Thursday, August 31, 2006

it's being called "the FEELGOOD movie of the year"

Death of a President: a fictional documentary looking back at the October 2007 assassination of George Bush.

Digital channel More4 will court controversy once again this autumn with a fictional piece, shot as a documentary, about the assassination of the US president, George Bush.

Death of a President seems certain to cause a furore on the other side of the Atlantic when it is premiered at the Toronto film festival next month.

In the UK the 90-minute film will be broadcast first on Channel 4's digital service in October.

The drama takes the form of a fictional documentary looking back at the assassination of Mr Bush in October 2007, after he has delivered a speech to business leaders in Chicago.

When Mr Bush arrives in the city he is confronted by a massive demonstration against the Iraq war and is gunned down by a sniper as he leaves the venue. The hunt for Mr Bush's killer focuses on a Syrian-born man, Jamal Abu Zikri.

Death of a President will use a combination of archive footage, CGI special effects and scripted scenes.

Actors play the fictional secret service agents and other aides who are with Mr Bush when he is shot and recall the incident in interviews recorded for the retrospective documentary.

Death of a President also looks at the differing viewpoints of the pro- and anti-Iraq war lobbies and the impact of Mr Bush's war on terror on the US.

"I'm sure there will be people who are upset by it. But when you watch it, you realise what a sophisticated piece of work it is," said Peter Dale, the head of More4.

"It's not sensational or simplistic, it's thought provoking."

Thursday, August 24, 2006


Wednesday, August 23, 2006

coincidence? Brits to reduce troops...US recalls Marines

Marine Corps to start involuntary troop recalls

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Marine Corps will start recalling thousands of inactive service members in the coming months to counter a steady decline in the number of non-active troops volunteering for duty, the service said on Tuesday.
To meet critical needs, President George W. Bush authorized the Marine Corps to issue involuntary recall orders to members of the Individual Ready Reserve, part of the non-active force. It will be the Marine Corps' first involuntary recall since the ground invasion of Iraq in 2003.
While the length of each activated servicemember's duty is capped, there is no time limit on the Marine Corps' authority to involuntarily recall Marines for jobs in the "Global War on Terror" -- a war whose parameters remain largely undefined.

"The authority is until GWOT is over with," Stratton said. "Until we're told to do otherwise, we'll use it."

The Marine Corps' move comes almost five years after the September 11 attacks that led the United States to declare "a war against terrorism of global reach" and more than three years after the Iraq war began.

Many Marines have performed three tours of duty in Iraq since March 2003. While the U.S. Army has provided most of the ground forces fighting an insurgency there, the Marines have carried a heavy load and been deployed in one of the most dangerous parts of Iraq, Anbar province.

U.K. Planning to Cut Iraq Force in Half by Mid-2007 (Update5)

By Robert Hutton and Reed V. Landberg

Aug. 22 (Bloomberg) -- Britain plans to cut the number of troops it has in Iraq in half by the middle of 2007, handing over control for security earlier than previously forecast, two government officials with knowledge of the plan said today.


``We've done a lot of training for the Iraqi army over the past two years and (wait for it) ...they're up to the job,'' said Louise Heywood, head of the U.K. armed forces program at the Royal United Services Institute, a London-based military researcher. ``They've become a force that's capable of standing up to the insurgents.''

ah hell. if you've read to here, you might as well throw this in -- Ken Silverstein from last month's (August) Harper's gives the skinny on our little war.

The Minister of Civil War
Bayan Jabr, Paul Bremer, and the rise of the Iraqi death squads

In May 2005, Shiite militia groups in Iraq began depositing corpses into the streets and garbage dumps of Baghdad. The victims, overwhelmingly Sunni, were typically found blindfolded and handcuffed, their corpses showing signs of torture—broken skulls, burn marks, gouged-out eyeballs, electric drill holes; by that October, the death toll attributed to such groups had grown to more than 500. In November, American troops discovered more than 160 beaten, whipped, and starved prisoners—again, mostly Sunni—at a secret detention center run by the country's Interior Ministry. Since then, Shiite militias have become so integrated into the Iraqi government's security apparatus and their work so organized, systematic, and targeted that they are commonly referred to in Iraq (and in the American media) by their proper name: death squads. The death squads, which have expanded their area of operations from the capital across much of the country, are now believed to be responsible for more civilian deaths than the Sunni and foreign insurgents who are the United States' ostensible enemies there. By any reasonable measure, Iraq is in a state of civil war, and some of its most ruthless and lawless combatants are members of the government's own security units.

The rise of the death squads corresponds almost precisely to the April 2005 appointment of Bayan Jabr as interior minister in Iraq's transitional government. The Interior Ministry, which is something like a combined FBI and Department of Homeland Security, controls billions of dollars and more than 100,000 men in police and paramilitary units. Jabr was a former high-ranking member of the Iranian-backed Badr Brigade, the military arm of the fundamentalist Shiite Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI) that is now the dominant political force in the country. After taking over the Interior Ministry, he quickly purged it of Sunnis, and members of the Badr Brigade were widely incorporated into the ministry's police and paramilitary units.

Jabr—who in May of this year was named finance minister in a new government headed by Nuri al-Maliki—has disavowed any personal or institutional responsibility for violence committed by the death squads. He has now acknowledged that some groups operated within the Interior Ministry while he headed it, but he insists that they were few in number; he blames much of the sectarian killing on terrorists “using the clothes of the police or the military.” At a press conference last November that followed the discovery of the torture chamber in an Interior Ministry building, Jabr said, “You can be proud of our forces. [They] respect human rights.”

Saturday, August 19, 2006

"a UNIQUE company" says Cheney RE Halliburton

(another great DU post -- b)

"Halliburton is a unique kind of company." -- Dick Cheney, September 2003

Total value of contracts given to Halliburton for work in the Bush-Cheney "War on Terror" since 2001.........More than $15 billion

Amount that Halliburton pays to the Third World laborers it imports into Iraq to do the work in its dining facilities, laundries, etc..........................................$6 per 12-hour day (50 cents per hour)

Amount that Halliburton bills us taxpayers for each of these workers.........................................$50 a day

Amount that Halliburton bills taxpayers for:
-- A case of sodas........................$45
-- Washing a bag of laundry...............$100

Halliburton's campaign contributions in Bush-Cheney election years:
-- In 2000: $285,252 (96% to Republicans)
-- In 2004: $145,500 (89% to Republicans)
Plus $365,065 from members of its board of directors (99% to Republicans)

Increase in Halliburton's profits since Bush-Cheney took office in 2000.......................................379%

Halliburton's 2005 profit (highest in the corporation's 86-year history)......................................$1.1 billion

"Since I left Halliburton to become George Bush's vice-president, I've severed all ties with the company, gotten rid of all my financial interest. I have no financial interest in Halliburton of any kind."-- Former CEO Dick Cheney, Meet the Press, September 2003

Annual payments that Cheney has received from Halliburton since he's been vice-president:
-- 2001: $205,298
-- 2002: $162,392
-- 2003: $178,437
-- 2004: $194,852
-- 2005: $211,465

Cash bonus paid to Cheney by Halliburton just before he took office...........................................$1.4 million

Retirement package he was given in 2000 after only 5 years as CEO.............................................$20 million

Number of times in the past two years that Republicans have killed Senator Byron Dorgan's amendment to set up a Truman-style committee on war profiteering to investigate Halliburton..............................3

Naughty word Cheney used during a Senate photo session in 2004 to assail Sen. Patrick Leahy, who had criticized Cheney's ties to Halliburton.........................................."Go #@!% yourself."

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

I need your prayers & thoughts

Some of you may know and some may not, but I have a son who would have been 21 in October. Early Sunday morning he was killed in an auto accident. I'm totally devastated and have never experienced grief like this before. It's so unreal. The funeral is on Friday in New York. And on top of that, my cat has a tumor on his face and has to have surgery. It seems minute compared to my loss, but my cat is like my second son! Things are not going well now but I know they will be looking up soon! I just needed to vent a bit. Thanks for listening and please think good thoughts for me and my family as we deal with this surreal grief.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

I'm Tryin' My Best to Be Terrified, Mr. President ...

(another great post from Nance Greggs over at DU... b)

Dear President Bush,

I am sorry to bother you while you’re on vacation and resting up from all your hard work, but there’s something laying heavy on my mind and the time has come to unburden myself.

I am a good Republican woman, and I want to do the right thing by my President and my Country. So I’ll just speak plain in hopes you’ll understand.

It’s this terrorism thing. The good Lord knows I want to cooperate with my government and be terrified all the time like I ought to be, but I just got a lot on my plate as it is, and there’s only so much worrying I can fit into my day.

I start my morning worrying about my financial situation. I am terrified that I won’t make the bills again this month, or that we’ll end up losing the house. We’ve been borrowing more often than not these days just to get by. I know you say that running up big debts, like the country is doing, don’t matter – unfortunately our bank doesn’t seem to see things in the same light.

I have to stop for gas a couple of times a week on the way to work, and when I see how much the price has gone up since the last time I was there, I’m terrified about how long I can afford to even get to the plant in the first place.

By lunchtime, I am scared to death that my boss is going to walk in and tell me that they’re cutting back again, and me the only source of income for the family since my husband’s place of business packed up and went to Mexico three years ago. Sometimes I shake so hard from the fear of it, I can hardly concentrate on getting my work done.

During the day, there’s other things preying on my mind as well. I’m scared all the time that me or the mister will get real sick, and having no medical insurance we won’t be able to get treatment. I’m scared each day will be my mother’s last, because she’s really taken a bad turn since the pills she needs aren’t covered any more.

Coming home from work at night don’t mean resting easy neither. Since my oldest boy joined up and went to Iraq so he could make some college money, I live in fear of the telephone ringing with the kind of bad news no mother should ever have to hear. And if someone comes by unexpected for a visit, I can tell you that knock on the door is enough to give me a heart-attack right there on the spot.

I used to like to rest a spell in front of the TV and catch up on the news after supper, but the truth be told, I’m more often than not completely terrified by what I see these days. Nothing but bad news about this new war they got going, when I’m already scared out of my wits about the old ones what ain’t close to finished yet and no progress seeming to be made.

I hear about little children getting killed, and I hear men talking about how they gotta keep killing each other no matter what. So that’s just another thing for me to be terrified about, that these men will just wind up blowing us all to kingdom come and I’ll wake up dead some morning never knowing what hit me.

And apparently that ain’t all I’m supposed to be terrified about – like I said, hard as I try, I can’t seem to keep up. Your people keep reminding me that my marriage will fall apart if certain folks are allowed to get married, that democracy as we know it will disintegrate if someone burns a flag somewhere, and we’ve only got a few months left before this War on Christmas thing flares up again and there won’t be a safe place left for good Christians like ourselves.

Now we got elections coming up and is it any wonder people don’t want to vote. We keep hearing that if we pull the lever for the wrong guy, we’re just handing the whole country over to our enemies, and who wants to take a chance like that? It’s not like you even know who’s who anymore either, because it seems the ones we’re told we SHOULD be voting for wind up not being on the ballot anyway because they might have to go to prison before they get a chance to be elected.

By the time I get to bed, Mr. President, I am exhausted from being terrified about all of this stuff, not to mention the pollution what seems to be getting worse, and this global warming thing that I know you said isn’t true, but seems to be destroying crops, and causing droughts, and killin' old folk just the same.

So as you can plainly see, it’s not that I don’t want to be scared witless by those terrorist plots you say are happening all the time. It’s just that I have so many other things to be terrified about these days, I just don’t see how I can fit it in.

I don’t want to sound ignorant, but the other side of this is that I don’t know WHO I’m supposed to be afraid of, and when. Is it Al Qaeda this week, or those Hizbollah fellas? Is it those homeless guys down in Florida who were set on blowing up buildings just as soon as they got the bus-fare together?

I’ve heard that this week it’s that guy what won in Connecticut – but if you could tell me how he figures into exploding bombs on airplanes, I’d be obliged because I just don’t understand the connection.

Maybe if you could put out one of those schedules, like they do for garbage pick-up days, I would at least know who I’m supposed to be afraid of and when. That way, if I do get a few minutes here or there to be terrified about this stuff, I won’t look the fool for being scared of the wrong thing at the wrong time.

Well, I know you must be busy there on the ranch, sitting on the porch and getting some good thinking done about how to get us out of all the big messes those Democrats who are running the country keep getting us into, so I won’t take up any more of your valuable time.

But thanks for listening. I know a good Christian man like yourself will take every word I’ve said to heart.

May the good Lord bless you, Mr. President, just as much as you deserve.

Yours Truly,
Mrs. J.Q. Public

Saturday, August 12, 2006

From someone in Lebanon

(from a swell davidson county democrat. this was in the inbox this morning -- b)

From someone in Lebanon

I have a friend who taught at American University in Cairo who now lives back in the states. She has a friend in Lebanon who wrote her. You might find this interesting.

Tue, 25 Jul 2006 06:13:53 -0400

Just a little more on why I cannot watch the news.

I don’t know exactly what you’ve been watching, but I do know this—There is a huge disconnect between reality and the words and the policies and the blah blah blah we love Israel, here you go, have some more missiles direct from the united states to target “Hezbollah targets”—oops, I mean innocent families who were trying to flee. Oops, I mean hundreds of innocent people who happen to be Shi’a (50 percent of the Lebanese people—and maybe they do support Hezbollah, because Hezbollah is also a political party, and because they give economic and social support to poor people. So if you are poor and Shia, who will you support? The Christian guy? The Druze guy? The people who were your enemies in the civil war?).

I do not support the Hezbollah. I do not think they are the good guys. But this war is not targeting them—at least not anymore. How would you feel if a group of, oh, I don’t know, radical NRA members did something stupid, kidnapped some Russians…and so Russia decided to destroy rural America because that’s where Republicans live (some of whom support the NRA (perhaps legitimately, correct?), a very few of whom are crazy)? (Pretending for a minute that the US would not or could not respond to repel an attack.) It’s not a good parallel, but my point is that these are NORMAL PEOPLE, and it is a sovereign country under attack.

And the media here does not hide the truth as it does in the states. And it doesn’t take seeing many disemboweled children, babies ripped into pieces, bodies being accepted by the same UN people who rejected them as living refugees, before you cannot see any more.

I’m doing ok. I still jump at loud noises. The hardest thing, I think, is being disconnected from people who have had common experiences. In Beirut, on the boat, I felt like at least we were all in this together…

Thanks for all your responses. I really appreciate it.

Agnus dei, qui tolis peccata mundi, miserere nobis….dona nobis pacem.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

you can't do THAT on (american) television

"it's dirty here"

another Jewsie tidbit! -- Mirror Mirror: The Passion of Hypocrites

(Larisa Alexandrovna -- from Huffington Post)

This will be long and painful, but needs to be said.

Pretty bytes of hypocrisy served up nice and hot
Having watched the Gibson affair for a full week now and the non-stop replay of his drunken diatribe on my heritage, I honestly feel more offended by the public reaction than I do by the racist slur.

Frankly, this nation must seem to outsiders like nothing more than a collection of disingenuous and self-righteous, self-obsessed and vanity driven xenophobes, all eager to point a finger anywhere but at themselves.

I am offended, yes, as a Jew by Gibson and as an American by the Bush administration.

On Mel:
Until his film depicting Jews in a less than historically accurate way, I had never heard any comments by him on Israel in general or Jews in particular. Incidentally, despite Gibson's historical revisionism, the movie was embraced far and wide by the American right who now deny, as the morally dishonest people that they are, ever having supported the Passion of Christ as a true story, despite its historical inaccuracies and anti-Jewish slant. (See here; here; and here).

The "values voter" is and has always been a propaganda concept, sold and bought by the mass media to justify the inexcusable and twisted "compassionate" authoritarian agenda.

As a Jew, I was more offended by the Passion of the Christ, than I am now by a drunken actor, driving under the influence and spewing racial slurs. Honestly, the nation's overreaction to the Passion of Mel's drinking is only equal to the zeal it showed for him as though he were a prophet of God. But he did not then nor does he now deserve this kind of hysteria.

Gibson is now being covered to such an extent and in such a way as to make him seem a monster, a rare creature of hate in a sea of tolerance. But the reality is far more disturbing and Gibson is hardly the monstrosity or the face of evil and hatred when one considers his chosen profession, an actor and his statements on Judaism, which are rare and far between. In fact, he appears to be far more inclined to conceal his views until he has consumed large amounts of liquor.

Compare that with a "crusade" ushered in by the Bush administration against Muslims, the rampant racism against African Americans and the inexcusable and criminal - in my opinion - failure of the federal government to show any concern for New Orleans and the poor, elderly, and ill who were unable to leave.

How much coverage is there of the devastation in New Orleans that continues thanks to the contracts with Halliburton and similar cronies of the Bush/Cheney empire? Where are the black citizens of New Orleans? Where is the money for them? Why are they held at little camps with trailers and not allowed to speak to the media, having each of their visitors screened by military guards?

No, we are indeed a nation of tolerance and Mel Gibson screaming about Jews is just a bad apple.

A Moment of Clarity
A nation that purchases enough Ann Coulter books to put her hate products on domestic bestseller lists is not a nation that can claim outrage at a comment made by an intoxicated actor. Coulter makes a living selling hate, calls for violence, and appears on major television shows with the stamp of "news" on them.

She regularly uses this international platform to call for genocide and express her hopes for violence against minorities, and she too has made anti-Jewish comments in the past. Her neo-Nazi product, however, is being bought and touted by the same people who are running Gibson's comments as proof of the Hollywood evil, drunk and perverse, hating everything different from themselves. But was Gibson not just last year cavorting with God and representing conservative values of the "Christian" Americans?

Coulter has routinely called for the execution of American citizens, specifically liberals and specifically those who have already been attacked in New York. She has openly expressed her sadness that journalists were not killed more often. She has literally stated on public television aired across the world that daisy cutters should be dropped on Muslim nations. But her syndicated columns only begin to get dropped because of plagiarism, not for being anti-Semitic, anti-black, anti-women, anti everything short of the Neo-Fascist party platform.

What about Rush Limbaugh and Bill O'Reilly - who advocate hate and endorse the executions for those they "Anti-American" and even traitors? Usually the traitors identified by O'Reilly and Limbaugh are liberals, defenders of the Constitution, peace activists, and non-Christians - basically calling for attacks on those who would dare to have a different political perspective? What about the vehement support these people show for the torture camps set up by the Bush administration around the world, even at times cheering these war crimes as somehow justified as retribution? And what of their rabid supporters who in their Nazi Youth-like loyalties attack anyone and everyone they can find who threatens their myths for any reason?

Is this not a culture that openly sells, buys, endorses, and lives hate on a daily basis? The only thing that makes this hypocrisy worse is that the people who claim the wound and the status of victim are the same people who are inflicting the wounds and creating victims.

I have some experience with these psychotics, who aggressively attack me and then claim that they are being attacked by me. Their hate is a product too; one that they sell for their own agenda and their own self-serving bitter egos that can only be stroked when they claim victim-hood on one hand and victimize others on the other.

Who is more dangerous, a drunken man yelling profanities and racist slurs or a man on a "news" show making racist statements and supporting hate crimes? What about the White House Press Secretary using terms like "tar baby" without batting a lash or the Secretary of State making statements that civilian casualties in Lebanon are nothing more than the "birth pangs" of democracy?

No, Mel Gibson is the racist, the bigot, the poster boy of hate. Never mind that the US and Somalia are the only two nations in the world who have not ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Is that more important than an actor driving under the influence who makes an ass of himself and spits out racial slurs along with part of his lunch on the side of a California road? Surely the media can cover something as important as the children of America having no rights? No, it seems between Mel Gibson and missing white women, there is little room to look at ourselves as a nation and understand what we really are and what we really are not.

In the meantime Coulter is on the bestseller list, Rice is representing this nation abroad, the Bush administration is torturing Muslims in our names, Jews are being blamed for all sorts of crimes, and all thanks to the ultra tolerant Neo-Fascists who have taken over the US and Israeli governments.

A Moment of Understanding:

I spent part of my childhood behind the Soviet Iron Curtain, where the right wing (no, the Soviets were Communists in name only) machine focused on my heritage before I was out of the womb. My birth certificate says JEW in big letters across it, and this document would have to be shown no matter what I did or where I went, thereby always making me a clear target, even as a child, of the blind hatred propagated by government-sponsored propaganda.

I remember vividly what was done to me, even if I still don't fully comprehend why it was done.

I remember being humiliated and made to feel apart in kindergarten by my own teachers who also happened to be responsible for feeding us. The most vivid memory I have from this time surrounds food and perhaps explains why to this day I have a problem with eating -- namely, I don't eat.

We were all poor, every Soviet citizen was poor, and the government sponsored meal of the day was what helped our families keep their children from starving. At home we would have soup at supper, but at school we would have a big meal that included meat. At lunch time everyone would sit and our teachers would serve us, all of us, except for me. I did not tell my parents for fear that my mother would complain and then be taken away by Soviet authorities. But my mother noticed that I was losing weight and she asked me over and over until I told her that "no" I was not given food at school.

I remember this very clearly. Our apartment was across the street from my school and my mother put on her nice dress, reached into a bottle in the cupboard in which they kept the little extra money they had, took out the entire amount and left the house. I saw her walk across the street, but before she went in she came back and took a bottle of perfume she had gotten as a gift many years back, still in its packaging. The perfume and the money together was the bribe to get the headmistress to force the teachers to feed me, something the other children were given for free. It was all of our money and it was the only perfume my mother ever had, something she so cherished that she never used it.

But it seems my mother was not specific enough when she asked that I be fed, because she did not specify how or with what, something she assumed she did not have to specify.

What I was given was not what one would call edible or even in a class of food-like products. Again I did not tell my parents, because again I feared something terrible would happen should they react. I was six and I knew this. But my continued weight loss had my mother so concerned that she began selling off the little she had in jewelry in order to bribe my school officials to feed me, with food, the same food, served the same way, as the other children.

Most Americans, especially white Americans, would never understand this and have no clue what racism, anti-Semitism, and hate are and what damage real hate can do. They faint in public when someone makes a slur but say nothing about US prisons populated with minorities.

Really, do we care that the majority of homeless in this country are minorities or the mentally ill? Not hardly.

Americans in general are seen by the world as are self-absorbed to the point where a comment by a drunk actor overshadows the fact that late last week the United Nations Human Rights Committee sharply criticized our domestic human rights record and issued a moral indictment of our failure to live up to international treaties.

An international body reprimanded our nation for such things as racism, while we ignored them in order to focus on one man, drunk, on one night, making one racial slur? Shame, apparently, or humility, are virtues corporate America apparently does not sell and the consumer therefore cannot buy.

We have no moral leg to stand on!
This nation has violated the Geneva Conventions as part of policy, and even when Congress attempted to correct the issue, much like my mother in her first attempt to have me fed; this administration used loophole arguments and add-on statements exempting themselves from the law and from all things decent. How is this not getting the same kind of coverage as Mel Gibson, an actor, drunk off his ass, who happened to show himself as ignorant?

Yes I am offended, but Gibson's ignorance and can be remedied. This entire nation, however, stands complicit in crimes against humanity and that cannot be remedied. It can be prosecuted and people can be held accountable, but America and its citizens will never demand such a thing.

Nor will Americans who call me such names as "commie" and "Stalinist" and "pinko" ever grasp that they will always blame the victim, no matter what. The people we are torturing are evil, they are at fault. The poor are too lazy to work. African Americans don't want to pull themselves up by their bootstraps. Any of these sound familiar? And me? Well, if I disagree it is because I am from the Soviet Union, despite being the victim there, I am the criminal here.

Much like most immigrants now - who are under attack so that the GOP can score some extra points with the hate constituency, I am not welcome in this country. Xenophobia this rampant is obviously less important than one man, drunk, expressing his inner bigot.

I am in a position, unfortunately, to understand hate. I have lived in a culture of hate abroad and I live in a culture of hate here, in my chosen home. When I mention this, the same "Stalinist" labeling bunch will never fail to tell me "if you don't like it, go back to where you came from."

Gibson is not a hate monger. He is terribly misinformed and sadly far too dependent on liquor, but in this unfortunate episode he is guilty of ignorance. When confronted with otherwise rational people who are ignorant on issues of such import, I do not shun them. I attempt to understand the nature of their sentiment. I attempt to educate them on tolerance by showing my own, despite being offended.

Apology Accepted:
When we as a nation cannot confront the undeniable facts of our own ugly domestic reality then we as a nation have bigger problems then a racial slur made by one person on one day and while drunk.

If violence breeds violence and hate breeds hate, then would it also not be true to say that intolerance breeds intolerance? Would it not serve all of us better to attempt to reach out to those who don't understand, who are ignorant, and attempt to help them understand what tolerance is? Perhaps by doing so, we can help them understand their anger and even our own. Perhaps by being tolerant ourselves and keeping ourselves consistent with our principles, we can show the world an American face that they have not yet seen and in doing so we may help them understand their own hatred of us.

I take seriously Mel Gibson's reaching out to the Jewish community and requesting help to understand why he feels the way he does. I accept his apology as well. Ann Coulter has never apologized. George Bush has never apologized. Yet when someone is brave enough to apologize and ask for help in understanding what drives their anger, we shun them and dissect them in a public execution.

True racists don't care enough to reach out. They can be bought, but they will never apologize.

So while the rest of the media runs wild with Gibson the "hate monger" and in doing so ignores actual news, and actual bigotry and hatred in America, I for one would like to issue Gibson a formal invitation to visit me or my family any time, to sit with us and hear our stories, to learn something of us, who we are, and what we believe, and to perhaps allow us learn from him the nature of his views. In the meantime, I will be covering news, and I will be covering such issues as racism. I hope that others will join me. I also hope other Jews will join me in extending an invitation to Gibson. Tolerance breeds tolerance. It is really that simple.

A Song for Dave

You comments reminded me of

Thursday, August 03, 2006


kosher deli meat. horseradish. au jus.

it was yummy.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Jew Bop a Lula, He My Hebrew

this only popped into my head b/c there's a band here called Jew Wop. Talking about Jew Wop became Jew Bop... and the next thing that comes to mind, naturally, is.. Jew Bop a Lula, Heeb my Baby...

there might be a deep thought here, but i doubt it.