The overwhelming majority of respondents to an unscientific Cutting Edge Reader Poll voted that they did not believe Barack Obama's claim that he was unware of Pastor Wright's inflammatory anti-American remarks.
In response to the question: Is Barack Obama Telling the Truth About Not Knowing of Pastor Jeremiah Wright's Bigotry? the results were:
* 16 percent "Yes"
* 3 percent "Not Sure
* 81 percent "No"
During the poll period in March 2008, The Cutting Edge News recorded 257,243 hits. Hundreds of votes in favor of Obama's truthfulness were disqualified when security features on the poll detected one specific computer voting several times per minute over and over again for hours on end in what appeared to be a pre-set robot program.
|Armstrong Williams||April 28th 2008|
Cutting Edge Contributor
Just like her super delegates and supporters, Senator Clinton’s campaign staff is heading for the doors. The latest exit stage right is chief presidential campaign strategist, Mark Penn, who was forced out due to secretly meeting with Colombian trade officials while simultaneously telling the Senator to continue bashing free trade. Although Clinton has supported free trade in the past, she has recently put up an anti-NAFTA facade in order to mesmerize the labor union vote and keep them pinned in her corner.
Recently, Penn visited with Colombian leaders to discuss the pending free trade pact which Clinton (since Ohio’s primary) has criticized. While she supported NAFTA in her biography and as the First Lady, she now opposes it and other free trade agreements. Surprised? Of course not! Now that she needs the far reaching, deep pocketed, liberal, union vote, she’ll say and do whatever it takes to win their vote.
In fact, while First Lady, her husband supported trade agreements with Mexico, China, Canada and other nations and free trade continues to be one of the most important parts of his post-presidency work. Records show that she attended meetings that were designed to build support for NAFTA and other trade agreements. She says now that she spoke up in opposition at those meetings, and that Bill Clinton’s staffers support that fact, but her claim seems more than farfetched. Read more ..
Coke and Confiscation
Cutting Edge Contributor
There is probably no other brand in the world with the name recognition of Coca-Cola. The company founded in 1892 has spent untold millions on ensuring that its brand has survived – no matter what. While wrapping itself in the American flag, the Coke has sold Americans “their” drink all the while suggesting that they represent all the good and values of America. Let the question come to politics, and at home they’ve always been quick to emphasize that they stay out of politics.
The reality is quite different, however.
From supporting both sides (German & American) during World War II, to upholding the Arab League ban on businesses until forced to back down by the ADL, the Coca-Cola Company has involved itself in politics everywhere that it has suited their bottom line to do so. Meanwhile, the image cultivated at home is of a wholesome patriotic good corporate citizen.
The Bigio family is one of many hundreds of thousands of cases of dispossessed Jewish persons. Regrettably, the fact that Jews have been dispossessed around the world throughout history comes as no surprise; however, the fact that the Coca-Cola Company has been hiding behind the legal niceties of landlord-tenant law while occupying seized property for a pittance is both shameful and newsworthy. Coca-Cola doesn’t even deny knowing that the property was seized from the Bigios because they were Jewish!
This case doesn’t hinge purely on its legal merits. The Bigio dispossession is not in dispute any more than Coke’s having significantly benefitted materially since the original seizure. The company’s argument that the Bigio’s remedy is in Egypt rather than here was soundly rejected last year by the Supreme Court. Since then, Coke has remained recalcitrant to do the right thing. Read more ..
Jewish Refugees from Arab Countries
|Shelomo Alfassa||April 14th 2008|
Cutting Edge Contributor
On April 1, 2008, the U.S. Congress overwhelmingly passed a Resolution which grants first-time-ever recognition to Jewish refugees from Arab and Muslim countries. The adoption of House Resolution 185, affirms that all victims of the Arab-Israeli conflict must be treated with equality, and this may be the catalyst for a dramatic shift in United States policy.
Why? Because prior to last week’s adoption, all U.S. Resolutions on Middle East refugees referred only to Palestinian Arabs. The new Resolution underscores the fact that Jews living in Arab and Muslim countries suffered human rights violations, were uprooted from their homes, and were made refugees.
Justice for Jews from Arab Countries (JJAC) is the tip of the spear for the International Rights and Redress Campaign, a global movement backed by a coalition of over 77 Jewish organizations. The Campaign seeks legal rights and redress for the over 850,000 Jews who lost everything from their dignity and property, to their loved ones—many of whom were beaten, tortured and murdered prior to or during their flight from Arab countries. The 77 Jewish organizations which have worked with JJAC, have lent their active support to a human rights issue which has brought the Jewish community together. Read more ..
|Armstrong Williams||April 7th 2008|
Cutting Edge Contributor
There’s truth in the adage “don’t talk the talk if you can’t walk the walk.” This week, the Clinton campaign continues to talk the talk, but have somehow tripped (okay, fell on their faces) over Hillarycare… I mean health care. Although Clinton pronounces it as her passion, news reports out this week indicate she has left $292,000 worth of her own employees’ health insurance premiums unpaid.
What Hillary seems to have forgotten was that “free” healthcare isn’t really free; someone has to pay for it and in this case, it’s her. If her presidential campaign budget can’t handle the cost of health care on this small scale, how does she expect taxpayers to manage that same health program for all Americans? When you stop and look at the litany of domestic programs she’s proposing and the billion dollar price tags that come with them, I suspect she’s not too worried about paying the bills.
Further proof of her unwillingness (or incapability) to pay the bills comes in the form of IOUs. According to sources, the cash-strapped Clinton campaign has failed to pay hundreds of various bills over the last few months. Reports are coming from landlords, cleaning services, event coordinators, consultants, pollsters, and caterers about Clinton’s refusal to pay what she owes. To be fair, all presidential candidates during election races have some amount of unpaid bills on the ledger, but the size of Clinton’s debt is staggering. The Politico reports, “Clinton’s biggest debts are to pollster and chief strategist Mark Penn, who’s owed $2.5 million; direct mail company MSHC Partners, which is owed $807,000; phone-banking firm Spoken Hub, which is waiting for $771,000; and ad maker Mandy Grunwald, who’s owed $467,000.” Read more ..
Kicking the Fat Addiction
|Elizabeth Black||March 31st 2008|
Cutting Edge Contributor
I believe corn will be our undoing. Don’t get me wrong, I love corn. No summer picnic would be complete without corn on the cob. A movie is not as satisfying without popcorn. And cornbread? Nobody makes a better cornbread from scratch than I do.
Corn is all-American, about as American as you can get. Native Americans introduced it to their European invaders back when they were still feeling friendly toward them. But corn may ultimately be our undoing. Or to be more precise, using corn for purposes for which it was not intended may be our undoing.
First, corn is force-fed to cattle in order to fatten them quickly. A cow’s digestive system is designed exclusively for grass. Corn causes them to bloat and makes them prone to infection. Hence, they must be given antibiotics to keep them disease-free until slaughtered, and hormones to speed the fattening process. Skipping past the troubling issues of unnecessary hormones and antibiotics, corn-fed beef is super high in fat content and is helping to clog our arteries. The other way corn is killing us is far more insidious: high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). This artificially produced super-goo, which exploded into our food supply in the 1980s, has become the sweetener of choice for the food industry, and it’s everywhere.
Go to your pantry and check out the labels. Soft drinks, fruit juice, breakfast cereal, peanut butter, jelly, mayonnaise, salad dressings, ketchup, pasta sauce, mustard, hot dogs, cookies, candy, potato chips, canned soup, crackers, cake, yogurt, pudding, pancake syrup, bacon, beer, macaroni and cheese, even some bread. Read more ..
|Armstrong Williams||March 24th 2008|
Cutting Edge Contributor
Having grown up in both the Pentecostal and Methodist faiths, Sunday worship was a staple of my weekly routine. Thus, when I relocated to Washington during the 80's finding a church home was very important to me. For almost 10 years I canvassed the nation's capitol seeking a church that would nourish my spirit and challenge my aspirations. As I tried out local churches, I began to notice a consistent theme: the sermons were highly political charged. Understandably, this being the nation’s capital, there is perhaps a heightened political awareness among the general populace. However I believed, perhaps naively, that Churches in a town mired in politics should generally steer clear of the muck and focus more closely on the personal and spiritual aspects of faith. Ministers are right to advocate for social justice as a moral imperative, but they lower the esteem of their office and do a disservice to their worshippers when the pulpit becomes host to political rallies and policy forums.
In 1995 my spirit found what it was seeking when I first visited First Baptist Church in DC, where the Rev. Frank Tucker presides. I will never forget meeting with the Pastor prior to joining and expressing my feelings about what I was looking for in a church. I made it clear that my interest was in the word of God, and not in having politics dominate the pulpit on Sunday. He shared my concerns, and promised that this wasn't the case at his church. I have now attended First Baptist for over 10 years and never been disappointed with the spirit-centered teachings. Through the years I've taken Whites, Muslims, Jews, and people of all walks of life to worship with me and they all have left feeling as if they were welcome members of the congregation. Read more ..
The overwhelming majority of respondents to an unscientific Cutting Edge Reader Poll voted that media coverage of Polish post-War antiSemitism was not fair.
In response to the question: Do you Feel Poland Is Being Fairly Depicted as anti-Semitic after the Holocaust? the results were:
* 22 percent "Yes"
* 4 percent "Not Sure
* 74 percent "No"
During the poll period in February 2008, The Cutting Edge News recorded 87,360 hits.
|Armstrong Williams||March 12th 2008|
Cutting Edge Contributor
The reason why President George Bush’s numbers are wallowing in the low 30s, why he's so unpopular abroad, and why there’s so much anger against him in his own country is that he got us into a major mess in Iraq. Every Democratic candidate and many of the Republicans at one time in the field, knew that in order to have any chance of winning the White House they had to distance themselves from President Bush and this Iraqi conflict. Senator John McCain, as this week’s nomination confirmation proved, is the exception because he is, and has been, the “war candidate.”
Senator McCain's unyielding support for our President was paid huge dividends when Mr. Bush glowingly endorsed him for President. No matter how Bush's critics spin this, McCain will only benefit from the President's huge financial war chest and his potential to unify the party around the Senator from Arizona. Most Americans have known for sometime the Senator's unapologetic support of this war and how he has every intention of continuing it on his watch if elected. It is necessary that McCain distinguishes himself from Obama and place his fortunes on the success or lack there of in Iraq.
McCain believes that his road to the White House is paved by victories in Iraq. If the insurgency is quelled by the troop surge which McCain supported, he will look like the perfect Commander in Chief for today’s dangerous world. Read more ..
|Armstrong Williams||February 29th 2008|
Cutting Edge Contributor
No, this is not an analysis of the leading man’s patriotism, plagiarism, race, or religion, because the reality on those blogosphere topics is simple. He is as patriotic – if not more so – than you and me. He is not a plagiarizer; that was merely Hillary Clinton trying to find a dent in his armor. He is a different race than past Presidents, but who really cares in this day and age besides a few crazies out there? And he is Christian – not Muslim, nor supportive of terrorists.
Now that those issues are eliminated from the discussion, let’s take a real look at the Senator from Illinois. By examining his voting record, analyzing his experiences, and evaluating his prior work, we can begin to determine if this is the man we want leading our country back to greatness. Before I vetted him, Obama seemed like an ideal candidate. He is young, charismatic, optimistic, intelligent, and energetic. He exudes confidence, speaks well, debates finely, and listens just enough to be considerate but not indecisive, and can galvanize the public and unite people like nobody we have ever seen. But then there is the other side of him. Read more ..
The overwhelming majority of respondents to an unscientific Cutting Edge Reader Poll voted to encourage USHMM officials Paul Shapiro, Anrdew Hollinger, Arther Burger and Sara Bloomfield to resign.
In response to the question: "Should Andrew Hollinger, Paul Shapiro, Arthur Berger, Sara Bloomfield Resign from the USHMM?" the results were:
- 78 percent "Yes"
- 3 percent "Not Sure
- 19 percent "No"
During the poll period in January 2008, The Cutting Edge News recorded 74,856 hits.
|Armstrong Williams||February 4th 2008|
Cutting Edge Contributor
With the presidential election looming in the United States, and the resulting media circus which follows and to a certain degree, prompts the campaigns, much attention is diverted from pivotal elections in other parts of the world. Take for instance the forthcoming presidential elections in South Africa. In recent weeks, the ANC which is currently the country’s majority party, held its national party elections.
For the first time in its 58 year history, the party leadership was contested from within, and President Thabo Mbeki with less than 40% of the vote, was effectively given a vote of no confidence by party delegates. Jacob Zuma with 60% of the vote won the party leadership and is well situated to become the next president of South Africa. This exercise of majority decision-making is significant in that it marks a continued evolution in the democratic processes of one of Africa’s most vital nations. As the country moved from a system of Apartheid into a new era of equal representation and rights to participation, it is becoming a model to be watched, as a new paradigm for African nations and the world at large. No party or government is truly tested until the time comes to evaluate its own effectiveness or change its leadership. Read more ..
The overwhelming majority of respondents to an unscientific Cutting Edge Reader Poll voted to see strong and immediate federal intervention in the housing crisis.
In response to the question: "To help the mortgage and housing crisis, should the federal government re-enable assumable mortgages and create an agency to guarantee them and prosecute past lender misconduct? the results were:
- 88 percent "Yes"
- 8 percent "Not Sure
- 4 percent "No"
During the poll period in December 2007, The Cutting Edge News recorded 19,408 hits.
|David Horovitz||December 11th 2007|
Jerusalem Post editor-in-chief
I touched down at Heathrow at a little after one in the afternoon on Tuesday, knowing that I would be back at the airport precisely 24 hours later.
I'd been invited to London by the Zionist Federation, a venerable institution now undergoing a certain reinvigoration, which had organized a lecture to mark the 40th anniversary of the Six Day War.
I'd imagined that my talk would be one of a series of such events arranged by the Anglo-Jewish community, an opportunity to recall Israel's near-miraculous confounding of President Nasser's plans for our elimination and to inform another generation - Jews and the rest of the Brits - about the circumstances of that defining conflict.
But I was mistaken.
Despite the snowballing campaign in the UK to delegitimize Israel, and the consequent imperative for Israel's diplomatic representatives and the Anglo-Jewish leadership to seize any and every opportunity to promulgate a nuanced narrative, there was no such communal celebration and education program.
There had been a ceremony to mark the coincidental 25th anniversary of the shooting at the Dorchester Hotel of ambassador Shlomo Argov on June 3, 1982, the act of terrorism that precipitated what we must now learn to call the First Lebanon War. But this was a low-key, formal commemoration. The embassy had planned no major '67-related event.
A respected former cabinet minister flew in on the same day as I did to give lectures about the Six Day War anniversary, but it turned out these were private briefings to a select few. Read more ..
|Edwin Black||November 18th 2007|
|Chef Ricky Moore|
Washington’s tres chic Indebleu Restaurant has just appointed Chef Ricky Moore as its new Executive Chef. He replaces Chef Vikram Garg who oversaw the Indebleu kitchen for nearly three years and helped establish modern Indian cuisine in Washington, DC area. Chef Moore will oversee all operational aspects of the kitchen while continuing to develop Indebleu’s modern cuisine featuring Indian flavors.
Chef Moore previously worked at several noted Washington establishments, including Agraria at Washington’s Waterfront, as well as Equinox, Galileo, Vidalia, and Lespinasse restaurants. He also served as exec chef at Parrot Cage and South Water Kitchen, both in Chicago.
Chef Moore is scheduled to compete on a special Thanksgiving themed "Iron Chef America" November 18th on The Food Network. The restaurant will host its best customers for a special viewing that night in its lounge with the Chef on hand to serve themed appetizers.
Travel on Television
No one should venture a trip to Masada without first viewing the History Channel's "Lost World" episode regarding Herod's monumental works in ancient Israel, especially at Masada.The "you discover" epsiode is packed with the type of computer graphics and visualizations that generate greater views and perspectives than the standard long shots of the ramps and staging areas below. Of particular interest is the explanation of Herod's innovative mountaintop mid-desert bath houses which generated both steam and cool water in an arid desert where nearby water did not exist. To bring even greater life to the history, trying viewing the two-part dramatic series Masada
. The story of Masada is one of history's first great mass sacrifice for freedom, and enduring tale to this day.
|Dan Levin||September 9th 2007|
The overwhelming majority of respondents to an unscientific Cutting Edge Reader Poll declared they did not believe the truthfulness of USHMM explanations about the transfer of the International Tracing Services's Nazi-era archives held at Bad Arolsen, Germany.
In response to the question: "Is the US Holocaust Museum being honest about Bad Arolsen Files?" the results were:
- 92 percent "No"
- 5 percent "Not Completely
- 3 percent "Yes"
Negative poll responses increased dramatically after the USHMM staged an August 23, 2007 event with Red Cross officials and Holocaust survivors and Second Generation families to explain details of the transfer and announced that no media would be allowed to attend. USHMM spokesman Andrew Hollinger refused to return a phone call inquiring about the poll results. During the poll period in August 2007, the Cutting Edge recorded 56,989 hits.
|Samuel Orez||September 7th 2007|
Chicago’s Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies is finally moving into its long-awaited new home on trendy South Michigan Ave. November 30, 2007, the acutely angular 10-story glass edifice, $55 million in the making, will open its doors for studies, research, and cultural amazement. Spertus’s college, museum, collections and performance venues along with the Asher Library and Chicago Jewish Archives will function beneath tenth floor garden bestowing sweeping views of majestic Lake Michigan and Grant Park.
Among the special features, Spertus will provide a 400-seat multimedia theater for speaking events, music, dance and film. Wolfgang Puck Catering will operate the kosher café. The Chicago Jewish Archives, managed by archivist Joy Kingsolver, offers more than 200 valuable collections, including the pivotal records of Chicago Zionists instrumental in the dramatic events swirling around the Holocaust and establishment of the State of Israel.
Among the Chicago Jewish Archives collection supervised by the hardworking Kingsolver is collection 72, the original research files used by author Edwin Black in assembling his bestselling award-winning book, The Transfer Agreement. Read more ..
Consumer Bank News
|By Sam Orez||September 3rd 2007|
|HSBC Local But Not|
A recent call responding to an exquisite HSBC bank brochure inviting new local customers revealed a startling and noisome policy. HSBC does not permit its customers to call their local branch with questions or to receive information. Phone numbers are not listed on the bank's massive website and even the phone company won't provide the number--they are unlisted. In order to reach their local bank branch, consumers must first call an offshore call center in the Philippines and then after evaluation, that offshore call center will decide whether consumers need to be connected. HSBC, which claims to be a global network of "local banks," stands by its policy, insisting it is for the customer's protection and to enhance customer service. One phone bank representative argued, "How can our tellers get anything done if they are answering the phone?" The HSBC phone bank representative went on to explain that all major banks refuse to divulge their branch phone numbers. Not so. Read more ..
Israel on Edge
The more things stay, the more they stay the same. So many in the world stand against Israel – and yet thankfully the Jewish state continues to exist and thrive. There are so many quotes which are from so many years ago but still are so accurate.
The whole world can oppose the Jewish state – they are wrong, and we are right. They are worth re-reading and even framing:
- "'Everybody is wrong and you alone are right?' No doubt this question springs by itself to the reader's lips and mind. It is customary to answer this with apologetic phrases to the effect that I fully respect public opinion, that I bow to it, that I was glad to make concessions....All this is unnecessary, and all this is untrue. You cannot believe in anything in the world, if you admit even once that perhaps your opponents are right, and not you. This is not the way to do things. There is but one truth in the world, and it is all yours. If you are not sure of it, stay at home; but if you are sure, don't look back, and it will be your way."
Ze'ev Jabotinsky (The Story of the Jewish Legion) Read more ..
See Earlier Stories 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51