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{{LISTEN}} Identity Politics and ‘Let Them Die’ -9/22/11

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An article in the WSJ entitled “Jewish Donors Warn Obama on Israel” prompted a discussion about identity politics.  Here’s an excerpt from the article.

Jewish donors and fund-raisers are warning the Obama re-election campaign that the president is at risk of losing financial support because of concerns about his handling of Israel.

The complaints began early in President Barack Obama’s term, centered on a perception that Mr. Obama has been too tough on Israel.

 

And since we’re talking about politics, we thought we’d dissect the possibility of a new slogan for the Tea Party given a recent audience outburst at a GOP debate in Tampa, Florida.

What should happen, the moderator asked hypothetically, if a healthy 30-year-old man who can afford insurance chooses not to buy it—and then becomes catastrophically ill and needs intensive care for six months? When Dr. Paul ducked, fondly recalling the good old days before Medicare and saying that we should all take responsibility for ourselves, Blitzer pressed the point. “But, Congressman, are you saying the society should just let him die?” At that point, the rabble erupted in cheers and whoops of “Yeah!”

 

Thanks for listening and feel free to share your thoughts on our Facebook page or via Twitter!

 

{{LISTEN}} Clemency for Troy Davis? And Is Jew or Not A Jew Okay or Not Okay?

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You ever wonder whether someone is a Jew or not a Jew?  There’s an app for that.  Or was in France for a while, anyway.

In this episode of HTMH:

” ‘Jew or Not Jew’ app riles anti-racism group”

PARIS – A French anti-racism group has threatened to sue Apple over an iPhone application called “A Jew or Not a Jew?” that allows users to consult a database of celebrities and public figures to determine whether they are Jewish or not.

SOS Racisme said the application, sold for 0.79 euro cents ($1.07) on the Apple Store France, violates France’s strict laws banning the compiling of people’s personal details without their consent.

(From CBS NewsWorld, September 14, 2011)

 

And on a more local (and slightly more morbid) note, we discuss the movement for clemency regarding Troy Davis, a man convicted of murdering a Savannah police officer in 1989 and sentenced to the death penalty. 

(UPDATE: As of our recording, the clemency hearing was scheduled, but this morning’s news’ reports indicate that clemency was denied to Mr. Davis by the state of Georgia and that the execution is scheduled for tomorrow.)

 

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Hijabs in Playland and Visible Faith [HTMH -- LISTEN]

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We’re baaaaack.

On August 30th, a young Muslim woman visiting Playland amusement park in Rye, New Jersey was asked to remove her head covering before riding on a roller coaster.  She refused, a crowd gathered, and, several minutes later, thirteen people were arrested.

Find out what happened in those several minutes, what we think about what happened, whether Carol Anne went into the light and what we think about visible expressions of faith in the latest episode of the Hey! That’s My Hummus!

 

HTMH Guest Post: I Eat Veggies, Not Babies. You Should Be Nicer to Me.

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There are a lot of ways in which I make social situations awkward.

One of them is that I’m awkward, but that’s not the one I’m talking about. I’m talking about the other ones.  I’m talking about the ones you should get over. You should get over feeling awkward around me because I’m a really interesting person. and you should make me feel popular.

It’s in true “Hey! That’s My Hummus” style to point out that most people don’t take the time to ask questions about social difference, and instead opt to avoid the problem like that one ex who still lives in the same part of town as you.

(Funny how they always get a text message right before they pass you on the street, isn’t it?)

(Anyways, this is sad. Stop it.)

I would like to take this year’s Hummus Hiatus to talk to you about myself about one of the things that people don’t ever want to ask me about, that people actually should ask me about.  I’d like to answer your questions and thereby systematically eliminate any excuses that make me feel unpopular.
Awkward Thing About Me: 
I am a vegetarian.

There.  I said it.

I know what you think that means.

I’m obviously a PETA-card-carrier, I throw paint at fur clothes, and will make you cry if you ever speak about meat around me, right?  I would like to point out that, like the most visible of any group, these people are not representative of “our kind;” these are the Taliban and the Westboro Baptist Church of vegetarianism.   Read the rest of this entry »

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