Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Q: Why does everybody cry at a wedding?
A: Because the most important part of the ceremony is when the bride and groom say, “Eye dew.”

Thursday, January 15, 2015

In the Middle East, a ten year old boy has executed two supposed Russian infiltrators, and says his goal is to kill infidels. In Saudi Arabia, Raif Badawi has received the first fifty of a thousand lashes he has been sentenced to for ‘insulting Islam.’ Do Muslim women, especially in modern society, really have to wear a veil? Interesting article with clips here.

Meanwhile, on other fronts, Pope Francis has visited a Buddhist temple in Sri Lanka to pay his respects and view holy relics; the abbot of the temple says that allowing the Pope to witness the relics ‘is the highest honor and respect we can offer to His Holiness.’ In his visit to Kolkata to light a candle on the tomb of his friend Mother Teresa, His Holiness the Dalai Lama praised the Tibetan Muslim community. Who says we can't all get along?

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

True heroes save people, they don’t shoot people. Let’s cheer for Lassana Bathily, the Muslim who works at the kosher store Hyper Cacher in Paris, and saved a dozen people. LINK

Monday, January 12, 2015

Whites carry their guns around in public, and they’re patriots protecting their rights. Blacks carry their guns around and the Right is ready to start lynch parties.
An African American said that the best way to get real gun control would be for hordes of black people to join the NRA.
“Conservatives love love LOVE the Second Amendment right up until the point where black people start exercising it….
“White militants are angry about imaginary oppression while the black ones are angry about very real oppression. Clearly, that means the black ones are ‘thugs’ and the white ones are ‘patriots.’”

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Well worth pondering: a rabbi writes about the Charlie incident.
“Individual human liberties is not our highest value. Our highest value is treating human beings with love, kindness, generosity, respect and see them as embodiments of the holy, and treating the earth as sacred. Individual liberty is a strategy to promote this highest value, but when that liberty gets abused (as for example in demeaning women, African Americans, gays in public discourse) we often insist that the articulators of racism, sexism and homophobia be publicly humiliated (not shut down, but using our free speech to vigorously challenge theirs). 2. Free speech is not defeated when we use it to try to marginalize hateful or demeaning speech. So let’s call demeaning speech, including demeaning humor, what it really is -- an assault on the dignity of human beings.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

The Atlantic Monthly asked illustrators to comment on the Charlie incident. This one is my favorite, by Brian Stauffer.
Many people are saying, Je Suis Charlie, or more pointedly, Je Suis Ahmed. As for me, Je Suis The Guy Who Hid Under the Sink.

Sunday, January 04, 2015

The French have a strange way of celebrating New Year: “France's Interior Ministry says 940 cars were set alight by revelers ringing in the New Year — 12 percent fewer than the 1,067 set aflame last year.” Well, I guess it beats eating snails, just so it’s not my car.