Saturday, June 23, 2018


Michael Lumish

It is as if they do not understand the political implications of open borders. Open borders means the elimination of the international system of nation-states. The elimination of nation-states means at least three possibilities: anarchism, communism, or corporatism.

Anarchism would suggest an international series of loosely connected cooperatives.

Communism would suggest a single worldwide government. {Oh joy.}

Corporatism, in the manner of my usage, would suggest rule by corporations.

In any case, when people break the law and are caught they are often separated from their friends, family, and children. If a person does not wish for this to happen it might be better not to commit the crime.

But my feelings on this issue have much to do with my own family history. My father was born in the Ukraine, a town called Medzybush. They fled the pogroms of the early 1920s and although they had relatives in Brooklyn, failed to gain visas into the United States.

They went to Argentina where my grandfather died.

A year or so later the visas came thru and my father passed thru Ellis Island in the arms of my grandmother Sarah.

They had nothing.

She literally mopped floors at the Jewish Orphan Asylum where my father slept.

But they did it LEGALLY.

And it worked.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Shabbat Shalom


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An Ethical Dilemma

Michael Lumish

I live in Oakland, California.

Pretty much everyone in Oakland, rich or poor, live cheek-by-jowl.

I have a sort-of unique Craftsman-style house that I am proud of and that turned out to be a good investment.

My next-door neighbor is probably the best next-door neighbor that I have ever had.

She is a nurse and has helped me in that capacity.

It turns out, however, that she also suffers from bronchitis or something along those lines.

What that means is that when we have a fire in our fireplace it causes stress on this woman.

So this is the basis of the dilemma.

This is my house. I have every right to have a fire in my wood-burning fireplace whenever I want so long as I am not in violation of local governmental fire warnings.

And the thing is, I like this person. We've been neighbors for seven years.

I am honestly not certain how to handle this. We purchased a quarter cord of wood heading into last winter and burned maybe a third over the following months.

Now the only thing that I can think of is that every time we want to have a fire, as we read aloud C.S. Lewis - I kid you not -  is to confirm that she is not home.

In any case, we are heading into summer so it will not be an immediate problem, but I need further convincing before someone can tell me that I cannot have a fire in my own damn fireplace.

I have been scratching my head over this for the past month and still do not have an answer.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

This Week on Nothing Left

Michael Lumish

This week the fellahs, Michael Burd and Alan Freedman, begin their discussion with Christian Zionist William F Callahan who relates his feelings about the move of the US embassy to Jerusalem, and then hear from former politician and now commentator Einat Wilf who has some views on the Gaza violence.

They catch up with Nima Gholam Ali Pour in Malmo Sweden on the situation regarding the effects of mass immigration from the MJews, and then hear some good news stories from Israel with former Kiwi Michael Kuttner.

3 min Editorial:  Limmud Oz 2018

11  min William F Callahan, Christian Zionist

25 min Einat Wilf, on Gaza violence

51 min Nima Gholam Ali Pour, Swedish ,Malmo commentator anti-antisemitism and Islamic Immigration a serious problem

1 hr 13 Michael Kuttner, former Kiwi now Israeli commentator