Saturday, July 26, 2014

Between Fact and Fiction

Brendan O'Neill nails it.  A couple of weeks old but well worth the read.

Why are Western liberals always more offended by Israeli militarism than by any other kind of militarism? It’s extraordinary. France can invade Mali and there won’t be loud, rowdy protests by peaceniks in Paris. David Cameron, backed by a whopping 557 members of parliament, can order airstrikes on Libya and British leftists won’t give over their Twitterfeeds to publishing gruesome pics of the Libyan civilians killed as a consequence. President Obama can resume his drone attacks in Pakistan, killing 13 people in one strike last month, and Washington won’t be besieged by angry anti-war folk demanding ‘Hands off Pakistan’. But the minute Israel fires a rocket into Gaza, the second Israeli politicians say they’re at war again with Hamas, radicals in all these Western nations will take to the streets, wave hyperbolic placards, fulminate on Twitter, publish pictures of dead Palestinian children, publish the names and ages of everyone ‘MURDERED BY ISRAEL’, and generally scream about Israeli ‘bloodletting’. (When the West bombs another country, it’s ‘war’; when Israel does it, it’s ‘bloodletting’.)

And it only gets better.  Go read it all.

H/T annie

Thursday, July 24, 2014

In Linden We Trust

It’s mid-Summer—well, okay, I’m in the Southern Hemisphere so it’s mid-Winter—so that means it’s time to set aside all this talk of war, disaster, nationalism, dysfunctional governments and who-shot-who-first-ism and move to what is really important:  Hockey.  Specifically, your Vancouver Canucks.

A Double Feature

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

U.S. Dept. of State Announces Millions in Aid for Gaza

Excerpt, public press release, U.S. Department of State, July 22, 2014:

QUESTION: Mr. Secretary, can you tell us about the new aid that you’re announcing for Gaza today?

SECRETARY KERRY: Let me just say to everybody that, first of all, President Obama and all of us are deeply appreciative for the secretary general’s significant efforts to try to help bring about a cease-fire in the conflict in Gaza. And the secretary general has been meeting in the region, but he purposefully stayed over here a little extra time in order that we could meet and discuss ways in which we might be able to bring about or encourage the parties to embrace a cease-fire under the right circumstances.

We are deeply concerned about the consequences of Israel’s appropriate and legitimate effort to defend itself. No country can stand by while rockets are attacking it and tunnels are dug in order to come into your country and assault your people. But always, in any kind of conflict there is a concern about civilians, about children, women, communities that are caught in it. And we are particularly trying to focus on a way to respond to their very significant needs.

On behalf of President Obama and the United States, I’m privileged to announce tonight that the United States will immediately provide $47 million in order to provide direct humanitarian assistance of no other kind but humanitarian assistance to try to alleviate some of the immediate humanitarian crisis.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Remembering Solus

I'd almost forgotten to raise Solus' memorial yesterday - managed to do so while it was still the seventeenth, at least on the west coast.

Missing him keenly in these strange days of terrible wonder.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Am Yisrael Chai

So proud to call Stephen Harper my Prime Minister.  Outstanding supporter of Israel once again, and always.  Bravo sir, bravo.

"Ottawa, Ontario13 July 2014

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement in response to the situation in Israel:

 “The indiscriminate rocket attacks from Gaza on Israel are terrorist acts, for which there is no justification. It is evident that Hamas is deliberately using human shields to further terror in the region. “Failure by the international community to condemn these reprehensible actions would encourage these terrorists to continue their appalling actions. Canada calls on its allies and partners to recognize that these terrorist acts are unacceptable and that solidarity with Israel is the best way of stopping the conflict. “Canada is unequivocally behind Israel. We support its right to defend itself, by itself, against these terror attacks, and urge Hamas to immediately cease their indiscriminate attacks on innocent Israeli civilians. “Canada reiterates its call for the Palestinian government to disarm Hamas and other Palestinian terrorist groups operating in Gaza, including the Iranian proxy, Palestinian Islamic Jihad.” "

Stand with Israel.  Pray for Israel.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Geek Heaven - CosPlay

For us computer games geeks, cosplay (costume play) reminds us that we are not alone...

From the Witcher series of computer games, the sorceress Triss Marigold:

And, in CosPlay:

And from the world of Fallout...the New California Republic's Veteran Ranger:

And, in CosPlay: