Monday, September 03, 2007


Last night when I got home from babysitting...ahhhhhhh...I found an email from my nephew.

When I opened it up, here is what it said:

I would like to have a moment of your time (or maybe more than a moment ).

What would your answer the following question be:

"If you could have dinner with one individual in the past, present, or future, who would it be and why?"

I am looking forward to your response.

Well, he got me. One person...who should it be?

Here are my choices:
Moses...I mean wouldn't that be something.
Jesus...I have a lot of questions for him.
Golda...that would be the best dinner ever.
My Zaidi...too sad to say goodbye afterwards.

And then I figured it out! My choice would be Merlin! Of course it would.

OK. So who would you choose?

Have a great day...stay safe...and thanks for dropping in.


At 9:33 AM, Blogger Goat said...

Our time difference is a trip for sure, about 12 hours, funny to read a post for monday when it is still Sunday here in California.

At 5:49 PM, Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

dang thats too tough..there are so many!..great choices though!.Shalom!

At 3:07 AM, Anonymous Jim Baxter said...

Every September, I recall that is more than half a century (62 years) since I landed at Nagasaki with the 2nd Marine Division in the original occupation of Japan following World War II. This time every year, I have watched and listened to the light-hearted "peaceniks" and their light-headed symbolism-without-substance of ringing bells, flying pigeons, floating candles, and sonorous chanting and I recall again that "Peace is not a cause - it is an effect."

In July, 1945, my fellow 8th RCT Marines [I was a BARman] and I returned to Saipan following the successful conclusion of the Battle of Okinawa. We were issued new equipment and replacements joined each outfit in preparation for our coming amphibious assault on the home islands of Japan.

B-29 bombing had leveled the major cities of Japan, including Kobe, Osaka, Nagoya, Yokohama, Yokosuka, and Tokyo.

We were informed we would land three Marine divisions and six Army divisions, perhaps abreast, with large reserves following us in. It was estimated that it would cost half a million casualties to subdue the Japanese homeland.

In August, the A-bomb was dropped on Hiroshima but the Japanese government refused to surrender. Three days later a second A-bomb was dropped on the city of Nagasaki. The Imperial Japanese government finally surrendered.

Following the 1941 sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, a Japanese admiral said, "I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant..." Indeed, they had. Not surprisingly, the atomic bomb was produced by a free people functioning in a free environment. Not surprisingly because the creative process is a natural human choice-making process and inventiveness occurs most readily where choice-making opportunities abound. America!

Tamper with a giant, indeed! Tyrants, beware: Free men are nature's pit bulls of Liberty! The Japanese learned the hard way what tyrants of any generation should know: Never start a war with a free people - you never know what they may invent!

As a newly assigned member of a U.S. Marine intelligence section, I had a unique opportunity to visit many major cities of Japan, including Tokyo and Hiroshima, within weeks of their destruction. For a full year I observed the beaches, weapons, and troops we would have assaulted had the A-bombs not been dropped. Yes, it would have been very destructive for all, but especially for the people of Japan.

When we landed in Japan, for what came to be the finest and most humane occupation of a defeated enemy in recorded history, it was with great appreciation, thanksgiving, and praise for the atomic bomb team, including the aircrew of the Enola Gay. A half million American homes had been spared the Gold Star flag, including, I'm sure, my own.

Whenever I hear the apologists expressing guilt and shame for A-bombing and ending the war Japan had started (they ignore the cause-effect relation between Pearl Harbor and Nagasaki), I have noted that neither the effete critics nor the puff-adder politicians are among us in the assault landing-craft or the stinking rice paddies of their suggested alternative, "conventional" warfare. Stammering reluctance is obvious and continuous, but they do love to pontificate about the Rights that others, and the Bomb, have bought and preserved for them.

The vanities of ignorance and camouflaged cowardice abound as license for the assertion of virtuous "rights" purchased by the blood of others - those others who have borne the burden and physical expense of Rights whining apologists so casually and self-righteously claim.

At best, these fakers manifest a profound and cryptic ignorance of causal relations, myopic perception, and dull I.Q. At worst, there is a word and description in The Constitution defining those who love the enemy more than they love their own countrymen and their own posterity. Every Yankee Doodle Dandy knows what that word is.

In 1945, America was the only nation in the world with the Bomb and it behaved responsibly and respectfully. It remained so until two among us betrayed it to the Kremlin. Still, this American weapon system has been the prime deterrent to earth's latest model world- tyranny: Seventy years of Soviet collectivist definition, coercion, and domination of individual human beings.

The message is this: Trust Freedom. Remember, tyrants never learn. The restriction of Freedom is the limitation of human choice, and choice is the fulcrum-point of the creative process in human affairs. As earth's choicemaker, it is our human identity on nature's beautiful blue planet and the natural premise of man's free institutions, environments, and respectful relations with one another. Made in the image of our Creator, free men choose, create, and progress - or die.

Free men should not fear the moon-god-crowd oppressor nor choose any of his ways. Recall with a confident Job and a victorious David, "Know ye not that you are in league with the stones of the field?"

Semper Fidelis
Jim Baxter
WW II and Korean War

Job 5:23 Proverbs 3:31 I Samuel 17:40

At 5:47 AM, Blogger Goat said...

Impossible to answer, way to much history to consider, as an American patriot with a very old family here,1623, George Washington would obviously be my first or Thomas Paine, Sam Adams and Patrick Henry.

At 10:18 AM, Anonymous Chavaleh said...

My Choices:
Yaweh - I have so many questions.
My Dad - There's so much I want to say and need to know.
Pres.Bush - So I could enlighten him about dividing the land in Israel.

So I choose...MARALLYN!!! So I could give her a big hug and let her know how very special she is, and listen to her stories for hours on end, drinking coffee and eating brownies to our hearts content.

At 12:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

the Chofez Chaim, G=d, my parents, my great grandmother who was killed in the holocaust etc

At 1:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Johnny Carson would be my choice. I started watching him when I was 12 and he just made me laugh!!! I would think that he would have many, funny stories to tell about what happened during breaks and after the show.One can never laugh too much and I think our conversation would be hilarious!!! "The Tonight Show" will never be the same without him...Letterman is as close as it's going to get!!! I just realized that you probably don't receive the Tonight Show in Israel...but I am sure you remember!!! I hope all is well with you...Happy New Year too!!! Hugs Shelley...sorry it's been so long.......

At 7:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Merlin..was he/she a real person?
Yes, would be fascinating.
My choice:Jesus Christ of Nazareth..hallelluia!!

At 5:35 AM, Blogger Yehudi01 said...

I could list about 100 pick just one would be too difficult. I would name the same one's you did, (except maybe Shakespeare), plus, King David; jeez, the more I think about it, the more people I come up with. Great question!

At 12:43 PM, Anonymous sylvia said...

I would chose Martha Wing mentor's mentor's mentor....and my hero.

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