What’s with Evangelical, conservative politicians trying to jump on the Jewish bandwagon?
Michelle Bachmann attempted to put down President Obama by using the Yiddish word “chutzpah,” but of course butchered it and said “choot-spa” instead. For the uninformed, chutzpah means shameless audacity (according to the internet dictionary at least), and is used among Jews and non-Jews alike to describe a person who, one might otherwise say, “has a lot of balls/cojones/nerve/etc.” It can be used either negatively or positively, but it is never pronounced choot-spa. Jews all over America are collectively wincing in pain.
In other “news,” yesterday on the Five, Fox News host Eric Bolling proclaimed:
“America was certainly safe between 2000 and 2008 … I don’t remember any terrorist attacks on American soil during that period of time.”
Most shocking — or perhaps not shocking at all if you’re accustomed to the way Fox News operates — no other members of the roundtable discussion corrected him. In case you’ve forgotten, not only did 9/11 happen in the year of 2001, but as noted by Media Matters, several other terrorist attacks occurred on American soil between 2000 and 2008. Today Bolling “apologized” for his mistake. No wait, he just slammed the “petty” liberals who jumped on him after he “misspoke” yesterday.
Lest we forget.
And you’ve all I’m sure heard by now, but Republican Presidential candidates Michele Bachmann and Rich Santorum signed a pledge written by an organization called The Family Leader that stands for conservative social and family values. Those who sign the pledge are supporting marriage as an institution between a man and woman, as well as “Personal fidelity to [their] spouse…Respect for the marital bonds of others…Official fidelity to the U.S. Constitution, supporting the elevation of none but faithful constitutionalists as judges or justices…Vigorous opposition to any redefinition of the Institution of Marriage – faithful monogamy between one man and one woman – through statutory-, bureaucratic-, or court-imposed recognition of intimate unions which are bigamous, polygamous, polyandrous, same-sex…etc.”
For the complete text head over here.
But either the candidates neglected to read in full the pledge they were signing, or their understanding of American history is unsalvageable (probably the latter), but somehow neither candidate raised an eyebrow over this sentence that appeared in the intro to the pledge:
“Slavery had a disastrous impact on African-American families, yet sadly a child born into slavery in 1860 was more likely to be raised by his mother and father in a two-parent household than was an African-American baby born after the election of the USA’s first African-American President.”
Wow, ok. Really? Yeah, that just happened.
The “controversial” slavery bit has since been removed from the pledge after American’s rightly expressed their outrage over the factually ignorant quote. The Family Leader says that they’ve decided to remove the statement because it can be “misconstrued.” I’m confused as to how the statement can be misconstrued, as I’m pretty sure it can only be construed in one way.
And finally, for our last fail of the week: The Debt Ceiling/The Economy. FAIL.