No, he isn’t. No one is trying to stifle his right to speak freely. Personally, I don’t want him silenced. I want him to say the same things to Jewish audiences that he says to Muslims and Arabs. I’d like to see one face, one real face. I am able to tolerate being disagreed with, but trust between people and groups is not built by duplicity.To get a Human Relations award, one should be turning down the rhetorical heat so that light may be seen. Words and name-calling turn up the heat and set a fire, destroying the bridges I thought we were building together.The question before us is not, as Hathout would have it, if he should he be silenced. The appropriate question is whether calling Israelis “butchers, terrorists and racist apartheid occupiers” should be honored with a human relations award.And some predicted that after 9-11 there would be no more irony.Jonathan Dobrer is a professor of comparative religion at the University of Judaism in Bel-Air. Write to him by e-mail at [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You're all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possibleHe goes on to say that “the U.S. Congress is the only Israeli settlement outside of Israel.” He attributes this quotation to another source, but he uses it to bolster his argument.It gets much worse, and Hathout’s real face shatters his amiable mask of reasonableness. “Israel,” he says, “is a racist apartheid state practicing state terror.” But he demurs that he doesn’t want to criticize Israel in detail because “butchers do what butchers do.” This is exactly the kind of “collective guilt and punishment” with which critics charge Israel. Hathout also says, “The (Arab) nations that made peace with Israel will be swept away in the cesspool of history.”Hathout seems to be following the lead of Yasser Arafat, who said one nice and tolerant thing in English and then in Arabic promised eternal jihad. Unfortunately, perhaps even tragically, this once beloved spokesman for moderation now injures Muslims and Jews by undermining the faith we can have in our communications.Many good-hearted American Jews and Muslims have been meeting and talking, trying to find understanding and bridge differences. We all must wonder if this is not like lying while in couple’s therapy. How can we resolve issues if our therapeutic meetings are founded on less than truth?When the question is brought back to the question of the appropriateness of the award, Hathout claims that the issue is not whether he said Israel is a terrorist state governed by butchers. No the “real question” is one of freedom of speech. He says of the growing objections about his selection for the award: “I’m not talking about Middle East politics. I’m talking freedom of speech here.” THE scheduled presentation of a Human Relations Commission award to Dr. Maher Hathout on Oct.5 in Los Angeles has stirred up a controversy and shattered the surface calm of interfaith dialogue locally. It has pitted rabbi against rabbi and minister against priest. Ironically, this prestigious award for promoting good human relations has turned into a melee.For years, Hathout has been the friendly face of Islam in Southern California. This now seems to be a false face. Tapes and writings have revealed that Hathout has spoken in the kind of heated rhetoric – against Israel and Jews – that does not promote good relations among local humans.As senior advisor to the Muslim Public Affairs Council, Hathout has participated in many interfaith dialogues and spoken cordially to Jewish groups. I have enjoyed meeting and speaking with him on numerous occasions. I have also moderated interfaith dialogues in which he participated at the University of Judaism. He portrayed himself as a moderate, someone with a point of view but without hate. He projected calming assurances of tolerance.Thus, I feel a sense of personal betrayal. This man, who has sat next to me and spoken of how Muslims were misunderstood and badly portrayed in U.S. media — which I thought at the time was a fair point — now places his complaint in context by explaining that “the U.S. is under Israeli occupation.” This is pretty much the touchstone of anti-Semitism: Israel controls American Jews, and together we run the government and the media.
Bhopal, Mar 24 (PTI) Bhopal Badshahs made a remarkable comeback to hold second-placed Chandigarh Comets 4-4 in an 11th round match of the World Series Hockey here today. Down 0-4 in the first two quarters, Badshahs made a spirited comeback and scored four goals in the next two periods to deny Comets full points. Expectedly it was the team from Chandigarh which dominated the first two quarters pumping in as many as four goals through Sukhwinder Singh Gabbar (8th minute and 20th), Gurjinder Singh (9th), and Amir Khan (30th). But it was not to be Comets day as Badshahs came out a determined lot in the last two quarters and scored through Affan Yousuf (40th minute), Sameer Dad (47th), Shailendra Singh Bundela (61st, 64th) to share points with the better-placed visitors. By virtue of this draw, Comets have consolidated their position in the standings and have moved to the second position with 19 points from 11 matches. The draw also raised Badshahs semifinal hopes and they now lie in the sixth position in the tally with 14 points from 11 games. Badshahs will next host bottom-placed Mumbai Marines here tomorrow, while Chandigarh will travel to Chennai to play third-placed Chennai Cheetahs on Monday.
The Vivo X5Pro has been leaked in a certification test onthe Chinese telecom regulatory body, TENAA. The phone was rumoured to sport a2.5D glass along with an interesting eye recognition technology. According to the Chinese website, the newleak shows that the phone will sport a 5.5 inch AMOLED screen with a 1080x1920resolution. On the camera front, the phone will house a 13-megapixel primarycamera assisted by a 5-megapixel secondary camera. Earlier leaks suggested thatthe front cam will be able to produce pictures equivalent to a 32 Megapixelsensor, which seems possible only through the use of software technology. Amammoth 4,150mAh battery might feature in the phone. The phone is powered by a 64-bit octa-core chipset clockedat 1.7 GHz. Earlier, rumours suggested that the phone will carry a Snapdragon615 which falls in line with the TENAA certification. The processor will beassisted by 2GB RAM and the phone might carry an inbuilt storage of 32 GB. To get an official confirmation on the specifications wewon't have to wait long as the launch is scheduled to happen within hours fromnow, on May 7. The iris scanner and the mammoth battery will prove to be thephone's USP in the crowded mid-range segment.
Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation What an MLB source said about the D-backs' trade haul for Greinke Top Stories It’s been awhile since we heard from Bidwill.In the video he talks about how it felt to not be a part of the playoffs this past season. “I tell you what, this year in January sitting at home and watching all the playoffs being played and then going to Dallas and watching the Steelers get back to the Super Bowl, it was frustrating,” Bidwill says. “We need to get back to the Super Bowl, we need to get back to postseason play. We are going to take all the steps necessary to get back there.”From a fan’s point of view, you can’t ask for more than that from a team president, especially one who rarely speaks and likes to keep himself out of the spotlight. And with the lockout going do you think the organization is sitting around waiting to see what happens and if indeed there will actually be a season in 2011? If you think that is happening even to the slightest degree you would be wrong. Bidwill talks about the team being on the daily grind to put a better product on the field in 2011. Earlier this month we found out he was along for the ride — actually flying the plane — when the team brass met and worked out NFL prospect Blaine Gabbert. Comments Share “Pretty much everyday, this offseason, all we are thinking about is getting back to the top, getting back to winning the NFC West, getting back to that tradition of winning games those games at the University of Phoenix Stadium,” Bidwill said in talking about the plan of the Cardinals. “That’s what we’re focused on from top to bottom in this organization. We’re focused and we’ll get it done.” D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise 'still focused on Arizona' Even though the NFL is currently in the midst of a work stoppage, that doesn’t necessarily mean the Arizona Cardinals are going about the offseason any different. The process of going through free agency and putting players through offseason workouts isn’t happening but the plan of getting out of the NFC West cellar is being worked on daily. A video was released on Monday, “All in: 2011 Offseason Plan,” where Cardinals Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt, General Manager Rod Graves and Team President Michael Bidwill talk about how they plan on improving the Cardinals for the upcoming season, without going too much into detail of course. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away
27Apr Rep. Howrylak seeks fairness through late fee modifications for corporation and PLLC reports Categories: Howrylak News,News Legislator’s proposals unanimously approved in House floor voteThe Michigan House on Thursday advanced a pair of bills sponsored by state Rep. Martin Howrylak, of Troy, improving the late fee assessment process for corporations and professional limited liability companies (PLLCs).“We need some common-sense reforms in this area,” Howrylak said. “When there is policy in place that is confusing for businesses to understand and they have to commit resources to that procedure, it naturally puts the state at a disadvantage with those current businesses and prospective ones.”Current state law requires professional limited liability companies and both domestic and foreign corporations doing business in Michigan to file a report with the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs each year by May 15.An initial $10 penalty is imposed for payments or reports submitted by corporations between May 16 and May 31 and a subsequent $10 penalty is added for payments made on or after June 1. PLLCs are also required to submit an annual report by Feb. 15th and face similar penalties for filing after the deadline.“Dinging a corporation or PLLC for two months’ worth of overdue fees on a required report because the late days in question cover two different months on a calendar doesn’t seem fair or practical to me,” Howrylak said.Within the changes proposed by Rep. Howrylak, any entity that fails to file an annual report and its corresponding filing fee by the deadline will be subject to a $10 penalty for each 30-day period the report is not received. The maximum penalty will be $50, which is the cost of the initial filing fee prior to the Feb. 15 deadline.House Bills 4916 and 4917 advance to the Senate for consideration.
If I happen to be near Jay’s bar on a Tuesday afternoon, I try to stop in. That’s when my friends from the cypherpunk days are likely to be there. We always had meetings in Jay’s back room at 6:30 on Tuesdays (though most of us got their earlier). We had Ethernet cables, good Internet connections (for the time), and a private place to talk. Last Tuesday, I stopped by and sat at the bar to talk to Jay. I don’t actually drink very much, so I ordered my usual, a tonic and lime. Jay’s getting older and slower these days, but he’s still grumpy and kind-hearted at the same time. It’s an odd but endearing mix. Anyway, as Jay and I discussed our families, I saw a guy from the old days walk in. And honestly, I rather dreaded seeing him. This guy, James, was all-complaint, all the time. After a while, I avoided him. He was smart and very well read, but he always talked about what other people were doing wrong. But, it had been a lot of years, so I walked over and said hello. I soon found out that James hadn’t really changed. Instead of running networks and living in an old, dark apartment, he was now working in a finance company and living in the suburbs. He had actually been married for a year or two, but that didn’t work out. I offered my condolences on the marriage and tried to move toward happy subjects, but I got no farther than mentioning how excited I was about Bitcoin. Before I could start a second sentence, he was telling me about attacks that could be made on Bitcoin, flaws with the mining process and how Satoshi (the original architect) should have written the program. “Yes,” I said, “a lot of that is true, but the Bitcoin economy includes ten thousand bright, young, motivated people – adaptive people – and that’s a very powerful thing.” James wasn’t impressed. He went on to describe, in intricate detail, why the philosophy underlying Bitcoin wasn’t quite right. I was ready to write the guy off permanently and leave, when he excused himself and went to the bathroom. Jay walked over. “The guy talks too much, eh?” “Yeah, Jay, and always a long list of complaints.” “Yeah, I see guys like him sometimes. All talk and no do.” James was returning and Jay moved away, wiping the bar. And then I realized what James had made himself: the purity police, a Soviet style political officer. He could and would tell you where everyone else was missing it, but Jay was right – he was all talk and no do. The truth was, he didn’t have the courage to act. He never took any risks and never acted in the real, physical world. James substituted talking for doing. And to prove himself potent, he painted himself as a righteous avenger. He appointed himself to the job of certifying who was technically correct, libertarian enough and rational enough. So, rather than giving this guy a chance to point out everyone’s flaws, I started asking questions about his life: friends, family, and so on. What I learned was tragic. This guy had alienated nearly everyone in his life, except his now-elderly mother. He was living alone, unhappy in his miserable but stable job. I stopped inquiring. The guy is a downer, but by bringing up the topics, I was causing him pain for no payoff. I said that I needed to go and headed out, waving at Jay as I went. I thought about James all the way home. This guy had loads of talent. He could have done any number of things and had a rewarding life, but he never did. Instead, he spends his evenings on Internet chat boards, exposing every flaw he can find (or imagine) in other people’s work. Honestly, I wish I had understood the problem when we were young – I could have pushed him to do things – small things first, then bigger things once he had built up some courage. Being able to discern right and wrong is important but only as a precursor to action. Acting changes us in crucial ways, and this guy never tasted that. Instead, he stagnated and became bitter. Rather than gathering the courage to take a risk and act – for something good, for anything good – James became a political officer, the purity police. And he was ruined by it. So pick your spot, my friends, and then act. Start small if you want, but break your inertia and take action. I don’t even mind people acting wrongly at first, because once they’re actually doing something, their direction can be corrected. But the person who never breaks their inertia – who never stands up and acts – he or she degrades. There is magic in doing. There’s none in endless talking. Paul Rosenberg FreemansPerspective.com