Friday, May 07, 2010

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Some guy at Huffpo: "Israel and North Korea: Separated at Birth?"

Posted: 07 May 2010 12:28 PM PDT

How's that?Neither is a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), and both employ their nuclear weapons in elaborate games of peek-a-boo with the international community. Israel and North Korea are equally paranoid about outsiders conspiring to destroy their states, and this paranoia isn't without some justification. Partly as a result of these suspicions, both countries engage in reckless and destabilizing foreign policies.Oh, I see. Well, he missed some obvious parallels: Both are achieving a great powerful prosperous nation with the might of Songun. They're both rallying close around the headquarters of the revolution and holding the leader in high-esteem....

The need for a new narrative

Posted: 07 May 2010 04:27 AM PDT

The New York Times reported On Israel, Jews and Leaders Often Disagree - "On Israel, Jews and Leaders Often Disagree." In short the article is about how the majority of Jews are sophisticated experts about the Middle East, in contrast to leaders of mainstream Jewish organization who are hopelessly pro-Israel. There's a quote that's precious: "You cannot really engage in that conversation," said Phillip Moore, a teacher in this Detroit suburb who has embraced strong opinions on many topics in his life -- on politics, education, even religion -- but avoids the subject of Israel at gatherings of his...

Waxman meltdown

Posted: 07 May 2010 12:51 AM PDT

It didn't make any editorial pages today, but there was a big story yesterday about Obamacare. Funny but it doesn't appear that either the New York Times or Washington Post is much curious about this. Go back three weeks. Rep. Henry Waxman was furious that a number of companies had taken writedowns for additional expenses they expected to be incurred due to healthcare reform. So he set up a hearing with the heads of four of these major corporations. And then. Then Henry Waxman cancelled the meeting. Waxman, a California Democrat and chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee,...

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