Early on Jan. 11, 2010, Mother Jones’ magazine posted, on-line, an interview with Bryce Tierney, a friend of Jared Loughner, the man accused of the Tucson massacre that left six dead and injured 14 others. Among those wounded was (Jewish) congress member Gabrielle Giffords.
The Mother Jones’ reporter, Nick Baumann, quoted Tierney as saying that Jared Loughner’s mom is “Jewish.”
That same day this Mother Jones story was referenced by Jewish Telegraph Agency (JTA) Washington correspondent Ron Kampeas on his JTA web blog.
I need not detail here the outlandish behavior of actor Charlie Sheen in the last few weeks or months — or for that matter, his history of pretty outrageous behavior and substance abuse dating back decades. I do find it interesting, however, that most of the media examines a lot of his statements to see if they “jive with reality” or “make sense.” However, nobody seems to think that Charlie could have been having a ‘flight of fancy,’ or was inventing a false defense to the charge of anti-Semitism when he proclaimed, on March 4, “that he is Jewish.”
Sheen seems to believe that his mother, Janet Sheen, is Jewish on her mother’s side.
It’s my conclusion, after extensive research, that it is exceedingly unlikely that Charlie Sheen’s mother, Janet, has any Jewish ancestry on her mother’s side.
It is impossible to compile an absolutely accurate list of the Jewish service personnel who have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Defense Department no longer keeps statistics on the religion of its personnel. Moreover, Jewish chaplains observe a policy of strict confidentiality regarding the faith of service personnel and will neither confirm nor deny whether a war casualty was Jewish.
However, through newspaper obituaries and similar sources, most of the Jewish service personnel who have been killed in combat can be identified. I used these sources when I first wrote on an article on Jewish service personnel killed in action in these conflicts back in 2004.