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Re: Welcome to the Forum
I wanna be a mod too...

Heh, I was one of the admin's of a mobile developers forum for a while, and all the people who were uber-helpful and knowledgeable became moderators. At one point we scared off most of the newbies, and everyone who was posting was a moderator.  Silly, really.

Its like that line from the Incredibles:
"when everyone is Super, no one is."

Anyway, I just want to say I thought the choice of forum sections was odd- Its as if DansDeals is only about travel and/or Credit Cards.
Yes, the CC and travel information is formidable, and possibly what sets it apart from other deal sites, but its not why I come to dansdeals.com in the first place.
You guys should have sections for technology talks, hot deals, products that are worthwhile or to avoid, etc... The way its set up now, all that would end up in "General Discussion", while you have two sections for travel (On the Road and Trip/Destination Reports could arguably be the same thing, ie. both travel, and I would personally group those together, if not make them subforums of a travel parent group).

Just my 2 cents, keep up the good work!


I was JK about the mod thing, I'm too lazy...

May 29, 2008, 01:02:20 PM
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Board Rules - Please Read This board was created for all you guys who want to simply talk about nothing. Please adhere to the following rules for this board:

-Please DO NOT post deals or any other useful information in this board. If anything you are about to say is useful, post it in the General Discussion or any other board it may fit into.

-Posts to this board WILL NOT count towards your total forum posts. There is therefore no reason to post 4 times just to say one thing, or to simply reply to a post with "I agree". But then again, feel free to do what you want.

-Even on this board there are no advertisements allowed whatsoever.

June 03, 2008, 09:59:12 AM
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Re: Time share A "Timeshare" is basically where you buy a property (usually vacation) but only for a certain amount of time per year. For example- you can buy a timeshare in an orlando resort for a 2 bedroom villa for 2 weeks per year. You pay for the actual sale plus a management fee per year. This gives you the right to use this property usually for any 2 weeks during the year as long as it is available and you are considered an "owner". It is made for people who vacation alot in certain areas and enjoy certain properties. Some companies have a few different properties in different vacation spot and "owners can choose to use their timeshare in whichever one they want this gives them flexibility to vacation in different spots every year.

What you are probably hearing about is not what I just explained i.e. actually buying a timeshare, just a timeshare promotion. What it is basically is that properties are always trying to get people to buy timeshares and in order to do so they offer amazing deals to come spend time at their properties (alot of properties are also Hotels and resorts that sell parts off as timeshares) in exchange for a 90 minute sales seminar or a tour of the property which tend to be very aggressive and persuasive.
They may offer a deal to come for a few nights all inclusive for $99 in a hotel that would usually be a few hundred a night or other great deals to entice you to come check them out. Their seminars/sales pitches can actually be very convincing and almost make sense for an uninformed consumer. The key is the fine print where all the management fees come in etc...
 

May 08, 2009, 02:47:56 PM
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Re: Time share What Dan is probably referring to above is to find out how much the timeshares are selling in the secondary market (there is a big market for this as people eventually realize they cant afford it or no longer want to use it etc... and they try to flip their timeshares) that way when they try their salespitch you would have an easy out by telling them how much you can buy one for less than they are asking and you wont need to sit through any further harassment.

I have spoken to people who have had great experiences doing these promotions and had a great vacation for very cheap. The main thing was to get the seminar out of the way and know how to deal with the selling tactics. Others have said it might not have been worth it.

May 08, 2009, 02:54:43 PM
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Amex Platinum Master Thread To sign up:

Consumer: http://www.dansdeals.com/go/Platinum5/

Business: http://www.dansdeals.com/go/BusinessPlat5/

If I apply now and get approved will I have to pay an annual fee for 2010 and 2011 or just for 2011?

Lastly (:)) if I got approved today for a AMEX SPG should I wait to apply for PLAT at all?

Thanks so much!

December 09, 2010, 03:17:10 PM
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Re: Donald Trump for president what do u think?
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Do you make this stuff up as you go along?

February 13, 2011, 03:16:45 PM
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jokes for my bothers aufruf Person went to heaven saw 2 lines people . One line had a sign: 'husbands who listen to their wives' and was very long the other had a sign: 'husbands, who their wives listen to them' and it had only one little guy there. So the observer went over to the little guy and asked him ; 'Why are you standing here?'
The guy answered, 'I don't know, my wife told me to!'

August 14, 2011, 01:57:22 AM
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Re: The funny / strange etc. pictures thread now that i dont find funny
November 17, 2011, 01:39:36 PM
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Re: The funny / strange etc. pictures thread
now that i dont find funny
+1

November 17, 2011, 01:43:48 PM
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Re: The funny / strange etc. pictures thread http://www.theyeshivaworld.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/65140012_442184034.jpg
A vehicle carrying a family with two small children, along with their father and grandmother were driving along Rechov Pines in the Zichron Moshe neighborhood of the city, when a construction tractor carrying a huge load, overturned on top of their vehicle crushing the car.

Hatzolah members, police and rescue personnel who feared the worst as they raced to the scene, were simply stunned when they arrived and found the entire family standing outside the vehicle by the time they arrived.They were not treated for any injuries whatsoever.[/b][/i]

December 06, 2011, 03:15:23 PM
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Re: The funny / strange etc. pictures thread wow! bh!!!!! :) :) :) :) :) :)
December 06, 2011, 05:53:19 PM
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Re: The funny / strange etc. pictures thread Can you make you Mac do this?
December 07, 2011, 05:55:04 PM
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Re: The funny / strange etc. pictures thread

omg how did you know? ;)

January 30, 2012, 12:58:08 PM
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Hotel Compensation Master Thread Hotel: Park Hyatt Paris
Year of incident: 2010
Status at time of incident: Diamond
Incident: Construction noise in room above ours woke us up one morning and continued for a few hours.
Compensation: 18K Points (at that time that was the rate for 1 night at the PH Paris) was offered over the phone while we were in the room.

Hotel: Park Hyatt Zurich
Year of incident: 2010
Status at time of incident: Diamond
Incident: Couldn't offer kosher breakfast
Compensation: 5K Points was offered via email before the stay.

Hotel: Grand Hyatt Kauai
Year of incident: 2009
Status at time of incident: Diamond
Incident: Fire alarm went off from 4am-4:30am with evacuation required.
Compensation: An apology letter offered a $50 resort credit, but a manager gave us 18K points (at that time that was the rate for 1 night at the GH Kauai) and a $100 resort credit…which bought a nice pair of Naot’s for my wife!

Hotel: Park Hyatt Toronto
Year of incident: 2010
Status at time of incident: Diamond
Incident: Multiple issues, described in this complaint letter.
Compensation: 18K Points awarded by GP customer service after the stay following email complaint.

Hotel: W South Beach
Year of incident: 2011
Status at time of incident: Platinum
Incident: Smoke smell in room every morning, poor service from checkin agents, room service didn't respect do not disturb on multiple occasions, lost and found refused to locate a dress shirt left in room just after we checked out.
Compensation: $130 and 5K Points.

March 02, 2012, 01:02:12 AM
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Re: The funny/strange/interesting pictures thread
November 05, 2012, 08:33:17 PM
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Re: Re: The funny/strange/interesting pictures thread
Wow! This redefines the grammar nazi...



#16 gets to me every single time...

December 22, 2012, 01:24:06 PM
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Re: The truth about children - Warning: Controversial I have a bunch of kids, and had them relatively close together, another due soon be"H.
Its tough, but exponentially gets easier. And then the big kids help out with the small ones.
I will say that we fly quite a bit, and 16 hour flights as well. I don't look forward to it, but I wouldn't call it impossible.
I wouldn't minimize the frustration of the OP, but from a purely gashmius point of view - the Nachas is worth the effort.
Also - Ferberize!! Putting my kids to sleep takes about 2 minutes a piece, including Shema

January 03, 2013, 07:48:48 PM
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Re: The funny/strange/interesting pictures thread
March 14, 2013, 12:29:31 PM
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Re: The funny/strange/interesting pictures thread Alright, which one of you tweeted this ;D
#Props

May 14, 2013, 02:37:29 PM
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Re: Investments/Partnerships Bernie?
December 30, 2013, 09:50:41 PM
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Re: joke for sheva brachot two woman were sitting quietly together.
February 16, 2014, 10:42:36 PM
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Re: joke for sheva brachot
I think it's in perek 1 of brachos - עובר בחמישה קולות
that ain't a lav

February 19, 2014, 04:10:05 PM
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New TV shows. Anyone watching "My Five Wives"?
March 16, 2014, 08:02:22 PM
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Re: Funny Tweets
ROFLMAO!!!
That's a bit extreme.

June 08, 2014, 11:05:03 AM
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Re: Tisha Ba'v movies
How is that sad?
The Biur Halacha says regarding the minhag of watching movies on TB, that it doesn't necessarily have to be a sad movie, as long as it's not a rom-com.


August 03, 2014, 07:00:43 PM
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Re: Your scarriest or scary moment
Happened 3 years ago. In short me and my wife went rafting in an isolated lake without life vests (I'm a lifeguard and wsi) . The water was gushing very very fast. Suddenly we hit a branch that was floating there and our rafting tube/boat busted and we were thrown deep under the water. We didnt know that the branch on top was a huge tree under the water. After getting some deep scratches and cuts i quickly freed myself. When i swam back up i saw my wife was not there!!!!
In the end i pulled her up and after being hospitalized for a week she was okay
WOW!  Waay scary!!
B"H you're both OK.

September 30, 2014, 12:15:02 AM
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Re: Consumer Advocate Attacks Credit Card/Points Blogs
I see many people here are extremely delusional about Dan and his site. I too benefit from it but I don't think for a second that Dan is in this for me. He's in it for himself, to make money. Frum yidden in general seem to have a very Utopian view of their dealings with other frum yidden, which explains why so many get scammed by their friends, neighbors, and community members. Whenever I see commnets on the site lauding Dan (like Dan's the Man) and gushing over him and all he does, I laugh at peoples' naivete.
-1 while what you are saying is true just because Dan makes money off of it is not a reason not to appreciate it and I am very thankful to Dan even though I know he does it to make an honest living

February 05, 2015, 12:41:41 PM
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Re: The truth about children - Warning: Controversial
February 26, 2015, 10:49:00 AM
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Re: chase SHUT all my accounts
whats to fear ? people are gonna be haters let them, no need to let it effect you.
Hey welcome back! My feelings exactly.
We are all haters here and never help anyone.  ::)

March 06, 2015, 09:48:21 AM
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Re: Evolution and the age of the universe

There are so many that I will need to sort them to find the best.
Still waiting. ...
Are you posting them?

April 12, 2015, 06:06:40 AM
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Re: Funny Tweets
May 18, 2015, 01:20:36 PM
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Re: Funny Tweets
May 18, 2015, 04:53:01 PM
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Re: Investments/Partnerships
Established medical device company for sale.
15 years in business with 1 MIL+ yearly revenue and growing.
I couldn't last more than 15 minutes if I was in business with my MIL.

June 02, 2015, 10:40:32 PM
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Re: Should I Change My Username?
How do you change your username?
DON'T EVEN THINK OF CHANGING YOUR USERNAME!!!! ChaimMoskowitz is one of the staples of DDF!

June 07, 2015, 12:12:02 PM
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Re: Funny Tweets
June 14, 2015, 01:31:43 AM
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Master Excel Template for keeping track of all Credit Card stuff Hey guys, so I recently got totally obsessed with Microsoft Excel, and learned lots of really neat stuff you can do with it. I saw that other bloggers shared their Excel templates to keep track of stuff, but I thought their's were too simple, so I made my own. I use it personally and I love it.

I want to share it with the DDF community, you can download it here.

The first tab contains the instructions. I included some of my own entries as examples so you will know what to fill in where.

I put in almost everything possible I could think of. Only thing I'm missing that I didn't get around to adding is the spending bonuses by category (e.g. travel, gas, etc.).

Enjoy. If you have any suggestions, comments, or improvements, Please let me know, I'd love to fix it.

June 21, 2015, 06:43:54 PM
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Re: Best Jewish newspaper for advertising?
k i need to advertise a new business targeting the frum community and all over the world. ive recently been looking into it and its expensive. what would someone suggest the most effective and cheapest way.
I've forwarded the ad to many people through whatsapp etc and asked them to forward it on aswell (i hope some of you have seen it)  :)
personally im very into sign hangings but thats not probable in all communities.
also am i allowed to post on ad here on DDF? is there a thread for it?
There's a neat website that reaches hundreds of thousands of frum Jews across the globe and has advertisers that have made back 100x their investment... jj@dansdeals.com to work something out.

July 09, 2015, 02:49:52 PM
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Yehuda57's Brooklyn DDS TR June 2014 Like most good TRs around here, this is long overdue. Unlike most good TRs around here, however, this won't have any useful information in it.

I booked my ticket early, so as to secure a good rate. To pay, I left NYC to find a grocery store at which to buy a VGC using my Freedom card during the grocery store bonus period. I loaded the GC into Bluebird, with which I paid for a money order to pay with PayPal as an eCheck.

The long awaited day arrived! I took an Uber to the airport to pick up my SilverCar, which I had booked using 8 stackable coupon codes. The total cost for the day: -$17.44. Dan had already earned me more than $5.

I parked the car in Manhattan using the Icon discount from DDMS, and got another Uber to the Seminar. I was travelling with my older brother, who would think Noi Due is Chinese, Pardes is where only four have entered, and Mike's is probably a mechanic. But he was hungry, and so he settled for the closest food to the seminar - which was at some hole in the wall whose name now escapes (more than a year later.)

The salad he got looked like it belonged at this kinda table:



I got one of these:



It was good.

Then it was time to hit the seminar! As we arrived, we saw it was crowded. Chairs were being pulled out of everywhere to try accommodate the crowd. We were ready for this; it was time for our secret weapon: Plan B.

We went to the check in rep to show our tickets and explain our preferred seating requests, but alas, he had as much interest in our tickets or PR1 status as Dan has for Spirit miles.

At this point someone shouted out, "Does anyone have any cash? I need coins for the meter." Everyone laughed uproariously - I don't know why.

Before we took our seats we were shown the meal selection, which consisted of items such as these:



Looking for something to wash them down with, I made my way to the drinks table and was met with utter disappointment and horror. The soft drink selection was entirely Be'er Chaim. Angrily, I stormed back to the check in rep, who was still half asleep, and demanded he heat up my Pom BYOK. Instead of heating it up, he stared at me for a second and went back to playing candy crush.

I wasn't looking for short ribs, mac n cheese balls or a BLT, I just wanted a non kosher-brand soda. Is that too much to ask for around here?

My disappointment turned to jubilation as Dan graced the stage, and began to enthrall us with the tale of how he had booked his flight to NYC that very day AFTER the plane had already pulled away from the gate. Something to do with living in Cleveland, he can just meet the plane on the tarmac, or something. Oh, and he avoided the United close-in fee by <CENSORED>

The next few hours were filled with tips, tricks and knowledge, like how to <CENSORED> on Priceline and how to <CENSORED> on <CENSORED>, and then something about Avianca, but I don't understand Spanish.

I was upset that he didn't cover some topics, like RedCard, but I realize that's because Target doesn't have a seminar affiliation program. and he's only in it for the big bucks.

He also neglected to mention the upcoming Etihad glitch, though I got that message on 84 different WhatsApp groups anyway. Dan intimated that it was ok to fly airlines other than ELAL to Israel, which proves his inherent Anti Semitisim, and he also mentioned travelling with his wife - which I found inappropriate.

These misgivings notwithstanding, I truly enjoyed the main portion of the evening, and joined the crowd in asking for an encore. He gladly obliged us, though strangely by bursting into Yesh Tikvah.

It was now time for the Q and A, which is where I got to have an impromptu DO. Something Fishy (I knew it was him - he was 13 feet tall, had a camera around his neck, and a Go Pro mounted on his forehead) was chatting with a couple of guys, and missed a question from the crowd that caused Dan and many others to laugh. He asked me what the joke was, and I managed to repeat it, though hopelessly gushing at the chance to speak to this DDF hero. I was too shy to introduce myself as the 57th Yehuda on the forum, but he wouldn't have recognized the name in any case.

Before I finish this TR, I want to say thank you to Dan for the seminar and DD - apart from the glitches I have taken advantage of - Expedia to Vegas,  Delta to LAX, Etihad to JNB (I booked but had to cancel Elal to TLV), My family and I have accrued millions of points which have enabled us to create family reunions and memorable vacations which we most certainly would not have been able to without DD. I seriously cannot thank you enough.

And thanks to all the helpful folk here on DDF for putting up with my questions, and sharing so much knowledge.

July 10, 2015, 01:10:58 AM
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Re: Mystic, CT
Going to Mystic / Mohegan Sun Casino area with wife soon. Any suggestions on what there is to do in the area? Not interested in seaport/ museums.

Gamble

July 14, 2015, 10:28:43 AM
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Re: Funny Tweets
Repost:
And... banned.

August 12, 2015, 01:50:56 PM
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Re: Billion $ Ideas Or for people who eat breakfast cereal.
August 13, 2015, 03:09:11 PM
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Re: Funny Tweets
August 15, 2015, 03:38:07 PM
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Re: Anyone famous here?
Then there's always this guy.
Ha, if you only knew! :)

December 01, 2015, 11:01:25 PM
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Re: Anyone famous here?
Except you misses a few deleted posts...they were the funniest!
:(

Now accepting PMs...

December 02, 2015, 12:16:31 PM
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Re: Elite Member Groups!
Any status for highest poster of the year? As the year is almost over I was looking around and I was blown away by David smith's  post per day count. I know he only joined this year but it's pretty impressive. (Could be there are others with higher ones but I didn't find any.)

My point is CONGRATULATIONS David to a great year Iy"h many more to come!

Post count per day (or period) is not something we want to be encouraging.

As always, quality > quantity except with $$$.

December 30, 2015, 03:31:18 PM
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Re: Elite Member Groups!
You can find "garbage" posts not in JS as well.
And you can find some quality posts in JS.

December 30, 2015, 03:45:40 PM
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Re: Welcome to the Forum
How about now?

It's called Whatsapp.

February 18, 2016, 10:08:12 AM
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Re: The Funny/strange/interesting/random Tweets Thread
April 20, 2016, 03:32:22 PM
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Re: Yehuda57's Brooklyn DDS TR June 2014
Well, hello there. Getting email notifications for this thread, are we?
Wait, you can do that??? I've been hitting refresh on this thread daily for the past year.

July 14, 2016, 02:37:30 PM
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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
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