Why did I hang on to this scrap of newspaper? What message was it whispering in my ear?
Only the Lord knows how may children were abused and preyed upon, one by one in dark quiet corners, carefully chosen by perverted predator priests with built in radar for the damaged children least likely to cause trouble.
But how did one priest get away with abusing over 200 young deaf boys? How this was allowed to happen? And it was most certainly allowed. Apparently, many of these boys did report what happened. They may have been deaf, but the weren’t mute. Where were the parents? Where was law enforcement?
On February 15th I ripped this editorial out of the NY Times. Twice, I tossed it into the garbage and twice, I retrieved it without knowing what this shred of yellowing paper was whispering in my ear. Today, I figured it out. The editorial reports the NY Times disappointment with Obama, who, despite his campaign promise, in what I call, yet another “Barack and Forth” is continuing to permit a loophole allowing discrimination that is abhorrent – and illegal. My summary of the Times complaint below.
On the campaign trail, Mr. Obama pledged to – but then, did not revoke Mr. Bush’s 2002 executive order authorizing religious-oriented recipients of federal funding to hire and fire on religious grounds.
I just saw the movie “An Education.” And indeed it is. It teaches you that anti-Semitism is alive and thriving. In this curdled film, Peter Sarsgaard plays an older man named David who meets 16 year old named Jenny. Within seconds of their meeting he announces he is Jewish. He proceeds to seduce her, boink her – poorly – lasting only for seconds, while spewing creepy baby-talk. He robs old ladies, is an egregious racist, calling black people “schwarzes” and then profits by moving these “undesirables” into lily white nabes so as frightened white residents flee the hood, David can rob them of their valuables. Oh, and spoiler alert: he proposes to Jenny, but forgets to tell her he is already married, and, we discover, he makes a frequent habit of seducing gullible young girls and proposing to them.
Nowhere, absolutely nowhere in this movie is there any logical reason or further plot development that necessitates David’s being clearly identified as a Jew, in all capital letters, bold, italic and with an underline – in the beginning of the movie. How odd it would have seemed if instead, he had introduced himself by saying, “Pleased to meet you. I’m Episcopalian.” Or, “Pleased to meet you. I’m Presbyterian.” Clearly someone responsible for this anti-Semitic diatribe got themselves a huge woody with this stealth bit of malignant anti-Semitism.
Why have so few people picked up on this? Or even boycotted the movie?
I guess they need “An Education.” Just not this one.
So, sue me. Maybe I shouldn’t bundle these two cartoons together, but the cartoon below popped into my mind (or did it poop into my mind(?)) during the 2008 campaign. John Lennon was right, “woman is nigger of the world.” But only because women allow it. That’s my opinion and I’m sticking to it. The video below of John & Yoko singing “Woman Is The Nigger Of The World” always makes me laugh. But it makes me cry a little too. Oh well. Sometimes it seems the more things change, the more they stay the same.