Thursday, April 30, 2009

Antisemitism in America

Judith Klinghoffer examines antisemitism in America and ends by saying,
"One thing can hardly be debated: We live in economic dangerous times and, as always, Jews, like other successful minorities, are in particular peril. There is no point in burying our heads in the proverbial sand. We must fight back with any tools available to us including timely warnings. Consider this one such warning."

Politically Correct Swine Flu

Since the phrase "swine flu" is offensive to people and pigs, some new names have been bandied about. (via Instapundit)

Watcher's Council

The latest Watcher's Council nominations are up, per Soccer Dad.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Come Fly With Me


The New York Daily News is asking its clever readers to create their own NYC Air Force One flyover photos. There are also some good ones over at NRO's The Corner.

An Obama Milestone

Neal Boortz nicely sums up how Americans should feel about Obama's first 100 days:
"You believe in socialism? A great first 100 days.
You believe in capitalism? A horrible first 100 days.
You believe in individualism? A bad first 100 days.
You believe in collectivism? A grand first 100 days.
You're proud of your country? A depressing first 100 days.
You think your country is the focus of evil? A wonderful first 100 days.
You believe in federalism? The first 100 days were a disaster.
You believe in an omnipotent federal government? The first 100 days were wonderful.
You think a president should be elected on substance? Bad first 100.
You think a president should be elected on style? Great first 100."

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Watcher's Council

Soccer Dad presents this week's Watcher's Council winners.

The Plane! The Plane!


Gothamist has coverage of yesterday's frightening jet-over-NYC incident here.

Today, I couldn't help laughing over these ideas for Obama's next dramatic photo opportunity, especially these two:
"allahpundit: Next Obama 'photo op': An unannounced overflight of Pearl Harbor by 200 or so unmarked fighter/bombers";
"justkarl: To mark 100 days, White House plans to send unmarked packages of talcum powder to all members of Congress."

Grand Rounds


I'm calling on the white courtesy phone to say that the latest edition of Grand Rounds can be found at Six Until Me.

Time In A Bottle

This is an amazing story: "Workers demolishing a wall of a building that was once part of the Nazi's Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp have found a message in a bottle written by prisoners 65 years ago."

Monday, April 27, 2009

Sweet Revenge

Here's a satisfying story about oranges from Israeli being unwittingly sold (and eaten!) in antisemitic Iran. Undoubtedly the best fruit they've ever had, too.

Plane Frightening!

Whatever happened to common sense? If I had looked up and seen
this, I might have fainted from shock (and NOT because the Messiah was on board!)

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Textaholics

Here's an amusing column about the obsession with sending text messages. I am always amazed to see people in waiting rooms, restaurants, at work -- everywhere! -- either bellowing on their cell phones or sending text messages. Can't people simply sit still, or talk to each other, or read?

More Wacky Warning Labels

If you need a good laugh today, check out Overlawyered and read about some wacky warning labels for clueless people.

Haveil Havalim Time!


According to Jack,you can now find Haveil Havalim #214 - the Radiant Ziv edition at The Rebbetzin's Husband.
Founded by Soccer Dad, Haveil Havalim is a carnival of Jewish blogs, hosted by different bloggers each week, and coordinated by Jack.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Hope and Refuge in America

Reader's Digest has a story about how seven people found hope and refuge in America. Make sure you read the story of Charlene Schiff.

Bibi and the Boycotters

Smooth Stone reports on a thank-you note on behalf of decency.

The Flight of Swine Flu

If people in this country start dying from swine flu, how long will it take the politically-correct media to blame it on Mexico?

Friday, April 24, 2009

In Support of "Torture"

Deroy Murdock has no patience with the hysteria over the "torture" of terrorists. He writes,
"Meanwhile, the ceaseless whimpering over [Khalid Sheik Mohammed's] waterboarding almost universally neglects his victims' agony. KSM masterminded the 9/11 massacre (2,976 dead, 7,356 wounded). 'And yes, we did it,' KSM told Al Jazeera in April 2002. He also said: 'I decapitated with my blessed right hand the head of the American Jew, Daniel Pearl.' KSM financed February 1993's Twin Towers explosion (six dead; 1,040 injured)."
and
"Thus, my eyes stayed as dry as the Sahara upon learning that American counterterrorists dampened KSM's nostrils 183 times. I cry for the 2,976 individuals who KSM, Zubaydah, and their colleagues slaughtered on 9/11. Of the 2,752 they butchered at the World Trade Center, 1,125 (41 percent) that were literally vaporized. Their loved ones still do not have so much as bone fragments to bury, nor place flowers upon, nor shed tears. Now that is torture."
(via Lucianne.com)

Mommie Dearest

Here is the "mother" of the day.

Radio Days

Via Instapundit, here is a good website if you, like me, love listening to old-time radio shows.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Surf The Web With Soccer Dad!

Lots to read at Soccer Dad! His popular series If...You Must is finally back! He's busy juggling Carnivals here; and he reports on the latest Watcher's Council nominations here.

What's Nu?

Miss Cellania offers some new Jewish vocabulary words. (Via Interesting Pile)

Read And Eat!

My talented cousin Mindy Peters Esposito has started her own website for literature-based cooking for children aged 3-6. Kids can be taught to read through the use of easy, picture-based recipes. Please visit this website, and pass it on to anyone who has, or who teaches, young children.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Bleeding Hearts

I am so sick & tired of hearing about our evil torture of terrorist detainees. To me, the zeal to prosecute Bush Administration officials only gives aid and comfort to the terrorists. Where was the outrage when terrorists decapitated Nick Berg & Daniel Pearl? It seems Americans are only outraged when we retaliate against the enemy, not when the enemy does something to us. Talk about bleeding heart liberals!

Then and Now

Here's an article I agree with, by the always-entertaining Greg Crosby, who talks about how our culture has gone downhill in such a short time.

Chargoggagoggmanchauggagogg...........etc.

Fark's synopsis of this delightful story is:
"If you are going to make a sign for Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagogg chaubunagungamaugg, don't spell it Chargoggagoggmanchaoggagogg chaubunaguhgamaugg".

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Watcher's Council

I'm glad to see that Soccer Dad is weasel-watching again! Thanks to him, I'll soon be catching up on all his catching-up!

Grand Rounds


Code blue! Grand Rounds:Birthday Edition, Vol. 5, No. 31 is up at Diabetes Mine.

Yom HaShoa


Much to read today! Smooth Stone discussed Holocaust Remembrance Dayhere. I also read this extremely moving tribute by a student at the University of Rhode Island, and Holocaust Remembrance Day: The View from Israel.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Boy Genius

Now this is the kind of story I'd like to see more often:
"Pembroke Pines boy, 12, tackling a double major at FIU. A 12-year-old student is working toward degrees in physics and math at Florida International University -- after taking his first class there two years ago."

Our Friends, The Iranians

Here is the garbage that Obama wants to do business with:
"British delegates joined a dramatic diplomatic walkout today when President Ahmadinejad of Iran told a major UN conference against racism that the state of Israel had been founded 'on the pretext of Jewish suffering' during the Second World War."
Congratulations to the delegates who had the decency to walk out.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Run to Your Nearest Library!

Yet more proof that Americans are sheep: "A book by an Uruguayan journalist that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez gave to President Barack Obama is now the No. 5 seller on Amazon.com."

Haveil Havalim Time


Jack has announced that
Haveil Havalim #213 - It's been a long time is up, nicely hosted by The Real Shliach.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Deconstructing Susan Boyle

I was disappointed to see this article today. It sounds like some people don't want the Susan Boyle story to be genuine and innocent.

A Cruise To Remember

This April 2012 cruise will follow the Titanic's original path. Let's just hope this ship doesn't hit an iceberg to make the experience even more realistic!

Friday, April 17, 2009

I Am A Terrorist!

Are YOU a terrorist? Take this quiz and find out! If the answer is yes, you can print out and proudly display your very own Certificate of Terrorist Tendencies!

Blogs You May Like

John Hawkins likes these blogs.

Mush!

The Forward has a story about Jake Berkowitz:
"What’s truly incredible is that a nice Jewish boy has chosen to run dogs for a living. 'My son the dog musher' isn’t exactly something you hear round the Sabbath dinner table. And Berkowitz is only the 10th Jew to run the Anchorage to Nome Iditarod since the race’s inception in 1973."

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Blago-TV!

This proves that reality TV is the last refuge of a scoundrel.

Name Calling

David Freddoso says this about the Tea Parties:
"It's amazing how nasty and illogical liberals can become when they see ordinary Americans defending their economic freedoms. If you oppose the redistribution of wealth via Obama's planned increases in income and energy taxes, his 'make-work-pay' welfare payments, and the bailouts of irresponsible borrowers and bankers at your expense, then Marc Cooper thinks you are a paranoid conspiracy theorist. After all, what sane person could possibly protest anything now that the Bush administration is gone? Isn't political dissent supposed to have disappeared with the age of Obama? Just shut up and go back to work, tea-partiers. We need you to keep earning money for the rest of the year, so that you can give half of it to your state, local, and federal governments. Then they can create prosperity by giving it to someone who hasn't earned it."
And Instapundit reports that
“Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) blasted ‘tea party’ protests yesterday, labeling the activities ‘despicable’ and ’shameful.’”

Also, why does Janet Napolitano find it so easy to denigrate military veterans as potential terrorists, while refusing to call REAL terrorists "terrorists"?

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

The Tea Party Party

Proud to be an American and a right-wing extremist! When I came home from work today, put on Fox News, and saw the huge crowds, I thought, "Maybe people have finally woken up". Let's see if a third party results from this long-overdue movement.

Crime and Punishment

I'm all for this, from England: "Parents to be hit with penalties if children misbehave at school."

Outrageous Lawsuit of the Day

How do you like this clueless greedy pig? According to Neal Boortz,
"You'll remember the horrific massacre in Binghamton, New York just a few weeks ago. Well this is really rich. A government employee ... a union member ... a social services accounting clerk now wants compensation for missing his lunch break on the day of the massacre."

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Grand Rounds


Have you been a patient patient? If so, Grand Rounds Vol. 5 No. 30 is in the waiting room at Pharmamotion.

Lowlife of the Day

A prime candidate for a bailout, this garbage is unemployed and has 14 kids by 13 different women! Here's his excuse:
"Frazier, 42, portrays himself as the victim. The victim of a system that he says saddled him with debt for children he claims aren't all his and the victim of a poor upbringing that he said caused him to seek affection from older women."

Examples of Evil

John Hawkins lists 25 examples of everyday evil.

Tea Party!


Tomorrow is the nationwide tax day tea party. I can't wait to see how the mainstream media deigns to cover this event.

Larry Kudlow writes
".. is there any limit to this administration’s intentions to interfere and perhaps control large swaths of our economy? And do these life-insurance mavens know what they’re getting into by going on the hook to Congress? And does anybody remember that free-market capitalism is about success and failure? Just say no to expanded TARP for insurance companies or anybody else. That’s the real message of the homegrown Tea Party revolt against bailout nation and the higher taxes, deficits, and debt being used to finance it. Folks are trying to tell Washington on Tax Day, April 15, that enough is enough. They can’t take it anymore."

Monday, April 13, 2009

The Obamafication of Golf

While watching the Masters yesterday and enduring the awful cheerleading by the NBC commentators, I thought Chris Matthews must have been guest-hosting in the booth! I heard Ian Baker-Finch utter the immortal line below, which I double-checked online today to make sure I wasn't imagining things:
"Ian Baker-Finch could barely contain himself at the thought of a Woods-Mickelson showdown. 'This is setting up to be one of the most exciting Masters I can remember,' he said, ignoring the fact that Kenny Perry was actually the leader and that Woods and Mickelson were a few strokes behind. When television's favourite golfers actually did get close, Baker-Finch almost dissolved. 'This is something very special here,' he blubbered. 'I can feel it, tingling.'
After this, I pressed the mute button on my remote.

Dying For No Reason

Spare me these excuses for kids dying in hot cars:
"Now the parent arrives at work, still on the phone. The same part of the brain that was automatically driving the car now goes through the motions of rolling up the windows, locking the doors and walking to the building. The conscious mind is handling the call. The subconscious mind is on autopilot. Neither one is thinking about the sleeping child in the back seat. Ten minutes later the sun has turned the interior of the car into an oven, and a tragedy unfolds."

Wonderfully Succinct Headline of the Day

From the Wall Street Journal: "American alive, pirates dead, let's hope more to follow." Amen to that!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Take A Peep At This!

Enjoy Peeps Show III. What color and creativity! My sister and I oohed, aahed, and laughed throughout. Among my favorites were #39 and the two Philippe Petit tributes.

Pirates and Appeasement

This pirate standoff is making me furious! What's happened to us? And what's happened to our Navy?
"Obama has already allowed the Navy to miss one opportunity to end this standoff. Captain Richard Phillips made an escape attempt by jumping overboard and trying to make a swim for the U.S. Navy ship floating nearby. This was an ideal time for the Navy to blast the boat to pieces while the captain was in the water. The Navy could then have scooped up all five with ease. But instead, the Navy sat and did nothing as the pirates jumped into the water and dragged the captain back aboard."
(Via Lucianne.com)

Friday, April 10, 2009

How Stimulating!

Neal Boortz comments on more incentives for people not to take personal responsibility:
"The {stimulus} money will go to the Child Care and Development Fund that can help states pay for child care for parents who are working, looking for work or going to school. The concept of these people actually funding their own means of child care is not an option .. because it doesn't make them dependent on government. And Joe Biden says that these parents 'shouldn't have to worry about finding affordable, quality day care.' Why shouldn't they have to worry about it? It is their child! This child does not belong to the government. The parents chose to bring this child into the world and therefore should be responsible for taking care of it, and that includes finding a dang babysitter. It is not the government's job to provide you with a babysitting service."

The Masters

I love watching the Masters, and I think Augusta National is a shrine the way Yankee Stadium was. But even though the fans are mostly respectful of the game and the players and the history, there are still some fans who drive me crazy. If I hear "In the hole!" and "You da man!" bellowed one more time, I'll scream!

Thursday, April 09, 2009

My G-G-G-G-Generation!

I love this post by Gail at Rubicon3 about this nostalgic website:
"My first memories are of the early 60s. I remember Chubby Checkers, the Twist, JFK, when the Beatles first visited the US, seeing the Dave Clark 5 in person, Bye Bye Birdie, seeing It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World in the movie theater, 1 cent stamps, green stamps, Horn and Hardart, Chock Full O' Nuts, Bonanza, Ed Sullivan, going for long walks unaccompanied by an adult at age 6, penny candy, learning to read with phonics, the "new" math, manual typewriters, carbon paper, dial telephones, phone numbers that began with letters, black and white TV, TV without remote control, the Million Dollar Movie, Sunrise Semester, waiting for TV to "begin for the day" when I was a tyke and would wake up at the crack of dawn, Captain Kangaroo, Ding Dong School, the first day girls were allowed to wear pants to school instead of a dress..."

Yo Ho Ho..Hum

Neal Boortz discusses the latest outrageous pirate attack. Pirates are terrorists and should be treated like terrorists, with force. This non-response response is disgraceful, especially since it involves an American ship. Let's stop tiptoeing around already as if we are afraid!

What's Your Name?

Martin Bodek is interested in surnames. If you'd like him to research yours (especially if the meaning is unflattering!), send him an e-mail at onsurnames@gmail.com.

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Passover Seder Symbols Song!


I found this terrific video at Israpundit.

The Worst Bailout

Jonah Goldberg discusses Obama's bailout for despots:
"It's President Obama's worst bailout so far. He's going to rescue the U.N. Human Rights Council....President Bush refused to cooperate with the agency, and even held back the share of U.S. dues to the United Nations that went toward it. Obama, on the other hand, feels it is vital to work with the organization from the inside."

Happy Passover!

Here's a Passover message to our Jewish military, from Jews in Green:
"Chag Sameach Pesach! Whether patrolling the streets of Iraq, the mountains of Afghanistan, on the seas and skies, and on bases at home and abroad, please enjoy a safe Pesach. No one sets a stronger example of what Passover means as you work to liberate the oppressed and make the world a better place. For families celebrating at home tonight, please consider adding a prayer for our country and service members to your Seder tonight. Next year in Jerusalem, or at the very least, at home with family and friends."

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Grand Rounds


Grand Rounds Vol.5 No.29 is now accepting new patients at Getting Closer To Myself.

Sowell Man

I greatly enjoy Thomas Sowell's Random Thoughts, including this one: "We seem to be moving steadily in the direction of a society where no one is responsible for what he himself did but we are all responsible for what somebody else did, either in the present or in the past."

The Obama Trip in 8 Words

Michelle Malkin sums up the Obama trip: "Bow. Scrape. Bush-bash. Suck up. Mission accomplished!"

Monday, April 06, 2009

Today's Quips

Argus Hamilton says:
"The White House Protocol Office caught heat for President Obama's gifts to our allies. They're all pretty useless. He gave Gordon Brown DVDs that won't play in Britain, he gave Queen Elizabeth an iPod, and he gave the Italian government Chrysler."

"Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud took credit for terror attacks in Pakistan last week. He's now threatening to attack the White House. He heard the War on Terror has been renamed the Overseas Contingency Operation and he doesn't appreciate the demotion."

Betsy at Gettysburg

Betsy is back from a field trip to Gettysburg. If you like Civil War history the way I do, make sure you read her account of the trip, and check out the links.

Sunday, April 05, 2009

Pet Peeves

Here's an amusing and oh-so-true column about some pet peeves. I especially enjoyed the writer's comments on thugmobiles!

BILLY MAYS!

If you can't get enough of megaphone-voiced Billy Mays of OxyClean fame, just wait! He'll be starring in his own reality series on the Discovery Channel starting April 15. Something tells me the mute button will be getting a lot of use that night.

Haveil Havalim Time!


According to Jack, Haveil Havalim #221 - The Preparing for Pesach Edition is now up at the always well-done Ima on (and off) the Bima. Go take a look!

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Argus Hamilton Quips

Some comments on the news:
"Freedom Tower was dropped as the new World Trade Center's name last week because the Chinese tenants might be offended. What an outrage. We're lucky al-Qaeda isn't opening an office there or kids would have to be taught that the Twin Towers were brought down by Canadian geese."
"The Arnold Palmer Invitational featured many NBC interviews with Arnold Palmer in the broadcast booth. He's routinely addressed by America's golfing community as the king, which is healthy. It's the only thing that keeps Barack Obama's ego in check."

Covering Mass Murderers

I agree completely with Mona Charen's assessment of the media as enablers:
"Once again the cable news programs are going wall to wall covering the latest mass shooting. All other programming is on hold. I've said this before. When the news shows do this they are guaranteeing the next atrocity. A twisted desire for fame and attention drives some of this. Recall that when the networks were having a problem with streakers at televised football games, they simply turned their cameras away. The problem evaporated. These mass shootings are a little more complicated, and news organizations cannot completely ignore them. But they don't need to stop everything to cover them. And they certainly should never provide stories about the shooter's problems, failed romances, experience with teasing, or political views."

Stories From The Great Depression

Instapundit linked to this NY Times article about how people survived the Great Depression. I grew up on stories like this, and there is no comparison between then and now. Back then, there was no welfare, WIC, food stamps, and all the other entitlement programs there are today. And back then, all able-bodied people worked, or you had no money and no food. The most amazing book I read about the Depression was "The Worst Hard Time" , and compared to eking out an existence in the Dust Bowl, we all have it easy today.

Friday, April 03, 2009

Another Murder Rampage

Yet another massacre in our country. What a horror for the relatives of the victims, and for the survivors! What got me was this line in the story at 1010 WINS:
``One of the first questions is going to be, what motivated this?'' he said. ``What caused this to happen? What was the kind of person who did it?''
I think it's obvious what kind of person did it; as with all these mass shootings, the killer was a cold-blooded murderer. There are no excuses for this kind of slaughter.

Bowing and Scraping

Here's Mark Steyn on the Obamas. (Via Instapundit) Also, Smooth Stone has a poll.

Thursday, April 02, 2009

The Difference Between Liberals and Conservatives

I saw the story about the man who robbed a store -- and brought his 9 year old kid along. To me, it was an inexcusable crime; to MSNBC, it was "a father's plight"! Spare me -- and stop excusing crimes like this by blaming it on the economy. Most people don't rob stores -- they would get ANY job to support their family.

For He's a Jolly Good _______________!

Here's yet another example of politically correct nuttiness.

They Call Me The Rapper

I hate rap "music", but I got a kick out of this Southwest Airlines flight announcement, courtesy of Soccer Dad.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

The Adoration of the Obama

I just heard this description of The Messiah on TV, from a UK Telegraph article on "who's hot and who's not" at the G20 meeting:
"Top of the list, of course, is Obama. Yes We Can. And yes, we would. He's so lithe and handsome and funny and smart and he bestrides the free world like a Colossus and will buy us each a puppy. A bit of a no- brainer, really."
Note the photo that accompanies this story. The swooning continues...

The Snuggie Cult

Ugh! You mean the Snuggie is still around, and (somehow) still popular??? And worn in public? At a bar?

Being Frugal

Sara Noel writes that common sense is the new frugality. I agree! Unfortunately, common sense seems to be in very short supply these days, along with self-reliance.