Let me give my two cents about Israel, BDS, and the crisis we have reached in US-Israeli relations with the nomination of David Friedman, a major investor in building settlements (how could conflict of interest be more brutally expressed?) as Ambassador to Israel.
The nomination is a clear signal from the So-Called President that he favors a one-state "solution" to Israeli/Palestinian relations, or will at the very least acquiesce to Israel's actions towards that end. The Netanyahu government, and numerous figures in and consultant to that government, have clamored for one Israeli state including the West Bank and Gaza.
His Minister of Justice, Ayelet Shaked, has called for the complete no-stone-left-on-stone destruction of Palestine.
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Just the other day the New York Times allowed a "settler" (like there was no one on the land already!?) named Fleischer lead op-ed space to call for one-state, and at the end this settler suggested four or five ways Palestinians could respond to a complete development of Israeli settlements throughout the West Bank.
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My name is William Perkins Homans the third, but probably more people know me as the bluesman (and artist) Watermelon Slim.
I've been in the fight against war, fascism, injustice and inhumanity for 40 years. I was at MayDay, and at the moratorium March the week before. I was one of the leaders of the Great New Jersey Turnpike Stall on my birthday, April 25, 1971.
I bear the scar on my left shin from a neoNazi jackboot, when I was one of the Vietnam Veterans Against the War who bounced the NSWPP from Flamingo Park at the Republican National Convention of 1972. My father fought the Nazis in the North Atlantic and Anzio, and I met their spawn in Miami.
My formal education has been first-rate. I wouldn't trade my degrees for Harvard ones. I was raised in the finest private Catholic and Episcopal high schools.
Elementary School: Gibbons Hall, Asheville, North Carolina
High Schools: Asheville School for Boys, Asheville Country Day, Lenox School for Boys. Graduated with honors 1968.
College: Middlebury College, 1968-DNG
1984-86: University of Oregon, B.A., Journalism and History, Departmental Honors in History, 1986.
I was also captain of the U of O bowling team, 1984-1986. High game 299.
1997-2000: Oklahoma State University. M.A., History, 2000, plus the school-teaching curriculum. Mentor: Dr. Ronald Petrin.
This was my second great self-reinvention attempt. In both, I got the degrees, but neither worked. After both, I went back to truckdriving and the blues. and now the latter makes my living. I just am not a button-down enough fellow ever to be a schoolteacher or general-purpose news reporter. But I think and analyze, and so I write...
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