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Congress on Edge

GOP Leaders Demand Resignation of 7 Congressional Black Caucus Members

March 13th 2018

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We constantly hear the absurd rhetoric from the progressive socialist left that Donald Trump is a racist. Funny, there are no instances of President Trump meeting with any KKK leaders or members, yet, he is incessantly associated with white supremacists. However, the left fights doggedly for Planned Parenthood, an organization founded by a white supremacist and racist.

The Democrats were crying rivers and delivering great accolades over the death of one Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard, Senator Robert Byrd. It was Robert Byrd who had voted against the civil rights legislation…Republican Senator Everett Dirksen enabled its passage. But somehow the Republicans — you know, the political party established in 1854 to end slavery – are racist. And President Donald Trump, regardless of the fact that black unemployment is now at a record low, is a racist. Read more ..

Hollywood on Edge

Jimmy Kimmel Targets Pence's Faith, Hollywood's Laughter Show Anti-Christian Bias

March 6th 2018

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Vice President Mike Pence has come under attack once again by media leftists for his conservative Christian beliefs – this time it happened at the Oscars in front of millions.  

Academy Awards host Jimmy Kimmel made a joke about a film that features a homosexual romance between a teen boy and a man – a story that some might consider pedophilia.

And Hollywood loved it, laughing at his joke and giving the controversial film, "Call Me By Your Name," an Oscar for best adapted screenplay.

During a politically correct evening that was laced with anti-Trump political statements and marred by low ratings, apparently, the one group Hollywood still finds it acceptable to offend is Christians.


India on Edge

The Forgotten Murder of Millions of Hindus

March 4th 2018

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Genocide is the intentional attempt to destroy an ethnic community, or by extension any community constituted by bonds of kinship, of common religion or ideology, of common socio-economic position or of common race. The pure form is the complete extermination of every man, woman and child of the group. Examples include the native Tasmanians and many Amerindian nations, from Patagonia to Canada, by European settlers in the 16th-19th century. The most notorious attempt was the Nazi "final solution of the Jewish question" in 1941 to 45. In April 1994, Hutu militias in Rwanda went about slaughtering the Tutsi minority, killing ca 800,000, in anticipation of the conquest of their country by an Uganda-based Tutsi army.

Hindus suffered such attempted extermination in East Bengal in 1971, when the Pakistani Army killed one to three million people, with Hindus as their most common target. It is significant that no serious count or religion-wise breakdown of the death toll has been attempted. Read more ..

Financing the Flames

The Racism Associated with ‘Human Rights’ Organizations

February 28th 2018

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The numerous foreign-funded “human rights” organizations who operate in Israel do not actually care about human rights. In fact, recent events have shown that they do not seem to care about human beings as such, either. Instead, they are what most Israelis have always suspected them of being—namely, political actors who have organized themselves cleverly in benign-sounding “rights” organizations in order to better pursue their nefarious agendas of destroying the state of Israel through “Lawfare.”

The Jerusalem District Court determined in the summer of 2017 that the Palestinian Authority was responsible for the kidnapping, torture and murder of dozens of suspected Arab “collaborators” within Israel, several of them with Israeli citizenship, between 1995 and 2002. The court proceedings unveiled grueling testimonies of Arabs who had been subjected to the most heinous torture in the cellars of detention centers run by the Palestinian Authority. Read more ..

Book Essay

The Immorality of Arguing That There's a Moral Case for Fossil Fuels

February 21st 2018

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In 2014, a young man named Alex Epstein - who's described as a "philosopher, energy theorist, and industrial policy pundit" - wrote a book titled "The Moral Case For Fossil Fuels."

Alex used this book to springboard to a career arguing the merits of his case on a website, magazine articles, YouTube videos and live debates. His website states that Alex will "accept a debate any time, any place." (I'll get back to this challenge later on).

Also, in 2014, Kathleen Hartnett White wrote a short book titled "Fossil Fuels: The Moral Case." Kathleen has held a number of very senior positions with government agencies and industry groups as an environment and energy expert. Read more ..

UNRWA on Edge

UN Relief and Works Agency: Savior or Demon?

February 20th 2018

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The news is abuzz with the decision of the United States to withhold 65 million dollars from the United Nations Relief Agency (“UNRWA”) that was created supposedly to help Palestinian Arab refugees. Like many United Nations activities, this so-called “relief agency” was set up for the wrong reasons and has become a tool of third world terrorists.

Palestine was the name given to the region occupied by modern Jordan and Israel by the Romans when they crushed the Jewish nation. They wanted to wipe out the Jewish presence from the Holy Land forever. Fortunately for the world, this did not occur and the presence of Jews in Israel, including Judea and Samaria, continued unabated.
UNRWA has been used repeatedly as a disguise for terrorist indoctrination. UNRWA schools teach a revisionist history that claims the Holocaust against the Jews never happened and to deprecate Western values at every level. Read more ..


Comey's Court Declaration May Lead to Obama

February 11th 2018


The House Intelligence Committee’s “Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Abuses (FISA)” outlines explicit prima facie criminal behavior that starts with former FBI Director James Comey, and seems to end with President Obama.  It may be the greatest subversion of the US Constitution ever, one that will expose the United States to necessary additional independent prosecution to unravel and uncover a far-reaching Obama Administration criminal enterprise.

To be specific, for starters, FBI Director and AG Loretta Lynch, and President Obama may even have engaged in a conspiracy connected to “18 U.S.C. Section 1001 Statements or entries generally,” and “18 U.S.C. Section 1623 – False declarations before grand jury or court.”  Both of these federal criminal statutes are felonies.Let’s break down the factual components we know about as of today: Read more ..

The Trump Era

A Friendship Strengthened Between America and Israel

February 10th 2018


The White House recently released a transcript of remarks made by Vice President Mike Pence. According to the release, he spoke in “The Knesset, Jerusalem, Israel.” This may not seem groundbreaking at first glance, but the simple act of defining Jerusalem as a part of Israel is evidence of a long-awaited and much-needed shift in how America deals with this key ally. If there is one main thing to take away from Vice President Pence’s visit to Israel, it is that the U.S.-Israel relationship is finally back on firm footing where it belongs. Since the Trump administration replaced the Obama administration, dedicated supporters of the Jewish state have been put at ease. President Trump is a clear friend upon whom Israel can rely, and the strong backing of our most important ally in the Middle East extends throughout the President’s cabinet and reaches across his entire administration. 
This is a welcome change from the days when Obama mistreated our ally and needlessly created personal animosity between himself and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Rather than working out any policy disagreements behind closed doors in private, members of Obama’s cabinet leaked insults about the Israeli Prime Minister to the press and attempted to use pressure to force Israel to make concessions to a Palestinian Authority which refused to recognize Israel’s legitimacy and repeatedly denied the Jewish people’s undeniable connection to the land.  

John Kerry Sabotages US Foreign Policy

January 27th 2018

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Former Secretary of State John Kerry reportedly sought to undermine the Trump administration's current policy in dealing with the nihilist Palestinian leadership. According to an article appearing in Maariv, as quoted by the Jerusalem Post, Kerry met a senior Palestinian leader, Hussein Agha, in London recently and told him to convey a clandestine message to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. The message was that Abbas should “play for time” and “not yield to President [Donald] Trump’s demands.” Kerry reportedly predicted that President Trump would not be in office for long - perhaps not more than a year. Possibly for that reason, Kerry allegedly advised that the Palestinians should aim their criticisms at President Trump personally, rather than more broadly at the United States. According to the report, Kerry also offered to help the Palestinians devise an alternative peace plan and advance it with Europeans, Arab states and the international community at large. Finally, Kerry reportedly told Agha that he was seriously considering running for president in 2020, as if he had not done enough damage to U.S. national security already in negotiating, for example, the disastrous nuclear deal with Iran.


After the Election

Former Federal Prosecutor Calls for Criminal Liabilities for Obama Officials Snooping on U.S. citizens

January 23rd 2018

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Joe diGenova, a former federal prosecutor, said that soon the truth about what he called the Obama Administration’s “brazen plot to exonerate Hillary Clinton” will trickle out. DiGenova said that the Obama administration had sought to “frame an incoming president with a false Russian conspiracy,” in reference to the ongoing investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into alleged connections between President Donald Trump’s political campaign and Russia.

DiGenova said in an interview with Ginni Thomas of The Daily Caller that senior Obama administration officials at the Department of Justice and the FBI allegedly “violated the law, perhaps committed crimes” while engaging in surveillance and politicizing law enforcement to ruin Trump as a candidate and “destroy him as a president.” This was done in conjunction with covering up possibly criminal acts by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Read more ..

Inside Washington

Education Department Nominee Ken Marcus: A Case Study of The New Anti-Semitism

January 19th 2018

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When I was a child, having been born in the 1950s under the shadow of the Holocaust, I had naively thought anti-Semitism was mostly a thing of the past that vanished in the gas chambers and ovens of Auschwitz. Yet within the past few decades, I have witnessed anti-Semitism blossom into a socially acceptable hatred that has managed to make its way into the corridors of polite society in a fashion that is as overt, obvious and unconcealed as it is alarming.

It has migrated not only into college classrooms and campuses, but actually into the most respectable chambers of the U.S. Senate, in the very committees whose mandate is to authorize and appropriate taxpayer-funded programs to eliminate racism and anti-Semitism as well as other hatreds, and to appoint professionals within those agencies.

Recently, much of this anti-Semitic invective has been directed against a colleague of mine, Ken Marcus, who has been nominated to serve as assistant secretary of education for civil rights within the Department of Education. For reasons I will explain, Marcus has been the victim of an ugly and disgusting smear campaign.


Palestinians on Edge

UNRWA: an Obstacle to Peace?

January 9th 2018

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One of the greatest obstacles to peace, and certainly the least acknowledged, is the perpetuation of the Palestinian refugee problem and the inflation of its scale by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). Whereas the actual number of Arabs who could still claim to be refugees as a result of the Arab-Israeli war of 1947-1949 is today no more than several tens of thousands, the number of those registered as refugees is reaching 5 million, with millions more claiming to have that status.

Since the Second World War the UN High Commissioner for Refugees has been responsible for the welfare of all refugees in the world and has assisted in their resettlement and relocation – so that nearly all of them are no longer refugees – with one exception: the Arabs from Palestine. By contrast, UNRWA, the organis Read more ..

The Trump Era

Business is Back

January 3rd 2018

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Small business is making a dramatic comeback.The National Federation of Independent Business has the numbers.  The NFIB is the trade association representing America’s small businesses.

Job creation plans are the highest in the 44-years the NFIB has been collecting the data. Business optimism is at the highest level since the Reagan administration.   NFIB CEO Juanita Duggan said this is “a powerful signal that small business is roaring back to life.”

The trade group’s November report contrasts robust business growth in recent months with 8 years of “weak recovery under President Obama.”  The NFIB forecasts a hiring binge that will also include worker pay increases.  This is great news for families and the economy. The NFIB credits the growth to reducing regulatory red tape, cutting back on onerous ObamaCare regulations and adopting a more business- and family-friend tax policy. Read more ..

Media on Edge

Media Hysteria Continues to Rule

December 29th 2017

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Many of us in media are thoroughly embarrassed at how our industry is behaving. ut aside for a moment whether or not you like Donald Trump. It’s obvious some journalists and news outlets have gone completely off-the-rails.  Their hatred of Trump or anything associated with him is truly disturbing.

Consider this:

A CNN political analyst attacked White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. April Ryan challenged Sanders if she really baked the Thanksgiving pie she posted on social media. Ryan used the hashtag FakePie.

Politico contributing editor Virginia Heffernan broke the story that Donald Trump, Jr. allegedly used foul language in school. Pre-school. When he was three-years old.

The Huffington Post published a comedic investigation on how Trump shakes hands.  But it’s since followed it up with a series of bizarre reports criticizing Trump handshakes [here, here, here, here]. ewsweek accused Ivanka Trump of plagiarism.  More specifically, of plagiarizing herself. Using one’s own work isn’t plagiarism.  Even middle schoolers know this. t seems a week doesn’t go by without a major news outlet or two announcing a “bombshell” only to retract the story [here, here, here]. his is both disturbing and embarrassing.

The Obama Years

The Obama Years: A Legacy Of Scandal And Deception

December 28th 2017

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On December 13, former vice president, Joe Biden, appeared on CBS with the hosts of “This Morning” where he peddled his new book and showered his former boss with praise. During the course of the interview, he was asked about his relationship with Obama and responded with the following; “I’ve served with eight presidents and I’ve gotten to know four of them very well. I’ve never met any president that has more character, more integrity, and more backbone than this guy does.” Then he went completely off the rails when he absurdly added; “And eight years, not a hint — not a hint — of a scandal.

What was perhaps even more outrageous than the statement itself was the fact that none of This Morning’s hosts challenged the veracity of that statement and allowed it to pass without a scintilla of scrutiny, exposing yet again an extreme bias existing within elements of the establishment media. In fact, the Obama administration was among the most corrupt and scandal-ridden in recent memory. Biden’s comment merits further examination so let’s buckle up and take a stroll down memory lane. Read more ..

The United Nation Continues To Be A Moral Cesspool

December 26th 2017


The vote in the United Nations General Assembly concerning Jerusalem on Thursday wasn’t really about Jerusalem — or even so much about Israel.

It was about the self-presumed moral superiority of countries sitting in the U.N. General Assembly, defying the reality of 3,000 years of Jerusalem as the spiritual capital of the Jewish people and the seat of government of three Jewish Commonwealths, but never the seat of government for any other country or people. It was also about defying the reality that only under Jewish sovereignty is Jerusalem an open, tolerant city for people of all faiths, or no faith. They know that. But they thought it was a free shot at Israel, Jews and the president of the United States. Read more ..

Turkey on Edge

Erdogan's Nuclear Ambitions

December 24th 2017

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Turkey is rapidly developing into a threat to peace and stability in the Middle East.
The regime of President [formerly Prime Minister] Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his AKP Justice and Development Party are increasingly authoritarian. Their effort to obtain nuclear power with its military offshoots would make it an imposing and new threat to the whole region.
Behind Erdogan's efforts, of course, is nostalgia for Turkey's once dominant role in that part of the world. The Turkish Empire at its zenith in the early 19th century stretched from the gates of Vienna to Aden to Gibraltar, incorporating most of the eastern Mediterranean. Its collapse in World War I left behind a truncated nationalist state dedicated to linguistic Turks although with considerable racial and ethnic minorities. Read more ..

The Edge of History

What Russian Revolution?

December 22nd 2017


Last month marked the 100th anniversary of the so-called Russian "revolution." There are few events in history that have been subject to so much misinformation and disinformation. To mention just the most significant:

(1) There was no revolution in Russia in November 1917. There was a coup d'état in St. Petersburg perpetrated by the Bolshevik Party. Its members assaulted the Winter Palace, where the Provisional Government, which succeeded the downfall of the Tsar in March of that year was sitting and proclaimed itself the new government of Russia.

(2) Vladimir Lenin, the leader of the Bolsheviks, was unknown in Russia outside the major cities. He was acting on behalf of Germany, at that time at war with Russia. The Germans smuggled him into Russia from exile in Switzerland precisely for the purpose of staging a coup, taking control of St. Petersburg and surrendering his country to Germany. Lenin did that and signed the punitive treaty of Brest-Litovsk, which granted Germany all of Poland and Ukraine and huge territories in Russia itself. This permitted the Germans to transfer a lot of troops and military equipment to the Western front, where the subsequent German offensive in 1918 would in all probability have succeeded in defeating France and driving the English out of the continent had not the American army arrived just in time. Read more ..

Inside Amazon

Amazon Becomes a Major Defense Contractor

December 20th 2017

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Amazon is the King Kong of online shopping sites.  It’s also a giant in federal government contracting. A few years back, Amazon got a $600 million contract to provide cloud-computing services to the CIA.  Amazon wasn’t lowest bidder. Not even close. IBM, whose bid was about 35% lower, filed a protest. A GAO investigation found irregularities and ordered CIA to re-bid the contract.

Amazon filed suit against the government.  A federal judge tossed the GAO investigation and ordered the Amazon – CIA deal to go forward. Critics worry Amazon will share the personal information of its 162 million customers with the spy agency. One can only speculate if Amazon canceling web-hosting services for WikiLeaks factored into CIA’s decision. Read more ..

Mideast Peace

Trump Puts Fact Ahead of Fiction in Israel

December 9th 2017


The most exhausting thing about the Middle East -- except for the bloodshed, poverty, tyranny, etc. -- is that it refuses to conform to how it's described in the West.

It's like journalists, diplomats and politicians want to announce a football game, but the players keep insisting on playing rugby. The field looks similar. The scoring isn't all that different. It's just a different game. But don't tell the gang in the booth. They get furious when you point out that the facts don't line up with the commentary.

Consider President Trump's momentous (though for now mostly symbolic) announcement that the United States will recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Before you can debate whether this was a good move, you must acknowledge one glaring fact that the chatterers want to ignore or downplay: It's true. Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. The Knesset, Israel's parliament, convenes there. Israelis call it their capital for the same reason they claim two plus two equals four. It's just true. Read more ..

Israel on Edge

Moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem is the Right Move at the Right Time

December 7th 2017

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Sometimes it is hard to do the right thing, but that doesn’t make it any less right.  Such is the case with Donald Trump and his announcement today that the United States will be moving its Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
For far too many decades, both the United States and the rest of the world have played a silly game by pretending that Jerusalem is somehow not the legitimate capital of the state of Israel.  Now that Donald Trump is in the White House he has done what Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama were unwilling to do: actually move the Embassy and thereby fulfill the will of the American people.
In 1995 Congress passed an historic law called the Jerusalem Embassy Act.  That legislation codified American policy while outlining a series of crucial facts related to the Israeli capital.  The bill noted that, “each sovereign nation, under international law may designate its own capital.”  It also recognized that since 1950 Jerusalem has been Israel’s capital city, and observed that Israel’s President, its Parliament, its Supreme Court and various government ministries were all located there. Read more ..

Inside Washington

Kenneth Marcus Nomination Confirmation Urged for Strong Approach to Civil Rights

November 28th 2017

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The Trump administration has lent some support to the old adage that even a busted watch will tell the time correctly twice a day, actually appointing someone eminently qualified to a high-ranking position in the U.S. Department of Education.

This may seem improbable, but it is true: Kenneth Marcus, president and director of the Washington, D.C.-based Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law, has been tapped to be the department’s assistant secretary for civil rights.

This is a natural fit for Marcus, who was a Phi Beta Kappa at Williams College before earning his law degree at Berkeley — not exactly a training ground for Trump appointees.

Marcus is well-qualified for this position, having served the second Bush administration as its Department of Housing and Urban Development’s deputy assistant secretary for fair housing and equal opportunity. He was also the de facto head of the Department of Education’s civil rights office. Read more ..

America on Edge

No Hate Crime Charges Yet Seen For Teen In Kidnapping/Torture Of White Teen In Chicago

November 27th 2017

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In January, a brutal crime shocked the nation in the days before Donald Trump was inaugurated. Four black individuals abducted an 18-year-old mentally challenged white man, brutally tormenting him with punches, kicks, and taunts while slicing off hunks of his hair with a knife and tearing off his clothing. They broadcast their crime on Facebook. Perpetrators Jordan Hill, Tesfaye Cooper, Brittany Covington, and Tanishia Covington, shouted “F**k white people!” and “F**k Trump!” while they brutalized the sobbing young man. One of them cut a patch out of the victim’s scalp. Read more ..

After the Vote

The Trump Collusion Case Is Not Getting the Clinton Emails Treatment

November 12th 2017

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In July 2016, the Obama administration announced its decision not to prosecute Hillary Clinton for felony mishandling of classified information and destruction of government files. In the aftermath, I observed that there is a very aggressive way that the Justice Department and the FBI go about their business when they are trying to make a case — one profoundly different from the way they went about the Clinton emails investigation. There, they tried not to make the case.

That observation bears repeating today, as we watch Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of any possible Trump-campaign collusion in Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 presidential campaign. Mueller is a former FBI director and top Justice Department prosecutor. To say he is going about the collusion caper aggressively would be an understatement. The earth is being scorched by the stunningly large team he has assembled, which includes 16 other prosecutors (among them, Democratic party donors and activists) along with dozens of investigators (mostly from the FBI and IRS).

At the end of October, Mueller announced the first charges in the case. In the intensive commentary that followed, another investigative development attracted almost no attention. But in terms of Mueller’s seriousness of purpose, it speaks just as loudly as the George Papadopoulos guilty plea and the indictment of Paul Manafort and Richard Gates. Read more ..

Vote 2017

Washington Post Article on Roy Moore Fails to Mention Accuser's Links to Democrats

November 11th 2017


Questions have arisen concerning the veracity of a Washington Post story that broke on Thursday in which four women accused Roy Moore, the Republican candidate to represent Alabama in the U.S. Senate, of initiating sexual contact with them when they were teenagers. Washington Post reporters Stephanie McCrummen, Beth Reinhard, and Alice Crites penned “Woman says Roy Moore initiated sexual encounter when she was 14, he was 32.” 

One of the four women is Debbie Wesson Gibson who, according to the Washington Post, said she was 17 in 1981 when Moore asked her out. When she told her mother that it was the then 34-year-old Moore who had asked for a date, her mother said “I’d say you were the luckiest girl in the world.” Then as now, the age of consent in Alabama is 17. While they dated for about three months, Gibson said that Moore kissed her once in his bedroom and once at a local country club. Gibson told the Washington Post, “Looking back, I’m glad nothing bad happened.” She added, “As a mother of daughters, I realize that our age difference at that time made our dating inappropriate.” Read more ..

Choosing in Travel

Caribbean Tourism and Anti-Israel Voting

October 27th 2017


The Trump administration’s decision to withdraw from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) late in 2018 is one shot across the U.N.’s bow. Notoriously hospitable to dictatorships, hostile to Israel and mismanaged as well, UNESCO deserves the warning.

But what does the U.S. do about U.N. member countries consistently voting against it and against Israel without even a national policy excuse for doing so? Not enough, yet.

The countries in question are not adversaries like Russia or Iran, which pursue policies inimical to American interests. Rather, they are either beneficiaries of U.S. aid or states whose own concerns would seem to parallel those of this country, or at least not oppose them. Read more ..

Media on Edge

Megyn Kelly Tries Dancing for Ratings as her ‘Today’ Show Continues to Falter

October 22nd 2017

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Megyn Kelly’s slot of the “Today” show desperately needs a ratings boost after less than a month on the air.

On Thursday, Hoda Kotb, the ever-upbeat popular “Today” host from another hour appeared as a guest. They chatted. They danced. They tried to get the audience on its feet dancing, too.

Critics hated the moment.

“I’ve never been so embarrassed,” tweeted BuzzFeed News’s Kate Aurthur. “I feel nothing but second-hand embarrassment for Megyn Kelly,” chimed in media critic Ian Miles Cheong. Vulture called the clip “22 nearly unbearable seconds.”

Last year, Kelly was a rising star on Fox News, earning national headlines for her dogged questioning of presidential candidate Donald Trump. But her short tenure on NBC’s “Megyn Kelly Today” continues to be challenging both for her and the network. Read more ..

The Trump Era

How Trump’s Election has helped Women in Ways They Don’t Even Realize

October 17th 2017


The case of Harvey Weinstein raises a number of issues that need to be discussed in public, but in a way that challenges the current media display of piling on while the subject is being beaten.  Deservedly, the co-founder of Miramax Films and The Weinstein Company, is getting his just desserts, so to speak.  His methods of cuing female actors, dangling success in front of them through sexual favors, even alleged rape, are repugnant for any time in human history, and they should have been called out long ago.  However, this piling on, adding more victims every day – now – seems so directed and predictable.

Was Harvey Weinstein’s misogynistic behavior just discovered now?  Hardly!

Mega star and well respected humanitarian Angelina Jolie came out last week saying, “I had a bad experience with Harvey Weinstein in my youth, and as a result, chose never to work with him again and warn others when they did… This behavior towards women in any field, any country is unacceptable.”  Gwyneth Paltrow also revealed that in 1994 she was also sexually harassed by Weinstein. Read more ..

Historians On Edge

After Michael Marrus Resignation over Race Remark, Massey Masters Are No More

October 13th 2017

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The recent scuffle at Massey College at U of T with imputations of racism in some ill-considered cracks about “the master” and “the lash” by retired prof — and Holocaust scholar — Michael Marrus, actually joins a long peculiar history at Massey.

When it began in the 1960s, it was a snooty, men-only institution with an anglophile head, novelist Robertson Davies, who revelled in Brit pretensions. It took 10 years and a big fight just to get women in as members. The filthy rich, aristocratic Massey family endowed it, along with Hart House at U of T, also restricted to men for its first, oh, half-century.

Part of the shtick at Massey was the archaic lingo. It was the only part of U of T with a “master.” Davies loved that stuff. My own guess is that Marrus, who I’ve known since high school, wasn’t just making an offensive, tin-eared joke. He also meant to take the piss out of the pretension. His jibe was probably directed mostly at the current master, Hugh Segal, a lifelong Tory, not at the Black student who was present. But everything went shriekingly off the rails. Read more ..

Palestinians on Edge

Detained Teens in Gaza Highly Vulnerable to Abuse

October 10th 2017


Children in conflict with the law in Gaza, under the current Hamas-led government, are at severe risk of rights violations and abuses during detention, based on six cases documented by Defense for Children International – Palestine since January.

Six children, aged 15 – 17, were detained for a period of one night or longer at police stations across Gaza including Rafah, Khan Younis, Gaza City, Beit Lahia and Jabalia refugee camp, instead of at a facility approved for juveniles. In the worst instances, three children were tortured during police interrogations, and one child was reportedly physically abused by police station guards and adult prisoners whom he was forced to share a cell with, prompting the boy’s suicide attempt and resulting death on September 22.


Jewry on Edge

Center for Jewish History Hosting Jewish Voices for Peace Events

October 8th 2017

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The New York based Center for Jewish History (CJH) remains embroiled in controversy weeks after it has been revealed that the new CEO, David N. Myers is an active leader of the New Israel Fund, If Not Now, When, J Street and other organizations that are hostile to the State of Israel.  While Jewish Voices for Peace (JVP) has Myers listed in their propaganda as an academic advisor, he claims that this is inaccurate. Hiis writings reveal hostile-to-Israel viewpoints, including affinity for boycotts of Israel and sympathy for the Palestinian “Nakba.” 

Despite these facts, the Center for Jewish History has defended Mr. Myers and insisted he will remain as leader of the Jewish library of congress. And while organizational and Israeli leaders continue to demand he be fired, facts on the ground show that CJH has been infiltrated by Jewish Voices for Peace.

On October 26th, CJH is hosting an event for Jewish Voices for Peace (JVP), “The Balfour Declaration: Support for a Jewish Homeland or Jewish State? Is there a difference?” JVP, according to the Anti-Defamation League, is “the largest and most influential Jewish anti-Zionist group in the United States. Despite the neutral tone of its name, JVP works to demonstrate Jewish opposition to the State of Israel and to steer public support away from the Jewish State.” Read more ..

Media on Edge

Fact Checking the Fact Checkers

October 6th 2017


No one’s fact-checking the fact-checkers.  After 2012’s Hurricane Sandy, Congress passed two spending bills.  Congress suspended its rules to pass the second one. What started out as emergency relief for Hurricane Sandy became Disaster Relief Appropriations. By skipping the normal appropriations process, Congress could load the bill with billions in hand-outs not related to Sandy. Or not an emergency. The annual appropriations process is the proper and transparent mechanism to review spending requests.

Recently, the Washington Post [here] and PolitiFact [here] claimed “virtually all” money was spent on Sandy relief.  In fact, billions were not for emergency relief. Or for Sandy.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development received 16 of the 51 billion from the 2nd bill. Here are just two examples of HUD spending. Read more ..

Jewry on Edge

ZOA Analysis about CEO of The Center of Jewish History

October 4th 2017

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After investigating David Myers’ anti-Israel agenda-driven “history scholarship,” other writings, affiliations and involvements with anti-Israel organizations, and his anti-Israel activities at UCLA, the ZOA is convinced that David Myers should not head the Center for Jewish History (“CJH”), and should be removed from this post, for the following reasons:

First, Myers’ “history scholarship” and writings focus on locating, elevating and promoting false and/or outright fictional
accounts libeling Israeli Jews and Israel – while ignoring or disparaging truthful pro-Israel history as “myths.” 

This is extraordinarily harmful and dangerous at a time when Jews and Israel are being defamed throughout the world, causing increased anti-Jewish violence. 

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The Center for Jewish History is the largest Jewish history center in the world outside of Israel, and needs to be a force that promotes truthful historical facts. The truthful facts confirm Israel’s and the Jewish people’s rights and decency, and the brutal Arab “holy war” against Israel; the truth is on our side.  Yet, Myers consistently ignores and disparages and seeks to undermine the pro-Israel truth. Read more ..

The Trump Era

How Trump Can Be Adored and Embraced by the Left

September 28th 2017


Sometimes, a President has to do what a President has to do, in order to appeal to a wider swath of the electorate.  President Trump’s patriotism, support for our troops, respect for the flag, defense of gun rights and rolling back of job-killing regulations have endeared him to the right and to blue collar workers who appreciate being able to support their families.  But support from the Left has eluded him. 

Here’s a simple plan for how he can win over that half of America:
• President Trump announces he is transgender and appears on the Today Show, in a pantsuit, alongside Caitlyn Jenner and Chaz Bono. He speaks about being forced by society to cater only to his false masculinity in the past, which explains any of his ill-advised comments about women, as well as his wrong-minded marriages to beautiful, well-spoken, intelligent women and his reprehensible siring (in the mundane and usual way) of four accomplished children who (wrongly) adore him. Read more ..

Healthcare on Edge

Irresponsible Susan Collins Blocks Serious Health Care Reform

September 27th 2017

Emergency Medical

With Maine Senator Susan Collins announcing her opposition to the Graham-Cassidy bill to reform Obamacare, she has slammed the door on this latest Republican effort to address our health care crisis. I'm just able to muster up one word to capture my sense of Senator Collins: Irresponsible. Collins expressed her concern that the bill would "open the door for states to weaken protection for people with pre-existing conditions..."

What insight does Collins thinks she has that the 48 Republican Senators who support the bill don't grasp? Graham-Cassidy does give flexibility to states to seek a waiver on the federal requirement to cover pre-existing conditions. However, to achieve the waiver, states must demonstrate they have another approach for dealing with the problem. The current situation simply causes damage to everyone. By forcing insurance companies to provide products that don't work economically, the companies have to either raise rates — which is what is happening — or withdraw from markets — which is also happening. Read more ..

Broken Borders

Crossing the Border at the Rio Grande Valley

September 26th 2017

US/Mex Border fence

In the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas, the air is eerily still. Scrub and sand stretch starkly into the distance. Occasionally, border patrol helicopters swoop low, cutting through the calm.

The mighty Rio Grande is not quite an oasis, but it's a brief respite from the sand—and a marker of the border between the desert of the United States and the desert of Mexico. Between Laredo, Texas, and Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, the river is straddled by a concrete bridge that tethers the sister cities.

Even though it spans two countries, the Laredo-Nuevo Laredo area is one massive metropolitan singularity from a demographic perspective, with roughly 8,000 people crossing back-and-forth on foot and by car each day. Some Nuevo Laredo residents walk across to buy groceries at Texas supermarkets. People who work in Laredo live across the border for the cheaper rent. Like the river, the bridge has a natural flow. Read more ..

Jewry on Edge

Center for Jewish History Also Has Israel-Hating Academic Leader

September 25th 2017

Boycott Divest Israel demo

The New York-based Center for Jewish History has recently appointed UCLA Professor David N. Myers as its CEO despite his approval for a boycott of Israel and membership in extremist anti-Israel organizations. Despite communal protests and voices of outrage including from Knesset leaders and the Zionist Organization of America, the organization's leadership has supported Myers.

Perhaps the reason for that is that there are actually even more extreme leaders than Myers in place on the Academic Advisory Council of CJH, including NYU Professor Hasia Diner as the CJH website reveals.

Ms. Diner authored an op-ed which states she refused to sign a document that she "believed in 'the centrality of the State of Israel and Jerusalem as capital' for the Jewish people. It encouraged 'Aliyah to Israel,' that is, the classic negation of the diaspora and as such the ending of Jewish life outside a homeland in Israel.” Read more ..

Facism in America

NYPD’s PBA Responds to Anti-Cop Criminal Justice Professor: Fire Him!

September 24th 2017

NYPD and flag

Michael Isaacson harbors total disdain for the active and future police officers that he teaches at John Jay College, according to the New York City Police Benevolent Association (PBA) which represents the majority of law enforcement officers in the city.  The PBA’s President Pat Lynch is calling for Isaacson’s immediate dismissal from John Jay College of Criminal Justice which is part of the City University of New York.

Recent media reports have revealed the adjunct professor Mr. Isaacson’s disgusting anti-police attitudes and his gleeful embrace of political violence, including violence against police officers, as expressed in his own social media postings.

One of the most vicious and objectionable of these posts, which appeared recently on his Twitter account read: “Some of y’all might think it sucks being an anti-fascist teaching at John Jay College but I think it’s a privilege to teach future dead cops.” (See video following this news story) Read more ..

Digital Control

GoFundMe Bans Glazov Gang from Accepting Donations

September 22nd 2017

Money Money Money

Crowdfunding online company GoFundMe has banned The Glazov Gang, a web-tv show that tells the truth about the threat from the Left and Islam, from accepting online donations.

GoFundMe suspended The Glazov Gang campaign without any notice or explanation, nor have they responded to any queries.

This conduct by GoFundMe is part of its larger effort to shut down the efforts of Anni Cyrus, the producer of The Glazov Gang. Recently, also with no notice or explanation, GoFundMe deleted Anni’s entire account while she was raising funds for her anti-Sharia tour — wiping out all of her donor history and four open campaigns,  one of which was The Glazov Gang campaign.

This development is part of a current onslaught by companies who are closing their platforms to those who dissent from the Left’s totalitarian worldview. Freedom of speech and conscience are being annihilated each passing day right before our eyes. Read more ..

The Digital Age

Google Uses Its Power to Quash Ideas It Doesn’t Like—I Know Because It Happened to Me

September 20th 2017

Google HQ

The story in the New York Times this week was unsettling: The New America Foundation, a major think tank, was getting rid of one of its teams of scholars, the Open Markets group. New America had warned its leader Barry Lynn that he was “imperiling the institution,” the Times reported, after he and his group had repeatedly criticized Google, a major funder of the think tank, for its market dominance.

The criticism of Google had culminated in Lynn posting a statement to the think tank’s website “applauding” the European Commission’s decision to slap the company with a record-breaking $2.7 billion fine for privileging its price-comparison service over others in search results. That post was briefly taken down, then republished. Soon afterward, Anne-Marie Slaughter, the head of New America, told Lynn that his group had to leave the foundation for failing to abide by “institutional norms of transparency and collegiality.” Read more ..

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