Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Are Parsees farklempt?

This calendar ? The Shahanshahi calendar is wrong by thirty days at all times from the kadimi, and neither hew to the rigid flexibility of the fasili sal. Which, of course, is both logical and correct. But and therefore utterly wrong.

12 x 30, plus five days.
Plus one, if you are a hereticus.

The kadimi calendar has the support of three atash beherams plus the simple peasantry of Yazd, by reason of the completely wrong pronunciations instituted (for absolutely all the right reasons) by the much-respected mister Firoz Kaws Dastar two centuries ago. The other five atash beherams contrariwise follow the correct pronunciation and rigidly the wrong calendar.
Both standard behdini and kushnumi are equally as divided. And on these bases we discriminate against our own. A house divided, as they say, toppels in plural directions.

In many ways the case of that French woman was much more simple. Even though it made of an egalitarian religion a caste and ethnic entity, and opened the door to the exclusion of those with a non-Parsee parent.
Admit any John Doe Irani, but shriek angrily if an outsider enters. Wail, wail, wail.
It is enough to make one disbelief.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

US State Department: Jerusalem is capitol of Palestine

Per the US State Department, as reflected by the United States Consul General, Jerusalem is NOT the capitol of Israel, despite the knesset and government ministries being located there - it is the capitol of Palestine, even though the Palestinian authority is headquartered in Ramallah.

Yes, that is a US government representative that stated that. Your tax dollars at work.

The consulate's website did not mention Israel in any way, and referred only to Palestinian affairs.

A letter requesting clarification received this response:

"Thank you for your feedback on the U.S. Consulate General Jerusalem's Website. Just to clarify, the Consulate General in Jerusalem is the principal representation to the Palestinian Authority. We also provide services to American citizens in Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza.

"The U.S. embassy to Israel is in Tel Aviv and is focused on the bilateral relationship with Israel. Their website is The American Center in Jerusalem also provides information about the United States to the Israeli public. Their website is .

"Jerusalem is a final status issue. Israel and the Palestinians have agreed to resolve its status during negotiations. We will support their efforts to reach agreements on all final status issues."


It would appear that the State Department has unilaterally decided to deviate from official US policy.

The United States Jerusalem Embassy Act (1995):
"Jerusalem should be recognized as the capital of the State of Israel; and the United States Embassy in Israel should be established in Jerusalem no later than May 31, 1999".

Section 214 of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act of 2003:
"The Congress maintains its commitment to relocating the United States Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem ... "

U.S House of Representatives concurrent resolution 152 (June 5, 2007):
"Commends Israel for its administration of the undivided city of Jerusalem for the past 40 years, during which Israel has respected the rights of all religious groups; Reiterates its commitment to the provisions of the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 and calls upon the President and all United States officials to abide by its provisions"

Despite the Jerusalem Embassy Act being suspended annually by the president in a futile act of pandering to the Europeans and Arabs, the Administration "remains committed to beginning the process of moving our embassy to Jerusalem".

In consequence, official U.S. documents and web sites refer to Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Perhaps the State Department considers itself a separate country? Not part of the United States at all?
It's quite possible, after all they do seem at times to act quite contrary to American interests.

Feel free to query Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about this matter.
She is currently at this address:

U.S. Department of State
2201 C Street North West,
Washington, DC 20520.

If you send her a letter, please be polite and courteous, like you would to a leader of a foreign nation, or one of our erstwhile allies who needs to be won over to our side. Do not bring up secondary matters, and keep your epistle simple. Thank you.

Crossposted at Pro-Israel Bay Bloggers:

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Jews my genius finally recognize!

And huzzah for that! I am in receipt of an invite to join the Pro-Israel Bay Bloggers, that being a very fine establishment at this precise address:

The only reason I can think for this kindly invite is that my perspicacity has not gone unnoticed.
So of course I said yes. I am an afficionado of clever people, such as the other commenters on that blog are. No doubt.

And I have placed my first post, which you may admire here:
I could not have said it better.

But in all serious, this looks like a most worthwhile venture. And I urge you to visit there often. Not that I shall post much - I am not the best advocate of any cause, being more of an intellectual property right attorney and fondly obsessing over issues that aare not germane to that cause - but the other contributors appear to be doing a very fine job of fighting the good fight. And I would encourage them.

Thank you.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Richard Becker instead of seafood

I am in utterly upset that miss Wong has ignored me these past several weeks. Here I am publishing a family recipe for prawn curry, exactly like all parsees make, and she is not leaping upon my offering with gay abondon.

In fact, no abandon utterly!

I wail disconsolately.


Why, little miss Wong, why do you ignore me? Why do you not respond with backfeed about my precious cookery? Do you forget me?

Alack, odds bodkins, and zooks! How soon after our wholesome and cheerful disputation concerning the tiny penis of Richard Becker do you overlook me. Was the miniscule manlihood of International ANswer droodge Dick Becker the ONLY thing we had in common? You have no interest in me myself now that we argue NOT about how infinitally small and inconsequential is mister Richard Becker in his masculine appendum?

ANd here I bethought me that prawn curry was your forty, NOT little Dicky's wee shrimp.
But you ignore me continuous. You have scarce flagelated me in verbs since our cheerful back and forth over the winsome willie. You do not even send your pearls of invective hitherwards.

Oy vee!

Talk among myself, I am farklempt.