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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Rabbi Barzilai
Wisliceny, Eichmann's deputy, arrived in Athens on the 20th of September, 1943. He immediately sent a summons to the Chief Rabbi, Elia Barzilai, to meet with him on the following day. The Rabbi, upon receiving the summons, informed the Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church, Archbishop Damaskinos, and the leading members of the Jewish community.

On the 21st of September, Rabbi Barzilai met with Wisliceny and was given the following list of demands:

  • The names, addresses and professions, of all the members of the Athenian Jewish community

  • The names of all foreign Jews, with details about their origin and nationality

  • The names and addresses of all Italian Jews living in Athens

  • The names of all Salonica Jews living in Athens

  • The names of all people who had assisted Jews to escape to Palestine

  • The names of the members of a new council to be formed under Barzilai’s presidency

  • The new council was to create a Jewish police force for carrying out the Nazi demands

  • Create new identity cards for all of the Jews of Athens

Barzilai left Wisliceny’s office, shaken and in a state of great anxiety and fear. All through the day appeals were made to Greek authorities, but most of them fell on deaf ears.

On the 22nd of September, the Jewish community leaders made a desperate appeal to Prime Minister Constantine Rallis. The Prime Minister tried to alleviate their fears by saying that the Jews of Salonica had been guilty of subversive activities. He also implied that the Salonica Jews had been a foreign element in Greek life, referring to the nationalistic distinction between Old Greece - south of Thessaly and liberated from the Turks shortly after 1821 - and Northern Greece which was under Turkish and Bulgarian occupation until 1913.

So basically what the Greek Prime Minister said was that the Jews of the north had gotten what they deserved.

The Rabbi asked Wisliceny for extended time to compose a list and form a council. After convening with the community leaders, he destroyed the community records and he advised people to flee or go into hiding. A few days later, the Rabbi himself fled the capital and joined the resistance in Thessaly, north of Athens. Wisliceny's list of demands never came to pass.

In Thessaly, in a village close to the Greek partisan headquarters, Rabbi Barzilai encouraged Greek Jews who could do so to join the resistance. He worked with the Greek partisans to arrange for more than 600 Greek Jews to be smuggled across the Aegean sea to the safety of neutral Turkey. In return, the Jewish Labour Federation in Palestine smuggled boots and money, by sea, to the Greek resistance.

Archbishop Damaskinos also showed courage and compassion. Damaskinos suspected what had taken place in the north. His advice was that the Jewish community of Athens should dissolve itself and flee, because there was no way it could be protected adequately. He instructed the Greek clergy to issue false baptismal papers to anyone who needed them in the Jewish community.

And in another gesture of righteousness, Athens chief of police, Apostolos Evert, had his forces issue fake papers to Jews, giving them Christian identities. Evert and Archbishop Damaskinos saved 1,200 Jewish lives.

Note to long-timers: if this sounds familiar, it's because it's a rerun! Since we're using zorkie's Terra Nostra posts as our weekly feature over at Winds of Change.NET we decided to start the series over from the beginning because it makes more sense that way. We don't really have to rerun it here in order to post it there, but we decided to anyway, because our traffic then was about 200 unique visitors a day and is now about 2000, so, um, that's a lot of people, and this deserves their attention.
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Based on the opinion of experts
I don't know what to think about "expert testimony" - I still remember all the hullabaloo about repressed memories. And everyone is an expert until the next expert comes along.
A mother who spent six years in jail for murder after her two infant children died has been freed by London's Appeal Court, which has quashed her guilty verdict.

Donna Anthony, 31, was one of several mothers who spent years in jail on the testimony of a now-discredited doctor, Sir Roy Meadow, who appeared as an expert and argued that more than one unexplained infant death in a family must be murder.

New research has shown that natural causes can explain the death of a second child in a family where one child has already died, discrediting Meadow's so-called "lightning doesn't strike twice" theory.

"Donna was convicted of the worst possible crime any mother could be convicted of -- murdering your own babies. But there was no direct evidence that she had done any such thing," her lawyer George Hawks told reporters outside the court on Monday.

"She was condemned by theory based on suspicion which was masquerading as medical opinion," he said. "Donna is determined to campaign to ensure no other mother has to go through what she went through."

Three of the country's top judges ruled that the conviction and life sentence imposed on Anthony could not stand. The prosecution offered no opposition to her appeal, and there will be no re-trial.

An earlier appeal by Anthony, of Yeovil, Somerset, was dismissed in June 2000. Anthony has always maintained that the two babies, who at the time of their deaths were aged 11 months and four months, were victims of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, known as cot death in Britain.

Her case was sent back to the Appeal Court by the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) following consideration of fresh evidence from medical experts.

Anthony's appeal was one of 28 referred to the CCRC after the conviction of Angela Cannings was quashed in January last year. She had been accused of killing her two young sons, and Meadow testified in her case as well.
Mother's conviction quashed for killing her children
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
Queen Margrethe: tolerance should come from conviction, not convenience
Brave words from the Queen of Denmark:
'There is something impressive about people, whose existence is immersed in religion from dawn to dusk, from the cradle to the grave. There are also Christians who live like that,' the Queen said in the book.

'But it is a challenge, which we need to take seriously,' she added. 'We have admittedly ignored it for too long. Because we are tolerant - and a little lazy. I don't find it easy at all. Nor especially pleasant.'

Queen Margarethe has studied Islam through her archaeological pursuits, and says she does not feel entirely unprepared to enter the debate.

'As I said, there is something fascinating about people who go to such lengths to surrender themselves to a religion. But there is also something frightening about the all-encompassing side of Islam,' she said.

'The challenge must be met, at the risk of getting some less flattering labels attached,' the Queen said. 'For there are some things we should not meet with tolerance. When we are tolerant, we should be careful to note whether it stems from convenience or conviction.'

Queen Margarethe said we might stand at crossroads.

'Unfortunately, crossroads often only reveal themselves after we have crossed them,' she said. 'And one doesn't always turn out to have taken the right road. But we have at least realized that we cannot let ourselves be shooed off by things that frighten us. We cannot compromise our notions of justice and legitimacy.'

Apart from discussing the challenges of Islam, the book offers a personal insight into the life of Denmark's beloved monarch.
I don't take her positions as a form of attack on Islam so much as an attack on political cowardice. Craven politicians seek to shut down all debate over how European societies should integrate muslims by waving "tolerance" around and refusing to further allow the topic to be discussed. No one can deny that Islam and Europe aren't getting along well at the moment; the deadliest conceit is to ignore it in the hopes that it will oblige them by vanishing. What will actually happen, and has been happening, is that the most totalitarian and intolerant interpretations of Islam will triumph over a moderate Islam that can coexist with secular and Christian Europeans-as the Queen alluded to when she said that she found something frightening about Islam's all-encompassing nature. There is something frightening there, if Europeans dare to sit up and look it in the eye before it slaughters them in their sleep.
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Comfort Food
Snuggle up with your sweetie,

put on a movie;

it's time for

Comfort Food

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Oh, all right, zorkie, quit complaining!

Lewis, this might not be what you were expecting but it's really good!

Guard the middles or zorkie will steal 'em:

Cake and frosting both requested by monkeyweather but on different plates.

floranista's fabulous dessert ideas:



aridog has kindly volunteered to make us all some:

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Work in progress

The following is a transcription of some schtuff that I wrote down last night whilst under the influence of maryjane -- not courtesy of the telepathic pot plants, but courtesy of one of my paid massage clients. (Oh, yeah -- I forgot to mention that I have had sex with men for money. I don't feel a bit like a whore, though, because I've only done it three times so far, on an experimental basis, with guys I'm attracted to physically. I'd feel like a whore if Brad Pitt paid me to have sex with him, though, because he is so far from my type. Also, I only have certain kinds of sex, as regular readers well know.)

In this land founded by Puritans, as the left likes to remind us, it is horrifyingly ironic that I, a sexual pervert in the eyes of Bush's Republican Taliban Republicaliban Gender-Norm Police, can casually mention on a right-of-center website that I wish they'd invent dick-flavored Pringles®, but Evariste is essentially deep in the closet about his apostasy from Islam.

Mind you, not only do I joke about how cool it would be if there were potato chips that tasted like cock, and similar light banter, but when I'm hanging out on "conservative" websites like Little Green Footballs and Discarded Lies, I write under my own name (plus two letters!), and occasionally link to a weblog where visitors can read loving, lurid descriptions of my latest masturbation and celebration of my animalistic lust as a man who lives to behold other men's hairy, naked bodies. Incidentally, I have also sold videotapes of myself waxing the kielbasa, for the viewing pleasure of other men. I haven't advertised my homemade erotica on LGF or DL, but by going to the link above, a reader from LGF or DL could find the ordering information for the tapes as well as links to free online video clips!

At this point, you're possibly thinking "Ew, what a perv!" or maybe you're frantically IMing your special online buddy:


HornyHoneyInTX: OMFG!!!

7inchWoody:whassup, HID?

HornyHoneyInTX: This blogger guy Throbert on the Root Cellar has totally been reading my secret sex diaries! I like watching hairy naked men make out too!

7inchWoody:WTF?! you told me you were a str8 chick!

HornyHoneyInTX: LOL! i am a str8 chick, lots of us get into male/male fantasies.

7inchWoody: no way!

HornyHoneyInTX: duh, haven't you ever heard of slash fiction? ;-)

Anyway, the point is that when I say I'm out of the closet about my sexuality, I am REALLY out. I'm willing to be more out than Jeff Gannon was, for example. While it was mean of the leftist blogosphere to go after him, Gannon behaved like a cringing sissy when the subject of his "escort" ads came up. He was all like, "Oh, I've made some mistakes in my past, but that's private stuff that I'm not going to talk about."

Dude, how the heck can you call yourself a Republican if you ain't got the balls to defend your right to be a FUCKIN' ENTREPRENEUR? Because your escort service was the ultimate in entrepreneurship, make no mistake.

So anyway...

Here I am being flagrantly "out" as a mischievous homosexual, writing under the world's least pseudonymous nom d'ecran. I mean, "Robert McGee by day, Throbert McGee by night"? Pretty clever disguise, Batman!

Of course, the real reason that I don't disguise myself on the net is my colossal vanity. I'm fucking proud of my writing ability, which was developed by long and enthusiastic practice. If someone is touched by my writing -- and that can be "touched" in an intellectual or emotional way, or in a...

Swimsuit area! Say no to strangers!

...way -- I want my name to be associated with the touching.

But as I was saying, I can post about my homosexual adventures, on a right-of-center website like LGF, and to date I have not gotten one piece of hate mail calling me a fag or whatever.

Let me repeat: NOT ONE SUCH EMAIL! The closest thing I've gotten to hate mail is a few snide remarks from leftists, straight and gay, intimating that I'm a sell-out, an Uncle Tom, or a moron for giving my public support to the Bush administration. THAT'S the nearest thing to a cross-burning on my lawn that I've ever received in my long online career as an out homo with a ravenous appetite for men.

(And lest anyone accuse me of being a thin-skinned GOPer whining about "reverse discrimination," let me re-emphasize this point -- snide email put-downs are about as far from persecution as you can get. I have no martyr complex and do not see myself as a "victim" of anyone's worldview. I have been mugged twice in my life, while working as an ESL teacher in Moscow, making me a two-time crime victim. But my victimhood ends there.

So, there you have some background on me. Now let's contrast my situation with that of Evariste.

He is a U.S. citizen by birth, having been born to immigrant Jordanians. (As he is quick to point out, he is ethnically kin to the Palestinian Arabs in the disputed territory of Israel's West Bank, not to the Hashemite ruling class in Jordan.)

He was raised a believing Muslim and once held steadfastly to a very different worldview. He was sent to spend his later childhood and adolescence in Jordan's capital Amman, where he would acquire access to the English-language libraries at the U.S. Embassy and elsewhere.

After years of exposure to Western intellectual history, from Charles Darwin to that helmet-haired favorite of precocious teens, Ayn Rand -- he would eventually reject Islam entirely and come to indentify as an atheist.

As a consequence of that new identity, this American-born U.S. citizen has to be extremely careful about protecting his off-line identity. (I am one of the relatively few people to whom he has disclosed his legal name, a delightfully symbolic English one selected to replace the Arabic name of his birth, and representing a conscious divorce from much of his heritage.) Why is he so careful? Because he fears reprisals from the American Muslim community that has allegedly been under an Orwellian level of intrusive surveillance in Bush's America, at least if you believe The Nation.

Now, digest that, folks. Here's me being the extremely out homosexual as the Bushitler administration attempts to turn America into a theofascist dystopia, and there's Evariste being genuinely afraid of reprisals from the Muslim immigrant community (at least, when they can manage to elude scrutiny and harassment from the Rethuglican law enforcement structure).

Well, correct me if I'm wrong, but it seems to me that Ev and I are walking, talking rebuttals to so much of what the Left has been saying for the past several years.

It also occurs to me, Ev, that we could potentially make money by selling our joint story to the right publications, if you can stand to become famous...

I have more ideas on this, but I just wanted to wet your whistle.
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
The Minuteman Project Works
Hysterical liberal opposition would lead you to believe that the Minutemen are armed psychos looking to hunt Mexicans. The truth is much gentler.

Amid fuss, project works
Hundreds of Minuteman Project volunteers have done what the president has refused to do: They have helped to effectively halt illegal crossings in a 23-mile section of the Arizona-Mexico border. Volunteers have shown how easy it would be for the U.S. government to do the same.

Consider the horrors and threats our "neighbor watch" has frustrated along that section: No longer are bandits harming and killing migrants. Illegal crossers aren't being robbed, raped and kidnapped. Deaths from exposure of illegals abandoned by "coyote" guides have stopped. Women and children destined for sex-slave dens aren't being smuggled in.

Intruders from terror-sponsoring countries aren't getting through. Heavily armed drug traffickers are not now roaming the section with relative impunity. Criminals, including convicted murderers and agents of international organized crime, have been shut out. For now, relative peace has been restored to where Minutemen (some of them grandmothers in lawn chairs) are observing, reporting and avoiding contact with illegals.

The outpouring of support has been profound from locals who, for the first time in years, have peace, quiet and sleep — free from the ongoing clop-clop of helicopters and the fear of endless foreign trespassers.

Some Minutemen carry side arms, raising well-expressed concerns over the potential for accidents, or worse. Most of those volunteers, however, are retired police and military members who have carried weapons all of their adult lives and are intimately respectful of their potential, and of their utility at night where life-threatening wildlife — including rattlesnakes, bears and mountain lions — rule the desert's floor and arroyos.

Project opponents seem brokenhearted over its successes. Last week, an off-duty volunteer happened upon a border crosser who appeared in need. He provided the man a bowl of cereal, gave him $20, a hug and a T-shirt with playful wording. The American Civil Liberties Union called that benign encounter a "potential powder keg." Apparently, the hapless legal observers equate our humanitarian aid with an extremist agenda. However, we believed it the right thing to do.

Deploying civilian observers may not be the best way to guard a nation. But until the government reassumes its responsibility, expect to see more.
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
Iran threatens to...sue us
Tehran to take legal action against US for funding Iran opposition
Iran said Monday it plans to take legal action against the United States government for funding the Islamic republic's opposition forces.

"The American government has been allocating funds for interference in Iran's domestic affairs for years," government spokesman Abdollah Ramezanzadeh told reporters.

"Our country and the regime are stable enough not to be disturbed by such measures. However, such acts are against international norms and law. The foreign ministry will take necessary legal action" against Washington, he said.

Ramezanzadeh did not specify what sort of action.

According to the American press, three million dollars are to be allocated to "educational institutions, humanitarian groups, non-governmental organizations and individuals inside Iran to support the advancement of democracy and human rights".

Iran's ambassador to the United Nations, Mohammad Javad Zarif, on Sunday described the US plan as "a clear violation of the Algiers accords", which ended a hostage crisis at the American embassy in Tehran in 1980-1981.

The United States had agreed "not to intervene directly or indirectly, politically or militarily, in Iran's internal affairs".
What are they gonna do? Make us give them back the hostages?
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
Sharon did NOT rule out attacking Iran
It didn't sound right, but I didn't pursue it any further than going "must be disinfo by Sharon". As it turns out, it's an utter crock: The Irish Trojan's Blog - AP puts words in Ariel Sharon's mouth-a grateful thimbleful of cognac to lawhawk.
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
Hamas's McCartney Moment?
Not yet, I'm afraid-the Palestinian public isn't as fed up with Hamas as the Irish public is with the IRA. Still, it's hard not to enjoy this.
Hamas has mounted a desperate damage-limitation exercise after one of its units shot dead a 20-year-old Palestinian woman for "immoral behaviour" as she enjoyed a day out with her future husband.
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
Chirac: let Iran enrich!
Will he ever run out of ways to say "I surrender"?

French President Jacques Chirac has been pushing the EU to drop its refusal to consider letting Iran enrich uranium, despite U.S. and European fears Iran could use enrichment technology for weapons, EU diplomats say.

Sharing U.S. suspicions that Iran may have atom bomb ambitions, the European Union's three biggest powers -- France, Britain and Germany -- have demanded Iran give up its nuclear fuel programme in exchange for economic and political benefits.
Chirac pushes EU to drop hard line on Iran-diplomats
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
Putin Worship
You gotta see this.

Russia Resurrecting, a cult that worships Vladimir Putin as the reincarnation of the Apostle Paul, has been flourishing near Nizhny Novgorod for several years.

A portrait of the president hangs next to Orthodox icons in church, as members of the affiliation say he has come to the world to lead those who have gone astray to the light. However, it is known that Mother Photinia, head of the “Rus Resurrecti" affiliation, was involved in fraud cases back in the 1990s and spent 18 months behind bars, the NEWSru Web site reports.

The Rus Resurrecting affiliation looks like a typical parish, with regular church services and people coming to be baptized and married. Its patron saint is the Mother of God, but in addition the head of the affiliation has included some alternative members into the Orthodox tradition.

President Putin Worshipped as New Apostle Paul
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