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."

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!


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.' ( )"

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.