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Friday, May 16, 2008
Blind Fealty To Israel Means The Only Good Palestinian Democratic Elections Are The Ones That Elevate Candidates Who Like To Roll Over And Have Their Belly Scratched
I went back and forth a little with The Fat Guy in his comments about why you can't simply say "Hamas is a terrorist organization," as they have the majority of democratically elected representatives on the Palestinian council. You can disagree with them, you can call their violent acts out for the abhorrent terrorist attacks they are, but you can't simply say they're an illegitimate organization that we won't talk to - unless, of course, your aim is not for Israeli/Palestinian peace, but instead for the full subjugation of the Palestinian people to Israeli demands.
What, exactly, is wrong with this position:
Here is the crucial part of our exchange:
Are we interested in peace, or are we interested in cleansing the Palestinians out of Israel? Frankly, I don't really give a shit either way, as long as we're honest about why we're supporting what we're supporting, and have an honest discussion about the consequences. That being said, if it's peace we're trying to foment, and if we really are a country who is genuinely interested in promoting democracy in the Middle East, we need to talk to Hamas. Period. They're the brokers who can stop the violence, and they're the democratically elected voices of the people.
Unless, of course, by "promoting democracy in the Middle East" we really mean "installing illegitimate lapdog governments who will bend to American whim." Then, I suppose, whatever our little Imperialist hearts desire is probably the Good and Noble choice to make. Because, you know, promoting democracy tends to generally be defined as allowing the will of the people to speak, whether or not you like what they have to say.
Just be honest. Our partnership with Israel is too valuable for some reason to allow the people of the Middle East to speak for themselves, right? Forget negotiating, just throw some razor wire around their territory, fortify the checkpoints and squeeze the shit out of them until they capitulate. Is that the plan for peace?
Tell me what's wrong with the quote above.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Just joined Twitter - no promises.
My username is Gamblingblues.
A Comprehensive List Of Things From My Youth For Which I Am Nostalgic, That Hollywood Has Not Yet Appropriated Into A Major Motion Picture
Kraft Macaroni & Cheese
Mary Lou Retton
The Pass, Dribble & Shoot Competition
You Can't Do That On Television
The YMCA Pool
Dairy Treat Soft Serve Cones
The Commodore 64
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
My Fifth Grade Crush Courtney
My Kindergarten Crush Tori
Building Forts Out Of Pillows And Blankets
The Bubba Baker Lions Years
That One Time I Won That Nickelodeon Contest
Posing For Every Picture In My Batting Stance
I can't wait for SPAGHETTI NIGHT: THE MOVIE in the fall of 2010.
Insert Your Democratic Candidate For The House Here
Special election last night in Mississippi for a House seat, with two challengers running in a district that voted Bush in 2004 by a 25 point margin. Here's one of the Republican ads that ran attacking Dem candidate Travis Childers, which might serve as a preview of what you'll be seeing in September and October all over your TV in the run up to the election:
Childers won last night by eight, despite his obvious white black nationalist politics (if what this ad implies is true, which I'm sure it is).
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Happy Mothers(-ILF) Day
My favorite clip of my favorite recent TV Mom
From the underrated "Grounded for Life," it's Megyn Price ladies and gentlemen...
From Last Night's SNL
I've got a post up over at Pauly's Coventry blog featuring a zip file of jazz music for your enjoyment.
There's some overlap to what I've posted here before, but a few new tracks to be sure. Always happy to hear if you've enjoyed the music, and let me know if there's anything I can pull and post for you (more tracks by a specific artist, for instance).
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