Wednesday, December 28, 2016

U.N. Resolution 2334


I've held off commenting on this but can bite my tongue only so long: I support the U.N. resolution condemning Israeli settlements on the West Bank, and the historic United States decision not to veto that resolution.

What it comes to is this: I believe completely and profoundly in Israel's right to exist as a Jewish state, and at the same time refuse to equate that with the right of the settler movement to annex West Bank land. I am a Jew, but the religious nationalism that fuels the land grab is as ugly and nearly as alien to me as other forms of religious nationalism.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Thank You, Again, Michael Moore

I don't always love his movies, but I'll never forget how utterly sane-making it was to hear Michael Moore violate the Academy Award's glitzy and repressive decorum in 2013 when, on receiving on Oscar for "Bowling for Columbine," he inveighed against the invasion of Iraq: "Shame on you President Bush! Shame!"

I remember the audience being split, some acting as if Moore had defiled a church while others were elated to have a hint of reality interrupt the ceremony.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Trump, Keillor, Populism

It was meaningful when Garrison Keillor stepped out of the folksy, understated persona he'd convincingly cultivated for years on Prairie Home Companion to train his intellect and sharp humor on George Bush and his ruinous invasion of Iraq. Something serious had to be at stake for Keillor to show that Lake Wobegon had principles worth fighting for.

It is in the same vein that Keillor has been skewering Donald Trump.