Wednesday: Hili dialogue

November 8, 2023 • 6:45 am

Welcome to a Hump Day (or “jour de bosse” as they say in France): Wednesday, November 8, 2023, and National Cappuccino Day (I’ll have that or a latte for morning coffee, please.)

The Hili dialogues will be shorter than usual until I return as I am having R&R and am also out a lot. Some day there may be only Hili!  Bear with me; I do my best.

Some Nooz;

*According to the NYT (h/t Jay), the House of Representatives finally censured the reprehensible antisemite Rashida Tlaib.  The vote was heavily Republican, but was joined by 22 Democrats. An excerpt:

The House voted on Tuesday to censure Representative Rashida Tlaib, Democrat of Michigan, formally rebuking the sole Palestinian American in Congress for her statements regarding the Israel-Hamas war.

Twenty-two Democrats joined most Republicans to pass the resolution, which accuses Ms. Tlaib of “promoting false narratives” surrounding Hamas’s Oct. 7 attack on Israel and of “calling for the destruction of the state of Israel.” The vote was 234 to 188. Four Republicans voted against censuring Ms. Tlaib, while one Democrat and three Republicans voted “present,” declining to take a position.

. . . but most Democrats in Congress still love her:

After the gavel fell, Democratic lawmakers, mostly progressives, surrounded Ms. Tlaib on the floor and embraced her.

The Democratic support for reprimanding one of their own reflected an increasingly intense division in the party over the Israel-Hamas war. While many Democrats are staunchly supportive of Israel, there is mounting pressure from the progressive left to call for a cease-fire and focus on the suffering of the Palestinian people in the face of ballooning civilian deaths and a worsening humanitarian crisis in Gaza. Ms. Tlaib has been by far the most vocal member of Congress to do so.

The measure, offered by Representative Rich McCormick, Republican of Georgia, argued that a statement Ms. Tlaib made after Hamas’s attack on Israel — calling for the end of “the apartheid system that creates the suffocating, dehumanizing conditions that can lead to resistance” — “defended” terrorism.

It also cited Ms. Tlaib’s embrace of the phrase “from the river to the sea,” a pro-Palestinian rallying cry that many regard as calling for the eradication of Israel and has been deemed antisemitic by the Anti-Defamation League. The resolution called the phrase “a genocidal call to violence to destroy the state of Israel and its people to replace it with a Palestinian state extending from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea.”

Ms. Tlaib has said the slogan, which was used by pro-Palestinian protesters featured in a video she posted accusing President Biden of supporting genocide in Gaza, is “an aspirational call for freedom, human rights and peaceful coexistence, not death, destruction or hate.”

From the Wall Street Journal, something not recorded in the vote:

More than 60 House Democrats signed a statement condemning the “from the river to the sea” phrase. House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D., N.Y.) said the language “unacceptably risks further polarization, division and incitement to violence.”

Tlaib is lying in her last sentence, of course. “From the river to the sea is not an “aspirational call for freedom,” for crying out loud.  Why mention the sea otherwise?

While anybody with a heart supports humanitarian aid for Gaza, as do I, those with a brain realize that the strictest precautions must be taken to prevent that aid from falling into the hands of Hamas.  And a cease-fire is simply not in the offing here, as Israel realizes that it would simply allow Hamas to regroup and strengthen itself, which Israel will not permit.  Calls for a cease-fire are, in my view, calls to return to the status quo before October 7. Hamas cannot be negotiated out of power or out of its terroristic ways.

If you think a cease-fire is what we need now, and can still have and get rid of Hamas at the same time, please comment below.

And read this op-ed by Bret Stephens: “For America’s Jews, every day must be Oct. 8.” It’s a good palliative for the likes of Tlaib, Jewish Voice for Peace, Students for Justice in Palestine, and others who wish for the end of the Israeli state.

*Ohio voters have embedded abortion rights into the state constitution, even though that State’s a red state. And voting yesterday produced other good news for Democrats:

Ohio voters decided Tuesday to put abortion rights in the Midwestern state’s constitution, one of several states where the issue resonated with voters and showed its potential to help Democrats next year.

The Ohio vote was another key test of where voters stand on one of the most consequential issues heading into next year’s presidential election. The abortion debate also played into Tuesday victories for Democrats, who held their majority in the Virginia Senate, as votes were still counted in that state’s House of Delegates. Also, Democrat Andy Beshear won another term as governor in Kentucky, where he criticized abortion restrictions passed by the legislature.

Since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade more than a year ago, voters had defeated ballot measures that would have restricted abortion rights in other red states such as Kansas and Kentucky.

The Ohio vote was the toughest referendum fight yet, however. For the first time, abortion-rights advocates were trying to pass protections in a solidly Republican-leaning state. The Associated Press called the race after the abortion-rights ballot measure took a comfortable lead during vote counting.

*From Tom Gross’s latest newsletter:

French Foreign Ministry advisor and top Paris university lecturer Sophie Pommier was filmed destroying child hostage posters in Paris today.

When confronted by an irate passerby, Pommier admitted that she “supported terrorists”.

A video of the confrontation, which is LOUD!  Good for the Parisians who shamed this woman. I suspect that Ms. Pommier won’t be a government advisor for much longer.

*Below: from India Today, a 14-minute description by a journalist who was allowed to see the 43 minutes of Hamas’s bodycam videos.  (The government is not allowing the videos to be disseminated out of respect for families, but showed them to journalists who could vouch for their content and veracity.)

And listen to the video below only if you can deal with extreme and horrific butchery. No photos are shown, and it’s all verbal description, but it’s still very disturbing.  Here are the YouTube nots:

This is the first-hand account of Gaurav Sawant, who reported from Israel and West Bank amdist the ongoing war. Gaurav was one of the few journalists who saw the complete, un-edited footage of the October 7 attack that rocked Israel. The Hamas horror, Gaurav says, was horrifying. We can’t show you those videos, but you can hear what they contained here.

Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili is doing damage!

Hili: I admire this basket.
A: What for.
Hili: I’ve been tearing it for so many years and it’s still standing.
In Polish:
Hili: Podziwiam ten kosz.
Ja: Za co?
Hili: Tyle lat go szarpię, a on się trzyma.
And a picture of the loving Szaron:

A meme from Divy:

From David Hillis, reacting to the drive to rename all bird eponyms (birds named after people) so that they describe the bird. Click to enlarge:

More from Dr. Hillis. He’s on a roll! (The AOS is the American Ornithological Society):

And from a deli somewhere that has its head on right:

Finally, a cat photo from lbering:

A classic tweet from Masih:

From Barry, who says “It sure looks like play”:

From Steve Pinker, calling attention to an article (click to read it):

From Simon via the anti-Trump Republican Lincoln project: a prognostication about Ivanka and then about Tr*mp.

From the Auschwitz Memorial, a six year old boy gassed upon arrival:

Two tweets from Dr. Cobb.  First, an instance of ancient cat love!

And a long-distance flight of a single sooty shearwater named Scarlett Witch:

A related tweet I found:

29 thoughts on “Wednesday: Hili dialogue

  1. On this day:
    1519 – Hernán Cortés enters Tenochtitlán and Aztec ruler Moctezuma welcomes him with a great celebration.

    1602 – The Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford is opened to the public.

    1605 – Robert Catesby, ringleader of the Gunpowder Plotters, is killed.

    1745 – Charles Edward Stuart invades England with an army of approximately 5,000 that would later participate in the Battle of Culloden.

    1837 – Mary Lyon founds Mount Holyoke Female Seminary, which later becomes Mount Holyoke College.

    1861 – American Civil War: The “Trent Affair”: The USS San Jacinto stops the British mail ship Trent and arrests two Confederate envoys, sparking a diplomatic crisis between the UK and US.

    1892 – The New Orleans general strike begins, uniting black and white American trade unionists in a successful four-day general strike action for the first time.

    1895 – While experimenting with electricity, Wilhelm Röntgen discovers the X-ray.

    1917 – The first Council of People’s Commissars is formed, including Vladimir Lenin, Leon Trotsky and Joseph Stalin.

    1919 – Eichenfeld massacre: Members of the Revolutionary Insurgent Army of Ukraine murder 136 Mennonite colonists at Jaskyowo, initiating a series of massacres that resulted in the deaths of 827 Ukrainian Mennonites.

    1920 – Rupert Bear, illustrated by Mary Tourtel makes his first appearance in print.

    1923 – Beer Hall Putsch: In Munich, Adolf Hitler leads the Nazis in an unsuccessful attempt to overthrow the German government.

    1933 – Great Depression: New Deal: US President Franklin D. Roosevelt unveils the Civil Works Administration, an organization designed to create jobs for more than four million unemployed.

    1937 – The Nazi exhibition Der ewige Jude (“The Eternal Jew”) opens in Munich.

    1939 – In Munich, Adolf Hitler narrowly escapes the assassination attempt of Georg Elser while celebrating the 16th anniversary of the Beer Hall Putsch.

    1942 – World War II: French Resistance coup in Algiers, in which 400 civilian French patriots neutralize Vichyist XIXth Army Corps after 15 hours of fighting, and arrest several Vichyist generals, allowing the immediate success of Operation Torch in Algiers.

    1950 – Korean War: United States Air Force Lt. Russell J. Brown, while piloting an F-80 Shooting Star, shoots down two North Korean MiG-15s in the first jet aircraft-to-jet aircraft dogfight in history.

    1957 – Operation Grapple X, Round C1: The United Kingdom conducts its first successful hydrogen bomb test over Kiritimati in the Pacific.

    1960 – John F. Kennedy is elected as the 35th President of the United States, defeating incumbent Vice President Richard Nixon, who would later be elected president in 1968 and 1972.

    1965 – The Murder (Abolition of Death Penalty) Act 1965 is given Royal Assent, formally abolishing the death penalty in the United Kingdom for almost all crimes.

    1966 – Former Massachusetts Attorney General Edward Brooke becomes the first African American elected to the United States Senate since Reconstruction.

    1972 – American pay television network Home Box Office (HBO) launches.

    1973 – The right ear of John Paul Getty III is delivered to a newspaper outlet along with a ransom note, convincing his father to pay US$2.9 million.

    1977 – Manolis Andronikos, a Greek archaeologist and professor at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, discovers the tomb of Philip II of Macedon at Vergina. [Philip was the father of Alexander the Great.]

    1987 – Remembrance Day bombing: A Provisional IRA bomb explodes in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland during a ceremony honouring those who had died in wars involving British forces. Twelve people are killed and sixty-three wounded.

    1994 – Republican Revolution: On the night of the 1994 United States midterm elections, Republicans make historic electoral gains by securing massive majorities in both houses of Congress (54 seats in the House and eight seats in the Senate, additionally), thus bringing to a close four decades of Democratic domination.

    1999 – Bruce Miller is killed at his junkyard near Flint, Michigan. His wife Sharee Miller, who convinced her online lover Jerry Cassaday to kill him (before later killing himself) was convicted of the crime, in what became the world’s first Internet murder.

    2002 – Iraq disarmament crisis: UN Security Council Resolution 1441: The United Nations Security Council unanimously approves a resolution on Iraq, forcing Saddam Hussein to disarm or face “serious consequences”.

    2016 – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi publicly announces the withdrawal of ₹500 and ₹1000 denomination banknotes. [Prolonged cash shortages in the weeks that followed created significant disruption throughout the economy. People seeking to exchange their banknotes had to stand in lengthy queues, and several deaths were linked to the rush to exchange cash.]

    2016 – Donald Trump is elected the 45th President of the United States, defeating Hillary Clinton, the first woman ever to receive a major party’s nomination. [Could the US be stupid enough to elect him again?]

    1656 – Edmond Halley, English astronomer and mathematician (d. 1742).

    1710 – Sarah Fielding, English author (d. 1768).

    1738 – Barbara Catharina Mjödh, Finnish poet (d. 1776).

    1847 – Bram Stoker, Irish novelist and critic, created Count Dracula (d. 1912).

    1866 – Herbert Austin, 1st Baron Austin, English businessman, founded the Austin Motor Company (d. 1941).

    1878 – Dorothea Bate, English palaeontologist and archaeozoologist (d. 1951).

    1884 – Hermann Rorschach, Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst (d. 1922).

    1897 – Dorothy Day, American journalist and activist (d. 1980).

    1900 – Margaret Mitchell, American journalist and author (d. 1949).

    1908 – Martha Gellhorn, American journalist and author (d. 1998). [Considered one of the great war correspondents of the 20th century. In June 1944, Gellhorn applied to the British government for press accreditation to report on the Normandy landings; her application, like those of all female journalists, was denied. Lacking official press credentials, she posed as a nurse and was allowed onto a hospital ship where she promptly locked herself in a bathroom. Upon landing two days later she saw the many wounded and became a stretcher-bearer. Later she recalled, “I followed the war wherever I could reach it.” She was the only woman to land at Normandy on D-Day on 6 June 1944.]

    1923 – Jack Kilby, American physicist and engineer, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2005).

    1927 – Ken Dodd, English singer and comedian (d. 2018). [Dad was in pantomime with him and Beryl Reid the year before I was born.]

    1935 – Alain Delon, French-Swiss actor, producer, screenwriter.

    1941 – Nerys Hughes, Welsh actress.

    1946 – Roy Wood, English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer.

    1949 – Bonnie Raitt, American singer-songwriter and guitarist.

    1954 – Kazuo Ishiguro, Japanese-British novelist, screenwriter, and short story writer.

    1954 – Rickie Lee Jones, American singer-songwriter and producer.

    1956 – Richard Curtis, New Zealand-English screenwriter, film and television producer, and film director.

    1960 – Michael Nyqvist, Swedish actor and producer (d. 2017).

    1963 – Paul McKenna, English hypnotist and author.

    1966 – Gordon Ramsay, British chef, restaurateur, and television.

    Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death:
    1674 – John Milton, English poet and philosopher (b. 1608).

    1887 – Doc Holliday, American dentist and poker player (b. 1851).

    1890 – César Franck, Belgian organist and composer (b. 1822).

    1965 – Dorothy Kilgallen, American journalist, television personality, and game show panelist (b. 1913).

    1974 – Ivory Joe Hunter, American singer-songwriter and pianist (b. 1914).

    1978 – Norman Rockwell, American painter and illustrator (b. 1894).

    1986 – Vyacheslav Molotov, Russian politician and diplomat, Soviet Minister of Foreign Affairs (b. 1890).

    2020 – Alex Trebek, Canadian-American television personality and longtime host of Jeopardy! (b. 1940)

  2. “Tlaib is lying in her last sentence, of course. “From the river to the sea is not an “aspirational call for freedom,” for crying out loud. Why mention the sea otherwise?

    Excellent observation.

    This IMHO demonstrates Tlaib’s claim as gnostic – only her own self-knowledge – gnosis – reveals the true nature of the phrase, due to identity perhaps, or a contradiction to be dialectically transformed to a higher level of understanding.

    It’s gnostic-hermetic alchemy in our midst.

  3. Annie Hall: (approximate quote as I recall) “I’ll have pastrami on white bread with mayonnaise, lettuce, and tomato”

    1. I grew up mostly in Hawaii, and – believe it or not – I was so unfamiliar with Jewish foods that the first time I ever heard of the food known as a ‘bagel’ was when I went to the mainland for college. So, it’s unsurprising that the first time I ordered a pastrami sandwich at a deli, I was totally baffled when the guy behind the counter pretended to swoon in shock when I told him I wanted it served on white bread with lettuce and mayo.

      Eventually, I learned to like pastrami on rye with mustard, and I always order it that way now. But I continue to ask for a smidgen of mayo and a lettuce leaf on top, in addition. Anyone who wants me to give up my mayo and lettuce will have to pry them out of my cold dead hands.

  4. “likes” don’t seem to working on WordPress at the moment, and event comments aren’t working on the reader…at least from my end. Is anyone else experiencing this? And I DEFINITELY support the name “Boom Chachalaca”.

    1. WP seems to have tweaked the reader, but it’s still funky, IMO. I’m using Jetpack on my cellphone to write this. Did my “like” on your comment stick?

    2. Doc, I just used the Reader on my laptop and I don’t see any “like” button at all. Only on the Webpage itself does it show.

      1. I have similar, but more extensive problems. I don’t see the “like” button on any platform these days. I have tried the Jetpack app, and the browsers Firefox, Chrome and Safari. Plus, most of the comments I ever post, along with their replies, do not show up in my WordPress app or on the WordPress website. I have to revisit the WEIT site and search for my comments to see if there are any replies or interactions from other people.

        1. A few weeks ago, Jerry posted the email address of a WP techie who can help with such problems. Let’s email them.

  5. (FWIW in case there is some national level analysis today) An election report from Virginia: the highly self-styled national political wanna be, governor Glenn Youngkin failed in his lying efforts to flip the state senate from dem control to republican and keep the state house of delegates under republican control. At the end of the night, the house had flipped to dem control and the senate stayed dem controlled (each by a thin but real one-member margin). It is hard to analyze individual results because there was quite a bit of redistricting so some incumbents were running in essentially new districts. Youngkin dumped millions into a last week blitz of tv ads running statewide for republican candidates disclaiming dems’ attacks that the republicans would ban abortions if elected. He claimed that they just would put in place a “common sense 15-week limit”. Of course this was a lie and thank goodness most voters saw it that way…that giving the governor a foot in the door to control of both houses would lead to a total abortion ban attempt. Youngkin is a slippery character and his smooth talking got him the governor’s mansion two years ago, but I think the electorate has wised up a bit as to what he really is about now.

  6. Rashida Tlaib is the only one who thinks that “From the River to the Sea” means: “an aspirational call for freedom, human rights and peaceful coexistence.” To everyone else it means the destruction of the State of Israel and the annihilation of the Jews who live there.

    I have heard that there are a number of Hamas leadership positions that have opened up lately. Tlaib may have a future there.

    1. “And crown thy good with brotherhood
      From sea to shining sea.”

      Perhaps Tlaib is mixing up Israel with America the Beautiful.

      1. That’s the dialectic – different in degree, not in kind.

        Tlaib likely practices the dialectic so much it’s just applied to everything as a matter of reflex – as suggested in your observation.

        It is how sense is made of the world, to Hegelians (and so on).

        Gnostic-Hermetic Alchemy in 2023.

    2. Don’t blame Ms. Tlaib. Blame the people in her district who elected her. Let’s see if they re-elect her. Bet they do.

      1. Good point, Leslie. Consider the bigger picture, though. According to a friend of mine from Detroit, Tlaib has been rebuilding her district by bringing in more federal aid dollars. Her constituents will most likely keep these tangible, local benefits in mind when they vote, not a political pronouncement, no matter how reprehensible, with distant repercussions.

  7. As a 15 year resident of Ohio, I would have had to have been blind not to see the rightward shift in state politics. Having said that, I’ve always been bothered by the fact that the trend leaves many to just refer to it as a “red” state and be done with it. Yesterday’s results show why that view may be overly simplistic. True, we have a grotesquely gerrymandered legislature that is decidedly Trumpian, and our junior senator gladly spews out Fox-oriented nonsense, but we also have Sherrod Brown and a fundamentally decent GOP governor. And when it comes to issues like reproductive rights and marijuana, solid majorities took the progressive positions. So my bottom line on state politics – flawed but fundamentally decent.

    1. Virginia is similar. (I am a 75-year resident-lifelong). As we slowly unwind the historical gerrymandering, we approach a more correct representation of the popular sense of our electorate. Urban areas and college towns are blue with rural countryside red. As the eleven gerrymandered (ratf**ked in political parlance) congressional districts were redrawn a few years ago, we went from an absurd 9-2 red:blue ratio of congressional seats to a more representative 6-5. Both of our statewide-elected U.S. senators are blue (Tim Kaine, Mark Warner). The governorship flipped from blue to red two years ago but mostly due to a slick talking republican candidate who did not mind lying and a really crappy campaign by the dem candidate. The once-burned electorate rejected the governor and his candidates yesterday as the state house of delegates flipped to blue and the state senate remained blue. That said, it IS close though!

    2. I am wondering if the winning of abortion rights in Ohio now means more democratic and moderate apathy come the general election. With that issue effectively off the table, there is less to inspire dems and moderates to go to the ballot box.

      1. That’s a good point. Eternal vigilance! Dems cannot rest on their laurels…ever. The other side never gives up…as long as the Nation continues to be so polarized. Moms for liberty will continue…so called right to life will continue…inserting religion into state affairs will continue…etc. you’re not paranoid if they are really after you!

      2. Abortion rights are not off the table though. We’ve learned from the overturning of Roe that no precedent is set in stone with this SCOTUS. We *have* to remain vigilant because these GQP authoritarians will keep trying to nip away at our rights to bodily autonomy. I think most of us understand this. We will stay alert to their machinations and will continue to vote accordingly.

  8. A question about Congressional Democrats: If accusing the leader of your party (who is also the President) of complicity in genocide is insufficient to support a censure, what would be?

  9. Although no fair-minded person with a conscience really needs to see any more evidence in order to be convinced that Hamas is morally depraved, I recently saw a video that I think is nevertheless worth bringing to people’s attention.

    Even though the entire video is just an interview of a kibbutz man from his hospital bed, it’s one of the most devastating videos I’ve seen.

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