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July 28, 2014

Overnight Open Thread (7-28-2014)

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But none of those [previous] episodes ...provoked the kind of outraged disbelief at Kerry's performance that has been emanating from the Israeli leadership in the past 48 hours. Leaked comments from unnamed senior government sources to Army Radio, Channel 2 and other Hebrew outlets have described the secretary as amateurish, incompetent, incapable of understanding the material he is dealing with - in short, a blithering fool.

But actually, it's worse than that. What emerges from Kerry's self-initiated ceasefire mission - Israel had already accepted the Egyptian ceasefire proposal; and nobody asked him to come out on a trip he prefaced with sneering remarks about Israel's attempted "pinpoint" strikes on Hamas terror targets - is that Jerusalem now regards him as duplicitous and dangerous.

...Whether through ineptitude, malice, or both, Kerry's intervention was not a case of America's top diplomat coming to our region to help ensure, through astute negotiation, the protection of a key ally. This was a betrayal.

-- The Times of Israel [roughly equivalent to our NYT in terms of ideology and influence]. This editorial gave the Obama administration a case of the sads.

The Ten Commandments as Covered by Buzzfeed

Courtesy of McSweeneys.

You Won't Believe What God Said to This Man.

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George Will: We're Capable of Absorbing and Accepting All the Illegal Children

Except that as Mark Krikorian points out they're not really children - they're mostly older teenage boys i.e. Trouble.

He referred sarcastically to "eight-year-old criminals with their teddy bears?," having swallowed the Democratic/MSM line that the "unaccompanied minors" are mainly young children. In fact, 84 percent of unaccompanied minors apprehended so far this fiscal year are teenagers. Half the total are 15-17-year-old boys. In fact, it's certain that some non-trivial share aren't minors at all, having lied about their age. How many of them have teddy bears?

Queers Against Israeli Apartheid Stage "Die-In" Against Boeing in Seattle

Of course Israel is pretty much the only country in the middle east where queers aren't killed or persecuted. But then leftism always trumps self-interest and self-preservation.

Anti-War Protests in Israel End Early

Several thousand left-wing activists gathered in Tel Aviv's Rabin Square on Saturday evening, calling for an end to bloodshed in the Gaza Strip and a return to negotiations with the Palestinians.

And then this happened:

The demonstrations were cut short when Hamas unilaterally ended a humanitarian truce with Israel and resumed rocket-fire from Gaza.

And nothing takes away the fun of a good old street-theater anti-war protest like incoming unguided rockets.

B-52 Makes a Delivery

Slate: The Case for Marijuana Reparations

Of course.

Also: Weed Makes You Dumb

This is your brain on pot - even when you haven't toked up for like 3 days man.

On Reparations in General

"The left's crusade to provide compensation payments to the descendants of former slaves elicits the following from Gelernter: The theory holds, evidently, that non-perpetrators must compensate non-victims for crimes they never suffered- but would have, if they had been born two hundred years ago. (Probably. But this is only a detail.) Perhaps someone owes you money for a crime he never committed, but would have, if only you had both been born in some other century. Think of the possibilities!"

You Can Now Carry a Gun in DC if You Have a Concealed Carry Permit From Any State


Life Aboard Great Russian Atomic Icebreaker

Actually seems fairly decent given expectations.

Besides 155 cabins, this ship has the following amenities: a restaurant, a club cabin, a swimming pool, two saunas, a gym, a volleyball room, a basketball room and a table tennis room, as well as a library and some more!


Paper or Vintage Paper

A retro look at grocery stores.


Tortoise an Accomplice in Alligator's Zoo Escape

And they said the terrapins would never cooperate with the crocodillia against us.


The Yahoo AoSHQ group - it's got electrolytes.

And my twitter thang.

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