Don't take my word for ANYTHING. Thou shalt educate THYSELF. Thou shalt not believe anything that ANYONE tells you. Thou shalt TRUST NO-ONE. Until proven BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT.
People telling others what they should or should not believe.
Palestinian people who choose to resist by targeting civilians inside Israel's 1967 borders.
Settlers in the West Bank and Gaza, whether secular or fanatical religious idiots.
People who torture.
People who write Dept of Justice memos supporting torture. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Yoo types. Takes a special kind of evil to sit in a nice comfy chair in an airconditioned office overlooking the Mall or someplace nice, with framed pictures of you and important people on the wall, with pictures of your family on your desk right next to the computer on which you're writing legal opinions justifying torture. I have been subjected to water torture. I have come about as close to drowning as you're gonna get without losing consciousness. While I disagree with a lot of the stuff the former governor of Minnesota says (conspiracy theories etc), he said one of the smartest thing I've heard since ...umm, forever:
[Water-boarding] is torture... It's drowning. It gives you the complete sensation that you are drowning. It is no good, because you -- I'll put it to you this way, you give me a water board, Dick Cheney and one hour, and I'll have him confess to the Sharon Tate murders.
People who think that US and allied intelligence service have an obligation not to use intelligence gained from torture, or to cut off all ties with people who do use torture. Wake up, the world is a nasty place, and plenty of our allies don't play nice, or are in fact corrupt dictatorships.
The Common Agricultural Policy and similar special-interest protectionist measures, whether it be American wheat agri-business (let's not call these corporations "farmers", shall we?), Japanese rice-farmers or Chinese anti-foreigner business practices.
Hamas (sorry, you're not important enough for me to go look up the name of your leader idiot - I do sympathize with how angry you and you're Gaza supporters are after X number of years of fairly heavy-handed occupation and various raids, but with your boys' prolific targetings of civilians... yeah, I don't see a problem with IDF/Mossad going after you)
Copyrighters and Corporate Welfare Protectionists:
Let's get REASONABLE here - you're entitled to some protection as an artist and a writer. In my mind. But not author's life + 50 years. Or corporate authorship + 75 years - at which point the goddamn corporation just makes an ashcan copy like the Fantastic Four film that was NEVER EVEN MEANT TO BE RELEASED IN THEATRES - it was purely made to extend the copyright protection for the franchise! See:
George W. Bush for allowing his administration to see what they wanted to see in the run-up to the invasion of Iraq. Selective use of data. Selective viewing of intelligence. Blank checks and free reign to Israel more or less. Ignoring the evils of the settlers in West Bank and Gaza, or the semi-apartheid inside Israel proper. Torture. Indefinite detention. On the whole, a morally certain man who did a very good job in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, but that's about all the good I have to say about him. Way to sign off on the execution of an innocent man while Governor of Texas, too. The guy who was executed wasn't exactly Snow White, my heart does not bleed for him, but according to the rules in place at the time in Texas, he should not have been executed since the strand of hair found on the counter of the scene of the crime wasn't his - DNA cleared it. W should also be criticized for his handling of contraception efforts, for his anti-stem-cell stance and something else I've forgotten. Nice try on the illegal immigrants, though - wish he'd succeeded.
Bill Clinton for dragging the office of the presidency through the mud and not just owning up to putting his **** where it didn't belong.
Whatsisname for continuing to go after Clinton long past the point where it wasn't really needed to establish wrong-doing anymore. I expect people to lie when they've cheated on their spouse or done bad thing X, Y or Z. Are you really expected to tell the truth about that?
The media for doing whatever they could to drag up dirt on a private matter between a President, his wife and some young girl. But at least it lead to a funny headline in an Aussie newspaper - "Thank God they got the Puritans and we got the criminals."
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/28/business/28borker.html Vitaly Borker
"The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president." -- Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) [Note: I'm more of a Republican than a Democrat as far as I can tell. But if the people in the US Congress could please focus on passing good legislation, that'd be great. Leave the extreme partisanship til we get at least a little closer to a presidential election.]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Wakefield with an assist from Jenna McCarthy