Nebraska authorities have arrested a man suspected of being the “Butt Bandit.” (I’m having to do everything I can right now to not follow that sentence up with something obscene. Must ... fight ... sort of funny ... remarks ... ) The Cherry County district attorney charged Tom...
L.A. city charter amendments aim to increase voter turnout
Boehner defends Netanyahu’s upcoming speech to Congress
At UCLA, the power of negative emotions
Are there limits to humor?
Cartoon: Clock Repair
The politics of fear threatens Israel from without and within
The latest anti-shechitah crusade: A threat to Jewish rites is a threat to Jewish rights
Moving and shaking: Times of Israel gala, Nostre Aetate anniversary and ROSIES
November 25, 2008 | 5:59 pm
November 24, 2008 | 3:05 am
November 18, 2008 | 10:55 pm
The don of Israel’s largest crime family, Ya’acov Alperon, was killed in a car-bombing Monday. The JPost has a story about the assassination, the latest attack in a Mafia war that appears have moved from trash to recycling. Heeb’s blog explains:
The current organized crime war in Tel Aviv is, in part, over the “lucrative bottle recycling racket”. Shamefully, this proves the stereotype – a Jew will kill you over a nickel – to literally be true.
October 14, 2008 | 1:41 pm
October 1, 2008 | 1:49 am
Here’s a form of violence you don’t often read about:
A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy was arrested Monday on suspicion of attempted murder after he allegedly beat, stabbed and may have tried to castrate a young man whom he suspected of having an affair with his wife, according...
September 22, 2008 | 7:09 pm
Jeffrey Weiss of the Dallas Morning News asks, “How is a rosary like a swastika?”
He attempts to answer his own question:
Both are religious symbols that have been tainted by association with people from outside the original faith. The swastika has been used by many cultures but is...
September 22, 2008 | 12:50 pm
September 11, 2008 | 1:41 pm
First, let me be clear: The Rev. Jeremiah Wright is a bad man, but he’s not that bad a man. (Apologies to King David.) The alleged affair refers to Wright, the now notorious former pastor to Barack Obama whose black liberation theology manifest itself in anti-American tirades from...
August 7, 2008 | 3:43 pm
August 6, 2008 | 8:15 pm
Bad news today for the Christian biker gang. Set Free Ministries. Six members, along with three members of the Hells Angeles, were arrested in a handful of raids across Southern California. The reason: A July 27 barfight in which members of Set Free allegedly...
August 4, 2008 | 6:47 pm
“Trusted to build a museum to his friend’s lifework, a pastor is accused of drowning the farmer.” That was the subhead of an article in today’s Los Angeles Times. Without being too macabre or full of bloodlust, its safe to say that story sounded really intriguing. Money, ministers,...
July 27, 2008 | 8:55 pm
Some of the 400 children removed this spring from the Texas compound of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints—which included 31 girls ages 14 to 17 who were pregnant or previously had been—make an appearance on the cover of this week’s New York Times Magazine...
July 27, 2008 | 7:57 pm
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July 21, 2008 | 4:40 pm
Of course they do. If eating kosher is an important observance for them, and it is for some, they should be permitted kosher meals. It doesn’t matter that they are, in fact, Christians.
Ohio prisons, however, disagree. I wonder if the fact that non-kosher meals cost $0.95 while...
July 9, 2008 | 10:43 pmIf you want to see the city of Los Angeles' own version of MTV's "Punk'd," go to the Western Avenue terminus of the Metro Purple Line.
I was there last week when a group of German tourists approached me holding an MTA transit map of the city.
"Where is the beach?" a young man asked...
July 9, 2008 | 12:56 pm
The Lower Hudson Journal News has been all over the Orthodox-women-and-crime beat recently. On Sunday, the paper ran two stories of note out of Ramapo, a largely Hasidic community.
The first was one of attainment for Belle Glauber, an Orthodox woman who just graduated from the...
June 24, 2008 | 8:39 pm
Well, as you can imagine, the suspected pusher wasn’t the God. He was God Lucky Howard—how do people get these names?—a mortgage broker who was arrested yesterday for allegedly selling cocaine within 1,000 feet of a church, school or public housing. This has got to be an extension of taking the Lord’s name in vain, right?
June 23, 2008 | 5:23 pm
June 4, 2008 | 11:04 pm
Criminal idiocy, via the AP:
Thieves who stole an 8-foot statue of Jesus Christ off a crucifix in Detroit may have been seeking copper to sell as scrap. Problem is, it’s made of plaster.
You ask me, these guys got bigger problems than an 8-foot-tall plaster savior they can’t hawk.
May 28, 2008 | 2:05 am
The Bible Belt Blogger found this nugget:
Jacksonville, Florida police are looking for three thugs who robbed two women at gunpoint last week. When last seen, the criminals were armed, dangerous and, wearing their faith on their shirtsleeves, so to speak. According to First Coast...
May 17, 2008 | 1:45 am
New York Chasids responded with a lot more anger and outrage to the assault and robbery of a Jewish teen early Friday morning than Jews in Pico-Roberston did this time last year, when a spate of Shabbat muggings had the community on edge, or the attack last fall on the prominent rabbi of Young Israel of Century City. The difference seems to be that the L.A. attacks were crimes of opportunities while NY authorities are looking into Friday’s incident as a possible hate crime.
May 12, 2008 | 2:12 pm
May 6, 2008 | 12:46 pm
Millionaire financier Morris Talansky—who runs an investment firm out of his tony home in Woodmere—allegedly passed money...
April 30, 2008 | 9:44 am
April 24, 2008 | 6:00 pmFood Issues
Rob Eshman's article about food issues is a voice of reason in a sea of insanity ("Food Issues," April 11).
Much of the meaning behind the holiday is in its simplicity, as Rob indicates. Changing one's diet for seven or eight days obviously extends beyond the seders....
April 22, 2008 | 6:33 pm
The United States arrested an 84-year-old American on Tuesday suspected of giving Israel secrets on nuclear weapons, fighter jets and missiles in the 1980s, in a case linked to the Jonathan Pollard spy scandal that rocked U.S.-Israeli relations.
The arrest of Ben-Ami Kadish...
April 10, 2008 | 6:00 pm
April 1, 2008 | 1:11 pm
Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is said to be the only unforgivable sin. I’ve never understood exactly what that looks like, or met anyone who could explain it to me, but I’m fairly certain that if you were the unfortunate, you wouldn’t pay the price until death.
Sadly, the same...
March 18, 2008 | 5:59 pm