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GOP Puts Nail In Their 2016 Presidential Coffin


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It has become part of political mythology that a candidate cannot win the presidency without carrying Ohio. (John F. Kennedy pulled off this feat in 1960, winning the general election even though he lost the Buckeye State.) 

We'll come back to that. But first, let's take a look at another little piece of history. It has to do with the site of the GOP national nominating conventions. It looks like there's some telltale relationship between the host city and the eventual presidential winner that should have been taken into consideration. I guess Reince Preibus missed it when he announced Cleveland, Ohio as the host city for the 2016 National convention.

In the past five presidential elections, here are the cities where the GOP held their nominating gatherings:

  • 1996 San Diego, California
  • 2000 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 2004 New York, New York
  • 2008 St. Paul, Minnesota
  • 2012 Tampa, Florida

So how did that work out for the convention's host state and their GOP nominee in the general election?

  • In '96 Bob Dole LOST California
  • In 2000 George Bush LOST Pennsylvania
  • In '04 George Bush LOST New York
  • In '08 John McCain LOST Minnesota
  • In '12 Mitt Romney LOST Florida.

Five elections, five GOP host state losses. So now that the RNC has chosen Cleveland, Ohio to host their convention and no president has won the general election without winning Ohio for a long time, things are looking quite bleak. And if you're thinking of the Kennedy exception, to borrow from Lloyd Bentsen to Dan Quayle:

Senator, I served with Jack Kennedy. I knew Jack Kennedy. Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine. Senator, you're no Jack Kennedy

And neither are any of the Republican potential candidates for 2016.

say goodnight, Gracie


Thanksgivukkah -- 1st Time Since 1888


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It’s a turkey. It’s a menorah. It’s Thanksgivukkah!

This year Thanksgiving and Hanukkah happen to fall on the same day, so combining the two, Gobble Tov, everybody. An old holiday is back after an absence of 125 years. I don't think there's anybody left from that last blowout, though I heard it went of for days --eight of them. So this year, this Thanksgivukkah, eat and drink up like it's 1888 again because you probably won't be around for the next one -- a mere 79,043 years from now.

What could possibly go wrong with combining these two festive celebrations? Nothing. Nada. Bubkis.

So get your gobbler's giblets and turkey schmaltz and lets have a feast. Last year I made a turducken (boneless turkey stuffed with boneless duck stuffed with boneless chicken stuffed with bacon/mushroom/sausage dressing). Oh, and did I mention that the entire bird was wrapped in maple bacon?

This year it's going to be a Turbrishka -- a boneless turkey stuffed with an herb rubbed,  beef brisket, enveloped in sausage kishka.

If you're at a loss what to cook for this festive celebration, the New York Daily News has prepared a few dishes for you to chose from. They can be viewed here at Thanksgivukka meals.

And for those of you who want to know more of the meaning of Thanksgivukkah, it's been put to song -- possibly the first and last Thanksgivukkah Song for the next 79,000 years:


Jews Take Note: No More Snip The Tip



As Paddy pointed out in her morning briefing yesterday, SUNDAY LINKS, there's a new train of thought pulling into the Stockholm Station that goes contrary to Jewish law. It's that circumcision should be outlawed. That will surely be another job killer. What will all of those Jewish religious Mohels do for work if they can't perform their job -- or worse yet, totally eliminate their jobs.

Don't know what a mohel is? A mohel is a Jewish man who performs the ritual of brit milah (covenant of circumcision) on a baby boy eight days after he is born. This tradition goes back thousands of years.

Now circumcision itself isn't reserved for Jewish boys. It's a medical practice that has been adopted for health reasons all over the world. In some countries it's more prominent, and in others, less. But it's certainly not witchcraft or voodoo. It's a safe, medical procedure. It' has it's fans and it's foes.

So perhaps, unless religiously performed, it could be a take-it or leave-it proposition, left to the parents.

Well, it seems the Swedes want to take the choice out of the parents hands totally.

According the Swedish Newspaper THE LOCAL:

crying child

"To circumcise a child without medical reasons and without the child's consent, runs contrary... to the child's human rights and the fundamental principles of medical ethics," they write in a debate article in the Dagens Nyheter daily on Saturday.

The Swedish Society of Medicine (SLS), the Swedish Society of Health Professionals (Vårdförbundet), the Swedish Pediatric Society (BLF) and the Swedish Association of Pediatric Surgeons (SLF), argues that Swedish law requires that the child's parents will be taken into account wherever possible.

Wow, that seems to be tossing the baby out with the foreskin. The child's considered too young to make the decision for himself as to whether or not to go under the knife, but taking his parents away to jail seems a bit harsh -- especially if the infant doesn't have a job or  other way to support himself. You snip the tip and do time in the hoosegow.

Do you think they have their own ward for circumcision offenders? Cell block Fore!

This motion to ban the religious and health procedure has reached serious levels and the argument may take it all the way to the U.N. according to the Swedish Pediatric Society (BLF).

"We consider circumcision of boys without the child's consent to be in contravention of article 12 of UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) which gives children the right to have an opinion in matters which concern them."

The issue has become topical in Sweden in recent weeks following the submission of a motion to parliament from the Sweden Democrats calling for an outright ban on the procedure.

Well, I don't wish to argue with the great nation of Sweden, but if they're going to pick a dick measuring contest, this one seems to be a tough one. Removing parents rights to decide health care for their children and in some cases, (there must be some Jews in Sweden, Bjorn Cohen or Ingemar Shapiro) religious beliefs is violating thousands of years of tradition.

Not every tradition is a good thing. I'm not sure singing the national anthem before a ball game, or dancing the May pole dance on May 1st accomplishes a lot, but the root of circumcision has some pretty strong lineage.

the bible

You may want to know how this "barbaric" procedure came into being. It's basis is some old book called the bible.

In Genesis 17:10–12, God said to Abraham, “As for you, you and your offspring to come throughout the ages shall keep My covenant…. Every male among you shall be circumcised. You shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin, and that shall be the sign of the covenant between Me and you. And throughout the generations, every male among you shall be circumcised at the age of eight days.”


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


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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?