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
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
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
Scheme of Things
All I Want for Christmas
"All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth; my two tooth front
teeth; my two front teeth." Remember that song? Those words keep
popping into my head as Christmas approaches. Released a few years
before I was born, the words are a reminder of Christmases past. It's a
song that made its way into our house each year around the holidays. I
can picture my father at the organ and my mother singing lyrics to his
jazzed up, big band, version of that song.
Dec 16, 2014 - 5:48:55 PM
Why Gasoline Prices Are Down -- And How to Keep It That Way
Since 2008, we've increased our domestic supply of oil by 50 percent. Thanks to technological breakthroughs such as hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") and horizontal drilling, we're able to find and extract far more oil than we possibly could have years ago. Oil production in states such as North Dakota, Texas and Oklahoma has doubled in the last six years. The U.S. is now the world's number-one producer of oil and natural gas. Signs that read "No to fracking" might as well read, "Yes to higher prices." And "no" to the more than 100,000 jobs created in the oil and gas extraction industry over the last few years.
Dec 14, 2014 - 12:23:03 AM
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
Mexican criminal aliens stealing Puerto Rican identities ignored by media
"This is a case no one wants reported, at least no one who is part of the liberal-left orthodoxy. The fact that American citizens who are legally born Americans are being victimized by having their identities stolen doesn't seem to bother President Barack Obama and the rest of his administration. It certainly doesn't concern the news media who appear to have become the Democratic Party's public relations firm," said an angry Puerto Rican cop-turned-attorney, Maria Garcia-DeJesus.
Dec 7, 2014 - 5:30:04 AM
Gruber's arrogance is just the tip of the Iceberg Same lying tactics being used across the nation
Recently Americans were shocked by the surfacing of video clearly revealing the blatant arrogance of White House Medical Consultant Jonathon Gruber as he described how Obamacare proponents were able to lie to the American people to get the law passed. "Lack of transparency," he smugly stated, "is a huge political advantage." Gruber went on to pound his chest over the "very clever basic exploitation of the lack of economic understanding of the American voter. "Stupid," was his favorite word.
Dec 7, 2014 - 5:25:39 AM
A Nation of Problem-Solvers No More?
Problem solving makes us stronger, smarter and more confident. Without the ability and the responsibility to solve the problems we encounter on a regular basis, neither success nor happiness is possible. Historically Americans have risen to every challenge and have seen opportunities in every problem we have encountered. But the ambition of the modern welfare state is to eliminate problems entirely and provide a government guarantee of security for all.
Dec 3, 2014 - 7:50:12 AM
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
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
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
Scheme of Things
Consider the Expectations
Tired and emotionally drained after a morning visiting my mother at the skilled nursing facility where she resides, my husband and I stopped back at the hotel to relax before the family event that had brought us to California that weekend - the celebration of my mom's 93rd birthday.
Nov 24, 2014 - 7:19:15 PM
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
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
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
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
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
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
Is the U.S. Being Colonized By Red China?
Cliven Bundy stood his ground against an army of government agents from the Bureau of Land Management. There is much more to the story. It seems a certain U.S. Senator has been involved with EB-5 real estate deals for some time. And that issue has close ties to the Bundy situation. Who represents ENN in its negotiations? Rory Reid, Harry's son. This little band has already run 52 other ranchers in the area. Bundy is the last one left. American communities are so hungry for money that they will ignore almost anything. Red flags should go up when locals are told they can't live in China City. Why? Is this simply about an investment opportunity, or is China City, and other Chinese investments, actually to be Chinese colonies?
Nov 14, 2014 - 7:25:21 PM
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
The Facts Behind Obamacare's Numbers
Why would so many people be losing employer-based coverage? Because of the negative incentives built into Obamacare. It's cheaper for many employers (who might otherwise face steep rises in coverage costs or fines from Washington) to stop offering coverage altogether and let their employees fall into government-run programs.
Nov 9, 2014 - 3:50:20 AM
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
The Clear Connection Between Barack Obama and The Weathermen
In more than forty years, Ayres, Dorhn, Rudd, and Jones were not heard from in the mainstream media. They had not been an issue in any presidential election. They did not openly promote or support a candidate, snubbing even John Kerry and Bill and Hillary Clinton as not being revolutionary enough for their agenda for the destruction of America. Until Barack Obama. These four are dedicated Marxist revolutionaries. Why Obama? You don't need a Weatherman to know why.
Oct 26, 2014 - 6:25:28 AM
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
ISIS uses chemical weapon in Iraq; police officers killed
The United States military and law enforcement scientists are investigating reports that the terrorist group, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) are using a chemical weapon against the Iraqi military, according to Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday. The ISIS fighters are allegedly using the deadly weapon of mass destruction (WMD) chlorine gas. "I am not in a position to confirm it, but I can tell you that we take these allegations very, very seriously," Kerry told reporters during a press briefing on Friday.
Oct 26, 2014 - 6:20:18 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
Have you read my book -- Now Tell Me I Was Wrong?
They called themselves the Kitchen Militia. And we were betrayed by Republicans who led the way to pass this socialist revolution in our schools. In my book I detail that fight and I name the names of the Republicans who forced it through by any means, including lies and secret deals. Just to give you an idea of what I reported: as the vote was about to take place on Workforce Development Boards, a measure that I had personally helped to defeat three times, the Republican Senator who was sponsoring the bill told his fellow senators that I and Phyllis Schlafly were now supporting the bill. That lie got it passed.
Oct 15, 2014 - 9:15:18 AM
Terror coming to US: Sobering report from Act for America
Meanwhile, the clash between the Kurds and Yazidis with the Islamic State savages in Syria has spilled over to other regions, specifically Germany, where Kurds and Yazidis held marches demonstrating against IS. In what has to be considered concrete evidence of widespread support for IS among Germany's Muslim community, hundreds of Muslims confronted the demonstrators. 23 people were injured in the subsequent violence. Japanese authorities are investigating a group in their country who planned to travel to Syria to fight for IS. The US Army has issued a warning to US military personnel and families about the threat of attacks here in the US from IS jihadists who have been instructed to scour press reports and social media for locations where military families live.
Oct 12, 2014 - 12:12:28 AM
Our Great Charter of Liberty
When July 4 rolls around, there's no mistaking it. There are fireworks, parades and other patriotic tributes to our Declaration of Independence. But if you're like most Americans, September 17 comes and goes without any fanfare.
Oct 11, 2014 - 1:53:09 AM
Scheme of Things
Similar but Different
Goblins. Ghosts. Witches. Vampires. Superheroes. Princesses. Pirates ... and more. Purchased costumes or handmade in self-chosen or parental-guided attire, some shy and some outgoing, these school-aged entities have much in common - at least while seeking candy in atypical clothes one night of the year.
Oct 6, 2014 - 8:14:34 PM
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
Attack of the NGOs
Who are these None governmental Organizations (NGOs) shock troops and how do they operate? It's a vast matrix composed of both the private NGO groups and representatives of the UN and representatives of a large number of US federal agencies -- all working together behind the scenes, quietly making policy for the rest of us. And when I attempt to expose them, they vehemently deny there is any collusion -- "pay no attention to that man behind the curtain." Sorry, the truth is -- this is how it works. No vote. No public input. Just the enforcement of an agenda through the willing participation of private groups and government officials who forgot their purpose was to represent, not dictate to us.
Sep 28, 2014 - 5:40:03 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
Say "NO" to Obama's lunatic pro-terrorist funding demands!
Obama's new demand for this half-billion dollars is just another outrageous attempt by a Jihadist-sympathizing incompetent to arm yet another gang of thugs with more U.S.-supplied weapons and cash, which they can, and will, use against us. We've seen this happen before. Arming "moderate terrorists" didn't work in 2013 and won't work now. Until recently, Obama refused to refer to the terror group as ISIS. Instead, he calls them ISIL. Why? Because the "S" in ISIS refers to "Syria" and the 'L" in ISIL refers to a new "Caliphate" called Levant - a large land mass which includes all of the land in Israel.
Sep 14, 2014 - 12:12:18 AM