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November 18, 2013

The streets of Gaza are covered in sewage

Palestinians voted for Hamas in 2006 so now they are being forced to live in sewage. Israel forces Gaza Children to Wade through Sewage as Creepy, Evil Blockade Continues | Informed Comment
Children are risking cholera and worse because they have to walk through raw sewage to get to school. The sewage has flooded the streets in Gaza City because the sewage treatment plant has no electricity. It has no electricity because the Israelis are blockading the strip, including its children (50% of the population). The Israelis are not letting cheap fuel in. Some inexpensive fuel used to come in from Egypt, but the military there has blocked smuggling tunnels leading into the strip from the Sinai Peninsula. The Israeli military has since 2007 punished the whole Palestinian population because the Hamas Party won the 2006 elections. It actually produced figures on how much nutrition could be let in while keeping both children and adults among the Palestinians “on a diet.” US State Department cables revealed by Wikileaks show that the Israelis are deliberately keeping the Palestinians of Gaza just on the verge of a humanitarian catastrophe. As a result, 56 percent of residents are “food insecure.” They aren’t starving but they are just one or two lost paychecks away from starving. This kind of social engineering experiment on human beings (i.e. keeping Palestinians “on a diet”) is unconscionable to anyone in their right mind. It is also illegal in international law to impose collective punishment on an Occupied population. Some 70% of the 1.7 million Palestinians in Gaza are from families expelled from what is now southern Israel by the 1948 ethnic cleansing campaign of Jewish settlers. Many could walk home in an hour or two but they are kept in refugee camps by the Israeli military. They are besieged on three sides by Israel and on one by Egypt, whose officers are cooperating with the Israeli-imposed blockade.

November 12, 2013

Washington Post publishes breathtakingly racist column

Seeing an interracial couple and their biracial kids makes this conventional columnist gag. Richard Cohen on Black-White Marriage - Ta-Nehisi Coates - The Atlantic
Today’s GOP is not racist, as Harry Belafonte alleged about the tea party, but it is deeply troubled—about the expansion of government, about immigration, about secularism, about the mainstreaming of what used to be the avant-garde. People with conventional views must repress a gag reflex when considering the mayor-elect of New York—a white man married to a black woman and with two biracial children. (Should I mention that Bill de Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray, used to be a lesbian?) This family represents the cultural changes that have enveloped parts—but not all—of America. To cultural conservatives, this doesn’t look like their country at all.

November 07, 2013

GUNS & AMMO fires writer for talking about gun control

Even suggesting limitations on gun ownership is grounds for exile from conservative society. 'Guns & Ammo' Editor Apologizes To Outraged Readers For Publishing Pro-Gun Control Column
Jim Bequette, an editor for the popular “Guns & Ammo” magazine, issued an apology Tuesday after outraged readers seized upon a pro-gun control column in its December issue which argued that gun regulations didn't infringe upon the Second Amendment. "The fact is that all Constitutional rights are regulated, always have been, and need to be," said contributing editor and author Dick Metcalf, noting that the rights of Americans to express themselves in speech and assembly also come with some limitations. "I firmly believe that all U.S. citizens have a right to keep and bear arms, but I do not believe that they have a right to use them irresponsibly," he added. Readers threatened to boycott the magazine and cancel their subscriptions until Dick Metcalf was fired. In a lengthy note published on the "Guns & Ammo" website, Bequette apologized and explained he only wanted to spur a "healthy exchange of ideas." "I once again offer my personal apology. I understand what our valued readers want. I understand what you believe in when it comes to gun rights, and I believe the same thing," he said. "I made a mistake by publishing the column. I thought it would generate a healthy exchange of ideas on gun rights. I miscalculated, pure and simple. I was wrong, and I ask your forgiveness." . . .