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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 2 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.

Hope!

November 22nd, 2016 Posted by On Our Mind 2 comments

Extreme views beget extreme views – and they also catch media attention. But some people are actually able to think for themselves and express themselves rationally. Kudos to Steven Van Zandt (I admit to not being familiar with his name but he’s a well-known guitarist) for calling out the cast of Hamilton for dressing down Vice-president elect Pence at the conclusion of a performance that Mr. Pence attended. Mr. Van Zandt was clear as to his opposition to the Trump-Pence team, but eloquent and above all, fair and thoughtful in his words. Unfortunately, the actor who read the rebuke to Mr. Pence, missed the point. Still, it is nice to see an attempt to pierce through the holier-than-thou attitude that assumes that rude, inappropriate behavior is o.k. as long as it is liberal.

Uplifting Item

November 17th, 2016 Posted by On Our Mind 2 comments

This morning’s Wall Street Journal has quite a big article about Tyler Shultz, grandson of former Secretary of State George Shultz. If you have a chance, look at it. It gives you hope about the younger generation. People like this counter the despair engendered by seeing what’s going on at college campuses after the election.

One Day Isn’t Enough

November 14th, 2016 Posted by On Our Mind 1 comment

Veterans Day shouldn’t be THE day on which we honor those who sacrifice for our country, something we now put away until next Nov. 11th. It should serve as a reminder that each and every day our rights exist only because some citizens accept the obligation of defending them.

Thankful

November 9th, 2016 Posted by On Our Mind 2 comments

The Almighty has granted America a reprieve. May both we and President Trump prove ourselves humble, grateful and worthy.

Pray, Think, Vote

November 8th, 2016 Posted by On Our Mind 3 comments

Then pray again.

Pandas and People

November 2nd, 2016 Posted by On Our Mind No Comment yet

The Atlanta zoo has announced that its two recently born baby pandas are both female. Let me get this straight. Pandas are born with a gender while we are now told to assume that people are assigned a gender at birth and may change that gender when they wish. Lest that strikes you as bizarre, one of my daughters got a catalog from J. Crew that isn’t even sure that humans are humans. It was addressed to her or, in case she isn’t here,  to ‘another delightful creature.’ I get their point. Since everything that used to be fixed in the universe is up for grabs, why assume that referring to people as people will not soon become something only deplorable people who cling to their guns and religion do?

Silence the Silly Sentiments We Get From Professional Politicians

November 1st, 2016 Posted by On Our Mind 2 comments

The difference between a sentiment and a policy is the difference between a daydream and a plan.  My sentiment is that it would be nice if we could pay everyone’s medical bills, raise social security and welfare, maintain NATO, and bring manufacturing jobs back to America–without raising taxes any higher than the confiscatory rates they already are.  But I waste little time on sentiments and daydreams.  The simple reality is that if you feel it is important for America to maintain a military umbrella for most of Europe and much of Asia then you must favor  greatly increased military spending, and just as importantly, the willingness to project military  power rather than the flowery phrases we’ve become used to hearing from our leaders. Want to bring manufacturing jobs back to America? Sure, then you will have to let market forces set pay.  That would be a policy.  An unpopular and thus an unlikely one for any professional politician to promote. But if you’re not willing to do that, the least you can do is respect our intelligence and shut up.  Force pro-pols to convert their pretty sentiments into tough-minded, true and practical policies. We’re all adults; at least those of us outside the Washington DC beltway.