Monthly Archives: August 2014

Boycotting Zara?

If you don’t shop at Zara most likely you didn’t hear about this. It fits into the ‘give us a break’ department. And that’s putting it mildly.

Before we give you the present scenario, we’ll jog your memory. In 2007, Zara withdrew a handbag featuring a green embroidered swastika inside a red sun. They took the bag off the market when a great hue and cry erupted online to boycott Zara. Of course they apologized profusely. “We didn’t know”, “it was a mistake”, “we’re so sorry”.

Well, they obviously have a short memory or no memory at all. This season they have a blue and white stripped t-shirt with a yellow star on the right hand corner. Sound familiar? It was the uniform prisoners wore in the concentration camps depicted in thousands and thousands of pictures on the internet. And the yellow star? It was what Jews were forced to wear in German occupied territory so they could be easily identified. Thousands of pictures online.

Again Zara apologized. Again they said we didn’t know, we’re so sorry, it was a mistake. Of course all that came after social media was on fire day and night to boycott Zara.

Frankly, we don’t care what Zara says nor how much they apologize. We are done with them unless they come up with something other than an apology which only came when they realized there were about to be ostracized worldwide.

The only way that we, the little peeps, can make a dent in those gigantic companies is with our feet and wallets. We hope that you bite the bullet, walk into a store,  tell them why you are no longer shopping there and then walk out as a proud Jew.

Did anyone see the ads in our local paper telling us that we can buy houses in the US for 70% off the retail price? Wait, there’s more. You can buy up to 10 properties for almost nothing and make $30,000 a month in rental fees. Go know.

Can we talk? Nothing in this world is for free except maybe the air you are breathing right now. This could be the mother-of-all-scams. May we suggest if you want to buy a house you call a real estate agent? Doink.

People in Israel are seething at Netanyahu. They feel he did not finish the job and that hamas is simply rearming and will start the whole business over again once they feel they can go for a lengthy period of time.

As for the people in gaza? Not one arab country gives a rats about them. As for reconstructing? Who exactly is minding the store there to make sure the infrastructure gets rebuilt? Guess what? Netanyahu should have finished the job and retaken gaza.

Guess what the most popular name in Oslo Norway is? Mohammed. No comment.

Did you know that JP Morgan and four other banks are said to have been hacked by Russians who stole gigabytes of customer data?  To give you an idea of the breadth of this theft, one gigabyte is about a million pieces of  8 1/2 x 11 paper, using a 10 point font.  The attack led to the theft of account information that could be used to drain funds, as well as taking sensitive information from employee computers.

In case you didn’t know, when Russia is in a cold war with their ‘friends’,  as they now are with the United States, they don’t only give you the cold shoulder to make their point. They also use criminals to hit back at adversaries in cyberspace. Stay tuned to this one. It could be getting much bigger than what we just wrote.

By now you must have heard about the nine-year old who accidentally killed her gun instructor.
The last five words in that sentence tell the story of the United States. She was being taught to shoot some kind of gun when her instructor gave her a machine gun to try. We guess she’s a slight girl and she lost control of the gun. The result was the death of the the instructor.

The NRA’s (National Rifle Association) favorite line is that people kill people. Guns don’t kill people. After this episode, they may have to sing another tune. The gun killed the instructor because a nine year old girl has no business even touching a gun, let alone using one.

Here’s a tidbit that will interest quite a few people reading Blanche. Did you know that the hip people in New York are moving as far away from Williamsburg, which used to be the hip off-Manhattan place to live?  And do you know where they are moving? Crown Heights.

In the past little while, rents have jumped by astronomical amounts and the price of a house has rise 58% in just this year. Unfortunately for those wanting to move there, the hip dudes have rendered Crown Heights almost completely out of the price range of a normal people.

Good Shabbos,
We’ll talk…

Gruesome

Among the more horrifying parts of the beheading of an American journalist, was the person who did the hideous act.  His total lack of any humanity is beyond words, something that we who live in a civilized society will never understand. He spoke with a British accent which means he is a Brit who somewhere along the line became a radical islamist. Those Brits have since been gruesomely nicknamed The Beatles.

Connected to the above, last weekend in a supermarket (Sainsbury) in Great Britain,  kosher food was removed from the shelves over fear that anti-Israeli protesters would attack the store. They were outside chanting free gaza. The pictures of the empty shelves went viral prompting people to ask if halal products would also be removed in protest against the islamic state slaughtering  non-Arab, non-muslim Yazidis. Nothing of the sort happened.

In the end, the food was returned to the shelves and no action was taken against the manager or the store by head office. In Birmingham England, pro-gaza supporters entered another store and threw kosher produce on the floor.

A quick search on the internet produced this: Children who took Easter eggs to class allegedly had them confiscated by “Muslim morality squads” patrolling a school in Birmingham, England. The school is at the center of an investigation into claims Islamic hardliners are attempting to infiltrate and run secular state schools in the city.

When and if isis decides that England is their next target, it appears they have already put enough radical islamists in place throughout the country to do as they wish. For their part, the Brits are still under the illusion that democracy will win out. We fear that for England and many other European countries such as Beligum and France, it is too late. Basically, they have to rely on the kindness and compassion of G-d at this point. Those countries blew it.

In case you were not sure if the Parti Quebecois here in Quebec is rotten to the core, we have positive proof for you. A new book entitled The Morning After written by the highly respected journalist Chantal Hebert has quite a few rather startling revelations. Among the top three is this: In 1995 had the yes side won and sovereignty become a reality, Parizeau was going to  make sure the year long negotiations with Canada would fail, enabling him to declare Quebec an independent country.

Lucien Bouchard had forced Parizeau to promise that after a Yes vote, he would offer the rest of Canada a new partnership, political as well as economic, with a sovereign Quebec. Parizeau agreed to this demand to his face, but behind his back was going to pull a fast one. He was going to send people to Ottawa with the intent of failing the negotiations.

Quoting part of an article in today’s paper, ‘ He (parizeau) carefully worded the referendum question to give him a mandate to lead Quebec out of Canada without the latter’s agreement, while promising only the “offer” of a partnership, not the partnership agreement itself.

So Blanche, whadda have to say now? Parizeau almost makes Marois and her missives with the charter of values look good – dare we say that? Truthfully, the whole lot of them are dishonest, scheming and conniving politicians. Ich and feh.

Back to isis for a moment. It seems that the US Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel has woken up. He stated that this terrorist radical islamist group “marry ideology and a sophistication of strategic and tactical military prowess. They are tremendously well funded. This is beyond anything we have seen.”

Now they wake up? When it hits home with the murder of an American? What do they think Israel is fighting? Just hamas? Could someone run out to the ninth hole and tell Obama it’s time to go back to work? He’ll be ok if he has to forfeit a game. After all, he is the president of the United States, isn’t he?

Senior hamas leader salah arouri said in a news conference yesterday that hamas was responsible for the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teens that sparked the current crisis in Gaza. While hamas has praised the act before, no hamas official has explicitly taken credit for it. Israeli Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon has called for the total destruction of hamas. We’ll see where this one goes.

The Farmers Almanac has come out with this year’s weather report. Colder than usual winter, more snow in the Northeast and less in New England. Can we talk? We have said this on numerous occasions: they cannot predict the weather 48 hours in advance and now they are predicting six months in advance? Time will tell. Meanwhile, enjoy the summer.

In 2010 a volcano in Iceland began spewing volcanic ash. The fallout (pardon the pun) is that overseas flights had to be rerouted for about six days at a cost of about $1.7 billion. It also inconvenienced about 10 million flying passengers. Well folks (that’s Obama’s favorite word), the volcano is alive and kicking again.

We’re not quite at a no-fly zone yet, but it could be coming to the sky near you –  especially if you live in Iceland. Stay tuned.

In case you are looking for a new phone, perhaps you should read this piece. Starting Thursday at 9 a.m. local times, the Wal-Mart is selling the iPhone 5s for $79 and the iPhone 5c for a mere 97 cents. Why you ask?

The next generation of iPhones is coming on on September 9 and large retailers want to get rid of their old stock. May we suggest shopping online to avoid the crush of people? More civilized dawling.

Good Shabbos,
We’ll talk…

FINISH THE JOB!

Obama interrupted his vacation in Martha’s Vineyard to have a news conference today. Awfully nice of him, eh? He decided that there is way to much rioting going on in Ferguson Missouri where a black teenager was shot dead. It’s anyone’s guess what happened, although today ‘suddenly’ an eyewitness popped up.

The chief of police of Ferguson was, shall we say, not impressed that Obama was asking for peace and tranquility in between his golf games. Time to go back to work Mr. President. Oh wait, you’re taking your full two week vacation? Yes, of course it’s coming to you. Ok then, we’ll see you on Monday morning bright and early. Good luck to all those who voted him in. You have a parachute president.

It seems that the state troopers are taking over from the police in Ferguson. Things could get much uglier than they have been up until now.

Tonight in Rabin Square in Tel Aviv, 10,000 Israelis rallied, telling the government to ‘Finish the Job’. Left and right are totally united. “Finish the job! This is a universal principle. We want to live in peace.”

The protesters had been asked to wear red, symbolizing the Color Red slogan which is sounded as an alarm for incoming rocket fire. The protesters included residents of the south and Israelis from all over the country who identify with their plight. The residents of southern Israel, who have borne the brunt of Gaza’s terrorism for 14 years, and who recently discovered that they are also targeted by over 30 Hamas terror tunnels led the charge.

Just when you thought he was gone for the summer, poof! he’s back. We’re talking about that genius Bernard Drainville, the mastermind of the charter of values, which tried making the wearing of kippas amongst other visible religious articles against the law. All of his tactics were to get to one thing: the country of Quebec.

Well, Mr. Drainville (Can we talk? We still can’t get over his name. He should better open a plumbing shop with a name like that. But we digress.) had a epiphany a few weeks ago. He went to Scotland, where they are having a vote on September 18 to see if they will remain part of great Britain. He loved their question: Do you want Scotland to remain part of Great Britain or be its own country? Simple, eh?

We will remind Drainville that a few years ago others wanted the same kind of simple question here in Quebec when they were having a referendum. When a poll was taken it turned out that they would have lost by a landslide. So they used a convoluted and confusing question which no one understood. And they lost anyway. Can someone please tell drainville that it’s over? Please?

Ever take a ride on a Bixi bike here in Montreal? Those are the bikes that one can rent by the hour or day, of course without a helmet. In case you were not aware, Bixi is funded by you and me, the taxpayers who live in Montreal. And also in case you didn’t know, the Bixi corporation has refused to show anyone their books. Smells fishy, eh? Dats cause it is fishy Blanche.

What we finally found out today is that there are fewer riders than last year, ergo less money. So guess what? Yes, they want more of our money. “We have confidence that things will turn around.”

Let’s put it this way. If your business was not doing well and you had a money tree to go to, wouldn’t you say you had confidence that things would get better? Well, that’s exactly what’s going on here. High Oh Silver Away! And while you’re riding, make sure to sew up your pockets.

Sunday August 24 don’t go to the George Etienne monument on Parc Avenue. Seems it’s women’s topless day. Believe it or not, there are women here in Quebec who want equal rights with men to be able to go topless. What the heck is this world coming to? What woman who has any self-respect and dignity would want to go topless in public? Give us a break. People will literally do anything to garner five minutes of fame. What happened to it’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood?  Get a life.

Good Shabbos,

We’ll talk…

Goodnight America…Forever

Walking to shul this past Shabbat morning in Miami, just in front of his grandsons and son-in-law, an obviously religious Jew was shot to death by two black men. One fled on a bike, the other ran away.

Obama has not said a word about this. You can be 100% certain that if an imam was walking to a mosque and shot dead like that two things would have happened: Obama would be on national television and every media outlet decrying the murder and there would be riots all over the United States.

What do we have instead? Silence from the White House and dignity from the Jewish people. We have just returned from a conference where we heard the story of a woman by the name of Devorah Halberstam. Her son was shot by terrorists on the Brooklyn Bridge in 1994, before the word terrorism or muslim was in anyone’s language. It took her almost 10 years to get the authorities to change the charge from a simple homicide to a terrorist attack, which it was.

Make no mistake here. Even if those men were high on drugs, they knew exactly who they were shooting at. There has not been a robbery of a visible Jew on Shabbat in Miami in decades. The authorities are not ready to classify this murder as anything but a homicide. The family has lost their patriarch and if that is not enough, once they get up from shiva they will have to begin the long road taken by Mrs. Halberstam.

The headline in the Washington Post this morning was telling: Obama vacations as the world burns. On Saturday Obama stood on the South Lawn updating Americans on the new bombing campaign in Iraq — and then he boarded Marine One for a two-week trip to Martha’s Vineyard.

Over the weekend, his ex-secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, publicly chastised him for his timid foreign policies. “Great nations need organizing principles, and ‘Don’t do stupid stuff’ is not an organizing principle.”

Even if he’s only golfing once a day (for the next two weeks) and working the rest of the time, the visual of him at an 8,100 square foot vacation home doesn’t look good. Ya don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure that out.  We would venture an educated guess that 2016 cannot come fast enough for obama.

We don’t usually write about movie stars who pass away. Somehow though, the tragic and sudden death of Robin Williams is different. He was not part of the glamor Hollywood scene, choosing to live with his wife quietly in San Francisco.

He spent much of his life making other people laugh. Sadly he suffered from depression for many years. Often depression is not something that people pick up on. Or those who suffer from this ‘hidden’ illness are reluctant to come forward. If nothing else, the untimely passing of Robin Williams will, for the short while, bring this illness out in the open.

Last weekend, a young black man was shot by a policeman in Ferguson, a St. Louis Missouri suburb. Since then there have been nightly riots all over the area. An upscale mall called the St. Louis Galleria was looted last night. Anonymous took down the website of the town where this happened. And today Obama called a press conference about the shooting.

Here’s part of what he said: “The death of Michael Brown is heartbreaking, and Michelle and I send our deepest condolences to his family and his community at this very difficult time.”

We have a question for you. Send in your answers and we’ll post the poll on Thursday night: Is Obama the president of only black America or all of America?

We ask this because as stated above, he has not uttered a word about the cold-blooded shooting of the rabbi in Miami last Shabbat. There is no doubt that black youth is targeted by the police. We don’t want to get into trouble here, so we’ll leave it at that. As we have stated here on more than one occasion, Morris the accountant is out at night to buy his wife some ice cream. We cannot always say the same for the black youth of America.

We hope that this next piece is not true and was published in error. It appears that Netanyhu is preparing to give large concessions to hamas. The truth is, some of those concessions will make the lives of the gazans, who simply want to live their lives easier. The problem is that hamas never allows them to do so. It is in their interest to keep the gazan people as pawns for the world media stage.

hamas has recently bragged that even if a truce is reached, it would only be so as to prepare the next terror war on Israel. This is what they have done in the past and we can’t see any reason why they won’t continue. After all, their mandate is the destruction of both Israel and its people and that hasn’t changed. Pray. That’s all we can do.

Blanche, in case this report isn’t depressing enough, here’s one more small ditty. Today is the anniversary of the baseball strike in 1994. After that strike, the Montreal Expos were history.

We’ll talk…

Good Morning America

Twice in the last three days we have heard the names of the Israeli soldiers who died defending both their country and the democratic world read out loud. It is one thing to read in the papers how a soldier died. The newspaper or the internet is impersonal, somehow deadening the emotional reality. One can choose to read the text of the article or not.

Looking at 64 pictures, one after the other of the names and ages of the young men who perished in the past few weeks somehow personalizes their deaths. Each boy was a whole world. Each boy was the son of a Jewish mother with a whole life ahead of him.  Ach…

Today the papers had much saber-rattling from hamas. “The war is not over yet. Our fingers are on the trigger and our rockets are trained at Tel Aviv.” hamas has nothing to lose anymore because they have been, for the moment, humiliated before their own people.

The blockade is not lifted, they have been exposed to the world as terrorists, most of their tunnel infrastructure has been uncovered and their own people have suffered death and destruction because of them. The only way they keep the population from revolting is fear. Talk and we will kill you. Let us pray that Israel remains steadfast in their negotiations in Egypt and does not capitulate at all.

Edward Snowden has been granted three more years in Russia with the possibility of Russian citizenship. He will also be allowed to travel abroad for three month stints. Ain’t that sweet Blanche? Putin flipped the bird to Obama and the president of the United States of America can do nothing about it. As for the travel business, Snowden is most likely staying put in Russia for now. Once he leaves he’s fodder for the Americans who can’t wait to get their hands on him.

It looks like Hawaii is going to get nailed with the biggest hurricane in over 60 years and second tropical storm is not far behind.  If that’s not enough, they had a 4.5 earthquake today. If you had plans to vacation there in the next couple of weeks may we suggest you pick an alternate destination.

Obama announced tonight that he authorized ‘targeted airstrikes’ in Iraq to protect American personnel and help Iraqi forces. It seems that ISIS is moving very quickly to secure virtually whatever cities they want in that region and no one is able to stop them. It took Obama quite a while to wake up on this, especially since hundreds of thousands of Iraqi christians are running for their lives.

While Obama and the world was watching Israel fight for its life and hammering them in the media for doing so, ISIS was slaughtering thousands of Iraqis and the world was silent. Good morning America.

Good Shabbos,
We’ll talk…

Where Were You 40 Years Ago?

In case you didn’t know yet, Israel has found the mastermind behind the kidnapping and murder of Eyal, Naftali and Gilad. He is a resident of Hevron and along with two other men, both part of hamas, orchestrated the kidnapping. To lure the boys into their car, they dressed as religious Jews.  All during the three week search hamas said they knew nothing about these boys. Again they lied and again the world is silent.

There is a 72 hour cease fire which seems to have taken hold as the red alert on our phone has been silent all day. We can only imagine the relief, even if it is temporary, of the people living in the south of Israel. Over the past few weeks they have literally been bombarded day and night with rockets.

A surprising televised report by the Christian Broadcasting Company featured voices seldom heard – Gazans with harsh words for the Hamas government and a yearning for peace with Israel. In a poll taken days before the conflict began, 70 per cent of Gazans supported better relations with the Jewish state. Could someone please make sure the CNN sees this video?

It could be that sooner than anyone thinks, CNN will be exposed by none other than the gazans themselves. Had the reporting been truthful, perhaps not so many people would have been killed. Had gazans not been afraid to come forward before the rockets started firing into Israel, many of their children would still be alive today. It suited CNN to portray this war as completely one-sided, ignoring the facts on the ground. The truth will come out and CNN will, one day, be exposed for what they are – a mouthpiece for the tree-hugging liberals in America who, for whatever their warped reasons, despise the only democracy in the middle east, Israel. Liberalism truly is a sickness.

Here’s something to be a tad nervous about. A Russian crime ring has amassed the largest known collection of stolen Internet credentials, including 1.2 billion username and password combinations and more than 500 million email addresses.The records, discovered by Hold Security, a firm in Milwaukee, include confidential material gathered from 420,000 websites. It seems that some big companies know they were hacked and are not coming forward to alert their customers. That’s disgusting.

Obama gave Israel a birthday present. Yes Blanche, it was Obama’s 53rd birthday recently and he signed into law a measure providing $225 million in emergency aid to Israel for its Iron Dome system. Ya gotta take gifts when they come.

Before you get excited that maybe he changed, read on. Today he committed $33 billion aimed at ‘shifting U.S. ties with Africa beyond humanitarian aid and toward more equal economic partnerships’.

Can we talk? More economic partnerships? Who is he kidding? Until boka haram is brought under control as well as all the other tribal wars going on all over Africa, not much is going to be bought or sold. Unless of course he considers machetes and other weapons part of the economy.

On Thursday September 18 there will be a referendum in Scotland whether or not they should secede from Great Britain.  Imagine that their question is normal and easy to understand: Should Scotland be an independent country? Yes Blanche, dat’s da question. No long, protracted, confusing paragraphs. Simple and straight to the point.

They also have a website that tells you everything that will happen if Scotland votes to leave Great Britain. If the vote is no from the public, the question is over and done with. The people will vote and the answer will be recognized. Honest and refreshing. None of what we were subjected to in the guise of the charter of values. Ich, feh.

Where were you on August 14, 1974? That’s the day Richard Nixon left the White House after resigning a few days earlier. Remember him  flashing that famous peace sign as he boarded the helicopter on the White House lawn? I am not a crook. Or his other great line to the press: You won’t have Nixon to kick around anymore.

Yes Blanche, it’s 40 years since Watergate. For us, it was our initiation into the world of politics. Below are some of the major players:

G. Gordon Liddy, general counsel to the Committee for the Re-Election of the President (CRP)
John Mitchell, attorney general
The Plumbers – the five cubans who broke into the Democratic National Committee headquarters in the Watergate Complex, ultimately sparking Nixon’s impeachment
John Dean, presidential counsel
Jeb Magruder, acting chairman of the CRP
Rosemary Woods, Nixon’s secretary and the woman who allegedly erased the key 18 minutes on one of those tapes
John Ehrlichman, Nixon aide
Deep Throat, the person that Woodward and Bernstein would meet in a garage somewhere in Washington to glean insider information as to what was transpiring in the White House during this time. 30 years later it was revealed that Mark Felt, a former FBI agent was in fact deep throat.

More to come on this in the next few weeks. This was just a refresher course.

We’ll talk…