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Another White Student Killer

The perennial cry of American conservatives, and quite a few liberals is about violence in urban schools. These groups insist that urban schools are filled with violent children and therefore we must enact zero tolerance to save these children from their peers. REALITY CHECK: During the twentieth century there has not been a single mass shooting of children in an urban school! Yesterday, another act of violence in a high school. The incident occurred in Murrysville High School outside of Pittsburgh. A boy went crazy and used a knife in order to stab about twenty students until subdued by a security guard and an assistant principal.

The violent person fit the description of a school killer:

1. White
2. Middle Class
3. Occurred in a suburban school.

As a teacher in an urban high school once observed to me: “When the children walk through that door they are safe for a few hours, when they leave, then death awaits them.”

Progress In Hate Continues

At this very moment about 200,000,000 people all over the world are not residing in their land of birth. They are immigrants in a new land who are encountering the hatred that so frequently meets the stranger in a strange land.Norway is witnessing the rise of the Progress Party which is based on the concept that strangers, particularly those with dark skins or who come from the Middle East, are not welcome in the land of milk and honey. The people of Norway are wealthy, they have incredible support from society, but 14% are convinced they should be frightened of strangers. Of course, Mr. Breivik who murdered over 70 young people on the island of Utoya was born, raised and has lived as a natural born inhabitant of Norway. No Muslim killed those Norwegians, it was a natural born murderer.

The Progress Party has promised to provide the people of Norway with more roads and more police helicopters in case some native born Norwegian goes on another murdering spree. If I was a Norwegian, I would deport all native born folk from the land in order to avoid mass murders.

Obama Remains Oblivious Of Freedom

Once upon a time, a long, long time ago, there lived in the state of Illinois a young man with passion for human rights. This young man believed the existing government of George Bush was violating the basic concept of freedom of speech and the press. Ah, but that was then and then eventually became now which means the young man was now the person who he believed had violated American civil liberties. Barack Obama wants his legacy to be that of the president who most refused to allow members of the press to meet their responsibilities of upholding the right of Americans to know what does on in their government. The Obama administration wants federal judges to cease worrying about the rights of New York Times correspondent James Risen and focus on the rights of our president to maintain secrecy over issues that HE decides must be secret. A three member panel of judges voted 2-1 that reporters had no privilege that would guarantee the confidentiality of their sources.

Risen’s lawyers want a 15 member panel to rule on this issue. Our freedom loving Obama administration opposes any right of members of the government to inform the press when there is violation of American rights. Barack Obama insists that he alone must decide what can or cannot be shared with the public. After all,there is an issue of TERRORIM and whenever the word “terrorist” is uttered or written then all rights guaranteed under the Constitution are automatically suspended. Barack uttered the magic word so let us cease discussing “rights.” The only right to be discussed is that possessed by the president of the United States!

So Long Somalia Pirates

It was just a few years ago that actions by pirates from Somalia were driving shipping firms crazy with fear. Pirates sezied ships and then demanded ransom for crews and contents of the ship. However, shpping firms finally got  some backbone and hired security guards plus navies of various nations began to coordinate their activities off the coast of east Africa. From a high of  199 hijacks in 2011 the figure has fallen to seventy this year. Actually, not a single ship which had security guards on board has been seized.

Another factor is attacks on Somali seaport by soldiers fighting with the African Union who are engaged in wiping out Muslim radical militants. The solution to the pirate problem lies in creation of a st

Israel PM Netanyahu Opposes Free Speech

I recall the glorious days in the 1940s when American Jews welcomed the arrival of the state of Israel which had become the only democratic society in the Middle East. At age 80, I now face the prospect that democracy will soon vanish from the state of Israel. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defended a new law which makes it a crime to support boycotts against Israel or settlers on the West Bank. Listen to his words: “Don’t get confused. I approved the law, and if I hadn’t approved it it wouldn’t have passed. I am against boycotts targeting Israel.” He fears “savage and irresponsible attacks on a democracy.” The law allows one to sue those advocating a boycott even if not damaged by such actions. The European Union issued a statement that recognized the right of Israel to pass its own laws, but expressed dismay at restrictions on freedom of speech.

We Jews have come along way from being advocates of freedom of speech, freedom of religion,and equal rights for all. Today, thousands of Jews support restrictions of free speech and discrimination against Muslim residents in Israel. We Jews once stood tall for the right to speak your ideas. Today, we have met the enemy of freedom, and we is he!

Lift The Veil Or We Lift Higher The Fine

It was Friday in the town of Novara and the woman and man left their home on the way to the local mosque. As they walked down the streets of the town a policeman suddenly halted the couple and told the woman she had to take off her veil because wearing it violated he law. Authorities said, “we just enforced a local law that stops people from covering their faces near sensitive places such as schools, hospitals or offices.” Her husband argued that while he respected Italian law it was against his religion for her to “be seen by other men.” For this heinous crime the woman will pay a fine of about $800.

I assume if Halloween is celebrated in Italy all kids wearing masks will be hauled down to the nearest jail, and fined for covering their faces. I assume if a motorcyclist comes roaring down the streets of Novara wearing a helmet, he will be halted and fined.

P.S. As a child I attended a local shul(synagogue) in which my mother and the other women sat behind a curtain while we males prayed.

Week After Christmas Puzzle!

It is the week after Christmas and the children no longer are awaiting the arrival of Santa who has come and gone. As far as we know, Santa may be heading south in a few decades when global warming forces an evacuation of the North Pole. Anyway, we pose a post Xmas puzzle. Solve the puzzle and you can demonstrate a grasp of trivia that few of your friends possess.
Following are a list of songs. The puzzle is all of the songs share on thing in common.

The Christmas Waltz
Silver Bells
Winter Wonderland
Santa Baby
Sleigh Ride
I’ll Be Home For Christmas
I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
Let It Snow, Let It Snow
The Christmas Song
White Christmas

Solve the puzzle?

OK, here are some clues. Following are the composers of the songs

Sammy Cahn
Jay Livingston
Felix Bernard
Joan Javits
Mitchell Parrish
Walter Kent
Irving Berlin
Sammy Cahn
Mel Torme
Irving Berlin

Figured out the Puzzle?

OK, the answer is:

swej composers


There is a war in process within Yemen that already has spilled over into Saudi Arabia and poses a great threat to peace in the area. A war within Yemen poses Shiites fighting against the Sunni Yemen government and its allies in Saudi Arabia. Rebels claim they are fighting against a government that has marginalized Shiites and has failed to develop the nation’s resources. Yemen’s army presently is engaged in extensive fighting with the rebels and there are reports al-Qaeda may soon become part of the mess that is Yemen. Across the Gulf of Aden lies Ethiopia and a short distance away in Somalia where there is also an intense civil war. Americans fail to realize the Yemen war can spill over into Saudi Arabia and some day witness bombers blowing themselves up as they damage oil facilities.

The mess now includes possible Iran influence by supplying rebels with arms, a fight between the Yemen government and rebels, a fight between rebels and Saudi Arabia, an attempt by rebels to destroy their nation’s tourist industry by kidnapping foreigners, and the list goes on and on.

Who knows, perhaps in 2015, American soldiers will be fighting in the hills of Yemen. A problem is no one will have the slightest idea why US forces are in Yemen anymore than anyone has any idea what the US presently seeks to accomplish in Afghanistan.

Sweden Set For Stricter Teacher Credentials

The Swedish government is developing plans to revamp its teacher education program and have a new teaching credential. The goal is to prevent “unqualified teachers” from securing full time positions in schools. Minister for Education Jan Bjorkiund argued, “it’s wrong to hire unqualified teachers full-time and I want to put a stop to it. With certain exceptions for teachers in particular occupational subjects.” The new law will state who is qualified and who is not. He also announced Swedish teachers will have the opportunity to study abroad on 80% base pay.

The issue is what is meant by “qualified..” In America that most frequently is equated to taking teacher education courses on the assumption those who take such courses become better teachers. We need more creative ideas on what constitutes a qualified teacher that does not equate college courses with being a better teacher.

Sweden has a great idea to allow teachers to study abroad and be paid. Kudos for the idea!

Attorney General Considers Torture Probe

To those who voted for Barack Obama, it is still baffling why a candidate who promised to get at the root of corruption and violation of laws, has refused to take active steps to bring to justice those who are guilty of ignoring the Constitution. Attorney General Eric Holder, told Newsweek, that he is considering beginning a criminal investigation of the Bush administration’s interrogation practices that were used on suspected terrorists. When asked if this idea would fit into the desires of the president, Holder responded: “i hope that whatever decision I make would not have a negative impact on the president’s agenda. But, that can’t be a part of my decision.”

It is about time an attorney general placed the rule of law over the rule of politics. Barack Obama may insist on looking forward rather than backward, but how does that approach fit with his support for affirmative action?