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One-forties, one-shmorties…

When I first came up with the idea for this “140s” blog post category, I had intended for it to be more or less daily. They say sometimes that less is more, but sometimes I think that’s just a dodge.

shofar_1967_RS Not that I’m trying to dodge the issue here, but it occurred to me recently that in some ways the whole “nakba” (catastrophe) complaint is not much more than a way for the Arab inhabitants of Israel’s territories to dodge the fact that they lost, fair and square, in 1948 and again in 1967. Well, not fair or square at all, actually. Each time, they attacked Israel with what they thought was – and truly should have been, all things being equal – overwhelming military advantage. But all things were not equal – the Arab legions were willfully ignorant of the possibility that there was indeed a God in Israel, Who would fight for His own. And the Arabs today undoubtedly prefer to remain ignorant of this prominent aspect of their existence. To acknowledge the actual situation would be, in their eyes, a true nakba.

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New_Gaza_Mall_Opens_July_2010 An ongoing theme in attempts to de-legitimize Israel has been the falsehood that Israel is supposedly keeping Gaza in a state of poverty by means of the military blockade. The funny thing is, we keep seeing more reports of the burgeoning economic prosperity of the enclave. The latest tidbit concerns the opening of a new luxury shopping mall in Gaza City. Poor things. Not.

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It’s gotten so bad, even, that I’ve read comments suggesting that Egypt or other Arab nations might do well to request their own blockade. Hmm, I wonder what Israel should charge?

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Obama Netanyahu I was speculating earlier on whether the latest Obama-Netanyahu summit was going to yield any tangible results. The reports are still coming in from various angles, but there seems to be a building consensus that Obama is in fact realizing how badly he’s been getting his fingers burnt in the Middle East. The latest report I’ve seen is here, from World Jewish Daily.

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On a similarly positive note, alert Tweeter (& Israel Deputy Foreign Minister) Danny Ayalon reports on a recent agreement reached with organizations from  around the world to fight anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial. Read the report here. Any way you look at it, this development is welcome news.

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Less welcome, and not really news at all, is this reminder that while the Arab world goes on happily bashing Israel for what they imagine is poor treatment of “Palestinians,” they turn a blind eye toward (or at least keep their mouth shut about) the way they treat them on their own turf:

The demolition of an Arab-owned illegal building in Jerusalem is, for most correspondents, much more important than the fact that hundreds of thousands of Palestinians living in Lebanon are denied the right to own property, do not qualify for health care, and are banned by law from working in a large number of jobs.

And so on.

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And just to round things out, this report would be hilarious if it weren’t deadly serious. It seems a small health food store in the State of Washington has burst upon the world scene as a major player in global politics. Or it thinks it is. The sad but true tale is that anyone who starts frothing at the mouth over how wicked and evil they think Israel is will get the attention the world so badly longs to give them. Vultures of a feather flock together, I suppose.

Talk to y’all later.


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Israel stands on high ground while Obama digs himself a hole

Something caught my eye today in Arutz7 News. While a delegation of Democratic Congressmen is visiting Israel, the folks back home are more concerned with Obamacare than they are with the Middle East right now. I’m not saying that should or shouldn’t be the case, but that’s the reality at the moment.

I’ll get back to that in a minute, but consider for a moment that the US has been taking a very aggressive role against Israel lately, telling Israel where they may or may not construct housing, or whether municipal authorities may enforce local court decisions regarding eviction of non-paying tenants, that sort of thing.

That takes a little audacity, if you ask me. To reach into the domestic matters of another sovereign nation is not commonly accepted practice in the international community, last time I checked.

Have there been any evictions in Washington DC or NYC or Chicago lately? Oh, there have? Yes, well then why hasn’t the government of Germany or England or Israel stepped in and told them to stop? Surely the eviction of squatters in Cook County Illinois is not merely a domestic issue…

The response of the Netanyahu government has been laudable. One of the world’s smallest democracies is standing up to the world’s biggest current bully. (Now, please note that it’s not America which is the bully here, but a government that is for the present neither of the people, by the people, nor for the people – but we won’t go into that.)

Israel, though small, is one of the most significant players on the field. Why is that? Why is the attention of the whole world focused on such a tiny speck of real estate? Well, that’s a very good subject, but perhaps for another post. Or book. Like maybe this one. Just throwing the thought out there.

Now, what this all has to do with the Obamacare debate is this: player to player, the Obama government is very much off balance right now, reeling from an unanticipated negative reaction to its attempt to lock down its hold on the American people’s health and lives. So, on the play field of international politics, wouldn’t this be an opportune time for Israel to go the offensive and take advantage of the situation?

Perhaps so, if Israel saw the need to be on the offense. But Israel stands the high ground. Israel has always stood the high ground. And that doesn’t look like it’s going to change any time soon.


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ObamaCare from the viewpoint of an orthopedic surgeon

[update: for those of you who haven’t seen the actual bill, here is the latest link for the 1.7 mb pdf download that I’ve tested and found to be good. It seems to be moving around, for some unknown reason 😉 – lineman]

Although blocking the deceptions that attempt to undermine the existence and well being of Jerusalem and Israel is my main focus here, there are also domestic issues that cannot be ignored by any American who values his or her own existence and well being.

One of them right now is the great threat to the life and health of every American, being foisted on the nation as “health care reform.” There is at this moment a wonderfully raging debate throughout the country. Mr. Obama and the Machine apparently thought that the American people would roll over and play dead just because he snapped his fingers, but it hasn’t turned out that way.

There are many great blogs being created right & left (well, the great ones are on the right – I wouldn’t say that about the left) that focus on this matter, and I won’t try to duplicate them here, but there are a few things I’ve seen that have not received as much attention as I’d thought they would. Here is an email I received a couple of days ago, a physician’s view:


Written by Dr. Dave Janda
Thursday, 23 July 2009

As a physician who has authored books on preventative health care, I was given the opportunity to be the keynote speaker at a Congressional Dinner at The Capitol Building in Washington last Friday (7/17).

The presentation was entitled Health Care Reform, The Power & Profit of Prevention, and I was gratified that it was well received.

In preparation for the presentation, I read the latest version of “reform” as authored by The Obama Administration and supported by Speaker Pelosi and Senator Reid.

Let me summarize just a few salient points of the above plan. First, however, it should be clear that the same warning notice must be placed on The ObamaCare Plan as on a pack of cigarettes: Consuming this product will be hazardous to your health.

The underlying method of cutting costs throughout the plan is based on rationing and denying care. There is no focus on preventing health care need whatever. The plan’s method is the most inhumane and unethical approach to cutting costs I can imagine as a physician.

The rationing of care is implemented through The National Health Care Board, according to the plan. This illustrious Board “will approve or reject treatment for patients based on the cost per treatment divided by the number of years the patient will benefit from the treatment.”

Translation…..if you are over 65 or have been recently diagnosed as having an advanced form of cardiac disease or aggressive cancer…..dream on if you think you will get treated…..pick out your coffin.

Oh, you say this could never happen? Sorry…. this is the same model they use in Britain.

The plan mandates that there will be little or no advanced treatments to be available in the future. It creates The Federal Coordinating Council For Comparative Effectiveness Research, the purpose of which is “to slow the development of new medications and technologies in order to reduce costs.” Yes, this is to be the law.

The plan also outlines that doctors and hospitals will be overseen and reviewed by The National Coordinator For Health Information and Technology.

This ” coordinator” will “monitor treatments being delivered to make sure doctors and hospitals are strictly following government guidelines that are deemed appropriate.” It goes on to say…..”Doctors and hospitals not adhering to guidelines will face penalties.”

According to those in Congress, penalties could include large six figure financial fines and possible imprisonment.

So according to The ObamaCare Plan….if your doctor saves your life you might have to go to the prison to see your doctor for follow -up appointments. I believe this is the same model Stalin used in the former Soviet Union.

Section 102 has the Orwellian title, “Protecting the Choice to Keep Current Coverage.” What this section really mandates is that it is illegal to keep your private insurance if your status changes – e.g., if you lose or change your job, retire from your job and become a senior, graduate from college and get your first job. Yes, illegal.

When Mr. Obama hosted a conference call with bloggers urging them to pressure Congress to pass his health plan as soon as possible, a blogger from Maine referenced an Investors Business Daily article that claimed Section 102 of the House health legislation would outlaw private insurance.

He asked: “Is this true? Will people be able to keep their insurance and will insurers be able to write new policies even though H.R. 3200 is passed?” Mr. Obama replied: “You know, I have to say that I am not familiar with the provision you are talking about.”

Then there is Section 1233 of The ObamaCare Plan, devoted to “Advanced Care Planning.” After each American turns 65 years of age they have to go to a mandated counseling program that is designed to end life sooner.

This session is to occur every 5 years unless the person has developed a chronic illness then it must be done every year. The topics in this session will include, “how to decline hydration, nutrition and how to initiate hospice care.” It is no wonder The Obama Administration does not like my emphasis on Prevention. For Mr. Obama, prevention is the “enemy” as people would live longer.

I rest my case. The ObamaCare Plan is hazardous to the health of every American.

After I finished my Capitol Hill presentation, I was asked by a Congressman in the question-answer session: “I’ll be doing a number of network interviews on the Obama Health Care Plan. If I am asked what is the one word to describe the plan what should I answer.”

The answer is simple, honest, direct, analytical, sad but truthful. I told him that one word is FASCIST.

Then I added, “I hope you’ll have the courage to use that word, Congressman. No other word is more appropriate.”

Dr. Dave Janda, MD, is an orthopedic surgeon, and a world-recognized expert on the prevention of sports injuries, particularly in children. His website is noinjury.com.

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