Sunday, January 30, 2011

The Palestine Papers

Al Jazeera has obtained more than 1,600 internal documents from a decade of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. These have become known as The Palestine Papers.

The Papers document The Palestinian Authority's collaboration with Israel against the interests of Palestinians. Not only is the PA willing to concede almost anything (such as refugee's non-negotiable right of return) but also The PA's partnership with Israel against the Palestinian people and their elected body.

PA's foreknowledge of the Gaza war?

PA, with US encouragement, delayed a UN vote on the Goldstone Report into war crimes committed during Israel's Gaza war.

PA and Israel planned to kill Palestinian fighter in Gaza.

The PA blocked potential prisoner swaps that would have freed thousands of Palestinians

It shouldn't come as any surprise that these US anointed "leaders" have done all they can to appease their masters and remain in positions of power. Can the PA still even pretend to be acting in the interests of Palestine?

Death to collaborators.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Onward Our Christian Soldiers

US Army's "Spiritual Fitness" Test

The test contains questions written predominantly for soldiers who believe in God or another deity, meaning nonbelievers are guaranteed to score poorly and will be forced to participate in exercises that use religious imagery to "train" soldiers up to a satisfactory level of spirituality.

If Sarah Palin Were an Animal Rights Activist, She’d Have Already Been Convicted of “Terrorism”

From Green Is The New Red:

Spokespersons for Sarah Palin and Tea Party groups have bristled at the suggestion that their violent rhetoric may have contributed to the recent shooting in Arizona that left six people dead and Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in critical condition. The topic is, for the most part, being treated with kid gloves in the press, and the “terrorist” label is conspicuously absent from the discussion.

However, animal rights and environmental activists have been labeled as “terrorists,” and sent to prison, for much, much less.

The murder attempt of Gabrielle Giffords needs to be put in a political context: Sarah Palin’s PAC used this map with gun targets on lawmakers, including Giffords; Palin has repeatedly used the rallying cry “Don’t Retreat, Instead – RELOAD!”; Tea Partiers have carried assault rifles to political rallies; and militia members have urged followers to vandalize the offices of politicians (including Giffords), which they have done.

As I have reported here many times previously, none of this is being labeled terrorism by the government. Meanwhile, the animal rights and environmental movements are labeled the “number one domestic terrorism threat.”

To draw an even more specific comparison: the SHAC 7 were convicted of “animal enterprise terrorism” for running a website which posted the names and addresses of individuals tied to the animal testing lab Huntingdon Life Sciences. They were not charged with any act of property destruction, they were charged with “conspiracy” on the grounds that they should be held accountable for the actions of others in the same movement.

To be clear, I am not arguing that Sarah Palin should be accused of terrorism. However, such a stark hypocrisy needs to be addressed.

Simply put:

If Sarah Palin cannot be held responsible for the actions of those who visit her website, neither can animal rights activists.

And if animal rights activists are terrorists for running a website listing “targets,” then Tea Partiers and Sarah Palin, who have gone much further, must be labeled terrorists as well.

Israel Targets Anarchists

Sunday, January 02, 2011

Movie Reviews

Over the past month, I have seen more films than I did in the previous 12 months. Here are the ones I could remember with how I graded them and also how I graded the audience if I saw the film in a theater.


Black Swan: C, D
Like to be creeped out in every way?

True Grit: A, F
Fun. I love the actors, guns, The Coen Brothers, and witty dialogue.

Tron Legacy: B, A
I liked the film so much more than all the bad reviews, it made me like it more.

Star Trek The Motion Picture: n/a
uh, I fell asleep.

The Fighter: C, B
Good acting. Decent film.

Up: D, n/a
As much as people hyped this up, I thought it sucked.

Wrestler: B, n/a
Pro wrestling, strippers, 80's hair metal.

A Single Man: B, n/a
As cliche as it may sound- This film looked stunning.

Where The Wild Things Are: F, n/a
What the fuck!? Totally pointless and it dragged on.

Winter's Bone: A n/a
Hillbillies, meth, brutality. Wow.

Expendables: F, n/a
Even the knife action couldn't give this movie a point. ;)

Kick Ass: B, n/a
It moves from comic book deconstruction to a real super hero movie.

Saturday, January 01, 2011

2010: the end/the best

How could I forget
FIFA World Cup 2010 South Africa
I am much more interested in club football rather than international tournaments but this was the World Cup and so many great games. I followed it all closely and went into work late or took those extra long lunches several times. One of the most exciting games I have ever seen was USA vs Algeria. When Landon Donovan scored that 91st minute goal to advance the USA, I literally shouted and ran around in a circle.

Spain took the title just as they should have.