Meet Lisa Anne Auerbach. A resident of Los Angeles, she recently knitted this waaaay over the top, but still cute sweater/skirt combo after having been inspired by The Great Schlep. You’ll recall that The Great Schlep is a campaign (complete with a Sarah Silverman video) that aims to get grandchildren to visit their grandparents in Florida during Columbus Day/First Day of Sukkot and convince them to vote for Obama. She certainly gets her point across here, that’s for sure, although her Grandmother lives in Chicago and is already voting for Obama. Her blog post on the topic makes no mention of whether or not she’ll be visiting bubbe anyway. Lisa Anne is on the same bike team as our current videographer Sasha Perry who alerted me to this item.
Speaking of Obama, Alex, one of our regular commenters, linked to this interview with Rev. Jesse Jackson in the New York Post. In discussing the “change” that would be represented by an Obama Whitehouse, he noted:
The most important change would occur in the Middle East, where “decades of putting Israel’s interests first” would end… Jackson believes that, although “Zionists who have controlled American policy for decades” remain strong, they’ll lose a great deal of their clout when Barack Obama enters the White House… Jackson warns that he isn’t an Obama confidant or adviser, “just a supporter.” But he adds that Obama has been “a neighbor or, better still, a member of the family.” Jackson’s son has been a close friend of Obama for years, and Jackson’s daughter went to school with Obama’s wife Michelle… “We helped him start his career,” says Jackson. “And then we were always there to help him move ahead. He is the continuation of our struggle for justice not only for the black people but also for all those who have been wronged.”
With that kind of support, is it any wonder some folks are a wee bit nervous about an Obama Presidency? On the other hand, what with all the Jew-love headed Barack’s way, over at Kabobfest, the official voice of hip Arab Americans, the tone has been decidedly anti-Obama. And that’s an understatement. Showing the same DIY spirit demonstrated by Lisa Anne, in a post called “Idiots for Obama”, they created several Obama campaign buttons for those in their community who support him. Examples include “Muslim Americans with no self-respect for Obama” and “Former Revolutionaries Who’ve become old Liberal kooks and have deluded themselves into thinking they’re still fighting something just because this time he’s black for Obama” as well as the “Palestinians for Obama” button shown here.
What? You don’t get it? Lookit the button dummy. It’s a blue map of Israel. With a Star of David in it. It’s saying that Palestinians who support Obama are in fact supporting continued Zionist hegemony over Palestine because the Zionists are all up Obama’s butt. Now do you get it?
So who is right and who is wrong? I don’t know. This isn’t my election, I’m not American remember? But one thing I do know is that amongst Obama’s supporters, someone’s going to feel mighty pissed, disappointed and betrayed. Please allow me to strike a tribal note here when I hope that it isn’t, you know, us.
Continuing along the same DIY theme, I found this blog called Tikkun Knits where the owner knitted, yes knitted, her own Sukkah decorations. These include an etrog, a bunch of grapes and coming soon, a lulav. She also provides patterns so those of you who knit can do the same thing. Why? Well because the commercially available Sukka decorations are garish, made in China and disposable. These are kinda cute and reusable and therefor better for the environment. No word on how well these knitted decorations hold up in the rain, but Leslie does have a point. Does your Sukkah really need all that crap in it?