It was a momentous week as we approach the Labor Day Holiday and our symbolic end to Summer. From an
Unprecedented Pardon to a
Ballistic Bombshell to a
Transgender Transgression to the
Climatic Catastrophe. Hope the week to come brings healing to those affected by this week's demons.
(officially labeled the worst storm in US history) walloped the Gulf Coast with 130 mph winds and dumped 20 Trillion gallons of water (50 inches of rain, more than Michigan gets in a whole year) on Texas causing massive flooding and wreaking havoc that will take years to repair. The excessive water caused two explosions at a nearby chemical plant, spewing toxic plumes into the air. Harvey didn't just come and go, he lingered for 6 days and then scooted eastbound to soak
who are still scarred from their disaster, which occurred exactly 12 years earlier. 30 people (and counting) have lost their lives, over 4,000 were rescued from the floods, 1/3 of Harris County was under water (15 times the size of Manhattan) and 40,000+ homes have been damaged. Houston is the 4th largest city in the US and the economic damage from this catastrophe could exceed $125 Billion. When global disasters hit,
is always the first to respond with boots on the ground, though you won't see headlines about it. Even without the accolades, 2 teams of relief experts from
are helping to support the physical and emotional needs of the victims.
To help the victims you can donate to...
- Our National Jewish Community's relief efforts:
- Or to this list of charities provided by NPR:
Before & After video showing the Houston damage:
Depth and Breadth
How did Harvey become so powerful? Well, for the first time EVER, the surface temp of the Gulf of Mexico never dropped below
73 degrees last Winter. Warmer weather causes more
evaporation which causes more rainfall. Yes, my friends, our "debated" Man-Made Climate Change resulted in Harvey's depth and breadth. We aren't completely to blame but our neglect and disrespect of the environment is a major contributing factor.
Best Foot Forward
Not to nit-pic, but when
Mr. and Mrs. 45 (as they advertized on their hats), visited the devastation, their behavior was rather unpresidential. With the seriousness of the situation, POTUS made too many light hearted comments about Harvey's name, praised the crowd for the great turnout, made light of working with congressional "characters", while FLOTUS (written on her hat) choose her flood proof stilettos as a statement. Yes, there was a costume change into sneakers on Air Force One, but the stiletto image and message was set in print. These are minor distraction, but most disturbing was that, during all his Talking Head moments, not once did he acknowledge the grief and distress of the victims. As usual, narcissism trumped the mind of 45 leaving no room for compassion to express itself.
Stiletto on the Other Foot
Lastly on this Texas disaster is the disastrous Junior Senator
who (5 years ago) during the funding debate for Hurricane Sandy relief (which devastated NY and NJ), received 3 pinocchios (meaning he was full of BS) about his assessment that the bill was 3/4 pork which he uses to rationalize his subsequent vote against it. Low and behold, now the "stiletto" is on the other foot and his State needs National relief funding. Eventhough NY and NJ legislators were perturbed during the Sandy relief era, they pledged not to punish Texans for their compassionless Senator.
By the way, I'm almost finished reading
Senator Al Franken
's new book and the one person he rails against the most is the collectively despised Ted Cruz. Franken dedicates a whole chapter to his contempt of Cruz. Great book,
Giant of the Senate
, I highly recommend it.
Cruel and Unusual Punishment
Last Friday, #45 made the unprecedented maneuver to pardon his racist buddy,
County Sheriff Joe Arpaio
without Judicial Committee oversight. Now, 17 House Dems are requesting a hearing to investigate the Pardon. Just because he Can, doesn't make it Right. Also, he conveniently did his deed right before Harvey struck, knowing the media would be focused elsewhere. "Cruel and unusual" was Sheriff Joe's favorite kind of punishment. He nicknamed his tented jail a "concentration camp". 2,000 prisoners were forced to suffer in unsafe living conditions in 115 degree temps without sufficient water and with minimal hygiene facilities. The suicide rate jumped to 24% during his reign, compared to 9% in NYC. He racially profiled all brown skinned people and snubbed his nose at the Federal Judge's requirement to stop his racist egregious actions which resulted in his criminal contempt conviction. He is a sick sadistic thug and of course a BFF of The Donald's. He was finally voted out of office last November but POTUS saved him from Jail Time...for now.
Our Perverted POTUS had a busy Friday last week. After his pathetic pardon, he then attacked the LGBT community, instituting a ban on
Transgender military enlistees while directing Defense Sec. Mattis to determine what to do with the Trans soldiers who are currently serving. There is an estimate 15,000 active/reservist soldiers and Mattis is currently keeping their jobs safe but will be investigating the best way to promote:
"military readiness, lethality, and unit cohesion". This hateful bias action is par for the course for our shortsighted, closed-minded incompetent president. Mueller, where are you with your investigation...?
Crazy vs. Crazy
Not since WWII has the "Take Cover" siren blared in Japan...that is until last week when the egomaniacal North Korean leader,
Kim Jong Un decided to fire rockets over the non-aggressive islands of Japan. Which now has Japan contemplating their 7 decade dedication to a non-aggressive military status. Meanwhile, Un's next target is the sea surrounding our US territorial island of Guam. Between their unstable dictator and our unstable narcissist, who knows where this conflict will end up.
How hard is it to stay in the Right Lane unless you are passing another vehicle. The
is for Passing and the
is for Slower Drivers. We've now taken two road trips in the last few weeks. Last weekend was from Detroit to DC and inevitably, people continue to mess up the well-oiled traffic machine by ignoring the blatant signs that clearly states: "Left Lane is for Passing Only". Frustration sets in easily as oblivious drivers continue to ignore the road rules. I included this explicit video (after last year's road trip) of why it is important to follow the rules. Please share it with those who are still oblivious.
Oregon was the leader of the pact when it was the first State to declare
a public holiday in 1887. It wasn't until 7 years later that it became a Federal Holiday. There is much to do around this nation to celebrate the Working Force with lots of special event in Michigan, including...
- 38th Annual Detroit Jazz Festival
Mackinac Bridge Walk
- The 20th anniversary of
Art, Eats and Beats
- The Michigan
State Fair's 5th year in Novi
- The Michigan
Peach Festival in Romeo
- The Franklin
Labor Day Round Up and
Art in the Village
Garrison Keillor's Prairie Home Love & Comedy Tour
- US Navy
Blue Angels at Willow Run
Quote for the Week
With all of the divisiveness in our country today (and I'm guilty of POTUS pummelling) and with Congress returning to work, this quote by
Martin Luther King Jr. seems an appropriate reminder for all to hear:
"We must learn to live together as brothers and sisters.
Or, we will perish together as fools."
Wishing you and your family a
Sweet and Peaceful Shabbat Shalom and a meaningful Labor Day Celebration.
Mazel tov to dear friends,
Steve and Julie Schlafer
on this weekend's wedding of their son,
to his love,
May the newlyweds enjoy health, happiness, peace and prosperity for many years to come.
Condolences to fans, friends and family on the passing of MSU's former Basketball Coach, Jud Heathcote (age 90) who rose to fame as he and Magic Johnson brought the University its first national NCAA championship in 1979 (my Freshman year there).
We remember the 20th anniversary of
Princess Diana's death on Aug. 31, 1997 as her sons Princes William and Harry carry on her legacy.
Bravo to the Centennial Anniversary of the
United Way for servicing our community (Wayne, Oakland and Macomb Counties) of 100 years. They celebrated with a custom-made shirt now gracing the Spirit of Detroit.
Brenda Herman (Happy 60th)
Brenda Abrams Josephs
Dana Kaplan-Warsh (Happy 60th)
Ariella Lis Raviv (Our First Born)
Alicia Lewis Stillman
Julie Hermelin (Happy 50th)
Shelley Wish Chaness
Lori Schaefer Bacher
Congressman Sandy Levin
Sandy Kestenberg Shecter
I'm prone to mistakes, so if I missed your birthday
or got the wrong date, please let me know.
Annual Meeting and Recognition Event
Honoring Community Volunteer:
Great Lake Culinary Center
September 7 (Thursday)
Hadassah's Opening Meeting
September 8 (Friday)
Discussion to end Gerrymandering
28611 Twelve Mile Rd
Farmington Hills, MI 48334
State Rep. Jeremy Moss
State Rep. Christine Grieg
Rep. from Voters Not
September 9 (Saturday)
Lake Toba Concert
Intimate folk concert by our daughter Liat Tova Lis and her partner Kyle McGonegle.
at Orchard Mall
6337 Orchard Lake Rd
West Bloomfield, MI 48322
$18 per person, pay at door
8:00pm Doors open
Space limited, please RSVP
September 13 (Wednesday)
Jewish Women's Foundation
Women Lighting the Way
18th year anniversary
Featuring Cabaret Performer, Liz Callaway
Max and Marjorie Fisher Music Center
September 14 (Thursday)
Duvdevan Foundation Event
Dinner and presentation by elite commandos of Israel Defense Forces special unit.
RSVP to me to receive address
September 18 (Monday)
The Jewish Ensemble Theatre (JET)
29th Annual Gala
The Capitol Steps
September 23 (Saturday)
Camp Sea-Gull Reunion
5725 Rochester Rd, Troy, MI 48085
Please RSVP at this site:
An Evening with Tony Award Nominee Carmen Cusack
The Players Clubhouse
3321 East Jefferson Avenue
Detroit, MI 48207
Two shows: 7:00pm and 9:30pm
$55 Dinner Package at the Rattlesnake Club prior to Second Performance. Call
for more information.
September 25 (Monday)
Michigan Jewish Sports Hall of Fame Dinner
Jewish Community Center
October 2 (Monday)
Gary Burnstein Community Health Clinic
Esteemed Women of Michigan Event
in Pontiac, Michigan
Mazel Tov to these friends:
Chief Medical Officer Henry Ford West Bloomfield
Public Relations Detroit Jewish News
Dr. Eva Feldman:
Professor of Neurology University of Michigan
President of International Essential Tremor Foundation
: Owner of Naturally Photography
President Hebrew Free Loan
Executive Director Michigan League of Conservation Voters
For the full list:
Michigan League of Conservation Voters
Innovation in Conservation Awards Gala
Westin Book Cadillac
State Rep. Stephanie Chang
Jalonne White-Newsome (Kresge Foundation)
Hadassah's 100th Anniversary Gala
Detroit Institute of Arts
Women of Vision
: Author Jennifer Weiner
Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha
of Peds @ Flint Hospital
Edie Resnick Jewish Community Champion
October 13 (Friday)
Remarkable Women's Luncheon
For more info:
October 14 (Saturday)
Gigs for Digs fundraiser concert
The Fillmore in Detroit
Yad Ezra Annual Fundraiser
Aimee and Richard Simtob
Congregation Shaarey Zedek
October 18 (Wednesday) -
Michigan Israel Business Bridge (MIBB)
Jewish Federation of Metro Detroit
Conference Room Area, Room F
6735 Telegraph Road
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301
October 19 (Thursday)
Exploring the Jewish Art and Artists in the Private Collection of Doreen and David (z'l") Hermelin
Save the date for this docent-led, first-of-its-kind benefit for the Jewish Historical Society of Michigan at the Hermelin home. More details coming soon.