Monday, February 29, 2016

NO, Leap Day Is NOT Every Four Years! Here's Why

So, that's the way it works, right?
It's every four years, correct?
You know what we're talking about. We're referring to Leap Day, the 29th of February which only appears on the calendar every four years -- like, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016.
But, wait. This is not exactly right.
Because, did you know that there will be no Leap Day (no February 29) in 2100? And there will be none in 2200 or 2300 either. And there wasn't one in 1900 or 1800 or 1700.
That's right! No leap Day during those years, even though they were the fourth year in the cycle.
Because the Gregorian calendar, established by Pope Gregory calculated that if we had a Leap Day exactly every fourth year, we'd have too many Leap Days and we would get out of sync with the seasons which are, of course, related to the earth, the moon, the sun, etc.
So, on the century years that are not divisible by four, there is no February 29. Which means that Leap Year is every four years and every fourth century year.
Now, most of us will not be around for 2100 so this is not really a pressing concern.
But we just thought you'd like to know. OK?

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Well, C'mon - We May As Well Have A Laugh!

“Trumped" Starring Matthew Broderick & Nathan LaneFrom the producers of "The Producers," #Trumped starring Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane, Cloris Leachman and Donald J. Trump...
Posted by Jimmy Kimmel Live on Sunday, February 28, 2016

Of course, the real problem with this star-studded takeoff is that it's woefully inaccurate.
Trump's not taking any millionaire money, except his own.
Trump won't accept the money.
Trump doesn't need the money.
And that makes a BIG difference.
But we can still laugh about it -- and hope that even Trump and his followers will chuckle as well.

Is THIS What You're Bargaining For? Huh?

2016 Oscar Winners - The Complete List

Here is the complete list from the 88th Annual Academy Awards:

Best Picture: Spotlight

Actor in a Lead Role: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant

Actress in a Lead Role: Brie Larson, Room

Directing: Alejandro González Iñárritu, The Revenant

Original Score: Ennio Morricone, The Hateful Eight

Original Song: "Writings on the Wall," Spectre, Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith

Best Foreign Language Film: Hungary, Son of Saul

Live Action Short Film: Stutterer, Benjamin Cleary and Serena Armitage

Documentary Feature: Amy, Asif Kapadia and James Gay-Rees

Documentary Short Subject: A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

Actor in a Supporting Role: Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies

Animated Feature Film: Inside Out, Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera

Animated Short Film: Bear Story, Gabriel Osorio and Pato Escala

Visual Effects: Ex Machina, Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Ardington and Sara Bennett

Sound Mixing: Mad Max: Fury Road, Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff and Ben Osmo

Sound Editing: Mad Max: Fury Road, Mark Mangini and David White

Film Editing: Mad Max: Fury Road, Margaret Sixel

Cinematography: The Revenant, Emmanuel Lubezki

Makeup and Hairstyling: Mad Max: Fury Road, Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega and Damian Martin

Production Design: Mad Max: Fury Road, Production Design: Colin Gibson; Set Decoration: Lisa Thompson

Costume Design: Mad Max: Fury Road, Jenny Beavan

Actress in a Supporting Role: Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl

Best Adapted Screenplay: The Big Short, Charles Randolph and Adam McKay

Original Screenplay: Spotlight, Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy

Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award: Debbie Reynolds

Honorary Oscar: Spike Lee

Honorary Oscar: Gena Rowlands

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Does Trump Disavow KKK Support - Or Not?

Look at these two clips and try to tell us what the hell's going on here.
In the first clip, from a Trump appearance with Chris Christie a couple of days ago, Trump is told of former KKK Leader David Duke's "endorsement" of him and answers: "I disavow."
In the second clip, from an interview with Jake Tapper today, Trump says "I don't know anything about David Duke." And Trump adds: "I don't know anything about white supremacy or white supremacists." Trump goes on: "You wouldn't want me to condemn a group that I know nothing about." Huh?

Did This Really Happen? Really? 'Go Home!'

Did Donald Trump simply dismiss Chris Christie?
Like a high school coach, Trump turns to Christie and says something to the effect of "You did a great job." Then, "get in the plane and go home" as he directs Christie to a private Trump jet. And Trump adds, "you go home."
Yes, it seems Trump does everything but pat The Gov on the ass before he dismisses him.
Of course, Christie did get to fly home in cushy style.
But is this really what our Governor bargained for? Is it?
Because if it is what it seems, we don't like to see anybody treated this way.
But maybe it's not what it appears to be. Well, if there's more to the story, please tell us.

Tonight's Oscar Winners - Here They Are!

You don't have to wait.
We've got tonight's Oscar winners here. So, you don't even have to stay up late.
According to our best prognostications, here's who and what will win tonight:

Best original screenplay - Spotlight

Best adapted screenplay - The Big Short

Best costume design - Mad Max

Best cinematography - The Revenant

Best foreign language film - Son of Saul

Best song - Till It Happens to You from The Hunting Ground

Best production design - Mad Max

Best score - The Hateful Eight

Best Makeup - Mad Max

Best supporting actress - Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl

Best supporting actor - Sylvester Stallone, Creed

Best actress - Brie Larson - Room

Best actor - Leonardo DiCaprio

Best director - Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

Best picture - The Revenant

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Saturday, February 27, 2016

Have You Ever Thought About THIS?

Do Your Really Believe All This? Do You?

The Man Who Was Trump Before Trump

He is a self-made zillionaire.
He's flashy, provocative, controversial and bigger-than-life.
He's not a particularly handsome man and no longer young but he retains and eye for the ladies and he's had more than his share of young, curvaceous babes.
He can be rude, divisive and even shocking. In fact, he can expertly bait you to get exactly the response he desires.
Though he sometimes calls himself a "conservative," his alliances and his policies cannot be categorized as embracing any one overall philosophy or ideology.
Defying polls and conventional wisdom, he rose to prominence in a spectacular fashion and his followers have proved to be fiercely loyal. In fact, time and again, this hugely successful businessman and unapologetic self-promoter had broken the rules and won.
He's remained unpredictable, indefatigable and often impenetrable.

We're talking about Donald Trump, right?


We're talking about a man vaulted onto the world stage and effectively governed a nation that everyone thought was ungovernable. His government style was messy and raucous, to say the least, but it managed to hold sway far longer than most had predicted.

In fact, e're talking about a man who became the longest serving post-war Prime Minister in his nation's history and the third longest serving since its unification.

We're talking about Silvio Berlusconi.

Berlusconi is now the controlling shareholder of the huge media conglomerate, Mediaset and has owned the Italian football club A.C. Milan since 1986. He is nicknamed Il Cavaliere (The Knight) for his Order of Merit for Labour, although he voluntarily resigned from this order in March 2013. In 2015, Forbes magazine ranked him as the 141st richest man in the world with a net worth of US$8.0 billion. In 2009, Forbes ranked him 12th in the List of The World's Most Powerful People due to his domination in Italian politics.

Berlusconi was Prime Minister for nine years in total. He was the leader of the centre-right party Forza Italia from 1994 to 2009, and its successor party The People of Freedom from 2009 to 2013. Since November 2013, he is acting as the current leader of a revived Forza Italia. Berlusconi was the senior G8 leader from 2009 until 2011 and he currently holds the record of G8 Summit hosting (having hosted it in Italy three times).

During a time of considerable upheaval in Italy, Berlusconi emerged as the leader of a populist movement that turned Italian politics upside down. Known for his seeming unpredictability, he survived by building a powerful cult of personality and forging the type of complicated alliances that are necessary to prevail in the complicated minestrone that passes for Italian government. 

There are lessons in Berlusconi's rise and fall; in what he accomplished and what he failed to accomplish; in his many peccadilloes and contradictions; in the alliances he forged, the enemies he made and the mounting legal woes which bedevil him to this day.

America should pay attention.

Covering Christie: A 'Wild, Crazy Ride'

From our good friends at Save Jersey:

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog
I’m not sure why, Save Jerseyans, but some members of the national conservative social media universe is SHOCKED by Governor Christie’s endorsement of Donald Trump today in Texas. Their words, not mine.

“You can understand my shock then when a man who claimed to be serious about public service, who ran on concrete policies and a serious national security platform and who seemed genuinely concerned about an unqualified person becoming president would embrace a know-nothing buffoon like Donald Trump,” wrote WashPo’s Jennifer Rubin not long after the presser.

Goodness gracious. They still don’t understand the man!

Not like those of us who know him well.

And they probably never, ever will.

Understand this: Chris Christie is a high-functioning political animal in the truest sense of the label. One of the best since Bill Clinton. Nixonian in many ways, not all of them bad by any means.

Covering him over the past eight years has been a wild, crazy ride. A privilege and fantastic learning experience but also one fraught with emotional highs and lows. He’s extremely engaging, bright and talented, capable of great acts of compassion and forward-thinking innovation, but also disposed to shocking (there’s that word again) displays of ruthless calculation to advance a political goal.

Example numero uno? The Republican Governor’s controversial alliance with New Jersey Democrat bosses ahead of his 2013 reelection campaign and the sanctioned political hit on Tom Kean, Jr., for starters, aren’t well known outside of Garden State political circles; frankly, the Guv didn’t get close enough in 2016 for anyone to bring this stuff up. Others dismiss net legislative losses and related events as inside baseball. Better known to outsiders is his recent recanted verbal beat-down of a Republican mayor and long-time supporter for talking about disaster-like conditions after this winter’s blizzard, a storm for which the Governor quickly pulled a 180 and sought disaster funds shortly after suspending his presidential campaign.

I’ve been watching him every single day for eight years. Sometimes he over-calculates (like when the Dem legislative majority who ran WITH him in 2013 turned around and investigated him for Bridgegate). Sometimes he gets carried away (the Obama “hug” or the Wildwood mayor fiasco referenced above).

Sometimes he gambles and it pays off big.

As I discussed in my recent campaign suspension postmortem, don’t forget that we’re talking about a guy with plenty of positive attributes including an incredible survival instinct. He didn’t sit at home and pout after losing New Hampshire. He woke up the next day and immediately began calculating his next move. He’d been working on Plan B for months – or years – before the campaign ended. Every contingency was measured on the table even before, it seems, his own county chairs were clued in.

I’m not exaggerating or embellishing. When he’s thinking clearly, he can see far ahead. Far enough ahead to set aside his natural impulse to hold a grudge (Trump did steal his playbook, after all) to endorse a guy who accused him of lying about his role in Bridgegate:
It wasn’t an isolated hyper-personal smack down, and Chris Christie wasn’t exactly as impressed with Trump’s resume as he was today in Texas:

How could he bring himself to back Trump now? After all that? And going on Fox News to say Trump didn’t have the temperament to be president?

Well, Christie can count. He’s a calculating gambler who doesn’t take his eye off of the chips. Didn’t you read anything I just wrote?

He’s a natural fit for a casino tycoon’s surrogate.

Chris Christie knows Donald Trump is almost the presumptive nominee. He respects the Donald because they have a similar worldview (self-evident?). More than anything, Christie doesn’t want to ‘bet against the house.’ That’s now how he play poker. He wants in on it all because he’s not the kind of guy that would be happy cashing in at a New York law firm. He wants the bully pulpit and the black suburban. Maybe that’s Attorney General? Far more power and independence in that role (see Bobby Kennedy) than the Vice Presidency. Christie also wins a full year of terrified speculation from his enemies of possible retaliation if he makes it to the Justice Department…

Actually, I would be even less surprised to see him fall into the RNC Chairmanship. Trump will cite Christie’s RGA successes as justification for the role; Christie will have another opportunity to fine tune the national network that didn’t pay off in 2016 but could still play a role in future efforts.

Side deals or promises of one aside, Governor Christie now gets to be the first “establishment” player surrendering his sword to the Trump Train. That’s worth a story, and relevancy what it’s all about.

My goal in this particular post isn’t to change your opinion of the man.

I only wanted to provide you with some valuable context: if you thought Chris Christie was boxed-in by a strong ideological orientation, underestimated his militant pragmatism, or if you were tempted to squeeze him into a “lane” (establishment, anti-establishment, RINO, whatever), you might have been surprised by today’s big news.

You don’t know him like we do.

You Won't Believe What Happened To Bill Clinton!

When Bill Clinton visited Bluffton, SC to rally people to vote for Hillary, he met the ire of a former Marine Drill Sgt. who spoke out against Hillary's lies surrounding the Benghazi Four.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Why Christie Endorsed Trump - The REAL Story

Why does everyone seem so surprised that Chris Christie today endorsed Donald Trump for president? Why?
It's neither surprising nor shocking. Not in the least.
In fact, we saw it coming some time ago.
But anyway, let's try to explain why this really happened:

1) If they can't win, politicians at least like to support the winner. It makes perfect sense. Can't win? Then, be close to the one who does win and get some real credit for it. Trump is the odds-on favorite to get the GOP nomination. Christie understands this. He gets it. So, go with Trump and do it early to get the most out of it.

2) Christie is a street fighter. Trump is a street fighter. And, both Trump and Christie see themselves as outsiders. It's a perfect match.

3) Trump out Christied Christie when it came to straight talk. Christie invented the game; Trump mastered it. Christie pays homage to the street-talking/straight-talking champ.

4) There was no way Christie was going to endorse a U. S. Senator. He sees the Senate as an elite, closed club of irrelevant bloviators - a haughty debating society that he wants no parts of.

5) Christie for Vice-President? Nah! Christie's just not cut out for the role and both Chris and The Donald know that. But Christie might like to be Attorney General. That would do the trick and, if Trump wins, this is Christie's best chance to snag the job.

6) Christie loves celebrity. Trump is a huge celebrity. Christie's aphrodisiac of choice is the spotlight. Trump seizes, holds and masters the spotlight every time. Short of hangin out with Springsteen, standing alongside Trump is probably the closest thing to heaven on earth that Christie can imagine.

7) Ivy-leaguer Ted Cruz is too far right and too detached for Christie. And Rubio hurt Christie big time in New Hampshire when Rubio's PAC went after Christie. Christie retaliated by derailing Rubio in that critical debate. That counted for something with Trump and (whether or not a deal had already been cut) the alliance was sealed.

8) Pay attention. Christie rarely spoke ill of Trump and Trump was mostly easy on Christie. They've almost always called each other friends. The telltale signs were already there.

9) No way was Christie going to support Kasich. By coming in a strong and surprising second in New Hampshire Kasich deprived Christie of the one state he might have won -- a victory that could have given Christie an early leg-up on the other nonTrumps.

10) Christie for Carson.? Who . . . .?

And then there's one more thing.
Christie now seems bored and distracted in New Jersey. The role of lame duck simply doesn't suit him and it's no fun to be so far down in the polls in your own state, especially after you've reached stratospheric heights.
So, suppose that once Trump gets the nomination he chooses Christie as Chair of the Republican National Committee. It's a nice, national stage exit strategy for Christie.
If Trump wins the Big Job, Christie's well-positioned to become AG. If Trump loses, Christie did everything he could to elect the GOP candidate and then Christie probably feels that would leave him well positioned to run for president himself in 2020.
Stranger things have happened . . . . .

Jottings From A Facebook Friend-Of-A-Friend

To give you just some idea of what may be happening among the general populace here in the good 'ole USA, here is the complete Facebook text from a friend-of-a-friend:

"When was the last time you could vote for the ideal candidate?
I’m old, and I always voted. I can’t remember ever thinking any was ideal. We always have two choices, usually Tweedledee and Tweedledum. That’s the way it is folks. Now consider analogy.

"You've been on vacation for two weeks, you come home, and your basement is infested with raccoons. Hundreds of rabid, messy, mean, raccoons have overtaken your basement. You want them gone immediately, so you hire a guy. A pro. You don't care if the guy smells, you need those raccoons gone pronto and he's the guy to do it! You don't care if the guy swears, if he's an alcoholic,
how many times he's been married, if he has plumber's crack...
you simply want those raccoons gone! You want your problem fixed! He's the guy. He's the best. Period.

"That's why Trump…. Yes, he's a bit of an ass and an egomaniac, but you don't care. The country is a mess because politicians are playing games and we are all sick and tired of Tweedledee and Tweedledum. The Democrats are killing us, the Republican Party gutless, liberals clueless. You want it all fixed!

"You don't care that Trump is crude, that he insults people, that he was friendly with Hillary. You don't care that he's been married 3 times, that he fights with Megyn Kelly and Rosie O'Donnell, that he doesn't know the name of some Muslim terrorist. This country is weak, bankrupt, our enemies are making fun of us, we are being invaded by illegals, we are becoming a nation of victims where every Tom, Ricardo and Hamid is a special group with special rights to a point where we don’t even recognize the country we were born and raised in; “AND WE JUST WANT IT FIXED”.

"Trump is the only guy who seems to understand what the people want. You're sick of politicians. You just want this thing fixed. Trump may not be a saint, but no person or company he has ever done business with has come forward and called him corrupt, or hard to do business with. He doesn’t have lobbyist money holding him, and he doesn’t have political correctness restraining him.

"All you know is that he has been well educated at the University of
Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business, seems to have boundless energy, has been very successful, a good negotiator, has built a lot of things, and he's not a cowardly, deceitful, professional, politician. And he says he'll fix it.

"You don't care if the guy has bad hair. You just want those raccoons gone. Out of your house!. Now!!!!"

Generation Phaith Rally Set For Saturday

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia Youth and Young Adult Ministry will host the 4th annual Generation Phaith Rally. All in grades 8 through 12 are invited to attend and participate in inspiring workshops, Eucharistic Adoration, and interactive exhibits.

This year’s theme is Relentless:love.mercy.grace. The program will feature David Calavitta, the Bosco Boys, and musician Teresa Peterson.  Father Stephen DeLacy, Vocation Director for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, will preside during holy hour.

10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 27, 2016
Cardinal O’Hara High School
1701 South Sproul Road
Springfield, PA 19064-1199 (Delaware County)

The Youth and Young Adult Ministry comes under the Office for Catechetical Formation of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. For more information and to register for the Generation Phaith Rally, please visit The cost for the day is $20.00.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Man With Supersperm Is Natural 'Multi-Inceminator'

And, here's an unrelated bonus video: A baby born inside the amniotic sac, Quite amazing!

The Many Faces Of 'The Donald'

Seen enough of him yet? Huh?
Maybe, you're gonna have to get used to seeing even more of him.
BTW: Strangely, in the fifth and seventh photos from the top he looks a bit like Alec Baldwin. Could be an "anger management" thing, yes?

Hollywood Star Comes Out Of The Closet!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

PA GOP 'He's In Our Thoughts, Prayers'

Republican Party of Pennsylvania Chairman Rob Gleason released the following statement following Governor Tom Wolf’s announcement that he is being treated for prostate cancer.
“Our Party may battle on policy issues with Governor Tom Wolf, but we join him in his battle against prostate cancer,” Gleason said. “On behalf of the entire Republican Party of Pennsylvania, I want to offer Governor Tom Wolf our thoughts and prayers and wish him a speedy recovery.”

PA. Governor Reveals He Has Prostate Cancer

Here is a statement released today by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf:
“Frances and I recently learned I have prostate cancer that was thankfully detected early. My doctors made the diagnosis after a regular checkup revealed abnormalities. In consultation with my doctors, I have a planned treatment schedule that will begin in the coming weeks. Those treatments will last the next several months, but they will present no impairment to my ability to perform my duties as governor. Prior to beginning treatment, I will take a brief time to spend with my family. I am very thankful that my doctors caught this cancer quickly and have worked with me to plan a treatment schedule that will address my medical issues and allow me to serve the people of Pennsylvania. I encourage everyone in Pennsylvania to make sure they schedule regular checkups with their doctors and be aware of screening guidelines so early detection and treatment can be possible.”

At Area High School The Word Will Be 'NOPE!'

Pope John Paul II High School in Royersford (Montgomery County), will host two separate presentations for students and parents delivered by the Narcotics Overdoes Prevention and Education (NOPE) Task Force of Montgomery County.  

Information about this special program was sent home to Pope John Paul II parents through the school newsletter and SchoolMessenger broadcasts during the month of January.    

Thursday, February 25, 2016
9:20 a.m. – 10:20 a.m. (Auditorium)
Pope John Paul II High School
181 Rittenhouse Road
Royersford, PA 19468 
(Montgomery County)

The assembly for students will be followed by an evening session on Thursday, February 25th for parents at 6:30 p.m.  Mrs. Stephanie Rowland, Pope John Paul II High School Assistant Principal for Students Services coordinated both programs with Ms. Kaitlyn Genthert from Holcomb Behavioral Health Systems. 

According to the NOPE Montgomery County Chapter, NOPE is a national organization that educates students in middle schools, high schools, and colleges about the consequences of drug consumption. A network of community leaders goes into Montgomery County’s schools to deliver personal and blunt presentations, during which police officers explain the grim task of making death notifications to distraught families.  Parents who have lost children to drugs also share their personal storie

Italy Consul General Appoints Consular Correspondent

Dr. John P. Rosa, a renowned chiropractor and community organizer, has been appointed Consular Correspondent of the Consulate General of Italy in Philadelphia for South-Eastern Maryland by Honorable Andrea Canepari, Italy’s Consul General in Philadelphia, Pa.

“As the newly appointed Consular Correspondent, Dr. Rosa’s support will be invaluable in helping the Italian community in Southern Maryland as well as support the Consulate General of Italy in Philadelphia activities in this area,” said Canepari.

“Dr. Rosa is more than an outstanding supporter of NIAF, he is one of my closest confidants and someone I consider a true champion of Italian culture,” said National Italian-American Foundation President John M. Viola

“As co-chair of the NIAF Education and Grants Committee, and through his commitment and leadership each year to the Foundation’s Anniversary Gala, John has been one of our most active and engaging board members since he joined the board in 2008 and before that he was NIAF’s coordinator for the state of Maryland, so he is the perfect Italian American for this position. Beyond his expertise in the medical field, the man is a truly accomplished community leader and his immense passion and personality are an indispensable part of NIAF’s Board.”

As Consular Correspondent, Dr. Rosa will provide information about election procedures, passports, citizenship, visas and updates from the registry office of the Consulate to assist Italian residents living in the south eastern area of Maryland and as well as those in transit through Philadelphia. 

Dr. Rosa owns and supervises Accessible Beltway Clinics, which is comprised of 12 rehab centers surrounding the Washington, D.C. beltway in Maryland and Virginia, combining medicine, chiropractic and physical therapy to give a comprehensive multidisciplinary approach to musculoskeletal disorders. Furthermore, Dr. Rosa has developed a specialty in trauma and sports medicine as team doctors for many sports organizations, treating amateur, college, professional and Olympic level athletes.

Dr. Rosa is also a founding member of the "RecoveryDoc" team, which offers a new, all-encompassing perspective on sports training and injury recovery. As an expert in his field, he has helped implement Integrative Medicine models to sports teams, hospitals, cancer centers and urgent care centers nationally.

He is currently Chairman of the New York Chiropractic College Board of Trustees and was recently awarded two of the professions highest honors; Fellow of the American College of Chiropractors and International College of Chiropractors.

Along with consultation, private practice and several board positions, Dr. Rosa has served as the national director of fundraising for a non-profit organization helping children internationally with a home for children in the Naples region of Italy.

He graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Arts in biological science and received a degree in chiropractic medicine from the New York Chiropractic College.

Unique Museum Celebrates Five Years With Pizzaz!

The National Museum of American Jewish History is proud to celebrate its fifth year in its iconic building on Independence Mall in Philadelphia. 

Since opening the doors to its new home, NMAJH has hosted 15 special exhibitions and hundreds of public and educational programs; welcomed more than a half a million visitors; granted free or reduced admission to nearly 40,000 students; seen the Museum’s Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American exhibition travel to 12 venues across the country; and acquired more than 5,000 new objects.

In honor of this anniversary, the Museum has taken a fresh look at its core exhibition—which tells the story of more than 360 years of Jewish life in America—and has introduced a number of new acquisitions and behind-the-scenes stories. 

Never-before displayed objects and new insights into existing ones allow visitors to experience the stories they may have seen before, but in deeper and different ways. The highlights offer a behind-the-scenes look into the Museum’s collection, invite visitors to share they own stories, and use contemporary connections that encourage visitors to consider how the American spirit of courage and determination, aspiration and hard work, and leadership and service continues to inspire our lives today. Highlights of these “interventions” to the core exhibition are as follows:

·          “Sunny Day, Chasing the Clouds Away…” - What does Sesame Street and a World War II uniform have in common? Newton N. Minow, former chairman of the FCC. Minow, whose uniform is newly on view, enlisted in 1944 at the age of 17. While in the army, he helped build the first telephone lines between India and China, but is best known for a different moment in his service to the nation as chairman of the FCC during the Kennedy administration. Famously calling television “a vast wasteland” in his first speech, his insistence that broadcasters serve the public interest above commercial gain led to the creation of PBS and a family favorite, Sesame Street.

·         Former refugees pay it forward - Europe is experiencing the largest influx of migrants in nearly a century--most arriving from the Middle East and North Africa. Their arrival, while not without controversy, has inspired numerous acts of kindness and support. Visitors to the Museum can listen to two interviews with two Hungarian Holocaust survivors, who explain why they felt compelled to help because of their experiences 70 years ago.

·         Women in the Military - Now, when visitors are introduced to Corporal Eva Davidson, one of 300 women to enlist in the United States Marine Corps after the Secretary of the Navy began permitting it in 1918, they will also learn about the first women to graduate from the United States Army Ranger School in 2015 and the Pentagon’s recent announcement that women will now be considered for all combat positions.

·        Cross-cultural connections – The Livro de Embazar las linguas Ingelza I Yudish booklet (Book for Learning the English and Yiddish languages), now on view in the core exhibition, belonged to Cali and Vitali Sadacca, who emigrated from Constantinople (now Istanbul) in 1910, and spoke Judeo-Spanish (also called Ladino). The booklet helped them and other Ladino-speaking Jewish immigrants communicate with their English and Yiddish speaking neighbors. It also helped them adjust to life in America during a wave of mass migration that saw an influx of immigrants primarily from Eastern Europe. Visitors are given Yiddish and Ladino phrases to try out with their friends and families.

·        Where are you from? Fun vanen kumstu? - Visitors can mark their hometown on a map of the United States that contains Yiddish state and city names beside their English counterparts. If visiting from another country, visitors are prompted to choose an American city they hope to see.

·         Classroom memories- Rebecca Gratz, pioneering educator, humanitarian, and social activist who established the first Hebrew Sunday school in America, has always been a fundamental part of the exhibition. Now, visitors can share a lesson that has stayed with them from their own school days in an album next to the Gratz exhibit.

·         Phone a Friend - Many objects throughout the Museum were donated by Rabbi Peter Schweitzer, including a hotel room phone from The Concord resort in upstate New York. Now visitors can dial 0 on the phone to hear Rabbi Schweitzer tell the behind-the-scenes story about building his collection.

All highlights in the core exhibition will be marked with the anniversary logo. New highlights and artifacts will be installed throughout the year.

The anniversary year will also feature a special exhibition, Bill Graham and the Rock and Roll Revolution, opening on September 16, 2016. Recognized as one of the most influential concert promoters in history, Graham launched the careers of countless rock & roll legends in the ’60s at his famed Fillmore Auditorium. He conceived of rock & roll as a powerful force for supporting humanitarian causes and was instrumental in the production of milestone benefit concerts such as Live Aid (1985) and Human Rights Now! (1988). As a promoter and manager, he worked with the biggest names in rock, including the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Jimi Hendrix, Santana, Led Zeppelin, and the Rolling Stones.

Public programs will include the Museum’s fourth annual Freedom Seder Revisited, the third installation of the Museum’s OPEN for Interpretation program, with photographer J.J. Tiziou as artist-in-residence, and numerous lectures, films, performances, and symposia. More information can be found at

An Urgent Message To People Of ALL Views!

We have a democracy. 
We let the people decide. 
This is the way it works. We cannot have a free and open discussion -- a healthy discussion -- if we cry "hate" every time someone disagrees with us. 
We cannot call our opponents "bigots" every time they express their views or take action to advance their cause. Not everyone who holds a different view is ignorant. It doesn't work that way. 
The situation that we're facing was caused in large part by rampant political correctness and increasing numbers of what appear to be thought police on the left (a VERY dangerous trend) and a GOP Congress that went lame on the right. The result (which we are now witnessing) was all but inevitable and has been brewing for some time. 
The anger that people are expressing is entirely understandable but, even if you don’t understand it, you ignore it or (worse yet) you try to suppress it or attempt to halt it at your own peril. So, now, let a million voices be heard. 
Let the people speak -- especially those who've felt left out and who haven't spoken up for a long time -- but, in any event, ALL the people. 
And, please - let democracy take its course. We've had enough faux hysteria. 
This is a noisy, messy system but it's the only one we've got and it's served us quite well, thank you. Avanti!

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Would You Really Believe This? Did You Fall For It?

So, why should anyone trust or believe anything he says -- or anything and other liberal says?
Why should you trust him when he "draws a red line" against terrorism? Why believe him?
Why trust him when he says "If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor"? And why believe him?
Why believe him when he says the economy is improving or we're on track to wipe out ISIS or his endless executive orders are constitutional or he's honestly trying to work with those who don't agree with him?
Why believe any of that?
And why trust him to pick the next Justice of the United States Supreme Court?