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When National Review author lies, he’s been “misinterpreted”

Posted by Charles II on September 1, 2007

Candace de Russy of National Review did a post, writing about As’ad Abu Khalil of

“One commentator foams at the mouth on being informed by Khalil that Rudy Giuliani – whom the angry academic labels “Jewliani” – has asked Daniel Pipes, a leading critic of Middle East Studies, to serve as an adviser in his presidential campaign. Anti-Semitic and other bigoted ravings are on display for all to see.”

Now de Russy says,

“UPDATE: My citing of the hateful “Jewliani” item on Khalil’s website might have been misinterpreted. By way of clarification, my reference was to a posting by a commentator on that site, not to a posting by Khalil himself.”

What kind of misinterpretation is involved in believing that the phrase “…Rudy Giuliani – whom the angry academic labels ‘Jewliani’…” refers to Abu Khalil?  The actual person who used that noxious phrase calls himself Abraham and runs a website called Angry, yes. An academic, probably not. Anyone with an ounce of class would have apologized, simply and frankly, to As’ad Abu Khalil for having made a false and careless accusation.

As for anti-Semitism, it’s pretty hard to separate from the homophobia, racism, and generally sociopathic spewings of the commenters in that thread. Funny that de Russy didn’t notice that much of the raving was from the right.

Or that none of these evils are in any way promoted by As’ad Abu Khalil, who manages, amazingly, to talk about issues.

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Democrats are like Joe Btfsplk: Election 2000 … er…bad luck

Posted by Charles II on September 1, 2007

(For Wikipedia on Joe Btfsplk, click here

Dan Rather report showing how the disaster in Palm Beach during the 2000 election occurred. In part III, we learn that the ballots in Palm Beach, printed by Sequoia for use on Votomatic cards, used defective paper and were deliberately misprinted. I haven’t watched the rest of it, but it’s very hard to understand how bad ballots went disproportionately to Democratic counties.

It’s just amazing what bad luck Democrats have.
(Via Bradblog).

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Economist forecast: Recession 30%, Armaggedon 10%

Posted by Charles II on September 1, 2007

The Economist thinks that we might possibly have a problem.

But the Federal Reserve will save us.

(Unless we attack Iran).

–via Calculated Risk

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Poems for Labor Day

Posted by Charles II on September 1, 2007

The first is excerpted from [one of] Langston Hughes’s best-known poem[s]. The second is mine.

Let America be America Again

O, let America be America again–
The land that never has been yet–
And yet must be–the land where every man is free.
The land that’s mine–the poor man’s, Indian’s, Negro’s, ME–
Who made America…
Sure, call me any ugly name you choose–
The steel of freedom does not stain.
From those who live like leeches on the people’s lives,
We must take back our land again,
O, yes,
I say it plain,
America never was America to me,
And yet I swear this oath–
America will be! 

–Langston Hughes

The American flag unseen (with thanks to Eli for encouragement)

The flag I follow is not the one you see
Ink-defaced by the tens of thousands at the Post Office,
Worn on the lapels of professional wolves, lobbyists, false patriots,
Slapped on the bumpers of people who go around with their rears in the wind.
My flag is woven not of cloth and dye, nor does it fade.
It is braided of life and liberty, of genuine freedom to try to capture happiness,
Its design is not only colored stars,
But also the meteors of independent thinking,
so beautiful as they cross this mad night,
And of the broad morning light of reason,
And its moon, persuasion, both of which will see us through.
My flag bears not only stripes of red and white,
But the whole refracted rainbow of colors from which we are formed:
America. America. God’s grace shines from thee,
In dazzling rockets of reckless kindess to strangers,
In contrails of promises fulfilled, of age well honored, of wisdom valued.
My flag is held aloft not by iron, but by the Lady with the Lamp.
You may not yet see my flag, not yet, not yet.
Yet in the light of dawn you’ll see
It is the flag of the America that will be.

–Charles, 9/1/07, inspired by Romans 8:24

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Meet The Republican Base: Malignant Neglect Edition

Posted by Phoenix Woman on September 1, 2007

Grover Norquist’s plan, as applied to New Orleans.

It should come as no surprise to anyone that Tom Tancredo, the Republican officeholder and presidential candidate who is one of the biggest favorites of the extreme-racist wingnuts that make up the GOP’s base, has called for (majority-black and majority-Democrat) New Orleans to be left to rot.

Here’s a small sample of what his fans at think of him and his statements (and of the New Orleans victims of Katrina):

Reply 1 – Posted by: DC Escapee, 8/31/2007 10:08:30 PM
How much went to Biloxi and Gulfport?You don’t hear them whining.

That’s because Biloxi and Gulfport (not to mention the rest of Mississippi) got much more FEMA aid than New Orleans and the rest of Louisiana did:  Nearly three times more, even though Mississippi was far less as hard-hit by Katrina.

Why?  Something about their state, Mississippi, having a Republican governor (Haley Barbour) who is buddies with Bush, while Louisiana has a Democratic governor (Kathleen Blanco) who Bush wants to force out — and who now is very likely doomed, thanks to Bush’s politically-driven malignant neglect forcing much of New Orleans’ majority-black and majority-Democrat population to leave the city and state.

Reply 2 – Posted by: Cor-vet, 8/31/2007 10:16:02 PM
As a Louisiana citizen, I whole heartedly agree!

Lemme guess: You’re a white racist from Jefferson Parish or one of the other areas outside of what used to be majority-black New Orleans, right? Never did like New Orleans much in the first place, did you?

Reply 3 – Posted by: nmreich, 8/31/2007 10:16:14 PM
A man with some SENSE! Gosh I am so sick of that woman’s name, Katrina! GET OVER IT ALREADY! Seriously! Enough is enough! STOP it already! Ack!!!

Funny thing: I’ve heard far less about Katrina over the past year than I have about, say, Paris Hilton or Britney Spears. And it’s not as if I go seeking out information on those two ladies. But for racists like you, any mention of Katrina must be like garlic to a vampire.

Reply 4 – Posted by: Sandra1, 8/31/2007 10:17:36 PM
About time someone in government said something true. He should have added that it’s time for the ‘victims’ to get off their lazy duffs and start to rebuild their own homes. Seems like everyone else has done it except them…

Actually, what Tancredo said wasn’t true. As for your other statement, many if not most of the victims have tried to go home and fix up their homes — and many of their homes are intact — but they’re not getting much in the way of help, and a lot of them are being forced away at gunpoint from their own homes by Blackwater security rent-a-cops. But facts like this don’t get as widely reported as, say, Paris Hilton’s latest sex romp. And even if they did, racists like you would ignore them.

Reply 5 – Posted by: hisself, 8/31/2007 10:30:03 PM
In all the time these democrats stayed in motels/hotels at government expense, not one of them ever asked their ‘landlords’ for a job!!What a pathetic excuse for human beings!

Funny — NPR has had lots of stories, like this recent one, on how the New Orleans victims of Katrina have been looking for jobs and often working multiple jobs in order to rebuild their lives. But you only listen to Rush and Michael “Savage” Weiner on the radio, right?

Reply 6 – Posted by: Delilah, 8/31/2007 10:39:31 PM
I totally agree. Katrina has become to mean free handouts forever for anyone who claims to have ever lived in N.O. This whole boondoggle is getting asinine. Fraud is running rampant.

 That’s funny — most of the money that’s been promised to New Orleans has yet to go to anyone. But I guess to you, any nickel that goes to a black person is a shocking waste of money, eh?

Another funny thing about those “free handouts” — when they are going out, most of them don’t seem to be going to the victims. They seem to be mostly going to outfits like Blackwater, a rent-a-cop firm whose ultra-right-wing head, Erik Prince, has strong ties to the Bushes, the GOP, and the racist Dominionist movements.  In other words, the real fraud is being done by white guys in three-piece suits, not black people made homeless by Katrina and kept homeless by Bush.

Posted in 'starving the beast', 2008, anti-truth, Blackwater, Bush, BushCo malfeasance, Busheviks, New Orleans, Tom Tancredo | 4 Comments »

Digging in in Lebanon: sanctuary for radical nationalists, a grave for American foreign policy. Plus: the coming assault.

Posted by Charles II on September 1, 2007

Robert Fisk, The Independent:

Stories that just don’t seem to make it into print.

Did you know that the Hizbollah “Party of God” has installed its own private communications network in the south of Lebanon, stretching from the village of Zawter Sharqiya all the way to Beirut? And why, I wonder, would it be doing that? Well, to safeguard its phones in the event that the Israelis immobilise the public mobile system in the next war. Next war? Well, if there’s not going to be another war in Lebanon, why is Hizbollah building new roads north of the Litani river, new bunkers, new logistics far outside the area of operations of the Nato-led UN peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon?

Sayed Hassan Nasrallah, Hizbollah’s leader, boasts of new weapons. The Lebanese suspect that these include anti-aircraft missiles. … Since the Israeli army is incapable of fighting the Hizbollah on its own ground – its collapse when faced by Hizbollah guerrillas in southern Lebanon last year proved this – what happens if their awesome air power is also neutered?

But there’s more.

  • The Lebanese army is at war with non-Hezbollah guerrillas in the Palestinian Nahr el-Bared refugee camps.
  • The Syrians have accepted and treated well between half a million and a million refugees from Iraq, refugees who have very grateful relatives in Lebanon.
  • These facts have engendered considerable sympathy for Hezbollah and Syria inside Lebanon, since the Fouad Siniora government is now seen as an American puppet.

Fisk continues:   

So what else do the Americans have up their sleeve for us out here? Well, an old chum of mine in the Deep South – a former US Vietnam veteran officer – has a habit of tramping through the hills to the north of his home and writes to me that “in my therapeutic and recreation trips … in the mountains of North Carolina over the last two weeks, I’ve noticed a lot of F-16 and C-130 activity. They are coming right through the passes, low to the ground. The last time I saw this kind of thing up there was before Bosnia, Kosovo, and Afghanistan”

The friend adds other observations that lead him to conclude that there will be a major assault in Pakistan. Fisk adds:

A few days after my friend’s letter arrived in Beirut, the Pakistanis reported that the Americans were using pilotless drones to attack targets just inside Pakistan. But it seems much more ambitious military plans may now be in the works. An all-out strike inside the North West Frontier province before President Pervez Musharref steps down – or is overthrown? A last throw of the dice at Bin Laden before “democracy” returns to Pakistan?

Or Iran, Robert. Or Iran.

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Attention St. Paul Residents!

Posted by Phoenix Woman on September 1, 2007

This message comes from Al Franken and the Lakes & Plains Regional Council of Carpenters:

Help Minnesota Unions Fill the Truck for
Victims of the SE MN Flooding!

Lakes & Plains Regional Council of Carpenters
710 Olive St., St Paul MN 55130
[View Map]

Wed, Sept 5 & Thurs, Sept 6
Drop off items at the Southeast loading dock

Items needed:
Bottled water, Gatorade/Iced Tea, Long Heavy Duty Gloves, Heavy Duty trash bags, Clorox bleach, Hornet/Bee repellant, Heavy Face Masks, Bath Towels/Wash Clothes, Diapers (all sizes), Wheel barrels, Shovels, Tools, First Aid items, 5 Gallon Buckets, Mops, Flashlights with batteries, Fans, Rubber Boots (men’s sizes 10-12), Men’s and women’s socks (still in packages), Disposable cameras

***Please supply a box with the donated items***

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