sitting on the edge of the sandbox, biting my tongue

June 4, 2012

Into the Basement We Move!

I’ve been doing a lot of non-virtual stuff lately, like going to Anthropologie.  DH, on his part, went to the track.  A few years ago, hipsters discovered horse racing, which was about time.  What else is there to do on a Sunday afternoon that involves light drinking?  So now they hang out at the track, semi-awkwardly, wearing big hats and having whatever fun hipsters are wired to have, which is to say not much.  On the way to the track we stopped by a bicyclist cafe in Berkeley where they don’t have Coke, only cola, and a huge stylized portrait of Anonymous hangs on the wall.  The bathroom walls are made of blackboard, and the establishment provides chalk, but there is still graffiti on the door.  The food is good, but if the anarchists who run the place would only know who they are serving, they’d have beat us out the door with a baseball bat.

After spending an hour at Anthropologie, I decided I wanted to wait for this blouse to go on sale.  There was a point I was trying to make, and it’s that I was planning on writing responses to several posts I read, but they came out a bit short.  So I’m putting it all in a single post.

In the future, everybody will be a minority for 15 minutes.  City University of New York now has White/Jewish category for its faculty.  And if CUNY decides to break off Jews into a separate category — uh-oh.  Considering that we are already overrepresented in pretty much every profession, including figure skating and, I’m sure, organic farming, today’s Jewish children will have nowhere to go.  I’m a bit puzzled by the fact that so many American Jews have embraced affirmative action.  Most of their grandparents fled state anti-Semitism in Russian Empire, and the list of their grievances included quotas (although that obviously wasn’t the biggest concern).  Racial discrimination was wrong then; it’s wrong now.

Speaking of anti-Semitism, there’s the newly redistricted NJ-9 Democratic primary race (via Maggie’s Notebook). Representative Steve Rothman, who is  Jewish, is accused of dual loyalties by supporters of Bill Pascrell, who, being neither Arab nor Muslim, is not accused of any kind of dual loyalties:

The race took an unprecedented turn on Monday when an Arabic campaign poster supporting Pascrell surfaced. It urged the “Arab diaspora community” to “elect the friend of the Arabs” and billed the race as “the most important election in the history of the [Arab] community,” according to a WFB translation of the sign.[…]

Observers such as Susan Rosenbluth, publisher of the New Jersey-based Jewish Voice and Opinion, say the race took an anti-Semitic turn in late February, when a prominent Arab supporter of Pascrell accused the state’s Jewish voters of being more loyal to Israel than America.

“Unquestionably, this primary election is pitting two otherwise harmoniously coexisting communities: the Muslim and Jewish communities,” Aref Assaf, president of the New Jersey-based American Arab Forum, wrote in a New Jersey Star-Ledger column headlined “Rothman is Israel’s man in District 9.”

“As total and blind support for Israel becomes the only reason for choosing Rothman, voters who do not view the elections in this prism will need to take notice. Loyalty to a foreign flag is not loyalty to America’s,” Assaf wrote.

Translation: “Shut up you Jew!  Or we won’t coexist in bumper sticker harmony much longer.”  Pascrell has some interesting supporters:

Pascrell in recent weeks has waged a charm offensive in the Arab community, campaigning alongside a Hamas-sympathizer and many who have expressed hostility towards Israel.

James Zogby, president of the American Arab Institute, recently helped Pascrell collect more than $50,000; Zogby is a longtime critic of Israel who has accused the U.S. of “being the coat holder and cheerleader” for the Jewish state.

Pascrell also has embraced Imam Mohammad Qatanani, a controversial Passaic spiritual leader who stands accused by the State Department of hiding a conviction in Israel for having ties to the terror group Hamas.

Last Friday, Pascrell held a high profile event at a local mosque where he was joined by Rep. Keith Ellison (D., Minn), a prominent ally of the fringe group J Street and the first Muslim member of Congress.

Pascrell, too, has come under fire for his association with J Street. In 2010, the lawmaker endorsed the so-called “Gaza 54” letter, which demanded that President Obama force Israel to end its “collective punishment” of those living in the Gaza Strip. It is a vote that Pascrell has said he “doesn’t regret.”

“By campaigning so hard with one group, were Congressman Pascrell to win reelection, it seems that his marginally supportive voting record on Israel may take a turn for the worst and become openly hostile,” said the New Jersey-based political operative.

Meanwhile in Israel they invented high-free medical pot.  According to inventors at Tikkun Olam (Hebrew for repairing the world), the new pot can be used by diabetic patients and those suffering from psychiatric disorders.  While they don’t claim that the herb will cure all conditions marihuana is thought to alleviate, discoveries like this one are sure to take steam out of the  medicinal marijuana movement.

Back in the US, King Shamus notes that while the US economy added 69,000 jobs in May, the same month about 1.7 million young people graduated from colleges.  Considering that the 85,000 H1B visas slated to be issued to foreign workers this year will eat up all job gains made by the economy this months, I’m not sure what it is that college grads are expected to do.  Given how #Occupy is all but dead, they will not be camping out in parks this summer, so I guess they’ll have to make do with mom and dad’s basement.  I saw the best minds of their generation destroyed by public education, starving hysterical by Ethnic Studies departments.

On a more positive note, everybody appears to play guess when PJ Mom’s next baby will be born game.  I hope not before she arrives at her destination.  I don’t know how military moms do it.


1 Comment »

  1. We are here, Edge. Just nowhere near settled. After a long wait (2.5 weeks when this pregnant feels like an eternity!!), our household goods finally arrived yesterday. Sheer chaos. We are massively downsizing in this move–to half the square footage with no garage to provide the luxury of space and time in unpacking non-necessities. Trying not to feel overwhelmed. Failing miserably. But i will Flylady my way through this (15 minutes at a time!) And pray baby doesn’t decide to enter this world for a few more weeks!

    Comment by pjMom — June 5, 2012 @ 4:57 am

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