Wednesday, October 29, 2014

"Klinghoffer Re-visited"

The Metropolitan Opera has posted the libretto of "Death of Klinghoffer" on it web site.  Here is a piece sung by one of the terrorists.  Do you really believe that these words are not anti-Semitic (though, admittedly, they are the ravings of an outraged, angry and hateful terrorist)?  If similar disparaging words had been used to denigrate blacks or Muslims - do you think an opera including such words would have been written, no less performed?

You are always complaining Of your suffering
But wherever poor men Are gathered they can

Find Jews getting fat.
You know how to cheat
The simple, exploit
the virgin, pollute
Where you have exploited, Defame those you cheated, And break your own law With idolatry.
Is one big Jew.
What did you say?
You are old and ugly.
Not for one day
Will your children miss you. I hear a belly growl;
The voice of your soul.
Go on then, kneel,
Beg me, beg me to permit You something to eat
And a chance for a piss.
I see you cross
Your swollen legs.
Nobody begs?
That was your last chance. Just this once
You can befoul yourselves. You are all wolves,
Wolves without teeth.
You should think of death, But you meditate
On dirty meat,
And your own unclean flesh. Are you English?
Your Balfour Declaration Led to the partition
And the dissolution
Of the Palestinian nation.

Where English is spoken You will find perversion And all kinds of filth Not practised by stealth Late at night,
But on the street
During the day.
You wink at sodomy. You laugh at blasphemy. You give no charity

To the oppressed.
What did your watch cost?
Is it solid gold?
How many mouths could be filled If this were sold.
Your wrists are thick
But I can make
Bigger ones crack.
There. You may have it back. 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Considering a Sexual Encounter? - Bring Along the Required Documents

There has been much written about sexual harassment and rape accusations at colleges.  I thought it would be interesting to share portions of a 44-page document on sexual conduct and misconduct issued by California's Claremont College for its students (as reported in The Weekly Standard  Oct 20)

Effective consent consists of an affirmative, conscious decision by each participant to engage in mutually agreed upon (and the conditions of) sexual activity.  

The Essential Elements of Consent:
1.  Informed and Reciprocal
2.  Freely and Actively Given
3.  Mutually Understandable
4.  Not Indefinite
5.  Not Unlimited

All parties must demonstrate a clear and mutual understanding of the nature and scope of the act to which they are consenting, and a willingness to do the same thing, at the same time, in the same way.

Withdrawal of Consent can be expressed 'no' or can be based on an outward demonstration that conveys that an individual is hesitant, confused, uncertain, or is no longer a mutual participant."

Don't forget to bring signed documents and lawyers along on your next date!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

There Is Only One Holocaust - Stop Making Comparisons!

Godwin's law is an observation made by attorney and author Mike Godwin in 1989.  It states: "As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1." In other words, Godwin believes that given enough time, all online discussions end up being about Hitler and the Nazis.

In fact the Holocaust, to which these so-called comparisons relate, is, in fact, not subject to comparison.  It is "incomparable!"

Yes, there have been ethnic cleanings.  Yes, there have been mass killings.  Yes, there have been atrocities of significant magnitude throughout ancient and recent history.  Yes, there has been slavery.  Yes, there has been the forced movement of peoples from their traditional homes.  Yes, there have been outrageous examples of discrimination.  And even more.

But there has been only one Holocaust.  Unique.  Incomparable.  Defined by what it represented.

It is mass killings. It is ethnic cleansing.  It is slavery.  It is forced movement of peoples.  It is the utmost form of discrimination.  It is all of these and much more.  It is a cold, calculated, engineered affair.  It is extermination as a business, in part analogous to pest control, - efficient, cost-conscious, scientific, and yes open to competitive bidding.  It was unique in the evaluation and commercial uses of its byproducts.  Products of the ovens were converted to energy.  Corpses were provided to medical schools.  Gold from teeth was extracted and melted down.  Skin and hair was re-cycled.  People were used as human guinea pigs in medical research.  It is an atrocity of such magnitude that, without records or witnesses, it could be regarded as unbelievable propaganda (as it was by many political leaders of the time.)  It is an unequaled barbarity of major proportions - cold, logical, unemotional, efficient, effective and productive.

It is the industry of human extermination.

Time to render Godwin's Law obsolete.  Time for a new law.

The Holocaust is unique
No comparison to other atrocities applies