Former President George W. Bush released the following statement:
‘Laura and I are sad to announce that our Scottish Terrier, Barney, has passed away. The little fellow had been suffering from lymphoma and after twelve and a half years of life, his body could not fight off the illness.
Barney and I enjoyed the outdoors. He loved to accompany me when I fished for bass at the ranch. He was a fierce armadillo hunter. At Camp David, his favorite activity was chasing golf balls on the chipping green.
Barney guarded the South Lawn entrance of the White House as if he were a Secret Service agent. He wandered the halls of the West Wing looking for treats from his many friends. He starred in Barney Cam and gave the American people Christmas tours of the White House. Barney greeted Queens, Heads of State, and Prime Ministers. He was always polite and never jumped in their laps.
My best friend is a three-year-old Jack Russell named Tiger—well, at least, he’s my non-human best friend…. more here, Cycroft Photoblog: My Best Friend, Tiger the Dog.
Richard Falk’s “apology”
With apologies, I realize that the cartoon that originally appeared on my blog devoted to the arrest warrants for Qaddafi and two others issued by the ICC had strongly anti-semitic symbolism that I had not detected before it was pointed out to me. I posted the cartoon to express my view that double standards pertained to the American and ICC approach to international criminal accountability. As soon as I was made aware of the anti-semitic content of the cartoon I removed it from my blog, although initially I denied such a posting because I did not realize that it was anti-semitic and was mistaken as to what was being referred to. My intention has never been to demean in any way Jews as a people despite my strong criticisms of Israeli policies, and some versions of Zionist support. My interest and commitment has always been directed at finding a just and sustainable peace for both peoples, although I believe that this must be based on a belated recognition of Palestinian rights, and not on power relationships.
It kind of seemed plausible.
But really, was it? I mean, yeshiva students throwing stones at cars driving on the sabbath: sure. But a dog that was the reincarnation of a lawyer? Stoned to death? Erm.
Well, as I suppose I ought to have realised, had I checked my prejudices, the story was not true. Ma’ariv, the newspaper which first broke the spiel, has now apologised. This is what the apology says – I’d appreciate a translation, if anybody can do it:
If you’re a softie at heart, love dogs, and have never seen this before, grab a box of tissues. I found it quite some time ago and it’s my favorite YouTube video EVER. It’s kind of long, but I promise it’s worth it.
This man’s steadfast humility, sincerity, thankfulness and love make him—in my eyes at least—the very essence of what it means to be a true Christian.