Entries by Joan Swirsky

Suicidal Jews

When individuals kill themselves, we look for answers in their DNA, their environments, their personal reactions to feelings of impotent rage, rejection, disappointment, heartbreak. But how to explain group suicide? Wikipedia lists numerous cases, starting in 206 B.C., and these relatively recent cases: In 1943, in the final phase of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, many […]

Still the Smartest Guy in the Room

Well, whaddaya know? In the midterm elections of November 6, 2018, the American people rewarded the president––for only the third time in almost a hundred years––with a net gain of three and possibly four Senate seats, lost half the House seats that his predecessor lost, and left the radical leftwing Democrats not rejoicing at their […]

P.T. Barnum Had Nothing on the Democrats’ Freak Show

The Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus that I attended in my youth showcased acts like the freak show in which people with all sorts of bizarre physical features would attract millions of morbidly curious wide-eyed visitors. But even Tom Thumb and the Siamese twins, the bearded lady and the dog-faced boy, and the head of Medusa […]

Hillary Clinton––The Human Spittoon

In Hillary’s cringe-producing appearances over the past year and a half––since she lost the U.S. presidency in 2016 to Donald J. Trump––she has offered upward of 38 excuses to rationalize her loss, which Amanda Prestigiacomo has documented here exquisitely. Among those excuses were sexism, the mainstream media, the electoral system, the Democratic National Committee, the […]

Thank you, Punchy

I remember as a young teenager going by myself to see “On the Waterfront” at the Whalley Theater in New Haven. I was so mesmerized by the performance of Marlon Brando (30-years old at the time) that it took a dozen more viewings—really, that’s how many times I saw the film, maybe more—before I realized […]

Politicide: The attempted murder of the Jewish state by Victor Sharpe [Book Review]

The word Politicide was first coined by Abba Eban––Israel’s foreign minister in 1967––to describe the attempted murder of the sovereign, independent State of Israel by enemies both within and outside of the fledgling state. When Victor Sharpe first read the word, he told me how it resonated in “the deepest parts of my heart and soul.” […]

Obama’s Genie

Imagine a guy in his mid-thirties walking on a beach in Hawaii and seeing an object that actually looked like the genie lamp he read about in his childhood––the kind of lamp he could rub until a genie popped out and granted his most fervent wish. Being a pretty ordinary guy––you know, the kind who […]

Obama’s Bunker Festers in The Swamp

Once upon a time a seasoned political operative ran for President of the United States against a candidate who had virtually no political experience. She––Democrat Ms. Hillary Clinton––former First Lady of Arkansas, former First Lady of the United States, former U.S. Senator from New York, former Secretary of State under the faux “president” Barack Obama, […]

All Roads….

Once upon a time a seasoned political operative ran for President of the United States against a candidate who had virtually no political experience. She––Democrat Ms. Hillary Clinton––former First Lady of Arkansas, former First Lady of the United States, former U.S. Senator from New York, former Secretary of State under the faux “president” Barack Obama, […]

Who died?

I started watching Miss America and Miss Universe competitions when I was a little girl, mostly because I loved the gowns. To this day, I still tune in, especially toward the end, when all the gowns are on display. A couple of years ago, I saw my all-time favorite! As the expression goes: TDF––to die […]

A Year of Spectacular Accomplishments for President Trump

It’s only weeks away from the day in January last year when Donald J. Trump ascended to the presidency and took his oath of office as the 45th President of the United States of America. In only 12 months, it’s fair to say that he has already had an extraordinary presidency—more bold, courageous, and revolutionary than […]