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A very busy day for hypocrisy: From the administration with the thickest skin in history, where any criticism is deemed racism, here comes some LOLs on those money grabbing Jews (h/t The Confluence):

At a public event, the 25-year anniversary gala of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Obama’s National adviser James L Jones opened his public speech with the following joke

A Taliban militant gets lost and is wandering around the desert looking for water. He finally arrives at a store run by a Jew and asks for water. The Jewish vendor tells him he doesn’t have any water but can gladly sell him a tie. The Taliban, the jokes goes on, begins to curse and yell at the Jewish storeowner. The Jew, unmoved, offers the rude militant an idea: Beyond the hill, there is a restaurant; they can sell you water. The Taliban keeps cursing and finally leaves toward the hill. An hour later he’s back at the tie store. He walks in and tells the merchant: “Your brother tells me I need a tie to get into the restaurant.”

How hilarious! he nailed the greedy Jews and made us feel sorry for the Taliban in one fell swoop.

While we are assured many Jews in the audience laughed and applauded, there were those who felt uncomfortable

A prominent think-tank source who attended the event said the joke was “wrong in so many levels” and that it “demonstrated a lack of sensitivity.” The source also asked: “Can you imagine him telling a black joke at an event of African Americans?”

So, just like during the good old W days, the records were scrubbed

The White House transcript sent to reporters after the event did not include the joke and conveniently began a couple of minutes into the speech. The video of the event posted on the Washington Institute Web site also did not include this portion of the speech.

But it remains on record thanks to C_Span, Israeli TV.


here’s a comment on that joke that makes sense

Set aside the deplorable joke which was dropped from the transcript (and if it is a metaphor for the Middle East peace process, why disguise the Palestinian as a Taliban but not the Jewish merchant as, for example, an Indian merchant?)

Also, it’s out now it complete with the video and apology

“I wish that I had not made this off the cuff joke at the top of my remarks, and I apologize to anyone who was offended by it. It also distracted from the larger message I carried that day: that the United States commitment to Israel’s security is sacrosanct.”

Moving around of the guilty won’t do. Who says the Pope condones malfeasance?

Look at him demand.

Pope ‘could cancel UK visit’ over ‘offensive’ Foreign Office memo

Of course the sin here is not molesting children but making fun of catholicism – a much more serious crime:

Senior Papal aides suggested the Foreign Office had not taken strong enough disciplinary action against those responsible for the document, which suggested the Pope should open an abortion clinic, bless a homosexual marriage and launch his own range of condoms while he is here.

Oh, the humanity! How dare they! And to make matters worse

No-one has lost their job over the memo, which was sent to Downing Street and at least three Whitehall departments, and the civil servant who authorised it has simply been moved to other duties.

What does the Foreign Office think they are? Pedophile priests or something? Off with their heads!

So far, only humble apologies were offered

The Foreign Office responded by sending Francis Campbell, the British ambassador to the Vatican, to an urgent meeting with senior officials of the Holy See, and said the “foolish document” had not been cleared or shown to ministers or senior officials before it was circulated.

A spokesman added that “many of the ideas in the document are clearly ill-judged, naïve and disrespectful” and the department was “deeply sorry for the offence which it has caused”.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Obama is genuflecting to Billy Graham

the president as “extraordinarily gratified” that the reverend took the time to meet with him.

And just in case anyone would be thinking this as a merely symbolic gesture, we are told that

Obama brought Josh DuBois, director of the White House Office of Faith-Based Initiatives and Neighborhood Partnerships, with him to the meeting, the White House said.

That might have made the good revered feel gratified too. Literally.

I will name WaPo the cover of the day as it catches the photo op with the miner’s widow in the right moment: as Obama rushes to disentangle himself from the yucky moment

other papers were more reverential in their choice of photo, but they demonstrate anyway Obama has just as much of a problem as W to pretend that he cares

Here’s USA Today with also great news for women (Thanks, Ben Nelson!)

.and Boston Globe with the next in time dispeptic image – you know he’s thinking “time to break away now” – leading to the WaPo pic

.Stars and Stripes celebrates the closing of a base in Iraq – but bellow there’s news of demonstrations against a US base in japan

.and in Long Island, a fallen local soldier is given page one

.Obama Times has some more news from the afghan front as well the Senate from and a sensibly miners photo op taken from a distance

.Wall Street Journal is predictably running with the financial bill

‘while Washington Times is less optimistic about its passing

.In DC, The Examiner brings up yet another potential disaster Obama’s historical Romneycare is cooking for us all

In NY, the theme seems to be  transportation:

NY Post reports on a cabbie trick

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