Monthly Archives: July 2009

American So-Called Jews

The ambiguous title of this post is an example of the brilliant commenting that takes place on the web. The full comment reads: This article is insane, as 79% of American so called Jews. -Yigal Here’s the article, if you’re … Continue reading

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Obama the Machiavellian

Ron Rosenbaum writes: I think Obama is a true Machiavellian. By abandoning “axis of evil” rhetoric, and by making that Cairo speech, however anodyne it was, and by not jumping in too soon, he turned the Iranian revolution into a … Continue reading

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The King of Mishaguss

Massimo Gezzi has an interview with John Ashbery at the Best American Poetry website: MG: Once you argued that America always seemed like a foreign country to you, adding that living abroad focuses you on where you’re from. Do you … Continue reading

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Roast Suckling Pig

Well, my favorite analogy of the past week is the following: A Catholic priest advising a married couple on their sex life is like a vegetarian rabbi advising you on how best to prepare roast suckling pig at your next … Continue reading

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A Few Thoughts on Jewishness (2)

Allow me to repeat what the Bu-Jews I know tell me (there are a startling number of them): “You cannot be a Buddhist.” Apparently, Buddhism is not a faith, but more like a non-faith. (Non-) Buddhists out there, please correct … Continue reading

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Close Encounters with the Terza Età

Ever since I turned 25 or so I’ve been making a concerted effort not to get old. I try to avoid expressions such as “Kids these days…” because I still remember what it was like to be a kid in … Continue reading

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A Few Thoughts About Jewishness

Being Jewish is odd at times. For instance, one can be a BuJew (Buddhist-Jew), but a Jew for Jesus is out. Once there were Muslim Jews, but they were anomalous and eventually absorbed by Islam. The first Christians were all … Continue reading

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Whose Catastrophe?

Dick Morris & Eileen McGann have a new book out called Catastrophe: How Obama is Fucking Up America. Now, I wouldn’t bother even mentioning this, but there is a humorous sidenote. Pick up the book, turn to the author bio … Continue reading

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Adolf Hitler Was Not an Atheist

…but even if he were, what difference would it make? This is a ridiculous syllogism: Hitler was an atheist, therefore atheism = Hitlerism. One might as well point out that Hitler was a heterosexual, or a homo- or bisexual and … Continue reading

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Is Holocaust Denial a Taboo?

Mark Oppenheimer has a four-part interview with ace Holocaust deniers Mark Weber and Bradley R. Smith (not Bradley F. Smith) in Tablet, which is the moniker Nextbook is going by now. I’m linking to the first part. If you want to … Continue reading

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