St. Cindy in a "blue funk" over Israel (Update: Hunger-strike-progress photos of Cindy added )

Not for the first time, either. The last one earned her a fan letter from David Duke.

Sustained by righteousness and the occasional banana split, she weeps for the sorrows of mankind. But in a piece brimming with quotables, this freighted passage is my favorite:

I recognize Israel’s right to defend itself as I recognize the US’s right to defend ourselves as I recognize Lebanon’s and Iraq’s right to defend themselves — but I do not, cannot, and will not recognize anyone’s right to commit wholesale slaughter on babies and children. I refuse to recognize that right no matter who does it — terrorists or state-sanctioned wars of terror — I refuse to recognize the right to slaughter and, whether it makes a difference, or not, I refuse to be silent about it.

Any guesses as to whom she has in mind when she refers to “Iraqis” and “Lebanese” “defending themselves”? Here’s a clue: the piece is being hosted at

If you want to know why the nutroots gets that deer-in-the-headlights look when the subject is mentioned, look no further than today’s newswire. On one side they have Mother Sheehan practicing brain-dead, absolutist moral equivalence; on the other they have House Democrats demanding that Maliki’s invitation to address Congress be rescinded unless he apologizes for condemning Israel. Their compasses are spinning. They know they have a problem here, too: last year Charles Johnson wrote a post criticizing dKosopedia’s slanted entry on Israel — whereupon the Kossacks scambled, and within hours had revised the entry to make it more balanced. Good luck finding another vein of right-wing criticism that could get the Kidz to snap-to so quickly.

Although there’s only so much a rapid-response team can hide.

Kofi Annan just accused Israel of deliberately targeting UN peacekeepers in the airstrike that killed four of them in Lebanon earlier tonight, so maybe those compasses will start pointing towards Cindy tomorrow. Can’t wait.

Update: Charles from Age of Hooper is just back from a Code Pink protest with photos of Cindy. Bear in mind when you click that right now she’s supposedly three weeks into a hunger strike.