Friday, February 24, 2006


A couple of weeks ago, I was getting my son's clothes together to get him dressed for shul. In our neighborhood, kids typically don't dress too formally - a nice sweater and khakis are perfectly acceptible - which is a stark contrast from my parents' and in-laws' neighborhoods, where parents tend to dress their kids a little more formally.

As I was looking for a pair of pants in his closet, I noticed a sports jacket we had bought him a while ago that he had never worn. I tried it on him and it fit perfectly. Here he was, my little man in the suit jacket (tie too!), all of a sudden he seemed so grown up. Which is the reaction all of our friends had. Since then, he wants to wear his jacket and tie every week (just like daddy).

The dry-cleaner is very happy.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Dick Cheney, Expert Marksman

Okay, so every blogger, news site, and all of their siblings are posting articles about Dick Cheney. I for one, don't want to join into the fray, save for these three points:

  1. If he can shoot that well by accident, why don't we send him to Iraq?
  2. If this is what he does to friends, imagine what he does to his enemies?
  3. Am I the only one who finds it ironic that a member of both Bush administrations as well as a close confidant and friend of the Bush family is out hunting for Quayle! (oops! you mean its not spelled that way? I must not have had my Potatoe this morning).

Monday, February 06, 2006

The new 'Nigerian' Scheme

Someone in my synagouge sent me this link to the New Republic about the Arafat twist on the 'Nigerian' spam scheme.

For those of you who have been living under a rock for the last several years, or for those of you who just got your Internet connection (and somehow came across my site), the 'Nigerian' scheme is an e-mail that goes out suggesting that it is from some deposed african dictator or his family members who needs your help in saving several million dollars from his or her account into yours. If only you'd be so kind to wire them your account number or provide them with $10,000 to help them save the money, you will be rewarded with a nice cut of the supposed funds.

Surprise you as it may, some people have actually given away their life savings to various people around the globe.

Last year, when Arafat died, a new version of this came about, purportedly from his widow, Suha. She claims she is looking for a partner to help her save her husbands hidden millions from the Palestinina Authority. This resurfaced last week as Hamas won broad power in the Palestinian elections.

As farsical as it may seem, the likelihood of me getting a Piece of Suha's money is probably greater than that of Hamas and Fatah forming a decent government that protects the rights of Palestinians, and renounces terror.