Category Archives: Christianity

A Jew With A Conscience!

I am the child of east European Jews who fled hatred, discrimination, and possible death from anti-Semites in Poland and Russia. From an early age, the ideals of Socialism were embedded in my mind. I was raised to believe that Jews could not be free until ALL persecuted people were free. The very concept that JEWS would inflict oppression on others had no place in my mine or thoughts. We were JEWS and thus, above all people of the world, we understood the consequences of hatred gone wild against those unable to defend themselves. Gideon Levy writes for the Israel newspaper, Haaretz. These days when he enters a restaurant, people move away from his table. It is common for Levy to be cursed when he walks in the streets of Tel Aviv or Jerusalem. A member of the Israel Parliament, Yariv Levin, told Israelis that “It is time that we stop regarding despicable phenomena like this with tolerance” He was referring to columns written by Levy in which he attacks the method by which the invasion of Gaza occurred. In the Israel of 2014, if one disagrees with any action taken against Palestinians then one is a comrade of terrorists and should be regarded as a traitor to the state of Israel.

According to Gideon Levy what is different this time in Israel from other crisis situations, “is the anti-democratic spirit.” There is zero tolerance for any dissident voice. “The very young people are the worst. More ignorant. MOre brainwashed.” The young no longer convey a spirit of cooperation with Palestinians their age, now, if you are one of “them” then you are a terrorist who must be hunted down and killed. Few young Jewish Israelis have friends among non-Jew Israelis, let along among Palestinians. As the famous Israel writer, Amos Oz notes, life for them has become “black and white.” Naturally, Jews are the guys in white hats!

These are not the Jews I grew up with.

Was It Dolus Directus?

The only certainties about the trial of South African athlete, and double amputee, is that no one is blaming the murder on Muslim terrorists or the Israel Defense Force. At least Gaza is off the table of discussions about what happened in the apartment of Oscar Pistorious. It has been established that Oscar was in his apartment with a female, it has been established that this female was shot to death while she was in the toilet. After that,k everything gets flushed down the toilet of you said or she said or no one said. Gerrie Nel, the determined South African prosecutor has no doubts that Oscar deliberately, and with malice blasted away through the toilet doors in order to murder Ms. Steenkamp. “In an attempt to trendier his version to support his plea,” argues Nel, ” he(Oscar) tangled himself in a web of lies… He cannot escape connections that he made. Even if he thought there was an intruder in the toilet, he cannot escape;e conviction on murder with dolls directs–direct intent.”

I follow the arguments of Gerrie Nel up to a point. Most statements made by Pistorious simply make no sense. For example, prior to blasting away at the toilet door, why didn’t you alert your girl friend there was an intruder in the toilet? However, if it is true he thought there WAS an intruder, how can he be convicted of “direct intent?”

1984 In Russia In 2014

George Orwell’s classic tale of how an authoritarian regime can control minds of its population is now being lived out in Russia. Vladimir Putin has gained complete control of all sources of information that are found in Russia. He controls newspapers, magazines, what is presented on the media at night, and his spies seek out those with views that differ from the established party line of Vladimir Putin. One doubts if a single member of the Russian Parliament is able –or knowledgeable– to present a differing point of view regarding what is happening in Ukraine. The Russian people are brain washed and without a clue regarding what happened in Ukraine when a plane was shot down by missiles under the control of Separatists supplied by Russia. Levada, an independent pollster reveals the current state of Russian thinking about this topic:

46% are convinced Ukraine sent missiles into the air to shoot down the plane.

36% believe a Ukraine military plane shot down the airline filled with people.

Many believe their was a Western plot to assassinate President Putin, and in some way Flight M17 is connected to the plot.

Many believe the Flight 17 was filled with corpses and when it hit the ground those were the “people” who were found.

Oh, 3% believe that Ukraine separatists used a missile launcher to shoot down the plane.

Now, you know why Vladimir Putin is so defiant towards the West.

Open Arms Of Christ To Afflicted??

Members of the Tea Party are completely opposed to allowing immigrant children to enter the hallowed grounds of the United States of America. As I recall, the Tea Party stands for Christianity and Jesus and a whole lot of very religious sounding people and groups. Recent events connected with the breakdown of Iraq’s incompetent government have resulted in the Islamic State fanatics gaining control of large areas in northern Iraq. After entering the city of Mosul, which contains Christians who date back to the original days of Jesus, the Islamic government warned Christians to leave the city. Their churches were destroyed, and any remaining has to pay a tax for being a Christian. The French government is shocked by this mistreatment of Christians and has offered a helping hand.

Interior Minister Laurent Fabius, made clear, “we are ready, if they so desire to help facilitate asylum on our territory” for any Iraq Christian so desiring. My question to the Tea Party–and the Republican Party is: Should the United States of America open its borders and offer asylum to CHRISTIANS who are being persecuted by Islamic Muslims? If the answer is, “Yes,” then it stands to reason these same compassionate people are ready to offer asylum to Christian children from Central America. If not, why not??

DID YOU KNOW?

DID YOU KNOW?

The last President to have a balanced budget was Democrat Bill Clinton.

The last President who had a $200 billion surplus in his budget was Bill Clinton.

Two thirds of our National Debt came from Republican Presidents.

Under Barack Obama’s tenure twice as many illegal immigrants have been returned to Mexico than under George Bush.

Barack Obama has yet to fire any head of a secret service agency.

The Affordable Care Act has resulted in lowering medical costs.

Not one mass shooting of students occurred in an urban school.

The vast majority of those blasting away in schools are white, from middle class families, and live in the suburbs.

The top tax rate in World War II was 90%!

The top tax rate in the 1950s when Republican Dwight Eisenhower was president was –90%!

There is absolutely NO correlation between tax rates and job creation.

One third of American bridges are in danger of collapsing.

Guns Of August Are Silent

For the moment, and I do mean, the Moment, the guns of August have grown silent. Under sponsorship of Egypt both Israel and Hamas representatives are meeting to discuss what now happens? Should there be a resumption of the Guns of August resuming in order to bring into reality, the Guns of September or the Guns of October? For the first time in a month, no one got killed in Gaza or in Israel. According to a Hamas spokesperson, “Netanyahu has failed 100%.” We have now entered the stage of: we beat you, nah, nah. You can’t do anything to me, nah, nah.” I do not doubt for a moment that Hamas leaders are proud of the fight they wages, and interpret the current truce as a sign of Israel weakness, and their great victory. Of course, Israel leaders are proud they destroyed most Hamas tunnels. Naturally, on both sides there is a touch of regret at the collateral damage that occurred due to fighting. The Collateral damage is 1875 dead and thousands wounded on the Gaza side while 64 Israelis are dead.

So, where does the situation now stand?

1. Hamas believes it won a great victory and is entitled to fruits of success. Hamas insists Israel move away from the border and allow concrete and other weapons of war to enter in order to rebuild the tunnels.

2. Israel believes it won a great victory and wants Hamas to disarm.

3. Egypt is supporting Israel and wants an end to Hamas.

4. The US is lost. John Kerry did everything in his power to avoid this calamity, and now is hated by Netanyahu and supporters of Israel.

5. Barack Obama is out doing what he can do –raise money for an election.

6. Those who died are now voiceless.

Prediction: Another war, more deaths.

Suffer The Civilians

A hundred years ago today, thousands of German troops crossed the border of Belgium on their way towards Paris. Thus, began World War I, an experience in death that would take the lives of over twenty million people, including a few million civilians. It is not surprising that during the first month of war, hundreds of Belgium civilians were murdered by German troops because they resisted, rather than accepted the dictates of their invaders. Oh, these killings were carried out by Christian men, not Muslim militants. German artillery blasted away at cities, destroying churches and homes. Ironically, this was the first twentieth century murder of civilians. There were shouts of horror from neutral America, but the Germans argued, speed of their armed forces was necessary in order to quickly end the war. All military forces employ some form of excuse if they are set on murder of the innocent. In all honesty, throughout human history, civilians have been murdered. But, between 1815 ti 1914, Europe basically enjoyed a hundred years of peace without a major war, and without civilians dying.

Fast forward to 2014. Another Israel bomb exploded in a UN schools. ONLY ten civilians died. OH, a few dozen were wounded. But, we are living in the twenty first century, a time when we humans have advanced from the days of Hun warriors sweeping across the plains of Europe murdering all in their way. WE are modern humans. We do not send hordes of horsemen to murder, we remain far from the source of death and simply send in the missiles of destruction. Isn’t is wonderful that we no longer are barbarians??

Return Of Richard Nixon

We are currently remembering the infamous Watergate event back in 1974 when for the first time in American history a President decided to resign rather than face the possibility of being impeached. I find it ironic that Richard Nixon endorsed policies that the modern Republican party would consider ground for impeaching him. Imagine a REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT who:

1. Urged a guaranteed income for all Americans.

2. Strongly supported Affirmative Action for black people.

3. As Vice President chaired an Affirmative Action program for Negroes.

4. Maintained a tax rate of up to 60%!

5. Backed equal rights for women.

Personally, he was an equal opportunity bigot ranting about Jews and blacks, but as President he kept his personal views to himself. There is absolutely no way this Republican would ever be supported by the modern Republican party. Ah, there was a time in American history in which Republicans were the party fighting for equal rights and the right of workers to have unions and decent middle class pay. Richard, we miss you–ssometimes!

Truth About M17!

After reading accounts by members of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, this intrepid reporter flew to the Ukraine in order to get the truth about what is happening from members of Separatist loyal decent east Ukraine folk.

M: I read reports that you folks fired upon members of the OSCE. Is that true?
S: Absolutely false. We were camped in the forest having a marshmallow roast when we were attacked by some foreign forces.
M: What did they do, pray tell?
S: We saw some strange creatures wandering around picking up body parts. They were obviously ghouls embarked on a campaign to gather bodies in order to extract their blood.
M: Sounds sort of ghoulish to me. I thought they were collecting bodies of those killed in the M17 crash.
S: Fred, you are not that naive, are you? What crash? There never was any crash.
M: But, I read stories and saw pictures about the M17 plane from Malaysia which was shot down in eastern Ukraine.
S: I suppose you also believe in fairies. Let me explain the truth. German fascists loaded a plane with corpses, they sent it headed toward Mother Russia, and as it passed over eastern Ukraine, a bomb inside the plane was timed to go off. Down came the plane, and down came the corpses.
M: Wow! I was sure fooled.
S: Due to the efforts of the beloved President Vladimir Putin, we rushed to the scene of this tragedy in hope of finding any living people. But, we could not allow these Fascist ghouls to recover the corpses, and suck out any blood still in them. We are decent Christian folk.
M: But, why are these Fascists doing these things?
S: The German Nazis failed to defeat Mother Russia in World War II, and now they are launching World War III. Thank God, the Great Leader Putin stands guard on the towers of peace.
M: Yes, thank God for our Great Leader. Do you think he might come to America and bring peace, and prosperity to our shores??

We Support John Boehner II

There are moments in my life when it is difficult to conceive that I am an inhabitant of an intelligent life form. Imagine being stuck in Heaven in a room filled with Tea Party folk led by Ted Cruz and John Boehner? My problem is that God gave me a mind which is trained to differentiate between reality and nonsense. I, honestly, attempt to listen and read what members of the Republican party say, I DO attempt to determine if they are speaking with some form of logic and coherence. John Boehner, head of Republicans in the House of Representatives and Speaker of the House is currently instituting a law suit against the President of the United States of America who he charges with ignoring Congress and making laws by himself. According to Boehner, this is the first time in American history that a President has behaved in such a manner. OK, so Obama made about 170 Executive Decisions and Saint Ronald Reagan made over 250, but St. Reagan was a Republican.

Yesterday, when questioned by members of the media about failure of Republicans to pass legislation about border issues, John Boehner noted the President of the United States currently had sufficient power to act without requiring any action by the United States Congress! I assume Congressman Boehner wanted the President to issue an Executive Decision and ignore Congress! Do I live in some form of fantasy land? Who are these people in the Republican Party??

Oh, I finally figured it out. There is John Boehner I, who is a Republican. Then, there is John Boehner II who uses his brain.