Thursday, June 30, 2011

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Thought for Today

"Cultivate solitude and quiet and a few sincere friends, rather than mob merriment, noise and thousands of nodding acquaintances."

~~~~~ William Powell

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Thought for Today

"Marxists are people whose insides are torn up day after day because they want to rule the world and no one will even publish their letter to the editor."

~~~~~ Mark Helprin

Monday, June 27, 2011

Thought for Today

"We may have found a cure for most evils; but we have found no remedy for the worst of them all, the apathy of human beings."

~~~~~ Helen Keller

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Thought for Today

"The average man is a conformist, accepting miseries and disasters with the stoicism of a cow standing in the rain."

~~~~~ Colin Wilson

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Thought for Today

"A tree growing out of the ground is as wonderful today as it ever was. It does not need to adopt new and startling methods."

~~~~~ Robert Henri

Friday, June 24, 2011

Thought for Today

"The man who voyages strange seas must of necessity be a little unsure of himself. It is the man with the flashy air of knowing everything, who is always with it, that we should beware of."

~~~~~ Fred Hoyle

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Thought for Today

"A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it, or explore an explosive idea without fear it will go off in your face. It is one of the few havens remaining where a man's mind can get both provocation and privacy."

~~~~~ Edward P. Morgan

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Thought for Today

"A fellow doesn't last long on what he has done. He has to keep on delivering."

~~~~~ Carl Hubbell

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Thought for Today

"It is easy to dodge our responsibilities, but we cannot dodge the consequences of dodging our responsibilities."

~~~~~ Josiah Stamp

Monday, June 20, 2011

Thought for Today

"I like people who refuse to speak until they are ready to speak."

~~~~~ Lillian Hellman

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Thought for Today

"The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and these are ignorance, superstition and incompetence."

~~~~ Elbert Hubbard

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Thought for Today

"A broken bone can heal, but the wound a word opens can fester forever."

~~~~~ Jessamyn West

Friday, June 17, 2011

GUEST POST: Schechter Sez – An Open Letter to My Fellow Jews and to All Americans

An Open Letter to My Fellow Jews and to All Americans

by Harvey B. Schechter
05/27/2011 11:20 PM 

During my 41-year career as a member of the Anti-Defamation League's professional staff and from the day I retired in 1993 to this very moment, I operated on a simple, fundamental principle, namely, if anywhere in the world a Jew is persecuted solely becase he or she is a Jew, it automatically becomes my personal problem because there but for the grace of God go I.

To the best of my knowledge, none of my relatives were victims of the Holocaust, but I am the beneficiary of decisions made by my grandparents in the 1890's to flee Eastern Europe and come to the United States.

This issue of SSEZ is directed not so much at President Barack Obama from whom I never expected anything good, particularly with respect to the Nation of Israel and the five-and-a-half million Jews who live there, it is directed primarily at America's Jews, an estimated seventy-eight percent of whom voted for Obama in 2008.  I also firmly believe Obama will get the lion's share of votes Jews will cast in the 2012 presidential election.  Maybe not 78%, but more than 50%.

There's an old political saying that Jews earn like Episcopalians and vote like Puerto Ricans.  This saying has an East Coast flavor and would now be stated as " like Latinos and African-Americans," given the changes in the American political profile.  This attachment to the Democratic Party traces back to the passionate love America's Jews developed for President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1932 because of the liberal things he said and did during the Great Depression and his vigorous opposition to Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, and  Imperial Japan.  Before 1932, large numbers of Jews voted Socialist and even Republican, the party of Abraham Lincoln, because in New York where more than a million Jews lived, the Democrats were under the control of corrupt Tammany Hall.  That changed with Roosevelt's victory in 1932.

Right now there is great turmoil in the American Jewish community and especially in Israel because of the speech President Obama delivered at the State Department a few days ago when he made reference to the 1967 borders as the starting point for land swaps between Israel and the Palestinians.   As Rabbi Shmuley Boteach just wrote, ". . . the president's claims to naivete are ridiculous.  To his detractors Obama is many things, but he is no fool.  He knew full well that to publicly call for a return to the '67 lines was a bomb waiting to detonate.  Obama knew the demand to return to the pre-Six Day War borders spoke directly to the Palestinian narrative."  I agree completely with Rabbi Boteach.

Come back with me to election night, 2008.  As the results poured in from around the nation clearly indicating the Democrats would win the White House and both Houses of Congress, I spoke with a long time personal friend, a very important and influential Congressman who was smiling with each new vote posting.  I told him his smiles would turn to tears when Obama shafts Israel. (I was more blunt than "shafts.")  He asked, "what if you are wrong?"  I said I would apologize in writing, but I knew I would not be wrong.

When Obama did his 1967 shtick, Mort Zuckerman, publisher of U.S. News & World Report, angrily accused Obama of "betraying Israel." Former Democratic Congressman and famous New York City former Mayor  Ed Koch said he will not vote for Obama in 2012.  Of course, November 2012 is almost eighteen months away and anything can happen.

If you watched Obama's face and body language when Israel's Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu spoke at the White House when Obama had to listen to a lecture about the realities in the Middle East, he was obviously boiling mad as Netanyahu in essence told him he didn't know what he is talking about.  As I watched Obama, it seemed to me that Obama was thinking about how he could get back at Netanyahu and at Israel for having had to suffer before the entire nation like a school boy being lectured to by his teacher.

Several liberal commentators and columnists were outraged and said that Netanyahu was ungracious and inappropriate for delivering those comments in a public setting.  It must also have been very painful for Obama even though he was in England to hear about the brilliant, passionate, and informative speech Netanyahu delivered to a joint meeting of the Congress to genuine thunderous applause and getting about twenty-five standing ovations from Democrats and Republicans alike.

And good old Hillary Clinton, our esteemed Secretary of State, looks like an absolute fool have said a week or so ago that Bashar Assad, the murdering, brutal dictator of Syra is a "reformer."  Yes, she called Assad a "reformer."  How can anyone ever believe them?

When Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid spoke to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), he was magnificent.  I never thought I would say this about Senator Reid, but he was outstanding in his understanding of what is at stake in the Middle East between Israel and her Arab Neighbors, and he said it forcefully and convincingly.  Maybe the man in the White House ought to sit down with his Senate Majority Leader and have him explain the situation between Israel and the Arabs.

Again and again, we Jews are asked to explain the devotion of so many Jews to the Democratic Party which has paid and still pays homage to the likes of Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton who in my opinion are enemies of the Jewish people and of Israel.  Would they be so tolerant of the equivalent of Jackson and Sharpton in the Republican party?  Of course not. Our Liberalism came to us with our mother's milk.  For most American Jews, their synagoguee is the Democratic party;  their faith is Liberalism;  and their Moses is Obama.

TO MY FELLOW AMERICANS:  Please know that the hatred of Israel in the Arab world is equaled only by their hatred of you and of America.  The Jews may be their first target, but all of us are on their hit list.  The 9/11 attack was an attack on America!

For the record, Israel gave up land for peace.  It gave back the Sinai Peninsula.  Now there is the possibility of serious threats from the Sinai.  What did Egypt's President Anwar Sadat get for signing a peace treaty with Israel?  He got back the Sinai Peninsula, a Nobel Prize for Peace, and deadly bullets from members of his own army.

Israel gave Gaza to the Palestinians.  What did it get in return?  Thousands of deadly rockets raining down on its citizens.  If President Abbas of the Palestinian Authority repudiates his alliance with Hamas, he knows he will suffer Sadat's fate – a hail of bullets.

Israel also gave back territory in Southern Lebanon.  What did it get in return?  Thousands of deadly rockets fired by Hezbollah on Israel.
Dear Friends:  How long would we sit quietly while thousands of rockets poured down on us from Mexico and from Canada? Now you know what Israel is living with.

A friend sent me a marvelous cartoon of Obama meeting with the Queen of England who says to him, "I believe the borders of Britain and the U.S. should be based on the pre-1776 lines with mutually agreed swaps."  One picture is sure worth a thousand words.

                          Remember:  Be Well Because All Else Is Bubkiss
                Harvey B Schechter, 433 No. Palm Drive, #304, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
                PH:(310) 550-7332; FAX (310) 550-7364;

Thought for Today

"Learning starts with failure; the first failure is the beginning of education."

~~~~~ John Hersey

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Thought for Today

"I have come to terms with a lot of things, because, when all's said and done, there's really very little one can do about a lot of things. You just accept them. The point is you just have to keep on working and you just have to keep on living."

~~~~~ Jim Dine

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Thought for Today

"People don't ever seem to realize that doing what's right is no guarantee against misfortune."

~~~~~ William McFee

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Thought for Today

"For as Jews, the problem happens to be more urgent and vital than for others; because the destruction of religion in America will involve the destruction also of the religious training of freedom; and with that our civil liberties."

~~~~ Rabbi Louis Finkelstein

Monday, June 13, 2011

Thought for Today

"As I grow older and older,
And totter toward the tomb,
I find that I care less and less,
Who goes to bed with whom."

~~~~~ Dorothy L. Sayers

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Thought for Today

"More people need to understand the games secular liberals play. Here's one rule-of-thumb: No matter how bad a story sounds – particularly if it sounds bad – recognize the pattern of defamation."

~~~~~ Marvin Olasky

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Thought for Today

"The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor."

~~~~~ Vince Lombardi

Friday, June 10, 2011

Thought for Today

"Sometimes a concept is baffling not because it is profound but because it is wrong."

~~~~~ E. O. Wilson

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Weiner – A Simple Explanation

51% of Anthony Weiner's New York constituents think that he should not resign – but after all, what would you expect from people who pronounce "pawn shop" and "porn shop" exactly the same?

Thought for Today

"Seek not good from without: seek it within yourselves, or you will never find it."

~~~~~ Bertha von Suttner

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Thought for Today

"Not a day passes over the earth, but men and women of no note do great deeds, speak great words and suffer noble sorrows."

~~~~~ Charles Reade

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Thought for Today

"When I was a youngster, a popular putdown was 'If you're so smart, why aren't you rich?' But when people like Michael Moore, Michael Bloomberg and George Soros, say so many really dumb things, it seems a more appropriate question would be, 'If you're so rich, why aren't you smart?'"

~~~~~ Burt Prelutsky

Monday, June 6, 2011

Thought for Today

"The first people totalitarians destroy or silence are men of ideas and free minds."

~~~~~ Isaiah Berlin

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Thought for Today

"The best way to destroy the capitalist system is to debauch the currency. By a continuing process of inflation, governments can confiscate, secretly and unobserved, an important part of the wealth of their citizens."

~~~~~ John Maynard Keynes
They've told us exactly what they're about, yet here we sit watching them do it like sheep awaiting the shearing.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Thought for Today

"If you break your neck, if you have nothing to eat, if your house is on fire, then you got a problem. Everything else is inconvenience."

~~~~~ Robert Fulghum

Friday, June 3, 2011

Thought for Today

"If a psychiatric and scientific inquiry were to be made upon our rulers, mankind would be appalled at the disclosures."

~~~~~ Alfred Korzybski

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Thought for Today

"It is my duty to leave nothing undone that I may lawfully do, to pull down this administration... They who, from indifference, or with their eyes open, persist in hugging the traitor to their bosom, deserve to be insulted... deserve to be slaves, with no other music to soothe them but the clank of the chains which they have put on themselves and given to their offspring."

~~~~~ John Randolph (in reference to President John Quincy Adams [1826])

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Thought for Today

"The Constitution is not a panacea for every blot upon the public welfare. Nor should this Court, ordained as a judicial body, be thought of as a general haven for reform movements."

~~~~~ John Marshall Harlan