This thread is so open, I’m not even adding anything right now.  It was a rough week, so I’m taking it easy.

What do you have on the good news front for me?  There has been some, I’m sure.  Give me some feel good stories, if there are any to be shared.

Here’s the best thing I’ve seen this week.  I love this old man.

Krolm, I have never prayed to you before.  I have no tongue for it.  Grant this man immortality.  And if you do not listen, then to hell with you!

19 comments

  1. What? No shout out for all the moms out there? Happy Mother’s Day fluffy and all of the other moms out there.

  2. Happy Mother’s Day fluffy and all of the other moms out there.

    Thank you, thank you! It is a gorgeous weekend here in Atlanta. It is also 89 degrees. My poor tomato and pepper starts are really taking a beating. I have to go spray every couple hours.

    Thrill, it has been a time crunch for me too. I finished my paper for class and my son finished state testing, so at least that is a load off. I may be a little bit better until July, when I have to take my capstone class.

  3. Thrill, it has been a time crunch for me too. I finished my paper for class and my son finished state testing, so at least that is a load off. I may be a little bit better until July, when I have to take my capstone class.

    Freaking May, man. Mrs Thrill compares the business of it to December. I find it hard to disagree.

  4. https://rochdaleherald.co.uk/2018/05/14/israel-celebrates-eurovision-win-by-bombing-gaza-strip/

    That whole situation is on another level of screwed up. Israel has the right to defend its borders, sure, but their warlike behavior and the unconditional support this Administration gives them bothers me. I wouldn’t care what Israel does if not for the fact that I know we’ll wind up getting stupidly drawn into it to get them out of whatever trouble they cause.

  5. Thankfully the call for an independent inquiry into the massacre has been vetoed at the UN by the US.
    White House spokesman Raj Shah said: “The responsibility for these tragic deaths rests squarely with Hamas… Hamas is intentionally and cynically provoking this response”
    Riiiiiiight, so moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv wasn’t in anyway provocative, knowing full well that Palestinians claim eastern Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state.
    FFS, nobody is even bothering with a pretense anymore.

  6. Religions like “Mormonism, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism” lead people “to an eternity of separation from God in Hell,” Robert Jeffress, a Dallas megachurch pastor, once said. He was chosen to give the opening prayer at the embassy ceremony. John Hagee, one of America’s most prominent end-times preachers, once said that Hitler was sent by God to drive the Jews to their ancestral homeland. He gave the closing benediction.

    https://mobile.nytimes.com/2018/05/14/opinion/jerusalem-embassy-gaza-protests.html

    That sure is something.

  7. Riiiiiiight, so moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv wasn’t in anyway provocative,

    It shouldn’t have been, but it doesn’t take much to “provoke” Hamas.

    knowing full well that Palestinians claim eastern Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state.

    So? The Embassy is located in Western Jerusalem. The Palestinians have nothing to complain about on that score.

  8. knowing full well that Palestinians claim eastern Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state.

    I wonder how that’s supposed to work. I claim New York City as the capital of a future Zurvan state. If you build anything there, I will be very upset, and send civilians to die by trying to invade.

    Even if you’re trying to imply that it’s because they lost the land in a war that they started, well…they lost the land in a war that they started. It’s kind of like if the UK was very vocal in claiming New York City as a future colonial state capital after losing the Revolutionary War, and being pissed off that we built a massive city there.

  9. https://www.dailywire.com/news/30638/hamas-planned-violence-gaza-border-media-act-their-ben-shapiro

    The media coverage of terror group Hamas’ deliberately-crafted border assault on Israel has been egregious: from CNN to MSNBC to The New York Times, mainstream outlets have acted as propaganda vehicles for one of the worst regimes on the planet. Hamas has spent weeks ginning up attacks on the border with the Gaza Strip — an area completely controlled by Hamas, which was elected to power in 2006 after Israel’s withdrawal from the area — and yet the media treat Israel as the aggressor.

    That’s insane.

    Here’s the proof.

  10. “The Israeli government argues that the crowds of mostly young Palestinians at the Gaza fence offer a lethal threat to peaceful Israelis. The claim is as ludicrous as it is cynical. Even if one or two protesters broke through the fence they would have nowhere to go except into the arms of the Israeli security forces, who could easily detain them. The Palestinian interlopers have no allies on the Israeli side of the fence, nor any transport to take them to populated parts of Israel. Nor are they armed. It is clear from video footage that they have no suicide belts round their waists, or guns in their hands. Occasional stones were the only weapons.

    Normal police methods of arrest and trial would be perfectly adequate to handle the issue. Yet instead, Israeli snipers used live ammunition against demonstrators, wounding thousands in the legs but also killing dozens.”

    “Hamas certainly encourages the protests, seeking to highlight Israeli intransigence and cruelty; but to dismiss the young demonstrators as though they were robots being manipulated to act as “Hamas’s human shields” – as official Israeli spokespeople do – is to minimise the genuine frustration and agony that many Gazans feel.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/may/15/donald-trump-gaza-palestinians-israel

  11. Lurking….

    “Ilan Goldenberg, a Middle East expert with the Center for New American Security, told me that Trump’s decision significantly undercuts the US’s credibility as a neutral party in the conflict.

    As the country that has led the Israeli-Palestinian peace process negotiations for the past 25 years, the US is “supposed to be acting like the fireman,” he said. “Instead, we’re acting like the arsonist — we’re making things worse.”

    The embassy move could also make the chances of a peace deal, already remote given that the two sides haven’t held serious peace talks in years, nearly impossible.

    “Jerusalem is the linchpin to an Israeli-Palestinian peace settlement,” Khaled Elgindy, a fellow with the Brookings Institution, a Washington think tank, told me.

    Trump’s recognition of the city as Israel’s capital is a “huge victory” for the Israelis, he added, but it also “essentially takes a Palestinian state off the table.””

    https://www.vox.com/2018/5/14/17340798/jerusalem-embassy-israel-palestinians-us-trump

  12. Maybe it’s a good thing that the US is essentially giving up, maybe some other country can have a real go rather than just pretending.

  13. Ilan Goldenberg, a Middle East expert with the Center for New American Security, told me that Trump’s decision significantly undercuts the US’s credibility as a neutral party in the conflict.

    Yeah, I read all that too. It doesn’t matter.

    1. Israel exists.
    2. Hamas is the official leadership of the Palestinian people.
    3. A goal of Hamas is the destruction of Israel.

    As long as those three things are true, there cannot be peace in the region.

    The embassy move could also make the chances of a peace deal, already remote given that the two sides haven’t held serious peace talks in years, nearly impossible.

    This naively assumes that it was ever possible, given the three things above.

    Maybe it’s a good thing that the US is essentially giving up, maybe some other country can have a real go rather than just pretending.

    I can agree with this. Let some other sucker of a nation take on this thankless and futile task.

    The only issue I have with what you said is the “pretend” part. Are you saying that Obama was “pretending” all those years when he was bashing, scolding, lecturing and condemning Israel? How about Clinton, was he also pretending?

    Now sure, we can admit that Bush was pretending. After all, he was a Republican, and we all know that Republicans are worthless, evil, deplorable scumbags who lie every time they speak. So unlike Democrats, who never utter an untrue statement. Ever.

    And when did Trump ever “pretend”? He was promising to relocate the Embassy during his campaign, so obviously he never pretended to care about the “peace process”. I think Trump realized that the whole “peace process” thing was a meaningless pipe dream.

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