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Friday, November 18, 2011

The Passing of Common Sense.

By George:

From time to time, as you know I like to re-publish words of wisdom I glean from emails or other sources. This time I saw this item as a comment posting, and since this was the first time I have see this, I will attribute it to: Retired Marine MSgt in Marana, Az.

The Passing of Common Sense.

Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, *Common Sense*, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:
  • Knowing when to come in out of the rain;
  • Why the early bird gets the worm;
  • Life isn’t always fair;
  • and maybe it was my fault.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Hypocrisy of Equivalence

By George:

During the recent joyful Jewish Holiday of Succoth (a.k.a. Feast of Tabernacles), my wife and I spent time with our family in Brooklyn, New York. I will not belabor the "Feast" part of the Holiday except to say that for now the operative word is "diet". But as a balance to the carnal overindulgence, we were spiritually buoyed by the uplifting services at the magnificent Young Israel Beth El Synagogue, highlighted by the vocal gymnastics of Cantor Miller and the Choir, and complemented by Rabbi Moshe Snow's highly inspiring and cerebral Sermons.  And as I was submerged in one of his artfully imparted messages, I realized that I had to share those words with the readers of my blog.

I will not attempt to relay the Sermon verbatim, but I will paraphrase the gist of it, and then embellish it with sprinklings of my own commentary. Apologies to Rabbi Snow for any divergence from his intended statement..

Sunday, October 23, 2011

The Secret Power of Herman Cain.

By George:

From time to time I like to sit back, relax, and try to take the "big picture" view of a topic, and analyze it with my impeccable logic. This time my Logic Alert was triggered by the "surprising" surge of Herman Cain.

I follow the political scene, but mostly I try to put myself in the shoes (not literally - ugh!) of the majority of Americans who might end up voting on Election Day. Having studied people throughout my life, I have come to the realization that the way people react to Political candidates has nothing to do with logic or the candidate's competency. It has everything to do with the voter's "indoctrination" and visceral reaction. Bear in mind that I will be referring to the General Public, not the cadre of Political Aficionados.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

What a Mysterious Waste of a Truck.

By George:

When I first started this blog in September of 2010, I didn't want to start off with anything controversial, so I chose to do a story about a tractor trailer truck that I have been walking past for many months.  The truck was almost brand new, parked next to an abandoned building, and has not moved for about 6 months when I wrote the article.  If you don't know what I am referring to, read the article here before continuing.

As mentioned above, I wrote that article as a lark just to get my "feet wet" in the blogging business, and then continued with more important topics. But as the months progressed, I continued to trek past this selfsame truck, and questions percolated through my curious, and now suspicious mind. Why would someone park a truck worth about a quarter million dollars, keep it in running condition, yet not use it? So I started to do some inquiries.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

I'm in a Seattle Frame of Mind.

By: George 

Recently we had two new GRANDsons in the space of a few weeks, one was in Las Vegas, then the second in Seattle. I flew out to Vegas (no wife) for a 23 hour turnaround, and I wrote about that visit in my article The Eternal Covenant along with some pictures. Then a few weeks later my wife and I went to Seattle for a few days to celebrate the second grandson's circumcision. I started to write that one up too, but my daughter didn't want me to put it on the blog, so I didn't.

However, I will give you a cute little vignette from our Seattle visit. The last day we were there, we went for a walk downtown of the little town where they live. While my wife and daughter went into a shoe store, I hung around outside to soak up some rays. Right in front of the shoe store was a big beautiful shiny motorcycle, with the chrome polished to a showroom sheen. I called my 6 year old grandson over to look at it, figuring that he would enjoy it (the grandkids in Vegas and Israel go ga-ga for stuff like this).

He ambles over, gives the motorcycle a serious once-over and says "This thing produces more pollution than a car". After I recovered my voice, I asked him why he would say that. He pointed to the double chrome exhaust pipes and said "This has 2 exhaust pipes, but a car has only one". I smiled knowingly, and explained to him that it only seems that way to him because the 4 to 6 cylinders of a car are routed to one exhaust, while each of the 2 cylinders of the motorbike has its own exhaust pipe. He thought about that for a moment and declared, "What a waste of metal!" I had no answer for that.

So that's how they raise the kids in Seattle. (I did NOT paraphrase his words, but quoted him exactly).

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The Eternal Covenant

By George:
(Published at

I know that it's not in good taste to congratulate one's self, but in this case I would like to congratulate myself and my wife on the birth of a new grandson. The blessed event took place in Las Vegas, and since we of the Hebrew Faith take our Covenant with God seriously, all male children have a "Bris" (are circumcised) on the eight day after birth, as part of our side of the Covenant (assuming a healthy child, or as soon after as possible).

Friday, July 1, 2011

In Defense of Morality.

By George:
(Published at

In a previous post I have discussed the moral implications of New York State's homosexual "marriage" law. I would like to expand on the topic as an extension of the previous post, but before we continue with the scrutiny regarding issues surrounding the justification of public homosexual lifestyles, we first have to set certain parameters.

As human beings, we live in societies that have to conform to certain rules and regulations in order to be able to function. Failing this, we fall into anarchy, which is outside of the purview of this analysis. These rules, or "laws", have to be established, monitored and enforced. So then the question is, who will create these societal laws and who will monitor and enforce them? Since there needs to be two distinct levels of laws, the answer is multifaceted.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Party On Dudes - But Why MUST it be Called a Marriage?

By George:

The topic of "gay" marriage has dominated the news cycle lately, especially in New York State, so I will offer my insights and opinions on this subject from my own Orthodox Jewish perspective.

So let's start by asking, why is it called a "gay" lifestyle? Let us call it what it is, and that is "homosexual" lifestyle. Oh, oh.. did I offend anyone? Am I being politically incorrect? If they were to now rename it "heroic" or "heavenly" lifestyle, it would still be simply "homosexual". To use a favorite Liberal saying from the past, "you can put lipstick on a pig, but it will still only be a pig". The cosmetic renaming of their chosen mode of behavior will not make it any more condonable as a "normal" societal standard.

Monday, June 13, 2011

The TRUTH as expressed by Abraham Lincoln.

By George:

"Nearly all men can withstand adversity; if you want to test a man's character, give him power"

Isn't it amazing how the TRUTH never goes out of date. This is just as true now, as it was when Honest Abe uttered it.

Monday, May 30, 2011

The TRUTH about Islam vs. Israel - Why Muslims will NEVER accept Israel.

By: George

Last week at work, my friend Alton, who is aware that I have studied the Middle East situation, asked me the following question. "George, do you think there ever will be peace between Israel and her neighbors?" Since this was a no-brainer, my immediate response was a resounding "NO". Then I explained to him, as follows, why this was the only possible answer.

The answer starts with the understanding of Islam, and by that I am talking about the Mainstream Islamic teachings, not just the extreme position. By the way, this will only be the "Cliff Notes" version of the Muslim - Israel history. To get a detail understanding, read The Middle East by Bernard Lewis and Islamic Imperialism by Ephraim Karsh.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

I was NOT a Birther, but what the......

By George:

Not quite two months ago I wrote a tongue-in-cheek post about an email I was forwarding for your perusal about President Obama admitting that he was not born in America. I forwarded the email and video and was hoping to make you smile. Then I went back to more serious business.

Since that time, due to the prodding by Donald Trump, the White House decided to slap down all "birther" talk and released the Official Birth Certificate on the site. Great, I sighed, now we can discuss more important topics, because now we have the definitive proof that Obama was born in America. Brilliant logistical move on Obama's part.

At least that's what I thought at the time.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

My Passover Travelogue

By George:

Tuesday, March 1
With the advent of the Passover Holidays, my wife and I decide to try to spend it with family in Israel. Of course the price of airline tickets at this peak season is at a premium, and since our budget mirrors a large segment of the American population, I have to find more reasonably priced airfare. Something that we could afford without printing more money or borrowing from the Chinese. (Oops - sorry, but I had to get that in.)

Tuesday, March 22
After an exhaustive search, I find affordable tickets to Israel on a Russian airline called Transaero, with one stopover for 13 hours in Moscow. I say to my wife, "Great, we have never seen the Kremlin, so here is our chance to do a little sightseeing on the way." Of course, knowing something about politics, I call the airline and ask whether a Visa is needed for a half day tour of Moscow, and I am assured that with an American Passport and only for a half day, a Visa is not needed. I book the flight. I email the itinerary to my daughter in Israel so she can arrange to pick us up.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Birthday, ISRAEL

By George:

This coming Tuesday is the State of Israel's 63rd Birthday. In honor of this milestone, with a tip of the hat to, I am offering my readers a few glimpses into the side of Israel that is seldom seen on the mainstream media. Your reaction is always welcome.

And when you have seen these videos, you might want to check out my personal diary of our trip to Israel for the recent Passover Holidays

But first.....

Friday, April 15, 2011

Examining our Social (in)Security.

By George:

I recently received the interesting article included below, from a good friend who knows that I enjoy receiving interesting articles. I present it for your perusal and edification. I have not done any fact-checking on it, but I am sure that my readers will. (I am POSITIVE that Prosey will.) So I present to you... (Slightly edited for readability.)

********** Start of Email **********
History Lesson On Your Social Security Card

Dick Kantenberger
Gifted Education Writer

Just in case some of you young whippersnappers (& some older ones) didn't know this. It's easy to check out, if you don't believe it. Be sure and show it to your family and friends. They need a little history lesson on what's what and it doesn't matter whether you are Democrat or Republican. Facts are Facts.

Friday, April 8, 2011

The Budget - Quick Crummey Explanation

By George:

The US Government is currently going through the "Budget Battle" pitting the Republicans against the Democrats, with President Obama stirring the pot.

Lots of people have been offering explanations of the Billions and Trillions and Debt Ceilings etc.. Ordinary people listening to these explanations tend to glaze over and walk away without any better idea of what is happening.

Great news for all those who really want to understand what the heck is going on.

If you listened to todays's Joe Crummey Show on WABC, you got an explanation that brought it home to you. No big words, no grandiose Politi-speak, no obfuscation, just a simple family scenario. You can get the Podcast of this show at The Joe Crummey Show, Friday 4-8. However, there is no need for that, since I will give you Joe's explanation right here.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

I am NOT a Birther, but....

By George:

As you know by now, from time to time I will share with you the contents of emails that I receive from various sources. This morning someone sent me an email that included a link to a Youtube video purporting to prove that President Obama was NOT born in the United States. The email then verbally pressured the recipient, in this case me, to immediately forward this email to everyone before this important video disappears from Youtube and we continue to be "ruled by an illegal alien".

Needless to say, I always "obey" any email that warns of dire consequences. So I am going one better, and I am passing this earth-shattering video on to the whole world (my readers span the whole globe). This secret will now finally be revealed. So please watch this video now, and we'll chat about it after you have been totally blown away by it.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The Play Must Go On --- NOT!

By George:

For the past 2 years I have been watching the activities and the demeanor of the Obama White House, and in particular the President himself. Throughout, I have been nagged by a feeling that there is something very familiar in what I was observing. Then one day as I was letting my subconscious sort my thought out, it finally hit me. Kindergarten.

Let me explain. When my children were young, I have had the privilege to attend presentations and plays that were performed by the children in school. Of course I realize that I am not the only parent who had children in school plays, so I know that most of you will be able to relate to this. The point is that if you have seen these plays, you will notice that there are multiple participants with inherently differing levels of roles.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

The Un-Common People's Rebellion.

By: George

Observing the current events in the Middle East, I hate to say this, but "I told you so."

Wait - this is the Unmitigated Truth, so I can't lie. I have to admit that it gives me a fuzzy feeling inside to say "I told you so."

In my previous post on the subject I have pointed out that the Egyptian protests did not coalesce in a vacuum, and the whole of the Middle East is about to be embroiled. I called out the Muslim Brotherhood as the impetus to the unrest, and you have seen this fact borne out.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

What direction do you want the Mid-East to take?

By: The Artist

I see many countries in the Middle East getting rid of the tyrannical despots who ruled their countries, but it leaves me concerned with what is next. I don't shed any tears for Hosni Mubarak, though he should get credit for keeping the peace with Israel for the last 30 years, and I have no problem with what happens to Col. Khaddafi, the murderous dirt-bag he is.

Monday, January 31, 2011

You Reap What You Sow!

By George:

The Middle East is in turmoil. Insidious forces are stirring the emotions of the built-in disenchanted populations. I have been waiting for the past few days to see if the vaunted American mainstream media will figure out what is happening and start reporting the Truth. Since it hasn't happened yet, I will jump in with a short analysis of the situation based on observation and logic. So let's start with naming the responsible party for the unrest.

This current instability in the Middle East was caused by the Liberal leaning electorate in America. What? You can't see the connection? All right, let me back up a bit. The cause of this instability is President Barack Hussein Obama who was elected by the fawning Left. You still don't see the connection? In that case, I'll have to start from the beginning.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Separation Anxiety.

By: Allure Graphics - Artist

A lot has been made of the ‘separation of church and state’, to the point when anything that hints at God cannot benefit from public funds. But this is NOT what the Bill of Rights says – separation is never mentioned! The document itself says – “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;” Simply put: A) no establishment such as the “Church of the USA” and B) no stopping people from worshipping who or what to worship. Otherwise there might be problems with American Idol! (Grin).

On a day to day basis people do not run into problems with this amendment. Except for over eager practitioners at airports, proselytizing is not an issue that people deal with. But for me, that changes once education enters the equation. I send my children to a private religious school for their education. This is a choice I made since I feel that the school they go to will better reflect the values that I am trying to instill in my children. A major issue I see is cost. Day schools are a little bit on the expensive side since none of the costs for these schools are subsidized by the state (or county or city) and I think this is patently unfair. I don’t think for a second that teaching of bible, holidays or customs should be paid for by the state the same way I wouldn’t want my tax dollars to be spent on confirmation lessons for Catholic Children. But Reading, Writing, Math, Science, civics and the like that should be the same across any denomination, should have subsidies from the government, based on the taxes that we pay. Say for example, the morning classes focus on Religious studies and the afternoon classes on ‘secular’ studies like math an literature. In such a set-up, morning studies should not and would not get any state funding, and the afternoon would benefit from state assistance.

So why is this not happening? I think that the ‘separation of church and state’ clause that isn't in the Bill of Rights, is making itself felt at this point. The need for separation means that no monies can go to an institution that ALSO teaches anything religious which places an unnecessary burden on those who want supplement their children’s education with the mores that are important to them. If the government wants to put oversight in place to make sure that religious studies are not paid for by tax dollars I don’t think anyone would complain.

The bill says ‘Freedom of religion, not freedom from religion’….

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Are We in Favor of Slavery?

By George:

You mention the word "Slavery" to a typical American, and the plight of the African/American Slaves in the pre-Civil War America comes to mind. If the discussion continues, it might even hinge on whether or not the African/Americans are still being discriminated against, yet all will agree that Slavery in America has been eliminated. And since the American public has been taught that America was the last vestige of mass Slavery, we will always talk about Slavery in the "past tense."

Would it then surprise you to find that Slavery is alive and thriving TODAY in certain parts of the world? Furthermore, would it surprise you to know that one of the predominant perpetrators of this practice is none other than the Arab Muslims against the mostly Christian, Non-Muslim population of South Sudan? Can the American mind wrap itself around the idea that even today there are women and children in parts of our globe who are captured into slavery (the men are murdered in the raids)?  Are we just uninformed about this, or do we know and we just DON'T CARE.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Is it REALLY the End of America?

By George:

I have previously done an article on the Predictions of Porter Stansberry, gave you the link to his "video", and promised that I will give you my evaluation and assessment which would not necessarily be based strictly on financial considerations.  I have asked for your comments, and though a large number of people visited the post, only a handful took the time to give us their insights.

But now it's my turn to give you a mind-dump of the topic under discussion, which is: "The End of America".

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

A Taste of TRUTH.

By George:

As you know by now, from time to time I publish the contents of emails that I get, if I deem them to have some redeeming value. The following is from an email that was forwarded to me about 3 months ago, and it has just surfaced as I was cleaning out my email queue.

It is a translation of an article written by Spanish writer Sebastian Vilar Rodriguez and published in a Spanish newspaper on Jan. 15, 2008.  It was then published by, and now I shall share it with my readers.

By Sebastian Vilar Rodrigez

I walked down the street in Barcelona, and suddenly discovered a terrible truth - Europe died in Auschwitz ... We killed six million Jews and replaced them with 20 million Muslims. In Auschwitz we burned a culture, thought, creativity, talent. We destroyed the chosen people, truly chosen, because they produced great and wonderful people who changed the world.

Monday, January 10, 2011

The Arizona Murders Politicized.

By George:

It wasn't until Saturday evening that I heard about the horrible shootings and murders in Arizona. I read the stories and watched the videos, and my reaction was both anger and sadness. Anger, to realize that such people still walk the streets of America, and sadness for the families who will have to face the future with loved ones now gone or injured.

After the initial shock wore off, my analytical mind took over. There were questions that were not answered by the media that I was referencing. The first question that popped into my mind was, "Why is Sheriff Clarence Dupnik making a political statement at a time like this?" We just witnessed brutal murders of six human beings and the wounding of numerous others, we are waiting for the forensic evaluation of the event, yet this Sheriff is spouting political ideology. Why? Why would he step out his expertise into a speculative rant that has nothing to do with the facts at hand?

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Obamacare - Solution or Illusion?

By George:

Here we are at the brink of a new political season, and the GOP contingent has hit the ground running. The first order of business (after the reading of the Constitution), is the repeal of Obamacare.

Depending on which side of the political spectrum you call home, this is either the most noble endeavor, or it is a tragic waste of time. But whatever your position, the fact is that it is in play, and the effort to Repeal will soon be attempted. Now we all know that this reversal of President Obama's "cause célèbre" will not be accomplished with choruses of Kumbaya from the Democrat Party.

Each side to this debate has their rally cry, and arguments. The Democrats and their supporters praise the bill as the greatest boon to mankind, and say that repealing it is fraught with dangers to humanity.  The Republicans and their supporters, on the other hand, offer a plethora of reasons against the viability of this Healthcare Bill.

This article is not written to rehash the arguments of the two sides, nor will I pass judgement on the merits or the demerits of the Bill. What I will do is offer a solution that is logical, and its simplicity should overwhelm all opposition.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

It's Raining Birds!

Suddenly since the turn of the year, there have been numerous stories in the media about thousands of birds dropping out of the skies, and thousands of fish washing up dead on shores all over the country. It caught the fancy of the media, both at home, and abroad.

As of this time, no definite cause has been determined, but that does not mean that people have not started to speculate on the origin of these localized extinctions. And speculations run rampant from the simple to the convoluted. Since these deaths happened around the New Year, some blame fireworks, while others theorize that the birds were "....probably asleep in a single tree when a washing machine-type thunderstorm sucked them up into the air, disoriented them, and even fatally soaked and chilled them."

Then of course there is always my favorite read, the Governmental Conspiracy. Now here is something that will keep me awake. Reading this article I learned about how the government is secretly testing something called "..Electromagnetic scalar weapons that can artificially manipulate the environment could be responsible for the mass die offs." Oh, oh.. This sounds really serious. Now I start searching for more data and find additional "facts" about these "scalar weapons".  So now, how am I ever going to get ANY sleep?