Jewish date: 26 ’Adhar 5770 (Parashath Wayyaqhel-Fequdhe).
Today’s holidays: Bahá’í Month of Fasting (Bahá’í Faith), Friday of the Third Week of Lent (Roman Catholicism), Feast Day of Jacobus Burgundus Molensis the Martyr (Thelema).
Worthy cause of the day: “Save BioGems: Take Action: Protect the Spirit Bear”.
Image of no true friend of Israel via WikipediaTopic 1: “YOUNG ISRAEL MOVEMENT CONDEMNS VP BIDEN'S COMMENTS ON JERUSALEM”. Probably everyone by now has heard about US Vice President Joe Biden shooting his mouth off condemning Israel for deciding to build more housing units in eastern Jerusalem, i.e., in Israeli territory. This article correctly notes the (probably unthinkingly) anti-Semitic discriminatory nature of Biden’s condemnation and how the tactic he is trying to use to move along the “peace process”, putting pressure on Israel, has no chance of working because the Palestinian Authority is interested in destroying Israel and has no real interest in making peace. (The sad thing is that despite claims of being great friends of Israel, all the US presidential administrations at least as far back as Jimmy Carter have pressured Israel to do stupid things and appease terrorists in the name of “peace”. Had John McCain been elected president, I fully expect that it would be Sarah Palin getting mad at Israel for no good reason instead of Joe Biden.) Also notable on the topic of anti-Semitism: “BBC Complaints: A Complaint in Itself” and “Expose ‘apartheid’ charge's real agenda”.
Topic 2: “New Zealander auctions "ghosts" in a bottle”: I appreciate the fact that the seller admits the effect of the exorcism might have just been psychological. Rituals do often have psychological effects. However, if I were buying bottled ghosts, I would want solid evidence that there really were ghosts in the bottles first.
Topic 3: For today’s religious humor: “Build Your Own Easter Island Kit” and “Build Your Own Stonehenge Kit”.