Friday, November 12, 2004

Some Short Easy Pieces

1. "Ze ha-yom asah Ado-shem, nagila v'nismecha bo."

This is the day that Hashem has made, let us exult and be joyful in it. I don't think I even need to post the link, as I'm sure anyone could guess why I'm being all exultant and joyful. Others have quoted Proverbs 11: "at the death of the wicked, there is joyful song." That too.

Of course, this search is more appropriate, but comes up with less relevant results. And of course the whole saga can only remind one of... Oh, wait... THIS JUST IN!!Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead!

Anyway, back to the celebratin'.

2. While we're on this topic...

Who climbs on top of a respected leader's coffin?

Animals. That's who.

3. Check it out (part 1)

Check it out! I got some press and I didn't even know it. Neat-o keen.

4. Check it out (part 2)

A mention on Protocols. And I didn't even have to say anything snarky about Luke Ford.

Of course, he didn't hook me up with a link or mention of the Political FrumDad post, so far as I can tell. So maybe I'll have to go back to snarkiness.

5. Mail Recovery Center (a/k/a - The Dead Letter Department).

The original Mail Recovery Center was called the Dead Letter Department, established by Benjamin Franklin in the 1770’s... but I only mention it because, well, you'll see.

HEATHER!!! (Got your attention, ka?) Heather who gave me the Matt Groening book and whose last initial used to be among the first ten letters of the alphabet and whose last initial could possibly be in the second ten letters of the alphabet now. (I don't know if you're hyphenating, or didn't change your name, or what.)

Either way. Back in August, you sent me an email in response to my Totally Busted post.

I've been meaning to get back to you, really. But I kind of lost that email, and with it your email address. I could probably Google you, but this way seems so much more fun.

Email me again. Please? I'll put you right in my contacts list and in my Palm pilot. Thanks.

Have a good weekend, everybody.


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At Dec 17, 2004 8:15:00 PM, Anonymous said...

I'm sure as a man of faith you do not mean to say that you consider the Palestinian people "animals"? I must have misunderstood your post.

At Dec 23, 2004 6:55:00 AM, Frumdad said...

Anonymous --

No, you didn't misunderstand. The easy way to talk about this would be as a man of faith, to point out in the Torah what it says about the Ishmaelites. But that's for another day. Let's look at some actions.

(And be advised it's early in the morning and I'm ad-hocing this, so it's not going to be a complete list.)

Intentionally put your child in harm's way for the sole and explicit purpose of killing innocents or getting political/media advantage in a campaign to take back a chunk of sand? Animals.

Even if you honestly believe you deserve the chunk of sand? Animals.

Intentionally blow up a cafe in the middle of your enemy's capital city, just because? Animals.

Celebrate and make a hero of the young people who go and commit the atrocious acts? Have your textbooks and children's songs and children's shows all about how glorious and wonderful those walking-bombs are and how all the little children should grow up to be like that? Animals.

Kill your captives and wave your bloody hands out the window? Animals.

Be part of a mad, cheering crowd, encouraging and then celebrating the aforementioned bloody handed animals? Animals.

Moving away from terrorism, let's think about broader ideas.

Be offered 99% of what you claim to want in exchange for peace, but walk away because accepting that deal would be, let's be honest, great for your people but bad for your personal power status and your personal graft project? Animal.

Following that man? Animals.

Occupy a space and turn the single holiest site of your enemies into a garbage dump? Animals.

When those selfsame enemies retake that space and allow you *exclusive* access to your own holiest site?, using that access to launch political and physical attacks on the people who you should be thanking? Animals.

When your leader talks about Peace in English and Annhilation of the Enemy in Arabic, he's a lying disgusting slug of a human. Being a member of the rank and file who speaks both Arabic and English and following that man, looking up to him? Animals.

Finally, climbing on top of your leader's coffin, wailing about your grief and love? Animals. More concerned about your own ego -- look at me and how much pain I'm in! -- than about showing respect for your fallen leader.

Humans -- all humans, Jew and Non-Jew -- are created b'tzelem Elokim, in the image of Hashem. So because they're human, they're that much higher than animals.

But by betraying that aspect of themselves, by acting like animals, they lose that status in all but the most basic and compelling of circumstances.

I'm sure that there are many individual Palestinians -- and even that word is a travesty, since these people have no relation whatsoever to the Philishta people to whom they're claiming a connection -- who are nice and kind and sweet and wonderful.

But in general, as a whole? Animals.

I could go on. This could be a post in itself if there was anything to tie it to parenting.

Point is... Animals.

Better that rabid dogs, but only by a little.

And if this alienates some people, or otherwise scuttles my political carreer. Well, life sucks; get a helmet.


PS: If there's going to be a discussion about this issue, I think it belongs on, even though I was planning to close down that blog. I'll put a post up there where this can continue.

Though I warn you, my blogging time is limited as is, and FD is my primary concern. So if you want a real, active debate I'm probably not your man.


At Mar 6, 2005 11:41:00 AM, parcequilfaut said...

I'll quote a Late and Great here (although I don't think he was Late when you originally posted this) -- the epigraph to Hunter S. Thompson's Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas --

"He who makes a beast out of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man."

At Oct 13, 2005 4:28:00 AM, Admin said...

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At Jan 23, 2006 4:57:00 PM, Dennis Day said...

Good Day to You - As I was fumbling through the net today looking for Christian and Bible information, I came across your Christian Blog. You have a very well put together Blog here. I have a website that also contains information about the sons of Ishmael...
and you might want to check it out when you have time.

With Many Blessings,

the sons of Ishmael


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