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 Islamism (Political Islam) = Cultural Sewer33 comments
category picture22 May 2004 @ 12:06
'Tis pity that so many 'progressive' people are still willing to make excuses for the death cult that has taken over a significant portion the Arab/Islamic world and threatens to engulf the rest of us.

The prevailing powers of the Arab/Islamic world have managed to turn their culture into a sewer of hatred and victimhood. Encouraging those Arabs and Muslims who want something different (not all Arabs and Muslims have bought into the Islamist death-cult) will not result from pretending otherwise.

To quote Proverbs, "As a man thinketh, so is he…" And as a culture thinketh, so is it…

'Progressive' read this article by Alan Dershowitz and get annoyed….or educate yourself:  More >

 There Go Those Damned Israelis Again--Trying To Defend Themselves8 comments
category picture19 May 2004 @ 20:31
Debka reports: "UN Security Council adjourned Tuesday debate after US amended Arab bloc’s strong demand to halt Rafah demolitions with demand that Palestinian Authority halt illegal weapons traffic into West Bank and Gaza Strip and illegal use of private homes in Rafah refugee camp.

Arab bloc found rewrite unacceptable. Debate resumes Wednesday on British compromise draft."

What chutzpa those Israelis have demanding that the peace-loving Palestinian Arabs and their Egyptian helpers stop trying to run weapons into Gaza...Geez, the Israelis act as if there was a war going on...  More >

 Facing Islamofascist Aggression3 comments
picture3 May 2004 @ 17:16
Psychologist Kurt Lewin wrote in 1939 about how the Jewish people should face the murderous aggression arrayed against them by Nazis and their sympathizers. The advice applies today as World and Israeli Jewry continue to face the murderous onslaught of Islamofascists:  More >

 Big Bang Befuddlement9 comments
picture30 Apr 2004 @ 15:39
As I wrote in the book Dare to Inquire,"Serious misevaluating may complicate some of the current discussions about the "big bang" and the beginning of our presently known universe."  More >

 Remembering Israel's Fallen5 comments
category picture26 Apr 2004 @ 13:04
A Report from Arutz-Sheva News, Ap. 26, 2004

Today at 11:00, a two-minute Memorial Day siren was heard around the country, bringing the nation to a standstill of silence. Memorial services for the fallen are being held today in cemeteries around the country.

The late Chief Rabbi Shlomo Goren, who made the decision to institute Israel's Memorial Day immediately before Independence Day, once explained Memorial Day's significance: "We view the warriors who fall in battle as those who sprout forth life. The life of a nation grew out of this blood... This day must be more than mourning: We must remember, we must grieve, but it must be a day of mourning, majesty, and vision."  More >

 Holocaust Remembrance Day0 comments
category picture18 Apr 2004 @ 10:45
BIK: "Never Again" means that Jews devoted to the Jewish people will not allow declared enemies of Jews to oppress, harm and kill us. Nor will we allow the enemies of the Jewish refuge state of Israel to succeed. We will remember the millions of Jews who suffered and died simply because they were Jews. Never again!

A Report from Arutz Sheva News Service:
Holocaust Remembrance Day will begin with an official state ceremony at 8 PM this evening in Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum. Six Holocaust survivors will light torches, in memory of the more than six million Jews who were massacred in the Nazi Holocaust of 1939-1945. Commemorations will continue tomorrow with a two-minute siren in which almost the entire country will stand in silence or recite a prayer. Yad Vashem is continuing its quest to increase its records of the names of known Holocaust victims. At present, the names of only some three million victims are registered.  More >

 A Presidential Platform I Like3 comments
category picture3 Apr 2004 @ 12:47
Here's Thomas Sowell's platform, if he were running for President (which he's not).

Yes, folks--as a more or less good, old-fashioned classical liberal, I like what he proposes: drastic cut-backs in government intervention and spending for things that the government doesn't do well.

Imagine that.  More >

 Healing A Bad Back--An Effort in Painful Futility?6 comments
picture10 Feb 2004 @ 16:05
Yesterday's New York Times (Feb. 9, 2004) published a long article by Gina Kolata entitled, "Healing a Bad Back Is Often an Effort in Painful Futility." Link

The article gives a pretty good rundown of some of the facts familiar to knowledgable health-care providers: Alot of money and effort gets spent with very questionable return on investment.

As the article puts it, "...for all the costs, for all the hours spent in doctors' offices and operating suites, for all the massage therapy and acupuncture and spinal manipulations, study after study is leading medical experts to ask what, if anything, is doing any good..."

The report goes on to note that most people get better without treatment (not quite the positive news you might think--since "better" doesn't necessarily mean "pain-free"). The article also notes that for those who don't get better, the best approach (according the experts quoted) may be to learn live with the pain.

What a depressing conclusion...even more so because the article and the experts it quotes fail to give an adequate picture of the problem and thus encourage an unnecessary fatalism about the possibilities of healing.  More >

 Thomas Friedman's Fixed Ideas6 comments
category picture5 Feb 2004 @ 16:07
Thomas Friedman shows his typical fixed ideas, disregard for facts, and preference for loony conspiracy theories regarding Israel in his New York Times column today.

Friedman believes that there exists a significant group of Palestinian Arab moderates with whom the Palestinian Jews, i.e., Israelis, can negotiate.

Therefore Israeli's hesitancy to abandon Judea, Samaria and Gaza indicate to him 'fanaticism' and the major block to peace with Palestinian Arabs.

Nonsense.  More >

 Arafat - "The Scourge of the Middle East"4 comments
picture4 Feb 2004 @ 15:24
"...We have now reached a point where any book written by an Israeli on an Arab subject is likely to be viewed with suspicion. (Unless, of course, it provides a sympathetic account, in which case it will be accepted uncritically.) In a sense, this too is part of Arafat's legacy - the Palestinian appropriation of history and the almost complete delegitimization of Israel's version of events. But readers who still think that fact and truth are related phenomena will find much that is rewarding in these two commendable volumes."

The above is an excerpt from a review by Bret Stephens of two books about Yasir Arafat and the ongoing Arab war against Israel's existence.

If you'd like to learn some facts about this war, read Stephens' entire review (below) of Efraim Karsh's book, Arafat's War, and Barry and Judith Rubin's book, Yasir Arafat. Then read the books.  More >

 The Language War0 comments
category picture30 Jan 2004 @ 13:59
Linguistics Professor Lewis Gilbert writes about The Language War (Thanks to Israpundit for making me aware of it.

Gilbert notes that "...words do not exist in isolation; they inhabit intricate wordscapes and create the underpinning for powerful sets of values."  More >

 Fighting A Culture of Death0 comments
category picture30 Jan 2004 @ 13:29
Saul Singer's brother Alex, was killed by one of the men that Israel released to Hezballah within the last few days. Israel returned hundreds of Arabs it had imprisoned for political killing in exchange for one live Israeli that Hezballah had kidnapped and the bodies of three Israeli soldiers killed after they had been kidnapped.

For Singer that imbalance in numbers indicates something significant about the cultural values of Israelis and Arabs.

While Israelis, Americans and other Westerners celebrate each individual life, the present-day Arab-Islamist jihadist culture discounts it. Arab-Islamist jihadism nurtures a cult of death where individual lives are cheap. This culture (pervasive but not 'infecting' all Arabs and Muslims) encourages jihadists in their war against the existence of Israel and the rest of the non-Muslim world as well.

How does a culture that respects the life of every individual battle with one which doesn't value life and, indeed, celebrates death?  More >

 A War Puzzle0 comments
category picture29 Jan 2004 @ 17:53
On his news log posted Wed. Jan. 28, David Horowitz wrote:

"Why is the President on the defensive over a war as good as this one? Casualties were minimal, 25 million people were liberated, prisons for 4-12 year olds were closed, plastic shredders for human beings were shut down, mass graves were opened and stopped being filled. Why should President Bush have to offer any apology for a war that has brought Qadaffi to heel, and made the Syrians and Iranians more pliant, and has taken out thousands of terrorist soldiers and allies? This was a good war and Americans should be applauding it. "

For more of the article Click Here

 Thomas Friedman Says Appease the Arabs With More Israeli Sacrifices1 comment
category picture18 Jan 2004 @ 18:19
Thomas Friedman's NY Times Opinion Piece "War of Ideas, Part 4" (Sun. Jan. 18, 2004) where he calls for Israeli withdrawal from the disputed territories demonstrates this Middle East expert's ideologically-based ineptitude in understanding the basis of Arab animosity toward Israel and the Jews.

Jewish residents of the disputed territories of Judea, Samaria and Gaza (collectively known as Yesha) remain for him "fanatical Jews" for their insistence on their legal right to live in the heart of the historic Jewish homeland. The ease with which Friedman equates these Jews and their supporters with the Palestinian Authority's suicide bombers indicates an appalling moral blindness.

Where does Friedman's demonization of the Jews of Yesha come from?  More >

 Sweden's Socialist 'Paradise'12 comments
category picture8 Jan 2004 @ 18:02
Socialism as a system-- reducing or trying to eliminate private property while nationalizing as much of the economy as possible in the name of all citizens--doesn't work.

When pointing this out I have often been told in response--"Hey look at Sweden and the other Scandinavian countries. Look at their wonderful standard of living. It really does work well there."

Yeah, right.  More >

 The Religion of 'Peace'12 comments
category picture1 Jan 2004 @ 12:54
Individual moderate Muslims--do exist. But they come from a tradition much rooted in intolerance and a bloody quest for world domination.

Offensive to 'Goodists'. Tough realizing that some cultures do not share their sunny, tolerant view of life. Eventually 'Goodists' wake up and become realists or someday they don't wake up at all.

Read what I consider an accurate picture of the religion of 'peace' or rather submission. Not politically correct.

The Agenda of Islam by Professor Moshe Sharon

Welcome to World War IV!  More >

 The Shameful Treatment of An American Hero0 comments
category picture31 Dec 2003 @ 13:54
Colonel Allen B. West has become the latest victim of the politically-correct B.S. that has infected even our military.

For more on how P.C. B.S. is sapping our military read Front Page Magazine's Man of the Year: Col. Allen B. West

 Iran's 'Enlightened' Leadership3 comments
category picture29 Dec 2003 @ 18:01
Something like 25,000 bodies have been pulled from the earthquake rubble around Bam, Iran.

How many dead--and maybe still some living--remain buried.

The suffering Persian people could surely use all the help they can get.

The mullahs who rule the Islamic Republic there have welcomed international aid.

Except from Jews.

The extent of their Jew-hatred have led them to refuse Israeli offers to send in rescue teams and other forms of assistance.

This could have been expected--given the extent of Muslim antisemitism. Yet ,the Persian people deserve better. I am sure that there are other ways that their fundamentalist Islamist government is mishandling and increasing the disaster.

Once the dead are buried and the rebuilding begins--I pray for a political earthquake there that will bury the miserable mullahs who rule Iran.  More >

 Anti-Zionists and Antisemites21 comments
category picture1 Dec 2003 @ 11:53
Columnist Julie Burchill, bless her soul, is leaving her job at the British newspaper, the Guardian. She has gotten fed-up with the pronounced anti-Israel prejudice of that so-called 'liberal' publication.

As she put it in her Saturday, Nov. 29th article Good, bad and ugly : "...if there is one issue that has made me feel less loyal to my newspaper over the past year, it has been what I, as a non-Jew, perceive to be a quite striking bias against the state of Israel. Which, for all its faults, is the only country in that barren region that you or I, or any feminist, atheist, homosexual or trade unionist, could bear to live under...I don't swallow the modern liberal line that anti-Zionism is entirely different from anti-semitism; the first good, the other bad..."  More >

 Democracy in the Middle East?12 comments
category picture22 Nov 2003 @ 12:40
The lights have come on and the roaches are running. There are alot of roaches. But also a few more people with flashlights.

Do you want to know something about Democracy in the Middle East?  More >

 More on 'Liberalism'0 comments
category picture18 Nov 2003 @ 17:53
"Liberal" can be used to refer to "being committed to a rational and peaceful approach to political questions, to the benefits of pluralism and an open society, to individual freedom and individual rights." (Wisse, p. 134)

In that sense I qualify as a 'liberal'.

"Liberal" unfortunately has also come to also imply a kind of fellow-traveler of the leftist quest for cosmic justice under philosophical socialism. I've been there, done that, and dropped it.  More >

 "Kill Bill," Greg Easterbrook, and the Jews6 comments
category picture18 Oct 2003 @ 12:18
An Open Letter to Greg Easterbrook

Dear Mr. Easterbrook,
I winced when I read your blog commentary on the new Quentin Tarantino movie "Kill Bill."

You wrote: "Set aside what it says about Hollywood that today even Disney thinks what the public needs is ever-more-graphic depictions of killing the innocent as cool amusement. Disney's CEO, Michael Eisner, is Jewish; the chief of Miramax, Harvey Weinstein, is Jewish. Yes, there are plenty of Christian and other Hollywood executives who worship money above all else, promoting for profit the adulation of violence. Does that make it right for Jewish executives to worship money above all else, by promoting for profit the adulation of violence? Recent European history alone ought to cause Jewish executives to experience second thoughts about glorifying the killing of the helpless as a fun lifestyle choice."

I also read your apology and accept its sincerity. However, although I accept that you yourself may not qualify as an antisemite or Jew-hater, your (to me) self-righteous lecturing about some Jews (who may not feel very much connection at all to their culture or religion) has led you to unintentionally broadcast the antisemitic meme.  More >

 'Free Market' Fundamentalism0 comments
category picture15 Oct 2003 @ 12:48
Although I favor the capitalist, free market orientation, I eschew economic fundamentalists who operate under that banner. Just because I despise the socialist ideal of ensuring equality of results by negating individual rights and incentives, doesn't mean that I approve of every maneuver done in the name of 'capitalism'.  More >

 The Creed of Sanity2 comments
category picture11 Oct 2003 @ 16:46
As grateful as I feel for the internet library facilities of the Pasadena and Los Angeles Public Libraries, there is nothing comparable to wandering among the stacks.

What treasures they contain, especially in the main downtown library of Los Angeles. There on a business-related research mission, I took some time to wander too and found a delight (for me), Mary Everest Boole's The Mathematical Psychology of Gratry and Boole: Translated From the Language of the Higher Calculus Into That Of Elementary Geometry, published in England in 1897. I've already completed my first reading. Here is a short sample of what the book holds:  More >

 My Earnest Wish for Oct. 720 comments
category picture6 Oct 2003 @ 15:55
As a California Voter, I look forward to.....  More >

 The Present War Of and On Nerves2 comments
category picture7 Sep 2003 @ 18:07
In the current war against terrorism, actually a war with Arab-Islamist totalitarians, I opine that many more people need to understand more deeply and thoroughly what the Islamists wish to destroy and what we need to fight for, i.e., liberal democracy. A good start here would be to read Karl Popper's book The Open Society and its Enemies. We also need to understand the ways by which our enemies intend to sap our will to fight (the mechanism of terror) even before they send in the next wave of suicide bombers.  More >

 Fundamentalist Postmodernism0 comments
category picture1 Sep 2003 @ 19:35
I actually have met a few fundamentalist postmodernists who espouse the wooly, "whatever" attitude that their hard-assed "fundamentalist materialist" opponents seem to consider so prevalent.

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 Demarginalizing General Semantics20 comments
category picture1 Aug 2003 @ 13:25
Copyright, Bruce I. Kodish, 2003

When Alfred Korzybski's Manhood of Humanity was published in 1921, it had great popularity and widespread influence. Korzybski's Science and Sanity, too, was widely reviewed and respected when it first appeared in 1933. Now, in 2003, formulations originating from Korzybski's work often remain unacknowledged as such or have gotten watered down in various ways. This seems due not only to ignorance of their source or through misinterpretations of it (which can happen with the passage of time), but also from fear of being associated with general semantics (GS), the discipline he founded.  More >

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