Thursday, May 02, 2013
Friday, October 05, 2012
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Yes, life is busy, with everything and nothing. Please let me know if you're reading this. I fell off the face of blogland and I can't get up!
Salamander turns 7 Sunday and gets his first Chumash!! *sniff*
Monday, February 09, 2009
Thursday, October 16, 2008
I LOVE being in a town with such a huge Jewish community, but I miss being familiar with my surroundings. I got a job! Really, the job found me. B"H! Part time, mommy hours, stuff I've done before, for a similar organization.
All the stuff in the financial markets has been craaaazy. Anyone else feel like Moshiach is coming REALLY soon??
Wishing anyone who happens to read this a Shana Tova, esp. that you and yours may be blessed with good health and parnassa!
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
But B"H (most of) our stuff arrived safe, WE arrived safe, and the kids have started school and are doing great B"H! Bagel is in a class of WONDERFUL girls - and I stress - girls! NO BOYS! She is VERY HAPPY ABOUT THIS!! LOL...
I found a great chiropractor, which makes me very, very happy. She (SHE! Happy dance!) sent me to a hospital to have x-rays done. This involved driving on a freeway. I've done this a few times here and I DO NOT ENJOY IT.
Friday, August 01, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
(Golus, lovely golus, mesmerizing,
We'll be on the second floor of
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Tuesday, April 01, 2008
Sunday, March 09, 2008
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Mom (may her memory always be for a blessing) and I lived with her parents for several years when I was little, from age 2 to age 7, and Gramma has always been a second mother to me, and just as much to me after my mom passed away unexpectedly at 49.
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
PHILADELPHIA—Friedman Paul Erhardt, a German-born cook known as "Chef Tell" who was one of America's pioneering television chefs, has died. He was 63.
Erhardt died of heart failure on Friday at his home in Upper Black Eddy, about 25 miles east of Allentown, his family said.
Erhardt's jolly personality, thick German accent and wit made him a fixture on television shows such as Regis and Kathie Lee and comedy skits on Saturday Night Live. He was also said to be the inspiration for the Swedish chef on The Muppet Show.
Monday, October 29, 2007
Sunday, September 16, 2007
So, in our shul the little kids go running up to the bima at the end of davening to sing Adon Olam. Salamander (4.5) was up there in front of everyone, holding himself (he had to GO) and doing a step-kick.
Friday, August 31, 2007
In Cleveland Heights this summer, at night, three times I have observed The Other Black-and-White-Adorned Residents! ;)
I have to say, I don't think I've seen a single one in a "wild" OR urban area since I moved from the Cleveland metropolitan area 20+ years ago!
Jack: not a WORD! ;)
Thursday, August 09, 2007
I was sifting through a bunch of old emails, and came across a bunch of quotes I'd saved by my now-8 year old daughter, "Bagel". :)
December 2003, age 4.5
"I can't get it. It makes my brains all sweaty."
(5 minutes later) "Look! My brains aren't all sweaty anymore!"
"Mommy - I love my daddy's $10 shoes! I LOVE them!" (quote from the book Caps For Sale, I think)
"I need some salad to help me relax."
In the car on the way to preschool she said, "Mommy, my Madeline doll is broken." I said, it is?
She said, "Yeah, it needs batteries."
Honey, your Madeline doll doesn't need batteries.
"Then how am I going to get it to walk and talk?"
I chuckled and said, she doesn't really do those things - you have to use your imagination and pretend.
"Mommy, can I pretend she has batteries?"
March 2004, almost 5
"I'm not ready to be a grownup. I'm not ready to be an adult. It's not fair. Mommy's too short."
"Thanks, Mom, I really appreciate that." (an unexpected flash of adult thinking)
In the car on the way home from delivering shalach manos-
"Mom, do you know how much I love you?"
"I'm NOT a jelly bean. Don't call me jelly bean!"
"I wish I had a baby sister I REALLY want a baby sister and I want to name her (Bagel) and she can have a haircut like me and..."
"Mom, do you like rubber chickens?"
"I'm not a kitty - I'm just a human."
April 2004 - Bagel turns 5 this month! - Salamander is 18 months...
"Salamander's my brother. He doesn't know very much."
"I could teach him to fly a kite. But I'll need to get a kite first."
Thursday, August 02, 2007
Thursday, August 2, 2007 9:22 AM
KETTERING, Ohio (AP) — Romeo slays Tybalt for killing his friend, Mercutio.
Police in this Dayton suburb responded to a report of a swordfight in a public park Tuesday night. They found actors rehearsing a scene from “Romeo and Juliet.”
“Nobody was hurt, except for us from laughing so hard once we figured out why the police, an ambulance and a fire truck pulled up with sirens flashing,” said Dawn Roth-Smith, co-directer of the outdoor production by Playhouse South that opens Saturday.
“Somebody driving by must have seen our rehearsal but missed the big green sign we have up for our play,” Roth-Smith said. “I apologized to the officer for bringing them out for no reason.
He told me I should tell my actors they're doing a great job.”
Beware reports of witches in the park when the same group rehearses “Macbeth” next summer.
Thursday, July 26, 2007
They are buskers at London's Covent Garden. Comments from YouTube: "It's so nice to see musicians - or any serious artists for that matter - demand respect for their work." "No one should be able to interrupt Carmen."
My assessment: It's a great gag, but a sloppy and unbalanced performance. ;)
Hat tip: Jack
Thursday, July 19, 2007
me: Go tell Daddy you need a bath.
Salamander ran into the bathroom: "Daddy! I need a bath! Can't you see the sign with the bathtub on it?!"
Then he sat in the bathtub while the water ran, yelling,
"It's not enough water.
It's not enough water!
It's not enough water!!
It's not enough water!!"
Monday, July 16, 2007
(Salamander is our 4.5 y.o. son)
Me to The Daddy down the basement steps: 'Where's the knife you just used to cut the pizza?'
'Oh, sorry. I put the knife in the dairy dishwasher.'
(We don't have one. I heard wrong - he said dish water!)
'What? You put it _where_??'
'oh, sorry, I thought you said dairy dishwasher.'
Salamander came running from the living room and yelled down the basement steps: 'No, Daddy! The dishwasher is MEAT!'
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
Not only have I seen the parquet floor of the old Boston Gahden, but my high school graduation was held in Richfield Coliseum (both of which are no longer with us).
Hmmm... My high school band marched at halftime at a Browns-Raiders (THE REAL BROWNS, TYVM!) game in Browns Stadium... but I've been to Jacobs Field and it's still standing! LOL...
*my (secular) birthday is this Shabbos. Anyone remember what I turned last year? It was a riddle ;)
Sunday, June 03, 2007
Sunday, May 27, 2007
Monday, May 14, 2007
I gave Salamander and Bagel permission to share some pink grapefruit Mentos (which I can't stand), and Salamander came up to me and said, "What's the bracha for Mentos?"
I could eat him up. (minus the pink grapefruit Mentos!)
Salamander, my 4.5 year old, thanks to whatever was discussed in playgroup today, decided that he's going to call us by our Hebrew names. So now I'm Ima and he's Avi. Too cute. (His actual Hebrew name is longer than his English name, so I went with brevity.)
"Ima, do you know what exhilarating means?"
"No. Super-DUPER EXTRA exciting!"
It took me a few minutes to get signed in to write this, and by then I'd forgotten exactly what he said. So I went into the other room and said, "What does 'exhilarating' mean again?"
Confidently but deliberately, he said, "super, duper, extra exciting."
(Yes, I let him watch Pinky Dinky Do and some others on Noggin. He cracks me up.)
Thursday, April 26, 2007
POSTED: 8:56 a.m. EDT, April 26, 2007
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (Al-Reuters) -- Irate Islamist lawmakers have persuaded the Pakistan government to stop a theatre group staging a satirical play about the burqa, the all-covering head-to-toe garment worn by conservative Muslim women.
"Burqavaganza" played earlier this month during an arts festival in Lahore, the eastern city regarded as Pakistan's cultural capital, and home to some of the most liberal and most puritanical parts of the Muslim nation's society.
"The burqa is part of our culture. We can't allow anyone to ridicule our culture," Culture Minister Sayed Ghazi Gulab Jamal told the National Assembly.
The minister announced Thursday that the government had barred the play, which had already ended its run in Lahore, from being performed in other Pakistani cities.
Veiled female parliamentarians and Islamist lawmakers cheered Jamal and thumped desks in approval, while trading barbs with women from both the ruling party and liberal opposition parties.
Described by critics as a romp, the play sought to highlight the impact of the veil on society, by showing how wearers use it as a way to hide what they want to keep private.
In the play, young men and women wore the burqa to go out on secret dates, and it featured a character called Burqa bin Badin.
The play also showed a burqa-clad married couple put to death for making love in public.
Predictably, religious conservative Pakistanis did not find it funny, going as far as to describe the play as blasphemous, a crime in Pakistan that can carry a death sentence.
"They have committed blasphemy against the Prophet (Mohammad)," Razia Aziz, a female lawmaker from the Islamist opposition alliance, told the National Assembly.
She demanded the government take action against people responsible for staging "Burqavaganza".
Mehnaz Rafi, a lawmaker for the ruling Pakistan Muslim League from Lahore, opposed the government giving in to the Islamists.
"A few people cannot dictate affairs of the state. Every person has the right to lead his life his own way. A few people cannot snatch freedom from society," Rafi said.
Shahid Nadeem, the director of the play, told the weekly Friday Times that the play aimed to raise awareness about a trend to force women to wear the veil.
Progressive Pakistanis have become increasingly shocked by how bold religious radicals have become in spreading their Taliban-style values in society.
Last month, burqa-clad female students from an Islamic school, or madrasa, raided a brothel in the capital, Islamabad, and abducted three women. The women were released only after they were made to repent before the media.
Students from Lal Masjid, or Red Mosque, and its adjoining madrasa have also pressured music and video shop owners to wind up their businesses as part of their anti-vice campaign.
Sunday, April 22, 2007
Did anyone read the Dear Abby-type letter in the current Jewish Press from a man whining that his wife needs to remember that "men have needs too" after a day of cleaning and preparing for Pesach etc.?? That maybe if they just "gave the man some attention" at the end of the day, they wouldn't be tempted to commit the aveira of buying porn etc.?? (I am paraphrasing very loosely here!)
Try taking the money you spend on that filth and using it to hire a CLEANING LADY so your wife might be SLIGHTLY LESS THAN DEAD at the end of her fifth day in a row of cleaning up a year of your chometz!!!!
Don't get me STARTED.
Thursday, April 05, 2007
Thursday, March 29, 2007
No, really. Bagel and I were just gone for 3 days. We went to see a family member who is moving overseas, but while we were there, we went here. Who knows where "here" is?
(The sign below the Rt 6 sign is key - click on the pic)
Friday, March 23, 2007
Sunday, March 18, 2007
Friday, March 02, 2007
A couple of the MJC songs are sung by very high male voices (falsetto) and Salamander thought they were boys (which I didn't understand right away). When a new song came on yesterday, he said, "No! I want the Jewish boys!"
Since I wasn't paying attention, I said, "Do you want me to put on Kol Hamispalel?" (The first song on the YBC CD)
"No! I want to listen to the Jewish Boys!"
"OK..." (this went back and forth a few times) Finally out of frustration, Salamander said, "I want to listen to the Jewish BOYS! I don't WANT to listen to Jewish fathers!"
Monday, February 26, 2007
So I was at work late last night, after Maariv. Time to leave - absolutely, positively could NOT find my keys. Didn't throw them away, etc. So, for the 2% in municipal tax I pay for the privilege of working in this self-important 'burb, I called the PD and asked them to come help me look in the parking lot since I didn't have a flashlight.
They were out there, all right. In the ignition. Safely locked in the car, LOL. Oops...
Thursday, February 22, 2007
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
I went to yeshiva in the Midwest (no, not Cleveland, but close enough) and one two such fellas knocked on the dorm house and we let them in. We even made them tea. Then three of us sat down with them and the fun began. There was one bochur in our yeshiva who actually knew a lot about not only their religion, but many (like real in depth stuff) -- and he really took them on a whirlwind tour.
I felt sorry for those two when they finally left about an hour later. The look on their faces was like when a child finds out that Santa Claus isn't real after all...
The BEST part? When they got up to leave, the bochur said, "hey, you forgot your Bible..." and one replied, "that's ok, I don't think I'll be needing it..."
Monday, February 12, 2007
Since Jack loves to diss Cleveland (but will settle for dissing Ohio), he couldn't resist my Weather Forecast for Hell.
Treppenwitz has a great story... Renting a cello in Israel
For our next trick, let's try to rent a bassoon in Nahariya. (I did this just to get my trackback to stand out, but it's not working, LOL.)
Got bassoons? In Israel I'd have a better chance of harvesting a didjeridoo, LOL...
Actually, check this out. How cool is this? The Israel Kibbutz Orchestra
Thursday, February 08, 2007
"What's what, honey?"
"THIS!" (This thing I'm pointing to, Mama? If I knew, Mama, why would I ask? I'm four and your son, remember?)
I looked over and saw that he was pointing to the side of the shopping cart where it says "Target".
I said, "Oh. You tell me - sound it out."
And he did! "Tarrrr - get! Target!"
Mama and big sister Bagel were very proud of him. :)
In other news: I have turned word verification off.
So Bagel, Salamander and I went to visit friends a couple hours away in a city that is just as cold but has more snow. :) Their dad was on the east coast on business until last night anyhow, so it was an especially tempting opportunity to get out of Dodge!
We went to the science center (took Bagel's little friend, ummm... Salami) and a children's museum (Salami had to go back to school, but my kids had a blast).
Got home at 1am this morning. I had no business driving home last night, but Bagel DID have to go to school this morning, and she gets to leave early for a dentist appointment.
My 2000 Sienna has been voicing its displeasure with the persistent below-freezing weather. It won't start in the morning, or if it's been sitting outside for a few hours (like at the Children's Museum, ugh...) But if I push in and release the emergency brake it tends to wake up. Since I had an incident about a month ago where the van wouldn't turn off (OFF!), my dad thinks it's part of the key something or other (not the ignition). I don't think I want to go so far away from home with the kids again until it's fixed...
Life in the big city, LOL.
Monday, February 05, 2007
Sunday, February 04, 2007
Saturday, February 03, 2007
Friday, February 02, 2007
Friday, January 26, 2007
Thursday, January 25, 2007
Sunday, January 21, 2007
Friday, January 19, 2007
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Hat tip: Ezzie Ezzie Ezzie Ezzie Ezzie Ezzie Ezzie Ezzie Ezzie Ezzie Ezzie Ezzie Ezzie Ezzie Ezzie Ezzie Ezzie Ezzie Ezzie Ezzie Ezzie Ezzie Ezzie
*whose posts are no small potatoes either!
Friday, January 12, 2007
When I got up the stairs he said, "I love you."
I said, "I love you, too."
He said, "I just very, very love you."
I said, "You are my sweet boy!"
He said, "I want a bread and cream cheese sandwich with two pieces toasted on a napkin."
I said, "Can you say 'please'?"
Who can make this stuff up?
Friday, January 05, 2007
Lean On Me - Billy Withers
Sometimes in our lives, we all have pain, we all have sorrow.
But if we are wise, we know that there's always tomorrow.
Lean on me when you're not strong, and I'll be your friend.
I'll help you carry on, for it won't be long
'til I'm gonna need somebody to lean on.
Please swallow your pride
if I have things you need to borrow.
For no one can fill those of your needs
that you won't let show.
You just call on me brother when you need a hand.
We all need somebody to lean on.
I just might have a problem that you'll understand.
We all need somebody to lean on.
Lean on me when you're not strong, and I'll be your friend.
I'll help you carry on, for it won't be long
'til I'm gonna need somebody to lean on.
You just call on me brother when you need a hand.
We all need somebody to lean on.
I just might have a problem that you'll understand.
We all need somebody to lean on.
If there is a load you have to bear that you can't carry,
I'm right up the road. I'll share your load if you just call me.
Call me (if you need a friend)
Thursday, December 21, 2006
Thanks to those of you who looked and enjoyed!
Any other time of the year, the word "Judeo-Christian" makes my roll my eyes at the very least - while the basic premise may be that of "inclusiveness" or "tolerance" (or, let's face it, "marketing"), IMNSHO it's preferable and more intellectually honest to write "Jewish and/or Christian".
But having just seen a reference to "Judeo-Christian holidays", I am feeling the need...
A person, because of his/her parentage or immigration status, can be Israeli-American, Russian-American, African-American, etc. A person can feel strong bonds to their ancestry or place of birth and also their adopted country.
But a person can only practice one religion (and be intellectually honest about it).
"Judeo-Christian holidays"? Let's see, at this time of year, those would be... Hanukkah and Christmas.
Hanukkah is about the Jewish victory over the Greeks. It was our victory over assimilation. The Greeks wanted to wipe out the Jews.
Christmas is about the birth of the Christian deity, who Christians actively recruit non-Christians, especially Jews, to worship. I mean, that is Christian doctrine - no matter what kind of Christian theology you're talking about, they believe you're going to hell if you don't believe in Jesus. Jews are still (as always) fighting our battle for survival because Christians, too, ultimately want to wipe out the Jews.
So, when I, as a Jew, hear "Judeo-Christian", excuse me for wanting to hurl.
(donning my asbestos underwear)
(I reserve the right to dispose of nasty comments - it's still my blog)
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
This clip is "Ocho Candelikas" and "Light a Candle".
(sorry - time for some housecleaning!)
Friday, December 15, 2006
Hey Ezzie - there's a message for you at about the 2.5 minute mark ;)
(sorry - housecleaning time! Besides, my blog's been getting a ton of hits for the name of the song, which I think is weird)
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Monday, December 11, 2006
Saturday, December 09, 2006
Sunday, December 03, 2006
Saturday, December 02, 2006
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Monday, November 27, 2006
Sunday afternoon, the nursing home where Grandma is (here) called my dad's to say that family should come immediately. What family is left that didn't go to Mass., including me (they actually called me this time, shock), went up. (My uncle who died is Grandma's son-in-law.)
By the time I got done yelling at my husband for taking both sets of keys with him, a friend showed up to give me a ride to see Grandma. She is not really conscious. She is 90 and has Alzheimer's and cancer. Add some rough family dynamics on top of that and it's just a whole "thing". (And none of them are Jewish, don't forget...) Already the behavior of some of these people has me feeling like *I* need to admit myself to detox.
So, I won't be around so much...
Sunday, November 26, 2006
Friday, November 24, 2006
I probably turned ten shades of red, and do you think my friend had mercifully turned around and walked away and missed my flaming faux pas? Noooo.
I turned around, said "Midvale!" (because that's what my husband and I have done for years whenever we've done something stupid), and there stood my friend, staring at me with the goofiest grin, which I returned as I tried to muster some shred of dignity and leave before someone noticed my shirt tag stuck out or the toilet paper stuck to the bottom of my shoe...
Cartoon hat tip: SWFM
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
It was great - they were totally in character at the meet and greet. They did not speak, but "signed" ticket stubs, drum sticks (like mine - they dropped a whole bunch of stuff like that off the stage - you had to be there) with blue paint from their heads! There were even a few kids, and the Blue Men were patient with all.
Pictures and Meet and Greet passes courtesy of Jan and Andy from Indianapolis, a couple we met who were across the aisle. They noticed how much we were enjoying the show. Yes, we just about fell over when they offered the passes to us!
We also met Peter Moore, who sings Sing Along, one of my favorite brooding BMG tunes... ba da, da, da... da da, da, da.... we actually had a very interesting discussion about the GIG PIG. Yeah, LOL. It is a new contraption that was used during Tracy Bonham's set by the drummer. It's basically a portable drum set. It has 3 or 4 cymbals that telescope up from a box with 3 or 4 drum heads that looked about the size of small practice pads, maybe. We assumed it's electronic, but it's not. That was the most amazing part to us - it's actually a box that they set up mikes next to, but the amount of equipment to schlep in and out is shrunk down to almost nothing!
Monday, November 20, 2006
Tags: Mentos Blue Man Group
Hey, Ezzie! I found it first this time
"This is the video that is played before Blue Man Group's stage entrance on the How To Be A Megastar Tour 2.0. I features Blue Man Group music, with the guys from Eepybird performing some stunning Mentos and soda experiments."
I was getting drinks when they started playing this, and my husband called me and yelled at me on my cell phone, LOL!
Previous Diet Coke and Mentos posts:
The relatively new one, thanks to Ezzie (bowing deeply)
The Catholic Church weighs in on nutrition issues regarding Diet Coke and Mentos
Our original plan and a link to the original, super-dee-duper, what-began-it-all video at eepybird.com
First, some prep... (because, after all, this was a well-planned operation)
Heh heh - We Did It! (Interesting how the kosher ones are probably best eaten!)
Diet Coke and Mentos with the Neighbors Part 2 - Boooooooo
A Side Note: Pink Grapefruit Mentos are disgusting. I don't care if they're kosher.
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
Sunday, November 05, 2006
The obsession continues, LOL!
UPDATE: I HAVE KOSHER MENTOS!!! If it weren't so flipping cold outside, I'd do it again! (This link is to the June archive; there are five posts about our Diet Coke and Mentos escapades on our driveway. Yes, we and the neighbors had Way Too Much Fun (TM).)
Hat Tip: Rafi G via Ezzie
Sunday, October 29, 2006
(I got the stuck parking meter! Woohoo!)
Salamander had the best time tailing Uncle Moishy during the parade - and I couldn't tell you where Bagel was - there were at least 5 families from our city at the concert, so she may have gone off to find some friends for all I know!
I don't know if the last pic does Salamander justice - he has quite a mischievous look on his face!
Monday, October 23, 2006
I am now Jewess With Horns (no spaces) (dot) blogspot (dot) com (which you can see if you are reading this!).
I have such a small readership that I am not worried about the word getting out, LOL...
I've been wanting to do this for some time, but AbbaGav's post about blog names finally pushed me into doing it!
Friday, October 20, 2006
Of course, I gave him a hug and saw, "awwww... you're mine too!"
"Yeah, you, and Daddy, and (Bagel)!"
He is my sweet boy.
Actually, I think he just really wanted to use the computer, LOL...
I have been AWOL ... a lot has been distracting me from blogland... I am so drained from waiting to hear about the next and final step... I know that it is in Hashem's hands (and three rabbis, honestly now!)... but that doesn't make the waiting any easier...
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Friday, September 29, 2006
What do you think?
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Sunday, September 24, 2006
Grape Nuts and Trail Mix Grape Nuts (if it's called that) have the most iron of any type of food I've found per serving, and it's definitely the easiest delivery system, LOL. Yep, me and my nuts and twigs. Yippee. I have lost five pounds. Not that you can tell. LOL.
To everyone, a happy, healthy, prosperous New Year. And, to paraphrase a quote from Sara Yocheved Rigler's current article on aish.com: "...if, as Rosh Hashana draws near, we realize to our chagrin that we have few spiritual achievements to report, it's still not too late. The ten days between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, called "The Ten Days of Repentance," are an ideal time to score some spiritual goals. The deadline for submissions to our spiritual alum magazine is Yom Kippur."
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
Monday, August 28, 2006
My husband was out of town on business all week. His flight was delayed twice Friday before being canceled.
He stood in line with everyone else who was trying to get on the 8:30pm flight... only he was just trying to get his luggage and get out of there so he could get on the commuter rail to spend Shabbat with a family we know, BEFORE candlelighting.
They refused to release his luggage, and by the time he'd stood in line and been abused (like everyone else) by the employees, he didn't have time to catch the train.
He spent $100 and an hour in a cab to get to his Shabbat destination, with TWO MINUTES to spare before candlelighting!! (B"H!!)
He got home yesterday at 6:30pm... the kids were ecstatic, and I was mostly relieved.
Since he had no toiletries (or clean clothes for that matter), Motzei Shabbat he went to CVS and bought some. His host family was kind enough to make him as comfortable as possible, of course.
But when he flew home, security made him THROW AWAY the deodorant he had purchased the night before and used once or twice. That he HAD to purchase because they refused to release his luggage. Etc. etc...
Thursday, August 24, 2006
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
Read the whole article here...
JERUSALEM, Aug. 22 -- The Israeli government's plan to dismantle some Jewish settlements in the West Bank and redraw the country's borders is being shelved at least temporarily, a casualty of the war in Lebanon, government officials said.
The plan, which propelled Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to victory in March elections and was warmly endorsed by President Bush as a way of solving Israel's conflict with the Palestinians, is no longer a top priority, Olmert told his ministers last weekend, according to one of his advisers.
Instead, the government must spend its money and efforts in northern Israel to repair the damage from the war and strengthen the area in case fighting breaks out again, Olmert said.
"I've decided to invest most of my energy and the government's energy in rehabilitating the north," Olmert said Monday in the northern community of Kiryat Shemona.
"This is a national new priority. It takes precedence for the moment over realignment" of the settlements, Miri Eisin, an adviser to Olmert, said Tuesday. "At the moment there will be no withdrawal."
Monday, August 21, 2006
Ahhh... this is awesome! I am not in this recording, but it brings back memories of my college days... I only had the chance to play bassoon trios my freshman year. I am going to try to get my junior and senior recitals transferred from tape to CD before they turn to dust in the basement.
The 2 Contras - Susan Nigro and Burl Lane
Sample Tracks - If you listen to nothing else - check out the Impish Imp - what a riot!
Yes, this is the kind of stuff I listened to in college. No, the underclassmen had no idea I also liked classic rock. Yes, my classmates thought I was weird.
Sunday, August 13, 2006
It's the RADICAL ISLAMISTS WHO WANT TO KILL US.
Sorry. Not PC. But geez people, they've told us as much. Do you think they're joking? Wake up, America. We've got our own Gaza, and it's in Dearborn. OUT!!
Racial profiling? Yeah. They only want to kill non-Muslims. I'd call that racial profiling.
Thursday, August 10, 2006
Monday, August 07, 2006
Sunday, August 06, 2006
Reutering: What someone committing Taqiyya is doing. I think they are reutering through their teeth...
Hat Tip: Go find it yourself
Well, THAT picture was just a little too obvious to get away with.
"Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused by exposing the blatant Anti-Israel bias that's been exhibited by the MSM since, well, 1948..."
Ironically (and stunningly, to me), according to Wikipedia, Reuters was started by a German Jew in the 1840s.
Friday, August 04, 2006
Monday, July 31, 2006
Thursday, July 27, 2006
While we're quoting UN resolutions, you left one out: According to UN Security Council Resolution 1559, it is the responsibility of the Lebanese government to disarm Hezbollah and to assert Lebanese sovereignty in southern Lebanon.
Well, now that Al-Qaida has called for jihad on the rest of the world (you think they wouldn't kill you too?), maybe it IS time for Israel to use some REAL "disproportionate force".
It's time for Israel to DEMAND that the Western media expose to the world the fake Palestinian riots and funerals, the truth about Hezbollah hanging out with UN "monitors" (who are often spies from unfriendly countries), and NOT STAND for ANY MORE "here and there" rockets that the Western world never hears about, and kidnappings that the terrorists expect to use to trade for 400 terrorist prisoners sitting in Israeli jails.
Oh, the poor Palestinians. A year after Israel handed over Gaza, have the Palestinians gotten busy creating their utopian state? Natch! Utopia for terrorists maybe - they have squandered their opportunity to show the world they were serious about creating their own state. Anyone still living in a "refugee camp" should lose their refugee status, and Arab countries - primarily Jordan - should be forced to grant them citizenship.
Look at a map - Arab countries are the size of the U.S. and they can't STAND that Israel exists - but it's the size of NEW JERSEY.
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
If the Arabs put down their weapons today there would be no more violence.
If the Israelis put down their weapons today there would be no more Israel.
First millennium manuscript, open to Psalm 83, found in Irish mud
The book was found open to a page describing, in Latin script, Psalm 83, in which God hears complaints of other nations' attempts to wipe out the name of Israel.
Psalms to say daily in response to the crisis in Israel:
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
Israel: Cut it out!
Israel: I'm serious, cut it out!
[Israel slaps Hezballah]
Hezballah to Lebanon: Mom! He hit me!
Lebanon: Stop whining. I have other things to deal with.
[Israel slaps Hezballah again]
Hezballah: You wanna piece of me? Come and get it.
America: Stop that fighting back there! Hezballah, try to stop poking, OK? You're bothering your mum. And you, Israel, keep your hands to yourself.
Israel: Yes, dad.
[Israel slaps Hezballah again]
Hezballah: Mom! He hit me again!
Lebanon [distracted]: mm hmm
[Israel punches Hezballah in the face, drawing blood]
Hezballah, touching his nose and then staring at the blood: Oh Sh*t! What did you do that for?
(From the Yahoo article: "He said Hezbollah had expected "the usual, limited response" from Israel after the two soldiers were seized by guerrillas on Israel's side of the border on July 12")
Monday, July 17, 2006
The Great Egret is the symbol of the National Audubon Society, one of the oldest environmental organizations in North America. Audubon was founded to protect birds from being killed for their feathers.
topSize: 94-104 cm (37-41 in)
Wingspan: 131-145 cm (52-57 in)
Weight: 1000 g (35.3 ounces)
Bill yellow with dark top edge.
Long plumes on back during breeding.
No crest or plumes on head.
In high breeding, the bill becomes orange-yellow and the lores become lime-green.
Walks slowly, stands and stabs prey with quick lunge of the bill. (We witnessed this - very cool!)
Thursday, July 13, 2006
I have no intelligence either, seemingly, because I agree with db. Who knows, in fact, if this pullout has ensured the retention of the West Bank? Surely the Palestineans have blown it badly & shown that they cannot be trusted with further autonomy in the interim. With the Israeli presence gone, they could have gotten loans and built up their operation. Instead, they went into creative terrorism a la Al Queda. A billion dollars in reparations for the Jewish Gaza residents may bave been a cheap price to pay to learn this. And, indeed, Zahal has a very straight shot at this time, with no settlements to guard. The Lebanon war is far more unsetttling, who knows what mischief Hezbollah has in mind? They have no bottom limit for depravity.
koznitzer 07.13.06 - 5:07 pm
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
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Wednesday, June 28, 2006
"Since Israel withdrew completely from Gaza last summer, the IDF has scarcely even set foot there, even as the Palestinians have rained rockets down on surrounding Israeli communities from their newly Jew-free territory. But now, in the wake of the Palestinian invasion across Israeli borders in which a soldier was kidnapped, the IDF is preparing a mission to enter Gaza and hopefully rescue the abducted soldier."
Not every day you see the "before" pics of the homicide bombers burying explosives in a residential area while Palestinian children casually stand around in the background watching.
The word now is that the IDF has entered Gaza. May Gilad Shalit be returned safely to Israel.
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
I took off the cap and taped a piece of paper snugly around the mouth of the 2-liter bottle. Then I took off the piece of paper and snipped a cut almost all the way through, right above where the mouth would be, where the cardboard would sit to prevent the Mentos from falling in until the right time. I tied a piece of string to the piece of cardboard so it could be yanked out from a distance.
2 kosher Mentos (thank you Shari! She got them from the Rabbi who brought them from Israel!);
2 regular (treif, LOL) Mentos;
5 regular Mentos;
5 cinnamon Mentos.
Here we go!
Friday, June 23, 2006
Sorry - I had to take the embedded video out - every time I refreshed I got a pop up window for the Active X control. But it's still worth watching, especially if you haven't seen it!
Interestingly, when I was at Walgreen's last night I checked out the Mentos display and they were COMPLETELY sold out! (Well, there were sugar free ones left - mercy on Midwestern diabetics?)
Thursday, June 22, 2006
You gotta read the comments.
Shout-out to Bill at The Art of the Rant and to StepIma! HU-AH!
Toying with the Fundies is just immensely satisfying when done right.
Friday, June 16, 2006
"But there is an even larger question not asked. Whether the rocket bases are near civilian beaches or in remote areas, why are the Gazans launching any rockets at Israel in the first place -- about 1,000 in the past year?
To get Israel to remove its settlers, end the occupation and let the Palestinians achieve dignity and independence? But Israel did exactly that in Gaza last year. It completely evacuated Gaza, dismantled all its military installations, removed its soldiers, destroyed all Israeli settlements and expelled all 7,000 Israeli settlers. Israel then declared the line that separates Israel from Gaza to be an international frontier. Gaza became the first independent Palestinian territory ever.
And what have the Palestinians done with this independence, this judenrein territory under the Palestinians' control? They have used their freedom to launch rockets at civilians in nearby Israeli towns.
Why? Because the Palestinians prefer victimhood to statehood. They have demonstrated that for 60 years, beginning with their rejection of the United Nations decision to establish a Palestinian state in 1947 because it would have also created a small Jewish state next door. They declared war instead.
"...This embrace of victimhood, of martyrdom, of blood and suffering, is the Palestinian disease. They are offered an independent state. They are given all of Gaza. And they respond with rocket attacks into peaceful Israeli towns -- in pre-1967 Israel proper, mind you.
What can Israel do but try to take out those rocket bases and their crews? What would the United States do if rockets were raining into San Diego from across the border with Mexico?
Now look again at that terrible photograph and ask yourself: Who is responsible for the heart-rending grief of that poor Palestinian girl?"
Monday, June 12, 2006
He's 3.5, and knows this bracha extremely well, to the point of getting very upset if someone tries to help him, but hasn't completely mastered (ahem) not speaking until taking a bite of challah, so right now the time period between netilat yadayim amd hamotzi is as small as we can make it!