Saturday, December 03, 2011
They spent all their time reading comics like X-Men without knowing the creators were Jewish?
But now, let's turn to the really sad part here, that being the commentors on their forum who replied to this subject. For example, one person said:
I cannot wait until Sooraya (Dust) rescues some Palestinian mutants from the hands of the IDF. Wait... that would never happen because Israel is a good country, correct?And another said:
The above panel is disgusting. It's exactly the sort of commentary that a comic book, with its manichean morality, doesn't have the authority to comment on.
"DO YOU THINK THIS X ON MY BELT STANDS FOR THE X CHROMOSOME THAT I HAVE IN A MATCHED PAIR?!"And then there's this one:
(Silliness aside, I can take this sort of nonsense in comics about as seriously as I can take Ultimate Captain Jingoism^America's political statements, which is to say not at all)
Is Kitty nuts? She may start wwiii.Gee, such language. I'm sure not all of those who've got negative sentiments like what the above imply are British, but they sure are degrading. One can only wonder what they'd say if there was ever a character in these books of Armenian descent.
Mel Gibson's right. Mutant Jews start all the wars. Nice job, sugartits.
And for anyone that lugubrious, we've got some most excruciatingly bad news for them: didn't they know that Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster, Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Joe Simon, and quite a few other contributors to US comics like these were Jewish? Even Chris Claremont, to my knowledge, may have some Jewish ancestry, though he's certainly one of the kind of British natives who could have French ancestry. My point is: if they have such negative sentiments towards Israel/Jews and even Americans, for that matter, why would they even bother to read their stuff? If I were in their position, I don't think I'd be in such a hurry to read something made by the very people whom those shady characters seem to despise.
But, if the above is any suggestion, we'll probably be seeing some of these creepy people making an exodus from the readership of Jewish-created American comics soon, if they haven't done so already. And if these are bad Brits making those dismal cracks, we can probably figure they'll turn their money back towards buying Judge Dredd, the comic whose main achievement seems to be depicting the USA as a quasi-totalitarian regime. Simply put, if they don't like Jews/Israel/America, they shouldn't bother about their creations and products, and that could even include a computer brand called Pentium.
Life is full of mysteries, and that could even include why anyone in the UK would care to attack Rupert Murdoch after all the time he's been cozy with Saudi prince Alwaleed bin Talal, now that I think of the subject. Speaking of which, Diana West has some info on Khaled, the brother of the prince, who said something very obscene - offering money to kidnap Israeli soldiers - that likely won't be published by FOX and NewsCorp because Murdoch wouldn't want to strain relations with the oh-so important prince. You know some British who don't like Murdoch are going to come away feeling stunned by that information.
And not for Las Vegas use, either
Taiwan developing non-nuclear EMP weapons for future ‘electromagnetic’ war with China
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Friday, December 02, 2011
What was left out of the story was that a great many people were simply buying things for themselves that they couldn't ordinarily afford the rest of the year.
And that includes handguns. Lots of 'em.
This is such a heartwarming story.
(wonder if these folks know something I don't. . .)
Merry Christmas! Record Number Bought Guns on Black Friday
Data derived from the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) shows that November 25, 2011, Black Friday,
Data derived from the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) shows that November 25, 2011, Black Friday, had the most background checks for firearm purchases in a single day (129,166) with a 32 percent increase over the previous NICS high (November 28, 2008). Federal law requires FBI background checks on all individuals purchasing firearms from federally licensed retailers.
These statistics represent the number of firearm background checks initiated through NICS. They do not represent the number of firearms sold. Based on varying state laws and purchase scenarios, a one-to-one correlation cannot be made between a firearm background check and a firearm sale.
“More citizens lawfully exercising their Second Amendment right to carry a firearm, coupled with a growing awareness since the Supreme Court’s decisions in Heller and McDonald that the Second Amendment protects an individual fundamental right to keep and bear arms, helps to explain the continuing rise in sales of firearms and firearm-related products throughout the Untied States,” said National Shooting Sports Foundation Senior Vice President and General Counsel Lawrence G. Keane. “Clearly, Black Friday was a big day for both the firearms industry and our nation’s law-abiding gun owners.”
NICS Firearm Background Checks — Friday, November 25, 2011
Total NICS Checks—129,166 (highest day ever) 32.01 percent over Friday, November 28, 2008
Federal Checks—81,609 (highest day ever) 26.69 percent over Friday, November 28, 2008
POC State Checks—47,557 (4th highest day)
NICS Contracted Call Centers—69,497 (highest day ever) 16.30 percent over Friday, November 28, 2008
NICS E-Check—11,953 (highest day ever) 119.76 percent over Friday, February 11, 2011
The Arab Times Are A' Changin'
The Arab Spring In Tunisia
Tunisia: Muslims besiege university, take hostages to demand face veils, end of mixed classesRemember this about Tunisia:
...Tunisia's Salafists have become more assertive in recent months, following the revolution that ousted a staunchly secular regime along with president Zine el Abidine Ben Ali in January following mass protests....
Tunisia has relations with both the European Union—with whom it has an association agreement—and the Arab world. Tunisia is also a member of the Arab Maghreb Union, the Arab League and the African Union. Tunisia has established close relations with France in particular, through economic cooperation, industrial modernization, and privatisation programs. The government's approach to the Israel-Palestine conflict has also made it an intermediary in Middle Eastern diplomacy.Look for the Arab Spring to appear in the West within the next several months as Muslims living in the West more actively seek "the will of Allah." The jihadists are making it plain that they have "found the will of Allah" as the Arab Spring continues to sweep through the Islamic world.
The Arab Spring isn't a movement for freedom. Rather, it's the revival of fundamentalist Islam in places where fundamentalist Islam didn't previously have such strong inroads.
No, wasn't me though I'd love to do this. Instead, I'll be the knucklehead standing at the train station in the rain when my ship comes in.
Secret Santa spreads hope, cheer and $100 bills
Anonymous businessman surprises many in need with cash during his visit here
Sitting in Reading's Inter-City Bus Terminal on Tuesday night, Thomas Coates Jr. was out of work and out of hope.
Then, out of the blue, a stranger sat next to him and restored his faith in human kindness.
Identifying himself only as Secret Santa, the stranger handed Coates two crisp $100 bills and wished him a Merry Christmas.
Coates, 36, who lives in Pottstown with his girlfriend and son, wept.
"I was brought up to believe that you take care of your family, but I can't find a job," said Coates, burying his face in his hands. "This man said to me, 'You're a good man,' and it felt good to hear that."
The bus terminal was only one stop on a whirlwind tour of downtown Reading and beyond, where Secret Santa handed $100 bills to people he felt needed a helping hand at Christmastime.
In all, he gave away an estimated $20,000 of his own money, mostly in $100 bills stamped "Secret Santa" in red.
He had read of Reading being designated America's poorest city with a population of 65,000 or more.
"Cities like Reading are experiencing tough economic times," Secret Santa said. "It's time for us to step up, not step back."
Insisting on anonymity, he identified himself only as a businessman who travels a lot.
The current Secret Santa is continuing a tradition begun by the late Larry Stewart in Kansas City, Kan.
Stewart had once been down and out and received a handout from the owner of the Dixie Diner in Houston, Miss.
Although he went on to make millions in cable television, Stewart never forgot the kindness. Posing as Secret Santa, he gave away $1.3 million over 25 years until his death in 2006.
"I promised him on his deathbed that I would continue the tradition of Secret Santa," the current Santa said.
Secret Santa will visit cities ranging from San Diego to Detroit in the coming weeks, enlisting the help of "elves" like NFL great Dick Butkus and comedian Larry the Cable Guy.
Police Chief William M. Heim said the department was contacted by Secret Santa, who asked for assistance. Capt. Stephen Powell and Officers Jackie Flanagan and Chris DeCarlo were assigned to escort duty.
Riding in a Reading police cruiser, Secret Santa's "Sleigh Ride" meandered through the narrow streets off the city's downtown district.
After stops that included the Salvation Army, the BARTA bus terminal and the Naber-Hood Laundromat at Eighth and Chestnut streets, he dropped in at the Queen City Diner and Goodwill Retail Store on Lancaster Avenue in Cumru Township.
"I'm swearing you in as one of Secret Santa's elves," he said has he handed $100 to Keith Grumbling, 52, at the coin laundry. "Between now and Christmas, I want you to do something nice for somebody else."
The real message of Secret Santa, he said, is that others should follow his example and do random acts of kindness during the Christmas season.
In the BARTA terminal, Janet Ormsbee of Reading had a dollar to her name when a guy wearing a red hat and red jacket approached her.
She had never heard of Secret Santa but will never forget him or the $100 he gave her.
"God bless you, sweetie," he said, throwing his arms around her.
Ormsbee, 69, who is unable to work, was overcome.
"Oh, my God," she sighed. "It's Christmas."
At the Salvation Army, Secret Santa handed $100 bills to volunteers, children, a dishwasher and a housekeeper.
Leaving the building, he encountered a woman waiting in the rain to pick up her children from an after-school program.
"How many children do you have?" he asked.
"Six," replied Elizabeth Colon, 37, of Reading.
"You have six children?" he repeated. "Well, here, one hundred, two hundred, three hundred, four hundred, five hundred, six hundred - a hundred for each child."
"It's nice to have some money to buy Christmas presents for the children," Colon said.
Her 9-year-old son, Alejandro, grinned ear to ear.
"I think we will have a happy Christmas," he said.
In the Inter-City Bus Terminal, T.J. Palazzo, 27, of Reading was waiting for a bus to take him to his mother's home in Virginia.
She's ill, he's unemployed and the future looked dim.
After buying bus tickets, Palazzo had $3 in his pocket when Secret Santa peeled off two $100 bills and handed them to him.
"I was wondering how I was going to eat from here to Virginia on $3," he said afterward. "It's like a blessing from above. God must really answer your prayers."
Sitting nearby was Lara Walkoff, 24, a medical student at George Washington University who had been to Reading Hospital for a job interview.
Santa sat next to her, chatted briefly and gave her $100.
Walkoff, who's from Florida, had never heard of anything like it.
"I'm sure there are a lot of people who can use the money," she said.
And, as a medical student who's graduating in May, she could certainly use the cash.
"I don't have a lot of money; that's why I'm riding the bus," she confided. "But I think I will find someone who needs this $100 more than I do."
Secret Santa would be proud.