Larry Kuperman's Articles In Current Events
November 3, 2009 by Larry Kuperman
Tomorrow is the 14th anniversary of the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister and Nobel Peace Prize recipient. He was murdered not by a Palestinian terrorist, not by a member of an Arab terrorist organization, but by Yigal Amir, a right-wing fanatic and Orthodox Jew. Amir opposed Israel's participtaion in the Oslo accords. Along with his brother, Hagai Amir, and their friend Dror Adani, he plotted and carried out an assassination as Rabin left a rally supporting the peace process.

May Rabin...
May 17, 2009 by Larry Kuperman
For the past three years, May has been Jewish American Heritage Month and I am curious as to whether this is clebrated or even recognized in reader's communities.

On April 20, 2006, President George W. Bush first proclaimed that May would be Jewish American Heritage Month. The proclamation was in response to resolutions introduced by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida and Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania urging the president to proclaim a month that would recognize the more than 350-y...
September 8, 2008 by Larry Kuperman
One of my long-time contentions is that, despite the posturing otherwise, when it comes to actual implemenation, Republicans and Democrats are not that different. It is just the public face that is put on the actions. Today, the Federal government took the unprecedented step of seizing our nations two largest mortgage lenders, a move that, if we had a Democratic President, would certainly be decried as Socialism:

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CNN- Federal officials on Sunday u...
June 23, 2008 by Larry Kuperman
George Carlin has died of heart failure at the age of 71.

Like his predecessor, Lenny Bruce, George shocked us by pushing the boundaries of comedy. Also like Lenny, George figured in a Supreme Court decision on obscenity.

Perhaps his most famous (or infamous) skit, "The Seven Words That You Can Never Say on Television" shocked, offended and changed the way that we looked at the world. At least for many of my generation.

I have memories of a very young George Carlin performing on the Kra...
March 7, 2008 by Larry Kuperman
Ala Abu Dehein had an unremarkable life, by all accounts. But he will be remembered in death as either a martyr or a terrorist, depending on your political and religous idealogy.

He entered the Merkaz Harav yeshiva, a school for Rabbinic students, with an AK-47 and an automatic pistol and began firing. When he was done, eight students would be dead. The bodies of some of the students would be found laying among copies of the Torah, the Talmud and other religous works.

The gunman was from E...
February 29, 2008 by Larry Kuperman
Misha Defonseca is a sweet looking woman, 71 years old, living in Dudley, Massachusetts. She is also the author of a best-selling book that chronicles a remarkable story of how she, as a child, traveled 1,900 miles across Europe, sometimes in the company of a pack of wolves, in search of her deported parents.

The book, entitled "Misha: A Memoire of the Holocaust Years," has been translated into 18 languages and made into a feature film in France.

Not one word of it is true.

Defonesca i...
December 11, 2006 by Larry Kuperman
The Simon Wiesenthal Institute is convening a video conference of testimony by 70 Holocaust survivors to refute the Holocaust denial meeting being conducted in Tehran. Holocaust survivors from around the world are being invited to contribute their testimonies.

In Los Angeles, artifacts from the concentration camps will also be on display.

For anyone unfamiliar with the Simon Wiesenthal Institute and the Museum of Tolerance, this is their Mission Statement:

The Simon Wiesenthal Center is...
September 22, 2006 by Larry Kuperman
Tonight being Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, I just wanted to wish everyone a happy and healthy New Year.

L'Shanah Tovah! For a sweet year. Dip your apples in honey.

I included a link for anyone interested in the history and rituals.
June 4, 2006 by Larry Kuperman
Hell, Michigan is planning a 666 celebration, be sure to make your reservations. I mean, you wouldn't want the party in Hell to start without you...

If you think that no one has a worse sense of humor than me, well check this out:
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"Nobody is more fired up than John Colone, the town's self-styled mayor and owner of a souvenir shop.

"I've got `666' T-shirts and mugs. I'm only ordering 666 (of the items) so once they're go...
February 7, 2006 by Larry Kuperman
Well, the cartoon war just won't go away.

"An Iranian newspaper says it is going to hold a competition for cartoons on the Holocaust to test whether the West will apply the same principles of freedom of expression to the Nazi genocide against Jews as it did to the caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed."

It is not as if anyone should be surprised. At the time of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, there were close to 100,000 Jews living in that country. Today, less than 30,000 remain. The remaind...
January 29, 2006 by Larry Kuperman
...We have to. We pick and choose our battles, looking for the greatest good.

We negotiate with terrorists in the attempt to persuade them not to be terrorists any more. Turn their submachine guns into plowshares and all that.

One of my favorite bloggers (and high on my list of favorite people) is BakerStreet. If you don't read him, well all I can say it that you should. Gentleman and a scholar and all that. I have linked to his blog, in fact.

But this doesn't imply agreement in all thi...
January 17, 2006 by Larry Kuperman
Ray Nagin does it once again. At a rally on Martin Luther King Day, the mayor of New Orleans said "I don't care what people are saying Uptown or wherever they are. This city will be chocolate at the end of the day. This city will be a majority African-American city. It's the way God wants it to be."

Which part of that is most offensive? The "chocolate" part or the Mayor's conceit that he knows God's will?

You have to hand it to Mayor Nagin. That's not the stupidest remark that he made...no...
January 8, 2006 by Larry Kuperman
Some time ago, I wrote in an article on JoeUser that peace would not be possible in the Middle East until both Yasser Arafat and Ariel Sharon were gone. As I explained at that tiome it was not because of who they WERE so much as what the symbolized to the other side. Despite Ariel Sharon's efforts to cede land to the Palestinians and his recent formation of the Kadima party in Israel, I do not think that he would ever be recognized as viable negotiator for peace by the Arab world. He will always...
March 21, 2005 by Larry Kuperman
I do need to preface this with something a bit personal. My brother-in-law died today. His name was Robert Grosse and he was a bright, articulate and well-spoken man. He suffered a stroke, underwent brain surgery and died soon thereafter. So forgive me if I am in a somber mood.

Anyone who knows me, in Real Life (such as it is) or through the blogging or skinning communities that I am proud to belong to, knows my sense of humor. I also like to think of myself as warm, sensitive and caring. It ...
March 13, 2005 by Larry Kuperman
Oh, this is just TOO good!

A spelling mistake in the Congressional record, picked up by Al Jazeera and other media, heightened international tensions this week. The error led to the mistaken belief that the US had conducted atomic tests in the Sudan more than 40 years ago and was blamed for causing cancer in that troubled country.

The errant quote went as follows:

"The Sudan test displaced 12 million tons of earth and dug a crater 320 feet deep in (SIC) over 1,000 feet in diameter," rea...