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Election Edge

Does Cal Thomas Know the Only Way to Heaven?

July 7th 2008

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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

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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

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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

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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

Unknown - Poll Vote

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

Poll Vote

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

Poll Vote

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

Armstrong Williams Headshot
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

Poll Vote

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

Contributors / Staff - David Horovitz
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

IndeBlue Chef
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.

Poll Results

USHMM not believed by 97% of respondents

September 9th 2007

Poll Vote

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.


Grand Opening

Spertus Institute Readies for a Grand Reappearance--from Wolfgang Puck to "The Transfer Agreement"

September 7th 2007

Spertus
Spertus Institute

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

Impersonal HSBC Doesn't Want Customers to Call their Branch

September 3rd 2007

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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

Ze'ev Jabotinsky: State of Israel Be Sure, and You Alone Will Win!

Ze'ev Jabotinsky
Ze'ev Jabotinsky

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 ..



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