Now that erstwhile campaign manager Steve Bannon helped make the White House white (nationalist) again, President-Elect Donald Trump graciously decided to let him stick around. Unsurprisingly, the announcement that Bannon would fill the role of chief strategist in the Trump administration caused consternation in the Jewish community due to his ex-wife’s allegation that he is an anti-Semite.
Although said ex proffered several bits of evidence to support her claim, only one has been corroborated by independent sources: that Bannon wanted to know why the Westland School’s library stocked so many books about Chanuka. In context, the fact that Bannon singled out Chanuka suggests an unseemly level of concern over Jewish representation at the school.*
Continue reading Steve Bannon is not so far outside the American mainstream, after all
Mike Huckabee is running for President, which will hopefully be almost as fun as the last time he decided to do that. And he certainly kicked things off with a bang. In the speech declaring his candidacy, Huckabee had this, inter alia, to say:
Continue reading What crazy universe is Mike Huckabee living in?
ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith made headlines yesterday when he (sort of nonsensically) accused the Philadelphia Eagles of making roster decisions on the basis of race. But the idea of a racist team in the modern NFL is not so far-fetched — it’s probably just playing in Foxborough.
Suspicions were raised last year, when the Patriots’ official Twitter account shared the following:
Continue reading How anti-Semitic are New England Patriots fans?
Pete Carroll and Darrell Bevell got most of the blame for the way this year’s Super Bowl ended, but since he was the one who actually threw the game-ending interception, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson also managed to disappoint more than a few of his “fans”:
Continue reading I’ve never been more disappointed in Russell Wilson, Part One
When Richard Sherman was named this past year’s Madden cover boy, I imagine a significant fraction of football fans felt schadenfreudic tinglings: Sherman — thug, villain, superstar — would surely fall victim to the vaunted Madden Curse. After all, he had only one direction to fall.
But this past week, Sherman was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week after nearly becoming the San Francisco 49ers’ leading receiver (Colin Kaepernick threw him two passes; the actual leader caught three). That recognition makes him the only player in the NFL to receive the honor in each of the past three seasons (and those 22nd and 23rd interceptions stretched his lead since entering the league to 8).
RS25 has been frustratingly (to his haters) just fine.
But there is another, far more serious, curse the Seahawks have had to contend with in 2014: the Curse of the Bieber. As has been established on this very blog, Russell Wilson does not always make the wisest of wise decisions, and so in early May he failed to extricate himself (or those poor, doomed children) from an obviously dangerous situation:
Continue reading How Russell Wilson escaped the curse of Justin Bieber
The story after last night’s NFC Championship match could have gone in any number of directions:
- Pete Carroll is now the third head coach in history to win both a college championship and an NFL conference championship.
- Marshawn Lynch became the first RB to gain over 100 yards against SF all season, and his long TD runs in the playoffs are at risk of becoming routine.
- Angry Pedestrian Doug Baldwin had his first 100-yard game and also had a crucial kick return go for 69 yards.
- Kam Chancellor had himself a monster game, with several big hits and a crucial interception.
- Russell Wilson continues to be the Messiah (even as he professes the real one is some guy named Jesus).
- Did FOX really need to show us Navarro Bowman’s horrific leg injury a dozen times?
In other words, the Seahawks’ victory was a whole-team effort. But the day after Seattle dispatched San Francisco, the entire football world has been talking about one thing, and one thing only: Richard Sherman.
In a masterstroke of self-promotion by the communications major out of Stanford, Public Enemy No. 1 made Richard Sherman a household name (which he should have been for a while now). And while I don’t have a problem with what Ringwerm Sherm said about the mediocre Crabtree (remind me, how does mediocre compare to pedestrian?), I think it’s tough to defend Sherman on at least one count:
Continue reading Richard Sherman has been accused of selfishness. How selfish is he?
The headline in Mother Jones tells you just about all you need to know: George W. Bush to Raise Money for Group That Converts Jews to Bring About Second Coming of Christ. But I’ll fill you in on some of the details anyway:
Next week, former President George W. Bush is scheduled to keynote a fundraiser in Irving, Texas, for the Messianic Jewish Bible Institute, a group that trains people in the United States, Israel, and around the world to convince Jews to accept Jesus as the Messiah. The organization’s goal: to “restore” Israel and the Jews and bring about about the second coming of Christ.
What exactly will Bush’s presence contribute to the event? Glad you asked:
Continue reading George W. Bush’s speaking engagement with the Messianic Jewish Bible Institute makes sense, in the Biblical sense
Hard to believe it was all just ten months ago, but last December the whole world just couldn’t stop talking about the Mayan apocalypse — the conveniently*-dated 12/21/12, or according to some tellings, the even-more conveniently-dated 12/12/12.
*I promise, the ancient Maya didn’t know from Jesus.
That one didn’t work out, so I’m still around to tell you all about the next doomsday that should be on your radar: the Jewish apocalypse. Unfortunately, it doesn’t come with a specific date attached to it — convenient or otherwise — so the best I can do is give you a range: it’ll happen sometime between now and the year 2089.
Where the Mayan prediction was derived from that culture’s calendar, I have divined my prediction from an article published almost-exactly one month ago in Haaretz, titled Happy Ridiculously Early Jewish New Year! See you on Thanksgivukkah! The article detailed just how early in the solar calendar the Jewish calendar began 5774:
This year, we’re doing it all really, really early. Crazy early. Historically, once-in-a-lifetime early.
Yes, but how early?
Continue reading Haaretz calls the Jewish Apocalypse
An article appeared Friday in Motherlode, the NYTimes Parenting blog inexplicably not called Father & Motherlode, titled My Jewish Daughter, Mary. As you may have gathered from the title, it featured the thoughts of Israeli citizen (resident?) and mystery novelist Devorah Blachor as she agonized over whether to name her Jewish Daughter “Mary.”
If the decision caused her such agony, you might astutely ask, why not just choose a different name? As it turns out, Devorah had little choice in the matter: she offered naming rights to her first-born, and he immediately settled on Mary.
Now, I’m not interested in writing about whether Mary is an appropriate name for a Jew. I know at least one Jewish Mary, and a whole crew of Jewish Chris and Christinas. Granted, they all converted to Judaism, but the point is that it’s in no way a crippling affliction; so long as Devorah doesn’t name her daughter Ursulah or Dorcas she’ll probably turn out fine. This wasn’t really worth bringing to the New York Times.
But I promised the stupid, and the stupid I’ve got. Unsurprisingly, it comes in the form of comments:
Continue reading NYTimes article on Christian/Jewish names brings out the stupid
[Editor’s note: This post was already about a week behind the times when I wrote it two and a half weeks ago, so my apologies in advance for stretching the limits of your memory/interest/attention span.]
FOX has deservedly taken flak over its journalist’s treatment of Muslim author Reza Aslan on-air. Not only was the question ‘How can a Muslim write about Jesus?’ absurd on its face, but it highlighted a glaring double standard within the ranks of FOX journalists themselves:
Questioning Aslan’s expertise on Jesus is absurd for another reason as well.
Before I explain, full disclosure: I have not yet actually watched the controversial FOX clip. And you might suppose that, as an avowed non-viewer of FOX News, I am unqualified to discuss a specific piece of footage that appeared on that network.
But here’s the thing: like Reza Aslan, I don’t need a license to talk about anything I want. I don’t need to degrade myself by watching even one moment of FOX News in order to recognize the utter absurdity of alleging a Muslim is somehow not qualified to talk about Jesus. And Reza has one up on me. As it turns out, Aslan literally (and by this, I literally mean figuratively) is Jesus:
Continue reading Reza Aslan can’t talk about Jesus? Reza Aslan literally is Jesus