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  • 'Like the NRA, AIPAC sows fear in the halls of Congress' -- Dem consultant
  • Mark Halperin excommunicates Rand Paul, over Israel
    • I don't see any white guy being the next and subsequent POTUS. I only see white women in that spot, and eventually, a latina women. These two groups of females hold the cards. What their foreign policy will be? Good question. They don't have a clue themselves.

  • The Book of Exodus and the Book of Palestine
    • history |ˈhist(ə)rē|
      noun ( pl. histories )
      1 the study of past events, particularly in human affairs: medieval European history.
      • the past considered as a whole: letters that have changed the course of history.
      2 the whole series of past events connected with someone or something: the history of Aegean painting.
      • an eventful past: the group has quite a history.
      • a past characterized by a particular thing: his family had a history of insanity.
      3 a continuous, typically chronological, record of important or public events or of a particular trend or institution: a history of the labor movement.
      • a historical play: Shakespeare's comedies, histories, and tragedies.
      PHRASES
      be history be perceived as no longer relevant to the present: the mainframe will soon be history | I was making a laughingstock of myself, but that's history now. • informal used to indicate imminent departure, dismissal, or death: an inch either way and you'd be history.
      go down in history be remembered or recorded in history.
      make history do something that is remembered in or influences the course of history.
      the rest is history used to indicate that the events succeeding those already related are so well known that they need not be recounted again: they teamed up, discovered that they could make music, and the rest is history.
      ORIGIN late Middle English (also as a verb): via Latin from Greek history ‘finding out, narrative, history,’ from histōr ‘learned, wise man,’ from an Indo-European root shared by wit2.

      religion |riˈlijən|
      noun
      the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, esp. a personal God or gods: ideas about the relationship between science and religion.
      • a particular system of faith and worship: the world's great religions.
      • a pursuit or interest to which someone ascribes supreme importance: consumerism is the new religion.
      PHRASES
      get religion informal be converted to religious belief and practices.
      DERIVATIVES
      religionless adjective
      ORIGIN Middle English (originally in the sense ‘life under monastic vows’): from Old French, or from Latin religio(n-) ‘obligation, bond, reverence,’ perhaps based on Latin religare ‘to bind.’

      What did they say about the bubonic plague at the time it happened? What do they say now? What is a bible or sacred book of any sort other than anthropomorphic projection in the full freudian sense? How long will true believers continue to be made?

  • Palestinian youth say the talks with Israel are futile
    • Looks like there's some recognition within Palestinian leadership of what you say: Looks like the Palestinian leadership has finally figured out the US is not an honest broker in the I-P peace talks: link to linkis.com

    • “It’s all about the facts on the ground and the Zionist project is going underway as it always has—successfully.”

      And the funders are everyday Americans, 98% gentile. Nothing has changed this scenario. They remain ignorant. Thank you, US press.

  • Stephen Walt: publishing 'Israel lobby' ended any thought of serving in US gov't
    • Nobody can figure out why Walt and Mearsheimer wrote The Israel Lobby? I'd chalk it off to being educated in history/intellectually honest, empathic, and having tenure. The trinity, eh? If I am wrong, please explain. Thanks.

    • @ Nevada Ned

      Thanks for info. Care to speculate on why Walt stepped down? Didn't he have substantial leverage as you described as dean KSG at Harvard? Surely, when he was co-writing The Israel Lobby he knew what to expect. What's your informed personal view of why he and Mearsheimer forged ahead? Just being unAmerican, not exclusively concerned about their careers? Too altruistic?

  • Resurrecting Passover?
    • Well, what to do, beyond pouring out a few sips of wine as you dig in to the (some say) delicious food on holiday? Passover reminds me vaguely of Thanksgiving Day.

      link to huffingtonpost.com

    • It's all horribly and tremendously stupid. It all stems from anybody saying they are acting in the name of God. Why anybody would believe this tripe is well beyond human reason.

  • Haaretz joins Rush Limbaugh and company in trying to link Max Blumenthal to KC shooter suspect
    • re: " The USA doesn’t have a given ethnic identity. The American nation is formed by people adopting American ideals. Which incidentally is how Israel works. "

      Does the US identify itself as a white Christian and democratic state?

  • Friedman prepares American Jews for a divorce from zealot Israel
    • @Woody Tanaka

      I think this is what is unpalatable regarding said settlements: link to thecepr.org

      The US government hangs out its dirty laundry daily for all the world to see while all the while it's washing machine runs, swishing around nothing but water.

    • Obama has a record of always giving Israel more, not less, than his predecessors. The proof is in the pudding.

    • The most salient thing to emerge is that BDS is taking on a have v have-not dimension, and history shows this always triumphs (only to reemerge again): link to truth-out.org

      It's the US mainstream media, primarily on cable TV infotainment shows, where 55% of Americans get their daily dose of news, in this media that still supports the status quo in the face of daily reality, most especially the reality Palestinians suffer every day.

      Time to give the boot to the likes of the hosts on MSNBC most especially.

  • American citizen, translator and student—Mariam Barghouti arrested and detained in West Bank
    • An American citizen? You mean like the bull-dozed girl and the assassinated boy on the boat? How about the one eyed artist girl? America is a Zionist-owned entity.

  • Palestinian writers bring Gaza's hardships to American audience
    • Interesting, how one changes perceptions of reality by replacing the word "occupied" with "disputed" territory. The South Koreans seem to think this pen is mightier than the sword, which is why they have their children gathering means by reading The Talmud.

      What is the difference between Talmudic studies and the study of common law in US law schools? The case method.

  • Fear of Arab-Americans in the public square
    • @ Mike_Konrad

      So how do they fit into the map of yours and Krauss's? I'm still wondering. "…many white ethnics are very similar outwardly to the observer." Well, I'm both Irish and German, so it's always interesting to me to know how "the observer" sees me. Some here have accused me of being anti-semitic even though I married a Jewish woman. My brother did too. One of my nieces married a black American. I don't like the hold AIPAC has on congress. Do I, we, fit in your impression? Just asking since you are lobbing around generalities. I'm also pro-choice, ok with gay, and I paid for my own higher education. I'm also a gun owner. My own government taught me how to use one. How's all that fit, observer?

    • @ Krauss
      Really?
      The two biggest ethnic white groups in the USA are German and Irish. The vast majority of them are working to mid-middle class. They are not new WASPs, nor are they Jews. They also don't fall into the established minority group. How do you fit them into your map?

  • Handling holy hypocrisy at holiday season
  • Palestinians can have an embassy in Jerusalem, but God forbid not a capital -- Israeli mayor
  • Alterman says BDS is helping Netanyahu
    • Nobody can escape the obvious fact that Zionism is not a universal humanitarian principle, either theoretically, or as actually implemented. Only Dick and Jane need to wake up for all this to change. Sadly, they are sound asleep.

    • RE: "By contrast, Eric Alterman in The Nation is a model of clear thinking. The Israelis and Netanyahu were “never serious about pursuing” a two-state solution in recent talks, Netanyahu wants “a Bantustan-style solution,” and “US audiences may be fooled by Netanyahu’s lip service to a two-state solution, but Israelis are not.”
      So he attacks BDS?

      Will somebody explain Alterman's logic? How is he a model of clear thinking?

  • Alleged K.C. killer: 'If Jews can have a state of their own, why can't we have a White Christian state?'
    • Have any of you who never served in the US military ever thought about those who have done so? We were taught to think of our rifle as our female SO. Do you think we've forgotten that indoctrination? Do you think we are not aware that Hitler's first move once in power was to take away the right of individuals to own guns? I don't understand you all. Responses invited.

    • I think it's interesting that Miller justifies his vision by pointing to Israel, and, indirectly, to the US government's support of Israel's vision. Anybody else?

  • You know Israel's in trouble when 'NYT' runs op-ed saying it's replacing Iran as isolated theocracy
    • Mmmm, so now will US politicians tell us Israel is a theocracy just like the USA? It's a joke. Why? Because the NYT will not follow up with just how much sky is between US and Israel, and why do our politicians say there's none at all?

  • It's time to reveal the Israeli role in the US surveillance machine
  • About that special relationship...
  • To reach the 'moveable middle' in Jewish life, you must be inside the tent
    • Well, know let's deal with the recent SCOTUS cases justifying major bribery as the American political campaign finance system. Plutocracy/Oliarchy? Well, let's just admit it's not Democracy.

    • Very interesting developments happened among the top quartile: the top 1%, and somewhat less so the top 5%, gained significantly, while the next 20% in the global income distribution either gained very little or faced almost stagnant real incomes.

      This created polarization among the richest quartile of the world’s population, allowing the top 1% to pull ahead of the other rich and to reaffirm both in fact and in public perception its preponderant role as winners of globalization. The fact that more than 1/4 of absolute income gains went to the top 1%, and more than ½ to the top 5%, probably further reinforced that perception.

      Who are the people in the global top 1%, those with 2008 after-tax per capita income above $PPP 42,000? There we find the richest 12% of Americans -- more than 30 million people -- and between 3% and 6% of the richest British, Japanese, German and French. As well as 9% of the richest Singaporeans and Swiss.

      It is a “club” still overwhelmingly composed of the “old rich” world of Western Europe, North America and Japan. The richest 1% of the embattled Euro countries of Italy, Spain, Portugal and Greece are all part of the global top 1 percentile. However, the richest 1% of Brazilians, Russians and South Africans belong there, too.

      Good luck on changing the US tax code, which is a huge tome of special privileges and redistribution of income.

    • Why Gore didn't become POTUS:
      link to perkel.com

    • @ Krauss
      Odd, you don't mention the ever-growing income gap. Why not?

    • Play within the system. I suggest you listen to George Carlin on this folly.

  • Amid 'climate of fear' at Vassar, president comes out against 'action and protest' re Israel
  • The Jewish community must not embrace Ayaan Hirsi Ali
  • Israel's brand rides high on NPR
  • Dershowitz plays McCarthy, and John Dingell is labeled 'anti-Israel'
    • @ Kathleen
      Maybe Phil should add, " not like my wife or my friends are very Jewish"? The whole thing is to get down to what are one's core values? If they are humanitarian, how can they be religious or racist?

    • The on-going mechanism is simple: Real liberals cannot condone Zionism, which is devoid of universal humanitarian principles.

    • Is there a Conference of Presidents of Major American Non-Jewish Organizations?

    • @ Krauss
      Yep. Paul's as good as his dad on foreign policy. Rand's trying to ride the new wave of young voters, e.g., he's big on right to privacy. I hope the old coots from my generation die off quickly as they make up the all war, all the time freaks, bipartisan as ever. When will we get to see a real discussion of just how much the US spends on the military, on that more than the next dozen biggest spenders and all but two of those are big US allies?

    • NO, they call themselves American patriots, explaining there's no sky between US and Israel. That's Bill Kristol 's whole ball game, and same for the guy who hit his head on the bottom of the swimming pool and has been in a wheel chair ever since.

  • 'No decision has been made on Jonathan Pollard,' says State Dep't
  • For Miliband, the road to 10 Downing Street runs through Jerusalem and Sderot
    • Nothing new. US politicians are all bought and paid for:
      link to veteranstoday.com

    • I also agree with DD, and would love to see ritzl's questions asked of our US politicians. The main TV news media never brings up the issue, of course, neither on MSNBC, CNN, or Fox News, or local network channels or PBS.

    • "This is the theme of any white supremacist, it’s all the Jews fault for feminism, multiculturalism, “political correctness”(a.k.a liberal values, broadly defined) and so on."

      Mmmm, it's also the repetitive proud Jewish theme of those equating Jewish involvement in said things with human progress. Or have my ears and eyes deceived me for all these years I've been alive?

    • @ Krauss

      How much annual foreign aid does Obama give Ireland? $8.5 Million per day, plus lots of "loans" that morph into freebie grants and underwriting Ireland's debt? How many wars has the US fought that just happen to heavily benefit Ireland's agenda? What land is Ireland occupying? How many Irish Americans choose to serve in Ireland's military rather than the US military? Bear in mind in context that Irish Americans represent the second largest white ethic group in America, considerably larger than 2% of total US population.

  • 'Not a single person in this room would accept living as Palestinians do, generation after generation'
    • Here's the list on those who urged the US to attack in PNAC fashion: link to publiceye.org
      Note Beinhart makes the list.

    • Excuse me, wasn't Beinart a signer of the original PNAC declaration in the late 1990's?

    • According to the Israeli highest court, there is no such thing as Israeli citizenship. Under Israeli rule, you are either a Jews or a non-Jew, and from that conception, comes any rights you may have. The high court of Israel is second banana to the Knesset's legislation. Most Americans don't know this. You can thank the US mainstream media for keeping Americans misinformed. There's only 5 key corporations that control 90% of all the news about Israel Americans get. I suggest Americans who want facts read the Israeli media. You won't get any facts from your own mainstream media, which is, of course, the contrary to informed consent.

  • Amira Hass predicts Israel's 'colonial project' will eventually fail--but at what cost?
    • The US goes after any Arab American NGO that may have any ties or suspected funding to HAMAS. It offers tax deductions to Jewish American NGOs that directly or indirectly support the illegal Jewish settlements. All direct and indirect aid to Israel, either via Jewish charities or US foreign aid is fungible once in the hands of any Israeli entity. The Arab American agencies are not allowed to play hide the pea under which walnut.

  • Simon Schama's Israel whitewash
    • Well, Floridians who actually tune in to PBS are getting their 5 hours fill of Isn't Being Jewish Wonderful?

    • @ Kathleen
      The BBC has some out pretending Kerry did not tell Congress Israel was responsible for the deteriorating peace talks; BBC has now said Kerry's poof speech meant equal blame on both parties even though he clearly said Israel is to blame for such.

    • What's amazing is how much goy taxpayer money they eat up blaming the goys for everything.

    • @ Rationsl Zionist
      What do you imagine the Nuremberg Trials were all about? How about Tokyo Trials? They came after two world wars. Then came Israel.

    • In sum, two wrongs don't make a right, even if Mr. Slater thinks so. I found the PBS series a lush gush of Jewish sentimentality, paid for by desperately thin Goy tax dollars.

  • State Dep't tries to clean up Kerry's 'Poof'
    • The BBC is spinning Kerry's poof remark to congress, which clearly placed the blame for talk failure on Israel; the Zionists high up at BBC are directing the spin, which is that both sides are equally to blame. The following article names names (and also quotes MW): link to mycatbirdseat.com

    • Obama has sent selected rebels in Syria hand-held tank destroyers.

  • 66 years ago today 42 members of my family were slaughtered in Deir Yassin
    • Tareq Radi, if your name was Anne Frank every American would know your name. Why so? What can we do about this?

  • New book explores intersection of Islamophobia and support for Israel
    • I don't doubt what you say. I'm only talking about the people I have any physical contact with; to the extent they dabble in politics at all, it's not with regard to foreign policy. Even the most sophisticated and educated one I know had never heard of BDS when I mentioned it about a week ago. She immediately scoffed when I told her it was a growing movement, and offered a bunch of examples. She insisted Americans generally don't care about Arabs at all, and when they rarely did, their opinion was usually Islamophobic. During this conversation, she said her Jewish friends, and she has a number of very long time Jewish friends--always have a knee-jerk response untouched by any objectivity. She added that if she were a Jew she'd have the same response. I asked (since she's Irish), "Well, so you still hate the English?" She replied, "Of course!" I said, at another point referring to the Shoah and Nakba, "Two wrongs don't make a right." She replied, "Of course not! But I told you if I were a Jew, I'd have a knee-jerk response too!" And she's going to vote for Hillary because she's a woman. "It's her turn; she got cheated!"

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