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More on Garrison Keillor and the war on Christmas

Thursday, December 24th, 2009 Those Minnesota Jews sure are polite. I was wondering when Minnesota Jewish leaders would respond to last week’s bizarre outburst by Garrison Keillor, the longtime host of the  Prairie Home Companion.  In the process of trashing Unitarians for diluting the religious meaning of Christmas music he also took shots at Jewish composers he seems to think abetted the war on the holiday.

Joe Lieberman, health care and Judaism: behind the point?

Thursday, December 24th, 2009 All this talk in the Blogosphere about Sen. Joe Lieberman’s Jewishness as a factor in the health care debate strikes me as just about as off the mark as you can get.

Jimmy Carter’s message to the Jewish community: lions, lambs and why he still doesn’t get it

I was intrigued by Jimmy Carter's Chanukah message to the Jewish community, delivered via JTA, which provided a real insight into what makes him a decent human being – and made him a wretched failure as a president and Middle East policy analyst, which he fancies himself to be.

Jimmy Carter’s message to the Jewish community: lions, lambs and why he still doesn’t get it

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009 I was intrigued by Jimmy Carter’s Chanukah message to the Jewish community, delivered via JTA, which provided a real insight into what makes him a decent human being – and made him a wretched failure as a president and Middle East policy analyst, which he fancies himself to be.

Immigration reform bill introduced, but can it survive election year politics?

Almost lost in all the ink expended over the health care reform fracas on Capitol Hill was last week's introduction of a long-delayed immigration reform bill by House Democrats.  That should please a number of Jewish groups that have made such legislation a priority.

Immigration reform bill introduced, but can it survive election year politics?

Monday, December 21st, 2009 Almost lost in all the ink expended over the health care reform fracas on Capitol Hill was last week’s introduction of a long-delayed immigration reform bill by House Democrats.  That should please a number of Jewish groups that have made such legislation a priority.

Garrison Keillor's Christmas Card to the Jews

I've been a fan of The Prairie Home Companion since it went national, though I confess I often hit the “off” switch when host Garrison Keillor starts to sing,  so I don't exactly know what to make of his column this week in Salon – which also appeared in newspapers around the country.

Keillor is complaining about a Unitarian rewrite of the Christmas song “Silent Night” that pretty much removes all the Christian content.

Garrison Keillor’s Christmas Card To The Jews

I’ve been a fan of The Prairie Home Companion since it went national, though I confess I often hit the “off” switch when host Garrison Keillor starts to sing,  so I don’t exactly know what to make of his column this week in Salon – which also appeared in newspapers around the country.

The very last word on the White House Chanukah party - until tomorrow, maybe

The Great Barack Obama Chanukah Party Wars continued today with angry blogs and op-eds, almost all of  which can be distilled down into two basic positions: either this president dislikes Jews and the guest list is a deliberate snub, or he is set to have the best and most bipartisan White House Chanukah party ever.

I'm guessing tonight's party won't be the end of it.

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