Dysfunction Society

So the world is continuing to go nuts–and it’s like everyone is behaving like Negan from The Walking Dead!


North Korea has achieved ICBM capability with a missile launch yesterday to 2,800 miles altitude—11 times higher than the International Space Station—giving Axis of Evil, North Korea the ability to now hit Washington, D.C.!


At the same time, a career civil servant tries to pull a fast one on the Trump Administration—challenging the President’s right to appoint an Acting Director over the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau, which is part of the Executive Branch of government—and hoping that the Senate then won’t confirm Trump’s new appointee for Director, all of which would leave her in charge of CFPB for the next 3 years!  Of course, the courts don’t see it her way, but as the Wall Street Journal noted her coup attempt is definitely something to take note of in democratic, America.


In the background, the Democrats and Republicans continue to beat each other silly and senseless, and not only with stalled legislation on almost every front from Healthcare to Immigration, but now minority leaders Schumer and Pelosi are even refusing to meet with the President over enacting a government budget leading us to another looming government shutdown in December…we can’t seem to keep the government functional or even running for the most powerful nation on Earth.   


Finally, Bitcoin—an artificial computer-generated currency, advanced 1,000-fold this year to hit $10,000! Talking about another financial bubble reminiscent of the manic investment in tulips in the 17th century. What’s the value of Bitcoin or sunflowers? Whatever you want it to be! It’s not about the technology, which may be great, but rather the phony valuing of cryptocurrency, which few understand, and we all know how these bubbles end.  


So overall, we have national security, the administration of our government, and economic stability all in grossly abnormal territory. 


When things get this crazy, eventually you can be sure that something will first start to crack and then potentialy really break, and when it does, will we see more Negan with his brain-bashing baseball bat, Lucille? 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

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World Of Amazing Times and People

Took this video at the World of Montgomery Festival today. 



The dancers, singers, drummers, and costumes were all great.



The weather today an unseasonably warm 76 degrees and being out and about was fun. 



Plus it was an extra special treat to meet up with my pal Congressman Jamie Raskin. 


Thank you G-d for all the amazing times and good people. 


(Source Video and Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Congressman Hank Johnson Infested With Hatred

Unfortunately, this is why Congress does not get the respect it deserves


Anti-Semites like Congressman Hank Johnson (Democrat-Georgia) are not only hateful and discriminatory, calling Israelis and Jews “termites.”


But Congressman Johnson actually questions whether Guam, an Island of 209 square miles (and U.S. territory in the Pacific with a strategic U.S. Naval Base), is going to “tip over and capsize” in the Ocean. 


It seems like Johnson has a huge issue with termites in terms of both calling people disgusting and derogatory names and thinking an entire Island–almost twice the size of the city of Atlanta–is going to capsize, as if from a big problem of termites.  


This just demonstrates how being hateful and dumb truly go together!


What a disgrace on our esteemed Congress of this great country of the United States of America. 


No wonder the big problems of this country are not getting appropriately addressed and solved, there are too many people on the Hill infested with horrible hate in their hearts and minds. 😉

Fooling The Media And The American People

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So finally the truth got spilled about the true rationale for the Iran deal that lifted critical nuke weapon sanctions on the world’s leading sponsor of terrorism and human rights abuses.  

The advisor to the President has admitted to essentially lying and manipulating the media to seal the deal

The narrative of a Nuke deal with a “moderate” Iranian President Rouhani at the expense of hardliners was “deliberately misleading.”

Mr. Rhodes brags about keeping Mr. Obama’s long-standing plan to elevate Iran over allies such as Israel and the Gulf States hidden from the public by manipulating liberal journalists and think tank analysts.

So what was once touted as a “good day” for America is now quite malevolent and disheartening, indeed. 

Moreover, rather than a “new political reality” with Iran, we have ongoing and increasingly hostile Iranian actions against the U.S., leading to the House Intelligence Committee opening an investigation into how Congress and the American public were misled by the administration on Iran. 

What happened to the promised transparency and truth espoused for the American people? What of Abraham Lincoln’s sacred and compelling vision of a “government of the people, by the people, for the people.”

Now instead of earnest dialogue, we get a blowharded retail[ing]” of a predefined manipulated narrative–a “far-reaching spin campaign“–for the simple media “echo chamber and hungry public consumption.

Iran has won a big round at the expense of Democracy and as we now know our National Security. 

Maybe the worst part is that no one even seems to care, because we’re now in a new election cycle for the next President (and possibly chief manipulator). 😉

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Purim All Over Again

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Last night my wife received an email from a very holy woman from our synagogue telling us to pray for G-d to save the Jewish people.

 
This at a time when Iran is on the verge of nuclear breakout capability and has for more than a decade threatened Israel with genocide
 
As Prime Minister Netanyahu said yesterday, the threat from a nuclear-armed Iran is a security issue to the U.S. (which has been threatened by Iran, including unbelievably threats to President Obama’s family), but is a survival issue to Israel.
 
The holy lady from the shule reminded us that this is the week we celebrate Purim.
 
This holiday commerates when the Jewish people were miraculously saved almost 2,500 years ago from an evil plot to destroy all the Jews in ancient Persia (and yes, what is now related to modern day Iran).
 
The threat: “To destroy, kill, and annihilate all the Jews, young and old, infants and women, in a single day.”
 
But for a miracle from G-d through Mordechai and Queen Esther were the Jewish people saved from annihilation. 
 
It is not lost of any of us that now Iran wants to exterminate the Jews once again, in a single day, in a single nuclear strike on the holy land. 
 
The Jerusalem Post astutely points out today that Prime Minister Netanyahu is like Mordechai who recognized the threat of the evil Haman who sought the Jews’ destruction, as well as Queen Esther who spoke truth to this to King Ahasuerus. 
 
Both my mother and my wife are named after the beautiful Queen Esther and so this holiday has enormous personal meaning for me, especially since my family are also survivors of the Holocaust. 
 
Today, we are all praying for another miracle when Netanyahu addresses the U.S. Congress that the Jews should once again be saved from historical enemies old and new. 😉
 
(Source Photo: here with attribution to pixgood)

Breaking Protocol?

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Puzzling that the Israel’s Prime Minister (our Major Strategic Ally) is accused of “Breaking Protocol.”


And how?


By accepting an invitation from the Congress of the United States of America to speak the truth about the dangers of a nuclear armed Iran, who is a designated State Sponsor of Terrorism.


Still trying to figure out under what protocol:


– Netanyahu was ushered into the White House through the back door.


– Netanyahu was snubbed for dinner while visiting at the White House.


– The Defense Minister of Israel was denied an audience at the White House. 


Ammunition was withheld from Israel, while under fire, during the Gaza War with Hamas, a designated terrorist organization. 


Sanctions are considered against Israel for building homes in Jerusalem the Capital of Israel, while sanctions are lifted against Iran as they build nuclear weapons to annihilate Israel and threaten America, “The Great Satan.”


– Senior Administration official calls Netanyahu a Chickenshit.


Finally, and most upsettingly, the President travels all over the World and Middle East, but doesn’t visit The Holy Land


I don’t get it, do you? 


(Source Photo: here with attribution to gregpoo)

From Hymietown To Chickenshit

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In 8 years of blogging, I don’t think I have ever written twice about the same topic in a single day–but today, I am appalled.. 



In 1984, Rev. Jesse Jackson (later the democratic Presidential candidate) referred to the Jewish people and New York as Hymietown



Roll forward to 2014, and we have “senior administration officials” who have called Israel’s heroic Prime Minister Netanyahu a “Chickensh*t.”



In 1624, Rembrandt painted this beautiful work from the Bible of Balaam riding on the way to curse the Israelites.



The problem for him was that an Angel of G-d stood in his path–his donkey saw it, but not Balaam!  (Numbers 22:21-39)



In Genesis 12:3, God says to Abraham: “I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse.”



Of course, the Israelites have to be deserving of this and act according to G-d’s word and by a strict moral code. 



For those who act shamefully, with arrogance before G-d, and unapologetically, and use their political platform to name-call, curse, and degrade Israel, no man ultimately needs to answer this, G-d provides the answer himself. 



Kudos to House Speaker John Boehner for speaking up against this grotesque, “disrespectful rhetoric” unbecoming the leadership of the United States of America. 



Congress should take up a vote unanimously condemning these disgusting, derogatory, Anti-semitic remarks–for those who bless Israel shall be blessed! 😉



(Source Photo here via Wikipedia)