Archives for November 2012

Paradise Found: Insight on Israel Today

Israel has always been a big question mark for me. My understanding was that it is a sacred land with a profound history and about three hundred perfect beach days a year. Candles burn for seven days past their expiration date here, and Christians, Muslims, and Jews alike have a founded history in Jerusalem.… [Read more]

Privacy: Not Everyone Is Watching, But Some Are

There’s a lot of fear-mongering going on in the world right now. So, I am going to preface this article by telling you not to worry. Don’t get upset. Don’t panic. Maybe, just maaaaaaybe, be a little concerned. Why? Because, earlier this year, Christian Paetsch robbed a Wells Fargo bank in Aurora, Colorado.

This is not a public service announcement about banking safety.… [Read more]

Lessons From Gaza And The Path To Sustainable Peace

The picture below illustrates exactly why as long as we as a country continue on the current trajectory will never realize peace. It is the pervasive mentality that guides the Israeli conscious and defines our culture.  Us against them, a narrative that leaves no room for consensus.

But what I find even more disturbing than the obvious implications of this picture is the glaring paradox.… [Read more]

$58 Dollars

While many of America’s 310 million people feasted on Thanksgiving Day, a silent group of Americans faced another day in poverty. Over 15 million people now live day to day, one meal at a time, in poverty –  far more than at any time in the last 40 years, most of which are women and children.… [Read more]

Dystopian Economy: The Antithesis of What Benefits All

The Dow Jones Industrial Average is a very general metric one can use to ‘feel out’ stock market performance. Merriam-Webster defines the word “dow” as useful or capable, but the old English dictates ‘having worth’ as the initial utilization of the term. Nasdaq, the second largest stock exchange, is purely the tech market on display; its ebbs and flows reflect trading activity for publicly-traded technology companies.… [Read more]

Denny’s franchise owner Metz is learning that actions have consequences

So there, take that, said John Metz, who’s a Denny’s franchise owner and owner of RREMC Restaurants (which runs 35 Denny’s and several Dairy Queen locations), as well as the franchisor of Hurricane Grill & Wings. If you make me provide healthcare to my employees under Obamacare, I’ll add a 5 percent surcharge to customers’ bills to punish you.… [Read more]

Happy Thanksgiving Day!

Rather than post a news article or share information about the history of Thanksgiving Day, I thought I’d post some of my favourite quotes:

A lot of Thanksgiving days have been ruined by not carving the turkey in the kitchen. ~Kin Hubbard

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.  … [Read more]

Israel and the Arab Spring: Crazy Conservatives Wrong Again

Islamist Egypt wipes Israel off the face of earth. Now that’s a headline one would be expecting to see around this time if one bought into all the conservative hyperbolic theories that surrounded the Arab Spring (for example). Conservative pundits argued that regimes in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and even Turkey (which technically was not part of the Arab Spring but experienced a more Islam-oriented political revival in recent years in contrast to its secular, Kemalist past) would soon unite in a frenzy of Islamist passions to seek the utter destruction of the Jewish state.… [Read more]

Textbooks: The Bad, the Worse, the Politics

If you haven’t been keeping up, since President Obama’s re-election, Republicans have morphed into a bunch of embittered, whiny, cranky crybabies. Mitt Romney, blaming his loss on Obama “gifts” to special groups. Paul Ryan, blowing dog-whistle about the large turnout of the “urban vote.” And then there’s the pièce de résistance, Peter Morrison.

This little-known Tea Party wacknut in Texas is demanding “an ‘amicable divorce’ from…the ‘maggots’” who voted for Obama.… [Read more]

The Six Most Important Moments From President Obama’s Burma Tour

In keeping with his promise to pivot to the region, President Obama conducted a tri-country tour through Southeast Asia earlier this week, his first trip abroad since winning re-election. The president’s journey began in Thailand, then on to Burma, and concluded in Cambodia. The choice of this region and these countries for a presidential visit was significant, but perhaps most important was the decision to visit Burma.… [Read more]

A Tale of 3 Colonels: 3 ran in 2012 congressional elections. Women get last laugh.

In all the armed services, the rank before one wears stars on his or her collar is that of Colonel. It’s also customary shorthand to call the next lower grade, that of Lieutenant Colonel, simply ‘Colonel’.

The all-volunteer force has been with us for forty years. The men and women serving did it of their own volition, which I hope everyone remembered over a week ago on Veterans Day.… [Read more]

Isreali Offensive on Gaza – Failure of Leadership

War – this red sign of human madness – is raging once again in the conflict-laden Gaza area as Israeli military offensive allegedly targets anti-Israel militants hiding there. But reports from international media reveal that innocent blood is being spilled too as collateral damage. No doubt Israel’s offensive is condemnable and the excuse of targeting militants is lame because no innocent lives must be lost – whether they are Israelis, Palestinian, or of any other nationality.… [Read more]

Racist Road Rage

On the way home from errands in the old home turf of Morristown, NJ, Barbara and Jeffrey were tooling along on I-287 in NJ, just South of the New York Thruway, when they found themselves behind an old, dilapidated pick-up truck with Tennessee plates, plastered with anti-Obama, anti-Tax, anti-IRS, and, in general, anti-thinking bumper stickers.… [Read more]

Allen West Concedes

Conservative firebrand Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) conceded to challenger Rep.-elect Patrick Murphy (D) in a before sunrise dark-of-the-night press release Tuesday morning  to Politico.  West had refused to concede, and a smooth transition was in suspense while the controversial ideologue exhausted available legal challenges.

In an unusually high profile race, West and his far-Right supporters raised a reported $22 million to out-finance Murphy four to one.… [Read more]

Politisk Komedie (Norsk: Political Comedy)

How, pray tell, did we ever survive America’s endless campaigns without comedy?  Even those Michele Bachmann jokes didn’t make themselves up all on their own. Do we have to make it an Olympic sport?In 1968, The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour  got the first broadcast chuckles started with “Pat Paulsen for President.” I can remember, and have the AARP card to prove it.… [Read more]

American Sex Scandals: Laughter, Lust and Hypocrisy

Nothing drives a good, gripping Yankee scandal like the sex angle. Ken Lay and his Enron dweebs, or Bernie Madoff, King Ponzi fleecing zillions from his socialite pals? So what! The ever-obliging US justice system makes sure that they achieve the near-ultimate in criminal sentence deterrence nirvana, the somber judicial pronouncement that makes any true citizen  burst with pride knowing their courts are on the job… “Sir, you will die in prison”, a result not to be confused with sentencing perfection for the most odious perps – execution.… [Read more]

Making the World Borderless: Elevating Human Rights and Democracy. It’s Needed Here, Too

Who would have thought that the simple act of visiting a neighbour could be seen as historic? In this day and age of global communication, technology that facilitates instantaneous news reports and high-speed travel, reaching out to people across the globe doesn’t present the same challenges as it did many years ago. Yet, in the world of politics and diplomacy – with all of its hurdles – making an active effort to learn about other cultures, seeking to come to a place of understanding and attempting to see issues from another point of view is seen as ‘historic’.… [Read more]

NEVER MIND MY NEW BOOK (Which is 50% off until Dec. 1) — CRIMES have been committed!

OK, either you’re interested in the new book by now or you’re not. What we’re interested in now at the Patriot-Ombudsman is justice. Crimes have been committed and the people who committed them need to stand before the bar to answer for their wrongdoing.

Here’s what we’ve established.… [Read more]

McCain’s Agenda and the Inquisition of Susan Rice: Shooting the Messenger.

“Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?” ~ John Belushi (1949-1982), National Lampoon’s Animal House

Did the normally restrained President Obama learn some “ya wanna a piece of me” South Shore bluster from his pre-Election Day Hurricane Sandy bromance with Joisey Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.)? Or did our Chief Executive stand up for a competent staffer instead of throwing her under the bus for cheap political points?… [Read more]

Final bit of Schadenfreude: Am I Blue?

John Boehner is no longer orange but is now oh, so blue. As you probably know, Mr. Boehner is the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, and the legislative body he leads is the only one empowered by The Constitution to initiate bills to raise revenue. Mr. Boehner is blue because his fervent hope that President Obama would have been defeated in his bid for a second term has been dashed.… [Read more]