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The Jewish Hunger Games - Kvetching Fire -- Yom Kippur Edition

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catching fire

Well, it's that time of year again, Yom Kippur 5774. At sundown tonight the Jewish Hunger Games begins for me and my Jewish friends. The traditions are the same as they have always been. We repent for our sins and we fast. Maybe we even throw in a quick visit (to be seen) at the temple. Hello, Rabbi.

This year, once again, the holiday coincides with the release of the hit movie series, HUNGER GAMES. The second installment, the sequel is called HUNGER GAMES - CATCHING FIRE. Well, in honor of the holiest of holidays for the Hebraic tribesmen, the official movie trailer for the Jewish version is out, and I'm proud to present it to you. With no further fanfare, I give you, HUNGER GAMES - KVETCHING FIRE.

To all of you wonderful readers I wish a L'shona Tova --  or Happy New Year. And I hope to see you all at Yang Chow's tomorrow night for the traditional breaking of the fast over some great Chinese food. Is there any other way to break the fast?

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Hold On There, Bloomy

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Mayor Bloomberg

Out (or not so ‘out’) going New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg this past weekend accused Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio, of running a "racist" campaign.

According to his interview with New York Magazine published Saturday:

"I think it’s pretty obvious to anyone watching what he’s been doing," Bloomberg said of de Blasio. "I do not think he himself is racist. It’s comparable to me pointing out I’m Jewish in attracting the Jewish vote."

Okay, so he’s a non-racist, racist. That sounds a bit confusing to me, Mayor Mike.

Mr. Mayor, you equate your being Jewish in a city like New York, as an unfair advantage. So being the fair man that you are, you hid that from the public I suppose. No?

Oh, you didn’t hide it. You actually took advantage of it. No racism there, I guess. You are a member of the ‘oppressed’ people.

What about being gay? Should a man or woman (like Christine Quinn) hide their sexual orientation or bring it out just for the purposes of getting votes? Certainly questions of your sexuality have been raised but you decided that part of your life is private. And I can appreciate and respect that.

But something as obvious as a candidate's family does matter to a lot of people. And de Blasio is one of them. He doesn’t hide nor is he ashamed for any reason that he fell in love with someone outside of his ethnic upbringing.

Back in August, de Blasio released an ad featuring his African-American wife, Chirlane McCray, and his 15-year-old son Dante.

Bill de Blasio family

Truth is he’s proud. He’s proud of his African-American wife and two children. Should he have hidden them? Doesn't the public have a need to know about a candidate’s family? Or how about his openness to all races?

I hope you’re not accusing Bill de Blasio of having married a Black woman 17 years ago just so he could run for mayor today. That would make you as cray-cray as the Obama birthers.

You’re criticisms are very harsh, Bloomy. You’re personal life may have things you wish to keep private and you should do as you wish. But don’t go around accusing others of having skeletons or of being “racist” without a bit more to go on.

Your days are numbered and sadly you have to live down the racist tag you've earned with your Stop and Frisk policy. Maybe it’s time for the pot to stop calling the kettle black.

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Video Overnight Thread- Ultimate Burlesque-Themed Bar Mitzvah Party

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Jeff had the restaurant next to the Temple and a soft rock band. He is gonna be SO pissed. Oy. Via Gawker.

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Video- Rabbi Shaul Praver sings Hebrew prayer at Newtown vigil

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I have never heard anything more mournful or beautiful in my life.

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Vaginas take back the capitol with Michigan women lawmakers performing "Vagina Monologues"

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Never underestimate the power of the vagina. As I prepare a new BLUNT song parody video about this very topic, I am heartened by the women legislators in Michigan retaliating against the males who banned them from the House floor for daring to utter the anatomically correct term, "vagina" while defending women's constitutional reproductive rights.

As you may recall, Reps. Barb Byrum and Lisa Brown introduced an amendment to apply the same regulations to vasectomies that GOP lawmakers wanted to add to abortion services. Majority Floor Leader Jim Stamas (R) didn't like that they used the word "vasectomy" and Rep. Mike Callton, R-Nashville, was offended by the word “vagina”.  

As I said in a previous post, it's okay with men like those two to penetrate a vagina with an ultrasound probe or even their own anatomy, but saying it out loud is something “you can’t say in mixed company.” So boinking in mixed company is fine, but a woman must not mention the very thing he boinks.

Enter (no pun) Eve Ensler, author of “Vagina Monologues”:

Monday, June 18, 2012 5:00pm until 8:00pm in EDT

Michigan Capitol Building - 100 North Capitol Ave (btw.West Allegean & West Ottawa)

EVE ENSLER is flying to Michigan to take back the capitol with a special performance of The Vagina Monologues, starring Eve herself, along with your favorite legislators!

So far, the cast includes Eve Ensler, along with:

Sen. Rebekah Warren (D-Ann Arbor)
Sen. Gretchen Whitmer (D-East Lansing)
Rep. Barb Byrum (D- Onondaga)
Rep. Stacy Erwin Oakes (D-Saginaw)
Rep. Dian Slavens (D- Canton Township)
Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D- Detroit)
Rep. Lisa Brown (D-West Bloomfield)
Rep. Vicki Barnett (D-Farmington Hills)
Rep. Joan Bauer (D-Lansing)

...with more to be announced soon!

Via Raw Story:

The play in considered a feminist manifesto and supporters hope that it will help to raise awareness of conservative encroachments on the rights of women.

The provincial team of Stamas and Callton are about to feel the wrath of women scorned. By the way, do these two ever say the word "penis" out loud? Just asking.

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VIDEO: Female MI Rep. to male GOP House leader: “I’m flattered that you're all so interested in my vagina, but no means no."

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Two Michigan (home of Gov. Ricky Snyder of Financial Martial Law infamy) Democratic state legislators, both female, were silenced by their House leader (male) for trying to reduce access to vasectomies... and for uttering the "medically correct terms" vagina and vasectomy.

That's what they got for trying to stand up for women's rights, those silly, foul-mouthed girls! Don't they know their place by now?

Think Progress:

Reps. Barb Byrum and Lisa Brown introduced an amendment to apply the same regulations to vasectomies that GOP lawmakers wanted to add to abortion services. [...]

Majority Floor Leader Jim Stamas (R) was “uncomfortable with me saying vasectomy,” Byrum explained, noting that no one told her why she had been banned or how long it would last.

War on Women? What War on Women? Don't be ridiculous!

And from The Detroit News:

House Republicans prohibited state Rep. Lisa Brown from speaking on the floor Thursday after she ended a speech Wednesday against a bill restricting abortions by referencing her female anatomy.

Brown, a West Bloomfield Democrat and mother of three, said a package of abortion regulation bills would violate her Jewish religious beliefs that pregnancy be aborted to save the life of the mother.

So if a Jew presents religion as an argument, it's not valid. Got it. Only Catholics can do that.

To make matters worse, Rep. Mike Callton, R-Nashville, was offended by the word "vagina". Apparently he can penetrate one with an ultrasound probe or even his own anatomy, but saying it out loud is something "you can't say in mixed company." He boinks in mixed company, so why can't a woman mention the very thing he, erm, mixes company with?

Lisa Brown: "We're all adults here."

No, Lisa, apparently that's where you're wrong.

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FLASHBACK Tweet: Sarah Palin chides Helen Thomas for "misunderstanding of Jewish history"

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Big thank you to Tina Dupuy for linking me to this:

Speaking of unconscionable indecency... Press corps calling u on this, Sarah?

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