"From Moshe till Moshe, there arose none like Moshe." (famous Jewish folk saying)

Friday, September 09, 2005

On the road again

Milwaukee, WI
St. Louis, MO
Kansas City, KS
Vancouver, BC
Teaneck, NJ
Allentown, PA
New York, NY

In 8 days....I may be tired when I return. Untill then Have a great week

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Tha sad bottom line: People just dont care about poor blacks in Louisiana

I was in the US last week when Katrina hit. I left the night before the levy broke and before the storm had come far enough north that it would have delayed my flight. But the one thing I kept saying, and please don’t think I sound like racist, I am not, I felt that the pre-response would have been greater and proactive had it been in some hotsy totsy city.

It still sounds to me, that the greatest lamentable tragedy is the loss of so many homes from fires in the historic districts! This is a low-income area of color (that’s Black People) that no one really gives a dam about. It is a sad thing. The recent developments of finding 30 nursing home residents apparently left and abandoned by their staff to drown. Yes, this just may be preliminary report, and I am sure there is another side. But the sad big fat bad bottom line is that we will learn that these frail residents were left to die because others chose to save their skin and no one was there providing support and oversight and the no one would give a hoot. No one knew that everyone had left!

In the late 80’s and early 90’s I was a licensed Nursing Home Administrator. I administered homes and offered consulting on State and Federal regulatory compliance for over 60 nursing facilities and hospitals across Boston and the New England area. To learn about these frail elders left to die, in this way is just appalling. What we used to do to save lives.....and make people comfortable.

We had hurricanes, blizzards, fires and we always had emergency contingency plan for every scenario. We would practice these drills with local safety authorities 3 times per year, including total evacuation scenarios. It was mandatory that all senior personal would need to sleep in the nursing home, in their offices, on couches and on floors. Our residents were going to be safe. They were our highest priority, we made them safe.

30 people drowning is a flagrant sign of poor planning abuse and neglect…and truthfully, Yesm, It’s a horror, but in that big world out there, no one really cares about these people.

5 Blacks shot on a bridge carrying guns. Did they deserve to be shot at and killed, by police? Probably! But the last time 5 blacks were killed did anyone say boo? No one cares! Yes, there is a lot going on that we can see or hear. But it certainly reeks to me of more than just the putrid remains of New Orleans.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

My Son went to Gush Katif -Not to Protest. I am very proud of him

He is not interested in being politically correct. These are in his own words:

Aaaahhhh. So I was in gush Katif today it was crazy. We were just going down on the road in gush Katif to wherever were going and there were just hundreds of yards of greenhouses that were empty. They just had the little hoses hanging down and everything but there were no plants or anything in there. It looked likee a ghost town and everything. Then we got to the yishuv where the farm is and we were going through the yishuv and there were just piles of cement and parts of roofs and pipes strewn everywhere from the knocked down houses likee u could see where the houses where but now it was just a pile of cement and stuff. It was horrible.

We got to the cow farm and where there are usually big buildings that hold the cows and everything an the hay and the building that they milk the cows in, it was barren with big pieces of metal everywhere, and there were no buildings or anything, and there were little fires going on just burning, and there were bottles and newspaper and garbage everywhere. The milking building was there and all that was left inside was the metal of the thing that turns but all the pipes and stuff likee that were gone. So at the cow farm we had to take all of the pipes and stuff and big metal pieces and put them into these big containers. They were strewn everywhere, and they were pretty heavy too. we also had to collect the big screws that were lying around everywhere.

After basically all the metal parts were in the containers a truck came and took them away. then we had to take apart the things that they have so the cows cant go through. the pit with the bars over it. The bars were kinda heavy and on one side of the farm there was poop all over the bars, so we got pretty smelly and dirty. Under the bars where these steel blocs that kept the bars from falling. Those were really heavy and most of them were wedged into the stone or we so it took a while. But me and this other kid put together a good system of taking them out so it got better as it went on. It was the best feeling when we worked really hard on getting one out for like ten minutes and then we gave one last try and it popped out.

Then we had lunch in the shade of the building. we had a lot of trash from lunch, but we left it all on the ground.” let the arabs pick it up’ we said. I don’t understand what the arbs are going to do w/ all the land. likee there gunna get there and there are gunna be big piles of cement and fires and trash everywhere. I wanted to leave them a big sign or something that said like”have fun ‘or something. Cuz they have nothing to do there.there not smart enough to work the land likee we did, and theirs gunna be trash everywhere.i guess there used to it. I dunno.

Anyways. So then we took all the poles and stuff that we collected and put them in containers and big trucks, and then we left the farm. Then we drove through the yishuv a little more to get out and we passed more piles of cement. We passed by this basketball hoop that was just standing there w/ a little bit of cement in front of it . it just looked likee it was sad and lonely.

Then we drove to Atzmona. On the way we passed by a couple yishuvim likee nvie dkalim. We saw the magen david shul from the rod, and looking up into the entry road u could see that what was once a beautiful and lively yishuv, is now just totally like not there. Like there where palm trees from the past but then there were pieces of glass and containers and bottles lying in the street and everywhere. It was sickening looking at it from afar. We could also see more piles of cement that were once big beautiful houses inside the yishuv.

We got 2 Atzmona and there were buildings that they weren’t going to tear down and stuff, and they were leaving them for the arabs, so we just ransacked the houses. Broke the windows, through paints at the wall, trough papers everywhere, there was a can of salsa, so I picked it up and chucked it at the wall and it exploded everywhere. It was fun, considering that we were messing over the arabs.

Then we went to the greenhouses there and helped carry more metal around and stuff. when we were about to leave they told us that here was a whole greenhouse full of plants, and tha we could take, so I helped myself, so now I have a little souvenir from the gush. I also filled a bottle w/ sand so ya. Um ya so then we went back to the yishuv part and daavened probably the last mincha that shul will see. it was totally empty.. really, really sad. and then we came home, and I smelled like doody and had cuts all over my hand, but it was soooo worth it. May we be zoche that some kind of nes happens, and Sharon gets putin jail, and we get our gush katif back.

Women!

A man walking along a California beach was deep in prayer. Suddenly, the
sky clouded above his head and, in a booming voice, the Lord said, "Because
you have TRIED to be faithful to me in all ways, I will grant you one
wish."

The man said, "Build a bridge to Hawaii so I can drive over anytime I
want."

The Lord said, "Your request is very materialistic. Think of the enormous
challenges for that kind of undertaking. The supports required to reach the
bottom of the Pacific! The concrete and steel it would take! ! It will
nearly exhaust several natural resources. I can do it, but it is hard for
me to justify your desire for worldly things. Take a little more time and
think of something that would honor and glorify me."

The man thought about it for a long time.

Finally he said, "Lord, I wish that I could understand my wife. I want to
know how she feels inside, what she's thinking when she gives me the silent
treatment, why she cries, what she means when she says nothing's wrong, and
how I can make a woman truly happy."

The Lord replied,

"You want two lanes or four on that bridge?"

Details, Details, Details

Does it appear to you as if CNN has inadvertently left out a minute detail about these alleged masked gunman. They seem to have no problems speculating about other things. Gee, I wonder if they were Jewish? No, they couldn’t be Muslim extremist. Such a peaceful, loving people. I think I am going to be sick.

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