Awesome Elbit!

Love this Israeli defense company, Elbit Systems! 



They are Israel’s largest defense company with brilliant defense, homeland security, and national security solutions. 



Proven on the battlefield on land, sea, air, and space. 



From the advanced F-35 Joint Strike Fighter helmet mounted display to the Iron Fist active protection system to drones, lasers, C4ISR, cyber, electronic warfare, electro-optics, countermeasures, combat vehicle systems, and artillery, mortar, munitions and more. 



Elbit offer high-tech solutions that uniquely combine brain with brawn!  



Defending the Holy Land and other countries around the globe. 



In the fight of good over evil, I’m proud that Elbit is one of the good guys! 😉

IMHO Warning: Stock Market MAJOR Correction Imminent

I went to the mall today.


This is a few weeks into reopening phase 2!


I expected people would have pent up demand and be swarming the stores even while keeping their social distance.


They weren’t at the mall! 


The stores were nearly void of people.


The shelves were virtually empty of goods.


Whatever merchandise there was seemed to marked “sale, sale, sale” even on the already deeply-discounted clearance items.


It was completely frightening–like the economy is dead or on severe life support!


Most stores had 3 or more associates standing around or sitting twiddling their thumbs.


This while the stock market keeps ticking up and the NASDAQ is reaching new highs almost daily.


Coronavirus is surging again across much of the U.S. and there is almost 140,000 dead in the U.S. after just 5 months even though much of the population was in self-quarantine.


The economy looks to me in sh*t shape, despite the U.S. pumping $3 trillion dollars more of debt to artificially prop up the economy and the fed lending out money at super low rates.


It makes NO sense for the market to be hitting all time highs as if everything is all roses when the economy is still a true mess!


The New Yorker magazine wrote back in May of a post coronavirus “decade of depression” with an L shaped recovery, yet we keep seeing a V-shaped one and no one seems to be able to offer any plausible explanation for it.


Two-months ago, even before the recent stock run-up to higher levels, Business Insider reported that “the Stock Market is trading at its highest valuation in 18-years.


Last month, Forbes reported that “the stock market appears to be reaching unsustainable highs.


Yesterday again, Bloomberg reported that the “economic recovery is faltering.”


Almost daily, I read that companies are laying off their workers (in Travel, Transportation, Entertainment, Retail, Energy, etc.) or declaring bankruptcy (e.g. Hertz, JC Penny, Neiman Marcus, Chesapeake Energy, and more).


This while we are still, in the best case scenario, maybe half a year away from the possibility of a tested, approved vaccine. And then it will then need to be mass produced and mass distributed to hundreds of millions of people in this country and billions globally.


In the meantime, we certainly could be up for a second wave of Coronavirus on top of the flu in the fall/winter. And then the Coronavirus may mutate and become more virulent requiring annual vaccines like the flu shot–more hit or miss.


All this while U.S.-China trade war is imperiling our economy further, and arch-enemies Iran and North Korea remain national security threats.


To me this all points to that we are nowhere near out of the woods and perhaps that there is a wildfire raging and no one seems to be paying any attention!


The stock market euphoria is a common trap and is the definition of “irrational exuberance” but comes after investors have been robotically indoctrinated to buy the dips!


IMHO, buyer beware, beware, beware. 😉


(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Super Cufflinks

If you’ve got to wear cufflinks then they might as well be Superman Cufflinks!


These will definitely make you feel special. 


Maybe like a quasi Superhero. 


Some may think you’re a little arrogant and all that. 


But maybe you just are hoping to be super at whatever you do. 


It’s good to have an imagination and aspiration, and maybe a little sense of humor and fun. 


As long as you don’t let it go to your head or to your pompous a**. 😉


(Credit Photo: Andy Blumetnhal)

Controversy, Yet Agreement

In these great times of strife and controversy in this country…

One thing that we can probably all agree on:

Make Falafel Not War

Words to live by.

And to eat by.  😉

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

The Purge

Thought this was an interesting sign someone had in their office. 

PURGE the things that no longer bring PURPOSE!


Yikes! I wonder who or what got purged from this person’s life recently. 


Yet, perhaps it is a good lesson against hoarding and just accumulating junk (things and certain people) along the way of life. 


When things have a deeply negative impact on your life (or they’re just dead weight), perhaps it is time to consider letting go.


I’m not talking about relationships of commitment (e.g. family), which have a stronger and timeless bond in my mind, but of those that earn their right into your life by virtue of being ongoing positive, productive forces. 


There is no blessing in gluttony or hoarding–stay trim and fit, travel light and with what is truly meaningful and necessary. 😉


(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

We Are Family!

I like this definition of family:

 

Family means NOBODY gets left behind. 

 

We take care of each other.

 

No matter what.

 

My father used to say:

Blood is thicker than water. 

 

It’s not just from the battlefield that we make sure to bring everyone home.

 

Home is where the heart is.  😉

 

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Targeting Israel: A Distraction From Real Threats

Please see my new article in The Times of Israel called, “Targeting Israel: A Distraction From Real Threats.”

While the world unfortunately focuses again on Israel (a state the size of New Jersey), they continue to unfortunately be asleep at the wheel when Russia invaded Crimea and annexed it from a sovereign country of Ukraine in 2014, and again now in 2020 as China is taking critical steps that restrict freedom and human rights in Hong Kong.


The question is why we are constantly being diverted to blame and attack Israel and to not look at the real threats to world peace? Yet again, it’s another modern-day blood libel! While the superpowers play Risk with the world order, we should not be fooled by others trying to tell Israel what to do. Nothing should stop Israel from annexing the 30% of the West Bank under the Middle East Peace Plan that is vital to their lasting peace and security. Today is July 4th and the U.S. and Israel stand united in their commitment to that future.


(Credit Graphic: Andy Blumenthal)