soon and very soon

Sunday, June 26, 2005

Thanks for the memories...

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

AFI List of Top 100 Quotes From U.S. Films
The American Film Institute has released the top 100 quotes from American films, here's the top 10:

1. "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn," "Gone With the Wind," 1939.

2. "I'm going to make him an offer he can't refuse," "The Godfather," 1972.

3. "You don't understand! I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I could've been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am," "On the Waterfront," 1954.

4. "Toto, I've got a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore," "The Wizard of Oz," 1939.

5. "Here's looking at you, kid," "Casablanca," 1942.

6. "Go ahead, make my day," "Sudden Impact," 1983.

7. "All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up," "Sunset Blvd.," 1950.

8. "May the Force be with you," "Star Wars," 1977.

9. "Fasten your seatbelts. It's going to be a bumpy night," "All About Eve," 1950.

10. "You talking to me?" "Taxi Driver," 1976.

I'm sure you missed this one...

Freed Australian apologizes to Bush
An Australian engineer held hostage in Iraq for nearly seven weeks arrived in his home country yesterday and apologized for his televised plea for coalition forces to withdraw from Iraq.

Douglas Wood, 64, who lives in Alamo, Calif., told reporters at Melbourne's airport that he supported the coalition forces' role in Iraq. "Frankly, I'd like to apologize to both President Bush and Prime Minister [John] Howard for the things I said under duress," said Mr. Wood, with his American wife, Yvonne Given, and his brothers, Vernon and Malcolm, and their wives by his side. "I actually believe that I am proof positive that the current policy of training the Iraqi army ... works because it was Iraqis that got me out".

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Former Klansman guilty in "Mississippi Burning" murders!

Forty-one years to the day three civil rights workers were ambushed and killed by a Ku Klux Klan mob, a jury found former Klansman Edgar Ray Killen guilty of all three counts of manslaughter. The jury of nine whites and three blacks rejected murder charges against Killen. The 1964 "Freedom Summer" killings of James Chaney, 21, Andrew Goodman, 20, and Michael Schwerner, 24, galvanized the civil rights movement.

Bomb kills anti-Syria politician...George Hawi, former secretary general of the Lebanese Communist Party, died instantly in Tuesday's blast, police said. It was the second slaying of an anti-Syrian figure this month.

Hawi, a Christian, frequently spoke out against Syrian intelligence and interference in Lebanese affairs.

Monday, June 20, 2005

In honor of the completion of my academic career, I give you William Wordsworth:

The Table Turned
William Wordsworth

Up! up! my Friend, and quit your books;
Or surely you'll grow double:
Up! up! my Friend, and clear your looks;
Why all this toil and trouble?

The sun, above the mountain's head,
A freshening lustre mellow
Through all the long green fields has spread,
His first sweet evening yellow.

Books! 'tis a dull and endless strife:
Come, hear the woodland linnet,
How sweet his music! on my life,
There's more of wisdom in it.

And hark! how blithe the throstle sings!
He, too, is no mean preacher:
Come forth into the light of things,
Let Nature be your teacher.

She has a world of ready wealth,
Our minds and hearts to bless--
Spontaneous wisdom breathed by health,
Truth breathed by cheerfulness.

One impulse from a vernal wood
May teach you more of man,
Of moral evil and of good,
Than all the sages can.

Sweet is the lore which
Nature brings;
Our meddling intellect
Mis-shapes the beauteous forms of things:--
We murder to dissect.

Enough of Science and of Art;
Close up those barren leaves;
Come forth, and bring with you a heart
That watches and receives.

Quote of the Day
"You gotta find a good woman. Not too smart, not too dumb. Not too old, not too young. In the middle. One that can cook and clean. Then you thank her, and you go...' And Saddam smiled and made the gesture of bending a woman over and spanking her, as if to say: This is how you keep her in line" -Saddam's advice on the right kind of woman.

Female suicide bomber caught...

Suicide bomber Wafa al-Bas in custody.

The Erez crossing, in the northern Gaza Strip

A female suicide bomber who planned to blow up at the Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba on Monday, the same hospital where she received treatment for burns in the past, was caught at the Erez terminal crossing wearing explosives stitched to her underwear. Security forces were alerted when the biometric screener located at the terminal crossing, revealed that Wafa Samir Ibrahim Bas,21, of the Jabaliya refugee camp in northern Gaza, was wearing explosives.

Security forces immediately shut down the crossing and Bas was ordered to strip inside a concrete enclosure. During the process she attempted several times to detonate the explosives but failed. Arguing during the procedure with the soldiers who issued orders over a loudspeaker, she eventually shed the explosives which were later blown up by a robot. Officials estimate that the bomb contained ten kilograms of explosives.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Nuff Said

So are you going to be the one to explain to a dead solider's mother/father/brother/sister/friend that the reason their loved one is dead is because liberals are bitching about us making terrorists listen to Christina Aguilera while they crash passenger planes into commercial buildings, cut off civilans heads and lynch aid workers from bridges?

Cali be shakin, how long before the media starts making predictions of the "Big One" that will hit cali?

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Heavy security as "Mississippi Burning" trial opens America turns from one trial to the next, Robert Blake to Scott Peterson to Michael Jackson and now to a trial that has real implications for American society, the murder trial of Edgar Ray Killen, former suspected Grand Dragon of the Mississippi Ku Klux Klan. I remember seeing the movie with Gene Hackman when I was a kid and it left a deep impact on me at a young age. At any rate, I'll be trying to follow the trial as close as I can from Israel and even closer when I get back to LA.

Deputy Sheriff Cecil Price and Sheriff Rainey at arraignment for conspiracy to commit murder at the original Mississippi Burning Trial

An informative timeline of the Mississippi Burning Trial can be found here.

The Slain, Civil rights workers, from left, Michael Schwerner, 24, of New York, James Chaney, 21, from Mississippi, and Andrew Goodman, 20, of New York, who disappeared near Philadelphia, Miss., June 21, 1964,:

The Accused: Edgar Ray Killen stands accused of three counts of murder in the 1964 slayings of three civil rights workers

The Prosecution: Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood, leads the prosecution team on their way to the Neshoba County Courthouse following a lunch break Monday, June 13, 2005, in Philadelphia, Miss

Sorry for the lack of updates, I'm busy writing papers and studying for my big Hebrew test this friday. In the meantime, amuse yourself with some cartoons from various Arab newspapers:

Man with UN hat:"Where are the WMDs?"
Arab: "There"
From al-Watan , Qatar

From Okaz ,Saudia Arabia

From al-Quds, Palestine

"New Israeli Settlements in the Golan" from Al-Ahali, Egypt

From Al-Dustour, Jordan

Monday, June 13, 2005

I was waiting for this.

Quote of the Day
"The reason African-Americans are slaves in this country is because the Arabs
sold us to the Christians. "
-Iron Mike Tyson

Thursday, June 09, 2005

I trust this guy about as far as I could throw him.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Islamic Jihad leader: 'Calm' is over

20:15 IDF Chief Halutz: Our patience won`t last forever, we`ll act when necessary
20:14 Halutz: IDF will never relinquish right to act against ticking bombs
20:09 Halutz: Escalation in territories speaks to weakness of PA


Sweet: United Airlines to Offer Internet Access

Not so sweet: Pricing for United's service — which will likely launch in about a year — has yet to be determined. Lufthansa charges international fliers a flat fee of $29.95 for an entire flight or $9.95 for a half-hour.

Region Heating Up...Stress High as Israelis and Palestinians Battle Heat/Tensions
Two hothouse workers were killed and six others were lightly wounded Tuesday afternoon in a mortar shelling on hothouses in the Gaza Strip settlement bloc of Gush Katif.

One of the workers killed in the Ganei Tal settlement was Palestinian and the other was Chinese. All wounded workers were Palestinian. The wounded have been evacuated to Soroka Medical Center in Be'er Sheva.

Later on Tuesday Palestinians fired an anti-tank missile at Israeli Defense Forces soldiers near Rafah. There were no casualties. Earlier in the day, the military wing of Hamas fired a volley of Qassam rockets and mortar shells from the Gaza Strip at Israeli towns and settlements, threatening the fragile lull in violence in recent months.

Meanwhile, an Islamic Jihad commander in the West Bank and an unarmed Palestinian policeman were shot and killed in clashes with IDF troops near the West Bank city of Jenin on Tuesday morning, according to Palestinian sources.

Palestinian, foreign laborer killed in attack on Ganei Tal

Powder keg in East Jerusalem...The Jerusalem Municipality plans to demolish approximately 90 Arab homes that were built without permits in Silwan (Kfar Hashiloah), south of the Old City's walls.

The government's policies regarding law-breakers in the field of construction could serve as the subject of lengthy discussions - for example, the construction of the illegal outposts that has gone on all the while, and still is, just three months after Talia Sasson filed her report. But the issue now is, first and foremost, the powder keg that will ignite in East Jerusalem, and also beyond the borders of the city in all likelihood - because everything that is done in Jerusalem reverberates loudly in the media and the political arena, and significantly affects Israel's relations with the Palestinians.

I'm all about accuracy in the media, but dude, "white" is not the preferred nomenclature, Caucasian, please.
(hattip, Wonkette)

Monday, June 06, 2005

Tension Rising in Jerusalem/Israel/Palestine ahead of Israeli Disengagement

(For the record these are Jewish youths, part of the Temple Mount Faithful, throwing stones, not Arabs)

In Jerusalem, 3,000 police were deployed to prevent possible friction on Jerusalem Day, which Israelis mark with marches and speeches.

With tensions running high, a confrontation erupted as several Jewish visitors toured the Al Aqsa compound, accompanied by police.

Jerusalem police spokesman Shmuel Ben-Ruby said hundreds of Palestinians threw stones at the visitors and their police guards. Additional forces stormed the walled compound, throwing stun grenades to disperse the crowd, Ben-Ruby said.

A Palestinian man who tried to attack a Jewish visitor was arrested, he said. Two Jewish visitors were slightly hurt by stones

The compound, home to the Al Aqsa and Dome of the Rock mosques, is one of the most volatile areas in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The site is revered by Jews as the Temple Mount, home to their biblical temples. In 2000, a demonstrative visit by then-opposition leader Ariel Sharon to the shrine triggered bloody protests that escalated into more than four years of Israeli-Palestinian fighting.

After the outbreak of fighting, the mosque compound was closed to non-Muslims for some time. However, tours by visitors of other faiths resumed last year, and Jewish visitors are accompanied by police to prevent friction with Muslim worshippers.


I'm not sure who has better sound bites, Howard Dean or ' a North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman who was quoted as saying 'Cheney is hated as the most cruel monster and bloodthirsty beast, as he has drenched various parts of the world in blood'. ZING!

Sunday, June 05, 2005

Judging from the horrible pictures always presented in the media of Arik Sharon as the biggest man in Israel, it's hard to believe the brilliant military commander was once the embodiment of the Israeli New Jew; a fearless soldier; ardent Zionist; a fighter. I mean come on the guy looks like the frickin Marlboro Man in that second pic.

"Get in my belly!"

Prepairing for battle in 1967

After taking Jerusalem from Jordan in 1967

And Chaos Reigns in Palestine
Palestinians angered with their government's failure to provide security jobs or seeking revenge for past killings have engaged in armed confrontations that are calling into question Mahmoud Abbas' ability to pacify his territories.

I mean how is the United States or Israel suppose to take the Palestinian National Movement seriously? For $50 million dollars Abu Mazen can't get his act together? It's going to be hard for the situation to continue much longer, especially after the Gaza Disengagement, where Hamas will have basically set up a mini-state in Gaza. At that point there will be nothing Abbas can do, and he will steadily lose legitimacy even within the West Bank.

I was in favor of Sharon's Disengagement Plan but now I have my qualms. I mean obviously it makes no strategic sense for the IDF to remain in Gaza protecting a few hundred Jewish fanatics, but at the same time once Israel is out and Egypt is in control of the Philidelphi Route, I just know arms will come streaming across the border into Gaza.

It's a disheartening situation. Even the most liberal of my friends who are greatly in favor of a 2-state solution admit that the establishment of a Palestinian State in the West Bank and Gaza will be a threat to the existence of the State of Israel. But what other option is there? Obviously the United States (thank God) would never allow the unthinkable to happen to Israel, but if Sharon's plan for Disengagement and the establishment of a Palestinian State only leads to yet another war with the Palestinians, the only other solution would be for Egypt to annex Gaza and Jordan to annex the West Bank (like Mubarak or King Hussein want anything to do with that).

"The gulag of our times...we guess"

Saturday, June 04, 2005

Fact of the Day
America's 2004 unemployment rate was 5.5 percent, lower than Italy, France, Spain, Germany and the combined European Union. American GDP grew at 4.4 percent in 2004, versus United Kingdom's 3.2 percent, Japan's 2.9 percent, Spain's 2.6 percent, France's 2.1 percent, Germany's 1.7 percent, Italy's 1.3 percent and the European Union's 2.4 percent. America has the second highest GDP per capita in the world (Luxembourg is first), more than 30 percent higher than both Japan and the United Kingdom.

Weekend Wrap
Why Did the French and Dutch Vote No? Because they were asked, for a change. Christopher Caldwell, Weekly Standard

Our Strange War: Looking ahead, our options. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

Harvard’s Diversity Grovel: In earmarking $50 million for “diversity,” President Summers is throwing away more than money. Heather MacDonald, City Journal

Using 'gulag' as a metaphor was outrageous, but ...E.J. Dionne Jr. Houston Chronicle

There's no olive branch in the roots of jihad. Daniel Pipes, Chicago Sun-Times

Making Iran Play Ball. Dennis Ross, US News and World Report

China's dark side. Financial Times Editorial

No Shit of the Day
The American public has more confidence in the military than in any other institution, according to a Gallup poll released this week. Seventy-four percent of those surveyed in Gallup’s 2005 confidence poll said they have “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in the military - more than in a full range of other government, religious, economic, medical, business and news organizations.

Friday, June 03, 2005

Quran Torture at Gitmo Update
Well it appears the truth has come out regarding the story Newsweak "broke" a few weeks ago regarding American soliders desicrating Qurans belonging to terrorist prisoners held at our terrorist prison in Cuba. Despite finding four specific instances of Quran torture (2 of which were when water from the waterballoons of soliders having a waterballoon fight splashed 2 terrorists and their Qurans), the Pentagon report, found no instances of American soliders flushing Qurans down the toilet. BUT...

The Hood report cited three separate incidents in which detainees tried to flush the Quran down the toilet.

In one incident, on February 23, 2004, the report said a guard saw a "detainee place two Qurans in his toilet and state he no longer cared about the Quran or his religion.

Five minutes later, after the detainee retrieved the Qurans, he ripped several pages out of one Quran and threw the pages on the floor. Then, he placed both Qurans on the sink."

Another time, on January 19, 2005, a detainee "tore up his Quran and tried to flush it down the toilet. Four guards witnessed the incident," the report said.

The report also cited 12 other incidents by detainees, including one who used his Quran as a pillow, another who urinated on his holy book and several who ripped pages from the Quran.

Capt. Jeff Weir, an Army spokesman at the facility, told CNN in a phone interview that the detainees were typically trying to stage some form of protest when they mishandled the Quran.

Hood said investigators reviewed more than 30,000 documents in an exhaustive probe.

"The inquiry found no credible evidence that a member of the Joint Task Force at Guantanamo Bay ever flushed a Quran down a toilet. This matter is considered closed," the report said.

It said the U.S. military has issued more than 1,600 copies of the Quran since January 2002, conducted more than 28,000 interrogations and carried out thousands of "cell moves."

Probably just wishful thinking...but I wonder if THIS will get as much attention from the American media and from Muslims across the world as pictures of pictures of "torture" at Abu Ghraib or false Newsweak stories about flushing Qurans down the toilet? Nah.

Sharon calls PA Chairman Abbas to wish him quick recovery from surgery (Haaretz)

Shaq offers to pay for Mikan's funeral

Shaquille O'Neal wants to pay more than respects to the family of George Mikan.

O'Neal said Thursday that he wants the Mikan family to contact the Miami Heat offices, so arrangements can be made for him to handle funeral expenses for the league's first dominant big man.

"Without No. 99, there is no me," said O'Neal, referring to Mikan by his jersey number.

No Shit of the Day

Tyson: 'My whole life has been a waste'

Thursday, June 02, 2005

PSA: Tomorrow is Free Doughnut Day At Krispy Kreame

Conflict of Interest? Nah.

When did Tom Cruise go crazy?

How the Mission Impossible star might be destroying one of the most lucrative careers in Hollywood. (And no, I don't look like Tom Cruise)

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Political Correctness Run Amok Watch
Rangers drop Carling shirt logo for its Muslim supporters...The club said it would sell unbranded tops to supporters who don't want to advertise beer on their chests

Security forces thwart suicide attacks planned in Jerusalem...
The Shin Bet security service, Israel Defense Forces, and Jerusalem District police thwarted a double suicide bombing in recent days that
Islamic Jihad planned to carry out in the capital on Thursday, the same day 400 Palestinian prisoners are scheduled to be released from Israeli custody.

(The explosive device the cell planned to use)
Jerusalem Post
coverage here.

Ben Stein on Richard Nixon

Can anyone even remember now what Nixon did that was so terrible? He ended the war in Vietnam, brought home the POW's, ended the war in the Mideast, opened relations with China, started the first nuclear weapons reduction treaty, saved Eretz Israel's life, started the Environmental Protection Administration. Does anyone remember what he did that was bad?

Oh, now I remember. He lied. He was a politician who lied. How remarkable. He lied to protect his subordinates who were covering up a ridiculous burglary that no one to this date has any clue about its purpose. He lied so he could stay in office and keep his agenda of peace going. That was his crime. He was a peacemaker and he wanted to make a world where there was a generation of peace. And he succeeded.

That is his legacy. He was a peacemaker. He was a lying, conniving, covering up peacemaker. He was not a lying, conniving drug addict like JFK, a lying, conniving war starter like LBJ, a lying conniving seducer like Clinton -- a lying conniving peacemaker. That is Nixon's kharma.