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This horror occurred 20 yards from my dental office:


A GROUP OF well-dressed college-age men and women apparently dined at an upscale Center City restaurant Thursday night before some of them brutally assaulted two gay men on the sidewalk just two blocks away.

Internet sleuths yesterday joined Philadelphia police and reward-givers in a hunt for the group of clean-cut twentysomethings linked to the shocking assault.

The chase heated up after cops released video of about a dozen white men and women wanted for questioning in the attack on the two men, ages 27 and 28.

That attack, at 10:45 p.m. Thursday on Chancellor Street near 16th, took place in front of stunned onlookers and sent the couple, together for six years, to Hahnemann University Hospital with bruises and, for one of them, severe facial fractures.



More at the link They caught 'em. Bastards.

I am going to take my leave from DU for a time:

Many of you will shout, "Hurrah", since you despise my pro-Israel stand that Hamas must be rooted out and destroyed. Nothing you may say will change my attitude in this regard and nothing I may say will certainly change yours.

However, I am not acting for that reason at all whatsoever. There are two distinct attitudes here which are, in my opinion, reprehensible. The first is the constant juxtaposition of Israel with the Nazi Movement and their behaviors. I have many angry feelings which I cannot express here due to the nature of those who alert at the first sign of a so-called breach of the rules here at DU. It has become impermissible to discuss any higher-order political philosophy without this occurring as a result. Those of us who have been attempting to do this are being continuously goaded into vituperative arguments which almost invariably lead to a "crossing of the line" such that a Jury will lock the post and thus place one more black mark upon the poster's ability to remain and function. This is deliberate, vindictive, and as far as I am concerned, absolutely derived from RW techniques for disruption, denigration, and elimination of rational discussion. Further, I believe that this manner of posting has grotesquely undermined the stability of this site and may cause many long-term people to abandon it for this issue as well as several others. It is, or rather, was, insidious in its evolution but is now moving ahead as the political season approaches.

Second, and more importantly, this has become an outlet for some of the worst anti-Semitism I have seen in many years. The code-words, the hatred spewing towards established members, the rank dismissal and disgust with which opinions are met rivals any forum with which I have had contact for the 45+ years in which I have been active in Jewish causes. Like pornography, I know it when I see it. The taunting of many to specifically accuse someone of anti-Semitism is an invitation to having a post locked or even Tombstoning and since I have been here for more than ten years, I am not at this time willing to have my posting privileges revoked over this issue here, since it is not a discussion but has metamorphosed into an entity of which I am not proud any longer to be a member. There are many people who agree with me who decline to post during these difficult times in Israel for exactly these reasons - and this is nothing new. I value the Forum for its values during the election seasons and during domestic crises, but will not subscribe to this aspect of its nature and will refrain from posting until such time as I believe that it is constructive to do so.

Is anyone else watching the All Star Game?

I cannot believe the nature of the narrative ongoing. It is indescribable. Horrifying. It IS Fox but WOW! It is like nothing I've ever heard in athletics.

So there is likely to be an Egyptian-mediated cease-fire -

so says the Jerusalem Post.


So much for all the posts about Israel not wanting or intending to stop the bombing, etc. There are ALWAYS negotiations going on despite what some here posit, and it is infinitely more complex than what it seems to be but hey! who would know better than some around here, right?

One of the conditions is that Hamas removes its rockets and support materiel from Gaza, but we shall see what happens. I would say that within six months it starts all over again.

More Jewish expansion! WTF! Is it legal?


Apparently the courts have decided that the new Settlement is legal.

My New Religion: Dentistrism

My religion has certain basic tenets:

1. There is one and only one God.
2. God is infallible.
3. If God wanted you to be well, He would not have made you sick as part of his Plan.
4. Therefore, I do not believe that we should have to pay for medical treatment for our employees. Of course they are free to pay for their hospital stays, transplants, nursing care, pharmaceuticals, and other associated costs. We do not infringe on anyone's rights as individuals.
5. The above applies to all medicine with the exception of Dentistry: teeth and supporting structures being a God-given attribute which need to be maintained in order to promulgate His teachings to the fullest and maintain a sanctified existence.
6. Lastly, we can screw other people who are not our spouses with impunity, watch pornography in order to better educate ourselves to its deleterious effects, and own automatic weapons, bazookas, and tanks in order to better defend ourselves from the heathen masses.

Just sayin': Three Kidnapped Israeli teens murdered

You could hear a fucking pin drop here.

Just saw Bill Maher live here in Philly

in a sold-out Academy of Music. He was generally rewarded with great cheers and standing-o's at times, but the place got a little quieter during his rant against religion at the end. It was generally very funny....people were so excited to see him although quite frankly it was virtually the same material from his shows. The guy next to me, OF COURSE, had this hysterically loud, high-pitched, sharp, grating, extended, obnoxious laugh which NATURALLY had a three second delay. I was polite during the entire performance and when I got up to leave I told him,. "Nice talking to you before the show. Now I have to go and get fitted for a new Right Eardrum."

The peaceful death of my sister-in-law this week gave me pause

to consider that there are a few individuals in this country who may far outlive their life expectancy.

Consider an individual who has had a Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) implanted in his (or her) chest. This is normally used as a bridge to transplantation but consider this: let us say, for the sake of argument alone, that this person was able to receive AAA+ medical supervision and treatment 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There is no pulsatile blood flow (something, believe it or not upon which I wrote a published paper in 1974 - strange world, isn't it?) which means that the blood pressure may be regulated and thus reduce the risk, IMO, of both hemorrhagic and occlusive cardiovascular accident, or stroke. Couple this with the quarterly PET scan to rule out incipient cancerous lesions, magnificently coordinated administration of pharmaceuticals, and reasonably good genes, and there is no telling how long this individual might survive, perhaps to 120 years of age or beyond.

And to finish, just suppose an individual attended a great function, watched by nearly all Americans wearing a black costume and hat, seated in a wheelchair. Would this not be construed as a signal to the minions who are loyal to his cause?

George Lucas had no idea at all whatsoever of his own prescience back in 1977.

I see Bow-Tie Boy #1 is feeling the heat....

On the one hand, George Will is probably pleased because he was told that no one was reading his tired, snotty, boring, taste-free, pedantic, thesaurus-composed, eminently predictable, dull-as-dishwater column.

On the other hand, he now has to check around corners when he walks somewhere and also assume that eggs will be thrown at his windshield when he drives to work in Washington, D.C.

He is, and always was, a horse's ass of the first order, and a William F. Buckley wannabe. He was a cheap knock-off of the latter and a consummate prig.
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