French appeasement deja vue
The French intent to recognize Palestinian statehood in Judea & Samaria, if the Israel-Palestinian negotiations fail, reflects the French policy of appeasing Palestinian terrorism (since the 1960s) and Islamic terrorism (since 1978). Rather than sheltering France from terrorism, France's appeasement policy - more than any other European country - has fueled anti-French and anti-Western terrorism. French policy has rewarded the 100-year-old systematic Palestinian hate-education, incitement and terrorism. It prejudges the outcome of negotiations and minimizes Palestinian incentive to negotiate.
Feb 5, 2016 - 8:41:00 AM
"We're not in Iowa Anymore"
I see Trump as a transitional president if elected, a president CEO who allows America to swab the decks clean as we right our political ship of state with sails filled with the collective energy and genius of the American people. If America limits bureaucratic power and regulation, secures its borders, enacts tax reform, strengthens its military and fires up its economy we will have a situation that facilitates America's pursuit of its loftier ideological aspirations whether grounded in the constitution, conservatism or both. Without these basic reforms all talk of who is more conservative, more religious or more constitutionally grounded than the next candidate means absolutely nothing.
Feb 2, 2016 - 10:28:01 PM
Land for peace in the Middle East?
The width of pre-1967 Israel (8-15 miles) is equal to the length of DFW Airport in Texas, the distance between JFK and La Guardia Airports, Wall Street and Columbia University, the Kennedy Center and RFK Stadium, less than the distance between downtown London and Heathrow Airport. Former Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, the late General Earl Wheeler told President Lyndon Johnson: "The minimum requirements for Israel's defense include most of the West Bank, the whole of Gaza and the Golan Heights." 100 retired US Generals and Admirals cautioned Israel against withdrawing from Judea & Samaria, stating that is would be impossible to demilitarize the area effectively.
Jan 24, 2016 - 1:15:06 AM
The volcano of Islamic terrorism
Most Muslim policy-makers have not represented the will of the majority, which has been systematically suppressed/oppressed in most Muslim societies (including Muslim communities in Western countries). These Muslim societies have never experienced democracy, exposing the majority to tectonic eruptions of violence by rogue regimes and organizations. The lava of Islamic terrorism has consumed mostly Muslims in the abode of Islam, but it is aiming to sweep the abode of the "infidel," and is currently spreading into the streets of the USA, Europe, Russia, China, India, Africa, Asia and Australia.
Jan 13, 2016 - 7:23:55 AM
Questions About Race and Racial Prejudice in the Afterlife
What I don't believe is that any of us will get very far in any afterlife without dealing with race and ethnicity, and without our willing and assiduous effort to correct where we were on these issues when we passed away here on Earth. Which takes me back to those who voted for the I'm going to wake up there more or less the way I am here, race and all. It seems to me that this group of voters are choosing to believe in a difficult future for themselves. If we are plunked into substantially the same bodies we had here, then how easy is it going to be for us to get past racial and ethnic prejudices, even up there? How easily will we be willing to change?
Jan 8, 2016 - 6:08:50 AM
The Story Engine: Imagining and Creating My First Novel
Apex Predator as a novel is made up of hundreds of ideas woven around a plot, with its inception from a base concept fuelled by enthusiasm, pride, imagination and stubbornness, my wife's boot to my ass notwithstanding. The point is: one idea alone doesn't fill a 650 page novel. One day, under the influence of a pounding headache and doped up to the gills, the idea of a hunter-hunted dynamic between the modern firepower of a nuclear submarine and an ancient creature of myth set deep inside the polar icecap came to me in a fever dream. The trick is to maintain relevance. My high school teacher once told me: Every word, every character on the page must have a point. Every explosion, every punch thrown, every car you flip must have purpose to the plot or character development. This is how you keep the audience engaged.
Jan 7, 2016 - 4:33:02 AM
That Sick Label Again
Brussels is abuzz with bees-in-the-bonnet, drunk-on-power, bigoted people. They worry that Israel will trick consumers into thinking that settlements are part of Israel. They're not worried about tricking consumers into thinking (as the new labels will do) that the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem are in make-believe occupied Palestine. Goods from other occupied territories are allowed into Europe with 'Made in China' or 'Made in Morocco' labels, etc. Here's the common or garden example of one treatment if you are not the Jew among nations, and a different treatment if you are.
Dec 30, 2015 - 5:17:57 PM
What makes Trump tick (so far)?
Trump is aware of the yearning to resurrect the ethos of the American Dream, which featured the USA -- until the 2007-2009 Great Recession - as the only moral, economic and military super-power. He attempts to echo the eagerness to stop the slippery slope of the American state of mind from boundless optimism to pessimism, from patriotism to skepticism, from faith and confidence in American exceptionalism to national and personal uncertainty and anxiety, from expected upward mobility to feared downward mobility.
Dec 27, 2015 - 5:10:44 AM
Jesus-converters dig themselves into a deeper hole when they follow the star to Bethlehem, to the Palestinian victim in its cradle. Branding Jews as colonial occupiers and stealers of Arab land can be a double-edged sword. You can't have your cake and eat it too. If the New Testament writes Jews and their Temple into the plot, then both must have been in Jerusalem at the time of Jesus. He was infuriated by them, for heaven sake! "It seems to many of us that Jesus is on the cross again with thousands of crucified Palestinians around him. ... The Israeli government's crucifixion system is operating daily." In his biblical speak Naim Ateek, a Palestinian cleric, can't help but acknowledge that the Jews have been domiciled in his 'Palestine' since time immemorial.
Dec 27, 2015 - 5:07:30 AM
America's "Safe Space"
San Bernardino is the latest terror event to be shamelessly exploited by progressive liberals as a means to challenge the 2nd amendment. The 2nd amendment stands strong unaided but is also supported by and correspondingly supports the other constitutional amendments in our "Bill of Rights." The 2nd amendment ensures the right to morally or if deemed necessary to physically defend the other amendments. I refer to this generous gift from our founders as our "kinetic option" against personal and national threats whether foreign or domestic...How do we protect our 2nd amendment right? By exercising it. It helps to insure our indispensable 1st amendment by utilizing the same synergy that sustains all the amendments mutually.
Dec 14, 2015 - 8:35:31 AM
The demographic scaremongering fraternity
In 2015, in defiance of the "Demographic Scaremongering Fraternity," Israel's Jewish demography features an astounding 68% surge in the number of annual births from 1995 (80,400) to 2014 (132,000), while the annual number of Arab births has stabilized (40,000) due to accelerated modernity; a growing positive Jewish net-migration, simultaneously with growing Arab negative net-migration; a 66% Jewish majority in the combined area of Judea, Samaria and pre-1967 Israel, benefiting from an unprecedented tailwind of fertility and migration. Should Israel resurrect the pro-active Aliyah policy, which was Israel's flagship until 1993, Jewish demography -- and therefore economy, technology, national security and posture of deterrence - would catapult to new heights.
Dec 11, 2015 - 6:36:32 PM
Secretary Kerry Reinventing the Middle East?
Secretary of State John Kerry's November 24, 2015 visit to Jerusalem confirmed his determination to reinvent "the energetic, youthful and forward looking Middle East" in accordance with his own worldview, irrespective of Middle East reality. Kerry recycled well-intentioned, but failed, assessments and tactics, further eroding the US posture of deterrence and US power projection among pro-US Arab countries.
Nov 28, 2015 - 2:48:18 AM
Our American Jihad
Soon nearly a decade will have passed without the president saying anything of substance. Conversely, the leading republican presidential candidate initially labeled a circus clown allegedly saddled with what some in our media elite have characterized as a "fifth grade" vocabulary is the only person the American electorate perceives as speaking with authority or relevance proving him to be in reality the "Ringmaster" not the clown. Our president's suspected psychological affliction is often referred to as "malignant narcissism." America and the world are the victims of his deteriorating stability which evidently has caused him to abandon his primary responsibility to uphold our constitution and protect the American people and homeland.
Nov 28, 2015 - 2:31:56 AM
Host countries, beware of Islamic terrorism
In 1982, in the aftermath of Islamic/Palestinian terrorist attacks in Paris, which claimed the lives of six patrons of the Chez Jo Goldenberg restaurant (August 9) and Israeli diplomat Yaakov Bar Simantov (April 4), Israel's Ambassador to France, Meir Rosenne, denounced the PLO, but also blamed countries which legitimize, and host, PLO operatives and supporters, for bringing the wrath of terrorism upon themselves. Ambassador Rosenne was threatened with expulsion from France, but would not retract.
Nov 22, 2015 - 12:50:43 AM
US-Israel relations: downturn or upturn?
Contrary to the "elite" US media headlines, the November 9, 2015 Obama-Netanyahu summit highlighted the enhanced US-Israel relationship, in general, and the long term US-Israel strategic cooperation, in particular, irrespective of the irreconcilable nature of the personalities and worldviews of the two leaders. In fact, bi-lateral defense, commercial, scientific and technological cooperation has surged to new heights, transcending disagreements over the Arab-Israeli conflict, Israel's borders, construction of Jewish homes in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, the appointment of controversial officials by both administrations and the Palestinian issue. In fact, such disagreements have been an integral part of the bilateral relationship since Israel's establishment in 1948.
Nov 15, 2015 - 2:33:26 AM
Before the collision with the two-state iceberg
These days, Women in Green is publishing issue number 6 of the political journal, Sovereignty. The goal before us is to promote a revolution in consciousness that will turn the ship's wheel of the Israeli public, which is sailing straight into the iceberg of two states, and is bound to sink us, sharply to the Right to a Zionist banner, to restore the basic values of the People -- the Land of Israel is destined for the People of Israel.
Nov 15, 2015 - 2:27:17 AM
"Trick or Treat?"
America is not a static entity that can be divided into even slices of a mythical socialist pie served up as bites of social justice and erosive political correctness. We cannot have generational or demographic economic prosperity for all across the board at all times. Sacrificial generations exist to provide greater opportunity for the next. One generation digs ditches; the next builds a house, the next a factory. Any demographic group that does not sacrifice for its following generation is driven to the State for assistance. Generational assistance leads to a culture of dependency that looks to government as a means to survival.
Oct 30, 2015 - 12:03:05 AM
Laure McCourt Lopez Interview with Gene Ferraro, author of "Ordinary Evil"
I had the privilege of interviewing Gene Ferraro, author of "Ordinary Evil," in early September of this year. The following encapsulates our discussion. Do you see more resources available to victims of clergy sexual abuse and in your findings, have you seen percentages of reported abuse diminish or increase? There was a Polish bishop whose funeral was just a few weeks ago. He had been involved in some pretty bad acts with young people. Not many high ranking church members attended his funeral. That was in The Globe. I don't know what a percentage would be as I really don't keep up with that.
Oct 28, 2015 - 7:45:45 AM
About the Mufti of Jerusalem!
The Mufti did not inspire Hitler to commit the Holocaust, but he was a willing and eager participant. The silence and quiet endorsement of the international anti-Semitic community was the true inspiration! They were silent to killing of millions of Jews - the same as they were indifferent to the genocide of Armenians by Turkey in 1915. This silence was Hitler's real inspiration! Another Muslim 'invention' that Hitler was inspired by was idea of the yellow star. The practice was used in Islam dominated countries in order to distinguish and humiliate Jews and other non-Muslims and in order to treat them as 2nd class citizens!
Oct 28, 2015 - 7:37:27 AM
Palestinian terrorism: institutional or random?
Anti-Jewish Palestinian terrorism has been a Middle East fixture since, at least, the 1920s, well before the 1948 establishment of Israel and the 1967 return of Jewish communities to Judea and Samaria. Its well-documented collaboration with Nazi Germany intended to prevent the existence -- and not reduce the size -- of the Jewish State. The political guideline of contemporary Palestinian terrorism -- the Palestinian Covenant -- was published in 1964, three years before the reunification of Jerusalem.
Oct 25, 2015 - 12:10:05 AM
Science Fiction has become Reality
When examining the great continent of Europe, we see a new challenge. Every state in Europe has experienced massive migration from areas of conflict, mostly from Muslim states. For many years, this migration was viewed as an attempt to flee failed societies and thus to integrate in modern societies in Europe. However, the second generation of such migrants as well as those from war torn states are not interested in integration but only in imposing their culture on their host states. Today, we see a trend not of assimilation, but of forcefully changing the democratic basis of societies. Waves of migration, such as the current one from Syria, do not signify disengagement from radical societies from which they come, but instead a desire to spread radical ideologies and cultures to Western societies. Many of these migrants want to change the DNA of the free world and transform it into the world from which they came.
Oct 21, 2015 - 6:15:04 AM
Fantasy or Reality?
America is designed specifically to save us not only from ourselves, but also from the power hungry maniacs that have ruled over the earth and its people for eons in a tyrannical orgy characterized by death, destruction and oppression. The misnomer of "Progressivism" represents "The Old World." The election of Barrack Obama signaled the culmination of the hundred years plus effort by the Progressive movement to incrementally push America into a European brand of Socialism. We are quickly adopting the unmistakable political and cultural characteristics that can define us as such a nation. We may be able keep up the appearance of a representative constitutional republic but it is Kabuki Theater, a show, a dance, a fantasy. Progressivism is in reality regressive in nature, a throwback to history's brutal past that is littered with the bones of the victims who lived under monarchs, dictators, emperors and every other type of despotic ruler known to humankind. Progressivism is not progress. It is regress, or if you prefer, Regressivism.
Oct 21, 2015 - 6:00:01 AM
Has Hillary's Server Really Been Wiped?
In case you haven't been following the story closely, when she was Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton conducted governmental business, much of it classified, on an unsecure private server operated from her home in upstate New York. Servers on the Internet are simply hard disks called 'blades' that store information much as it is stored on your computer's hard disk. A server may consist of an array of several 'blades' with huge capacity. If nothing else the following analysis will give you a general idea of the factors in play. The latest word from the Justice Department is that HRC's staff and other correspondents used unsecured private email clients like AOL and Gmail to communicate with one another! Well, Obama did promise his administration would be the most transparent of all time.
Sep 18, 2015 - 2:12:30 AM
Autumn in Florida?
Floridians have always known that September is the hottest time of the year. For months, the large concrete and asphalted spaces have been soaking up 90 to 100 degree- weather and now exhale that furnace-heat until November when the hurricane season is over.
Sep 16, 2015 - 7:34:06 AM
Five Ways to Make Your Life Matter
One mistake that many people make when they begin to taste success is to attempt to acquire personal wealth too quickly. I know of people (myself included) who began to cheat against their future wealth by bogging themselves down in credit. They want to get so much "stuff" as a testimony of their new found wealth that they tie it up with debt. When you get to the point that you are able to make only the minimum payments, then you become a slave of a financial system...and your eye. You can do the same thing when you rely too heavily on government welfare.
Sep 15, 2015 - 6:45:11 AM
A Call to Revolution
If revolutions are not fought in the Mideast now they will be fought in Europe and America in the near future. America has shaped a unique existence through luck, sacrifice, diplomacy and yes, "revolution." America is the exception to millennia of tyrannical governance and the absence of freedom and individual rights. It is referred to as "American Exceptionalism." Our current administration has accelerated the advancement of Islamic tyranny. The Mideast in many places is a black market weapons bazaar. If disenfranchised populations longing to be free wish to arm themselves they probably can. If not, I'm sure that a simple assurance by sincere freedom fighters who vow to take a step out of the seventh century toward modernity and the adoption of a constitution and bill of rights identical to Americas' own would garner enough attention from America or other western nations to seriously consider arming them.
Sep 13, 2015 - 8:23:10 AM
From "roll-back" to "roll-on"
"This deal is based on 'hope'-- hope that when the nuclear sunset clause expires Iran will have succumbed to the benefits of commerce and global integration. Hope that the hardliners will have lost their power and the revolution will end its hegemonic goals. And hope that the regime will allow the Iranian people to decide their fate. Hope is part of human nature, but unfortunately it is not a national security strategy....
Aug 23, 2015 - 7:02:44 AM
Many Americans have been trained and conditioned much as Pavlov's famous dogs were...Does anyone really think that questions about Donald Trump, trump the murder, rape and beheading of Christian children who bravely refuse to denounce their faith before the sword and hate of Islam? What does your gut say on this one? Can you hear that inner long lost voice? Is it a whisper or a scream? Or, has it been smothered by the shriek of political correctness?... Perspective, priority and manufactured outrage converge in Pavlovia with disastrous consequence. Conditioned politically correct responses cannot effectively apply perspective, priority or outrage to politics. Only appropriate perspective, rational priority and genuine outrage will serve as a true reflection of your internal voice.
Aug 18, 2015 - 7:30:12 AM
US voters shape the Iran debate in Congress
In 2015, will House Members and Senators ignore or reflect the position of their voters on the nuclear deal with the Ayatollahs, whose approval would compound the current significant threats posed by the conventional Ayatollahs: triggering an unprecedented wave of Islamic terrorism, an avalanche of toppled pro-US Arab oil-producing regimes and its economic implications, nuclear proliferation and a nuclear war?
Aug 16, 2015 - 8:10:12 AM
Magic Mirror: Reflections of a Naked Dancer
One night, during one of our deep talks, Jennifer said she thought I'd become conceited. Little did she know it was quite the opposite. I was obsessive compulsive. I thought if one hair was out of place or if I looked even slightly bloated, people wouldn't think I was beautiful anymore or worse, they would think I was gaining my weight back...Not long ago, a man told me he admired how comfortable I am in my body. This was so much greater than any compliment he could've given about my body. For someone who had been detached from her body for decades, violently abusing it even, this observation sent a surge of power from my toes to my head. Why? Because it was the truth.
Aug 13, 2015 - 10:08:25 AM
"Debate or Roast?"
The politically correct infantile reaction to Trump's comments do little to change the disastrous course America finds itself on. Many may not wish their politicians to embrace such a low brow "jobsite" demeanor but I have been shown over a lifetime that the collective genius of America's average working people outstrip the restrained Ivy League idiots intellect presented as America's brain trust by a thousand to one. America is made up of Americans not politicians. Donald Trump is offering vision, action and hard work as solution to America's problems just as my politically incorrect co-workers do. I have never seen a building built by "talking about it." It requires action, hard work, an enormous amount of brains and ceaseless swearing which becomes quite natural at the business end of a ninety pound jack-hammer after a sixty hour week.
Aug 10, 2015 - 12:48:15 AM
America at Half-Staff
My assertion that we are a memorial culture is bolstered by the events of September 11th 2001, the presidents' clumsy evocation of the Crusades in an early 2015 speech and his 2009 "Cairo speech" in which our ideologically driven president completely misrepresented the concept of "American Exceptionalism." 911 should be memorialized in the most heartfelt way possible but the Crusades should be reserved for history class and should not be encouraged to be internalized with contemporized relevance and solemnity. The Cairo speech is exemplary of demagoguery and emotional manipulation at its worst.
Aug 3, 2015 - 11:35:10 PM
Jewish demographic tailwind; no Arab demographic time bomb
Once again, conventional so-called wisdom is refuted by reality. The demographic trend is Jewish. Anyone claiming that Israel must concede geography (Judea & Samaria), in order to secure demography is either dramatically mistaken or outrageously misleading. A 68% increase in the annual number of Jewish births has occurred from 1995 (80,000) to 2014 (136,000), despite a moderate decline in the Ultra-Orthodox fertility rate. Modernity (integration) has lowered Israeli Arab fertility rate, stabilizing the annual number of Arab births at 40,000 during the same period. Over 100,000 Palestinians, who received Israeli ID cards as a result of marrying Israeli Arabs, are doubly-counted as Israelis and Palestinians.
Aug 2, 2015 - 7:17:34 AM
Politicians spend most of their time fund raising which traps them politically and minimizes their time working for, or listening to "We the People." Not Trump, he's not asking for political favors or money. Trump spends his time campaigning and answering questions. The establishment Republican candidates and elite class of political pundits that surround those candidates are indeed well educated, but "The Donald" holds the Trump Card because Donald Trump is actually -- Smart. He uses plain language to focus on a few core issues which the average voter is truly concerned with. I don't know if Mr. Trump will win this fight but I do know he has filled the arena. If there is one thing Donald Trump's substantial ego will not allow it is history or the American people remembering him as anything less than a great president.
Jul 29, 2015 - 4:49:15 AM
Balance and Harmony
We know that a balanced diet creates harmony in our body. We enjoy good health and are able to function well. Balance in all phases of our life seems to lead to a state of contentment that allows us to thrive physically and spiritually. Such a simple thing! For centuries healers, physicians and scientists have informed us about the causes of diseases and their remedies. Yet we often abuse our body and create disharmony -- or disease.
Jul 29, 2015 - 4:45:38 AM
Pure of Heart
The reluctance to vote GOP is rooted in the perception that the Republican Party is not sufficiently conservative or libertarian. I agree; the Republican Party is a mere shadow of its ideological lineage. This harsh reality emerged with the ascension of the Tea Party in 2010. The rejection of the newly elected Tea Party types to congress by establishment Republicans is in my opinion the greatest political mistake of the last half century. This historic political snub defined and diminished the image of establishment Republicans whose campaigns and re-election benefited from the momentum of the Tea Party candidates. The failure of the establishment to embrace promising Republican political momentum revealed their self-serving aspirations taking precedent over GOP and national interest. The concept of "We the People" seemed to be furthest from the duplicitous political minds of our elected officials. We now have government of the government, by the government, for the government. I clearly understand the reluctance to vote Republican, even if you are a republican.
Jul 19, 2015 - 6:45:14 AM
Evidently in today's America it seems that you must have nine billion dollars just to speak the truth. Trump is speaking to and for the average working person by going around the media, the Democrats, the establishment Republicans and the constitutional conservative Tea Party types. He is speaking to you and me. The DC inside the beltway media and so-called expert political pundits may not understand him, but we do. This may be the first "We the People" election in many years. I really don't care what anybody says anymore anyhow, except of course "We the People." Wasn't that the idea? The idea of America?
Jul 14, 2015 - 8:20:45 AM
Laure McCourt Lopez Interview with Author Dr. Lois Brittell
Let me answer the second question first. As you listen to preachers and other professionals, anxiety and depression are on the rise. People are moving out of churches, religious life is taking on less importance than it used to. Values are changing and of course, if you are not attached to God, the events occurring in today's world are going to leave you anxious, depressed, confused, angry, and having other pathological feelings. The difference between anxiety and fear is great, but it's subtle.
Jul 13, 2015 - 8:35:25 AM
SCOTUS Same-Sex Ruling on Eve of Independence Day: Gift or Curse to the Nation?
Exclusion from God's kingdom is the ultimate repudiation of Kennedy's foolish notion that equal dignity means everyone must have equal access to every institution, every opportunity under the sun. As outrageous as Kennedy's statements are, the actions of our President following the Court's decision were even worse. A response pleasing to God would have the President humbly falling to his knees, pleading God's forgiveness for the Court's sinful decision. He would have called upon Christians to pray on his behalf, asking God to grant him the wisdom to choose wise judges who could someday overturn the evil outcome of this case.
Jul 8, 2015 - 11:40:30 PM
The Great Waterfall of God's Love
Consider the phrase, 'there's nothing you can do to make God.' This is true: no one can 'make God' do or be anything other than what God is. God loves us with an infinite love, because God IS love ... but nothing in heaven or earth or under the earth can constrain God to love us or not love us. His love is what theologians call a 'self-donation.' We don't seduce God's love by being either adorable or pathetic -- his love flows entirely from his nature and is utterly voluntary. God is "moved to compassion," not because we manipulate him with our pleas, but because God is compassion itself and his love flows without ceasing wherever it is received. My experience of God's love may fluctuate as I welcome it or rebuff it, but God himself cannot love us more or less. His love, by nature, is not dependent on our behaviour or jerked around by our emotional rollercoasters.
Jun 19, 2015 - 9:20:03 PM