Grumpy Cat

Grumpy Cat became an internet sensation after her photo was posted on Reddit on September 22, 2012. It was suggested that the original photo was photoshopped, so we posted a few videos on YouTube. The videos went viral and her popularity has continued to increase!
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We aren’t exactly sure about Grumpy Cats breed; but she looks nothing like her mother or father. She looks similar to a Ragdoll or Showshoe; but there have never been any of that breed around the house. Her mom is a calico domestic short hair cat and her father has grey and white stripes. (Though I suppose there could be a different father, promiscuous cats you know…)

Tardar Sauce visites the vet regularly and she has a clean bill of health. Her petite size and famous face is likely due to feline dwarfism and her rear end wobbles a bit when she walks due to this; otherwise she is a perfect little kitty! She is not a munchkin cat and was not bred purposefully from other munchkin cats. (We don’t breed kitty’s and her parents are normal sized domestic short hair cats.) Read More…

After Earth

“After Earth” is a lovely surprise. This film from producer-costar Will Smith and director M. Night Shyamalan, about a father and son marooned on a hostile future earth, is a moral tale disguised as a sci-fi blockbuster. It’s no classic, but it’s a special movie: spectacular and wise.
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Smith plays a veteran space soldier with the metaphorically overripe name of Cypher Raige. The actor’s real-life son Jaden (“The Karate Kid,” “The Pursuit of Happyness”) plays Cypher’s son Kitai, an aspiring warrior who just failed his cadet promotion test. The script, cowritten by Shyamalan and Gary Whitta, lays out a futureworld in brisk brushstrokes. Humans have fled a polluted Earth and built cities on the distant Nova Prime. Unfortunately, the planet was already claimed by another species that didn’t take kindly to the colonists and created predators to kill them. The predators are called ursas. They look a like huge versions of Mike from “Monsters, Inc.,” only dipped in acid and slime and outfitted with razor fangs and pincers. They Read More…

NBA Trade Rumors: Latest Buzz on Big Names Who Could Be Moved

This time of the year—on the precipice of the NBA Finals—is the trickiest time for teams to discuss possible offseason moves.
While 27 of the league’s 30 teams are chillin’ out, maxImagein’, relaxin’ all cool on a beach somewhere, no moves can actually go down yet. There can be talk, rumblings and innuendo, but having a serious conversation about a possible trade before the NBA Finals is like talking about what food you’ll order three weeks in advance of your dinner reservation. Read More…

Collapse of Civilization

I met J at the gym. Gradually, we found we have much in common, but are also quite incompatible.

For example, in the stuff in common category, we are both Jewish (though do not much regard it as a meaningful label), both come from unhappy families, both at times lived in the New York City area (though Joe much longer than I), both have had some slightly dangerous and disquieting experiences. (J worked for an alarm company for a while.)

For one thing, my wife and I are both still alive, and both in reasonably good health, despite a variety of aches and pains (not unsurprising to people in their 60s) and despite my recent leg infection and hospital visits.

J, on the other hand, lost his wife to an illness a few years ago. Evidently, the experience left him bitter and angry, as he was I gather, quite fond…

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News that matters

Palestinian Arabs, headed by the militant ex-mufti of Jerusalem, Hajj Amin Husseini, wanted an all-out war against the Jewish people.

On Nov. 29, 1947, the UN General Assembly passed a resolution calling for the partition of Palestine into two independent states – one Jewish, the other Arab – linked in an economic union.

For Jews all over the world, this was the fulfillment of a millenarian yearning for national rebirth in their ancestral homeland. For Arab political and intellectual elites, it was a shameful surrender of (a however minute) part of the perceived pan-Arab patrimony to a foreign invader.

The response of the Arab Higher Committee, the effective «government» of the Palestinian Arabs, headed by the militant ex-mufti of Jerusalem, Hajj Amin Husseini, was an all-out war.

Nowhere at the time was the collapse and dispersion of Palestinian Arab society ,«the catastrophe» as it would come to be known…

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