The New Yorker:
The New Yorker:
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s closest political ally has called for Israel to carry out a “thorough cleansing” of the Gaza Strip as a tenuous ceasefire between its Hamas rulers and the Jewish state frayed.
Speaking on Israel Radio, the far-right former foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman called for Israel to reconquer the crowded coastal enclave to avoid “finding ourselves in two years with Hamas having aircraft and hundreds of missiles that will reach beyond Tel Aviv”.
His comments came as the Israeli Air Force attacked targets in the Gaza Strip after six rockets were fired from Gaza into southern Israel into the early hours of Monday morning. No one was injured. It was the first ceasefire breach since April.
Mr Lieberman suggested that neither the eight-day aerial campaign Israel launched in November with the stated goal of halting rockets from Gaza, nor the devastating Operation Cast Lead in 2008-09 in which more than 1,100 Palestinians and 13 Israelis died, had proven effective at quelling the violence.
“Without willingness to take things to their conclusion we merely increase the threats,” he said, adding that Hamas “has no intention of coming to terms with the Jewish presence in the land of Israel and therefore what is needed is to seriously consider conquering the Strip and carry out a thorough cleansing.” Mr Lieberman was number two on Mr Netanyahu’s electoral list during elections last January, and currently holds the post of chairman of parliament’s foreign affairs and defence committee. Mr Netanyahu’s office declined to comment on Mr Lieberman’s statements. Yair Lapid, the centrist Finance minister, said the remarks were “irresponsible”.
They’re still screwing older workers, and we’re still pretending they don’t.
Todd Snider and Jerry Jeff:
Dutch Daulton diagnosed with two brain tumors.
Virtually Speaking with Jay Ackroyd — 6p PT/ 9p ET – June 27
American investigative journalist — economics and tax issues — and author David Cay Johnston talks with host Jay Ackroyd about debt peonage and neofeudalism.
Perfectly Legal: The Covert Campaign to Rig Our Tax System to Benefit the Super Rich—and Cheat Everybody Else, a New York Times bestselleron the U.S. tax system that won the Investigative Reporters and Editors 2003 Book of the Year award.
Temples of Chance: How America Inc. Bought Out Murder Inc. to Win Control of the Casino Business is an account of how the junk-bond kings usurped mob control of the casino industry in the 1980s. Johnston discusses corruption in the industry and the role of the federal and state governments in that corruption.
The Fine Print: How Big companies Use “Plain English” to Rob You Blind was released in September 2012.
It’s amazing, how dependent we get on our electronic stuff. I keep reaching for my Kindle Fire, and it’s not there! LOL
Christie is neither a moderate, nor politically brave. So he tries to split the difference. Barbara Buono, on the other hand, is an honest-to-God progressive. Obama is trying to help Christie get reelected and ignoring the Dem. You know what to do – give money!
Gov. Chris Christie said he would again veto a same-sex marriage bill if it reaches his desk, and that Wednesday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down a ban on federal benefits for same-sex married couples will have no effect on New Jersey, one of a handful of states that allows civil unions.
Appearing on TownSquare Media’s “Ask the Governor,” program Wednesday night, Christie said he remains opposed to gay marriage but is willing to put the question to voters.
“What I’ve said all along is what I said when I vetoed the last one, ‘let the people decide,'” Christie said. “You’re talking about changing an institution that’s over 2,000 years old. The Democrats are putting an increase in the minimum wage on the ballot. That’s important enough to put on the ballot but gay marriage is not?”
Christie, who said he supports civil unions, also criticized the federal court for the ruling, levying a criticism typically reserved for New Jersey’s highest court.
“It’s just another example of judicial supremacy rather than having a government run by the people we actually vote for,” he said. “I thought it was a bad decision, but it has no effect on New Jersey at all so we move from here.”
Sen. Barbara Buono, the Democrat running against Christie for governor and the parent of an adult gay daughter, called for an override of Christie’s veto to be held Thursday. But a spokesman for Senate President Steve Sweeney said that won’t happen.