Saturday, December 31, 2011


I first saw this prayer years ago for Rosh Hashanah. It's still appropriate now!

"A Jewish Prayer for the New Year
Dear Lord:

May we get a clean bill of health from our dentist, our psychiatrist, our ophthalmologist, our cardiologist, our gastroenterologist, our urologist, our proctologist, our gynecologist, our podiatrist, our plumber and the IRS.

May our hair, our teeth, our facelift, our abs, our honey cakes, and our stocks not fall and may our blood pressure, our triglycerides, our cholesterol, our white blood count, our weight and our mortgage interest rates not rise.

May we find a way to travel from anywhere to anywhere in the rush hour in less than an hour and when we get there, may we find a parking space.May we all relax about the third millennium of the common era, and realize that we still have 239 years until the down of the sixth millennium of the Hebrew calendar by which time the computer will be long since obsolete and so will we.

May G-d give us the strength to get through this presidential campaign and may some of the promises made be kept. May we believe at least half of what the candidates propose and may those elected fulfill at least half of what they promise and may the miracle of reducing taxes and balancing budgets come to pass.

May we be awestruck by God's sense of humor as we realize that a professional wrestler could have become president of the United States and that an Orthodox Jew has risen to prominence in American politics while remaining true to his Jewish roots. It is my belief that God's joyous humor is the reason he really does not want us to touch our toes while exercising or he would have put them further up our bodies; and, the reason so many of us take up jogging is to hear heavy breathing again.

May what we see in the mirror delight us and what others see in us, delight them. May someone, as well as God, love us enough to forgive our faults, be blind to our blemishes and tell the world about our virtues.

May the telemarketers wait until after we finish dinner to call us. May our checkbooks and budgets balance and may they include generous amounts for charity.

May we remember to say "I love you" at least once a day to our spouse, our child, our parent, all of our significant others but not our boss, our intern, our nurse, our masseur, our hairdresser or our tennis instructor.

And may the Messiah come this year, and if he does not, may we live as if he has, in a world at peace, with awareness of God's love in every sunset, flower, baby's smile, lover's kiss, and every wonderful astonishing beat of our heart. May we smile and laugh throughout the year."

More Man-Caused Disasters

Never call a spade a spade: "However, for the Obama administration, the systematic campaign of anti-Christian terror in Nigeria is simply “senseless.” According to an article (“US condemns ‘senseless’ Nigeria bombings”) from the AFP, the White House spokesman seemed hesitant to even label the bombings an act of terrorism."

Friday, December 30, 2011

Oil and Trouble

As if we don't already have enough reasons, here's another reason we have to drill, baby, drill.

Best and Worst of the Year

Here's the best and worst of 2011 at National Review Online. I like John Derbyshire's "Best to come in 2012: Electoral defeat of Barack Obama." Amen!

Watcher's Council

Happy New Year! Here's the last edition of 2011 of the Watcher's Council winners. Besides the winning posts, you can read the picks for notable people and events of 2011, as chosen by Council members.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Ed Koch on Ron Paul

He's so right: "It is incredible that a Republican candidate for president in the year 2012, supported by white supremacists, Jew haters and gay bashers, is a frontrunner in the upcoming Iowa caucus. The U.S. did itself proud in 2008 by electing an African-American for president. Our better angels prevailed four years ago in not allowing race to dominate our decision-making. Notwithstanding that Ron Paul is in the lead in Iowa, I believe Republicans will do what is morally right and reject him, and select one of the other Republican candidates".

2011 in Review

Need a laugh? Read Ron Hart's year in review.

The More Things Stay The Same

Things haven't changed at all, as you can see from Instapundit's 10-year-old post on antisemitism and anti-American sentiment. Sounds familiar, doesn't it?

The Obamedia

I spotted this cartoon at  The media are willing captives in the effort to reelect Obama.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

About Thomas Friedman

Our old friend David Gerstman has written the definitive article on Thomas Friedman: "Friedman’s record on the Middle East shows that he is not — despite his lame protestations to the contrary — Israel’s friend."

And The Oscar Goes To...

Seeing the film footage of this orgy of grief on TV, all I could think was that the North Korean people are not only totally brainwashed, but also amazingly good actors! Imagine how they would have reacted if Kim hadn't starved them!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

I Resolve To Defeat Obama

This is funny -- check out these ideas for Obama's New Year's resolutions (via

Wise Thoughts From Thomas Sowell

Here are just two observations from Thomas Sowell's "Random Thoughts" column: 
"The real egalitarians are not the people who want to redistribute wealth to the poor, but those who want to extend to the poor the ability to create their own wealth, to lift themselves up, instead of trying to tear others down. Earning respect, including self-respect, is better than being a parasite."

"Can you imagine a man who had never run any kind of organization, large or small, taking it upon himself to fundamentally change all kinds of organizations in a huge and complex economy? Yet that is what Barack Obama did when he said, 'We are going to change the United States of America!' This was not 'The Audacity of Hope.' It was the audacity of hype."

Raucus Caucus

The closer we get to the Iowa caucuses, the more nauseous I feel.  I have never considered Ron Paul to be a Republican at all and think he's in the race as the spoiler -- and he's doing a good job of it, too!  Read this Byron York piece, courtesy of Instapundit.  Paul and Obama are equally dreadful candidates, and it's very frightening to think that this is the best the Republicans can come up with in such a critical Presidential race. Let's hope the other candidates have some good vice-presidential choices in mind that may help turn the tide in their favor. As Argus Hamilton quips, "President Obama enjoyed a five-point jump in the Gallup Poll Thursday in his largest weekly approval gain. No one thought he could get re-elected a year ago. Things were looking pretty bad for President Obama until the Republicans began putting up candidates."

Monday, December 26, 2011

It's...A Leg!

This is a clever cartoon combining the famous leg lamp with the sneakers that created a disgraceful frenzy. By the way, don't people get tired of shopping? I saw another bumper-to-bumper miles-long traffic jam headed for the Mall today. A month from now, I'd like to see a chart comparing what people charged this Christmas compared to what they actually pay on their credit card bills.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Haveil Havalim Time

Hooray! Haveil Havalim is back! Esser Agaroth is the host of Haveil Havalim #341 - The Hanukkah 5772 Edition .


I like stories like this: "More than 60 years ago, Acker Hanks sent a Christmas card to a friend as a joke. He didn't think it would turn into anything, but the card has since crossed the United States 64 times and serves as a reminder of a treasured friendship that began after he graduated from Sam Houston State University." (via Drudge Report)

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Most Arrogant President Ever

Michael Ramirez cartoon, via Hot Air.

Hate, Political Style

Victor Davis Hanson has a very good column about opposition to Obama vs. Bush Derangement Syndrome: "Tragically, in the end it is just that simple: Hating Bush is understandable opposition; opposing Obama is unfathomable hatred." (via Instapundit)

Watcher's Council

It's time for the results of the latest Watcher's Council nominations.

Sneaker Stampede Stupidity

More on yesterday's utterly disgraceful sneaker stampede. The last line of this column by Kelly Dwyer was quoted on ESPN radio this morning.
"Michael Jordan fans and a whole lot of utter and absolute morons descended upon malls across America early Friday morning to push each other over and destroy property in order to buy some basketball shoes.
The re-release of the Air Jordan 11 can hardly be called a 're-release,' because Nike and Jordan Brand attempted (and succeeded) to dish up some needless hype and intrigue by only releasing 100 pairs of the shoes to certain stores. Twenty-five years into this game, both companies knew that the limited supply would result in long lines and potential chaos as shoppers attempted to grab a pair, but Nike and Jordan Brand haven't always been on the cutting edge when it comes to caring about anything more than the bottom line, have they?
Why care, when you can drive people to this, as reported by ABC:
    Police had to smash the windows of a car to get two toddlers out after a woman had left them there to go buy the shoes. She was taken into custody when she returned, according to the AP.
The Indianapolis Star was at one particularly ugly scene:
    'The door broke and was hanging by a hinge and people were squeezing in anyway,' Asia Coates said 'People were falling down.'
    She said one woman was knocked down, got back up and was the second person to buy the shoes.
    Andre Mitchell, 28, Indianapolis, said he stepped over downed shoppers. 'It wasn't personal, it was business,' Mitchell explained.
No, it's not business. You're just a moron."
What I find appalling is that people are blaming Michael Jordan, Nike, and the shoe stores but not blaming these thugs themselves! Nobody forced them to buy these shoes. some commenters are blaming "the rich" for buying the sneakers. Excuse me, but these stampeders didn't exactly resemble Wall Street bankers. Also, someone ought to ask them how wasting money on sneakers is going to improve their lives. I doubt hiring managers will be impressed when you show up at an interview wearing these. And please, don't insult our intelligence by complaining about how poor and hungry you are.

Friday, December 23, 2011

The Anti-Israel President

Watch this video from the David Horowitz Freedom Center titled "Obama: the Anti-Israel President".  Doesn't it make you feel good to have an anti-Israel and anti-American President?

What a Miracle!

Isn't this incredible?: "An Indonesian girl swept out to sea in the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami and long feared drowned has apparently turned up in her village and been reunited with her parents seven years later."

Christmas Spirit Across the U.S.A.

When supposedly there are no jobs, there's no money, and there's never any food on the table, here's what people's priorities are: "Babies Left In Cars, Shots Fired, Doors Broken Down: Just Another Air Jordan Release Date In America". What an embarrassment.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

O Good Music, Where Art Thou?

Metafilter has some great links to the music of "O Brother, Where Art Thou.  I never cared for the movie but I did buy the soundtrack, mostly for "I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow".

"Dying" Last Words

Gall of the day: " Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, Lockerbie bomber, insists: I’m innocent... and really dying." Well, if he's dying anyway, can't we just execute him and get it over with?

The Year's Worst Liberal Reporting

The Media Research Center offers the Best Notable Quotables 2011, The Twenty-Fourth Annual Awards for the Year’s Worst Reporting . I have to quote the Obamagasm award winning quote in its entirety, because it's impossible to paraphrase this with a straight face:
“Can we just enjoy Obama for a moment? Before the policy choices have to be weighed and the hard decisions have to be made, can we just take a month or two to contemplate him the way we might contemplate a painting by Vermeer or a guitar lick by the early-seventies Rolling Stones or a Peyton Manning pass or any other astounding, ecstatic human achievement? Because twenty years from now, we’re going to look back on this time as a glorious idyll in American politics, with a confident, intelligent, fascinating president riding the surge of his prodigious talents from triumph to triumph....’I am large, I contain multitudes,’ Walt Whitman wrote, and Obama lives that lyrical prophecy....Barack Obama is developing into what Hegel called a ‘world-historical soul,’ an embodiment of the spirit of the times. He is what we hope we can be.” 

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Hanukah Tunes

A fun Hanukah song medley! (via The Anchoress).

Thomas Sowell on Newt Gingrich

Read this column. He writes: 
"Those who want to concentrate on the baggage in Newt Gingrich's past, rather than on the nation's future, should remember what Winston Churchill said: 'If the past sits in judgment on the present, the future will be lost.' If that means a second term for Barack Obama, then it means lost big time."
I agree, and I've been leaning towards Gingrich myself, because of his accomplishments in the past, and also because he can hold his own in debates with Obama.  It reminds me of 2008 when we voted for McCain not because he was the greatest candidate, but because he was the best alternative to Obama.  Right now, the candidates should stop bickering and agree that their enemy (and this country's enemy) is Obama, not one another.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Who Do We Appreciate?

The Syrians miss President Bush -- and have come up with the perfect slogan for the 2012 campaign: "The World is Better With America's Republicans".

It's All About Obama

Every day there's something in the news that makes you despise this administration more. When blaming Bush no longer works, just have the loathesome Axelrod blame the Republicans: "Obama's chief campaign strategist David Axelrod tells FOX News' Ed Henry that the Republicans are trying to 'slow the recovery down' and delay the creation of a half million or a million jobs to hurt Obama." Oh brother!

Monday, December 19, 2011

The Golden Age

Remember Ted Krause, the 100 year old AXA Equitable life insurance salesman? Now meet Dr Fred Goldman, who is making house calls at age 100! What amazing people.

Best Conservative Blogs

At Atlas Shrugs, I came across this link to  The 40 Best Conservative Blogs For 2011 (Version 4.0). Check it out!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

The "Arab Spring" Continues

Disgraceful scenes we never thought we'd see. For shame!

Happy Hanukah from the Maccabeats

Annoying Words...or Whatever

This is yet another list of most annoying words. A word I simply cannot stand is "green",  referring to environmentalists.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Zuzu's Petals!

There they are! Here's a nice article about the actress who played Zuzu Bailey in "It's a Wonderful Life". This is one of my favorite movies, and I have never considered it a Christmas movie.

Jewish New York

Here's an article about what to see in Jewish New York, with links to museums and exhibits.

Sinatra's Jewish Connection

How interesting to read that Frank Sinatra was a strong supporter of the Jews!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Pelosi's Preposterousness

Here's a good reader comment about Nancy Pelosi's latest bright idea:  "I think Nancy should follow her own economic advice, and quit so she can live on unemployment benefits and create those imaginary jobs she keeps talking about. If you want to live off unemployment benefits forever, vote for a democrat.  If you want a job, vote for a republican." Now that would make an excellent Republican presidential slogan!
(And don't forget this suggestion from last year: "Pelosi to Aspiring Musicians: Quit Your Job, Taxpayers Will Cover Your Health Care")

Hamas Hatred

A succinct headline at Israel Today"Hamas: Vote for us, we kill more Jews!"  
"Hamas on Wednesday marked its 24th anniversary by playing up how many Jews it has managed to murder. The highly publicized event (and grisly casualty figures) came just months before Palestinians are scheduled to go to the polls to elect a new parliament and president.
In an official statement Hamas' military wing, the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, boasted of killing 1,365 Israelis and wounding another 6,411 in 1,117 terror attacks over the past two decades. The group also noted that it had fired over 11,000 rockets and missiles from Gaza into southern Israel.
Hours later, tens of thousands of Palestinians gathered in Gaza City to celebrate Hamas' founding and its successes against the hated Jews of Israel. Speakers at the event reiterated Hamas' dedication to eliminating Israel, and decried ongoing Middle East peace negotiations as a failed experiment."
My, how encouraging!

Watcher's Council

Here are the latest Watcher's Council winners.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Republican 101

Bill Whittle has a handy explanation of what makes up an evil Republican like me:
Too bad our Republican candidates can't explain it like this!
(Thanks to Instapundit)

The Final Frontier

Metafilter has links to the Best Of 2011 in Space and Astronomy. Just look at these images!

Frivolous Lawsuit of the Month

Vote here for the most ridiculous lawsuit of the month of December.  I voted for the case of the nervy joyriders.

A Return to Adulthood

Here's a very good article about our entitlement mentality, via Instapundit.  Unfortunately, if you think like this in a liberal office, you don't dare express yourself; they think poverty is the fault of the rich, they never blame Obama, and they never hold the people responsible for their own condition. This is another reason why the Republicans had better stop attacking each other and start demanding personal responsibility and a return to the work ethic by the American people, and an end to the EPA regulations that are strangling this country and giving people an excuse not to work.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

More Anti-Christmas Insanity

I just love the annual stories like this. It's as if people are vying to see who can be the most petty and ridiculous at Christmas time. (As seen at Political Correctness Watch)

Nazi Hunters

Good! "Nazi hunters launch new drive to prosecute war criminals. The Nazi-hunting Simon Wiesenthal Center launched a new drive in Germany Wednesday to catch the last perpetrators of the Holocaust still at large based on a major legal precedent set this year." I don't care how old these criminals are -- they've all lived longer than their victims and deserve to be punished.

Tebow Derangement Syndrome

Is everyone insane? I just heard this on Fox: "In the category of bigotry and hatred spares no religion, we find such hatred hiding behind religion in one “Rabbi” Joshua Hammerman of New York City. Hammerman has indulged his inner Father-Coughlin-in-reverse by proclaiming that if Tim Tebow wins the Super Bowl, why, Christians will go on a rampage that will result in the burning of mosques and the bashing of gays. Now, are you ready for some football?"

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Beauty at American Digest

Yet another beautifully-written essay by Gerard Vanderleun:  "When I fell out of life my angels came at the run with a roar and restored me with two inches of compression at a hundred beats a minute to the tune of  'Staying Alive.' My angels do 24 hour shifts over at Engine 8 on the top of Queen Anne Hill. On Wednesday I shook their hands."

Blame Clinton!

Obama hasn't blamed Bush in at least a week, but now he's even blaming Bill Clinton! It's desperation time for sure.

Whatever Became of Grownups?

Gerald Nachman, in his article "The Teening of America", talks about how our declining culture is catering to the immature. This sentence sums it up pretty well, I thought: "I suspect one reason Mad Men made such an impact is that it's about actual grownups (however messed up), with real jobs and serious problems, all dressed in business clothes, who inhabit a seemingly long-ago adult world".

Monday, December 12, 2011

It's About Time!

Via Instapundit, here's a very good summing-up of Newt Gingrich's politically incorrect truth about the "Palestinians":
"The importance of Gingrich’s comment was that it skewered a false historical narrative which dominates the international debate and is used for the demonization of Israel and its chief supporter, the United States.
Newt was absolutely correct to say enough already with the falsehood.  If it upset the Palestinians, well too bad.  It’s about time a prominent political figure in the United States didn’t just voice support for Israel but did so in a historically accurate manner which addressed the false Palestinian narrative of perpetual victimization."

Top Five Greatest Jewish Films

Here are Tablet Magazine's top 5 greatest Jewish films of all time.  I love their #2 choice, "Sunset Boulevard".

Tebow Time

Here's a round-up of Tim Tebow stories. I had to laugh last night when ESPN's  Chris Berman, Tom Jackson & Trent Dilfer couldn't find words to explain the Tim Tebow phenomenon of last-minute wins, but Berman compared the mystery to that of the Bermuda Triangle, UFOs, and the Loch Ness Monster!  I think that basically, Tebow proves that it's not how you win or lose, it's how you play the game, and that character still counts.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

The Class Warfare President

Over at Betsy's Page there's a list of the divisive words used by Obama in his latest "the rich are evil" speech.  This alone should leave no doubt as to his socialist agenda and to the fact that he is encouraging, if not inciting, the Occupy movement. The Republican candidates must stop fighting one another and start uniting to defeat this man.

Baseball Boo-Boo

Ugh, here we go again. Baseball player  Ryan Braun has tested positive for steroids. It's an embarrassment for baseball, and an embarrassment for Jews. Nothing is worse than winning by cheating.  He should be stripped of his MVP status immediately.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

The Truth Hurts -- When You're a Republican

Gingrich tells the truth - and gets in trouble "Gingrich Tells Truth about ‘Palestine’—MSM Goes in a Dither.  One of the cardinal rules of politics: you’re not supposed to tell the truth, only polite lies.
One of the pleasures of Newt Gingrich is that he occasionally disobeys this rule. He did so again in an interview with The Jewish Channel that has set the world in a dither, by saying such things as: It’s 'delusional to call it a peace process,' claiming that the Fatah-run Palestinian Authority and Hamas alike 'represent an enormous desire to destroy Israel.' Well, duh." (from PJ Tatler)
The American Spectator quotes Golda Meir: "There were no such thing as Palestinians. When was there an independent Palestinian people with a Palestinian state? It was either southern Syria before the First World War, and then it was a Palestine including Jordan. It was not as though there was a Palestinian people in Palestine considering itself as a Palestinian people and we came and threw them out and took their country away from them. They did not exist."

Justice is Served

I don't want to hear the excuses or the protests from the anti-death penalty crowd. Both of these vicious animals should be executed as soon as possible, and in the exact same manner as their helpless victims.  Killers like this don't deserve to live another day, but they'll probably end up sitting on Death Row for 20 years at taxpayer expense.

A Danger at Home and Abroad

Since the Republicans don't do it often enough, we must continue to attack Obama for his dangerous policies. Suzanne Fields says, "Jewish voters, many of whom are still enamored of the president, might think long and hard about how their man actually regards what's at stake in the Middle East, and how he might deal with Israel if he is re-elected and no longer has to worry about running for office or campaign money from the Jews."

Friday, December 09, 2011

The 1930s

If you like James Lileks, and you're interested in the 1930s, then this website is for you!  There's plenty to see and listen to here, including "toe-tapping faves, year by year."

The Great Jewish American Songbook

This is a good article about some of the greatest composers of the 20st century.

Watcher's Council Winners

Here are the latest Watcher's Council winners.

Thursday, December 08, 2011

The Politically Correct Way To Explain Terrorism

Sometimes, it's hard to believe that news like this is true, though with this President, anything is possible: "The Obama Administration has taken the unusual step of labeling the Fort Hood Massacre as a case of workplace violence."  

Department of Cluelessness

How is this for tasteless?

Argus Hamilton Quips

Argus Hamilton comments on the news of the day: "The American Heritage Dictionary changed its definition of anchor baby Monday to term it as offensive after pressure by Hispanic groups. Things have really changed. For the first time in two hundred years you have to press two to read the dictionary in English."

"A Tough Time For Jews"

Cal Thomas says "It's a tough time for Jews" : "No intelligent person who has observed the media attacks against Israel (not to mention the many wars, countless terrorist incidents and continuing threats directed at Israel's destruction) can credibly conclude that Israel's enemies are merely hyperbolic. Despite all the agreements, goodwill gestures and disproportionate prisoner exchanges in which Israel has released hundreds of alleged terrorists in exchange for a single captured Israeli soldier or civilian, there are people who continue to advance the fiction that only Israel stands in the way of peace."

Cruising the Web With Betsy

Betsy's Page offers a lot of interesting reading, as always.

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Heads in the Sand

A truthful sentiment from The People's Cube

Pearl Harbor Survivors

How anyone survived the brutal attacks is beyond me, but here are some eyewitness accounts. Also, read this touching story about veterans who asked that their ashes buried on their ships in Pearl Harbor, alongside their buddies. When I read things like this, it makes me even angrier to hear the moral equivalency argument used when critics say, "But look at how we interred the Japanese!" Yes, but at least we didn't massacre them!

Entitlement Mentality Outrage

Stories about the Occupiers stealing other peoples' homes are appalling and frightening, especially since the police are doing nothing to stop this theft. There's only one house I'd like to see occupied by someone else -- and that's the White House.

Tuesday, December 06, 2011


Here are some of the headlines from that terrible day.

What a Kidder!

You have to hand it to Obama -- he sure knows how to make a joke:  "In small-town Osawatomie, in a high school gym where patriotic bunting lined the bleachers, Obama presented himself as the one fighting for shared sacrifice and success against those who would gut government and let people fend for themselves."

Book Ideas

Here are some book recommendations from Thomas Sowell.  I already have the Musial biography on my list.

Defending Tim Tebow

Rich Lowry has a terrific column on Tim Tebow "By any reasonable standard, though, Tebow is a blessing. He won't be getting arrested for groping a woman at a Halloween party (Julian Edelman), for accidently shooting himself with the Glock he smuggled into the dance club (Plaxico Burress) or for running a dog-fighting ring (Michael Vick). He won't be taking performance-enhancing drugs. He may or may not continue his success on the field, but he will do everything he can to respect his teammates and his G0d.  Here is a prominent player who will almost certainly never require fathers to make awkward explanations to their kids about some spectacular scandal. Rejoice, America, rejoice."  Too bad the media doesn't fawn and flack over him the way they do Tiger Woods!

Monday, December 05, 2011

Livetweeting WWII

Per Nealz Nuze, you can follow World War II on Twitter. They are "Livetweeting the Second World War, as it happens on this date and time in 1939, and for 6 years to come."

Crime Doesn't Pay

Enjoy this mug shot of the criminal who picked the wrong victim. I love it when the bad guys get their just desserts!

Greatest Jewish Films

Tablet Magazine has started a list of  the 100 greatest Jewish films. "Once Upon a Time in America", which I love, is #87.

Sunday, December 04, 2011

The Obama Administraion: The Most Pro-Israel Antisemites

Read Jonathan S. Tobin's column about antisemitism in the Obama administration. One of the commenters writes,  "Since saying that Obama has been the most pro-Israel President of all time didn't catch on (basically as dumb as the majority of Jews in the US were for voting for him in the first place they are not all that dumb to buy into this garbage) the Obamabots have to blame the problem on someone else, namely Israel. If its Israel's fault then it can't be Obama's, and the Jews should come running home to the DNC."

Read Between the Lines

Cindy Adams starts out her column on interesting expressions by saying: "I’m bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. Nobody pulls the wool over my eyes. I won’t beat around the bush. So, lend an ear while I dish oldie sayings."

Saturday, December 03, 2011

Republican Candidate Wanted

Read Doug Ross's perfect retort to the Weekly Standard's want ad parody.

Antisemitism in the News

Now I've heard everything: "The U.S. ambassador to Belgium, Howard Gutman, recently told a conference hosted by the European Jewish Union that Israel is to blame for growing anti-Semitism harbored by people of Muslim faith."  Also, did you know that the adjective "Israeli" is politically incorrect? And by all means, let's not be hasty and jump to any conclusions about the attack on five Jewish stores in New Jersey!

Dinner With Sid

Here's yet another enjoyable column by Greg Crosby.

Friday, December 02, 2011

Watcher's Council Winners

If you need something good to read, take a look at the latest Watcher's Council winners.

Most Influential Conservative Jews

Israpundit links to The 20 Most Influential Conservative Jews In Politics, over at Right Wing News. Most of the twenty are people whose columns I read.

Convenient Lies

I look at MarketWatch every day to check the stock market, and when I saw the glowing headlines there today, I felt the same as Don Surber in his column: "8.6% unemployment? Baloney". The headlines, which I printed out earlier, said this: "Jobless rate falls to 8.6%. U.S. economy not headed for recession. U.S. jobs picture changed forever." Right.

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Chinese Food on Christmas

Here's a sentiment I can appreciate! (From

Celebrate LIFE

The UK Telegraph has a section on LIFE Magazine's best photos, along with a link to the top 75 photographs.

Jewish in Baghdad

This story will make you angry. It's about the last Jews of Baghdad, who live in fear thanks to WikiLeaks.  (via


This is becoming a permanent entitlement, like welfare. What an embarrassment to have a President who encourages dependency while discouraging hard work, success, and business opportunities. Just think of the destruction that four more years will bring about!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Buy Israel Week

Do your part through December 4.

“What The Hell Are We Paying You For?”

Wow! Here's an excerpt from a great column by Michael Goodwin
"The words cut like a knife. “What the hell are we paying you for?” Gov. Chris Christie asked of President Obama.
The New Jersey Republican has a gift for getting to the heart of things, and his broadside against the president over the debt bomb is Exhibit A. His assertion, framed as a question, makes the case against Obama better than anything heard from the actual candidates.
On Monday, the GOP heavyweight called Obama “a bystander in the Oval Office” for ducking the congressional committee charged with finding $1.2 trillion in deficit reductions over 10 years.“I was angry this weekend, listening to the spin coming out of the administration about the failure of the super committee, and that the president knew it was doomed for failure, so he didn’t get involved,” Christie said. “Well, then, what the hell are we paying you for? ‘It’s doomed for failure so I’m not getting involved?’ Well, what have you been doing, exactly?”
The questions are rhetorical in that we know what the president has been doing and why. He plays golf and campaigns. Governing is beneath him.
He doesn’t talk much to members of Congress or his own Cabinet. They’re beneath him.
His connection to the public consists of speeches before large crowds, and he ducks behind the curtain and into the security bubble as soon as he finishes. The people are beneath him.
Warped by a sense of entitlement and self-aggrandizement, Obama refuses to take responsibility for finding practical solutions to problems. He prefers the glory of transformation rather than the roll-the-sleeves-up work of reform.
When he can’t get his way, he appoints a czar and ignores Congress. Democracy is beneath him.
He could have brokered a deficit deal, but doing so would have demolished his campaign slogan that Republicans are to blame for everything. Any deal would give him ownership of the results, and end the fiction that politics are beneath him.
In fact, he’s all politics, all the time. His idea of bipartisanship is that everybody agrees with him.
He’s so bad at the job that the frequent comparisons to Jimmy Carter are unfair to Carter. The former peanut farmer was a terrible president, but he was at least sincere in his starchy disdain for the country.
Obama professes to really, really like America. He just wants to change everything about it.
And when the country says no thanks, he goes off script and the smears come out. We’re “soft” and “lazy” and “bitter” and “cling” to God and guns.
But there are no hiding places in the Oval Office and, after three years, it’s clear who the problem is.The campaign of 2008 looked brilliant because campaigns showcase Obama’s one real talent — blaming someone else for blocking the way to Utopia.
On that basis, he got the job. But now we know the terrible truth: Actually being president is beneath him, too."(via

Peace in the Middle East

How nice: "GRATITUDE, IRANIAN STYLE: Israeli lifeguards save two drowning Iranians. ‘When we told them we were Israeli they just got up and fled.’" (via Instapundit)

Good Books!

I just read the wonderful book by David McCullough titled "The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris" and felt very dejected when I finished it.  So I'm looking forward to reading this interesting book about inventor Hedy Lamarr!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

November 29, 1947

Here's a touching post about the creation of the State of Israel, 64 years ago today.

Frankly Speaking

As soon as I heard that Barney Frank wasn’t running for reelection, I wondered what Howie Carr would have to say! I wasn't disappointed -- he starts off his column this way: "Christmas in November!  Our long national nightmare is over. No need for Santa Claus to bring me anything this year, because I got my present yesterday at Newton City Hall when Barney Frank threw in his hand."

Monday, November 28, 2011

Friday, Bloody Friday

I love Jewish World Review -- there's such good reading there!  Among other things, read Jim Mullen's amusing column about how to survive Black Friday. (Cartoon by Gary Varvel)

Technological Pet Peeves

Arnold Ahlert asks some good questions in his column titled "Cyber Crack-heads".  
"Since when did it become perfectly acceptable to check one's I-Phone every three or four minutes? When did it become OK to 'multi-task,' as in carry on a conversation with one person while texting someone else? When did it become OK to carry on a phone conversation in front of everyone else without making the slightest attempt to keep it private? When did it become OK to be subjected to the ongoing beeps, burps and belches of incoming message alerts from people's phones?" 
I feel the same way.  It's really a shame when even the library is no longer an oasis of calm and quiet, thanks to the patrons who babble and type away there! And even at work you get to recognize the tones of each co-worker's phone as they receive text messages all day long. Somebody ought to come up with a list of technological etiquette -- but I doubt anyone would follow the rules.

Laurie McQueary

Here we go again. That Bernie Fine is despicable enough, but listening to his wife Laurie made my skin crawl. She knew, and she didn't do anything about it? She is the Mike McQueary of Syracuse.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

"A National Embarassment"

To me, Obama is the Destroyer-in-Chief. Just look how everything has gone downhill in only three years: "For everyone calling on Obama to quit, it seems he has. The problem is he’s not vacating the office. Perhaps we should just change his title from 'President' to 'National Embarrassment.'" (Via Larwyn's Linx at Doug Ross @ Journal) 

3 More Dopes

Why are we supposed to care about the students in Cairo? They remind me of the "hikers" in Iraq. They get into trouble and we always have to rescue them.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Black Friday, Black Hearts

The Christmas spirit continues: "UPDATE: Man Dies on Black Friday; Shoppers Unfazed. SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man collapsed while doing some Black Friday shopping in a crowded store, and people nearby continued to shop. Witnesses tell some shoppers walked around and even over the man's body."  After all, what's more important than that Xbox? (I hope at least they took pictures of the body to post on their Facebook page.)
Also see this column: "Why America Is Doomed: We Riot For Waffle Irons And Disgraced Football Coaches."

Hope and Change in Cairo

Ho-hum: "Cairo rally: One day we'll kill all Jews.
Muslim Brotherhood holds venomous anti-Israel rally in Cairo mosque Friday; Islamic activists chant: Tel Aviv, judgment day has come". (via Instapundit)

What We Need In A Republican President

Read this article by R. Clayton Strang, in which he says the following:
"We don't need a new messiah. We don't need perfection. We need vision. We need substance. We need character. These traits are the building blocks of our Great Republic, and anyone wishing to be the Republican nominee for president must possess them in great quantities. We don't need another savior; we simply want a president."

Friday, November 25, 2011


To Elizabeth Scalia at The Anchoress: No, you're not the only one who feels this way, but we are definitely in the minority! Thanks for putting it into words so well.
"I confess, I despise 'Black Friday' I hate the way consumers are urged to haul their Thanksgiving-exhausted selves out to stores — away from family members who have often traveled some distance to come together — so they can surrender their human dignity or assault the dignity of others in order to snag a ten-dollar sweater and a waffle-maker for $9.99.
And I hate the way consumers go along with it.
I hate the way the mad buying and bad behavior is attached to Christmas — the coming of the Christ was meant to set us free, and yet the over-commercialization of  'the Holidays' feeds our greed and tethers us to our possessions in a way that can only weigh us down, more firmly, to earthly concerns.
We are not released, only further encumbered.
And am I the only one who, each year, finds the Christmas commercials less ingratiating and more off-putting? “The season” has only just begun, but already I can’t stand the commercial where a son travels through snow to see his parents, only to find an empty house, because his Boomer parents — not interested in welcoming him — have sneaked out the back and taken his car for a spin? 'Click!' The channel changes every time that commercial comes on."
Being Jewish at Christmas is hard enough, but the nonstop stampede of greed and commercialism at the expense of religion makes me loathe this time of the year more every year. (Read about this maniac shopper, for example. For shame!) I'm always relieved when it's all over. You can't blame the stores -- they are only giving the public what they want, and what they want is to recklessly spend without being held to any personal accountability.  Maybe Obama can come up with a bailout for Christmas shoppers.

The Man In The Double-Breasted Suit

I love Greg Crosby's nostalgic articles, including this one on the need for the double-breasted suit:
"What this country needs now is a president who is a broad-chested man, in the truest sense. A president who can revive our sagging economy, get people back to work, stop inflation, win our wars abroad, and reopen factories and manufacturing plants here at home. We need a president who can keep our borders secure and our citizens safe.

We need a president who can bring America back as the beacon of creativity and the envy of all other nations, as we once were. We need a president who does not apologize for America, but honors her. We need a president who is optimistic about America's future and who understands traditional American values of hard work and ingenuity.
In short, we need a president who isn't afraid to wear a double-breasted suit."

Watcher's Council Winners

The Council has spoken, and here are the winning entries.

What the "Arab Spring" Really Is

Benjamin Netanyahu on the disastrous "Arab Spring":
"The prime minister, addressing the Israeli parliament, gave a strikingly pessimistic survey of the tumultuous events in the Arab world. 'In February, when millions of Egyptians thronged to the streets in Cairo, commentators and quite a few Israeli members of the opposition said that we're facing a new era of liberalism and progress,' said Mr Netanyahu.
Instead, the popular movement which toppled the autocratic leaders of Tunisia and Egypt had become an 'anti-Western, anti-liberal, anti-Israeli and anti-democratic wave,' he said."
We've known it all along. (via Jewish World Daily)

Summing up Obama's Presidency

Read Kathy Schiffer's The Turkey Pardon: Metaphor for the Entire Obama Presidency.  I think a lot of us had the same thought!  (via The Anchoress)

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Casting the Corleones

As always, there are some terrific links at Betsy's Page, including an article about the making of "The Godfather", which is on AMC much of tomorrow.

What Your Country Can Do For You

Instapundit links to the embarrassing photo above, which he refers to as "The Entire Occupy Movement Summarized In One Sign".  Unfortunately, the entitlement mentality hasn't changed much from last year, when I blogged this: "America has become, sadly, a nation of takers. If JFK were alive today, he might say, 'Ask not what you can do for your country, ask what your country can do for you!'"

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

That Tingling Sensation

I never thought I'd see the day when Chris Matthews stopped fawning over Obama! This description at Moonbattery is priceless. What next? Will David Brooks criticize the crease in Obama's pants?

Occupy Thanksgiving

Here's another sure sign of America in decline: "10,000 Line Up For Free Turkey Dinners In South LA".  Yes, that's ten thousand! (via Drudge)

Monday, November 21, 2011

November 22

Like December 7 and September 11, no other words are needed.

PC Idiocy of the Day

Via Drudge: "A sheriff’s deputy was dispatched last week to a Florida elementary school after a girl kissed a boy during a physical education class."

For Shame!

Why must they reopen the case of Natalie Wood's tragic death after all these years, and cause more heartache? Sometimes a death really is just an accident.  And waiting fifty years to accuse a Congressman of sexual abuse is truly a bit much.  Other shameful things in the news include the continuing portrayal of the Occupiers as victims rather than anti-capitalists; and of course there's Obama, our shameful President, who dislikes his own country, dislikes Israel, dislikes business, and dislikes achievement and success -- and who will be re-elected despite it all.  For shame!

"Culinary Monstrosities"

That's Mitch Albom's colorful description of foods you eat once a year.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Yet Another Reason to Build the Ground Zero Mosque

Al Qaeda-inspired terrorist bomber arrested.

Editorial Cartoons

Chuck Asay and Michael Ramirez are two of my favorite editorial cartoonists. Here are a few of their recent works.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Adding Insult to Atrocity

Here's an article about Holocaust syrvivors suing European insurance companies for unpaid life insurance policies. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen "cited cases where survivors made claims on insurance policies belonging to relatives killed by the Nazis, only to be told that their claim could not be honored without a death certificate. 'Can you imagine anything more outrageous than asking for a death certificate for someone murdered in Auschwitz?'  Ros-Lehtinen said."

Watcher's Council Winners

Make sure you read the latest Watcher's Council winning posts.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Special K

I don't follow college sports, but I was very impressed by this tribute to Coach K.  It's a welcome relief to read something like this after the sickening revelations at Penn State, and now at Syracuse. (Via Betsy's Page)

Calling a Socialist a Socialist

I really like this Rick Perry ad. The rest of the Republican candidates should follow suit.

Wasting Away Again in Obamaville

Check out Iowahawk for a great Occupiers/Obamaville version of "Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh" -- make sure you sing the lyrics! (via Larwyn's Linx).  Instapundit describes the reasons  that Zuccotti Park must be cleaned -- and fumigated, hopefully. My question is this: why don't they make the protesters themselves clean up their own trash in every city they've defiled? It's not as if they have anything better to do, like go to work! And, don't you think these protests would have been stopped much sooner if it had been the Tea Party doing the protesting? The longer this goes on, the more infuriated I get.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Kiss and Barf

Yes, this ad campaign definitely makes me want to run out and buy Benetton. (However, the notion of Obama kissing his friend Chavez isn't that farfetched!)

Engineering Evil: Inside The Holocaust

Last night on The History Channel, I watched "Engineering Evil: Inside the Holocaust". No matter what you know or think you know about the Holocaust,  I promise you will be even further appalled and outraged by the surgical precision with which the Nazis planned for every facet of the extermination of the Jews. The statistics alone are overwhelming in their scope. I haven't been able to stop thinking about it. This program should be required viewing, especially for Holocaust deniers.

Haveil Havalim Time

Haveil Havalim  #337 is up at To Kiss A Mezuzah.  Happy reading!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The Crimes at Penn State

This is a well-written column by Charles P. Pierce about the Penn State coverup: "If that blights Joe Paterno's declining years, that's too bad. If that takes a chunk out of the endowment, hold a damn bake sale. If that means that Penn State spends some time being known as the university where a child got raped, that's what happens when you're a university where a child got raped. Any sympathy for this institution went down the drain in the shower room in the Lasch Building. There's nothing that can happen to the university, or to the people sunk up to their eyeballs in this incredible moral quagmire, that's worse than what happened to the children who got raped at Penn State. Good Lord, people, get up off your knees and get over yourselves."

What a World!

Have you seen this video view of Earth as seen from the International Space Station?

Monday, November 14, 2011

Morons of the Day

This idiot professor who thinks sending Care packages to our troops is "shameful"; and this creature of a judge who has freed Jerry Sandusky without bail. (If the Penn State students wanted to riot, NOW would be a good time.) Both of these excuses for human beings ought to be fired, the sooner the better!

The Silent Majority Strikes Back!

Well, it's about time! Besides, there are more of us than there are of them, despite the media's pathetic attempt to portray the occupiers as sympathetic victims.

An Article You Can't Refuse

As a great fan of all three "Godfather" films, I really enjoyed, and learned a lot from, this analysis of Kay Corleone's clothing.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Nostalgic Sounds

From Mental Floss, a list of sounds most kids today have never heard. What a great article! I know that whenever I watch an old movie and a telephone rings, or someone dials a rotary phone, it brings back memories! (via Fark)

The No-Jobs President

Blogger Brutally Honest has a post about how Obama is waiting until after the election to decide on the Keystone XL pipeline and its 20,000 jobs: "This President isn't interested in doing that which would increase employment in America. This is proof of that. Instead, he's interested in bowing to a particular constituency in the hopes that they'll help him get re-elected. Everything should be done to ensure that interest fails."  I'll say it again - this administration has encouraged idleness and irresponsibility while discouraging success and hard work. He has made it too easy for healthy adults to choose welfare and endless unemployment to any jobs available.  But  in a perfect example of the pot calling the kettle black, there's this headline: "President Obama: U.S. Gotten a Bit 'Lazy' on Attracting Businesses".

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Abortions on Sale!

More sick news about our society's collapse: "Free Wi-Fi, VIP Treatment, and a $50 Abortion Discount (Sundays Only).  The culture of death is not static.  Rather, it constantly permeates those who partake in it, and especially those who promote it.  Because of this, the lucid observer can see a continual degradation of human value and a shameless promotion of death-for-hire by abortionists who openly practice in the light what past generations would have done only in the dark of night (if they did it at all). For example, in Florida, the Orlando Women’s Center (OWC) is currently offering a special  $50 discount for abortions performed on Sundays.  (Pay attention, folks, the price of killing our preborn children just got cheaper.)  And in case the expecting mother would like to surf the Web before or shortly after her preborn child is killed, this same women’s center is  'pleased to announce that [it is] now offering Free Wi-Fi at [the] Orlando Women’s Center.' Ain’t that great?  Now mothers who want to have their preborn children killed can do so without fear of missing out on the score of the big football game, their latest updates on Facebook, or the most up-to-date news coverage available from"   I also heard on the radio that Obama was referred to as "the most pro-abortion president in history."  What a great honor!

A Tribute to Major Winters

Lee Habeeb pays tribute to Major Dick Winters, noting 
"The Washington Post didn’t report his death until January 9, and relegated the story to the obituary pages, rather than featuring a lengthy celebration on page one — which is what Winters’s life demanded. Indeed, we heard very little from the media about this great man’s death, largely because so few in the media actually cared about his life.If Cher had died, we’d have heard endless stories within hours, with Diane Sawyer, Matt Lauer, Katie Couric, and Piers Morgan all fighting desperately to get the exclusive with Chaz. Our media is bad, but our schools are worse. Our kids are peddled Earth Day celebrations, and cancer-awareness, drug-awareness, even clean-colon-awareness days. They get sex instruction, diversity seminars, and global-warming tutorials from Al Gore, but Veterans Day, and the stories of men like Maj. Dick Winters — well, that’s just not stuff with which we should be pestering our kids."

Al DeNiro

It's official!  Al Pacino has turned into Robert DeNiro after all. Read this open letter to Pacino from Mike Scott.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Cruising With Betsy

For some reliably good reading, visit Betsy's Page!

Cult of Personality

All this -- over a football coach!  I was appalled to see the rioting and protests on the news last night, and it made me feel embarrassed for my country. 

More Obamabribery

According to Hot Air: "Today, the Federal Communications Commission announced that a handful of cable companies will offer discounted rates to low-income families — defined as those families that qualify for free school lunches. Families that qualify for free or reduced-price lunches will also be able to purchase low-cost computers. According to the president, 'securing America’s competitiveness in a global economy means making sure that every American has access to high-speed broadband Internet and is able to take advantage of it.'" Excuse me, but high-speed broadband internet is not a right! If you can't afford a computer, use the one at the library for free.  And if they must offer discounted rates, how about offering them only to people who actually work all day, to give them an incentive to work?

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Undiplomatic Posts

Michael Goodwin reports on this disgraceful episode: "‘I cannot bear Netanyahu. He’s a liar,” French President Nicolas Sarkozy told President Obama last week. Obama seemed to agree, saying,“You’re fed up with him, but I have to deal with him even more often than you.”" Unfortunately, the American people have to deal with Obama while he continues to be coddled by the media. Goodwin continues, "Welcome to the High School of Catty Leaders, where the barbs at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu count as first-rate global gossip -- and so much more. For one thing, the exchange, inadvertently heard by reporters at the G-20 summit, stayed secret for several days because the reporters agreed it should. How’s that for brave and independent journalism? Quislings with press passes is more like it."

"Mope and Blame"

I see that the Dow fell 389 points today -- how nice.  But this can't be Obama's fault, since nothing ever is.  Peter Bella of the Washington Times says the Obama Doctrine is "Mope and Blame". And to think we may have to endure 4 more years of this if the Republicans -- and the idiot voters -- don't wake up.

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Yes We Cain

I thought Herman Cain comported himself extremely well tonight. But it doesn't even matter, since the media has already concluded that he is guilty.   If his campaign attacks the women the way the Clintons went after the Bimbo Erupters, it will just backfire on him thanks to the Obamamedia. Here we are during the worst presidency and worst economy in my lifetime,  and instead of focusing on defeating Obama and reclaiming our country in 2012,  the news is all about Herman Cain.  Once again, the Republicans are losing the best opportunity they've had in years, and I'm just beside myself.

Whatever Happened to Real Men?

I was thinking about the Penn State child abuse scandal and the fact there someone, ostensibly an adult male, had actually witnessed an assault on a boy in the showers. The fact that he didn't immediately run over and beat up Jerry Sandusky, rescue the child, and call the police is indicative not only of the emasculation of men in this country, but also of the scourge of political correctness that would prevent men from acting like men. It's truly sickening.

Kristallnacht: Nov. 9-10, 1938

Just a reminder.

Monday, November 07, 2011

"A Cesspool of Anti-Zionism"

Jonathan Tobin writes about the antisemite Occupiers: "The outrage in Boston also ought to remind liberal Jews who might otherwise be inclined to sympathize with OWS that the far left in this country is a cesspool of anti-Zionism. Liberals who make common cause with OWS are making a deal with an anti-Semitic and radical devil."

Our Anti-Jobs Culture

I see they are now protesting in front of the White House .... against the oil pipeline.   Why don't they protest the lack of jobs instead? Of course, they will undoubtedly find a sympathetic ear in the anti-business president.  (And did you see the hundreds of people standing in front of the courthouse awaiting the verdict in the Murray trial? Doesn't anybody work?)

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Infuriating Media Double Standard

I found this cartoon at Wizbang.  Isn't it true?

Penn State of Denial

I heard about this disgraceful child abuse scandal on ESPN Radio. There is something very wrong with our society when the reputation of a sports program is seen as somehow more important than the welfare of children.  (Will the media report this with as much alacrity as they have with the Herman Cain accusations?)

Haveil Havalim Time

Haveil Havalim #336 is up at Velveteen Rabbi.

Saturday, November 05, 2011

Thanking Our Veterans

Read this Veterans Day tribute by Greg Crosby.

Mad About Madoffs

I agree with the sentiments of  the victims of Bernard Madoff -- the recent publicity, books, and interviews by the family members have really been outrageous. This family deserves no sympathy whatsoever. What next, a Madoff reality show?

Needling the Opposition

This is the second time I have used this graphic recently, but I am so sick and tired of these reckless, stupid, irresponsible, selfish people -- and I'm not even referring to the Occupiers!  This is the anti-vaccination/pro-epidemic crowd, and they are no better than Typhoid Mary.  If kids die, will these "parents" be made liable and seen as the public health menace they are?

Friday, November 04, 2011

Going Gaga

I've never liked or had patience for Lady Gaga, so this video was a revelation to me.  Of course, it helps that she had a great song and a great singing partner. (Via Metafilter)

Great Glick

Read Caroline Glick on UNESCO and the "Palestinians", which ends this way: 
"In the end, the only way to defeat those who delegitimize Israel and deny our rights to our land, our nationhood and history is to expose their corruption, and their malevolent, dishonest and hateful intentions towards the Jewish people and the Jewish state. That is, the only way to defeat the delegitimizers is to delegitimize them by proudly and consistently asserting Israel's historic and legal rights and the justice of our cause."

Watcher's Council

Here are the latest Watcher's Council winners, including first place winner Joshuapundit, with his post on  "Obama's latest horror."

A Toast to Shackleton!

What a great documentary  I saw last night about the heroic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton, and the whisky discovered in his base camp in 2006. You can see  more photographs here

Thursday, November 03, 2011

A Steady Job

Via Don Surber.

"If This Had Been an Actual Emergency"

How many times have we heard this phrase and that alert signal since we were kids? It has never failed to get our attention.  In case you hadn't already heard, there will be a nationwide test of the Emergency Broadcast System next Wednesday at 2 pm.

Unusual Friendships

It's always interesting to hear about people's friendships. In this article, I learned that boxer Gene Tunney was friends with George Bernard Shaw and Ernest Hemingway.  And I read that Groucho Marx and T.S. Eliot were penpals.  Some other odd pairings I can think of include Don Rickles and Bob Newhart; and Marlon Brando and Wally Cox.

Our Food Stamp President

Here's some more thrilling news about the Food Stamp President: "Obama's food-stamp dole at record levels". The Republicans should be hammering him on this, not attacking and smearing one another.

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Support the IDF

From Israel Today.

"Hands-On President"

Here's another perfect cartoon  by Michael Ramirez.  (Actually, this might be even more fitting if he had a taxpayer on the other side of him, whose pocket he was picking.)

Proof of Attack

Here's more proof  that we were indeed attacked by 2 jets on September 11. Isn't it sad that even now, ten years later, we still feel compelled to prove to these Terrorist-Deniers what was obvious to everyone else?  From the UK Telegraph:
"Those who believed that the September 11 attacks on America were not carried out by Al Qaeda terrorists pointed to the fall of World Trade Center Building 7 as proof of their wild claims.
But a newly released video appears to finally prove once and for all that Building 7 was brought down by the intense heat of the blazing World Trade Center - and not explosives, as conspiracy theorists claim."
But I'm sure Rosie O'Donnell and the other experts will dismiss this.

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

WW2 Photographs

Take a look at World War II in photos. Holocaust deniers should be forced to look at those pictures.  (via Metafilter).

The Class Warfare President

Here's an excerpt from a good column by David Limbaugh:
"How is he approaching the problems going forward? Instead of accepting accountability for his failures and reversing course, he has continued to blame his failures on George W. Bush, the Japanese tsunami, the GOP Congress and the wealthy. Instead of tightening his belt in light of the failure of his stimulus plan, he is demanding yet more mind-blowingly enormous stimulus spending.
The blame-Bush meme doesn't pass the laugh test anymore, and the tsunami excuse is embarrassing and pathetic. His effort to blame Republicans is similarly absurd on its face because he did get his agenda through, Obamacare and all, except for cap and trade, which he couldn't get passed even with his Democratic-controlled Congress.

So, how about his continued assault on the rich — his fail-safe scapegoating device, one that flies in the face of everything Obama has ever claimed about himself in terms of bipartisanship, unity, civility and fundamental honesty?
The rich are not under-taxed, as objective statistics and empirical data demonstrate. Not one of the problems plaguing the nation today has been or is being caused by the rich, and punishing them will make the economy and our debt problems worse.
Nevertheless, Obama is ramping up class warfare, trying to turn Americans against one another by stoking the flames of envy and greed. He's even encouraging civil unrest among the Occupy Wall Street protesters. Have we ever had any other president do such a thing?
Obama blames the rich for problems he's causing, despite the absence of causal relationship between the distribution of our national income and wealth and the economic and debt problems we face.
Why? Simply because that's what demagogic community-organizing, Marxist-leaning Alinsky disciples do — and it's disgraceful."


Kardashian Krisis

I'm sure you too are simply devastated by the dreadful news about Kim Kardashian's divorce.  Thank goodness for writers like Andrea Peyser, who always call a spade a spade: "She’s a fame whore for hire who became fabulously wealthy not for her looks, brains, sex appeal or talent. But for the super-sized quality of her protruding butt."

Monday, October 31, 2011

Unlikely Penpals

I've had penpals myself, but nothing like this: "Moammar Khadafy is dead -- and his unlikely pen pal, a retired Jewish florist from Brooklyn, never got to say goodbye.
Louis Schlamowitz, 81, had been writing to Khadafy since the late ’60s and over the years amassed a pile of letters and autographed pictures from the Libyan dictator.
'He was a good pen pal,' said the lifelong Canarsie resident. 'I felt it was very nice of him to take the time to write back to me, because I’m nobody special.'"

Here We Go Again!

Sound familiar?  Hmm, maybe we can get Anita Hill's expert opinion on all this:
"POLITICO: Two Women Accused Cain of Inappropriate Behavior...
Reporter: 'We're Not Going To Get Into Details Of Exactly What Happened'...
Fmr. Secy: Not the Cain I know...
Coulter: 'They Are Terrified Of Strong, Conservative Black Men'...
RUSH: 'Unconscionable Racially Charged Attack'...
'Occupy Politico'..."

Self-Reliance: It's a Good Thing!

Instapundit links to this terrific Clarice Feldman piece titled "Self-Reliance for Dunces." It's good to see people finally stressing the importance of personal responsibility; it's just too bad it took something like the Occupy Wall Street movement to do it.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Halloween for Democrats

 From Jessica's Well.

Obama's Book Club

Instapundit's book review is perfect: "Frank J. Fleming has a new book coming out: : Obama: The Greatest President in the History of Everything. I’m pretty sure it’s fiction."

Lessons for The Entitlement Crowd

I love this description of the protesters by Marybeth Hicks.  In her terrific column, she lists five things their parents obviously never taught them, and they are as follows: "1. Life isn’t fair;  2. Nothing is 'free' ; 3. Your word is your bond;  4. A protest is not a party; and 5. There are reasons you haven’t found jobs. The truth? Your tattooed necks, gauged ears, facial piercings and dirty dreadlocks are off-putting. Nonconformity for the sake of nonconformity isn’t a virtue. Occupy reality: Only 4 percent of college graduates are out of work. If you are among that 4 percent, find a mirror and face the problem. It’s not them. It’s you."

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Movie Music

If you love symphonic music from the movies, check out The Score With Edmund Stone. I'm listening to the one on John Barry, composer of many of the themes from the James Bond movies.  Click "Listen Now", then click on the "On Demand" tab.

Begging Is My Job

Today I was accosted by 2 beggars as I left a restaurant. These were 2 big, healthy young males laden with backpacks. They had the nerve to ask for money, and I told them no, told them they were bums, and told them to get a job. One of them actually laughed and replied, "This IS my job" before going into the restaurant. (The restaurant staff probably gave them money and free meals.)  This episode just reinforced my outrage at the Occupy Wall Street mentality, where taking from others IS their job.

How Cheeky!

Gee ready for Diaper Wars!  Now the entitlement crowd wants free diapers for poor mothers (via Overlawyered).  I got a better idea -- stop having children you obviously can't afford to care for yourself, and stop making others pay for your irresponsibility!  On a similar note, Mark Steyn thinks there ought to be a Self-Reliance Awareness Day. I'm all for that!

Politically Correct Catholicism

These PC idiots are trying to destroy every belief, every principle, and every tradition in this country. We have to fight back. There's a reason that it's called CATHOLIC University! You don't like it? Go elsewhere!!  From The Anchoress: "John Banzhaf said some Muslim students were particularly offended because they had to meditate in the school’s chapels 'and at the cathedral that looms over the entire campus – the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.'"

Friday, October 28, 2011

Watcher's Council

The latest Watcher's Council winners have been announced. Prepare yourself for some good reading.

Crime Pays

Diane Dimond has some examples that prove that crime pays: "Whether our politicians want to admit it or not, health care has become a luxury for millions of Americans. Excluding, of course, those convicted of a crime."

Happy Birthday, Statue of Liberty!

Take a tour inside.

Go Rangers!

I had to laugh when I read this headline at Tablet Magazine: This is what you get when you replace Scott Feldman in the World Series. That was my own thought during last night's stomach-churning game 6, and I simply couldn't understand the strategy.   Read the moral of the story in this piece.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Great Cartoon

I found this cartoon over at Don Surber.

Tough Talk on Terrorism

Read this column by Naomi Ragen about giving the death penalty to murderers of Jews in Israel. Amen to that!

America: A Third-Rate Country

Here's Monica Crowley on how America and the world have gone downhill since Obama took office. She ends by saying: 
"Team Obama just unveiled a new slogan for its re-election efforts: We Can’t Wait. Who’s the genius who came up with that one? The jokes write themselves. We Can’t Wait for 2012! We Can’t Wait for the end of his economic reign of terror! We Can’t Wait for the economy to begin to rebound! We Can’t Wait for America to be respected and yes, feared, again! We Can’t Wait for the skinny socialist to get booted out of office! We Can’t Wait for the return of America!"
Read the comments at regarding Obama's plan to forgive student loans. I like this one:  "Vote Democrat. It's easier than paying off your debts."  He has made personal irresponsibility acceptable. How low America has fallen!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

So Demanding!

Betsy Hart has a list of her demands  at Jewish World Review.

It's The Jooos!

On the news tonight, I saw a schvartzer protester blaming the Jews for everything that's going wrong, รก la Cynthia McKinney, and it made me sick!   Read this analysis on antisemitism by Ben Shapiro.


I get angrier by the day as these sickening protests continue.  Eric Golub writes,
"For those lucky enough not to walk outside in major cities, civilization is under assault from leftist basket cases. Known as 'Occupy Wall Street,' they are protesting for the sake of protesting. They want 'stuff". They are attacking people who have 'stuff.' Those people actually earned their stuff, which is a foreign concept to the protesters.
Yet the real hidden story is that like most leftists, the parasites harassing Wall Street are hurting the very people they claim they want to help.
Unlike Tea Party attendees, who tend to be more conservative (civilized) in nature, those camping out in Manhattan and other cities are causing direct harm to many middle and lower class individuals around them.
Many jokes have been made at the expense of the cleanliness of the protesters. Stereotypes about the great unwashed aside, the area in Manhattan where the protesters are camping out has become unsanitary. Attempts to clean the park were met with fierce resistance. Mayor Bloomberg backed down, and the cleaning was delayed.
If this were four years ago in a poor middle America neighborhood,  the media would declare it a tragedy. George W. Bush would be burned in effigy for 'not caring' about people living in squalor.
Yet leftists voluntarily living and spreading toxins is somehow acceptable."
They said that most of these idiots are actually employed. Can someone explain to me what kind of employers pay their workers while they're out banging drums and stinking up our cities? Obama says nothing, doesn't urge them to return home. Why should he, when they are an extension of his own views, that successful businessmen, and successful businesses, are somehow bad for this country? And the protests will go on as long as it's politically expedient for the Democrats.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Kiddie Class Warfare

Will this be the next entitlement?  Sorry, but this is not a hardship or a right: "With children spending more time than ever before mobile screens, a new study suggests an 'app gap' that differentiates the poor kids from the rich ones." Maybe our government can send free iPhones to poor kids next, at taxpayer expense.