Guest Column 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
Guest Column 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
Guest Column 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
Guest Column 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
Guest Column 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
Guest Column 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
Guest Column 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
Guest Column 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
Guest Column 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
Guest Column 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
Guest Column 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
Guest Column 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
Guest Column 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
Guest Column 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
Guest Column 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
Guest Column 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
Guest Column CNN's 'Reliable Sources' not so reliable
I always welcome the opportunity to appear on television to discuss what I consider to be the most important topic facing America today: the threat to our national security posed by Jihadists around the globe. First of all, the whole issue of "Islamophobia" is a bogus one. The term was created from whole cloth by the Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in an effort to suppress free speech and stifle justifiable criticism of Islamic regimes. Essentially, the OIC works to outlaw any and all criticism of Islamic leaders, customs, legal codes and regimes. The OIC considers virtually any negative portrayal (whether genuine, professed or supposed) of Islam to be "Islamophobia."
Jun 26, 2014 - 1:20:02 AM
Guest Column Drug Combinations for Difficult-to-Treat Diseases
There are many reasons why several diseases--including many types of cancer and most progressive neurological diseases--have no effective treatments today. One key reason is the regulatory/legislative framework that affects the attitude of pharmaceutical companies toward combination therapies. It's time that our health institutes, FDA and congress issue guidelines and legislation to facilitate and stimulate the development of potentially life-saving combinations. It was done successfully for HIV-AIDS and could be expanded to other diseases.
Jun 26, 2014 - 1:17:15 AM
Guest Column Islamic Hatred: The Foundation of the Palestinian/Israeli Conflict
It's unmistakable, the Palestinian mindset indicates a theological clash of civilizations not a secular dispute. At the funeral of Izz Al-Din Al-Masr the infamous homicide killer that blew up the Sbarro restaurant killing 15 people in 2001 his mother had this to say: "By Allah, today is the best day of my life. I feel that our Lord is pleased with me, because I am offering something [my son] for Him." Juxtapose this admonition with that of Naphtali Fraenkel's mother, one of the kidnapped Israeli teenagers this week: "We just want to embrace our children."
Jun 25, 2014 - 12:22:14 AM
Guest Column Separation should not be an option
They -- and all Israeli Prime Ministers until 1992 -- were aware that demography was not constant or linear, but susceptible to enhancement via pro-active policies, especially through Aliyah (the ingathering of Jews to the Land of Israel). Ben Gurion, Eshkol and Shamir did not wait for Aliyah; they triggered major waves of Aliyah, which has shaped the current robust Jewish demography, economy, science, technology, agriculture, medicine and military. According to the CIA World Factbook, the Arab fertility in Judea and Samaria was 5.34 in 1995, rapidly reduced to 2.83 births in 2014, and trending downwards. In 1995, the Jewish births constituted 69% of total Israeli births, compared with over 77% in 2013 and trending towards 80%.
Jun 15, 2014 - 6:12:23 AM
Guest Column Disseminating Crimes of Islam
There are many crimes committed by Muslim countries, Islamic organizations and ordinary Muslims around the world. Many of them are ignored in fear of offending the Muslim population, which is quite skillful in manipulating public opinion, using fake Western political correctness.
Jun 11, 2014 - 12:05:17 AM
Guest Column Shavou'ot (Pentecost) guide for the perplexed, 2014
Shavou'ot -- which is celebrated on the 50th day following Passover - has 7 names: The holiday of the fiftieth (the holiday of the harvest, the holiday of the giving of the Torah, Shavou'ot, the holiday of the offerings, the rally and the assembly. The Hebrew acronym of the seven names is "The Constitution of the Seven."
Jun 1, 2014 - 12:30:35 AM
Guest Column A House Divided: Social Extremism in Twenty-first Century America
"One nation, under God, with liberty and justice for all" has gone by the wayside, making us vulnerable to the ultimate fate prophesized by Abraham Lincoln, when he warned: "America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves."
Jun 1, 2014 - 12:27:29 AM
Guest Column Was Christianity ever a part of America's Universities?
Harvard's original charter proclaimed: "Let every student be plainly instructed and ... consider it well, the main end of life and studies is to know God and Jesus, which is eternal life [John 17:3], and therefore to lay Christ in the bottom as the only foundation of all sound knowledge and learning." Notice that Christ was the "only foundation of all sound knowledge and learning" not just religious knowledge and learning, but all knowledge and learning. They recognized that the Bible contained "all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue." 2 Peter 1:3. To Harvard, the Bible contained everything that pertained to life itself.
Jun 1, 2014 - 12:25:24 AM
Guest Column Sacred to Liberty & the Rights of Mankind!
This past weekend America celebrated Memorial Day to remember those who have given their lives in defense of Liberty. Nearly everything I see and hear from the media goes no further back in our history than WWII. I want to remind America of the first men who died in defense of our nation. They were the men who stood on Lexington Common on April 19, 1775. Those men were standing in front of their church. They were trained by their pastor, Rev. Jonas Clarke and commanded by their elder, John Parker.
May 28, 2014 - 8:07:20 AM
Guest Column Who should be accountable for our public schools?
Gone are the times of our past when our nation led the world in the process of educating their children. Charles I. Hutchins was the York Supervisor of Schools during the school year ending February 21, 1893. Mr. Hutchins reports that, "As in years past, so in the present, the results have been varied. While some schools have shown a good degree of interest and enthusiasm and have made rapid progress, others have little more than held their own." Reading through Mr. Hutchins report it is obvious he did not know how to mince his words. It is also obvious he was only concerned with the schools in his community and couldn't care less about how well students in New Mexico were learning.
May 28, 2014 - 8:05:35 AM
Guest Column Imaginary Enemies
People in Russia see their Soviet days as the time when their country meant something to the world. Considering Russia's complete failure at creating a democratic government, such sentiment is not surprising. Russia has no historical incentive to be a democratic state. Some degree of respect for individual rights, some sense of personal liberty have to exist for democracy to work. But Russian people have not been free, in their majority, from the days of the Mongolian invasion.
May 28, 2014 - 8:03:19 AM
Guest Column The Palestinian Issue -- Not a Top Arab Priority
None of the Arab countries fought on behalf of -- or due to -- Palestinian Arab aspirations. Therefore, they did not share with the Palestinian Arabs the spoils of war. Iraq occupied Samaria and transferred it to Jordan, which occupied Judea. In April 1950, Jordan annexed Judea & Samaria to the east bank of the Jordan River, naming it the West Bank. Egypt occupied Gaza and -- just like Jordan -- did not allow Palestinian nationalistic activities. None of the ensuing Arab-Israeli wars (1956, 1967, 1969/70 and 1973) were Palestinian-driven. Furthermore, the Israel-Palestinian/PLO wars of 1982 (in Lebanon), 1987-1991 (the first Intifada) and 2000-2004 (the second Intifada) and the Israel Palestinian/Hamas wars of 2009 and 2012 (in Gaza) did not engage the Arab states militarily or financially.
May 25, 2014 - 12:17:44 AM
Guest Column Dirigo! Can Maine Lead the Nation?
In 2005, Americans self-identified evenly among Republicans, Democrats and independents. Between 2005 and 2013 the number of independents swelled to 42% while the number of Democrats and Republicans fell to 31% and 25% respectively. Individual beliefs are notoriously difficult to change, however. This shift is therefore more likely the result of changes in the parties themselves than in the underlying electorate.
May 18, 2014 - 1:15:39 AM
Guest Column Was Christianity ever a part of American education?
Most Americans realize that our educational system is not producing the results that we should expect. What was once the standard for the rest of the world has become sub-par in many areas. If you were to do an Internet search for the first American public education law you would find the Olde Deluder Satan Law of 1647. This law was from the Massachusetts Bay Colony. All the framework of our current educational system can be found in that short three-paragraph document.
May 16, 2014 - 7:55:40 AM
Guest Column Dysfunctional Party Bureaucracies Lead Congress Astray
The American people have grown increasingly dissatisfied with the performance of the United States Congress over the past several years. According to monthly Gallup polls, the public's dissatisfaction with Congress averaged a pathetic 62.7 percent in 2009. But dissatisfaction has grown worse in each year since 2009, reaching an average of 81 percent last year. Ironically, while dissatisfaction with Congress overall has increased, Americans re-elect the same members of Congress 90 percent of the time.
May 15, 2014 - 9:40:35 AM
Guest Column The Political Divide Ain't What It Seems
America isn't nearly as divided as politicians would have you believe. Despite the popular perceptions to the contrary, there are actually Democrats who are Christian, NRA members who support gun control, Republicans who are LGBT, businessmen who are environmentalists, and politicians who are not on the take.
May 13, 2014 - 12:22:24 AM
Guest Column Contemplating nothing more important than yourself
Does staring out into the movement of the ocean help with a loss of a loved one? It is obviously mesmerizing and the sounds that are made, if you listen real close, are the mumblings of time. Gazing into the dark blue water could allow your mind some rest away from the pain even if it lasts for too few moments or even seconds. Loss is another concept that both confuses and scares me.
May 13, 2014 - 12:15:30 AM
Guest Column Wanted: A Pro-Active Aliyah Policy
A pro-active Aliyah policy requires the appointment of several country-dedicated task forces, headed by charismatic personalities and composed of experts in the areas of Aliyah generation and absorption, including the construction of employment, housing, transportation, telecommunications, education, health and medical infrastructures, as well as the passage of statutes and laws facilitating the swift integration of arriving engineers, doctors, scientists, lawyers and other professionals into the Israeli market.
May 11, 2014 - 12:17:14 AM
Guest Column Who are you, Mahmoud Abbas? by Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger
Germany and Japan were transformed from hateful -- to peaceful -- countries by uprooting hate-education and terror regimes, not by engaging and funding them. Should the US taxpayer continue funding the hate-education system of Mahmoud Abbas, who caused the flight of Christians from the Bethlehem area, and is known as "Mr. 20%" for his corruption?
May 4, 2014 - 7:43:02 AM
Guest Column Please rewrite the History of September 11th
Those two words, "Islamists" and "Jihad" have caused a controversy, with a variety of critics calling for whitewashing the description of Al Qaeda and the attacks by sanitizing the museum commentary by removing those two words. Khomeini said: "We are neither capitalists nor communists. We are Islamists." It would be great if there was truly no connection whatsoever between Islam and Jihad. But the reality is Jihad is a tenet of Islam..... The ruling to kill the Americans and their allies - civilians and military - is an individual duty for every Muslim who can do it in every country in which it is possible to do it... We, with Allah's help, call on every Muslim who believes in Allah and wishes to be rewarded to comply with Allah's order to kill the Americans and plunder their money wherever and whenever they find it.
Apr 30, 2014 - 3:22:12 AM
Guest Column Ukraine: Values and Interests Should Guide Response to Putin
One hundred years ago, in the sleepy summer of 1914, the assassination of the heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire in Sarajevo combined with the inertia of bureaucratic governments to produce the First World War. Sarajevo is about a thousand miles southwest of Kiev: that is about the distance from Denver to Los Angeles. Those 1914 assassinations were conducted by a terrorist group of ethnic Slavs attempting to carve off the predominantly Slavic southern provinces of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The current violence in eastern Ukraine involves ethnic Russians who allegedly want to either secede or more closely align eastern Ukraine with Russia. The similarities between then and now are striking.
Apr 26, 2014 - 12:23:06 AM
Guest Column US Exceptionalism and the Moses Legacy
The Moses legacy has played a key role in shaping the American story, the special attitude of the American constituent towards the Jewish State, the special win-win US-Israel ties, and the exceptional capabilities of the US in the face of intensifying world disorder. In 1623 and 1630, the mindset of the "Mayflower" and "Arabella" Pilgrims was: a departure from modern day Egypt (England). In 1776, the USA Founding Fathers fulfilled the vision of the Pilgrims, establishing a unique political system, naming it "Federalism" -- a derivative of the Latin word "foedus" -- the Covenant.
Apr 20, 2014 - 12:12:38 AM
Guest Column Life Speaks Your Language
I believe that our individual souls personally recognize truths that resonate with us specifically. In the end, isn't it all about love, anyway? How well we treat each other, ourselves, and our planet? Being "good" is subjective, but as humans, I believe that we all have universal instincts of such an ambiguously interpreted concept. What do you heed? What do you ignore?
Apr 18, 2014 - 8:03:30 AM
Guest Column Jewishness - Who Do You Think You Are?
The story of the Four Sons is read at the Passover Seder table. Each of the Four Sons symbolizes a different kind of Jewish person, from the "Wise" one to "the Son who doesn't Know Enough to Ask". The story of the Four Sons reflects that no matter what religious or political views a Jew has all of us are important and intricate parts of the Jewish nation!
Apr 16, 2014 - 12:20:26 AM