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December 20th, 2006

See http://electioncentral.tpmcafe.com/blog/electioncentral/2006/dec/20/rudys_official_web_bio_deep_sixes_his_kids_first_two_wives

My question is what’s ‘wrong’ with being married to a second cousin?

Update: Okay, I just figured out who would be an actual second cousin of mine and, yeah, I see how that could be awkward.

Nitpicker: Quotes within quotes

Oh how our ignorant media are misreporting that George W Bush
said we are not ‘winning’ his Global Game of Risk:

I’m listening to one of those radio discussions about whiny Jews whining ‘antisemitic! antisemitic! antisemitic! shut up! shut up! shut up!’ and it reminded me of something about which to be ethnically proud, which is the answers, whatever they may be, to the questions: What percentage of the US Senate is (or soon will be) nominally Jewish? How does that compare to the ‘nominally Jewish’ percentage of the US population (which is about 2 percent)?

I’ve never bothered actually to calculate the numbers.

Jews tend towards the legal profession, one would imagine, and lawyers tend towards the senatorial profession. So there is a tentative partial explanation for the numbers, once they are calculated.

I can count at least two nominally Jewish ‘Republican’ senators (Arlen Specter and Norm Coleman), so already just with the ‘Republicans’ we’ve accounted for the nominally Jewish percentage of the US population. Then we have to count through the Democrats, including Joe Lieberman (nominally Jewish), and the quasi-Democrat Bernie Sanders (nominally Jewish).

(If anyone actually wants to count, Google can get you the info you need. Incidentally, if I were a senator I’d be listed as an atheist, but I’m ethnically a Jew and so it would be a matter of arbitrary choice whether to include me in the list of Jews.)

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  • 25 Mar 2014, 01:22
    In case it matters, the most recent confirmed lahar is about 500 years ago, but there were mixed reports of eruptions in the late 1800s.
  • 25 Mar 2014, 01:20
    Pretty low until you jinxed them.
  • 25 Mar 2014, 01:01
    What would you estimate the odds to be of it happening in the next 200 years?
  • 27 Jan 2014, 06:22
    Thinking about it further, I think I now understand. You're saying the WSJ is being antisemitic, not the people they're quoting.

    I don't think they'd listen to it coming from us, but a…
  • 27 Jan 2014, 06:09
    I'm not noticing it either. Seems to me they *are* being assholes to Jews, but only moreso than anybody else if we happen to be in the way. I think that's gneral-purpose assholery, not…
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