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Re: “One Day at a Time

I thought Kanye was a gay fish. Not a blow fish. Right?

Posted by Laureno on 08/01/2014 at 12:07 PM

Re: “AKA at the Burgundy Wildcat: A Music Fest at the Vancouver Red Lion?!

Thai Food = Typhoon?

Posted by Melogna on 08/01/2014 at 11:59 AM

Re: “Thanks For Ruining My Nightcap

I like to picture house shoes as being something like bunny slippers.

Posted by xauen on 08/01/2014 at 11:37 AM

Re: “Help Wanted: We're Looking for an Arts Editor!

Thanks guys. MAYBE THE MERCURY WILL HIRE JUNE THOMAS!!

Posted by Alison Hallett on 08/01/2014 at 11:33 AM

Re: “Wm. Steven Humphrey's Worst. Night. Ever!: FaerieWorlds

yeah juggalos, bet you'd have way more fun

Posted by Anthony Stone T. Dewitt on 08/01/2014 at 11:25 AM

Re: “To Kumar Who Dumped His Garbage On My Street

Wygant we all just get a bong? I mean, along?

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Todd Mecklem on 08/01/2014 at 10:49 AM

Re: “ReaganBook Is Dead

I hope that Paul Constant can take this as an inspiration for his own career.

4 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Graham on 08/01/2014 at 10:47 AM

Re: “Who?

Prescription: LOLCATS! AND MORE LOLCATS!

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Todd Mecklem on 08/01/2014 at 10:46 AM

Re: “It's Courtney Ferguson's Worst. Night. EVER!

Making her camp at Bagby on a summer weekend would be at least as bad.

Posted by Todd Mecklem on 08/01/2014 at 10:42 AM

Re: “Stupid Meth Heads

This is no joke. Walk that delta at your own risk.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Stretch McGillicutty on 08/01/2014 at 9:40 AM

Re: “Biking the 26

uphill or down?

Posted by Stretch McGillicutty on 08/01/2014 at 9:37 AM

Re: “That's Cool

Your concern for your friend is underwhelming.

6 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by RickStevens on 08/01/2014 at 9:35 AM

Re: “To Kumar Who Dumped His Garbage On My Street

Sounds like his buddy Harold is an asshole as well.

9 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by RickStevens on 08/01/2014 at 9:34 AM

Re: “I Cry, One Way or Another

Ahhhh, the Middle East doing what it does best...

Bringing people together.

8 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by RickStevens on 08/01/2014 at 9:33 AM

Re: “To Kumar Who Dumped His Garbage On My Street

And you didn't say anything. Well, let me tell you, posting on this blog will certainly stop littering at Last Thursday.

2 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by shark attack mountain on 08/01/2014 at 9:22 AM

Re: “I Cry, One Way or Another

Nice job, Legar.

As for the OP- flip off. Tired of you whining about your peeps "holy land" when I don't believe in your bible (and neither do you- you don't read Leviticus, for example.) The Holocaust survivors are passing away (RIP) and it is slowly dawning on the US that the new generations contain some real rotters. Tired of sending $ to Israel so that it can be used to blow up daycare centers and support
extreme Orthodox Jews who stone other jews (esp. women) for not covering up.

Sure- some Israelis are great but modern day Israel is scary, violent, country with way too many religious nuts.

So- get over yourself OP. We will cry for the Palestinian guy and wait for Israel to stop sucking US tax dollars.

16 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Reverend Bite Me on 08/01/2014 at 9:03 AM

Re: “Eating at Pickathon: Reuseable Dishware and Free Water!

HI QUEEQUEG!!

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Posted by Graham on 08/01/2014 at 8:59 AM

Re: “I Cry, One Way or Another

You mean this letter...

Dear All of You:

I sense I'm breaking an unspoken rule with this letter, but I can't keep quiet any more.

Today I saw a picture of a weeping Palestinian man holding a plastic carrier bag of meat. It was his son. He'd been shredded (the hospital's word) by an Israeli missile attack - apparently using their fab new weapon, flechette bombs. You probably know what those are - hundreds of small steel darts packed around explosive which tear the flesh off humans. The boy was Mohammed Khalaf al-Nawasra. He was 4 years old.

I suddenly found myself thinking that it could have been one of my kids in that bag, and that thought upset me more than anything has for a long time.

Then I read that the UN had said that Israel might be guilty of war crimes in Gaza, and they wanted to launch a commission into that. America won't sign up to it.

What is going on in America? I know from my own experience how slanted your news is, and how little you get to hear about the other side of this story. But - for Christ's sake! - it's not that hard to find out. Why does America continue its blind support of this one-sided exercise in ethnic cleansing? WHY? I just don't get it. I really hate to think its just the power of AIPAC… for if that's the case, then your government really is fundamentally corrupt. No, I don't think that's the reason… but I have no idea what it could be.

The America I know and like is compassionate, broadminded, creative, eclectic, tolerant and generous. You, my close American friends, symbolise those things for me. But which America is backing this horrible one-sided colonialist war? I can't work it out: I know you're not the only people like you, so how come all those voices aren't heard or registered? How come it isn't your spirit that most of the world now thinks of when it hears the word 'America'? How bad does it look when the one country which more than any other grounds its identity in notions of Liberty and Democracy then goes and puts its money exactly where its mouth isn't and supports a ragingly racist theocracy?

I was in Israel last year with Mary. Her sister works for UNWRA in Jerusalem. Showing us round were a Palestinian - Shadi, who is her sister's husband and a professional guide - and Oren Jacobovitch, an Israeli Jew, an ex-major from the IDF who left the service under a cloud for refusing to beat up Palestinians. Between the two of them we got to see some harrowing things - Palestinian houses hemmed in by wire mesh and boards to prevent settlers throwing shit and piss and used sanitary towels at the inhabitants; Palestinian kids on their way to school being beaten by Israeli kids with baseball bats to parental applause and laughter; a whole village evicted and living in caves while three settler families moved onto their land; an Israeli settlement on top of a hill diverting its sewage directly down onto Palestinian farmland below; The Wall; the checkpoints… and all the endless daily humiliations. I kept thinking, "Do Americans really condone this? Do they really think this is OK? Or do they just not know about it?".

As for the Peace Process: Israel wants the Process but not the Peace. While 'the process' is going on the settlers continue grabbing land and building their settlements… and then when the Palestinians finally erupt with their pathetic fireworks they get hammered and shredded with state-of-the-art missiles and depleted uranium shells because Israel 'has a right to defend itself' ( whereas Palestine clearly doesn't). And the settler militias are always happy to lend a fist or rip up someone's olive grove while the army looks the other way. By the way, most of them are not ethnic Israelis - they're 'right of return' Jews from Russia and Ukraine and Moravia and South Africa and Brooklyn who came to Israel recently with the notion that they had an inviolable (God-given!) right to the land, and that 'Arab' equates with 'vermin' - straightforward old-school racism delivered with the same arrogant, shameless swagger that the good ole boys of Louisiana used to affect. That is the culture our taxes are defending. It's like sending money to the Klan.

But beyond this, what really troubles me is the bigger picture. Like it or not, in the eyes of most of the world, America represents 'The West'. So it is The West that is seen as supporting this war, despite all our high-handed talk about morality and democracy. I fear that all the civilisational achievements of The Enlightenment and Western Culture are being discredited - to the great glee of the mad Mullahs - by this flagrant hypocrisy. The war has no moral justification that I can see - but it doesn't even have any pragmatic value either. It doesn't make Kissingerian 'Realpolitik' sense; it just makes us look bad.

I'm sorry to burden you all with this. I know you're busy and in varying degrees allergic to politics, but this is beyond politics. It's us squandering the civilisational capital that we've built over generations. None of the questions in this letter are rhetorical: I really don't get it and I wish that I did.

XXB

15 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by lahar legar on 08/01/2014 at 8:27 AM

Re: “New Column!

O....M.....God

Posted by Doogie on 08/01/2014 at 6:37 AM

Re: “Horses

Just kidding. i didn't even read what you wrote. Now that i have, and i see that you understand what "hinterland" is, i would like to marry you.
#mustlovehorses

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by kalikill on 08/01/2014 at 5:44 AM

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