Thursday, September 15, 2005

Recycle or we will kill you!

I just got off the phone with one of the idiots who mans the phones for the city's 311 service. As usual, I was left completely unimpressed by her professionalism and courtesy, for if she had either, not to mention intelligence, she'd work in the private sector with the rest of civilization.

Around the corner from my apartment are numerous bodega type corner stores. All of them currently seem to be out of clear plastic recycling bags. Being the ever cautious person I am, and not wanting to piss off my landlord, I called ahead to make sure I don't fall from grace in the eyes of the Garbage Nazis. After all, if you throw out your garbage in a fashion which doesn't meet their approval, the city will steal money from you in the form of progressive fines.

Apparently, the offense of packing my recycling in blue plastic is a fine-worthy offense here in the People's Republic of New York.

I should look on the bright side. Anthony Weiner dropped out of the mayoral primary. Now there's hope we won't be the Weiner city.

Monday, September 12, 2005

In case anyone cares...

I'm back. At least, I'm back for one little entry in my pathetic excuse for a blog.

For the past six months, I have worked for a company whose workforce is primarily chasidim, with some misnagdim such as myself, and a few gentiles sprinkled about the place. I work six days a week, and I'm totally exhausted most of the time.

To put it succinctly, I am drowning in a sea of neoconservatives, who are just like liberals -- they worship the state in all its glory, assuming it's their guys in power, and not those stoned, left-leaning gay lovers on the left.

These are the thoughts that have been floating in my noggin for the past few months:

1) How does the fact that the New Orleans detainees were held against their will in the Superdome contrast with us "bringing freedom" to Iraq?

2) Were the Jews who are outraged at the Jewish homes in the settlements similarly enraged when homes of Arabs who had little, if anything, to do with terrorism were destroyed by the same Israeli government? Like Goldwater said, the government powerful enough to give you everything you want is the same goverment powerful enough to take it away from you. Life's a bitch, ain't it, state-worshippers?

3) Are the idiots among the Jewish people who claim the tragedy in the bayou was retribution for America's lack of support for Israel aware of the idiots among the Muslims who claim the tragedy was retribution for America's support for Israel? I read a tripe over Shabbos written by Nachman Kahana. A supporter of his kind I am no longer. People like him would dare to assume how Hashem keeps the celestial scorecard. I'm not so arrogant as they.

4) When Jews hear of bad things the state of Israel does to religious Jews, it's believed without any hesitation. However, if any news comes out of bad things being done to Arabs by the Israeli government, all we hear are claims of media bias and anti-semitism. Why is this?

A co-worker of mine suggested yesterday that the Israelis should have mined all the schools and homes in Gaza before leaving. Another verbalized his desire to see all the Arabs killed. The latter (not a religious Jew, but a very nationalistic Jew) called a couple of guys "pussies" for thinking that Israel should just start bombing everyone in sight.

Sigh.

These people disgust me.