November 28, 2007

Thoughts About The Annapolis Summit

I did learn something yesterday, while watching the Annapolis Summit. I found out that Annapolis is in the USA and not Greece. OK, just kidding. But below is a map of the middle east, and perhaps a few of my readers thought Israel is much bigger than it appears on this map. In fact, from reading what paranoid Jew haters write, one might thing that Israel was larger in area than Saudi Arabia:

OK, lets talk peace from my objective point of view. Alright, as objective as I can be, since I'm an ethnic Jew, and I realize that Israel does serve a purpose right now, and probably the next 100 years at least, as a place of last refuge for any Jew to go to if anti-semitism gets ugly anywhere in the world. Right now, Israel needs to have a Jewish majority, but inevitably us Jews only need to be around 1.8% of any population in order to control just about everything:)

My viewpoint is also tainted by my militant atheism too. There is no evidence for any God, and the idea that Noah's Flood or the Exodus happening is zero in my books. But I do understand that humans have evolved the susceptibility to believe in God, and that is a fact that isn't about to be changed in the next little while. It isn't like God is going to show up and tell everyone he doesn't exist.

I have a few assumptions based on reality.

1. If the Arabs dropped their arms there would be peace. And Israel inevitably wants peace. Proof: We now see peace between Israel and Egypt for example, since they signed a land for peace deal. Another example is the exodus of Jews from Gaza.

2. The Palestinian Arabs collectively have never shown an inclination to want a state peacefully laying next to Israel. Proof: 1948 and the rejection of the Partition, and from 1948-1967 when there was no talk about turning the West Bank and Gaza into a state prior to the Israeli "occupation." Present, Hamas' complete rejection of the Annapolis Summit. Hamas was elected by the majority of the Palestinians.

3. Sovereign Israel is behind the Green Line. However, the West Bank and Gaza are up for negotiations, much like the entire Palestine region was up for negotiations prior to 1948. Jews in the West Bank are settlers, but so are the Arabs. If the land belongs to any government right now, it is Israel (since Jordan gave up rights in 1988). But Israel has not made sovereign borders to include the West Bank because they don't want the West Bank Arabs to be citizens of Israel, because demographically it would be a nightmare very shortly, and suicide for the Jewish majority state (The Jewish state is needed as I pointed out before)

4. The governments that decided to put Jewish settlements and increase Jewish settlements in the West Bank were not thinking straight. It was an emotional decision with absolutely no foresight. You can't have settlements that are not continuous and expect to be surrounded by Arab villages along the way, at least not in a sovereign nation where you can't give the Arabs in the West Bank equal rights....if Israel were to make final borders that included Arabs who were not citizens, that would be Apartheid. It isn't right now, but this situation cannot go on any longer. It is like a perpetual game, and it is starting to get old.

5. Even full withdrawal behind the Green Line will most likely not stop the violence, but some sort of final borders must be made. Even though Israel was condemned by many Moonbats last year for the war with Lebanon, at least it was a war between two sovereign nations. Israel needs to just give the Palestinians a state they most likely don't want in order to give a Israel legitimate military target, if Israel gets attacked (which most likely will happen). Until Israel makes sovereign borders, technically non sovereign portions are in fact up for grabs, and violence, though detestable, is not completely off base. But it works both ways. And since Israel has the power to wipe out the Palestinians if they wanted to, it really is foolish on the Palestinian's part to engage in Israel in this way. But nobody has ever accused the Palestinians of doing the right thing.

The biggest problem is the solution for final borders.

Including the West Bank and Gaza would be suicide for the Jews of Israel. Not gonna happen, not even on the table.

Going back to the Green Line or close to it is probably the best bet. Compensate the Palestinians with a little land to draw the West Bank closer to Gaza so the Palestinians could possibly have a tunnel to connect the two areas (which of course will be used to ship arms back and forth). I would also compensate the Palestinians with a few billion dollars, just to show some Goodwill (so they have some money to buy more arms, most probably).

Sign an agreement that allows Jews and settlements to remain on their perceived holy lands in the West Bank, but they must live under the new Arab majority government. It really is only fair, since many Arabs live in sovereign Israel. But would it be safe for the Jews to live in a most probably hostile new Islamic nation? Absolutely not, but they should have the option.

Jerusalem has to be divided, but I do like the idea I just read in this article: Western nations should put their embassies in Jerusalem. Islam lacks humility. The West needs to bring humility to them in order to foster in the best of the West which is "the social contract" (confused in the article as being Judeo-Christian values).

The former governments of Israel set up this mess in the West Bank, and it is something that just cannot morally or ethically or logically perpetuate. And it is going to be very expensive to unwind, but I think it is the only way to possible peace (a peace, which again isn't very likely currently):

November 23, 2007

Jackie Mason On The War Against Christianity: It Makes Me Want To Hurl

Jackie Mason is all over the place on this one. Hard to follow.
Here is the video description:
Judeo-Christian values are being destroyed by intolerance of minority religion and atheism. Atheism is becoming are state religion. And they will stop at nothing to stop the practice of Christianity in this country.

Basically, he is talking about how the minority (non Christians) are controlling censoring Christianity. He sort of says those who have Judeo-Christian values are being censored. Heck, I have Judeo-Christian values, so do most of us great apes. The bible writers just took innate common sense, and put it into a book, between lots and lots of Gods temper tantrums.
Funniest (most moronic line):
"Christianity which does nothing but advocate goodness and love and happiness, and merriment and the acceptance and the love of all religions of all people."

Yes, he seriously said that!:

Jackie, you can't have absolute freedom of religion without separation of church and state. It doesn't matter what today's majority happens to believe.
He goes on about Christmas movies and tries to make a point that they aren't acceptable in schools but pornography is all around us. Newsflash: Pornography isn't allowed in most schools either.
I'm not against Christmas trees and people saying Merry Christmas. To me, it is a time for families to get together, and it has the same religious significance to most people as does Halloween. And I have nothing against kids saying Trick or Treat either.

Apparently according to Jackie hate and venom is protected but the goodness of religion is not.
Honestly, I have to wonder what cave Jackie lives in.

Jackie, has let me down big time with this video. He forgets how bad real Christian countries were to Jews and other minorities, and why America is so great (OK, potentially so great). And by calling America a Christian nation, he lets down most Jews I know.

November 20, 2007

We Have Creationist Whackos In Canada, But We Also Have Hairy Reasoner

Another favourite Youtubist of mine is Hairy Reasoner. Hairy is a fellow Canuck, who probably lives in Southern Ontario like I do.
His videos are creative, and his wit is extremely dry, guaranteed to keep you smiling throughout. And when I guarantee something, I mean it.
Here is his most recent video "My Favourite Creationist." Hairy makes minced meat out of Canada's version of Ken Ham or Kent Hovind; Grant Jeffrey:

I do worry about Hairy though. It seems as he has read Grant Jeffrey's books. He must be masochistic to some degree, or he has way too much time on his hands.
Here is another of his videos. It is called "Intelligent Design and the Human Body":

For all of Hairy Reasoner's videos, click here. Well worth any extra time you have on your hands.

November 15, 2007

Who Is Crazier: Young Earth Creationists or Holocaust Deniers?

I started a thread over at Raving Atheists, but the topic is good enough for a blog post, so here goes. Not word for word; I'm going to edit the original post a bit:

I think Holocaust deniers are crazier than YECs (Young Earth Creationists). A YEC is someone who has been brainwashed since a young age (in most cases) to believe that the bible is a guide to everything, from science to moral behavior.
They look at science, and accept anything that isn't contrary to the bible, but then twist anything that contradicts the bible, to fit the bible. I'm not talking theistic evolutionists, who twist the bible to fit science. Theistic evolutionists don't deny reality, they just add to reality.
Holocaust denial is a different issue. I believe in most cases, that one dislikes Jews before they become a denier. It is more complicated than just disliking Jews. Just like YECs when it comes to evidence of evolution, Holocaust deniers do not accept anything that confirms the Holocaust, from actual videos, to first hand testimony by both survivors and the actual Nazis themselves {which includes the testimony at the Nuremberg trial), are totally dismissed as lies or acts of coercion or the result of tortured "confessions" by the Allies.
Meanwhile, they have their own sites which are equal to Fundy science sites, and they use the same techniques as well (example, partial quotes while ignoring mounds of evidence to the contrary).
I think Holocaust denial occurs mostly with plain old paranoid Jew hating conspiracy theorists, Muslim conspiracy theorists, and to those with Germanic ancestry, where denial is a psychological response to their possible humiliation, that a people (the Jews), who many Germans historically didn't like (a lot of this had to do with the "Jews killed Christ" Catholic thingy and of course, the usual scapegoat thingy at a time of economic hardship), wound up getting sympathy after the Germans lost the war in a very large way. It was a kick in the teeth that the Jews (who many German regarded as their lessers) were getting world sympathy. and the survivors were evidence of a hideous regime of seemingly proud every day Germans. It is a test in cognitive dissonance.

I think a normal response would be not to deny the Holocaust happened, I say that because as an atheist, and as an ethnic/cultural Jew, I often have the Bolshevik revolution, and the deaths caused by atheists or worse, atheist Jews, thrown in my face.
My response is to disassociate myself from the people who committed the heinous crime against humanity, realizing that Communism is an ideology (nothing to do with being an atheist or a Jew), and the fact that power corrupts.
But the last thing I'm going to do is say it didn't happen, or try to rewrite the intentions of the people involved or question the amount of dead innocents (because I'm not crazy).
I don't hold a grudge against the German people at all, but I do hold a grudge against the deniers, even though I think they have to be insane to go to the extent they do.

The reason I'm bringing this up is that I just joined a forum called The Liberty Forum (which is supposed to be a Libertarian forum, not Stormfront), and I was attacked from every direction by Jew haters. From Protocols of Zion bs, to my support for Israel (ok I've been attacked here too on that one), to Jewish control of the world, to blatant Holocaust denial ("a few Jews died in camps of Typhoid").
My introduction thread took on a life of its own. What I found really weird is that hardly anyone actually came to say the Holocaust is fact. I had next to no support.
Here is a link to the Liberty Forum thread for anyone interested. It isn't a pretty thread, and I do wind up calling, those deserving, names. My cyber stalker Rickey even shows up (under the name Rick Carsten).

The Raving Atheist forum thread again, where by the way, one denier showed up and I did get a lot of support, though the thread strayed from my original question. Right away I was asked if I thought moon landing deniers were crazier than flat earthers'. I gave this response:

"I think flat earthers' are (more insane). But it is an interesting comparison to my question. Flat earthers' represent bible brainwashed people who are denying just about every aspect of science to make their bible correct, while moon lander deniers are rejecting a historical event.
But moon lander deniers are also denying science (many think we didn't have the capabilities to get to the moon) and many just think it was all part of a conspiracy theory. But the motive is the important thing when it comes to why they are denying...this is what makes one more insane than the other. So I guess it depends on the moon landing deniers motives for denying."

One more thing. To the Jew hating Holocaust Deniers who may wind up reading this:

November 13, 2007

The Comic Genius Of Edward Current

This dude is hilarious. I've been watching his videos for a few months now, and I think he's found his comic niche. And we need all the comedy we can get with this Hollywood writer's strike going on. His videos are fairly short (usually just over 3 minutes long).
Here is his newest video, Resisting The Urge: A Guide For Christian Boys:

This is my favorite one to date: Checkmate Atheists

God Doesn't Exist?, Prove It (the first picture will crack you up):

His most popular video (over 120,000 views. WOW!): The Atheist Delusion

For the rest of his videos click here.

In the phenomenal fisking department, Sexo Grammaticus completely schools Dr. Roger Olson. Why don't these theists get it yet, they have nothing but straws when they try to attack atheism. How much bashing can theists take before they just give up on trying to bash us.

Here is the beginning of Dr. Assmonkey's article:

I feel sorry for atheists. They are so much in the minority in American society and they are bound to feel some marginalization if not persecution. Christians should be the last people to persecute anyone -- including atheists. But that doesn't mean Christians have to accommodate atheism as they tolerate and love atheists. We have to recognize atheists' full freedom to believe God does not exist, but we don't have to embrace atheism as a social good. In fact, I would argue that atheism has no redeeming social value.

To see how Dr. Assmonkey gets slaughtered click here.
The fisking was done in masterful fashion. I suggest this as a must read for theists and atheists alike.