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This one's for Harrison, whose current choice of blog colors is unreadable in Firefox (Yes, that's a hint. See my rant on reverse type and hard-to-read weblogs). Pups for Peace are saving Israeli lives.
The "Judaization" (/sarcasm) of Jerusalem continues:
Yes, get used to it, people. That's our holiest shrine that you tried to steal.
A light among the darkness: The king of Morocco saved the Jews of his nation from the Nazis.
A true example of Muslim-Jewish friendship, and one I had no idea existed. Unfortunately, seven years later, Moroccans rioted against Jews upon the founding of the State of Israel, causing the Jewish community of Morocco to flee to Israel. There are only 7,500 Jews left today.
Damn. I was trying to post positive things today, but, well, there you have it. The world does not like the Jews.
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There's a reason Jews who experienced the Holocaust say they feel like it's the 1930s all over again. (Hat tip: Joel G.)
It gets worse.
The world does not like the Jews. But we already knew that.
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Thing 0: As in, Oh, yeah: I'm getting my ass kicked in the JIB awards. Go, click, vote. Update: Thank you, thank you, I'm doing much better in Best Overall. But Meirav was two is languishing down near the spot where it will be disqualified. A few votes for Best Post? Please? (And while you're at it, Taxi and Niceness are quite good. I haven't finished reading them all yet.) And yes, Dave has taken Kevin's lead and allows you to vote once every 24 hours. Sigh. One vote, Dave. One!
Thing 1: I'm stuck on the essay I promised. It is now titled "The Wandering Jew." The reason I'm stuck is because there are two essays in my head, and they're battling each other to come out. One will win eventually, but it won't be today. I'm pretty sure I know which one is winning, and it's not the one that has all the dry facts in it.
Thing 2: Yesterday, Tig got up long before I wanted to. I was awake, but heading back to sleep. He yowled from the floor at me to wake up. I ignored him. I wanted to see what he would do. He jumped into bed and over me and yowled at me from the right. I ignored him. He jumped back over me, yowled in my left ear. I ignored him. I ignored him as he started pawing at the blanket. Two hours later, I woke up, and there was a Tig-sized lump under the covers at my feet, purring happily.
Thing 3: It doesn't take much to make me happy. I found Coke glasses for 99 cents at CVS. I love Coke bulb glasses, but refuse to pay much for them. Plus, they're generally too thin and break too easily. My favorite all-time Coke glass was a very thick bulb glass with a mug handle attached to it. Shop-Rite sold them. Mine broke eventually, and I've never found anything like it since. I am currently drinking out of my new Coke glass. I have two new Coke glasses, anticipating breakage. But until then, I am a happy camper. And, apparently, a cheap date.
Thing 4: On Monday, I checked the TV Guide online and saw that there was a new Gilmore Girl episode. Hooray, I thought, finally! I put the tape in the VCR Monday night, woke up Tuesday morning, put the tape carefully aside for later. I went out to lunch with Sarah and the kids, did various other things, and finally sat down to watch the new episode.
And remembered that this farging backwater of a non-major media city, Richmond, does not have the WB, and as a result, gets the Gilmore Girls a week behind the rest of the country. At 2:30 a.m. on Tuesdays. It was a repeat. Dammit. Well, at least Scrubs was new, and it was the one with Colin Farrell.
Thing 5: Had lunch with the G.'s at Brock's BBQ on Tuesday. It started off a little roughly. Three of the four children wanted to sit next to me, and, well, I am not a triangle. After a bit of bargaining, we convinced the six-year-old to give up his seat, while the twins sat on either side. Which worked fine until Max decided he needed to sit next to his mother, so then we had his oldest brother switch seats with him, which made that the second time he switched seats because Nate didn't want to let Max sit next to me at first. (He wanted the window seat. Jake kindly offered to give up his window seat to prevent tears.)
During lunch, I realized that one of my main purposes in life is to feed meat to Rebecca. When we eat at Hi's, she gets her share of my roast beef sandwich. When we eat at Brock's, my job is to give her skinless chicken (God forbid there should be skin or crust on it), cut to bite-sized pieces. (She refused to eat one that she felt was not cut small enough, until I cut it smaller). I also have to give her various side dishes, such as hush puppies and green beans, and don't even get me started on Chinese food. That girl has eaten at least half my chicken and broccoli every time we have Chinese for lunch. You know the old saying about being hungry an hour after eating Chinese food? Well, with me, it's because Rebecca has eaten my lunch. I have never seen a child who can hold so much food in such a tiny stomach.
The funniest moment of the day: Rebecca was showing off her belly button, so I commented on it, which, of course, got Max to raise his shirt. "I see your belly button," I told him. "I have a penis," he told me.
I could not stop laughing.
Three-year-olds. They're even more fun than two-year-olds, because they say and do more embarrassing things. And the best part about it is, it doesn't matter what they do, they can't embarrass me. I'm not their mother.
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The Holocaust, symbolized by Auschwitz, the worst of the death camps, occurred in the wake of consistent, systematic, unrelenting anti-Jewish propaganda campaigns. As a result, the elimination of the Jews from German society was accepted as axiomatic, leaving open only two questions: when and how.
As Germany expanded its domination and occupation of Austria, Czechoslovakia, France, the Low Countries, Yugoslavia, Poland, parts of the USSR, Greece, Romania, Hungary, Italy and others countries, the way was open for Hitler to realize his well-publicized plan of destroying the Jewish people.
After experimentation, the use of Zyklon B on unsuspecting victim was adopted by the Nazis as the means of choice, and Auschwitz was selected as the main factory of death (more accurately, one should refer to the Auschwitz-Birkenau complex). The green light for mass annihilation was given at the Wannsee Conference, January 20, 1942.
The Wannsee Conference formalized "the final solution" - the plan to transport Europe's Jews to eastern labour and death camps. Ever efficient and bureaucratic, the Nazi kept a record of the meeting, which were discovered in 1947 in the files of the German Foreign Office. The record represents a summary made by Adolf Eichmann at the time, even though they are sometime referred to as "minutes".
Several of the Conference participants survived the war to be convicted at Nuremberg. One notorious participant, Adolf Eichmann, was tried and convicted in Jerusalem, and executed in 1962 in Ramlah prison.
The mass gassings of Europe's took place in Auschwitz between 1942 and the end of 1944, when the Nazis retreated before the advancing Red Army. Jews were transported to Auschwitz from all over Nazi-occupied or Nazi-dominated Europe and most were slaughtered in Auschwitz upon arrival, sometimes as many as 12,000 in one day. Some victims were selected for slave labour or medical experimentation before they were murdered or allowed to die. All were subject to brutal treatment.
In all, between three and four million people, mostly Jews, but also Poles and Red Army POWs, were slaughtered in Auschwitz alone (though some authors put the number at 1.3 million). Other death camps were located at Sobibor, Chelmno, Belzec (Belzek), Majdanek and Treblinka. Adding the toll of these and other camps, as well as the mass executions and the starvation im the Ghettos, six million Jews, men, women, the elderly and children lost their lives as a consequence of the Nazi atrocities.
Auschwitz was liberated by the Red Army on 27 January 1945, sixty years ago, after most of the prisoners were forced into a Death March westwards. The Red Army found in Auschwitz about 7,600 survivors, but not all could be saved.
For a long time, the Allies were well aware of the mass murder, but deliberately refused to bomb the camp or the railways leading to it. Ironically, during the Polish uprising, the Allies had no hesitation in flying aid to Warsaw, sometimes flying right over Auschwitz.
There are troubling parallels between the systematic vilification of Jews before the Holocaust and the current vilification of the Jewish people and Israel. Suffice it to note the annual flood of anti-Israel resolutions at the UN; or the public opinion polls taken in Europe, which single out Israel as a danger to world peace; or the divestment campaigns being waged in the US against Israel; or the attempts to delegitimize Israels very existence. The complicity of the Allies in WW II is mirrored by the support the PLO has been receiving from Europe, China and Russia to this very day.
If remembering Auschwitz should teach us anything, it is that we must all support Israel and the Jewish people against the vilification and the complicity we are witnessing, knowing where it inevitably leads.
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Tomorrow is the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. Elie Wiesel was a prisoner there. He wrote about it in Night, his memoir of the camps.
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I should not be enjoying this: I'm a bad person. I laughed when I read this:
Sorry, but the first thing that came to mind was, "How do you like it?"
Deny, deny, deny: So the Belgian ambassador to Lebanon holds a meeting with Hassan Nasrallah, the creep in charge who urges the destruction of Israel on a regular basis. Israel protests the meeting, citing the fact that, oh, Hezbollah is a terrorist organization, at least, to everyone but the EU. Today, Belgium suddenly decides that its ambassador acted wholly on his own. Because, you know, it's so likely that an ambassador will do something that would endanger his career without first checking with the home office.
Ouch, a letter of reprimand! Wow, that'll teach him.
The Russian Bear, redux? Add renewing ties with Syria to Vladimir Putin's apparent attempts to bring back the grand old days of Russian hegemony. The missile deal that Israel and the US got Putin to cancel was only part of it. Russia just canceled billions of dollars of Soviet-era debt with the Ba'athis nation, probably as a reward for supporting the Iraqi "resistance."
That's just the writer being disingenuous. Look at the next two paragraphs. I didn't even have to read the article to know what Russia was getting for its $9.8 billion.
Another Russian revival, and not in a good way: Let us not forget that the authors of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion were the Russians. Last week, 20 members of Russia's parliament asked the Prosecutor General of Russia to launch an investigation into Jewish organizations, with the ultimate intent to ban them all. Sound familiar? Yeah, it did to me, too.
One more time, the yourish.com mantra: Anti-Semites of the world, just die already.
What biased media? Has anyone read about the Israeli effort to help the tsunami victims? No? Gee, I don't understand it. All you have to do is look. With a magnifying glass. Or perhaps a microscope. Apparently, good news and Israel don't sell.
Right. And I'm outta here. I have an essay to finish today. I think it may be titled, "Jews, go back to Germany."
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Dave put them up a couple of days ago. You can go here to see them all. The ones I specifically aimed for are best post and best overall. I think Lair Simon of This Blog is Full of Crap deserves best humor blog, not me. Vote for him.
Go, look, vote. And remember that there are a lot of good bloggers nominated. Many of the Jewish bloggers on my blogroll are there, too. Vote for them as well. (Notice how carefully I am not recommending anyone other than Lair, who isn't running against anyone else I know. Well, except me, but like I saidvote for him. I am. I don't run a humor blog.)
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But wait, there's more! This quote is unintentionally hilarious.
Let me translate that last paragraph for you. He didn't say Hamas would effect a truce. He said if Israel agred to all of Hamas' conditions, then they'd think about a temporary truce.
It's the same thing, all over again, with the world ready to spin it as Israel's fault as soon as they respond to a suicide bombing, shooting, or attack on Israelis on either side of the Green Line.
By the way, if you need to know why the anti-Israel spin in every AP article? Here's why:
I'm guessing he's the one with the contacts in Hamas. They have offices in Damascus. But hey, it's our imagination, this anti-Israel bias.
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I really need to catch up on things, but today I was catching up on friendships. I met Sarah and all four G. kids for lunch, then went to Heidi's for some more catch-up, then ran errands. However, I found a new blog this week, The Wandering Jew, that you can check out while you're waiting. I can't say exactly what it is. Is it a photoblog? Yes. Is it a political blog? Yes. Is it a Jewblog? Yes. Go check it out for yourself, and see what I mean. What I can say is that it's quite good.
And since I'm plugging good blogs, here's something from my draft folder that didn't make it in but should have:
How did I miss this one? Rick Richman runs a helluva blog. Start at the top and scroll down. And yes, I agree about his reference to Boker Tov, Boulder, a blog I've read before but haven't yet linked.
Go, read, I'll be back later.
I've also been preparing a special post for Thursday, the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. It's not quite there yet, but it will be by Thursday.
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Worst. Day. Ever. Oh, wait. This is supposed to be the worst day of the year. I wish someone had told me that before I woke up, so I'd have been properly prepared. Instead, I just thought it was another Monday in January. Can we rewind so I can be bummed?
Micromanagers suck great big hairy moose [censored]: That's all I'm saying. I'm not saying who it was, or what it concerned, I'm just saying that micromanagers suck great big hairy moose [censored]. And I hate them. (That expression, by the way, is one I learned from a Princeton graduate. I think she got her money's worth from that phrase alone.)
Oh, that's what that beeping was: Yesterday morning, I'm not quite sure when, I was woken up by a beep-beep-beep that I didn't recognize. Damned CO detector, I thought, and went back to sleep. I got up, did my things, wondered why nobody had called to talk snow and ice or whatever with me, and cleaned off my car. About 12:30, I decided to call Blockbuster and make totally sure that I wouldn't be charged a late fee if I didn't bring my movie back yesterday. My cordless phone wasn't on the charger. I finally found it, and it was dead. Oh. I knew I'd forgotten to do something before I went to bed that night.
I have a land-line phone, but I keep the ringer volume off because I hate getting woken up by the phone. Plus, the ringer usually scares the cats right off the bed, which is a rude awakening for me if they decide they need to exit on my side. Claws and morning-sensitive skin: Not a great combination.
Shyeah, right: Two days ago, I cooked up a bunch of potato sticks, some to eat with dinner, some to put away for the next day. Somehow, the extra ones never made it off the kitchen table. Well, yes, they did, but the journey to my stomach wasn't exactly what I was hoping for.
And I wonder why my jeans are getting tighter.
Oh, he wanted a snug: The scene in my kitchen five minutes ago:
Damned cat. And he's already yowling again. Damned cat.
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A couple of days ago, I was all set to congratulate the AP for this boilerplate copy that now accompanies all of their stories that feature Hamas:
But then, while searching for the boilerplate in the latest AP stories, I found it's been changed to this:
Suddenly, Hamas is no longer a terrorist organization, and the AP has also decided that it no longer calls for Israel's destruction, in spite of the fact that the charter is easily available online. Without having to go backwards in time, you can read the words of Hamas that declare this:
Note that the above clearly states that there can be no negotiation. In any case, this is the organization that the AP has now deemed has, "in the past," called for Israel's destruction. As to why the AP has suddenly decided that Hamas no longer calls for Israel's destruction, well, you're going to have to ask the editors that.
But wait, there's more. Just when you think the AP can sink no lower, you need to see this. Go ahead, click the link first, and read the story. Pay particular attention to the picture on the left-hand side, and the caption that reads:
When you click on the link location, you get this caption, underneath one of the masked Black September terrorists standing out on the balcony of the Munich Olympics Village where they were holding the Israeli Olympic athletes hostage:
Why would they call it an Arab "Commando" group? I don't know. Perhaps because that's what the editor deemed was inoffensive, as they have this copy in the article:
"Defining deviance down" was a phrase that Daniel Patrick Moynihan made popular. Now, terrorists are "commandos," hostages are no longer killed, they're simply "seized," and Hamas called for Israel's destruction in the past.
No, there's no bias to the media. None at all.
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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.