Archive | July 2012

Go Congressman Nadler!! Recognize Jewish refugees from Arab countries

I will tell you that I have a special place in my heart for Congressman Jerrold Nadler and immense respect.  He literally did what a Congressman should but all too often doesn’t; He looked into a travesty committed against a little constituent and went to bat for them (me, in this case, though it ended  up affecting countless thousands of others).

I was a graduate student who earned a coveted and prestigious place studying for a year at a German University, during which time I not only studied full time (actually beyond full time as I took a double-load of extra courses) but conducted the bulk of my dissertation studies there.  I was in constant contact with the folks who had given me student loans from undergrad on up (primarily Sallie Mae)  and sent in every required document –occasionally multiple times.  All seemed fine until the year I returned.  Suddenly I was receiving first letters stating that I owed the full balance of my loans NOW because I’d not been a student–to each of which I replied with sending copies of my previous correspondence that included the evidence I’d submitted showing all the appropriate proof of full-time student status and their confirmation.   I’d get a response saying “well you didn’t send this needed document” (that no one had ever mentioned but I’d get it).  Then I would get a letter with “but you didn’t send this” and I’d reply but that oh I had and here’s the proof and your letter acknowledging it.  They kept changing the game and in the meantime they utterly trashed my pristine credit rating.  The letters turned into collection agencies calling me, threatening me, even calling at 11 p.m. on New Year’s Eve –and threats included things like the police are going to knock on your door and you will be jailed for twenty years or more.

I wrote to all my Congressmen and sent full packets of all the exchanges and proof submitted.  Only Nadler responded and he did so in only a couple of days.  The upshot of his involvement –and it was hefty –was not only a full restoration of my credit rating but also sparked the entire investigation into Sallie May for illegal practices.  Go, Nadler, go!

Nadler is now at the head of a push for the recognition of Jewish refugees from Arab countries and not only the “Palestinian” refugees.  ‘It is simply wrong to recognize rights of Palestinian refugees without recognizing rights of nearly one million Jewish refugees,’ Congressman Nadler says after bipartisan legislation introduced.  Right on and GO NADLER GO!!  


Holy urban farm animal batman

Sort of the last thing you’d expect to see while walking up a narrow, extremely urban, apartment lined street in Bnei Brak would be a rooster calmly pecking his way across the road.   When I got closer to the spot he’d crossed, I saw him up in the yard of an apartment building along with some free ranging chickens and a little chicken house and bowls of water, bowls of food set out for them.  And here I thought I was being all farm-like with my veggie garden!
I’ll have to post more about why I was in a part of Bnei Brak with chickens running amok later but suffice it to say that I walked today approximately 8 miles in total and have the bloody blisters to prove it.  I will spare you my rant of frustration and focus on happier things like chickens and the two inch long cucumber growing on my vine!

Polish hero and former president Lech Walesa endorses Romney

Lech Walesa, the Nobel Prize winner, human rights activist, and former Polish president, “has effectively endorsed Romney.

“I wish you to be successful because this success is needed to the United States, of course, but to Europe and the rest of the world, too. Gov Romney, get your success – be successful.”

The take-home lesson Mr. Obama: Revenge for shabby treatment and throwing an ally under the bus is best served at election time.

(ABC news is obtusely asking if this means that Poland doesn’t like Obama….eh hellooooooo.  )

planning operation hide a cat or 16

I met with the landlord tonight to sign the lease and give him the check for the first six months.  I talked to him about the heat.  He’s not willing to buy a new air conditioning unit (they cost like 4,000 nis) but he is willing to send  a guy he works with who repairs them over to take a look at it.  I was like,  do it.  So the guy is going to call and set up a time to come and check it out and see if it can be fixed.  I’ll have to hide the cats away.

I’m totally willing to cool the outside world if it will be even a few degrees cooler in here.  My house is an utter disaster area because it is too hot to clean, too hot to move hardly.  It took me an hour to wash the dishes and clean the kitchen counters as I had to keep stopping and sitting down with something cool to drink.  Sweeping the floor means a shower right after.  If a cat sits on me (and trust me, I try to keep them from it) or rubs against me, I look like I’ve become a cat myself because the hair sticks to the sweat on me in clumps.  I’ve developed the equivalent of diaper rash on my legs from sleeping under a wet sheet and sitting with a wet towel draped over me as I try to grade papers or type on the computer.  So yeah, I’m willing to move into a hide a cat operation.
Not sure if it is the heat or the change in cat dynamics from putting Yafah into the room with Tovi (Yafah is locked in Tovi’s cage and Tovi has the run of the room at the moment) or if the heat is too great up on her usual hidey perch, but Shachori has been down and mingling with the others a lot of late, including coming to sit by me for pets.  Because of the heat though, the cats and I all have relatively short tempers.

Jewish Democrats speak out about their buyer’s remorse with Obama

Check out a new website on which American Jews who voted for Obama –some of whom even held fund-raisers for him — will be voting for Romney this time around.

Here’s a couple.  Renie “When the stakes are this high, you don’t have to feel guilty about voting Republican.”

Michael, who held fundraisers for Obama and has been a life-long Democrat, never voted for a Republican for President but this time…:


Romney: “Jerusalem is Israel’s capitol”

Mitt Romney has no problem stating clearly where the capitol of Israel is: Jerusalem.  Unlike the Obama administration which has gone to great lengths to avoid stating the capitol of Israel of late, even when directly asked by reporters, Romney was quite clear.

In a thinly veiled jab at President Barack Obama’s administration, Romney said any public differences between the United States and Israel only embolden adversaries.  He also paid tribute to the 11 Israeli Olympic athletes who were murdered and to the 9 Israeli and American students killed 10 years ago at Hebrew University.  You can hear part of his Jerusalem speech here — I’ll try to find an embed of the whole thing, ah here it is below:

too cute

Hat tip to Blazing Cat Fur on this adorable vid: