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Globalization and Its Discontents

Okay...I was going to crack the mystery of Abraham Lincoln's putative homosexuality, but a colleague sent a link to this brilliant find by Eric Mueller. I really and truly never would have imagined that I would see that.

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As the old saying in business goes.... You have to keep growing. New markets are new markets.

Posted by: def | Jan 11, 2005 6:17:25 PM

Actually, whilst that is quite funny, it shouldn't really be surprising at all. My cousin the Jewish bartender in Baltimore has reported on the differences in alcohol choices at wedding receptions for black and white families: black people like sweet drinks.

Of course, Manischewitz is the drink of choice for both my brother (age 16) and my grandmother (age 74).

Posted by: Marshall | Jan 11, 2005 6:21:07 PM

Along the same lines, who woulda thunk that Filipinos can't get enough Matzo Brie?

Posted by: Petey | Jan 11, 2005 6:31:33 PM

I want an update: Did Manichevitz actually become popular there?

Posted by: Phoebe | Jan 11, 2005 6:43:22 PM

Typo: "Muller," not "Mueller." Other than that, you are a blog god.

Posted by: Lance McCord | Jan 11, 2005 7:08:49 PM

I thought those people were airlifted to Israel a few years back.

(Sorry).

Posted by: P.B. Almeida | Jan 11, 2005 7:13:59 PM

I want an update: Did Manichevitz actually become popular there?

I started to do a web search, but I haven't turned up much more than you can figure out by looking at the ad:

http://biz.yahoo.com/ic/56/56134.html

"Kosher foods are among the fastest-growing grocery categories, and B. Manischewitz owner R.A.B Holdings aims to boost sales to non-Jewish customers."

Posted by: Paul Callahan | Jan 11, 2005 7:15:24 PM

We have a very large temple membership, and what is lovely is seeing a rainbow of faces each week. The school has African-American, African, Hispanic, Asian-American, and Asian children. Our Saturday luncheons feature all sorts of ethnic foods [kosher :)].

Posted by: Ari | Jan 11, 2005 8:04:27 PM

Paul - As someone who derives much of his income in the food biz, I can assure you that in my anecdotal experience it is very true that a growing number of non-jews like the "promise" of kosher. They seem to think that kosher certification means that the food is somehow healthier. It's not. And often the store bought kosher "prepared" food tastes like......

This is not a knock on those who keep kosher because of their beliefs.... but those who do it out of some sort of misguided ethos..... arrrrrg.

It food service, if you've never worked in kitchen that has two seperate facilities, one kosher and one everything else, you have no clue as to the "creativity" of some chefs to achieve flavor without breaking the rules.

Pardon the expression, but it is culinary sacrilege.

Posted by: def | Jan 11, 2005 8:05:43 PM

I can assure you that fine kosher meat and fish are fine indeed. Many ethnic foods are are a true treat, and surely kosher foods are among them.

Posted by: Jennifer | Jan 11, 2005 8:31:11 PM

Jennifer - i agree, but good meat is good meat, kosher or not. The same holds for bad meat.

Good products and good technique usually result in tasty meals, kosher or not.

Posted by: def | Jan 11, 2005 8:38:45 PM

Down here in Red America, the mother of a close friend, of redneck ethnicity, loved blackberry Manischewitz and it was a family tradition to drink it. Down in PR I remember knowing about it, so some people apparently drank it. We like sweet alcoholic drinks down there, like the chichaíto which is equal parts rum and anise liqueur. The name comes from the Spanish Puerto Rican verb chichar which means 'to fuck'. It was a popular drink during the night of the feast of San Juan, when many participants engaged in frenzied fucking at the beach.

Posted by: Gabriel | Jan 11, 2005 9:41:01 PM

Well than, what about gefiltefish? I've had lutefisk and I've had gefiltefish, and lutefisk wins hands down. Gefiltefish was like eating a 40-year-old specimen from a 9th-grade biology lab.

Posted by: John Emerson | Jan 11, 2005 10:01:56 PM

Anything that gets me wasted before noon.

Posted by: George W Bush | Jan 11, 2005 10:18:04 PM

Such a shame Muslims don't drink alcohol. Perhaps we will always be one glass of Manischewitz from world peace...

Posted by: Publius Rex | Jan 11, 2005 10:33:29 PM

When I was a young lad, I took a turn as a Catholic alter boy (alter server? sacristant?). Included among the tasks we had to perform as part of our pre-mass prep work was loading up a carafe with the wine which was to participate in the miracles to come. At least in our church, the blood-to-be of our lord and savior Jesus Christ wine was a type O+ Manischevitz.

I now see a bitter inside joke in the serving up of transubstantiated Manischevitz to the flock. Unable over the centuries to convert all those stubborn Jews to Christianity, the Church revenged itself by daily converting some Jewish wine into Christian blood - the very blood of Christ in fact. Those taken in by the blood libel may wish to see this as only fair compensation for the blood of all those Christian babies.

The whole altar boy experience completed my de-religionization. It was like being backstage at a magic show and seeing how the tricks were done.

Posted by: Dan Kervick | Jan 11, 2005 11:04:05 PM

HEY, WHERE IS ALL THE NEWS ABOUT THE CBS REPORT?

ARE YOU ALL TOO BUSY CRYING BECAUSE YOUR SADDENED BY THE STORY BEING PROVED A HOAX?

IS IT TOO MUCH FOR A BUNCH OF RIGHT WING, BOO HOOING, LOSING THE ELECTION COCK-SUCKERS LIKE ALL YOU WHO POST HERE?

HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA H

Posted by: Dan the Liar | Jan 11, 2005 11:04:49 PM

Check this out. Highly believable...

http://worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=42305

Posted by: Dan the Liar | Jan 11, 2005 11:07:35 PM

PS Do you know where I can pick up a good male prostitute at this hour? I like em hot, hung, and hairy.

PPS I like to dress up like a little girl too, just like my hero J Edgar Hoover.

Posted by: Dan the Liar | Jan 11, 2005 11:20:23 PM

HA HA HA. You're tooo funny. That's why I like to visit the right wing blob, I mean Blog. People like the dude above who tries the make everyone laugh by posting using the name of individuals who he does agree with.

I LOVE TO SEE YOU GUYS GET STRETCHED OUTA SHAPE!!!

FOX NEWS RULES!!! LONG LIVE BUSH!!! LONG LIVE THE RED STATES!!!

Posted by: Dan the Liar | Jan 11, 2005 11:38:50 PM

I'm sorry everyone. I feel so conflicted, and guilty. I get so turned on by all those beefy studs but then I feel so bad and un-Christian enough to please my strict daddy who used to whip my bare behind.

Posted by: Dan the Liar | Jan 11, 2005 11:46:06 PM

I know that ever since the CBS report was published, I have been weeping in my bedroom as I come to terms with the now indisputable fact that Bush is simply a gift from God to us poor mortals. Perhaps if only I can learn to stop hating God, like all liberals do, I will finally be happy with this new knowledge. In the meantime, I have burned my posters of Dan Rather -- I now have only the Little Red Book and the Satanic Bible to lend me solace.

Posted by: neil | Jan 12, 2005 12:19:57 AM

"In the meantime, I have burned my posters of Dan Rather -- I now have only the Little Red Book and the Satanic Bible to lend me solace."

I'm keeping the one with Dan in a speedo. Its signed too.

Posted by: Green Dem | Jan 12, 2005 12:27:39 AM

All dietary laws are stupid. That being said, I'm never touching snake, monkey brains or insects. But any Jew, Muslim or Rastafarian that eats kosher, halal or ital is denying themselves some great food - lobster, pulled pork sandwiches, scallops, the list goes on. Firesign Theater had a great routine about dietary laws.

The whole altar boy experience completed my de-religionization. It was like being backstage at a magic show and seeing how the tricks were done.
Posted by: Dan Kervick

It took me until my first religion class at a Lutheran college.

Posted by: Jeff I | Jan 12, 2005 2:02:28 PM

All dietary laws are stupid.

I always thought Miss Piggy's "Never eat more than you can lift" was sound advice.

Posted by: Paul Callahan | Jan 12, 2005 3:26:16 PM

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