Just a little mid-week dis and dat
Posted March 25, 2015on:
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).
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. 😉
* * * * * * *
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 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.at
Anna Galland of Moveon.org 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)
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"
Comments are closed.