• He was old, sick, and having trouble cutting the meat at the Waffle House. His waitress’ kindness is the Feel Good Story of the Day

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    Here’s the link to this wonderful story.

    The city of La Marque, Texas, proclaimed March 8, 2018, Evoni “Nini” Williams Day in the city after seeing her act of kindness that went viral on Facebook this week.

    Earlier this week, Waffle House customer Laura Wolf snapped a photo of Williams cutting up food for a partially disabled man during a busy shift at the restaurant.

    The photo went viral, with 97,000 reactions and nearly 46,000 shares. ….

    Williams couldn’t stop the tears as Texas Southern University handed her an oversized check for $16,000.

    A representative for the university said, “Your act of kindness is exactly the kind of student we want at Texas Southern University. “ 

    “That’s just me,” Williams said of the photo. “It came from the heart. I would do it any other time, not just this time.”

    She added, “All I know is we were busy. And all he asked was, ‘I don’t have functioning in my hands, can you cut (my ham) for me? It would be easier for me.’ I was like, sure, I stopped. I had food on the board to pick up. They were calling my name. I stepped away, came back and finished.”


  • The Name Game: What if Your Name is Polish and Voters Prefer Irish?

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    Yep. You change that name.

    Phillip Spivak –shazaam!–is now Shannon O’Malley

    Spiwak, a failed candidate for judge in Cook County (Chicago and suburbs), has decided the new name has more curb appeal for voters.

    Here’s the story in the Chicago Tribune:

    In the hit AMC shows “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul,” Bob Odenkirk plays Slippin’ Jimmy McGill, an Irish-American attorney who changes his name to the Jewish-sounding Saul Goodman to lend his business an air of legitimacy.

    But if you’re running for judge in Cook County, history shows there’s no better name to have printed on the ballot than an Irish woman’s.

    That appears to be the rationale behind the curious name switch adopted by the lawyer formerly known as Phillip Spiwak, a Schaumburg criminal defense and bankruptcy attorney who now goes by (say it with a brogue) Shannon P. O’Malley.

    Spiwak unsuccessfully ran for judge in 2010 under his old name as a Republican candidate in Will County. He changed his name in 2012, according to the state Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission. Now he’s running as a Democrat under his new name. . . .

    Alas, for O’Malley, the [suburban] seat is routinely won by Republicans. In a down-ballot race in which voters typically vote strictly on party lines, his name change in unlikely to be enough.

    ’Tis a shame!

    –Chicago Tribune

    Kudos to the Trib’s reporter, Kim Janssen, for that final sentence.

  • “Moron Speaking” Quote of the Day

    The speaker is rapper Erykah Badu (link here)

    “I’m not an anti-Semitic person…. I see good in everybody. I saw something good in Hitler,” Badu said randomly as the Nazi leader had not been previously mentioned in the interview.

    “Come again?” the interview asked back.

    “Hitler was a wonderful painter,” she responded.

    Dissatisfied with her response, the interviewer pushed Badu to explain herself, noting that, contrary to popular belief, Hitler was a relatively mediocre artist.

    “Okay, he was a terrible painter. Poor thing. He had a terrible childhood….I see things like that. I guess it’s just the Pisces in me,” Badu answered.

    Comment: Tragically, her hair is bigger than her brain.


    Thanks to the great Tom Elia, who sent me this wonderful scene from Mel Brooks’ The Producers about Hitler the painter.

    Franz Liebekind: You know, not many people knew it, but the Führer was a terrific dancer.

    Max: Really, I never dreamed that…

    Franz Liebekind: That is because that you were taken in by that verdammte Allied propaganda! Such filthy lies! They told lies! But nobody ever said a bad word about Winston Churchill, did they? No! ‘Win with Winnie!’ Churchill! With his cigars. With his brandy. And his rotten painting, rotten! Hitler – there was a painter! He could paint an entire apartment in one afternoon! Two Coats! Churchill. He couldn’t even say ‘Nazi’. He would say ‘Noooo-zeeehz, Nooooooooooooo-zeeehz!’ It wasn’t Noses! It was Nazis! Churchill!…Let me tell you this! And you’re hearing this straight from the horse. Hitler was better looking than Churchill. He was a better dresser than Churchill. He had more hair! He told funnier jokes! And he could dance the pants off of Churchill!…Churchill!

  • Aggressive Turkeys Interfere with Mail Delivery

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    Aggressive turkeys interfere with mail delivery (link)

    Mail carriers are attempting to deliver the mail, but they have nothing to steer the turkeys away. Residents have had to pick their mail up at the post office.

    The city can’t eradicate the turkeys under the city’s ordinance, [Rocky River Mayor Pam] Bobst said, so a letter was sent out this week to residents asking them to stop putting out any kind of bird food. –Cleveland.com

    Neither rain, nor sleet, nor corn-bread stuffing shall stay these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.

  • No Apologies: Nikki Haley Explains Why the US Moved Its Embassy to Jerusalem

    In one of those useless exercises the UN seems to enjoy, its members forced a Security Council debate and vote to condemn Pres. Trump’s decision to move the US embassy to the city Israel calls its capital, Jerusalem.

    The US vetoed the resolution. Since everyone knew in advance it would do so, the debate was staged to smear the US and Israel. It follows a recent move by another UN body to remove any Jewish references to locations within Israel. They will be called only by their Arabic names, even if they are exclusively Jewish Holy Sites.  As far as the UN is concerned, it’s a “Judenfrei zone.”

    As ZipDialog has noted previously, the embassy move (which is actually a gradual process) did not prejudge the US position on the location of a future Palestinian state, and the US said so.

    The Palestinians did not accept that explanation–their position is flatly rejectionist–but their attempt to spark another uprising fizzled. Still, it’s the thought that counts.

    It is also worth noting that US decision was divisive along party lines. It had complete support among Republicans, very little among Democrats (though their leaders generally remained low profile), and fairly broad opposition among US diplomats and foreign-policy types, many of whom predicted disaster. Turkey and Iran are trying their hardest to encourage such an uprising, so far without luck.

    The move itself was of a piece with several other Trump decisions that (a) fulfill clear campaign promises, and (b) revisit long-standing US policies that he thinks have failed to produce results.

    This Security Council debate gave US Ambassador Nikki Haley a chance to show that she is cut from the same cloth as Ambassadors Pat Moynihan and Jeanne Kirkpatrick, not Susan Rice and Samantha Power.

    Here are a couple of Amb. Haley’s tweets about that debate and the US position, which she forcefully articulated.

    The phrase, “taking names,” recalls those previous ambassadors, who said that voting against US interests would not be a freebie. Most administrations take the “no worries” attitude. Not this administration. One gets the clear impression that Haley is more in tune with the White House and NSC than with Rex Tillerson and the State Department.