The Irish government attempted to limit US weapons transfers to Israel after the Second Lebanon War, according to a document released by Wikileaks. A diplomatic cable sent from the US embassy in Ireland reveals that “the Irish Government has informally begun to place constraints on US military transits” at Shannon Airport. After the Second Lebanon War, the Irish government tried to prevent weapons from reaching Israel through Shannon Airport. The Irish Department of Transport required that any military equipment passing through the country required “prior notification” and “exemption waivers.” “The Transport Department notice followed upon the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) oral but definitive decision during the Lebanon conflict to forbid US military transits carrying munitions to Israel,” the document reads, “a policy that the DFA did not convey to [the US embassy] before informing the media.” The cable explains that this policy is due to the fact that “segments of the Irish public see the airport as a symbol of Irish complicity in perceived US wrongdoing in the Middle East.”
So good for Ireland for having a backbone and refusing to allow itself to be a conduit of US weapons in a war of aggression and expansion.
We all thought we were done hearing foolish things from Helen Thomas. Boy were we wrong.
Not only does Helen Thomas stand by the controversial comments about Israel that cost her a front-row White House briefing room seat—she’s going even further. During a speech at a Michigan workshop on anti-Arab bias, she said, “Congress, the White House and Hollywood, Wall Street are owned by the Zionists. No question, in my opinion. They put their money where their mouth is. … We’re being pushed into a wrong direction in every way.”
She’s so wrong. It’s the Chinese who own America now, not the Zionists.
I can’t even hear you over the sound of my own disinterest. — Rachel West
Or more exactly, seven pieces of irrefutable evidence that Twitter is stupid (as if the fact that Sarah Palin does it isn’t sufficient):
Behold, what selfish greed does-
The Spanish government has declared a State of Alert following a walkout by air traffic controllers, which has left at least 20,000 Britons stranded. … Hundreds of thousands of passengers were left stranded by the walkout, which came during one of Spain’s busiest weekends for travel. The Spanish government was holding crisis talks to try and force the air traffic controllers back to work, and police were gathering at the control centres in case the government decided to arrest the controllers. “If the situation doesn’t normalise, the government will declare a state of emergency,” said Alfredo Rubalcaba, deputy prime minister, ahead of a hastily assembled cabinet meeting in Madrid.
Absurd. And an utter disregard for anyone but self. The very definition of total depravity.
When I was a kid I couldn’t wait to get up Saturday morning so I could watch all the awesome cartoons. Bugs Bunny, The Roadrunner, all the greats (which now sadly have been replaced by the most witless and feckless commercials called cartoons). That’s right, I said it. Cartoons today are nothing but 30 minute commercials for some stupid product the little darlings don’t even need.
Oh for the days when cartoons were cool…
An animated squirrel slurs his words and bursts into song in a Russian ad campaign to cut alcoholism that has become an unexpected hit, viewed more than one million times on the Internet. The public service ad, mimicking the behaviour of a hard drinker, was commissioned by the health and social development ministry as part of its “healthy lifestyle programme”, a spokeswoman said Friday.
Or so says an official in Afghanistan. Aww… don’t worry- just ask for more money and that will make it all better. That’s all you want from the United States anyway. So just whine a bit and our feckless government will feel badly and toss you some more taxpayer cash (because they’d rather you have it than America’s own unemployed).
Afghanistan’s finance minister warned Saturday that the release of leaked U.S. diplomatic cables will hurt U.S.-Afghan relations, and he denied a report that he called President Hamid Karzai and “extremely weak man.” Afghan Finance Minister Omar Zakhilwal said it will no longer be “business as usual” between key Afghan ministers and U.S. Ambassador Karl Eikenberry.
Yes, the ‘Finance Minister’. Not the Diplomatic Chief. The Finance Minister- or as he should really be called, the guy with one hand stuck out to the US and the other stuck into the pocket of the Taliban.
You watch, American ‘aid’ will increase to Afghanistan. WikiLeaks is a windfall for such nations.
Police think it may have been something as simple as negligence.
The cause of the worst forest fire in Israel’s history is likely negligence, not arson, authorities said Saturday, as firefighters from around the world battled the blaze whipping through northern pine forests toward the Mediterranean. A spokesman for Israel’s police would not go into detail about the kind of negligence or explain why authorities were now leaning away from earlier suspicions of arson until further investigation had been carried out. By midday Saturday, firefighters still had not brought the blaze under control, said the spokesman, Micky Rosenfeld.
Carelessness! Behold, what carelessness can do…
Chris Tilling Singing...
Everyone loves them (even if they’d never admit it in polite company) which means that someone has to do them. Them, of course, refers to the monthly Biblical Studies Carnivals.
The Religion Bulletin did a bang up job on the first of this month and I want to thank them for already signing up to do the November Carnival next year. That’s right, they’ve already signed up to do the Carnival going live December 1, 2011.
Joseph Kelly has the next one and then I’m doing the January Carnival (posting Feb 1). Darrell Pursiful has signed up and we need other folks to as well.
Come on, pick a month. drop me a note or leave a comment. First come, first choice. Joel Watts needs to do one, as does Chris Tilling and Chris Brady; Mark Goodacre ought to do one and so should Chris Heard. Gavin Rumney, I’m looking right at you, and I’m glaring menacingly at Jim Linville, Stephen Smuts, and Robert Cargill.
There are plenty of brilliant bibliobloggers ought there. We just need to have a little devotion to the task and take turns doing something both beneficial and appreciated.
Come to the front. The altar call is over. It’s time to repent your indolence, get off the sidelines, and get into the game. Stop being a spectator. Become a doer.