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Thoughts On the Boycott of Instagram & Twitter

Antisemitism is a disease. How does one route out a disease from one’s body? You hit with medicine. In this case, the medicine is truth and the power of the average person.

In response to the antisemitic posts appearing on Twitter and Instagram, a boycott has been called on both platforms for 48 hours starting this morning.

There is a distinct line between freedom of speech and spewing hate. Until the people who run the social media world realize this and follow the rules they created, they will be as guilty as the ones who spew racist and antisemitic lies.

I know that this boycott will be difficult. But if we do not move forward with the boycott, the message that racism and antisemitism is acceptable will continue it’s destructive grasp on this world.

#NoSafeSpaceForJewHate

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Let’s Talk About #JewishPrivilege

Antisemitism is a disease that has haunted humanity for thousands of years. Just when we think it has finally died down forever, it rears its ugly head once more.

This past week, the hashtag #JewishPrivilege has been circulating throughout Twitter in response to false and age old accusations. I’d like to talk about my own so called “#JewishPrivilege”.

  1. If this privilege includes having relations that were among the 6 million Jews slaughtered in the Holocaust, I want none of it.

2. My immigrant ancestors came to America in the early 20th century with only the clothes on their backs and whatever they could carry. No one helped them to become upwardly mobile, they had to pull themselves up by their own bootstraps. Whatever “privilege” someone thought they had clearly did not exist.

3. I wouldn’t define privilege of having to hire security during religious services. Or seeing the shootings in Poway or Pittsburgh in the news.

4. Privilege is not defined as hearing about nearly 1400 brothers and sisters of your faith murdered in their homeland due to lies and hate.

5. If privilege is constantly watching Israel being attacked in the press and in the UN for so called “crimes against humanity” while other countries receive a slap on the wrist, that is not “privilege”.

Privilege is defined as: special right, advantage, or immunity granted or available only to a particular person or group.

Whoever thinks that the Jews are privileged needs to get their heads out the sand and read a history book.

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Being President is Not About Ratings

In an ideal world, the goal of any leader is to do their job. It is not about always being liked or receiving approval. Sometimes, a leader has to stand up for what they believe is right, regardless of the criticism they may or may not receive.

Anyone who has been following American politics for the last four years would easily be able to tell you that you know who is not focused on doing his job. His focus is looking good to the public and to his base in particular.

That in essence, is everything that is wrong about this President. One of his recent tweets about the upcoming election and Joe Biden stated the following:

“Is this what you want for your President??? With no ratings, media will go down along with our great USA!”

What does not understand (and will probably never understand) is that the job he was hired by the American public to do is not about ratings. We need a President, whomever he or she maybe, to lead this country. Will they receive negative press and attention? Of course they will, that goes without saying.

We need a President who truly understands the job that the voters have hired them to do. That President is to my mind (and many others), is not the current occupant of the title.

#Biden2020

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Vote by Mail, Twitter & Censorship: The Latest Tantrum By You Know Who

If one knows nothing else about the United States, they know that Freedom of Speech is one of the legal and cultural cornerstones of the country. That being said, there are certain limits. For example, yelling fire in a crowded auditorium when there is no fire does not exactly fall in the “freedom of speech” category.

After years of letting you know who run rampant on Twitter, the minds behind the social media platform started to fact check some of you know who’s tweets. His response was to sign an executive order (aka take a tantrum), complaining that his rights were being violated. The tweet being fact checked was his statement that voting by mail would lead to a fraudulent 2020 Presidential election result (i.e. he loses).

This man is a hypocrite. His perspective is “good for me, not for thee”. He can vote by mail, but the home bound senior citizen or the single parent working two jobs cannot. He can claim censorship and that his rights are being taken away to anyone who would listen. But the average citizen who also has the same complaint and a Twitter account does not have the same platform as POTUS.

It’s no secret that we have a man child, used car salesman for President. Instead of using his power and his profile to build up this country, he is more concerned with his reputation and his status.

We need to get him out in November. The future of this nation depends on it.

P.S. While he complains, over 100,000 Americans have died from Covid-19. I can’t think of a better reason to vote in the fall.

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Brittany Runs a Marathon Movie Review

At some point in our adult lives, we have to take responsibility for our actions.

Brittany Runs a Marathon is the directorial debut of writer/director Paul Downs Colaizzo. Based on the story of a friend of his, Brittany Forgler (Jillian Bell) is in her late 20’s and living in New York City. She has a job, but it is neither professionally or financially fruitful. She drinks too much, sleeps too much and is overweight. Her life, in short, is a hot mess.

Hoping to score a prescription of adderall, Brittany visits a doctor. Instead of receiving the prescription, the doctor recommends that she lose weight. She initially balks, but follows through and starts running. She is encouraged by her neighbor Catherine (Michaela Watkins) and Seth (Micah Stock), whom she met in her running group.

The running opens the door to other goals, including running a marathon. But doubt and insecurity gets in the way. Can Brittany succeed?

This movie has it’s pluses and it’s minuses. On the plus side, the characters and the narrative are realistic. Brittany speaks for many people, regardless of size, who are hindered by unseen emotional scars. We live in a world which is dominated by social media. The image that many of us put on our profiles may not reflect reality and may cause those who look at our profiles to compare their lives to ours.

On the minus side, the film is a little longer than I think it should be and is a little predictable story wise.

Do I recommend it? I am leaning toward yes.

Brittany Runs a Marathon is presently in theaters.

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Instead of Running the Country, He is Feuding With Bette Midler

When one is President, one has many issues on their plate to deal with. In an ideal world, the President or the leader of any country is focused on their job. But in America in 2019, our President is not focused on running the country. He prefers to feud with those who disagree with him on social media.

The newest name on the list of persons of whom he is feuding with is Bette Midler. Her response to his tweet (which I will not repeat on this blog) is spot on.

“I want to thank everyone who came to my defense last night during my personal Battle of the Bulge with he who must not be named. Your wit and good nature really lifted my spirits; as a newly washed up psycho, I am very grateful for your thoughts and prayers.”


Two things bother me about this “feud”. First of all, he was in Europe to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day. One would hope that maturity and respect would be the feelings of the day, to remember the men who gave their lives for our freedom. But then again, you know who is not exactly known for either being respectful or mature.

Second of all, he is President of the United States. He should be concerned about doing the job that we, the voters hired him to do. He should not be concerned with feuding with others via social media. But after two and a half years in office, I expect nothing less.

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Thoughts on Eva.Stories

One would have to be living under a rock these days to not see the impact that social media is playing on our lives. This is especially true with young people, who have taken to social media like a duck takes to water.

We live in a world where hate and prejudice are becoming not only more prevalent, but also acceptable. This year is the 80th anniversary of the beginning of the Holocaust. When it comes to the Holocaust and other such massacres of minorities because they are different, we often say that to forget history is to repeat it.

As the survivors die due to age and waning health, it up to us to tell their stories and remember those who did not survive. We must also find a way to reach our young people so they can learn the lessons of the past.

Enter the Instagram page, Eva.Stories. The basic question of the account is what if a Jewish young girl living in Nazi occupied Hungary during World War II had Instagram? Based on a true story, Eva is a 13 year old girl who is no different than any other 13 year old girl. But she is living in a world that is becoming increasing hostile to her.

The best way to reach a young person is to speak to them on their level. This Instagram account is the absolute perfect way to speak to the kids today. It is also of paramount importance that we do so, if we are to hopefully prevent the Holocaust or any massacre of that ilk from ever happening again.

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Thoughts On The Calls for Ralph Northam to Step Down

Doing and saying stupid sh*t is part of life. Especially when we are young. The goal is to learn from that stupid sh*t we did so that we do not repeat the same actions or statements. These days, it’s not uncommon to relive the stupid sh*t we said and did via social media.

The most recent political scandal comes from Virginia and her current governor, Ralph Northam. Pictures from his medical school days in the early 1980’s have surfaced. In the pictures, two men are dressed up in costume. One man is in blackface, the other is wearing KKK robes.

When the accusations became public last week, Governor Northam initially admitted that he is one of the men in the pictures. As of earlier today, he has changed his statement, denying that he is in the picture. Despite calls for him to step down from the office of Governor, he remains in office and appears to ignore those who are calling for his resignation.

Of course, you know who had to add his own two cents to the conversation.

Should he be given a pass for making a stupid mistake that is often the mark of a young person? I don’t know. I don’t know because these pictures are offensive, then and now. The excuse of stupidity of youth can only go so far. By a certain age, we all know right from wrong. It’s matter of choosing to either do the right thing or do the wrong thing and face the consequences.

The fact that Governor Northam first stated that he is in the picture, then said he wasn’t is questionable. The answer to the question is a simple yes or no. Any other answer brings up more questions, including if he is able to do the job the voters of Virginia hired him to do.

I’m sure that some Republicans are literally jumping for joy that a Democrat has been accused of racism. This issue does not belong to any specific political party. Racism and prejudice, no matter where one stands on the political aisle. We are all Americans, we are all human beings and we all deserve the same respect, regardless of what we look like.

 

 

 

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Perhaps We Jumped A Little Too Fast To Judge

A viral video is defined as the following:

A video that becomes popular through a viral process of Internet sharing, typically through video sharing websites such as YouTube as well as social media and email.

The latest viral video to catch the nation’s attention was a group of high school boys who appeared to mock Vietnam veteran and Native American elder Nathan Phillips as he chanted a traditional Native American song last Friday in Washington D.C.. The young man who is standing inches from Mr. Phillips and appears to be wearing a smirk on his face has been identified as Nick Sandmann.

Over the last day or so, more details have emerged about what really happened last Friday. Five men who are part of the Black Hebrew Israelite community taunted the boys. Mr. Phillips said that he stepped into de-escalate the situation before words turned into regrettable actions.

The Today Show aired the full interview with Nick Sandmann earlier today.

Right now, I don’t know what to think or believe. Regardless of whose side one is on, we all jumped a little to fast to make a judgement call without knowing all of the facts.

The problem with this quick judgement is that it reveals how divided this country is. It is those divisions that scare me and makes we wonder what we will say to future generations when they ask us about this era in American history.

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