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Just a little mid-week dis and dat

Posted on: March 25, 2015

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Good Wednesday to you Widdershins!  Yes, it’s moi here to do a post!

With chat probably recovering from her granddaughter’s wedding and with Prolix most probably still having some computer issues, I thought I would try to help out by sharing a couple of things that I saw on the internet lately.  Now I’m still having some medical things going on myself and one of them, sort of precludes me from prolonged sitting, if you get my drift.  Nevertheless, let’s take a look at a couple of things that I spied with my little eyes.

Oy vey!  Who gnu? (Such a nice boy!)

So if you are single, heterosexual and looking for that someone special there’s been the social app for your phone, Tinder.  Tinder uses facebook profiles to match up people with similar interests, common friends and such.

Tinder allows the users to anonymously like or reject potential matches using a simple swiping gesture. If two users are interested in each other, it is a “match” and Tinder introduces the two users and allows them to chat. Subscription-exclusive features allow users to undo “swipes” and search the network globally.

Well David Yarus, a twenty-something millennial entrepreneur who happens to be Jewish saw Tinder for the first time and he thought “Eureka!”.  He knew how to take that app and make it something better and directed more toward the young Jewish community of millennials.  And so with that idea he created the app JSwipe.  He describes the typical JSwipe user:

Mr. Yarus describes typical JSwipe users as “millennial Jews around the world whose grandparents and mothers are saying, ‘When are you going to marry someone Jewish?’ ”

He counts himself among the target audience. Though Mr. Yarus grew up in an observant Jewish household in Miami Beach and attends a synagogue in the tradition of the Carlebach spiritual movement in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, he calls himself “post-affiliation.” (“I don’t do labels,he said.)

The Times article describes it this way:

Started last April (during Passover), the app is a faddish take on the age-old desire to marry within the tribe. Instead of attributes like favorite movies, users indicate their degree of Jewishness (among them: Just Jewish, Orthodox and Willing to Convert).Jewish wedding

The app is very similar to Tinder in that you right-swipe to show some interest in a possible match or left-swipe to kind of go “Meh”.  But it does it with a twist:

Swipe right and a Star of David with a happy face appears; swipe left and it wears a frown. When a couple match, animated figures appear doing the hora.

So if your bubbe in Boca is after you about when you are going to find that nice (Jewish) boy or girl, tell her you’ll take a swipe at it.  😉


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Okay, enough is enough “progressives” and
members of the “Warren Wing”

Or to paraphrase Charles Pierce in Esquire:

Please Leave Elizabeth Warren Alone
In which we appeal for calm and for the Senator Professor to stay where she is.

Actually, Charles Pierce and at Shakesville, both have a problem with this.  In case you are not aware, the Boston Globe came out with three different articles in which they argue that Elizabeth Warren should or needs to run for President.

Anna Galland of wrote:

Warren should run. Our country will be better off if she does. She would be a strong candidate — one who injects valuable ideas into the conversation and ensures the kind of debate our country needs. And she could win. [Note:  no she couldn’t]

Put simply, this moment was made for Elizabeth Warren.

…To be clear: Senator Warren has said she’s not running for president, and we take her for her word. But we also believe she’s open to persuasion.  (bolding and italics mine-Fred)

As Melissa said (putting herself into the shoes of the Globe folks and their thinking?)

Our country needs her. (It’s her duty to run.) Clinton must be stopped. (And Warren is the only one who can do it.) Her party needs her. (But not so much she shouldn’t risk a long career in public service to do this thing we want her to do RIGHT NOW.)

Charles Pierce puts forth even more arguments against the idea of a Warren run. (including the fact that the woman has said NO so many times!)

Pierce quotes part of the Globe editorial:

But Barack Obama overcame Clinton’s advantages in 2008, and Warren or another candidate still could in 2016. Even if they don’t..

And slaps that idea down immediately saying:

OK, stop right there. The only reason for anyone to put themselves through the torture course we call a presidential campaign is if they judge themselves to have a realistic chance of winning. “Even if they don’t…” is not a factor. Nobody has a responsibility to undertake this exercise merely to “frame the debate,” or to “toughen up the nominee,” or to give bored political journalists an opportunity to pad the expense report. Any estimate of a politician’s chance that includes this phrase is a sucker’s play.

The Globe article goes on to say that Warren “has made closing the economic gaps in America her main political priority, in a career that has included standing up for homeowners facing illegal foreclosures and calling for more bankruptcy protections. If she runs, it’ll ensure that those issues take their rightful place at the center of the national political debate.”, to which Pierce corrrectly responds that she can do that and more while she stays in the Senate.

Pierce goes on to say that he’s seen no data that indicates Warren would be a stronger opponent to Hillary in the primaries than Jim Webb or Martin O’Malley.  Pierce closes his piece with what I think is the most important part of his arguments:

I think she’s being set up for a fall here. If she doesn’t run, it will be said of her that she doesn’t truly have the courage of her convictions in the areas most important to her, and on the issues that are closest to her heart. If she runs and she loses, then it will be said that those issues are not the kind that motivate voters, and they will slide into a morass of weaselspeak, never to be heard clearly again. Leave the woman alone, please. She has no obligation to give you all a cat-fight because you think that’s what democracy demands.  (Bolding mine)

dont know batshit crazy

I’ll close with this oh-so-lovely youtube clip.  Although it’s about Brit-Brit, we’ll say it’s for Elizabeth Warren.  I apologize to each and every one of you ahead of time for this!

Okay this is a totally open thread.  Please take it in whatever direction you chose to go.


27 Responses to "Just a little mid-week dis and dat"

I admire Sen. Warren for knowing that she isn’t ready, and I am startled that the same group who pushed a certain unready politician forward would believe that things have gone so well that they should do it again. She is doing well in the Senate.

chat@1: Amen to that! The last couple of Prez. election cycles, I’ve been amazed at the “newbies” in the Senate, who, with not even one term in national office, decided they are ready to run for Prez. Talk about ego! And, I was happy to see these two particular folks come out as being against Warren running. You can hardly call them “pawns of the corporate world”. LOL!

Oh and regarding the app for Jewish singles, I’d love to see this in action:

When a couple match, animated figures appear doing the hora.

You know…there’s just a certain amount of irony in this news.

With his wife Heidi taking leave to help her husband campaign for president, the Cruzes are leaving the $20,000 per year coverage she enjoyed at Goldman.

Not that I wish ill for anyone but I do hope he gets to see what the typical person deals with when it comes to health insurance. 😆

Oh, I am not above that………

chat@5: Friend and I were talking last night and I told him about Ted and obamacare. We were laughing and saying that there were gonna be big differences between that plan with Goldman Sachs and their coverage and what’s covered under an individual plan under the A.C.A. 😆

I loooooooove the story of Ted Cruz getting Obamacare. The only thing that pisses me off is that he can afford it.

As for Warren, I like her a lot. But she can not win. I’m just flabbergasted by anyone who thinks she can. She has as much chance of winning as Cruz. Anyone who believes she can is demented. And that’s a great point about a “cat fight.” I think the calls for her to run have as much to do with CDS (Clinton Derangement Syndrome) as with what they believe is best for our country. (Actually I think CDS is at the top of the list. “Hillary must be stopped” says everything you need to know right there.) Also, “it’s her duty to run” is preposterous. She doesn’t actually owe anyone anything.

DYB@7: You make some great points there! And yes I believe the CDS does play a big part in this. I have almost laughed myself silly sometimes when watching some on the left twist and turn like a sidewinder snake in their justifications for wanting Warren to run.

@5 I’m not above it either. That woman must be a moron to put her career on hold and give up her pay and benes, to join her husbands freak show. After the media rakes them through the mud, who knows if she’ll even be employable at the same level she is now.

DYB, yes! Also picked up on the “cat fight” part.

Fredster, am glad you’re posting again! Hope you’re getting better.

annie@9: Somehow I bet people at that level where Cruz’s wife is will always land on their feet. If she doesn’t go back to G.S. she’ll end up at Chase or Citibank or another similar place.

And yep I believe there are some who would love to see the two women fight and snipe at each other on the campaign trail. 👿

omg. Did you see the latest about the French airliner crash?

@13: Yes, I caught part of it on Hardball. What the hell was going on there???

@14: Whatever it is is way beyond strange.

chat@15: Agreed.

Like Pierce and dislike McEwan and love chatblu,
Hi Fredster!

Sue@17: LOL! I can *take* McEwan at times and Pierce just puts me in stitches on occasions when he really goes off.

Hi back at you!!

@17: Right back at you!

OMG! Just watched a press conference with French prosecutor:

@20: I’m just now catching up on it.

Wow that plane crash is just so crazy……and scary!

@dyb: The thing is that there just seems to be no motive or reason behind it. I saw one piece that said investigators had gone to his parents’ house and removed a number of boxes and other items. There has to be a clue somewhere to what was going on with him.

Let me guess. He was quiet, kept to himself, seemed really nice, and so good to his mother?

@24: How many of the crazies matched that description when they were brought into your e.r.? 😉

Not sure when Prolix is going to get his computer going again, but anyway congrats to his Ky Wildcats, they destroyed West Va.

What a douchebag Aaron Schock is. Read his comparisons in this tweet.

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