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Saturday, May 31, 2003
CNN on the President's visit to Auschwitz:
Bush and his wife, Laura, appeared grim-faced after seeing inside a gas chamber and crematorium at the gloomy complex, where 1.5 million Jews and tens of thousands of others were killed during World War II. The president -- who refered to the deaths as "murders" (emphasis my own) -- placed a wreath at a brick wall where thousands of prisoners were executed.Is there any other way to refer to them? I didn't think so. I'm not a proponent of the evil liberal bias anti Western civilization media conspiracy theories -- the success of Fox News is enough to end that argument -- but sometimes people just write Stupid Things.
Speaking of Stupid Things, the requisite FreeRepublic thread on the subject contains many posts that seem to think the visit was supposed to be meant as a message, either to France or Russia before the G-8 summitt, or to Abu Mazen who is accused of being, or at least having been, something of a Holocaust denier. The President Himself, obviously, has made no direct comment to that effect. Let's just leave it at that, please. Even if Bush wants to, and I really really want to think he's not, please, let's not politicize the Holocaust.
So for Mr. Bush, Auschwitz today served not only a symbolic purpose, but a diplomatic one. He arrived here today to drive home his argument — without ever quite saying so directly — that America's traditional allies made a huge historical mistake when they opposed decisive military action against Saddam Hussein....Granted, a lot of that is still the Times' conjecture, but it still seems pretty much on target from the quote and context. That just doesn't sit right with me, I dunno... posted by Voice From The Hinterlands | 10:02 PM |
Friday, May 30, 2003
David Lee Roth, Hoping to Take Classic Rock to Promised Land (WP): Oh, come on. You always saw Van Halen as an essentially Jewish enterprise, didn't you?posted by Voice From The Hinterlands | 1:05 AM |
Thursday, May 29, 2003
Apparently the GOP works on Jewish Standard Time - about a week behind schedule. They plan on nominating Bush 61 days before the general election, but the State of Illinois requires candidates to be certified at least 67 days before an election. Therefore, argue the Libertarians, Bush's name should not be on the ballot in Illinois.posted by Voice From The Hinterlands | 5:24 PM |
Whitney Houston, Black Hebrew? Time for another drug test...posted by Voice From The Hinterlands | 1:14 AM |
A voice you don't hear very often from the Jewish Press letter-writing class:
Each of us who has beat the Bushian war drums ought to ask himself the following questions: Would I have advocated war if Iraq didn`t happen to be an arch-enemy of Israel? Would I have supported the war if I thought I’d be required to make any real sacrifice? Am I running out to enlist in the United States armed forces or sending my children to do so? Do I really care if 20 million Iraqis were "liberated"?Brave guy. One can only imagine the beating he's gonna take in next week's edition. posted by Voice From The Hinterlands | 1:07 AM |
Was Jesus gay? This doctoral student seems to think so (via WND)...posted by Voice From The Hinterlands | 12:37 AM |
Wednesday, May 28, 2003
I have no idea how accurate this is, but take it for what its worth (via MENW - anybody have any info on this outfit's reliability?)
The Bush administration has prepared a list of sanctions against Israel should it refuse to comply with a plan for a Palestinian state by the end of the year.
Well, its nice to see that the Administration is well aware that its making very risky geopolitical moves purely for the sake of a few votes here and there. That aside, the question is: who does the President expect to woo by sanctioning Israel? Certainly not the Christian right. No Jews (or Jewish donors, even those who support the roadmap wouldn't want to see Israel coerced into anything like that). Most moderates that have been sort of toeing the President's line on the WarOnTerror and Iraq take the Israeli position. Could you imagine if the year is drawing to a close, there are still too-frequent terror attacks, Israel refuses to grant statehood until the remaining (or possibly desperate and gavanized) terrorists are dealt with, and America forces Israel's hand through the use of sanctions? That'll cost Bush far more votes than he'd gain in 2004. Even that aside, the thought of an American (republican, no less) government sanctioning Israel does not make me feel very warm and happy inside. posted by Voice From The Hinterlands | 2:01 AM |
Tuesday, May 27, 2003
The latest in Ariel Sharon's ongoing series of language games. On Monday, he said (via CNN)
"You cannot like the word, but what is happening is an occupation -- to hold 3.5 million Palestinians under occupation. I believe that is a terrible thing for Israel and for the Palestinians."Today, though, we found out that "occupation" really means "disputed land". This shift could also explain how Sharon can accept the roadmap but remain non-committal about freezing the settlements while CNN's cute little roadmap graphic says very plainly that phase 1 of the roadmap involves freezing the settlements.
[Sharon] has even backpedalled from recent remarks that indicated he accepted the inevitability of dismantling outposts and some established settlements — Beit El and Shilo were specifically cited — in the territories. Sharon described these as "painful concessions."
It really seems like he's on the verge of saying very significant things, but he always manages to catch himself and keep the situation at the status quo. posted by Voice From The Hinterlands | 4:52 PM |
Monday, May 26, 2003
Newsweek article on the alliance between right-wing Jews and The Christian Right on Israel. All the usual stuff, plus this:
Mere politics is involved, too. Conservative Christians want to shed their image of intolerance. “They’re tired of being branded anti-Semites,” says Grover Norquist, a conservative activist. GOP leaders bless the marriage, and hope to get it into a Big Tent strategy for 2004.Hang on a second here. These are the same people that refuse to apologize for referring to Muhammed as a terrorist or a wild-eyed fanatic when they aren't simply calling Islam evil. Somehow they don't seem scared of being called intolerant or racist when in comes to Muslims. What's the real story? The paragraph continues:
There is evidence that a number of major Jewish donors—longtime Democrats—are covering their bets if not switching sides, especially in New York, where the shock of 9-11 adds urgency to the war on terror and to Bush’s popularity among Jews.Suddendly it all makes perfect sense. posted by Voice From The Hinterlands | 10:19 PM |
Neo-Nazi youths murdered boy, 17, for looking like a Jew (via Drudge): The latest disturbing story coming out of Germany.posted by Voice From The Hinterlands | 9:48 PM |
11:39 AM |
During the administration of William Jefferson Clinton, the U.S. enjoyed more peace and economic well being than at any time in its history...
Funny how this doesn't seem to be the Administration's party line, you know? It almost makes his presidency seem like a good thing. Could Clinton have a mole in the White House IT Department? posted by Voice From The Hinterlands | 9:30 AM |
The International Solidarity Movement, the group famous for standing in front of Israeli soldiers and bulldozers in and around Palestinian refugee camps -- think Rachel Corrie -- is recruiting. From their website:
we particularly invite Jewish people to join the movement.
Opinion Journal wonders, "Jews for genocide?" although maybe "Jews for Jihad" would be more appropriate. Either way. posted by Voice From The Hinterlands | 9:21 AM |
Hasidic Rebel posts his take on the Hasidic lifestyle:
I often feel that impulse for contradiction in my life as a Chasidic Jew. I am repulsed by so much that I believe is wrong within the Chasidic community. But there is a lot that I love about it, too. I despise the tribalism, the indifference to the yearnings and aspirations, joys and sorrows of mankind as a whole. Their lack of respect for other sincere expressions of spiritual searching. The denial of the existence of good and truth among the nations.
First really interesting thing is that Rebel actually does realize the paradox where the very things that he appreciates in his community's lifestyle (kindness to each other, dedication to their leaders) is the very source of what he doesn't like (tribalism, closemindedness). You have to be very self-aware to notice things like that. Rebel, though, still hasn't really addressed my question, posted last week. To quote myself:
I would only wonder if HR wants his kids to grow up to be just like he's presenting himself on his blog, openminded, but frustrated at his community's mores (not to mention living in fear of exposure), because he feels that the overall lifestyle is better than what he could find anywhere else? Or, maybe, he wouldn't mind watching his kids grow up to reject his more liberal values and settle into the Chareidi lifestyle. I really am very interested.posted by Voice From The Hinterlands | 1:19 AM |
Bradford Pilcher provides a sneak peak to his Jewsweek article on Jewish themes in The Matrix Reloaded on his blog. Check it out.posted by Voice From The Hinterlands | 1:05 AM |