Crazy Busy

Sorry everyone that I havent been updating the blog reguarly, but life has been crazy.  Hopefully starting after shabbat tomorrow things will get calmer and I can post on a more regular basis.

Please keep reading and referring your friends

-The Cheerer

Calling the Pot Black

I don’t take well to insults to my character.  Being called a liar? That has to be up there as one of the biggest insults to my character that someone can make.  Recently Kvetcher has called me a liar, and claimed I didn’t think when he mistook my intentions in one of my posts, and now (despite his own rules) says i’m “not very bright”.

So lets go through the times that DK has written with hyperbole just like I did, but I’m the bad person.

Here DK wrote,

I think for refusing to wear tefillin, the son should be publicly whipped, his apartment “donated” to a yeshiva, his secular whore of a girlfriend dragged by a mehadrin Egged-bus around town, and just for good measure, a Modern Orthodox girl should get bleached.

He was clearly trying to mock what some crazies did to some people who weren’t keeping up with their religious standard.  But by his rules we must believe he actually believes we should do those things.

Here it says,

And I am not going to shake hands with Eli anymore. Now I realize…he is just trying to cop a feel.

Well I should hope DK has not shaken Eli’s hand since that date, because then he is the liar.

On this page Kelsey posts a picture of Jim Jones who was the leader of the Jonestown cult where they killed a congressman and themselves.  So his implication is that NCSY will get you to kill yourself and members of congress.  I’m sure that wasn’t his point, but he “didnt think” when using someone like Jones to make a point.

In the same vein, here, Kvetcher has a picture of Stalin and actually has a tag saying that it is Rabbi Pinchas Stolper.  So we are to believe that Rabbi Stolper killed millions of people, ran communist Russia, helped defeat Nazi Germany after making a deal with them, and most importantly is dead.

So, were you trying to make a point with all these examples  (i have many more I just stuck with these), or did you mean for them to be taken literally? Did you think before posting them?

Fortunately, when dealing with people who hate religious people so much, you get used to the double standard.

Back to Posting

Its been a while, I know and I’m sorry.  But with the economy the way it is, and Comrade Obama trying to turn this country into a socialist paradise, it has been very hard to find time to post.

Unfortunately, unlike many of the other bloggers I read and like I can’t spend my time doing this when I have a job.  Maybe one day I can become popular enough to do this full time, but I’m not there yet.

I hope to get back to posting more often now that my life has stabilized somewhat.

-The Cheerer

I Feel So Stupid

I have always been told that Orthodox Judaism is the sect of Judaism that refuses to allow people with different beliefs have their own say.  I have been told time and again by SJ and his whole group of friends that other movements allow opposition and treat dissension with respect.  Even OTD has this viewpoint about orthodoxy.  Well, since Conservative Judaism is so open and willing to hear other opinions I was shocked to read the following in the bible criticism section of Etz Hayim: Torah and Commentary published by The Rabbinical Assembly of The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism,

Many of us naively assume that the Torah that we use today is an exact copy of one original text, but there are many versions of the text of the Torah.

It goes on to talk about different version of the translations of the Torah, not the original hebrew version mind you.  The argument made in this section is that since there are different translations it can be the same book.  Huh?  There are different translations of Beowulf, Don Quixote and various other ancient documents but no one doubts their accuracy to the original text. Whatever.  Moving on.

Beyond that I feel so stupid! I have been so naive!  It’s so nice of the Conservative movement to point this out.  Never-mind the fact that a bible sitting in the pews of a Synagogue has a section with bible critism, I am all for talking about the issues people have but to have a whole section in the book itself? Just plain silly.  The constitutions people carry around don’t have a section ripping the founding fathers for letting slavery stay or having gun ownership as a right, nor is the standard Shakespeare sold with criticisms of his work.  Those are sold in special volumes unto themselves, NOT in the standard print edition.

What really annoys me is that it doesn’t say “some believe” or even “there are some who think that” the Torah is the same.  But rather it is naive to believe otherwise!  How dare I, based on an unbroken chain since the giving of the Torah, KNOW that the Torah is virtually the same document (there is some issue with some LETTERS, just letters, not words, and certainly not content).

This is typical of people who are not as religious as others.  They scream for the rooftops “how dare you try and force me to believe what your believe!? Its my right to believe what I want!“, but then when I believe something different? I’m naive or stupid or any number of insults.

Its very common…”You can believe whatever you want, as long as it’s what I believe.”

UPDATE: It seems that I was mistaken over DK on this, so I have removed his name above.  See, unlike some other bloggers (SJ) I am willing to admit when I may have made a mistaken.

A Comment on Commenting

For those of you new to the commenting on “The Cheerer” let me be clear on the policies.

All comments, ESPECIALLY dissenting, ones will be accepted.  Personal attacks are not.  If you attack someone else personally (be it me or a fellow commentor) I reserve the right to remove your comment and put you in moderation

If it is your first time commenting you comment will remain in moderation until I approve it (this helps keep the crazies out).  After you first approved comment you will be free to comment at your leisure until a violation of the rules occurs.  (hear that SJ? I don’t moderate every comment till I can respond, only the first one).

Also, self promotion without adding something to the coversation is not allowed.  So, comments like “Check out my latest post” or “Look at what i said here” will not be allowed unless they are being added to a comment of yours to save space, or if you prefer not to reiterate something you already said.  If you are merely trying to gain readership, try adding to the conversation.

Over 3000 Views in 3 Weeks

Thank you everyone for reading my blog.  In around 3 weeks we have gotten over 3000 hits which is great for a brand new blog!

I am going to vacation but will be back soon to update and keep the lively discussion going.

-The Cheerer

ps.  This is important to those of you who are commenting for the first time.  Until you have been approved for a comment you will remain in moderation until I approve you.  I do not know when I will have access to a computer so please bear with me.

Thank You Alphainventions

I was checking my stats for the blog one day and came across a website that had brought me a bit of traffic.  So I decided to see who this nice blog was that gave me this traffic.  Turns out it’s a great place where they list a bunch of different blogs so that everyone can get more traffic.  It’s really great for new blogs like me!

So, let me take the time so say Thank You to alphainventions.com for all you’ve done to increase my traffic!