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|Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008|
hi. i tried to piost this before to this here astromony communuity but idk where it went. nehow im here because i like astromony a wohle lot. peace out & enjoy the pix.
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hi <lj-comm="astronomy">. i tried to piost this before but idk where it went. nehow im here because i like astromony a wohle lot. peace out & enjoy the pix.
|Saturday, September 20th, 2008|
|Sunday, September 14th, 2008|
|Friday, May 9th, 2008|
|Thursday, January 24th, 2008|
Democratic voters still engaged in Florida
I was just curious as to what my friends that vote in Florida think about this whole political mess. Even non-Floridians are welcome to chime in.Dems skip Fla., but voters still engaged
By Ben Harris
DAVIE, Fla. (JTA) -- For South Florida's large, politically engaged Jewish community, this year's primary season was going to make up for the 2000 presidential debacle, when voters in the Sunshine State felt disenfranchised by the specter of hanging chads and aborted recounts.
With both parties boasting a wide open field of candidates and no clear front-runner, Florida moved its primary up to Jan. 29, ahead of Super Tuesday, in the hopes of once again taking center stage in a national political drama.
Only one problem: Half the players aren't showing up. ( text belowCollapse )
|Friday, January 11th, 2008|
Separation of Shul and State: Observant Jews and Nevada's primary caucuses
January 19th is one of the most important contests
in the Democratic and Republican quests for their parties’ nomination for the presidency. It is also Shabbat.
This year, the Nevada Democratic and Republican parties have decided to hold their primary caucuses on a Saturday, with citizens required to report by 11:30 and 9:00 AM respectively
, right during morning religious services. When I called the political parties in Nevada to inquire as to whether or not there were measures being taken to help accommodate those observant Jews who wished to participate in the caucuses, I received mixed results. A young Jewish woman at the Nevada Democratic Party told me that they had tried to put caucus-sites near religious neighborhoods and synagogues so that people could walk; precinct captains would be educated about the need to write down information on behalf of observant Jews instead of asking them to sign-in and write themselves. A gentleman at the Nevada Republican Party told me that the party was not even aware of the problem, but promised to make an effort to educate precinct captains on the issue. Neither had an adequate answer as to why the caucuses had to take place on a Shabbat morning.
Nevada has one of the fastest growing Jewish populations in the country, and its 65,000-80,000 Jewish community members are expected to have a disproportionate impact on the results. I do not know how many of these Jews are observant enough to be effectively barred from participating in the caucus. I do not know how many of these Jews will be pushed into the uncomfortable position of choosing between attending synagogue and participating in a cherished American civic tradition. I DO know that it is highly unlikely that the state's political parties would choose to hold these caucuses on a Sunday morning during church services.
Because of the need to caucus during a pre-designated and inflexible time, this form of primary contest inevitably will leave out large swaths of potential voters
. Individuals who cannot flex their work schedules or find childcare are often disenfranchised. Because caucusing requires voters to present themselves in-person, members of the armed services or other Americans serving their country abroad are not able to participate in choosing the delegates from their states.
However, there are two elements of Nevada’s political parties’ decision to hold the caucus on Shabbat that make it especially disturbing: the fact that it is entirely avoidable (the caucuses could have easily been held on a weeknight or even after Shabbat ended), and the fact that it categorically excludes an entire group of people based on their religious identity.
This is especially ironic in a year where candidates in both parties have touted their religious credentials and spoken openly about the importance of their own faith as well as respecting people of faith.
Last night’s documentary, “The Jewish Americans” told the story of how American Jews struggled to assimilate while still maintaining a sense of identity. On January 19th, Nevada's observant Jews will be asked to make a false choice between practicing their Judaism and participating in a defining American moment. To all Americans, not just American Jews, this should be seen as a disappointment.
|Thursday, January 3rd, 2008|
|Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008|
Tom Lantos to retire due to cancer
Sad news to pass on. Congressman Tom Lantos is retiring (http://www.yahoo.com/s/773782
) due to health. I wish him the best of luck as he fights the cancer.
Rep. Lantos to retire due to cancer
By ANNE FLAHERTY, Associated Press Writer
17 minutes ago
Rep. Tom Lantos, a California Democrat and chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, announced on Wednesday that he will not seek re-election this year because he has cancer of the esophagus.
Lantos, 79, is the only Holocaust survivor elected to Congress and is known for his dedication to human rights issues. He is serving his 14th term, after joining the House in 1981.
"It is only in the United States that a penniless survivor of the Holocaust and a fighter in the anti-Nazi underground could have received an education, raised a family, and had the privilege of serving the last three decades of his life as a member of Congress," Lantos said in a statement. "I will never be able to express fully my profoundly felt gratitude to this great country."
According to his statement, "routine medical tests" revealed the cancer. It did not provide additional details.
Lantos was born in Budapest, Hungary. In 1944, as a teenager, he was sent to a labor camp but eventually escaped. Three years later, he came to the United States on an academic scholarship.
He is married to Annette, his childhood sweetheart. The couple has two daughters, 17 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
If Democrats retain control of the House after this fall's elections, the next in line to assume control of the Foreign Affairs Committee would be Rep. Howard Berman, also a California Democrat. Like Lantos, Berman was a strong supporter of the Iraq invasion but has since voted to bring troops home.
If Republicans took control of the House, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., would likely become chairwoman.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she learned of Lantos' illness with "great personal sadness and deep appreciation for his outstanding leadership."
"His experience, intelligence, and compassion will be deeply missed," said Pelosi, D-Calif.
|Monday, October 15th, 2007|
As a Jew, who do you feel is the best candidate in 2008? I am backing Clinton as I feel she is the best candidate when it comes to issues relating to Israel.
For the life of me, I cannot figure out why my brother is backing Mitt Romney.
|Wednesday, September 5th, 2007|
Fresh Outrage in Jerusalem
or "Islamic Trust" an organization charged with the oversight of the maintence of the Al-Aqsa Mosque has recently undertaken a dig off the sight of the Temple Mount (Now the Dome of the Rock) with the intent of fixing and redirecting some electrical cables. This is not a problem in and of itself, the problem is that it is being done under minimal supervision of the IDF and no supervision of an Independent Israeli archaeology department. The very real danger is that artifacts; including rememants of the Second Temple itself could be damaged or destroyed.
The dig is taking place over the ancient Temple Courtyard. If the Courtyard is even somewhat intact it is an occurence of monumentous import for Judaism, Archeology, History and indeed all of the civilized western world. To date, all that remains of the Temple (It was destroyed by the Roman's in 70 C.E) so far as we know is the Western (or Wailing) Wall and the Temple Mount itself. The Temple Mount for the record - the holiest site for Jews
- is under Arab controll and Jews are completely barred from visiting. In fact when former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon attempted to enter the Dome of the Rock
to worship at the Mount he was refused entry and the simple act of his attempt to worship touched off riots with the Jerusalem Arabs and the Palestinians - an event that led to the second Intifada.
Incidently just a few months ago, Arab riots erupted over an Israeli plan to build a bridge outside
of the Mosque compound for fear of damaging Holy Muslim artifacts. The Israeli government complied with the Arab demands and the construction was halted.
Today Jewish artifacts and buildings of unbelievabale significance are being destroyed and no one seems to care except for perhaps the Israeli people themselves. But they, depsite their anxiety over this do not riot or resort to anti-muslim speech or suicided bombs. They remain loyal to democracy, liberalism and liberty, keeping the foundations of their civilization alive in spirit even as their holy sites are destroyed - with tacit government approval.
But spirit of civilization or not, it is a sad day for Israel, Judaism, the West and indeed the entire world; whether a third of it wants to admit it or not. http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1188392502776&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull
|Monday, August 13th, 2007|
|Friday, August 10th, 2007|
My friend Dana is in trouble. Specifically her father is in trouble. Her father Don Siegelman is the former governor of Alabama, a Democrat. He is currently serving a particularly nasty federal prison sentence for crimes that he may not have committed. Not only does he seem to be not guilty of the charges brought against him, there is strong evidence that these charges were manufactured by friends of the White House if not the White House itself.
|Monday, April 16th, 2007|
I'd like to take the time to debunk some urban myths that have been circulating around the internet of late. http://www.snopes.com/politics/religion/holocaust.asp
It seems that a story has been circulating that schools in the UK, Ireland and other European nations have banned the teaching of Holocaust related material for fear of offending Muslim students. Let me, as a dedicated Jew, and a Zionist say now, that this is, for the most part, patendly untrue. While one school did remove its curriculum for non political reasons, every other school and university in the United Kingdom still teaches Jewish and Holocaust studies.
It is important that we, as Jews, Muslims, Christians or anyone else is cognisant of falshoods perpetuated by the vehical of irrational emotions and unthought jumps to conclusion.
The Holocaust was very real and its very real legacy continues, forcefully to this day. Six million Jews and millions more non-Jews died horribly in Nazi concentration and death camps. They were shot, starved, beaten, tortured, experimented upon and gassed. After that they were burned in ovens or buried in mass graves. The Nazi's exploited thier slave labor so they could roll across Europe and commit many more atrocities over the course of WWII itself. To deny or ignore the Holocaust is to deny or ignore ones humanity.
It is all to obvious that many in the Muslim world, throughout both the Middle East and Europe harbor many of the same anti-semitisims that were perpetuated by the Nazis. This is a reality that Middle Eastern and European governments must face. In the case of Europe, these nations also harbor centuries old hatreds that are accentuated by the current rhetoric being proffered by radical Imams.
But to falsify a claim that foists erroneous claims upon British society and simultanioulsy denegrates and villifies all Arabs and Muslims is reprehensible. It is the responsibility of the World to "Never Forget" the events of the Holocaust and the second world war. In addition, it is our responsibility as Jews to respectfully educate those who are ignorant of the events of the Shoah. But we must do it honestly and without Judgement. We are all human beings, no greater and no less than anyone else and false, inflammatory claims, in the long run, only hurt our aims and do nothing to move us forward as a people and as a species.
Today is Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Rememberance Day. Let us remember it truthfully and withreverence for the dead and for those who in the midst of darkness, sought justice and light. Yitgadal v'yitgadash shemai rabah...
|Sunday, April 15th, 2007|
AISH prague/israel trip
Does anyone know about AISH? /has anyone gone on an AISH trip? I have to decide by tonight if I want to go on one of the May/June trips, but I'm wondering (since I've heard of it's cult status :-o) if the "education" part would be too much education for me. I went on birthright three years ago, but I love to travel, want to go to Prague a lot, and would enjoy seeing Israel again. What do you think? For $499, is it worth it?
Thanks in advance for anyone's input/advice.
|Friday, December 15th, 2006|
|Tuesday, December 5th, 2006|
|Wednesday, November 8th, 2006|
Jewish governor in New York!
I would like to congratulate Eliot Spitzer the new governor of New York, who happens to be a Jew and a democrat, two for two.
|Monday, August 7th, 2006|
Support Israel and Get Drunk!