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 roadJon Stewart talks marriage at University of Vermont: “I can understand being against gay marriage — if they decided to make it mandatory. This isn’t a cultural divide: They’re wrong.”

Douglas2   roadProtestors shadow Vermont Governor Jim Douglas in wake of same-sex marriage veto remarks: "Roughly 200 protesters greeted the governor and his wife when they showed up at Green Mountain College for a maple sugaring event Saturday. The crowd watched quietly, sang or chanted while Douglas used a hand-cranked drill to tap a tree in an arboretum decorated with rainbow ribbons."

 roadMadonna determined to adopt again in Malawi...

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 roadNew York Post says it has seen a video of Vice President Joe Biden's daughter doing cocaine: "The video, which the shooter initially hoped to sell for $2 million before scaling back his price to $400,000, shows a 20-something woman with light skin and long brown hair taking a red straw from her mouth, bending over a desk, inserting the straw into her nostril and snorting lines of white powder."

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 roadGay rights groups want the Royal Family to give the okay for a hypothetical same-sex couple in the Monarchy to be able to engage in a civil partnership: "[Ben Summerskill, chief executive of gay rights group Stonewall] said: ‘I have little doubt that in 21st and 22nd Century Britain the public will judge the quality of their monarch by much more than their sexual orientation.’ He said the subject could be debated openly now because, as far as he was aware, there are no gays in the Royal Family."

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 roadCampaign against homophobic bullying to be launched in Wales: "The new bilingual version of 'The School Report' will be distributed to all secondary schools in Wales. It found 65% of pupils had experienced bullying because of their sexuality. The launch takes place at the Stonewall Cymru annual event in Llandudno. The education minister Jane Hutt said the assembly government was working to develop guidance on anti-gay bullying. 'The Welsh Assembly Government fully supports the launch of 'The School Report' which highlights the vital role schools can play in preventing and responding to homophobic bullying, both within their boundaries but also in the wider community'"


 roadObamas to pay for White House renovations out of their own pockets: "They 'are not using public funds or accepting donations of goods for redecorating their private quarters,' says Camille Johnston, director of communications for the First Lady. Nor is the couple, who reported $4.2 million in household income in 2007 tax returns, using money from the White House Historical Association, a privately funded foundation that paid for a $74,000 set of china shortly before Laura Bush left town."

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  1. well yeah, TANK. of course, i would be much more sympathetic, were i to buy into the scattered-tribes-of israel b.s. propagated in the old testament and set free on the world like a pandora's box of toxic fumes of guilt.

    i am not a holocaust denier. i have nothing against jews in the near present tense. they have suffered more in the past century than perhaps any ethnic group. but, the native-americans were all but annihilated, the blacks were ripped from their continent, and the mexicans had the rug swept out from under them in the last and previous centuries, too. that does not excuse a waning imperial europe, aided and abetted, by the usa of the mistake of summarily plunking down a new "state" in the midst of existing populations.

    look at the face of the euro-jews in israel and compare that to the face of the palestinians. which doesn't belong there? to extend that idea, why not rip everything from california to texas and give it back to mexico? in fact, why not take the europeans out of the americas and return the whole of the continent to the peoples who have lived here for thousands of years. we arm the israelis to the teeth and they attack surrounding states with impunity. might makes right?

    the establishment of a jewish state in that region was a huge mistake. little wonder that the middle east will continue to be an agitated hornet's nest. little wonder that they hate us so much that they would even consider crashing planes into buildings.

    btw, i do read a history book, now and again, but never an 'istory book. and i'll be damned if i ever start taking seriously a person who argues on behalf of an 'istoric precedent. the "h" is not silent, dammit! when you go out of town, do you stay at an 'otel?

    Posted by: nic | Mar 31, 2009 7:58:57 AM


  2. @Tank
    ...your view of history is only slightly less partisan than that of North Korea.

    Posted by: Nonplussed | Mar 31, 2009 8:02:50 AM


  3. hmmmmmm

    you know, over at DKOS they generally deal with I/P threads by posting kitty cat pics and or post recipes.

    I/P threads generally lead to fights between people who on many other issues are very similar.

    hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

    Nic

    Yeah, there is a lot of religious myth tied up in the nation building of modern Israel.

    But

    The secularists built Israel, not the religious. One could argue the secularists did the work while the religious sat back. The religious moved in after the fact and like leaches they suck off of the hard work of secularist Jews (religious do this everywhere/ always whether Jew, muslim, xtian)

    You must remember, at the time the Jewish people were realling from the devestation of the Holocaust (my own Jewish branch of the family tree had fled germany WW1 pre holocaust and bred with gentiles making non jew though with jewish genes in the family tree = me) the need for safe ground was huge and regrettably the 1 place that was the safest place for Jews ever in history = america was turning back Jews at the broders. If America had instead opened its borders then modern Israel might never had been born because there wouldn't have been a need for it.

    Yeah, putting democracy in an area that is more used to foreign empires rulling from afar wasn't brilliant = Egypt ruled it once, Babylon, alexander the great's short lived empire ruled it, with the split Egypt again under Greek Ptolemy dynasty, the Romans = who ended up sacking Jerusalem and scattering the Jews from out of judea to all corners of the Roman world = diaspora = mostly because rome wanted to solidify its control over the trade routes that went through the area linking europe with africa and the west with asia minor and even asia itself (silk and spices) , pythians, crusading crazy xtian europe, the ottomans, colonial britan

    Hell, foreign empires have controlled the area from afar longer than Jews and palestinians combined have ever controlled the area. democracy in such an area? Not brilliant, but oh well it was done and can't be undone

    One could make a strong argument that America is more in line with the zionist ideal of a safe haven for Jews where Jews can not only find refuge but also prosper. Many Jews today leave Israel for America due to feeling safer in America than they ever do in Israel and due to more opportunities to improve one's lot.

    BUT

    What is done is done. Israel is there and it can't be undone nor should it be even if it could.

    Though I personally don't believe in any borders / separate nations anywhere on earth.

    I personally would prefer no separate nation states what so ever.

    1 world, 1 people, 1 government

    But reality is that Israel is there and the situation is very complicated.

    Most likely this whole thing is mute since Palestinians breed much more quickly than Israelis. The reasons are many. The biggest being education level and religious. The more educated a populace the less they reproduce children. religion in that the majority in Israel are thankfully secular where as palestinians are religious and islam like orthedox Judaism and fundie xtianity does not support birth control. Orthedox Jews are such a small (too vocal) group that even with not using birth control they can never match their religious counterparts amongst arabs in popping out huge numbers of babies

    Israel is also suffering from a vast brain drain and youth drain in Israel. Up to the early 90's Israel saw more people emigrating to israel than leaving. The reverse has occured with more leaving Israel than emigrate. 1- tired of the violence in the region 2- more economic and education opportunities in Europe and america

    This will eventually all add up to Israel drowning under a flood of arab peoples who are less educated and far too religious let alone a different religion.

    I think it is inevitable that a few more decades from now that Israel will give up with the majority leaving for america and the area being controlled by some foreign non Jewish gov as it has more times in history than not.

    I would prefer that before such occurred that the world would unite in 1 world gov with no separate nation states anywhere, but it is more likely rainbows and unicorns will shoot out of my ass first.

    I would prefer a more left leaning gov in Israel because lefties tend to try to find workable solutions to complicated problems
    as vs righties who like to just shoot shit up. Almost got it with the last election but netenyahooooooooooooooooooo nutty bug will be in charge though thankfully he is going to be ham strung by having to make a ton of compromises with the mods and lefties to form a coalition gov.

    Anyway; Israel is there, the issues are very complicated with guilty and innocent on all sides, and I/P subjects generally turn reasonable people who agree on many things into people yelling at each other.

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Mar 31, 2009 11:29:59 AM


  4. Well said Tank.

    Posted by: Myackie | Mar 31, 2009 11:35:11 AM


  5. JIMMYBOYO,

    this is why i love you. you have a different slant on things. you don't need to be pedantic and verbose. you are not telling me anything i don't know.

    still, aren't you begging the question? in logical fallacy, that means that unless all parties agree to a premise, nothing can ever be agreed. you want to hang on to the old testament idea of the forced diaspora? fine. but i will have none of it. i accept that isreal is there like a pus-filled sore ready to be lanced, but i don't have to like it.

    the old testament is to reason as rush limbaugh is to introspection.

    Posted by: nic | Mar 31, 2009 12:38:54 PM


  6. Nic

    On the ot diaspora = no. On roman records of what the romans openly admit to doing in the area= yes.

    The romans openly admited to sacking jerusalem , killing enslaving and scattering many jews in the area so the romans could solidify an iron grip on the trade routes that went through the area.

    Trade routes that were the life's blood of the empire especially with the empire's graineries filled with the surplus of annually refreshed with rich black silt along the nile delta grain fields in egypt. Egypt was the bread basket of the empire

    The bread of the empire was ever in danger of nubians and kushites moving up into egypt from the south while the trade routes through Judea were ever in danger of Pythia in the west taking them and thus starving the empire.

    The roman final solution was the wrong way of solidifying their control over being able to get to and staff egypt barracks quickly while also preventing pythia from stopping grain shipments over land (by sea was dangerous and the amounts were always smaller than what could be transported over land)but it is what they did and openly admitted to. It happened. no need to read ot stuff about it. Roman records are quite detailed about why, when, and how the diaspora came about

    "a pus-filled sore ready to be lanced"

    No no no

    I would say ALL borders and separate nation states are pus filled sores on the earth and seperate a united humanity. no single nation state is such. All are. but my wishes for a united gov, humanity, earth are day dreams of a poet and like I said it is more likely unicorns and rainbows will fly out of my ass first.

    At the time there was a need for a Jewish home land because america f'd up in closing off its borders to refugee Jews from europe.

    as a pragmatist I said and say that i don't think Israel will survive in the long run because logically the numbers are against her. the numbers at how quickly less educated and more religious arabs are outbreeding jews in the area.

    heck the Israeli arabs and Israeli xtians are outbreeding the Jews of Israel.

    Logically i think decades from now the majority of Jews in Israel will flee the area to america which has generally been the safestt homeland throughout history for Jews and no amount of millitary might will prevent it. History is full of militarily superior nations disappearing under the weight of so-called barbarian breeding numbers.

    Israel at the time was needed and it was a good idea with many improvements of socialism coming directly from the kibbutz movment. The kibbutz movment which allowed many experiments to refine socialism.

    But in the end the breeding numbers of non Jews in the area are just against Israel no matter how many weapons she might have or get, and america's intrest in the area will wane as we move away from oil and only religous xtians caring because they want armegedon and jesus returning thus they need Jews in Israel for their armegedon death wish.

    The land flowing with milk and honey for Jews would appear to me to be america where jews have found the greatest safety and best economic, educational, and social opportunities then they ever had anywhere. Heck that pretty much goes for all groups of people in america.

    Anyway; I/P issues are very complex and not easily solved.

    In no way would I compare Israel, though right leaning, to arab nations in the region.

    whatever

    Away with religions, away with borders, away with all separate nation states. If we ever want to move off into space with colonies then we need to get our shit together and unite here on earth. I dread the idea of seperate nation colonies in the future warring against each other on the face of mars etc due to foolish seperatness down here on earth.

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Mar 31, 2009 1:23:14 PM


  7. "well yeah, TANK. of course, i would be much more sympathetic, were i to buy into the scattered-tribes-of israel b.s. propagated in the old testament and set free on the world like a pandora's box of toxic fumes of guilt."

    So are you denying that Jews inhabited the region first? (I don't use that as a justification for displacement, just that displacement is simply not that cut and dry). This your contention? If so, proof...for this historical...hocus pocus.

    "i am not a holocaust denier."

    Well, that's good...where the fuck did that come from? If you were, we'd never speak again, and I'd hope you would die miserably from cancer.

    "i have nothing against jews in the near present tense. they have suffered more in the past century than perhaps any ethnic group. but, the native-americans were all but annihilated, the blacks were ripped from their continent, and the mexicans had the rug swept out from under them in the
    last and previous centuries, too."

    Right, and now I suppose we'll play the who's a bigger historically oppressed minority game that those who propound these arguments enjoy doing. A crude game that they think they can win...and that will somehow make their points have more legitimacy. Well, get out the tape measure, because Jews have literally been oppressed for THOUSANDS (not just a century or three) but THOUSANDS of years. The holocaust wasn't the first genocide...

    "that does not excuse a waning imperial europe, aided and abetted, by the usa of the mistake of summarily plunking down a new "state" in the midst of existing populations."

    No, you're right, it doesn't. What does is the energy monopoly in the region, and the fact that the people who run it--or the people who would run it otherwise-- are very unstable, often religious lunatics.

    Further, if you recall, what does settle the dispute is world war I and II. This started during world war I, and it wasn't a mere imperialist incursion into the region, but the failure of the ottoman empire; unless you suggest that they sould have won... I know a few armenians who'd spit on you for that. Ha ha

    "look at the face of the euro-jews in israel and compare that to the face of the palestinians. which doesn't belong there?"

    The euro jews? Have you ever seen a sephardic jew? THis is disgusting. Based on that little metric, get the FUCK OUT OF MY COUNTRY, NIC! Look around. It's mostly white and has been historically. GET THE FUCK OUT, MEXICAN! That's basically what you're saying.

    "to extend that idea, why not rip everything from california to texas and give it back to mexico?"

    Wow, your ignorance knows no bounds. Because mexico lost a war, right? LOL! That territory was in western hands when the ottoman empire disbanded ,to do with as the west wanted.

    "in fact, why not take the europeans out of the americas and return the whole of the continent to the peoples who have lived here for thousands of years."

    Why would we do that? Further, jews did live in the region for thousands of years...

    "we arm the israelis to the teeth and they attack surrounding states with impunity. might makes right?"

    And they damn well need to be armed surrounded by hostile states that want to invade them and kill every last israeli.

    "the establishment of a jewish state in that region was a huge mistake."

    So was allowing any mexican into the united states. Carlos Mencia is their biggest cultural contribution! (this is how you sound like to me). No, it's only mistake if you've already made up your mind that the only people who belong in the region are Islamic extremists. I think it's been quite beneficial, actually to have israel there, and westernize and develop large parts of the land, and build a flourishing economy.

    "little wonder that the middle east will continue to be an agitated hornet's nest."

    That assumes that it wouldn't be anyway. That assumes that the united states didn't inflict itself upon Iran, and that anti american sentiments wouldn't be as high as they are right now without israel...oh they'd be there, rube. They'd be there. You haven't the slightest idea of what you're talking about.

    "little wonder that they hate us so much that they would even consider crashing planes into buildings."

    We deserved it! Right? Fuck you, nic.

    "btw, i do read a history book, now and again, but never an 'istory book. and i'll be damned if i ever start taking seriously a person who argues on behalf of an 'istoric precedent. the "h" is not silent, dammit! when you go out of town, do you stay at an 'otel?"

    OH fuck you you antisemitic sack of shit. I suggest you read a history book, you illiterate, radical pig.

    Posted by: TANK | Mar 31, 2009 2:17:31 PM


  8. TANK,

    illiterate? me?

    you're funny.

    Posted by: nic | Mar 31, 2009 3:49:58 PM


  9. Is that the best ya got, nic? Well I'll do you one better. At the end of the Clinton presidency, Arafat walked away from the negotiating table at the camp david peace accords in 2000, pissing away one of the best solutions to ending bloodshed in the region (Bill Clinton said so himself). The violence that ensued could have been avoided, and the families of the fallen have him to blame for their loss on both sides. Why? Arafat then called for a dramatic surge in suicide bombings by palestinians; particularly young girls who should sacrifice themselves for Islam.

    Misunderstood, beleagured freedom fighters huh, Nic? Once again, fuck you. Terrorists. You and your kind don't give a fuck about people's lives, and feel obliged to call everyone who disagrees with you unjust, a bigot, or worse. You have no credibility.

    And I said nothing about your functional literacy. I assume it's intact.

    Posted by: TANK | Mar 31, 2009 5:03:04 PM


  10. All this talk is cheap. Because if any openly gay man in the U.S. HAD to be sent to a Middle East country for a year right now, you know damn well he'd choose Israel (unless he's suicidal).

    Posted by: JT | Mar 31, 2009 5:30:04 PM


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