Friday, June 2, 2017


Had breakfast today with one of the nicest and cleverest of guys I know, Phil Goldstein. As you may know he was the only guy to ever sue the SEC and he beat them. Phil said to me. You know how President Trump has been criticized for using the term “radical Islamic terrorism” when he refers to ISIS or as Obama called them, and it upsets the left and probably Moslems? I have an idea for him. From now on the President should call them “Fake Moslems”. He won’t offend Moslems or the Left and he will in fact offend ISIS!


Saturday, May 20, 2017

Conversation I Had With G-d


On Shabbat Yom Kippur, September 14, 2013, considered to be the holiest day of the Jewish year, at about 4 PM in the afternoon, I suffered the worst imaginable, extremely severe and incredibly painful stomach ache; one I would not wish on my worst enemy. We, my wife Barbara and I were in our apartment at 34 W. 74th St., on a short break from synagogue services. Although doubled over in pain I managed to go down to the street and Barbara in turn managed to hail a taxi.  She and I think I too instructed the driver “New York Presbyterian emergency room, at 68th St. and York Avenue please". The driver took off like he was driving a police car chasing robbers in a movie. We didn't ask him to drive like a madman but he could see in his rearview mirror that I was doubled over in extreme pain. The ride took about 10 minutes. For me it was literally hell on wheels.

I Spoke to G-d

Enroute to the emergency room, despite the awful pain I was experiencing, I thought to myself, I actually spoke directly to G-d, saying "G-d why are you allowing this to happen to me today, of all days, Yom Kippur? I have been fasting since five o'clock last night, I was in the synagogue at 8:30 in the morning, praying and concentrating on this important Day of Atonement. I have been doing the right thing, and doing everything expected of a Jew on this holy day.” G-d did not answer me.

Hospital ER

We arrived curb side at the New York Presbyterian Hospital emergency room; I was doubled over in unbearable pain. Almost immediately I was administered morphine which did not eliminate the pain but miraculously and thankfully took the edge off it and eased it somewhat. The emergency room doctors suspected and a CAT scan confirmed I was suffering from pancreatitis.

Hospital Room and Doctor
Hours later after I was taken to a hospital room and hooked up with a J tube and various intravenous wires and hoses I met Dr. Michele Kahaleh, the Chief of Endoscopy at Weill Cornell Medical College who was to be my doctor, perform a surgery to remove a gall stone blocking the pancreatic duct and insert a stent in my pancreas, and under whose care I was to be under, little did I then know, for the next month that I would be in the hospital and over six months to date, and now I know for some years to come. Indeed, probably for the rest of my life.

Dr. Kahaleh is a world-renowned gastroenterologist. (1) As a matter of fact he told me that after performing my surgery he would be gone for four days as he was off to China to lecture. Furthermore, weeks later, on October 11, when I was discharged from the hospital, he told me that evening he was off to Berlin to give a lecture. Speaking practically of the good doctor, it is told, that just like a hammer sees the world as a nail when Dr. Kahaleh sees a person all he sees is a pancreas.

I soon got to know Dr. Kahaleh very well and indeed in the last six or seven months have gotten to know him very well.

G-d Speaks to MeStill in the hospital and beginning my convalescence, just like that, out of the blue, G-d spoke to me. He said to me "a few weeks ago, on Shabbat Yom Kippur, when you were suffering excruciating stomach pain, which turned out to be pancreatitis, you asked why I was allowing this to happen to you on that day, of all days. I will now explain exactly why. As you will recall when you met Dr. Michele Kahaleh insightfully, you thought, you asked him if he was a Sunni or Shiite. He told you that he was neither and in fact that he was a Christian. He told you his father was Syrian his mother Belgian and that he was brought up in Belgium. Unless you are not as wise as I give you credit for being, I would actually be surprised if you did not figure it out by now.”  Astonished as I was to hear from G-d I was capable of a cogent response. I said “no I do not know why you allowed me to be struck by pancreatitis on Yom Kippur afternoon."  "You are really such a yutz Larry”, G-d said to me,"I arranged it so that you would be attended to by the physician, who as you now know, is the world's leading and authority on pancreatitis. Moreover, as you know Dr. Kahaleh happens to be a Christian. If I had allowed you to come down with pancreatitis on any other day than Yom Kippur, you might have had one of those Jewish doctors attending to you."

Friday, March 3, 2017


Two best kept secrets -- befitting the Overlooked part of our name --  one. The lady is now into brownstone home renovation and design and two in the interest of full disclosure I must tell you in the interest of the second part of our name, Ignored and hence full disclosure, I am Deb's father. MissWit is now into home design.

Background piece:

Below is her latest. A bathroom in which the counter is laid atop what was once her Mother's Dresser in a totally white and black designed bathroon.

I am certain she has a design to create just for you. Same as she always has with Tees.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Fourth Reich,

An enlightening article entitled Mr. President: ‘Just who the hell do you think you are?, appearing in the February 14,2017 Miami Herald written by Leonard Garvey Pitts, Jr.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Restructure the United States of America

A Way to improve the lives of American citizens who want their lives improved and not improve the lives of those who do not want them improved or who want them improved in some peculiar way
By Lawrence J. Goldstein, July 25, 2013 & Updated February 1, 2017

As a professional investor and security analyst for 54 (58 years as of Feb. 2017) years I have learned to look beyond the financials and look at management's wants, needs, aims, goals and desires. Understanding these things count very importantly in both finding great companies and achieving investing success. Similarly I believe these things also account if our country is to succeed in the future. My understanding of the wants, needs, aims, goals and desires of what the American people want most leads me to conclude we need to restructure the United States of America.

I vividly recall, many years ago when I took my oldest son to college for the first time, meeting his roommate's father, who asked where I was from. When I answered New York he said "oh I live in New York too." He meant New York State I meant New York City. He lived in Syracuse, New York whereas I lived in New York, New York. As we began to converse I quickly realized how little our daily living had in common. The similarities between Syracuse and New York City are as different as day and night. We had no more in common than we would with the man in the moon. Clearly people from New York City have far more in common with people from London, Paris or Rome than they do with folks from upstate New York.

Likewise views and opinions and the wants, needs, aims, goals and desires of people in different regions of the United States. Politically we seem to divide and be identified as citizens of a red or blue state. Moreover, the polarization between the two has been becoming more and more extreme.

I believe we've come to the point where we can easily see that the country is far too big to be managed successfully. I have lived virtually my entire life in New York City and in its suburbs. I also lived in the Midwest in Ann Arbor Michigan when I was in graduate school, I've lived in San Antonio Texas when I was in the Army, I have traveled throughout the United States as well as Europe and in the Middle East. In each region it is obvious that people's views differ.

Today the views of Americans don't just differ. For example, it has become extremely difficult to find any common interests between Americans living in New York and the Northeast and Northwest and those living in Texas and the South. Americans residing in the former don't agree with Americans living in the latter …… on anything.
Let's be specific.

In New York it is virtually impossible to own or carry a handgun. In Texas it is easy and simple.

In New York there is zero interest or effort to restrict women’s reproductive rights. In Texas the situation is totally reversed.

Making it difficult to vote i. e. restricting voting rights is the highest priority in Texas. Immediately after the Supreme Court ruling last month which would allow photo-ID to be required to vote, the state implemented that requirement for voters. They claim it is a sovereign right. Today Texas is in an uproar over the Obama administration's decision to go to court to make Texas get federal approval before making changes to election laws which could block implementation of the state's new photo-ID requirement. New Yorkers wouldn't even dream of requiring photo-ID in order to vote.

Affordable healthcare for every American is strongly supported by New Yorkers. Boy are we different from Texas. In Texas Governor Rick Perry sent a letter to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius telling her—in no uncertain terms—what she can do with Obamacare.

Neither New York nor Texas are alone in their respective views. Other states and other sections of the country stand solidly with one or the other. This is why I believe the United States needs to be restructured. We are too big and too divided with over 300 million people to be governed well under one government.
Those of us who would like to see the nation have single payer health insurance-- simply call it Medicare -- for one and all citizens, background checks and handgun registration, have no ban on abortions after 20 weeks, as Texas and 13 other states are now implementing and all citizens privileged (above 18) allowed to vote to exercise the right without any obstacle to be citizens of USA One and all those opposed to be citizens of USA Two. This would enable each of the two separate governments to govern with a full understanding of the wants, needs, aims, goals and desires of what the American people are about and to satisfy them.

Postscript: it is now February 1,2017 and Donald Trump has been in the White House for less than 2 weeks and he has already shaken the country upside down like never before in U S history. The country is split apart in its views of just about every single action of the very many he has taken in the past 13 days from his appointees to his nominees to his proclamations to his tactics which may not have a point.1
1 Trump and Trade: Extreme Tactics in Search of a Point