As we commenced our first full business week of the year, much has happened in the world. The Saudis and Iranians are “bickering”, a crazed gunman killed 2 Israelis in Tel Aviv, Natalie Cole passed away, armed militia in Oregon, North Korea tested its “strength” and Jerry took Barack for a drive.
Speaking of Obama, he is officially in his “Senior Year” and committed to addressing a deadly issue that has alluded progress during his tenure. 30,000 gun deaths occurred in our nation yearly. And five years ago this week, Gabby Giffords was shot at one of her rallies. Gun violence is an epidemic in our country and after much frustration with Congress’ inaction, President Obama announced his 4 point Executive Actionplan which includes:
1. Tightening the laws on Background Checks for all businesses which profit from gun sales. No matter the sales venue (like Gun Shows or Online), “Gun Profiters” must have a licence and conduct background checks. Also, updating the current Background Check system will be a priority.
2. Adding 200 more ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearm) agents to help enforce current gun laws.
3. Adding $1/2 Billion to Mental Health initiatives and removing communication barriers to ease reporting on individuals who shouldn’t be allowed to own or purchase a firearm. Sadly, Guns (in the US) are responsible for 50% of all suicides.
4. Encouraging Gun Safety technology, like better childproofing and tracking abilities of lost or stolen guns. For more details on these actions, please consult this Fact Sheet:
But Barack was also having some fun in recent weeks as he accepted a ride from Jerry Seinfeld in his 1963 Corvette Stingray
. Did you know all 1960s astronauts drove Corvettes…That’s Cool. Unfortunatly, those pesky Secret Service protectors prevented and actual Beltway Dream Cruise but instead they were resigned to a few laps around the WH driveway, an inside look at the POTUS Residence and some witty repartee. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cOLF9k6FAw
Though it’s not too advantageous for those in the middle of the conflict, I sure hope the infighting between Sunni and Shiitetakes focus off their efforts against Israel and Western Democracy. To just skim the surface of this centuries old conflict, the Saudis, who are mainly Sunni, executed (of course by the “modern” means of beheading) a Shiite Cleric (and 46 others that day) which angered the Iranians who are mostly Shiite. After much Tit for Tat and while other Muslim countries picked their side, the growing tension between SA and Iran is intensifying. 90% of the Muslim world is Sunni with the majority of Shiites living in Iran, Iraq and Lebanon. The rift started during Mohammed’s time when the two factions fought over who should succeed their Prophet. In the meantime, millions of Muslims have been killed over this conflict and most likely million more will continue to die before Sunni and Shiite (ever) make peace. If you are interested in a simple to understand tutorial on these branches of Islam, please click here. It is interactive so you can see both their differences and the similarities:
A crazed Arab gunman with a criminal track record rampaged a Tel Aviv bar, killing the manager and a customer. For a small country with not a lot of hiding space, he is still on the loose (as of Thursday evening). His family is cooperating with Israeli authorities and a $10,000 reward is offered for any info. There is a belief he is hiding in the West Bank as Israel has asked the Palestinian Authority for assistance in finding him.
North Korea for faking a Hydrogen Bomb test. Through analysis, the fallout doesn’t match nuclear levels but whatever they tested was still an unnecessary act of aggression.
The few dozen armed anti-government militia (headed by the Bundy brothers) who took over an Oregon Wildlife Reserve to force the government to return land to Ranchers so they can return to the logging, mining, ranching, farming of their “Heyday”. Currently, the governmental action is to avoid them entirely as the Bundys and their gang would love nothing more than a high profile shootout with the authorities.
Our Congress, who has returned from vacation and returned their focus on (the time/energy suck of) repealing ObamaCareand defunding Planned Parenthood. Even with support of both the House and Senate, the bill will obviously be vetoed by the POTUS. Which begs the question, why waste taxpayers dollars on this wasted effort.
The new (Wild West) Texas law giving the right to licensed gun owners to openly carry their firearm, though several Texas business and institutions might also call BS on this law and prevent open carry in their establishments.
(Supersize) BS to…
Our Michigan food scene as Detroit is rising in the ranks of prestigious Food Havens.
Michigan (again) for being listed as the #1 State in our Nation by Thrillist. Sorry Florida, you came in dead last.
To NYC for making a concerted effort in helping homeless Veterans get off the streets.
The Little Free Library website and to all those who share books with their community. Check out this site to learn how to build a little library or to find the nearest one to you.
Local Detroit Journalist, Bankole Thompson, on speaking out about shining a light on all murders of Black Lives including those perpetrated by Blacks themselves.
Those who continue to protect our Freedom of Expression as we commemorate of the 1 year anniversary of Charlie Hebdo. We also remember those killed that same week at the Kosher grocery store.
This meaningful poem about (struggles of) life:
As we bid farewell to the talents of Natalie Cole, who passed away this week, here is the lesser know virtual duet with your late father, Nat King Cole, “When I fall in love”.
To M*A*S*H’s Trapper John, Wayne Rogers who died this week at age 82. MASH (Mobile Army Surgical Hospital) was one of the best shows on TV.
Wishing you and your family a
Sweet Shabbat Shalom!
January 23rd (Saturday)
Caberet313 with the talented Jason Graae singing a tribute to Jerry Herman of famous Broadway classics.
Black Box Theatre at the Detroit Opera House
Two shows: 7pm and 10pm
March 9th (Wednesday)
JVS 8th Annual Trade Secrets
Benefiting the JVS Women to Work Program
Temple Beth El
Featuring the inspiring story of Linda Schlesinger-Wagner, Founder of clothing line, Skinny Tees.
April 19th (Tuesday)
Emily Stillman Foundation
Spring Sensation Luncheon
Tam-O-Shanter Country Club
Guest Speaker: Heather Thomson CEO of Yummie, Inc.
April 20th (Wednesday)
U of M Food Allergy Center
Knollwood Country Club
May 4th (Wednesday)
Congregation Shaarey Zedek
Lois Linden Nelson Woman’s World
Honoring Henrietta Weisberg
Featuring Paula Abdul
Save the date. More details to follow
May 7th (Saturday)
24th Annual Comedy Night
Save the date. More detail to follow
May 13th (Friday)
Planned Parenthood 100 Year Gala
Detroit Marriott at the RenCen
Save the date. More details to follow
May 22nd (Sunday)
Hillel Day School Annual Gala
Beverly & Arthur Liss and Norma & Michael Dorman
For more info, please contact Amy Schlussel
“Becoming American: The Jewish Experience”
Travel opportunity through EMU Alumni Association to
NYC, Philly and DC.
This experience is open to the public regardless of your University Affiliation, religion, race, age, shoe size…
Any questions can be directed to:
And for further details of the trip: