Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Rudy's Gun Flip Flop, 9/11 Tourettes, and Mike Huckabee's 72 Ducks in Heaven

Argentiana's President Blasts Ahmadinejad over 1993 Bombing in Buenos Aries

Nestor Kirchner had some tough words for the Iranian Dictator and his country's involvement / lack of cooperation concerning the 1994 AMIA Bombing in Buenos Aries killing 85 people.
Argentina's president denounced Iran's lack of cooperation in solving a terrorist attack on a Jewish center.
Nestor Kirchner in his speech Tuesday to the United Nations General Assembly denounced the lack of Iranian cooperation in solving the 1994 terrorist attack on the AMIA Jewish center in Buenos Aires.
“I want to stress here, in the United Nations headquarters, that unluckily and until today, the Islamic Republic of Iran has not collaborated with the Argentine Justice,” Kirchner said.
AMIA President Luis Grynwald and Aldo Donzis, the president of the DAIA Jewish political umbrella group, president, both praised the “braveness and force of the speech.” Sergio Burstein, spokesman for the “Familiares” victims’ relatives group, praised Kirchner as well. Familiares has asked Kirchner to raise the AMIA issue at the United Nations.
From its Buenos Aires headquarters, the Simon Wiesenthal Center lauded Kirchners’ “eloquent” speech and sought cooperation from the international community in the search for justice in the AMIA case.
In November 2006, the Argentine Justice Department demanded that Interpol arrest five Iranians and a Lebanese citizen accused of participating in the AMIA bombing, in which 85 people were killed.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad followed Kirchner to the U.N. podium.

Fred Thompson and the Teyeristises

Hmmm... detainees for quesitoning at Guantanamo and Abu Grahib don't deserve due process, but Osama Bin Laden does? This coming from a person who took money advising the defense of terrorists who blew up a commuter airplane, nevermind the fact that his campaign advisor was one of only two senators to not sign a letter to the president condemning terrorist attacks in Israel. I used to think this guy was the Republican's version of a hyped up Obama, but he is much much less than that.

America Stinks, America Blows, America Is Bad - Do I Sound Unpatriotic?

Steve Benan Writes:
It didn't generate much in the way of media attention this week, but a bunch of religious right groups co-sponsored the first-ever "Values Voter" debate a few days ago for the GOP presidential field. The top four (Giuliani, Romney, McCain, and Thompson) stayed away, but seven other Republican presidential hopefuls cozied up to luminaries such as Phyllis Schlafly, Paul Weyrich, and Don Wildmon.
There were plenty of bizarre questions and answers, but one of the elements of the debate that stood out for me was, oddly enough, the song that got things started. Event organizers invited the Church of God Choir, from Springfield, Ohio, to sing "God Bless America" -- except the lyrics were rewritten. Instead of a song about "the land that I love," and "home sweet home," this version condemns the country, saying we've all turned against God, and that He won't bless us. It was a big hit among the conservative Republicans in the room.
(The lyrics are here.)
I'm trying to imagine the response if, say, Yearly Kos hosted a Democratic presidential candidate forum, which started with a rewritten version of "God Bless America" that disparaged the United States.
It's the kind of thing Fox News would jump all over -- and every Democratic candidate on hand would be asked whether they agreed with the song's lyrical condemnation of the country. Bill O'Reilly would tell us that "God Bless America" is fine the way it is, and it doesn't need to be rewritten by liberals to serve a radical political agenda. Admittedly, it gets tiresome to hear "if this were a Democrat..." but in this case, I think it's appropriate.

Iraq Invasion Was Foregone Conclusion, Regardless of Saddam

Tell us something we didn't already know. Oh, you mean Bush told you so?

Ahmadinejad, Ron Paul & Dennis Kucinich

Yesterday the members of US House of representatives issued condemnations and voted overwhelmingly to officially denounce Irianian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and tighten snactions against him and his government. Holocaust Survivor Congressman Tom Lantos (D-CA) led charge which passed 397-16.
Incidentally, two votes against were Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich.
I've noticed that for several votes taken recently in the house on measures concerning the Middle East, each has passed with very wide margins though two (and sometimes the only 2) dissenting votes were both cast by by 2008 presidential candiates Democrat Dennis Kucinich and Republican Ron Paul.

Darn Immigrants, Always Screwing Things Up


To Catch A Predator - Facebook Style

NY Attorney General Takes on Facebook

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Michael J. Fox Praises Israeli Stem Cell Research

Michael J. Fox Praises Israeli Stem Cell Research
Fox, who is suffering from Parkinson's Disease, noted that his organization funds a lot of research in Israel.
"Disease is a non-partisan issue," Fox said. "We just look to whoever can help. What we are really about is getting people together to talk."

Friday, September 21, 2007

Senate Confrims Jewish Activist to State Department

The U.S. Senate confirmed a prominent Jewish activist as chief of protocol for the State Department.
Nancy Goodman Brinker, a fund-raiser for cancer research and a prominent Republican Jewish activist, assumed her new job on Thursday.
Brinker, who founded the Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation after her sister died of the disease, had previously served as Bush's ambassador to Hungary from 2001-2003. The former Dallas socialite and current Florida resident was easily confirmed by the Senate on Sept. 12.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Rice: Is It a "Peace Process" Or a "Palestinian State Process" Exclusively?

"The president and I are absolutely devoted to working as hard as we can for the advancement of the Palestinian state"
Okay, then.
Food for thought-
Full transcript and video: Remarks With Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas

Total number of times of times Rice mentioned the Palestinian State and achievement thereof: 11

Total number of times Rice mentioned peace and achievement thereof: 0

Coalition forces arrest Iranian Quds Force officer

Coalition forces arrest Iranian Quds Force officer
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Coalition forces arrested an Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps – Quds Force officer in Sulimaniyah today.
Contrary to recent diplomatic initiatives, this individual has been involved in transporting improvised explosive devices and explosively formed penetrators into Iraq. Intelligence reports also indicate he was involved in the infiltration and training of foreign terrorists in Iraq.
The Quds Force is a covert action arm of the Iranian government responsible for aiding lethal attacks against the Iraqi government and Coalition forces.

"Don't Tase Me, Bro!"


This Week:
"We should open the organization's membership to any willing state that meets basic standards of good governance, military readiness, global responsibility -- regardless of location," Giuliani said. "I think we should consider countries such as Australia, Singapore, India, Israel, Japan."
- Rudolph Giuliani; September 19, 2007

Nine Months ago:
"We should be finding ways to upgrade Israel’s relationship with NATO. This could even some day mean membership. NATO’s mission now goes far beyond just Europe. Therefore, it is only natural that NATO seeks to include Israel."
- John Edwards; January 22, 2007

The selectively alert outlets were doing cyber cartwheels this morning over Saint Rudy, yet there was little recognition or memory afforded to Senator Edward's clearer and stronger language nine months ago. I'm just sayin...

RELATED: NSC seeks to place Israel in NATO

Trump: Starving US Americans Can Now Buy Maps Thanks to Miss Teen South Carolina

Remember her from a few weeks ago? Lauren Caitlin Upton (teen usa south carolina) is now officially a high priced model for the Donald Trump agency.

Considering President Bush's constant boasting about his less then perfect grade point average, perhaps the almanac queen has a future in presidential politics.
She could team up with Dan Quayle, they would still be smarter than Bush.

School Board: Yom Kippur Game is On

Kid's Yom Kippur Game will not be rescheduled.
Since when are Jews a "minority" in Florida? Hey Ann Coulter, step up!

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

The Columbia Student Article & Thread

Ahmadinejad to Speak on Campus

Ahmadinejad at Ground Zero: Who Said It?

"It is unacceptable for Iranian President Ahmadinejad, who refuses to renounce and end his own country’s support of terrorism, to visit the site of the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil in our nation’s history."

A) Fred Thompson
B) Ban Ki Moon
C) Dick Cheney
D) Hillary Clinton

Rabbinical Decree: OK To Wear Crocs on Yom Kippur

In case you were worried about wearing Croc for Yom Kippur as it is forbidden to wear leather shoes, Rabbi Yonah Metzger has issued a psak that indeed it is ok and just case you didn't get the memo, the prohibition against "Naalei Sandal" applies to leather only.

Former Chief Rabbi Critically Ill

Former Israeli Chief Rabbi and Rosh Yeshiva of the Mercaz HaRav Yeshiva, Rabbi Avraham Shapira is in critical condition. A mass prayer gathering in his merit took place yesterday at the western wall.
הרב הגאון אברהם אלקנה הכהן בן הענע רייזיל (כהנא שפירא) שליט"א

Blind Psychologist bids to be first Rabbi Elected to Congress

He's blind, he's a psychologist with a Harvard Phd and a busy bio/cv; taught, published and practiced for 30 years; received "private" semicha (rabbinic ordination) a mere 4 years ago and serves as Rabbinical Associate at a reform congregation in Alpine, NJ. Who is democrat Rabbi Dr. Dennis Shulman?

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Update, More Media coverage of candidacy:
The Forward: New Jersey Rabbi Aims for Pulpit on Capitol Hill
Paramus Post: Democrat Dennis Shulman Forms Committee to explore U.S. Congress run
Blue Jersey: New Challenge to Garrett in NJ-5
After growing up in a close-knit Reform community in Worcester, Mass., Shulman said, he arrived at Brandeis University as an undergraduate interested in a career in the rabbinate but switched gears after a crisis of faith prompted by the loss of a girlfriend to leukemia during his freshman year. More than 30 years later, after completing coursework at New York’s Academy for Jewish Religion, Shulman was privately ordained by a panel of rabbis led by Rabbi Jack Bemporad, spiritual leader of Chavurah Beth Shalom in Alpine, N.J. Shulman long attended the synagogue with his wife and his two grown daughters and now serves as its rabbinical associate.
UPDATE: Here's a new article with a full-length interview - Dennis Shulman: Psychologist, Rabbi and Congressional Candidate


Maariv: Bono of U2 fame is a Bonofide member of the Tribe

For the hebrew impaired, according to the Maariv article, (recounting from the Chabad website Col Chabad) the rock star encountered an emissary of Chabad Lubavitch on a Manhattan street who obviously had no clue who he was. According to the account they made small talk, and Bono (born in Ireland as Paul David Hewson) explained that he was 'half Jewish' since his mother is Jewish. According to Jewish tradition, having a Jewish mother makes a person a full fledged Jew according to the Halacha (jewish law). The emissary then gave Bono a picture of the grand rabbi of Lubavitch, helped him don a Yarmulka and Teffilin (prayer philacteries) and proceeded to help the celebrity recite the Shema Yosroel prayer before the larged crowd that gathered to observe. Bono requested if he may keep the yarmulka as he has an upcoming performance in Israel.

According to all available accounts, Bono's Irish mother and father were Protestant and Roman Catholic respectively. There are also no available photographs of the supposed incident.