Entries from December 2008

The News from Gaza: Hamas –deplorable, callous, unrepentant, stupid; Israel –callous, hypocritical, arrogant, inept…

Published on December 31st, 2008 by Malachi

I had a call from a good friend in Tel Aviv earlier today. He was feeling depressed about the war in Gaza. Though he is (still) out of range of those Hamas rockets, he was very uneasy. We discussed this post, which I had already started. He made a big point about the part that […]

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Frank Rich is off today –in his “Gays are likeable enough” New York Times piece today! (Sunday, 12.28.08)

Published on December 28th, 2008 by Malachi

Frank Rich is always very much worth reading, and today’s piece –about Barack Obama– is not exception. He is opposed –and I agree– to inviting Rick Warren to preside over the Inauguration because of the anti-gay remarks that Warren made. But in doing so he imputes “hubris” and “arrogance” and, yes, “cockiness and glibness” to […]

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An almost-Yiddish proverb, not particularly for Bernie Madoff: “If you give up smoking and drinking and philandering, it doesn’t make you live longer –it just seems longer!”

Published on December 22nd, 2008 by Malachi

   Every now and then, in this insane and increasingly tricky but still beautiful (and still, we hope, salvageable) world, we come across some indisputable wisdom, and this piece qualifies.    In the original it would, I believe, have read somewhat differently, “If you give up smoking and drinking and bleep(-philander-)ing, you don’t live longer, it just seems longer.”]. […]

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