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  1. Hatch looks like he just heard on the news that the Kentucky Fried Chicken he frequents was cited by the health department for serving fried rat parts.

    1. Yeah, he looks mighty uncomfortable! Now if only there were a few Jews in Utah who could vote for him. THen I’m sure he’d be much more comfortable. Actually, there are Jews in Utah but none would vote for him.

      1. I’ve been in his office long time ago. I was in DC for a month long study program and one of the kids in my group was going to do an internship with him so we all went there to meet him.
        1987, his office was full of stuffed animals and a rocking chair.
        We all got free pens.

        1. Omigod, Orrin Hatch goes all cuddly! And if you read Goldberg’s piece in The Tablet, he write love songs!! Not sure if it’s the allegorical Song of Songs kind in which God is the beloved, or whether he’s writing the genuine secular article. If the latter, for shame senator. The bishops are going to be after you…

          1. It was explained that it was the “homey look” because he missed his grandkids and wanted his office to feel like home.

  2. To just add to the layers of irony here, one of my very favorite Christmas albums that I grew up with as a kid is Barbara Streisand’s (alongside Bing Crosby’s and Nat King Coles’). She made it I think back in the ’70’s, you don’t really see it much in the stores anymore, maybe she grew embarrassed later in life that she made it, I don’t know. But it’s actually a really excellent Christmas album, her voice really shines in the material, particularly in her ravishing account of ‘Silent Night’ and the ‘Lord’s Prayer’.

    Perhaps Jews are better in goyische music than the other way around, Barenboim and Levine are sure adept and at home with Beethoven, Wagner, Brahms & Mozart. And it’s true, I can’t see Orrin Hatch successfully doing Klezmer, either (even that image is giving me mind-blowing hallucinations right now).

      1. Exactly, that’s right at the heart of the contemporary Christmas music repertory, and Berlin’s ‘White Christmas’ is also, of course, on Barbara Streisand’s Christmas album! Rodgers and Hammerstein’s ‘My Favorite Things’ is also on that album, ravishingly sung by Streisand. Let’s face it, Jews and Christmas are in tight. And I’m sure Jewish conductors around the country will be conducting Handel’s ‘Messiah’ this season.

      2. As Philip Roth pointed out somewhere along the way, Irving Berlin in his two enormously popular songs about Christian holidays, White Christmas and Easter Parade, successfully and almost invisibly managed to totally secularize both holidays.

  3. HY CFOMMENT: I give it a nine(9) Dave…I mean Mr Clark, because it’s so easy to dance to!

    SEE: Orrin Hatch “Sorry” He’s Not Jewish, By NewsGuy, 12/09/09

    (excerpt) Senior Republican Senator Orrin Hatch says he will do “anything” for the Jewish people, and even sometimes wishes that he was born Jewish.

    The statements came during an interview Hatch did with The Mormon Times. The Utah Senator, known for penning Christian hymns and patriotic songs, spoke with the magazine about a new ode he wrote to honor Hanukkah called “Eight Days of Hanukkah.”

    “Anything I can do for the Jewish people, I will do,” Hatch said. “Mormons believe the Jewish people are the chosen people, just like the Old Testament says.”

    At one point during the interview, Hatch unbuttoned his white dress shirt to expose the golden mezuzah necklace he wears every day. Mezuzahs also adorn the doorways of his homes in Washington and Utah. Hatch keeps a Torah in his Senate office…

    SOURCE – http://www.therightperspective.org/2009/12/09/orrin-hatch-sorry-hes-not-jewish/

  4. Jeffrey Goldberg would like all my readers to know that he knows hip-hop from borsht and is indeed a child of the Hood

    Does he though? There actually is large amount of Israeli hip-hop coming out these days, a fair amount of it political as well. Goldberg as usual, doesn’t have an ‘effin clue.

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