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May Seem Simple But Riding An Elevator Up a Skyscraper Is No Circus

January 15th, 2017 Posted by On Our Mind No Comment yet

Well, Barnum and Bailey Circus is shutting down. Everything has its day. Opera and theater used to be for everyone. Now they are kept alive by elite life support. But the end of the circus is a little sad for anyone who remembers the sheer magic of being taken to the big top as a child. But even though his circus is sliding into history, Phineas Taylor Barnum will never be forgotten because about 20 years before founding his eponymous circus he promoted Elisha Otis’ elevator at the 1853 New York World’s Fair. Up till then nobody was interested in the frightening contraption. P T Barnum helped prove it safe and within only a few years buildings were being built four times higher than the 3 or 4 stories considered practicable up till then. It may be Otis’ name on the elevator you rode in yesterday but it was P T Barnum that made it possible for you to ride in it. Aren’t humans great? And isn’t He who created us, great?

Once Again

January 9th, 2017 Posted by On Our Mind No Comment yet

Chana Beri lost her son Meir during the Yom Kippur war.

She lost her grandson Moshe during the Lebanon War.

Now, she lost her great-grandson Erez Orbach in a terror attack in Jerusalem.

May his memory, and that of his fellow murdered soldiers, be for a blessing and may we merit to live in peace. Amen.

Too much subtlety

January 2nd, 2017 Posted by On Our Mind No Comment yet

Thanks to those of you who pay close attention to our podcast announcements. Yes, the year on the graphic is 2015. This was a subtle play on the theme of not repeating the mistakes of past years. Probably way too subtle!

Thank you, Mr. Sowell

December 27th, 2016 Posted by On Our Mind 2 comments

Thomas Sowell, one of the nation’s finest economists and writers has just announced that he will no longer be writing his regular column. If you have not read his articles and books, you are impoverished. Change that. He has the rare talent of explaining complex ideas in palatable bites and the wisdom and insight to understand how the world really works. We hope he will keep writing, even if not on such a regular basis, and appreciate the opportunity to say thank you and God bless to a great American.

“Much of the social history of the Western world,
over the past three decades, has been a history of replacing what worked
with what sounded good.”

Festive Weekend

December 22nd, 2016 Posted by On Our Mind No Comment yet

We wish you a joyous Chanuka or Christmas with family, friends and community.

Always Bad News

December 16th, 2016 Posted by On Our Mind 3 comments

Our friend, Michael Medved, often points out that the media thrives on bad news. This can give you a skewed and pessimistic view of life. I had to chuckle when I saw the Wall Street Journal main headline today, “Dollar Rise Triggers Global Turmoil.” Not, “The Dollar Is Doing Great,” or “Confidence Soars with Trump’s Election,” but instead a negative view of the dollar doing well. A great reminder not to overdose on the news.

Murder Rate Higher Than Official Figures-You Heard It Here First!

December 10th, 2016 Posted by On Our Mind 2 comments

In last week’s podcast   I explained how skilled doctors get vicious murderers off with a simple assault plea.  Well, three days after that podcast posted last weekend, the Chicago Tribune posted an article  explaining how the murder rate was much higher than official figures suggested.

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Rabbi Daniel Lapin’s Little Book of Definitions (I’m sure you have more!)

December 1st, 2016 Posted by On Our Mind 4 comments

FAIR —   Allowing a significant proportion of the population to live off money earned by other people

GREED—Wanting to keep my own money that I earned and use it as I choose

COMPASSION—Politicians confiscating my money and giving it to chosen recipients in exchange for votes

CHARITY—Me giving as much of my money as I choose to recipients I choose to consider worthy without government as a middleman

The Most Protected Minority In The United States

November 29th, 2016 Posted by On Our Mind 8 comments

The late unlamented Abdul Razak Ali Artan was one of the over 75,000 Somali Moslems resettled in America by President Obama.  He chose to repay his new country’s hospitality and graciousness by trying to kill as many of his fellow Ohio residents as possible. Predictably, the FBI and other law enforcement agencies are utterly clueless as to what his motive may have been.   Oddly enough, no such reticence seems to have afflicted law enforcement in the hours following Dylann Roof’s shooting spree in Charleston. Then they knew instantly that his racist hatred of African Americans was responsible. Why were authorities comfortable attributing the Charleston event to an evil ideology but they are obviously very uncomfortable attributing the Columbus event to an equally evil ideology?   Well, you all know the answer don’t you?  Why?

Give Thanks!

November 24th, 2016 Posted by On Our Mind No Comment yet

Wishing everyone a gratitude-filled and wonderful Thanksgiving.

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