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All’s Swell

 

Here are a few things in life that I feel provide palpable health benefits (and I tell you this to help you derive the same benefits, as well). Of course, individual circumstances vary, and this is, in no way, meant to be construed as medical advice, nor is it meant to replace the medical care of your own physicians. I do not practice medicine, nor engage in such, so please consult yours before undergoing any new regimens, including changes in diet, exercise, therapies, and the like.

 

Usually, I have found that the products which work best for me generally get removed from the supermarket shelves and are then discontinued. Like…. Lemon-scented Dash. It was a laundry detergent, and it worked superbly. It was given the heave-ho, a long time ago.

 

It’s rumored that manufacturers and drug companies don’t give you the best of, or enough of, whatever product it is that they make, in order to keep the consumer as a continual purchaser of their product.

 

My mother and I have completely different evaluations of products: what works well for me, she doesn’t like; and, what works for her, I don’t like.

 

Nevertheless, since there are a lot of people looking for help, I can only think to help at the moment by providing my own revelations of a few things which I feel really do, and can, help. I know this post is a departure from my normal types of subjects, but in the mode of attempting to assist some of mankind, here I go. Consider it a product review, if you will — even including some foods.

 

Kirkland Signature Daily Multi Vitamins and Minerals. With lycopene and lutein. And calcium… This 500-tablet container, with the blue labeling, costs less than $15.00USD, and it packs a whopping punch. I’ve only once before felt the practically immediate effects of any dietary supplement, and that one was Andersen’s stress tabs, but I haven’t seen them in decades (and I’m not even sure of the correct spelling). I really feel this one working. It is the home-brand of the Costco warehouse-membership bunch, and is available online. Item #416076. July, 2016.

 

Assured (brand) cough drops. These are the Dollar Tree brand of Greenbrier International, and are the mentholated kind, with eucalyptus. These generic items from this dollar store far surpass the name-brand ones. Any time I’m low on supply and I can locate a neaby store, I stock up on the multiple varieties, because they seem to dampen any type of oncoming malaise I might start to feel, whether cold, sorethroat, etc. First of all, they’re the only cough drop I’ve seen which is Kosher. That’s one plus. Frankly, it’s permissible, in many cases if unwell (check with proper authorities), to use medicine that is not Kosher. But, nevertheless, the fact that they do so is awesome. Secondly, they are the only cough drops I’ve seen which also offer sugar-free versions. Thirdly, they have a few flavors: cherry, honey-lemon, and menthol. They all taste very good, and they’re cheap, and work great, in my opinion.

 

Theraflu. This is my favorite cold-fighter. It’s been pulled on and off the shelves, due to health concerns. It disappeared for a long time. It’s now back in many versions. Even if any of the formulas have changed, I still think it works well for me.

 

Contac Cold. This was my long-ago favorite cold “remedy”. I think it has come and gone from the market, and I don’t think it’s newest formulation, if it differs in any respects from its first, is as good as it used to be. Or, maybe it’s that I found other products to replace it, when this product, itself, was lacking. In any case, it’s now back.

 

Alka-Seltzer Plus. This is my next go-to cold-fighter, if I can’t get to Theraflu, and sometimes by choice. Plop two fizzy tablets, orange-flavored, please, into some warm water, and drink it up! Or down! This works pretty well, too.

 

Mackerel. Seriously. It’s a bit rad for a squeamish person, such as myself, to deal with these things, which are fish, minus the heads and tails, but still with the bones, and stuck into cans and brined. If you think about it, that’s really not appetizing at all. Anyways, I suffer a bit through the episode of deboning, and even eating it, but I find the health benefits incredulous. No kidding. It was an immediate mood-lifter and made me feel super-happy. It also made me feel less achy and more flexible in my joints. All because mackerel are fatty fish which contain Omega 3’s and a little bit of Omega 6’s (acids) which really do hold up the hoopla that’s said about it, as far as what this fish does for me (slip of the finger, I typed “dies” for me… Ughh… Oyyyy…..).

 

Update: A November, 2016 article by A.C. Shilton in Outside magazine also extols the virtues of oily fish, such as mackerel:

 

Shilton, A.C. “Canned Seafood is Having a Moment — and for Good Reason”. Outside, November, 2016:

(https://www.outsideonline.com/2129356/canned-seafood-having-moment)

 

Borscht. I feel this just pouring into my cells and somehow making things much better. Buy large fresh beets. Scrub clean and place into pot with water. Cook until soft. Peel skins and discard/compost. Dice beets back into purple water/soup. Let cool. Stir in a large dollop or so of sour cream. It’s probably not the greatest-tasting soup in the world, but it sure helps make you feel healthier.

 

Thanks for reading. Hope this helps.

 

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Perchance A Cup

IMG_20160727_215203Perchance A Cup (Randyjw; July 27, 2016)

 

Perchance a cup

A pick-me-up

A stop along the Rue

A liitle thought

to perk-me-up

Til I get back to you

 

A dreamy nook

A well-worn book

To contemplate your smile

A pause beneath the canopy

And wonder all the while

 

The years have passed

And long at last

We’ve realized our dreams

The friendship cup

We’ve drinken up

Is sweetened more with cream

 


* Inspired by the kindness of James Radcliffe

 

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The Liebster Award #2

Full Publication Date: July 27, 2016

(Previous July 25, 2016 post was accidental)

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A woman of lofty thoughts and soaring prose, the Isolated Girl living in the land of mountainous vistas reaches new peaks with her poetry and embodies the utmost of sweetness and care in her personal contacts with her community of fellow poets.

 

Jyotee and I go back for awhile, engaging in extended online conversations about anything and everything. I enjoy her unique form of speech and hope that you’ll discover the special qualities I’ve found when you chance to meet. I hope she’ll belong to us, as much as she belongs to Nepal.

 

Thank you, Jyotee, for your voice ringing out from the mountains and for your voice of support in my nomination; I really appreciate that. You are truly a sweet person.

 

Jyotee / Isolated Girl:

Life is all about PAIN – poetry

https://jyoteeblog.wordpress.com

 

Jyotee endowed my second Liebster Award at this site. This award recognizes the contributions of a blogger to the community and is a peer-to-peer acknowledgement of the blogger, for whatever reason deemed appropriate by its endower. The meaning of the award’s Germanic word origin references “Love”.

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Liebster Award Rules:

If you have been nominated for the Liebster Award, and you choose to accept it, write a blog post about the Liebster Award in which you:

1. Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog.

2. Display the award on your blog.

3. Answer the questions provided by the person who nominated you.

4. Nominate 5-11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have less than 1000 followers. You can always ask the blog owner this since not all blogs display a widget that let readers know this information (the new requirements, which seem to have been taken over by theglobalaussie.com, list a 200-follower maximum for 2016. This site name is provided so that you may follow the “official rules” going forward, as best I can tell. The above graphics with the logo I revamped, along with the rules I originally found prior to noting the corrections, are part of my Media Library, and I’ve used them here, applying the old rules). I’ve again restricted, to the best of my knowledge, my choices to those of an adult level.

5. Create a new list of questions for the bloggers to answer.

6. List these rules in your post. Once you have written and published it, you then have to:

7. Inform the people/blogs that you nominated them for the Liebster Award, and provide a link for them to your post so that they can learn about it.

8. List 11 random fact about yourself (optional).

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My answers:

Q1. What is your First post on WordPress, provide the link?

A1. My first post, called “The Semantics of Warfare”, touches on a few issues: how linguistic gymnastics can reshape an argument, and the way it has reframed how today’s citizens view the Western culture — how, with the pen, rather than weaponry, a war is being conducted; and anti-Semitism: some instances of it in my life; the changed tactics of warfare from a “gentleman’s war” to no-holds-barred guerilla warfare, from which today’s terrorism derives its philosophy, and where the world refuses to label it terrorism, especially when it affects Jewish lives. Just your normal, everyday, pleasant talk around the dinner table…

 

Q2. If you are given a chance to meet people following you in WordPress who would you meet first and why ?

A2. It would be really neat to meet you! Anisa said she’d come! But, in all actuality, I have no room for anyone! It’s just cramped and not really a place to have guests — my Mother can’t stay, and not even Kitty, the feral cat, stays… We never had that with the old “masters”; we had to dwell in the mystique and the mystery of imagination, without reconciliation of mismatched expectations. Basically, I’m the country mouse — not the city mouse.

 

Q3. When do you generally write, Morning, Daytime, Evening, Night?

A3. My best times involve a confluence of convenience, comfort, mood, inspiration, time, location, appropriate facilitation and motivation.

 

Q4. What is the piece of writing you wrote that is close to your heart?

A4. This is a great question toward evaluating the significance of our work. In this respect, many of mine fall irrelevant. I like for people to draw their own conclusions, rather than to impose my own; it goes with my respect for distance to the author’s private lives. However, I’ll let you in to the basis behind some of my writings, and hope I won’t have regretted doing so, later. In review, the following works have more meaning for me:

 

Author’s Selections:

 

A retrospective collection of poems, photographs, drawings, and selected works reflecting Jewish issues and life generalities.

 

Poems:

“And With My Hand” – https://newsnotes1.wordpress.com/2016/06/27/and-with-my-hand/

Childhood and aging. On being a parent.

 

“Ruach Shoah” – https://newsnotes1.wordpress.com/2016/04/21/2517/

About The Holocaust.

 

“The Teddy Bear” – https://newsnotes1.wordpress.com/2013/06/12/the-teddy-bear/

A paean to the memories of my Uncle.

 

“Indian Sorrow” – https://newsnotes1.wordpress.com/2016/06/17/indian-sorrow/

Indian sorrow.

 

“The Mantle” – https://newsnotes1.wordpress.com/2016/07/23/the-mantle/

The physical, metaphorical, and metaphysical aspects of Creation and Mankind.

 

“Wonder” – https://newsnotes1.wordpress.com/2016/03/19/wonder/

The possibilities in wonder.

 

“Was a” – https://newsnotes1.wordpress.com/2016/02/23/was-a/

Laid-back Israel vibe versus media accusation.

 

“Life” – https://newsnotes1.wordpress.com/2012/05/09/life-2/

This poem gives you my life’s philosophy, wrapped up in the wisdom of youth. It was published in a nationwide Jewish magazine for children when I was, perhaps, 9 or 10 years old, I’m guessing.

 

“For My Mother” – https://newsnotes1.wordpress.com/2016/04/03/for-my-mother/

A poem written for my Mother.

 

“Skiing” – https://newsnotes1.wordpress.com/2012/05/29/skiing/

This was a Shakespearean literature class assignment to write a poem based on a potion, as in the witches of Macbeth.

 

“V’Atah/After All” – https://newsnotes1.wordpress.com/2012/05/09/vatahafter-all/

This poem is significant to me for several reasons. I had had a creative writer’s block for decades. It took extreme anger and fury to break through it, and this poem was its result. It’s my personal moment of victory — I’d made it through. And we, as the Jewish people, have also done so. This poem was written in a flash, as I watched on television the forced removal of the entire Jewish population from Gaza and in some parts of Judaea/Samaria (the false “West Bank”). I was angered at the obviously apparent anti-Semitic bias of the CNN commentator describing the accompanying visuals of three young girls in long skirts, huddled together quietly as they were being tossed out of their homes, as “Jewish Extremists”. No apologies for our existence need ever be provided. We are that we are.

 

“Somewhere Near Ashkelon” – https://newsnotes1.wordpress.com/2012/05/09/somewhere-near-ashkelon-4/

This poem is semi-autobiographical and relates the important concept of the relationship as a meeting of the “we” as a portion of the entity, additional to the “You” and the “I”.

 

“Pledge Not Obeisance” – https://newsnotes1.wordpress.com/2016/02/27/pledge-not-obeisance/

Comparative religion, of sorts, from a plucky Jewish girl.

 

“Mesh Screen” – https://newsnotes1.wordpress.com/2016/02/29/mesh-screen/

Emotive emo-tech.

 

“Beachy Blues” – https://newsnotes1.wordpress.com/2016/05/13/beachy-blues/

The eyes have it.

 

“Rose” – https://newsnotes1.wordpress.com/2012/06/04/rose/

This was a Community College writing assignment, which I’d attended, while working, to earn credits toward core college requirements later. The assignment was to describe something without stating what it is. This teacher gave great writing prompts to spur our creativity, and I realize, retrospectively, that I rather enjoyed these classes more than I did at University, where I later transferred. It’s a cheaper method by which to graduate with a degree from University, rather than via the higher costs of a full-fledged same-track education.

 

Other:

“Shalom Aleichem: Peace Be Unto You” – https://newsnotes1.wordpress.com/2016/04/05/shalom-aleichem-peace-be-unto-you/

Triptych; Mixed Media on Paper; At the Kotel HaMa’ariv the “Western Wall” (“The Wailing Wall”) in Jerusalem. Wishful prayers that Jerusalem and peace would be theirs: 1) Christian monk or priest; 2) Jewish woman, symbolically myself, with dove of peace flying; 3) The Hands of G-d, encompassing all Jerusalem and the prayerful.

 

“Jewish Temple Mount Heritage Claim” – https://newsnotes1.wordpress.com/2016/02/08/jewish-temple-mount-heritage-claim/

Al-Haram Al-Sharif; Graphic of 1924 booklet from Supreme Moslem Council attesting to Jewish rights over Temple Mount.

 

“Be That Help-Meet” – https://newsnotes1.wordpress.com/2016/06/26/be-that-help-meet/

Take the effort to be helpful in your daily life.

 

“On Zion (II):” – https://newsnotes1.wordpress.com/2016/02/02/on-zion-ii/

Zionism is no modern reality. The basis for the timeline of Zionism and a simple, stark concept.

 

“Let’s Not Forget” – https://newsnotes1.wordpress.com/2016/01/31/lets-not-forget/

A general reflection on growing up Jewish in America.

 

“Randy: On the Origin of Cats” – https://newsnotes1.wordpress.com/2016/02/13/randy-on-the-origin-of-cats/

A lighthearted look at our feline friends.

 

“The French Intifada: The Long War Between France and its Arabs – by Andrew Hussey” – https://newsnotes1.wordpress.com/2015/10/05/the-french-intifada-the-long-war-between-france-and-its-arabs-by-andrew-hussey/

A good peak into the simmering tensions between the French, and the Muslims of northern African countries, such as Tunis and Algeria, gleaned from the self-same titled book, and of which my report is based.

 

“Targeting Jews with US Aid” – https://newsnotes1.wordpress.com/2016/05/11/targeting-jews-with-us-aid/

How the US government uses taxpayer dollars to fund terrorism against Jews.

 

“ACA: Criminalizing the Poor” – https://newsnites1.wordpress.com/2016/05/09/aca-criminalizing-the-poor/

How the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) hurts the poorest people it was meant to help.

 

“Half-Truths” – https://newsnotes1.wordpress.com/2013/06/12/half-truths/

About the division of the Jewish State of Palestine, and commentary from televangelical preachers stoking my ire.

 

“BDS? No Thx!” – https://newsnotes1.wordpress.com/2016/02/02/bds-no-thx/

An introduction to institutionalized anti-Semitism on American campuses, the worldwide call for Israeli boycott, and a link to an article to better explain why Boycott/Divestment Sanctions (BDS) is really discrimination against Jews.

 

“Any Leader of a ‘State’ Without Recognized Borders is Illegitimate” – https://newsnotes1.wordpress.com/2014/01/13/any-leader-of-a-state-without-recognized-borders-is-illegitimate/

The non-state known as “Palestine”.

 

“Joker” – https://newsnotes1.wordpress.com/2013/05/15/joker/

About the Tsarnaev brothers, the Boston Marathon terrorist bombers.

 

“Petition: Stop Funding the Palestinian Authority” – https://newsnotes1.wordpress.com/2016/03/16/petition-stop-funding-the-palestinian-authority/

A petition and information on government funding of terrorist groups.

 

“Pesach Sameach” – https://newsnotes1.wordpress.com/2016/04/23/pesach-sameach/

A singular celebration of Passover in photos.

 

Recipes:

I’m proud of the recipes I’ve developed; it gives me a feeling of accomplishment to create something I can enjoy eating (not always the easiest thing). Here are some you might enjoy (it gives me even greater pleasure that you might):

 

“Randy’s Recipes: Island Pie” – https://newsnotes1.wordpress.com/2016/05/01/randys-recipes-island-pie/

 

“Randy’s Recipes: Lemon-Guava Creamery Treat” – https://newsnotes1.wordpress.com/randy’s-recipes-lemon-guava-creamery-treat/

 

“Randy’s Recipes: Lychee Iced Tea: Easy and Fresh Versions” – https://newsnotes1.wordpress.com/2016/06/25/randys-recipes-lychee-iced-tea-easy-and-fresh-versions/

 

“Randy’s Recipes: Easy Herbed Cheese Spread” – https://newsnotes1.wordpress.com/2016/02/16/randys-recipes-easy-herbed-cheese-spread/

 

“(Tribute to Nice) Randy’s Recipes (Mom’s): B.F. Onion Soup, Served With Jewish Six Toast-Points Of Light” – https://newsnotes1.wordpress.com/2016/07/15/tribute-to-nice-randys-recipes-moms-b-f-onion-soup-served-with-jewish-six-toast-points-of-light/

 

“Randy’s Recipes: LENT-IL Soup” – https://newsnotes1.wordpress.com/2016/02/18/randys-recipes-lent-il-soup/

 

“Randy’s Recipes: Toasted Pita Chips (Mom’s) – https://newsnotes1.wordpress.com/2016/02/16/randys-recipes-toasted-pita-chips/

 

“Randy’s Recipes: Caper Caesar Salad” – https://newsnotes1.wordpress.com/2016/02/16/randys-recipes-caper-caesar-salad/

 

“Randy’s Recipes: Pistachios and Cool Whip (Mom’s)” – https://newsnotes1.wordpress.com/2016/03/04/randys-recipes-pistachios-and-cool-whip-moms/

 

“Randy’s Recipes: Easy Blue Cheese Dressing” – https://newsnotes1.wordpress.com/2016/02/16/randys-recipes-essy-blue-cheese-dressing/

 

“Randy’s Recipes: Onion-Cocoa Gravy, with Meal Ideas” – https://newsnotes1.wordpress.com/2016/05/22/randys-recipes-onion-cocoa-gravy-with-meal-ideas/

 

“Randy’s Recipes: Green Zeitim” – https://newsnotes1.wordpress.com/2016/05/18/randys-recipes-green-zeitim/

 

“Randy’s Recipes: Divine Lime String Beans” – https://newsnotes1.wordpress.com/2016/05/11/randys-recipes-divine-lime-string-beans/

 

“Randy’s Recipes: Laissez Caffe” – https://newsnotes1.wordpress.com/2016/05/14/randys-recipes-laissez-caffe/

 

Music Education – Representation of the styles and eras of American and Jewish or Israeli music. It is a great education to really learn of a country through its culture, performance, heritage and people. Please do!!!:

“Shema Yisrael” – https://newsnotes1.wordpress.com/2016/03/06/shema-yisrael/

 

“American Culture In Music” – https://newsnotes1.wordpress.com/2016/03/02/american-culture-in-music/

 

Q5. What is writing for you?

A5. Writing is catharsis, enjoyment, education, entertainment, and enlightenment.

 

Q6. How often do you write ?

A6. The blog keeps me seminally bound to writing. It’s good practice toward developing the habit to write on an ongoing, protracted basis, without the pressure of a contract or deadline, but with, at least, a partial expectation toward delivering content for an audience.

 

Q7. If you have to choose between writing and wealth, what would you choose and why ?

A7. I’m shooting for both — one as a product of the other, either way around; preferably, in-tandem.

 

Q8. Best and Beautiful thing of your life ?

A8. That my birth-mother cared enough to let me reach life and be born into this world.

 

Q9. Source of inspiration for writing ?

A9. My mind and life. Nature. Politics. Religion. Irony. Emotions and feelings. Philosophy. Contemplation of the past, the present, and the future. I also love that beautiful brainstorming effect when creative minds click and inspire, such as here, in this forum.

 

Q10. What type of person are you (In five words)?

A10. Unusual-thinking, creative, concerned, introspective, corny.

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Waiting for the answers is the hardest part. And I can’t. So, here are my nominees for the award.

 

The Liebster Award goes to:

 

1. Recollections At Fall – https://recollectionsatfall.wordpress.com/

 

2. Cryptic Clandestine – https://crypticclandestine.wordpress.com/

 

3. The Dining Diaries – https://spoonyouforkme.wordpress.com/

 

4. Jingga Dalam Pelangi – https://jinggadalampelangi.wordpress.com/

 

5. lukeotley.com – https://lukeotley.com/

 

6. dineANDrhyme – https://dineandrhymeblog.com/

(A lite bit past maximum, but who’s counting?)

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The questions for the nominees are:

1. What helpful tip would you give to an aspiring writer?

2. What helpful tip would you give to a teen-ager?

3. What helpful tip would you give about the job world?

4. What helpful tip can you give, which applies to life in the household?

5. Who are some of your favorite authors, and which of their writings of note do you particularly enjoy?

6. What are some of the other pursuits you’d like to try?

7. Something which makes me happy is………

8. What obstacle have you overcome, and how have you done so?

9. If you could choose to be a color, which would you be, and why?

10. A goal I would like to reach is………..

11. A favorite fable, fairytale or children’s story of mine is…….

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11 Random facts about me:

I like cats. I like dogs. I like cheetahs. I like butterflies. I like dragonflies. I like lions. I like tigers. I like leopards. I like cougars/mountain lions/pumas. I like ladybugs. I like birds.

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The community we inhabit is a great place to share our ideas, our lives, our hopes, and our dreams with one another as we grow and learn and build and succeed — each with the help and support of each other. Thank you to all.

 

~ Randyjw

https://newsnotes1.wordpress.com

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Farm-Raised Shrimp

 

Farm-Raised Shrimp (Randyjw; July 23, 2016)

 

We’ve plucked the weeds

and cleared the land

Spread our seeds

Thanks for the hand!

 

We’ve dug the lakes

and piped a line

Nailed in stakes

Thanks for your time!

 

The rocks removed

out of the soil

You flat-out proved

that you could toil!

 

The fruit is picked

The beets in rows

Thank you, Shrimp,

Could you pass the hoe?

 

 

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Stalks of Time

Stalks of Time (Randyjw; July 23, 2016)

 

Goodness! How the rice has grown

and time has flown

You’re on your own

 

The memories of an ice cream cone

Of gifts on loan

Of flesh and bone

 

Skipping on the cobbled stone

The one you’ve known

By feel and tone

 

Searching for a happy home

You’re not alone

They’re all your own

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The Mantle

The Mantle (Randyjw; July 23, 2016)

The spiralled, spinning galaxies
were thrust from nowhere known
its oft-debated heresies
made rife with strife and sown

And somehow one-celled wonders
Grew to walk bipedalled fame
And monkeys reaped the plunder
of the men they took in name

The rains from heaven separate
the seas which laid below
And G-d’s tears mist the vapors
of the silky driven snow

They puddle in the crevices
and fill the flattened plains
For no-one here on earth can hear
the sounds of G-d in pain

The vents which lie between each space
pour forward forth its hearth
For sweet of time and lichened moss
repurifying earth

the molten core which lies beneath
the mantle of its crust
must quash its inner rumblings
‘ere we all are turned to dust

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A message from “Jeff”

Foreword

An important point is made in the following observations regarding the Battle at Wounded Knee and the Pulse terror attack in Orlando, Florida, being described as the worst mass shooting on U.S. soil.

In summarizing other’s analyses without being on the scene itself, it is often expected that the resulting report on which is being relied, is also one which is reliable.

Journalism, by its very nature, is supposed to be based on facts: the who, what, how, when, which, why, where of the situation — how it happened, how it has unfolded, and how it ended. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.

Oftentimes, opinion, hearsay, and repeated mantras wind up to be the story itself, and it is one of the ways in which rumors take on a life of their own, whether true or false.

In the case of matters relating to Jewish people, anti-Semitism, and Israel, such stories are oftentimes patently false. Unless someone responds to dispute such accusations, they become almost a matter of public record. The practical aspect of Joseph Goebbels’ disinformation campaigns in his role as head of the Propaganda department of the Nazi regime was to perpetrate a lie of such oft-repeated magnitude that such dogma implanted itself in the minds of the populace through brainwashing.

It has done its job when the refutation of the original premise with factual information cannot dislodge the original idea, and even its lie, from the unshakeable, occasionally cult-like, grip on its masses.

Please read the informative post found at Humanity Has Hope, a co-productive endeavor made by Jeff, and the contributions to it by Elia.

I think you will find it enlightening, as well as informative.

— Randyjw, July 22, 2016

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This is the contents of an email sent to me from “Jeff”. I have many friends from the Sioux tribe and from the Northern Cheyenne tribe who had ancestors at Wounded Knee. Orlando is not …

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Terrorist ABC’s

 

Terrorist ABC’s (Randyjw; July 20, 2016)

 

The Taliban is so outré,

And that al-Qaeda? Just passé!

ISIS is the most JayVee

So, what comes next? We’ll have to see.

 


 

A= Abbas, Mahmoud. Head representative of Palestinian Authority. Signed the checks as head financier of the Black September Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) terrorists who killed 11 members of the Israeli Olympic team at the summer games held in Munich, Germany; 5th-6th September, 1972.

B= Beirut, Lebanon: Bombing of U.S. barracks/ 220 U.S. Marines killed; 18 U.S. sailors killed; 3 U.S. soldiers killed; 58 French paratroopers killed; six civilians killed; October 23, 1983.

C= Charlie Hebdo / Paris, France satirical magazine, inside the offices of which Arab terrorists conducted a massacre, killing twelve and wounding eleven on January 7, 2015; Another attack in November, 2011 occurred in which the Charlie Hebdo offices were firebombed and their website was hacked.

Caliphate; wished-for hegemonic Islamic world-rule.

D= Daniel Pearl / Jewish journalist killed in Pakistan; February 1, 2002. Daniel was investigating a story on American convert to Islam, the “shoe bomber”, Richard Reid, for The Wall Street Journal, when he was kidnapped and then beheaded by Islamic terrorists, solely because he was Jewish.

E= Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev / At around 9:00 a.m. on July 12, 2006, Lebanon started a war and launched missiles into Israel. They then attacked an Israeli border patrol, where they abducted Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev and brought them to Lebanon. Both were killed. An additional four Israelis were killed while in pursuit of the abductors, when their Merkava tank hit an improvised explosive device (IED). Ehud and Eldad were returned, dead, two years after the murder, in an Israeli exchange of Hezbollah prisoners. Israel determines they were killed at the time of ambush.

F= France: Paris massacres: Charlie Hebdo, twelve killed (January 7, 2015; see Charlie Hebdo, above) and HyperCacher, January 9, 2015, four killed. Separate incidents, which were committed by Arab jihadists. HyperCacher is a kosher supermarket, serving the Jewish populations of the local areas.

Flatow, Alisa / Alisa was a 20-year-old Jewish American student killed from a car-bombing attack upon an Israeli transportation system bus in Gaza (Kfar Darom). Seven Israeli Army staff were also killed. The attack occured on April 9, 1995, via Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ). Alisa passed away on April 10, 1995. Her father, a lawyer, helped to expose the unlawful activities of BNP Paribas, a bank which violated sanctions for dealing with Iran. Due to the Iranian connections to terrorism and in helping to fund PIJ, the Government of Iran was court-ordered to pay the Flatow family $247.5 million.

Fatah / Arab terrorist organization.

Fort Hood, Texas / Jordanian-American Major (Revoked) Nidal Malik Hassan served in the United States Army Medical Corps. His internship and residency at Walter Reed Medical Center put him into contact with injured and returning U.S. war veterans, whom he oversaw under psychiatric care. For six years, his behavior there was considered extremely odd, and he concluded lecture speeches and written reports with the Islamic war cry of Jihad, “Allahu Akhbar”. An investigation by the FBI of Hassan’s email contacts with alleged al-Qaeda replacement leader to terrorist Osama Bin Laden, Yemeni-American Anwar al-Awlaki (deceased), the former Imam of a Falls Church, Virginia mosque, were considered of no import and were deemed authorized professional research. Similarly, benignly conclusive results by the Department of Defense classified the deadliest terror attack, which Nidal Hassan conducted against his fellow colleagues by mass shooting, on U.S. soil since September 11, 2001, a matter of “workplace violence”. He admitted to the murders at his trial, and was stripped of his rank and sentenced to death by execution. November 5, 2009; 13 killed, 32 injured (plus Nidal Hassan = 33).

G= Gilad Shalit / Gilad is an Israeli soldier who was kidnapped from Israel during a Hamas raid through underground tunnels; June 25, 2006. He was the first captive soldier in 26 years to be released alive. He was held for over five years, until being exchanged on October 18, 2011 for 1,027 mostly Arab terrorists from Israeli prisons, who had, collectively, previously killed 569 Israelis.

H= Hamas / Arab terrorist group.

Hezbollah / Arab terrorist group.

I= Islamabad, Pakistan:

November 21, 1979 / U.S. Embassy, Islamabad, Pakistan – Attacked and burned to the ground, killing 4, as well as 2 of the attackers themselves.

September 20, 2008 / Marriott Hotel – Bombing; killed 54, injured 266.

October 20, 2009 / International Islamic University – Twin suicide bombings; killed 6, injured 29.

March 3, 2014 / District Courts Complex F8 – Grenades, shooting, and suicide bombings; killed 11, injured 25.

Israel / sites of terrorist attacks, bombings, stabbings, vehicular homicides, arson, war, etc.

Iran / major financier and supplier of arms to Jihad terrorists worldwide.

J= Jihad / war; Arabic term.

K= Koby Mandell / Teenage Jewish civilian victim, 13-years-old, killed in Gush Etzion, Israel with other teenage Jewish civilian, Yosef Ishran, 14-years-old; May 8, 2001 by being bound, beaten with rocks, and stabbed by Arab terrorists.

Khobar Towers / Car Bomb attack on the Khobar Towers housing complex in Khobar, Saudi Arabia; June 25, 1996; killed 19 U.S. servicemen, wounded 498 others.

L= Lee Rigby / British Army soldier, Fusilier Lee Rigby, was murdered in broad daylight; May 22, 2013. First run down with a car, and then brutally hacked to death with an attempted beheading during the attack on him in the streets of south London, United Kingdom, by two Nigerian British Christian converts to Islam.

M= Muslim Brotherhood / Egypt-originating terrorist organization.

Madrid, Spain / site of numerous bombing attacks, due to historical Muslim attempted take-overs of Spain. Basque ETA separatists also involved in many of Spain’s conflicts. El-Andalus reference of previous height of Muslim occupation. Muslims, along with Jews, were expelled from Spain in 1492. Kingdom and Monarchies of Spain, as well as its Christian nature, determined to keep its territorial hold in the region. Muslim desire for conquest has caused many of its previous wars, as well as modern-day terrorist attacks, which plague it, due to this reason. Recent bombings include: 1974, 1979, 1985, 1986,1993, 1995, 2004, 2006. The one most remembered in recent times is the 2004 Madrid bombing, being the deadliest terrorist attack in Spain. Backpack bombs were placed on trains. March 11, 2004; 192 killed, 2,050 injured.

Mumbai, India / site of numerous attacks in India, as well as in the rest of the country. India has a similar situation to Israel, with conflicts arising from the Muslim minority in its midsts, which constantly attack the other groups. This led to India’s acquiescence to cede land for a Muslim state (now called Pakistan) during the same 1947-1948 time period of Israel’s formal declaration of independence from its remaining land (given over, by the British, to become Jordan). From 2005 to July 2006, terror attacks inside India have killed 707, and injured over 3,200.

N= Nice, France / Car-ramming / Vehicular homicide; July 14, 2016; Car-ramming attack in which an Arab terrorist indiscriminately mowed down and ran over 84 people, including men, women and children civilians,  killing them with a large truck, at a parade on France’s Independence holiday, called Bastille Day. As many as that, and more, were additionally injured in the attack.

al-Nusra Front / Syrian terrorist group.

O= Osama bin Laden / Yemeni-Saudi Arabian leader of terrorist group, al-Qaeda, responsible for multiple, ongoing terrorist attacks around the world. Born to a financially well-off family, prominent in the construction industry as a chief provider of tenders for the Royal family. Killed by U.S. Navy SEALS in his Pakistani hideout, May 2, 2011.

P= Paris, France: Muslim massacres (see “France” description).

Pakistan / (see Islamabad, Pakistan).

Q= al-Qaeda (“base”) / Arab terrorist group.

R= Ruhollah Khomeini – Sayyid Ruhollah Musavi Khomenei, also Ayatollah Khomenei. Leader installed under Islamic Revolutionary coup, replacing Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi, the Shah of Iran. Twelver Shia religious adherent. Issued fatwa for life of author Salman Rushdie. Declares death to the United States (the “Great Satan”) and Israel (“the Little Satan”). Desirous of nuclear technology, despite ample other fossil and natural resources such as fuels, deposits, and other rich assets. All this, and yet TIME magazine declares him “Man of the Year” for 1979.

S= Syrian civil war; Shi’a; Sunni; Salafi; Sufi

Sbarro: Restaurant location of terrorist attack in Jerusalem pizzeria. August 9, 2001; 15 killed (including 7 children and a pregnant American woman), 130 injured.

T= Tanzim 17 / Old Palestinian terror group under Yasser Arafat.

U= United Nations / Prejudiced against Israel.

USS Cole (see Yemen).

V= Vienna, Gates of Vienna (Austria) / The Siege of Vienna, September 27-October 15, 1529, was the first in several attempts by Islam/Turkish Ottoman Empire to conquer Europe. They conquered some areas, but were repelled in Vienna, and continued over the next 150 years to make war on Vienna. On July 14, 1683, the Ottoman Turks again attempted to conquer Vienna, but a coalition party of territories in the region fought back in what is known as The Battle of Vienna, begun September 11th, 1683. It lasted through September 12th, and drove the Ottoman Empire out of European lands in a decisive victory. The Ottoman-Habsburg wars were a clash for power for territory between the Holy Roman Empire and the Ottoman Empire. This cuckolding loss to Ottoman Muslim honor can be seen for the basis of the timing of the September 11th attacks on the United States, where historic dates, combined with losses, fuel the Muslim fires of raging fury.

W= Wahhabism / Saudi Arabian interpretation of Islam based on strict beliefs of Sunni Muslim theologian Muhammad Ibn Abd el-Wahhab, persisting since 1700’s until today, and what we would consider the basis for Sunni Muslim practice today.

X= Xinjiang, China / Uyghur Muslims of China detonated bombs on three, separate busses on transportation lines numbers 2, 10, and 44 in Urumqi. February 25, 1997; 9 killed (including three children), 74 injured.

Y= Yasser Arafat / terrorist; former head of PLO — now deceased. Father of Palestinian terror group, Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO).

Yemen / site of ongoing and multiple Islamic terror attacks. U.S. Navy was attacked by Sudanese terrorists when they detonated between 400-700 pounds (200-300 kilograms) of explosives in a suicide bomb blast directly impacting the hull of guided-missile destroyer, USS Cole, docked for refueling in port of Aden, Yemen; October 12, 2000; killed 17 U.S. Navymen, 39 injured.

Z= Zamboanga City, Mindinao, Phillipines / Four bomb attacks during the month of October in 2002. Bombs set off in two deparent stores, a karaoke bar/restaurant, and at Fort Pillar shrine. October 7th, 2002; October 17th, 2002; October 21st, 2002; 11 killed, 180 injured.

Znamenskoye, Nadterechny District, Chechnya (Russia) / Znamenskoye Grozny suicide bombing delivered by truck bombing perpetrated by 2 women, 1 man into a local government administration and into the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation (FSB) directorate complex. May 12, 2003;  59 killed, 200 injured.

 


The Japanese Sarin gas attacks in the Tokyo subway systems and the Anthrax spore attacks in the United States are two additional, major terrorist acts, among many more, not elaborated here.

Information for the above article can be found in Wikipedia.org, under various headings; accessed July 12, 2016 – July 20, 2016.

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Attempting Freedom

 

Attempting Freedom (Randyjw; July 18, 2016)

 

Amongst the war cries and the power struggles for primacy in the Middle East, we have another attempted effort by the population to subvert the oppressive yokes on their shoulders weighing them down into subservient sheep of their masters. Just as the Arab spring started a movement, begun in December of 2010 in Tunisia, which rapidly spread throughout the region, it has continued, unabated, even to the present, with no apparent end in sight.

 

In Bahrain, the civil uprising was put down by government and Saudi intervention.

 

In Egypt, president Hosni Mubarak was overthrown and given life imprisonment. Mohamed Morsi was next elected to the presidency. His status deteriorated, and he was then replaced with Abdel Fattah Saeed Hussein Khalil El-Sisi.

 

In Iran, occasional people’s revolutions kept trying to gain a start and a foothold, but they were outnumbered and lacked sustaining momentum, eventually quashed. Spontaneous outbreaks of Pharell Williams’s “Happy” song were sung by students and young adults everywhere, only to find disastrous results, such as jailings, for the participants — definitely a most unhappy outcome. Previously, they had known a more jovial, secular time under the reign of the Shah of Iran, but not every “Revolution” results in the rule of democracy, for, in 1979, Iran underwent an Islamic revolution. Now the country is under very strict laws, where women dress fully covered, and the genders are more separated, etc. It is this way, still, today.

 

In Jordan, constitutional changes were put into place.

 

In Kuwait, changes in government were begun.

 

In Lebanon, governmental changes were also begun.

 

In Libya, an uprising against the 42-year reign of Colonel Moammar Khaddafi began, eventually supported with military action by France, the United Kingdom, and the United States, and a later coalition of 27 additional European Union and Middle Eastern states. Khaddafi was killed.

 

In Mauritania, there were civil protests.

 

In Morocco, there were new reforms made to the Constitution.

 

In Oman, governmental changes were made.

 

In Saudi Arabia, there were protests.

 

In Sudan, there also were protests.

 

In Syria, a civil war between president Bashar Al-Assad’s government forces and various civilian opposition groups has been raging without stop, causing a major exodus of Syrians fleeing the country. This has spurred the impetus for a flood of migrating Middle Easterners to safer havens of refuge in free countries, due to the perceived willingness toward an open-door acceptance to all. This has overwhelmed Europe, especially with its Shengen Agreement allowing open borders and passage through all countries in the European Union, swamping resources under the tremendous influx of migrants.

 

In Tunisia, president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was overthrown, and citizens ensconced the main Islamist party, Ennahda, to a constituent assembly, which would draft a new constitution. Forty-two women were elected. Parliamentary elections and presidentials were held, making Beji Caid Essebsi president, bringing his secular party, Nidaa Tounes, which he founded in 2012, to the fore.

 

Beyond doubt, what we keep seeing are akin to the forces of dark versus light, good versus evil. We briefly have a bout of democratic-minded citizens finding the courage to break out against their oppressive rulers, only to not be ready to take over and make it stick.

 

There was a period of carefree living in the world, back in the 1960’s and ’70’s, even in the Middle East, which saw the sexes blending unreservedly, and freedom of dress really did result in freedom of movement.

 

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(Iranian women cracking the books at Tehran University, Iran during the 1960’s or 1970’s; to me it appears it is the 1970’s, based on the fashions popular during those times)

 

Undoubtedly, we also saw the extreme inverse, with groups such as Black September, a terror group formed of the newly-minted people known as the Palestinians, from their newly-minted terrorist group, the P.L.O. (and all its various pop-up factions splitting off when discrepancies in methodologies arose), whose main goal was devoted to wresting the land of Israel from the Jews, committing terrorist acts, such as the 1972 Olympic massacre in Berlin, where 11 members of the Israeli athletic team were murdered by them. This was the dawning of airplane hijackings, bombings, and other cruel Arab acts of terrorism, despite the loving mood of people in the world, elsewhere.

 

The sense of Arab unease and disenchantment with their lives can only be seen as one, among many, symptoms of discontent with their political system, as well as, perhaps, its never-ending proportional battles to concile the religious aspects of their lives into its political realities. The violence which emanates from the culture cannot be dismissed. It doesn’t seem to matter whether the government is a religious one, or a secular one.

 

Nevertheless, I was disappointed that the recent attempted Turkish military coup on July 15, 2016 to overthrow the increasing adherance to Islamic rule extending over the people through forceful government motions ended in one day, with the soldiers partaking in the exercise surrendering themselves to authorities in government. Many lives were lost, and they did not receive the expected support from other military factions, nor even from the populace, who were either too scared of the repercussions from their government to join a freedom-setting alliance, or were too incubated in Islamist ideology to fathom that freedom could also grant the practice of Islam to them, as well.

 

I don’t know. That’s the way I see it, anyways. Another massive loss of lives in another wasted opportunity to taste the beauty of freedom, without oppression, in the Middle East.

 

Article information found in “Arab Spring”, Wikipedia.org; accessed approximately July 17 and July 18, 2016:

(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arab_Spring)

 

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Micropoetry

 

Micropoetry (Randyjw; July 18, 2016)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Belittling

poetry

 

 

 

 

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Impossible Peace

 

Impossible Peace (Randyjw; July 17, 2016)

 

“How can we live in peaceful co-existence with someone, who won’t even let us live?”

– Randyjw

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Audrey Hepburn Quote

 

“People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone.”

– Audrey Hepburn

 

Audrey Hepburn. (n.d.). Brainyquote.com. Retrieved July 17, 2016, from Brainyquote.com Web site: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/a/audreyhepb388908.html

 

Thank you to Veena at Recollections at Fall for pointing me in the right direction in locating this beautiful artwork by Melinda Matyas. If an artwork moves me to tears, it means that it has struck an emotional nerve with me. This mixed media drawing, called Traces, does so for me. This link may only load to the page; if so, just find the forward-facing little girl in the yellow dress in the Drawings section; you’ll see which is the one.

 

Melinda Matyas

Traces

Mixed Media on Paper

68cm x 35cm

 

http://melindamatyas.com/index.php/categ2

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(Tribute to Nice) Randy’s Recipes (Mom’s): B.F. Onion Soup, Served With Jewish Six Toast-Points Of Light

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Our hearts are with you, France

(In-Memoriam July 14, 2016)

 

This recipe makes the best french onion soup I have ever had. It was created by a Jewish gourmet home chef, whose professionalism entailed installing commercial quality appliances in his home kitchen decades before it became popular. They are his initials, but I’m sure you will insist it means “Best French”, no?

 

Because this recipe serves twelve, and I am only one, the soup you see in the accompanying picture is a singular adaptation made with ingredients on-hand (I had no sliced cheese, an absolute imperative for the top!).

 

As a Jewish person, myself, I know only too well the sorrows left behind in the wake of a terrorist’s attack. Our people, and the world, stand along with you, France, in remembering and paying homage to the innocent victims of this attack.

 

This recipe from a Jewish chef is presented from another Jewish person. The toast-points were created in the shape of the Jewish Star, with its six points, to show Jewish solidarity with France in her time of need. The Jewish Six Toast-Points Of Light sit on a tempered glass dish, shaped in the form of a fish, from Arcoroc France. It, like the Jewish people’s support, has stood the test of time and has remained as true and strong as ever.

 


 

(Tribute to Nice) Randy’s Recipes (Mom’s): B.F. Onion Soup, Served With Jewish Six Toast-Points Of Light (July 15, 2016)

Ingredients:

8 Large Spanish (Vidalia) Onions

1/4 lb. (1 stick) margarine

15 beef bouillon cubes

Worcestershire sauce, two dashes

Tabasco sauce, a couple of drops

Kitchen Bouquet-brand Browning and Seasoning Liquid, dash or two

Garlic Powder, good shake for soup, and also sprinkled on Italian bread

Black pepper, small shake

1 Tablespoon Flour

Sherry wine, shake or two

Grated Parmesan, good shake for soup, and also sprinkled on Italian bread

Italian Bread Slices, for each bowl

Sliced Swiss Cheese, for each bowl

Sliced Mozzarella Cheese, for each bowl

Bread Crumbs, a sprinkle on top for each bowl

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Cut eight (8) large Spanish (Vidalia) onions into pieces (not rings) and sauté, uncovered, in 1/4 lb. margarine, until soft and golden brown. Set aside.

Dissolve 15 beef bouillon cubes in 1 quart (= 4 cups) hot water. Mix with: Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco sauce, black pepper, garlic powder, and Kitchen Bouquet.

Mix flour into sautéed onions. Add the hot water mixture and then add another quart of water. Put on high heat. Boil, covered, for 10 minutes, then simmer for 30 minutes.

Add sherry wine.

Cool “a little” and add a good shake of Parmesan cheese.

Smear Italian bread slices with margarine, garlic powder, and Parmesan cheese, and toast until very lightly browned.

Place into individual crockware bowls in the following order:

Bread (on the bottom)

Soup (leave room for expansion in bowl)

Cheeses: sliced Swiss and Mozzarella

Bread Crumbs

Bake at 450°F for 10-15 minutes. Remove and place under broiler element, watching carefully not to burn the topping, to melt the cheeses and brown, slightly, the top. Remove with potholders; it will be broiling hot. Enjoy.

10 Yums Up

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Randy’s Recipes: Jewish Six Toast-Points Of Light

Ingredients:

Bread of choice, sliced

Softened Butter or Margarine

Garlic Powder

Grated Parmesan, or other, Cheese

Spices of your choice


Spread softened butter or margarine on a plate. Sprinkle spices and cheese on top. Fold in and stir, to mix well. Spread on open bread slices. Toast until lightly browned. Remove and cut into triangular pieces. Form into six-pointed Jewish Star around plate. You can make a dip and serve it in a bowl in the middle of the Star.

4 Yums Up

 


 

This is the drawing I made for the one-year anniversary of the Charlie Hebdo and subsequent HyperCacher terrorists attacks in Paris, France, which began on January 7, 2015. It is a Jewish tribute to the terror victims, and features symbols of solidarity between the cultures: symbols of Judaism under terrorism: foreground, coiled and barbed wire; the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem, Israel; symbols of America under terrorism: the World Trade Center’s twin towers; French symbol of fraternity with the United States: the Statue of Liberty; lightly drawn symbol of France: aforeground to the Statue of Liberty, the Eiffel Tower. The Hebrew message, in show of solidarity with France, and in “reverse copy” of France’s message to the Jews, “Je Suis Juif”, in solidarity: “Gam Ani Yehudi” (“I Am Also Jewish”).

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Sap for Sad Eyes

 

Are you a sap for mewing baby kittens? A sucker for sad, little puppy dog eyes?

 

I’ll admit to having poured more than a fair share’s worth of seek-and-find missions into searching out considerably cute kitties on YouTube videos: kittens in baths, kittens at play, and kittens doing what they do best — sleeping.

 

That’s entertainment? It’s one form of mine…

 

Anyways, here’s a link to one of my recent followers’ websites, and it’s all about animals. I have to say that these are some of the best photos out there of cute animals in one place that I’ve seen. The captions don’t always seem to match, but, with wet, little bunnies in towels and dog snouts in slippers, does it truly matter?

 

Here’s a looksie for yourself:

https://incredibleanimalpics.wordpress.com/

 

 

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Rudy Giuliani for Vice President!

 

Rudy Giuliani, former mayor of New York, would be my first choice for Donald Trump’s running mate as Vice President.

 

Everybody loves Rudy Giuliani — except for crooks and chagrined Saudi royals offering blood money for the 9/11/2001 terrorist attack perpetrated by 15 Saudi individuals of the 19 total (in physical, not supportive, roles; those are probably still at-large) who brought down the twin World Trade Center towers in New York City that life-changing day.

 

His unwavering commitment to uphold the rule of law and the rule of justice included his zeal to equally prosecute corrupt police officers, as similarly as it did to capture and to bring to justice criminal syndicate groups and gangs, which had been running the streets of New York until Giuliani’s active intrusion into their business ended their profiteering ventures.

 

Wall Street inside-traders had nowhere to hide, as Giuliani tackled brazen breaches of confidence in the financial systems, and established not only entry, but new policy, in the inner sanctum workings of a formerly sacrosanct entity known as the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

 

In his eight years as Mayor, New York City saw an overall 57 percent decrease in crime, a whopping 95 percent reduction in incarceration crimes, and a 40 percent reduction in police shootings — an issue of utmost importance in today’s uproarious protests of civilian thought on the matter.

 

His integrity to focus on the issues and the laws shows a man of character not privy to choosing political sides where actions are needed, unlike the present political climate, in which potentially treasonous acts regarding the nation’s security of its information has been recklessly disregarded under the present administration in which Hillary Clinton removed information from locations under heavy guard when she used personal servers to harbour that intelligence under less-watchful and secure protection and/or protocol.

 

Giuliani has held the following positions, and is no stranger to the workings of our government:

Assistant United States Attorney – New York, Southern District

United States Attorney – New York, Southern District

Chief of the Narcotics Division

Associate Deputy Attorney General

Associate Attorney General

Executive United States Attorney – Department of Justice, Washington, D.C.

 

With income now regained to the New York City treasury with his crackdown on the money being lost through criminal enterprises, he was able to turn budget deficits into major surplusses, and simultaneously cut taxes while improving the safety of local neighborhoods, raising property values and making the city become one of America’s safest large cities at the time, according to the FBI.

 

Giuliani, alas, is no G-d. It turns out he is human, just like the rest of us. He has been through both divorce and cancer. These struggles may have been added to his life burdens at one time, but he came out the other side of it strong, and as determined as ever, to pursue justice and a life of service.

 

His integrity still keeps going. He recently spoke out about his former protege, head of the FBI’s Jim Comey, whom he has criticized for his decision to underplay Hillary Clinton and her staff’s roles in their usage of federal information and intelligence on personal servers located offsite.

 

I believe this will be the best man to be Vice President of our country. I hope to see him selected for the position.

 

(I list him among my previous Presidential Cabinet Picks of the 2012 elections; you can read my post in the archives, here: https://newsnotes1.wordpress.com/2012/07/23/2012-presidential-cabinet-picks/

 

Academy of Achievement. “Rudolph Giuliani Biography — Academy of Achievement.” Last modified October 25, 2010. Accessed July 14, 2016. http://www.achievement.org/autodoc/page/giu0bio-1

 

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Sign At The Dentist’s Office: Cavity Emptor!

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Sign At The Dentist’s Office: Cavity Emptor! (Randyjw; July 14, 2016)

 

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Well

 

Well (Randyjw; July 8, 2016)

 

Old wells run deep

where sunlight does not reach

And fresh air cannot breach

the secrets of its keep

 

Old wells run cold

where stars cannot reach hold

where wishes have been told

And memories have grown old

 

Old wells of mine

Are plastered now with lime

run brackish boggy brine

in seasons of my time

 


For Robert Okaji: for your inspiration

 

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Apple For Teacher

Apple For Teacher (Randyjw; July 7, 2016)

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Can You Feel Me?

 

Can You Feel Me? (Randyjw; July 7, 2016)

 

I can feel your tears fall, from here

I can hear your heart break, from fear

I know that the next step, we take

Needs to raise a life, that’s at stake

 

What’s it gonna take, til we find

Another act of hate, when we’re blind

All that we needs do, speak our minds

Come and save a life, yours and mine

 

It’s just as much for me, as for you

I don’t know where to start, what to do

I just know when we start, then it’s true

It benefits not one, but does two

 

So, get yourself involved, learn the facts

Expand your scope, so you can then act

Your weapon is your mind, you will wield

You’ll bring your one-self kind, as a shield

 

Embody all the words, you might preach

To learn to love the world, as you teach

Another open mind, you will reach

The world of love for all and to each

 

I hope you’ll do as much, that you can

To add your extra touch, to each man

To make his life be what, you would live

Were it for not for that, you might give

 

And so it is for this, that I feel

We’ve got to make it bold, make it real

Just take a little step, act today

Don’t let the time go past, slip away

 

We didn’t build it up, in one day

We sat and talked, and met our delays

We gathered and wrote laws, that would be

Foundations for each man, to be free

 

It took a lot of time, till it took

Each simple little Act, on the book

We had to stand our ground, make the fight

Until we knew we’d found, what was right

 

So, gather with your friends, start right now

Consider where it ends, and the how

Can you feel the strength, in my mien

Can you feel me now, sight unseen

 

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Gracias, Santana

 

The Santana song, “Smooth”, will always make me think of this great girl I really loved so much. We used to work together, and our lives before meeting had had similar parallels. We both had wound up applying to some of the same companies in our job searches, which we had also done so many times before, and we had lots of laughs over shared coincidences and other things. We had both turned down further consideration for work at the same place, which was a good thing, cuz there was some bad stuff which happened there later, and we both would have been a part of it.

 

We only got together on two or three occasions outside of work, cuz I’m funny that way. It’s kindof the old-school professionalism idea of not mixing business with pleasure, but we really got along like peas in a pod, and so we got together. We went for Mexican food once at this place I loved, if I’m remembering correctly; and we went to a Santana concert.

 

Her boyfriend came along with us, of course, and took our picture in the parking lot before the start of the concert. It was a great concert — they played ” Smooth” and “Black Magic Woman” and all the good stuff. I’m lucky to have still been able to see some of the rock-and-roll greats in my lifetime, and Santana is among the top.

 

Eventually, I wound up leaving the company we worked at, because I couldn’t get accurate shipment details from our corporate headquarters, and my position within the organization was being compromised as a result. My friend left shortly after I did, and I think the whole company tumbled after that point.

 

In the interim, we never did get the photos back from the pharmacy photo-finisher; they say they lost the film. Things that run through my mind: that movie with Robin Williams, who plays a pharmacy film-developer who gets caught up in the imagined lives he vicariously inhabits of the people whose film he develops. Egads — creepification! I’m thinking “Jumanji”, but that was another creepy Robin Williams film about a gameboard which comes to life. I liked Robin Williams’s HAPPY, goofy roles. Let me go look up that movie name — I never saw it, but actually think I wanted to.

 

Got it. It’s ” One Hour Photo”. The release poster popping up on Wikipedia is even more creepy in the pre-release film critic reviews printed on the poster, given the events of Robin Williams’s circumstances. Trust me — don’t look.

 

My friend ran off and did some crazy stuff, and I love and admire her immensely, even though I’m a strange bird that rarely keeps in touch. I still think of her, and always will, as my friend. I know you’re out there, and I love and I miss you, friend.

 

It brings me happiness to learn that Carlos Santana will be playing in Tel Aviv sometime soon. Supporters of the Boycott/Divestment/Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel are really trying to bully artists to cancel their performances in Israel. Some have caved in, and others have refused. I’m proud of those who take a stand to these intimidators and come, anyways. In fact, Carlos Santana made a YouTube video message announcing his concert and sending love and peace (in both Hebrew and Arabic) to the people of Israel.

 

That is just so smooth, Carlos. So smooth!

 

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Hello I’m Dancing

 

This Macy’s 2016 4th of July spectacular is just amazing! Last year they had the greatest fireworks show. This year should be the same or even better. The music is so uplifting and inspiring, I am up and dancing (I don’t even like to dance)! This is the most inspirational celebration of independence! Featured are cameos from immigrants from all over the world who have become U.S. citizens. Some even cry when they become citizens. One, from Korea, came here when he was 12, and says the proudest moment of his life was when his family all became citizens. Also, people say what America is, and add what they think. So great. I can hear the local city celebration fireworks booming, the creative neighborhood kids having a good time, and I feel exalted. America is great.

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Free(dom)-For-All

 

Free(dom)-For-All (Randyjw; July 4, 2016)

 

The power of the many has been consolidated into the hands of the few, and the decision to join together the various countries beneath the unified umbrella of the European Union is bringing disastrous consequences to the European continent. Bad decisions, which could have been contained to a small, regional outlet, are now spread undulatingly outward, bumping against the hackles of the Russian, Middle-Eastern and Asiatic fronts, raising security dynamics to new postures and postulations, as principals jostle in power struggles to compete for super-status on the world’s stage.

 

Eighty years on from the rise of Adolph Hitler to German Chancellor, the generation is still in its last waning years of the Holocaust era. The fight didn’t end when the war ended. The Jewish fight for the restitution of property, valuables, bank deposits, life insurance dividends, artwork, and more has been a vehemently nasty endeavor met with the same silence and secrecy which allowed German treachery to continue.

 

Dragged kicking and screaming to the Nuremburg trials, the Nazi murderers clammed up, shared incredulous, mocking glances between themselves, and gave nothing (except their souls, which they sacrificed so many years before). Tracked down by a few Nazi hunters who never quit the search, some have been tracked to their countries of refuge. It has been difficult to convince other countries to prosecute these Nazi killers. Most just formulated some kind of mock trial, where the perpetrator received little to no punishment as a cost of their crimes. In fact, the judgements were often set to result in a non-guilty verdict. Only recently, a couple of Nazis residing in the U.S. and elsewhere were at last brought to justice, at the end of their lives in their nineties!

 

In recent years, some of German society began to have a change of heart. I guess they found the burden of guilt of their society and their actions too great to bear. The meticulously-kept records were allowed to be searched in a means to give closure to the remaining generations to learn the specific fates of their Jewish family members. Those who fought in World War II to end this war are in their early nineties, as well, dwindling to the very few.

 

In an effort to bring down the Berlin Wall, which had separated East and West, the Communist/Socialist separatists in Germany and the regular “volks” all became intermingled together again. Israel really went out of its way to buy German goods and to practically MAKE Germany be its friend, even as Germany still acted reluctantly to do so (the noive of those folks!).

 

While Israel can claim diplomatic relations lasting 50 years with this nation which committed the worst atrocity against our people, there are still those who claim we cannot make peace with murderous, anti-Semitic societies bent on nothing more than our destruction, such as the Arabs. This revelation should prove that we can — that it’s not we who are the obstacles to peace.

 

Meanwhile, there are even still those in German society, whose forbears harbored that anti-Semitic outlook, and who have passed it down to the next generation. I’ve seen it in Israel, where I chanced to meet three young German tourists visiting Jerusalem. Just like the “volk”-tales so popular amongst the German/Bavarian/Denmark-type literature filled with witches scheming bad fates for children, the same was encountered amongst several German people I chanced to know in Israel.

 

One was a ridiculously mean and nasty anti-Semite, cloaked in a cute girly appearance of glasses and reddish-gold banana curls — hard to believe such a visage could personify such evil. One seemed so-so, but left before I really learned anything about her. Two more girls, travelling together, couldn’t have been more different; from what I could infer, it seemed each was on the other’s nerves, a bit. The dark-haired one was quiet and reserved, without much to say or add toward any conversation. She didn’t seem to want to do anything the livelier girl wanted to do.

 

The short, lively fair-haired girl embodied the new Germany of decent, fair, nice people that could now engage with the world and be trusted to not want to annihilate the rest of it. I actually really liked this girl and we walked around a bit. She was really open and receptive to my own explanation of things; she’d probably never heard them and was really eager to discover. I’d wanted to go with her to see some other sites, myself, that I hadn’t seen, but we didn’t… I forget why, now. So, anyways, it was like The Three Bears: Way Off; Still Off; and “Just Right”!

 

Today, Germany has done an “about-face” in it’s liberalness, and has quite over-extended itself to be accommodating to others. The European economy had been driven and pegged mostly to the German deutschmark, and Germany was the figurehead for the new union of European countries which formed the new European Union. Other countries have had their chances to headquarter this entity, so to speak, but the German influence has probably been its most strong, via Chancellor Angela Merkel.

 

Her disastrous decision to mention German receptiveness to the idea of Syrian immigrants who wished to leave their own war-torn country opened the floodgates for the entirety of the Middle East populations of the nations all warring with themselves in civil wars to enter Germany and the rest of the countries in the European Union. Financial migrants wishing better opportunities joined the surge, as did terrorists and even those of other countries. Overwhelming masses ensured the inability to screen, house, and keep track of all these individuals.

 

They are let into the United States, as well.  A family huddles inside the doorway of a sympathetic (?) shop-owner and makes themselves at home as street people taking over the sidewalk of the tony part of town, while the others gather on the Starbucks patio to sip coffee and commandeer the tables, all day. At the market, I am reminded again that my tax-paying years as a worker can no longer extend benefits and I scrap and beg for help from family and can’t find work, but then the cashier explains to the Syrian-looking woman ahead of me about the quantity of cheese being one pound and that, perhaps, she might be able to get two boxes of cereal (cereal is expensive! Without food stamps, I don’t get any, either!), and so she must have a WIC-type arrangement, rather than food stamps, but still…

 

Now, a German report lists the number of Hamas and Hezbollah activists that live in Germany, celebrating al-Quds day with an 800-person strong parade advocating death to the Jews, wherever they may find them.

 

I thought we were done with Germany harboring those who wish to kill the Jews. I thought we were through with the need to hammer home the lessons of the Holocaust, where the concentration camps and the crematoria and the mass graves cannot conceal the extent of our ancestors’ bones. Is it because we were wrong to come up with our own slogan, “Never Again”, that deafened your ears to the shouts of “Allahu Akhbar”?

 

Weinthal, Benjamin. “Germany Harbors 300 Hamas, 950 Hezbollah Members or Supporters”. The Jerusalem Post; July 3, 2016: http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Germany-harbors-300-Hamas-950-Hezbollah-members-or-supporters-459404

 

Update: This July 11th article by Daniel Greenfield points to the Merkel open-door immigration policy and the uptick in immigrant-perpetrated cases of rape and assault (which see):

Greenfield, Daniel. “Half of Muslim Sex Attackers in Germany Came Because of Merkel”; The Point; Frontpage Magazine; July 11, 2016: http://www.frontpagemag.com/point/263467/half-muslim-sex-attackers-germany-came-because-daniel-greenfield

 

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Reflections On The Fourth

 

Reflections On The Fourth (Randyjw; July 4, 2016l)

 

My title is deceptive. Being that it’s July 4th, I’m sure your expectation regarding this article’s contents will surmise this post to be some exposition of the founding principles Americans hold dear: Freedom. You would be correct, but not in the way I relate it. I’m sure it should be thought to describe the past: it does; just not via the Founding Fathers (and here, many peoples under our nation will be explaining their own stories).

 

But, here we are, all together, describing different parts of the same story which makes up our ultimate whole. And that’s the best one there is. So, let’s make sure we can keep on telling it like this, for the infinite futures of our next generations.

 

Today, as I do most days, I read the internet news subscriptions that amass in my electronic inbox, describing what transpires in Israel and around the world, as seen through the Jewish lenses of our eyes, Leftist as they may be.

 

This news is entirely different than the news in American media; this news speaks of bombings, knife murders, vehicular homicide, and the myriad ways Arabs have just succeeded in killing, or attempting to kill, my Jewish brethren/kin/people around the world. It’s focus isn’t on Israel, because Arabs hunt us into the far reaches of the world, always on our heels, ever ready to kill.

 

Where we go, they will follow. Where we build, there will they then be. Tracing our footsteps, they bear resentment to our fruitful endeavors, rather than utilizing this knowledge to create positive good in the world. What they do learn from us is the methodology of success, combined with a destructive obsession to tear the Jew down, as a means to the ends of raising the Arab up. This becomes their primary focus, as opposed to truly finding their own sense of purpose and a goal to better the situations of their people.

 

So, while I’d rather be barbecuing hamburgers and hotdogs, instead I’m looking at the still-boxed, cheap barbecue I’ve never used in the many years since its purchase, long ago. I’m listening to the never-ending cacophany of powerful blasts of fireworks that have been raging for three days straight, wondering if any of those blasts are cover for a more serious crime of a shotgun blast or a bomb explosion. I’ve never seen combat, and there’s no PTSD for me, but I’m sure alot of our veterans can relate. One year, I even called the police, having forgotten it was the July 4th holiday weekend. Siege mentality, persecution syndrome — it’s not exactly fanciful imaginations in the subset world of Jewish inhabitation.

 

So, that’s what I’m doing — relating how our freedoms can become eroded while we let violent murderers gain a foothold to commit their terrorist acts against all we hold dear. It might not be the American story we wish to hear, but the Jewish story has an incredible wealth of insight for those few that can hear its strains.

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The Liebster Award

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Joy Josephs could not be more aptly named. Her positivity envelops you like a soft cloud, holding you aloft above the rain. Here you’ll encounter blue skies and friendly smiles, a way with words you’ll at once know like a friend and which will delightedly astound with newfound revelations.

 

She lists an ability to understand the real you, which you may not even realize yourself. I vouch for her statement and attest to her intuition, 100%.

 

Thank you for the start of your wonderful blog and for the gifts which you so freely and humbly bestow.

 

Thank you for making my eyes mist, Joy.

 

Joy Josephs, Discover Joy.

(http://www.joyjosephs.wordpress.com/)

 

Joy endowed my first award to this site, The Liebster Award. This award recognizes the contributions of a blogger to the community and is a peer-to-peer acknowledgement of the blogger, for whatever reason deemed appropriate by its endower. The meaning of the award’s Germanic word origin references “Love”.

 

Liebster Award Rules:

If you have been nominated for the Liebster Award, and you choose to accept it, write a blog post about the Liebster Award in which you:

1. Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog.

2. Display the award on your blog.

3. Answer the questions provided by the person who nominated you.

4. Nominate 5-11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have less than 1000 followers. You can always ask the blog owner this since not all blogs display a widget that let readers know this information (the new requirements, taken over by theglobalaussie.com, list a 200-follower maximum for 2016. I’d already gone off-course in revamping the logo and in following the rules I’d first found, posted above. I’ve already been in-progress questioning others and forming my selections, which I’d rather keep than have to withdraw, and therefore, be deemed officially unofficial, rather than be correct, and cause hurt feelings beyond that already existing for those not chosen. I am also restricting my choices to those of an adult level, to the best of and within the extent of my knowledge. I am informing you where to locate the “correct” requirements, as best I can determine, so that you can respond officially going forward).

5. Create a new list of questions for the bloggers to answer.

6. List these rules in your post. Once you have written and published it, you then have to:

7. Inform the people/blogs that you nominated them for The Liebster Award, and provide a link for them to your post so that they can learn about it.

8. List 11 random facts about yourself (optional).

 

My answers:

Q1: What inspired you to begin blogging?

A1: It couldn’t wait! A lifelong desire to become a published author was exploding at the seams. Also, the opportunity to air my opinions and, hopefully, provide teaching moments.

Q2: What was one thing you found difficult to write/blog about that you eventually overcame?

A2: Providing public acknowledgement to the ending of two marriages, which I really haven’t done in writing, as such, until now. And that I’m fine in this status without worrying that others worry that I don’t date. My “me” time happens to be later in life, which isn’t a bad way to go about it.

Q3: What advice would you give the 13 year old you?

A3: I would have emphasized that there’s no place to start like the present. Don’t put off learning a subject of interest because you’re less-informed than others; become informed, and you’ll soon be that well-versed individual, providing expertise to others. Start now, to build a strong foundation for later.

Q4: If you could be any color, what would you be and why?

I would be multi-colored, prismatic, light-bending rainbow-colored, because it’s just so happy! I was thrilled with rainbow toe socks, and rainbows are a reminder to me of G-d’s care in the world. The bow is my zodiac sign, and fits my nature well. Called “Keshet”, in Hebrew, its the centaur with the bow, zinging his arrows all over the place. Plus, I earned a simple Junior Yeoman’s pin in archery as a kid, so it’s both a literal and figuratively apt description. Otherwise, I’d be blue — for the blue skies, the Israeli flag, for the music of the blues, and for the descriptor of “being blue”, cause that’s okay, too, sometimes.

Q5: If you had to give your life a title, what would it be?

A5: It would be the Hebrew toast, which means, “To Life!”, which is: “L’Chaim!”

Q6: What is one aspect of yourself that you would like to change?

A6: My past bad mistakes!

Q7: What is your favorite genre of music? What genre of music do you hate?

A7: Repeated exposure to artists and genres led me to appreciate them, where I hadn’t previously (and these shall remain unnamed). I love Israeli music: Eyal Golan, Moshik Afia, Ofra Haza. My blog’s two cultural music reflections feature Israeli music (“Shema Yisrael” post) and the music of my youth (“American Culture In Music” post).

 

“Shema Yisrael”:

(https://newsnotes1.wordpress.com/2016/03/05/shema-yisrael/)

 

“American Culture In Music”:

(https://newsnotes1.wordpress.com/2016/03/02/american-culture-in-music/)

 

Q8:  What is one quality you look for in a significant other?

A8: Since I don’t look, my advice to others would be to weight the value placed by each of you toward the relationship. Beyond each individual, there is a “we”. If someone doesn’t invest themselves into it, get out of it.

Q9: If there had to be one universal truth, what would it be?

A9: G-d. Other good choices: Respect. Love.

Q10: Who or what is your favorite poet/poem and why?

A10: Theodore Geissl (“Dr. Suess”), for making children laugh and for modelling examples of creative writing to enhance children’s learning; and William Shakespeare and Robert Frost.

 

The best part of this award is getting to share the nominees’ sites with others. The nominees may have over 1,000 followers, but that’s a good thing! So: Have a Happy July 4th, everybody!!!

 

The Liebster Award goes to:

 

1.  Art of Drem

2.  Lonely Blue Boy (over 1,000)

3.  Glenn Thomas Poetry (ed. April 13, 2017)

4.  ice cream magazine

5.  Gamin Traveler

6.  Poetpas

7.  Bookscrazy Anagha

8.  Odedi’s Wine Review Blog / Winesipping

9.  Life is all about PAIN

 

The questions for the nominees are:

1. What other creative interests do you like to engage in?

2. Who are some of your favorite authors?

3. What childhood activities did you enjoy?

4. What famous people would you like to meet, and what would you ask them, or speak with them about?

5. What are a few things you would put on your “bucket list”?

6. What are some of the issues which are important to you?

7. Have you done any charitable work, and would you like to speak about it?

8. If you could be any animal, which would it be, and why?

9. If you could have magical powers, which would they be, and why?

10. What other pursuits would you like to learn?

11. Do you like and/or play any sports?

 

11 Random facts about me:

I like Chinese food. I like Mexican food. I like Italian food. I like French food. I like Israeli food. I like American food. I love chocolate. I love candy. I love brownies. I love cake. I love ice cream.

 

Thank you so much for all of your work — and, better yet — for your camraderie and community. I’ve really enjoyed getting to know all of you better.

~ Randyjw

https://newsnotes1.wordpress.com/

 

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Chefs Are Real Whisk-Takers!!!

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Chefs Are Real Whisk-Takers!!! (Randyjw; July 3, 2016)

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No Wine

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No Wine/Randyjw; July 3, 2016

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Night Has Fallen

 

Night has fallen. In trails pulling the sentient reactions from my eyes, so, too, do my tears. They cascade in mute acknowledgement to the passing of a legend and to the crushing sense of a fading of a people, of a time passing toward oblivion. When the last survivor of this generation is gone, all witness to the horror that was the Holocaust will have vanished. No more will a real-life representative who was there to experience the horrors first-hand be able to say, yes, this was the reality — this was its truth. History will paper over the reality as if the genocide of a people, MY people, was just a byproduct of a general war, rather than the intentional genocide of the Jewish people, as equivocators and revisionists in Europe have continued to do, since being unwilling to address their participation in its occurrence.

 

We stand as their conscience that do so they must — to acknowledge their evil which we bear witness to, day in, and day out.

 

The sad news shares the passing of Elie Wiesel, one man who survived to tell the story of the Holocaust. Of his immediate family, Elie Wiesel’s parents and his younger sister were both killed in the Holocaust; he and his two older sisters managed to survive. He has authored several books in which he has written of his accounts during these times; most of his works are well-known and have risen from obscurity to becoming required reading in many literature and English classes. NIGHT is one such book. His writings on the lessons imparted and the outlook it should engender has earned him the 1986 Nobel Peace Prize.

 

It is a shame that the Jews, at this time, are almost under a siege-like mentality gripping the European nations, as well as the Arab terrorists, raising up the precursor of the Hitlerian past with the echoing ghosts of its execution.

 

With a large Jewish population center resident to the Florida area, it was a wise decision to establish a Holocaust Museum in South Florida, the only one of its kind in the area. With an actual restored boxcar used in the transport of the Jews to the concentration camps, where most met their deaths, the artifacts of the systemic Nazi operations to eradicate the Jews become a visual recreation of the relaying of the facts behind the events when viewed with the actual tools of such destruction at-hand.

 

South Florida honors the memories of the Jewish people lost to the killers of the Holocaust in this endeavor and through this building, which houses its contributions. Known as the Holocaust Documentation and Education Center, Friday, July 1st, 2016 marked its official opening at its new facilities in Dania Beach.

 

It comes at a time when our surviving witnesses to the atrocities inflicted upon the Jewish people are dying off and the violent murders by the Arab races upon our people are increasing in intensity and ferocity.

 

It is as if the witness has moved here now. It will be a blessing and a reminder to the world of what should be, and what should, most definitely, not.

 

May the Almighty comfort you among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

 

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Everything Is Political

 

Everything Is Political (Randyjw; July 2, 2016)

 

Cast your eyes in any direction: north, south, east, west, up or down, and you’ll discover that no matter what item greets your tactile senses, it will represent something which is 100% politically motivated. Whether live or inanimate, these objects, subjects and ideas are all wrapped-up in ideological issues with partisan sides on every aspect of the spectrum which dictates its functioning in our lives.

 

Fanciful nattering, say you? Disprove what I say and try it for yourself. I see the bed and its linens on which I lie. Furnishings. Not mine. Provided with the apartment. I’m too poor to have furniture, or own a home. But, that means that, for the present time, I am not homeless. My mom gave me the parts of some sheet sets she wouldn’t be using, anyways, and scrounged a comforter from a former co-worker for me. Why discard it, when I could use it? These provide the practical, mismatched bedding which clash with the rug, but, who’s complaining? Interior decor takes a backseat to warmth and comfort. I grew up wearing hand-me-downs, and do today, wearing most pants from the same person who provided the comforter, since she lost weight and I gained. They’re too short and I look somewhat clownish because of it, but I have clothes to cover me — they’ll do.

 

With the bedding, let’s say, the issues are several: As a societal basis, they include the concepts of privilege versus poverty (I’m not homeless; some can afford to consider decor over the more basic need of necessity, etc.). On a physical basis: Regulations for the manufacturers of the products embody additional issues: Labeling of the composition of the materials is required, both in its percentages and in structure of its material composition; flame retardancy — is this still a consideration to be included? Workers’ rights: were these products made in sweat shops by underpaid workers in awful conditions? Was child labor utilized? Were workers confined to employer-provided living? Origin/Country of manufacture: we (supposedly) curtail business partnerships to only those countries who provide a measure of human rights to its laborers. We do so because we’ve discovered adverse work conditions among many countries of the world, found often among the “developing” nations. We try to exert our economic leverage to engender compliance toward more democratic ideals when we establish and enforce our regulations to hold other countries accountable in hewing more closely toward recognition of human rights.

 

Let’s look at the matter of the bedding, again. Convenience, as well as poverty, can impact the issues related to it. On cleanliness: Does one have a washer? Can one afford soap powder? Does one have the physical fortitude to complete the task — i.e., are there motility issues preventing its cleanliness due to the level of a person’s infirmity, or age, etc. in completing the task? Water: Scarcity of resources can impact cleanliness. Pollution: soap pollution runoff can degrade the water supply. Is it biodegradable? Are there wastewater treatment facilities? Do washers use communal free-body areas, such as rivers? To what extent do their actions affect the environment? Line-drying: Does your community allow more cheap air-drying (free from the sun and wind) or does it try to prevent outdoor line-drying, in order to cut-down the sense of blightedness this method represents? Prevent it from being an “eyesore”? Import/Export rules: Regulations, tariffs, taxes, free- or restricted-trade on the materials of these linens?

 

Forming parnerships across the world makes leverage and bargaining opportunities the main tool through which we can command compliance to our strongly held ideals of freedom and democracy for all. This is why it is so imperative that America retains her superpower status among all the nations of the world. We don’t want an oppressive regime calling the shots, and must work diligently to retain this upper hand and to prevent such a turnover, which would surely be disastrous, from happening.

 

The food you eat has all kinds of rules, from where it can be grown, the items which can be added to it, the treatment it receives as it grows or is synthesized, the labeling, shipment and distribution of its final packaging. The air you breathe, which is unseen and free to all, has certain levels of quality which must be maintained, taking care not to release too many harmful pollutants into the atmosphere. One successful fight to secure this protection to all was won when CFC’s (chlorofluorocarbons, if I’m recalling this correctly from an issue of my youth) were banned from being added as the propellant in push-button canisters, when it was discovered they were to blame for causing a hole in our ozone layer, which helps to protect the atmospheric conditions surrounding our planet.

 

The bike I ride to get around. I have a motor vehicle license — a motorcycle license, too. I’m listed as a safe driver. I keep my license current to be able to drive other’s vehicles, including the prospect of needing to use a company vehicle if such were needed for work. However, a car is too expensive for my needs — car payments, maintenance, insurance, etc., are all factors which must be considered in whether one chooses, or can even afford to, maintain a personal vehicle. Does one share the road with bicyclists and other motorists well? Do public transportation issues impose limitations on the availability of work opportunities, because they do not fully-serve the work area in its coverage, or because the schedules are not compatible or conducive to working hours? Some of these are major issues for the poor.

 

As you can see, with everything, and everyone, politics plays a pivotal role in shaping every aspect of our lives. Let’s stop being disingenuous in assigning derogatory name-calling to someone whose viewpoints run counter to your own by pointing a finger at them and stating their objective to be purely “political”, as if that were some pejorative term reserved for the truly uneducable nitwit of inconsequential aptitude. The one to whom such finger-pointing should be turned are the ones who are doing the finger-pointing, themselves.

 

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