February 2006

In Yahoo’s issues-oriented “Hot Zone” last week, there was an item profiling Kinneret Boosany, an Israeli survivor of a 2002 suicide bombing. At the top of the piece was a disclaimer reading, “*Note: in keeping with our mission, the Hot Zone is putting a human face on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We’re profiling doctors, victims of the violence, journalists and artists — one from each side. In focusing more on the human picture than the political one, we aim to present a clearer portrayal of the scope of the conflict.”

One gets the sense that this “note” was a means of explaining Yahoo’s putting a human face to the Israeli side of the conflict. Because you’ll notice that the frequent human face attributed in the media to Palestinians has never been accompanied by a “note”. But here, in this rare and highly unusual depiction of Israeli as victim, suddenly there is a “note” explaining the feature.

To my knowledge, it took more than a decade of one side targeting civilians–something the other side doesn’t do–via an innovative new tool of terror known as suicide bombing, for the media to produce even a single human-interest piece about a survivor of such a thing, which is designed to inflict maximum damage upon innocents. That piece wasn’t produced by any of the well-funded pack journalists working for prominent news organizations, but by a freelancer peddling a piece to FoxNews.com. It was written by Yours Truly, and it featured the same Kinneret Boosany.

Yet here, despite being more than a decade late, Yahoo feels it still needs to explain doing the piece at all.

It is also striking that despite there being no shortage of limbless young Israelis available for journalists’ plucking, Yahoo managed only to scrounge up the same, albeit worthy, subject to profile, Ms. Boosany.

OK, so Bush got the name of the L.A. building wrong–the one upon which an attack was prevented in 2002. People were snickering that he called it “Liberty Tower” instead of its correct name, “Library Tower” (since changed to Bank Tower). It was an easy mistake to make, and just shows what the man has on his mind—liberty, his constant motivator for all that he does. Bill Clinton, for example, could have just as easily slipped and called it “Libido Tower.”

I figured out the rationale behind the annoying friendship between the Bushes and Clinton. The family is just following the wise old advice: Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.

This Clinton friendship with Bush Sr. does make me wonder if Bob Dole is jealous. After all, he used to be Clinton’s main Republican bitch—I mean, squeeze.

Alas, it used to be that people became more conservative as they got older. But then Viagra came along and switched the whole thing around. Dole started taking it and became a Clinton lackey. And now that Bush Sr. is going fishing with Clinton every weekend, I suspect he’s on it too.

During coverage of the Coretta King funeral, Fox News cut to a recent Tavis Smiley interview with the deceased. The host asked her whether non-violent protest would work in today’s world, and she answered, “Yes, absolutely. Always has, always will.” The civil rights movement, which goes hand-in-hand with the anti-war movement, uses the non-violence philosophy as a statement against war.

But let’s note where non-violent protest has worked: in America and in British-colonized India. It didn’t work in China. It doesn’t work in Iran. Try it in Sudan. In other words, the success of non-violent protest says more about the society where it works than about the method as a philosophy or action against oppression. Basically, non-violent protest works in non-violent societies, whose people are already open to change.

George Washington
Abraham Lincoln
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr.’s wife

Yet another black woman considered expendable for experimentation with unproven medical treatment has been killed by doctors in our white-favoring society. What? Mexicans killed her? Oh. Never mind.

For his new movie, “Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World,” Albert Brooks travels to Pakistan and India. Sensible choices for Brooks, considering that real Muslim countries like Indonesia, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait don’t allow Jews.

Production photos, meanwhile, show Brooks with Hindus and Sikhs. The revelation that “Comedy in the Muslim World” offers? Indians have a sense of humor.

“Backed by abortion rights groups, three Massachusetts women sued Wal-Mart on Wednesday, accusing the retail giant of violating a state regulation by failing to stock emergency contraception pills in its pharmacies,” the AP reported.

A spokesman for Wal-Mart responded that the company “chooses not to carry many products for business reasons,” then added, “meaning, most of our customers aren’t whores.”

You can bet Wal-Mart doesn’t carry the abortion drug RU-486 either—a procedure often accompanied by pain, bleeding, hemorrhaging, nausea, headaches, hair loss, and/or inability to conceive. After everything plops out, you need to scoop it up and bring it to the doctor so he can scrape out whatever’s left so you don’t die from septic shock the way four young women already have.

But wire hangers are in Aisle 12.

calling for massacre and extermination of cartoonists

Anger over the Danish newspapers that portrayed the prophet Mohammed in political cartoons last September has flared up again. Islam prohibits any depiction of Mohammed, positive or negative. It sort of makes you wonder: How ugly was this guy?

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