Monday, February 02, 2004

Israeli rap group "Subliminal" coming to America?

Word on the street is that the Israeli rap group Subliminal will be playing at a few college campuses this spring. I heard they are hitting Rutgers April 1, and perhaps Harvard and NYU as well. If anyone knows any more information on the locations and dates, post a response.

FYI - Subliminal is an acclaimed rap group from Israel, consisting of rappers Subliminal AKA HaOr [the light] and HaTzel [the shadow]. I have seen them showcased in many publications already, both for their rapping talents and their political message [primarliy dealing with Israel's struggle for peace]. In addition, "Channels of Rage," a documentary following the relationship between Subliminal and Arab rapper Tamer, took first place for best documentary at the 2003 Jerusalem Film Festival.
Try Kazaa for their songs, I highly recommed.

Monday, December 08, 2003

War and Peace

This article on Hamas' desire to continue suicide attackes because the peaceniks in Israel are growing is a direct indication that the more Israelis strive for peace, the more the terrorists strive for war. It is hopeless to reach any peace with that relationship.

Wednesday, November 26, 2003

Proof that in America you can make money off of anything

Got your appetite all worked up for that delicious turkey and stuffing?
Is your mouth salivating yet for the cranberry sauce and gravy?

Well, here's something that will really get your stomach going on Thanksgiving - although probably because you're about to puke it out: Turkey/Gravy flavored Soda

Thursday, November 13, 2003

Coming this Spring on Fox: Yasser Millionaire

Think of the following two "facts" and how they are related to the third fact:

1 ]"A network of Israeli barriers, meant to keep away militants, has crippled the Palestinian economy."

2] "The international community sends about $1 billion a year to the Palestinians. The funds are used for humanitarian projects and help prop up the Palestinian Authority, which would otherwise cease to function."

3] Three billion dollars. That’s what Yasser Arafat may be worth after years of running a criminal enterprise on a scale that would make Al Capone blush.

Sunday, CBS’s 60 Minutes (“Arafat’s Billions”) attempted to unravel the personal finances of Arafat. One secret portfolio Arafat controls has about $1 billion in investments in companies and venture funds across the globe. And where did Arafat get this money given his modest salary? Well, according to 60 Minutes, the “money for the portfolio came from public funds like Palestinian taxes” but “virtually none of it was used for the Palestinian people.” Also, Arafat added to his fortune by diverting money raised from sales taxes on goods purchased by Palestinians into his personal bank accounts. Finally, he got a “hefty kickback” on the revenue made by the General Petroleum Corporation, a notoriously corrupt monopoly that ripped-off ordinary Palestinians by watering down gas and diesel fuel and selling it to them at inflated prices.

Arafat uses this money to maintain control of the Palestinian Authority by financing “a vast patronage system” and so-called “rent-a-rallies” where Palestinians are paid to rally in support of Arafat when needed. He also has spent millions to buy weapons and support terrorists. In fact, according to the BBC (“Palestinian Authority Funds Go To Militants,” 11/7/03), Arafat spends “up to $50,000 a month” to support the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, which still engages in terrorist operations against Israelis. "

So who really "crippled" the Palestinian economy? Furthermore, if Arafat's thievery is known - and it is, even by men in his own government such as Finance Minister Salam Fayyad - why does the world continue to pump money into the PA without first sidelining Arafat? It's as if the world puts it beyond Arafat, a lifelong terrorist, to steal from his people. What is the rationale? He was elected once, almost a decade ago, by a people who had no taste for democracy and without much of a political challenge. Is it beyond Arafat to actually NOT represent his people? The failure of the world to delegitimize Arafat, I believe, is the biggest mystery of modern day international relations.

Thursday, October 30, 2003

A bad ending to a great conference: the record set straight.

Monday, October 20, 2003

Bloom asks "why you?" to YU
Harold 'cant go a minute without bashing everything post-modern' Bloom, product "of a very poor, Yiddish-speaking family in the old east Bronx," has decided to bequeath his literary estate to St. Michael's, a small Catholic university in Vermont. Yeshiva University president Richard Joel personally vented his frustration to yours truly early this summer over what he perceived to be an affront to YU. After all, according to the recent Boston Globe interview with Bloom, Bloom's reasons for choosing St. Michael's include the college's rep for being a place "where the current political-theory garbage is not welcome," and for housing a relatively small library that would benefit from the acquisition, both of which reasons would apply to YU just as well. What makes the affront exponentially worse is that Bloom notes that his decision is also guided by a personal connection with St. Michael's, a former student who USED TO teach there. Yet Harold Bloom is none other than President Joel's uncle!

Accordingly, we must look to Bloom's first reason, which undoubtedly caused him to overlook YU: "I wanted a place that would maintain my library as a kind of humanistic legacy after I go on." The question, accordingly, poses itself: Is YU capable of maintaining a humanistic legacy?

I humbly defer to the folks over at Protocols for a moment's reflection...

(for a lengthy interview with Bloom, check out the Atlantic Monthly's 'Ranting Against Cant' from this summer)

Wednesday, October 15, 2003

And Who Said the Berlin Police Were No Longer Protecting the Jews...?
German Teaches [His] Dog [Named] Adolf to Give Hitler Salute...all this on the day I decided to spend next semester in Deutschland.

Tuesday, October 14, 2003

"Much Ado About Busing"
Egged, Israel's major bus company, has attempted to open a new busline in the ultra-orthodox neighborhood of Beit Shemesh. On this bus, unlike the overwhelming majority of Egged buses, men and women not only sit separately, but they also board the bus through separate doors. Feminist Letty Cottin Pogrebin decries the practice because of the "obvious echoes of blacks sitting in the back."

Even in the ultra-orthodox community, however, the bus is both welcomed and shunned. Widespread protests against the bus have taken place because "Egged would not be able to meet ...[the] strict criteria for modesty." The writer of the report in Ha'aretz, however, indicates that the true reason the new buses are being opposed is that they are competition for private Haredi-operated lines.

The article features some fun perspectives on each side, including one woman who notes the passion of the Haredim:
"It used to be opposition to the Zionists, now it's opposition to Egged."

Check out the article, A bus named `mehadrin' - (http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/347202.html)

The article featuring Letty Cottin Pogrebin appears here: http://www.frum.org/essays/OpenSeason.asp
Arguing for Argument's Sake...ad absurdum
Blogger Nelson aptly linked to the Wieseltier-Halevi debate on TNR online. Aside from the elegant prose, what one ultimately garners from this exchange is that all moderate positions along the Israeli political spectrum have collapsed into a single point of convergence, at least with regards to actual policy. The joke is that TNR actually calls this conversation a debate, and that the participants follow suit, by adopting conventional debating postures (WIeseltier begins his letter, "hold on!" when the question is only which one of them is more of a pessimist). A snippet from Wieseltier's final e-mail says it all. After waxing at length on the need to recognize Palestinian despair, WIeseltier, in almost an aside, changes course.

"If I were you, I would not speak so grimly of the inevitability of territorial withdrawal; I would make territorial withdrawal my fondest fantasy. Under the right conditions, naturally--and those conditions are nowhere to be found right now" (emphasis added).

All that said, I don't mean to trivialize the point of contention (well maybe only a litle), as I'm sure Wieseltier would be quick to remind us that the intentions of today are the practical ramifications of tomorrow...

Monday, October 13, 2003

Wieseltier vs. Halevi on the Israeli-Palestinian Situation: definitely worth the read.

Saturday, October 11, 2003

Gray Davis' Advice for his Successor...

My personal favorite: #3.

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