Israel 's Aparthied
Back when I was a teenager, a group of musicians led by Little Steven (Van Zandt, now just Steve VanZandt, of The Sopranos fame) gathered together to protest the policies of South Africa. At that time, as Nelson Mandela languished in prison, South Africa had a policy of apartheid, a separation of the black population from the white population. The song they released "(I Ain't Gonna Play) Sun City" featured many prominent artists of the time, committed activists such as Bruce Springsteen and Joey Ramone. At the time there was a cultural boycott of South Africa as well as Sun City, a Vegas-type entertainment capital where artists would play for large amounts of cash.
A lot of these people felt to play Sun City would be akin to supporting the racist separatist politics of South Africa, something these artists, all predominantly left wing, knew was wrong.
Now on the other hand, Israel employs the same tactics that South Africa used. They have built a wall surrounding "their" country that sometimes runs through Palestinian olive groves, which have been there for hundreds of years. (Although Zionist propaganda would have you believe there have been no Palestines tending them, as they don't exist) There is to be no marriages between Israelis and Palestines, because Palestinians are people who never existed. So if you look at an old map of something called Palestine and see cities, well those were really ghost towns. And no-one has lived in Jerusalem for 2000 years.
But what you don't hear from a lot of people on the left is a sense of outrage at Israel's apartheid policy.
The Rapture Is A Farce
Does Jesus come with an expiration date?
You would think that the Christian right would be upset by the events unfolding now in the Middle east. Jesus won't return until peace is acheived in that region, and recent events have pushed peace a long, long, long way away. You would think that the fundies would be doing everything in their power to work for peace, since they're so eager for the rapture, but instead they continue their unabated support of the Bush regime as it ensures the region stays unstable for a couple more generations. Perhaps they don't wished to be judged and found wanting.
My question is: After the rapture, will the acceptance of Jesus Christ as a personal savior no longer be considered a ticket to Heaven anymore? Because I'll bet you, a lot of sinners will change their ways when they've found they've been left behind. I'm sure that life will still continue on beyond the rapture, just look at all the Chinese who won't be lifted to Heaven. Will it be too late for them to convert?
Or is the rapture just a con? A farce perpetrated by two different passages in a book of the New Testament that should have been left out in the first place?
Al Franken Is A Big Fat Zionist Shill
Reading Al Franken's best seller, Lies And The Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair And Balanced Look At The Right, I came across a passage unsettling. Franken describes his trip to Afghanistan to entertain soldiers fighting there, and how he had to clear his material with the military. He had proposed a routine he worked out with cheerleaders in the group where they would come out wearing burqas and then throw them off to reveal skimpy cheerleading outfits as an example of how the US is improving the life for women in Afghanistan. (No More Burqas!) the military 86'd the idea, deeming it too insensitive to the beliefs of the indigeonous personnel of the host country. He pleaded and wheedled, but no go. The military lacked a sense of humor.
Or is it Mr. Franken who's not funny. I'll admit, I bought the book, but never found Franken to be anything more than mildly amusing at best. I got rid of it because as an information source, it was futile.
besides the above described incident illustrating Mr. Franken's lack of sensitivity towards other people's religious beliefs, there was another chapter devoted to enrolling one of his interns (the people that did all his research for him, for free) at either Bob Jones or Liberty College, some southern fried Bible thumping place with rules against mixed dating, or something he was looking to challenge. I forget what it was, but once again, insensitivity to another person's religion (unlike myself, who's insensitive to everyone's religion but my own, fortune cookieology)
But waht makes him a Zionist shill is a joke he repeats that is designed to discredit the 9/11 truth movement. He mentions the story of how all Jews were warned to stay off planes on 9/11. "I'm a Jew", he states, "I never got the call". This bit of disinformation is based on the actual story that Odigo, an Israel owned instant messaging company located in Manhattan sent a message out at 7:00am on 9/11 telling employees not to report to work that day.
Then this weekend, he stated at DemocracyFest (thanks Dusty!):"Israel was provoked". Let me see, they killed a family of ten on the beach a Gaza, lied about it, denied it, never apologized for it, assassinated the Hamas chief of police in Gaza, arrested Hamas officials,buzzed the Syrian president's country home with fighetr jets(this was in June, before Hizbollah captured two IDF soldiers), and crossed the border into Lebanon before the two soldier were captured that started this whole mess in the first place. Sounds like some provocation was going on, but it was on the part of Israel itself. I guess being a lying liar is okay, as long as you're a liberal.