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Saturday, February 11, 2012

Some Things Just aren't Funny

I've written comedy, and no doubt I'll write more.  It's amazing what you can turn into a joke.  Just recently I was sent the Dave Barry piece about colonoscopies.  For those who are told by their doctors that their "clean" it is funny, but for quite a few who discovered there was cancer deep in their bowels, I doubt if they consider it a joking matter.  Maybe some do.  A friend who suffered a double mastectomy and I were able to laugh and make up jokes about it and reconstructive surgery, but not everybody has her talent for creating a "bright side."

There are topics not even I could laugh about, such as Hitler, Nazis and a world sans Israel.

Ruthie Blum wrote an excellent article in Hayom about why Nazis aren't a joking matterFor all of you who have missed her excellent work ever since she left the Jerusalem Post, you'll be able to read her op-eds in Hayom a couple of times a week.
...This is why there is little to no chance that I will run to see what promises to be the next low-budget cult movie to captivate audiences around the world, "Iron Sky." That it is a box-office favorite at the politically left-leaning Berlinale International Film Festival this week in Germany only adds to my aversion. ...This one is about an imaginary Nazi plot to take over the Earth – not from Germany, mind you, where it historically originated, but from a military base on the dark side of the moon. Indeed, this year’s choice pick for the Berlinale’s top prize is a Finnish science-fiction black comedy (though, judging from the trailer, it looks like a god-awful tragedy) in which human beings have to – gasp! – defeat Nazis or be killed by them. ...The idea behind it is that a bunch of Nazis who escaped death or capture at the end of World War II fled to the Antarctic to work on a clandestine space program. In 1945, they ostensibly launched spaceships to the Schwarze Sonne (the "black sun"), a military base they established on the dark side of the moon. The purpose of this base was to develop an armada with which to retake the world – a mission they had been prevented from accomplishing the first time around … you know, thanks to the actual Allied forces. Now, in the year 2018, the descendants of the original Nazis are going to finish the job that their ancestors started and achieve global – or in this case intergalactic – domination...
The screenwriters got one thing right.    The Nazi aim was to take over the world.  Their attempts to annihilate the Jewish People, even Jews who weren't Jews--using their own definition of "who is a Jew," including anyone with a Jewish grandparent are very similar to what is happening today. 

Hat tip IMRA
Hamas "will never recognise Israel," Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniya said Saturday in a speech in Iran that is likely to complicate Palestinian efforts to form a unity government in the teeth of opposition from the Jewish state. "They want us to recognise the Israeli occupation and cease resistance but, as the representative of the Palestinan people and in the name of all the world's freedom seekers, I am announcing from Azadi Square in Tehran that we will never recognise Israel," Haniya said. "The resistance will continue until all Palestinian land, including Al-Quds (Jerusalem), has been liberated and all the refugees have returned," he said. Haniya's reiteration of Hamas's long-held stance was made on the occasion of Iran's commemoration of its 1979 Islamic revolution. The Gaza leader spoke to an estimated crowd of 30,000 from a stage alongside Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. "The Iranian people are a partner in this victory," Haniya said. "God willing, we will met you along with other Palestinians in a free Palestine, in its capital Al-Quds," he said. (complete aretivle)

We must take everything they say very seriously, very literally.  No joke

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