Quote of the day!

One cannot and must not try to erase the past merely because it does not fit the present.

--- Golda Meir

KEEP YOUR POWDER DRY!!!!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

It Only Took 70 Years

For the old hatred, anti-Semitism to return in force.



Yes folks.  It is acceptable, laudable, even approved by various European governments to hate the Jews.  Even better my European readers, it is your civic duty to drive these evil Nazis Zionists from your nations.  Better yet, why not round them up and gas eliminate them all.  Thus you will please your Muslim Masters Immigrants who will NOT riot or demand any more concessions from you.  Your continent is off to a good start.  You have decided to ban Kosher Meat, blame the Jews for all the ills and problems in your society, and are forcing your Jews to leave the continent.  Your great leader Hitler would be proud of you.

 Yet there is a lone voice in the wilderness.  A prophet of new speaking out his mind, his rage, his anger at his nation (Great Britain), Europe, the West and the World at large.

Pat Condell on Let's Blame The Jews



Oh, but Europe isn't the only land at fault.  Here in the US, official anti-Semitism is on the move.  In San Francisco and Santa Monica it will become illegal to circumcise your son.  And these same cities and a few states are looking to implement the same ban on Kosher Meat that New Zealand and Europe have enacted.

Yes, pretty soon we will see scenes like this:


And this:


Or your greatest wish:



This is the result of what the resurgent anti-Semitism will bring.  But then again, the left was awfully upset that Hitler didn't kill all of the Jews, and left some alive.

Monday, May 30, 2011

In Memory



In Flanders Fields

by John McCrae, May 1915
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields

Never forget their sacrifices.  Not only on Memorial Day, but everyday.

Two Names on the Wall- A Re-Posting and Update

Gary Fouse
fousesquawk


What follows is a post I originally put up in December 2007 and re-posted last Memorial Day. There is a brief update at the end.

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I've been thinking about what kind of posting I would put up to mark Memorial Day. I finally decided to re-post an essay I originally put up in December 2007 in connection with the Viet Nam memorial in Washington DC. It will always be appropriate. I hope you appreciate it.





Dorian Jan Houser (1946-1967)
Michael G Vinassa (1946-1966)



The recent news that someone had defaced the Viet Nam War Memorial in Washington served to bring back my memories of two of my childhood friends whose names appear on that wall. Mike Vinassa and Dorian Houser were both from west Los Angeles, where I also grew up. We belonged to the same high school social club. All three of us entered military service after high school. I was assigned to Germany; they were sent to Viet Nam. I returned and went on with the rest of my life. They died in Viet Nam. Forty years later, with our country once again at war and American soldiers sacrificing their lives for America, we should also remember those that gave their lives in Viet Nam.

Dorian

I first knew Dorian in the 1950s. He and his brother, Lee, played on my little league team. Their father was our coach. Later, my relationship with Dory continued in school. In high school, we both belonged to a club called the Chancellors of Venice. As was common in west LA, there were many (off-campus) clubs formed for social purposes. We all had our club jackets, with the name of the club and locale (Venice or WLA) embroidered on the back. The colors of the clubs varied (ours was green). As we ended our high school days, these clubs disbanded as we went our separate ways-off to college, work or military service. In Dory's case, he entered the Marines in 1966, and after training, was sent to Viet Nam. On May 10, 1967, one month before his 21st birthday, he was killed in Quang Tin. He was hit in the chest by shrapnel and killed instantly.

I happened to be home on leave from Germany when we got the news that Dory was dead. I was able to attend his funeral before returning back to Germany. I'm a little embarrassed to admit it after all these years, but I chose not to wear my uniform to the funeral, simply because I was afraid his family might react emotionally to it. I have always regretted that decision.

Dory was the kind of guy that no one could dislike. He was friendly and unassuming. Needless to say, his funeral was a sad and emotional event. In the last couple of years, I have visited his grave a couple of times since my mother-in-law is interred in the same cemetery. About a year ago, I came across a posting about Dory by his sister. She described her brother and was looking for anyone who knew Dory and remembered him. I answered her post, but the email is no longer valid. As yet, I have not been able to contact her.


Mike


Mike Vinassa was also a member of the Chancellors. He was a stout, barrel-chested kid with a big tattoo on his shoulder, something unusual at the time for someone so young (still in high school). Needless to say, he was tough and didn't mind a good fight. Most other kids knew not to mess with him, but among his friends, he was well-liked. I remember one night we were at a party and he wanted to (playfully) roughhouse with me. We started slap-fighting and wrestling on the front yard of the house, and (somehow) I was able to throw him to the ground and fall on top of him. As you may know, innocent roughhousing among teenagers can easily turn into a real fight, and I remember thinking that Mike might suddenly get mad, so I rolled over and let him get on top, thus letting him win the match.

After high school, I went on to complete 2 years of college before I entered the Army. I basically lost touch with Mike and Dory at that time.

I had recently arrived at my post of duty in Germany when I came across Mike's name while reading the Viet Nam obituaries in the Army Times. It wasn't until several months ago that I learned the circumstances of Mike's death, which occurred on May 22, 1966.

Mike was a member of C Co, Ist Bn, 8th Cavalry, 1st Cav Division (US Army). Ironically, Mike was a short-timer, soon to return to the US, and, on that day, assigned to non-combat duties. Yet he insisted on accompanying his unit on a final combat mission in the Vinh Thanh Valley. It was on that final mission, that Mike lost his life-under heroic conditions. He personally led a group of his comrades in charging and taking out a machine gun nest that was pinning down his unit, but was fatally shot in the process. For his actions, Mike was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross. His sole survivor was his mother.

In subsequent years, I have been able to find both their names on the Viet Nam Memorial. (I was living in the Washington area at the time.) As stated, I have visited Dory's grave, but as yet, have not identified Mike's cemetery. When I look back at my life after the Army, I contemplate how I finished college, began my career, got married, had children, retired, and now find myself in my 60s. But as I looked down on Dory's grave, I realized that he and Mike are frozen in time-forever 20 years old. I wonder what became of their parents, the rest of the families.

In a sense, today's soldiers are more fortunate than those who went to Viet Nam. The overwhelming majority of the American people greatly respect them (with the notable exception of the usual mindless idiots who are not worth further mention in this essay). Soldiers returning from Viet Nam were often subject to dispicable treatment from those of their own generation who did everything they could to avoid military service. Once the Viet Nam War ended, the country wanted to forget about it as quickly as possible-after all, it was just a tragic period in our history. We also forgot about our Viet Nam veterans who came back alive-in so many cases, as walking wounded. They deserved so much better from us. They are still among us, and in many cases, still wounded.

All of us who lost friends or family members in Viet Nam should try to keep their memories alive and honor them. God rest their souls.

Michael G Vinassa- Panel 07E, line 104
Dorian Jan Houser- Panel 19E, line 082

Update:

My original post was discovered on the internet by Dory's sister, who was naturally shocked and deeply touched. She currently lives in central California. We exchanged a couple of e-mails. I learned that Dory's dad had passed on, but that his brother was still around and doing fine.

I finally discovered that Mike was interred at Forest Lawn in the Hollywood Hills. As yet, I have not gotten up there to visit his grave, but I will. I learned from a mutual childhood friend that Mike's father had been killed in the Korean war. Mike was all his Mom had.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Just A Thought #2



I find it strange that there have been swarms of killer tornados since President Obama tried to throw Israel under the bus.
Someone should remind him of Genesis 12:3
"I will bless thee that blesses thee,
Curse thee that curses thee,
And make you a great nation upon the Earth."

Monday, May 23, 2011

Terror From Above!

Terror in the form of a tornado.
Terror to a town named Joplin, MO
116 dead, hundreds hurt, without homes.  Without clothes, without the basic comforts we take for granted.
Pray for the survivors and those mourning the loss of loved ones!
Pray for a speedy recovery for Joplin, MO!!! _

Posted from ANDROID!!!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

A Very Special Thank You!



To all of my readers who donated to the Monkey in the Middle Fund a very large THANK YOU!!!
I would name each of you individually, but instead I'll send each of you a personal note, keeping your identity private.

Once again:

THANK YOU!!!! 

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Lag BaOmer

The period between Passover and Shavuot is a time of morning for the Jewish people.  No weddings, no parties or dinners with dancing, no fancy celebrations are permitted.

From Judaism 101:
In memory of a plague during the lifetime of Rabbi Akiba. Haircuts during this time are also forbidden. The 33rd day of the Omer (the eighteenth of Iyar) is a minor holiday commemorating a break in the plague. The holiday is known as Lag b'Omer. The mourning practices of the omer period are lifted on that date. The word "Lag" is not really a word; it is the number 33 in Hebrew, as if you were to call the Fourth of July "Iv July" (IV being 4 in Roman numerals). See Hebrew Alphabet for more information about using letters as numbers.

There was at one time a dispute as to when the counting should begin. The Pharisees believed that G-d gave Moses an oral Torah along with the written Torah, and according to that oral Torah the word "Shabbat" in Lev. 23:15 referred to the first day of Passover, which is a "Shabbat" in the sense that no work is permitted on the day (Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are both referred to as "Shabbat" in this sense, though they cannot both occur on a Saturday in the same year; see Lev. 23:24 and 23:32; see also Lev. 23:39 the first and eighth days of Sukkot are called "Shabbat"). In this view, held by most Jews today, the counting begins on the second night of Passover, that is, the day after the non-working day of Passover. The Tzedukim (Sadducees) rejected the idea of an oral Torah and believed that the word "Shabbat" in Lev. 23:15 referred to the Shabbat of the week when Pesach began, so counting would always begin on a Saturday night during Passover. The Sadducees no longer exist; today, only a small sect call the Karaites follow this view.
As restrictions of mourning are lifted on this 33rd day of the Omer, weddings, parties, listening to music, and haircuts are commonly scheduled to coincide with this day. Families go on picnics and outings. Children go out to the fields with their teachers with bows and (rubber-tipped) arrows. Tachanun, the prayer for special Divine mercy on one's behalf is not said, because when God is showing one a "smiling face," so to speak, as He does especially on the holidays, there is no need to ask for special mercy.

In Meron, the burial place of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai and his son, Rabbi Elazar, hundreds of thousands of Jews gather to celebrate with bonfires, torches, song and feasting. This was a specific request by Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai of his students.

In Israel, Lag BaOmer is a school holiday. Youngsters and their parents light bonfires in open spaces in cities and towns throughout the country. Students' Day is celebrated on the campuses of the various universities.[citation needed] Lag BaOmer is also a favorite day for weddings.



In Israel, one knows that Lag BaOmer is drawing near when children begin collecting wood boards, The most well-known custom of Lag BaOmer is the lighting of bonfires. Some say that as bar Yochai gave spiritual light to the world with the revelation of the Zohar, bonfires are lit to symbolize the impact of his teachings. As his passing left such a "light" behind, many candles and/or bonfires are lit.

An important significance to the the bonfires is that they represent signal fires that the Bar Kochva rebels lit on the mountaintops to relay messages.

The Bnei Yissaschar cites another reason for the lighting of bonfires. On the day of his death Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai said, "Now it is my desire to reveal secrets...The day will not go to its place like any other, for this entire day stands within my domain..." Daylight was miraculously extended until Rabbi Shimon had completed his final teaching and died. This symbolized that all light is subservient to spiritual light, and particularly to the primeval light contained within the mystical teachings of the Torah. As such, the custom of lighting fires symbolizes this revelation of powerful light.

At the tomb of Rabbi Shimon, the honor of lighting the main bonfire traditionally goes to the Rebbes of the Boyaner dynasty. This fire is lit on the roof of the tomb at 2:00 a.m.

On this day of celebration, have fun.  Take the family out for a picnic.  Get a haircut.  Dance joyously.  Burn Obama in effigy.  The last one will make you feel 100% better.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

How To Destroy A Friendship


 Friendship is defined as:  A friendly feeling or disposition.  Yet in the last week we have witnessed President Barack Hussein Obama destroy the special relationship the United States has had with Israel.  A relationship based on mutual trust, understanding, and respect.  As of Thursday, all that is now a one-way street, with Israel being the friend and the United States actively and openly working to destroy the tiny Jewish state.

In doing this without condemning the violence perpetrated towards Israel, the official indoctrination of Anti-Semitism into the minds of Arab children, the rewriting of history with the purpose of distorting and obliterating the presence of the Jewish people from the Land of Israel, and finally the daily calls for the destruction of the State of Israel has displayed to the world (And especially Jewish voters.) that the United States is no longer a full partner with Israel but just one of many who condemn the Jewish state.

This has left Israel with very few options.  They can no longer trust the United States to veto resolutions in the Security Council that condemn it for any whim the Arab/Muslim world decides to invent.  And let us face it, these idiots invent so many things against the only beacon of freedom in the Middle East.

On Thursday President Obama was 45 minutes late in addressing the State Department in his second major address to the Muslim world.  He was on the phone with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu of Israel who was vainly trying to get him to remove the  passage:  1967 borders.   This Obama did not do, nor was he going to.  In doing this, President Obama has effectively backed the Israelis into a corner.  They cannot return to the Auschwitz Borders, nor can they use it as the starting base in negotiations.



Without condemning Hamas for the rocket fire into Southern Israel, or Fatah for the murder of Israelis (Especially the slaughter of the Fogel family.), President Obama has effectively turned the Foreign Policy of the United States in a 180 degree turn away from Israel.

This is leaving President Obama with a problem here at home.  To be exact a Jewish Problem here at home.  While in 2008 President Obama received over 78% of the Jewish vote, today that support is down to 55% (The exact same number that Jimmy Carter received in 1980.) and it is dropping.  While in 2008 the Obama campaign found that their major donors were Jews, today donations from The Tribe is down 60%.  The more President Obama's foreign policy turns away from Israel and towards the Muslim world, the more Jews will desert him in favor of a candidate that is more appealing to their values.  In an economy that is doing well, with low gas prices, this wouldn't even be an issue.  As we know the economy is going to hell in a handbasket, gas is rising out of sight, and this is now a big issue with the Jewish voters.

As for what Israel will do.  Sources in the Israeli government have remarked that they are looking for a new partner.  A new friend.  Russia, France and Great Britain are no friends.  Their record of official anti-Semitism for centuries destroys that idea.  Instead the Israelis are sending out feelers towards China.  China needs a source of high technology.  While the Arabs have oil in abundance, they are very low on the Leaders of Technology scale.  And while Israel is very short on oil, it is a Leader in Technology (In robotics it will surpass the United States and Japan by 2015.).  China will be able to buy oil from anyone, but gaining the technological advantage takes more than money.  Takes a willing partner to help them.

It is a shame that the United States under the "leadership" of Barack Hussein Obama has destroyed the friendship between Israel and the United States and may have helped China become a technological giant by forcing a friendship between Israel and China.



Friday, May 20, 2011

Netanyahu Schools Obama

Gary Fouse
fousesquawk


"Revenge is a plate best served cold"


.......As President Obama learned to his chagrin today during the joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House. In the wake of his previous treatment by Obama in the White House and the President's statement this week about those pre-1967 borders, Netanyahu was clearly in no mood for any more.

After Obama gave his opening remarks, Netanyahu began his own. He followed the rules of diplomatic speak in front of the press. But in no time, he was leaning in and facing Obama and telling him in polite but no uncertain terms that Israel would not even consider going back to the (indefensible) pre-1967 borders. He also made it clear to Obama and the world that there would be no accepting the descendants of the 1948 Palestinian refugees and no negotiation with that terrorist entity known as Hamas.

It was akin to Churchill giving the facts of life to Chamberlain.

If you read body language, you would conclude that Obama, leaning back with his legs crossed, was not enjoying the experience. He was probably simmering with anger inside. His own words about his concern for Israel's security indicate he probably gave ground to Netanyahu during their private talk.

Netanyahu, a man who has been fighting for his country's survival since Obama was in diapers, had to wait a long time to repay the brash American president for his previous show of disrespect.

It was worth it.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Barack Hussein Obama, the Protege' of an Indonesian Madrassa, Throws Israeli Borders Under the Bus


Cross posted from Holger Awakens

Okay, let me get this out in the open - you are going to be reading a helluva lot here at Holger Awakens over the next two weeks about Israel...about Israel's relationship with the U.S. ...and the upcoming horrors that are sure to threaten the Jewish nation. Today's speech by Barack Hussein Obama is the first appetizer of the ganging up on Israel and I have not had a full chance to digest Obama's speech or the hidden intent therein but what speaks so loudly in first overview from today's speech is the incredible undermining of Israel by an American President in regards to the sovereign borders of Israel.

From the article at Breitbart:

Exasperated by stalled Middle East peace talks in a season of tumultuous change, President Barack Obama jolted close ally Israel Thursday by embracing the Palestinians' terms for drawing the borders of their new nation next door. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel rejected the idea as "indefensible" on the eve of his vital White House meeting with Obama.

The U.S. president said that an independent Palestine should be based on 1967 borders—before the Six Day War in which Israel occupied East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza—as adjusted by possible land swaps agreed upon by both sides. He said Israel can never live in true peace as a Jewish state if it insists on "permanent occupation."

"There must be no doubt that the United States of America welcomes change that advances self-determination and opportunity," the president said. "Yes, there will be perils that accompany this moment of promise. But after decades of accepting the world as it is in the region, we have a chance to pursue the world as it should be."

It was Obama's explicit endorsement of the 1967 borders that changed the dynamic.

Let me make one thing perfectly clear to my readers here - in my view, it is TOTALLY unacceptable for a U.S. President to use the term "occupation" in regards to Israel. That is beyond taboo. It is a sacred violation of a relationship between two peoples that transcends the words of some piece of shit community organizer turned world leader.

The relationship between the Jewish people of Israel and the Christian/Jewish population of America is more concrete than any ideology that Barack Hussein Obama will ever hold close to his heart.

One thing is for certain - Obama is setting himself up for a firestorm in America if he continues down this path. There is a groundswell of support for Israel in this country of ours that no one has ever been able to calculate - it is a quiet allegiance, it is a spiritual bond. And if you are a President of the United States and you actually want to sit in that big leather chair for four years, you better realize your power will vaporize overnight if you do Israel wrong.

Did I make that clear enough?

More to come when I have more time.



Prodding Israel, Obama embraces Palestine borders


WASHINGTON (AP) - Exasperated by stalled Middle East peace talks in a season of tumultuous change, President Barack Obama jolted close ally Israel Thursday by embracing the Palestinians' terms for drawing the borders of their new nation next door. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel rejected the idea as "indefensible" on the eve of his vital White House meeting with Obama.

The U.S. president said that an independent Palestine should be based on 1967 borders—before the Six Day War in which Israel occupied East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza—as adjusted by possible land swaps agreed upon by both sides. He said Israel can never live in true peace as a Jewish state if it insists on "permanent occupation."

Obama's effort to salvage a peace effort that is in shambles was a major change in tactics for a president running out of patience and reasons to be subtle. The Israeli-Palestinian stalemate has remained immune to the popular uprisings and historic drives for freedom that have swept much of the region.

He pushed both sides to accept his starting point—borders for Palestine, security for Israel—and get back to solving a deadlock "that has grinded on and on and on."

In a sweeping review of recent uprisings and authoritarian crackdowns across the Arab world, Obama was also unsparing in his words for the Palestinian leadership, repudiating its pursuit of unilateral statehood through the United Nations and questioning its alliance with a Hamas faction bent on Israel's destruction.

"At a time when the people of the Middle East and North Africa are casting off the burdens of the past, the drive for a lasting peace that ends the conflict and resolves all claims is more urgent than ever," Obama said, playing the rapid change of the past six months against a standoff that has stymied the Mideast for decades.

More broadly, before a polite diplomatic audience at the State Department, Obama sought to clarify the U.S. role toward a part of the world undergoing a transformation. He implored the American people to see that it is worth devoting U.S. might and money to help stabilize a dangerous region and help people fighting for freedom.

"There must be no doubt that the United States of America welcomes change that advances self-determination and opportunity," the president said. "Yes, there will be perils that accompany this moment of promise. But after decades of accepting the world as it is in the region, we have a chance to pursue the world as it should be."

It was Obama's explicit endorsement of the 1967 borders that changed the dynamic.

The U.S., the international community and even past Israeli governments have endorsed the idea of an agreement based on the 1967 lines, but Obama's new emphasis was a clear prodding for Israel to act.

The way Obama put it means the U.S. now accepts 1967 lines, with land swaps, as the basis for the borders of a Palestinian state—and not just that such a result would be the desired outcome of negotiations, as had been the U.S. stand.

The United States insists, too, that Israel to end up with a safe, secure state without fear of attack from Palestinians.

In a cool statement released late Thursday in Jerusalem, Netanyahu rejected a full withdrawal from the West Bank, saying the 1967 lines would leave major Jewish settlements outside Israel. It was unclear whether Obama's stand would be enough to persuade the Palestinians to drop their push for U.N. recognition of their statehood.

In the run-up to the president's speech, the White House had sought to downplay the role of the Mideast peace standoff in his address, emphasizing instead other elements such as his proposed financial support for Egypt and Tunisia, two nations that have risen up and embraced democracy. But the address only served to underscore how central the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is to the stability of the whole region and the political interests of the United States

Obama sought to give perspective to a five-month period in which thousands have died in protests for human rights, two countries' leaders have been toppled, others are teetering, the U.S. has been drawn into an armed conflict in Libya and America has launched a stunning, successful mission to find and kill Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. The president tried to minimize bin Laden's reach even in death, saying his al-Qaida vision of destruction had already been deemed a "dead end" by those wanting a better life.

Moving country by country, Obama offered his toughest words yet for Syrian President Bashar Assad, in whom the U.S. has lost hope as a reformer given his government's bloody crackdown on dissidents. Obama did not call for Assad to step down but did accuse him of murdering his people. "The Syrian people have shown their courage in demanding a transition," Obama said. "President Assad now has a choice: He can lead that transition or get out of the way."

One 24-year-old Syrian said the U.S. president was too late.

"It's too bad hundreds of people died before he made the speech," said Mustafa, who fled the coastal town of Banias, which has seen some of the biggest protests in recent weeks, and who did not give his surname for fear of reprisals. "I think it's too late for Assad to lead a peaceful transition to democracy after all that happened."

In seizing his own Mideast moment, Obama offered a speech that was in some ways notable for what he did not mention.

While critical of autocracy throughout the Mideast, he failed to mention the region's largest, richest and arguably most repressive nation, U.S. ally Saudi Arabia. Nor did he mention Jordan, a staunch U.S. ally that has a peace deal with Israel. Also left out was the United Arab Emirates, the wealthy, pro-American collection of mini-states on the Persian Gulf.

On the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, he raised the question of Hamas but did not seek to answer it. A proposed unity Palestinian government would pair the Fatah-dominated administration in the West Bank and the Gaza-run Hamas, which is considered a terrorist organization by the U.S. and seeks to destroy Israel.

"How can one negotiate with a party that has shown itself unwilling to recognize your right to exist?" Obama asked. "In the weeks and months to come, Palestinian leaders will have to provide a credible answer to that question."

Obama also conceded that borders were just a start. He had no blueprint for resolving enormous conflicts over the status of Jerusalem and the fate of Palestinian refugees.

And he gave little attention to Iran, where U.S. attempts at outreach have gone nowhere.

On Yemen, a key partner in the U.S. fight against al-Qaida, Obama called on President Ali Abdullah Saleh to keep his commitment to transfer power. On Bahrain, home to the U.S. Navy's Fifth Fleet, Obama said the only way forward is dialogue between the government and opposition, "and you can't have a real dialogue when parts of the peaceful opposition are in jail."

Obama and the New Sudetenland





President Obama's speech at the State Department today has confirmed three things:

1 He is going to blindly send more American money to the Middle East in the name of furthering democracy in a region that has never known it.

2 He is using bluster to try and push Syrian President Assad to step down. It didn't work against Ghaddafi, and it won't work here. His comment about how many Libyans would have been killed had he "not acted" is a joke. Ghaddafi is still in power, the US has withdrawn in favor of the French, and Libyans are still dying in a ridiculous stalemate.

3 He is no friend of Israel.

Obama's statements about the security of Israel ring hollow. His call for Israel to withdraw to the indefensible pre-1967 borders is along the lines of Neville Chamberlain giving the Sudetenland to Hitler. (Within a year, Germany had occupied all of Czechoslovakia.) Obama, perhaps, naively, perhaps maliciously, expects Israel to withdraw to the pre-1967 borders and negotiate with people whose stated goal is the destruction of Israel and the Jewish people.

Bibi Netanyahu has wisely rejected that call.

Congressman Alan West wasted no time in reacting to this absurd speech.

Congressman Allen West Response to President Barack Obama's Call for a Two State Solution in Israel


(WASHINGTON) --- Congressman Allen West (FL-22) released this statement today:

"Today’s endorsement by President Barack Obama of the creation of a Hamas-led Palestinian state based on the pre-1967 borders, signals the most egregious foreign policy decision his administration has made to date, and could be the beginning of the end as we know it for the Jewish state.

From the moment the modern day state of Israel declared statehood in 1948, to the end of the 1967 Six Day War, Jews were forbidden access to their holiest site, the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City, controlled by Jordan’s Arab army.

The pre-1967 borders endorsed by President Obama would deny millions of the world’s Jews access to their holiest site and force Israel to return the strategically important Golan Heights to Syria, a known state-sponsor of terrorism.

Resorting to the pre-1967 borders would mean a full withdrawal by the Israelis from the West Bank and the Jewish neighborhoods of East Jerusalem. Make no mistake, there has always been a Nation of Israel and Jerusalem has been and must always be recognized as its rightful capital.

In short, the Hamas-run Palestinian state envisioned by President Obama would be devastating to Israel and the world’s 13.3 million Jews. It would be a Pavlovian style reward to a declared Islamic terrorist organization, and an unacceptable policy initiative.

America should never negotiate with the Palestinian Authority- which has aligned itself with Hamas. Palestine is a region, not a people or a modern state. Based upon Roman Emperor Hadrian's declaration in 73 AD, the original Palestinian people are the Jewish people.

It's time for the American people to stand by our strongest ally, the Jewish State of Israel, and reject this foreign policy blunder of epic proportions.

While the winds of democracy may blow strong in the Middle East, history has demonstrated that gaps in leadership can lead to despotic regimes. I have questions for President Obama: 'Who will now lead in Egypt?' and 'Why should American taxpayers provide foreign aid to a nation where the next chapter in their history may be the emergence of another radical Islamic state?'

President Obama has not stood for Israel or the Jewish people and has made it clear where the United States will stand when Palestine attempts to gain recognition of statehood by the United Nations. The President should focus on the real obstacle to security- the Palestinian leadership and its ultimate goal to eliminate Israel and the Jewish people.”
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West sees the world the way it really is. I really wish he would decide to run for president.

Israel must come to the realization that they presently do not have a reliable ally in Washington. They will have to go their own way in order to defend themselves until such time as Obama is no longer president. Hostile forces in the Middle East are probably calculating at what point they should resort to military action to achieve their goals while this man is still in the White House and they can act with impunity and not have to worry about the US helping Israel.

Many have lost sight of the fact that wars do change borders. (Just ask Germany.) In 1967, with Arab armies poised on the border to strike Israel, the Israelis launched a preemptive strike and finsihed off their enemies in the 6 Day War. As a result, borders changed. If Israel really had sincere adversaries who wanted peace, those borders could be adjusted, but not now considering the nature of Hamas, Hizbollah, Syria and the changing leadership in Egypt. Isreal is virtually surrounded by bad neighbors.

And Obama wants them to withdraw to the old pre-1967 borders?

What Obama does not recognize or want to admit is that this conflict is not about who owns what land in an area the size of New Jersey. The reason why the issue is so intractable is because it is really about religion not land. The Arabs cannot and will not accept a Jewish state in their region. Only Israeli military might has kept them at bay.

At the end of the day, I predict that this so-called "Arab Spring" will be nothing less than the creation of new Mullah-run Islamic regimes along the model of Iran. The only democracy in the Middle East is Israel and will remain Israel.

Unless it is destroyed while Obama waves a piece of paper and proclaims, "Peace in our time".

Computer Problems!

Blogging will be light these next few days.

I'm looking at apartments and my dear laptop is not working.

Hopefully I will be able to find an apartment and my laptop will start working again (I will have a new computer at the end of next month.  G-d willing! ).

Until then I will be blogging via my cellphone.

Thank You!!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The 3 NOs vs. The 5 Conditions

Heads of state from eight Arab countries attended a summit conference in Khartoum, Sudan held from August 29 to September 1, 1967. The meeting formulated the Arab consensus that formed the basis of the policies of most Arab states participating in the conflict with Israel until the Yom Kippur War of 1973. The resolution adopted September 1, 1967 called for the continued struggle against Israel, the creation of a fund to assist the economics of Egypt and Jordan, the lifting of an Arab oil boycott against the West and a new agreement to end the war in Yemen.

The text of the agreement reads as follows:
  1. The conference has affirmed the unity of Arab ranks, the unity of joint action and the need for coordination and for the elimination of all differences. The Kings, Presidents and representatives of the other Arab Heads of State at the conference have affirmed their countries' stand by an implementation of the Arab Solidarity Charter which was signed at the third Arab summit conference in Casablanca.
  2. The conference has agreed on the need to consolidate all efforts to eliminate the effects of the aggression on the basis that the occupied lands are Arab lands and that the burden of regaining these lands falls on all the Arab States.
  3. The Arab Heads of State have agreed to unite their political efforts at the international and diplomatic level to eliminate the effects of the aggression and to ensure the withdrawal of the aggressive Israeli forces from the Arab lands which have been occupied since the aggression of June 5. This will be done within the framework of the main principles by which the Arab States abide, namely, no peace with Israel, no recognition of Israel, no negotiations with it, and insistence on the rights of the Palestinian people in their own country.
  4. \The conference of Arab Ministers of Finance, Economy and Oil recommended that suspension of oil pumping be used as a weapon in the battle. However, after thoroughly studying the matter, the summit conference has come to the conclusion that the oil pumping can itself be used as a positive weapon, since oil is an Arab resource which can be used to strengthen the economy of the Arab States directly affected by the aggression, so that these States will be able to stand firm in the battle. The conference has, therefore, decided to resume the pumping of oil, since oil is a positive Arab resource that can be used in the service of Arab goals. It can contribute to the efforts to enable those Arab States which were exposed to the aggression and thereby lost economic resources to stand firm and eliminate the effects of the aggression. The oil-producing States have, in fact, participated in the efforts to enable the States affected by the aggression to stand firm in the face of any economic pressure.
  5. The participants in the conference have approved the plan proposed by Kuwait to set up an Arab Economic and Social Development Fund on the basis of the recommendation of the Baghdad conference of Arab Ministers of Finance, Economy and Oil.
  6. The participants have agreed on the need to adopt the necessary measures to strengthen military preparation to face all eventualities.
  7. The conference has decided to expedite the elimination of foreign bases in the Arab States.
Source Wikipedia
It is best remembered for the 3 NOs:
NO peace with Israel!
NO recognition of Israel!
NO negotiations with Israel!
At Khartoum, Nasser was promised badly needed economic assistancein exchange for his pledge to stop destabilizing the region and end his propaganda attacks against the Persian Gulf monarchies. This meant that Egypt, along with the other Arab states, would focus on consolidating power at home and on pressing economic problems rather than on revolutionary schemes to unify the Arabs. After 1967 Arab regimes increasingly viewed Israel and the Palestinian Arab problem not as the key to revolutionary change of the Arab state system, but in terms of how they affected their domestic political stability.

Contrast those NOs with the conditions that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has set down to bring peace to the region.
In a speech before the Knesset’s plenum in its special Herzl Day session, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu laid down five conditions for a peace treaty with the Palestinian Authority Arabs. These are:
  1. The Palestinians must recognize Israel as the Jewish nation’s state.
  2. The treaty must be an end to the conflict.
  3. The Arab refugee problem must be solved outside of Israel’s borders.
  4. A Palestinian state will have to be demilitarized and a peace treaty must safeguard Israel’s security.
  5. The settlement blocs will remain within the state of Israel and Jerusalem will remain its united capital.
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This has been his position from the beginning of his Administration with the last statement a slap in the face to the EU and President Obama.  There is no way, no condition, no amount of bribery or coercion that could force Israel into giving up any grain of sand of Jerusalem.  It would take an army to force the Jews out of it.



There should be just one more condition:The immediate return of Gilad Shalit, safe, in good health, and unharmed!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Saturday Morning Funnies #20

Good Morning Everybody!  It is once again time for Humor and Fun on a Saturday Morning.

Finally a break in the Jimmy Hoffa case.


I understand CSI is on the way.

There has been much speculation regarding who dropped the dime on Obama oops Osama bin Ladin.  The mystery is now solved:


Latma salutes Osama Obama.  I keep mixing the two of them up.



Tiger is having an identity crises:


Poor Tiger. All that and the Vet too.

You know you play too much World of Warcraft when you start seeing this:


Should we invite him into the Guild?



Courtesy of James Shott


Your Government at Work

Part of rebuilding New Orleans caused residents often to be challenged with the task of tracing home titles back potentially hundreds of years. With a community rich with history stretching back over two centuries, houses have been passed along through generations of family, sometimes making it quite difficult to establish ownership.

Here's a great letter an attorney wrote to the FHA on behalf of a client:

A New Orleans lawyer sought an FHA loan for a client. He was told the loan would be granted if he could prove satisfactory title to a parcel of property being offered as collateral. The title to the property dated back to 1803, which took the lawyer three months to track down. After sending the information to the FHA, he received the following reply:

(Actual reply from FHA): "Upon review of your letter adjoining your client's loan application, we note that the request is supported by an Abstract of Title. While we compliment the able manner in which you have prepared and presented the application, we must point out that you have only cleared title to the proposed collateral property back to 1803. Before final approval can be accorded, it will be necessary to clear the title back to its origin."

Annoyed, the lawyer responded as follows:

"Your letter regarding title in Case No.189156 has been received. I note that you wish to have title extended further than the 206 years covered by the present application.
I was unaware that any educated person in this country, particularly those working in the property area, would not know that Louisiana was purchased by the United States from France, in 1803 the year of origin identified in our application.

"For the edification of uninformed FHA bureaucrats, the title to the land prior to U.S. ownership was obtained from France, which had acquired it by Right of Conquest from Spain. The land came into the possession of Spain by Right of Discovery made in the year 1492 by a sea captain named Christopher Columbus, who had been granted the privilege of seeking a new route to India by the Spanish monarch, Queen Isabella.

"The good Queen Isabella, being a pious woman and almost as careful about titles as the FHA, took the precaution of securing the blessing of the Pope before she sold her jewels to finance Columbus's expedition...Now the Pope, as I'm sure you may know, is the emissary of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and God, it is commonly accepted, created this world. Therefore, I believe it is safe to presume that God also made that part of the world called Louisiana. God, therefore, would be the owner of origin and His origins date back to before the beginning of time, the world as we know it, and the FHA. I hope you find God's original claim to be satisfactory. Now, may we have our loan?"

The loan was immediately approved
This is one mystery that can't ever be truly solved:


Please help us find Bill:


If you know where he is call 555-5555.  There is an reward.

This weeks Latma



Tomorrow is Nakba Day. The day in which Arabs perpetuate the lie that Jews Israelis forced them from their lands. The Arabs will march, holding up old keys, shouting, then finally rioting.  Just like every other day.

In Venice Muslims took to the streets in prayer.


I understand over 500 died.  (Photo courtesy of Elder of Ziyon.)

Nakba Day follows Israel's Independence Day by a week.  This year the IAF had a magnificent flyover:


Teh History of Israel aka Narnia



You can find out more about Taglit-Birthright Israel here.

Time has come to say Good-bye. Until next time.




Have A Good Week!!!!

Friday, May 13, 2011

BLOGGER!!!!!

For the last 36 hours BLOGGER has been off-line to those of us who post on it.

I hope that any problems BLOGGER has had is over and blogging will resume wit no problems!

Sorry for the inconvenience!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Wednesday's Hero: SSgt. James I. Spurrier, Jr.

This Weeks Post Was Suggested By Kathi



SSgt. James I. Spurrier, Jr.
SSgt. James I. Spurrier, Jr. (Left)
61 years old from Tennessee
134th Infantry Regiment, 35th Infantry Division
December 14, 1922 - February 25, 1984

U.S. Army

SSgt. James I. Spurrier, Jr., aka Junior J. Spurrier, distinguished himself multiple times during WWII. One of which, almost single handedly capturing the village of Achain, France, won him the Medal Of Honor. But after the war, SSgt. Spurrier had a tough time. Trouble with alcohol and run ins with the law. All due to PTSD.


You can read more about SSgt. Spurrier here and here. And if you, or someone you know, is suffering with PTSD there is help.

These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives so that others may enjoy the freedoms we get to enjoy everyday. For that, I am proud to call them Hero.

We Should Not Only Mourn These Men And Women Who Died, We Should Also Thank God That Such People Lived.

This post is part of the Wednesday Hero Blogroll. For more information about Wednesday Hero, or if you would like to post it on your site, you can go here.




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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

63!!!



When told his grandma was 63, the little boy cried out:  "That's old!"

Yet to a nation, it is young.  Although most of the nations of Africa are younger, the majority of nations in the world are much older than the 63 years Israel since its re-birth in 1948.

Ben Gurion's Independence Speech



"On the 29th November, 1947, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution calling for the establishment of a Jewish State in Eretz-Israel; the General Assembly required the inhabitants of Eretz-Israel to take such steps as were necessary on their part for the implementation of that resolution. This recognition by the United Nations of the right of the Jewish people to establish their State is irrevocable...

This right is the natural right of the Jewish people to be masters of their own fate, like all other nations, in their own sovereign State.

Thus members and representatives of the Jews of Palestine and of the Zionist movement upon the end of the British Mandate, by virtue of 'natural and historic right' and based on the United Nations resolution…

Hereby declare the establishment of a Jewish state in the land of Israel to be known as the State of Israel."
In May of 1948 the IDF consisted of 100,000 trained troops, 10,000 assorted rifles, 2 million rounds of ammunition, 3 canon left behind by Napoleon (Bonaparte that is.) and a couple of Piper Cubs.  Israelis faced 5 well trained, well equipped armies in the region.  The Jordan Legion only was so formidable to be considered UNBEATABLE with American weapons, Arab troops, and British officers.  The pundits of the time gave the Jews 10 days at most.

THE PUNDITS WERE WRONG!!! 

Somehow Israel won its Independence!

Today 5 Iyyar 5771 Israel celebrates her 63rd Birthday.

HaTikva The Hope






Little Israel Happy Birthday!!!
63 + 3500 years and counting!!!

Monday, May 9, 2011

In Memory Of Those Who Died

Either in the IDF or by an Act of Terror.







This is what Israelis honor starting tonight, the day before they celebrate their Independence.


Hu Yivarech - A Song for the IDF Soldiers





Prayer for the Welfare of Soldiers in the Israel Defense Forces

He Who blessed our forefathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob - may He bless the fighters of the Israel Defense Force, who stand guard over our land and the cities of our God from the border of the Lebanon to the desert of Egypt, and from the Great Sea unto the approach of the Aravah, on the land, in the air, and on the sea.

May HASHEM cause the enemies who rise up against us to be struck down before them. May the Holy One, Blessed is He, preserve and rescue our fighting men from every trouble and distress and from every plague and illness, and may He send blessing and success in their every endeavor.

May He lead our enemies under their sway and may He grant them salvation and crown them with victory. And may there be fulfilled for them the verse: For it is HASHEM, your God, Who goes with you to battle your enemies for you to save you.

Now let us respond: Amen.


Brothers In Arms IDF Clip Very Moving! 






NEVER AGAIN!!!!!!!