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New Year things

Hey, where did all the posts from the past week go? Into the archives. I have certain OCD-like habits, and one of them is refusing to have a post from 2005 in the 2004 archives, even though my archives are structured from Sunday to Saturday each week. So yes, today's posts will be a one-day archive and I will start a new week tomorrow, and yeah, it's a pain in the ass, but hey, there you have it. Obsessive-compulsive disorder is also known as perfectionism, and, well, I'm a perfectionist in many things. On the other hand, the only thing I'm truly obsessive about is making sure there is absolutely no hair on the bar of soap in the shower. Everything else I can live with, but not that.

Okay, I insist on the toilet paper over the roller, not under. But that's still only two OCD things. Betcha you all have at least one or two.

It's not my fault. I really want my disk reader. I think I'm going to go over to Heidi's tomorrow to get it. I got the greatest shots of the cats today and yesterday, including one where Tig is imitating a tribble, and a few rare shots of the two of them together. I'd use the USB cable, but, well, my old Vaio doesn't want to read CDs, so I can't load the driver, and, damn, I have to get my HP fixed.

Well, that was a short service: We didn't have a minyan last night. I was number nine, and the last to arrive. No wonder everyone turned to look at me when I came in. (I was only two minutes late.) We would have had a minyan if the rabbi's daughter had had her son a few days earlier, because the rabbi stayed in New York for the bris. He pointed out the irony of his daughter in Florida having her baby in the summertime, and his daughter in New York having hers in the winter. They couldn't reverse the order? he wondered. The president of the synagogue passed this along to us, not the rabbi, who, I'm sure, had a minyan last night. Hell, he probably had a minyan at his daughter's house, as her husband is a rabbi.

Vacation is nearly over. But I do feel less tired and a bit less stressed. I think I need another week or so. Yeah, don't we all.

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A new year, a new hope?


Well, no. Tell me what's missing in this quote from Mamoud Abbas, speaking to most-wanted terrorist and current Yourish Dead Pool candidate Zakaria Zubeidi, the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, and thousands of their cheering supporters.

"Rafah suffers from oppression and occupation, but it will not be defeated and humiliated and will not back down except after victory and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state, with Jerusalem as its capital," Abbas told the cheering crowd.

I believe the word "East" is missing in front of Jerusalem. Yasser Arafat used to make that same error. In fact, this next quote sounds like Abbas, the so-called "moderate," is channeling Arafat directly:

Abbas repeatedly praised longtime Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, who died on Nov. 11. Both men were among the founders of the Fatah movement.

"Today we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the revolution begun by Abu Ammar," he said, referring to Arafat. "We will continue until a Palestinian boy and girl place a Palestinian flag over the walls and minarets of Jerusalem," he said.

Once again, missing the word "East" in that quote. Because Abbas, like Arafat, has no intention of living in peace with Israel. If I had any doubts before, they are removed. Abbas' message is that violence has "harmed the cause" of palestinian independence, not that it is morally wrong. Abbas was hand-picked by Arafat, and I'm beginning to believe every single "disagreement" was completely stage-managed by the two of them. The fact that no one of note is running against Abbas signals to me that the palestinians have no intention of converting to democratic rule. All we need now is for Jimmy Carter to ratify the sham of an election, and we're on the same merry-go-round we've been on for the past forty years.

And let us note for the record that Fatah was established in 1965—two years before the West Bank and Gaza came under Israeli rule. That is a fact that the world chooses to ignore. Fatah, Arafat's organization, was founded to destroy the state of Israel. Its goals haven't really changed. They're just cloaking them in pretty words for the idiots in the mainstream media to pass along. Witness these two paragraphs in the AP aritcle:

Abbas, the front-runner in the Jan. 9 presidential election, has been courting armed groups in recent days, even though he has spoken out against violence and called for a negotiated settlement with Israel. The campaigning has prompted questions about whether Abbas is playing campaign politics or identifying with violent groups.

[...] Abbas has been an outspoken critic of violence against Israel, saying the past four years of violence have done little for the Palestinian cause. But in recent days, he has repeatedly reached out to militant groups.

This is in spite of what he said in Riyadh two weeks ago:

"I don't want my comment on the demilitarization of the uprising to be misunderstood ... All I meant is that we are in a phase that does not necessitate arms because we want to negotiate," Abbas said in Riyadh where he ended an official visit Wednesday.

And read this garbage that Reuters is spreading about the same topic:

A veteran moderate in Arafat's circle, Abbas has parted from him in urging Palestinians to embrace non-violence in the struggle for statehood.

The Saudis are the moneymen behind the "uprising," don't forget, as well as the EU and the UN.

George W. Bush is a fool if he embraces Abbas as a democratic leader. I expected no less from John Kerry, but I could have sworn W. was smarter than that.

Yes, I'll wait and see. But I'm watching with a jaundiced eye.

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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 is also a good bet if you've never been here before.