Washington’s Birthday briefs

No, not his actual briefs, because they didn’t wear briefs in those days. And, ew.

Yep, Islamists are still trying to murder Israelis: Suuuure, they’re moderating. That’s why the IDF foiled another terror plot on the Egyptian border. And by “foiled” we mean “found a big-ass bomb.” Was it the Muslim Brotherhood? PIJ? Hamas? All three? (I’m betting it’s the last.)

Even lefty Indian journalists hate the Jews: Anti-Semitism in India (which was nonexistent until the Muslims showed up). Twitter is teh awesome for finding out who really hates you.

Okay, now I’m starting to believe it: Jen Rubin is rather hawkish, so when I read her piece about how Obama’s message to Iran seems to be that the U.S. is doing everything it can to stop Israel from attacking Iran, I gave it a grain of salt. But now the WSJ editorial board says exactly the same thing. Israel is under pressure from all sides not to attack Iran. Quel surprise, the world won’t let Israel defend itself. Where have we seen that before? Oh. Right. In every single war with the Arabs and Muslims.

Iran is against Palestinian brotherhood: This is interesting. Iran doesn’t want Hamas and the PA to be friends. And why not? Because Iran doesn’t want Hamas dealing with Israel at all. So, what are the odds that all those journalists and pundits who insist that a kinder, gentler Hamas is at hand will notice this, or credit it when it happens? How many will blame Israel for somehow causing the Hamas-PA deal to falter? (If you said none and all, take ten points for Gryffindor.)

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4 Responses to Washington’s Birthday briefs

  1. Soccerdad says:

    A couple of appropriate articles.

    When George Washington became great.

    George Washington, Whiskey Entrepreneur.

    Years ago I heard the story about Washington losing an election because he failed to provide drinks to supporters. I thought the Rabbi who told it (to great laughs) was joking. He wasn’t!

  2. Michael Lonie says:

    The practice of getting the voters drunk was a common one in the 18th and early 19th centuries. They’d vote for you only if you threw a party. This practice was the case in England, too. According to Conor Cruise O’Brien, in his biography of Edmund Burke “The Great Melody” (if I’m remembering correctly), Burke got incredibly drunk, apparently the only time recorded in his life that he did, giving a party for the voters in the borough where he stood for election after losing his seat in Bristol. Even though it was a pocket borough of his patron’s, the Marquess of Rockingham, he still had to wet their whistles.

  3. Soccerdad says:

    Michael, Wow.

    Too bad we have the FEC. Campaigns would be a lot more fun now if we could booze our way through them.

  4. Michael Lonie says:

    In 18th and early 19th century America and Britain practically everybody would be considered alcoholic by today’s standards. Workers on the Erie Canal got four big shots of whisky a day as part of their pay. Sailors in the Royal Navy got the equivalent of a pint of alcohol a day as their rum ration. There were lots of accidents on a warship, men falling out of the rigging for example, because everybody was at least half drunk all the time.

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