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Saturday, August 02, 2003
DION, Greece - Archaeologists working on a river bed near the mythological home of the ancient gods uncovered remains of the first temple known to be dedicated to the 'supreme' Zeus, the team leader said.Its interesting how even in pagan culture there was a move from lots of random gods and cults to specific heirarchies where there was a supreme god and lots of lower-level gods, spirits, and whatnot. posted by Voice From The Hinterlands | 11:57 PM |
Friday, August 01, 2003
I got a second email that clears up a bit of the mystery surrounding the first email. This one says:
I thought it would really be interesting if people posted objective comments about their schools on Wikipedia, especially the black hat ones, where info isn't readily available. And getting people to see it- like Protocols did, thank you- is an important part of this information dissemination process. I really don't feel comfortable identifying my name with this project, because this school takes very harshly to anyone who exposes it to the public view (see chofetzchaim.tripod.com ). Keep up the good work, and "Let information flow throughout the land).Well, there you have it. All of you with black-hat backgrounds, head over to Wikipedia and describe them to the world. posted by Voice From The Hinterlands | 5:43 PM |
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Parsha Senryu -- Parshas Devarim
A Reuters Headline Reads: Israel Shuts Pro-Palestinian Summer Camp. The story writes:
...television Wednesday showed children marching to pro-Palestinian chants such as "don't want flour, don't want sardines -- we want bombs,"... "This is all Palestine, from the (Jordan) river to the (Mediterranean) sea," Kabul camp instructor Hadi Sreyr told Channel Ten. "We will continue the struggle to victory in liberating Palestine." ... Teen-ager Samha Wakim said Jewish Israelis should leave the country, going back to "where they came from, Poland, Russia."Morally and Politically: The complete indoctrination of children with the single-minded obsession of destroying the Jewish people and the State of Israel is simply awesome. Reuters' misleading headline is unjustifiable – in any circumstance other than Arab-Israeli conflict, that headline would have read Pro-Terror Summer Camp.
Conclusion: There may just be some merit to the class-action lawsuit filed against Reuters alleging widespread racism...
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Van Titillates the Senses, Kosher Style
THE world’s first kosher ice cream van has hit the streets of Golders Green – and become a massive hit with the area’s Jewish community.Prediction 1: In one week, such vans will be spotted in Boro Park, Flatbush and Monroe.
Prediction 2: In two weeks, the Council of Torah Sages will ban these mobile pizza shops from spreading their evil ways on the holy streets of Torah Communities.
posted by Pinchas | 12:19 PM |
By the way, since the polls on the Frumster Bachelor vote are closing today, what do you think we should do with the winner? Sponsor a date? Let him post an official "Protocols Seal of Approval" on his profile? Any ideas out there?
Someone e-mailed this in:
NEWEST SHOW FROM BLACK BOX ENTERTAINMENT PREMIERING THIS DECEMBER INposted by Steven I. Weiss | 11:53 AM |
Going on right now:
11 a.m. -- Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly promotes Assistant Chief Joanne Jaffe to Chief of Housing Bureau, making her the highest-ranking female officer in Department history; First-Floor Auditorium, One Police Plaza.Sounds like it could be a Jewish name -- anybody know?
11:30 a.m. -- Norman Rosenbaum, brother of Crown Heights riot victim Yankel Rosenbaum, holds media availability regarding the filing of a legal brief in Brooklyn Federal Court urging the Judge to sentence Lemrick Nelson to life in prison; outside the Federal Court Building, 225 Cadman Plaza, Brooklyn.In all seriousness, it's a civil rights violation they've tried him on -- shouldn't the max on such a crime be far less than life? posted by Steven I. Weiss | 11:06 AM |
"Surfing is the most spiritual thing that you can do," said Rabbi Nachum Shifren, who lectures on the surf-soul connection. "You're out in the water, you're by yourself, you're out there in God's creation. It's like being in the womb."I can't wait to get my Torah-Portion Surfer-of-the-Month Calendar!
posted by Pinchas | 10:43 AM |
I just got a mysterious email from someone named "Yeshiva Research" with the subject line "Link to Mesivta Tiferes Yisroel". The body of the email was empty, but for a link. So I'm linking. Mesivta Tiferes Yisroel - Wikipedia. Somehow, I'm getting the faint impression that this is part of a really weird inside practical joke.posted by Voice From The Hinterlands | 10:33 AM |
Shosh finds an interesting parallel in Hinduism vs. Judaism regarding the Nine Days/Month of Av:
Sameer, who is in my department, mentioned that today is the first of the holy month of shiva-the indian 'destroyer' god. (as opposed to vishnu, who's the 'creator' god). There's apparently some formation of her in the Himalayas that appears on the first of the month... I'll have to look up more about it online... I just find it interesting that while in some ways the religions are so far apart (ok, maybe major ones like one G-d in Judaism vs. many thousands in Hinduism), there are always little coincidences across religions that make you stop and ponder. Things that make you go hmmm....posted by Steven I. Weiss | 10:28 AM |
Perhaps one of our more intelligent readers can explain to me what Jihad Al Khazen (I think that is the author’s name) meant to say in this column, “What Does the Jewish Institute Want?” published today.
Once again, terrorism, like blasphemy, are one, and Al Qaeda's terrorism, as well as that of murderer Ariel Sharon's government and the intellectual terrorism of Likudist groups inside and around the U.S. administration nourish one another, and we pay the price along with the regular Americans and the entire world.So, as you see, Arabs, Americans and the rest of the world suffer because of Jews, I wonder what Jihad Al Khazen’s soltution is…
posted by Pinchas | 10:04 AM |
The Fairway supermarket in Manhattan failed to live up to its egalitarian name when an Israeli-born woman complained of anti-Semitic harassment from co-workers... "You [expletive] Jew. Go back to your country," one employee allegedly yelled at the woman...
posted by Pinchas | 9:44 AM |
Pat Robertson and crew continue to write about the connection between The Peace Process and weather-related disasters in America. You'd think that, if anything, God would be really angry at the Palestinians, but it seems He's taking out His wrath on America instead.posted by Voice From The Hinterlands | 9:23 AM |
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Thursday, July 31, 2003 10:46 PM |
It seems that the Charedi world has become aware of the latest subverse attempt at introducing their kids to secular knowledge. In response, they're reprinting all the old letters on the subject. Here's a sample:
"BS'D, Yom Chamishi leseder Ki Siso, 5755I wonder what they think of the Rambam... posted by Voice From The Hinterlands | 10:15 PM |
Check out the Voice’s interesting piece on ‘trans’ and ‘post humans.’ Here is what Yeshiva University Chancellor Rabbi Dr. Normal Lamm had to say:
I would say if a creature is both sentient and intelligent, and has a moral sense, then that creature should be considered a human being irrespective of the genesis of that person.Lamm’s position beckons the obvious question: Does the absence of either sentiency, intelligence and morality render a being inhuman regardless of that person’s genesis? If so, then YU has got quite a few blobs of genetic mass on its payroll…
posted by Pinchas | 10:14 PM |
Retreats Help Rabbis, Cantors Reclaim Their Spirituality
New Protocols Contest!!! Which of the Three Hundred Proofs of God’s Existence does it for you? Winner gets immunity from having his/her frumster profile plastered on protocols by Elder I.
Is Harry Potter a "Jewish" Book? Jewsweek has a pretty bland article on the issue, with the exception of this great line:
"Some say Harry's story is rife with odd Kabbalistic symbolism ('As in Jewish tradition, all power derives from the number three'), while others, citing the Prophets, think he is simply divine ('But now, O Lord, you are our Father; We are the clay, and You are the Potter.' -- Isaiah 64:7").Come on, you have to smile. I did. posted by Voice From The Hinterlands | 7:10 PM |
Bob Hope helped demonstrate in America to raise awareness of the Holocaust during the war years. One more reason he was a Great Man.posted by Voice From The Hinterlands | 7:00 PM |
Apparently responding to Protocols Pressure, the Jewish Press letters are up and posted. This week, we see the resolution of the Good Shabbas and Infertility issues in back-to-back letters (moral equivalence?) and discussions about early Zionism with Memachem Porush which contained the hilarious line:
I believe The Jewish Press has earned and maintained its high credibility over many years because you do not report unsupportable rumors as fact, even as you courageously advocate your opinions(!)The Stupid Letter Of The Week goes to Ettie Krumbein, who wrote in not only to tell us all that she wrote a Letter To The President, but she felt the need to provide running commentary so we'd be able to follow:
I recently sent a letter to President Bush in which I condemned what I called his “U-turn” regarding terror in Israel.I wonder if she assumes that the State Department will be able to adequetly comprehend her letter and be able to impart its deep and original meaning to Bush without her explanatory notes. The substance is just boring, but the style is something to blog over. posted by Voice From The Hinterlands | 6:44 PM |
"If Howard Dean plans to run on his record in Vermont, he needs to share that record with the public" said [Vermont Republican Party Chairman Jim] Barnett. "The American people should not just have to take his word for it."Really? I am glad you feel that way because as an American people myself I have been wondering about George Bush’s gubernatorial record which has remained out of hand since he became president. I quote the Times from January 3 (via nexis):
Mr. Bush, as governor, was also reluctant to make government records public… When he left office, he sent his papers not to the Texas State Library in Austin, but to his father's presidential library at College Station. That library was unable to cope with demands for access…Wait, there's more, Roanoke Times, March 10, 2002 (via nexis):
After six years as Texas governor, Bush cleared the mansion of all official papers, which could have provided some interesting insights into the influences - corporate and otherwise - on his gubernatorial stewardship… Rather than place the papers with the state archives, where they would be subject to the Texas Freedom of Information Act, Bush shipped them to daddy's presidential library at Texas A&M, where public access will be much harder to obtain…Back to Vermont GOP:
"If Howard Dean is serious about straight talk, he can start by being upfront with the American people about his tenure as Governor of Vermont. If he doesn't open his record, it obviously means there's something he wants to hide from us," said Barnett.You mean “Don’t mess with Vermont” is not a good enough answer? Hypocrisy and tunnel-vision seem to be traits of Bush’s automaton loyalist.
Lastly, for the record, Houston Chronicle April 9, 2003 (via nexis):
Bush, as president, signed an executive order allowing himself and future presidents to withhold documents of previous presidents. The order cripples the Presidential Records Act of 1978, which was passed after Nixon tried to block access to his own incriminating papers and tape recordings.What rings most fascinating about this bit of ironical political hypocrisy is that someone in the GOP has decided that Howard Dean is a big enough threat to start taking shots at him... very interesting.
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Reader HK sends in another link to an essay on The Passion, this one in the Forward. All you need are two paragraphs near the end to know the author's an idiot:
It's hard to believe that Gibson's movie could be as searing as the Gospels. These words are still read by Christians of all descriptions. If they are nowhere near rioting against Jews now, I don't suppose they are going to get suddenly whipped up to do so. Fredriksen cites some e-mails she has received from Christians who don't like Jews. But if any religious group is genuinely out to do us harm, it's not Christians — as the example of France, with its Muslim mobs, illustrates.Done and done.
I should note: I haven't really weighed on in The Passion thus far, primarily because I haven't seen it. That most of the critics also haven't makes a lot of the criticism unjustified -- but even more unjustified is the support of it by those who haven't viewed it. Already, in response to a post by Elder Avraham about how the trailer portrays Jesus being nailed in the palms (not the wrists), a message board poster called Elder Avraham's words "tribal mutterings". And then the next post on the board wrote:
Mel went with what they found on the Shroud of Turin, which shows the nail wounds in the wrists, which severed the median nerves and make the thumbs invisible on the Shroud.Well, according to the trailer, Gibson didn't go with what they found on the Shroud of Turin.
When someone challenges the way they've been described, the acceptable way for them to respond is by providing specific details that run counter to the description. Gibson hasn't done that, so the onus remains on him. Showing the film to a bunch of people who wouldn't know better and continuing to refuse a seat to those who've criticized the original script only digs him deeper; if he doesn't know that, too bad. But from what we've seen so far, he's already wrong. posted by Steven I. Weiss | 2:45 PM |
I think this is the first link to Little Green Footballs from here...but this one really is a doozy:
In defending Hitler, Glenview was seeking to make a serious economic point.posted by Voice From The Hinterlands | 1:51 PM |
Reader HK sends in a link to David Horowitz on The Passion. Nut grafs come at the end:
It is not anti-Semitic, as the film-burners charge. Two illustrative: Jesus is referred to in the film as "rabbi," and there is never any distancing of Jesus or his disciples from their Jewishness. (One point missed by ignorant bigots like Frederickson whose only familiarity with The Passion is with a stolen script) is that while the film is in Aramaic -- a brilliant effect that enhances the symbolic resonance of the story -- it has subtitles. Second detail: A Jew carries Jesus' cross along the terrible route to Golgotha and shares his miseries. But yes the film is also faithful to the Gospels and therefore the Pharisees are Jesus' enemies and they and their flock do call for Jesus' death (and why wouldn't they since Jesus was a threat to their authority and their beliefs?).So, basically, all that these complainants are having trouble getting their mind around is the idea that the Jews are wholly responsible for Jesus' death (except in the flaky "we all do it every day sense") and that this was a tragic act that scarred humanity forever. If only the murderous Jews had realized then, as Horowitz does now, that Jesus has made us who we are in every valuable way. Hmmm. posted by Steven I. Weiss | 1:47 PM |
Last week, I did some research to figure out the identity of Naomi Chana, and sent an e-mail to the person with the subject line "Naomi Chana?" and the body "Just Wondering." I thought that my not receiving a response might mean I was wrong, but notice this in her latest:
Did not check email except at MPC #4. Was too busy to search for Internet cafes in London. Have just triaged several hundred new messages as result. Will be subscribing to Europe-wide wireless Internet access for future long-term research trips.The Elders must know. posted by Steven I. Weiss | 1:25 PM |
Senate Majority Leader Daschle to Become a Blogger
Random Jottings notes Verizon's efforts to roll out fiber-optic cable. I don't give a hoot what kind of stuff they're doing outside my apartment so long as I keep getting disconnected every time the phone rings. Blah Blah on them.posted by Steven I. Weiss | 1:19 PM |
Move over Dr. Ruth, Kosher Sex Hits the Airwaves
As Elder Pinky just linked to, the new issue of the Jewish Press seems to be online. However, the Letters section seems not to have made it onto the web this week. I'm going to call "foul" and assume that somehow we had something to do with that...posted by Voice From The Hinterlands | 11:42 AM |
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DATELINE, July 31, 2003, 11:30 am (sorry for the delay I was stuck on a conference call):
Since the published version of Witness Iraq is very different from what I put together, I've posted my version here. Basically, the assignment was to come up with a cool way of narrating the war and have it fit in nine pages for the book.posted by Steven I. Weiss | 10:21 AM |
Just in case you haven't been following, Bryan's been continuing his discussion of the book "The Jew in the Lotus", which is a series of conversations that various Jewish thinkers had once with the Dalai Lama (click here for the most recent such post). In my usual spirit of reverence, I present this Dalai Lama article, which I think proves that he could well be one of the most honest people ever to have lived.posted by Voice From The Hinterlands | 9:55 AM |
Received this message on Frumster from "Earl":
Hey-Sounds like somebody's jealous. Nyah nyah nyah nyah nyah, and so forth.
In the meantime, polls in the Frumster Bachelor vote are still open! posted by Steven I. Weiss | 8:28 AM |
ChaniMirelHirsh: Ladies, Elders I and Avraham are still single . . .Well...I don't know if Elder Avraham uses Pert Plus. This all leads to the question: What does Elder Pinchas get from our female fans? Role models for his daughter? posted by Steven I. Weiss | 8:21 AM |
Making of a Godol sale. Four new, autographed copies on auction. Alternatively, you can purchase it there straight for $2,000.posted by Steven I. Weiss | 8:07 AM |
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Wednesday, July 30, 2003
When I woke up this morning, it felt like a 2,000 hit today; sure enough, it was. Cool.posted by Steven I. Weiss | 11:34 PM |
DATELINE: July 30, 2003 10:00 PM
I don't know how to respond to this...so I won't. See the reference to Protocols and "tribal mutterings" and make of it what you will.posted by Steven I. Weiss | 9:31 PM |
Bizzaro Blog: Professor Of The Elders Dr. Brill points us to CatholicAnalysis, which is sort of a Catholic version of protocols, complete with booktalks, run by Oswald Sobrino, a graduate student in theology. He seems a bit more, well, reverent, than we usually are, but its an interesting view at a parallel universe. An example: on biblical scholarship:
Initially, the non-expert reader gets the real benefit of historical and linguistic allusions and facts that open up new vistas on the biblical text as we try to transport our modern minds to the ancient social and historical context of the writers. At this point, as the Pontifical Biblical Commission has stated, the "historical-critical method" and redaction history is indeed indispensable. By researching the background of the biblical text, we derive important information, albeit of varying degrees of certainty and utility, that can correct the natural tendency to impose our modern assumptions on the world of the biblical writer.Granted, I would've tried to say all that with a single somewhat sarcastic snipe, but I agree completely, and I don't even know what the Pontifical Biblical Commission is. posted by Voice From The Hinterlands | 8:50 PM |
Interestingly enough, in the parallel universe of Christianity, Rushkoff-ism is alive and well. Professor Of The Elders Dr. Brill points us to OpenSourceTheology.net, which is dedicated to much the same sort of discussions that Rushkoff's own Open Source Judaism is into. One crucial difference -- this from one of their earliest posts:
We are not here to encourage arrogance and elitism. Open-source theology is not superior to other ways of doing theology. In many respects it is dependent on the more traditional methods and must be willing to listen both to progressive and conservative voices. But it has some important advantages: it makes theological reflection a community activity; it is directly responsive to the circumstances of ordinary believers; it is contextualized; and it fits the emerging-culture grid.Quite a different tone from Rushkoff wanting to educate us about the "Truth About Judaism" (henceforth, TAJ for short), you know? Also, they (founded in 2002) link to Rushkoff's site (founded in 2003), but I couldn't find a return link. posted by Voice From The Hinterlands | 8:36 PM |
The Jesus Seminar and The Public by Robert J. Miller. Basically, this is/was a group of scholars that sat around a table voting on how likely the historical Jesus was to have said any of the lines attributed to him in the Christian Bible. Obviously, they knew that they couldn't reach anything definitive, but the exercise is an interesting one just in terms of its fundamental assumptions about how the Gospels were put together. A good illustration: could you imagine the outcry in the Jewish community if a bunch of biblical scholars called for a Moses Seminar?posted by Voice From The Hinterlands | 8:28 PM |
It's interestingly ironic that the one post that generated probably half or more of our hits today -- Pinchas' post on Murdoch & Gillerman -- didn't receive a single comment until around 3:00 PM. And none since. But the comment was a hearty one, by Catherine, saying:
Yay, Fox!Well, with a twinkle in our eye and smile upon our collective lips, we say:
Yay, Catherine!posted by Steven I. Weiss | 6:13 PM |
David (my bother's a bigshot, so I get to write columns) Limbaugh on The Passion:
Some Christian 'scholars' are panning the movie, without having seen it and based on a purloined and now obsolete movie script, because of its dubious historicity and theology.Well, makes sense to me. Or are we all suddenly in favor of dubious historicity and theology? Hmmm...that might explain a lot.... posted by Voice From The Hinterlands | 6:09 PM |
Finally, Elder Avraham and I have completede our Jewsweek piece on Rushkoff. Here's a sneak preview; if there are any final edits we should be aware of, please contact us by AIM or e-mail. Enjoy.posted by Steven I. Weiss | 5:29 PM |
LAT on the fight over Pryor's nomination. The argument has been circulating in conservative circles that turning down an anti-abortion judge who is also Catholic could amount to de facto descrimination against Catholics:
Last week, Pryor's supporters ran newspaper ads in Maine and Rhode Island that showed a courthouse door and included the words: 'Catholics need not apply.'Orrin Hatch had this to say:
"While I, the people of Alabama and especially Alabamans who know him best agree that Gen. Pryor is an excellent, well-qualified nominee, the radical left and its Beltway sympathizers believe he has already disqualified himself," Hatch said. "Why? Because the left is trying to enforce an anti-religious litmus test. It appears that nominees who openly adhere to Catholic and Baptist doctrines, as a matter of personal faith, are unqualified for the federal bench in the eyes of the liberal Washington interest groups. Period. No exceptions for Carolyn Kuhl or Leon Holmes, and certainly not for Gen. Pryor."I've been wondering about this for awhile as I've seen it continually hammered home in the WSJ and elsewhere. Dahlia Lithwick tackled a similar issue in regard to Scalia, the Church, and the death penalty. Back in February of last year, Scalia said, "any Catholic jurists (with such concerns) [about the death penalty]... would have to resign." Lithwick went on to note how convenient it is that Scalia finds his own religious beliefs within the Constitution and resorts to a faith-based originalism that he justifies largely by the fact that he is a co-religionist with the long-dead authors of our founding document.
I believe I've seen more documentation regarding Pryor's statement, though off-hand I don't know where, wherein he justified his decision on strict Constitutional grounds (maybe it was based on the idea that abortion isn't related to inter-state commerce...I'm not sure). But, basically, that's the appropriate litmus test: whether they're making decisions based on law or on faith. posted by Steven I. Weiss | 5:26 PM |
The Transportation Security Administration wants to reduce the number of air marshals to save money, even as the government is warning about the possibility al-Qaida may try more suicide hijackings.Why does this not seem like one the administration’s brighter ideas?
posted by Pinchas | 4:48 PM |
Before it disappears, just wanted to note the piece by Reuven Koret on The Matrix: Reloaded. It's not really worth reading, because he's actually trying to make an argument out of it, instead of playing with the concept, like we did. This has all the subtlety, nuance and genius of, say, claiming that "For Jews, Right is Wrong".
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Debra Nussbaum Cohen at the Jewish Week has a piece she calls "Tweaking Tradition" on how gay and lesbian Jews alter tradition to fit their lifestyles.
Most Jewish worship and practice is the same for gay and lesbian Jews as it is for any other. But there are places where the needs of gays and lesbians are not addressed by the tradition, and so rituals and liturgies are invented...Ahead of this week's JP Letters feature, absolutely fascinating.
PS For more on this interesting issue, please see Ms. Cohen’s other article in this week’s Jewish Week on Gays Rituals Going Mainstream.
One wonders about two so similar articles written by the same person in the same issue.
posted by Pinchas | 3:27 PM |
...a startling turnaround that is a result of a budget formula consisting of higher taxes, service cuts, extra aid and greater government efficiency...Okay, let's see here so its higher taxes, service cuts, extra aid, greater government efficiency, hey wait a minute no trillion dollar tax cut? posted by Pinchas | 3:05 PM |
An Australian is appealing to the Jewish community in Britain to help find a bone marrow donor for his mother. Mr Yuri Frenklah is searching for a match after his mother, Olga, was diagnosed with acute leukaemia last year.French synagogue ransacked, death slogan on wall
A synagogue in a Paris suburb has been ransacked in what French Jewish leaders said on Wednesday was the first such anti-Semitic attack in France since the end of the Iraq war.posted by Pinchas | 2:39 PM |
The level of discourse that we've meticulously maintained in our comments sections seems to have spilled over into the (until now) most aloof, academic reaches of the blogosphere. The spat in question began when I posted a link to Professor Jim Davila's (aka paleojudaica) most recent conference paper. Commenter Meredith responded:
It’s things like this that remind me why I’ll never again live with a Bible critic.From the ivory tower of academia, Davila shot back:
Don't flatter yourself, MeredithProtocols -- dedicated to maintaining the highest levels of blog-related discourse . posted by Voice From The Hinterlands | 2:28 PM |
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AUCKLAND July 18 - Some 200 poets, writers and academics - all living in exile around the world - are to gather for a conference in Auckland this week to explore the link between exile and creativity.If there is a strong connection, then we should be the world's most creative people. Elder I., did you attend said conference?
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Reader Menachem points to Scott McClellan's briefing yesterday which had this fierce question:
Q Scott, while the President said that Israel's border wall or fence, which is now 85 miles long, is "unhelpful," U.S. Border Patrol said yesterday that there are 68 miles of our Mexican border that are also fenced or walled. My question, first of two: Will the President, as an example to Israel, order that the Mexican border walls be removed? Or does he recognize a deep concern of Texans, New Mexicans, Arizonans, and Californians about the millions of illegal aliens that keep crossing there?And you're thinking "Wow, that's a toughie." But Scott McClellan turned on the after-burners for his response:
MR. McCLELLAN: Well, first, let me speak to the issue of the Texas-Mexico border. Because when the President was governor, he made it very clear that he was opposed to building a wall along that border, that walls tend to separate people. And he made his views very clear on that issue as governor. And so that was a view he expressed as governor.Again, Bush comes off as an honest broker of peace; the man's invincible.
The next question seemed an even tougher hit:
Q Page one of the Washington Times reports "U.S. reverses its position on Hamas. Powell says nonviolence key to new role." And my question: If this is done, despite Abbas, total violation of the road map's requirement that Hamas be disarmed, why should al Qaeda not be extended the same olive branch?But the questioner is actually pretty off on the facts. As the WT story actually revealed, Powell was calling for Hamas to jettison its terrorist activities.
"If an organization that has a terrorist component to it, a terrorist wing to it, totally abandons that, gives it up, and there is no question in anyone's mind that is part of its past, then that is a different organization."Reminds me of Bush's call late last year for Saddam to reform,
President Bush said today that the United States was trying diplomacy ''one more time'' to disarm Saddam Hussein ''peacefully'' and suggested that if the Iraqi leader complied with every United Nations mandate it would ''signal the regime has changed.''posted by Steven I. Weiss | 2:00 PM |
Synopsis of President Bush’s eighth official press conference (at the same time in their presidency’s Clinton had held 33 and Bush the elder – not to be confused with Elder – had held 61): Me good, Saddam bad. Condi good, gay marriage bad. Economy good, unemployment bad. WMDs bad, not finding them not so bad. Raising lots of campaign money good, Gray Davis funny. Deficit okay, North Korea sorta bad. Secrecy good, al Qaeda bad. War on terror good, Iran bad. And not one mention of a lockbox.posted by Pinchas | 1:51 PM |
A slightly fuzzy, black and white surveillance video played Tuesday in a darkened U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Central Islip showed five men, three of them in Hasidic garb, carting boxes through the doors of the Brentwood offices of Allou Healthcare Inc. in the middle of the night...[Maybe it was really just a heist based on Snatch -- SIW] posted by Pinchas | 1:39 PM |
There is something about Kansas City’s Menorah Hospital opening a kosher section in their cafeteria that just sounds right.
...a closer look at the cold selections reveals that these aren't just ordinary eats. Nickel-sized seals proclaim the deli-meat sandwiches to be certified kosher meat products. A sign suspended from the ceiling identifies this as "Kosher Korner" and a framed certificate on the outside of the cold case states that the food served in the line has been certified kosher by Vaad Hakashruth of Kansas City.posted by Pinchas | 1:26 PM |
LAT on a religious Christian gym. It plays Christian rock, has a dress code, daily prayers and is closed on Sunday. Not noted in the article, there are some Orthodox Jewish gyms out there, too. There is this Jewish bit, though:
But certain fitness routines can conflict with one's strict adherence to a particular faith. Take yoga, for example, the ancient meditative practice providing the basis for Vishnaic religions. For many Jews who want to practice yoga, chanting Sanskrit during a sun salutation and then skipping off to a rabbi's house for dinner is a dramatic conflict of faith.See, that's why I haven't gotten involved in yoga -- I'm torn between religious environments and secular endeavors; it has nothing to do with laziness... posted by Steven I. Weiss | 1:26 PM |
Bush's press conference comments on Israel:
Q: ...you spoke about a Palestinian state in 2005. Do you think that goal is still realistic, or is it likely to slide just because it's so hard to make headway?Again, this sounds very, very different from what Tom DeLay is saying. posted by Steven I. Weiss | 1:09 PM |
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Actor Christopher Reeve told an Israeli audience yesterday he thinks there is a good chance he will walk again - provided "politics and religion" don't interfere with scientific research.It's an interesting approach, to come to Israel and lay blame on politics and religion, the two cornerstones of Israeli culture and society. posted by Steven I. Weiss | 12:05 PM |
It seems that protocols is the first result for any msn searches for "WHERES MY ADVANCE CHILD TAX CREDIT FORM". That's us -- we at protocols are known far and wide for being serious when it comes to advance child tax credit forms.posted by Voice From The Hinterlands | 12:04 PM |
Attention Joel Administration: This is how a school with vision behaves.
Gore May Enter Race
A study by the French environmental campaigning group Robin des Bois found that a typical two-hour barbecue can release the same level of dioxins as up to 220,000 cigarettes.posted by Voice From The Hinterlands | 9:41 AM |
Archeology Magazine takes the new Tomb Raider movie way too seriously:
For all its entertainment value, there's nothing here of any redeeming value in terms of archaeology. It's unfortunate; I don't think it has to be that way, even with a character based on a video game. Oh well, maybe they'll do a third movie in which we'll see Lara Croft at a scholarly meeting presenting a paper on long-distance trade and kinship ties in Assyria based on her trace element analysis of metal artifacts (maybe ancient knives?) and newly translated cuneiform tablets. I can see it now...as a distinguished professor in a tweed jacket and bow tie raises his hand to object to her conclusion, Croft reaches for her cutlery.... Hmmm. Maybe it's better to not worry about archaeology if you go to this movie.Indeed. (via paleojudaica) posted by Voice From The Hinterlands | 9:36 AM |
Tuesday, July 29, 2003
Meredith's big smackdown. Many of us have watched Meredith progress and grow, from Reader Meredith to Blogger Meredith, but have been waiting for the true potential of Commenter Meredith to bloom. It's been a struggle, an uphill climb -- but we think she's done it. It started off with a simple post about the hottie, to which Meredith put up her catty best:
With spelling like that, it's a good thing she's not aspiring any higher than kollel-wife status.And then "Kettle" tried to steal her thunder:
Quick Merideth, the corner store has a sale on stereoypes, perhaps you can buy into a few more!Note, for the record, that he didn't say "articulate." And then, like Daniel San in the Crane Position, Meredith took him out:
Kettle Called Black ---Booyakasha, and so forth. Meredith, you have now earned your claws. Congratulations! posted by Steven I. Weiss | 11:00 PM |
There's currently a three-way tie in Frumster Bachelor voting.posted by Steven I. Weiss | 10:01 PM |
The Elders Enter The Halls Of Power: according to the (not really very) trusty hit counters, we got a number of hits from mayorpxy.nyc.gov today. I hope Bloomberg liked what he saw...posted by Voice From The Hinterlands | 9:16 PM |
I asked the Head Heeb for his thoughts on the Tom DeLay/Logan Act question, and boy did he produce. It's a great post and I'm still parsing through it. I'll have more later.posted by Steven I. Weiss | 4:38 PM |
An Obsession With Stupidity
An Obsession With Secrecy
“It makes no sense to declassify when we've got an ongoing investigation. That could jeopardize that investigation… And it makes no sense to declassify during the war on terrorism, because it would help the enemy if they knew our sources and methods.”Exactly, so why would there be classified information in the 9/11 report, if the administration did not give the commission classified information (the President’s daily intel briefings and portions of the NSE)? Did the administration originally make available some classified material or was the information on those blank pages classified only after the fact?
I guess it all depends on what your definition of classified is is. posted by Pinchas | 3:24 PM |
Check out TNR’s piece on Mel Gibson’s film. For those interested in the quick skinny the lead-in reads:
An inside look at Mel Gibson's anti-historical, anti-intellectual, anti-Semitic film about the crucifixion.posted by Pinchas | 1:53 PM |
Jesus Christ was a Jew... The Jewish people were God's chosen people. He has a covenant with them. We ought to appreciate that.More on Tom DeLay’s trip to Israel and his political influence.
posted by Pinchas | 1:28 PM |
The Gateshead Rabbi who challenged UK Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks last year over portions of Saks’ book has died at age 75.posted by Pinchas | 1:22 PM |
So, what do you do if you’re a white-power neo-Nazi and you get drummed out of the movement because you’re Jewish? You become a spammer…posted by Pinchas | 1:13 PM |
In the world of self-centered self-help, Kabbal is King
Jews Object to 'Animal Holocaust' Exhibit
Survey: Jews support gay marriage, 69 to 28 percent.
Yesterday, I had the privilege of lunching with Israeli Ambassador Dan Gillerman. He repeated the common refrain of his tenure at the U.N., which began eight months ago that the Israeli Mission would no longer be a one-issue mission (not just the Mid-east conflict) and a one-mission mission (having friends at the U.N. beyond the U.S.).
The Vatican hopes to rally public opposition to gay marriages in a worldwide campaign spurred by its alarm over growing legal acceptance of same-sex unions in Europe and North America.We'll assumedly have lots to say come Thursday. posted by Steven I. Weiss | 12:02 PM |
The hottie writes in! But don't get your hopes up:
As u assumed i got some msg from ur readers! sorry but i don't think it will match at all..i want a bochur yeshiva and they r defenitly not!Surely, someone here must meet her demanding standards (maybe she's holding out for an Elder?).
Guys, go get her. And report back to us.
And ladies, don't forget to vote for a Frumster Bachelor. posted by Steven I. Weiss | 10:32 AM |
Y'know how when the Web started taking off, you'd see all these articles about how, in the future, when babies were born they'd get their own webpages? Well, this kid got her own blog.posted by Steven I. Weiss | 10:28 AM |
Yuter's been busy recently trying to figure out which historical catastrophes actually happened on 9 Av and which didn't. There were some hits, some near misses, some inconclusives, and some way offs. He claims that this is somehow of great importance. Me, I'm not so sure, but I'll hear him out.posted by Voice From The Hinterlands | 9:40 AM |
Shidduch Crisis hits the mainstream: via NY1 News
A New York Post study of the 2000 Census found that just over 300,000 women [in NYC] ages 35 to 44 have a traditional marriage, while nearly 400,000 are single. There are three times as many divorced women in the city as men.
[This is why the Frumster crusade is so important. "Protocols -- fixing the shidduch crisis one bachelor vote at a time." -- SIW] posted by Voice From The Hinterlands | 9:31 AM |
"A poll released today by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life and the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press shows that there has been an important shift in public perceptions of Islam. Fully 44 percent of the American public now believes that Islam is more likely than other religions 'to encourage violence among its believers.' As recently as March 2002, just 25 percent expressed this viewInteresting. I would've thought that the polls would have been higher the closer to 9/11. This deserves some thought. posted by Voice From The Hinterlands | 12:14 AM |
Monday, July 28, 2003
Salon.com runs an article on the Kabbalah Center, otherwise known as The Church of Scientology Done Jewish.
One of the first things they figured out is that no one really cares about forbidden fruit if they can't use it to bake a pie. So instead of having classes about God, the center has classes about the much more practical task of finding your soul mate. Along the way, what they teach might show you a thing or two about God, but their version offers some serious personal change without putting in all that time on the hard cold floors of the monastery. No fasting, no thorny path. According to Berg, all you need for change is a bit of prayer and a bit of meditation.McDonald's indeed. posted by Voice From The Hinterlands | 11:51 PM |
Israel recognizes the Black Hebrew community: Who are these Black Hebrews, anyway?
Favoring stark black robes with elaborate inlaid designs, Black Hebrews constitute one of Israel's most unusual groups. They practice polygamy, shun birth control, and refrain from eating meat, dairy products, eggs and sugar.Oh. posted by Voice From The Hinterlands | 11:44 PM |
Adi Neuman survives a frontal assault on his new Frumness - a night out with his secular cousin.posted by Voice From The Hinterlands | 11:31 PM |
AKS' tales of the goldfish. Reminds me of the fish we had as a kid for awhile. One day, one of the fish wasn't in the bowl anymore, and when I got upstairs to breakfast, I couldn't believe the atrocity my father had carried out by flushing it down the toilet. It wasn't until some time later that I realized the fish was dead first...and then forgave the Pops.posted by Steven I. Weiss | 11:14 PM |
When asked if he was going to release the Palestinian prisoners to the direct custody of the Palestinian Authority, Sharon responded-- 'What? Am I meshugeh? Those mamzers are terrorists!'posted by Steven I. Weiss | 10:39 PM |
Best Google hit ever middle east Hebrew erotica. Sorry to disappoint, but we don't have any here; though, if anybody sends some over, I'll gladly link to it.posted by Steven I. Weiss | 10:32 PM |
Kesher Talk links to Jarvis' description of a run-in with Alterman over the latter's comments on French anti-Semitism. I was there for the tail-end of the conversation (see my other posts about the conference here and here), and it really didn't look pretty from Alterman's end.
A TV crew was getting ready to interview him and had its camera turned pointed in our direction. Alterman pushed the microphone away and snapped, "I'm not talking to you."To be fair to Eric, the TV crew had focused its camera on him and was holding the microphone in front of his face, and by all appearances was looking to film the argument, when Eric said "I'm not talking to the camera." As I recall, the camera crew walked away and there was a bit more conversation before Eric did.
I have two additional points to make:
1) There is a need to study the cause of attacks especially when the root is anti-Semitism. Attacks by people who take the Protocols of the Elders of Zion as fact can be prevented through education and discourse; a lot of these anti-Semites don't know any better -- if they did, there's every reason to believe they'd quit violence based on their sentiments.
2) Eric only made the comment as a tangential last-sentence statement. It's obvious he didn't put much thought into it, and it's likewise obvious that he's wrong, so why dig in his heels? No one will think he's an idiot for retracting it, but a lot of people will think he's stupid for sticking with it. posted by Steven I. Weiss | 10:06 PM |
I missed this, but it apparently happened a few weeks ago. Amiri Baraka got dumped by Jersey, which couldn't fire him -- so legislators just removed the job altogether. Here're some examples of different coverage.
I am starting my Jr. year at YU in Sept. as a Political Science major. I went to OJ for my year in Israel and that's when I really became religious in my own right and not just because I am FFB. I am a kippa srugah guy but I wear a hat on shabbos because it's the minhag of my yeshiva. I enjoy rollerblading and wrestling (I've been varsity since I went to Frisch but I am not sure if I'm rejoining the team next year at YU). I have a good sense of humor, very dry and sarcastic. I am a big zionist and a fan of Rav Kook's hashkafa. I live on the upper west side. Go Dougies!Now, really, how can any guy beat that? He also apparently can't spell "Manhattan," despite having grown up there. Go Dougies, indeed.
Meantime, I'm rooting for this fellow:
He's the kind of guy who needs to loosen his tie after a hard day's work, he's got an education and is getting more, and he's divorced -- probably from some devilish woman who didn't understand a man's needs. Anyway, while he's going into psychoanalysis, his self-description could use some psychoanalyzing
am five foot seven that's not a short description? I am conventional, practical, emotional,..what other vague adjectives? Educated, aculturated, big zionist and very modern orthodox. I live in Brooklyn, work as a psychotherapist in Brooklyn Heights. Ideally I wish I lived in Manhattan.A guy who needs to use question marks to describe himself is obviously lacking in confidence -- probably because some mean woman took it away from him. And now, ladies, prepare to go "Awwww,"
This is what I am looking for in a mate:BTW: If any reader goes on a date with a personal linked here, you're legally bound to write in your story.
Also, here's one for those who like a man in uniform. And ladies, vote on the best-looking: Bachelor A, B, C or D.
UPDATE: Looks like the guy on top has deleted his profile in the couple hours since I posted it -- that can't be a coincidence; wacky! Also, due to the overwhelming weight of the vote to the Elders, let me request that everyone who votes for the Elders also vote for one of the Bachelors. Maybe we'll do something where we contact the winner and, I don't know, auction him off for charity or what have you.
posted by Steven I. Weiss | 8:52 PM |
Protocols marches on in the fight against anti-Semitism. The first, to my recollection, hit from someone searching for Protocols of the Elders of Zion. We made the first page of Google hits.posted by Steven I. Weiss | 8:23 PM |
This took place tonight:
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.Any readers in attendance? posted by Steven I. Weiss | 8:05 PM |
An interview with a YU musmach and Rabbi of a synogogue in Houston.posted by Pinchas | 5:45 PM |
Finally! A good idea for what to do with 'High'bridge Park - the clientele already exists, the cheap labor is there, we just need three or four guys to run the operation... any thoughts?posted by Pinchas | 11:14 AM |
Interested in abstract legal fulminating? Bored of the same acharonim, over and over again? Check out Yuter's discussion of Islamic divorce-via-text-messaging.posted by Voice From The Hinterlands | 10:54 AM |
Bob Hope, RIP. Representative Hope quip:
"I bumped into Gerald Ford the other day. I said, 'Pardon me.' He said, 'I don't do that anymore.' "posted by Voice From The Hinterlands | 10:28 AM |