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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Israel Post-Coalition Crisis: Back to Usual #$!#! Idiocy

Frequently I wonder if part of the process to become an MK (member of Israel's parliament aka Knesset) is to deposit a portion of one's brains/intelligence, and then to be a cabinet minister, one must donate/pay even more...

Bayit Yehudi's (Jewish Home) leader Naftali Bennett's support for a bill to limit a Prime Minister to two terms is a good example of that. It may sound wonderful in theory and works in the United States, but makes much less sense in Israel where there is a big difference between the theoretical "full term" and the actual "terms" most PMs serve.

In actuality, according to the Israeli political system, Prime Ministers aren't actually elected. They are party heads who manage to form coalitions with other Israeli political party leaders after Knesset elections. In Israel we vote for political parties, and each political party runs its list of candidates to be Members of Knesset. There's a minimum percentage a party must get for its list to get into Knesset. And there's a complicated system by percentage which calculates how many MKs of the 120 a party gets. The President, who is voted in by the MKs, asks one of the larger party heads to attempt to make a ruling coalition. Sometimes the appointed party head fails and a different party is given the chance.

And even when a coalition is in power, sworn in etc. there is absolutely no guarantee that the government will serve a full term. Honestly, I don't remember when there was a government that served an entire term to the end. Sometimes the MKs vote them out resulting in the need for elections, and sometimes the Prime Minister decides to call for new elections.

I would have thought that Bennett would have caught the impossibility of the bill.
The opposition bill was authored by MK Merav Michaeli (Zionist Union), who on Monday asked Bennett whether he would support the move during a discussion in the Knesset. Bennett replied by saying that the bill is “a welcome step”, as he put it. (Arutz 7)
It does not suit the Israeli political system at all.

And for those who feared Avigdor Lieberman as too far Right to be Defense Minister, the chances are he'll be far to the Left.
Analysis: A dovish Liberman sings sweetly of two-states
There's one thing about Lieberman, he's totally inconsistent in ideology, but always after the headline.

So, what can I say other than it's business as usual in the Israeli Knesset and Cabinet, lots of  #$!#! Idiocy.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Closed Comments to "Palestine: Fictional Country/People"

I'm really rather open and maybe too liberal (with a small "l")  about the comments I allow on my blog posts. It's very rare for me to delete a comment, other than the duplicates which periodically sneak in. And blogger, which "hosts" my blogs automatically "holds comments for moderation" on posts over a  certain age. That's because spammers inadvertently target them by blindly searching posts with the "keywords."

But this morning, an anonymous commenter wasted my time with such a total piece of garbage on "Palestine: Fictional Country/People" that I closed comments there!

He/she/it kept spewing forth with lists of ancient and totally extinct peoples/nations, which even in an active imagination and fantasy cannot be connected to what was recently (late twentieth century) invented and named, "Palestinian," sic.

The final, the very last straw for me was his/her claiming that Jesus was a Palestinian sic. Oh, come on; even mainstream Christian theology claims that he was Jewish. Their basic premise is that he "updated" Judaism, and that's why they call their bible "The New Testament," a term I don't use. That's because it gives legitimacy to that claim. I call it the "Christian Bible," because that is what it is. And we all know that using Wikipedia as "expert witness" is futile, because it isn't all that accurate. Anyone can submit their version of history, fact etc.

And there's a good chance that I'll have to close comments here, too, if that person continues the fiction/agenda here.

To make things clear. There is only one People/Nation/Religion like the Jewish People/Nation/Religion. We have a God, a History, Land, Book recognized as a Holy book even by other religions. We are a People, a Nation. We have a culture, and even though we had been exiled from our Land, we continued to observe the Commandments and Holidays and said the same prayers all over the world. And our Holidays and Prayers concentrated on the Land we never fully deserted. Even at the worst of the exile, there have always been Jews here in the HolyLand.

And unlike any other ancient people, today we are still alive and function and thrive and speak, read and write the same language we did thousands of years ago. We Jews are unique and holy! Other ancient cultures/peoples are just history.

עם ישראל חי!
Am Yisrael Chai!
The People of Israel--
The Jewish People Live and Thrive!!

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Celebrating Israel and Jerusalem Havel Havelim!

Here we are between Yom Ha'atzmaut and Yom Yerushalayim, Israeli Independence Day and Jerusalem Day, which seems to me the perfect time to post a Havel Havelim, the long running international Jewish/Israeli blog carnival/roundup.


I must admit that there's no real system or schedule any more in posting Havel Havelim. I do it when I'm suddenly in the mood, like today. And I also now limit it to eighteen 18 חי Chai = Life posts. There was a time when I'd include dozens.

This morning, I was suddenly inspired and sent out a notice on facebook, especially on the Havel Havelim page, that I'd be compiling an HH in an hour or so. A couple of bloggers mailed me their posts, and they will get top billing. They will be followed by my own posts and a few that I've found. If you'd like to be included next time, then be sure to join the facebook page and "follow" it in order to get all notifications.

I hope you enjoy the selection. Please read, comment and share the HH and the posts. And when you comment on a post, please be sure to let the blogger know that you found it on Havel Havelim. Enough with this introduction... On with the show!

The Language Barrier: How learning Hebrew could save Diaspora Jews
Bitterness, Sweetness, and Redemption
Jewish Book Carnival, May / Iyyar 2016 Edition!
Keeping a "Happy Face," or Tremping Teaches Faith in Gd
American Anti-Semitism/Israel Serious and Growing
Apartheid in Palestine - 1935
ISIS at the Eurovision
Parshat Bamidbar 5776: Diversity Within a Common Goal — Unity of National Purpose in Our Time
Assorted Israel Photos in Celebration of 68th Birthday
Happy Holiday
The Sykes-Picot agreement
Carefully Keeping Kosher
Israel is Insane: Democratize the Temple Mount!
Rosh Chodesh Sivan, Spring Turns to Summer
The Rebbe Who Didn't Like Mysticism
Israel fights back against BDS. JVP fights back against Israel
Imposed "Peace" is More Like Rape
The Meaning of the Fire
Israel, The Land of my Heart and Home!

Let me know which is your favorite post or two or three, and also let me know which other blogs you like and think should be included. And remember that you don't have to be a blogger to read, comment and share HAVEL HAVELIM!!

Saturday, May 28, 2016

WWII Japanese First Suicide Bombers; Atomic Bomb in Context

Yesterday, Friday, I had international television news on, and I kept getting very annoyed at how the newscaster, when reporting on United States President Barack Hussein Obama's historic visit to Hiroshima, were portraying Japan before the Americans dropped the atomic bomb there. We were given the impression that it was a nice quiet peaceful day when out of the clear blue, for no reason, The United States attacked that poor innocent city with the deadly bomb.

Considering that most people are not too historically knowledgeable, and no place in the reports was any serious or even minimal context given, it was clear that the point was to make the Japanese look like innocent victims and not immoral deadly enemies of the USA.

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) hugs an atomic bomb survivor Shigeaki Mori as he visits Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima, Japan May 27, 2016.
REUTERS/CARLOS BARRIA
U.S. President Barack Obama lays a wreath at a cenotaph at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima, Japan May 27, 2016.
REUTERS/TORU HANAI
In 1945 there was a vicious war going on between Japan and the USA. Japanese believed their emperor to be a god and were willing to die for his victory against America. Those were the kamikaze pilots who willingly crashed their planes into American ships to destroy, sink and kill.
Kamikaze aircraft were essentially pilot-guided explosive missiles, purpose-built or converted from conventional aircraft. Pilots would attempt to crash their aircraft into enemy ships in what was called a "body attack" (体当たり; 体当り, taiatari) in planes laden with some combination of explosivesbombstorpedoes and full fuel tanks; accuracy was much better than a conventional attack, the payload and explosion larger. A kamikaze could sustain damage which would disable a conventional attacker and still achieve its objective. The goal of crippling or destroying large numbers of Allied ships, particularly aircraft carriers, was considered by the Empire of Japan to be a just reason for sacrificing pilots and aircraft.
These attacks, which began in October 1944, followed several critical military defeats for the Japanese. They had long since lost aerial dominance due to outdated aircraft and the loss of experienced pilots. On a macroeconomic scale, Japan suffered from a diminishing capacity for war, and a rapidly declining industrial capacity relative to the Allies. Despite these problems, the Japanese government expressed its reluctance to surrender. In combination, these factors led to the use of kamikaze tactics as Allied forces advanced towards the Japanese home islands. (Wikipedia)
The American decision to use the atomic bomb wasn't easy, and the Japanese were a very difficult enemy, a different culture and mind-set. Over seventy years after the fact, nobody can say how much longer and how many more Americans would have had been killed by the Japanese if the USA hadn't dropped the bomb on Japan.

Not only is the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki kill, maim and destroy many lives and much property in Japan, but it broke the morale of the country, the public's faith in the emperor as god and made it possible for them to fully surrender.

GETTY PREPARED TO DIE: Pilots were honour bound to take part, attacking the likes of the HMS Formidable

Friday, May 27, 2016

The Obama Bucket List: Cuba, Vietnam and Hiroshima

Lame Duck POTUS Barack Hussein Obama has been celebrating his final months as United States President in rather ...surprising? Leftist? radical ways.

It's hard for any American of my generation to imagine a United States President having an official state visit to Cuba and meeting Raúl Castro. But Obama has changed the relationship between the USA and Cuba a complete 180 degrees.

Barack Obama and Raúl CastroNicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

Another shocker for me, at least, is Obama's visit to Vietnam. When I left the United States it was at war in Vietnam.

Luong Thai Linh—Pool/AP

Maybe I've missed something, but I can't figure out how those countries changed sufficiently to cause a United States President to grin and glow like a winner of a gazillion dollar lottery.

And POTUS Obama's opening statement in Japan shows just how disengaged he is from American history:
Upon his arrival Thursday in Japan, Obama called the world's first nuclear attack, on Aug. 6, 1945, "an inflection point in modern history," telling reporters at a news conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe: "It is something that all of us have had to deal with in one way or another." (nbcnews.com)
Yes, he sounds like the radical Leftist he was raised to be by his mother.

NYPost.com
After Obama, the United States will never be the same. No doubt that is why Donald Trump is now leading in the polls had to head against Hillary Clinton! If you are among those who don't like it, you can blame it on Barack Hussein Obama!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

American Anti-Semitism/Israel Serious and Growing

It's time for American Jewry and the State of Israel to take off their rose-colored glasses and look at the true picture of antisemitism and anti-Israel sentiment in the United States and recognize how it's only going to get worse.

I say that it is going to get worse, because it's much more prevalent among younger Ameridans than ever before. The norm, the accepted belief in American colleges and universities is that the State of Israel is an undemocratic apartheid state occupying Arab "Palestine."  They consider it a fact, not a myth or lie. That is what is taught to them by their experts and professors. The simple fact that there is no history of a country called Palestine, sic, no list of former presidents/kings/prime ministers/czars whatever doesn't faze them one iota.

The American and international concept of "justice" for the so-called "Palestinians" is to replace the State of Israel with a new country called "Palestine," sic. And they don't care if Jews are slaughtered, made homeless or anything.
WATCH: American College Kids Pledge Money to 'Wipe Israel Off the Map'
Satirical filmmaker Ami Horowitz went to Portland State University and asked people on campus if they would help raise money for Hamas.
Horowitz said he wanted to see just how far America's liberal students in the Pacific Northwest were willing to take the BDS Movement (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) against Israel. (foxnews.com)


Yes, I'm not exaggerating, nor being psychotically paranoid.

And if that's not disturbing enough, this story of a preteen being attacked should give you a reason to pack your bags for Israel.

‘Kill the Jew!’ 12-year-old boy brutally beaten at school in shocking hate-filled attack
Orit Avizov told a local news station that her 12-year-old was “physically attacked and verbally threatened” by one student who was yelling “kill the Jew” during the attack. (rawstory.com)
Push comes to shove, I don't think any country is better for Jews than the State of Israel.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Witness to History, Sybil Kaplan

As I've said many times, for me and my peers what others call history is what we remember and have experienced. I've known Sybil Kaplan for half a century, starting in New York City when we both were involved with Israeli Folk Dance. And then later, we both made aliyah in 1970 by boat, though different sailings.

It was due to Sybil that my articles appeared for many years in the National Jewish Post & Opinion. And to prove that I'm not just bragging, my name (and my husband's) can be found in Sybil's recently self-published book, "Witness to History." You can purchase the book by contacting her directly.

Sybil concentrates her book on the ten years she had lived in Jerusalem throughout the 1970's. Her book is based on her hundreds of articles written during that time, when she was one of the most prolific free lance writers in Israel. Her specialties were food and the immigrant experience.

Sybil's most well-known and still requested book is "Wonders of the WonderPot," in which she explains how to use and gives recipes for that iconic Israeli stove-top cooking device.

One of the repeating themes in Witness to History is the difficulties Israelis once had getting phone lines and having them transferred from home to home, especially problematic for someone like Kaplan who was always renting.  Compare that to today's Israeli who has easily purchased and relatively inexpensive multiple phone lines.

Today Israel is one of the most modern and technologically advanced countries in the world. In 1970, when we made aliyah, there were many difficulties, and today's olim (new immigrants) should read Sybil's book just to see how quickly things have progressed here. Everyone with an interest in modern Jewish/Israeli history will find amazing facts that can't be found anyplace else. Yes, I did enjoy the book very much. It brought me back to those early days...

It's obvious that Witness to History is a book of love by Sybil and her husband Barry, who are both so happy to finally be living in their beloved Jerusalem.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Trump is Right Not to Visit Israel Now

newyorker.com

There are two major reasons why Donald Trump should not pay the traditional POTUS wannabe visit to Israel.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is hesitant on the issue of a possible visit to Israel, despite reports last week that Republican Jews are laying the groundwork for such a trip in the coming weeks, The Jewish Insider reported Monday. (Arutz 7)

  1. It's conventional and phony.
  2. It's bad for Netanyahu.
We all remember that visits of previous candidates over the years and the lies they told of how they love and support and understand the security problems and Arab terrorism against Israel and Israelis. And then once elected, the same candidates show their true colors and suddenly haven't a clue about the dangers of arab terrorism. I'm sure that most real thinking Israelis just don't want Trump, who has prided himself on his unconventional and refreshingly honest campaign to play the old game and read the old scripts.  Not even Hillary is talking about coming, and she would bring great pro-Israel speechwriters who would make her sound more pro-Israel than Golda Meir. In all honesty, "pro-Israel" is no longer a vote-getter for American Presidential wannabes. 

And in all honesty, I don't think that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu wants for be pushed into any sort of involvement in American elections. The Americans, especially those supporting Hillary, were behind the big "anybody but Bibi" aka V15 campaign against him, just over a year ago. Netanyahu is playing the high road now and does not want to be involved in any way or form in the American campaign. It is best for both him and Trump to stay out, and one way is for Trump to stay out of Israel. He can visit after his victory, and no doubt such a visit will be planned and planned well.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Was Bibi Conned by Lieberman? Has The Coalition Crumbled?

Just a day ago, it seemed like Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu had pulled another of his brilliant chess political moves, enlarging the schisms in Labor aka Zionist Movement, getting the problematic Bogie Ya'alon to resign and shoring up his barebones coalition with the addition of Avigdor Lieberman's Yisrael Beiteinu (Israel's Our Home.)

And then came today, and when I got home and turned on the news, it didn't look all that rosy for Bibi.
Honeymoon over before it begins as Israeli coalition talks hit impasse
Likud says that it will not reopen coalition negotiations with any party as Bennett, Liberman and Kahlon demands complicate entry of Yisrael Beytenu into coalition.
There's some serious rivalry between the two "home" parties. Naftali Bennett's Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) wants some improvements before letting in Lieberman's israel Beiteinu (Israel's Our Home.)
Bennett demands Netanyahu fix Security Cabinet flaws
Jewish Home chairman and Minister of Education Naftali Bennett has demanded Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu fix security cabinet deficiencies as a coalition condition, ahead of Yisrael Beytenu chairman Avigdor Liberman’s appointment as Defense Minister.
And to top it all off, the media gave lots of coverage to  Herzog's angry speech. Though Herzog's Zionist Movement has almost as many new cracks as Bibi's coalition.

But don't count on this being a knockout against Netanyahu or even a TKO. He's the wiliest Israeli politician around, and he wants to leave office with honor. The chances are that he'll manage to cement the cracks and even expand his coalition. Politics is never dull.

Is This The Year of Donald Trump? Obama's Opposite...

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Isn't there a law in physics about every action having a reaction? I'd certainly say that the explosive popularity of Donald Trump as candidate for the American Presidency could probably not have happened if there hadn't been a Barack Hussein Obama as POTUS.

If you remember back about nine years ago, it did seem that Obama came out of left field into the presidency. And if I'm not mistaken, his success in grabbing the nomination from Hillary Clinton, who felt the position was hers, was due to the surprise support of the Kennedy women and subsequently Ted Kennedy. That was the tipping point that had Hillary's support disappear like the water in a leaking jug.

I spotted an interesting summary of Trump's life and background on facebook which I will post here:
Author unknown
Specifications:
* Donald John Trump, was born June 14, 1946.
* He will be 70 years old on election day.
* From the Internet, he is 6'2" or 6'3' and weighs between 195 and
200 lbs.
* He has a full head of blond/brown hair (which is long and
elaborately combed) and blue eyes.
* The Internet tells us he wears a size 12 shoe.
* Donald Trump was born the fourth of five children who were born
over eleven years.
* The oldest, Mary Ann, was born in 1937 and is currently a Federal
Judge.
* His older brother, Fred Jr, died in early adulthood as a result of
complications from alcoholism.
* He has another older sister, Elizabeth and a younger brother,
Robert.
* Donald Trump has been married three times.
* Trump's first wife, Ivana, was an immigrant from Czechoslovakia
and a divorcee who has been married 4 times in her life. She is a lifelong
avid skier and worked in design at the Trump Organization.
* Marla Maples, Trump's second wife is an actress and model
* Trump's third wife, Melania is an immigrant from Slovenia (born in
Yugoslavia) and has been a super model.
* Two of Trump's children, Donald Jr and Ivanka, have gone to Penn.
Son Eric, went to Georgetown.
* Donald Trump tells us that he is Presbyterian.
* Donald Trump does not appear to have had any interest in occults,
mysticism or exotic mythologies.
* Donald Trump's oldest daughter, Ivanka, and her three children are
Jewish.
* Trump's oldest daughter, Ivanka, is married to Jared Kushner who
is, among other things, a newspaper publisher. The Kushner family is very
successful in New York City area real estate.
* Donald's grandmother, mother, first wife, and third wife are all
immigrants.
* Donald Trump was born and raised in Queens NY
* Though his family was very wealthy, Trump's boyhood home in the
Jamaica Estates section of Queens was not a grand mansion. The Trump home was
a larger version of the homes Fred Trump was building for his tenants.
* There are no indications that the Trump family lived among the
wealthy elites on vacations or country clubs.
* Queens is the largest of New York's five boroughs and the most
ethnically diverse.
* Trump attended a local private day school, the Kew Forrest School,
in Queens until about 8th grade.
* His secondary schooling was at New York Military Academy which is
about 60 miles north of NYC in Cornwall on the Hudson. He was the class of
1964.
* Trump was never a "Preppie".
* Trump never embraced any aspect of the "Hippie" movement of the
time.
* Trump was a very good high school athlete - football, soccer, and
especially baseball. He had potential to become a professional baseball
player.
* Even in high school - Trump liked women and women liked him
* Trump was generally popular in high school.
* Trump's boarding school room mate liked him.
* He attended Fordham University in NYC for two years and
transferred to the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business.
* At that time, the Wharton School offered a rare program for Real
Estate Business.
* Though he was of age, Donald Trump did not serve in Vietnam.
* He was not drafted due to bone spurs in his heels (4F) and also
student deferments.
* Ultimately, in the draft lottery, he drew a high number.
* By all we know, Donald Trump does not smoke, drink or use
recreational drugs. He'll be the first President in more than 25 years who hasn't
smoked weed.
* BTW: Trump's children don't smoke or drink
* Trump makes it well known that he enjoys sexual interaction with
women.
* I am unaware that Donald Trump is a recreational gambler.
* His doctor publicly announced Donald to be in excellent health.
I think that to really know Donald Trump, you must know his family
background.
The Trump family story is a very American story.
Trump family history - concise version.
* Donald Trump's grandparents immigrated to the U.S. from Alsace
(Kallstadt, Germany) which throughout history has been alternately French and
German. The Trumps are German, originally speaking the same German dialect
as the Amish of Lancaster County, PA.
* His maternal grandparents lived in Scotland.
* Freiderich (Drumph) Trump made a small but respectable fortune in
the late 19th Century in the mining boom towns of the American Northwest.
* He returned to Germany to marry his childhood neighbor, Elizabeth
Christ.
* The newly married Trumps resettled in the Borough of Queens NY
* Freidrich was establishing a Real Estate business in Queens when
he died suddenly at age 49 (1918).
* In 1920, at the age of 15, Fred Trump (Freiderich's son and
Donald's father), started a business partnership with his widowed mother called
Elizabeth Trump & Son.
* This business was built upon the real estate holdings that his
father, Frederich, had amassed (worth about $500,000.00 in today's dollars).
This is the original "seed money" of the current Trump Organization.
* Elizabeth & Fred remained close business partners her entire life
(she died in 1966).
* In 1936 Fred Trump (age 31) married Mary Ann MacLeod (age 24) of
Stoneaway Scotland.
* During the depression, Fred Trump built and successfully operated
a supermarket (a new concept at the time) which was sold to King Kullen Co.
and operates this day.
* Fred Trump made a lot of money building housing for the military
during WWII.
* Fred Trump was investigated by the Justice Department for making
"excessive profits" from government contracts.
* All (or nearly all) of the building of Elizabeth Trump & Son's
non-government building was residential property in Queens.
* Fred Trump died in 1999 (age 94) - beloved and worth between $250
million and $300 million. His wife died a year later.
"The Donald's" career
Donald Trump is the greatest career achiever of the "baby boomer"
generation.
Donald Trump has reached the zenith in his careers as book author, TV
entertainer, sports entertainer, Real Estate developer, and currently
politician.
* Donald Trump has authored more than 18 books. At least one of
them, The Art of the Deal was a top seller.
* Donald says that the Holy Bible is his favorite book. The Art of
the Deal is his 2nd favorite book. And The Power of Positive Thinking by
Norman Vincent Peale is his third favorite book.
* He likes golf. Donald Trump has developed more than 11 golf
courses which bear his name.
* Donald Trump has twice been nominated for an Emmy Award
* Donald Trump has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
* Donald Trump has been inducted to the Professional Wrestling Hall
of Fame.
* Donald Trump has appeared in more than a dozen movies such as Home
Alone 2, Zoolander, and Little Rascals
* Donald Trump has been a guest actor in more than 6 TV shows such
as Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Days of Our Lives, Sex and the City, and
others.
* Trump has been the Executive Producer of 7 TV shows.
* Trump has been the guest host of 5 TV shows such as Extra, Larry
King Live, and Saturday Night Live and more.
* Donald Trump has been co-producer of the longest running reality
TV show.
* Donald Trump performed in several WWE wrestling shows.
* Donald performed in Wrestlemania 23 which set attendance records
and revenue records up til that time.
* In his first candidacy for public office, Donald Trump received
the most popular votes for the President of the United States out of a field
of experienced and successful politicians. And in most cases, he achieved
this with less money than any of his opponents.
Keeping in mind that 90% of start up businesses fail, Trump's record of
enterprise is nothing short of amazing.
Donald Trump has enjoyed success in at least 11 very different
enterprises: Professional football, Ice Skating rinks, Fragrance, Ice, Steaks, Wines,
Model management, Airline, blenders, Men's wear, Bicycle races, world class
beauty contests, and many others. In some of these, such as model
management, his firm has risen to the top of that particular industry.
* There are 31 buildings that bear his name.
* The largest private real estate development in New York is Trump
Riverside. Drive down the Henry Hudson Blvd. - you can't miss them.
* There are at least 12 Trump Towers
* There are at least 6 Trump Plazas.
* There are at least 11 Trump Golf Course developments
* And much, much, more in real estate.
* Trump Entertainment, casinos and resorts was recently sold to Carl
Ichan.
* Donald Trump's personal managing of the Wollman Ice Skating Rink
project in the early 1980's is the quintessential case study for MBA
students in Wharton, Harvard, and other business schools. His performance there
was phenomenal.
* Donald Trump's privately held businesses have employed more than
200,000 people.
* In the casino business in Atlantic City, Trump had to do business
with known mobsters - and he stayed "clean" and alive.
* Aside from his personal investments, Donald Trump has never been a
Wall Street "player".
The Political Trump:
about 1967 - 1987 - Democrat (he was a supporter of Ronald Reagan)
1987 - 1999 - Republican
1999 - 2001 - Reform Party (he supported Ross Perot)
2001 - 2009 - Democrat
2009 - 2011 - Republican
2011 - 2012 - Independent
2012 - Present - Republican
Donald Trump was openly supportive of Mitt Romney's candidacy.
Donald Trump does not seem to hold political party organizations in high
regard.
For the most part, his political involvement has been for practical
reasons.
Donald Trump does not appear to be held to political ideology.
Some of my take aways:
* Trump has an extraordinarily energetic central nervous system much
like Teddy Roosevelt but more targeted to industry and enterprise.
* Trump's presidency will be very energetic, transparent, and
communicative.
* Trump will be a very hard working President.
* His interaction with his older brother (who everybody loved) tells
me that he thinks that everybody is like him - or wants to be - or should
be.
* His relationship with his older brother was a hard lesson in
tolerance for him.
* Trump is the Babe Ruth of career achievements.
* He is dumb like a fox. When you think he just said something
stupid - he didn't. It's just that you were not his target audience.
* Trump knows the people - the folk.
* His son, Donald Jr. is right. Trump is a "Blue Collar
Billionaire".
* More than anything, his TV show, The Apprentice, was his passion.
He wants all Americans to have confidence (like he does) to venture.
* Donald Trump is attracted to and marries smart, high achieving
women.
* The highest levels of a Trump Administration is certain to have
many women - and they will be bright and assertive.
* Donald Trump's children are very important to him. And it shows.
PS. Yes, we know nothing of our current president with 2 terms in office.
bellalu0.wordpress.com
There is one thing that Obama and Trump do have in common. It is that they began their presidential run looking more like gimmicks than serious candidates. And their popularity and success are due to the fact that the American public is sick and tired of establishment politicians.

The big difference between Obama and Trump is that from all accounts, Obama was pushed/mentored/controlled/activated by others in his political career, while Trump seems to be a total independent, self-motivated to the extreme.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Guest Post: Real Judaism

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Which Judaism is the real Judaism?
a guest post by Mr. Cohen
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Please allow me give you some clues:

In real Judaism, there are no “Rabbis” who deny the Divine origin of the Torah.

In real Judaism, there are no “Rabbis” who eat non-kosher foods.

In real Judaism, there are no “gay Rabbis” and no “lesbian Rabbis.”

In real Judaism, there are no “marriage” ceremonies
that unite Jewish men with non-Jewish women,
or non-Jewish men with Jewish women.

In real Judaism, there are no “interfaith Passover seders.”

In real Judaism, there are no Jews who pray in churches.

In real Judaism, there are no “patrilineal Jews,”
who claim to be Jewish because they were born
to a Jewish father and a non-Jewish mother.

In real Judaism, nobody is accepted-as-Jewish
because they were adopted by Jews,
even though they were born to Gentile parents,
and then never converted to Judaism.

In real Judaism, there are no “Rabbis” who permit
kohanim to marry convert women or divorced women.

In real Judaism, there are no “Rabbis” who
approve of non-Jewish women “converting to
Judaism” because they want to marry a RICH Jew.

In real Judaism, there are no “Rabbis” who
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COMPLETE TRANSCRIPT OF:

Patronising the Palestinians by Mr. Pat Condell, 2013 January 3

SOURCE:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzCIckbZKUs

Well, a happy New Year to everyone; I hope we all get what we want this year. And for my part, I would like to see a change in our racist attitude in the West, towards the situation in the Middle East, if that would not be too much trouble. 

Because right now, we patronize the Palestinians, by holding them to a lower standard of behavior, as we do with all Arabs, because we are racists.  We would never admit this of course; we would not want our racism to be perceived as racist, because then we would have to own-up to it, and that might short-circuit our poor, deluded, hypocritical, racist brains.

Because we are racists, we choose to ignore the fact that they deliberately target women and children, while hiding behind their own women and children, which is a war crime, and they do it ALL the time.  Yet we know there is not a hope in Hell that any of them will ever be tried in The Hague, because we have given them a free-pass on indiscriminate barbarism. We do not believe they are capable of civilized behavior, because we are racists.

Being racists, we choose to ignore the thousands of Iranian rockets that come out of Gaza every month, until Israel finally retaliates to protect its people, and only then do we start huffing and puffing, and calling-in ambassadors.

Israelis get no credit AT ALL for carefully avoiding civilian casualties, even though it is not in dispute that that is what they do; we just ignore it. When, if the Palestinians would behave like that, we would trumpet their virtues from the rooftops, and shower them with Nobel Prizes.  But they do not behave like that, because we do not expect them to, and they know that. They know they can blow-up Israeli civilians ALL-day-long, and the free-world’s racist double-standards will NEVER hold them to account.

On the contrary, we actively encourage their delinquent culture to become even more delinquent, by consistently indulging and rewarding its delinquent behavior with political support and billions of dollars; and then we will wring our hands, and wonder why nothing changes.

The Palestinians are victims, yes, but of their own insane and bloodthirsty leadership.  And of a religion [Islam] that has such an iron-grip on it population that a mother will actually celebrate the death of her child in its cause, and dissent from it can literally cost you your life.

Yet we pretend that the influence of this religion is absolutely zero, and that this is actually a political situation. We maintain the ludicrous fiction that the Arabs are fighting for justice and civil rights, when we can see the kind of justice and civil rights that have been delivered to the people of Gaza, under the religious jackboot of Hamas.

We choose to ignore the fact that Arabs in Israel have more rights than they do in ANY Arab country, and that there are Arab Israelis in government and in the army, because these facts are inconvenient to our Liberal-racist-prejudice, and they shatter the carefully-nurtured propaganda myth of the apartheid state.

Beings racists, we choose to ignore the history of the region, and the fact that every time the Arabs feel strong enough, they attack Israel unprovoked, with the intention of committing religious genocide. And they make no secret of it. We know the [Palestinian] refugee situation only exists because the last time they did this, they told Arabs living in the West Bank to move out and promised them they could return when all the Jews had been killed. They are still waiting, and the agenda has not changed.

And the agenda is NOT territory or justice as we so dishonestly like to pretend. 

The agenda is religious blood vengeance, fulfilling Islamic scripture and wiping-out the Jews: ALL of them! Islamic-Jew-hatred, as mandated by the Koran, which was around long-before the State of Israel, as drummed-into the children, and is broadcast every day in the Arab media, is the root-cause of this problem. And for us in the West to pretend otherwise is as irresponsible as treating a bullet-wound without removing the slug; we are just messing-around with the symptoms and making things worse.

Nothing is going to change in the Middle East until we pay the Arabs the compliment of holding them to the same standard as everyone else. And that means cutting-off the money-supply and telling them bluntly, that it is time to drop this infantile Bronze-Age blood-vengeance-crap, and move into the 21st-Century, because we are all waiting for them. If we do not do this, if we carry-on indulging their primitive caveman-hatred, by treating this as political problem, and not a religious one, then we are effectively underwriting permanent war in the Middle-East; because whether we like it or not, Israel is certainly now the front-line between Islam and civilization. 

And we should know by now that there is no compromise with Islam; you either win, or you lose; and if you lose, you lose everything, especially if you are Jewish.  And the Palestinian leadership have made it crystal-clear, that as long as there is ANY level of Jewish autonomy in the Middle East, NOTHING that Israel concedes will ever be enough to satisfy them.  They do not want peace at any price; they want to drive the Jews, ALL of them, into the Sea.  And they never stop telling us that.  We have no excuse for pretending not to hear.

It is written right-into the Hamas charter; it runs through every speech they make.  And according to the leader of Hezbollah: Quote: “It is an open war until, until the elimination of Israel, and until death of the last Jew on Earth, unquote.”  How many times do they have to say it, before we finally snap-out of our patronizing, Liberal-racist, stupor, and start listening?

MICROBIOGRAPHY:
Mr. Pat Condell is an atheist, who was born in Ireland around 1950 CE, and raised in England as a Roman Catholic, and educated in Church of England schools.
He has no Jewish ancestors and no religious beliefs that might cause him to favor Jews.

Israel is being buried-alive under an avalanche of media bias and false accusations.
These web sites can help refute those biases and false accusations:
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PLEASE HELP DEFEND ISRAEL FROM UNFAIR MEDIA:
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http://advocacy.ou.org/
www.camera.org                                
www.DanielPipes.org
www.FactsAndLogic.org
www.HonestReporting.com              
www.IsraelBehindTheNews.com
www.memri.org
www.memriTV.org                            
www.MideastReporter.com
www.MythsAndFacts.org                 
www.TheIsraelProject.org
www.BBCwatch.org             
www.jhrw.com          
www.PalWatch.org               
www.UKMediaWatch.org                
www.UNwatch.org
www.aish.com/jw/mo/4-Reasons-Why-the-Media-is-Biased-against-Israel.html

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PLEASE HELP SUE THE TERRORISTS IN COURT:
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www.IsraelLawCenter.org    
www.TheLawFareProject.org

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PLEASE HELP FIGHT ISRAEL-BASHING ON-CAMPUS:
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www.AcademicEngagement.org
www.CampusFairness.org                 
www.CanaryMission.org
www.DavidProject.org                      
www.Israel-Academia-Monitor.com 
www.IsraCampus.org.il
www.JewHatredOnCampus.org
www.SSImovement.org                    
www.StandWithUs.com
www.TheIsraelGroup.org                  
https://twitter.com/cmaccabees

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HELP-ISRAEL ORGANIZATIONS TO JOIN:
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www.afsi.org
www.IsraelBonds.com                      
www.KeepJerusalem.org                   
www.rza.org                                      
www.vfi-usa.org
www.zoa.org

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JEWISH VICTIMS OF ISLAMIC TERRORISTS:       
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www.Terror-Victims.org.il
www.VictimsOfArabTerror.co           [not dot com]

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ARABS AND MUSLIMS WHO BECAME PRO-ISRAEL:      
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www.ActForAmerica.org
http://ArabsForIsrael.blogspot.com/  

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Tehillim, chapter 129, verse 5:
“Let them be ashamed and turned backward, all haters of Zion.”
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OTHER BLOG POSTS BY MR. COHEN:
Quick Bible Quotes from Joshua and Jeremiah:
http://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2016/11/guest-post-joshua-chapter-23-verse-12.html
https://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2016/12/guest-post-jeremiah-chapter-17.html


Rambam Rejected Childless Messiah:
http://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2016/08/rambam-rejected-childless-messiah-by-mr.html

Why Muslims Hate Jews:
https://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2016/12/guest-post-why-muslims-hate-jews.html
https://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2017/01/guest-post-moynihan-1982.html

Forgotten Muslim Oppression against Jews:
https://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2017/01/guest-post-forgotten-oppression.html

Seven Times Stronger
(a quick quote about American anti-Semitism during the Holocaust):
https://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2017/01/guest-post-seven-times-stronger.html

How a Reform Rabbi Become Orthodox (true story):
http://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2016/07/how-did-reform-rabbi-become-orthodox-jew.html

Sephardic Jews Reject Reform Judaism:
https://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2017/07/sephardim-reject-reform.html
https://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2017/08/guest-post-persian-rabbis-decree.html


How to Convict the New York Times:
https://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2016/11/guest-post-how-to-convict-new-york-times.html
https://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2016/11/guest-post-nyt-erases-israel-from-map.html
http://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2016/03/guest-postnyt-vs-israel.html

Why Pray for Tzahal-IDF:
http://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2016/04/guest-post-why-pray-for-idf.html

How to Pray for Tzahal-IDF:
http://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2016/09/how-to-pray-for-tzahal-idf.html

Why Israel’s 1967 Borders are Undefendable:
https://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2017/03/guest-post-why-1967-borders-are-suicide.html