Wednesday, March 31, 2010
I always love the Biblical movies that are shown on TV this time of year, and one of the best is Franco Zeffirelli's "Jesus of Nazareth". (Robert Powell, who plays Jesus, doesn't blink his eyes at all during this movie.) But I love "Ben Hur" the best.
Neal Boortz comments on America's new direction:
"America is being transformed from a society of independent-minded, hard-working individuals to one where government rules all aspects of life. The transformation is to government dependency where self-reliance used to be the norm. In Obama's America people actually get smokin' mad when you suggest they should be responsible for their own lives."I liked America's old direction much better.
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
Sunday, March 28, 2010
I don't often play online games, but this one was too good to pass up, especially after I saw the description of it at Metafilter: "The Yiddish exclamations for both the baskets and missed shots are worth the click." Thus inspired, I somehow managed to score 9,00, with 63 shots missed and 92 shots taken, for a final score of 9,837.
Welcome to Haveil Havalim-The Empty Seat At My Seder Edition is up at Random Thoughts - Do They have Meaning? Condolences to Jack, whose grandmother passed away last week.
Saturday, March 27, 2010
As always, The Anchoress has a lot of good links, this time about Obama's disgraceful treatment of Netanyahu; and the attacks on ordinary citizens for their "violence" and "hatred." If you want to see REAL hatred, click here and look at the photographs.
Friday, March 26, 2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Betsy is cruising the web and has found many interesting items, including news about Obama's disrespectful meeting with Netanyahu. She asks,
"Why should Israel being (sic) the one to make the 'goodwill gesture?' And why is the President so firm in not allowing photographers to snap the traditional picture of the national leaders meeting together or the usual joint press conference?"Israel is ALWAYS the one to make the goodwill gesture -- and look where it gets them!
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
What is wrong with these Americans who still don't take terrorism seriously? The New York Daily News says, "It is shocking and true: A federal judge has ordered the release of Mohamedou Ould Slahi, one of the top recruiters for the 9/11 attacks - a man once deemed the highest-value detainee at Guantanamo Bay."
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
There's been a lot of antisemitism in the news lately, including this piece from The Toronto Sun, and this evil reminder from Atlas Shrugs: "In the Copenhagen township of Nørrebro that has been solidly in Muslim hands for a long time, Jews must hide their faith in order to avoid persecution. Yellow stars get stuck to the backs of Norwegian schoolchildren, and the teachers don’t intervene."
Here's a column from the UK Telegraph on last night's disgraceful spectacle in the House: "What we have just witnessed is a massive slap in the face for limited government and the principle of individual responsibility. Its net result will be the erosion of freedom in America, and a further undermining of the country’s economic competitiveness. This may be a political victory for the president and his supporters in Congress, but it is in reality a defeat for America as a great power, and another Obama-led step towards US decline."
Sunday, March 21, 2010
I like this sign and post at Instapundit, as well as his link to the real reason we hate universal health care. I agree 100% with the article, which I read last year, especially this:
"I’m perfectly willing to provide subsidized health care to people who are suffering due to no fault of their own. But in those cases — which, unfortunately, constitute perhaps a majority of all cases — where the unwellness is a consequence of the patient’s own misdeeds, bad habits, or stupid choices, I feel a deep-seated resentment that the rest of us should pick up the tab to fix medical problems that never should have happened in the first place. I’m speaking specifically of medical problems caused by: • Obesity • Cigarette smoking • Alcohol abuse • Reckless behavior • Criminal activity • Unprotected promiscuous sex • Use of illicit drugs • Cultural traditions • Bad diets"And Michael Goodwin explains why we fear Obama's big government: "The people haven't lost faith in government. They just don't think bigger is better. And the bigger he wants to make it, the less faith they have in him."
Saturday, March 20, 2010
USA Today's Opinionline has a good selection of excerpts regarding Tiger Woods' return to golf at the Masters and the resulting media circus. This Tim Dahlberg comment made me laugh out loud.
"The first glare may come not when he runs in a long putt to get into contention, but when someone screams out the name of mistress No. 5 in his backswing."Can you just picture it?
Friday, March 19, 2010
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
I found this post by The Anchoress extremely touching. As with The Anchoress, it doesn't take much to remind me of that terrible day, especially when the sky here is cloudless and that certain shade of bright blue -- that "September 11 sky."
Here's another good article on how America is undermining Israel. Writer Gary Aminoff says,
"I will tell you one way that peace could occur tomorrow from the Israeli point of view. Have the Arabs declare that they recognize the State of Israel and that they agree to stop bombing Israel or attacking Jews. Achieve that, and you will achieve instant peace. Since we all know the Arabs will never do that…..we also know there will be no peace. It is counter-productive for the US to put pressure on Israel. Israel is not only a sovereign country, it is a democracy, it supports the US and the West, and it is a country which produces innovative products that make our everyday life easier and safer. The medical achievements that have come out of Israel in the past 20 years have saved an untold number of American lives. To attempt to humiliate or subjugate Israel for domestic political gain is behavior which is not worthy of the long history and special relationship between the United States and Israel."By undermining Israel, this administration is giving comfort to the enemy.
Monday, March 15, 2010
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Friday, March 12, 2010
Neal Boortz quotes Shikha Dalmia on Obama's desperate healthcare obsession:
"....Obama gives the distinct impression that his gifts are too great for the smallness of our political stage. He regrets not having been born during the civil rights era when the grandness of the cause would have measured up to the grandness of his ambition. He is in search of something big that will allow him to make his mark on the world as Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King did. Hence, the defeat of ObamaCare would not just be par for the course in the rough-and-tumble world of politics for him. It would be sign of his ordinariness, his mortality, and that, to him, is unendurable."
Thursday, March 11, 2010
This number keeps getting higher, to my disgust. As a commenter sarcastically writes, "That's not enough! We need 95% of the people not paying and only 5% of the greedy wealthy people supporting the rest of the nation. Obama will fix that." Says another, "People not paying income tax but able to cast votes? A very dangerous combination which can only create a class of folks who want a continuing flow of free 'programs' but have absolutely no stake in paying for them." Very true.
Soccer Dad reports on an amazing protest by Palestinians. It's so rare to read something like this, and it's just too bad more of them don't think this way: "One of the Palestinians at the demonstration against the honor in Ramallah on Saturday, a woman named Fatima, told The Jerusalem Post that '...terror belongs in the past.' She added: 'I imagine if the government of Israel was honoring those who deliberately killed Palestinians outside the context of war, that we would be offended.'
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Walter Williams has a good column on ObamaCare and says, “Reaching into one's own pockets to assist his fellow man in need is praiseworthy and laudable. Reaching into someone else's pockets to do so is despicable and deserves condemnation.”
Tuesday, March 09, 2010
You’ll like the latest Argus Hamilton column, which has items such as this: “US Airways captain Sully Sullenberger retired last week, a year after landing his airliner safely on the Hudson River. He said he owed it all to good communication with the control tower. He's just lucky his six-year-old grandson was on duty that day.”
Wesley Pruden has the Obama Administration pegged: “Good old Joe. The vice president is off to Israel to play kissy-face with hosts who are in no mood to pucker up. And for good reason: There's abundant evidence that President Obama is no friend of the Jewish state, and the Israelis must decide whether to believe Joe Biden or their own eyes and ears.”
Monday, March 08, 2010
I read this John Hood column in The Tribune newspaper the other day and agree with the sentiments expressed, even if Keith Olbermann does not. Why common sense thinking like this is considered evil, I cannot fathom.
"To say I have the right to pursue happiness is not, of course, to say that I have a right to force you to make me happy. I don’t have a right to force you to give me food, clothing, shelter, or health care. I can ask. I can offer something you value in exchange. When the Left tries to misuse the concept of rights to justify theft via welfare and income-transfer programs, I snort. I take a dim view of politicians who think their job extends beyond carrying out the few, core, constitutional duties of government. I also take a dim view of people who won’t mind their own business, in all senses of the terms. And I take a dim view of anyone who thinks that personal freedom doesn’t come with personal responsibility, and that it is the job of government to force taxpayers to bail out profligate households or businesses. If that makes me one of the worst people in the world in the eyes of a few deluded nincompoops, fine. I’ll just wish them a speedy recovery and go play with my kids."
Per Jack, Haveil Havalim #259: Post Purim Edition (AKA the Mishmosh Edition) is up at Ima on (and off) the Bima.
Sunday, March 07, 2010
Saturday, March 06, 2010
Auschwitz in art and in photographs, via Metafilter: "From Remember.org: In 1979, The Auschwitz Museum Archive reproduced selected pieces of art and sent them to writer/photographer Alan Jacobs. After years of related work and many more trips, Jacobs, and his son Jesse, returned to the camps in 1996 to find and photograph the identical scenes depicted in the art."
Friday, March 05, 2010
Thursday, March 04, 2010
Wednesday, March 03, 2010
Tuesday, March 02, 2010
As usual, Betsy is cruising the web; you'll definitely enjoy the last item! Take a look at the latest Argus Hamilton column for his amusing take on what's making news. I've always supported the Fred Goldman family, but why on earth would he possibly want O.J.Simpson's suit?!
I want to read the book by Harry Markopolos, who for years warned the SEC about Bernard Madoff and was ignored. When I first saw this CNBC documentary, "Scam of the Century? Bernie Madoff & The $50 Billion Heist", I found it hard to believe he had managed to fool so many otherwise intelligent people for so long! It reminds me of that con man Clark Rockefeller, who charmed people into believing whatever he told them -- or maybe, as with Madoff, they didn't want to admit to themselves that they could be duped.
Monday, March 01, 2010
This story was read on a local radio talk show today:
"The so-called 'Great Recession' has left Americans depending on the government dole like never before. Without record levels of welfare, unemployment and other government benefits as well as tax cuts last year, the income of U.S. households would have plunged by an astonishing $723 billion — more than four times the record $167 billion drop reported last month by the Commerce Department. Moreover, for the first time since the Great Depression, Americans took more aid from the government than they paid in taxes."How nice. How about making some cuts in welfare for a change, instead of taxing us even more?
In this story about food stamp fraud, notice what the priorities are:
"The man behind the counter provided $50 in cash, two bottles of liquor, two porn DVDs and two Viagra pills — all in exchange for taking $280.85 off a food-stamp card, say federal investigators who recorded the deal."