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A number of people wrote with comments about the item I posted last week, “Obama Wins Coveted Hamas Un-endorsement with AIPAC Speech”. Here are two different takes, both that make a lot of sense. First, is part of a letter from Marcus Wofford, who writes:
Let’s be honest here, it ain’t hard to figure out why Obama’s stand has changed. Judging from all the media outlets over the last
couple of months, Obama was in serious danger of losing the Jewish vote…It is really questionable whether or not it’s possible for a Democrat to be elected without Jewish support. So, ipso facto, Obama makes a hawkish speech catering to the Zionist movement. Reining in Israel will take a movement from within American
Jewry. And, honestly, that doesn’t look like it’s anywhere in the pipeline.
However, one thing is certain, McCain is as likely to
antagonize the Religious Right segment of his base by negotiating
with the Palestinians as he is to sprout wings and fly. Obama may have flip-flopped, but he’s still our only hope.
The second letter is from Joel Harvey, who said:
A guy that you thought would be honest about the situation in Israeli-occupied Palestine does what every other major party politician has to do, murder his own values and belief system…A shameful display by a man who somehow seemed larger to me than maybe he should have in retrospect. The Democratic Party and Obama are behind the curve on every issue of importance to thinking people in this country and in the world, this type of pandering only goes to demonstrate the inadequacy of the two
More from Ken Silverstein:
Perspective — October 23, 2013, 8:00 am
How pro-oil Louisiana politicians have shaped American environmental policy
Postcard — October 16, 2013, 8:00 am
A trip to one of the properties at issue in Louisiana’s oil-pollution lawsuits
Fleming awoke in the dark and his room felt loose, sloshing so badly he gripped the bed. From his window there was nothing but a hallway, and if he craned his neck, a blown lightbulb swung into view. The room pitched up and down and for a moment he thought he might be sick. The word “hallway” must have a nautical name. Why didn’t they supply a glossary for this cruise? Probably they had, in the welcome packet he’d failed to read. A glossary. A history of the boat, which would be referred to as a ship. Sunny biographies of the captain and crew, who had always dreamed of this life. Lobotomized histories of the islands they’d visit. Who else had sailed this way. Famous suckwads from the past, slicing through this very water on wooden longships.
A welcome packet, the literary genre most likely to succeed in the new millennium. Why not read about a community you don’t belong to, that doesn’t actually exist, a captain and crew who are, in reality, if that isn’t too much of a downer on your vacation, as indifferent to one another as any set of co-employees at an office or bank? Read doctored personal statements from underpaid crew members — because ocean life pays better than money! — who hate their lives but have been forced to buy into the mythology of working on a boat, separated now from loved ones and friends, growing lonelier by the second, even while they wait on you and follow your every order.
Number of people stopped and frisked by the NYPD in 2011 for “furtive movements”:
The faces of Lego people were growing angrier.
Four people were arrested for using a remote-controlled hexacopter to fly two pounds of tobacco to prisoners inside the yard at Calhoun State Prison in Georgia.
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Our congratulations to Alice Munro, winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize for Literature