Of all the news this week, I most closely followed the closing of the PLO’s mission in Washington, DC.

The Palestinian leadership confirmed Monday the embassy would close soon, following reports of a leaked draft of a speech by National Security Advisor John Bolton last Sunday night that said the PLO mission would be shut down in the course of penalizing nations that seek prosecution against the U.S., Israel, or other allies at the International Criminal Court (ICC). Bolton, a long time critic of the ICC, indicated the following day at a summit for the Federalist Society that the measure against the PLO was both a sanction for its insistence jurists open an investigation into Israel, and for present unwillingness to engage the White House in its attempts at brokering an agreement with Israel.

First thing I’ll mention is that I have no special love for Israel.  I’m not really a huge supporter of that country.  From my perspective, our foreign policy in the region is far too suppliant to their needs and we don’t get much in return for all the trouble.  That aside, I don’t much care what they do internally.  It’s not our concern and beyond our ability to resolve anyway.

In that vein, I agree with the Trump Administration’s decision to close the PLO’s embassy.  Yes, I know it doesn’t look good if we’re trying to look like fair brokers of a peace deal, but really, I have to wonder if we can do that or even should try.

The Palestinian people have had the most self-serving and irresponsible leaders on Earth for several decades now.  I can absolutely believe that Israel behaves like an apartheid state and also acknowledge that an independent Palestine would be a complete disaster, right?  The two opinions aren’t mutually exclusive.

If the Palestinian leadership doesn’t want to work with the US on a lasting peace deal with Israel, then screw them.  The choice to doom their people to poverty and marginalization is theirs alone.  It’s clear that they’re not getting the hint and even this step won’t convince them that they need Israel to make a deal with them than the other way around.

I feel bad for the Palestinian people, but I have to admit that I’m enjoying this current era of American foreign policy that amounts to, “We have no obligation to be nice or fair.  Do what we say or eat a dick.”

Open thread with a twist!  Let’s share and discuss news stories on the topic of the unfairness of life.  Anybody got anything?

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Zurvan

Open thread with a twist! Let’s share and discuss news stories on the topic of the unfairness of life. Anybody got anything?

Guilty until proven Innocent.

William Guess

The accuser’s RateMyProfessor page is gold. http://www.ratemyprofessors.com/ShowRatings.jsp?tid=1352705 From 2014: Christine ford is the worst educator I have ever experienced. Avoid taking her class and avoid any interaction with this person. I feel like she has something wrong with her and I am surprised no one has caught this. Also avoid fullerton’s MSW program as long as she is there. And…. Prof. Ford is unprofessional, lacks appropriate filters, and I am honestly scared of her. She’s made comments both in class and in e-mails, if you cross her, you will be on her bad side. I fear to think of the… Read more »

Zurvan

It was perfectly played by the Democrats. Sit on it right past the confirmation hearings, wait until the eve of the vote, then release the anonymous story, then have the person come forward five days before the vote, and ask to testify. Now either they postpone the vote, risking making it an election issue for 2018, and possibly losing the Senate and not confirming Kavanaugh, or ram through the vote anyway, giving liberals even more firepower for the mid-terms.

Anybody calls shenanigans on the Democrats, and suddenly it’s, “See, they really don’t care about women!”

William Guess

It was 35 years ago, the accuser is shaky on the basic details of what happened, another witness says it didn’t happen, and it has nothing to do with whether or not he’s qualified to serve. She should be ignored.

Zurvan

I was curious. Here’s the history of SCOTUS Confirmation votes in the Senate. I wonder if we will ever have another unanimous vote again…or even one not closely aligned to party.

William Guess

As long as the Supreme Court, rather than the states and people, is responsible for resolving all social issues that affect everyone then the process is guaranteed to be partisan and starkly divided.

look like trump is gonna declassify some of the russia investigation docs.
will this be a earth shaker. or a big nothing burger?

Lurking

giving liberals even more firepower for the mid-terms

I think it’ll backfire on them. When you got to go back to when Kavanaugh was a 17-year-old punk kid to find anything (assuming it’s even true to begin with, which it doubtful), that’s proof you got nothing.

Life is unfair. A recent conversation of this very topic brings me back to this Quote from the TV series Babylon 5.

You know, I used to think it was awful that life was so unfair. Then I thought, wouldn’t it be much worse if life were fair, and all the terrible things that happen to us come because we actually deserve them? So, now I take great comfort in the general hostility and unfairness of the universe.

Marcus Cole, Babylon 5

CMNZ

You guys don’t need the Dems help to make you look anti-women. You’re ticking off every one of the usual awful arguments, like it’s still the 80s or similar. My favourite is the immediate character assassination of the wrong person.

Delurked

You guys don’t need the Dems help to make you look anti-women.

We on the right look “anti-women” to the left no matter what we do. Or don’t do. Or say. Or don’t say.

It just doesn’t matter.

It’s the left who truly mistreat women, while pointing fingers at the right in sheer hypocrisy.

Changing my screen name to better reflect reality.

William Guess

Checking to see if I still have to enter my Name and Email every time I comment.

William Guess

Yup. Still looking into this a bit more before I bother zoom.

Something that I learned from the Merrick Garland nomination – there are literally no hard and fast rules when it comes to SC nominations. The Senate doesn’t have to do shit and there is no burden of proof for either side. There doesn’t even have to be nine justices. When the rubber hits the road, all anyone has to do is make a couple of Senators queasy enough to change his/her vote. Nothing more, nothing less. This is a job interview and not a criminal trial. If they are not successful then the vote can go forward. There are no… Read more »

But they never tried to personally destroy him either. There was no need. Garland couldn’t even get lunch with a junior Senator. Republicans treated a “stand up guy” like kryptonite. Are you seriously contending that Republicans never trashed anyone’s reputation? I have no real emotion regarding Bart-O’s situation. I think that he did what she said he did. I would never in a thousand years suggest charging him with anything and I don’t even think it appropriate to impeach him on his current Federal gig. I do think that Republicans can and should do better. There have to be better… Read more »

CMNZ

There’s nothing anti-woman about any of it. Right, just another unfortunate coincidence that you’re so strongly on ‘that’ side of things. I don’t believe this particular woman about this particular accusation. LOL, you didn’t even character-assassinate the right person – it appears you just passed on (i.e. enabled) the immediate right wing take-down of this woman https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/far-right-news-sites-smear-california-professor-after-misidentifying-kavanaugh-n910471 Ford doesn’t represent all women nor do the Democrats speak for all women. It’s time to knock out that mentality that they do. Non-sequitur. We on the right look “anti-women” to the left no matter what we do. Or don’t do. Or say.… Read more »

This is exactly why I’m so disgusted by #MeToo. Some of the metoo stuff is sketchy. I felt bad for Ansari, who had what could be called a very bad date with someone sending wildly mixed signals. I am not a fan of the whole written contract before having sex concept. I think that there is still value in spontaneity and that women should understand that men might want to have sex with them and if they don’t want it back they should just say so. Buyer’s remorse is not rape. This is not what Dr. Ford is describing and… Read more »

I guess now we know:
https://tvline.com/2018/09/18/bert-ernie-gay-confirmed-sesame-street-writer-interview/

I thought this already happened years ago. Is this really new or am I experiencing some Mandela Effect shit?

Yeah i get the same feeling, i swear there was a whole hub-bub, 10-15 years ago on this and it was accepted they were ina Gay Muppet relationship, with Ernie being an mentally challenged Gimp, and Bert being a Yellow power abuser type.

She isn’t credible. We have a bit of a perspective issue here. I start with the knowledge that this is not all that uncommon and I add up the supporting information. You do the same in reverse. I can just as easily say that his denials aren’t credible and I would be right. In this situation denials mean literally nothing. It is a stalemate and will be for the foreseeable future. She doesn’t want to end up getting charged with perjury. That is your interpretation and isn’t unrealistic. I can tell you though, that it will be excruciating for her… Read more »

Zurvan

My favourite is the immediate character assassination of the wrong person.

So much bias demonstrated in a single sentence.

Delurked

Right, YOU’RE the poor victims. Again.

That isn’t what I’m saying at all. I’m just saying that left-wing opinions don’t mean anything because they’re whatever they need to be according to whim, actual circumstances don’t matter.

Damn punk kids and their attempted rapes.

See? In your view, he’s guilty. No bothersome trial or evidence needed. Thanks for making my point for me.

Delurked

All just a series of coincidences that your positions consistently appear to be anti-women.

Given that the left are simply using Ford as a pawn in an attempt to get political power, and given that Hillary did everything she could to discredit Bill’s various accusers, given how Ted Kennedy got away with letting Mary Jo Kopechne slowly drown in his car, and so on and so on, how we the right look to the left doesn’t mean jack. You can keep acting like it should mean something, but it doesn’t.

Delurked

I can just as easily say that his denials aren’t credible and I would be right. You’d be “right” in your own mind, sure. But not objectively right. The man has a long, clean track record. Ex-girlfriends have come forward in his defense, as have other women. The timing is suspect, being on the brink of his confirmation. She’s hazy on details, like WHEN it actually happened, and WHERE. There are too many “coincidences” to ignore, like the fact that her lawyer donated to the DNC, MoveOn, the Hillary campaign, etc., she’s a Trump-hater who donated to Bernie Sanders, her… Read more »

kevinmkr

Did anybody kneel???? It’s unimaginable that we would discuss football on an open thread without discussing the national anthem. Here’s what’s awesome: I have no idea. I watched the game but, as far as I recall, nobody talked about it. Maybe everybody kneeled. Maybe nobody did. But, by the blessed rains of Africa, football was about football last night. And a team that hadn’t won a game in 635 days beat, on the strength of an exciting young quarterback prospect, a team that utterly dismantled my Lions on Monday Night Football a few weeks ago. Kudos to the Browns! It’s… Read more »

kevinmkr

By sacrificing his career for a cause, he showed a denial of ego and recognition of something greater than himself. That sounds reasonable. I’m still cynical. I think his kneeling wasn’t part of a greater plan but was simply a spontaneous (albeit sincere) gesture. He probably didn’t plan to become the hero that Gotham deserved but, once he couldn’t find work in the NFL, decided to take up the mantle. Put differently, I think he was cornered into the position. He may not regret how it has turned out but I don’t think, in 2016, if you had asked him… Read more »

Santino

a team that utterly dismantled my Lions on Monday Night Football a few weeks ago.

It looked promising for, what, the first 10 seconds of the season.

By the way, I’m going to be in Ann Arbor the weekend of November 3. Believe it or not, we’re going to see Eastern Michigan (I somehow couldn’t convince my friends to take in the Wolverines this year). We got a house on north campus. Will you be around?

Zurvan

Still think he’s a dick, still won’t watch the NFL while kneeling is going on. Here’s an idea – if you rich pricks who make millions throwing a ball around want to really protest the police, don’t let them protect you with their scary guns. Turn down police protection whenever you make a public appearance. Let’s see how committed to your cause you really are.

William Guess

Let’s see how committed to your cause you really are.

That’s where I fall too. I guess the one sacrifice he’s made is that he doesn’t get to play football anymore, but he still might. A real martyr has to really sacrifice something, really take a risk, really lose something.

I don’t think Kaepernick qualifies as one. However, I can see why some would buy into the illusion that he has.

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