We begin with a random philosophical Gene Pool Gene Poll: Okay, As Elon Musk was visiting Israel, I visited TwitterX, and read the feed allotted to me in my current and future non-person state — nothing from followers, just the things TwitterX chose to dole out to me — and about three-fifths of it was people gushing over Elon Musk, including this, from a user called @Meldy-Sue: “I think history will look back and see Elon Musk as one of the greatest men who ever lived.” Juanita Broaddrick, the famously anti-vaxx Trump enthusiast, offered Musk “profound respect.”
What do you mean, that your field goal of 68 yards was a distance still unequaled at any level of competition.
George Santos kicked a field goal of 70 yards. You could look it up.
ME: Hello, I"d like to order a large pizzazz to go
DELI: "What do you want on your pizzazz?
ME: I'd like zest, elan and panache.
DELI: That'll be priceless. Pick-up in 25 minutes.
ME: Thank you.
Would the fire extinguishant all over the fish have anything to do with the vomiting?
Don't happen to like Joe Biden ? Fine. You're probably not a favorite of his either. The issue is not Biden vs. the Stay Out of Jail candidate. It's about common decency vs. nationalized hate and fear. It's about living your life pretty much as you see fit or having it dictated by a third rate tin-pot dictator and his acolytes --- for their benefit, not yours. The storm flags are flying. We have been warned.
"According to The Guinness Book of World Records, on July 17, 1979, Weingarten became the first Jewish-American to consume a pastrami sandwich with mayonnaise on raisin bread."
Made me laugh out loud.
The Chevy Vega -- ah, the memories. That was my mom's car, and because I, as a teenager, didn't have a car of my own, that was the car I was allowed to (rarely) drive. No AC -- which meant heat from the engine blew heat inside all summer long.
The best put-down I every got was unintentional -- it was actually made as compliment, and I can never think of it without laughing. I was getting a dress hemmed at a small tailor shop in NYC decades ago, and at one point, the little foreign-born tailor looked up at me and said, "In my country, you would be considered very beautiful."
I suppose I mumbled "thanks," but unfortunately . . . forgot to ask him which country it was! I would've bought an airline ticket immediately!
With regard to this sincere question: "Can you explain why people feel it is antisemitic to be critical of Israel's actions?"
It's hard to say without knowing specifically how you are being critical, but I've seen a few really common things that can shut down conversation.
The most common is anything that diminishes the terror that Hamas unleashed both historically and on Oct 7, not just by suggesting that it was provoked, but also by changing the subject to Israel's response, or with slogans and hashtags like #freepalestine. The implication would be that you're more horrified by suffering caused by Israel that by the suffering of Israeli's own citizens (I assume you aren't among those tearing down photos of hostages, but it's a subtler form of that).
Another is just denying that antisemitism exists or is a huge problem right now. It's rampant.
But if you're being called an antisemite just for criticizing Netenyahu, or even for debating whether Israel as conceived makes sense, then you need some new friends.
Sometimes I get a small kick when comments I’ve submitted make it into the column. This week, I’m getting a kick out of the fact that none of the “seemed good at the time” life experiences I’ve related have had sufficient unexpected misery to be worthy of repeating.
Wonder if you had contact again with Pablo "Yoruba" Guzman when you did your '72 piece on NYC street gangs ? He was a founder of, and I believe, at the time, a spokesman, for the Young Lords, political action group that grew out of a street gang.
I think the answer with the fish was that Chris sprayed it with a fire extinguisher, then ate it. All sorts of nasty chemicals in that.
I went to high school with Susan Estrich. On here Wikipedia page, it said tnat her religion (Jewish) was not confirmed. I stated that i was at her Bat Mitzvah. I think they accepted it as corroboration.
Just finally finished reading the results in last Thursday's contest and saw a comment about the winning entry having already been a product in the H&S catalog. I guess that means my potato-powered golf cart should have won. So close and yet so far away. In order to be a true Loser, one must suffer, and suffer I have.
To Jonathan Paul: Is that anyone whom I know from FRB?
Musk? I give him some slack for age and for his success with SpaceX and Tesla. Who else has done this since Howard Hughes? (And he had his odd side, too.) I will wait to see how this shakes out and if he turns X (Tweet) around. He still has lots of potential.
Interesting that you focus on delusion in this TGP --- perhaps second only to a rising tide of assholery when it comes to present social ills. Musk clearly suffers from "genius syndrome," or the delusion of transferable skills/knowledge. Now that Bezos looks to be beating him to Mars, he has turned his attention to yet another "shiny object" --- making the situation in the Middle East worse, if he can. His perverse effect (aka the "cobra effect") failure experience with Brand X no doubt can easily transfer. What's another $44B ? As for the media "bothsidesism" --- that so-called objectivity has (IMO) always been a delusion --- if a benign one in days gone by --- starting with story or article selection. It is a hoary old confirmation bias -- this concept of "fairness" --- that seems to work until you're faced with clear and present societal dangers for which there is only "faux fairness."