W I S H
I’m not sure what this word says, but I hope it’s something nice. At least, it’s what we can wish.
I’m not sure what this word says, but I hope it’s something nice. At least, it’s what we can wish.
Ba’ach (Randyjw; December 29, 2016)
shnei yoshvim al
lischak et hamischak
sheshbesh zeh nikrah
Apricots in honey
Sultanas in cakes
Two sit on the floor
by the fireplace
to play a game
backgammon it’s called
Banzai Bowties (Randyjw; December 29, 2016)
A hungering need sends me
insensibly seeking consumption
myriads of spices
in pyramids’ reflection
its scent fragrant
the lessons of life’s
Banzai — that’s why!
It’s the only thing
that’s said to work
when the rest is left
unshouted to the sky!
Randy’s Recipes: Banzai Bowties (December 29, 2016)
Based on a true story. The scent of curry wafted sweetly to my olfactory senses, as I opened the cabinet door upon my kitchen spice shelf. There was no choice but to combine these bowties I’d planned to make kasha with, a Jewish dish of buckwheat, toasted in a coating of egg wash, mixed with cooked bowtie-shaped pasta (gentlemanly, to note the least) with the curry. What else? Penne, by any other name, would have seemed no substitute.
I could’ve used some of the remaining coconut I’d toasted for my Chanukah latkes, but that thought didn’t cross my mind. Instead, I selected the trusty standby, peanut butter (thank-you, peanut butter), and my newest purchase, Ponzu. What was I thinking? What was I going to do with this ponzu? And why did my fingers type the beginning of two mysterious letters not even that close to each other on the keyboard as if it should shout?
Randy’s Recipes: Banzai Bowties (December 29, 2016)
Bowtie pasta, cooked and drained; or others, to preference
Indian curry powder, to preference
Peanut butter, to preference
Ponzu, to preference
Mix well and enjoy!
8 Yums Up
Banzai (Randyjw; December 29, 2016)
A hungering need sends me
insensibly seeking consumption
myriads of spices
in pyramids’ reflection
its scent fragrant
the lessons of life’s
Banzai — that’s why!
It’s the only thing
that’s said to work
when the rest is left
unshouted to the sky!
Little Doll (Randyjw; December 29, 2016)
Arrived in its gift wrap
shiny and new
little girl loved it
through years as she grew
It never was fancy
it came without bother
no excess enhancements
no wardrobes and other
the staunchest supporter
was steadfast and true
through ease or disorder
she stuck there like glue
She had no thoughts to say
in her love strong and pure
Just reflecting the way
others thoughts thought they were
No trite string-pulled greetings
No milk bottles fed
just packed into sheeting
and moved to where led
The years passed less kind
on both girls real and doll
what fate had in mind
for both each took their toll
the patches grew larger
the fabric wore thin
the seams could no longer
hold everything in
the moving and shuffles
had torn past repair
now gone were the ruffles
the girl had sewn there
And each time the wheels
of the suitcases turned
Both objects could feel
that their love had been spurned
A little more worn
for the wear and the tear
And neither were born
to those found in their care
Now void of the features
that brought them to life
the delicate peaches
of cheeks now gone white
The stains that stayed ground
and would not wash away
the others now found them
good cause for dismay
The pleasure conferred
was good only complete
And now what they offered
was deemed rather effete
Their visages ravaged
the stuffing pulled out
New models undamaged
which still held their clout
They could clean, they could cook
they could even give birth
Their incomparable looks
were like heaven on earth
With their mansions and stables
and the multi-storied homes
their toy-storied fables
were flouted and sown
Their repute and their dignity
were torn fast asunder
they learned love with impunity
to be downfall and blunder
Its not for themselves
to close love at the door
but they sit on the shelves
so that others have more
The lives they were meant
to live happy and free
with smiles never spent
for the family-to-be
For both surely knew the love
locked in their ticking
sewn by the One above
for their self-picking
Original Post Date: December 5, 2015
One of the highest precepts of the Jewish religion is to “teach children in the way they should go”. Education has been a guiding principle of our people for thousands of years. In that spirit, and in the spirit of spreading a little joy and light at Chanukah, I share with you some selections from YouTube about Israel — and of Chanukah around the world, in song, for you to share in the culture of the Jewish people — the ancient, the old, the new, the ones imprinted on our souls throughout our dispersion. Hope you’ll learn, share, and enjoy with us:
H A P P Y C H A N U K A H ! ! !
Chanukah First Night (Randyjw; December 24, 2016)
Breakfast Is Served (Randyjw; December 25, 2016)
On The Menu:
Black Coffee With Cardamom And Cinnamon
Scrambled Eggs With Melted Provolone and Parmesan
Latkes With Assorted Toppings: Clockwise From Left: Blueberry Compote With Cardamom Coffee, Cinnamon, and Wine; Raw, Shredded Coconut; Sauerkraut; Toasted Coconut; and Vegan “Sour Cream”
Inspiration and motivation found from Dolly at:
H A P P Y C H A N U K A H ! ! !
Hummus You A Merry Kiss-mas (Randyjw; December 23, 2016)
Garden Path (Randyjw; December 23, 2016)
The yard so gently tended
beside the quiet lake
the heart so carefully mended
can surely never break
beside the willow
cheers the tears it weeps
And two halves of a single sun
Are sung as tulips sleep
We Wish (Randyjw; December 22, 2016)
Won’t you come inside
And share the warmth at fireside
A cocoa mug and apple pie
to laugh with friends upon Yuletide
The snow may pile up outside
but in this house it’s warm and dry
And through the window we will try
to spot the gifts brought by sleigh-ride
The teddy bear whose hug is wide
The snowman with his coal for eyes
Poinsettias red and green and white
The reindeers prance throughout the night
And there! we spy that wondrous sight!
The dove of peace has taken flight
A joyful world of peace and light
We wish to all this merry night
We wish to all this merry night
Echo in Tandem (Randyjw; December 21, 2016)
We echo in tandem
careening through the collision course
set in columns against its source
How could it be this random?
We draw from a well
that armies look to poison
to stopper the flow til it’s frozen
it’s nourishing courses to quell
We plant so many trees
arson sets fire to leaves
the earth cannot now breathe
And fallen to our knees
Second Hand Sweep (Randyjw; December 21, 2016)
Second hand sweep
It came like a thief
Take your time, it said
Linger with your grief
Curl up in your bed
Beneath covers in sleep
You won’t really mind
the exchange for your keep
Make sure not to blink
Or to act much surprised
in the depths of your sink
when you open your eyes
Can you remember it well?
Have you any recall?
From the moment you fell
Any memory at all?
Such a shame to fall prey
to time’s ultimate question
I regret I must say
those hands don’t change direction
Reverie (Randyjw; December 21, 2016)
In the midsts of the mists where I sit
Each memory a reverie commit
to remember in slumber permit
to neglect to forget to acquit
In the night by the light at my right
by the glow you will go — that I know
Can’t hold on to a song so long gone
when its notes once awrote far off float
Away to the bay of the day
the potter through water does saunter
with no warning the morning succoring
in cheating its greetings so fleeting
The Littlest Footstep Can Leave The Deepest Impression (Randyjw; December 20, 2016)
The littlest footstep can leave the deepest impression
The lightest touch, by its healing administration
The quietest voice, through its self-expression
The artist and painter, in sharing their vision
One soul impacts another via messages expressed
whether preaching to the multitudes or shared with many less
If just one soul can see the worth, the simple, small caress
Your reason here on earth will share amongst the greatest blessed
Christmas Market in Berlin
(Randyjw; December 19, 2016)
Fake-News Furor (Randyjw; December 18, 2016)
So, the news media are in a twiddle regarding the reportage of their own, assumptive predictions of the U.S. presidential election winner, to which they now wish to attibute its fault as being due to “fake news” stories? Isn’t it true that the media voices we heard, at least in most of the mainstream broadcast and cable arenas, as well as in a good chunk of internet forums, were those who foretold of a foregone conclusive victory, notwithstanding the actual election itself, of a Clinton victory? And, isn’t it now true that the same media who got it wrong all scratched their collective noggins at once and picked up on the talking points to first, one: provide a public mea culpa in the form of a supposed self-inquiry into the genesis of this phenomenon; and, two: also provide the easy answer by ascribing blame to others, where they consider that blame must, therefore, go?
The actual answer couldn’t reflect the blame for this across-the-board phenomenon in a “wishful thinking” mode, rather than based in an Electoral College, and the sentiment and wishes of the voting public in those states with a higher number of delegates being distributed toward a Republican vote won by Trump, could it? If the pundits were declaring an all-out case for the Democrat contender, Clinton, than how could reality have actually proved them all wrong?
We know that they spoke in a mostly one-voice concurrence about this, as they admit publicly to their pretty-much having done so. Does that not represent a one-sided initial “bias” in their reportage of these events? Well, the linear progression of logic would point to a high-likelihood of probability, given the “If, then” argument of separate factors being comparably equivalent.
And, what of the similar reaction by the self-same pundits? Did they all just come to the exact conclusion, independent of input from each other? One would see that this is not the case; each one concluded that their own incorrect analyses was due to a preponderance of “fake news” “reports”.
How did they come to pin their wrongly-stated assertions so full-heartedly on such a suddenly-devised known issue, considered the “fake news” phenomenon, when no such syndrome existed in its specifically-named capacity? They each made up the same name for the syndrome, independent of each other? Uh, no… I think not; the statistical likelihood of this actual happenstance, in non-statistical parlance, would be about “very unlikely” to have been the case.
Hmmm… So, they act in a uniform fashion to distribute their “fake news” conclusion, but this is supposed to be a suddenly-instantaneous result of separate inquiry by those organizations, which originally got it wrong, now being given as the basis for their conclusion? They all came to this just-made-up phenomenon, “non-existent” in its particular verbiage as a “syndrome”, per se, on their own? How could that be?
Well, it really seems so improbable as to be very unlikely. In fact, it would seem that some type of “script” must have gotten around, sent to all these “news organizations”, so that they would put forward a unified voice on the issue. Perhaps it read something like a “Talking Points” memo — those things actually exist. They are often put together in the form of an outline, with main points and their bulleted subsets listed neatly below in abbreviated punctuation to the main statement.
The existence of any such thing is an analogy I use; no actual claim of the existence of one is being promoted or alleged in actual reality. Lest I be accused of promoting “fake news”, my disclaimer is readily provided. Yet, the conclusion they reached independently, yet expressed in singular voice, is admittedly a strange phenomena, no?
We do find such one-voice phenomena in other examples, which conclusions were held continuously by the majority of media, and yet were continually questioned and proven to be riddled with inaccuracies, throughout. One such instance leads me to think of the Benghazi incident, where Chris Stevens and three others at the U.S. Embassy in Libya were killed, whose deaths were attributed to the assignation of blame on the maker of an amateurish video (Innocence of Muslims), Nakoula Basseley Nakoula (now Mark Basseley Youssef), and the videos’ apparent effect of being able to spontaneously incite a mob to murder our ambassador and his aides. It was later reasoned that pre-meditation to murder likely played its part in this crime, rather than a sudden “flash mob”, prepared to kill at-will. Not to say that violent flash mobs with ready weapons aren’t called to action in many of today’s reactionary, hair-trigger revolts, because they are…
Public-image branding, counterintuitively, includes the use of both positive, and negative, measures to counter bad publicity in the public forum. Public relations firms exist for this specific purpose, portraying companies and individuals in the best light to their interests. This could include ongoing “feel-good” campaigns associating the client to positivity-inducing thoughts in the public’s perception, such as being contributors to the local communities wherein they are located, for example via support of local or national charity issues, or sponsorship of league sports teams, or other measures.
It could also include incident-specific reactionary measures, including press conferences, or counterattacks upon the claimants or others offering contrary actions against the client. Public relations staff might be contracted outside the agency, or might exist in-house, in the form of a press office, a spokesperson, Media Relations departments, and others. They often present a public facade of the individual or entity to the public, and can exist in roles such as a Press Secretary, or even for governments or monarchies, such as Saudi Arabia, who might hire professional public relations firms to shore up their image and to provide damage- and spin-control, in the event of untoward incidents with perceived negative ramifications for the agency/individual in-question.
It must be that the “fake news” story was being punctured with holes in its reasonableness as an excuse obstensibly causing such widespread wrong reporting by the presently pontificating media. A new causative case needed to be found for this quickly-hatched patchwork fix, and one was, subsequently, to be found.
Something rather Saul Alinsky-like, the godfather of violent socialist radicals, had to be employed, in grand measure. And it was. No less than Russia, home of the Soviet-era KGB, a contender vying for top place against Hermann Goerring’s as the godfather of the beneficial practice of embedding repeated lies in the public domain as truth, has been conjured as the latest scapegoat upon which to pin the “agitprop” of the causation of such a fiasco. Never mind that an initial vote recount showed Trump still as the winner; now other states are halting their own recounts, leaving the militantly-decried calls for its essentiality an ambiguously abandoned question-mark. Better that, say, than learning the vote was actually the wishes of the reigning public, then.
In further measures, Mark Zuckerberg has been notoriously scapegoated as the face of Facebook’s technology, which provides solely a content platform upon which individuals may voice their innermost thoughts in written form. To what purpose must we hold Mark Zuckerberg accountable for the expressed idiosyncracies of individual entities?
Once upon a time, we considered as sacrosanct the inviolable rights of an individual in a free society to express their viewpoints freely without undue constraint and fear from recrimination. This extended to the same rights found in the written word, of those of the printed press and their publishers.
It would seem that those same promoters of a free press and the rights of a journalist to secure unwarranted search and seizure by the government of the information given to them in confidentiality by their “sources” are now calling for the censure of contrarian views not pre-approved by their select arbiters of “true news”; those tasked to be fact-checkers of news which, on the whole, they cannot rightly report, let alone check. Many news agencies rely on wire services to act as their on-site news bureaus for additional insight and where they have no press correspondents in specific locations. The slant and bias by these agencies on issues pertaining to Israel filter down regularly to the local papers and regional syndicates relying upon them for factual information.
The press still espouses journalistic freedom for its reporters, yet there seems to be a pigeonholing of Mark Zuckerberg by the Left to make him do something to stop the occurence of this supposed “fake news”. Is it his fault what others say? Meanwhile, he has acquiesced to provide a consumer-directed filter whereby anyone can flag a site in deeming its trustworthiness and veracity in its “reporting” of truthful information, to be fact-checked against hand-picked arbiters of newsworthiness.
It’s pretty amazing that Jewish groups, both on the Right and on the Left, have for years been fighting Facebook and the other main platforms to get them to remove inciteful accounts by sympathizers to Jihad against the Jews, meeting with indifference and reticence to do so, at best. In these cases, known activists and perpetrators of the call to murder Jews and Israeli people are being allowed the right to air their viewpoints without recrimination or repercussion. That was a mostly off-limits intrusion on the rights of said perpetrators, it was declared. Yet now, it is okay for any disgruntled reader to flag a viewpoint with which he disagrees, and where, once flagged, will result in this individual’s rank to remain low in the search results, permanently, without redress. This is censorship and bias, with the convenient responsibility for its direct implementation foisted off to the public, so that blame can, as always, be ascribed and passed on to another, elsewhere.
The United States already has enough agencies in place limiting the unregulated consequences for the falsity of expression. These can be found in the regulation of goods via commerce laws and state lemon laws. The Federal Trade Commission, the Food and Drug Administration, the Federal Communications Commission and, to an extent, other organizations, such as the Securities and Exchange Commission, and others, are the entities responsible for being an inside clearinghouse, of sorts, to untangle the rules and laws of commerce, product claims, and the general codes of conduct, including decency over the airwaves.
Such industry-imposed and external government mandates have brought about such rulings as: the Fairness Doctrine, regarding the mandate for broadcasters to present opposing viewpoints, although not necessarily in one place or one show. Due to the high costs and limited availability of the airwave spectrum, licenses were finite, and stations were limited in ownership. Rules were changed as more diversity was achieved, and cable operators with multiple channels meant that divergent views were available with the increased quantity of choices available — hence, the need no longer existed to regulate compliance and the ruling was deregulated.
Another ruling provides for the equal-time alloted to politicians on-air, so that no particular side could receive favored treatment from those fortunate enough to hold broadcast licenses.
Products cannot promote unfounded benefits toward which no truthful attributes are rightly due, and a product cannot be advertised to lure a customer to which it is found to have not existed or been available, via bait-and-switch methods.
Since patents cannot be assigned on naturally-occurring products of nature (hybrid and genetically-engineered items may have different specifications), drug companies cannot retain the rights of these items, as such, and tend to create their own syntheses and products. These are also highly regulated, as is the labeling, procedures, and processes of both food and drug production, under the aegis of the Food and Drug Administration, as well as a host of other agencies.
We often further define, or not, our laws and regulations via the courts. Our basic operating assumption goes by the United States Constitution, signed by a number of Founding Fathers of our modus operandi, our general rules of society. These have seen further enhancements by the Amendments affixed to them, as well as the definition by specific case precedents outlining the parameters of given rulings, or showing them to be unconstitutionally feasible in continuance. Certain of these parrot societal tradition and custom, perhaps specific to the era and societal mores during the time in which they were enacted, many of which carry big-name recognition, such as Brown v. Board of Education, or Roe v. Wade, dealing with the ramifications of societal rules.
In all of these cases, there are many rules regulating how citizens and government employees may behave in regard to society at-large. Many of the most important ones were enshrined into the Constitution — free speech, free press, and freedom of religion among them.
Why is it that the supposed bastion for the protection of peoples’ rights and their human rights to express themselves freely are now being subverted by the so-called protector of these rights on the Left? Because the Left has been devolving into a top-down movement. They believe in a government-controlled mandate OVER the people — not BY the people. These are the methods of authoritarian regimes — those of fascists, dictators, Communists and others. These are not the makings of our people-controlled Constitution.
Some of this information, a body of knowledge learned over the years, was rechecked for terminology at Wikipedia.org (Fairness Doctrine and Equal-Time).
Other information was provided through a second-source news source, The Telegraph, in an article provided by its first source, a news wire service (Reuters).
Reuters, via The Telegraph. “Facebook to Roll Out News Tools to Tackle Fake News”. Appearing on The Telegraph, part of Telegraph Media Group Limited; December 16, 2016:
Third-Grade US Future Jihadists? (Randyjw; December 16, 2016)
Indoctrination of our children in U.S. public schools is nothing new; in fact, it’s been going on for decades. Although it was less overt in the era of my youth, I can still see that there were some influences of the society and its environs upon my outlook, my behavior, and my actions, persisting even until today.
Given that I was able to see these influencing factors in my later years as an adult, I was able to then rationalize that my own belief systems might not actually have been all mine, such was the perniciousness of established ideas learned in youth.
To wit, the oft-repeated African adage that “It takes a village to raise a child” has become the practical mantra of the Left, ennobling it to adopt its premises that extend the raising of the child by everyone, EXCEPT the parents, who certainly must not have the wisdom that the government apparatus possesses in knowing what is best for the rest of society (and its children).
Certainly, this must include brainwashing the children in Leftist realpolitick, including viewing the United States as Imperialist colonialists, with white “privileged” overlords as taskmasters over the oppressed Others. Certainly, false arguments and non-linearly illogical statements incorporating the Jews and their state of Israel must somehow be wrongly dragged into this equation, never mind that the Jewish people are one of the world’s most persecuted and numerically-outnumbered people in today’s world of nations.
So, incorrect conclusions lead to incorrect teachings, and worse — physical indoctrination of these insidious movements upon our children in our classrooms. We’re not all of the belief that these are the foregone correct conclusions of factual occurences; in fact, we know better: that they are not. It’s just that, to cite another addage, “Possession is 9/10th’s of the Law” (which isn’t even necessarily a true fact) means, here, that if you place your child into a public education school system, such teachers with said viewpoints will retain physical control over your child’s mind in the interactions with education your child will have, along with its potential for the development and manifestation of existential problems down the road.
We all are fairly aware of the dilemma posed by parental objection to a child’s curricula, and the extent to which problems between teacher and parent may develop. If the child has already entrenched conservative ideas, particularly if shared by that family’s household, then the child may be classified as rebellious and contrarian, and docked with retributive penalties, such as trips to the Principal’s Office or lowered test scores, because they cannot behoove themselves to become complicit in historical revisionism by parroting the expected lie they are being taught.
Such instances have, indeed, occurred — not only in universities and colleges across our nations, where students have a small chance to fight back due to their growing wisdom in age and, therefore, knowledge; but, also, this is occuring in the rookeries of our just-hatching youth institutions, supposedly a pristine clearinghouse for the lofty ideals expounded in the genesis of ideology.
But, what has become of that? It is no longer the utopian set of ideals we envisioned we were following. It was “hijacked”, to use another term so bespoke of the automatons espousing the Communist manifesto, in explaining away magnified scrutiny of their continual wrongdoings and blunders.
It is not, actually, a new phenomenon that has introduced the normalization of Jihadist ideology to our American schoolchildren. This phenomenon has proliferated in the U.S. West, in Washington, the state, and in the liberal havens of Oregon, where they grow Jihadists in training camps, and California, where they grow them in classrooms, imposing the Islamic prayer and practices upon the children, under the guise of culture studies. To me, it is forbidden to recite the religious strictures of another religion; it would be a direct violation of my faith. As an adult, I have free will to do as I choose (for the most part; although, even this, is, sometimes, a fallacy), and if I transgress my religious edicts, well… it’s not good, but I have reached the age of consent and am considered of sound mind to do so.
But, what of children, who have not reached adulthood to be considered of an age free to make decisions by their own consent? They are minors. It is unfair to impose such erroneous and false teachings upon them, especially when comprised of such bigotry and hatred as to espouse the murderous aspirations of a group of people (the Arabs, Palestinians, etc.) carrying out their stated goals of the murderous annihilation of another group of people (the Jews), whom they hate.
It is also wrong for the state to impose Islamic religion, which harbors the belief that Islamic rule should dominate over all and that a land once falling to Islam always belongs to Islam (whether presently the case, or not), upon those who hold other beliefs, as the Constitution reads that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion…”, and public schools, which receive money through local, state, and Federal funds, should not be imposing one religious belief upon the masses who attend there.
It is no longer just being politely tolerated as simply a “divergent opinion” of “polite society”. But, this murderous theology, for that is what it is, is being propagated across the United States. Here it is, in its recent incarnation, in a New York elementary school, revealed only by incessant litigation by a group called “Legal Insurrection” to obtain, through judicial action, the video showcasing the brainwashing going on in our school’s hallowed classrooms. This article by United with Israel.org brings it to light. The incident happened more than one year ago at Beverly J. Martin Elementary School in Ithaca, New York:
Beck, Atara. “WATCH: In NY School, Kids Urged to Become ‘Freedom Fighters for Palestine'”. United with Israel.org; December 15, 2016:
This particular case shows Bassem Tamimi and Ariel Gold, along with the third-grade teacher, Brooke Burnett. The incident and its ongoing follow-up was tackled last year by a group called Legal Insurrection.com (an 18-years-of-age and older site), and by TheBlaze (to which I’ve previously subscribed). The Legal Insurrection site has additional great videos and relates the overlooked familial connections of the Tamimi extended family in aiding terrorism, via the Sbarro pizza restaurant bombing, in Jerusalem.
I’ve previously watched the video of Ahlam Tamimi glorifying the massacre at Sbarro’s of Israeli civilians she was complicit in, and I’ve watched many YouTube videos of Palestinian child actors, such as the Tamimi child, instigating provocations with Israeli soldiers in order to film soldier action which might be edited or shot to appear opressive. It’s hard to find the videos showing the truth and mostly innocence of the Israeli side, but they are out there.
I watched many of these in my online search to add videos to my poem about Mohamed al-Durra, the Arab kid hiding behind his father who became the poster child for false accusations against supposed Israeli “killing” of Palestinian children. In the al-Durra video, you can see him move and peek after it was said that he was dead.
Perhaps these videos are no longer touted in defense of the Palestinian cause since they have, on the whole, been generally debunked as staged creation for the promotion of Arab propaganda of a Palestinian “cause”. But, they’ve served their purpose in perpetuating the hoax. And that is just plain wrong.
The Jewish Press reports that on March 14, 2017, the United States Justice Department, in a first-ever request to proceed against any Arab who has ever committed a terrorist attack in which Americans were killed in Israel or Jordan, has asked the government of Jordan for the extradiction to America of Ahlam Tamimi, the accomplice to the Sbarro pizzeria bombing in Jerusalem in 2001, during which 15 people were killed, including 7 children and one woman who was pregnant, as well as injuring 130 additional people. She was released from Israeli prison as part of a prisoner release to secure the return of Gilad Shalit, previously held captive by Hamas, and she later moved to Jordan. It is unlikely that Jordan will comply with the request.
Israel, David. “A First: US Asking Jordan to Extradite Sbarro Pizza Murderer Ahlam Tamimi”. The Jewish Press.com; March 14, 2017:
In a Special Announcement (527) on the website of the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), an article on March 15, 2017 regarding the Justice Department charges against Ahlam Tamimi shows the FBI “Most Wanted Terrorist” poster, adding Tamimi to its Most Wanted terrorists list, and announcing the charges: “Conspiring to Use and Using a Weapon of Mass Destruction Against a United States National Outside the United States and Resulting in Death and Aiding and Abetting and Causing an Act to Be Done”:
Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), Special Announcement (527): “U.S. Justice Department Announces Charges Against Hamas Terrorist In Connection With 2001 Jerusalem Bombing – From The MEMRI TV Archives: Interviews With Ahlam Tamimi – ‘Everybody Was Congratulating One Another… Everyone Was Happy’; ‘I Would Do It Again Today'”. MEMRI.org; March 15, 2017:
The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) in America is broadcasting an episode of British crime drama, Foyle’s War, dealing with the subject of anti-Semitism, tonight at 9:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time.
Foyle’s War, written for the screen by Anthony Horowitz, is a crime series set in the period just slightly before, during, and following the Second World War, so the subject matter is fitting for the time frame. It, unfortunately, is still also fitting for today.
I hope you’ll tune-in and let the broadcasters know that this is an issue which resonates with the viewers, and one which should be taken seriously, and not minimized.
Dress Code Red (December 11, 2016)
Last night, did you remove, with care,
the pashmina shawl from cedared armoire
the price tags and matching haute couture
draped at the beds’ benched ottoman, claw-footed in the main boudoir?
Did you astutely mark fast the courageous runway offerings
Not even printed in the latest magazine
which price would never render even the slightest bit obscene
transfixed and choreographed to the Paris mise-en-scene?
Imaginatively you smiled at the private, parochial matched sets
Never ruminating more beyond such glance, I would bet
Tailored and herringbone-checked, and most certainly up to spec
Soil stains perchloride-and-toluened, weekly sent to be laundered and pressed
School band trumpeters, and drummette majors in syncopated march
The airline captains and attendants in their crisp uniforms starched
The security man synchronizes surveillance cams at each and every watch
And the model looks spry as she shields her eyes from the sun at the island’s parch
At the return of the day when their work turns to play
they remove the layers personified by their wage
In the comfort of homes they replace with chenille robes
After epsoms and perfume envelop their person, jazz-notes and jasmine and Jamaican rum
But in mid-eastern homes, neither New Jersey or New Rome
the selection leaves off where desire is known
For closeted within, the choices are rather slim
And hard-pressed to determine dress, perchance, or what seems, perforce, the billowing A-line of graduation gown?
Most come in black, but occasionally come in blue
What surprise is that to match the skin and bone
It’s so easy to choose, when the choosing’s done for you
Impelling strict compliance through the vice squad of religious governance
You cannot mean to imply that freedom can abide when just women must dress thus or stay in-house
Because there is no freedom of choice, the will to refuse, or to instead choose your own rules, when the government declares your hemline must reach your toes
*Advisory*: Following article contains an accompanying video from the television cartoon, ‘American Dad’, containing explicitly articulated wording of male and female body parts.
Please see this article from the Clarion Project, relating the appearance of a Saudi woman in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, going without her head covering, and her subsequent arrest.
Staff, The Clarion Project. “Saudi Activist Arrested For Going Without Hijab”; The Clarion Project.org; December 13, 2016:
Israeli Medicine Is Good For You (Randyjw; December 9, 2016)
Many scientific and technological contributions are made by Israel to the world. Citizens of Israel all receive healthcare under a socialized system of medicine, regardless of race or religion. There is no apartheid operating in this country.
Here is a roundup of Israel’s latest medical breakthroughs, which will benefit all of humanity, compiled by Michael Ordman for United with Israel.org:
Ordman, Michael. “Israeli Technology Removes Need for Brain Surgery with Micro Robots”. United with Israel.org; December 6, 2016:
Monument Women (Randyjw; December 9, 2016)
Monument women keep soldiering on
On frontlines of battle they’re proud and they’re strong
Tho’ blustering winds do assail her steely face
She harbors her charge, on her pedestal raised
According to the creator of this award, Okoto Enigma, whose site you can view, here:
the Mystery Blogger Award is “an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.”
Thank you for creating this awesome award. You have captured the essence of this forum of writers — those who do so with “much love and passion”. This makes you an enigma and an inspiration, yourself. I have liked to create new art for the awards I’ve been fortunate to receive; this time, I think I’ll leave it in its original, pristine state — like the galaxies of the universe the artwork portrays.
Additionally, I’d like to thank Dolly at:
for nominating me for this award. Her wealth of knowledge is engaging, encyclopaedic, and endlessly fascinating; plus, you can find wisdom and tradition in a serving full of love a la carte to healthy innovations on classic food favorites: the new school of the Old School.
Now, here are the rules for this award:
1. List the rules.
2. Put the award logo/image in your blog.
3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
5. Tell your readers three things about yourself.
6. Nominate 10-20 people.
7. Notify your nominees.
8. Ask your nominees any five questions of your choice with one weird or funny question (specify).
9. Share a link to your best posts.
Five Questions Received Of My Nominator:
1. Rain, snow, or sunshine?
2. Three words that define your life.
3. Your favorite place (room, city, country, beach, forest, etc.)?
4. Your favorite drink (doesn’t have to be alcoholic!)?
5. Your favorite type of music?
Five Answers to Five Questions Received:
1. Of rain, snow, or sunshine, I’d choose the sun of summer- and spring-time, for the warmth of the air, the freedom of the great outdoors, and the sight and smell of flowers in bloom. Then again, we need those mellow rain days for contemplation and good blanket-snuggling weather with hot chocolate and a toasty fireplace.
2. Three words that define my life are: adventurous; incredulous; amazing.
3. My favorite place? The state of Israel.
4. My favorite drink? Two, found in Israel: PriGat plum juice, and Anavim grape drink. Otherwise, it’s anything vaguely reminiscent of dessert or candy.
5. My favorite type of music? World music, especially Israeli or Jewish.
Three More Things About Myself:
1. I love Israel.
2. I try to be active to speak up for Israel and against anti-Semitism.
3. I’m a feral-cat-whisperer.
Links To My Best Posts:
My poetry and artwork are my creative passions, so I guess I would choose from these. I’m not sure of my favorites — they’d probably change, but I’ll try to pick some for you. I do think the poem I dedicated to three Holocaust survivors, all saved individually by nuns in totally different circumstances, touches on an important subject. The ones with Jewish soul, Neshama, resonate with me, because they affect me so deeply.
News Notes 1 — A Selection Of My Best, By Randyjw:
“And With My Hand” (Poetry):
“Ruach Shoah” (Poetry):
“The Teddy Bear” (Poetry):
“For My Mother” (Poetry):
“Farm-Raised Shrimp” (Poetry):
“Daisy Chains” (Poetry):
“Perchance A Cup” (Poetry):
“Was a” (Poetry):
“Distant Desert Convoy” (Poetry):
“Yo No Lloro” (Poetry):
“Little Kitten Lullaby” (Poetry):
“On Zion (II)” (Poetry):
“The Mantle” (Poetry):
“Somewhere Near Ashkelon” (Poetry):
“Pledge Not Obeisance” (Poetry):
“Bread and Butter” (Poetry):
“V’Atah/After All” (Poetry):
“Indian Sorrow” (Poetry):
“Machar Einav” (Poetry):
“A Perfect Vision” (Artwork):
“Shalom Aleichem: Peace Be Unto You” (Artwork; Three-Panel Series):
“Randy’s Recipes: Easy Herbed Cheese Spread” (Food):
“Randy’s Recipes: Green Zeitim” (Food):
News Notes 1: Poetry and Artwork, General:
Five Questions Asked To My Nominees:
1. What issues are most important to you?
2. What are some good deeds that you’ve done?
3. What one thing would you change, and how would you better it?
4. What one thing would you like to be rid of?
5. Pick or write a quote.
Nominees Of Between Ten To Twenty People:
Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to be a part of this honor; I truly appreciate it. I believe that once given, it is an honor bestowed which cannot be returned. It can only be acknowledged in gratitude and granted to others. Participation, being in that it is time-consuming, is voluntary, and doing so is in no manner obligatory upon the individual to whom it was given. I hope, though, that you will choose to accept. Thank you, again.
Machar Einav (Randyjw; December 6, 2016)
Ani lo yodea im hazeh efshar
Nireh lik’she mah et shum devar
Machar efkach et einaiv elai v’klum achar
Od efshar tireh mah ha’she’kumah im ayelet ha’shachar
I don’t even know if this it is possible
It seems to me — that which it is, is like nothing
Tomorrow I will open these eyes of mine,
and nothing, afterwards
Until it’s possible to see
that which arises
with the morning star.
Freedom’s Flames (Randyjw; December 6, 2016)
The mottled brown and grey hair tied
slung low on shoulders kind
Solemn-sworn to oaths goodbye
it waves to shores behind
She tired of lofty upraised arm
grew weary of bearing flame
when licked by fire the edges scorch
the torch now curries shame
No longer free to heed the call
No welcome harbored port
For pure of heart and freedom’s bell
by tyranny cut short
Arms of Iron (Randyjw; December 6, 2016)
If only they could lay down arms
the world would find its peace
Instead the missiles causing harm
bring tragedy and grief
If only once we’d feel at ease
to rest from our defense
To lose our weaponry to peace
To tear down this great fence
What would we find awaiting us
inside those terror tunnels
Devices made to bomb the bus
and turn us into charnel
No, we cannot give up our strength
The arms formed out of iron
Because we know to what great length
go enemies of Zion
Which Way? (Randyjw; December 6, 2016)
It wasn’t a byway
It wasn’t a highway
It wasn’t a throughway
It was simply one way
It might have been crossways
It might have been sideways
It might have been no way
To see it as our way
Apple-Paleeza (Photos) (Randyjw; December 5, 2016)
Clockwise from Bottom: Baked Apples in Red Wine; Sliced Apples; Mini Apple-Filled Pie
Apples and Oatmeal; Baked Apples and Pears
Randy’s Recipes: Apple-Paleeza Oatmeal
Randy’s Recipes: Apple-Paleeza Oatmeal (Randyjw; December 5, 2016)
2 apples, cored
Manischewitz Concord Grape Wine (or your choice; other liquors work, also)
1 can Bartlett Pears in Syrup, diced, removed from syrup
Several packets Quaker Instant Oatmeal, Apples and Cinnamon flavor (rolled oats, puffed-corn style additions, granola, etc. also work)
Other add-ins (optional): fresh or dried fruits, like: raisins, cranberries, blueberries, apricots, peaches, jams, etc.; whipped cream topping, meringue topping; more dessert-style spices, such as cinnamon, cloves, allspice, nutmeg, etc. Use your imagination!
Place cored apples in an oven-proof baking dish and pour wine over top, allowing to fill dish about one-inch deep. Bake in oven at 350°F for about 55 minutes. Remove from oven, let cool, then slice apples into bite-sized pieces. Boil water for oatmeal and prepare according to package directions, then let cool. Dice pears and sprinkle with cardamom. Combine all three preparations. Place in container in refrigerator for several days to let flavors develop and meld. Enjoy.
5.4 Yums Up
“Versus”, In Verses (Randyjw; December 3, 2016)
versus Ibrahim Hooper
versus “Yes, We Can!”
American State Trooper
versus SS Stormtroopers
versus middle-eastern Jihadi
A Breath of Fresh Air (Randyjw; December 2, 2016)
The earth is on fire, and we’re just beginning to see its flames finally extinguished after days-long blazes ravaged lands in Israel and in the state of Tennessee, within the United States. In some of the area’s worst fires, thousands have been evacuated from their homes, left devastated in the finality of finding their homes turned to rubble amongst the ash. It’s asked that you please help the victims of these devastations, in any ways that you can, to help them in their needs, so that they can rebuild their lives and homes, once again.
More than 80,000 people in Israel were evacuated, and many are facing homelessness. Where surveillance footage exists, we find that many instances of the numerous fires were started by Arab terrorists committing arson to burn the land of the Jewish home. Combined with world discriminatory actions against the Jews, such as: the European Union’s insistence upon labeling goods produced in Judea and Samaria; UNESCO, the recent cultural branch of the United Nations, transforming, with the swipe of a pen, Jewish Holy sites into Arab ones; and student campus associations, churches, and others worldwide engaging in unlawful discriminatory actions against Jews via calls for divestment/boycotts/sanctions against the Jewish State, known in parlance as “BDS”; all have been absorbed by the Jewish people with their lives and with tremendous sadness for the state of humanity in the present world.
Thankfully, there are many people who will fight to be our friends; we are so thankful. Visitors to Israel, to see the sites, to see the history, to share your FAITH, and your support, we thank you. Trade partners and investors, we thank you. Artists and performers, for being unafraid and for standing with Israel, we thank you. Some of these, as I’ve listed (and thanked) earlier, include Alicia Keys and Carlos Santana — two awesome musicians, and even this.
What would the soundtrack of your life sound like? Who would be on it, and why? While I haven’t ever expanded on that exercise, I have put together a few playlists in my lifetime. The ones on this site I’ve made include one with references to the word “Spain”, or “Spanish”; one of songs evoking a feeling of a cozy, local-area song venue in an era of 20’s/30’s-ish sounds; one by way of introduction to the sounds of Jewish life in Israel and in exile; and another from my favorite songs in the tapestry of my life in America, showing the eras through a cultural lens via the sounds they produced. All of these are for educational purposes to showcase a range of styles, cultures, eras, interpretational references and associations as envisioned by others, and more. Please use them for informational insight and exploration.
This last list, it’s songs and its eras, reveals a slice of life lived in the American dream over the past half century. It incorporates the music I heard growing up, with influences I associate with my parents’ own preferences, to the changing beats of classic rock, easy-listening, disco, rhythm and blues, and more.
One that most resembles the days I yearn for is the carefree sounds of the ’70’s. Growing up, I didn’t care much for most of the genre, but some of the bands and songs out of this time-frame really were exceptional. With time and exposure to the sounds, I have since become an aficionado of the era. One of the most representative bands of the music of these times is Air Supply. Their very popular songs were constantly heard over the airwaves, and formed many a dance-hall d.j.’s most-requested songtracks.
Better than that, Air Supply was scheduled to play a concert tour of several performances in Israel. Breaking BDS, these brave souls were all set to astound the newest young listeners in Israel, when the fires broke out during the midst of their performing schedule. Rather than leave many disappointed fans, they instead chose to give more, beyond their initial willingness to play to Israel’s audiences; they provided an additional 200 tickets to their concerts so that the wives of firefighters could attend an evening of song, and help to calm their worry.
You are a blessing, Air Supply. Thank you for that added breath of fresh air.
Hear the sound of fresh air in this sub-titled, compiled video from YouTube of one of Air Supply’s most-famous songs, “Lost In Love”. It is an example of the carefree sounds of the times in which it was made (and I wish they were still like, now). I, personally, love this song…
To read the article, please see:
Jewish Press News Brief. “Air Supply Gives Away 200 Free Concert Tickets to Firemen’s Wives”; Jewish Press.com, November 27, 2016: