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Leonard Nimoy’s Last Wishes for Israel and Palestine

Leonard Nimoy’s Last Wishes for Israel and Palestine
By Juan Cole | Feb. 28, 2015 |
in honor of the passing of Mr. Nimoy, who inspired a generation.
Leonard Nimoy, who played Mr. Spock on Star Trek, speaks out as a Jewish American in favor of a two-state solution and a divided Jerusalem.

Nimoy said,

‘ “I reach out to you as someone who is troubled to see the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians continue apparently without an end in sight.

“In fact, there is an end in sight. It’s known as the two-state solution–a secure, democratic Israel as the Jewish State alongside an independent Palestinian state. Even Israel’s nationalist Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, has come to see this as the shape of the future. The problem is how to reach that end point. It’s something we should be concerned about–not only as world citizens, but as Americans.

“You might recall the episode in the original Star Trek series called, Let That Be Your Last Battlefield. Two men, half black, half white, are the last survivors of their peoples who have been at war with each other for thousands of years, yet the Enterprise crew could find no differences separating these two raging men.

“But the antagonists were keenly aware of their differences–one man was white on the right side, the other was black on the right side. And they were prepared to battle to the death to defend the memory of their people who died from the atrocities committed by the other.

“The story was a myth, of course, and by invoking it I don’t mean to belittle the very real issues that divide Israelis and Palestinians. What I do mean to suggest is that the time for recriminations is over. Assigning blame over all other priorities is self-defeating. Myth can be a snare. The two sides need our help to evade the snare and search for a way to compromise.

“The Middle East is only getting more tumultuous. The upheavals throughout the region show that what happens in the Middle East can’t help but affect us in the United States. This year, we’ve seen oil prices rise sharply and America become involved militarily in Libya. The cost to American lives and our economy continues to rise at a time when unemployment and deficits are sapping our country’s strength.” ‘


Astrological Star Signs

from here:

Who Gets Food Stamps?.................................White People, Mostly

"I come from a town where all the blacks are getting food stamps and what I call 'welfare crazy checks,'" Alday said to a reporter for The Clarion-Ledger, a Mississippi newspaper, earlier this month. "They don't work."


Nationally, most of the people who receive benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program are white. According to 2013 data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which administers the program, 40.2 percent of SNAP recipients are white, 25.7 percent are black, 10.3 percent are Hispanic, 2.1 percent are Asian and 1.2 percent are Native American.


The Fargo Forum - Front Page


True story: People are here to help decide who should be the most powerful leader on the planet

Welcome to the Conservative Political Action Conference, a three-day-long performance from an improv troupe whose hat has only has one statement in it: you’re in terrible danger. But that doesn’t mean you’re in terrible danger right now. Right now, there are seminars. About the danger. I have been to them, as part of my quest to be America’s Most Impervious Man. I don’t even care to what…


William Temple, the "Tea Party Patriot," holds press conference after walking out on Jeb



The 2016 cocktails at @ijreview's CPAC party
Jeb Bush wins @ijreview cocktail caucus. Christie second, Walker third. Boos erupt in CPAC-adjacent bar.


Top 5 Homeland Security Contractors Spend $107M Lobbying Congress & Receive $9B in contracts

Top 5 Homeland Security Contractors Spend $107M Lobbying Congress and Federal Agencies, Receive $9B in Contracts

Feb. 27, 2015 -- Lawmakers on Capitol Hill today are considering a $40 billion spending bill that would continue to fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). If passage of this bill fails, the DHS is scheduled to partially shut down at midnight on Feb. 28, 2015. The Senate has already voted 68-31 in favor of the bill, referring it to the House of Representatives for a vote. A Republican counterproposal to fund the department for only three weeks has failed to receive the votes necessary for it to pass, failing with a vote of 203-224.

MapLight looked into the contracts awarded by the DHS to the top 5 contractors and these contractors' political spending. These companies were chosen because they were the top recipients of DHS contracts between fiscal year 2011 and fiscal year 2014 according to USA Spending.

The top 5 DHS contractors, between fiscal year 2011 and fiscal year 2014, spent $107.6 million on lobbying, and contributed $7.4 million to *all congressional candidates from their political action committees (PAC). During that time period, these five contractors received $8.9 billion in federal contracts from the DHS.


GOP: "Do As I Say Or Else!"


Hard to see whether the dress is white or black, easy to see GOP doesn't help people of color.



Texas mom brings gun to daughter’s high school fist fight

TORONTO – A fight between two high school girls in Texas took a dramatic turn when cellphone video later revealed one of the girl’s mothers had crashed the brawl – with a gun.

Now, the pistol-packing parent is facing criminal charges, while the family of the other girl involved says they’re mortified about what might have been.

Victoria Myers, 14, said she showed up for a fight behind Pasadena High School in Pasadena, Texas, earlier this month.

She told KHOU News in Houston, Texas that the fight was over a boy, and that she had been challenged to show up by a girl she says she barely knows.

VIDEO (amazing) & MORE:


GOP SMACKED DOWN: “Not only can they not govern, but we’ve learned that they can’t even count.”

“Not only can they not govern, but we’ve learned that they can’t even count.”

— Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY), quoted by CQ Now, on the House GOP’s failure pass a three-week Homeland Security funding bill.



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