Former loathsome nanny-state mayor confuses blogger with second awesome move this summer

posted at 10:01 pm on July 23, 2014 by Mary Katharine Ham

Former Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s statement from last night after the FAA banned American flights to Tel Aviv:

“This evening I will be flying on El Al to Tel Aviv to show solidarity with the Israeli people and to demonstrate that it is safe to fly in and out of Israel. Ben Gurion is the best protected airport in the world and El Al flights have been regularly flying in and out of it safely. The flight restrictions are a mistake that hands Hamas an undeserved victory and should be lifted immediately. I strongly urge the FAA to reverse course and permit US airlines to fly to Israel.”

And, then a message for the FAA while he’s on the ground:

The FAA flight ban is in effect for another 24 hours, a move Fox News military and intelligence reporter Lea Gabrielle called an overreaction given the type of the rockets Hamas shoots and the fact they are not guided. Glenn Beck voiced the concerns of many, including many in Israel, that the travel ban hands Hamas a win unnecessarily.

You may remember that in May, Michael Bloomberg was scolding an Ivy League commencement audience for their intolerance, saying “There was more disagreement among the old Soviet politburo than there is among Ivy League donors.”

And, now, a study in contrasts. This is from the official Facebook page of actress (and attachment parenting enthusiast) Mayim Bialik who in a very classy and straightforward post affirms her support for Israel during Operation Protective Edge. She gives herself no airs and is nasty to no one, though some have surely been nasty to her. She does not congratulate herself for her stance, though the pop culture winds blow strongly against her position, along with the attitudes of so many in entertainment and media.

If you hate me for being jewish or a supporter of the right of Israel to exist, kindly post on pages that support your opinions rather than trying to bully me and other people who are Jewish. I’m sorry there is so much hatred and miseducation but we won’t fix it by name calling Jewish celebrities, I promise. God bless America for letting us have our own opinions and God bless Israel for allowing jews to have a home. I pray for a peaceful state for Palestinians who also seek peace and want to pursue it. Not sure there is more to say.

Good for her. On the other hand, here’s Jon Stewart spraining his elbow patting himself on the back for bravely voicing the opinion of about 98 percent of the media. You are truly a hero, Jon. Watch if you think you’re strong enough to even bear witness to this feat of intellectual and moral fortitude under fire:


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Someone ask Bloomie if he thinks Israelis have a right to own guns to defend themselves…his head might explode from the cognitive dissonance…..

Doc Holliday on July 23, 2014 at 10:06 PM

Good for her. On the other hand, here’s Jon Stewart spraining his elbow patting himself on the back for bravely voicing the opinion of about 98 percent of the media. You are truly a hero, Jon. Watch if you think you’re strong enough to even bear witness to this feat of intellectual and moral fortitude under fire:

Ouch. Ham just p3wned Jon Stewart so bad he is begging for the Miley Cyrus wedgie just to get some slack.

SpongePuppy on July 23, 2014 at 10:07 PM

Mr. Bloomberg, were he on fire right in front of me, is someone I would not urinate upon.

Ms. Bialik, while stating a position I am in general agreement with, has a history of statements and behavior that would make many question her sanity. (We’re talking GoT weirdness)

John Stewart turns off his brain, which is the default setting for him, and mindless drivel is excreted.

Did I miss anything or anyone?

PolAgnostic on July 23, 2014 at 10:08 PM

Watch Jon Stewart? No.

Bloomberg is running in 2016.

kcewa on July 23, 2014 at 10:08 PM

Someone ask Bloomie if he thinks Israelis have a right to own guns to defend themselves…his head might explode from the cognitive dissonance…..

Doc Holliday on July 23, 2014 at 10:06 PM

.
Easy answer … YES.

Because they are not living in America.

PolAgnostic on July 23, 2014 at 10:10 PM

Glenn Beck voiced the concerns of many, including many in Israel, that the travel ban hands Hamas a win unnecessarily.

That was Barry’s whole point in doing it.

slickwillie2001 on July 23, 2014 at 10:10 PM

Meanwhile they don’t warn people about going to Mexico.

crankyoldlady on July 23, 2014 at 10:13 PM

I’ll trust MKH’s take on The Daily Show. Not going to give those creeps the support by clicking on the vid.

Good for Mayim for standing up to the loons.

DisneyFan on July 23, 2014 at 10:17 PM

Bialik, for all of her vaunted education, often takes a position on issues which is bereft of any intellect. She surely has not read, or perhaps not understood, Martin Niemöller. That she got this one right is understandable given that she cares about the Jewish State. Should she apply more than a dash of loyalty to her evaluation of parallel scenarios, she’d realize how often she’s been on the wrong side of an issue in the past.

Bloomberg is pivoting to the “middle” in adavance of a new campaign, there’s no other explanation.

Freelancer on July 23, 2014 at 10:17 PM

Doc Holliday on July 23, 2014 at 10:06 PM

I really hope he saw something like this.

soundingboard on July 23, 2014 at 10:19 PM

Bloomberg is pivoting to the “middle” in adavance of a new campaign, there’s no other explanation.

Freelancer on July 23, 2014 at 10:17 PM

Lotta Jews in NY.

crankyoldlady on July 23, 2014 at 10:19 PM

Flying with his Armed Guards???

(IIRC El Al is always armed.)

mad saint jack on July 23, 2014 at 10:19 PM

Thank GAIA for shockwave disable. Really, an embedded vid you can’t stop from running, that you can’t even pause?

Any IT peeps here who can give HotGas a clue on how to add a vid to the threads that will only play on demand, there’s got to be a way.

Stewart is a putz; if rockets were landing within 10 miles of his uber-spendy-trendy Manhattan abode he would be demanding Arc Light strikes.

Bishop on July 23, 2014 at 10:19 PM

Doc Holliday on July 23, 2014 at 10:06 PM

Well, they don’t. Gun owning is very strictly regulated in Israel.

BabyGrace on July 23, 2014 at 10:21 PM

soundingboard on July 23, 2014 at 10:19 PM

These guys are not ordinary citizens taking a walk. They are vigils.

BabyGrace on July 23, 2014 at 10:23 PM

Doc Holliday on July 23, 2014 at 10:06 PM

Oh, and as bad of a case of BigHead as Bloomie has, that explosion would rival a MOAB.

soundingboard on July 23, 2014 at 10:23 PM

So, the good thing about this is, I can like that he went and STILL hope he never comes back. Win, win.

Warner Todd Huston on July 23, 2014 at 10:23 PM

Bloomberg is pivoting to the “middle” in advance of a new campaign, there’s no other explanation.

Freelancer on July 23, 2014 at 10:17 PM

He may actually support Israel and the right of Jews to exist.

He is doing as much as any non-Israeli to advance the cause of Israel right now. Let’s appreciate it.

talkingpoints on July 23, 2014 at 10:27 PM

These guys are not ordinary citizens taking a walk. They are vigils.

or soldiers on leave (I just checked if they were authorized to carry their weapons in civil clothes, which I wasn’t sure of).

More details here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Overview_of_gun_laws_by_nation#Israel

BabyGrace on July 23, 2014 at 10:28 PM

Well, they don’t. Gun owning is very strictly regulated in Israel.

BabyGrace on July 23, 2014 at 10:21 PM

From my understanding, there are strict rules about ownership/storage/use, but yes, private citizens can own guns.

Doc Holliday on July 23, 2014 at 10:30 PM

From the title, I would have thought this was an Allahpundit article, but it’s just MKH.

Quit jacking AP’s style.

Corporal Tunnel on July 23, 2014 at 10:32 PM

No one’s ever questioned his Israeli patriotism. It’s his hostility towards the US that is troubling.

Buddahpundit on July 23, 2014 at 10:34 PM

Credit where credit is due. Good move Bloomberg.

Also nice post Amy Farrah Fowler!

gophergirl on July 23, 2014 at 10:36 PM

No one’s ever questioned his Israeli patriotism. It’s his hostility towards the US that is troubling.

Buddahpundit on July 23, 2014 at 10:34 PM

Spot on.
His lack of appreciation for the rights of others is appalling.

Doc Holliday on July 23, 2014 at 10:37 PM

These guys are not ordinary citizens taking a walk. They are vigils.

BabyGrace on July 23, 2014 at 10:23 PM

Is this a vigil?

Or this?

I will concede that this would qualify as a vigil.

soundingboard on July 23, 2014 at 10:39 PM

Thank GAIA for shockwave disable. Really, an embedded vid you can’t stop from running, that you can’t even pause?

Any IT peeps here who can give HotGas a clue on how to add a vid to the threads that will only play on demand, there’s got to be a way.

Bishop on July 23, 2014 at 10:19 PM

the video did not autoplay for me…

Sachiko on July 23, 2014 at 10:42 PM

Is this a vigil?

Or this?

I will concede that this would qualify as a vigil.

soundingboard on July 23, 2014 at 10:39 PM

I had a professor in college that taught elementary in Israel after being kicked out of Russia by the Communists…she carried “her purse on one arm and her Uzi on the other.”–her words, not mine.

Doc Holliday on July 23, 2014 at 10:44 PM

why do we as a nation waste so much energy on that region? what does it get us?

nonpartisan on July 23, 2014 at 10:45 PM

OT

This may all be nothing, but there are rumors of Russian movements.

RUSSIA ALLEGEDLY PREPARES TO EVACUATE PEOPLE LIVING NEAR UKRAINE BORDER http://bit.ly/1rpIROd pic.twitter.com/LPWKzWFLbX h/t @mrkovalenko

Gregor Peter ‏@L0gg0l 44s

PUTIN TO ISSUE KIEV AN ULTIMATIUM AS EARLY AS TODAY TO RECOGNIZE SEPARATISTS OR FACE MILITARY INTERVENTION, LB.UA SAYS

@MiddleEast_BRK BREAKING NEWS: Russian troops have now moved closer to Ukraine border, just 5 miles out. CNN

ConflictReporter @MiddleEast_BRK · 9h

Russian troops post farewell pictures on their VK pages, saying, they are going to Ukraine soon… #blindworld

Putin Recalls State Duma From Vacation, “Planning Something” On Ukraine Situation

sharrukin on July 23, 2014 at 10:46 PM

BabyGrace on July 23, 2014 at 10:28 PM

Second paragraph of your link.

Self-defense firearms may be carried in public, concealed or openly, together with ammunition, without needing any additional permits. Israel is notable for being a country with few places where firearms are off limits to licensed individuals (private premises, some government offices and institutions, courts).

soundingboard on July 23, 2014 at 10:46 PM

Doc Holliday on July 23, 2014 at 10:30 PM

See my 10:46 comment about BabyGrace’s wiki link.

soundingboard on July 23, 2014 at 10:49 PM

Doc Holliday on July 23, 2014 at 10:44 PM

My kinda woman. ;)

soundingboard on July 23, 2014 at 10:52 PM

Bloomberg was on Cavuto’s show. It’s got to be nice to be super rich to fly into Ben Gurion, and get on air to speak fervently about what the FAA has done in suspending flights into Israel.
I don’t agree with the FAA ruling, and I certainly don’t agree with Nanny Bloomberg. Especially since he’s flying out as quickly as he flew in.
Personally I am for conceal and carry or open carry for all legal participants.
F You Bloomberg! And go drink a super sized coke you schmuck!

woodhull on July 23, 2014 at 10:52 PM

Once in awhile the mayor is right. And thank goodness he is doing this.

J.B. Say on July 23, 2014 at 10:53 PM

How many shares does he own?

/

viking01 on July 23, 2014 at 11:02 PM

From the title, I would have thought this was an Allahpundit article, but it’s just MKH.
Quit jacking AP’s style.
Corporal Tunnel on July 23, 2014 at 10:32 PM

AP’s style is, at least informally, the style guide for the entire site, as he was the sole blogger at its inception and therefore responsible for creating its personality. And, thank goodness. I assure you he does not mind the homage from fellow bloggers, and as he is funny and brilliant, I take it as a compliment that the headline tricked you. Now, please quit with your douchery.

Mary Katharine Ham on July 23, 2014 at 11:03 PM

why do we as a nation waste so much energy on that region? what does it get us?

nonpartisan on July 23, 2014 at 10:45 PM

I dunno, maybe because that region is the spiritual home to millions upon millions upon millions of Christian and Jewish Americans.

Maybe because America holds a special place in its heart for the nation birthed froms the ovens of Auschwitz and Buchenwald.

But since you only wanted to get in some quick Jooo-baiting, I’ll leave you to figure it out yourself.

Dolce Far Niente on July 23, 2014 at 11:27 PM

Corporal Tunnel on July 23, 2014 at 10:32 PM

Mary Katharine Ham on July 23, 2014 at 11:03 PM

That will leave a mark….

tanked59 on July 23, 2014 at 11:48 PM

Edited for accuracy:

Glenn Beck voiced the concerns of many, including many in Israel and across the entire free world, that the travel ban hands Hamas a win unnecessarily deliberately and with malice.

Sacramento on July 24, 2014 at 12:18 AM

Mary Katharine Ham on July 23, 2014 at 11:03 PM

Thank you, ma’am – may he have another?

OldEnglish on July 24, 2014 at 12:27 AM

More Butt news:

Illegal bottom injections on rise in US

A growing number of American women are getting plastic surgery to enhance their behinds. But with the costs running into the thousands of dollars, many are choosing cheap, illegal and life-threatening backstreet procedures.

Wasn’t Obamacare supposed to end these outrages?

kcewa on July 24, 2014 at 3:19 AM

soundingboard on July 23, 2014 at 10:46 PM

as long as they have:

1) a license
2) are soldiers.

soundingboard on July 23, 2014 at 10:39 PM

Again, soldiers on leave can carry their weapons. I was just not sure they could while not being in uniform. So I corrected myself.

In 2005, there were 236,879 private citizens and 154,000 security guards licensed to carry firearms. Another 34,000 Israelis who were previously licensed own guns illegally due to their failure to renew their gun license.[79][80] In 2007, there were estimated to be 500,000 civilian licensed guns in Israel, in addition to 1,757,500 in the military, and 26,040 in the police.

500,000 licensed civilians: 1/14 of the population. The rest don’t own, carry or use.

BabyGrace on July 24, 2014 at 5:14 AM

Thank GAIA for shockwave disable. Really, an embedded vid you can’t stop from running, that you can’t even pause?

Thank Chrome for Shockwave crash!

Lonetown on July 24, 2014 at 6:49 AM

Rightly or wrongly, the UN decided to create Israel. All questions concerning that state must be prefixed by “Given that Israel exists and is inhabited by millions, …”?

The reality based community must learn that time only travels in one direction.

Laurence on July 24, 2014 at 7:05 AM

Now, please quit with your douchery.

Mary Katharine Ham on July 23, 2014 at 11:03 PM

Well said!

zoyclem on July 24, 2014 at 7:30 AM

May I suggest that Bloomberg henceforth be referred to not as “former loathsome nanny-state mayor,” but as “loathsome nanny-statist former mayor”? He is neither formerly loathsome nor formerly nanny-statist.

greggriffith on July 24, 2014 at 9:28 AM

Please quit with your douchery.

That is a great line. Pure internetz pwnage.

justltl on July 24, 2014 at 9:32 AM

And not just the line, but the delivery.
Gold.

justltl on July 24, 2014 at 9:34 AM

May I suggest that Bloomberg henceforth be referred to not as “former loathsome nanny-state mayor,” but as “loathsome nanny-statist former mayor”? He is neither formerly loathsome nor formerly nanny-statist.

greggriffith on July 24, 2014 at 9:28 AM

Seconded.

dreadnought62 on July 24, 2014 at 9:44 AM