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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: New pyramid scheme So you're waiting until others are suckered in before saying anything?
December 14, 2016, 08:21:51 AM
Re: 2016 Election Pick Your Poison Master Thread
I guess being an Anti Semite sits fine with you?
I was talking about you and you knew that but like everything you do here or maybe in life in general you like spinning it.

Not cool. I've been following this thread despite my loss of interest in the subject matter under discussion, but this personal attack takes things to an all time low. How in the world can you say something like that?

January 11, 2017, 10:44:49 AM
Re: 2016 Election Pick Your Poison Master Thread
Muslims are very peaceful people, especially the highly radicalized ones that plan to murder.
Lets focus on facts.
How many Muslims are there and in your view how many are terrorist or want to kill Americans?
You are both focusing on the wrong thing. It is time for a bit of perspective here. Trump did not ban all Muslims. For that matter he did not ban ANY Muslims. He placed a 90-120 day moratorium on admitting people of any religion coming from 7 countries judged by a previous admiistration to be havens for terrorism. Had there been a country which is a haven for Christian or Buddhist or Jewish terrorism as a threat to the US they would have likely been included as well. Even this measure is only temporary to allow time for a review of procedures. Are the procedure currently in place adequate? Possibly, but that is certainly a judgement call and the new President can and should make a new judgement on it. Making a temporary moratorium is reasonable. On the other hand, some porions of this order were extreme. It probably should not have included those who were already issued visas. It seems that this is the only aspect struck down by the courts as well. The states challenged his ability to provisionally suspend an existing visa. Trump is going to kick and scream over this. By doing so he distracts from the fact that the vast majority is still in place. That may be where he wanted it to end up anyhow.

February 05, 2017, 11:24:21 AM
Re: Costco Returns
if i buy a oven for Pessach (200dollar range) it will be easy to return it ?
and also a set of cookware ?

i am in brooklyn area
Keep in mind that your pesach oven and cookware is probably a return from someone who needed to make a Christmas dinner and also needed to do this. Chag kosher vesameach.

March 29, 2017, 08:46:28 PM
Re: Viva La Revolución! Time-traveling to Cuba with Something Fishy, whYME, and CITH [Something Fishy] Ah, Cuba. The national Capitol, an arguably beautiful building, has been closed for years due to danger of collapse. The Gran Teatro, home of the National Theater and the world-famous Cuban Ballet, is in the same state. Both are set on the main boulevard in Havana, and are themselves surrounded by crumbling buildings.

The Capitol and its environs:

On one side of the street, the Gran Teatro on the left and fancy hotels on the right:

On the other side of the same street, this:

Photo by whYME:


The Capitolio itself:

Photo by whYME:

If the building seems familiar, you're right: the Capitolio is a near-perfect copy of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, but was purposely built twelve feet taller (not that they're bitter, or anything):

We hung around in front of the Capitol for a good while doing some people- and car-watching... Can't get enough of that here.

Photo by whYME:

Cool taxi:


"Kid Chocolate" ice cream:

Photo by whYME:

Chillin'. Photo by whYME:

Some more cool cars:

Selling drinks:

No idea how this got here:

The construction barrier around the Capitol was decorated with old film scenes. This "Brooklyn" one caught my eye:

Photo by CITH:

Photo by CITH:

Photo by CITH:

Photo by whYME:

Popcorn vendor:

Photo by CITH:

Photo by CITH:

We struck up a conversation with a truck driver and some pedicab owners:

Photo by CITH:

They were fascinated by my large shoes; they'd never seen something like this. We were actually attracting a small crowd, everyone wanting to take a picture:

Photo by whYME:

By and by we meandered over to the big taxi area. This is the place where those who own classic American cars in good condition all gather to give tourists a tour of the city (but as mentioned in an earlier segment, rather flag one down on the Malecon and you'd get a far better price).

(There will be lots of classic car pictures here. You have been warned )

Photo by whYME:

A stunning 1958 Edsel Pacer, one of the most beautiful cars ever produced:

Edsel interior:

1952 Chevy Special Deluxe. This car illustrates a very common fact about these cars: while the outside may be meticulously maintained, the interiors are usually an entirely different story - note the loose wires, the cobbled-on tachometer, the zip ties holding the steering column in place, and the beach chair and hat covering a large hole in the seat :D:

Photo by whYME:

Old Ford:

1958 DeSoto. This particular specimen is a mashup of two different models, the Sportsman and the Firesweep (my best guess is that it was a Sportsman originally). For good measure, the steering wheel was cannibalized off a Mercedes:

Photo by whYME:

The driver insisted on climbing in and posing for a picture:

Late-1950's Ford Fairlane:

Some cute Chevys:

Photo by whYME:

This guy seemed to be running the entire taxi operation:

Discussing something with the DeSoto Sportsman slash Firesweep slash Mercedes driver:

A statue of Jose Marti in the park next to all the cars. Photo by whYME:

Rat on dog. Don't ask:

Photo by whYME:

Having seen enough cars for the day (finally!), we made or way to our sunset location.

I remember the exact moment that I decided I need to go and see Cuba: it was around 2010, and I came across a wonderful picture showing the Cuban Capitol at dusk, from a high vantage point, and the street in front lined with classic cars in all colors of the rainbow. It was as I was staring at that picture that I know that I must go and see that for myself.

So when after many years the trip to Cuba was a reality, I set out to find the vantage point whence that picture was taken, and figure out how to get up there myself. It took many weeks of searching and reading before I had the spot pinned down: Hotel Parque Central. The problem was that rooms here were north of $500 a night, let alone a room on one of the higher floors, which I'd need for this shOot. No way I am shelling that out.

But it didn't take long and I hit paydirt: Their rooftop bar should provide me with the vantage point I need. So long as we act like we belong, we should be able to get onto the roof without anyone asking any questions.

So this how we found ourselves now, sneaking into the rooftop pool and bar of the most expensive hotel in all of Cuba.

We marched into the hotel, and were hit with a literal wall of cold air, and a figurative wall of opulence. For all we know, we could be in the Waldorf Astoria in New York. Poor, crumbling, Cuba was on that side of the door; here is only luxury and comfort for politicians and rich westerners:

We took the elevators to the highest floor, and from there the stairs to the roof. We sat down at a table by the bar, where a smartly-dressed waited appeared instantly and took our orders - two beers and a coke. Needless to say, these were by far the most expensive drinks we had bought in Cuba, but it was absolutely worth it: we now belonged, officially.

CITH and his beer. Photo by whYME:

Fiddler on the roof. Photo by CITH:

And indeed, the view from the top was exceptional.

Parque Central (Central Park) below us, with the Capitolio and Gran Teatro to the right and the Museo de Bellas Artes (National Museum of Fine Arts) on the left:


Museo de Bellas Artes:

The sun setting over Old Havana:


Blue hour:

Car trouble down below. Photo by whYME:

Looking down into the open-air atrium from above. Photo by whYME:

...and through the skylight into the main lobby. Photo by whYME:

Once it got dark we headed back down and attempted something even more daunting: obtaining an internet card so we can contact the outside world for the first time in three days. Internet access is strictly for guests only, so it took a lot of sweet talking by whYME to get the agent to sell us a 10 CUC card. Eventually she gave in, but clearly stated that she can't guarantee that we would be able to log in, since we weren't guests.

Worth a shot (click for a larger version):

Lo and behold, out of our three phones, we were able to get two connected, and one was even able to make Whatsapp calls. We spent a few minutes in the lobby catching up with news back home, as well as reassuring our very worried wives that we have so far managed to evade arrest (little did we know what would happen that very night ...).

Heading back home, and stopping at a hole-in-the-wall pizza shop (seriously, check out that ceiling) for some cold drinks:

Interesting menu:

And so another day came to a close. We were off to bed early; at 1 o'clock Elvis and his 1953 Dodge are picking us up for a trip to Vinales.


May 03, 2017, 12:58:19 PM
Re: US Politics/2016 Election Pick Your Poison Master Thread
In similar vein:

Obama could have done terrible things AND Trump can do terrible things.

Trump should be impeached/resign AND Hilary would have been one of the worst presidents in history had she gotten the job.


May 17, 2017, 04:12:07 PM
Re: NBA Master Thread Well, there's always last year.
June 08, 2017, 01:47:28 AM
Re: US Politics/2016 Election Pick Your Poison Master Thread
Did anyone call on Obama to denounce this?
Or this
And the list goes on.

I am not discussing whether Obama was good about this or not since that is irrelevant. The point is more that then none of the self righteous media cared.

A black supremacist group killed someone in an act of domestic terrorism under Obama's watch and he was not asked about it?

We ripped Obama on his positions and statements on race. We ripped him on his position and statements on terrorism. And we ripped him on his ties to Rev Wright and other unsavory characters.

And we were right to do so.

It is right to come out against Trump now for his position and stance on racism and bigotry, and his effective defense and mainstreaming of the Alt Right and the KKK.

August 15, 2017, 11:55:32 PM