Monthly Archives: March 2014

List II Advertisers on this Site

My initial post listing the advertisers on this site has grown wieldy and unmanageable, and so I have decided to make a new list with the kind sponsors who have subscribed to the aggregator or other methodology to place their ads in my web blog. I am appreciative of the sponsorship and the opportunities it represents, andI hope you will find this information, whether positive or negative, to be informative.

Applebee’s: One of the best multi-location stores of it’s kind, I think. Applebee’s serves a large variety of delicious, mostly inexpensive entrees, appetizers and desserts to satisfy most palates.

bbvacompass.com/nba: An article by Antreneis Cole in the Birmingham Business Journal reports that American Banker/Reputation Institute ranks this bank number one among the top twenty-five retail banks in the United States. It also doesn’t hurt that it’s the official bank of the NBA. It likes to focus on diversity and small businesses.

BlueMix: International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) is basically the original computer company that existed when computers were first developed. Their personal computer (PC) revolutionized the switch from paper office systems to computer-based systems. We have now gone into the clouds….Check out all the neat stuff that IBM now has to offer. Disclaimer: I once was a one-time test subject in one of their projects; and a relative of mine used to work there.

Boost Mobile: Coverage and plans to fit your mobile telephony needs. Check out their latest offerings and specials to find an option that’ll suit you best.

brightroll.com: With advancements in technology, come advancements in the systems which deliver them. Constantly striving to be up-to-date with the latest gear, technology must adapt its advertising appeal to its target audience and expand their marketing base to encompass other uses and users. Take a look at brightroll.com to see what they can do with video advertising that’ll work for you.

Cottonelle: Something that one just can’t do without!

Covergirl: I remember the old slogan and jingle: Covergirl – clean makeup by Noxzema. I used to use Noxzema; it was a good product. Now, Pink, the person and artist, is one of the faces of Covergirl, and the color pink is a good association (i.e., raising funds for cancer treatment/awareness, etc.). So, Go Pink Power!

Discover Boating: Okay, what haven’t I done? I used to sell recreational watercraft, so there’s my disclaimer, or disclosure…This is a free guide with tips presented by the Recreational Boating Industry.

Disney: I may have wrote about Disney in one of my former ad listings or in a post, saying that I wasn’t thrilled with the Saudis taking a major stake in Disney (I believe it is in France?) and the previous ouster of Disney’s wunderkid, a nice Jewish boy who garnered incredible earnings for Disney’s shareholders, to his replacement, Roy Disney, who had not been chosen to head the Disney brand, despite the familial connections. Anyhow, despite all that… I always loved the art of the Disney animated films, and Fantasia was always an inspiration to me. Their theme parks are also quite fun to attend, and one should probably do so at least once in their lifetime.

Frito-Lay: Do you remember the “Ruffles have ridges” potato chip ad, where the “r’s” were drawn out very long, as in “Rrrrrruffles have rrrrrrrrridges?” I do! So, I’m so happy they’re advertising again. Thanks! They have a really cute cartoon ad about a guy trying to crack open a craft-beer with a non-twist-off cap – #RoughLifeStories.

Gillette: The Best A Man Can Get….I still remember that ad slogan from back in my younger days, and apparently it’s still such a catch tune/saying that they’re still running it to this day! Well, I have to say, that I find the Gillette Good News Disposable razors to be the best!

glasses.com: I haven’t checked this out yet, but I should do so…Could be some really good deals there.

Go RVing.com: Love the great outdoors? How much more comfortable could you be in your own recreational vehicle? Check out the new, local programs airing which showcase the latest in RV campers — extending living rooms to either side at the push of a button; additional headspace with ceilings that pop-up…the only limits are your imagination. Take it somewhere extreme today!

Good Game Studios: This is a realtime development strategy game from Hamburg, Germany. I’m not sure about this one, actually…

Haagen Dazs: Imagine rich, creamy ice cream in unbelievable flavors and you have Haagen Dazs — the cure for almost whatever ails you! Can I tell you how many times I’ve indulged in ice cream for the emotions? It’s a great fit (although perhaps not in the waistline…).

Hitachi: “Much more than t.v.”, Hitachi is involved in what they term “social innovation,” with their “Inspire the Next” campaigns. I started to look at their website and learned that they helped Abu Dhabi (an Arab country) with water desalination via reverse osmosis and also have been working to help the Arabian Oryx, a type of gazelle-like animal found in the Middle East. They seem to be quite involved with these Arab causes.

I.B.M.: International Business Machines is the full name for the acronym we have all become familiar with. One of the original personal computer manufacturers and platform providers, they have taken the cable out of the ground and placed it among the clouds. Cloud-computing (offsite storage options) is becoming de rigeure and IBM is forging ahead on all fronts. Advertising again, that’s nice. They have been accused of anti-Semitism in the past for having invented the punch-card used in the early computers of yesteryear, where the system was utilized by the Germans to facilitate the recording of data regarding the Jews and other people, who were systematically murdered during the Nazi reign.

McDonalds: A three-time advertiser, at the least… McDonald’s just had the cutest ad on t.v. recently. Not only do I remember the former, famous Big Mac commercial, I even remember the even older ad slogan, commercial and tune: “McDonald’s is your kind of place…” (which used to jokingly be parodied by school-children everywhere…). Oh, I have got to tell you about the kindness of strangers, which occurred in my recent visit to McDonald’s. I have not been to McDonald’s in a very long time, but decided to treat myself. A young, black male walked in behind me (unbeknownst to me), and when I went to pay my tally, he whipped out a card and ran it through the machine to pay for my order. I should have allowed him this mitzvah, but I asked the cashier to cancel the transaction and paid for it on my own. I think the young man then ordered his own order, paid for it, and then proceeded to exit the restaurant without his order, limping along as he went. I asked the cashier if the man had ordered something and left, but the cashier wouldn’t say. I think that that nice young man probably needed the food more than I, but it didn’t stop him from trying to bestow a blessing to someone. G-d will see that and will bless this man. He is already rich in spirit.

Marriott: The hotel chain has offered rewards for stays at their locations and celebrated their 30th birthday of rewards with a contest, which gave away fun-filled vacations to nominated winners. Check out the results at yearofsurprises.com; better yet, check into a Marriott for a fun-filled vacation of your own!

Maxwell House: A provider of kosher coffee in the blue can/tub and the especially-appreciated Haggadot (is that the plural conjugation of many Haggadahs?) at Passover time…

Neutrogena: A long-time manufacturer of facial and other products that are literally easy on the skin, such as glycerine-type soaps which leave little residue, rinsing clean for a fresh-faced look and feel!

Oscar Mayer: Who doesn’t remember the iconic cult-classic commercial about Oscar Mayer bologna? How about their weenie-mobiles? How about their great products (actually a part of Kraft Brands, who make great mac and cheese, and other stuff…) such as bacon, bologna, etc? Now, they’re going grown-up, as well, with a more updated product to add to the great collection already on-serve….

Purina: It’s a great product. I know someone who only feeds Purina One to their Rottweiler. Their ad for Purina Cat Chow has a very good storyline in it about a cat, called a Prince, found and rescued by a girl (the “Princess”) — #myrescuestory.

Sauza: Another ad placement by this spirits provider. Hey, I guess spirits and speaking of Israel and the One who sanctified her is kindof a spirit, too! Update: Their recent ad showing a cowboy stirring his cocktail by making his horse go around in circles is totally hysterical!

Skintimate: Shaving gel/lotion is coming into it’s own these days, and Skintimate offers additional pampering for the skin with their added oils and vitamins. For the sensitive type, like myself. Go easier on the skin and be easier on the eyes!

Sprint: I think I have this listed in my other advertiser section, but they are running new ads now on the site and they have some good bargains out there, so check out their website if you’re in the market for a new phone or plan. You’ll be happy you did.

Stacy’s: Pita chips — yum! We used to make these in the toaster oven, but it’s nice that someone else has done the easy thing for us by packaging them into pre-made bags! Some of the best of the Middle East can be found pocketed in the pita!

Taco Bell: Taco Bell has again placed their advertisements into my web site (even if only via aggregator), and I again thank Taco Bell for doing so. They’re still just as good as they were in my last ad list; twice as good, in fact!

Vitamix: Sponsor of the Jazzy Vegetarian Show on Tv, this blender looks like a really good product. I wish I had one of these to make smoothies and other yummy stuff. The blender can be found at the following retail locations: Target, Crate and Barrel, Williams-Sonoma, Bloomingdale’s, Whole Foods, Costco, and specialty chef/restaurant stores.

Xbox: Presents the Xbox One gaming system and all kinds of fun things that go along with that, such as Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, by Sledgehammer Games.

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Watch Lists

Watch Lists

Since 1941, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, otherwise known as the Shah of Iran, ruled Iran as a sort-of quasi-King, with some progressive ideas to reform and modernize the centuries old former Persian kingdom. His pro-Western stance, combined with his visions to turn the clock back to resemble the imperial courts of old by replacing the Islamic calendar with an “imperial” one (see more at:
http://www.iranchamber.com/history/mohammad_rezashah/mohammad_rezashah.php#sthash.RCBScBNY.dpuf), provoked the Iranian populace to eventually foment an uprising against his reign. Beginning in 1979, the Shah fled his country and lived in exile outside Iran, as a result of the growing discontent in his country, which resulted in the Iranian Revolution of 1979. The Shah was to eventually be admitted to the United States for the treatment of cancer, which had invaded his body and for which it eventually took his life.

After the Iranian Revolution, the United States government initiated sanctions against Iran as a means to discourage Iran from furthering development of a nuclear weapon capability. These initial sanctions occurred after the previously pro-Western Shah was replaced with a more militant Islamic regime, which still rules today. The United States expanded the sanctions in 1995 to include businesses, and again imposed sanctions upon Iran in 2006, when the Iranian government refused to suspend its enrichment of uranium.

The agency which handles world nuclear regulation and inspection, if the parties are signatory to this agreement, is the International Agency for Atomic Energy (the IAEA) (For additional information on inspection reports and other information on Iran’s nuclear capabilities and its dealings with the IAEA, please see a report by The Institute for Science and International Security in Washington, D.C., at the following website: http://www.isisnucleariran.org/documents/iaea/).

The IAEA was thwarted in its attempts to inspect certain of Iran’s nuclear sites, and Iran has lied about the number of its facilities and their capabilities. This action went on for many years, when the U.S. decided it had had enough of these cat-and-mouse games and imposed sanctions upon Iran, whose consequences involved freezing U.S.-held Iranian bank assets, prohibiting U.S. citizens from conducting business with Iran, and other such punitive measures, according to Wikipedia and other sources. Over the years, this has had a crippling effect on the Iranian economy, although in an April 24th, 2013 article written by Samuel Burke at CNN with the airing of a televised segment, Iranian Finance Minister, Seyyed Shamseddin Hosseini, has declared that the U.S. sanctions have had virtually no effect upon its economy (see http://amanpour.blogs.cnn.com/2013/04/24/irans-finance-minister-sanctions-havent-crippled-us).

An Egyptian businessman named Mohamed ElBaradei once was the ruling head of this agency, prior to his participation in recent Egyptian elections. He has run in Egyptian elections to be Prime Minister as well as in more recent times, to be President (see: http://www.bbc.com/news/10420218 for a profile on Mohamed ElBaradei).

A government can also impose sanctions upon another countries’ states, or even upon certain groups which operate independently of a state, such as terrorist groups or individual persons who have committed acts of terrorism. A terrorist list is compiled by the U.S. State Department, so that U.S. citizens may know which groups or individuals comprise terrorist perpetrators and can act accordingly. Such lists are used for no-fly lists so that airport security personnel can be apprised of potential terrorists who may try to pass through their terminals and screen them for no-entry to the planes. Businesses and individuals may not conduct transactions or provide aid or comfort to the enemy, meaning those who are listed among the State Department’s lists.

According to Wikipedia, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Counterrerrorism retains a list of state sponsors of terrorism, which was begun in December of 1979, and included Libya, Iraq, South Yemen and Syria among its listees. Other countries added to it included Cuba in 1982, Iran in 1984, North Korea in 1988, and Sudan in 1993. It says that Iraq, Libya, North Korea and Yemen have been removed, although Iran was still listed on it. Additional it states that the four main aims of the bureau is to:

1) make no concessions to terrorists;
2) bring them to justice;
3) isolate and apply pressure on states that sponsor terrorism to change their behavior; and
4) bolster others that work with us.

Therefore, I have never quite understood why our own government acts as if they are above the law when they provide military weapons, parts, or training of the forces inside a country we have deemed as hostile to the U.S. For instance, we have been engaged in a decade-long war in Afghanistan, yet our soldiers are providing top-notch training to Afghanis in weapons usage, tactics and strategies. Rather than lessen terrorism, this provides the means by which our self-declared enemies might know our own strategies to use against us, and the weapons they receive will only ratchet up the level of violence even further.

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Stealing Our Heritage

Stealing Our Heritage

Proverbs 3:18 in the Tanach (the Bible of the Jewish People) equivocates this statement to the Torah: She is a tree of life to them that hold fast to her. This is a very important precept to the Jewish people and they have idealized this statement with works of art (known as Judaica) to commemorate it.

Now the Palestinians are committing yet another outrage in the usurpation of our heritage by claiming the Tree of Life imagery as their own. In an August 10, 2012 story on the Global Heritage Fund webpage, the excavation site in Jericho reveals a large compound with a complete mosaic Tree of Life featured in the bath area.

Several people in antiquity, many of them Jewish Kings and dynastic rulers, have built palaces in Jericho as factual realities. Yet, the Israeli government of modern times has set the region of Jericho apart as an autonomous region for the Palestinians to live in, so the political maneuvering of history may be put forth oppositionally. One such palace in Jericho is being touted by the Global Heritage Fund as an early Islamic palace of Hisham. To me, it looks way older than when the Islamic period began (supposedly said to be in the seventh century — i.e., in the mid 600’s of the Common Era — but has anyone validated the claims of Islam to be from that era?).

Here is a website in which to view the mosaic and read the article: http://globalheritagefund.org/onthewire/blog/preserving_hishams_palace

Here is an interesting site with information about Jewish mosaics and some pictures to look at, which you might enjoy:
http://www.neveshalom.org/html/mosaic.html

This is a Jewish mosaic panel to look at from Jordan: http://cja.huji.ac.il/Ancient/Gerasa/Gerasa-object.html

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