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Thomas Friedman's Favorite Charity

Cynthia Cotts runs down the way that the winners of The Week's opinion journalism awards doled out their cash: Paul Krugman's giving his to the Brooklyn Public Library, Joshua Micah Marshall's is going to a prep school he attended in Southern California (because that Princeton sweatshirt in his author photo really isn't pretentious enough), and Charlotte Observer columnist Tommy Tomlinson will give his to, fittingly enough, a public library in Charlotte. But what about Thomas "Never Met a Metaphor I Couldn't Stretch" Friedman? Where's his money going? Said Friedman, "Like all good Jews, I started my own synagogue. With William Safire. So this is going to the library there."


Whaaa? A pundit-only shul in Bethesda?

Who else belongs? Geez, who wouldn't? But something's keeping the whole Iraqi-invasion brain trust from pulling up to the same curb: The rabbi of this congregation has a scandal-plagued history and sticky fingers. The whole thing sounds a little shady. And according to Cotts, they don't even have a real synagogue yet; "the congregation now holds Friday night services in a first-floor office of a luxury apartment tower in Bethesda."

Right. So when Friedman says his money is "going to the library there," what he means is, "Hey everyone, valet parking is on me!"

Religious Conversion [Village Voice]
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'Miga and Carlos' by Wonkette Operative 'Chica'

It's Father's Day, which means it's time for Yr Dok Zoom and his son to go to brunch and check out the downtown Boise Father's Day Car Show so we can ooh and ah over the very same Corvettes 'n' Mustangs 'n' lovingly-restored classic cars that are there every year, and I will probably once again point at the '68 Beetle converted to run on electricity and say, "Oh look, a Voltswagen!" Traditions matter. (Kid Zoom is 22, so I may also/instead meet him for cocktails later like grown up human people.)

Don't worry about any deep thoughts on the Meaning of Fatherhood here -- we're just going to enjoy the goofy side of dadding, which as far as I'm concerned is the best thing I've done with my time. Especially since my role model for parenting was the unnamed Dad from "Calvin and Hobbes."

As any fool knows, ice rises to the top of liquids because it's cold, and just wants to be closer to the sun so it can warm up. It's all in the book you get when you become a father.

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