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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Anti-Semitic Attacks in Argentina
Argentine Jews have been shocked by one of the worst instances of anti-Semitic vandalism they have seen in some time, and by the authorities’ allegedly lackadaisical reaction to it.

On Jan. 29, swastikas and references to Auschwitz were daubed on the Israeli Center of Ramos Mejia, in the western outskirts of Buenos Aires, and pamphlets were left denying the Holocaust.

Police caught two people in the act of writing on the walls, but they were quickly released. They were described as members of the middle class from Buenos Aires.

The Jewish community’s DAIA political umbrella organization issued a statement calling authorities’ conduct in the case “beyond bearing." They denounced the authorities’ conduct as a violation of Argentine laws against discrimination and asked that the two alleged perpetrators be punished harshly.

“We will fight against this. We are shocked; it’s the biggest anti-Semitic event that ever happened here, but we will not stop until we sort this out," Eduardo Baliner, president of the Ramos Mejia center, told JTA. “We even decided not to clean the walls immediately so neighbors can see and react."

The center has 70 members, and 250 people attend its weekly activities. The center has been supportive of Israeli-Arab peace, even inviting Palestinian officials to speak.

In recent years, the center has created a theater group named for Anne Frank.

“Argentines seem to be forgetful," Baliner said. “We had 30,000 missing people" during the military government in power from 1976 to 1983, “we had bombings of the Israeli embassy and the AMIA Jewish central institution. How can we learn form our dramatic history?"

After anti-Semitic attack, Jews in Argentina slam police reaction
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Gee, Ya Think?
Hezbollah May Be Threat to Mideast Truce
Hezbollah is emerging as the biggest threat to a fragile Israeli-Palestinian truce, with Lebanese guerrillas offering West Bank gunmen thousands of dollars to step up attacks on Israelis, the gunmen and Palestinian security officials said Wednesday. The Iranian-funded Lebanese guerrillas, who have hundreds of West Bank gunmen on their payroll, have stepped up pressure on them in recent weeks, the security officials said.

One retired militant told The Associated Press that a Hezbollah recruiter called him just a day before this week's Mideast summit in Egypt, told him the cease-fire wouldn't last and offered a generous payment if he returns to violence. A squad of five or six militants typically receives $5,000 to $8,000 a month from Hezbollah for expenses, including bullets, weapons, cell phone calling cards and spending money.

And guess who else isn't too happy about a truce, either.
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Blessed Are The Peacemakers
In "Patriarch of Terror," Front Page Magazine exposed the anti-Semitism of the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Michel Sabbah, and his collaborationist relationship with Yasser Arafat. Sabbah, however, is not alone.

The Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem, Irineos I, and his former spokesman, Father Atallah Hanna, have used even more virulent rhetoric in their own collaborationist campaign. That rhetoric includes supporting suicide bombing, charging the Jews with deicide and advocating their expulsion from the Holy Land.


Although Irineos' English is awkward, his message is clear:

"You are aware of my opinions regarding the Holy City of Jerusalem, as well as the support that consecutively I offered in the past in the fight of your people and your nation.

"You are aware of my multiple interventions towards the late Patriarch Diodoros and the Greek Government and the international forums for the rights of the Palestinian (sic) to have their independent state with its capital Jerusalem."

But this is the letter's most damning evidence:

"You are finally aware of the sentiments of disgust and disrespect that all the Holy Sepulcher Fathers are feeling for the descendants of the crucifiers of our Lord Jesus Christ, actual crucifiers of your people, Sionists (sic) Jewish conquerors of the Holy Land of Palestine."
Read it all, if you can stomach it: "Peace" Through Anti-Semitism. I can't believe a religious man, a Christian, can have so much hatred in him. And worse than that, he represents the official position of the Greek Orthodox Church.

(a thimbleful of cognac to semite5000)
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
CIA Disclosures
Under pressure from Congress, the Central Intelligence Agency has formally agreed to a broad new interpretation of a 1998 law that requires disclosure of classified records related to Nazi war criminals, a C.I.A. document shows.
I didn't understand why the CIA would be reluctant to disclose Nazi records sixty years after the end of WWII. Are they hiding something? So I did a little googling:
Initially recruited by the CIC as "police informer" types to obtain intelligence about the Soviet Union, many Nazis became, under first the CIC, and then the CIA and the State Department, integral and important parts of the American intelligence, political warfare, and espionage apparatus. Operating primarily in Germany as intelligence sources in the early postwar period, these recruits spanned Europe and became involved in American covert actions and political warfare throughout the continent as American intelligence needs expanded and its overseas adventures became more ambitious. Some of the Nazi recruits were brought to the United States in violation of American immigration law, sometimes under special laws passed by Congress at the behest of the CIA (such as the 100 Persons Act of 1949, which authorized the CIA to admit 100 "otherwise inadmissible persons" who were "vital to national security") and sometimes under the regular immigration law or the DPA with the aid of CIA falsification of identities and sanitization of wartime records. Some eventually played a role in American politics, primarily through their participation in East European emigre organizations.

Some of the recruits were German Nazis, including such relatively high- ranking officials as Alois Brunner and Otto von Bolschwing, aides to Adolph Eichmann, and Reinhard Gehlen, the head of Nazi Germany's eastern front intelligence apparatus. Others, such as Valrian Trifa from Romania, Vilis Hazners from Latvia, and Mykola Lebed from the Ukraine-all three came to the United States-were East European collaborators. In contrast to the Paperclip scientists who came to play public, and indeed even acclaimed, roles in American life-most notably Wernher von Braun, who became head of the American space program, and his space colleague Arthur Randolph-other lesser-known Nazis received more secret missions here and abroad.

American Anti-Nazism: A Cold War Casualty
This is what's known so far. I can only imagine the rest. Abraham Foxman expressed my sentiments exactly:
"With the number of survivors and witnesses diminishing by the day, and the reality that the Holocaust is fading into the pages of history and memory, we should not have to wait any longer."
He added, "What is there still left that some feel needs to be hidden? The expediency and the errors of the past are not a reflection of the intelligence community today. One finds it difficult to understand why the leadership today is protecting the truth."
You can read the whole NYT article after the jump.

(and you can give a thimbleful of cognac to evariste)
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
Discarded Lies: now available in discarded languages!
Yeah, that's right. Thanks to Google, you can see bloggie in several famous dying languages. Many of these famous languages were once spoken in Europe! As everyone knows, Europe is now primarily a continent of Arabic speakers, of course.
Mentiras Desechadas
Weggeworfene Lügen
Mensonges Jetés
Bugie Scartate
Mentiras Rejeitadas
버린 사기
被摈 除的谎言

In which foreign langugae I have to tell you? Chinees, japanees? english? turkish? greek?

It's really fun, click a few links to see your very own comments translated into Really, Really Dead White Male languages.
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Ward Churchill Has Really Gotten On My Nerves
Ward Churchill's remarks about the "little Eichmanns" and the "gallant sacrifices" of their killers were, in his words, "not completely reasoned and thought through." I wonder what his excuse will be for this interview:
"One of the things I’ve suggested is that it may be that more 9/11s are necessary," Churchill said in the Satya interview. "This seems like such a no-brainer that I hate to frame it in terms of actual transformation of consciousness. ‘Hey those brown-skinned folks dying in the millions in order to maintain this way of life, they can wait forever for those who purport to be the opposition here to find some personally comfortable and pure manner of affecting the kind of transformation that brings not just lethal but genocidal processes to a halt.’ They have no obligation – moral, ethical, legal or otherwise – to sit on their thumbs while the opposition here dithers about doing anything to change the system. So it’s removing the sense of – and right to – impunity from the American opposition."

Churchill said he does not want a revolution. He does not want others to assume power in the U.S. Instead, he explained, he wants the state destroyed.

"I want the state gone: transform the situation to U.S. out of North America. U.S. off the planet. Out of existence altogether," he concluded.

I want U.S. off the planet
What is he teaching his students? Certainly not contrition:
"I am not backing off an inch," said Ward Churchill, drawing an ovation from a standing-room-only crowd of about 1,200 students and backers gathered in a ballroom. "I owe no one an apology."
(a thimbleful of cognac to evariste)
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ev and zorkie in Discarded Lies:
How can you tell it's really us?
So, yesterday on Fred the Undead Thread, some dork impersonated* The One True evariste. It was pretty much harmless and even kind of funny but it could quickly reach non-funny proportions one day, so we decided to nip it. From now on, our posts appear with a soccer ball next to our names at the top of them.

...An idea which we did not steal from Charles AT ALL.

Seriously. Allah will roast your stomachs in hell and Satan will wipe his shoes on your mustaches and shake your hand with his left after wiping his butt with it.

So, let's test your reading comprehension. Which one of these is the The One True evariste?
#17 evariste at FAKE:THIRTY O'CLOCK FM on FAKEuary 31, 2005

I wish jinnderella would pay more attention to me.

#18 evariste at 04:59 PM on February 9, 2005

Good morning, zorkie, bloggie, everybody! But especially zorkie!

Answer: the real evariste was the one on the right. Probably at least a third of you got it on the first try! Everyone who didn't get it in three tries does not get fruit cup. Oh, okay, you can try again. Now that you've had a little practice, we'll make it a little harder to keep it challenging by removing all the hints about "FAKE". See if you can tell The One True zorkmidden and the imposter apart:
#19 zorkmidden at 6:00 AM on February 9, 2005

I'm a fantastic cook - today I'm making duck á l'orange and I'm baking a cake and homemade muffins.

#20 zorkmidden at 5:00 PM on February 9, 2005

evariste, it's afternoon, darling. Go make us some breakfast...do we have any anchovies?

So, this gives us a chance to gratuitously flaunt our stunning ability to predict your thoughts, such as "can I have a soccer ball too?" The answer is no. We do envision extending this system to all of you that want it. It'll take a relaxed weekend of evariste coding and zorkie eating anchovies and pointing at the things he did wrong to create a nice self-service registration system like Charles has (and we ARE NOT stealing the idea from him. Shut up, we hate you, we hate you!), which may not happen for a week or three. And when we get registration, we'll still let you post without it, as we did when we had Atrocious TypeKey which neither typed nor opened doors, and had the side benefit of not working ALL OVER THE BLOGOSPHERE, so you could register once and be frustrated by it not working everywhere. We just won't let people impersonate those of you who have registered, that's all.

Here's some of the ideas we've been kicking around together, by the way, and we want your ideas too: One is that we'll let you set a preference for what your "genuine DL commenter" icon will be. Anything but the soccer ball, which we're reserving for The Mgmt only. We're thinking we'll have Roast Beef , Hello Kitty, the little green football (we already asked Charles and he said we can so nyah!), a cute little piggie, and so on. We're willing to tolerate anything up to about 25×25 pixels, but try us. We're surprisingly flexible, and did you know that evariste can wiggle his ears? And zorkie can fold her tongue! It's true. This kind of talent on one blog is just...the blogosphere will never be the same again.

Another idea we're kicking around: letting you set a style to color your comments in your preferences. We won't let you freestyle, but we'll let you pick from among a few attractive alternatives. We imagine, if done right, it'll give the comments section an appealing look. And break up the monotony of those neverending threads about cheese. Here's an example style:

#1975 MouseAndCheese.gif Sine at 10:00 AM on February 7, 2005

Roquefort is okay, but Stilton is far superior due to its stinkiness. Hey zorkie, let's hold down evariste and make him eat some!

Tangentially: some of you have mentioned missing some of the old emoticons that didn't make the cut in the Great Emoticon Shakeup of 2005. You can still use them, we just don't give you a handy smiley picker for them! They're right here: Index of http://www.discardedlies.com/emoticons and you can just copy the address of one that you want, and paste it into an img tag to reuse it. If you ask nicely we'll put your favorites back in the smiley chooser thing. Small gifts to zorkie are encouraged and may soften our hearts to your entreaties, such as real estate and automobiles.

Also: yeah, the weird textonly screen you get dumped into when you leave a comment on an episode of Bloggies Of Our Lives kind of...sucks. Sorry, that's slated to be fixed soon, it's next on the bloggie todo list :-)

Is there anything else that's been bugging you about how bloggie works? Go on, tell uncle evariste, because he's probably the one who broke it in the first place.

By the way, the word "namejacked" is banned here, due to being moronic. So is "meme". In lieu of these two annoying words, we suggest the perfectly serviceable "impersonated" and "idea".
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guest author: militarybrat in Discarded Lies:
What's Cool
My twelve year old likes to do what’s cool. She likes to wear a knit cap that has “dork�? emblazoned on it. She skateboards. She wears about 14 different necklaces, including a Chinese monkey symbol, a cursive “angel�? on a chain, and something with spikes resembling shark’s teeth. Her pants are not cut low enough to suit her, but as low as she can get away with. And the one time last year I made her get bangs cut in her hair because she didn’t comb it enough and got a rat’s nest she cried for two days.

I figured it was only a matter of time before she would want the Che t-shirt so many of the “cool�? latte drinkers at Starbucks wore. Luckily I’ve been wrong, and I know it’s not from her being shy about asking for us to buy her something!

What did happen was that while I was surfing LGF one day, I came across a link to a t-shirt company selling t-shirts in the same vein, but instead of Che’s head it was Reagan’s. That was it, I immediately ordered one for the hubby. I guessed he could wear it on opposite days as his “Kucinich for President�? t-shirt.

Lo and behold, the 12 year old decides the Reagan head is the coolest shirt she’s ever seen! On the one hand I am very proud that she seems to understand there is an intrinsic difference between wearing the head of a Communist murderer and wearing the head of Ronald Reagan. On the other hand, I most certainly do not want my child wearing a shirt with any slogan on it that she cannot defend if someone calls her on it. After all, one of my favorite games is “Bait the Stupid Protestor�?.

A compromise was reached - I would gladly buy her the shirt if she could explain why, in plain and simple language, Ronald Reagan should have the honor of being emblazoned across her chest. Not only do I find that absolutely fair, but I’m beginning to wonder if a pop quiz on culture shouldn’t be de rigueur for anyone purchasing any shirt with a political statement.

Salesperson: “So, you want the Che shirt in red and green. Can you explain the core beliefs that Che wanted to introduce in his Revolution?�?

Teen: “um, like, Fighting the MAN, dude!�?

Salesperson: “Bzzzzt! That answer is woefully stupid and pithy. If you cannot write me a detailed and balanced report about the life of Che by tomorrow you will be forever banned from Hot Topic.�?

The best news about this t-shirt vignette is that my daughter did some immediate research and told me all about the Cold War, The Berlin Wall, and yes, even ketchup as a school lunch vegetable. For a bonus she wanted a shirt which said “Know Thy Enemy: Terrorists�? and had featured this saying on the list, “Don’t make any sudden movements or be a Jew.�?

Voilá - a 12 year old who figured out the Israeli/Palestinian conflict on her own volition.

I think I may be on to something here. Does anyone have catchy t-shirts with slogans about the Spanish American War or McKinley’s assassination? It could be a whole new home school curriculum.
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zorkmidden in Bloggies Of Our Lives:
Episode 301,434,744
Somewhere in a luxurious hotel in Mali...

lazytart: song_and_dance_man, come make love to me...

song_and_dance_man: baby, put on this green and purple jacket...

lazytart: hmmm...normally I'm asked to take things off...

song_and_dance_man: baby, just this once...

lazytart: all right, darling, if it turns you on...

(lazytart and song_and_dance_man fall in the mad throes of passionate lovemaking. The camera politely focuses on their faces only.)

song_and_dance_man: oh evariste...oh baby...oh you're so hot...

lazytart: what did you call me?

song_and_dance_man: baby, I...

lazytart: what did you call me?!

song_and_dance_man: ...

Meanwhile in the barn...

Gustav: Achtung Ali, Osama says "hello cutie!"

Ali: Oh, Gustav! Oh! Vat else, vat else?

Gustav: Ok, here's the deal...

Ali: Oh, Gustav, hold me!

Meanwhile in Monte Carlo...

Aridog and Pete (Alois) are disguised as homeless bums. They are standing opposite the very luxurious hotel Monte Carlito and looking at a 20th floor window through binoculars.

Aridog: Do you see her?

Pete (Alois): I can't tell who's who.

Aridog: Well, she'd be the one without the beard...

Pete (Alois): Oh, right...

In a room on the 20th floor of the very luxurious hotel Monte Carlito, Fidel and packen have just finished a plate of pork chops and a nice glass of goat milk.

Fidel: Querida, te quiero mi amor...

packen: Fidel, we already did the nasty, now get down to business. How much for the whole deal?

Fidel: Ay, mi amor, the Yanquis have it for one hundred gold pieces the cabrones!

packen: I'll up the price to 2,000,000.

Fidel: Euros?

packen: Fidel, you're a spoiled asshole. I can't afford euros, dollars only.

Fidel: Em...the whole Guantánamo?

packen: What do you think, you old fool?

Fidel: Ay mi amor, mi chiquita, mi chiquitita, te quiero, te gusto mucho...ay mamacita...

packen: Get your hairy paws off me!

packen kicks Fidel gently in the balls and leaves the room in a huff. She enters the elevator. She presses the key for the Lobby but halfway there she presses the Stop button. She takes out her cellphone...

To be continued...
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