Let Syrian Refugees In

Scared-of-their-shadow Republicans (and a few Democrats) are trying to block Syrian refugees from entering the U.S.  They must not be allowed to win for the following reasons.


An Open Letter to Neera Tanden of the Center For American Progress

Dear Neera Tanden,

I am dismayed that you would lend help legitimize Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his policies by asking him to speak before the Center of American Progress tomorrow.

Stephen Colbert and Donald Trump's Soul

Steven Colbert did a great thing.  That's not news.  Steven Colbert does a lot of great things.  But this may be one of the best things he has done.

Is Israel On the Verge of a Civil War?

Read this very important article in Al-Monitor explaining that the two-state solution is dead and Israel is on the brink of a civil war.

Question for Ben Carson

Ben Carson has admitted he has a violent past.  On NBC's Meet the Press he said,

As a teenager, I would go after people with rocks, and bricks, and baseball bats, and hammers. And, of course, many people know the story when I was 14 and I tried to stab someone. 


The Most Moral Army In the World? Part 2

Last year I wrote about Israel's claim that it has the most moral army in the world. A video from a October 7 showing how the IDF handled stone throwing Palestinians now prompts me to re-examine that claim. Actually, I should modify my statement that the stone throwers were Palestinian. Some of them were actually undercover IDF or border police officers. It is impossible to tell from these videos whether the IDF/border police officers instigated the stone throwing or were merely blending in with a crowd of Palestinians who were already throwing stones.  In either case, watch as an undercover soldier shoots a Palestinian in the leg as he is is being restrained by two fellow officers.

Is Israel Facing a Third Intifada--And If So, Why Now?

Violence has escalated dramatically in the two weeks since the brutal murder of Eitam and Naama Henkin in front of their four children by a Palestinian terrorist in the West Bank.  Five members of a Hamas cell were arrested for the murder within days.

Quotes by Some Prominent Israelis (and American Sheldon Adelson)

Below are some quotes by prominent Israelis and by Sheldon Adelson, Israel's richest and one of its most powerful supporters.  My critics will point out that they provide an unbalanced portrait of Israel and that I do not include quotes by Palestinians and their supporters which portray Palestinians in a bad light. To which I say, "Guilty as charged!"  I make no pretense that this is a balanced presentation.  But I present to you this unbalanced picture for two reasons.

Why the Iranians Hate Us

NASA has proven that it is easier to find liquid water on Mars than to find a major Republican politician who will admit that the U.S. is at least partially to blame for Iran's hostility to the U.S.  It's easier to denounce Iranians when they scream "Death to America" than to acknowledge that they have some justification for their anger.  It's easier for us to threaten war with them than for us to leave our warm cocoon of self-righteousness and take a good hard look at our own behavior.  

And now for something completely different . . .

John Cleese--Minister of silly walks




Donald Trump--Minister of Silly Faces



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