alan1tx

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  • alan1tx commented on the blog post Israel Kills 15 At UN School As Protests Rock West Bank

    2014-07-25 12:26:46View | Delete

    Right you are, Americans are fairly evenly split on Israel’s actions, they are not cool with Hamas’:

    Israel’s actions against Hamas
    Justified = 42%, Unjustified = 39%

    Hamas’ actions against Israel
    Justified = 11%, Unjustified = 70%

    It doesn’t seem Hamas’ actions are helping its cause any, especially considering how ineffective they are.

  • alan1tx commented on the blog post Israel Kills 15 At UN School As Protests Rock West Bank

    2014-07-25 12:02:31View | Delete

    One of the other questions may support your opinion.

    Americans’ views of Israel’s action by how closely they follow the news:

    Very closely:
    Israel Justified = 71%, Unjustified = 24%

    Somewhat closely
    Israel Justified = 51%, Unjustified = 42%

    Not closely
    Israel Justified = 18%, Unjustified = 43%

    It seems the high information crowd thinks Israel is justified, although it doesn’t say if the information they consume is accurate.

  • Fair enough. I was taking the word of the published report of the Chicago Sun-Times rather than Hatem Abudayyeh, an organizer with the Coalition for Justice in Palestine.
    You’re right, I wasn’t there.

  • alan1tx commented on the diary post Oil By Safer Trains? By Trucks? Better Yet, Divest by KateCA.

    2014-07-24 05:05:59View | Delete

    “Divest” by not using fossil fuels.

  • I give the pro-Israel and pro-Palestine sides equal credability (not that I automatically believe either). This does not mean I think they’re equal, but the arguments they espouse carry about the same weight (If I’ve lost you already, you may not be an impartial judge – which is fine). In my opinion, both sides skew the argument to their advantage – no surprise, so do you/we/everyone).

    It’s obvious which side is favored at FDL, so when the other side is presented (forcefully) it’s a shock to the echo chamber – but that doesn’t make it unreasonable.

    The facts can support exagerations of “Our side is innocent and they’re pure evil” (both sides do it). “They shot rockets at us, we must defend ourselves”, “They opress us, we must retaliate”, “They intentially try to kill civilians, women, children with random rockets”, ” They do the same with smart bomgs”, etc. Spinning the propaganda one way or the other doesn’t bother me.

    I’ve heard most of ADD’s assertions before. All of them can be spun in the other direction, ignored, trumped by more passionate counter arguments, etc., but that doesn’t make his comments unreasonable. I haven’t fact-checked him line-by-line, but I also haven’t seen anyone here demonstrate that any of his rant is factually inaccurate (not just slanted, but factually false, both sides arguements are slanted).

    On the other hand, I caught your hand in the BS cookie jar on another thread creating biased, proveable lies from thin air and promoting them as fact, so you might not be the gatekeeper of who is a reasonable commenter at FDL.

  • Thanks for your first-hand account.

    The Chicago Sun-Times article doesn’t indicate that either side “confronted or provoked” the other.

    SBofPL first referred to my “opinion” that it makes more sense that someone with a permit to carry might be carrying as routine rather than out of concern of police indifference or for fear of Palestinians (are Palestinians to be feared?) as a Crock of Shit. Then s/he presented a pottery vessel with intentional bias distorting the published record to promote a lie that a pro-Israel rally with a group that confronted and provoked a rival pro-Palestine group.

    If you’re going to call someones opinion a crock, don’t follow it up with a bald faced lie that you just invented.

  • he went to a pro-Israel rally with a group that confronted and provoked a rival pro-Palestine group.

    I’m not sure I read it the same way which brings to question your other presumptions. According to the Chicago Sun-Times:

    The afternoon in Chicago started with an organized, pro-Israel rally.
    Many Israeli flags are held up in the crowd at a pro-Israel rally Tuesday afternoon outside the Israeli Consulate.
    The event was cordoned off and more than 1,000 supporters passed through a security check before gathering to sing peace songs in Hebrew and to show support for friends and family that are in Israel.

    As the Israeli rally was underway, which organizers said was intended to be peaceful, more than 150 supporters of Palestine arrived and demonstrated outside the secured area.

    Who confronted and provoked who?

  • Hmm, it may not have been reported that he was with the people who were rallying for Israel, but when the Chicago Tribune photo shows him waiving a blue and white flag, I think we can connect the dots.

  • Google firedoglake with KKKarl Rove or Amerikkka or any number of other brilliant kkk misspellings, you’ll get tens of thousands of hits. I guess it depends on your politics whether you can take the joke or not.

  • Considering he had a conceal/carry permit he probably has his gun with him at all times and didn’t realize he was prohibited from having his gun at a public gathering (not that he’s excused for that, but it makes more sense than fearing the police wouldn’t protect him or afraid of Palestinians).

  • alan1tx commented on the diary post Israel Tries New Rationale for War by Siun.

    2014-07-23 07:46:55View | Delete

    The article above implies that the tunnels are a fiction made up by Israel. “the Israeli claim that Hamas has a huge network of tunnels” “This tunnel tale has been popping up throughout the coverage over the past few days and Israel is now saying destroying the tunnels is their primary reason for their war” [...]

  • alan1tx commented on the blog post The Roundup for July 22nd, 2014

    2014-07-23 07:30:10View | Delete

    I’m totally against “equal” pay for women.

    My wife makes way more than me and I love it.

  • I’m rather shocked by the extent of ADD’s rant, but if intentionally misspelling words with a kkk invalidated everything one said or may say in the future here, we could just shut FDL down.

  • alan1tx commented on the diary post Israel Tries New Rationale for War by Siun.

    2014-07-23 04:59:37View | Delete

    Well, Hamas does itself no favors:

    A Hamas military spokesman in Gaza, Abu Obeida, was defiant over the tunnel discovery, saying on his official Twitter account that “thousands” more tunnels would be dug out.

  • Bullsh.

    Elections for the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC), the legislature of the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) were held on 25 January 2006. The result was a victory for Hamas, who won with 74 seats of the 132 seats. In terms of votes received, Hamas took 44.45% of the vote.

    At worst case, this makes less than half of Palestinians “guilty” of “freely electing members…” Add to that the half of the population below voting age and those not casting a ballot and the “culpable” population is rather small.

    Beyond that, just because Americans “freely elected” Bush and then Obama, doesn’t mean everyone in America is responsible for their leaders eventual poor leadership.

  • alan1tx commented on the blog post UN Says Iran Completed Process Of Eliminating Enriched Uranium

    2014-07-22 10:33:58View | Delete

    Not really commenting on Iran so much as their cheerleaders. Iran insists that it’s enriching uranium for use in nuclear power stations and the gullible believe them (and others who know better don’t believe them but go along with the ruse).

  • alan1tx commented on the blog post UN Says Iran Completed Process Of Eliminating Enriched Uranium

    2014-07-22 09:07:47View | Delete

    That’s kind of my point. Iran claims to need uranium enrichment for use in nuclear power stations and people believe them, intentionally ignoring their oil and solar reserves.

    And those same people who normally have fainting spells over nuclear power are gushing that Iran finally has the uranium necessary to fuel their as-yet unbuilt nuclear power plants.

  • alan1tx commented on the blog post UN Says Iran Completed Process Of Eliminating Enriched Uranium

    2014-07-22 07:14:21View | Delete

    Now they can start building their much needed nuclear power plants before they run out of oil or sunshine.

  • Thanks (x3).
    Guess I should have used my Google, but it’s odd I hadn’t heard of this before. It must not get a lot of media attention.

    Probably get more eyeballs condemning the evil side vs. the good.

  • Israel briefly held its fire on Tuesday after Egypt, which is also Gaza’s neighbor, announced a truce plan; but Hamas and other militant groups rejected the proposal, saying it had not addressed their demands.

    Have we heard what the Hamas and other militant groups demands are?

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