The Costs of Committing Violence Against Innocents

Seen this evening on Twitter:

My sorrow for the family of 3 month old Haya Zissel-Brown murdered in Jerusalem. May G-d protect the innocents of this world.

Committing wanton violence against innocents makes hell on earth for others and hell beyond this earth for yourself.

– Lee Weissman (@JihadiJew)

There really is nothing I can add to this. Here’s a link to his blog.

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Shellshock Restrictions Lifted

Comments are enabled again on this blog.

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Temporary Shellshock Restrictions

Due to possible vulnerabilities in WordPress, I am turning off comments til the new Shellshock vulnerability has been thoroughly assessed and patched. WordPress is based on PHP, which can make calls to the Unix shell. I’m not sure whether it does or not in a WordPress environment, and am no chances. Thank you for your patience!

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Ashya King

Friday and yesterday I saw several news articles about a five-year-old boy named Ashya King who has brain cancer — specifically, a stage 4 medulloblastoma in his head. His parents had taken him from the hospital where he was receiving treatment and fled abroad. The hospital sought and obtained an emergency protection order for Ashya and international arrest warrants for his parents Peter and Naghemeh King.

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Robin McLaurin Williams (1951-2014)

Good Morning, Vietnam. The Dead Poets Society. The Fisher King. Mrs. Doubtfire. Jumanji. And this.

Good Night, Robin. Rest in peace.

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China: Don’t See the Dalai Lama

China is wagging its nether parts in America’s face, or so CNN reports. I don’t know what Obama will say to China, and I doubt he cares what I think he should say, but China richly deserves to be told to mind its own business. In less polite language. Whom the U.S. president sees and talks to is none of the business of the Chinese government. This is especially true where the Dalai Lama is concerned; China has gone to significant effort to keep him out of their country since he became the Dalai Lama in the 1950s.

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Pete Seeger: 1919-2014

To everything (turn, turn, turn)
     There is a season (turn, turn, turn),
And a time to every purpose, under heaven.

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We will fill our stomachs with stones….

“We don’t want to eat. We do not want your food or your aid supplies. We want to break the siege. There is nothing here anymore!”

On the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, yet more testimony that the human race — that we — have learned nothing from history.

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On Pardoning Edward Snowden….

While I find the word “pardon” offensive when applied to a person who did the right thing in the face of significant consequences and who should by all rights win our thanks and a medal, I support the Guardian and the New York Times editorials calling for Edward Snowden to be pardoned. I believe that this is the very least we can do for a man who exposed a dangerous pattern of governmental overreach that threatened our democracy at significant personal cost.

Thanks to both papers. I just wish I thought that President Obama and Congress were likely to listen. :/

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Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)

As everybody and his brother has said today, Nelson Mandela was a great man, one of the greatest of the 20th century. I’d like to point out that, unlike many great men, Nelson Mandela was also by almost any measure a good man.

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