Jewish Birthday of Trees

“Tu Bishvat could easily have faded away after the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 CE, since there was no longer a system of fruit offerings or Temple priests to receive them. However, the kabbalists (mystics) of Tzfat (the city of Safed) in the Land of Israel in the 16th century created a new ritual to celebrate Tu Bishvat called the Feast of Fruits.”

So, technically, the birthday, or new year, which begins in the evening of Sunday, Feb 9, and ends in the nightfall of Monday, Feb 10, is only about fruit trees. But the rabbis have extended it to all trees wherever they may be. Including the big grandfather tree off the porch at the mini-rancho.

Via Yahoo

Crazy Nancy outdoes herself

Childishly ripping up her copy of the president’s State of the Union speech as he concluded it was crazy in the extreme. It was meant to upstage him and it did. The move will be immortalized in Trump campaign ads. It will add to calls within her Dim party that she step down as Speaker.

It’s a pity that the first woman Speaker of the House is such a loony tune.

Via CSPAN on Twitter

UPDATE: Newt Gingrich called her action “viciously partisan” and one Republican rep said he fears for the country. As well he might, since her fellow Dimocrats gave her a standing O.

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Rule 5: Maria Gimena

Second of the third II

Here’s a mystery that could use solving.

My OCS friend Russ Wheat was wounded in both legs in Viet Nam and sent to Japan for treatment. Where OCS classmate Rick Wilson, who was posted with an Armor unit in South Korea, ran into him on a leave:

“We met in a bar in Japan where he was holding court with about 20 mesmerized by his continual line of jokes. It was a great time with him. As an aside he had to sit on a pile of pillows due to the wounds he had which he referred to as his magic carpet.”

Russ should have ridden his magic carpet home. Most wounded sent to Japan were. Two from my advisory team went home that way. Indeed, Rick was surprised when Russ got sent back to Vietnam to complete his tour as a platoon leader in the 199th Light Infantry Brigade. “I was surprised he returned to VN. I too thought he had his ticket home.”

When I asked Russ why he was sent back he raised his eyebrows and shoulder in a half shrug as if to say “Why, indeed?”

Could the major general who felt insulted by Russ at the briefing have been so vindictive as to send him back for more infantry despite his leg wounds?

Just the kitchen to go

Repairing the sagging bottom shelves in the existing cabinets and the sagging doors and painting them white inside and out. Then painting the ceiling white and the walls pale blue, applying crown molding and window molding and replacing the pantry door with a six-panel pine painted the white of the cabinets. And finally a new blue laminate countertop and a new white porcelain sink. Whew.

The Palestinian donor machine

“The notion that humanitarian aid to the PA reaches the Palestinian Arab people has no basis in reality.”

Abbas, who has called President Trump a dog and a son of a dog, is a thief. He steals the aid for himself and his supporters. The result is a rich Palestinian elite, thanks to the unwitting generosity of European and American taxpayers, while the Palestinian people go begging.

Via Jerusalem Post

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Rule 5: Maria Gimena