Friday, October 2, 2009

Rio 2016 - Jesus Welcomes You

The new 'party-olympics' will be held in Rio...and Jesus welcomes you!
Why are all the Muslims countries failing, with all their petro-money, to organize a major event?
Istanbul must and have to do something.

Where did we Go?!

The following article of Thomas L. Friedman appeared today in several European newspapers, translated. Here his original piece written for the New York Times. The homicidal rants of the right are indeed scaring.
Where Did ‘We’ Go?

Published: September 29, 2009
I hate to write about this, but I have actually been to this play before and it is really disturbing.

I was in Israel interviewing Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin just before he was assassinated in 1995. We had a beer in his office. He needed one. I remember the ugly mood in Israel then — a mood in which extreme right-wing settlers and politicians were doing all they could to delegitimize Rabin, who was committed to trading land for peace as part of the Oslo accords. They questioned his authority. They accused him of treason. They created pictures depicting him as a Nazi SS officer, and they shouted death threats at rallies. His political opponents winked at it all.

And in so doing they created a poisonous political environment that was interpreted by one right-wing Jewish nationalist as a license to kill Rabin — he must have heard, “God will be on your side” — and so he did.

Others have already remarked on this analogy, but I want to add my voice because the parallels to Israel then and America today turn my stomach: I have no problem with any of the substantive criticism of President Obama from the right or left. But something very dangerous is happening. Criticism from the far right has begun tipping over into delegitimation and creating the same kind of climate here that existed in Israel on the eve of the Rabin assassination.

What kind of madness is it that someone would create a poll on Facebook asking respondents, “Should Obama be killed?” The choices were: “No, Maybe, Yes, and Yes if he cuts my health care.” The Secret Service is now investigating. I hope they put the jerk in jail and throw away the key because this is exactly what was being done to Rabin.

Continue reading here.

Glenn Beck quotes (not so funny)

-“Every night I get down on my knees and pray that Dennis Kucinich will burst into flames.” (2003)
-"I'm thinking about killing Michael Moore, and I'm wondering if I could kill him myself, or if I would need to hire somebody to do it." (2005)
-"When I see a 9/11 victim family on television, or whatever, I'm just like, 'Oh shut up' I'm so sick of them because they're always complaining." (2005)
-“The only Katrina victims we’re seeing on television are the scumbags.” (2005)
-"Barack Obama has a deep seated hatred for white people." (2009)
-“Let me tell you something, there ain’t nothing better than looking at a hot, naked chick.” (2006)

Day Opening - October 2

A helping hand