh. They've set up a special committee to review the situation. Not that it makes a damned bit of difference whether or not the put teeth behind their "law and order" ploy: Hamas said the other day they will not disarm to anything less than the full state of Palestinewhich will not (must not!) exist so long as there are terror attacks. Vicious, meet circle. permalink
You know, my first impulse on hearing that the TCS writers are all shilling for a lobbying firm without knowing they're shilling for a lobbying firm was to say, "Hey! Howcome TCS never asks me to shill for them?"
Actually, my first impulse was to ignore the whole thing, because frankly, um, I don't write for them and don't read many of the columns up there. (Which is why I'm writing this days after everyone else has had their say.) So my second impulse was to be indignant that I'm not one of the accused. And even though I ignored the whole thing, since it really doesn't concern me, I wouldn't turn down an invite to writeI simply do not care that they're a lobbying firm and I'm effectively writing PR for them. My ideals about not selling out died when I hit 30. No, actually, they died long before that. Anything but pr0n, baby, and I'll put my name to it. Okay, maybe not anything. All right, so it has to be factually accurate. But PR? Sure, I'll write that. Take money from a lobbying firm that doesn't tell me they're a lobbying firm? Don't really care. I'm never running for office. I don't need to justify my paychecks.
Andrew Northrup, as usual, has a concise, biting (and funny) opinion. Actually, he started making my head spin, which made me think of the Hulk, so I asked Hulk what he thought of the TCS situation.
That's my big green guy. Say, Hulk, send some of that money my way, will you? I'm not rich, either. Say. There's an idea. A rich patron, paying me to write.... permalink
If you sent me email between last night and this afternoon about 2 p.m., can you resend? I think I set a global email rule that, well, deleted everybody's email. And as I purge my trash bin on the server (I really do not need to see S*E*K*S WITH KANGAROOS!!! and similar subject lines), I can't retrieve anything you may have sent me.
Of course, it's entirely possible the only email I received between then and now was the single spam message that did make it through my filters, but as I've been getting about 100 letters a day recently, and only about 80% of those are spam, I'm doubtful.
I'm about ready to close down the main site email box and open another. And only whisper the address into people's ears after they have sworn on the graves of all their ancestors that they'll never put it on a cc: list, a Yahoo group message, or in Radio Userland comments threads. (And have I thanked you lately, Dave Winer, for assuring that I got on the spam lists because you didn't encode email addresses in comments? Whattaguy.)
Anyway. I must remember never to use asterisks when setting email processing rules. Like I said: Whoops. permalink
The first one didn't work. Well, it did if you were a palestinian terrorist, but the last shudna cost Israeli lives. This new one? They want to regroup and renew their murdering ways. The current shutdown of the West Bank and Gaza, concurrent with the military operations to defeat the terrorists, is the most effective it has ever been:
Now, what is the official Hamas word on a "truce"?
Examples of what the "activists" do in their spare time:
It never fails to amaze me that Israeli ministers approve the constant "goodwill gestures" and "truce" deals, when they have Shin Bet and Mossad chiefs telling them far more than the press ever lets us know. I'm starting to think that an entire nation suffers from an ailment similar to battered wife syndrome. No matter how many times they get hit by the terrorists, they keep trying one more time to make just the right deal that will make them stop the killing.
There is no dealing with terrorists. They respond only to force. Hamas terrorists are spending the overwhelming majority of their time in hiding. You don't give them a chance to regroup when you've got them on the run like this.
And yet, they will. Watch. permalink
The Israeli cabinet approved the release of ten Jordanian prisoners in another of the endless "goodwill gestures" that go from Israel to the Arab nations. (I have yet to see a goodwill gesture from an Arab nation toward Israel in honor of one of the major Jewish holidays, unlike the many Ramadan releases of convicted terrorists.
The Jordanian minister is unhappy, and insults the deal.
Insufficient. Let's review: These terrorists were caught assisting others to kill Israelis. They broke the law of the land, were tried and convicted. For some strange reason that many of us attribute to Israel's self-destructive impulses, the Cabinet voted to release these attempted murderers. Why, exactly, are they doing this?
Ah. Because terrorists kidnapped (and murdered) three Israel soldiersyet another lawless act that deserves life imprisonmentand a stupid, crooked businessman (also an illegal action), Israel offers to release the perpetrators of more illegal actions in order to get back three bodies and a live crook.
I can't remember where I read this, but one of the columnists I read recently pointed out that Israel continues to reward terrorists with actions such as these, in direct contrast to their claims of never negotiating with terrorists.
I don't get it. I really don't. But I do think that if Israel had the death penalty, and started executing terrorists with "blood on their hands," there would be fewer prisoner swaps to deal with. 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.