When Is a Jew Not a Jew?

When is a Jew not a Jew? Apparently, when she’s a Black, Ethopian Jew, or Falasha. Originally, “Falasha” was a derogatory term — meaning “sojourner” in Amharic, an ancient language related to Hebrew — but adopted by the Jews who settled in what is now Ethiopia in ancient times. These people now generally refer to themselves as Beta Israel, or “Community of Israel.”In 1950, shortly after the foundation of the modern State of Israel in 1948 the Israeli Knesset, or Parliament, passed the so-called “Law of Return” which made it simple for any Jew to emigrate to Israeli and declared that such immigrants would be granted Israeli citizenship.… [Read more]

Michelle’s Bangs…

I love Michelle Obama.  She is beautiful, worldly and inspiring.  But I don’t love her new bangs.

Before the hate mail starts pouring in, let me say right up front that I have had bangs my entire life.  So I started thinking why do her bangs seem so wrong to me?

I have here for your consideration an assortment of hairstyles that I would like to see her consider as alternatives — and we’d like your vote, too.  … [Read more]

Women in Combat

This past Thursday, January 24, 2013, the United States military has finally lifted the official, 1994 ban on employing women in combat positions — a ban which, in fact, had existed with almost no question nor articulation since the USA became a nation.

This is a victory for Feminism, just as the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell was a victory for the LGBT movement.… [Read more]

Praying for the Death of the President

To threaten the life of The President of the United States is a federal offense. To do so would be considered treasonous only in extreme cases but, at the very least, it’s a Class D Felony. And Michael O’Neal — the current Speaker of the Kansas State House of Representatives — has threatened President Obama’s life – not in deed but in word.… [Read more]

How Do You Close Pandora’s Box Once It’s Opened?

In ancient Greek mythology, Pandora was the first woman. And, like Eve, the first woman in the much more recently written Judeo-Christian mythos, Pandora was responsible for changing the world.

Eve ate her apple, having been prompted by a serpent, and Pandora opened her pithos, a large, ancient Greek earthenware storage vessel, having been prompted by her own curiosity.… [Read more]

MLK: The Time is Always Right to do the Right Thing.

Today would have been the eighty-fourth birthday of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., PhD.  Dr. King was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee at the age of thirty-nine. He was killed by a man with a rifle using ammunition designed to kill big game.

Dr. King was no stranger to guns, having armed himself as many other leaders had at the start of the Civil Rights movement.… [Read more]

I Need This Job Like a Hole in the Head

The Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Republican John Boehner, was chosen by the Republican House caucus to be their leader for another two years, something he fought for tooth and nail — this despite some spirited competition. But Mr. Boehner has been very frustrated, indeed, over his negotiations with President Obama regarding reduction of the national debt via drastic cuts in spending rather than the raising of taxes on the embarrassingly wealthy.… [Read more]

When a Hero Falls

This past Friday, The New York Times reported that anonymous sources close to famed and infamous competitive bicyclist, Lance Armstrong, say that Mr. Armstrong is considering admitting to guilt in the doping scandal which has short-circuited his career.

If this is true, hasn’t Mr. Armstrong already admitted to what his accusers claim: that he used blood transfusions and banned substances to enhance his athletic performance?… [Read more]

Chris Christie Gives Congress a Piece of His Mind.

New Jersey’s Republican Governor, Chris Christie, is angry. But that’s nothing new. Governor Christie has often expressed his anger at President Obama and Democrats.

But, now, since Hurricane Sandy devastated coastal areas of New Jersey at the end of this past October, Governor Christie has been angry at House Speaker John Boehner and, as he puts it, the majority party in the House of Representatives.… [Read more]

Hippie New Year 2013

Happy New Year from your local Hippies!  If 2012 was good to you, we wish you even better in 2013.  If 2012 was a disappointment, with any luck at all, 2013 will be the year you shine!

Barbara and Jeff were born right after the war in the late 1940s and are charter members in good standing of The Baby Boomers. … [Read more]