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Friday, October 24, 2014

The Jewish Telegraphic Agency's report:

"It is time to honestly admit that Israeli society is ill – and it is our duty to treat this disease," Rivlin told the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities on Sunday at a conference titled "From Xenophobia to Accepting the Other."

"The tension between Jews and Arabs within the State of Israel has risen to record heights, and the relationship between all parties has reached a new low," he said. "We have all witnessed the shocking sequence of incidents and violence taking place by both sides. The epidemic of violence is not limited to one sector or another, it permeates every area and doesn't skip any arena. There is violence in soccer stadiums as well as in the academia. There is violence in the social media and in everyday discourse, in hospitals and in schools."

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

A Pennsylvania legislator exchanged gunfire with a Harrisburg teenager who tried to rob him and a fellow House Democrat just blocks from the state Capitol.

State Reps. Marty Flynn (D-Scranton) and Ryan Bizzarro (D-Erie) escaped injury in the incident near the 200 block of Herr Street around 11 p.m. Tuesday, according to a caucus spokesman.

Flynn and Bizzarro were walking from the Capitol to their Second Street residence after a late dinner when the would-be robber pointed a gun at them and demanded their wallets.

Neither lawmaker handed over anything.

Flynn - a former prison guard, mixed martial arts fighter and professional boxer - drew a handgun that he is licensed to carry and exchanged shots with the gunman, the spokesman said in a news release.

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Liberals increasingly want to enforce a comprehensive, uniformly secular vision of the human good. And they see alternative visions of the good as increasingly intolerable.

In a widely discussed essay in Slate, author Brian Palmer writes about the prevalence of missionary doctors and nurses in Africa and their crucial role in treating those suffering from Ebola. Palmer tries to be fair-minded, but he nonetheless expresses "ambivalence," "suspicion," and "visceral discomfort" about the fact that these men and women are motivated to make "long-term commitments to address the health problems of poor Africans," to "risk their lives," and to accept poor compensation (and sometimes none at all) because of their Christian faith. The question is why he considers this a problem.

Another example - Gordon College a small Christian school north of Boston may lose its accreditation because of a "life and conduct" policy of no sexual activity including homosexual.


Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Nathan Gutman, Forward: It took only one wrong vote to teach a freshman Democrat from Texas how sensitive, and even wrathful, the Jewish community can be when it comes to Israel. But the real story of what happened to Rep. Beto O'Rourke did not stop with the angry reaction he got when he cast one of only eight votes in Congress against special funding for Israel's Iron Dome rocket defense system during the recent Gaza war. What is notable is how quickly the carrot followed the stick. It was almost a textbook case of how the establishment pro-Israel lobby works its magic. read more


Comments

Bernie Sanders whom I respect and typically agree with says the US middle class in in collapse. www.npr.org

While Obama and the Democratic Party elites that claim to serve the common man say we need to import millions of Mexicans (or H1Bs) who will undercut those same Americans that Bernie Sanders says are in collapse and struggling.

Me thinks the Dem Party pretends to serve working Americans, while they bend over for billionaire oligarchs like Bloomberg and Soros favoring cheap labor and stripping the right of self defense from the masses.

#16 CATDOG: NW. I like some cynicism.

I put much of the blame for our economic and cultural decline on one element - excessive greed that is foisted upon us by a media and financial class that works to control instead of informing us. They prefer a society of serfs instead of a critical thinking society. The latter works against their interest. Carlin's poetic rant on the American Dream covers the situation. www.youtube.com

Too many Americans are being convinced to take the last vestiges of their declining standard of living and make a certain few marketeers such as the top bankers, media owners, the Comcasts, cell smart phones, advertisers that spending will make our lives more meaningful.

Had the great recession of 2008-9 not been feverishly turned around by Geither and his financial club, our culture would have changed for a generation (as it did in the Depression) from an indebted consumer economy to one that saves.

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