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Who Need’s Who?

Olmert in L.A.
Recent concern expressed over the fate of the 5.2 million strong American Jewish Community, the largest Jewish community outside of Israel, may not be as much as a concern as the fate of Israel’s 6.5 million Jewish community due to an increasing Muslim birth rate and an ominous threat by Israel’s apparent No. 1 enemy: Iran. At last weeks United Jewish Community’s “G.A.” conference held in Los Angeles, at which Israeli P.M. Ehud Olmert (pictured) made a guest appearance; there appears to be a mixed message concerning who really needs who. True, the American Jewish aging community, with an average of 42, and a shrinking birth rate, is a big concern to Jewish leaders there. An increasing security threat to the State of Israel, however, by the Hezbollah in Lebanon, the Palestinians in Gaza and the still disputed West Bank, and particularly by Iran’s accelerating nuclear program; the big question now is whether it is a good idea to have such a large Jewish concentration in such a small country as Israel.

American Jews do have a lot to be concerned about as their numbers have been shrinking over the years due to assimilation and lower birth rates. But the problem of an aging population and small families is also a big concern in many Western countries as in Asian countries like Japan and South Korea as well. concerning the American Jewish Community, with Jewish couples marrying at a much later age and having no more than one or two children, it’s very easy to understand why this is happening. From an economic standpoint, American Jewish women, secular ones that is, are simply more interested in their careers than raising families. When they do marry, Jewish couples face the reality what they have to do in order to raise and educate kids in an increasingly more expensive upper-middle class American society. For example, sending two children to a private Jewish day school can cost parents an average of $1,200 to 1,500 per month, per child, not counting additional fees and payments required by these private institutions who generally receive little or no governmental assistance. Being a full-fledged member of a Jewish community, including joining a Synagogue or Temple also cost big bucks these days, including a member’s contribution towards the Rabbi’s annual salary ‘package’ which can be in excess of $200,000 or more.

A shrinking American Jewish community means bad news in respect to continuing contributions to Israel, including the UIA, Israel Bonds, and many other fundraising campaigns, with hard-pressed American Jewish families simply not having the money to donate to Israeli causes. Though more Americans are considering Aliyah to Israel, especially due to receiving assistance from programs like Nefesh b’Nefesh, many such families and individuals find it very hard to live in the Jewish State due to not being able to find suitable employment and affordable housing.

The increasing threat from Iran is also something that more and Jews are having to deal with, both in Israel and abroad. While American Jews, though lobbies such as AIPAC, are trying to bring more attention to the Iranian threat, Israeli Jews will eventually have to face this threat head-on. Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is not pulling any punches concerning his intentions regarding Israel. These intentions, which could become reality sooner than many think, might require a strong American Jewish Community to be ready to offer assistance, and even shelter, to it’s Israeli Jewish brethren, should this be required.

So, who needs who? It’s simply a question of how one looks at it.

What if Iran…., And How can We Deal With It?

“I am the Alpha, and the Omega”. So are written the provocative words in the Christian New Testament Book of Revelations; the book that alleges to foretell the final battle of Armageddon; the battle between the forces of Gog and Magog, and thus resulting in the end of the world. This topic, being the subject of many novels and doomsday thriller movies, may be closer than many people think; due to countries like Iran and North Korea aspiring to become nuclear powers. Iran, in particular, has come out in the forefront of this possible scenario by its overt actions during the past few years; particularly following the inauguration of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as President of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

A recent article appearing in the magazine section of Israel’s largest newspaper, Yidiot Ahronot, graphically illustrates the progress of Iran’s nuclear complexes, including both light and heavy water facilities, locations for manufacturing of Plutonium, nuclear reactors, and centrifuges manufacturing fissionable material. The sheer number of these sites, their difficult accessibility, and how they are defended, would make any planned attack on them, either by Israel or even a larger power such as the U.S., very difficult if not virtually impossible. The more ‘sensitive’ facilities, including the heavy water facility at Arack, and the centrifuges at Netnaz (photo), are completely encircled by clusters of the most sophisticated SAM missile batteries to prevent any air attack similar to Israel’s 1981 attack against the Osirik reactor site in southern Iraq.

In other words, even if such state-of-the-art weaponry such as B-2 ‘Stealth’ bombers are used, the Iranians are not about to be caught with their pants down. A recent statement by Iran’s defense minister warned that any attack against their nuclear facilities would warrant an immediate and devastating Iranian response “within seconds”. Even if Iran does not yet possess nuclear weapons, they have other weapons of mass destruction (WMD’s) available to them, including chemical and biological weapons. And even if only conventional weapons were used, salvos of Shihab-3 missiles, each armed with 400 kg payloads (including cluster bomb-lets) would wreak havoc on cities like Tel Aviv.

So, with all this in mind, what could Israel do in regards to staging an attack on Iran; and could this be remotely possible?

Obviously, there must be many strategic military secrets that we as ordinary people are not aware of; and these strategies are being considered presently. From a pure layman’s view, however, using long-range, modified F-16 fighter aircraft, even with larger bomb payloads and specially designed fuel tanks for flying longer ranges, just won’t fill the bill. Using ballistic missiles such as the Jericho won’t work either due to their possible inaccuracy (these attacks would require precision, surgical striking capability, and would invite even larger missile counter attacks, also by Syria and the Hezbollah in Lebanon, which can be very effective – as evidenced in last summer’s 34 day war.

The best strategy may be in trying to convince the Iranian public that their leadership are not taking their best interests at heart, especially in that their “esteemed President” may be willing to sacrifice a third of his country’s population to carry out his will.

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Letter to an Okie

Some people I know from “the old country” had been planning a trip to Israel this fall, but cancelled it, partially due to the “injustice” of the war in Lebanon. The following letter is my reply:

Dear ……,

I’m also very sorry you guys decided to “delay” your trip here. Many tours and private visits were “delayed”, but on the other hand, many more visits have occurred; by non-Jews as well as Jews.

The circumstances which brought all of this about still plague this region and Americans may not have the true picture as most attention is now focused on events in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as with (Daffy Duck loving) Kim Jong Il in North Korea; not to mention Iran.

Letter to an OkieIsrael started the year with the best intentions, including new Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s pledge to begin a withdraw from parts of the West Bank, following the painful August 2005 disengagement from Gaza. This should have made the Palestinians happy. But what did they do? Why they attacked an Israeli patrol, killing several soldiers and capturing Cpl. Gilad Shalit. Israel reciprocated by attacking Gaza to pressure the Hamas-led government there into releasing Shalit. Israel also ‘invited’ several P.A. parliamentarians to be ‘guests’ of the IDF until the release of Shalit.

When all this maneuvering didn’t work, the good Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah and the “Hezbollah Friendship Society” did some ‘maneuvering’ of their own by pulling off a similar attack on Israel’s northern border, also killing more soldiers and capturing two more: Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser, both reserve soldiers (Goldwasser had only been married 3 months before this incident occurred). About the same time, the Sheikh and Co. launched a bunch of their famous pop bottle rockets into Israel, resulting in Israel attacking them big-time.

Now, bear in mind that the Hezbollah Friendship Society (H.F.S.), because they are so friendly, like to locate themselves in the middle of heavily populated areas (Like the old Jude n’Jody furniture commercials, they love folk). That’s why Israeli Aircraft had so much trouble in ‘rooting’ them out. That’s also why that well publicized incident occurred when that house containing all those poor people was bombed, killing many of them (much less than the erroneous Lebanese and Red Cross information noted, however).

Yes, Lebanon did get bombed a bunch and a lot of innocent folk got killed. A number of innocent Israelis got killed too, though much less. However, we did suffer a significant amount of property damage; and this included more than 10,000 square hectares of agricultural and timberland, much of which will take 50+ years to grow back. With all this said and done, The Sheikh is now a hero, and Israeli leaders including P.M. Olmert, Defense Minister Amir Peretz, and IDF Chief of Staff Dan Halutz are castigated as losers, with many crying for their dismissal. Goldwasser, Regev, and Shalit are still captured as well.

I think Bush is mad at Israel for not “stomping a mud-hole” in Hezbollah, as should have been done; but this may still happen, and the good Sheikh knows this all too well. That’s why he still is lying low. Real low!

Despite all those UNIFIL and so-called Lebanese Army troopers patrolling Lebanon’s border, Hezbollah still has another 10,000 or so pop bottle rockets left, plus some bigger stuff. Israelis now feel more vulnerable than ever before, with no effective ‘anti-pop bottle rocket’ defense in hand.

Besides we’re all looking East toward that country run by the Mullahs who aid and bankroll the H.F.S. They and that even friendlier Mahmoud Ahmadinejad are conjuring up some even bigger pop bottle rockets with something even more powerful to eventually shoot at Israel. Only one of these going off, and it’s all over.

So, when you talk about peace and justice, the question to ask is peace and justice for whom?

I still think you should eventually plan a trip here, and then you will see all of the facts for yourself. You also need to see where it all began (Christianity), which was also during a very volatile time (the Romans were not nice guys).

Take care and have a happy Thanksgiving.

M

North Korea to Test Nuke? Or, The ‘Roadrunner ‘ and Kim Jong Il

Kim Jong IlKim Jong Il, that bizarre North Korean dictator, who loves Warner Brothers cartoons (especially the Roadrunner and Daffy Duck), has now divulged his greatest test of world nerve jangling brinksmanship. The announcement today by his government’s spokesman that his country is planning to test a nuclear device “in complete safety”, and for the purpose of it being a deterrent against imperialist powers like the United States who want to harm him and his “peace loving regime”, has more than made countries like the U.S. a bit edgy. It has sparked off alarm bells all over the world – especially in Asian countries like South Korea and Japan.

Kim, whose ultra-authoritarian regime has put even Cuba’s Fidel Castro’s to shame, appears to be so fearful of being deposed (like Saddam Hussein was in Iraq) that he is willing to go the extra mile to provoke countries whom he thinks are planning to invade him, particularly the USA. President Bush, who named North Korea as one of the “Axis of Evil” a few years back, now has a very worrisome dilemma on his hands, as the other main member of the ‘Axis”, Iran, is accelerating it’s nuclear program with the obvious intention of “going nuclear” as well.

North Korea, which was persuaded to scale down its nuclear development program in the early 1990’s, now appears to be making up for lost time. In 2005, after canceling it’s participation in nuclear disarmament talks, North Korea is not willing to make a new treaty that would prevent it from gaining nuclear parity with countries such as India and Pakistan, both of whom have had nuclear weapons for years. That neither of these countries have used these terrible weapons of mass destruction against each other is only because both countries know they have too much to lose by doing so.

Kim Jong Il on the other hand, feels he has little to loose and very much to gain by becoming a nuclear power. After all, this is the country that imprisons, tortures, and kills thousands of its citizens; and where a similar number – especially small children – die from malnutrition annually. Kim’s fascination with Western entertainment media programming (especially cartoons), and the Internet, belie his outright fear of being invaded and deposed as Saddam was in 2003. He is clever enough to know that the U.S. Administration, his number one enemy as he sees it, is in no position to attack him other than shoot a few cruise missiles in his direction; or perhaps drop a few ‘smart bombs’ on some of his government buildings. These acts wouldn’t do much damage as Kim as an elaborate system of underground tunnels and bunkers available that would put Saddam Hussein’s or even Adolf Hitler’s hiding places to shame.

One very interested observer in this deadly game of ‘checkmate’ is most likely Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who will gauge his own country’s nuclear ambitions by what happens to North Korea, which is rumored to already be assisting Iran in its nuclear program. Another country involved at least indirectly in this scenario is Israel; which though not threatened by North Korea, is definitely being threatened by Iran. As was noted in a previous article I wrote: The Arrow and Iran Part III, the U.S. Administration may very well find itself in the dilemma of who to deal with first: Kim and his Daffy Duck mentality; or Mahmoud with his fatalistic desire to ‘erase the State of Israel from the face of the map’; no matter what the consequences may be.

It’s a very perilous world we all live in. And today’s extremely provocative announcement now makes it even more perilous. It almost makes one wish for a return to the “good old days” of the U.S. – Soviet Union cold war. At least that conflict was a lot easier to figure out.

(Photograph courtesy of Wikipedia)

The Arrow and Iran, Part III: Apocalypse Now?

The Arrow and Iran, Part III: Apocalypse Now?“Coming soon, to a theatre near you”

Observations by Mr. Giora Eiland, former head of Israel’s National Security Council, one of the country’s major ”think tanks” concerning matters of national security, do not bode well regarding Iran’s quest to obtain nuclear weapons. In a recent interview with a reporter of The Jerusalem Post, Eiland was very pessimistic in regards to any possible efforts to prevent the Islamic Republic from “going nuclear”. “In the end, Iran will obtain nuclear (arms) capability” Eiland stated.

Eiland, a 30 year veteran of the Israel Defense Forces, who recently retired from the NSC, has been involved in research and investigation of Iran’s nuclear program for several years. He came to his fearful conclusion after seeing that no countries in the world, including his own and the United States have the ability to prevent Iran, either diplomatically or militarily, from obtaining this goal.

Eiland was very critical of his country’s present government, especially Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, for not speaking out more against what may be the greatest threat to the Jewish State, if not the entire world, in recent times. “The Prime Minister doesn’t accept this assessment as fact, and still believes that Iran can be persuaded diplomatically to give in and cease its nuclear weapons ambitions” he continued. Eiland also added that Iran’s president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, if granted total decision making power, will sacrifice everything “even his entire country” just to have the satisfaction of destroying Israel. In regards to his previous estimate that the Iranian leader would be prepared to sacrifice half his country’s population for this purpose, Eiland went one step further: to the realm of total apocalypse.

America’s capability of using military force against Iran has been diminished considerably by that country’s involvement in both Iraq and Afghanistan, Eiland went on. He also noted by the US President, George W. Bush, is now in a weakened state politically; and does not have the means to launch an effective strike. The U.S. also isn’t in position to offer Iran enough incentives to cease its nuclear arms program; since American political leaders, including the President, refuse to talk directly with Iranian leaders. “Since both the ‘carrot’ being offered and the ‘stick’ behind it are small, there’s no reason for Iran not to go ahead with its nuclear program” Eiland noted.

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Summer Rain or Summer Cloudburst – Is Israel Going Too Far?

Israel’s current military maneuvers in the Gaza Strip appear to keep going on with no one really knowing how for it will go. Initiated from the outset due to the continuous barrage of Palestinian launched Kassam missiles, and actually sparked off by the commando-like attack by Palestinian militants on an Israeli armor unit that resulted in the deaths of two IDF soldiers and the abduction of Cpl. Gilad Shalit, the operation seems to have reached a point where many people are wondering where it will end. Demands by Cpl. Shalit’s kidnappers appear to be changing as well; from Israel releasing at least 1,000 Palestinian prisoners, to a much smaller group including women and ‘long term’ prisoners – many of whom actual terrorists. Regarding the new demands, this time by the Hamas organization itself, one might understand their willingness to help find a solution to this problem as a number of their own governmental ministers and other higher ranking cohorts are currently ‘guests’ of the Israel government, who regard them as bargaining chips in any negations to free Shalit.

The painful unilateral pullout from Gaza by Israel, in which 22 settlements were dismantled and many of their occupants literally carried out of their homes, was hoped to solve a lot of problems concerning Israeli-Palestinian relations by giving the Palestinians an entire parcel of real estate upon which to begin building what might eventually become a homeland and country for them. Subsequent events occurring afterwards, including a continuance of Kassam launchings, as well as the Hamas landslide political victory in January 2006, began to indicate that the Hamas-led PA Authority not only has no intention of making peace with Israel but has even formed closer bonds with countries like Syria, Hezbollah in Lebanon, and, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s Islamic Republic of Iran. Even Al Qaeda is alleged to be operating in PA areas in even greater numbers, and are suspected of being jointly involved in Palestinian terror operations as well.
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He’s at it Again! Ahmadinejed and the 2006 Football World Cup

It seems that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad just doesn’t know when to shut up. His latest contribution to his country’s increased isolation now comes from remarks he made today regarding the German Government’s refusal to let him attend this year’s World Cup, scheduled to begin in Germany this coming July. In an interview with a reporter for the German newspaper Der Spiegel, Mr. Ahmadinejad continued with his opinions concerning the Holocaust.

Mahmoud AhmadinejadDuring the interview, Mr.Ahmadinejad continued to state that the story of The Holocaust is “a series of lies” told by the world Zionest ‘conspiracy’, and that he personally would believe it and accept it as the truth only if be believed it to be so. “I only believe that something can be true if I totally believe in it.”, Ahmadinejad commented, regarding The Holocaust.

Since being elected of the Islamic Republic of Iran, few if any kind words regarding the non-Islamic word have been uttered by Mr. Ahmadinejad. If personally barred from the World Cup, the Iranian president will most likely take out his wrath against countries who simply do not accept Mr. Ahmadinjad and his line of rhetoric.

Iranians themselves view their president’s statements with mixed emotion. “We feel that our government does not care for out well fare, and only gives money to terrorist groups and similar organizations”, a young Iranian student was reported to have said recently in a protest gathering of university students. Perhaps Iran’s younger generation, being more and more frustrated, due to lack of job opportunities and curtailing of individual freedoms, are beginning to view their president in a different manner. “Islam may have a strong pull in this country, but in the long run, people have to live” an Iranian businessman commented.

Iran’s pledge to give the Palestinian Authority a sum of 50 million dollars has also been met with protest by Iranians, many of whom would love to see that money used to help create job opportunities to young (and not so young) Iranians.

Returning to the Iranian president’s World Cup remarks, Mr Ahmadinejad had planned to be present in Germany when the Iranian team plays there this summer. “A Zionest web is preventing me from traveling to Germany to see may country’s team play”, he remarked to the reporter. Interesting that he should say this, in light of all the rhetoric that has been coming from him in an almost continuous flow, since he assumed office as Iran’s president. “My decision (to the attend) depends upon a lot of things”, Ahmadinejad was reported to have said.

Perhaps Mr. Ahmadinejad should take time to consider just what people have against him outside (and probably inside) of Iran. With this in mind, and the Iranian nuclear issue still very much in the forefront, Mr. Ahmadinejad should consider being more compromising in terms of his feelings toward the West, in general, and Israel in particular. The Iranian president ended the interview commenting that Germans are not being allowed to “write the truth” regarding the Holocaust. He claims to only be speaking the truth – his version that is.

May Day in Iran: give the money to us, not the Palestinians!

Tehran demonstration
Photo credit: Hasan Sarbakhshian/AP

An Iranian blogger friend informed me that thousands of Iranian workers demonstrated in Tehran today, which is International Workers’ Day, to protest their low salaries and poor living conditions.

According to this article on the CNN website:

The protest came as a reminder to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that, although embroiled in an international dispute over his country’s atomic ambitions, he was elected to improve living conditions for the poorest members of society.

President Ahmadinejad won a landslide victory in the June 2005 elections partly because he promised Iran’s poor that the country’s oil wealth would be used to improve their living standards. Since then, he has gained worldwide notoriety primarily for promoting Iran’s nuclear program and calling for Israel to be wiped off the map.

According to my Iranian friend, today’s demonstrators were chanting, “Forget Palestine! Think about us!” and “Nuclear energy is not our absolute solution!”

Yet another example of how the mainstream media neglects to report what people are really saying.

Kinda makes you think, huh?

What Holocaust ?

By Denis Schulz

LIFE IN MAHMOUD AHMADINEJAD’S TWILIGHT ZONE

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad You just got to love that precious little rat-bag. When Pat Robertson and Harry Bellefonte run out of stupid things to say and when Howard Dean and Dennis Kucinich lapse temporarily into brain-lock one can depend on Iran’s new president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, to keep the insanity alive. If His Worthiness had been born Moe Howard his finger would have been attached permanently to Curley’s eye; if he had been born Archie Bunker the meathead would have shot him dead after the first episode; if he had been born Joseph Goebbels, Herr Hitler would have let him run the Third Reich and retired to Berchtesgaden with Eva Braun knowing that things were in competent hands. Ahmadinejad is beyond outrageous. He is where the Twilight Zone ends and Dante’s Inferno begins.

The precious little rat-bag delivered a speech recently to thousands of admiring true believers in the Iranian city of Zahedan and he couldn’t resist mentioning the Holocaust. It’s amazing how he keeps going on and on about something he thinks never happened. “They have invented a myth,” he said, “that Jews were massacred and place this (the massacre) above God, religions, and the prophets.”

A myth? Is he sure? How could that be possible? The Germans were very thorough in their search. Did the Jews hide behind non-Islamic trees that refused to betray them to the Nazis? Is that how they escaped being sent to Dachau or Treblinka? Is he as mad at the trees as he is at the Jews? Are these trees the famous Cedars of Lebanon? Does he want to cut them down? Is he in need of a refresher course at a Mad-Rats-Asses school? One takes one’s pick.

“The West has given more significance to the myth of the genocide of the Jews,” he said, and it “deals very severely with those who deny the myth but does not do anything to those who deny God, religion and the prophet.”

Deals very severely with whom? David Duke is still alive and so it David Irving and unless Mahmoud’s hair glows in the dark and he has a couple of spent nuclear fuel rods embedded in his butt, nobody has laid a hand on him either.

But our precious little rat-bag wasn’t finished. “If you have burned the Jews, why don’t you give a piece of Europe, the United States, Canada or Alaska to Israel,” he suggested. “If you have committed this huge crime why should the innocent nation of Palestine pay for this crime?”

The Twilight ZoneOkay, forget that Palestine is not innocent; forget that Palestine is not yet a nation; forget that the crimes committed by Palestine on a per capita basis are equal to those committed by Nazi Germany forget all that and one is living in Mahmoud’s world. If Rod Serling had listened to just one of Ahmedinejad’s speeches he would never have written another Twilight Zone episode. He would have gone to where the woodbine twineth and would never have been heard of again. One cannot top reality shows when combined with the theatre of the absurd.

Mahmoud is Hannibal Lector, Darth Vader, and Count Dracula all rolled into one. Okay, maybe Dracula doesn’t belong in that group. Compared to the little rat-bag, the Count is a sympathetic fellow who needs frequent blood transfusions. And who wouldn’t prefer Transylvania in the summertime to Iran at any time of they year? It’s the ambiance.

Someone must have whispered in Mahmoud’s ear that George W. Bush was a believer in the Holocaust. Well, that would never do! Of course, the Texas Gunslinger is a million light-years and a dozen hadiths below Mahmoud’s intellectual level and was liable to believe anything Condi Rice might tell him, but, nonetheless, Bush and the dhimmi world is in need of enlightenment.

So within a few days Iran will convene a Holocaust-denial conference. Among those expected to attend one might include: David Duke, David Irving, Noam Chomsky, Louis Farrakhan, James McDermott, Norman Finkelstein, Ward Churchill, and most of the professors of Middle East studies at Columbia, Berkeley, Chapel Hill, Cambridge and non-sectarian DePaul University.

FYI, and please, Ward Churchill, pay attention:

From The Trial of Adolf Eichmann: Judgement (part 50 of 70)
“156. This is the place to add a few words about the accused’s personal contact with the Mufti (the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem) Hajj Amin al-Husseini. It has been proved to us that the Mufti, too, aimed at the implementation of the Final Solution, viz., the extermination of European Jewry, and there is no doubt, had Hitler succeeded in conquering Palestine, the Jewish population of Palestine as well would have been subject to total extermination, with the support of the Mufti.”

Gosh! Do you think anybody will bring that up at the conference? It’s something Our Precious Little Rat-Bag needs to know!

Meanwhile, in Mecca tens of thousands of Muslims, urged on by Iran’s Mad Mullahs, are screaming, “Death to Israel! Death to Israel!” And, oh yeah, “Death to America!”

If Rod Serling had ever written anything like this he would have been locked up in a mental institution.

Apes and Pigs, Art Contests and Mohammed

By Denis Schulz.

Al Capp was one of the great cartoonists of the 20th Century-perhaps the greatest. There was Walt Kelly and Bill Watterson and not much else. Who can forget the Yokums and Marrying Sam and Senator Jack S. Fogbound? And Daisy Mae Scraggs did more for ragged short shorts than Marilyn Monroe did for hot air vents. Capp’s hillbillies were so rude and ignorant they made The Three Stooges seem almost as erudite as Noam Chomsky, Ward Churchill and Frank Rich, and, of course, better plumbers. Yet no hillbillies, from Granny Clampett to Grandpa McCoy, ever pursued Al Capp through the streets with a hickory switch.

Capp portrayed Joan Baez as Joannie the Phoney and his campus S.W.I.N.E.(Students Wildly Indignant about Nearly Everything) were forever stuffing flowers down National Guard gun barrels-flowers which “naturally, somebody else growed,” said Li’l Abner. The radical left hated his guts. What he would have done with Michael Moore and Howard Dean can only be imagined.
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Slick Willie Does Jerusalem!

By Denis Schulz

Ex-president William Jefferson Clinton has been out of the loop for about five years now. That’s a long time for a politician but he still gets around quite well for a gentleman of his advanced years. He was in Jerusalem last week to honor the late Yitzhak Rabin on the 10th anniversary of Rabin’s assassination. On Saturday (Nov. 12) Slick Willie spoke to an admiring throng at the King David Hotel. These are not his exact words but they are close and may well reflect his inner thoughts.

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Israel is moving to Germany – Iran will pay the bills

Iran President

This guy just keeps spewing pearls of wisdom. Yesterday, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran’s president in a statement to the press in Saudi Arabia, made the following comments:

“Some European countries keep insisting that during the Second World War, Hitler burnt ,millions of Jews and sent them to concentration camps…but we don’t accept that claim”

“If European countries claim that they have killed Jews in World War II… why don’t they provide the Zionist regime with a piece of Europe,” Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told Iranian television.
“Germany and Austria can provide the… regime with two or three provinces for this regime to establish itself, and the issue will be resolved.”

So, I guess we are moving. I don’t really want to go, I mean I just moved and it’s a pain in the ass. Having to pack and then unpack again. Then there is the weather, Germany and Austria, the two alternatives, have really sucky weather. Today for example, its 25 Celsius (77 F) here ! I mean its great. In December.
In Germany right now, its like 0 Celsius (32 F) and they have some sort of snow and showers alert.

No, I think we’ll stay. Rather go to nuclear war then give this good weather up. Hope he won’t mind…

This is from the Irani press site reporting on the summit and the press release that was later given (above) – I love the use of the word extraordinary. Damn straight it was extraordinary…

On the sidelines of the two-day extraordinary summit of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, Saudi King Abdullah welcomes President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Iran President in Sudi Arabia

Also I got a little peek at the official Irani press site – lovely. ( these were in the gallery)
Iran Loves Israel and Supports its right to exist

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World without Zionism

World without Zionism - Iran's VisionLast Wednesday the 4,000 students in Teheran got a guest speaker, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. This was part of their course titled “A World Without Zionism“. His presence was part of celebrations for the final Friday of the Ramadan fast. The main message of this lecture was the need for the destruction of Israel and the immediate removal of this “stain” on the face of Islam. The crowed cheered with acceptance at these words.
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In Preparation for Purim

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, the spiritual leader of the Shas party, had a go at Mahmous Ahmadinejad, during his weekly Saturday evening sermon. He called the Iranian president the “Haman of our generation” referring to the upcoming Purim holiday, and added the he “can go to hell”.

The rabbi, whose address was centered on the laws of Purim, spoke about the followers of Haman, the grand vizier of Persia.

“In every generation we have Hamans,”

he said.

“Now we have a new Haman in Persia, threatening us with his nukes.”

He went on to further curse the Iranian leader, using verses from the Bible.

In the halachic part of his sermon, Rabbi Yosef made the ruling that Sephardic students in Ashkenazi yeshivot should not take part in the prayer quorum on the Saturday before Purim in order to read the “Zachor” Torah portion separately, in keeping with their custom.

He explained that listening to the verses, which discuss Amalek’s war on Israel, is a Torah mitzvah and therefore each person must do it according to the common pronunciation of their own community.

Rabbi Yosef did not miss an opportunity to tease the Ashkenazim. After imitating the way they read that Torah portion, he said,

“The Sephardim’s pronunciation is the real one. Their accent is wrong. But they insist. They’re stubborn… They don’t want to change. Even their Ashkenazim testify that our pronunciation is the right one, the truth.”

Iran, The Eurovision, and Us

Israel’s fortunes at the annual Eurovision song contest have never been easy, even though we have won the contest three times during its 51 year history. Israel first entered the contest in 1956, and often, the voting results from participating countries have been laced with controversy in regards to biased opinions against the Jewish State. This year, following a number of political controversies that have placed Israel in even more difficult relationships with the E.U. and other European countries, our song entry, sung by imported performer Eddie Butler and a mixed chorus group of Israeli and Afro American singers, finished almost last with only 4 votes, and these coming from (of all places) France.

Israeli singers, including ones like Sarit Hadad and Shiri Maimon, have recently managed to hold their own against the European hordes, and walk away with at least a feeling that they finished respectfully, despite all the negative flack being thrown at them by an increasingly hostile Europe. Last night’s poor results on behalf of the “European Jury” may cause future Israeli native and guest singers to think twice –even thrice – before making the trip to this contest again; this time to be held in Helsinki Finland.

Speaking of the Finns, their ‘heavy metal’ version of The Rocky Mountain Horror Show was nothing less than absolutely disgusting. Many other countries, including Sweden, Germany and even Russia (which came in second) had much better songs than the Finns whose living in Lapland must be so boring that they have to go to these extremes to win a song contest. Their gyrations and bizarre costumes were so grotesque that any sane person can only wonder if the Continent of Europe is once again slipping back into the Dark Ages, like what occurred following the destruction of the Roman Empire by the Huns and Visigoths during the Fourth and Fifth Centuries C.E.

This entire scenario comes on the heels of what has been going in Iran, courtesy of their astute president Mahmoud Admadinejad, who recently proclaimed that Israel is a non legitimate country and therefore should be “wiped off the face of the map”. This almost happened last night in Athens, as it became obvious that no voting country was prepared to give Israel even the least bit of praise or consideration. The four votes that France did give us were most likely because French Jewish citizens, especially the younger ones, got on the phones and cast their vote for the Jewish State. In a way, this was very fitting as more and more French are making Aliyah and purchasing properties in Israel, as they appear to see the writing on the walls concerning their future in the French Republic.

Iran even went one step further in regards to it’s own Jewish community by discussing in Parliament the possibility of passing a law similar to the ‘Nuremberg Laws’ passed by the German Third Reich in the mid 1930’s requiring Jewish citizens to wear stars to identify them as Jews. Though not yet passed into law, the mere discussion of this possibility already has Iranian Jews a bit worried, with their lovely President already being compared to Adolf Hitler.

Not that Israel’s song would have won, but it would surely have finished in a much better position had these modern day ‘Huns’ not been out to assist Mr. Ahmadinejad in his plans. As the saying goes: today the Eurovision, tomorrow Kristalnacht!”

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