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Shame on You Scotland, Shame!

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Scotland should be ashamed of itself. I am personally embarrassed about my own Scottish heritage – through which I trace my lineage to some fairly illustrious historical figures. But today I am ashamed of my Scottish blood for the first time in my life.

Scottish citizens might not be able to purchase English translations of Israeli masterpieces such as “A tale of love and darkness” by Amos Oz and “Someone to run with” by David Grossman, due to a boycott on Israeli books.

Two and a half years ago, shortly after Operation Cast Lead, the West Dunbartonshire Regional Council, located west of Glasgow, approved a bill that called to boycott goods produced in Israel.

According to the law, the council and all public bodies under its jurisdiction are forbidden to sell goods that originated from Israel.

Despicable. The full article is here. But for the first time, Scotland displays an anti-semitism of the sort which is more properly confined to Nazi Germany.

Shame on you Scotland. And until my Scottish cousins cease to support murdering terrorists because they are against the Jews, I will not buy another bottle of Scotch. I urge all of my readers to do the same.

Scotland wants to boycott Israeli goods? Then let the Scots feel the pain themselves. I will buy no more Scottish goods and I call for a boycott until they cease their despicable anti-semitism.

Update: While I’m at it, I’ll supplement my purchase of non-Scottish brown liquors with a search of some of these Israeli books that have Scotland so spooked. I hear some of them are pretty good novels.

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May 28, 2011 at 11:48 pm

Nobel Committee Jumps the Shark

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Yasser Arafat was bad enough, but this is just silly.

Barack Obama has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

One is tempted to ask “for what?” but that too is silly. I mean, he was evidently nominated two weeks after being inaugurated, so it’s clear he hadn’t yet done anything. That’s part and parcel of the man’s career to date: nothing substantive, just basically getting full marks for showing up with a sharpened #2, no need to actually take the test.

Of course, the real reason Obama got the most cheapened award going? He isn’t George W. Bush. Heh, that man is going to bedevil their little lefty psyches for a long time.

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October 9, 2009 at 3:01 pm

Gallic Pride

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Apparently the French have had enough of iTunes – the French government that is. The French parliament is considering legislation that would invalidate Apple’s digital rights management (DRM):

France is pushing through a law that would force Apple Computer Inc to open its iTunes online music store and enable consumers to download songs onto devices other than the computer maker’s popular iPod player.

Under a draft law expected to be voted in parliament on Thursday, consumers would be able to legally use software that converts digital content into any format.

It would no longer be illegal to crack digital rights management — the codes that protect music, films and other content — if it is to enable to the conversion from one format to another, said Christian Vanneste, Rapporteur, a senior parliamentarian who helps guide law in France.

Because, Lord knows the French are oh-so-concerned with making American content more available to the French public. I mean, it’s not like they fail to understand that the whole reason Apple can distribute digital content is because of the agreement on DRM with the content creators, without which, they cannot distribute said content. Ergo, if such a law is passed in France, Apple will have no choice but to shutter iTunes access in France. Who wins here? The French public? Apple? The content creators? As far as I can see, the only winners here are the xenophobic technocrats who run France. Look for the EU sequel soon after.

The Marselleise will probably still be available though.

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March 14, 2006 at 10:33 am

Unglaublich

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Medienkritik draws attention to a story in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung where one Alice Schwarzer compares Abu Ghraib under the Americans to Nazi concentration camps.  She is suitably outraged, and perhaps we all ought to be.  I mean, there is a momumental lack of proportion here, but I just have to marvel at the chutzpah.

It is said that Germany is tired of having the Holocaust held over its head, and I’m sure that’s so for the generation born after the war.  But when a major newspaper allows a certifiable flake to print such nonsense, one cannot help but think that they aren’t ready to move on.  I mean, where were the editors? Where was the sense of human decency to realize that the one nation with absolutely no leg to stand on on this issue should not only not be the last to make such a comment, but should never make such a comment.  Germany shall never, repeat, niemals! have the right to make such a ridiculous and despicable comparison.  Not while six million souls cry out, “We died in such a place.” For shame!

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June 25, 2004 at 3:42 pm

No Free French Here

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In France, free speech will cost you – with $6000 the going rate apparently.

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June 10, 2004 at 8:52 am

Europeans Again

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I have no idea who this guy is, but he seems popular in his little corner.  A singer named Morrisey appears to have tapped into Europe’s decadence:

Manchester music legend Morrissey sparked controversy when he announced Ronald Reagan’s death live on stage during a concert – and then declared he wished it was George Bush who had died instead.

Thousands of fans at Dublin Castle, in Ireland, cheered when the ex-Smiths frontman made the announcement that the former American president, who had battled with Alzheimer’s Disease, had passed away.

And an even bigger cheer followed when Morrissey – who is no stranger to controversy – then said he wished it had been the current President, George W Bush, who had died. 

As despicable as cheering at the death of another is, I suppose it makes perfect sense when you’ve rhetorically demonized and dehumanized the enemy.  Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, Saddam (and his sons) are all villains in the classic sense – the ovens, Gulags, and shredders filled the mass graves.  When men like Ronald Reagan are called “Hitler” is diminishes the victims of the Nazi butcher and the person speaking.  It did not diminish Reagan then – or Bush today.  So too does cheering by some music fans in Manchester tell us about the diminished state of Europe.  It appears to be shrinking ever faster.

via Drudge

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June 8, 2004 at 8:54 am

No Bias Here

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The BBC headline reads “Israelis Kill Man in Wheelchair,” noting that he was shot when troops opened fire to disperse ‘protesters’ who were “throwing stones near an airport.” Sure makes the IDF out to be a bunch of thugs.  But wait, there’s more.  More over at CBS that is: “Palestinians also said a 30-year-old paralyzed man was killed Sunday near an Israeli checkpoint north of Jerusalem while drinking coffee. They said Arafat Yaacoub was shot as Palestinian youths threw stones at soldiers nearby.”

Oh, so they were throwing the stones at the soldiers.  A trivial detail I imagine.

But wait, there’s still more.  The BBC notes that the paralyzed man “had been confined to a wheelchair since being wounded in the first intifada in 1987.” Yet, it remains vague to me.  Back to CBS: “Yaacoub had used a wheelchair since being shot in the back in a clash with Israeli troops in 1987.”

Okay, shooting people in wheelchairs and in the back is not a good thing.  The IDF says it’s investigating, and I hope they do.  However, it also seems clear that the BBC has put a dog in this fight.

I also have to ask:  why is it that a 13 year old boy was clashing with armed troops in the first place?  And wait, his name was Arafat?

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June 7, 2004 at 11:03 am

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