Monthly Archives: May 2012

Help the Economy — End Financing to Terrorists

Congress recently passed a vote to withhold further funding to the terrorist Palestinian Authority. With the swipe of a pen, President Obama released this aid, amounting to $192 million USD, which will likely be used to further anti-semitic verbal attacks and physical assaults upon the Jewish people living in Israel and elsewhere, via rocks and rockets. Much as I agree with US policy to further democracy abroad, the end result, in all actuality, has been so far from this ideal. I wish it were not so. And as much as I wish this delusion were not reality, all the wishes in the world cannot stop the onslaught against the Jews that the Arabs perpetrate against us. Of course, this matters not a whit to the powers that be — as usual, I hate to say it, but the blacks and the jews seem to be the least of anyone’s priorities (hence the practically non-existent help to the African nation fighting off Islamic powers that are committing genocide there)! Never again? When will they learn!

 

Rosenberg, David. “Report: UK Bankrolling Fogel Family’s Killers”; Arutz Sheva / Israel National News; March 27, 2016: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/209936

 

Update: The idea to just stop funding terrorists, as I try to put forth, seems to be gaining traction. A recent NY Post editorial promotes the defunding of the Palestinian Authority. It’s a good start, but we musn’t limit it to just thos group. We must end financing to all those promoting violent terrorism. And that means funding to all Islamic nations must end.

 

Post Editorial Board. ” It’s Time for Uncle Sam to Stop Funding Palestinian Terror”. New York Post; July 1, 2016: http://nypost.com/2016/07/01/its-time-for-uncle-sam-to-stop-funding-palestinian-terror/

 

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The Enemy Within – by Michael Savage

Another fine Savage book, but I am going through all of Savage’s past books, looking for good reads, and this one absolutely fills the bill! Definitely a must read, and still current, even though written several years ago. The basic concepts Michael relays are timeless: borders, cultures, language. We can see, years later, just how prophetic his writings have become. When I took out Trickle Up Poverty from the library sometime after it had just been published and was hard to get ahold of, the librarian here, looking of Middle Eastern descent, wrote down the number or some type of information while he was attempting to help me find it, and stuck it in his pocket! I thought he was tagging me for one of those “subversive” types that need to be looked at more closely, because of the books I read. You do know that that is what happens, don’t you? Unfortunately, being on the right side means you are now on the wrong side and subject to intense scrutiny! So, I relate my own experience in regards to reading Savage books — and you can now see how that pertains to “The Enemy Within.”

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Abuse of Power – by Michael Savage

Abuse of Power, by Michael Savage, is a gripping thriller with a topical theme — terrorism. Dr. Savage does a great job, as always, in keeping his readers/listeners glued to either their pages or radios. This latest effort should “unban” him from Britain, if we lived in a world where right was might. Since we don’t, I guess it won’t matter that the heroine of this novel is both Muslim and female. So, U.K. — let’s get that ban lifted; unless, of course, you really want to show the world how far you’ve fallen in their estimation! This is a wonderful page-turner which will keep you up late into the night, reading just one more page, then just one more page, and then…before you know it, it’s the next morning and you’re tired as heck from staying up all night to keep reading this book! I can’t wait for his next efforts! Please don’t stop, Michael Savage — your fans count on you to set them straight!

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For You

Once we were lovers

sharing our love

the way only lovers do

Then something suddenly happened

which kept me away from you

I passed away each lonely night

wishing you were here

I wanted to say I love you

and to show you I still cared

For I was the fool to leave you

and I know deep in my heart

that we were meant to be as one

and never be apart.

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Gum

Gum (Randyjw)

 

This blob of pinkish stuff I so adore

sometimes creates a problem when I’m through

It sticks on homework and on tests galore

it won’t come off; I don’t know what to do!

Monotonous my jaws look to my friends

to see them always going down and up

They wish this sticky habit would soon end,

or seal it o’er my lips so I’d shut up!

One day my habit I did try to stop

I took my gum and threw it all away

I got so sick I started to throw up

I had to chew again, What could I say?

No matter how I try the day won’t come,

when I will ever give up chewing gum!

 

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Skiing

A pinch of down

A little snow

’round about the cauldron go

a bright red nose

a woolen hat

the left ear of a baby bat

Throw in some nice, warm, fluffy mittens

the whiskers of a newborn kitten

thrice around the cauldron spin

hop twice upon your left foot, then

you add a sock, a scarf, a pole

the insides of a doughnut hole

some bumps and bruises, black and blues

you add these with a sprained foot, too

Stir in some courage, faith and hope

to start you down that awful slope

You mix the contents one by one

and there you’ve got great skiing fun!

 

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So Sick of Red Cross Anti-Semitism

For more than 60 years, the Red Cross has been a savior in a sea of hurt. However, for 60 years, this has excluded Jewish inclusiveness into its organization. Why, might you ask, would the Red Cross allow its ambulances to carry terrorist bombers in its International Red Crescent trucks? And why, might you ask, would the Red Cross allow the symbolism associated with Islamic nations to be plastered on its ambulance trucks, but not the “Jewish Star?”

That is a good question, and one that has still gone unanswered after more than 60 years of its operation. For most of its years, the Red Cross would not even admit the Jewish Red Magen David Adom (Israel’s “Red Shield of David”) agency into its operations. Even with its reputation among the top in the world for its medical care, Israel has not been allowed to be part of this organization which has allowed the Muslim crescent-and-star symbol to operate.

There have been ongoing responses from the Red Cross, stating that the symbol of the cross is really not associated with Christianity, and is a medical symbol. A similar argument has been used by countries which use a depiction of the cross upon their national flags — stating that the Cross had nothing to do with Christianity (although we all know that this is a farce, and that, indeed, it does — the argument is used just so that they can portray the symbol without penalty).

Finally, in recent years, Israel would be allowed to be a member of the organization if it would abide by new regulations stating that it should change its symbol to a red “crystal,” a red rectangular object of no particular significance, so that it would not offend anyone. And pray tell, why should the Jewish star be offensive to some, whereas the cross and crescent would not? Under these symbols, the Jewish people have been persecuted and killed for millenia! Yes, read that right — millenia! And it still goes on to this day. And this is not supposed to be offensive?

So, I do not understand why there was supposedly a recent full-page ad taken out in newspapers to boycott support for Magen David Adom. I disagree wholeheartedly with this effort! Magen David Adom must be supported! It is the only non-partisan medical staff of the three which will accord human rights to ALL, regardless of religion, race, or creed.

Please support Magen David Adom, so that the victims of Kassem and Katyusha rockets in Israel can be transported to facilities where they will be cared for by medical staff of all religious and national backgrounds, and so that the victims, who may be comprised of all nations (Israel has amongst the most diverse backgrounds of people in the world) may be treated indiscriminately.

 

Related:

Staff: Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA). “Red Cross: Palestine Red Crescent Society Acted Impartially in Attack on Jewish Family”. November 18, 2015; Jta.org: http://www.jta.org/2015/11/18/news-opinion/israel-middle-east/red-cross-palestine-red-crescent-society-acted-impartially-in-attack-on-jewish-family/

 

Added Information:

Marcus, Itamar and Maurice Hirsch, Adv. “Special Report: PA abuses goodwill of International Red Cross (ICRC) to pay salaries to Palestinian terrorists in Israeli prisons”. June 22, 2017; Palestinian Media Watch:

https://www.palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=157&doc_id=21365

http://www.jns.org/news-briefs/2017/4/26/red-cross-head-says-israel-not-an-apartheid-state#.WQMTTHMpDqA=

 

Jewish Press News Briefs. “Hamas Caught Using Cancer Patient to Smuggle Explosives into Israel”. Jewish Press.com; April 19, 2017:

Hamas Caught Using Cancer Patient to Smuggle Explosives into Israel

 

Pileggi, Tamar. “Red Cross Asked to Expel MDA Over Emblem Violation,” September 20, 2015; The Times of Israel: http://www.timesofisraelcom./red-cross-to-weigh-expelling-mda-over-emblem-violation/

 

Volli, Ugo. “Sparare Sulla Croce Rossa”, May 13, 2013; Rassegna Stampa/Rubriche/Cartoline, Informazione Corretta: http://www.informazionecorretta.com/main.php?mediaId=&sez=280&id=49159

 

Kurtzman, Daniel. ” Red Cross Knew of Nazi Death Camps, Records Show”, January 3, 1997; jweekly.com: http://www.jweekly.com/4807/full/4807/red-cross-knew-of-nazi-death-camps-records-show/

 

Mayer, Jane. “Fallout at the Red Cross”, December 24, 2001; The New Yorker: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2001/12/24/fallout-at-the-red-cross/

 

More on Arab Use of Medical Facilities/Transport toward Terrorist Purposes:

EMET News Service. emetnews.org: https://emetnews.org/analysis/hamas-uses-medical-facilities-and-ambulances-for-terrorist-purposes.php

 

 

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Trickle Down Tyranny – by Michael Savage

Excluding the Bible, its commentaries and other religious tomes, Trickle Down Tyranny is probably one of the best books I have ever read. I have my own take on news analysis, reading many sources and piecing things together from a somewhat singular perspective. I find myself in agreement with what Dr. Savage relays, but he goes even way further beyond the pale in researching and delving into the subjects of which he speaks.

If you really want to know what’s going on in the world, you MUST read this book. He goes into more depth than even his radio shows can relate. Pick this up from the library or at your local bookstore immediately, and make sure to buy several copies to pass along to friends and relatives.

 

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The Procession – by Khalil Gibran

Khalil Gibran, the poet and painter, born circa 1883 and died at the age of 48 in 1931, wrote a fairly prolific amount during his time on earth. This book is comprised of some of his poetry, with an equally lovely introduction to this son of the Levant by translator and editor from the original Arabic, Dr. George Kheirallah.

Khalil’s reflections on varied topics and human characteristics portray the bulk of most of his work; this compendium uniquely paints into perspective the views from a youthful advantage and the experience of sage wisdom.

My favorites in this selection include: Of Justice (Sage); Of Soul and Fertility (both Sage and Youth); Of Death and Immortality (Youth); and The Summing of the Youth.

 

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Ghetto baby

Get out of the ghetto, baby

try to make amends

repair your broken image

and you’re running once again

Mixed emotions cloud your head

sirens fill your ears

shadows surround the outer walls

and block your inner fears

Too young to understand

the theory of evolution

one must choose twixt

fight or flight

to win the revolution

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Modern Hell, Part II

Smashed dreams and tv screens

fill my empty room

A mindless future awaits me

existing beyond the gloom

Time is a martyr for those that pray

the devil for those that sin

a beacon of light

shines on through the night

and you know you can never win

Cradle the children of society

shelter them from abuse

Leave them unseen

by the King and the Queen

for you know they can blow out the fuse

The maiden that lost her slipper

has also lost her mind

Only time will tell

in this Modern Hell

if she’ll leave the world behind

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Al-Durra-ble

Heal your heart

the hatred has consumed it

Break your heart

into pieces of stone

Reveal your face

the cover of cowardice

inkiness of night

all alone

Fight like men

the power of the sermon

wall of shame

only ten years old

Died like dog

hanging on your legs

reprisal cold

no, attacked by your own

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Forgotten View

Where are you?

But I feel your touch

I know that you know

again; this is the

second time I’ve written

this,

having forgotten it,

again; the first time

when you kissed me

and it was again;

again I know

and though you have

forgotten; it is I

who remember

How can you forget?

How do you know?

Are you the L-rd?

Muhammad the Prophet?

How can I feel you

and this you feel, too,

because you tell me

first, so that I know

it is really real

and no illusion

but this is what you felt

or said you did, but didn’t

and so did I, but we

really didn’t feel that

And what was real and true

became a parody that we

didn’t know how to grasp

without letting go

My soul had died when my

first marriage died; I

don’t know when it will

return; but my incarnate

lives have known you all

along and returned to you;

but this time it was

worse; it did not work;

We did not learn when

we asked for and received

that second chance to

live our lives again better

the second time – we both

forgot this promise

Still, you know

You are still there as I

cry and feel your spirit

and your face

and you are not there

But the reality and that

which is true

is that you know me

and move heaven and

earth for me, so that

I feel you

completely

and know that I did

not find Khalil Gibran’s

books, as well as the others,

by chance

and that I did not find

the hurricane lamp;

some force of reason

causing me to think of

replacing Sami’s genie

lamp with one of another kind; and not

until this moment, when

the oil lamp was found and

brought home and the

Khalil Gibran books were

found and brought home

and the moment was exactly

right when I lit the lamp,

moved it about the table

until I got it right and

had it near me, then opened

the book and came

almost immediately to a

poem he wrote about his

love, asking her to place

the oil lamp near her face

so that he can read

with tears what his life

has etched on her face

and to fill the lamp and

not let it dim —

KIMG0063

How could you know?

How could this be?

Touching me through other pages

other Arabs

one I think, although

I wouldn’t look, sitting

next to me on the bus,

for my own protection,

unable to look

shy

crying at the end for

believing this as a symbol

sent by you

thanking him in silent

gratitude for not moving

and remaining by me

for you

and thinking of you

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5,000 Years Hence

G-d came to me in the form of an Arab

and I, as the Jewess, the temptress, the seductress,

knew this not

Humanity came to me in the form of an Arab

and it touched me,

but I ran,

hoping to hide myself away from it’s reach

Conscience beckoned to me

in the form of an Arab

and I shook my head

and denied it

Truth came to me

in the forms of many Arabs

calling from my past

All the souls from the days since our beginnings

are tied up in this land;

All contribute to the feeling one gets of the

connection to this land

We hold hands, this Arab and I,

in a meadow of long-grass

We are happily at one

these more than 5,000-year-old people,

this Arab and I,

for we know completely,

the souls of each other and

completely are we so in love

5,000 years later,

upon seeing one another again,

We have not forgotten –

No, our souls have not forgotten

the joy of one another,

but our lives have changed

and the times have altered our landscape

We have allowed the dust of the dry bones

to settle among us and to grow stale

our knowledge of one another.

We have now become unrecognizable to one another

as we accuse each other

of falsehoods that belong to other people

until it drives us apart

But our souls ache for the spirit that we know

that still resides

that will have to wait

for eternal time

some time

maybe 5,000 years from now

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Somewhere near Ashkelon

We are not our souls

We live not as we were intended to be

Instead of being for each other

We each lived according to “me”

You kept on interrupting

the plans I had made in my life

the commitment to school

the language and rules

all changed when you made me your wife

You said I was done

when we became one

and we now would go on with your scheme

The vision you planned

of the house on the sand

and a restaurant, along with this dream

But the house on the sand

made of dreams did not stand

and it crumbled away with the sea

For had I been for you

and had you been for me

than together we would have been “we.”

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Life

Life is so precious;

You don’t have very much of it.

Life is the stars in the sky,

Life is nature’s beauty all around us,

Life is just being together.

We must learn to appreciate it;

Life is beautiful.

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I wrote this poem for a Hebrew class assignment when I was maybe about 9 or 10 years old. It was submitted by my teachers and Rabbi to a Jewish magazine for children called “World Over”, and was published by them. The “Temple” thanked me for representing them in the pages of this national magazine. I thank the best Rabbi in the world for his tutelage. Mi Kamocha? Who is like unto you? Ein… (there is none).

 

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V’Atah/After All

Brilliant mind,

two souls intertwined

I thought you would leave

your past actions behind

But thousands of years

through grief and through tears

shows that Judaism and love

are most certainly blind

Blind to the cruelty of hatred’s intentions

Blind to the scheming of man’s machinations

Awaiting the day

when the world will say

We acknowledge your people,

your history, your nation

Alone we now stand

Exiled from our land

Our people have borne each concession

Alone we will stand

With our L-rd’s guiding hand

As we wait for the final redemption.

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The Arabs in History – by Bernard Lewis

From 1947 through 2002, this book has remained in circulation, updated and revised as the author has felt necessary. Great works will stand the test of time, and Mr. Lewis’s works are the tomes toward which many a serious scholar of Middle Eastern studies turns.

The writing is exceptional, the tone always appropriate, with much information reduced to a freshly readable economy of scale and pertinence. A most dedicated and worthy author of the subject matter.

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The Arab World: An Illustrated History – by Kirk H. Sowell

A book chock-full of the chronological and who’s-who type of information necessary in order to lay down a historical narrative for the arab people, complete with a glossary of terms used in the arabic language helpful to the lay person toward an understanding of the cultural underpinnings of its society.

Although the mass of information is such that I would personally acquire such a book for a personal collection, the book does maintain a negative stance on Israel, which passes for “even-handedness” in today’s biased viewpoints against the Jewish national home.

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A Few Thank-You’s

My favorite three radio talkshow hosts are: Michael Savage, Todd Schnitt and Joyce Kaufman.

But, first of all, some thanks:

I.)  To Joyce Kaufman, in general, for being the only radio host I know of to continually memorialize, on a regular basis, our fallen soldiers, who have given the ultimate sacrifice of themselves in defending democracy and our country around the world. On her show, Joyce vocalizes the name of each hero whose life was given in defense of our ideals and freedom. This solemn invocation raises their lives before Heaven and brings the blessings of remembrance upon them and honors their families. It is reminiscent of the Yizkor services in the Jewish faith, where Kaddish (a prayer of life and affirmation) is intoned in honor of those who have passed, and their names recited in testament of their existence, as memory and in memoriam.

Now, some of the topics and guests on the first two shows previously mentioned (Savage and Schnitt) follow:

II.)  Mr. and Mrs. Vaughn, the parents of Aaron Carson Vaughn, one such hero whose life was left on the battlefields when the Chinook helicopter he was riding in with other members of the Navy SEALS team he was with went down.

Thank you to the Vaughns for raising a terrific son and letting us share in the pride and joy of your lives. Your values are appreciated and the loss to our country is immense. You can visit their website: forourson.us. (this is not a link).

III.)  To those in the Middle East fighting for peace. I don’t like war. It should not be necessary. I wish it were not. Unfortunately, idealogies clash. I hope ours wins. My side is on the Jewish one. If you believe just like me, then I wish you care and courage in the battle which confronts us.

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The Semantics of Warfare

Aren’t imperialism and colonialism fairly recent terms to imply victorious conquests over territory or people not previously belonging to you?

By changing the definition of warfare, we assign diametrically opposed meanings to the same outcome. Earlier wars, such as those under Alexander (“the Great”) are considered “just” and “gentlemanly;” those of Britain’s past and of America’s founding are being lumped into an imperialistic/colonial classification. No longer must usurpers declare open warfare, each side delineated by clearly marked boundaries and uniforms — the Viet Cong surely changed fighting methodology, and terrorists emulate the no-holds-barred strategies: fighting in civilian clothing, conducting warfare from densely populated civilian zones, using children and others as human shields, kidnapping, beheading, hostage-taking, ransoming, creating and using illegal weaponry (like Kassam and Katyusha rockets) in a civil war against people in neighboring towns.

I’m not really so sure I could kill another human being. Call me soft, but that’s what I think living in the relative safety of the United States has done to color my outlook. What my ancestors before me fought to uphold, their sacrifices to hold onto or to let go of the life that our L-rd has given us in order to be able to be Jewish and to stay alive with that designation through the thousands of years to my own present time, has not been one that others have allowed us to live easily.

For a brief while, it appeared that so-called civilization would, indeed, act in a civilized manner toward us. Sure, I’ve experienced some subtle and not-so-subtle bouts of “anti-semitism” in my own life: a favorite co-worker whispering to another coworker to indicate that Jews must be “the Devil” (they had been openly discussing the Passion of the Christ movie and knew I was Jewish; however, at one point, she had to whisper her words so that I would not hear); being told I could not be hired specifically because I was Jewish — not believing my ears, I again asked the person to repeat what was just said, and again I heard the same thing (and this does not count as anti-semitism because places which are religious do not need to hire outside their faith). In all fairness, I thought the Holy Land Experience constituted a theme park based on life in Israel; little did I know that it was really attached to a mission. Not that I would mind, but there had been no previous indication of this in the parking lot, prior to entry. Had there just been a posted sign indicating this, then all would have been fine.

There is alot of anti-semitism these days. I thought we had gotten somewhat past that — you know… all the pestering of the community-at-large we’ve had to do, just to be able to spend a day at the beach, or attend a country club. Yes, my mother still remembers signs on the beach in Miami prohibiting blacks, Jews, and dogs! I suppose it was not so obvious for us, as our skin color kindof blends, but it sure didn’t help us in Europe preceding War World II, nor does it help us in “proper circles” today.

In a roundup of some recent news articles, here’s what’s happened recently:

Mahmoud Abbas is trying to censor the internet that Palestinians might see; a Colorado synagogue was vandalized on Hitler’s birthday recently; Jews are being evicted again and again from our Homeland — already in Migron, and soon to be from Ulpana in Beit El (ps — being a female, Reform Jew means that I read from a Torah portion on the bimah (podium); my portion was about Jacob laying his head down upon a rock (when he dreamed about the angels and the ladder) and calling the place Beit El (although it was previously called Luz), and saying surely G-d is in this place, and I did not know it? Do we not know that G-d is in this place? Did He not indeed tell us so?

Mostly, I want to thank Israel supporters: this would be G-d first; also, a thank you to my parents, and a special thank you to those who support Israel.

Here is a particular thank you deserved for someone whose article I just read: Romeu Monteiro — I don’t know him, but he just wrote an article about how he was transformed from an Israel hater to an Israel supporter; the article can be read at Israpost.

 

Update (December 6, 2019):

 

Bard, Mitchell. “Losing the Semantic War on ‘Palestine'”. algemeiner.com; December 5, 2019:

(https://www.algemeiner.com/2019/12/05/losing-the-semantic-war-on-palestine/)

 

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