Tonight is the first night of Chanukah. Once again, this is really a minor holiday. Usually, Chanukah is said to have become important in the 20th century because it is close to Christmas. Our rabbi says that Chanukah grew in importance in the late 19th century, as Zionists needed a military hero, and Judah Macabee was it. Anyway, Passover, Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur are the big holidays.
You think Jews at Harvard, MIT and Penn will be able to hold Menorah lighting ceremonies tonight? The Daily Mail reports on the backlash against MIT president Sally Kornbluth, Harvard president Claudine Gay, and UPenn President Liz Magill. The Times of Israel says that Gay and Magill are 'walking back' their comments. Whatever backlash these presidents are facing, it's not enough.
The Israelis really are breaking out the pumps and hoses and getting ready to flood the Hamas tunnels in Gaza. Or are they? This would be a controversial move, to say the least. Might the very public flood plan be a bit of strategic misdirection, a ruse meant to trick Hamas fighters out of their safe spaces? Heh. Or maybe the Jews are just going to go biblical on Hamas and flood them out. You know what the imams say.
An interesting tidbit from the Times of Israel: 'Meeting local leaders of northern border towns on Wednesday, Defense Minister Yoav Gallant said Israel plans to force the Hezbollah terror group to move away from the border, and does not expect residents to return to their homes before it does so.' Gallant talks about pushing Hezbollah north of the Litani River, 18 miles or so off the Israeli border. That means some kind of major military op. One supposes that the IDF might be in the early stages of such an op right now. Anyway, this would be wise. [Puts on Omar Sharif voice] 'Hezbollah, Bibi.'
Ahhh, the real Ed sent us a pic last night:We're not making this crab up, yo.
The GOP held a debate last night. We didn't watch. We don't care. People who believe these polls showing Trump beating Joe setting themselves up for a massive disappointment. Joe, or whoever the Inner Party substitutes, will win because the Dems control the means of counting. Don't you know that?
The Alberta Plain story is coagulating just fine but lacks a conclusion and...something. A property dispute with a neighbor, a water dispute with municipal authorities that comes to a head with the world ending. We can't have another story where characters are just gawking and pointing, 'OMG! Mushroom clouds!' So what does our loner, lapsed Quebecois do when he sees the southern horizon glow?
The readthrough of World War 1990: The Final Storm...continues, continues with great fear and trepidation, and slowness. We must pick up the pace.