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Re: Should jsk173 be banned?
The same reason our election thread didn't stop after the election. ;D
Jill Stein will sponsor a recount as long as she can raise triple the money needed

November 27, 2016, 02:25:47 AM
Re: What now?
Few of my CC had their AF hit.
Ink plus
SPG biz
citi AA plat

i plan on opening a business (legit) in 2-3 years. does it pay to keep the ink opened and pay the AF in the meantime bec they discontinued it?

what is the consensus of keeping the other cards open especially now with the once in a lifetime bonus, and 5/24 rule?

Your going to get bashed for starting a new thread?

November 27, 2016, 03:32:29 PM
Re: Money Orders
I passed an fr 4 months ago. Does that make a difference?

Yes. Very unlikely to get FR again within 12 months. I did, but when I told them I had been FR already in the past 12 months they cancelled the FR.

I've been doing 3rd party checks for a long time and haven't had issues (the FR I did get was actually before I ever did that).

November 30, 2016, 09:51:56 PM
Re: Wife not signing up for credit cards
Gosh. So no neiros? Or do the klipos stay away from that because it's bechadrei chadorim..

I guess y'all can just play dreidel lechatchila all night long
Not smart to make fun when it actually has a mekor

December 04, 2016, 09:01:41 PM
Re: 2016 Election Pick Your Poison Master Thread
Is there a thread to discuss Trump's China policy?

Amazon sellers thread

December 04, 2016, 11:02:30 PM
Re: Random Posts It's always the crazy ones who say they're not crazy.
December 05, 2016, 04:49:39 PM
Re: China: Wearing Yarmulka; Bringing in Food
Planning first trip to China. Two interesting questions:

1. Is it safe to wear a yarlmulka or is a hat necessary/recommended? 

2. What types of food, if any, can be brought in?

No one knows what a yarmulka is.

December 06, 2016, 05:25:35 PM
Re: 78 Gal. custom aquarium with EVERYTHING - $500 OBO BBUUMMPP
December 07, 2016, 12:36:37 AM
Re: 2016 Election Pick Your Poison Master Thread @JTZ - I apologize for the wall of text, but I feel this is important context to provide for the discussion.

Most of us on this forum are visibly Jewish. If we don't have beards and hats, we have kippas and tzitzis, etc. I would be surprised if the number of people here who have had an anti-Semitic experience is less than 100%. The stats show that Jews are on the receiving end of more hate crimes than any other group.

I've gotten middle fingers in Johannesburg, been spat on in Durban, and often walk over a swastika etched into the sidewalk near my in law's home in one of the Mid-Western United States. When I was in Yeshiva in Paris for a year, friends of mine where beaten up (This was almost 15 years ago - now it is MUCH worse).

I was spat on in an airport when I was 13. At least a dozen people saw it. The spitter was more than double my age. No one did or said a thing.
Those fist fights in Paris? Some were on full trains. Again, no one did or said a thing.

I have never reported a hate crime. No one I know ever has - and I know people who have experienced far more violent things then I have.

I live in Brooklyn, a truly liberal and hip city (Hilary Clinton's headquarters). Swastikas and anti-Semitic graffiti are common occurrences - in alley ways, on subway platforms, and more.  When a group of thugs threw rocks at a school bus filled with little Jewish kids it didn't even make local news. A Chassidic guy was left unconscious under a car one night after a spate of anti-Semitic events - it only made the news when a few hundred of us marched to the precinct the next day.

You know what made news? When a swastika was painted the day after Trump won.

Weird, huh?

That Muslims and Neo-Nazis beat us is to be expected. But, in a sense, you know what is worse? Leftist, liberal self-righteous hypocrites who find it ok to mock, ridicule and antagonize "Ultra-Orthodox Right Wing Fundamentalist" Jews - while throwing fits of rage at every perceived micro-aggression against any other minority or race.

For example:

Gentrification is a big deal. Neither I nor any of my friends can afford to buy a home in our neighborhood. Renting an apt is nigh impossible. But whenever you read or hear about gentrification in Crown Heights, you will find out about Chassidic Landlords (Slumlords) who are mistreating and pushing out the Black community.  Of course lower and middle class blacks are being pushed out. So are the Jews! But it is ok for the media to paint the Chassidic community with the broad anti-Semitic brush of being hook nosed landlords cheating the poor blacks out of their money and homes. In actuality, it is market forces being driven by young artisanal, hipster farm-to-table vegans which are responsible.

This anti-Semitic attitude directly contributes to the violent antisemitism I sampled above, just as Al Sharpton’s “diamond merchant” rhetoric led to riots and murder.

This is just one tiny example that I deal with in NYC, one of the largest concentrations of visible Jews on the planet, in the shining pride of Western civilization. In other places, it is far, far worse. (Look at Jeremy Corbyn in the UK for a start, and we can go from there.)

So that's why we don't care about hate crime stats. We know firsthand that they don't even begin to tell the story. That's why we are so skeptical of leftists and the media speaking of hate crimes - we have a long history of them not only ignoring hate crimes committed against us, but agitating and prodding those who do us actual harm.

December 07, 2016, 12:06:46 PM
Re: Best one-liners
Maybe @TimT can help me find the post where I described being traumatized by sriracha sauce at a kosher restaurant where I ordered extra spicy orange chicken and they just gave me a scoop of the regular orange chicken and squirted sriracha on top.

December 08, 2016, 10:38:30 AM
Re: Great DDF One-Liners
Is there a "worst of DDF"?
Yup. JS.

December 08, 2016, 06:02:46 PM
Re: Crown Heights master thread
I wouldn't call that a review.
Let's just agree to disagree.

Different reviewers have different styles.

December 14, 2016, 10:20:04 PM
Re: Crown Heights master thread
Did you listen to the audio review to the end? It gives an opinion of what they need to do in order to succeed.

In order to succeed, people need to learn from their mistakes (better learn from others, but it seems like most people need to learn from their own mistakes).

IMO, they will be very successful if they adopt the right model. Low prices where the after tax price ends with a .00, .25, .50 or ,.75. Fast service, good soda fountain, and simple inexpensive food (soups can be a good profitable item).

For people that had the original Ess & Bentch as part of growing up, there's another issue here. Using the same name for something totally different just feels wrong. Just imagine 20 years from now, Dan has moved on to other ventures, along with most DDFers. Then someone opens up a new fancy glitzy site called DansDeals, along with forums. A lot of the content needs to be paid for, forums have a totally different atmosphere, etc. etc.. How would you feel about that site at that point?

Maybe if he can get a picture of R' Yoel buying a tuna sandwich and a pack of Pall Mall, and Rabbi Marlow buying a pack of Lucky Strikes, to adorn the walls, it would create the right ambiance. :)

Just give it up.

If you want a warm sense of nostalgia, maybe wet yourself while wearing a pair of onesie pajamas and sucking your thumb instead of crying about a sandwich shop  it seems you haven't even tried.

December 15, 2016, 11:32:23 AM
Re: Gift Ideas For Banker
My wife baked holiday cookies and gave a small GC for our USPS, UPS, Fedex, and for Rafi's bus driver :)
My sister baked these to give out  :)

December 26, 2016, 03:19:06 PM
Re: Israel's good friend Obama...
I do not recall hearing it anywhere.

December 28, 2016, 06:36:58 PM
Re: Chase Reconsideration
Really weird recon experience of being put on hold several times and asked all sorts of questions in between. In the end the rep just said it needs to be referred to a higher level for evaluation and I'll find out the results in the mail.

Granted I have only done recon like 50 times in my life so my experience is limited but this was weird. I feel like I should empty out all UR accounts at this address. Am I being paranoid?
Freddie, I was approved and was actually asked a lot of questions when I called: employment, profit/loss, future profit/loss, placed on hold for a while, and then 'I recommended an approval for you, a senior rep. Will review... " don't freak out yet, just keep on calling the Chase status app line to see if there is any update...

January 11, 2017, 08:59:53 PM
Re: The funny/strange/interesting video thread...
what in heaven's name is this???

The ANC, African National Congress, is the ruling party in South Africa. It is the party that Nelson Mandela led. They are celebrating their 105th anniversary, and had representatives of various religious provide invocations at the start of the proceedings. This lady was "from Judaism," and started, naturally, as one does, with al netilas yadayim - albeit with a questionable translation.

January 12, 2017, 04:30:54 PM
Re: Scam Alert Sungames
yeah I know I'm just laughing at the "hedge fund".
Was the chareidi who was given OPEC secrets by a Saudi prince arrested for insider trading?

January 13, 2017, 02:21:03 PM
Re: Purell Advanced Hand Sanitizer - 2L Pump Bottle $18 (Amazon) my two faves getting along. look at that!
January 18, 2017, 02:49:47 PM
Re: 2016 Election Pick Your Poison Master Thread
Her correction is laughable. This is one stone cold lunatic.

You're so off on this, my man. Seems like you're on the bandwagon.
+1 I'm with freddie on this one. Maybe it's just that you feel the need to fight what you perceive is extreme views on this forum that you have gone to the old other extreme but you have started to sound like moshe123 before the election.  This is one of the last things I would get so hung up. Do you really think she thought there was a massacre? She used the wrong word while trying to convey a point and you go all over the word instead of the point.
In general you have been so all over trump you have become like the media you just incite people to defend him more from the perceived injustice of the media siding against him. 

February 04, 2017, 09:10:01 PM
Re: The funny/strange/interesting/random pictures thread
February 12, 2017, 12:00:38 AM
Re: Jokes Master Thread A black man came over to me in the library and asked me where the color printer was. I said, "hey dude, it's 2017, you can use whichever printer you want."
February 13, 2017, 05:44:44 PM
Re: Scam Alert Sungames
they have been bouncing around from country to country trying to get the wire to pass regulation  but seem to be just going on and on like the energized bunny. I was told that the wire would be done January 1st 2017 and that they would close the books as a 2016 transaction.
I just want to hear some good news about things moving forward. I was having faith til they started playing  the email per day.
When the daily email are a bunch of empty words and promise that tomorrow is the day.
I can only think that they have no clue how to pull this off and close the deal.

Let's put it this way:

Let's imagine in dreamworld where they didn't plan to run away with the money, and the plan all along was to use the money to invest in the company legitimately and they would be able to pay you back your huge rebate.  How's the company doing? Is it making money? Have they sold anything other than to you idiots? No. So then they can't possibly pay you because they promised you twice as much money as  you gave them. So you're not getting your money. QED.

February 14, 2017, 02:06:34 PM
Re: Clearblue Plus Pregnancy Test, 3 Pregnancy Tests $4.74 (Amazon)
Haha now does someone care to answer?
Some women know when they are pregnant others have late periods and want to know if they are or are not pregnant, so this is a cheap and easy way to know that. YWMV.

Advantages of knowing you are pregnant, you know to stop smoking, drinking, doing drugs, listening to goyish music etc.

February 14, 2017, 02:37:47 PM
Re: Interesting Articles...
Huh? I don't see any problem with that argument. That's a classic misperception of people who are against gay marriage. As an orthodox jew I believe God doesn't want us to engage in homesexual activity but I don't judge nor treat the gay PERSON any less than a straight person. I certainly wouldn't refuse to let him buy flowers. However to participate in (and evermore so beautify)  a CELEBRATION  of something that I believe God doesn't want done is something I am not able to do.
Is that such a hard distinction to hear?
(Sorry for the caps don't know how to bold or italicize in tapa)
Lets see if I have this correct. Homosexuality is against your religion. You will sell a gay person flowers but will not judge him. If that same gay person wants flowers for his wedding you will not sell them to him. Gay marriage is also against your religion but in this case you decide to judge him. You don't see a problem with that logic?

February 17, 2017, 09:28:51 AM
Re: 2016 Election Pick Your Poison Master Thread
Why is it always Jewish issues bothering you. Why not issues that affect all Americans!
Are you talking about the reporter or DDF?  :)

February 18, 2017, 11:44:06 PM
Re: NY Post Article On Satmar Couple's Open Marriage (Interesting Articles Split) R' Elchonon washerman explains that really there is no logical reason not to believe in g-d... the only reason people don't believe and go OTD is because of taavas oilam hazeh, much like a judge who accepts bribery can't judge reasonably. He then explains that the mitzvah to believe in g-d is not just to believe( because it doesn't make sense to command a non-believer to believe) but rather to control his taavas and therefore automatically believe.
March 15, 2017, 02:01:54 PM
Re: 2016 Election Pick Your Poison Master Thread
But what has Trump done to stop the anti-semites?
Maybe Turx should ask him

March 23, 2017, 10:24:39 PM
Re: Pesach Program in Greece Cancelled Just Now!
More details please.

Our family went for Chol Hamoed and the 2nd days. No one was at the airport for our transfer and it was an hour before we were serviced. At the checkpoint you needed to enter before entering the hotel, they again had no record of our reservation so they were not going to let us pass through. Finally we convinced them to take us through and we advised that we would work it our with the Passover Paradise team. When arriving at the hotel there was no representative or hospitality desk from PP. This place is huge btw. I just tried to check in like a regular guest and again, no record of a reservation for us. All along I was texting the program owner with all of these issue with hopes of help but he never responded. Ultimately I saw a guy I knew from NCSY who happen to be working for this program so I told him what had been going on and asked for help. They finally got us in a room 3 hours later and not at the building where the rooms were designated for the program. No joke - a 10 minutes walk from the lobby to the room. Room was for the most part how represented on the website however they were a little tired. Service to get towels, blankets, etc was horrible. Finally the guy we knew from the program came to our room to give us a schedule. We asked about the shul, dinner, etc. We were advised that dinner would be in a specialty restaurant that night but since we weren't there the night before to make a reservation you will have to eat in the family dining room. We had no problem with that at all. After mincha we met my husband and son in front of the family dining hall. When we opened the door there was no one there and no meal set up??? We walked over to the specialty restaurant and asked to be seated. We were told they had reservations for 197 ppl and if they seated us we woulds be displacing others. I agian saw the same guy I knew in the restaurant and explained the situation to him. He had no idea that there was no dinner at the family dining room and really did try to get us seated at this restaurant but to no avail. He told us to go to the BBQ as is it probably still open. It was closing when we got there, but my husband managed to grab a hot dog from the little that was left. My son, daughter and I ate nothing. Again all along I am texting the owner an receiving no responses. We decided to go check out the tea room and get something there before the evening activity which was supposed to be a really funny comedian. The tea room was a joke. Some bowls of craisins, nuts, gummy worms, etc. They did have gelato but no one was sure whether it was parve or milchigs and they had a coffee bar. On to the comedian......we were advised once seated that the comedian would come on a half hour late. We were exhausted, hungry and have been up since 3:00am so that we could catch our flight to Cancun. I decided to text the owner one last time and tell him about all of the incidents of the day and how profoundly dissapointed  we were. I figured by the time we woke up the next next we would have received a response but since not a word of response. We decided to cut our losses and leave the program which stunk for a million and one reasons! We changed our airline tickets and we were off. I decided to text the owner one last time to tell him we were leaving and and only then he responded and agreed to meet with me. I was a mensch but was very honest and express our profound dissatisfaction. He agreed with all I was saying. I asked him to please reverse the charge on my credit card. When we landed in Miami we received a text that they would in fact not reverse the charge and they thought we needed to give the program "more time" to prove itself. Of course, I paid with an Amex card and immediately disputed the charges.  We saw the writing on the wall and were not willing to roll the dice and hope they program got better. When we saw the blog this morning (and also received a letter from the owner as we were still on their e-mail list) we were less than shocked. So although I wasn't held against my will as hostage in the hotel, that was my experience. I apologize for the poor writing and misspellings but I was just trying to give you a sketch of our experience quickly.

April 20, 2017, 12:48:39 PM
Re: Shlichus Addiction? @lubaby, so now Mashpiim have to start showing YouTube videos?...  ::)

Maybe MMS should become a Mashpia, he's good at drawing circles, lines and arrows too :D :D

April 20, 2017, 02:35:40 PM
Re: Shlichus Addiction?
The mashpiim are talking.
כמים קרים על נפש עייפה.
I appreciate the unapologetic responses

Wait, I went from someone messed up for life for having seen a picture of the kav to a celebrated mashpiah?

Funny how that works.

April 20, 2017, 07:09:10 PM
Re: HOT: $250+ worth of stuff from Staples for 25$ What a collection of junk. It's surplus from dollar tree.
April 23, 2017, 12:27:33 AM
Re: HOT: $250+ worth of stuff from Staples for 25$ Anyone else not ordering cause all the free stuff looks like junk?
April 23, 2017, 01:10:04 AM
Re: Help a n00b experience what Israel has to offer.
Welcome back, Chaim. You were away for a while, yes?
Yes, sometimes you just need a break. I feel refreshed now.

April 27, 2017, 11:38:49 AM
Re: Random Posts For Non-Meshugeners
What's worse than being hit by a truck? Being a Canadian.

What's worse than being a Canadian?

If nothing is better than milchig ice cream, and parve ice cream is better than nothing, then parve ice cream is better than milchig ice cream.

May 19, 2017, 10:26:46 AM
Re: Hidden City Ticketing
Do u really think I did it on purpose?  I did everything possible to not check it, I told them everything I could think of (never had any issue whatsoever with this bag either)
Why did you have to check it?
What airline is this?

A guy I know did this on United via EWR. they also tried holding it Ransom at EWR

I would call the police straight up.

May 21, 2017, 09:24:51 PM
Re: HOT! Price Mistake! AA Seattle-Haiti $374 in Business But then your in Haiti. Who wants to be there
May 22, 2017, 12:46:42 PM
Re: Budget to penalize large families!
Ha! And all the DDF "experts" thought that astroglide would be the popcorn thread!

Thanks for making me search that...

May 24, 2017, 08:49:43 PM
Re: Happy 9th Birthday DDF Not sure if this is the right thread, but I'm looking for tickets to Israel for free for Sukkos. I have some chase points and a Southwest free drink coupon.


May 28, 2017, 04:43:32 PM
Re: Re: Comments That Leave Me Speechless...
Not saying this pertains to all but to a good chunk... not caring about zmanim of tefillah. I'm not referring to shkiya which is a different issue.
Ma Kesher?!? I know a litvishe guy that learns daf-yomi and eats cholov akum and shaves his beard r"l, does that make gemara not a part of Torah?

June 02, 2017, 06:06:48 PM
Re: Origins Of Chassidus (The Good the Bad and the Ugly) And Is there A bad Jew?
So are the yeshiveshe. Not only that but they are often called hassidics

Is this thread the black on black crime I've heard so much about?

June 13, 2017, 11:05:30 AM
Re: Good use for a fidgit. Use fidget spinners to fill up empty space in your garbage cans...
June 26, 2017, 12:23:23 AM
Re: Interesting Articles...
Is it just me or has the stupidity level risen considerably since the creation of YouTube?

No, it's just that now they have an idiot-proof tool to easily broadcast their stupidity to the world.

June 29, 2017, 08:42:52 AM
Re: Messianism among Lubavitch
but for New Yorkers, it's very 'other'.

You know what was "other" for me? Finding out that many Chassidishe and Litvishe (Yeshivish?) Yidden do not know their Jewish birthdays. Mind blowing, actually.

Or that a guy I know in Borough Park who trims his beard and is boki in every recent Hollywood release wears a black velvet yarmulke even though he is jealous of my dark burgundy velvet yarmulke, because, "Are you crazy? My kid will never get into a school!"

Or that you willingly took a picture of seforim with a chumash sitting in middle that wasn't placed on top of the other seforim.

One's other is another's mother.

July 25, 2017, 01:12:08 PM
Re: Messianism among Lubavitch
Chabad in Tzfas and its environs is...interesting.

Many Jewish people in Tzfas and its environs are ... interesting. I'm no sociologist or anythingist, but I'd wager the "interestingness" has more to do with Israeli culture/water/air/ptsd than Chabad or any other ideology.

July 26, 2017, 10:14:33 AM
Re: Messianism among Lubavitch
What is "yellow flag"?

A real yellow flag is brown. Cue aygart's "no true Scotsman"

July 26, 2017, 10:20:57 AM
Re: Messianism among Lubavitch
It's also easier to flat out, blanketly, denounce a whole group of people whose ideology you disagree with than to recognize what they are doing right. :)

It just happens to be, that generally speaking, the "flaggers" are amongst the most dedicated to learning and mivtzoim and "the Rebbe's inyonim" in general. Of course there are exceptions, but if you look at the average "flagger" bochur you'll find that to be the case.

I have plenty of problems with them and what they do, but I can also recognize what they do right.
As one "Chabadsker" to another, this is the point in the farbrengen at which I would throw potato salad at your face.

July 26, 2017, 10:37:00 AM
Re: Messianism among Lubavitch
I recently moved to Kiryat Shmuel in Haifa. I believe that whatever started in Tzfat has completely taken over this area of Haifa. Dozens of dozens of Lubavitch walk around with Yechi Yarmulkas and all the literature here says shlita on it. Kind of freaks me out but Chabad has done so much for world Jewry tough for me to take a stance.
My first time in Israel helped me understand why people hate Chabad, they be crazy there. Every overpass with a bumper sticker of the rebbe on it, is just shameful.

July 26, 2017, 10:52:03 AM
Re: Messianism among Lubavitch
Always so embarrassing at the doctors office or at the pharmacy when they ask my kids' DOB!

I share a goyish DOB with my daughter, so I get comments like, "She must have been the best birthday present!" Sometimes it takes me a few seconds to remember, which makes me seem like some sort of sociopath.

July 26, 2017, 04:48:02 PM
Re: Interesting Articles...
You guys really need to learn how to skim..

So that explains it

July 31, 2017, 01:30:15 PM