Calendars are very interesting. The Christian calendar does indeed date not from Jesus's birth but from the day of his circumcision. The Jewish calendar dates not from the birth of the world but rather from the creation of Adam.
The word Brit (short for Brit Milah) is pronounced in Yiddish-flavored Hebrew as Bris. In this cartoon I chose to use Brit. Having the terrorist say Bris might have implied to some that he was Jewish. You never know what folks can read into the use of a word. When I titled the cartoon I had the funny thought that since Jan 1st is the anniversary of Jesus's circumcision (or Brit, or Bris...) the proper greeting for Jews is not Happy New Year, but rather a traditional Mazal Tov! (Good Luck!).
Of course that meant that I had to choose between the Yiddishy Mazel Tov and the Israeli Mazal Tov. I chose Mazel which gives, in my mind, a more folksy feel.
The characters in the cartoon are two terrorists. The a-hole on the left with the condom-shaped head originated with the photo of one of the creeps at Munich. The image was burned into my mind and it is one that I often use when depicting Palestinian terrorists....
I was considering a juxtaposition - of this and this, suggested by a friend - so I went looking for a pic of the Oval Office with that incessant bowl of apples on the coffee table. But eh, the Obama Oval Office has always left me cold... apples and all.
Then I came across this.
This painting, by California artist Ed Ruscha, was chosen in 2009 - by Michelle Obama, the Obamas' decorator Michael Smith and White House curator William Allman - to hang in the central hall of the White House. It's called "I think I'll..." and according to the New York Times, "deals with the subject of indecision."
As it turns out, however, in its present installation the painting deals with whim -- as in,
"Maybe yes" [I'll take over the healthcare industry.]
"Wait a minute," [I could take over the entire economy.]
"On second thought, maybe" ... [I'll crash the economy].
A: They are all owned by MuslimBrotherhood -linked ARCAPITA BANK (formerly known as First Islamic Investment Bank).
Unlike most banks, Arcapita boasts a “spiritual advisor”– none other than Hamas-linked terrorist Youssef al-Qaradawi. Qaradawi, you’ll remember, is the current spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood. He was exiled from Egypt under Mubarak, but now he’s b-a-a-ack, thanks to U.S. support of the “Arab Spring”....
And of course we all remember [yeah, right] that Huma Abedin's brother Hassan was associated with with Qaradawi at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies (see Think-Israel).
Now I couldn't find a poll on the public's favorable/unfavorable views of these self-proclaimed "artists" who want to ban guns, but I will tell you this: If you don't want to find out that the star of your favorite tv show or movie is an eeejot in real life, don't watch the video.
The House Ethics Committee on Thursday announced that it had ended its probe of whether lawmakers got preferential loan treatment by participating in the VIP program at Countrywide Financial Corp., concluding it did not have jurisdiction over any alleged violations that occurred....
....Too much time has passed since the alleged violations occurred and many of those involved have left the House, the statement indicated.