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Gaza Update 5

Happy New Year. Goodbye 2008, hello 2009. This marks fifth installment of round ups about the conflict in Gaza. Here are links to the previous editions: Gaza Round Up Part One Gaza Round Up Part Two Gaza Round Up Part Three Gaza Round Up 3.5 Gaza Round Up Part 4 Gaza Update 4.5 ************************************************* CNN is late in the game with Israel uses YouTube, Twitter to share its point of view . Maybe they should be reading this blog. Haaretz has two stories that are worth looking at, Israelis who blame Israel are not helping the Palestinians and IDF recommends major, but brief Gaza ground offensive . From The Razor Walking In Israel’s Shoes . Rhymes with Right Israel NOT Targeting Civilians . Baron Boddisey offers Israel’s Struggle . Jewish World Review has a column called Israel's Response Is Disproportionate . Pajamas Media The Gaza War: Is It Really So Hard to Understand ? and Israel’s Morality Versus Hamas’s Morality: Who Are The “Peace Act

Gaza Update 4.5

I finally jumped onboard and am part of Twitter. I am not sure yet how often I am going to use it, but who knows, maybe it will become a regular feature. You can find me at . This marks round up 4.5 Here are links to the previous editions: Gaza Round Up Part One Gaza Round Up Part Two Gaza Round Up Part Three Gaza Round Up 3.5 Gaza Round Up Part 4 Before we get to the round up here is an old joke: ************************ Dan Rather, Katie Couric, and an Israeli sergeant were all captured by terrorists in Iraq. The leader of the terrorists told them he would grant them each one last request before they were beheaded. Dan Rather said, 'I'm a Texan, so I'd like one last bowlful of hot spicy chili.' The leader nodded to an underling who returned with chili. Rather ate it all and said, 'Now I can die content.' Katie Couric said, 'I'm a reporter to the end. I want to take my tape recorder, then describe the scene he

Not Quite a Recap- Let's Talk about Body Parts

In an attempt to escape being seen as the All Gaza, All The Time blog I am going to regal you with tales on my adventures on the high seas. You ever notice that the term is always "high seas" and never lower. Maybe the Shmata Queen is correct about short people and things getting no respect. Before the hostilities began I had intended to work on a general recap of the blog and my life in 2008. But as the saying goes, "People plan and G-d laughs." So here I am with a watered down version that is going to cover a bunch of different things. Let's begin by relating a recent conversation with my son. Earlier this week the big guy followed me into the bathroom and decided that it would be cool if we both urinated at the same time. Yes ladies, sometimes even the boys hit the bathroom in pairs. As we stood there I made sure to remind him to pay attention and suggested that we follow the Ghostbuster's rule and not cross streams. In the midst of this the big guy lo

Gaza Update 4

I finally jumped onboard and am part of Twitter. I am not sure yet how often I am going to use it, but who knows, maybe it will become a regular feature. You can find me at . This marks the fourth round up. Here are links to the previous editions: Gaza Round Up Part One Gaza Round Up Part Two Gaza Round Up Part Three Gaza Round Up 3.5 (I know, Ben-Yehuda this is technically number 5.) CNN reports that Israel has rejected a truce . Of course reports like this make it seem as if Israel is the bad guy and do a poor job of reflecting the real reasons for the hostility. It is shameful the manner in which some people try to minimize the threat of the rockets as if people shouldn't care. The BBC reports Israelis ponder ceasefire calls . Also from The UK We must adjust our distorted image of Hamas . Don Surber reflects upon that last story here . As is tradition allow me to remind you that liveblogging continues at IsraellyCool and The Muqata . Jewi

Gaza Round Up 3.5

This is part 3.5 in a continuing series of round ups about the current situation in Gaza. It is a collection of posts and articles from around the world and blogosphere. If you have posts that you think should be included email them to talktojack-now-at-sbcglobal-dot-net or let me know in the comments. Gaza Round Up Part One Gaza Round Up Part Two Gaza Round Up Part Three First from the MSM: At Ha'aretz Cabinet debating 48-hour Gaza truce as international pressure grows and Amos Oz: Hamas responsible for outbreak of Gaza violence . The New York Times Amid a Buildup of Its Forces, Israel Ponders a Cease-Fire . Benny Morris on Why Israel Feels Threatened . And Egypt Offers Humanitarian Aid but Is Criticized for Refusing to Open Gaza Border . YNET reports that rockets have reached Beer Sheva . JPost has Battlefront Twitter and an essay from Daniel Pipes called Insight into Bush's 'promising' Middle East . Der Spiegel has 'Hamas Stupidity No Excuse for Israeli Ove

Gaza Round Up Part Three

*** Second Update 9:30 A.M. P.S.T.*** This is part three in a continuing series of round ups about the current situation in Gaza. It is a collection of posts and articles from around the world and blogosphere . If you have posts that you think should be included email them to talktojack -now-at- sbcglobal -dot-net or let me know in the comments. Gaza Round Up Part One Gaza Round Up Part Two And now onto part three: The IDF has some very interesting videos on YouTube. Check out IDFADESK . Jameel and Aussie Dave are still live blogging the war. They both provide news and information that you might not see anywhere else. The Sandmonkey is at it again with news about the Egyptian Embassy in Yemen and an Egyptian Officer that was shot by Hamas . The WSJ has Israel's Gaza Defense . ADD Rabbi provides a valuable service with BBC Translators . The Rebbitzin's Husband has the story Behind the United Nations' War on Israel . At LGF you can read Washington Post: 'Am

My Own Theme Song

A couple of years ago I put up a post about my own theme song . As I mentioned in the previous post it is time to revisit it. Since I am feeling a bit lazy I'll post it again below: Someone once suggested that life would be far more fun if we could walk around with a theme song. I kind of like the idea. If I could do it than I would want to have a rotation of songs to use.For example, here are the top five I would want right now: O Fortuna - Orff Hurt - Johnny Cash version Raiders Of The Lost Ark: The Raiders' March - John Williams Jaws Theme - John Williams The Empire Strikes Back: The Imperial March - John Williams I still like most if not all of those songs, but just for kicks let's add a few more to the list: A New Game - NFL Requiem for a Tower Movement 4 - Cornerstone Cues Get Down Tonight -KC and The Sunshine Band (Got to give S.Q. something) Chariots of Fire - Vangelis You're All I need To Get By -Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell What music would you pick?

Odds and Ends

After spending most of the past two days focused upon politics I need to spend a bit of time decompressing. So this post is going to be nothing more than odds and ends about this and that. The 17 long time readers know that I find the holiday season to be tedious. But I have to admit that this time of year I do appreciate the fine food that I seem to stumble and trip over everywhere I go. The only problem is that my metabolism seems to have gone on vacation. The pants are a hair too tight and my shirts, well they could fit better too. So from a man who hates making resolutions here is one that I will live up to. I am going to move into the gym. Actually I made a decision a while back to get more serious about lifting again and I followed through on that. I have a standing date with my weightset and have been good about living up to my obligations there. In addition I have been good about using my perfect pushups and have been reaping the rewards. However, I have noticed that age is

Gaza Round Up Part Two

************Updated 5:36 P.M. P.S.T.******************** The first round up I produced about the current situation in Gaza can be located here . Part two can be found beneath this. As always I will do my best to try and update this as possible throughout the day. If you have posts that you think should be included email them to talktojack-now-at-sbcglobal-dot-net or let me know in the comments. FYI- I gather these links from a variety of places. In some cases I am tipped off via email and sometimes through the blogs I am visiting. I do my best to try and provide credit where it is due. My apologies for any credit that I miss giving out. We'll start out with some links to stories in the MSM: CNN reports that Israel is in an all out war with Hamas . There are a number of blogs linking to this story moaning over support for Israel's actions. As always I'd like to see what they would say if their next door neighbors spent all day throwing bricks at their homes. The Washingt

He is Eight-Years-Old

In a few moments or so the day will officially become December 29 and I will be the father of an eight-year-old boy. Some of you will read this and smile as you recollect when your child was this age and some of you will have no frame of reference at all. But let me tell you that I am continually surprised to realize that not only am I a father, but I have a child who is not a baby any more. Actually he hasn't been a baby for a very long time now, but not unlike many other parents I wonder where the time went. I look at him and I see hints of the baby he used to be but more than anything else I see small hints of the teenager to come. And I suspect that I might even see a few inklings of the man that he will one day be. I told him earlier today to take his time growing up, there is no rush. It is something that my parents often told me and a lesson that I am trying to pass along. I suppose that I am trying to absorb it myself as well. Or maybe it is just my personal struggle with

Gaza Round Up Part One

**Updated** Here is a quick roundup of posts about the current activities in Gaza. I am jammed for time but I'll do my best to try and update this as things progress. My apologies for the lack of organization. At the Augean Stables you can read Astonishing Statistic: How does this operation rank in the history? Jules Crittenden shared Gotcha . Nasrallah is threatening to open a second front. For more on this check out Israel Matzav . EOZ has a post about how the terrorists use their own people to try and gain the upper hand in Hamas leveraging Gazan lives for political gain . Confederate Yankee Writes about it as well in Because Monsters Are Always Monsters . From Seraphic Secret: IDF Targets Hamas Military Targets and Egypt: "Hamas is to Blame ." Esser Agaroth provided What Took 'Em So Long? The Rebbitzin's Husband Kassams, Air Strikes, Gaza Invasion, UN Resolutions, Withdrawal, Kassams... and then what? Solomonia Israel: Abandoning failed policies?

Things That Aggravate Me

I woke up this morning in a foul mood and had planned on going off on a rant about all sorts of things. But due to time restrictions I am going to save that rant for later and share a couple of quick comments about things that aggravate me. Parking lots are a central source of aggravation. It is a virtual guarantee that I am going to get aggravated by something in a parking lot, especially if it is a Trader Joe's or Costco parking lot . The problem is that a parking lot is a place that is designed to make people focus on themselves and that is what happens, drivers pay little to no attention to what is happening around them. I always get stuck behind the jackass who decides that they are going to drive less than a mile per hour down the lane in the hope that they do not miss a space. Driving speed in a parking lot is a touchy thing, because I get irritated with the fool who thinks that it is ok to pretend to be Jeff Gordon in the lot as well. I get especially irritated with the


I saw Milk . It was excellent. Actually managed to catch a number of other flicks including Defiance , Rachel Getting Married and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button . I enjoyed them all, but liked Defiance best. Got a few others to hit including Gran Torino and Revolutionary Road . Eastwood has long been one of my favorite actors. I don't agree with much of Sean Penn's politics, but he is a fine actor. Who would have thought that the man who played Jeff Spicoli would come so far. I think that I'll probably add to this post later on. At the moment it is a bit too late and I am a bit too tired and pissed off to write any more.

Who says I love You First

This has got to be one of the dumbest articles I have ever read. I have to wonder if the author truly believes what she has written or if this was a feeble attempt to meet a deadline. If you read the article you'll see that this woman says that men should always be first to say "I love you." "So what happens if you get there first and you say it and he's not there yet? What happens when your "I love you" is met with a "thank you," or worse, a deer-in-headlights look? Well, it stings, sure, but more than that, it can stop a perfectly happy and healthy relationship in its tracks before it's even too far from the station. If a woman asks a man out and he says 'no,' at least she knows where she stands with him and she doesn't waste any time pining over someone who isn't interested. Same thing goes if she makes a move on him and she's rejected. If she's in a serious relationship -- one where the expression of love has

I Hate Christmas

So the Chanukah holiday madness continues to plague my life. Ok, that is a really unfair characterization of one of my favorite holidays, but I kind of like the way that it sounds. So because I like to use this blog as both a place to vent and a chronicle of my life allow me to share more notes about the current Chanukah season. Chanukah season comes from the mouth of the almost eight-year-old boy that lives with me. The guy I call "Little Jack" told me he hates Christmas and that Christians don't know how to share. I look down at the big guy and say that there is no reason to hate Christmas. He replied with a large dose of almost eight-year-old boy logic and reason. "Christians need to share the holidays with us. All we ever see are Christmas decorations and Christmas songs. Why aren't there more Jewish things. That would be more fair." Being the good father I smiled in a fatherly way and said "there are a lot more Christians here and because of tha

I Loved This George Will Essay

This is fine essay recounting some of the events of 2008. It is worth looking at . Here are a few excerpts: "If 2008 were not divisible by four, this would have been The Year of Gen. David Petraeus. During the presidential contest between an African-American from Chicago and a plumber from Toledo, eros reared its beguiling head, so: Coming soon to a Cineplex near you, "Republicans in Love," a romantic comedy about conservatives who advocate extravagant presidential powers and who this autumn favored putting the governor of a national park (the federal government owns 63 percent of Alaska) in close proximity to those powers. " and "Peanut allergy had its 15 minutes as a cause of public health hysteria, long enough for the vigilant schools of Union County, N.C., to ban PB&J sandwiches. In New Haven, Conn., an eighth grader was suspended, removed as class vice president and banned from a school honors dinner because he bought a banned substance from a classmat

Madoff Madness- Elie Wiesel

I haven't commented on this story here. Made remarks on other blogs, but haven't said anything here yet. But I expect that I will. I am very angry. I know people that were affected. Some of them are going to be ok and some are not. But it is not about whether people will survive or not. It is about a fundamental flaw in this man's character that allowed him to ignore the devastation that he was unleashing upon so many. There are a lot of different charities that I could write about, but I am taking the "easy road" because this story is out there already. Survived the Holocaust to see his work so severely damaged by the greed of another. Terrible. WASHINGTON (AFP) – The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity lost more than 15 million dollars -- nearly all of its assets -- in the alleged fraud scheme run by Wall Street baron Bernard Madoff, the fund said Wednesday. "We are writing to inform you that the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity had 15.2 million dol

Chanukah 2008 Continued

You know that line about those who forget history are doomed to repeat it? Well tonight kind of made me think of that. Let me set the scene as best I can. The year is somewhere around 1976 or '77. Your hero (that is me) is a young schoolboy. Happy, well adjusted and glad to recite all of the Welcome Back Kotter lines with his friends, "up your nose with a rubber hose" was a personal favorite. My family is at home. My sisters and I are involved in different activities around the house. At some point in time my middle sister and I have a disagreement about something. I can't remember what I did, but like a good big brother I really aggravated her. She hauls off and belts me in the mouth. It doesn't hurt, but it does knock out a loose tooth. I am infuriated by this. Looking back I think that I was more upset by the idea that my little sister got one over on me than anything else. Flash forward to the present. The family is at my folk's house. It is filled wit

At Least We're Not Homeless

Every day I wake up and find myself repeating the same stupid phrase to myself, "At least we're not homeless." It is a mantra that I use to pretend that I feel ok about our situation. It is one those stupid mind tricks that people use to try and convince themselves that the situation really isn't that bad. It is no different from saying "things could always be worse." Well, I hate that fucking line. Stop telling me that things could always be worse. Sure they could. I could have a terminal disease. I could be injured in some sort of industrial accident and be paid the grand sum of $10,000 for the loss of an eye. Or I could be eaten by a wild animal. Sure, things could be worse, but that doesn't make me feel better. It doesn't remove the sting of the current pain. It doesn't make me feel any less worse. It doesn't help to tell me that my situation isn't my fault. I know that it is not really my fault. I know that I am not really responsi

He Ate Seven Pounds of Latkes

I love latkes, but this makes my arteries ache. I have to add that knowing that there is an Association of Independent Competitive Eaters makes me feel good. It is proof that there is a hobby/profession for everyone. A 23-year-old mechanical engineering student downed 46 of the potato pancakes in eight minutes to win a contest at a Long Island deli. Pete Czerwinski says he'd never eaten a latke before consuming about seven pounds of them Sunday at Zan's in Lake Grove. The Toronto bodybuilder says he's just "a power eater" whose brain never signals that he's full, according to the Long Island daily Newsday. Association of Independent Competitive Eaters Chairman Arnie Chapman says Czerwinski demolished the contest's previous record of 31 latkes, set in 2006.

The Secret of Gift Giving

There is a secret for giving gifts, but not everyone knows what it is. The bad news is that I am not going to offer it up in this post. However I will share a few thoughts/comments about giving gifts. In many families there is one relative who is known for giving terrible gifts. That is the sort of thing that you never want to be accused of saying about another and it is definitely something that you don't want to be said about you. But the reality is that most of us have received a gift that we found less than inspiring. And though we tried to pretend to be grateful it was hard to smile and offer thanks for having received something that we just couldn't believe we had gotten. One of these days I need to dedicate an entire post to this topic, but not now. The thing about the secret to gift giving is that there really are multiple secrets to be aware. There is the secret to giving a gift to a spouse or significant other, there is the secret to trying to be the cool aunt/uncl

Chanukah Begins Woohoo- Night One

I think that I am in a bit of a blogging rut again. I am just not happy with the quality of my posts so I keep nuking them and starting over. Every time I say something like that the Shmata Queen accuses me of trying to generate more comments to feed my ego. I usually respond to those accusations by making fun of the burning river and reminding her that she has lived more than half of her middle aged life outside of that place. 1...2...3...DUCK! In case you are wondering that was strictly for myself. The queen has this big black purse that your grandmother would be jealous of. I can't believe how much junk she has in there. I think that she thinks it is sort of like Felix the Cat's Bag of tricks. Let me tell you, the last time she managed to hit me in the head I saw stars, they were in her eyes. Those bright eyes positively glowed. All hail the lovely queen. Ok, enough of the fake fawning and homage and back to the point of the post, it is Chanukah. It is one of my favorite

The Duggar's one More Time

I must admit that I have been surprised to see just how much traffic the Duggar stories generate. This post from last May is constantly being pinged by people: The Duggar Family Revisited Anyway, they apparently just had baby number 18: Michelle Duggar has given birth to her 18th child . The Arkansas supermom delivered the baby girl by Caesarean section Thursday at Mercy Medical Center in Rogers. The baby, named Jordyn-Grace Makiya Duggar, weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces and was 20 inches long.

Recent Posts

In case you haven't been around here is a quick roundup of recent posts: Thursday Night 20 Favorite Actresses The Search for Happiness A Five Minute Internet Talk Show Taking a Risk Living Inside My Skull Superman Music

Thursday Night

I seem to be doing a lot of the the music posts lately. But it is my blog and I enjoy doing these. So here is a short look at some of what I listened to today. Breakfast at Tiffanys - Deep Blue Something Calling All Angels - Train Bring it On Home To Me - The Animals Bridge over Troubled Water - Aretha Franklin Dela Dela - Sacred Spirit Amazing Grace - R.Carlos Nakai Insomnia - Forever Faithless Standing in The Shadows of Love - The Four Tops Atomic Dog - George Clinton Closer to Fine - Indigo Girls I'm a Man - Spencer Davis Group Gimme Shelter - The Rolling Stones No More Tears - Ozzie Osborne