Jewish World Review April 13, 2012/ 21 Nissan, 5772
Blooming News Items
By Greg Crosby
Item #1: As part of its Easter Egg Roll festivities, the White House conducted a basketball clinic for kids featuring pro players. As reported by ABC White House Correspondent Jake Tapper, the balls being used had a large image of Barack Obama's face on them against the American flag with his name spelled out in bold letters on the red part of the stripes. It's the United States of Obama!
Let's see, what adjective shall we use…Narcissistic? Egocentric? Self-absorbed? Self-aggrandizing? Arrogant? Take your pick. And Obama and his supporters paint Romney as an out of touch elitist? What a joke. Imagine if George W. Bush had stuff made with his face printed on it, the press would have had a field day. Besides the outlandish arrogance of printing Obama's face on basketballs, you have the question of the extra government spending to manufacture them at a time when our country is in deep debt.
But it sort of all fits the profile. Remember that this is the same guy, who as a presidential candidate in 2008, had his own "presidential seal" designed with his name on it. And he said the "oceans were going to rise" if he became president.
Item #2: Easter Bunnies hiding colored eggs, Easter baskets brimming with candy, Marshmallow Peeps, Sunrise services, pastel colored Easter bonnets, there are so many lovely and charming Easter traditions. And then there's this one… "the burning of the Jews." That's right, hold on to your Cadbury eggs because you're not going to believe this.
A newspaper in Mexico is detailing last Easter Sunday's "burning of the Jews," an annual tradition in Coita, a small town in the state of Chiapas. As part of the custom, locals spend the middle of their Holy Week making Jewish effigies - a reference to Judas Iscariot, the disciple who betrayed Jesus before his crucifixion.
The fake Jews are then displayed for three days in different parts of the town, serving as an example of poor conduct. They're ultimately paraded through the streets on Easter Sunday, with local children assigned to stand in front of them and collect money for flammable materials.
The news article notes that the tradition differs in Coita, where locals set fire to the effigies on Easter itself, rather than the day before, as in other towns. The burning is followed by a dance, where locals eat a corn treat made with cocoa. The article says the custom "strengthens" the culture of the Zoque, an indigenous people in southern Mexico who were converted to Catholicism. The Chiapas Herald takes an uncritical view of the ritual, reporting that it "fosters unity and respect" and "purifies the soul." How charming.
Item #3: To celebrate the "Arab Spring," Muslim Brotherhood officials were in Washington last week, largely to meet with Obama administration officials. White House spokesman, Jay Carney, said representatives from the world's largest Islamic supremist movement, Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, met with National Security Council staff last week because the group plays a "prominent role" in Cairo. Further, NSC spokesman Tommy Vietor explained "It is in the interest of the United States to engage with parties that are committed to democratic principles, especially nonviolence."
Either Vietor is a liar or he's really, really stupid, because anyone who knows anything about the history of the Brotherhood is aware of its violence and hatred of anything that is not in keeping with strict Sharia law. The Muslim Brotherhood is anti-democratic, anti-woman, and anti-Western civilization. That they are committed to the death of Jews and the destruction of Israel goes without saying.
The White House spokesman said "we have broadened our engagement." Sure, you might say that by hosting the Islamist group that gave birth to al Qaeda and Hamas, praises Iran's Hezbollah, and will transform Egypt into a Sharia compliant state that seeks Israel's destruction and creates a new terrorist sanctuary you "have broadened the White House engagement."
The group's intent in coming to Washington is to secure President Barack Obama's support as Egypt transitions from a caretaker military council government to one monopolized by Islamists. By hosting them, the White house gives them "street creds," as they say. That is, enhancing their reputation in the world and the Middle East as a viable, legitimate governing entity. And, oh yeah, another thing the Muslim Brotherhood got from the White House was $1.5 billion in aid to Egypt.
By the way, at the same time that the Brotherhood was visiting the Obama White House, Israel was hit by a missile fired out of Egypt's Sinai Peninsula. Crazy coincidence? Or maybe a jab from the "Bros" to Israel as a reminder that with a little help from their friends at the White House Egypt has gotten a bit of that "hope and change" thing for themselves.
Yep, spring is in full bloom.
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