One day a florist went to a barber for a haircut. After the cut, he asked about his bill, and the barber replied, ‘I cannot accept money from you; I’m doing community service this week.’ The florist was pleased and left the shop.
When the barber went to open his shop the next morning, there was a ‘thank you’ card and a dozen roses waiting for him at his door.
Later, a cop came in for a haircut, and when he tried to pay his bill, the barber again replied, ‘I cannot accept money from you; I’m doing community service this week.’ The cop was happy and left the shop.
The next morning when the barber went to open up, there was a ‘thank you’ card and a dozen donuts waiting for him at his door.
Then a Congressman came in for a haircut, and when he went to pay his bill, the barber again replied, ‘I can not accept money from you; I’m doing community service this week’ The Congressman was very happy and left the shop.
The next morning, when the barber went to open up, there were a dozen Congressmen lined up waiting for a free haircut.
And that, my friends, illustrates the fundamental difference between the citizens of our country and the politicians who run it.
As Ronald Reagan said: BOTH POLITICIANS AND DIAPERS NEED TO BE CHANGED OFTEN….AND FOR THE SAME REASON!
If you don’t forward this, I question your sense of humor and patriotism. No, nothing bad will happen. However, you must live with yourself knowing that laughter is not in your future. 🙂
Remember, politicians got us into the mess we are in. Let’s oust them and start over with more ordinary but courageous citizens, as our founding fathers were. Jerry
They hired her to monitor the paper’s integrity…and they fired her for doing her job.
She had two strikes against her. One – she criticized The New York Times first for publishing an op-ed written by imprisoned terrorist Marwan Barghouti, and then for neglecting to mention his crimes – at least 26 Israelis murdered from his work as an unrepentant jihadist.
Two – she complained that the paper’s constant pummeling of President Donald Trump was overly aggressive and had crossed “over the line.”
She wrote that there ought to be consequences for such un-journalistic behavior.
Instead – she became the consequence.
Her name is Liz Spayd and for 11 months she served as the paper’s “public editor,” which translates as house watchdog, or reader’s representative.
So what was her reward for being our representative, demanding, as we do, truthful journalism?
She got fired. This happened a few days ago to the girl who must have been snubbed in the hallways and left to sit alone in the cafeteria.
So they hired her to monitor the paper’s integrity…and they fired her for doing her job.
Let that be a lesson to anyone in the building who even THINKS about speaking his, or her, mind.
Spayd’s firing means that the Times won’t even pretend to be a fair-minded mirror of our times.
Speak up, and you’re done. That goes for every newsroom that uses the Times as its oracle. They follow the leader.
These days every headline must conform to OMG proportions for anything related to Trump…and Israel, always.
The paper has been shameless and quite ridiculous in its attempt to smear Trump as a fellow-traveler to the Russians. It’s done by rumor, gossip, whispers, innuendo, hearsay and unsubstantiated accusation. Those are Red Scare tactics that were used by HUAC and McCarthyism to ruin people. It’s how Inquisitions are done.
Spayd’s firing means that the Times won’t even pretend to be a fair-minded mirror of our times.
Even as it calls itself the paper of record and serves as the template for the rest of the news media, it’s a paper intended entirely for radical leftists.
They love it when the paper goes after Trump and the Jews, and it was probably the left that made Arthur Sulzberger Jr. get rid of her.
Sulzberger says there is no longer a need for an ombudsman. The paper can be trusted to serve as its own judge. Liberals cheered. They too know what’s best.
They complained that Spayd was “controversial” – and what is controversial to them?
Anyone who departs from the gospel according to Tom Friedman and Paul Krugman is a danger.
Liz Spayd’s firing is the latest evidence that Big Brother still wants us under heel.
So if a single lonely voice is silenced because it demurs from what is official policy – how is the Times of today any different from the Pravda of yesterday?
No dissent then and there; no dissent permitted here and now.
Which means that so far as getting news that is trustworthy and reliable, we are not in America anymore. We are back in the USSR.
New York-based bestselling American novelist Jack Engelhard writes regularly for Arutz Sheva. His books, including “The Bathsheba Deadline,” are available from Amazon and other retailers. Engelhard wrote the international bestseller “Indecent Proposal” and the award-winning Montreal memoir “Escape from Mount Moriah.” His latest is “News Anchor Sweetheart.” He is the recipient of the Ben Hecht Award for Literary Excellence. Website: http://www.jackengelhard.com
If it is to be lived with purpose, life is a delicate balancing act of body and soul, heaven and earth. It requires two feet firmly upon the ground and a clear head high up in the air. Only then are you the master.
In a rush, you are not in control of your world—the world is in control of you. Place your foot gently on the brakes, slow down, switch gears from madness to mind. Reclaim mastery.
The so-called Two-State Solution to Jewish-Arab conflict in Israel has been around since at least 1947. Israel has many times agreed to such, while Arabs have refused, while stating their intentions to wipe Israel off the map. Result: Pull the discussion off the table.
Israel and the world have grown weary of continually hearing the two-state solution, so emptily proposed. Increasingly of late, instead, Israeli Sovereignty over Judea, Samaria and the Jordan Valley is gaining support from a widening variety of citizens, scholars, politicians, thinkers, clergy of all religions, and even Arabs.
Now Professor Martin Slann explains how cessation of further pursuit of the two-state solution is a breath of fresh air, the beginning of peace. Dr Slann is Dean, Department of Political Science and History, University of Texas at Tyler, and is an expert student of Middle Eastern affairs.
Why the End of the Two-State Solution is the Beginning of Peace
“The recently concluded summit between President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu was a refreshing change from the misery the Obama Administration attempted, usually without success, to inflict on Israel. Trump understands that Netanyahu’s first priority is the security of his country and its continued presence on the map. Obama and Secretaries of State Clinton and Kerry were persuaded that only an Israeli decision to commit national suicide would guarantee justice for the so-called Palestinians as well as peace throughout the region and even trigger an end to the plague of Islamic terrorism.
“Kerry had insisted that time and demography were working against Israel and that, in the near future, Israeli Jews would be outnumbered by the Arabs of Israel, Judea and Samaria, and Gaza. Better, he argued, to make a deal while it’s still possible. As usual, Kerry was wrong. The numbers he was using were inaccurate and had been distorted by the Palestinian Authority’s census bureau. The Jewish birthrate is at least equal to the Arab one in all of these areas and has been for several years; moreover, Arabs are leaving Judea and Samaria in significant numbers each year, mostly to Europe or to other Arab countries. Their future under a corrupt Palestinian Authority or the Hamas death cult is bleak. Interestingly, Israeli Arabs aren’t going anywhere. And why should they? Israel is the home of the only Arab middle class anywhere in the region where the rule of law applies rather than the whim of a military dictator or the pronouncements of an unhinged religious fanatic.
“In the meantime, the ridiculous notion that Israel couldn’t be both democratic and Jewish has also been revealed as nonsense, Israel has been a parliamentary democracy for nearly seven decades. Its non-Jewish citizens, Druse, Christians, and even some Muslims are voluntarily joining the Israeli military in record numbers because more and more of them are concluding that Israel is their country too. This is good news. Israel is the strongest economic, political, and military American ally in the Middle East. The Obama Administration didn’t know this or, if it did, didn’t care. Its foreign policy was based on reaching out only to those who despise the United States and are working for its downfall. The Iranian nuclear treaty (which the Trump people are working to dismantle) is the best case in point.
“Best of all, there is a recognition that proposals for a two-state solution are deservedly are increasingly ignored. The knife-jihad and the car-ramming jihad have convinced most Israelis, even those on the left, that Arabs occupying parts of Judea and Samaria don’t want peace with Israel regardless of how many concessions they receive. They merely want all Israelis dead. Four generations of institutionalized hatred perpetrated by the Palestinian media, schools, and Islamic clergy and the glorification of destruction have made the two-state solution an impossible eventuality. Israeli children are encouraged by their parents to become engineers, teachers, and physicians while their Palestinian counterparts are constantly exposed to the spiritually fulfilling opportunity of martyrdom.
“Even Arabs should be happy that the two-state solution is gone. It may just get them to focus on all the wasted years they’ve accumulated and begin to comprehend that their future doesn’t have to be as self-defeating and wasted as the past. A lot of Israeli and foreign businesses are waiting to build the economic infrastructure in Arab areas in Judea and Samaria. All that Arabs must do for that to happen is to rid themselves of hate and a thirst for ‘vengeance.’
February, 2017, #11
By Shireen Qudosi [I just discovered this lady, and am impressed by what I read at Shireen Qudosi and at @ShireenQudosi. If you tweet, I suggest that you follow her (and @JihadWatch, and @PamelaGeller and Robert Spencer via @JihadWatchRS). And if you don’t tweet, I suggest you start, an alternative way of learning. Any youngster can show you how. 🙂 Jerry]
One week into his new administration President Trump has shown the American people that while he lacks the silver tongue of a statesman, he more than makes up for it with the decisiveness of a businessman.
This week, President Trump signed executive orders on building the border wall in a sweeping move that also targets sanctuary cities. Another executive order aims to stop the flow of immigration from seven red-flag states including Syria, which will curtail the acceptance of Syrian refugees. Some would argue that the order doesn’t go far enough to include terror-manufacturing states like the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. However, it does strategically target the greatest security gap: infiltration through the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program. A program directed by emotion in the past, the initiative fails to look at two key elements:
First, does this type of immigration benefit America?
And second, does it consider the big picture?
The big picture is that refugee plight is a vehicle for radical Islamic terrorists who easily infiltrate the stream of hard-to-vet victims of war.
Immigration, until President Trump’s executive order, was arguably the largest security blind spot for America to date.
President Trump’s security-driven agenda in the first week is a move welcomed by Muslims both domestically and abroad, many of whom have the same security concerns against growing Islamic extremism as Americans.
When I talked about this with Pakistani-American activist Ali Abbas Taj, he stressed the need for the administration to push further by focusing on the underlying extremist groups: Salafis from the Middle East and Deobandis from South Asia.
The focus on these two groups will help the administration avoid over-simplification under the banner of radical Islam.
Ali says, “We cannot win by making 2 billion Muslims our enemy through broad-brushing radical Islam. Only the extremists within these sub-sects [of Deobandis and Salafis] must be destroyed. We cannot destroy 2 billion Muslims.”
Being swept aside in the tide of policy or directly attacked by extremists themselves is a widespread worry that many other Muslims have (but don’t often publicly admit). Many American Muslims realize they’re on a fast-track to their own deportation process if the country doesn’t start taking radical Islam seriously.
Take Fatima, for example, a North American-Muslim woman, who welcomes a crackdown on domestic terrorism.
In a message exchange with me, Fatima confides, “Between extreme vetting and increased surveillance of mosques and monitoring the funding of mosques and organizations like CAIR, [these efforts] will help curb extremists and extremist ideas.”
And she poignantly adds, “This administration should be able to fight Islamic extremism without vilifying all Muslims.”
In London, Shaaz Mahboob manages the Facebook page British Muslims for Secular Democracy.
A Trump supporter, Mahboob is confident President Trump can navigate the minefield of radical Islam in part through strategic alliances with pro-reform Muslims.
He also calls for excluding Islamists from the conversation, which was a tactic practiced by the Obama administration for the last 8 years.
Islamists, aided by the Obama administration, were able to completely push out pro-reform Muslims from the national dialogue.
For Mahboob, it’s simple: “[It’s] time to play Islamists at their own game and beat them by isolating them.”
There is an undercurrent of support from Muslims for the newly elected president. Even those Muslims who couldn’t vote for Trump, but who are engaged with the problem of radical Islam, feel President Trump can act as a megaphone for their voice.
Empowered by a high caliber cabinet, the new administration should expand on the immigration policy with a crackdown on domestic targets. The first step would be to strike with precision at the problem by partnering with pro-reform Muslim allies.
The Iron Curtain was the ideological conflict and physical boundary dividing Europe into two separate areas from the end of World War II in 1945 until the end of the Cold War in 1991. Now Professor Martin Slann warns of another, insidious one, Islam’s Iron Curtain. Dr Slann is Dean, Department of Political Science and History, University of Texas at Tyler, and is an expert student of Middle Eastern affairs.
Islam’s Iron Curtain
“Similar to communism, Islam is a totalitarian system that is characterized by a secret and very intrusive police force, economic stagnation, numerous lethal punishments for activities that the state perceives as subversive, and the brutality or even genocide visited on ethnic or religious minorities. However, unlike communism, Islam has been able to establish statelets in what until recent decades had been thriving democracies. These are mostly in Europe, but are slowly emerging in North America as well. The United Kingdom currently has over 80 religious councils that adjudicate disputes on the basis of sharia law, the barbaric and violent code that is mostly based on the rantings of the seventh century pedophilic and murderous founder of Islam.
“The argument on behalf of sharia is that Muslims, because they are special, must govern themselves according to the indisputable and changeless laws of Allah. Anyone who opposes this rather primitive doctrine is an islamophobe and a hate-filled bigot. In practice, all of this means that Muslim men get to slap their wives around as much as they like, get to “marry” girls well under the age of 15, and even to commit “honor” killings of disobedient daughters who refuse to wear the hijab. These atrocities are perfectly fine with the politically correct gang of liberals and progressives who keep running around condemning western civilization for its egregious history of imperialism and slavery.
“Even worse, though, is that liberals are as intolerant of criticism of Islamic practices as they are condemnatory of the Judeo-Christian tradition. This is why courageous democratic leaders such as Geert Wilders in the Netherlands can be placed on trial for hate speech because he suggested that his country should stop importing Muslims, mostly from Morocco, and immediately signing them up for state welfare and subsidized housing. After all, a Muslim man with four wives and a couple dozen children has a lot more important things to do than look for a job. What was Wilders thinking?
“Don’t believe for a moment that feminists or liberals will even hint that this is at all wrong. For them it isn’t: it’s merely payback for the years of oppression by a privileged white male dominant class that has oppressed women for centuries and exploited Islamic countries in the Middle East for their oil. Giulio Meotti, an Italian journalist, has written that we are witnessing the “sanctimony of liberal censorship.” Condemn Christianity and Judaism while giving a pass to Islam. The only hate speech that upsets liberals in Germany, for example, is the outrageous suggestion that Muslim men should accept German social norms and stop raping young German women and defecating in public pools.
“This is the Islamic iron curtain: the closure of free speech when it comes to Islam and Muslims. [Emphasis mine. JRL] The new Muslim mayor of London, for example, has declared that sharia is perfectly compatible with English Common Law. The mayor is lying, of course, but elements of the extremist Labor Party agree and support his contention. We’ve seen this mess before. After all, The New York Times during the 1930s sent reporters to the Soviet Union to report on the wonderful new society being built by the great humanitarian, Joseph Stalin. While millions of Soviet citizens starved to death on collective farms that produced between nothing and very little, the Times reported that Soviet agriculture was setting record levels of wheat and corn production on collective farms.
“Establishing and sustaining an iron curtain is as dependent on self-hating liberals and cowards as much as it is on the thugs who build it. Thirty years ago President Reagan told Mikhail Gorbachev to “tear down this [Berlin] Wall.” Perhaps it’s time for President-elect Trump to tell Muslims to tear down their own walls that are built on the hate and fear of sharia law. By the way, the Berlin Wall came down soon after Reagan issued his demand.
December 12, 2016, #10
This Wednesday marks the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor, 7 December 1941. Visitors there often board the now decommissioned and famed Battleship Missouri.
“Missouri’s commissioning in 1944 illustrated the two years [after Pearl Harbor] it took to mobilize American industrial might and military prowess. Reflecting the cultural conflict that intensified the Japan hatred, on October 25, 1944, the Japanese launched the first of what would be 1321 kamikaze missions. To Americans, the kamikaze—also known as Tokkotai, short for “Special Attack Unit”—confirmed that the struggle pitted fanatic “men who want to die” against democratic “men who fight to live.”
[Reminds me of the current Islamic fanatics against the world. Jerry]
“The Pacific was particularly tense in April, 1945, as the 82-day Battle of Okinawa began. In the first four weeks, the Japanese would sink twenty American ships. On April 6, five kamikazes crashed into the USS Newcomb. Flames catapulted 1000 feet into the air. Ninety-one sailors were killed or wounded.
“Missouri’s commander Callaghan, a 47-year-old San Francisco native and devout Catholic, was raised in a culture devoted to the Navy’s unofficial motto Non sibi sed patriae, not for self but for country. Callaghan and his family had already sacrificed. A Japanese shell had killed his older brother, Rear Admiral Daniel Callaghan, while standing on the bridge of his ship, the U.S.S. San Francisco, on November 13, 1942. Dan Callaghan was buried at sea.
“Suddenly, at 2:42 PM on April 11, 1945, the terrifying buzzzzz of a kamikaze pilot pierced through the usual racket 2,700 Missouri crew members generated. As the ship’s guns fired away, the pilot – probably 19-year-old Setsuo Ishino – descended with the dreaded death dive – intending to detonate the 500-pound bomb attached to his Mitsbushi-made, ultra-manueverable, A6M5c Zero fighter plane.
“Even as antiaircraft fire hit the plane, the plane hit the ship. The ship’s baker, Len Schmidt, captured the terrifying millisecond right before impact on camera. An explosion could have killed hundreds. Instead, what foxhole converts call a miracle – historians call it wartime’s dumb luck – intervened: the bomb fell off the plane before impact. The hit barely made a dent, although it did start a gasoline fire. The Japanese pilot was the only casualty. Half his body fragmented, scattering on deck; the other half sank into the sea with his plane.
“With the special fury sitting-duck sailors expressed for these flying suicide bombers, crew members prepared to wash their enemy’s body into the sea. Then in a decisive, life-defining, incredibly decent move, Captain Callaghan said “No.” He decided to see past the fearsome façade, and honor the fearlessness—and fealty—this boy demonstrated. Callaghan ordered that the body be brought to sick bay “and we’ll have a burial for him tomorrow.”
“Crew members were furious, then offended when Callaghan ordered one shipmate to sew a Japanese flag, even if it took him all night. Callaghan treated this young man as “a fellow warrior who had displayed courage and devotion, and who had paid the ultimate sacrifice with his life, fighting for his country”—just as Dan Callaghan and so many others had. The next day, Callaghan would explain via the ship’s sound system that they were honoring a shared sense of duty, honor, and sacrifice with a fellow warrior.
“The ship’s chaplain officiated as six pallbearers slid the body into the sea. The sailors saluted, and a round of rifle fire honored this then-unknown soldier. Callaghan reprimanded whoever hesitated to stand at attention, barking through his bullhorn: “This is a military ceremony as required by the Articles for the government of the USN [US Navy].”
“Some sailors remained bitter, but, one recalled, “the honorable thing was done.” Decades later, amid a joint ceremony on Missouri, Junko Kamata, whose uncle was a kamikaze pilot killed during the Battle of Okinawa, would hail Captain Callaghan’s “humanitarian consideration for kamikaze soldiers.”
“Leadership counts. Noble leaders can stretch us, just as demagogues debase us. [emphasis mine. Jerry] Ennobled by their captain, the sailors quickly shifted from resistance to acceptance to pride. [Would that the media, pundits and sore losers would do likewise.]
“Timing counts too. Franklin Roosevelt died that day. FDR’s death didn’t diminish Callaghan’s heroism but did limit his fame.
“Still, the story became part of the legend of the mighty Missouri, the historic ship that hosted General Douglas MacArthur for the Japanese surrender months later, then fought in Korea and even launched powerful Cruise Missile barrages in the 1990 Persian Gulf War. Callaghan’s magnanimity turned this hulking 887.2 foot by 108.2 foot mass destruction machine into a dove of peace.
“This battleship’s unlikely moonlighting career makes it a fitting symbol during this brittle, Trump transition. Seventy-one years ago, Captain Callaghan transcended the American-Japanese chasm to recognize a common humanity, a defining patriotism, a shared idealism in this potential killer who, ultimately, was just a dead kid. Americans today have a narrower blue-red, Clinton-Trump divide to transcend. By recognizing our common national values and interests we too can stretch William Callaghan-style, quash our baser impulses, and start healing.
[Time for the couch potatoes, egoists, narcissists, and psychological infants to realize that the (deplorable :-)) patriots who saved them and this country from themselves have done them and the world one huge favor. Jerry]