President Obama proposed largest military aid deal ever provided by U.S.; Israel insists on more generous terms https://t.co/dRTJPpnx0K— The New York Times (@nytimes) April 29, 2016
Obama has offered Israel the most generous military aid package ever. But that is not good enough for the war criminal Netanyahu, whom you can only defend at this point if, like one friend, you are ideologically prevented from admitting that Israel could ever be wrong about anything, including the murderous naval shelling of Gazan boys playing soccer on a beach. Such a belligerent attitude undermines Israel's long-term future by denying reality, and damages your own soul.
In the meantime, this article talks about the importance of closing the aid deal in terms of cementing Obama's legacy of strong support for Israel and refuting unfair charges against him on that score. But he has nothing to prove. The evidence is clear. Bibi is the problem, having aggressively attempted to sabotage a multilateral nuclear agreement, vowed never to allow a two-state solution, and continued the slow annexation of the occupied Palestinian territory. Obama should make no further concessions.
So in the name of keeping men out of bathrooms, men with guns are sent into bathrooms. To whom does this make the slightest sense?
Bernie Sanders says he still sees a narrow path to victory after the drubbing he took on Tuesday. This brought to mind the image above.
If Ted Cruz can announce a running mate, so can I.
My running mate will be Mrs. Danvers. She is loyal to a fault, meticulous, and can talk people into jumping out of windows. This latter skill will be invaluable in my administration. She promises she will not set the place on fire unless she is seriously disappointed. You wouldn't want to disappoint her, would you?
This piece in Roll Call treats Donna Edwards like a fully realized person, while Chris Van Hollen is reduced to a stick figure. The substantial support he received from black leaders in MD is treated as an obvious betrayal, with not a word spent on acknowledging his accomplishments or considering that anyone might have a non-contemptible reason for supporting him. He is not allowed to be a real person; Julianne Malveaux actually referred to him as part of the "Master Plan" in a FB post. Scornful reference to "The Establishment" is treated as magically vanquishing any argument. As with Clinton vs. Sanders, those of us who care about actually getting something done are treated as part of the problem, as sellouts, by definition. I should not have to point out that, in my 36 years as a DC voter (having moved here from the MD 8th District which Van Hollen now represents), I have supported and worked productively with a great many African Americans and women.
Frank Bruni on the "cult of sore losers":
All too often, contests don’t yield accepted conclusions and a grudging acquiescence by those who didn’t get their way. They prompt accusations of thievery, cries of illegitimacy and a determination to neuter the victor, nullify the results or reverse them as soon as possible.
Sen. Cruz, we are not going to have that kind of country. We are going to defeat you and your intolerant crew.
The Blade reports on GLAA's anniversary reception held on April 21:
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, six members of the City Council and D.C. Congressional Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton were among those who turned out on April 21 for the Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance’s 45th anniversary celebration at Policy Restaurant and Lounge on 14th Street, N.W....
“I am happy to be here with GLAA,” Bowser told the gathering. “And I want to recognize always the hard work that you are doing in our city and I want to recognize the fact that the reason we’re a great place for gays and lesbians is because of the hard work that you have been waging for decades in the District of Columbia.”
President Obama, at a Q&A in London on Saturday, answers a question from transgender student Maria Munir.
I duly observed the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death yesterday by reading some Shakespeare, but I wasn't in a blogging mood. This piece is interesting. More from the director of the Folger Shakespeare Library here.