Tag Archives: Middle East

From Hijab to Jihad

Hijab for real

Did Minneapolis’s democrat Mayor Betsy Hodges not get it? This was no game, not dress-up playtime or Carnival. Then I wondered if she ever found occasion to dress in the ethnic clothing of her city’s other ethnicities – the Germans, Swedes, Norwegians, Danes, English, Poles, Irish, French Canadians, Native Americans? Perhaps she had not done her homework about the Somali immigrants, and it took her only 100 days into office to don a hijab for an alliance.

Jerusalem and Jews: new evidence

Entering Jerusalem, ancient capital of Israel

Today the Israel Antiquities Authority, and members of the Jerusalem Police, announced a major “bust” the police made on Friday. The police captured two grave thieves, one Israeli and one Palestinian. They also recovered some truly ancient loot: eleven ossuaries, or bone boxes. The suspects seem to have tried to sell these to an Israeli collector. The Antiquities Authority concentrated on describing four arrests, and the value of the recovered loot. But they ought to have  mentioned one other, far more important detail. This loot shows the Jews have the best claim to Jerusalem. Arabs, and Muslims, cannot deny this claim anymore.

But not for Rick Steves

Should Israel Exist?

Mark Twain said,

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness…

But not for Rick Steves.

Obama’s lies, his worth, and the world

What difference does it make to Obama?

So, Mr. Obama, how are you doing? Here’s a list of things happened and happening on your watch:

Quest for Commonality: Abrahamic faiths

Abraham leaving home

The Adult Catholic Education program, held recently at a local Catholic parish hall, was entitled, “Under Abraham’s Tent: Jews, Christians, and Muslims in the World Today.”  The evening, designed to “foster peaceful relationships” of three religions through their shared patriarch, Abraham, attracted about 200 guests.

What difference does it make? Reprise

What difference does it make to her?

If the question “what difference does it make?” is referring to the Sept. 11th attack in Benghazi – the answer is “plenty!”

War, peace, oil, heroism, and futility

The Kimmeredge oil well. Is raising the price of oil a motive to let the Middle East erupt in flames?

There is no way, with my limited service as a draftee during the Viet Nam era, that I  can even begin to compare my time in the service with the sacrifices of true heroes such as John McClain.  However, it is important that a few things be pointed out concerning his article.

Warrior speaks about ‘lone survivor’

Marine recruits. How many professors appreciate the role of the military?

We’ve been at war now continuously since I was born, fifty-six years ago, and having served two decades active in the Corps, I still don’t have a clue how our “political leadership” ever allowed us into any of these wars.  Today, we have great controversy over overt things, but the real controversy lies in covert things, the questions all the warriors want answered, but which are always refused.

Benghazi report: Walter Duranty redux

What difference does it make to her?

Yesterday The New York Times released another Benghazi report, in six parts. David D. Kirkpatrick wrote a book on Benghazi. This six-part Benghazi report consists of excerpts from that work. In it Kirkpatrick tries to revive the Hillary Clinton/Susan Rice narrative. He blames “The Video,” and denies that Al Qaeda operates in Libya. But this new Benghazi report brings back the ghost of another infamous writer for The New York Times: Walter Duranty.

ASA – Academics Surrender to Allah

Members of the Israel Defense Forces on the Golan Heights. What has the ASA to say to them?

Five thousand members of the ASA, American Studies Association, would be better identified as Academics Surrender to Allah.  They have declared jihad against the State of Israel.  Why?  ASA president Curtis Marez admitted that there are worse countries than Israel but, he added, “One has to start somewhere!” Can you picture Marez as part of a firefighting team sent to extinguish a blaze in Southern California, and he’ll start “somewhere” in North Dakota?  So they’re boycotting Israel’s universities, which are also attended by Palestinian students, rather than boycotting Palestinian universities that were instituted by Israel but are prohibited to Jewish students – perhaps a study in reverse psychology.