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Tuesday, March 30, 2004
  Poor Rachel Corrie

I'm going to bring up a very sensitive topic. The topic is MIFTAH, International Solidarity Movement, and Rachel Corrie.

"Peace activist" Rachel Corrie, 23, was a student at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. She died Sunday, March 16, 2003, in the southern Gaza city of Rafah while trying to stop an Israeli bulldozer from tearing down a Palestinian's home. Apparently she fell in front of the Israeli bulldozer which ran her over. She died a short time later in a local arab hospital.

Goddamit!! This is terribly troubling. This brings to mind many questions.
Why was Rachel Corrie killed? Who is responsible? Why are kids traveling to Gaza to "protect" the arabs homes?

I can't understand (and Dov maybe you can help) how kids can be so misguided, so confused that they can travel from there nice life on easy street in the U.S to Gaza to shield the arabs! What the fuck is going on here?? Why are all of the so called "peace activists" siding with the terrorists? Why are the "peace activists" not in outrage about the total lack of respect (on the arab side) for human life? They kill innocent women and children and the "peace activists" call it legitimate struggle?? I don't here the "peace activists" complaining when the dumbass fucking arabs accidentally set off a bomb in an apartment and kill other dumbass fucking arabs!

These fucking "peace activists" are driven by hatred and rage. Hatred for the Jews. Period. They want the arabs to take over our land. There is no other explanation. Where were the "peace activists" when 6,000,000 Jews were being slaughtered in Europe. Where were the "peace activists" when Jews were being persecuted in pre-1948 Israel? Where were the "peace activists" when the brand new country of Israel was attacked by ALL of her arab neighbors in 1948? Where the fuck is the outrage over the raging anti-Semitism in Europe?

Rachel Corrie and Tom Hurndall were unfortunately killed. But if you travel to Gaza against the advise of your own government and against the advise of the Israeli government during a guerilla war, then it will be at your own risk.
- posted by Prodly @ Tuesday, March 30, 2004


Monday, March 29, 2004
  Heeeeeeeeere's PIP!

Haven't mentioned my dog Pip yet. He's great at uh hmmm.. HUMPING! Here he is with his bitch. Howie.



That's my good boy!
- posted by Prodly @ Monday, March 29, 2004 (0) comments


  The root of the problem

I have chosen to address a comment made in the comment section of my article entitled Yassin is dead. The comment was written by one of my oldest and greatest friends, Dov in response to a comment of mine.

I here a lot of talk of the power struggle amongst the various arab groups in Israel, and I dont really care that much. I don’t think we can have a peaceful existence with any of them. Whats the difference between Fatah and Hamas?
Hamas is more radical? Fine. Then the way I see it hamas should take over control of the arabs so maybe it will be easier for the rest of the world to hate them.
Prodly

Well I guess the question then is why do you believe peace is impossible? Is the hatred between Jews and Arabs fundamental (i.e. a problem of genetics), or is it a cultural difference that runs (terribly) deep?

I assume we can agree that its the 2nd - in which case I think it can be undone. Perhaps it will take 200 years? 300 years? Probably not: - we have peace with Egypt and Jordan in only 50. Granted, this problem is much more complex. Suppose it takes that long: you hope to see Israel around for longer than that, no? Wouldn't it be better to start working towards that goal, instead of deepening the hatred? Israel cannot keep living with this problem on her hands. If she is to survive, eventually we will require an agreement. The sooner we start, the easier it will be.
Dov Gordon

The problem Dov, as I see it goes back to the very beginning. To Avraham and Hagar. Avraham was told by G-d that he would in fact have a child by Sarah, however he did not wait and had a child with Hagar the Egyptian maid of Sarah. The child’s name was Ishmael. Ishmael was the beginning of the current conflict. Ishmael had 12 sons who then became the founders of their own tribes which spread from Egypt to Iraq to become our arab brothers and sworn enemies.

The arabs will not let the Jews live peacefully in Israel. Period. You mention that it only took 50 years to have piece with Egypt and Jordan. If you see peace with these countries as true, I am sorry to say that you are blinded. Egypt constantly supports terror. Most of the weapons of the current intifada are coming from them. They privately and publicly support the uprising. Jordan in not much better. Jordan is 60% Palestinian including Queen Rania. I would say that peace with Jordan is shaky at best.

Peace with the arabs is not possible. It is the cold hard truth. The Israelis MUST take control of the situation by force, not by negotiation with terrorists. The PLO, hamas, islamic jihad, the popular front etc….. all represent the true majority position of the arab world and that is KILL THE JEWS. We must decide the outcome. We must take charge. We must end the current intifada. We must set our own borders. We must rule over the arabs of Israel. If the arabs are not happy living in our democracy, they MUST leave.
- posted by Prodly @ Monday, March 29, 2004 (0) comments


Friday, March 26, 2004
  Fellowship of the quizzers



You're.....ARAGORN!


Which Member of the Fellowship are You Most Like??
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- posted by Prodly @ Friday, March 26, 2004 (0) comments


  What OS are YOU?

Wow! This one is really stupid!

Try it
- posted by Prodly @ Friday, March 26, 2004 (0) comments


  Talk about dead on

You are one troubled Kid. A regular sick fuck! What
the hell did your parents do to you when you
were little?! I feel sorry for your troubled
Mind. Shall I suggest counselling, a mental
facility perhaps? Yes, I know it's a lot to
swallow, being told that you are extremely
fucked in the head... I'm sorri, But I had to
break it to ya. All of the signs match up, You
have a troubled mind with a lot of pain from
the past. What happens in the past has nothing
to do with your future.

*The Troubled Quiz*
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- posted by Prodly @ Friday, March 26, 2004 (0) comments


  Theres nothing wrong with Badgers


What Is Your Animal Personality?
- posted by Prodly @ Friday, March 26, 2004 (0) comments


  Quizzes Quizzes Quizzes

After all, what are Fridays for?

I took the dog breed test and heres what breed I am...

German Shepherd

No bones, about it, you're a loyal, hard-working German Shepherd. Dedicated and always low-maintenance, people flock to you — they know they can count on you to get any job done, and done well. That focus and attention to detail spans from your personal to your professional life, too. Although you can be a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to the projects you tackle, you still manage to keep cool and laid-back in social situations. You get a kick out of the little things and thrive when you're constantly busy and on-the-go. Easygoing and unpretentious, you don't need constant pampering and reassurance. A genuine, carefree pup, you're a true-blue friend, employee, and partner. Woof!
- posted by Prodly @ Friday, March 26, 2004 (0) comments


  Anne of Green Gables



You're Anne of Green Gables!

by L.M. Montgomery

Bright, chipper, vivid, but with the emotional fortitude of cottage
cheese, you make quite an impression on everyone you meet. You're impulsive, rash,
honest, and probably don't have a great relationship with your parents. People hurt
your feelings constantly, but your brazen honestly doesn't exactly treat others with
kid gloves. Ultimately, though, you win the hearts and minds of everyone that matters.
You spell your name with an E and you want everyone to know about it.


Take the Book Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid.


Sounda about right, Huh?

- posted by Prodly @ Friday, March 26, 2004 (0) comments


Thursday, March 25, 2004
  I'm a Pegasus

It's official:

You're a pegasus. You're very calm and loving.
Something about you makes others want to get
close to you, whether or not you feel the same
way about them. You don't bond to others
easily, but when you do it's long-lasting. Your
alignment is *good*, but not so much that you
can't have fun.

Accurate? I think so.

Try it
- posted by Prodly @ Thursday, March 25, 2004 (0) comments


  Jewish claim to Gaza

A wonderful read
- posted by Prodly @ Thursday, March 25, 2004 (0) comments


  A Meatless Passover?

I have been meat-free for a year and a half now, and I feel great. Every day I here more and more about the dangers of eating meat, and the torturing of the animals before they end up on your plate. What better time to become Vegetarian then Passover?

The holiday of Passover, is about the Jewish peoples struggle to break free from 400 hundred years of bondage. Jews were slaves to the Egyptions and forced to construct the pharoes empire. The Jews were beaten and tortured.
On Passover we pray for those who are opressed.
Maimonides writes:
“As far as pain is concerned, there is no real distinction between the pain of humans and the pain of animals, because the love and compassion of the mother for her young is not reasoned intellectually, but has only to do with emotions and instincts, which are found among animals no less than among human beings.”
This is the time people. Time to get serious. In a time of much pain and suffering, the holiday or Passover teaches us compassion and reminds us of our time of torture and slavery. Let us treat G-ds creatures with respect.
Do you know how we get our wool? We carelessly shear it off of sheep along with there skin!

How about thinking about this fox the next time you want that warm pelt?

Try enjoying your chicken knowing what you are eating spent its life in a cage no bigger than its body, and was de-beaked with a hot blade along with part of its tongue so that it couldnt peck at other chickens.

Vegetarianism is a big change, I know. But the cruelty must stop.
After all, THEY WERE HERE FIRST!
- posted by Prodly @ Thursday, March 25, 2004 (0) comments


Wednesday, March 24, 2004
  The Passion of horrible news

I would like to share a few words about Mel Gibson’s new movie, The Passion.

Now, most people are probably sick as hell from hearing about this fucking debate and frankly so am I. However I feel my opinion must be heard so here it is…

The Jewish world started an uprising as soon as word got out about this movie. Before anyone saw the movie they were condemning Mel Gibson. Now, It’s the biggest news story in the country. The movie supposedly portrays the Jews as Christ killing instigators. Fine! Maybe the Jews did have a roll in his death. I don’t know and I don’t care. Why the fuck should that matter at all today? You want a movie to make a stink about? Try watching The 120 Days of Sodom. As for Mel being an anti-semite, I don’t know. His father Hutton Gibson is not only an anti-semite, he is a Holocaust revisionist. This guy is a grade-A piece of shit.
I have not yet seen the movie my self, but I plan to. I will not however see it in the theatre or rent it because I will not support Mel's latest project anymore knowing who his father is and what he stands for (I have no problem supporting bootleggers who steal from Mel). As they say…. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Check out some more Hutton reading.
- posted by Prodly @ Wednesday, March 24, 2004 (0) comments


Monday, March 22, 2004
  Yassin is Dead



So it’s a regular Monday morning. I’m tired and it’s cold. I stop on the way to work for a bagel and some coffee. While I’m waiting for my order to be ready I turn around to look at the stack newspapers to check out today headlines and my heart skipped a beat when I see the Tribune. “Israeli missile strike kills hamas founder”. Holy fucking shit!

This is absolutely fucking great! I had so much adrenaline pumping through my veins. I felt very similar the day they caught saddam. It’s a very different rush from say a roller coaster ride, or a plane taking off. I think it is such an intense rush because it is totally unexpected. I never thought that they would take saddam alive let alone hiding in a whole like a fucking gofer. I certainly never expected them to kill Yassin. Its pretty fucked up that I never expected Sharon to take down Yassin or that Yassin also never expected it. The handicapped “spiritual leader” was the FOUNDER of hamas! The terrorists responsible for 40% of the Israeli deaths in the current intifada. Terrorist numero uno should have been hanged by his old shriveled dick in Kikar Tzion after hamas took responsibility for their first attack.

Condemnation

Inevitably, Everyone condemned the attack:

The Palestinian Authority - "Israel has exceeded all red lines with this cheap and dirty crime" (They have also declared 3 days of mourning)

British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw - "The assassination is unacceptable, it is unjustified and it is very unlikely to achieve its objectives."

Javier Solana the European Union's foreign policy chief - "The European Union has consistently condemned 'extra judicial killings'. In this particular case, the condemnation has to be even stronger. These type of actions do not contribute to dialogue and peace in the region. Neither will they bring less violence. The actions of today are bad news for the peace process."

French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin - "France condemns the action against Sheikh Yassin. At a time when it is important to mobilize for the re-launch of the peace process, such acts can only fuel the cycle of violence."

Danish Foreign Minister, Per Stig Moeller - Denmark is "against assassinations like this. This is not the way ahead. There's only one way ahead, and that is political."

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, in reaction to the assassination of Hamas spiritual leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, directed his country's representatives not to take part in activities the Knesset and Foreign Ministry is planning this week to mark 25 years to the signing of the peace agreement with Egypt.

Jordanian Prime Minister Faisal Al Fayez - "This is another crime that is added to the crimes committed by Israel against the Palestinian people, and forms a flagrant violation of all charters and norms."

You know what I say….”Fuck Jordan, Fuck Egypt, Fuck the EU, Fuck France hard, Fuck Britain, Fuck Denmark, Fuck the PA. These fuckers can all go straight to hell. We’ll see what happens when the Islamic terrorists take over there fucking cities and cause panic in the streets!

There is no negotiation with terrorists. Sharon, Its about fucking time!
Limp Dick, good luck with those virgins.
- posted by Prodly @ Monday, March 22, 2004 (0) comments


Friday, March 19, 2004
  Come to your senses man

My wife and a friend of mine known only as “Wopps” have expressed concern with my recent decision to go profanity free on my Blog. Although my wife didn’t threaten to boycott, she explained that I really shouldn’t be concerned with accommodating anyone. That I shouldn’t change my language just to make some Jews more comfortable. It didn’t take me long to agree. FUCK IT! What the hell was I thinking??! Me not curse?? That makes no fucking sense. The cursing helps me illustrate my point much better. I mean fuck, I didn’t go to high school. My vocabulary is small enough as it is without dropping the profanity. I mean fuck, I only know like 70 words anyways.

I am pleased to announce that my short hiatus from using profanity in this Blog is OVER!

Fuckin-A
- posted by Prodly @ Friday, March 19, 2004 (0) comments


Thursday, March 18, 2004
  Jonathan Pollard

Here’s my take on Pollard. Here we have a Jew with purely Zionist blood running through his veins. Even to this day. Pollard was in a unique position to help the country that he loved. Israel. Pollard worked for US Naval Intelligence in the 80’s and had access to top secret files that contained information that would have been of value to Israel – the most valuable US ally in the Middle East. Pollards superiors purposely hid the information from Israel. Whether or not the info. was vital to Israeli security is debatable but in my eyes doesn’t matter in the least from the US point of view. The fact is: Israel keeps plenty of secrets from the US. Pollard as a civilian analyst for US intelligence didn’t have the right to share the color of his tooth brush with a foreign country. I don’t care if it’s Israel or Pakistan. Pollard was wrong.

Responsibility

The fact is, that Israel wanted nothing to do with Pollard. He approached them eagerly volunteering to help. He was turned away. After much pestering Israel appointed a team to the Pollard case and began work with him. It is my view as a fellow Zionistic Jew that if you are in a position like Pollards where you have information that the US purposely kept secret from her Israeli allies that you feel is vital for National security you are on your own if you want to illegally copy and distribute sensitive top secret material.
It is my contention that Pollard was definitely railroaded by Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger and his team as well as his lawyer who never appealed the life sentence. This is very unfortunate, but never the less NOT Israel’s problem. Pollard is an irresponsible untrustworthy criminal. His punishment is severe.

My final words on the matter are these: John, you had better stop trashing every Israeli politician and MK. You need friends not enemies. I understand your bitterness, but what you did was illegal and careless. I hope one day that you will fulfill your dream of having a Bayis Neman B’Yisroel. Until then, tone it down and re-strategize.
- posted by Prodly @ Thursday, March 18, 2004 (0) comments


  Profanity

I have removed profanity from my posts for the sake of my naive and sheltered readers. Its not like me to hold back in my posts, but I have to keep it somewhat clean now that I have joined the Jewish Blog Roll.
- posted by Prodly @ Thursday, March 18, 2004 (0) comments


Wednesday, March 17, 2004
  The Fields Rash

I’ll share a little story with you about something the happened to me today. Let me first give you the background:
I think it all began this past November. My wife and I were at Marshall Fields with her brother and his girlfriend. My wife was shopping for a watch and after quite a while she finally decided on one. At the checkout the checkout lady succeeded in convincing us to open a Marshall Fields account by giving us 10% off of our current purchase. Let me say that we almost never shop there and didn’t want a f#*king Marshall Fields card. We did however want 10% off on the watch so we agreed. She took my drivers license and filled out some paperwork for me then gave me a temporary paper card.

After regrouping with our shopping buddies, my brothers girlfriend decided to buy this coat, so I told her to let me buy it with my new card because I have 10% off of anything in the store for the next day. I then paid for the coat and got re-reimbursed immediately.

2 Months later, on a Friday (Erev Shabbat) I am playing Bond on N64 during our weekly pre-Shabbat meet-up I get a call from Marshal Fields. The customer service rep. was talking to me with a very threatening tone. She explained to me that she was calling because I have not yet paid my bill which was 2 months overdue. I always pay bills on time. Always. When I receive a bill I look at the due date and write it on the front of the envelope, then I file it. This is a very easy way to keep track of un-paid bills. So I asked the b%!ch “Well, that’s very interesting. Where did you send the bill?”. She listed my Mom’s old address, which was the address on my license. Ahhhh OK. So you stupid fools filled out the application for me and assumed the address on my drivers license was my current address. Decent assumption, but f%@!ing stupid never the less. I gave her my new address. So I said fine. I’ll pay you by credit card right now. “We don’t take credit card sir”. Marshall f%@!ing Fields doesn’t take credit card payments, huh? “OK well then you aren’t getting paid today. Goodbye” So I went back to Bond and forgot the whole incident.

After about two weeks I received the bill. It has $43 in past due charges. Screw You!
So as I always due, I write the due date (3/24/04) and file the bill. Today, (3/17/04) I get a call at work from another b!#ch with an attitude. OK now I’m really getting irritated. I told the b!#ch off something like this: “I never wanted your card in the first place, you have the wrong f%@king address on the account, you are just plain f%@king rude, and you are charging me $43 for your mistake??!!!” So I pay the balance (through check by phone!) minus the $43 in late fees. My exact words were, “You know what? I feel like being a stickler today. I’m not paying you that late fee!”

I hate people.
- posted by Prodly @ Wednesday, March 17, 2004 (0) comments


Tuesday, March 16, 2004
  The Corporate Trap

Well, after a couple days off from the Blog I’m back and I’m angry as ever. Yesterday was Monday, the worst day of the week for me because it means going back to work. I don’t mind working that is not the problem. In fact, I’m a very hard worker and love to learn new things. The problem is the job.

The Office…
I started working at “The Office” almost 3 years ago. 2 Years ago The Office moved to Rosemont. For those who do not already know, Rosemont is a crappy little city next to O’Hare Airport which is made up of hotels and offices. The actual Rosemont population is only 4,200. It’s basically an office town. The Office has between 25 and 35 employees at any given moment depending on how well the company seems to be doing at that time. I have seen quite a few people come and go in my 3 years. “The Office” is a software company. Inside, The “backroom” where my desk is located is always hot. The air does not move and there are probably 20 PCs running all of the time so it is always stuffy and noisy.
Basically your average stuffy office in a far office town full of nerds and losers.

The Job….
My job consists of writing software upgrade documents, testing new releases, training the Engineers, and some customer support. Basically I sit in front of my computer for 9 f&#king hours straight 5 days a week. I know what you are thinking, and that is…Awww poor baby doesn’t like his job. Boo Hoo.
Well f!%k that! I’m like a hawk with it’s f#@king wings clipped.

The corporate trap…..
I got caught in the corporate trap because I had know idea about the effects that sitting in an office all day in front of a PC can have on the brain. It’s tough. I went to computer training school so that I could get a good job and make some money. Right after school I got hired at The Office. I started making some decent money after only a couple of months. After a few more months, I got married and we bought our first place. BAM! The corporate trap.
1. Get a job in the corporate world. 2. Make some decent money. 3. Get a house.
Now you are in The corporate trap. You have job security and money but you also have a mortgage payment. Let me just say that being married to my wife and having our own house is the greatest pleasure in the world and I would stay in corporate hell forever to keep this good thing going. It’s worth it. So once your sucked in it is very difficult to get out because you can't really afford to take a smaller salary then what you are making now and anyplace outside of the corporate world, you are expected to work hard for less money.

The Breakdown……
Next, the company starts with a couple of layoffs. “Don’t worry everything is fine” the boss says. Meanwhile, some X-employees are packing up there shit. Heres the real kicker.. “Sorry, but until furthur notice yearly raises have been capped at 3%” AWESOME! Now we REALLY have no motivation.
Let’s recap. You have a group of employees working on salary for a company that hasn’t seen any new business in 2 years, and that doesn’t give raises until furthur notice. Very positive environment huh?

DID YOU GET THE MEMO?
- posted by Prodly @ Tuesday, March 16, 2004 (0) comments


Friday, March 12, 2004
  Bye Bye Colby

Anyone watch Survivor last night? Kicked ass. This was definitely the best tribal council of Survivor All-Stars. The episode starts out with Jerri performing her usual morning whine, while the rest of Mogo Mogo rolls there eyes and grits there teeth. Then we get tree-mail which reveals that there will be only one challenge this episode. It will be a combination reward/immunity and in addition, the winning tribe will select one player from the losing tribe to join them in there yacht BBQ. Thanks to Ethan’s regularly scheduled challenge fuck up (How do you expect to catch fish if you can’t even untie a f&#%ing knot?!!) Mogo Mogo losses the challenge. So after about 5 seconds of strategizing, Chapera selects Kathy to join them (This was definitely a great choice for Chapera) and they enjoy a huge meal, open bar, and dessert on a beautiful little oasis.

Meanwhile at Mogo Mogo……..

Ethan apologizes to his tribe for f&*#ing up the challenge, while Shii-Ann is dreaming about life without Jerri (so am I BTW). It seems that the easiest and most obvious choice for person to vote off the island would be Jerri. She’s irritating, lazy, useless, and they all hate her. Now begins what I consider to be the best strategizing in the game so far.
Lex decides to dump Colby. Colby is physically the strongest person on Mogo Mogo, and he is also the one initially responsible for voting off King Hatch in place of jester Ethan. Lex and Colby have been pretty tight up until the last episode where Lex drops the bomb and hints to us that he will eliminate Colby. Dumping Colby before a merge is the best possible move for Lex. So Lex calls Jerri aside to tell her that the tribe is dumping Ethan (or so Colby thinks) but really he is telling her of the new plan on the table. Operation: Dump Cocky Texan. Jerri is all over that plan and Lex proceeds to educate Shii-Ann. The editing leads us to believe that Shii-Ann isn’t sure who to vote out. Jerri or Colby?

At TC Jerri is blabbing to Jeff something about being optimistic and a good strategist. Huh??!! You annoying fool! Anyways Shii-Ann the swing vote in the end did what she was told (go figure) and dumped Colby. And thus concludes the ultimate blind-side.

Episode MVP: Lex
- posted by Prodly @ Friday, March 12, 2004 (0) comments


Thursday, March 11, 2004
  Even Sh'siyah Tirade

Let me just say something about my Even Sh’siyah tirade. I may not have been as harsh as I was if not for something that I witnessed on Chag Purim at there annual gig at the Evanston Chabad house.

The first band of the night was Farbrengiton. This band is the latest project from Even Sh’siyah’s Zev Goldberg. I don’t want to get off on a tangent so suffice it to say that there 4 song set was totally awesome.

Next band up: Ra’ashan. These guys are always fun.

Vocals: Yaniv
Lead guitar: Boaz
Rhythm guitar: Zev
Bass: Ben
Drums: The one and only Matt Kanter

Here is what really pissed me off. Towards the end of Ra’ashan’s set, Even Sh’siyah members started trickling in (clear some room there are quite a few of them) because they were set to go on next. They all came in bitter. They were the most sober and anal people in the crowd. We are talking about Chag Purim at the Tannenbaum Chabad house. The happiest most festive place in the country. In walks the anal patrol. So instead of putting there equipment down and enjoying the music, they get on stage and stand there. One band member is standing right on stage crowding the Ra’ashan band with his arms crossed and no smile on his face IT’S PURIM ASSHOLE!!!!! MOVE!!!!! No clapping of the hands, No smiling of the face, No swaying of the body. Just standing there like a f%$#ing bouncer at a night club trying to intimidate Ra’ashan off the stage. I saw 3 members of Even Sh’siyah come in and act like total pricks. I think some people need a lesson in f*!#ing respect! (other then me)
- posted by Prodly @ Thursday, March 11, 2004 (0) comments


  Even Sh'siyah


Let me start out by saying that I was probably the first Even Sh’siyah fan ever. I was there at the beginning. It all started in Steve Wruble’s basement. I was probably around 12 years of age and 100% punk. My best friend Roberto and I thought drummer Matt Kanter was the coolest person on Earth and we used to roadie for him. Whenever. Wherever. Anyways, these guys were fucking awesome. They had a great time jamming and we had a great time listening.

11 years later…..

Steve moved out of town (and also put out a pretty decent solo album), Paul (original guitarist) got married, became religious, moved to Skokie, quit band. Ok fine. The band was still looking very promising at this point. They had Leash, Eli, David, and Matt.

I think the problem with Even Sh’siyah is that it is the only Jewish rock band of its kind in the Chicago land area and therefore any religious Jew that thinks they can play an instrument wants to join. My opinion is that the core band should have just stood there ground and kept that door shut! Of course this did not happen.

Next addition: Mitch Jacoby. I guess they wanted Mitch because the band only had 2 guitarists at that point and every band needs 3 guitarists. Bad move.

Next addition: Zev Goldberg. Zev Goldberg is a very talented percussionist and noise maker. Zev is one addition that I can’t complain about because I have seen his creativity being in a band with him. Also, Zev being the youngest member of Even Sh’siyah gives them a little more of a youthful look. As a group.

Wait. The fun doesn’t stop at Zev.

Next addition: Mark Freedman. They say that Mark Freedman plays keyboard. Maybe he does but I’m going to say..Not. He comes to all the gigs with a keyboard and stands in front of it. But not once have I seen or heard him play it. I’ve seen him look at it. I’ve seen him walk around it. I have yet to hear him play it. So where I stand on Freedman is pretty obvious. Dump the poor guy before you embarrass him or the band any furthur.

In conclusion I will say that I am one person who deserves to come down harsh on these guys because I have stuck with them from the beginning. I know most of them very well and they are great guys. Prominent members of the community. Their 2 albums rock. Bottom line: They will probably never get there act together or ever reach there full potential because it just to fucking late. They peaked 5 years ago. I would say that as long as it keeps them happy….Kol ha Kovod.
- posted by Prodly @ Thursday, March 11, 2004 (0) comments


Wednesday, March 10, 2004
  Sharon

I need to talk about Ariel Sharon for a minute. What the hell happened to this guy?



- He up to his ass in corruption

- He just released how many terrorists? 400?!! For 3 dead soldiers and one criminal traitor. They should have sent in commandos to Lebanon to execute the careless colonel so that he couldnt divulge anymore secrets.

- He needs to complete the security fence immediately. I don't agree with the fence not including all parts of Israel, but I view the fence as a temporary solution to save lives until they get the Arab problem sorted out.

- He is aggressively pushing his own agenda which no one in his government supports. This personal agenda involves unilateral withdrawal from Gaza. This I have a serious problem with. The Arabs have waged a bloody war against us and have stated on numerous occasions publicly that they will not stop until they push us all into the sea. I for one believe them which is why we need to stop negotiating and fight back. Sharon needs to crush Hamas and the entire "Jihad" movement NOW. Today. Next we need to put Arafat in jail until the day he dies. And I'm not talking about a jail in Jericho with phone calls and visitors. I'm talking about a "pound me in the ass" jail where a large Russian named Boris can have his way with him. The last phase of the plan is declaring Gaza and the West Bank a permanent part of Israel. You fucked with us. You lost your land. Goodbye. The Arabs of Israel will be much better off under Israeli rule than under that of the PA.

- The last thing I will say about Sharon (for now) is that he has made Israel more dependant on the United States than ever before. We need to get away from this A.S.A.P. It is very dangerous when a Prime Minister consults with a foreign country before consulting with his own government! Jonathan Pollard talks about this topic in a wonderfull article he wrote for the Jewsweek.
- posted by Prodly @ Wednesday, March 10, 2004


  Quick Tela story

I'll share a quick Tela story for your enjoyment. If you dont already know, Tela is our 4 yr. old Rottweiler. For those of you who have met Tela, you know she's completely nutz.

So Tova and I are watching TV in the basement a couple weeks ago. I think it was a Tuesday night, definately an average uneventful stay at home and study weeknight. So anyway we are watching something and all of a sudden we here a huge bang coming from the laundry room. It sounded like the water heater Blew up or David Alcarese knocked over the boiler in one of his violent drunken stupors. Well our water heater is fairly new and Dave is locked up, so I ran to see what it was. When I get in the laundry room I am shocked to find Tela, sitting on the fucking dryer! What the hell is this dog thinking??! Why would she ever want to jump up there? Was there a reflection on the ceiling?

So I told her to stay, and yelled for Tova to come and see for herself while I get the camera. Tova and I decided the explaination that sounds most reasonable to us must be that the washer and dryer are next to the basement sink and she wanted water, so she took a flying leap onto the dryer. I dont know. She's crazy.
- posted by Prodly @ Wednesday, March 10, 2004 (1) comments


Tuesday, March 09, 2004
  New Phish album

So there is a new Phish album set to be released this summer. Hooray.
Is it possible that I'm growing out of Phish? That it was all just a long phase? I have noticed that lately I've been passing right over my Phish CD's when searching through my CD rack for my daily selections.

NO!

It's Phish DAMMIT! What the fuck happened to these guys? It's all about the benjamins baby.
I sincerely beleive it wasnt always this way. They probably sold out sometime late 97 or early 98. Some of greatest moments of my life were shared by me and my crew at Phish shows.

GONE! but hopefully not forever.

Now.....It's all about the benjamins baby.
They sell anything possible. Every Trey show or Phish show no matter how horrible is sold on the Phish web site for $10. Live Phish series. Plain and ugly apparel sold for obnoxious prices. There shows have been pretty average begining with Big Cypress. There ticket prices have gone up. They play the same fucking songs every show. Can I get a Mound or a Rift that doesnt suck? Is that so much to ask?

In conclusion...The number one reason for my lack of excitement about the new album is.....Drum roll please.......

ROUND ROOM
- posted by Prodly @ Tuesday, March 09, 2004 (0) comments


  Intro

Let me start out by saying that I am not much of writer and I am a man of few words. I was inspired to start this blog by my good friend Velvel. Thank you Velvel.

For readers who do not know me personally let me just say that I have some strong opinions about certain matters and If there was a way that people could see the thoughts inside my head I would be pronounced "Insane" and locked up forever. My intension is not to scare anyone with my often radical views, but I feel I must express them in order to maintain a level of sanity. Even if the sanity level often dips below Sane and into the rivers of madness. That being said, here is a little taste..
- posted by Prodly @ Tuesday, March 09, 2004 (0) comments


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