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Wednesday, August 31, 2005

What can we do about Katrina?

Alot of people feel helpless in the face of this terrible thing that has happened in our country.

We all wonder how this could have happened with all we know about storms today. And how in a country as advanced as the US we had such great loss of life.

I don't know what the answers to that ate, I have no idea why so many people died, its so sad.

But I know from what I have been reading we can expect many more severe storms like this to come. Climate change is the reason.

There is indesputable evidence that the balance between carbon dioxide and oxegen has been thrown out of wack.

We have to act now to do something. We need to stop wars and fighting and stupidity and get to work on this problem as a human family if we hope to leave a world behind that our children can live in.

Why is everyone so busy shooting each other and fighting, everywhere all over the world this is happening.

I am going to go tomorrow and get four trees from the nursery and plant them.

If everyone on earth would plant a tree for each member in their house think of how many more trees we would have on earth.

One tree makes so much oxegen you would be amazed I am telling you guys you should read about this its incredible.

I hope everyone who reads this will be inspired to do something and plant some trees.

And get a low milage car, turn off the lights and stuff.

We have to stop this while we still have the time.

I say we all tell everyone we know to plant trees.

Don't you think this is a good idea?

Fun things to get you thru to Sept 7

People are home with the kids for another week....a number of fellow bloggers are about to snap.

Here are some suggestions for how to keep those summer vacation fun seeking kids happy. And in the process you and your family sane.

**Remember an army travels on its stomach. Go to the market and stock right up on all the healthy easy fun things your kids and their twenty closest friends like to eat. Really go for it. Get ice cream and cones and sprinkles. Life is short.

** Get your calendar out and do one cool activity a day. It should always be followed up with a thing that can only be done in summer like running thru the sprinklers. Go ahead. Put your suit and and run too. Remember one day they will be all grown up all too soon. They will be living in LA or London or Vancouver and you will talk to them once a week if you are lucky. Go in the sprinkler with them while you can.

** Rent a bunch of old movies. Get Topper and Gentleman's Agreement and Desk Set. Throw in a least one Tracey Hepburn flick. Kids don't watch old Jimmy Cagney movies anymore. They will resist, stand firm. Make popcorn. Put extra butter on it. Make a real root beer float and watch it with them under a blanket. Tell them their were actually movies before Lucas did special effects and see how amazed they are.

** Go to a planatarium. No one will want to go at first. They will ask you to take them to the mall or to their friends. Make them go. No one can see a good plantarium and not be blown away with wonderment.

** Take a hike thru a park or a trail....walking is free and you can really talk after a few minutes. Or just be quiet and be together.

** Play a game like Cranium or Scattagories and get them to call their friends to come over. Play with them. Have snacks. Insist they play for a least a half hour before they resist and want to play on the computer. I garentee you will be surprised at how much fun you all have.

Alot of it has to do with focus and planning. More than any sort of structured or expensive activity kids want to be with other kids. A friend is better than any toy or new video game you can buy. Call them up some friends from school or temple. Talk to the moms and make plans.

I like to take kids bowling on rainy days. I love it when another Mom will come too, we all laugh so hard at how the kids are so much better than us.

If your kids are busy and happy they are way easier to live with. Don't let them get off scheduale with meals and healthy sleeping. You are the adult, make rules and expect compliance.

One fun activity a day is plenty. You don't have to run yourself ragged.

But plan stuff, relax and remember, these times with your kids will be a memory before you can say boo! Hug them and tell them you love them whenever they leave the house.

Never hang up the phone without saying, 'love you!'

Don't criticise them or make them feel like a burden for being home on summer vacation.

You have a job to do, so do it. Anything worth doing, is always worth doing right.

End of lecture. Love you!

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Lets all say a prayer for the storm victims

Its a sad day.

Carlos who has a nice blog asked me to do this

question thing so here goes.


Number of books you have owned.

A zillion I love love love books. All kinds of books.


Last book you bought?

Wicked for my daughter

Last book you finished?

The Speckled Beast, a history of Smallpox ( I love non fiction best)

Five Books that Mean Alot to me?

The Book of Jewish Values

How to Run a Jewish Home

The Lessons of a Skinned Knee, a book of Jewish parenting

A River Runs thru It and anything by Bill Bryson cuz he makes me laugh

Love Medicine and Miracles

What books are you currently reading?

I am working on a program on Time Management for work so everything on that is what I am reading.

What five bloggers are you gonna pass this onto?

No one ever does on thing I say so what is the point? Sigh. Oh well no one will I bet but let me try:

Ok here goes, Elder I know you won't do it on your blog but maybe here?
Exenso you are so sweet maybe you can do it?
Mojo, also a good egg..
and Abbas?
And Aaron? You can do it! Its simple and book related so come on and take a shot.

Cyberspies



















This is an incredible story from Time Magazine, I am shocked it isn't getting wider play ....its a very important piece of news.
I wonder if like in the pre nine eleven world of government mistakes this one will get shuffled under the rug too.



Here it is:

It was another routine night for Shawn Carpenter. After a long day analyzing computer-network security for Sandia National Laboratories, where much of the U.S. nuclear arsenal is designed, Carpenter, 36, retreated to his ranch house in the hills overlooking Albuquerque, N.M., for a quick dinner and an early bedtime. He set his alarm for 2 a.m. Waking in the dark, he took a thermos of coffee and a pack of Nicorette gum to the cluster of computer terminals in his home office. As he had almost every night for the previous four months, he worked at his secret volunteer job until dawn, not as Shawn Carpenter, mid-level analyst, but as Spiderman--the apt nickname his military-intelligence handlers gave him--tirelessly pursuing a group of suspected Chinese cyberspies all over the world. Inside the machines, on a mission he believed the U.S. government supported, he clung unseen to the walls of their chat rooms and servers, secretly recording every move the snoopers made, passing the information to the Army and later to the FBI.

The hackers he was stalking, part of a cyberespionage ring that federal investigators code-named Titan Rain, first caught Carpenter's eye a year earlier when he helped investigate a network break-in at Lockheed Martin in September 2003. A strikingly similar attack hit Sandia several months later, but it wasn't until Carpenter compared notes with a counterpart in Army cyberintelligence that he suspected the scope of the threat. Methodical and voracious, these hackers wanted all the files they could find, and they were getting them by penetrating secure computer networks at the country's most sensitive military bases, defense contractors and aerospace companies.

Carpenter had never seen hackers work so quickly, with such a sense of purpose. They would commandeer a hidden section of a hard drive, zip up as many files as possible and immediately transmit the data to way stations in South Korea, Hong Kong or Taiwan before sending them to mainland China. They always made a silent escape, wiping their electronic fingerprints clean and leaving behind an almost undetectable beacon allowing them to re-enter the machine at will. An entire attack took 10 to 30 minutes. "Most hackers, if they actually get into a government network, get excited and make mistakes," says Carpenter. "Not these guys. They never hit a wrong key."

Goaded by curiosity and a sense that he could help the U.S. defend itself against a new breed of enemy, Carpenter gave chase to the attackers. He hopped just as stealthily from computer to computer across the globe, chasing the spies as they hijacked a web of far-flung computers. Eventually he followed the trail to its apparent end, in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong. He found that the attacks emanated from just three Chinese routers that acted as the first connection point from a local network to the Internet.

It was a stunning breakthrough. In the world of cyberspying, locating the attackers' country of origin is rare. China, in particular, is known for having poorly defended servers that outsiders from around the world commandeer as their unwitting launchpads. Now Chinese computers appeared to be the aggressors.


Ok so its me callie again, long story short, the Chinese seem to have stolen files from all sorts of military and nuclear installations. No shit.
And umm, why isn't this bigger news we have to wonder.....I guess there isn't a picture of a crying mother to video.
So no picture, no news.

Monday, August 29, 2005

Why is it that Sorrow Unites Us

and so often happy occasions have the opposite affect?

How many times have we been to a Wedding, Bar or Bat Mitsvah a supposedly happy birthday or anniversary party only to hear people quarrel or say unkind things.

Yet at tragic times, people join together.

I wonder why this is?

In my own personal experience I have found this to be true.

On the one hand, my father died suddenly a few years ago after falling from a ladder in his garage. I had just spoken to him earlier in the day and a number of my siblings made a habit of speaking to him daily since many of us live far away.

It was a terrible shock to hear he had died.

We sat together in the house and were so very very sad. I started to cry and I remember my sister in law who has always seemed to dislike me before then, offered my a tissue and patted my shoulder.

We all hugged each other and cried and no one said one thing negative to each other.

That same year my sister was married, the youngest of eight, to a wonderful husband.

Instead of being happy for her a number of people in my family were really mean about it, since it was in a unitarian church my Catholic sister refused to allow her sons to attend.

Since she had it in a park, others were critical of the rather unusual reception and how casual it was.

Of course everyone should have been happy for her, but people carped and were as so often happens at weddings simply standing around bickering.

I have seen this time and time again.

I dont know why!

Sunday, August 28, 2005

Now what?

So now what?

Its actually hard to say don't you think?

It seems that Iraq is actually going to come up with some kind of plan.

Who knows if they can make it work, its not really our call on that.

Sharon bagged Gaza, and they are finishing up that wall....

There was a suicide bombing today, some guy from Hebron blew himself up, he was stopped from getting on the bus he was trying to blow up during rush hour by two security gaurds that now have third degree burns over most of their bodies and are in intensive care.

The media is still following camp Casey like its the only story around, its so weird how these non stories take on a life of thier own.

Meanwhile, not much of anything seems to have been resolved anyplace.

It makes me wonder if Al Queda will come out of Iraq stronger than ever after some practice playing real war.

Now that they have been able to congeal themselves into some kind of cohesive military operatioin what if they take that nasty show on the show someplace?

Don't you wish sometimes that we all of us people on earth could just get together and kick out all the people who run things and let someone with some common sense take over?

when I hear Bush or Condi Rice or any of these people talk I can't help it, I wonder holy shit! Is THIS the best we can do?

And how come people in Iraq don't have the right armour? Can't they manage that? How hard can that be to get done?

And while we are on the subject how come they can't fix foster care?

Why do kids still get killed and starved by state approved foster parents in this day and age?

And why do we STILL have to have gas powered cars? Why?

Who is runninng things?

As for me, I have a ton of laundry to get done, closets to organize for back to school and a four mile walk to embark on.

Ranting on how the leaders of the world are idiots does make me feel better about that basket of socks I don't feel like pairing up tho.

It really does.

Friday, August 26, 2005

Ok so time to gear up

Summer is over, back to work.

Got my office straight, got my house straight got it all on track here.

Whew!

I hope this makes the fall go more smooth.....its a huge juggleing act to keep the kids, the house the business and that whole thing on track............................

I apologize to Rebecca

I should not have said that.

At times I open my mouth without thinking and this was one of those times.

Again, my apologies and best wishes on your marriage.

Three Sisters Four Brothers

So I come from a big family as I have said.

One of the things I am most thankful of in my life is the relationships I have with my siblings and their wonderful kids....all 21 of them....!er

Yesterday all four of us 'girls' got together and went to this nice farm and made these wildflower wreaths together at this class. I normally hate that kind of stuff. To be honest I loathe classes involving crafts! yuk!

But in this case I went with it and I actually had a good time.

Something weird happened tho.

One of my sisters came to this party I had last summer and and she said that she hated the party and had a horrible time and that two people said something snobby to her and that no one knew she was my sister.

I couldn't imagine this.

I was shocked.

Now this sister likes to stir the pot and stuff so I just let it go.

I mean its not worth getting all worked up about something like that.

She told me she would never come to another party I had again, and that was a bit off the wall but I figure hey whatever.

Everyone else said they had a great time, and my friends are not snobby maybe she just felt insecure.

Oh well who knows, we had a good time and I enjoyed the ride home with my youngest sister too.

I was up at our camp all summer so I didnt really get to hang out with her that much the last couple mthes so we got caught up.

She was telling me about some of the problems in her marriage, her husband gets really on her nerves.

Now this sister is a quiet person who really like solitude. She was the youngest and we were all mostly out and away by the time she was born so she got to be to herself alot.

In our family people support each other and I listened and told her what ever she does I am on her side in whatever happens. I think she and her husband are a good match and that this will pass but she has to decide that for herself.

I hope it works out, but sometimes you just never know what is in the future.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Lets stop killing people

I head about Pat Robertsons call to 'take out' Chavez, the nut who is running Venezuala.

Ok the guy is a nut. But he can't be any worse than the other nit wits who have run that place. Venezuala is a country with a small group of hugely rich people from oil, and vast vast slums. My husband and I almost moved there a few years ago, and I said no way.

Ok, so, lets make this clear. Roberstson doesn't speak for the US government but many people view him as symble of the Christian Right.

As such he has a responsibility to uphold certain Christian beliefs. I don't know about Pat but in my Bible is a thing about 'thou shall not kill'.

I have a sign up by my door that my niece gave me that says the Ten Commandments and that was is there for sure.

No question.

So that in itself I hope will close any further debate about killing anyone at all.

We don't do that.

Its wrong and immoral.

Its bad even to talk about it so I will stop.

I am now done.

"Chris said...
If people believe that the US went to Iraq because of Israel... they are pretty diluted. King Bush holds hands with King of Saud.. er President of Saud... oh man... I forget who thinks their king anymore. Aka. its all about the oil, and revenge.

I guess I just dont see the all anti-semitism that you do. Maybe its because I dont look for it, or maybe its because I am not a victim of it. I was raised to believe ......


I don't think most people really intend to be bigoted or mean.

I will list some of my own personal experiences with anti semitism, some others may have come to a different conclusion but here it is:

The temple I belonged to in San Diego, Adat Shalom was spray painted with Nazi symblems all over. And the name of the rabbi and the local ADL guy were used. They even spray painted the play ground for the nursery school, its was beyond fucked up to see the slide where my daughter played covered with slogans like "Die Jew" ....it was surreal. The police barely investigated even tho it cose 1000's of dollars in damage. Plus much mental pain from the 600 families who were members. The police promised to 'look into it'.

The temple in the next town over Syracuse was burned down a couple years ago by a Palestinian who came from Canada. I went to a wedding there, people were really upset. Thanks to God no one was hurt....things like that leave a mark on peoples minds tho.

The neighbors out summer told their kids not to play with our because they are Jew and they are at fault for Christs death. When I went to ask the Dad about it (My husband wanted to go but I wouldn't let him because our little girls were crying and he wanted to punch the guy) he said that he would see what happened and that he coudl n't imagine this.
Of course neither of his kids, who live NEXT door ever spoke to my kids or us again/ that was four years ago. They tried to get me kicked off an activiites group at the island but didn't get away with it. If you read the ADL.org site you will see millions of Americans still believe this stupid crap.

Ok, when my daughter was in kindergarden in San Diego they do this huge huge Christmas thing for a mth straight. Santa comes the works. I have no problem with this out of hand. I asked her teacher if I could come and read a Hannuka book and have a little talk about that to go with Christmas. The teacher said no. She said she never had a Jewish kid in her class before ( I believe her) and that she was surprised my kid was a Jew since she didn't act like one. ( NO I didn't ask how she thought Jewish kids would act different).... I justried to be polite and asked her why not, was there a way we can comprimize? She said no, and said she didn't know why I didn't want Christmas and why I wanted to ruin it for everyone and said I was mistreated my daughter for denying her fun. I just gave up and went home and didn't try again. Most schools are like that. Very very few allow any explanation of Jewish holidays to go with Easter etc...some do, most don't.

The complex we lived in LA its a condo thing had the pool spray painted with Swastikas. It took maintanace weeks to remove it. Weeks.

Ok thats a few examples I could go on.

We live in a diverse nieghborhood here. Its a college town and no one bothers anyone. At my kids school girls wear a head scarf (hijab?) if they want no one says anything, boys wear yamakles or whatever and its fine. o

This place is rare tho.

I think all the stupid crap about other peoples religion, whatever it is is just stupid.

Thats why people get upset about anti semitism, I bet other Jews have had these experiences.

Probably lots of groups who are minorities have them.

Monday, August 22, 2005

The Serial Killer Across the Street

OK let me tell you a story that is all true.

I lived for 7 years in a beautiful neighborhood in San Diego.....one of those lovely new devolpments of white stucco houses with red tile roofs and backyards full of bougenvilla and palm trees.

It was a semi gated community and like everyone else we bought our house brand spankin new. People came from all over the world to work at Qualcomm, Intel, Cisco and Nokia and thought nothing of dropping 650k for a house in a neighborhood with its own elementary school, play ground and pristine well groomed bike paths. It had that Pleasantville feeling of affuent suburban happiness. It never rained, the people were rich and beautiful and the sidewalks were always full of roller skating, scootering, bike rideing children.

Across the street from me, and right there was a guy named David Westerfield. David sits on death row now for the murder of seven year old Danielle Van Dam. I knew him pretty well and he was a computer guy of some sort just like everything else. Only two things set him apart from the rest of us. He was divorced, and had grown kids, and he liked camping and had this enormous 500k Airstream moter home parked at his house.

I used to dislke the camper being there, it blocked the view of cars for my kids as they went across the street. It was a cul de sac and so I really didn't like to see this super huge camper there all the time and I used to complain to him about it in a joking way.

It was against the many rules of the community to have the thing there and had we moms wanted to we could have had it booted. But, we didn't. Thats has haunted alot of us.

OK so long story short, he used to take this thing 'camping' every weekend. He would go to Mexico he said, and to the beaches and deserts and stuff. He had this tow thingy he kept these off road things you drive in and it had a bumper sticker that said " SANDTOYZ" on it.

He was often in his driveway working on old cars, a porche and a souped up VW were two I remember.

The Dads on the block would check out what he was up to as the families walked to the playground next to his house every evening. THat was where we met Danielle, she was a nice little girl and lived two houses down from us with her Mom and Dad and two brothers.

When David came back from his 'camping trips' on Sunday night he would meticulously clean the RV. I mean it was weird. He would take out the rugs, the furniture and wash it all down with bleach and water. It used to take him a whole day. My youngest is full of mischief and when we would see him with the hose she would ask to hold it and want to squirt the RV. I never let her since I was afraid she would turn it on David! Thank God!

I wish to God I could tell you there was something that creeped me out about him but honest to goodness there wasn't one thing.

He had two nice kids he saw alot of, his house was really nice, he put a pool in and everything, it all seemed very normal to me. He was even nice, once when my husband was in Venezuala he helped me jump my van when my kid left the light on in the back.

I have nightmares about that sometimes.

He knew both my nice little girls by name.

We walked by his house every day. I gave a deposition in his trial. About the camper that is.

Anyhow, one night he snapped and went to the neighbors house when little Danielle was up in her bed. It was the middle of the night and everyone was asleep.

He took her out of her bed and brought her to the desert in the camper and killed her and left her body in this ditch.

They figured out it was him because they found traces of her blood in his house and a strand of her hair in the camper.

He had had a number of brushes with the law regarding kids and nothing ever happened.

They know for sure he killed that one kid and have been trying to get him to help solve a number of other cases but so far he isn't talking.

We moved a few mthes before this happened thankfully but it has made me very paranoid about some things like who my kids talk to and letting them go out alone and locking my doors at night.

He went and found his way to the house thru an unlocked garage. Lots of people left doors unlocked there, I know I did.

Now I lock up my house but good. And I check and check the doors are locked. Always.


Sunday, August 21, 2005

I have the answer

to what I was thinking about this morning.

Its not that I don't like blogging! I love you guys!

I just saw some really creepy blogs and it weirded me out there for a sec.

Wow.

Like really, you guys have NO idea how weird some people are.

A good thing about blogging is that it exposes you to people and to ideas you would not find in your actual carbon based life.

Look at the brilliant ideas for my time management presentation you guys gave me! On my own, I would never have thought of all that stuff.

At look at how altruistic you all are to have taken the time to think and post such detailed advise to a perfect stranger.

From now on I am keeping my blog life like my real one, I stay close to home, with people I know, and hang out with them and my family.

Once I get to know someone thats different.

I just don't like all the strage things out there in the blogasphere.

Its well, shocking.

Shocking can be good. But for me, its very very small doses.

Very small.

Why Blog?

I get discouraged with blogging sometimes.

When I post something people disagree with, and they start to point that out it gets on my nerves something terrible. Like most people I suppose, I prefer everyone to tell me how brilliant and insightful I am.

When I get a list of comments telling me I have my head up my ass, well, it stings.

This doesn't happen often but hey, its happened enough.

Anyone recall my racial profiling post?

Thursday, August 18, 2005

help!

To my half dozen or so blogging friends.

I have to give a big all day presentation on time management next mth. It has to be good. It has to be great.
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Ok, so I have never really had a 'real job'.

I tought school for a bit, and then I had my kids and stayed home. I did wait tables in college like everyone else, but thats much use in something like this.

So I am not sure what people who DO have 'real jobs' use to get the time management thing under control

Do you all use blackbetties? palm pilots? how do those work?

Don't tell me to ask my husband, he has no problem managening time. Its easy for him, it comes natural.

Did you ever do any time management programs at work? Did you ever do the Covey thing? Any suggestions for me from you brilliant folks?

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

I love Canada

Did I ever mention that?

I spent alot of time there this summer and its a wonderful place.

I just wanted to point that out.

Our House DIvided

We all know on some level that a house divided against itself cannot stand. At least not for long.

I see it over and over.

Does this mean that we must now allow the level of public discource to decend into a ghoulish carnival the like of which surrounded the passing of Terry Schiavo ot this poor woman camping out at the Presidents Ranch, but, unlike in Gaza, Americans haven't started shooting at one another.

Yet.

Not yet.

But when was the last time you heard a civil debate between someone on the left and someone on the right?

Really think about it.

When Michael Moore represents the left, ( and I loved his early films) and Pat Buchanen is welcomed on every TV channel to speak for the right, I ask you what does that say about what kind of idiocy has taken over politics in America?

If you listen closely to Moore and Buchanen they sound alot alike.

Our leaders are evil and in the pockets of various dark and evil forces.

The elections have been stolen.

The real problems if you listen to them are Zionism, Communism, Liberalism, Capitalism, whatever, its always someone, something other than the practical problems at hand.

The band, it just plays on.

The ship may sink, but who is there to bail?

The real issues, climate change, oil dependancy, an increasing threat from Islamic fundamentalism, a widening polarity between the left and right, the bitter Red State, Blue State family fued that threatens us all, how we are going to solve the quagmire of Iraq who cares about that when a woman camps out at the Presidents Ranch who lost her son and wants to ask Bush why? Who cares when we can all lear at the grieveing family of Terri Schiavo? What difference does it make to have reasoned logical analysis when we can just drown this out with one stupid media circus after the next?

Its sickening.

Just sickening.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

You Guys have GOT to see this blog!

there is this amazing artist and poet in Islamabad, Pakistan who has the best blog I have seen. No kidding, its awesome! And what is even more incredible is that the author is only 18. And already her work is stunning.

If you haven't been there go and check it out, its great!

http://silverosiris.blogspot.com/

On Cindy Sheehan

Joel Greeburg wrote this. I love it. Its great. so is his blog. Once I figure out how to do hyperlinks I will link to it.


The Constitution allows me to make a very long list of statements. I can say George W. Bush is in the pocket of Zionists and oil interests, as a certain woman hanging out in Crawford, Texas does. I can also say that George W. Bush is little bunny fru-fru hopping through the forest. I can say that the difference between him and a duck is ice cream because, after all, a vest has no sleeves. Or I can say that the Stifler dance scene in American Wedding made complete sense. In other words, I can say any crazy old thing I want. I can say America is a racist, sexist, homophobic country of hate with mean icing and a bigoted cherry on top. Or I can say that I have armadillos in my trousers.

In fact, I can actually put armadillos in my trousers (though I suspect there's barely room for one) and then say all of the above. Because, you see, I can make statements almost anywhere I like about almost anything I like. I can say it in Texas, I can say it in front of the White House. I can say it dressed like a mouse, I can say it like a souse.

Okay I hate rhymes. So enough of that.

Of course, I can't say any of this inside the White House unless I've been invited inside. Otherwise, I'd be arrested for trespassing, not for presidential sassing.

Okay, I'm really done now.


Where is the tipping point?

Ok so everything has a place where a the momentum starts to build to a point when it really starts to take on a life of its own.

With AIDS it was the Red Cross's refusal to test the blood supply...once the virus was there, it spread like wide fire thru the general population. With everything there is a place where things tip to a point of no return.

One social movement we have seen throughout history is anti semitism. There is always some of it floating around....like dust or pollen it just takes up space in a mosly inert manner.

Right now the ADL studies say that only about 15 percent of Americans really hate Jews and think they deserved the holocoust...funny thing is most of them also thing the Jews made the Holocaust up so go figure. Then again anti semitism doesn't really pretend to be logical. In places like Germany and France, and Italy those numbers run about 50 percent. No surprise there, so long as it doesn't get incorportated into some master plan things are ok.

Well sort of Ok.

See even tho only 15 percent of Americans are 'hard core' anti semites, that is still millions of people. The percentage is oddly enough pretty much exactly the number who voted for perenial talking head Pat Buchanen, our very own pundit and holocaust denier.

So what does this stuff mean these days?

What has been shown to prevent these millions of people from actually rounding folks up and gasing them ( after performing numerous 'medical experiments' on them first) is that this kind of bigotry is pretty much taboo in mainstream society. Go to a party and start ranting how you hate Jews and mostly people will be shocked.

Or pretend to be shocked anyhow.

Really malignant jew-hatred involves three key components. The Simon Weisenthal Center figured this out and they oughta know. Ok one is the belief that Jews have some sort of special powers and influence over the world at large. This helps to justify the boycotts, the round ups, the property seizures and eventually the death camps or wars.

The second one is the idea that Jews are some how at fault for Jesus's death and somehow to blame for the ills in the world that come from this. Jews are seen as Judas, one who would betray the son of God for some pieces of silver. This is an ancient and very strong belief, it was rejuvenated recently in the huge hit film, The Passion of the Christ.

The third piece is the notion that Jews are somehow fundamentally less human that other people. This kind is common in the Arab world, preachers at mosques, imans, leaders, kings, and the guy selling falafel all claim on a regular basis that Jews are the sons of pigs and monkeys and must all be killed.

What is uniquely troubling is the divestment move of the Prostestant churches has taken up the first tenant, that Jews ( they say Isreal but they mean Jews) have special control that they must stop thru this boycott.

Sad, and a bit scarey. We will have to wait and see if indeed this is some sort of tipping point, when hate becomes cool and in the best interest of justice. It has happened before and sure it will happen again. The question is just when, and of course how.

This is another blog round up

A great post from wideawake.com

I love the way he spells Jooos, reminds me of the nuts on news groups.

Forget about Cindy Sheehan…for a moment anyway. Let’s talk about the Joooos.

You know, the Jooooos. They’re the people who ordered George Bush to invade Iraq. The people who are oppressing those poor, benighted women and children in Palestine. And if you can’t find Palestine on a map, don’t fret. It’s located in the very same place that some country called “Israel” currently occupies. Not to worry because that’s just a typo. The map makers of the world are simply waiting for the heroic Palestinian people to throw off the yoke of oppression encircling their waists like the bomb belts worn by their children. It’s simply a matter of time. There are apparently an endless number of Palestinian children willing to blow themselves to smithereens - and take as many of those evil, occupying Joooos with them as possible. And since there are a helluva lot more Palestinian Arabs than there are Joooos, logic dictates that eventually, the devout wish of those peace loving, misunderstood, day-care-starting-hospital-administering-food-bank-donaters from Hamas will be realized; i.e. the Jooos will cease to exist.

Why, to hear some people talk, it’s a matter of justice, a question of hoooomun rights. The freedom fighters who wear the, er uniform of Hamas aren’t really that violent. Did you know that a grenade launcher has a dual use utility? That’s right. It also makes a great martini shaker.

I bring all this up because the mainstream press refuses to bring the embarrassing truth about Cindy Sheehan and the company she keeps to the attention of the droolers, the half-wits, and Ritalin guzzlers who make up her starry eyed and swooning Greek chorus here in the Shadow Media. I’m talking about Kos, the DU, and the Huff ‘n Puffers who think the nauseating anti-semite camped out in front of the President’s ranch in Crawford is either the second coming of Rosa Parks, or the catalyst to morph the current anti-war movement into a resurrected manifestation of some 1960’s flower-child protest party.

This is why the left is so anxious to bring back those heady days of Viet Nam; they miss the guilt-free, consequenceless sex that made being a hippie so rewarding. In the age of AIDS and other epidemic sexually transmitted diseases, who doesn’t long for those sexually charged times when men were men and women were…well, easy. One would hope that the greying group of long haired, sandal wearing, Viagra swilling ancients would have taken a bath at least once since 1968. Otherwise, the new age youngsters who’ve joined them in the trenches may be a little put off by the aroma.

I did a post a few days ago asking that when opposing Mrs. Sheehan, we understand that she is so stricken with grief that it has warped her judgement. But really, there’s no excuse for this:

“9/11 was Pearl Harbor for the neo-conservatives’ agenda” and declared the U.S. government a “morally repugnant system.” Then she raged:

“We have no Constitution. We’re the only country with no checks and balances. We want our country back if we have to impeach George Bush down to the person who picks up the dog sh-t in Washington! Let George Bush send his two little party animals to die in Iraq. It’s OK for Israel to have nuclear weapons but we are waging nuclear war in Iraq, we have contaminated the entire country. It’s not OK for Syria to be in Lebanon. Hypocrites! But Israel can occupy Palestine? Stop the slaughter!”

This is a mild outburst. And for those who say advocating the Palestinian cause is not anti-semitic, I will accuse you also of being a hater of the Jews. You cannot exist on this planet and not know that the “Palestinian cause” is annihilation of not just the Jewish state but all Jews everywhere. By making common cause with the genocidal thugs of Hamas, you reveal yourself to be as bad as any run-of-the-mill goober chewing, goose-stepping neo-Nazi skin head thug in this country. No difference.

Which brings us back to Mrs. Sheehan and her friends. For the media to glorify this paranoid is beyond belief. She thinks America would be a fascist state if not for the internet:

“This is something that can’t be ignored,” Sheehan said during a conference call with bloggers representing sites like democrats.com, codepink4peace.org, and crooksandliars.com. “They can’t ignore us, and they can’t put us down. Thank God for the Internet, or we wouldn’t know anything, and we would already be a fascist state.”

And again, here’s that mythical place called “Palestine:”

“You get America out of Iraq and Israel out of Palestine and you’ll stop the terrorism,” Sheehan declares.

Sheehan, who is asking for a second meeting with President Bush, says defiantly: “My son was killed in 2004. I am not paying my taxes for 2004. You killed my son, George Bush, and I don’t owe you a penny…you give my son back and I’ll pay my taxes. Come after me (for back taxes) and we’ll put this war on trial.”

“And now I’m going to use another ‘I’ word - impeachment - because we cannot have these people pardoned. They need to be tried on war crimes and go to jail.”

And Powerline links to some interesting information on her “host” in Crawford; the Crawford House:

Cindy Sheehan has tied her cart to, the Crawford Peace House [Note: The CPH people have deleted the material mentioned in this post from their page, but I have the original. Here is the Google cache. See the update at the bottom of this post.]. They claim to be a house of peace, and Cindy Sheehan’s agenda would seem to be centered on the War in Iraq, but even a cursory look at the CPH’s web page shows a clearly different agenda. As I write this, the word “Iraq” appears on CPH’s front page a total of ONE time. The number of times a certain eastern Mediterranean country’s name appears? Seventeen times. And the single essay on the page is about…Iraq? No. It is about the world’s true demon, root of all evil, Israel.

The probable reason Crawford House took down their Jew-baiting material was the intervention of one of the slickest PR firms around - Fenton Communications - who recently came on board as a hireling of Ben Cohen’s group Truemajority. Mr. Cohen is the moonbat who helped start Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream and who famously used to give a part of his profit to “world peace” including donations to the National Council of Churches which acted as a front organization (unwittingly) for KGB donations in the United States in the 1980’s.

Fenton has their work cut out for them. The ragamuffins attending to the Queen of Grief need to be “handled” so that their anti-semitic rhetoric doesn’t get out of hand. And the fact is, since Fenton came on board, Mrs. Sheehan’s rhetoric has moderated to the point that she just seems a little kooky rather than a frothing at the mouth Jew hater.

Hindrocket at Powerline wonders if she’s “a poor, benighted woman unhinged and rendered irrational by grief, or is she a calculating, vicious anti-Semite and anti-American like the extremists with whom she associates?”

I’m really not sure. But I know in order for her to avoid self-destruction, she’s going to have to be managed by her handlers like a candidate in a political campaign.

Which, of course, is exactly what her little one act play is all about - politics. Her “crusade” has gone beyond grief, beyond anger and has entered the high-tech digitial world of a media campaign. The danger is that word will get out about this, that the MSM will actually start reporting the spin just like they do for a political campaign. Once that happens, her little charade will lose it’s drama value for the nets and Cindy Sheehan will be left with 15-30 second sound bites to spout her hatred.

The closer one looks at Mrs. Sheehan the less attractive she becomes. This is why the big lefty blogs are steering clear of her. They sympathize with her goals but recognize a charlatan when they see one. But as long as Kos and his minions are on board, she won’t lack for internet coverage.

That is, unless she really starts saying what she thinks about the Joooos and how their evil influence is the cause of all the problems in the world.

I could not have said it better

This is from another blog called the Bull Moose


The Moose salutes the peace activists of the Israel Defense Forces.

There is much talk of peace in the world, but little action. That is why it is so significant when a state takes concrete steps to attempt to bring reconciliation. Israel is doing just that this week as her troops remove their fellow citizens from Gaza settlements.

The significance of this move are profound for the soldiers and their leader. The Los Angeles Times reports,

"Sharon has already paid a heavy political price for the pullout, which was set in motion early Monday as soldiers began knocking at settlers' doors and telling them they had 48 hours to leave. In the year and a half since he unveiled the withdrawal plan, Sharon has been reviled as a dictator and a traitor, subjected to death threats by Jewish extremists. He now stands in real danger of losing the leadership of the Likud Party he helped found."

Don't expect, however, for Sharon and Israel to get credit for this courageous move from the world's capitals or from their carping critics. They will only be satisfied when Israel completely succumbs to the demands of Islamic extremism. While tyranny and exploitation reign from North Korea to Syria to Saudia Arabia to the Sudan, it is always Israel who is the target of the ire of groups like the Mainstream Protestant divestment movement or even a grieving mother in Crawford.

Those on the left who lionize Cindy Sheehan should realize that they are promoting someone who apparently subscribes to the most odious notion that a cabal of Jews who were defending Israel's interests led us to war. While we can sympathize with her profound loss, progressives should reject her extremist arguments.

There was once a time that the progressive movement championed Israel as a bastion of democracy in the tyrannical Middle East. That changed in the aftermath of the 67 war when Israel was victorious against the Arab armies that sought to eliminate her existence. Then the left turned their sympathies to the Palestinians who were never welcomed in the Arab world. Meanwhile, Israel integrated hundreds of thousands of Jewish refugees from Arab lands into the fabric of society. Arabs have used Palestinians as tools in a public relations war against Israel and to divert attention from their corrupt rulers.

This week, Israelis begin the painful process of sacrificing for peace. Will the world's peace movement celebrate their courage? The Moose is not holding his breath.



this is from a site called the Bull Moose.

Friday, August 12, 2005

I think this guy is dead on


by Vicotr Hansen

First the terrorists of the Middle East went after the Israelis. From 1967 we witnessed 40 years of bombers, child murdering, airline hijacking, suicide murdering, and gratuitous shooting. We in the West usually cried crocodile tears, and then came up with all sorts of reasons to allow such Middle Eastern killers a pass.




Yasser Arafat, replete with holster and rants at the U.N., had become a “moderate” and was thus free to steal millions of his good-behavior money. If Hamas got European cash, it would become reasonable, ostracize its “military wing,” and cease its lynching and vigilantism.

When some tried to explain that Wars 1-3 (1947, 1956, 1967) had nothing to do with the West Bank, such bothersome details fell on deaf ears.

When it was pointed out that Germans were not blowing up Poles to get back lost parts of East Prussia nor were Tibetans sending suicide bombers into Chinese cities to recover their country, such analogies were caricatured.

When the call for a “Right of Return” was making the rounds, few cared to listen that over a half-million forgotten Jews had been cleansed from Syria, Iraq, and Egypt, and lost billions in property.

When the U.N. and the EU talked about “refugee camps,” none asked why for a half-century the Arab world could not build decent housing for its victimized brethren, or why 1 million Arabs voted in Israel, but not one freely in any Arab country.

The security fence became “The Wall,” and evoked slurs that it was analogous to barriers in Korea or Berlin that more often kept people in than out. Few wondered why Arabs who wished to destroy Israel would mind not being able to live or visit Israel.

In any case, anti-Semitism, oil, fear of terrorism — all that and more fooled us into believing that Israel’s problems were confined to Israel. So we ended up with a utopian Europe favoring a pre-modern, terrorist-run, Palestinian thugocracy over the liberal democracy in Israel. The Jews, it was thought, stirred up a hornet’s nest, and so let them get stung on their own.

We in the United States preened that we were the “honest broker.” After the Camp David accords we tried to be an intermediary to both sides, ignoring that one party had created a liberal and democratic society, while the other remained under the thrall of a tribal gang.

Billions of dollars poured into frontline states like Jordan and Egypt. Arafat himself got tens of millions, though none of it ever seemed to show up in good housing, roads, or power plants for his people. The terror continued, enhanced rather than arrested, by Western largess and Israeli concessions.

Then the Islamists declared war on the United States. A quarter century of mass murdering of Americans followed in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, East Africa, the first effort to topple the World Trade Center, and the attack on the USS Cole.

We gave billions to Jordan, the Palestinians, and the Egyptians. Afghanistan was saved from the Soviets through U.S. aid. Kuwait was restored after Saddam’s annexation, and the holocaust of Bosnians and Kosovars halted by the American Air Force. Americans welcomed thousands of Arabs to our shores and allowed hundreds of madrassas and mosques to preach zealotry, anti-Semitism, and jihad without much scrutiny.

Then came September 11 and the almost instant canonization of bin Laden.

Suddenly, the prior cheap shots at Israel under siege weren’t so cheap. It proved easy to castigate Israelis who went into Jenin, but not so when we needed to do the same in Fallujah.

It was easy to slander the Israelis’ scrutiny of Arabs in their midst, but then suddenly a few residents in our own country were found to be engaging in bomb making, taking up jihadist pilgrimages to Afghanistan, and mapping out terrorist operations.

Apparently, the hatred of radical Islam was not just predicated on the “occupation” of the West Bank. Instead it involved the pretexts of Americans protecting Saudi Arabia from another Iraqi attack, the United Nations boycott of Iraq, the removal of the Taliban and Saddam, and always as well as the Crusades and the Reconquista.

But Europe was supposedly different. Unlike the United States, it was correct on the Middle East, and disarmed after the Cold War. Indeed, the European Union was pacifistic, socialist, and guilt-ridden about former colonialism.

Hundreds of thousands of Muslims were left alone in unassimilated European ghettoes and allowed to preach or promulgate any particular hatred of the day they wished. Conspire to kill a Salmon Rushdie, talk of liquidating the “apes and pigs,” distribute Mein Kampf and the Protocols, or plot in the cities of France and Germany to blow up the Pentagon and the World Trade Center — all that was about things “over there” and in a strange way was thought to ensure that Europe got a pass at home.

But the trump card was always triangulation against the United States. Most recently anti-Americanism was good street theater in Rome, Paris, London, and the capitals of the “good” West.

But then came Madrid — and the disturbing fact that after the shameful appeasement of its withdrawal from Iraq, further plots were hatched against Spanish justices and passenger trains.

Surely a Holland would be exempt — Holland of wide-open Amsterdam fame where anything goes and Muslim radicals could hate in peace. Then came the butchering of Theo Van Gogh and the death threats against parliamentarian Hirsi Ali — and always defiance and promises of more to come rather than apologies for their hatred.

Yet was not Britain different? After all, its capital was dubbed Londonistan for its hospitality to Muslims across the globe. Radical imams openly preached jihad against the United States to their flock as thanks for being given generous welfare subsidies from her majesty’s government. But it was the United States, not liberal Britain, that evoked such understandable hatred.

But now?

After Holland, Madrid, and London, European operatives go to Israel not to harangue Jews about the West Bank, but to receive tips about preventing suicide bombings. And the cowboy Patriot Act to now-panicked European parliaments perhaps seems not so illiberal after all.

So it is was becoming clear that butchery by radical Muslims in Bali, Darfur, Iraq, the Philippines Thailand, Turkey, Tunisia, and Iraq was not so tied to particular and “understandable” Islamic grievances.

Perhaps the jihadist killing was not over the West Bank or U.S. hegemony after all, but rather symptoms of a global pathology of young male Islamic radicals blaming all others for their own self-inflicted miseries, convinced that attacks on the infidel would win political concessions, restore pride, and prove to Israelis, Europeans, Americans — and about everybody else on the globe — that Middle Eastern warriors were full of confidence and pride after all.

Meanwhile an odd thing happened. It turns out that the jihadists were cowards and bullies, and thus selective in their targets of hatred. A billion Chinese were left alone by radical Islam — even though the Chinese were secularists and mostly godless, as well as ruthless to their own Uighur Muslim minorities. Had bin Laden issued a fatwa against Beijing and slammed an airliner into a skyscraper in Shanghai, there is no telling what a nuclear China might have done.

India too got mostly a pass, other than the occasional murdering by Pakistani zealots. Yet India makes no effort to apologize to Muslims. When extremists occasionally riot and kill, they usually cease quickly before the response of a much more unpredictable angry populace.

What can we learn from all this?

Jihadists hardly target particular countries for their “unfair” foreign policies, since nations on five continents suffer jihadist attacks and thus all apparently must embrace an unfair foreign policy of some sort.

Typical after the London bombing is the ubiquitous Muslim spokesman who when asked to condemn terrorism, starts out by deploring such killing, assuring that it has nothing to do with Islam, yet then ending by inserting the infamous “but” — as he closes with references about the West Bank, Israel, and all sorts of mitigating factors. Almost no secular Middle Easterners or religious officials write or state flatly, “Islamic terrorism is murder, pure and simple evil. End of story, no ifs or buts about it.”

Second, thinking that the jihadists will target only Israel eventually leads to emboldened attacks on the United States. Assuming America is the only target assures terrorism against Europe. Civilizations will either hang separately or triumph over barbarism together. It is that simple — and past time for Europe and the United States to rediscover their common heritage and shared aims in eradicating this plague of Islamic fascism.

Third, Islamicists are selective in their attacks and hatred. So far global jihad avoids two billion Indians and Chinese, despite the fact that their countries are far tougher on Muslims than is the United States or Europe. In other words, the Islamicists target those whom they think they can intimidate and blackmail.

Unfettered immigration, billions in cash grants to Arab autocracies, alliances of convenience with dictatorships, triangulation with Middle Eastern patrons of terror, blaming the Jews — civilization has tried all that.

It is time to relearn the lessons from the Cold War, when we saw millions of noble Poles, Romanians, Hungarians, and Czechs as enslaved under autocracy and a hateful ideology, and in need of democracy before they could confront the Communist terror in their midst.

But until the Wall fell, we did not send billions in aid to their Eastern European dictatorships nor travel freely to Prague or Warsaw nor admit millions of Communist-ruled Bulgarians and Albanians onto our shores.

— Victor Davis Hanson is a military historian and a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. His website is victorhanson.com.




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Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Sometimes the lucky ones are dead

Where we hear in the news about the numbers of people killed in terror attacks sometimes this can be misleading. While 25 people may actually be killed, many many more suffer serious injuries.

The bombers intend this and so they use nails in the bomb to maim as many bystanders as possible.

Here is a list of people who have been identified as needing help and prayers.

The following were injured in the December 12th 2001 bus attack near Emanuel:
ELIEZER CHAIM BEN DVORA, who was in a coma, is now able to drive. He has begun working around his house as a preparation to return to work. He is a plumber.
YOSEF YEHUDA BEN SULTANA, from Emanuel, is going through outpatient therapy for short term memory loss. He has not returned to work.
Some of the names from the Dec. 1st '01Ben Yehuda bombing:
ERAN BEN SIMA, injured in the BEN YEHUDA bombing, is still in outpatient rehab with improvements. He has some more head surgery ahead of him.
ADI BAT MOLLY, injured in the BEN YEHUDA bombing, is preparing to do a Seudat Hodayah soon but my source says she does not know how well Adi is functioning.
SHARON CHAIM BEN GILA is "celebrating" his 23rd birthday, today at Hadassah HAR HATZOFIM Hospital, still completely paralyzed except for his right hand. He asks almost without respite where he is, why he's there and what happened. (He has nail lodged in his brain that is inoperable.) His mother is opening a special account for the bed he needs. Meantime, all welcome donations can be sent to him at Sharon Chaim Mamon, 14 Sirotzkin Street, Romema, Jerusalem 94423.
MATANEL YECHEIL BEN ORNA, age 21, was shot in his hand in Hebron on August 23rd. I received the following message: Matanel got married last month, in a very joyous wedding! His hand however, is still in a special bandage/brace, with more therapy to go. I know that you take people off the list who are surely more injured than he is. In Hebron, our custom is to continue to pray for people until they have a complete recovery. Unfortunately, Matanel is still far from that point.
CHANA TOVA CHAYA BAT PESCHA, the 31 year old mother of a young girl, who was seriously injured in the Sbarro bomb blast the summer of '01 has passed a year of being unconscious. She is now staying off the respirator most of the time, except when there are complications like when she had pneumonia recently. She passed that but had fever last SHABBAT. Her body is still fighting though and we need to keep praying.
TZIPPORAH BAT TECHIYA, age 14 (now15), was seriously injured in a driveby shooting on August 5th, '01 when her mother was murdered, suffered a spinal injury, is back in school with a wheelchair.
Her father, SHIMON DAVID BEN CHANA GITTEL is now working. I received the following message about both of them: they are learning to go about their routines in their respective wheelchairs and are continuing to attend out-patient therapy. There is still room for improvement, and therefore, I would suggest keeping up the prayers for them.
NOA BAT ILANA's, the third of three women soldiers who were seriously injured when the Arab bus driver rammed into them at the bus stop, still suffers from her memory loss. Her father says that she is doing OK but not much improvement.
*ARIEL BEN LIA RIVKA, the baby from Atzmona who was attacked with mortar shells before PESACH '01, is now home and going to nursery school with an aide. He is no longer doing therapy in Jerusalem, rather in Sdederot and Beersheva, which is much closer and easier on him and the family.
SHLOMO BEN SHLOMIT, of Nerya (Tel Mon Bet), the father of three, was shot in the arm causing nerve damage is continuing to improve slowly.
*YOSEF BEN ESTHER, of Nerya (Tel Mon Bet), who was shot almost two years ago, is paralyzed. He is married and now living in Kfar Saba. He STILL needs our prayers.
DOVID HOVAV BEN DAGANIT, the soldier who was seriously injured in Alei Sinia is getting stronger all the time but his intestine has still not been taken care of. He won't have the surgery for another six months or so.

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

breathe breathe

everything is ok callie
everything is ok callie.

I am still so rattled from today and that poor baby

A terrible story

I didn't sleep well since I was sort of worryed about my meeting today. Its an important client and I was on the spot.

The meeting itself went well, the client seemed happy enough and I had the right outfit on but I think I was having a really bad hair day. I don't think anyone noticed tho.

And plus I had a lovely lunch with my friend who is from here and I saw nice pics of his family who are so cute. And we ate at this cool Kosher place but I was so paniced about my meeting that I hardly even really knew what I was doing or saying.

Then something really alarming and upsetting happened. Very very upsetting.

I came out of my meeting on Church street and I was trying to get my bearings. I left everyone go a bit early so it was a total fluke that I was even there in the first place.

I heard a baby schrieking and screaming and crying at the top of its lungs. I turned to look at see, since it was a pain scream and I know that sound so well. I mean just as a Mother I know it. So I went on 'red alert' to see if the baby needed help and I went to look behind the train entrance and then I saw the most horrible site you can imagine. This young woman was punching and beating her 2 year old boy as hard as she could and she was screaming at him at the same time!

Myself and another woman ran over to her and physically made her stop. Then I dialed 911 and told her I was going to have the police come right there and arrest her.

I mean it I did just that.

And then she started crying and crying and she said she was sorry and I saw she was about 15 years old. The baby was hysterical and I told her to pick up the baby. I said it in a calm way and I tried to soothe her and the baby and I hung up from the 911 and asked her what happened.

She said the baby had been lost in the store and she was scared to death and that she had gone to the dentist today and they wouldn't take off her braces! She cried and cried and said , ' you don't know what I have been thru! please don't call the cops on me".

The other woman said to her, that she must not beat her baby, that she will hurt him and it solves nothing.

She scolded her and talked to her about it.

I rubbed the babies back a bit and tryed to calm him down and calm the mother down too. I could sense that she wasn't a bad person she had just snapped and been overwhelmed. Poor thing. Poor baby, both so young.

So I didn't know what to do, I just let the other lady finish and I said, ok ok, you have to get some rest and go home. You have to take a bath and sit down when you get home and collect yourself so things like this won't happen again.

And she said ok, and she was crying and crying but she was calming down and the baby stopped crying.

I didn't know how else to help her so I reached in my purse and gave her 20 dollars and told her to get a sitter for her son and get some time to rest.

I didn't know what else to do.

I hugged her and told her to take care of herself and then I walked with the lady to the next corner and we just were agast about what happened. She was a nice lady. She is a teacher so she loves children.

I don't know if I did the right thing, I don't think the police will solve it. I just hope and pray for the baby to be ok and for the two of them to work this out.

If you pray and you believe in that please say a prayer for them for me.

Thanks.

Monday, August 08, 2005

There are a few blogs I read and not

all of them agree with my point of view.

But what can you learn from people who all agree with you?

What is to be gained by that?

One of the best things about blogging is to learn from other people what they REALLY think not what they pretend to be thinking.

This is what I think is interesting about it.

I have learned alot.

I am scared to leave my hotel! lol

Imust get up my nerve and walk around NYC!

Its so loud and scarey and strange!

I know I can do it!

I am going!

Here I go!

Bye

Have fun!

Ok I am in NYC.

At a really nice hotel that I love with amazing service and wonderful people and this wacky lobby built by Trump that looks like something out of a travel magazine.

I spent the last 6 weeks on a little island with no cars or TV basically just swimming, hanging out with my kids, riding my bike and having fun in nature.

So this is a major culture shock to say the least.

Anyhow, people are walking around here screaming into their cell phones a mile a freaking minute. Who are they talking to? Who are they screaming at I should say. Its such a bizarre life that people here live. They all seem so isloated and tense.

No cedar trees, no docks with herons on them, no groups of kids running around chasing each other, wow, how can people DO this?

Anyhow, my friend who lives here said to go and enjoy and see stuff and have fun so that is what I am gonna do.

I have never gone on a trip alone before but so far so good.

Its actually sort of fun to have some independence. In my life I never really am by myself just doing what I feel like, I am always, taking someone someplace, watching my kids while they swim to keep them safe, cooking, something always has to be done it seems.

Now I am going to explore the greatest People Museum on earth! The streets of Manhatten!

Wish me luck!

Sunday, August 07, 2005

Ok I am away on a trip

but will leave you with this.

I think Dr King was absolutely right.

After reading the ( very troubling) blogs of some of the people I have bumped into on line I think this is pertinent.

Anyhow, see you guys when I get back!

MARTIN LUTHER KING ON ZIONISM
"... You declare, my friend; that you do not hate the Jews, you are merely 'anti-Zionist'. And I say, let the truth ring forth from the high mountain tops, let it echo through the valleys of G-d's green earth: When people criticize Zionism, they mean Jews -- this is G-d's own truth.

"Anti-Semitism, the hatred of the Jewish people, has been and remains a blot on the soul of mankind. In this we are in full agreement. So know also this: anti-Zionist is inherently anti-Semitic, and ever will be so.

"Why is this? You know that Zionism is nothing less than the dream and ideal of the Jewish people returning to live in their own land. The Jewish people, the Scriptures tell us, once enjoyed a flourishing Commonwealth in the Holy Land. Fromtthis they were expelled by the Roman tryant, the same Romans who cruelly murdered our L-rd. Driven from their homeland, their nation in ashes, forced to wander the globe, the Jewish people time and again suffered the lash of whichever tyrant happened to rule over them.

"The Negro people, my friend, know what it is to suffer the torment of tyranny under rulers not of our choosing. Our brothers in Africa have begged, pleaded, requested -- DEMANDED -- the recognition and realization of our inborn right to live in peace under our own sovereignty in our own country.

"How easy it should be, for anyone who holds dear this inalienable right of all mankind, to understand and support the right of the Jewish People to live in their ancient Land of Israel. All men of good will exult in the fulfillment of G-d's promise, that His people should return in joy to rebuild their plundered land. This is Zionism, nothing more, nothing less.

"And what is anti-Zionist? It is the denial to the Jewish people of a fundamental right that we justly claim for the people of Africa and freely accord all other nations of the Globe. It is discrimination against Jews, my friend, because they are Jews. In short, it is anti-Semitism.

"The anti-Semite rejoices at any opportunity to vent his malice. The times have made it unpopular, in the West, to proclaim openly a hatred of the Jews. This being the case, the anti-Semite must constantly seek new forms and forums for his poison. How he must revel in the new masquerrade! He does not hate the Jews, he is just 'anti-Zionist'!

"My friend, I do not accuse you of deliberate anti-Semitism. I know you feel, as I do, a deep love of truth and justice and revulsion for racism, prejudice, and discrimination. But I know you have been misled -- as others have been -- into thinking you can be 'anti-Zionist' and yet remain true to those heartfelt principles that you and I share. Let my words echo in the depths of your soul: When people criticize Zionism, they mean Jews -- make no mistake about it."
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From M.L. King Jr., "Letter to an Anti-Zionist Friend,"
Saturday Review XLVII (August 1967), pg. 76
Reprinted in M.L. King Jr., "This I Believe: Selections from the Writings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.")
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Top Ten Ways Jews can Fight Jewish Boycott


( I found this and it cracked me up! Very funny)


by Jake Novak
10) Begin counter-boycott of Hellmann's Mayonnaise and Wonder Bread

9) Stop supporting all the Presbyterian comedians... oh wait, there aren't any!

8) Wear white shoes after Labor Day

7) Stop serving watercress sandwiches at Shabbat Kiddush

6) Replace Muzak in Jewish doctor's offices with Klezmer CD's

5) Secretly replace all references to John Calvin in Presbyterian doctrine with "Calvin Klein"

4) Initiate hostile takeover of L.L. Bean

3) Crash the next party at the country club

2) Water down the booze in junior's sippy cup

1) Let them do their own damn taxes!



The "Top 10" above was published in my Jewish Week column last month (May, 2005). And I did get some hate mail for it. Of course, I shrugged it off because if anyone doesn't see the humor in a church group that said nothing during the Holocaust deciding it can make moral pronouncements against Jews anywhere... than I don't see where you're going to see it. I'm no fan of moral relativisim, but if you're going to bash another group moral activities, check your own balance sheet first.

packing packing paicking

I gotta go on my trip and so time to take off my wet bathing suit and get off the dock and go to NYC.

This is gonna be a huge culture shock.

To say the least.

Be back later in the week, to anyone who stops by make yourself a cup of tea and relax.

Bye, bye!

Friday, August 05, 2005

Fear and Loathing in New York

Ok I have to go to NYC for a business trip soon

I love love love NYC but feel a little nervous about traveling by myself....I mean I was going to just go for the day and now I find myelf having to spend the night at a hotel.

That seems a little scarey in a way.

Mostly its going to be fun and exciting too since I will get to walk around the city and see stuff and all that....I love to people watch in NY.

But I am not really used to traveling alone! It has to be simpler than flying with kids the way I normally do but I know its going to seem bizare at first to be on a plane without my family.

This project is a fun one, so I am looking forward to that but in a way still I feel very apprehensive.

Its a bit of a new horizen I suppose. A new life phase for me.

In her own words

Ok here is an example of what this woman who came here cursing me said on her foolish blog.

If you think this kind of thinking which in my personal opinion seems to excuse the actions of Bin Ladin as brought about by the US and Saudi Royal family then please understand this post had some 86 comments, mostly from other Muslims saying they agree with her....no shit.

I doubt that all Muslims hold this view, but it sure does seem like it got a round of applause that was pretty loud, and pretty chilling. In her own words here goes:

The question that disturbs me is why in the world did he allow the U.S troops on the Saudi land? I believe that was the major reason why Bin Laden turned against them all because his question was, what the hell are you letting the U.S soldiers on our land for?! In ka yahan kya kaam hai bhaee? This is a Muslim country, why do we need these Americans here?

Makes me so mad.

I mean I know and it's no hidden fact that it is America's old habit to try and invade land that doesn't belong to them and somehow meddle into everyone's affairs but why was this King Fahd so stupid?

End quote

DO YOU SEE THE LINE THAT SAYS THIS IS A MUSLIM COUNTRY WHY DO WE NEED THESE AMERICANS HERE??? Yikes!

I was trying to discuss racial profiling, I would never say 'this is a christian country we don't need these muslims here"! I was wondering if this new policy is a violation of civil liberties or just a new reality we have to accept. This is very very different that what was said by Shaima on her blog.

Very different. Why does someone who seeminly justifies bin Laden and wonder why Americans would be in a Muslim country then act so outraged by profiling? Christianity is illegal in Saudi Arabia. Pakistan is a very intolerant place for minority religions. In America at least we are trying to work it out so we can all live together in harmony. Thats the goal.

What is her goal? I find this disturbing. In fairness a few Muslims did point out that her comments were off the wall. But not too many.

And this is not someone living in Pakistan guys, this woman is right here in Connecticut and working at Harvard.

As I said, no way do I think her views are universal, but its alarming to see anyone justify the terrible actions of al Queda. Those kids in Bali, the workers at the Twin Towers, the innocent people on the trains in Madrid what did they have to do with the troops in Saudi Arabia? Nothing.

And yet to alot of people that stuff makes sense.

What a world we live in....

Thursday, August 04, 2005

The Pakistani's are Coming

It seems I have incured the wrath of some very troubled souls. EEEEKS

there are some very crazy folks out there

you can find them from any country, the US being no exception.

It was actually pretty humourous to hear them call me names....one woman from Pakistan who lives in Montreal can curse better than any construction worker I have ever heard.

I have to give her credit, curse words in your second language are not that east to banter about I would imagine!

callie deletes her blogs

I don't know why. I just seem to do that for whatever reason. Odd quirk I guess.