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Newt Gingrich, President Obama and the latest on the Nazi allusion front

I'm beginning to think all the major Jewish “defense agencies” like the ADL and both AJCs need full-time departments just to respond to shameless politicians using inappropriate Holocaust and Nazi analogies.

The latest: former House Speaker Newt Gingrich who, although he's purportedly an historian, doesn't have the historical sense to distinguish between policies he doesn't like and the vilest, most dangerous political system in history.

Hamas Asks Gilad Shalit For His Lunch Money -- And Gets It

Like the schoolyard bully that asks the Jewish kid for his lunch money -- and gets it, Hamas gets tons --TONS -- of Israeli goods every week, even as Israel is accused of a Gaza blockade, or a Gaza boycott. Hamas is not only in a state of war with Israel, it is holding Gilad Shalit in a one-man Auschwitz.

Primary roundup: Sen. Arlen Specter loses; will Rand Paul's civil rights stance turn off Jewish voters?

It's going to be real interesting to see how conservative Jewish voters react to the remarkable ascendance of Rand Paul, who won the Kentucky senatorial primary last week.

Unlike his father, Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), Rand is a supporter of Israel and sometimes sounds like he's reading from AIPAC talking points.

But he shares the libertarian hostility to most government programs and the Federal Reserve system, and he managed to stir up huge controversy this week with this comments about civil rights. While he says he doesn't favor repeal of the landmark 1964 Civil Rights Act, he doesn't support federal civil rights legislation, and he doesn't support laws that ban discrimination by private businesses, such as restaurants.

Two By Two

 Why is it that everyone is paired off?

And it’s not just me who thinks so. Even Percy Bysshe Shelley noticed:

“…Nothing in the world is single.
All things by a law devine
In one another’s being mingle”

He meant divine, of course, but perhaps that was how they spelled it back in the 19th century when he was running around with Lord Byron and lots of petticoated ladies.

The Blumenthal Follies

It's starting to look as if Connecticut may not have two Jewish U.S. senators after all, thanks to yet another politician who believed voters are dolts and journalists are lazy.

Beinart's Buddy: Chait's Rebuttal on TNR.com

Nothing like the satisfaction of being right.  Yesterday, in a blog post, I predicted Peter Beinart's piece in The New York Review of Books would ignite a much needed debate.  And by this morning, dozens of media outlooks were linking to it: here, at Jeffrey Goldberg's Atlantic blog, on Ezra Klein's Washington Post blog, and so on. 

Next Stop: Love?

I wasn’t going to re-up my Jdate subscription. I mean, life is disappointing enough. Why add insult to injury by paying for it?

But this one fellow caught my eye. He, with his 1970s moustache and unabashed quest for “love and couplehood and partnership for life,” although since he wrote in Hebrew it is entirely possible that he was actually seeking a lovely roommate who doesn’t mind living with a couple.

Happy Birthday To The Greatest Jew That Ever Lived

The first day of Shavous is the 250th birthday of one of my best friends, the most spectacular Jew that ever lived, Yisroel Ben-Eliezer. Most folks know him as the Baal Shem Tov, but today I'm calling him Reb Yisroel since that's what his mom and dad called him at the dawn of his life.

(They didn't say "Hi, liitle Besht, I love you, Baal Shem Tov!" They called him Yisroel when they cuddled him and put him to bed at night. I just wanted to send some love to his parents, Eliezer and Sarah, since they gave us so much, and they died when their son was so young.)

Wisdom and foolishness as Israel bars Noam Chomsky

The best line on the Noam Chomsky affair?  It comes from Atlantic blogger Jeff Goldberg, who came up with this gem:  "Real democracies aren't afraid of ridiculous men like Noam Chomsky." 

The Jerusalem Gambit, The Presidents Conference And Peter Beinart

The more I think about it, the more I see why left-of-center pro-Israel groups like J Street and Americans for Peace Now are bouncing off the walls about last week's ad on Jerusalem by the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.

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