Sunday, May 17, 2015

New Car. Finally

After like two years of talking about updating my car, I finally made the move. Unlike my previous thoughts, I didnt go with a sports or muscle car. I decided I'm too old at heart for that. So instead, I went with the absolutely gorgeous 2015 Hyundai Genesis. With the tech package. The thing is as comfortable as it gets, and has INSANE features. The "smart cruise control" that literally drives itself. It turns, brakes, accelerates, it'e beyond crazy.


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I got the car in "Parisian gray" which I think is stunning. It's a weird cross between silver, blue and gray. The one downside about the car is its gas mileage. I'm averaging some 20 miles a gallon - if i'm lucky.... And the car costs roughly $70 to fill up...I guess my next car will have to be a Tesla...

Monday, May 4, 2015

BDE

It's with great sadness that I read of the passing of Chaya Spalter. At just 11 years old, she had battled "yene machla" for years. She was in my little sister's class. She was known for her ever present smile, being full of spunk and joy. Everyone has been davening for her for quite some time now. Thursday night things apparently took a turn for the worse. There were tehillim gatherings and all, but I guess G-d wanted her up there...

May her family be comforted amongst the mourners of Zion ... May we all merit to see the day when הקיצו ורננו שוכני עפר with the coming of moshiach speedily in our days.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Republican Jewish Coalition Spring Meeting

This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending the Republican Jewish Coalition's annual spring meeting. It was truly refreshing to see a room full of some 800 Jews, all of them Republican! Some 100 people were even Frum!

The RJC thank G-d is really growing in strength, and membership. This past election cycle they spent over 40 million dollars on Republican candidates. Membership is now close to 50,000!!! Its truly wonderful to see so many Jews moving away from the Democrats towards the Republican party. There were a lot of young / college age attendees who are staunch Republicans, and are active on campus for both Republican and Israeli causes. Seeing them really gave me hope for the future.

My one criticism of the organization is that they focus too much on forgiven policy, and don't stress domestic issues enough. In today's day & age we need to be a bit more libertarian if we want to get the young vote. Speakers at the event were mostly moderates who dont have the greatest track records on fiscal and social conservatism. John Boehner, Kevin McCarthy & End Royce were prime examples.

My favorite speakers over the weekend were definitely Ted Cruz (who speaks great, but doesnt have much hope in a general election. If every single voter in the nation got to go to a town hall with him, they'd vote for him. But that's not going to happen, so he doesnt have much of a shot...). President Bush spoke as well (you may have seen that in the news...) and he was awesome. Kevin McCarthy was actually pretty good as well, I just dont like his policies. Rick Perry was decent, but came off as being way too angry much of the time.

To sum it up, it was an awesome weekend with some of the most powerful Jews in the US. I got to see, socialize and hear from some of the biggest politicians today. All in all, it was fun, informative and refreshing. I feel confident in our ability to take on Hillary and win the white house in 2016.

In conclusion, all y'all should hit up the RJC, become members, donate money and encourage your friends to do the same. Its an investment in your country which will pay off for both you, and for generations to come.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Life as an Aquaholic

Life as an aquaholic. I didnt even know that was a thing. I thought I just drink too much water. Then, in mid February, I read an article in the Daily Mail that was mind opening. I realized that I am addicted to drinking water. Apparently not everyone drinks roughly two gallons a day!

The article states that aquaholism causes lack of sleep. I envisioned it being because my brain would be parched for water. Instead, the article explained it's because aquaholics need to urinate more frequently. That disappointed me, because thats not the sleeping issue I suffer from.

Anyways, Ive been considering whether or not I should join an addicts program. The issue is that most of them dont seem to cater to aquaholics. Maybe I should start my own program. (Lightbulb in head. Million dollar idea. Aquaholics Anonymous. Genius!)

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Becoming a Grownup

I was standing and ironing some shirts today, and a funny thought came over me. I was looking at some of the shirts and thinking how they were very "young". They were all dressy, but "younger" dressy. The next thought that entered my mind was "when do I graduate to become a "grownup".

Its a funny thought. I mean, what defines "grownup"? A job? I have one. Not a little kid job either. I'm an upper executive at a company. What else defines grownup? Mind frame? Responsibilities? I'm constantly told I'm mature for my age, no one EVER guesses it right. I'm responsible, prioritize properly, don't throw money away and act smart most of the time.

So I come back to the question of what makes me / when do I become a grownup? Is it when I get married? When I hit a certain salary? How does it work? And most of all, does life feel any different when you get there?

Sunday, January 25, 2015

אחי בני תימן

As the people who know me are aware, I have this obsession with Yemen. I love the country, love their culture, love their music and love their food. This past summer I was seriously planning a trip their together with a friend, but we cancelled our plans after AQAP threatened to kidnap Americans. I will make it there someday....But I digress.

As those of you who follow the news know, Yemen has recently been rocked by a coup. The Houthis, a Shia group in Yemen. The Houthi movement began back in the 90s, and their leader was killed by the Yemen government back in 2004. What makes the Houthis interesting, is that they are very anti Al Qaeda, and have played a strategic role in fighting AQAP. At the same time though, they hate the U.S., and are also very anti Jewish. The last time the Houthis made a big push and expanded their territory, the Jews living in the areas the Houthis occupied moved to Saana, the capital of Yemen. There they lived in the "Tourist City", supported and protected by the Yemenese Government.

Being such a small percentage of the population, the Jews of Yemen are at the mercy of the government. Back during Saleh's rule, they campaigned showing their support for him. When he was overthrown in the Arab Spring, they then had to campaign for President Hadi. All along, they have expressed their understandable aversion to the Houthis, as the Houthis dont like them. Now that the Houthis have taken over, they are likely in great danger. Sadly, the media is silent. No one is talking about it. Even the Israeli media isnt saying much. As the Houthis are anti-American, our government cant do much. As this point, all we can really do is pray...,

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Gay Marriage License

My thoughts on gay marriage have always been that I dont care. I think its a sickness of sorts, but its their problem, not mine. So long they dont shove their ideals down my throat, who really cares who someone marries? Now, in terms of getting the legal benefits of marriage, again, so long someone is marrying another person, and not like that not job who recently decided hes marrying a house, I dont care. They are paying taxes into the system, let them have the same rights as everyone else.

Now, in general I dont think government should be involved in marriage to begin with. I dont think there should be taxes or benefits provided by the government in general, but as thats pretty much a lost cause, at this point I dont care if gay people get to join in the same messed up system straight people are in.

One of the more complicated aspects in the current gay marriage debate in the U.S. is that some states dont recognize marriages performed in other states. Liberals are fighting to have a marriage license issued in one state recognized by all other states. My thoughts: go for it 100%!!! I agree! It should be uniform. However, it cant just be for marriage licenses....

See, liberals like having their cake and eating it too. This presents a unique opportunity for gun right activists. We need to jump on this bandwagon that a license issued in one state needs to be recognized in all other states. Meaning, California will need to recognize my Florida concealed carry permit. It is a license issued in one state, and just like a gay marriage license, it should be recognized in all other states. In fact, the constitution is a lot clearer about my right to bear arms than it is regarding gay marriage. If gay marriage is universally recognized, so should gun licenses.