A senior Israeli defense official said on Friday that Palestinians firing rockets from the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip would bring upon themselves what he termed a "shoah", the Hebrew word for holocaust or disaster. The word is rarely used in Israel outside discussions of the Nazi Holocaust of Jews. Many Israelis are loath to countenance its use to describe other contemporary events.
I Give You A Quick Juxtaposition For Your Comparison
I would offer as well that Nixon was malicious in exactly a proportion to what he believed as the good he could do, though of course that would mean his subjective view of it. But Nixon is our grand operatic villain among presidents for a reason: he did what he did because he thought these people were in his way of being great, and being great and being president was what he felt entitled to because he thought he'd do it better than anyone else, that he could bring a grand peace to the world and people would love him for it, and they would later read of Nixon as one reads of Roosevelt, whose scandals are utterly dwarfed by the good people associate with him; the warmth he inspires, no matter what we know he did.
That was what Nixon wanted, and he'd worked hard in the organization and dammit, those bastards got in his way. Those pretty little Johnny-Come-Latelies with rich fathers to make hurdles disappear.
And eventually, he became nothing anymore but his attempts to fend off what he'd come to perceive as a whole world that didn't know what it wanted.
And this reminds me of how Hillary feels when I watch her and look in those mad eyes. And make no mistake: if she's out this time, she'll be back next time, and if there's not already a Democrat in the White House, there will be. But I don't want the Democrats to have a real, honest-to-God Nixon.
But we want the Democrat to win and only a complete fool would run someone who could rally the conservative base like she could. The GOP want her to be the one: she's the one they've been saving their biggest guns for.
If you've seen Lawrence of Arabia, the Turks seem to have made a similar mistake in how they trained their own immovable guns.
Probably the single most important comics writer ever, for me, passed away on Sunday. That would be Steve Gerber, creator of Howard the Duck, Omega the Unknown, Destroyer Duck, the Defenders, the Phantom Zone miniseries(uncollected, but find it and read it) and so much more.
I really don't know what to say except that I am very sad right now, almost like I lost another parent. When I was a little kid it seemed that every other comic I read was by Steve(and drawn by either Gene Colan or Val Mayerik). He influenced my thinking, and my art, probably more than anyone else at that time, including my actual parents. Steve was comics in the 70s. I wonder if he knew he was warping a little kid's mind for good. (Who else would put a character called Dr. Bong in a kid's comic?)
I could say a few words about how Marvel should be ashamed at what they're now doing to Omega and Howard. But screw it.
I loved Steve, and I'll leave it there.He almost made up for not really having a dad; at least I found something to get wisdom from. Without him I would be very different. As would comics, creator's rights, and a hell of a lot else. I thank him for said mindwarping, and wish I could have met him at least once. Gone far too soon. Rest in peace, Steve-O. And thanks.
"To dance the rattlesnake, a little grace is required."--Steve
"Eternity in the company of Beelzebub, and all of his hellish instruments of death, will be a picnic compared to five minutes with me & this pencil." --E. Blackadder, 1789 Questionable
words & pictures from John Linton Roberson