The poem "הקיצה עמי" ("HaKitzah Ami/Awaken, My People") by Yehuda Leib Gordon is tragic because it has stanzas like
The land where we were born and now live
Is now considered a part of Europe—
Europe may be only a small portion of all the world
But its wisdom is unmatched.
This paradise is opened to you,
Her sons now call you “our brother.”
How long can you be among them as an outsider,
Why do you go against them?
Gordon wrote this poem while living in St Petersburg. He wrote it around twenty years before the pogroms following the assassination of Tsar Alexander II and the May Laws that displaced hundreds of thousands of Jews.
About thirty years after Gordon wrote this, the opening article of the Tivoli Program of the DKP declared, “We fight against the often obtrusive and corrosive Jewish influence on our national life.” 16 delegates were voted into the Reichstag under the banner of the People’s Anti-Semitic Party.
Also thirty years later was the Dreyfus Affair, probably the first time in modern French history that mobs took to the streets of Paris chanting “Death to the Jews!” (but certainly not the last time, as current events have proven).
"This paradise is opened to you,
Her sons now call you ‘our brother.’”
Mark Ciavarella Jr, a 61-year old former judge in Pennsylvania, has been sentenced to nearly 30 years in prison for literally selling young juveniles for cash. He was convicted of accepting money in exchange for incarcerating thousands of adults and children into a prison facility owned by a developer who was paying him under the table. The kickbacks amounted to more than $1 million.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has overturned some 4,000 convictions issued by him between 2003 and 2008, claiming he violated the constitutional rights of the juveniles – including the right to legal counsel and the right to intelligently enter a plea. Some of the juveniles he sentenced were as young as 10-years old.
Ciavarella was convicted of 12 counts, including racketeering, money laundering, mail fraud and tax evasion. He was also ordered to repay $1.2 million in restitution.
His “kids for cash” program has revealed that corruption is indeed within the prison system, mostly driven by the growth in private prisons seeking profits by any means necessary.
Why might this not be a HUGE national story and his name not household? I’ll give you one guess what color those kids were.
Why are guys so obsessed with their dicks? We’ll be like “Mothers have the right to breastfeed their baby in public!” And without fail, dudes chime in with, “Does that mean I can pull my dick out in public? Can I urinate in public?” Chill the fuck out. This isn’t about your dick. You are already allowed to have your nipples out in public, sit the fuck down.
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Re-identification of Viking corpses has revealed that half of their warriors were female.
This video of Joan doing her makeup and dispensing life advice is bonkers and amazing. Also: spit is good for everything. No, Joan, No!
Oklahoma police officer Daniel Holtzclaw was arrested last week and charged with sexually assaulting eight African-American women while out on patrol. As a result, some members of the public are now going out of their way to give him money.
The GoFundMe campaign “Justice for Daniel Holtzclaw” has raised $7,390 in nine days. All proceeds ostensibly go to support Holtzclaw, as he protests his innocence of multiple charges of first degree rape and sexual battery.
It’s difficult not to compare this with the astonishingly successful fundraisers for Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot unarmed Ferguson, Mo., teenager Michael Brown last month. Over $400,000 was raised on behalf of Wilson, who is currently on paid leave from his job.
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