Sunday, January 25, 2015

Deflationgate a quarter century on

As we all know, Bill Belichek has transitioned from football to quantum physics. It's hard to imagine too many going that route but he has. Belichek, of course, was famous for attention to detail, sub-detail, sub-sub-sub detail and so on. 

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Jews like me . . .

I have proposed a demonstration of Jews who oppose Benjamin Netanyahu's appearance at Congress in March. Not talking the predictable kind of BDS anti-Zionist cum anti-Semites (the Zionism equals racism crowd.)

Talking Jews like me, who want to say: go home Bibbi!

How dare you?

Jews like me who oppose the sick/sickening alliance of rightwing republicans and  rightwing Israelis.

Jews like me who think the Israel lobby per se less influential in the end than the republican pro-Israel contingent.

Jews like me who are aware of and fear resurgent anti-Semitism but also fear the likes of Bibi Netnanyahu.

Jews like me who think Bibi had absolutely every right to march in Paris but no right to butt in against Obama in the U.S. Congress.

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I've reconsidered my previous idea and resolved it's far too sane. 

Better Jews like me hand out leaflets saying: We are authentic honest-to-goodness Goyim who believe an Israeli war with Iran  — Migod v. Bygod, Godamn v. Hotdamn, Gog v. Gag, Hotcha v. Gotcha — will bring on the Rapture extra shnell (Yiddish for fast).

Come Bibi Come!

The Rapturati love you!


Thursday, January 22, 2015

Deflationgate: The Story Goes On . . .

Belichick denies any knowledge of deflated footballs. He privately asserts that he knows more about football than God but individual footballs do not merit his attention. He cares nothing for their fate. He doesn't touch them and prefers not even to think about them. He's a sensitive guy underneath it all and the very shape of a football makes him a bit queasy.

So when it comes to deflating footballs, he couldn't be more innocent.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Deflation-gate: Belichick cum Cheney

Deflation-gate: did the Patriots deflate the ball in their 45-7 rout of the Colts on Sunday or did they not? Forget ISIS, and Hebdo. Forget Boka Haram and Teheran: that is the question.

Deflating the ball makes it easier to pass and catch in cold wet weather. Is that why Tom Brady and his Pats mauled Andrew Luck and his Colts? 

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Thoughts about Richard Wagner . . .

I happened to tune into a recent PBS performance of Die Walkure and got swept up in the ride of the Valkyries, along with the conflicted condition of Wotan, who must sentence his beloved daughter, Brunhilde, to punishment. This theme of gods entrapped by finitude, bad deals, gold, and giants is intriguing. This is not monotheism we're talking about. 

Are We at War?

On Tom Ashbrook today — WBUR, Friday, 1/16/15, On Point — when the likes of Jack Beatty get to put their 2 cents in, I tune in. One of the guests said in re no one high up in the United States showing at the massive Paris march that it was meant to signify that we, the United States, are not at war with terrorism. Terrorists of the sort that committed the Charlie Hebdon massacres are best thought of as criminals. Let us not dignify their crazed criminal activity as acts of war.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

I'm a French Jew . . .

A headline in today's Times (1/13/15) reads, "Fear on Rise, Jews in France Weigh an Exit". That article goes on to detail how many French Jews have decamped for Israel and how many more are likely to do so. France, the piece specifies, "was the largest source of Jews moving to Israel last year." 

Thursday, January 8, 2015

I am the Zero Amendment

I don't care what you say
Not in the least
What counts is my right

to not let you say it