Who could have dreamed of it a century ago?
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Really, the whole world could benefit from a study of Bob Dylan’s early works. My late pal Garth Wood used to say Dylan was the greatest poet of the 20th century, and how right Garth was.
And how I miss Garth, dead at his own hand, lo, these 10 or more years. The pain is acute still. I loved Garth. Hey, that reminds me of another song, this one by Neil Young:
I sing this song because I loved a man,
I know that some of you don’t understand….
Gone, gone, the damage done….
I would like to see a department of 20th-century song analysis at UCLA.
Home to my beloved wifey, the light of my life, the angel of my whole lifetime, the goddess who walks on water. She has a smile that lights up the whole world. Plus she has my dogs, Brigid and Cleo, and they mean everything to me also. You cannot imagine how I love those dogs. German Short-haired Pointers. I love every hair on their bodies. They wiggle and waggle their whole bodies when I get home.
I got in bed and read my beloved Wall Street Journal.
Wow, bad news. Mr. Obama now hates Israel because the Israelis want to build 1,600 apartments in their own capital city, Jerusalem. Russia hates Israel, too. So do the Europeans. So does Ban Ki-moon, a Korean who is secretary-general of the UN. They cannot agree to do anything about a murderous dictatorship in Iran that is racing toward getting nuclear weapons, but they can agree to hate Israel for building apartments in its own capital city.
I just love every aspect of this: Israel being condemned by Russia, which just invaded and despoiled its neighbor Georgia just for the heck of it. Israel being condemned by Russia, with a human rights record that would give Genghis Khan pause.
Israel being condemned by the EU, which 66 years ago watched with glee as its Jews were being mass murdered. That is pretty rich.
The really astounding part of this is that in the Bush years, we could expect that the U.S. would veto any resolution condemning or sanctioning Israel. But now, with the avowedly pro-Palestinian president of the United States, Barack Hussein Obama, in office, there is literally no one to stand up for Israel.
And the even more beautiful part of this is that the Jewish vote in the U.S. went for Obama by about 80 percent versus 20 percent for McCain. And McCain was a diehard Israel supporter. So, I just love this. Israel is about to get really badly humiliated in the UN very largely because American Jews elected a pro-Palestinian president when we could have had a pro-Israel president.
This is so painfully cruel I cannot believe it. When are American Jews going to realize that the Republican Party is far better for Israel than the Democrats? Think of Richard Nixon, who saved Israel in the Yom Kippur War even as the hounds of the left — many of them Jewish — were tearing his flesh. Think of Nixon, who risked war with Russia to save Israel. And what thanks did he get? A kick in the teeth. Think of the much missed George W. Bush, who stood up for Israel in its wars in Gaza and Lebanon when no one else did. And the Jews of the left hated him.
Well, now we have Barack Obama and Israel is friendless.
A spectacular day in Rancho Mirage. Just perfect. Blue skies. Warm. Dry. Light breeze. I got up, swam for a long time, had a modest breakfast of yummy yogurt and toast and orange juice and got dressed. Then I got into my car and headed off for my 12-step meeting.
Every part of this is amazing to me. I get to wake up in a free country. My great-grandparents, in Russia, could not have imagined such a thing. I get to swim in a heated pool under palm trees. In their wildest dreams, my ancestors in the shtetl could not have conceived of such a thing. Then a step into a hot shower just gushing clean, steamy water. How many millennia has man been on the planet and for how brief a span have we had hot water for the masses on demand? Not for a heartbeat. But I get it.