Monthly Archives: December 2015

A Balanced Diet is Cake in Both Hands

Most news media outlets do a review of top stories of the past year. Frankly, there’s not much we would like to revisit as most of the stories were about terrorism and the slaughter of innocent people. We did hear one review though which made our blood boil.

You may recall the Charlie Hebdo mass murder last January 7. Two days later on January 9 was the taking of hostages and cold-blooded murder of four of them in the kosher supermarket also in Paris.

In what can only be called revisionist history, ABC News eliminated the Jewish massacre. They reported only on Charlie Hebdo. If you recall, the world was riveted to Paris during those days.

We wonder aloud if in the eyes of ABC News Jewish blood is cheaper than the blood of others. Or perhaps because there is so much Jewish blood spilled, what’s another four people? Or, they are outright anti-Semitic. Take your pick. None of the answers is pretty and one wonders what other news items they have decided to ‘revise’.

If you are planning to be in Times Square for New Year’s Eve to watch the ball drop you will have plenty of company. Along with the over one million people there will be about 6,000 officers from terror specialists to NYPD’s finest to plain clothes police men and women walking through and scanning the gigantic crowd.

Terrorist groups have done their best to spook anyone planning to go to New York, showing pictures of Times Square as they spout their rhetoric. Seems the world will continue to run as usual. It’s the only answer to terrorism. In the end, the good guys will win.

Donald Trump has deftly managed to engage Hillary Clinton in a war of words, a war she will never win. Not so much because Trump has a bigger mouth, but because Hillary has much to hide and he’s going to slowly and painstakingly, one by one,  bring up things she would much rather remain buried.

For example, when she said she had to run across a tarmac to avoid sniper fire after landing in Bosnia as first lady in 1996. “I misspoke”, she said. Oh really? Blanche, she had no choice but to fess up as CBS News showed footage of her walking calmly across the tarmac with her daughter, Chelsea, and being greeted by dignitaries and a child.

Then there’s Benghazi and the major cover-up that took place.  Then there’s the email fiasco which is far from over. And if you want to go very far back there’s the Whitewater scandal and of course Bill’s White House, shall we say, indiscretions. Blanche, remember the blue dress? Honestly, you are just dizguzting.

All of this is to show that Trump has a truck load of ammunition and you can bet your bippy that as it gets closer to the primaries, he’s going to start loading his best weapon – his mouth.

We’re not sure if you are a cauliflower lover.
Some of us are but alas, the cauliflower doesn’t love us, if you get the drift. It’s can be a tad gaseous. But we digress. Do you know how much a cauliflower is these days? $8.00. Yes Blanche, you read that correctly. It used to be $2.00 but due to a drought in California and the ever-shrinking Canadian dollar, this vegetable has become a luxury.

Who knows where the prices of other fruits and vegetables will go with this El Nino business causing havoc all over North America. Let them eat cake!

Let’s see now, the Quebec government has been negotiating with unions for weeks over an austerity plan. The government has no money. Class sizes will have to get larger, there will be less help for special needs children, there’s a shortage of money now in the super hospital which opened 8 months ago. But wait. It seems the government has found some money. For what you ask?

The Quebec government obviously went to the money tree in someone’s backyard because they want to grant themselves a 31% pay increase bumping their salaries from $90,000 per year to $140,000 per year.

Now guess where the money tree is? Correct on the first try – your pocket and your taxes. If they grant themselves this pay increase, they will be the highest paid provincial politicians in all of Canada. We hope you are not surprised by this. It appears that no matter who is in power in this province, they are or become corrupt, dipping into money that does not belong to them. And you and I can do not a thing about it except sit back, watch the show and fork it over. Nice eh?

Here’s some trivia for you. Guess who the most valuable NHL team is this year? The New York Rangers worth $1.2 billion. Now guess who moved from third to second place… the Montreal Canadiens worth $1.18 billion. We were the only team to move up in this category, no doubt because of Carey Price. Let’s see what happens this year.

Now get this. Which are the best countries to do business? European countries represent two-thirds of the top 25 with Denmark repeating in the lead position of the Best Countries for Business. You know where the United States is? Get this: In 2009 they ranked second. Today they rank 22nd. Ya think it has anything to do with their ‘leader’ who is vacationing, yet again.

Blanche has taken up Photography because it’s the only place we can shoot someone and not go to jail for it. Hehehehehehehe.

Finally the holiday has arrived and a good thing because we can’t take much more of the ‘special’ music. It seems that in Bethlehem (which the last time we looked is still in Israel) tourism is down 85%. In other words, no one went there this year.

What is mind-boggling is that the media does not finish the sentence. Why are people not going to Israel? Because the arabs living in both East Jerusalem, the West Bank and other places are stabbing people who are doing nothing but walking on the street.

Let’s call a spade a spade: they are stabbing Jews because we exist. It doesn’t matter if one looks outwardly religious or is shopping for tomatoes and potatoes. If you are a Jew on the street you are a target. Of course arabs can’t always tell the exact difference between Jews and non-Jews so the US government issued a travel alert to stay away from Israel.

Another day, another terrorist threat. This time in China. The British, U.S. Australian and French embassies in China say they have received information of possible threats against Westerners visiting a popular shopping district in Beijing around Christmas. They were told to basically stay away from malls and outdoor markets. Given the current world situation if Blanche were there we’d do exactly as they say.

And then there’s Chicago. Today, on the eve of the holiday, protesters were blocking the entrance to the Apple store and other stores on a street called the Magnificent Mile. It’s where people go to shop keeping stores in business and the economy going.

So who is protesting? A group called Black Lives Matter. And why are they protesting? Because they want Rahm Emanuel, Chicago’s mayor, uber liberal and ex-aide of Obama to resign.To be sure, they have what to be angry about. It is pretty obvious that the police in Chicago are not overly fond of African Americans. They shot a black man no less than 16 times while he was already down. Twice would certainly have been enough. Many other government officials have been brought down by protests. But to block people from shopping on the night before…Not the brightest chips in the box and certainly not furthering their cause.

The weather is one of the big stories today. It was 74 in New York, 72 in Washington and 75 in Atlanta. To put things into perspective, it’s 82 in Miami. The forecasters are predicting colder weather in January. We could do the same thing. Of course it’s going to get colder in January. We certainly hope so for the ski resorts who are dying a slow and painful death. Here in Montreal people were golfing today.

In the meantime, those same forecasters are predicting a ‘cocktail’ of precipitation next week – snow, sleet, freezing rain and rain. Yum, we can’t wait.

Here’s Trump’s tweet today: Jeb Bush spent $50 million on his run for the presidency thus far. Where is he and where am I? He’s on the bottom, I’m on the top. T’is true Blanche.

Go look at the moon tonight. December’s full moon, the last of the year, is called the Full Cold Moon because it occurs during the beginning of winter. The moon’s peak this year will occur at 6:11 a.m. It’s already gorgeous.

We saved this for last because we thought if you read it first you would throw something at your computer or toss your phone across the room. Did you know that the Obama administration refused, in early 2014, to end the secret U.S. policy that prohibited immigration officials from reviewing the social media messages of all foreign citizens applying for U.S. visas.

Do you understand what that means? In order to be politically correct, the two murderers from San Bernandino, who no doubt were on social media, were not being tracked by anyone because it’s not nice and a violation of their civil liberties.

Obama needs to witness a shooting the likes of which took place in Paris or San Bernandino to actually understand what is going on in the world. Playing golf and eating ice cream in Hawaii surrounded by tens of secret service agents is keeping him in his little bubble.

He is by far, very far, the worst thing that ever happened to the United States. We’ll let you in on a little secret: Even the staunchest of liberals know how bad he is and quietly say they fell for his hope and change bs. Uh oh. Blanche, are you trying to sound like Trump? Yes. Obama has taken a great country and in eight years has reduced it to a blithering idiot, exactly like he is.

Good Shabbos,
We’ll talk…

What Ails the Montreal Canadiens? Honesty.

Blanche does not profess to be a hockey maven. Nor is hockey so important in the grand scheme of things. Given that it does not take a genius to figure out the current problem with the Montreal Canadiens. It is the big elephant in the room that the captain of the Canadiens, Max Pacioretty will not speak about: Their anchor, their rock, their goalie Carey Price ain’t where he’s supposed to be – guarding the net. Instead they have two rookies who are obviously over their head.

When the main cog of the wheel is missing, everything and everyone is off kilter and therefore off their game. When Price is in nets the team is not afraid to take chances and therefore score goals. When two inexperienced goalies are in there and the rest of the team is less than 100% certain that they will be able to stop the puck the team as a whole loses their confidence.

It’s pretty well known that until one’s issues are said out loud, they cannot begin to be solved. Could someone tell Pacioretty to be honest and say what’s really happening? Then the cat will be outta da bag and maybe something will improve.

What were you doing this past Saturday night? Out for dinner? Maybe a movie? Oh wait, it was the last shopping weekend before the holidays. For sure you were not watching the Democratic debate. The Democrats are doing a fine job of hiding Hillary until she absolutely has to be brought forward to wave to her ‘adoring’ public. You think we’re kidding? You know when the next debates are? On a Thursday night when there are no less than two football playoff games.

It gets better. They took a break during the debate Saturday night – a long commercial break. Even presidential candidates have to go to the loo. Well, when they went back to air, Hillary’s place was empty. Seems she either got lost coming back from the terlit or ate something that she shouldn’t have earlier in the evening, if you get the drift. We are not commenting on what Trump said about her terlit activities. Let’s say it’s on the crude side. But we digress.

Her handlers don’t want people watching these debates as the coronation of Madame Hillary must take place flawlessly. We can’t wait until Trump starts directing his one-liners her way. Between Benghazi and her email fiasco, he has much fodder.

Here we go again. It seems that New York and other major cities have received a credible threat days ahead of the holidays and during an especially busy time of the year when tourists flock to the Big Apple. The police department has been told to remain vigilant. Can we talk?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock the past few weeks, the threat of a terror attack is nothing new. During the holidays every nutball living this side of Mars is going want their five minutes of fame. And in case no one noticed, the recent slaughters were done on regular days and evenings, when people least expected it.

If you see something say something still stands. Being vigilant still applies. But unless America is prepared to arm everyone, those intent on fomenting terror will wait until the most cowardly time and place, when you least expect it. We pray that does not ever happen.

We have to go back to Hillary for a minute because she just brings out the worst in everyone, mostly herself. Today she announced a slate of proposals to battle Alzheimer’s disease and seek a cure by 2025, including an increase in funding for research on the disease and related disorders.

Clinton called for a decade-long investment of $2 billion per year for research, which her campaign called a fourfold increase over last year’s $586 million. Can we talk? Which pharmaceutical company gave her how much money to do this? We don’t believe for half a second that she gives a hoot about Alzheimer’s unless it is to bring back her memory concerning what happened in Benghazi.

Obama best start packing himself. One of his secret service agents lost his starter pack, complete with a gun, badge, radio, handcuffs and flash drive. It’s a holiday miracle that their president is still alive. Wait a minute. Isn’t Obama in Hawaii? So much for miracles.

Can we talk about the fact that not everyone celebrates December 25? Can we ask why the stations here in Montreal play music all day as if the entire city is tuned into their station? Time to become a tad more cosmopolitan, wake up and realize that aside from places like Boise Idaho and Cheyenne Wyoming, radio stations don’t play only carols.

We would be remiss if we did not give you the pearls of wisdom from Obama this week. During an end-of-year interview (keeping in mind he despises the media), he said the following: he insisted his plan to defeat isis itself was working and suggested saturated media coverage of the group could be fueling terror fears in the United States. Got that?

His plan – which is so top secret that even he doesn’t know what it is, ain’t working. Why? The media is to blame. They are talking way to much about terrorism. Could you not bust from him? Up until about two weeks ago he refused to say the word terrorism, let alone terrorist. And his plan? He doesn’t have a plan and never did. He is over his head and would be very happy to stay in Hawaii until his term is up. Alas, he and Michelle have to come home January 2 to face the music. Hehehehehehe.

Sepp Blatter – now that’s a mouthful, eh? – is up in arms and highly indignant that he has been banned from all soccer activities for eight years. In case you forgot who he is, we’ll remind you: He’s the eighth president of FIFA (the Fédération Internationale de Football Association), an office he entered in June 1998.

The FIFA Ethics Committee ruled that both president Blatter and his UEFA counterpart aka sidekick Platini had broken FIFA Code of Ethics relating to conflicts of interest, breach of loyalty and gifts. Really? Come on. He took bribes? What are you saying?

It appears that a $2 million payment made to Platini in 2011 by world football’s governing body was signed off by Blatter. He can claim innocence till the cows come home. Da party’s over dude.

Note to Trump: Unless you have changed your name to Google, stop acting like you know everything.

Those working in Quebec’s office de la langue francais all need a lobotomy. Yesterday they said that PK Subban should be called Pah Keh – in other words say the letters of his name in french. He made fun of them right to their faces saying “You can call me whatever you want, even Denzel” which appears to be his name. Today they said  boxing day has to be called les soldes d’Après-Noël or even better – soldes du lendemain de Noël. Can we talk?

Who pays the salaries of these morons? We fear it is all of us. They need to get a grasp on reality and we know exactly where they can get it. Someone has to book them on a flight to the middle east and drop them in a really over-crowded refugee camp. You know the ones where the terlit water flows down the middle of the road and people have to forage for food in the garbage. Somehow we think they will have a much better perspective on life when they get back here. What? Someone already bought them a one-way ticket? Quel dommage.

And speaking of lobotomy’s, it appears that PKP – the light-headed leader of the separatist party in Quebec has been well trained when being interviewed. When asked yesterday what he thinks of partitions if Quebec would ever separate – perish the thought- his response was there’s no such thing. He’s wrong and lying as he addressed the issue two weeks ago and caused a huge gefuffelment.

The native Canadians have said unequivocally that if Quebec ever separates they are staying in Canada. No such thing as partitions? There will be a civil war before those dudes become part of the country of quebec. Here’s another newsflash: Montreal won’t want to go either. What’s he going to do then? While his missives may have schooled him in how to talk to the press, they have not given him very good advice on how to deal with questions that require an answer. He’s a perfect example of the adage that money can’t buy brains.

Obama did not learn his lesson.
On Friday morning November 13 he said that ‘we have contained isis”. On Friday night November 13 there was a massacre in Paris the likes of which they had not seen since WWII.

Today he reassured Americans that there was “no specific, credible threat” against the country ahead of the holidays. Why? Because he went to the National Counterterrorism Center and figured this out from a 10 minute visit. He did tell the public to be vigilant.

He is going to Hawaii on vacation for the next couple of weeks and you can bet your bippy that there will be 10 security guards for every member of his family and then some. We can only pray that no one listening to him took the bait. There is no shortage of nutballs out there.

People who live in Utah must be very bored. They are the biggest fans of Star Wars in the United States with California a distant second. There is no middle ground when dealing with Star Wars. There are those who will line up for hours to get a ticket to the movie and those who wouldn’t spend ten seconds on it.

Then there is the ‘spoiler alert’. One is not allowed to breathe a word about the movie or they will be ‘shot’. People are encouraged to go to see the movie in costume but don’t cover your face or bring a toy gun. Thanks to isis and their ilk, everyone will be searched before going into the theater and many places have five or six security guards. In case you were not nervous before you went out, that’s enough to spook you.

Guess who said these words about Donald Trump: He is a bright and talented person without any doubt,” adding that Trump is “an outstanding and talented personality.”
Valdimir Putin. It seems that Putin likes aggressive, blunt people with a lot of bravado. Sound familiar? Blanche, can you imagine if Trump wins what he will do when he visits Putin? Never mind, don’t imagine, it’s too scary.

Good Shabbos,
We’ll talk…

What’s a Nillionaire? A Canadian going to the Bank and getting little or no money.

Let’s see now, how long do you think Justin will be prime minister? At least four years? Well dearies, that’s how long we are going to be subjected to overt PDA – public displays of affection.

The very large front page picture of today’s National Post is one that will appear in the January edition of Vogue magazine. It is a sultry picture of our prime minister and his wife. Can we talk? That picture is not befitting a world leader.

There is something to be said for the dignity of a position, how much more so the position of leader of a country. He is the prime minister the last time we looked. Imagine when he goes to a high power meeting with other world leaders and someone whips out that picture. Even if they don’t show it to him, you can be very sure they will be thinking about it. Do you think they will take him seriously? Or do you think they let their imagination take over? We think the latter as men are men, no elaboration necessary. Time to grow up Justin. There is no harm in showing affection to your wife, but keep the bedroom stuff where it belongs.

And while we are on the subject of Justin, he’s taking this Syrian refugee business a tad too far. Did you know he’s going to Toronto today to personally welcome the latest planeload? We read that these people have been waiting to come here for a couple of years and all are sponsored by families.

This bleeding heart liberal save-the-world business needs the bigger of the barf bags. We just hope that in that mix of people coming in there is no one entering on false pretenses with other, much bigger plans than just settling here in Canada. Fech.

While many are scathing in their derision of Trump’s latest remarks about banning all muslims from entering the United States for a while, his poll numbers keep moving up. He may have gone a bit too far with his latest remarks, but we don’t see anyone else coming up with a plan, any plan.

Here’s a question to ponder: When Jews or Christians are insulted – and Obama has done a wonderful job of insulting Netanyahu, does anyone call for a jihad and want to gun down, maim or behead those who made those remarks? No. So why is it that everyone is afraid to say a word about muslims? Because they know they will be targeted and nothing good happens from that.

Trump may have crossed a line, but we don’t see anyone else out there standing up and saying anything except that they don’t know what to do. Pitiful.

And speaking of Trump, he does have a big mouth. Time magazine chose Angela Merkel as newsmaker of the year. Trump is sulking because he thought it should have been him. Get over it dude.

As an aside, Time picked a nasty picture of Merkel. Honestly, she’s not the most gorgeous woman. We are certain they could have found something a tad more flattering. While she may be happy she’s the winner this year, she’ll be hiding from that picture.

Don’t say we never give you tips. A luggage company called Orion sells those hard shell bags and then offers you free checked bag fees while traveling on commercial airlines. So what’s the hitch? You agree to let them use your hard shell bags as mobile traveling billboards.

They will plaster your bags with front and back advertising wraps. Then every time you travel, you’re indirectly promoting everything from a resort, a cruise line, rental car company, or even a new TV show. Check those bags, and they fly free.

Ah, but nothing comes really free in this world. The unanswered question is… do you have any control over who you’re promoting? Not sure but it’s worth asking the question.

In case you were planning to go to Switzerland for the weekend, you may want to change your plans. Geneva, yet another European city is on high alert. Seems they are looking for five radicalized people suspected to be part of Mourad Fares’ network. Fares is a known recruiter for jihad in Syria. French intelligence sources say he’s worked for ISIS, mainly in Francophone countries, and in Switzerland, including in Geneva. This business is exhausting to read.

Amazon is in need of employees. 100,000 employees to be exact. The pay is $12.35 an hour and conditions? You be the judge: Temporary workers endlessly circle warehouses as large as several football fields, with handheld scanners directing them to their next item and ticking down the seconds each task should take. Dat sounds like a recipe for sending someone the wrong item.

The good news? If they’re good, these temps can be hired full time.

Not that we want to end on a sour note, but reality is what it is.
If you go to the bank to change $100 Canadian dollars to American you will get $73.32. Yikes! Dat’s terrible Blanche. No one seems to be doing anything about this. Looks like this winter’s vacation will be chez nous.

Trump’s Motto: I Know What I Am and What I am Capable of. You’d Be Wise Not To Underestimate Me.

According to Rush Limbaugh, Donald Trump has gotten more nightly network news coverage than the entire Democratic field combined. Trump’s calling for a ban on muslims entering the United States gave him more publicity than he could have ever dreamed about. His remarks that this should be done until those in charge figure out what is going on is priceless. When asked what prompted these inflammatory remarks his response was one word: death. If you think this is outrageous, the best is yet to come.

He has not yet set his sights on Hillary Clinton. That is going to be something to watch and listen to. Wait until he gets starts talking about Benghazi and what happened there when Ambassador Stevenson died with no American help. Then he will delve into her email server which was in her house. Ladies and gentlemen, Trump is just getting warmed up. He is talking directly to the people with no filter and telling them exactly what they want to hear. There’s no double talk and no political spin. He is pandering to voters.

He’s also brilliant, playing the media like a violin. Both sides are winning here. The media is raking in tons of money and Trump doesn’t need super pacs to fund his campaign. In case you were not sure if his latest remark hurt or helped him, the new polls just came out: Trump 35%, Rubio 15% Carson 12%, Cruz 10%.

The mayor of Montreal doesn’t get out much. Well maybe he goes out but he certainly doesn’t do the shopping. He wants to ban plastic bags in Montreal. Can we talk? We’re going back to paper bags? How am I carrying three paper bags to my car? Remember when they used to break at the bottom and things would fall out on the street?

How about banning idiotic plastic water bottles that contain nothing but tap water? Who needs all those bottles? Go buy a pitcher or permanent plastic cup with a lid, turn on your tap and voila! you have water to drink and will certainly save some whales and a piece of the planet.

We found this short news item to prove our point: For only $99 per day (plus delivery fee), Sakara Life will bring a big bag of greens and water to your door. What makes their $24 “Beauty Water” so special? It has trace minerals, rose oil, and silica, which “makes your water wetter so your cells actually uptake more water.” Makes your water wetter? Hehehehehehe. Call Mayor Coderre. He needs wetter water. Hehehehehehehe.

Now a little ditty about gun control. The Cheaper Than Dirt gun store in Fort Worth Texas recorded a record day of gun sales the day after the election of President Barack Obama and to this day is having trouble keeping up with the demand for assault rifles. Here’s a quote from a gun store: “Americans are not just putting them in their closet and waiting for a burglary. They’re taking classes on how to protect themselves. Background checks on Black Friday 2015 topped 185,000. That’s 8,000 guns sold every hour. 2,000,000 in November and and almost 20 million this year.”

Since Obama became President over 100 million guns were sold. We would venture a guess that Americans don’t feel secure with him as president. He’s not a leader in any way, shape or form. In case you are doubting this, here’s something to ponder: Top TSA officials from the Office of Global Strategies said today that airport security remains lax and they have no idea how to beef it up. There are holes that simply cannot be plugged. As one senior official said,”“There remain gaps in security that needs to be addressed.” Leaderless from top to bottom. No wonder people are taking matters into their own hands.

As everyone knows, global warming or climate change is slow to come to China. Very slow. They have issued a red alert, the highest for emergency measures and the first time ever done for pollution. Schools, businesses and factories have shut down so people don’t have to breathe in the toxic air. Will this make them start to get rid of those coal factories. Not any time soon.

Meanwhile, half the people outside are wearing masks, the other half smoking. Doesn’t sound like there will be too many tourists there for a while. However, if you are in the face mask business we suggest that you find a contact in China.

Two Mysterious People are Running City Hall in Montreal. Somebody and Nobody. Somebody is Spending Money and Nobody knows how much.

Another week, another mass killing in the United States. This time it was a muslim married couple who massacred people, which officials said is highly unusual. Frankly, nothing should be usual with any of this.

When they went into the home of this couple they found nothing short of an arsenal: 2 pipe bomb-type devices, hundreds of tools, many of which could be used to construct improvised explosive devices, 2,000 9mm rounds, 2,500 .223 rifle rounds and several hundred more rifle rounds.

Is gun control the answer? Only partly. Up until yesterday,  the man appeared to be a ‘normal’ American citizen who graduated from California State University in San Bernardino with a degree in environmental health in 2010. For all intents and purposes he was like everyone else where he worked. Until…

Until he went to Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. Somewhere along the way it appears he became a radicalized muslim, although the US authorities are loathe to say this as it will no doubt panic many people or they don’t want to o.f.f.e.n.d anyone.  Plus of course, it doesn’t matter. These shootings, as the ones in Paris, are targeting regular working folks – a la Obama and there is no way to stop them.

Can these killings be stopped? Mostly likely not in the short term. This dude was not on anyone’s radar. He was an American lone wolf, who was obviously convinced in the last few years that the infidels – i.e. anyone not a muslim – has to be wiped off the planet. Whether or not the American news stations come out and say it, we think that most people can figure this out on their own. Nasty times we are living in right now.

Montreal’s mayor Coderre is back in the news again. This time it’s because he’s going to hire a few people to chauffeur him around. So how much does this job pay? Well, it appears that the city has allocated $200,000 for up to four people who will share this job.

You may be asking who was driving hizzoner around until now. Security agents belonging to the city’s blue collar workers union were doing a fine job. However, as they are in a dispute with the city, da mayor thinks they are listening to his calls and conversations and wants people he can trust.

Can we talk? This mayor is turning out to be extra special. At this rate he will outdo Jean Drapeau – you know the mayor who gave us the big Owe and other little ditties we are still paying for 50 years later. What makes us nervous is this is what we know Coderre is spending money on. It’s what we don’t know and will only find out later that makes us nervous. Our mayor needs to be brought down to earth a bit. Well, maybe a lot.

Donald Trump’s numbers are up again. He’s in the lead at 27%, Marco Rubio is at 17% and Ben Carson has drifted to third place. One of the headlines we read was this: Another Day, Another GOP Panic. Both the media and GOP hotshots underestimated Trump from day one.

The absolute funniest line we read in all the articles we perused on this topic was: Is there something stronger than panic? Because we seem to be careening there – referring to the establishment in the Republican party. Get a life dudes. You’re doomed. He’s going to win.

There is no doubt the travel industry, especially in Europe has taken a huge hit. During and after the Brussels shutdown, bookings to go there dropped 159%. The 100% part of that number means not a booking was made to go there. The 59% means that there were cancellations equal to 59 percent of the number of bookings made on the equivalent day last year.

Paris is not much better. Before November 13, the date of the attacks, a flight to Paris would set you back $1400. Today? You can get a flight to Paris for $600. Funny as it may sound, Israel did not appear to be suffering that much. That could mean one of two things: Either Israel is not divulging any information or people are going. We checked one of the hotels for next week, Chanukah and the prices are half the usual amount. Guess that answers the question.

The city of Outremont and it’s delightful mayor Marie Cinq Mars are in the news again. This time they want to ban the opening of any synagogue on two streets – Bernard and Laurier. Both have many commercial establishments. Laurier is out of the way for most of the oilem (Haredi Jews) living in that area.  Bernard is another story. At one point it becomes and residential street and there is no reason not to allow the building or opening of a synagogue.

We will remind you that this is the same city and the same mayor who last year tried to curtail the building of sukkahs. We feel that what they are trying now is a trial balloon. If they succeed in passing this bylaw, other, more distasteful and outright anti-Semitic edicts are heading our way. Stay tuned for more on this story. It ain’t over yet.

Good Shabbos,
We’ll talk…