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02/15/2017
Learn by experience
By Stanley

Here is an excellent article about the change of perspective after someone lives in Jerusalem for a while.

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01/29/2017
How we got here
By Stanley

The ban on people coming from certain Muslim countries is crazy.  Saudi Arabia, the world champion of exporting radical Islam is exempt from the ban.  Well, how did we get to this craziness.  The Obama administration is not innocent.  Here is an excellent article in the Atlantic.

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01/28/2017
RIP Mary Tyler Moore
By Stanley

I had a crush on Mary Tyler Moore when I was a kid.  Early puberty yes, but I clearly had good taste in women.  Anyway here is a quick video of Mary Tyler Moore learning Hebrew from a kid.

 

 

Stan


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01/27/2017
Bully
By Stanley

The U.S. is the most powerful country in the world, with the biggest economy.  So, whom does Mr. Trump pick a fight with?  The impoverished neighbor Mexico, that does not have much to defend itself with.  This is classic bully mentality.  A weak neighbor, turn the screws.  Another indication of Trump's disturbed mental state.

 

Stan


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01/27/2017
Commitment
By Stanley

Commitment.  I think the standard for commitment is whether someone is a danger to himself or others.  With Trump, it is clear.  He is a danger to billions.

 

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01/22/2017
Putin and Trump
By Stanley

I think the question has to be asked whether Putin has something on Trump, that can bring him down, or damage him.  If he does, that would put Putin in the role of puppet master.  Always under the threat, of a release to WIKILEAKS, Trump will do Putin's bidding.  I think we will be able to get some answers to how much influence Putin has soon.  Trump has been talking pretty big on ending the Iran deal.  Putin is an ally of Iran.  Lets see what happens there.

Stan


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01/21/2017
But he is not sane
By Stanley

To a sane person hundreds of thousands of marchers on the first day of a presidency would be a call to compromise.  To Donald Trump it is a call to arms.  He is simply not sane.

 

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01/20/2017
Oy
By Stanley

Well, today it starts.  Trump is now president.  I don't think in terms of racism or white supremists anymore.  I think America got duped by television.  A reality television show that people watch instead of living their own lives. 

 

Stan


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01/19/2017
Capital City
By Stanley

There is no capital city of any country in the world that is more valid than Jerusalem is for a Jewish state.  It was the capital thousands of years ago. It maintained its importance to the Jewish nation for the thousands of years since.  It is the center of government, it is the center of religion, it is the center of culture.  To deny that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel is either stupidity, antisemitism, or placation of antisemites.

 

Stan


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01/14/2017
Germany
By Stanley

Ah yes, good old Germany.

Burning a synagogue is now not an antisemitic act.  

 

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01/10/2017
Congratulations
By Stanley

Congratulations are in order for Mahmoud Abbas.  He has not started the 13th year of his four year term as president of the Palestinian authority.   This is the new Democracy we want to install in the Middle East.  Another corrupt strongman leader in the middle of a civil war. How stupid the West is.  The Obama administration thinks the only Democracy in the Middle East is the problem.  How completely clueless can you get.

 

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01/06/2017
Ah, so civilized
By Stanley

Well, the security council resolution was so civilized.  It was nice to see such unanimity of people in business suites, applauding as they condemned Israel.  How did the Palestinian Authority take it?  They took it very well.  Here is a picture that was released the next day by Fatah (the Palestinian Authority ruling party) that says thank you, and lists the countries that voted for the resolution. Ah yes, please note the knife, and the blood (Jewish blood of course).  My father used to say "the whole world is antisemitic).  I see what he means.

fatah

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01/04/2017
Don't know what is next
By Stanley

I don't know what to expect from the Trump administration.  I have to admit I was glad to see him act to reverse the Republicans disbanding of the independent ethics committee.  Never did I expect that.  In the meantime, he wants to put the CEO of Exon in charge of the State Department.  The bottom line for me is that the man has no morality.  He will act in his own personal best interests.  

 

Stan


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01/01/2017
Its the bathrooms
By Stanley

Let me give some ways that the West might be able to help the Palestinians.
1. Demand a closure of the Palestinian refugee camps (descendants of refugees) inside the West Bank attaching it to funding.
2. Demand economic accountability of the Palestinian leadership and attach it to funding.
3. Pressure the Arab countries to grant citizenship to all peoples born in their countries.
4. Pressure the Palestinian leadership to work with Israeli businesses that might want to set up factories in the West Bank that will hire Palestinian workers (soda stream).

These are some concrete things that would help the Palestinians and enable them to start to build a society that would not just be another failed violent state like we have seen all over the Middle East. These are the kinds of discussions that are necessary, instead of worrying about the Jerusalem municipality building new bathrooms near the Kotel.

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12/29/2016
Still thinking about it
By Stanley

Can't get out of my mind the idiocy of President Obama when it comes to the Middle East.  What did he think he was accomplishing (except for a petty shot at Bibi Netanyahu) by not vetoing the Security Council resolution.   The resolution basically says that the Jewish Quarter of the old city of Jerusalem that Jews have inhabited for thousands of years until being ethnically cleansed of Jews by the Jordanians in 1948 for a period of 19 years is  occupied territory.  That the rebuilding of the synagogues the Jordanians destroyed in the old city, is an illegal act.  

When Israelis see a resolution like that, it reinforces Bibi's adversarial position towards President Obama.  It strengthens an us against the world thought process (one that I personally have to agree with at this point).  The resolution does nothing for peace, and actually encourages radical elements in Palestinian society that believe in time they will be able to isolate the Jewish state and destroy it, so why negotiate.  Obama is completely clueless, and has acted on a petty personal vendetta.  For a guy who is worried about "a legacy", pettiness and weakness will be how he is remembered.

 

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12/25/2016
Is President Obama a petty man?
By Stanley

I can't help but think that President Obama is a petty man.  It is obvious that he doesn't like Bibi Netanyahu.  Okay, I get it.  A lot of people don't like Netanyahu.  But, to take petty revenge on a political adversary by allowing a counterproductive even antisemitic resolution to pass the Security Council, is really fucked up.

 

Stan


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12/24/2016
Clueless
By Stanley

President Obama is clueless when it comes to foreign policy.  Not vetoing the "settlement" resolution at the U.N. was his final act of cluelessness.  Over the years I have seen the definition of "settlement" change.  First it was illegal outposts that fringe Israelis would build in the West Bank.  Then it became the Jewish towns neighboring Jerusalem in the West Bank.  Then it became new apartments or rooms added on to existing buildings in East Jerusalem.  What next?  The Palestinians consider Tel-Aviv to be a settlement.  Are we going to say that the Tel-aviv city government can't approve any housing?  Just what is the Jerusalem municipality supposed to do now? Not allow any more buildings to built in East Jerusalem???  This is insanity.  It shows the level of ignorance the Obama administration has in foreign affairs.

 

Stan


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12/23/2016
Foxes guarding the chicken coop
By Stanley

Trump of course is trying to put foxes in charge of chicken coops.  But, what is most striking to me is the conflicts of interests Trump inherently has.  He owes 300 million dollars to a German bank that is being sued by the Justice Department.  Trump will be nominating the next attorney general. 

 

Stan


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12/18/2016
Two State Solution
By Stanley

Well, Trump is assigning an ambassador to Israel (David Friedman) that is said to not support a two state solution.  In reading the Trump policy statement on Israel (one of the only real policy statements he has), that was at least in part written by David Friedman, the statement is not against a Two State solution, but states that it is not possible at this point in time.  As much as I hate to say it, I agree with the assessment.  Its hard to look in the mirror when I agree with anything that Trump cronies say.  

This is where Obama/Kerry failed.  It is simply not possible at this time for a two state solution.  Attempting it made Kerry look like  a complete fool.  The Palestinians are in the middle of a civil war.  How can Israel sign a peace agreement with one side in a civil war, and expect the agreement to be upheld by both sides.  That's just the start of the impossibility.  There is also the fact that even if the Palestinians agreed to accept descendants of Palestinian refugees, and recognized Israel as a Jewish state, the Palestinians do  not have the economy of the infrastructure to support the new population.  There is also ISIS sitting drooling not far away.  Jordan wants to see Israel next door, not the Palestinians.  Someone has to protect the Hashemite legacy.  Israel is the only country in the region that would be able to come to the aid of Jordan.  So many reasons.  I wish Obama/Kerry saw it.  They just didn't. So many mistakes in the Middle East.

 

Stan


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12/17/2016
Great Dinner Picture
By Stanley

I love this picture.  Here is the event last year honoring the Russian propaganda network "RT".  It is great seeing such unity between Left and Right.  There at the same table Michael Flynn (Trumps selection for security adviser), Vladimir Putin, and of course the Left's own Jill Stein.  It looks like a terrific meal, and I'm sure the conversation was very amicable.

 

Stein, Putin, Flyn

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12/15/2016
Don't like to blame the passive
By Stanley

I don't like to blame anyone other than Assad, Putin, and Iran for the death destruction and massacre happening in Aleppo.  They are the ones that are directly giving the kill orders.  But, I do wish President Obama had acted differently earlier on.  By backing down from his "red line", he gave the go ahead to Assad.  Putin, like a hyena looking for weak prey, saw the opportunity to stick it to the weak Americans, and joined in on the carnage.  America now, is even weaker.  Under Trump, the principles of peace and freedom are out the window.  Who's side would Trump go in with on any given world event?  Who knows.  His man love Putin, helped get him elected.

 

Stan


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12/11/2016
In the rest of the world
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12/06/2016
Change of tone
By Stanley

There is virtually nothing Donald Trump can say or do to gain my support.  The reason?  I don't trust his motives. I think he is a greedy self serving bastard.  Having said that, I had to chuckle at the statement by the Iran prime minister that he would not allow the U.S. to void the Iranian nuclear deal.  Prior to the election, Iran was threatening every day to end the agreement.  This is not saying something about Trump, but about the weakness of the Kerry/Obama administration. 

 

Stan


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12/04/2016
Working class problems to come
By Stanley

Forget jobs to Mexico for a moment. We are approaching a crisis of the working class that goes way beyond party politics. Robots are not only taking over more and more manufacturing jobs, once driverless vehicles take hold, think of the transportation jobs that will be gone to working class families. Right now uber is experimenting with driverless cars in Pittsburgh. Think of the millions of jobs lost when trucking companies go driverless. How many high tech jobs are there going to be for working class families. On top of this, the population is expanding.
I'm not saying I have an answer or am proposing one. But, I know that PR stunts, and political posturing by either party is not going to solve this enormous problem we are facing.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/...
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12/01/2016
Link to good article
By Stanley

Here is a great article by Alan Dershowitz on the possible appointment of Keith Ellison.

 

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Stan


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11/30/2016
Destruction of the Democratic party
By Stanley

I just read an article in which it is stated that Keith Ellison has long demanded that Israel open its borders to Gaza.  He is out of his fucking mind.  Maybe he feels fine inviting murderers to kill his children, but I don't, and neither do any Israelis.  Hamas' charter clearly states "we will kill the Jews".  They don't hide it.  When Jewish children are killed, they literally hand out candies in Gaza.  We are not going to put our lives at risk, no matter what the little hypocritical fuck face says. If this guy becomes leader of the Democratic party, the party will be demolished like Labour in Britain.  It will leave people with centrist and centrist left views with no place to turn.

 

Stan


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11/27/2016
The grain of truth
By Stanley

Hatred and fear of immigrants was the basis of the Trump candidacy.  There is an issue here that transcends hate and fear.  We are entering the age of a technological divide.  Take a look on your nearest road or highway.  How many trucks do you see go by?   A lot right?  Well, it will not be long before all those trucking jobs will be gone, in favor of driverless vehicles.  This is not some distant future science fiction event.  Huber is experimenting with driverliess vehicles right now in Pittsburgh.  Driverless is only part of the problem.  There are many many more jobs that will be lost to technology.  People do have a legitimate fear of their future.  Perhaps the answer will lay in more public works jobs.  I do not know the solution, I do know that Trump does not give a shit.  He is only interested in his own power and greed.  He has no loyalty to the working class that elected him, and are afraid.

 

Stan


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11/23/2016
On the rise
By Stanley

Arctic temperatures are rising.  Really rising.  20 degrees centigrade higher than expected.  I've tried to speculate on how this will affect us.  The first question I have is where is the heat coming from.  If it is a shift, maybe the Northern regions South of the Arctic will get cooler.  If it is being generated by water effects, with no cooling elsewhere, we are in for quite a ride, as this represents a massive increase in global warming in general.  One thing people get wrong.  If Arctic ice melts, it does not raise sea levels.  Arctic ice is Ice floating on water.  I used to give my students an experiment to do when they said that melting of the Arctic ice cap would raise water levels.  I had them put an ice cube in a glass of water and mark the water level.  Then check the water level when the ice melted.  Anyway, the most effective thing we can do to lower greenhouse gases is to cut back on beef consumption.

 

Stan


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11/17/2016
The way of the Corbynistas
By Stanley

I fear the Democratic party might go the way of the Corbynistas in Britain.  Although Bernie Sander's himself is has policies that are fine, he has attracted into the Democratic party people that can move the party into the extreme muck and mire  complete with antisemitism, that we have seen in the Labour party.  We will see, but a move to the extreme far from rescuing the party, will destroy it.

 

Stan


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11/14/2016
Quiet Please
By Stanley

There is no doubt in my mind that Israel should pass legislation to stop mosques from blasting the call to prayer.  It is obnoxious, it wakes people up in the morning before they are ready, and makes people angry.  A simple suggestion.  If you want to hear the call to prayer, an Arabic radio station can broadcast it at the appropriate times of day.  That way, you can turn it up as loud as you want in your own home.  I don't have to hear it.

 

Stan


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11/12/2016
Toxic
By Stanley

I've long believed that the U.S. should move its Embassy from Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem.  Why not?  Even if you believe that Jerusalem should be divided up in the end, there is no doubt that Jerusalem is the capitol of Israel, and West Jerusalem, where the Israeli government resides, is completely undisputed.  So why set up the false hope of the Palestinians that want to kick out the Jews by not recognizing even West Jerusalem.  

Donald Trump is so toxic, that I do not want him to move the embassy as he said he would.  Any act that he takes is so poisoned by his touch, that even a smart good move would turn around and bite Israel and the Jews in general in the arse.

 

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11/10/2016
A boat, not a rock
By Stanley

I just wrote this to a friend.

I stayed up until I knew it was over.  However, the nightmare continues.  I can't bring myself to look at the news or read any articles.  My grandparents came to America from Poland and Russia with faith in its greatness, freedoms, and its endurance.  Although my parents leaned socialist (especially my father), the faith in America was passed on from grandparents to parents to me.  Suddenly, my faith is shaken to its core.  America is no longer a rock to stand on in the middle of the ocean.  It feels like a boat in a stormy sea taking on water.  It might be time to transfer my dollars (dolarim) into shkalim (shekels).  

 

Stanley


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11/08/2016
Depression
By Stanley

A great depression is settling over the world.  Trump has won the presidency.  i am the eternal optimist, but even I cannot get past this one.  The alt right complete with Nazi type antisemites now has the presidency.  Wow.  Maybe it is time to move to Israel.  I can't just leave my kids here though.

 

Stan


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11/03/2016
Radical Islam
By Stanley

Radical Islam.  There, I said it.  The Obama administration's reluctance to use the term is puzzling at best, although naive, and clueless are better descriptions. Who is ISIS?  Is ISIS just Islam or is it radical Islam?  By not identifying different groups within Islam the administration is lumping all Muslims into ISIS.  I prefer to think that there are moderate Muslims.  Although, I do have to say that much in mainstream Islam we would find radical (death, for apostasy, death for blaspheme, etc.).

 

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11/02/2016
Is it time yet
By Stanley

I remember Ariel Sharon visiting France and speaking to a Jewish group there.  He simply said to them at one point "Its time".   Wow, powerful stuff.  Jews know what that means and what he meant.  In the past, we did not recognize when it was time.  We stayed, not believing what we were seeing, until it was too late, and then genocide, or the pogroms, or any other variation of the theme. 

I still believe that Trump will not win this election.  However, the fact that nearly half of American can vote for him is truly frightening.  The highly antisemitic alt-right has their candidate.  Even if he doesn't win, I can smell the stench in the wind.  I want to believe that the time has not come, but that is what so many of my brethren believed in the past.  My grandparents knew when it was time.  They left Poland before the Shoah.   Israel awaits.  I sense it is in my not too distant future.

 

Stan


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10/26/2016
The U.N. teaches war
By Stanley

The UESCO vote that pretty well says the Temple Mount is the sole possession of the Arab world, teaches about the spoils of war.

 

After the Six Day War, there was debate as to what to do about the Al Asqa mosque, which is the Temple Mount as it is known by Judaism and Christianity.  At the prompting of Moshe Dyan, the temple mount was to stay a Muslim holy site and administered by Jordan, and an Arab organization.  This was done as a peace offering to the Arab world.  Certainly Israel could have taken over the site and re-established it as the Holiest site of Judaism.  The peace offering now has been turned as a weapon against Israel, as the U.N. tries to deny the Jewish connection to the site, and Jerusalem itself. 

Now we know.  No more peace offerings.  The spoils of war will be the spoils of war.

 

Stan


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10/25/2016
2 Weeks
By Stanley

Well, two more weeks, and that is it.  It will be over.  A lot of Democratic senators come up for re-election in 2018.  It is very important to hold the senate now.  If Hillary wins, it will give her a chance to actually govern.

 

Stan


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10/23/2016
Post from other site
By Stanley

Here is a post I made this morning at Harry's place.  The commentor stated in essence that if Israel ended the occupation (of the West Bank).  The world would come to the side of Israel.

 

But didn't Israel leave Gaza?  It is not the occupation.  It is the eternal grievance that Jews exist.  If it were not the "occupation of the West Bank" it would be the "apartheid" of Arabs within Israel, or it would be the "refugees" needing to return to Haifa from the West Bank, Jordan, etc..  
No, this is not a war over a few towns in the West Bank, this is part of the ancient war against the Jewish people's right to exist that has been fought for millennium.  
The way this battle ends is not by Israel "ending the occupation" but by the Palestinians extending their hand in peace.

Stan


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10/22/2016
Oy gevalt
By Stanley

Oy vay, I've got a headache.  I'm trying to sort out the different groups that have a stake in Syria, and what their roles are.

First, I'll list them.  My apologies if I left anyone out.

Assad

Turkey

Kurds

ISIS

United States

Russia

Assortment of smaller radical Islamic Sunni groups

Small assortment of secular Sunni groups

Israel

Hezbula

 

So lets start with Assad.  He is allied with Iran, Hezbula and Russia. Hezbula and IRAN have their eye on destroying Israel, and are in the midst of a Sunni Shiite war.  Assad is trying to survive, and is against the Sunni groups, and Israel.  Russia does not want any part of the fight with Israel, but for some reason wants to exert its power in the region, so has thrown its lot in with Assad.  Assad, Russia, and Iran, mercilessly kill bomb and kill the Sunnis.

Turkey in theory is against ISIS, Russia, Assad, and the radical Islamists.  Erdogen hates Israel and is not really fond of the U.S., but has a tacit alliance with the U.S.; Its the Kurds that he really hates.  So he pretends to bomb ISIS when if fact, he is going after the Kurds.  Erdogen wants to re-establish the Caliphate, remembering Turkey's days of glory in the Ottoman era; Good luck with that.

The Kurds would love to have a state, but they have a problem.  The regions where they live in Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran is land locked.  They have a lot of oil resources but can't ship it anywhere.  So, they have a region that they pretend is part of Iraq, so they can ship out their oil through Iraq.  The U.S. likes to pretend that the Kurds living in the area of Iraq are part of that Shiite state.  It is all fake though.  But I digress from Syria.  So, the Kurds are at war with Turkey, ISIS, Assad, and the radical Sunni groups. 

I'm going to have to get back to this tomorrow, or sometime.  I've just scratched the surface, but like I said Oy Gevalt.  I've got  headache.

 

Stan

 


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10/20/2016
Concede or not concede
By Stanley

I don't care if Donald Trump concedes defeat or not.  I only care that he loses.

 

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10/19/2016
Be done
By sTANLEY

I can't wait until this election in over.  It is so stressful.  

People point to the Brexit vote as proof polls are wrong and Donald Trump would win.  Actually, the polls were pretty correct.  Just prior to the actual vote, the polls gave an edge to leaving the EU.  Early polling months before showed a Brexit defeat.  I think the polls are correct and Hillary is way out ahead (ken ahora), but you never really do know.  Like I said, I want it to be done.

 

Stan


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10/17/2016
Refugee Camps in West Bank
By Stanley

I read an article today about violence in a West Bank refugee camp.  This begs the question; Why should there be a Palestinian refugee camp in the West Bank?  Think about it.  The refugee camp is under the rule of the Palestinian Authority.  It is on Palestinian land.  Why should these people be confined to the camp?  Why can't they move to Ramallah, or Jericho, or Bethlehem, or any where else in the West Bank that they please?  The treatment of the descendants of refugees by the Palestinian Authority is disgusting.

 

Stan


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10/15/2016
Trump's path to victory
By Stanley

Trump does have a path to victory (even if he loses Pennsylvania).

If he wins the following swing state and holds serve in the traditional red states.

Nevada   now a tossup

Iowa       Trump ahead

Ohio       tossup

New Hampshire  Clinton ahead

North Carolina     Clinton slightly ahead

Florida   Clinton slightly ahead.

 

Get out and vote, especially if you live in the above states. The election is not over. We must defeat Trump.

 

Stan


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10/10/2016
The Debate
By Stanley

Win lose draw.  Thats what everyone is talking about.  Trump was terrible in the debate.  But, the standards for him are so low.  He did not completely implode, so many people think he won.  On the issues themselves that were actually discussed, Hillary showed her knowledge and perspective.  Trump was reduced to sound bytes.

 

Stan


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10/07/2016
Grab a pussy
By Stanley

Wow, Trump screwed the pooch today.  Here we have the Republican candidate, you know, the family values party candidate, talking about grabbing pussy.  I know Trump says he can shoot someone on 5th avenue, and not lose any supporters, but really, when does this end.   When does he cross the line.  I think he did.  

On another note, I do have to say that the press is going after him tooth and nail.  They are using all their resources to investigate every angle they can.  They have taken it as their personal mission to destroy his candidacy.  Kol hakavod.

 

Stan


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10/06/2016
Denial
By Stanley

Denial.   Yep.  Climate change is not happening.   That is what Donald Trump and much of the Republican party would have us believe.   lets pretend.  In the meantime, we might lose our coastal cities.  There is another form of denial as well.  Almost no attention has been paid to beef consumption as a major factor in Global warming.  It is easy to blame the oil companies, but cutting down beef consumption is probably more important than not driving your car.

 

 

Stan


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10/05/2016
Election
By Stanley

Okay, now I can sleep better at night.  The polls and trends seem to be shifting back to Hillary.  Phew.  Thee is still a month to go though.  Some big event can happen.  I am particularly concerned about Russian hacking, and Wikileaks.  Trump is so self destructive, I don't think he can win without help from the hackers.

 

Stan


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10/01/2016
Impulsive
By Stanley

Donald Trump has exhibited impulsive behavior; In an extreme way.  After taking a hit on the treatment of the Miss Universe, he could not let up.  There is no reason that he should not have just let slide into oblivion.  But he couldn't.  He had to keep pursuing it to his own detriment.  How would this play if G-d forbid he became president, and had to take criticism and insults from world leaders.

 

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09/30/2016
The negotiator
By Stanley

Trump claims he is the great negotiator.  Was the debate indicative of a good negotiator.  Hilary baited Trump continually, and Trump bit at the bait.  He would be creamed in any international negotiation.  He certainly would never be able to get Mexico to pay a nickle for the "wall".

 

Stan


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09/25/2016
Jordan
By Stanley

Just watching the 60 minute report on Jordan.  It is touting Jordan as a stopping point for ISIS.  Jordan is still there not because of Jordan itself, but because Israel and the U.S. has drawn the line at Jordan.

 

Stan


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09/23/2016
Open Carry for Some
By Sanley

So, there's an open carry law in North Carolina.  Is this for whites only?  Can you imagine a black man carrying a gun in North Carolina.  The police would open fire.

 

Stan


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09/22/2016
Remember the Golan/?
By Stanley

Ah yes, remember the Golan?  How "the peace movement" called on Israel to negotiate its return to Syria. What a catastrophe that would have been.  The same peace movement calls for an end to the blockade of Gaza, and abandoning East Jerusalem.  Talk about not learning from history.

 

Stan


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09/22/2016
Kerry's Naivety
By Stanley

John Kerry wants peace.  I give him that.  Unfortunately he has not learned the lesson of Neville Chamberlain;  You can't sign an agreement to make peace.  The elements for peace need to be present on the ground.  Kerry's belief in signing documents led him down a ridiculous path in impossible negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.  It led him to sign an agreement with Iran that gave a theocratic tyranny billions of dollars, and it now led to the bombing of a supply convoy to Aleppo.  Hopefully the next Secretary of State will have more common sense.

 

Stan


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09/20/2016
Hilary vs Jesus?
By Jeannette

Right wing sites are accusing Hilary Clinton of attacking Christianity. They claim she is saying that "Christians in America must deny their faith in Christianity": "She says that the change of Christian beliefs is the 'unfinished business of the 21st century,' which means she wants to persecute Christians," according to one writer at Endingthefed.com1
 
It is a really strange contortion of her words. She was actually talking first about women dying in child birth, but mainly about sexism's profound effect on women's lives. This is a more complete quote:

“Yes, we’ve cut the maternal mortality rate in half, but far too many women are still denied critical access to reproductive health care and safe childbirth, and laws don’t count for much if they’re not enforced. Rights have to exist in practice — not just on paper. Laws have to be backed up with resources and political will. And deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed.”

To cut this down to "...religious beliefs..have to be changed," misses the point entirely.
 
She is saying that there is still deep-seated sexism in our culture. People who make the laws think that women don't matter. And the result isn't just lower paying jobs and unenforced child support, it is women dying simply because they have a uterus. She is saying that sexism has to be ended in our culture, whatever its source. 

Unfortunately sexists thump the Bible to support their misogyny. But Jesus was not a misogynist. The men who put the bible together long after Jesus died left out Jesus' female disciple and added a bunch of misogynistic ideals that Jesus himself did not preach. My own interpretation of what Clinton is saying by including 'religion' in her sentence is that the sexist religious beliefs can be dropped while honoring the core of the religion (both Christianity and Islam). Clearly people are going to disagree with this because it's their [sexist] beliefs she's talking about changing.

But honestly there's a lot in the Bible that we have chosen to simply ignore because it doesn't fit our culture. There's even plenty in the New Testament that most Christians see as not relevant. As someone who has plaited (braided) my hair, worn gold jewelry, and spoken in front of groups of men, I can say thank goodness we ignore a lot of what the Bible says. (I Timothy 2)  We reinterpret some things into generalities..."Oh this just means that modesty is honorable." And then we zero in on the specific details of other things..."This means literally that men should not have sex with other men"... when it is politically convenient instead of interpreting the generality... "Oh this is just warning against promiscuity." (Leviticus 20:13)  So she's not really proposing anything radically disrespectful. Religion does shift with cultural norms. Interpretations vary and change over time. Clinton is simply acknowledging that fact.

And, yes, Hilary Clinton is unabashedly Pro-Choice. Always has been, as far as I know. Abortion rights is part of what she means by "reproductive health care." That is not something that she is trying to hide.
Trump was also Pro-Choice right up until he started running for the republican party.

 
 

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09/19/2016
Cease Fire
By Stanley

So there is no more cease fire in Syria.  Who would have thunk.  It is playing out to be the Russian/Iranian/Assad/Hesbulah alliance against a mish mosh of forces that range from terrorist groups to the government of the U.S..   

Israel stands as the most powerful military force in the Middle East right in the path of Sunni terrorists groups hopes of expansion to the South.  It blocks the Islamic State's access to Egypt.  It protects Jordan that is is the gateway to the oil dictatorships.  It is the stopping point for any Iranian expansion South of Lebanon and Syria.  At this point in time, if there was one country in the Middle East we would most want as an ally, it is Israel; Thankfully that is the case.

 

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09/17/2016
Learn from history
By Stanley

Well, If Putin can win in Russia and Erdogen can win in Turkey, why not Trump in the U.S..  Many people seem comfortable with an authoritarian leader.  A leader who will lay down the law, jail who in his opinion needs to be jailed.  Kill who in his opinion needs to be killed.  Just as the vast Russian military is a toy for Vladimir Putin, the U.S. military would be a toy for Donald Trump. We are at a crisis point in history.   Go the way of the dictatorships, or the way of Democracy (however flawed it may be).

 

Stan


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09/14/2016
Shimon Peres
By Stanley

The great Israeli leader and former president and prime minister Shimon Peres, has been hospitalized with a stroke.  I love his sense of humor, and how even in his eighties and into his 90s, he has such a youthful spark.

 

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09/12/2016
Trump again
By Stanley

It is hard to get off the subject of Donald Trump.  He is so corrupt, so nasty.   Just what do his supporters think they are going to get from a Trump presidency?  What is his plan for the economy?  What are his plans for anything? 

 

Stan


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09/11/2016
The grading curve
By Stanley

Trump is being graded on an extreme curve.  When he reads from a teleprompter he is considered "presidential".  As I have said, he is a clown, right down to the orange hair.

 

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09/09/2016
In Putin's pocket
By Stanley

Putin now sees a chance to devastate NATO.  The ignorance of the U.S. electorate is his weapon.  This election is not a fight between good and evil.  It is a fight between facts and ignorance.

 

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09/08/2016
Bozo the Clown
By Stanley

I saw a commentator call Donald Trump "Bozo the Clown".  I think that sums it up.  I like the way he has a secret plan to destroy ISIS.  But, if elected he will ask his Generals for a plan.  But, his Generals do not know as much about ISIS as he does.  At some point, anyone with a brain has to realize, he has no plans, no policies, he just wings it and says anything he wants at any time.  "Mexico will pay for the wall".  This is the cornerstone of his campaign.  How will he get Mexico to pay for the wall?  Ah yes, another secret plan.  I really laugh at the idea that he is some kind of a "populist" candidate.  He is not. True, he has not been a politician taking bribes from sleazy businessmen.  No, he hasn't.  He is the sleazy businessman who does the bribing.  We will never see his tax returns.  Too much to hide.  Anyone voting for Donald Trump is voting for Bozo the Clown, right down to the orange hair.

 

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09/06/2016
We are going to have to change
By Stanley

We can talk about climate change forever, and blame fossil fuels and car companies.  The truth is that beef production is probably the biggest single contributor to climate change.  With climate change comes drought.  Beef production is a massive water user.  With huge population growth, we need farm land.  Beef production is the greatest user of farmland.  As individuals we can do far more for the environment by changing to more vegetable based diet than we can by running a very expensive hybrid car.  

 

Stan


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09/05/2016
Hermine
By Stanley

Just read an article on Hermine.  Yikes, it looks bad.  Climate change looms in the background of politics.  It has to be addressed.  We are seeing catastrophe after catastrophe.  America has a huge coastline.

 

Stan


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09/04/2016
Syria tourism video
By Stanley

Yes folks, Syria is promoting tourism.  I can't wait to go.

 

Stan

 

 


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09/02/2016
Very alternative reality
By Stanley

I often envision a Palestinian father showing his kids the the desert that is blooming, the abundance of water in the middle of a drought, the medical care, education, art and music of Israel and saying to them.   See, this is what they stole from us.  All this is rightfuly ours.  Yes, without the Jews, Israel would even be better than today.  It would be like that Jewel that is to the East of it called Jordan.

 

Stan


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09/01/2016
Water Transfer
By Stanley

Amazingly, in the worst imaginable drought in the desert region known as the Middle East, Israel has used its technological genius to be a water rich state with a water surplus.  It just signed an agreement with Jordan to start work on the Red Sea Canal that will help alleviate Jordan's severe water crisis, and as part of the agreement, Israel will divert 30 million cubic meters of water a year to the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank.  This is above and beyond previous agreements made with the Palestinians on the water issue.  It is not in Israel's interest to have water starved neighbors.  However, it is in Israel's interest to be the one with its hand on the spigot.  

 

Stan


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08/31/2016
Setback for Justice
By Stanley

An appeals court threw out a case against the Palestinian authority brought by victims of terrorist attacks in Israel.  It ruled that the American courts did not have the jurisdiction to act in the case, despite specific legislation allowing the lawsuit in the first place.  Hopefully there will be an appeal to a higher court.  The issue for me is less about the court case, but that the United States and Western Europe continues to fund the Palestinian authority with no real oversight.  The P.A. gives stipends reported to amount to 5 million dollars a month to perpetrators and families of perpetrators of horrific crimes against Jews (http://www.wsj.com/articles/where-does-all-that-aid-for-palestinians-go-1453669813).   This must stop.

 

Stan


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08/30/2016
Arab Countries and Israel
By Stanley

It is now more apparent than ever that Arab countries need Israel, not only as an ally but as a friend.  The Sunni Shiite war has stretched Arab governments military very thin.  Outside of Sunni terrorist groups, they are unable to act in Syria at all.  Israel, the strongest military force in the region acts as a buffer against the Shiites.  Egypt, would like nothing better than to see Hamas in Gaza destroyed.  Gaza has become the home base for the terrorists it is fighting in the Sinai.  Again, Israel's control of military supplies getting into Gaza is key to the security of the Sinai.  Besides the military, there are other benefits as well.  WATER.  The Middle East is in the midst of a horrible drought.  In the midst of this drought, Israel has a water surplus due to incredible recycling and desalination technology.  The Arab countries are in desperate need of Israel's help.  The Arab governments have to ween themselves off of the antisemitic tit.  They blame the Jews for all of their failings, and have done so for decades.  It is a hard addiction to stop.  So tempting to use.  I think it is happening, especially in Egypt and Saudi Arabia, but it is a slow process.  

 

Stan


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08/29/2016
Why would Jordan join in
By Stanley

I've been wondering why King Abdulah of Jordan has been stoking some of the claims of Israeli aggression against the Al aqsa mosque.  Wouldn't it be in his best interest to try to present Israel in a more positive light?  After all, ultimately Israel is the 800 pound gorilla that will come to his aid if things get rough with ISIS.  Israel is also the solution to the severe water crisis in Jordan.  I think it is precisely the water crisis that is the reason for Abdulah's stance against Israel.  He is taking heat for making a deal with the devil for the desalination plant and revitalizing of the Dead Sea.  He has to show that he is still tough against those dirty Jews to keep his population support.  It is bad policy.  Israel can help with long term solutions to some of Jordan's most severe problems.  Stoking anti-Israel sentiment, might be politically expedient in the short term, but it is a quick fix, like an addiction to a drug.

 

Stan


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08/26/2016
Polls do not make sense
By Stanley

My gut instinct tells me Hillary should be further ahead in the national polls given the lead she has in the swing states.  Swing states are supposed to be close.  That's why they are swing states.  But Hilary is way ahead in Pennsylvania, Colorado, Virginia and New Hampshire.  She is ahead by a nice margin in Florida and Ohio.  She is very close in Georgia, and Missouri, which are states she should be way behind in.  So where are Trump's votes coming from when we look at National polls that have Hillary ahead by only 4 or 5 points.  I don't know.  There is something that is not quite adding up for me.  It makes me a little nervous.

 

Stan


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08/25/2016
States Trump has to win
By Stanley

Trump has to win Florida, Pennsylvania, and Ohio.  If he lose any of those states, I do not see how he can win the election.  He is down in all 3, and down by double digits in Pennsylvania.  

 

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08/25/2016
I can't read the map
By Stanley

I can't read the map of "Syria" anymore. There are so many groups in and foreign forces in play.  The alliances are so convoluted.  I can't make sense of who is whom.  The only group I have any level of trust for is the Kurds.  The Obama administration pretends that the Golan is occupied land.  It is over.  Syria does not exist.  The Golan is Israel.

 

Stan


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08/24/2016
Kurds in Northern Syria
By Stanley

According to Reuters the Kurds have secured Hasaka City (a key city in Northeast).  The Kurds are the one group which I can wholeheartedly support in the mess known as Syria and Iraq.  Syria's break up is inevitable, and is probably part of the solution to this bloodshed.  Having a stable group in control of a region of Syria is a step in the right direction.  The two stable areas of "Syria" are now the Northeast section controlled by the Kurds, and the Golan which was annexed into Israel a long time ago.

 

Stan


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08/21/2016
Brexit is not Trump
By Stanley

People on the web are making a comparison between Brexit and Trump.  They are not the same thing. Brexit was a movement to allow for an independent Britain.  It did included rational fears about massive immigration and loss of Democratic power.  Trump bases his candidate on irrational fears, outright racism, and an acceptance of a boss Putin type leader.  People who make the comparison are disparaging to Brexit.

 

Stan


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08/20/2016
Slow blogging day
By Stanley

Well, I'm busy with other stuff.  Can't do much blogging.  Just one thing.  I hope people are not deceived by any new Trump appearances.  He is the same old Donald Trump in a slightly different package.

 

 

Stan


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08/16/2016
Iranian nukes were never peacefull
By Stanley

Iran is well on its way to nuclear weapons, while it blackmails the U.S. into relieving all sanctions.  As the money flows in, the Assad regime in Syria smiles.

 


 

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08/14/2016
Aleppo
By Stanley

I understand that military aid to any "rebel" group would be a shot in the dark, and would probably end up in the hands of ISIS. Besides, we cannot militarily intervene now without having a direct confrontation with Russia and Iran. There has to be a middle ground between the Bush era interventionism, and the Obama era laissez faire, that would at least allow us to help in times of intense suffering. Aside from the politics, i think it is important for people to be aware that the Aleppo massacre is happening.


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08/14/2016
History of the Middle East
By Stanley

This really sums it up.  The history of Israel.  

 


 

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08/13/2016
The Sanders Syndrome
By Stanley

If Bernie Sanders is lost, the election had to be rigged.  Of course this is true, everyone I know voted for Bernie.  Did you see the size of his rallies?  

Donald Trump supporters suffer from the same syndrome; And, its dangerous.  It undermines the rule of law.  If the  government breaks its social contract of Democracy, then anything goes.  Add in the "2nd amendment" people, and we have a very volatile situation in the country.  

But the contract has not been violated.  Bernie Sander's loses were so predictable.  For the most part, in non caucus states (where voting was difficult), Hillary won where the demographics favored her. Its the same for Trump and Clinton.  The Demographics of this country favors Clinton over Trump, and Clinton over Sanders.  It is simple BLACK VOTES MATTER.

 

Stan


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08/10/2016
Aleppo
By Stanley

So there is a battle in Aleppo.  There is no running water in the city.  The temperatures have been over 100 degrees for the last 4 days.  It is a human crisis.  The world sits by and says nothing, and more importantly does nothing.  The old thinking of the Middle East battleground being Israel against the Arab world has long ended.  Anyone hanging on to that claim is doing it only for their own selfish political reasons.  A peace agreement between Israel and Fatah/Hamas, is not going to stop the insane wars that are going on.  

 

Stan


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08/09/2016
Polls
By Stanley

Okay, here is how I see the the election as of today.  Lets say Trump wins the following states where it is close but he is behind.  

Florida, North Carolina, Ohio, Iowa, Nevada, the Second district in Nebraska.

Hillary Clinton gets 273 electors, and wins the presidency.  It is very unlikely that Trump will win the above states, as I have said he is behind in every one except the one vote in Nebraska.  Pennsylvania and New Hampshire are simply out of reach.  Trump is in serious trouble (thankfully).

Stan


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08/08/2016
Putin's Candidates
By Stanley

Well, it seems that Putin has 2 candidates in this election.  Donald Trump, and Jill Stein.  Reading Jill Stein's "policies", some of them read like they were written by Putin's PR people.  It seems that Putin does not want Hillary.   

 

Stan


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08/06/2016
Direction of the Left
By Stanley

I am deeply disheartened to have seen Bernie Sanders give his support and congratulations to Corbyn. Also, the Green Party's pro BDS (antisemitic) positions tell me that the Left in America is heading in the same direction. Antisemitism destroys those it infects.  Jeremy Corbyn has taken the Left of Britain down the path of Antisemitism.  The Labor party in Britain now sits in ruins.

Stan


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08/06/2016
In the name of diversity
By Stanley

So here we have a public pool in Britain discriminating against women in the name of cultural sensitivity.  The West is taking a backwards step.

 

LInk to article on public pool

 

Stan


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08/05/2016
Convention Bounce
By Stanley

I think the Trump train wreck happening just after the Democratic convention is an extra boost for Clinton. Convention bounces are routine in elections, but they dissipate in time, as they are made up of undecided voters.  Trumps many gaffs just after the convention when these undecideds started leaning towards Hillary, might have cemented their support for Hillary in place.

 

Stan


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08/05/2016
Quote by Winston Churchill
By Stanley

Here is a quote from Winston Churchill.  In this age of political correctness, I hesitate to post it.   It is interesting to see how things were looked at in the 1800s. 

By the way, this quote is not some made up Internet thing.  This is verified by snopes.com that referenced a Winston Churchill site.

 

Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities. Thousands become the brave and loyal soldiers of the Queen; all know how to die; but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world.

 

http://www.snopes.com/politics/quotes/churchillislam.asp

 

Stan


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08/04/2016
Intervention
By Stanley

I'd love to be a fly on the wall for the "intervention" that they are planning for Donald Trump.  If he were elected president, and he started screwing up foreign policy the way he is screwing up his campaign, would there be an intervention?  How about if he started shooting off nuclear bombs?  Interventions are done for people who have a disorder, or are fighting a disease like alcoholism.  Donald Trump has a personality disorder.  He cannot be allowed to be president.

 

Stan


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08/03/2016
More Money for Iran
By Stanley

Well, another 400 million dollars going to Iran.  Iran President Obama and John Kerry's Iraq "deal" has such serious repercussions for Middle East Peace.  Does anyone really believe that at least some of this money is not going to be uses to support Assad in Syria and Hezbula in Lebanon? 

 

Stan


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08/03/2016
Antisemitism
By Stanley

The true indicator of antisemitism, is not found in words like Zio or Zionist; It is found in the obsession with Israel.

 

Stan


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08/01/2016
NH and Nevada
By Stanley

In looking at the polls, NH and Nevada take on significance.  If Trump takes Florida, North Carolina, Ohio, and Iowa (these are true toss up states with Florida slightly leaning Democrat in my opinion),  that leaves the swing states of Nevada and New Hampshire.  Although both slightly lean Democratic (my opinion), if Trump takes them both, we will have a tie in the Electoral college.  Congress will vote based on one vote per state delegation.  I haven't done the full math, but a cursory view tells me that the Republicans would win.  The question though would be, how many congressmen/women would jump ship from the Republican party due to the Trump candidacy.  Its hard to say.  It would be interesting, but of course I hope it never comes to this.  If either New Hampshire or Nevada goes Democratic, there is no good path to the Presidency for Trump.  I don't consider Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin to be in play the way televisions pundits sometimes do.  Florida, North Carolina, Ohio, Iowa, New Hamphire, and Nevada, are all must wins for Donald Trump.

 

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07/31/2016
Trump
By Stanley

Donald Trump has become incoherent.  You can't look at his interviews and recent speeches and reach any other conclusion.  Doesn't that concern any people supporting him?  Can you really vote for a president who can't keep a thought going between two sentences?

 

Stan


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07/30/2016
Gays against Israel
By Stanley

Just saw a picture of another poster at a demonstration. "Queers against Israeli Apartheid".  I do not know whether to laugh or cry.  The only country in the Middle East where Gays can be out of the closet, open free and welcome.  Antisemitism seems to trump self preservation.

 

Stan


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07/29/2016
The Antisemitism Virus
By Stanley

This has always been the problem with this virus. It never gets eliminated. It goes dormant, then it mutates into a new form and infects a new population with breathtaking speed.

Stan


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07/26/2016
Sander's speech
By Stanley

I liked Sander's speech a lot. I thought he said exactly what needed to be said to win over his supporters Here is what people for Clinton will be voting for.
1) Livable minimum wage.
2) Pro Choice.
3) Universal health care.
4) Separation of Church and state.
5) Tax structure that favors the middle class and poor.
6) Repeal of Citizens United.
7) Voting rights of minorities.
8) Equal rights for LGBT.
9) Yes, climate change is happening. Humans have a big influence on it, and we had better do something about it.

Stan


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07/25/2016
Kol HaKavod Bernie Sanders
By Stanley

Kol HaKavod Bernie Sanders.  A great speech that clearly defines why Bernie supporters need to come aboard the Hillary campaign.

 

Stan


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07/25/2016
Amazing Headline
By Stanley

Here is an amazing headline from Reuters.  This is how a suicide bomber in Germany is described.  What an amazing inversion of victim perpetrator. 

Headline

 

Stan


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07/24/2016
Water Water
By Stan

News flash.  Israel is not the problem. Its the solution.

 

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07/22/2016
Trump Speech
By Stanley

A great tweet by Gary Kasparov on Trump's speech.

I’ve heard this sort of speech a lot in the last 15 years and trust me, it doesn’t sound any better in Russian.


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07/20/2016
Great Bumper sitcker
By Stanley

I saw a bumper sticker on a car  that goes down as one of the Best.  It reminds of the sign at a right wing rally that said "Keep your government hands off my social security."  The bumper sticker said "Ban all Hydrocarbons".  The woman was zipping along at 70 mph.

 

Stan


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07/19/2016
Plagiarism
By Stanley

The slow motion train wreck that is the Republican party, with the conductor yelling "all aboard".  That is the image in my mind.  I have no doubt about the actual plagiarism.  It happened.  The Trump philosophy is to always double down, and he of course did.  His entrance yesterday with the fog machine, reminded me of President Camacho in Idiocracy.

 

Stan


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07/18/2016
Erdogen's wet dream
By Stanley

I do not know whether Erdogen planned this coup as some are suggesting or not.  I would not put it past him.  I do know that this is his wet dream.  An excuse now to crackdown on all opposition, and the next step in consolidating an Islamic dictatorship in Turkey.  Yes, Turkey is our "ally"; The U.S. has always had a problem with taking allies that are fundamentally against our values.  Erdogen in Turkey, Saudi Arabia, etc. etc..  We need to re-examine our foreign policy, and start to base it on values and morality over economic interests.

Stan


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07/18/2016
More horrors
By Stanley

Another horrible police killing.  This time in Baton Rouge.  This of course will lead to more hostility between police and the black population, which will lead to more black deaths.  How these murderers think they are helping, is beyond me.  They are just violent evil people.

 

Stan

 


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07/16/2016
Coup in Turkey
By Stanley

My gut reaction to the coup attempt in Turkey was "throw the bastard out."  A military dictatorship in Turkey would probably not be much different.  I just don't know enough about the military leaders that tried the takeover, other than they did not plan it out very well.

If I were planning a coup, I would first cut cell service, and figure out a way to communicate with my comrades via radio, and jam the internet.  Then, I would take over the Televisions stations and broadcast the new regime.  Of course, high on the list would be to arrest Erdogen and his henchmen.  

 

Stan


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07/15/2016
Car Ramming in France
By Stanley

Another horrific terrorist attack.  It is terrorism.  It is Islamic terrorism (there I said it).  It is terrorism whether it happens in France or in Israel.   These kinds of ramming attacks have been happening in Israel for some time (albeit usually with less casualties).  The West just yawns.  Nothing to see here some Jews killed, move along.  The Palestinian Authority glorifies the murderers when the targets are Jews, and sends their sincerest condolences to France when they are not.

 

Stan


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07/14/2016
Its not all bad
By Stanley

Its not all bad folks.

 

 

Stan


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07/13/2016
Bernie supporters: ITS OVER
By Stanley

There are still Bernie supporters that seem to think the primary was stolen from him.  Their logic always breaks down by the 1st or 2nd question you ask.  Bernie lost.  He lost, mainly because he did not have minority appeal.  With few exceptions, you can tell how a state voted in the Democratic Primary based on demographics.  Some of the exceptions were due to the caucus system, which makes voting very difficult for working class families, as voting requires much more time and energy.  So, unless Bernie Sander's supporters think that Black votes don't matter, they need to let go of the stolen election fantasy and move on.  It is ironic that there are Bernie supporters that made huge demands of the Democratic party, are showing that they were never part of the party to begin with by not supporting Hillary Clinton.  

 

Stan


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07/13/2016
Poor Man Trump
By Stanley

I love the way Trump (a multi billionaire) chastises Clinton for being in cahoots with Wall Street.  Trump is the personification of big corrupt money.  It is hard for me to believe that anyone can actually vote for the son of a bitch.

 

Stan


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07/12/2016
Bernie
By Stanley

So, Bernie, has endorsed Hilary.  I hope Bernie or Bust people have realized that it is bust, and it is time to come on board with Hillary.  We need to defeat Donald Trump, and take back the Senate, the Supreme Court, and even maybe the House.  

 

Stan


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07/09/2016
The next war with Lebanon
By Stanley

This is why Israel will have to fight the next war with Lebanon as an existential one.  It will bode very badly for the Lebanese people.  They need to extricate themselves from the rule of Hezbula (Iran) before its too late.  Hezbula does not care at all about what happens to Lebanon.  It only cares about its ability to fire its rockets at Jews in the name of Iran.

 


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07/08/2016
I'm honored to vote for...
By Stanley

I am glad that I vote in West Virginia so that I can vote for Joe Manchin. His stance of gun control in a state where it so harms him politically is the definition of integrity.  

 

Stan


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07/08/2016
Dallas
By Stanley

Horrible.  No moral equivalencies, no excuses.  The person shooting was shooting at the children, the wives and husbands, and parents of the people he aimed at.  It is disgusting.  It is pure hatred that transcends any political argument or debate;  Any attempt at context is wrong.

 

Stan


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07/06/2016
Phew
By Stanley

Well, Hilary got off with a scolding.  I think this will pass.  The public is tired of the email server, and no one seems to clearly understand what happened and why.  I thought that Bernie might have been hanging in there to see what would happen with the email thing.  I'm curious if he goes all in or not on the Clinton campaign now. 

 

Stan


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07/06/2016
Trump's Jewish Star
By Stanley

Trump using a Jewish star to highlight the corruption of Hilary probably is giving some of his supporters a wet dream. Link
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07/04/2016
Poll watching
By Stanley

I know its early, but I am a poll watching addict.  There are some inconsistencies that I am seeing.  On the national level the polls look close.  But, the swing states don't support the close national view.  Clinton is apparently ahead in North Carolina, and is even in Arizona.  The idea that Arizona would even be a swing state would indicate a large Clinton lead nationally, which as I said, there isn't.  I've always focused on swing states, when watching an election.  Florida, is the most important for the Republicans.  Without Florida, they cannot win.  Clinton is ahead in Florida by a larger margin than I would have expected.  I guess I need to refer back to the first sentence.  Its early.

 

Stan


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06/29/2016
Benghazi report
By Stanley

Well, its an 800 page report.  If the Republicans were smart they would have made it smaller.  Clearly I don't have the time to read it.   So I don't like to comment on things I have not read, but the small parts that I did read seemed to point to an administration worried about appearances, and about insults to Muslims.  This is quite believable of the Obama administration.  Can't really say more, but we have to also take into account that it is a Republican report.

 

Stan


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06/28/2016
The new experts
By Stanley

Brexit, at the very least has complexity and nuance.  My addiction to a British blog kept me fairly well informed for some time.  I never quite got fully to one side or the other on the issue.  Perhaps, as a very external viewer with no dog in the fight, I was able to leave emotions out.  However, on election night, I found myself rooting for the Brexit.  What is striking to me is how suddenly so many Americans who listen to NPR or read the NY Times, have  instantly become experts, and have formed such iron clad positions.  People seem to have so much faith sources.  Just a reminder; In this Internet age, it is possible to go beyond the comfort zone of NPR and actually form opinions from multiple sources.

Stan

 


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06/28/2016
Elizabeth Warren
By Stanley

I am a big fan of Elizabeth Warren.  However, I hope she does not run as the vice presidential candidate.  Vice Presidents seem to fall into obscurity, especially when there is a strong President.  I think she would be more effective as a senator.

 

Stan


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06/25/2016
Donald Trump..Again
By Stanley

So Donald Trump is running for president, and also opening his golf course.  If he were president, would he give up his business interests or use the office of the presidency to promote his business.  Thats kind of a rhetorical question.  He has certainly used his candidacy to try to strengthen his personal court case.  Why would it stop if he became president.

 

Stan


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06/24/2016
Brexit
By Stanley

I didn't have a dog in the fight, but being an election junky I could not help but watch the results of the Brexit vote come in.  I can't say why exactly, but I found myself rooting for the Brexit.  Maybe its because I view the EU as a bureaucratic nightmare.  Most probably, I have always felt that the EU was very destructive in its policies towards Israel.  Just the other day, Abbas spoke to the EU Parliament and claimed that Rabbis were calling for people to poison Palestinian water (http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.726657).  You would think that after an antisemitic libel like that, there would be some kind of rebuke;  Yeah, right.  They gave him a standing ovation.  With shit like that coming down from the EU, it is hard for me to feel sorry about the Brexit.

 

Stan


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06/23/2016
What is the Iran deal really about..
By Stanley

The Iran nuclear deal always looked so bad to me.  Not just on the issue of stopping nuclear weapons development (more on this some other time), but also on what it gave Iran in the terms of working capital.  Remember, to this day according to the State Department, Iran is the number one state sponsor of terrorism.  Here is an article that might shed some light on things.

 

Stan

 

Daily beast article


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06/23/2016
New and brass
By Stanley

Wow, the Democrats in congress finally grew a pair.  I loved watching Elizabeth Warren bringing doghnuts.  The Republicans are reduced to fighting for the right of people on the Terrorism Watchlist to buy guns.

 

Stan


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