Sunday, April 05, 2009

If you're just tuning in...

I'll be using Blogger for the time being. Neither I nor my friend have enormous amounts of time to devote to finding how my blog was taken over, especially since Passover is approaching.

We may get to fixing things tomorrow. If not, next weekend. But the blog is here, with PHP, and I think there's an RSS feed to it. Let me know what you'd like me to add to the temporary home.

When things are back to normal, I'll let you know.

AP media bias in full bloom

Two teenagers died as a result of terror attacks in Israel last week. The first, Shlomo Nativ, 13, was killed by a terrorist wielding an axe.

The second was a teenaged Bedouin, an Israeli Arab, who died while trying to kill Israeli policemen. Take a look at how the AP describes each of the teenagers. This is exactly why I have a category titled "AP media bias."

Netanyahu's government also is dealing with a sudden surge in violence. Last week, a Palestinian attacker infiltrated a Jewish settlement in the West Bank and killed a 13-year-old boy with a pickax. The attacker is still at large.

Over the weekend, a teenage girl from an Israeli Arab town opened fire at a police station in southern Israel before she was shot and killed.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the 16-year-old girl was an 11th-grade student from the Bedouin township of Hura in southern Israel. He gave her name as Basma Awad al-Nabari.

The Israeli terror victim has no name, no town, no details other than his age (and that is actually rare for the AP). The terrorist? Everything but a quote from her family.

This information comes at the end of an article about Netanyahu's peace policy. The AP is pushing the narrative that Netanyahu is being "tested" by terror attacks that are occurring in the early days of his administration--neglecting to notice that terror attacks occur in Israel on a regular basis. They haven't been very successful lately, thanks to the security forces and the separation barrier. But there are always stonings and attempted shootings and stabbings going on. The AP rarely reports them.

And when they do, they do it like this. They humanize the terrorists, and dehumanize the victims--but the simple act of almost never naming Israeli victims, and always naming terrorists. The process is slow, subtle, but eventually contributes to the overall negative image in Israel in the world media.

Barack Obama: The President of Fluffy Bunny and Kitty Land

President Obama says a nuclear-weapons free world is an achievable goal.

President Barack Obama's vision of a world without nuclear arms is an achievable goal and the president will pursue it with an eye on the lessons learned from four decades of difficult diplomacy, the White House said Saturday.

The comments by Denis McDonough, deputy national security adviser for strategic communications, came aboard Air Force One on the eve of the president's speech in Prague on nonproliferation.

McDonough said the twin issues of nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation provide the United States and its allies with a powerful argument to ensure that Iran does not develop nuclear weapons.

The challenge is to maintain an effective deterrent as long as there's any threat in the world, McDonough told reporters.

In other news, the Easter Bunny has announced that children will be getting kittens in all of their Easter baskets. Because chocolate bunnies and candies just aren't good enough in Obamaland.

The Best of The Jewish/Israeli Blogosphere Haveil Havail #211

I am pleased to let you know that Haveil Havalim #211: The Preparing for Pesach Edition is up at Ima on (and off) the bima.

Haveil Havalim is the weekly blog carnival of the Jewish/Israeli blogosphere. It serves as an excellent resource that you can use to find out what has been happening within the J-blogosphere during the past week.

A list of past and future hosts can be found here.

The rapping flight attendent

While we're waiting for serious blogging to continue, enjoy the creative flight attendant!

Where there's a will, there's a way

This is a bit easier than posting straight HTML.

We're working on plugging the holes. We'll get that fixed, and then my blog will be back to business as usual.

Here, however, I can do things a little quicker.

That, plus a domain redirect, and we're back in business full-time.

Back to blogging the new-fashioned way

You know, I completely forgot about this blog.

I knew I set it up for a reason.