Friday, May 05, 2006

Flower power

Israeli PM Olmert has announced his plan to establish unilateral borders for Israel, stealing a good chunk of the West Bank. Netanyahu criticizes him for rewarding Palestinian violence, although to me it looks rather like rewarding Israeli violence. Olmert justifies abandoning small Jewish settlements on the grounds of racial purity, saying they “create an intermingling of populations which is impossible to separate, and which endangers the state of Israel as a Jewish state.” Also, why has so little attention been given in the American media (this is a rhetorical question) to Avigdor Lieberman, who thinks Netanyahu is a dangerous softie, and his racist Yisrael Beiteinu (Israel Our Home) party, mostly consisting of immigrants from the former USSR, which won 10% of Knesset seats? Lieberman today called for Palestinian members of the Knesset to be executed if they have any contact with Hamas or fail to express adequate enthusiasm on Independence Day.

Iraqi police have been killing homosexuals. Sistani ruled that they must be killed in the “worst, most severe way.”

However, intolerance is not growing everywhere. A Greek court has just re-legalized the worship of Zeus and his posse. Evidently until now, Christianity, Judaism and Islam were the only legal religions in Greece.

Atrios wrote something – “Apparently Frist fristed himself with his grand plan to give out ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS.” – that finally made me realize who it was this whole thing reminded me of: Dr. Evil.

From the WaPo: “More than 1,000 riot officers firing tear gas entered a town at the edge of Mexico City on Thursday to hunt for agents taken hostage in a riot sparked by flower traders that left at least one person dead.” Yes, “a riot sparked by flower traders”. There’s a phrase you do not hear every day.

Another picture from the National Day of Prayer. Captions?

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