I don’t care if you’re a sports fan, Pats fan, or neither… this is fucking genius.
by Jay M. Wolman
Next Sunday night, December 6, marks the beginning of Chanukkah. The tl;dr version of the story is that Judah Maccabee and his brothers beat back the occupying King Antiochus, restored the Temple, and the oil lasted 8 days. And, thus, we eat latkes, spin dreidels, light menorahs, and give presents. Except…
Judah and his band of brothers were religious zealots. Their father, Mattathias, kicked off the whole rebellion when he killed another Jew for sacrificing to a Greek god. When they won, they founded the Hasmonean Dynasty, acting as both High Priests in the Temple and as kings. Some of the biggest enemies weren’t the Seleucids (Syrian-Greeks), but rather Hellenized Jews. Think more Ayatollah and less Ben Gurion.
Fast forward 2180 years and what do we have? An Israel that had captured the Temple Mount 50 years prior, but won’t let Jews pray there. Four Adam Sandler songs in a weak effort to draw attention from ubiquitous carols. Eight nights of presents to compete with Christmas morning, instead of a few coins (actual gelt) to reward Torah scholarship.
Yes, there are those who would love to knock down the dome of the rock and al-aqsa mosque and build the Third Temple, restoring the sacrificial cult, but this is not likely happening. Instead, we have Jews celebrating Christmas by eating pork fried rice. The commemoration of the Hasmonean victory is celebrated in a manner 180 degrees from its basis: Less Mattathias, more the Hellenized guy. In the immortal words of Buck Murdock: Irony can be pretty ironic sometimes.
Martin Luther King knew that institutional racism was about “them” fucking “us” over, but making sure that “we” split into at least two fragments — fragments that don’t get along with each other. “The Southern aristocracy took the world and gave the poor white man Jim Crow,” King said in 1965. “And when his wrinkled stomach cried out for the food that his empty pockets could not provide, he ate Jim Crow, a psychological bird that told him that no matter how bad off he was, at least he was a white man, better than a black man.”
Scott Greenfield explains why the BLM campus movement is just more of the same – and virtually ensures that nothing will get done.
Hear that whooshing sound? That’s what comes of comparing the murder of Laquan McDonald with the “disaffection” of black students at the most privileged universities in the world, searching for racism in the library. That’s what comes of black girls given the same opportunity for enjoy the fabulous life of the elite screaming at her housemaster to shut up. That’s what comes of making demands that every course of study require a mandatory class in diversity and inclusion.
And poof, you lost the budding concern of white America for the travails of black kids being murdered by cops. Sure, you held on to a few SJWs, who enjoy life in the same cocoon, but their whining about their personal pebbles in their shoes fails to persuade anyone to give a damn. They’re just as off-putting as silly, trivial whiners as the Amherst student who screamed, “fuck your white tears.” (source)
Greenfield concludes that we were close — we almost had unity on the issue of cops being out of control. But then a crowd of overprivileged whiners made the whole thing look like a joke.
Your idiotic protests over your hurt feelings might make you feel self-important, but your loss of focus is serving the same purpose as the Jim Crow laws. Nice job. You made black lives matter just a little less. But, by all means, live our your little Huey Newton fantasies for a little while.
I wrote a somewhat vituperative screed (who me???) about the Saudi justice system a few days ago.
And now, perhaps just to spite me (heh), they’re considering pardoning a blogger that they imprisoned for criticizing Islam.
A Swiss newspaper is reporting that imprisoned Saudi blogger Raif Badawi could have his sentence of 1,000 lashes suspended, but Amnesty International has yet to confirm the news.
The Swiss Secretary of Foreign Affairs Yves Rossier told the Fribourg daily newspaper La Liberté that Badawi’s sentence was suspended.
“A royal pardon is in the works thanks to the head of state, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud,” he said. (source)
If this is true, I will have some apologizing to do. Of course, its not like this one act makes up for decades of brutality and censorship, but lets just presume it is part of a trend, and that trend proves me wrong.
I’d rather be wrong and see good things happen than dig in to my critical position, refusing to let go of it in the light of evidence to the contrary. I’m not a fucking SJW.
The newly politically correct Canadian government, citing security, will not allow single Syrian men into the country. Single women are ok though. Because now even the left is using “terrorism” as its bullshit boogeyman to push its agenda. (source) Remember when that was just a right-wing thing? Ah, the good old days.
I’m not going Christian on you. But, looking at the leading nations when it comes to executions, that verse resonated with me.