Archive for ◊ January, 2010 ◊

Flying too Close to the Sun
Sunday, January 31st, 2010 | Author:

A great commentary from Fouad Adjami.  A few excerpts:

There is nothing surprising about where Mr. Obama finds himself today. He had been made by charisma, and political magic, and has been felled by it. If his rise had been spectacular, so, too, has been his fall. The speed with which some of his devotees have turned on him—and their unwillingness to own up to what their infatuation had wrought—is nothing short of astounding. But this is the bargain Mr. Obama had made with political fortune…

It is true to this history that countless voices on the left now want Obama to be Obama. The economic stimulus, the true believers say, had not gone astray, it only needed to be larger; the popular revolt against ObamaCare would subside if and when a new system was put in place.

There had been that magical moment—the campaign of 2008—and the true believers want to return to it. But reality is merciless. The spell is broken.

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Israeli Supermodels
Friday, January 29th, 2010 | Author:

I only learned recently about this Jewish fashion model from Israel, Bar Rafaeli.  She has appeared in Sports Illustrated and other major magazines.

Evidently, there is another Israeli supermodel, Esti Ginzburg, that is delaying her modeling career to serve in the Israeli Defense Forces.

I’ve also included a photo below of my favorite Jewish supermodel:

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Gunfight at the Iraqi Corral
Thursday, January 28th, 2010 | Author:

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After 30 Consecutive Home Wins, Flyers Lose
Wednesday, January 27th, 2010 | Author:

We went to the Flyers game last nights with our friends Marilyn and Alan… The Flyers lost a close one to Rhode Island on a 3-point shot with 3 seconds remaining in the game.

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Economic Outlook Under Obama Supervision
Tuesday, January 26th, 2010 | Author:

I’m constantly telling all of my left-leaning friends about the likely “second dip” in our economy.  They obviously don’t like it when I cite the lack of a positive economic climate; Or hiring more people for Government work does not make things better, faster, and/or cheaper (i.e., creation of wealth).  Unfortunately,  Mr. O’bama will believe to his dying day that the government can simply edict the creation of new jobs…

Arthur Laffer wrote in his January Economic Outlook, “we cannot have a prosperous economy when government is overspending, raising tax rates, printing too much money, over-regulating and restricting the free flow of goods and services across national boundaries…  We are moving in the wrong direction.”

As Ronald Reagan said so aptly, ” Government is not the solution… it’s the problem”

The A-10 Wart Hog
Monday, January 25th, 2010 | Author:


What’s Happening with Obamacare?
Sunday, January 24th, 2010 | Author:

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A Tunnel Beneath Haifa
Saturday, January 23rd, 2010 | Author:

The Israelis used a Chinese company to build a 9km tunnel beneath Haifa…


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Dinner at the Rabbi’s Home
Friday, January 22nd, 2010 | Author:

We just returned from Shabbat dinner at the home of Hillel and Chana Fox.   Hillel is the rabbi for Beth Jacob synagogue located about 10 minutes from our home (also the synagogue where Missy and I were married and my son’s had their Bar Mitzvahs).   Since Hillel and I attended the same elementary school, we’ve known each other for quite some time.

It was a delightful evening and it was made even more interesting by the presence of two additional rabbis for dinner.  We sat at the table for 4 hours discussing a range of topics.  With son Leonard asking philosophical questions, it almost felt like we were discussing Halacha with Rabbi Akiva, Rabbi Maimon, and Rabbi Gamliel.

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Our Economic Challenges
Thursday, January 21st, 2010 | Author:

While I don’t typically look to George Will for lessons on economics, he has a recent editorial that does a nice job explaining the challenges that the O’bama administration has placed on our country.  A few excerpts:

Today, Americans are still paying down their debts that fueled consumption between 2001 and 2007. Nevertheless, household debt is still 30 percent above what it was a decade ago, so deleveraging has a long way to go…

The residential-real-estate sector triggered the recession, which now may bring a convulsion in commercial real estate. A quarter of a trillion dollars of loans must be rolled over in each of the next few years…

With Washington experiencing prolonged hyperkinesis, businesspeople are paralyzed by uncertainty about what the rules and costs of commerce are going to be. What would a cap-and-trade carbon-control regime do to energy costs? What will be the costs of whatever the Environmental Protection Agency decides to do on the basis of its “endangerment” finding that carbon dioxide is a pollutant? What will health-care and tax costs be? Money cannot be free forever, so someday interest rates are going to change. Starting from zero, the change will be adverse for many people.