Americans remain mystified about one of the landmark events of this year: the terrorist bloodbath in Madrid that changed the result of the country’s election. Why, they wonder on this side of the Atlantic, wouldn’t the Spaniards stand firm? But what’s to stand firm for? To fight for king and country is to fight for the future, and a nation with Spain’s fertility rate — 1.1 children per couple or about half ‘replacement rate’ — has no future.
Thursday, December 23, 2004
Tuesday, December 21, 2004
From Manhattan Murder Mystery:
Arthur Bannister: [on the movie screen, The Lady from Shanghai is playing] I'm aiming at you, lover.
Mrs. Dalton: I'm aiming at you, lover.
Arthur Bannister: Of course, killing you is killing myself.
Mrs. Dalton: Of course, killing you is killing myself.
Arthur Bannister: But you know, I'm pretty tired of both of us.
Mrs. Dalton: But you know, I'm pretty tired of both of us.
[On the screen, Arthur and Elsa shoot at each other, breaking mirrors; in the theatre, Mrs. Dalton and Mr. House shoot at each other, breaking mirrors and finally killing Mr. House]
Larry Lipton (Woody Allen): I'll never say that art doesn't imitate life again.
Posted by A. Kvetch at 4:44 PM
However it is clear that the situation in the territories is untenable in the long term, both for the integrity of Israel and for the Palestinians. While I feel for the settlers who will have to abandon their homes, this kind of protest is dangerous and insulting. The Holocaust is invoked far to often nowadays, frequently by Anti-Semites. These comparisons are completely out of any proportion and gratuitous and so is the one made by the settlers. It is offensive to the Israelis who want to live in peace alongside the Palestinians, without compromising Israeli security, but even more so to the actual victims of the Nazis. As an observant, Sharon-supporting Jew I am offended.
Posted by A. Kvetch at 3:29 PM
Posted by A. Kvetch at 12:24 PM
Tuesday, December 14, 2004
It boggles the mind that so many Germans don't think that equating the IDF with the Nazis is beyond the pale, let alone subscribe to such a view. From personal experience I can say that I think the situation is not as extreme in Italy, where I live. However, I will soon be moving to Brussels (Belgium) and quite frankly I am somewhat scared. I think I will avoid letting people know that I am Jewish, and I resent being forced to do so to feel secure.
Posted by A. Kvetch at 2:54 PM
EMAIL OF THE DAY: "Your recent piece on the high rate of divorce in supposedly "family values" red states missed an important point, of which I was reminded by today's blog item on teen marriages. I've lived in the South for 30 years. Given the heavy religiosity in this part of the country, there's a cultural emphasis on "no sex without marriage." If you teach your kids to believe in Hell, and then teach them that they're headed there if they engage in sex without being married, you reduce marriage to not a well-considered bond between two adults, but a license for two scared kids to screw. Of course, any marriage entered into out of fear of the devil or of social condemnation typically lasts until the participants find out there's a lot more to life than fucking. Add to that the societal attitude that two kids getting married is a cause for celebration, rather than a life-ruining tragedy, and Christian fundamentalism pretty well foreordains the red states' high divorce rates. It's amazing they're not higher." - more feedback on the Letters Page.
Posted by A. Kvetch at 12:13 AM