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Madoff joins Pollard at NC jail

The nation’s two most famous Jewish inmates are now sharing an address: FCI Butner.

Human Rights Watch in Saudi Arabia: dumb, dumb dumb.

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009 I generally admire human rights watchdog groups, even if they sometimes show a little more enthusiasm in criticizing Israel than in criticizing its neighbors.  Human Rights Watch has always struck me as a useful group in a world overflowing with human rights disasters – contrary to the views of some pro-Israel groups, which regard any criticism of Israel as blasphemy.

Hate crimes bill introduced …. again. Will this be the year?

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009 Sen. Patrick Leahy (D- Vt.(), the Senate Judiciary chairman, has attached hate crimes legislation to the defense authorization bill. That’s good news for a bunch of Jewish groups, starting with the Anti-Defamation League, which have been pressing for the legislation – which would broaden existing federal hate crimes laws to include crimes based on gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability – for a decade.

Are Lay Leaders Fiddling While Yeshivas Burn?

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

The lack of sustainability of what is now a $2 billion educational system that caters primarily to middle-class and lower-class students should have been anticipated long ago, when the number of kids in private Jewish schools began to skyrocket, as far back as the 1950s.

 

Madoff joins Pollard at NC prison

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009 The nation’s two most famous Jewish inmates are now sharing an address: FCI Butner. Bernie Madoff, sentenced in late June after pleading guilty to creating and operating a record-shattering Ponzi scheme that left some pensioners penniless and drove some Jewish charities to bankruptcy,  was transported on Monday to the Federal Correctional Institution in Butner, NC – a medium security facility near Raleigh.

Israel, health care and gays in the militar

As Congress debates health care reform and frets about the special interests that want to make it a lot less than genuine reform, maybe it’s a good time for lawmakers to take a good look at how Israel delivers medical services.

Talking Points Memo’s Jo-Ann Mort does here.  While Mort is no fan of Israeli policies with respect to the Palestinians, she thinks its health care system has ours beat by a country mile.

Hey, Bungalow Bill

Monday, July 13th, 2009 Here’s Steve Lipman’s visit to the Orthodox Bunaglows Baseball League. Sheldon Silver was a player but not Pedro Espada.   And here’s a terrific piece by Andy Silow-Carroll, editor of the New Jersey Jewish News, on the many virtues of Jewish bungalow life, and his own bungalow memories:  

Netanyahu and the 'self hating Jews' in Washington

You have to wonder about some of the members of Bibi Netanyahu’s government.

John Ensign's 'family values'

So Sen. John Ensign’s (R-Nev.) parents paid some  $96,000 to his mistress (see this Washington Post story).

It sure is nice to see family members helping each other out in times of crisis.

The Democrats not-so-super Senate majority

If I was Rabbi David Saperstein (and that's not likely; who has that much energy?), I'd be pleased as punch that Al Franken now has “Sen.” and “D-Minn.)  stuck on his name.  But I wouldn't be popping any champagne corks; the 60 vote super majority the Democrats gained in theory when Franken was finally sworn in this week will  be hard to mobilize in practice.

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