They say that Justin Bieber says the Shema, the Jewish prayer about the singularity of God, before every performance. That’s beautiful. But it would be even more so if he internalized the words. Read More
President Obama has dropped the hammer on 16 Democratic senators who have joined a bold Robert Menendez, Democrat of New Jersey, and Mark Kirk, Republican of Illinois, in co-sponsoring new legislation that will increase sanctions against Iran should they fail to follow through on their pledges to halt uranium enrichment. The Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act of 2013 has also attracted 43 Republican co-sponsors bringing the total to 59. If they get to 67, they will have a veto-proof majority, something the White House is doing everything to prevent.
How is that Israel is attacked and vilified nearly every day, and increasingly from Hollywood stars, without Jews having recruited a single high-profile celebrity to galvanize Hollywood’s biggest names—especially Jews—to stand with Israel. Read More
Miley Cyrus’ new music video, ”Adore You,” is not for the faint of heart. In it she goes through her usual routine of touching herself, writhing in the throes of sexual ecstasy, and wearing flesh-colored undergarments. The difference this time? They’re see-through (err… or so my friends tell me). Read More
Outgoing Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s ceremonial ride on the No. 7 train last Friday to the line’s future stop at 34th Street and 11th Avenue was premature. The No. 7 line doesn’t add up until $500 million more is found to build the promised intermediate station at 10th Avenue and 41st Street. Read More
Growing up in The South Bronx, I learned early on that no matter how close some things are, they may remain out of reach.
The Grand Concourse is a mere 30 minutes north of Wall Street, but it is light years away for those who ride the subway downtown to work low- and moderate-wage jobs five and sometimes six or seven days a week. While much has changed for the better in The Bronx, millions of hard-working low income families in New York and around the United States still live without a bank account and other basic financial tools that are essential for upward mobility. They see the American Dream; but it remains just beyond their grasp. Read More
I tend to side with my bearded brethren on most things. Men of facial hair like Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, Ernest Hemingway and, of course, Jesus clearly demonstrate that whiskers are the prerequisite of greatness.
But Phil Robertson, patriarch of Duck Dynasty, might have broken the unshavenness-is-weightiness rule with his silly and gratuitous remarks about gays. Read More
Saving Mr. Banks, the new film chronicling Walt Disney’s bid to secure movie rights to Mary Poppins, was released on Friday. Although an incredibly talented and innovative animator, director and producer, Disney’s reputation will be forever tarnished by his well-known anti-Semitism and support for racist causes. Disney participated in several racist initiatives, including the pro-Nazi German American Bund and was a close friend of the Nazi propagandist and Hitler confidante Leni Riefenstahl. He was also allied with the Motion Picture Alliance for the Preservation of American Ideals, another anti-Semitic organization. Read More
I’ve read some heavy-duty attacks on Israel and Jews in my time, but they pale beside the anti-Semitic diatribe recently offered by Roger Waters, co-founder and former front man of the legendary British rock band Pink Floyd. In an interview with CounterPunch online magazine, Waters experienced a shocking Jew-hating colonic. Read More
In 1953, the old NYC Board of Transportation passed control of the municipal subway system, including all its assets, to the newly created New York City Transit Authority. Under late Governor Nelson Rockefeller in the ’60s, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority was created. The Governor appointed four board members. The Mayor also appointed four and the rest by suburban county Executives. No one elected official controlled a majority of the votes. As a result, elected officials have historically taken credit when the MTA or any operating subsidiary such as New York City Transit would do a good job. Read More