One of the interesting things over the last few days has been many of you do not understand where I am coming from. I find it odd that Ducky and I have been going at it for two years on countless sites. My closest friends Warren, AOW and some of you I talk with off line know some of the story.
I do not talk about my life enough for many of you to get a clearer picture of who I am. You know the broad outline and it sometimes doesn't seem my outlook matches the outline. The broad bio is that I am a Rudy Republican from NYC and Jewish many of you get an image but only a Jason Pappas or the Urban Infidel as Gotham residents will understand this.
NYC is a huge place and a Jew living in Gramercy Park will be markedly different from one living in Staten Island. Each of the communities in NYC is unique the mix of cultures are unique. People who grow up amongst these different cultures are impacted more than one commonly assumes.
My parents are what is known in the Jewish community as Baal Teshuvah. This started to happen when I was around eight and the beloved Rav Roov was five. Rav Roov adapted to the new world easily and is an Orthodox Rabbi. Yet I was older and yearned for the freedom of my earlier life. I do support my parents and my brother as religious people and in general I respect them. Around 15 years ago I stopped going to temple for personal reasons. The sole exception is if I am desperately needed for a group of ten so that people can say prayers over their relatives. I go home for the Seder mainly to keep peace in the family. Some of being Jewish is fairly hard wired and on 9-11 as I fled the scene I sang Ani Mameen and that is an afirmation of faith. Feel free to read into that whatever you wish. I do fast on Yom Kippur every year and on Tish A' B'Av when reminded.
I grew up amongst Italians in NYC and my speech paterns and manerisms are Italian.
My outlook and values are more reflective of that of my Sicilian friends than that of a Jewish person from the Ukraine. These traits and values were strengthened when I went to work for a very Italian company in the Fashion Industry.
Where as the religious live in the world of halacha. I live in the world of honor and many of you are sometimes surprised by my reactions and outllook. The world of honor is a cold tough world and it serves me well. It is a harsh but practical way of looking at things. This may shock you but in many ways but the Duck has honor, its just accompanied by off the wall ideas. People always misread my relationship with the Duck. I do not hate the Duck and the tone is genuine but I can lower the dial and it is almost businesslike.
Some of you are interested in saving souls. My honor based approach respects that in most instances like TMW indulging Janice the retard. However, when a person has proven devoid of honor I do not hesitate to remove the tumor. Many of you hear long and convoluted I appologize and last minute confessions, the Beak doesn't buy this cheap remedy. If you mess up you own up to the error and appologize to the person directly and without any excuses. In time one may regain honor but it is an earned process through good behavior and not flowery words.
I hope this clarifies who I am to some of you who have been saying I do not understand the Beak.