Secretary Kerry, on words one does not pay customs!
An Arab colloquialism, frequently employed by Arab policy--makers in order to mislead foreign movers and shakers (including American Secretaries of State) suggests that "on words one does not pay customs." ...highlights -- in a July 2014 publication, "The Myth of Palestinian Centrality" -- the wide gap between the lavish Arab talk and the scant Arab walk when it comes to the Palestinian issue.
Oct 26, 2014 - 6:22:30 AM
Medical Benefits of Cannabis
In 1982, the Canadian federal government approved the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the highest level of laws in the country. Section One of this Charter says all laws must be demonstrably justified, before they are valid. More specifically, "The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees the rights and freedoms set out in it subject only to such reasonable limits prescribed by law as can be demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society. Demonstrable justification requires true and proven harm to have been produced by the person, before harmful punishment can legally be imposed on the person. When people consume marijuana and no related harm is done, man-made laws against such actions and people cannot be demonstrably justified.
Oct 22, 2014 - 6:47:05 AM
Is Israel Ostracized?
The elitist media outlets of Israel, Western Europe and the USA are wrong! Israel is increasingly appreciated and embraced - not ostracized -- by the global community. In defiance of the BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) movement in Britain, and despite the Gaza War, Israel's exports to Britain, and the Israel-Britain trade balance, surged by 38% and 28% respectively from January-August, 2014, compared to the same period in 2013, expanding employment in both countries. In addition, 37 Israeli-British mergers & acquisitions and British stock market IPOs occurred during the same period.
Oct 16, 2014 - 6:51:17 AM
Political Correctness and The Death of Honesty
Think about the American Revolutionary Trouble-makers and how Politically Incorrect they were with that whole Boston Tea Party Thing. What where they thinking? They actually dressed up as Indians to do the deed. How insensitive of them. How demeaning to Indians. Next thing you know there is an NFL team named the Redskins...The question is when is Common Sense going to rise above all this nonsense and take the lead back from Political Correctness? Well, for one thing, having a President and a Congress with some common sense would be a good start, but that's not likely to happen anytime soon.
Oct 5, 2014 - 12:20:41 AM
The enemy of my enemy is my enemy by Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger
"The enemy of my enemy is my potential ally" underlies the 2014 Western policy toward Iran, the enemy of ISIS. It underlay US policy toward Iraq's Saddam Hussein -- the enemy of Iran - until Saddam's occupation of Kuwait on August 2, 1990. The 1990 reckless policy toward Iraq triggered a conventional conflict, a $1.25 trillion cost to the US taxpayer, 4,500 US military fatalities, a surge of anti-US Islamic terrorism and a dramatic destabilization of the Persian Gulf.
Oct 5, 2014 - 12:15:39 AM
A Time for Spiritual Heroism
Seventy years ago this Rosh Hashanah, in the heart of the Nazi inferno, a young Jew armed with just a pencil and some empty cement sacks -- and a great deal of faith -- succeeded in demonstrating just how high a person's soul can soar.
Oct 1, 2014 - 9:05:19 PM
Fair Taxes and Free Time for CPAs
Most of our discussions of tax rates and tax fairness lack fundamental honesty because they ignore what people actually pay and why. Consider three married couples, each supported by one income earner. All three earn $60,000 in a year and after exemptions and deductions have taxable income of $50,000. The first, an entrepreneur or self-employed earner pays $15,791 in federal taxes or an effective rate of 26.3%. The second, an employee whose ...
Sep 28, 2014 - 5:42:05 AM
Don Quixote of Pennsylvania Avenue
Unfortunately, as he attempts to rally the free world against a real enemy, Obama today is seen by potential coalition partners thru the eyes of the quizzical Sancho Panza. Pushing his fantasy of an idyllic, Islamic world, one which shares the values of American constitutional law, Obama has succeeded emasculating law enforcement domestically and the nation's military as well. From the get go of his presidency, Obama embarked upon his infamous mea culpa tour of the Middle East...replete with disingenuous paragraphs such as: "I have come here to seek a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world; one based upon mutual interest and mutual respect; and one based upon the truth that America and Islam are not exclusive, and need not be in competition. Instead, they overlap, and share common principles, principles of justice and progress; tolerance and the dignity of all human beings." It was this speech that foretold a mendacious president and a disastrous foreign policy for years to come.
Sep 17, 2014 - 12:15:39 AM
Cell Tower and Cell Phone Issues
Even though no scientific evidence currently establishes a definite link between cell tower and cell phone use and cancer or other illnesses, some consumers are skeptical of the science and/or the analysis that underlies existing exposure guidelines. Accordingly, some concerned parties recommend taking measures to further reduce exposure to radio frequencies or electromagnetic radiation energy. But some authorities do not see a need for these practices.
Sep 14, 2014 - 12:22:27 AM
Resolving Intergenerational Conflicts
In the next phase of the mediation, the mediator asked Tanya and Harold in turn to speak directly to each other, restating his or her understanding of the other's point of view. This phase continued until they both agreed that each one had fully understood the other's concerns. It enabled each of them to understand the disagreement from the other's perspective and ultimately to take responsibility for their own part in the dispute.
Sep 10, 2014 - 2:02:35 AM
Campaign Finance Reform and Arbinger's Self Deception
Earnest journalists will tell us that money has always played a role in politics, and that it has always been the responsibility of citizens to bring their reason to the voting booth. But never before in the history of our republic has there been such a virulent combination of information technology and unbridled spending on political messaging. De-regulated television and radio combined with the information technology revolution have exponentially increased the power of every marketing dollar at a time when we have removed virtually all restrictions on political marketing dollars.
Sep 10, 2014 - 1:52:47 AM
The Militarization of Police and its Effect on Community Policing
There is an increasing concern in our local community over the militarization of the police and the tactics employed to protect citizens from violent criminal offenders. This concern should be discussed in a transparent manner in our local communities and the residents should cooperate with state, county and municipal law-enforcement agencies to develop a community-policing model that is efficient, effective and non-threatening.
Sep 6, 2014 - 3:37:16 PM
Israel vindicated by UN damage assessment in Gaza
An analysis of the damage assessment data collected - on the Gaza War - by the UN Office of Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (which has never been biased in Israel's favor), confirms that Israel attacked Hamas targets in a restrained manner:
Sep 5, 2014 - 12:20:05 AM
'Relationship Knowledge' Overcomes Marriage Phobia
Steve's story is all too typical. It is sad to see many lovebirds get separated because one or both sides are afraid of marriage. Some individuals take years to overcome their marriage phobia. But once they conquer it and they gain confidence in the new relationship, they are always happy.
Sep 3, 2014 - 12:12:17 AM
The War with Gaza: Let the Recriminations Begin
Emerson closes out his article describing the bitterness and hatred felt by some Gazans in the street toward Hamas for firing and placing munitions in hospitals, Mosques, and private residences while senior leadership hid in tunnels leaving residents to fend for themselves. He quotes an Hamas fighter claiming to have received his anti-tank training in a hall under the Alshafi Mosque in Khan Yunis where the Izzadin Al-Kassam Brigades train. All this is probably true. Yet the streets were filled with Gazans celebrating what they deemed a great victory over the "Zionist occupation."
Aug 31, 2014 - 12:22:21 AM
Is Time Working For/Against Israel?
In contrast to those who wish to boycott Israel, 2013 and 2014 have highlighted Israel's expanding trade and investment global network GDP growth has averaged 4% over the past 5 years, compared with 0.7% on average for OECD countries. In 2014, Israel is the world's top exporter of drones, the world's co-leader (along with the US) in the development, manufacturing and launching of small and medium size satellites, the sixth largest exporter of military systems, the 2nd largest cyber exporter
Aug 31, 2014 - 12:12:51 AM
Aliyah (immigration) wave -- if not now, when?!
The window of opportunity for the arrival of 500,000 Olim, during the next five years, is wide open -- temporarily - in Russia, Ukraine, Germany, France, England, Belgium, Holland, Hungary, Argentina and other countries. It is wide open due to the intensification of anti-Semitism; non-democratic trends and instability in Russia and Ukraine; the expansion of aggressive (and soon terrorist) Islam in Europe; Israel's relative economic edge; and the impressive Jewish/Zionist education infrastructure in the aforementioned countries, which have cultivated pro-Aliyah sentiments.
Aug 17, 2014 - 12:15:21 AM
US Posture of Deterrence and Islamic Terrorism
The Arab Tsunami-driven threat of Islamic terrorism is not limited to the pro-US Arab regimes. It has afflicted India (the largest victim of Islamic terrorism), China (XinjIang province), Russia (Chechnya), Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Thailand, the Philippines and Africa. It constitutes a clear and present threat to Europe and the US mainland, emboldened by US ideological and operational ambiguity and indecisiveness.
Aug 10, 2014 - 12:27:41 AM
The last chance for the middle class
This took me by surprise. How could a local story about a grocery store I've been shopping at for the past three decades have any interest around the world? The answer is obvious because the world is full of middle class people who are trying to survive. There is also a very small majority of wealthy people who were lucky to be at the right place at the right time. The problem is the wealthy people want more wealth in their lives while the middle class simply want a life.
Aug 6, 2014 - 12:25:50 AM
Israel in Gaza and an Upside Down World
If nothing else, Kerry was successful at doing something few have been able to accomplish, unite Jews in Israel to rally around the leadership of Prime Minister Netanyahu. According to a poll taken at the University of Haifa, ninety one percent (91%) of Israeli Jews support his self-defense campaign and a continuation of Operation Protective Edge. Only 4.2% believe the operation is a "mistake."
Aug 3, 2014 - 6:33:46 AM
Don't Cry, for us Israelis
So by all means, cry for the Palestinian people - men women and children- whose duly elected leadership has callously left them without protection from just retribution for their terrorist crimes. Who took their aid money and are living in Qatar in five star hotels building shopping centers for themselves. Who built terrorist tunnels under their homes, mosques, hospitals and schools, and recruited their sons to die for Allah, while they sit in bunkers waiting for the U.N. to rescue them.
Aug 3, 2014 - 6:25:18 AM
Can President Obama Pressure Israel Effectively?
Contrary to President Obama and all prior US presidents (since 1948), Congress has displayed systematic and sweeping bi-partisan support of the Jewish state, which constitutes one of the very few bi-partisan consensus topics on an otherwise highly polarized Capitol Hill. In fact, since the conclusion of the 1993 Oslo Accords -- when Israel ceded the Gaza Strip and 40% of Judea and Samaria to the PLO - many US legislators have outflanked Israeli prime ministers from the hawkish side.
Aug 3, 2014 - 6:20:48 AM
An abnormal man's definition of normal
Normality is the basis for discrimination and segregation. Fear fuels these concepts because if someone isn't like you or whom you know then it has to be abnormal. It also becomes a threat to all you know as being normal.
Aug 1, 2014 - 1:20:33 AM
Scammer Infantino's Headquarters Not Real
To run his international scams, John D. Infantino, along with the mostly non-existent employees of his numerous Limited Liability Corporations, rarely ever actually occupies any office spaces. Though he promotes his LLCs as multimillion dollar entities doing numerous property development and property/asset management jobs internationally. Infantino rarely really does anything he says he does.
Aug 1, 2014 - 1:10:28 AM
Assessing Secretary Kerry's Proposal
In order to survive in the conflict-ridden Middle East, Israel must embrace reality -- as costly as it may be -- and reject imagination, wishful-thinking and make- believe, as tempting as they may be.
Jul 31, 2014 - 2:10:26 AM
Infantino's Website False List of Clients
Some of those people may become victims of International Super Scammer John Infantino Federal. It is reasonably doubtful that any of the entities listed below has ever had a successful relationship with John D. Infantino Federal. He fouled up some development projects so completely that no honest, capable developers have been able to make the development projects successful.
Jul 31, 2014 - 1:55:14 AM
What all parents should understand about "Common Core Standards"
I don't understand why each state can't put their resources into local schools run by the people who live in the town. We have the infrastructure in place with school boards, superintendents, principals, and guidance officials. The, "No Child Left Behind" program cost our schools and neighborhoods massive amounts of tax dollars. The question is how much will the "Common Core Standards" program cost? During the years 2000 -- 2002, the NCLB program cost New Hampshire $224,803,072. This was an increase of $1022 per student. The NCLB program gave New Hampshire $102.00 per student. This information was from "New Hampshire School Administration Association dated March 24, 2004.
Jul 30, 2014 - 7:35:37 AM
John Infantino's Ship of Fools
Hardly anyone will take my word for it, and no one else seems to be doing any web searches to see that John D. Infantino was running over twenty scams - each being a multimillion dollar property development deal - all at about the same time. Because many people around the world are riding in a Ship of Fools - with John David Infantino at the command.
Jul 30, 2014 - 7:30:32 AM
International Super Scammer John D. Infantino
Some years ago, I wrote and published - on Magic City - articles about the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs developing VA Medical Centers into residential, retail and commercial office developments. Called "public/private" projects, because it is public properties being developed by private companies. John D. Infantino owns one of the private companies that the VA signed a lease with and that long term lease was for Maryland's Fort Howard VAMC, which is where I prefer receiving VA medical care. Infantino lost that lease, because he never accomplished much towards getting the development project going.
Jul 27, 2014 - 4:05:39 AM
Rockets, Borders, and "Proportionality"
During January terrorists ambushed a train, kidnapped 18 innocent civilians, and ruthlessly murdered them in cold blood. They followed this atrocity several weeks later when 1500 of them again breached the border and staged another brutal attack, sacking a city, leaving another 19 dead in the street... these events actually occurred during January 1916. The leader was Pancho Villa. The Government was the United States of America, the massacre took place in Columbus, New Mexico. And The contingent of 6000 troops was commanded by General John Pershing.
Jul 23, 2014 - 2:27:00 AM
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