With the final days of Passover now coming up, Sultan Knish enters a second brief blog hiatus for two days. Regular blogging will again resume Sunday evening. As hiatuses go, I would say that one is pretty short.
Around the world evil meanwhile runs the same old rat race.
Jimmy Carter's Hug Evil tour has fizzled out with criticism from both America and the Arab Palestinian authorities. Carter hoped to show up everyone with an accomplishment, but without access to Federal billions and military pressure, he had to rely to making the rounds of a dictatorship, paying tribute to its murderers, moonbat style, and finally going on his way.
This Jerusalem Post editorial suggests that Carter's campaign against Israel is more about attacking Christian conservatives.
Levine speaks of liberals - the Hebrew Bible's calls for justice are too often twisted into anti-Jewish and anti-Israel rants.
"Jesus becomes the Palestinian martyr crucified once again by the Jews; he is the one killed by the 'patriarchal god of Judaism.'" She adds, "The history is dreadful, and the impression given of Judaism is obscene."
Liberal Protestantism, both in North America and Europe, is experiencing a steep numerical decline. It has lost considerable ground to secular consumerism on the Left and the startling growth of more conservative churches on the Right. This is a galling proposition for a committed liberal Christian such as the former president, who took office in 1977 as America's first openly born-again chief executive.
For Carter, blaming Israel for the Middle East's problems and cuddling up to those who are among the Jewish state's most implacable enemies is an indirect attack on conservative Christians, and most pointedly those who would identify themselves as Christian Zionists, his bitter theological rivals.
While Carter would certainly not be the first leftie to aim a few kicks at the Jews in order to get to the conservative Christians, I don't think it's that simple. Carter has a long history of genuinely hating Israel and Jews.
Rather than being a means to attack conservative Christians, campaign against Israel are part and parcel of the belief system of such liberals as Carter or Obama. Their campaigns against Israel are consistent with their campaigns against America.
It would be inconsistent for Carter not to hate Jews and Israel, just as he hates America and Conservative Christians.
The Sean Bell verdict has come in, and though I'm no apologist for the NYPD, I believe it's the right verdict, when the facts that the media isn't hyping, are taken into account. I think there is far too much casual use of force by the police and while there may have been dubious actions in the Sean Bell case, they never rose to the point of a criminal prosecution.
Bloomberg's leap to judgement against the police was despicable and part and parcel of his odious liberalism and toadying to extremists in exchange for political support.
China and Tibetan protesters appears to be extracting a Pyrrhic victory as the crackdown on foreigners in China, including at least one assault on a volunteer teacher in Hunan, is likely to discourage foreign Olympic visitors.
There are of course the usual government approved demonstrations against foreign businesses and even the occasional protest rally abroad, including in Seattle. With thousands of estimated industrial spies from China in the West, there are no shortage of personnel to send out to shout in front of a building I'm sure.
There are also occasional attempts to exploit social networking to get the Chinese government's message across but they've amounted to very little.
Around the blogsphere, Boker Tov Boulder has a good summary of the funeral for the absurd letter that Sharon touted would protect Israel. Much as I predicted, the letter is being disavowed by the State Department, once more concessions have been pressed into service.
The diplomats have been happy enough to presents letters, agreements and promises that never meant anything. And that's how an autonomous territory ballooned into a terrorist state in the first place.
Maggie's Notebook has a look into the genuinely sick theology behind Wright and Obama.
"Black theology refuses to accept a God who is not identified totally with the goals of the black community. If God is not for us and against white people, then he is a murderer, and we had better kill him. The task of black theology is to kill gods who do not belong to the black community. Black theology will accept only the love of God which participates in the destruction of the white enemy. What we need is the divine love as expressed in black power which is the power of black people to destroy their opinion pressers here and now by any means at their disposal. Unless God is participating in this holy activity, we must reject his love."
The Ol Broad blog has her take on the D.C. disconnect with the real world.
The New Centrist has a thoughtful look at identity and radical politics in the US
It’s my contention, and I realize it’s a strong claim, that most people involved in radical politics in the United States are not involved for reasons that many would consider political. Instead, involvement in these groups and organizations provides a sense of belonging and identity.
Most of the actions that take place under the rubric of “radical politics” in the U.S. has very little actual political content, at least in relation to domestic or foreign policy. As Kevin Harris has argued, many people who join these marginal political groups are participating in a self-delusional political fantasy:
At the Keli Ata blog, more information on the brutal murder of local boy Jonathan Cote in Iraq.
Samurai Mohel updates the increasingly odd story of Edwin Beckford.
Wake up America covers the hypocritical firestorm over Limbaugh's comments and the Recreate 68 hypocrisy.
Lemon Lime Moon writes on Barack Obama: Messiah of Hope, Martyr of Misunderstanding
He and his elitist wife are a extreme parody of snobbery . They are so snobby that they feel they can make absolutely idiotic statements and lies and get away with it.They look so far down their long noses at others that they feel people will accept anything from them and thank them for it too.
Christi Parsons at The Swamp reports this quote from Barack made at Rodeph Shalom synagogue: “My links to the Jewish community are not political," he said. "They preceded my entry into politics.” Yes, they are not just political they are heartfelt and they are anti-Jewish and anti-American , mean spirited and bigotted. His choice of pals shows his position :Farrakhan, Wright and home grown hippy terrorist William Ayers. I would guess the list continues from there and probably gets more interesting
Yid with Lid asks, Will Bush's Legacy Be the Destruction of Israel?
After 9/11 when so many Americans were tragically lost Bush had a change of heart. He came to understand what terrorism was about. His relationship with Israel's leaders became much closer. Bush began to understand that Israel is on the front lines in the war on terror. But now all that has changed, he has gone back to being a Dhimmi,
After the 2006 mid term elections, Bush became for all intents and purposes a lame-duck President. Instead of continuing the fight for what is right, he 'gave in to a Secretary of State who sees the Palestinian terrorists as heroes and the terrorist leader as Martin Luther King.
Meanwhile over at Debbie Schlussel, the story of how Sharia in America destroyed a black couple's restaurant.
Arcapita/First Islamic Investment Bank, is owned by Saudi and other Gulf state sheiks, some of whom are believed to have donated to homicide bomber telethons, and one of whom is from the family that owns Al-Jazeera. And Arcapita/First Islamic still employs another Islamic sharia authority with ties to Al-Qaeda.
Arcapita has acquired businesses and important installations all over America for its wealthy Islamic sheikh owners. As I've noted, Arcapita recently acquired an energy plant in Texas. And, as I've noted over the years, they continue to own Church's Fried Chicken.
The Beasleys owned a Church's Fried Chicken franchise. They planned to offer breakfeast dishes, including pork and bacon. But, once Arcapita acquired Church's, Arcapita's strict sharia compliance requirements were foisted upon the Beasley's and they were restricted from selling the breakfast items. They say this is the reason their business failed and that they were driven to bankruptcy. They lost everything, including their home, as a result