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Wednesday, August 08, 2007

About the political ads

I have gotten a few dozen emails in the past few days from people asking about the ads in my sidebar for Manhigut Yehudit/Moshe Feiglin.

Let me state for the record that regardless of how I may feel about the political opinions of any of my advertisers, my accepting their ads does not constitute an endorsement of any kind. 

That being said, I'm a tad surprised at some of the otherwise intelligent people who seem to feel threatened by the information contained in the ad (and the site to which it links).  Personally, with the exception of missionary organizations and those who advocate illegal / immoral agendas, I feel that the only dangerous ideas are those that people try to ban or censor. 

I have never made a secret of my political beliefs (eclectic though they may be)... and have, in fact, expressed them quite openly when the mood has been upon me.  But I also believe in generating ad revenue... so unless someone is ready to step up and subsidize treppenwitz as an ad-free zone... please accept the fact that not every ad you see here will perfectly dove-tail with your world-view.

So today you might see an ad for Moshe Feiglin... but tomorrow it could just as easily be Yossi Beilin.  In fact, if anyone knows who is managing Yossi's advertising budget, please send them my way.

And that's all I have to say about that.


Posted by David Bogner on August 8, 2007 | Permalink


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I just consider this another installment in your very welcome "Advice for Olim Chadashim" series. This one could be called "There is no free lunch in Israel, either, Virginia; so get off my back." I am adding all of this stuff to my aliyah notebook, by the way. Thanks for doing your part to make the process easier. Da"sh to the Goddess.

Posted by: rutimizrachi | Aug 8, 2007 6:49:24 PM

I would have thought that in the year 2007 you wouldn't have had to write this, but hey, what do I know?

Posted by: dfb1968 | Aug 8, 2007 9:20:41 PM

Personally -- I feel that the only dangerous ideas are those that people try to ban or censor.

No no no! The attempt at banning or censoring does not make them dangerous, the banning or censoring itself is what is dangerous. Or the people who try to ban or censor those ideas are dangerous.

The way you've phrased it now suggests that it is right that those ideas should be banned or censored, and that by that circumstance it is proven that they are dangerous.

Posted by: Back of the Hill | Aug 9, 2007 4:03:00 AM

rutimizrachi... The goddess responds with love. :-)

dfb1968... Welcome to the future.

Back of the Hill... Sorry about that. You are completely correct. My only excuse is that I dashed off this post sitting in a Starbucks in central Madrid BEFORE I'd had my Venti Breve Capuccino (quad shot). Forgive me?

Posted by: treppenwitz | Aug 9, 2007 1:48:37 PM

Watch your ad income:

A US bill that would shield journalists, including bloggers, from revealing their sources has cleared the House Judiciary Committee, an important stage in becoming law. There is already legislation in the UK which protects journalists and bloggers.

The US Free Flow of Information Act protects journalistic sources generally, but does include several exceptions regarding terrorism, national security, imminent death and trade secret leaks.
The modified bill which passed the committee on 2nd August included a provision that limits its protections to those who make "financial gain or livelihood" from their journalism.

This essentially means that most individual bloggers, who may make a small income from Google adverts, seem unlikely to get protection – though this will depend on how broadly the courts interpret "financial gain".

The US Society of Professional Journalists pushed to keep the definition as broad as possible. A spokesman said: "While it's important to distinguish responsible journalists from casual bloggers, the more narrow the language defining who is a journalist, the less impact the bill will have."

Boucher told the committee that "the best information about corruption in government or misdeeds in a private organisation will come from someone on the inside who feels a responsibility to bring that information to light." He argued that such whistle-blowers will not come forward unless they know their confidentiality will be respected.


Posted by: Yisrael Medad | Aug 9, 2007 2:41:56 PM

Heh heh heh.

Of COURSE I (and the collective we of the readership) forgive you. We knew what you meant.

Posted by: Back of the Hill | Aug 9, 2007 7:56:07 PM

Beilin and Feiglin. Mmm...

I would personally choose Ben & Jerry's Homemade Ice Cream between these two. But yes, censorship is bad for one's soul. In most cases.

Posted by: SnoopyTheGoon | Aug 10, 2007 11:54:33 PM

Hmmmm. Drinking Starbucks... and a Venti no less... I thought you said it was "overroasted"... and I bet you wrecked it with all that sugar... and you have cream in it too, can't even taste the coffee... that's probably how Yossi Beilin drinks it.

I'll be Moshe Feiglin drinks dark roast without any sugar. He probably just drinks double espressos. Seriously though if I had a blog I'd probably give a free ad to Moshe Feiglin, I'd get him to write a guest post and if I was as famous as you he'd probably call me up and ask me if he could. If I was as famous as you I'd probably be able to drink venti instead of tall with all the money I'd be making from ad campaigns.

Anyways whats the big deal about Moshe Feiglin, just because he believes in God and isn't afraid to say so? A man of integrity in politics. Someone that actually cares about his country. I don't know why people think he's a fungus or something. Anyway maybe he'll grow on everyone like a fungus and in the end it will be good.

(I apologize for my aberrant mood.)

Shabbat Shalom

Posted by: Dave | Aug 11, 2007 4:22:49 AM

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