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8 years ago @ Jewish Daily Forward - French Journalist Comp... · 0 replies · +1 points

How do you respond? Simply by saying that anyone who makes excuses for the brutal murder of the defenseless is so far removed from humanity as to be unworthy of participation in ordinary social intercourse.

8 years ago @ Jewish Daily Forward - 92Y Raises Eyebrows Wi... · 0 replies · 0 points

can anyone identify the "they" of whom this poster speaks? Or is "they" in fact a conflation created by the poster's imaginative worldview?

8 years ago @ Jewish Daily Forward - Two Killed in Shooting... · 0 replies · +6 points

update from KC Star

“We are investigating it as a hate crime,” said Overland Park Police Chief, but investigators are not sure of the motive.
Overland Park Police Chief John Douglass would not say whether the man was talking to investigators.
Two of the victims were a 14-year-old boy and his grandfather who attend the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, said church spokeswoman Cathy Bien.
Two of the victims who died were shot in a car at the community center, and one of them died at a hospital, Overland Park Police Chief John Douglass said at a press conference.
Five people were hit by gunfire at the center at 5801 W. 115th Street and the Village Shalom senior living facility 5500 W. 123rd St. about 1 p.m.

8 years ago @ Jewish Daily Forward - The One Move That Migh... · 0 replies · +3 points

to quote former VP Dan Quayle, "what a waste it is to lose one's mind or not to have a mind is being very wasteful. How true that is."

8 years ago @ Jewish Daily Forward - Circumcision Studies G... · 0 replies · +7 points

"I find it very strange that many of the peopel who are adamantly against even a pinprick on a girl's genitals don't see a problem with a boy's foreskin being cut off."

I agree, but can only quote Emerson, "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds/ adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines."

Similarly, there are some nations who have no problem with the wholesale slaughter of whale and seal, but are opposed to Kosher slaughter for food. Oddly enough, those nations are also hotly involved in criminalising other cultural practices of their ethnic minorities. I suppose it depends largely on convenient or inconvenient one finds those minority populations to be.

8 years ago @ Jewish Daily Forward - The One Move That Migh... · 2 replies · +4 points

and this gem, from the article on Holocaust denier Charles Krafft last year:

[quoting Krafft]
“I don’t doubt that Hitler’s regime killed a lot of Jews in WWII, but I don’t believe they were ever frog marched into homicidal gas chambers and dispatched. I think between 700,000–1.2 million Jews died of disease, starvation, overwork, reprisals for partisan attacks, allied bombing, and natural causes during the war.”

The above is running closely with modern scholarship, and is not even raising the many unanswered —- nay, unasked questions re the holocaust that arise the moment one begins asking: ‘why’?

I could not laugh, but could only shake my head in contemplation of a human life wasted.

8 years ago @ Jewish Daily Forward - Israel Grabs More Pale... · 0 replies · +2 points

Oddly enough, I cannot find the source for this story at Reuters' US website. It appears at Reuters Africa and Reuters India and Reuters UK, though under the much less inflammatory headline

Israel appropriates land in West Bank - newspaper

Searching the Reuters US website results in a surprising and depressing series of articles.

8 years ago @ Jewish Daily Forward - No Ordinary Israeli La... · 0 replies · +1 points

don't leave us in suspense.

Honestly, it's as if the spambots don't care anymore.

8 years ago @ Jewish Daily Forward - Cornell Students Rejec... · 0 replies · +3 points

A traditional day for such activities - Kishinev being a notable example. One has to be amazed at such a demonstration of respect for history.

8 years ago @ Jewish Daily Forward - Holocaust Survivor Ber... · 0 replies · +7 points

Lucky for the Leedas they were not speaking Yiddish, that idiot might have shot them both.

However, "Leeda, 74, moved to Israel after the Holocaust, during which he was imprisoned in three Nazi concentration camps." Born in 1940? I suspect a typo somewhere.