Sex, Lies & Videotape: Intolerance and Hypocrisy

My Current List of People who “suck”: Michael Moore, Michael Bloomberg, Eliot Spitzer & Tom Jaffee of 8 Minute Dating

People who do NOT suck: Daniel Patrick Moynihan (The Late & Great American)

“May you live in interesting times” is an ancient Chinese curse/proverb and line from the movie “Disclosure” staring Demi Moore and Michael Douglas which came out at the height of the Technology Boom in the 1990’s. How true this sentiment rings today. There is an undercurrent of instabilty, insecurity or at least uncertainty permeating the local economy. So many factors are at play. The United States is at War, Wall Street is in disarray, the local economy is otherwise in the dumpster having yet to recover from 9/11, unemployment rates approximate nearly 10% in New York City while the “underemployment” rate is considerably higher and the downtown rebuilding effort has not yet begun. Oy vey!

It seems predictable but nevertheless ironic that the only businesses which appear to be thriving are mortgage refinancings, commercial lease restructurings, the bankruptcy and turn around business, the need to drink and drink heavily at bars and lounges all over the city. The latter likely are thriving as a result for our need to otherwise forget the surreal times which we find ourselves living in.

While it is not my intent or suggestion to stifle debate, these are times which call for community and consensus building, thoughtful but rational introspection and pragmatism of all. New Yorkers, Americans and our leaders; not just political but also those in business as well as those who represent our culture have a higher duty to engage in behavior and conduct which is supportive of our way of life and the freedoms which we enjoy. As Abraham Lincoln once said,”A house divided cannot stand.”

Yet despite 9/11 the attack on “Americanism” continues unabated. It was under attack, from within and outside this country preceding and continuing after 9/11. The growing, not declining, global Islamic threat has united with other forces which are inherently in conflict with American/Western Values. It’s all too obvious to everyone except perhaps that na�ve, self righteous and cowardly Hollywood crowd symbolized best by Michael Moore (and his ilk: Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Martin Sheen etc) who are behind the Fashionably Misguided Ant-War Movement. They are an irresponsible minority and certainly not the majority as much as they may have annointed themselves to be.

If you think that those united against “Americanism” do not realize or believe that the best way to undermine the preeminence in the world is to align with all those interests which are inherently in conflict with our way of life, think again. Unless you think its just random coincidence the Muslims, Socialists, Communists, Anti-American sympathizers, EU Centric governments (France & Germany) all seem to be aligned against us. Any one of those movements alone is insufficient to undermine the “American Ideal” which is still the greatest living experience. Utopia’s do not exist. This is an imperfect world and we are an imperfect society�but we continue to evolve whereas those on the radical left continue to spew the same hateful intolerant propaganda against centrist democracy, capitalism and freedom. The ultimate irony is that those who have the most to gain from sexual and religious freedom are the same ones who seem ignorant about the bedfellows they choose in undermining the American way of life.

In summary, why do I highlight the above listed Americans as people who “suck.” Let me start with the least offensive first, Michael Bloomberg. Mr. Bloomberg is basically a Limousine Liberal Democrat who reincarnated himself as Rockefeller Republican. He pragamtically aligned himself with a gentler kindler “Guiliani” philosophy. Symbolic acts which make me suspect of Mr. Bloomberg are his embrace of Al Sharpton immediately after being elected and subsequent single minded focus on eliminating smoking from Lounges and Bars. Were these the most important issues facing New Yorkers post Giuliani? Furthermore, he did not actively engage in a debate with the Democratic City Council and his friend Gifford Miller who along with City Council approved a resolution essentially condemning war in Iraq. That is not the kind of support that will help us win the war against terror.

Mr. Bloomberg is otherwise a nice pleasant man, but you sir are no Rudolph Guiliani. I know Rudolph Guiliani, he was a friend of intelligent New Yorkers who took their city back from Tammany Hall politics. Sir, you are not him. As a non-smoker but social libertarian and pro-business conservative, the wrong thing to do to a semi-stable lounge and nightlife business was to undermine their ability to provide the freedom to smoke to their patrons.

Michael Moore is as irrelevant as his views are dangerous should anyone listen to him. Read Debbie Schlussels column, “The Moore the Scarier.”

Eliot Spitzer is is a self righteous, smug, self promoting, disengenuous, grandstanding, opportunistic miguided crusader who’s ambition for higher office was never more clear than the day he announced he was running for Attorney General. His issue? The corruption of Wall Street and his positioning himself as a savior & White Knight while essentially blackmailing and condemning them publically at a time of tremendous economic vulnerability. He may have considered working with regulators and the Industry in a cooperative fashion rather than promoting himself at the expense of creating further insecurity and doubt about the health of the financial markets. His actions made things worse, not better. In fact, one noted commentator labeled him The Wall Street Thug.

Why Tom Jaffee? Simply put, he is an “Imitator” and not an “Innovator” who’s business is a derivative and poorly run parody of the the Speeddating concept. 8 Minute Dating even appears to have derived their cocktail “logo” from Hurry Date. Speeddating was founded & created by AISH an international Jewish educational network, which still owns the service mark Speeddating. Speeddating has no affiliation with the McDonald’s of the speeddating concept, 8 Minute Dating. 8 MD lacks the heart and soul of what was initially intended by AISH and their Further, the CEO is a Bully who is certainly no good will ambasador for dating/romance business.

He is a behind the scenes manipulator akin to the “Great Oz” in the Wizard of Oz who’s singular goal is to build a nationwide database of singles. For what end? Perhaps to sell “his idea” for dating to a VC? Pull the curtain aside of the “Big Brother” of the dating biz and you find a small, impersonal, technical & controlling individual who’s single minded focus is on building a comprehensive nationwide data base of singles; all while undermining the economic security of the very people who assisted him in building his business. You need only consider the sad case of the Networking Girl. What was her reward after nearly 2 years of building the 8 Minute Dating brand in NYC? The Networking Girl was impersonally released from her contract via email no less, not paid pursuant to the terms of her contract, subjected to rumor, gossip and inuendo. Mr. Jaffe further threatened to enforce the terms of an oppressive non-compete agreement which she was either coerced into or otherwise signed with legal na�vete. Moreover, Mr. Jaffe has contacted numerous others in the dating, mating, event planning business threatening them with litigation should they choose to affiliate with her. Its kind of ironic since the Networking Girlwas a marketing force and presence on the New York Singles scene well before her affiliation with 8 Minute Dating and since he appearently disgarded her. This is the loveless side of the dating business. Now, there is a man with a heart. NOT!

The Politics of Intolerance

In my two more recent blog entries “The Real Fear of War: America Prevails, Proving the Wisdom of the Bush Administration” and “The Fashionably Misguided War Movement,” in referencing the works of many enlightened intellectuals, I made clear my position that this War is a righteous one with the fate of humanity at stake. There is a confluence of interests ( Euro-centric elements of the EU, Socialist & Communist Anti-Americanists, Islamofascists and American Peaceniks) aligned against America’s involvement in Iraq. Within this country many social elites, in particular those in the Hollywood Fashionista Set (Michael Moore, Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Martin Sheen and Jeanine Garofalo) have simplistically labeled our action as unnecessary imperialistic.

This entry is less about the righteousness of American involvement in Iraq but rather about the growing intolerance of many on the left for those in the middle and on the right. Despite how inherently flawed I may find the reasoning of those on the left, I accept that many are well intentioned Americans who fundamentally believe in the merits of Peace as much as I do. To my friends on the left, I respect your right to exercise the freedom that allows you to demonstrate and otherwise express contempt for your government, its policies and American involvement in the War. I have no doubt that you are as concerned with the fate of humanity and survival as much as I am. We just disagree how to preserve the peace….over the long term.

Reference is made to a Press Release issued by the Frontiers of Freedom: “….Hollywood claims that war is never the answer, regardless of the threat. To those who ask why we’re picking on Hollywood, it’s simple. They have power and influence on culture but no accountability. They are in a unique position to spout off whatever they like without a challenge. Hollywood stars have no expertise and no sense of history. They regurgitate talking points without a care.” For example, consider the ignorant, racist, dishonest, manipulative, hateful, and unpatriotic as well as factually irresponsible tripe of the “Fictitious Michael Moore” at The Oscars. “But really, the country is united. The majority of Americans do not want to see our young boys killed, and the majority of people didn’t vote for the man sitting in the White House, and I’ll keep saying that until he’s out of there.” I wonder which “majority” Michael Moore is referring to since a recent poll confirmed that nearly 70% of Americans support the administration. It should not surprise you that these people are the ones living in a bubble out of touch with the facts and public opinion.

While praising Michael Moore’s open letter to President Bush, a friend pointed out to me the fact that many Americans lack culture, perspective and live in a bubble of freedom. While expressing fear of a coming police state, deminishing freedoms, detachment and paranoia amidst rising security concerns, she emphasized that we as Americans are somewhat insulated, naive and indifferent to the diversity of culture and opinions that exist around the world. I do agree that there are some ugly uninformed Americans who are not the greatest representatives of our democracy; all too often the non acclimating insulated cowboy mindset is too readily apparent to our critics abroad. But where I fundamentally disagree is that there is a range of diversity, freedom and opinion in America which is the envy of many and non existent elsewhere. Furthermore, all too often more conservative viewpoints which are not inherently liberal get disgarded, labeled racist, imperialist or self servingly nationalistic.

The American experience is imperfect but unique in that it is a living study in the evolution of human kind. I disagree that one needs to be more leftist or socialistic to be considered enlightened or evolved. The propaganda put forth by the passionately anti-war activists is that this an imperialist and racist war. This war is about far more than oil & money, racism and contempt for different cultures. To assert the foregoing is to illustrate unenlightened intolerance for logical debate on the merits of Americanism and the liberating effect of American influence.

The idea of a “Utopian Society” is a fiction. As flawed as is American democracy and capitalism it is far superior a choice to the failed socialist/communist experiments. History has proven that human nature does not thrive in that kind of a system. The spread of ISLAM & Anti-Americanism on a global basis is a very real threat to the established order, western principles of religious, sexual freedom and womens rights, even more so than communism or socialism. Hopefully, the symbolic defeat of terrorism and rogue regimes acting in concert with or the implicit support of them, will hopefully stifle or at least contain those contrarian movements. Ironically enough, the people of Iraq like the people of Afghanistan see the United States as liberators and not conquerors. I only wish that the activists were as adamant and voracious in supporting our country for the policy of liberation and freedom that we have brough to many cultures.

Recommended Reading: War Fuels Muslim Rage ;Playing The Jewish Card ;ADL Support For War on Iraq;
U.S.A. is a Liberator & Not Oppressor: European media and former ‘human shields’ are beginning to get it (FINALLY!);The Scary Prospect of American Success; Poisoners Are Back: The charge that Jews are driving the war in Iraq, “embodies central themes of classical anti-Semitism: control of government decision-making by Jews, disloyalty of the Jewish community and Jews acting in conspiracy”; Delusional Chirac may be a thorn in coalition’s side, but new alliances are forming in response to 21st-Century threats without him and UN; Irrelevant Celebrities; The 5th Column Declares War, or how socialists, communists, and Islamic sympathizers intend to attack U.S. infrastructure to disrupt war and create anarchy in U.S.A; Bush-The Warmonger: or how the usual suspects sponsored by communists and other America haters distort the truth in an effort to subvert the will of the majority; Soda, Pizza & The Destruction of America: Inside a Muslim student association meeting

The Real Fear of War: America Prevails, Proving the Wisdom of The Bush Adminstration.

The Bush Doctrine

Why would our government, our leaders and in particular our President choose to go to war with Iraq despite a tremendous degree of criticism and resistance from so many quarters; the United Nations, European leaders and Anti-Americanists? Is our leadership so misguided and rogue to take chances despite tremendous worldwide opposition? Is President Bush and our National Defense team really that stupid or na�ve to enter into a war which offers so much downside from a global public relations perspective, if they are wrong?

Quite to the contrary; despite significant opposition America shall once again proved to be on the right side of history. But if history is any lesson our efforts will be discounted and forgotten by those who want to see an end to American idealism. Mark my words. In the coming weeks and months ahead the world will witness how the United States War effort  shall remove Saddam Hussein’s regime while leaving much of Iraq’s infrastructure in tact. The War will become a humanitarian effort to liberate the people of Iraq from the Butcher of Baghdad,  Much to the chagrin of critics of the administration, in place of the current Iraq regime another democracy will rise in the Middle East; not an Islamic state. This will truly shift the balance of power in the Arab world. Then the Bush administration will effectuate a peaceful creation of a Palestinian state side by side with Israel, however misguided I may believe that may be. But then Arabs, Muslims, Socialists, Communists and their sympathizers will have to find some other means to discredit President Bush for being the �dumb� President so completely lacking in intellect and judgment. Will he get the credit that he deserves for what shall prove to be a successful war on terror and a total dismantling of the global terrorist network and the nations who support them? In all likelihood he will not be credited if this country does not recover from the recession that we are mired in, he will be attacked again from the left, and another opportunistic democrat will criticize his administration for ignoring the economy while focusing on a nonexistent threat. Mind you, it is a lot easier categorize or label a threat non-existent once it is eliminated through vigilant pursuit of American idealism.

What do American critics fear most from this war? Political opponents within the United States and Anti-Americanists fear that perhaps the President and the administration will prove to have taken a wise course, doing the right thing by replacing the existing regime in Iraq while keeping most of Iraq intact. The true danger of this war from the perspective of critics is that President Bush is right, successful and that his actions will have had the effect of removing a very real threat to the American way of life. It is perhaps unrealistic to expect instead that he will get the credit for the wisdom his administration exercised with the world they inherited, a world in the midst of a global recession and a pervasive threat of terrorism and rogue nations threatening the world with their weapons of mass destruction.

Why such a conspiracy? Simply put, the United States is the lone remaining economic and military superpower. The United States finds itself in a world with some �strange bedfellows� aligned against the further spread of American influence or �Americanism.� After the fall of the Soviet super power, Europeans, Socialists, Communists and Anti-Americanists realize an opportunity to bring upon the decline of the remaining superpower and otherwise deter American influence. Europeans especially see the potential fall of the American superpower as providing a backdrop for the reemergence of pre WW I and WW II Europe. This is our reward for defending and rebuilding Europe after the Third Reich? Europe was wrong before and it is wrong again.

Islamofascists empowered by the growth of their worldwide crusade and the success of 9/11 have pragmatically formed an alliance with those other forces which it shares no common interests or values other than its hatred and distaste for America and things American. The goal is simply�anarchy. France, Germany, Russia, Socialists, Communists, Islamofascists and others united against the spread of American influence have found leftist sympathizers among the well healed guilt ridden hypocritical Hollywood Fashionista set, who forever seek a return to �Woodstock.� Even worse the Democratic party has placed the political interests of their party ahead of that of the nation to opposed the President. Do I hate them or other Anti-war Americans? No, they are just understandably misguided. Peace is an honorable value. Many who love peace and enjoy the simple fruits of freedom may find it difficult to embrace war or the threat thereof as a means for preserving the greater peace and our way of life when diplomacy does not achieve the desired end. But they must be enlightened to comprehend the movement and the folks with whom they have aligned themselves. Everyone wants �Peace��but on what terms? Terrorism and rogue regimes will not be deterred in the absence of a valid threat. The premise that we should not consider force but rather continue to use �circle jerk� diplomacy because force increases the risk of terror is so ever misguided in its cause and effect rationalization for passivity. It is akin or analogous to the assertion that we should not put pressure on a serial killer because he may get angry and kill more people.

These strange bedfellows share but one thing in common and that is their distaste for America or in the case of elite leftists in hollywood, guilt for the American way and the riches they enjoy. So much like the �Pickup Artist� who tells the buxom blonde in a bar that she is very special to him, then �hooks up� and has his way with her but never calls again, it will be interesting to see what shall happen when Islam if successful turns on those with which it is currently and pragmatically aligned but for which it shares no commonality of values other than its hatred of America. I advise those who sleep with the enemy to be careful. Their is always the risk of infection with a sexually transmitted disease. The lingering effect of getting into bed with Islamofascists and leftists is that you may never shake or find the proper treatment to get rid of what they shall inflict on the world. Assist the unrighteous self righteous and you unwittingly are contributing to the growth of the movement united against western principals.

ISLAM is the fastest growing movement worldwide. Islam and Muslims are not content to be a religion and culture of people in peaceful coexistence with Jews, Christians and other �non-believers.� Secular governments and society are also opponents of Islam. It would be foolish to discount the threat of Islam. The goal of Islamofascists is to apply pressure from within and outside the country through pragmatic alliances with the oppositon to bring about the end of the American Empire. Should the U.S. fall, Israel become over run, ISLAM sees Europe as its next target. While this may seem too surreal, contemplate the following: a plan to hit the center of capitalism with symbolic terrorist acts, bring on worldwide recession and economic despair, conveniently align yourselves with other socialist, communist and political and competitive enemies of Americanism to play upon the fears of the unemployed and downtrodden in Western nations, in particular students who have way too much time on their hands….all mind you at very expensive Western universities, to bring upon a new Islamic order. In fact, it is clear that perhaps conflicting sociopolitical interests with the United States, French and German leaders are politically incapable of supporting the war because France and Germany each have substantial Muslim populations which necessitate even now their capitulation to the Islamic world. While some may have distaste for the current Established Order, consider the �Order� that ISLAMOFASCISTS seek to establish in its place. Are you willing to part with western values, diversity and the religious and sexual freedoms you currently enjoy? Which nation has historically proven to be the best protector of those freedoms; a dysfunctional Europe that capitulated to the Nazis? As much as they were hesitant to address the threat of Nazism, once again Europe and Russia have also seemed to have misperceived and miscalculated the threat of Islam.

My prediction is optimistic, however. I expect that our current administration will succeed in the war on terror as well as in the liberation of the people of Iraq and the transition of Iraq to democratic rule. After America and Britain have done the heavy lifting when the success of America in this war becomes readily apparent, you will find our current opponents in Europe and Russia rush to interject themselves into the equation, most likely as we enter Baghdad, so that they can simultaneously oppose the war but claim ownership of the solution. Again they will have done little but claim a lot. Make no mistake, our goal in the war on terror and the war in Iraq must be total success, achievement of American objectives and clear defeat to these movements as a disincentive to their subsequent rise. Then the United States of America must engage in a public relations campaign to change hearts and minds worldwide. Perhaps it will be enough for the world to witness America at its best but I doubt it.

The Fashionably…..Misguided Anti-War Movement

Islam+ Socialists + Well meaning Liberals & Social Elites+ European Union vs. spread of U.S. Power & Influence =Threat to American Life, Freedom, Liberty, Security & Prosperity

As quoted on The Powerline

I woke up today to my newspaper, coffee, morning news shows. It appeared to be like just another Saturday for me except that the drums of war were building in the face of increasing opposition. A group who call themselves A.N.S.W.E.R was leading an anti-war march and demonstration on Washington. The country they spoke of sounded like like hell, a truly awful godforsaken place……..until I realized that they were speaking about my country blaming it for all of the worlds ills. Speaker after speaker got up on the podium and expressed utter contempt, disdain and intolerance for everything American including our President, a war time President who shortly after coming to office was forced to deal with the singular greatest terrorist assault on our soil. How prophetic was the commentator who noted after 9/11 some Repugnant commentaries place blame on America and predicted that “soon enough it will be a chorus, and it will say This is All America’s Fault.”

This movement has united from within and outside this country socialists, muslims, arabs, islamofascists, palestinians, other tired old leftists who can trace their routes to old line communism and mid-east terrorism as well as the fashionable set from hollywood to the limousine liberal crowd. They preach such deep rooted contempt for America, our form of democracy and a capitalist system which they depict as some tool of imperialist aggression. Ironically enough however, they still choose to live in the United States and partake of all of the liberties, freedoms and fruits it offers including the right to openly exercise their freedom of speech without persecution. The question I must ask is if America is so awful for these people why don’t they go live in a socialist or communist country..or better still in that “free and open society” that they know as Iraq or perhaps Iran? As for hollywood, my question is, who do you think would be watching your movies and listening to your music in an Islamofascist society? Better yet, who was the last socialist that gave you a job? The only one I can think of is our bloated government bureauacracy. Usually however, it is some entreprenuer, Fortune 1000 or other imperialist pig who is most involved in job creation. Maybe we can all watch REDS and recreate Lenins Utopia.

The beauty of our country is that the exercise of freedom of speech allows you to see, hear and appreciate the vapid, emotionally compelling but nevertheless intellectually inaccurate propaganda being espoused by the opposition. One the surface the organizers have put together quite a compelling emotional appeal to play upon the legitimate fears of war of the unenlightend. The movement however is self righteous, naive and belligerent in its indignation and hatred for things American. Those who naively join this movement and directly or indirectly become part of the equation are as vacuous and misguided as any short term fashion trend.
It is clear that A.N.S.W.E.R is certainly NOT “the Answer.” It is a front for the Communist Workers World Party and has relationships with IFCO, and the National Coalition For Political Freedom among others. While all members of the movement are not active members of those organizations, the question they should ask themselves is whether they want to be part of an equation that has as its singular united aim the destruction of a capitalist democracy, America and Americanism.

The choice is ours, The Future is Muslim, European or American. Make no mistake, we are living amidst an Islamic or Muslim Crusade that has strategically united itself with socialists, communists, leftists, terrorists, anti-semites on a global basis……not just aimed at Jews, but Americans, Capitalism and Freedom. There is far more at stake than it may seem to the unsophisticated or casual observer. Unfortunately, as my friend Evan at Brain-Terminal ilustrated so poignantly in his infamous video interviewing anti-war demonstrators in NYC is that many of them are truly clueless on fundamental facts, issues and history. For many it is simply cool and fashionable to be in favor of “Peace.” I am all for peace, but on what terms. Not on terms that call for the destruction of a free society and in its place offer a Socialist or Islamic one. My friends, this is not the 1960’s and this is not woodstock.

I do not know about you but I favor American. Call me crazy but I choose to NEVER Forget my fellow New Yorkers & Americans who died for simply going to work on 9/11 and for living and working in a free and open, capitalist, democracy. The vision of my fellow citizens (mothers, fathers, brothers, friends…..Americans) burning, leaping to their death from windows a hundred stories above ground shall never be forgotten. I also choose to never forget the Holocaust and the slaughtering of Jews despite the fact that many European anti-semites and european secularists choose to forget. Anti-Americanism and Anti-Semitism is certainly alive and well. They instead prefer that you forget 9/11 or accept that America deserved this. They prefer that you forget atrocities committed against Jews and Americans worldwide but rather instead have you focus on a critique of everything American.

Why are the critics so quick to point out the failings of our imperfect democracy which nevertheless provides more freedom and democracy around the world than any other country, system or form of government? At least here you are free to express your opinions, however unenlightened and unsophisticated they may be. If you do not find me persuasive, read Brain Terminal, Town Hall, Powerline, Daniel Pipes, The Drudge Report, and Debbie Schlussel and Ann Coulter and Dennis Prager. Get the truth from some capable journalists. Watch FOX News & MSNBC as much or more than you watch CNN. Join Urban-Republicans who embrace the core conservative and libertarian values with creative and entrepreneurial approaches to governing and reviving the economy as opposed to the failed dogmatism of the DNC. The case has been made that there exists a very real threat and connection between the war on terrorism and the terror threat facing US interests from Iraq. Why shall we wait first until our enemies destroy us? Have we a Death Wish? Must the United States learn the same lesson that Europe learned in WW II? Does the the western world have to risk being toppled in the same way that Europe got raped and plundered by Hitler? There is even a plausible argument that the Clinton Administration ignored the smoldering threat

Ask yourself, where were are all these protestors on 9/11? Many of them were providing cover, justification and intellectual rationalizations for those who committed atrocities on our soil. Where was their rage and indignation then? Where are all these protestors when the US defends and liberates the victims of oppression worldwide? Where are they to commend the United States for our efforts in rebuilding Europe, Afghanistan, Japan? Where are the protestors condemning the oppression of women and other innocent people worldwide and the US defense and liberation of the the victims of oppression? America is always the target despite our deeds and being at the forefront of liberating the oppressed. Perhaps they love America like they claim that they do but much like a disturbed/obsessive/psychotic boyfriend or girlfriend there are some types of love which are irrational and detrimental towards achieving the aims so intended or even your very survival. Pounding the drum for peace and emasculating our government into impotence will only empower and embolden the global crusade of those united against Americanism. The protestors were so ignorantly rabid in their condemnation of America and our intolerance of diversity, religious and sexual freedom but ironically enough the very movement that they are supporting would undermine the very freedoms women, gays, lesbians, bisexuals and religious minorities enjoy on U.S. soil. Their lifestyles and liberties are considered an abomination and would certainly not be tolerated in an Islamic Society. I say with great confidence that those within the Anti-War movement who profess to speak for all members of minority groups are clearly mistaken in their naive assumption that they speak for everyone as they claim to.

I love America and I love this country. So before anyone reads this and prepares to discount it as another piece of writing by another “Evil white man” within the “Right Wing Conspiracy” who is himself intolerant of diversity or another “Zionist” etc, you should know that I am born and raised in New York City to American and Naturalized parents. Thus, like many I am as American as apple pie, chicken cacciatore, brisket & kasha, colombian coffee, rice and beans, milwaukee beer and california wine. Furthermore, I have spent a greater part of my voting life as a registered Democrat who has often crossed the aisle to vote for a Republican or Independent. As Ronald Reagan said the party left me, I did not leave the party. Hell, I even did fundraising for Bill Clinton’s campaign in Boston in 1992.

My I only fear is that in a down economy where many are increasingly becoming disenfranchised and otherwise hurting economically the call for “community” encased in socialistic aims, tolerance for the misguided principles of Islam etc may not fall on deaf ears. The more enlightened must take it upon themselves to learn and spread the truth. Our Democratic Republic is at stake. It may be more fashionable and cool to associate yourself with the current emotionally charged movement for Peace. But to those of you who do, do so with the knowledge that you are doing so on terms which if successful would bring about a decline of our society from the preeminent position that it holds in the world today. Frankly, I am not interested in seeing the United States turn into France, a second rate country which today serves as nothing more than an aphrodisiac for necrophiliacs. No thank you, I am just not interested seeing any more of my friends and fellow Americans get blown up in office buildings or on airliners. To the peaceniks: Peace on your terms means the end of life as we know it on this planet. No thank you, I do not want to be part of your “Equation!”

Cocktails & Dreams

Cocktails & Dreams
I agreed to guest bartend this week on Thursday night at Bliss Bar & Lounge for friends from Party 4 Charity hosting a benefit for MVDC Program, Youth at Risk. As Doug Coughlin stated in Cocktail, �the Bartender is the aristocrat of the working class.� Being that I am a working class yuppie and that this is likely as close as I shall get to being an �Aristocrat�, I would like to help them out while also having the pleasure of serving up libations to their friends and mine. Besides since I am no P Diddy this is certainly cheaper than buying all of your friends drinks. But please do not ask me if you can have fries with that or to super size your order!!

It is hard not to see that the Times They Are A Changing. Like Jack Kerouac maybe I should go On the Road or otherwise find The Road Less Traveled. Who was it that said the more things change the more they stay the same? Have you ever been creatively inspired and then discounted the thought, only years or months later to wake up in front of your TV in front of an infomercial of some billionaire doing precisely what you passed on? Has it ever occurred to you that most of life�s answers can be found in The Godfather, The Matrix, Cocktail, (and yes sometimes even in a �cocktail�) Rocky, or even About Last Night? Yeah, the times, they are a changing.

Anyway, an interesting thing happened on my way to living my life this past month and otherwise contemplating the Survival of the Fittest concept despite not feeling so fit my self of late. Feeling rather exhausted from world events, a sluggish economy and the plight of friends going through some challenging times, it occurred to me that perhaps our �rat race� has become a little more like survival of the least exhausted. There is no doubt that the Stresses of a Violent World lead to heightened stress and anxiety levels and actually impact on your performance in every aspect of your life from athletic to intellectual endeavors. Nevertheless, I found sometime to contemplate the meaning of life or at least the meaning of what was in my cocktail glass while cavorting with the likes of the Jesters Guild, Cass World, The Networking Girl, some Urban-Republicans at Lawyer/Activist Mark Smith’s fete at The Crane Club as well as a Cosmo Party. Although, it seems like all I have to spare these days is about three minutes, I certainly have not been in any HURRY to get a date but that too will pass.

There is a definitely an underlying stress to life in NYC these days, whether it is from the threat of terrorism, impending war, evaporation of your 401(k), or the never ending job search for many. In fact, one extremely accurate observation that I can make is that there is an unbelievable level of professional and entreprenuerial �talent� on the sidelines. With so many Down Out On Wall Street or otherwise jobless & downtrodden this is more of a stealth depression than a recession. Unemployment figures clearly do not tell the story because they do not account for a vast cross section of the population that does not qualify for unemployment in the first place, those who lost their benefits and those who now find themselves “underemployed”…you know the Investment Banker who is now a party promoter, personal trainer or bartender. Maybe the next reality show will be called “Who wants to be Employed.”
Paul Begala quoting the Clinton Campaign Slogan from The War Room, circa 1992 �It’s the economy stupid.� Others are less diplomatic and blame our politicians and the political system itself. Or as one of my spiritual and artistic friends has stated, �Doesn�t it seem like the world has essentially been cooking the books sort of like a giant Enron and the imbalances are creating some unpredictable times?� Maybe she is right. Sometimes you do not have to have a degree in Economics (like I do) or Econometric analysis to make some accurate observations. Maybe the New Economy Index can help us better understand whether this has more to do with America’s Economic Transformation and why so many Americans, particularly those in IT or “Knowledge” jobs find themselves “downsized and outsourced” by American companies who have embraced globalization with cheap foreign labor.

My pet peeve of late, however, is the ever misguided Anti-War/Peace Movement. One commentator noting that after 9//11 some Repugnant commentaries blace blame on America, predicted that “soon enough it will be a chorus, and it will say This is All America’s Fault.”
Shame on American Hating Liberals. As Tony Parsons, a liberal, leftward leaning English writer stated in a column recently the current �Anti Americanism� is supported by self loathing Hollywood liberals as well as European intellectuals who resent the success, wealth and independence of the United States. They have ignorantly attached themselves to an uninformed peace movement that has nothing to do with finding a non-violent way to genuinely disarm Iraq. The peacenicks have found witting accomplices in the form of support of aligned Western European Nations (and their European Union) and socialists who�s greater interest is to weaken the United States and otherwise, contain and undermine American power and influence around the world. Ironically as one writer has poignantly stated, pushing “peace” pushes war instead. It has empowered Sadam and made war more likely. Sadams Supremacy in the PR Wars Proves the Power of Evil

When have millions of Europeans ever been wrong? Frequently! They clearly have no sense of history, otherwise how do you explain that Anti-Semitism is Still Alive Around the Globe. As stated by George Will: “anti-Semitism is not directed against the behavior of the Jews but against the existence of the Jews.”

Consider the view point of Dennis Prager:“Because America’s and Israel’s haters are ethnic and religious haters on a magnitude not seen since the Nazis. They loathe everything Israel (and its American supporter) represents — freedom, democracy, openness, individual autonomy, freedom of religion, pluralism, women’s equality and sexual freedom. They want Israel dead. Gone. Exterminated. They say so publicly, and they say so in polls. Yet, the educated fools and the Israel and America-haters of the West ignore all this and blame Israel for trying to exist and America for enabling it to do so. If America abandoned Israel, our Arab and Muslim haters would rejoice, but they would surely not stop hating us.” So Which will the world’s future be: Muslim, European or American? “There are now three ideologies competing to shape the future of mankind. There is no other country that claims to be Judeo-Christian and no other that has such strong support for capitalism and small government (the opposite of socialism).” –Prager Make no mistake, it is “Americanism”, the values, freedom and independence we relish which is under attack. Sadly, even worse our own Democratic City Council has sponsored a bill on the Iraqi crisis in direct opposition to President Bush and Congress. The City Council’s War Vote is an Embarrasment to us all.
Have they forgotten 9/11 already? As Ed Koch so aptly stated, �The response in Washington to the passage of such a resolution is likely to be �there they go again.” That will not be helpful to New York City’s future.� You may want to e-mail Gifford Miller and let him know that he is off his rocker and that this is not exactly the time to turn into Jimmy Carter, who while he is a nice man and a humanitarian, was a terrible President and has interests which are not always in sync with our national agenda.

Clearly these are times that test our patience and challenge us to achieve Balance in life: mens sana in corpore sano. Introspection is fine. Looking inward for solutions can be productive but these are not times to seclude or isolate your self either. We could all benefit from cross pollination and should find a way to Mix & Match. If you want to be meet up with the bar man poet, join me tomorrow night at Bliss Bar & Lounge in the Upstairs Bar and I will be sure to share some of my unsolicited thoughts and perspective about the world at large, politics, romance, sex, my quest for the ultimate truth and perhaps even lend some career or networking advice.

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