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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Jewish WWII Veterans
Now 83, Joseph Zinn remembers being made an American citizen so he could fight the Nazis.

“There was a law that you couldn’t send noncitizens,? he recalls in a voice that still bears traces of his native Austria. “So in 1943, during basic training, the army brought us to a big courtroom and made us citizens.

“On our dog tags, there were just three official religions: P for Protestant, C for Catholic, and H for Hebrew. Some of the guys were afraid to have ‘H’ on their dog tags in case we were captured,? Zinn says.

He pauses, gesturing to the spot on his chest where his dog tags once lay: “Mine had ‘H.’ ?
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Arab Media Continues Promoting Incitement
A program last week featured an historian who told viewers "we are the people of this land" and that "Jews remind us of parasitic worms that live in the sea." Farouk Kadoumi, a high ranking PLO Fatah leader, recently broadcast that there are "300 million Arabs, while Israel has only the sea behind it…At this stage there will be two states. Many years from now there will be only one."
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
For An Innocent Azzam, Israel Will Trade 200 Guilty Palestinians
I'm speechless. I thought it was bad enough when the ransom was supposed to be 7 Egyptian students. 200?(!)
Also disturbing in the same article is that Sharon is letting Shimon Peres back into government in order to railroad opposition within his own party to the Gaza "disengagement", or let's call it by its true name, the ethnic cleansing of Jews from Gaza.
Israel agreed on Sunday to free up to 200 Palestinian prisoners to show goodwill after Egypt freed a convicted Israeli spy, and ahead of elections for Yasser Arafat's successor, officials said.

In another sign for optimists, Israeli opposition leader Shimon Peres predicted Sunday Labor would enter the government in a matter of days, as Prime Minister Ariel Sharon met ultra-Orthodox parties about joining a new coalition.

The prisoner release was agreed at Sharon's cabinet meeting. No release date has been set yet and a committee still has to decide which of some 7,000 Palestinian prisoners will be freed.

Sharon's spokesman Raanan Gissin said the release of 100 to 200 prisoners would be a gesture to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who freed convicted Israeli spy Azzam Azzam last week and plays a growing role in trying to promote peace talks.
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
US Bugging El Baradei's Phone, Seeks Aussie FM Downer In '06
The Washington Post is reporting that the US is bugging nuclear softie Mohammad El Baradei's phone calls. I'm happy to hear it. Also, we apparently want staunch War on Terror ally Australian Foreign Minister Alex Downer to get the job El Baradei's vacating, though he doesn't sound too enthusiastic at the moment. El Baradei's likely to survive US displeasure with him if none of our allies on the IAEA board take our side, because our vote is not a veto in that body. And it's not the kind of body where our most intelligent move is to withhold funding (like it is in the UN) because, well, the things it does are sort of important to us.

US President George W. Bush's administration has listened in on phone calls between Mohamed ElBaradei and Iranian diplomats, the Washington Post has reported.

Washington has no clear candidate to replace him but is nevertheless "searching for material" to support its argument that he should step down, the Post said.

"Anonymous accusations against ElBaradei made by US officials in recent weeks are part of an orchestrated campaign" to oust him, the paper said, quoting "several senior policymakers" who spoke on condition of anonymity.

These accusations include an unproven charge that Mr ElBaradei withheld damning evidence on Iran's activities from the IAEA board, it noted.

Washington's top favourite to replace Mr ElBaradei is Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer, but he has been unwilling to challenge the IAEA chief, the Post said.
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Forbidding Is A Must
More French silliness:
They arrived as they do every December: gaily wrapped gifts destined for children at a kindergarten in rural northern France.

But this year, teachers unwrapped a few, took a look and sent all 1,300 packages back to City Hall. The presents were innocent, but strictly speaking, illegal: seasonal chocolates shaped like Christian crosses and St. Nicholas.
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
The Abdication
We had a lot of fun with our revolution. People showed their best spirit and humour and sense of adventure and it's been a blast. You're some of the wittiest, funniest people I've met. (Thousand Sons, I adore you :-)

And thank you Sine, for rescuing me. A particular favor upon you ;-)

I had thought we'd always be Blogdanistan. I had also thought we would always be LGF Watch Watch. I'm glad we're neither. I'm glad we're becoming ourselves, just us and bloggie. It took a revolution for that. First within ourselves, then with each other, then with the world. But once it happened there's no turning back and we're the better for it.

Revolutions are hard. People have to stand up for what they think is right. People lose their comfort zones, familiar situations become alien and even hostile sometimes. Friends cannot be counted on and thoughts that applied before, don't anymore. If nothing else, a revolution makes a person think.

The revolution that shook our bloggie showed me a few things: that people change and people move on. That change is good. Hope is good too. That there's no need to be hateful when just critical will do. That principles are important. So is a good heart. That we lose some friends and gain other friends. That we can't please everyone but we would love it if we did. That revolutions are good for the soul.

We won't be a kingdom anymore. We never really were, both ev and I are too poor and too liberal to ever want to be queen. We'd much rather be a place where everyone, good, bad or ugly can have a voice. I think that place may be called a republic. That's what our revolution was all about to begin with.
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Half Man, Half Boy
This was an email forward:
The average age of the military man is 19 years. He is a short haired, tight-muscled kid who, under normal circumstances is considered by society as half man, half boy. Not yet dry behind the ears, not old enough to buy a beer, but old enough to die for his country. He never really cared much for work and he would rather wax his own car than wash his father's; but he has never collected unemployment either. He's a recent High School graduate; he was probably an average student, pursued some form of sport activities, drives a ten year old jalopy, and has a steady girlfriend that either broke up with him when he left, or swears to be waiting when he returns from half a world away. He listens to rock and roll or hip-hop or rap or jazz or swing and 155mm howizzitor. He is 10 or 15 pounds lighter now than when he was at home because he is working or fighting from before dawn to well after dusk.
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guest author: Sine in Discarded Lies:
Dykes For The Queen
The U.S. election is over, but in the former Blogdanistan political unrest continues. Queen zorkmidden is fighting for her life. She has been deposed by evildoers, her throne usurped, her crown dented and her sceptre bent. These crusaders then beheaded her, got her torso drunk and threw her in the tower.

Lesbians for Bush, it is time now to fight for Queen zorkmidden. We are sick of being ruled by stinky dogs, peeing rats and foppish girlie-men. To arms! Butch up for the Queen!

We will fight for her in the streets! We will fight for her between the sheets! We will fight for her on the rooftops! We will clear the sewers of the vermin who oppose her and we will rescue those trembling in the cellar. (Except for Thousand Sons, who ate all the food.)

Take heart, your Majesty, all the lesbians of the land adore you! We worship you! We think you are really hot! We have broad shoulders and big boots and we will stomp your enemies into the oblivion they deserve. We will lift you up and carry you tenderly back to your palace. We will sew your precious head back on and set you on your throne. We do this out of our great love for you, asking no recompense, only hoping that perhaps you will look upon one of us with particular favor...
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
Wahhabism's Still Virulent Where Communism Was Moribund, But Many Lessons Of Reagan's Rollback Remain Salient
Stephen Schwartz thinks Saudi Arabia has a lot of similarities with the Soviet Union, and the lessons learned from the Soviet confrontation can be reapplied profitably here. He's nearly got me convinced that incoming Secretary of State Condi Rice's Sovietology is an asset and not a liability, though it remains to be seen...What can we do about the Saudis? Here are some really brilliant suggestions.
(1) At the beginning of the Gorbachev era, the Soviet authorities demonstrated their desire for transparency in dealing with the United States when, as early as 1986, Gorbachev himself admitted to our government the truth about their long history of disinformation and "active measures" against us. Soviet diplomats came to Washington and accepted blame for circulating lying propaganda in the Third World, such as the claim that AIDS had been invented at Fort Detrick and that body parts were hacked out of infants in Latin America for an imaginary black market in the United States. They promised to stop producing such garbage, and they kept their word.

A similar shift toward transparency is necessary in relations between Riyadh and Washington. As their first initiative, President Bush and Secretary Rice should call on the Saudis to produce a "9/11 Commission Report" of their own that can be made public. It must detail every aspect of the involvement of Saudi subjects in the al Qaeda conspiracy, no matter how high they rank in Saudi society.

(2) The Saudi financiers of al Qaeda--including such individuals as the property developer Yasin al-Qadi and the charity head Adil Abdaljalil Batterjee, both designated global terrorist financiers by the U.S. Treasury--continue to walk the streets of the kingdom unmolested. The president and the secretary of state should initiate legal steps so that all of them are arrested and tried.

(3) President Reagan correctly called on the Soviet Union to cease financing international extremism. George W. Bush has the right to ask that the Saudis cease not only supporting al Qaeda but also fomenting Wahhabism internationally in any guise. Above all, Riyadh must immediately silence Saudi clerics' incitement to the Iraqi jihad, and cut off the flow of jihadists from Saudi Arabia into Iraq, if necessary by closing and patrolling the kingdom's northern border.

(4) The Russian state was eventually severed from the Communist party and its ideology. Only then could it become a more or less normal political structure. President Bush should impress upon the Saudis the wisdom of divorcing their state from Wahhabism.

(5) For decades, the United States brought pressure to bear on the Soviet Union in the name of human rights through such instruments as Radio Liberty and Radio Free Europe. We should serve notice on the Saudi authorities that we will assist in every way possible domestic advocates of peaceful modernizing and democratizing reforms in the kingdom (just as the Bush Doctrine dictates we should do in Iran and across the Middle East).

(6) Finally, President Bush and Secretary Rice must remember Soviet history as they resist the blandishments of the detentists--those who insist that all Saudi subjects idolize bin Laden, or that the only alternative to the present regime is chaos, or that the Saudis will change only through slow evolution and discreet pressure behind the scenes, or that direct engagement will simply insult and alienate them. Secretary Rice will recall that all these arguments were offered in the Soviet case--and all proved wrong. It was not detente that brought down the Soviet Union.
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
Evil Terrorist Chief Meets Evil Terrorist Chiefs
Fatah Chief In Iran For Talks-talks about what? Why is the head of Fatah wandering around the middle east acting like a head of state? What on earth does he have to talk about with Iran? Hey, I have an idea! Anyone that meets with Israel's sworn enemy Iran can't come back to Israel again.

TEHERAN - The new head of Fatah, the dominant grouping in the Palestine Liberation Organisation, has arrived in Tehran for a three-day visit, Iranian media reported on Monday.

Reports said Faruq Qaddumi was lined up to meet Iranian President Mohammad Khatami, parliament speaker Gholamali Haddad Adel, Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi and powerful former president and top cleric Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani.

The official news agency IRNA said the visit was aimed at "discussing issues of mutual interest-and consolidating relations between the Iranian and Palestinian nations."

Qaddumi, the long-time politburo chief of the PLO, was appointed head of Fatah after Yasser Arafat's death in November.

He has been a consistent opponent of the Oslo peace accords, which ushered in the Palestinian Authority, and remained in exile after the rest of the Palestinian leadership returned to the West Bank and Gaza Strip in 1984.
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
Murderous Thugs Throw Tantrum, Won't Eat...Planet Shrugs, Says Grace, Eats Dinner
Aww da poor widdle bay beez!

SOME of Saddam Hussein's jailed lieutenants had been refusing food, the US military said today, but the officer in charge of detainees in Baghdad denied that Saddam himself was on any form of hunger strike.

The ousted Iraqi leader was captured by US troops a year ago, on December 13.

"It appears that some of the other 11 high-value detainees have been rejecting food, although they continue to snack and to take on liquids," Lieutenant Colonel Barry Johnson said.

"We're trying to ascertain who is turning their food back and why."

Lt-Col Johnson said those who had rejected food began doing so a day ago, but some had since eaten.

"There are a lot of conflicting reports about what they have eaten and when," he said, denying Saddam was among those not eating.

"These reports are absolutely untrue. Saddam has eaten today."

The lawyer representing former deputy prime minister Tareq Aziz said he had heard from a lawyer for another top Baath party official that some of the 11 most senior captives, held separately from Saddam, were on a hunger strike.

"(Former vice-president) Taha Yassin Ramadan's lawyer told me that Ramadan went on hunger strike along with several other prisoners to protest their illegal detention," Aref Badia said, adding that Mr Ramadan's lawyer had seen his client the day before.

The protest was partly about a lack of access to defence attorneys, he said.

Lt-Col Johnson said it appeared that Mr Aziz was among those who had been turning back food. All 12, who are awaiting trial, are held at secret locations in Iraq but Saddam is kept apart.
Who cares a lot?
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
Futile Curses Across Millennia
This is really charming, at the same time that it's kind of chilling.

During a Dead Sea-area dig in 2002, Prof. Yizhar Hirschfeld discovered two small packages wrapped in cloth. The contents of one of them, just recently made public, was a scathing curse aimed at Israeli leaders.

"Oh God almighty, I beg you God to destroy Ariel Sharon, son of Devorah, son of Eve." Thus opens a unique text, written in eloquent Arabic, on parchment found more than two years ago at the bottom of the Dead Sea.

"Destroy all his supporters, loyal aides and confidants, and all those who love him and whom he loves among the human beings and among devils and demons," the anonymous writer continues with his curse.
Is this some new regional innovation? You bet it's not, read on if you want to know exactly how early this practice is!
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
The Bigger Threat
I'm still arguing with my best friend about Bush's re-election. He says it was the gay rights issue, I say it was terrorism. It doesn't matter who's right, I still want him to visit Mike Silverman's blog.
There's an interesting debate going on within the liberal world on terrorism. Fundamentally, my life and my liberties are threatened by right-wing religious fundamentalists...both domestically and abroad, but the nature and type of the threats are vastly different and very difficult to compare. To simplify things much more then they should be, the question is "who is a bigger threat to my family: Pat Robertson of Osama Bin Laden?"
Red Letter Day: The Current Threat

P.S. While you're at Mike's place, check out the statistics section in the sidebar.
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