31 December 2008

Really, why do we need Seumas Milne?

Why indeed - when in addition to our own Amos Harel providing fresh food for anti-Israeli crowd, there appear to be other, no less potent, enemies within? Here comes another one: Michael Freund of Fundamentally Freund with his article in Jerusalem Post.

War aside, Mr Freund decided to contribute his considerable effort to Bibi's election campaign. And the way he has chosen to do it is by ascribing the Cast Lead operation to political aspirations of Tzipi Livni and Ehud Barak. Nothing more and nothing less.

So it seems somewhat odd that precisely 45 days before the elections, with their fortunes sagging at the polls, Barak and Livni suddenly seem compelled to act to stop the rocket fire.

And not surprisingly, it is already paying political dividends, at least for Barak's Labor Party. On Sunday, Channel 10 reported the results of a poll which was conducted after the air strikes on Gaza the previous day. It showed Labor soaring to 16 seats from a projected 10 in earlier surveys. That is a gain of 60 percent in just a matter of days.
Yep. Another one in my collection of the favorite imbeciles.

Smile, Michael!

Apparently Amos

In the propaganda war that unfolds around the war in Gaza, the sides follow the old played out scenario. Our FM and its tentacles declare a "hasbara" offensive that in a few hours becomes overwhelmed my the well oiled (pun intended) wave of Muslim histrionics, accompanied by a not much more subtle chorus of their friends. "Friends" could be a bit of a misnomer, though, the people of this kind are motivated by their hate to Israel rather than by their passion for Islam, Palestinians or anything else.

Why would I link to the article by Seamus Milne - the Guardian pet communist, a liar, a serial falsifier, a patented Israel-basher? Because, besides several ripped out of context quotes statements and lies of omission, I have encountered a rare case of a precise* quotation - from an Israeli journalist Amos Harel, not known for being anti-Israeli, anti-establishment or anti-IDF - quite the opposite was supposed to be true, in fact. First to the linked above article:

As Israeli journalist Amos Harel wrote in Ha'aretz at the weekend, "little or no weight was apparently devoted to the question of harming innocent civilians", as in US operations in Iraq.
Wow, I said. An Israeli military journalist, quite respected in his chosen line of work, publishes a statement that (and I know this for a fact) is not only patently untrue, but causes a crippling blow to any Hasbara attempts - no, something is wrong here. So I have started to look for the original. It wasn't that easy, since Seumas Milne does not link to the sources of his quotes - for reasons that must be clear to anyone familiar with the kind of garbage he publishes. Eventually I came up with the original article in the English version of Haaretz. And to my chagrine here comes the full sentence:
Like the U.S. assault on Iraq and the Israeli response to the abduction of IDF reservists Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser at the outset of the Second Lebanon War (the "night of the Fajr missiles," a reference to the IAF destruction of Hezbollah's arsenal of medium-range Fajr missiles), little to no weight was apparently devoted to the question of harming innocent civilians.
Wow again. It is one thing to see a libelous statement in an article by an Israeli-hater and a liar. It s something completely different when you read this coming from a leading Israeli military journalist. To double check, we went to the Hebrew original of the same (translated in English) article:
כמו ארה"ב בעיראק וכמו המהלך הישראלי בתגובה לחטיפת חיילי המילואים רגב וגולדווסר בפתיחת מלחמת לבנון השנייה ("ליל הפאג'רים" שבו הושמד מערך הרקטות לטווח בינוני של חיזבאללה), גם הפעם לא ניתן כמעט משקל לשאלה כמה אזרחים חפים מפשע ייפגעו בהפצצות.

And you know what: as far as the English translation, gladly picked up by Milne goes, it is even less damaging than the original - somebody thought enough to add the word "apparently", which word does not appear in the Hebrew original...

IDF has its faults, its fuck-ups and its villains, but one thing I know for sure, not even being a military correspondent: IDF invested months of effort and intelligence gathering to choose its targets having in mind maximum "awe and shock", that's true, but to the same degree of importance (even higher due to accumulated knowledge of previous botched attacks) minimum civilian victims. Even the Hamas and other non-Israeli sources confirm that the first wave of attacks reached its designed targets - overwhelmingly Hamas "militants".

If you google the text "little to no weight was apparently devoted to the question of harming innocent civilians" you shall see that the libelous statement is already making its rounds - not only in the hateful article by Milne, although yesterday it was first in the list. Many a Jew-hating sight like Rense picked it up, but also quite a few of more respected news sites as well.

(*)As a (more or less) technical, but titillating detail: it is quite easy to find out who picked the quote from Milne and who went to the original article: Milne the falsifier couldn't resist a minuscule change: where the original says "little to no weight", Milne put "little or no weight". Not terribly important, but telling nevertheless.

The damage is done and is spreading steadily, and it's irreparable. Somebody should be answerable for this, and I don't mean Seamus Milne.

Whether the statement was a typical case of journalistic sloppiness or an intentional libel is for Amos Harel to explain. Being a lawyer by education, he should know the possible consequences if IDF decides to take him to task. And I, for one, wouldn't be sorry to see these consequences.

30 December 2008

What Israel is doing is nothing to do with peace but its own selfish security concerns

This made me laugh and cry simultaneously. But I didn't break my PC. It's too... what?

Read more here, and many thanks to Andrew Ian Dodge.

Also - read the whole linked article in The London Daily News.

(Warning - after laughing and crying comes a puking session).

P.S. But the picture of F-16 is undeniably nice. Here it comes:

Mmm... still, cutting a piece of that missile on the right. Oh well...

25 December 2008

Halal electronics

It is with richly deserved pride of somebody who comes first to publish a scoop, that I announce here an advent of the first in history halal electromechanical device. Here is the certificate:

And here is an example of why Widget Printers are the first in the field that promises the richest pickings to anyone who dares (PG recommended):

If you have a teenager at home, you know what to do now...

Hat tip: SEO.

Tal Nitsan revisited

Do you remember Tal Nitsan, the aspiring anthropology student from Hebrew University of Jerusalem, who's made a big splash about a year or so ago? She found out that the lack of IDF rapes of Palestinian women is designed to serve a political purpose.

I have dedicated a post to the lady, offering a all-encompassing, relatively low resource-consuming and satisfactory for all sides solution of this issue. Then, of course, I have promptly forgotten the whole business, leaving it to the junior Elders for implementation. Definitely a few jokes on the subject exchanged in strictly male gatherings do not count...

Then, out of the blue, this document was (forcibly) brought to my attention. With some additional information. It appears that Tal is now working on her doctorate in British Columbia: "In fall 2006 I moved to Vancouver to do my PhD, after six years and two degrees at the
department of Sociology and Social Anthropology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem." Bully for Tal. Here she is, basking in the feeble rays of Canadian sun:

It also appears that Tal seems to be still hurting after the unwelcome responses from the majority of Israeli press and public (I mean aside of yours truly). And that she desperately wants to be understood, thus writing a whole article on the subject, starting with the following (remarks in the square brackets are mine):

It is uncommon to question the relative absence of a social phenomenon instead of questioning the extant phenomenon. [You bet.] This raises four problems: First, how can an analytical framework be developed for a largely non-existent phenomenon? [Indeed. But it may be a harbinger of a whole new approach in the future of modern science: scientist's degrees on non-existing phenomena will definitely become a rave, you just wait.] Second, the question itself tended to be questioned (why question something that does not happen?) [To get that degree, stupid.] Third, is it just a case of underreporting? [Stealth rape squadrons? Hmm...] And fourth, what would be the method to gather data on a phenomenon I claimed rarely occurs [Candles? Torches? Anything to do with more lighting in shadowed or otherwise dark corners where the rape business is usually conducted.]?
I was delighted and spent a few minutes of quiet happiness reading this:
As an Anthropologist, I wished to do fieldwork for my research, but since I was studying the absence of a mode of violence, watching for a phenomenon to not happen did not seem to be a suitable method.
Tal, in her youthful naivety, skips over something that could become a cornerstone of a whole methodology for this new scientific approach - I mean SONEP - Study Of Non-Existing Phenomena (copyright, trademark, whatever - STG). As a Blogger, I already envision the outlines of SONEP : it should involve some secluded* spot on a first-rate vacation resort, a comfy chaise-longue, field binoculars**, plenty of cold and refreshing drinks with appropriate alcohol content, sufficient quantity of snacks, mmm... what else? It will be a subject for another post, methinks, one that will become a cornerstone... but I have been there already.

Anyhow, read that article, I warmly recommend it.

And as for Tal: my advice will be to forget the whole story. I mean, the solution is there already, it is only a question of implementation and the usual bureaucracy and all these forms to fill out. After all, if it takes too long, just let me know and we'll organize a few raping squads. As a temporary measure, of course.

So forget all this aggro. The sushi in Vancouver is heavenly. The climate is moderate for Canada, the public is friendly, albeit a bit too stoned (at the average) - but then it makes them even friendlier, so who is complaining?

!תעשי חיים


And we'll be waiting for your doctoral thesis - I am holding my breath already.

Hat tip: Gudrun.

(*) But not too secluded, upon second thought. If you know what I mean.

(**) The binoculars shouldnt' be too heavy. There is no need to overdo things.

24 December 2008

Merry Christmas

to all our Christian friends and readers. And Happy New Year!

And this one was so dumb that it was impossible to overlook. Enjoy:

22 December 2008

Normal services will be resumed soon

It's rather a declaration of intent than a promise. After all, how can one be sure of anything when the moment one sticks one's head from under the blanket, the said head gets immediately hit upon by something like this:

Burger King launches beef-scented body spray

Why?

Hat tip (of sorts) to SEO.

FAA, reading comprehension, ministers and all that crapola

As if the latest developments on Gaza borders and upcoming elections are not enough to keep us occupied, here comes an unwelcome, albeit expected news on a completely different subject:

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today changed Israel’s aviation safety standard rating to Category 2 following an assessment made last July of the country’s civil aviation authority.
The long and the short of this means: when you are on a plane getting close to the Israeli airspace, you shouldn't be worried too much by a bearded guy in the next row with a suspicious bulge around his waist and a mad gleam in his eyes. I recon he is just a fatso with fear of flying syndrome. You should start worrying instead about an intrepid jet jockey from IAF or a tired pilot of another passenger plane getting mixed up by a garbled instruction from an (undertrained and overworked) air traffic controller and slamming into your plane, making your landing swifter than expected, although a bit harder.

If it is a consolation, though, you shouldn't be worried more than if your plane were approaching a Ukrainian, Bulgarian or any 3rd world country's airport.

Unfortunately, even if this clumsy attempt to console you worked, it wouldn't work for the Israeli airlines, especially El-Al, because for them it means:
As a consequence of the announcement, Israeli airlines' flights to the United States will be limited, meaning there will be no additional flights to the U.S and no option for other aircrafts to be added. Moreover, supervision on air traffic and the activity of Israeli airlines in the U.S will be increased.
And El AL really neither deserves this nor needs this, since their own safety record is quite fine. Israeli airlines are, quite rightly, indignantly pointing the accusing finger at our government, chiefly at the Ministry of Transport and the Ministry of Finance, whose joint effort in mismanagement, stupidity and sloth prevented a swift solution to the issue that was brewing for several years.

To remind you all - the current Minister of Transport, Shaul Mofaz, was recently vying other politicos for the post of Kadima party leader. Oh well...

On a related subject of reading comprehension: there is a professionally looking blog, calls itself DWS Aviation that dedicated a long and detailed article on the subject. Unfortunately, the author got two confusing English words: "safety" and "security" mixed. No, Ben Gurion airport is not suffering from lack of security - the opposite, if anything, is true: I am more worried about where I put my passport or other security-related paperwork and whether my underwear is clean, just in case of a sudden advent of a cavity search, than about a terrorist sneaking through the cordons.

Anyways, Haaretz' journalist, Zohar Blumenkrantz, fell into the same trap - "safety" and "security" are liberally mixed in the article. Ynet, on the other hand, got it right, even to the point of explaining the difference between the two words:
The rating, given by the FAA’s International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) program, is not related to security issues, but rather to standard safety items.
(They didn't explain what does "standard safety" mean and how it differs from sub-standard one, but one can guess, methinks). Just to be on the safety side, here is a direct quote from the FAA press-release, linked above:
The rating is not related to security issues.
Yep. Anyway, have a nice and secure flight, folks...

P.S. Jerusalem Post didn't react yet to this news. The only thing my searches of their site brought up was an article from 2007 about a Jooish captain of an aircraft carrier. Nice guy, an ex-pilot himself and commands a mountain of high-tech machinery and a lot of people. Means that sons of Israel can do wonders somewhere else, but are unable to fix a tiny airport?

Bleh...

21 December 2008

No, that's too much. Really.

Every vow is taken only to be broken sooner or later, and this will break the strongest will:

Beckham presented as an AC Milan player

Come on, folks, really. I mean, you can present me as a new hope of Brazil for the next Mondial as well.

Nah... I better forgo the rest of the stuff I could say on the subject.

Its' gonna rain tonight, they promise...

Merry Hanukah, all!

This year, instead of the usual crappy pictures that are supposed to be funny but rarely reach that goal, you will be subjected to a

Boogie Woogie Hannukah

Enjoy!

18 December 2008

So Long and Thanks for all the Hate

'Weapon of mass destruction', reads the label, easy to use anytime anywhere contains pure high grade anti-Zionism /anti-Semitism. If the weapons dealers could have bottled it or encased it in steel they would have made a fortune. These WMDs can be made out of anything animal vegetable & mineral. The most powerful trigger is certainly the human voice striking in the name of hate, ignorance, propaganda, incitement, disinformation and indoctrination. In fact just about anything in any form anywhere in the world has been used in one way or another in the active pursuit of wiping the Jewish people off the face of the Earth.

What a warm feeling it should be to be the center of attention. The state that goes out of its way to send help to earthquake and mudslide victims, medical and, dare I say it, humanitarian aid to the world's dark places, is the subject of so much hate.

Yet here we stand, more powerful than ever. Strike us down and we become more powerful, to paraphrase a famous man.

So bring it on. Misquote the Koran and bible, pervert your religious beliefs as much as you want, rewrite history and create facts on the ground. Write books about world domination, conspiracy theories. Yes, my relatives were the Elders of Zion, they loved Zion and they were old, but that's where it ends.

You'll keep trying, you won't stop. And the more you fail the more you'll try and then just as your grandfathers and generations spanning 4000 years have tried and failed so will you, because good always defeats evil. Maybe not immediately, but ultimately. But you have no idea how much good you are doing as well.

Where there is no anti-Semitism we disappear, assimilate, but you're too involved in rewriting history to notice that. Take Poland and Germany before the Holocaust you love to deny. The places where we were harassed most are the places we thrived and the places that accepted us we assimilated and disappeared.

It seems your greatest weapon of mass destruction is to accept us, welcome us, integrate us and make us assimilate and then we will cease to be. Well two things, we won't disappear even if you love us you'll never stop hating us so we don't need to worry. Every Kassam rocket you fire, every grave you defile, every word of your hate-filled rhetoric only strengthens us and secures us. So I guess what I am saying is, thanks. Thanks for hating us, thanks for reminding us we are Jews, thanks for bringing us together , trying to unite us.

But the trouble is that although you have done so much good, you're not going to escape unpunished. The price our people have paid for all the goodness you have bestowed on us over the generations is quite unbearable. We are still only a few million. You have culled our numbers, murdered us in unspeakable horror, and any Rabbi will tell you, really you can't do a sin in order to do a mitzvah, a good deed. You can't steal to give charity and you can't hate us in order to drive us together. And, oh, how you have sinned.

In an effort to neutralize your WMDs which you will never do willingly, we will have to wait. We have waited 4000 years, another few won't hurt. Then on that day we will totally vanquish you and on that day good will overcome evil.

04 December 2008

The Boy with the Orange Ball – Moshe Holtzberg You’re Not Alone

Let us deal wisely with these people, Pharaoh said, as they cast all the baby boys into the river committing mass murder. But a little boys parents hid him, only to be saved by the kindness of an Egyptian Princess who called him Moshe.

Every time I close my eyes I see that little orange ball. I see his messy blonde hair and the sad eyes of a baby boy who has witnessed terror beyond belief. I read all the papers, listened to the news and tried to find some light in the darkness but all I saw was the sad eyes and the orange ball.

On that day the world briefly acknowledged one fact. The terrorist went out of their way to seek out Jews and kill them. The more cynical among us, will also claim that the boy makes great news. The press will write 'that even in depths of horror these terrorists released little Moshe'. They won’t write 'after they had beaten him, and shortly before they sentenced his parents to death'.


This is not another Mumbai / Islamic Terror article. This is about the light at the end of the tunnel.

I have a friend who lost a daughter to cancer when she was very young. With incredible strength he acknowledged that even though her life was very short she was a vibrant little girl who gave so much to the community, bringing people together through learning Torah and the chanting of Tehillim (Pslams)on her behalf. People united, returned to the fold and became connected through this little girl. Maybe that was her mission in life, to unify a fractured nation and to bring mutual respect and a common cause.

In their brief life little Moshe Holtzbergs parents achieved the same. And the light from the darkness of Mumbai is staggeringly bright almost blinding. The incredible work that Chabad do throughout the world, the selfless dedication, being torn from their land, from their birthplace and from their families to a far flung country on the off chance that a fellow Jew will have a roof, a safe haven, a hot meal, a familiar atmosphere and reminder of their own roots.

Their mission in life will be remembered as one of strength and self sacrifice, an inspiration to us all. A lesson in accepting your fellow Jew regardless, with no exceptions, no discrimination, black Jew, white Jew, Sephardi, Ashkenazi and secular or religious.

The light will shine brighter because of a little Jewish family the other side of the world showed so much love and devotion and we are all the better for it. Their loss together with their fellow Jews was tragic, horrific, and unbearably sad but their legacy will remain in hearts and souls lighting the dark days we live in.

And who knows maybe little Moshe, with his orange ball, will see his peoples suffering and like his namesake, rise to challenge, as his parents did, leading our nation into an age devoid of the evils we face today. As the prophet Zachariah says ‘And the LORD said unto Satan: 'The LORD rebuke thee, O Satan, yea, the LORD that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee; is not this man a brand plucked out of the fire?'

We mourn your parents Moshe, but we celebrate their legacy and wish you a life of happiness, health and to walk in their footsteps lighting the way for your people.

03 December 2008

Be A Voice For Darfur

To all our American readers and friends:

The appalling genocide in Darfur continues – now in its sixth year and at the price of nearly half a million lives. Ironically, December 9th marks the 60th anniversary of the United Nations’ Genocide Convention, and Darfuri people are still suffering and struggling to survive. As the Obama administration ushers in a new era of foreign policy, this nation has an opportunity – an obligation – to aid our global neighbors in Darfur. You, an influential voice in the faithful community, can play a pivotal role in making this happen . . .

The Save Darfur Coalition’s "Be A Voice For Darfur" postcard campaign seeks to ensure that Darfur is a top priority for President-elect Obama, who has already promised “unstinting resolve” to end the Darfur Genocide. We aim for no less than 1 million postcards to be emailed and snail-mailed to President-elect) Obama within his first 100 days in office. With your help, we can draw desperately-needed political attention to the ongoing genocide in Darfur.

Can we ask you to add your voice? It takes only moments – please sign the pledge. Most importantly, you can influence others to stand up and be a voice for Darfur. Simply spread the word through your personal networks.
With thanks to Mike Nelson of Livingston Communications.

Jalapeno for your breakfast

The habit of eating spicy food in the morning is not something easily accepted in the West. However, there is one thing at least to be said in favor of biting on a juicy and deadly jalapeno when you are still sleepy - it tends to awaken you fully and immediately.

So get this:

I am sure you will therefore be as angry as I am about two egregious recent bits of anti-Israel propaganda that have issued from the self-hating Jewish enemies. Here is the first one:

...the [apartheid wall] is worse than useless. It is no more than the product of momentary hysteria and a Maginot-line mentality that seized some of our politicians, who deluded themselves into thinking that terrorism could be "fenced out."...

The time has come to take a good look at this outlandish project. Does it make any sense to continue building it? And maybe we should begin considering dismantling what has already been built. Do our politicians have the courage to admit they made a mistake?

And this:
But there is worse to come. A rabbi no less, said that "Israeli expulsion forces" were like the Nazis in Poland. How low can you go? This guy is worse than the Neturei Karteh nutcase who kissed Ahmadinejad at his Holocaust Denial Conference. This was quoted in several Israeli newspapers, including Ha'aretz in Hebrew, and, inevitably, in Al Jazeera.

It gets even worse. This so-called Rabbi, a filthy shtinker moser (informer) and rodef (persecutor) is a paid employee of the Israeli government. I pay for this miserable anti-Zionist vermin who insults our officials. And this is not the first time he has spread his hateful bilge. The ADL has had this man in their sights for a while. We all know what is the Talmudic punishment presecribed for informers and persecutors - din moser vedin rodef.
Who would be these two filthy Joo-hating Jooz, you may ask?

This is the first one, the inimitable Likudnik, professor Moshe Arens.

And the second one is Rabbi Dov Lior, the Chief Rabbi of Hebron and Kiryat Arba...

Go figure...

But I hope you are awake now, at least.

01 December 2008

Jewish Blood

Whenever we went on long car journeys when we were kids we would play all manner of word and general knowledge games. Describing the Prime Ministers cat with every letter of the alphabet (X was always a challenge, he was always Xenophobic), countries of the world using the last letter of the country (A was the best, Australia, would then become Austria, Angola, Albania etc) and then there was ‘I Spy’. We have a new game, name a country that does not have a problem with Muslim fundamentalists, militia or terrorists. Now there’s a challenge.

Name a country where an act of Muslim terror has occurred which hasn’t somehow tied in with Jews and Israel. From Iraq to Denmark, every act of terror by the many, many Muslim extremist and not so extreme groups have killed in the name of their global Jihad and, oh yes, for their brothers and sisters in Palestine.

Now name a time in the last 40 years when we have stood up for ourselves, turned our back on the demands for self restraint, diplomacy and doing what was right for us as a state, a people and nation without pandering to the US, EU, BBC, and any other worthless acronym you can think of. Actually that’s another game. Name all the acronyms of organizations seeking to destroy, destabilize or delegitimize Israel and the Jews. PLO, PFLP, UN, EU, BBC, HRW the list is endless.

OK a new game. Name a time when the world has cared, been moved, wept or mourned or uniformly condemned the spilling of Jewish blood. (Maybe the Munich Olympics, maybe.)
Name a country that has stood up to the Muslim extremists and fundamentalists among its own citizens. Name a country that is not in denial about what they are seeing before their eyes. Name a country that isn’t trying to brush the problem under the carpet hoping it will go away and name a country that feels that action rather than words will solve the problem.

In Mumbai, an attack perpetrated by Pakistani extremists, Kashmiri separatists or Iran, they purposely targeted and attacked the Chabad center killing the Jews inside. Jews in India totally unrelated to any of India’s problems, non military, non-political, just there to help their fellow Jews with a warm smile, a Shabbat meal and maybe some direction in life. And Jewish travelers escaping to see the world and be young for maybe the last time before they returned to Israel, to study, work and settle down.

We are victims, and that’s our lot. In every generation, as we recite in the Haggada, they rise up to destroy us but the Holy One blessed be He, saves us. Or the running joke, they tried to kill us, we were saved, lets eat! We have been victims ever since Abraham was thrown into a fiery furnace by Nimrod. And since then look at our history. Pretty horrific. True in every generation they rose up to destroy, and some of us were saved to regroup and wait for the next round of crusades, blood libels, inquisitions, pogroms, holocausts. We have more ways to describe the way we have been persecuted and murdered than Eskimos have for snow.

Now name a nation that has more Nobel prizes under their belts, in every category. Name a nation that has produced some of the greatest teachers, thinkers, scientists, doctors, mathematicians. Name a country that in just 60 years has overtaken almost every country on the face of the world in commerce and industry.

Name a nation that should be proud, upstanding, strong and selfish in the face of so much adversity. Name a nation that seems to drag its feet and panders to the will of others at the expense of its own citizens.

Name a nation that will one day, with the help of those who are not in denial and don’t have their heads in the sand, breed great leaders that will stand up for the blood of their brothers and sisters and represent our people as a strong determined nation, pursuing peace and prosperity, security and tolerance and an example to the rest of the world.

24 November 2008

Back in the land of amnesiacs

It has started suddenly in the El-Al plane that was taking us back home. The familiar sight of the smiling ste flight attendant at the plane's door not pointing to the stack of two days old Israeli newspapers (oh well, the plane is not that fast after all) didn't cause any memory problems. The mention of vegetarian lasagna during the short discussion of lunch options caused a slight tremor in my limbs, but this definitely wasn't it yet. The taste of the airline wine (mmm...) was in total harmony with the taste of the mystery meat in the plastic tray, so the wine couldn't have been the problem.

So it must be the newspapers I have opened. Showing that man whose name has totally slipped my mind. You know the one I mean:

The man who promised all of us that a peace treaty with Syria could be achieved without parting with a single square meter of Golan Heights. Yeah, we still have the Golan Heights, and where is that peace?

The man who signed that Hebron deal that became and still remains a total disaster both for the settlers and for their neighbors.

The man who assured the whole world that Israel will get a totally free market economy managed in the ways of the Wall Street. Forced all pension funds to deal in speculative stocks, and it is now, when our pension savings are going down the drain, that he calls for a bi-partisan effort to save them.

The man who, while serving as our finance minister, cut the budget required for the deployment of active protection systems of our armored troops, which act of fiscal prudence killed quite a few soldiers during the second Lebanon war.

The man who presided over the Khaled Mashaal's assassination fiasco that is (probably quite rightly) considered to be a biggest flop in Mossad's history. Made to eat a humongous crow by the late king Hussein and released the late Sheikh Yassin, who so successfully motivated Hamas suicide bombers for several years after his release.

The man who promised to put an end to the Intifada and totally failed in this endeavor.

The man who keeps embroidering his biography by so many mythical details. Quite awkwardly too.

The man whose lust for power is matched only by his lack of self control. Like in the case when he hastily expressed his condolences to Sharon's family after Sharon's first stroke.

The man whose lack of stamina and his tendency to break under pressure was noticed by so many. Politics aside, the ridiculous case of the "hot cassette" that caused him to make a public confession of sins in the best "mea culpa" style of some religious preachers you know where. There was no cassette, as it appeared afterwards.

And more and more... So this is the man that the media is anointing as our next Prime Minister? Or am I going mad? Because someone is going mad here...

No, it must be just my memory that is switching off. There couldn't be any other explanation. OK, let's try the visual part - does he look like this?


Nah... It couldn't possibly be him...

Home, sweet home

Yeah, well, I am back to the yoke of Hasbarah as of now. The suitcases are unpacked, the last anti-malaria pills taken, the photo equipment has dried out and the pictures of that wondrous land of the genius motorbike drivers are more or less sorted.

There is still the matter of that flu (avian?) to get finally rid of and tons of e-mails to sift through, but generally we are settling back. Even the Haloscan password.

Meanwhile I can report on two unshakable beliefs I don't have anymore:

1. You really can survive in 100% humidity. But barely.

2. Windows Mobile is not all that bad, and the planned public execution of Bill Gates could be postponed.

See you all shortly!

18 November 2008

Clarification

STG has been discovering that there is life after the American War Machine departs and has returned to Zion energized.

Full services will resume shortly once he has mastered the finer details of Windows Mobile 6.1, and his latest passion, HTC's x7510.

Elders Hasbarah Dept.

31 October 2008

On superiority of French kitchen

This here blog was kind of sluggish lately, and for the duration it will be barely alive, unless some of the partners who up till now were overcome by an early onset of geriatric sloth will give it a hand. I shall be back sometime in the end of November.

Meanwhile a little vignette, rashly translated from Russian:

Once upon a time in a distant land there lived a beautiful, independent and wise princess. On a nice sunny day she was sitting near a picturesque pond in a lush green valley near her castle and pondering all kinds of philosophical issues, when a little frog jumped in her lap and addressed the princess thusly:

"Oh my beautiful and kind maiden! Once I had been a glorious prince, but a wicked witch put a curse on me, turning me into a frog."

"Should you but kiss me, I'll again turn into a fair prince, and then, my babe, I shall dwell in your castle and you shall cook my food, take care of my horse, wash my clothes, raise my children and rejoice that I took you as my wife."

In the evening of the same day, after a light supper of Frog's Legs a'la Parisienne, the beautiful princess sat near the picturesque pond, pondered the meaning of life and was happy.

I believe you could do with some pondering too.

24 October 2008

Killing virtual reality husband - big deal?

Says CNN:

A 43-year-old Japanese woman whose sudden divorce in a virtual game world made her so angry that she killed her online husband's digital persona has been arrested on suspicion of hacking, police said Thursday.
Ha! Really, folks. When Facebook murdered SnoopyTheGoon about a year ago, no one raised a voice of protest.

Let the shlemiel die, I say.

Hat tip: David A.

23 October 2008

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Nothing in the following quote is changed, aside of the company name. Enjoy.

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Hat tip - SEO.

22 October 2008

Nasrallah was poisoned last week?

According to this, the rumor comes from an Iraqi site of dubious veracity:

The Iraqi Web site Almalaf on Wednesday quoted diplomatic sources in Beirut as saying Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah was poisoned last week and that his life was saved by Iranian doctors who were rushed to Lebanon to treat him.
Dunno... smells funny to me.

Of course, the victorious underground leader is loath to fess up to the truth: a two years long case of bunker fever - paleness, stomach cramps, diarrhea. At the advanced stages mildew covers the whole body and the suspect patient usually becomes catatonic, the harder to know him from a rotting log.

Or, in the basic army language - a prolonged case of shits.

(Или, другими словами: опять Насрала.)

21 October 2008

Israel, autumn

Not what would be expected by someone who is used to "normal" seasons, still here you are: mid October, Israel. Enjoy.









Otherwise the blogging will be light for the time being.

Hummingbird position

Now, now, chill down - will this do?

If not, you need a cold shower.

19 October 2008

Speculations over Kim Jong Il's health

Fox News got a whiff of a rumor here:

North Korea will make an "important announcement" on Monday amid speculation over the health of its leader Kim Jong Il, a Japanese newspaper reported Sunday.
Whatever it means, one could hope that it would be good tidings. Hopefully, the creepy little man that resembles a toad in a toupee has gone to join his creepy dad in that mausoleum in the sky. Or, rather, down there.
Quoting unidentified sources at Japan's defense ministry, the Sankei said Tokyo had information that "there will be an important announcement on (Oct.) 20th."
Still, there could be a bit of a problem: even down there the folks who manage the hell's business may be reluctant to receive one of the biggest murderers of the century. So the stiff stinks up the surface, while the soul shuttles back and forth between the hell's bureaucrats.

Anyhow, this is not our problem, as long as we could be sure there is a stiff. Out of sheer curiosity I have looked up the Korean New site, but there was nothing worth noticing. Aside of this maybe:
The Songun politics pursued by leader Kim Jong Il is a new political mode for firmly defending the destiny of the country and the nation and socialism and successfully realizing the human cause of independence in the world in which the high-handed policy of the U.S. imperialists prevails, he said, adding that the Korean people are dynamically advancing along the road of socialism and independence holding aloft the banner of Juche, the banner of Songun true to the leadership of Kim Jong Il.
I don't have a slightest inkling of a direction to look at for an idea about what the heck the above quote means. Which gives me as good a reason to hope that it means the creep has croaked as that it means something entirely different.

Still, I pity the poor worms who'll have to... 'nuf said.

18 October 2008

Beach sex in Dubai and its consequences

Remember that story about a pair indulging in some rather heavy petting on a beach and Dubai and being arrested for their trouble?

Now it came to the next phase - punishment:

A court in Dubai has sentenced two Britons to three months in prison for having sex on a public beach in the Muslim country. After they complete their sentence, the pair will be deported. They also have to pay a 1,000 dirhams ($367) fine for public indecency.
Heavy stuff...

Well, Dubai has the biggest mall in the world, the highest tower, the largest indoor snow park. Nothing to do about this story, then.

16 October 2008

Are you on the groom's side or the other one?

The photo was taken at a wedding using a disposable camera, so quality-wise it's not going to win a Pulitzer. Or anything else, for that matter.

Of course, such a scene could be observed in many other parts of the world. Or could it?

15 October 2008

This is not about Mikey

There is a communist called Tony Greenstein and he has a comrade called Roland Rance.
Would you like to read a fairy tale starting this way? I bet. While Tony GreenStalin has a special place in my heart, I must confess that arguing with him and his likes is beyond my brief.

The new blog I want to present for your attention is named Anti-Racists against Anti-Zionists. People with some knowledge of internecine struggles in the small but extremely virulent community of British Jooish anti-Zionists will find the name reminiscent of a certain fraction. Say no more.

While this blog is not about Mikey, its owner, a few words should be said about him. I have been watching (from time to time) with admiration bordering on worship the dialog Mikey managed with some of the above mentioned characters. His courtesy, patience and general good manners coupled with organic (I guess) inability to use some four-letter words are without peer. The dialog frequently ends with the other side, being unable to cope, resorting to a virtual equivalent of spitting histrionics. Amazing and amusing.

So, I wholeheartedly recommend watching this blog. Granted, you will not be able to learn any saucy ad hominems there, but you can always come back here for a few.

14 October 2008

Noel Ignatiev and the specter of Zionism

Who the heck is Noel Ignatiev, you may ask, and you will be right at that. But read that Wiki entry, it is quite amusing. Says Ben Cohen:

Noel Ignatiev is a far left anti-Zionist US academic with no track record of publication on Jewish or Middle Eastern issues. Yet he was selected to write an entry on "Zionism" for the "Encyclopedia of Race and Racism" published by none other than Macmillan Reference USA!
And there is more, much more on the mysterious Mr Ignatiev and his worldview in Ben's article Macmillan USA Encyclopedia Damns Zionism as Racism. Including a link to the original crap by Ignatiev on Zionism.

Enjoy.

The longest fart in recorded history



Hat tip: The Contentious Centrist.

13 October 2008

Sunday links

It is Sunday again (so to speak, but better late than never), and here comes COTI - the Carnival Of The Insanities.



And here comes Eric, he of The Israel Situation with a scrumptious Haveil Havallim #186: The First Sin of the Year Edition.

Enjoy!

Dear ADL, money isn't everything

Says Ami Isseroff here:

Would you believe a person who is paid $100,000 a year to fight anti-Semitism? I wouldn't.
Yep. Same here.

U.S. financial crisis as divine punishment ?

At least this is what many Muslim clerics are saying, apparently:

America's opponents in the Middle East are gloating at the financial meltdown in the United States, describing it as the divinely inspired collapse of an overstretched empire.
There is a serious contradiction in the works here, since, according to many of the same luminaries, the financial goings-on are caused by the Jooz. Who are (again, according to the same thinkers) the Satan's spawn.

So - are we, the Jooz, part of the divine power or Satanic influence? I am confused. Here it is:


And re this headline:

Conspiracy theory faults Jews for Lehman Brothers' collapse
A new anti-Semitic conspiracy theory has been spreading online over the last few days, claiming that on the eve of Lehman Brothers' collapse last month, the firm transferred $400 billion to Israel.
$400 billion? Feh... Elders don't deal in pocket money...

11 October 2008

Jewish Mossad killed Joerg Haider

The body is still warm (relatively, that is), and some people already know the truth! Amazing.

I wouldn't link to the sources, but here are some exceptionally penetrating quotes:

The bottom line is he was a thorn in the side to the Neocons, to Israel, to the EU, to the WTO, and to the drive for one world government. So now he sleeps with Yitshak Rabin, Robert Maxwell, Olaf Palme, DC Madam, Danny Colasaro, Gary Webb, David Kelly, JFK, RFK, MLK.
I suspect the guy forgot to add GPS, IBM and KGB to that list. The next one publishes the picture of Haider's car remains with a caption:

Would car be in this condition if it was driven in speed of 30 mph? Austrian government cars are made extra strong, but oddly this time physic laws didn’t apply.
True. During the night Mossad has stolen Haider's car and replaced it with another, identical to the smallest detail to the original one. Even the smell of Haider's underwear was replicated.
The Jews and Mossad somehow seem to have a preference to kill their opponents whereby a motor Vehicle is involved. History demonstrates this very clearly.
Dunno. Usually we have a preference to kill our opponents whereby a Tank is involved. But in a case like this, where a Tank wasn't available...
Everyone is saying for Joerg Haider to Rest in Peace. He can not. He will only be able to Rest in Peace after he knows that his beloved homeland called the State of Austria is completely and permanently free of the Jewish Pestilence which has been strangling and suffocating his country for centuries.
Hmm... Everyone is saying for Joerg Haider to Rest in Peace? Strange. As far as I am concerned, he can Roast in Hell. Whatever.
Don't worry. I'm sure the Austrian police, which is a 100% zionist outfit, will do a thorough investigation and conclude it was just an accident.
Only 100% zionist... someone in the Elders' outfit is goofing off.

Well, folks, here is a clue: look at the rear left hubcap of the Haider's car in the picture above and count the spokes... Capisce?

In related news: New Kim Jong-il images released.

Mossad says he's going out for a drive soon. In his favorite Mercedes Benz S500. Watch this channel for more news.

Update: According to BBC (and CNN):
Austrian far-right politician Joerg Haider was driving at twice the speed limit when he died in a crash early on Saturday, court officials have said.
Another technical detail that could be disclosed now: in addition to cutting breaking fluid lines and disconnecting the steering wheel, a special fuel was put in the car to make it go at twice the speed shown on the speedometer.

Besides, the deceased always tended to steer too much to the right...

10 October 2008

Acre violence: rubble in the streets, rabble-rousers in the Knesset

This is, in my humble opinion, the best an the most concise description of the Acre events on the Yom Kippur. Of course, it is possible to expand:

Police said the disturbances were sparked deliberately on Wednesday evening when an Arab driver, Tawfik Jamal - a resident of Acre's Old City - made his way to the predominantly Jewish Ben-Gurion neighborhood in the eastern part of the city, blasting loud music from his vehicle as a provocation on the holiest day in the Jewish calendar.
Rubble.
The verbal confrontation between Jamal and the local residents quickly deteriorated into violence, as rocks and bottles were thrown at Jamal's vehicle.
More rubble.

And then come the rabble-rousers:
Israeli Arab MK Ahmed Tibi (Ra'am-Ta'al) on Thursday responded to violent clashes between Jews and Arabs in the northern city of Acre, calling the violence a "pogrom perpetrated by Jews against Arab residents."
And more rabble-rousers:
MK Yuval Steinitz (Likud) said that Public Security Minister Avi Dichter and the police commissioner must both resign over the incident. "The state of Israel has become the only country in the Western world where pogroms are carried out against Jews, with physical harm to them and their property and chants of 'death to Jews,'" he said.
Enough for one Day of Atonement?

Stem cells from testicles show promise - of what?

The writing is on the wall:

Cells taken from men's testicles seem as versatile as the stem cells derived from embryos, researchers reported Wednesday in what may be yet another new approach in a burgeoning scientific field.
This, probably, will serve as a new greeting now: "Hey, man, you got some cool stem cells on you!".

In fact, there is nothing funny in this news. I think these guys got the correct idea ahead of time:


Here's a possible remedy:

Lock them up, folks! Lest some eager boffin with scissors gets to you.

Hat tip: David A.

08 October 2008

Biden Introduced as Next Vice President ‘Joe McCain’



As if it is not confusing enough as it is...

Martin Chalfie, Roger Tsien, Osamu Shimomura and glowing Mahmoud

That's all here. Yes, they deserve the Nobel.

Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) canards

Some people will start fasting tomorrow evening, according to their faith. Some other people want to make the first people suffer from extra hunger pangs by deliberately freeing some tasty succulent canards in the direction of the fasting people. Here comes one:

Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has said the security forces have arrested a group of alleged Islamist militants linked to Israeli intelligence.
And of course (this usually goes without saying):
Mr Saleh did not say what evidence had been found to show the group's links with Israel, a regional enemy of Yemen.
There even is a name:
Mr Saleh did not identify the suspects, but official sources were quoted saying it was same cell - led by a militant called Abu al-Ghaith al-Yamani - whose arrest was announced a week after the attack.
Don't let the Arabic-sounding name to mislead you. The Elders obtained a photo of this rabid Zionist from their archive:

Oops, sorry - another glitch in our archiving system. Here it goes - second try:

Well, this should settle the misunderstanding, shouldn't it? Now to the next canard:
A foreign aircraft has been forced to land in Iran after violating Iranian airspace, Iranian news agencies say.
There is some controversy on the nature of the passengers, though:
The semi-official Fars said the plane was a US Falcon carrying military officials, while state TV said it was European with no Americans on board.
Here come Elders to the rescue (with their powerful photo equipment):

We cannot show the aircraft, it is still classified (meaning that our trained reptilians are currently dismantling it for future documentation and redesign to local standards).

In related news:

Girl gave 'hash cakes to teachers'

Man ate wife's passport

Odourless underpants - Subtle Butt

Have a nice and easy fast!

Cross-posted on Yourish.com.

Finance, finance, finance

And amazingly prophetic look by two comics - notice the date:

How the markets really work (from 2007)

And now to the vox populi - message from Main Street to Wall Street:

Hat tip - SEO.

07 October 2008

The financial crisis and the Jewish culprits

Internet posters blame Jews for financial crash, this blogger says. This one joins him too.

Judging by the number of surfers coming here with the "Bernanke Jew?" question, some people think they are getting wise to the real culprits of the latest mischief caused by certain parties on the financial markets.

Well, it is not enough to jump directly to the question whodunit. First of all, no one yet asked the most important question: if the initial value of all these stocks, property and stuff was X and today all this costs only Y, who pocketed the difference? Yeah, well, you know how it goes.

Also - no one noticed what happened in UN recently. First came the speech by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that raised an awful din in the Zionist-owned press. Notice that during the speech the Israeli representatives were absent. Then came a fiery retort by one and only Shimon Peres, and lo and behold - Iranian representatives are out for lunch! Isn't it a hint?

And no one, but no one at all noticed the proximity of these speeches to the financial do. So sit up and take heed - here comes the skinny. First of all, the whole brouhaha on the stock exchange and all that was orchestrated and carried out by the Illuminati, Talmudic Masons and Zoroastrians, of whom Mahmoud A. is really awfully fond, although himself he is a closet Baha'i. I know it may sound confusing for the newbies, so just call the whole bunch of them Elders (of Z, of course), since this is what it really is about.

Now, you may want to ask, what is that enmity between Iran and Israel about then? Simply for show, folks, nothing more. Notice the inventive way we use to exchange messages between us:

You will be surprised how easy it is to pass (and receive) a smallish capsule with written material (or even a memory card full with MP3/4 of the latest shit not yet on the market) when you tongue your good friend.

The rabbi whom you see transferring the capsule in the picture above has been the messenger of choice for the Elders for a long time. Unfortunately, he had to be replaced, due to some yucky fungus growing on his tongue from all that data transfer. So we had us a replacement. This time it is, while still a rabbi, a female one. Goes by the moniker of Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb and seems to be located in Berkeley, California. Not a surprise, in fact the location was practically expected. Here is how she looks:

As you can see, we have done our best to keep the general look (and feel) more or less the same, with some redistribution of hair. To keep Mahmoud A. comfy. In any case, we have already organized an initial meeting between the two in Tehran a few months ago, so her appearance in that New York bash shouldn't have been a complete shocker.

Of course, we couldn't show here the actual act of kissing between the two, because the written dispensation for public kissing that Mahmoud A. got from his Ayatollah states that it is valid only for men. Some claim that it is a result of a clerical error or some mistranslation (after all, we all know that Farsi is famous for its ambiguity and resulting translation issues). Anyhow, the only people Mahmoud is kissing in public are of male persuasion, but at least he is doing it a lot and with fervor approaching religious.

In this case the kiss was not a public one. And no, Mahmoud didn't agree to enter the women's restroom, so the data transfer was performed this time in a cubicle of a men's restroom. No big deal for a rabbi, albeit a female one.

Yeah, so this is how it goes, and both Mahmoud and the Elders have only one problem now: how to get the green stains off our fingers, what with counting and packing all that dough. Anyone has an idea?

Oh, and re that Bank crisis is Allahs revenge on US stuff: forget it. We are not sharing with him. No way.

Cross-posted on Yourish.com.

06 October 2008

Stupidity, thy name is...

I already had a misfortune to stumble on that name before. Then Mary Dejevsky appeared as "one of the country’s most respected commentators on Russia". Now it appears that she is an expert on economy as well. According to her, Amid the chaos, we should hail the triumph of Europe. Why? That's why:

This is the high-salary, low-tax, easy-credit model that has now been exposed for the con it always was. The Continental Europeans – and they could be forgiven for pointing this out at the very top of their communiqué – ran their economies according to a very different, social market, model. It is a model that has now been triumphantly vindicated.
According to Ms Dejevsky, the current financial storm is 'a crisis of what the French used to call, with a contemptuous Gallic shrug, the "Anglo-Saxon model"'. See how simple it is to have an opinion on economy?

The mere fact of appearance of the inane article is quite surprising, especially due to publishing on the same day of another, quite different piece by Dominic Lawson, where he concisely and clearly shows that the roots of the current crisis are social (political, whatever). You can even call them ideological, since the unbearable lightness of getting what Lawson calls "improvident loans" has less to do with Anglo-Saxons (or any other tribe, for that matter) and more with internal politics.

A good show of what rampant capitalism could do when all checks and balances that could have been in place were removed by rampant populism.

Now go and explain this to Ms Dejevsky...

And as a fitting finale:
Governments across Europe scrambled to save failing banks on Sunday, working largely on their own a day after leaders of the continent's four biggest economies called for tighter regulation and coordinated response to the global meltdown.
Mmm...

05 October 2008

British papers and Sarah Palin - getting fed up with snootiness

It will be a gross and bigoted generalization to say that Brits are second to none where looking at others down their noses is concerned. Cause I do know quite a few Brits and according to my personal statistics such a statement is just BS.

However, to say that some Brits could be considered as people who cornered a good part of the world's market of snootiness wouldn't be bigotry. The behavior of the British press toward Ms Palin is nothing but revolting. If I were a Democrat, I would be ashamed for some folks who are rooting for Dem's cause in Britain. If I were a Republican, I would do my best to persuade the incumbent POTUS to nuke a few buildings in UK. Or, at least, to send some Marines to these sites.

Thankfully I am neither one nor another - just a neutral observer. Andrew Ian Dodge, on the other hand, is not that neutral. And he has written a mighty fine piece on Pajamas Media on that barf-inducing phenomenon.

Considering the incredibly biased coverage of the whole election by outlets such as the BBC and the Guardian, it is no wonder I encounter such ignorance about Gov. Palin. What is most appalling is the fact that many media outlets in the UK seem to be perfectly happy to repeat all the Daily Kos-spewed lies about her as if they were fact.
So go and read it, what are you waiting for?

Sunday links

It is Sunday again, whether you have noticed or not. And to get your blood going, here comes COTI - the Carnival Of The Insanities.



And here comes Jill of Writes Like She Talks with a great Haveil Havalim #185, lots and lots of good stuff there and don't miss!

Enjoy!

Bush lied, bees died

Imshin, who is definitely not a fish, peels off the first layer of the conspiracy to destroy the world agriculture by offing the bees.

But of course, blaming Bush for everything is an old trick, soon to become so 2001...

If you are a bit more observant, you shall notice that the bees are croaking of a malady called "Israeli acute paralysis virus".

People who are yet a bit more observant, will notice the following:

Argentina and Australia, two of the world's main honey suppliers, also had poor harvests this year, leading to a 60-percent rise in the cost of honey in Europe within a single year. In Israel, the cost increase has been a far more moderate 5 percent.
Yeah, it is becoming clearer to you now, I hope? I emphasized the real important part for you, to simplify the task.

So, if you want to lick some honey anytime soon, you will know what you'll have to lick first.

Cynthia McKinney and five thousand bullets to the head

Here she is, telling this gruesome story:

No, it is not her head that suffered that many bullets. Anyhow, I don't want to be near the stuff she had for lunch before that speech.

Here is the story, from the horse's mouth, so to say:

04 October 2008

Israel: hydra-headed monster or vicious bulldog?

Why is it questioned? What's so bad in being adaptable to the current needs? Sometimes you have to be a hydra-headed monster, sometimes...

03 October 2008

Joe Biden - Sarah Palin debate transcript correction

Some people got their knickers bunched because of this part of the transcript (allegedly said by Joe Biden):

When we kicked - along with France, we kicked Hezbollah out of Lebanon, I said and Barack said, "Move NATO forces in there. Fill the vacuum, because if you don't know -- if you don't, Hezbollah will control it."
CNN apologizes for the accidental inclusion from the Biden's 2012 speech during inauguration of a new hospital wing in Wichita KS. The correct text should read:
When we kicked - along with Philippines, we kicked Chinese bases off the Moon, I said and Barack said, "Move Micronesian forces in there. Fill the Moon's vacuum, because if you don't know - if you don't, Chinese will control it." Er... the vacuum, I mean.
CNN was unavailable for further comments on the mistake.

Hat tip: Dick Stanley.

Cross-posted on Yourish.com.

Bosniaks won the VP (vice presidential) debate

That is according to this one.

Paskudnyaks, all of them.

Ronit Lentin and poetic license of the feeble-minded

I shall never stop envying people educated and gainfully employed in one of the modern vaguely defined "sciences". Like the case of learned Dr Lentin here:

Dr Ronit Lentin was born in Haifa prior to the establishment of the State of Israel and has lived in Ireland since 1969. She is a political sociologist and a writer of fiction and non-fiction books and is the director of the MPhil in Ethnic and Racial Studies, Department of Sociology and coordinator of the Global Networks project, Institute for International Integration Studies (IIIS), Trinity College, Dublin. Ronit has published extensively on racism in Ireland, Israel and Palestine, gender and genocide, and gender and the Holocaust.
Political sociologist in Ethnic and Racial Studies - this must be a golden mine for anyone strong in scientifically-sounding terminology only a few selected peers could understand and share. Still, some of it spills to the media sometimes and then we have pearls like this:
Launching her latest book on Thinking Palestine on Wednesday evening, she said Israel was a racial regime but was not based upon colour nor ethnicity.
Now try to figure it out: a racial (sic!) regime that is not based upon color nor ethnicity. No worries, here is the answer:
It was based on military force, security and intelligence, the author told an audience of academics and journalists at London University's School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).
I think I can translate it for the laymen in a simple Leninist format:

Military force + security + intelligence = racial regime.

If you don't get it, you must be taken to the Sociology dept. of Trinity College for re-education.

Anyhow, thanks deity for journalists, otherwise it would have been much more difficult. Still, even in this, relatively simple wording, these two quotes may cause you some mental turmoil. Let's get to a simple and straightforward part:
Lentin defended the actions taken by the Palestinian people in their struggle to regain their homeland, saying that resistance is legal and even suicide bombings against Israeli military targets could be justified.
Cool. Now everything is clear. Another AssaJew. Move on, nothing more to see here.

Cross-posted on Yourish.com.

Is the U.S. Helping Israel Prepare for War with Iran?

This is the headline Abe Greenwald of Commentary magazine has chosen for his post on the X-band radar US brought over to Israel to keep a closer watch on the missile launches in Iran. Some "technical" data courtesy of Yaakov Katz of JP:

The Raytheon Co.-built system can track an object the size of a baseball from 4,700 kilometers away. It would allow Israel's Arrow missile to engage a Shahab-3 ballistic missile about halfway through what would be an 11-minute flight from Iran, or six times sooner than Israel's "Green Pine" radar can.
Seeing baseballs flying so far away must be a definite boon for any army in the world. However, there are at least two possible Armageddon scenarios the radar does not exactly resolve. One will be where a 30 missiles of the same kind with two or three of them carrying a nuclear warhead are flying in. There is no way to insure that one of the three that really count will not get through. The second scenario is a warhead smuggled into the country in a car. Hardly a business for the radar of any kind. And in both cases the story develops with the warhead being built. To start with.

Abe Greenwald quotes an unnamed US official:
First, we want to put Iran on notice that we’re bolstering our capabilities throughout the region, and especially in Israel. But just as important, we’re telling the Israelis, ‘Calm down; behave. We’re doing all we can to stand by your side and strengthen defenses, because at this time, we don’t want you rushing into the military option.’
That's nice to know,as it is nice to know that it could be another thinly veiled warning to Ayatollahs, but for some reason it doesn't feel good enough.

Another question not yet even asked is the timing chosen for the arrival of the radar. Since, according to the most sources, it is still early times for the first Iranian nuke to be built, why had the radar to make its way to Israel now? If it is not here to help in destroying the incoming nuclear missiles, the only other reason that comes immediately to mind is that somebody is saying to IDF: don't do it now.

Well, there could be another reason, the one that doesn't come to mind immediately, and it is that the radar is here to to help in destroying the incoming conventional missiles. The ones that are certain to come after IDF's raid on the Iranian nuclear facilities.

Curiousier and curiosier...

02 October 2008

Omar Bakri Mohammed and Yasmin's Islamic boobs

According to The Sun:

Hate preacher Omar Bakri Mohammed paid for a boob job which launched his daughter’s pole dancing career, it was revealed last night. He forked out £4,000 in CASH for 27-year-old Yasmin Fostock’s bust-boosting surgery — while living on benefits in the UK.
I guess the preacher got a special dispensation for his daughter from Allah. Anyhow, if you get to the linked article, you may notice that there are no traces of a hijab and a burqa on the lady. And no flies too.

And let's not forget the oh so accommodating British taxpayer:
She lives on income support and has her £900-a-month rent and £240- a-month council tax paid by the state.
I am pondering a career change as a result of this article, I swear...

01 October 2008

Miami five and the bleeding hearts

This post is triggered by that post by Neil of A Cloud in Trousers. In which Neil joins the crowd of bleeding hearts demanding the release of five Cubans arrested by FBI in 1998 and put on trial for quite a few offenses (notice the source of the following quote, please):

There are a number of minor charges, including acting as agents of a foreign government without being registered with the US authorities (which the Five admit to), but the two main charges which three of them have been condemned to life sentences for are related to spying and murder.
I can agree with much of what Neil says: yes, Cuba is far from being a socialist heaven. Yes, the infamous US embargo on Cuba is stupid and only helps to perpetuate the Cuban regime. Yes, there is a strong possibility that the trial was partly rigged and the sentences dished out by the court were influenced by the venue.

However - the five never denied that they were Cuban intelligence agents, unlawfully operating on the territory of another country:
But the Five pointed out vigorously in their defense that they were involved in monitoring the actions of Miami-based terrorist groups, in order to prevent terrorist attacks on their country of Cuba.
(You will have to scroll down a lot in the linked site or search for "Who are the Cuban Five?" on that page to get to that quote). Without resorting to legal terminology (which I cannot do anyway), these people were spying, no matter what legal term is fitting to their occupation while in Miami. No matter what the previous source (a Marxist one, to be sure) tries to prove. The verbal trickery of the "agents of foreign government" and "monitoring the actions of terrorist groups" kind is really pathetic. Imagine a USA spy caught in Cuba "monitoring the activities" of something.

They may have gotten harsher sentences than were due to them. That is, if you rely solely on Granma - sourced propaganda and decide to believe that every other charge but spying is false. That is if you forget what exactly it is DGI, the Cuban foreign intelligence service, does for a living. That is if you look at Desmond Tutu's and Harold Pinter's backsides as a sole source of that redeeming ray of hope.

In short - if you are ready to buy one-sided crap in unlimited doses.

Now ask yourself how many of the celebrities that join hands protesting the bitter fate of the Miami five have ever joined their manicured hands in protesting the fate of the jailed Cuban journalists, dissidents, the whole people? Does the name of Rev Tutu or that of Reb Pinter appear on one of these protests?

Yeah, but it's hardly relevant to the case we discuss here. Or is it?

Cross-posted on Yourish.com.