Thursday, July 31, 2014

Must Read: VDH "Winning A Lose/Lose War"

Outstanding essay. 

Thanks to "G" for letting me know about it.

"Timidity explains much of the Europeans’ easy damnation of Israel. Putin escapes the disdain accorded to Netanyahu, because Netanyahu governs a small nation and is predictably reasonable; Putin governs a large one and is predictably unreasonable. Trashing Putin might involve some risk; trashing Netanyahu brings psychological relief. If Israel were large and Netanyahu demonic, and if Russia were small and Putin Westernized and reasonable, then our cheap scorn would be leveled at Russia and not Israel."

"There is no cultural downside in championing Hamas. The multicultural romance of the Other trumps even the endemic misogyny, homophobia, and religious bigotry of this particular Other. Seeing ourselves in Israel and not liking what we see outweighs the fact that Israel is tolerant, transparent, and free."

"Anti-Semitism still matters. The growing crowds of Middle Easterners in Europe are now channeling the Nazis of the 1930s; they chant slogans not heard since the Third Reich. Europe, where the Holocaust gestated, is not outraged; apparently, in some sick way, Europeans are aware that Arabs are saying things in their streets that they cannot say but may increasingly wish to."

Palestine House Leadership in Canada Calls for New, Diaspora Intifadah

And what could possibly be wrong with that?

Putting the "Midlife" Crisis in Perspective

A very clever essay from Rick McGinnis: 

(For some reason-I guess on purpose, the cut and paste function is not working on this web site. I always link to the articles I quote, but I guess not everyone does. Anyway, it's a REALLY annoying feature-unless it's a bug...)

I think people are more inclined to click when a small taste of the piece is highlighted for the reader, but that's just me.
Sometime in the last century we invented “teenage” as economic and cultural changes gave a discreet identity to the scant decade between middle school and college, but before that, as lifespans increased and increasing prosperity allowed us to become anxious about our long years as workers and parents, we invented middle age, and with it the midlife crisis – that point when we reach the peak of life’s craggy uplands and get a chance to glance both backwards and forwards and wonder, anxiously, at what it all means. - See more at: http://www.theinterim.com/columnist/rick-mcginnis/putting-the-midlife-crisis-in-perspective/#sthash.nIHiOqqk.dpuf
Sometime in the last century we invented “teenage” as economic and cultural changes gave a discreet identity to the scant decade between middle school and college, but before that, as lifespans increased and increasing prosperity allowed us to become anxious about our long years as workers and parents, we invented middle age, and with it the midlife crisis – that point when we reach the peak of life’s craggy uplands and get a chance to glance both backwards and forwards and wonder, anxiously, at what it all means. - See more at: http://www.theinterim.com/columnist/rick-mcginnis/putting-the-midlife-crisis-in-perspective/#sthash.nIHiOqqk.dpuf

Great: "Doctors Should Ask About Guns, Sex, Smoking and Personal Matters"

If I go to my OB/GYN, I'm primarily there for him to take a look at my plumbing.

Apparently, that is too narrow a view (HAHAHAHA) for some. 



Kevin Williamson: The Jews Mean to Live

Well said, Mr. Williamson. 

"The Jews mean to live, Hamas means to exterminate them, and there will be war until Hamas and its allies either weary of it or win it and the last Israeli Jew is dead or exiled."

"It is Hamas, not the Israelis, that stashes rockets and soldiers in schools and hospitals, but it is the Israelis the world expects to take account of that situation. Every creature on this Earth, from ant to gazelle, is entitled to — expected to — defend its life to the last: The Israeli Jews, practically alone among the world’s living things, are expected to make allowances for the well-being of those who are trying to exterminate them. No one lectures the antelope on restraint when the jackals come, but the Jews in the Jewish state are in the world’s judgment not entitled to what is granted every fish and insect as a matter of course."

European Jew-Hating Jew Hating Deja Vu All Over Again: Belgian Doctor Refuses to Treat Elderly Jewish Woman

Nothing to see here, carry on!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

A Delight: Joan Rivers on Howard Stern

This is good stuff. REALLY GOOD, not just because of the Israel stuff but also because she doesn't hold grudges. ("Housewives of Bethlehem" OMG!)

Joan is so funny!

I love that NOTHING is sacred to her.

Nothing. Everything can be mocked. She is inspiring. Love that lady.

Also, loved hearing about her process. How she works and re-works the jokes. It's amazing.

LISTEN TO THE WHOLE THING.


In Gloomy Times, Celebrate the Small Things: Boy Hears Music For the First Time In His Life and Dances

Because the small things are really the big things.


"Those Three Boys Saved the Nation"

Excruciating.

There is something that nobody is talking about so I'm just warning you all that these painful topics are haunting me and they are not going to go away and I'm not going to brush them under the rug.

First-the fact that the tunnels exist is a failure either of Israeli leadership or intelligence or both. Nobody wants to discuss this, but it is going to come up. 

Second-showing mercy to the people of Gaza is suicidal. Israel should not be providing electricity, food, "humanitarian" aid of any sort to the barbarians who happily elected Hamas. Why fund and arm your enemies? Why drop leaflets and send text messages? Nobody cares about this "proof" of humanity. It is this exact "proof" of our humanity that is getting our children killed.

They want to kill us all. They used Israeli cement to build the tunnels. Has the suicidal Israeli left infiltrated the political and military establishment to such a degree that they cannot or will not see that their actions are suicidal and that the consequence of their "humanitarian", feel programs toward barbarian jihadist savages result in the deaths of our children?

Third-The Jews that voted for Obama voted for Hamas and for Israel's destruction. 

There, I said it and I'll say it again on many future occasions. The Jews that voted for Obama are complicit in the terror war against Israel and chose their liberal sensibilities against their Jewish identity (whatever remains of it) and the Jewish state. They are Jew-hating Jews.

Whether or not the transcript of the Obama-Bibi telephone conversation is accurate or not (I believe it is), what is completely certain is that President Obama is a Jew-hating, Hamas enabler and that this is the most antisemitic administration in American history. 

And, as always-this is not just about the Jews.

America, under Obama is traveling on the well-tested road to civilizational destruction.

Societies that treat the Jews (and "their) Jews well flourish and prosper.

Those that don't, fail and disappear into the dustbin of history.

America is at a crossroads of sorts right now.

The treatment of the Jewish state is a litmus test for civilization moral fortitude, future prosperity and yes, the survival of a given civilization.

America and Israel-both young and fragile democracies have much to fear and much to fight for.

This is an existential test. 






Israel, Hamas and Special Needs Children

Please read the whole thing. 

If you ever are interested in supporting Israel by doing something financial, I highly recommend making a donation to ALEH, Shalva or Keren Malki. These are outstanding Israeli organizations for special needs kids and adults and they serve everyone regardless of religion.

I have personal experience with ALEH so I can vouch for the truly righteous work that they do, having seen it with my own eyes.

Otherwise, Beit Halochem does great things as well for injured soldiers.

The best thing, of course, is to go to Israel and put money directly into the Israeli economy but I know that is a big investment and not everyone can do so.

Another thing you can do to  support Israel is buying Israeli products.

There are lots of on-line stores that ship amazing Israeli products right to your door if you are in America.

Israeli wines are really excellent as well.




Please, Let's Give Them What They Want

Hamas commander: 

"...our soldiers yearn for death the way the Zionist soldiers yearn for life."

I say, give them exactly what they want. 

(Of course, they don't mean themselves, nah not the hot shot jihadi leaders, they need to live it up at Qatari hotels-they just meant their foot soldiers...)