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Dizzying Intellect » Grrr.

Grrr.

I gave Jon Stewart the benefit of the doubt. I did. Look, the guy was on Space Ghost. What can I say? I have a weakness for him. So I’ve been saying for the past year that the best thing about having a democrat win the election would be finally getting him back on our side.

And I still think he’ll switch back to mocking the left, once they take office. But he let me down, and from an angle that I never saw coming. Israel.

It’s not that I expect him to be pro-Israel just because he’s Jewish. That’d be silly. I find it a little jarring (and personally disappointing) for him to be so viciously against them defending themselves, but that’s his right. It’s the ignorance that bothers me.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg: Let me just phrase it for you - something that’ll bring it home. If you’re in your apartment and an emotionally disturbed person is banging on the door screaming “I am going to come through this door and kill you” - do you want us to respond with one police officer, which is proportional, or with all the resources at our command?

Jon: I guess it depends if I forced that guy to live in my hallway and make him go through check points every time he has to take a shit.

Nobody forced the Palestinians to live in Gaza. They wanted that land, they demanded it, and in 2005, Israel conceded and let them have it. Israel removed its own citizens, and gave them the land — with utilities and existing buildings all included. The Palestinians happily moved in, en masse.

As a thank you note for the gift, they elected a terrorist group to “govern” them and started lobbing rockets at civilians. So, yes, Israel’s protecting its own borders, go figure. But Gaza has other borders. If the border with Egypt is porous enough to allow in thousands of missiles, then obviously people could get out, if they were so grievously appalled at Hamas and the bombings.

To extend the already belaboured metaphor: Just because Jon won’t let the deranged guy live in his apartment, doesn’t mean he has to live in the hallway. The apartment building has a door. The deranged guy could get on with his life and move to another apartment. Instead, he decided to stay in the hall and keep trying to kill Jon — and I’m thinking even Mr Stewart wouldn’t invite the crazy guy in, and offer him the spare bedroom.

8 Comments

  • By Soggybottomboy, January 13, 2009 @ 5:22 pm

    Came out of lurking to ask, what would make you believe he’s coming back to our side? When was he ON our side?! He drinks the Kool-Aid.

  • By Albert, January 13, 2009 @ 6:06 pm

    Being anti-Israel is the new recycling. It’s the easy convenient way to demponstrate to the right people that you’re cool and you care.

    Note to self: must purchase more firearms for the inevitable day cool and caring people knock down my door to take me and my family away.

  • By Divemedic, January 13, 2009 @ 6:19 pm

    “If you’re in your apartment and an emotionally disturbed person is banging on the door screaming “I am going to come through this door and kill you” - do you want us to respond with one police officer, which is proportional, or with all the resources at our command?”

    Except in this case, the deranged person is throwing Molotov cocktails through your living room window. This from the Mayor of a town whose police department shot an unarmed 50 times at his own wedding.

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,231946,00.html

  • By Tanya, January 13, 2009 @ 8:18 pm

    Nobody remembers how hard he was on Bill Clinton, because he wasn’t really famous yet.

    I’m having trouble finding political stuff on YouTube from the pre-Bush years (which isn’t really a shock, since the people who like him now wouldn’t think that’s funny) but try this — talking about the Clintons with the delovely Dennis Miller in early 2000. Watch the whole thing, it gets funnier near the end. (He says one negative thing about Bush, but includes Gore in the same criticism.)

    Regardless of his personal politics, he knows his job, and that’s mocking the people in power. (see also: Obama, He Completes Us. Hilarious!)

  • By og, January 14, 2009 @ 6:40 am

    I tend to think anyone who spouts this crap should be transplanted to one of the areas under Hamas attack. After their house has been hammered a couple times, maybe they might get the point.

    I’m with you on Jon, I remember when he was hammering clinton- but I think he has been seduced by the left, and will remain there. Let’s hope I’m wrong.

  • By treppenwitz, January 14, 2009 @ 7:21 am

    As someone who has had to sit in a bomb shelter twice so far today (thanks to Hamas trying to kill me with Grad/Ketyushas) let me offer the following:

    While I obviously agree 100% with Mayor Bloomberg on this issue, it has been my experience that if you try to boil a complex situation down to a catchy analogy, someone will figure out a catchier/funnier/more memorable analogy. Jon Stewart is a lot of things, but he isn’t stupid… and rarely lacks a memorable retort.

    Bloomberg made the same observation here in Israel (for all I know JS was responding to a tape of the Israel visit), but the end result is that JS was able to out think him and essentially ignore the facts on the ground.

    What I’m living through here isn’t a case of a madman at the door of anyone’s apartment. It is a case of a mad regime on Israel’s doorstep trying with all its considerable resources to destroy any semblance of normalcy for our citizens.

    To be clear, Hamas doesn’t want peace. Ever. They don’t want a Palestinian state (look it up!). What they want (according to their own charter) is the destruction of the state of Israel and the death of all Jews. Once this is accomplished they want a global Caliphate. This may have some impact on your day-to-day lives, BTW.

    For an excellent take on who Hamas is and what they really want, go here to read an excellent piece by the Wall Street Journal’s Bret Stephens.

    [Your link wasn't included, so I added the one I thought you meant to use. Let me know if it's the wrong article --T]

  • By The Dean, January 14, 2009 @ 1:39 pm

    He rarely mocked Obama during the campaign. Stewart barely qualifies as a comedian now. He takes himself way too seriously now. Stewart will be like Olbermann and kick around Palin for as long as possible. I agree that Jon has probably gone past the point of no return.

    Craig Kilborn was always better on the Daily Show, at any rate.

  • By treppenwitz, January 14, 2009 @ 3:36 pm

    Thanks for adding the link. I must be losing my mind.

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