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James Jones' Jewish joke - funny or inappropriate?
haaretz ^ | 4/25/10 | Nathan Guttman,

Posted on 04/25/2010 5:38:06 PM PDT by Nachum

National Security Adviser James L. Jones doesn't necessarily come across as the amusing guy at policy events. Rather, the veteran general is known for his measured and careful wording, and his somewhat monotonic delivery.

Maybe that is why some were surprised when Jones decided to open his remarks at the 25-year anniversary gala of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy with a joke. Not just any joke - a Jewish joke that some say was in poor taste.

And here is how it goes:

A Taliban militant gets lost and is wandering around the desert looking for water. He finally arrives at a store run by a Jew and asks for water

(Excerpt) Read more at haaretz.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: israel; james; jamesjones; jewish; joke; jones
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My how amusing. Now we know the litmus test to work for Obama...
1 posted on 04/25/2010 5:38:06 PM PDT by Nachum
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To: Jet Jaguar; NorwegianViking; ExTexasRedhead; HollyB; FromLori; EricTheRed_VocalMinority; ...

The list, ping


2 posted on 04/25/2010 5:38:30 PM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Nachum

Its never a good idea for any administration official to tell an ethnic joke.


3 posted on 04/25/2010 5:39:19 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: cripplecreek

You are right. No administration official should ever tell an ethnic joke...but I am not an administration official. Did you hear the one about the black Arab who became president?


4 posted on 04/25/2010 5:42:24 PM PDT by MIchaelTArchangel (Obama makes me miss Jimmah Cahtah!)
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To: cripplecreek

Pretty funny joke...but I agree with “cripplecreek” that its probably a bad idea for anyone in public life to tell an ethnic joke of any kind...people have become so thin skinned in this PC world.


5 posted on 04/25/2010 5:42:28 PM PDT by northwinds
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To: Nachum

The Jews will laugh since it’s a DEMOCRAT telling it.


6 posted on 04/25/2010 5:42:35 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion,,,,,,the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: cripplecreek

You are correct. But it’s still a funny joke.


7 posted on 04/25/2010 5:43:17 PM PDT by Artemis Webb (DeMint 2012 (Remember May 20th is "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day"))
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To: cripplecreek

>>Its never a good idea for any administration official to tell an ethnic joke.<

THIS administration? As long as it isn’t anti-muslim, all are in play, but particularly denigrating Judaism and/or Christianity is always OK.


8 posted on 04/25/2010 5:43:20 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Craven spirits wear their master's collars but real men would rather feed the battlefield's vultures)
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To: Nachum

Not particularly funny. Rather stupid. But, I don’t much like ethnic jokes .


9 posted on 04/25/2010 5:44:33 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Build a man a fire; he'll be warm for a night. Set a man on fire; he'll be warm the rest of his life)
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To: Nachum

It is noteworthy that Haaretz would take even mild umbrage at someone telling Jewish jokes.


10 posted on 04/25/2010 5:44:36 PM PDT by RobinOfKingston (Democrats, the party of evil. Republicans, the party of stupid.)
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To: Ann Archy

>>The Jews will laugh since it’s a DEMOCRAT telling it.<<

“Oy Veh! You hate us but we love YOU!! Who needs Israel anyway?”


11 posted on 04/25/2010 5:44:44 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Craven spirits wear their master's collars but real men would rather feed the battlefield's vultures)
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To: Artemis Webb

Yeah I think its funny too but for an administration official to tell it is pretty amazing.


12 posted on 04/25/2010 5:44:45 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Nachum

It doesn’t matter whether it’s a joke about Jews, Italians, Irish, Polish or Scandinavians- you just don’t do it.


13 posted on 04/25/2010 5:46:04 PM PDT by Krankor (nO)
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To: MIchaelTArchangel
Did you hear the one about the black Arab who became president?

Or the canadian moron who became Governor.
14 posted on 04/25/2010 5:46:22 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Nachum

Nachum, the anti-Semitism of this administration, of the people in the highest positions of our national security organization are obvious to anyone who is paying attention. We have seen this before. We are seeing it again.


16 posted on 04/25/2010 5:48:57 PM PDT by Bahbah (Only dead fish go with the flow)
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To: Ann Archy
The Jews will laugh since it’s a DEMOCRAT telling it.

The "Jews" didnt think it was funny, nitwit. Did you read the article?

17 posted on 04/25/2010 5:49:09 PM PDT by Nonstatist
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To: Nachum

Well, he’s no Earl Butz...


18 posted on 04/25/2010 5:50:32 PM PDT by wtc911 ("How you gonna get down that hill?")
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To: Nachum

I am not particularly MR. PC, but seriously if you are National Security Advisor, you give up the right to tell jokes about any group.


19 posted on 04/25/2010 5:51:41 PM PDT by JLS (Democrats: People who wont even let you enjoy an unseasonably warm winter day)
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To: Nachum
A Taliban militant gets lost and is wandering around the desert looking for water.

I found the joke amusing. The Jewish merchant was just trying to help the fellow. Perhaps the Taliban guy already had a tie. Everybody carries an extra tie! Ha ha.

Government officials telling jokes in public does not work any more. Inadvisable.

20 posted on 04/25/2010 5:53:08 PM PDT by olezip
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To: Nachum
The rule has been for some time that you do not make a joke about a certain ethnicity unless you happen to be a member of said ethnicity.

Now, off the find my paternal grandmother's recipe for ice cubes, right after I put on my maternal grandfather's guinea-T...

21 posted on 04/25/2010 5:53:18 PM PDT by Clemenza (Remember our Korean War Veterans)
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To: Krankor
It doesn’t matter whether it’s a joke about Jews, Italians, Irish, Polish or Scandinavians- you just don’t do it.

How about this...

Three Communist Obama supporters walk into a bar... (insert punchline here)

Or-

Three commie Obama supporters are on a falling plane that has only two parachutes.... (insert punchline here)

or...

A communist Obama official walks into a barbershop filled with health insurance agents who are losing their business... (insert punchline here)

22 posted on 04/25/2010 5:54:49 PM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Nachum

Well, yes, we all agree—no jokes allowed.

But it’s actually a pretty funny joke. It makes the Jews look smart, and it makes the Taliban guy look stupid. He’s mean and stupid and he gets what he deserves.

That’s OK with me.


23 posted on 04/25/2010 5:55:50 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Nachum

Very very old joke.

In fact, the first time I heard it, it was told to me by a Jew.


24 posted on 04/25/2010 5:57:22 PM PDT by Ronin
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To: Nachum

This reminds me of Hillary’s joke about the people who work at 7/11s.


25 posted on 04/25/2010 6:02:41 PM PDT by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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To: Ronin
When I worked in Kuwait, I told the following joke to a Kuwaiti:

What is the difference between a wife and a terrorist

You can negotiate with a terrorist.

He laughed his butt off

which in it self was a disturbing graphic.

26 posted on 04/25/2010 6:02:56 PM PDT by SERE_DOC (My Rice Krispies told me to stay home & clean my weapons! How does one clean a phase 4 plasma rifle)
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To: cripplecreek

Or the Austrian moron who becomes Governor.


27 posted on 04/25/2010 6:04:42 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SERE_DOC

A Polish guy walks into a store and asks the clerk if they carry Polish sausage. The clerk looks at him and says, “Are you by any chance Polish?” The Polish guy is a bit upset and answers, “Why the heck did you ask me that? I mean, if I asked for some sauerkraut, would you ask me if I was German?” The clerk shakes his head, “Of course not.” The Polish guy is getting even madder now and he says, “And if I asked for Matzo ball soup, would you ask if I was Jewish?” The clerk answers, “Definitely not.” The Polish guy’s face is turning red as he says, “And if I asked for spaghetti, would you ask me if I was Italian.” The clerk adamantly says, “Absolutely not!” The Polish guy is now about to explode. “So why the heck did you ask me if I was Polish when I asked for Polish sausage?” The clerk looks him in the eye and calmly answers, “Because this is a Home Depot, sir.”


28 posted on 04/25/2010 6:05:56 PM PDT by Krankor (nO)
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To: Nachum

I get that the Jewish guys are not really the butt of the joke. If anything, they’re messing with the Tali. Even so...some jokes are more trouble than they’re worth. Especially when you’re someone like the National Security Advisor.


29 posted on 04/25/2010 6:07:11 PM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: Nachum

I can see a deeper meaning in that joke. Using a Taliban as the foil makes little sense, because properly he should be a Palestinian.

A Palestinian beggar goes into a Jewish store, finds the storekeeper, and demands that the storekeeper give him the store. The reason he gives is that he says his great grandfather once owned the store, and once a store is a Muslim store, it is a Muslim store forever.

“I will not give you my store,” says the Jewish storekeeper, “because my grandfather bought it from your great grandfather. Your great grandfather then rounded up a Muslim mob, and demanded the store back, but he kicked them out. Then years later, your grandfather rounded up another Muslim mob, who tried to take the store from my father, but he kicked them out as well.”

“But I cannot get another store,” complained the Palestinian. “The Muslim Storekeepers will let me sit in their stores, but when I demand their stores, they beat me and throw me out.”

“So this is why you live on my curb, drink the water from my hose tap, and curse me and throw rocks at me? But people give you money all day, why don’t you take that money and live a good life?”

“Because rocks are expensive, and I spend all my money on them, so I can throw them at you so you will leave and the shop will be mine!”, said the Palestinian. “At least the curb is mine, so that you can’t put anything on it!”

“I got news for you, said the Jew...”


30 posted on 04/25/2010 6:12:18 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: Nachum

A Rabbi, a Priest and a Minister walk into a bar.

Bartender looks at them and says, “What is this, some kinda joke”?


31 posted on 04/25/2010 6:18:38 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (No Romney,No Mark Kirk (Illinois), not now, not ever!)
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To: Graybeard58

Lol....I can’t believe I haven’t heard that one before.


32 posted on 04/25/2010 6:20:33 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: Krankor

LMAO, I am part polish, I love it!


33 posted on 04/25/2010 6:22:56 PM PDT by SERE_DOC (My Rice Krispies told me to stay home & clean my weapons! How does one clean a phase 4 plasma rifle)
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To: Nachum
"Can you imagine him telling a black joke at an event of African Americans?"

That was my first thought as well. It'd never happen, obviously.

34 posted on 04/25/2010 6:24:34 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: SERE_DOC

The only reason I know Polish jokes, is because a friend of mine who was actually born in Poland, tells me them all the time.


35 posted on 04/25/2010 6:27:27 PM PDT by Krankor (nO)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

A Palestinian beggar goes into a Jewish store, finds the storekeeper, and demands that the storekeeper give him the store. The reason he gives is that he says his great grandfather once owned the store, and once a store is a Muslim store, it is a Muslim store forever...

“Because rocks are expensive, and I spend all my money on them, so I can throw them at you so you will leave and the shop will be mine!”, said the Palestinian. “At least the curb is mine, so that you can’t put anything on it!”

“I got news for you, said the Jew...”

That one must lose something in translation...


36 posted on 04/25/2010 6:37:37 PM PDT by chadwimc (Proud to be an infidel ! Allah fubar !!!)
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To: chadwimc

Two Irishmen walk out of a bar...

Don’t laugh! It *COULD* happen...


37 posted on 04/25/2010 6:38:38 PM PDT by chadwimc (Proud to be an infidel ! Allah fubar !!!)
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To: Krankor
one of the reasons I tell Marine jokes.....

USMC stands for:

yoU Suckers Miss Christmas,
University Science Music Culture
(I actually used that at a CDMA training session) all these ITT grads while introducing themselves and stating ITT class of whatever, so I stood up and said University of Science Music and Culture class of 76 Parris Island Campus, the guy with me lost it and the instructor was clueless.

38 posted on 04/25/2010 6:40:24 PM PDT by SERE_DOC (My Rice Krispies told me to stay home & clean my weapons! How does one clean a phase 4 plasma rifle)
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To: Nachum

It was a pretty good joke in that it just shows how clever the jewish people are and how stupid that other ethnic group is.


39 posted on 04/25/2010 6:40:47 PM PDT by Outlaw Woman (Control the American people? Herding cats would be easier.)
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To: Nachum

Is the joke funny when told by someone working for an anti-semite? No.


40 posted on 04/25/2010 6:41:56 PM PDT by NativeNewYorker (Freepin' Jew Boy)
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To: chadwimc

I like the one about Irish Alzheimer’s - you only remember your grudges.


41 posted on 04/25/2010 6:44:08 PM PDT by Hardastarboard (Joe McCarthy was right. He was just early.)
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To: SERE_DOC

Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children.

Utter S*** and Mass Confusion.


42 posted on 04/25/2010 6:51:55 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Graybeard58

that’s a damn fine joke. I WILL repeat it!

(Still enjoying the habaneros!)


43 posted on 04/25/2010 6:52:43 PM PDT by Atlas Sneezed (Anything worth doing, is worth doing badly at first.)
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To: northwinds

I saw this joke in Readers’ Digest many years ago — the characters were different but the setup and punchline were basically the same.

A speech ought not begin with a pointless joke. The joke should relate to the rest of the speech. Was he trying to say that difficulties in the Middle East are caused by greedy Jewish merchants? I would not assume that was the case, but if he was, that’s fine — we can discuss that point then.

Maybe his message was “don’t be deceived by appearances?
Was he telling Jewish night club owners to not admit members of the Taliban just because they’re wearing neckties?

Maybe it was the opposite message — maybe he was trying to say “If only the Taliban paid a bit more attention to their appearance, people would be more accepting of them.”


44 posted on 04/25/2010 6:55:36 PM PDT by scrabblehack
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To: Graybeard58
Joe walks into the doctor's office and sits down in the waiting room with two other patients.

Joe asks the first guy why he's seeing the doctor. He replies, "I've got ptomaine poisoning. The doctor's going to cut off my toes."

He asks the second man why he's here. He replies, "I've got erysipelas. The doctor's going to cut off my ears."

At that point, Joe gets up and walks quickly toward the exit. The two other patients ask Joe what is wrong. Joe replies, "I've got prickly heat!"

45 posted on 04/25/2010 7:15:01 PM PDT by Ken H
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To: Nachum

OK. I’m a Jew and I’m offended. Who do I sue?


46 posted on 04/25/2010 7:23:18 PM PDT by Maceman
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To: tet68

U S***ing Me Chief!


47 posted on 04/25/2010 8:22:15 PM PDT by SERE_DOC (My Rice Krispies told me to stay home & clean my weapons! How does one clean a phase 4 plasma rifle)
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To: Nachum

Morons. The people pulling the strings of the leader of the Formerly Free World are MORONS!!!!!!!!!!


48 posted on 04/25/2010 8:54:38 PM PDT by Humble Servant ( See y'all in the gulag.)
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To: Nachum
After all, making jokes about greedy Jewish merchants can be seen at times as insensitive...no, no - he works for a 'rat administration - don't give it another thought......
49 posted on 04/25/2010 9:10:39 PM PDT by Intolerant in NJ
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To: tet68; SERE_DOC
I was always told MARINE stands for:

My Ass Rides In Navy Equipment

50 posted on 04/25/2010 9:23:26 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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