Brainwash. Rinse. Repeat. (Randyjw; November 18, 2022)
Brainwash. Rinse. Repeat. (Randyjw; November 18, 2022)
A Little Love In The Day (Randyjw; November 7, 2022)
Before proceeding to the library, as would be my usual “routine,” I decided to hang out for awhile with someone at the bus stop. She said she was waiting for her “runner” – someone who acted as her feet (she’s in a wheelchair) to collect and bring her money that she receives on a regular basis. He does this out of the goodness of his heart, asking and receiving no payments from her, in return. I decided I could wait around with her until that time, we each keeping the other company, chatting and smoking cigarettes until he showed up.
A few other people had come and gone from the bus stop — one being a woman who had barely registered in my peripheral vision, and then who had left.
Her runner was, unfortunately, running late… but, no matter. We continued to chat, when along had come a man who had sat down on the bench near us, just hanging out. As he sat there, he noticed a telephone sitting on the bench beside him. Both myself, and the woman I was speaking with, thought it had probably been left behind by a family of four, who had already departed the bus terminal.
So, we three spoke about the situation, and what to do about it. He was a computer programmer, but the phone had a security pin and could not be gotten into due to such, and so no contacts on it could be called to alert the phone’s owner that it had been left behind at the terminal.
Eventually, the phone rang via one of its apps, and the man was finally able to answer it. He assured the frantic phone owner that he would be waiting for her return at the bus terminal, where she had left it.
In the interim, the runner showed up with the money for the wheelchair-bound woman, and then left the scene. It is an incredible thing he is doing for her, myself meanwhile having learned (confidentially) about his own particular situation – I really must say.
My friend was grateful and offered to take me to lunch, but I really hadn’t the energy for it, didn’t really want to use her money, and am recuperating from a cold. But it was really sweet of her to offer. Meanwhile, earlier this morning, she had told me that she had found a misplaced thermos bottle of someone she believed she knew it had belonged to and was holding it for her. After quite a long while had passed, someone emerged from a bus, which she identified as the lady who had misplaced her thermos bottle. As it turns out, the individual was not the person to whom the thermos belonged, but she did know who its owner was, and let my friend know – who would hold onto it until such time that she could return it to her.
My friend had a locket, which was all tangled up; a very pretty blue-and-purple crystal heart, which she wanted to wear with a better-quality chain than that with which it had come. I was able to untangle it for her; and she was really happy about that and about retrieving the single hair-tie that it had been wrapped around, as that was the only hair-tie that she had.
As it turned out later on, the woman who gratefully retrieved her telephone had been the single, individual woman I had hardly noticed earlier (although I realized, after a time, that I have seen this woman before). The computer programmer had looked almost homeless, himself (as both myself, and the woman in the wheelchair are), although he stated that this type of thing (sitting around the bus stop) was not actually his “life.” He had some better things he could be doing presently with his time, other than this… and he could have used a second phone, he said, as a computer screen, which would have made his transactions faster. Both these things he had mentioned prior to the woman having called. In the event that an owner had been unable to be located, and despite the tempting possibilities dangling before him, he continued to wait for her. All of our reward was the joy in seeing the owner show up and be reunited with her phone.
The phone’s owner gave him some money, and gave some additional money to him to give to my friend, who was now rolling toward her bus to take her to a mall, where she wanted to purchase some food and some things. My friend got to get her “heart” back, have her reliable runner show up with her money, so that she could do so, and receive some additional money for her lunch (a lunch she had wanted to share with me from her own money, before anything had been said and done); the runner received his joy from doing so; the computer programmer received his joy, and a small reward, from the phone owner; the phone owner got to see our happy faces and know that homeless people are not always so bad, after all (plus, she said “her life” was on that phone); I received much joy from the comfort of a little friendship and good deeds being done — and it’s been a great day!
Voting Anomalies (Randyjw; October 29, 2022)
Here are my most recent voting anomalies in this mid-term early-voting election cycle which I recently experienced:
One) I was not given the receipt which comes out of the machine where you present your ID. The lady who placed my driver license on the scanner then manually entered some information on the system and asked my name. Normally, you receive the ID printout and you confirm your name, address, date of birth, and how your name is registered. The last time I had voted, I was told to review (quite carefully) the information on the printout and to electronically affix my signature exactly as it is listed on this receipt, which I had previously held in hand. This election, I had signed before seeing the receipt, and the woman who did the printout was also holding on to it, and so I had signed as I usually do (like on my driver license); however, in comparison between the driver license and the voter registration, I use my full middle name with one, and only use a middle initial with the other. So now my confirmation signature is not exactly as it came out printed on the receipt. I wonder if they will discount it because of this? However, the fact is, I was not given the opportunity to see the receipt beforehand, and never even held the printout receipt in my hand. The woman then handed it behind her to another woman waiting to print my ballot.
Two) The woman who printed my ballot tore off the bottom part of the ballot, which is scored in order to be done – that part is correct – and the purpose of this process is to confirm that one is receiving the correct ballot printed out in accordance to match your receipt. Previously, the ballot stub was also given to the voter in order to compare with their ID printout receipt. However, the woman held this entirely in her hand. No touching. I could not see what it said, because she had her hand over the numbers. I made her move her and around, so I could see it. I then asked her why there was a “-1” (“dash/One”) printed after one of the numbers; she could not tell me and said she didn’t know! This did not match my ballot (Letter and a few digist, which I think might represent the voting precinct, perhaps? I’m not sure, offhand, without investigating it further). So, again; there was a difference between the ID printout and my ballot.
Three) The ballot includes a two-sided page, and another one-sided page. Again, as before, the voting machine scans the ballots; and, again, as in previous elections, for some reason the machine tells you that your ballot was scanned successfully, after only the first ballot sheet has been scanned, without waiting for the second sheet. I was number 43 on the third machine counting leftwards.
Four) The same thing is happening again with the voting shepherds not using all the machines – essentially blocking the last furthest machine from counting leftwards from fully being utilized, and directing people only to use whichever machine the shepherds pick for them. Why can’t a person decide which machine they want to use, themselves?
That’s about it; Let’s see how the voters roll, this cycle.
LSD For You And Me (Randyjw; October 29, 2022)
Did a recent job search. What did I find? Something kindof newsworthy (open-sources can lead to a lot of “real news,” by the way…):
A medical research company (they perform trials on people; give out money for people’s plasma, etc.; the poor homeless people that need a bit of pocket money often submit themselves as guinea pigs toward this end) is looking for personnel to help in administering the drug, acid, to people suffering from anxiety or other such health issues. They say that the experiences, which could last 12 hours or so, would be “guided.” Can you imagine a person with anxiety or other types of such issues having to go on an acid trip, good or bad, and be stuck in a room for 12 hours as their brain just goes off somewhere psychedelic? Some people might just get more crazy, or paranoid, or whatever, after that.
Who is to consider whether someone should have to undergo such “treatment?” The current administration? What happens if they think you’re just crazy for disagreeing with their viewpoints? Are people being “cancelled” now because others don’t like their viewpoints? Are the conservative viewpoints constantly under attack by the liberal/progressive ideology presently? Hasn’t the IRS (yes, indeed, it has) already targeted, and admitted to targeting, conservative organizations applying for non-profit status?
The research company is doing these “preliminary studies” in order to mainstream this method of “treatment” (What… with the FDA?) in order to make it a commonplace treatment.
First of all, they have done many studies using acid, especially as a popular drug during the 60’s, and since (although it kindof went “out of style”). Ken Kesey and his band of Merry Pranksters were all about acid; it inspired the book, “The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test” by Tom Wolfe. (Ken Kesey is the author of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”, an important film about incarcerated individuals in a mental asylum.) But, can you imagine the acid ramped up to medical grade potency (or tweaked, just to see the results), on people’s brains? Especially those with some issues, anyways? Some people don’t ever “return” after such episodes. People used to cook up acid in their bathtubs/personal labs (or whatever) – think of t.v. shows like “Breaking Bad,” or other like… But now, for instance with marijuana, etc., the potency and grades have gone way up – gotten much stronger, etc.
I think this is an absolute disaster in progress; but, that’s what they want to do to you and me… You could be next…
This post was edited/(corrected) and updated with additional information on November 13, 2022.
On the use of psychoactive and other drug usage, purportedly for U.S. government research, and for additional information regarding such activities of “mind control, and interrogative technique, etc.”, see also (as per Wikipedia; MKUltra – en.wikipedia.org; accessed November 13, 2022):
Project Bluebird; Project Artichoke; Project MKUltra; MKNaomi; MKDelta; Perfect Concussion; MKSearch; MKOften; MKChickwit; others.
Also on state hospitals for the insane, the movie: Titicut Follies – see wikipedia – Titcut Follies; accessed November 13, 2022):
Oh, gee; I just found this article online, regarding euthanasia in Canada, including on the mentally ill (WHAT!?):
Berkowitz, Adam Eliyahu. “As Canada expands its euthanasia program, what does biblical tradition say about it?”; November 13, 2022; israel365.com (Opinion):
What I’ve been up to lately, besides keeping you guessing, and “no good,” (pompously saying), is:
1) Found my birth mother’s name (Hi, Mom!!!) Yay! 🙂 Unfortunately, Dad’s unlisted (sorry to my adoptive parents for doing this; you know I love you both; but this helps start to fill a hole in my heart that’s been missing all my life – not due in any circumstances because of you, but just because of the situation). I’m lucky to be able to do this, as I know that others might not even have this much. Thank you to a couple of my neighbors and other kind people for having helped me; this is some of what it’s going towards, besides food, and whatnot. My birth dad (almost like “birthday”) had also helped my mom with food and cigs. I almost thought I found her, for a moment: similar appearance and interests (uncanny!), but it can’t be, because of her age. So… ? Also, my first name wasn’t given, and my last was given as my mother’s family name. Contradictory info was given regarding my dad, but I think I know which way it goes, based on the interests of poetry and music and other stuff. Hope I get to her before that’s no longer possible, and I hope she’s okay (and not like me, but I think I can see that she just might be). I’ll just have to take it as it goes.
2) Had to divert from the search, due to trying to renew food stamps, with all sorts of new and never-ending documentation and requirements; that took almost a business-week to do, and I can’t get through, and yada yada yada. So many refugees and Hurricane victims also, now, are putting a great strain on social services. Lots of small businesses are going under. Still encountering lots of antisemitism and bias, and I’m still trying to fight it (I guess I’m a fighter, and not a lover, then… Like it or lump it, but a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do). I’ll try to read you; I’m reading five Stones books, also, right now (yeah, that was important, and also what some help also went towards) … and listening to music (still a stress-reliever and sanity-saver (? um, well…)
and that’s about it.
Luv ya, be well…
Joy (Randyjw; October 15, 2022)
You bring me more joy than you could ever imagine;
I only just wish that you could say the same.
For Sake (Randyjw; August 30, 2022)
The crazy rush of love
with it’s surreal feelings of dopamine highs
you can’t think straight or breathe right
being distracted all the time
and the same effect
when you fall off the clouds
hurting with the pain of a heart attack
so real, but no x-rays found
Seating plans changed
and I couldn’t keep up,
that’s something which you already know
and what shouldn’t have been,
conspired to bring you down
and took on another life of it’s own
I’m glad you found
what you sought, after all
it’s my penance, my doing, my fall
You might think I’ve lost it;
I haven’t; it hurts…
but, would you really believe me, though?
Love being blind
is a future excuse
for that sight which is seen in hind
The character faults
which just couldn’t be seen
Wasn’t warned to let sleeping dogs lie
Those things I’d hoped you’d never find
Those things that I now realize
Will always be stuck in my heart and my mind
when my honey just closed his eyes
Chismosas (Randyjw; July 20, 2022)
Si Uds. están hablando de mí
En que Uds. me ven de la manera,
las cuales misma,
en que Uds. se ven a “la otra”:
Con todos sus prejuicios…
Si hay alguien
que existe: sin casa –
que no puede ir a la playa
adonde demasiado sol
se agrava el cancer de piél;
también se agrava la talle y las rodillas
con el movimiento, flujo y reflujo,
de las ondas del oceano
Conocen Uds. a muchas putas?
porque yo no soy como una de “ellas”
Pero, todo de todo los que Uds. hablan:
Los chismes por teléfono, todo el tiempo
By The Way, Bam (Randyjw; July 20, 2022)
I don’t see how you can blame him
for being the way he is
the foundations shook from the beginning
being poured on concrete too thin
The bad luck problems were at least attended
through extended family and friends
and the good sense to knit all the chaos together
through the core of one family domain
But so much criticism heaped upon him
and all this venom upon your tongue
Osmosis didn’t work past hedonism
and you gave up before you’d begun
It’s no wonder that you wind up
with another victim
the guilt-ridden survivor,
The fair-haired striver
the over-achieving girl wonder
who will try, and fail, often
to protect her brother
Disadvantaged at birth
through your choices and hers
far worse than one dog’s life
unlearned and untaught
Written off as unworthy
a hopeless, lost cause
just an aberrant freak-show
with no stands of applause
There’s still some time left
You can teach him how to begin
So, why are you so against it
When, after all, he is your son
Confessions of a Philosopher by Bryan Magee (Randyjw; July 19, 2022)
This book is
Confessions of a Philosopher – copyright 1977, Bryan Magee. Published in the United States by Random House, Inc., New York. 1999 Modern Library Paperback Edition. Modern Library and colophon are registered trademarks of Random House, Inc. First published in Great Britain by Weidenfeld & Nicolson, a division of the Orion Publishing Group Ltd., London, in 1977. Published in hardcover by Random House in 1998.
Ongoing Thoughts (Randyjw; July 19, 2022)
Two: The need to continue to espouse that from about 1920 and onward, Transjordan-cum-Jordan was wrested from the whole of the land of Israel (which the Romans during their empirical colonial conquest renamed the capital of Jerusalem “Aelia Capitolina” and the whole area of Judah/Israel, which contained land beyond the Jordan River (on the eastern side of it, in what is now called Jordan) they renamed “Syria Palestina”) already means that the Arab people, despite having lost most of many wars by siding with the losing side, already live alongside the Jews in so-called “Palestine,” in a separate governing country. The only thing a so-called two-state solution should really be entailing is that ISRAEL would recognize JORDAN – not the other way around. Maybe we don’t in the hopes of our balance being restored. But, we do have a peace treaty with them, which they always ignore, anyways. No peace treaty with the Arab nations ever stops their attacks and killing of Jews – so this invalidates ANY previous agreements, including Oslo, etc. that have ever been imposed upon the Jews. There should be no ongoing acting upon the Olso Accords with regards to the land being designated with areas A, B, and C (even in Wye Agreements, etc.), because the Arabs have violated each and every agreement ever made. Let’s remember that, and let’s stress this to others, and let’s keep our Jewish unity, above all, over these things, and not whether we’re all ever in agreement on other stuff; okay?
Three: I’m not so sure that the Abraham Accords are such a great thing, after all. The Jewish people have always conducted trade with other nations. We brought in workers to complete the Temple; we hire workers even now. We let Arabs work at will. People from other countries. Volunteers. Why we need to tie up our intellectual properties and knowledge, especially militarily, with people who are always calling for, and comitting to, and implementing our demise, is beyond all comprehension. The same goes for consulates and embassies upon our soil; why give them legitimacy, at least in an “international sphere” over territorial rights to our sovereign land, when there’s something like 193 countries – we hardly have enough land to go around, anyways.
Four: We need an official Jewish designation as our status, so we can even claim our minority rights! Not under MENA. And then we should abolish all the conferred minority status rights as they are being used right now, because they are discriminating against Jews. With the exception of added designations under the Constitution, because the black people were unfairly discriminated against and had to be added in, which should stay, the Constitution applies and says that all “men” (which includes women) are created equal, and that should be the basis of our laws, and we should not be perpetrating the unfair preference of promoting some minorities over others (see my last article about North American Bus Industries / New Flyer Industries / New Flyer Group).
I’m probably missing something I’ve been thinking about, which is on my nerves, but this’ll have to do, for now.
“I may wind up off-ed –
Like Jimmy Hoffa”
– Randyjw (July 7, 2022)
Well, here we go, now – where Classical Race Theory (CRT) goes overboard, having implications for the sanctioned discrimination against the Jews on the same systemic basis that everyone has always discriminated against the Jews, anyways — only, this time, it is official U.S. policy.
U.S. President Joseph Biden’s first act as president was to sign an Equity Act, allowing for preferential treatment favoring those people considered minorities within the U.S. While I do agree that there are many people of certain groups and ethnicities who have been discriminated against within the U.S., and while I do feel that those groups should be justly compensated via direct reparation for these egregious errors, considering that all are considered equal under the Constitution (with an amendment to rectify the horrible assignation of not considering black people worthy of full peopleship, as already having gone through the forced removal of numbers of their people from their land to be transplanted as forced workers, slaves, in foreign lands), it still leaves out the Jews as a recognized people/minority, who have, throughout history, and who, unfairly, to this day, are still not recognized as a minority class, given that the Jews are a people, a nation, have a shared language, culture, genetic characteristics, ethnicity, etc.
Ironically, it has only been in current times that the “nations” have tried to eliminate this assignation to the Jews, when, as always previously, the Jews were always considered a separate group — actually, often, even, a subgroup, or not even human (i.e., alien, reptilian, etc.).
This has, and continues to have, real-life world consequences. In the United States, Jews were unfairly discriminated against as a group — but you would be hard-pressed to find acknowledgement of that from anyone today. We could not attend many universities, were barred from clubs, recreational sports competitions (Wimbledon tennis, gold clubs/competitions), work opportunities, housing, etc. My mother still remembers signs on the beach in Miami saying No Jews, No Blacks, No Dogs.
Because of this, Jewish people, as they have been accustomed to doing, anyways, due to many millenia of experience in such ways as people chose to treat us, have had to create our own opportunities for ourselves, since we wouldn’t be hired by other peoples’ businesses – and, in fact, were specifically barred from doing so via laws of Arab, European, and other countries/nations (with the exceptions of being recognized as being helpful to other nations, and then being exploited in work for these purposes, etc.). In general, we became quite successful, and were then resented for this fact, when even the whole purpose for barring us from these opportunities was to keep us downtrodden.
This doesn’t mean that we have lost our peoplehood and minority status, however. Just because some of us have done well does not mean that all of us have done well, or that we have not had to fight extremely hard battles toward equal rights that others now experience as a given (except for us). We, along with the rest of this nation, have laid a lot of groundwork so that all can experience being able to live without a tyrannous government ruling over subject people according to the whims of the moment. It’s true that we have had to progress and continue to fight these battles. In my father’s business, he hired black workers, at a time when Jews were not really hired much outside of their own people, nor were black people. They were not slaves. They were workers who came to their jobs and went home to their families. Jews have had to fight for the recognition of Jewish holidays. We’ve lost our jobs because of not wanting to work on our Holy holidays. We’ve fought in the Civil Rights movement.
But, even now … Jews are still not accorded minority status. It has been a systemic, worldwide discriminatory action against us since time immemorial. The New Testament doesn’t call us Jews, unless it refers to something bad, and not even factually correct, at that — and, instead labels us “Hebrews,” the same term that the U.S. applied to the Jews who were trying to escape Nazi actions against us as we fled from Europe and other places, who wished to eliminate the Jews in the Holocaust (and did).
What does this matter now? Well, Jews will soon have no recourse to even let people know what is happening to them, because any wording in our defense will be construed as racially insensitive, or just plain racist, toward others — even though those others are officially discriminating against us, and, worse, stalking us, harassing us, and just plain killing us. The United Nations, Big Tech platforms, government, educational institutes and their faculty and student departments, individual countries (but who now also comprise the European Union and others), have all been maniacally vicious against the Jews, and continue to be.
Regardless that the U.S. Congress has recently paid lip service in acknowledging recent attacks against the Jewish State of Israel and against Jewish people on the whole, it really does nothing for us except to give lip service where it should be due. It seems that no legislation is borne of these statements, and they are but hollow words needed, while behind the scenes the reality moves forward to advance our many enemies’ cause against the Jewish people (mainly our existence and our homeland). Democratic Representative Rashida Tlaib has recently put in for minority protection status for the collective “Arab” peoples’ designation under MENA (Middle East-North Africa), which as of my last checking several days ago, the summary was still in progress and not completed (see my article here: https://newsnotes1.wordpress.com/2018/07/18/mena-is-mean-and-other-matters/). Jewish people should not be under this classification with our enemies. we should put in for, and receive, our own Jewish designation, if we are to be afforded the same Civil Rights extended to others. And here is where none of this should be applicable. The Constitution gives equal protection to all its natural citizens. To spell it all out into certain races and groups is totally antithetical to what the Constitution guarantees. Because Jewish people will now still not be on a list of protected minorities, we will still be discriminated against. It will even be likely against the law for me to even be writing about this, as happens in Europe to antiSemitic ravers. the problem with that is that it does go too far against free speech, but, on the other hand, it usually does have deathly implications for Jews,, while often not reaching the same aforementioned consequences for others, due to racism. I have pointed out how the IHRA definition of antiSemitism is not so beneficial to the Jewish people, as it only applies to those countries who are democratic and of an ideologically Western bent. It does not apply to entire countries who include antiSemitism as their official doctrines, inscribed in law, or embraced as a nationwide philosophy. So, what good is that? Democratic countries should not be antiSemitic anyways… but they are.
Okay. so here is where some of this stuff really comes into focus. Nobody is going to like what I have to say. Not America; not Israel; not unions; not business and Republicans. Everybody is going to be after me. I’ve had a heavy heart about this for probably over a week now. But, I feel it is something I must relate. I may wind up off-ed, like Jimmy Hoffa (that’s my poem for this little piece). I may have people coming to visit me for my supposedly subversive mouthings. Some of the people in this particular area of what my my mouthings are about can be somewhat intimidating, etc. You can follow this up, if you like. It’s just a little general thing which shows how it can lead to bigger things. Don’t care if you call me lazy for not doing all the work.
I had an incident (actually, the exact same incident with the exact same guy has previously occured, so it is kindof strange) where I was traveling on a bus and had stored my bags (I’m homeless, so my belongings accompany be) on a wheel well hump which is encased around by metal tubing, the same which supports the hangstraps for people to hold onto if standing in transit. It has been annoying to me that alot of people put their hands all over my bags and stuff, so I tried to again get near my bags where this particular guy was standing, and he threatened to hit me, and said that I heard the bus driver say that that area is not for bags (no, I did not hear her say anything and know nothing of the sort). Anyways, I decided to try to follow up on that usage of that wheel well hump as a luggage storer (newer version have a compartment underneath for a fire extinguisher, and other considerations which would make those particular models unfeasible for use as such, but I could see no reason why this particular model could not be used as such, and would be a good idea). That particular bus didn’t have the NABI (North American Bus Industries) logo, but many of the buses in our transit system do utilize those buses. So, I learned that NABI goes under New Flyer Industries or New Flyer Group. There is a bit of history with all that — some being that it was headquartered in Canada; had been a part of the Canadian governments thing; had gone bankrupt; was bailed out, to major loss, by a businessman; and eventually was acquired by some New York Equity firms. NABI has several plants of assembly, etc. in the U.S., and so employs quite a number of individuals. With Canada having rulings on which certain people comprise the identity of a racial (or other recognized) minority, I’m pretty sure these do not include Jews among them – though Arab and other may be. These buses are also supposedly used in nine other countries, etc. You can check Wikipedia under New Flyer Industries, New Flyer Group, and also see a good article I found at referenceforbusiness (or businesses?) . com.
NABI was one of many companies which had signed on to a voluntary 50-30 Canadian challenge of advancing opportunities of minority employment. However, here’s the rub. If many U.S. states, as well as many other countries, procure these buses through government contracts, which is how it’s done, than they’re signing on, by extension, to treating Jews as non-minorities, and possible discrimination, since the Jews can’t seem to get a listing as a minority. Yet, a U.S. judge did rule that Jews have been discriminated against. Continuing to do so is such a travesty.
I say we should get rid of all these designations. I am not trying to be a racist, nor do I begrudge the advancement of historically marginalized peoples — but, this does include my own. I do not feel that all recent actions in these racial areas have done everything possible to systemically discriminate against the Jews: in universities; via their faculty departments; student government areas, etc. We have faced continued stalking, harassment, vicious attacks, and systemic killing against Jews. It’s time I raise my big, fat mouth and say something. We should just live under what the Constitution says it should be – as a protection for all of its (natural) citizens. Because these present racially-dividing designations are just giving continued justification to perpetuated antiSemitism – and that, by definition, and through the U.S. Government, no less, is the true definition of systemic discrimination.
So, sorry that this has become an us versus them type of thing. It didn’t have to be so, but you can see that the so-called “others” are making it so and discriminating against the Jews. So, no; I don’t think this will ever end. It will go on for millenia more. Just had to state my free views, before I’m hauled off to Criminal Court, The Hague, or somebody just puts one through my head.
By the way, I am writing this article on July 7, 2022. I was in a plane on this date, waiting on a tarmac, a number of years ago, not knowing that a terrorist attack was being perpetrated. I might have freaked out, having known that. As it was, I was freaked out anyways having witnessing some strange actions from a number of scary-kindof individuals within the plane I was on.
Fire Water From Fiji (Randyjw; June 20, 2022)
Whoops; there I go…
Need a poem, here, but don’t have one.
Back to signs and photos, AGAIN…
No endorsement, officially, and sorry to product picture, but I do like the stuff:
For Your Health (Randyjw; June 20, 2022)
Hmm (Randyjw; June 2, 2022)
Stripes (Randyjw; May 18, 2022)
So, When will this flag,
kept flying at half-, ever
be returned, full-staff?
The Need For Ink (Randyjw; May 18, 2022)
I sent love and gratitude off to my exes
the other night
An air-kiss, from an airhead,
Too long in paying the price
and thankful for the experience,
Still really hope that they have a nice life
and would be ecstatic if that be so
And thank those
who have come into my life
Just for being there
and helping me to heal
I can unbottle my tears;
they flow freely, now
Sometimes, coming unbidden
even when I feel like they shouldn’t
I realized, today, that tears may be only a judgement
When I cry them,
it’s for others
and it makes me sad to see them
acting with such disregard
But, then I realize, too,
that theirs may have been caused
by something I’ve done, too
In some respects, I’m way too emotional;
and, in others, it seems (to others)
that I’m not that way, at all
[(even though I am);
Yeah – what a mess!
I write to tell you this
and to re-read it to myself
‘cuz I’ve led a hectic type of life
burning a bunch of candles at all their ends
Sometimes we never get to say our “sorries”
and we wind up paying our penance
through “cosmic happenstance”
or self-inflicted manners of making amends
But, maybe we should just accept whatever,
that has crossed our paths
for, in so many ways,
we have wished this upon ourselves
whether consciously, or not
And so, perhaps,
we should see all that:
What we might reflect on
as lost opportunities
as love most found and profound
And, now, yes,
I have to write for several reasons
The need for ink,
now my executioner’s sword
Not quite right, enough,
to exactly help others – – –
But, maybe so,
even so, I can hope that so
a rehab overall
a long, slow overhaul
to, in the end, say,
I’m okay; after all
And you can be glad
not to do anything at all
And be happy not to be caught
where you chart your path on your own
There’s no guilt tripping here
you, or I, could ever impose
and it’s not wrong
to just bumble
all about life
and what one decides,
or what one wants
They might mesh,
or, go off on tangents,
or continue in wavy or straight lines
So, here’s where I stand,
and also, it’s how I fall:
Had another dream-state –
don’t know if I was half-awake,
on the border of exhaustion,
a wishful visualization, or what
Well, there we were
like an umbilical tether,
but, really a physical heart-to-heart
Your pouring your whole being into this
so that you could help me get better
You know, I might still wish how
things could’ve been;
But, I know they can’t
as much as my obsessive longings
find voice – so, I’ll channel them by these means
Regardless; I hope there’s no ball and chain
If so, just break it and let go
And, this other non-sequitur,
where-else it would have
no other place to go in a poem…
The amazing night sky
where some nights ago,
I saw how G-d could teach us
actually, man has done better than that:
these were 2-D, and somewhat kind of flat –
but, for my purposes,
and because I’m no real artist,
but, just a dabbler, at that
several images, floating on by:
Faces, on about a 10° incline,
shadings, totally incredible,
in black-and-white; No, grey
Then, another one:
scary-ish, ’til I gave it time
understood, I think,
for all the emotions it implies
Yeah, I got it; I get you, too
I’m happy in you being you
Maybe, one day,
I’ll recount those other sleep dreams
Where now, my shuffling uncertainties
are just left, behind me
But, I’ll still “seek” my star-man
and perhaps find karmic messages
in these now exasperated sighs
Like when I shopped again at my local convenience store
hearing “Grease” on Muzak
and laughing out loud, like a loon
Hey, cosmos, thanks for that!
And, as for the physical, the Eros, the id and ego (all you, take that!)…
As it isn’t, and is:
Re-establishing literal connections now
in my head, my heart, and mind
Not even concerned in the slightest
to even try to make this rhyme
I power through this
and then I’m felled with poetry and song
I’ll just pick myself up again
and, once again, just soldier on
Jóven Y Viejo (Randyjw; May 15, 2022)
Siéntanse alrededor de la mesa para cenar
entre toda la familia
y con tus abuelos
y, Por eso,
Este es la verdad,
y ésta es
una de muchísimas razónes
para la salvaguardia del todo
La razón entera, y la única, sobre todo
No dijes a los niños,
Salgan afuera, y Juegan,
Escúchense a las historias de las anciénes
y haga un espacio para ellos –
sobre todo lo que ellos quieren hablar
pregúntales al lo que exíste en el silencio
Gane el tiempo, Viene el tiempo
y no pueden ganar el tiempo
de la futura
Each One (Randyjw; May 8; May 15, 2022)
He plucked a pink carnation
from the bouquet he was bringing his mom
as he travelled the short-distance bus line
which, yet again, was to bring him home
He kept on finding that someone
whom it appeared that he could uplift
by presenting the stem of one flower
to each person with whom he shared each gift
He shared some of his family stories
though it seemed he may have been outcast
and he saved one morning glory
for when he reached his mom, at last
Surprising his mom with his presence
a family gathering of utmost joy
Mu son, she said, you’re my greatest present –
for these flowers are each of my boys
Blue (Randyjw; May 14, 2022)
Is it “overkill”
when eight patrol cars respond
to one shoplifter?
Lufthansa Bans All Jews From Flight (Randyjw; May 10, 2022)
Cohen, Ben / The Algemeiner; via israel365.com, May 9, 2022 – see video on Youtube:
(Randyjw; May 6, 2022)
I know, now,
you’ll be okay.
as if only
gets on the bus
I’m seeing her
with the same face
A content, lovely spirit
grown into her natural grace
We gaze and smile at each other
in only minutes
the moments that tend to stay
I rambled on
in pretentious polyglot
with too much information
as I do, right now
and, in your love,
you allowed me to
let me “help” you;
When you left,
I know you did this before –
and that it wasn’t déjà vu.
(I liked your bag, by the way)
and, Happy Mother’s Day!
… __ __ __ … (Randyjw; April 29, 2022)
Please catch my drift;
Not for the words I write,
or for how they seem
But, as the reality,
for what they really mean
A Little Dit And Dat (Randyjw; April 29, 2022)
The last one.
Could have been you at an earlier age,
when you were young.
I don’t know what has compelled me
to even see that this trio
of windowed opportunity
had a brief beginning
and an ending,
that’s the one.
But it does.
Confirmed in symbolism,
with no apparent reason
of a random and ordered
All sorts of emotions
There he sat –
behind the glass..
the wisest and
kindest of looks;
sensing his presence
after so apparently
a long time;
so lost in thought,
He placed his hand on the glass;
I don’t know;
just a sense that he knows my whole soul.
this kid could’a been you;
maybe it was – – –
the roar of a pair
of fighter jets
Such a grand thing
that we can fly
within our minds
and solely with man-made
of the time I visited my Dad
ah; at his so-called
final “resting” spot;
such a strange day for me;
the sprinkler seas
parted to let me through –
when I wanted –
my feet lead me
around the cemetery.
The plane passing overhead;
a symbolic departure
of Dad passing;
Yeah – I have a hard time
of letting go;
I said, “No!!!!”
And in an impossible
the plane shot out
of the clouds
on the same trajectory
but now in the other direction.
He came back.
Maybe he stuck around,
but he was always free
to come and go.
— … —
(added May 8, 2022:)
how I love him so.
Passover 5782 (Randyjw; April 15, 2022)
Passover – 5782…
Something I hope not to do
and wishing the same for you.
(and many more)
Boy On A Bike (Randyjw; April 14, 2022)
I can’t tell what is, what’s to be, or what has been done.
All I can see is what should supposedly seem
as a stroll in the sun
instilling “unreasonable” fear in the boy
he might never remember,
and which might never come undone.
The calm, encouraging attitude
at loggerheads to the task:
the boy won’t pedal,
as you ask,
the rickety training wheels
over the cobble,
he instinctually feels,
And, instead of pushing,
he keeps his legs straight
The graded descent going down to the lake
in the heat of a hot, hard noon
And, he’s not at the point where he could actually tell you that – – –
Instead, he compromises
to save face; to not anger
and to stay in good grace
He loudly diverts your attention;
He points in another direction
Me, I cry later…
he saves himself – –
at least, for the present moment
This drawing is from another time, and I didn’t have time to finish it. They’re separate incidents.
The boy I write about, above, is something more recent.
Girl In The Park (Randyjw; March 28, 2022)
You walked over the hill
a moth drawn to the flame
again and again
in nature, each nature
following its will
A realization, still
that same meets same
Your friends trying to draw you away
(Oh, girl – would you just go?)
yet you still remained
Your parents and guardians
issuing dire warnings
(Ah, please, little one – this is getting out of hand)
There was nothing I could do, kid
except to tell you, thanks
What advice could I give you?
all they mean is to keep you safe
I could see jail time looming
for this seeming inappropriateness
but doing nothing
(things getting out of control)
and a side of my own medicine staring me smack-dab in the face?
Maybe you thought that party was boring
the formulaic gatherings
(Oh, G0d, girl – no…. not the homeless girl in the park)
Maybe your parents are too self-absorbed
to just chat with you and listen to
what you have to say
with their undivided attention
Maybe your sense of truth and justice
won’t win out, when trying to hear
‘cuz it’ll be turned against you
due to your sweet and trusting nature –
were you born in December?
And maybe you’ll just never get it into your head
to realize that in the dark
there sometimes really are boogiemen
And despite what happens to you
you’ll still never learn
and you’ll have to get a bit scrappy
and wonder why this ever occurred
I couldn’t tell you or intervene
This is a letter just to yourself
as well as it is to me
Nope, I wouldn’t kidnap or kill you
that’s just your parents’ overconcern
because to love and protect you
they’re overgeneralizing to help you learn
They do need to tell you specific scenarios
‘cuz you might not dream them yourself
It’s too bad that you’re not like your little friend
the sweet, but firm, diplomat
You were just being nice when you
came wandering over
to speak with me and voice your mind
In my dottering old age, anxiety and instinct kick in –
Hurry up and break out before they’ve gotten your soul
by breaking in
I can see you’ll need to break the grip
being good, pleasing others,
societal expectations, the inner conflict
Though I’m not a parent,
you know, I also, too, was a kid
you kindof haunt me
like my mirrored projections
and roads to hell being paved with good intentions
You’ll be hurting, and they’ll be hurting
(just remembering the sweet, kind smile
from the woman sitting in the corner)
Who needs a wonderwoman costume
It’s somebody else with its whistles and bells
Live life as you – express your truth
and trust what your heart has to tell
Hearts In Nature (Randyjw; March 13, 2022)
Homeless Update (Randyjw; March 10, 2022)
The government program that was rolled out to assist people in the U.S. with further grants to extend telephone capacity is, for the most part, not applicable to the homeless who, due to not living in a small, established household, and who, therefore, have no permanent address, might only be able to receive mail at a facility such as a soup kitchen, which will receive mail for numerous such individuals. However, since there are multiple registrants at such an address, these individuals cannot receive the ACP phone benefits, as it is limited to solely one offer per household.
I do receive a free phone, which is nice, and I’m thankful for that, but it must be used somewhat sparingly and judiciously. I receive food stamps, and a bus pass. You must register for all of these benefits and provide the proofs of eligibility they request, and the process can be somewhat arduous.
For instance, during recent months, there began to be problems with the mail service, again. I again had problems of my mail, containing my bus pass, going missing, and no satisfactory explanations (nor even attempts to provide any) as to the reasons why this was occurring. I was kind of stuck in place, and it is difficult to find electricity “in the wild” (I.e., outside). My food stamps were coming up for renewal, and I knew I would need another phone interview to complete the process. I had to guesstimate the approximate mailing date that would tell me of this requirement, so I phoned in to ask whether an interview was required, at that point. I was told, no. Having no bus pass and no charge to my phone quite often, and somebody having stolen a wagon I’d been given for my bags, I couldn’t now really walk the distance with about 60 pounds of stuff, in order to keep checking back with the soup kitchen. And, what about a phone charge? Can’t walk to the library like that, either, so I could get my phone charged.
In any case, I had several months of stress and anxiety trying to get this taken care of. My food stamps got denied, because of not doing the phone interview (because, it turns out, I really did need an interview — maybe it was bad timing on my part and slightly off/misjudged). I would be put on hold trying to get through to the food stamp people for three hours, but my phone battery would then die, and I’d have to go through this all over again: find an outlet, wait for my phone to charge up enough, call the next day, because, by then, doing all the former would waste a whole day, and by that time, their offices would be closed.
I find that most benefits given by our government always seem to tend to favor families in homes (even if those families don’t have to pay for those homes), sloughing off the more desperate of us down here at street level. Even newcomers or others, who’ve not paid one dime into our collective tax funds, such as money removed from our paychecks to supposedly fund our social security and unemployment kitties, seem to be better off than those who’ve worked and now find they’ve been worked out of their jobs, or who have fallen on hard times (work injuries, death of the family, etc….).
Thank you to good people who do help.
There’s a benefit in New York, tonight; I’ve mentioned it in my last post: Love Rocks NYC. Check it out. And… Thank you guys.
Love Rocks NYC 2022 (Randyjw; March 4, 2022)
Rock show – March 10, 2022 at The Beacon Theatre, New York City – to benefit God’s Love We Deliver / (creating and delivering meals to those who have difficulties doing so for themselves). Keith Richards & The X-Pensive Winos; Ivan Neville; many more.
Free live stream of the event – just sign up to get a link emailed to you:
Thank you, so much, for this.
Happy Happy Always & Today (Randyjw; March 3, 2022)
Sir Paul McCartney now on tour!
Thanks to DJ Gerry from Starlight Music for posting this. (web source: https://youtu.be/dWpJX0TCHFY)
Thanks to Paul McCartney, to all the musicians, the love, and raising our spirits!
Lessons of Cinderella (Randyjw; January 19, 2022)
With apologies to Disney
considering the so-considered antisemitism we seem to always recall;
but, then again,
the given inspiration,
for the incredible fantasy-land,
fairy tales, Fantasia,
an “American” institution,
Not even sure
whether to blame you,
or thank you…)
or lesson learned…
but only accepting it,
because it comes from
you may hate this,
but, I am laughing,
As is said,
“If the shoe fits…”
And it did!
Rrrrrrr – 🙂
Rod Stewart Concert (Randyjw; January 18, 2022)
Rod Stewart is on a multi-location concert tour, with upcoming dates around the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand (check listings). Valentine’s Day in Florida!
(Randyjw; January 18, 2022)
Ah, you always beat me to my own mind:
I gotta be first off the starting line,
but, there you go,
with a nod and a wave,
zooming on by
Oh, Tag! I got it.
We’re both good sports
Glad I’m not too competetive
It’s still fun, though, to rev up the engine
Stones T-Shirt (gif) (Randyjw; January 15, 2022)
Outtakes: The Adopted Dejected (Son And) Daughter (Randyjw/Rachelgv; January 11, 2022)
He explores me to the core of my soul
allowing the veins of rock iron ore
to tumble and gleam like polished stone
Stones Fans Rejoice (Randyjw; January 11, 2022)
Royal Mail is honoring The Rolling Stones with a 39-item postage and collectibles selection for sixty years of treasurable music from the world’s greatest band. You can pre-order by January 20th, and do visit royalmail (.com).*
*Page has since moved from this first web post.
On Being The Butt Of A Joke (Randyjw; January 8, 2022)
At one end,
they might say that
flattery will get you everywhere
and, as for the other,
you might say that
flatulence will get you nowhere
(Randyjw; January 8, 2022)
Am I really mixed up, or were you here?
the cut, style, and color of your hair
Oh, I had another dream
this one, at least, better than the first
Full of symbolism, but not the worst
Oh, G-d! I’m still running around this world
as the same jerk I never realized I was
though I really was once a good kid
Now, I’m just some kind of
confused old lady
my fickle heart torn
reflecting on old loves and new
Starting way back, from the time I was young
Embarrassed as hell, having had more than one
and that I can’t even fully remember
everything that always transpired
between the two
And how I ran roughshod around
people growing up
just trying to be popular and cool
and, you know, I kind of really don’t get the movie
I only saw it recently
and, like Ben, I went around thinking
I was supposed to try to move on
and up and forward and out
but, like Matt, kind of felt like the
whole point was the small-town way of a “townie”
community, friends and family
and I didn’t do it and it’s wrecked my life
That movie sneaks up on you
like years, and life
I wasn’t thinking it was all it was cracked up to be
until the end; when it hit me
(like years, and life)
and then I sat in the library
my body wracked with sobbing tears
I had to silently (as best I could) cry
(like I used to do so often as a kid)
I don’t know; maybe it’s strange,
but that’s why I get the whole “martyrdom” thing
I’m sorry to you
and to several of my friends
who’ve gone along by the wayside
To my family — heartache, love, and sorrow
Maybe sometimes we should just let
communities grow organically
and not impose ways they don’t know
Maybe just let them be
On the other hand, it’s so confusing…
if knowledge is supposed to mean
freedom or power
blissful ignorance or craziness
can sometimes be a relief
So, I’m kind of stuck in a hellish limbo
Wanting to break out, but not knowing how
because I have no end goal in sight
and I seem to be so way behind my time.
Temporary amnesia is frightening enough
but half a life stuck on auto
is frankly a life wasted away, too much
Can you ever have compassion on me
I think you do, but myself, not so
Wishing I’d learned this from the very beginning
instead of quite late at the other end
(aw, figures… in writing the
last line, the ink ran out from my favorite pen)
(Randyjw; October 2021)
Requited love that just isn’t the same
when we were young
and never learned there was a game
(Randyjw; October 2021)
So long I’ve waited to hear those words from you
while you grew to love me, but never knew
That all the time I’ve loved you
seemed for naught
as we grew old
our minds and bodies wasted
the togetherness — set apart
Thanksgiving Pumpkin Pie (Randyjw; January 8, 2022)
the flip side to being Cinderella
is feeling like a princess in your eyes
A rose, from off the cake,
which I had, and ate that, too
And under the pine I sat
after walking a way
in my dilapidated shoes
and a ring to remind me
like a coach to whisk me home
Yes, my heart and the moon twice full
Another Fantastic Article (Randyjw; January 7 2022)
Shaker, Romany. “As Islamic State Strikes In Uganda, Christians Remain Key Target In Group’s Expansionist African Campaign.” http://www.memri.org; December 31, 2021:
Fantastic Article (Randyjw; January 7, 2022)
Kemp, Richard. “Exposing the Lie of Israel Apartheid.” http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org; January 7, 2022:
Twelve (Randyjw; January 1, 2022)
Twelve years, is what it takes*
(*I didn’t tell you)
Multiply by number of traumas**
(**That’s just me;
but, for others, it’s different)
And from some…
you never recover***
(***losing battles, but secretly smiling)
Instrumental (Randyjw; December , 2021)
December 21, 2021 (Randyjw; December 21, 2021)
Don’t know whether tonight
might be the last: note, night, or whatever
Got a crazy guy, may be a stalker
Second time, now, crashing my spot
Walks around with a red shopping cart
Last time, we had it out;
walked off saying he was gonna get his gun
Didn’t come back; it’s been a little while
Now, he’s shown up;
snoring loud as *+#& (a truck)
Making himself in clear sight
Setting it up for trouble right
So, in the event of my demise
(or perhaps with further ado)
I’m sorry for any wrongs I did you,
I do love you,
and, I hope not, but it could be
Also, for the holidays, which doesn’t fit in here; it’s a total non-sequitur; this little educational instrumental:
Update: He popped awake. Started talking his crazy talk. He walks around talking to himself. He falsely claimed I try to kill him, poured liquid on him, and follow him. Actually, he may be following me. I don’t know how he knows I’m Jewish, but he’s, again, issuing calls of my death, saying I’ll be dead in 24 hours (twice; then he qualified that saying that I will be dead in 24 hours by the fist of G-d). He said because I killed Christ. Said something about swine. I started to record him (it’s on my phone, but no good sharing apps to post here, and I missed the death threat stuff, anyways). I don’t think I have enough battery power for a call to police; I don’t want to rat out my spot; and this is how I’m harassed. Oh, yeah; he was topless and wearing shorts, was on cardboard. Then, I think he was completely naked. Is he going to kill me, thinking he’s G-d? Now, he’s lying down. Piece of work. Okay, I’m not now going to get in ANY Christmas spirit, and I am not going to now wish you a very merry. I’m tired of this antisemitic bull. However, I will say that many nice Christians have been coming to me; won’t leave me alone; and, because of that, it’s rather brought me kind of back to my faith, since they won’t leave me alone. Anyways, so thanks.
Update: December 24, 2021
Thank G-d he lied;
I’m still alive.
My New Fave Drummer, Nandi Bushell (Randyjw; December 18, 2021)
A long, long time ago, I had a school assignment to write a paper about my “role model.” Well, what to do, when you don’t have one. I wrote a paper on Keith Richards. The Pope has said that Keith Richards is God. Unless we douse it out, we all have that spark of G-d inside ourselves. Reading the Stones lyrics, and listening to their music, to me they’ve been the prescient prophets of the last half-century of our days.
I don’t know where I’ve been these past several decades, but mired in some mucky-muck. The Stones help bring me back to reality, though I often tend to dwell in the myriad realms of my escapist mind – ‘cuz love, and emotions, and the horrible stuff in the world just shuts me down when my mind, body, heart and soul turn to pulp; good, or bad, I can’t deal; it’s not my norm… and that’s so pathetic and sad.
Neither is shutting down someone’s dreams, just because…
because: you’re a girl
“Please, let me take drums.”
“Because it’s not feminine.”
Shut down and shot.
Didn’t even consider flying a plane.
Two out of three check boxes on the Selective Service postcard;
Both strikes ruled me out.
Flat feet, all woman… grrrrr!!!
I just made a “new” hero ( ‘cuz, no; I never really had one) —
But, girl … you break it out!
You rock my flat-footed socks right off!
Here’s Nandi Bushell:
Holy, cow! There’s so much more!
Aw, holy moly – – – you gotta be kidding me:
Poor Man’s Walker (Randyjw; November 20, 2021)
Being Cancelled (Randyjw; November 20, 2021)
Remember when I wrote some time ago about being cancelled at a library after having issues with the IT people there in that the computers were tied too closely, and I needed to bring the monitor closer in order to be able to see it? Well, back then, I didn’t know that I had an eye problem… then it was eventually discovered when a nice optometrist gave me a free pair of glasses. The library in that city then tried to, and did, oust me by saying that it was the quantity of my bags that I carried. Meanwhile, the bags were in nobody’s way; there was plenty of room to place them right beside me along the rail of the zig-zag=shaped desk structures they had. But, ban me from there they did, despite another individual with his bags spread out all over the adjoining desk (not even his own) who was blatantly sitting right before us as the “director” or whoever was giving me my marching orders.
Then, when I was discriminated against by Walmart, and could no longer buy food there and had to purchase it from a pharmacy-type store (um… that is really not “real” food), I had bought ice cream at the pharmacy/convenience store and then went to eat it on the outer perimeter of that Walmart plaza. Was told I couldn’t even do that by law enforcement. Since I used to catch the community bus at Walmart, I could no longer do so, and had to wait for the bus to come out around the back of Walmart in order for the little bus to collect me. One of the bus drivers, in explaining something to someone one day, had said that they could stop for and pick-up passengers at any place along their route, as long as it wasn’t on a main street (which it mostly is not; it mostly runs through the residential neighborhoods). However, I was twice asked to move from a legitimate little-bus location by law enforcement who don’t know the bus routes or the laws, and told to wait at a county bus stop. Because of this, I cannot use the little bus, as it makes it very far and quite difficult for me to otherwise get there, so I could not go to another library location that I used to use alot. Now, I was just told that they might be talking to me now about my bags at this library location I’ve been using for maybe a couple of years already (?). They still have segregated computers (due to COVID) , meaning that you can only use every other computer. My bags fit just fine under the desk beside me; I can even fit them under the one I sit at, if necessary… I just haven’t been, as it makes things alot easier to use the vacant desk beside me. Lately, I’ve been having problems with the USB ports on these computers; they are not charging my phone now, and, yesterday, the system was converting my phone device name to something else I didn’t recognize — nor did Windows, so it essentially locked me out. Today, I can also not charge it via the USB computer port.
I told the librarian that I do not have a storage unit to place my items. Again, I just need the stuff that’s with me — a few pants, shirts, socks, blankets, some junky food that I cry about that I can’t even run around like I used to and go to church dinners and soup kitchens, because I’m awfully harassed by others in the community. I mostly think it’s due to my faith, my political views, etc.
I’m even kindof dropping the religion-ish type of stuff (but not the fighting of antisemitism and terrorism, etc.) for now in a terrible experiement that’s going way worse for my life than even what I’ve been experiencing so far. Nevertheless, I felt it was important to try it, so that I can try to better connect with humanity, as opposed to just G-d, G-d, G-d all my life. Nothing’s really changed on the outside, or whatever, in my being/presentation/presence, etc. I’ve even read parshot that confirm this move (although I’m probably going about it all wrong). Ah, well. Whatever. I think that there are many people, including library patrons, etc., trying to go against me, and doing so more openly and brazenly, although covertly. So…how much more miserable and discriminatory against me can people be? And how much more so the consequences of their supposed self-righteousness (or whatever). And right before the holidays — just like law enforcement did to me two Decembers ago.
Get out of my way, now… You’re making me mad.
Sign Language (Randyjw; November 16, 2021)
Non-Filtered and Unofficial / Rough Draft
(Randyjw; November 7, 2021)
Making a T-shirt – Rolling Stones
Okay — Well, this is pretty much it. Trying to fix the dye kind of made some of it disappear. Bummer. I didn’t have the means/methods to properly follow the directions. Ah, well. Final has the lips with color.
This Leading Line (Randyjw; September 16, 2021)
I live with
a zillion consequences
of poor choices
and former past actions
Letting you in
where you’ve already been
Is where I can’t help myself
I’ve already been consigned
I do, so, know this well
and it’s verboten to
accompany beside me
On this personal journey
No Soul (Randyjw; September 16, 2021)
I felt like a hypocrisy
to rail at G-d
to draw, closer
but not looking
where I was going
with blinders on
To be the light
while losing a heart
closing out humanity
and living in the dark
shook my fist and yelled
Truly discovered love
live in a self-made Hell
wrote it and posted it
Thirteen minutes later
I felt a horizontal roll
taken from my heart
I felt lighthearted
Because, that’s what I was;
what I am,
and what I’ve become
Undeserving for the things I’ve done
Torn out by the One who
put it there
made it whole
I do, now,
understand that solitude
and that very feeling,
of feeling alone
Your Mom (Randyjw; September 8, 2021)
Charlie Watts (Randyjw; August 25, 2021)
Same Shirt, Different Day (Randyjw; August 21, 2021)
I tremor with the autumn leaves
accosted at turns
by cold hearts and minds
molested, then restrained,
during the light of day
I pray that it’s all just a passing phase
Senderas (Randyjw; August 13, 2021)
Camina con las ancianas
barrieron las senderas
en que pisaron tus pies
Al lado de las antiguas
en que se fallen
Thank You, England (Randyjw; July 14, 2021)
Just a note to the Church of England to thank you for your apologies regarding previous antisemitism within your country. It is nice of you to do this (it’s the right thing), and I thank you, as one Jewish person (and as we all must think), for putting this forward as the representative stance of your people (across the sea). Thank you. Shalom.
Update: Official apologies from the Church of England have now been made:
Berkowitz, Adam Eliyahu. “Anglican Church apologizes for long-standing antisemitic edict”; israel365.com; May 10, 2022:
Law (Randyjw; July 14, 2021)
How can police enforce the laws,
if they’re not lawyers?
They don’t seem to listen
to reasoned argument…
Just come and take you, if they want,
despite logical excuse…
And how can lawyers make sure
the laws are being upheld,
or, more specifically, enforced,
when they see only courtrooms,
And not streets…
if they’re not even police?
Top Terrorists Being Released (Randyjw; July 3, 2021)
I’m a bit late in finding this information on the internet, but, then again… perhaps the timing of Independence Day should enhance its prescience:
You may not appreciate the questions I’d like to ask of you, and you’d probably accuse me of being racist, but, nevertheless, we do live in a free society, and ask them of you is what I wish to do. They are basically rhetorical questions: no need to answer them, really. Questions I pose to myself, really and posit for the purpose of others to consider the answers, as they consider the same questions.
Why did you leave Somalia?
What was the reason for coming to the USA?
What was the reasoning for choosing the USA as a final destination?
Is Somalia an open society?
Is Somalia a democratic society?
Is there much violence in Somalia?
What are the racial distribution percentages of the population of the people in Somalia?
What was the racial distribution at the time of your having fled Somalia?
What are the percentages amongst the religious populations of the inhabitants of Somalia?
Specifically, what is the percentage of Jewish people in Somalia?
Is piracy on the high seas still a common means to “earn a living” in Somalia?
Or, has kidnapping and terrorism surpassed the boat piracy business?
Were you persecuted by Jews in Somalia?
Did Israeli people persecute you in Somalia?
Just thought I’d ask……
Came up with a few more since posting…
What is the population percentage of Latinx people of Somalia?
What is the population percentage of Asian people of Somalia?
Arabians have succeeded in conquering Africa for Islam. But, you’re not upset about that?
And, still; it was to America that you came, rather than to any other Muslim-majority African nation to which you emigrated. Many miles overseas… Why?
Yachad, b’Yad (Randyjw; June 6, 2021)
Enough of my “own-ness,” for right now, on this paper
I speak out for others in “righteous” anger
You say you care for others, but only your self-same “color”
the ventriloquist’s strings being pulled by the Arab nations
Our cherished notions grant freedom of speech
Like children, we’ve grown-up from babbling, to real
We celebrate each soul for their unique formations
and daily greet passersby, of all combinations
Allied in pain with the African people
who’ve known the yokes of the mosques
and the foreign church steeples
fight against brothers divided by tribes
the lands from the sun turn to sand, or go dry
Oh, where is the outrage over Mauritania?
who trade slaves, to this day, but world silence remains…
Joining with your oppressors
will not bring you strength;
they’ve been leading you
unwittingly to the lion’s den
They’re killing the Christians,
and really against “others” —
Please, don’t you believe them
Who was beside you in the Civil Rights?
We’ve joined you and fought, so that all have “real” rights
And where were the others, during all this time?
They weren’t there; they’re just giving you more of their lies
In “private” conversations amongst themselves
Like the Ku Klux Klan, they repeat the same filth
I’m alarmed by this supposed “democracy”
now exhibiting this raging hypocrisy
Are your eyes closed or open —
Or, haven’t you really noticed?
that the “woke” hate the Jews;
it’s their only main focus
Wake up! Are you sleeping?
Or just going through the motions?
Under the Democrat’s administrations
we’ve had the worst race relations
Their bigotry sees you through the lens
of low expectations
But the reality I see
doesn’t meet their exhortations
And, back at my end,
the thieves steal my own story
They claim my heritage as theirs
as they’ve stalked us throughout history
They’ve stolen religion from books
which precedes their own time
claiming ours is now theirs,
with the facts turned around
They project their hideous methods and means
onto us; What is said is, instead
their own actions and deeds
They’ve expanded from Arabia
to slay Africa by the sword
they’ve attacked Europe, joined Hitler,
and lost so many wars
Expropriated works by others
never developing their resources
like oil, and books that were
written by others
We’ve helped them and tried to show them
than by murder or trying to
gain world domination
They call it “taqqiya;” a form of double-speak
Such lies as advance their cause
by Holy enshrinement
By their very own language and
by their holy book
the truth of Israel “being for the Jews”
is quite freely admitted
Even today, when they rage,
to “Kill the Jews”
the phrase “Khayber all YAHUD”
in Arabic points to Our Truth
Tribes Benjamin and Yehuda
of all of Israel
point to our heritage, religion,
our culture and land
for that area which they want and rename
the West Bank
We have lived here, in Israel,
despite claims of our total exile
By being quiet and not refuting
wholesale lies of our dispersions
and our land being granted
to terminal losers
I know we’re supposed to “play nice”
with our murderous neighbors
but G-d warned us of Amalek
and disobedience shows we haven’t learned
Which is the worse transgression?
Let’s try and do our best
And know when our enemies are our enemies
and our alleged friends are really true friends
Don’t come after me, execute, or excommunicate me
I’m speaking my mind, standing my ground,
and you can check:
I’m doing so Biblically
For some of us, in Exile, have never forgotten,
and have always wanted
to be back in Israel
and have done so, throughout the ages
Possibly by adapting to new countries
via customs or “assimilation”
For without much historical education,
or through insidious modes of revision,
The wording of being in so-called exile for “two-thousand years”
can’t account for Bar Kochba, Yavne, Rehovot,
two versions of Talmud:
Bavli and Yerushalmi
The external sources all point to
our being there
How else could they all have attacked us,
if we weren’t really there?
Who cares how we’re called!?
We are one, under G-d,
Update (June 30, 2021); see also:
Update (August 23, 2021); see also:
Memorial Day (Randyjw; May 31, 2021)
No Poetry And Few Words (Randyjw; May 18, 2021)
You’d think with all my general rantings and ravings that I’d have plenty to write about in these times; but, no… too much bullying in personal space and cyberspace has really hurt me emotionally. My poor living situation leaves me physically struggling, which heightens the effects of stress, poor nutrition, rest, etc., plus grief in the loss of death, connections to others, personal and general war against my people on a continual and escalated basis. I’m still fighting racism and antisemitism, though… That’s what I do.
Anyways, I’m listening, now… reading… your words, still… And, yes; they have an impact. Music, and uplifting videos (at least for my purpose) are my present coping and enjoyment mechanism. Especially humorous ones.
I discovered this cool music/animation video recently (check out the themes!) – it’s my way, right now, and at least that I can handle, of reaching out to you.
Habibti Ensemble / Edom:
Just Music (Randyjw; May 8, 2021)
A really pretty song; Maybe I should take it to heart. Perhaps I will, when my heart and soul begin to fly, again.
No words just yet; only music.
English translation available in the last song just saved to my YouTube channel.
Words Elude Me (Randyjw; April 20, 2021)
Passover 2021 (Diaspora Dates U.S.: March 27 – April 4, 2021) (Randyjw; March 26, 2021)
From the Haggadah, the Four Questions…
Music by Cecilia Margules
Gad Elbaz / Mah Nishtanah:
A tough-talking, jaw-dropping video:
For those of us still dragging their feet, or unable to get away…
Bashanah Habaah Birushalayim:
Meal ideas for last-minute procrastinators:
30 Passover recipes curated and taste-tested by Taste of Home’s staff:
And, from The Nosher:
(https://www.myjewishlearning.com/the-nosher/passover-marshmallow-brownie-recipe/) of course it’s chocolate!
Unleashed (Randyjw; March 24)
I’m unleashing my shackled mind;
my shackled mindsets.
I’m about the experiential definition now.
I Don’t Know (Randyjw; March 23, 2021)
How to read these signs and wonders;
with love, certainly,
despite the traumas and the dramas
of this worldly life surrounding me
These petty, persistent attacks
on my person, and my people, and my family
the crabbing of my being
engulfed in the utter maelstrom
of this humming, drumming malevolency
I cannot write anything well-pleasing
yet I appreciate your loyalty
through my rotten inability to sublimate
the greedy tendency I have
to consume so much nectar you’ve
poured out at my feet
I cannot seem to sip lightly;
I lap the spoils and spills
like my totem coyote
that literally appeared in these weeks
to protect me (???)
And in the night sky,
Orion’s belt (the bowslinger)
seems to lead me to Canis Major
(but all I can see is the triangle,
with the bright star, Sirius,
at its head,
while these skies and my mind
So, while the white and brown
coyote brushes past my right shoulder
at three feet and circles around —
have you shape-shifted in new guise
to give comfort to the overly needy?
We seem to reach
an implicit understanding
Even while I cannot properly
convey my meanings
Writing bad verse with nothing
even slightly to redeem me
and gaze knowingly
or longingly at one another
from my perch on my bags
toward the intersection down the street,
and the coyote trails the unwanted,
unasked for strange man in the night
who was needlessly interrupting
my dearest, private alone time
with which I can concentrate
upon you within my deepest reveries
The poor coyote!
I sense his or her need, also
to be fed,
but, yet the people harass
this hungry animal, too
Alone in this world,
upon this earth
Will such atrocity never end?
(No – just keep drinking the Kool Aid.)
And, always ill-timing,
I can never seem to capture
this magnificent creature
who roams the night
with my camera
Antisemitism At The Grammy’s (Randyjw; March 20, 2021)
Here is an article, which I didn’t write, but for which I am glad that someone else did, about intersectional antisemitism, from Tamika Mallory at the Grammy Awards (which I didn’t watch) this year (I’m sorry if I need to rescind any previous “likes” or approvals on this issue, due to not having known this had occurred, etc.):
Israel vs. UN (from UN Watch) (Randyjw; March 18, 2021)
Sorry; I messed up the original post in my panic to get this info out.
The UN Watch has created a database, for doing research and fact-checking information coming from the U.N. (with its anti-Israel U.N. biases apparent, throughout).
This was revealed LIVE at 12:00 noon, Eastern Standard Time (U.S.).
Here is the copied link from the unwatch.org website:
Those Little Things (Randyjw; March 8, 2021)
Just the little things,
as I walk on my way…
“Echoes of my Mind”
heard as I shopped for the day
But who could have formed
that “O” “X” from the clouds –
on this side, seen backwards,
I wonder aloud
G-d, with a message
that must be heaven sent
and I’m thankful I saw it
a vision well-spent
Van Gogh: Multidimensional (Randyjw; March 8, 2021)
Here’s some cool news on upcoming interactive van Gogh exhibits (for all you Miamians out there, and some other information on multidimensional van Gogh exhibits happening elsewhere):
Update (June 3, 2021):
Here’s a travel deal from Travelzoo (check for other locations):
COVID-19 (Randyjw; March 6, 2021)
My Mom passed away from respiratory failure due to COVID-19 infection at an assisted living facility. I just thought I’d let you know.
I’m thinking of you all, and my prayers are with you.
Stay safe, and be well. I’ll write when I can.
Love (Eleven and Counting) (Rachelgv; March 4, 2021)
The day is fading,
but not my thoughts of you
or the love for you
I hold within my heart
Calm Water (Randyjw; February 26, 2020)
I don’t feel the miles
but just the sweet, undulating
waves of the balm
propelled by your smiles
enfolded in calm
Purim 5781 (Randyjw; February 25, 2021)
Today and tomorrow mark the holiday of Purim in the Jewish calendar. So, happy Purim to all of you, and here is a nice article, which gives me continued hope for peace (true peace) in the middle East…
(Love you, too, children of Cyrus):
And, of course, my annual favorites:
Berkowitz, Adam Eliyahu. “Did Scientists Just Confirm Biblical Account of Sodom and Gomorrah?”;israel365news.com; November 23, 2018:
Israel Quiz (Randyjw; November 21, 2020)
O, little town of:
O, Come, all ye faithful
joyful and triumphant
O, Come ye, O, Come ye to:
b) the West Bank
the angels did sing
born is the King of:
The Torah relates when David approached the table of “showbread”.
An English language transliteration from the Hebrew for “house of bread” is:
a) Bethlehem (Beit Lechem)
b) The West Bank (???????)
Holidays Of Another Tune (Randyjw; October 24, 2020)
I’m dreaming of some hot, buffalo wings
Just like the kind I used to eat
With some bleu cheese and celery
it’d sure be merry
and would be something of a treat…
Scars and Always (Randyjw; October 17, 2020)
Cry all you want…
as for me, it’s long-lasting;
too hard to move on
Dignity (Randyjw; September 28, 2020)
I cried for that man
sitting so stoic in the chair
when the cops came and said
You can’t be seated there
He turned his head around
a four-inch ‘fro dark in the air
some curls lay on the ground
the other half completely bare
So proud of the barber woman
who defiantly took her stand
she said she’d continue to do the job
let them arrest her, she’d be damned
They’d come with a mobile shower
a volunteer restored their crowns
And for at least one blessed hour
Our heads held high — we stared him down
It started out as a love poem, and then grief, anger, (and love) took over.
Real? You want real? Back to writing on paper the way I feel.
The Adopted, Dejected (Son and) Daughter (Randyjw; April 14, 2020)
He explores me to the core of my soul
my first breath, a cry, because I did not know his name
a desire to be held and to be loved for all time
and thousands of singular steps I chose to take*
To be held onto, so much, that I was formless, spineless
The peacemaker, a Cinderella
a pleasant woman of sorts
My mind, not mine, but mindless
to be good, to cause you to never let me go
A displeasing result, to follow orders not of my making
to be chastised and berated
as the consequence for these actions
To be belittled, when little, to assert my independence
withheld from affections
and confidence slow-whittled
My heart was broken many times,
at the thousands of disappointments seen in your eyes
at the casting aside of other peoples’ lives
and the callow reflection deemed grand of the statusized
I chiseled away and acted out
became a wild child
and, as a feral adult,
maintain the thin skin
of my childhood sensitivities
and cry like the unloved, unwanted thing
that never seemed how to learn
to reconcile all these things
It wasn’t to some other
as if it happened on-screen
my judgment was stunted
and became a bad dream
I was good, I was bad,
and my fairness was had
’til it left not much more
than a shell in its wake
What once calciferous deposits
took years to build upon
now come shear to clear translucence,
no less fragile, still more strong
For I treasure the love you intended
and realize your anxieties at being a parent
Never understanding when to let go, and
Being fiercely overprotective
For I know, now, how much you molded me
Being denied the history of my family
Cutting me off and denying me to the end
Did you cut off your emotions when I was ten?
I think it was before
at the elementary school doors
Wanting not to be thought uncool
being kissed by a parent
I’m sorry I hurt you
I’m sorry I repeated the scenario at college
I never learned
and how I have yearned
I have made a lifetime of making apologies to you…
but, when is it your turn?
How it has been, since that time
so way back when
that instead of your smothering,
wet, sloppy coffee kisses**
I’ve had to be always the one
to take the first initiative?
To be the one to offer a kiss
to your turned cheek, unreturned
To be the one to say I love you
with stone cold silence my reward
I’m sorry for wanting to be loved
I’m sorry for wanting to fit in
and never finding a place
It was presented as shielding me
but I was intelligent, so caught on
Maybe you should have allowed me into
the inner sanctum
Made me feel as if my thoughts
Instead of allowing me to be a
Instead of a body that’s now grown?
Telling me hardly anything about
anything going on?
Hoping I’d forget things, until I
was reminded later on–
You chose me, remember?
Well, maybe you can’t quite recall…
The joy you must have felt
after all those years
waiting for oh so long
I’ve pieced together
the subtle clues you extended
one, maybe at seven
and another, through my social security number
The gifts you gave
lay in my jewelry box
admired in my own way
rifled through and taken
in front of me, while I watched
You re-gifted them to others
showing me that I must value them so little
heedless of sentimental attachment
or any comfort of nostalgia
And a choice of a better-days Bambi
or a bedraggled tiger
to give to the kid who fell down
off his bicycle
Nothing to hold onto,
nothing to hold on
and you sit and remain there
with your voicemail turned on
No, I didn’t cause your cancer
as you so like to claim
where both you and significant other
chose to pinpoint the blame
Of saying you’d disown me
when I was a teen
because I’d wanted to learn
who my birth parents had been?
Denying you’d said that
and so many other things
like saying a former boyfriends’ two children
weren’t like having the real thing (your own)?
You didn’t believe I could be hurt
by extrapolating in the frame of an adoptee?***
Denying me knowledge that my father
Then telling me to rush over
and watching his morphine-addled
last hours (okay, a bit more, but…)
Telling me no, I couldn’t get a cot
and stay by his bedside until he was not
Looking over my shoulder to see
the devilish grin****
of the nurse plumping his pillows–
and knowing that this was the end?
I said never, ever, do that to me
and break the news not alone to me
but with a posse of relative(s)/friend(s)
(the second because it rhymes)
And you promised, but repeated the same
scenario with my brother
I suspect you hid his cancer
over a year with your continued
trips back up to Boston
And hearing the news, of my brother again, with
a cousin present
and learning of your own battle with it
and more Aunts with you, yet
Asking if I could speak with you
to receive a three-ply no
rather than a shared mother-daughter
Did you harbor a bunch of resentment
when you, one day, outed the fact
that my Aunt’s heirlooms from
the two of yours mother
my Uncle declared he won’t give back?
And I wanted to keep peace in the family
and said you shouldn’t act this way
because I still wanted a family to have
and thought it too high a price to pay
But, I guess you’ll teach your lesson
as you’ve done the same to me
Is it a cycle of abuse
or some form of reverse psychology?
You’ve always, but maybe twice, tended
to side with anyone but me
Encouraging me to lie, and listening to you,
saying it was me?
With your significant other
you made some kind of a devil’s pact
and when, at the beginning you
mentioned this “deal”
I was completely and utterly aghast
Everything you’d made with yours and dad’s
went completely to their family
leaving out my bro and me
In cryptic fashion, you mentioned
you tied up your money
I said, whatever it is, I don’t
care about me, just take care
of my sibling (brother)
Then the trips away started
with one reason or another
never knowing it might have anything
to do with my brother.
And I went to him, solo,
I couldn’t know why you’d delay by weeks
I used half of my savings,
the rest with you, upon my return
and my job you belittled, was apparently
good enough for my friend
who came to your workplace with her mother
discussing they wouldn’t hire me again
Yet they had, in the past, and had
given me a raise
and had fired many others
and where I had still remained
You said I was homeless just to spite you
but I think three years’ way too long
and know the mother I thought G-d
a human with problems all along
And so this Chillul Hashem
goes back to the secular
self-loathing Jew I tried hard to be
When I wanted so much to fit in
that I assimilated and then lost me
I still have that feminist streak
and that veneer of American society
and I apologize for denying your heritage
and trying to mold you in some ways
When you weren’t with me when I
went to my brother
over your dead body you
said you wouldn’t put me as proxy
He passed away and then I came
to help you, too
And you chose then to show me a
that showed us both as proxies to him?
And if that wasn’t enough
throughout the years with your significant
other and kin
You’d promised everything that was yours
would be left to me?
And slowly, continually, and surely
you kept giving away
everything little by little
to always everyone else?*****
And then they’d flaunt it before me
and wave it before my face
Saying Look what your mother gave me
All a pathetic and hurtful disgrace
So, your significant other renéged
on his deal
I’ve been through that before
and can sympathize with how that feels
But do you think I should trust
his daughter’s call to confirm with her my
personal information to get “back”
into your will?
… she statedly said three years or so ago,
before my life and apartment fell
When I told her I wanted to speak with you
she said, “She’s not speaking to you! Get it?”
and now, with my phone and email hacked,
my phone uncharged and likely deactivated
it took months to get a replacement
and I still can’t even use it
And you, also, now in your fourth living
place in the in the past year or so since
he passed away
the last time I visited you, you
seemed quite happy that I came
But since I call from the soup kitchen phone
and service is banned now due to the virus
I still keep getting your voicemail
and my own phone number might’ve expired
On a cool and early morn when I had
a bit more to my energy
and free buses to assist me
on my seven-hour journey (2-1/2 hours walking)
I learned his daughter now you’d given
over power of attorney
regardless of the fact of COVID (19)
that I wouldn’t get to see you
I don’t know whether she’s provoking me
or whether it’s to you of credit deserving
whose oversight of the daughter
was left off the list by design
I found out when I visited last
and they told me who it was
and I’d need to go to Court
whose time might come
after you’re gone
I asked them to call that daughter so she can put
me on the list
Her reply, to them, was I
should call her
meaning no, or some blackmail,
That daughter married three times
my cousin was also once homeless
and somehow they’re better than me
the adopted, dejected (son and) daughter
* (post script: everything became all mingled and intertwined)
** (sorry; I can’t change this; it’s central to my memories)
*** That it would leave scars upon me for all of eternity? (Added: April 17, 2020)
**** (of “Joanne, or Johanna”) (Added: September 30, 2020)
***** Their family (Added: September 27, 2020), my cousins (Added: October 17, 2020), and your friends (Added: September 27, 2020)?
How Coronavirus Is Affecting The Homeless (Randyjw; March 18 and March 19 [updated], 2020)
We hear of instances during this coVid-19 coronavirus epidemic in which those who have been in possible contamination with an infected/infectious individual are requested to self-quarantine at home for 14 days. The cases of infection have increased substantially, and many countries have placed stay-at-home measures on their populations, closed their borders, and other arising instances. Public locations are being closed, such as schools, religious institutions, and others.
But, what if you have no home to shelter in? Here, where I live (undisclosed, for privacy), and across the nation, shelters are only temporary reprieves for the homeless; they are not a permanent solution. Stays are limited in duration, and the demand for shelter is always insufficient to meet the actual needs. During the daytime, on a regular basis, the homeless can only go to public locations, such as parks and libraries, or face the likely consequences of encountering a law-enforcement officer who will then ticket or jail the individual for loitering, lodging, trespass, or other such law designed to make it practically “illegal” to be a poor homeless person. The shelters, I heard from someone who has been lately trying to get into them, have stopped their “overnights,” which is a few-day stay which requires a pre-referral (running around after a van which goes to numerous cities and standing in long lines to see if there’s a bed available, and often, there is not… You can’t just “walk-in” to a shelter whenever you please…); they are also stopping their daytime harbor (if they ever had one, in the first place). The volunteers which help out at the shelters are no longer being taken, and staff is very short-handed. Today, I went to the other city I briefly stayed at; they handed out meals (no dining in) in styrofoam containers. They did a great job, even though some people complained.
In fact, it is getting downright scary during these times. I’m actually surprised that rioting hasn’t yet broken out. The tension is becoming almost unbearable, as homeless people are now congregating closer to resources, having a semi-martial law imposed (truly) with the closure of locations where the homeless did (but officially shouldn’t) sleep, and “homeless real estate” (i.e., a “spot” to sleep in, outdoors) becoming very scarce. Often, homeless individuals will watch other homeless people — their movements, locations, etc. — so that they can come and impose themselves on another’s “turf.” I’ve already had this happen; I was once severely beaten up due to this, with my head being bashed against a brick wall four times. The martial closure also takes away a few more options for the homeless: bathrooms and like facilities, etc. They are now closing down the libraries, so you will not be hearing from me until further notice from the library [except for today, March 19]. This is another location for a bathroom for me, as well as a place to stay indoors, out of the elements, and away from the cops and sheriffs, and keep me out of trouble. No longer. Where are we to go?
Also, the extraneous people, who help to provide food for the homeless, such as religious institutions, individuals who operate non-profits, etc., have stopped their feedings. I had tried another city out and had found the resources for food better there, but I was banned from their library for my excess bags (although, not until I started bothering them to loosen their computer cords, so that I could bring the monitor close to me, in order to compensate for my degenerative myopia…) and they tore down my sleeping spot, so I moved back to where I originally was. The food resources are not very good here; but, even those extraneous ones, they have stopped. There is still one soup kitchen, but I have not normally been going there as it is an arduous effort for me to get there. The place is very small and is always closely packed, with people lining out the entryway.
Last night, I was very frightened, and felt that two men, perhaps in tandem, but not near each other, were “casing me out.” This is a very dangerous situation for a female, and one that prefers to be alone, for many reasons (not all listed). For one, I prefer it that way. Socializing is okay, to a certain extent, but at nighttime, I want to be with my thoughts and silence and recoup. Many homeless women out here prefer to have a male around for the feeling of so-called “protection” that they might “infer” upon them; but, all I hear are horrible stories and drama which ensues in these circumstances, and this is just not my cup of tea. I feel that if anyone is creeping up on me at nighttime, I want to be prepared, if at all possible, and not have to determine: is this “friend” or “foe” when I only have a few reactionary seconds, if that, if awake, to make some kind of reaction. I have been around other people, and it’s just not a good fit for me. Many other problems occured because of that, so I try to prevent it as best as possible. Last night, one guy came exceedingly close to me in a wide parking lot, which was totally unnecessary. He then moved to a median within the parking lot toward another building, but then stayed in this small median and loitered there, not heading anywhere. I thought he was going to try to steal my stuff. As I walked toward the other end of the parking lot, another guy was walking nearby. He pretended like he was going to continue on the path out of the parking lot, and I waited and watched to see if he was, but he then did not and stopped. When he noticed I was watching him, he then moved to the path, but didn’t proceed on it and out of sight. I was waiting at a bus stop near the path, but then moved forward to where I knew there would be a place which had video cameras. He then moved a few feet back towards the parking lot and the line of sight of where the other man in the median was loitering, and he made gestures which seemed to me like they were intended for that other man. I was very nervous. Then, I noticed, which I hadn’t before, and don’t know whether this person had been there or had come along in the interim, another man across the street, who did not get on the bus which eventually pulled up for him at that bus stop. I was so nervous, I told the bus driver my misgivings and what had happened and described the individuals. When I got to my spot, and I hope no-one was noticing me, I laid down, and was anxious and cried awhile, then read some of my book I’m presently reading (The Monuments Men; I’ve read it before, but prior to learning about stuff I’m kindof looking into now), and eventually was tired and shut my eyes — I really don’t sleep too much or too well out there; I never feel like I’ve actually gotten any sleep, and stay awake most of the night.
The tensions are really bad out here at ground level. Perhaps you are somewhat insulated from what’s happening “out on the street;” and I hope that you are. But, it gives me, I think, a sometimes truer indicator of how people are feeling, reacting, etc. — at least at this level. I hope the calm holds.
[Update – March 19, 2020]:
The libraries will be closing. I heard that the parks, also, will soon be closing. These are the only locations where a homeless person can be. So, what — We are now “illegal citizens” within our own country? Worse off than even “illegal immigrants?”
Also, the other day, because they had stopped extraneous feedings, I had not had dinner, nor anything to eat in the morning of the following day. I had gone to the park to try to meet up with the individual who helps distribute food to homeless people, but was told that she would not be coming until further notice. Si, I had to go elsewhere; I went to a supermarket, and there was hardly anything a homeless person could purchase left on the shelves, because everybody is panicking and stocking up on food items and leaving nothing for us to be able to purchase with food stamps. I was hoping to have some bologna; there were only a few Hebrew National salamis available (and those are usually much higher-priced than cheaper bologna — and, yes, I believe it is a Heavenly reminder sent to me, but the problem is that I am just having too much difficulty in trying to survive and am not really keeping Kosher at this time (probably reaping the consequences for this decision, as well…). In any case, I bought the salami, some Martin’s potato bread, free mustard packets, and a pack of cheese (yes, I know… the meat-dairy admix is a big non-no)… It wound up costing me almost $21.00 USD, which is about three-1/2 times my daily allotted expenses on EBT… I’ll probably be suffering further… So, now… I guess all of us homeless people will soon be accruing multiple tickets (courts are closed now, but…) or stays in overcrowded jails (never been to one; don’t really want to go), but they are making being a poor, homeless person a crime by leaving us no alternative arrangements, with shelters maxed-out, no day options, no “overnights” and basically nothing else. No-one cares. There are not even portable toilets being set up, and if you want to consider the potential fallout from that situation, I would say that the cities are not being considerate…
Purim 5780 (Randyjw; February 27, 2020)
Comedian Bob DiBuono as President Donald J. Trump, with a message for Purim:
“”Shushan Funk” – Rosenblum Shaloch-E-Manos – Purim 2015 ~ פורים תשע’ה”. Published: February 17, 2015:
“”What does Purim Say?” – (Parody: What does the fox say) Rosenblum Shaloch-E-Manos”. Published: March 4, 2014:
“”Purim Town Road” – Rosenblum Shaloch-E-Manos – Purim 2020 ~ פורים תש’פ”. Published March 2, 2020:
“Kippalive – Purim Up – כיפה לייב”. Published: March 6, 2014:
Dulce de Leche Hamantaschen:
Jewish Land (Randyjw; February 24, 2020)
Read this important history regarding the Jewish Land and presence in Israel:
Shabiy, Dr. Yechiel. “The History of the Land Is Jewish, Not Palestinian”. besacenter.org; February 23, 2020:
Beautiful Halo (Randyjw; February 23, 2020)
I’ve lost my poetry, for awhile
I don’t know when it will return;
I guess when true smiles
return to my face
In signs and thoughts
imagined of the nearness
of your soul to mine
In the meantime,
without this heaven on earth…
Yet, with nothing lost,
I have this beautiful halo you misplaced
and unerringly dropped into my heart.
Europe Recognizes Legal vs Illegal Border Entry (Randyjw; February 18, 2020)
Kern, Soren. “Spain: European Court Approves Summary Deportations of Illegal Migrants”. gatestoneinstitute.org; February 17, 2020:
2020 Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy (Randyjw; February 18, 2020)
Official Anti-Semitism (Randyjw; February 12, 2020)
It’s official: The United Nations has officially and flagrantly boycotted Jews. That means anti-Semitism is now officially sanctioned, according to the U.N., in this “Advance Unedited Version Of A/HRC/43/71. It seems we are in possibly worse times than 1930’s Nazi Germany.
Read the press release and the “Blacklist/Boycott” of companies sponsored/condoned by the U.N.:
UN Watch Press Release; February 12, 2020:
Update (Added January 18, 2020):
Here’s the Jewish response, listing allegedly known companies doing business with the U.N., and an article describing it:
Tu Bshvat (Randyjw; February 7, 2020)
Hamstrung By Left (Randyjw; February 2, 2020)
I can’t believe what I’m seeing, here.
So much Spin… both by the leftists in Congress, and the Iranians, at their centrifuges (thanks to those U.S. Leftists).
Congress, dominated by Democrats, has just voted to hamstring the United States against a war involving Iran, called the No War Against Iran Act, which passed with a vote in favor: 228-175.
And, so, could you please tell me what would happen if Iran sent over their newest missiles, soon to be “tipped and equipped” [my coin — ed.] with radioactive material, to the U.S.?
What? We couldn’t make a war with them? Defend ourselves?
Do these political representatives of ours have any brains, whatsoever? Or, are they really that idiotic?
Read about this ridiculousness, here, and you’ll learn of even more further hamstringing:
Oslo Redux (Randyjw; January 31, 2020)
I haven’t even read the Trump Administration’s Peace To Prosperity plan, yet – – and, I might, eventually. But, there are already intrinsic problems I see at a glance which tell me this will never work.
For one, the Arabs have never, and will never, rescind their war to eliminate the Jews – – especially those Jews living in Israel. The conflict is about genocide of the Jewish people (again), and nothing is going to change the Arab mind about that. That concept is as intrinsic to the Koran, as is that of taqqiya, the same Arab concept which allows for deception to the enemy as a means of strategic warfare to attain the goal. In it, all need to be of one mind, and, therefore, religion; therefore: join, or be gone (eliminated).
Seeing, briefly, the outline of a map which contains Judea and Samaria (or, as those siding with the Arabs will call it: The “West Bank”) and which connects via an underground tunnel to make an accessible roadway between the areas of the so-called “West Bank” on the east side of Israel near the Jordan River, and connecting it to Gaza, located on the western border at the Mediterranean Sea, would cut Israel in half, even if the tunnel is situated below ground. All the Arabs would need to do is amass in the tunnel, blow it up, and come pouring out of it — effectively eviscerating Israel into two.
Meanwhile, the Arabs would also be given east Jerusalem for their capital, and have another means of attack against the Jews spread very thin around the outer perimeters of land that had been left for us.
This is the same basic plan as the 1947 partition plan, to which the Arabs already said no. The Arabs continually void any treaties they have signed, as mostly seen even in the supposed Jordanian and Egyptian peace treaties. Put your right hand to your heart in a solemnly sworn oath, yet steal with the left hand, and what is left but a thief. We have already seen, since all these previous supposed peace treaties with the Arabs have gone, that they continually attack us and violate their treaties. The Arabs themselves have made each proposal, such as this “newest”-old one, completely irrelevant: null and void.
A plan that doesn’t send all of the Arabs to Jordan, since Jordan was already wrested twice from the land of Israel, is not a plan that any Jew should consider. To make pretend that this newest plan, reiterating old ideas that the Arabs have rejected, time and time again, is a gift to the Jews is just ridiculous. We need to be proud of our heritage. We need to stand up for our land. All of it. We should not pretend that we were totally ENTIRELY exiled from it for two-thousand years: because the fact is that it is not entirely true. We have always been there. We need to stop pretending that an acceptance of less and less of our own land is a gift that others need to give us. The good people who know this, and then go take jobs with governments that don’t have these interests in mind, corrupt the good people to their way of thinking. This is not a favor, but a disservice. Let’s not pretend that it is. We already know that this is a non-ending war of attrition against us. We need to fight it to win it, or just forget it. That’s it.
Peace To Prosperity Full Plan Download – 181 pages: (https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Peace-to-Prosperity-0120.pdf)
Additional Opinion (Added: February 1, 2020):
Sidman, David. “Israel has Officially Ended its Love Affair with Trump”. breakingisraelnews.com; January 28, 2020:
A Prayer For The Holy Temple (Randyjw; January 30, 2020)
This is beautiful … listen.
Yehuda Katz, Raphael Barkats, Chanan Elias, Shlomo Katz, Aron Razel, Yankele Shemesh, Chizki Soifer (recorded by Chanan Elias) – Yibaneh HaMikdash:
Dr. Jack Van Impe (Randyjw; January 21, 2020)
I just learned of the passing, Saturday, January 18, 2020 of Dr. Jack Van Impe. I’m saddened to learn of the news. He, and his wife, Rexella, had a television show called Jack Van Impe Presents. Where I could receive it, and when, I used to watch, and enjoy his presentations. The pair were well aware of the dangers of terrorism and I felt that they were good friends of the Jewish people, despite our differences. I will miss you, Dr. Van Impe, and send my condolences to Mrs. Van Impe.
I Have A Wish (and A Dream…) (Randyjw; November 4, 2019)
Randy’s Reviews: The Long Road Home: A Story of War and Family – by Martha Raddatz (Randyjw; January 18, 2020)
Raddatz, Martha. The Long Road Home: A Story of War and Family. Copyright © 2007, 2008 by Martha Raddatz. Published by BERKLEY an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC; 375 Hudson Street, New York, New York 10014. G.P. Putnam’s Sons hardcover edition / March 2007; Berkley trade paperback edition / January 2008; Berkley trade paperback edition (TV Tie-in edition) / October 2017. 338 pages, plus photos. ISBN 9780451490797.
And He shall judge between the nations, and shall decide for many peoples; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. (Translation: https://www.mechon-mamre.org/p/pt/pt1002.htm).
I wish we were at the aforementioned point in time, as noted in the prophecies of Isaiah, as seen above.
Instead, we are far from it – – spiraling even quicker towards its counterpart of constant battles, skirmishes and full-out war between regions, countries and partnered nations vying for ultimate world power and dominion.
Though only a relatively minor percentage of a people’s nation actually participate in the fighting of a nation’s army, the entire population bears the consequences of the outcome of war, whether favorably or to their collective detriment. It matters not whether the war is enjoined on the offensive or defensive side, but to which side the favor falls. It is not an easy matter to enter the fray, especially when having war thrust upon one’s country, or in marrying powers to aid one’s friendly allies, betrothed to what each feels are the just cause, besides political, economic, religious, and other interests beholden to one’s beliefs.
Nevertheless, it comes as a surprise to learn that the honor of a “gentleman’s war” is a silly notion; when fighting for one’s life, some do so with dignity, and some scrap ’til the final breath, using any mean or method deemed necessary to survival – – the ends justifying the means.
This is what a war in the Middle East looks like. Though I’ve never seen one, up close and personal, I’ve been in the vicinity to support the noncombat efforts of one: the ongoing war of attrition faced by the Jewish people and citizens of Israel, who are surrounded by hostile forces intent on their destruction throughout the entire region of the mid-East. It’s not that the wishes of the populous twenty-two Arab nations couldn’t make the reality of Israel’s existence disappear, nor that an additional thirty Muslim states have lacked in trying to make that so… it’s just that the wars come in dribs and drabs, with great public perception in trying to stage it to appear otherwise.
Therefore, we see war by attrition: a constant picking off of the enemy through all means possible, including car-ramming attacks, stabbings, improvised explosive devices (i.e., creatively camouflaged these days in balloons. kites, books, printer ink cartridges, etc.) and other means.
It is essential that a book such as the New York Times Bestseller, The Long Road Home: A Story of War and Family, by Martha Raddatz has been written to bring the realities of war to consciousness, rather than as an abstract concept fought by far-off people in distant lands. This story, a reconstruction of the true events facing U.S. soldiers on Iraqi soil during the Iraq War (which, see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_the_Iraq_War) truly portrays in the U.S. perspective what it is like to be facing war in this region. Here, the boys are surprised that the enemy uses women and children as human shields; that regular neighbors are all armed and turn on you in a dime. Here, the war dead mount quickly and suddenly.
This is a must-read book.
Religious Freedom Day (Randyjw; January 16, 2020)
Today is Religious Freedom Day in the USA. Go, USA!!!
Read President Trump’s Proclamation, here:
‘Women of Color” A Biased Term In Itself (Randyjw; December 26, 2019)
If Arab women fulfill the requirement of being “women of color,” such that the “woke” Left wish to declare, and if the Jews are of Middle Eastern origin — with Arabs even claiming that the Jews are stealing Israel (or their own wishful derivative term for it,”Palestine”, which includes half of Jordan and all of present-day Israel) — then, how is it possible that this fight over the same land of Israel, and for which the Jews have a several-thousand year old recounting in the Bible of our history there (accorded to by the New Testament, and the Koran, to boot), with literally tons of archaeological and material culture to back our Jewish claim) strips us of our own “color”? The term is an Anti-Semitic attempt to accuse us of being white Europeans who came to colonize a foreign land: an inherently false lie, and an anti-Semitic trope, at best.
Recommended (Added: January 23, 2020):
Neuer, Batsheva. “Why intersectionality fails the Jews”. jta.org/opinion; January 16, 2020:
No Good Definitions (Randyjw; December 21, 2019)
The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) is an intergovernmental organization comprised of member states who have been approved and accepted to the organization based on several criteria: paid membership; adherence to the principles of the Stockholm Declaration (January 28, 2000); the establishment of a Holocaust Memorial Day (January 27th, or other); Holocaust archives open to research; approval and other considering factors.
Each member state may nominate its countries’ delegational body from those it designates experts, including individuals, non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) and others, with one Head of Delegation representing it in Plenary, the decision-making body, within the IHRA. New members first become an Observer Country, who participates in Working Groups in providing recommendations to the IHRA Plenary and Committees. The next step is as a Liaison Country, who works with an IHRA member state or states in establishing a liaison program with that state; final status is as a full member. The Chairmanship of the Plenary body is decided on a yearly volunteer basis from amongst its member states, and whose actual physical location rotates according to the Chairmanship’s member state.
Eight Permanent International Partners of the IHRA , each of which have Observer status only, are: the United Nations (UN); the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO); the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s ‘Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights’ (OSCE/ODIHR); Arolsen Archives [International Tracing Service (ITS) — (Allied Expeditionary Forces 1948); International Commission for the ITS; ICRC (1955-2012); United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Organisation; the International Refugees Organisation; and the Allied High Commission for Germany; German Federal Archives (Bundesarchiv 2013); now, they belong to UNESCO’s ‘Memory of the World’ program)]; European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA); the European Union (EU); Council of Europe; and the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
IHRA’s ‘Working Definition of anti-Semitism’ (Plenary Session – Bucharest: May 26, 2016):
“Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.”
There were also anti-Semitic scenarios listed to provide working guidelines for the IHRA. Included among these were these two:
Applying double standards by requiring of it (Israel) a behavior not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation.
Antisemitic acts are criminal when they are so defined by law (for example, denial of the Holocaust or distribution of antisemitic materials in some countries).
The problem with these definitions is that it gives a pass to non-Democratic nations (such as those of the Arab League, or other) to not even have to be bothered about anti-Semitism, as they are exempted from behaving civilly, as the rest of the member states must do. This contravenes the first IHRA guideline I noted, above.
The second problem is that the second guideline of calling anti-Semitism criminal only applies when the country has a law saying that it is a crime. If the country is already ‘anti-Semitic’, then they won’t have such laws, will they? It circles around back to number one, above.
Read Also (Added: February 22, 2020):
Shindman, Paul. “Israel and the Innate Bias of the UN Security Council”. honestreporting.com; February 6,2020:
American Intifada (Randyjw; December 10, 2019)
There was a mini Ft Hood jihadist murder spree at Pensacola Air base; now there is an anti-Semitic murder spree in a shootout, with dead an injured, at a kosher supermarket in New Jersey today. These are the types of incidents which Israel faces daily, in addition to rocket attacks from Arabs. The first act is what is termed as a war of attrition — getting rid of the enemy slowly, but surely, as opposed to eradicating many in one fell swoop. This is anti-Semitism in action. This is Jihad in action. Getting used to it yet?
TODAY ONLY – Up to 80% Off Koren Books (Randyjw; December 10, 2019)
People sometimes ask for guidance in selecting help to choose Hebrew works of interest. While each person has their own needs, style of learning, and other factors which make them unique, I have often cheered this particular Tanach (Torah, Nevi’im, Ketuvim) by Koren Publishers in Jerusalem. This Tanach was the same set I used to have. And, today only, Koren Publishers is offering up to 80% off many products.
Here’s the page linking to the Tanach:
Here’s their website:
‘The Truth About Palestine’ – Review (Randyjw; December 5, 2019)
Here’s one of the best holiday gift-giving ideas I can think of:
Economy Report (Randyjw; December 7, 2019):
A Kettle Of Truth (Randyjw; December 2, 2019)
A weird title for a post, but the kettle is steaming and needs to call out the pot(s)…
Thankful (Randyjw; November 27, 2019)
Untitled (Randyjw; November 14, 2019)
I recently remembered this long-forgotten poem I’d written at a young-adult period during my lifetime. I guess that deep, and recent, grief in my life has somehow jogged this from the recesses of memory. I thought I’d include it here, now. I believe this completes my entire work-to-date now, except for individual poetry written to individuals, which may have never made it to these pages.
When I am torn with grief
and aching for a love I cannot yet understand
You smile, knowingly,
and say you understand.
Accepting this statement at face value,
I go on.
Once again, the hurt swells up inside me;
I dare not return while the crowned king
reigns his one-man kingdom.
The Arrowhead And The Gate (Randyjw; November 14, 2019)
There are no longer any words I hold
that are my own
I shape yours in hidden poetry
taking flint to flint
etching sentiments into
The Many French Connections (Randyjw; November 1, 2019)
There is something really strange about current, ongoing derangement syndromes whereby ineffectual people, who might normally never acquire the prestige or standing within their communities they might wish to have, suddenly latch onto and support causes and ideologies which directly contravene even their own potential survivals. It’s not even a Darwinian type of “survival of the fittest,” but the transverse: the “survival of non-thrivers.”
We are so insistent on the triumphalism of individualism, that we have long forsworn the collective community, and the supposed “good” for the whole we are to inherently strive toward achieving. How can we, when personal goals of achievement involve tooth-and-nail competitiveness; the directive to celebrate our individuality by being “special” requiring ever-increasing acts of outrageousness in order to stand apart from the crowd; the obsessive social media need to prove popularity online shaping our behaviors (if we’re prone to feeling shamed by public ostracism)?
Those who just want to fit in will do so, whatever the trending fads, thoughts, or fashions are currently prevalent. Support in numbers, even involving ideas antithetical to their survival are embraced, being perceived as the strong, authoritative voices they represent. In all actuality, most of these voices are just loud and continual, often like the school or cyberspace bullies turn out to be. They may represent a non-normative state of mentality which no-one has the strength to counter. The bullies engrain their methods and ideas into the less strong-willed, begin to form committees and memberships and “social” activism to enjoin others to cause – – often succeeding…. as so many people just want to fit in.
Why would there be any reason to open a floodgate, just to see your own downfall, were this not the case? Popularity, and the need to be seen standing with the reigning mode/modality of the day, seems to be the answer. Therefore, the reason for the constant flip-flop in opinions, and the need for the constant cover-ups of having to lie that one held those beliefs, in the first place. Identifying with an ideology that would see you as a non-compatible force would eject and annihilate the foreign body from within its midst, just as an army of white blood cells would attempt to attack a particle in the body which didn’t belong.
This is what is happening now with the many individuals attempting to identify with those people or alliances of individuals who commit terrorist attacks against others they see as just subjects: people as objects, not human. Inhuman. Sub-human. But because there are some very loud voices, marginal to the mainstream, but amplified to the masses, so many others contend that this must be the popular way to be – think – act, and so they join their voices and pocketbooks to this cause du jour they know nothing about and will likely forget about in the next five years. This can cause a lot of harm and damage. We just need to recall the master propagandist Joesef Goebbels to mind. No, let’s not, and say we did.
See what I mean?
And so, this is the popular bandwagon that is the terrorist-support system, emanating from the halls of Europe, the socialist-communist mouthpieces posing for education that the U.S. university campuses today represent, and the halls of Montezuma (and it’s revenge). Call it appeasement. Call it France and Algeria. Call it Seventh Century. Call it French Class. Just don’t call it the “T” word.
Yedid, Baruch. “Disguised as Agricultural Work, French Org that Supports BDS also Supports Terrorism”. tazpit.org.il; October 28, 2019:
Black, Edwin. “Funding illegal Palestinian settlements: Links to terrorists”. israelhayom.com (Opinions); August 22, 2019:
Free Online Class: The Bible in Light of the Ancient Near East (Randyjw; October 28, 2019)
Sign up, quickly!
Tomorrow begins the start of a free, nine-week online course from Bar-Ilan University called The Bible in Light of the Ancient Near East.
For more information, see the course sign-up:
Hope you get an “A” in class!
Shemini Atzeret And Simchat Torah (Randyjw; October 18, 2019)
More Problems in Belgium (Randyjw; October 17, 2019)
Gee, I hope they get to the bottom of this…
Lipshitz, Cnaan. “Knife-wielding Muslim man in Brussels asks passersby if they are Jewish”. jta.org; October 16, 2019:
Definitions of the word, “terrorism,” vary considerably, depending upon whom you consult. Here are some:
(https://www.dictionary.com/browse/terrorism) ; accessed October 17, 2019.
Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse:
Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University. tracreports: terrorism/215/include/definitions.html (…) “Alternative Federal Definitions of Terrorism Criminal Cases”. (…). trac.syr.edu; 2009:
(https://trac.syr.edu/tracreports/terrorism/215/include/definitions.html) ; accessed October 17, 2019.
Sukkot 2019 (Randyjw; October 14, 2019)
Yitzhar (Randyjw; October 5, 2019):
See this video from Boomerang about Yitzhar:
Ilhan Omar… Al-Shabaab… Jew-Hatred… (Randyjw; September 30, 2019)
I don’t think we can sweep this explicit support for terrorism by Ilhan Omar under the rug, any longer.
Please read this report by Clarion Project, showing a Twitter screenshot of Ilhan Omar’s tweet openly addressing Somali government and peacekeeping forces to protect a telecommunications company, named Hormuud, associated with multiple affiliations to terrorists, terrorist attacks, the financing of such, and more.
Clarion Project. “Ilhan Omar Asks for Protection of Somali Company Linked to Terror”. clarionproject.org; September 3, 2019:
New Year 5780 (Randyjw; September 24, 2019)
Rosh HaShanah is celebrated Sunday evening, September 29, 2019, in the Diaspora.
Never-ending joy and happiness, this sweet New Year…
The New, Old Fiddler (Randyjw; September 14, 2019)
Fiddler On The Roof / National Tour:*
Inside The Studio Recording The Broadway Cast Album:
On-Broadway / Off-Broadway
In Yiddish; Directed by Joel Grey:
Randy’s Reviews: The Bridge Across Forever by Richard Bach (Randyjw; September 14, 2019)
Bach, Richard. The Bridge Across Forever. Published by: Dell Publishing Co., Inc.; 1 Dag Hammerskjold Plaza; New York, New York 10017. Copyright 1984 by Alternate Futures Incorporated. Reprinted by arrangement with William Morrow and Company, Inc. – February 1986.
Also available in 4-cassette audiotape edition.
Interesting, intriguing, and involving, a reticent heart learns to glide and soar in this autobiographical account from author-pilot, Richard Bach.
New Revelations Reveal Same Old Problem (Randyjw; September 9, 2019)
Terrorism reveals its continued perpetration, from the same old perpetrators, with its same old mindset, against the same old (ancient) community:
Cohen, Ben. “Former French Intelligence Chief Alleged to Have Made Secret Pact With Palestinian Terrorists Behind 1982 Kosher Restaurant Massacre”. algemeiner.com; August 9, 2019:
Satyrous Satire (Randyjw; September 6, 2019)
Greenfield, Daniel. “Banana Republic Can’t Cover Up Women Fast Enough to Sell Them Hijabs”. frontpagemag.com; August 8, 2019:
Bait And Switch (Randyjw; August 29, 2019)
What happens when you’re a Walmart customer, and two of the items you were planning to purchase ring up at the wrong price advertised? If you notice it, and you’d prefer to receive the cheaper prices that the proposed items should be, then you notify the cashier, who’s supposed to check the prices and adjust as needed. But, if you’re a homeless person, and, in my case, Jewish, as well, you get banned permanently from the store, law enforcement called (five!), handcuffed, and humiliated.
I hate to be writing about this, at such a time as when Walmart, and it’s customers, have also been innocently targeted, as in the recent incidents that have lately been in the news. I commiserate with the victims and the victims’ families, as well as the corporation, for these recent (and, also, not so recent, come to think of it) tragedies. But, I am upset about the treatment I have received in their store – – not only today, but in the last few months during which time I have been a regular customer.
I selected my purchases and proceeded to the self-checkout lane. Upon finishing my scans, I noticed that two items did not ring up correctly, and notified a cashier. One item was a French Bread, which normally is $1.00 USD. I wrote about the bread in a previous post. And, yes; I have been discriminated against before making that post, and hence to this day. The French Bread, however, was ticketed with a French Bread Twin price tag (both front and back), which makes it $1.98. However, the product was obviously mislabeled, as I know the difference between the two: the French Bread has only one loaf in the bag, and seems to be wider than the French Bread Twin, which, as its name indicates, contains two loaves in the bag, but they are seemingly thinner. I’d rather have more middle than crust, anyways, and being that the other one is cheaper, it works all around for me. But, no. The cashier was insistent that it was French Bread Twin, although she was wrong. The second item was a small Snickers bar (I would have preferred a larger one, but they didn’t seem to have them in the next couple of aisles, so I just left it, as is). The orange and yellow shelf tag indicated that the Snickers bar was .78 cents – – but, it rang up at .88 cents.
Then, a man came over (not the usual manager), a Walmart employee, and told me to never set foot inside the store again. He was going to also take my entire purchase. They hadn’t even gone to check any prices or anything (in fact, a female employee said I should go get another one; all the way at the back corner of the store…). I had picked out the particular loaf I wanted because it was lighter than the others, and would therefore be softer. The man said he was calling the police (law enforcement). He did, and they arrived quickly. First, there were two officers, than three, inside the store. They took the story of the Walmart man first. I had wanted to hear what my accuser was saying, but they would not let me. The employees then fixed their errors of the pricing, and then the officers left the store with me. They wanted my ID, but I didn’t see any reason to provide it, considering that I didn’t feel I had done anything wrong, other than exert my protection under Federal law to receive the pricing advertised on the shelf and items. Then they started giving me a hard time. They said to me that I couldn’t take the cart beyond the area (these things are limited with electronic stopping devices, anyways…), and so I went to get my stuff out of the cart. One officer grabbed and pushed down my backpack, so that I could not remove it from the cart. Then they started trumping up charges, saying I was yelling and disorderly conduct, and trespassing, saying I could be a serial killer, (no, I really wasn’t; I was just being targeted and discriminated against by Walmart (there have been many, many other incidents by them to me, some of which I’ve made reference to and have responded to them in their surveys). They said that they took the ID of the Walmart guy. They asked for my hand (no; not in marriage, but behind my back), and handcuffed me. The officer got my ID from my pocketbook; he said they needed it so that they could put it in the computer. He went into Walmart with it. When he came out, one of the officers asked, Anything? The other indicated no. The free bus picks up at Walmart, and I told them I was going to wait for the bus. Now, I don’t really know what is going on; if it’s just the store, or if I can ever wait for the free bus at the location, or not.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) protects consumers from such practices, known as bait and switch, since it had been a problem in the past, when sellers would advertise items at a certain price and then say they were, or actually be, out of stock on that item, or sell higher-priced items in their place. It’s some of the driving factor between stock numbers on cars being listed in ads, or rain checks for sold out items, etc. Mislabeling, with higher prices charged for the item in the package, or a shelf price which rings up higher at the register, would likely fall under the same parameters.
As they say, Caveat Emptor.
Update (September 23, 2019):
Today, within the past two hours, prior to 3:00 p.m., I waited in the plaza parking lot, the one in which Walmart is located, for the free public bus which picks up and disgorges passengers at this particular location. It is the only location, within quite a distance, to the next stop either before or after it, in this particular city bus route, and I saw no problem with waiting there to catch the bus. During the original incident, the manager who banned me from the Walmart store had only said to never set foot in the store again. He repeated, a second time, the same thing again, when the law enforcement officers showed up. Walmart had, to cover their steps, allowed me to purchase, through EBT, the items I requested, and had changed the prices to the correct ones, while the officers were present (but didn’t want to do so and really didn’t even want me to buy anything before their arrival — he’d snatched the bag away from me…). However, that manager had said, “After this (and with the officer present) … never set foot in this store again,” and I agreed not to, although I think it is severely discriminating against me for no reason. When I had gone outside, escorted by the officers, with my backpacks still in the cart, and my Walmart purchases, one of the officers had said, as I’d previously mentioned, that “this” (the cart), was their (Walmart’s) property. I said I know, and that was why, I said, I was going to remove my things from it. One of the officers pushed down on my backpack, with a few fingers, but he was strong, and I could not get my backpack out of the cart. After trying a bit more, and still being unable to, I just sat there. I now had an audience of five officers. They requested my ID, which I didn’t feel any reason was necessary to supply them with, since I’m sure both Walmart and the officers would recognize me, if I ever was in the store again. I felt that the officers were just there to make sure I exited the store, as requested, and to which I complied, and they escorted me out the door. Incident over. Compliance on my part. But, no… as I said, I felt that they were jacking up charges on me when I didn’t want to procure my ID. They said they had gotten one from the other guy (meaning the manager). I still said that I was complying and didn’t think I was doing anything wrong, and had even mentioned that it had been Walmart who was in the wrong, with their product (being in the wrong bag or mislabeled) pricing (and the Snickers bar), both of which Walmart corrected. They placed me in cuffs and said Yelling, Disorderly Conduct, Trespass… They talked about doing a fingerprint scan. I finally said okay, (being under these trumped-up charges), and the officer went in my purse (since my hands were cuffed) and got out my ID. He then went into Walmart with it. I never received anything in writing, either from Walmart, or from the law enforcement. Law enforcement said they would enter the information in their computer in case Walmart called again. I never received an incident report or a ticket or anything.
Today, while waiting for the free city bus, the same manager who had banned me very quickly from the store and had started this whole thing, came out and saw me. He then reappeared with a female Walmart employee who talked to me and said that they thought they had told me I couldn’t be on the property, and that this was their property (I was outside by the parking lot waiting for the bus). I have walked through the parking lot, since the initial incident, but I have not gone on the walkways (sidewalks) surrounding the Walmart, nor through the next little area where the soda machines outside are located. It is a commercial plaza with other businesses in it, which I do utilize. In fact, once, when I had gone to another store at this location, not too many days since the Walmart incident had happened, a sheriff, who had apparently been parked in the parking lot spot near the establishment, then came in after me, and had asked the manager if they were having any problems with the homeless (people). The manager said no, and then something else, which I didn’t hear.
Anyways, back to the story. Maybe all not quite verbatim, but in the spirit of everything said, just to disclaim myself if I mention something not quite right. Anyways… So, I said to the women that he (the manager standing there) had only said to me not to ever set foot in the store again. And I told her that I had not and was in compliance. She proceeded to tell me that the parking lot was Walmart property and she could “trespass” anybody she wanted, for any reason. She said Remember when you got that information? (I had never received anything…). I said I never was given anything. She said, when they got your information and entered it in the computer? I said that I had never been given anything, and that the manager had never said anything about Walmart property; just only never to set foot in the store again. She continued to insist that the parking lot is Walmart property, saying, as she walked down the ramp and touched her toes onto the parking lot, This is my property. I said, Walmart owns this? I thought it was owned by the plaza owner, and she agreed that was the case. Oh, I said, so Walmart doesn’t own it, but leases it? And she basically agreed. So, I said, well, than it’s not Walmart property. She said she’ll call the law enforcement if they see me there again and they’ll take me to jail. Now, I had been confused, since the law enforcement had trumped up to Yelling, disorderly conduct, and trespass, and there were contradictory “charges” going on, so I didn’t know if I could or couldn’t be on their entire property. I still felt I was in the right, since, at no time, did they warn me not to be on their property. But, now, this time, she is now saying that. I don’t think that is fair to tack onto the original charge, when there was no charge to begin with. I had told her that I wasn’t trespassing when I went into the store, so how was it possible for me to be trespassing, when I left the store, and have not been back into their store since? And she said she didn’t really know what the reason had been. And I told her, briefly, that it was Walmart who had incorrect prices, and that was all they banned me for (which is ALL Walmart’s fault), and they’re discriminating against me. Oh, and here comes the bus….
This ban affects me in many ways. While I do have a free bus pass for the regular county transit busses, the free city buses provide a needed and helpful service to someone like myself, since I commute door-to-door from that location, directly to a library. As stated, there are no other designated bus stops along the city route for quite a distance, either prior to or after the Walmart stop. I feel that I’m entitled to wait for the free bus and take it, just like anybody else. It is not their parking lot, unless the plaza owner also is affiliated in some way to Walmart, which I don’t know about, but doubt. She cannot ban me from a place which is not hers (or Walmart’s), and try to intimidate me or try to prevent me from using a free city bus to get around. I do have bags to carry, and must get around either by foot or by public transportation. By extending this initial charge to now encompass further charges, such a ban from the entire Walmart property, even the public lot, which may not even be theirs, and trying to limiting my access to these publicly-provided facilities goes way beyond the scope of this Walmart fiasco, which they started. I believe they are discriminating against me for being a homeless person with bags, or perhaps, unconsciously biased against my ethnicity as a Jewish person, or possibly even a combination of the two, a discriminated-against minority in society, as a whole, for just being Jewish, but without any minority rights. I have IBS, and taking away the Walmart bathroom, which I could previously use as the short-term regular customer I have been, prior to this incident, deprives me now, even more so, because I am homeless and do not have the same access to a bathroom, as compared to most regular people who have a place to live in do, and I have to hold off using a bathroom for much longer than I would have, given the Walmart option, previously. I try to buy a small thing from the other stores which will let me use their bathroom, just in order to use the bathroom, and not have them hating the homeless for using up their resources with no gain. These other locations are more than nice to my face and always say “Yes,” but still, I don’t want to be a bad stain on “homeless people’s” “name”… There is a county bus I could utilize, but that would involve more walking, a transfer, and is all-around more inconvenient. Still, I don’t think I should be harassed by these employees like this, for absolutely no reason at all. Also, banning me from Walmart takes away my food availability and convenience factors to get other food, even though there is another market not far from there, but I am often too tied to go even that short distance. So, they’ve limited my food choices. EBT allows only cold food to be purchased, unless the loophole places, such like convenience stores offer, such as heated frozen foods, using their microwave, etc., and as such, it limits my food choices, as is, with EBT. Add in the lack of stores from where I can purchase, such as Walmart is doing by banning me from their store, and this is really curtailing my food choices, leading me into a sort of cycle of being too tired to hunt down nourishment, but needing better nutrients to keep going. Yes, there is a soup kitchen; and, it’s the same thing. It’s even further, and I get tired and find it difficult to schlepp with all my bags in weather. Being homeless, the only places you can go are to a park or a library, or you’re otherwise considered loitering and tend to get harassed by the law enforcement. Many get ticketed for this. Even though I coincidentally recently read that Walmart often wins its discrimination cases, I’m thinking perhaps I might sue them. Then, I feel, that the law enforcement will ratchet up anything against me in the interim until the case gets heard and make me look bad. This is the perception of intimidation I feel – – as if we are living in a police state. But, the Walmart employees have been very hostile to me all throughout my shopping experiences there, with the exception of the very first few beginning days, when I told you before, that the nice, Hispanic customer service lady had been an exceptional employee – – but she seems to no longer be there.
Indulgent Deluge (Randyjw; May 17, 2019)
Look what you’ve done
Opened the faucets
and let the water run
Now all the tributaries
merge into one
When the cascades fall
it’s the time to run
Collab (Earlier; Rachelgv and Yassy)
I wonder why we love but it happens
Always when you least expect it
We will face it
and surmount all the odds
– a collaboration by Yas and Rach
called …. ____________ ?????
Google ‘Insider’ Reveals… (Randyjw; August 14, 2019)
Watch this former Google employee speak about internal Company policies:
Tisha B’Av (Randyjw; August 10, 2019)
Shomeret (Randyjw; August 8, 2019)
The afternoon’s reflection:
a grown-up girl
Both woman, and warrior
with a sidelock curl
The afternoon's reflection: A grown-up girl Both woman, and warrior with a sidelock curl
השתקפות אחר הצהריים: ילדה בוגרת גם אישה וגם לוחמת עם תלתל בצד
El reflejo de la tarde: una niña adulta Tanto mujer, tanto guerrera con rizo lateral
दोपहर का प्रतिबिंब: एक बड़ी हो चुकी लड़की स्त्री, और योद्धा दोनों एक साइडलॉक कर्ल के साथ
दोपहर का प्रतिबिंब: एक बड़ी हो चुकी लड़की स्त्री, और योद्धा दोनों एक साइडलॉक कर्ल के साथ
dopahar ka pratibimb: ek badee ho chukee ladakee stree, aur yoddha donon ek saidalok karl ke saath
Stretching Minds And Light (Randyjw; August 7, 2019)
Thank goodness our space exploration program has been revived. Combined with other observatories located throughout the world, new planets and galaxies are being discovered, challenging our theoretical scientific conceptions to-date. For a fascinating look, see this article, here:
FB Incitement To Violence (Randyjw; August 3, 2019)
You would not believe Facebook’s policy on incitement to violence. According to Paul Joseph Watson, he reports that Facebook will allow people to incite violence against those people Facebook deems to be ‘Dangerous Individuals,’ such that they are claiming Paul Joseph Watson is. Watson says, on the video below, that the UK has laws against that. Watch:
Watson, Paul Joseph. “Watson Video: Facebook Put a Fatwa on Me”. frontpagemag; July 24, 2019:
Will Look (Randyjw; July 31, 2019)
and beneath the
the shyest broad smile
brings peace and
contentment to mine
Too Little, Too Late (Randyjw; July 31, 2019)
from the more that was in my heart
But found no privacy
Anti-Zionism vs. Anti-Semitism (Randyjw; July 30, 2019)
Statements delivered at the U.S. Department of Justice Summit on Combating Anti-Semitism in Washington, D.C., July 15, 2019 by Jonathan S. Tobin, editor in chief of JNS, in edited written form, below:
Tobin, Jonathan S. “How anti-Zionists legitimize anti-Semitism”. jns.org; July 15, 2019:
Antennae (Randyjw; July 21, 2019)
I feel the sadness,
but probably unlikely,
Like a broadcast transmission,
pushing through space,
forward with expansion,
for which no higher being ever captured.
Israel Screen Time (Randyjw; July 20, 2019)
Netflix and HBO will be featuring films on Israeli special operations.
Premiering July 31, 2019 on Netflix, The Red Sea Diving Resort recreates the operation to extract and bring the Ethiopian people to Israel.
HBO brings to screen the true, harrowing events surrounding the kidnap and murder by Hamas of three Israeli teenage boys – Naftali Frenkel, 16, Gilad Shaer, 16, and Eyal Yifrah, 19.
This ten-episode series, called Our Boys, begins on August 12, 2019.
Ghermezian, Shiryn. “New Trailer Released for Netflix Film About Mossad Operation to Smuggle Ethiopian Jews to Israel”. algemeiner.com; July 17, 2019:
Ghermezian, Shiryn. “HBO Releases Trailer for Series Based on Kidnapping, Murder of 3 Israeli Teens Before 2014 Gaza War”. algemeiner.com; July 16, 2019:
Update (September 10, 2019):
A letter was sent to HBO from 120 bereaved Israeli families regarding this series.
Green, Aryeh. “Bereaved Families to HBO: ‘Our Boys’ Misleading Viewers About Israeli Societal Acceptance of Terrorism”. TPS via Jewishpress.com; August 14, 2019.
And [added September 21, 2019]:
Berkowitz, Adam Eliyahu. “New HBO Series Depicts Jewish “Settlers” as Neo-Nazis”. breakingisraelnews.com; August 21, 2019:
Re-Made (Randyjw; July 13, 2019)
Why do we take this pain
and internalize it, until we have
nothing to say?
Maybe we’re just too hurt;
Maybe it’s the way we’re made.
Heart (Randyjw; July 12, 2019)
I wish you could read with my heart
the unstoppable, beating thoughts
you, only, love
Just Five Jews Left In Egypt (Randyjw; July 10, 2019)
There are only five Jews left in Egypt:
World Israel News Staff. “5 Jews left in Egypt as pillar of Cairo’s Jewish community dies”. worldisraelnews.com; July 9, 2019:
Update (July 17, 2019):
There are a few more, elsewhere in Egypt – – 12 in Alexandria:
Sarah Idan: Beautiful Inside (Randyjw; July 7, 2019)
Miss Iraq: Peace, Love, and Oh, So Beautiful
Update (June 3, 2021) / See also:
Update (March 25, 2022) / See also:
Still the same message – unchanged; still so beautiful!
Fourth of July (Randyjw; July 2, 2019)
Happy Independence Day, America!
Johnny Cash: Ragged Old Flag; posted by Good Stuff on February 6, 2017:
American Patriotic Song: America the Beautiful; posted by Ian Berwick on May 21, 2016:
Anthem Lights / Patriotic Medley:
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Artists and aficionados from around the world converge in Jerusalem at this time each year to experience the unique, spectacular light show known as the Festival of Light. This annually-changing exhibit of illumination features dozens of artistic displays located throughout various areas of the Old City. A different way to take in Israel at night, and combine it with a July Fourth celebration, as the event continues through that date, this year.
See Fernalyn Payal’s Youtube video from 2014 from one of the festival’s features:
This video, by Jacob Richman, is from the 2017 festival:
This post, from alex goot77, is from 2018:
One Breath (Randyjw; June 24, 2019)
You leave me breathless;
Wanting, Lacking, and restless…
The Numbers Map (Randyjw; June 22, 2019)
See the locations of the places mentioned in the “Numbers” portion of the Torah, as presented by Rabbi Tuly Weisz, of the infamous Israel 365 and Breaking Israel News websites, which I love, and link to so very often… (Rabbi Weisz has also recently completed The Israel Bible™):
Save Face (Randyjw; June 21, 2019):
Before valuing another,
Don’t be hasty to rely on the opinions of others
Though they speak loudly
and with seeming authority
Someone that cares will be their own heart- and fact-checker
A Dream Uncovered (Randyjw; June 19, 2019)
Unveiling the moon
of her shrouded mysteries
Randy’s Reviews: Tears of the Moon – by Nora Roberts
Beauty and melancholy intertwine in the Irish folklore, music, and deep ties to its land. Among its people, a haunting longing within the heart and soul can only be quenched by returning to the roots of all connections: G-d, Love, and Country. For Brenna O’Toole and Shawn Gallagher, each learn to find the fulfillment of their deepest dreams and desires through a gradual understanding of the meaning inherent in all three.
Avraham’s Journey (Randyjw; June 18, 2019)
I was slowly setting out to do, in a way, what Rabbi Tuly Weisz, in his The Israel Bible, has already done. Within this digitally-modern, Google map, you’ll be able to visually review, en masse, location markers for Biblical sites attenuated to the travels of Avraham:
Randy’s Reviews: The Day You Were Born: A Journey to Wholeness through Astrology and Numerology – by Linda Joyce (Randyjw; June 16, 2019)
The Day You Were Born: A Journey to Wholeness through Astrology and Numerology; Copyright © 1998 by Linda Joyce. Kensington Books. Kensington Publishing Corp., 850 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10022. http://www.kensingtonbooks.com
This book applies the sun signs of the zodiac, in a formula beginning in Aries and ending in Pisces, with a numerological factoring for the variance, and combines it with some metaphysically-specific best-practice recommendations to supposedly inform a person on the manners whereupon this application might be achieved.
Is it proper for me to side with or promote an astrological/numerological work? Not quite. Evidence for this, in Judaism, would point to the disaster of King Saul and his consultations with Hulda, who may or may not have been the same (I just don’t know) as the externally written-about Greek Oracle of Delphi. King Saul eventually fell prey to a never-ending wrestle between inner peace and an aroused spirit of paranoia and jealousy toward his eventual successor, David, the only one, paradoxically, who could calm Saul’s troubled spirit with the notes he played on his kinnor.
Yet, there exists further depth in the Judaic expression and realms of revelations intrinsic in the holiness of the Hebrew script (it is G-d’s word, after all); the corresponding numerical equivalency of the tandem Gematria; Kabbalah; and, really, actually, all things.
I can argue under Judaism, or Jewish perspective, for a combination of the essentiality of man’s existence on the earthly plane, combined with the striving toward the spiritual plane. G-d’s Laws (the Torah) are set before us with the imperative to choose life; that ye may live. We are told that doing so is not too difficult for us. We see that the 613 commandments include both the positive and the negative. We see that they include both the earthly (between man and man), and the heavenly (between man and G-d) — the stronger emphasis, surprisingly, being expounded as those between men. Disaster befalls us each and every time we go astray the Laws, which is a deviation from the spiritual. And Hillel sums up the whole of Torah as the essence that one should not do what is hateful unto another, stressing the earthly, inter-relationary aspects of man.
According to Linda Joyce, the author of the titled book in review, life should be balanced between the worldly aspects of the physical, such as the body and things of the earth, which is known as Ego, and the world of Spirit – – the heavenly realm — in order for the soul to receive its lessons as it proceeds through life and corresponding zodiac sun signs to grow in a balanced manner.
Linda Joyce has formed a merger of the practices of numerology and astrology to reveal an appreciable insight into human nature, combined with a gift for anecdotal and biographical supporting stories. What I can say is that, for everything that she presents, she does so to full confirmation of a certain perspective.
In a way, I always thought it was most imperative to nurture the qualities which would be so-considered the characteristics of a “higher calling,” tending to feel that one should aspire to lift one’s self above a baser nature. There’s nothing wrong with self-improvement, so I don’t find that, as an expression, to do so is as hypocritical an endeavor as the transverse, where the thought might be that, perhaps, one can only express their authentic selves via the masks of solely their present, fixed immutability. I think both give themselves a viewpoint weighted to the specifics of each varied individual: an optimistic outlook or a realistic outlook; but valid on either hand, regardless. It just matters which works better for each person.
Much like magic did this book appear on a shelf, at a time of deep, personal loss and internal struggle; although, unlike magic, I believe in G-d, and I believe in the basic goodness of man. The Biblical Jacob and his personal struggle teaches us about life, love, hardship and pain. But the message imparted is that we can prevail.
This excerpt, delineating Ego and Spirit in its last perfected self through Pisces, is seen, then, thus:
The search for your true origin, the haunting memory of happier days, innocence and youth — this is your memory of Eden and paradise. Darwin shocked and divided the world when he declared that men and apes had a common ancestor. His findings challenged the biblical origin story. The truth is that both origin stories are correct. We come from both heaven and earth. Heaven provides our mythical and symbolic origin. Evolution is what happens to us on earth — we evolve and grow and transform. The two are not in conflict (pg. 343).
Feelings of separation and loss, either because your path leads you elsewhere or someone else’s path has come to an end, is symbolic of the relationship between Ego and Spirit. Pisces is the end of the journey, and these two antagonists have traveled together through sunny days and terrible storms. They know each other in any disguise. They can recognize each other in a crowd, in the role of pauper or king, thief or saint. Together they have played all the parts, challenged each other’s goals and ideals, fought for and against each other’s dreams, shared each other’s joys and sorrows, triumphs and failures. Their commitment to the journey has bonded them through shared experiences, and now their differences seem unimportant and small. Theirs is a true relationship, one tested and sure, one based on earned respect. Now, when they have put aside their differences and learned how to play, it’s time to part. Love has awakened through the impending separation. Ego is old and must face death. Spirit is young. Having been reborn to a new strength, she can now defend herself and move forward, taking Ego’s memory into her heart and soul. Along the path he has protected her, allowing her to do her work. His devious ways and masterful disguises have honed her ability to see and discriminate. He has been her warrior, fighting her dragons; her enemy vying for position and power; her lover, embracing her with desire and will, trying to control her every breath. He has put her on a pedestal and he has abandoned her for fruitless dreams. But through it all they have remained together. Forgiveness came in Aquarius and the true meaning of love will come with separation. For without loss one does not know what one once had. They are soul mates and the song they sing has finally become one. Ego will surrender into the soul of the Spirit, ending their separation forever. Their love defies death because they are children of heaven and earth, who through their magical relationship have been able to bring one person closer to his or her true nature, to enlightenment, and to God.
… what they are learning is to love and go on, embodying that love within their soul, knowing that their physical presence is not needed for it to be real (pp. 373-374).
Father’s Day (Randyjw; June 16, 2019)
Music (Added September 5, 2019):
Shavuot 2019 (Randyjw; June 7, 2019)
Twenty Years at Hull-House; with Autobiographical Notes – by Jane Addams (Randyjw; June 1, 2019)
Twenty Years at Hull-House; with Autobiographical Notes – by Jane Addams; original publication date 1910. Paperback reissue by University of Illinois Press Urbana and Chicago in conjunction with the Illinois Center for the Book. Introduction and Notes ©1990 by the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois, written by James Hurt, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
This is a review of paradoxical contradictions. Written by: a self-termed Conservative with a bent toward issues-oriented policy, regarding the premise of socialized, communal living, termed a ‘Settler Movement,’ within a democratic republic. A Movement meant to examine the processes and application of social theory towards the results of its experiments; yet still finding an unsolved relevancy in the persistence of those self-same subsets one hundred-years forward. The subject of ‘Humans’, as human subjects.
The time was ripening for the arousal to consciousness of how man must learn to structure their societal proponents to live amongst a continually burgeoning and industrializing U.S. population. With the influx of immigrants from abroad, there needed to homogenize the old traditions and cultures to create a workable new, and this was the tenet of a number of ambitious people and projects attempting to do so, circa late-Nineteenth/early-Twentieth centuries.
Jane Addams was one of them. In her 1910 published book, she describes her project, conducted with a friend, to live amongst the poor, and to become good neighbors with them. Along the way, she is caught up in the issues of the day, such as the women’s suffrage movement, the assimilation of immigrants from old worlds into a new country, and the effects of egregious working conditions amongst the poor. Whether by choice or chance, she winds up taking a more proactive role to see their challenges as they would experience them, up close, and finding means and both temporary and permanent solutions to help rectify their situation.
It’s often hard to tell whether this was an intended undertaking, or whether she was just along on a developing ride. But, in any case, it seems that the attentions given to youth development and education enhanced their opportunities for growth through learning, and lent great assistance to achieving these marks.
The book offers an interesting perspective of the literal language of life one hundred-years ago. Sometimes dull, sometimes pedantic in thought – – but still a particular slant from another era lending insight into the influencers of the way in which societies might develop.
Jerusalem Day (Randyjw; May 31, 2019)
Happy Jerusalem Day!!!
June 2, 2019
If you haven’t seen Gennady Tkachenko-Papizh sing, please watch:
Rampant Antisemitism (Randyjw; May 29, 2019)
Anti-semitic sentiment bears its fruit in influence and actions. Much as we would like to think that the degree and tone of an individual’s public expression to their commitment of non-prejudice toward all people might be true, it’s rather difficult to accept the excuses given, the non-apologetic justifications and back-pedalling, and all else that passes for non-pc-speak, by our elected representatives, officials, the spinners of propaganda passing for news, and those entrusted to uphold our constitutional values.
This should especially be true in our education system today, given how hard our nation has fought each other on the issues of equality, the right to vote, etc.
I must say that I cannot accept that most universities today continue to allow blatant hostility to its Jewish students to continue. If student clubs receive budgets for their activities through the school, and if that agenda includes sponsoring convicted terrorists as speakers on-campus; If the selfsame speaker has ties to, sympathizes with, or has even committed terrorist acts; if the US Department of State has listed such an affiliated group as a terrorist organization; is the material support and comfort given to this person or endeavor a treasonous act to our country?
If a faculty department of a university, which is comprised of teachers employed by such school, engages in such behavior; discriminates against students, particularly Jews wishing to study abroad at an Israeli campus by rescinding a previously agreed commitment to write a letter of recommendation for such study, upon learning that it would take place in (Jewish) Israel; if antisemitic violence against Jewish students, harassment of Jewish students by other students; if a collective body of students under their club, or student government promote such discrimination against pro-Israel Jews:
Besides lip service paid by the administration of such universities in simply stating that their administration does not share such values…
Isn’t it obvious that they do, if they will allow such actions to keep on? Isn’t silent agreement an act of complicity, in itself?
That is why, despite a Universities’ stated position, I still leave them on my listings, for having allowed the Jews to have to go through such things, here in America, as well as around the world.
“What You Do To Jews”:
See (Updated June 5, 2019):
Stellar, Richard. “UCLA: No place for Jews?”. jewishjournal.com (Opinion); September 1, 2016:
Book Review Corrects Revisionist History (Randyjw; May 27, 2019)
This book review by Raymond Ibrahim corrects the historical account, to a great extent, between competing versions of the past, which vie for our attention, today:
US Vets (Randyjw; May 11, 2019)
What would you give for these? Ask
any vet you see…
MEMORIAL DAY – – May 27, 2019 (Randyjw; May 5, 2019)
Star Spangled Banner As You’ve Never Heard It:
Published on Jul 6, 2013
Freedom Is Not Free – A poem by Kelly Strong:
Published on Oct 12, 2006
Memorial Day Tribute:
Published on May 23, 2013
Published on Dec 9, 2015
Calm (Randyjw; May 26, 2019)
Like Saul to David,
calmed with tender, soothing tones
played on the kinnor.
These songs by Yehuda Katz have a rather collective, soothing effect:
Yehuda Katz – Bachatzi Halayla (Midnight Escape):
This next one is by Shlomo Katz:
Shlomo Katz- Od Yishama (There Will Be Heard) (composed by Reb Shlomo Carlebach):
Yehuda Katz – Woman of Wisdom and Valor (Eshet Chayil) (composed by Reb Shlomo Carlebach):
Yehuda Katz – B’Simchah Rabah (We’re So Happy) (composed by Reb Shlomo Carlebach):
Yehuda Katz – Calling Out to You (Elecha) (composed by Reb Shlomo Carlebach):
Yehuda Katz V’hamagal – Libi U’b’sari:
Yehuda Katz – Loving Life (Mi Ha’Ish):
Yehuda Katz – Reflecting Light (K’Gavnah):
Yehuda Katz – All Together (composed by Meir Banai, Yair Nitzani):
Yehuda Katz – Purple Royalty (Shoshanah Ya’Akov):
Yehuda Katz – Dancing in Mezeritch:
Yehuda Katz – Hand in Hand (Yamin V’Smol) (composed by Reb Shlomo Carlebach):
Yehuda Katz – Nigun Lewis (composed by Reb Shlomo Carlebach):
Yehuda Katz – You Are the Kind (composed by Reb Shlomo Carlebach):
The Who: Moving On Tour (US) – Travelzoo Special Members Only Offer (Randyjw; May 26, 2019)
(Reposted from Travelzoo; May 26, 2019)
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The Who’s hits include “Baba O’Riley,” “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” “I Can See for Miles” and “My Generation.”
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Im Eshkachech (If I Forget Thee) (Rachelgv; Hebrew Translation / May 26, 2019)
yonim al hashurim
If I Forget Thee (Rachelgv; May 25, 2019)
A prayer to G-d:
Peace upon Jerusalem,
doves upon the walls
If I Forget Thee (Rachelgv; May 25, 2019)
A prayer to G-d:
Peace upon Jerusalem,
doves upon its walls
Im Eshkachech (If I Forget Thee) (Rachelgv; Hebrew Translation / May 26, 2019)
yonim al hashurim
A petition on Change.org regarding yeshiva study:
Love (Ten) (Randyjw; May 22, 2019)
The unseen art, of dabblers, and love,
in the negative space on the wall
was filled to existence by tenderly painters
trading places when the other stalled
Some New TV Clips From MEMRI (Content Advisory Warning) (Randyjw; May 16, 2019)
Here are the latest TV clips from Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) (Content Advisory Warning):
Psstttt…… Are you awake?
Illegal Peace Prayers (Randyjw; May 16, 2019)
I’m admitting to post-facto supposed “war crimes” of having placed a note in the Western Wall/Wailing Wall/Kotel and joining Alan Dershowitz’s satirical call of rebellion in doing so, to protest the designation of parts of Israeli land as being called “occupied.”
Does this designation apply retroactively to 587 BCE, 70CE, the actual placing of my note circa 2003/4/5 or so, the UN Sec