Jewish date: 24 Shevaṭ 5770 (Parashath Mishpaṭim).
Today’s holidays: Feasts of Jerome Emiliani and Josephine Bakhita (Roman Catholicism).
Topic 1: More contemporary anti-Semitism: “BMJ's Selective Editing” and “UN likely to refer Goldstone findings to The Hague”. The first article things going wrong in medical journals in the UK. The second deals with a pathetic attempt at jihad by proxy. Islam does not have a good track record of tolerance (and I mean tolerance in the sense of treating non-Muslims as equals rather than second-class citizens and scapegoats), and there have been regular Muslim attacks on Jews in Israel (even before the current state) since at least the 1920s. Having utterly failed militarily, the current tactic has shifted to other means, including abuse of legal systems. And now to heap the abuse on this and all other tactics they have used that they truly deserve, please note that there are over a billion Muslims on Earth, but only about 13 million Jews. If they really wanted to, Muslims could easily summon the manpower, funding, and supplies necessary to accomplish their stated goal of killing or at least forcing all Jews into dhimmitude; when you outnumber your enemy 77 to 1, this is not hard. That they have failed to do so multiple times is a display of complete, utter military incompetence and total unmanliness. The very fact that Muslims have resorted to jihad by PR and abuse of the law only underscores how pathetic they truly are; unable to do the job themselves and putting their military incompetence on display for the whole planet, they try to convince others to do the dirty job for them. Listen up, jihadists: you suck. Be real men, stop wasting your lives on fighting a war you have effectively admitted you cannot win, and do something more worthwhile.
Topic 2: Recently I watched Joe Verus the Volcano while donating platelets. The movie opens with a depiction of horrific working conditions, and the song played very appropriately during this is the famous “Sixteen Tons”. It has occurred to me that there is a bit of the Faust legend in “Sixteen Tons”. The singer says, er, sings in the refrain “Saint Peter don’t you call me ’cause I can’t go / I owe my soul to the company store”, putting the company metaphorically in the place of Satan.
Topic 3: For today’s religious humor: “basement cat wanted to have ceelin cats power so he hid at the stairs and attacked ceelin cat ceelin cat ceelin cat got up and scratched him by libertymize”: