Friday, July 25, 2008

Random Thoughts

Just a few random thoughts…

A lot of political observers thought that John Edwards had a decent chance to become Barack Obama’s running mate—after all, he is white, Southern, and liberal. But unfortunately for Edwards, it doesn’t look like that will happen—the National Enquirer seems pretty confident in its report that Edwards had an affair that produced a child. According to the National Enquirer, Edwards met with his mistress Monday night in the Beverly Hilton, and was caught by Enquirer photographers. The words “National Enquirer” and “responsible journalism” don’t usually go together, but the Enquirer is probably right in this case—Fox News has confirmed at least some of their report. Whatever the truth is, Edwards almost certainly won’t be Obama’s running mate now.

Blatant anti-Semitism of the week: Time Magazine’s Joe Klein explains his idea of the weaknesses in John McCain’s foreign policy: “[McCain has] surrounded himself with, and been funded by, Jewish neoconservatives who believe Iran is a threat to Israel's existence.” Yes, Jewish neoconservatives—they’re the worst kind. I hate to violate Godwin’s Law, but I would just point out that seventy years ago, Germans blamed Jews for their loss in World War I. Now, Jews get blamed for all of our woes in the Middle East. Progress.

News from the religion of peace: Jihadis punish homosexuality by raping gay men. I’m not saying my gaydar is infallible, but if you rape homosexuals to prove your manhood, you’re trying too hard. Gays tend to be liberal, but given what would happen to them if radical Islam ever got any sort of political or social power, they would probably be better off voting Republican.

Okay, I realize that Barack Obama isn’t a very good debater, but would it kill him to have just one debate with McCain? He is having an event with McCain in August, which is something, but it won’t be a real debate—the two men won’t respond to each others points. Dodging debates probably won’t help him in the long run—if he gets a reputation as a bad debater, his debate performances will be scrutinized that much more carefully.

Any doubts that the media is actively rooting for Obama? This piece from Bild (in fairness, this is a German maginize, not an American one) should help dispel them.
He goes and picks up a pair of 16 kilo weights and starts curling them with his
left and right arms, 30 repetitions on each side. Then, amazingly, he picks up
the 32 kilo weights! Very slowly he lifts them, first 10 curls with his right,
then 10 with his left. He breathes deeply in and out and takes a sip of water
from his 0,5 litre Evian bottle.

I love the breathless reporting of the completely ordinary events taking place—from the tone of the piece, it sounds like Obama is lifting entire mountains, but that particular workout regimen doesn’t really sound that hard. (Although I’m sure that Obama has some harder ones—he looks to be in pretty good shape).

Barack Obama got a bounce of a few points from his European trip. It should be interesting to see how it holds up—will is dissipate quickly, or will he keep at least some of that support?

Michael Savage has stirred up controversy by suggesting, basically, that most kids diagnosed with autism are really just coddled brats. It is possible that “normal” kids are sometimes misdiagnosed with autism, but Savage’s main point is ridiculous, as well as being hurtful to people who do have autism. I hesitate to write this, knowing that I am playing into Savage’s attention-hungry hands by mentioning it, but this sort of thing should be condemned.

Dennis Kucinich has instituted not-quite-impeachment hearing against George Bush. Apparently Democrat party leaders wouldn’t let him mention impeachment, so he and his friends just critizied Bush for a while. The mood in the room was described as “slightly demented.” Sounds about right.


At July 26, 2008 at 5:51 AM , Blogger Beth said...

Just when we think the MSM in the U.S. can't get any worse, the Germans let us know the depth of lunacy in journalism.

At July 27, 2008 at 4:50 PM , Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

McCain has] surrounded himself with, and been funded by, Jewish neoconservatives who believe Iran is a threat to Israel's existence.” ..what tools!

At July 28, 2008 at 7:50 AM , Anonymous Suzanne Pomeranz said...

The world is full of hatred and Predigest Thanks to you all. What fault do you have with people who believe Iran is a threat to Israel's existence?
I believe it’s so.
At least the Jewish people have the good sense to realize it and try to do something about it. You’all just sat around a complain about others.
I believe that Jews all over this planet choose peace in the Middle East over the never-ending death machine of hatred and division and terror that exists there now
And Obama said, but he is ready to talk with Ahmadinejad without preconditions!

Have any of you here ever been to Isearal?
Oh, yes the conservatives.... they know it all...... The conservatives think you are Intellectuals
Have any of you here ever been to Israel? I have and I have seen the way the Arabs work. And that is ONE reason why I am PRO McCain
McCain is pro Israel. And PRO America.
That's more than I could say for Obama....or Hillary.

At July 28, 2008 at 8:01 AM , Anonymous suzanne pomeranz said...

McCain's greatest claim to the presidency —— his overseas expertise
Jewish neoconservatives believe Iran is a threat to Israel's existence is there any doubt about that?
So what’s the problem here, why did WomenHonorYourself ever bring that up at this point? Unlike Barack Obama, John McCain has never ignored the facts.

At July 28, 2008 at 8:11 AM , Anonymous suzanne pomeranz said...

John McCain identifies a great deal more with Israel a great deal more that Obams does. In fact even more than some of the members of the Bush administration - as we saw recently with his concern for the Israeli prisoners. Whenever Israel needs someone to pick up the telephone on the subject of the prisoners, McCain is ready to help -if he can.
He one said, “While we mourn and seethe at September 11th, we don’t notice that Israel has a September 11th sometimes every day,” he wrote in support of Israel’s right to defend itself against terrorism.”
John Mccain is a supporter of Israel. He has consistently been a supporter of Israel.I would be very proud to have him as my president.

At July 28, 2008 at 9:50 AM , Anonymous Miri Lowenberg said...

McCain has run a campaign in the Jewish community in which he claims to be Iran's worst nightmare while proclaiming Senator Barack Obama as dangerously naive.
There are many reasons I would not vote for Obama. I disagree with most of his political views. But even if I agreed with his politics I would never vote for him because of his conection to anti-jewish (not only anti-Israeli) pastor.

His pastor of 20 years praised Farakan whose views on Jews (not Israel) are well known. I am not saying that Obama shares Farakan's views. In fact I am sure he does not. However, it is clear that such views were not important enought for Obama to be uncomfortable in that church. I am not blaming Obama for his pastor's actions. I am blaming Obama for his own inaction. I even understand why Farakan was honored in Obama's church. After all black community sees Farakan very differently than Jewish community (and to some degree rightfully so). However as a Jew I can not support a person who in his private life chose to be silent.

At July 28, 2008 at 9:56 AM , Anonymous Miri Lowenberg said...

My friends, as the people of Israel know better than most, the safety of free people can never be taken for granted. And in a world full of dangers, Israel and the United States must always stand together in this fight against terror.
And as a Jewish American I am for John Mccain

At July 28, 2008 at 10:07 AM , Anonymous Bonnie said...

I completely agree with your posts Suzanne and Miri. It is so simple for people to blame Israel instead of looking at their selves and the model they are setting for others. I am certainly not blaming the Palestinians as a whole, as I am sure there are plenty of people who advocate for peace, however, they need to learn to live together and govern their people fairly. It does not seem that they can unite and do that. This problem they have of unification is certainly not Israels’ fault. Israel is trying to survive and is being attacked by Palestinian terrorist groups on a daily basis and when they try to defend their country and their people they are accused of being an “apartheid state”! That is utterly ridiculous and unfair! If Americans were having rockets and bombs thrown at them on a daily basis and could not live without fear, they would do even more than the Israeli government does in terms of defense. However, people do not seem to look at this scenario. If you want to judge Israel fairly you need to think about how hard it is for them to survive and live with the constant fears of terror attacks, as they do now.

At July 28, 2008 at 12:39 PM , Anonymous Chris said...

Before I start, let's get some potential bias out of the way. I am and was raised a Christian. I have always believed that the Jews were God's chosen people. Through out the years they have had more that their share of hardships.
Having said that, I have never believed they are innately superior in any sense to other people. But no less either.

I was also brought up in a generally pro-Israel church where you will see people openly praying for Israel I have always thought that Israel was a lot fairer and even-handed to the Palestinians than the reverse. And of soures. I think Israel has a right to exist,
I don't know if I should even bother to indulge the crackpot theory that Jews are trying to take over the world. That is simply stupid Do they exert disproportionate influence in American politics? No, I don’t think that they do. Perhaps they are a bit more community minded that others. . Do they exert disproportionate influence in world politics? No, that’s also ridiculous as is the theory that they control the press.
Every thing and every one blames the Jews for everything. Everything from water coolers, to plastic bags, to earthworms have been said to cause global warming. Now we find out the latest item that is destroying the planet. Jews.
That is right, I just heard that Al Gore is reporting that all of the candles being lit on Menorahs over Hanukka are doing irreversible damage to the planet. Sorry that was a bad joke. But it goes to show how ludicrous these other things sound.
I happen to give the jews lots of credit for the way they handle the terrorists, as it was said here, they do it on almost a daily basis.

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