Ebola is the gift that will keep on giving, not just an October Surprise, it will continue to spread in coming months. Thanks President Obama. The only silver lining I can see in all of this is that it may finally tank the Obama Administration. Thanks to Obama’s idiocy (or is it his colossal ignorance, arrogance, or hatred of America) Ebola is now in the heart of America. Thomas Eric Duncan, who brought Ebola to Dallas, would (if he were still alive) be prosecuted in his native Liberia for falsely claiming he had not been in contact with any Ebola cases. He seems to have ‘shared’ his virus with a couple of his caretakers in Dallas and there are now at least 200 people being monitored – this is what is being widely report. Duncan had 70 (why so many?) healthcare workers who should have been quarantined. They could still be paid, they could still communicate with the outside world by telephone, but the rest of America would have been safe.
Those 70 healthcare workers have spouses, children, etc. (so at a minimum double that 70) and there were 132 (double that at a minimum) on the Cleveland to Dallas flight taken by one of his caretakers – so the numbers just don’t add up. Not much is known about Ebola. Is it possible that on the flight TO Cleveland she passed it along? Furthermore, the children of these 192 people are going to school and it only takes one to spread the disease to an entire school and from there it will go to every family with a child in that school.
There have been comparisons between Ebola and AIDS. Yes, they are both caused by viruses. Yes, they both come from Africa. But there is a huge difference. AIDS is ONLY spread by sexual contact or by blood transfusions – people tend to notice when they have sexual contact or a blood transfusion. Ebola is easily spread to people of all ages and both genders, and does not require any action on the part of the person catching it. You can walk right past someone with AIDS and not worry – but if you are near anyone with Ebola it is easy for you to catch it.
Nurse Nina Pham has been in the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas (and transferred Thursday night to a special care unit in Maryland) where she is still in serious condition after getting Ebola from Duncan, although she has received a blood transfusion from Dr. Kent Brantly, an Ebola survivor. The second infected healthcare worker from the same hospital, Amber Jay Vinson, is being moved to Emory Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia - I have been unable to discover why Vinson and not Pham, but I do know that Emory treated Brantly. However, I did find a number of stories about how Vinson flew to Dallas from Cleveland already had a low grade fever the day before being diagnosed, but was greenlighted for the trip by the CDC. Why did they do that? Why was she on a commercial plane after working with Thomas Eric Duncan? It would have made far more sense to have quarantined every health care worker who had any contact with him, and to do so for 30 days, yet here was a woman who traveled to Cleveland and back.
Former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton once said that the American State Department is dominated by “moral equivalency” which applies especially to State’s morally neutral policy toward Israel and the Palestinian Authority. This means that State, consistent with the academic doctrine of cultural relativism, makes no significant distinction between good and evil regimes. American foreign policy thus tends to be morally neutral or value-free.
Carry the logic a step further. The State Department’s foreign policy requires its envoys or diplomats to be morally neutral or value-free. But to be morally neutral or value–free is to be shameless! This is the logically inescapable implication of the State Department’s mind-set. Hence, it’s reasonable to assume that this is the mind-set of Martin Indyk, former U.S. envoy who was chosen by the Obama Administration to mediate negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority on the basis of Moral Equivalency!
Four years ago I wrote a review of Martin Indyk. Indyk was born in England 1951 but grew up and was educated in Australia. He graduated from the University of Sydney in 1972 and received a PhD in international relations from the Australian National University in 1977. He immigrated to the United States and later gained American citizenship in 1993.
On April 19, 2010, Indyk wrote an op ed. item in the New York Times blaming Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for the rift with the Obama administration. He went so far as to say “Israel has to adjust its policy to the interests of the United States.”
Like his Washington handlers, and consistent with the moral equivalency that permeated his university education, Indyk has long advocated a Palestinian state. He should have no problem on that issue with Mr. Netanyahu who in effect manifested the same moral equivalency on June 14, 2009 when he endorsed the “two state solution” to the Israel-Palestinian conflict.
One does not require military expertise to arrive at a former U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff conclusion that a Palestinian a state would endanger Israel’s existence. This is why Netanyahu insists that a Palestinian state must be demilitarized and barred from forming alliances with any Arab regime—a non-sequitur in international law.
Be that as it may, since no Palestinian leader would survive a day if he accepted such limitations, and since Bibi has the flexible spine required by the American State Department’s policy of moral equivalency, we should expect Bibi to flex his spine more than his muscles vis-à-vis Martin Indyk.
We certainly can’t expect Indyk to be holier than the Pope. After all, Bibi, like the American State Department, behaves as if ignorant of, or indifferent to, the murderous and mendacious character of Arab-Islamic culture. It matters neither to him nor to State that Egyptian-born scholar, the intrepid Bat Ye’or, has called Islam a “culture of hate.” Likewise, it matters neither to him nor State that another intrepid woman, Syrian-born psychiatrist Wafa Sultan, is so contemptuous of Islam that, unlike Bibi, she doesn’t deem Islam worthy of being called a “civilization.”
So what is to be expected of a diplomat like Martin Indyk whose university education has imbued him—as it has the American State Department as a whole—with the shameless doctrine of moral equivalency?
By the way, the intellectual and moral level of Indyk’s academic credentials and diplomatic posts reminds me of George Orwell’s assessment of British academics of the 1930s who held diplomatic posts in the Chamberlain government. Orwell saw that Britain’s intelligentsia was steeped in moral relativism, and that this pernicious doctrine had enfeebled Chamberlain’s foreign policy.
The same decadence is evident in the moral equivalency that Ambassador Bolton (with dismay) saw in the America State Department. No wonder: State has more PhDs than any other department of American government. Let me spell this out in the clearest terms, which requires a candid but unpublicized view of higher education in the democratic world, the education of the university graduates that shape the foreign policies of the secular democratic state.
Inasmuch these graduates, who have been virtually indoctrinated in moral equivalency and cultural relativism, are now pursuing a career in the cynical domain of international politics where power and economic interests predominate, do not expect them to take evil seriously. This means that the State Department diplomats referred to by John Bolton tend to behave like children who take civilization for granted!
Thanks to their morally neutral education, they are abysmally ignorant of what is required to preserve civilization. Smug and steeped in the moral equivalency, which they do not even recognize as shameless, they are oblivious of how much hard work and stamina, how much self-sacrifice and heroism, are required in each generation to defend civilization against its enemies. Think of how much it cost in blood and treasure for America to save Europe from barbarism in the last century—the barbarism threatening Israel today by Arabs animated by the genocidal charter of the Palestinian Authority.
But what does this matter to Martin Indyk and Benjamin Netanyahu, neither of whom has the spine of intrepid women like Bat Ye’or and Wafa Sultan?
Prof. Paul Eidelberg (Ph.D. University of Chicago), former officer U.S. Air Force, is the founder and president of the Israel-America Renaissance Institute (I-ARI), www.i-ari.org, with offices in Jerusalem and Philadelphia. He has written several books on American and on Jewish Statesmanship. His magnum opus The Judeo-Scientific Foundations of American Exceptionalism: Today’s Choice for the “Almost Chosen People" is in process of publication. Prof. Eidelberg lives in Jerusalem.
Prof. Paul Eidelberg is a political scientist, author and lecturer; Founder and President, Foundation for Constitutional Democracy, a Jerusalem-based think tank for improving Israel's system of governance. He is a valued contributor to Right Truth.
His books are available at Lightcatcher Books. His most recent book is: Toward a Renaissance of Israel and America. His recent books are: A Jewish Philosophy of History and The Myth of Israeli Democracy: Toward a Truly Jewish Israel. His previous book, Jewish Statesmanship: Lest Israel Fall, provides the philosophical and institutional foundations for reconstructing the State of Israel. It has been translated into Hebrew and Russian. He is the author of Toward a Renaissance of Israel and America (Lightcatcher Books, 2009).
“Show neither partiality to the weak nor deference to the mighty, but judge your fellow men justly.” Leviticus 19:15 New American Bible
I enjoyed watching KISS rocker Gene Simmons on Fox News’ Outnumbered yesterday speaking about a collegiate coed that sought to carry a firearm on campus to protect herself against a stalker. Mr. Simmons’ implication was to impart “street justice” and for her to grab the support of a few athletes and literally let baseball bats do the talking regarding the criminal aggressor. That is, perhaps, a shattered kneecap would do far more to cease the aggression than relying upon the assistance of overworked and underfunded police agencies. Amen.
I am, by all fair accounts, the product of turn-of-the-last-century street fighters and gang members of the Detroit area with a pedigree involving the Purple Gang (of Jailhouse Rock notoriety) and pre-Eminem Eight Mile Road conflicts. It would be, perhaps, legitimate that this foundation of urban violence would lead me into a life of depravity and violence and you would be correct in arguing this point were it not for two distinct ideals. First, my ancestors engaged in illicit practices for survival within a land decidedly hostile to newcomers, particularly those of a “foreign” faith and language. Secondly, this ancient religion of immigrants served as a foundation to protect the innocent and underdogs of society. For example, when my family beat up a police officer, it had little to do with flagrant violation of the law. Rather, it was a direct retaliation against a corrupt law enforcement official that brutally beat a hungry and cold resident who was simply stealing coal to keep his family warm during the dead of winter. Sometimes life requires survival to the point of abandoning civilized behavior in favor of extending civilization.
All of this leads me to the present conflict between “Palestinian” Arabs and the modern State of Israel. On paper, the Arabs would “appear” to have all the makings necessary for “street justice” of the Simmons and Godlewski family clan variety: poor families, lack of food, miserable living conditions, local violence, etc. However, again, there are distinctions to be observed. Whereas my ancestors arrived into a location that hated immigrants and foreign religions, the Arabs of the Levant have largely represented the xenophobic instigators. The Arabs surrounding Israel did not venture from thousands of miles away, proceed through the legalities of an Ellis Island, and then work in the dingy coalmines of a Pennsylvania or factories of a Detroit in order to fit it. For all practical purposes, they emulated the WASPs that sought to deny universal freedom to others not matching their self-ordained rules. In this regard, I can only sympathize with Israel, many of whose citizens emigrated from my family’s native Poland to escape persecution.
There are times when we must simply say "NO". With FaceBook, Twitter, internet sites, way too often we are bombarded with headlines similar to these: Must see video; Must read article; Awesome picture; Funniest ever seen; Most beautiful ever; Food to die for. My mental response is usually ... "NO".
NO - There isn't much in this world that is 'to die for'. God, family, country come to mind.
NO - There are not many things that are truly awesome. God is awesome. The sacrifice Jesus Christ made for mankind is awesome. The love of my husband all these years is pretty awesome to me. Creation is pretty awesome too.
The following are statistics on abortions, that we know were reported, since the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision in 1973 :
1,343,950,964 - (counting upward at the rate of one more per second) Worldwide
57,058,564 - in the United States
Today alone, up until the posting of this article, already 1,835 unborn babies have been killed here in the United States. Go see all the figures here.
Those figures above are probably LOW ...
... abortions since 1973 based on data from both the Centers for Disease Control and the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute, a former Planned Parenthood research arm. Guttmacher receives numbers directly from abortion centers themselves and is the prime source for more current figures because the Centers for Disease Control has never tabulated accurate numbers of abortions. The CDC relies on figures from state health departments, some of which rely on voluntary reporting — and it hasn’t had data from some states such as California and New Hampshire for more than a decade.
“Because of these different methods of data collection, GI has consistently obtained higher counts than the CDC. CDC researchers have admitted it probably undercounts the total number of abortions because reporting laws vary from state to state and some abortionists probably do not report or under-report the abortions they perform,”... (Life News, 1/18/13)
The Bible says:
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, ... -- Jeremiah 1:5a
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;your works are wonderful,I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from youwhen I was made in the secret place,when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed body;all the days ordained for me were written in your bookbefore one of them came to be. -- Psalm 139:13-16
Do you want to do something worthwhile today? Say NO to abortion. Say NO to the murder of helpless unborn babies.
Say a prayer for this nation, for the world, that the Word of God would be preached, that hearts would be touched concerning the murder of unborn children, and that this slaughter would be stopped. That is something we should say "YES" to.
Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese Christian who was sentenced to death for leaving Islam, despite never having been a Muslim (according to Sudanese law she is as her father was one), arrived in New Hampshire today. She refused to recant her Christian faith despite the death sentence placed on her by the Sudanese government. Although the death sentence was postponed until her daughter, born in May, reaches the age of two years, the child and her 18 month old brother both lived with their mother in a filthy Sudanese jail. Daniel Wani, Meriam’s husband, is a naturalized American citizen hence she and the children can legally live in the United States.
The Italian government played a major role in helping the family leave the Sudan and also sent a government plane to bring them to Italy. After meeting the pope and spending a week in Rome they flew to Philadelphia were they were greeted by Mayor Michael Nutter who spoke of freedom and about how fitting it is that she should arrive in the United States at Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love, which was founded for people of all faiths. He also presented her with a small replica of the Liberty Bell. I’m sure she understood the symbolism of this gesture, and if she does not know it already, she will soon learn that the Liberty Bell was cast with these words from the bible on it: "Proclaim LIBERTY throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof." (Leviticus 25:10). From there they headed to Manchester, NH, where there is a community of about 500 Sudanese. Her husband and his brother make their home in Manchester.
It had been speculated, even a few days ago, that the family would somehow go to, or through, Washington, DC, and indeed that could still happen. But the White House has been silent on her release, the American Embassy in Khartoum was most unhelpful (until the story went viral) or she would have arrived here months ago, and their story exposes the truth about Islam and about Christianity. The truth is that Islam is very, very bad, especially for women and children, while Christianity is quite the opposite. It also reveals that people want to live in America and that it is a refuge for the oppressed, while the Sudan (97% Islamic) is a place they want to escape from. Hence, it seems unlikely they will be invited or even want to visit Washington, DC to meet American officials there.
Let My People Go
America is not as free as it once was, and although the decline started decades ago, it has accelerated since 2008. Meriam Ibrahim has two small children and a husband with health issues, so one cannot realistically expect her to become an activist in the near future. However she will most certainly become an American citizen, and even if she never becomes an activist, her story exposes the falsehoods that we are presented with here in America on an almost daily basis. Just as it will be impossible for her children to ignore this history, so too will it be impossible for the Sudanese and evangelical communities in America to conceal the truth. These truths of American greatness and of the superiority of Christianity to Islam are embedded in their story. This was a victory for Christianity, for freedom, for America, and also for Italy.
But what about the many problems we face in America, now headed by a Muslim (or at the least a Muslim-world sympathizer)? The freedom we still have is in marked contrast to what she and her family have known in the Sudan. We can expect that their story will be told and retold to countless numbers of people throughout the land. This is a story that is unfolding now, there is a photograph of them on Facebook mid-flight on their way to Rome, and there are photographs of them in Rome and arriving in Philadelphia. This story needs to be told, far and wide. Let those who learn of their story draw their own conclusions, as the conclusions are obvious.
Any man who wants to line up women to check out their hidden parts is certainly not averting his gaze
Act I: bigots make bad neighbours.
In the first act, the principal character, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, makes his appearance on stage in the flowing black robes of a war-cleric. He is known by his kunya (name given in respect to an elder) ‘bad knees’ and is seen climbing the stairs in the manner of a man whose time is rapidly degrading and whose end is near. As he delivers a fiery oration, a magnificent digital presentation displays a collage of images from Mosul. Convoys of cars are seen leaving the city. Bakeries are closed and shops are shuttered. Schools are vacant and only men are noted outside the homes.
As the principal character leaves the stage we are greeted with a spectacular amplification of music from the orchestra pit. The percussion section releases a cadence that rivets our attention to the dozens of men marching onto the stage. This is accompanied by a spectacular display of pyrotechnics with multi-coloured flashes of light and smoke. Gold and silver glitter is released from the catwalks to represent the looting of 500 billion Iraqi dinars from the central Mosul bank. The audience is then engulfed in the action as the men move from the stage and into the aisles to dance to War Pigs by Black Sabbath (from the live performance track, Paris 1970). With weapons twirling and aiming their rifles at the heads of the audience, ‘Shakespeare in Mosul’ becomes a spectacular adult entertainment venue.
The act concludes with a decree against Christians. The stage is changed to a calmer setting: a narrow street in the city of Mosul. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s Carol of the Bells is the backdrop as Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi makes his movement back onto the stage. He nails signs onto the doors of all of the Christian homes. He is followed by men who also spray paint the walls of the residences to assure the homes are targeted.
Act II: rapists make bad lovers.
The act opens with the spotlight on a chorus line of males from the ages of 10 through 18. Each man stands with his fist raised. The spotlight shifts to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who is standing silently at the back of the stage. As he raises his fist and turns, our attention is directed to the middle of the stage. Females from the age of fertility through the age of childbearing are bound to a roughly hewn post. Their wrists are tethered to the top of the post. The orchestra plays the ‘sword dance’, in the tradition of an old Highland dance, the Ghillie Callum. This is an ancient war dance of the Scottish Gael and is said to find its historical timestamp back to King Malcolm Canmore (Shakespeare’s Macbeth). Today the dance is typically done with one dancer performing over two crossed swords. ‘Bad knees’ is unable to perform the intricate steps so the understudy is used for the sword dance. As he performs, the protagonist pulls a decree from under his turban and his shouting is heard in the background.
Re: .(Penelope Cruz, husband Javier Bardem write open letter calling Israel’s actions ‘genocide’; NY Daily News
When people step out of their sphere of familiarity and take on a cause with a background of sheer ignorance, they just can’t connect los puntos (the dots)! Ay, que lastima (what a pity)! Such is the case of Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem, director Pedro Almodovar and others.
These “voices of justice,” 100 Spanish activists who have just awakened from a stupor, speak out for the poor Palestinian children, these flores (flowers) who are being killed because they are intentionally placed with the rocket launchers by their fellow jihadists, so that the body count may be increased to sway public opinion.
The Muslim women and children are commanded to stay in their homes, mosques, schools and hospitals that contain the missiles and launchers. They are told not to heed the warning leaflets that Israel sends to give them ample time to leave the war zone. No shelters for them; Hamas uses those millions of dollars in humanitarian funds for tunnel construction and weapon purchase and storage. Even CNN covered the news about the tunnels, the tunnels that were built with the help of many children, resulting in the death of at least 130. Sr and Sra Bardem missed this unconscionable inhumanity.
What of the Israeli flowers, the three Jewish students who were kidnapped and murdered? Not a whisper from these distraught entertainers. What of the first rocket discharged – from Gaza? Not a murmur. What of the thousands of rockets fired from Gaza? No outcry from the Spanish for the Hebraicos. They will not acknowledge the post-traumatic stress syndrome of the Israeli children (Jews, Christians and Muslim), or the depression of the citizens’ living in constant terror or the increased number of miscarriages. The blinders they wear are all-encompassing.
These poor misinformed believe that the blockade prevents entry of foodstuffs and other goods from entering Gaza, when nothing could be further from the truth. The Turkish flotilla was blocked because they contained weapons and explosives; they were shown on television. Gazans live quite well and have ample food and clothing and supplies sent by the UN, Europe and America. Israel supplies their water, electricity and much more. They don’t have to work for any of this, and the deliveries come by truck through Israel. These handouts have been in place for Palestinians for decades, more than for any other people. Muslims deny Jews' entry into their lands, but want entry into Israel (for carrying out jihad) when they are not Israeli citizens and when their Islamic doctrinal texts demand death to the Jews (and Christians). Why is there a blind spot? Israel recently opened a hospital for Palestinians in need of better healthcare. Was this ever done anywhere else by victims for their attackers? Israel is one of the most humane and caring civilizations on Earth, and may be judged by their deeds as first responders in worldwide crises and their treatment of patients regardless of identity.
The French prime minister recently announced his recognition of the scourge of Islam, and vowed to fight anti-Semitism, warning of the connection between anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism (what’s happening in Israel today). The Spanish can’t make the connection. They have forgotten what happened to their ancestors, when the Mohammedans conquered Spain in 711 AD and taxed, subjugated, and mistreated Christians and Jews until the Reconquista in 1492. Do these entertainers realize that the Muslims have returned to Spain and that this new invasion is well underway to becoming conquest?
The Spanish have forgotten the stories of the Visigoth king, whose head was severed with the Sword of Allah, impaled on a pole, and paraded through town. Rather, these “stars” would encourage the Islamists to succeed in Israel and, emboldened, continue their destruction through the rest of the Middle East and Africa, progressing through Europe and the Americas, until the global caliphate is established.
If Hamas were to cease fire, there would be peace. If Israel were to cease fire, there would be Jewish bloodshed, as there has been since the beginning of Islam, and at the moment Israel was voted a sovereign state. The Palestinians have created a propagandist tale of Israeli occupation, also untrue. Israel left Gaza in 2005. The Palestinians are the squatters and Hamas is the occupier in the land that was designated for the Jews in the Ancient Bible and by the Balfour Declaration (1920), the League of Nations (1922), and formally by the United Nations (1948).
Did these heroes of the silver screen describe the 23,519 attacks by Muslims, since 9/11, as genocide? Or the 2500 Syrians killed during Ramadan alone? Where is the conscience of these artistes who cannot grasp that Islam is against them, their craft, and their children? Islamic law does not permit their films or welcome their talents. However, perhaps these talents are truly not worthy of veneration if they cannot even connect some very simple dots.
The 9th memorial of the Disengagement Plan from Gaza (2005) in which Israel unilaterally withdrew, dispossessed and destroyed its Jewish communities in the Gaza Strip will be marked this coming Thursday, July 31, 2014. That controversial historical event remains relevant to this day as rockets and underground terrorist tunnels from Gaza target Israel.
A new book review on the novel Grains Of Sand The Fall Of Neve Dekalim has come to my attention. Might you run it? I've attached a copy of the book cover for your use if it's a go.
"...Thanks to this book I could enter and experience what life was like there. I connected with Efrat worrying about her test grades and studying for the bagruts. I could relate to her being frightened from projectiles because here in Ashdod we’ve also been hit by rockets – ..."
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.
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