Regret is an ugly and stupid word
Another common regret was being scared to try something new. I thought that waking up in the morning was trying something new. Why does trying something different have to be grandiose? Why can't it be something like eating asparagus or taking a walk in a park or down a new beach? One doen't have to regret they never started a corporation, jumping off a cliff, or even writing a book? Now that one could turn into a regret but as I stated before what is done is done.
Jul 22, 2014 - 12:12:24 AM
The Palestinian issue in perspective
Putting the Palestinian issue in its proper intra-Arab perspective is a prerequisite for a realistic Middle East policy (focusing on "smothering sandstorms," not on "tumbleweeds"), for any progress in the "peace process," and for the survival of Jordan and other pro-US Arab regimes, which face clear and present Islamic terrorist danger. They realize that the outcome of the Hamas-Israel war may either embolden or deter their mortal enemies.
Jul 20, 2014 - 3:15:56 AM
The New York Times and the Ceasefire Crowd
So the question remains, will Israel again accede to the pious exhortations of the International community, or finally take into account the longterm safety of its citizenry and finally finish Hamas off? Only time will tell. The only certainty I have is my uncle was correct, fish do taste better when wrapped in the New York Times.
Jul 16, 2014 - 7:00:19 PM
Ceasefire/Containment is no longer an option
The goal of Israel's war against Hamas' terrorism -- which has systematically and deliberately launched missiles at civilians - must not be another ceasefire, but the devastation of the entire infrastructure of Hamas' fire - logistically, operationally, financially, educationally and politically...the murder of almost 3,000 Americans on 9/11 was ignited by the frail US response to a systematic campaign of Islamic terrorism, beginning with the 1983 murder of 300 US Marines at the US Embassy and Marines Headquarters in Beirut, Lebanon (while the US brutally opposed Israel's war on the PLO)...
Jul 14, 2014 - 12:05:50 AM
Looking evil squarely in the eye by Michael Freund
After 18 days of Psalms and prayers, tears and tribulations, the people of Israel received a jarring reminder regarding the undeniable iniquity of our enemies. There are those who still refuse to acknowledge this cold, hard truth, and instead choose to cling to futile hopes of Palestinian sincerity regarding reconciliation.
Jul 6, 2014 - 2:12:31 AM
The wider context of the murder of the three Israeli teens Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger
The Palestinian street has glorified elementary school kids wearing suicide vests, on their way to murder Israeli civilians. Moreover, the Arab Tsunami has been characterized by the murder, rape, torture and expulsion of hundreds of thousands of children in Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Yemen, Syria and Iraq by fellow Arabs. During the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war, Teheran's Ayatollahs formed a special force of 500,000 illiterate and poor children, the Basijii, who were tasked with clearing Iraqi minefields. Each child received a plastic key to paradise.
Jul 4, 2014 - 12:25:09 AM
In Bill deBlasio's New York, Crime Pays!
There are some stories I've covered, where I felt like I could've and should've done more. This is not one of those stories. I did everything humanly possible, crossed all my T's and dotted all my I's, but still the bad guys won. In 1990, prior to the two split trials of the five attackers, Justice Thomas Galligan spent over seven weeks on a "Huntley Hearing" to determine whether the attackers' confessions should be thrown out. He ruled them all admissible, as did the appeals court later.
Jun 29, 2014 - 1:45:10 AM
Connecting the dots of the boiling Arab Street
According to the Saudi Arabian-based newspaper, Arab News, "the Arab Spring is not about seeking democracy, it is about Arabs killing Arabs... about hate and sectarian violence.... The Arab Spring is an accumulation of years of political corruption, human rights violations, sectarianism and poor education systems. It showed that the Arabs were never united and are now divided beyond anybody's imagination. We hate each other more than we hate the outside enemy. Syrians are hurting Syrians and the Israelis are the ones who treat the Syrian wounds [in an Israeli field hospital built on the Golan Height]."
Jun 29, 2014 - 1:35:35 AM
Women shop while men pick
Even though society is attempting to diminish the line between men and women there are certain parts of our society that will forever distinguish between the sexes. The most obvious is how each group shops. Women are and have always been the best shoppers. I assume it is in their genes. Men don't shop; they pick. When they are forced into the stores they get out of there as soon as possible by finding what they need and evacuate the store and parking lot as soon as possible.
Jun 29, 2014 - 1:25:30 AM
The Eulogy I was never allowed to make
He was my disciplinarian and God knows I needed one. You could say I had a kind of rebellious youth. It just so happened it occurred during the 1960's. I found myself hiding under the bed hoping he was too tired to lift it up. I found myself hanging against a wall a few times staring into eyes that loved me. He never hit me and I was never afraid he would.
Jun 26, 2014 - 1:33:53 AM
CNN's 'Reliable Sources' not so reliable
I always welcome the opportunity to appear on television to discuss what I consider to be the most important topic facing America today: the threat to our national security posed by Jihadists around the globe. First of all, the whole issue of "Islamophobia" is a bogus one. The term was created from whole cloth by the Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in an effort to suppress free speech and stifle justifiable criticism of Islamic regimes. Essentially, the OIC works to outlaw any and all criticism of Islamic leaders, customs, legal codes and regimes. The OIC considers virtually any negative portrayal (whether genuine, professed or supposed) of Islam to be "Islamophobia."
Jun 26, 2014 - 1:20:02 AM
Drug Combinations for Difficult-to-Treat Diseases
There are many reasons why several diseases--including many types of cancer and most progressive neurological diseases--have no effective treatments today. One key reason is the regulatory/legislative framework that affects the attitude of pharmaceutical companies toward combination therapies. It's time that our health institutes, FDA and congress issue guidelines and legislation to facilitate and stimulate the development of potentially life-saving combinations. It was done successfully for HIV-AIDS and could be expanded to other diseases.
Jun 26, 2014 - 1:17:15 AM
Islamic Hatred: The Foundation of the Palestinian/Israeli Conflict
It's unmistakable, the Palestinian mindset indicates a theological clash of civilizations not a secular dispute. At the funeral of Izz Al-Din Al-Masr the infamous homicide killer that blew up the Sbarro restaurant killing 15 people in 2001 his mother had this to say: "By Allah, today is the best day of my life. I feel that our Lord is pleased with me, because I am offering something [my son] for Him." Juxtapose this admonition with that of Naphtali Fraenkel's mother, one of the kidnapped Israeli teenagers this week: "We just want to embrace our children."
Jun 25, 2014 - 12:22:14 AM
Separation should not be an option
They -- and all Israeli Prime Ministers until 1992 -- were aware that demography was not constant or linear, but susceptible to enhancement via pro-active policies, especially through Aliyah (the ingathering of Jews to the Land of Israel). Ben Gurion, Eshkol and Shamir did not wait for Aliyah; they triggered major waves of Aliyah, which has shaped the current robust Jewish demography, economy, science, technology, agriculture, medicine and military. According to the CIA World Factbook, the Arab fertility in Judea and Samaria was 5.34 in 1995, rapidly reduced to 2.83 births in 2014, and trending downwards. In 1995, the Jewish births constituted 69% of total Israeli births, compared with over 77% in 2013 and trending towards 80%.
Jun 15, 2014 - 6:12:23 AM
Disseminating Crimes of Islam
There are many crimes committed by Muslim countries, Islamic organizations and ordinary Muslims around the world. Many of them are ignored in fear of offending the Muslim population, which is quite skillful in manipulating public opinion, using fake Western political correctness.
Jun 11, 2014 - 12:05:17 AM
Shavou'ot (Pentecost) guide for the perplexed, 2014
Shavou'ot -- which is celebrated on the 50th day following Passover - has 7 names: The holiday of the fiftieth (the holiday of the harvest, the holiday of the giving of the Torah, Shavou'ot, the holiday of the offerings, the rally and the assembly. The Hebrew acronym of the seven names is "The Constitution of the Seven."
Jun 1, 2014 - 12:30:35 AM
A House Divided: Social Extremism in Twenty-first Century America
"One nation, under God, with liberty and justice for all" has gone by the wayside, making us vulnerable to the ultimate fate prophesized by Abraham Lincoln, when he warned: "America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves."
Jun 1, 2014 - 12:27:29 AM
Was Christianity ever a part of America's Universities?
Harvard's original charter proclaimed: "Let every student be plainly instructed and ... consider it well, the main end of life and studies is to know God and Jesus, which is eternal life [John 17:3], and therefore to lay Christ in the bottom as the only foundation of all sound knowledge and learning." Notice that Christ was the "only foundation of all sound knowledge and learning" not just religious knowledge and learning, but all knowledge and learning. They recognized that the Bible contained "all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue." 2 Peter 1:3. To Harvard, the Bible contained everything that pertained to life itself.
Jun 1, 2014 - 12:25:24 AM
Sacred to Liberty & the Rights of Mankind!
This past weekend America celebrated Memorial Day to remember those who have given their lives in defense of Liberty. Nearly everything I see and hear from the media goes no further back in our history than WWII. I want to remind America of the first men who died in defense of our nation. They were the men who stood on Lexington Common on April 19, 1775. Those men were standing in front of their church. They were trained by their pastor, Rev. Jonas Clarke and commanded by their elder, John Parker.
May 28, 2014 - 8:07:20 AM
Who should be accountable for our public schools?
Gone are the times of our past when our nation led the world in the process of educating their children. Charles I. Hutchins was the York Supervisor of Schools during the school year ending February 21, 1893. Mr. Hutchins reports that, "As in years past, so in the present, the results have been varied. While some schools have shown a good degree of interest and enthusiasm and have made rapid progress, others have little more than held their own." Reading through Mr. Hutchins report it is obvious he did not know how to mince his words. It is also obvious he was only concerned with the schools in his community and couldn't care less about how well students in New Mexico were learning.
May 28, 2014 - 8:05:35 AM
People in Russia see their Soviet days as the time when their country meant something to the world. Considering Russia's complete failure at creating a democratic government, such sentiment is not surprising. Russia has no historical incentive to be a democratic state. Some degree of respect for individual rights, some sense of personal liberty have to exist for democracy to work. But Russian people have not been free, in their majority, from the days of the Mongolian invasion.
May 28, 2014 - 8:03:19 AM
The Palestinian Issue -- Not a Top Arab Priority
None of the Arab countries fought on behalf of -- or due to -- Palestinian Arab aspirations. Therefore, they did not share with the Palestinian Arabs the spoils of war. Iraq occupied Samaria and transferred it to Jordan, which occupied Judea. In April 1950, Jordan annexed Judea & Samaria to the east bank of the Jordan River, naming it the West Bank. Egypt occupied Gaza and -- just like Jordan -- did not allow Palestinian nationalistic activities. None of the ensuing Arab-Israeli wars (1956, 1967, 1969/70 and 1973) were Palestinian-driven. Furthermore, the Israel-Palestinian/PLO wars of 1982 (in Lebanon), 1987-1991 (the first Intifada) and 2000-2004 (the second Intifada) and the Israel Palestinian/Hamas wars of 2009 and 2012 (in Gaza) did not engage the Arab states militarily or financially.
May 25, 2014 - 12:17:44 AM
Dirigo! Can Maine Lead the Nation?
In 2005, Americans self-identified evenly among Republicans, Democrats and independents. Between 2005 and 2013 the number of independents swelled to 42% while the number of Democrats and Republicans fell to 31% and 25% respectively. Individual beliefs are notoriously difficult to change, however. This shift is therefore more likely the result of changes in the parties themselves than in the underlying electorate.
May 18, 2014 - 1:15:39 AM
Was Christianity ever a part of American education?
Most Americans realize that our educational system is not producing the results that we should expect. What was once the standard for the rest of the world has become sub-par in many areas. If you were to do an Internet search for the first American public education law you would find the Olde Deluder Satan Law of 1647. This law was from the Massachusetts Bay Colony. All the framework of our current educational system can be found in that short three-paragraph document.
May 16, 2014 - 7:55:40 AM
Dysfunctional Party Bureaucracies Lead Congress Astray
The American people have grown increasingly dissatisfied with the performance of the United States Congress over the past several years. According to monthly Gallup polls, the public's dissatisfaction with Congress averaged a pathetic 62.7 percent in 2009. But dissatisfaction has grown worse in each year since 2009, reaching an average of 81 percent last year. Ironically, while dissatisfaction with Congress overall has increased, Americans re-elect the same members of Congress 90 percent of the time.
May 15, 2014 - 9:40:35 AM
The Political Divide Ain't What It Seems
America isn't nearly as divided as politicians would have you believe. Despite the popular perceptions to the contrary, there are actually Democrats who are Christian, NRA members who support gun control, Republicans who are LGBT, businessmen who are environmentalists, and politicians who are not on the take.
May 13, 2014 - 12:22:24 AM
Contemplating nothing more important than yourself
Does staring out into the movement of the ocean help with a loss of a loved one? It is obviously mesmerizing and the sounds that are made, if you listen real close, are the mumblings of time. Gazing into the dark blue water could allow your mind some rest away from the pain even if it lasts for too few moments or even seconds. Loss is another concept that both confuses and scares me.
May 13, 2014 - 12:15:30 AM
Wanted: A Pro-Active Aliyah Policy
A pro-active Aliyah policy requires the appointment of several country-dedicated task forces, headed by charismatic personalities and composed of experts in the areas of Aliyah generation and absorption, including the construction of employment, housing, transportation, telecommunications, education, health and medical infrastructures, as well as the passage of statutes and laws facilitating the swift integration of arriving engineers, doctors, scientists, lawyers and other professionals into the Israeli market.
May 11, 2014 - 12:17:14 AM
Who are you, Mahmoud Abbas? by Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger
Germany and Japan were transformed from hateful -- to peaceful -- countries by uprooting hate-education and terror regimes, not by engaging and funding them. Should the US taxpayer continue funding the hate-education system of Mahmoud Abbas, who caused the flight of Christians from the Bethlehem area, and is known as "Mr. 20%" for his corruption?
May 4, 2014 - 7:43:02 AM
Please rewrite the History of September 11th
Those two words, "Islamists" and "Jihad" have caused a controversy, with a variety of critics calling for whitewashing the description of Al Qaeda and the attacks by sanitizing the museum commentary by removing those two words. Khomeini said: "We are neither capitalists nor communists. We are Islamists." It would be great if there was truly no connection whatsoever between Islam and Jihad. But the reality is Jihad is a tenet of Islam..... The ruling to kill the Americans and their allies - civilians and military - is an individual duty for every Muslim who can do it in every country in which it is possible to do it... We, with Allah's help, call on every Muslim who believes in Allah and wishes to be rewarded to comply with Allah's order to kill the Americans and plunder their money wherever and whenever they find it.
Apr 30, 2014 - 3:22:12 AM
Ukraine: Values and Interests Should Guide Response to Putin
One hundred years ago, in the sleepy summer of 1914, the assassination of the heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire in Sarajevo combined with the inertia of bureaucratic governments to produce the First World War. Sarajevo is about a thousand miles southwest of Kiev: that is about the distance from Denver to Los Angeles. Those 1914 assassinations were conducted by a terrorist group of ethnic Slavs attempting to carve off the predominantly Slavic southern provinces of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The current violence in eastern Ukraine involves ethnic Russians who allegedly want to either secede or more closely align eastern Ukraine with Russia. The similarities between then and now are striking.
Apr 26, 2014 - 12:23:06 AM
US Exceptionalism and the Moses Legacy
The Moses legacy has played a key role in shaping the American story, the special attitude of the American constituent towards the Jewish State, the special win-win US-Israel ties, and the exceptional capabilities of the US in the face of intensifying world disorder. In 1623 and 1630, the mindset of the "Mayflower" and "Arabella" Pilgrims was: a departure from modern day Egypt (England). In 1776, the USA Founding Fathers fulfilled the vision of the Pilgrims, establishing a unique political system, naming it "Federalism" -- a derivative of the Latin word "foedus" -- the Covenant.
Apr 20, 2014 - 12:12:38 AM
Life Speaks Your Language
I believe that our individual souls personally recognize truths that resonate with us specifically. In the end, isn't it all about love, anyway? How well we treat each other, ourselves, and our planet? Being "good" is subjective, but as humans, I believe that we all have universal instincts of such an ambiguously interpreted concept. What do you heed? What do you ignore?
Apr 18, 2014 - 8:03:30 AM
Jewishness - Who Do You Think You Are?
The story of the Four Sons is read at the Passover Seder table. Each of the Four Sons symbolizes a different kind of Jewish person, from the "Wise" one to "the Son who doesn't Know Enough to Ask". The story of the Four Sons reflects that no matter what religious or political views a Jew has all of us are important and intricate parts of the Jewish nation!
Apr 16, 2014 - 12:20:26 AM
Though He Slay Me Yet Will I Trust Him!
They were judging him without knowing what God was doing. We must be careful to avoid making judgements about a person because God may be working in ways we know nothing about. Throughout his affliction, Job continued to hope in God, and it paid off. I challenge you to make God your foundation; your hope. You can never be separated from Him. Only in trusting God can you like Job, say, "Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him" (Job 13:15), and watch God bring you out as pure gold.
Apr 16, 2014 - 12:17:31 AM
Passover Guide for the Perplexed 2014
The 15th day of any Jewish month features a full moon, which stands for optimism -- the secret Jewish weapon - in defiance of darkness. It is consistent with the 15 parts of the Haggadah (the Passover saga); the 15 generations between Abraham's message of monotheism and Solomon's construction of the first Temple; the 15 words of the ancient blessing by the Priests (recited until today by parents, blessing their children) and the 15th day of the Jewish month of Shvat, Arbor Day -- the "Exodus" of vegetation. The Hebrew value of 15 corresponds to two Hebrew letters which are the acronym of God.
Apr 13, 2014 - 12:30:36 AM
"And you shall tell your children" - Greeting for Pessach 2014
One teacher told us, in painful sincerity: "The topic of the San Remo Convention isn't emphasized because of politics. [They] don't want the students to internalize that we have not only a historical right to this land but also an international right to this land. Not to mention the fact that the students of Israel will never be told that the Palestinians are a late invention. It may be historically accurate, but it isn't politically correct..." Thus, a generation is being formed here, one which is receiving its information from the sedition and the lies and the distortions being spread across the internet and the hostile media, both in Israel and abroad.
Apr 13, 2014 - 12:27:06 AM
Space Capsule of Slumber
You are lying completely still, only your nostrils are slightly moving as you inhale and exhale the perfect air. You have never been more comfortable than now, and if ever you should turn on your other side, you would be in an even more comfortable position than before. Your pillow will always stay cold and thus be perfect even after you have woken up. Slowly you are sinking into world of dreams
Apr 9, 2014 - 12:10:09 AM
Is Israel Isolated?
Unlike Secretary Kerry, Warren Buffett does have confidence in Israel's long term viability, realizing that Israel's economic and technological capabilities are the derivatives of Israel's brainpower and fiscal responsibility (since 1985), independent of the Palestinian issue. Hence, on the eve of Israel's 2006 war against Lebanon's Hizballah, Buffett invested $4BN in an Israeli company - located next to the Lebanese border - recently expanding that investment by $2BN. Buffett followed in the footsteps of Intel, which has invested $11BN in its four research and development centers and two manufacturing plants in Israel
Apr 6, 2014 - 12:20:12 AM
President Obama's Reckless Endangerment by Brigitte Gabriel
Not since Jimmy Carter's mishandling of the presidency from 1976-1980 have we seen such an ineffective, feckless and incompetent national security policy from the White House. But Barack Obama's latest proposals to drastically cut America's defense budget stretch the boundaries of stupidity and naivety......or are these moves designed to intentionally weaken America? Obama's priorities are clearly out of touch with America and they are recklessly endangering America's national security.... even with Obama's drastic defense budget cuts, the federal budget will still grow by $200 billion? The only thing being truly cut is our national defense.
Apr 2, 2014 - 2:13:06 AM