Dear Friends and Family,
Apparently, 8 years is all Minnesotans will get from Congresswoman Michele Bachmann as she has decided (this week) to bow out of the 2014 election. Her extreme Right-Leaning views have crowned her Tea Party Queen, but hopefully the tides are turning so more sane voices can return to the Republican Party. I would assume Ronald Reagan would give his “thumbs up” to this hopeful trend.
An underestimated count of 70,000 lives have been lost in the last two years of the Syrian Civil War. Now, Lebanon’s Hezbollah wants to add to that count as they have inserted their presence to protect the diabolical President Bashar al-Assad. Too bad we can’t go back in time to the Biblical era to suggest the peaceful Caribbean neighborhood as our Jewish Homeland. Is there some unforeseen reason we are smack dab in the middle of the volatile Middle East.
Iran is creating Nuclear Weapons (everyone knows that). The UN is crazy (everyone knows that, too). So logically, Iran has been appointed CHAIR of the UN’s Conference on Disarmament. How insane is that? Bravo to 72 congressman (including our own Gary Peters) for requesting the UN to re-think this insulting appointment. Double Bravo to the US and Canada for boycotting the Disarmament Conference, yet this surely won’t help the true problem of proliferation
As Memorial Day marks the beginning of Summer, here is my (and Rolling Stones’) tribute to the top 10 Summer songs. Can you guess what comes between #10 Janis Joplin’s “Summertime” and #1 Lovin Spoonful’s “Summer in the City”. Follow this link http://www.rollingstone.com/music/pictures/readers-poll-the-10-greatest-summer-songs-20130522 and click the red arrow in the website to see all 10 songs. My favorites were numbers 3 & 5.
Carol and George
Speaking of music, Mazel Tov to Carol King for breaking that glass ceiling as the first woman to receive the coveted and prestigious George Gershwin prize. She was surrounded by talented friends like James Taylor and Billy Joel as President Obama recently presented her with the prize at the White House. Past recipients are all favorite musicians of mine including: Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder (misguided regarding Israel), Paul McCartney and Burt Bacharach. To view the White House performance, please click on this PBS website: http://video.pbs.org/video/2365018129
Red Wings were so close…but no cigar. Mazel Tov to Chicago friends and good luck pursuing Stanley.
It turns out Shabbat and Gefilte Fish could be responsible for our affection of Pee Wee’s Playhouse as it saved his father’s life during wartime:
To remind most of you, the original and main intent for these weekly emails is to reach out and say Shabbat Shalom to those near and far. I found this video that gives my message in various forms. Enjoy:
Wishing you and your loved ones a Sweet and Peaceful Shabbat Shalom,