Friday, April 30, 2004

Ted Kennedy

A reminder about the scapegrace from Massachusetts — John Kerry's Idol!

When Sen. Ted Kennedy was merely just another Democrat bloviating on Capitol Hill on behalf of liberal causes, it was perhaps excusable to ignore his deplorable past.
But now that he's become Sen. John Kerry's leading campaign attack dog, positioning himself as Washington's leading arbiter of truth and integrity, the days for such indulgence are over.
It's time for the GOP to stand up and remind America why Sen. Kerry's chief spokesman had to abandon his own presidential bid in 1980 - time to say the words Mary Jo Kopechne out loud.
As is often the case, Republicans have deluded themselves into thinking that most Americans already know the story of how this "Conscience of the Democratic Party" left Miss Kopechne behind to die in the waters underneath the Edgartown Bridge in July, 1969, after a night of drinking and partying with the young blonde campaign worker.
But most Americans under 40 have never heard that story, or details of how Kennedy swam to safety, then tried to get his cousin Joe Gargan to say he was behind the wheel.
Those young voters don't know how Miss Kopechne, trapped inside Kennedy's Oldsmobile, gasped for air until she finally died, while the Democrats' leading Iraq war critic rushed back to his compound to formulate the best alibi he could think of.
Neither does Generation X know how Kennedy was thrown out of Harvard on his ear 15 years earlier – for paying a fellow student to take his Spanish final.
As they listen to the Democrats' "Liberal Lion" accuse President Bush of "telling lie after lie after lie" to get America to go to war in Iraq, young voters don't know about that notorious 1991 Easter weekend in Palm Beach, when Uncle Teddy rounded up his nephews for a night on the town, an evening that ended with one of them credibly accused of rape.
It's time for Republicans to state unabashedly that they will no longer "go along with the gag" when it comes to Uncle Ted's rants about deception and moral turpitude inside the Bush White House.
The Democratic Party, not to mention Sen. John Kerry, should be ashamed to have the national disgrace from Massachusetts as their spokesman. And the GOP needs to say so out loud.

Wednesday, April 28, 2004

Iraqi Flag

While the conclusion among many in Iraq was that the proposed flag was simply too Jewish (the colors included light blue and white), our man at Allahpundit proposed the following, all which had me falling off my seat in tears (click here if you can't see them):





All right, Russell Crowe!

Russell Crowe "was so upset by a fire-bombing at a Jewish elementary school in Montreal, he called the school to offer a donation to help rebuild its library."

Class move, Russell. Good for you.

We Demand Answers, Mr. President

From Victor Hanson's mock press conference with President Lincoln:
"Mr. Lincoln, would you please respond to General McClellan’s charges at the recent Chicago convention that with the establishment of the Emancipation Proclamation you misled this nation in the reasons you gave for this war. Is it not true, Mr. President, that you assured Americans that you have started this war to preserve the Union and protect federal property in the South? Yet now you claim that in fact our sons are dying to free slaves and provide equality to the Negro? What was the real reason, Mr. Lincoln, that you cooked up this war and got us into this mess, and why did you not tell us the full story when the shooting started?"

As usual, he nails it. How does he do that so well?! Read the whole thing.

Wednesday, April 21, 2004

Sacrifice and Redemption in Auschwitz

So many of my friends have parents with stories identical to this one and my uncle (who recently left us) was one of the Americans (may this country be blessed for 1000 years) whom G-d selected to effect these miracles. Now, my friends have many children, and their children are beginning to have children. Each one of these is a testament to G-d's determination that the Jewish people will not become extinct. Each one of these children is a blessing sent from G-d... and each one of these children is a curse upon Hitler's memory and upon those who would destroy us!
In every generation there are those who come against us to destroy us. We Jews have, for thousands of years, been canaries in the coal mine - the ultimate warning system. Now there are those who have risen again to destroy, not only the Jewish people, but the entire Judeo-Christian civilization. It is America and its soldiers who, in this generation are now doing G-d's work. May G-d bless every one of them, and bring them home safely.

Tuesday, April 20, 2004

The 2004 Lyttle Lytton Contest

The 2004 Lyttle Lytton Contest award winners have been selected.

As you may know, the Lyttle Lytton contest champions the worst opening line (of 25 words or less) of a hypothetical novel.

This years winner:

This is the story of your mom's life.

Michael Moore truly does hate America.

I have blogged before about Michael Moore, the Jane Fonda of a new generation.

Now, he has sent out a letter to his fans that is absolutely obscene in its hate for America and Americans and is gleeful in the possibility that many American soldiers may be killed.

An excerpt:
The Iraqis who have risen up against the occupation are not "insurgents" or "terrorists" or "The Enemy." They are the REVOLUTION, the Minutemen, and their numbers will grow -- and they will win.


They are the enemy, Michael.

I'm so utterly disgusted that this man gets awards and standing ovations by a fawning public.

A thorough fisking of the missive is available at Right-Thinking.com, which is good because I couldn't do it, since I had to keep breaking off my reading of the letter to dry heave.

Dennis Prager

I am an avid admirer of Dennis Prager. He is a truly ethical and wise man. Among the other things that I love about this column is his unflinching pairing in the last paragraph of two of the vilest people on G-d's green earth.

Tuesday, April 13, 2004

Speakin Inglish Real Good

I took the following Grammar quiz, and guess what it told me....
Grammar God!
You are a GRAMMAR GOD!


If your mission in life is not already to
preserve the English tongue, it should be.
Congratulations and thank you!


How grammatically sound are you?
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Apparently the other possible results are less ebullient. Go figure. Anyway, a distraction I thought you might enjoy.

Friday, April 09, 2004

A Fabulous Legacy

As David indicated below, my Uncle Jack died last week at the age of 85. He practiced law until shortly before his death. Two weeks before his death he wrote his own eulogy, and his daughter, Arlene, read it at the funeral. It is pretty incredible, and I thought that you might be interested in reading it.
IF THERE IS ONE ABSOLUTE FACT, IT IS THAT EVERYONE WITHOUT EXCEPTION WILL DIE-SOME SOONER, SOME LATER. EIGHTY-FIVE YEARS OF LIFE IS PRETTY GOOD. THE BIG TRAGEDY IS NOT FOR THE ONE WHO DIED, BUT FOR THE ONES LEFT BEHIND. THE DEATH OF A LOVED ONE CREATES A MAJOR TEAR IN THE FABRIC OF LIFE BUILT AROUND THE DECEASED. THIS TEAR CANNOT EVER BE REPAIRED. THOSE LEFT BEHIND TO MOURN MUST BE STRONG ENOUGH TO ACCEPT THE INEVITABLE.
I WAS MOST FORTUNATE THROUGHOUT MY LIFE. I WAS GRANTED THE VERY BEST REWARDS ANYONE COULD EVER HAVE. I HAD THE MOST WONDERFUL CHILDREN, ARLENE, PAULA AND ARTHUR. HOW LUCKY CAN YOU GET-WELL, ONE CAN GET LUCKIER. THEY BROUGHT STEPHEN, PAUL AND CAROLYN INTO MY LIFE. AND THEN THE BEST REWARDS OF ALL, SIX BEAUTIFUL GRANDCHILDREN. THEY WERE TRULY GRAND CHILDREN: BETH, SARA, DANIEL, SCOTT, COURTNEY AND EVAN. AND THEN I HAD 2 SPECIAL WOMEN SHARE MY LIFE, BOTH OF WHOM WERE SUPERB HUMAN BEINGS, BERNICE AND SELMA.
SO I LEAVE YOU ALL WITH HEARTFELT GRATITUDE FOR HAVING MADE MY LIFE AS EXTRAORDINARY AS IT WAS, MUCH MORE THAN I WAS ENTITLED TO. I ALSO SAY GOODBYE TO ALL MY GREAT FRIENDS, NIECES, NEPHEWS AND OTHER FAMILY WHO MADE MY LIFE ENJOYABLE AND REWARDING. SPECIAL THANKS AND GRATITUDE ALSO TO MIKE MACCO, RICK STERN, LYNN SMIAROWSKI AND THEIR ENTIRE STAFF. I OWE THEM MUCH FOR MAKING MY PROFESSIONAL LIFE AS COMFORTABLE AND ENRICHING AS IT COULD BE. TO MARILYN SIBER, CARMINE ROSATO, GERTRUDE HEMPEL AND ALL THE FOLKS AT THE KNOLLS, YOU HAVE ALL MADE ME FEEL SO APPRECIATED FOR MY EFFORTS IN THAT COMMUNITY. THE KNOLLS IS TRULY A VERY SPECIAL PLACE.
AND SO IT’S OVER AND ONCE AGAIN, I LEAVE EVERYONE WITH ONE THOUGHT. LIVING UNTIL 85 IS A REWARD IN AND OF ITSELF. DON’T CRY FOR ME, BUT REJOICE IN THE FACT THAT I HAD A GREAT, HAPPY AND REWARDING LIFE.

Sunday, April 04, 2004

My son, David

Viz. the previous posting about my uncle... my son, David, is the best son in the world!!!

Saturday, April 03, 2004

Abel Jack Schwartz, ZT"L

My great-uncle, Abel Jack Schwartz ("Uncle Jack") died on Thursday morning. We knew the end was coming; Uncle Jack was diagnosed seven weeks ago with acute leukemia, and his passing was, I suppose, mercifully swift.

I already knew some of the stories of this unbelievable man's life:

- He was the youngest man ever to sit for the New York Bar Exam (at 19).
- As a First Sergeant in General Patton's army, he liberated Buchenwald concentration camp, forcing the residents of the surrounding town to enter the camp and face what they had permitted to exist in their midst.
- One of the best storytellers ever. (Although that's really a family trait. Ahem.)

I knew he was a self-effacing man, modest to a fault. My father noted Jack's embarassment when, after Jack spoke at a Holocaust Remembrance Day commemoration about his experiences in the war, a man came up to Jack, kissed his hand, and thanked him for liberating him.

At his overwhelmingly well-attended funeral on Friday, I learned that Jack stated that in his life he "just tried not to hurt people, and hoped he helped them."

I'm expecting my first child this summer. I hope as a parent I can communicate that simple rule.

Try not to hurt people. Try to help them.

Goodbye, Uncle Jack.

Friday, April 02, 2004

Were we misled?

An outstanding 'ad' on the topic of whether we were misled on Iraq. Watch it here. Words do matter ... at least they should.

Thursday, April 01, 2004

The Usual Suspects

I feel like a broken record sometimes in terms of who I quote; sorry...but I can't help it! Here are today's favorites, who you have all seen before.

Michael Totten today was asked the question of "Who Are We at War With". His answer was "Islamic fascists, both religious and secular."
"It makes little sense to me to declare war on Al Qaeda, but not declare war against Al Qaeda’s Islamist allies in terror like Hezbollah and Hamas. And it makes little sense to me to declare war against Hezbollah and Hamas, but not against the Baathist states (Syria and Iraq) and the Islamist states (Saudi Arabia and Iran) who provide them with financial aid, material aid, military aid, and real estate. They are all networked together, sometimes loosely, other time less so. Not every group is linked to every other group, so sometimes their connections to each other are slight and indirect (as seems to be the case with Al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein). They all have a few things in common, even so. They’re all Islamic, they’re all fascist, and they’re all involved with anti-Western terorrism of one kind or another.

If Al Qaeda ceases utterly to exist tomorrow, and if everything else in the Middle East is preserved exactly as it is right now, would it really be time to declare victory? I do not think so."


I think that is about right.

Roger Simon noted a "typo" in the EU's final report on anti-semitism in the Europe, which has finally been issued after some 'cleansing'. The report has been revised in its final form and ' "blamed "young, disaffected white Europeans" for the rise in anti-Semitic violence. An earlier version had blamed Muslim youths for the rise in attacks on Jews in Europe. " Simon notes that Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, writing from Brussels, has more on the extent of the cover-up:
"The headline findings contradict the body of the report, which says most of the 193 violent attacks on synagogues, Jewish schools, kosher shops, cemeteries and rabbis in France in 2002 - up from 32 in 2001 - were "ascribed to youth from neighbourhoods sensitive to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, principally of North African descent. The percentage attributable to the extreme right was only 9 per cent in 2002," it said.

Pritchard adds:

The EU suppressed a report last year by German academics concluding that Arab gangs were largely responsible for a sudden surge in anti-Jewish violence, allegedly because the findings were politically unpalatable.

Victor Weitzel, who wrote a large section of Wednesday's far more detailed study, said the latest findings had been consistently massaged by the EU watchdog to play down the role of North African youth. "The European Union seems incapable of facing up to the truth on this," he said.


Finally there is James Lileks, whose rant today targetted John Kerry's 'vision' on foreign policy and the 'anger' caused by Bush.
We stopped pretending we would ratify Kyoto. We only spent $15 billion on AIDS in Africa. We did not take dictation from Paris. If we had done these things, it would minimize the world’s anger.

Is the world angry at Russia, which spends nothing on AIDS and rebuffed Kyoto? Is the world angry at China, which got a pass on Kyoto and spends nothing on AIDS for other countries?

Is the world angry at North Korea for killings its people? Angry at Iran for smothering that vibrant nation with corrupt and thuggish mullocracy? Angry at Syria for occupying Lebanon? Angry at Saudi Arabia for its denial of women’s rights? Angry at Russia for corrupt elections? Is the world angry at China for threatening Taiwan, or angry at France for joining the Chinese in joint military exercises that threatened the island on the eve of an election? Is the world angry at Zimbabwe for stealing land and starving people? Is the world angry at Pakistan for selling nuclear secrets? Is the world angry at Libya for having an NBC program?

Is the world angry at the thugs of Fallujah?

Is the world angry at anyone besides America and Israel?

But even if you admit that the world is angry at America - so angry that the poorest of them can’t wait to come here and stake a claim – you have to stand in awe at the sheer political idiocy of Kerry’s conclusion. Boiled down:

There are countless numbers of things that we could be do minimize the kind of anger and ... almost recruitment that has taken place in terrorist organizations as a result of the way the administration has behaved.

By toppling the fascists in Baghdad without French seal of approval, we have encouraged recruitment in terrorist organizations. It’s not the invasion that ticked off the Man in the Arab Street, it’s the lack of a 17th UN resolution on Iraq. Right now in a café in Beirut an educated man, a chemist by trade, schooled in the ways of the West, is reading an article about how the US will only spent $15 billion on AIDS and probably won’t reduce its carbon emissions to 1817 levels, and he throws down the paper in disgust: bastards! I must join Al Qaeda, move to Iraq and kill the contractors who are upgrading their outmoded infrastructure!"


Do yourself a favor; read the whole thing.