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by Robert Nason
Thu Sep 26, 2013 5:17 am
Forum: General
Topic: International Politics Debate
Replies: 164
Views: 119024

Re: International Politics Debate

But Diane, as I suggested in an earlier post, Israel isn't absolutist. It is willing to negotiate and make extraordinary concessions for the sake of compromise and peace...but the Palestinians will not come to the table. So who's absolutist?
by Robert Nason
Thu Sep 26, 2013 12:26 am
Forum: General
Topic: International Politics Debate
Replies: 164
Views: 119024

Re: International Politics Debate

diane bartels wrote:And as usual, the truth lies in the middle.


In which case I am glad I have staked out a position that enables others to locate that middle.
by Robert Nason
Thu Sep 26, 2013 12:08 am
Forum: General
Topic: International Politics Debate
Replies: 164
Views: 119024

Re: International Politics Debate

Let me put my proverbial cards on the metaphoric table. I see Israel as a "Light Unto the Nations," a model of how a defeated and despised people can renew their language, culture, nationhood and dignity after almost being wiped off the face of the earth. I consider them heroes in an age o...
by Robert Nason
Wed Sep 25, 2013 8:22 pm
Forum: General
Topic: THE PAVILION ANNEX
Replies: 9947
Views: 1713862

Re: THE PAVILION ANNEX

I vividly recall the first night I walked into a popular cafe near my college as I began my freshman year. A middle-aged guy -- one of the"brilliant" characters who hung out there -- came up to me and said, "Let me ask you just one question, ok? Just one. Ready?" "Yeah."...
by Robert Nason
Sun Sep 22, 2013 10:02 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Frank Church's news corner, the sequel.
Replies: 11791
Views: 851926

Re: Frank Church's news corner, the sequel.

But then, like my wife says occasionally about me "I'm so glad he's not a man."


Mark, it sounds like you have a great wife! You're lucky.
by Robert Nason
Sun Sep 22, 2013 8:18 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Frank Church's news corner, the sequel.
Replies: 11791
Views: 851926

Re: Frank Church's news corner, the sequel.

We live in a schizophrenic culture. Pornography is a muti-billion dollar industry that uses women mainly for the pleasure of men, while boys are taught in school to respect women as autonomous individuals who should never be objectified as sex objects. Beauty pageants have young women parade in fron...
by Robert Nason
Sun Sep 22, 2013 2:44 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Frank Church's news corner, the sequel.
Replies: 11791
Views: 851926

Re: Frank Church's news corner, the sequel.

Sorry -- I addressed my last comment to Frank when I meant to say Lori. I guess I'm just too used to responding to Frank. My mistake.
by Robert Nason
Sun Sep 22, 2013 1:42 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Frank Church's news corner, the sequel.
Replies: 11791
Views: 851926

Re: Frank Church's news corner, the sequel.

For some reason, you always find the most atteactive wonen at airport terminals. They're always going somewhere, and usually as fast as possible. Mark, I tend to hang out in Manhattan, most often on the Upper West Side, which is, to quote Jeff Greenfield "the most representative cross-section o...
by Robert Nason
Sun Sep 22, 2013 11:07 am
Forum: General
Topic: Frank Church's news corner, the sequel.
Replies: 11791
Views: 851926

Re: Frank Church's news corner, the sequel.

In truth, boys are being taught to represss their aggressive and competitive tendencies and emphasize their "feminine" side. Then they're thrown into a hyper-competitive job market with women who have been indoctrinated since childhood to be more competitive, ambitious, and ruthless as any...
by Robert Nason
Sun Sep 22, 2013 1:06 am
Forum: General
Topic: Frank Church's news corner, the sequel.
Replies: 11791
Views: 851926

Re: Frank Church's news corner, the sequel.

SF is an all-boys club? Maybe in 1953, but not in 2013. Check out the names of the top SF editors today. Look at the Table of Contents page of the latest issue of ASIMOV'S or F&SF. Glance at the names of the recent winners of Hugo and Nebula awards in all categories. This is a renaissance for wo...
by Robert Nason
Fri Sep 20, 2013 2:54 pm
Forum: General
Topic: International Politics Debate
Replies: 164
Views: 119024

Re: International Politics Debate

Frank, like many others you persist in confusing two separate groups: Arab citizens of Israel and Palestinians on the West Bank and Gaza. The first group are fully enfranchised citizens of Israel; the second group are not Israeli citizens (and don't want to be -- they have their own elected governen...
by Robert Nason
Thu Sep 19, 2013 4:42 pm
Forum: General
Topic: International Politics Debate
Replies: 164
Views: 119024

Re: International Politics Debate

Frank, I always thought Great Britain is our closest ally (at least for the past 70 years). You know, the Special Relationship and all that. But before you quote De Gaulle saying "nations do not have friends, only interests," let me add that there is a commonality of spirit between Ameria ...
by Robert Nason
Wed Sep 18, 2013 7:55 pm
Forum: General
Topic: International Politics Debate
Replies: 164
Views: 119024

Re: International Politics Debate

Doug's compilation of Frank's many attacks on Israel was impressive and powerful. Great job, Doug. But I noticed one comment in particular -- where Frank says that "all states are violent, no matter who runs them." Fine -- if you want to be a consistent anarchist who's against every nation...
by Robert Nason
Wed Sep 18, 2013 12:29 am
Forum: General
Topic: International Politics Debate
Replies: 164
Views: 119024

Re: International Politics Debate

"Hey, guys, we're really sorry about supporting the Shah 35 years ago. We won't let it happen again, honest. Now will you stop your nuclear weapons program?

"You got it, bro. All is forgiven, Allah be praised!"
by Robert Nason
Wed Sep 18, 2013 12:21 am
Forum: General
Topic: THE PAVILION ANNEX
Replies: 9947
Views: 1713862

Re: THE PAVILION ANNEX

After incorrectly reporting thst the shooter used "an AR-57," it turns out that he killed those people with an ordinary shotgun. A guy who claimed to hear voices in his head kills a buch of innocent people with a shotgun he obtained legally -- how are you going to prevent that, short of ro...

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