Monday, December 30, 2019

Hooray For Hymietown!

I actually laughed when I saw Al Sharpton talk about unity in the wake of the latest attacks on Jews. Don't you remember the murder of Yankel Rosenbaum?  Remember the Crown Heights riots and marches, with Sharpton as one of the worst anti-Jewish inciters?

Remember Jesse Jackson referring to Jews as "Hymies" and New York as "Hymietown"?

If you don't recall these events, you ought to look them up before you do any more excuse-making for, or dismissing of, black-on-Jewish crime.

Sunday, December 29, 2019

Not a Hate Crime, But An Extermination

Calling the latest attacks and murders of Jews "hate crimes" is like calling the Nazi ideology a hate crime. Stop diminishing the seriousness of what's happening here.

Saturday, December 28, 2019

Open Season on Jews

How reassuring! "Assault on 2 Young Jewish Boys Among 4 Antisemitic Attacks in New York City in 48 Hours, Cops Confirm".  In only 48 hours.

I think things will only get worse, as thugs seem to be trying to compete with each other to incite antisemitic attacks across the country. If your House of Representatives can't bring itself to specifically condemn antisemitism, why should anyone else? And if people can get away with attacks on cops, then what's to stop them from getting away with attacks on Jews?

You know things are bad when you half-expect to see vandalism at the cemetery.

Reader's Digest Goes PC!

I've been subscribing to Reader's Digest for many years and have seen it go from a conservative, traditional magazine to a more liberal one. In an etiquette article in the latest issue, I was surprised to find myself lectured on the use of the phrase "ladies and gentlemen" when addressing a group. They favor "Hello, everyone", stating that it "speaks to all of us,including men, women, and those who identify as gender-fluid or nonbinary. We must all mind the gap, so it's kind to include all of us - regardless of our  pronouns - in the warning."                                                                                                    
We must? Excuse me, but "ladies and gentlemen"ARE all of us. If "gender-fluid or nonbinary" (who came up with this nonsense?) people are delusional, that's their problem. Just don't tell me what words I must use.

Friday, December 27, 2019

Lots 'o Links

Visit Stephen Green's Florida Man Friday; Stephen Kruiser's Morning Briefing; Maggie's Farm; Larwyn's Linx; and  Liz Sheld's Morning Greatness.

Greg Crosby wonders if you're ready for 2020.

And Harold Ticktin's Yiddish Vinkl word for today is shpatzir, meaning to stroll, or walk aimlessly.

Have  a good weekend!

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

The Trouble With Apostrophe's

I got a kick out of this article about the noble but failed mission of John Richards and his Apostrophe Protection Society. The title is "Former copy editor, 96, ends his battle to put the apostrophe in its correct place, saying 'ignorance and laziness' have won." Unfortunately, he's right about that.

The trouble isn't only with apostrophes and commas; bad grammar and spelling also seem to be the norm. I cringe when I hear things like "I seen her" and "He should of went", and when I see misspellings and grammatical errors in resumes sent by people with self-described "excellent communication skills." I guess people no longer care about first impressions being important.

Friday, December 20, 2019

"America’s Traditional Culture, Values, and History"

If you want to see a list of some of the reasons why we are Republicans and conservatives instead of Democrats and liberals, this Dov Fischer column is for you, and it could have been written by you: it's full of common sense.

Pushing the Boundaries of Crackpottery

I spotted this story today: "INSANITY: ACLU Calls for Tampons in Men's Rooms Because 'Menstrual Equity' or Something."   "If the far left-wing American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) was ever a serious organization fighting to defend and preserve individual rights and civil liberties, those days are long gone now.
"Their latest cause célèbre is by no standard a serious civil rights issue, rather the result of the ever-increasing influence of the radical LGBTQ lobby, which is pursuing the most insane ideas under the guise of civil liberties. The ACLU's latest cause isn't about equal justice or discrimination, but calling for tampons to be provided in men's restrooms. That is one issue that's part of their 'menstrual equity' platform calling for 'accessible and affordable period products'."

How about the men's rooms simply ignoring this nonsense, or else speaking up against it, instead of meekly accepting it?  Eventually there will be a day of reckoning, but only if people stop agreeing that every crackpot idea is somehow "normal".  There must be an awful lot of ignorant, gullible  people out there who don't use their heads and think that if it's on Facebook, then it has to be true.

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Lots 'o Links

"Impeach this!", says Stephen Green, as he drunkblogs his way through the Democrats' debate.  He drinks so you don't have to.

Also, visit Maggie's Farm, Larwyn's Linx, Liz Sheld's Morning Greatness, and Stephen Kruiser's Morning Briefing.

Donald Trump has been impeached by the Democrats. Too bad they can't clean up the dangerous filth in San Francisco with the same speed with which they have accomplished this longtime goal. Unfortunately for the Dems, Americans with common sense know that Trump = Prosperity, while Democrats = Dependency. Why would you trade a flourishing economy and a healthy 401(k) for stagnation and welfare?  The choice is clear.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Fighting Jew-Hatred -- Literally!

Here's the hero of the day: "‘Don’t Be Afraid to Fight Back’: Israeli Student Lihi Aharon Stands Up to Antisemitic Assailant on New York Subway." Good for her!

"Much of the woman’s expletive-laden tirade was captured by Aharon on her camera phone. In an attempt to stop Aharon from filming the abuse, the woman lashed out at her and grabbed her camera. In the ensuing melee, Aharon’s face was badly scratched, leaving her with a deep scar. Nevertheless, she fought back, and the woman was arrested by police at the next station.  Along with the stream of insults, the woman expressed joy at last week’s gun attack on a kosher market in Jersey City, emphasizing that she wished that all Jews would share the same fate. She also repeatedly used the Islamic religious phrase 'Allahu akhbar' as she sniped at Aharon and the Jewish man alongside her."

No further comment is necessary.

Friday, December 13, 2019

Just When You Thought Anti-Jewish Terror Couldn't Get Worse

Thomas Lifson's column describes despicable "Raw Jew-hatred from neighbors of Jersey City kosher deli attacked by Black Hebrew Israelites."  There was nothing remotely neighborly in their reaction.

Also, think about this horror: "Shooters may have been targeting 50 children in yeshiva, Jersey City mayor suggests." Read that headline again and let it sink in.

Just look at the planning that went into this attack, including a stolen U-Haul fitted with bullet-resistant panels. They remind me of the murderous San Bernardino couple in the depth of their hatred and viciousness, and I'm glad all 4 of them were killed.

However, because the targets are only Jews and cops, this latest American pogrom won't get half the response it would have gotten had the victims been anyone else.

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Lots 'o Links

Good news from Britain, and good news for Jews: "General Election exit poll projects large Conservative majority for Boris Johnson.  Poll projects prime minister's party will win 368 seats, a majority of 86." Let's hope that what happened to Jeremy Corbyn and Labour also happens to the Democrats in 2020!

Catch up on this week's happenings with Larwyn's Linx, Stephen Kruiser's Morning Briefing, Maggie's Farm, and Liz Sheld's Morning Greatness.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

The Systematic Murders of Jews in America

Item: "The two attackers, a man and a woman, who stormed the JC Kosher Supermarket in Jersey City yesterday—killing three people, including two members of the local Jewish community, and a police officer—were said to be affiliated with the “Black Hebrew Israelites”, and one had previously posted anti-Semitic and anti-police writings online."

When I heard the awful news of this latest atrocity, I immediately thought of the 2015 murders of Jews at the Hyper Casher kosher market in Paris, and so many other beatings and killings of Jews at home and in Europe.

This isn't a gun control issue -- it's an anti-Jewish issue, and we have to protect and defend ourselves rather than dig our own graves for today's version of the SS.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Jew-dicial Political Correctness

Daniel Greenfield writes about the latest politically correct excuse: Muslims who kill Jews have a mental illness, they're not Jew-hating anti-semites, and therefore they shouldn't be held accountable.

If anyone is mentally ill, it's these judges, who have just given all anti-semites a license to beat and kill Jews! It gets worse for us every day.

Word of the Year: "Stupid"

From Stephen Kruiser's Morning Briefing:

"Make 'They' Go Away"

"Merriam-Webster just gave the personal pronoun “they” the word of the year title:

Merriam-Webster recently added a new definition to its online dictionary to reflect use of  'they' as relating to a person whose gender identity is nonbinary. In October, the American Psychological Assn. endorsed 'they' as a singular third-person pronoun in its latest style guide for scholarly writing.

Of all of the wokeness that I am not very woke about, the pronoun nonsense probably holds the least hope for me every achieving wokeitude. I am still too much a fan of science to believe that there are 6,000 genders that we can all begin identifying as by age three.

An individual calling himself or herself 'they' it sounds like we’re dealing with multiple personality issues.

He, him. She, her.
We’re done here."

I wish we were done here, but I think this sort of insanity will only get worse as long as everyone caves in.

Speaking of caving in to nonsense, why didn't this restaurant fight back harder instead of closing down?   "The complaints about the eatery had nothing to do with the quality of the food, the prices or the location, however. People were upset because the woman who opened it was white. And that means she was 'appropriating' Asian culture or something." 

Friday, December 06, 2019

Lots 'o Links

End this busy week with good reading that includes posts at Maggie's Farm, Larwyn's Linx, Stephen Green's Florida Man Friday, Stephen Kruiser's Morning Briefing, and Harold Ticktin's Yiddish Vinkl, where the word of the day is plonter.

(Dry Bones cartoon as seen at Jewish World Review.)

Three Ugly Terror-Related Words

Here are three words & phrases I really prefer not to hear in the same sentence:

* gunman
* Saudi
* flight training

From CNN: "The gunman in a deadly shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida was a second lieutenant in the Saudi Arabian military involved in flight training at the station, US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said Friday."

This sounds frighteningly familiar. Does September 11 ring a bell? Does Fort Hood?

While the Dems are focused solely on impeachment, wouldn't it be a good time for terrorists to take advantage? If there are more attacks and dry runs toward something bigger, I won't be surprised. Then they can just blame Trump.

Wednesday, December 04, 2019

"Jews Are Supreme"

Well, thank you!

From The Algemeiner: "JNS.org – American political activist and former Women’s March, Inc. leader Linda Sarsour said during an American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) conference on Nov. 28 that Israel 'is built on the idea that Jews are supreme to everyone else.'"

I know one thing for sure. We Jews are definitely supreme to you and all you other antisemites! 

Your lives must be wretched and miserable if your #1 priority is hating Jews and Israel. Go do something constructive rather than destructive, and be quiet already!

Tuesday, December 03, 2019

Capitalist Heavyweight vs. Socialist Lightweight: K.O. in 2020

Leave it to The People's Cube to comment on that doctored photo of Trump as a chiseled boxer by displaying some alternatives. This is my favorite:

Monday, December 02, 2019

Obscene: Auschwitz Merchandise For Sale

Tasteless, clueless, and incredibly ignorant: these words are just some of the ways you can describe the amoral people who came up with Holocaust-themed Christmas ornaments, beach towels, and other merchandise.  Who at Amazon decided it was okay to sell this stuff? And what kind of people would actually spend money to decorate their tree in this way?

We've heard of these stories before, with everyone feigning surprise and proclaiming their innocence.  It just goes to prove once again that, despite our politically correct environment where everyone is offended by every little thing, we Jews are still always fair game.

Friday, November 29, 2019

Lots 'o Links

Need to read?  Then here are a few links you'll like at Liz Sheld's Morning Greatness; Larwyn's Linx; Maggie's Farm;  the Food Coma Friday edition of Stephen Kruiser's Morning Briefing; and Stephen Green's Florida Man Friday roundup.

And, just to be magnanimous and show I'm not entirely one-sided, here's the Daily Kos!

Yiddish Vinkl: The Queen of Words

Harold Ticktin's latest column concerns the wonderful word nebbish, which means a person who is a loser, and he links to this perfect anecdote: “Yiddish speakers have many words for losers: schlemiel, schnook, schmo, schmegeggie, schlub, pischer, nebbish and putz were just a few of mother’s many ways to dismiss or disapprove of someone, but Nebbish was the queen of words.” (bit.ly/33QKwEh)

Another London Brige Terrorist Attack!

Per the Daily Mail:  "TWO die in London Bridge terror attack: Maniac wielding TWO KNIVES on a stabbing rampage is shot dead by police after hero passers-by wrestle him to ground". I thought they were showing film of the 2017 terrorist attack until I learned this had just happened. CBS said it was a "terrorist incident" in quotes, but we all know what it really was.  As usual, a spokesman spouted the usual warnings about how we shouldn't rush to judgement or overreact.  Please  don't insult our intelligence. By now I think a normal reaction is a lot better than politically correct silence. The old phrase was "If you see something, say something", but now it's more like "Don't say anything about jihadists,"

There was also knife attacks in The Hague, and we'd better hope these are not connected.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving! (Warning: Watch Video at your Own Risk)


Thinking of Thanksgiving reminded me of the lovely hymn we learned in elementary school, "We Gather Together To Ask the Lord's Blessing."   Of course, those were the good old days, before political correctness and "trigger warnings" destroyed everything decent and normal, when you could actually sing hymns and even Christmas carols in school without inciting protests.

A Babyish Fear of History

I saw this at Lucianne.com today, yet another instance of unbelievably ignorant and childish behavior in today's so-called adults:

"Washington and Lee U. Students Demand Removal of Washington and Lee Photos from Diplomas.   Students and faculty at Washington and Lee University in Lexington city, Virginia, are demanding that the school remove photos of George Washington and Robert E. Lee from their diplomas. 'We, the undersigned, call on the administration of Washington and Lee University and President William Dudley to provide students with the option of removing the portraits of namesakes Robert E. Lee and George Washington from their diplomas,' proclaim the law students in their petition. Washington and Lee University diplomas display portraits of both George Washington and Robert E. Lee, given that the school has been named after them."

Demand all you want!  Hopefully the school is smarter than to cave in to this stupidity.  I agree with this reader comment:  "f these moronic snowflakes don't want photos of Washington and Lee on their diplomas, they always have the option of transferring to another school. W&L needs to stand firm in rejecting this idiocy!!"

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Antidote For Political Cacaphony


Sometimes you hear snatches of music on the radio that you really like, such as the allegro movement of  Little Serenade Op.12 by Lars-Erik Larsson.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Lots 'o Links

Check out the funny photo caption among other things at Maggie's Farm;  here's Stephen Kruiser's Morning Briefing, headlined "Trump Is Bobby Fischer Playing 3-D Chess as Impeachment Dems Play Checkers"; at American Digest, Gerard Van der Leun  shows that the Democrats got caught; and don't forget about Larwyn's Linx.

Another day, another PC lecture: The New York Times reports that the Oxford dictionary's word of 2019 is 'climate emergency'. Sure it is. Also, "In a break from precedent, the dictionary company released an all-environmental shortlist including 'climate action,' 'climate denial' and 'eco-anxiety.'" Right. I always use and hear those words every day.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Conservative Cave-in

It always makes me angry when liberals can boycott, riot, shut down speakers, and generally act like thugs, while conservatives rarely fight back. So I was very surprised and disappointed when I heard that Chick-fil-A, a restaurant that has been forced to defend normal values like marriage between a man & a woman, suddenly caved in to the demands of  a tiny minority and even betrayed the Salvation Army.

We need more people to stand up for conservatism and normalcy instead of kowtowing to every bizarre politically correct liberal group out there. The 2020 elections are coming, and the last thing we need is a collapse of conservatives at such a crucial time.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Lots & Lots 'o Links

If you've had the TV news off lately, you can catch up by reading Stephen Kruiser's Morning Briefing, Maggie's Farm, Liz Sheld's Morning Greatness, and Larwyn's Linx!

Argus Hamilton's latest column includes this item: President Trump addressed a huge Veterans Day parade in New York City. They were everywhere. During cable news, I thought I was watching a Veterans Day Fife Parade but it just turned out to be Whistle Blowers on their way to lunch from the House Democrats' offices in lockstep

Read Bob Tyrrell's column on what he refers to as "the moron vote." 

Poetic justice: "Islamic Jihad Rocket Chief Killed by Israeli Strike."

Encouraging news: "Two Dozen Prominent British Figures Sign Open Letter Urging Vote Against Labour Over Antisemitism Issue."  And none of these figures is Jewish!

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

More of The Same

Yet it's always Israel that's seen as the enemy! (Graphic seen at Elder of Ziyon.)

Friday, November 08, 2019

Lots 'o Links

Here's a good way to end the week, with interesting reading at Maggie's Farm, Stephen Green's Florida Man Friday column, and Larwyn's Linx.

The Nazis would be proud: "Italian Jewish Survivor of Auschwitz Liliana Segre Under Police Protection Following Death Threats From Far-Right Fanatics."

Greg Crosby reflects on the minimization of the Thanksgiving tradition: "American popular culture jumps over the holiday on its race to get to the less thoughtful and more rambunctious partying and gift giving holidays. It's a true loss for all of us as a country.Thanksgiving was once about the coming together of family and thanking God, both of which have over time been marginalized in our secular society. The concept of a traditional family continues to be eroded away by our 'woke' politically correct culture, which much prefers to honor transgendered, homosexual, lesbian, and actually anything other than what was once considered 'normal'." Sad how a minority is succeeding in destroying all our values.

Continuing that theme, Elizabeth Warren is continuing the destruction of normal.  Talk about brainwashing, political correctness, and overexaggeration! The Dems must be desperate if they are pandering this shamelessly. She wrote, "Black trans and cis women, gender-nonconforming, and nonbinary people are the backbone of our democracy and I don’t take this endorsement lightly. I'm committed to fighting alongside you for the big, structural change our country needs." I have no idea what "cis women" are and am sure I don't care to know, but if these people are considered the backbone, then it's a pretty spineless one!

For real backbone, remember Rick Rescorla, one of the heroes of September 11. Yesterday, this great man received a posthumous Presidential Citizens Medal.

Wednesday, November 06, 2019

2020 Democrats: A Disgrace Indeed


This powerful RNC ad shows how far left the Democrats have turned. Do you really want these people in the White House? And if you're Jewish, do you really want to be responsible for putting them there?

The Pot Calling The Kettle Black

Item from Stephen Kruiser's Morning Briefing: "That's Rich: Jerry Springer Blames Trump for Decline in Civility."

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Lots 'o Links

Check out all the good stuff at Maggie's Farm, Larwyn's  Linx, and Stephen Kruiser's Morning Briefing!

For interesting tidbits, visit Mental Floss.

And here's the October edition of Jewish Book Carnival, hosted by Book Q&As with Deborah Kalb.

Monday, October 28, 2019

Good Riddance to ISIS Leader!

Give Trump some credit for ridding the world of this savage butcher! He was for ISIS what Bin Laden was for Al Qaeda, and may they both rot.

Liz Sheld's Morning Greatness column is titled "Trump Kept Democrat ‘Leaking Machine’ in the Dark on Raid". Can you blame him after what the Dems have done to him these past three years? And why not? I wouldn't have put it past them to have leaked advance details of the raid, as long as  it hurt Trump.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Acceptine Nominations for the Antisemite of the Year Award

Seen at The Jewish Press today: "StopAntisemitism.org is accepting nominations for their 'Antisemite of the Year Award.' The watchdog group is calling on the public to select the most notoriously vile anti-Semites who not only spread hatred, but also incite violence against the Jewish people."

Unfortunately, there are too many candidates to choose from, but my "favorite" has to be Rashida Tlaib. If she weren't in the running, then I'd vote for the notorious Roger Waters, whose hatred of Jews has made one forget that once, he was simply a member of a rock band.

Friday, October 25, 2019

Republicans: The Party of Education

Did you know that math is racist?

And today at Instapundit, I learned this: "Professor says grading, good grammar are examples of white supremacy."
  
How clever these liberals are! They can keep encouraging, and making excuses for, stupidity and bad behavior by blaming everything, even mathematics, on  their usual scapegoats.  Why stress learning and personal responsibility when they can keep their voter base ignorant of history and facts; enable them to speak and write incoherently and ungrammatically; make sure they're unable to balance a checkbook; and ensure that their chances of getting a good job plummet to zero?

They have taken the concept of 'dumbing down' to the extreme.
The Republican Party and all conservatives ought to take immediate advantage of this opportunity and brand itself the Party of Education in comparison to the Democrats and its Party of Victimhood. Why would you vote for the latter?

Lots 'o Links

Here's your good reading to start the weekend, with posts at Maggie's Farm, Larwyn's Linx, and Stephen Kruiser's Morning Briefing!

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Zubin Mehta

If you love classical music and common decency, you have to read this appreciation of  Zubin Mehta:

"How can Israel repay the Indian-born maestro who came to comfort a war-shocked land and stayed for half a century?"

Always? Never!

Hot Air has titled this latest bit of insanity "It’s come to this", with good reason:

"Procter & Gamble brand Always is removing the Venus symbol, commonly used to designate 'female,' from the packaging around its sanitary pads in an effort to be more inclusive. 'For over 35 years Always has championed girls and women, and we will continue to do so,' the company told USA TODAY Wednesday. 'We’re also committed to diversity and inclusion and are on a continual journey to understand the needs of all of our consumers.'"

Please explain to me how maxipads can be "inclusive". I apologize for my obvious insensitivity in not realizing that men menstruate too!

Remember Gillette's transgender ad and "toxic masculinity" lecture, and the fact that they lost billions of dollars as a result?  I think Always is going to suffer the same economic backlash, and I hope they do. This constant embarrassing bowing to ridiculous political correctness has got to stop - period!

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Escaping Justice for 75 Years

There's yet another old-Nazi story in the news. Nazi-hunter Dr. Efraim Zuroff, reports: "A 93-year-old Holocaust guard is tried in juvy court.  When a neo-Nazi Holocaust denier sets out to murder Jews in Germany on Yom Kippur, the belated trial of Stutthof Nazi Bruno Dey takes on new importance...Dey is accused of 5,230 counts of accessory to murder during his service as an SS guard in the Stutthof concentration camp, from August 1944 until April 1945."

As always, I don't care how old or how frail these Nazis are. They have already lived much longer than their helpless victims did, and they should get what's coming to them.

Argus Hamilton Quips

Here's the humorist's latest take on the current news scene. I just hope he's kidding about Kellogg's in this item: "Kellogg's pays tribute to the LGBT community by introducing a cereal called All Together this week that combines six Kellogg's cereals in one big mix. It includes Frosted Flakes, Fruit Loops and Sugar Smacks. In solidarity this morning I had a Snickers bar which self-identifies as a vegetable."

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Reading The News Can Make You Sick

I usually skim the various new aggregators during my lunch break, and today I was very sorry to have come across this story at Hot Air:

"Jeffrey Younger had petitioned a court in Texas to grant him sole custody of his twin sons, James and Jude, in part to avoid a plan to infuse James with female hormones. James, who would like to be called Luna, has been the center of controversy in the heated debate among his parents and others. Anne Georgulas, the mother of the two boys, has advocated for James to transition into Luna and has strongly backed the idea of chemically castrating her son and beginning hormone replacement therapy. The ruling on Wednesday will prevent Jeffrey from having sole custody of his children and paves the way for Georgulas to proceed with the procedure."

The twins are seven years old.

How is something like this now considered normal? What has happened to people? It's as if they've been brainwashed into accepting every radical idea. Michael Savage used to say that "liberalism is a mental disorder", and after seeing stories like this one, I believe him.

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Investing in Good Music


Every time I hear this wonderful music, I have to stop to watch the Invesco QQQ commercial.

Friday, October 18, 2019

Tulsi 1, Hillary 0

When I read today that Hillary Clinton accused Tulsi Gabbard of being a Russian agent, I was amazed. But what was even more amazing was Gabbard's response:

“Great! Thank you @HillaryClinton,” she tweeted. “You, the queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption, and personification of the rot that has sickened the Democratic Party for so long, have finally come out from behind the curtain. From the day I announced my candidacy, there has been a … concerted campaign to destroy my reputation. We wondered who was behind it and why. Now we know — it was always you, through your proxies and … … powerful allies in the corporate media and war machine, afraid of the threat I pose.”

What a K.O.! She sounded almost like a Republican there!

What fun to see a Democrat woman taking on Hillary Clinton. She deserves kudos for doing so.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Frühlingsrauschen: Rustle of Spring


I had never heard of composer Christian Sinding or this piece until I saw the orchestral version in a 2015 concert, the first time it had ever been performed.  This beautiful music was originally intended for the piano.

Lots 'o Links

Check out the interesting and annoying links at Larwyn's Linx, Stephen Kruiser's Morning Briefing, and Maggie's Farm!

Bonus, from last week:  "CNN Town Hall Applauds Jacob, 'A 9-Year-Old Transgender American'". The "mother" of this deluded child needs her head examined, and so does this audience.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Drunkblogging the Debate

We should always be grateful to Stephen Green, who drunkblogs the Democrat debates to spare you from having to watch these spectacles yourself.  His recaps are shorter, wittier, and a lot less nauseating.

All I know is that if the Democrats actually get elected next November, I may start drinking myself.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Child Anxiety

From the NYT Friday Briefing:  "Smarter Living: Our Climate Fwd newsletter collected advice for helping children deal with anxiety over climate change. Dr. Lise Van Susteren, a founder of the Climate Psychiatry Alliance, suggests listening to their fears and then pivoting to solutions, such as steps you’ve taken to reduce your carbon footprint."

If they’re suffering from anxiety, it’s because the idiot parents instill it in them! Can’t they let kids be kids rather than radicals and activists?

Copenhagener Eisenbahn Dampf Galopp


I heard this piece for the first time in a 2016 concert (not the one shown above) and got a real kick out of it.  Even if you didn't know what the title meant, you quickly figured it out. It's more like Andre Rieu than the Vienna Philharmonic, but I liked it just the same.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Lots 'o Links ( + Y.K. & Baseball)

Turn off the shouting TV news and read these great blogs instead: Larwyn's Linx, Stephen Kruiser's Morning Briefing, and Maggie's Farm!

Bonus: It's time for some Yom Kippur-and-baseball links!  First, the familiar one about Sandy Koufax, including the fact that "Jewish baseball stars for the Astros, Braves, and Dodgers all decide to play on Yom Kippur. They all lose."  Then there's this story: "With the arrival of the Jewish penitential day of Yom Kippur alongside baseball’s postseason, it is fitting that we also mark the 100th anniversary of baseball’s original sin — the 'Black Sox' scandal."

Tuesday, October 08, 2019

Today's Amusing Blog Posts

From Stephen Kruiser's Morning Briefing:  "Many rumors are swirling saying that Her Majesty the Royal Granny Maojackets Hillary Clinton may want to dip her ugly toes into the presidential race waters once again. As an American voter who would prefer that no Democrats ever be in power again, I only have one thought about that: Please God, yes.

From Instapundit: "'[THUNBERG SCOLD VOICE] HOW DARE YOU![/THUNBERG]: New Law Requires You To Listen To Greta Thunberg Lecture Before Purchasing Gasoline.'  It’s the Babylon Bee, so it’s satire, but I wish they wouldn’t give California any ideas."

Monday, October 07, 2019

Excusing Bad Behavior

I saw two articles today about enabling bad behavior. One was a New York Times story about people talking on cell phones & taking photos during live theatre performances. One line stuck out: "...some suggest that an emphasis on behavioral restrictions is a form of off-putting elitism."

The other was a City Journal article about the homelessness squalor in San Francisco and the excuses that are made for it: "The city enables the entire homeless lifestyle, not just drug use. Free food is everywhere. Outreach workers roam the city, handing out beef jerky, crackers, and other snacks. At the encampment across from Glide Memorial Church, a wiry man in a blue denim jacket announces that day’s lunch selection at the church’s feeding line, to general approbation: fried chicken. He triumphantly brandishes a half-eaten leg before tossing it into the street. Susan, a 57-year-old Canadian who lives in an encampment on Willow Alley, itemizes the available bounty while rolling a cigarette: free dinners and movies; the microwave ovens at Whole Foods; free water at Starbucks. The homeless position themselves outside coffee shops in the morning for handouts of pastries and java. If those handouts don’t materialize, there’s always theft. A barista at the Bush and Van Ness Starbucks says that someone steals food and coffee at least every other day. 'We are not allowed to do anything about it,' she says. 'The policy is we can’t chase them.'  The combination of maximal tolerance for antisocial behavior, on the one hand, and free services and food, on the other, acts as a magnet."

There seems to be way too much "maximal tolerance" these days for behavior that would not have been tolerated years ago.  Since when are common courtesy and manners considered "off-putting elitism", and since when is going to the bathroom on public streets seen as acceptable? Why should volunteers clean up after your filth? Why shouldn't you expect other theatregoers to watch respectfully when you pay to see a play or a movie? What's wrong with good behavior, anyway?

Friday, October 04, 2019

Some Good Friday Roundups

Take a look at this newsletter from the Department of Labor.  Something tells me the Democrats aren't happy with the above graphic.

Stephen Kruiser offers The Morning Briefing: #FullOfSchiff Friday Edition.

Here's a news roundup from Issues & Insights.

Enjoyable Jewish Links

The popular word tchotchke is the subject of Harold Ticktin's Yiddish Vinkl. It's always fun to hear Kevin O'Leary use it on "Shark Tank"!  Here's one of the examples that Mr. Ticktin gives: "'If you are having trouble identifying a tchotchke, just look around your house or someone else’s and whatever you see that a burgler wouldn’t steal is probably a tchotchke.' (bit.ly/2o4qIgz)"

The September Jewish Book Carnival at Life Is Like a Library can give you some suggestions on what to read next.

Thursday, October 03, 2019

Enough About Vaping & ODs!

I am really sick and tired of hearing about injuries & deaths from vaping. Anyone with a brain ought to know by now that inhaling fumes from cigarettes, vapor, aerosol cans, or drugs can harm or kill you. Can we ever have any personal responsibility in these cases instead of always blaming others? Nobody is holding you down and forcing you to inhale, smoke, inject, guzzle, or swallow, so don't expect any sympathy.

Lots 'o Links

Make sure you check out Larwyn's Linx, Stephen Kruiser's Morning Briefing, and Maggie's Farm, for all the best links!

I saw this headline today: "Anti-Semitism all over again."  That makes it sound like anti-semitism had stopped and is making a comeback.  What the headline ought to say is "Anti-Semitism Continues".

Wednesday, October 02, 2019

Inoffensive Baseball

I always enjoy Greg Crosby's columns, and this one, called "Emasculating Baseball", is a tongue-in-cheek look at how baseball would look if it were required to be politically correct.

For example: "The term 'shutout' must be eliminated from baseball vocabulary as well. One should never shut out anyone or anything. It is exclusionary and we must always strive to be inclusive. 'Hit and run' is another term with a negative connotation. When you do it with a car it is against the law. And 'hitting' in general is an act of violence and toxic male aggression."

Make sure you read the readers' clever suggestions, too, but let's just hope the baseball commissioner doesn't read this column and get any ideas!

Argus Hamilton Quips

The humorist's latest column includes such topical news items as these:

"Hillary Clinton went on CBS Good Morning and stated that Trump is self-destructing because he had a guilty conscience about stealing the 2016 election. The opera just never ends with her. Would somebody PLEASE give Hillary a participation trophy so she'll think she won something?"

"House Democrats subpoenaed Rudy Giuliani's documents concerning his visit with Ukraine's president and called him to testify. They also want to shut Attorney General Barr out of the process. The Democrats want Giuliani to be disbarred and they want Barr to be de-Giulianized."

Tuesday, October 01, 2019

These Democrats Are Crazy, and This Idea is Just Plain Wrong

From the NY Times"A wealth tax to reshape the economy:   Progressive Democratic presidential candidates have proposed the biggest changes to tax policy in more than a century. Bernie Sanders — who has said, “I don’t think that billionaires should exist” — and Elizabeth Warren have both outlined plans that target the wealthy to help pay for social programs like tuition-free college, universal child care and 'Medicare for all.'  Critics argue that a wealth tax would cripple economic growth and sap the motivation of entrepreneurs."

Reshape the economy? It sounds like they want to destroy the economy instead! Why would a sane person vote for this?

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Lots 'o Links

Here's your end-of-week reading from Stephen Kruiser's Morning Briefing, Larwyn's Linx, and Maggie's Farm.

MarketWatch has an article today headlined "Trump impeachment inquiry and brutal 2020 election will further stoke ‘toxic’ workplaces, HR experts warn."  Brutal 2020 election? It's still only 2019, and that election hasn't even happened yet, but they're already predicting the outcome?  If workplaces are toxic, it's thanks to political correctness, which makes people keep their mouths shut rather than giving their opinion on something and receiving a tongue-lashing in return.  In all the years I've been working, nobody ever talked about politics -- until Obama ran for president, and then those who did offer an opinion were ostracized for their trouble. Nowadays, it's complete silence -- unless you're a Democrat.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Good News From Israel

What a relief to hear this news:  "Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been chosen by President Reuven Rivlin to form Israel’s next government, it was announced Wednesday.  The president’s office made the announcement after it became clear following two meetings in his office that it would be impossible to create a unity government deal between Likud party leader Netanyahu and his opponent, Blue and White party leader Benny Gantz."  It sounds a bit like what Trump has to deal with from the unbalanced Democrats.

Also, check out this open letter to the Prime Minister by João Lemos Esteves. Here's an excerpt:
"For me, the most relevant thing is the resolution to defend the existence and security of the State of Israel.
Even now when most political analysts say you are weaker than you've been in a decade, I say thank you. Gratitude is not valued in politics but it is still an imperative of human conscience.
Thank you, Mr. Prime Minister, for standing up to radical Islamic terrorism, when the so-called 'international community' was drunk in love with US President Barack Obama’s utopian and naive alliance with the exporters of worldwide terror. You had the courage to defy these 'geniuses' and defend Israel and its values.
Thank you, Mr. Prime Minister, for denouncing the barbaric regime of Iran's ayatollahs, who keep their own people hostage while spreading violence, fear, and death all over the world.
Iran is an existential threat to our values, our countries, and our peoples.
And thank you, Mr. Prime Minister, for denouncing so bravely the disastrous Iran nuclear deal – an evil strangely embraced by the main European nations. (Thank God, US President Donald Trump withdrew his country from such a terrible international accord.)
Thank you, Mr. Prime Minister, for making Israel a true startup nation with a great sense of innovation, entrepreneurship and economic growth. Israel has become an example to the whole world of a dynamic and boundlessly creative society with a thriving economy."

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

The Real Threat

Emma Roberts writes that socialism, not climate change, is the real threat, and of course she's right.  I will add that today's Democrats, not Republicans, are another threat.  Do you really want the likes of Schiff, Nadler, & Pelosi overthrowing the President we voted for, and stealing the health insurance you've worked for, the 401k you have earned, the wealth you have accumulated, and the economy that has done so well? What's wrong with these people?  It's as if they are punishing the rest of us just because Hillary Clinton lost.

Friday, September 20, 2019

Lots 'o Links

Get the latest news over at Maggie's Farm, Larwyn's Linx, and Stephen Kruiser's Morning Briefing!

People are wondering why teens take videos of people being murdered instead of helping.  Here's why. These are psychopaths,  people with no souls, conscience, or decency, who were never taught the difference between right & wrong -- or who simply don't care.  It's the sick behavior that's the problem.

While the Democrats obsess over impeaching Trump, "Hezbollah agent scouted targets including the White House and Statue of Liberty for terror group." Oh well!

Today's word at Yiddish Vinkl is volkn, meaning cloud. Harold Ticktin offers this example: "Yiddish expression 'A groyser volkn – a kleyner regn / A big cloud-a small rain.' Someone who talks big with little results, boasts, brags, exaggerates but has only a fraction to show for it.' (bit.ly/2kKsv9e)"