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Poll Results

Only 18 Percent Trust the Integrity of Their Bank

September 29th 2008

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Only 13 percent of respondents to an unscientific Cutting Edge Reader Poll voted that they trusted the intregrity of their bank. In response to the question: Do You Trust the Integrity of Your Bank? the results were:

  

    * 13 percent "Yes."
    * 68 percent "No
    * 14 percent "Not Sure"


During the poll period in May 2008, The Cutting Edge News recorded 830,286 hits. During the extended poll period, the ratio continued at the same level within a few percentage points.


Inside Islam

Mickey Mouse, Soldier of Satan

September 22nd 2008

Palestine Topics - Farfur

Mickey Mouse is getting mauled in the Muslim world.

It all began when Hamas children’s television transformed the lovable Disney character into a Palestinian character, renamed him Farfu, and had him beaten up and pummeled within inches of his life by Israeli soldiers. It was in very poor taste. It was immoral. Co-opting one of the most universally recognized and loved Disney characters and turning him into a creature that preaches rage and teaches hatred, murder and revenge was unconscionable.

The world cried out and the Magic Kingdom threatened lawsuits but the Palestinians persisted. Mickey Mouse recently appeared in another program produced by Palestinian television and geared for children. In this go-round, Mickey and his friends remain in the background as the child host of the program educates his audience on the subject of the borders of Palestine, omitting any mention of Israel. Read more ..


Election Edge

The Barack Dilemma is Not McCain--Her Name is Palin

September 15th 2008

Contributors / Staff - Armstrong Williams Headshot
Armstrong Williams

In the fall of 2007, we took a production crew to Alaska for our annual taping of the RightSide television broadcast. While there, we heard quite a buzz about this woman named Palin, and the fact that she would one day be someone’s vice-presidential candidate. Keep in mind that this was 2007, and 80% of the country had never heard of Sarah Palin. It struck me that even though so many Republicans had issues with her at the time, they strongly urged us to interview her while in Alaska. 

Before returning home, we made a call to Palin’s office, and, lo and behold, were given an hour to spend with her and interview her on camera. As someone who unabashedly believes in God, and finds moral striving to be critical in today’s America, I was surprised to discover that we both shared a Pentecostal upbringing. In our profession, we get to interview people of all walks of life. Yet we were so impressed by this woman called Palin, her unwavering faith in moral absolutes, and her warmth and sincerity towards our production crew, that we found ourselves feeling almost awestruck upon leaving her offices.  

Back in Washington that fall, when we mentioned Governor Palin to insiders, many of them considered it laughable that she would one day be considered someone's vice-president; so the interview and our experience lay dormant. Fast forward to where we are now and Senator Barack Obama’s decision not to select Senator Hillary Clinton as his running mate, and out of the wild blue yonder, McCain selects Palin as his. Who would have ever thought that Palin, an unknown and, in some minds, untested small state Governor could have had such an impact on women voters and the conservative base so quickly? Read more ..


Election Edge

Republicans Walking into the 21st Century Looking into Rear-View Mirror

September 8th 2008

Presidential - McCain-Palin

Sarah Palin and John McCain are walking into the 21st century looking through a rear view mirror (as Marshall McLuhan liked to say). Every speech during the convention including both Palin’s and McCain’s was focused solely on events of the past.  They connected to Ronald Reagan’s vision of the party and America, from more than 25 years ago, Barry Goldwater’s vision of America from more than 30 years ago and of course the convention was consumed with retelling the heroic story of John McCain’s incarceration and torture at the hands of the North Vietnamese.  What was missing from the speeches and the videos and the general convention was any sense of the future.  Nor reference to technology changing America, no vision of the needs of a new infrastructure and changes in education to meet the needs of the new technologies was addressed by any one person.  They all are bowing down to the altar of the past. Read more ..


Election Edge

Oh Sarah, Who Knew?

September 1st 2008

Presidential - Sarah Palin in Car
Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska

I was traveling some back roads of the glorious American West on assignment when I heard the news by cell phone just as service faded in atop one high hill. McCain’s pick for vice president, my friend declared, was the governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin. “Who is Sarah Palin?” I asked.

Palin, I was told, was into her second year as governor of Alaska. Forty-four, mother of five—a self described “hockey mom,” an ardent social conservative, a reformer of political corruption, a good-looking gun-toting Annie Oakley kind of gal, once a runner up for Miss Alaska, and fond of moose stew.

I was taken aback, as was much of America. This was the best pick for vice president by a 72-year-old man who has suffered recurring bouts of cancer in recent years? Had John McCain gone senile? And if such a pick was not simple senility, what did it say about the judgment and decision-making capacity of John McCain? 

Perhaps it shouldn’t have taken anyone by surprise. McCain is a man known to make gut decisions and not listen to counsel, a bit like the Current Occupant of the White House. We liked that from McCain as a senator. It enlivened the stuffy halls of Congress and made for great sound bites and entertaining stints on Jay Leno, David Letterman, and Saturday Night Live.  But gut-governing from a president seems a different matter. Among the crowd that enjoyed seeing an American president clear brush and drive around in a pickup, shooting from the hip and ruling from the gut was attractive in George W’s early years in office. And then a few years after he struck back after 9/11 by invading a country that had nothing to do with 9/11, ruling on gut impulse was no longer so attractive in a leader. Read more ..


Election Edge

Obama Wrapped in Hands of Mortgage Industry

August 25th 2008

Contributors / Staff - Star Parker right crop

A key feature of the housing bill that President Bush recently signed into law was the federal bailout of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

These are the two taxpayer backed "Government Sponsored Enterprises" that own or guarantee almost half of all mortgages in the country.

Of the many words written about this bailout, those in a New York Times op-ed by William Poole, former head of the Federal Reserve Bank of Saint Louis, contain one of the most relevant and powerful messages:

"Critics of the congressional housing package complain that we are now committing taxpayers to huge new outlays to rescue Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. That view is wrong: Congressional inaction over the past 15 years had already committed taxpayers to the bailout."

Paul Gigot of the Wall Street Journal reviewed in his paper the coverage that it had been giving since 2001 to the rot inside these two entities.

Gigot also points out that, despite the rationale that we allegedly need these taxpayer-backed enterprises in order for those of modest incomes to get mortgages, in 2002, Fannie Mae "was able to pay no fewer than 21 of its executives a million dollars," and in 2003, its CEO, Franklin Raines, who was ousted for financial shenanigans at the firm, was paid $20 million. And, he left with a $25 million retirement package. Read more ..


Is the U.S. Economy Safe?

The Balance Sheet Lies of Merrill Lynch and Wall Street's Failing Cabal

August 11th 2008

Economy - Merrill Lynch Bull

The top financial institutions in the world have created the biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression. Through their greed and excessive risk taking, our system has been on the brink of disaster since January, 2008. Our Treasury Secretary, Hank Paulson, has been using our tax dollars to prop up these poorly run institutions. Many don’t understand the lack of outrage in this country.

 Start with Merrill Lynch, perhaps the least credible of all banking institutions and certainly a poster child for the worst type of behavior. John Thain is the Chairman and CEO of Merrill Lynch. He makes in excess of $50 million per year in compensation. Previously, Thain held positions as President, COO and CFO at Goldman Sachs. He is a close associate of Hank Paulson. Consider these recent quotes from Mr. Thain:  After selling $6.6 billion of preferred shares to a group that included Japanese and Kuwaiti investors, Thain stated on January 15, 2008, "These transactions make certain that Merrill is well-capitalized." Later, in a March 8 interview with France's Le Figaro newspaper, Thain stated, "Today I can say that we will not need additional funds. These problems are behind us. We will not return to the market."

A month later on April 8, the globetrotting Thain told reporters in Tokyo and Reuters reported, "We deliberately raised more capital than we lost last year ... we believe that will allow us to not have to go back to the equity market in the foreseeable future." Just weeks ago, on July 17, Thain declared in a conference call after posting Merrill's second-quarter results, "Right now we believe that we are in a very comfortable spot in terms of our capital." Read more ..


Election Edge

Obama Media Coverage Underscores Racial Divide

August 4th 2008

Contributors / Staff - Ronald Kessler
Ronald Kessler

The fact that a black man is a serious contender for the U.S. presidency is a historic achievement that signifies progress in race relations. But in emphasizing Barack Obama’s skin color around the clock, the media, some Democratic politicians, and to some extent Obama himself, have magnified rather than diminished the racial divide.

At some point in our lives, most of us have come to recognize that in conversation, gratuitously identifying a person as being "black: is inappropriate. A person’s skin color is irrelevant. For that same reason, in considering a new CEO for a company, no one would be so classless as to mention race.

Yet one way or another, almost every mention of Obama in the media dwells on the fact that he is an African-American.

Democrats have done their share to contribute to the polarization. Bill Clinton compared Obama’s win in North Carolina to Jesse Jackson’s victories in that state. Geraldine Ferraro said that if Obama were white, he would not be where he is today.

While Obama generally avoids racial references, he has referred to himself as "a skinny kid with a funny name who believes that America has a place for him."

Those around him have contributed to the racial divide. The Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., his former pastor, made his living by claiming that whites are oppressing blacks in America. Father Michael Pfleger, another spiritual mentor, mocked Hillary Clinton’s sense of white "entitlement" when a black man is "stealing [her] show."

Michelle Obama said she is proud of America for the first time in her adult life because of Obama’s candidacy. By favoring him 9-to-1 at the voting booths, blacks make their own statement about his race. Read more ..


Poll Results

71 % of Readers Believe Iran is Making a Nuclear Bomb

August 4th 2008

TCEN Motifs - Poll Vote

The majority of respondents to an unscientific Cutting Edge Reader Poll voted that they believed Iran was indeed develpping a nuclear bomb. In response to the question: Do You Believe Iran is Developing Nuclear Weapons? the results were:

  

    * 21 percent "Yes."
    * 29 percent "No
    * 14 percent "Obama"


During the poll period in May 2008, The Cutting Edge News recorded 735,501 hits. During the extended poll period, the ratio continued at the same level within a few percentage points.


Edge on the Media

Shame on Ma'ariv Newspaper for Violating Obama's Sacred Moment

July 28th 2008

Israel Topics - Obama prays at Wailing Wall
Senator Obama Places Prayer at Wailing Wall

Shame, Ma’ariv, shame! 

The depths, to which you will not only forego journalistic ethics, but Jewish religious custom and ethics, are beyond comprehension.  The publication of Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barak Obama’s written prayer, placed in a crack between the massive stones at the Kotel, also known to most as the Western Wall, in Jerusalem breaks a taboo that has been held for generations. The fact that a young orthodox seminary student should remove the prayer from the wall, in and of itself is a grievous breach of custom and tradition. More than a million prayers a year are stuffed into the cracks of the Kotel.  These prayers are considered by the rabbinate as being sufficiently sacred, that twice a year, they are taken and buried. Just as old prayer books are not just discarded, but are buried. But that the ethical crime of removing the prayer from the wall would be compounded exponentially by Ma’ariv’s publishing Obama’s prayer is beyond the pale even for Israeli “yellow” journalism. 

Israel Radio and Time Magazine both quote Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, supervisor of the Western Wall. "It damages the personal, deep part of every one of us that we keep to ourselves. The note placed between the stones of the Western Wall is between a person and his maker. It is forbidden to read them or make use of them."

In fact, rabbis have argued that it is indeed a sin to use any aspect of the wall for personal benefit.  There has been a consensus by rabbis for generations now that acts such as the removal of the written prayers are a form of desecration. This is not just a Jewish issue. The rabbis are reflecting something which has universal properties for the entire world. Read more ..


Edge of Justice

Canadian Victims Of Hizbollah Missile Attacks Bring First-Ever Civil Action Against Lebanese Bank In Montreal

July 21st 2008

Islamic Topics - Hizbollah Office

Canadian victims of Hizbollah terror attacks have filed a precedent setting civil action in the Quebec Superior Court against The Lebanese Canadian Bank (LCB) in Montreal. The plaintiffs, all of whom were injured in Northern Israel in Katyusha rocket attacks, allege that LCB unlawfully provided financial services to the Hizbollah terrorist organization by allowing charity groups affiliated with Hizbollah to transfer funds prior to and during the terrorist attacks on Israeli cities in 2006.

The law suit contends that since 2004, LCB permitted the Yousser Company for Finance and Investment and the and Martyrs Foundation, two Lebanese terrorist groups, to open and maintain accounts at LCB, and to freely transfer many millions of dollars of Hizbollah funds and to carry out millions of dollars in financial transactions, within and without Lebanon, by means of wire transfers, letters of credit, checks and credit cards provided by LCB. LCB, it is charged, facilitated Hizbollah's terrorist activities and is liable to the plaintiffs for the harm that has been inflicted upon them and their families in the rockets attacks. Read more ..


Election Edge

Mitt Romney Speaks Out on Obama’s “Frightening Naiveté,” and the Governor’s Own Future

July 14th 2008

Contributors / Staff - Ronald Kessler

 Barack Obama’s approach to the war on terror shows “frightening naiveté,” says Mitt Romney.

“Even the peaceniks of the last decade have recognized that the pre-911 thinking of the early 1990s was wrong,” Romney says. “The great majority of those who opposed the conflict in Iraq nevertheless recognize that it is a war against a radical, violent Islam. But Barack is one of the few who has still refused to speak out against radical violent Islam and jihadism.”

To suggest, as Obama has, that the way to deal with terrorists is to prosecute them “bespeaks a remarkable lack of understanding of the threat which we face,” Romney says.

Obama has said the government can crack down on terrorists “within the constraints of the Constitution.” He has said, “What we know is that, in previous terrorist attacks—for example, the first attack against the World Trade Center—we were able to arrest those responsible, put them on trial. They are currently in U.S. prisons, incapacitated.”

In the 1993 World Trade bombing, while some perpetrators were prosecuted, others, like Osama bin Laden, were not, Romney points out. Moreover, Romney says, since the 9/11 hijackers did not care if they were killed or sent to jail, and all died in the attack, it is foolhardy to suggest that the threat of prosecutions would be a deterrent. Read more ..


Election Edge

Does Cal Thomas Know the Only Way to Heaven?

July 7th 2008

Contributors / Staff - Liz Black headshot
Elizabeth Black

A few weeks ago, I noticed a Cal Thomas column in a local Kansas paper. Usually I would skip reading it out of blood pressure concerns. But I read this column because the headline struck me: "Obama Fails Christianity Test."

To be fair, I don’t know if Cal picked that headline. Newspaper editors generally write them. And this one appeared nationwide.

The gist of Thomas’ column seemed to be how dare Obama "go after the evangelical Christian vote." As if Obama had no right to even speak to that sizable segment of the American population since he is a "liberal" Christian, not the same as a "real Christian." A "real Christian," in Thomas’ view, is someone who believes accepting Jesus as your savior is the "one and only way to God." Without that acceptance, a person is doomed to Hell. Apparently, when asked about that particular belief, Obama waffled. He left open the possibility that there may be many different paths to God and eternal life.

In that belief, Obama stands squarely with the vast majority of Americans. A recent survey by the PEW Forum On Religion and Public Life showed that 70% of Americans say that many religions, not just their own, can lead to eternal life. Breaking it down, the statistics become even more surprising. Of those polled, that belief was expressed by 83% of mainline Protestants, 79% of Catholics, 82% of Jews and 56% of Muslims. Even among the group Thomas claims to speak for—evangelical Christians, 57% believe there’s more than one way to eternal life. I think when it comes right down to it, even the most devout among us aren’t willing to be so arrogant as to speak for the mind of God. Read more ..


Iran`s Nukes

American Jewish Communal Leader’s Message to the People of Iran

June 30th 2008

Jewish Topics - Malcolm Hoenlein
Malcolm Hoenlein

I welcome this opportunity to speak to the Iranian people. As the executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish American Organizations, I want to tell you that we have no issue with the Iranian people. We want to see you prosper and your country develop. We want to renew the close relationship that once existed between Iran and the United States, and Iran, Israel and many countries around the world. It is regrettable that you have a leadership that does not care about your welfare and the conditions under which you live. Rather, your leadership exploits Iranian citizens in its quest for extremist goals driven by radical ideological commitments that are not consistent with the interests of the people of Iran, or the stability of the region in which Iran finds itself.

We know that the vast majority of people of Iran do not support President Ahmadinejad and the extremist goals that he seeks, or his Holocaust denial, the denigration of minorities or segments within your country, or the hatred that he expressed for other religious groups. That has not been the tradition of the people of Iran and we know that it does not reflect your sentiments. We want to work with you, help you, and support your efforts to achieve a better life, have a government that truly reflects your priorities, your interests, and can help contribute to a different kind of region in the Middle East--and a better world at large.

What is happening in Iran now is a diversion of national resources from education and healthcare, and from meeting the needs of the citizens of Iran, to this singular effort to achieve a nuclear weapons capacity at any cost, in violation of several UN Security Council resolutions. They have driven those who advocated diplomacy and dialogue to support more and more stringent resolutions that negatively impact the economy of your country. Hundreds of billions of dollars have flowed out of Iran to the Gulf states and elsewhere. Iran, according to the World Bank, is suffering the greatest brain drain in history with hundreds of thousands of educated Iranians leaving and a total population loss of ten percent. Read more ..


Election Edge

Why a Black Conservative May Now Support Obama But Adds "Allow Me to Elaborate"

June 23rd 2008

Contributors / Staff - Armstrong Williams Headshot
Armstrong Williams

Recently, many people watching and listening to my national TV and radio appearances in recent days—from CNN to XM Radio, seem to have developed the impression that any support for Obama from me – or any other black conservative for that matter – is due solely to race. Unfortunately, if anyone thinks there is a concrete Obama vote coming from me, or that I believe the black community should all rally behind and vote for Obama because he is black, they have it wrong. Let me elaborate on what my comments really mean – or rather what they don’t.
 
I do not condone Harvard professor Cornell West who turns blackness into a political ideology. The Illinois senator used to be accused by people like West of “not being black enough.” But apparently he’s now black enough and can identify with black America – which means what? Can he not identify with or represent white America? Even today human slavery and its aftermath remains the stain of American society. No one will argue that the reasons Sunday church service remains segregated is because of how this country once separated its brethren based on race. The same can be said for why they're black and white fraternities; historical black colleges; black engineering societies; the NAACP; National Urban League. The list could goes on.

It would be disingenuous to not acknowledge the ills slavery has wrought on this society.  Many hustlers have used this racial divide to create a thriving industry that continues to flame and focus on the ills of the past and the scant progress achieved over the past decade. While Rev. Jackson and Rev. Al Sharpton had no chance of claiming the democratic nomination for president, Senator Barack Obama not only shows the progress of America, but reminds the world that we're still that shining city on the hill offering hope and prosperity around the globe.  Read more ..


Inside Islamic Europe

Christian Ministers Charge that Human Rights Violations on Increase in London's Muslim "No-Go Areas"

June 16th 2008

Islamic Topics - Muslims London

Two American preachers in Birmingham, UK, were warned to leave for allegedly distributing Christian leaflets to Muslims. The preachers, 48-year-old Arthur Cunningham and 65-year-old Pastor Joseph Abraham, were talking to four Muslim youths when a "police community support officer" (PCSO) approached them.

According to the Daily Mail, the PCSO was Naeem Naguthney. PCSOs are auxiliary members of the police force who have less training and status than a police constable.

According to Cunningham, Naguthney "realized we were Americans and then started ranting at us about George Bush and American foreign policy. He said we were in a Muslim area and were not allowed to spread our Christian message. He said he was going to take us to the police station."

Cunningham also stated: "I told him that this had nothing to do with the gospel we were preaching but he became very aggressive. He said we were in a Muslim area and were not allowed to spread our Christian message. He said we were committing a hate crime by telling the youths to leave Islam and said that he was going to take us to the police station." Read more ..


Poll Results

51% of Readers Believe Hillary Clinton Would be Best in the Event of Nuclear Conflict Between Iran and Israel; then McCain with Obama Last.

June 16th 2008

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The majority of respondents to an unscientific Cutting Edge Reader Poll voted that they believed Hilary Clinton would be the best presidential candidate in the event of a conlifct between Israel and Iran over Tehran's nuclear ambitions. McCain received the second highest confidence votes, with Obama coming in third.

In response to the question: Which Presidential Candidate Do you Favor in a Nuclear Conflict Between Iran and Israel? the results were:

 

 

    * 51 percent "Clinton"
    * 35 percent "McCain"
    * 14 percent "Obama"


During the poll period in May 2008, The Cutting Edge News recorded 436,468 hits. The poll concluded just as Hillary Clinton formally conceded the Democratic primary nomination to Obama. Scores of votes for Obama were disqualified when security features on the poll detected one computer repeatedly voting during a several hour period.


What We Have Come To

One Exorcism Per day in Germany as Anti-Devil Rite Increases

June 9th 2008

Christian Topics - Holy Water Ritual

Hundreds of Germans, tortured by inner voices, are looking for priests to help free them from what they believe to be the grip of the Devil.

Up to one person per day undergoes a full scale exorcism, a priest estimates, according to the Times Online. "Over the past year alone I have received requests from around 350 people who think they are possessed by an evil spirit," says Fr Joerg Mueller, who heads a group of priests, doctors and therapists to deal with the problem.

"Therapy hasn't worked for them; they want exorcism — a prayer that can free them."

Bavaria-based Fr Mueller was talking to a team from WDR, the state radio network, which was allowed to record extracts from eight exorcisms. This has come as a shock to the Catholic Church in Germany, which has shied away from exorcism since the tragic case of Anneliese Michel in 1973.

Ms Michel, 23, had epilepsy and suffered from hallucinations. Two priests were authorised to perform an exorcism. They performed the ritual 67 times until she died. After her death the priests and her parents were sentenced to six months suspended jail sentences for not referring her for medical treatment.

Permission for a full exorcism now has to be granted by a bishop, but few permits have been given. Frustrated by the lack of exorcists in their own country, disturbed Germans are turning to esoteric spiritual healers and priests in Switzerland and Poland. Andrzej Trojanowski, a Polish priest, even has plans to set up an exorcism centre in Poczernin, on the Polish-German border.

"I would say that 90 per cent of those who think they are possessed by the devil are mentally ill," Fr Mueller said. A large number of them have suffered sexual abuse as children. Some think that an exorcism is easier than long years of psychotherapy.


Election Edge

Memo to Barack Obama: Auschwitz Was In Poland, Not Germany—And The Russians Liberated It, Not The Americans

June 2nd 2008

Politics - Barack Obama
Barack Obama

So he got the name wrong. Big deal! So Auschwitz in Poland was not liberated by his great uncle—it was instead the little known Ohrdruf subcamp of Buchenwald in Germany. So what, indeed! But that seems to be the response of most in the media, except for the media connected in some fashion to the Republicans. The reality though is that Senator Obama’s gaff is in fact a big deal, a very big deal.

To refresh the collective recollection, Senator Obama recently stated at a rally, "I had an uncle who was part of the first American troops to go into Auschwitz and liberate the concentration camps.”

Senator Obama’s reference to Auschwitz is the equivalent to Senator McCain not knowing the difference between Sunni and Shia. These misstatements are symptomatic of a lack of comprehensive historical understanding. It is bad enough that our school children fail in knowing geography and history. But when our candidates for president fail, this is indeed a sad state of affairs. Yet, the media has given Senator Obama a “Pass.”

Understanding the geography of hate give us an understanding of how to combat it. History prepares today’s leaders for tomorrow crisis. Not knowing history, and failing to learn from it, dooms us to repeating it.

Why is it important that Senator Obama know the difference between Buchenwald in Germany and Auschwitz in Poland? Knowing that the Soviets liberated Auschwitz and the U.S. liberated Buchenwald helps us to understand the developing geographic separations which ultimately would divide Europe for decades and set in place tensions and pressures which continue to play out in today’s world. Read more ..


Inside Africa

Mugabe Threatens to Eject US Ambassador, Implies Coup if He Loses Run-off

May 26th 2008

Headshot - Robert Mugabe headshot
Robert Mugabe

Rumors of a coup are flying in Zimbabwe if the incumbent, Robert Mugabe, loses the presidential run-off.

"There's no way we are going to lose the run-off," a senior ruling party figure said. "We are going to make sure of that. If we lose … then the army will take over…Never be fooled that [opposition leader Morgan] Tsvangirai will rule this country. Never," the official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said in Harare.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the rank and file are disgruntled at conditions and jealous of the farms and fancy lifestyles of commanders. Young officers predict a coup would split the army.

“It's the senior officers running the terror campaign in the rural areas," said Morris, 35, an army captain who did not want his last name published. "It's being done by colonels and lieutenant-colonels. The lower ranks don't want what is happening. If the old man lost, he should just give up," he said, referring to Mugabe.

At the same time, Mugabe threatened Sunday to kick out U.S. ambassador James McGee, accusing him of meddling in the country's internal affairs.

"Tall as he is, if he continues doing that (meddling), I will kick him out of the country," Mugabe said in a speech to launch his campaign ahead of a presidential run-off election next month. "As long as he carries on doing that, I will kick him out of the country," Mugabe said of McGee, a Vietnam War veteran. "He says he fought in Vietnam, but fighting in Vietnam does not give him the right to interfere in our domestic affairs. I am just waiting to see if he makes one more step wrong. He will get out.” Read more ..


Hate on Campus

Muslim Groups at UC-Irvine Create a Hostile Environment for Jewish Students

May 19th 2008

Jewish Topics - Anti-Israel Protest at UC Irvine
Anti-Israel Protest at UC Irvine

The first time I went to University of California Irvine was a life-changing experience. The year was 2002. I was asked to come as one of the co-founders of an educational organization called StandWithUs to witness "Palestine Awareness Week" being held by the Muslim Student Association. I received the phone call to witness what was happening by pro-Israel students. They felt they had no support and were alarmed by both the virulent posters and the size of the demonstration.

Ten activists who work within the Jewish community joined me and we walked upon a quad of black trash bags filled with papers to look like dead bodies strewn across the student walkways. Written on each bag was a name, in Arabic, of a "victim" of Israeli "genocidal brutality" while chants of "Death to Israel, and "Sharon is a baby killer" were repeated over an over again. Young women with hijabs came and videotaped the few pro-Israel protestors that had the courage to show up.

Teachers and administration told the Jewish students and their supporters to stand behind the yellow police tape, and "be quiet." We were told this was the MSA's rally, and not to "incite them" or respond to their statements. The students, who had little time to prepare for this event, held hand written signs colored in pencil proclaiming "Israel wants Peace" and "HAMAS, stop suicide bombs." We watched ourselves being watched by campus police, and had to indeed remain "well-behaved" while men with keffiya came close to our faces, with cameras, and took our pictures and yelled that we ate the bodies of Palestinian children. We watched as professors who taught at the university walked amongst the "body bags" calling out "2-4-6-8, Israel is a racist state" while we, the Jewish students and their supporters had to remain "silent."

The phrase "Never Again" at UCI does not mean "Never Again" but rather that Jewish students must witness a repeat of the type of hostile actions that occurred at universities in Nazi Germany and Austria, but here at home in the new day and yet again remain silent. This first event was the beginning of the hate fest that was to take place annually at University California, Irvine, and other campuses across the United States. Read more ..


Poll Results

72% of Polled Readers Believe Coca-Cola Should Fairly Compensate a Family Whose Property the Company Acquired After Anti-Jewish Seizures in Egypt?

May 19th 2008

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The overwhelming majority of respondents to an unscientific Cutting Edge Reader Poll voted that they believed Coca-Cola must fairly compensate a family whose property the company acquired and benefited from after anti-Jewish seizures in Egypt? 

In response to the question: Coca-Cola Should Fairly Compensate a Family Whose Property the Company Acquired After Anti-Jewish Seizures in Egypt? the results were:

 

    * 72 percent "Yes"
    *   5 percent "Not Sure"
    * 23 percent "No"


During the poll period in April 2008, The Cutting Edge News recorded 249,492 hits. Hundreds of votes supports supprted Coke from two sources in rural Pennsylvania and Atlanta were disqualified when security features on the poll detected two specific computers voting dozens of times during a several hour period.


Election Edge

Obama Embraces New 'Caustic' Pastor

May 12th 2008

Headshot - Ronald Kessler
Ronald Kessler

Can you imagine the president of the United States attending a church where the pastor says everyone has a bit of "thug" in him and praises a rapper with a criminal record as a prophet? How about a pastor who calls the biblical patriarch Abraham a "pimp" and says Noah and Moses were thugs, Jesus has a "soft spot for thugs," and everyone has some "thug proclivities."

If Barack Obama is elected president, that is exactly what will happen. Now that the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. is retiring from Trinity United Church of Christ, Obama has said he will continue to attend the church. Explaining his decision, Sen. Obama said that the "new pastor, the young pastor, Reverend Otis Moss, is a wonderful young pastor." He said he also still values the Trinity community.

Known as the "hip-hop pastor," Otis Moss III has served as assistant pastor of the church for two years. Moss officially takes over in June. While Moss has not expressed hatred of America and of whites, as Wright did, in a sermon on YouTube, Moss derides middle-class America for not accepting the "prophetic brilliance" of thugs.

Referring to these thugs, Moss says sardonically, "There are times when our prejudice keeps us from hearing ghetto prophets, who preach a brand of thug theology which keeps us from hearing the truth from their lips because of their course language and ragged subject-verb agreement."

To applause, Moss approvingly cites Tupac Shakur, a "gangsta" rap star with a long arrest record. Before being fatally shot in a drive-by attack in Las Vegas in 1996, Shakur faced a 120-day sentence for probation violations stemming from offenses including assault and battery and a 1994 sexual abuse conviction in New York. Read more ..


Healthcare Edge

Washington Needs a New Theme in Health Care Debate

May 5th 2008

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Armstrong Williams

As the financial burden of health care continues to rise in this country, universal coverage consumes Washington’s health policy conversation. However, discussions on measures promoting personal responsibility and preventing diseases from their onset are rarely held. If Congress is so determined to make health care affordable, the focus needs a shift to avoid these expenses in the first place. After all, 75 percent of health care costs are prescribed to preventable diseases and problems such as obesity and diabetes, according to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

But wait, if eating right, exercising, and regular screenings contribute to long-term health and cost savings, then why are these practices largely avoided by the American masses? Correct eating habits, for instance, have not changed for nearly 20 years, as 75 percent of Americans still don’t get enough fruits and vegetables in their diets. Although constantly bombarded with the notion that we need to improve the way we eat, many people still lack the resources and knowledge to know what a healthy diet actually consists of or even how to achieve it.

Equally problematic, physical activity has hardly improved since 1990. However, with obesity rates doubling in the past ten years, daily physical activity has become more important than ever. Further, over half of the CDC’s recommendations for preventing diseases advise Americans to participate in clinical screenings. Many of these tests can indicate disease possibilities up to ten years prior to the illness actually plaguing the individual, but several don’t take advantage of the information. Read more ..


Poll results

81% of Polled Readers do not Believe Barack Obama About Pastor Wright

April 29th 2008

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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.


Election Edge

Clinton and the Free-Trade Trade-Off

April 28th 2008

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Armstrong Williams

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

Coke in the Crosshairs—The Boycott Takes Shape

April 21st 2008

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Ken Bobu

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

Real Victims Deserving Real Recognition

April 14th 2008

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Shelomo Alfassa

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 ..


Election Edge

Clinton Fails to Pay the Bills

April 7th 2008

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Armstrong Williams

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

The Problem with Corn

March 31st 2008

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Elizabeth Black

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 ..


Election Edge

Obama's Church Should Not Be a Haven for Hate

March 24th 2008

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Armstrong Williams

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 ..


Poll Result

74% of Readers in Poll Believe Poland is Unfairly Depicted as Anti-Semitic after WWII

March 17th 2008

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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.


Election Edge

Iraq’s Radical Impact on American Politics

March 12th 2008

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Armstrong Williams

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 ..


Election Edge

Who Is The Real Barack?

February 29th 2008

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Barack Obama

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 ..

Poll Results

78% Encourage USHMM officials Paul Shapiro, Andrew Hollinger, Arthur Berger and Sara Bloomfield to resign

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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.


Comparing the Obama-Clinton Race to South Africa's Presidential Campaign

February 4th 2008

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Armstrong Williams

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 ..


Poll Results

88% favor strong federal intervention in housing crisis

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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.


Reporter's Notebook

24 Hours in London

December 11th 2007

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David Horovitz

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 ..


Culinary Edge

Iron Chef meets IndeBleu

November 18th 2007

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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

History Channel Finding Its way with Lost World--Masada

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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.


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