March 2008 archive

The Kabobfest inner conflict

In what could be Kabobfest a hoax (and god knows they are not above it), an ex-Kabobfester started an anti-Kabobfest website, even creating an Urban Dictionary entry on the definition of Kabobfest:

amalgamation of pseudo-bohemian, kuffiyeh wearing, proto-typical
non-conformists who identify as being either Arab or Muslim-friendly
within a post-9-11 context and sit around all day competing for that
one moment of self aggrandizing glory in which they seemingly hog the
intellectual spotlight within pointless, shallow conversations related
to Middle East affairs just to temporarily fulfill an insatiable thirst
for appearing knowledgeable. These types of people are often found in
Cafés checking their Facebook profiles on laptop computers and blogging
about nothing terribly important.

Look at those dirty activists wearing $95 designer Che Guevara t-shirts, they're such a KABOBfest!

Sounds true to me! 

Freud was against Israel?

An old letter of his implies that..

In February 1930 Freud was asked, as a distinguished
Jew, to contribute to a petition condemning Arab riots of 1929, in which
over a hundred Jewish settlers were killed.  This was his reply:

Letter to the Keren Hajessod (Dr. Chaim Koffler)

Vienna: 26 February 1930

Dear Sir,

I cannot do as you wish. I am unable to overcome my aversion to burdening
the public with my name, and even the present critical time does not seem
to me to warrant it. Whoever wants to influence the masses must give them
something rousing and inflammatory and my sober judgement of Zionism does
not permit this. I certainly sympathise with its goals, am proud of our
University in Jerusalem and am delighted with our settlement's prosperity.
But, on the other hand, I do not think that Palestine could ever become
a Jewish state, nor that the Christian and Islamic worlds would ever be
prepared to have their holy places under Jewish care. It would have seemed
more sensible to me to establish a Jewish homeland on a less historically-burdened
land. But I know that such a rational viewpoint would never have gained
the enthusiasm of the masses and the financial support of the wealthy.
I concede with sorrow that the baseless fanaticism of our people is in
part to be blamed for the awakening of Arab distrust. I can raise no sympathy
at all for the misdirected piety which transforms a piece of a Herodian
wall into a national relic, thereby offending the feelings of the natives.

Now judge for yourself whether I, with such a critical point of view,
am the right person to come forward as the solace of a people deluded by
unjustified hope.

Your obediant servant,

Freud

I didn't know that. Did you?

My Theme Song…potentially

Born from an egg on a mountain top

The punkiest monkey that ever popped

He knew every magic trick under the sun

To tease the Gods

And everyone and have some fun

Monkey magic, Monkey magic

What a cocky saucy monkey this one is

All the Gods were angered

And they punished him

Until he was saved by a kindly priest

And that was the start

Of their pilgrimage west

Monkey magic, Monkey magic

With a little bit of monkey magic

There'll be fireworks tonight

With a little bit of monkey magic

Every thing will be all right

Born from an egg on a mountain top

The punkiest monkey that ever popped

He knew every magic trick under the sun

To tease the Gods

And everyone and have some fun

Godiego, Monkey Magic 

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