|Dear Friends and Family,
Warning: Conservative friends, please skip to Topic 2.
|Happy 123rd Birthday
Yosemite National Park had a birthday this week BUT there were NO guests to celebrate since the park, along with many other national parks, museums and offices, were closed due to the Government Shutdown.
800,000 government employees received unpaid “vacations”. The Park closures are sad but if this shutdown persist, FOOD (through the WIC* program), MEDICAL CARE (through clinical research at NIH**) and EDUCATION (through the Head Start program) will be halted. That could be devastating for millions of people.
Congress’ Ping Pong match is giving the American Public an ulcer, but as of Tuesday, 24 Million more adults can get their ulcers treated with Medical Insurance though the Affordable Care Act also know as ObamaCare that:
– can NOT deny coverage based on pre-exiting condition (like Cancer)
– requires 80% of Ins. premiums MUST (now) be spent on Medical Care
– gives tax credits to small businesses to offset Ins. cost
– eliminates lifetime medical fee caps for families
Why would ANYONE want to shut down the Government just to prevent these benefits which will help lower our country’s Health Care Costs and give medical hope to those who can’t afford it. Boggles the mind! Check out this “humorous” video of ObamaCare opinions:
It always seems like October is the Month of recognitions.
Here are just a few:
National Stamp Collecting Month
LGBT History Month
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Domestic Violence Awareness Month
American Cheese Month
Auto Battery Safety Month (I am NOT making this up)
Clergy Appreciation Month (…So Todah Raba to: Paul, Harold, Aaron S, Aaron B, Norman, Bunny, Eli, Alon, Simcha, Marla, Dan, Danny and any other clergy on this list I may have missed.
In Olympia, Greece this week, the Torch began its relay to the Winter Games in Sochi, Russia (where LGBT History Month is NOT celebrated). This all sounds so nostalgic and momentous but when did this tradition begin? Was it in ancient Greece? Well, no. It was in 1936 Nazi Germany and conceived by Hitlers propaganda machine. Greece is where the Aryan Race supposedly began which tied into Hitler’s agenda of staring the torch relay there. Today, this tradition is “white” washed to remove any reference of it’s origins, but you can read more about it at this site:
I will NOT make any aryan segue statements to introduce this (amazing) vintage youtube of “Whiter Shade of Pale”
by Procol Harum suffice to say, it’s believed the lyrics are about the doomed Titanic voyage. See if you can match the words to the tragic “Virgin Vessel”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mb3iPP-tHdA&feature=share
I am a huge fan of our very own Jimmy Wolk who grew up in our Subdivision, worked for Star Trax, went to Camp Tanuga and is now staring in a new Sitcom with Robin Williams called Crazy Ones. Please enjoy this clip of Jimmy singing with Kelly Clarkson. Talent, looks and a nice guy to boot:
Wishing you and your loved ones a Sweet and Peaceful Shabbat Shalom,
* WIC = Women, Infants and Children nutritional program.
** NIH = National Institute of Health