Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Bush War Bad, Obama War Good (cont.)

Byron York has another column analyzing the media's hypocrisy regarding wars and our war dead. His title says it all: "Without Bush, Media Lose Interest in War Caskets."

Grand Rounds

Make an appointment today to read Grand Rounds Vol. 6 No. 2, at medical librarian Laika's MedLibLog.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009


How nice -- and not at all surprising. There's been another Obama school-chant, this time from right here in liberal Asheville! (Maybe they can turn all this into a new TV talent show competition, "The Great American Chant-Off"!)

Watcher's Council

Soccer Dad reveals this week's Watcher's Council winners, including his own post. As always, congratulations to all on such good writing.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Vast Left-Wing Blame Game

If you can't blame Bush, just blame that old vast right-wing conspiracy!

Merriam Webster & Obama

I like this Obama glossary of his favorite terminology and their real meanings.

Argus Hamilton Quips

Check out Argus Hamilton's latest column, which includes items such as these:
"President Obama gave three televised speeches last week. He also did five news shows and David Letterman. Americans are washing their hands three times a day and sneezing into their elbows but it has done nothing to stop the spread of Obama Fatigue."
"President Obama warned Friday that Iran poses a threat to U.S. interests. Where have we heard that song before? At the rate Barack Obama is rehabilitating George W. Bush's reputation there could be a monument to him on the National Mall by next year".

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Haveil Havalim

Jack has announced the publication of the Haveil Havalim Pre-Yom Kippur Edition at What War Zone???

"What Country Does This President Live In?"

I agree with the sentiments expressed in this column by Col. Donald Myers.

Sorry, Charlie!

Take a look at Scott Ott's "tribute" to Charles Rangel, a takeoff of those Bud Light "Real Men of Genius" commercials.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

You Can't Make This Stuff Up

I got a kick out of the story of Khadafy's translator, who couldn't keep up with the rantings of his boss; crackpot environmentalists want us to stop using soft toilet paper; and it seems that Michael Jackson thought he could "cure" Hitler.

Redistribution of Wealth

Does anyone know why this stunning fact isn't being reported more often? I find this statistic outrageous!
"By the end of Obama's first term in office (2012), the top 30% of American families will be forking over nearly $1 trillion to be redistributed to the bottom 70% of Americans."

Dead Right

The always entertaining Greg Crosby defends dead people.

Sacre Bleu!

Here's yet another thing our pro-Obama media doesn't dare report: Sarkozy mocking Obama's naievety concerning nuclear disarmament.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Blame Israel

What will they blame Jews and Israelis for next? I love this creative one:
"When in doubt, blame the Israelis. Ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya claims Israeli mercenaries are using mind altering radiation on him and threatening to assassinate him at the Brazilian Embassy."

ObamaCare:Hazardous to Your Health

Yesterday I came across this terrific graphic at Right Condition.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

"Have You No Shame?"

The answer to his question is no, and what he said fell on deaf ears, but it was a magnificent speech and lesson on good versus evil. An excerpt follows:
"Bibi to UN: 'Have You No Shame?' By Philip Klein on 9.24.09 @ 2:46PM. Earlier this afternoon, Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu gave a stirring speech in which he called the United Nations to task for legitimizing the Holocaust-denying Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and for sanctioning a report charging Israelis with war crimes for defending themselves against terrorism from Gaza.
Early in the speech, he held up a copy of the meeting minutes of the 1942 conference in Wannsee in which Germans made plans to exterminate the Jews, and asked, 'Is this protocol a lie?' Then he held up the original construction plans from the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, which he received on a recent trip to Germany, and asked, 'Are these plans of the camp where one million Jews were murdered a lie too?'
Netanyahu commended those who walked out on or boycotted the Ahmadinejad speech to the chamber yesterday, then continued: 'But for those who stayed - I say on behalf of the Jewish people, my people and decent people everywhere - have you no shame? No decency? What a disgrace, what a mockery of the charter of the UN.'
He said, 'Perhaps some of you think [Ahmadinejad] and his odious regime only threaten the Jews. Well, if you think that you are wrong, dead wrong.' He explained that, 'the struggle against Iran pits civilization against barbarism.'
Later in the speech, he blased the UN report drawing moral equivelence between Israel and Hamas for the conflict in Gaza earlier this year, accusing Israelis of war crimes for defending themselves against a terrorist group that hides among civilians."

"NJ Woman Celebrates 100th Birthday -- At Work"

They don't make 'em like this any more, do they?
"Astrid Thoenig got dressed, went to work and sat at her desk smiling Thursday as she slid her finger gently under the envelope flap of yet another identical birthday card. They don't make that many that say 'Happy 100th.' Thoenig was interrupted by a steady stream of deliverymen bringing bouquets, chocolate-dipped strawberries and stacks of cards to the Thornton Insurance Co. in Parsippany where she's been answering phones, keeping financial records, handling payroll and typing up documents for more than 30 years."

Iran-ting and Raving

How can anyone possibly take the United Nations seriously after this week's disgraceful diatribes? The New York Daily News reports on the speech by that lunatic Ahmadinejad. On the positive side, I was relieved to see delegates walk out, and I'm particularly proud of the Canadians for their strong support of Israel. If you'd like to read about yesterday's "Stand for Freedom in Iran" rally outside the U.N., click here.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The Home of the Politically Correct

Well, here we go again, more politically correct lunacy regarding the American flag. Can anyone explain to me why a person would be "offended" by this? And even if they are offended, who cares? It's our country, it's our flag, and we should be proud to display it.

A Bad Day at the U.N.

Obama's lecture at the U.N. was an outrage. He made clear how he feels about Israel, as former Ambassador John Bolton explained. Also, the UK Telegraph explains why the U.N. loves Obama:
"Simply put, Barack Obama is loved at the UN because he largely fails to advance real American leadership. This is a dangerous strategy of decline that will weaken US power and make her far more vulnerable to attack."
And so, the apology tour continues.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Well, Excuse Me!

My latest issue of Reader's Digest contains this article called "33 Lame Excuses". Here is my favorite:
"'I Was Too Taxed to File'
Charles J. O'Byrne, the top aide to New York governor David Paterson, neglected to file tax returns for five years. 'Neglected' is really the wrong word, says his lawyer: O'Byrne couldn't pay his taxes.
The lame excuse: He suffers from a medical condition called late-filing syndrome, which is caused by depression. And even though this depression did not stop him from being a highly functional professional or enjoying an active social life, it did seem to affect his ability to pay taxes—five years in a row.
Did anyone buy it? Not the American Psychiatric Association. An APA representative told the New York Times that it doesn't recognize late-filing syndrome as a psychiatric condition."

Grand Rounds

Happy 6th birthday to Grand Rounds, hosted today by Residency Notes.

How's This for Nerve?

I guess I really shouldn't be surprised to read this headline: "Iraqi shoe thrower Muntazer al-Zaidi wants to sue George W Bush"

Monday, September 21, 2009

Khadafy Kondo

While I don't at all like the new, revamped online version of the New York Post, I always like it when their headlines get right to the point, like this one about a real estate broker with a conscience: "Get Lost, Khadafy!"

Haveil Havalim Time

Per Jack, the Slow Fast Edition of Haveil Havalim (allegedly issue #235) is up at Me-Ander.

Watcher's Council

Soccer Dad reveals the latest Watcher's Council winners.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

What He MEANT To Say Was...

I wonder if anyone will make Zbigniew Brzezinski apologize for making such an outrageous statement:
"In a little noticed interview with the Daily Beast (presumably little noticed because serious people don't read the Daily Beast), Zbigniew Brzezinski suggests that Barack Obama do more than just refuse to support an Israeli strike on Iran's nuclear sites -- the American president must give the order to shoot down Israeli aircraft as they cross Iraqi airspace."

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Are You a Racist?

Use this chart to find out if you too are a racist!

Man(hattan)-Caused Disaster

Robert Spencer has more on the Queens, NY terror plot. Read about the U-Haul rental; does anyone remember Timothy McVeigh?

Friday, September 18, 2009

A Sweet New Year!

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Here's a wish for the New Year. And Happy New Year to these Jewish musicians!

Iranian Ire

Soccer Dad reports on Ahmadinejad's latest ravings. Remember, this is the same lunatic with whom Obama wants to sit and negotiate, the same maniac who will be speaking again at the U.N.

Krauthammer on Obama

Charles Krauthammer has written a great analysis of Obama:
“Obama doesn't lie. He implies, he misdirects, he misleads — so fluidly and incessantly that he risks transmuting eloquence into mere slickness. Slickness wasn't fatal to 'Slick Willie' Clinton because he possessed a winning, nearly irresistible charm. Obama's persona is more cool, distant, imperial. The charming scoundrel can get away with endless deception; the righteous redeemer cannot.”

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Thursday Tidbits

No wonder my eyesight keeps deteriorating -- there's just too much good reading online! Bob Tyrrell describes which news stories have appeared on his "absurdity meter". Read John Hawkins' list of the 30 best conservative columnists for 2009. And finally, journalist Wolf-Dieter Vogel analyzes the alarming "alliance of leftist and Islamist leaders" united in hatred against America.

Rosh Hashana, 1919 Version

My sister sent me this wonderful article about how Rosh Hashana was celebrated in 1919, and how hard women had to work to prepare food without the modern conveniences we take for granted today.

Argus Hamilton Quips

Here's a zinger from the latest Argus Hamilton column:
"Osama bin Laden made a new audio recording Monday taunting President Obama for his support of Israel and forecasting America's fall. It confirms he's insane and has lost his marbles. Only an idiot would think that President Obama supports Israel."

And here's another one:
"Serena Williams blew up at the U.S. Open at Forest Hills Saturday. She cussed out a judge and threatened to shove a tennis ball down her throat. By the end of the day she was fined ten thousand dollars and awarded the MTV Award for Best New Rap Artist."

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Terror in New York

Hot Air discusses the thwarted New York terror plot, which has gotten little coverage, since there's no such thing as terrorism.

Antisemitism at the Literature Festival

Read Clemens Heni's latest piece on antisemitism.

McCarthyism, 2009

Our friend Jimmy Carter just had to add his two cents worth to the current race-baiting, didn't he? Accusing Obama's opponents of being motivated by racism is the McCarthyism of 2009. (I was going to say this was the antisemitic pot calling the kettle black, but that would be racist.)

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Read Thomas Sowell

Here's another great column by Thomas Sowell, who makes perfect sense, as usual. An excerpt:
"There was a time, within living memory, when most Americans did not have health insurance-- and it was not the end of the world, as so many in politics and the media seem to be depicting it today.
As someone who lived through that era, and who spent decades without medical insurance, I find it hard to be panicked and stampeded into bigger and worse problems because some people do not have medical insurance, including many who could afford it if they chose to.What did we do, back during the years when most Americans had no medical insurance? I did what most people did. I depended on a 'single payer'-- myself. When I didn't have the money, I paid off my medical bills in installments. The birth of my first child was not covered by medical insurance. I paid off the bill, month by month, until the time finally came when I could tell my wife that the baby was now ours, free and clear.In a country where everything imaginable is bought and paid for on credit, why is it suddenly a national crisis if some people cannot pay cash up front for medical treatment?"
I wish HE could run for office!

ACORN is Nuts!

The Anchoress has a roundup of links on the latest revolting ACORN scandal, which the evil Glenn Beck has been exposing. And still the mainstream media either won't report it or will attack those who will report it. In the most laughably ludicrous reaction yet, the Baltimore attorney, rather than jailing these despicable ACORN people, wants to go after the filmmakers who revealed this scam! I give up!

Grand Rounds

Don't miss your next appointment at Grand Rounds Vol. 5 No. 52, up at Suture for a Living.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Are You a Domestic Terrorist?

Oh, this is the best. If you oppose Obamacare, that makes you a "domestic terrorist"!
"It appears that when Leftists protest and demonstrate, that is exercising their democratic rights. But when conservatives protest and demonstrate, that is subverting the democratic process."

Bad Manners

An article about incivility in America. Kanye West is a lowlife who ruined Taylor Swift's moment in the sun; and Serena Williams deserved to be fined for her filthy mouth. Joe Wilson wasn't wrong when shouted "You lie" at Obama -- but where he chose to blurt it out was wrong. People have been getting progressively more vulgar and more rude, so it's good to see some instances where this sort of thing isn't being tolerated. However, these are all famous people; the bad manners of ordinary citizens shouldn't be condoned, either.


This is my 2007 tribute to Edward F. Beyea, with a few changes. (Note that the United in Memory™ website mentioned below is, unfortunately, no longer available online in 2009). Thanks to
D.C.Roe and his Project 2,996 for the inspiration.

42 year old Ed Beyea was part of the quilt of life that made up the World Trade Center on September 11, 2007. He went to work every day, was a great friend and co-worker, and had many people who loved him and cared about him. He worked at Empire Health Care for over 12 years, and Empire paid its own heartfelt tribute in words and pictures here, on pages 1 through 7. Page 1 lists the names of the 11 Empire employees & associates, including Ed and his great friend Abraham Zelmanowitz, who refused to abandon him and who perished with him while waiting for the help they were sure would arrive. The tribute to Ed says,
"Ed Beyea knew that the secret of life is laughter and was always in amazingly good spirits. Quick-witted and quick to laugh, driven and determined, he was an inspiration to his colleagues. He celebrated life every day. His ability to find strength to continue regardless of what obstacles were placed in front of him spoke volumes about his character, and he inspired great loyalty in his friends. An Empire employee for more than twelve years, Ed took pride in his work writing code, developing software, and most recently, working with object modeling."
And Abe's tribute says:
"Abe worked with many technical computer systems, including one called 'PC Friend.' The name PC Friend is a perfect description of a project of Abe’s because he was a true friend to everyone and everything. With a warm, fatherly approach, Abe’s colleagues remember him as someone who would always lend a helping hand. Abe was a highly spiritual man who was committed to his faith. During the September 11 attack, Abe stayed with his friend Ed, a wheelchair user, so Ed wouldn’t have to wait alone for rescuers. President George Bush referred to Abe’s actions as one of the truly heroic acts of that fateful day. Abe was a dedicated Empire employee for more than 12 years."
Page 2 of the Empire 9-11 In Memoriam section displays a gorgeous quilt made in support of Empire Health Care by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma Government Program Associates. You can clearly see the work and the emotions that went into each square. As can be seen in another testimonial on page 3 of Empire's website,
"Empire also created the Abraham Zelmanowitz-Edward Beyea Memorial Scholarship Fund in honor of the friendship between these two men who were victims of the terrorist attacks. The scholarship program is funded through the Empire World Trade Center Disaster Relief Fund and was established for the 16 children who are dependents of the victims, including employees, spouses and consultants who were lost as well as several seriously injured employees immediately hospitalized following the tragedy. On October 12, 2001, Empire held a Remembrance Service in honor of the employees, consultants and spouses of employees who were lost in the attack. The service, held at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola in Manhattan, was attended by 1,800 Empire employees and families of the victims."
As they were generous and helpful in life, they continue to live on in the good they do for others through this fund. Look at the two quilt squares created in memory of Ed and his Empire colleagues. This square includes the following tribute: "I met Ed in high school and he soon became a very close friend. There are so many special memories......cruising in the yellow (VW) bug, tobagganing parties, double dating with the "Limey", writing articles for the school paper, senior skip day, Cherry Lane, riding his motorcycle, and bartending at the Yacht Club. What fun we had!! Ed had a gift for story telling...he kept us laughing with his great sense of humor and his skillful delivery of the punchline. In spite of this, he took his friendships very seriously. He was very sincere in that. Ed taught us that life is to be enjoyed, and to live each moment to the fullest. He exemplified this, both before and after his accident. Ed will always have a place in my heart, and I feel fortunate to have known him. My deepest sympathies to Ed's family and friends. Mary (joyce) bennett (corning, NY). And this square is from Empire Health Care, Albany, in memory of its employees Edward Beyea, Vivian Casalduc, Elvira Granitto, Winston Grant, Ramon Grijalvo, Cynthia Giugliano, Jerome Lohez, Angela Scheinberg, and Abraham Zelmanowitz. These quilt squares were part of The United in Memory 9/11 Victims Memorial Quilt™, a tribute to all the victims of September 11, seen in the gallery at the beautiful and important website United in Memory™. Thanks to Kim Monins of United in Memory™ for generously giving me permission to use the photos of Ed's quilt squares.
So here's to the family and the many friends of Ed Beyea, who will never forget him. Here's to the 2,995 other friends, couples, fathers, mothers, husbands, wives, children, and grandparents who also make up the 9/11 quilt of life. They're in our hearts forever, and we will remember them, forever.
If you'd like to see my 2006 tribute to Ed, read "Edward F. Beyea: Indomitable Spirit".

Sunday, September 13, 2009

The World Trade Towers

Crossing the Rubicon has a nice tribute to the World Trade Towers. Years ago I read this book on how the World Trade Center was built - it was truly a remarkable achievement.

Haveil Havalim Time

Jack has announced that the latest issue of Haveil Havalim is up. This time, it's at The Reform Shuckle, and I believe this is HH#234. The Reform Shuckle is new to me, but he previously hosted HH#227 at Jewschool. Enjoy!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No.2

Time for some gorgeous music! The section from 4:40 - 5:00 always takes my breath away.

Tea Party Triumph

Wow! How about this? Michelle Malkin writes,
"The success of the Tea Party movement and its allies/successors shows that there’s no monopoly on 'community organizing.' You are the change we’ve been praying for. March on!"


Tragedy seems to bring out the best writing. Melissa Clouthier's "9/11: The Injustice Still Grates", which includes the above video, is one of so many perfectly-written articles I read yesterday. Another one is at Wizbang. And make sure you read Doctor Zero's beautiful post at Hot Air. The bloggers managed to put into words everything that the TV networks didn't bother to say.

Friday, September 11, 2009

SEPTEMBER 11: Do You Remember?

In case anyone has forgotten, here is a flash presentation and here's a page dedicated to those who lost their lives that fateful day. Also, if you haven't ever seen this show before, make sure you don't miss "102 Minutes That Changed America", tonight, 8 pm Eastern time, on the History Channel.

SEPTEMBER 11: What We Must Remember

The Asheville Citizen-Times has a good editorial on what we need to remember about September 11.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Never Forget September 11

Thomas E. Ryan, Jr., President of the Chicago Firefighters Union Local 2, has written an eloquent letter to the editor, making many of the same points I have raised over the past 8 years:
"Last year while I was driving my youngest son to a fall baseball practice, I asked him what his grade school had done to remember Sept. 11, 2001. He told me that no one in his school stood for a moment of silence to commemorate the events of that infamous day. In fact, he went on to say it was never even mentioned until the following day when a classmate brought in a newspaper article for their current events class. I find that his school was not alone in its neglect and it seems that most of our nation has now just gone on about their busy lives. The fact is that the national tragedy that was Sept. 11, 2001 has become an afterthought in most cases.
The first mention of what was then the seventh anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks came in the Sun-Times in Richard Roeper's column on page 11 with the only other item even related to this horrific day settled way back on page 26. Can it be that we have already forgotten the sick feeling that overcame us all as a collective nation when we witnessed that second hijacked plane smash into the south tower on live television? How about the desperation of those who were caught above the fire floor and were left with only two terrible choices; perish in the raging inferno or leap to their deaths? I can't even fathom the terror they must have felt. Or have we relegated to a distant memory of the bravery of those firefighters and police officers that raced into those crumbling buildings, knowing deep down they might never come out. How can we forget the unwarranted murder of thousands of our citizens on our own soil just eight short years ago?
The survivors of the Holocaust have justifiably and rightfully spent the last 50 plus years reminding the world of the atrocities that were perpetrated upon them by the Nazi regime as they attempted to conquer Europe and Russia. I recall being told repeatedly as a youth to 'remember Pearl Harbor' and even to 'remember the Alamo,' yet the footage of these terrorist attacks on innocent civilians in our own country is not being shown today because doing so may be considered too disturbing for some or may be perceived as prejudicial to others.
We, as a nation, owe it to the memory of those who perished at the hands of these terrorists as well as to the devastated and broken families they left behind, to never forget what happened on September 11, 2001. Our entire way of life was changed forever because of what happened on that dreadful day eight years ago. The lessons learned then should be shared with generations to come and we can never allow the world to forget 9/11."

Tax Evasion for Tramps

This latest ACORN scandal is the biggest outrage yet. I saw the videotape on Glenn Beck's show and wanted to throw something at the TV. Since only Fox News and the bloggers are covering this obscenity, maybe it will take the National Enquirer to get the attention it deserves, as it did with the John Edwards scandal.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Argus Hamilton Quips

Check out the latest Argus Hamilton column for tidbits like this:
"The White House came under fire Monday for all the czars working in the White House who have extensive government power without being confirmed by the U.S. Senate. There are over thirty czars. Somebody needs to sit down and explain to Barack Obama that the whole idea of communism is to overthrow the czars, not appoint them."

British Bombers: Guilty!

Does any of this matter to most people any more? They seem to be more apathetic than ever. As the UK Telegraph put it,
"Had the plot succeeded, the ramifications can only be guessed at. Not only would the death toll have been colossal but evidence of the way the atrocity was carried out would be at the bottom of the ocean, opening the prospect of a repeat attack once al-Qaeda had seen that it worked."

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Monday, September 07, 2009

Tribute To Our Troops

Hot Air has this nice Labor Day tribute to our troops.


Last night on a radio talk show, Steven Malanga asked, "Whataver happened to the work ethic?" He said that years ago, if you wanted to eat and to live, you had to work. Today, the opposite is true. His article states,
"What would Tocqueville or Weber think of America today? In place of thrift, they would find a nation of debtors, staggering beneath loans obtained under false pretenses. In place of a steady, patient accumulation of wealth, they would find bankers and financiers with such a short-term perspective that they never pause to consider the consequences or risks of selling securities they don’t understand. In place of a country where all a man asks of government is “not to be disturbed in his toil,” as Tocqueville put it, they would find a nation of rent-seekers demanding government subsidies to purchase homes, start new ventures, or bail out old ones. They would find what Tocqueville described as the “fatal circle” of materialism—the cycle of acquisition and gratification that drives people back to ever more frenetic acquisition and that ultimately undermines prosperous democracies."

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Haveil Havalim Time

Jack has let us know that Haveil Havalim #233 is now available. First-time host Joshuapundit has done an excellent job -- see for yourself!

Just The Facts, Ma'am!

The Anchoress links to this extremely clever video clip.

More on Megrahi

Here's a good editorial at the UK Telegraph:
"Megrahi's release has not served justice. It has also profoundly damaged the national interest. The Government capitulated to Libyan demands when there was no pressing need to: a mass murderer has been freed to no useful purpose. Ministers have also handled the aftermath of the decision with staggering incompetence. The entire process has made many people feel ashamed to be British."


Instapundit covers the resignation of Van Jones, including this perfect line:
"Mickey Kaus on the Van Jones resignation. 'I’ve been waiting for the day when a prominent pol resigns and for print MSM readers it appears to be out-of-the-blue, though everyone on the Web knows the whole story.'"
Good riddance! Those of us who don't rely on the pro-Obama press are not at all surprised at the scandal, the resignation -- or the way the press barely covered it, instead choosing to attack Glenn Beck.

Saturday, September 05, 2009

Smart Seniors

I enjoyed this article listing great accomplishments by senior citizens.

Library of the Future?

Now this is a very depressing thought: a library without the books. Sorry, but to me, a library means just one thing: books you can hold in your hands, not books you read online.

Friday, September 04, 2009

Ohio 'Mom'-ster

They ought to pass a law that makes it illegal to refer to animals like this as "mothers". (My pal Diane has suggested "breeders".) This creature is definitely not a mother, and she should have done to her what she did to her helpless baby. If any excuses are made for her, or any misplaced sympathy given, it will be doubly obscene.

Fasting for Muslims

Barking Moonbat Early Warning System reports on this bit of politically correct idiocy from England, where they are becoming more and more spineless:
"Everyone should fast for a day ‘to understand Muslims’, says Boris Johnson."
Sorry, but I already "understand" all I want to.

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Watcher's Council

Thanks to Soccer Dad, here are the latest Watcher's Council nominations as well as last week's Watcher's Council winners.

In The Groove(s)

I enjoyed this article on tracing our Jewish past through record albums.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Today's Outrage

How anyone could release an ad like this is beyond me. The complete lack of decency and respect is hard to fathom.
(The Corner reports this horrible ad actually won an award!)

Children's Hero

Here's a remarkable story, completely unknown to me, about a British man who saved Jewish children from the Nazis in Czechoslovakia.

"Pieces of the World"

I had to post this Pitchaya Sudbanthad column titled "Pieces of the World", about the lingering debris from September 11 -- and the lingering memory. Isn't this poignant?
"I had a recurring dream while I lived in that apartment: I am walking home at night from the Cortlandt Street station through the subterranean shopping concourse underneath the towers. I notice the concentric rings of lights on the ceiling as I step into the mall area. I pass by the Bugs Bunny jerseys in the Warner Bros. store’s window and the black-and-white panels of the Sephora entrance. Normally that area filled up with late-evening commuters, but in the dream I’m alone. I follow the black stripe of tiles that zig-zags across the concourse floor and eventually find myself marching up stairs to the lobby of Tower 1. Now the lobby is empty. Not a single guard is muttering into a walkie-talkie, there’s none of the tuxedoed and evening-gowned set waiting for the elevators to the restaurant 106 floors above. When I woke up, I looked outside, and there they were again, the World Trade Center towers, although my eyes could not see them."