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inflatablecello 

Post No. 378
10/27/2006 02:26 AM
  
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i dont think its antisemitism but its a not understanding who we are. Jews arent frequently seen here face to face but normally seen on cnn as military or politicians in israel..That which is not understood ,is feared !!! I know that all the people i meet here are ok. Im here 20 yrs and id leave in a sec if i felt hated or secretly not liked or even referred to as THE JEW. i think all what you read should be balanced by what i say to you and what i say should weigh more than the other side...The sterotypical jew still exists here however i naned my kid a jewish name LEVI AVIV and all parentsknowits jewish but hes treated as any other kid....in fact i think hiddenantisemite feeling run deeper in the usa than here...
Von Cello 

Post No. 377
10/26/2006 08:05 PM
  
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When peace is not peace...

From listening a lot to Tovia Singer in recent weeks, I think his main point is that there are forces in Europe and even in America that are starting to accept the Arab position that peace in the middle east basically means dismantling the Jewish state. This, of course, is the exact opposite of the truth. Peace in the middle east means the Arabs accepting the existance of Israel. But the Arabs have used a strategy of extreme, never ending violence, and after 60 years it appears to be working. Now many people are starting to think, "If you can't beat 'em, join 'em", and so are joining in the chorus blaming Israel for its very existance. So the so called "peace" that these type of people are proposing is essentially the destruction of Israel. So the word "peace" means "destruction".

Under the constant threats from many of the Arabs that surround it, and the Holocaust denial and moves to obtain nuclear power from Iran, and the building up of weapon stock piles by Hezbollah and Hamas, and the constant anti-Israeli propaganda in the Arab, European, and left wing American press, etc. etc....it is no wonder that people in Israel are really on edge lately. Some are openly talking about nuking Iran. But can you blame them? What are they supposed to do? Allow Iran to nuke them first? The U.S. could tolerate several nuclear bomb attacks and still survive. Israel could not survive even one. So they are really in a horrible bind. The world should be coming down on Iran, Hamas and Hezbollah like a ton of bricks, but instead there is the constant drum beat that Israel is to blame, Israel must give up more land, Israel must accept terrorist attacks forever. This situation all stems from an underlying anti-Semitism that still exists as strongly as it did in W.W. II. This is a topic that Tovia Singer talks about a lot.
Von Cello 

Post No. 376
10/26/2006 08:04 PM
  
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When peace is not peace...

From listening a lot to Tovia Singer in recent weeks, I think his main point is that there are forces in Europe and even in America that are starting to accept the Arab position that peace in the middle east basically means dismantling the Jewish state. This, of course, is the exact opposite of the truth. Peace in the middle east means the Arabs accepting the existance of Israel. But the Arabs have used a strategy of extreme, never ending violence, and after 60 years it appears to be working. Now many people are starting to think, "If you can't beat 'em, join 'em", and so are joining in the chorus blaming Israel for its very existance. So the so called "peace" that these type of people are proposing is essentially the destruction of Israel. So the word "peace" means "destruction".

Under the constant threats from many of the Arabs that surround it, and the Holocaust denial and moves to obtain nuclear power from Iran, and the building up of weapon stock piles by Hezbollah and Hamas, and the constant anti-Israeli propaganda in the Arab, European, and left wing American press, etc. etc....it is no wonder that people in Israel are really on edge lately. Some are openly talking about nuking Iran. But can you blame them? What are they supposed to do? Allow Iran to nuke them first? The U.S. could tolerate several nuclear bomb attacks and still survive. Israel could not survive even one. So they are really in a horrible bind. The world should be coming down on Iran, Hamas and Hezbollah like a ton of bricks, but instead there is the constant drum beat that Israel is to blame, Israel must give up more land, Israel must accept terrorist attacks forever. This situation all stems from an underlying anti-Semitism that still exists as strongly as it did in W.W. II. This is a topic that Tovia Singer talks about a lot.
Von Cello 

Post No. 375
10/26/2006 07:21 PM
  
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Foxy News

Wow, it's like we listened to two different radio shows! I wasn't even aware that he was talking about Iraq. Without going back and listening again, I thought what he was talking about is that the Europeans are saying that the "Road Map for Peace in the Middle East" has failed and so they want to institute a new program. Yet, the reason it has failed is not due to Israel, but due to the fact that the Palestinians voted in a goverment that is openly devoted to the destruction of Israel. So, his point is that the Europeans should not be talking about a new road map, but enforcing the original one.

He cites Europe's long history of anti-Semitism and expulsion of Jews from country after country, and believes that Europe's motivation for abandoning the "Road Map" is to create a new plan that will expel Jews out of the West Bank (Judea and Samaria) and out of Jerusalem. Since Spain is the country of the Spanish Inquisition that killed many Jews and forced the rest to flee or hide their Jewish identity, he distrusts its intentions. (Of course that happened a very long time ago, but he is trying to say that there is something anti-Semitic in the Spanish character, which may or may not be true.) It could be that the Spanish are the ones pushing for a new road map, which could anger anyone who feels that that is a way of covering up for the fact that it is the hatred of Israel in the Palestinian population that is the real problem.

He may have cited the fact that the Spanish left Iraq after the bombing, but if so, it was probably to comment on how their response to an attack by Muslims on their trains was to elect a government that wanted to retreat and placate the radicals, rather than fight them. In that context he probably imagines that they would want Israel to do the same by giving up more land. But the giving of land to the Arabs has thus far not produced peace, but only given the Arabs more of an advantage in trying to destroy Israel.

As for your comment about FOX news, first of all, Tovia Singer is coming from a totally different place than FOX. Tovia is a very orthodox rabbi. He is coming from a Torah point of view. He is extremely pro Israel and into defending the Jewish people. You should check out some of his other shows. I think he is doing some great work, even if at times he goes a bit overboard.

Secondly, FOX is no more propaganda than CNN or MSNBC or any other station. To me, FOX is very necessary to include in the mix if one wants a balanced opinion. Just because it tends to have a pro U.S. bias does not mean that it is propaganda, any more than the many stations that tend to have an anti U.S. bias. I watch, listen and read from all sources and make up my mind somewhere in the middle.
inflatablecello 

Post No. 374
10/26/2006 02:47 PM
  
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i listened to this mans program which is ,like fox news, propoganda .He says spains anti israel cause it left iraq after madrid was bombed.......he never talks about the very fact that from the hundreds of countries ONLY SPAIN AND ENGLAND ever went in the first place into iraq with the usa. Where was his voice wen spain went in while hundreds others didnt. He never said going in was pro israel simply cause it wasnt. It was pro clean up the wmd and pro democracy. The pull out, a reaction to a bomb in madrid was not anti democracy but pussy spanish men who want no wmd but have no balls.nothing to do with israel at all.accrdn to him, an american jew who never tried aliya would be anti israel...
Von Cello 

Post No. 373
10/26/2006 08:36 AM
  
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Bleeding Heart Spanish

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Post No. 372
10/25/2006 10:45 PM
  
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Bleeding Heart Theocrats

I don't think Michael Moore is what one would call a "bleeding heart" liberal. A bleeding heart liberal is someone who (according to his opponents) feels overly sympathetic to those who either do not deserve the sympathy, or could actually be hurt by it. For example, it used to be much easier to get on, and stay on, welfare. The bleeding heart liberal would say that the poor need help and so welfare should be handed out to almost anyone who says he can't find a job. But the "conservative" would say that those on welfare should be encouraged to get off of it and get a job, even a menial job, because that will give them a sense of self-worth. And those not on it should be encouraged to actively look for work rather than expect a hand out.

In fact, those who argued against welfare reform were proved wrong. When the government made it a priority to get people jobs, rather than hand them welfare, most people got jobs. The bleeding hearts thought they were being compassionate, but in a way they were allowing people to remain helpless and they helped to create a culture of dependency. Sometimes "tough love" is what is needed.

You don't hear the expression "bleeding heart liberal" anymore. Now just the word "liberal" is enough to tar and feather someone. I used to be a liberal but was turned off by the way the so called liberals became supportive of the Arabs against the Jews in the middle east. This made no sense to me, as the Arabs live in dictatorships, and believe in theocracy, whereas the Israel is a democracy and Jews believe in freedom and human rights. So I think that the "liberal" movement has been hijacked by those who seek dictatorship. I suppose there was always a tendency in the left to idolize dictatorships. That's why the USSR and Mao were so popular to them. But as John Lennon said, "You say you want a revolution. Well you know, we all want to change the world. But if you go carrying pictures of Chairman Mao, you aint gonna make it with anyone anyhow!" Today he might replace Chairman Mao with Arafat or Ahmadinijad.
eaburke81 

Post No. 371
10/25/2006 06:50 PM
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bi-partisan bitch-iness

The republicans bash the democrats, the democrats bash the reublicans. The conservatives hate the liberals, the liberals hate conservatives. This is why I consider myself an independent or a moderate....although I do hate the label "Bleeding-Heart" liberal. Sure, some people who have been labeled as liberal by the pundits (Michael Moore, for example) are passionate about what they believe in, and make their resentments known in a loud way....can we really ridicule these people for acting so? If this is so then would conservatives label Martin Luther King as a "bleeding-heart"? He made his feelings known and made society better.
One thing I hate about my generation (that's X, I believe), is that we seem to whine and complain about everything, but we don't want to take active stpes to change things...this was espeically apparent in my college's student governemnt senate meetings. If we want change then us young people have to speak up! I ask the youth of our country, is it time for another American revolution? if not with guns then with ballots, maybe.
eaburke81 

Post No. 370
10/25/2006 06:48 PM
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bi-partisan bitch-iness

The republicans bash the democrats, the democrats bash the reublicans. The conservatives hate the liberals, the liberals hate conservatives. This is why I consider myself an independent or a moderate....although I do hate the label "Bleeding-Heart" liberal. Sure, some people who have been labeled as liberal by the pundits (Michael Moore, for example) are passionate about what they believe in, and make their resentments known in a loud way....can we really ridicule these people for acting so? If this is so then would conservatives label Martin Luther King as a "bleeding-heart"? He made his feelings known and made society better.
One thing I hate about my generation (that's X, I believe), is that we seem to whine and complain about everything, but we don't want to take active stpes to change things...this was espeically apparent in my college's student governemnt senate meetings. If we want change then us young people have to speak up! I ask the youth of our country, is it time for another American revolution? if not with guns then with ballots, maybe.
Von Cello 

Post No. 369
10/25/2006 11:31 AM
  
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I think it is in the long term strategic interest of the U.S. to have a substantial military presence in the middle east. And what better spot than right between Syria and Iran? So, until things in the world change, which will probably not be for a long time, I think the U.S. will be there in one way or another. The real question is what will China and Russia do about getting or keeping a foothold in the middle east. And the wild card is what will the Arabs do to try to get all the major powers out. If and when things go nuclear, all bets are off.
inflatablecello 

Post No. 368
10/25/2006 11:09 AM
  
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so u see us never pulling out?
Von Cello 

Post No. 367
10/25/2006 08:55 AM
  
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I don't think the Dems will pull out. Hillary has been supportive of the war, and unless someone else gets the nomination, I don't think we'll be pulling out. And what is a pull out? Does that mean redeploying to bases in Iraq? In reality, I don't see the U.S. ever really pulling out. At least not for many years. The U.S. didn't spend billions of dollars over there to just walk away from the oil. We're still in Japan, Germany and South Korea, so why would we leave Iraq? I'm not saying this is the way it should be, but what I am saying is that the Dems will act like they have another plan, but it won't be all that different. Don't forget, Bill Clinton and Bush Sr. are very close these days. They are two heads of the same beast (for better or worse).
inflatablecello 

Post No. 366
10/25/2006 06:33 AM
  
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i think if dems win theyll pull out. thats not so unimaginable. We pulled out of vietnam and life continued. If we pill out of iraq we needed use the words pull out but we can say next phase...when we consult but dont physically stay there. Theres never goin to be a day we iraqis are like the usa and eve jewish mothers must accept the day wen kids leave home . Its not the disaster, its the beginning of independence. It starts off problematically but ends up better...
Von Cello 

Post No. 365
10/24/2006 01:38 PM
  
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Hamina Hamina Hamina

Wow, I didn't realize that was such a controversial statement. But what IS the Democratic plan? I think the game most of the Dems are playing is to criticize Bush but not say anything too specific about what they would do. When you don't really have a plan, it is hard for anyone to criticize you. They are running on the "I'm not a Republican, so vote for me!" platform. I mean...are they going to pull out the soldiers? If so, when? And then what? These seem pretty basic questions to me.

eaburke81 

Post No. 364
10/24/2006 12:23 PM
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So how's that training goin' , W?

You say that democras have not presented an "aternative" for the war in Iraq? What would you count as an "alterantive", Aaron?
A lot of people, mostly Bush and republican leaders, have said that if we pull out of iraq then the insurgents will gain rule back over the people we're trying to defend (or assimilate, however you look at it). What I would like to know, as an American citizen, is how good a job we are doing of training the Iraquis to fight for themselves so that we can pull our troops out without worryg about what insurgent aggression will do to this new country. Besides....if the Iraqui people are all ready voting for their leaders, and if they are ready to accept and embrace democracy, then all they really need is an army (made up of their own people) efficient enough to defend themselves from terrorist attack.

I think if Mr Bush intended to plant the seeds of democracy in Iraq, then he has succeded, if only by sprouting a tiny, green sapling or bonzai, if you take my meaning. Let's let Iraq fight for itself and fix our own problems back here at home.

I saw a button the other day that said
"Why is there always money for war but not for people"? I totally agree with that question. Instead of our tax dollars going to the U.S.' own stock- pile of "Weapons of Mass Distruction", why not have us pay for public education, hospitals and veteran affairs? Do we really need to have more weapons then everybody else on the face of this god-forsaken planet anyway? What about a cold war-type "competition" based on who can provide the most financial and medicinal aide to the starving millions in Africa, not to mention the starving millions here at home. In the words of Chris Rock "hell, give 'em (the hungry in Africa) a big mac, they're only 99 cents". (while they're at it, Why not drop a plane-load of bialys or bagels for the people too)?

This has been your pre-elction day rant and rave, for your dancing and dining pleasure, brought to you by DJ Seamus.
And as Frank Zappa said: "Don't forget to vote"!
Von Cello 

Post No. 363
10/24/2006 08:37 AM
  
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Republicrats and Democraticans

Here is the basic strategy:

Republicans - accuse the Democrats of "cut and run", downplay Iraq, scare people about 9/11 and future terror attacks


Democrats - keep saying, "I am not a Republican", keep bringing up the Tom Foley scandal, and offer no real alternatives on the war
inflatablecello 

Post No. 362
10/23/2006 01:19 PM
  
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bush wins hands down the presidency to his brother

from outa nowhere
how goes the pre election stuff? will the dems control the 2 houses? what about calif and arnold? who will be the repub rep in 08 ? You know in spain, the right was predicted to easily win, until 2 days before the pres election here, when a train was blown up by islamics and the crowds went to the left to get out of iraq and in 2 days the election changed completely. What if ben laden shows up in cuban jail 2 days beore election? or if a bridge near san francisco blows up? can the cia blow stuff up in the usa? can arnold just push it down? can the vp shoot it by accident?
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Post No. 361
10/23/2006 09:42 AM
  
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Drakes

Wasn't Drakes the company that made those cupcakes we used to eat? I wonder who created the concept of the cupcake. I suppose it is a cake in a cup! Sounds like one of those advertizing gimicks from the 50's..."Hey mom, give your kids a cake in a cup! No fuss, no muss. Cupcakes by Drakes!"

So I'm a cupcake! Well it's better than death. "Give me cupcakes or give me death!" - Patrick Hencake

By the way, that thing about Stalin, Roosevelt, etc. being Jewish may be another internet scam. More fodder for the paranoia camp.

Last night I played a jazz gig with electric violin, piano, sax/vocals, and cello. The pianist was very surprised and a bit perturbed when he saw me walk in with a cello. He said, "That's a cello, isn't it?" I said, "Yeah"...almost like, "Yeah so, you wanna make something of it?" Anyway, once we started playing he chilled out. It turned out to be a fun gig.
eaburke81 

Post No. 360
10/23/2006 08:33 AM
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"Cake or Death"

My student friends do this little thing called "Cake or Death" on their show where they take a band they've never heard before and play a song from them. Aftwards they rate it either "Cake", which means they like it and will play it on the show again, or "Death" which means they did not like it and will never play it again. They also take calls from listeners to vote. "Cupcake" is the undecided vote....it's a hard decision if this title is awarded.
BTW "Cake or Death" is based on a skit by British comedian Eddie Izzard.
Von Cello 

Post No. 359
10/22/2006 10:14 PM
  
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Wow!

http://www.leap.cc/
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Post No. 358
10/22/2006 10:08 PM
  
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Rock-Polka-Indian crossover

You should live in Queens. When I lived there I found that it has become the gateway to America, more than any other part of New York. I once saw a restaurant there that had the names of the types of food it served on the awning. I said: Mexican, Indian, Hamburger, Italian, Fish, Pizza, Thai, Noodles, Fried Chicken...and just about anything else you could think of. In a way it made sense. Why should you have to go to all these different places to get all these different foods? Why not get them all in one place? And while your there, why not listen to DJ Seamus' Rock-Polka-Indian crossover banjo music?!!

Hey, thanks for requesting Von Cello tunes! But what does it mean when something is a "cup cake"?
eaburke81 

Post No. 357
10/22/2006 08:32 PM
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Here we go again....

So here are those thoughts I wanted to shae with you all upon seeing the Anoushka Shankar project live on the 20th.

Aaron was talking about the song "Imagine". What I "imagine" for the future of the American music industry is that Indian, and dare I say it, polka music will become much more popular, for i argue that both genres would be essential for developing our society's general enjoyment of and contentment with life.

Think about it....polka music is generally associated with Oktoberfest (tradtionally celebrated in September). At Oktoberfest, you are served sausage, othter German or Polish fare and of course, ample quantities of bavarian beer. Now even if you don't like sausage and don't drink beer, you coudl still have fun listening and dancing to the scintilating oom-pa rhythms of the accordion and tuba....if the major US radio stations aired polka most fo the time then I'd beleive we'd be a country of much happier and jovial people.

But now Indian music....we could relax on the couch after a fun day of sporting our lederhosen in the beer tent. Indian music would be the soundtrack for this down-time and we'd sip some hot, darjeeling tea as we let the sound of sitars and bansuri flutes saturate our eardrums. If more people listened to Indian music here in America, I feel we'd learn to calm down and let nature flow...we're so "bottom-line" oriented now...we gotta relax and remeber we're not perfect; we gotta let the drones speak to us as only meditative music can.
So there you have it, my "dream", or "imagined" future for the American music market: accordions and sitar.
Maybe someday you'll be seeing me on the pop charts when I go platinum with the very first rock-polka-Indian crossover album ever.
eaburke81 

Post No. 356
10/22/2006 01:07 PM
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Some late, breaking news.....

I just heard Von Cello's version of "Purple Haze" a few minutes ago on someone else's radio show.....the DJ's were rating the song and they gave it a "cupcake"....I guess they liked you enough to keep you, Aaron.
I called in and requested "It Comes Around".
I thought you'd like to know you're getting some airtime @ WWPV, Aaron.
Thanks for your business!
Von Cello 

Post No. 355
10/21/2006 11:48 PM
  
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The Plot Thickens

It gets even more amazing. This too from the email:

"Joseph Stalin was originally named Joseph David Djugashvili (translating into "son of a Jew".) As well, all 3 of the women he married were Jewish.

Dwight Eisenhower's father was a Swedish Jew and was so identified in the West Point Yearbook of 1915.

Winston Churchill's mother's name was Jenny Jerome (a Jew).

So that would mean that Roosevelt as well as Stalin and Churchill, and even Eisenhower, who were all Jews, therefore the defeaters of Hitler from all three main Allies, were all Jews! Hitler tried to kill all the Jews, but it turned out that there were Jews leading America, Russia and England, and they banded together to destroy him. It sounds like something out of the Bible. A modern day story of Esther. Why is this not widely known?
Von Cello 

Post No. 354
10/21/2006 11:42 PM
  
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Length Matters

As far as I know there is no limit to the length you can post, but if it rejects it for some reason, try spliting it.

I'm pretty sure Weird Al is Jewish. I thought every comedian was Jewish...execept for those "Blue Collar" comedians.

When we were kids if you said something funny in class, the teacher would say, "What are you, a comedian?", as if that was something bad.

By the way, I got an email that said that Franklyn Roosevelt was Jewish. Apparently his mother's line was Jewish, making him officially a Jew. Here, check this out:

"The Roosevelts were Jewish Dutch, arriving in NYC in 1682 (originally named Claes Rosenvelt before name change to Nicholas Roosevelt) Sarah Delano, FDR's mother, was descended from Sephardic Jews."

If this is true, then we already had a Jewish president! (And possibly two, as some think Lincoln was Jewish.) That also means that it was a Jew who defeated Hitler!! How fascinating is that?! That's beyond freaky!

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