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Jewish World Review Sept. 21, 2007 / 9 Tishrei 5768

Insensitive Jerk of the Month

By Greg Crosby

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Yes, folks, its time once again for the Insensitive Jerk of the Month nominees. As you will see, it was a really busy month for jerks - and hey, the month isn't even over yet! So without further ado, let's get right to our nominees for September. They are:

MICHAEL VICK for his sadistic torture and killing of dogs.

JAMIE FOXX and WHOOPI GOLDBERG for playing the race card by defending what Michael Vick did as nothing more than a "normal southern black cultural thing."

The FILM MARKETING HEADS AT PARAMOUNT AND LIONSGATE STUDIOS for their ingenious use of the witty, sophisticated phrase "Love Blows" on their theatrical posters and billboards for their films, "The Heartbreak Kid," and "Good Luck Chuck." Decades ago the prevailing vulgar term for anything that wasn't all that good was "stinks." When stinks was introduced into our vocabulary it was thought to be a rather coarse and low class way of expressing displeasure for things, which for its time it was. But in terms of vulgarity, that word doesn't hold a candle to the one that came after it, "sucks." Movies and TV loved that one, but it became so common it lost its edge. Now thanks to the bright marketing mavens of the entertainment industry, they have taken culture down another notch with "blows." Oh yeah, sure, we all get the double meaning, guys. How incredibly clever! There's just no limit to the depths of crudeness that these jerks won't sink to.

ALL THE DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES FOR PRESIDENT (with the exception of Joe Biden) - since none of them when asked, would denounce the MoveOn.org full page ad in The New York Times calling four-star General Patraeus a liar and a traitor to his country That ad ran even before the general had testified. Not one of those candidates would say a word against that far-left hate-group, which tells me one of two things; either they agree with the sentiments of the ad, or they are too cowardly to talk against it. In either case, they qualify as insensitive jerks.

GERALDO RIVERA for saying during an interview in The Boston Globe; "Michelle Malkin is the most vile, hateful commentator I've ever met in my life… She actually believes that neighbors should start snitching out neighbors, and we should be deporting people. It's good she's in D.C. and I'm in New York, I'd spit on her if I saw her." And what did Michelle say to inflame Rivera so much that he'd want to spit on her? Well, she had the gall to suggest that our laws be enforced and illegal immigrants be deported back to their home country. Geraldo Rivera, what a classless slob.

But the real winner is (drum roll here…) actor and husband of Barbra Streisand, JAMES BROLIN, who offered radio listeners a "Happy 9/11" on the day of the sixth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the U.S., during a promotional appearance for a new movie he appears in.

That's right; Brolin was being interviewed on the Chaz and AJ Show on WPLR, a New Haven, Conn., radio station to promote the film, "The Hunting Party," which tells the story of a washed-up war correspondent, played by Richard Gere, who returns to Bosnia in 2000 to track down a wanted Serbian war criminal.

Brolin was describing the plot of the picture to the radio audience and …well, just read the actual transcript for yourself. The transcript follows:

Brolin: So, you know, it's, it's kind of a parody on how come we can't catch war criminals with all our sophisticated stuff, you know.

Chaz: That's something we've been talking about a lot today on the show for obvious reasons, the sixth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

Brolin: (Sounding surprised) Right. Oh yeah. (Chuckling) Oh, Happy 9/11!

[Long silence]

Chaz: Well, that's kind of a weird thing to say.

Brolin: [Laughter] I heard silence.

Chaz: Yeah.

Brolin: Well ...

Chaz: Well, we're right outside of New York. I mean, I know people ...

AJ: Right.

Chaz: ... who lost family members so ... I don't know ... we don't say Happy 9/11 around here.

Brolin: (in a happy tone of voice) Celebrate the day, right?

Chaz: Yeah, well, we kind of commemorate the day by remembering the people who were lost and the families that they left behind.

Brolin: I understand ...

Chaz: Yeah.

Brolin: It's a horrible situation how they've been left behind, even now, by, uh, anybody who might, uh ...

Chaz: I think you'd be better off talking about this movie.

If you think this is just one of those freak accident bad day interviews that went wrong and was misunderstood, you might be interested to know that last year, in an appearance on "The View," Brolin, mentioned that his parents and grandparents had been Republicans, and said he had since "started thinking for myself." He then encouraged viewers to visit a website that argues that the World Trade Center buildings fell as the result of a controlled demolition and not because of terrorist attacks.

Personally, I don't give a fig what Brolin believes. He can believe that Martians from outer space took over the bodies of the hijackers, for all I care. But to go on the radio and say in a happy, lilting tone of voice, "Happy 9/11! Celebrate the day!" is beyond unconscionable. The only thing missing was him calling "Allahu Akbar" and shooting a rifle into the air (maybe he did six years ago). So congratulations to James Brolin, member in good standing of the far-left hate America crowd - who actually seems to take delight in the attack on America that killed 3,000. He has indeed shown himself worthy to be the Insensitive Jerk of the Month for September.

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