en vogue

We took a little trip to Guilford CT during our travels.  There’s a typically lovely New England common, surrounded by somewhat upscale stores featuring all kinds of things you didn’t realize you needed, not excluding a great old-fashioned hardware store with a big revolving Swiss army knife לַהַט הַחֶרֶב הַמִּתְהַפֶּכֶת in the window.

As we were walking around the town, we found convenient and nicely-designed crosswalks at many points along the way.  Each time we stepped off the curb in order to cross, traffic stopped.  Now, I have mentioned before how frustrated I am with drivers who are so unwilling to pay attention to pedestrians, but this was almost surrealistically different.  It was as if I could have done one of those “toe in the street” tests and they would have always stopped.  But it was enough to know that WASP’s follow rules and, I guess, like to be “fair.”

Which brings me to my point, but in a minute.

Earlier today, I was reading the June issue of Vogue (don’t you?).  There was an article about coffee, the mechanics of making good coffee today.  I can’t access the article online–they only put the pictures of the pretty pretty princesses, not the articles (and you know I only read it for the articles), so I can’t link it.  But the bottom line is that making coffee is extremely complex in order to completely bring out all the layers of taste in good coffee.  So, just like wine and just like chocolate (here are a few of my favorite things), coffee should have tastes at the beginning and that change with each sip and/or with different foods, etc.   Complex is the operative word.

So, the WASP’s, especially the well-educated liberals, will look for complexities in tastes, understanding that more is more.  With food and drink.  And yet, with reality, such as Israel, they feel less is more.

They want to keep it simple and stupid.

We also saw a few billboards from some peace organization that obviously could not afford a good artist but wants to let everyone know that if we just could get along…

The article that I quote below from Bret Stephens illustrates my frustration with this group perfectly.

But then there’s Middle America, that loves its Dunkin’ Donuts coffee, hot and wet.  With lots of cream and sugar (to hide its awful taste, really).  No complex tones, just simple pour and drink.

Same with wine and same with

oh dare I say?  Chocolate–they like milk chocolate (the horrors!!!)!!!!

Okay, I’m getting to my point:  those “simple folk”, they support Israel!  Now I know some of them are doing it because their churches tell them to, but a lot of them see the emperor isn’t wearing any clothes; they know that the Arab world is nasty and an insincere peace partner; and they know that Israel has to defend itself.  Not that it doesn’t make mistakes, but this license that liberals are giving to the (fill-in-the-blank) Palestinians/terrorists…

Something just doesn’t make sense, does it?

לַהַט הַחֶרֶב הַמִּתְהַפֶּכֶת

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