May 7th, 2003

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Palestinian Arabs: evil without reason since 1948

I was going to present this without comment, but who am I kidding?

"JERUSALEM - Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon threw a U.S.-backed peace plan into doubt Tuesday, saying the Palestinians must drop their demand for Arab refugees' 'right of return' to Israel if negotiations are to proceed."

Note the scare quotes around 'right of return', as if it's some unreasonable demand cooked up by the Palestinians just to be difficult. Note also that there is a universal right to return in Israel for Jews, which is not often put in scare quotes.

"Israel has always objected to the right of return for about 4 million Arabs who fled the war that followed Israel's creation in 1948, but never made renouncing the demand a condition for peace talks before."

The deliberate exile (some would call it 'ethnic cleansing', but I'm already getting yelled at enough elsewhere for using that loaded phrase) of Arabs from what is today Israel was not an accident. It was an official policy pursued by the Israeli government. Now, as you can see, they have no intention of addressing this wrong; before, they made a big stink about it whenever the issue came up, but this is the first time they've announced beforehand that they're going to, essentially, abandon the whole process until it's dropped. It would be good to remember this the next time you hear someone suggest that the continuing violence in the region is entirely due to Arab intransigence or bloodthirstiness.

"The new Mideast plan unveiled by Washington last week says the fate of the refugees will be negotiated in the third and final stage of the so-called 'road map.' The right of return is a cornerstone of Palestinian policy."

As, indeed, it is a cornerstone of Israeli policy. That's democracy for you, or, at least, that's the kind of democracy where only one group of people can vote. I forget what it's called exactly.

"But Sharon told Israel Radio the renunciation by Palestinians 'is something Israel insists on and sees it as a condition for continuing the process.' The interview marked Israel's Independence Day celebrations."

Palestine's Independence Day celebrations, unfortunately, have been postponed for the 55th consecutive year.

"Israel refuses to take blame for the consequences of the two-year war after its creation, when Arab armies invaded the nascent Jewish state and about 700,000 Palestinians fled or were expelled from their homes."

Hey, it wasn't their fault! There was a war, which also wasn't their fault, and then they had to kick all these people out of their homes, which also wasn't their fault, and then there were the refugee camps, which also weren't their fault any more than the subsequent massacres at those refugee camps were their fault and -- look, the point is, it was the Palestinians' fault, or at the very least, it was not the fault of the Israeli government.

"Sharon called the right of return 'a recipe for the destruction of Israel,' because it would flood Israel with Arabs. Statistics released on the eve of Independence Day showed there are now 5.4 million Jews and 1.3 million Arabs in Israel."

And if you add 4 million Arabs, you get only a slight Jewish majority. So you can see how that would be a disaster, if the Palestinians were allowed to vote. They might vote for things in their own interests! Surely it's better to keep things as they are, with Israel being "the only democracy in the middle east" even though a bunch of the citizens can't vote. Viva democracy!
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Adventures in referral

It's time once again for a look at how people find the Ludic Log. My site tracker gives me information on what search engine requests referred a hit to me. It's endless fun.

Some of today's referrals:

"benzino interview stream"
"gamahuche me"
"diet pepsi twist"
"recipe to Funyuns"
"alpha primitives"
"American Idol entry rules"
"famous mobsters"
"Hamlet foil Laertes"
"maggie riely"
"Benzino's club"
"Eminem Benzino"
"married cambodia"
"vagina monologues essay"
"dane electro"
"Murder Inc. cover of the Source"
"free style beats"
"lunchables herb sauce"
"benzino's son"
"pie slapstick"
"Azzure denim"
"MODOK stories"
"ripper is a gangster"
"penis is really small" (this guy was OBVIOUSLY not looking for me)
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Tori, you so crazy

For a while now, I've been collecting quotes by Tori Amos. Not because I like her music -- I'm pretty indifferent to her -- but because in interviews, she's entertainingly nuts. I mean, she's seriously, unquestionably insane. And as a result, she says lots of enjoyably pretentious or incomprehensible things. And not just about how she believes in 'faeries'.

This entry is really just so I can dump them all somewhere that it's easy for me to find them, but if you have any deranged quotes that reinforce my opinion that the former lead singer of Y Kant Tori Read is the most demented woman in music, feel free to pass them along to me.

"I'm in love with my women friends, but I just don't eat pussy."

"I'll tell you something that I am very aware of: my work doesn't relate to the masses. My work is really for the elite. And when I say elite, I mean the mental elite."

"On some of my darkest days, Lucifer's the one who comes and gives me an ice cream."

"Most boys would like to think they're the flu, wouldn't they?"

"Orchards are simple. A peach tree says, 'Some of me will be juicy and some of me will be dry I'm not growing for you; I grow because that's what I do.' You always hear some person complain about how dry their peach is and the peach says, 'It's not our fault you have no understanding on the proper use for dry peaches.'"

"Obviously, if you use the English language right, you can pack a good punch. You can get people to see something in a way they didn't want to--or weren't willing to. I see myself as a librarian in high heels, and I'm becoming more comfortable with that."

"The meaning of life is bran in your diet. I'm going to eat pasta now."

"If you call me an airy-fairy new age hippy waif, I will cut your penis off."

"I believe in energy, everything is energy. And therefore sometimes magic can be created if somebody is open to letting energy do what it does, instead of being so cynical, that you miss magic happening."

"I heard stories that they brought in this henchman from France, and I really aligned with him. He had Anne [Boleyn] move her hair over [before the execution] and he made her look away. He did it when she didn't know. Even though his job was a bit brutal, he had more compassion than the king."

"I am a real believer in looking at pain and taking it out shopping."

"I hated my name. My body was screaming to be called something, and it wasn't Myra Ellen."

"Fame is very tricky. It's like a pit full of stuff, some of it is yummy and some it is big monsters."

"My theory is that women were the Mona Lisas for a long time and now men are Mona Lisas with little goatees. They are our muses."

"Everything is therapeutic, no matter what you do."

"Just because I can't write songs sometimes doesn't mean that creative force isn't going. It's cheating on me. It's with Jewel."

"(Classical) music is not a reflection of this time... It was written before airplanes were invented. It was written before women could be pregnant, single and run their own business."

"I would have to be feline... Is there such thing as a Water Buffalo-Cat? That means I've been eating too much. Obviously, I'm a Leo... In some Chinese beliefs, it's the year of the cat. I'm Leo in a Cat year. Double cat. Double cat really defines my nature. Perhaps a cat with fins?... I'm very much about living under water... a murk-cat."

"If you're gonna be a librarian, why not have a pencil skirt and high heels? You still have to know your catalogues or you shouldn't be able to keep the job, no matter how sexy the leg is. It feels really wonderful to not have to be so hard as a woman and yet independent and equal in a man's world -- which I feel I am, as far as being a negotiator -- but I don't have to cut off my femiinity to do it."

"Some women have been pretty gross about my having opened my heart. They have not understood the power of the heart."

"If the listener doesn't like what is going on, it's partly their fault."

"I'm the thing that fundamentalist Christians cringe over."

"Sometimes I just want to grap a reporter by the hair, and drag her into the land of the faeries, and say, do you get it now, bitch?"

"Healing for me is being able to sit next to the butcher and say, 'Yes, I'm sitting next to the butcher now,' instead of saying 'There is no butcher.' Well, there definitely is one!

"It hurts me when a woman doesn't come through for me, more than a man."

"Feminism is limited. Listen, I can drag a man's balls across the country better than a man can. I run my own publishing company. I run my own label. I was the youngest student ever at the Peabody Conservatory. I was a musician first. I held my own with the bad boys that can play their asses off. I wasn't just the girl singer. But I don't want to have to play it better than a man. That's what makes me puke. I just want to play it like it is."

"'Kay, you guys, we've gotta have a chat. Now look, you paid money to come here, okay? Now some of you want to listen, and some of you don't. If you don't wanna listen, you need to get your money back at the door and leave. Because I'm serious. Y'know, now, this is the thing: if you were up here, which some of you might be at some point, some of you might not, but it would be really good karma if you had to be with you as an audience. So now you can rise to the occasion 'cause you're the worst one I've had so far. Okay? Fair is fair. Now let's do this again. I'm always honest." (Tori scolding a rowdy audience)

"My concept of the great spirit is not the controlling force that is in institutional religion. When I say God, I'm talking about judgments over thousands of years that are horrific - love your neighbor but do what we say or we'll rape your women."

"The term [feminist] has been linked selfishly with women's rights."

"Monsters are the best, most wonderful. Monsters are, um.... you know.... It's like, you've got to fight for your right to have a monster."

"People can be so vicious toward the imaginary world and it saddens me. You kill a lot of little people's dreams that way. You're no different from Hitler, as far as I'm concerned."