The World’s Most Dangerous Game Of Chicken

Bret Stephens of the Wall Street Journal does a nice job explaining in simple terms why Iran can’t be allowed to get the bomb–not now and not in 10-15 years. 


Iran is not playing by the same rules as the West!


And like when playing chicken, the one who is the chicken and tries to simply avoid confrontation through appeasement and concessions–they end up driving off the road and are the losers.


And one who is the hawk–willing to not only keep on pursuing their goals, but also to actually either use it or to stop it’s use by any and all means–chances to be the winner. 


However, the problem with nukes is that when someone is crazy enough to actually use them, then millions of decent, peaceful-loving people are the real losers. 


And like with Hitler (may his name be cursed) who made known in “Mein Kampf” his crazed ambitions for world domination and blatantly murdered millions…


Iran, the world’s leading state-sponsor of terrorism and human rights offender today, continues to boldly chant “Death to America” and threatens to “annihilate” the State of Israel, while pursuing nukes, ballistic missiles, and a Shiite Caliphate. 


This is perhaps the world’s most dangerous “game” of chicken, and the cost of being wrong, never higher. 

Can You Just Stop And Think?

Think

So oddly, one thing that many people these days find really hard to do is STOP AND THINK.


What do I mean?


Be alone, do nothing, and just take the time to be with yourself and think.


–without your smartphone, television, music, game, or even a book. 


Just you, the four walls, and your brain…thinking, thinking, thinking.


Feeling a little jittery, scared yet. 


Why are people afraid to stop and think? 


Is it because within the thinking is some craziness, fear, anxiety, and even remorse?


Are there overwhelming feelings and thoughts about issues, events, people, and places that are unresolved and painful. 


Also, by ourselves and in our thoughts, we can realize how weak, vulnerable, and mortal we are. 


If we are here in our own heads, maybe no one will even notice we are gone or maybe no one will even miss us–maybe they’ll replace us?


We’re so easily ditched, replaceable, just another character in a long cast of characters.


When we stop and think, do we worry about all the other things we’re not doing or getting done…perhaps, we don’t have the time to think, because we need to be doing, doing, doing. 


And if we’re not moving forward doing something, then we are being left behind!


But doesn’t thinking lead to more purposeful doing?


A little upfront thinking and planning, maybe can save you some serious time wasted just acting out. 


Somehow, like a prisoner in isolation though too much alone time with your own thoughts is enough to drive anyone crazy, docile, and ready to behave just to get out, interact with other human beings, and doing something.


We need to stay active, not be bored, so we don’t think too much.


When I was in the hospital recently, one orderly named Kelvin, saw me sitting there by myself thinking, and he said to me, “Oh no, you don’t want to have too much time to think. Block those thoughts out of your mind. Why don’t you watch some TV?”  


Smart Kelvin. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

How Many Issues Do You Have?

More Issues Than Vogue
I saw someone with this funny iPhone case in Starbucks.



It says, “More Issues Than Vogue.”



So I was curious how many issues of Vogue have there been…



And I learned that they have published this fashion, beauty, and culture magazine since 1892–more than 120 years!



And in the Vogue archive, they claim to have “more than 400,000 pages in full color.”



I suppose even some of the biggest nuts out there rarely have more “issues” (and pages)…although maybe many would certainly come close. 



But Vogue wins! 😉

Everyday, A Catch-22

Catch-22
I took this photo of this guys’ cool Catch-22 bag on the Metro in Washington, D.C. yesterday. 



Catch-22 was made famous in the book of the said name by Joseph Heller.



Essentially a Catch-22 is an unsolvable problem.



In the book for example, military servicemen in WWII can apply for a discharge if they are verifiably crazy, but the sheer act of applying for a discharge shows you are not crazy. 



Other examples of a Catch-22 are locking your keys in the car and you can’t unlock the door to get them or losing your glasses but now you can’t look for them.



In life, it seems like we are constantly facing Catch-22’s, however not solving them is not an option…we must come up with a workable solution.



At work and in school, we compete to get ahead, yet we must team, cooperate, and collaborate with those very same folks that we are competing with. 



At home with children, we need to teach our children often difficult lessons of right and wrong, patience, discipline, and safety, even while we have overflowing feelings of love for them and just want to hug them and give in to them. 



With spouses, as our love and lives build over the years, we grow together and become ever more interdependent on our partners, yet we need to maintain some healthy independence and self at the same time. 



With career, are we advance ourselves so that we can provide well for our families, we must balance work-life, so that we aren’t just bringing home a paycheck, but are actually emotionally there for our loved ones. 



The list of life’s conundrums goes on and on, but rather than throw up our hands in defeat, we have to fight on and come up with solutions that are best fit to the challenges we face…there is no discharge just because you feel crazed or need to confront something hard…you need to solve the dilema and then you can go home. 😉



(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Please Don’t Shoot Our Ally

Don't Shoot

So it is incredible how backward our current political situation is.


Get this…


When Israel was ready this past year to take out the Iran Nukes, who stopped them?


No, not the Iranian Revolutionary Guard.


No, not any of the other Arab states or terror groups.


No, not Russia.


But rather, our President is reported to have threatened to literally “shoot down Israeli fighter jets” (those of our “Major Strategic Ally”) if they attempted to take out Iran’s nuclear facilities. 


This at the same time that he is desperately seeking an agreement with Axis of Evil, Iran, who continues to threaten Israel and what Iran calls, “The Great Satan,” America. 


While these “negotiations” are going into the home stretch (with one extension after another)…


– Iran destroyed a mock Nimitz class U.S. aircraft carrier in a missile attack, just last week. 


– A senior Iranian cleric threatened our executive branch and vowed to “raise the flag of Islam over the White House.


– In Iran,”Obama is being hung in effigy and the U.S. flag being burnt in Tehran.”


Are these the actions of a nation that the U.S. can trust to make an agreement with on nuclear weapons of mass destruction OR is this a deal with the devil?


As one Arab official stated: “We prefer a collapse of the diplomatic process to a bad deal.” 


Why is this administration turning on Israel and our Arab allies and desperately pursuing a deal, “making ever more concessions” to the ever dangerous Iranian regime. 


As Putin is alleged to have had Russian opposition leader, Boris Nemtsov killed last week, one has to wonder what is going on in our own backyard here in America, with worse yet, purported threats to shoot at our ally Israel. 


G-d should give our leaders the wisdom to discern our allies from our foes, to treat them accordingly, and to secure a genuine peace with security. 


(Source Photo: here with attribution to Mike Licht)

The Graffiti Car

Graffiti Car
So you like your car with a little Graffiti?



Someone here did…it’s covered bumper to bumper!



Wonder if this car also is one of those self-driving cars…so it’s real special inside and out.



This car can be yours if the Price is Right…no that’s a different show. 



Anyway, another day of more zany antics and styles coming to you from Washington, D.C. 😉



(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Closed And Closed

Left and Right Lanes Closed
This is sort of hilarious.


Check out the signs on either side of the road.


– Right lane closed.


– Left lane closed.


Even more stupid, notice that the signs are reversed (the left closure sign is on the right side of the road, and the left closure sign is on the right side of the road)…oops.(


Thank G-d, there were three lanes–at least for a little while. 😉


(Source Photo: Dannielle Blumenthal)

I Drive This Way (NOT)

Sitting On Car
I took this photo in downtown Washington, D.C. 



Unlike the Google Car, which is purported to drive itself…this one let’s the rider sit on top (that’s a joke people)!



Doesn’t matter if you bend the roof with your butt. 



The view is much better from on high, and it’s oh so comfortable on the white aluminum with your pants bottom shining it up. 



Maybe this is a give-a-way for the next carathon or something equally prizeworthy. 😉



(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Which Part of “Men’s Room” Don’t You Understand?

So after my swim, I’m in the men’s locker room.

There are dozens of folks showering and changing.

All of a sudden in strolls a lady.

First she walks one way through the locker room–looking up and down the aisles.

Then she walks the other way through again–glancing this way and that way.

The men are looking at each other like what in G-d’s name is she doing.

Some of the men start yelling at her to get out (maybe the others are sort of glad she’s there)!

She sort of nods at them, turns unapologetically and strolls back out.

The men are bantering back and forth now–like what was that all about? Is she nuts or something?

On the way out of the facility, I stop by the front desk and ask innocently, “Do you know that their is a women walking around the men’s locker room?”

One supervisor goes, “Oh, that happens. The men do that too–going into the lady’s locker room.”

Oh really–is this a professional swim club or a Roman orgy?

The other supervisor, a little more reasonable here, says if someone can point her out, he’ll have a talk with her.

The kid behind the desk says, “Thanks for letting us know.”

The funny thing is there is a sign in the locker room that prohibits photos and videos–but, I guess in-person viewing is permissible–good to know. 😉

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Hanging By A Thread

Hanging By A Thread

This spool of cable has been hanging from this utility pole for days, maybe weeks.

I have never quite seen anything like this.

This huge spool hanging by a thread from this skinny little pole.

Of course, there is one warning cone sitting right underneath the overhead spool.

Can’t you just see that spool crashing down and flattening the cone? [Wonk!]

Then you have some sporadic red warning tape not doing much of nothing.

And cars and people regularly going up and down this street–which you don’t really see in this photo.

Maybe the workers just left the spool of cable up there in case they need it again in the future.

Hey, less work lifting it all the way up there again. 😉

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)