Friday, June 30, 2017

FOR THE 4th




On this extended 4th of July weekend many of us will be traveling.

In this terroristic era and also the age of deteriorating infrastructures perhaps this prayer said by observant Jews before traveling will help. This is the English translation.

“May it be Your will, Lord, our God and the God of our ancestors, that You lead us toward peace, guide our footsteps toward peace, and make us reach our desired destination for life, gladness, and peace. May You rescue us from the hand of every foe, ambush along the way, and from all manner of punishments that assemble to come to earth. May You send blessing in our handiwork, and grant us grace, kindness, and mercy in Your eyes and in the eyes of all who see us. May You hear the sound of our humble request because You are God Who hears prayer requests. Blessed are You, Lord, Who hears prayer”


"You don't have to be Jewish to pray." 

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

FYI and THIS &THAT.

 Several days ago I posted an article about this summer's total  sun eclipse. While it will only be partial here you should not look at the sun directly or even  with sun glasses. Paste this link in your address bar for further information. fyihttps://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2017/06/28/youll-need-special-glasses-to-see-the-solar-eclipse-heres-where-to-get-them-for-free/.

Once again  the BOE has acted in a self serving manner by appointing another Acting Superintendent of Schools. From 2nd hand reports it seems that the just relieved one acted as she should according to the job description; independent of daily BOE interference. Once again the BOE members do not understand their role and responsibility to the public.

That can be  an inherent fault in an elected board where members have  their own agendas or patronage commitments to fill. I have advocated a board where all or at least the majority of members are appointed by the Mayor with Council approval. I understand that under an administration dedicated to personal favoritism that too could be a disaster; but it is the lesser of two evils.

The Senate vote on the poorly conceived GOP Health Plan has been postponed until some time after the 4th  since at least 9 Republican Senators have indicated they would not support it.
There is too much opposition from various power groups and public interest  factions for many up for election  in 2018/20 to risk  an unpopular Yea vote.

Once again the cartoonists have their say:

 
   

Thursday, June 22, 2017

STILL POTPOURRING




Another day and I am beginning to see the top of my desk as well as the carpet on the floor. I have also deleted about 90% of the emails that accumulated while I was enjoying my 4 great grandchildren. who are between the ages of 11 and 16. I am getting old!

Today, Thursday, we will learn what the GOP Senate leadership is planning as a replacement of amendment to the ACA. 



Did you know that in August there will be a total eclipse of the sun that will be visible in most of the US?

This article from Biblical Archaeology is most informative

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

WEDNESDAY'S POTPOURRI




Still recovering from the 3hr flight delay and lack of wheelchair that I had requested at the plane when disembarking.

The situation in the near East is a powder keg ready to explode. Russia has threatened our planes over Syria and one of their fighter jets came within 5ft of the wingtip of an American recognizance plane over the Baltic. Putin continues to challenge us and the world. The danger is that it would take only a slight miscalculation to start another war.

North Korea’s treatment of the American student was criminal. Arrested and sentenced to 15 year of hard labor for taking a propaganda poster as a souvenir he was without doubt tortured and beaten to most likely cause cardiac arrest and brain anoxia to destroy so many brain cells.

There too, its adventurous leader may start a war if his position seems threatened.

And here at home who knows where the investigations will end up. Could be another Nixon episode.

For relief some political cartoons: