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Silence Will Not Protect You


Halloween was an enormous success.

Normally it would be Constitution Thursday, we spent all of Monday discussing the President’s threat(?) to end Birthright Citizenship via Executive Order. There continue to be arguments and Social Media posts, and they will continue long after this has been forgotten as yet another unfulfilled political promise.

Let me be clear – whether I agree with the concept of “Birthright Citizenship” or not, is not relevant. The ONLY question on the table today is whether or not I accept that the Executive, be it Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton,  can change one hundred and twenty years of accepted Constitutional interpretation with an Executive Order or not. Secondary to that is my concern that if one accepts that he or she can, do you really want – do you really believe that the Framers meant – to have a country where that can happen?

A trend I have picked up upon among younger Jews after Pittsburgh is that they are frightened to publically demonstrate their faith. Older folks have recognized the need to openly demonstrate the faith. Chabad has called for thousands of Mezuzah’s to be placed on our doorposts. The fear is nothing new, nor is the hatred that leads to the fear. But the one thing we cannot do is hide. As the lessons in my favorite book in the Tanach, we cannot think that we will be safe by remaining silent…


My Favorite Day of the Year


October 31st is a special day for me.

Sure, it’s Halloween and I have kids and grandkids who squeal with delight when the sun finally sets and the Trick-or-Treating begins. I really enjoy that. Sure, there’s the whole fall season element. The air is crisp and cool, and there is weather again! It’s also one of my best friends in the world Birthday. Sean T. Bagby is one of those people who will always be there. It doesn’t matter how long it’s been since we last talked when we get together it is as if we pick it up right where we left off.

And one of the experiences I shared with Sean was the events of Halloween, October 31, 1986. A day that I have long considered a starting point. It could have gone a completely different direction, but today I sit here and talk to you because the events of that night were shared with the best crew in the entire US Navy.

Mail Bombs


The entire prepped show goes out the window as numerous reports of Mail Bombs have come in. bombs were received at the CNN Offices in New York City. Also, both the Clintons and the Obama’s received them at their private residences. There are further reports of mail bombs arriving in San Diego and in Florida.

At this point, we know next to nothing about these mail bombs. We presume that they are intended as a political message, but we simply do not know.

There is one thing, however, that really bothers me about it…

The USAF is in hot water 9see what I did there?) over the cost of their “Hot Cup” used by Aircrews since the 1980’s.

When did Halloween become a competition?

And just like that, Khashoggi who?

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