Guest Column 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
Guest Column "Basic Instinct"
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
Guest Column 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
Guest Column Victory or Last Warning to Likud
Netanyahu must not forget why people voted for him this time. It could be the last time Jews of Israel believe in Likud!... International anti-Semites will never stop hating Jews! Only a strong, independent and self-assertive Jewish state will be able shut them down. It was seen after the "Six Day War" and the Yom Kippur war, when even traditional European anti-Semites had began respecting Jews. But it did not last long as Israel did not consolidate its victories, only squandered them under the pressure of its trans-Atlantic 'friend'!
Mar 25, 2015 - 6:44:30 AM
Guest Column Pedophiles in the Church: Interview with Carol Kuhnert
On March 14th 2015, Book Reviewer Laure McCourt Lopez interviewed Carol Kuhnert, author of "No Longer on Pedestals" in relation to the book, and her participation in aiding victims of sexual abuse at the hands of her brother, Reverend Norman Henry Christian, of the Archdiocese of St. Louis.
Mar 23, 2015 - 6:45:03 AM
Guest Column "Beware the Ides of March"
Hillary Clinton proudly defines herself as a "Modern American Progressive." This is akin to shouting from the rooftops, "I'm a liar and I want everyone to know it!" I don't feel that writing phrases such as "less than forthright" or "disingenuous at best" as substitutes for the word lying demonstrate tolerance or civility. Use of those phrases can only denote intentional ignorance on my part. Let's dismiss the happy talk and embrace the reality of our present situation. You must listen to your own gut, because I can scarcely think of a politician or pundit that has the average working Americans best interest at heart. Happy talk just won't cut it.
Mar 17, 2015 - 5:25:01 AM
Guest Column America's "Big Bang"
Progressivism's self-declared mission is one of distancing America from the nature of its founding. Our founders did something that is as simple as it is brilliant. For the first time in history; they eliminated the middleman. An individual's rights were no longer granted or stolen by others claiming to be representatives of god or actual gods. Individuals would now enjoy a direct relationship with the guarantor of their rights through divine and organic provenance. "This is how unique America really is." However, our uniqueness, inalienable Rights and Constitution have not gone unchallenged. The Progressive movement and progressive intrusion into our Constitutional journey has been profound.
Mar 11, 2015 - 7:06:05 AM
Guest Column How to Empower Children to Overcome Sibling Rivalry
Teach them that they are Powerful Creators, and no matter what has happened in the past, they have the power to create something different... as do you. Talk about something they may choose to create. Something as simple as happiness or love. Or introduce a new word to them and explain what it means, like: Connection, Unity, Courage, Trust, Forgiveness, Integrity, Acceptance, Honor (Depending on their age level).
Mar 3, 2015 - 7:31:50 AM
Guest Column Netanyahu's true electoral rival
But unofficially, a far greater electoral drama is unfolding. The choice is not between Netanyahu and Herzog/Livni. It is between Netanyahu and US President Barack Obama...."They will get their state in the end - whether through violence or by turning to international organizations." Indyk made his statements as an unnamed US official. When his identity was exposed, he was forced to resign his position...Today Obama believes that he is in a to-the-death struggle with Netanyahu. If Netanyahu's speech is a success, Obama's foreign policy will be indefensible. If Obama is able to delegitimize Netanyahu ahead of his arrival, and bring about his electoral defeat, then with a compliant Israeli government, he will face no obstacles to his plan to appease Iran and blame Islamic terrorism on the West for the remainder of his tenure in office.
Feb 25, 2015 - 4:05:15 AM
Guest Column Women with wealth, protect yourselves
By nature, most women are determined, loyal volunteers who want to help mend broken people and won't give up until the man or his problem is fixed. By then Romeo is nowhere to be found because her money is all gone and there is nothing more for him to stick around for, no more supply of money or cars or businesses to steal. Brigitte Knowles is a financial security advisor and former deputy mayor of one of the largest cities in North America; a legislator who led the way for child support reform in Canada. Her knowledge and experience should have protected her, yet she became a victim of Romeo crime and lost nearly everything.
Feb 19, 2015 - 9:44:15 PM
Guest Column Islamic Caliphate: Satan's Dream or a Fool's Errand?
Throughout history, other heads-of-state have tried to rid the earth of God's chosen people, eventually yielding to Adolph Hitler, the monstrous and most despicable anti-Semitic of all time. This evil leader came closest to succeeding but ironically, the Fuhrer's failure paved the way for the fulfillment of one of the great Biblical prophecies--the rebirth of national Israel (Isaiah 66:8). Hitler's murderous reign initiated the ongoing fulfillment of another set of amazing prophecies, the Aliyah, the immigration of Jews from the diaspora to the land of Israel (Ezekiel 20:34; Isaiah 11:11 -- 12).
Feb 14, 2015 - 12:13:13 AM
Guest Column Obamazational Threat to US Democracy!
Obama failed to attend the French unity demonstrations following the attack on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and he did not attend the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz - this speaks volume about him as a person and attitude of his presidency for democracy! During the last State of Union address Obama said - "I have no more campaigns to run". Is this why he so eagerly went to the Wahhabi kingdom to pay his respects to the late king Abdullah and secure his financial future?
Feb 7, 2015 - 12:10:17 AM
Guest Column 10 calculated steps abusive partners take to trap you by Sarah Salem
For those currently in an abusive relationship or who know someone who is, you should be aware that some people regard an abused female as a frail, pathetic woman. They think it's her fault since "it's easy to pick up and leave." I would like to answer on behalf of those suffering women--having gone through it myself. It's not as easy as it seems.
Jan 22, 2015 - 9:11:35 AM
Guest Column Terrorism and The Reformation of Islam
There are signs that leaders of Islamic countries are coming to realize the threat to their existence from radical Islam. Christianity was once cruel and corrupt. Most Christians were not cruel. The teachings of Christ were not corrupt. The Christian Reformation was a rebellion against the power of The Church. It was only complete when Christian governments recognized they could not have domain over the thoughts and beliefs of their people. The Law of the Realm that once governed our beliefs has evolved to its proper role of governing only our behavior toward each other.
Jan 21, 2015 - 8:05:04 AM
Guest Column Israel and the non-omnipotent US presidency
The assertion that US foreign policy and national security are shaped by presidential omnipotence is refuted by recent precedents and the US Constitution. The latter was created by the Founding Fathers, who were determined to limit the power of government and preclude the possibility of executive dictatorship. They were apprehensive of potential presidential excesses and encroachment, and therefore assigned the formulation of foreign policy and national security to both Congress and the president.
Dec 31, 2014 - 7:17:45 PM
Guest Column So you think you know Hanukka
Ironically, many of the most important battles of the Maccabean revolt took place in the territories that the world now accuses us of "occupying" and "colonizing." At Ma'aleh Levona near Shechem (Nablus) in Samaria, Judah the Maccabee delivered a crushing defeat to Apollonius, the Seleucid commander of the region. In Beit Zecharia, in what is now Gush Etzion, Judah's brother Elazar was killed when confronting elephants deployed by Antiochus against the Jewish rebels. And of course it was in the hills around Beit El that many of the Maccabees found refuge from the Seleucid tyrant's forces of oppression.
Dec 19, 2014 - 8:47:35 AM
Guest Column The US-Chanukah-Israel connection
The legacy of Chanukah has been an integral element of the American ethos; a cornerstone in the foundation of the covenant -- established by the Pilgrims in the 17th century - between the American people and the vision of the reconstructed Jewish State in the Land of Israel. 167BCE Jewish rebellion led by the Hasmonean (Maccabee) family against the Seleucid/Greek Emperor Antiochus (IV) Epiphanies, who was determined to ruthlessly uproot Judaism and replace it with Hellenic values. In 169BCE, he devastated Jerusalem, massacred the Jews, forbade the practice of Judaism, including the Sabbath and circumcision.
Dec 19, 2014 - 8:45:20 AM
Guest Column Hanukkah is a Zionist Celebration!
The modern State of Israel came into being as a modern miracle. With inferior weaponry, little infrastructure, and a much smaller population, the day after declaring independence, the new country was forced to go to war against invading armies from the neighboring Arab states. The miracles that come to mind when one thinks of Israel's history are numerous - the surprising victory of the War of Independence, the stunning victory of the Six Day War, as well as the Yom Kippur war. The task of liberation of Jewish land from enemy occupation is not completed!
Dec 17, 2014 - 6:03:05 AM
Guest Column US-Israel strategic partnership inspired by Col. Meinertzhagen
Colonel Richard Meinertzhagen, the Chief Political/Intelligence Officer of the British Mandate in Palestine, inspired the late Senator Daniel Inouye, who laid the foundation for the landmark US-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2014, which was overwhelmingly supported by Congress. The Act reflects Israel's increasing and unique strategic contribution to vital US defense and commercial interests, and the mutually beneficial, two-way-street nature of the US-Israel relationship.
Dec 7, 2014 - 5:35:36 AM
Guest Column Sticks & Stones or Words?
A Vision is only alive in the person who can see it and believe it can be done. If you undermine the person's vision you will kill their belief that they can create something. To see something really happen for you, you have to be able to create it in your mind ﬁrst.
Nov 30, 2014 - 12:12:04 AM
Guest Column Israel also fights America's battle
Israel's strategic role has gained in importance against the backdrop of the US withdrawal from Iraq and Afghanistan, the drastic cuts in the US defense budget, the resulting erosion of the US posture of deterrence, the collapse of the European power projection, the raging tectonic Arab Tsunami, the intensified anti-US sentiments on the Arab Street and the unprecedented Islamic threats to vital US economic and national security interests.
Nov 28, 2014 - 6:43:18 AM
Guest Column Immigration, The Red Cape, The Bull and The Master of The Bulls
How can we be surprised that the President plans to continue a unilateral program that has met with so much success and so few consequences? How can a "reasonable" Congress object to expanding this prosecutorial discretion regarding citizens born in this country? How could we be so cruel as to separate these child citizens from their illegal biological parents? This "red flag" may be in defiance of the Constitution, but Republicans are already painted into a corner, hardly able to slow or stop practices already in place. What they must do is to not allow the "red flag" of executive action divert us from the real danger of a neglected border and a failure to identify and track millions of anonymous illegals already among us.
Nov 25, 2014 - 7:53:30 AM
Guest Column A Palestinian pogrom in Jerusalem
Abbas, like his predecessor Yasser Arafat, has used the PA as a springboard to attack Israel in international forums abroad while fomenting anti-Jewish violence here at home. It is the PA that is leading the charge to demonize and delegitimize Israel even as it encourages terrorism against the Jewish state.
Nov 23, 2014 - 12:20:09 AM
Guest Column The Palestinians: It's Time For Them to Leave
To the delight of revelers in both Gaza and Judea and Samaria, during morning prayers, two Palestinians burst into an ultra Orthodox Synagogue in Jerusalem and with guns and axes savagely butchered four Rabbis; Moshe Twersky, Aryeh Kupinsky, Cary William Levine, and Avraham Shmuel Goldberg. Eight others were also wounded including a policeman that later died during the shootout which killed the attackers. At this point, few can deny, when it comes to inventive ways of maiming and killing people the Palestinians have no equal.
Nov 23, 2014 - 12:15:20 AM
Guest Column Move that Mountain!
This is when the reason you are moving your mountain comes into play. Revisit that reason you started the task in the ﬁrst place and what you wanted to achieve focus on that and you will be re-energised to continue to move your mountain. After all the valley is the half-way mark so don't give up half way through your task because things look dark in that valley. There are times you have to ﬁght your own disbelief so you can complete your mountain-moving task.
Nov 23, 2014 - 12:12:32 AM
Guest Column So, You Want To Be An Author
Being an author and knowing how to write a compelling story does not necessarily go hand-in-hand. I believe writers are artists, and artists tend to draw from the emotional side of themselves and life in general. The first thing I do is write a complete storyline of the plot; all the characters that will be included in the story, the conflict, or conflicts, that will drive the story, and how different aspects of the story will hold together. The storyline lays out the entire foundation of the story from start to finish.
Nov 19, 2014 - 12:33:46 AM
Guest Column The Smoke-screen of Words
If we can remove the smoke screen of fine words that are blinding us from the actions of those who are in power and those who want to be in power, we may well get the government we want and deserve instead of a 'Tower of Babel' where no-one really knows what the other person actually means. The gift of the speech writer can help them speak for an hour and commit to nothing, but sound as if they are committing to everything.
Nov 16, 2014 - 12:15:35 AM
Guest Column Islamic terrorists are no "lone wolves"
The suspension of foreign aid to -- and all communications with -- Mahmoud Abbas, a hate educator, would express the realization that hate education is the antithesis of core US values; that hate educators should not benefit from the largesse of the US taxpayer; and that hate educators on the one hand, and compliance with agreements and peaceful coexistence on the other hand, constitutes a scandalous oxymoron.
Nov 16, 2014 - 12:12:40 AM
Guest Column From Gaza to Catalonia: Europe's insufferable hypocrisy
Nonetheless, this doesn't appear to bother Europe one whit, as it completely ignores the Catalan case for statehood while championing that of the Palestinians. Adding to the irony is that the Spanish parliament in Madrid - the same one that will not countenance freedom for Catalonia - is set to vote on recognizing "Palestine" as an independent country. This only goes to prove that when it comes to Israel, Spain's policy amounts to "do as we say, not as we do."
Nov 14, 2014 - 7:23:29 PM
Guest Column Will Obama Become a "Lame Duck" President?
The Hill notes that "historically, young people, minorities and single women are more likely to skip midterm elections.... Core groups in the liberal base are more likely to stay home than are people in the demographic segments that lean Republican.... Voters are less engaged in this year's midterms than they were in 2010 and 2006.... However, Democrats are continuing to try hard to get their base to turn out...."
Nov 5, 2014 - 5:55:11 AM
Guest Column 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
Guest Column 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
Guest Column 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
Guest Column 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
Guest Column 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
Guest Column 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
Guest Column 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
Guest Column 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
Guest Column 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
Guest Column 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