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Another year, another War on Christmas won by the villainous Secular Progressives (led, of course, by you know who).  

It was easy this year.  The Pro-Christmas Side fell victim to a self-inflicted wound perpetrated by Fox News Senior Ice Castle* Megyn Kelley's pronouncement that both Santa and Jesus were unquestionably and verifiably white, and white, respectively.  They had no chance after that "own goal" -- The proliferation of Festivus poles throughout the land was merely the coup de grace.

Victory achieved, it's time for we Jews to salve our battle wounds, take a nice, warm bath and then head out for a movie and Asian Fusion Cuisine.  (Gotta move on, don't we?)

I'll give you a topic -- Discuss:  Why are our two New York Senators defying the administration and co-sponsoring the Iran Sanctions bill.  Chuck, Chuck, Chuck, Chuck -- It's one thing to protect the carried interest loophole for hedge funds, but this?  

And Kirsten? What happened to that new Senator who was one of the seven Senators who had the guts to vote against defunding ACORN?

Is Foxman that fearsome?  Has David Mamet gotten to you? Jackie Mason?  The ghost of Ed Koch?  Better to listen to your CA (Jewish!) counterparts, Feinstein and Boxer, who oppose more sanctions.

On to the more positive. Each year the Jewish Daily Forward (which still publishes a Yiddish edition) has the Forward 50 recognizing achievements in Activism, Community, Culture, Sports, Politics, and Media.  There's also a "Top Five," which included:

Veronique Pozner (Newtown Parent Activist)
Edith Windsor (DOMA Plaintiff)
Phillip Roth (Nu? I have to tell you?)
Joseph Neubauer (Philanthropist who funded the Pew study of American Jews)
Sheryl Sandberg (Lean In author)
There's also a Shande (Shame) section, which included Baseball drug abuser Ryan Braun, Serial Harasser Ex-Mayor Bob Filner and William Rapfogel, Poverty Thief (stole $5 million from the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty).  Nobody on the Madoff (or even Eric Cantor) scale, but still a motley, disreputable group.

Finally, Drew Barrymore announced early in the year that she was converting to Judaism, and even had painful tattoo removal surgery as part of the process.  Commitment!

So that's my review for the year of Thanksgivukkah. What are your highlights of the year in Jew?  Mentsh's?  Shandes? Schmendricks?

Please contribute your Jewish people, moments, highlights in the comments!

*Stephen Colbert's extremely apt coinage.

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  •  Hey not all Jews live in New York! (2+ / 0-)
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    Bethesda 1971, Hey338Too

    And our Jewish Senator Ben Cardin is also supporting the Iran Sanctions Bill.  Barbara Mikulski, to her credit, is not.

    Anyway, we Jewish Baltimoreans were so proud that our Orioles last year had two Jewish ballplayers, Scott Feldman and Danny Valencia, both of whom had bar mitzvahs and Danny even grew up in a kosher home.  But they are gone and this year, nobody.

    "Corporations exist not for themselves, but for the people." Ida Tarbell 1908.

    by Navy Vet Terp on Tue Dec 24, 2013 at 03:10:50 PM PST

    •  You're right! (0+ / 0-)

      We NY'ers often forget that, and it's a shande.  
      We do have Amare Stoudtamire (who even made it onto the Forward 50 list.

      Steve Gilliard Lives.

      by Bethesda 1971 on Tue Dec 24, 2013 at 03:14:02 PM PST

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    •  Hi NVT (2+ / 0-)
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      Bethesda 1971, Navy Vet Terp

      We connected a few years back, sharing our common memories of Rosalie Abrams (The first Majority Leader of the Maryland Senate)  She's now gone, and so is my Aunt Lena, who you agreed to visit at Weinberg Park Assisited living.  I wrote a good bye to her on this site, that I hope you got to read.

      I had been away from this site for a year, felt the lock step ideology was a bit oppressive, but now I can enjoy it for what it is, and keep my more independent thoughts on my own web site.

      I probably will never again be in Baltimore, which is a loss for me even if the connection was kinda strange, my living in D.C. and always visiting my parents family there.  

      Hey, this may be personal, but it does fit the broad outlines of this diary.  Being a Jew is part of me, but not really, as I wouldn't even be a member of the local (San Diego Suburb) Temple.  

      But this diary does seem like a place to share some memories of those with a common background.  And those who who are not but feel an affinity.

      •  Sorry to hear about your aunt's passing (1+ / 0-)
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        If you are ever in Baltimore (we're just a 6 hour flight away) contact me via DK mail and maybe we can connect in person.

        PS - San Diego is probably the largest city in the U.S. I have never been to.

        "Corporations exist not for themselves, but for the people." Ida Tarbell 1908.

        by Navy Vet Terp on Wed Dec 25, 2013 at 08:46:10 AM PST

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  •  We already won it three years ago.... (5+ / 0-)

    Queror Ergo Sum. -- Rene Descartes Shakshuka

    by The Revenge of Shakshuka on Tue Dec 24, 2013 at 03:32:35 PM PST

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