Born in Portland and lived there until I was 31. Then I moved to Europe and life truly began.
It is one thing to question the policies of an ostensible ally; the current Netanyahu government strikes me as intransigent and catering a bit too much to some rather unsavory extremist elements in the Israeli population. Nontheless, that is simply the peculiarities of Israeli domestic politics.
But anti-Semitism is the refuge of fools, failures and paranoid personalities who adamantly insist upon blaming a tiny minority of people not only for all that is wrong in the world, but blaming them as well for all that is wrong in their personal lives; that kind of thinking is patently absurd on its face.
That having been said, the Palestinians - for their part - must learn to accept that the state of Israel is not going to magically disappear one fine Wednesday afternoon and learn to live in peace with their neighbors, and let's face it, their cousins. The Palestinians may never come to love the Israelis, but they must learn to live side-by-side with them in peace and put aside their fatuous fantasies of Israel being "pushed into the sea". Then there will be peace, and both sides are going to have to strive to not only achieve it, but more importantly, maintain it.
I've always been partial to "Fuckface von Clownstick" as a pejorative.
But that's just me.
My all-time favorite Chick Tract parody is "Who Will Be Eaten First", a Lovecraftian take on those ubiquitous tracts. One of the better parodies. http://www.rubbersuitstudios.com/ptcct.htm
Being a long-term American expat myself (13 years in Europe now) I think I'd have some culture shock if I went back to the US. I've become accustomed to cheap rent, inexpensive (and good!) beer and the more laid-back life in the eastem quarters of the EU. I do miss Portland from time to time (lived there for 22 years) but I've gotten used to things here - learned the languages, customs, etc. And it's nice to be able to putter around the EU as well - being an ESL teacher has its advantages. So like the OP, I suppose I'm out for good as well.
@JRRTrollkein; I am intrigued by your dystopian vision of the Portland Metro area and wish to know more.
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