Friday, November 24, 2006

Jimmy Carter: Just Plain Wrong

I have yet to read Jimmy Carter’s new book “Peace Not Apartheid”, but I can already tell it is going to be a stomach-turning event. It’s a shame Amazon doesn’t sell booze, for I would surely pick up a bottle of Gin with my order to sedate my rage.

I wasn’t even alive during Carter’s presidency, but my father continually speaks highly of the man. “A failure at President he may have been, but he was a man who stood by the truth and was honorable” is a phrase that pops out of my pop’s mouth every now and then. He may have been a nice guy, but some of his recent statements (and this book) have shown him to be far from a “truth” seeker.

In my daily drudge into the Huffington Post, I noticed Alan Dershowitz had a review of the book that was generally sour in nature. The comments that followed it have only reinforced my support for the state of Israel. (“Yes, Jews have lived in those places for a long time, but they weren't displaced and massacred wholesale, as was the case in 1948. And gee, I wonder why Jews were expelled from Arab countries after 1948?” Uhggggg, you are right. The Jews have never had to deal with violence against them for no reason. They must have been kicked out of EVERY Arab nation due to an Israeli conspiracy!)

The double standards held against Israel just roll on…

And I know it is unfair to pick on a handful of comments made by folks on any specific website, but some of the statements made following Dershowitz’s piece are pretty low (and yet hilarious). Here are just a few more highlights.
“I personally don't want to read his "message" from the Zionists. They have bought this govt. and they seem to work for Israel instead of America. Do we really want to view your message?”

Jews control the United States. Got it.
“(Dershowitz) is a bright man who serves as a reminder to us that intelligence often does not correlate with objectivity and sound ethical values.”

Pro-Israel = Subjective. Ant-Israel = Objective. Got it.

Of course, not a single person repudiated any of the inaccuracies Alan pinpointed in Carter’s book. The reason for that is pretty simple: they are facts, and no leftist nonsense is going to change any of that.

A rather good post at Little Green Footballs sums up why there is so much hatred for Israel about on the left:

“Near as I can tell, Israel's greatest crime is succeeding at defending itself. It's BAD that terrorists shooting thousands of rockets into Israel don't manage to kill very many people that way. It's BAD when Israel succeeds at killing terrorists. Israel is BAD because it has a powerful, competent military. The terrorists are GOOD because even their most insane mass murder plots are so seldom successful.”

Count Basie, Billie Holiday - God Bless The Child

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Bush: Soft on Turkey!

Tonight: Keith Olbermann talks pardoned Turkey, and gets to the bottom of where these privileged birds are sent. Don’t miss this important story.

If you’re interested in the history behind the annual Turkey Pardon, go here.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving tomorrow folks! My non-American readers can enjoy another working Thursday!

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

The Good Ol' Internet Test

You are a

Social Liberal
(75% permissive)

and an...

Economic Conservative
(75% permissive)

You are best described as a:


Link: The Politics Test on Ok Cupid
Also: The OkCupid Dating Persona Test

There you have it.

Ach Wendel. Tis a mighty puddle of puke.

I have a few tid-bits to take in this morning.

Over at Indymedia Watch, there is some nice coverage of the coverage Indymedia has up concerning the Melbourne G20 meeting
. If Indymedia is good for one thing, it is for the colossal number of photographs they host after and during these events.

Indybay Santa Cruz has a piece complaining about “administrative paranoia”. Career fairs on the UCSC campus have turned quite violent in recent years, mainly due to the fact that a handful of protestors don’t feel the military should have the right to attend the event. Thankfully, this career fair brought no protestors, and the police just sat around all afternoon. Josh Sonnenfeld says:
“For a university consistently cutting vital programs (such as foreign languages, writing, etc.), this type of unneccessary waste is scandalous. When I asked administrators, they refused to provide either the number of officers present, or the price tag for such a police presence.”

You’re right Josh, it is unfortunate that the University has to hire extra security to protect military recruiters from the violence and nonsense that groups like SAW bring against them. And just because there was no protest planned, the administration did the right thing by preparing for the worse. That’s what adults do, and since these activists on campus have repeatedly shown that they have every intention of causing a ruckus, I commend UCSC for preparing in advance.
“According to a source inside the fair, it was near empty partially due to students' fear of crossing the police barricade to gain entry.”

Would you mind telling us who, or what this reliable source is? I highly doubt attendance at the fair was down due to some police officers standing around.

But hey, this is Indymedia. It’s always those copers fault, even when they are just standing about.

On a completely unrelated note, I picked up an extra 50 hits yesterday from folks searching for Cari Barichello, who apparently runs Justice for Juveniles. They all ended up at my post regarding the “Youth Liberation Front” and their support for school violence. Some interesting comments followed…

Photo by Josh Sonnenfeld
. (As much as I dislike his politics, the kid does take some nice photos.)

Oh yes, Gun Toting Liberal has some nice commentary to the planned Orgasm for Peace.

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