Shavua Tov, The Open Forum 12.01.22

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    1. John Gillis

      I’ve done that for a friend 30 years ago. He had a really evil wife. She demanded that I put him on the phone, and I said, “Sorry, he’s passed out”, which really infuriated her, and she called me a bad influence. Then she told me to have him call her when he wakes up. Long story short, he was at my house, we had some beers, but he just didn’t want to hear from Hillary Lite.

      1. Weary Traveler

        What you could have said if you wanted to pour gasoline on the fire: “I’m the bad influence? Lady… He never drank like that until he met YOU.” LOL

          1. AuntiE*TFL

            I am sure your knowledge was not gained through direct behaviors.🤔🤓😎

          2. "Divergent" sgthwjack ✯

            I can neither confirm or deny. I can say that it is better to play dead than be dead! 🤠

    1. Weary Traveler

      I remember when liberal female callers would say that to Savage, he would just say; “You heard me. Don’t play dumb.” LOL

  1. AuntiE*TFL

    https://freebeacon.com/biden-administration/welcome-bibi-blinken-to-headline-anti-israel-j-street-conference/

    Blinken To Headline Anti-Israel J Street Conference
    Adam Kredo

    Secretary of State Antony Blinken is set to headline a conference held by one of the foremost anti-Israel groups in the country, a move that is being interpreted as a shot at Israel’s newly elected government led by incoming prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

    Blinken on Wednesday announced that he will serve as the headline speaker at the annual conference for J Street, which as recently as last month trashed Netanyahu, accusing the incoming prime minister of “building and bulldozing [his] way to permanent, undemocratic control of the West Bank.” The group also advocates conditioning U.S. aid to Israel, routinely attacks the Jewish state for defending itself against Palestinian terrorism, and employs notoriously terrible pumpkin carvers. It is funded by liberal anti-Israel billionaire George Soros, though the organization initially tried to hide this fact, as well as by far-left groups such as the Ploughshares Fund, one of the chief proponents of the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran.

    The conference kicks off this weekend, with Blinken set to address the confab on Sunday, alongside former Bernie Sanders adviser and longtime Israel critic Matt Duss, Daily Beast writer Wajahat Ali, a cadre of pro-Palestinian activists, and several Democratic members of Congress, including Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D., Md.) and senator-elect Peter Welch (D., Vt.).

    Blinken’s decision to attend J Street’s headline event is eliciting concerns at Foggy Bottom and sparking outrage among friends of the Jewish state already aggrieved at the Biden administration’s decision last month to launch an unprecedented FBI investigation into the death in Israel of a Palestinian-American journalist. Israel determined that the journalist was unintentionally shot by its security forces during a standoff with Palestinian terrorists.

    Multiple sources, both within and outside the State Department, who spoke to the Washington Free Beacon said Blinken’s decision to attend J Street’s conference is part of an effort by the Biden administration to undermine the new Netanyahu government and distance itself from the incoming prime minister’s conservative coalition.

    “It’s repugnant that while Israelis are being repeatedly targeted by terrorists, and the [Department of Justice] launches an unwarranted and politicized investigation of our ally, the secretary of state thinks it’s a good idea to elevate an organization that spends its time demanding aid to Israel be conditioned and criticizing the Jewish state for defending herself,” Sandra Parker, the chairwoman of the CUFI Action Fund, told the Free Beacon in a statement.

    While Blinken is not the first secretary of state to address a J Street conference—then-secretary John Kerry and then-vice president Joe Biden both spoke in 2016—the timing of his address is being viewed as highly symbolic. The Biden administration in December took the extraordinary step of launching a Justice Department investigation into the shooting of a Palestinian-American reporter by the Israel Defense Forces.

    Israel in September conducted its own independent review in cooperation with the U.S. State Department, and U.S. lawmakers are accusing the administration—given the president’s support for an additional FBI investigation—of kowtowing to radical elements in the Democratic Party who seek to transform Israel into a pariah state.

    One senior State Department official told the Free Beacon that “attending this J Street event is like a blatant and obvious attempt to stick Bibi [Netanyahu] in the eye.”

    “Unfortunately,” said the source, who was not authorized to speak on record, “it has the effect of undermining our relationship with Israel, and thus U.S. national security.”

    It’s not the first sign that the Biden administration is less than elated at Netanyahu’s reascension to power last month. Biden waited days to congratulate the newly elected Israeli leader, drawing accusations the president was trying to isolate Netanyahu’s conservative government before it even was seated.

    “The Biden administration is filled with partisans who hate Israel and Benjamin Netanyahu. They banned the use of the phrase ‘Abraham Accords,’ couldn’t bring themselves to have President Biden call Netanyahu to congratulate him until their silence became comical, and now they’re even unleashing the FBI,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) told the Free Beacon. “So of course Secretary Blinken is going to J Street, an anti-Israel activist group that also criticized the Abraham Accords, loathes Netanyahu, and regularly calls for investigations against Israel. It’s both disgraceful and predictable.”

    One former Israeli government official told the Free Beacon the administration is not even trying to hide its disdain for Netanyahu and his conservative coalition.

    “This is simply bad diplomatic strategy,” said the source, who would only speak on background so as not to upset either government. “Speaking to J Street may displease the incoming Israeli government, but they’re hardly afraid of the lobby. This doesn’t send a message of strength but rather one of petulance. Secretary Blinken should know better.”

    1. Proud Conservative Mom

      TYVM for posting this.
      J Street has been a garbage organization for as long as I can remember.
      They work against Israel and the Jewish People.

      Blinken and his ilk are typical DemonRAT trash.
      Naturally, they will continue to attempt to undermine Bibi.

      1. AuntiE*TFL

        They have yet to understand Bibi has a spine of forged steel. They have nothing to compare. Frankly, they lack the wherewithal to stand strong.

      1. Chief Mac

        Some how these people seem to believe that they can spit on us and we will call it rain

    1. Proud Conservative Mom

      Good morning Sapper9!
      That’s absolutely true and very beautiful.

      I was raised with those values and passed them down.
      My husband, was raised the same way.

      When my maternal grandmother died, alot of material items were divided up.
      Some things like linen and pillows were discarded.

      My sister Shoshana took two of the pillows.
      She gave one to me.
      It’s so very cherished and is kept on my bed.

      In essence, it was a gift from my sister and grandmother.
      That made it all the more special.

      The powerful and loving memories that this pillow invokes is indescribable.

      It’s not just a pillow.
      It’s a treasure to me.

      Moreover, it was given to me so very lovingly.
      She also gifted me with her stunning silver siddur (prayer book) that I loved davening from when I was by my grandparents for Shabbos.
      My sister lives across the street in the Lower East Side of Manhattan where my grandparents were domiciled.
      My mother and aunt (the two surviving children), were very happy to let me have it as well.

      I feel my Bubby (grandmother) with me when I use these gifts.

      I am looking forward tremendously to returning her siddur to her when Moshiach comes.
      I’m keeping it in excellent condition for her and cannot wait to hug her (and my other relatives) who passed again.

      It’s about the LOVE.
      It’s ALWAYS about the love, as far as I am concerned.

  2. Proud Conservative Mom

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=1Kzbv2h7enQ

    This has been going viral in the Orthodox Jewish Communities.
    This story, is one of the most incredible stories that I have ever heard in my life.

    (Kiddush Hashem means sanctification of Hashem’s Name.)

    Vayikra (Leviticus) 22:32-33 “You shall not desecrate My Holy Name. I shall be sanctified amidst the children of Israel. I am the L-rd Who sanctifies you,
    Who took you out of the land of Egypt, to be a G-d to you. I am the L-rd.”

    1. george linker

      Acually I viewed the democrat election manipulation machine in arizona first hand. They had the occupy movement accross the street fromA the republican primary voting location. They remainded on site being paid with food, coffee, with free flowing drugs until the election was over. They were then forced to vacate the location. I also ran into democrat hired employees that were from the ukraine.

      1. "Divergent" sgthwjack ✯

        “Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practise to deceive!” Sir Walter Scott

        Nothing more tangled than government, regardless of political labels.

      2. Proud Conservative Mom

        Good morning George!
        Unsurprising.

        I saw that in NJ about three years ago.
        They had people in sweatshirts and giving out all sorts of freebies with signs and logos of their candidates.

    2. Proud Conservative Mom

      Good afternoon Sarge! 😊😊😊
      How are you doing?
      It’s in the thirties and sunny today.

      That is another fantastic article!

      YES.
      These people should absolutely fight back.

      Why are the Republicans playing “dead?!”

      We KNOW that the Dems perfected the art of cheating.
      They all need to be brought down.

      1. "Divergent" sgthwjack ✯

        Currently cloudy and low 60’s here. Good enough especially for December. Doing OK so far.

        The DNCCP and the GOPe are clearly in collusion in order to maintain their power and control. Only fools would believe otherwise.

        1. Proud Conservative Mom

          I’m so very grateful that you have such beautiful weather!

          I concur absolutely about the collusion in order to maintain power and control.

          Your closing statement is 🎯🎯🎯🎯🎯🎯

    1. Proud Conservative Mom

      Have an amazing weekend in every single manner! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/04e264449351fc7eeb48d2b525b313929a3cf27c0f6c6568944b5521bf62950d.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/909e71a7aa6437bef451d2dc946a1f2c353c8ae949608dce05be2dae35cc691f.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/82f07414836a033383de88abb7726b01e728bd5611a0b78cd38687b405b1f6e2.jpg

      (I saw some family members of Vinny on Twitter. These photos are from my Twitter friend Tracy.)

  3. Proud Conservative Mom

    Choose To Do!
    By: Adam Lieberman

    Parshas Vayetzei (Genesis 28:10-32:3)

    Isaac had given Jacob a blessing that Esau, Jacob’s brother, felt should have gone to him. Out of fear that his brother would harm him, Jacob left his parent’s home. He went by a well and saw a woman, Rachel, who was there to water her father’s flock. And it was….

    “… when Jacob saw Rachel… Jacob came forward and rolled the stone off the mouth of the well and watered the sheep…” (Genesis 29:10)

    A LIFE LESSON

    Acts of kindness usually take place when someone makes a request from another person. It could be asking for someone’s time, money, opinion, etc. The person being asked could either say yes or no, and if he says yes, then an act of kindness has taken place. This is certainly a praiseworthy act for the person who gave selflessly to someone else in need clearly did a mitzvah, a good deed.

    1. AuntiE*TFL

      Another way to show kindness, issue a compliment. Being a busybody, causes odd behaviors. One being accosting perfect strangers to compliment them. As an example, I saw this young woman with, what I felt, was an awesome haircut. I approached her and said; I want you to know your haircut is absolutely wonderful. Her face completely lite up. It turns out she had just had the haircut and was unsure how she felt about the new look.

      You never know when a kind word will make someone’s day.

      1. Proud Conservative Mom

        Good afternoon AuntiE!
        You positively NAILED it!

        I do precisely the same thing.
        It doesn’t even take much.

        One of my closest friends (we’re practically sisters – really we are Jewish sisters), was walking with me and I complimented a gentile on her sweater.

        Helene, who was a secular Jew (and a Southern Belle until her late twenties), told me afterwards, you don’t know how powerful that is.

        It really makes a difference.

        Kindness doesn’t cost anything, and one never knows whose heart is breaking inside.
        It can change someone’s life around.

        I have experienced it and reciprocated it.

        1. AuntiE*TFL

          It definitely can make a positive change for someone.

          Then there is the teaching moment. Story from Costco. Me in line, mother in front of me with toddler who kept trying to stand up in the cart. Mother using gentle loving voice asking said referenced toddler to stay seated. Child ignoring loving directive. The mother turned to place her purchases on the counter. Said child stands up, looks at me and yours truly looks child in the eye and says; Sit..NOW! Toddler promptly drops their derrière in the cart and stays there. After paying, the mother asked me how I did that. I told her it is all about the tone and facial expression. Using loving and gentle is nice, but only if it works. Third time demands serious command voice and stern facial expression. She actually said she was putting that in her mom practices.

          1. Proud Conservative Mom

            Good for you AuntiE!
            Indeed, there is a time and place for everything.
            King Solomon knew it wel.
            Koheles (Ecclesiastes 3:1) “Everything has an appointed season, and there is a time for every matter under the heaven.”

            My mother did the same thing and I learned by example.

            You have to know how and when.

          2. AuntiE*TFL

            Well, well well. There appears my most used verse. In fact, I have used it twice to give eulogies at funeral services.

            Interestingly enough, the Amish market has a piece of art using that verse.

          3. Proud Conservative Mom

            Every wisdom that exists is from Judaism.
            Everything can be found in the Torah.

            Tractate Avos (also known as Pikei Avos) 5:22 “Ben Bag Bag said: Turn it over, and [again] turn it over, for all is therein. And look into it; And become gray and old therein; And do not move away from it, for you have no better portion than it.”

            (He was referring to the Torah.)

      1. AuntiE*TFL

        It is unlikely you would find haters amongst the rank and file. Now, the E Ring at the Pentagon could be another matter.

  4. Proud Conservative Mom

    Understanding the Angels

    By: Rabbi Menachem Weiman

    Parshas Vayetzei (Genesis 28:10-32:3)

    Jacob encounters angels in several places, for example during his ladder dream (Genesis 28:12), and again in Genesis 31:10 and 32:2. It seems that more than anyone else in the Bible, Jacob has a special affinity for “angel contact.”

    What’s an angel?

    In English the expression “You’re an angel,” is always used in a positive sense. It seems many people are under the impression that the spiritual realm is only good. Yet an angel was sent to destroy Sodom. And we’re all familiar with the famous “bad” angel called Satan. So we see that angels can do both “good” and “bad.”

    The Hebrew word for angel is malach, which actually can also mean a messenger, even a non-angel. An angel is merely a messenger of the Almighty; sometimes the messenger is sent to do something positive, sometimes it’s sent to carry out a punishment or negative consequence, and sometimes it’s sent to test a person.

    Free will is the main thing that separates mankind from angels, and makes us more like God. Angels are bound to do God’s will and can do nothing else. Even Satan, the angel created to test us with moral challenges, is only doing exactly what the Almighty wants him to do. He is a messenger.

    Angels are absorbed in the spiritual realm. They have form without physicality. They are pure conduits for the Infinite to have an influence in our realm. God doesn’t “need” them, but he uses them to bridge the gap between the finite and the Infinite.

    If you look up at the heavens at night, you will see more stars than you can count. The stars are an analogy to angels. There are more than you can count. Each angel has a job to do and there is a hierarchy amongst all of them, with categories of angels in higher and lower positions.

    * * *

    YOU, TOO

    You also have “angel contact” without realizing it.

    Every blade of grass has an angel that hits it and says “grow.” (Zohar)

    Every event in your life, great and small, good and bad, happens because God causes an angel to act through His grand system of the spiritual infrastructure. The difference with Jacob was that he was sufficiently attuned to actually recognize the angel involvement.

    There was a time when people detected the accompaniment of angels and would say a short prayer to them when they parted. Although I don’t know how many people can say they feel the presence of angels on the way home from synagogue on Shabbat, but even to this day the custom is to sing a song to the angels at the Friday night table.

    * * *

    COMMANDING THE ANGELS

    Queen Esther, the mystics say, employed a demon to sleep with King Achashverosh so she wouldn’t have to. Joseph did the same with the wife of Potiphar, but he was eventually discovered. The Talmud relates how King Solomon forced an angel to give him information he wanted.

    Jewish tradition has numerous accounts of people having the ability to coerce different angels to do their bidding. Sometimes it’s because the person was so holy that he was given this ability by God, as it says in Pirkei Avot, “Do His will, and He will do yours.” If you follow the will of the Infinite in your life, you have the special merit of having God put His angels at your call.

    The Kabbalistic writings contain the knowledge of incantations that can coerce angels to do you bidding. If, however, you are not spiritually strong enough for this act, it will seriously harm you. In other words, play with fire and you may get burned.

    * * *

    SIX AREAS OF HARMONY

    Why did Jacob – more than other prophets – have such clear and obvious contact with angels? The answer has to do with the personality of the Patriarchs. Abraham and Isaac were extreme opposites of love and justice, respectively. Jacob was the harmonic balance between both extremes.

    This is the job of wisdom, to learn how to harness and gain control over our personality so we can create the perfect balance. Since time immemorial, human beings tend to lose control in the areas of work, sex, physical pleasure, sleep, speech and humor.

    Particularly if you are a Jacob-type personality, someone who is driven more strongly for meaning and understanding, than pleasure or being good, your life focus needs to include gaining control of these six areas of harmony in order to be successful.

    * * *
    Spiritual Exercise:

    Take one of the six areas of harmony and identify one positive aspect of it and one negative aspect of it. For example, one positive aspect of sleep is that it’s a chance to relax, unwind, and forget about the previous day’s challenges. One negative aspect of sleep is that too much of it will waste precious moments of life that could be used to accomplish your goals.

    After that, think about what it means to be in control. For example, to be in control of sleep means that you know exactly how much sleep you need to be refreshed and function well the next day; the best time for you to go to sleep; and that you are able to keep your sleep to that amount of time.

    1. Weary Traveler

      I always wanted to do something like that to get out of jury duty. Like if there was a way I could find out ahead of time the case I would be selected for, and who the attorneys were, and do a little digging. So when I get to the courtroom for the selection, I can pretend to know one of the attorneys.

      Me: “MIKE!? Mike Lawson? Is that you? Form Such and such University?”

      Lawyer looks confused.

      Me: “OMG, I haven’t seen you since college when we took that trip to Vegas on Spring break. BTW, you still owe that money I lent you to cover those hookers.”

      I would be immediately excused, and some poor bastard would be getting disbarred. LOL

    1. Weary Traveler

      One of the many was shared on Truth Social last night. Apparently, Farty Pants Fartwell had people silenced for making fun of him farting on live television. LOL

      1. bill smith

        The one time he didn’t enjoy making a splash of hot air…. well, I guess that it’s not that he didn’t enjoy it, it’s the fact that he got caught. Something akin to riding a moped.

  5. diaspora

    WATCH: Hunt continues for terrorists behind Jerusalem bus stop bombings
    December 1, 2022

    A week after twin bombing attacks rocked Jerusalem, killing two and injuring 17 more, Israeli security officials continue to search for the terrorists behind the attacks.

    https://youtu.be/R50dLy4Pn9w

  6. diaspora

    WATCH: Israel blasts Netflix for streaming anti-Israel film ‘Farha’
    December 1, 2022

    Israeli-funded movie theater and Netflix under fire for screening Jordanian film which compares IDF during 1948 war to “Nazi behavior during the Holocaust.”

    https://youtu.be/JOTCf6InQqo

    1. AlgorithmicAnalyst

      It is so easy to falsify history in a movie for propaganda purposes, and a lot of dummies get their history that way.

  7. AuntiE*TFL

    Here is a fine example of the pot trying to find a kettle so as to not look like what they are.

    https://thefederalist.com/2022/12/03/elon-musks-twitter-has-created-more-hate-speech-according-to-group-that-says-so-and-thats-that/?

    Twitter Hate Is Rising, Claims Group That Says So And That’s That
    Eddie Scarry

    Hand it to the Anti-Defamation League. There isn’t a single other organization out there that can declare something as fact, with no evidence, and have every major news organization repeat it verbatim, no questions asked.

    The New York Times on Friday published the headline, “Hate Speech’s Rise on Twitter Is Unprecedented, Researchers Find.” That frightful claim was backed up, in large part, by none other than the leftist ADL, which is wildly successful in convincing anyone who will listen that Nazis are lurking in every American household.

    “The shift in speech is just the tip of a set of changes on the service under Mr. Musk,” the article read, referring to Twitter’s new owner, Elon Musk. “Accounts that Twitter used to regularly remove — such as those that identify as part of the Islamic State, which were banned after the U.S. government classified ISIS as a terror group — have come roaring back. Accounts associated with QAnon, a vast far-right conspiracy theory, have paid for and received verified status on Twitter, giving them a sheen of legitimacy.”

    Examples of “hate speech” that has supposedly seen an increase under Twitter’s new ownership include “slurs against Black Americans,” “slurs against gay men,” and “antisemitic posts referring to Jews or Judaism.” The Times attributed the findings to the ADL, the Center for Countering Digital Hate, “and other groups that study online platforms.” The report conceded that the alleged incidents of hate speech are “relatively small,” but nonetheless cited the claim by the “researchers” that “the increases were atypically high.”

    There’s no public information on the Center for Countering Digital Hate’s website to correspond with what was asserted in the Times article and I don’t know what “other groups” the paper was referring to, so that leaves the ADL.

    On the same day as the Times story, the ADL published a page on its website called, “Extremists, Far Right Figures Exploit Recent Changes to Twitter,” claiming that, “In the past few weeks, the ADL noted both an increase in antisemitic content on the platform and a decrease in the moderation of antisemitic posts, a troubling situation that will likely get worse…”

    Wow, that sounds terrible! How does the ADL know all that?!

    Why, because the ADL itself said so! The citations for those assertions came in the form of two hyperlinks, both of which direct to a pair of tweets from the ADL. One said that in the two weeks after Musk formally became the owner of Twitter, there was a 61.3 percent increase in the “volume” of tweets “with an antisemitic sentiment.” The actual number of such tweets came in at a grand total of 163 mean, anti-Jewish tweets. To put that into perspective, there are roughly 500 million tweets posted each day.

    This would be like opening a brand new savings account, leaving it empty for four years, then depositing a penny. That’s a 100 percent increase in funds!

    Hmm, one cent is relatively small.

    Yeah, but, as the New York Times would say, the increase is “atypically high”!

    The second tweet by the ADL claimed that under Musk, there has been a decline in the amount of action taken by Twitter against tweets that are “flagged” for hateful content. “In two weeks,” it said, “Twitter went from taking action on 60% of antisemitic tweets to taking action on only 30%.”

    Setting aside that the whole point of Musk buying Twitter (supposedly) was to end the aggressive and unfair censorship that it had become infamous for, the ADL had only reported 60 tweets. About 40 of them were untouched.

    This is supposed to alarm you but if you’re not about to have trouble sleeping at night because 40 potentially mean tweets are still floating around out there, I’m not going to be mad.

    It would be easy to laugh in the faces of the ADL people, perhaps while breaking their glasses and dunking their heads in a toilet, but it’s not a joke. Putting out these junk studies has real consequences. Namely, it spooks ad buyers who might otherwise purchase space on Twitter, giving the company revenue, which it relies on to exist.

    And Twitter, at least for now, is the most important part of our national political dialogue. It’s where all of Washington goes to get news, share their opinions, and develop their own views on every single major issue.

    If Twitter goes down, the world will still turn. But that so many political forces suddenly want to end it, all because its new owner is more favorable to free speech, speaks to just how critical it is while it’s still around.

    Eddie Scarry is the D.C. columnist at The Federalist and author of “Liberal Misery: How the Hateful Left Sucks Joy Out of Everything and Everyone.

  8. diaspora

    Irish Drinking Joke
    McGuire dashes into the local pub out of breath and hollers to the barkeeper..”Quick, set me up with 5 shots of Jameson !!” The barkeeper hurries and sets down 5 shots in front of McGuire. McGuire quickly downs one, two, three and four when the bar guy says, “Hey lad, you shouldn’t fire those down so fast. That’s good sippin’ whiskey!” McGuire replies back “You’d down them just as fast if you had what I have!” “My God man, what is it you have?”McGuire, quickly downing the fifth shot says..” 45 cents !!!”

      1. Weary Traveler

        And more stagnant. And less healthy, and more stale.

        There’s a whole world out there, yet there are those who prefer that idiot box.

        1. Sapper 9

          I don’t think that they reproduce with each other, I assume that they use abortion to keep the little girls from having babies; however, I would imagine that a Biden/Biden mix would be stupider than the other morons.

  9. diaspora

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d76002db71b397fe8b6c0231bc8c9f4d5cecf46a3f61256dc50e5089884e66a6.png

    This week, she teaches us all about the story of Hanukkah. Exodus 15:11 says, “Who among the gods is like you, LORD? Who is like you— majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders?” That became the battle cry for a small group of faithful Jews who would stand up for what they believed in.

    Although they were much weaker and smaller in number than their enemies, the Maccabees were strong in their faith. And they served a much more powerful commander: God.

    So what’s the spiritual lesson for us today? Every small step of courage we take can impact the life of someone else. We never know what miracles a small act of courage can create!

    Listen now as Yael teaches us about Hanukkah, a holiday about God’s miraculous provision for those who are faithful to Him.
    https://www.charismapodcastnetwork.com/show/nourishyourbiblicalroots/08c662c4-6f15-44a5-990a-0565ca36e344/Hanukkah%3A-The-Maccabees%3A-The-Story-of-Courage%2C-Faith%2C-and-Hope

      1. Proud Conservative Mom

        Good morning AA!

        How have you been feeling?

        I wanted to ask you something.
        I wasn’t prone to headaches before.
        I’ve recently been getting some severe ones (two weeks worth, were from a terrible case of sinusitis that were treated by antibiotics).

        I pray that your headaches and nausea haven’t plagued you.

        Any advice for headache relief, overall?

        Currently, I am using Tylenol and Ibuprofen.

        Ibuprofen for longtime use isn’t healthy.

        My internist is on maternity leave currently.
        I have to make an appointment to see her substitute.

        1. AlgorithmicAnalyst

          Sometimes it is due to pockets of liquid near the brain, like in the sinuses. One of the remedies I looked up recently is to clear out the sinuses. I am no doctor of course 🙂

    1. Sapper 9

      This is one of my favorite video clips, it demonstrates the reason for ccw.

      Thank you for posting this; however, in a blue city this would be called racist when they take the mask off the deceased; even though she appears to be asian, we would hear about a “white supremacist” murdering a black man after he offered to help carry her “baggage”.

  10. bill smith

    The page graphic is of Vinny getting inside of the head of the Bloomer Monster.

    1. Proud Conservative Mom

      That’s very funny that you said that.
      It looked like a monster to me.

      Does this graphic still have four hidden meanings?

      My sister Devora still calls you “The Bloomers Guy.”

  11. John Gillis

    Great movie: The Public Enemy starring James Cagney. My favorite part is when a criminal associate of his is killed during a heist and at the funeral, the decedent’s mother is crying , saying he was a “good boy” and he was “just getting his life together”. Kind of like today’s punks who are killed during the committing of a crime, as their mothers echo the same lament.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=pY7ni9euA_0

    1. John Gillis

      A 60-year-old man crying like a baby for not getting the approval from a 21-year-old woman he so desperately wanted! LOLOLOLOL!!!!!

      1. Weary Traveler

        And this is a guy who insists that everyone else has a pathetic life. LOL

          1. Weary Traveler

            Since some others joined in, he hasn’t responded. LOL

            He has to realize he put his foot in his mouth.

      1. Weary Traveler

        It was down towards the bottom.

        Gus the libTURD was crying because he didn’t get an invite to the discussion. LOL

      1. Weary Traveler

        I understand. But at least you are getting a good play by play here without having to encounter the NYC Transit System. LOL

      1. Chief Mac

        Personally I think is an absolute jerk, a crooked businessman and other things I won’t say

        That being said he had some of the best government policies in recent memory

          1. John Gillis

            Purple onions. And radishes. And purple cabbage. For some reason, I associate them with poison. Eggplant too!

      1. AuntiE*TFL

        His tone of voice to Chuck Todd was slightly condescending and deservedly so!!!!!!!! They underestimate his ability to not fall into their trap questions.

          1. AuntiE*TFL

            I found it amusing he told Todd he was not going to get in it; however, Todd could keep up his attempts.

            He is in my top choices to the question; If you could spend one hour with a famous figure, who would it be?

          2. Proud Conservative Mom

            Indeed, Todd was relentless and kept on trying to pressure Bibi Netanyahu to give a response.
            Bibi was having none of it.

            For myself, it would be four of the most prominent Rabbis in this generation.

          3. AuntiE*TFL

            My first choice would be Queen Elizabeth II. Yes, I know she has passed away. She lived through so many major world events and societal changes.

            Justice Thomas is on the list. He would be my second SCOTUS talk. I had several conversations with Justice Powell, after his retirement from the Court.

            It would be interesting to have a twosome; one of your Rabbis and Billy Graham together.

            Prime Minister Netanyahu. I love writing that title and sticking my tongue out at the Democrats who so dislike him.

          4. AuntiE*TFL

            We might as well add Golda Meir. We should have all three together; Meir, Begin and Netanyahu.

  12. bill smith

    Tell me what type of accusations leftists are hurling and I’ll tell you what they’re guilty of.
    -Bill Smith

    1. Weary Traveler

      And that would only be the tip of the iceberg. Like I keep saying; their accusations are partial confessions.

    1. AuntiE*TFL

      Is that one of the most ridiculous things to ever show up as a fashion item? Rhetorical question!

      1. Proud Conservative Mom

        It gets crazier and crazier along with the rest of the world.

        Apologies that I wasn’t around for your apparel rant.

        I’ll be away for a few hours in the afternoon, Be’Ezras Hashem at some point and will be back in the evening.

        I’m praying that you will get some sleep 💤😴!!

        1. AuntiE*TFL

          I have not posted my apparel rant. I was awaiting your return. If I last, I will try and post it this evening.

          1. Proud Conservative Mom

            You need to do whatever works to enable you to sleep.

            John once mentioned something about a hot toddy to help one sleep if I remember correctly.
            I have no clue as to what that is.

          2. AuntiE*TFL

            Hot toddy Ingredients
            2 fluid ounces boiling water
            1 ½ fluid ounces whiskey
            1 teaspoon honey
            3 whole cloves
            1 cinnamon stick
            1 slice lemon
            1 pinch ground nutmeg

          3. Proud Conservative Mom

            TYMK.
            I screenshot it.
            For myself, an ounce of Smirnoff Ice that I had on Shabbos knocked me out for a few hours.
            I hate alcohol so if I drink anything that contains it, it puts me to sleep. 🤦

          4. AuntiE*TFL

            My maternal grandmother was a teetotaler. She did give in to her sister-in-law, a nurse, on a shot of whiskey in sassafras tea for a chest cold.

            By the way, you may be unaware; however, you are in communication with someone who is dead..me. According to the FDA, sassafras root is poisonous and should not be ingested. Considering I was dosed with sassafras root tea for chest colds and other illnesses, obviously I am dead. 🤔😯🙀😱😎

    1. Proud Conservative Mom

      Salutations!

      Good for Levy for sticking up for the Jewish People.
      He’s a proud Jew.

      “This week was remembrance day for the Holocaust, I would take a minute of silence for every victim we had, but it would take 11 and-a-half years, I think the broadcast would end before that,” he said.

      “So I will sell my fight kit [and] the profits will go to Holocaust victims who made it and are still alive today,” he added.

      Kol HaKavod (all of the honor) to him!

      1. AuntiE*TFL

        I am currently functioning on zero sleep since 11:00 AM yesterday!😳😫😖

        As I am doing a ceiling to floor bathroom cleaning, I am in an old sweatshirt of Uncle’s and a pair of ProgenyE’s sweatpants. It is not an attractive look; however, the bathroom has had no comments so far.

        1. Proud Conservative Mom

          OH NOOOOO!
          That’s AWFUL! 🤯🤯🤯🤯🤯🤯

          I don’t know how you have the strength to move at all.

          Forget the unattractive look.
          Are you able to even rest your eyes?!

          1. AuntiE*TFL

            UncleE has removed himself to the lower level. He is afeared of how my mood may change on a breath. Sometimes I go totally wackadoddle looney!🤓😎

          2. AuntiE*TFL

            The smell of Tilex is not helping!! Cleaning tip. If your tub floor gets out of control (pretty positive it would never happen in your bathroom), use oven cleaner. Thoroughly coat, let set for 30 minutes, sponge it away, viola, clean tub.

          3. Proud Conservative Mom

            The smell of Tilex is extremely strong and potent.
            That must be burning your already exhausted eyes.
            😱😱😱😱😱😱

            You’re the very sweetest!
            My cleaning lady does that scrubbing for me on Tuesdays and Fridays.
            I physically cannot do it because of my chronic pain.
            Whenever I bend or lift, I always pay a price for it.

            To pick up small items, I have a gripper.

            It’s all good.

          4. AuntiE*TFL

            At least, I found a use for left over masks. It helps with the fumes. My glasses help keep it out of my eyes.

            UncleE uses a gripper all the time!! At his height, his joke is he is not close enough to the ground.

      1. Chief Mac

        Morning PCM

        $21K for a house is not insane – the name and assembly is the problem

        1. Proud Conservative Mom

          I thought that was the cost for only a partial amount of the materials needed to construct the house in the first place.

          Then again with the cost of everything…
          You are correct!

      2. Sapper 9

        I got a great deal at an auction of a building material distributor, I wrote them the biggest check that I have ever written , 25% of the normal cost; I went there to buy a fuel pod after our fuel truck was stolen. Blessings are sometimes hidden in tragedy.

          1. Chief Mac

            Heat – over 90% of my heating is from a wood stove. In the winter it is burning 24 hours a day for weeks at a time.

            You’re a city girl – how would you know?

          2. Chief Mac

            It heats 100% of the house – I have thousands of trees to pick from plus anybody that has a tree come down on the roads or in their yard. My next door neighbor has 30 acres of trees. Have a chainsaw and splitter, plus a tractor to move the wood.

            Once I have the wood cut, stacked and covered I let it sit for a year or two and it cuts my electric bill by about 50%. If in need I have a large pond stocked with fish, chickens, two wells, two electrical generators, 2 full freezers, 20 oil lamps and a few thousand books. Can survive at least six months to a year without anything not on my farm. Once I build a new forge I will be able to make anything I need, because I have all the tools to cut and shape wood with or without electric power. Am pretty independent of society

          3. Sapper 9

            I like the smell of those, I have an outside one, which has it’s positive and negatives.

  13. Proud Conservative Mom

    *Connecting*

    Everything that exists in your world is about connecting to your Creator. 

    Everything is one of three: 

    1. A connection to be grasped.  

    2. A disconnection to be avoided.

    3. Or neutral ground awaiting you to transform it into a connection.  

    But if something was not part of your purpose, it would not exist in your world.

    ~ R’ Tzvi Freeman

    http://www.emunadaily.com

    1. Proud Conservative Mom

      Tragically true.

      That being said, no one that I know hides the fact that they’re Jewish even in college.

      My father and his best friend when they attended Columbia University (graduate school), were the first Jews to wear Yarmulkes.
      They were asked to remove them but refused to do so.
      They won that “war.”

      I’m honored to know them both.

      (No judgments on anyone else.)

  14. Proud Conservative Mom

    My husband yesterday, shared with me something very beautiful on Tehillim (Psalm) 23:4 “Even when I walk in the valley of darkness, I will fear no evil for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff – they comfort me.”
    Many of us say this verse, and we don’t understand how profound it is.
    King David wasn’t saying that there won’t be any more dark times (until Moshiach comes).
    Of course, he knew there would be!

    Imagine a child walking through a dark and dense forest alone trying to navigate himself correctly.
    He would be terrified.
    Now imagine how the same child would feel in the same precise situation, but with his father holding his hand…

      1. AuntiE*TFL

        I have remedied the Tilex smell. I laid a drawer liner sheet on the arm of my chair. It is gardenia fragrance. 🙂🙃😊🤓

          1. AuntiE*TFL

            I have plenty of tissues.

            The tub and tub tiles are finished. Two walls above the tiles are completed.

            I found the kitty’s catnip mouse. She put it between the vanity and the tub. How she thought she would get it out is beyond my human brain.

  15. Proud Conservative Mom

    Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Sunday the U.S. will not shrink from its unwavering support for Israel despite stark differences with Prime Minister-elect Benjamin Netanyahu and concerns the Biden administration may have about potential members of his incoming right-wing government.

    — JewishNews24

      1. AuntiE*TFL

        If such were true, he would never have spoken at ADL or J Street. I cannot remember which it was.

    1. AuntiE*TFL

      Over priced just for the name Harvard. I will match Duke and UVA against Harvard.

    1. Sapper 9

      Pretty soon all of the palestinians will have been relocated to the US and Europe , bring enough of there to here, here will become there.

    1. AuntiE*TFL

      To think, they mentioned him running for President against Trump. 🙀😂😂😂😂😂😂

      1. Weary Traveler

        And said Trump would be in prison by now.

        Reminds me of a joke I heard years after the OJ trial when F. Lee Bailey got sentenced; “imagine how rich you would be if you bet someone that OJ would walk free, and F. Lee Bailey would end up going to jail.

        LOL

  16. Weary Traveler

    Why are these officials picking on kids and the elderly? Is it ignorance? Stupidity? If so, my prior suggestion that public health officials in this country and world have missed their calling to write instruction manuals for ice cube trays seems spot on.

    Or is it something more nefarious like desire for power that is comfortable with dehumanization as a tool? A lust for power so strong that it approaches a desire to injure, or at least allows for no real degree of empathy while it dehumanizes. Maybe the ever-present desire to project and protect power demands there be absolutely no questioning of the newly self-established “science.”

    We Need Mass Resignations

    https://brownstone.org/articles/we-need-mass-resignations/

    We would like to think that those who go in to healthcare do so out of benevolence, and some certainly do. But most don’t. It attracts more sociopaths than anything, and I am willing to be the Democrat money laundering machine known as the unions, are a major contributing factor to this. History, unfortunately, is replete with examples of the worst people going in to so-called “healthcare.”

    The biggest war criminals during the holocaust were actually doctors and nurses, and the groundwork for it was laid out by “medical professionals” and “scientists.” All in the name of “the greater good” of course.

    Mass resignations? We mass executions for these people.

    1. Weary Traveler

      HA!! I’m old enough to remember when having a tape deck in the car was a big deal.

      1. AuntiE*TFL

        My frustration is great they no longer have CD players in cars. I have a very large collection of CDs I would like to listen to when I travel.

        1. Weary Traveler

          I have a huge collection of CD and records.

          In a way, I am glad for the digital files. I got my Aunt’s old iPhone6, which I only use as a music player. I was able to copy my entire iTunes library over to it, and even transfer the audio files ripped from my CDs and dubbed from my albums. And all fits in my pocket. I’m glad for that technology. It also allows me to save and preserve my hard media better. Rather than leaving my CDs in the car where things can happen to them. Like getting warped from the extreme temperatures from parked cars, lost or stolen.

          1. AuntiE*TFL

            I have a bunch of iTunes; however, an unwilling to paya second time for music I have on CD. I may just buy an inexpensive portable CD player.

          2. Weary Traveler

            You don’t have to pay a second time. Just rip the audio in to a digital file. If if your Mac doesn’t have an optical drive, you can get external optical drive that connect via USB fairly inexpensive these days.

          3. Weary Traveler

            I thought the iPad Pro has a USB port? No? Because if it does, you should be able to plug an external optical drive to it, and rip the CDs from there, and have the audio on your iTunes.

          4. Weary Traveler

            If I remember correctly, the Pro was supposed to have a USB, and more storage space than the conventional iPad.

          5. AuntiE*TFL

            I see nothing to hook a USB to. Keep in mind mine is basic. There may be an upper end model that has such.

          6. Weary Traveler

            Then it may just be a regular iPad and not the Pro. I remember looking in to this once, before getting my aunt’s old iPhone, as I wanted storage space, and direct connection through USB. The only thing that matched that was the iPad Pro, but at the time, it cost roughly $1,000.

          7. AuntiE*TFL

            Trust me, it is an iPad Pro, 12.5 screen, 128GB. Maybe it works through the charging slot.

            I did a 15 second search. There is a special cable to do USB stuff.

          8. Weary Traveler

            Maybe. That’s exactly how my iPhone works, as to how I can directly connect it to my Mac when I want to transfer MP3s.

          9. Weary Traveler

            I know that would be a huge thing for me. My “man cave” = only for want of a better word, is my home production studio, which includes all my my music and audio stuff. Anyone who couldn’t accept that being a part of me, and a room in our house being dedicated to it, for me, would not be relationship material, let alone marriage material.

          10. Weary Traveler

            Right? I would expect my wife to also have her own space as well. As log as it isn’t something illegal and/or awful like a meth lab or a torture chamber, of course.

            I just have no idea where this notion came from that once you marry, especially if you are the guy, that suddenly you have to get rid of the the things you enjoy? What’s THAT all about?

            I actually got in to a similar discussion with my brother about this years ago. Clan of Xymox had just released their double live album, which was a collection of recordings of songs that they performed during their central and South American tour, and it had all kinds of pictures from shows, and them touring the sights like the Mayan temples.

            My brother mentioned something about how they really had to be dedicated to that lifestyle to still dress all in black when touring the sights in Mexico and South America. Then proceeded to make a remark about it being silly that a guy — referring to Ronny Moorings, and who at the time was in his 40s — was still dressing and looking like that at his age? Me, being the kind of guy I am, I asked what in the [insert colorful NYC transit verbiage here] does conformity have to do with maturity?

            Where is it written — and if it is, by whom, and who died and made them god — that once you pass a certain age, you have to be more bland and conventional?

            Even to this day, I still have conversations like this with people. Bottom line; conversational is just conventional. Whether good or bad depends on the convention. If conventionalism is a person’s moral compass, then their moral compass is broken.

            I also find myself explaining often to some people that so-called “counter culture” is NOT an antisocial thing like the title implies. Goth, Punk, etc., are not “counter culture” as they are *counter POP culture* = not merely settling for what is mass produced and presented to you, but finding your own way even if it is a harder road than going with the rest of the herd.

            So where is it written that just because a man gets married, he has to get rid of his music, his stereo, and trade in his leather jacket and Doc Martens for a cardigan and loafers? And again, if it IS written down somewhere, then who is the [insert more colorful NYC Transit System verbiage here] who gets to the decide that, and who died and made them god?

            End of rant. LOL

          11. Proud Conservative Mom

            “(insert more colorful NYC Transit System verbiage here)”
            🤣🤣🤣

            My husband and I both brought items with us into the marriage that we keep and store in our own spaces.
            Why should we have to part with things that we love that are harmless?

            The bottom line is that you don’t marry someone thinking that you will change them and remake them into something entirely different.

            That’s just ludicrous and irrational.

          12. Weary Traveler

            That’s exactly what I think too.

            And like I said, I would actually want my wife to have her own space in the house for the things that she enjoys. Even if it was something I didn’t share an interest in myself. I would encourage her to have such a space. I would insist on it.

            It would be OUR house, right? We would be sharing OUR lives. Just as I would expect to have her knickknacks on the shelves along with mime.

            It makes perfect sense. So where did the other nonsense come from, I wonder? I seriously wonder how that came to be.

          13. Weary Traveler

            I can only guess that whoever put that notion out there wanted to discourage as many guys as possible from ever wanting to get married.

          14. Sapper 9

            My fiance and i livea couple of hours apart, we maintain separate homes and finances, with the exception of a joint bank account.

            I know, it is strange, but it has worked out fine; we spend alternate weekends in the others city.

            Miss P and her toys have taken over my theater room, it is not very manly anymore; when I invite friends over to watch sports , or a fight, there are stuffed animals and little kitchen stuff about.

          15. AuntiE*TFL

            Purchase an elegant storage bin to put her things in when the ‘guys’ come over.

          16. AuntiE*TFL

            I have several of the decorative storage boxes. They make such nice ones. You can toss stuff in and leave them setting right out, not hidden away.
            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c410357fb5a902130dd2fcd2a4446b822856c163bf5f2478162f1eb39d53d6b4.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/68874418ec4338e374a1b833f7543a019d94c472b3cf49a22583b04a9c3b8ba0.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/bec5c0e8ff1471a13ea5a304ddf66c8992a3fdc507a79d591971c7ac875e98db.jpg

          17. Sapper 9

            I just steered into the skid and bought bin organizer racks for her toys, she is my little buddy.

          18. Proud Conservative Mom

            That’s so very sweet.
            I know what you mean.
            I feel the same way about my oldest granddaughter.
            It’s because she’s extremely precocious and intelligent and has a superb vocabulary and art of conversation.

            I love all of my grandchildren, but Esther is the one that I have the most fun with because of what I described.

            Rachel who turned two in October, is a tremendous character!

          19. Sapper 9

            The grandparent adventure has been better than I remember the parent experience being. lol

          20. Proud Conservative Mom

            That’s what most people say.

            I am feeling nostalgic.

            In less than two years, I will most likely have an empty nest for the most part.
            My two youngest sons will be dorming in a Bais Midrash (Talmudic College).
            My 25 year old will hopefully be married in two years or less.

            I really enjoyed raising my children.
            I really miss it.

            (I would have had a couple of more children if my last pregnancy wasn’t so unexpectedly and shockingly life threatening.)

          21. Chief Mac

            I agree 2 daughters, 2 step-daughters and three out of four were more than I care to handle. The 11 grandkids – an absolute delight and wish I could see them a lot more

          22. Proud Conservative Mom

            If it works for you both, that’s all that matters.

            AuntiE had a recommendation for you.
            The toys for my grandchildren are kept in the basement when they’re not visiting.
            We have nice bins and bookcases for their toys and books.

          23. Sapper 9

            I will eventually create a playroom for her, I just need to downsize some of my stuff; my home has six bedrooms.

          24. Proud Conservative Mom

            That’s what we have in the basement, but because stairs are sometimes painful for me, and I love to spend time with my grandchildren, the toys and books are brought upstairs when they come (on a rotating basis).

          25. Sapper 9

            I took that from one of the back pastures after my stupid chihuahua disappeared, he has a mind of his own sometimes.

          26. Weary Traveler

            Too many for me to frame and hang up, so I have them in their storage selves.

            I recorded the audio in to Adobe Audition, did some processing to clean up the sound, so I can listen to my records without adding wear. However, I still like to fire up the turntable on occasion.

          27. Chief Mac

            I cheat – still have an iPod and have tens of thousands of old radio shows from the 20s-60s loaded on it

          28. Chief Mac

            I like the old radio shows – makes you use your imagination instead of some director’s

          29. Weary Traveler

            I was gifted with one on CD a few years ago, which was some old Twilight Zones. Very interesting stuff.

            When I got more involved in the UFO topic, I just had to listen to War of The Worlds, because I just had to see how it could have caused any mass hysteria. I heard nothing that should have done that, but it was very interesting and well done.

            It’s a pity they don’t do stuff like that anymore. I always thought that would be cool to listen to while on a log drive. Especially at night.

          30. Chief Mac

            That is because the people listening missed the first part and thought it was a real news broadcast

          31. Weary Traveler

            I remember reading something about that. There was a popular show that was on another network prior, and that ended late.

            But even then, that STILL doesn’t explain two things. 1.) How did anyone not recognize the famous voices of the actors? Especially Wells? And 2.) How did anyone not think to turn the dial, and see if other stations were talking about it? That goes back to my dad’s theory about people not being very sophisticated.

            But hey, many of that generation actually believed that Democrats cared about the little guy, and that rationing was patriotic. So there you go.

          32. Weary Traveler

            My dad thinks it had to do with just how unsophisticated folks were back then. Radio was still fairly new in the consumer market, although had been around a few decades prior, but was more of a “nerd’s toy” in the earlier part of the 20th century.

            I think there is a degree of truth to that, but I also think that other things that were going on stateside and around the world contributed to it. It didn’t help that the broadcast aired so close to the Hindenburg either.

          33. John Gillis

            Just think of the mass hysteria that would ensue if “The Man in the high Castle” were a 1930s radio show.

            🤯🤯🤯🤯🤯

          34. Chief Mac

            Try otrr.org – all the old shows are in the public domain and free to everybody

          35. Chief Mac

            That and there dozens of other sites. Over 60,000 radio shows are available. I find it is great for long distance travel without internet or radio

        2. Proud Conservative Mom

          SECONDED.

          I have since been using the songs that I can obtain from Amazon Prime Music and download it onto my phone.
          It doesn’t require WiFi when I do that.
          But it’s very annoying.

        3. Sapper 9

          Like heated seats, when I got my first auto with satellite radio, i never looked back, I can no longer go back to living like a farm animal without it. Just kidding

          1. Proud Conservative Mom

            That’s okay.
            You didn’t steal the money to pay for it.
            You earned it via hard work.

            The cost of living to be a Torah Jew is very expensive, but there is no greater privilege in my opinion.

            It’s beyond worth it.

          2. Sapper 9

            When I was in the Army, I was one of the cheapest people alive, my wife always had a reliable car and I drove an old beater. Lol

            A couple of my Army buddies and I started a small construction company in 1988, we ran it out of a couple of sheds we built, which were painted a weird color of red; when I built my new building, I painted part of it that same weid color for old times sake.

          3. AuntiE*TFL

            What?? Your husband is a monster!!! Think full derrière to shoulder heating pad as you ride down the road.

          4. AuntiE*TFL

            If you do not have heated car seats, he is falling down on the job. 🙀🤓😎😂 Thé first time I had them they were an ‘extra’. It was the best $425 I ever spent!!! Now, almost every car has them standard. Maybe he is keeping them a secret from you.😳🤔😎🙀😂😂😂😂😂

          5. Proud Conservative Mom

            Our car is a Rogue and only three or four years old.
            It didn’t come with them.

            It’s all good.

            A couple of rooms need to be rewired first and two trees have to be taken down.

            That has to take priority.

          6. AuntiE*TFL

            How dare he not add heated seats!😊😊😊 Your back would never want to leave the car!!!! I cannot count the trips downI-81 through the valley in January, wind whipping around and snuggle warm with my seats.

            Oh yeah gads. Tree removal is SSSSSOOOOOO expensive!!!

          7. AuntiE*TFL

            I am going to sign off, read for a while, and hope the sandman comes by with some ‘sleep sand’.

            We shall reconvene tomorrow.

          8. Weary Traveler

            I drive a Rogue. It’s actually the best car that I have ever owned. I love it.

          9. Sapper 9

            My everyday driver is a jeep Cherokee trail hawk, I have owned three and want to buy another, everything is personal preference.

          10. Weary Traveler

            True. When I get my pain and suffering money, I’m keeping my Rogue, but I am buying me a Toyota 4 Runner. The Rogue will be for local, and some regional, the 4 Runner will for picking up larger items, and long distance travel.

          11. Weary Traveler

            Mine is a 2011. It’s big enough to have some space, but also small enough to navigate the urban jungle.

        1. Sapper 9

          I had never heard of that, so i looked it up, apparently they are rare today.

          1. Sapper 9

            I saw that and looked it up, they are very rare today and were only around for a short time.

          2. Chief Mac

            Am a farmer. Farming is hard work and that takes hard people. There aren’t many teenagers 20 year olds that can keep up with me. A couple of years ago hired a teenager to load piles of branches into my my truck so I could move them into a burn pile. I was cutting up and moving logs with my chainsaw and tractor and I still managed to out load branches over the kid even though he was twice my size and weight. Needless to say after one weekend I decided to finish the job myself

          3. Proud Conservative Mom

            That’s incredible!

            May Hashem continue to gift you with tremendous health and strength.

            My husband has always been a very strong person, but even when he was much younger, he wouldn’t have had the ability to compete with my 25 year old.

            My 25 year old works out tremendously (very early in the morning before he learns Torah with his Chavrusa (learning partner) from 6-7 in shul and then davens before going to work.

            I’m amazed at what he can do.

            Mind you, my husband was never a slouch.
            But this is a whole other level.

            May he continue to be successful in all that he does in the best of health always.

            I wish that for all of you and your families.

          4. Chief Mac

            What can I say. I grew up on a kibbutz, dug ditches by hand for living, served in the military, did carpentry, blacksmithing, wheel wright, saddler. May not be as fast or as strong anymore (close on the later still), but if anything tougher that I ever was and stubborn as all get out. Now I have the wisdom to use power equipment whenever I can to assist me, but know how and what to do without whenever I have to. Polished I am not, but as hard as hickory when I have to to be

          5. Proud Conservative Mom

            You were always a very hard worker apparently, with wonderful work ethics.
            Moreover, you were never afraid of working hard.

            Unfortunately, “work” has become a four letter word. 🙄🤦

          6. AuntiE*TFL

            It is a four letter word. Change it to it has become a foul word to a growing segment.

          7. Weary Traveler

            One of the things that kept going through my mind on 9/11 was how everyone who was murdered that day, was just living their lives< and how they got up that morning expecting just another work day.

          8. Proud Conservative Mom

            Yup. 💔💔💔😥😥😥
            That’s a perfect description.

            FYI, more Jews were saved because of the time of year.
            The month before Rosh Hashanah, there are extra prayers in the morning.

            That made a tremendous difference that the terrorists didn’t realize until afterwards.
            They wanted to murder more Jews.

            I remember reading about it.

      2. John Gillis

        I remember when I installed an Alpine tape deck in my Ford LTD. I would blare some obnoxious punk rock driving through Boston.

      1. Sapper 9

        An actress from a sitcom and a few movies, she was very pretty in her day, but, her day was a long time ago.

          1. Sapper 9

            Trust me it is not a great piece of knowledge; however, she was a decent actress .

          2. John Gillis

            No wonder I haven’t seen her in anything lately. It’s a pity. I’ve always liked her.

          3. Weary Traveler

            Me too. I had a bit of a crush on her back in the day. There was a certain realness she brought to her characters.

        1. Weary Traveler

          I see the lib trolls with massive TDS in the comments section cheering her death. Hence, I will never hesitate to dance on a leftist’s grave.

      1. Sapper 9

        I find the islamanazis ,the feminazis and LGBTQALPHABETNAZIS to be strange bedfellows.

          1. Sapper 9

            I remember at one of the “women’s marches” where they had a woman in a complete Burka as a speaker.

          2. Weary Traveler

            That was probably Linda Sarsour. And all she did was talk about Islam. You think that would have been a huge clue to those used up burlap sacks, but noooo…

          3. Sapper 9

            No, not Linda Sarsour, although she did speak, the one I remember was a pair of eyes looking out from under a blanket.

          4. Weary Traveler

            Oh, so there was more than one Muzzie speaking at those rallies? Figures. Still… You would think that would have been a huge clue to those fat skanky lezzies.

          5. John Gillis

            They’re clueless. They have no idea they would be the first ones to be treated to “free flying lessons” from the tops of skyscrapers if the Islamists had their way.

    1. Sapper 9

      I lived in Alaska for three years and have only see a real good showing of the Aurora Borealis a handful of times.

        1. Weary Traveler

          Yes. I can’t remember the exact reasons why, and why only around the Arctic Circle, but, I remember it had something to do with ice crystals and the atmosphere itself in that area.

        2. Sapper 9

          They are caused by electrically charged particles from the sun, which happens year round, but can not seen during the summer months, since there is too much light.

    2. diaspora

      I still remember to this day the first time I saw the Northern Lights in Alaska; it was 1978 and I was 18 yrs old. We were driving on a highway and we pulled to the side of the road and got out of the car to watch a stunning display of light; we were AWESTRUCK! As we stared at the heavens, every once in a while it looked like the dancing green lights bent down and almost touched us – truly breathtaking!

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e63d3d25390c1889fee8098bbd556bd63827cc4763121a2bf3b1e7b05d5eefbf.png

      1. Weary Traveler

        🎼I traveled the world, and the seven seas. Everybody is looking for something.🎼

        1. bill smith

          Definitely.
          Some of them want to use you
          Some of them want to get used by you
          Some of them want to abuse you
          Some of them want to be abused

          1. AuntiE*TFL

            12 solid hours. I did not even get up to use the facilities. 😁😄😃😀🤓

  17. Weary Traveler

    The Absurdity of Lockdowners Who Support China’s Anti-Lockdown Protests

    https://brownstone.org/articles/the-absurdity-of-lockdowners-who-support-chinas-anti-lockdown-protests/

    And I remember being called “worse than Hitler” for attending anti-lockdown rallies in my area. I remember ALL the nasty things that were said to me, and what I was accused of. When in reality, those making the accusations were, and still are, the ones who are “worse than Hitler.”

    I pray to God that every lockdown hawk, whether in public office, a bureaucrat, or just some random Karen on the street, soon finds themselves standing in front of a firing squad as part of a “Zero Tyranny” policy.

    1. John Gillis

      Worse than Hitler??? Leftists do come up with the stupidest hyperbole. I’ve heard these meatballs refer to the NRA as Nazis, but calling a private citizen a genocidal dictator is just moronic.

      If stupidity were a crime, these people would get the firing squad!

      1. Sapper 9

        The left love comparisons that include : hitler, 9-11, watergate, etc…, they are a bunch of crazy drama queens.

        If I want SMALLER GOVERNMENT and LESS government intrusion into my life, then I support tyranny? hmmmmmm

          1. John Gillis

            This should be a warning: mental illness and physical devolution are the end result of leftist indoctrination!

          2. AuntiE*TFL

            I failed to copy it. There was a meme showing George Orwell, with his book, saying It was not an instruction manual.

      2. Weary Traveler

        I considered it major projection on their part. Think about it; the only people that were worse than Hitler were the “good Germans” who went along with him. Without them, he would have had no power, and the regime would have ended sooner as he would have just been some lone madman.

        Liberals are those “good Germans” with their hysterical bigotry.

    2. george linker

      It was the nazis that used lockdowns and disease as a method of dividing the people into us and them, diseased not diseased groups. Theye then set out to eliminate the disease they created. Lockdowns are a sign of government failure, a sign of evil.

      1. Weary Traveler

        Exactly. That’s the reason I think all lockdown hawks need to face a firing squad.

  18. Sapper 9

    https://taskandpurpose.com/news/navy-recruiting-afqt-asvab-standards/

    The navy has lowered their standards to accept applicants with a 10-30 % score on the entrance exam.

    The test is multiple choice with 4 choices and a top score of 100, a person should be able to GUESS and get near 25%.

    Note: this is an SQT score, note a GT score; the SQT is math , science and english, while the GT score also includes other parts.

    This was the source that was sent to me, in my vetting I found others, to include fox news.

    1. John Gillis

      I’m 57 and I’m applying to the Navy’s OTS program, LOL! If accepted, I’ll be the US Navy’s oldest ensign!

    1. John Gillis

      Thank God I was highly resistant to that nonsense. Even 30 years ago, many professors peddled their leftist demagoguery, but I can only imagine how bad it is today. At least when I was in school, I could engage in a healthy debate. Today, dissenting opinions are shouted down.

    1. Weary Traveler

      From DC_Draino on Truth Social…

      If social distancing works, then why didn’t it work?

      If masks work, then why didn’t they work?

      If lockdowns work, then why didn’t they work?

      If vaccines work, then why didn’t they work?

      If vaccine passports work, then why didn’t they work?

      It was never about the science or your health

      It was about pushing our country closer to globalist tyranny

      It failed for now, but they’ll be back

      1. Sapper 9

        It worked exactly as planned, it wasn’t about a virus, it was about gaining control and overriding voting laws.

  19. Tony

    Former US President Donald Trump’s family real estate company has been found guilty of tax crimes.

    The Trump Organization was convicted on all counts on Tuesday after two days of jury deliberations in New York.

    The company had been accused of enriching its top executives with off-the books benefits for at least 15 years.

    The business is synonymous with the former president, but neither Mr Trump or his family members were on trial.

    The company is expected to face a fine of around $1.6m (£1.3m) and may also face difficulty in securing loans and financing.

    Mr Trump has criticised the trial as politically motivated. He also attacked his long-serving former chief financial executive Allen
    Weisselberg after he pleaded guilty and testified against the business.

  20. Tony

    If you need a change of diet, it looks like the biggest covid-related scandal anywhere is breaking over here.. Do a Google search for Michelle Mone, a glamorous blonde member of our House of Lords. This should be a big one.

    1. Weary Traveler

      Too many of them have been raised on the “turn the other cheek” mentality. Then consider the GOP is part of the uniparty as controlled opposition.

      Like Michael Savage has said since the 90s; we have Demicans and Republicrats.

      1. AuntiE*TFL

        Further, press wise, they are to easily distracted. The Democrats NEVER allow the press to distract them from talking points.

          1. Sapper 9

            The Democrats get the questions BEFORE the press conferences and probably acceptable answers to feed into the teleprompter.

  21. bill smith

    with about half the votes being counted, Walker is down by about 3 percent.

          1. Weary Traveler

            It’s all they can do.

            They’re agenda is too fringe, and they alienated everyone.

      1. Sapper 9

        A judge has ruled that they must accept ballots up to three days after the election, the Democrats will know who hasn’t voted, how many votes are needed and now they have the opportunity to slide ballots in the names of those that have not voted .

    1. george linker

      That is one reason why I never listen to public speakers and political speeches. They are trying to manipulate people.

    1. John Gillis

      I remember when I could get stripper clips for loading .223 ammo. Also, “grease gun” magazines! Gravity knives. Serjeant stripes. Oh, and a ton of explosives field manuals!!!!!

    1. george linker

      Hitler was also man of the year. Seems that they tend to honor the wrong people. Probably standard in human worship.

      1. Tony

        If you are comparing Zelensky with Hitler I really think you should think again.

        1. george linker

          The problem is human worship. They always chose the same kind of people. Here it is another nations leader just like in 1938. I see little difference.

          1. Chief Mac

            Zelensky is no Hitler – but he sure as hell is crooked and a hypocritical.

        2. Weary Traveler

          Hitler was a Nazi. Zelensky is a Nazi lover.

          Hitler was a bisexual who molested his own cousin. Zelensky is a drag queen.

          1. John Gillis

            OMG, I saw a special that detailed his relationship with his niece, Geli Raubel. Hitler was a sick pervert to begin with.

            Odd how the Democrats and our media sympathize with America’s enemies, including Nazi sympathizers.

          2. Weary Traveler

            I think it is more than safe to say that perversion and antisemitism go hand in hand = where one is, so is the other.

        3. Sapper 9

          I am not sure he was comparing the two, it seemed to be more of a contrast to me; it is no surprise that they put zelensky on the cover, when in the past they have had worse.

      1. Sapper 9

        In the written report, it said that there were signs of life for a moment, but, you are correct that is how it appears.

  22. Weary Traveler

    Saw this earlier today.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/70c0e59ef23a0484254a87b42412bdd4ea5bfe0df6b01c14ac55361d84985480.jpg

    Funny thing is I recognize the upper image, as it is the Berkeley corridor, which doesn’t just look like that during rush hour. It made me think of all the years commuting on Bay Area freeways to go to a job that doesn’t care about you, all so you can pay taxes so that a bunch of politicians that loathe you can launder money and live in opulence, while they lecture us all about morality and collective sacrifice.

    It really isn’t living. No wonder the old world is dying a loud painful death right now.

    1. george linker

      The ones in the first photo are the ones trying to tell everyone else they must loose their freedom so they can protect the second photo and save it for them a place to go to.

      1. Weary Traveler

        Most of those sanctimonious idiots never set a single foot of theirs in “the environment”, and have never been anywhere near anything like the second photo.

    2. AlgorithmicAnalyst

      Where’s that, just before you get on the bridge to SF? I used to drive that a lot.

      1. Weary Traveler

        Exactly. It’s been shown that commuting in heavy traffic like that everyday reduces a person’s lifespan about as much as smoking a pack of cigarettes per day would, if not even more so.

    1. Weary Traveler

      That always makes me think of that bit in the movie, Mars Attacks, when the Martians vaporized all members of congress with their ray guns, and some old lady watching it on TV said “They blew up congress”, and she started laughing. LOL

          1. Chief Mac

            Too quick. First comes the tar and feathers, then the rope. The Tree of Liberty is parched

      1. AuntiE*TFL

        I was going to make a list and see if she would follow up with additional efforts.

      2. AuntiE*TFL

        I have one with the fishes and loaves; however, want to wait until PCM is around to remove it if it is found to be unacceptable.

        1. Weary Traveler

          I spoke with her briefly earlier today via email. She mentioned going to a wedding tonight, and probably wont be back on the blog until tomorrow.

        2. Proud Conservative Mom

          You’re so very kind.
          Please feel free to go ahead with it.

          I really tremendously appreciate your sensitivity.

          It really means alot.
          Never underestimate the value of kindness!
          💞💞💞

          1. AuntiE*TFL

            She told me she had been at church covered dish potlucks where people would do that. The issue is not asking. The issue is doing it quietly and diplomatically.

          2. Weary Traveler

            I have encountered a few that have a good sense of humor.

            There is one guy I occasionally watch on YouTube who does these little skits. One of them had me cracking up, because he was imitating a certain church character who is always trying to share sermons, because apparently, you need them so much more than he does.

            I worked with a couple of people like this in the past. They made me want to paint three sixes on my butt just so that I could moon them. *Hat tip to my bother for that one. LOL

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptxnzqnSDCM

          3. AuntiE*TFL

            Her father use to do the best imitations of “church members”. Not necessarily his, but in general their attitude and behaviors.

  23. Weary Traveler

    Ah, joyous day… An antisemite who calls himself GrapeSkate just got nuked on W3P, and it looks like he lost his Disqus profile too. LOLOLOL

    Oh, boy… Did I let him have it beforehand, and I really got him upset and to show his true colors, and he got himself banned. LOL

    1. Weary Traveler

      Turns out he really didn’t get zapped, but he did block me and demanded to be removed form the invite list.

      I REALLY hurt his wittle fifis. LOL

      1. John Gillis

        Weary Traveler, you are just brutal! LOLOLOLOL!

        Actually, I read that thread and you were pretty composed and maybe uttered a couple swear words out of what seemed like 15 posts, while GrapeApe completely went off the rails. LOLOLOL!!!!! You handled that pretty professionally. It actually made me proud.

        1. Weary Traveler

          I noticed he did most of the swearing. LOL!!

          I really busted a gut laughing when he tried to bring up his military service.

          I’ve battled idiots online for years. The less emotion you show them, the angrier they get. Guys like GrapeApe deserve everything leftists do to them.

          Oh but, “I served my country, and can be as big of a jerk as I want.” Now THAT is being entitled = Everything he accuses Jews of.

        1. Weary Traveler

          When he made his exit yesterday, he almost tried to make it sound like it was my fault that the left discriminated against him, and that women wont give him the time of day. Who knew I had so much power? If I had known, I would have used it much sooner, and for my own amusement of course. LOL

          1. Proud Conservative Mom

            It was wild how he melted down.
            Excellent.
            To Hell with Jew haters!

            I cannot stomach people who use their military service to promote their own sick ideology and then expect to be worshipped and validated as a result.

          2. Weary Traveler

            A uniform is just a uniform.

            Since you’re not in to movies, you probably never saw “A Few Good Men.” But the Jack Nicholson character, Col Jessup, is a good example of this kind of person. He may be great to have in a foxhole, but you wouldn’t even want him as a neighbor.

        1. AuntiE*TFL

          About time you returned!!!

          I have been holding off on my rant for your presence.

          1. Weary Traveler

            Trust me, your hubby is going to live a long and happy life

            Not only does he have someone that has her head screwed on straight, but he has a firecracker that doesn’t take guff from anyone either.

            That kind of blunt honesty mixed with humor is very refreshing. He chose very wisely.

          2. Proud Conservative Mom

            I pray that we have many more happy years together.

            I feel like I won the jackpot with him.

            He has a fabulous sense of humor, his kindness and wisdom is well known.
            He’s very respected in our community for just cause.
            He gets called for advice regularly.

            He also is able to read people extremely well and very quickly.
            It never ceases to amaze me.

            There were periods for months at a time when he had to run the whole “show.”
            He always stepped up to the plate.
            He never complained.

            Hashem gifted me with the most amazing spouse for myself.
            I always felt that way.

            This September was 30 years since we got married, and he still makes my heart full…

            (Can you tell that I am still head over heels?! 😃😃😃)

            Thank you most kindly for those very heartfelt and heartwarming words.

            I pray that you will find someone perfect for yourself.

          3. Weary Traveler

            That is very sweet of you. I hope that happens too. Of course, if I have a partner in crime, we’ll probably need a reliable person to bail us out of jail on occasion. Especially if she is equally as fiery as I am. Wink/wink, hint/hint. LOL

          4. Proud Conservative Mom

            🥰🥰🥰

            I was blessed to attend the wedding of one of my “adopted” nieces.

            I’m extremely close to the bride’s mother and her children.

            I became one of their Aunties for many years already.
            😊😊😊

    1. george linker

      He is a failure of humankind. What a looser. He is a brainless m+++++++++

      1. Sapper 9

        The Trump derangement syndrome was strong in this loon, the crazy statements and paintings. lol

    2. John Gillis

      I never liked Jim Carrey. Not even before I was aware of his political leanings. Even 25 years ago, he was reportedly an insufferable jerk and actually fired extras on the set for not laughing at his jokes. Egotistical, annoying and completely ignorant are his adjectives! I don’t care what his pronouns are.

          1. Weary Traveler

            Yes. He started on the TV show, In Living Color = he was one of the few white cast members. From there he started getting cast in full length feature films.

            His most notable feature was being able to make crazy facial expression as if his face were made of rubber.

          2. Weary Traveler

            There were a few comedians before him that also had that ability. Richard Mulligan comes to mind.

  24. AuntiE*TFL

    An airline captain was helping a new blond flight attendant prepare for his first overnight trip. Upon their arrival the captain showed the flight attendant the best place for airline personnel to eat, shop and stay overnight.

    The next morning as the pilot was preparing the crew for the day’s route, he noticed the new attendant was missing. He knew which room he was in at the hotel and so he called him up wondering what happened to him.

    He answered the phone in distress, and said he couldn’t get out of his room!

    “You can’t get out of your room?” the captain asked, “Why not?”

    “There are only three doors in here,” the man groaned, “one leads to the bathroom, one leads to the closet, and one has a sign on it that says ‘Do Not Disturb’!”

    https://www.ba-bamail.com/jokes/plane-jokes/?jokeid=151
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/28914275dd8a0d60eadd3617f2800d610d4df4e16b393e9c727b7d57fbfd7a51.jpg

        1. Chief Mac

          I had more than one utility bidding for my services. I don’t need the work, but with less than 1,000 people in the United States that can do the job I feel that making sure thousands of people would have power is important.
          Never worked on natural gas before, but the that of utility isn’t important

  25. Weary Traveler

    Biden Leaves Marine Paul Whelan Behind in Russia in Brittney Griner Swap; Family: ‘Catastrophe’

    https://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2022/12/08/biden-leaves-marine-paul-whelan-behind-in-russia-brittney-griner-swap-family-catastrophe/

    Two things right off the bat….

    1.) I highly doubt the pot smoking tranny is going to think better of HIS own country.
    2.) That poor Marine will probably be treated better in Russia than he ever would be by Brandon. This “exchange” proves it.

    May Brandon soon get a one way trip to Hell with a quick layover at Guantanamo Bay.

          1. Proud Conservative Mom

            That’s AWESOME!
            May you always have restful and refreshing sleep.

            It was magnificent in every single manner.

            The bride is ADORABLE.
            She was so energetic and vivacious.
            (She really bloomed over the years.)

            I’m best friends with the mother of the bride, and two of her first cousins.
            Her entire family knows me.
            In fact, I am always placed by the family table.

            My pain level was extremely negligible for the entire time (that’s very rare and a huge gift from Hashem.)
            I really got to dance at the wedding.
            It was smashing.

            ❤️‍🔥❤️‍🔥❤️‍🔥❤️‍🔥❤️‍🔥❤️‍🔥

      1. Weary Traveler

        And it is what we should come to expect from a pedophile.

        The guy is too horrible to be a real person.

          1. Weary Traveler

            Right? I’ve seen villains in James Bond movies that were more believable.

          2. Weary Traveler

            The one I remember most was A View To a Kill. Mostly because it had Christopher Walken in it as the villain, and because most of it takes place in SF.

            The Walken character was trying to blow up Silicon Valley, and what the passed off as the Silicon Valley, of course, looked nothing at all like it. LOL

          3. Weary Traveler

            They made it appear like a small collection of business parks in some little inland valley. It looked a lot more like San Ramon than it did the Sunnyvale area.

            In real life, the Silicon Valley is on the south end of the SF Bay, and is actually the northwestern portion of the Santa Clara valley. It consists of the cities of Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Santa Clara, Cupertino and Palo Alto.

            It all formed in the area around Moffet Field, mainly because of Lockheed and Ames research.

            My paternal grandfather, who was a pilot in the US Army Air Corps = which would later become the US Air Force, worked on the wind tunnel project out at Ames Research over at Moffet Field after getting out of the service when the second world war was over.

            And then in the 90s, my brother interned at the NASA facility there when he was a student at San Jose State.

          4. Weary Traveler

            I was amazed the SF scenes were actually shot in SF. But it also wasn’t as hard to film there as it is now. But even then, there were some movies that took place in SF, but were filmed in other cities. The movie 48 Hours is a good example of that. Most of it was filmed in and around downtown LA, and passing it off as downtown San Francisco.

            Of course, us locals know the difference, and can spot the “movie magic.” LOL

            But like Hollywood is going to care about some suburban area of a big city. And back then, Silicon Valley didn’t have the level of fame it does now.

  26. AuntiE*TFL

    With the return of Proud Conservative Mom; hereafter known as PCM , it time for another
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0c09a54836798b72892ee20b4405cce4b0f034e4dbef21b2569e8cf518bf7228.gif

    This episode of ranting is about appropriate attire.

    With the onset of more causal attire, any semblance of appropriateness has vanished. In fact, I vividly remember a Regional VP saying he did not approve because it would devolve into unimagined inappropriateness. He was correct. Boy, do I hate saying that as he was one of our least favorite VPs.

    Hmm, so you tell me you want examples.I can do that.

    Think renovated historic home serving as a 4 Star restaurant. It is Thanksgiving. What should my eyes have to see? I had to see a family arrive with two of their progeny attired in college hoodies and jeans.😳😫😡

    Think Christmas Eve in a historic venue, which served as toll house, for eons, now a restaurant. What should accost my eyes but a full grown adult wearing a tee shirt, jeans and flip flops.

    Does anyone think wearing a red dress to a funeral is appropriate?

    Things have gone so far downhill, several universities are having to create a seminar specifically for job interviewing attire.

    As to females, my eyes roll so badly I am afeared (old southern country term) they think everyday is bar hopping attire day. I have seen skirts so short one wonders if they can sit down. Tops so low cut one wonders how they remain covered. Apparently, the old time phrase; just because you have it doesn’t mean you have show it has been replaced by; if you have it flaunt it.

    Now, onto worship service attire. How does showing up for worship service in jeans, tee shirts, sneakers, etc. convey respect to God? To be arrogant, I have NEVER in my life set foot in any religious venue in anything but a skirt. That includes non worship type events.

    Do not even attempt the; it costs money they may not have excuse with me!! You can go to Walmart, Target, etc. and obtain an inexpensive outfit for religious attendance. You can go to a Goodwill or Salvation Army or such resale store and find such clothing.

    Basically, people are to lazy. It is unseemly!! It irkes the bedunky out of AuntiE.

    Here endth the rant.

    1. Proud Conservative Mom

      WOW! That’s a terrific rant!
      I concur, absolutely.

      I’ll unpack it now.

      Firstly, I concur absolutely with EVERYTHING that you stated.

      Do you know that some people during lockdowns had Zoom meetings for work only half dressed?
      They wore pajama bottoms and had a shirt on top.
      Unbelievable.
      My husband was floored when some people told him this.
      He is always dressed properly.

      Always.

      If you’re familiar with Orthodox Jews, you’ll
      know that we have a dress code.
      Married women have to cover their hair.
      Our wigs look like they’re growing out of our heads.
      They’re very beautiful and natural.
      We can also wear scarfs or hats.

      We must have our ankles and knees covered, as well as our collar bone and elbows.

      Mind you, we don’t look dowdy.
      I have a very beautiful wardrobe (I know how to shop with Hashem’s help).
      I never pay full price – not even close.

      As @filteringout:disqus once said: “Woman, honor thyself!” EXACTLY.

      There is a beautiful woman in every single manner who was in our community who just
      moved to Florida with her husband and family.

      She was a totally secular Jew and was a back-up singer for Gloria Estefan.

      In the summer she was barely covered with shorts, etc., and got many whistles.
      She passed by a young Orthodox Jewish man who averted his eyes to avoid looking at her.
      She said she never felt more respected in her life.
      She was determined to find out more about Orthodox Jews.
      That was the catalyst for her being a Torah Jew.

      We tragically live in a society when everything is acceptable, when it is anything but acceptable.
      It’s horrific and disgraceful.

      SERIOUSLY?!
      A RED dress to a funeral?
      That is beyond tactless.

      One should dress respectfully when they’re dining out in a restaurant and wear appropriate attire.

      YES!
      On the NYC transit system I have seen people that were practically naked.

      They exhibit no respect for THEMSELVES.

      I LOVE your rants! 🤗😘

      1. AuntiE*TFL

        I did hear about such behavior during lockdowns.

        We have an area we have to commute through to get to one of our fun eating venues. The entire neighborhood, except for two houses, is Jewish. As you say, the women are always covered but in a “fashionable” way.

        My skirts are not ankle length but more mid calf length, even for summer.

        My maternal grandmother was a huge huge influence on me as were the two paternal great aunts. FYI, our abode was multi generational. I never saw any of them that they were not fully clothed. A door had to be created for them to enter the bathroom without going out into the hall. Talk major build event. They reinforced modesty in all things. We were not allowed through the front door in play clothes, back door only.

        Two more inappropriate attire stories. At my mother-in-laws funeral, one of the great grandchildren showed up in shorts, a camp shirt and sneakers. The reason the parents gave was; “Since he had to give up a play day with friends, we let him choose what to wear.” it took every bit of discretion I had to ask; Who is in charge in your house?

        Next up the jeans, sweater and riding boots at a memorial luncheon. 😳😫😡 Obviously, she could not be bothered to go home and change into appropriate clothing.

        By showing no respect for themselves, they receive no respect yet wonder why.

        1. Proud Conservative Mom

          You sound like you had a very beautiful and solid upbringing.
          Tragically, in the secular world it’s practically becoming a thing of the past.

          The CHILD got to pick out his clothing and the parent gave that as a reason?!?!
          Oh, for crying out loud!
          That child is going to grow up with no normal values.
          Indeed, who is running the house?
          (Rhetorical question. 🙈)

          The attire for the memorial luncheon was also completely out of line. 🙄🤦

          “By showing no respect for themselves, they receive no respect yet wonder why.”

          EXACTLY.

          1. AuntiE*TFL

            The better word would be rigid upbringing. Having said that, it has served me well.

            If one looks like a tramp one is going to be perceived as such. They may not be; however, they are presenting themselves in that way.

            Thé standing joke in the family, for attire and etiquette, is call E. If she does not know, she has three etiquette books on her book shelf.

            Now, for fun at my expense on etiquette. The first time I received a wedding invitation, with one of those response cards, I was completely clueless on what it was. I sat down and wrote the appropriate formal response. I was telling my non-blood niece about it. She roared with laughter. She informed me the card was the response and let them know how many would be attending. She showed me how to complete one for future knowledge. A second part is the bride’s mother was impressed someone knew how to respond and had to explain it to her daughter. Basically, we all had an experience.

          2. AuntiE*TFL

            When you have one elder full time and two others several months per year, a household is different. The expectations are very very different.

            One other thing contributing to “rigidity” is my inability to take tetanus. It will, literally, kill me. It was absolutely verboten that my feet ever be on a floor without shoes!! Vacuuming was a twice daily occurrence to forestall anything that could severely cut or puncture me. One advantage was never having to peel or slice anything until I old enough to be careful using a knife.🤓😂

        2. Proud Conservative Mom

          I forgot to mention that we don’t have to wear dresses or skirts to our ankles.

          The garment (pants are forbidden) has to cover the knees.

          I wear knee highs.

          Mostly my skirts are mid-calf.
          I do have several long skirts and dresses (nowhere down to my toes).

          I also neglected to mention that this dress code, is a Mitzvah (commandment) from the Torah.

      2. Weary Traveler

        Do you know that some people during lockdowns had Zoom meetings for work only half dressed?
        They wore pajamas bottoms.

        I specifically remember a CNN anchor that did this, and… Well, he got “caught” like George Costanza once “got caught” by his parents.

    2. Weary Traveler

      The worst is when I see the women in the supermarket with their curlers still in, and wearing pajama bottoms. Seriously? Just tell the whole world you’re a crazy cat lady why don’t ya? LOL

      This triggered a few thoughts as I was reading this.

      I’ll go in order…

      Think renovated historic home serving as a 4 Star restaurant.

      I know exactly the kind of place you are talking about. There used to be a place just like that in Soquel, right down the street from the duplex my grandma lived in. It’s been gone for quite a few years now, and is now a chiropractor’s office. But that place was kind of iconic in the Santa Cruz area at the time. I don’t see many places like that anymore. At least not in my area.

      Think Christmas Eve in a historic venue, which served as toll house, for eons, now a restaurant. What should accost my eyes but a full grown adult wearing a tee shirt, jeans and flip flops.

      Can you believe that over 50 years ago, almost 60 years now, that San Francisco was one of the best dressed cities in America? I would hear form my older relatives about how no one would even dare dream of going to Union Square in ANYTHING less than their “Sunday best.”

      In the late 60s, one of my aunts was ejected from “The Top of The Mark”, which is a nice restaurant that was atop the Mark Hopkins Hotel, for not wearing a hat a gloves. I kid you not. And this Aunt of mine has very exquisite tastes in clothes. Dressing down was never in her vocabulary. And SHE was ejected from The Top of the Mark. Oh, how things have changed.

      Me? I am more of what would be referred to as a “Mod”, when it comes to regular dress. I may not wear a business suit, but being part Sicilian, there is a part of me that is vain enough to care about how I look. I definitely do not like going out in the same clothes I would wear if I am just hanging round the house, or doing my long power walk around the neighborhood.

      For the most part, I am a live and let live kind of guy, and am happy to just let people be themselves. And I realize, there are many out there, who care more about comfort over style. My friend Marty is a good example of such a guy. Okay. But… How you present yourself says a lot about how you see yourself.

      There is wisdom in “dressing for the job you want, not the one you have.”

      Now, with all that, there is one article of clothing I cannot stand, and partly because I see way too much of them, and, they just look GAWD awful. And those are cargo shorts. Seriously, I think whoever invented those needs to be horsewhipped, and then thrown in to the mosh pit at a Slayer concert. LOL… I honestly don’t get what so many guys see in them, and I am a guy. But personally, when it comes to shorts on men, I think they all look ridiculous. I really don’t care how hot it is outside either. They knock years off a man’s age, and not in a good way.

      As mean as it sounds, when I see a guy in shorts, I am tempted to ask him if he needs help finding the nearest Easter Seals. LOL

      The only thing I hate worse than cargo shorts, are baggy sagging pants, and the whole gangsta rap look. Which we all know, has way too many negative connotations to it to list them all.

      Things have gone so far downhill, several universities are having to create a seminar specifically for job interviewing.

      I can relate to this one. I went to college in my 30s. And I remember these kinds of classes being offered. Actually, being REQUIRED. So I had already had over a decade of experience in the work world by this time. Most of the kids of college age never even had so much as a McJob.

      I remember when I was in high school, my grandma managed apartments near UC Davis, and back then, most college students had work experience, and even part time jobs. Not so much now. A lot of that has to do with the fact that financial aid actually discourages students from working at all.

      But back to me in class, I actually ended up even correcting the instructors on a few points, and was even responsible for getting some of the course material updated. And yes, when it came to the part where we had to dress like we were doing interviews and mock interviews with each other, I was the best dressed in the class, which isn’t saying that much. But that class was one of the easiest As I ever got.

      As to females, my eyes roll so badly I am afeared (old southern country term) they think everyday is bar hopping attire day. I have seen skirts so short one wonders if they can sit down. Tops so low cut one wonders how they remain covered. Apparently, the old time phrase; just because you have it doesn’t mean you have show it has been replaced by; if you have it flaunt it.

      It’s worse than that even. If only the ones flaunting it, actually had anything worth flaunting. “If you got it, flaunt it” was a phrase that was very popular in the 70s during the sexual revolution. Now, thanks to the wokesters, it’s ‘flaunt it, even if you ain’t got it.’ ESPECIALLY if you ain’t got it.

      On that note, you might appreciate this little story; when my younger cousin was a teenager, and was staying at my mom’s from out of state, I took her out for the day, and treated her to lunch and a movie while my mom was at work and I had the day off. She wanted to go to a thrift store we drove by, so I took her there. And while browsing through the racks, she noticed this leather mini skirt, and this thing was HUGE. She blurted out a remark about how big it was, and said out loud that “if someone is that fat, they shouldn’t be wearing a leather miniskirt.”

      I could tell she offended some of the trailer trash in there when she said that. I was so proud of her I bought her ice cream afterwards. LOL

      Do not even attempt the; it costs money they may not have excuse with me!! You can go to Walmart, Target, etc. and obtain an inexpensive outfit for religious attendance. You can go to a Goodwill or Salvation Army or such resale store and find such clothing.

      I can attest to this, and told the story here before about my friend Marty who did just that when he needed a suit for when he was interviewing for colleges. You hit the right thrift store in the right neighborhood, you can get a real bargain. He got a nice Armani suit for somewhere around $100 (I think?).

        1. Weary Traveler

          Kinda close to the truth.

          At home, it’s black t shirt, and black tactical pants, and black hooded jacket in winter. And black hiking shoes.

          Out and about, depends what I am doing. For shoes, it’s either Durangos, Doc Martens, or Grinder boots. One of my nice trench coats. Dickies for pants, and the kind of shirt will vary.

          I had a funny story I forgot to share that you just reminded me of with this meme.

          My friend Carolyn has this really pathetic friend, who is a hot mess, and always trying to meet guys. But of course when she finds one, she drives him away being a mess.

          Her friend dragged her to some “Dress for success” event, and Carolyn wants to be a good supportive friend, but is tired of being dragged to these types of things. So, I suggested that what she do is put on her best punk rocker outfit, and since it is winter, put her nicest long coat over it. So when her friend picks her up, she is none the wiser until they get to the event and Carolyn takes her coat off.

          And be sure to stay close to her friend so that they all know Carolyn is with her. She will definitely never be invited to anything like that again. LOL

          1. AuntiE*TFL

            Where ProgenyE works, everyone wears cargo type pants/shorts. They have a multitude of things they need to have at hand. I am not knowledgeable as to whether any of them wear them at other times.

          2. Weary Traveler

            I can see that for certain jobs. But I see guys mostly wearing them for everyday wear. And according to many online forums, seems a lot of women hate those things with a passion. LOL

            Two things that usually put me ahead of most guys with women, I have some sense of style, even if it isn’t as conventional as most would like. And, I hate sports. Oh, and I don’t play video games either.

    3. John Gillis

      I get grossed out when I see land whales wearing yoga pants or skin tight leggings in public. Especially when there’s “assvertisement” on those pants. It makes me want to pull my eyes out of their sockets.

      1. AuntiE*TFL

        Especially when they wear short tops with the pants. I often wonder what were they thinking. Of course, the answer is; they were not!!

        I admit to owning a pair of leggings. My niece gave them to me. She was very specific a mid thighlength top should be worn with them. As ProgenyE is often around people with a fashion sense, he gave me a “correct” top.

        1. John Gillis

          Once, I saw this woman scream “What the %$#@ are you looking at?” at a man who saw her nasty body in these leggings. He said, “I don’t know but I need brain bleach to get that image out of my head!”

          It’s refreshing to see people trying to appear presentable.

          1. AuntiE*TFL

            There are simply some fashions certain people should not put on their bodies!!!!

  27. Weary Traveler

    It’s been a while since I listened to anything Savage Nation, but I was checking his webpage for news items yesterday, the title of this podcast intrigued me, so I gave it a listen last night.

    Good interview, and apropos to the underpinnings of what is going on, and what Mattais Desmet was talking about with regards to the psychology of totalitarianism.

    The Weaponization of Loneliness: How Tyrants Stoke Our Fear of Isolation to Silence, Divide, and Conquer with Stella Morabito

    https://michaelsavage.com/the-weaponization-of-loneliness-how-tyrants-stoke-our-fear-of-isolation-to-silence-divide-and-conquer-with-stella-morabito-2/

    1. John Gillis

      I laughed like hell when I saw this! I’m already sending it to a bunch of my friends!

    1. Proud Conservative Mom

      Good morning!
      The meme is very beautiful!

      I’m so very sorry to hear that you’re sick.
      May Hashem gift you with a very expeditious and miraculous recovery!

      Have a great weekend!

      1. John Gillis

        Thank you, Rivka! I’m in the early stages of a cold and the tell-tale signs are migraines and sinus pressure. I’ll get hit hard tomorrow, but hopefully not too hard.

          1. John Gillis

            Hi Weary Traveler! Thanks for the well wishes. I’m feeling sluggish – can’t believe it has been a whole year without as much as a sniffle, then BOOM! I’ll spend tomorrow in bed and grade my students’ papers. Then get caught up with my administrative work. Tonight, I’m going to see if our buddy Gus or Willy decides to stink up W3P with their lameness.

            What’s new with you?

          2. Weary Traveler

            I got walloped back in September with what felt like a bad cold coupled with some nasty stomach pains. I was on a diet of Tomato soup and saltine crackers for a time as that was all I could stomach to eat.

            Not much going on my end today. Having a nice easy Friday so far. Will probably see my friend Marty tonight, to go — as he like to call it — “Paneraing”, since we like to go to Panera to watch American Thought Leaders.

  28. Proud Conservative Mom

    To my Jewish brethren: https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7cfc6495a96cdd8d2dff3613dc517ad488887f877080f6cacda4566e0655e607.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/529cb8a55e8ec9bfc1b38b3e4dc860928afbef0c17832012f81e7a7256fed89b.jpg

    To my gentile friends: https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/62ac3d034
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    Apologies.
    I’m insanely pressed for time at this moment.

    I’ll try to be back later, Be’Ezras Hashem.

    1. george linker

      Worse is he traded a dribbling basket ball player who is addicted to drugs and can’t control themselves for a gun dealer.

  29. diaspora

    Kyrsten Sinema Makes Shocking Move and Leaves Democratic Party, Hysterical Shrieking Commences
    By Bonchie | 6:41 AM on December 09, 2022

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    Imagine my surprise when I woke up on this fine Friday morning to an announcement from Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona that she has left the Democratic Party.

    There’s no hyperbole or twisting of words here. The headline is not clickbait. She actually left the Democratic Party and is now a registered Independent. That’s a move some have speculated she’d make for years given her disagreements with leadership over the filibuster and the fact that the far-left hate her with the fire of a thousand suns. I never thought she’d do it, but here we are.

    Alternate headline: Once again, Sinema shows Sen. Joe Manchin to be a coward.

    Sinema explained her move in an editorial for The Arizona Republic, her state’s largest newspaper. In it, she makes it clear her move isn’t ambiguous. She’s no longer a Democrat and has officially registered as an Independent, declaring that partisans do not own the US Senate seat she holds and that she will continue to seek bi-partisan successes (or at least what she defines as such). Sinema also makes it pretty clear she wasn’t happy with her party’s direction and the harassment she’s received for doing what she thinks is right vs. what the far-left wants.

    Naturally, that means the same far-left is losing its mind right now. If you click the above tweet, the replies are filled with venomous hate, which I’m sure will do nothing but cement her decision. These people are lunatics, and had they just left Sinema alone, she’d probably still be a Democrat right now. Instead, they followed her into bathrooms and called her a traitor. How’s that worked out?

    1. Sapper 9

      This is most likely a power play on her part that will work two ways: the Democrats will come to her with closed door deals that benefit her, and it will allow her to look moderate to squishy Republicans.

      The Democrats will allow her to vote the way her constituents would like her to, but, ONLY when it doesn’t affect the outcome.

      1. Weary Traveler

        There’s a third you are missing. Becoming an independent means that she is no longer an affiliate, which means she loses access to any campaign funds from the DNC.

        Generally, they are supposed to match you dollar for dollar for dollar = every dollar you raise, they match. She’s could have a much harder time being reelected.

        This could actually work very well for a republican challenger to her seat.

        1. Sapper 9

          Not necessarily so, Bernie Sanders is also an Independent (commie) and he has an agreement with the DNCCP about campaign finance.

          1. Weary Traveler

            Bernie is also a major sellout who can easily be bought. He proved that by voluntarily taking a fall during two primaries. I would compare him to Mittens Romney, but I think BernTARD is an even bigger whore than he is.

          2. Sapper 9

            He didn’t sell out on the cheap, he got a beach front home, considering he didn’t have a job until the age of 40 when he got into government, he has gotten quite rich.

          3. Weary Traveler

            When you consider the amounts of money laundered by the Dems, that is cheap.

            Nice payday for someone like you or I, but chump change for them.

          4. Sapper 9

            When I consider that he lived in a shack with a dirt floor before he was in politics, and now owns three or four homes, corruption has been a cash cow for the commie.

          5. Weary Traveler

            I don’t disagree with you there. He belongs on that dirt floor if you ask me.

            But compared to the payoffs his colleagues get?

          6. Sapper 9

            He deserves to be under the dirt floor with the sole job of being worm chow.

    2. george linker

      A politican that changes parties after being elected should be removed automatically with a new election taking place

    1. george linker

      Democrats are not about gun control really. They are about disarming the people so they will have all the guns.