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Cursing the GOP in Yiddish

May your son the doctor introduce you to his fiancée, Bristol Palin.

May your child give his bar mitzvah speech on the genius of Ayn Rand.

May your insurance company decide constipation is a pre-existing condition.

It’s not clear who’s behind these Yiddish Curses for Republican Jews. But in just three days, the online phenomenon has attracted more than 5,000 Facebook “likes”, a thousand Twitter followers, and — presumably — some lucre for Barack Obama, whose campaign gets a nod with a “Donate to a Mensch” link.

“Do you have a dad who worships Sheldon Adelson?” asks YCRJ’s Facebook page. “A sister-in-law who answers everything with the words ‘but Israel…’ even though that isn’t a complete sentence and she hasn’t left Miami for 30 years? A brother who is convinced that Obama wants to ‘tax him to death’ even when you gently break it to him that he isn’t quite as rich as he thinks he is?

“Well, now you can make your shame and anger known wishing on them just exactly what they deserve. (And remind them if they want to see a real Marxist, there’s a picture of Grandma Sophie next to the bedroom mirror. And oy vey, is she disappointed.)”

You can also submit your own curse via Facebook. A suggestion from YCRJ: “A death panel? A death panel is too good for you!”

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