Thursday, August 23, 2007
Monday, August 20, 2007
JERUSALEM, Aug. 16 — Israel and the United States signed a deal on Thursday to give Israel $30 billion in military aid over the next decade in what officials called a long-term investment in peace.
Well, that's one of the most ludicrous things I've read all year.
The state of Israel has been a damned bad idea from the outset. Our military support for Israel makes the Arab world hate us, and can be seen as the root cause for attacks like 9/11.
The officials insisted that the deal was not dependent on a simultaneous American plan for $20 billion in sales of sophisticated arms to its Arab allies, including Egypt and Saudi Arabia. But Israeli officials acknowledged that the aid to Israel would make it easier for the Bush administration to win Congressional approval of the arms sales to Arab countries.
Oooo, that ought to make the cartel that keeps our gas prices shy-high really happy, and our own military-industrial complex too!
The new aid to Israel will average $3 billion a year on a sliding scale, an increase of about 25 percent from current figures, to begin in October 2008.
Oh, isn't that swell. And to a country with secret nuclear weapons that refuses to become a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
That year, American economic aid to Israel, which has a vibrant, growing economy, is scheduled to end.
Yes, and Hell will also freeze over that same year.
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Pretty cool. I Googled "Jesus Tree Memphis" and came up with this spoiler, though, from Hoaxipedia:
Faces in Trees
People often see shapes and patterns that they regard as meaningful in the natural world around them. For instance, they might see a face in a cloud, or a religious symbol in the shape of a rock. During the Middle Ages these shapes seen in natural objects were known as Lusus Naturae, or Jokes of Nature. It was the belief of medieval naturalists that Nature actually played jokes on man by purposefully placing shapes such as crosses or faces in objects for men to find.
Nowadays, science attributes such shapes to the power of the human mind to impose meaning on the chaos of the world around it. This psychological phenomenon is known as pareidolia, which refers to the tendency of the mind to discern meaningful patterns in vague or random stimuli.
Trees offer a random natural surface on which the human eye often perceives recognizable shapes—faces, in particular. As a result, stories about people seeing faces in trees are a regular feature in the news. In the western world observers are most likely to describe a male face in a tree as looking like Jesus, and a female figure (particularly a robed one) as being the Virgin Mary.
These are the names that appeared on some Networx letterhead a while back…
Dr. Phillip and Ritche M. Bowden
William Dunavant Jr.
Lovelace and Amanda Gipson
Dr. Ben L. Hooks
Lee A. Jackson
George M. Jones
Fred Jones Jr.
Gilbert I. Noble
Alvin and Carla Ray
Dr. Sandra Reed
Darrell K. Thomas
Gloria J. Thomas
Archie Willis III
Aren't "public-private partnerships" wonderful? Why did we not hear one peep out of any of these people in recent months?
I advocate a new Tennessee law requiring public disclosure of all investors in any such entity, no matter its legal form -- LLC, corporation, etc. -- and the amount of ownership held by each investor.
Who are some of the lesser-knowns in this list, and how are they connected?
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
Markos [on left] diggin' Al Franken
Hillary at Presidential Candidates event
Obama at Presidential Candidates event
Jimmy Hoffa, Jr. & Mike Gravel
Passageway from Teamsters' party to main convention center
Rough life for Yearly Kos attendees
The amazing Gina Cooper at the last night's keynote ceremonies
Markos at last night keynote