Skip to comments.James Jones' Jewish joke - funny or inappropriate?
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 ...
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Its never a good idea for any administration official to tell an ethnic joke.
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?
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.
The Jews will laugh since it’s a DEMOCRAT telling it.
You are correct. But it’s still a funny joke.
>>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.
Not particularly funny. Rather stupid. But, I don’t much like ethnic jokes .
It is noteworthy that Haaretz would take even mild umbrage at someone telling Jewish jokes.
>>The Jews will laugh since its a DEMOCRAT telling it.<<
“Oy Veh! You hate us but we love YOU!! Who needs Israel anyway?”
Yeah I think its funny too but for an administration official to tell it is pretty amazing.
It doesn’t matter whether it’s a joke about Jews, Italians, Irish, Polish or Scandinavians- you just don’t do it.
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.
The "Jews" didnt think it was funny, nitwit. Did you read the article?
Well, he’s no Earl Butz...
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.
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.
Now, off the find my paternal grandmother's recipe for ice cubes, right after I put on my maternal grandfather's guinea-T...
How about this...
Three Communist Obama supporters walk into a bar... (insert punchline here)
Three commie Obama supporters are on a falling plane that has only two parachutes.... (insert punchline here)
A communist Obama official walks into a barbershop filled with health insurance agents who are losing their business... (insert punchline here)
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.
Very very old joke.
In fact, the first time I heard it, it was told to me by a Jew.
This reminds me of Hillary’s joke about the people who work at 7/11s.
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.
Or the Austrian moron who becomes Governor.
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.”
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.
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...”
A Rabbi, a Priest and a Minister walk into a bar.
Bartender looks at them and says, “What is this, some kinda joke”?
Lol....I can’t believe I haven’t heard that one before.
LMAO, I am part polish, I love it!
That was my first thought as well. It'd never happen, obviously.
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.
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 cant put anything on it!
I got news for you, said the Jew...
That one must lose something in translation...
Two Irishmen walk out of a bar...
Don’t laugh! It *COULD* happen...
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.
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.
Is the joke funny when told by someone working for an anti-semite? No.
I like the one about Irish Alzheimer’s - you only remember your grudges.
Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children.
Utter S*** and Mass Confusion.
that’s a damn fine joke. I WILL repeat it!
(Still enjoying the habaneros!)
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.”
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!"
OK. I’m a Jew and I’m offended. Who do I sue?
U S***ing Me Chief!
Morons. The people pulling the strings of the leader of the Formerly Free World are MORONS!!!!!!!!!!
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