It’s called Operation Protective Edge leaving citizens throughout the country living on a knife-edge. Yesterday, I was walking through the Nitzan caravilla site on my way to work in Ashdod when the siren blared. I made haste to the closest government provided sewer pipe for use on such occasions. Tell me, what would you do seated all alone, sirens blaring, nearby ‘booms’ heard? I took a selfie!
It’s called Operation Protective Edge and the sound of incoming rockets sets people’s teeth on edge. I have received lesson cancellation after cancellation as adult students need to be at home to comfort their young children or as families seek protection further inland until the situation ‘calms down.’ The dispossession and destruction of Gush Katif broke me. Yet sometimes the strongest vessels are the broken ones. I’m on the go when students call to confirm we have a lesson.
It’s called Operation Protective Edge and we will not be edged out from our daily routine. We will go to work and carry on. Lately I've seen the interior of students’ home bomb shelters. While most double as a bedroom, I was most favorably impressed by the one in the parental bedroom. It doubles as a well organized walk-in closet. Who’d have thought? I was in it twice yesterday. For those of you building a home, this is something to go over with your architect. Sorry, no pic.
Today Alan P. Gross’s lawyer and wife have said that the 64 year old man plans to take his own life rather than serve the remaining 11 years of his 15 year sentence in a Cuban prison. Gross was on a hunger strike for 9 days in April when his mother, who recently died of cancer, told him to discontinue it. In a statement on his behalf it was said that he had lost more than 100 pounds (not all due to the hunger strike), is losing vision in one eye, and his hips are failing. Gross is a former U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) contractor who was also a volunteer field organizer in 2008 for President Obama’s campaign.
In 2009 Gross set up an unauthorized Internet network for the Cuban Jewish community while working for the USAID. He brought in satellite phones and computer equipment for the Jewish community in clear violation of Cuban law. He did not identify himself as a representative of the U.S. government but rather as part of a Jewish humanitarian group. Yet when he was arrested he had a high-tech chip that keeps satellite phone transmission from being located within a 250 mile radius. This chip is not easily available but the CIA, the Defense and State Departments (the latter oversees USAID) do have access to them. A USAID spokesman claims that they did not help him acquire the chip – but that is probably not true. It does look very much like Alan Gross did commit a crime under Cuban law and he went there deliberately to do so. Although I cannot help but wonder if his handler at USAID didn’t say something like ‘don’t worry, we will handle all the paper work, all you have to do is . . .’ and made it seem like something irregular, but not illegal.
U.S. Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lethinen has referred to his treatment by the Cuban government as an effort to get a prisoner exchange (there are a number of Cuban spies they want back). Although not a threat to Cuba, his actions are considered an affront to Cuban sovereignty and Cuba has laws about ‘crimes against the state.’
Judy Gross, Alan’s wife, suggested there should be a swap, especially in light of the recent swap of five Taliban for Bowe Bergdahl. She said in a statement that "My husband and I need President Obama to do everything in his power to end this nightmare and bring Alan home from Cuba now."
U.S. and Cuban officials did not have immediate comment, but Jay Carney, White House spokesman said last December 3 that he ‘doesn't know whether the president has seen the letter penned by a U.S. government contractor jailed in Cuba, in which he expressed fear that the United States had "abandoned" him.’ But according to JJ ‘Obama is personally engaged in freeing Alan Gross.’ Yeah, right. Could Gross have done a more to help Obama get elected? Yes, but would it have helped? Probably not, after all Gross is white and Jewish. One only needs to remember that Obama threw the white grandmother who raised him under the bus.
As a result of this case it seems to me that 1) it is clear that we do leave our men behind (except traitors), and 2) Alan and Judy Gross may want to reconsider their trust in Obama and their delusional belief in him. It is hard to see how Judy Gross could continue to trust Obama, and it seems unlikely that Alan Gross does anymore, after all, he has already spent four years in a communist prison paradise.
This Heritage event on Benghazi has gotten a lot of press over the last day or two, with the left claiming the event turned ‘ugly‘ and that the Muslim woman was ‘pounced on’ and ‘bullied’ by members of the panel.
But after watching it myself, that characterization couldn’t be more wrong. In fact Brigitte Gabriel’s answer to this Muslim woman is perhaps the best answer I’ve ever heard to the ‘peaceful Muslims’ question.
If you want to watch the full video that includes a response by Frank Gaffney in the beginning, watch below:
War On Women? What? No hashtag "Save our girls"? Who will they select to murder next? Jewish babies? Children of Conservatives? Selection of who lives and who dies is a slippery slope.
Guess we don't need any female babies born to Americans these days, we are bussing in little girls and pregnant women from Mexico, Central America, etc.
I don't suppose any of the Democrats will adopt any of these girls. They seem to be in favor of abortion/murder of babies, even when they are born alive and can survive outside the womb. Will there be a push to murder all the girls coming into the country? Will they give homes to the "little boys"... (actually grown tenagers covered in gang tattoos). I think not.
The Planned Parenthood abortion business has come under fire from pro-lifers over the years for refusing to speak out against sex-selection abortions. Now, in a letter to members of the California state legislature, the abortion giant may have given a reason why: it opposes a ban on sex-selection abortions.
In a June 12, 2014, letter to lawmakers, Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California hand-delivered a letter to all California Assembly Members and State Senators. A copy of the letter includes five bullet points and the fifth bullet point includes specific opposition to “sex selection abortion bans.”
Not only does the abortion corporation indicate it opposes a ban on aborting baby girls simply because they are girls, Planned Parenthood informs lawmakers that votes on legislation like a sex-selection abortion ban will be reported to its membership, where lawmakers voting pro-life for such a ban would almost assuredly be given black marks on its scorecard.
The California Pro-Life Council, which tipped off LifeNews to the letter, remarks: “PPAC may want to be selective in telling the general public that their pro-choice legislators actually voted in favor of “sex-selection” abortions.”
Yityish Aynaw (‘Titi’), a 21 year old former IDF officer is the first Ethiopian-born winner of the title ‘Miss Israel.’ She recently dined at the home of Shimon Peres where she met Barack Obama. She has been quoted as saying that he ‘a role model.’ There have been no reports of where Miss Aynaw is getting her news, but I could make some recommendations. Sticking exclusively to black Americans (the only color that really matters here is green - as in green-backs), the following letter is one that I hope will make its way to Miss Aynaw.
Dear Miss Aynaw,
Congratulations on your many achievements but most of all on becoming Miss Israel. I know it is a great honor and that you were selected because you will serve as an honorable representative of Israel and also of the Ethiopian community.
There are many, many black Americans I can suggest to you who are more honorable men than Barack Obama, and would serve as better role models. You might consider Col. Allen West for example. He was born in the American state of Georgia and is a former representative from the state of Florida. Col. West has said he would march through hell with a container of gasoline to protect his men. And he has proven it – the details are different, but he was put through hell and forced to retire from the military when he protected his men. Col. West is a leader.
Herman Cain, worked hard, studied math and later computer science, became a successful business executive, was CEO of the National Restaurant Association (representing 380,000 American businesses), and has had a media career. In 2012 he ran for president – I think he should have started by being a mayor or governor first, but then he isn’t asking for my advice. He has leadership experience and skill, and has never organized a community nor to the best of my knowledge done anything to harm someone else, unlike the current President of the United States.
American Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is another great man who would serve as an excellent role model. He too was born in Georgia and comes from a humble background. In fact his autobiography, which I urge you to read, is entitled ‘My Grandfather’s Son: A Memoir.’ His grandparents raised him and his grandfather, who had little formal education, was a great man who believed in hard work and self-reliance. While Thomas did graduate from Yale Law School he was in the middle of his class. Yet, through his own hard work, determination and intelligence he already had a very successful career when he was nominated to his current position and now serves on the highest court in the America.
On a lighter note you might want to consider Lloyd Marcus who writes for the ‘American Thinker’ and makes it clear on his website that he is a un-hyphenated American. He is a prolific writer, singer and song writer. You too are, or should be, a un-hyphenated Israeli. Lloyd loves America and laughs at those who think of him as a traitor because of his political positions. Insane as it sounds if your skin is black, somehow in America it is believed that you must be left-leaning politically.
You might also consider Thomas Sowell (pronounced ‘soul’) an American economist, social theorist, political philosopher and author. After dropping out of high school he joined the United States Marine Corp during the Korean War in the 1950s. He received a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University in 1958 (this was before affirmative action no less). He studied, and then taught economics at a number of universities, and his mentor, Milton Friedman, was Jewish. Sowell was a Marxist in his 20s but his experiences in government lead him to reexamine his position and today he is an advocate of the free market economy, although he prefers not to be labeled politically. He has been a strong supporter of the black community who has pointed out that Affirmative Action hurts people of every color. His many books are well worth reading.
Walter E. Williams doesn’t have the high profile of his friend Thomas Sowell, but he too is a black economist who currently teaches economics and is something of a radio celebrity. I urge you to read one or more of his many books on the subjects of blacks and economics. To me, one of the most significant things he has said regarding government policies was, “I learned that you have to evaluate the effects of public policy as opposed to intentions.’
That last sentence describes exactly what many Americans have done, and are doing, and what they see is many public policies put into place in the last five years have had the opposite effect of the stated intentions. This takes us to Barack Obama, his public policies (both domestic and foreign) have been a disaster for America and for the world, especially Israel. Let’s face it: Egypt’s Mubarak was a really bad man, but he kept Egypt in check and there was no reason to support his overthrow as Obama did. The Muslim Brotherhood, that hates Israel, took his place for a time and during their rule of Egypt Obama provided made clear that he supported the MB despite the fact that the Egyptian people opposed them (and ultimately overthrew them). Syria’s Assad is another really bad man, but in Syria there are terrorists fighting terrorists – Obama nearly got America into that mess, and in order to extricate himself publicly invited the Russians to get involved. How is that going to help, especially Israel?
Under Barack Obama America is doing everything possible to destroy Israel. You cannot make peace with someone who wants to kill you. But you probably know that. So why doesn’t ‘the Smartest Man in the World’ know this simple fact? Barack Obama isn’t that smart and furthermore, he is (obviously) both a Muslim and a communist, who is using his office to promote Islam worldwide and to demonize Israel and the Jews as much as possible. He hates Israel and hates the Jews so anything he can do, he will do. This is not good for Israel, the Jews, or America and the Americans – but he doesn’t care.
Most threatening of all though is that thanks to the delusional, feel-good, cowardly positions of Barack Obama, America has green-lighted the Iranian determination to build a nuclear bomb. I know that Israel will refuse to die, but there might be a lot of casualties, and Iran really is a global threat. Global threats should be dealt with by a global giant – and that means America.
I know that your position as Miss Israel may limit what you say about any given political situation or politician. But that is exactly what happened when you met Barack Obama and had to make a statement. You should be wary of such situations in the future, and know that actions have consequences. There is an old English express ‘the path to hell is paved with good intentions.’ Good intentions are fine, but intentions are not reality.
Finally, if you can name one good thing that Barack Obama has done for Israel, America, or people of color I would like to know. There isn’t any to my knowledge. But if you wish you can contact via the same source/sources who brought this message to you.
Confession: some of my best friends are graduates of Brandeis. Now they are ashamed.
Once, they were proud. They had graduated from a prestigious Jewish-sponsored but non-sectarian university, whose logo reads "Emet: Truth – Even Unto Its Innermost Parts." The lovely suburban campus is named for Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis, who once said, "In the frank expression of conflicting opinions lies the greatest promise of wisdom."
Over the years there have been cracks in the once honorable façade of Brandeis's namesake. But this month was the worst: Brandeis wrapped itself in a mantle of cowardice, revealing itself as just another academic pit of multi-culti hypocrisy.
The story is by now well-known. First, the noble and courageous Somali-born Ayaan Hirsi Ali – a Muslim apostate, now at Harvard, who writes and speaks around the world about Muslim cruelty to women, cruelty she herself endured – was invited to receive an honorary degree at commencement. Then, in the blink of an eye, she was unceremoniously dis-invited.
It all began with a petition organized by Muslim student Sarah Fahmy at Change.org. This was followed by a petition signed by 85 members of the faculty and organized by Muslim assistant professor Joseph Lumbard. The list of names contains the usual purveyors of heteronormative, post-colonial, postmodern, cis-gender BS. But it also includes some accomplished and lovable garden-variety lefties. Why they were hornswoggled into signing a petition against a scholar whose life is devoted to revealing and repealing the torture of women must remain one of life's mysteries. One of their baffling pronouncements reads, "We cannot accept Ms. Hirsi Ali's triumphalist narrative of western civilization, rooted in a core belief of the cultural backwardness of non-western peoples."
As Moshe Phillips wrote in last week's Algemeiner, the official Brandeis line is that Ms. Ali "has been too sweeping in her criticism of Islam. Really? Well, here's their opportunity to prove it. As you read these words, 100 little girls in Nigeria are being held captive [by Islamists] and forced to become 'cooks and sex slaves'" – the very outrage Hirsi Ali tirelessly fights. "Where are the protests by Brandeis administrators, faculty, and students?"
Indeed. One of the chief troublemakers in this degrading spectacle is CAIR, the Council on American Islamic Relations, whose chairman, Ibrahim Hooper, in a letter to Brandeis president Frederick M. Lawrence, called Hirsi Ali a "notorious Islamophobe." And how did Fred Lawrence respond? Quickly.
I made the decision to withdraw the honorary degree invitation previously extended to Ayaan Hirsi Ali with great consideration after I was made aware of extremely troubling statements she has made in the past that I believe are contrary to the core values of Brandeis, among them religious tolerance.
Even weirder was an official Brandeis statement that said that "[we] regret that we were not aware of Ms. Hirsi Ali's record of anti-Islam statements."
Alas, awareness is a quality not discernible in other Brandeis choices for honorary degrees over the years. Among the list of names you will find Desmund Tutu, Harry Belafonte, Whoopie Goldberg, Richard Goldstone, Tony Kushner, Kweisi Mfume, and other distinguished public figures dedicated to the survival of Judaism and Israel. And let's not forget Thomas Friedman, Class of 1975.
One Brandeis alumnus who will probably skip commencement and Reunion Weekend this year is historian Jeffrey Herf, who received his Ph.D. there. He has written:
That the president of a university founded by Jews in the immediate aftermath of the Holocaust should have rescinded an honor to a woman who has had the courage to attack the most important source of Jew-hatred in the world today is a disgraceful act and a failure of leadership.
So what are some of the activities Dr. Herf will miss at Alumni Reunion weekend June 6-8? At one of them, he wouldn't even be welcome: these will be the gatherings specifically set aside for "Alumni of Color." Which brings to mind a comment by the great Thomas Sowell, noting that black students tend to "cluster together," because of which "the civil rights dream of an integrated America has gone awry in academia."
Another activity, planned for June 8, is "a special screening of 'Anita,' the critically acclaimed documentary film that chronicles Brandeis professor Anita Hill's courageous decision to speak truth to power durin [sic] the confirmation hearings for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas in 1991."
To conclude on a more optimistic note, there are dissenters, of course – both faculty and students. Among the latter is Daniel Mael, an observant Jew, who says, "I challenge the premise that an honorary degree is an endorsement of every word or thought that a person has ever uttered. I have had incredible discussions with the Brandeis Muslim Student Association, and it is clear that we can talk, even though we have entirely different world views. Can't we agree to disagree?" Daniel, who writes for TruthRevolt.com, has become a favored target for J Street and its chapter at Brandeis, J Street U, which Daniel considers a distinction, a badge of honor he bears with humor and pride.
Maybe, just maybe, there is hope for Brandeis – and the rest of us.
Did Minneapolis's democrat Mayor Betsy Hodges not get it? This was no game, not dress-up playtime or Carnival. Then I wondered if she ever found occasion to dress in the ethnic clothing of her city's other ethnicities - the Germans, Swedes, Norwegians, Danes, English, Poles, Irish, French Canadians, Native Americans? Perhaps she had not done her homework about the Somali immigrants, and it took her only 100 days into office to don a hijab for an alliance.
Surely, she has heard all the recent news about the subjugation and severe treatment of women in the Islamic Middle East; the Honor Diaries film that the Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is trying to suppress; the controversy over Brandeis University's bestowing and then rescinding an honorary degree to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the pressure applied by CAIR that forced Disney to cancel a movie that Muslims find "offensive," and more. Then why would she don the quintessential symbol of inequality and bondage - the shroud of the Islamic woman.
Interestingly, the mayor has a strong admiration for Wonder Woman, the most popular female superstar in figure-hugging, stars-and-stripes regalia, with bracelets that make her invincible. Hodges is a collector of Wonder Woman dolls and has recently hung a photograph of this shining symbol of strength and sexual equality on her office wall. Rather than emulate her heroine, however, she abandoned the image with which she allegedly identifies, this icon of bravery and justice, for cowardice and deceit.
Perhaps she is a Lost Soul, one without direction, without ties to ethics or principles, unstable in today's culture and society. Unwilling or unable to stand up for American ideologies, she too easily acquiesced to the preferences or demands of the archenemy of humankind. Whether Hodges was clueless and diplomatically inept or has emerged with a heretofore concealed agenda remains to be seen, but both choices do not bode well for the office she holds.
What began as the 7th century Bedouin woman's attempt at privacy and protection in the desert, these shrouds have become a symbol of woman's indignity and servitude. As Nonie Darwish so aptly explained in her book, Cruel and Usual Punishment, woman has come to represent the totality of evil and inferiority in Islamic teaching. Considered lacking in intelligence and religion, women are seen as half, and sometimes a quarter, of man's worth in a Shari'a court (Islamic law). They may be beaten by their husbands and forbidden to leave the house unless accompanied by a male relative. They may be killed by their fathers if the parent deems his honor compromised. In this oppressive society, women are the ones who preserve the honor of the male, so that he may avoid responsibility and disrepute for any unpleasantness or trouble.
The hijabs and burqas serve the purpose of enforcing obedience to Shari'a and to men. With the obligation of defending their enslavement under constant threat of their own destruction, they may become very self-justifying when challenged. Some may even try to earn honor and respect by joining the radicals for violent jihad (holy war against the infidel). But there's more. To cultures that relish freedom, these hidden women are deemed victims of sadism, forced to endure the insufferable heat of the subtropics under layers of clothing, and prevented from enjoying the summer sun and cool breezes. In fact, medical experts have noted that women so covered in northern climes, with less sunshine, are suffering more from osteoporosis from the lack of Vitamin D, and experiencing an increased risk of pelvic fracture during childbirth. Their newborn babies are more prone to getting seizures from the same deficiency.
Islamic law is concerned more with raping, beating, flogging, and stoning women than it is in honoring them. The Shari'a demand that women be covered from head to toe is also the Islamic way of solving the problem of male sexual temptations. Rather than teach the men self-restraint and respect, the onus is on the woman to hide herself, her sexuality, her body, her shame. Tragically, because there are women who want to appear as being obedient to their god and faith, it becomes the burden of other women to withstand being hated, ridiculed, or become targets of fatwas. Women face divisiveness or derision at every turn, and their society discourages, and even hinders, women from establishing friendships, particularly where polygamy is practiced.
To have surrendered her dignity, self-esteem, pride in her American heritage and culture. goes beyond Hodges' courtship of a voting bloc or fulfilling a promise to constituents. She is responsible for having her female police chief and city council representatives wear the hijab on February 28, proclaimed Hijab Day at City Hall. Rather than guide these new immigrants in becoming Americans, as previous ethnic groups have done, she is accepting their customs and laws over our own.
When the intruder or invader makes demands (no matter how subtle) that are met with compliance and submission from the host culture, this is conquest, not assimilation. I am deeply concerned as to how Hodges and her administration will address future demands, as they will surely be forthcoming - whether for Islamizing children in the classroom, serving only halal foods in the cafeterias, observing Islamic holidays on the city calendar, or all manner of accommodations in everyday life.
Hodges' decision may well have been meticulously planned. Her hijab is stealth jihad.
Former CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson, who resigned from the network earlier this month, has wasted no time in her pursuit of the truth with the launch of her new website.
The website, featuring the tagline “Untouchable Subjects. Fearless Reporting,” is designed to educate visitors about her past reporting on stories relating to the Fast and Furious scandal, Benghazi, Healthcare.gov and other topics she has covered during her career at CBS. It isn’t clear, however, whether or not she will be adding new material to the site.
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