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Back Again: Updates, Rants and Invitations

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Updates:

I tried to stay away yet I felt a need to keep posting. Not sure why exactly beyond a desire to keep in touch with some of you who I have grown to get attached to. I don’t know about you but there are not of people in my life who I can bounce my ideas off of. Or, to put it another way, not a lot of people who respond in the prompt, critical, and constructive manner you do.

This post is a grab-bag of various emotions, material, information I have read and/or been exposed to since my last post. Yes, there has been lots of great things to check out at my regular reads, but I want to do things a bit differently this time around.

My brother would have been 43 on October 31. Many of you know he passed away in a motorcycle accident in 2006. This time of year is especially difficult for my mom. I wish I was in town for her.

I recently discovered an old post I wrote was cited in a report published by NGO Monitor, “Experts or Ideologues? A Systematic Analysis of Human Rights Watch’s Focus on Israel.” They also have a blog which I added to my blogroll.

I am somewhat familiar with the journal Telos (a quarterly of Politics, Philosophy, Critical Theory, and the Arts) but I was not aware they had a blog, TELOScope which has been added to my blogroll. Here is an article by Fred Siegel that is well worth reading, “Taking Communism from the Communists: The Origins of Modern American Liberalism.”

Alan Johnson of Democratiya has moved on to be an editor of the journal Dissent. Congratulations to Alan. Democratiya book reviews and other material are now archived at the Dissent website.

My homeboy Antonio started a blog. Looks like mostly creative writing at this point. Keep it up, Tony.

And check out this interview with Saad Eskander, director-general of the Iraq National Library and Archives.

Rants:

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[Oreo: Image by Hiroko Masuike for NYT]

I appreciate the work done by the ASPCA, I really do. But I got sick to my stomach when I heard they killed Oreo the pitbull. In case you haven’t been following the story as close as I have:

Oreo, a dog that was nursed back to health after surviving being thrown off the roof of a six-story building, was killed Friday by lethal injection.

A 2-year-old pit bull, Oreo was euthanized in the New York City headquarters of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals after the organization rebuffed last-minute pleas to spare her life. The organization called the dog a danger to the public.

On Friday morning, Oreo received a last meal of “premium quality” kibble and canned dog food. She was then given a sedative, though she appeared “content, alert and panting,” according to an organization spokesman. Oreo was injected in the leg with an overdose of sodium pentobarbital and was pronounced dead shortly after 3 p.m.

The organization has euthanized 107 dogs this year, through October.

Oreo’s case came to public attention in June, when her owner, Fabian Henderson, threw her off the roof of his apartment building at the Red Hook Houses in Brooklyn. Mr. Henderson was convicted of animal cruelty and was scheduled to be sentenced in December.

Oreo broke two legs in the fall. News reports of the incident, accompanied by photos of the brown and white dog with her front legs in casts, triggered a flood of adoption offers and financial donations to help pay for the medical care.

It makes my blood boil reading about people who abuse pitbulls. Any dog really, but pits in particular since I lost mine to old age recently and he was my first dog. People ask me, “when are you going to get another dog?” And honestly, I don’t know. Maybe when my son grows a bit older.

President Obama held a “town hall style” meeting for Chinese students where he discussed U.S. policy and relations between the two countries. The audience was hand-picked by the Chinese communist party. No dissent allowed.

After that experience he probably wishes the audiences for the town hall meetings here at home were organized in the same manner. But in all fairness, at least he called on the Chinese government to accept “universal rights.” Now if he would only make the same demands of the Iranian government.

On the subject of Iran, the Israeli navy intercepted an Iranian boat loaded with arms for Hezbollah. A blatant violation of international agreements, international law, the UN, etc. etc. etc. but nobody in the “international community” cares because the target is Israel.

And on the subject of Israel, the U.S. Congress passed a measure condemning the Goldstone Report. 344 members voted for the resolution, 36 against and 22 voted “present”. Here are the last names of those in the latter two groups:

Nays: Baird • Baldwin • Blumenauer • Boustany • Capps • Carson (IN) • Clarke • Clay • Davis (KY) • Dingell • Doggett • Edwards (MD) • Ellison • Filner • Grijalva • Hinchey • Johnson, E. B. • Kilpatrick • Kucinich • Lee (CA) • Lynch • McCollum • McDermott • McGovern • Miller • George • Moran (VA) • Olver • Pastor (AZ) • Paul • Price (NC) • Rahall • Snyder • Stark • Waters • Watt • Woolsey

Present: Becerra • Cooper • Dahlkemper • DeFazio • Delahunt • Duncan • Eshoo • Farr • Heinrich • Hirono • Honda • Johnson (GA) • Jones • Kaptur • Loebsack • Lofgren, Zoe • Lujàn • Obey • Speier • Tierney • Welch •Wu

Like clockwork, the left-wing lunosphere has gone nuts. For them, yet more evidence that Jews “Zionists” control the government.

Invitations:

The good folks at Center Movement.org have invited me to join their team or at least write a guest post. They describe themselves as an Internet journal and are in process of organizing a grassroots centrist lobby. A bit on the journalistic aspect which aims to:

  • Become the voice of Centrism in the United States
  • Put bold, new, non-ideological public policy ideas before the American people
  • Articulate citizens’ reformist agenda
  • Umpire the debate between left and right and discuss various Centrist alternatives
  • Establish an information hub linking visitors to other Centrist sites and reformist organizations

Roland has a new music blog, Some Lost, Some Found. He asked me to post some tunes and I gladly obliged. While my tastes are certainly not as unique as his, I listen to an eclectic mix of music and hope to add something to the mix. [ADDED: My first post on Stäläg 13’s “In Control”  E.P. is up here]

On the topic of music: Bob, I know you remember these Metalheadz tracks:

Far Away (Doc Scott)

Unofficial Ghost (Doc Scott)

Made up Sound (Source Direct)

The Nocturnal (Peshay)

Signing Off (for now?)

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I don’t have the time, energy, or inclination to keep up with my blog right now. Maybe that will change but who knows?

In the meantime, thanks to everyone who has commented over the past two years and special thanks to the following folks who have encouraged me to develop my thoughts, even when we disagree (if I forgot you, my apologies):

Bob from Brockley

Roland (But, I am a Liberal!) Dodds

Flesh is Grass

Kellie (Airforce Amazons)

David Kelsey (The Kvetcher)

Martin in the Margins

Mod

Noga (The Contentious Centrist)

Poumista

Snoopy (Simply Jews)

Daniel Stark (The Stark Tenet)

Sultan Knish

Take it easy,

The New Centrist

Friday Fall (is on its way) Roundup

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Fall is about to arrive in NYC. The summer is behind us. Some of my friends and neighbors are bummed out because the summer was so rainy. But I actually enjoyed it. Summers are so hot and humid in NYC, it is hard to bear for a native son of California. Plus, I rather like the fall. After living on the West Coast for most of my life, it is nice to see the leaves shift colors from green to orange and gold (which will happen next month), experience the weather getting cool and crisp and feeling that there is change in the air.

While the weather is still warm I am going to get out and enjoy the day. So take a look at these posts by some of my regular reads:

Airforce Amazons on Afghanistan (and some other countries) and Iran, Israel, Palestine

Bob from Brockley discusses Terror and British Islam

Contentious Centrist opines on Human Rights Watch’s Marc Garlasco

Flesh is Grass on Lubna Hussein

Long War Journal: “Senior al Qaeda leader killed in Somalia

Martin in the Margins continues with a second post on anarchism.

Mod on the stupidity of the anti-Israel boycott

Simply Jews clowns Jimmuh Carter

The Stark Tenet on the Tea Party protests and protests in general

Michael Totten: “The Warlord in His Castle”

Friday Roundup

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Many of my blogger pals who were out of town or otherwise occupied have returned so this roundup is a bit longer than the past two.

If you haven’t checked out this month’s Commentary, have a look. There is a symposium on “Why are Jews Liberals” which makes me want to read Norman Podhoretz’ new book of the same name and a review of Michael Burleigh’s Blood & Rage: A Cultural History of Terrorism which sounds very interesting as well.

Airforce Amazons: Anti-Semitism on Shop Street

Bob from Brockley on Class Politics Versus Identity Politics

But, I am a Liberal! Realism Still A Bad Idea Pt. I

Contentious Centrist: The Essence of Evil II: Rape as

Elder of Ziyon: UNRWA defends not teaching Holocaust to PalArabs

Flesh is Grass provides a roundup on Iran

Long War Journal’s Bill Roggio on the Taliban’s killing of Afghanistan’s intelligence chief and two hijacked fuel trucks hit by a NATO airstrike

The Middle (Jewlicious): Uri Avnery Gets Lernered

Mod on Hamas

Poumista posts some Poumist Ephemera

Small Wars Journal: Major Jeremy Kotkin asks “Is the War in Afghanistan in the Interests of the U.S. and its Allies?”

Sultan Knish: The Real Root Cause of Terrorism and Is Islamic Terrorism Reactive or Proactive?

Michael Totten: Qadaffi Can Celebrate his Filthy Regime Without Us

Sunday Links

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You may have noticed things have been rather slow around here lately. No excuses on my part. I’ve just been enjoying the end of the summer with my wife and son. Too bad the beaches are closed this weekend due to Hurricane Bill. But it gives me an opportunity to send out some CVs and do some reading.

Airforce Amazons: “Yale Surrenders

Contentions: “The Problem is Qaddafi Not Megrahi

Engage covers the Blood Libel in Sweden

Adam Holland on those loony Paulistas

Long War Journal: “Senior al Qaeda Leader Leaves Pakistan, Directs Iraq Operations from Syria

Modernity Blog on Gilad Atzmon (see above)

Small Wars Journal on Social Media and Critical Thinking

John Bolton in Standpoint on “The Post-American Presidency

Tablet has a piece by James Kirchick on Robert Novak, Judaism and Israel

Tuesday Roundup

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My brother-in-law is in town so I have not been devoting as much time to blogging as usual. But I have managed to keep up with what these folks are writing about:

But, I am a Liberal! On the Release of Laura Ling and Euna Lee

Elder of Ziyon: Baitullah Meahsud-Zionist?

Engage: A post by Marko Attila Hoare on Anti-Imperialism, Class Warfare, etc.

Flesh is Grass: Honduras–Between Democracy and Equality is Populism

Simply Jews: Lenin, Still Dangerous

Sultan Knish: Why Islamic Law is the Antithesis of Equal Justice

Friday Housekeeping and Some Egberto Gismonti

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For some reason I never categorize my posts when I publish them. I always do it later. Sometimes much later. This morning I noticed the last post I categorized was way back in February. So I went through and tagged all the posts up till today. Feel free to hit the tags in the tag cloud on the left side of my blog.

On to what you have really been waiting for, my weekly roundup of the good stuff:

Airforce Amazons: A nice roundup of posts on Iran

Bob from Brockley: Mehdi Hasan Continued

Contentious Centrist: The Essence of Evil II and A Fireman Can’t Let People Burn

Elder of Ziyon: IDF Report of Operation Cast Lead

Engage: Does Israel “Cause” Anti-Semitism

Flesh is Grass: “A Reactionary View of the Part Played by Women in Politics”

Iranian Freedom: My Congressman on the Iranian Uprising

Long War Journal: Islamist Violence Grips Northern Nigeria and Nigerian Taliban leader Killed in Custody

Modernity Blog: Torries Sucking Up to Jew Haters

Poumista: On this day: 31 July 1937 – NKVD Operative Order 00447

Simply Jews: The blood chilling affinity or songs that change color

Small Wars Journal: This Week at War, Life After the Insurgency

The Stark Tenet: Interventionism Dead?

Sultan Knish: Israel’s Obama Problem

ZWord Blog: “No”: The Real Obstacle to Peace in the Middle East