| Bombs Away
Why would you say that? I'm not angry or violent. I am merely stating what I believe to be the truth.
Anyway, I had a 21st century experience the other day. I was driving down the FDR highway in Manhattan at night when this car next to me starts honking. I look over and see that the driver is holding up some kind of little TV screen. Then I realize it is an iphone, and the image he had on it was of the voncello.com website!
I guess he saw my license plate that says VONCELLO, and then looked up the site on his iphone. Then he drove up next to me and honked so he could show me. How 21st century, man!
sounds like youre ready to drop a bomb
| Bank Shmank!
The stereotype of Jews as bankers is actually very harmful. Of course, there are some Jews in the banking business, just as there are Christians, Muslims, Atheists, and Satanists. But the traditional anti-Semitic slander is that the Jews CONTROL the banks. They say that there are Jews, like the Rothschilds, who actually control all the banks in the world, thereby having access to unbelievable amounts of money through various schemes, and then using that money to control governments all around the world.
Now... is it possible that there is a group of people who are doing that? I would say yes. But to say that it is "The Jews" is where the anti-Semitism comes in. And when you portray a small ethnic or religious group as the ones who are controlling everything, then they become the target whenever anything goes wrong. So, if the price of oil goes up, or a war starts somewhere, or there is terrorism, or there are shortages of food or what-have-you, they blame it on "The Jews".
You don't see people blaming things like this on the Hispanics, or the Catholics, or the English, or even the Chinese, Arabs, or Russians. These are all much larger and much more powerful groups than the Jews. But the whole idea of anti-Semitism is to hide the reality that other groups have much more power, and get everyone to focus on the Jews.
There's a God damed radio station in New York called WBAI. It is part of the Pacifica Network of several stations throughout the country. They are having a fund raiser, since it is listener sponsored, and every day I have been hearing show after show about how Israel is part of a plan to dominate the world. Israel becomes the enemy of all who suffer, of all who are indigenous, of all who seek progress. It is a total reversal of reality. Why the constant picking on the Jews? It is a sickness that is so deep in our society that most people cannot even see it even though it is right in front of all our faces day by day.
as well even if we accepted that jews controlled the us banks wat about the 26 countries in all europe s america where banks are controlled by catholics?
antisemitism gets its own page in the dictionary but theres no page for antiblack anti gay antijemima..
maybe jews also control the dictionary??
o no im givin them ammo
| jew banker
o stand up for the Jews if he believes that they are the real problem in the world.
you mean against?
the stereoyupe about banker isnt bad actually. By law for centuries jews were prohibited from owning land,thus they held their money and or bought other valuables like diamonds art etc. So infact for centuries due to not having alternatives we had to sit on our money but not outa desire but due 2 their limiting us.
as for controlling the world ...
| Welcome Back!
Hey LN, welcome back!
Canarsie, when you were young you might not have known much about Hipanics, but you didn't think they controlled the banks, or the U.S. congress, or that they were killers, or money hungry. These are the kind of things that people hear about the Jews. All of these things relate to power. People are taught that the Jews have the real power in the world. They are taught that they are money hungry power seekers who kill Arabs and anyone else who stands in the way of their greed. This is almost exclusively taught about Jews. So when people have these ideas, they are not normal prejudice ideas. Normal prejudice is like such and such a group is lazy, or stupid, or weird. But when the prejudice is tied in with money and power, that is anti-Semitism.
Very few people go to white power meetings. Very few people march with the neo Nazis. I am actually not threatened by the weirdo fringe. It is the everyday person who believes all these lies who is the real threat, because he will not take the appropriate action to stand up for the Jews if he believes that they are the real problem in the world.
there are those who on saturday night instead of hittin the mall, go to the weekly white power meeting. They are antisemites. Others harbour ideas but wen they meet me they change .
wen young i was ignorant about hispanics but never antihispanic.I married one later in life.
while the antisemite will hurt you the ignorant person i think wouldnt. i never would have hurt an hispanic wen i was young.
Back and missed some interesting stuff, I see. (Was on dial up for a week, then off line for 2 weeks - but immerged (immersed?) in music). I will never catch up this way, but I will try!
Just read the current page, and, Canarsie, you totally surprised me! But I couldnot agree more. And I couldnot have summed it up better, either. It is soooo hard to rid people forever of false beliefs about Jews and misinterpretations of Israeli actions and outright lies about Israel's history. That's why I said somewhere: our war is one of words. Fight to make the truth known. I donot know why lies fall in such fertile soil, maybe that's how Aaron says - often, antisemitism is spoonfed from early age on.
This is an interesting subject. What is anti-Semitism. Here you tell me that you know people who think the Jews control the banks, have a lobby that controls America, kill Arabs, are crooks, and only care about money... yet they are not anti-Semitic! So what do you have to do to be anti-Semitic? Kill Jews? Wear a sign on your head that says, "I am an anti-Semite"?
You may be right, that it's just ignorance, but where is that ignorance coming from? Where did they hear that Jews control the banks, or that the Israeli lobby is all powerful, or that Jews are crooks and only care about money? Someone told them these things. Was it their parents, their teachers, their preachers? Certainly these are anti-Semitic notions. So while you may be able to excuse the individual as ignorant (although it is hard to be so ignorant in today's world) the fact that they even have these ideas in their heads shows that they are products of anti-Semitism.
Will we ever see the day when the word Jew will bring to mind a people that is moral, upright, socially conscious, concerned about the world, seeking peace and love and a bright future for all humanity?
its not antisemitism here but more an ignorance of jews israel
i mean every1 knows im a heb but they donno about israel or our history.
i still think theres less antijew here than in albany ny
| Twilight Zone
| Go Marcus go!
I must say... I'm impressed! I never heard you admit to anti Jewish attitudes in Spain, and I never heard the way you defend the Jews. I like your answers!
I was raised to avoid having religious conflicts with people. I was taught to basically say something nice to someone who makes a negative remark about the Jews or Israel just to keep the peace. But now I disagree with that attitude. I think you get more respect from people when you stand up for yourself, and when you give them back what they are giving you. If that makes them run, then you know they were not true friends to begin with. If they stay and fight, then you know you have a friend!
(I don't mean "fight" in an obnoxious way. I mean someone who cares enough about you to wrestle with you until you both understand and respect each other.)
in murcia many caths like talkin about faith.
many dont like it when
they say jews control banks and i say cathlics control 26 countris all over the world land food producyion
they say jews have a lobby in wash and i say the church is realy an even bigger lobby than aipac and worse
they say israels kill arabs and i say israelis defend and the conquistados killed millions in s america implanted their span lang and catholic religion
they say we only think of money and ask them about what they do wen im swimming running playing tennis or 2 months in usa and thay say they are working
they tell me jews crooks cheaters and ask them whos in the spanish jails and they tell me spanish crooks.
every jew must be taught young how to articulately answer theses Qs. the answer must be quik on the money and devestate the other. no jew should be humiliated or lose the argument in a bar or dorm not cause jews are bad but cause the answer wasnt well said.
parents need to think the Qs the As and the posbility that even a good answer will be rejected...in that case don say thats your opinion but say your opinion is in need of updating or i think i can help you with your misunderstanding ...dont let them walk away thinkn theyv won NEVER
| Turnabout is fair play!
It's true though...
I once had an aquaintance who was constantly trying to convert me to Christianity. I would see her on music gigs, and somehow or other she would find a way to say something like, "I just don't get it. What do you guys have against Jesus? He died for you too, you know." Or she would say, "Why are the Jews so stubborn? Jesus said we should approach him like children and just accept his love like a child loves its mother." I would try to be nice to her and say things back like, "Well, you know, its hard to change someone's beliefs." But she would persist and I would always start to feel like an animal trapped in a corner because I did not want to have to fight with her, since we were in a professional situation, yet I did not appreciate her aggressive pushing of her beliefs on me.
Finally one day when she was going on and on and questioning my every answer, I pushed back and said, "Why don't you become a Jew?" She looked absolutely shocked! She said that Jesus died for us all so it makes no sense for her to become a Jew. So I said, "How do you know he died for you? How do you know he ever existed?" She said she has faith. So I said, "So what? Some people believe in Allah. Some people believe in Zeus. Is it your idea that people should just have faith in anything and then that is okay?" So she said, "No, you have to have faith in the truth." So I said, "How do you know what you believe is the truth?" She said, "I just know it." Then I said, "Oh yeah? Well I just know Judaism is the truth, so I think you should become a Jew!" By this point she was getting nervous and she said, "I think we should end this conversation", and she started to walk away.
I followed her and said, "I don't think we should end this conversation. I think you should sit here and let me do to you what you have been doing to me for years! It's not so enjoyable when the shoe is on the other foot is it?"
That was the last time she tried to push her beliefs on me. She probably decided that I was destined for hell and there was nothing she could do to "save" me. But I was glad that she finally got a taste of her own medicine. And isn't it remarkable how so many people like to dish it out, but they don't like to take it.
The golden rule of Judaism is, "Do unto others as you would have others do unto you". We would have a much better world if more people practiced that, rather than, "Do to others what you would not want done to you". If you don't want people trying to convert you to their religion, then don't try to convert people to yours. It is one thing if someone asks you for your opinion. But pushing your beliefs is an act of aggresson. As my mother always says, "Live and let live".
| The original Zappa
Perhaps Spike Jones should get the credit as the father of American musical irreverence! If this doesn't make you smile you must be dead!
| One Never Knows, do one?
I think this is the song where Fats Waller says that:
I can't watch it right now, but I think he says it at the end of this song.
No one said anything about haters. But one thing I have noticed is that many Jews are willing, and even find it enjoyable, to debate about religion. Whereas many Christians are unwilling, or feel uncomfortable, when Christianity is challenged. They have no trouble telling you why what you believe is wrong, and why you should believe what they believe. But when you turn it around and challenge their beliefs they have no interest in that. Some get angry. Others just end the conversation. To be totally honest, I have never in my life met a Christian who is willing to have a long term debate about the validity of Christianity. This is one of the things that makes me tend to think that it is a religion that stifles free thought. Then again many Jews also do not like to debate about religion. But I am generalizing from what I have seen in my own experience. And possibly that's what we have seen here.
Then again, as Frank Zappa said, "I may be totally wrong." People just come and go, and perhaps the two Christian folks who were posting a lot until we started questioning Christianity just got busy. As another great musician once said, "One never knows, do one?"
yes thats it
theres a 94% correlation between music lovers and jew haters.
Maybe I'm paranoid but I wonder if all this Jewish talk chased away our friends who were posting pretty regularly for a while.
the whole town of murcia went free wifi on saturday and now we all get broadband free everuwhere,,in out house. we call each other on cell fons using messenger talk so all calls free like walki talki.
id like to think my murcia did it to celebrate israel@60 but that wud be toofar to go. We celebrated here with a jewish wedding in murcia alicate jewish center
| Minsky strikes again!
Hey someone put an audio clip of one of my etudes on myspace! Check it out:
| Cool Winds of Spring
Today I played for a wedding out in Long Island on the water at a place called Water's Edge. It was a beautiful sunny day and we were playing out on a large deck with a view of the Sound. Suddenly the wind started blowing cold air off the water and it became like a cold windy fall day. I was wearing a tuxedo, yet I was freezing and having a hard time playing. Then I noticed that several young women were wearing sleeveless dresses. Some were mini dresses. And yet none of them were complaining or showing any signs of being cold! Isn't it amazing how strong women can be when wanting to look good! (Yet if you were alone in a room with them they would probably be asking you to turn on the heat.)
What does this have to do with Judaism you ask?
On the way home I was talking to one of the musicians and I brought up how the minister quoted Jesus when he said you should "love your enemy". I told her how that sounds very nice but is not followed by almost anyone. I pointed out how some enemies are deadly and that really loving them could lead to getting killed by them. Not that you should hate anyone, and not that you should not hope for their repentance, but to actually love someone who wants to kill you and destroy your way of life is almost impossible to do. I even pointed out how in the New Testament when Jesus asked a fig tree to produce food and it didn't he cursed it. I said, "That's not loving your enemy. He should have said, 'That's okay tree, I love you anyway', but instead he cursed it!" So she said, "That's because he was a JEW!"
the chicken crossed the road cause it was cristian,
a jewish chicken would never have crossed
| Why indeed?
WHY DID THE CHIKEN CROSS THE ROAD?
The chicken crossed the road because it was time for a
CHANGE! The chicken wanted CHANGE!
JOHN MC CAIN:
My friends, that chicken crossed the road because he
recognized the need to engage in cooperation and dialog with
all the chickens on the other side of the road.
When I was First Lady, I personally helped that little chicken to
cross the road. This experience makes me uniquely qualified to
ensure -- right from Day One! -- that every chicken in this country
gets the chance it deserves to cross the road. But then, this
really isn't about me.......
The problem we have here is that this chicken won't realize that
he must first deal with the problem on 'THIS' side of the road
before it goes after the problem on the 'OTHER SIDE' of the
road. What we need to do is help him realize how stupid he's
acting by not taking on his 'CURRENT' problems before adding
Well, I understand that the chicken is having problems, which is
why he wants to cross this road so bad. So instead of having the
chicken learn from his mistakes and take falls, which is a part of
life, I'm going to give this chicken a car so that he can just drive
across the road and not live his life like the rest of the chickens.
GEORGE W. BUSH:
We don't really care why the chicken crossed the road. We just
want to know if the chicken is on our side of the road, or not. The
chicken is either against us, or for us. There is no middle ground
Now to the left of the screen, you can clearly see the satellite
image of the chicken crossing the road...
ANDERSON COOPER - CNN:
We have reason to believe there is a chicken, but we have not
yet been allowed to have access to the other side of the road.
Although I voted to let the chicken cross the road, I am now
against it! It was the wrong road to cross, and I was misled about
the chicken's intentions. I am not for it now, and will remain
That chicken crossed the road because he's GUILTY! You can
see it in his eyes and the way he walks.
To steal the job of a decent, hardworking American.
No one called me to warn me which way that chicken was going.
I had a standing order at the Farmer's Market to sell my eggs
when the price dropped to a certain level. No little bird gave me
any insider information.
Did the chicken cross the road? Did he cross it with a toad? Yes,
the chicken crossed the road, but why it crossed I've not been
To die in the rain. Alone.
In my day we didn't ask why the chicken crossed the road.
Somebody told us the chicken crossed the road, and that was
Isn't that interesting? In a few moments, we will be listening to the
chicken tell, for the first time, the heart warming story of how it
experienced a serious case of molting, and went on to
accomplish its life long dream of crossing the road.
It is the nature of chickens to cross the road.
Imagine all the chickens in the world crossing roads together, in
I have just released eChicken2007, which will not only cross
roads, but will lay eggs, file your important documents, and
balance your check book. Internet Explorer is an integral part of
the Chicken. This new platform is much more stable and will
never cra...#@&&^(C% .......... reboot.
Did the chicken really cross the road, or did the road move
beneath the chicken?
I invented the chicken!
Did I miss one?
Where's my gun?
| Tragedy, Misery, and Woe!
Can you believe the terrible natural disaters that have befallen the world this past week of so? Over 100,000 dead in Myamar, and over 10,000 in China! Earthquakes, cyclones... what's next? My heart goes out to all who are suffering on account of these tragic events.
What kind of world do we live in? We are told to be kind to each other, to help each other, not to hurt each other. And yet our planet suddenly kills tens of thousands of us in an instant without a moment of grief or regret. What are we to make of this? How should it, or should it at all, effect our view of morality? Are there any messages hidden in these type of mass murdering acts of nature?