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Break The Mirror: How Schwarzenegger Learned To Love Sargent Shriver

One loved Nixon. One ran against Nixon in 1972, and was the brother-in-law of the man who beat Nixon in 1960. Yet a real bond seemed to develope between Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sargent Shrive. Here's Schwarzenegger's tribute to Shriver in The Los Angeles Times.

The Grave of Mendel Beilis

Jay Beilis, Mendel's grandson, sent us the inscription on Mendel's grave:

Pay attention to this grave

Here lies a holy person, a chosen man

The people of Kiev made him a victim

And upon all Israel spread the travail

Falsely accused him and his community of taking the blood of a

Christian child as demanded by him and his faith for the festival of Passover

They bound him in chains and lowered him into a pit

Blood Libel: The Passover After Beilis

Today in history: 

Jan. 18, 1943 saw the first shots of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising. The Nazis intended to deport 8,000 Jews but the resistance forceed the Nazis to retreat after 5,000 were deported, saving 3,000 lives. The uprising resumed on erev Pesach, three months later.

And in 1914, 29 years prior:

Blood Libel: The Two-Faced Outrage Of The Civility Police

James Taranto, of The Wall Street Journal's "Best of the Web" column, unearthed these usages of "Blood libel" from the some of the very same people who are shocked, shocked, that Sarah Palin used the term herself.

Palin's quote: "especially within hours of a tragedy unfolding, journalists and pundits should not manufacture a blood libel that serves only to incite the very hatred and violence they purport to condemn."

Debbie Friedman Talks About Being Gay

I left out any mention of Debbie Friedman's romantic history in my farewell piece. (Correction: Debbie Friedman was born in 1951, not 1952 as reported).

 I spoke about this topic with Debbie enough times to know that she wasn't interested in that aspect of her private life being discussed in print.

Sarah Palin Is Right -- We're Looking At A Blood Libel


Let's count who has been blamed so far by the Moderate & Tolerant Ones: Sarah Palin, the entire state of Arizona, the Tea Party, and let's blame all of talk radio, too, while we're at it, because the killer in Tucson must have been listening to talk radio stations in Cleveland and Philadelphia.

As Jon Stewart pointed out, blaming talk radio for the Tucson killer is like blaming heavy metal rock radio for the Columbine killers.

Giffords Shooting: Trigger-Happy Left Sees Incitement Everywhere But The Mirror

If a black man or an illegal alien shot Congresswoman Giffords in the head, would leftists blame blacks or Hispanics?

No, the left would blame poverty.

If a Moslem shot Giffords in the head, would the left blame militant Islam?

No, leftists would build a new mosque in Tuscon, reaching out to moderates, refusing to get into the gutter with extremists and hysterics, insisting that we use this tragedy to find ways to heal.

Karen, from 'Exodus', Dies A Second Time

Jill Haworth, who played Karen, the young Danish-Jewish blonde girl in 'Exodus,' and who later was the original Sally Bowles in 'Cabaret,' passed away the other day.

You probably haven't seen the trailer for 'Exodus' in a while.

A Thoroughbred, Rosa Robota, And The Great Auschwitz Uprising Of 1944

Once upon a time in a magical town called Ciechanow there was an gutsy Zionist family. Faige Trombka, in Czarist times, "risked giving her home for a Zionist library, for Hebrew courses... She raised her children as staunch Jews, fought for the establishment of Israel," said those who remember.

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