Thursday, August 15, 2019

Lots 'o Links

Get ready for some good reading with Maggie's Farm, Larwyn's Linx, and Stephen Kruiser's Morning Briefing!

Also: Good for Netanyahu, banning Omar and Tlaib from spewing their anti-Israel, anti-Jewish propaganda in Israel!

Here's an appreciation of John Cazale's portrayal of Fredo Corleone.

What they've done to Placido Domingo is like what they did to Judge Kavanaugh: a politically correct rush to judgement and the destruction of a man's career and reputation. This well-written article is titled "Innocent until proven guilty? Not for Placido Domingo: Americans race to condemn, Europeans hesitant".

Here's a quip from Argus Hamilton's latest column: "Democratic Socialist presidential candidate Bernie Sanders gave an interview to Rolling Stone magazine over the weekend. Bernie promised that if elected president, he will release to the public everything the U.S. government knows about extraterrestrials. He will then sign them up for Medicare."

Monday, August 12, 2019

Juden Verboten

RedState's analysis of  this disgraceful news was exactly right. complete with the perfect photo, above.

"The European Union is preparing to add warning labels on Jewish products made in Israel. Not content with generations of antisemitism before and after the Holocaust, Europe’s ruling class apparently thinks it’s a good idea to push what is the equivalent of an in kind contribution to the boycott, divestment, and sanction movement

All of this is a call back to boycotts of Jewish businesses before the Holocaust in which Jews were mandated to post signs announcing who they were so anti-Semites could avoid them. It is simply astonishing that such tactics are on the verge of becoming law in Europe again. None of this appears to be getting better and it underscores, now more than ever, exactly why Israel is necessary as a safe haven for the Jewish people."

Vienna Philharmonic 2019 Summer Concert: Wonderful American Music

What a great concert this was!  Every piece was music was familiar, including the overture from Candide; "Rhapsody in Blue" featuring the pianist Yuza Wang; "Casablanca Suite" by Max Steiner; "Stars & Stripes Forever";  "Adagio for Strings";  "Hoe-Down"; and more!

You can see the video here.

Friday, August 09, 2019

Good Friday Links

Here's the inaugural issue of Stephen Kruiser's Morning Briefing.

The best  revenge against the Nazis: "Holocaust survivor marks 104th birthday at Western Wall with 400 descendants. Shoshanna Ovitz survived Auschwitz, moved to Haifa and had 4 children; 'Everyone had tears in their eyes,’ granddaughter says, as photo of gathering goes viral."

An Excellent Column by Daniel Greenfield: "We Need Criminal and Crazy Control, Not Gun Control"

This column by Daniel Greenfield is a must-read, especially for our lawmakers. The title is We Need Criminal and Crazy Control, Not Gun Control, and he's absolutely right.  

Among other things, he writes: "It is not the purpose of government to control weapons, but to control criminals".

He says: "When we fail to lock up criminals, society becomes a prison. When we don’t institutionalize the insane, then society becomes the insane asylum. When we don’t stop foreign gangs and terrorists from entering our country, then we wake up to realize that we are living in El Salvador, Mexico, Pakistan or Iraq" 

He says: "We can work to turn our societies into giant prisons in the hopes of impeding that 0.1% of the population which is inclined to violence over drugs, deranged fantasies or the Koran from shooting up malls, ramming cars into crowds, setting off pressure cooker bombs or flying planes into skyscrapers. Or we can get rid of that 0.1% and actually have a free and safe society"

And, "If we want to stop mass killings, we have to restore a moral society based on individual responsibility. The alternative is living in one giant progressive prison with the killers, the psychos and the terrorists. Either we control the criminals or we lose all control over our own lives."

How can you argue with that?

Thursday, August 08, 2019

Lots 'o Links

There are lots of good links today at Larwyn's Linx, Maggie's Farm, and Steven Hayward's Loose Ends. (Cartoon by Michael Ramirez)

Argus Hamilton Quips

The humorist comments on the latest news topics in his latest column.  I got a kick out of this item: "Shark Week ended with a dramatic flourish at Smyrna Beach in Florida when three different swimmers over a twenty-four hour period were bitten by the same shark. It was a Great White, so it's being classified as a hate crime. The hospital looked at the victims' wounds and blamed Trump."

Tuesday, August 06, 2019

Some Interesting Posts I Saw Today

It seems that today was Liz Sheld's last day at Pajamas Media, and she will no longer be writing the Morning Briefing. I enjoyed her columns very much.  Here's her farewell post:  "Readers, this is my last day and PJ Media and my last Morning Briefing. Thank you all so much for your loyal attention over the years, I have enjoyed reading your comments (yes, I read them, even the trolls) to my morning brain dumps and obsessive news monitoring. You can find me on Twitter, American Greatness, and behind the scenes at other places you probably read where I pull puppet strings and reign as a benevolent dictatrix.  Mr. Stephen Kruiser, infinitely more popular and talented than your humble Liz, will be taking the helm."

Daniel Greenfield makes the scary case that Medicare for All equals Medicaid for All. "Medicare for All doesn’t expand Medicare. It eliminates Medicare for those who have it."  This is a necessary read, unless you're a socialist Democrat who thinks this is a good thing and can't wait to turn 65.

Matt Walsh tries to explain why we've had so many mass killings:  "At bottom, the answer is that we have become a country filled with numb, detached, and desensitized people. Mass shootings are the ultimate manifestation of that detachment."

Monday, August 05, 2019

Terrorism at Walmart - We Need To Fight Back!

I didn't want to talk about this latest mass killing, because the publicity only helps give more incentive to other killers, But I really think this was a case of terrorism rather than just some random attack by a disgruntled lunatic.  I still remember hearing years ago that sleeper cells in America were under instructions to commit mass shootings in public places where crowds gathered, for maximum deadly results. They know that most Americans (unfortunately) aren't armed and can't fight back, resulting in depressingly high death tolls.

In case you have forgotten, next month is the 18th anniversary of the cold-blooded attacks on September 11. How can you be sure that Islamic sleeper cells and their sympathizers have not been awoken to continue their deadly mission?

See this report titled Terrorism in America After 9/11 and read Part IV. What is the Threat to the United States Today?

Thursday, August 01, 2019

Masques and Bergamasques


This is my favorite part of Masques and Bergamasques by Gabriel Faure. It's the 3rd movement, Gavotte:Allegro Vivo, and the art work is by Jean-Antoine Watteau.

Lots 'o Links

The usual interesting reading can be yours today at Larwyn's Linx, Liz Sheld's Morning Briefing, and Maggie's Farm!

The word for July 19 at Harold Ticktin's Yiddish Vinkl is our favorite, kvetch, and he gives this perfect & timely example: “This is an age of too much information, but also of too much commentary and too much kvetching. The civility of American politics has been shattered.”

Friday, July 26, 2019

Beautifully-Written Columns About Remarkable Jews

Make sure you read these two columns:

Hilda Zadek's Last Wishes, by Jay Nordlinger. A Polish opera singer who died at the age of 101, she wished to be honored by Israel.

Sitting Shiva, by Mort Laitner, in which he learns new details of his father's life-saving storytelling skills during the Holocaust.

Liberals Are Nuts!

Here's an excerpt from a Peggy Noonan column I saw today; it's so ludicrous that it made me laugh.

"Offices and schools are forced to grapple with all the new gender-neutral pronouns. Here a handy guide from a website purporting to help human-resources departments in midsize businesses. It is headlined. 'Gender Neutral Pronouns—What They Are & How to Use Them.'

He/She—Zie, Sie, Ey, Ve, Tey, E
Him/Her—Zim, Sie, Em, Ver, Ter, Em
His/Her—Zir, Hir, Eir, Vis, Tem, Eir
Himself/Herself—Zieself, Hirself, Eirself, Verself, Terself, Emself  

It’s wrong, when you meet a new co-worker, to ask his pronouns. (We don’t say 'preferred' pronouns—that 'implies someone’s gender is a preference'!) You don’t want him wondering if you think he’s transgender or nonbinary. Instead, introduce yourself in a way that summons his pronouns: 'Hi, I’m Jim and my pronoun is he/him.'  Use 'they' a lot. It’s gender neutral. Suggested sentence: 'I spoke to the marketing director and they said they’d get back to me.'  

This is grammatically incorrect but so what? Correct grammar, and the intelligibility it allows, is a small price to pay for inclusion and equality.

We are being asked to memorize all this, to change hundreds of years of grammar and usage, to accommodate the needs or demands of a group that perceives itself as beleaguered."
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We "may be asked to memorize all this", but no rational person in his right mind is going to change the way he speaks just to appease a tiny delusional fraction of the population! Besides, those ridiculous made-up words sound German!

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Lots 'o Links

Here is the usual array of interesting reading from Maggie's Farm, Liz Sheld's Morning Briefing, and Larwyn's Linx.

I love the PC excuse that the New York Times gave for the resignation of the Governor of Puerto Rico.  "The demonstrations were set off by a leaked private chat that included crude conversations between Mr. Rossell√≥ and his advisers." That's laughable. If "crude conversations" were so terrible, there'd be uprisings and overthrows in every country! The real reason is that the people of Puerto Rico were demonstrating against the fact that American hurricane aid had been mishandled by this corrupt government. The bad economy and widespread corruption are why most countries collapse.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Democrats Humiliate Retired Public Servant

That should be the headline tomorrow, or else "Dems Badger Elderly Mueller".  The man didn't want to testify, but in his zeal to get rid of Trump, Nadler forced him to do so, and thus Mueller's sad performance today, That horrible Nadler and Schiff ought to publicly apologize, and move on already!

Trump should stop tweeting and talking today. What we saw on TV today spoke for itself as the embarrassment it was.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Straight to the Moon!

Here are a few links about the historic Apollo 11 moon landing, which I was privileged to see on live TV with millions around the world.

"50 years later, Apollo 11 is still a miracle", by David Von Drehle

Apollo 11 photos and video from NASA

If you haven't done so already, you should see the documentary For All Mankind, which celebrates all the Apollo moon missions.

I'm sure you remember watching this on TV that weekend as well:  "From Chappaquiddick to Tranquility Base in One Weekend; Fifty years later, a look back at a moon landing and a vehicular homicide that epitomized the age."  Ted Kennedy was lucky in that the attention of the public and the media was mainly focused on space rather than on Edgartown.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Lots 'o Links

The speech police have struck again. Imagine the City Council in Berkeley adopting with a straight face a measure to remove gender-specific words from the city code - like manpower or manhole cover, which obviously still offend stupid people. Of the examples I heard today, my favorite was getting rid of "pregnant women" in favor of "pregnant employees" , which implies that even men get pregnant. What are they going to do, have language police arrest you for saying "him"?

And now, enjoy some terrific news roundups from Liz Sheld's Morning Briefing, Maggie's Farm, and Larwyn's Linx. (Will Liz be forced to change her last name? After all, both "he" and "she" are in it!)

Democrat Anti-Semitism in Congress

By A.F.Branco
Talk about nerve! Ilhan Omar actually wants Congress to pass a resolution in favor of BDS. We knew she was an anti-Semite, but this is outrageous.

And why is she of all people going to Israel?  To persuade Israelis to boycott themselves? Or to meet with her Palestinian allies? If anyone should be boycotted, divested from, and sanctioned, it's her and her 3 obnoxious cohorts!

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From Instapundit:


Omar’s resolution revealed on Wednesday, cosponsored by Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Michigan) and Rep. John Lewis (D-Georgia), seeks to oppose 'unconstitutional legislative efforts to limit the use of boycotts to further civil rights at home and abroad,' and 'urges Congress, States, and civil rights leaders from all communities to endeavor to preserve the freedom of advocacy for all by opposing anti-boycott resolutions and legislation.'

Rep. Brad Sherman (D-California) told The Jerusalem Post that Omar’s resolution should not be taken seriously.

'I can’t imagine that any committee is going to mark up or take seriously any pro-BDS resolution,' Sherman said. 'Am I worried about the overall BDS movement worldwide as an economic matter? No. As an effort to delegitimize Israel, of course. The comments here today are a tiny part of that delegitimizing effort.'    Honestly, I hope they do let her in, and require her to be questioned by Israeli airport security in the way the American press won’t."

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

The Quarrelsome Quartet

The four congresswomen who call themselves "the squad" are exactly the four I have loathed since their election. It's odd that disrespectful freshmen like these, who accused 30-year member Nancy Pelosi of racism, would find her sticking up for them now. I was hoping she would have removed them from the powerful committees on which they somehow sit, but no such luck. Unfortunately, these big-mouths will end up being re-elected time and time again.

The Joy of Bob Ross

I saw this video mentioned in the New York Times newsletter: "Our team went on the hunt for the roughly 1,000 artworks the TV artist Bob Ross created for his show, 'The Joy of Painting.' It’s a
hoot. "

Personally, I thought his paintings were like the paint-by-numbers kits we used to have as children, but obviously I'm in the minority!

Friday, July 12, 2019

A Lively Dance


When the insanity of the Democrats gets too much, just listen to some good music. I love this part of Ravel's Le Tombeau de Couperin. It's the rigaudon, a French baroque dance.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Lots 'o Links

There's a lot to read this week, although some of it will drive you crazy. Here's the latest from Maggie's Farm, Liz Sheld's Morning Briefing, and Larwyn's Linx.

Bonus from Front Page Mag: a column by Jason D. Hill titled "A Moral Philosopher’s Letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: Leading the most beleaguered state on earth against the greatest threat to civilization."  It's a great read.

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Ross Perot RIP

Here's a nice tribute to Ross Perot, who just died from leukemia at 89.  I always admired this self-made billionaire, generous donor, Presidential candidate, and hero, and in fact, I voted for him.  Earlier, I looked to see if I still had one of his campaign buttons, and sure enough; the words on the button could be Trump's own slogan: "Fix America First! Perot '92".

Friday, July 05, 2019

Lots 'o Links

Don't forget to read the great posts at Larwyn's Linx, Maggie's Farm, and Liz Sheld's Morning Briefing!

Check out Argus Hamilton's quips, including this one: "American Heritage marked Independence Day by releasing a poll of Americans that rated U.S. presidents and they named George Washington number one. It must be his integrity. George Washington was the only president who never blamed all his troubles on the previous administration."

Today's Yiddish Vinkl features the expression gornisht mit gornisht, which means "worth nothing at all."  One of the examples given by Harold Ticktin is this one: "Without Yiddish, Jewish humor would be gornisht mit gornisht. The humor inherent in Yiddish words also appeals to non-Jews. F. Scott Fitzgerald, so the story goes, used to wander into a Jewish delicatessen just to hear the word 'knish.' (bit.ly/2Xcw22e )"

Thursday, July 04, 2019

Happy Birthday to Us!

Happy Fourth of July!  Above is John Trumbull's beautiful tribute to the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

Tuesday, July 02, 2019

Steve Kelley Cartoon

Let's hope she's right!

Flagging Spirit

I already hardly watch the nightly news, and now it looks like I'll have to stop reading so much on the internet. Here's the headline: "Kaepernick objects to flag-Themed shoes, so Nike pulls them."

Of course they did.  The sneakers have the Betsy Ross flag on them. We're in America, and this is an American flag. This isn't the ISIS flag or the Nazi flag. Now that would be "polarizing".  Or maybe that would get less attention than this.

I'll be wearing my American flag-themed clothing and jewelry for the rest of the week, and if people don't like it, that's just tough.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Handshake Diplomacy at the DMZ

Wow, what a historic moment, and what amazing images! I stayed up overnight just to watch Trump become the first sitting President to enter North Korea. I wondered what would happen if Kim suddenly decided to walk over to the South Korean side and defect. Will the North Korean people see these photos and press accounts, or even know what occurred there?

Friday, June 28, 2019

Lively Music to End the Week


This quick and catchy music is the "Dance of the Mountain Shepherd Girl" by Hugo Alfven.

Democratic Free For All

The New York Post front page as seen in this American Spectator debate review really shows what the Democratic party has become.

They no longer represent the American people and the American voters. They now represent the illegal aliens who can illegally vote in the 2020 elections. Keep using the word "free", and the number of people crossing into this country will only increase.  I'm waiting to hear about free welfare, free disability, free cars & auto insurance, free child care, free 401(k) plans.....

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Gavottes by Bach


I like this piece by Bach.

Lots 'o Links

The latest and always interesting news and culture roundups are available at Liz Sheld's Morning Briefing, Maggie's Farm, and Larwyn's Linx.

And make sure to read Daniel Greenfield's sharp and amusing review of last night's Democratic debate. The title alone gives you some idea: "Debate of the Losers -  9 radicals with no shot at being elected to anything redistribute each other’s time." Needless to say, I didn't waste my own time watching it.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Fire Them!

The resistance has got to stop.  If it's true that it was DHS Chief McAleenan who leaked the news of the ICE raids, then he should be arrested or fired.

Those Wayfair employees who walked out should also be fired. I'm sure there are plenty of people who would take their jobs. Since when is selling beds to the illegal alien detention center such a terrible thing? The illegals ought to be thankful for anything they get, and these protesters should be thankful they have jobs at all.

Also, what's wrong with sleeping on cots? Why do we have to spend so much money on illegals rather than on American citizens? Let their own countries foot the bill. Better yet, have buses standing by at the border to drive the immigrants back home so they don't use up our resources in the  first place.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Democrat Hyperstupidity

Gavin Newsome, governor of the open sewer that is California, "predicted in a new interview that the GOP will be a third party in America within the next 10 to 15 years due to its 'xenophobia' and 'hypermasculinity'.  Newsom told Axios said the Republican Party is 'finished.'"

The only thing that's going to be finished is the ultra-liberal, pro-Socialist, antisemitic Democratic party, which thinks that anything that's normal is bad, and everything wrong is fine. Keep calling for everything to be given away for free, without any personal responsibility whatsoever.

In 2020, the real men of the GOP will see to it that it's the far-left Democrats who are finished.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Lots 'o Links

There's some excellent reading over at Larwyn's Linx, Liz Sheld's Morning Briefing, and Maggie's Farm!

Don't forget to read Argus Hamilton's column, including this take on the news: "The White House told the business community that Trump will try to iron out trade disputes at the G-20 Summit. India imposed retaliatory tariffs on the U.S., and they took effect immediately. I just phoned tech support and the guy told me to get the laptop working my damned self." 

Droning On About War

If Iran had shot down a plane with people aboard, then we would have the right to retaliate.  Shooting down a drone at least didn't results in American deaths, and for that we should be grateful. But I despise them just the same.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Hey, AOC: Shut Up! The Southern Border is NOT The Holocaust!

Shut up, all you idiots and Holocaust deniers who somehow compare everything to the Holocaust. You make me sick! The detention centers for illegal aliens have no resemblance whatsoever to concentration camps. Are the illegals packed into trains, starved, made to dig their own graves before being shot, thrown into gas chambers and ovens?

Illegal aliens are pouring into our country, being given drivers' licenses and free stuff, when instead they should be deported back into the countries they came from. They are free -- not experimented on, tortured, and killed. They, and morons like AOC and so many others, should be grateful this isn't the Holocaust!

Thursday, June 13, 2019

"We'll Meet Again" -- After 75 Years!

What a touching story this is! And look at the wonderful pictures, too.  From the Daily Mail: 'You never got out of my heart': American veteran, 97, and French woman, 92, who fell in love when he was stationed there during World War II meet again 75 years later in emotional reunion.

Lots 'o Links

Don't forget to visit Maggie's Farm, Larwyn's Linx, and Liz Sheld's Morning Briefing!

When I read about "Drag Queen Story Hour" taking place at my childhood library, I wanted to throw up. The liberals never stop indoctrinating, and they always seem to believe that we all think the same warped way.

Here's some tragic news about the so-called "homework gap": "With no computer or internet at home, Raegan Byrd’s homework assignments present a nightly challenge: How much can she get done using just her smartphone?"  Yes, that's just terrible. Yet generations of us managed to do our homework without any technology whatsoever. That's what libraries are for.

This week's Yiddish Vinkl is about the word tantsn, meaning to dance.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Why John Dean?

Well, here's an old name from out of the woodwork! He doesn't work for Trump, he's not in the Administration, he has nothing to do with this President.  The only reason I can think of for that fool Nadler to have him testify is that he hopes Dean will bring back memories of the Watergate scandal, and a Republican President who would have been impeached if he hadn't resigned. The Dems must figure that, for those of us old enough to have watched the Watergate hearings on TV, the following should be inferred:

Nixon = Trump
Watergate = Russiagate
Resignation = Impeachment
Republicans = Criminals

Sorry, but that kind of Democratic math doesn't add up at all. The only cancer in the White House these days is caused by the leakers and staffers who want to invalidate this Presidency.

Thursday, June 06, 2019

Lots 'o D-Day Links

Liz Sheld was celebrating "toxic masculinity" today; Maggie's Farm discusses the planning that made D-Day happen; Larwyn's Linx includes an article about Reagan's famous "The Boys of Pointe du Hoc" speech.  Here are some more photos from the Daily Mail.

D-Day 75th Anniversary:Thanks To The Greatest Generation


(Tribute by Laurence Bertholet, France)

Wednesday, June 05, 2019

D-Day Eve


This morning I turned on the TV just  in time to see some of the very touching D-Day commemoration ceremonies from Portsmouth in England, including Trump's reading of FDR's prayer, Sheridan Smith singing Vera Lynn's famous "We'll Meet Again", and Queen Elizabeth's speech invoking her father, King George VI. The photos on the Daily Mail's website today are just marvelous.

Oh, and this 97 year old D-Day veteran parachuted over Normandy again today.

Saturday, June 01, 2019

Something is Wrong With The Democrats

We already knew that something was wrong with them based on their obsession with the Russia-Trump connection despite evidence to the contrary; and with their choosing impeachment of Trump over productive legislation.

But this headline shows it's even worse than that: "California progressives want the state Democratic Party to link Israeli government to Pittsburgh massacre." The party's fixation on Jews and Israel is really disturbing.

La Chambre Verte


This is from a Francois Truffaut film, "The Green Room", based on a short story by Henry James.  I  saw the film on TV and was transfixed from the start, and in this scene, the combination of the music and the images was intriguing.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Lots 'o Links

Visit Liz Sheld's Morning Briefing, Larwyn's Linx, and Maggie's Farm for some of the best posts on the Internet this week.

And don't forget about Harold Ticktin's Yiddish Vinkl. Today's word is fus, meaning foot or leg, as in this example:  "(Yiddish curse): 'Zol er tsebrechen a fus. − He should break a leg,' (bit.ly/2MeaY6t)."

Lively Music from Hubert Parry


Here's "Frolic", the 6th movement of Hubert Parry's "An English Suite", which I found delightful when I heard it on the radio today.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Respect For a Veteran

Here's a wonderful story about a community of strangers who came together to give a Korean War vet the farewell he deserved. "Rather than being laid to rest alone, literally thousands of people showed up to pay their respects as Perkins was sent to his final reward with full military honors."

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Remembering the Sacrifice of Our Military

It's always disconcerting to see an Internet search result like this: "Best Memorial Day Sales 2019", so make sure you see Mental Floss, which has a list of ten things to remember about Memorial Day, or CNN, which shows some touching photographs.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Memorial Day Memories

I liked this nostalgic and touching Ed Morrow column titled "Memorializing Memorial Day. Growing up with what it took to keep us a free people."

It's a good read for those of us who remember those days, and who know that Memorial Day is more than just a day for shopping and sales.

Lots 'o Links

Start the weekend with great reading at Liz Sheld's Morning Briefing, Maggie's Farm, and Larwyn's Linx.

The latest word from Harold Ticktin's Yiddish Vinkl is ganvenen, which means to steal. "Yiddish proverb: 'Fun a ganef iz shver tsu ganvenen/ It’s hard to steal from a thief.'  Yiddishwit.com/List.html)"

Zekelman Industries: Let's Get To Work!


I'm not sure why I like this Zekelman Industries steel commercial so much, but whenever it's on TV, I stop what I'm doing to watch.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

John Walker Lindh, Traitor

What's particularly galling about this Taliban fighter's release from prison is that he is now free in the very country he betrayed. He should be run out of town and ostracized for the rest of his miserable life.

Standing Up For Our Flag

From Hot Air:  "The town elders of Statesville, N.C. have informed the owner of the local Camping World outlet that, patriotic displays aside, its 40 x 80 foot American flag is too large to fly there.

Marcos Lemonis happens to be the owner, and unlike many people in PC situations, he is neither cowed nor backing down:

"Remember Michael Corleone in the second Godfather movie? 'Senator, you can have my reply now.'
Here’s Lemonis’ reply:
'This is about more than just the flag. This is about our Veterans, Military, and the men and women that have sacrificed for this great country. They are the reason we fly the flag and they are the reason we will NOT take it down!'

Good for him!

Beautiful Music: Delius


Today, the classical radio station was playing "Florida Suite" by Delius. My favorite part is the 3rd movement, titled "Sunset Near The Plantation", especially the melody around 2:36 and 8:57, and the dramatic drums & cymbals from 5:00 to around 6:25.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

A Miracle From Space

Amazing that anything survived that catastrophic explosion: "The diary of Israel’s first astronaut, who perished in the 2003 Space Shuttle Columbia disaster, went back on display in a new exhibit that opened at the Israel Museum Tuesday.

The painstakingly reconstructed page fragments that survived the disintegration of the spacecraft and its fiery crash to earth, and that contain some of Ilan Ramon’s final personal thoughts and feelings, are being displayed alongside fragments of the Book of Enoch.

The exhibit 'Through Time and Space' compares Ramon to the biblical Enoch, who the book of Genesis says “walked with God, and he was no more, because God had taken him.” The Fragments of the Book of Enoch were part of the Dead Sea Scrolls discovery that are also on display in the museum, and similar recovery techniques were used on Ramon’s diary."

News Roundup

Here's a news roundup from Issues & Insights, "brought to you by the team behind IBD Editorials. We unapologetically support both a free market and a limited federal government."

Well, there's obviously something wrong with them!

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Lots 'o Links

Time again for some great posts courtesy of Liz Sheld's Morning Briefing, Maggie's Farm, and Larwyn's Linx!

Bonus: Harold Ticktin's Yiddish Vinkl offers the word geshank (geh-SHAHNK), meaning gift or present.  “When this gathering was literally at the pinnacle of drinking and eating, the jester began, as best he could, to announce in a loud voice the gifts (drasha geshank) that each of the invited guests was prepared to give to the bride and groom, whether money or gifts.” (Excerpt from
Facebook post about historical wedding in northwest Belarus, facebook.com/JewishGen.org).

The Girl Who Was Smarter Than Adults

Unbelievable:  "11 year-old sent to principal’s office for telling students to stop Nazi salutes;  Tennessee schoolgirl reacts after classmates repeatedly make the Sieg Heil salute; after raising objections, she was told 'to not address it again'"

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Our Old Nemesis Iran

Seeing recent reports of Iran's hostility to the United States, including sabotaging four ships off the UAE makes me ill, remembering the 444-day 1979 hostage crisis at the Embassy; and remembering the hijacking of TWA 847 and the murder of Robbie Stethem. When you think of how hard Obama fought for the nuclear deal, knowing all this -- it's sickening.

If Iran tries anything, they will have the wrath of the U.S. and Israel to contend with.

Books Worth Reading

Here are two recent books of nonfiction that I'm looking forward to reading:

Mitchell Zuckoff's new book Fall And Rise: The Story Of  9/11, has been excerpted in the Daily Mail.

Senator Tom Cotton has written Sacred Duty: A Soldier's Tour at Arlington National Cemetery, about his time serving with the best and the finest in the Old Guard.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Doris Day: A Sentimental Journey


Like everyone else,  I loved and admired the multi-talented Doris Day. She was a great big band singer, a comedienne, and a very good dramatic actress.

My favorite Doris Day films are both dramas:  "Love Me Or Leave Me" (the Ruth Etting story); and "The Man Who Knew Too Much", in which she famously sang "Que Sera Sera".

We're going to miss her!

Thursday, May 09, 2019

Lots 'o Links

Time to do more reading over at Maggie's Farm, Liz Sheld's Morning Briefing, and Larwyn's Linx.

Bonus: Israel's 71st birthday -- against all odds.

Crematoria Are Cool!

Evidently so, according to this sickening story:  "The Auschwitz Memorial and Museum has complained to an e-commerce site that was selling miniskirts, tote bags and other items printed with photos of the former Nazi German death camp where around 1.1 million people were killed during World War II.
The museum in Poland learned about the products offered on Australian e-commerce site Redbubble from people who saw them online, spokesman Bartosz Bartyzel said Wednesday. Employees were 'shocked and outraged' over what they considered blatant dishonoring of Holocaust victims, he said.
The items that caused offense were created by various designers and carried black-and-white post-war images of Auschwitz and the railway tracks leading into the Birkenau extermination camp and its gas chambers. A tote bag with a German-language warning sign at Auschwitz was being sold for 13.90 euros, a skirt with an Auschwitz image for 35 euros, and a pillow for 40.29 euros."

Imagine people creating this garbage, and imagine women paying money to actually wear a skirt with a crematorium on it.  What next, t-shirts showing the stacks of bodies? These are the same sort of amoral people who played Pok√©mon Go at Auschwitz.There's no decency at all.

It's not easy being Jewish. Every day, there's another outrage.

Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Money Wasters

MarketWatch had an article today that I totally agreed with: "These 16 money wasters are why so many Americans can’t save for retirement; We can’t tell the difference between needs and wants and are unable to delay gratification."

(It's not "we", since a lot of us were raised to be frugal, and we know how to prioritize.)

Those 16 money wasters are:

1. Tattoos 
2. Vacations
3. College 
4. Restaurants
5. Opportunities lost
6. Transportation 
7. Credit cards 
8. Lottery 
9. Clothing
10. Shoes 
11. Tchotchkes and stuff
12. Failing to look ahead
13. No backup plan 
14. Holidays 
15. Toys 
16. Haircuts

I noticed they somehow forgot to list expensive cell phones and cell phone plans; and expensive cable TV packages with more channels than they can watch. But I wholeheartedly agree with #5, transportation -- I've never seen so many poor people driving such huge, new pickup trucks and SUVs!

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

"Too Pro-Israel"?!

Headline of the day: "42%  of American Jews Say Trump is Too Pro-Israel."  

Daniel Greenfield writes, "Conservatives often ask me why, when Republicans are pro-Israel, does the Jewish vote continue to tilt toward the Democrats. The simple answer is that, like the Christians who vote for Democrats, a significant percentage of American Jews have no religion worth mentioning, no identification with the Jewish people, and would give their very last penny to fight for abortion rights, but would write off Israel in a heartbeat. Many don't like the Jewish State and their idea of being Jewish is watching Woody Allen movies or, for millennials, Broad City. This poll is damning, but not hopeless. It divides Jews from leftists with Jewish last names."

Well said -- but pretty sad.

Friday, May 03, 2019

More Good Economic News!

Wow! Only the Socialist Democrats would find this news depressing: "Jobs report crushes expectations, unemployment drops to 49-year low.  Quelling some fears of a widespread economic slowdown, the Bureau of Labor Statistics on Friday said the US economy added 263,000 nonfarm payrolls in April, exceeding the 190,000 that economists were expecting." How can you possibly vote against news like this in 2020?

We are definitely U.S. Steel: "U.S. Steel will invest more than $1 billion on state-of-the-art facilities in western Pennsylvania that it says will improve its steelmaking efficiency and reduce emissions at its Mon Valley Works operations, the company said Thursday."  This makes for some very happy workers, and some very unhappy Dems.

Disgusting Links

This disgusting situation continues:  "The San Francisco Chronicle published a story yesterday highlighting the city’s ongoing public pooping problem. The city will spend more than $72 million this year on cleaning the sidewalks several times a day, but that won’t be enough. The city has received nearly 6,000 reports about poop in the streets so far this year, up 7% from last year. .. A city supervisor named Matt Haney is pushing for an increase of another $12 million to get the streets cleaner. Meanwhile, the city’s mayor and public works director are saying that, at some point, the underlying behavior has to be addressed."  At some point? How about right now, before there's a cholera or typhoid epidemic? It sounds more like a Third World country than Nancy Pelosi's own city. I doubt Tony Bennett would want to leave his heart in San Francisco these days.

And speaking of disgusting, the despicable anti-Semite Ilhan Omar not only dislikes the Jews, she also dislikes the very country she purports to represent, now blaming America for the situation in Venezuela. When Pence and Pompeo rightly condemned her remarks, she made things worse by immediately resorting to the "It's because I'm a black woman" response:  "Women of color have heard this before. Instead of 'we disagree,' it's 'she doesn't know what she's talking about.' They have to make us feel small." Lady, every time you open your mouth, you make yourself look small! Shut up and sit down!

Thursday, May 02, 2019

Lots 'o Links

Here are the latest roundups from Larwyn's Linx, Maggie's Farm, and Liz Sheld's Morning Briefing.

From Joshua Davidovich at The Times of Israel: "After Auschwitz, memory is barbaric: 8 things to know for May 2.  Rather than unity, Holocaust Remembrance Day presents a politicized struggle over what lessons to take from the horrors of the past to combat a bleak future."

Seen at Instapundit: "Every Pronoun Must Go".  It seems that the usual complainers find it offensive that ships are referred to as "she" and "her." They ought to refer to these female whiners as "idiot" and "moron".

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Holocaust Remembrance Day

Jew-haters don't want to remember the Holocaust; they'd much rather forget it or deny it actually happened.

Read Joshua Davidovich's column titled "Memories fade, fears remain: 10 things to know for May 1."

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Hatred of Trump = Hatred of Jews

Seth J. Frantzman writes in the Jerusalem Post: "The Poway and Pittsburgh shootings are connected by hatred of Jews and hatred of Trump, who is accused of being a 'Jew-lover' and hosting an administration 'infested' by Jews." and  "What is clear is that there is a link between antisemitism on the far Right and anti-Trump views, a link that is also clear on the far Left. It tends to unite around hatred not only of Jews, but also of Israel and of beliefs that the US is controlled by Jews, who in turn are accused of controlling banks or the media. It shows how antisemitism, when it is a defining worldview and ethos, can easily turn anyone into an enemy, once that person is linked to Jews or 'globalism.'"

At Instapundit, Ed Driscoll posts these items: "As Mark Steyn once wrote, 'The old joke — that the Germans will never forgive the Jews for Auschwitz — gets truer every week.'
Related: Ace of Spades notes that 'You can tell the New York Times was totally sincere in apologizing for the first Jew-baiting cartoon because they ran a similar one within 48 hours. It’s a calculated insult — it’s designed to let you know their apology was obligatory, but Jews are still Oppressors and will continue getting the Oppressor treatment.'

Saturday, April 27, 2019

A Dog of an Anti-Semitic Cartoon

Read Dominic Green's excellently-written article about the anti-Semitic cartoon published in the New York Times. Here's an excerpt, so you can experience his writing style:

"Easter worshippers who opened Thursday’s copy of the International Edition of the New York Times were treated to a cartoon to warm the cockles of white supremacists, Islamists and lovers of ‘Edelweiss’ everywhere. The cartoon, apparently by a Portuguese artist named Antonio Antunes Moreira of Espresso, depicted a blind Donald Trump, resplendent in the kippah he wears at all times except when the cameras are near, being led by Benjamin Netanyahu in the form of a sausage dog, wearing the Star of David dog collar that all sausage dogs wear.

Some people published something, and now all those over-sensitive Jews are blaming the entire New York Times for it. How thin-skinned they are. I mean, it’s not like this cartoon says that a tiny country on the other side of the world controls the president of the most powerful country in the world.

It’s not like this cartoon implies this alleged manipulation is religious in inspiration, hence the kippah and the Star of David necklace, as if that might be the source of the malignant and magical power that this tiny people exerts over global politics.

It’s not like the image of the ‘Jewish dog’ as manipulator has any resonance in European Christian culture. ‘As the dog Jew did utter in the streets, “My daughter, O my ducats”,’ Salarino says in the line that isn’t in The Merchant of Venice.

It’s not as if the same image of the Jewish dog has any resonance among Muslims, whose holy book promises the transformation of Jews and Christians into apes, pigs and dogs.

It’s not as if this classic European anti-Semitism, combined with what dog breeders would call a novel crossbreeding with themes rampant in the Jew-hating Arab and Muslim world.

It’s not, because none of it is real. This, at least, is the argument of the morally enfeebled non-apology that the Times’s New York office emitted after all the touchy Twitter Jews complained."

Poway Pogrom

Here we go again. Read about the latest anti-Jewish shootings that took one life at the Chabad synagogue in California. It's no coincidence that this has taken place six months to the day since the Tree of Life pogrom.

I don't have any interest in knowing more about the murderer, his age, his opinions, or his parents, and I don't want to hear Democrats demanding tougher gun laws. Just lock this killer away, beef up security at all synagogues, and stop giving him the publicity he craves.

Friday, April 26, 2019

Peep Peep Hooray!

Hurry and check out the creative winners of the 2019 Peeps Diorama Contest! I especially liked the Peep Art, the Peepsles (measles) and the Universipeep Admissions.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Slaughter in Sri Lanka

Yesterday's deadly, coordinated terrorist attacks have all the hallmarks of Al Qaeda. Odd how these coldblooded murders are getting less attention than the Mueller report and the attempts to impeach the President. 

From the BBC, a list that demonstrates once again how evil and vicious these terrorists are, and why we need to be more vigilant here at home:

"Officials say 290 people were killed and another 500 injured in the suicide attacks
Most of the dead are Sri Lankan nationals, but 31 people from other countries are believed to have been killed
No-one has admitted carrying out the bombings. The government has blamed a local jihadist group known as the National Thowheed Jamath which it said had the support of an 'international network'
Police have so far arrested 24 people in a series of raids
There was another blast on Monday near a church in the capital, Colombo, as security forces tried to defuse explosives inside a vehicle used by the attackers
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has said authorities were 'aware of information' of possible attacks but the intelligence was not acted upon
A nationwide emergency, which will give police and military extensive powers to detain and interrogate suspects, will be declared from midnight (18:30 GMT) on Monday"

Saturday, April 20, 2019

"Uneducated, Unskilled, and Largely Unemployable"


From American Thinker: "Want some perspective on why so many blue sanctuary cities have so many homeless encampments hovering around? Try the reality that illegal immigrants are routinely given free public housing by the U.S., based on the fact that they are uneducated, unskilled, and largely unemployable. Those are the criteria, and now importing poverty has never been easier."

Read that phrase again: "uneducated, unskilled, and largely unemployable".  So can the Democrats explain to me how their presence benefits our country?

Advice for the Republicans

Instead of rehashing the collusion hoax and the Mueller report over and over, Trump and the Republicans should now move on and talk solely about their accomplishments (the great economy, the low unemployment, the abundance of jobs) and talk about what they still hope to accomplish, such as more drilling, repairing our infrastructure, and keeping America safe. Let the Democrats hang themselves with their obsession with the Mueller report and impeachment, since they have no accomplishments to brag about.

It'll be a winning formula for Republicans in 2020.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Chalishing for Harold Ticktin

I just love the Yiddish Vinkl column by Harold Ticktin! Today's word is chalish, meaning faint. One amusing example he uses is this: “Platzing and chalishing are two Yiddish equivalents to the term ‘in desperate need of;’ for example, one would platz for the bathroom and chalish for a drink.” 

(I had only ever seen and pronounced it as "plotz", so I had to look up "platz" - that's a new one on me.)

Lots 'o Links

Check out the latest at Maggie's Farm, PJ Media's Live Blog, the always entertaining Don Surber, and Larwyn's Linx.

This is from the New York Times daily e-newsletter: "Read: The Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Robert Caro shares insights into his craft in “Working,” which is new this week on our hardcover nonfiction and combined print and e-book nonfiction best-seller lists. You can find all our lists here."

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

I Find This Hard to Swalwell

I never heard of this Eric Swalwell before, but he sure reminds me of Senator Joseph McCarthy. McCarthy always claimed he had a list in his hand of 200 State Department employees who were Communists. Swalwell keeps insisting he saw evidence proving that Trump colluded with Russia, but he won't produce that evidence.

At least McCarthy didn't insult the people even further by running for President.

Also: do you personally know anyone who can't wait to get their hands on the Mueller report and actually read every word? I sure don't.

Another Win for Common Sense

Unbelievable. Who would ever think that something like this would be considered "aggressive", "intimidating", or "controversial"? I'm glad these residents had the common sense and decency to reject the latest ridiculous example of political correctness, and the complainers ought to go find something better to do with their time, or else get out of our country if they find everything here so offensive.

"The Laguna Beach City Council voted Tuesday night to retain a new logo for its 11 police vehicles that uses stars and stripes running through the word 'police' on the doors. Some in the small, artsy coastal community thought the flashy red, white and blue decal was too aggressive and flashy while others were surprised that anyone would object to the American flag."