During operation Cast Lead, the Dutch state-sponsored news organization, in the persons of reporter Sander van Hoorn and his editors, decided that the Dutch viewers did not need impartial and independent news, but required slant, bias, propaganda, and fuel for hatred of Israel.

To that end, they engaged in a pattern of omission, distortion and manipulation.

A précis in English detailing what they did can be found here:

The Dutch original is here:

This probably explains why Dutch anti-Semitism has gone through the roof in the past two months. It was always bad, now it is horrendous.


Rabitode, Petaluma Chicken Eater

Creature spotted in the underbrush along highway 101 just north of Novato, last Tuesday at around ten o'clock.
Per the painter, who works a lot in acrylics.

I've been told that it's a rabitode, or Petaluma chickenmonster.


Um, why did you start this blog?

The sentence above was uttered by Margavriel (http://margavriel.blogspot.com/).

I answered:
To warehouse stuff that is neither both (http://atthebackofthehill.blogspot.com/), nor absolute heresy (http://hereticscum.blogspot.com/).

Think of it as the guest bedroom.It won't grow fast. But it will have lots of mentions of others, and clickable links.

Planning to do lists: 'Margavriel's Sufi Notes'. 'Dovbear''s Christmas Rants'. 'Overview of Maven Yayin's techeiles series'. 'RenReb on Nidah and Bedikas'. 'Dovbear quotes Ibn Ezra'.Things like that.

An easy way for me to quickly find some of the best things I've read.The problem with the bloggosphere is that there are no indices.

Well, that was stupidly optimistic. I've just discovered that other than by listing which archive they appear in, there is seemingly no way to show the links to any posting in a series.

As an example, I offer 'Dovbear wages War on the War against the War on Christmas', being Dovbear fighting the war on the war against the war on Christmas.

I would appreciate any suggestions about doing this better. Ideally, I'd like to have a listing of post-titles, and the links to those posts.

PS.: I could just copy the relevant posts and plak 'em here, but only with the express permission of the authors - I'm not sure of that's do-able, and it too might be biting off more than I can chew. Nevertheless, I do want a better way for me to find everything in a particular category, instead of frantically searching through miles of bloggonet.



What will the children think?
This, my friends, is a "Terrible Tree." It stands outside the Allegheny County Courthouse in Pittsburgh, festooned in yellow and black, to celebrate the achievments of the local football team.


Nitl Nonsense
I planned to post this last Sunday in honor of Nitl Nacht <http://bloghd.blogspot.com/2005/12/christmas-content.html> , but between Chardal, Lazar, and a dentist's appointment I got distracted.
My local Hasidic Rabbi took the night off last Friday night. He didn't speak before Kabalas Shabbos, and he didn't appear at his regular Friday night shiur. Why? Because it was Nitl Nacht, per the Orthodox calendar, and on Nitl Nacht it is his custom to act like a mourner and forgo all Torah learning.


Oy Chanuka
As we head into Shabbos Chanuka, I thought you might like some provocative thoughts to share at your dinner table. [Note: DovBear takes no responsibility for horrified grandmothers or furious father-in-laws. Use these factoids at your own risk.]

Note to Well Meaning Gentiles
When you greet me with phrases such as "Hope you had a wonderful Hannukah" you demonstrate a deplorable ignorance of my culture and my calandar.


Plan for the Day
Following the fine example of Rebetzin Ann Coulter, I intend to spend today saying "Good Shabbos!" to everyone I meet - mailmen, cabdrivers, shoppers, you name it.
And if anyone displays the slightest bit of discomfort or unhappiness - or god forbid responds with a generic "Have a Good Weekend" - I'll take it as proof that Jews are oppresed and persecuted.
Not one inch will I yield in what can only be called The War on Shabbos!!

And they say Jews complain too much?
Some Christians gripe over generic "Happy Holidays" greeting
Christians in Westchester NY say they feel persecuted and rejected by society because other Christians have been saying - within earshot of children and priests - the words "Happy Holidays"
Altogether now: boo hoo hoo.

A moment of silence
Loyal Americans, patriots, and ghetto-Jews are invited to join me as we honor the memory of the brave, conservative, Christian martyrs, who were slain this holiday season by Godless pitchfork-clutching secularists.

God damn them everyone.
Hitchens piles on:
...what I have always hated about the month of December: the atmosphere of a one-party state. On all media and in all newspapers, endless invocations of the same repetitive theme. In all public places, from train stations to department stores, an insistent din of identical propaganda and identical music. The collectivization of gaiety and the compulsory infliction of joy. Time wasted on foolishness at one's children's schools. Vapid ecumenical messages from the president, who has more pressing things to do and who is constitutionally required to avoid any religious endorsements.

A Challenge for Bill O'Reilly
Kristoff slaps the Vicar of Fox News across the face:
Fox News Channel's crusade against infidels who prefer generic expressions like "Happy Holidays" included 58 separate segments in just a five-day period.


Rest easy Christians! Jackie Mason (today's WAR ON CHRISTMAS soldier of the day) is coming to rescue you!
According to a statement from the group, [Jackie Mason] will ride in a 15-foot Ford Excursion with banners proclaiming, Jews for It's OK To Say Merry Christmas.
Hooray! If Jackie's campaign succeeds, you'll be free to force us all to recognize the superiority of your religion! Yay!

Two posts down I argue that the Christian right (and their close friend Toby Katz) are lousy hypocrites for causing an annual commotion about how WalMart decorates for Christmas, when, at the same time, WalMart is responsible for the spread of much human suffering.

Got an email the other day saying that fat, anti-Semite Bill Donahue was calling for a boycott of Walmart. "Ye Gods," said the happy voice inside my head, "Has fat, anti-Semite Bill Donohue finally done something sensible? Is he finally paying attention to his own religion and the teachings of his own savior? Is he leading a noble protest against WalMart's wage practices? Against the stores reliance on sweatshops? Against their refusal to provide good benefits? Against their anti-union, anti-labor fanatasicm?"

2. I Made a Mistake, by Shira SchmidtShira is today's "soldier-of-the-day" in the never-ending War on Christmas (TM). The mistake she talks about in the title of her post, is not the whole post, but this youthful indiscretion:
I once was zealous about taking Christmas out of the public domain. I now see this from a different perspective, having become observant and lived in religious communities for several decades, and recant my former earlier "crusade" to remove religion from public schools.
And what brought about Shira's Jesus-fearing change of heart?

Today's War on Christmas Danger Level™ has been raised to:Bad SantaGrinchScroogeWinter WizardJack FrostThanks to Sam Seder, my new hero.The soldiersKYRA PHILLIPS, CNN ANCHOR, SAM SEDER, HOST, "MAJORITY REPORT" BOB KNIGHT, CULTURE AND FAMILY INSTITUTEBattle Highlights:
SEDER: Are you suggesting, Bob, that someone can't celebrate Christmas in America? Tell me about the person who can escape the celebration.


A Christian, writing about Christmas and saying all the things I've said for two years.Only on DovBear

George Bush hates Christmas?
This month, as in every December since he took office, President Bush sent out cards with a generic end-of-the-year message, wishing 1.4 million of his close friends and supporters a happy "holiday season."Many people are thrilled to get a White House Christmas card, no matter what the greeting inside. But some conservative Christians are reacting as if Bush stuck coal in their stockings

The Virgin Stamp
It was Ezzie who first shared the sad story of the little, old lady who went to the post office to buy Madonna stamps for her holy Christmas cards, only to be told that the cubbard was bare.We are pleased to report that this story, like most of what Ezzie says, is absolutely not true.
"It's absolutely not true," said Diana Svoboda, spokeswoman for the Pittsburgh [USPS] district. Next year's printing will include a new Madonna and the price stamped over her left shoulder will explain why a new one wasn't printed this year: Rates are going up to 39 cents per letter Jan. 8.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Its the most aggravating time of the year
Some of you say my continuing coverage of the bogus and manufactured War on Christmas has gone stale. Others disagree. (For instance, I note with pleasure and appreciation the kind notice my work has received from none other than Meryl Yourish, grande dame of the Jewish blogosphere.)

Name that Grinch
Jeff Jacoby has a column yesterday about his city's holiday tree. It's not badly written but the ideas are stale:
"And so it begins again -- the annual effort to neuter Christmas, to insist in the name of ''inclusiveness' and ''sensitivity' that a Christian holiday celebrated by something like 90 percent of Americans not be called by its proper name or referred to in religious terms. We all know the drill by now. Instead of ''Merry Christmas,' store clerks wish you a ''happy holiday.' Schools close for winter break. Your office throws a holiday party."
All true, and perhaps, like Jacoby, you find this trend upsetting. Unfortunately, Jacoby never makes the most obvious point of all. The Grinch in this story are Christians.

Bill O'Reilly vs. Rich Jews
Yesterday, Bill O'Reilly told his idiot audience, exactly how the liberals operate:
O'REILLY: Now the reason this is happening is because of the ACLU and George Soros, Peter Lewis. Just a reminder: George Soros and Peter Lewis are the far-left, secular progressive billionaires who have funded -- they pour money into the ACLU, they pour money into the smear websites, you know, they buy up a lot of the media time. And they basically want to change the country from a Christian-based philosophical country to a secular progressive country like they have in Western Europe.

(First appeared December 3, 2004)I do not like the holiday season, and I do not like the fact that it is called "the holiday season." Who are we kidding, please? This is the Christmas season. Our holiday season is in Tishrei. Calling December the holiday season is a wee bit condecending, I think, when the only non-Christian holiday in sight is Chanukkah, a minor, no-account, little festival. Suppose we were the big, bad majority, and we declared Tishrei the American Holiday Season on the grounds that it contains Rosh Hashona, Yom Kippur, Sukkos and also Columbus Day. Do you think the gentiles might be peeved?

Why winter makes me shudder.
Does anti-Semitism lurk under the respectable skirts of defending Christmas?I've often thought so, and not just because the Grinches in the story, liberals and the ACLU, are not very subtle euphemisms for "Jewish." The ACLU, especially, is thought by the loony-right to be Jewish controlled, and on the vanguard of the plot to de-christianize America. When certain people say that the ACLU or the liberals are hurting America, make no mistake: They mean the Jews.

Are we ruining Christmas or are we expected to save it?
Here's a nugget of joy from the Wall Street Journal (as reported by Slate):"Hanukkah doesn't start until Dec. 25. That represents the likelihood of an especially large season-end surge." Slate does a good job debunking this particular bit of wishful thinking, but what does it signify when a top business paper makes such a bad mistake? As Slate tells it, the Jews are perhaps 1.7 percent of the population, and neither Hasidim, nor Tikkun-readers are big holiday shoppers.



[Originally posted here: http://shabboscooking.blogspot.com/ ]

While we lived in Europe, my father would sometimes wistfully mention the food that he longed for. One of those things was gefilte fish. Which, my mother being an uninspired cook, it was probably a blessing that we did not serve.

And at that time I had not become the food-slut that I am now, and so had no interest in making gefilte fish or reading about it either.

In the mid-seventies my father and I went to Brussels and Paris several times - Brussels because of the fine restaurants and wonderful drinking establishments (Belgians have no religion except eating and drinking), and Paris for a variety of reasons. Including restaurants in Le Marais, such as Goldenbergs (I think on the Rue Vielle Du Temple?), which had chocolate cake to commit mayhem for, and a number of dishes on the menu that were, to me, unidentifiable, such as 'poisson farci'.

Which my father joyfully recognized as gefilte fish.

When I came to Berkeley in 1978, the gefilte fish situation was as bad as it had been in the Netherlands. So I wrote a friend, and got a recipe. Which, with almost no modifications whatsoever, I post below.

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Benodigd, voor de visballen:
Required, for the fishballs:

Twee pond lichte vis, zowel zee als zoetwater vis.
Two pounds of white fish, both fresh and saltwater.
2 Kleine uien, versnipperd.
2 Small onions, minced very fine.
6 - 7 Eetlepels matzemeel.
6 to 7 Tbs. Matzameal
4 Eieren.
4 Eggs.
1 Eetlepel suiker.
One Tbs. Sugar.
2 Theelepel zout.
2 Tsp. Salt
2 Theelepel peper.
Two Tsp. pepper

Voor de soep:
For the soup:

Vier pond vissenkoppen, graten, en vel.
4 Pounds fishheads, scraps, bones, skin
1 grote peen, geschraapt en gehakt.
A large carrot, cleaned and chopped.
4 stengels selderij, gehakt.
Four stalks of celery, chopped.
2 Kleine uien, gepeld.
Two onions, peeled.


Hak de vis erg fijn. Meng er doorheen: ui, matzemeel, eieren, suiker, zout en peper.
Chop the fish finely. Mix with the minced onion, matzameal, eggs, sugar, salt, and pepper.

Plaats de vismengsel in een kom en laat in de koelkast 1 uur rusten.
Place the fishmixture in a bowl, and let it rest one hour in the fridge.

Doe alle visresten, met peen, selderij, en ui in een kastrol, giet er genoeg water bij dat alles ruwweg 5 cm onder staat. Breng aan de kook en laat 15 minuten zachtjes (niet borrelend) koken.
Place all fishscrap materials, carrot, celery and the two peeled onions in a cauldron, add enough liguid that it stand under by roughly two inches. Raise to boil and simmer (do not allow to roil) for fifteen minutes.

Met vochtige handen ovalen ballen van het vismengsel vormen.
With damp hands form oval balls of the fishmixture.

Plaats de visballen voorzichtig in de hete vloeistof, bedeksel de pan, en laat de visballen 1 uur of ietwat langer sudderen. Lang garen heeft voordelen voor zowel de smaak als de structuur van de visballen. Let op dat de visbalen helemaal bedekt blijven met vloeistof, daar ze veel vocht opnemen. Voeg indien nodig wat (heet) water toe.
Place the fishballs carefully in the hot liquid, cover with the lid, and simmer for an hour or more. Long poaching improves both the taste and the structure of the fishballs. Check to make sure the balls remain inundated - they take up rather much moisture. If necessary add some (hot) water.

Neem de visballen met een spaan uit de pan en leg ze in een soep schaal.
Remove the fishballs with a slotted spoon from the pan, and place in a tureen.

Zeef het kookvocht, en schenk het over de visballen.
Strain the kooking liquid, and pour over the fishballs.

De gefilte fish is, mits bewaard in het kookvocht, ten minste 3 dagen in de koelkast houdbaar.
Gefilte fish, submerged in cooking liquid, can be kept for at least three days in the refrigerator.

Geef er mierikswortel (chrein) bij.
Serve with horseradish.

Het gerecht mag met de gekookte peen (gesneden of gesnipperd) gegarneerd worden.
The dish may be garnished with the cooked carrot (sliced or minced).Alzook peterselie.As well as parsley.