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Post No. 132
07/18/2006 11:42 AM
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Hey Neal, Awesome to finally hear from you! I did a google search on that quote and found that it seems to be a real quote from the Koran, but the problem is that some Muslims follow it and others don't. There are also many quotes in the Koran about killing infidels, so it seems that people pick and choose what they want to get out of it. They also interpret things in all kinds of ways.

Here, look at this from a Wikipedia article on a Muslim cleric:

After the September 11 attacks, Qaradawi, urging Muslims to donate blood for the victims of the attacks, stated that:
"Islam, the religion of tolerance, holds the human soul in high esteem, and considers the attack against innocent human beings a grave sin, this is backed by the Qur'anic verse which reads: Who so ever kills a human being for other than manslaughter or corruption in the earth, it shall be as if he has killed all mankind, and who so ever saves the life of one, it shall be as if he had saved the life of all mankind," (Al-Ma'dah:32).
"The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, is reported to have said, 'A believer remains within the scope of his religion as long as he doesn't kill another person illegally'"
"Islam never allows a Muslim to kill the innocent and the helpless."

So, so far, he seems like a reasonable and holy man. Yet the article continues:

Qaradawi strongly supports Palestinian attacks on Israeli targets, including against civilians and claim they are legitimate form of resistance. Qaradawi also claims that hundreds of other Islamic scholars are of the same opinion.

Defending bombing against Israeli civilians Qaradawi told BBC Newsnight that:
* "An Israeli woman is not like women in our societies, because she is a soldier."
* "I consider this type of martyrdom operation as an evidence of God's justice."
* "Allah Almighty is just; through his infinite wisdom he has given the weak a weapon the strong do not have and that is their ability to turn their bodies into bombs as Palestinians do".
* "Everything will be on our side and against Jews on [Judgment Day], at that time, even the stones and the trees will speak, with or without words, and say: 'Oh servant of Allah, oh Muslim, there's a Jew behind me, come and kill him.'"

That last quote is also in the "holy" Koran. So this proves that people can twist anything that is written to justify whatever they want. The bottom line is that Muslim clerics are often quoted as calling for the killing of innocent Jews (and others), including women and children. But there are virtually no rabbis in the world who utter such vile comments about Muslims. Nor are there Christian priests and ministers saying such things. Nor are Buddhist or Hindu leaders saying such things. One has only to open his eyes to see what is going on here.

The Torah has its own quote about the Muslims. Actually it is a prophecy about Ishmael, the son of Abraham, from whom the Muslims claim to descend. Prophecies about patriarchs are meant to predict the future of their decendents. It says, "He will be a wild ass of a man. His hand will be upon everyone, and everyone's hand will be upon him. And he will dwell in the face of his brethren forever".

Don't you think the Jews of 3,500 years ago already knew what many in the world are just finding out now?

Post No. 131
07/18/2006 10:29 AM
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Hey Von Cello,

I saw this today in an online dictionary site. I thought it was interesting, but I don't really believe it.

"The Islamic holy scriptures are contained in the Qur'an (formerly Koran). The Qur'an teaches, among much else, that "Whosoever kills a human being for other than manslaughter or corruption in the earth, it shall be as if he has killed all mankind, and whosoever saves the life of one, it shall be as if he had saved the life of all mankind" (Al-Ma'dah: 32). For this reason most Muslims do not sympathize with terrorism."

Post No. 130
07/18/2006 05:27 AM
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Post No. 129
07/17/2006 01:42 PM
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I was driving home yesterday from Dutchess County where I hiked up a mountain in Beacon. I heard a radio show in which someone said that the "Old Testament" had a vengeful God who destroyed people who didn't follow his ways, and it wasn't until Jesus that the concept of a loving God appeared. First of all, that is a total misreading of the Jewish Bible. But then, this commentator went on to say that the Jews are still a people of vengence, and that is why Israel is attacking Lebanon. He never mentioned that Hezbollah had been shooting hundreds of rockets into Israel for months before Israel finally retaliated. He also missed the point that Israel is not seeking vengence. It is trying to remove a very real and dangerous threat from its border.

Does this commentator remember what the United States did when the Soviets tried to put missles in Cuba? We were ready to start a nuclear war! And President Kennedy, and most of his advisors were Chrstians.

One of the saddest things in the world today is how people continue to misunderstand the Bible, and use it to come to unjustifiable conclusions.

On a lighter note, I played a gig on a roof garden on top of one of the buildings in Rockefeller Center. It was great to play up there with a view of all the great midtown buildings. How lucky we are in America to not have groups like Hezbollah and Hamas on our borders!
Von Cello 

Post No. 128
07/11/2006 12:27 PM
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Definitely an interesting video. Don't know exactly how it relates to what I said, but interesting just the same. One thing I've noticed is that in W.W. II it was made clear in the media that the Nazis were evil, and it was considered proper to satarize, insult, and poke fun at them. Yet today, we have a similar enemy, one which also wants to dominate the world and kill all who stand in its way, yet the media is careful to not satarize, insult, or poke fun at it. Either our society has advanced to where it sees more complexity in politics, or we have lost our ability to see clearly.

Post No. 127
07/11/2006 08:30 AM
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Post No. 126
07/09/2006 01:19 PM
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Look at where we are now in the middle east. The Palestinians fire hundreds of rockets into Israel from the Gaza. The IDF goes into Gaza and knocks down many buildings from where the rockets are being fired. The IDF leaves, and the next day the rockets are landing in Israel again. There seems to be no way for Israel to reason with the Palestinians or to find a way to make peace with them. That is because, the bottom line is that they represent a large group of Muslims throughout the world that do not want Israel to exist.

So what are the Jews supposed to do? Do they go back to the pre W.W. II situation where the Jews have no country and no army, and no way to defend themselves? Or do they stay in Israel and have a never ending war with the Muslims? As time goes on, inevitably the weapons will get more powerful. The Palestinians will not hesitate to drop bigger bombs on Israel. When they get the power to drop bombs that can kill thousands of people at a pop, then what are the Jews to do? Do they nuke them? Do they move them en masse out of the territories? Or do the Jews give up and run?

Is it the job of the Jew to fight and defeat the millions of Muslims that seek to destroy Israel? It seems like an impossible task? Will the Muslims worldwide give up on the concept of Jihad and winning the world for Allah? Is there something wrong with Judaism in it's core? Why is it that throughout history the Jews end up the targets of gigantic groups of people seeking world domination? Should we abandon this role? Can we abandon it? Hitler was killing people had converted from Judaism just as he killed Jews. He would kill people whose parents or grandparents converted. The Jew cannot escape his role and his fate.

The only thing that gives me hope is history. I'm sure it seemed hopeless that the Jews could survive the large and powerful Nazis. Yet they did survive and the Nazis were crushed into virtual extinction. Maybe that will be the fate of those Muslims who seek to destroy the Jews. Who knows what the future will hold? But it says in the Bible that God curses those who curse the Jews and blesses those who bless the Jews, and, at least so far, history has bourne this out.
Von Cello 

Post No. 125
07/08/2006 03:30 AM
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A draft is inevitable. In fact, I feel one right now. Guess I'll have to put on a shirt.

I saw Phil Lesh and Friends tonight, and Trey from Phish jammed with them in the second set. I also saw Neal and Wendy Ferenc from Canarsie at the show.

I was surprised to see one of the guitar players take out a violin during the song "The Other One". I know that Phil has a copy of my CD in which I play "The Other One" on cello. Interesting...isn't it? I bet he got that idea from me. I think my cello playing would sound amazing with his band. I can only hope that he gets in touch with me one of these days.

Post No. 124
07/07/2006 06:36 AM
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china , korea, the usa,japan, israel, and afganistan.............I wish the world were a bit more like a university dorm where all the peoples get-on well and eat together and study and live and party together......We should never have graduated and each retur to his her corner of the world.. i really fear a draft in the usa .
Von Cello 

Post No. 123
07/06/2006 10:07 AM
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I heard an interesting thesis on the radio last night (the John Batcheler Show). He believes that China is the power behind the North Korean throne. North Korea (NK) is a client of China and would not be testing missles that could potentially threaten the U.S. without China's tacit approval. Iran is also a client of China and it gets a lot of its confidence to threaten the U.S. from Bejing. So what we are really seeing here are the early salvos in a war for global domination between the U.S. and China. NK and Iran are the puppets who are going to be used to tie the U.S. up in conflicts while China, with its great wealth, builds up its military. Eventually it will strike out at Taiwan, to bring it back into China. The U.S. is sworn to protect Taiwan, but how will it be able to do that if it is embroiled in wars with NK and Iran?

Hmmm...I don't know if his thesis is correct, but it does make you realize that there are things going on behind the scenes of these international events that the average person has no idea about.
Von Cello 

Post No. 122
07/05/2006 01:03 PM
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Sorry, my cable line was out of commission for about a week! It just shows you how this whole life that we have developed on line can be ended in one second. It is hard to imagine now what our lives would have been like had the internet not been invented. Von Cello would probably have stayed a local phenomenon, and you and I would probably have had no idea about what each other is up to, or have been up to.

On July 4th America shot off a space shuttle. I watched the lift off and had to admit to a certain feeling of pride. Nothing will match those feelings back in the 1960's, watching those first steps into space, and that first step on the moon! But watching the space shuttle lift off on 7/4 was an interesting emotional experience.

Contrast that with North Korea, which sent 7 rockets into space on the same day. They are testing rockets that could eventually send a nuclear bomb over to U.S. soil. The fact that they picked 7/4 to demonstrate their power also created an interesting emotional experience.

We live in a world where various people are vying for power. One would hope that all people would be striving to live together in peace, but very few people really want peace. Most want comfort, excitement, power, security. Some want control, dominance, sadistic pleasure. And these kind of people exist within virtually every country and every group. So what is peace really? And what shot do we really have of seeing it in our lifetime? Perhaps the impossiblity of this goal is what drives people to the belief that a "messiah" needs to come to save us from ourselves. I suppose the scientifically inclined would say that peace is an illusion. That it will never happen, because the universe is always changing and breaking apart. The tendency of the universe toward entropy seems to indicate that things will never reach a permanent balance point, which is what peace seems to require. So on and on we go, spinning around on this gigantic ball we call Earth.

I went to a park on the Hudson river, in Tarrytown, to watch the fireworks. It had a small town feeling about it that was comforting. The day before I went to the Jersey shore to play for a massive wedding with a 30 piece orchestra. And I'm not even counting the band. Outside the hall you could see people strolling along the boardwalk, and see the ocean stretching out to the horizon. It was a strange beginning to a strange summer. Who knows how it will end? I have no great pearls of wisdom right now. Just hang in there and be happy that we'll have something to talk about!

Post No. 121
07/04/2006 12:37 AM
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hey, its july fourth, even in spain.
independence day...i remember hangin-out on the stoop and lighting punks, sparklers and firecrackers , m80s etc .. the whole sumer ahead of me and not a worry .....Then I blinked and 35 years passed..but still a great feeling towake upand realize its 6/4....Von Cello ,can you fill us with inspiration on this day? Are we bringing independance to others? Have we forgotten out roots as a nation?
Von Cello 

Post No. 120
07/03/2006 08:29 AM
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This weekend I played in southeast Massachusets. We played flute trios out by a pool made of rocks, on a property with a very long driveway up a hill, that also included a modern log cabin with a big stone fireplace. We played classical music from 300 years ago. A crowd of people sat around us and listened intently to the music and clapped after each piece. On guest commented that it sounded "sublime". And we got paid $400 a piece.

When I do a Von Cello show we go through amazing hassles to get the show ready, then we are often rushed on and off the stage like animals, and at the end we often don't get paid a thing.

Hmmm...what is wrong with this picture?
Von Cello 

Post No. 119
06/28/2006 10:33 AM
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By the way, I don't think Rush Limbaugh is an idiot in general, I just disagree with some of his ideas. For instance, he has been making fun of global warming for years now, even as more and more scientists are agreeing that it is actually occuring, and that fossil fuel polution is contributing to it.

Another thing that really bothers me about him is that he has made statements that anyone who does drugs should be thrown in jail. Yet when he was busted for buying way over the legal limit of Oxy-Cotin, a synthetic form of Heroin, he made a plea bargain to save his ass from jail. That is the utmost in hypocracy. Sure, throw poor people in jail who can't afford top lawyers to get them off, but a rich two-faced drug addict like him should get off.

For his sin of supporting throwing other people in jail for drug use, he deserves to spend many years behind bars. At the very least one would expect him to now say that people should not be thrown in jail for drug use...but I doubt he will. And THAT is a major injustice.
Von Cello 

Post No. 118
06/27/2006 11:47 PM
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The only draft I see happening in America is the draft from hurricane winds bearing down on cities like New Orleans due to the global warming that idiots in our administration, and certain right wing talk show hosts (like Rush Limbaugh, who just got busted for wrongly labled Viagra) deny. If there were a draft, then our goverment would face a 60's type reaction and all hell would break loose. It's much easier to send poor kids who join the military as a way to pay for college, etc.

But if Iran, for instance, gets a nuke and sends it into Israel, then we could be in WW III. In that case, there may be a draft, and most people would go along with in WW II. It seems inevitable that at some point there will be an all out war between Islamic militants and the West. I don't see how it can not happen. They are not going to change their beliefs, and neither are we. So it seems like the course is set. It's just a matter of time.

Post No. 117
06/27/2006 03:06 PM
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right now, i would .
in the future wen vc is immortalized these recordings might be super valuable. you only need to speak edit and can even have a live chat with and standard program like skype or gizmo .actuallt i have frends in the usa with young kids and they ARE beginning to worry not if there will be a draft but if there wil be loopholes like in vietnam where girls and teachers and cops didnt go as well as deferrment fot college(white) kids. Maybe this time itll be everybody ....COME ON DOWN!!!!
Von Cello 

Post No. 116
06/27/2006 10:42 AM
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Americans are pretty lucky to be able to fight wars with a volunteer army, while the average American makes almost no sacrifices. I don't know how long that situation will stay as is. With North Korea building nukes, and Iran tryng to obtain them, it seems just a matter of time before there are some major wars going on. There may be checkpoints, etc. if the enemy within grows and gets more dangerous. I mean, all you need is for one American city to be taken out, and all bets are off. That would probably start WWIII, and possibly marshal law.

The future does not look very bright right now. But somehow, humanity seems to find a way to survive.

I'm looking to buy a new computer. I have a Mac that's about 7 years old. It's a great machine, but I have to use older browsers with it, so I can't participate in the latest internet stuff. Maybe after I upgrade we can talk. I never thought about doing a radio thing from this site, but if it's easy enough to do, I suppose it couldn't hurt. The question is, though, how many people would listen?

Post No. 115
06/27/2006 12:31 AM
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id guess that if a draft began in the usa and security checks were common everywhere,taxes went way up to pay it all, american jews would think more about aliya as the differences between israel and the usa would shrink.
ps i chkt out theisrael radio link. Has von cello considered a radio show right here? you simply record your voiceand upload to your webpage as a wmp file or realone.Dans could clik in daily to listen.VCRADIO
Von Cello 

Post No. 114
06/26/2006 12:43 PM
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By the way, here is a great site, full of audio clips, where you can get the conservative Israeli viewpoint on many issues, and keep up on Israeli current events:
Von Cello 

Post No. 113
06/26/2006 09:55 AM
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It is not fair to say Israel is for the Jews. There are over a million Arabs who are citizens of Israel. There are also Arabs serving in the parliment (Knesset). There is no talk in the government to remove the Arabs. So, it cannot be said that it is "for the Jews".

Yes, Israel wants to remain a Jewish state, and that would neccesitate having a majority of Jews, but the same is true of most countries. The Dutch want a majority Dutch country, the French a majority French, etc. When you come the the U.S. the majority has been WASP. I think it still is. But the U.S. has so much immigration that it looks like it will become majority non-white within a few decades. Since the U.S. was founded on an idea, not an ethnicity, anyone who lives here and embraces the idea of a free and caring nation can be said to be an American. But America is facing a potential crises, as many of the new immigrants do not embrace America, but are coming here to either take advantage of the system, or to destroy America. There are also citizens who are trying to destroy America as we have seen with the uncovering of terror cells.

When you have an enemy within, that is the biggest problem of all. That leads to surveillance and censorship. And how do you know that the leaders are really doing this with pure intent? Which gets us back to the problem I mentioned before. I fear we are becoming the land of the paranoid and the home of the scared. (Like much of the rest of the world.)

Post No. 112
06/26/2006 08:11 AM
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in a way america is becoming israel;
at war constantly, terror, immigrants,soon there mght be a draft with no loopholes.The big diff is that israel is for the jews but if the usa goes israeli, it would be for the WHAT GROUP?
Von Cello 

Post No. 111
06/24/2006 02:12 PM
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What is going on in the world today is very strange. I don't know if disgusted or amused is the proper response. Not that there is a proper response. It seems that our government is spying on its citizens. On the one hand, it is good that they are spying on potential terrorists, but it is bad that they may be also spying on well meaning Americans who are opposed to their policies. Since we don't know what they are really doing, because they don't allow oversight, it makes people scared. Now, if we are scared of our own government, imagine how scared people in other countries must be. Therefore, out of fear, they may seek to defend themselves, or attack our country. If, and when, that happens, our country will probably react by doing even more spying with even less oversight. So you can see how the whole thing can spiral into a situation where America will no longer be the land of the free and the home of the brave, but the land of the paranoid and the home of the scared. I guess, in that sense, we would be like much of the rest of the world. Perhaps this is the end product of the world getting flat. We can all be paranoid and scared, instead of just some of us.

Post No. 110
06/23/2006 09:45 AM
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It's a line from an Elvis Costello song. I wish I could take credit for it.
Von Cello 

Post No. 109
06/23/2006 09:23 AM
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At first I thought you wrote: I used to be disgusting...

Wasn't that a Canarsie word? I can just imagine now some teenage Canarsie girl with stipped hair and a heavy Brooklyn accent saying, "That's disgusting!"

Gotta love 'em.

Post No. 108
06/23/2006 07:26 AM
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A quote I wouldn't mind being remembered for is:
I used to be disgusted, but now I try to be amused.

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