June 07, 2010

Helen Thomas in Limerick Form

Helen Thomas long covered the White House
Against Democrats and Republicans she groused
Now press secretaries
Who she so long had teased
Will no longer be able to look down her blouse.

Helen Thomas looked regretfully at her shoes
After her ill-advised meltdown about Jews
She said some dumb things
And payback sure stings
Tonight she'll no doubt be hitting the booze.

As a White House reporter for nigh 50 years
And annoying press secretaries to tears
Despite her maturity
She lost job security
Anti-semitism can at least end SOME careers.

"Go home to Poland" Helen Thomas suggested
Which is a stupid thing for her to have requested
It's a pretty big mystery
How she's so ignorant of history
Perhaps in school she wasn't adequately tested.

Posted by Ryan at June 7, 2010 01:13 PM | TrackBack

Are you a jew? lol

Posted by: Eliae at June 8, 2010 08:29 AM

I only heard about this recently (grad school timewarp) but I just went and looked at the Wikipedia thing about it and, honestly, I don't see what the big fucking deal is. Most of the Jews in Israel are, in fact, relatively European immigrants. They did displace the indigenous population, and to Helen Thomas, who's been alive since 1920 and who actually watched the entire thing unfold, I can see how it might look like the solution to the problem is as easy as having everyone who's immigrated to Israel in her lifetime turn around and go home.

The fact that anyone can actually get away with calling that idea anti-semitic (instead of just ill-advised and infeasible) is a testament to the bullshit double standard that's applied on this issue.

Posted by: Joshua at June 19, 2010 05:58 PM

Yeah, but to suggest Jews go back to. . . Germany. . . smacks of some selective historic cherry-picking. Let's have them go back to Germany, and Poland, where they were treated so awesome a world war ago. I know, I know. I'm not going back far enough in history to see the bigger picture, like the Balfour Declaration and. . . and. . . well, I'm just too damned tired.

Posted by: Ryan at June 19, 2010 07:47 PM
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