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My Benjamin Netanyahu Story March 8, 2012

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My friends are now rolling their eyes and saying ‘Nooooo – not the Benjamin Netanyahu story AGAIN!’ But since he is back in the news as the Prime Minister of Israel some stories just need to resurface. So here goes –

Time: March 2001

Place: The Central Park Zoo

Background: As a long time volunteer Zoo Guide in the education department at the Central Park Zoo I was asked ‘if I minded’ giving a tour to the recently ousted Prime Minister of Israel and his young family. Did I mind? Did I mind? (We Jews like to repeat ourselves). Heck, no.  I was thrilled.

Story: So after the formal introductions, Bibi, his wife, their two young sons, two undercover Israeli agents, two under cover NYPD officers and the head of security at the Central Park Zoo and I took off for an informal tour of the Zoo. The boys were excited, the Netanyahu parents seemed relaxed and the under cover officers were tense. I was trying to look cool, calm and collected. The only Hebrew I could recall was ‘shalom’ and how often can you say that on a zoo tour?

Meat of the story: As we toured the upstairs close-up gallery in the tropical rain forest we stopped at the tarantula exhibit. I spoke for a very short while about tarantulas. The boys and Bibi were fascinated by the creepy crawly critters.

I say to Bibi – “Do you have tarantulas in Israel?”

Without skipping a beat, looking straight into my eyes, Bibi replied – ‘”Only in politics”.

Oh yes, he was good. Very good. I just wish he were not such a hawk. Oh well. That is my Benjamin Netanyahu story. The above photo was taken of us by Tom,  the head of Zoo Security. I told Tom at the time that if the photo did not come out – I would have to kill him.

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Grandma and the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Tragedy March 26, 2011

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Much has been written about the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory tragedy that happened 100 years ago this week. 146 lives were lost. It was the beginning of a strong labor movement in NYC and many laws were changed to protect workers.

My grandmother, Anna Osipow Goldberg worked at that factory.  She did not go to work the day of the fire.  Why, you may ask?  I never got a straight answer to that question.  By the time I was old enough to understand the consequences of that tragic day, my grandma was consumed by what we called in those days, ‘senility.’  It was probably Alzheimer’s Disease, but that word was not in the lexicon in way back then.  My grandma was a tough, stern, unsmiling, woman.  She did not want to talk about her childhood in Czarist Russia, she did not want to talk about the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory – in fact – she did not want to talk of much at all.  Whenever she wanted to speak, it seemed to me as a child, that she spoke in Yiddish.  I think I assumed she did not want us ‘kids’ to know what she was speaking about.

All these years later – I wish I had asked the right questions.  I sure would like to know why she never smiled.  Maybe she was thinking about all of those lives lost – I do not know.

Hanukkah Shmanukkah Redux December 1, 2010

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My top 10 thoughts about Hanukkah Vs Christmas

1. First off, they are not the same thing.  Hanukkah is NOT a Jewish Christmas.

2. Jewish people do not have to wear awful sweaters with menorahs or dreidels on them as a substitute for those wacky Christmas outfits that get pulled out of mothballs once a year.

3. Hanukkah is a moving holiday. It lands all over the place (that darned lunar calendar). For those that like to plan ahead – 2011: Dec. 20-Dec. 28,  2012: Dec. 8-Dec. 16.

4. There is only one way to spell Christmas. Sigh – like most things Jewish, you get lots of choices and opinions. Does it have a ‘C’, 2 ‘N’s, some K’s? What letter does it end with?  There are more than 20 different spellings of the Jewish Festival of Lights and, of course, no one has told us which is the definitive spelling. You know the old adage about the number of opinions amongst Jewish people all depends upon how many Jews are in the room. Here’s the current list of the way you can spell this Festival of Lights.  Channuka, Channukah, Chanuka, Chanukah, Chanuko, Hannuka, Hannukah, Hanuka, Hanika, Hanukah, Hanukka, Hanukkah, Kanukkah, Khannuka, Khannukah, Khanuka, Khanukah, Khanukkah and Khanike. Sometimes even Xanuka (but that spelling seems too much like Xanax to me).  The basic problem is that it’s translated into English from a five-letter Hebrew word meaning “consecration,” which lacks the gutteral, rolling-in-the-throat opening sound. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary has “Hanukkah” as the main entry, with “Chanukah” as another option. The Associated Press Stylebook, considered the spelling bible by most newspapers, also goes with “Hanukkah.” The New York Times uses ‘Hanukkah’. The Daily News uses “Chanukah,” although other versions are used. The bottom line is you cannot misspell this word.

5. Hanukkah is not a major holiday. It falls into that group of Jewish holidays with that old familiar theme – they tried to kill us, we survived, let’s eat.

6. Hannukah has a very small carbon footprint. We use candles and do not have a surging electric bill from decorating the house with a million light-bulbs.

7. Hannukah songs are not that great. Christmas songs are terrific.  The consoling news is that most of the popular Christmas songs have been written by Jews.

8.  Most Christians do not have a clue what any of the Jewish holidays mean.  They get them all mixed up.  “Is this the one where you eat Matzoh”?  “Is this the one where you don’t eat at all”? The fun part of being Jewish around Hannukah is that I can make anything up and my gentile friends will believe me.

9.  Jewish people do not have a Hannukah bush.  It is a menorah – not a candelabra (Liberace had a candelabra).

10. And finally, this just cracks me up.  Richard Lewis said “Most Texans think Hanukkah is some sort of duck call”

11.  Okay, okay – so I have 11 Top 10 thoughts. We used to go to the movies and eat Chinese food on Christmas.  Now a lot of other non-Christians have caught onto the idea and the movies are very crowded on Christmas.  Maybe I will go to the zoo this year.

Eight Gifts of Hanukkah song:


Chipmunk Chanukah –

– So tonight is the big night. We bring out the Menorah and light the first candle at sundown. Factoid about my Menorah. Years ago, I saw a Martha Stewart show where she said if you put your Menorah in the freezer for awhile, the wax will chip right off of it. It was a good thing. Martha probably did not have in mind what I did after that. I now store my Menorah in the freezer all year long. It is a good thing and makes me smile every time I open my freezer. Now where did I put the dreidel?  Where is the Hanukkah gelt? Where should I display the menorah? Is anything going to catch fire after I light the candle? Does my box of Hanukkah candles contain the correct number so I am not short candles?  Do I have any matches? So many questions and only eight nights to figure it all out.  A very Happy Hanukkah to one and all!

Still one of my favorites – Marley The Hanukkah Dog Sings Oh Hanukkah

Movie Review: Holy Rollers May 26, 2010

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Movie Review: Holy Rollers

Alternate Title: My Son the Drug Mule

Story: Oy vey. There aren’t any Jewish mothers out there who would be kvelling about their sons if they turned out to be drug dealers (but then again, what mother would)? Inspired by true events about a few ultra Orthodox Hasidim Jews, who in 1998, smuggled over 1,000,000 Ecstasy pills into the US via Amsterdam. The operation was short lived but made quite a splash at the time throughout the Orthodox community.

Directed by Kevin Asch and written by Antonio Macia this morality tale has some interesting details and fine performances. Young Sam Gold has his life planned. His father and Rabbi have arranged a marriage for him and decided that he should become a Rabbi. Sam meets his black sheep neighbor and is soon flying to Amsterdam as a drug courier. His Hasid appearance easily evades customs and security. He in swept into the underworld of drugs, sex and rock n’ roll. To say that his world is turned upside down would be a vast understatement. The excitement, danger and unpredictability of his new life is in total contrast to the life that had been planned for him by his father. What’s a nice Jewish boy to do?

The film is predictable but still very entertaining. I scratched my head at the idea that Sam’s choices seemed only to be the world that was planned for him and the world of drugs. This ‘either’ – ‘or’ existence seemed limited to me.

I am not sure this film has any wide appeal outside large cities, but you never know.

Acting: Jesse Eisenberg as Sam Gold, uses his innocence perfectly. He is fine as this young conflicted man. Justin Bartha as Yosef, was perfectly creepy. he reminded me of one of the Fiennes brothers.Ari Graynor as Rachel, is a stand out performance. Danny Abeckaser as Jackie, the head of the drug operation is terrific.

Trivia: Stella Keitel as the young Zeldy, is the daughter of Harvey Keitel and Lorraine Bracco. Writer, Antonio Macia is the son of Argentine and Chilean immigrants and was born and raised in Stamford, Connecticut. He graduated from Middlebury College with a degree in International Studies. He then served a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Toronto, Canada where he worked with Hispanic communities. Jesse Eisenberg is the older brother of Hallie Kate Eisenberg. His mother is a professional clown who performed at children’s birthday parties in their hometown of East Brunswick, N.J. for 20 years.

Predilection: None.

Critters: None

Food: Latkes and challah.

Sex Spectrum: Some ogling through a window to see boobies on a neighbor’s TV and a quick clip of some porn on TV

Blatant Product Placement: None

Soundtrack: An interesting mix of tunes, some of which are performed by The Shabbos Goys.

Opening Titles: For some reason I cannot remember the opening titles. Duh.

Visual Art: Almost documentary-like in it’s detail.

Theater Audience: An eclectic mix of New Yorkers.

Weather: Not a factor.

Sappy Factor: 0

Quirky Meter: 1

Squirm Scale: 0

Drift Factor: I did not drift at all.

Predictability Level: High

Tissue Usage: 0

Oscar Worthy: No

Big Screen or Rental: Rental would be fine.

Length: 90 minutes

LOBO HOWLS: 7.5


Movie Review: Ajami February 12, 2010

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Movie Review: Ajami

Alternate Title: Shared Guilt

Story: This film is an interesting collaboration between Israeli directors and writers, Scandar Copti (an Israeli Arab born and raised in Ajami) and Yaron Shani (a Jewish Israeli). Yes, an Arab and a Jew are collaborating to make art. That is a good thing.

Ajami is a neighborhood in Jaffa, a town near Tel Aviv. It is populated by Muslims, Christians and Jews with inherent conflict as an everyday occurrence. The film is divided into five chapters, that, like the movie Crash, will ultimately reveal all of the connections in the story. The film depicts the divisions in class, religion and culture clearly, but does it in an objective way. It, at times, seems like a documentary.

The film opens with a violent street occurrence that fuels the rest of the film. We meet the innocent, the weary, the victims and the villains. The endless cycle of tribal feuds, vendettas and retribution are a strain throughout the film. The chapters are overlapping and occasionally we see the same incident through another point of view.

The film is exhausting and demands your complete attention. The effort is worth the payoff at the end.

Acting: All of the actors, except director Scandar Copti as Binj are not professionals. They actually live in the town of Ajami. Shahir Kabaha as Omar was my favorite character. Ibrahim Frege as Malek was terrific. Fouad Habash as Nasri, Youssef, Sahwani as Abu Elias, Ranin Karim as Hadir and Eran Naim as Israeli policeman, Dando were all great.

Trivia: Palestinian filmmaker Scandar Copti also plays its most empathetic character: Binj, a likeable, long-bearded 21st century guy. This Israeli film, Ajami was selected as one of the five nominees for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. Ajami, which won a prize for Special Distinction in the Camera d’Or competition for first-time filmmakers at Cannes.

Predilection: I like to see all of the Oscar nominated films.

Critters: Chickens, pigeons and sheep

Sex Spectrum: None

Soundtrack: Duh – I cannot recall.

Opening Titles: An everyday street scene erupts in sudden violence. After which comes the title of the film.

Theater Audience: About half a dozen other people at the 12 o’clock showing. The next showing looked to be much more crowded.

Weather: Sunny

Sappy Factor: 0

Quirky Meter: 0

Squirm Scale: 0

Drift Factor: Attention must be paid throughout or you will be lost.

Predictability Level: Moderate

Tissue Usage: 0

Oscar Worthy: Got an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Film

Big Screen or Rental: Either will do.

Length: Two hours.

LOBO HOWLS: 8

Latkes and Holly December 25, 2009

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Christmas falling on a Friday changes everything for this Jewish gal.  I normally avoid going to the movies on Christmas Day because the theater is filled with everyone else who has nothing to do including those who believe in Islam, Shinto, Taoism, Church of Scientology, The New Age Movement, Wiccans, Divine Light Mission, Hare Krishna Movement, Transcendental Meditation,  Festivus celebrators, The Unification Church,  Buddism, Falun Gong, Jainism, Hinduism, Parsis (Zoroastrianism), Sikhism and Sai Baba.

So what am I going to do today?  Fridays are my usual day to volunteer at the Central Park Zoo. The Zoo is open and assuming the weather holds, will be packed with people.  I have a scheduled booked tour for 10 people. My visitors won the donated Zoo tour in an auction for the Rainforest Alliance and since they are Jewish –  are delighted to visit the Zoo on Christmas Day.

–  So what else can you do today? You can take a walk, go to a zoo or aquarium, call your Jewish friends (most likely they’re home too), read a book, bake a cake, fill in those important dates in your new 2010 calendar, look ahead for when the High Holy Days fall this year (I have already done that), plan a trip (I am doing that now), clean up your messy desktop and burn some CD’s, clean out a closet, read those e-mails you have been saving and before you know it, the day is over and tomorrow we are back to normal.

–  Newyorkology has a fine list of things that are open in NYC today.  Guess what?  The Jewish Museum is open as is the Museum of Jewish Heritage.

–  The (Jewish) Christmas Song – What’s a Jew to do on Christmas Eve? Should I take a sleigh ride? They say yuletide carols being sung by the choir. Who is Carol? And what’s a yuletide?

– The following super popular Christmas time songs were all written by Jewish composers. Go figure?
1. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) was written in 1945 by Mel Tormé and Robert “Bob” Wells
2. White Christmas by Irving Berlin
3. Let It Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow! was written by the songwriting team of Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne.
4. Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer, Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree and Holly Jolly Christmas by songwriter, Johnny Marks.
5. It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year by Jewish composer, George Wyle.
6. l’ll Be Home For Christmas by Walter Kent, who wrote the music, and Buck Ram, who co-wrote the lyrics with Kim Gannon.
7. Silver Bells was written by Jay Livingston, who wrote the music, and Ray Evans, who wrote the lyrics.
8. Santa Baby was mostly written by Joan Ellen Javits (born 1928).

–  Another ‘what’s a Jew to do on Christmas Day’:

–  It’s Hard to be a Jew on Christmas:

–  This video still cracks me up:

–  Return to the great Jewish themes of outsider-ness & redemption with “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”— in Yiddish! The greatest klezmer Christmas song ever!

–  Finally – I just love this video:

Movie Review: Invictus December 15, 2009

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Movie Review: Invictus

Alternate Title: Against All Odds

Story: There is nothing wrong with a feel good film that also has important historical significance and just happens to appeal to the masses. Director Clint Eastwood knows how to make these movies and is counting on his fan base and earned appeal to get people into the theaters for this inspirational, uplifting film. It was written by Anthony Peckham and is based on the book “Playing the Enemy” by John Carlin.

It is 1995 and recently elected Nelson Mandela is desperately trying to bring together a troubled nation after the nightmare of Apartheid. The Springboks are a rugby team loved by white South Africans and hated by black South Africans. Along with Mandela’s idea for national reconciliation and forgiveness he decides that uniting the country around this sports team is worth the effort. The film revolves around this Herculean task.

The film gets bogged down in a few too many side stories and a bit too many sappy visuals, that at times, seemed cloying, obvious and sanctimonious. That said – I am sure the masses who see this film will fall for its evident appeal and actually tear up. We did not.

I know nothing about rugby and after seeing this film only learned that you have to throw the ball backwards or sideways. The film spends the last 20 minutes in the throws of the World Cup final game and I got a bit tired of the grunting, weird pile ups and other sporting stuff.

Should you see this film? Why not? Who does not like stories that inspire with heart and who does not like watching Morgan Freeman do his thing.

Watch the trailer here:

Acting: Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela hits a home run. He captures his style, grace and spirit perfectly. Matt Damon as team captain François Pienaar is always good – period.

Trivia: Joel Stransky kicked the winning goal in the 1995 game. For a profile of him read this article from Jewish Week.

The poem, Invictus was written by William Ernest Henley in 1875 and was inspirational to Nelson Mandela while he was in prison. Here is the poem:

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

Predilection: I have always been fascinated by the politics in South Africa.

Critters: Some street dogs.

Food: Tea and cookies

Sex Spectrum: None

Soundtrack: Often soaring by Kyle Eastwood and Michael Stevens;

Opening Titles: None

Theater Audience: About 20 other people and us.

Sappy Factor: 2

Quirky Meter: 0

Squirm Scale: The idea of Apartheid is very squirmy.

Drift Factor: I did not drift but it did get a little long and sappy at times.

Predictability Level: High

Tissue Usage: 0

Oscar Worthy: No – but the award shows just love Clint Eastwood and who doesn’t like Morgan Freeman?

Big Screen or Rental: This is one for the big screen.

Length: Too long at 2 hours and 15 minutes.

LOBO HOWLS: 7.5


Hanukkah Shmanukkah 5770 -PostScript December 14, 2009

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In years gone by, the Empire State Building was lit up blue and white only for the first night of Hanukkah.  Guess what?  Another Hanukkah Miracle has occurred. The Empire State Building will be lit up blue and white for the entire eight nights. Check out this site.

It turns out that my Hanukkah Shmanukkah 5770 post of last Friday was quite a hit.  As you already know from my own loud horn tooting, WordPress has featured that particular post on its home page for the past four days.  Do I think they will keep it on through the entire eight days of Hanukkah?  Absolutely not – there are Hanukkah Miracles and there are Hanukkah Miracles.  But it has been fun.  In the past three days I have had over 4000 visitors to this post.  Is this figure somewhat intimidating?  You bet it is. Will it make me waver in what I post in the future?  Absolutely not.

In no particular order I answer some of the comments and questions I have received:

1.  My dog Benny and cat Madison allow me to put silly costumes on them.  The outfits were not Photoshopped onto their adorableness.  Benny the dog is much more cooperative, in general,  since he understands the concept of treats. Madison the cat, could not care less (about anything).  My friend Carol is sure that Benny sometimes snaps at people because I dress him in silly outfits.  I do not agree.

2. I’ve gotten lots of mail and only one disgusting anti-semitic comment that I quickly deleted from the ‘comments’ section of the blog.

3.  The Jewish Calendar is on a lunar cycle.  Therefore, as we say, the holidays are either early or they are late – but they are never on time.

4.  Lots of people seem to have ‘Jewish’ as one of their Google alerts.

5. Many people comment in order to promote their own blogs.  And why not, I say?

6.  I have been renamed Wendy WordPress by a loyal friend.

7.  One longtime political pal told me his autistic student sang the dreidel song.  He was psyched.

8. I am not the only one that stores their menorah in the freezer.

9.  Hard to believe but a few people asked me for permission to forward my post along to their friends.

10.  For those that have asked – my Hanukkah candles last about an hour and I clean out the wax each night with an ice pick.

11. Someone said ‘What about some more music’? So – here it is – a hard rock remix of the Hanukkah song, Sevivon.

12. And more Members of the Tribe here.

13. Finally, my friend Mary (not Jewish) has decorated her Christmas tree in a unique way this year.

Hanukkah Shmanukkah 5770 December 11, 2009

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Tonight is the big night. We bring out the Menorah and light the first candle at sundown. Factoid about my Menorah. Years ago, I saw a Martha Stewart show where she said if you put your Menorah in the freezer for awhile, the wax will chip right off of it. It was a good thing. Martha probably did not have in mind what I did after that. I now store my Menorah in the freezer all year long. It is a good thing and makes me smile every time I open my freezer. Now where did I put the dreidel?  Where is the Hanukkah gelt? Where should I display the menorah? Is anything going to catch fire after I light the candle? Does my box of Hanukkah candles contain the correct number so I am not short candles?  Do I have any matches? So many questions and only eight nights to figure it all out.

–  So how do you spell Hanukkah? Does it have a ‘C’, 2 ‘N’s, some K’s? What letter does it end with?  There are more than 20 different spellings of the Jewish Festival of Lights and, of course, no one has told us which is the defintive spelling. You know the old adage about the number of opinions amongst Jewish people all depends upon how many Jews are in the room. Here’s the current list of the way you can spell this Festival of Lights.  Channuka, Channukah, Chanuka, Chanukah, Chanuko, Hannuka, Hannukah, Hanuka, Hanika, Hanukah, Hanukka, Hanukkah, Kanukkah, Khannuka, Khannukah, Khanuka, Khanukah, Khanukkah and Khanike. Sometimes even Xanuka (but that spelling seems too much like Xanax to me).  The basic problem is that it’s translated into English from a five-letter Hebrew word meaning “consecration,” which lacks the gutteral, rolling-in-the-throat opening sound. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary has “Hanukkah” as the main entry, with “Chanukah” as another option. The Associated Press Stylebook, considered the spelling bible by most newspapers, also goes with “Hanukkah.” The New York Times uses ‘Hanukkah’. The Daily News uses “Chanukah,” although other versions are used. The bottom line is you cannot misspell this word. So a very Happy Hanukkah to all.

–  For those that like to plan ahead – 2010: Dec. 1-Dec. 9, 2011: Dec. 20-Dec. 28,  2012: Dec. 8-Dec. 16

–  File this under ‘do not try this at home: A new series of public service announcements on CBS is encouraging couples to give prostate exams and pap smears as gifts to each other on Hanukkah and Christmas.

–  The band called ‘Good for the Jews’ sing: They Tried to Kill Us.

–  Bob Dylan vs. Neil Diamond: Whose Christmas Album Is Right for You? From Heeb Magazine: “For all the Jews who’ll be decorating trees and roasting chestnuts this Hannukah, we’ve got the soundtrack of your holiday season. It’s Neil Diamond, the “Jewish Elvis,” against Robert Allen Zimmerman, a.k.a. Bob Dylan. Two nice Jewish icons who somehow ended up making Christian holiday albums and are in direct competition for the Christmas gelt.  So if you think your menorah and candles look pathetic next to your neighbor’s decorations, dream of caroling and are ashamed of your unspoken desire to sit on a fat man’s lap, grab one of these CDs for your goy-style festivities.”

–  Adam Sandler original Chanukah (Hanukkah) Song

–  What Do You Watch for Hanukkah? Get 8 Great Movie Suggestions

–  My personal favorite for this time of year is Marley the Hanukkah Dog Singing,  ‘Oh Hanukkah’

Twist and Shout December 10, 2009

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Remember my obsession with torture, torture memos and John Yoo, the author of of the torture program in the Bush Administration?  Guess what?  The Obama Administration is defending him in Court. Holy Bad Idea! Jonathan Turley discussed this issue with Keith Olbermann on Countdown last night. You can watch that appearance here. You can read the entire article from Turley’s blog here.

‘The Obama Administration has filed a brief that brushes over the war crimes aspects of Yoo’s work at the Justice Department. Instead, it insists that attorneys must be free to give advice — even if it is to establish a torture program.  If successful in this case, the Obama Administration will succeed in returning the world to the rules leading to the war crimes at Nuremberg. Quite a legacy for the world’s newest Nobel Peace Prize winner.’

–  Those of you that are getting upset with the Obama Administration (like me)  need to check in at the Obameter every now and again. It is in my blogroll or you can check it out here.  It is a good way to keep track of campaign promises kept and those not kept.

–  Barney Frank of MA took aim at critics of a bill  aimed at reforming the nation’s financial regulations. To those complaining about the size of the 1,279-page bill, Frank had this to say: “Now, one of the odd things is…‘The bill’s too big.’ I don’t know whether that means it was too much to read, or too heavy to carry, or some really short ones can’t see over it when they’re sitting down. I don’t know what the problem was. This notion that the value of a piece of legislation is inversely related to its size is rather odd.”

Oh boy. Tomorrow night is the first night of Hanukkah. Seen this? Orin Hatch? Oy Vey