Archive for the ‘politics’ Category
Anyone know what’s going on in the American right wing blogs right now regarding the protests in Georgia demanding that the pro-Western president to resign? ((Yes, yes… more complicated than that, but play along… )) Remember when they wanted to go to war with Russia to defend our bestest friend and staunchest ally ever Georgia? Has McCain said anything yet?
I’d look myself, but i don’t want to contract the crazy cooties. It’d be interesting to see if they still want to do some breast-beating over Georgia and Russia at this point.1
- Just realized that they’re probably all out having tea parties today. Whoops. [↩]
From the Guardian:
There is no such thing as a political writer when it comes to literature, according to Albanian author and winner of the Man Booker International prize, Ismail Kadare.
“I am of the opinion that I am not a political writer, and, moreover, that as far as true literature is concerned, there actually are no political writers,” Kadare said in an interview with Swiss press on Saturday. “I think that my writing is no more political than ancient Greek theatre. I would have become the writer I am in any political regime.”
The novelist and poet Kadare defected from Enver Hoxha’s Maoist regime in Albania in 1990, seeking asylum in France. The author of novels including The General of the Dead Army, The Palace of Dreams and Albanian Spring, Kadare won the inaugural Man Booker International prize in 2005, prompting a storm of criticism from some anti-communist writers, who took issue with his privileged status under Hoxha. Although some of his works were banned, others, particularly The Great Winter, praised the leader and the country’s split from the Soviets in 1961.
His international success as a writer, Kadare told NZZ, was a double-edged sword. “On the one hand it secured protection for me in relation to the regime, on the other hand I was constantly under observation,” he said. “What excited suspicion was ‘why does the western bourgeoisie hold a writer from a Stalinist country in high esteem?’”
This led to him being admitted to the Communist party in order, he said, to show the world, and Albania, that he was not a “bourgeois”, but a communist. “What should I do? Say no? That would have equaled destruction, a senseless victim. They would at some point have found a reason to condemn me as a French agent,” he said.
I’m not big on professional porn stars, but I already respect her a hell of a lot more than that slimeball David Vitter. Hell, i think that i like her better than the possible Democratic candidate Jim Bernhard, as I’m not a big fan of the Shaw Group or Bernhard’s $100,000 contribution to the Bush campaign n 2004.
Until just now, i was supporting her just as a provocateur, because when a porn star can claim the ethical high ground against a sitting senator, there is something very wrong in Louisiana. No one else dare state, “”I might be a porn star but I haven’t done anything illegal. And I guess the big question is not just why is David Vitter in office, but why is he not in jail?”
Indeed. Why the hell not?
Louisiana is already a joke with Vitter. Let’s run that joke into the ground with someone with a ridiculous profession, yet still has more integrity.
This is the real Bush derangement syndrome. These loons cannot merely argue that Bush is not the worst president in American history. They are compelled to argue that he is good, or more often, great. This piece is one of the most absurd pieces about Bush that I’ve ever read. It’s so brazenly sycophantic that I’ve read it several times, and checked the identity of the author, because it reads as satire.
Read it. Be gobsmacked.
Somehow I missed Juan Cole’s post about Olmert’s boast of how he gave a call to Bush to crush Condi Rice’s UN resolution. YatPundit nudged it back to my attention.
So why would the Bush administration cave so quickly to Israel’s demands?
Because Mossad probably has proof that the Bush administration let 9/11 happen, believing that the casualties would be no worse than the 1993 WTC bombing, and allow them to push through a radical agenda, especially the invasion of Iraq.1
There. I said it. I said it before, and it always seems to be greeted with the sound of chirping crickets. This has been the most corrupt and mendacious administration in American history. At this late date, how is this scenario still inconceivable?
- The big gaping hole in this theory is if Israel has this sword hanging over the head of the Bush administration, The U.S. would have already bombed Iran ten times over by now. [↩]
This attack on Gaza seems more like cheap jab before the whistle is blown. For once, I don’t feel like crying wolf, howling that on a strike on Iran is imminent. Obama will be tested, but that’s too suicidal of a gambit for Israel.
It’s the crazy evangelicals here in the U.S. who are trying to bring about an apocalypse. Whatever problems that I have with the ruthless lack of ethics of the hardliners in Israel in their goals of “security,” they are pragmatic. Even if some renegade Iranians are caught red-handed lobbing rockets, there will be restraint.
“C.I.A. people are not going to start plotting against the president”.
Indeed. That’s a seriously unnerving quote from a former senior C.I.A. official. Exactly what is on the table if they get unhappy?1 Better yet, what would cause them to start plotting the assassination of an American president?
Nope. I don’t think that it’s a meaningless joke. It’s a winking one at best.
- Actually, the answer to that is, “…they are going to withdraw from taking risks, and then the C.I.A. becomes useless to the president…” If a soldier did that, he would be court-martialed at the least. [↩]
It’s probably self-evident to anyone who has checked in on this blog before, but I’m solidly against all current Israeli action in Gaza right now. The insistence that Israel has a right to defend itself keeps getting tossed around, but that’s bullshit. It’s very fucking clear Israel is not defending itself. I don’t want to get bogged down with talk about negotiations, goals of various factions, legality of settlements, ect. Use Occam’s razor. A far greater number of people are dying on the side that is disenfranchised. How hard is that to understand?
On Sunday, I went with Kat and my parents to place $1 bets on horses down at the Fairgrounds in New Orleans. We swung by the Quarter later for coffee and beignets. While they wandered around, i wound up tracking down the source of a some loud chanting of slogans.
A few hundred people marched down Decatur Street to the amphitheater across from Jackson Square. They were waving Palestinian flags and shouting for peace. I was genuinely impressed at first, as that was a hell of a turn-out for that cause in New Orleans. Unfortunately, some fo the signs made me wince in embarrassment. The first, “Zionism is racism,” might be an arguable position, but it looks awful as a slogan on a sign. The second was a picture of the Star of David equating a Nazi swastika… and they lost me. (There was actually a few of those signs too.)) Yes, it’s a logical comparison that Gaza is not any different from the ghettos that the Nazis1 forced the Jews into, but to equate all Jews with Nazis is just plain wrong and, more pragmatically, bad public relations.2
The protesters were not well received. One girl handing out pamphlets had one woman snap, “If you care about that place, go live there!”3 Many of the tourists and street “artists” were giving them the hairy eyeball. Essentially, it’s still easy to suss out that anyone potentially from the Near and Middle East equates potential perpetrator of 9/11 in the average American mind. Even more open-minded people get chafed by anti-Jewish sloganeering, because even though i find the Zionist movement misguided and obviously dangerous, many of my favorite artists and thinkers are Jewish. To hear that every Jew is directly responsible for the atrocities against the Palestinian people is ridiculous and insulting.
However, the nation of Israel is still in the wrong. It’s a high tech country with a highly trained military and an air force, not a few dozen or hundred guerrillas hunkered down in a ghetto. A stunning number in the American media, especially on the Left, insist that Israel has the right to defend itself… yeah… but that’s not what is happening. Don’t any of these fools even consider the ongoing follies of the so-called Bush Doctrine?4
Who came up with the Bush Doctrine? Neoconservatives.
Who are the neoconservatives?
Bah, you know where this is going, but waterboys like David Brooks insist that if one acknowledges that many neocons are hawkish supporters of Israel (and happen to be Jewish,) the one is antisemitic. Questioning the politics of racial identity is a poisonous issue, but that’s why an nation that is to be championed as a democracy, but is based on ethnic and religious identity, is one that not something the United States should automatically support… but of course the U.s. will, because Israel is a cat’s paw to keep the Arab world in check… not because the Jews have been historically persecuted and deserve somewhere to live in peace. Otherwise, the U.S. would have welcomed all Jews after World War 2 here to American shores.
The only issue that should matter in the end is human rights, and that’s the ultimate problem in Gaza now.
(Badger here. Still need to fix the identification of the author of posts.)
- and really everyone since medieval times… [↩]
- I took photos and video that i intend to embed in this post, but the computer is being cranky. [↩]
- A “witty” retort that used to be used against people who protested the Iraq War, and made more nonsensical now. [↩]
- Or better yet… what’s one of the greatest follies in American history? The treatment of the indigenous people who were already inhabiting North America. How is the situation with Israel and the Palestinians all that different with America’s Manifest Destiny and all of the native peoples who were systematically slaughtered to make that happen, except in fast forward? Just because america and Israel were both founded with high ideals does not absolve them from responsibility for all subsequent actions throughout history. [↩]