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25 April 2004

(( OK, children, please take a ten-foot square sheet of paper and diagram the following: ))Now considering that Bush had just unilaterally extinguished the policy of the preceding four US presidents as it applied to the UN's demands that Israel return stolen land to the Palestinians, that he had erased the universally accepted right of dispossessed people to return to land taken from them illegally, that he had, hand cradled in Ariel's, granted license to anyone anywhere, Hamas leaders included, to murder any individual determined by that person to be a terrorist (laws of the land be damned), that he had shoved the "road map" up the respective noses of its co-authors without mentioning to them that he was about to rip it up, that he had jumped blindly into bed with the man considered by the vast majority of the people of the world to be the greatest threat to peace in the world (outside of himself) thus shoving his finger you know where at world opinion (see "Eurobarometer" November 2003), that he had rejected even the semblance of understanding that hatred of America has a source of greater depth than his hollow cry that these fanatics hate our "freedoms" negating by his obsequious fawning before Sharon the statements by bin Laden (see ABC 1998 interview with Miller) and the people of Palestine, Syria, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Jordan that America's blind support of Sharon is the primary cause of unrest and attacks against the US, and, finally, that he had failed once again to distinguish between legitimate fighters against oppression and occupying forces that exists in Palestine and now Iraq, and terrorists that attack western interests around the world because they find fault with western values and impositions on their cultures, you'd think Kerry would have ruminated a bit before answering.

> ("Tweedledee and Tweedledum / Kerry and Bush Melt into One" By WILLIAM A. COOK)
(( Mr. Cook is out in left field, and I daresay he has nothing to lose by writing mainly for the delectation of a certain MIT linguistics professor. Here's his peroration: ))Watching Kerry surrender his intelligence to the mantra of Israel's demands on our representatives, forces the citizen to resort to the UN for resolution of the dilemma facing the American voter. There is no hope of change in the future even if Kerry wins. Therefore, it is up to the UN nations to bring the US to task before the UNGA for indictment of all the international laws that have been decimated ( sic ) by this administration in its illegal invasion of a sovereign nation and in its support of the nation of Israel for its indiscriminate exploitation of Human Rights ( sic ) violations against the Palestinians and its defiance of UN Resolutions for over 30 years.

Unless it takes action, Sharon and Bush will have succeeded in returning the purported ( sic ) civilized nations of the world back to barbarian times as they plot their crusade against the Greater Middle East. Riding with them, apparently in full agreement with their arrogance, is John Kerry, the Tweedledee of the duo, chanting his mantra beneath a banner that proclaims his allegiance to the ancient Kings of Israel "Me Too, Me Too!"
William Cook is a professor of English at the University of La Verne in southern California. His new book, Psalms for the 21st Century , was just published by Mellen Press. He can be reached at: (Email Removed)
(( Ohmygosh, it's an Eng. Lit person! He must have done that damn thing on purpose! Do you suppose a mere ninety-six years will be enough time to get through his neo-psalter? Speaking of which,

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" Psalms for the 21st century is anything but formulaic, anything but ritualized, and not religious in a sense that most people would immediately recognize. But these Psalms and the Old Testament psalms seem oddly similar in voice. Like the Old Testament psalms, in a way these Psalms also seem to come from some wind-blown prophet, some grey-bearded Isaiah. However, this Isaiah does not call the faithful to God. This prophet calls the true individual away from the hierarchical and dogmatic, away from the cowering and subservient, back to his or her own true nature, back to an individuality that he or she might never have known. He offers, rather, new songs, songs of ourselves, songs for our time." David R. Werner
(( "Wind-blown prophet"? Would that be meaning " windbag prophet," now, Mr. Dave? ))
"Offered here is not an otherworldly salvation encompassing the forgiveness of sins or the promise of heaven, but a salvation rooted in this world, in the here and now. Cook's psalms for this next century offer the kind of salvation also encompassed within the word's semantic range: 'liberation from ignorance or illusion,' and 'preservation from destruction.' They offer solace in friendship and confidence in reason. They celebrate life." Jonathan L. Reed

(( No sign of an actual sample, alack. Up the creek at Amazon,

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an East Coaster didn't much like it. Probably you gotta be very Southern California. ))
Baseless garbage, February 29, 2004
Reviewer: Steve from New York, NY USA
I read this book. It's baseless garbage, based on half-truths and the author's own personal opinions. I feel sorry for the publishing company. They must be seriously lacking in actual content worth putting out there.
(( And that concludes Mr. McCloskey's Sunday Morning Service for 25 April 2004. ))
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It is opposition to the existence of Israel that is being labelled "anti-Semitic" and if Fisk thinks that's wrongheaded, ... intent to give himself an opportunity to play the outraged hero of his own melodrama his favorite subject matter.

This thread is a very nice illustration of an ancient word. (Ancient in 'Net terms: 1997?) From the Jargon File:
fisking: n.
(blogosphere; very common) A point-by-point refutation of a blog entry or (especially) news story. A really stylish fisking is witty, logical, sarcastic and ruthlessly factual; flaming or handwaving is considered poor form. Named after Robert Fisk, a British journalist who was a frequent (and deserving) early target of such treatment. See also MiSTing, anti-idiotarianism

ObOT: Re that very apt phrase 'outraged hero of his own melodrama', I seem to recall that a prominent member of the Axis of Cavil had an epiphany earlier this year. One of them - most likely Fisk or Fergal Keane; I don't think it was John Pilger - suddenly realised that concentrating exclusively on gloom and doom and constantly being at the centre of one's own 'news' stories was not only bad journalism, it was politically counter-productive. He vowed that henceforth he would try to write stories that were more balanced and less personal.

But I can't find any reference to this Damascene 'moment of clarity' anywhere online. What's more, both Fisk and Keano seem to be carrying on in the same old way. Did I dream it?

Mickwick
Thus spake Mickwick:
But I can't find any reference to this Damascene 'moment of clarity' anywhere online.

Damascene? I take it you are referring to the conversion of Saul of Tarsus, but why refer to it as a Damascene moment? Saul was from Asia Minor, not from Damascus; and he wasn't in Damascus when it happened, merely on the road going that way.
Simon R. Hughes
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Thus spake Mickwick:

But I can't find any reference to this Damascene 'moment of clarity' anywhere online.

Damascene? I take it you are referring to the conversion of Saul of Tarsus, but why refer to it as ... Asia Minor, not from Damascus; and he wasn't in Damascus when it happened, merely on the road going that way.

Logical, ruthlessly factual and witty. But where's the sarcasm? You've made a good fisk of it but I'm sure you can do better.

(Would you accept 'hodaiodamascene'?)

Mickwick
But I can't find any reference to this Damascene 'moment of clarity' anywhere online. What's more, both Fisk and Keano seem to be carrying on in the same old way. Did I dream it?

Maculae leopardales. I can assure you it's a lot harder to cope with the tone of these characters when you're naturally inclined to agree with them. But think of it as a healthy hack ecosystem: somebody has to counterbalance the deranged drivel of the Daily Mail.

Mike.
But I can't find any reference to this Damascene 'moment ... on in the same old way. Did I dream it?

Maculae leopardales. I can assure you it's a lot harder to cope with the tone of these characters when you're ... But think of it as a healthy hack ecosystem: somebody has to counterbalance the deranged drivel of the Daily Mail.

A sort of Haia, you mean? A Gaia-type system of hackery-equilibrium?

(Be careful what you say about the Daily Mail. God's one and only true name is 'Ann Leslie'.)

Mickwick
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Thus spake Mickwick:

But I can't find any reference to this Damascene 'moment of clarity' anywhere online.

Damascene? I take it you are referring to the conversion of Saul of Tarsus, but why refer to it as ... Asia Minor, not from Damascus; and he wasn't in Damascus when it happened, merely on the road going that way.

I knew immediately what was being referred to. I suppose there is some danger of mistaking the object of the reference as St John Damascene if, that is, you've ever heard of him. Perhaps "Pauline moment" would be more correct, though in Australia it might be taken as a reference to a former National Party leader, and elsewhere it might conjure up early Hollywood melodrama.

Michael West
Thus spake Mickwick: Damascene? I take it you are referring ... when it happened, merely on the road going that way.

Logical, ruthlessly factual and witty. But where's the sarcasm? You've made a good fisk of it but I'm sure you can do better.

I think I'll go fisking in Iceland instead.
Maculae leopardales. I can assure you it's a lot harder ... has to counterbalance the deranged drivel of the Daily Mail.

A sort of Haia, you mean? A Gaia-type system of hackery-equilibrium? (Be careful what you say about the Daily Mail. God's one and only true name is 'Ann Leslie'.)

Well, yes, she is a star; but divine ? Hmm. In any case I don't closely associate her with the paper's hate-screams.

Mike.
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