Friday, November 04, 2005
Apparently the mayor of Las Vegas has some fresh new ideas on crime fighting, especially how to deal with the "heinous crime" of graffiti writing.
"You know, we have a beautiful highway landscaping redevelopment in our downtown. We have desert tortoises and beautiful paintings of flora and fauna. These punks come along and deface it.Sounds familiar to me.
"I'm saying maybe you put them on TV and cut off a thumb," the mayor added. "That may be the right thing to do."
Tuesday, November 01, 2005
Parents: Freedom Haters?
There's an interesting article in the Washington Post about parents organizing to limit the presence of military recruiters in high schools. Let's hope this is just the tip of an antiwar iceberg looming in this country. Please please please.
welcome to liberated gaza
There may be a few thousand less settlers, but please don't tell me that Israel has ended the occupation of Gaza. From the Guardian:
The Israeli defence ministry has barred foreign journalists from entering the Gaza Strip in an apparent attempt to limit reporting on the killing of Palestinian civilians, the firing of artillery shells and the use of "sonic bombs" to terrify the local population.Is that the sound of freedom I hear? Oh no, just another sonic boom.
Has Madonna completely lost it?
So here's the story. The Kabbalah Center, a religious center in Tel Aviv that hosted Madonna when she visited Israel, has been charged with criminal fraud for asking for "donations" in order to "cure" a woman who had cancer. The full story is here, but here's the gyst of it:
Leah Zonis was told by staff at the Kabbalah Centre that if she paid them large sums of money she would be cured of cancer, her husband Boris told the Guardian yesterday....Really its a tragic story and the behavior of the Kabbalah Center and its officials is quite deplorable. Of course, the story comes back to Madonna, who was asked to defend her belief in Kabbalah and her association with the Kaballah Center. Madonna's response?
[Then director of the center Moshe] Rosenberg suggested that a donation would lead to a full recovery. "I immediately offered 5,000 shekels [£600] but he said that the donation had to be painful and suggested $30,000 [£17,000]," said Mr Zonis. "I though this was stupid and these people were crooks but my wife was so desperate and so ill that I agreed."
Members of the centre would pray for her, Mrs Zonis was told, and she could increase her chances of recovery by drinking branded water at £4 a bottle.
By 2002 Mrs Zonis's condition further deteriorated and she approached Mr Youdkevitch, who had become director since Mr Rosenberg's departure to the US. According to Mr Zonis, Mr Youdkevitch was aware of the previous donation and told them that it had not been enough to cure Mrs Zonis. He suggested that they donate a further $25,000 (£14,000).
Mrs Zonis borrowed the money but her health continued to decline and she died at the age of 50. By the time of her death she realised she had been conned and asked her husband to go to the police, according to Mr Zonis.
"It would be less controversial if I joined the Nazi Party," she said. "It's not hurting anybody."Excuse me? The Nazi Party? It seems that Madonna is out of her bloody mind.