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05 Feb 2012 11:27


Politics: Annoyed Paul supporters turned away from Nevada caucus for orthodox Jews

  • situation Yesterday’s Nevada caucus happened at a time that was difficult for some Jewish voters to take advantage of, due to the fact that it was happening during the sabbath. This was a problem for Sheldon Adelson, the major Nevada GOP figure who is Jewish. So, partly to account for him, a special later caucus was held after sundown on Saturday night — at a school named after Adelson.
  • problem However, Ron Paul’s camp told some voters — who weren’t Jewish, by the way — that the caucus was a “second chance” for them to vote if they missed earlier caucuses. However, this didn’t happen. Volunteers there would only let people take part if they had religious reasons to be there — a claim subject to perjury laws. “It’s discrimination,” one annoyed 23-year-old voter said. source

25 Feb 2011 13:37


Culture: Charlie Sheen: Oh, I was just calling Chuck Lorre by his “real name”

  • I was referring to Chuck by his real name, because I wanted to address the man and not the @(!&%$(! persona.
  • Charlie Sheen • Explaining why he called his “Two and a Half Men” boss, Chuck Lorre, by his Jewish name, Chaim Levine. Not that this is going to appease Jewish groups. “By invoking television producer Chuck Lorre’s Jewish name in the context of an angry tirade against him,” says Anti-Defamation League national director Abraham H. Foxman, “Charlie Sheen left the impression that another reason for his dislike of Mr. Lorre is his Jewishness.” Hey Charlie, may we offer a word of advice for you? You know why you don’t really see Mel Gibson in many movies these days? It’s because he said things like this. source

28 Sep 2010 10:21


Culture: Study: Agnostics and atheists know more about religion than you

  • what A new Pew study suggests that atheists and agnostics know more about religion than their Christian counterparts do.
  • why Higher education is part of it, but some of it might be a lack of self-examination of faith by those who have already converted.
  • butNot every religious group has this problem – Jews and Mormons rank nearly as high as agnostics or atheists in understanding. source

11 Apr 2009 21:27


Offbeat: Easter and Passover are here; time to check out the Playmobible!

The makers of Germany’s Playmobil toys haven’t been able to kill the popularity of this Biblical ode to their toys. source