“Insane people are always sure that they are fine. It is only the sane people who are willing to admit that they are crazy.”

Bergman admits Nazi past

Bergman describes his father as being ultra right-wing and his politics rubbed off on the whole family.

“The Nazism I had seen seemed fun and youthful,” he admitted to the author. “The big threat were the Bolsheviks, who were hated.”

The book also documents an attack by Bergman’s brother and friends on a house owned by a Jew. The group daubed the walls with a swastika – the symbol of the Nazis.

But the director has confessed to being too cowardly to raise any objections.

“I did not want to believe my eyes”
The maker of Fanny and Alexander and The Seventh Seal retained his admiration of Fascism right up to the end of the war.

“When the doors to the concentration camps were thrown open, at first I did not want to believe my eyes.”

“When the truth came out it was a hideous shock for me. In a brutal and violent way I was suddenly ripped of my innocence.”

Bergman officially retired for directing after the success of 1983’s Fanny and Alexander – which won the best foreign film Oscar. He continues to be an active writer and stage director.

Like many college students I went through my Bergman phase. All the angst and existentialism. Maybe that nausea that Bergman felt and later portrayed in his films was realizing the tragic consequences of believing in an ideology that proclaimed to be about values, but was absent of any morality.

Is FOX News’ Foreign Affairs Analyst A Former Terrorist

Jafarzadeh’s name first appears in the media in a Houston Chronicle article dated December 24, 1986, where he is described as a spokesman for the MEK (Mujahedin-e Khalq). In the article he denied US State Department claims the MEK was a terrorist organization responsible for the assassination of at least six Americans in Iran. Jafarzadeh was the public spokesperson for the National Council of Resistance of Iran until its office in Washington was closed by the US State Department in 2002 on the grounds that it was a front group for the MEK, by then listed as a terrorist organistion.

A 2002 article in National Review, said:

A 1994 State Department report indicates that the Mujahedin has trained and fought alongside Iraqi troops on a number of occasions, and that “Saddam Hussein has been one of [its] primary financiers, providing weapons and cash totaling an estimated hundreds of millions of dollars.”

The way it works is that the Right forgives everyone and everything as long as you join the Right. If this guy would have decided to become a liberal he’d be getting the Swift-boat treatment.

New Phenomena on the Sun

It’s enough to make you leap out of your seat: A magnetic vortex almost as big as Earth races across your computer screen, twisting, turning, finally erupting in a powerful solar flare. Japan’s Hinode spacecraft recorded just such a blast on Jan. 12, 2007.

Photo and video at the link.
Hagel says Bush too dismissive of Congress on Iraq

“We have clearly a situation where the president has lost the confidence of the American people in his war effort,” he said. “It is now time, going into the fifth year of that effort, for the Congress to step forward and be part of setting some boundaries and some conditions as to our involvement.”

Once again Hagel says the right thing, but will he follow through with actual action. Politically the guy has nothing to loose; not only is Bush gone in less then two years, but conservatism as a movement will take at least another ten if not twenty years to regain the trust of the majority of Americans. The only people that seem to really support Bush are the rabid war-bloggers and right-wing christianists that seem to want to add war on top of war. Suicide Bombers Kill Dozens Across Iraq. At the five year anniversary of Bush’s Iraq debacle in which none, but the dead enders see an end in sight and the rabid Right thinks they should be trusted with more wars – The Crazy from the Failure Six Years Post 9-11 Mentality. I can be something of a hard ass when it comes to justice my self, but we’re at the point where Bush has let Afghanistan spiral into as nearly as much chaos as Iraq – the death toll there in over 5000 and estimates range as high as 25,000 wounded in contrast to the 3000 that died on 9-11 – the ratio of deaths to justice is clearly out of whack. Justice for 9-11 hasn’t been the goal for a years – now it seems to be about death for death’s sake. The Right has spread the focus to having a war on Islam – Islam is the “them” that must be defeated. One can’t help, but note the difference between that attitude and the one toward registered Republican and white Christian Timothy McVeigh – Oklahoma City was at least the second worse single attack on America since Pearl Harbor and no one suggested that we as a country declare war on right-wing Christians and not stop until they were all done away with – that would have a ridiculous idea – yet that is actly what the Right is doing in portraying all of Islam as the enemy.
One continuing theme of the Right is that you cannot be a true Christian and be a Democrat, Limbaugh: John and Elizabeth Edwards “turned to … politics” instead of God after cancer news

Limbaugh said: “[M]ost people, when told a family member’s been diagnosed with the kind of cancer Elizabeth Edwards has, they turn to God. The Edwards turned to the campaign. Their religion is politics and the quest for the White House.” Limbaugh later asked: “If you’re [Sen.] Barack Obama [D-IL] or [Sen.] Hillary Clinton [D-NY], how do you now attack John Edwards?” Limbaugh added: “Not a problem for Hillary, the Clinton [inaudible] will find a way. But Barack, it’s going to be a challenge.”

Just deeply strange. Limbaugh takes a pill , turns on the microphone and just starts some incoherent babaling for which he makes millions a year.

“Insane people are always sure that they are fine. It is only the sane people who are willing to admit that they are crazy.” – Nora Ephron