This past week, White House spokesman Josh Earnest admitted that Iran is a state sponsor of terrorism who kill Americans. But, he continued, it would be unrealistic to expect the Iranian regime to give up terrorism.
This statement was in defense of Obama’s continuing appeasement of the IslamoNazis of Iran.
In the past, when Americans were murdered by foreign tyrants, American leaders would react with anger and horror. They would move to isolate such totalitarian states. They would try and overthrow these wicked regimes.
But Barack Obama believes that America is the original sin of global instability. If only America would surrender her hegemonic role, then the global community would sort itself out, and America could build a socialist paradise at home.
Of course, the Obama doctrine has set the Middle East on fire. With America’s withdrawal, the Westphalian model of nation states is giving way to classic Islamist imperialism. Death cults, tribalism, and religious sectarianism are quickly erasing national borders, and birthing vast lawless regions where mass murder is the norm, and where hundreds of thousands of non-Muslims are under threat of Islamic genocide.
The only nation state in the region of which Obama clearly disapproves is Israel, the Jewish state, where democracy flourishes, where religious minorities have full equal rights, where homosexuals live openly and without fear, and where women are free of persecution.
But for Barack Obama, Israel is the problem, whereas Iran and Cuba are the solution.
Welcome to the moral inversions of Oceania.
A few pictures to deflect the gathering darkness.
Jewish humor is filled with self-deprecating observations. We poke fun at our peculiar foibles, and frequently address our greatest anxieties — intermarriage, Jew-hatred, weight-gain — with a take-no-prisoners attitude.
If you want to know how Jews are really feeling about something or someone, pay attention to the jokes Jews tell each other.
A few days ago, Karen and I attended a lovely wedding in Pacific Palisades.
During the smorgasbord, a friend approached, made the obligatory l’chaim and asked:
“On which Jewish holiday did Barack Obama die?”
“Obama’s not dead.”
“The day Obama dies is going to become a Jewish holiday.”
Here’s the second punch line: the guy who told me the joke is one of the few Orthodox Jewish Democrats — most Torah Jews are Conservative Republicans — with whom I’m acquainted. But he is, in his own words, “Doing teshuvah, for helping elect a straight-up Jew-hater.”
Here’s an array of fun pictures to help us get through the weekend.
Part I here.
Esther Ralston was blessed with a lovely, melodic voice, thus it’s something of a puzzle why Paramount dropped Esther’s option in 1929.
Esther was a rising star who, between 1924 and 1929, starred or co-starred in twenty-five films. She was a natural for talkies.
But the mystery is soon cleared up as Esther explains: