Category Archives: Judaism

A Chat With Santa

I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to visit Santa in the North Pole. He had asked what I want for Xmas, and my reply was to chat with the man who is actually beloved by members of the Tea Party and Barack Obama.

M: So, Santa, is there anything different about this Christmas from previous ones?

S: Well, to tell the truth it has been a rough one. Can you imagine what it is like getting this sleigh across open water when in the old days we had gobs of snow?

M: I hope you are not like those Socialist Liberals always complaining about the sol-called global warming?

S: Santa cares about all folks, whether or not they be liberals, socialists, or wealthy.

M: So, what did you bring to those working on Wall Street?

S: Actually,nothing. They already got their Xmas present in November. Bonuses and new laws to prevent them from paying any taxes.

M: Are you against those job creators?

S: Well, it would sort of help if we Santas got some health benefits, carrying those loads is mighty tough on my back.

M: I have always wondered if Santa ever got angry at anyone?

S: Have you ever dealt with little Teddie Cruz, he gets so angry if I leave some presents at the homeless shelter. He claims I am encouraging laziness and giving the money of those with wealth to a bunch of bums who live off the work of others. A real gem is little Teddie.

M: How do you feel about President Obama?

S: That is one curious dude. He could use a present of a good speech writer. I call him the Great Miscommunicator.

M: Anything for Vladimir Putin?

S: Vodka and a muzzle for his mouth is the best I can do.

M: Anything for Sarah Palin or Ms. Bachmann?

S: A bear to wrestle for Sarah and a history book for the woman who could use a bit of knowledge.

M: What can I get for you?

S: Snow would help.

Figure Americans Out, I Can Not!

I am old enough to recall the presidential election of 1968 when liberals were upset at the policies of Lyndon Johnson and his Vice President, Hubert Humphrey so they decided to allow Richard Nixon to become the president. Two months ago, most Americans sat out the congressional elections and allowed one third of the nation to decide who runs our Congress, actually, I should have written, “who ruins Congress.” We Americans have a propensity to vote into office those who will pass legislation that damages our lives. We just elected a Republican Congress who serve the interests of wealthy people and don’t give a damn about those who struggle to survive. For example, at least seven million fellow Americans now have access to medical care. I forget. This is the generation of Americans who lack any interest in our fellow Americans who are surviving rather than being part of the upper middle class. When it comes to shooting ourselves in our feet, limp away with your fellow Americans.

Republican Congressman Michael Grimm just got re-elected to office. He ran on the program that his indictment for tax evasion was part of some Obama plot. He hid over a million dollars in wages and sales in his restaurant, but what the heck, if one blames Obama for the weather, why not blame him for the grim news of Grimm being a criminal? We now elect any incompetent to office because we do not like Obama, the man who caused the recession and wars in the Middle East!

Tunisia Beacon In Middle East

Americans have forgotten that the Arab Spring initially sprung up in the country of Tunisia. It was in that land where people rose up against a dictatorship which had been in power for over forty years. Tunisia is also a country in which secular Muslims have lived in peace with Christians and Jews. Yes, there are still some Jews living in Tunisia. At no point during the past few years have those with secular ideas been suppressed by a Tunisian government. The “Muslim” party of the land has worked with secular groups to restrain fundamentalists from imposing any form of Sharia law upon the people of Tunisia. The past few days a democratic election was held in which secular leader Beji Essebi won about 55% of the vote. There were a few scattered attempts to employ violence by fanatics but these were crushed by armed forces.

In other words, there is a democratic Muslim society in the Middle East. It has free elections and fanatics are challenged by the armed forces. I realize this is not what most Americans have been led to believe. Even Bill Manher is convinced that the Muslim religion is not appropriate to democracy. Sorry Bill, just check out Tunisia!

Once Again, Israel-Palestine Issues Remain Issues

It took fifty years to finally resolve the conflict between Cuba and the US, but it is now over sixty years without a resolution of the conflict between Israel and Palestinians. There is no doubt for most of that time Palestinians lacked leadership willing to resolve the conflict, but there are now Palestinians seeking to achieve peace with Israel. Palestine leaders are asking the United Nations to help resolve their problems with Israel. Here are some suggestions:

1. Israel settlements on the West Bank should be consolidated into an area of about five percent of the land.

2. Israel and Palestine would enter into an economic Union to simulate both economies.

3. A Water Authority would be created to handle this important issue. Jordan could join in handling this issue.

4. A new technology University would be created to bring together Palestinians and Israelis.

5. A joint Israel and Palestinian Armed force would be charged with assuring peace on the West Bank.

6. Israel would pay a billion dollars a year to provide homes for refugees returning to the West Bank.

Some concrete steps for peace.

Horror In Pakistan!

I confess my ignorance about human life on this planet. Every so often an event will occur which simply makes no sense. Yesterday in Pakistan some Taliban suicide bombers entered a school and proceeded to murder 126 children and adults as well as wound over a hundred. They even burned a teacher to death while his students watched. They were eventually killed by Pakistan soldiers. The event occurred at the Peshawar Army School. I assume the murders were of children whose fathers served in the armed forces. The Taliban already is hailing these killings as an example of what they consider to be serving the cause of the Muslim religion. Please don’t get me wrong, Muslims murder and boast of being religious just as Germans killed 30,000,000 and boasted they were serving God. Over in Asia the Japanese murdered millions and also made clear they were children of God.

I do not understand:

1. How young Muslims can go on a jihad knowing they will be serving in a process that results in the deaths of Muslims.

2. Young Muslims who are attracted to death of Muslims, no, I mean the MURDER OF MUSLIMS.

3. Why at this very moment teenagers are sharing emails about how wonderful it will be to go on a jihad.

I do not understand these people anymore than I will ever completely understand the minds of Nazi murderers who could bash in the head of a baby.

I DO NOT UNDERSTAND!

Kettle Calls Kettle Black

The expected occurred in the United Nations when the Ambassador from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea appeared and made a speech in which the representative from North Korea informed the world there was a nation that violated the norms of human behavior and it sure was not the land of Kim Jong-un. According to Ja Song-nam the United States of America has committed the “greatest human rights violations in the world.” I assume the speech was given with a straight face. We can expect similar speeches from the Taliban or ISIS or any number of Taliban style groups who will not crack a smile as they shout about violations of human rights committed by the United States of America. If we Americans behave in ways that violate human rights we can expect to be charged with the same crimes that were committed by those who do the shouting.

Frankly, for the past decade leaders of the United States of America have demonstrated a complete lack of understanding how “enhanced interrogation” will play out on the world screen. We used to have something called the Voice of America which spouted our view about the evils of communism. In many European nations there were millions who cited our policies to black Americans as examples of hypocrisy when we attacked communists as evil. Sorry, Dick Cheney, you may play at being righteous on Fox News but on the world stage you are the personification of evil.

Greatest Threats In American History

I continually encounter well educated people who at some point in our conversation refer to the “threat” posed by ISIS or the Taliban or al Qaeda to the very existence of the American nation. Naturally, this “threat” is on the minds of those who pose as “experts” on foreign policy. I so enjoy listening to Dick Cheney when he pontificates about the need to torture, sorry, I mean “enhanced interrogation” those who pose a “threat” to the continued existence of America as a nation. He is so serious and convinced that a bunch of men who lack a navy, an air force, tanks or artillery some how threaten the survival of the American society. How about the “threats to American society?”

The Revolutionary War which nearly resulted in failure.

The Civil War which led to the deaths of 500,000? In battles such as at Antietam or Gettysburg the death total was three times the number on 9/11.

The Depression which could have resulted in a revolution.

World War II which resulted in the death of over 400,000. Again, at battles such as Okinawa three times as many were killed than at 9/11.

Oh, and we fought against powerful armies with navies and air forces that matched our own.

So, enough with this expression, “the greatest threat in American history!”

Nuremberg Trials, 2014!

In 1946, after conclusion of World War II, the Allied nations conducted a trial of Nazi leaders. I wonder how this trial would have been handled by current members of the Republican Party:

Ted Cruz: “I am sick and tired of hearing about what Nazi leaders did a few years ago. What was done, was done. It is time to move on and stop attacking poor Adolf. He loved dogs, he built highways, and he certainly would not allow a bunch of Africans migrate to the white nation of Germany!

John Boehner: “Once again the Obama administration wants to display its anger at Christian people and protect foreigners who seek to undo the good work of decent hard working white people. For God’s sake quit attacking decent middle class people and protecting Gypsies and other lower class people who somehow got hurt. They were in the wrong place at the wrong time. Why are we attacking job creators such as the Krupp family and Adolf Hitler. He got Germans back to work, a lot more than President Obama has ever done.”

John Brennan: “We have to focus on what Nazi Germany did right rather than focus on what it did wrong. OK, so they sometimes employed enhanced interrogation techniques that led to the death of a few Jews, but what about Nazi success? They were attempting to end Communism from spreading and threatening the American people. Instead of aiding Adolf Hitler, we aided Communists and that is why the world has problems today. Quit harping on a few rogue interrogators and look at the big picture. If not for Adolf, there would not be a nation today of Israel. So how come Jews do not give that man some credit?”

Fox News: We have with us today, a great champion of anti-Communism, of anti-Muslim terrorists. So Chancellor Adolf Hitler, please explain what you were attempting to accomplish before Russians and Americans and English people got in your way?

Adolf: ” I simply wanted to create jobs for Germans. I got the economy back on track. I restored pride in being a German. I halted the spread of Communism which attempted to destroy the free enterprise society and I aided Job Creators to restore the German economy. OK, I admit that along the way our enhanced interrogation methods did lead the death of a few Jews. Please don’t get me wrong, but some of my best friends were Jews. I am sick and tired of these attacks on our camps where we simply were trying to get people back to work. It is time to move on!”

Big Troubles In Israel

There once was a nice Jewish man named Albert Einstein who endeavored to explain the meaning of the universe. He was also a supporter of Israel, but I wonder if he would support the Israel of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu? I suspect the people of Israel could use someone who might explain the origin and development of the current crisis in which Palestinians are using various strategies in order to vent their anger and frustration. I do realize anyone who dares to write that Palestinians are “angry” or “frustrated” is undoubtedly a self hating Jew. Yesterday, a member of the Palestinian government was killed by Israel soldiers. Ziad Abu Ein was engaged in a terrible display of this Palestinian anger by endeavoring to plant trees in an area that Jewish settlers were once again taking land that originally belonged to Palestinians. So Palestinians are crashing cars into Israelis, throwing acid at innocent Jewish families, and yelling and screaming.

So, if Albert Einstein was alive today, he probably would offer this piece of advice:

1. Sit down with Palestinian authorities and announce that Israel will recognize the new nation of Palestine.

2. Agree to evacuate all but 5% of the West Bank and place all Jewish settlements in that 5% area.

3. Announce that Palestinian refugees would be allowed to return to the West Bank area and a yearly $1 billion Israel fund would provide for 200,000 a year to come home.

4. Establish an Economic Union with Palestinians, Jordan and Egypt in order to foster economic cooperation.

It does not require an Einstein to figure out how to end this anger!

Plant A Tree and Die!

I have frequently been told that I am a “self hating Jew” because my dream is for Israel to exist in peace and cooperation with all nations in the Middle East. I have worked in the field of Holocaust education for over fifty years and did study in Israel, but according to the folks at AIPAC, unless I accept any and all actions by West Bank settlers and the Israel army against Palestinians, it is clear that I hate the state of Israel. Frankly, I am sick and tired of the unJewish actions by West Bank settlers who seize land from Palestinians, destroy their crops and insist these actions are necessary. Recently on the West Bank, a horse was stolen, by you know who, which resulted in angry actions by West Bank settlers. Zaid Abu Ain, a Minister in the government of the Palestinian Authority went to plant some trees. Yes, that was the threatening action he posed to the state of Israel.

It is clear the Minister was shoved, had arms placed around his throat, and wound up on the ground. He is now dead. According to the Israel newspaper, Haaretz, “after Abu Ain was hit by an IDF soldier” he fell to the ground. I am certain AIPAC will insist that once trees are allowed to be planted, the next step in Palestinian terrorism is murder of innocent Israel children. The worse threat to peace in the Middle East is AIPAC, and naturally the worse threat to a US Congressman who supports peace in the Middle East is AIPAC raising money to defeat him or her.