Y'know, I saw this scene a few weeks ago, and simply had to grab the
camera and record it for posterity. Or for posteriority.
I was thinking I could title it, "I don't give a cat's ass."
(That is so gonna get me off the Yahoo! RSS feed.)
And of course, I had to share it with you, my favorite readers.
What do you think? I'm thinking of turning it into a thumbnail and using
it as an icon on things that really annoy me. Like Michael Moore. Or extreme
left/right politics. Or John Dvorak.
Gracie says: Well, nothing. She's a cat. permalink
Wall Street Journal Subscribers:
I need an article Thanks
Folks: If one of you could please send me a copy of Neal Ascherson's
article on the Warsaw uprising that appeared recently, I'd greatly appreciate
it. I have a compare-and-contrast to research.
Update: Thanks to Photon
Courier, and, uh, (best Emily Litella impersonation): Never mind.
Updated update: Folks, thanks so much, I have the article. You
can stop now. Honest.
By the way, the reason that I don't have to have embarrassing apologies
and retractions is because I generally do a little research before I put
out an opinion. If I hadn't first checked the original article, my cheeks
would be utterly blazing with embarrassment right now.
Let that be a lesson to other bloggers: Take an extra hour or two to
do some fact-checking before you write that outraged post, because you
may be entirely mistaken.
You have no idea how stupid I would have looked had I gone with
my first impulse. Hell, I would have made fun of me. permalink
Yasser Arafat: Jerusalem
will be ours
So, tell me again how the pals are interested in a two-state solution
and peace. Because that's not what
their "president" is saying.
Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat on Thursday
told dozens of Fatah activists that "this land belongs to the Palestinian
people" and said the Palestinians will bow only to God.
"Those who are near and far should know that this
land is the land of the Palestinian people, whether they like it or
not," a defiant Arafat said.
He added that the Palestinians would continue
their struggle until the liberation of Jerusalem, when "one of
our roses and children raise the Palestinian flag on the walls, minarets
and churches of Jerusalem."
Did everyone notice the word "East" missing from that statement?
You know, the part of Jerusalem that's Arab? Will the major media pick
up this speech? Will John Kerry vote for Bush?
If this sounds a little familiar to you, it's because he's said it before.
I wrote about it in December
"One of our cubs or one of our flowers [i.e.,
a male or female Palestinian youth] will wave the flag of Palestine,
Allah willing, over the walls of Jerusalem, its churches and its mosques,
whether someone likes it or not, and whomever does not like it can drink
the water of the Dead Sea.
I appeal to my beloved in Jerusalem: 'More determination,
more strength, more resolve. And Allah willing, we will pray in the
Al-Aqsa Mosque, and in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Allah willing,
Someone later wrote to me that he was simply including palestinian Christians
in his speech when he mentioned the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. If that
person is still reading: I trust your eyes have been opened.
Of course, it's incredibly depressing to read through this
page from April of 2002 and see how little has changed regarding Israel's
defense against murderers. Except for the death toll. That's down significantly.
But world opinion is unchanged: It's still all Israel's fault. (And why
do I always feel that my writing of two or three years ago is the writing
of someone ten or twenty years younger?)
But back to our least-favorite topic: Not only did Arafat survive his
latest crisis, but he has emerged even stronger, and his critics have
learned that they will pay the penalty for suggesting that Arafat clean
up his act.
In another development, German surgeons have amputated
the leg of Palestinian legislator Nabil Amr, who was shot by unidentified
gunmen at his home in Ramallah last week.
Amr's right leg was amputated from the knee down due
to severe nerve and muscle damage from two bullets fired at him while
he was sitting on his balcony. The shooting took place shortly after
Amr, 57, criticized Arafat's performance during a television interview.
No group claimed responsibility for the attack and
no suspects have been arrested. Arafat aid last week that he had ordered
a thorough investigation into the shooting.
However, Reuters quoted PA security sources as saying
Arafat has called off the investigation into the attack, blaming Israel
for shooting Amr.
Yes, as he called off the investigation into the bombing that killed
three Americans in Gaza last year. He doesn't need an investigation into
something he himself ordered. permalink
Victor Davis Hanson, once again
I haven't linked to one of his columns in a long, long time, but like
said, this one is worth reading.
So the genius of bin Ladenism is that to either applause
or silent approval it promulgates lies that make Hitler's best perfidies
seem mild. And such untruths do seem to galvanize an Arab world that
is increasingly guilty of an inability to sort truth from fiction. The
receptive Arab Street lives in a perpetual world of asymmetrical thinking
nursing fantasies, inventing false grievances, and above all
demanding from the West what it would never offer to others. But, after
all, the Middle East once was furious at Baghdad Bob not because he
lied daily but because his lies were proven ludicrous and then humiliating
on the world stage by the U.S. military.
So for the record: More Arabs go to the West than Westerners
go eastward. Most U.S. troops are leaving Saudi Arabia; billions of
American dollars flow to Jordan, Iraq, and Egypt. We have even given
billions to that wretched Arafat kleptocracy and saved Muslims from
Kuwait to Bosnia. U.S. jets, not deranged riff-raff from Afghanistan,
stopped Milosevic. There is no legitimate complaint of the Arab world
against the United States any more than Hitler had a right to
Czechoslovakia or the Japanese to Manchuria. Just because the Japanese
whined that the cutting-off of U.S. petroleum forced them to bomb Pearl
Harbor didn't make it true.
Those who follow bin Laden may be poor and confused;
so were many of the Hitlerjugend who murdered their way into Normandy.
But like the Hitler Youth, for the killers of the mujahideen all efforts
at compromise and mutual understanding are the mere parlor games of
the academic. We do not need to educate the Arab world that we are better
than bin Laden any more than we had to beg Arab immigrants to try out
new lives in an 'unknown' United States. They know what we are about,
At this point the American message of religious tolerance,
equality of women, democracy, and secularism is too well known
and it is no more welcome to Islamicists than the idea of tolerating
Jews was to an SS Panzer division. Yet, like Hitler's young minions,
the masked men in bathrobes and machetes have not yet learned to fear
the power of Western democracy that could, if it so wished as
the 10,000 resting at St. Avold have so proved put a stop to
their cowardly murdering rather quickly and thus end the Arab tolerance
of these beheading fanatics.
Meanwhile, the U.N. scolds Israel about its fence to
keep out suicide murderers to the applause of the European and Arab
worlds. Yet both sit mostly powerless while Arabs in turn systematically
mass murder black Africans in the Sudan. Can we at least drop the falsity:
In the new global CNN media circus, an Arab must kill 1,000 innocents
deliberately to warrant the condemnation that the world allots to a
Jew who kills one Arab inadvertently.
There's more. Well worth the
full read. permalink
Dvorak opens mouth, inserts foot
I rarely bother with John
Dvorak. (Use Bugmenot
for p/w, hat tip: Michele.)
He has a shtick when it comes to blogs. He thinks we suck. Or at least,
he writes columns that assert we suck. I'm thinking he's found out that
he gets a zillion links every time he goes after bloggers.
But I had to point this out. The Grammar Cop in me demands it. Especially
after he wrote this:
All these complaints aside, reporting live from an
event is not necessarily what bloggers do best. What they do best is
comb the Internet for overlooked information and obscure reports. Their
patron saint should be IF Stone not Seymour Hersh
Actually, what bloggers do best is catch big-J journos screwing up. And
speaking of which:
And like the legions of Star Trek fans who pour
over every episode frame-by-frame to find flaws, bloggers will, in fact,
become the watchdog of the media, combing news reports, and keeping
everyone honest. What's more important than that?
The word Dvorak is looking for is "pore."
It's a verb meaning
To read or study carefully and attentively: pored
over the classified ads in search of a new job.
It's one of my pet peeves. I hate seeing it used incorrectly on a blog,
but at least blogger have an excuse. They don't employ editors, copy editors,
So. What's Dvorak's and CBS Marketwatch's excuse?
Blogging: The new gotcha! journalism. permalink
Arab anti-Semitism: It's pandemic
For the past sixty or seventy years, if not longer than that, the Arab
nations have been indulging in one form or another of Jew-hatred. I don't
see how we can possibly re-educate those whose very institutions
the existence of the state of Israel. I don't see how we can reform
those whose governments sponsor a multi-part
miniseries during the Arab equivalent of sweeps month (Ramadan) that
echoes the lies of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, with their media
the series was truthful. And if you go to Google News today and look
for the phrase "horseman without a horse," you will find this
article on Al-Jazeera, which calls the Protocols "an allegedly
anti-Semitic television programme" that was "loosely based on
The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, a controversial document that has
never been corroborated."
That article is dated July 16th.
A quick look around MEMRI will show you case
Arab anti-Semitism. And MEMRI presents regular
updates on the presence of anti-Semitism in the Arab and Muslim world.
So the shock and surprise expressed by the UN's European's ambassadors
at the negative
Arab reaction to a UN resolution on anti-Semitism is particularly
annoying. All they had to do was open their eyes in their own backyards
to see the Muslim
hatred of Jews.
NEW YORK - Arab states at the United Nations are trying
to foil a proposal to raise a vote condemning anti-Semitism in the General
Assembly this September.
At a closed meeting held recently in New York, UN ambassadors
from Arab and EU countries met and the Arabs made clear that they do
not accept the initiative for the UN General Assembly to condemn anti-Semitism.
The blunt language used by the Arabs describing their
opposition, and their plans to use diplomatic means to prevent the resolution
from reaching a vote, shocked the Europeans, said a UN source.
According to UN sources, the Arab delegates were also
critical of a UN seminar on anti-Semitism held last month. A senior
Western diplomat said that among the Arabs who spoke with the Europeans
was PLO observer Nasser al Kidwe, and he was particularly outspoken
in his objections to a UN General Assembly resolution on anti-Semitism.
The source said Kidwe attacked the content of UN Secretary
general Koffi Anan's speech to the seminar last month, particularly
Annan's pride in the cancelation of the 1975 Zionism equals racism resolution.
"The Europeans were depressed when they left the meeting,"
said the source.
I would like to hear what kind of blunt language they used, frankly.
I would very much like to hear the Arab ambassadors to the UN expressing
the kind of Jew-hatred we know they already hold. I'd like to see it plastered
on the front page of the New York Times. But then, I'd also like to win
Jordanian Ambassador to the UN Prince Ziad Hussein
argued that the resolution would reinforce the tendency to call any
criticism of Israel, anti-Semitic. Moroccan Ambassador Mohammed Banone,
said that the seminar against anti-Semitism was a terrible idea and
a decision would only divide the world body. Arab League Ambassador
Mahamas Hani warned that a UN resolution condemning anti-Semitism would
have a negative impact on the Middle East.
The proposed resolution would issue a general condemnation
of all forms of anti-Semitism and acts of intolerance, incitement and
harassment. The decision would also call on member countries to take
steps to block anti-Semitism.
Major countries have already committed to voting in
favor. Last year, an Israeli initiative for a similar resolution failed.
Of course the Arabs would have to vote against this resolution. The Protocols
are bestsellers in Arab nations, and their Friday
sermons nearly always condemn
or call for the deaths of Jews. How could they vote for a resolution
against anti-Semitism, when hatred has become a part of their way of life?
Shame, once more, on the United Nations. Shame, once more, on the European
nations that allow this hatred to continue. And shame on the European
ambassadors who are so ignorant that they don't recognize the depths and
read of this hatred.
This is why Israel exists, and this is what "Never again" truly
means: Never again will Jews leave their fates in the hands of others.
Because every time we have done so in the past, we've regretted it. permalink
Talking to myself: The Yourish
I'm having a bit of a blog ennui problem again, so while I figure out
what to write, I thought I'd simply conduct interviews. But since I'm
really suffering from ennui, I didn't want to actually interview
someone. So I thought I'd try to interview myself. MQ is Meryl the Questioner.
MA is Meryl the Answerer. Just so you don't get confused over which of
us is which (although most of the MQ excerpts should end with a question
mark, which looks like a button hook, in case you needed that explained
MQ: Let's start with something simple. How old are
MA: You have got to be kidding.
MQ: No, really. How old are you?
MA: Shut up.
MQ: Why don't you want to tell me how old you are? Have you got something
to hide? Is this supposed to be a big secret or something? I could find
out if I really wanted to.
MA: Don't forget, when I get embarrassed, you get embarrassed, and I'm
just about to tell everyone about the time when you were a kid and you
really had to go to the bathroom and
MQ: You're single, right?
MA: What are you, my mother?
MQ: You're dodging the question again.
MA: Fine. Because I haven't found the right guy yet.
MQ: You're not looking very hard, are you? I mean, I know how
old you are, and you're still single, and I know you're not gay, so
howcome you're not married?
MA: Then there was that time in sixth grade when Wayne Roth
MQ: So why do you blog?
MA: Hello, it's right there in the About page.
MQ: Yes, but that's more than three years old. Let's hear a new reason.
You've been writing this weblog nearly every day for three years, and
you're not getting a salary, and your visitor count is really not that
big, considering the top bloggers are all in five digits now, and you're
still in four. So why?
MA: Hm. Habit, I think. Well, that, and now I feel guilty if I don't
post every day. There are people out there who read this weblog regularly,
and I hate disappointing them. Which is not to say that I don't take
breaks when I need them. Busch Gardens trips beat out the weblog obligation
MQ: Yes, but feeling guilty isn't really a good enough reason to spend
hours a day doing this work for essentially nothing.
MA: I like having an audience for my writing. And hey, my readers bought
me the new/old computer!
MQ: Yes, they did, they contributed more than $250, and they were wonderful.
But the blog isn't paying the rent, and by the way, how are you
managing with the bills this month?
MA: Then there were all those times in Kevin Hawley's rec room, when
you and Cindy and Kevin and Greg and
MQ: So let me see if I have this right: Every time I ask a question
you don't want to answer, you're going to bring up something embarrassing
from our past.
MQ: You know, you could just say, "I'd rather not answer that."
MA: Nope. I'm just being me.
MQ: Yup. I mean, okay. New question: Who are you voting for in November?
(And by the way, about damned time you straightened out your voter
registration screwup. Don't forget, if you don't get the registration
validation in two weeks, call them.)
MA: I haven't decided yet. I've been watching the DNC carefully. I think
this is the most important election of my life, and I want to see if
Kerry has a sensible policy on the Terror War. Note that I'm not saying
"the war on terror." It's a war, and it's the Terror War.
I hate nearly all of Bush's domestic policies, but I'm willing to hold
my nose and vote for him if I think that Kerry's going to blow the war.
MQ: If you were a tree, which
MA: Two words: Dino Magley.
MQ: Fine. It'd probably be willow, anyway. I know the willow tree is
MA: It's the most beautiful tree in existence, if you ask me. I wish
I had a dozen of them in my yard.
MQ: You don't have a yard yet.
MA: Okay. I wish I had a yard, and a dozen willow trees in it.
MQ: So do I. All right: What's your favorite food?
MA: The fried potato in nearly all of its forms. Chips, fries, latkes...
MQ: Favorite drink?
MA: Coke. Classic, in glass bottles, if possible. I treat myself to
a six-pack from time to time. Used to buy one a week as a present after
I quit smoking. I was still saving over twenty bucks a week. Now, a
six-pack of glass bottles cost less than a pack of cigarettes
MQ: Yeah, good thing you quit smoking. Six years and two months next
week. On Dad's birthday, come to think of it. He'd have been 81.
MA: So how old are you?
MQ: Oh, shut up. He got married old, remember? And Mom was practically
an old maid when she got married. That's why they're so old. I'm not
old. Anyway, you know what I always say: You're only as old as you look,
and I don't look my age.
MA: That's true, you were carded until you were well over the legal
MQ: So you think we can find a guy through this weblog?
MA: I think that if we haven't found one yet in more than three years
of blogging, it ain't gonna happen. All the neat stuff seems to happen
to other bloggers. Feh.
MQ: What's with you and email lately?
MA: Ennui. I'm backlogged. Things are still pretty rough in my personal
life. When that happens, I tend to distract myself from the issues at
hand by doing things like watching old Buffy episodes. Only I saw an
episode of Angel last night that makes me want to watch Angel eps, but
I only have season one on DVD. Bummer.
MQ: You have all those tapes.
MA: Hey, yeah, that's right! Kewl. By the way, bored now.
MQ: But I haven't even gotten started yet!
MA: Yeah, but I'm done.
with a kiss
So you thought you'd say goodbye in the summer
Ahmed I promise you bliss
If you will stay on every day as my minister
Sealed with a kiss
It was gonna be a long lonely summer
But I'd fill the emptiness
I'd make some other schmuck my prime minister
Sealed with a kiss
I'll see you in Ramallah
I'll hear your voice on the news
I'll run to hold joint news conferences
So Ahmed, won't you come back?
I don't wanna say goodbye for the summer
Knowing the love we'll miss
Oh let us make a pledge to meet in Ramallah
And seal it with a kiss
So it will not be a long lonely summer
'Cause I've filled the emptiness
I've got my old schmuck back as prime minister
Sealed with a kiss
Sealed with a kiss
Sealed with a kiss
Simon has one, too.
The unsinkable murderer
Hands up, anyone who's truly surprised by this
Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia has withdrawn
his resignation after crisis talks with President Yasser Arafat. Mr.
Qureia says he will work with Mr. Arafat to help end the political unrest
in the Gaza Strip.
Abu Merang is back again. And everything is sweetness and light.
Mr. Qureia emerged with Mr. Arafat from the meeting
in a display of unity.
Standing outside Mr. Arafat's headquarters in the West
Bank city of Ramallah, the two men kissed on the cheeks before raising
their clasped hands in the air. Mr. Qureia says he withdrew his resignation
and promised steps toward reform and upholding the rule of law in the
Once again, Arafat has managed to use smoke, mirrors, and death threats
to get what he wants.
Palestinian officials said Mr. Qureia has won a greater
say in running the Palestinian Authority and that Mr. Arafat will announce
details of the deal soon.
Sure. Any day now, I'm going to win the lottery, too.
If any of you still think that Arafat was in any real trouble, think
Arafat knew very well what he was doing when he named
his third-cousin to the important job. If there is a subject Arafat
knows inside and out it is the Palestinian internal balance of power,
and it is certain that he knew what to expect from many in Gaza, particularly
younger members of Fatah, the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, and the people
in Mohammed Dahlan's camp.
Arafat's associates said last night that he felt he
had to do something after he was forced to compromise with the kidnappers
of polie chief Ghazi Jibali, and to promise to fire the hated police
commander. In other words, he admitted he had to give in on the Jibali
issue - but he proved, by appointing Mousa Arafat, that he is still
in charge. Arafat's associates added that Arafat actually decided to
remove Jibali two months ago, so he didn't really give in on that issue,
However, Arafat did take a small step toward Mousa
Arafat's opponents, by appointing Gen. Abdel Razaq Majaida - former
head of the National Security forces - ostensibly over Mousa Arafat.
The appointment clearly "kicked Majaida upstairs."
When Mousa Arafat convened a press conference on Sunday
to announce his appointment as the new security boss in Gaza, Majaida
- one of the oldest and most loyal of Arafat's cronies - was sitting
next to him, even though he had seemingly been deposed to make room
for Arafat. It was a clear sign that in fact Majaida was not thrown
There was a superb analysis that I can't find again, I think in the Jerusalem
Post, that pointed out that those leading the "revolt" against
Arafat were his thugs who had lost their jobs and wanted them backnot
the people who are suffering from the corruption of the palestinian leadership.
They're still completely cowed, calls
for Arafat's resignation from Hanan Ashrawi and others notwithstanding.
(He knows he can't have her assassinated. She's too important to the PR
Then there's the US election, which Arafat is hoping will work to his
advantage. He thinks if Bush is defeated, he gets a new life. That remains
to be seen. permalink
On Second Thought
As you may have noticed, I have named these posts. On Second Thought
was the name of the weekly humor column I wrote for my college paper.
I really liked writing that column, and the students really liked reading
it. I know this for two reasons: One, when I was feeling really
blue or the world was getting to me, I'd wander around campus on a Thursday
afternoon, right after the paper came out, and watch people turn immediately
to the page my column was on and start laughing. It never failed to pick
me up. And two, ten years after I graduated from Montclair State, I was
at a bar called Finnamore's (no longer in existence), chatting with a
friend of mine over a drink, when this woman walked up to me and said,
"Aren't you Meryl Yourish? Didn't you write a humor column for The
Montclarion?" I was floored that she recognized me ten years later,
but hey, my ego was flying for the rest of the night.
Um. The above paragraph may seem a little egotistical. Ah, screw it.
If you've got it, flaunt it.
I was at Heidi's last night. G. is on a trip out of town for a conference,
and Heidi was working second shift, and we thought that Sorena needed
some company until Heidi got home from work. And since it's raining again
for, hm, the fourth day in a row, I was in no rush to get home. Besides,
the dogs are at their best first thing in the morning. At one point, I
was playing tug of war with both Worf and Willow, each hand holding an
end of a different dog toy while the other end of the toy had a ridgeback's
jaws on it. It was almost like being drawn and quartered by ridgeback,
except for the messy bloody death part. Well, and there were only two,
not four, though Sparty was looking on longingly. Sorena said it looked
like the dogs were playing Tug of Meryl.
So I'm driving north on I-95 to get home, and the electric sign says
"Accident 22 miles ahead. All lanes closed." And I'm thinking,
gee, if I needed to go north, where could I pick up Route 1 and get around
this mess? (It was just a what-if. I only needed to go another three miles
on 95.) Then I promptly forget about the accident, until about an hour
ago, when I'm watching Days of Our Lives, and a news crawl announces that
the reason 95 is closed is because a tractor-trailer carrying a cargo
of grenades overturned. Traffic is being detoured to Route 1.
Oh. Good call, closing the highway, guys. Good call.
This is one of the
funniest things I've read in months. Brought to you by Lair Simon's
of the Cats. Spit-monitor warning. permalink
The palestinian-made security
Apparently, a few palestinians have made
millions of dollars selling cement to Israelto build the separation
Palestinian businessmen have made millions of pounds
supplying cement for Israel's "security barrier" in the full
knowledge of Yasser Arafat, the Palestinian leader and one of the wall's
most vocal critics.
A damning report by Palestinian legislators, which
has been seen by the Telegraph, concludes that Mr Arafat did nothing
to stop the deals although he publicly condemned the structure as a
"crime against humanity".
The report claims that the cement was sold with the
knowledge of senior officials at the Palestinian ministry of national
economy, and close advisers to Mr Arafat. It concludes that officials
were bribed to issue import licences for the cement to importers and
businessmen working for Israelis.
One of the report's three authors, Hassan Khreishe
- an independent legislator and long-term critic of Mr Arafat - last
night called for the Palestinian cabinet to resign.
"Wealthy Palestinians with connections at the
highest levels have been making millions helping Israel build this wall
while Arafat and the Palestinian Authority have been urging people to
fight against it," said Mr Khreishe, a council member from
the West Bank city of Tulkarm.
But wait, there's more. Some of the main benefactors of the millions?
Minister Ahmed Qurei's family.
The family of the Palestinian prime minister has been
supplying concrete for Israel's security barrier, it was claimed yesterday,
as legislators launched an investigation into companies profiting from
"We want to know if this cement was used to build
the barrier or any other Israeli needs," said Hassan Khreishe,
a Palestinian legislator on the inquiry committee.
Of course, both charges are vehemently denied. But this isn't the first
cement controversy. If memory serves, Yasser Arafat and other palestinian
bigwigs own cement factories, which do a booming business in the territories
rebuilding houses that get damaged during IDF activities. They also sell
cement to build Jewish settlements.
But the most damning part of the Telegraph article is below. It says
that Arafat knew about the cement being sent to build the fence on the
very day he called for an international protest against it.
According to the report, on November 9 last year a
letter was sent to Mr Arafat by the Palestinian Authority comptroller,
revealing that open-ended import licences for the cement had been signed
by Maher al-Masri, the economy minister.
The Palestinian Authority comptroller asserted in the
letter that the cement was destined for the wall.
The letter was allegedly received and seen by Mr
Arafat on the same day that he urged people to demonstrate on the first
international "Day against the Wall". According to Mr
Khreishe, Mr Arafat took no action to stop further imports, which continued
for another five months.
This is the corruption that the Gazans are currently protesting against.
Perhaps the UN ought to think about issuing sanctions against the PA for
supporting the "apartheid wall." permalink
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