April 02, 2006

You never know where your luck is

He sat beside me
And we got to talking
I told him what I did
Poet odd-jobber with wanderlust
Existential struggle not merely philosophic
And when we parted
He gave me his card: Diamond trader
Specialty: Extra Large Diamonds
I told him
I didn't expect to be needing his services
And he said
You never know where your luck is

-- As told to me by beat-poet blues-guitarist Inkblot Hurricane

Posted by David Boxenhorn at April 2, 2006 01:23 PM | TrackBacks
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David,

Do you believe Razib et al (would that include yourself?) is right in blog-rolling those who whole heartedly believe in [wahabbi funded and white supremicist supported] conspiracy theories, that are malicious to American Jews and Israelis? If you have an interest, can you please blog on this:

http://isteve.blogspot.com/2006/04/lobby-in-action.html
http://dienekes.blogspot.com/2006/03/harvard-working-paper-on-israeli-lobby.html

BTW I can provide a dozen debunkings to the idiotic claims posed in that paper...

Posted by: gil at April 4, 2006 01:00 AM Permalink

Gil,

I decline to talk about Razib's relationship with those two parties, especially in a public forum. However, let me point out that arguments can be evaluated on their own merit rather than ad hominem.

As to the debunking of that paper I recently wrote the following private email to a friend:

I thought this was an insightful comment on the mind of conspiracy theorists:

The fact that it [the US] is supportive of Israel leads the authors to a conundrum: either acknowledge that reasonable people might disagree with their conclusions (which would provide a non-conspiratorial basis of U.S. support for Israel), or assume that there is a wide-ranging conspiracy involving an amorphous "Israel lobby" biasing U.S. policy in favor of Israel. Rather than suspend their arrogant view that everyone sensible agrees with them, the authors adopt the conspiracy theory...

On the inspiration for that observation, I thought that this was good too:

Over the course of four tours in the White House, I never once saw a decision in the Oval Office to tilt U.S. foreign policy in favor of Israel at the expense of America's interest. Other than Richard Nixon--who occasionally said terrible things about Jews, despite the number on his team--I can't remember any president even talking about an Israeli lobby. Perhaps I have forgotten, but I can remember plenty of conversations about the power of the American gun lobby, environmentalists, evangelicals, small-business owners, and teachers unions.

Posted by: David Boxenhorn at April 4, 2006 08:07 AM Permalink

I must say that this poem is exquisite, just so carefully focused and brilliant - gemlike.

Posted by: Bonita at April 5, 2006 05:13 PM Permalink

nice poem, very nice. Reminds me of bit of charles bukowski, whom I am reading at the moment, though perhaps a bit more upbeat ;>)

Posted by: starofdavid at May 1, 2006 06:26 AM Permalink

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