Susan Boyle – BGT 2009

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Susan Boyle - BGT 2009

Susan Boyle - BGT 2009

I don’t know if this was a ringer or not, nor do I really care. For a moment at least, it was refreshing to lose my cynicism.  Sometimes, increasingly rare as they are, there is a moment that stands out and reminds me of the wonder life used to present. At 47 she walked on stage to their snickers.  10 seconds into her audition, the world was at her feet as the audience rose to theirs.  In a world where futures are written off at 21, Susan Boyle proved the human spirit is ageless and that beauty isn’t always what it seems.   Congratulations Susan Boyle.

Israel’s Racist in Chief

by Chris Hedges, from Truthdig

Lieberman, a former nightclub bouncer who was a member of the Kach Party, has the personal and political habits of the Islamic goons he opposes. He was found guilty in 2001 of beating a 12-year-old boy and fined by an Israeli court.

Lieberman, a former nightclub bouncer who was a member of the Kach Party, has the personal and political habits of the Islamic goons he opposes. He was found guilty in 2001 of beating a 12-year-old boy and fined by an Israeli court.

It was unthinkable, when I was based as a correspondent in Jerusalem two decades ago, that an Israeli politician who openly advocated ethnically cleansing the Palestinians from Israeli-controlled territory, as well as forcing Arabs in Israel to take loyalty oaths or be forcibly relocated to the West Bank, could sit on the Cabinet. The racist tirades of Jewish proto-fascists like Meir Kahane stood outside the law, were vigorously condemned by most Israelis and were prosecuted accordingly. Kahane’s repugnant Kach Party, labeled by the United States, Canada and the European Union as a terrorist organization, was outlawed by the Israeli government in 1988 for inciting racism.

Israel has changed. And the racist virus spread by Kahane, whose thugs were charged with the murders and beatings of dozens of unarmed Palestinians and whose members held rallies in Jerusalem where they chanted “Death to Arabs!” has returned to Israel in the figure of Israel’s powerful new foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman. Lieberman openly calls for an araberrein Israel—an Israel free of Arabs.

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Pro-Palestinian Supporters Enter French Supermarket And Remove Israeli Goods From Shelves

absolutely beautiful….

Elderly used as front in letter-writing campaign

(“the Dewey Square Group, a national political marketing and consulting firm” is in the middle of a spin campaign, using the “Letters to the Editor” section of local papers to push for their clients Medical Advantage program that just rips off the elderly… the way they are doing it, they are making up letters, signing elderly people’s names to them, and then calling up and asking about the letters and LYING to get information about them… can you fucking believe that shit? These elderly people should be suing the hell out of the Dewey Square Group… suing the hell out of them… suing them! Sue! Sue! Sue!) anybody want to send them an email? try this one… boston@deweysquare.com  see how that works…

by Kevin Johnson, from the Eagle Tribune

Across Massachusetts, senior citizens are writing letters to newspapers demanding that their representatives in Congress protect a form of health insurance called Medicare Advantage.

At least that’s what newspaper editors are supposed to think.

Some of those seniors are unaware that they have sent any such letters to newspapers. Some of them hadn’t even heard of Medicare Advantage.

“I did not write a letter to the editor. It’s not from me,” said Gloria Gosselin, 75, of Lawrence.

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War, Peace, and the Season of Hope

Justin Raimondo, AntiWar

This Easter Sunday, a holiday of resurrection – or, at least, spring – there are some signs that things may be turning around, in certain limited but encouraging areas. Take, for example, the predicament of President Mikheil Saakashvili, of the Republic of Georgia, who has been besieged of late by massive protests demanding his resignation.

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