27 January 2015

On the murder of Alberto Nisman: no shame at all, Dr Margalit?

I assume that by now all readers of this blog know the tragic story of Alberto Nisman, the Argentinian prosecutor that did his best to unravel the web of lies and corruption behind the bombing of Jewish community center in Buenos Aires and the coverup of Iranian involvement by the government of Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner. If you need a refresher, here is a timeline of the events.

I don't think that by now anyone still doubts that Alberto Nisman was murdered, only a day - nay, even less than a day - before presenting his findings about Kirchner's involvement to the Argentine congress. It is quite difficult to see how anyone -  aside of people close to Ms Kirchner and/or Iranian intelligence services - was involved in the murder. Of course, the reality sometimes is stranger than anything a thriller writer could concoct, and nothing is impossible. However, one Dr. Meir Margalit*, with helpful assistance of Haaretz, succeeded to boldly step... nah, boldly jump into a cesspool of a conspiracy theory to beat any existing one so far. Happily spreading the contents of the cesspool over anyone not careful enough to keep his/her distance. Here it comes, the headline of his piece:

Argentina’s Jews are serving the far right’s silent revolution

I shall try to condense the revolting article to a few bullet points for your convenience (but by all means, read it all if your stomach could bear):
  1. Dark forces from the past are returning, keen to reap vengeance on the Kirchner family.
  2. The murder of Alberto Nisman is a well-timed right-wing conspiracy, in cahoots with former police and army officials, to overthrow the government.
  3. True, the affair revolves around the 1994 terror attack on the AMIA Jewish community center in Buenos Aires — and the 85 victims who were buried underneath. BUT:
  4. In the 1970s, the number of Jews murdered by the junta by Israeli-made arms was several times greater than the number of Jews later murdered by Tehran’s minions in Buenos Aires.
  5. The Jewish community doesn’t notice that the far right is latching onto the legitimate protest and building the revolution's foundations based on its criticism.
  6. Nisman was infected by the obsession with Iran that infected the entire community.
  7. Nisman was nourished by materials that Israel gave him [here the Zionists surfaced eventually!], and was used by the right wing.
  8. Israel probably isn’t directly involved in the affair, but is an extremely(sic!) powerful player making things complicated for two major reasons: first, because this is a chance to strike at Iran; second, because Israel has a score to settle with Latin America’s “left-wing” governments that embrace the Palestinians and vote against Israel at the United Nations.
In short: forget Nisman's murder, forget Kirchner's corruption (in cahoots with Iran), forget even the 85 victims (Argentine junta killed more people, after all). Essentially: forget the truth and mind the right wing cum Zionist conspiracy to depose the progressive regime in the free and democratic Argentine!

Mind-boggling, isn't it? And I can make the above even shorter:

Dr Margalit: you are a scumbag of the first order, and I am ashamed of the fact that your feet tread the same ground I do.

(*) Dr. Meir Margalit - a freaking beacon of progressiveness.

Our Weasel Of The Week Nominees!!


It's time once again for the Watcher's Council's 'Weasel Of The Week' nominations, where we pick our choices to compete for the award of  the famed Golden Weasel to a public figure  who particularly deserves to be slimed and mocked for his or her dastardly deeds during the week. Every Tuesday morning, tune in for the Weasel of the Week nominations!

Forum: Will You Watch The Super Bowl? Why Or Why Not?

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26 January 2015

Islamic State group nearly out of Kobani

Good news for a change.

Back under the stone you crawled out from under, vermin.
And I hope you will be found even there and squashed.

כשהיא אומרת "לא", היא מתכוונת ל"לא!!!!"

אתמול התפרסמה עוד ידיעה על קצין בכיר במשטרה שנחשד בהטרדה מינית.
היום כבר מפרסמים פרטים נוספים  המעידים על התנהגות נפשעת ממש.
לפני 15 שנה היה זה הקצין המהולל איציק מרדכי שהורשע בעבירות חמורות של הטרדה מינית.
החוק למניעת הטרדה מינית יצא ב-1998. אפשר להבין ששנתיים לא הספיקו לאיציק מרדכי להפנים את מהות החוק, מה גם שחלק מהעבירות בוצעו כשעוד לא היה חוק נגד הטרדה מינית, כשהנורמה היתה שלקצין בכיר יש זכויות יתר, גם על גופן של החיילות הכפופות לו.
אבל קצין משטרה בכיר בימינו? כשבכל מקום עבודה תלוי במקום בולט מסמך המגדיר את מה אסור ומה מותר ביחסי מנהל - כפיפים ומה מותר ומה אסור ביחסי עמיתים?
אחרי שאפילו הנשיא קצב נדון למאסר בגין הטרדה מינית?
מה חושב לו גבר מבוגר, שמטריד בנות שיכולות להיות בגיל של ילדיו?
מאיפה הוא לוקח את החוצפה ועזות המצח הזו?
הלוואי וידונו אותו למאסר מקסימלי שמותר על פי החוק!

Safety notice on cell phones

Because of some news:

Israeli intelligence was reportedly able to track down the location of Iranian General Mohammed Ali Allah Dadi, who was killed in a strike attributed to Israel last week in Syria, via his cellphone, Lebanon's The Daily Star quoted Lebanese newspaper Al Joumhouria as saying on Sunday.
Now, you may laugh at me, but I'm real sensitive to the problem of safety where all these new-fangled electronic gizmos are concerned.

I have perused the FDA site re this issue. While there is a mention of possible damage: "Two areas of the body, the eyes and the testes, are particularly vulnerable...", somehow it didn't match the picture of catastrophic failure of all the organs in the body. Like it happened to the general in question and his entourage.

So my advice to you all: switch off your cellphones when going out. Remember - it is just humans that write the software that guides these damn drones and launch these damn missiles, and you never know. FDA should add this to their site too.

It is your health, after all.

25 January 2015

Charlie Hebdo murders and three paragons of hypocrisy

Hypocrisy is the claim or pretense of holding beliefs, feelings, standards, qualities, opinions, behaviors, virtues, motivations, or other characteristics that one does not actually hold. It is the practice of engaging in the same behavior or activity for which one criticizes another.
One of the side effects of the recent Paris events was showing the gap (or a chasm by now) between the supporters of freedom and what Salman Rushdie perceptively called "But Brigade" in a sharper contrast.
The author said there should be no conditions placed on free speech; anyone who does, he referred to as the “but brigade.” "The minute I hear someone say, 'Yes, I believe in free speech, but...' I stop listening," Rushdie said...
To present some of the “but brigade” mental shenanigans, I have chosen (arbitrarily, I know) three outstanding representatives of the clan.

1. Noam Chomsky, the Mastermind of the (last) Century.

The distinguished professor of linguistics who considers himself to be an expert on life, the universe and everything, is one of the foremost upholders of absolute and untouchable freedom of speech. Including freedom of speech of Holocaust deniers[1], with some of whom he seems to be on the best terms.

Our subject appears to be also a master of "do as I say, not as I do" hypocritical variety. How else would you explain this staunch supporter of freedom of speech brown-nosing the chieftains of Hizballah (in the picture above) - people for whom freedom of speech is as alien a concept as pickled pig's knuckles?

Of course, one could mention[2] that the famous fighter against capitalism, the valiant anarcho-syndicalist is not only a wealthy man but also accepts money from the capitalist institutions he so despises and invests money in corporations he reviles.

So this is the man CNN has chosen to pen an article on the subject of hypocrisy (yeah, no kidding): Paris attacks show hypocrisy of West's outrage. And what is the main thrust of the piece? Not only it is a great representation of the "but brigade" stance, it uses for the "but" part the NATO "missile attack on Serbian state television headquarters" in 1999. Just a reminder: Chomsky, while knowing practically nothing about the case, remains an unrepentant denier of Bosnian Genocide. This is the man that complains about Western hypocrisy.

The principle of using the "but" logic was brilliantly debunked by Howard Jacobson in his article Try ‘and’ instead of ‘but’ and.... I would say that the headline itself conveys very well the Jacobson's main point, but do not deny yourself another example of his prose. Especially since Chomsky is debunked there as well.

2. Norman Finkelstein, "world renowned political science professor"

The "world renowned" part will remain on the conscience of the interviewer and his editor, of course. If the Fink is world renown, it is not exactly because of his prowess in the dense forest of political science. His "fame" is stemming from his preoccupation with the so called "Holocaust industry" - the phenomenon of Jews profiting from Holocaust - that he himself "christened", described and continues to profit from as long as he is able to. If this is not a prime example of hypocrisy, show me a better one.

Not to be outdone by prof Chomsky (his hero), prof Finkelstein has also made the pilgrimage to Lebanon (see the picture above), to prove his loyalty to the values of Mr Nasrallah. But no, he is no hypocrite, of course.

And, returning back to the interview, prof Finkelstein was much cruder than prof Chomsky. He considers the cartoons by Charlie Hebdo to be "political pornography no different than Der Stürmer".
I have no sympathy for [the staff of Charlie Hebdo]. Should they have been killed? Of course not. But of course, Streicher shouldn’t have been hung. I don’t hear that from many people," said Finkelstein.
Smashing, that, but then prof Finkelstein is in a much tougher (financially speaking) situation than prof Chomsky. He has to work for his daily bread and, being found not exactly suitable for a job in US (I wonder why, after all even professors that share his political views haven't lend a hand to their stricken comrade, as the comrade himself testifies), he teaches something in Turkey (Sakarya University, whatever it means). So he must make himself likeable to his hosts, I assume. But no, no hypocrisy in that, not at all...

And of course, he found his "but" point too, not to worry:
The characterization by the French of Muslims as being barbaric is hypocritical considering the killings of thousands of people during France’s colonial occupation of Algeria.
Why didn't he add the burning of Jeanne d'Arc and Napoleonic wars will remain forever unknown, I'm afraid, but this is the nature of Poli Sci professors.

The subject of this post is on the left.

3. Hon. George Galloway, MP: tyrants brown-nosed, straw men slayed.

Being a politician, on top of his other gainful employments, Mr Galloway easily tops the list as far as his range of activities is concerned. Many a tyrant on this planet experienced the restorative effects of our subject's tongue on his posterior. Many a radio/TV transmitter blushed of shame, being forced to transmit the insufferable crapola spewing from this character's mouth.

This time was no exception. The bounder has outdone even the previous subject, prof Finkelstein, in his rabid speech:
George Galloway boldly declared “Je ne suis pas Charlie Hebdo” during a damning address at a freedom of speech rally in Bradford on Saturday.

The Respect MP told a crowd of protestors gathered outside Bradford City Hall that the French government should be ashamed of themselves for standing by the “racist, Islamophobic, hypocritical rag” in the wake of the attacks in Paris that killed 17 people last week.

These are not cartoons, these are not depictions of the Prophet, these are pornographic, obscene insults to the Prophet and by extension, 1.7billion human beings on this earth and there are limits.

There are limits. There limits to free speech and free expression especially in France.
As you can see, this time Hon. George Galloway has succeeded to perform an ass-licking maneuver on a whole religion - no mean trick, I have to add. But then, years and years of practice lead to this shameful exhibition.

To conclude: the three protagonists of this post come from different backgrounds. All three are deeply damaged by some irreversible process or event in their lives, but this is a matter for a psychiatrist. It is easy, though, to find common symptoms: each one has visited Lebanon and served in his own lowly way this murderous terrorist outfit; each one is a liar and a hypocrite; all three hate Israel; etc. Given time and opportunity, I guess we'll see the three gracing the fledgling Islamic State capital, explaining to the world how just and awesome it is and how it should be understood in its true glory.

And we should fully expect each one of them explaining to us how hypocritical it is to object.


P.S. For the sake of fairness: Israel has its own set of blasphemy laws, preserving some remnants of a British rule.
In Israel, blasphemy is covered by Articles 170 and 173 of the penal code.[38][39]

Insult to religion

170. If a person destroys, damages or desecrates a place of worship or any object which is held sacred by a group of persons, with the intention of reviling their religion, or in the knowledge that they are liable to deem that act an insult to their religion, then the one is liable to three years imprisonment.

Injury to religious sentiment

173. If a person does any of the following, then the one is liable to one year imprisonment:
(1) One publishes a publication that is liable to crudely offend the religious faith or sentiment of others;
(2) One voices in a public place and in the hearing of another person any word or sound that is liable to crudely offend the religious faith or sentiment of others.
Fortunately, the 173.1 and 173.2 are not enforced too eagerly, if at all. The fact is that the latest edition of Charlie Hebdo could be obtained quite easily and freely here - albeit only as an Internet order.

Still shameful.


24 January 2015

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23 January 2015

Down with Sitzpinklers! A man must do what a man must do!

A small but significant victory for true multiculturalism:
A court in Germany has ruled in favour of a man's right to urinate while standing up after his landlord demanded money for damage to the bathroom floor.
Of course, this is only a single battle in the war, judging by this clarifying statement:
But the Duesseldorf judge ruled that the man's method was within cultural norms, saying "urinating standing up is still common practice".
I believe you've noticed that ominous "still" in the quote. No, the war is not won yet.


22 January 2015

Our Weasel Of The Week!!

Once again, It's time to present this week's statuette of shame, The Golden Weasel!!

Every Tuesday, the Council nominates some of the slimiest, most despicable characters in public life for some deed of evil, cowardice or corruption they’ve performed. Then we vote to single out one particular Weasel for special mention, to whom we award the statuette of shame, our special, 100% plastic Golden Weasel. This week's nominees were all particularly slimy and despicable, but the votes are in and we have our winner...the envelope please...


Racialist Grievance Monger, Anti-Semite and Huffington Post Columnist Ferrari Sheppard!!

21 January 2015

Oops, says IDF: we thought he is a colonel...

Mistakes happen. In this case, when you are going for a possum and bag a bear, it is hard to complain, though.

'We did not expect the outcome in terms of the stature of those killed - certainly not the Iranian general,' security source says'.

Iranian Revolutionary Guard General Mohammed Allahdadi was killed with a Hezbollah commander and the son of the group's late military leader, Imad Moughniyeh, in Sunday's attack on a Hezbollah convoy near the Israeli Golan Heights border.
The part that remained off the record is published now for the first time here:
Our drone has counted the stars on the general's shoulder, and since it appears that the number of the stars is the same as on a colonel's insignia, the computer decided to let the missile go. The camera resolution on that drone was not up to scratch. The sergeant responsible for the lens cleaning lost his weekend leave, which will learn him.

As a result of this regrettable mistake, IDF General Staff has decided to send the Iranian army a free discount coupon that will grant immunity to three Iranian colonels. The coupon is valid until January 2016 (inclusive).

No other discounts apply.

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20 January 2015

Our Weasel Of The Week Nominees!


It's time once again for the Watcher's Council's 'Weasel Of The Week' nominations, where we pick our choices to compete for the award of the famed Golden Weasel to a public figure who particularly deserves to be slimed and mocked for his or her dastardly deeds during the week. Every Tuesday morning, tune in for the Weasel of the Week nominations!

Here are this weeks' Nominees!

נשים לשלטון!

אמש התבשרנו כי בחמישיה של נבחרי מפלגת מרץ עומדות 3 נשים! ואם נסתכל על השביעייה - אזי נראה 4 נשים!
כל הכבוד למפלגה הקטנטנה הזו שבראשה אשה, שמעמידה בנבחרת החלומות שלה יותר נשים מגברים.
גם מפלגת העבודה הגדילה הפעם את מספר הנשים ברשימתם לכנסת : 3 נשים בחמישייה הפותחת, 4 נשים בעשירייה פותחת, 7 נשים ברשימת העשרים.
איזה עולם נפלא יכול להיות אם מספר הנשים בכנסת יתקרב ל-50%!!!!
מעניין שהפעם מפלגות השמאל מביאות איתן לא רק מחשבה ליברלית בנושאי כלכלה וזכויות אדם, אלא גם מבטאות הלכה למעשה את נושא השיוויון בין המינים.
ומפלגות הימין? ובכן ליברמן גם הוא מציב מספר ראוי של נשים : שתי נשים בחמישייה ו-4 בעשירייה. אבל נראה כי שפוט לא נשארו לו אנשים....
והבית היהודי? אשה אחת בחמישייה, שתיים בעשירייה ו-4 ברשימת העשרים.
והגדיל לעשות הליכוד. לאחר הבלגן שלא נפסק יש אשה אחת (מירי רגב האינטיליגנטית, הרהוטה, הליברלית......) בחמישייה, אשה אחת בעשירייה (אותה מירי רגב כמובן) ו-3 נשים ברשימת העשרים.
מיותר לאמר שבמפלגות החרדיות אין כלל נשים.
אז גבירותי ורבותי!
נא לכלול בשיקולי ההצבעה שלכם גם את נושא הייצוג הנשי!!!!

19 January 2015

Forum: What Is Your Opinion Of the New Proposed Internet Rules President Obama Wants The FCC To Impose?

Every week on Monday morning , the Council and our invited guests weigh in at the Watcher's Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture, or daily living. This week's question: What Is Your Opinion Of the New Proposed Internet Rules President Obama Wants The FCC To Impose?