Monthly Archives: August 2016

Vaya Con Dios: Songs As You Fly to Spain

 

Vaya Con Dios: Songs As You Fly to Spain (Randyjw; August 31, 2016)

 

Songs of Spain, by Spain, about Spain. A look at how an interpretation of various associations of the meanings inherent in one culture are borne out or portrayed in another. Romantic. Occasionally embattled. Viewed with another lens.

 

Spanish Harlem – Ben E. King

(https://youtu.be/KsOfV0tuQv0)

 

Spanish Eyes – Elvis Presley:

(https://youtu.be/9M4EvuE99Ok)

 

The Clash – Spanish Bombs:

(https://youtu.be/CEVVN9pS7OI)

 

Three Dog Night – Never Been to Spain:

(https://youtu.be/dm6qw_yeo6o)

 

The Rain in Spain – The Civic Theater in Auckland (2009 production):

(https://youtu.be/3bSK68WCrRk)

 

Vox Vulgaris – Spanish Bombs:

(https://youtu.be/iEVmyruTfxo)

 

Vaya Con Dios – Les Paul and Mary Ford:

(https://youtu.be/MaqjsIWRa5Q)

 

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Birthday Card: Tavallodet Sal

 

Tavallodet

       Sal,

     Anisa

                IMG_20160830_181755

❤  xoxo

 

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No Place for Hate

 

No Place for Hate (Randyjw; August 30, 2016)

 

Tis better to dwell with light and pain,

than to abide the abode of darkness and shame.

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Yo No Lloro

 

Yo No Lloro (Randyjw; August 29, 2016)

 

Argentina, Argentina

I cannot cry for you

Providing a safe refuge

for killers of the Jews

 

Argentina, Argentina

Yo no puedo llorar

Los asesinos de los Judios

Refugio seguro suministrar

 

En el año mil novecientos noventa-y-cuatro

El terrorista atacaba

Con bomba fue bombardeado

Asociación Mutual Israelita

 

In the year 1994

A terrorist attacked, you see

With a bomb he blew-up the equivalent

of the Argentinean JCC

 

Innuendos implicating Iran

preceding the President by guilt

Federal Prosecutor, Natalio Alberto Nisman,

Truth hidden when he was killed

 

Insinuaciónes implicada el Iran

La culpa del Presidente precedía el conocimiento

Cuando Fiscal Federal, Natalio Alberto Nisman,

La verdad permanece oculto cuando Nisman fue asesinado (ó cuando èl se murió)

 

Y también de sus tierras

Extraídan las Alemanias

Abrumador en sus maneras

Los Nazis que cremaron las otras

 

And also from your lands

the Germans were extracted

Killing with their ways

Nazi cremation of others exacted

 

Para las otras, ningúna vez Ud. llorió

Aliado de sus felicidades casados

Tumbieron adjunto el terrorismo

Para Uds., yo no lloro

 

Not once you cried for others

In allied troth you lie

Beside your terrorist lover

For you I do not cry

 

 

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Distant Desert Convoy

 

Distant Desert Convoy (Randyjw; August 26, 2016)

 

In the back train of the convoy

the pace proceeding slowly

A Bactrian bears an envoy

Both humbling and lowly

 

Proceeding forth with message

With gifts of wealth to bring

Upon this noblest dressage

Befit the uncrowned king

 

For days we bore the passage

The chamsin wind-swept sands

The pounding heat, the sun’s barrage

Assembled from our land

 

Gamal, gamal, the wind does howl

and tells us of its commentary

Gamal, gamal, the wind-shorn scowl

atop the two-humped dromedary

 

Of long-lost kin, from kaan to ken

erased the mottled air

The fights which throttled lesser men

Forgiven in Se’ir.

 

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Know This

 

Know This (Randyjw; August 24, 2016)

 

Things you might be unaware of, giving pause for thought (pertinent to the U.S.)… I may update this in the future, if I think of other things to add…

 

Homeless Shelters:

 

Sharp instruments, such as toenail clippers, manicure scissors, tweezers, etc. are not allowed in homeless shelters (at least the one where I was at). How inhumane to have to live with bloodied feet from toenails grown too long. How is one supposed to retain just one small vestige of humanity inside such an institution? Given the circumstances, I can imagine this extending to circumstances inside a jail. That’s cruel and unusual punishment, in my opinion!

 

The fine print of the homeless shelter institution reads, in effect, that said institution is allowed to experiment on its residents. This is also a military policy, giving the government authority to order vaccinations for all military personnel as innoculation against possible bioweaponry used by an enemy. It led to a mighty outcry against this military policy during the time of increased anthrax spore attacks in the United States due to the concerns of unknown or unanticipated effects this vaccine would have on its recipients. When I was in a homeless shelter, both myself and another man were pushed back to the end of the line by the tuberculosis testing administrators, again and again, until we were its last recipients. We both received a weird rash across our forearms after receiving the TB test, although we were both certified TB-free. Having had to raise my hand in response to a (visiting) class teacher in response to his question posited as to “Do we have any Children of Israel here?”, the other two or three girls, plus myself, who are Jewish, were then identified and made known, and were also assigned undue blame for his being unable to say what he wanted before the rest of the class due to our presence, as he so succinctly stated was the case to the class. The other person with the rash, a young black man named R.H., had come to me at the break-area tables outside and had stated that he was “Benny Israel”, so it was also heard that he is supportive of Israel. What was in/on the testing prongs that gave us both adverse reactions? Does it have anything to do with the fact that we were both supportive of Israel?  Does it have anything to do with the tumor growing from my forhead these six years later? In any case, why do we give up our rights as human beings free from bodily search/experimentation when we find ourselves in desperate situations and needing assistance from others at such places? By the way, my Mother just saved me from my impending September homelessness, although its very difficult for her… Thank you so much, Mom; I love you.

 

Government Classification:

 

Many assistance programs, administered by the state, such as food stamps, Medicaid, and emergency cash assistance, etc. typically are handled by one agency. On the official application, just one group is listed as an official “ethnicity”, which is an optional category provided per applicant discretion — but, why is ethnicity, or race, there to begin with? What advantage/disadvantage does singling out race and/or other ethnicity provide in a supposedly raceless society in the favoring of contracts and other considerations? The only ethnicity which is listed is that considered “Hispanic or Latino”. No other group is given this consideration — either you’re “A”: Hispanic or Latino, or “B”: Not Hispanic or Latino.

 

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What about the considerations of other ethnicities who are minorities, such as the Jews, who share a haplographic genotype indicating inherited ancestry not often found in other groups; as well as shared culture; an originating, shared language which is Hebrew, although individuals adapt by assimilating and speak the language of their host countries; and other identifying characteristics, which set groups apart? Instead, what was once listed in Census information as Jewish, has become “Fill-in-the-Blank”; then “Other”; then “Middle Eastern” combined into the “White” category, provided that you hadn’t been quantifiably intimidated enough from government focus on their targetting of Jewish businesses and Israel right-wing groups for scrutiny via raids to write-in “Jewish” without fear of recrimination, as I was, (probable set-ups beforehand to create incriminating situations) and tax audits or non-provision of exemption, such as the harrassment received by Conservative, Tea Party-type groups from the IRS scandal, which was admitted, but I don’t believe was ever prosecuted. I am still significantly fearful enough not to change my “White” (“Middle Eastern”) classification, even though they also now allow for write-ins on the same classification, since I’ve been pigeonholed into the “White” category by this progression and non-allowance to let us self-classify and the fright with which they’ve come down hard on Jewish businesses and groups.

 

Update:

I had also written further, not necessarily in this article, regarding the consideration of a new census classification, known as Middle East(ern) North African (MENA), which I considered a deliberate attempt by Arabs to find themselves some way to suss themselves out as a class of people, while at the same time being able to diminish, and not raise, the status of the Jews above their own. This classification does just that, by allowing the Muslims to have their own protected class as a majority over the Jews. This would make the Jews have to go into either the MENA category, as a negligible minority with the Arabs, or to be considered “White”, as, again, yet another minority with no voice of our own. Jews are still being discriminated against as a distinct, provable minority group, yet we are given no direct representation of our own group within government-arranged classifications. Such classifications can be utilized legally in the fight against discrimination against certain protected “classes” of people. However, if you’re discriminated in even being considered a class of people from the very start, how can it be considered a fair fight? MENA includes people considered at the present time as being in the continents of Asia and Africa. The primary groups represented from the peoples on the two, each, of these distinct continents have had their representation within the fields already considered “Asian” and “Black” (varying at times, and to some extent). Why should parts of these separate continents be now separated out, and bridged to span the gap over two very distinct continents, when no other such exception has been made previous for any other group, at any other time, per se? The only time this has been really been done is in lumping Alaskan and Indian natives together recently, or in the making of the only known “ethnicity” to exist (which effectively bridges continents), known as “Hispanic or Latino”. I have long felt that Middle Easterners were never clearly white. Jews, indeed, were considered a separate class as a people/group/race, and this was noted in incoming U.S. immigration and other records, like ship’s manifests, etc. See the link to this 1913 document, declaring Nationality as to the country of citizenship to or subject of; and also gives classification of “Race or People”, clearly listing “Hebrew” as a classification of people – they may still have been reticent to use the term “Jew” or “Jewish”:

(http://www.bakerbluminfamilytree.com/Records/ships/maxbaker2.jpg )

In its beginnings, the classification of the Jews was done so with discriminatory ends. Yet, deleting them as a people entirely and eliminating them from further classification also perpetuates the same. Consideration as an altruistic stated purpose to prevent the discrimination against Jews by being overly cognizant to the “sensitivities” against their labeling as comparable to their experiences during WWII and the Holocaust, just doesn’t bear water.

 

I believe I erased my initial thoughts on this for not wanting to give anyone any further ideas. We can now realize that the Arabs have been busily at work on this for some decades, now, yet, of course, classifying it as an anti-Muslim measure, and not the actual anti-Jewish measure, which it really represents.

 

For further information and additional reading, please refer to this new Associated Press article:

 

Kellman, Laurie and Karoub, Jeff — Associated Press. “Counting Americans: A New Mideast Box On Census Is Sensitive”. Associated Press (via msn.com); March 20, 2017:

(http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/counting-americans-a-new-mideast-box-on-census-is-sensitive/ar-BBypy0n)

 

Medicaid:

 

Medicaid is a Federal program, administered through the state, to assist in the medical care of poor individuals with families. Unless through disability or perhaps a few other qualifying events, single childless individuals are exempted and do not qualify for Medicaid. They are just plain out-of-luck. The term “expansion of Medicaid”, or “expanding Medicaid”, means the individual decisions undertaken by some states to allow for the inclusion of the uncovered childless individuals, who would otherwise remain uncovered. Many states have still not expanded Medicaid coverage for these individuals (I was one; I know from firsthand experience what I’m talking about).

 

Qualifying for the Affordable Care Act (ACA):

 

The Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare” as it’s more popularly known, was touted as the panacea to shoehorn everybody into an insurance coverage program to make healthcare affordable. For one thing, insurance coverage is not actual healthcare, but only a payment to an insurer for coverage of varying degrees to help in medical costs. If unused, the monthly payment premium of your good money was just handed over to enrich an insurance company, and no actual value was received, other than an imagined “what-if” scenario. The Affordable Care Act does exactly what Medicaid did, except that it now has become mandatory that everyone is required to participate, by law. A fine is levied upon you by the IRS if you do not participate. For low-wage earners, this is a disaster, as they can barely make ends meet prior to this new law. Now it is a death knell. The extremely poor are not required to participate, but still have to go through the motions of the paperwork. In fact, they derive no benefits from the law, as they are exempted (disallowed) from participating, as they do not contribute enough money into the system through payment into it by their taxes. The poor are treated as if they are illegal aliens, whose low wages do not allow them benefits to which other Americans are entitled. Meanwhile, illegal aliens benefit from free education and other entitlements, without receipt into our coffers of tax money from them, for the most part. Illegal aliens knew they could not be turned away for medical treatment at a hospital, and so bankrupted the medical system, which raised costs to cover non-paid and delinquent accounts which the illegal aliens would leave unpaid. Legal residents also engaged in these actions, just to be fair and note the widespread occurence of this manner of operation. Meanwhile, insurance rates are skyrocketing, and insurance providers are disengaging and stopping providing service, making competition practically non-existent and leaving almost a monopolistic gobbling of business by the remaining large insurers, limiting freedom of competition. This is an unfair practice and a boondoggle program, which must be eliminated.

 

Employment:

 

In my opinion, you should be considered an employee upon the first day of work, but there has been a 90-day window favorable to employers in which the person, although paid as an employee, is not considered as such and no benefits need be offered, nor does your status qualify you as such. I don’t know whether this has changed since the Affordable Care Act has gone into effect, but it is a matter of employment law, and not the health consideration, anyways. That is why you often see high turnover at the three-month mark, so that companies escape the obligation to cover benefit expenses and other things for the employee. If this policy were to be eliminated, as I feel it should be, it would provide an employee with a more stable opportunity to keep their position without being considered a throwaway expendible employee. The employer would use better judgment in hiring, as well. It would eliminate needless fights and paperwork regarding the status of the employee, say, for unemployment compensation purposes. There should be no more classifications for seasonal workers, temporary workers, or others of the same. Let them be employees for the time worked; whether they are fired or they leave the company should be irrelevant; let them receive unemployment benefits, if they file, based on their earnings. If there’s a bad reason for this, let me know.

 

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New Millenia, New Foot Forward for Indonesia

 

New Millenia, New Foot Forward for Indonesia (Randyjw; August 24, 2016)

 

Toleration and acceptance of Judaism has been considered a hallmark of the Southeast Asian people, as categorized through the perception of the official Rabbi for Judaism in Indonesia, Rabbi Tovia Singer. This revelation is written about in the August 24th, 2016 Breaking Israel News piece, entitled “Prophesied Reconciliation Between Ishmael and Isaac Underway in the Most Unlikely Place”. It is also considered as a possible portent to an assumed reconciliation extended to the seeds of Isaac and those of Ishmael, ascribed by the author of this piece and to whose articles I often refer, Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz, to the considered gesture of Ishmael, the first-born son, in allowing the second-born, Isaac, precedence amongst the mourners of Avraham, their father, at the time of his burial in the Cave of Machpelah, in Hevron, Israel, given by Rashi, one of Judaism’s esteemed Rabbis of yore, as the basis for this interpretation of a turnabout in the relations of the two, moreso as a people, than as individuals.

 

This could, very well, so be the case, and would, indeed, be a much-welcomed new course of action in the storyline of relations regarding the treatment of the nations towards Israel and the Jewish people throughout the sad timeline of its history to the present.

 

In the piece, Rabbi Singer relates that from the period of about 56 years between 1945 to 2001, Indonesia had an injuncture, of sorts, to comply with an artificially imposed mandate, creating the conditions and consequences for a resultant anti-Semitism. Berkowitz informs us of the governmental changes occuring during this time, which he notes as the decentralization of authority and the expansion of regional autonomy, leading to the dissipation of the rigid obedience to the proscribed mindset promulgated in the past.

 

I, myself, can sense the great outreach and friendship that the most populous Islamic country extends through the actions of its individual people, despite what the hardline proponents of Islam in the Arab nations exhorts regarding the Jewish Nation. I, as a Jew, thank you and feel heartened by the actions of those who wish to cast off the association to the cruel counterparts operating in your name and hope that the undertaking of this great feat toward peace will lead to its actual, and permanent, realization, sans further bloodshed.

 

Sincerely,

Rachel / Randy

 

Berkowitz, Adam Eliyahu. “Prophesied Reconciliation Between Ishmael and Isaac Underway in the Most Unlikely Place”. Breaking Israel News.com; August 24, 2016: http://www.breakingisraelnews.com/74495/prophesied-reconciliation-ishmael-isaac-underway-unlikely-place/

 

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