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
The nature of the Mahmoud Abbas regime
Bassam Eid, the founder of the Jerusalem-based Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group, concludes that "the Palestinians need strong democratic institutions and an end to human rights violations.... [However,] Abbas runs a corrupt dictatorship, using international funds to consolidate his own administration, rather than to develop the Palestinian economy. In East Jerusalem, the PA is so mistrusted that most Palestinians would prefer to live under Israel rule...."
Jun 19, 2015 - 9:10:45 PM
Being a Jew Trumps Assimilation
The biggest mistake many of our rabbis and Jewish community leaders make is by insisting that Jewishness is the religious observance only. Being a Jew has always meant, for Jews and our enemies - the peoplehood, belonging to the tribe, ethnicity or nation - whichever term you feel comfortable with - combined with Judaism when it was possible! We also have the unique and advanced religion, deep seated spiritual tradition, common history and aspirations that bond us all, observant and secular Jews.
Jun 19, 2015 - 9:03:02 PM
Iran and ISIS. High Moral Ground or Bloody Trenches?
If we are to win the battles against nuclear proliferation and against Islamic terrorism we must change the diplomatic narrative. We must take the conversation to where it can change the course of history without adding to the violence. To do this, we must stake out the highest possible moral ground, and not be naive about how strong we must be or how long it may take. Our strategy to deal with the dangers of ISIS and Iran should be one strategy, and contrary to our President's claim, it should not depend on Iraq or any other nation. Five simple principles should guide us.
Jun 14, 2015 - 1:20:45 AM
What's my motivation here?
Will we stand or fall? Honor, patriotism, honesty, integrity and responsibility are just a few of the disciplines no longer taught at our institutions of higher learning. Is it any wonder why our military almost unilaterally has taken on the responsibility of defending our country? Values are still taught in military organizations, but not in the majority of our colleges and universities....As I walk through this world I often encounter electronically obsessed Americans that look up at me briefly from their electronic device in order to avoid the possibility of me knocking them over. I admittedly hold little regard for their safespace if they refuse to pay attention to their surroundings. Their deer in the headlight facial expressions sometimes make me feel as if they are about to utter aloud what a Stanislavski trained actor might say as they look up from their screenplay or movie script.
Jun 12, 2015 - 7:44:25 AM
Why do good people lack blessings in life?
All the evil that is happening on earth is due to lack of fear of God in man who dares to disobey God's commandments. As a result, there is so much of... violence, bloodshed, murders, wars everywhere, no value for human life, high crime rates, robbery, racial riots, drunkenness, revelry, sexual immorality, marital problems, lust for power, pride, selfishness.
May 20, 2015 - 8:15:18 AM
Nobody is Forgotten, Nothing is Forgotten!
About 500,000 Jewish soldiers fought in the Red Army. Some 120,000 were killed in combat and in the line of duty; the Germans murdered 80,000 as prisoners of war. More than 160,000, at all levels of command, earned citations, with over 150 designated "Heroes of the Soviet Union" - the highest honour awarded to soldiers in the Red Army.
May 15, 2015 - 6:22:08 AM
When Baltimore Burns -- Again
Baltimore is where many US. Cities are heading, they are a chain of Democrat governed "Banana Republics" strewn across the country with the potential to be burning at any moment fueled by an unending volatile river of progressive lies. One and all of its city leaders brainwashed just as severely as the current high priest of Liberalism, Barrack Obama. Obama dreams of being able to run America unencumbered by our pesky US Constitution just as the majority of the world's banana republic dictators do. It's who he is, it's who he emulates.
May 14, 2015 - 8:45:30 AM
Our Pop Culture Society - Let's Hear It for Dennis Ritchie!
For those unfamiliar with Dennis Ritchie, you are using his software technology right now. He was the computer science wizard who invented the C programming language and (along with Ken Thompson and Brian Kernighan) designed the Unix operating system. Still baffled? These are the software technologies that freed computer power from mainframes for use in the desktop PC, like the Apple Mac, and that now run the Internet, Google, and information systems of the corporate world. Though a bit too technical to compete with the ephemeral glitz and glamour of Hollywood power agents or NASCAR heroes, they have an authentic industrial glamour of their own. Computer algorithms, those intricate skeins of logic that mimic the cognitive activity of the human mind itself, run the world we live in, and they are written in the C programming language (or in one of its many derivatives).
Apr 29, 2015 - 5:21:01 AM
A Tale of Two Cities
Whether you live in a small town or large city for many Americans the quality of their day to day lives is determined not only by where they live, but also by what is happening in Washington DC. Over recent decades the average working person's voice has been muted in regard to his or her influence over Washington. Conversely, the impact of big government has increased to near intolerable levels. Bureaucratic intrusion into every aspect of your American life is now dictated from DC, much as the edicts of past kings were imposed onto their subjects.
Apr 15, 2015 - 8:32:45 PM
In short, the government should not force an individual to bake, arrange flowers or take photographs for an individual in a free market system full of other options for the same service. A Colorado baker has already been forced to bake "Gay wedding cakes," undergo sensitivity training and was subjected to government monitoring. If it becomes common practice to use government force to require one individual to submit to involuntary labor on behalf of another individual, we will lose America.
Apr 2, 2015 - 7:57:09 PM
A monster in the ultra-sound
One need not be a prophet in order to know what a monster would be born from the Palestinian "embryonic state" in Judea and Samaria. We would not be able to live with it in any kind of peace. And if this state would achieve its goal - our destruction - there is no way that we would continue to live at all. Those same people who preach the establishment of a Palestinian state in Judea, Samaria and Gaza totally ignore what is written in clause no. 9 of the Palestine National Covenant, "the armed battle is the only way to liberate Palestine and it, therefore, is a strategy and not a tactic", while clauses 19 and 20 declare the annulment of the Balfour Declaration, the text of the Mandate, the UN decision of 1947 on the partition and the decision to establish the State of Israel.
Apr 1, 2015 - 6:17:04 AM