Friday, October 23, 2015



  1. Oh, my.

    Here we are.

    Another Sabbath and another Calvin and Hobbes cartoon.

    I wonder how long before I hear from some lawyer instructing me to cease and desist?

    In any case, I see a movie and cheese-steak in my near future.

  2. "In an explosive report we learn that ever since 2012, the United States has been spying on Israel in order to prevent the Jewish State from attacking suspected Iranian nuclear sites, according to Friday’s Wall Street Journal.

    The White House had sent an additional aircraft carrier to the region after learning that Israeli aircraft had flown into Iranian airspace in what U.S. officials feared was a test run for an attack on Iran’s Fordow plant. The carriers had attack aircraft on board prepared to respond to any Israeli attack on Iran.

    If that wasn’t enough to strain the conceit that the U.S. is Israel’s strongest supporter, U.S. officials also revealed to the Journal that Israel was responsible for the assassination of Iranian nuclear scientists."

    1. Spying

    2.Ready to attack Israeli planes

    3. Ratted out Israel

    uh, Israel, guess what?

    1. The Iranian uprising in 2009 almost ruined Obama's plans. This Obama character is the worst POTUS I have ever seen. He ran as the great uniter, all things to all people, (remember no blue states, no red states, but the United States?), but kept his ideological agenda mostly hidden.
      Having recently read a piece by Nick Cohen (link probably supplied by Kate), on why he has left the Left, he stated that one of his reasons was that the Left now supports regressive movements and countries that it would never have supported in the 20th Century. While I don't completely agree with that, Obama is part of this trend. The difference with him is, of course that he is the most powerful man in the world.
      The fact that his foreign policy is not being repudiated, but supported by Democratic candidates for president means I won't be voting for any of them in 2016. It's just too important.

    2. Jeff, in case you haven't seen this, it's quite amusing.

    3. What is Seamus doing holding onto all that dirty, filthy money? Surely, he must want to give it all away, but something is holding him back. Think of all the martyrdom operations he could personally fund.
      How many times has that exemplar of post-modern morality, Jeremy Corbyn, been married and divorced?

    4. Apparently, you can be as hypocritical as you want as long as you know you are ideologically pure of heart.
      Or something.
      And some people on Twitter are infinitely more upset that Seamus sent his children to ( selective) grammar schools than that he is an apologist for Stalin. And just about every terrorist group you can think of.

  3. In related science news, Bill Nye the Science Guy solves European antisemitism: "Get to know your neighbors."

    1. He's certainly helped us get to know him. If I lived next to him, I would erect a tall chain link fence, pad lock it, and have Dobermans on duty twenty-four-seven.

    2. He's almost enuf to make me a climate denier.

  4. This is a great blog post by Jamie Palmer ( @ jacobinism) it's from 2013 but is well worth reading today.

    It's about Greenwald and his worldview. Recommended.

  5. So, in a press briefing two days ago Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz said this concerning Netanyahus remarks in regards the Nazi Mufti:

    "So I’ve seen and am aware of that comment, and I don't think there’s any doubt here at the White House who is responsible for the Holocaust that killed 6 million Jews."

    This is false.

    There is, in fact, considerable doubt that the White House has any idea who was responsible for the Holocaust.

    In fact, the White House - under this president or probably any other - has ever publicly acknowledged the Palestinian-Arab role in the Holocaust.

    Generally they just like to blame everything on the Germans.

    There is no question that Adolph Hitler and the German National Socialist were the driving force, but they had considerable help.

    The English were particularly heinous, in my view, due to the fact that they were given the Mandate by the League. The English blocked Jews from escaping the death camps and dragged them back into Europe for their doom. I will never forgive England for the 1939 White Paper.
    Sorry, Kate.

    But, the Arabs? Are you kidding me? It was they who convinced the Brits into preventing Jewish escape from Germany and Poland and they did it through the pogroms and riots between 1936 and 1939.

    So, no, the White House gives no indication whatsoever about having a clue about who was responsible for the Holocaust.

    1. There is no evidence that this White House even knows which end is up.

    2. The question is where do we go from here?

      For some reason I am put to mind of a poem... I am not sure of the writer... but its the foundation of the title for Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

      "One flew East. One flew West. And one flew over the cuckoo's nest."

      In the book, Nurse Ratched represents control thereby representing "East," whereas Randall McMurphy represents freedom and thereby represents "West."

      But it is the big silent Native-American - Chief Broom? - that breaks out of the institution and flies over the cuckoo's nest.

      I am just playing with some ideas, but the US and Europe are flying East in the sense that we are flying directly into the arms of Iran.

      The Arabs are flying West, and sleeping in the streets of Western Europe, at their invitation.

      So, how does Israel fly over the cuckoo's nest?

    3. You've put me in mind of Einstein. Are the Arabs flying west or is that merely our perception and part of the west's motion toward the east? Or vice versa?

      As Alvie Singer's father said in the film Annie Hall, "How do I know why there were Nazis? I don't even know how this toaster works."

      What I think is that Israel needs to be bold, assertive and independent. And it needs to stay on message. We are here by right, not sufferance, we want peace, and the Arabs want to wipe us out. The evidence is abundant and overwhelming. Time to put the Arabs in the dock, where they belong. As the old cliche goes, the best defense is a good offense.