This is funny

Just in case you think otherwise, I have no views on Ms Palin as politician, or intellectual. It’s just plain funny.

(Thanks to Steve.)

The thinking Zionist

Here’s a great comment from the Elder of Ziyon, discussing the outcome of Saudi Arabia’s Al Madina asking their “experts” why “the Jews” succeeded in criminalizing Holocaust denial, but Muslims have failed to criminalize “defamation of religions” (the emphasis is mine):

Anti-semitism remains real – and especially potent in the Muslim world. Last week a Jordanian newspaper called for the genocide of Jews, without the least hint of embarrassment. The answers given by these Saudi “experts” show also that Muslim anti-semitism is alive and well, and paradoxically give more reasons to enforce laws against hate. And their anti-semitism is so ingrained that they don’t even notice it.

I want to take up the last point, about Muslim anti-semitism being ingrained. (Dare I say, it’s part of the culture? Or, is that not politically correct?) Based on what I have seen and read – not a scientific review by any stretch of the imagination – it appears to me that there are nuances of anti-semitism in play here. But while there are various types of anti-semitism, all are fueled by the mainstream Arab and Muslim media. Quite why the West doesn’t ‘get’ this is beyond me. Why the West doesn’t appreciate the ramifications is also beyond me. And, regardless of partisan politics in America, isn’t it time that the White House said: “No more.”

The Elder of Ziyon commentary is here, and the piece about the Jordanian newspaper is here.

The thinking cyclist

Here’s a great comment from the Economist‘s online site, discussing an article – Vive La Revolution – about the renaissance of cycling in America:

Cycle of life. As hundreds of millions of Indians and Chinese aspire to get off bicycles onto some motorized mode of transport, their richer counterparts in Western nations somehow feel the urge to go in the other direction.

The article is here (though the paywall might keep you out).

M is for… (links!)

Some links for you:

M is for marathon

The New Yorker has a fascinating story about an unknown (well, previously unknown) Michigan dentist who has been performing near miracle heights (for an amateur) in marathon races. It’s fascinating, because it appears the runner cheats, but nobody knows how he does it. See here. (Thanks to Bruce Schneier.)

M is for Ma’an

An almost unbelievable piece at the Ma’an News Agency here, which is Hamas official Mahmoud Zahhar telling all and sundry that Gaza is unoccupied and prospering. I’ll say that again: Gaza is unoccupied and prospering.  As the Elder of Ziyon puts it:

But why does the media rush to trumpet any statement or report that says that Gaza is a humanitarian disaster under brutal Israel occupation and they ignore statements by Gaza’s own leaders that say the opposite? The Gaza meme is obviously more attractive than honest reporting.

Hard to argue with. (Thanks to the Elder of Ziyon.)

M is for murder, G is for genocide

Finally, a sombre reminder of where we are in the world today, and where we have been before, when it comes to the topic of genocide. The Times of Israel has a post about the world’s top expert on genocide. Their subtitle:

Gregory Stanton, founder of Genocide Watch, says Iran has taken six of the eight steps on path to genocide.

See here. Food for thought. For those capable of independent thought, that is…

And we’re back!

Rosh Hashanah – and the enforced blogging break – is over; next on the big events list is Yom Kippur, next Tuesday night/Wednesday. But before that, tomorrow is the minor fast of Tzom Gedalya (which snappily translates to, er, the Fast of Gedalya…) and means I’ll be having a big supper tonight! I have blogged about minor fasts before, but don’t think I have mentioned the Yom Kippur Warm Up Event before. In a nutshell, it’s a Rabbinic imposition, to remember the killing of Gedalya ben Achikam, a type of “governor” of Israel in the time of Nebuchadnezzar (sp?). More details here and here. It’s not a fully fledged festival, so – hey, good news – I get to go to work. And I don’t think there’s a ban on blogging during a minor fast. (If there is, tell me after the fast, please.)  I hope you all have a great week.

Shanah Tovah! Happy New Year!

Spot the greeting

So, tonight we start Rosh Hashanah, and it’s goodbye to 5772 and hello to 5773. What a year that was, and next year promises to be even more… interesting.

I’ve completed the introspection, made my resolution, and am all set.

The girls have been busy in the kitchen. Delicious smells waft out to tempt me from the computer. But I need to get this done.

A sweet and happy New Year to you all; may it be a time of health and happiness. And peace. For everyone.

Shanah Tovah!

A Post Office Story

“We keep each other company.”

As well as shopping on trips to the UK, one of the other ways of getting supplies is ordering over the internet. However, with any package bigger than a standard letter, the postal service cannot deliver it to our door (or 99% of Israeli homes, I guess) because we have a teensy weensy mailbox down in the building lobby. So, the service deliver a red and white postcard to the mailbox, inviting you to pickup your delivery from the local Post Office. Receiving such a card is a very pleasant, uplifting experience. Collecting the item concerned isn’t always as fun… Continue reading


Mr Cool preparing Cool Stuff.

So, as I was saying, about that night in the park…

On Thursday night, Sarah-Lee took part in a Circuit Training competition. Circuit Training? Think push-ups, squat thrusts, sit-ups, and all those horrible, hard to do exercises. Interspersed with a little running, and some pain, some sweat, and a sense of achievement at the end. (Never got that far, personally…Continue reading

Red news flash

I spotted a Ducati in the car park at Hayarkon Park, Tel Aviv on Thursday night. A glorious red, lean, mean machine.

All being well, I’ll post more information about the night in the park, soon. Meantime, I’m enjoying the picture.