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Archive for January 7th, 2009

As January 20 grows larger in the window, I’ve been thinking more often about the Bush legacy — specifically about certain aspects of the president’s record that are in danger of being completely obliterated and replaced with myths and wholesale fiction. Some of this effort is of course the purview of Karl Rove and Karen Hughes and their legacy project, while rough drafts of revisionist Bush history are being contributed by certain establishment media hacks — desperate to chisel into the record their take on this outgoing president.

For example. Last week on a special episode of Hardball, my favorite insufferable hack, TIME‘s Mark Halperin, remarked that one of the president’s greatest accomplishments was his response to the September 11 terrorist attacks.

I do think he deserves high marks for his public presentations after a rocky start in the first few hours. […] You can’t be sure of it, but I’m confident that he performed there very well. And other presidents may not have performed as well.

Which other presidents? Lincoln after Fort Sumter? Roosevelt after Pearl Harbor? Kennedy during the Cuban Missile Crisis? At least Halperin interrupted his verbal dry-hump to acknowledge (sort-of) that President Bush sat there in a glazed stupor for nine minutes after being told, literally, that America was under attack.

Like many Bush legacy myth-makers, Halperin has no sense of history. Or he does, but he conveniently ignores it. If he were able to peg this historical event into its proper context, Halperin would realize that the president’s “rocky start” was the first in a series of disastrous performances. The Indonesian tsunami. The Iraq insurgency. Katrina. The economic meltdown. And on and on. Halperin describes those several hours as if the president’s inexcusable behavior was an isolated incident — an aberration — a brief hiccup in an otherwise stellar eight years of lightning fast reflexes and unwavering heroism.

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A Website for Seekers of Truth About Zionism

This site was created to provide historical documentation refuting the misconception that all Jewry supports Zionism (the existence of the so-called “State of Israel”) for website visitors seeking information on the history of Zionism, its historical and current day impact on the Jewish community worldwide and the danger it presents to us all.

For decades renowned Rabbinical leaders and scholars have opposed the creation of a “Jewish State”, supporting their opposition with words of the scriptures and of the Torah, as being diametrically opposed to the ideology of Judaism. We have provided many such quotations for the inquiring website visitor who is seeking such information.

Although there are those who refuse to accept the teachings of our Rabbis and will continue to support the Zionist state, there are also many who are totally unaware of the history of Zionism and its contradiction to the beliefs of Torah-True Jews.

Interview with Rabbi I. Domb

Letters to the United Nations

Prior to the recognition of the so-called “state of Israel” by the United Nations in 1948, Orthodox Rabbis in Jerusalem, the United States, and Canada issued pleas to the U.N. Security Council and the Commission on Palestine opposing the creation of a state in Holy Land and offering compromises and solutions.

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Kucinich: Israel may be using American weapons illegally

RAW STORY
Published: Tuesday January 6, 2009

Responding to media reports that Israel had bombed a UN school serving as a refuge for Palestinian civilians, Congressman Dennis Kucinich is calling for a Congressional report on Israel’s possibly illegal misuse of US weapons.

His letter to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice follows.

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Dear Dr. Rice:

I am writing concerning Israel’s military offensive against Gaza, which began on December 27th. I support Israel’s security and its right to exist in peace, without the fear of rocket attacks from Hamas. Moreover, I abhor the violence being visited upon the citizens of our firm ally. However, no nation is immune from the legal conditions placed on the receipt of U.S. military assistance.

I believe that with the current escalation of violence in Gaza, a legal threshold has been reached, warranting a Presidential examination and report to Congress. I hereby request an examination of Israel’s compliance with the provisions of the Arms Export Control Act of 1976 (AECA).

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Anthony says: “If it gets any colder here, I’m emigrating — to Alaska!

The fountains in Trafalgar Square froze over because of the bitter cold in London

 

The fountains in Trafalgar Square froze over because of the bitter cold in London

The day the sea froze: Temperatures plunge to MINUS 12C and forecasters say it won’t warm up until Sunday

Temperatures plunged so low today that the sea actually began to freeze as Arctic conditions continued to grip the UK.

In the exclusive enclave of Sandbanks in Poole, Dorset, a half-mile stretch along the shoreline reaching about 20 yards out to sea is covered in ice.

The enclosed area and lack of movement caused by light tides would make the sea here more susceptible to this occurring, said Tony Conlan, a forecaster with the MeteoGroup.

The sea freezing is a relatively rare occurrence and the last time the sea in the South froze was in February 1991. It was in 1963 that the seas iced over more widely.

Meanwhile in Cumbria, a total of 34 schools were forced to close because of heavy snow and ice in the county.

In southern England, normally immune to the worst of the cold weather in winter, temperatures fell as low as -12C and the chill will go on for several days according to forecasters.

Benson in Oxfordshire and Chesham in Bucks were both close to -12C and the UK’s coldest areas, with other large parts of the South also recording -9C and -10C.

Snow flurries also moved south from Yorkshire and the Humber, leaving drivers facing another day of wintry chaos.

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