Thursday, July 20, 2006

A Connecticut Rabbit In King Arthur's Court 

Mary and I are off to the U.K., so there'll be light posting until August 7. By then, we hope another Connecticut rodent will be finding out he's not really royalty....


Tuesday, July 18, 2006

More Evidence of Times' Bias Against Israel? 

David Bernstein reports what he suggests is fresh evidence of the New York Times' anti-Israel bias -- an anti-Israel rant by former Middle East bureau chief Chris Hedges that argues that the Israeli government bears greater moral blame than the terrorists that it opposes:
Supporters of Israel are often accused of paranoia when they claim that the New York Times tends to be hostile to Israel. Hmm. Check out this piece, written by Chris Hedges, who was New York Times Middle East bureau chief from the late 90s to the early 2000s....

Consider the fact that this guy, who quite proudly prefers Islamist terrorist groups to Israel, ran the Times' Middle East bureau for years. And then consider the old saw that the fact that someone seems paranoid doesn't meet that someone isn't out to get him.
The problem, though, is that while Hedges certainly seems to have an anti-Israel worldview, the case against the Times is far more attenuated. In fact, Hedges was essentially fired by the Times for an anti-Iraq War and anti-Israel speech (which included: "The real injustices—the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land, the brutal and corrupt dictatorships we fund in the Middle East—will mean that we will not rid the extremists who hate us with bombs.... It was Israel who created Hezbollah...."). Here's Hedges' version of what occurred after that speech:
I was given a formal reprimand by my then employer, The New York Times. I remember being called in by my boss. Certainly, nobody likes to lose their job, and I am not going to pretend that I found this a pleasant experience. However, as I sat in that office, I had a choice. I could be silent, which was what the institution demanded of me. This would have been good for my career. But to do so would be to betray my father, and I am incapable of doing that. As I walked out the door of the Times, I realized that what my father had given me, above and beyond all else, was freedom. That was my inheritance. And that is probably the greatest gift a parent can give to a child.
Doesn't sound like the Times adopted Hedges' politics, does it?


Monday, July 17, 2006

Stalking or Misogyny. Whichever. 

From today's AOL Instant Messenger Front Page:


Thursday, July 13, 2006

Letter to NARAL 

Here's my letter to NARAL:
I was shocked, disgusted, and deeply disappointed to learn of your decision to endorse Joe Lieberman in the Connecticut Senate race. This is the man who has said it's no big deal if rape victims can't get emergency contraception in emergency rooms in Connecticut, because after all, it's only a short ride to another hospital. This is the man who voted for cloture on the Alito nomination (the vote that counted) and then took credit for having voted against him in the vote that didn't matter. I have volunteered for and supported NARAL in the past, although I haven't always agreed with your endorsement decisions, but I am truly outraged by this one. I'll be sending my contributions elsewhere (for example to Connecticut N.O.W., where they 'get it' in this race) until you get your heads out of your asses.
If you want to send one, too, here's the link for their comment form (thanks to Tennessee Guerilla Women).


Friday, July 07, 2006

For the Record 

I'm Jewish, and I voted (and even did a little volunteer work for) Lieberman in 1988, and I'm very offended that Joe Lieberman's minion thinks that means I have some obligation to support Lieberman notwithstanding his terrible record as Senator.


Monday, July 03, 2006

UPDATE: Actually, Neither Of Us Wears This Much Makeup.... 

We found another picture of Mary, and these do look more like her....


Actually, Neither Of Us Wears This Much Makeup.... 

Via Feministe, face recognition software that tells you which celebrity you look like. Since we're pseudonymous here at Stone Court, we thought this might be a nice way of helping you put a face to "Fred and Mary"! No guarantees of actual resemblance, of course....


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