Monthly Archives: December 2008
Hamas is pure, unadulterated, evil batshit on one hand. This fact can not be denied. They are as extreme as you can get. They also help what is one of the worlds poorest populations. From CFR:
In addition to its military wing, the so-called Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigade, Hamas devotes much of its estimated $70-million annual budget to an extensive social services network. It funds schools, orphanages, mosques, healthcare clinics, soup kitchens, and sports leagues. “Approximately 90 percent of its work is in social, welfare, cultural, and educational activities,” writes the Israeli scholar Reuven Paz. The Palestinian Authority often fails to provide such services; Hamas’s efforts in this area—as well as a reputation for honesty, in contrast to the many Fatah officials accused of corruption—help to explain the broad popularity it summoned to defeat Fatah in the PA’s recent elections.
The fact that they have a totally fucked up military presence in Gaza however, does not give Israel the right to use the full force of it’s military to bomb Gaza off the face of the earth. There are a million and a half Palestinian’s that live in Gaza.
They are not all insurgents. Anyone that says otherwise is not only uninformed, they are stupid.
Currently, over 345 residents of Gaza are dead due to Israel’s bombs, with another 1400 injured with at least a third being innocent civilans. How many Israeli’s have been killed by Hamas’ crude bombs during the same period?
The whole fucking eye for an eye biblical bullshit is lost on me, but that said…this pissing contest between Hamas and the Israeli government is very lopsided. For a historical perspective, check out this McClatchy article:
It was the highest death toll from Gaza rockets and mortars in a single day. Until Monday, Palestinian rocket fire had killed eight Israelis in the past two years. Since Israel launched the air strikes on Saturday, four Israelis have been killed in attacks from Gaza.
One of my commenter’s had the audacity to state, in the post below, that all Palestinians are vermin, that they teach their children to hate Israeli’s. Besides the fact that his statement is unprovable, its inaccurate as all get out. It’s equivalent to saying all American’s are vermin and hate Iraqi’s just because the Bush Administration invaded Iraq and commenced tearing that country apart, installing a government as corrupt as Saddam’s was and blowing their infrastructure to hell so that clean water and electricity are things of the past.
I see what Israel is doing as a ridiculous dance of futility. They will not endear themselves to anyone with their show of force. They already control how much food, energy and medical supplies get into Gaza, and they use that weapon to it’s fullest. They force all Palestinians to suffer for the actions of the extremists.
They remind me of Bush, Cheney and the whole PNAC crowd… and we all know how that has turned out, don’t we?
There has to be a better way to create livable conditions for both Palestinian’s and Israeli’s…there has to be. All Israel is doing now is alienating Palestinians that hold no allegiance to Hamas.
Like Bush and Cheney did in Iraq.
This just freaks me the hell out. As of today, almost 300 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli bombs and bullets in this latest pissing contest between Hamas and Israel. Women and children, people, …they are killing civilians en masse over the death of one Israeli.
Methinks this is a form of genocide. In any case, Nobody’s right, if everybody’s wrong..
This is horrible news indeed. Dark Black let me know this morning. He has some of Delaney’s best up in video form. For those of you unfamiliar with this wonderful man and his talent, from the LA Times:
Delaney Bramlett, 69, a singer, songwriter and producer who penned classic rock songs such as “Let It Rain” and worked with musicians George Harrison and Eric Clapton, died Saturday at UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center in Los Angeles as a result of complications from gallbladder surgery, his wife Susan Lanier-Bramlett said.
Born in Mississippi in 1939, Bramlett came to Los Angeles in the 1960s and played guitar in the house band for the TV pop show “Shindig.”
With his then-wife Bonnie Lynn he formed the short-lived Southern blues-rock band Delaney & Bonnie & Friends. The band toured as the opening act for Blind Faith, the supergroup that featured British guitarist Clapton.
After Bramlett and his first wife divorced in the early ’70s, they parted professionally as well, and he faded from the spotlight.
During his career, Bramlett performed, co-wrote or recorded with stars such as Harrison, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, John Lennon, Dave Mason, Billy Preston, J.J. Cale, the Everly Brothers and Mac Davis. He also produced artists including Etta James and Elvin Bishop.
He is perhaps best known for standards such as “Superstar,” co-written with Leon Russell, which has been recorded by many artists, most recently by Sonic Youth in a version featured on the Grammy-nominated soundtrack of the movie “Juno.”
Bramlett also co-wrote “Let It Rain” with Clapton, who also recorded it, and “Never Ending Song of Love,” which was recorded by more than 100 artists including Ray Charles, George Jones and Tammy Wynette.
Bramlett recently released an album, “A New Kind of Blues,” on independent label Magnolia Gold Records.
I love his music, he gave us a lot of beautiful tunes. He will be missed by many, including me. He was a white boy that really could play and write the blues. Rest in peace Delaney, and enjoy your friends that passed before you and are awaiting your arrival in heaven.
Let It Rain, which he co-authored with Clapton, is in the video on Delaney below. Very appropriate for today’s sad news.
I am talking about Gitmo, and the ‘prisoners’ that are still held there. From Jurist:
A spokesman for Australian Prime Minister Kevin Ruddsaid Saturday that Australia would be willing to consider acceptance of Guantanamo Bay detainees on a case-by-case basis, according to a report in The Australian. Rudd’s spokesman confirmed that Australia, along with other countries, has been approached by the United States concerning prisoner resettlement possibilities. Australia strongly supported US policy in the “war on terror” under the leadership of former prime minister John Howard and was complicit in the Guantanamo detention of Australian national David Hicks, who was finally transferred to Australian custody in 2007. While no final decision on the closure of the detention camp has been reached, US President-elect Barack Obama remains committed to closing the facility.
The prospect of closing Guantanamo Bay has raised concerns about where to relocate the released prisoners. US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates recently ordered the Pentagon to draft a proposal for closing the facility in anticipation of a possible presidential order. Germany and Portugal have both stated a willingness to accept Guantanamo detainees in support of the facility’s closure and have urged other countries to do so as well. The Netherlands, on the other hand, has said it will not accept detainees for resettlement and Spain has expressed strong reservations. The United Kingdom has said it will consider transfers on a case-by-case basis. French officials Friday suggested a unified European Union stance on the issue but France has not explicitly expressed a willingness to accept detainees itself. France holds the European Union presidency through December 31.
What a fucked up mess, how many were tortured, how many are innocent..and yet…these people have never been convicted of doing shit. We paid people to rat them out, we held many of them for years before letting them go home….it makes me scream.
The one laptop per child group has a noble endeavor going..but that doesn’t excuse, for me, using John Lennon, decades after his death, to sell ‘us’ on giving to their cause. Crass commercialization has never appealed to me. The group wasn’t even around when John Lennon was alive. Yoko gave her approval to digitally create this John Lennon for the commercial.