Hero of the day.
Friday, January 30, 2004
Here is a link to the immediate aftermath of yesterday's bombing. There is a video available to watch but I really caution you, it is extremely graphic: innards hanging from the bus (of the bomber I assume because they said he was seated in the back of the bus) along with bodies and body parts strewn about the street. Exercise extreme caution if you don't want to see something very graphic, the reality of every Israeli.
If you have a weak stomach, here is a first hand account of yesterday's tragedy.
Thursday, January 29, 2004
I can assure you there’s nothing quiet as uniquely gut wrenching as waking up in the morning to the piercing sound of ambulance and emergency vehicle sirens, knowing that a suicide bomber has just killed innocent people. You see, as a grad student at the Hebrew University, the bedroom window of my dorm is positioned directly across from Hadassah Hospital, one of the largest hospitals in the Jerusalem area, so naturally those wounded and killed in this morning’s attack would’ve been rushed to the facility adjacent to my complex. The only difference this time is that I didn’t hear the bombing which took place this morning, like I have the previous two. I just heard those morose sirens which were too loud, too long and too many to be a heart attack victim or minor medical injury. In Jerusalem you don’t need to turn on the television to know an attack has taken place. As one witness of this morning’s attack said: “It’s a real nightmare, you can smell the blood.”
I find myself growing more sick every day at the continual violence taking place against Israel and, more specifically, at the World’s indifference to it. I’m sick of the so called “International Community” and their indifference, I’m sick of the UN’s indifference, I’m sick of the EU’s indifference, and im especially sick of American indifference. There are people dying in the streets daily, and for what? People have been killed this morning because they wanted to go to work and put some clothes on their kid’s back or some food on the table. People boarded on that packed bus near the Prime Minister’s residence to do the same things that every American does; maybe going to the market, or to have coffee with a friend. The Number 19 line is connected to Mt. Scopus and the Hebrew University, I have called my friends who live in the area and thank God they are fine as far as I know. Why are these people being killed and world remains silent? Just stop and actually think about it for a minute, seriously. If you had any heart at all, or compassion for humanity you would be crying at the crimes which are inflicted upon Israel by these murderers. Whereas an Israeli Ambassador destroys a disgusting piece of artwork in Sweden and the international community is in an uproar, these are innocent civilians we are talking about, and they’re being slaughtered in the street at the hands of barbarous butchers; and the world remains silent.
That’s right I said it. I’m not Reuters or CNN. Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Hezbollah (Party of God), Arafat and Shekih Yassin are not “militants”, they’re baby killers. They have blood on their hands and I find it appalling that the world is sitting back and just watching this happen. Arafat is the world’s richest terrorist leader of a group with national aspirations, the man clearly has been responsible for the instigation and prolongation of the current Intifada since it began three years ago. He continues to spit on the welfare of his own people as he rakes in millions, last year alone the United States gave $200 million in aid to the Palestinian Authority. His Christian wife lives the high life in the French Rivera sipping champagne while Arafat does nothing to stop terrorism or make any efforts to dismantle the terrorist’s infrastructure. Thus, the Israeli Defense Forces must go into the territories and do it to the scorn of Europe and the rest of the World. Anyone who has ever seen Shekih Yassin, the “spiritual leader” of Hamas, knows that the man exudes evil. A week ago he was on the news explaining that he had consulted the various religious texts and had decided, after much consideration I’m sure, that it was acceptable for women to be human bombs but only if their attack is guaranteed of killing a certain number of Jews. This is the leadership of the PA? I find it hard to blame Israel for every tragedy which befalls the Palestinian people when this is the leadership they are resigned to. This is the real tragedy of the conflict, the fact that it’s the average people who suffer the most, not Hamas, Arafat or Yassin.
Has the world gone mad? What is President Bush doing? What is Kofi Annan and his goons at the UN doing? What has Israel done to deserve this? Because they’re building a separation wall (which some Christians in Bethlehem have actually asked to be included in because of their realization that the PA offers them nothing but hate and death) to stop suicide bombers? For this Israel’s people deserved to be slaughtered in the streets? Because Israel occupies the West Bank and Gaza Strip? Does one believe that these are of real strategic interest to the State of Israel? That Israel is raping Ramallah or Hebron of it’s oil and natural resources? Because millions of Palestinian refugees fled their homes before Israel’s 1948 War of Independence? Even though most of them did so because their Arab friends, Nasser and Co., claimed their victory over the Jewish state would be so fast and assured it was alright for them to leave their homes and return when the Arab armies were victorious over the Infidel Zionist Entity. Don’t get me wrong, more than anything I am in favor of a Palestinian State, the Palestinian people deserve nothing less. They have been treated savagely by both neighboring Arab countries (Jordan, for instance where they are treated worse than second class citizens) and their own leadership who have sold them out time after time (Camp David 2000).
I hope for America’s sake that Al-Qaeda suicide bombers don’t make their way into the US and detonate themselves at Rockefeller Center, or Times Square, or the Lincoln Memorial, or the Super Bowl. I thought 9-11 and the Bush Doctrine were pretty clear in establishing the “with us or against us” principle of fighting global terror, those who love freedom and those who want to destroy it. God forbid that the US would actually let Ariel Sharon protect his people and embark on a campaign, like the US has done, to defeat Israel’s Islamic fundamentalists who seek nothing more than to push the Jews into the sea. And the world simply sits, and watches in silence.
Wednesday, January 28, 2004
First suicide bombing in Jerusalem, or in Israel for that matter, in a while but the death toll is at 8 as of now, 30 injured. Haddasa Hospital, Jerusalem's largest hospitial is literally next door to my dorm so it's always a great feeling to be woken up by an excessive amount of ambulance alarms and be pretty sure that there's been an attack somewhere close. At least I didn't hear it like the last two.
Tuesday, January 27, 2004
A great article by Fred Barnes on the Weekly Standard Online concerning the new Democratic Frontrunner, John Kerry. Here's a guy who is the consummate politician, he's against gay marriage but doesn't vote against the Defense of Marriage Act; he sponsors a bill cutting $1.5 billion from US intelligences agencies and then wants an explanation why are intell. was so bad on 9-11; he votes for Iraq War II, but doesn't vote for Iraq I, when Iraq had already invaded Kuwait and Saddam was lighting up oil fields along the way! I think he would make a better nominee for Bush than Howard Dean. No Kerry is just like every other Democrat, obsessed with one thing: maintaining his job as a professional politician. Except he's not even very good at that, I saw the recent statistic that he had in fact only attended 28% of Senate Roll Call votes in the US Senate. New Hampshire here he comes!
"Sometimes a man makes events
and sometimes events make a man"
-Sen. John McCain in President Bush's Post 9-11 leadership
Well put, I think.
Monday, January 26, 2004
Ahh, technology at it's best. This will be very cool when it's ready.
Saturday, January 24, 2004
Some more pictures of Saddam's capture by American troops, look like someone with the 1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division had a digital camera with them, check them out.
Rush had a great rant on his show the other day about where all the Democratic candidates seeking the 2004 nomination stand on the issues concerning the 2004 Election, here it is in its entirety:
Working families, everybody except rich people
are miserable. There are no jobs and there's no
health insurance, schools do not have any money.
Kids in school are starving because of the school
lunch cuts back in 1995. Social Security is
almost bankrupt, and Bush wants to take that
money, and give it to Halliburton so they can go
to Mars and get oil. Medicare is also at risk.
Everybody is losing their health insurance except
the rich and nobody is doing anything about it.
Medicaid is at risk. We need more welfare. Only
rich people got the tax cuts, and they didn't
even want the tax cuts, they don't even need the
money. Republican special interest groups are too
powerful. Corporations have too much influence
Okay, the economy may be better, but it's better
the wrong way. Rich and powerful forces are out
to get you. They're out to get your kids,
minorities, particularly Hispanics are hardest
hit this year, and, oh, yeah, Halliburton is
evil. We don't have friends. Nobody likes us
because George Bush is arrogant and won't say
nice things to the French. We're scared to
vacation in Paris now. We love going to Paris,
but only people like Wesley Clark can go there
anymore, and it's unfortunate because the French
hate us and we want the French to love us but the
French hate us because they hate Bush because
Bush doesn't care about the French or anything
that comes from there, and we wish the French
loved us, but the French hate and this makes us
feel horrible. And as a result of the French
hating us, we're not safe. We can't depend on
anybody in this country to protect us, because we
want to get rid of the military. We want to get
rid of the threat we pose to the rest of the
world so that the French will like us. We're
perfectly willing for the French and those of the
United Nations to defend us. We don't have any
homeland security, because police and firemen
don't have any resources. We don't have any more
fire trucks, we don't have any more police cars,
George Bush tricked us into going to war, and all
the money for this country and the children and
Medicare and Medicaid and Social Security is
being spent in Iraq. We should have never gone to
Iraq, we shouldn't be in Iraq. Watch out, your
job's going to be outsourced to Iraq. Where the
hell is Iraq, anyway, and who cares?
The UN won't help because George Bush won't say
nice things to the UN. Oh, yeah, we Democrats are
strong on national security. We always have been,
and we believe in a strong America. You can count
on us. Just listen to the words we say and you
can count on the fact that we believe in a strong
America. So long as we're running it, and the
military gets weakened, and the CIA and the FBI
can't connect dots, that's the way we want things
to be, but Bush is so filled with hatred and rage
that he wants America spying on us because Bush
thinks we're the traitors, Bush thinks we're the
criminals, Bush thinks we're the Halliburtons and
so he's taking all the resources and spying on us
and we don't like being spied on, we want control
of this government again so we can start spying
on you. Ever since Bill Clinton left, life has
been awful. Life sucks ever since Clinton went
away. We're good people. Republicans are bad
people. Vote for us. Save the children. The End.
Is this bizarre or what? 'Thirty-foot waves of gooey liquid plowed through the streets'. Remember the mother of all food accidents, Boston's Great Molasses Flood of 1919. Sounds pretty scary to me.
Friday, January 23, 2004
MTV went to the liberty of mixing Howard Dean's post-Hawkeye Cauci temper tantrum into some great songs, I think my favorite is Ozzy's "Crazy Train". Pretty funny.
Saturday, January 17, 2004
Friday, January 16, 2004
This is hilarious.
Thursday, January 15, 2004
Here are some pictures of Israel's "Separation Fence/Wall" being constructed along the West Bank to ensure the noninterference of suicide bombers into Israel. The Palestinian village of Abu Dis is very close to where I live, probably a 10 minute walk. Although I am in favor of the wall for the reason that I believe any country, including Israel, should be able to take whatever steps necessary to protect their own people, these pictures are (obviously) from an anti-wall site. Unfortunately I feel like all they really end up conveying is anti-Israeli sentiment like the usual things we're use to hearing from Arafat and Company, the site does have some great pictures. It really gives you an idea of how massive the enclosure will be.
Anyone interested in anything about the State of Israel or its continued exsistence or the threat of Islam to the Western World should read this interview with known scholar of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict Benny Morris from the Jan. 9th Haaretz. Morris is good because half of Israelis think he's right-wing and half of Israelis think he's left-wing, which means he's realistic and probably right about a lot of what he says. It's controversial to be sure, and a great read. The interview continues on a second page, so be sure to click on the "More" link down at the bottom of the page.
Even the Saddam-backers have begun to notice improvements:
"Business is booming especially with no taxes to pay. Office furniture is currently in high demand as new companies are being established all over. ... There are modest loans from the occupational authority for those seeking to start a small business. ... In Baghdad the internet cafes are shooting out of the ground like mushrooms. Even in distant small towns you find some."
That's from the Berlin Morning Post.
Monday, January 12, 2004
Why do I love Larry David? Well it's pretty much summed up in this week's article of Newsweek. By far, the best quote:
"Only his curious posture hints at the man you'd expect: from his knees up, his body tilts back five degrees, as if he's grown accustomed to people shouting in his face"
And if you've ever seen the "five degree tilt" of Larry David, you know exactly what he's talking about.
Do you think people trying to kill Americans might think twice if we had an immigration policy more like Singapore's and less like a strainer's? Check this out.
Saturday, January 10, 2004
My Dad, Grandpa and good friend Alec Nunez would be proud that horseracing has returned to Iraq since the ouster of Saddam Hussein. A great story about an example of something people without freedom, lead by tyrannic despots.
Friday, January 09, 2004
An American hero and an incredible person passes on...may God Bless him.
Portuguese Prime Minister says that former President Clinton told him that Clinton believed Saddam had WMDs. Read the short article here.
Wednesday, January 07, 2004
The Heritage Foundation has a new study out about poverty in America with some interesting facts, for instance, did you know:
-Forty-six percent of all poor households actually own their own homes. The average home owned by persons classified as poor by the Census Bureau is a three-bedroom house with one-and-a-half baths, a garage, and a porch or patio.
-Seventy-six percent of poor households have air conditioning. By contrast, 30 years ago, only 36 percent of the entire U.S. population enjoyed air conditioning.
Only 6 percent of poor households are overcrowded. More than two-thirds have more than two rooms per person.
-The average poor American has more living space than the average individual living in Paris, London, Vienna, Athens, and other cities throughout Europe. (These comparisons are to the average citizens in foreign countries, not to those classified as poor.)
-Nearly three-quarters of poor households own a car; 30 percent own two or more cars.
Ninety-seven percent of poor households have a color television; over half own two or more color televisions.
-Seventy-eight percent have a VCR or DVD player; 62 percent have cable or satellite TV reception.
-Seventy-three percent own microwave ovens, more than half have a stereo, and a third have an automatic dishwasher.
I think I'm addicted to The Clash, I can't stop listening to them!
I don't think President Bush really understands how many Californian votes he's going to lose in the next election because of his new immigrant policy. What ever happened to the concept in the rule of law? Is immigration policy no longer enforced in the United States? It just boggles my mind. Can you imagine if the US said to Vincente Fox it's your reponsibility to give Californians jobs? Or if we said to Canada its your responsibility to give jobs to Americans? I mean it's totally ridiculous. Hard working Americans have to pay for Social Security, public schooling, and medical benefits for people who are in America ILLEGALLY! These families can't even afford medical care for their own families because health care costs are so out of control and yet they're forced to pay for it for people who are breaking the law just by being in the country! It's ridiculous, and it's unAmerican. And beyond that, it's a serious secruity threat to the US post 9-11.
I just don't understand some of the things Bush has done the last few months in office, like the biggest Medicare entitlement in history with the Rx drug benefits. He certainly isn't acting as a true conservative. My hunch is that he's getting some rotten advice from Carl Rove that he can get those voters who are still in the middle over to his side in the 2004 election, but I really think its a big gamble to risk. I think a lot of Republicans just may stay home in November when the election rolls around. Obviously it's too early to tell but I seriously doubt this will change the fact that Mexicans vote straight-ticket Democrat. This new immigrant policy is really just politics at its best (or worst). Apparently W. is just like every other politician, hungry for votes. So hungry that he'll even put illegal immigrants ahead of the welfare of his own citizens, it's sickening.
Tuesday, January 06, 2004
NASA's Mars Spirit's high-resolution panoramic camera has taken some great color pics. Check it out.
Monday, January 05, 2004
According to a new Gallup Poll, 95% of Americans consider themselves either "very happy" or "fairly happy" with the state of their lives, I guess the other 5% are unemployed...or Democrats.
...Meanwhile back at the ranch...Call me a sucker but I just love these pictures of W. from Crawford. There's something very reassuring about having your national leader just as comfortable, if not more so, trimming brush at his ranch than schmoozing with the Beltway Elite in DC. Very Reaganesque.
Finally, here are some heartfelt pictures from a fallen solider's funeral in Texas...takes your breath away.
Michael Ledeen has a good article about the War on Terror in Iran and its links to the recent earthquake in the anicent city of Bam, read it here. I think our best hopes for defeating terrorism in this part of the world, in the Syrias, the Jordans and the Irans, now lies in building a stable and meaningful democracy in Iraq. The people of Iran our great friends of the American people, and by showing them what human rights, representative government and freedom of expression really mean in Iraq can we open then open the door to their own liberation.
Sunday, January 04, 2004
Bill Krisotl looks ahead to the upcoming primaries, short, sweet and great insight as always. I have a feeling this is going to be the good to guy during Campaign 2004.
Friday, January 02, 2004
An incredibly well written piece in this month's New Yorker on Ayman al-Zawahiri is available online here. It's a fascinating story about the world's second most wanted man and his descent from the prominent al-Zawahiri family of Egypt's Middle-Upper Class to collaborating with Usama bin Laden and his personal wealth to together become the most formidable terrorist gang on the planet (if that makes any sense at all). A bit long, but still a great read.
Want Higher Taxes? Then elect Howard Dean, or so says Steve Moore of the Club for (economic) Growth, in the Wall Street Journal.
And for all my lucky friends in Manhattan, the NY Times has a Bagel review, check it out.
Finally, the Weekly Standard's Johnathan Vast has a piece reviewing the best movies of the year with a recap of some of the better selections from year's past. How about this for depressing, 10 years ago "Jurassic Park," "The Fugitive," "In the Line of Fire," "Schindler's List," "Philadelphia," "Groundhog Day," "Tombstone," "The Piano," "Strictly Ballroom," "Gettysburg," "Heaven and Earth," "In the Name of the Father," "Shadowlands," and "What's Eating Gilbert Grape", were all released in the same year. I'm glad it's not just me who thinks Hollywood has put out a whole lot of crap recently.