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Roll up your pant legs. Here comes more Israeli BS.

Bloged in Israelis, World Events by Gutter Grunt Sunday January 23, 2011 at about 3:20 pm

Part I of the Turkel Report on the IDF massacre on the Mavi Marmara in May, 2010 is out.  Keep calm everyone.  Keep calm.  Before you screw up into the ceiling or bust a gut laughing over the idea of Israel publishing an “analysis” of it’s own international crimes, at least have a look at it.

An English version of the 24-page summary is here.  The entire 300-page English version of Part I is here.

OK, now that you’ve seen for yourselves that the report is about as believable as a Kosher pork chop vendor at a Saturday morning farmers’ market, you can screw up into the ceiling and bust a gut laughing.

For instance, the one singular most damning accusation against the IDF is that they executed 19 year-old US citizen Furkan Dogan as he lay unconscious on the deck of the ship, as was found by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. This was reported by Huffington Post, but most of the standard (i.e. Jewish-owned) media ignored it.

How odd that the Turkel summary does not mention either this accusation or Dogan.  Even the detailed full report mentions Dogan only once – predictably claiming he was a terrorist.  See pg. 218.

One laughs at the Turkel report because we know the Israeli government is a pack of liars, particularly the IDF.  A good example is the way the IDF presented photo-shopped “evidence” on the day of the attack of the Mavi Marmara.  They got the Israeli paper Haaretz to publish a faked picture that seemed to show a blood-thirsty terrorist wielding a huge knife on board the ship.  But that frightening photo has been shown by LogoPhere to be faked and I have not been able to find any reference to that event in the Turkel Report.  Until proven otherwise it is safest to assume that it just didn’t happen and there were no Muslim madmen attacking the IDF forces that day.

It is unfortunate that Canada has been dragged into this fray, but Canada’s PM, Steven Harper has been an absolutely dogmatic supporter of Israel, which indicates which side his bread is buttered on.  So it was no surprise when Canadian Brig. Gen. Ken Watkin ret. signed on as an “observer” to the Turkel Commission.  Watkin’s participation is an embarrassment to Canada and instead of providing any validation for the report merely serves as an example of the sort of political perks that Israeli money can buy in Canada.

The psychopathy non sequitur: violent rhetoric and Tuscon

Bloged in America, Wing-Nuts (Right) by Gutter Grunt Saturday January 15, 2011 at about 9:36 pm

How many times have we heard this disclaimer from the right wing-nuts in the last week:  Jared Loughner is a mental case; therefore, none of my rhetoric had anything to do with him gunning down 19 innocent people in Tuscon.

The right wing-nuts of the airwaves – the likes of Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin, Michael Savage – who have been making huge piles of money spewing incendiary, violence-tinged rhetoric, overt threats or innuendos for years now say that because Loughner was a mental case such rhetoric was not in any way a factor in this tragedy.

The non sequitur is, of course, that the existence of mental illness does not excuse the rhetoric, nor does it suggest that the rhetoric was not a causal factor.  In fact, one would presume that such rhetoric would be more likely to set off precisely those people who are having mental and emotional problems.

The interesting legal question would be this: Do popular personalities on the airwaves spewing inflammatory rhetoric have a duty of care to people who are the victims of violence perpetrated by a deranged individual who was set off by that inflammatory rhetoric?  Those who use such rhetoric may well be found liable for negligence if a judge determines that such a duty of care does exist and if a jury can be convinced that a reasonable person would have foreseen that such hate-filled diatribes could set off a sick person like Loughner and lead him to harm himself or others.

Similar to the psychopathy non sequitur is the apolitical non sequitur.  Palin, now fighting for her political future, in her “blood libel” comments stresses her belief that Loughner is “apparently apolitical,” as if that excuses her web site with a gun-sight over Giffords’ district or her “don’t retreat, reload” rhetoric.  But it makes absolutely no difference whether Loughner is Republican, Democratic, or apolitical.  What makes a difference is whether he is a mentally sick person and therefore susceptible to violent innuendos and distorted world-views promulgated by popular airwave personalities getting paid big bucks.

A Beckian torpedo finds its mark.

Bloged in America, Wing-Nuts (Right) by Gutter Grunt Saturday January 8, 2011 at about 8:46 pm

Jan08.2011.  Tuscon, Arizona.

Finally, one of the many torpedoes launched by the hate-filled diatribes of the likes of Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin has hit its mark.

This shooting will do more to change politics in America than any other assassination or assassination attempt in America’s history.

Stand up, Glenn, and take another one of your teary-eyed bows.  You betcha’.

Here’s a quote from Sheriff Clarence Dupnik regarding the shooting.  Remember him?  He’s the Pima County antithesis of Maricopa County’s (Phoenix) sheriff Nematode Joe Arpaio.  Dupnik is the one that has refused to enforce Brewer’s racist anti-immigration law:

“When you look at unbalanced people, how they respond to the vitriol that comes out of certain mouths about tearing down the government. The anger, the hatred, the bigotry that goes on in this country is getting to be outrageous. And, unfortunately, Arizona I think has become sort of the capital. We have become the Mecca for prejudice and bigotry.

“It’s not unusual for all public officials to get threats constantly, myself included. And that’s the sad thing of what’s going on in America. Pretty soon, we’re not going to be able to find reasonable, decent people who are willing to subject themselves to serve in public office.”

“Let me just say one thing, because people tend to poo-poo this business about all the vitriol that we hear inflaming the American public by people who make a living off of doing that. That may be free speech. But it’s not without consequences.”

REPORTER: How do you know that that’s what caused it.

DUPNIK: You don’t.

Maybe you don’t at the moment, but you will . . .

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