Lion of the Blogosphere

Question: Why is this night different from all other nights?

Answer: Because the food sucks.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

April 10, 2017 at 3:38 pm

Posted in Religion

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  1. I know which one of the four sons you are!


    April 10, 2017 at 4:05 pm

  2. Give us the run down on gelfite fish. It looks like tripe, or human brain matter floating around in a saline solution. It looks so horrible that it must taste good, or why else would anybody have it in their cupboard.

    How is it prepared? Is it mixed with anything?


    April 10, 2017 at 4:32 pm

    • It’s fish mixed with matzo meal, cooked in fish broth. Nothing particularly exotic about it.

      Some Guy

      April 10, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    • Gefilte fish, like almost all food eaten by the Jews, is adopted from the nations among which they lived.

      I you don’t have to like it or eat, but why this idiotic discussion of terrible Jewish food comes up a few times every year is beyond me.


      April 13, 2017 at 11:38 am

  3. poor lion

    but isnt there something edible? I thought there was brisket involved?

    Lion of the Turambar

    April 10, 2017 at 4:44 pm

  4. Not in israel.
    Thanks to mizarhi jews.


    April 10, 2017 at 4:52 pm

  5. Because ….sucks.

    That seems to be one of your favorite expressions.


    April 10, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    • It’s an 80s thing.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      April 10, 2017 at 6:17 pm

      • Haha! This is true.

        Today, my 13 y/o nephew asked me what video games a liked. I answered pinball and pacman from the ’80s.

        E. Rekshun

        April 10, 2017 at 11:54 pm

      • Really, I still think I hear it all the time. Maybe because I’m getting older.

        I don’t hear “that bites” as much anymore.


        April 11, 2017 at 9:13 am

  6. Happy Passover!


    April 10, 2017 at 5:01 pm

  7. For shame Lion. I can’t believe you don’t like matzah.


    April 10, 2017 at 5:21 pm


    As has been made clear numerous times I am entirely opposed to overthrowing Assad’s government.

    I will remain opposed until a good argument emerges for why a post-Assad Syria will not disintegrate into Islamic warlordism as Libya did after the fall of Gadhaffi; a fall brought about by military action also justified on humanitarian grounds. I have not seen any argument by the most anti-Assad partisans for why his fall would not be similarly disastrous, I myself cannot think of one, and I do not expect one to be made.

    But what of limited actions comparable to last week’s missile strike to dissuade him from the liberal use of WMDs? How justifiable would containment actions such as this be if they are occasional, narrow in scope, and by design fall short of being enough to bring down Assad?

    Secretary of State Tillerson made the best defense for America’s attack on grounds of foreign policy realism.

    In Tillerson’s view by using nerve gas Assad was creating bad precedents that could well be imitated by other rogue actors. To get the point across that firing nerve gas cannot become a routine activity in international affairs Tillerson supported the air raid as a warning shot for Assad to break this bad habit of his. But Tillerson, citing the recent example of Libya, does not see this attack as a prelude to driving Assad from power. The warning shot was a warning and nothing more ambitious.

    This realist argument of Tillerson’s is very strong and in keeping with the tradition of Hamiltonian foreign policy realism that is averse to humanitarian interventions to spread Democracy, and which instead prioritizes military operations that serve America’s strategic interests.

    However, if the decision were mine I would not have approved the strike primarily because, as a result of this attack, American operations against ISIS in Syria are now made at least somewhat more complex than before.

    The Syrian theater of operations is already dangerously Byzantine enough with forces from Saudi Arabia, Iran, Russia, Turkey, the official Syrian government, and disparate rebel groups all maneuvering across Syria for power. The chances Iran, Russia, Assad – or some other undesirable alliance of regional actors – will try to sabotage directly or indirectly our primary mission against ISIS have increased.

    If our existing forces in Syria subsequently encounter more obstacles we will have to commit more military resources to get them back on offense. This could be especially taxing if these problems occur at the same time we are organizing for military action against North Korea. To minimize the potential for further complications we should accelerate our campaign against ISIS so that we will be out of Syria, or at least winding down our presence, by the time matters come to a head at the Korean Peninsula.

    However, I must admit that although I myself would not have approved the attack against Assad for the reasons listed it is for me a very close call between firing a warning to Assad or ignoring him.

    The reasons Tillerson made in favor of the attack are sound, logical, and serve the national interest enough for me to almost agree with it, and cannot be dismissed as easily as can proposals to forcibly remove Assad from power.

    The Undiscovered Jew

    April 10, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    • Yes, there’s no upside to removing Assad. Also, if Assad is toppled then his minority Alawite tribe will be forced to fight for its very life, being such a small minority in Syria. Even if reduced to a regional militia they will be formidable and have major resources to draw on from Iran or Shi’ite allies in Iraq.


      April 10, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    • Yes, there’s no upside to removing Assad.

      Tillerson and Mattis are both emphasizing the air raid’s purpose was strictly a warning shot for Assad to stop playing with sarin gas.

      That’s the smart way to handle the situation. Only Haley is talking about removing, but I suspect she isn’t as leading the true policy as much as Mattis, McMaster and Tillerson because she talks the loudest.

      The Undiscovered Jew

      April 10, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    • “Secretary of State Tillerson made the best defense for America’s attack on grounds of foreign policy realism.”

      Thank you for mentioning Tillerson, a name strikingly missing from this blog.

      I think he’s a lot more powerful than he’s being given credit for hereabouts, where it’s Kushner/Ivanka 24/7.

      “In Tillerson’s view by using nerve gas Assad was creating bad precedents that could well be imitated by other rogue actors.”

      My view, too, and that’s why I favor the strike.


      April 11, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    • I think he’s a lot more powerful than he’s being given credit for hereabouts, where it’s Kushner/Ivanka 24/7.

      Yes. It’s too soon to be talking about Ivankacons.

      My view, too, and that’s why I favor the strike.

      You are steadily evolving in status from a house cat up to a Lioness.

      The Undiscovered Jew

      April 11, 2017 at 5:06 pm

  9. That’s why you have to get hammered on Manischewitz.


    April 10, 2017 at 7:37 pm

  10. I’m gonna put this right here.


    April 10, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    • This was really funny. But I remember years back a woman who was at the time my step-mother had a book called “The best of Jewish cooking.” She was not herself Jewish – she was Anglo Saxon. But she was an outstanding cook. I assume she bought the book and that it wasn’t a gift. So at least somebody likes Jewish food!


      April 11, 2017 at 1:31 pm

  11. Are there still no decent wine options at these things?


    April 10, 2017 at 8:49 pm

  12. This goy once had the great honor of being invited to a Seder. Clumsily balancing a yarmulke on my head, I loaded up on the bitter herbs and matzoh mistaking them for the entirety of the meal. Delighted to find fantastically delicious brisket and side dishes followed. Lay off the virtual trucks and find a new Passover host!


    April 10, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    • Actually there was good brisket.

      But I bet the gentiles have such delicious Easter Sunday dinners.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      April 10, 2017 at 9:46 pm

      • I don’t think Easter Sunday dinners are really a thing.


        April 10, 2017 at 10:09 pm

      • Yes. And Italians have fabulous Sunday dinners every week. One of the benefits of belonging to our ethnicity. As to the disadvantages, well…….those are well-known!


        April 10, 2017 at 10:16 pm

      • Guidos?

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        April 10, 2017 at 10:31 pm

      • “I don’t think Easter Sunday dinners are really a thing.”

        Easter Sunday dinners are really a thing. And they’re spectacular.

        Jokah Macpherson

        April 10, 2017 at 10:49 pm

      • “Guidos?”

        LOL. You had to say that, didn’t you?

        Actually, the real sadness of IA life is this fact: there are too many Giulianis and too few Santorums. There are other problems too, but guidos don’t even make the top 5 on the charts, IMHO.


        April 10, 2017 at 11:33 pm

      • Santaforum is not 100% Italian. Half-guidos do better than pure breeds. And the guy who graduated from Dickinson Law looks like a WASP from his Ireland side.


        April 10, 2017 at 11:47 pm

      • Ham, mashed potatos with gravy, corn, dinner rolls, deviled eggs, angel food cake and sweet tea is what we’re having.

        G 706

        April 11, 2017 at 1:42 am

      • That doesn’t sound that good.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        April 11, 2017 at 6:34 am

      • My family can’t get away from honey baked ham for some reason. It’s like holiday OCD. I #%$@#*& hate ham (yeah, it’s that serious). Also, there’s always that weird pineapple bread stuffing. Too sweet for dinner, especially with the ham. So, don’t succumb to too much gentile holiday envy. Easter brisket would make the day for me.


        April 11, 2017 at 5:39 am

      • “As to the disadvantages, well…….those are well-known!”

        Lots of unwanted body hair?


        April 11, 2017 at 9:15 am

  13. Everyone relax, pork is on the way!


    April 10, 2017 at 10:21 pm

  14. Weirdly, Seder meals seem to be fashionable in protestant churches these days.

    Jokah Macpherson

    April 10, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    • But they probably serve delicious treif foods at the church seders.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      April 10, 2017 at 11:22 pm

      • Spanish food is quite bleh and for Easter Sunday, Spaniards remind you of orientals and not Italians. Rice, potatoes and seafood. We’re not cheesy like our fellow Catholics – Los Italianos.


        April 10, 2017 at 11:50 pm

  15. A Texan, attending a Passover seder for the first time, was quite taken with the matzoh ball soup and asked the hostess “Say ma’am, are any other parts of the matzoh edible?”

    A Zisen Pesach to all. I have about a gallon of soup left over and I’ll match my recipe with anyone’s!


    April 10, 2017 at 11:23 pm

    • The did the Texan think that the matzoh ball was a part from a plant or an animal?

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      April 10, 2017 at 11:24 pm

      • They thought it was a testicle I’m assuming.


        April 11, 2017 at 4:05 am

      • That’s pretty funny. Since this blog is so obsessed with Ivanka and Kushner, let’s call them Jason Kushner’s balls.


        April 11, 2017 at 12:45 pm

  16. The food is supposed to be terrible. That’s the whole point. This is disgusting in this way to remind you of some thing that didn’t even happen. This other thing is equally disgusting in some other way to remind you of this other thing.

    It’s an absurd holiday and stokes already unhealthy levels of anti gentile sentiment among Jews.


    April 11, 2017 at 4:04 am

    • Magna, I promised to savage you next time you say something stupid, but this is beyond stupid.

      I was by my in-laws the second night. The great-grand mother had passed away a few weeks before the Passover so naturally she was talked about. A 4.5 carat diamond was brought out, which the great-grandfather used as a payment to get a job for himself and his brother in the kitchen of the concentration camp that they were in. After the liberation the German, who had arranged it for them, was put on trial for war crimes and he was able to get it back.

      Now obviously not all gentiles are the same many saved their Jews both as countries and individuals and are owed a debt of gratitude. Historically, starting with the Egyptians, the majority is had not taken that approach.


      April 13, 2017 at 11:52 am

  17. This is a comment I posted here years ago. I was thinking about it because it is our Holy Week….

    Ignoring Lion’s troll bait about Jesus not existing in history, he was probably a charismatic alpha type like most cult founders. Joseph Smith was pretty typical in that regard.

    There are a couple verses in the Gospel that almost certainly have the ring of truth to them. Like Mark 6:4 when he complains about not being taken seriously by his relatives and people from his hometown (this happens to a lot of cult founders, people who actually know them since childhood are not swayed by their mystique). Also Mark 15:34 where he laments in his native dialect about being abandoned by God while he is dying.

    Ava Lon

    April 11, 2017 at 1:59 pm

  18. The Easter ham is traditional and grows from the old Christian peasant custom of serving a flitch of ham on Easter to show contempt for the Jews.

    Bu'bha al-Teksani

    April 12, 2017 at 4:08 pm

  19. I quiet like Jewish Ashkenazi food, I like the passover food even more, I think because of the novelty factor, and because it reminds me of my childhood, the day by day food in Israel is entirely Sephardic. Only the orthodox Jews will still eat Ashkenazi food and that’s also mainly on the Shabat.


    April 13, 2017 at 6:24 pm

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