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
I have a mom. But who is my dad?
According to Adomanis, Russia has been increasing its birthrate while US has been steadily declining for the last 10 years. As of 2012, Russia's birthrate surpassed US's numbers. What is happening to US families? Has marriage become "inconvenient" with the high possibility of separation and thus forgoing it altogether is the best?
Apr 18, 2014 - 8:00:31 AM
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
Though He Slay Me Yet Will I Trust Him!
They were judging him without knowing what God was doing. We must be careful to avoid making judgements about a person because God may be working in ways we know nothing about. Throughout his affliction, Job continued to hope in God, and it paid off. I challenge you to make God your foundation; your hope. You can never be separated from Him. Only in trusting God can you like Job, say, "Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him" (Job 13:15), and watch God bring you out as pure gold.
Apr 16, 2014 - 12:17:31 AM
Scheme of Things
The State of Limbo
When we built our house it was intended as an investment property. But
our crystal ball didn't foresee unexpected family bumps, and we needed
to move in ourselves. "It's temporary," we assured each other. But, by
the time we'd caught our breath and decided to list it, the housing
market was crumbling.
Apr 15, 2014 - 10:02:28 AM
Passover Guide for the Perplexed 2014
The 15th day of any Jewish month features a full moon, which stands for optimism -- the secret Jewish weapon - in defiance of darkness. It is consistent with the 15 parts of the Haggadah (the Passover saga); the 15 generations between Abraham's message of monotheism and Solomon's construction of the first Temple; the 15 words of the ancient blessing by the Priests (recited until today by parents, blessing their children) and the 15th day of the Jewish month of Shvat, Arbor Day -- the "Exodus" of vegetation. The Hebrew value of 15 corresponds to two Hebrew letters which are the acronym of God.
Apr 13, 2014 - 12:30:36 AM
"And you shall tell your children" - Greeting for Pessach 2014
One teacher told us, in painful sincerity: "The topic of the San Remo Convention isn't emphasized because of politics. [They] don't want the students to internalize that we have not only a historical right to this land but also an international right to this land. Not to mention the fact that the students of Israel will never be told that the Palestinians are a late invention. It may be historically accurate, but it isn't politically correct..." Thus, a generation is being formed here, one which is receiving its information from the sedition and the lies and the distortions being spread across the internet and the hostile media, both in Israel and abroad.
Apr 13, 2014 - 12:27:06 AM
Free Speech does not include criticizing Islam
This week, Brandeis University reversed its decision to grant an honorary degree to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a victim and vocal critic of Islamism and a longtime women's rights activist. Recent actions caused Brandeis to reverse itself: a student involved in the Muslim Student Association (MSA) on the campus started a petition on Change.org; a faculty letter opposed to Ms. Hirsi Ali was circulated; and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) began to pressure the university.
Apr 13, 2014 - 12:12:38 AM
Al-Qaeda chief mourns slaying of bin Laden's friend in Syrian conflict
Al-Qaeda's top commander, Ayman al-Zawahiri, on an audio tape he released, urged the Islamists fighting in the Syrian civil war to put an end to their violence against one another such as the killing of a former lieutenant of Osama bin Laden that occurred in February of this year, according to news reports on Saturday regarding an audio tape released on the Internet by Zawahri.
Apr 12, 2014 - 12:17:32 AM
70% of Americans Don't Like Their Jobs
In the most recent State of the American Workplace Report by Gallup, just 30% of employees are engaged and inspired at work. The other 70% are either not engaged or "actively disengaged" -- meaning they are unhappy about work conditions and will even influence their co-workers negatively, drive away customers or express their displeasure openly.
Apr 12, 2014 - 12:15:10 AM
House lawmakers to Holder: Launch criminal probe of IRS' Lois Lerner
The U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday voted along party-lines to refer the Internal Revenue Service director who continues to "plead the Fifth" regarding the IRS' targeting of conservative organizations for excessive examination when they requested tax-exempt status, according to the committee's press official, Sarah Swinehart.
Apr 10, 2014 - 12:20:51 AM
Space Capsule of Slumber
You are lying completely still, only your nostrils are slightly moving as you inhale and exhale the perfect air. You have never been more comfortable than now, and if ever you should turn on your other side, you would be in an even more comfortable position than before. Your pillow will always stay cold and thus be perfect even after you have woken up. Slowly you are sinking into world of dreams
Apr 9, 2014 - 12:10:09 AM
Is Israel Isolated?
Unlike Secretary Kerry, Warren Buffett does have confidence in Israel's long term viability, realizing that Israel's economic and technological capabilities are the derivatives of Israel's brainpower and fiscal responsibility (since 1985), independent of the Palestinian issue. Hence, on the eve of Israel's 2006 war against Lebanon's Hizballah, Buffett invested $4BN in an Israeli company - located next to the Lebanese border - recently expanding that investment by $2BN. Buffett followed in the footsteps of Intel, which has invested $11BN in its four research and development centers and two manufacturing plants in Israel
Apr 6, 2014 - 12:20:12 AM
President Obama's Reckless Endangerment by Brigitte Gabriel
Not since Jimmy Carter's mishandling of the presidency from 1976-1980 have we seen such an ineffective, feckless and incompetent national security policy from the White House. But Barack Obama's latest proposals to drastically cut America's defense budget stretch the boundaries of stupidity and naivety......or are these moves designed to intentionally weaken America? Obama's priorities are clearly out of touch with America and they are recklessly endangering America's national security.... even with Obama's drastic defense budget cuts, the federal budget will still grow by $200 billion? The only thing being truly cut is our national defense.
Apr 2, 2014 - 2:13:06 AM
Congressional Muscle and US Foreign Policy
On March 5, 2014, the US House of Representatives voted 410:1 to upgrade Israel from a "Major Non-NATO Ally" to a "Major Strategic Partner" -- a congressional initiative, significantly expanding the mutually-beneficial US-Israel strategic cooperation in the areas of missile defense, intelligence, national security at-large, technology, energy, cyber security, irrigation, space satellites, defense industries, etc. The Senate is expected to overwhelmingly support the US-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2014, highlighting the systematic bi-cameral, bi-partisan consensus support of Israel by the US constituent, and therefore by its most authentic representative: Congress - the independent, co-equal, co-determining branch of the US government.
Mar 30, 2014 - 12:25:35 AM
Yet Another Pre-School Program?
Anyone who thinks we need a 46th federal pre-school program is in need of some serious remedial education. What need would this initiative fulfill that isn't now being addressed? If federal policymakers want to help, rather than create a new program, they should try reforming the many that they're already running. There are wasted funds and poor results to spare, so they should have plenty to do.
Mar 30, 2014 - 12:15:33 AM
Arizona lawman calls Obama deportation statistics bogus
During an interview with Fox News Channel's Neil Cavuto on Friday, the man known by many as "America's Toughest Sheriff" said he believes that the Obama administration's claim that more people in the U.S. illegally have been deported than ever before since President Barack Obama took office is a deceptive claim.
Mar 28, 2014 - 7:15:31 AM
Call to Expose American Government Outrage
On Friday, March 14th, at 3:30pm, the Obama administration announced that America was surrendering control to the UN over key aspects of the Internet (control that America had because we built it in the first place). Unfortunately, the largest voting bloc in the UN is the Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC), a Saudi-dominated bloc of 57 nations that has waged an aggressive campaign against free speech, freedom of the press and free expression.
Mar 26, 2014 - 12:27:02 AM
Ambassadorships: Qualified Applicants Need Not Apply?
"I'm no real expert on China." Sobering words to hear from the man nominated by President Obama ... to be U.S. ambassador to China....Their main qualification seems to be that they raised millions for the president's reelection campaign. Sure, blatantly political appointees are nothing new, but this latest batch apparently can't even be bothered to Google the country they'd serve in as ambassadors.
Mar 26, 2014 - 12:20:03 AM
What goes around has a tendency to come around
On September 12, 1938, Hitler made a speech saying he would come to the assistance of the oppressed Sudeten Germans, and that he was constructing in the west the strongest defenses ever made by man. If one exchanges the name Hitler with Putin and the areas of Sudetenland with Ukraine the concept of one part of our history plagiarizing another seems quite rational.
Mar 26, 2014 - 12:10:31 AM
Lawmakers blast Obama's DHS for Libya policy reversal
Four top GOP lawmakers are demanding that the Department of Homeland Security come clean on its proposed rescinding of the United States' Libyan policy prohibiting citizens from that country from working in the aviation industry, according to a letter sent on Wednesday.
Mar 26, 2014 - 12:07:29 AM
We've all seen the polls. Survey after survey confirms what we already suspect: Confidence in "institutions" keeps dropping. All branches of government are held in disdain. But while this collective judgment is well-founded, a danger arises: that we will simply give up. If government is too big to be responsive to our needs, what good can we do?
Mar 21, 2014 - 8:10:19 AM
America's Last Option: Accommodation with the Taliban
American officials' lack of understanding of Afghan conditions and their imperial disregard of the needs and hopes of average Afghans have brought Afghanistan to the edge of another civil war and has, as a result, limited America's options to two choices--none of which had been America's goal when it invaded Afghanistan. And they are: First, leaving the battlefield to the Afghans to fight it out among themselves and letting the chips fall where they may. Second, initiating direct negotiations with the Taliban without the participation of the Karzai government.
Mar 19, 2014 - 6:57:03 AM
How a local election mirrors the microcosm of society
Last week the people of Newmarket, New Hampshire voted on whether or not to build a new junior / senior high school. The building is now 89 years old...The vote lost by a small margin but wasn't near the necessary 60% in order to pass the bond that would allow the school to be built. This concept mirrors many that are now plaguing the future of our society. Many in both state and federal governments feel it is important to stop any spending that would inflate the already inflated state and national debts. They want to balance their budgets today in order to not have deficits tomorrow. The question I have is what will be left for our children in a tomorrow that hasn't taken care of its present?
Mar 19, 2014 - 6:55:34 AM
Cosmic Consciousness: A New Age Deception
A national convention was recently held in San Francisco, California titled "Wisdom 2.0. Summit." I was drawn to Tom Bunzel's review of the summit because it promised the prospect of enlightenment by today's greatest minds; or at least those who are considered wise in today's culture. What I actually encountered was a formidable list of the world's most prominent New Age thinkers and their disdain for the "monkey minds" of those who still consider wisdom to be something given to man by the hand of God.
Mar 16, 2014 - 12:27:14 AM
So You've Decided You Want to Change Your Life
Each one of us is actually on a journey to determine who we really are. We are, in reality, on a soul's journey: a journey composed of many lessons from which we can choose to learn--either asleep or awake. This choice is one that each of us individually has to make. My decision to actually change my life happened in September 2012. I had come to a point where I was totally unhappy, and the only thing I could see in my future were more days trying to be what society said that I should be.
Mar 16, 2014 - 12:20:31 AM
Speaking Out: The Fallout of Being Honest About Incest
More recently in the news, Dylan Farrow has spoken out about her experience with childhood sexual abuse. Both Dylan and Mackenzie have stated being surprised by the fallout of sharing their stories. I am not. People can be very ignorant and cruel with their responses. As a survivor, I have lived through the decades of deciding whom I tell about the abuse and the many close friends who have no clue about my past.
Mar 13, 2014 - 12:15:25 AM
Scheme of Things
The Things We Try
This is my 133rd "In the Scheme of Things" article for Montana Woman
magazine, and it got me thinking about why I continue to write these
monthly life reflections columns, and what it means to try to do
something one thinks they want to do. Let me explain.
Mar 12, 2014 - 3:46:27 PM
Some Thoughts on the Article V Issue
I've written many articles in the past concerning my opposition to a Constitutional Convention (Con Con). I've also helped in successful fights in Ohio and Kansas to stop Con Con Resolutions. But recently there is a new twist in the effort to amend the Constitution to preserve freedom. It's called an Article V Convention of the States. Proponents say it answers my concerns over the dangers of a Con Con, and so many activists have asked me where I stand on this new effort. So here are a few thoughts.
Mar 12, 2014 - 6:20:28 AM
Religious Freedom, Catholic Style
Most obvious is the fact that at no time in history has the Church itself ever provided "religious freedom" to anyone. It was never in the playbook. Even the most casual student of European history knows that over many centuries, wherever it held dominion, the Church was especially zealous in rooting out even the slightest deviations from its orthodoxy. From the Arians to the Cathars to Galileo to indigenous peoples of the New World, the Church never hesitated to use torture and death, or the threat of it, to achieve at least outward conformity.
Mar 12, 2014 - 6:17:07 AM
With Obama now joining Secretary of State John Kerry in openly threatening to passively support a European trade war against Israel, it is imperative that Israel develop every economic opportunity it has to expand its markets. As Netanyahu made clear in his speech to AIPAC, Israel's technological prowess has already made it a magnet for global investors. But these opportunities should be maximized through further economic liberalization.
Mar 12, 2014 - 6:10:02 AM
Excommunicating John Walsh
Excommunication is like a glass of fine Irish Whiskey with Water. An abomination! Excommunication is an utterly useless waste of time, words and effort if you ask me. I understand the Biblical meaning and purpose of it, and that frock wearing nancy that did it to you was nowhere near the mark.
Mar 9, 2014 - 12:12:10 AM
President Obama's "If not now, when?!"
President Obama expects Israel to trade high-ground topography for high-tech military systems and security arrangements, devised by American generals, who led the failed efforts to snatch Iraq and Afghanistan out of the jaws of Islamic terrorism and Iranian radicalism. Israel is expected to entrust its own national security to the goodwill of its Arab neighbors and international guarantees, at a time when both are exposed as non-viable.
Mar 8, 2014 - 3:37:16 AM
Boycott the Movie Non-Stop
Producing a movie that makes a villain out of victims of Jihadist terrorism and demonizes our war veterans who are, in reality, heroes who should be revered and respected, isn't just a bad movie idea, it's also an inexcusable national disgrace.
Mar 7, 2014 - 8:20:42 AM
Still Unwanted like Struma's Jews
On December 12, 1941, the rickety vessel chugged out to sea. After four hair-raising days (instead of the routine 14 hours) the Struma unsteadily dragged itself into Istanbul Harbor. It couldn't continue. Its makeshift motor had sputtered its last. There was no fuel, food or water...Britain pressured Turkey not to let anyone off the crippled boat. Turkish premier argued that "Turkey cannot be expected to serve as a refuge or surrogate homeland for people unwanted anywhere else." The government ordered the condemned Struma tugged out to the Black Sea. Hundreds of truncheon-wielding Turkish policemen were dispatched to the Struma on February 23. They viciously clubbed passengers below deck. On February 24, an explosion ripped it apart.
Mar 6, 2014 - 4:51:47 AM
Obama's 2015 budget takes aim at American gun owners
Despite cuts to the nation's defense, homeland security and public safety budgets, Obama's 2015 budget proposal reveals his continued goal of controlling firearms and ammunition in the hands of civilians who wish to protect themselves, their loved ones and their homes.
Mar 5, 2014 - 12:15:19 AM
It's Official: the Palestinians are a modern fiction
Palestine and the Palestinians are a modern invention, a fiction created with the aim of dismantling Israel and undermining its claim to its ancient patrimony. "I say to those who distort the Koran: from where did you bring the name Palestine, you liars, you accursed, when Allah has already named it 'the Holy Land' and bequeathed it to the Children of Israel until the Day of Judgment? There is no such thing as 'Palestine' in the Koran. Your demand for the Land of Israel is a falsehood and it constitutes an attack on the Koran, on the Jews and their land," -- Sheikh Ahmad Adwan
Mar 4, 2014 - 12:24:03 AM
Congressional panel probes Extortion 17 tragedy in Afghanistan
Some of the dead Seals' family members are angry with Vice President Joe Biden for his public boasts about Seal Team 6 killing bin Laden. They believe he and President Barack Obama kicked security to the roadside in order to score political points for Obama's reelection campaign.
Mar 4, 2014 - 12:13:13 AM
Can Israel Defy a Second Term President?
One of the causes of the inherently weaker second term is the different political life expectancy of House Members (unlimited two-year terms), Senators (unlimited six- year terms) and presidents (limited two four-year terms). Therefore, second term presidents are handicapped by a pressing timetable, pursue relatively quick results/solutions and are anxious to establish (overly) ambitious legacies. On the other hand, the legislators who benefit from long-term continuity, attempt to minimize swift action, which might upset their constituents, thus jeopardizing their re-election prospects. Legislators are more loyal to district and state constituents than they are to presidents. Consequently, they rarely sacrifice their political lives on the altar of a presidential vision.
Mar 4, 2014 - 12:07:31 AM
Fighting for What's Right on Defense
The first and perhaps the most important thing for conservatives to get right is a wise foreign policy. Only after we ensure we have a sufficiently strong national defense can we turn to the important domestic issues that merit our attention. That means, for starters, making sure that we have sufficient troop levels to defend ourselves and our allies adequately. Yet continued cuts to the defense budget imperil our ability to do that. Recent statements by military officials indicate that the Army may soon shrink to its lowest active-duty end strength size since before World War II.
Feb 23, 2014 - 12:25:24 AM