A single lit candle was placed in the palm of his hand; a Polish tradition.
Friday, March 31, 2006
"A government that engraves on its flag the idea of continuing terror and does not order the security forces it is responsible for to fight terror is accountable for this attack and every other attack that will come out of the Palestinian territories," Mofaz said. "Israel will not allow such attacks and will respond strongly."
Afghan Convert Thanks Pope for Saving His Life
Thursday, March 30, 2006
Islamo-Fascists and self-censorship. A dangerous precedent.
Wednesday, March 29, 2006
So much for building a democratic Palestinian state that wants to live in peace with Israel.
Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Quote of the Day
"We could solve the problem of all illegal activity anywhere by legalizing it. Why use this approach only with immigration? Why should any of us pay a speeding ticket if immigration scofflaws are legalized after the fact for committing a federal crime?"--Thomas Sowell
Only 31% turnout in Israeli elections...Polls will stay open late...could mean a drastic shake up in Israeli politics
Israelis go to the polls today...God bless them
Who are the players and where do they stand? Let's see:
Top 10: Acting PM Ehud Olmert, MK Shimon Peres, FM Tzipi Livni, Minister Meir Sheetrit, former Shin Bet chief Avi Dichter, MK Marina Solodkin, MK Haim Ramon, Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz, MK Tzahi Hanegbi, Minister Avraham Hirchson
Platform: Drawing Israel’s borders according to the road map while maintaining settlement blocs, electoral reform
Campaign slogan: Israel wants to go forward (kadima), Moving forward
Previous positions: 2006 will be Kadima’s first elections
Current MKs: 19; Kadima ministers Shaul Mofaz and Tzahi Hanegbi are not MKs
Poll position: 35-45 mandates
The bottom line: Kadima, newly established by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in mid-November, started as a “cult of personality” party with Sharon at its helm. From its inception it swept the polls, but its standing became precarious when Sharon suffered a debilitating stroke. However, it appears that Kadima has withstood the initial shockwaves generated by the prime minister’s illness, as it maintains a consistent lead in the polls. Whether its experienced team can stick together in the long run, while adhering to Sharon’s legacy, remains to be seen. Leading up to the elections, Kadima leader and acting PM Ehud Olmert enforced the evacuation of an illegal outpost in Amona, apparently to prove his allegiance to Sharon’s legacy of unilateral withdrawals.
Labor - Meimad
Top 10: Chairman Amir Peretz, MK Issac Herzog, MK Ophir Paz-Pines, former Ben-Gurion University of the Negev President Avishay Braverman, MK Yuli Tamir, former Shin-Bet chief Ami Ayalon, party General Secretary Eitan Cabel (secured), MK Binyamin Ben-Eliezer, former broadcaster Shelly Yehimovic, MK Rabbi Michael Melchior
Platform: Israeli-Palestinian conflict: Two state solution, pro-fence, pro-unilateral withdrawals, evacuation of settlements (likely to support hanging onto major settlement blocs in any future deal). Social-economic: With the former union leader at its head, Labor will move left on the social-democratic scale. Peretz wants to raise the minimum wage and enable a free market economy but with certain constraints that would ensure that the competition won’t turn the market into a “jungle.”
Campaign slogans: “Olmert, what are you afraid of? Why don’t you fire Hanegbi?”
“Because the time has arrived” (ki hegia hazman)
Previous results: 2003: 19 mandates (with Meimad); 1999: 26 mandates; 1996: 34 mandates; in the 2001 elections for PM only in 2001, its leader Ehud Barak lost to Ariel Sharon by a wide margin
Current MKs: 18
Poll position: 19-24 mandates
The bottom line: After a steady fall in the polls since Peretz’s election, the party jumped back following the primaries and the emergence of its attractive top 10 list. The party should focus on the strength of its team and not on Peretz as an individual, otherwise Labor could fall in the polls back into the teens
Top 10: Chairman Binyamin Netanyahu, MK Silvan Shalom, MK Moshe Kahlon, MK Gilad Erdan, MK Gideon Sa’ar, MK Michael Eitan, Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin, MK Dan Naveh, MK Yuval Steinitz, MK Natan Sharansky
Platform: Under Netanyahu, Likud turned to the right, focusing on its opposition to unilateral withdrawals from Palestinian territories. It is not likely to give up any territory except, possibly, several isolated settlements. Netanyahu said he would be willing to make “real” concessions but did not elaborate. The party stresses Palestinian reciprocity, fighting corruption.
Campaign slogans: Strong against Hamas (Hazak mul haHamas), The Likud is renewing itself (haLikud mithadesh)
Previous positions: 2003: 38 mandates; 1999: 19 mandates; 1996: 32 mandates (with Gesher and Tzomet). In special 2001 prime ministerial elections then-Likud leader Ariel Sharon beat Ehud Barak in a landslide.
Current MKs: 26
Poll position: 11-16 mandates
The bottom line: Netanyahu’s repeated message that Kadima and Labor would set Israel’s borders, more or less, along the 1967 borderline, could generate quite a bit of votes. He may also benefit from Hamas’s rise to power. His relatively unattractive team, however, could harm the Likud’s performance.
Top 10: Chairman Eli Yishai, Yitzhak Cohen, Amnon Cohen, Meshulam Nahari, Ariel Atias, MKs Shlomo Benizri, David Azulai, Yitzhak Vaknin, Nissim Ze’ev, Ya’akov Margi
Platform: Helping the poor, supporting Sephardi ultra-Orthodox causes
Previous results: 1999: 17 mandates
Current MKs: 11
Poll position: 7-12 mandates
The bottom line: The party lost the potential to attract new voters on social or ethnic issues when Labor elected Peretz and on right-wing issues when Likud elected Netanyahu. Yishai wants to bring in a dynamic new name to refresh the list, but as long as his name is not Arye Deri, the party will fall in the polls.
Top 10: Avigdor Lieberman, Yuri Shtern, Yisrael Hason, Yosef Chagal, Estherina Tartman, Stas Miseznicoff, Sofa Landver, Yitzchak Ahronovich, Robert Iltev, Alex Miller.
Platform: Trading the Palestinians land in the Galilee heavily populated by Arabs for expanded settlement blocs in Judea and Samaria
Current MKs: 3
2006 campaign slogan: Who fill fight the raging crime on the streets? Olmert, Netanyahu, Lieberman “nyet, nyet, da” (no, no, yes in Russian) respectively.
Poll position: 5-7
The bottom line: Lieberman believes that his party will be the surprise of the election, like Shinui in 2003. Using the slogan, “nyet, nyet, da” (no, no, yes in Russian), he will try to persuade Russian immigrant voters to back him instead of Kadima or Likud. Lieberman’s platform of drawing Israel’s border in a way that will minimize the number of Arabs in the Jewish state could attract support from many native-born Likud and National Union supporters. It is unclear how Yisrael Beiteinu will be affected by the decision of its former partner, the National Union, to run together with the NRP.
Monday, March 27, 2006
The Truth Hurts
--Some 59 percent say they oppose allowing illegal immigrants to apply for legal, temporary-worker status, an NBC News-Wall Street Journal poll found.
--More than six in 10, 62 percent, say they oppose making it easier for illegal immigrants to become citizens, according to a Quinnipiac University poll. Nine in 10 in that poll say they consider immigration to be a serious problem _ with 57 percent of those polled saying very serious.
--Three-fourths say the United States is not doing enough along its borders to keep illegal immigrants out, a Time Magazine poll found.
Saturday, March 25, 2006
Friday, March 24, 2006
Right, cus my family protested for the "American Dream" by yelling "Yugoslavia! Yugoslavia!" Idiots.
Thursday, March 23, 2006
When will you people learn that THIS is what Islam is all about? It is not a "religion of peace". How many thousands of times will this happen again and again whilst people in the West act shocked and the rest of Muslims around the world keep their mouths shut? Figure it out, this is Islam par excellence. It's not brain surgery people.
Yep, that's what groups like the CIA and US Military do. Save people's lives who'd wish they did not even exist. Talk about gratitude.
Official Iraqi government documents from Hussein regime detail contact with Bin Laden.
But what about the WMDs?
Wednesday, March 22, 2006
I have my own jeans now, who knew?
And for the record "al-Qud" does not mean "Jerusalem" , it doesn't mean anything. Al-Quds is a deviation of the Hebrew kodesh (???? as in ??? ????? ) which means "holy".
The Hebrew root is kaf ?, dalet ?, shin ?
The Arabic, "al-Quds", takes the same root, and both words (in Hebrew and Arabic) are probably from the Aramaic word meaning "holy".
The Arabic word "al-Quds", thus has the same root as the Hebrew (kaf, dalet, shin), except that it uses the Arabic letters: Kuf ? , dal ? , and sin? . Notice that the "Sh" at the end of the Hebrew "kodeSH" becomes an "S" sound in al-QudS, as most words with "Shin" in Hebrew change into the "S" s0und and vise versa.
So in the end, "al-Quds" means nothing more than "The Holiest", which is in the superlative form. Like when we hear "Allahu Akbar". Akbar (????), translating of course to "The Greatest"; which in literary Arabic would really be "Allahu Alkbaran" if we're using the final voweling, but there might be an exception if you're talking about Allah. There's your Arabic lesson of the day.
Tuesday, March 21, 2006
This SHIT is unbelievable!!!
State prosecutors in Florida decided Tuesday to drop charges against a former Tampa teacher accused of having sex with a 14-year-old middle school student.
Can you imagine if this lady was a man having sex with a 14 year old girl??? Can you imagine the lamentations from the Bill O'Reillys, Sean Hannitys, Greta Van Sustrens and Nancy Graces of the world?
What if she was a BLACK man??? Forget about it, he probably would've been lynched by now.
Instead out media glorifies this lady for having sex with a 14 year old, while crusifying Joran van der Sloot for admitting to having sex with the girl who later that night happened to dissapear!
Equal justice under the law indeed!
I wonder if she have to register as a sex offender?
I love it Tony, keep it up!
...Cus I got friends in low places...
Monday, March 20, 2006
Works for me Mr. President. Good Work.
by Efraim Halevy
The author served for four and a half years as the head of Mossad, Israel's intelligence service. As a thought experiment, he placed himself inside the mind of a Palestinian spymaster to provide a cold assessment of the challenges faced by the new Hamas-led government. The following is a memo to Ismail Haniyeh, the Palestinian prime minister.
Mr. Prime Minister:
Your rise to power has been meteoric and unprecedented. Less than 20 years after Sheik Ahmed Yassin founded Hamas--and after six years of bloody confrontation with the Israelis, during which many promising leaders perished in action--Hamas has scored a brilliant political triumph. You are now the leader of the Palestinian people, and I am obliged to provide you with an assessment of your prospects.
Let's begin with the international scene and some of the best news. The immediate steps taken by the Israelis and Americans to isolate Hamas have backfired. President Vladimir Putin of Russia invited your representatives to his capital--and that's before your government met any of the conditions imposed by the Quartet (the United States, Russia, the European Union, and the United Nations). The attempt to cast us as pariahs is disintegrating. We have already received expressions of support from key countries in the region, notably Iran. And even states like Turkey, Egypt, and Jordan, which have reservations about your victory, have gingerly accepted the election results. (Of course, we would wish for a more enthusiastic reception from the Saudis.) Somewhat more surprisingly, the Europeans and even the Americans have evinced great pragmatism in their dealings with us, allowing us the funds needed to sustain the lives of our citizenry. All in all, Hamas has topped 19 years of struggle with internal victory and a string of notable diplomatic successes within the space of a very few weeks.
But, in my capacity as intelligence chief, I am duty-bound to identify the threats to the Palestinian cause and to your leadership. Indeed, just as the prospects have never been so good, the threats have never been greater--they are, to be blunt, existential.
You must now define your basic aims and policies, both internally and externally. How will you govern? Who will you bring into the fold? And who will you leave out in the cold? Every option has a price tag, as you know. If you wish to forge an alliance with Fatah, you will have to give it a much larger piece of the pie. And, if you alienate the outgoing leadership, you must expect that it will not accept its political demise gracefully. This brings me to a far larger concern: the armed groups--Fatah's Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine--in our midst. Since you are now the government, you must determine their fate. I don't believe that you can disarm them. That is, I assume that you will not wish to initiate a fitna, a bloody showdown with our Palestinian brethren. But you will still have to find a method of disciplining these groups. You will not wish to allow any further descent into anarchy, the very lawlessness that the Palestinian people sought to reject by voting you into office. And, needless to say, the Israelis would view such chaos as a pretext for moving into Palestine once again.
Then we arrive at the question of corruption. More than any other issue, the promise of clean government propelled you into office. I recommend that you punish at least a few representative figures from the previous Fatah regime, perhaps more. For obvious reasons, I do not wish to mention names. You know them all. And I'm sure that I don't need to emphasize this point, but the high expectations of the population will prove exceptionally difficult to manage. They don't just expect you to herald an era free of graft and malfeasance, but also to improve quality of life, maintain internal cohesion, and provide a modicum of domestic tranquility. Women, in particular, expect an enlightened era in which the government squares the spirit of Islam with recognition of some attributes of modernity. You will find that Palestinian women are more assertive than ever.
I've already described some good news on the international front. But our foreign relations will require their own delicacy. Your success requires the support of the current regimes in Jordan and Egypt, where the sister movements of the Muslim Brotherhood are gaining encouragement from your political triumph. If the leaders in Cairo and Amman feel that your policies undermine their interests, they will not hesitate to act against you or to leave you twisting in the wind. I must remind you that, at the height of the intifada, in March and April 2002, President Yasir Arafat appealed to Cairo and Amman to suspend diplomatic relations with Israel, which was then driving into every West Bank hamlet sowing death and destruction. Both capitals frostily turned Arafat down because their strategic relationship with Israel transcended their solidarity with Palestine. Even Damascus and Tehran (yes, Tehran), didn't lift a finger for us in that desperate hour. If Bashar Assad and Ayatollah Khameini had ordered the firing of Hezbollah rockets in Lebanon, they could have knocked the Israelis seriously off balance. But all we received from these supposedly radical capitals were hot words and stunning operational silence. I would advise we realistically estimate the support that we might obtain in the region--particularly if we maintain Hamas's guiding principles and policies.
Let me add another caveat about the surprisingly warm reception the new government has received abroad. That is, the Russians and Turks have hardly embraced you for the purest of motives. If I read their statements correctly, they believe that they can domesticate and defang Hamas with their kindness. They may also be driven by a more ephemeral goal: to help promote their own relationship with Tehran. At the same time that your colleague Khaled Mashal and his group visited Moscow, the Russians were engaged in a last-minute effort to strike a deal with the Iranians to curtail their nuclear program. Let me say, if the Russian negotiations with Iran fail, you will find Moscow backing the American position and not the Iranian one. This is a very fundamental Russian instinct that all players in the region have learned in the 15 years since the Soviet Union's fall. Please do not base any of your strategy solely on reports you might receive from brother Mashal.
The United States, Mr. Prime Minister, has encountered its share of recent difficulties in the Middle East. Its interests in the region are many and complex. They are great friends and allies of Israel, but, on occasion, they have been known to come down very hard on Israeli governments, including that of Ariel Sharon. However, we must understand that the Americans have decided that the destiny of the entire Western world hinges on major changes in the Middle East, including regime change. They have committed their forces to battle in Afghanistan and in Iraq, and they will do this wherever the necessity arises. They will not quit halfway, because they believe the fate of their civilization depends on defeating so-called "international Islamic terrorism." They will therefore move to crush any obstacle in their path. The United States is well-aware that you are the first national faction of the Muslim Brotherhood in the entire region to reach power. You are a precedent, a first example, and, if you play it wrong--if you act in a way that seriously jeopardizes the allies of Washington--the United States will permit you to go down to a resounding armed and political defeat. Just as you are the first victor, you are the most vulnerable. And, at the end of the day, you will find the whole of Europe, Russia, Japan, India, Pakistan, the United Nations, and--believe me, Mr. Prime Minister--Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Jordan confronting you.
Now, Mr. Prime Minister, I'm obliged to turn to a discussion of our enemy. As your intelligence officer, I must give you an honest assessment of the Israelis, however unpleasant some of it might be. In my initial description of events, I highlighted Hamas's achievements during the last 20-odd years. The Israelis have also not done too badly, despite their withdrawal from Gaza and locales in the northern West Bank. They have the best-trained, best-equipped, and most experienced military machine in the Middle East. They have a thriving economy, a prosperous business and industrial community, and a vibrant culture. The million-odd Arab citizens of Israel enjoy the highest standard of living of any Arab community in the region. They support us in some ways, but they balk at the mere mention of their joining the Palestinian Authority.
I think, as you surely agree, that our resistance to occupation propelled the Israelis to realize the limits of their power. But does Sharon's policy of unilateral disengagement prove that we should continue armed struggle? You must accept that a decision to continue resistance will force you to abandon your domestic agenda. The two are incompatible. Hamas's domestic agenda necessitates a period of calm. To improve the quality of life and develop our social, economic, and political institutions, we need calm and freedom of passage inside and between the West Bank and Gaza. We need the Israelis to remove their endless roadblocks on every artery and at every key junction. Therefore, we cannot even begin to implement our plans for Palestine without Israeli cooperation and understanding.
The Israeli position on the Palestinian issue has evolved over recent years in surprising directions, some inconceivable only a short while ago. As you know from your own time in Israeli jails, the Israelis have often scorned and belittled the Palestinians. Just look at the way they have treated our president, Mahmoud Abbas, in their public pronouncements. Nor did the Israelis take Arafat's threats to drive the Jews into the sea much more seriously. They do, however, take you and the Hamas movement seriously; they look upon you as a very real threat, and they have been parsing your every statement with a fine comb to understand your intentions.
Right now, the Israelis don't know how to react to your government. It is, of course, the Israeli campaign season. Every politician has the daily opportunity to make foolish statements. And they have done us a huge favor by demanding that Hamas recognize Israel. Imagine: Israel, with all its economic and military might, in the waiting room, anxiously awaiting word that you have bestowed recognition upon them! Well, you took good rhetorical advantage of this situation by roundly retorting that you would not recognize them. But, as I have argued, a change in the Israeli mindset is coming. After their election, I believe they will realize that they do not need us to recognize them; that we need them to recognize us. They will wake up after their election and realize that they can still control every aspect of life in the Palestinian territories and that they can destroy your domestic agenda without starving the Palestinian population. If they conclude that your government's ties to the Iranians are meaningful, they will not wait for this alliance to flourish and prosper. They will see your government as the extension of President Ahmadinejad, who has openly stated his aim to destroy Israel. Once they conclude that we have teamed up with such a monumental threat to Israel, they will conclude the worst about your intentions and will move with all their power to remove Hamas from the scene. And they will receive international and regional support for this mission. You can only avoid this, I must conclude, by beginning to come to terms with Israel.
There are three other points that I hope you will keep in mind. After the Oslo accords of 1993, Israel allowed the Palestinian leaders residing in the Diaspora to assume power, leaving the local leadership to play a secondary role. In the final analysis, this did not serve us well. We must avoid repeating this mistake. The likes of Mashal, who spent his exile in Damascus, should not be catapulted into authority. Secondly, pundits and politicians have made so many pronouncements about Hamas's future plans that everybody, even important players in your government, are confused about your intentions. Please use your authority to stop this unnecessary stream of words. Finally, as your intelligence chief, I must caution you to keep your distance from Al Qaeda and their operatives and policies. If you do not do this, the Palestinians will become the outlaws of the Middle East. This will spell certain disaster for us.
So, Mr. Prime Minister, you have the destiny of the nation in your hands, and you will have to make your choice between options. It is not for me to suggest to you which option to take. So much now depends on you, Mr. Prime Minister. The life and, God forbid, death, of the Palestinian people is now passing into your hands.
Sunday, March 19, 2006
Do yourself a favor and watch this.
Friday, March 17, 2006
V for Vendetta
OK, so Portman's new movie comes out today: V for Vendetta.
I was curious as to who the creepy mask you seen in all the film's trailers represents. Well, here's a little history lesson my friends:
Guy Fawkes (April 13, 1570–January 31, 1606), an English soldier, was a member of a group of Roman Catholic conspirators who attempted to carry out the so-called Gunpowder Plot in 1605, in an attempt to assassinate King James I of England (James VI of Scotland) and the members of both houses of the Parliament of England. To do this, the House of Lords was to be blown up during the formal opening of the 1605 session of Parliament and the House of Commons, the members seated in a joint sitting for the opening. Guy Fawkes was in large part responsible for the later stages of the plan's execution. His activities were detected, however, before the plan's completion. Following a severe interrogation, involving the use of torture, Fawkes and his co-conspirators were executed for treason and attempted murder.
Does anyone seriously believe that our authorities are taking security seriously? Those responsibile for protecting us, indeed even regular Americans, have yet to totally change the way they view security after 9-11. This would never happen in Israel. The fact that none of these geniuses had the common sense to get some ID is just a further indication that the next attack will more than likely be much bloodier and embarassing than the first.
Wednesday, March 15, 2006
So then it's war Mr. Abbas?
GEOLOGISTS: Africa Splitting Apart; New Ocean Forming...Fricking Crazy
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
Monday, March 13, 2006
Hamas: "Terrorism to Continue"