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Sunday, June 25, 2006

Wanna see my rant collection?

Sorry to dump this on you so early in the week, but sometimes a boy's just gotta vent.  If you don't like seeing me angry and prefer the tear jerkers and family anecdotes... come back tomorrow.


Rant # 1:  There are still quite a few prominent/well-read bloggers out there who somehow found the time in their busy schedules to report that the IDF was behind the massacre on the Gaza beach a couple of weeks ago... but have still not been able to find the time or interest in setting the record straight.

Look, I know we bloggers and journalers do this for our own enjoyment and we don't hold ourselves to typical journalistic standards of fact-checking and objectivity.  But you can't hold yourself up as  heroic grassroots truth-tellers who are severally and collectively forcing the the Mainstream Media (MSM) to do a better job when you are acting with less scruples and journalistic integrity than a bad high school newspaper!

Nobody put a gun to your head and told you to cover the story of the tragedy on that Gaza beach.  It's no secret that we all cherry pick the topics about which we blog to match our interests as much as our agendas.  To pretend otherwise would be ridiculous.  But once you've put something out there and it turns out to be 100% wrong... you need to step up and own it.

I am so tired of reading about how it doesn't really matter... how writing about who was responsible for the tragic death of her family won't make any difference to this orphaned little girl. 

That's just a bunch of tap dancing... and not very good tap dancing at that.

It was important enough for you to say the IDF did it, right?  That piece of information didn't do anything for this poor little girl either.... yet you just had to gleefully include it in your posts! 

Well guess what?  For that reason, and that reason alone, it's important enough now to tell your readers that you screwed the pooch... rushed to judgement... jumped the gun... made a bad call... trusted the wrong source... or quite simply; f*cked up

You need to sit down at your keyboard and type the words: "It wasn't an IDF artillery barrage that killed those people on the beach... I was wrong".  If you don't then you might as well stop pretending to to be the real deal... the unvarnished truth...  the writers with the courage to tell the hard truths to the world when the MSM won't.

Before I get a lot of denials and rationalizations from anyone let me make it clear I am angry with a lot of bloggers in general over this issue... but nobody in particular. 

I can tell you from frequent personal experience that few things in this world taste as bad as a crow sandwich served on two thick slices of shoe leather with a side order of hat.  But that's what's on the menu.  Eat up!

I don't care how busy you've been or how many other topics you've covered that have taken up all of your time.   You found the time to join (and help) our enemies around the world in making the IDF appear criminally negligent (or worse; like premeditated murderers).  Find the time to own your mistake!

Rant #2:  Did you hear about the bomb that blew up on a Tel Aviv beach popular with teenagers this past Friday afternoon just moments after the last teen had left the area?  No?  Here let me fill you in:

It was a very large and fairly sophisticated Improvised Explosive Device (IED) packed with bits of iron re-bar instead of nails.  It was fused to be detonated remotely using a cell phone... and only luck or the grace of G-d averted an unspeakable tragedy when it exploded moments too late to harm anyone. 

Still doesn't sound familiar???

Oh wait... I know why it doesn't ring a bell.  It's because it didn't happen at a teen hang-out on a Tel Aviv beach, but rather at a teen hang-out near a natural spring fed pool across the wadi from my house here in Gush Etzion. 

Forget what you've heard the PM say about Gush Etzion being an integral and inseparable part of Israel.  Forget what you've heard him say about Gush Etzion being part of the national consensus.  Forget that this attack took place in a place that is 100% legal in the eyes of our government and was intended to kill Israeli teenagers!

If you are not Ashkenazi... if you live in a development town... if you are religious... if you are a settler... and especially if you are any combination of any of these things... the Israeli press and government have no interest in you and don't value your life. Period.

Anyone who says otherwise is either blind or a liar. 

Rant #3:  This morning's attack where IDF soldiers were killed by infiltrating Palestinians and at least one soldier kidnapped is yet another escalation in the open military war being waged by the democratically elected Hamas government against the sovereign State of Israel. 

They promised they would do it during their campaign.  They said they would do it once they were elected.  There have been multiple clear acts of war including missile attacks, shooting attacks, attempted infiltrations and successful and attempted terrorist attacks inside Israel EVERY SINGLE DAY since the Hamas election. 

Yet our government can only wag its finger and warn that the next attack... the very next one... will require a strong response.  I honestly don't know anymore if I'm reading our press releases or Saeb Erikat's!  Oh I know... the main difference is that the Palestinians are actually making good on their promises.

I'm a moderate.  I'm a centrist.  I'm open minded.  I've listened and nodded my head as friends who voted for the current government told me about how things would be different this time.  If we would just leave Gaza we would have the freedom to act.  If we just give them more confidence building measures and let them elect the government they want we will finally have a partner with whom to negotiate.

F*ck that... and f*ck you if you think I'm going to stay stupid forever!


OK, enough of this primal scream therapy.  Hopefully I'll be back to my usual self by tomorrow.


Posted by David Bogner on June 25, 2006 | Permalink


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This is a rant that needed to be done. I'm so thankful that no one was hurt by the IED.

The sense of betrayal and outrage comes across very well.

I had written more but deleted it. It was turning into post instead of a comment.

Posted by: seawitch | Jun 25, 2006 3:31:40 PM

Rant away, Dave. I for one enjoy them, and think they could have a positive effect. Don't get me wrong - your "touching" posts are great reads, and open up the human side of Israel to your readers. But there is a place for these types of posts as well.

Posted by: Aussie Dave | Jun 25, 2006 4:13:08 PM

Good for you! I am not offended in the least. Glad I don't post any news so I won't get in trouble by you. Get your frustrations out boy It's good for you.

Posted by: soxial worker frustrated mom | Jun 25, 2006 4:29:38 PM

well said, mr. b!

Posted by: tnspr569 | Jun 25, 2006 4:54:37 PM


And a happy belated birthday.

Posted by: Alice | Jun 25, 2006 5:36:36 PM

David, I just don't get the intentional blindness.

I too, echo everyone above's sentiments. Hopefully, your words will open some eyes.

Posted by: jaime | Jun 25, 2006 5:46:08 PM

Phew! That was so good it almost makes up for your pro-gay parade post. ;)

Posted by: Ben Chorin | Jun 25, 2006 7:03:10 PM

Wonderfully written. Such powerfully constructed prose. Welcome to the dark side my son.

I would make only one sugestion. I think "Drive-by Media" is more accurate and discriptive.

Posted by: Scott | Jun 25, 2006 8:09:39 PM


Posted by: Scott | Jun 25, 2006 8:11:54 PM

'Almost' Ben Chorin. LOL

Posted by: Scott | Jun 25, 2006 8:13:24 PM

I'm feeling the same way today:

No Right winger should die because of the stupidity of the Left
I wish it were Sunday

Posted by: JoeSettler | Jun 25, 2006 8:36:15 PM

Get it out of your system, man! Let it all go.....

Posted by: Shevy | Jun 25, 2006 8:59:38 PM

well said!

Posted by: nikki | Jun 25, 2006 9:19:54 PM

Funny that Joe S. linked to his posts here, I just linked to both of you and WestBankMama's. This was good, hers is even better.

Posted by: Ezzie | Jun 25, 2006 9:54:41 PM

Couldn't agree with you more.

Posted by: Irina | Jun 25, 2006 11:07:16 PM

I agree. Cowards need to either buck up or shut the bloody hell up, people need to realise there are indeed 2nd grade citizens (and the Ashkenazi bit, which I am more familiar w bcs of our heritage annoys me to no end bcs everyone tries to tell me - i.e., American rabbis and people who never set foot in Israel - that it ain't so anymore.), and those louldy proclaiming their hope for peace when Hamas won, which I can't decide was stupid or naive, need to realise that any sentence including Hamas and peace is the ultimate oxymoron.

Why ever would we be insulted bcs you were angry over teh right things? If you can't say Fuck here where will you say it, in front of your children? Catharsis is never wrong, especially when it comes from you.

Posted by: Lioness | Jun 25, 2006 11:25:13 PM

[Er, forgot to substitute U with *, feel free to edit. Sorry, habit. I'm a lorry driver at heart.]

Posted by: Lioness | Jun 25, 2006 11:26:33 PM

Go in hard and heavy. It is time to shake their confidence and let them know that there are dire consequences for these actions.

Let the fire rain from the sky.

Posted by: Jack | Jun 26, 2006 12:13:01 AM

It was nice reading your blogs, Dave, but I admit it is getting a little too much for me. (You know, the "wash your mouth with soap" thing we grandmothers remember...)

Posted by: Dina | Jun 26, 2006 1:25:56 AM

Go for it David. Couldn't agree with you more.

Posted by: westbankmama | Jun 26, 2006 7:00:33 AM

Seawitch... Thank you for understanding.

Aussie Dave... My "touching Posts"? I get the sense that certain writing style of mine has been codified into a genre of sorts. Ben Chorin calls them my 'TearJerkers' and you call them 'touching'. Have I become the Israeli producer of Harlequin Romances? :-)

Frustrate Mom... Thanks. Good to see I got the mommy seal of approval on this one. :-)

tnspr569... Thanks. Much appreciated.

Alice... Thank you. I'll take that 'whew' as a 'yea' rather than a 'nay'?

Jaime... Unfortunately, the nature of the blogosphere is that we preachers tend to attract our own choir... and not many parishioners.

Ben Chorin... I thought I made it clear that I'm not at all 'pro-gay'. I simply don't feel I have the right or the obligation to be anti in order to remain an observant Jew. If some of these not jobs would go around pulling traif out of the mouths of non-observant Jews and stealing the batteries from the cars of all the chilonim come erev shabbat I could at least admire their consistency. But singling out this one aveira when Jerusalem is desecrated and demeaned every day with so much worse just smacks of homophobia.

Scott... You realize that every time you hint that I have undergone some kind of 'conversion' you push me further away. right? :-)

Joe Settler... Nicely done... strong work all around. Now if only I could get you to stop PTTing me during meetings. :-)

Shevy... Thanks.

Nikki... Much appreciated.

Ezzie... Westbank Mama is one person to whom I don't mind taking second billing.

Irina... Oh sure you could! :-)

Lioness... I giggle whenever I see you getting a full head of steam on. It is the perfect antidote for my rants. Thanks. Oh, and I wouldn't dream of editing your colorful comments. Letting you say what I won't is half the fun. ;-)

Jack... To paraphrase one of my favorite lines from Pulp Fiction, <,em>"Let me tell you what now. I'ma call a coupla hard, pipe-hittin' [units of commandos], who'll go to work on the [Palestinian leaders] here with a pair of pliers and a blow torch. You hear me talkin', [Hamas] boy? I ain't through with you by a damn sight. I'ma get medieval on your ass."

Dina... Considering how seldom I let my potty mouth get away from me it would be silly to check out now... unless of course you were leaving anyway.

Westbank mama... I liked what you had to say today.

Posted by: treppenwitz | Jun 26, 2006 12:02:15 PM

It was a positive 'phew'. Indeed.

Posted by: Alice | Jun 26, 2006 3:25:01 PM

Your blog, you get to rant whenever you want. Glad you can get some 'scream therapy' out of it, at least. You are so right...

Posted by: Essie | Jun 26, 2006 5:39:14 PM

I understand you're upset, nevertheless I have to be frank with you. After reading your blog for the past two years, I've come to value your sane and rational discussion of even the most painful events and am continuously amazed (awed even) at the level of civil conversation between you and us, your commenters.

Now I feel like I've just witnessed our normally well-mannered host suddenly froth at the mouth and spew spittle at his guests.

You may be on the mark with some of your comments, but the manner of your presentation doesn't invite conversation. Then again, maybe that is what you intended.

I hope you feel better for having gotten it out of your system.

Posted by: jennifer | Jun 26, 2006 6:05:38 PM

The force is STRONG within you David. Do not resist it. Let it flow through you.

Posted by: Scott | Jun 26, 2006 9:02:33 PM

Wait...your phone does PTT? Or do you have another one we don't know about? I wouldn't think that you would be one to want to deal with such things...

Posted by: tnspr569 | Jun 26, 2006 9:29:51 PM

Alice... That's a relief. :-)

Essie... I know I can say anything I want here. But the fact that other people ... people i respect... come here on a regular basis makes me want to temper what I write. This post was one I just couldn't help.

Jennifer... That was a fair assessment. I think you'll agree that even when I rant I generally try to remember there are others 'in the room'. This one just got away from me. No excuse... just an apology.

Scott... Do you really want me to picture you as the evil emperor? :-)

tnspr569... I do have electronic devices I haven't discussed with you. :-) This is a much more advanced Nokia phone with PTT that is used by the Anti-Terror squad to which I belong.

Posted by: treppenwitz | Jun 27, 2006 2:15:06 PM

I simply don't feel I have the right or the obligation to be anti in order to remain an observant Jew. If some of these not jobs would go around pulling traif out of the mouths of non-observant Jews and stealing the batteries from the cars of all the chilonim come erev shabbat I could at least admire their consistency. But singling out this one aveira when Jerusalem is desecrated and demeaned every day with so much worse just smacks of homophobia.

Couldn't agree with you more.

Could you email me the blogs who reported that the IDF was behind the bombing, and didn't correct the error. I'm curious. thks.

Posted by: DovBear | Jul 4, 2006 5:21:10 AM

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