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'We are very very sorry'
This is really touching: Young Iranian woman studying in Budapest sends apology letter to Israeli embassy following Iranian president's call to wipe Israel off map
It seems that not all Iranians are against Israel. Workers at the Israeli embassy in Budapest, Hungary, were surprised to receive an apology letter from a female Iranian student, referring to the remark of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that "Israel should be wiped off the map," Israel's leading newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth reported.

"I feel so ashamed and I am sure that many Iranians share my feelings," the Iranian wrote in a letter sent by e-mail to the embassy, under the title "We are very very sorry."

The 29-year-old Iranian woman, who is currently studying in a Budapest university, wrote to the embassy that the reason she was sending the e-mail were the words of the president of the Islamic Republic of Iran regarding Israel.

She added that she was ashamed of the incident, as were many other Iranians.

The student ended her letter with the hope that one day Israelis and Iranians could live together in peace again.

Yahel Vilan, deputy to the Israeli ambassador to Hungary, immediately thanked the student for her moving words.
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Where Celine Dion is a subversive and the Great Leader is a movie critic
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Hate Crimes in California's Inland Empire
Driven from Los Angeles and San Diego by soaring housing prices, middle- and working-class black, Hispanic and Asian families have migrated to the Inland Empire in massive numbers, drawn by a surplus of comparatively affordable, big homes in sprawling, suburban-style developments. The rolling, high-desert terrain of the Inland Empire is now studded with more than 50 small to mid-sized cities containing a combined population of roughly 3 million. This continuing exodus inland from Southern California's expensive coastal cities has fueled large-scale residential, commercial and industrial development in the region. Horse pastures and orange groves have been paved over for strip malls and chain restaurants. Simultaneously, the Inland Empire has experienced rapid demographic shifts as more and more minorities move into a region that has long been a hotbed of white supremacist activity. Between 1990 and 2000, the Inland Empire's white population increased only 7%, while the number of blacks grew 61%, Asians 62% and Latinos 82%.

Whites are now a minority in the Inland Empire.

These seismic changes in the region's racial make-up have corresponded with a steady rise in hate crimes, including a particularly vicious spike in racially motivated violence and harassment in the past two years. During that period, as hate crimes dropped 10% statewide in California, the number of reported hate crimes in the Inland Empire shot up 20%. Last year, there were 148 hate crimes reported in the Inland Empire, most of them committed by racist Skinheads and other white supremacists.

This year, this disturbing trend has shown no signs of abating.
Racism Rising in the Golden State
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Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia!
With the holidays approaching, it won't be long until we start seeing Chia Pet ads. Yes, they are cheesy. I have never bought one but am seriously considering it as I have "issues" with indoor plants.
I had a casual friend invite me over to her house several years ago and it was a veritable jungle! It was amazing! And of course, my over-achieving brother has numerous exotic beauties.
I can't use the cats as an excuse anymore because they now have their own room. So I will give in to K-Tel and buy one ;-)
What's your favorite Chia?

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Computer chair getting a bit uncomfortable?

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'Gypsies Only'
In an Athens suburb, Greek Roma children need protection to attend school; protection not from gangs or drug dealers but from "angry mobs shouting racist slogans, threatening, insulting and pushing Roma children and their escorts so as to hinder them from going to their schools".
...the chair of the Parents’ Association, which is the engine behind the efforts to exclude Roma children from the two public primary schools, held a meeting at the same police station with the police director, the nominal leader of the Roma and municipal officials to persuade the Roma leader to keep Roma children out of school until a new, segregated, Roma-only school would be ready in a week’s time, as they claimed.
So crowds of adults will be intimidating little children until a new, segregated school opens. What does that remind me of...

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What integration? And what system?
I'm still astounded that the army hasn't been deployed to quell the spreading riots in France but then I read the following quote from the head of the union of French magistrates, after eighty-three people had been arrested, who said that the courts are "overwhelmed." "It's impossible!" Monsieur Barella declared, "we don't have the means in the prosecution offices to operate like emergency services." Again, (not harping or anything, and if I am, too bad) there were 12,000 people arrested in the three days of the LA riots; the French courts get "overwhelmed" with 83. Is there any wonder riots are still going on?
Oh, and guess what? French integration model fails
With every night of violent rioting that scars France's rundown suburbs, more and more French say their distinctive model of integration, based on the revolutionary ideal of equality for all, has failed.

But President Jacques Chirac and his conservative allies are unlikely to join the critics, as that would mean accepting the approach France considers superior is no better than integration policies abroad.

Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy is the only top politician saying France's "republican model" falls short and that the U.S. or British "melting pot" approach could help break the cycle of minority exclusion, unemployment and revolt.

This desire to change the system lies at the heart of his rivalry with Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin, who defends the supposedly color-blind French model against the racial quotas and help for Muslim groups that Sarkozy advocates.
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A Gesture of Love
Organs of Slain Palestinian Boy Donated
The parents of a Palestinian boy shot by Israeli soldiers donated his organs to three Israeli children waiting for transplants.

Ismail Khatib said the decision to donate his son Ahmed's organs Sunday was rooted in his memories of his brother, who died at age 24 while waiting for a liver transplant, and in his family's desire to help others regardless of their nationality.

"I don't mind seeing the organs in the body of an Israeli or a Palestinian. In our religion, God allows us to give organs to another person and it doesn't matter who the person is," Khatib said. He added that he hoped the donation would send a message of peace to Israelis and Palestinians.

Ahmed, 12, was shot by Israeli soldiers Thursday while they were conducting a raid in the West Bank town of Jenin. The soldiers said the boy was carrying a toy rifle and they mistook him for a militant.

Ahmed died of his wounds late Saturday, and on Sunday, three Israeli girls — two Jewish and the other Druse — underwent surgery to receive his lungs, heart and liver.

The father of 12-year-old Samah Gadban, who had been waiting five years for a heart, called the donation a "gesture of love." Riad Gadban spoke as he juggled phone calls in a waiting room at Schneider Children's Medical Center in the Israeli town of Petah Tikvah. Samah's mother sat by her bed, holding her hand.

Khatib said he hoped to meet the recipients of his son's organs.

"The most important thing is that I see the person who received the organs, to see him alive."

Gadban said he will invite Khatib and his family to a party for Samah when she leaves the hospital.

"I want to thank him and his family. With their gift, I would like for them to think that my daughter is their daughter," Gadban said.

The national transplant center reported that a 14-year-old Jewish girl received Ahmed's lungs and a 7-month-old girl underwent surgery Sunday evening to receive his liver.

Israel has a chronic shortage of donor organs that many medical officials attribute to Jewish religious taboos against such donations.
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Iran and Nuclear Ambitions
With the continuing wrangling and posturing taking place vis-a-vis Iran, and it’s ambitions toward nuclear weapons on one side and the European “Big three" seeking to dissuade Iran from going “nuclear" on the other hand, I thought I’d weigh in with my take on Iran’s adventures.

I see as a central theme in the musings of Iran and its apologists, a certain whining about the absence of nuclear weapons in the hands of Islamic nations. I am not going to apologize that Islamists get into a froth over the fact that a relatively few (predominately hard line religious rulers) are being vocal about being at the end of a wagging finger that take offense at somehow being left behind in the total destruction business.

There are definite clues that there will be continuing tribal conflicts in the Middle East as the very nature of the societies establish “governments" that are tribal, ethnic and based upon religious affiliation to a particular sect or subdivision of Islam. Let’s not forget, radical and fundamentalist Islam is easily spread around this region because culturally these folks believe that 1) Their religion is right (and all religions believe this, but Judaism doesn't export and Christianity long ago stopped using Crusades and genocide to export-- Islam is still 14th century in this regard) and 2) They feel oppressed by the world for thousands of years, and particularly by the west for the last 150 years.

I note that many of the most terrible purveyors of death were religious cultures. That their religious perspectives were inclusive of their behavior, be it for power or destruction or material gains, that people are an integration of their politics and their religions and their traditions and their desires, etc. No one can simply dismiss any and all religious connotation to these acts, I incorporate them (and do so fairly on both sides of the question). These cultures had religion and it didn't stop them from their conquests, and indeed it motivated some of them.

Islam is only 1300 years old, and behaves precisely like a 1300 year old religion has been known to behave. Christianity and Judaism were violent religious entities when they were 1300 years old too, still too throttled by childish superstitions and “us vs. them" mentalities. Islam is at that “Be As Us Or Die", phase. If anything is painfully obvious about Islam, it is its clearly defined inferiority complex. As a cultural dynamic, it behaves like the unruly little brother, throwing temper tantrums to get attention. Christianity has mellowed on its, “we’re right, you die now", mentality about 300 years ago. Judaism, over 2000 years ago (but Judaism is far older than Christianity or Islam). Islam is just ramping up into that phase. All religions go through this, much to the pain and suffering of those innocents unlucky enough to be around them.

To be honest, I’m not in the mood for 14th century thinking on the part of Muslims, not with today’s technology. I think it’s pretty obvious that they will reap the whirlwind of their indiscretions and fury. A religious entity that wantonly kills its adherents is just one more indication of that philosophy.

The M.E. is a highly unstable area. The absolutely vicious Iran vs. Iraq war in the not too distant past, Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait more recently and the list goes on. Just imagine if these entities had access to nukes. The prospect is absolutely chilling. Iran and Iraq during their 10 year long slugfest managed to do substantial damage and cause phenomenal loss of life. It’s likely that only the lack of “better" technology stopped them from obliterating entire cities and populations in the course of a single afternoon. Does anyone really believe the Iran vs. Iraq war would not have rivaled the death tally of Stalin or Mao if they had the ability to slaughter on a grander scale? Remember, Holocausts and mass murder work best if you can complete them quickly.

The suggestion that putting nuclear weapons in the hands of religious fanatics, such as in Iran, will allow them to behave "responsibly", is appalling. These are people who hold little reverence for life, people who embrace the notion of a glorious hereafter, people whose direct beliefs on their ultimate destiny is to put into effect the very elements of the endtimes, possibly without even realizing they are doing it (subconsciously), people who have been deluded into believing that conspirators stalk their every move and that Israel is the root cause of their own failures and inadequacies (all those failures and inadequacies being completely self inflicted, of course), so, they simply edge closer to a conflict, oblivious to the fact that there is no ultimate paradise to ascend to and they simply cause disastrous events to occur and then sit back and watch as nations promptly blow each other up because they believe that is the worlds ultimate destiny.
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The Brochure
In the middle of the living room at Bloggie HQ, evariste and zorkmidden are sitting on straw mats at an ankle-high table with a backgammon board on it. Two ouzo glasses, a small pile of lint from evariste's pocket, two pairs of eyeglasses (evariste's are smudgy), and two plates with olives, sliced tomatoes, and feta cheese take up the rest of the table. evariste's plate is mostly eaten. zorkie's is mostly eaten too, except for the "corners" of the olives and the "corners" of the sliced tomatoes and the "corners" of the feta cheese. evariste is tense and wild-eyed. zorkie is calmly cutting the "corners" off another olive. Two very spoiled and ugly little animals, which barely qualify as dogs, are gazing at the olive adoringly, completely captivated and totally enthralled. evariste is smoking a nargileh. Gypsy music is playing on the cd changer.
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Locking the barn door after the horse has been stolen
Bill Gertz has an extraordinarily disturbing article about organized Chinese theft of national security secrets.
Four persons arrested in Los Angeles are part of a Chinese intelligence-gathering ring, federal investigators said, and the suspects caused serious compromises for 15 years to major U.S. weapons systems, including submarines and warships.

U.S. intelligence and security officials said the case remains under investigation but that it could prove to be among the most damaging spy cases since the 1985 one of John A. Walker Jr., who passed Navy communication codes to Moscow for 22 years.

The Los Angeles spy ring has operated since 1990 and has funneled technology and military secrets to China in the form of documents and computer disks, officials close to the case said.

The ring was led by Chi Mak and his wife, Rebecca Laiwah Chiu, along with Mr. Chi's brother, Tai Wang Mak, and his wife, Fuk Heung Li, officials said.

Key compromises uncovered so far include sensitive data on Aegis battle management systems that are the core of U.S. Navy destroyers and cruisers.

China covertly obtained the Aegis technology and earlier this year deployed its first Aegis warship, code-named Magic Shield, intelligence officials have said.

The Chinese also obtained sensitive data on U.S. submarines, including classified details related to the new Virginia-class attack submarines.

Officials said based on a preliminary assessment, China now will be able to track U.S. submarines, a compromise that potentially could be devastating if the United States enters a conflict with China in defending Taiwan. Mr. Chi, an electrical engineer, also had access to details on U.S. aircraft carriers and once was aboard the USS Stennis. A Pentagon report made public earlier this year said China's military is building up capabilities to attack U.S. aircraft carriers.

China also is thought to have obtained information from the spy ring that will assist Chinese military development of electromagnetic pulse weapons -- weapons that simulate the electronic shock caused by a nuclear blast -- that disrupt electronics.

It also is thought to have obtained unmanned aerial vehicle technology from the spy ring.

All four persons were arrested yesterday and charged with theft of government property. Law-enforcement officials said that the charges are expected to be upgraded to espionage or espionage-related once the nature of the information involved is fully investigated.
How about treason, motherfucker? Why aren't we trying them for treason too?
"They were funneling information to 2 PLA," one official said, referring to the military intelligence unit of the People's Liberation Army. "The Chinese now know more about our military than we know about their entire country."
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