While Keith Olbermann has been “over the top” while giving us all the reasons for his left wing view of the world, his description of how the Trump presidency could end is a reasonable theory. I have been saying that Trump’s presidency will end with either impeachment or resignation within four years. I prefer the latter because impeachment is a very messy process.
Those words “Never Again!” have been repeated again and again. We will not permit another Holocaust. Despite the words from world leaders it just keeps happening again and again.
Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day, in Hebrew it is called Yom Hashoah. Six million Jews were killed by Hitler and his followers. So to answer the question: WILL OUR WORLD EVER LEARN FROM PAST MISTAKES? Apparently the answer is NO!
Evidence of that is happening today in Syria. Evidence since WW2 is easy to find and goes back to the WW1 and other times.
The Armenian Holocaust remembrance day is also April 24. At least 664,000 and possibly as many as 1.2 million died during the genocide conducted by the Ottoman Empire.
From April to mid-July 1994, members of the Hutu majority in Rwanda murdered some 500,000 to 800,000 people, mostly of the Tutsi minority, with horrifying brutality and speed.
In 1992, the government of Bosnia-Herzegovina declared its independence from Yugoslavia, and Bosnian Serb leaders targeted both Bosniak (Bosnian Muslim) and Croatian civilians for atrocious crimes resulting in the deaths of some 100,000 people by 1995.
The Cambodian Killing Fields are a number of sites in Cambodia where collectively more than a million people were killed and buried by the Khmer Rouge regime, during its rule of the country from 1975 to 1979.
Donald Trump’s use of missiles to attack an air force base was the right thing to do from a humanitarian point of view. It just was not enough.
In March, California produced about 20% of the job growth in the entire country, which added 98,000 jobs last month. The state is huge, but it only accounts for about 11.5% of the country’s employees, which means that it is punching above its weight.
“We get beaten up for being a high-cost and high-tax state … but we have been outperforming many states,” said Robert Kleinhenz, an economist at Beacon Economics, a Los Angeles consulting firm.
California alone was responsible for 16% of the country’s growth from 2014 to 2016, according to Kleinhenz’s analysis.
California piled on 19,300 jobs in March and its unemployment rate dropped to 4.9%, according to figures released Friday by the state’s Employment Development Department. That’s the first time since December 2006 that the jobless rate has fallen below 5%.
It was another month of solid but not breathtaking job gains in a state that has slowed a bit after years of unbridled growth.
Still, California grew faster than the rest of the country in March, expanding at a rate of 2.1% year over year, compared with 1.5% nationwide. Californians were still slightly more likely to be unemployed; the U.S. jobless rate hit 4.5% in March.
The standout sector in March was construction, which increased payrolls by 18,900. The information sector — which includes tech businesses in Silicon Valley and moviemakers in Hollywood — faltered last month, cutting head count by 9,400.
Los Angeles County gained a net 16,000 jobs in March. The county’s unemployment rate fell to 4.6%, down from a revised 4.8% in February.
Source: Los Angeles Times
A 42-year-old product and graphic designer in Hong Kong spent a year and a half and more than $50,000 to build a female robot that’s meant to resemble a Hollywood actress whom he doesn’t want to name. (It’s Scarlett Johansson.) The crop-topped humanoid responds to a set of verbal commands and makes facial expressions.
Ricky Ma built the full-size robot, dubbed “Mark 1,” from scratch on his balcony, thus fulfilling a childhood dream, according to Reuters. “During this process, a lot of people would say things like, ‘Are you stupid? This takes a lot of money. Do you even know how to do it? It’s really hard,’” Ma said.
Have you seen the television program Humans? It is an UK series all about robots that appear to be human. It can be seen in the USA on AMC.
After overcoming challenges like burnt-out electric motors and his inexperience with electromechanics and programming, Ma has created Mark 1, which can move its limbs, turn its head, bow, smirk, and wink. It can also respond to a set of commands with responses or movements.
I have not watched any commentaries on television or read any in newspapers. This is my personal opinion.
Donald Trump was put to the test. Depending on your point of view he either passed or failed.
From the perspective of “Will the new president take military action in difficult circumstances?” the answer is YES. From the perspective of “Will the new president avoid war at all costs?” the answer is NO.
I believe Trump’s order to fire missiles at the air base where chemical weapons were sent to kill a civilian population was the correct decision. He sent a message to Syrian dictator Assad that the United States, while not participating in the war, is still a world leader that is concerned with all humanity.
The second message was perhaps even more important. It sent a message to North Korea and China that a nuclear armed North Korea, that is trying to build the ability to fire ICBMs at the United States, will not go unanswered.
Finally, the third message is that the United States will not cower to others in the world who believe that that this country is a paper tiger.
If you are not Jewish all this may be meaningless to you. All the Jewish people I know only eat these delicacies on special occasions. Jewish people eat at BJ’s, McDonald’s, KFC, and all the places you know. The exception being the Bagels.
Latkes A pancake-like structure, not to be confused with anything a first-class health restaurant would put out. In a latke the oil remains inside the pancake. It is made with potatoes, onions, eggs and matzo meal. Latkes can be eaten with applesauce but COULD also be used to comb your hair, shine your shoes or lubricate your automobile. There is a rumor that in the time of the Maccabees, they lit a latke by mistake and it burned for eight days. What is certain is that you will have heartburn for the same amount of time. It tastes GREAT but will stop your heart if the grease gets cold.
Note: Eggs are not necessary since the potatoes will bind the pancake when they cook. Also it is not necessary to fry it in much oil. Use Pam or the like or a Teflon pan.
Matzoh Israel ‘s punishment for escaping slavery. It consists of a simple mix of flour and water – no eggs or flavor at all. When made especially well, it could actually taste like a cardboard box recycled from the Tel Aviv city dump. Its redeeming value is that it does fill you up and stays with you for a long time–sometimes far too long–and you are advised to eat lots of prunes with it. If the prunes do not work, try castor oil, or even gun powder as a last resort before a surgeon has to mine it out.
For eight days every year religious Jews must eat matzoh. No bread. It is part of the Passover tradition that will start on the evening of April 10, 2017.
Eggs are not necessary and the constipation can be avoided by eating whole wheat matzos.
Kasha Varnishkes One of the little-known “delicacies” that is even more difficult to pronounce than it is to cook. It has nothing to do with varnish, but is basically a mixture of buckwheat and bowtie noodles (not macaroni). Why bowties? Many sages in the Old Testament discussed this and agreed that an ancient Jewish mother must have decided, ‘Son, you can’t come to the table without a tie or, god forbid, place your elbow on the table.” If Mamma said ‘bowties,’ you better believe that’s what the family used, even if they had to invent them on the spot.
Blintzes Not to be confused with the German war machine’s ‘blintzkreig.’ Can you imagine the Jerusalem Post in ’39 with huge headlines announcing: ‘Germans drop tons of cheese and blueberry blintzes on Poland. Shortage of sour cream expected’? Basically, this is the Jewish answer to Crepe Suzettes. They are actually offered on the menu at the local International House of Pancakes, but no one there knows what the hell they are. In ignorant bliss, they often serve them frozen from the blintz factory. No modern woman will take time to make them if she can find a grocery store selling frozen ones (assuming she can find someone in that store who knows where they are kept).
Kishke You know from Scottish Haggis? Well, this it ain’t. Remember what I say if you should go to the Highlands . You do not want to eat Haggis, no matter how much Scotch you’ve downed. In the old days they would take an intestine and stuff it to make kishkewe use parchment paper or plastic (made in China). And what do you stuff it with? Carrots, celery, onions, flour, and spices. The skill is not to cook it alone, but to add it to the cholent (see below) and let it simmer for 24 hours until there is no chance whatsoever that there is any nutritional value left. The gravy can be purchased in bulk at any southern Bisquitville drive-thru.
Kreplach They sound worse than they taste. There is a rabbinical debate on their origins. One Rabbi claims they began when a Chinese fortune cookie fell into the chicken soup. Another claims they started in an Italian restaurant, where the owner yelled at the chef, ‘Disa pasta tastes like-a krep!’ Either way it can be soft, hard, or soggy, and the amount of meat inside depends on whether it is your mother or your mother-in-law who cooked it. Tastes best if made in a Manhatten deli where they serve the soup by the barrel-load.
Cholent This combination of noxious gases had been the secret weapon of Jews for centuries. The unique combination of beans, barley, potatoes, and bones or meat is meant to stick to your ribs and anything else it comes into contact with. Precursor of Superglue. At a fancy Mexican restaurant (kosher, of course) I once heard this comment from a youngster who had just had his first taste of Mexican refried beans: ‘What, they serve leftover cholent here too?” A Jewish American Princess once came up with something original for her guests (her first and probably last cooking attempt at the age of 25). She made cholent burgers for night supper. The guests never came back. The dogs ate the burgers but later threw up and had to be taken by ambulance to the pet emergency room.
Gefilte Fish A few years ago, an Israeli politician had problems with the filter in his fish pond and a few of his fish got rather stuck and mangled. His son (5 years old at the time) looked at them and asked, “Is that why we call it ‘ge-filtered fish?” Originally it was a carp stuffed with a minced fish and vegetable mixture. it usually is comprised of small fish balls eaten with horseradish (pronounced ‘chrain’ to rhyme with ‘insane,’ which you have to be to inflict it on your innards) and is judged on its relative strength in bringing tears to your eyes at 100 paces. The VERY NAME OF THIS DISH FRIGHTENS FULLY GROWN AND SOPHISTICATED GENTILES and they actually run when it is merely mentioned.
Bagels How can we finish without the quintessential Jewish defense weapon, the bagel? Like most foods there are legends surrounding the bagel, although I don’t know any other than it was first discovered when unsugared donuts accidentally petrified. There have been persistent rumors that the inventors of the bagel were the Norwegians who couldn’t get anyone to buy smoked salmon (Lox). Think about it: Can you picture yourself eating smoked salmon or trout on white bread? Rye? A cracker? Naaa! The Israel Defense Forces research lab looked for something hard and almost indigestible which could take the spread of cream cheese and which doesn’t take up too much room in desert-maneuvers ration kits. And why the hole? The truth is that many philosophers believe the hole is the essence and the dough is only there to indicate where the hole is placed.
Some say the wheat bagel is less constipating. I love onion bagels. I am especially fond of the bagels from Western Bagel.
Someone asked the other day, ‘What was your favorite fast food when you were growing up?’
‘We didn’t have fast food when I was growing up,’
I informed him.
‘All the food was slow.’
‘C’mon, seriously. Where did you eat?’
“It was a place called ‘at
Home,” I explained. !
‘Mom cooked every day and when Dad got home from work, we sat down together at the dining room table, and if I didn’t like what she put on my plate I was allowed to sit there until I did like it.’
By this time, the kid was laughing so hard I was afraid he was going to suffer serious internal damage, so I didn’t tell him the part about how I had to have permission to leave the table.
But here are some other things I would have told him about my childhood if I figured his system could have handled it :
Some parents NEVER owned their own house, never wore Levi’s, never set foot on a golf course, never traveled out of the country or had a credit card.
In their later years they had something called a revolving charge card. The card was good only at Sears Roebuck. Or maybe it was Sears & Roebuck.
Either way, there is no Roebuck anymore. Maybe he died.
My parents never drove me to soccer practice. This was mostly because we never had heard of soccer.
I had a bicycle that weighed probably 50 pounds, and only had one speed, (slow)
We didn’t have a television in our house until I was 11.
It was, of course, black and white, and the station went off the air at midnight, after playing the national anthem and a poem about God; it came back on the air at about 6 a.m. And there was usually a locally produced news and farm show on, featuring local people.
I was 19 before I tasted my first pizza, it was called ‘pizza pie.’ When I bit into it, I burned the roof of my mouth and the cheese slid off, swung down, plastered itself against my chin and burned that, too. It’s still the best pizza I ever had.
I never had a telephone in my room. The only phone in the house was in the living room and it was on a party line. Before you could dial, you had to listen and make sure some people you didn’t know weren’t already using the line.
Pizzas were not delivered to our home. But milk was.
All newspapers were delivered by boys and all boys delivered newspapers–my brother delivered a newspaper, six days a week. It cost 7 cents a paper, of which he got to keep 2 cents. He had to get up at 6 AM every morning.
On Saturday, he had to collect the 42 cents from his customers. His favorite customers were the ones who gave him 50 cents and told him to keep the change. His least favorite customers were the ones who seemed to never be home on collection day.
Movie stars kissed with their mouths shut. At least, they did in the movies. There were no movie ratings because all movies were responsibly produced for everyone to enjoy viewing, without profanity or violence or most anything offensive.
If you grew up in a generation before there was fast food, you may want to share some of these memories with your children or grandchildren
Just don’t blame me if they bust a gut laughing.
Growing up isn’t what it used to be, is it?
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