6 Million Jews
3 Million Poles
3 Million Ukrainian Slavs
3 Million Soviet POWs
1/2 Million Sebs
270 Thousand Disabled people
220 Thousand Romani (aka. Gypsies)
200 Thousand Freemasons
15 Thousand Homosexuals
7 Thousand Spanish Republicans
5 Thousand Jehovah Witnesses
This Tuesday evening, January 30, is the start of our holiday Tu B'Shevat which celebrates the underappreciated and overachieving Trees of our world. Did you know an acre of trees provide a years worth of oxygen for 18 people. They also help filter out noxious gases like carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide and carbon monoxide. Plus they offer refuge and home to numerous animals, birds and insects. Not to mention producing the delicious apple, orange, peach, pomegranate, avocado, coconut, almond, cherry, lemon, fig and gooseberry to name a few. And how about the reliable shade we take advantage of in the Summer. Yes, trees deserve much praise and a dedicated holiday to celebrate their existence. Tu B'Shevat is observed by participating in a Seder (yet much shorter than our Passover seder). Here is a wonderful website that explains the Tu B'Shevat holiday and seder.
Happy first anniversary to our first incompetent unprecedented president as he is the first POTUS to preside over a government shutdown while his party is in full control of the House, Senate and Oval Office. And he has done it in record time as the quickest of any shutdown, just one year to the day of his inauguration. Yet, not surprising our current POTUS criticized the past president who held the Oval Office during the last shutdown and blamed it all on him. Who's to blame this time...certainly not Drumpf. Yes, a deal was struck to reopen for 3 more weeks, but can we believe their promise to help resolve the Dreamer's immigration limbo status. On the plus side, this agreement did include CHIP funding for 6 more years. On the negative side, looks like negotiations are just as far apart as ever. And on that fateful anniversary weekend that brought incompetency to the White House, 100s of cities held 100s of 1,000s of marchers to advocate for Decency, Morality, Respect and Dignity for all Americans. The tidal wave from last year's march has grown in strength and purpose. One year ago, we protested our disgust. This year, we protect and promise our political ambitions to replace the disgust with competency at our November Elections. Maybe not the Oval Office just yet, but certainly the US House, Senate and hopefully our State Congress.
No Planet B
As we work toward changing our political climate, our environment's climate will also change (for the worst) if we don't stop #45's destructive policies that reverse global protections. The map below indicates comparisons of our last 2 presidents (2 left maps) and our current Dufus (right map) and their oil drilling accepted coastal areas.
As you can see,
limited the drilling to only a select area to help preserve our oceanic wildlife. Dufus (just using a nickname like he does for his adversaries) wants to open all coastal waterways to the outdated oil drilling process because his "stable genius" brain seems to have forgotten how dangerous it is, but mostly because he only thinks about adding to his friend's bank accounts. Hey Dufus, remember the massive destruction of BP's Deepwater Horizons oil explosion of 2010 which killed 11 people, spilled 210 Million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico and completely devastated the wildlife and human life in the area. Unfortunately, this is only the tip of his catastrophic anti-environmental iceburgh. What will he do in the next 3 years? Here is the respected
's long running tab of devastations already accomplished by our "stable genius":
Two 15-year-old students (
Bailey Nicole Holt and Preston Ryan Cope) are dead and 18 others were wounded when a crazed adolescent, with access to a gun, shot his peers at a
Kentucky High School. This was the 11th school shooting this year. Yes, people, the
11th in the last 26 days. Sadly, history will repeat itself as nothing will be done in Congress to stop these murders and more will erupt as the year progresses. Sensible gun legislation is far from a priority in DC right now. Condolences to the victims and their families.
Governor Rick Snyder gave his 8th and final State of the State on Tuesday and kept his remarks to pure "back patting" while whitewashing the serious blunders of his tenure. Michigan is definitely better off in 2018 than we were 8 years ago, but there is so much more work to do and we need to flip the governor's office with a strong future leader.
Teen girls, women, parents...all victims of
Dr. Larry Nasser spoke their peace in a Lansing court prior to his sentencing for heinous crimes of sexual abuse over his decades long career. The wise and compassionate judge cleared her docket to allow all who wished to voice their feelings against Dr. Nasser. After 7 days, over 160 distressed voices were heard and in the end, Nasser was sentenced to 40-175 years in addition to the 60 years he already got for child pornogrophy. He will not see the light of day without barbed wire but the battle will continue to ensue at Michigan State University, the NCAA and USA Gymnastics. Following the sentencing, MSU president
Lou Anna Simon tendered her resignation after pressure was rising for those in charge during the era of abuse to defer to the victims who just want answers to why their claims were ignored.
State by State
posted a list of each State's most desirable city to live in. The only problem was Michigan's selection. I'm not complaining since they choose our city of
, however they didn't realize that the description they provided was of
(not the Hills) which is a seperate city though many think we should combine and conserve our two city resources. Here's the full list:
This weekend marks the opening of our
...what is a Velodrome you ask? It's an indoor bicycle track for novice and professional cyclist.
Also staring in the D this weekend is
Meridian Winter Blast
at Campus Martius with music, free ice skating, skiing/snowboarding, ziplines, s'mores and more: http://on.freep.com/2rEWFh1 Lots to enjoy!
Song Sung Blue
The beloved and extremely talented singer, songwriter and actor,
Neil Diamond (age 77) announced his retirement from performing and cancelled the remainder of his 50th anniversary concert tour due to his Parkinson's diagnosis. Thankfully he plans to continue writing and recording his gifts. Many of his devoted fans are donating their refunded concert tickets to Parkinson's research in his honor.
"This is not a sad song" from 1972
Elton John (age 70) also announced his retirement with a
3 year/300 date tour he's calling
"Farewell Yellow Brick Road" which comes to Detroit on Friday Oct. 12. He plans to spend more time with his two young sons and his husband.
For this week's musical selection, I've gone to the humor side... first with the fun-loving
Holderman Family and then with
Doogie Howser, MD aka. Neil Patrick Harris, as a Smooth Criminal on the entertaining show called, Lip Sync Battle.
This family is talented, funny and a little eye candy as well:
Doogie became a child star success story:
Wishing you and your family a
Sweet and Peaceful Shabbat Shalom.
Robby and Lori Nusbaum
and their family on the passing of Lori's mother,
Carole Rose Sher z"l
(age 81). May Carole's spirit and memories bring comfort to those who knew and loved her and may she be a blessing onto her family and community.