Remains of the Day, 5/30/08

1. Excellent editorial from the Cleveland Jewish News that rebuts the stereotyping idiocy of last week’s New York Times article about Jews in S. Florida and Barack Obama’s candidacy. That gray lady is going to make her hair fallout if she doesn’t stop that kind of crap. 2. A new website for Obama supporters: Oh…

Meanwhile, Vatican issues near Fatwa against ordination of women priests

From TVNZ: The Vatican issued its most explicit decree so far against the ordination of women priests, punishing them and the bishops who try to ordain them with automatic excommunication. The decree was written by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and published in the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano, giving it immediate…

Bahrain names Houda Nonoo as first Jewish woman ambassador to US; country lacks relations w/Israel

Rumored for months but still fascinating: Houda Nonoo told the Associated Press on Friday that she was proud to be named “first of all as a Bahraini.” This week’s formal appointment of the 43-year old mother of two follows leaked reports in Arabic language press a month ago. Nonoo is a member of Bahrain’s all-appointed…

Boston knows what Dann re: sexual harassment didn’t: It’s unpleasant AND it is NEVER okay

Major kudos to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. From NPR: Transit officials in Boston recently launched an aggressive campaign aimed at cracking down on people who take advantage of the tight squeeze on crowded trains. Over the past month, officials say the program has led to a record number of arrests for subway sex assaults.…

What to know re: DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee Meeting on FL, MI delegates

First Read at MSNBC has a good primer on what you need to know about today’s meeting of the Democratic National Committee’s Rules and Bylaws Committee meeting to discuss proposals to reinstate Florida and Michigan delegates. Those two states violated rules related to when the DNC said primaries could be scheduled and they were penalized.…