Archive for May 9th, 2010

PRO-ISRAEL FASHION STATEMENT: At Time Magazine’s May 4 dinner honoring the ‘100 Most Influential People in the World,’ Gov. Sarah Palin wears a pin featuring Israeli and American flags. ”While others are criticizing and pressuring Israel, Gov. Palin affirmed her solidarity with the Jewish State,” said Benyamin Korn, founder of JewsForSarah.com.

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Who Are the Jews Behind Palin in 2012?

By Gal Beckerman
Published April 28, 2010, issue of May 07, 2010.

When Sarah Palin was asked by Barbara Walters late last year whether she supported a freeze on settlement growth in the West Bank, Palin issued an emphatic no. But her reasoning confounded many: “More and more Jewish people will be flocking to Israel in the days and weeks and months ahead. And I don’t think that the Obama administration has any right to tell Israel that the Jewish settlements cannot expand.”
Her Moment: Palin at the GOP national convention in 2008. She has garnered plaudits from prominent neo-conservatices, including William Kristol, Norman Podhoretz and Seth Lipsky.

Who were these Jews, and why were they “flocking”? Those predisposed to be critical of the former Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential nominee, such as writer and blogger Jeffrey Goldberg, saw Palin’s evangelical Christian roots showing. She was clearly expressing some kind of end-of-days theology, he said, that demands the ingathering of Jews before the Second Coming and its accompanying rapture (an event that doesn’t bode well for the Jews).

But Goldberg’s reading, though certainly the dominant interpretation, was not the only one. Benyamin Korn, a Philadelphia-based activist and former editor of the Jewish Exponent, heard something less apocalyptic in Palin’s words.

“If you work with Nefesh B’Nefesh, then you know exactly what she meant,” Korn said, referring to the Zionist group that facilitates North American immigration to Israel. “She understands that Zionism, which means the Jews should live in the Land of Israel, is a vital force. That’s all.”

Korn is the founder of a new group called Jewish Americans for Sarah Palin, and his efforts are part of some recent Jewish support that has been trickling in the direction of the hockey mom from Wasilla. Even though American Jews have repeatedly disapproved of her in large numbers in poll after poll, giving her abysmally low approval ratings, her recent high-profile jabs at the president have earned her support from some of the most prominent Jewish conservatives today.

Not only does she continue to receive the hearty backing of William Kristol, editor and publisher of The Weekly Standard and contributor to Fox News, but at the end of March, Norman Podhoretz, former editor of Commentary and godfather of the neoconservative movement, took to the op-ed page of The Wall Street Journal to offer a “defense of Sarah Palin.” He compared the ridicule that has greeted her arrival on the national scene to the laughter at Ronald Reagan’s expense when Reagan became the Republican presidential nominee. Podhoretz’s argument boiled down to this: “What she does know — and in this respect, she does resemble Reagan — is that the United States has been a force for good in the world, which is more than Barack Obama, whose IQ is no doubt higher than hers, has yet to learn.”

Read more in The Jewish Daily, FORWARD

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While all this has been going on another electoral contest has been taking place, this time not to decide who will be playing the role of Dorothy, but who will govern the country. The three main contenders for the role of Prime Minister are, as one satirical magazine put it, the “devil you know” (Gordon Brown, leader of the Labour Party and the current Prime Minister), “the devil you don’t” (David Cameron, leader of the Conservative Party), and “who the devil?” (Nick Clegg, leader of the Liberal Democrats).

(Gordon Brown’s ruby slippers on the Yellow Brick Road which leads to Number 10. Will he still be wearing them in a week’s time, or will he have to hand them back to “the Lord”?)

Over the last few weeks, an electoral contest has been taking place in the United Kingdom that has kept the British public enthralled.

Each Saturday evening, the aspiring young hopefuls who remain take it in turns to perform solo before host Graham Norton, Andrew Lloyd Webber himself, who sits on a throne as is befitting of his lordly status, a panel consisting of Welsh songstress Charlotte Church, veteran stage, cinema and TV actress Sheila Hancock, and veteran stage performer and now soap opera star John Partridge, and a televised audience.

After the show the phones remain open for fifteen minutes while the public select which of the remaining contestants they wish to play the role of Dorothy in “the Lord’s” forthcoming West End production of “The Wizard of Oz”. for which he has written a number of new songs.

On Sunday evening, the girls are put through their paces again, this time performing not solo, but as a group. At the end of the show, it is revealed in no particular order which of the girls could still be Dorothy, and which two girls came bottom in the public’s estimation.

There is then a “sing-off” between the two girls, following which the Lord, sitting on his throne, “saves” one of the two girls, who performs the following week, and says goodbye to the other, who leaves the show. The girl who has thus been “ditched so completely”, removes her silver slippers, which are presented by the saved girl to the Lord, while the loser sings “Over the Rainbow” seated on a silver moon which floats over the heads of the remaining contestants, then out of the theatre in London’s West End and all the way home which, unusually for Dorothy, is not where these particular Dorothys wish just yet to go.

It is a process which sometimes seems cruel (see the video of Stephanie’s somewhat lachrymose farewell above), and which is often as harrowing, if not more so, for the girls who remain as it for the girl who is leaving. (more…)

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Betty White On SNL: Golden Girl Lights Up Ladies Night (VIDEO)

Huffington Post |  Dan Abramson
First Posted: 05- 9-10 09:25 AM   |   Updated: 05- 9-10 09:33 AM

Congrats, internet! We did it! The Betty White episode in the books and seeing her grace the Studio 8H stage was a delight. And joining her for the momentous episode was a murderers’ row of amazing SNL women: Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Ana Gasteyer, Molly Shannon, Maya Rudolph, and Rachel Dratch.

The show was filled with highlights right from the start. The cold open featured Betty in the recurring “Lawrence Welk Show” sketch – always a showcase for the female cast members. And seeing all the ladies together, surrounding their comedy godmother was a fitting way to kick things off.


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Betty then came out for her monologue, getting her much deserved spotlight. While she was thrilled that Facebook was to thank for the special night, she proceeded to rip on everyone’s favorite time-waster. “In my day, seeing pictures of people’s vacations, was considered a punishment.” Gold.
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