Saturday, June 12, 2010

comedian regrets Rush not in bad health

On the Letterman Show, a comedian named Robert Klein expresses regret that Rush Limbaugh's health wasn't worse late last year, when he had to visit a hospital in Hawaii.

Letterman Guest Robert Klein Suggests Limbaugh’s Good Health is a Bad Thing

What's his name, Rush Limbaugh, who believes so much in the sanctity of marriage he's done it four times now, you know, but, you know, not if he, doesn't approve of marriage if both the husband and wife are circumcised, you know, that's out of the questions. I think a lot of that came from him, and, you know, he was in the hospital couple of months ago in Hawaii. Turned out to be nothing. See? You lose some, you win some. But anyway.

While I think he has a point in pointing out how Limbaugh's own failed marriage do tarnish his pro-marriage message, he crosses a line when he claims that Rush's good wealth is "lose".

Saturday, June 5, 2010

a person of inner ugliness

Helen Thomas: Jews Should Go Back to 'Germany' or 'Poland' and 'Get the Hell Out of Palestine'

A remark that even a modicum of thought would reveal how stupid it is.

There are many reasons why Jewish people chose to leave Europe--for all the good in European history, one serious blemish has been the anti-Semitism even too many Christians fell into. Far too many persecutions and pogroms, then finally the Nazi "Final Solution", and quite understandably, many Jews picked up and left.

Perhaps most strange would be her telling them to go back to Germany, the place where Nazism began and spread from.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

and here are the weapons

Wonder if Sojo will now official claim they were "planted". See the last post to understand that.

Knives, bullet-proof jackets, gun sites, pretty large sling shots, and even the binoculars seem odd for 'humanitarian aid'.

sojo spins the Israrel blockade incident

Yep, here we go, Sojo's pulled out the big guns, and of course, we can easily guess who they are for and against.

Nonviolence and the Gaza Freedom Movement

Their primary cargo was humanitarian aid, and their purpose was to make a political point, not engage Israeli forces in combat. If fighting broke out when armed Israeli forces arrived that is to be regretted, but that should not be mistaken for the Gaza Freedom Movement’s intentions.

Ah, yes, so he says. But just in case...

The Israeli government has already been hurriedly trying to explain its own violence with allegations that the activists were armed and intent on delivering materials meant to be weaponized. If Israel were to plant weapons on the scene after the fact to distort the investigation, it would only be following the U.S.’s example in Iraq. Since this incident took place in international waters, involving people from around the world, a truly international investigation should take place immediately

So, the claim is that that flotilla was carrying only "primarily humanitarian" stuff. And just in case Israel says they find weapons, well, those were planted by the Israelis.

Oh, and this is rich.

There is already a tendency in the reportage to point out the support of violent actors, such as Gaza’s Hamas regime, for the flotilla. Some will contend that the activists are therefore “supporters of terrorism.” Attempts are also being made to link the activists to extremists in Turkey, which the Turkish government reportedly has investigated and strenuously denies. Whatever the case may be, it’s important that we not let the activists’ actions be falsely conflated with those of others. Making such conflations are very much in the interests of those who would want to justify Israel’s disproportionate violence; nonviolent resistance is often more threatening to the powerful than violent resistance because it so visibly undermines their claim to moral superiority.

Yes, don't confuse us with the facts about Hamas, IHH, and others who are using the flotilla and this incident for propoganda reasons. Just focus on those nonviolent activist (don't bother mentioning that they attacked soldiers) and feel sad.

Sad, really. One would think Sojo would be interested in the truth, but they seem to be only concerned with the propoganda value of the incident, and how they can use it for their own ends.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

another round of "blame Israel"

The “Freedom Flotilla” Tragedy

A bit ago, I had an entry about how Arizona just can't seem to do anything right. Perhaps they should consult with the one entity (short of God) about whom so many people seem to blame everything, Israel.

Like the Sojo writer here.

The Flotilla refused demands they dock at an Israeli port, because their journey is in part humanitarian in the narrow sense, and in part it represents a demand that the blockade be ended and the Palestinians treated as a People worthy of respect and direct relationship, not mere mendicants hungry for a handout. That respect is what the Israeli government refused — and has refused for years.

Hmm...maybe Israel is a bit tired of having Palestinians shoot missles at them. Or maybe they're just a bit leary of the neighbors who have promised to kill all of them. Don't know about you, but if my next-door neighbor was threatening to kill me or my family, and I could stop someone else from giving him a gun, I'd likely do my darnedest to stop that someone else.

But if Israel does so, it's a crime, for whatever reason.

There is much that is valuable and decent and sensible in Israeli society. But the actions of its present government are a danger to the peace of the whole world — including the United States. That government will not change on its own. Although Hamas has in the last year shown some readiness to change, after the events of this weekend it will be much harder for Hamas to change on its own.

If Israel's right to defend herself is so destabilizing, then the situation likely requires more than some nice words. And Palestinian rulers have not been the most reliable when their demands are met. It usually seems to inflame them.

It's sad, really. No doubt there are decent Palestinians, ones who didn't dance in the streets when 9-11 happened, or who have remorse or repentence for doing so, but their rulers are no such people, and Israel is right to not trust them. Or such camera-hungry, incident causing 'humanitarians'.