Guess what? More Bernie Sanders . . .

February 6, 2016

On Saturday Night Live . . .


Bernie Sanders Rocks

January 24, 2016

Alternative rocker Lissie talks about her new album and–guess what?–Bernie Sanders:


You can hear the wind blowing over the rubble . . .

November 26, 2012

As the dust settles in Palestine.

The Gaza Strip

“. . . the killing of entire families and the destruction of government buildings and police stations, far from encouraging Palestinians to submit, will only fortify their resistance, something Israel might have learned by consulting the pages of recent Jewish history. The Palestinians understand that they are no longer facing Israel on their own: Israel, not Hamas, is the region’s pariah. The Arab world is changing, but Israel is not. Instead, it has retreated further behind Jabotinsky’s ‘iron wall’, deepening its hold on the Occupied Territories, thumbing its nose at a region that is at last acquiring a taste of its own power, exploding in spasms of high-tech violence that fail to conceal its lack of a political strategy to end the conflict.”

Why Israel Didn’t Win” by Adam Shatz, online only at the London Review of Books‘ website.


Contrasts in Approach

November 20, 2012

Gaza Under Attack

Barenboim in Gaza

Gaza-related material linked with the images above, and then there’s “Music for Peace in Gaza and Israel: Leonard Cohen, Steve Earle, Daniel Barenboim” blogged by Greg Mitchell at The Nation.


Inheriting the Wind Department:

November 18, 2012

I Am Jewish and I Want Israel to Stop Killing Palestinians

A Pillar Built on Sand” is John Mearsheimer’s careful and scrutinizing assessment of the current and ongoing–and characteristically cruel–devastation of the Palestinian Gaza Strip by Israel’s military, at the London Review of Books‘ website.


Half donkey, half elephant, and all turkey, Election Day once again looms like a gigantic, querulous vulture over this once great nation . . .

November 4, 2012

. . . casting its grotesquely contorted shadow like some cosmic, Lovecraftian evil upon the future, it’s fetid, Robber Baron breath wafting over the world, its horrific gobble-gobbling sending shivers of  raw adrenal hysteria across corporate airwaves and cables, the faint hope of the Occupy movement flickers on . . . .

Half Donkey Half Elephant All Turkey

Stiffed” at the London Review of Books‘ website is David Runciman’s take on The Occupy Handbook and the socio-political phenomenon which spawned it. Runciman isn’t particularly hopeful about the whole Occupy thing, and he’s especially disdainful–or at least acutely critical–of the raft of Occupy-inspired slogans based on percentage-points–although some may be effective rallying cries (“We are the 99%!”) and others obnoxious political gaffs (Romney’s “47%” foot-in-mouth affliction), Runciman doesn’t see much that is real in most of the numbers. It’s a pretty thoughtful article and an interesting read, even if I think that the Occupy movement has more resilience than Runciman’s assessment credits it.


Reader #4: Happy Halloween!

November 1, 2012

Boo!