Blessed Passover and Happy Easter. Open Thread.

© Miri WTPOTUS April 6, 2012

Shalom!  On Passover may you rejoice in your traditions and always be blessed with the rich and bountiful gifts of life.  Rabbi Philip R. Alstat said that faith

gives the oppressed the strength to outlive the oppressors and to endure until the day of ultimate triumph when we shall “be brought forth from bondage unto freedom, from sorrow unto joy, from mourning unto festivity, from darkness unto great light, and from servitude unto redemption.”

And so, have faith!  Blessed Passover.

Gerald Manley Hopkins wrote:

Gather gladness from the skies;
Take a lesson from the ground;
Flowers do ope their heavenward eyes
And a Spring-time joy have found;
Earth throws Winter’s robes away,
Decks herself for Easter Day.
Beauty now for ashes wear,
Perfumes for the garb of woe.
Chaplets for dishevelled hair,
Dances for sad footsteps slow;
Open wide your hearts that they
Let in joy this Easter Day.

And so, rejoice!  Happy Easter.

About the photos.  First is a photo of the ingredients for a traditional Jewish dish:

 Charoset, haroset, or charoses (Hebrew: חֲרֽוֹסֶת [ḥărōset]) is a sweet, dark-colored, paste made of fruits and nuts eaten at the Passover Seder. Its color and texture are meant to recall the mud which the Israelites used to make adobe bricks when they were enslaved in Ancient Egypt as mentioned in Tractate Pesahim (page 116a) of the Talmud. The word “charoset” comes from the Hebrew word cheres — חרס — “clay.”

Charoset is one of the symbolic foods on the Passover Seder Plate. After reciting the blessings, and eating a matzah “sandwich” combining charoset and maror, the remainder is often eaten plain, spread on matzah

The second photo is of pisanki–Polish Easter eggs

Pisanki are now considered to symbolise the revival of nature and the hope that Christians gain from faith in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. …

There are various types of pisanki, based on the technique and preparation used. …

The oldest known Polish pisanki date from the 10th century, although it is probable that eggs were decorated by Slavic peoples even earlier.

Today in Poland, eggs and pisanki are hallowed on Easter Saturday along with the traditional Easter basket. On Easter Sunday, before the ceremonial breakfast, these eggs are exchanged and shared among the family at the table. This is a symbol of friendship.

And so to all our friends at WTPOTUS, we wish you a blessed and happy holiday.

OPEN THREAD.

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207 responses to “Blessed Passover and Happy Easter. Open Thread.

  1. Why are the Leftists not backing one of their own, Hilary Rosen, who said disparaging things against Ann Romney for having been a stay at home mom? Axelrod chimed in as did Jim Messina – none of them side with Hilary. How strange is this that even Obama and Joe Biden had something to say. Highly unusual, don’t you think? What is up with this?

    Dem Strategist Attacks Ann Romney as A Stay-At-Home Mom: ‘Never Worked a Day in Her Life’
    April 12, 2012

    Imagine the outrage if a Republican strategist referred to a stay-at-home mom by saying that she was someone who “never worked a day in her life.” How about a mother of five?

    A Republican strategist did not say that. But a Democrat did… and it was a female, Democrat strategist named Hilary Rosen. And, as reported by several news outlets, according to the White House visitor logs, Ms. Rosen has stopped by 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue 35 times. National Review’s Jim Geraghty also points out that CIA Director, General David Petraeus has only managed nine visits.

    During an appearance on Anderson Cooper’s “AC360” last night, Hilary Rosen (also a CNN regular contributor) made the offensive comment about Mitt Romney’s wife Ann when she told Anderson:

    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/dem-strategist-attacks-ann-romney-as-a-stay-at-home-mom-never-worked-a-day-in-her-life/

    • Interesting to read Hilary Rosen’s associations… the who’s who or organizations for diehard lefties.

      Ann Romney critic frequent White House visitor
      Democrat consultant met with top Obama advisers Jarrett, Axelrod

      Aaron Klein
      April 13, 2012 Snips

      While the Democratic National Committee was quick to distance itself today from marketing strategist Hilary Rosen, WND has found that Rosen held strategy meetings with top Obama aides Valerie Jarrett and David Axelrod.

      Rosen also sits on the board of a progressive organization described as the “idea factory” of the Obama administration.

      Rosen is a partner at SKD Knickerbocker, the public relations and strategy firm of former White House communications director Anita Dunn. SKD handled Obama’s 2008 campaign. She’s on the board of the Center for American Progress Action Fund. The center is deeply involved in helping to influence White House policy under Obama. Its founder, John Podesta, directed Obama’s 2009 transition into the White House.

      Time magazine called CAP Obama’s “idea factory,” noting that “not since the Heritage Foundation helped guide Ronald Reagan’s transition in 1981 has a single outside group held so much sway.” Time reported it is “difficult to overstate the influence in Obamaland of CAP.”

      Rosen serves on the board of the George Soros-funded Human Rights Campaign Foundation and the Creative Coalition.

      Already, the DNC has commented on Rosen’s remarks, with an official telling Politico, “Hilary Rosen is not an adviser to the DNC. Our contract for media services is exclusively with Anita Dunn.”

      http://www.wnd.com/2012/04/ann-romney-critic-frequent-white-house-visitor/

      • Per FOX – Hilary Rosen has gone to the WH 35 times! 5 times she met with Obama.

        • Amazing! Well, that was a truly dumb move on her part, which is why the other “strategists” are on her case. As well they should be. But, hey! All she did was drop the mask for a while. Wake up, ladies. This is truly how these elitist, snobbish, overeducated, inside-the-beltway “women” think about you rubes who cling to guns, religion, and xenophobia. You undereducated (at community colleges!) fools who think having and raising a family is the most important thing a woman can do in life. They hate their sexuality. They hate the injustice of being born female. They cannot conceive of a marriage between two equals, because it’s something they cannot achieve in their own lives. Just check out their political marriages. Happy? Sure. 🙂

        • That trail of tweets is hilarious to read. She tries to correct and steps in it worse! She ought to have gone to plan B, which is to say that being so rich, Ann Romney didn’t have to work a day in her life (which I don’t know whether that’s true or not; I’m just offering it up as an example of their typical blather.) Five boys! Yikes! Ann’s response was truly classy. She’s a person with grace.

          Axelrod and the others are saying that Rosen shouldn’t have said it because “families are off limits.” Since when? Oh, I get it. They don’t want Romney to go after MO. And how easy would that be?

          Oh, I really bet that Stephanie Cutter believes that stay-at-home moms work harder than anybody. I believe that. How about a “fake alert” call on that lie, Renee? 🙂

        • Rosen has changed her tune since 2008. Look at this story from Sept. 2008:

          “Warning! This pundit isn’t feeling the same way as many of my colleagues about Sarah Palin. She is being attacked for her lack of experience for the job and for whether she should be putting her family first instead of her career.

          This just isn’t that unusual in my book. And the more it goes on, the more uncomfortable I feel with that message.

          Let’s reflect. In her acceptance speech, we saw a woman who was compelling, charming and aggressively partisan. She succeeded in demonstrating that she is a regular mom who came to government to make a difference. And she had that crowd in the convention hall eating out of her hands. …

          I am a woman who someone took a chance on several years ago when they gave me a job that had only previously been done by old white guys. Experience? How do you get any if no one takes a chance on you? And the decision to take a chance can be instinctive, as John McCain said.

          And what about the argument that she is a negligent mother who will be distracted from her important role? I am a mother who constantly feels the pressure from others about whether I am fit to be a parent, whether I put my kids first often enough and whether my children get enough of my attention. Who has the right to judge my family?

          My grandmother always said, “You can’t tell time on someone else’s clock.” Judgments about people’s personal lives are better left unsaid and unrealized.

          … McCain and Palin want us to leave their families alone. Yet they want to make rules for our families by eliminating our right to make our own choices over abortion, eliminate our access to family planning education or domestic partner benefits, and our freedom from discrimination.

          They want to control what our kids learn in school about sex and about science. In short, through the policies they promote and the judges they support, they want the government to have more control over our private lives than at any time in history.”

        • This writer believes Obama orchestrated the entire Rosen attack on Ann Romney because she’ll be a threat to them:
          http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/04/12/Obama-Started-Attack-On-Ann-Romney?utm_source=e_breitbart_com&utm_medium=email&utm_content=Breitbart+News+Round+Up%2C+April+13%2C+2012&utm_campaign=Breitbart+News+Round+Up%2C+April+13%2C+2012&utm_term=More

          Obama might suck as a president, but when it comes to campaigning and message discipline, this White House knows what it’s doing (it doesn’t hurt to have the MSM carrying your water, either). Speaking of his wife Michelle just a few days prior to Rosen’s attack, President Obama launched a little theme that should sound familiar after last night’s fireworks:

          “And once Michelle and I had our girls, she gave it her all to balance raising a family and pursuing a career–and something that could be very difficult on her, because I was gone a lot.

          “Once I was in the state legislature, I was teaching, I was practicing law, I’d be traveling,” he said. “And we didn’t have the luxury for her not to work.”

          Oh, boo-hoo for the Harvard graduate.

          Anyway, in tone and delivery, what Obama said might not sound like Hilary Rosen, but “he would look like my son” doesn’t sound like Al Sharpton either.

          The message is the same, though, and Obama is once again the primary messenger of the very worst kind of politics.”

          Then he shows this photo of MO, captioned “we didn’t have the luxury for her not to work”:

          They have the luxury and the wealth now. OURS.

          • I think you’re right. they are worried about Ann Romney and for good reason. I have never been a fan of Romney. He wasn’t my first choice (or 2nd or 3rd) but I have to say I saw Ann Romney speaking to the crowd after he won one of the early primaries. I was really impressed. I really liked her and it made me like Romney a little bit. She has the thing Romney lacks, the x-factor, the ability to connect with the audience, and she comes across as genuine and likeable.

            • I tried to find a certain photo of Romney and Ann that was in my paper yesterday. It reminded me of that iconic photo of GWB holding his twins when they were babies. When I saw the photo, I told my hubby that that photo alone would win George the election. I think the one of Romney and Ann might do the same. He was looking at her so proudly and lovingly. Yesterday, at the NRA convention, he introduced her as “my sweetheart.” It’s obvious that he truly does love her, which is such a switch from the usual political marriages of convenience. Anthony and Huma Wiener? Laura Bush was such an asset to GWB. Ann might do the same for Romney, who is a little stiff.

          • I love that pic of GWB. The one of romney and ann with all of their boys when they were young is pretty adorable …and boy did those boys grow into some good-looking men!

      • Limbaugh: If I Had A Daughter, She Would Look Like Ann Romney!

        http://dailyrushbo.com/limbaugh-if-i-had-a-daughter-she-would-look-like-ann-romney/

        • That’s sweet, but I think he’s too young to have Ann for a daughter. On the other hand, if he had a daughter, she would NOT look like Sarah Silverman, who thinks it’s funny to joke about having an abortion.

          “Comedienne Sarah Silverman joined America’s current War on Women yesterday after she tweeted a hoax before-and-after abortion photo.

          Reigniting the women’s rights movement via Twitter, the 41-year-old wrote: ‘Got a quickie aborsh in case R v W gets overturned.’

          The controversial comment captioned two photos of Miss Silverman made to look like she was pregnant before getting an abortion – and quickly divided opinion.

          While she caused a wave of support from hundreds of people voicing liberal pro-choice beliefs, she also drew criticism for her ‘insensitivity’ for a subject that is ‘no laughing matter’.”

    • They know that this is TERRIBLE news for them. Dana Loesch wrote an article about it, entitled “Democrats Declare War on Moms”. They ought not have gotten Dana’s Irish up. She started out as a blogger, writing about being a mom.

      Hilary Rosen, a partner at SKDKnickerbocker, the PR firm of former Obama communications director Anita Dunn, charged that Ann Romney “hasn’t worked a day in her life” and suggested that Ann Romney can’t possibly understand economic issues because she’s a lowly homemaker.

      What you have is Mitt Romney running around the country saying, “Well, my wife tells me what women really care about are economic issues.” And, “When I listen to my wife, that’s what I’m hearing.” Guess what? His wife has never actually worked a day in her life. She’s never really dealt with the economic issues that a majority of the women in this country are facing—in terms of how do we feed our kids, how do we send them to school, and how do—why we worry about their future.

      In the same breath Rosen ironically says:

      … there’s something much more fundamental about Mitt Romney—he just seems so old-fashioned when it comes to women, and I think that comes across, and I think that’s going to hurt him over the long term. He just doesn’t really see us as equal.

      Yes, there is something old-fashioned about the belief that a homemaker couldn’t understand the complexity of the economics affecting her household. Rosen apparently subscribes to the Linda Hirschman worldview, one that posits women are only as valuable as their contributions outside the home, unrelated to children and family. Rearing up the next generation that will someday run the world is woefully under appreciated.

      From an overflow of the heart the mouth speaks and Rosen makes it clear that her prejudice against women who stay home stems from a lack of respect and appreciation for what those women do. If the goal of feminism is choice, Rosen betrays the mutual respect amongst members of the female sex by degrading the choices of other women.”

      Dana is my own personal favorite among Breitbart’s successors. You don’t mess with Dana. This is how you do it, folks. You turn their crap right back on them. Rosen claimed that Wasserman-Schultz never used the phrase “War on Women” and that the Republicans invented it, but others have turned up many examples of the Dems and their poodles in the lamestream using that term exactly.

      And this writer says Wasserman-Schultz is waging a “War on AMERICANS”. Too funny. How does it feel, DemocRATS? Right back at you.

      SMART MOVE to alienate so many women in America. Is Sarah Palin on this one yet? I bet!

  2. regarding pinkos

    http://www.trevorloudon.com/

    must see video… O M G

    • I watched a video of some reporter going after Danny Davis when he was receiving some award from the communist party in Chicago. It was recent. I think it was reported on the blog. Will search for it. Progressive is just a rebranding of the names for the ismistas. Progressive doesn’t have the negative connotation like COMMUNIST does. We should keep outing these traitors to our country who are sitting in Congress. About time for the election announcements to start using the words that really describe these people and their affiliations.

    • http://www.trevorloudon.com/2012/04/breitbart-disciple-exposes-red-influence-in-congress/ That one? It’s in regard to Allen West’s comments about Commies in Congress. (CIC–not to be confused with aka potus, that other cic.)

  3. BREAKING – North Korea launched its satellite in volation of UN regulations. So they gave up the food aid that the US was sending. (Obama will probably send it anyway).

    N. Korea said it was a weather missile.

  4. Here’s an Easter season miracle! http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/health/2012/04/12/miracle-morgue-baby-improving-in-argentina/

    A baby found alive in a coffin in an Argentine morgue nearly 12 hours after the girl had been declared dead is improving, but questions remain for the hospital responsible for the near-fatal mistake.

    The mother, Analia Bouter, says she fell to her knees in shock after finding her baby alive in a coffin.

    Bouter named her newborn Luz Milagros, or “Miracle Light.” The tiny girl, born three months premature, was in critical but improving condition Wednesday in the same hospital where the staff pronounced her stillborn on April 3.

    The case became public Tuesday when Rafael Sabatinelli, the deputy health minister in the northern province of Chaco, announced in a news conference that five medical professionals involved have been suspended pending an official investigation.”

    More at the link.

  5. http://news.yahoo.com/monolith-object-mars-could-call-214004772.html
    Amateur stargazers have discovered an intriguing object jutting out from the surface of Mars. The seemingly perfectly rectangular, upright structure, found in NASA images of the Red Planet, bears a striking resemblance to the monoliths planted on Earth and the moon by aliens in the classic sci-fi film “2001: A Space Odyssey.”

    The object in question was first spotted several years ago after being photographed by the HiRISE camera onboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, a NASA space probe; every so often, it garners renewed interest on the Internet. But is it unnatural — a beacon erected by aliens for mysterious reasons, and even more mysteriously paralleled in the imaginations of Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke, creators of “2001”? Or is this rock the work of nature?”

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