Sunday, June 15, 2008



I went to speak at an informal Democratic club brunch in Los Angeles today. Even though I was fasting, it was very pleasant and enjoyable. After I was finished explaining why Rahm Emanuel is Satan and the other stuff I talk about when I get within earshot of 3 people, there was a discussion and several former Clinton backers-- all are now Obama supporters-- brought up that some of the old yentas on Fairfax Blvd are still not convinced that Obama's the one. "They say he's a Muslim," one woman told me. Another said that many don't believe he's strong enough on Israel.

I pointed out that Obama already went too far in placating the Zionist vote when he spoke at AIPAC and that anyone who still repeats those kinds of charges either is too dumb to understand a simple declarative sentence or-- more likely-- is a racist who find sit more comfortable to say that "Obama might not be strong on Israel" rather that "I hate schvartzes," the real reason for whatever small discontent we're seeing from the same small number of Jews we always see before election time. Polling, as we've been pointing out, shows that far more Democrats support Obama than Republicans support McCain and that Jews overwhelmingly support Obama, regardless of GOP propaganda efforts claiming the contrary.

Perhaps there will be some old fressers on Fairfax that will never vote for Obama until he wraps tefillin around himself, but by that time he'll start losing normal people-- including normal Jewish American Democrats.

Suppose Obama were to make a speech and say that "the thousands of housing units Israel is building on captured land were harming peace talks with the Palestinians?" Well, it would be true and obvious. But don't you think there would be an uproar on Fairfax Avenue? McCain would be putting out press releases and Fox would be predicting that Obama will bring on the end of Israel. Well those words were spoken today-- but not, unfortunately, by Obama. They came from the Bush Regime. Ah... finally something McCain can disagree with!
On the latest of her nearly monthly visits here to push along Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, Ms. Rice was more explicit than usual in asserting that the construction is reducing confidence in the talks. The United States hopes to get the two sides to produce a peace framework by year’s end, but the Palestinians say the new housing is a big stumbling block.

Referring to the construction of what Israel considers Jerusalem neighborhoods but much of the world considers illegal settlements, Ms. Rice said, “I do believe, and the United States believes, that the actions and the announcements that are taking place are indeed having a negative effect on the atmosphere for the negotiation-- and that is not what we want.”

She stressed that any such building would not be considered permanent by the United States, saying, “The issue is to try to get back to a place where there is some confidence that this is not an effort to dictate or prejudge the final status outcome.”

I'm an American and I expect an American president to look out for the interests of the United States first and foremost. Rice was doing that for Bush today. McCain, Clinton and Obama weren't doing that when they prostrated themselves-- unseemingly-- before AIPAC recently. It made me want to puke.

There are always members of minority groups, Jews included, who support the right-wing, even if the right-wing puts them in ovens and kills them. Early on in Hitler's rise to power, he had a superstar clairvoyant, Erik Jan Hanussen, who helped him gain control of Germany. Hannusen, who was Jewish, used his inside Nazi knowledge to predict Germany's 9/11-- the staged Reichstag fire, which Hitler used the same way Bush used 9/11-- and which very much helped Chancellor Hitler consolidate dictatorial control over Germany. That same year Hanussen was murdered by some of Hitler's Sturmabteilung (aka- the SA).

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At 7:25 AM, Blogger Jill said...

Israel is the 800-pound gorilla in the room in any presidential campaign, and the Century Village set seems to have more influence than even AIPAC does. I think it's incumbent on JEWISH bloggers (of which I am one) to talk about this head-on. Because the easy way out is to say whatever is necessary to placate these people, who whatever else they do, they do vote. And like it or not, Obama is going to have to visit every fucking retirement community and every fucking assisted living residence in Florida if he wants to counteract this.

With Israel putting pressure on the U.S. to attack Iran because the Israeli government seems to think the U.S. exists solely to keep it safe, it's doubly important to establish some kind of balance.

At 1:48 PM, Blogger Ojalanpoika said...

Jeru-salaam, -shalom & -salem,

Could you kindly comment, whether my details are correct in a dissident essay concerning the recent scaling up of production in the Israeli high Tech companies in: ?

E.g. "...It is United States that profits from Israel, rather than the opposite. Israel got some 120 million € in 2007, but open brain drain is its prerequisite. Astonishing number of 25% of the Israeli researchers have moved to the United States - and this figure does not yet include the people with double citizenship. The next largest drain of researchers are 12.2% from Canada, 4.3% from Netherlands, and 4.2% from Italy.

The population of Arabs under the Israeli government increased ten-fold in only 57 years. Palestinian life expectancy increased from 48 to 72 years in 1967-95. The death rate decreased by over 2/3 in 1970-90 and the Israeli medical campaigns decreased the child death rate from a level of 60 per 1000 in 1968 to 15 per 1000 in 2000 at the Westbank. (An analogous figure was 64 in Iraq, 40 in Egypt, 23 in Jordan, and 22 in Syria in 2000). During 1967-88 the amount of comprehensive schoold and second level polytechnic institutes for the Arabs was increased by 35%. During 1970-86 the proportion of Palestinian women at the West Bank and Gaza not having gone to school decreased from 67 % to 32 %. The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita in West Bank and Gaza increased in 1968-1991 from 165 US dollars to 1715 dollars (compare with 1630$ in Turkey, 1440$ in Tunis, 1050$ in Jordan, 800$ in Syria, 600$ in Egypt. and 400$ in Yemen).

Before the Second Intifada, there were nearly 200 Israeli companies listed in the Nasdaq, at the Intifada the count dropped to 70. (The number is still greater than from all the European countries combined). It is said that the dollars are green since the Americans pull them down from the tree raw and fresh. The start-ups are imported straight from the garage, and scaling up of production in the "conflict hotspot" has been considered impossible. But the new Millennium has brought a change in tide.

As an example, the supranational Intel transferred the mass production of Centricon-processors to Israel, where ~20% of citizens possess university decrees (ranking 3rd in the world) but where the environment respects patents and are not plagiating every item they produce to others like the rocketting China. Intel was also offered an overall tax rate of 10%, which is about three times lower than that of US.

Recovering from hemorrhage in the left hemisphere of the brain,
Pauli Ojala, evolutionary critic
Biochemist, drop-out (MSci-Master of Sciing)
Helsinki, Finland


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