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Why Yiddish has a Hundred Words for ‘Moron’

November 29, 2009

Swastikas and the flag of an illegal organization (Hezbollah) on the streets of Canada, circa 2009

I love Fast Company’s Consultant Debunking Unit. That’s where they give the lie to those hoary old chestnuts your firm’s high priced motivational speaker loves so much: the “hundredth monkey;” the “butterfly effect” — all bunk.

Or at the very least, wildly misinterpreted by a guy with a wireless mic, a shaved head and a self-published book with a rainbow on the cover who, odds are, has no formal training in zoology or lepidoptery.

One persistent myth is that Eskimos (or whatever they’re called this week) have “a thousand words for snow.” Also crap. But incredibly, Yiddish has a LOT of words for “stupid.”

I didn’t know that until I helped a New York rabbi work on a couple of books — projects that coincided with certain legal unpleasantness I’ve been dealing with for the last two years. It was the latter that forced me to abandon one of the beliefs I’d held dear since I was a prepubescent Mel Brooks fan:

That all Jewish people were smart.

I was truly shaken by the revelation that this simply was not so, but the facts were undeniable: time and again, Canada’s liberal/leftist Jewish establishment sided with radical Muslim censors and bullies against Zionist shiksa bloggers (like me) and the likes of my co-defendant, actual Jewish person Ezra Levant.

Today, Levant shares a hair-raising tale of the latest such incident, one that gives the expression “unholy alliance” a whole new meaning; he too has been forced to conclude that those he calls “the Official Jews” are “dumber than a bag of hammers.”

Be warned, Americans: this kind of sheer unadulterated left-wing “interfaith” stupidity knows no borders.

Weekend bonus: Ezra Levant is one of the best public speakers around. Here’s proof — his latest speech about “hate crime” legislation, censorship, “answering machine Nazis” and the “Danish Mohammed cartoons,” which he was one of the only North American publishers to print:

  1. November 29, 2009 12:02 pm

    That was one heck of a good speech by Ezra Levant, Canada is lucky to have such a strong advocate for freedom of speech and thought. Like a breath of fresh air. Thanks for a great post Cathy, keep up the good work.

  2. Cynthia Thornburg permalink
    November 29, 2009 12:18 pm

    Further proof of “They walk among us and the reproduce.”

  3. November 29, 2009 12:35 pm

    Thanks! There is a lot of him online and he is outstanding. He was pretty toned down in that one 🙂

    • Cas Balicki permalink
      November 29, 2009 12:45 pm

      It was a book festival. No point is rallying the troops. What would they march on, The Vancouver Public Library, Chapters?

  4. November 29, 2009 2:09 pm

    When it comes to goring sacred cows Ezra is a pro. No wonder the Muslim radicals want to shut him up. You go Ezra!

  5. Isabel Isherwood permalink
    November 30, 2009 8:21 am

    This is such a perfect example of “Beware of what you legislate, it can come back and bite you on the ass.” Unintended consequences seem to slip past those who would restrict their fellow man because their sensativities have been compromised. Ezra Levant should so the speech circuit route. He’s a great speaker.


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