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Saturday Apr 05, 2014
  John Kerry's peace process is dying. Or it was born dead, despite having parents who praised its prospects.   The fault is not Israel's, nor Palestine's, but John Kerry's. Or maybe Barack Obama's, due to his appointing a visionary for a job that is supposed to be serious.   Kerry's various ideas join the collection amassed since the 1930s, resembling the jumble of the Jewish graveyard of Prague, with stones leaning one on the...
Thursday Apr 03, 2014
    Remember the wedding scene in Goodbye Columbus. It shows the ugliest side of Jewish nouveau riche, and got for Philip Roth the severe criticism of Jewish leaders for his exaggerations, or for revealing one of the embarrassing aspects of Jewish culture.   Think of Ehud Olmert and a few other politicians, as well as Sara Netanyahu. Ehud's weaknesses included a collection of high priced fountain pens, said to be...
Tuesday Apr 01, 2014
  If you want to be Jewish, you need a high tolerance for uncertainty. It's an essential part of coping with ourselves and the goyim.   There are periods of relative stability, and others of intense uncertainty.   In recent days, the Israeli cousins have been at the intense end of the spectrum.   We had several days beginning last week of media babble about Shula Zaken and Ehud Olmert. What did she provide the prosecutors...
Monday Mar 31, 2014
  Ehud Olmert has been part of Israeli government since his first election to the Knesset in 1973. He served on key committees dealing with foreign affairs, defense and finance; had a term as a minister without portfolio, climbed to the position of Health Mister, went higher as Mayor of Jerusalem, returned to the Knesset, negotiated the coalition formed after the election of 2003, and began a series of ministerial positions dealing with...
Saturday Mar 29, 2014
 It's hard to know whether to smirk, guffaw, dismiss as not surprising and more of the same, or bemoan the dimming of American civilization due to a recent article in the New York Times about legislation in Georgia and other states in behalf of guns. The article describes a wave of pro-gun legislation in various US states that would allow the carrying of weapons in bars, airports, shopping centers, schools and college campuses,...

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