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John Smithson

not yet comfortable giving personal info when IP issue is involved

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  • The List: Cuomo's anti-BDS executive order is a first amendment nightmare
    • Or maybe those companies on the 'List' will enjoy having people flock to them to buy the good and services they provide, as a way to support BDS.

      Never know how this will turn out...

  • Max Boot has perfect propaganda on murdering medic-- but Jeffrey Goldberg is silent
    • Isn't this just #3 in the classic 4 part Hasbara?

      1) We Rock 2) They suck 3) You suck 4) Everything sucks

      Maybe a bit of #4 as he adds Europe to the mix.

      Nice deflection but not biting.

  • Lamar Advertising censors 'Boycott Israel' billboard in Chicago
    • Wonder if CTA buses or 'EL' trains will allow these ads. Those are government run entities so first amendment would apply - no? Maybe WTTW ads? Or would 'community standards' also apply to government run/owned entities ad space?

    • So what does the contract say? Can you guys sue or what? You need money for that? Just ask!

    • This is local to me - someone texted a photo of the billboard to me when it went up. I have a call into a friend with more legal knowledge - will follow this one along. It is still a free country right? We do still have freedom of speech right?

      I have the kids watch animal farm when we take long trips in the car - eerily similar ain't it?

  • New Jersey teenager threatened with legal action by high school over pro-Palestine activism (Update)
    • Drip, Drip, Drip...

      The dike will be breaking, just a question of when.

      Good to see the young people pointing out, as usual, that the emperor has no clothes!

      Frank Guadagnino has got to feel pretty bad by now. Hope he apologizes to her once he deprograms himself.

      Darn refreshing - will send along to folks for their erudition.

  • 'NYT' does not own the Karmi house, former bureau chief stresses
    • 'We’ve been through this before, but your own article implies that the New York Times and its reporters occupy the same house in which Ghada grew up. That is not true.'

      A distinction without a difference? 'We don't occupy the house - just the apartment above built after her family was exiled'. Oh - my mistake, obviously the two ideas are totally separate.

  • Posters linking Muslim students and BDS activists to terrorism appear on college campuses in California and Washington, DC
    • Right - isn't there a defamation lawsuit in here somewhere. Reverse the situation and put Hillel or some other Jewish group in these posters.

      Seems like BDS shouldn't take this slandering sitting down - there's money to be made after all - or at least some free publicity...

  • Egypt's destruction of Gaza tunnels leading to economic and environmental disaster
  • (Update) This year for Halloween your child too can help defend the Israeli occupation
    • wow - the comments are scathing....and often hysterically funny.

      this is one time where you really start to see the ground shifting - I will probably bring this up at Halloween parties this weekend and get a serious laugh from EVERYONE!

      sometimes it's the little things that really change things.

      Maybe it's just the context of putting this on your child that brings home how far the situation has gone off the rails over there.

      Drip, drip, drip...

  • 'Most-read' article at Washington Post calls Israel 'savage, unrepairable society'
    • But the difference barryisman is that I'm paying for Israel - my tax dollars go to support ISRAEL.

  • Muslims are Nazis, 'USA Today' jokes
    • I sent this today.

      Mr. Gallagher –

      I am writing to express my bewilderment that you would somehow think the recent Nazi Skeleton ‘Allah Akbar Baby’ cartoon could in any way be part of an effort to fight Islamophobia.

      Quite the contrary, as I see it the cartoon caters to exactly the Islamophobic sentiment you purport to condemn.

      Consider the thought experiment where a similar cartoon is constructed but this time the terrorist groups all share a Christian background with ‘Hail Mary, Baby!, or perhaps a Jewish one with ‘Mazel Tov, Baby!’.

      Would the comparison of Jewish or Christian groups to Nazism be construed as an effort to fight an anti-Christian or anti-Semitic trend? Run that by any Catholic Bishop or Abe Foxman at the ADL and see.

      The courtesy of a reply is appreciated,

  • Lawrence Summers says BDS movement is 'persecuting' Israel
    • His specious argumentation is so bogus - and this guy was the Head of Harvard? He's either a moron or blind to the truth (or maybe not blind and just lying/eliding his way thru an argument). Really - which is worse?

      And what is it exactly the qualified him to run the Fed or Harvard?

      It's stuff like this that makes me worry about the future of the U.S.

      I mean since when did any ethnicity's sensitivities trump the truth? It's guys like him that help cause anti-Semitism thru their insulting bullshit - trying to twist any sense of fairness and justice on it's head by demanding we all listen to him or be labeled 'anti-semites' - while Israel beats the crap out of defenseless increasingly landless indigenous folk.

  • Obama cites donor pressure re Iran, but 'NYT' won't tell you what he means
    • Sure Hophmi. And you can tell that to the huge raving mad mob when it finally assembles and comes after whomever it's been that's been pushing the US into all these recent wars...

      Your dissembling may somehow assuage your guilty conscience (if indeed you have one), but it won't change what could quite possibly be some very cruel realities in your future and it certainly is fooling no one - even those of us with Goyish Kops.

      Reality exists - I suggest you deal with it in a more effective way. But ultimately it's your call how to proceed. Just don't come bitching to us later, and no you can't stay in my basement.

  • Our Year-End Campaign: What Mondoweiss Means To Me
    • I own one. Got it a few years ago from Phil and Max.

      Maybe they could make it like PBS and if you give over $100 you get a free t-shirt.

      How about it Phil et al?

      Remember when this thing was a yahoo user group?

  • University of Exeter students vote to boycott Israeli settlement products in a landslide
    • I love the flag image - don't vote for it - you'll put some poor Palestinian factory worker out of a job.

      To me it's like saying: 'Don't give CHEMO to that man who has a completely curable cancer, he might get a RASH!!!'

      How unbelievably disingenuous and inhuman. A new low. Glad to see the Exeter students possess the perspicacity to vote the way they did. Yeah you guys!

  • 'I can't be silent. It is genocide' -- Anoushka Shankar
    • I called my Senator (Mr. Mark Kirk) last week and almost fell over when I got this reply after asking what position the Senator has regarding the situation in Gaza:
      "Hamas is like Nazi's. The more Nazi's you get, the more Hamas you get, the more death you get". After hearing this and almost laughing out loud, I asked if the staffer was serious - she replied 'he stated this publicly, it's his position'. So I called back a few minutes later and asked whichever staffer I got (I think the same one) to slowly repeat it so I could write it down. At that point, the staffer must have gotten excited as she went on to add other statements of the Senator like: "Let me say this so that the people can hear me all the way to the Senate floor. I will carry our message that in the Senate, we stand with Israel"(staffer informed me this was while speaking at the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago). Other quotes: "His heart goes out to the men and women of the IDF" - when I heard this I asked if the Senator's heart goes out to the men and women of the US Armed Forces too - I got no answer. Another quote: "We should not have a cease fire until Hamas is militarily defeated by the IDF" and finally "Was is exactly what Hamas wanted, so we should make sure that they lose it" - I asked who 'we' was referring to - I got no answer.

      'Senator Kirk', I asked, 'Did he take the oath to protect the US from all enemies foreign and domestic?' I asked. "He sure did" - the staffer responded. "Well I hope he always puts the interests of the United States of America first - don't you?" - no answer from the staffer.


  • Congresswoman who visited Israel on AIPAC's dime has no time for relative of boy beaten by Israeli police
    • I just called her DC office - 'she has no position or statement'. The staffer seemed pretty shaky/emotional when pressed to fully understand what the implication of having 'no position or statement' when a US citizen and constituent has the crap beat out of him by a foreign police force. I advised her to quit working for such a person.

      Anyhoo - here's the contact info for Congresswoman Castor:
      Washington Office Phone: (202)225-3376
      Tampa Office Phone: (813)871-2817
      St. Petersburg Office Phone: (727) 873-2817

      Have at it Mondoweissers!

  • When the going gets tough, Roger Cohen gets going
    • Awesome, just great. Thanks for this and all you do on the topic. I have faith that it will get better, but also believe we have to make that happen. Let's to it then - more evangelizing on IP, drip, drip, day the dam will burst.

      Hope we get to see the change in our lifetimes. It is our burden I guess. "Every generation got it's own disease. I've got mine."

  • 6 DC heavyweights tell Kerry, Netanyahu in West Bank is like Putin in Crimea
    • AFAIK it is NOT in the report. I read the book and the only place IP comes up is when they asked KSM his motivations. Fitzgerald's testimony is available on the 911 commission website, but only if you watch the video and know where to look (I don't know of any transcript of the testimony - that you could search on and find stuff more easily). There is also a video of a guy pestering Hamilton at a press conference about the IP/911 connection, whom Lee brushes off. o/w I don't know of any other info.

    • From 9/11 hearing: "What motivated them to do it?" was finally asked. Lee Hamilton, vice chair of the 9/11 Commission said, "I'm interested in the question of motivation of these hijackers, and my question is really directed to the agents. ... what have you found out about why these men did what they did? What motivated them to do it?" The agents looked at each other, apparently not eager to be the one to have to say it. FBI Special Agent Fitzgerald stepped up to the plate and laid out the facts, "I believe they feel a sense of outrage against the United States. They identify with the Palestinian problem, they identify with people who oppose repressive regimes and I believe they tend to focus their anger on the United States." But this testimony was kept out of the 9/11 Commission Report and no recommendation was given to address the main motive for the 9/11 attacks.

    • I am puzzled about how this comment string got so hi-jacked into a discussion about Russia - who cares? Looked to me like the main thrust of the article was how totally unfair and inconsistent the US approach to IP has been.

      Zbig, Hamilton, Pickering, Seigman (I haven't read the other 2 as much) all get IP. Hamilton was on 9/11 panel and was the only one to ask 'Why did they do it? What motivated these men?' - anyone know what the FBI officer's reply was?

      I found this refreshing and hopeful - slowly we are giving timid, less 'into the issue' folks room to feel freer to explore and learn without fear of retribution. Another drip of water on the wall of sugar cubes that separates most Americans from the truth about IP and their governments complicity in these atrocities.

      Again the concern is what happens when the average guy figures out who's been pressuring his government to make this terrible policy a reality.

  • Loyola student government president vetoes divestment resolution
  • 'NYT Book Review' owes readers an apology for printing blatant racism about Palestinians

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