I purposely keep politics off this blog. Even when it relates to the Jewish community, I usually keep politics off of the blog. None of my readers (and I literally mean that -- none) know how I'm going to vote tomorrow. This blog is not about politics -- if you want a Jewish opinion about U.S. politics, there are plenty of fine J-blogs that will give you an opinion from both sides of the spectrum.
That being said, it was reported today that Barack Obama's grandmother passed away today, one day before the election. My heartfelt condolences go out to the Obama and Dunham families. It must be very painful and bittersweet to have her pass away and just miss seeing her grandson possibly elected to the highest office in the land.
You'd think that anyone with common human decency could simply respect the fact that a family member passed away and that not trample on the feelings of family members who are in mourning. You'd also think that Jews, who are described as rachmanim, people who have mercy, could understand this even more. Alas, that's not always the case. On the YeshivaWorldNews thread where the news is reported is what has to be simply the most disgusting, bigoted and offensive comment thread I have ever had the displeasure of seeing. From insinuations that... nah, forget it. I don't even want to mention them -- that's how ugly they are.
For the record, I would like to state that I am utterly embarrassed and ashamed to belong to the same religion and species as some of the commentators there.
Update (5:57PM): The YWN editor has removed most of the objectionable comments. Most, but not all.
Update (6:32PM): The rest of the hateful comments have been removed. Thank you, YWN Editor.