I had the toughest time of my life. First, I got angina pectoris and then arteriosclerosis.
Just as I was recovering from these, I got tuberculosis, double pneumonia and phthisis, then they gave me hypodermics.
Appendicitis was followed by tonsillectomy.
These gave way to aphasia and hypertrophic cirrhosis. I completely lost my memory for a while.
I know I had diabetes and acute ingestion, besides gastritis, rheumatism, lumbago and neuritis…
I don’t know how I pulled through it all. It was the hardest spelling test I’ve ever had.
First, two high-profile liberal actors broke from the national Women’s March because of a pattern of anti-Semitism involving march leaders. Then a number of local Women’s March organizers either broke with the group or made it clear that they operated independently after a Tablet investigation provided detailed accounts of the anti-Semitism repeatedly exhibited among March leaders Tamika Mallory, Linda Sarsour and Carmen Perez. The story also uncovered some questionable financial structures established after the leadership pushed other founders aside.
The National Organization for Women (NOW), perhaps the most prominent feminist organization in the country, announced Friday that it would no longer provide financial support to the Women’s March “until the current questions regarding leadership are resolved.”
A petition urging March leaders to step down has gathered more than 8,000 signatures.
NOW is not fully severing ties. It “will participate and organize members to attend the March” on Jan. 19, the statement said. But the announcement remains significant as the first major sponsor to cut financial support.
The controversy took off last spring when Mallory and Sarsour would not condemn an anti-Semitic sermon by Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, whom both have praised in the past. Sarsour followed that up by giving a speech saying the Anti-Defamation League, a Jewish advocacy group, was liable for police shootings of unarmed black people in America.
The Tablet investigation described an “organizational structure … [involving] complicated financial arrangements, confusing even to experts.”
via Women’s March Loses Donor, More Affiliates Over Anti-Semitism Concerns
And how could I forget the Secret Santa in school? Exciting was not only what gift was in the bag. It was at least as exciting which classmate gave you the gift.
By the way, Christmas memories didn’t stop at our front door. At the request of my brother, who was a true Christmas fan, our parents even set up a Christmas tree at home, which we lovingly decorated.
Some Muslims will certainly shake their heads when reading these lines, and describe this action as un-Islamic. It is indeed the case, according to a reading of Islam, that rites of other religions must not be imitated. But statements of the Prophet and verses from the Koran must be placed in the context of time and place.
“Some Muslims” will “describe this action [putting up a Christmas tree] as un-Islamic”? The Qur’an (5:3) tells all Muslims in no uncertain terms not to imitate the Unbelievers.
As one Muslim website explains:
The Muslims have no need to imitate any of the other nations in matters of religious rituals and acts of worship, for Allaah has perfected His religion and completed His Favour, and chosen for us Islam as our religion, as He says (interpretation of the meaning):
via Hugh Fitzgerald: A Muslim In Germany Just Loves Christmas — So What? (Part Two)
A New York Times article about how the blood-drenched terrorists of Hezbollah celebrate Christmas is drawing intense criticism from readers for whitewashing or normalizing the Iranian-backed violent extremist group.
The executive director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Robert Satloff, tweeted, “This is really obscene – as if #Hezbollah’s Xmas cheer means anything to the thousands of innocents – #Americans, #Lebanese, #Israelis, #Syrian #Sunni #Muslims, and others – murdered by this bloodthirsty gang over the years.”
A Twitter account belonging to the Times promoted the article by saying, “Even Hezbollah, the Shiite political movement and militia that the United States has branded a terrorist organization, has helped ring in the season in previous years, importing a Santa to Beirut’s southern suburbs to distribute gifts.”
A writer for Tablet, Yair Rosenberg, tweeted, “I guess we now know how many Jews you can murder in cold blood and still get a soft focus profile of your Christmas celebrations in the paper of record. News you can use!”
via New York Times Celebrates Christmas With Hezbollah