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Liberal Jews wrestle with faith in Israel

Written by JANE EISNER Thursday, 07 August 2014 07:44

Last Shabbat, as my husband and I were walking home from a long, lovely lunch with friends, I noticed scribbling on the sidewalk. Since the letters were written in white chalk and were upside-down from where I stood, it took a moment to decipher their meaning, and another moment to get over the shock.

This was on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, the epicenter of the liberal American shtetl, a place so ubiquitously Jewish that even the smallest grocery store posts Friday night candle-lighting times each week. So to see even this mildly anti-Israel graffiti was a surprise. For the first time since we moved to the neighborhood a couple of years ago, we felt uncomfortable, targeted, as people who care about Israel and as Jews.

Merger would hog up the meat market

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 07 August 2014 07:29

In late July, a coalition of farm, consumer, rural and faith-based groups wrote the U.S. Department of Justice regarding the proposed merger of Tyson Foods, Inc., and The Hillshire Brands Co., which originated in Wisconsin. The coalition wants the department to oppose the early termination of the antitrust examination and take a second review of the merger, which the groups argue creates a monopoly, threatening small farms, reducing consumer choice, allowing for higher prices and possibly degrading the food quality.

Still the elephant in the room

Written by Jamakaya,
Columnist
Friday, 25 July 2014 13:25

From a poster for a Take Back the Night action.

Thirty-five years ago, as editor of Amazon: Milwaukee’s Feminist Press, I reported on the murders of Heather Halseth, Alice Alzner, Joanne Esser, Janet Marie Bey and Nancy Lynn Radbill. 

Lesbian-themed summer reading

Written by Jamakaya,
Columnist
Thursday, 10 July 2014 19:49

Sarah Waters has published five novels that have been literary sensations and bestsellers. Tipping the Velvet is a lesbian romp across the stages and back alleys of late Victorian England. Affinity and Fingersmith are riveting psychological and sexual thrillers. The Night Watch is a World War II drama about love and loss, and The Little Stranger is a great ghost story.

We have to wait until September for Waters’ erotic thriller The Paying Guests. She declared, “There will be lesbians,” to the delight of her core readers, who were disappointed by the lack of lesbians in her last book. In the meantime, Bloomsbury has published a Sarah Waters essay collection that offers fresh insights into her work. 

Some favorite pictorials from cyberspace, Aug. 7

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 07 August 2014 07:36

Stirring the alphabet soup

Written by Jamakaya,
Columnist
Thursday, 07 August 2014 07:19

“LGBTQIAP+” and “GLBTQIZX.” What do they mean?

I ran across the acronyms “LGBTQIAP+” and “GLBTQIZX” recently and had to look up what the heck they mean. This crazy alphabet soup of sexual minorities is getting out of hand.

House Republicans undermine Obama’s environmental plans

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 24 July 2014 22:52

Determined to protect their fossil-fuel backers from the financial consequences of the environmental policies put forward under President Barack Obama’s green energy agenda, House Republicans on July 11 attached a bevy of amendments to the fiscal 2015 energy and water spending bill. 

Milwaukee County Board Chairwoman Marina Dimitrijevic. — PHOTO: Courtesy

On June 6, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele announced to a cheering crowd at PrideFest that he was keeping the courthouse open that evening for same-sex couples to get married. Abele didn’t want lesbian and gay couples who’d been waiting for years to have to wait any longer after a federal judge overturned Wisconsin’s same-sex marriage ban earlier that day.

Raise the minimum wage now

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 07 August 2014 07:34

The minimum wage reached its peak value in 1968 and has been falling ever since. If it had kept pace with inflation, the minimum wage would now stand at $10.74 per hour instead of $7.25.

On the record: So Paul Ryan said…

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 07 August 2014 07:15

“Friends and colleagues often ask my wife how she balances her job and motherhood. Somehow, the same people don’t ask me. A few months ago, I decided the only way to balance was by stepping back from my job.”

Hope for the future: Climate change is no longer a problem to be solved in some distant future

Written by From the Brattleboro (Vermont) Reformer Tuesday, 08 July 2014 05:26

Hardly a day goes by that we don’t hear about the dire consequences of climate change and the impending doom it will bring on the planet and all of mankind. Heat trapping gases created by our reliance on and addiction to fossil-fuel energy sources are raising the temperatures in our oceans and our atmosphere, melting ice caps throughout the polar regions and causing extreme weather patterns all over the globe.