Monday, May 17, 2010

Angry Arab In The World, Rima Fakih, The Tin Foils Of Rick Perry

Paul Krugman
Ross Douthat
Dana Milbank

"This feels like a populist moment. Americans are Tea Partying. Greeks are rioting. Incumbents are being thrown out; the Federal Reserve is facing an audit; Goldman Sachs is facing prosecution. In Kentucky, Ron Paul’s son might be about to win a Republican Senate primary." - Ross Douthat
"We should be terrified -- particularly the Republicans, whose party is turning into this One-World-Government, Obama-worships-Satan, Jesus-opposes-climate-bill mélange" - Dana Milbank
"But don’t expect extremists to lose their grip on the G.O.P. anytime soon. What we’re seeing in places like Utah and Maine isn’t really a change in the party’s character: it has been dominated by extremists for a long time. The only thing that’s different now is that the rest of the country has finally noticed." - Paul Krugman

I have a link to As'ad AbuKhalil's website, the Angry Arab, because I like some of the challenging assumptions made in it, and that almost all of the items are supplied by his readers. For example, here is a statement from Israel's finance Minister on what should happen to Israeli's who criticize the government: “In my opinion, we have to find a way to limit these people, and maybe even revoke their citizenship. Whoever opposes the State of Israel’s existence, whoever cries over its establishment, is raising a question mark as to if he can be a citizen in this state.” Upon reading this, I then realized where Joe Lieberman got the idea for introducing his bill that would strip all US citizens of their citizenship and rights if they were arbitrarily suspected of being terrorists. Not only are the right wing extremists going batshit in the Republican Party but also in other countries, most noticeably Israe, et tu Benji?l... One the other hand, the Angry Arab has a lot of news tidbits and criticism leveled at the corruption and hypocrisy of Arab governments, like this one reported from Gaza: "Hamas police wielding clubs beat and pushed residents out of dozens of homes in the southern Gaza town of Rafah on Sunday before knocking the buildings down with bulldozers, residents said. Gaza's militant Hamas rulers said the homes were built illegally on government land. Newly homeless residents were furious over Palestinians on bulldozers razing Palestinian homes." Here is a link to an article As'ad wrote for al Jazeera, giving some background on the ideas of diplomacy versus armed struggle for the Palestinians. In one sense he's right, the US has co-opted empowerment of the Palestinians by being the third party in the proximity talks.

What the Palestinians need to do now is to hold another election. Abbas tenure ran out over a year ago, and Hamas has not allowed an election since they won several years ago. They need to throw the current bums out, and have a leadership that inspires confidence towards building a successful state. Then, negotiations can take place on more equal footing, and they won't need the US to act as their shepard...

Perhaps Arab - American relations have been healed a bit by the selection of Rima Fakih as the new Miss America. As Miss Michigan, she trumped 50 other women even though at one point she stumbled and almost fell on the stage. She is Lebanese, from a moderate to liberal family. During her interviews she downplayed her Muslim faith, saying that her family celebrates both Islam and Christianity, but that is probably not the case. Maybe she likes to sail and can join the Freedom flotilla later this month, as boats from many countries will be sailing to mess with the Israeli ships that make up the embargo of Gaza... Maybe she will be the perfect antidote to the Carrie Prejean syndrome... This could be the beginning of Bikini Diplomacy...




political hot seats...
Lots of state primaries coming up, lots of talk trying to stir interest in all of them. Maybe more than ever there is a "throw the bums out" spirit in the air, so expect many incumbents to be in trouble. They shouldn't be allowed more than ten years in Congress, anyway. Personally, I'd like to say goodbye to Orrin Hatch, Jeff Sessions, and Diane Feinstein. I wanted to include Governors Arnold Schwartzenegger and Rick Perry, but I like how Arnold matured during his time in office and actually think he did a decent job, working with such a dysfunctional State Senate and House. Governor Perry is so out there in the ozone, I enjoy the wacko pronouncements he often makes. You just know he lines his windows at home with tin foil, a very expensive house that takes a lot of foil, for which he is getting a lot of heat for being a hypocrite and using public funds for his lap pool of luxury. At least he hasn't used public finds at rentboy.com or snuck into Colorado to buy some medical marijuana for the statehouse... Texas is party central for conspiracy theories and the broadcasted warnings of a one world government that is coming to enslave us all and treat us like cattle, moo, moo, moo. From Mormon polygamist enclaves, to rattlesnake-handling bible-thumping Waco-styled compounds, every form of wonderful aberration is there, baking in the hot sun. One of my favorites is Alex Jones and the Prison Planet website, some great DVD's are there to buy for those night when all you want to do is a bunch of crystal meth and want to get freaking paranoid because, hey, you're not going to sleep for awhile... How can you argue with prose like this, it puts Michelle Malkin to shame: "During a recent speech at a conference of elitists in Zurich Switzerland, IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn called for the introduction of a global currency backed by a global central bank which would act as the “lender of last resort” in the event of a severe economic crisis, which would represent another lurch towards fascist centralization of power by financial terrorists busy exploiting the fiscal chaos they created in order to impose world government." That said, remember that in every paranoid fantasy lies a kernel of truthy reality...


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