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daily archive: 12/13/2005
guest author: evariste in Discarded Lies - Hyperlinkopotamus:
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
So cute, it oughta be illegal
At Cute Overload, a fawn, a dog, ducks and bats and squirrels and nuts, weasels, a baby seal, and my favorite, am I funny to you?

It's very difficult to be grumpy now, isn't it? Well, for most of us anyway...
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guest author: מ?רין מ?מ? , Marine Momma in Discarded Lies - Hyperlinkopotamus:
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
A Tale of Two Moms
Lee Harris turns in his usual excellent work at TechCentralStation:
Mariam Farhat, a 56 year old mother, will be running alongside her male colleagues in the upcoming January elections for the Palestinian parliament, and, by all accounts, she will easily win a seat, due to her enormous popularity among the Palestinians. At first glance, this might seem like good news: a Muslim female who has the will to play an active role in the future of her country, and who is supported in her ambitions by the male-dominated political party to which she belongs. But, unfortunately, the party that is backing her is the terrorist organization Hamas, and her popularity is based on her well-deserved reputation as “the mother of martyrs."

Mariam Farhat got her nickname because three of her sons died either during an attack on Israeli settlers in Gaza or else while preparing for such an attack. Yet a good bit of her immense popularity must be attributed to a video that Hamas is using as part of its electoral campaign -- a video in which Mrs. Farhat is shown advising her son Mohammed on how to kill Israelis, and in which she herself is seen toting a gun, like a Palestinian Ma Barker. Mohammed, by the way, was just seventeen -- not old enough to buy cigarettes in the USA.

Mother’s tactical advice must have been first-rate, because Mohammed was able to kill five Israeli settlers before he was himself whisked away to join the ranks of the martyrs in paradise. No wonder she is seen as “a sure vote-winner,�? as the writer of a Reuters news story breathlessly reported. Who could resist a woman who has happily sacrificed three sons to the cause of wiping Israel off the map, and who still has three more sons left to give the same sacred cause?

After all, there is no question in Mariam Farhat’s mind that what we Westerners call “the peace process" will cause martyrdom to go out of style any time soon. “The Jihadist project completes the political one and the political project cannot be completed without Jihad," she is quoted as saying. So, who knows: perhaps in the coming years, the mural in her room that shows the faces of her three fallen boys will be graced with portraits of her remaining sons. How much prouder she will be then.

To many of us, Mariam Farhat must be like a figure from another world; as, indeed, she is. In America, mothers today don’t want their sons even playing with squirt guns or spending their recreational time shooting at electronic images on their plasma TV screens.

Not long ago, at the local Target department store, I heard a woman berating her eight or nine year old boy because he had asked her to buy him a toy gun. The poor kid looked so crushed and miserable that I seized the opportunity to offer unsolicited advice. I explained to the woman that my parents had given me a nifty toy machine gun, perched on a tripod, when I was about her son’s age, yet I had not grown up to become a mass murderer, though I did spend one wonderful summer mowing down my friends in my backyard. The boy’s face brightened, but the mother dashed his hopes by assuring me that it was really none of my business -- and, of course, she was right. It wasn’t any of my business, and I should have kept my mouth shut. But that recognition on my part did not stop me from reflecting on the brief encounter I had had with the woman and her son.

What happens to a society where moms forbid their boys to play with toy guns? Especially if this society is living in a world where there are moms like Mariam Farhat who are willing to offer their boys pointers on how to kill people with real ones?

Those who believe that we all want the same things should also reflect on this tale of two mothers. We Americans cannot but look upon Mariam Farhat as a fanatic, a madwomen, a fury intent on offering her own sons up to the Moloch known as Jihad. Yet she will take her seat in the Palestinian parliament, in a democratic election in which she is sure to be the people’s choice -- a people who see in her a national symbol to be proud of, and not a symptom of a profound pathology that should make all decent Palestinians hang their heads in shame.
Indeed; I do.
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guest author: Moremeaning in Discarded Lies:
Irani-Venezuelan cover for tech transfers
Last Thursday Dec 8, 2005 on a flight back from visiting family in Caracas, I caught an item in Ultimas Noticias (I can't get that issue online because subscription is required). Some Venezuelan Ministry paid for an advertisement announcing an Venezuelan-Irani Accord for an Iranian company to build 10,000 housing units in Venezuela.

It's not like this can't be done by any Venezuelan contractors -there are plenty who could do it. It seems more likely that this is a cover for money transfers for the purchase of nuclear & missile technology. Chavez has loudly proclaimed his desire to obtain both.
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V the K's now CJ's legal dad!
Blogger adopts Blogger!

In Other News, Hairy Ape adopts Mary Mapes


V the K and CJ formalized what was an all-but-in-name father-son relationship by legally adopting his precocious ward, CJ. Mazel tov, such glorious news! V the K, you're a fine dad, and CJ, you're a great son :-)

Note: Yesterday, at some time in the morning, PST, a judge signed off on the adoption decree for my (former) foster son CJ. I can't be sure, but this is likely the first time in internet history that a blogger has legally adopted another blogger.The adoption was delayed for several weeks because some nutjob crashed a pick-up truck into the courthouse, set it on fire, and then had a standoff with police.Which, if you knew CJ, is absolutely appropriate.)
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guest author: מ?רין מ?מ? , Marine Momma in Discarded Lies - Hyperlinkopotamus:
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
China's grisliest trade
On the one hand, China's legally-sanctioned sale of the organs of executed prisoners is nauseating. But on the other hand, why shouldn't the death of someone truly vile like Stanley Tookie Williams have benefited an actually productive and worthwhile member of society through organ transplantation? I think at the heart of my discomfort with this is that China executes people at the slightest pretexts. But if the US was harvesting organs from those condemned for truly heinous crimes, I would likely not have a problem with it.
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Race riots, anyone?
As racial hatred continues in Australia, text messages are urging people to commit more violence:
"These grease ball monkeys with their gold chains and fully sick cars need to know that we're not copping any.

"We all have stories about (these groups) raping our sisters or bashing our brothers - it's not on.

"So bring your grog down on Sunday and let's start cracking skulls for each other for once."
Meanwhile, John Howard seems to be in denial.
Prime Minister John Howard called again on Tuesday for calm and tolerance, but again refused to describe the violence as racist, instead labeling it a law and order issue and "domestic discord," saying Australia was not a racist nation.

The racial violence has prompted criticism of Australia's multi-cultural immigration policy, with commentators saying ethnic differences have been fostered for many years.

Many social and ethnic leaders said the violence was primarily "gang warfare" and not purely race riots and that the youths involved felt economically and socially disadvantaged.

But some politicians laid the blame squarely on racism.

"We are just getting a sample of what happened in France a few months ago," said Labor opposition politician Harry Quick.

"We have reached a pressure cooker stage here. People of ethnic minority in Australia are just taking things into their own hands."
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photos of victims of Tookie (violence/nudity-ed.)
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guest author: annie in Discarded Lies:
I have it right here...somewhere
I was searching the other day for a phone number and naturally I had a look at the noticeboard in my kitchen to see if I’d stuck it there. I suddenly realized how much ... well... junk!... is pinned to the board.

Here’s a partial list of what’s on my corkboard:

- One invitation to my cousin’s son’s barmitzvah in Canada. (I’d love to go but it’s this Saturday and they forgot to include the plane ticket with the invitation so it looks like I won’t be there.)

- One invitation to our good friends’ daughter’s wedding. That’s going to be fun :-)

- 4 (yes! four!) army call-up notices for our younger son. Actually they are two duplicates of two notices. Why two notices? Because the IDF didn’t realize they had sent one call up, so to be on the safe side they sent another for a different day. So what day is my son going into the army? Who knows? It must be a secret. We must confuse the enemy! No, wait a minute… And why are there duplicate notices? I don’t know! Ask the army! They’re the experts in bureaucracy. If we can’t defeat the enemy by firepower I guess we can always strangle them with red tape. If only we could find our own way out of the red tape first… (Please don't ask why I pinned up all 4 notices and why I didn't junk at least 2 if not 3. I have no other explanation other than "it seemed a good idea at the time".)

- One order form for the latest Harry Potter book from W.H. Smith bookshop in London. But we’ve already bought the book here in Israel…

- A phone number for an orthopedic doctor. I can’t remember who needed the number or why. Ah, the healing power of phone numbers…

- A phone number for a flute teacher for our daughter. But the teacher lives out of town so she’s not much use…

- A notice from our kids’ youth group about a hike on Succot. That was 2 months ago… Looks like it was a nice hike though, in the Judean Desert. Oh to be young again…

- An ad from the municipality for an orienteering course for youngsters. My daughter has managed to register, take part in 2 or 3 meetings and a hike, and has decided it’s not for her. So the ad could go, I guess…

- A pouch made by one of our kids in kindergarten, holding mini prayer books for reciting Grace after Meals. It still has the original stickers on. One of these days it'll be as valuable as a Rembrandt. OK, maybe a Jackson Pollock. Well, it's abstract art and pretty old even now.

- A timetable for the hours at my gym, in my very own handwriting. Not that I’ve been for a while. But it’s the thought that counts. Right? RIGHT?

- And the pièce de resistance: a cute sign given to me by a friend which says: “You’ve got two choices for dinner: take it or leave it…". Couldn’t have put it better myself.

By the way, the phone number I was looking for? I couldn't find it...

Do you have a corkboard or noticeboard in your kitchen or home office? Have you taken a close look at it recently? Has yours also accumulated all kinds of strange or obsolete items that you have forgotten where they came from or what they’re about?

What’s on your noticeboard?
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
How will Israel deal with a nuclear Iran?
Iran may be just months away from having nuclear weapons and the London Sunday Times reported that Israel may be getting ready to strike Iranian nuclear facilities by March. How realistic is that? Iranian threat already surfaces as hot issue in Israeli elections
Leading Israeli pundits, however, doubt whether Israel really has a military option. Writing in the Ma’ariv newspaper, analyst Ben Caspit pointed out the chief difference between Iraq in 1981 and Iran today: Whereas Iraq’s nuclear capacity was concentrated in one weakly guarded reactor, Iran’s fuel enrichment program is via centrifuges housed in several well-protected sites across the huge country.

“To attack, we would need a lot of intelligence, multiple strikes, the ability to hover over Iran for long periods and in large numbers, lots of luck, lots of bunker-busting bombs, and with all that, the chances of success would be slight," Caspit wrote.

The former commander of the Israeli air force, reserve Maj. Gen. Eitan Ben-Eliyahu, said that if there is an attack some time in the future, Israel would only be part of a larger force — partly because the job is just too big for Israel to handle alone.

There would be too many targets, each target would need several fighter-bombers, protected by fighters, accompanied by rescue planes to pick up crew members who might be shot down.

“Maybe," Ben-Eliyahu said, “there will be a joint decision for joint action one day, involving countries like the U.S., Britain, Germany and Turkey."

Reuven Pedatzur, a strategist at the Netanya Academic College, said he doubts that any such joint action will ever materialize. Nor is it likely that Israel or any of the other players will take action to stop Iran alone.

“Iran may well come to possess nuclear arms," he said. “And if that happens, Israel will have to learn to live with the Iranian threat and to neutralize it by means of credible deterrence."
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