13 October 2015

A. Jay Adler's works in Footnote

A person I deeply respect said once that every Jew has a story to tell. She meant a story different from the others, I haste to qualify.

Our stories are vastly different in many cases indeed, although some - tangible and intangible - points of two different stories might be common. Another differentiating attribute of the stories is our ability to tell them. Mostly we are unable to, taking the stories with us wherever and whenever we go.

A. Jay Adler, though, in a small collection of his poetry and prose in Footnote: a Literary Journal of History, shows exceedingly well that he is more than able to tell his story. As he is doing in his superb blog the sad red earth.

Otherwise than saying that the reading was compelling and that I was engrossed* by everything offered by AJA in this, sadly limited, collection, I am not a literary critic and am not going to make a monkey of myself, especially not in a language that is not my mother tongue.

As for the common points of the stories: there are precious few between AJA's story and mine. I shall mention only the common name of our grandfather, which I have (in a way) inherited. Of course, I shall leave it to you, the reader, to find out - but first go and purchase Footnote: a Literary Journal of History. The expenditure will not set your finances back more than that you spend on a burger. And, knowing y'all, I can tell you that the journal will be much healthier and much more enriching than that other choice.

So what are you waiting for?

(*) And the reasons I am posting this two months or so after purchasing and reading the journal were out of my control, my absence from the blog being the witness to that.

12 October 2015

The Al-Aqsa libel: that lie that always works

"Jews are coming to take over the Al-Aqsa mosque, to pray in it and to destroy it! Save the Al-Aqsa!".

I am not exactly keeping track of that insidious lie, but in my memory it keeps coming back every year, with predictable results. Busily promoted by Hamas and its flock of sister terror outfits, by Israeli own Islamists, such as the infamous Sheikh Raed Salah, head of the radical wing of the Islamic Movement in Israel, benevolently watched and coddled by PA President Mahmoud Abbas and fully supported by his Fatah goons, this libel kills people - both Israelis and Palestinians.

And every single time it works, producing admirable results in the media, such as this inane paragraph:

Palestinians have been angered by events at the al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City and fear Israel wants to change the religious status quo at Islam's third holiest shrine, revered by Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and by Jews as the Temple Mount. Israel has said it has no intention to do so.
How can you beat that circular logic that doesn't need anything but itself? First create the rumor about the coming Zionist atrocity perpetrated on the defenseless mosque. Then throw in a gang of belligerent brainwashed youths, inflamed by your libelous lie. Then become angered "by events at the al-Aqsa mosque compound".

What could be better that this self-generating and self-perpetuating lie?

Well, possibly only this "balancing act" of nincompoopery:
For his part, Kerry said he shared his “deep concern” over the spiraling violence with Netanyahu and Abbas. Kerry “stressed the importance of upholding the status quo in word and deed at the al-Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount and of preventing inflammatory rhetoric and actions that will increase tensions,” said a statement from his office.
And meanwhile some folks are busily protecting the peace in the said mosque:

11 October 2015

U.S. State Department sees...

Actually, the full headline is US sees acts of terrorism in East Jerusalem.

I wonder... what with the amazing feats of the modern technology at hand, what with the NSA that is quickly becoming the boogeyman of the whole world... how come?

I mean that these days a Russian Duma member barely has time to lick his lips in anticipation of the next bribe political contribution, the Daesh (ISIL, ISIS, IS) foot soldier barely has time to take leave of his goat, the sparrow barely has time to fart - and all these activities are already duly recorded, sorted out and stored in the awesome NSA databanks.

And here - it takes the mighty State Department almost three weeks to reach that earth-shaking conclusion?

Consider me not impressed, folks.

Possibly confused? Yeah, this is it:

10 October 2015

Move aside, BBC - here comes the Indie!

Enough grumbling about BBC's artistry with headlines, the competition is quite hot right now, and the righteous indignation of Israelis, hardly believing their eyes, should move to another British media outfit. But first things first. The story, as told by Israeli sources, is quite simple:

The perp succeeds to wound two (randomly chosen, of course) Jews and is shot by a policeman. Sounds simple and straightforward, doesn't it? You would think so, but Independent's folks have found another way to present the story:

Nice, ain't it? And makes the BBC's attempt at misrepresentation somewhat pale in comparison. The second version of the headline of the same story is also quite interesting:

Now we have two seemingly independent (no pun intended) events: "Israeli security forces" kill a boy and, besides, there was some stubbing in Jerusalem.

When you click through, though, another "surprise" awaits you at the headline of the article

Meaning, for an uninvolved and hardly interested enough to read the whole piece reader, that the bloodthirsty Israelis continue the unimpeded killing of Palestinians.

Doesn't it hurt to be so full of excrement, dear Independent?

Update: Y.Medad of My Right World noticed another telling wrinkle: the judicious use of the word "allegedly" by the (alleged) idiots:

09 October 2015

From Comical Ali to Saad Maan

I bet many of you still remember the inimitable Comical Ali aka Muhammad Saeed al-Sahhaf, who has either already departed for better pastures or is on the way there, according to the link. Which is a pity in a way, because the man has brought us quite a few hilarious moments, hitherto not reached by the best stand-up comedians.

The nowadays replacement that appears in the picture below is tellingly named Saad Maan. This Iraqi army spokesman's appearance reflects both his name and the general state of the Iraqi army and its affairs.

Not that the Iraqi army affairs were any better at the time of the Comical Ali.

But you know what I mean...

06 October 2015

The breasts that feed the world culture and keep it going

Picasso, Chagall and Renoir - move aside, please. Here comes a new era of painting - new, exciting (I kid you not) and, hopefully, lead by female artists. I am talking about breasts painting, a technique discovered and lead by a Moscow artist, Irina Romanovskaya, whose brush boobs produced the unforgettable image of the fearless leader you can see and enjoy above. Here comes Irina:

As you can plainly see, Irina doesn't lack tools for this new art wave.

Ms Romanovskaya discloses a small part of her masterful technique in this clip (male readers, do not build up your perverted expectations, please):

Being a pioneer, Irina has a dream too:
I would want to give these paintings to Putin and Medvedev, but how would they react if they found out about the unconventional painting technique?
I should think that the two must be grateful, madam, so no worries on this account.

And here, as usual, some juvenile and condescending Western response to the genius of the lady:

No matter, silly laughs notwithstanding, I would like to ask Irina for a candid portrait of Stalin, in green if you please.

Of course, as a typical representative of the lesser gender, I feel somewhat discombobulated by my inability to join this new art wave. Most men* are not properly equipped for the task, so we better leave it to the ladies. However, we can experiment in another, somewhat related, domain. And here is a sample of Putin's portrait (only an initial draft), made using another, quite advanced, technique - by a male artist:

Notice that the author added some hair where it doesn't really exists on the subject's head. No doubt, this act stems from male solidarity...

I wonder, could the two techniques described here be combined and how would the amalgam of the two look? The future of art is undoubtedly bright. Oh, and exciting too, not to forget.

(*) The males who are well developed in the bosom area usually are not artistically talented or inclined, methinks. Oh well...

How to insult a "progressive"

Another good one by Pat Condell:

I would only add a proviso: the political discourse is a two way road, and the right wing dishes out its own share of insults and inability to listen to the other side. I would be hard put to quantify the difference.

Still, by and large, the lefties' deafness to counterarguments, the misunderstanding of the term "free speech" and readiness to dish out violence seem to be dominant in the Western world.

Too bad.

Via Texas Scribbler.

04 October 2015

And that's all she wrote

Not really in a blogging mood. This is (partly) why:

Indeed, as an astute observer (Ollie Kent) once said:
19 holiday makers die in terrible fire aboard plane after New York building tragically collapses.
For more see Israellycool.

30 September 2015

And meanwhile: some heavenly music

I shall be with you more soon, it is a promise. For the moment, you could fill your time listening to that amazing duo:

And, by the way, it is not true what one of the viewers said re the talented canine being the reincarnated soul of Mohammed. This dog is rather my spiritual sibling - this is exactly how I feel hearing a prayer.

And more on the same subject:

So enjoy.

06 September 2015

Stop the Slander!

Some claim that Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Emirates and the rest of the 48 Muslim and 22 Arab countries have not accepted a single refugee.

These are malicious lies.  Saudis already accepted several thousand little girls.  

04 September 2015

A record-sized hog was demonstrated on a farm in North Korea

According to the picture below.

Oops, sorry: the headline of this post suffered somewhat due to poor translation from Korean. The true headline, even if exceedingly long, settles the matter:
Supreme Commander of the Korean People's Army (KPA) Kim Jong Un, first secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea and first chairman of the National Defence Commission of the DPRK, gave field guidance to the Farm No. 1116 under KPA Unit 810.
There, there... all three of them on one farm... and 1116 is not the hog's weight, as you might have mistakenly assumed...

30 August 2015

Crimeans Enthusiastic About Mass Murder

The crowd in Sevastopol seems to be genuinely enthusiastic about this "Stalin's return" song.  The lyrics about squashing enemies and the victory in the forthcoming war is clearly touching the nerve.

The whole thing seems vaguely reminiscent of that other song, albeit the quality isn't as good.  Especially when people stand up from their sits one by one and join in the romanticized mass-muder-worshipping hatefest.

23 August 2015

Another question for Jeremy Corbyn to answer.

So, the future leader of Her Majesty's opposition regularly goes on the Russian propaganda TV to support Russia, castigate America and to compare it to ISIS (unfavorably).  In the mean time, I have not heard him condemn Putin's Russia even once.  Here is my question to Jeremy:

1. Why is this Russian man not only free but also rewarded with a new BMW?

2. At the same time Russia  put in a cage, and tortured, this man.

21 August 2015

Fucking Commies

So, it turns out that there hasn't been an anti-Semite or a terrorist who isn't the best friend of the next leader of the British Labour Party. I am starting to wonder whether this is why he is so popular, but that's not the subject of this post.

A leading British Jewish newspaper asked Jeremy Corbyn a few questions.  In response they received a letter from "prominent anti-Israeli activists" castigating journalists for the cheek of asking questions.

A quick check against several arbitrarily picked names of the signatories showed that ALL of them had two things in common:

1. Of Jewish background.
2. Communist.

Let us agree that among all the communists in the beginning of the 20th century there were a couple of people who were not complete vile assholes.   They "believed" and didn't know.  The excuse no longer applies in 2015.

16 August 2015

Russian Orthodox Activists Imitate ISIS

Vadim Sidur...  Remember visiting a tiny museum on the outskirts of Moscow.  It was in the early 90s, about 5 years after Vadim's death.  Sidur's art had been banned until USSR started to fall apart and the exhibition I visited must have been the first chance to see his work.

The visit was a major shock.  Never before or after have I been so impacted by art.  I am saying this, having had the luck to enjoy some fairly decent museums - from Louvre to  Prado, from Tate Modern to Metropolitan...

Sidur's face was disfigured by a war wound and some of the works transmitted the horror the author must have lived through.  He also touched on the subject of Holocaust.  Sidur's "Treblinka" is the simplest tribute to the victims... Also the best.

What stunned me most wasn't the horror and the sadness though, but the strength of his work.  The love, the rebellion, the humanity were projecting through the totalitarian suppression depicted by art.  I don't know why the simple figure of Sidur's kneeling slave is a perfect symbol of liberty.  I only know that it is.

On Friday Russian Orthodox activists attacked exhibition, where Sidur's works were presented.  Some of the statues were destroyed.  The attackers have been arrested, but let go on the same day.

Russian Orthodox Church stated that the attackers were "provoked".  Suppose it's true.   Sidur started it.   His Slave is an eternal attack on totalitarian ideologies.