Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Habib is wrong! Millions left disillusioned and confused! 

Yes, my Monday posting was proven wrong by the events. Tamihere, who I dubbed a "moron", "a fool" and "ignorant" is back. He brazenly ignored instructions to take time off, and went staight back to caucus.

Labour, being the bunch of hopeless PC nancies that they are, have accepted him with barely even a slap on the wrist: they've resorted to inventing stories about "volcanic" rages on the part of Comrade Helen to maintain some dignity. Pathetic.

(tip: Antarctic Lemur at Sir Humphreys)

Monday, April 11, 2005

RIP John Tamihere's political career 

Well, it looks like he's finally done it now. No, I don't think he's an anti-semite. But I think he is:
1. A moron for thinking explosive comments like that would "stay off the record".
2. A fool for thinking there is any comparison between any Maori grievances and the Shoah.
3. Ignorant for ignoring the Simon Wiesenthal Centre's efforts to track down actual Nazis who committed actual murders.
4. Insensitive in his expression.

Many of us who privately chuckled at John's rants about the "wimmin's division" that runs the Labour Party and the country are feeling a bit silly now, and I must say it does bring a somewhat inappropriate comparison to mind:
First he came for the "queer tossers", and I did not speak out, because I am not a queer tosser.

Then he came for "butch wimmin", and I did not speak out, because I am not a "butch wimmin".

Then he came for "overpaid union officials", and I did not speak out, because I am not an overpaid union official.

In any event, he's finished, he's over, and he's a putz.

See ya later, Johnnie.

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Ayaan Hirsi Ali 

I blogged earlier on the film "Submission" that got filmmaker Theo van Gogh killed. The letter pinned to his chest contained a threat to Ayaan Hirsi Ali: the bravest woman in Europe.

Pope John Paul II 

As I am sure you will all know, unless you have been hiding under a rock or heavily under the influence of Nandor-weed, the head of the Catholic Church, Pope John Paul II (ne Karol Wojtyla) has died. Much has been said about him already, and all can acknowledge that he has been one of the pivotal figures of the last 30 years, as well as a moral human.

During the final stages of the Pope's illness, Edah, the Modern Orthodox organisation, published a prayer.

There is much silly, wrongheaded ecumenicism and inter-faith activity in the world now, but it is incumbent on all of us to recognise the stature and moral efforts of this great figure. I reproduce the prayer, as well as the accompanying anecdote, in full:
In 1942, a Jewish couple in the Krakow ghetto entrusted their son to a
childless Polish Catholic couple, in order to save him from the Germans. When the war was over the boy's adoptive parents brought him to a young priest to be baptized. When the young priest learned that the orphan's parents had asked that he be returned to the Jewish people, the priest refused to baptize the boy. That priest, then known as Karol Wojtyla, became Pope John Paul II. We remember him as one who forever remained a friend of the Jewish people.

On March 26, 2000, Pope John Paul II came to Jerusalem, to the heart of Israel, to that city to which all Jewish hearts have turned for 2000 years. He came to the Western Wall, adjacent to the Temple Mount. He placed a prayer in the Western Wall. It read:

God of our fathers,
You chose Abraham and his descendants
To bring Your name to the nations;
We are deeply saddened
By the behavior of those
Who in the course of history
Have caused these children of Yours to suffer
And asking Your forgiveness We wish to commit ourselves To genuine brotherhood With the people of the Covenant.

Pope John Paul II will always be remembered by the Jewish people as the man who wrote this prayer and lived its words. These simple short lines express the ideas by which he transformed the relationship of the Roman Catholic Church towards Judaism and the Jewish people. With these words, he became the first Pope in 2000 years to recognize that the Jewish people remain the people of the Covenant.

At this moment the Pope lies gravely ill. We have adapted the following tefilla, which was originally issued by the Rabbinical Council of Connecticut, in consultation with Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik ZTZ"L, for recitation during the illness of the Governor of Connecticut, Ella Grasso.

Edah urges all of our congregations to consider reciting this tefilla in
shul this Shabbat:

Mi Shebarach for the Speedy Recovery of Pope John Paul II

"Mi sheberach kol b'nai adam, shene'emar (Breishit 20:17) "Vayitpalel Avraham el haElokim vayirpa Elokim et Avimelech v'et ishto v'amhotav.." Hu Yivarech vayirapeh et hecholeh, Pope John Paul II, Karol Wojtyla, Ba'avur sh'anachnu mitpalelim ba'avuro. Hakadosh Baruch Hu yimaleh rachamim alav l'hachlimo u'l'rapoto l'hachziko u'l'hachioto, vayishlach lo m'hera refuah shlemah, l'chol evarav u'l'chol gidav shabat hi milizok u'refuah krovah lavo, hashta ba'agala uvizman kariv, v'nomar, amen"

"May He who blessed all humanity, as it is said (Genesis 21:17) "And Abraham prayed to God, and God healed Avimelech and his wife and his maids." May He bless and heal Pope John Paul II, Karol Wojtyla, who is ill, since the congregation prays on his behalf. May the Holy One, Blessed be He, have mercy and speedily restore him to perfect health, in all his organs and sinews. We restrain our pleading on the Shabbat, but may his suffering cease and healing come speedily, and let us say, Amen."

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