24 11 2010

While I’m making fun of the staff at The Jewish Press (“America’s Largest Independent Jewish Weekly”, according to… The Jewish Press), there is a poll at the bottom right of the page that allows online viewers to cast a vote in favour of their opinion. The question is simple enough: “Is the Obama administration’s stand on Israeli settlements in Judea and Samaria, creating a rift with Israel that will be difficult to repair?” Ignoring the obscene placement of a rogue comma, the following are the permissable options:

• Yes
• No, Israel has weathered worse storms then Obama
• Yes, but its time for Israel to declare its independance
• Maybe

Well, that’s just dandy. Aside from the fact that they don’t know how to spell “independence”, they’re also not really interested in your opinion. If you are of the mind that Obama is doing the right thing, that Israel needs to stop marching in circles and start listening to international opinion, or that the Israeli government should stop building settlements in the occupied territories then you probably don’t read The Jewish Press anyway, which is for settlers and all manner of other American Jews who like to throw their money into colonialist enterprises and call it religiosity. “Judea and Samaria”? What a joke.




3 responses

24 11 2010

“Permissable”! And you laugh at other people’s spelling! I mean speling …

25 11 2010
Simon Holloway

Hah! Well, I deserve it. In fact, I shall leave my permissability intact as a testament to the ills of writing hastily while irate. Otherwise, I remind myself of Jacob Weisberg, author of the Bushisms series. Having been invited by a linguist to dinner, with the intention of recording the manner in which he spoke extemporaneously, Jacob rather wisely declined. Errors are always funnier in other people.

27 11 2010

I’ve always been of the view that linguists should have their speech and writing scrutinised and deconstructed much in the way I believe psychologists should get counselling (most of them do, apparently). It helps keep a healthy perspective, and is often oh so much fun.

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