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 The U. N. (Undeserving Nincumpoops)6 comments
category picture21 Jul 2004 @ 13:12
Some of us 'cranks' consider the United Nations an ever-expanding sickening joke.

As Jonathan Eric Lewis writes:  More >


 Buckminster Fuller Stamp2 comments
picture20 Jul 2004 @ 13:39
The US Postal Service has just come out with a stamp memorializing Fuller who pushed and pulled for engineering for better living.

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 The Building of the Israeli Fence2 comments
picture10 Jul 2004 @ 14:55
From my friends at Israpundit: Please read and forward far and wide: - Within the next 48 hours, Jews [who care about Israel and their friends] worldwide will be sending email messages to the United Nations, the EU Parliament and the EU Court of Justice with the identical message that is on this email.

PLEASE take a quick moment to copy the message below and paste it on to a new email that should be sent to the email addresses listed below:

ecu@un.org - United Nations civis@europarl.eu.int - EU Parliament info@curia.eu.int - EU Court of Justice

Subject: The building of the Israeli fence  More >


 Safe Driving This July 4th4 comments
category picture3 Jul 2004 @ 17:10
My taijiquan 'elder brother' Don Heller reminded me of something that I pass on to you as a public service:  More >


 The Road to Iraqi Democracy0 comments
category picture1 Jul 2004 @ 18:05
Victor Davis Hanson points out:
"The road to Iraqi democracy is awfully messy, but it should be compared to the alternative of Saddam, not the local Rotary Club elections."

Read the full article High Noon on June 30


 A Philosophical Deadend6 comments
category picture30 Jun 2004 @ 12:35
So you think you got problems? Here's a brief entry from William L. Reese's Dictionary of Philosophy and Religion (which might cheer you up--as it did me) on the extreme pessimistic philosopher Phillip Mainlander (1841-1876) whose principle work was The Philosophy of Redemption. Hoo, Boy!  More >


 My Life2 comments
category picture28 Jun 2004 @ 10:24
is a work in progress--with occasional regress.  More >


 Ray Charles--Zionist8 comments
picture18 Jun 2004 @ 17:07
Since he died last week, I've found myself humming his tunes.

Then I found out something that makes my memory of him even sweeter.

Ray Charles was a zionist.  More >


 Welcome to the Land of Blah-Blah, Tra-Tra1 comment
category picture14 Jun 2004 @ 16:52
where talking is more important than doing,

where the map 'is' the territory,

where you can eat promises of pie in the sky in your castle in the air.

Let Thomas Sowell, one of the wisest people alive, be your guide to this twilight zone we have come to live in..  More >


 The Soviet Demise--Reagan's Role1 comment
category picture12 Jun 2004 @ 13:56
Apparently--according to the nasty, know-it-all Christopher Hitchens (who has not the slightest difficulty reporting rumors as facts)-- Ronald Reagan had nothing to do with the demise of the Soviet Union and Communist Block of nations.

Here are some other views.  More >


 Confessions of a Former Reagan Basher5 comments
category picture8 Jun 2004 @ 12:50
Twenty years ago, when he was president I was one of the scoffers who considered him an "amiable dunce." Since then, I've left the 'left' (l call myself a "classical liberal"), consider myself more 'open-minded' than I used to be, and have realized that though he was indeed amiable, Ronald Reagan was not a 'dunce' at all, at all.  More >


 A Brave Muslim Scholar13 comments
category picture3 Jun 2004 @ 14:35
Professor Khaleel Mohammed rejects the fanatical, narrow, antisemitic and anti-zionist political ideology (Islamism) that threatens to become mainstream among Muslims.

For, you see, according to Professor Mohammed, the Koran actually teaches that Israel belongs to the Jews.

The Koran and the Jews  More >


 Islamism (Political Islam) = Cultural Sewer34 comments
category picture22 May 2004 @ 12:06
'Tis pity that so many 'progressive' people are still willing to make excuses for the death cult that has taken over a significant portion the Arab/Islamic world and threatens to engulf the rest of us.

The prevailing powers of the Arab/Islamic world have managed to turn their culture into a sewer of hatred and victimhood. Encouraging those Arabs and Muslims who want something different (not all Arabs and Muslims have bought into the Islamist death-cult) will not result from pretending otherwise.

To quote Proverbs, "As a man thinketh, so is he…" And as a culture thinketh, so is it…

'Progressive' read this article by Alan Dershowitz and get annoyed….or educate yourself:  More >


 There Go Those Damned Israelis Again--Trying To Defend Themselves9 comments
category picture19 May 2004 @ 20:31
Debka reports: "UN Security Council adjourned Tuesday debate after US amended Arab bloc’s strong demand to halt Rafah demolitions with demand that Palestinian Authority halt illegal weapons traffic into West Bank and Gaza Strip and illegal use of private homes in Rafah refugee camp.

Arab bloc found rewrite unacceptable. Debate resumes Wednesday on British compromise draft."

What chutzpa those Israelis have demanding that the peace-loving Palestinian Arabs and their Egyptian helpers stop trying to run weapons into Gaza...Geez, the Israelis act as if there was a war going on...  More >


 Facing Islamofascist Aggression4 comments
picture3 May 2004 @ 17:16
Psychologist Kurt Lewin wrote in 1939 about how the Jewish people should face the murderous aggression arrayed against them by Nazis and their sympathizers. The advice applies today as World and Israeli Jewry continue to face the murderous onslaught of Islamofascists:  More >


 Big Bang Befuddlement12 comments
picture30 Apr 2004 @ 15:39
As I wrote in the book Dare to Inquire,"Serious misevaluating may complicate some of the current discussions about the "big bang" and the beginning of our presently known universe."  More >


 Remembering Israel's Fallen13 comments
category picture26 Apr 2004 @ 13:04
REMEMBERING ISRAEL'S FALLEN THROUGHOUT HISTORY
A Report from Arutz-Sheva News, Ap. 26, 2004

Today at 11:00, a two-minute Memorial Day siren was heard around the country, bringing the nation to a standstill of silence. Memorial services for the fallen are being held today in cemeteries around the country.

The late Chief Rabbi Shlomo Goren, who made the decision to institute Israel's Memorial Day immediately before Independence Day, once explained Memorial Day's significance: "We view the warriors who fall in battle as those who sprout forth life. The life of a nation grew out of this blood... This day must be more than mourning: We must remember, we must grieve, but it must be a day of mourning, majesty, and vision."  More >


 Holocaust Remembrance Day0 comments
category picture18 Apr 2004 @ 10:45
BIK: "Never Again" means that Jews devoted to the Jewish people will not allow declared enemies of Jews to oppress, harm and kill us. Nor will we allow the enemies of the Jewish refuge state of Israel to succeed. We will remember the millions of Jews who suffered and died simply because they were Jews. Never again!

A Report from Arutz Sheva News Service:
Holocaust Remembrance Day will begin with an official state ceremony at 8 PM this evening in Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum. Six Holocaust survivors will light torches, in memory of the more than six million Jews who were massacred in the Nazi Holocaust of 1939-1945. Commemorations will continue tomorrow with a two-minute siren in which almost the entire country will stand in silence or recite a prayer. Yad Vashem is continuing its quest to increase its records of the names of known Holocaust victims. At present, the names of only some three million victims are registered.  More >


 Passover Perspective from an Israeli2 comments
category picture12 Apr 2004 @ 12:24
An inspiring message (to me) from an Israeli writer, sent to me by a friend:

I am not the least afraid to go any place, By bus or to a mall.

I didn't change or stop doing anything I used to do before this mess began!

People tend to forget that twice the casualties From terror get killed on the roads!

More people still die From heart attack, cancer, And other things, They just don't show them on TV.

Don't misunderstand me, There is a war going on, It's not pleasant, But, lets face it:

WE HAVE NEVER BEEN BETTER OFF!!  More >


 A Presidential Platform I Like3 comments
category picture3 Apr 2004 @ 12:47
Here's Thomas Sowell's platform, if he were running for President (which he's not).

Yes, folks--as a more or less good, old-fashioned classical liberal, I like what he proposes: drastic cut-backs in government intervention and spending for things that the government doesn't do well.

Imagine that.  More >


 Agreement4 comments
category picture16 Mar 2004 @ 20:41
"The meaning constructed by the receiver of the text is the same in all details and implications as that constructed by the sender only if the two have identical cognitive systems--that is, never."
--Sydney Lamb  More >


 Explanation for My Silence21 comments
category picture5 Mar 2004 @ 09:32
Wednesday, Feb. 18, I called my 93 year old father, Mashe Kodish, as I normally do every other day. Dad lives by himself in Pittsburgh, across the continent from my home in California. Dad sounded terrible and had a severe pain on his left side. I called a neighbor who rushed over to his apartment and got him to a nearby hospital. The next day I arrived in Pittsburgh and have been here since along with my sister who came in from her home in Dallas  More >


 Healing A Bad Back--An Effort in Painful Futility?9 comments
picture10 Feb 2004 @ 16:05
Yesterday's New York Times (Feb. 9, 2004) published a long article by Gina Kolata entitled, "Healing a Bad Back Is Often an Effort in Painful Futility." Link

The article gives a pretty good rundown of some of the facts familiar to knowledgable health-care providers: Alot of money and effort gets spent with very questionable return on investment.

As the article puts it, "...for all the costs, for all the hours spent in doctors' offices and operating suites, for all the massage therapy and acupuncture and spinal manipulations, study after study is leading medical experts to ask what, if anything, is doing any good..."

The report goes on to note that most people get better without treatment (not quite the positive news you might think--since "better" doesn't necessarily mean "pain-free"). The article also notes that for those who don't get better, the best approach (according the experts quoted) may be to learn live with the pain.

What a depressing conclusion...even more so because the article and the experts it quotes fail to give an adequate picture of the problem and thus encourage an unnecessary fatalism about the possibilities of healing.  More >


 What 'Is' The True Islam?11 comments
category picture6 Feb 2004 @ 15:18
in a PBS-sponsored debate in July 2003 on "Islam and Democracy," Daniel Pipes wrote something worth repeating and remembering:

"Muslims today groan under dictatorships, but one day could be model democrats. Further, Islam can be interpreted many ways, and there is nothing about it that immutably contradicts democracy."  More >


 Thomas Friedman's Fixed Ideas8 comments
category picture5 Feb 2004 @ 16:07
Thomas Friedman shows his typical fixed ideas, disregard for facts, and preference for loony conspiracy theories regarding Israel in his New York Times column today.

Friedman believes that there exists a significant group of Palestinian Arab moderates with whom the Palestinian Jews, i.e., Israelis, can negotiate.

Therefore Israeli's hesitancy to abandon Judea, Samaria and Gaza indicate to him 'fanaticism' and the major block to peace with Palestinian Arabs.

Nonsense.  More >


 Arafat - "The Scourge of the Middle East"4 comments
picture4 Feb 2004 @ 15:24
"...We have now reached a point where any book written by an Israeli on an Arab subject is likely to be viewed with suspicion. (Unless, of course, it provides a sympathetic account, in which case it will be accepted uncritically.) In a sense, this too is part of Arafat's legacy - the Palestinian appropriation of history and the almost complete delegitimization of Israel's version of events. But readers who still think that fact and truth are related phenomena will find much that is rewarding in these two commendable volumes."

The above is an excerpt from a review by Bret Stephens of two books about Yasir Arafat and the ongoing Arab war against Israel's existence.

If you'd like to learn some facts about this war, read Stephens' entire review (below) of Efraim Karsh's book, Arafat's War, and Barry and Judith Rubin's book, Yasir Arafat. Then read the books.  More >


 "If I Were A Homicide Bomber You'd Be Dead Right Now."2 comments
picture1 Feb 2004 @ 21:25
Cheers for the College Republicans of the University of Texas who are selling some unique T-shirts in support of the war against Islamist terrorism.

Bryan Pravda, Executive Director of Public Relations of the student group said, "We are wearing these shirts in classrooms,on buses, and in local coffee shops. The aim of the message is for people to appreciate the freedom in which they are living."  More >


 The Language War0 comments
category picture30 Jan 2004 @ 13:59
Linguistics Professor Lewis Gilbert writes about The Language War (Thanks to Israpundit for making me aware of it.

Gilbert notes that "...words do not exist in isolation; they inhabit intricate wordscapes and create the underpinning for powerful sets of values."  More >


 Fighting A Culture of Death0 comments
category picture30 Jan 2004 @ 13:29
Saul Singer's brother Alex, was killed by one of the men that Israel released to Hezballah within the last few days. Israel returned hundreds of Arabs it had imprisoned for political killing in exchange for one live Israeli that Hezballah had kidnapped and the bodies of three Israeli soldiers killed after they had been kidnapped.

For Singer that imbalance in numbers indicates something significant about the cultural values of Israelis and Arabs.

While Israelis, Americans and other Westerners celebrate each individual life, the present-day Arab-Islamist jihadist culture discounts it. Arab-Islamist jihadism nurtures a cult of death where individual lives are cheap. This culture (pervasive but not 'infecting' all Arabs and Muslims) encourages jihadists in their war against the existence of Israel and the rest of the non-Muslim world as well.

How does a culture that respects the life of every individual battle with one which doesn't value life and, indeed, celebrates death?  More >


 A War Puzzle0 comments
category picture29 Jan 2004 @ 17:53
On his news log posted Wed. Jan. 28, David Horowitz wrote:

"Why is the President on the defensive over a war as good as this one? Casualties were minimal, 25 million people were liberated, prisons for 4-12 year olds were closed, plastic shredders for human beings were shut down, mass graves were opened and stopped being filled. Why should President Bush have to offer any apology for a war that has brought Qadaffi to heel, and made the Syrians and Iranians more pliant, and has taken out thousands of terrorist soldiers and allies? This was a good war and Americans should be applauding it. "

For more of the article Click Here




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