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Joe Biden on Charlie Rose tonite backs Israel, to the hilt, on Gaza ship attack, asking "what’s the big deal here?"
Clive Crook hits Maureen Dowd column today (and others) calling for Obama to get all hot and bothered like James Carville to save presidency. Meanwhile, Tom Friedman’s column backing Israel roundly mocked, such as here. Profile at Raw Story of young guy who leads the (very successful) drive to get advertisers to quit Glenn Beck.
Kudos to Rich Lowry, National Review ed., for this body slam of GOP candidate in CT, Linda McMahon, for her pro wrestling (and other) sleazy sell jobs….. Kirk, GOP candidate for Obama’s seat in Illinois, exposed for telling another lie: did NOT serve in Iraqi Operation Freedom. And now, Gov. Jan Brewer of Arizona, caught claiming her dad died fighting the Nazis–when he passed away ten years after war.
George W. Bush joins Facebook. Give him a poke if you wish. One visitor: "Mr. President, please don’t have your farm attack mine at Farmville."
GAZA CRISIS British PM Cameron calls Israeli attack "completely unacceptable" and calls for lifting blockade….. NYT’s Robert Mackey points to Bibi Netanyahu’s Facebook page, which features hot video (perhaps aimed at younger set) which charges that Gaza-bound activists planned "terrorist" acts against Israelis…… Harold Meyerson in Wash Post hits blind Israel support by American Jews and notes chasm between views of younger and older population here. Democracy Now: Former Amb. Peck, who was on board ship, says Israel’s explanation "as full of holes as a window screen."
Think Progress: As predicted, House Dems refuse to condemn attack and Nancy Pelosi won’t even discuss it. But Barney Frank bravely declares: As a Jew, I am ashamed of Israel’s treatment of Palestinians. My own tweet: "BREAKING: Missing weapons from Gaza aid ship found — next to where Saddam buried all those WMD in Syria."