Joe is really hitting the Sanjay Gupta appointment as a gag. I don’t see the problem with it. A lot of it is just communication and he certainly qualifies as a communicator and as a doctor.

Have you noticed that it is apparently no longer racist to say Barack Hussein Obama? I personally don’t think it ever was.

I’m not a huge fan of Al Franken for the senate and I do have a soft spot for him due to his works with the USO, but I don’t see the point of hitting him for comedy clips that he did. He is a comedian what do you expect?

Update: Apparently on the Today Show this isn’t true.

7:38 a.m. The NBC middle east reporter seemed tongue tied when Joe questioned the anti-Israel line.

7:42 a.m Joe just asked Dan Rather why the press doesn’t care or get involved when the rockets are firing but only when Israel hits back. Rather agreed saying that for some reason it doesn’t rate a story and said he doesn’t understand why. Barnicle correctly pointed out that this is used as a distraction by dictators.

Is it just me or is Mika kind of quiet today?

8:07 a.m. When Martin Indyk was asked why Hamas fired rockets at Israel, the subject of Hamas calling for the destruction of Israel never came up in his reasoning. Hamas has never needed a reason to kill Jews.

You know after schools that were closed from the 11th-the 23rd last month the last thing we needed was more ice.

However we will be getting ice all day today. Lets see if the replacement power lines hold up.

The only bright side is that presumably all the trees that were not going to make it have already come down with the last storm.

Until didn’t cover itself with glory last month, lets see what happens.

At this rate the kids will be in school till July.

There has been a lot of loose talk over the years of civil liberties being eroded but this looks like the real thing:

THE Home Office has quietly adopted a new plan to allow police across Britain routinely to hack into people’s personal computers without a warrant.

The quietly part really bothers me almost as much as the without a warrant

The strategy will allow French, German and other EU forces to ask British officers to hack into someone’s UK computer and pass over any material gleaned.

That is an incredible surrender of sovereignty.

Police might also send an e-mail to a suspect’s computer. The message would include an attachment that contained a virus or “malware”. If the attachment was opened, the remote search facility would be covertly activated. Alternatively, police could park outside a suspect’s home and hack into his or her hard drive using the wireless network.

That is interesting, would it be made illegal for makers of anti-spyware software to block or stop this stuff?

The idea that this can be done without an explicit vote in Parliament is disgusting. Regardless of your opinion of the patriot act in the US the Congress passed it out of both houses and the president did sign it. This is being done without the consent of the people at all.

The actual story is here. Via insty &

I’ve been wrestling with a post I made yesterday through several replies and updates. I think Jeff Goldberg (via Glenn) in the Atlantic expressed what I’ve been thinking much better than me:

Okay, yesterday I was depressed. Today, I’m just pissed off. It’s absolutely astonishing to me how interested the world is in Israel’s failings. This is the source of a bitter but hilarious observation I once heard a Kurdish leader make: He was complaining to me that his people were cursed, and I asked him what he meant: Cursed by geography, cursed by their proximity to Kurd-hating Arabs, what? He said the Kurds were cursed because they didn’t have Jewish enemies. Only with Jewish enemies would the world pay attention to their plight.

we’ve all seen endless pictures of dead Palestinian children now. It’s a terrible, ghastly, horrible thing, the deaths of children, and for the parents it doesn’t matter if they were killed by accident or by mistake. But ask yourselves this: Why are these pictures so omnipresent? I’ll tell you why, again from firsthand, and repeated, experience: Hamas (and the Aksa Brigades, and Islamic Jihad, the whole bunch) prevents the burial, or even preparation of the bodies for burial, until the bodies are used as props in the Palestinian Passion Play. Once, in Khan Younis, I actually saw gunmen unwrap a shrouded body, carry it a hundred yards and position it atop a pile of rubble — and then wait a half-hour until photographers showed. It was one of the more horrible things I’ve seen in my life. And it’s typical of Hamas. If reporters would probe deeper, they’d learn the awful truth of Hamas. But Palestinian moral failings are not of great interest to many people.

The question is why are Palestinian moral failings not of great interest to people, why are the Kurds cursed to not have Jewish foes?

Can someone on the left explain this to me? I really need an answer to this that leads me to different conclusions.

Via Israellycool this Arab written article is rather amazing:

With Israel entering its fourth week of an incursion into the same Gaza Strip it voluntarily evacuated a few months ago, a sense of reality among Arabs is spreading through commentary by Arab pundits, letters to the editor, and political talk shows on Arabic-language TV networks. The new views are stunning both in their maturity and in their realism. The best way I can think of to convey them is in the form of a letter to the Palestinian Arabs from their Arab friends:

Dear Palestinian Arab brethren:

The war with Israel is over.

You have lost. Surrender and negotiate to secure a future for your children.

The next phrase sounds just like Sherman:

…you and your leaders have wasted three generations trying to fight for Palestine, but the truth is the Palestine you could have had in 1948 is much bigger than the one you could have had in 1967, which in turn is much bigger than what you may have to settle for now or in another 10 years. Struggle means less land and more misery and utter loneliness.

At the moment, brothers, you would be lucky to secure a semblance of a state in that Gaza Strip into which you have all crowded, and a small part of the West Bank of the Jordan. It isn’t going to get better.

Here is Sherman in Jan 1964

Three years ago by a little reflection and patience they could have had a hundred years of peace and prosperity, but they preferred war; very well. Last year they could have saved their slaves, but now it is too late.

All the powers of earth cannot restore to them their slaves, any more than their dead grandfathers. Next year their lands will be taken, for in war we can take them, and rightfully, too, and in another year they may beg in vain for their lives. A people who will persevere in war beyond a certain limit ought to know the consequences.

I attribute Arab movement in this direction to three things: The War in Iraq, The Gaza withdrawal, and Iran’s move for the bomb. It remains to be seen if Israel can win the propaganda war. If it can the whole dynamic of the area can change.

We can be sure that unless totally destroyed Hamas will hold out till at least the 20th to see if there is any change with the new president. It will be interesting. Arthur or Carter. Believe it or not I’m betting Arthur.

The Baseball Hall of fame voting is coming up the only shoo-in on the list is Rickey Henderson. Of the remaining people on the list only David Cone and Mark Grace even deserve a thought and that thought would be brief.

As for the people already on the list Harold Baines, Bert Blyleven, Andre Dawson. Tommy John, Don Mattingly, Jack Morris, Dale Murphy, Dave Parker, Tim Raines, Jim Rice, Lee Smith and Alan Trammell. Other than Parker and Baines and perhaps Mattingly there isn’t anyone on the list that would be a bad choice. There are currently people in the Hall less worthy than any one of them. Personally I’d vote of Blyleven, Dawson and perhaps Rice and Murphy. Jack Morris is a tough call for me but still a no. So is Trammell

Ironically if I had to pick a starter for a single game from the list above that I had to win; it would be Morris. Likewise if I needed one hit at one critical at bat from the list, my choice would be Baines.