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Thursday, January 31, 2008

Rooney 60 minutes email forward...

I got this in my email (below) the other day… My first thought was: Hmmm. This person is saying right on for thinking a list of things including media aimed at black people is discriminatory to whites; yet I bet you the people who cheered this on would not think the State of Israel is a discriminatory concept. They would even say Israel has the right to exist and the right to be a Jewish state, the right to be a state for Jews instead of a state for its citizens. Just a guess.

My second thought was, let me get the transcript. Then when I couldn’t find it, I Googled some text and came up with a snopes link to this email whose status was proven FALSE.
http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/rooney4.asp

This seems to be mostly a rant about immigration due to the several items on speaking English, but it goes beyond that when it bashes BET and the term "African-American". The whole gun rant made me think this was a conservative effort. (That "guns don't kill people..." argument makes me chuckle as much as the "How could you eat something with a face" argument. There are many good reasons for going vegetarian, but I have a hard time taking that seriously.) On the whole is sounded more Rush Limbaugh than Andy Rooney.

Oh well. Rooney didn’t say it. I’m kinda glad, as some of those comments were pretty horrible and made me sour on him a bit. He is reinstated in my mind. The guy’s funny. This isn't.

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Fw: CBS didn't stop him...This is great!!]

Good for him!!!

Surprised CBS let him get away with this even though he's right

Right on, Andy Rooney !

Andy Rooney said on "60 Minutes" a few weeks back:

I don't think being a minority makes you a victim of anything except numbers.. The only things I can think of that are truly discriminatory are things like the United Negro College Fund, Jet Magazine, Black Entertainment Television, and Miss Black America. Try to have things like the United Caucasian College Fund, Cloud Magazine, White Entertainment Television, or Miss White America; and see what happens...Jesse Jackson will be knocking down your door.

Guns do not make you a killer. I think killing makes you a killer. You can kill someone with a baseball bat or a car, but no one is trying to ban you from driving to the ball game.

I believe they are called the Boy Scouts for a reason, which is why there are no girls allowed. Girls belong in the Girl Scouts! ARE YOU LISTENING MARTHA BURKE ?

I think that if you feel homosexuality is wrong, it is not a phobia, it is an opinion.

I have the right "NOT" to be tolerant of others because they are different, weird, or tick me off.

When 70% of the people who get arrested are black, in cities where 70% of the population is black, that is not racial profiling; it is the Law of Probability.

I believe that if you are selling me a milkshake, a pack of cigarettes, a newspaper or a hotel room, you must do it in English! As a matter of fact, if you want to be an American citizen, you should have to speak English!

My father and grandfather didn't die in vain so you can leave the countries you were born in to come over and disrespect ours.

I think the police should have every right to shoot you if you threaten them after they tell you to stop. If you can' t understand the word "freeze" or "stop" in English, see the above lines.

I don't think just because you were not born in this country, you are qualified for any special loan programs, government sponsored bank loans or tax breaks, etc., so you can open a hotel, coffee shop, trinket store, or any other business.

We did not go to the aid of certain foreign countries and risk our lives in wars to defend their freedoms, so that decades later they could come over here and tell us our constitution is a living document; and open to their interpretations.

I don't hate the rich I don't pity the poor

I know pro wrestling is fake, but so are movies and television. That doesn't stop you from watching them.

I think Bill Gates has every right to keep every penny he made and continue to make more. If it ticks you off, go and invent the next operating system that's better, and put your name on the building.

It doesn't take a whole village to ! raise a child right, but it does take a parent to stand up to the kid; and smack their little behinds when necessary, and say "NO!"

I think tattoos and piercing are fine if you want them, but please don't pretend they are a political statement. And, please, stay home until that new lip ring heals. I don't want to look at your ugly infected mouth as you serve me French fries!

I am sick of "Political Correctness." I know a lot of black people, and not a single one of them was born in Africa ; so how can they be "African-Americans"? Besides, Africa is a continent. I don't go around saying I am a European-American because my great, great, great, great, great, great grandfather was from Europe . I am proud to be from America and nowhere else

And if you don't like my point of view, tough!
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I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG, OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA , AND TO THE REPUBLIC, FOR WHICH IT STANDS, ONE NATION UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE, WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL!

I was asked to send this on if I agree or delete if I don't. It is said that 86% of Americans believe in God. Therefore I have a very hard time understanding why there is such a problem in having "In God We Trust" on our money and having "G od" in the Pledge of Allegiance. Why don't we just tell the 14% to BE QUIET!!!

If you agree, pass this on, if not delete. .!

Interrogator Shares Saddam's Confessions

Tells 60 Minutes Former Iraqi Dictator Didn't Expect U.S. Invasion

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/01/24/60minutes/main3749494_page6.shtml

This is interesting stuff. We rarely get a look like this at people like this.
The stuff everyone wants to know is on pg 4 and 5. It tells about the invasion and the fact that he considered Bin Laden a fanatic, didn't trust him, and thought him a threat to his regime. This was known before the invasion (as was the no link between Al Qaeda and Saddam), but Bush didn't really pay attention or didn't want anyone to know.

Also along these lines, in Bush's State of the Union address- his last, thankfully- he spoke rather proudly about how Al Qaeda in Iraq was on the run and his war and strategy was working, etc. Had we not invaded, Al Qaeda either wouldn't be there or wouldn't be an issue, being a threat to Saddam and all!

Two-state solution. Consider it.

The Myth of International Consensus

By KATHLEEN CHRISTISON

http://www.counterpunch.org/christison01242008.html

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

I was going to look at several candidates on all issues, but I don’t seem to have the time. I have the most to say about the Republican view of Israel, so I started here. I remember considering McCain at one time, but there’s not enough there this time. I think I'm more of a Democrat, but I don't think either party really is a good fit for me.

Sadly Kucinich is out of the Democratic race. I think he was going to announce it last week, but I didn’t hear for sure. He was a better fit for me when he was pro-life, but he had to ditch that to go Democratic and pick up more votes. I don’t know how much good it did him, though.

Anyway…

http://www.tpmcafe.com/blog/coffeehouse/2007/may/24/five_presidential_candidates_offer_their_positions_on_israel_new

McCain
Sacred soil? Beacon of freedom and faith? Is McCain now Jewish?
Sometimes when Republicans get to talking about Israel I feel like shaking them and reminding them A) they are Christians (aren’t they?) and B) they are Americans. Those facts easily get lost in their rhetoric; one would assume oftentimes by listening to them that they are Jewish Israelis, Zionist even.

Existential threats. He’s using that term. The one Israel likes to use to justify any and all disproportional uses of force and torture and collective punishment. Great.

McCain’s priority appears to be giving our money to Israel, overlooking ALL faults, and bringing them into any diplomacy efforts we have with other nations. The sentence about bedrock support for Israel’s security sums up his focus. The focus won’t be any sort of peace process.

League of Democracies? Don’t we already have a United Nations? Israel will play a leading role, though it is standing on the edge of the cliff overlooking apartheid (or is it falling off already?), collectively punishes all of a particular race, has a Cabinet member who suggested busing all Palestinian prisoners into the sea to drown, builds/expands settlements in defiance of international law and our own position??

Half of his comments deal with how he will isolate enemies of Israel. Diplomacy what? Throw it out the window. Who needs it. As long as Israel is safe beyond a shadow of a doubt almost entirely at our expense, right?

He’ll never force Israel to make concessions… That sounds about right. I know there is more to the sentence, but that part is key. It is another red flag that diplomacy won’t be used or it will only be used when conditions are favorable in every way to Israel and all of its demands (unreasonable or not) are met (which won’t happen).

I found this quote particularly absurd, but fitting as it was the last in his statement on the subject on the website.
“I will make sure the American people understand that if we are to defeat the extremists that threaten our way of life, Israel's security cannot be compromised.”


On other issues…
Abortion- He is pro-life as I am, but I worry a bit about the implications of banning all abortions (ectopic pregnancies, etc?) and/or making them illegal (mother goes to prison or could be prosecuted if someone determines she didn’t do enough to defend herself and her baby if she narrowly escapes death in an accident or attack?). I absolutely believe life begins at conception, but there are some issues I’m still thinking about that keep me from being as rabidly or absolutely pro-life as some.

Budget- He is against wasteful spending, which is supposed to be a Republican thing, I guess. I like that idea in theory, but in practice it seems Republicans cut the budget in the wrong areas (cancer researchers among others are finding it hard to get grants at present among other misappropriations) and give themselves pay raises.

Environment- He’s better than most Republicans here, but not great.

Defense, Intelligence, Judges- He supports the “war on terror” and Bush’s judges. I have a big problem with neocons, here, and slightly less problem with regular cons.

Immigration- He seems big into amnesty, which I’m not sure I support. They are breaking the law, so I think there should be consequences. I don’t know how harsh those consequences should be. They may not understand the requirements so I don’t feel infuriated by illegals like some, but at the same time the punishment should be harsh enough to deter illegal immigration.

Gay Marriage- He wants to define marriage by an act in Congress, but not by the Constitution. I’m not sure we should be defining marriage by laws if it is a religious institution. We can’t legislate people into heaven. This act, unlike abortion doesn’t hurt others, so I hesitate more to support defining marriage as one man and one woman by the Constitution. I kind of think the states should be uniform, though.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Bush says economy's strong

Bush has got his head in the sand more than ever these days. First, that farce in the Middle East, now this priceless quote from him last week:

"...so that an economy that's inherently strong gets a boost..."

Is he talking about the US?? All I've been hearing about is how hard it is to get a job, debates about are we on the brink of a recession or already in one, reports on the credit crisis, housing and lending disasters, etc.

I mean, really, does he write his own material or what?

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

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This is from one list I'm on. It mentions an interesting book where people detail their experiences with the Occupation, from 1948 or so to the present. It sounds really good. I like reading political stuff and stuff about the conflict, but this has the human interest aspect that I really really love.

“The U.S. president is not above international law”

Interview of Sam Bahour, Palestinian businessman and human-rights spokesperson
Mentions an interesting book…
http://www.michiganpeaceteam.org/LTT_Jan05_2008.htm

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This is from another list I'm on. I haven't gotten a chance to read most of this, but these are the highlights that sounded interesting and that I plan to read when I get a second.

ACTION 3: Racist Zionist says: “The Quran is a book of Hate”
Write to advertisers to stop advertising at this Islamophobe and racist show of Michael Savage. See this link for audio and action item details/contact information for advertisers:
http://nosavage.org?utm_source=rgemail
In the New York Times article on the subject of Savage and his background, we find:
“At one point Mr. Savage — who was born Michael Weiner, and who still is, legally, Michael Weiner — led a visitor to a glass case that included a photo of him as a boy wearing a tallit, or Jewish prayer shawl.”
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/17/arts/17sava.html
Jews especially need to disassociate themselves from bigots and racists like Weiner/aka Savage and David Frum. Their racism and bigotry if unchallenged by fellow Jews encourages anti-Semitism and hatred
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Must see debate between Zionist Neocon David Frum and George Galloway
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article19099.htm
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Zionist Jews attack Barak Obama. See this vitriolic article that equates calling for an end to the occupation and balanced US foreign policy with “Anti-Semitism”. Bizarre but relevant to understand and to challenge.
http://www.americanthinker.com/2008/01/barack_obama_and_israel.html
The reality is that Obama has gone out of his way to ignore human rights to satisfy the political need to get the Israel-First Lobby
For a an article "How Obama Learned to Love Israel" http://www.electronicintifada.net/v2/article6619.shtml
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Thursday, January 17, 2008

These links are from a mailing list I'm on, but I've posted my own comments about the articles below them.

Candidates’ Unconditional Support Isn’t Right for Jewish State by John J. Mearsheimer
http://www.commondreams.org/archive/2008/01/13/6349/
This really is the heart of the matter, the problem/puzzle in this country regarding Israel. It isn’t so much that our lawmakers love Israel; they love power and don’t want to lose their seat in Congress or other government post. He also puts his finger on a relatively new idea for me and that is that such unconditional support for Israel in foreign policy is detrimental to Israel. I hadn’t really thought about it that way until recently, but he’s correct. This is one of the guys at Chicago who wrote that controversial paper on the Israel Lobby in the US.

The Hands of Esau by Uri Avnery (also on Bush’s visit)
http://zope.gush-shalom.org/home/en/channels/avnery/1200227323/
A very perceptive article on Bushs visit to the region. Avnery agrees with me that it looks as though Bush is trying to overshadow all the bad stuff he and his associates did while in power and how this is a ridiculous notion considering how he has no real clout his last year in office. The whole trip was a sad, sad joke (is there a word for when something is so hopeless and sad that you have to laugh…is that irony?) to me when I heard about it. What can they hope to accomplish in this last year after having neglected theses issues for the first 7 years in office, the parties knowing they won’t be dealing with Bush next year??

Mike Huckabee, Christian Zionist http://www.jewsonfirst.org/08a/huckabee_christian_zionist.html
A very good article that identifies the whole rapture, tribulation 100 year reign Tim LaHaye Left Behind doctrine for what it is: Premillennialism; error according to the Bible. He says Huckabee is a believer in this, which is not suprising since he’s a Baptist preacher, however, it is disturbing that he could be in the White House soon. I don’t know that I agree with the author’s last statement, though! Well, maybe I do in that Romney maybe wouldn’t be as inclined to use this pseudo Biblical principle as a guiding principle for the presidency and foreign policy of this country.

Must Read Gulf News Editorial addressed as a "Letter to George W. Bush"
http://archive.gulfnews.com/articles/08/01/11/10180995.html
This is a pretty good list of all the things that have really infuriated me about Bush, some of which I have blogged about. It is a seemingly never-ending list.

Israel Lobby Unrelenting in Efforts to Stifle Speech It Doesn’t Want Americans to Hear By Ron David
http://www.washington-report.org/archives/December_2007/0712023.html
Less interesting and more specific-it deals with 3 examples-2 of institutions bowing to Israeli lobby influence and coming to their senses and one of Dershowitz’s fear of debating Finklestein.

Good article in the financial times: Of ordinariness and occupation
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/d631e05e-c0b0-11dc-b0b7-0000779fd2ac.html

Ron Paul Reggae Song http://ronpaulvoterbomb.blogspot.com/

The Arab vote in Michigan (there are half a million Arabs and Muslims in Michigan; their vote can be critical) See this CNN video:
http://cosmos.bcst.yahoo.com/ver/251.6/popup/index.php?cl=5954167

ACTION: Peter Shulman's art exhibit on Palestine will be at Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts between 4 and 10 February. The exhibit is available on loan for the price of shipping. If you are interested please email Linda Elbow at breadpup@together.net
more details at http://breadandpuppet.org/uofmajd.html

Monday, January 14, 2008

"Israel won't accept nuke weapons in Iran."

I saw this headline on Yahoo news..."Israel won't accept nuke weapons in Iran."

First, I must say, SO WHAT?! Let Israel deal with it. Or don't...they have nukes and have threatened to use them more than once! They are more of a loose cannon than some of the dictatorships we deal with. Israel is more dangerous because they feel they are under an existential threat (they aren't...look at the facts); the dictators aren't under that kind of pressure and are less likely to blow their tops.

Second, I know realistically that this will be our problem. GWB or the next president will be forced into dealing with this on behalf of Israel and could possibly drag us into trouble.

Speaking of trouble... the voice on our tape of the Iran approaching US boats incident ended up not being the correct accent to be real. And we were worried about theirs being a fake! That's great!

Thursday, January 10, 2008

So, President Bush is in the Middle East trying to push a settlement of some sort. Could he be trying to make history for something besides unjustly attacking Iraq, Bushisms, and cowboy politics? It just isn’t going to happen. What did Annapolis accomplish? Nothing. Palestinians are still in a virtual (and actual) prison and Israelis are still running scared of suicide attacks. Israelis still say peace and moving forward is conditional upon Palestinian compliance with Israel’s list of demands. Israel is still not being held accountable for it’s human rights and international law violations and collective punishment of Palestinians. Conferences over the years are called and they talk about talking about peace. Deadlines come and go- didn’t Bush say near the beginning of his presidency there’d be a Palestinian state by 2006?

Bush: `Iran is a threat to world peace'


"Am I nudging them forward? Well, my trip was a pretty significant nudge because yesterday they had a meeting," he said.

-Ha! This is priceless. Classic Bush. Thinking he did more than he did. Trying to claim anything that happens as his doing in case something actually comes out of it. Then, he’d have his “Oslo” moment with photo op.

Rice's comments, published in The Jerusalem Post daily, marked the U.S. administration's strongest criticism yet of Israeli policies in disputed east Jerusalem.


Of unauthorized Jewish outposts in the West Bank, Bush said simply: "The agreement was get rid of outposts -- illegal outposts. And they ought to go."


-Great about the outposts. He’s actually calling Israel out, but all settlements and enlargements of such are illegal by international law, not just new outposts.

I wrote this yesterday.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

New blog for the new year

So I guess I have a new blog. Yahoo keeps changing stuff, so I figure I'll try this one for awhile.
(My old one is 360.yahoo.com/tcdrtw)
What better way to start than with a tag?

I've never done one of these, so here goes. I don't know if these things have a time limit...I got it weeks ago and started it days ago. I'll have to fill in who I will tag later, too! Most will probably be goals in the spirit of NewYear's, though I never really do the whole New Year's Resolution thing. I mean, if I want to start a good habit or stop a bad one, why wait weeks or months til New Year's Day?

Tag! You’re it!
Here's how you play: Once you have been tagged, you have to write a blog with 10 random things, facts, goals, or habits about yourself. At the end, choose 10 people to be tagged, listing their names and why you chose them. Don't forget to leave them a comment (you're it) and to read your blog for instructions. You can't tag a person who has tagged you. Since you can't re-tag me, let me know when you've posted your blog so I can see the answers!

1. Get back into my Bible reading/study routine
2. Lose the last 5-10 lbs of baby weight
3. Exercise more
4. Have a conversation that doesn't have to do with breasts or poop
5. Relax!! and take myself and everything less seriously.
6. Go on dates with my husband again
7. My husband and I started dating when I was 16, almost 14 years ago
8. My favorite place to live was Charleston, despite the Hurricane Hugo thing
9. I lost a spelling bee on purpose (and one legitimately)
10. I wanted to be a vet when I grew up