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Daughter of an Italian immigrant with a deep love for Italy, its Rinascimento, its art, and its people.

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  • The deafening silence around the Hamas proposal for a 10-year truce
    • No ceasefire if it means going back to things as they were for the Palestinians. No unconditional surrender for Hamas. This will not be resolved peacefully, only through armed conflict. There is no other way. If I were Israeli, I'd be worried about the outcome. Their soldiers don't seem to acquit themselves very well, there's already been what 20+ dead in a short time? They're very good at sending missiles and rockets, but not much else.

  • Kristof says Stephen Hawking and American Studies Association support Hamas
    • Yes, someone did, which surprised me, because he is a typical, nonsense-spouting, no-nothing, pseudo journalist, worried about keeping his job.

  • Oldman labels himself an 'A-hole' for saying Jews run Hollywood
    • I find it not at all believable that Oldman and the editors of Playboy magazine did not anticipate the furor that would ensue from Oldman's words. He, himself, knowing as he does Mel Gibson's experience, must have anticipated the reaction to the published interview. All of which makes me wonder if there is something more behind the entire episode -- a well played poker game designed to make your opponent (Foxman) show his hand and ultimately lose.

      Who will be the real 'loser' in the end? I think Foxman and the ADL, exposing themselves for the arseholes and megalomaniacs that they are.

  • Jeffrey Goldberg leads the charge on latest BDS smear: Presbyterian Church divestment is anti-Semitic because David Duke supports it
    • Isn't it an awfully long piece to devote to the ravings of a bunch of nitwits? Truly, the charge of anti-semitism has no 'sting' left to it, the venom having been squeezed out a long time ago by the likes of Goldberg and others.

      It seems to me the best to do is ignore these fools.

  • Oldman says Hollywood is 'run by Jews,' then offers over-the-top apology
  • Make 'hasbara' a household word
    • ISIS, ISIL. Who made up those names? Our State Department? Isn't it just a bit too convenient that they both are acronyms, and this silly country is so terrible enamored of acronyms.

  • Fire Thomas Friedman
    • I couldn't bear to read more than a few paragraphs and then skimmed the rest.

      Truly, Friedman has dropped double digits in his IQ, and from what I've read of his columns in the past, he started out at 95.

  • Cantor's defeat had nothing to do with religion
    • P.S. Or is it that hordes of anti-semites have moved into Virginia? One could write a great satirical piece for the "Onion" about this silliness.

    • “Part of this plays into his religion,” Mr. Wasserman said. “You can’t ignore the elephant in the room.”

      Really, Mr. Wasserman. Did his 'religion' play a part in his winning of the last 7 (is that right) elections? What an idiot!

  • Federal agencies express concerns about Israel's entry into the Visa Waiver Program
    • Here we go again. Special treatment, not equal treatment. Israel uses as its reason not to reciprocate a visa waiver for American citizens, its security issues. Tough sh**t, Israel. Your security issues are your problem, I couldn't care less about them. If, and when, you solve your 'security' issues then you can be considered for the US visa waiver program.

  • Mark Halperin excommunicates Rand Paul, over Israel
    • DaBakr. I'll bet you lose lots of sleep over those 100s of 1000s of Syrians who have died in a civil war. That is intended as sarcasm. What would you have the United States do? Send in the U.S. Marines and kill more Syrians -- pro government Syrians, pro Assad Syrians? They are fair game, I suppose. Assad too, I suppose? After all, Assad kills his "own" people, and that is so beyond the pale of decency and humanity. Killing those not your "own people", however, is just perfectly acceptable is it?

  • Friedman says Iran's friends include BDS and Jews in Open Hillel movement
    • @JeffB. How in the HELL do you call the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics a "right wing academic" party? It's not a PARTY, you fool, it's an institution founded to support aerospace professionals. And on top of that, you compound your stupidity by tacitly claiming you know the political views of most of the members of that organization.

  • Adelson would install Netanyahu in the White House if he had his druthers -- Avnery
    • I don't think the man beside Adelson is a body guard. Look at the manner in which Adelson grabs his shoulder, he seems to be insisting on telling him something. Look at the expression of the man whose shoulder he is holding onto, it's the appearance of one who is sorely tired of hearing what this person is saying.

      The man in the front is a body guard, he clearly has a earpiece in his right ear, but who is the man next to Adelson?

  • Ohio State Hillel member calls Desmond Tutu a 'neo Nazi' for criticizing Israel
    • Did anyone not see how truly bizarre the statement "most Jews are darker than Palestinians, who are mostly white"? Most Jews are not 'white'. The Ashkenazim are .....?

      This is just about the most insane statement I've read. Truly, the world seems to have lost its mind.

  • Gaza heats up: Israel bombards coastal enclave under siege with multiple airstrikes
    • Has anyone considered that this is deliberate provocation by the Zionists, particularly the murder of the Palestinian born, Jordan resident a few days ago, the result of which is demonstrations in Jordan calling for an end to the peace treaty.

      I think perhaps the mad dog, Zionist revisionists who support the philosophy of now dead, Vladimir Jabotinsky, wish to expand the frontiers of Israel. From the beginning they wanted what was then called Trans Jordan; I've no doubt they lust for it yet. What better way to expand, then to begin a made up conflict with Jordan. In the interest of state security, they 'push' into Jordanian territory and remain there. They've been biting off one piece at a time of what they call Eretz Israel. Where, or, will it end?

      My Jewish neighbor in a discussion we had about the Palestinian situation ten years ago, having no other moral argument, resorted to a strategy of placing tacit blame upon all non Jews for the Holocaust by saying "I'm afraid people will say we're tired of these Jews". Well, this individual accepts no blame and the next time anyone should employ such a contemptible ruse, I shall not be polite.

    • @bilal a. Cut the bible crap.

  • 'Daily Beast' labels Abbas 'stubborn' for refusing to recognize Israel as Jewish state
    • The Daily Beast was founded by IAC Chairman, Barry Diller, and one Tina Brown, journalist(?), magazine editor, talk show host

    • @jon s. Your classification of the woman's remark as being apologetic for the Nazis, doesn't bear up to objective scrutiny, and on top of that it is a tiresome criticism made by far too many people on far too many subjects when they dislike what another has said.

      What she did comment upon was what she obviously feels is an excessive preoccupation with one aspect of the history of World War II, namely the murder of Europe's Jews, and this preoccupation is represented, she believes, by the mandating of the study of the book, The Diary of Anne Frank, and the study of Wiesel's book "Night". This aforementioned observation comes from one who was at the Summit.

      As far as your claim the woman is "anti-semitic" (an inaccurate appellation), I would say to you -- "you are not a mind reader".

  • State Dept to 'check out' vicious attack on Palestinian athletes
  • Penn Hillel pushes Birthright-like trip for non-Jewish students
    • 1.) ....... imagining what Israel, or the Middle East at large, is actually like…"

      Truly, one will be able to imagine the Middle East at large by visiting only Israel. Is he kidding?

      2.)"It will focus on instilling an intellectual connection to the region in participants who would never have otherwise had the opportunity to see the Middle East as we have seen it."

      Seeing the Middle East from the Israeli perspective? Yes, indeed that will help participants to truly develop an objective understanding of the Middle East. Again, is he kidding?

  • The cowardly Leon
    • I began reading "Genesis" approximately four days ago, and I am a third of the way through.

      The book is admirably even-handed and fair, perhaps even too fair to the Zionists, some may claim. It seems those who blindly support Israel and its policies cannot abide anything that even hints of calling into question the 'nobility' of the goal of forming a Jewish state. At the risk of hyperbole, it is damn near psychopathic, and frightening. I suspect, however, these psychopaths are relatively few in number, but a few people driven by madness can make life miserable for the many.

  • Jewish community commits intellectual suicide before our eyes
    • @irishmoses. Forgot to add: put that symbol on your name tag.

    • @irishmoses. I will be at the National Summit and I just saw from your post that Phil Weiss will be there. What sign can be use? What about a circle enclosing the letters MW?

  • At Sochi Olympics, Israel is in... Europe!
    • I watched the opening ceremony of the Olympics and it seemed to me (although I will admit to knowing I would not cheer the Israelis athletes had I been in Sochi) the crowd became noticeably quiet when the Israeli group came in. I can't find postings of the complete opening ceremony on youtube yet to confirm my impressions, but if anyone else watched the ceremony I wonder what they thought?

  • Jewish groups used anti-semitism smear to try to stop boycott debate -- Holocaust scholar who heads MLA
    • @Woody Tanaka. Yes, indeed, it was the USSR, and, but here is where I must differ from you, as I would add -- "and in a SMALL part" by the United States, if you are to define "small" as the numbers of soldiers who died, which if I am not mistaken were for the USSR something like 14 million .................... and US figure about 500,000 (and I believe this is for both theaters of war).

      The victory in the Pacific, however, was largely an American victory.

  • The self-hating goy
    • Judging from many of the comments, I believe most of you are missing the point. I saw the clip as 'mocking' the idea of a 'shabbos goy' and in fact 'mocking' Orthodox Judaism itself, and frankly, that's fine to me. Other religions have been mocked -- why not Judaism.

  • Christie's other scandal: $12 million special election he claimed wasn't political
    • @Kathleen. I think you are absolutely correct. dbroncos says "Christie is also in hot water over disbursement of FEMA monies for Sandy victims ......."Tell me when some governor or other is not in "hot water" for some reason or another. Wow, such a surprise that some people are not happy with the pace of financial reimbursement. Goodness, gracious, imagine such a thing.

      In a race between Hillary Clinton and Attila the Hun, I'd vote for Attila. Just to make that clear.

    • @Kathleen and Ellen. Even more revolting were the guests on 10 am segment of the Friday News Roundup of the Diane Rhem Show.

      It seems a good deal of the media (both right and left, which as an aside leads me to consider that Christie has got something going for him if he is attacked by his own party) has Christie tried and convicted of political skullduggery, although I'm not sure that is a 'crime'. So far, there has been no evidence that I've read or heard about to convince me he agreed to or in fact demanded this bridge closure.

      I am not precisely sure what you call the people at Huffpo, on the Diane Rehm show, at Daily Kos ....... journalists? Hardyly. I did not hear one decent piece of 'journalism' from any of them on Diane Rehm or read anything at Huffpo -- only opinions, of which I am not in the least interested. To give an example, Cheryl Gay Stolberg called Christie "emotional" during his press conference. I didn't get that impression at all, in fact my impression was that he was calm, clear, and unemotional, if apologetic. Am I to defer to Stolberg's 'opinion'. If so, why? Because she is so much more wise than I? She is a 'mind reader' when I am not, so she 'knows' what is in the mind of Christie? No indeed. I found her, and indeed, the other guests, unbelievably biased and unable or unwilling to exhibit a scintilla of skepticism about the issue, or even a tiniest recognition that what Christie says may be true.

      I have nothing but contempt for them.

  • 'Haaretz' says many Orthodox are taught to see non-Jews as 'not quite human'
    • @Krauss. No, orthodox Jews do not seek to impose their views on others, but that is not from a sense of morality, but from the sense that they are not going to share with gentiles, what they believe is their preferential status with god.

      And you are correct -- anti-semitism is far more complicated and I believe, as exhibited in the question I posed to American, came about from very unpleasant experiences gentiles had with religiously zealous Jews.

  • Should dual citizen of US/Israel be vice chair of our Federal Reserve Bank?
    • @biorabbi. I will say, unequivocally and unapologetically that I do indeed believe the interests of the American citizenry and their nation should be considered first and foremost and not those of a sovereign nation (or is Israel a sovereign nation?) -- nothing secret about that. And I am not in the least concerned about your reference to Lindberg, which is a not so cleverly disguised accusation of being anti-Jewish.

      While I shouldn't have to explain this, I will given an acknowledgement of the possibility that you are far too obtuse to understand -- wanting our representatives in government to consider what is best for this country and citizens, does in no way imply the acceptance of aggression by this nation to secure its interests at the expense of another country. It is asking that when our interests and those of another nation conflict, then the interests of this nation should be considered first. This is why the Zionists have always wanted to convince us that our interests and theirs are the same. They are not.

    • @Little_Shih_Tzu. I think you have an excellent idea, there. In fact, I've always thought that is what the Palestinians should do -- convert to Judaism en masse.

  • 'Foreign Policy' blames AIPAC for warmongering Iran bill, but Maddow won't tell you that
    • @dbroncos. Damn right -- Maddow is OWNED as are the rest of the jerks who flap their sorry yaps on television. My only question is why would anyone care what someone who is PAID to say what they say, care about what they say, or think that what they say is important -- it isn't! They have only the opinions they are allowed to have. Maddow, Anderson Cooper, Wolf Blitzer, ........ they are irrelevant. What they say or think means nothing.

  • Senators and Kerry battle over who's on the phone to Israel
  • 'The goal is to isolate Iran'--Jamal Abdi breaks down Israel's opposition to the Geneva talks
    • @seafoid. Although you seem to obtuse to recognize it, it is called political pressure, Seafoid, pressure that comes from money which creates influence. It is amusing that I've heard Jewish people brag (and I have) about their influence and yet when it is called to their attention (particularly by those who are gentiles), they adopt the stance of Claude Rains in Casablanca "I'm shocked, shocked ....." and obviously feigned self-righteous indignation. There is nothing I detest more than a hypocrite. I perhaps wouldn't find the Zionists so repugnant if they dropped their righteousness, and were just plain honest and out front with their thuggery, but it's the attitude of "we are so noble" that truly sticks in my craw.

  • Echoing Netanyahu, Ted Cruz slams Kerry and calls on Iran to recognize Israel as 'Jewish state'
    • @ Ludwig. Kerry is threatening nothing, just prognostication, I suppose. Here is the thing, Ludwig, I don't want one penny, not a micron of American taxpayer money going to the State of Israel (nor to Egypt for that matter). World War II is long over, I was born long after it ended, I owe nothing to Israel or to anyone who is Jewish. Nothing. Nor does anyone else.

  • Natalie Portman and Woody Allen see anti-Semitism as pervasive
    • @Nevada Ned. Absolutely agree with your assessment about Portman's acting abilities or rather lack of them. I saw the movie "Leon", not much to talk about her in that. She was dreadful in "Star Wars -- the Phantom Menace" and absolutely abysmal in that horrible movie where she played the ballerina who wanted to be "perfect". Both the Star Wars and the ballet movie (can't even remember its name it was so forgettable) are two for the toilet.

  • LBJ and Obama both took insults from Israel in election years -- Helen Thomas
    • "If they took him alive they could have maybe humanised him within the rule of law."

      What an incredibly stupid statement! Of course, bin Laden was human, what the hell else was he? And please, please, can we stop using the expression "rule of law". Either you call it a "rule" or you call it "law". Using the expression "rule of law" sounds like someone adding extraneous words to appear "intellectual".

      And is OlegR a complete moron? He replies to "justpassingby" that using the word "arabs" is a crude generalization, when he himself used the word "arabs" in his earlier comment.

  • Video shows aftermath of Israeli soldier assault on Palestinian child
    • @MahaneYehude1. Please .......... you don't need to have videos cameras on hand to to show Israeli children who have been killed, the American media is more than happy to provide the details, while ignoring events such as these.

      When we see this on American television, I will believe we've reached a point of equilibrium and fairness, until then, you will spare me your Israeli horror stories.

  • Israel lobby group counters Palestinian dispossession with-- Jewish creationism
    • @Mike_Konrad. I've always found the expression BCE comical and meaningless political correctness and I am glad to read someone else does as well. Call it what you will, doesn't change the fact that the earth has gone around the sun 2,013 times since the birth of someone called Jesus of Nazareth. Were an alien to arrive on our planet asking why we call the year 2,013, that is what the answer would be.

      The BCE appellation is falling into disfavor, as it should -- it so silly.

  • Israeli officials frown at U.S. slap on Egypt military's wrist
  • de Blasio praises racist rabbi for 'wisdom, charity, sensitivity' (and J St gave him shoutout)
    • "who was a genius regarding knowledge of Jewish law". "Genius" a much overused word that can be applied to a relative handful of humans in human history. Knowledge is not 'genius' nor is an encyclopedic memory, which is a skill that can be acquired. Yosef was not a genius.

  • The media's double standard on child victims of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
    • @Mayhem. We all know that the IDF often shoots at Palestinians for no real reason, only to be a-holes, and then say afterward it was because of 'security reasons' or some such other excuse. We've heard it all before, Mayhem.

      My enlightenment came after listening to International Public Radio some years back, and during broadcasts of Israel Public Radio, hearing Ariel Sharon (who is not amongst the living or amongst the dead) say Israel had the "most moral army in the world bar none". Well, I don't know about you, but as soon as someone wants to claim morality for themselves or some group to which they belong "I would put my hand on my wallet" and the other on my gun.

      What we see is that Jews are no different from anyone else, no more moral, no kinder, not more honest, or decent, just people, and not chosen, and some are first class jerks, to be nice about it, and you Mayhem seem to be in the last group.

  • Sam Tanenhaus rebrands antiwar as-- 'isolationist'
    • The word "isolationist" is used to manipulate opinion by attempting to make the person to whom it is applied appear uncaring. It's not very subtle, and as such I ignore it.

      As an American citizen, I believe we should not interfere in the internal politics of another nation, and we respond militarily only if we or our allies are attacked, and I emphasize that word. "Terrorist" attacks don't count because culpability often cannot be proved definitively and are often done by individuals acting outside of any established government. And by "attack" I mean an actual physical occurrence between two armies, a "threat" of attack doesn't count. And we do not support allies who attack other nations, when they have not been attacked. If the UK were to get involved with Argentina militarily over the Falkland islands, for instance, the United States should not be involved.

  • How long can Netanyahu's deception last?
    • I listened to the speech on c-span, and I found him funny in a pathetic, sad way. He was so predictable, with his little "amen chorus" applauding as he took to the podium. It was evident that most of the rest of those present (what there were of them) were not impressed, as the applause was extremely tepid at the end, despite his chorus.

      It is obvious he is addressing himself to the very religious, particularly when he mentioned about rebuilding the temple.

      A largely mythical ancient history he related and I wonder if it has ever occurred to this silly man, that the Palestinians may very well, are probably are in fact descendents of people who subscribed to the Jewish religion, but became Muslim converts? And just a few days ago, on this site and in a comment someone talked about "Jewish Arabs" or "Arab Jews" -- they would be semites, yes? So what does that make Mr. Netanyahu and those who came from Europe? I think they are not semites.

  • Israel's real fear: shift in balance of power with a normalized Iran
    • @asherpat. Just lately, in fact, there have been articles in Haaretz of all places, that bastion of anti-semitism, about Bedouin being removed from where they live. How long now, before we start to hear the phrase "the so-called Bedouin people"? How long now before yet another grou hates the Zionists? How long before we hear the Zionists begin to whine yet again, about anti-semitism and questioning why they are hated, while trying, unsuccessfully, to convince the world how wonderful, noble, and great they are?

      Stick a sock in it, asherpat.

  • Netanyahu returns to the U.N. -- now guess the drawing!
  • Kristol says Obama appeases the new Hitler, Rouhani, making Israel 'the leader of the west'
    • @hophmi. I am not one of those people who has been predicting an attack on Iran, in fact, I have always believed that would NOT happen, and I emailed Kristol after reading his extremely childish article at the Weekly Standard to say so.

      Israel will not attack Iran because they would get the sh**t kicked out of them, to be blunt, and they damn well know it. That is why it ain't going to happen.

      And as far as Ahmadinejad's rhetoric -- I think he intended to be provocative, full well knowing the response he would get by saying the things he did (although he has been mistranslated), and just like Pavlov's dog you can get rabid Zionists frothing at the mouth when you say anything about the Holocaust not to their liking. He is most definitely not a whackjob to use your elementary-school language. I also don't think the President of Iran is the leader -- I think it is the ayatollahs, if I am not mistaken.

  • Wilkerson says Graham and McCain 'border on being traitors' for allegiance to Netanyahu
  • Israel launches media blitz against Rouhani
    • Israel will not attack Iran, I am quite certain of that. Iran is not Iraq and they would definitely get their hair mussed and other not so nice things would happen. What I see of the Israeli regime is they like to flap their yaps, and bark and howl at the moon, and threaten. They are not very grown up, as is evidenced by that silly Netanyahu and his cartoon bomb poster board at the UN.

    • Andrea Mitchell said "this short window of opportunity". Oh really? Says who? What a numbskull, what a dimwit, what a nincompoop, what a moron, what dipseydoodle.......

      I have taken to emailing these jerks and calling them out on their nonsense where it is possible. I have not been able to get email addresses for them all, but those that have available email addresses and have the unmitigated audacity to show their stupid mugs on television or dare to pain us with their stupid voices, I email.

      We can engage in our own form of psyops. If you contact them enough to tell them how stupid they are, they may begin to realize it and perhaps we shan't have to suffer these people any more.

  • Will Obama meet with Iranian president Hassan Rouhani?
    • @Citizen. The main media is finding it difficult to keep the average Dick and Jane misinformed because of the internet. With that understood, beware of the "Media Shield" law being pushed by Schumer and Feinstein. It is being 'sold' as a noble law that will protect journalists; in fact, what it seems to me is a way to attack those who would not be considered 'legitimate' journalists. I would ask, who they hell are Schumer and Feinstein to decide who is/is not a legitimate journalist?

    • Does George Stephanopoulous have the intellectual capacity of a third-grader or do the major media outlets truly believe the American public has the intellectual capacity of a third grader? I ask because reading Stephanopoulous' questions makes me wonder.

      Where are the grown-ups -- specifically the thoughtful, reasonably intelligent, rational, grown-ups? They do not seem to inhabit the television airwaves.

  • Will there be fallout from the NSA sharing intel with Israel?
    • @ Real Jew. I think you are mistaken. More and more people are becoming better informed about issues in the Middle East, some due to their own research and desire to read news not from US sources, and others because they have been 'educated' by those who are better informed. As an example, my aunt had the predictably American view of Israel, as that poor, beleaguered, country surrounded by 'enemies' who 'want to push Jews into the sea'. When I challenged those assumptions with her, she was, at first, dismissive and hostile (it's hard to admit one has been deluded), eventually through patient dialog and some not so patient and through providing back up material, she has done a 180, and now even does her own research. She has begun sharing her new found enlightenment with others who think such as she did, and so it goes, and so it will go, and this is how important, long term change happens. Not suddenly, not quickly, but slowly and patiently does the circle turn. I will submit that many, many more Americans have turned that 180 degrees, it doesn't matter what CNN or Fox News or MSNBC say, they do not represent the views of most Americans, but rather a narrow slice of the American public. They are irrelevant and many more Americans distrust them, that too has been a change.

      The change was coming; the change has happened, it matters not what our media says anymore. Enough people know the truth.

  • 'AIPAC must be kept for consensus issues only': Israeli diplomat slams Israel lobby for engaging on Syria
    • Well, I'm afraid Mr. Caspit turned me off as soon as he started with the "axis of evil" rhetorical flourish. I have had quite enough of that silliness. As far as Hezbollah is concerned, perhaps if Israel behaved as a better neighbor, they wouldn't need to worry about Hezbollah.

      As an aside, I heard Rep. Barbara Lee (D-California) this morning on C-span and she expressed the hope that all nations would give up their chemical (or biological?) weapons. I called her office to insist that the State of Israel should be included in that. No special treatment should be accorded to Israel and if they have chemical or biological weapons they should be forced to relinquish them. Israel has signed but not ratified the Chemical Weapons Treaty, which is tantamount to not signing.

  • The Russia-Syria deal: What it means and what now?
    • I saw that video too. Mr. Assad no doubt thinks something similar may happen to him, and the curs in our government don't give a damn. Gadaffi' was cooperating with the US in the (I nearly choke on this expression) "war-on-terror", so think about it -- this is what we allow (and yes, we allowed) to happen to those who have cooperated with us in the past. I'd find for my political and actual life too were I Assad.

  • 'Reincarnated war hawk' Samantha Power presses case for Syria attack to Beltway liberals
    • Power has been whining on about Russian obduracy in the Syrian matter and how Russia is holding the security council 'hostage' which I seem to remember is the word she used. Her rhetoric sounds like a bad-mannered juvenile, losing a game and wants now to change the rules.

      I tried to call her office at the UN to leave a sarcastic comment, but the automated message said the mailbox was full. I hope she has a whole slew of sarcastic messages. It must be made clear to these sociopaths that there are a great many of us who disbelieve the garbage they spout.

      She could agree to stand on her head and set her knickers on fire and I still wouldn't believe a frigging word she says.

  • Rep. Alan Grayson: '[AIPAC] falls to the wayside when the public weighs in'
    • A shining light. I left a message early this morning (before 8 am) at Grayson's office to say that if Obama launches a military intervention in the face of the Congress voting against, I hope the Congress will initiate impeachment proceedings. I also called my senators and representative with that same message.

      I have tried leaving messages in the voice mailboxes of Pelosi and McCain before their offices actually opened, but their voice mailboxes were full. Even tried leaving a voice mail at the office of the Ambassador to the United States, Samantha Power, who is whining about the Russians and their obduracy on the Syria issue, but that mailbox is full too.

      What has been the experience for others?

  • Pelosi begs Democrats for cooperation on Syria, but serious concerns remain
    • A very bright light is Alan Grayson, D-Rep from Florida's 9th district. He asked excellent questions during the debate and he was on Democracy Now this morning and made an excellent observation which was the Administration refers to Syria as violating international "NORMS' not "LAW". This is a very important distinction. Also, does anyone know what the legal implications of Syria not being a signatory to the Chemical Weapons Treaty means? Israel has signed, but not ratified, does that give them legal cover when they used white phosphorus against non-combatants in Gaza? Does it give Syria legal cover?

      If the Administration launches military action against Syria without Congressional approval what recourse does the Congress have in this situation? Can it withhold money to fund the war? Can it began impeachment proceedings?

  • 'There's no stupider reason to go to war than fear that people will think you are weak' -- Chris Hayes
    • I would like to know just when President Assad became the monster and Hitlerish person that Kerry claims he is. Was it before or after he and Mrs. Kerry had dinner with President Assad and his wife?

      Kerry has no credibility at all for me. None. Furthermore, I am very disgusted with the use of "boots on the ground" when discussing American armed forces. They are not boots on the ground, they are human beings. It is only one of any number of overused euphemisms, although I find this one particularly Orwellian. When I called my representative and both my senators, part of my message included registering my disgust at it use.

      The halls of Congress are full of mad dogs and fools, with a few bright exceptions.

  • Video: My friend frees bird caught in garage
  • Obama lost his English poodle, but it looks like he'll get a French one
    • @Citizen. Didn't mondoweiss have quite recently a link about one Edward Luttwak, writing in the New York Times that the United States should not allow either side to prevail in this conflict -- supporting the rebel side only until it seems it would win, and then withdrawing support in time to prevent a 'win'.

      It's a vicious, amoral, position which shows a completely blatant disregard for the lives of Syrians, no matter which side they are. I would even go so far to say the position is 'evil' and I don't use that word lightly.

  • Where is the ADL when Ryan Braun makes reckless anti-Semitism charge?
    • The ADL makes reckless anti-semitic charges, why in the world would anyone think they would criticize someone else for doing it? That's just their game.

      I laugh now when I read anything that uses the words anti-semite or anti-semitism. It truly has become very amusing.

  • 'The one and only Jewish state,' Netanyahu says, pounding the rostrum
    • What a pathetic schmuck is Netanyahu. If it weren't for the the seriousness of the issue, he would be funny, he is so pathetic.

  • Comparing the spin on Israeli settlements from Al Jazeera America and Al Jazeera English
    • I watch Al-Jazeera english on my computer and while it has some very well produced and written documentaries, and it has a nice "across the color spectrum" group of presenters and commenters, and it has more detailed coverage of news from parts of the world often ignored by American media, it too often leans toward prevailing western viewpoints, at least from what I hear.

      Until just a few years ago, the Iranian "Press TV" was on air in England (a place I visit often). There one could hear very different views of events. Of course, it has now been taken off the air because western governments don't want Iranians disseminating their propaganda, only western propaganda can be disseminated to western audiences. Our news is carefully controlled as most of you should know. When something like Press TV would be allowed on our airwaves, then we would truly have a "free press".

  • Exile and the prophetic: The new Jewish flirtation with Jesus
    • @Ellen, thank you for your excellent summary of early Christianity. There is not much I could add to it, other than to say that I believe Jesus to be a reformer in the way that Martin Luther was. Neither "intended" to start a new religious movement, but rather desired to end the corruption and abuse by the religious elites within the religions to which they subscribed.

      Mr. Ellis' statement about the 1500 year history of Christian "Jew-bashing" as he calls it is, as you noted, so very trite, and I would add, so very predictable, and so very incorrect. In its early, early history, it is Jews who were persecuting "Christians", although I'm not sure they called themselves by that appellation at the time. One only has to read the story of the apostle Paul (a zealous Pharisee educated in strict observance of the Jewish "Law") and his 'enlightenment' on the way to Damascus, and whereas Christianity was essentially proscribed until the Emperor Constatine, Judaism was a recognized and accepted religion. All that changed, however, after Constatine's death and the fortunes for Jews and Christians were reversed. Perhaps Mr. Ellis doesn't know these things because he's never read the New Testament. Perhaps he should.

  • Why has Israel closed its doors to Syrian refugees?
    • Are you serious? Why would the JEWISH state (a state that is NOT "a light unto the nations") allow non Jews into the country for humanitarian reasons?

  • Despite media blackout, Christians not backing down on 'draconian' treatment in the holy land
    • Here is a question I would like to ask and it is this -- is this hostility toward Christianity and the demeaning statements about the religion that are found in the Talmud, the cause of Christian hostility toward Jews and Judaism. A mutual hostility that became deeply embedded in the culture, but which had its beginnings in the extreme chauvinism of the Talmud.

      It is instructive that eastern Europe is the area where anti-Jewish sentiment is very strong; it is also the area with the largest concentration of Haredim. Martin Luther knew of this hostility and disrespect toward Christianity and wrote about it, or so I have heard. Is there also not a story coming from the Middle Ages, of orthodox Jews spitting at a crucifix at the end of a bridge somewhere in eastern Europe, until the Hebrew word adonai was added to it and the spitting stopped.

      Just recently I've been watching a lecture series called "The Emperors of Rome"; the lecturer is Professor Garrett Fagan of the University of Pennsylvania. In the episode about the great fire in Rome, he posed the "uncomfortable", as he called it, possibility that in fact it was some Christians who started the fire as Nero claimed.

      The truth is not always pleasant or comfortable.

  • Story glorifying US tourists' gunplay in settlement is denounced as AIPAC propaganda by angry NPR commenters
    • @hophmi. It's unfortunate for southern, white, racists, that they did not see, as the Israeli regime does, the benefits to INCITING violence. If they had done so, you are right, there may never have been a Civil Rights Act, as the hearts of Americans would have become hardened against black protesters. You gave yourself away in that statement, hophmi.

      And the Israeli regime does incite violence fearing that non violent protests would create sympathy for the Palestinian cause. Despite their efforts, and for people who can see through the Israeli regime's worldwide agitprop, sympathy for the Palestinian cause does exist in many people, as we read at this site and many others.

      Oh, lest you forget -- Saudi Arabia does not call itself a democracy.

  • Bill Clinton takes a cool half-million from Jewish National Fund for speech in Israel
  • The Solyndra of Israel, adored by Tom Friedman and NPR, goes bellyup
    • I remember quite well the hyperbole coming from Mr. Friedman about the company, and profiles on NPR. Friedman in his columns at that time was on a 'green' kick, writing how "green, was the new red, white, and blue". Proposing a truly hare-brained scheme of the government buying back all SUVs, at their fair market value, in order to encourage Americans to buy more economical cars (perhaps he was thinking of the company "A Better Place" and a way to promote its scheme. All, and I mean, all Friedman's ideas, are something a 6-year old could have proposed.

      I hope someone will email Mr. Friedman and remind him, lest he forget, how very stupid he is.

  • Ben Ami on ethnocentrism, the blown Arab Peace initiative, and the 'war of races'
    • " ..... particularly the eternal, unforgiving hostility of a Gentile world." Has it never occurred to ask "why, (if true) is the Gentile world hostile? I've known individuals who get along with nearly no one because of an unpleasant personality, or because of an arrogant demeanor. It never seems to occur to such people that perhaps their ugly way is why they are disliked. The fault always lies with the other person, and never with the individual who is disliked. A pathetic inability to see beyond themselves and to recognize their own flaws.

      I know a couple in England, in their 90s, who spoke about how happy they were for the Jewish community at the founding of the State of Israel, but how disillusioned and saddened they now are after reading and knowing of the actions of the State of Israel and its hostility to, and denigration of, the Arab world. Israel's actions are like a 'slap in the face' to people such as them.

  • Washington Post's racism map omits Israel
  • Glenn Greenwald brings facts and reason to 'Real Time', ruins Bill Maher's night
    • @Taxi. " ..... I would point the finger at the religious ...." I completely concur, religion itself is not the cause of violence or repression, but rather the people. It always people. I would submit that the basic tenets of Christianity are good, but the powerful institution that became known as the Roman Catholic church, was often used as a tool to maintain that power and control over a population. In a broader context, it is not institutions themselves that are flawed, by the humans who run them.

      Take our own country, we have in the Constitution, a document that attempts to provide a large degree of personal freedoms to individuals,
      and yet, despite this, those freedoms have been eroded and weakened over the course of that document's life. Is it because the Constitution was re-written? No. It is because individuals in power have chosen to betray its principles, to misuse it, all in an effort to further political agendas.

      We are all of us, flawed, unfortunately, some of us have more dangerous flaws than others. One of the greatest flaws, is the desire for power.

      As an end, Mr. Maher is a silly, egotistical twit, and he carries his bias like a cudgel.

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