March 21st, 2007

cass groovy

short shameful confession

A sad moment in fanboyhood: I thought I was being clever in my last story by calling the law firm "Peabody, Dicker, and Pending," as I recalled that to be the name of Ambush Bug's lawyers. Then I reread the Ambush Bug miniseries and discovered to my chagrin that no, Peabody (*cough cough cough* "So.") and partners were the Bug's marketing firm. Fellow fans will perhaps understand that realizing you have misremembered a minor running gag from a twenty-year-old comic book can ruin your whole day. I feel like I blew my geek roll.

The law firm is now "Grabemann and Ross." Which is arguably even more obscure, but at least they're a law firm in the DCU!

Holocaust denial, again. Not where you'd think.

Holocaust denial is nothing new in the Middle East, but it's downright frightening to see it here:

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - More than a quarter of Israeli Arabs deny the Holocaust took place, a new survey has found, calling the findings a reflection of the depth of disaffection felt by the Jewish state's core minority.

The independent poll released this week also found that many of the Arabs, who make up a fifth of Israel's population, feel subject to racism and fear possible deportation more than six years into a Palestinian uprising.

According to the Haifa University survey, 28 percent of Israel's Arab citizens do not believe the Nazi killing of six million Jews during World War Two occurred.

"Depth of disaffection" is not the term I would use, but never mind. The Haifa University survey was taken of only 721 people, and there's no details of what methodology they used, but it's nonetheless stunning that no representative of the Israeli Arab community told Reuters, "WTF? That survey can't be right; those numbers are insane." In response to other questions, 67 percent of those surveyed agreed that Zionism was inherently racist, 60 percent said they feared that the government of Israel was sufficiently malevolent as to deport them en masse, and 67.5 percent said they'd want to remain citizens under said Israeli government even if there were a Palestinian state.

Meanwhile, on March 8th, Hamas TV interviewed two kindergarteners whose mother died as a suicide bomber.

INTERVIEWER. "Let's talk with the two children of the jihad-fighting martyrdom-seeker Rim Al-Riyashi, Dhoha and Muhammad. Dhoha, you love Mama, right? Where did Mama go?"
DHOHA. "To Paradise."
INTERVIEWER. "What did Mama do?"
DHOHA. "She committed martyrdom."
INTERVIEWER. "She killed Jews, right? How many did she kill, Muhammad?"
INTERVIEWER. "How many Jews did Mama kill?"
MUHAMMAD. *holds up fingers* "This many."
INTERVIEWER. "How many is that?"