11 thoughts on “Loughner: In Dreams Begin Murders – Tikun Olam תיקון עולם إصلاح العالم
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  1. Just to be clear: Insanity is not usually something the prosecution can just offer or accept. It is based on the conclusion of a psychological professional.

    1. That’s why I noted that Haq had actually been diagnosed w. his illness by a psychiatrist. The doctor quoted in the NY Times article is also a psychiatrist I believe. Diagnosing Loughner’s schizophrenia should be a piece of cake given what I’ve read about his delusions.

  2. I can’t wait to see what you write about S. Palin’s “Blood Libel” line.

    On the subject of mental illness and much more, I recommend Wally Lamb’s novel, I Know This Much Is True.

  3. Of course, I am not sure my blog will respond to this latest Palin wit, and sadly there are no lack of topics in need of documentation and commentary…

    Perhaps this is a teachable moment, and that is a good thing.

  4. It would appear that the two perennial problems of American gun control and the armed dispute between Palestinians and Israelis have some interesting parallels.

    1. Both are long term issues for which no solution has yet been found.

    2. Remedies are urgently required if more people are not to lose their lives as each situation continues and escalates.

    3. Deaths, ranging from cold, calculated murder to tragic accidents, are an all too common motif.

    4. There are powerful interests at work seeking to prolong such states of affairs.

    5. In each case, the law of the land appears weak and at variance with the mindsets of a significant percentage of the population.

    6. It would seem that a certain degree of depredation is acceptable to all these communities. Otherwise, why, year on year, should so many fateful tragedies continue to be the norm rather than the exception?

    7. A background of religious and political intolerance within a hard core of the mass of citizenry has been the chief mainstay of resistance to change, experimentation, new developments.

    8. Too much of the historical record intrudes on any and all attempts at correcting prevailing circumstances; no measure barring an act of God or the intervention of overwhelming forces will set these wrongs to right.

    That there are mountains to climb before any effective answer can be applied is, in either case, something of an understatement.

    My constant theme has been that only the actual fabric of the mountains, the fields, the valleys, the cities themselves can hold out any real hope for a timely solution. And that would be exclusively tailored to the Israeli/Palestinian question.

    As for our Americans cousins, I think an act of God may just have a slight chance there.

    But I wouldn’t bet on it.

  5. Chabad an Israeli charity? Their headquarters are in New York,no?
    I have attended many events here in Toronto in various Chabad Houses. I have never heard the rabbis say anything against non Jews. Actually, I think they are rather indifferent to them. They are in the business of saving Jewish souls. About the others, they don’t care so much. However, most Chabad Houses are located in highly diverse neighbourhoods and the Chabad families have to interact with all kinds of people and make nice with them.
    I found them to be very open. May be the Chabad emissaries here are a special breed!

    1. Israeli Chabad is an especially virulent, noxious breed. Rabbi Dov Wolpe is one of the most popular Orthodox rabbis in Israel & Chabad. A truly virulent racist monster whom I’ve written about here. I’ve also written here about other Chabad rabbis here who aren’t such nice specimens. Lev Leviev, major settlement builder, is Chabad’s biggest world donor.

  6. Intelligent, albeit common sense analysis mixed with compassion and rational judgment.

    I’m so glad someone gets it. Progress is nothing without “humane” and spiritual evolution. Unfortunately, this type of evolution is being sacrificed and tossed by the wayside, and every now and then through tragedy, disaster or illness we’re reminded of the emptiness that begs to be filled with our humanity and spirit.

  7. RE:”Someone needs to clean up their political act and it ain’t Democrats.” – R.S.
    SNARKY SEZ: If Republicans clean up their political act, they will cease being Republicans!
    REFERENCE: Kings of the Road (Im Lauf der Zeit / In the Course of Time), by Wim Wenders (1976)

    Kings of the Road, focuses on the relationship that develops between two men – movie projector repairman Bruno and suicidal Robert – as they travel in a truck on the dusty roads along the border between East and West Germany…
    …In its intricate allusions and resonant implications, it evokes Wenders’s favorite themes: the difficulties of communication, the Americanization of German life (“The Yanks have colonized our subconscious,” one of the characters says) and the fate of German cinema, which is done by showing the number of movie theaters that have either closed down or resorted to showing X-rated films…

    SOURCE – http://www.wim-wenders.com/movies/movies_spec/kingsoftheroad/kingsoftheroad.htm
    Im Lauf der Zeit (Kings of the Road) [9 parts] – http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Im+Lauf+der+Zeit+(Kings+of+the+Road)+Part&aq=f

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