Monday, December 05, 2005

Some Random Thoughts

1. The President running around the country making the same basic speech over and over is almost humorous, the main reason it isn't is because he is really (at least to me) beginning to look a little ridiculous.

2. The attack on the Mall in Netanya really irks me. It seems that part of the idea behind the disengagement was that this would make stopping these attacks would be easier as the IDF would have less area to divide it's forces. It seems that the Palestinians missed that memo, and also the one that said they would be less likely to attack and kill Jews in these random acts of 'peaceful co-existence' that I am greatly surprised.

3. The recent discussion of what should be said at this time of the year, and what a silly plant should be called, is just plain annoying.
I do not care what they call the tree that was stolen from a Germanic Pagan Celebration and then called a Christmas Tree. (It should be a Christmas Tree any thing else is silly.)
I really am not 'annoyed' by people wishing me a 'Merry Christmas.' I just ignore it, after all with out a kippah on my head, I guess I don't look all that Jewish after all.
I am also not annoyed by the use of the phrase 'Happy Holiday's.' I know that some people, both Christian and Jewish seem to find this phrase to be some how offensive, but let me explain my thinking on this issue. 1. There is more than one holiday during the holiday season. In fact, the holiday consist of 3 Federal holidays. (Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.) It also consists of a number of other holidays. (Chanukah, Kwanzaa, New Year's Eve, Christmas Eve.) Interestingly the religious holidays, (Christmas Eve, (does anyone else ever want to call it eruv Christmas) Christmas, and Chanukah) are out numbered by thouse that are not religious. (Thankgiving, Kwanzaa, New Year's Eve, and New Year's Day.) 2. The whole 'attack on Christmas' (as trademarked by Fox News) is only a propaganda stunt. 3. I really think that one of the reasons for the whole issue surrounding the 'Happy Holiday's is a subtle attack on those of us who are not Christians in an attempt to convert us to Christianity. (yes I am paranoid, but that doesn't me they aren't out to get us.) My full theory here is that they are trying to get us so used to hearing the 'normal' greetings of the season that we will somehow forget that we are Jews and decide to participate. (I also, from some family members, believe that it works because some of us are just to set on becoming secular.)

4. I saw Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire this past weekend. I rather enjoyed it. It did a good job of adapting a particulaly difficult, multiple story line book and presented the core story very well. (On of my favorite scenes in the move is Harry in the bath with the egg, and of course Moaning Myrtle. Harry's discomfort with Myrtle and her flirting was just priceless.)

5. I am confused by the number of good movies that are coming out right now. I would like to see Rent, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Aeon Flux, Pride and Prejudice and Chicken Little. ( I know I am forgetting something, but I can't figure out what it is.)

6. I am looking forward to the return of Wanted (on TNT) to the air ways with new episodes starting tonight.

7. I am looking forward to the return of new episodes of Battlestar Galactica and Closer early in January.

Little Wolf: You honestly expected anything from the Disengagement?

All it did was fule the terrorists lust for Jewish blood.

BTW the missiles from Gaza have't stopped either...nor the influx of terrorists from Egypt/Rafiach.

All we've done it worsened our position strategically and politically -- and proved that crime pays.

W've come real far in 2000 years.

No actually I didn't expect anything from the disengagement. I was opposed to it at the time and I still am. I was just expressing my frustration. Unfortunately 'tone' and vocal attitude don't really work well in writing. (Unless I would say, said with sarcasm, frustration, etc. invoice.)

PS How long are you in the States for.
Little Wolf: Leaving California on Motzei Shabbat...via JFK...and then home.
Little Wolf: I'm here in California till motzei shabbat. Going home via JFK.
And now for something very important; please let me know when new episodes of Battlestar Galactica come out?

The old series was my favorite show as a kid, and the new episodes are amazing!
I loved the original as well. I have loved the new series, and I think my favorite sequence in an episode was the end of the episode in which Lucy Lawless was playing the reporting and did the story about the conditions on the Galactica. While the images were running across the screen the original theme was playing (and slowly getting louder) in the background.

That having been said, I will definitely let you know, as soon as I know. (The resolution of the mid-season break cliff hanger is just driving me nuts.)
I'm not up the the current season, so I'm missing the cliff hanger! Do you know if the series is available on DVD? That's probably the most worthwhile thing I could buy while I'm here...
Season 2 is not yet on DVD (unfortunately) because the season is only 1/2 over. They are doing a full complement of 22 episodes and have aired about 11 of them. So I'm thinking sometime next summer the DVD's will be out. I will keep you up to date though.
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