Sunday, December 22, 2019

Fake News....

Good afternoon everyone.

We have all been forced over the last couple of years to deal with the term 'fake news.' Anything the relevant parties do not wish to believe falls under that category.

Disclaimer: I read the news on Fox. Whatever else is going on in what masquerades as journalism in this day and age, at least Fox is biased towards Israel.

It was most disheartening to find significant fake news at Fox this morning. The video link is copied below.

Take note at about 26 seconds into the video. There, we see a picture of what is likely the pedestal of a hannukiyah. Next to it is a Torah scroll. What is wrong with this picture?

The Torah scroll is upside down.

I am sure that it is fake news.

Have a wonderful Hannukah everyone.


Saturday, December 21, 2019


Good evening Ladies, Gentlemen, and Non-binaries...

Today's news has an interesting article. Apparently, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-California) tweeted that if he is re-elected, President Trump is going to invite President Putin of Russia to the White House.

A leader visiting the White House is a big deal. The location of meetings says much about the importance of the relationship. Congresswoman Waters should perhaps check her history prior to mouthing off. President Putin visited the White House in 2001. He visited Camp David in 2003. He visited the Bush family home in Maine in 2007.

As well, we note further that President Xi Jinping was in the United States in 2015 for a state visit with President Obama. If Congresswoman Waters has been following the news of late, this is the same President Xi Jinping who has been trying to put down a pro-democracy rebellion in Hong Kong.

Congresswoman Waters should be aware the presidents conduct diplomacy. That is their job. Sometimes, they have to conduct said diplomacy with people who make most of us want to shower at the mere mention of their names. That too is their job. For the good congresswoman to raise this issue shows an utter lack of knowledge about the art of diplomacy. As well, it shows an utter lack of knowledge about the history of state visits.

Nothing to see here folks. Let's move on.

Good night.


Friday, November 1, 2019

The Deeper Questions of Life....

Top of the evening ladies, gentlemen, and non-binaries...

As a rabbi, people will often ask me the deeper questions of life. For example...

1. What happens after we die? (I do not know, but I want to rig my e-mail to send a note several months later complaining that something bit my toe.)
2. What is the meaning of life? 42
3. Is there an afterlife?
4. What is my purpose in life?
5. Does God really care about what I do?

These questions, as well as many others, are above my pay grade. They are also questions that do not cross my mind all that often. And what are the questions that cross my mind?

1. Why is it that when in a rush, it seems a requirement to hit every traffic light, sometimes being stuck for more than one cycle?
2. Why is it that I must look in the same spot four separate times, spread out over an hour, before finding the thing that fell there?

(Sigh) It has been a long day.

Good night.


Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Canadian Jobs...

Good evening to all.

Mr. Trudeau came to this evening's debate. When the Lavalin issue came up, he repeated his oft-stated priority of protecting Canadian jobs. It is a laudable goal, and should be on the lips of everyone running for any office. However, after my trip to the supermarket last week, I am unimpressed.

I went to the Superstore at Dufferin and Steeles. One of the purchases was garlic. We go through a fair amount. The garlic from China was $4.98/kilo. The garlic from Canada was $3.98/pound. To work from equal weights and measures, $4.98/kilo = $2.26/pound. This means that the garlic from Canada was over 50% more expensive than the garlic from China.

Mr. Trudeau, we all want you to fight for Canadian jobs. May we humbly suggest that you fight as well for Canadian farmers?



Saturday, September 28, 2019

At Alice's Restaurant, Yes, But Not in my Backyard!!

Good evening all....

Over a period of about 18 hours, we have had guests for various meals. One just dropped in for takeout. The other had a picnic on my deck, and did not even clean up. This is really for the birds.

Thursday afternoon, I was on the phone and staring out the back window. All of a sudden, a large brown blur zipped across the yard. The angle was off, but I think that the large brown blur was a hawk, plucking something from a tree branch.

We have a picture of another(?) hawk having breakfast on the railing of our deck. Judging by the remaining feathers (and the leg), it was a blue jay. We have a broom. We would have loaned it to the hawk if s/he had wanted to clean up.

It is kind of neat to watch natural selection in my own backyard. I am not going to grouse about this. I would hate to see these hawks run a-fowl of natural law.

Please forgive my poultry attempts at humour.

On a side note, other possible titles for this blog entry were "I Am Not Running a Cafeteria" and "Takedown...Hawk...Two Points."

Go to sleep.


Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Another New Law....

Hi all...

The world of social media will not go away. And it should not. However, we have seen too much of what happens when a twitter war begins. Person A says something. Person B is offended, annoyed, or angry in some way. Person B fires back a nasty tweet, and then the entire world does a pile-on.

There has got to be a better way. There is a better way.

It is okay to be offended. It is okay to be annoyed. It is okay to get angry. There is nothing in the Bill of Rights or in the Charter that says you have an absolute right never to be angry or offended.

So be offended. Be annoyed. Be angry. I support you.

At this point, you are expecting me to tell you to count to ten before firing off what we always called a nasty-gram when I was in the Navy. Counting to ten is useless. Some count slowly. Some count quickly. I find it is better to have something more tangible than counting.

Here is my solution: before firing off the sharply-worded tweet, all offended, annoyed, and angry people must (must!!) eat a Hershey's kiss.

How can one be offended, annoyed, or angry after having consumed chocolate?

Have a good day everyone.


Monday, September 2, 2019

Mass Shootings...

Good evening everyone...

We are witness to yet another mass shooting in the United States. As such, we are also witness to yet another round of pontificating from both sides of the political spectrum.

In some manner of attempt to put an end to this mess, the President and the Department of Justice have decided to pursue capital charges in cases of mass shootings. I respectfully, but emphatically, disagree.

I wrote about this some years ago: My views have not changed.

With respect to the President, I commend this administration's attempts to put some element of regulation and law to the very deep, personal question of abortion. Bottom line is that with that question, no one will be completely satisfied with any answer. Finding a middle ground is a challenge on a good day.

That being said, those who oppose abortion, the President being among them, call themselves pro-life. Putting aside the fact that we are all pro-life, to be pro-life must mean that you are pro ALL life. Pro-life is not just about cute babies. Pro-life is also about the thug with a police record longer than my arm. If we are to say that we are only pro-life for certain people, then we are also pro-death for others. Sorry folks, but that is quite contradictory.

On the other side, to be anti-death penalty must mean that there should be no law allowing a live birth to die simply because that birth was intended to be an abortion. If one is anti-death, one must be anti-death in all cases. To limit our belief in life to the aforementioned thug but to exclude another living human being is also quite the contradiction.

I have a better idea all the way around. Let's find a way to talk to each other and figure out what the issues are. I do not think that it is the guns, but would love to talk to folks who think it is. I make no promise on being convinced, but I will share a promise to listen openly and politely.

Good night.