Thursday, March 31, 2005

Female Ortho Rabbis

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Funny Purim "Movie"

This is by Aish and is a funny little “movie.”  Check it out here:

Have a freilich Purim!



Monday, March 21, 2005

Article about female Orthodox Rabbis

Can be found at the Jerusalem Post…

Interesting article and it raises some ideas we won’t talk about much.  More on this soon.


Friday, March 04, 2005

Farm Buddies

On the farm lived a chicken and a horse, both of whom loved to play together.  One day the two were playing, when the horse fell into a bog and began to sink.
Scared for his life, the horse whinnied for the chicken to go get the farmer for help!  Off the chicken ran, back to the farm.  Arriving at the farm, he searched and searched for the farmer, but to no avail, for he had gone to town with the only tractor.  Running around, the chicken spied the farmer's new Harley.
Finding the keys in the ignition, the chicken sped off with a length of rope hoping he still had time to save his friend's life.  Back at the bog, the horse was surprised, but happy, to see the chicken arrive on the shiny Harley, and he managed to get a hold of the loop of rope the chicken tossed to him.  After tying the other end to the rear bumper of the farmer's bike, the chicken then drove slowly forward and, with the aid of the powerful bike, rescued the horse!  Happy and proud, the chicken rode the Harley back to the farmhouse, and the farmer was none the wiser when he returned.
The friendship between the two animals was cemented:
Best Buddies, Best Pals..

A few weeks later, the chicken fell into a mud pit, and soon, he too, began to sink and cried out to the horse to save his life!  The horse thought a moment, walked over, and straddled the large puddle.  Looking underneath, he told the chicken to grab his hangy-down thing and he would then lift him out of the pit.  The chicken got a good grip, and the horse pulled him up and out, saving his life.

The moral of the story is?  ( yep, there's a moral!  )
"When You're Hung Like A Horse, You Don't Need A Harley To Pick Up Chicks !!!!!!

Thursday, March 03, 2005

What Bugs Me About Republicans

Okay, so again, this is about feeling and perception.

What bugs me about Republicans is that everything is moral. Right? All of their decisions come down to something moral. Which is okay, but irritating.
I have no problem with someone leading their life and making decisions based on their morals or their holy books. The problem is the attitude associated with it.
Why? Lets look at an example. A woman gets attacked and raped and becomes pregnant as a result. Some people might want to ALLOW (not force, allow) the woman to have an abortion. The Republicans say NO. Why? Dig down far enough and it comes to morality and religion. However, they do not allow any arguments, religious or otherwise, to counter their answer. If you debated the holy book (or their interpretation thereof) they could always dig someone up to disagree. If you argued that you have no right to make demands on me, then they react. How?

It all goes back to life an death and you lose. No other argument can stand, because we are talking about life and death. They are not willing to discuss the details or even accept that someone else might agree but draw the line at 30 weeks or 40 weeks. They are not only right, they are right to the extent of nullifying any other conceivable answer.

Also, because they so often turn relgious/holy/whatever, anything else they do makes them seem like they are being bought off by business. If you are constantly turning to religion for your answers on everything and something isn't addressed adequately by your religion (i.e. farm subsidies or tax policy), you now have no answer. Of course, you are conservative and want to reduce taxes, but you don't have a relgious answer. So now you not only seem holier than thou, but you also sound like a greedy bastard. No way around that one.

Plus, Rush Limbaugh is a jerk (or a Big Fat Idiot) according to some. The far right of the party scare me.

I guess I appreciate the support of the Christian Right, but they are scary too. They just want the Jews to be in Israel so they can also go to hell when Jesus returns. Frankly I'm not getting to excited about that kind of support.

What Bugs Me About Democrats II

The company they keep...

Al Gore - Tipper tried to sensor music. She concerns me.
Jimmy Carter - Seems to focus much blame for the strife in the Middle East on the only democracy in the region.

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

What Bugs Me About Democrats

Okay, so I'll do another one on Republicans soon. Forgive the delay and don't jump on me for lack of balance...

The problem I have is really more of a feeling than a specific issue. The feeling is that Democrats are very partisan. They have a strong us/them sense. This may only be the leadership or public figures or whatever. But this feeling is strong and reinforced over and over.

For example, I think a lot of Democrats hope Bush is wrong and are rooting against him. I even see some people upset about the yellow-ribbon support the troops effort. Why? Why would you root against someone? Even if you disagreed, wouldn't you still want the best for the country? So imagine we are on a baseball team. The Republican has the best batting average. The Democrat used to, but doesn't any more. You are on the same team, you still want to win. I can imagine the Democrat saying I want to be even better and even though he is batting better than I am, I want to be better. However, I find it very hard to understand why the Democrat would be happy with his/her performance and root for the Republican to do worse. After all, we are on the SAME TEAM.

I sometimes read Best of the Web. This is from the Wall Street Journal, very Republican but not overly partisan. Anyway, check it out if you get a minute.

I was reading the post from March 2 and saw an interview on Jon Stewart. The following is analysis of the interview and really sums up why I am bugged by Democrats.

Interesting too is Stewart's acknowledgment of his own "cognitive dissonance" and "mixed feelings" over the Iraq liberation. It's a version of an argument we've been hearing a lot lately: As our Brendan Miniter puts it, "The president's critics never seem to tire of claiming that the war in Iraq began over weapons of mass destruction and only later morphed into a war of liberation."

In economics 101, we call this "sunk cost." Sending the troops to Iraq is a done deal, nothing you can do about it. You MUST view the situation as a here-we-are-today, what do we do next. That is the ONLY POSSIBLE logical response.

Miniter correctly notes that "this criticism isn't entirely right," but for the sake of argument let's assume it is. What does it mean? President Bush has altered his arguments to conform to reality, while his critics remain fixated on obsolete disputes. This would seem utterly to refute the liberal media stereotype.

Parting shot - Would we all root for each other if Bush simply said, "We did what we thought was right. Our intellengence was bad, but it was the best we had. We are terribly sorry." Do we all just need an apology and then a hug? Puhleeeessse.

Some Articles I've Been Reading

Sorry its been so long since I've posted. I've been reading a lot and thinking about a few posts that I'll put up shortly. In the mean time, here are some interesting links. I'm interested to hear any feedback.

Israel News:
Natalie Portman's Apology (Portman Gate)
Portman Apology 2
Ring of Steel Surrounds (President) Moshe Katsav for his trip to Australia
Nice to know someone is very serious about security.
JNF Officials suspected of fraud
Your donations at work

Jewish News:
Breaking News - Jews and Catholics Agree (about aids in Africa)
Jews that Rock! Jewish impact on Hard Rock
True Hero Dies at Age 60
Michigan Gets $20m donation for Jewish Scholarship

Anti-Semitism Reaches New Depths:
Online Jihadis Using Jewish Names - Just what we needed
Iraqis Protest Saturday off - In breaking news, Iraqis really don't have enough to do. In fact, they have so little to worry about and apparently haven't spread enough hate about the Jews, so now its time to protest. Apparently Iraqis don't want Saturday off as it is a "Jewish" day off. Good to know things are so great in Iraq you can worry about junk like this.