Wednesday, August 16, 2006

My cousin David.

My cousin David Gutmann was a Merchant Mariner during WWII (volunteered for the draft but was turned down because of bad eyesight --- so went into what turned out to be statistically
the most dangererous duty --- although the pay was good.) He served first as an "oiler"

When the war ended he volunteered to try run the British blockade of Palestine. He was arrested twice and served time in Cyprus and Acre. When he was released he fought with Haganah.

He is a PhD psychologist and has written a number of noteworthy books and articles --- including some about the Druze.

To me he is a hero --- really a member of that "Greatest Generation."

Please excuse the Latinate numerical gibberish in the piece. I don't know (yet) how to get rid of it.


OUR VIRTUAL GOLDSTEIN> David Gutmann> > > > The Liberal’s hate chorus against George Bush has> been> moving towards a crescendo that tops anything ever> directed against Lincoln, FDR, Truman, Nixon,> Johnson> or Clinton. Impeachment talk peaked a few months> back,> but quickly gave ground to the assassination> reveries> which are now, literally, all the rage. George > Orwell> captured this kind of hysterical intensity in his> graphic description, in Nineteen-Eighty Four of the> “Two-Minute Hate.� In order to better > Convey the ferocity of the anti-Bush venom, I have> interspersed quotes from real Bush-bashers with> segments from Orwell’s portrayal of a typical> two-Minute Hate - the IngSoc party’s angry> exorcism> of the demonic Goldstein. > ============================================== > > The next moment a hideous, grinding speech, as of> some> monstrous machine running without oil, burst from> the> big telescreen at the end of the room. It was a > noise> that set one’s teeth on edge and bristled the hair> at> the back of one’s neck. The Hate had started.> As usual, the face of Emmanuel Goldstein, the Enemy> of> the People, had flashed on to the screen. There were> hisses here and there among the audience. The> little> sandy-haired woman gave a squeak of mingled fear> and> disgust. .. . > > ***New York State Controller Alan Hevesi: “state> senator Charles Schumer is a man to put a bullet> between the president’s eyes..�> > The programmes of the Two Minutes Hate varied from> day> to day, but there was none in which Goldstein was> not> the principal figure. He was the primal traitor, the> earliest defiler of the Party’s purity. All> subsequent> crimes against the Party, all treacheries, acts of> sabotage, heresies, deviations, sprang directly out > of> his teaching. Somewhere or other he was still alive> and hatching his conspiracies: perhaps somewhere> beyond the sea, under the protection of his foreign> paymasters…. A day never passed when spies and> saboteurs acting under his directions were not> unmasked by the Thought Police.> > > ***Garrison Keeler: “Do we need to impeach Bush to> bring some focus to this man's life? The man was> lost> and then he was found and now he's more lost than> ever, plus being blind.�> > Before the Hate had proceeded for thirty seconds,> uncontrollable exclamations of rage were breaking> out> from half the people in the room. The > self-satisfied> sheep-like face on the screen, and the terrifying> power of the Eurasian army behind it, were too much> to> be borne: besides, the sight or even the thought of> Goldstein produced fear and anger automatically> > ****Michael Moore: “It is a Christ-like principal > to> feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and shelter the> homeless… If George Bush truly listened to God> and> read the words of the Christ, Iraq and the> devastation> in New Orleans would have never happened…. George > Bush> needs to stop talking, admit the mistakes of his all> around failed administration, pull our troops out> of> occupied New Orleans and Iraq, and excuse his self> from power..�> > But what was strange was that although Goldstein> was> hated and despised by everybody, although every day> and a thousand times a day, on platforms, on the> telescreen, in newspapers, in books, his theories> were> refuted, smashed, ridiculed, held up to the general> gaze for the pitiful rubbish that they were in spite> of all this, his influence never seemed to grow> less.> Always there were fresh dupes waiting to be seduced> by> him.> > ***Cindy Sheehan: "My son was killed in 2004. my> first> born was murdered. Am I angry? Yes, he was killed > for> lies and for a PNAC Neo-Con agenda to benefit> Israel.> I am not paying my taxes for 2004. You killed my> son,> George Bush, and I don't owe you a give> my> son back and I'll pay my taxes. Come after me (for> back taxes) and we'll put this war on trial." > "And now I'm going to use another 'I' word -> impeachment - because we cannot have these people> pardoned. They need to be tried on war crimes and go> to jail." > > In its second minute the Hate rose to a frenzy.> People> were leaping up and down in their places and> shouting> at the tops of their voices in an effort to drown> the> maddening bleating voice that came from the screen.> > ****“ALIENCULTIST:� I moved my aiming reticles> back on> Bush's head. Ugly little bugger. Then there was one> click of the flashlight slowly, then a second, and> a> third, from which I then pulled the trigger. The> noise> of the shot was completely muffled by the crowd's> applause for an idiot son of an asshole. Applause> was> quickly shifted to screams as the bullet rippled> through his eye, and out the back of his head. He> laid> sprawled, and slightly twitching in his left leg, > in> his own pool of blood and brain tissue…."Pawn> down," I> smiled.> > The little sandy- haired woman had turned bright> pink, and her mouth was opening and shutting like> that> of a landed fish…..> > ****Washington Post op-ed: “Bush Killed My Baby!!!> The> conservative politics of the Bush administration> forced me to have an abortion I didn't want.� > The dark-haired girl behind Winston had begun> crying> out ‘Swine! Swine! Swine!’ and suddenly she> picked up>


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