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PASSOVER IS FOR FREEDOM

By Caroline Glick—

Passover, which begins on Monday night, is the festival of freedom.

We repeat the story of enslavement, flight, redemption and freedom each year at Passover, because our sages wanted to ensure that we never forget the value of freedom, and remain vigilant in our fight for it.

In Israel, where our freedom is physically threatened, most Jews understand and live by the lessons of Passover. But something is happening to the Jews in America.

The Jerusalem Connection Blog

April 15, 2014

[COMMENTS]




Obamacare Takes a Life

Daughter, doctor blame President for father's death.

The American Spectator

April 11, 2014

[COMMENTS]




Bombshell: Emails Show Democrat on Oversight Committee was Working With Lois Lerner to Target True the Vote

(Update: Engelbrecht Reacts) PJ Tatler

Emails released today by the House Government Oversight and Reform Committee show that Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) has some explaining to do. The emails show that Cummings and the IRS were asking for nearly identical information from election integrity watchdog True the Vote. Further, the emails show communication as Lerner was feeding information to Cummings and his staff.

The communication occurred in 2012, before the public was ever aware of the ongoing and widespread IRS abuse of Tea Party and conservative groups. In a press release detailing the newly delivered emails, committee Chairman Darrell Issa asks Cummings to answer for himself.

“Although you have previously denied that your staff made inquiries to the IRS about conservative organization True the Vote that may have led to additional agency scrutiny, communication records between your staff and IRS officials – which you did not disclose to Majority Members or staff – indicates otherwise,” wrote the Chairman and five Subcommittee Chairmen of the Oversight Committee. “As the Committee is scheduled to consider a resolution holding Ms. Lerner, a participant in responding to your communications that you failed to disclose, in contempt of Congress, you have an obligation to fully explain your staff’s undisclosed contacts with the IRS.”

Cummings has stonewalled the investigation throughout, while President Obama has claimed that there wasn’t even a “smidgen of corruption” in it.

The communication between Lerner and Cummings and his staff shows that the IRS and Cummings made numerous requests for virtually identical information from True the Vote, the Houston-based group dedicated to improving election integrity and rooting out election fraud. That Cummings and the IRS sought nearly identical information raises the strong probability of collusion between the government agency and the Democrats on the House Government Oversight and Reform Committee.

Five days after Cummings contacted True the Vote seeking “copies of all training materials used for volunteers, affiliates, or other entities,” the IRS sent True the Vote a letter requesting True the Vote provide “a copy of [True the Vote’s] volunteer registration form,” “…the process you use to assign volunteers,” “how you keep your volunteers in teams,” and “how your volunteers are deployed … following the training they receive by you.”

On or before January 25, 2013, Cummings’ staff requested more information from the IRS about True the Vote. The head of the IRS Legislative Affairs office e-mailed several IRS officials, including former Exempt Organizations Director Lois Lerner, that “House Oversight Committee Minority staff” sought information about True the Vote. On Monday, January 28, Lerner wrote to her deputy Holly Paz: “Did we find anything?” When Paz informed her minutes later that she had not heard back about True the Vote’s information, Lerner replied: “thanks – check tomorrow please.”

On January 31, 2013, Paz attached True the Vote’s form 990s, which she authorized the IRS to share with the Minority staff. Neither Cummings nor the IRS shared these requested documents with the Oversight Majority. None of the Minority’s communications about True the Vote with the IRS were shared with the Committee Majority even though Ranking Member Cummings frequently complains about the Committee Majority contacting individuals on official matters without the involvement of Minority staff.

Cummings denied that his staff, “might have been involved in putting True the Vote on the radar screen of some of these Federal agencies” at a February 6, 2014, Subcommittee hearing:

Ms. Mitchell: We want to get to the bottom of how these coincidences happened, and we’re going to try to figure out whether any – if there was any staff of this committee that might have been involved in putting True the Vote on the radar screen of some of these Federal agencies. We don’t know that, but we – we’re going to do everything we can do to try to get to the bottom of how did this all happen.

Mr. Cummings. Will the gentleman yield?

Mr. Meadows. Yes.

Mr. Cummings. I want to thank the gentleman for his courtesy. What she just said is absolutely incorrect and not true.

Did Rep. Cummings lie during the committee hearings?

Update: True the Vote president Catherine Engelbrecht reacts in a press statement:

“Elijah Cummings has blocked the IRS abuse investigation all along. We now see clearly that two branches of government have colluded to target and silence private citizens.

“America has come to a tipping point,” Engelbrecht said. “No more lies. No more cover-ups. No more collusion. Enough is enough. Finally, we have a chance for the rule of law to be re-established, thanks to the bold efforts of Chairman Issa and Rep. Jordan.”

Engelbrecht added, “We filed an ethics complaint against Rep. Cummings in February. Today we’re amending that filing to include this latest revelation. As I have said in my testimony before Congress; I will not retreat, I will not surrender, I will not be intimidated. I will not ask Rep. Cummings, Lois Lerner, Barack Obama, or anyone else, for permission to exercise my constitutional rights.”

April 10, 2014

[COMMENTS]




BANNED IN BRITISH LIBRARY

Prominent counter-jihadis like Geert Wilders, Michael Savage, and Robert Spencer have the distinction of being banned from entry into the United Kingdom – and, now, Her Majesty's Government, in its wisdom, has also banned two websites connected to me. It's not quite the same, admittedly, and I am working to get this ban removed, but I also wear it as a perverse badge of honor given that government's shameful record vis-à-vis Islamism.

Daniel Pipes - National Review Online

April 8, 2014

[COMMENTS]




THE BEST OF INTENTIONS

Time is like a river. You cannot touch the water twice, because the flow that has passed will never pass again. Enjoy every moment of life. As a bagpiper, I play many gigs. Recently I was asked by a funeral director to play at a graveside service for a homeless man. He had no family or friends, so the service was to be at a pauper's cemetery in the Nova Scotia back country.

As I was not familiar with the backwoods, I got lost and, being a typical man, I didn't stop for directions.

I finally arrived an hour late and saw the funeral guy had evidently gone and the hearse was nowhere in sight. There were only the diggers and crew left and they were eating lunch. I felt badly and apologized to the men for being late.

I went to the side of the grave and looked down and the vault lid was already in place. I didn't know what else to do, so I started to play.

The workers put down their lunches and began to gather around. I played out my heart and soul for this man with no family and friends. I played like I've never played before for this homeless man.

And as I played "Amazing Grace", the workers began to weep. They wept, I wept, we all wept together. When I finished, I packed up my bagpipes and started for my car. Though my head was hung low, my heart was full.

As I opened the door to my car, I heard one of the workers say, "I never seen anything like that before, and I've been putting in septic tanks for twenty years."

Apparently, I'm still lost....it's a man thing.

April 4, 2014

[COMMENTS]




NOONAN: A CATASTROPHE LIKE NO OTHER

The president tries to put a good face on ObamaCare.

WSJ.com

April 4, 2014

[COMMENTS]




CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR: MURDER AS AN AFTERTHOUGHT

With the topic of Palestinian prisoner releases making news, the Christian Science Monitor profiles Khaled Asakreh, released in the last prisoner release several months ago.

HonestReporting

April 2, 2014

[COMMENTS]




IN NEW ROW, ISRAEL AT ODDS WITH US OVER VISAS

With the United States irked at Israel over its settlement policies and the lack of progress in peace talks, an obscure diplomatic classification has emerged as a new sticking point between the two close allies.

New York News - AP

March 29, 2014

[COMMENTS]




DRUDGE SHINES LIGHT ON IGNORANT MEDIA

What an incredible story on the ignorance of the Obama White House and the Mainstream Media!

The Rush Limbaugh Show

March 25, 2014

[COMMENTS]




SAUDI ARABIA REFUSES VISA TO AMERICAN JEWISH JOURNALIST

Michael Wilner is the Jerusalem Post‘s reporter based in Washington, and its White House correspondent. He is an American Jew who does not have Israeli citizenship and has never lived in Israel.

About midday on Monday, March 24, Wilner tweeted, “Saudi Arabia has denied me a visa to cover Obama’s trip this week.”

Wilner is the only journalist in the press corps who was denied entry by Saudi Arabia.

The Jewish Press.com

March 25, 2014

[COMMENTS]




YOU DIDN'T BUILD THAT-OR FILE A SCHEDULE C AFTERWARDS

"The current administration has suffered from a historic lack of private-sector experience, from Obama on down. There’s almost no one on the White House payroll who’s actually ever had to meet a payroll," Ed Carson of Investor’s Business Daily wrote in 2010.

Ed Driscoll

March 25, 2014

[COMMENTS]




ERIC HOLDER GIVES PASS TO BANKING CRIMINALS AT CREDIT SUISSE

When it comes to the Tea Party, Obama’s IRS probes private citizens beyond the legal limits. But when it comes to Swiss banks engaged in widespread criminal conduct, Eric Holder’s Justice Department turns a blind eye.

Rule of Law > PJ Media

March 18, 2014

[COMMENTS]




OBAMA AND KERRY'S MIDDLE EAST RACISM

Initially, John Kerry seemed entirely copacetic with Benjamin Netanyahu’s requirement that the Palestinians recognize Israel as a Jewish state as the basis for any peace agreement. But then Abbas refused and, first via the State Department’s Jen Pseki and then through his own words, Kerry started to walk his agreement back.

Roger L. Simon > PJ Media

March 18, 2014

[COMMENTS]




ON LAWYERS DEFENDING VIEWS THEY DON'T BELIEVE IN

To what degree is a lawyer a “hired gun,” divorced morally from every position he takes and irresponsible for the demands of his clients?

Michael Krauss - Forbes.com

March 17, 2014

[COMMENTS]




THE APPEASEMENT OF PARIS

Paris — As Russia absorbs Crimea and masses 60,000 troops on Ukraine’s border, is the West serious about sanctions against Moscow?

By John Fund - National Review Online

March 17, 2014

[COMMENTS]




CURL: WE OVERHAULED U.S. HEALTH CARE - TO INSURE 4.2 MILLION PEOPLE?

President Obama said it in August 2009: “I don’t have to explain to you that nearly 46 million Americans don’t have health insurance coverage today. In the wealthiest nation on Earth, 46 million of our fellow citizens have no coverage.”

Washington Times

March 17, 2014

[COMMENTS]




QUOTE OF THE CENTURY

March 12, 2014

[COMMENTS]




LIKUD MINISTER: 'PALESTINIANS WANT JAFFA, HAIFA AND RAMLE'

At service marking three years since the slaying of the Fogel family, Yisrael Katz says Palestinians want to establish a state on both sides of the pre-1967 lines.

JPost | Israel News

March 10, 2014

[COMMENTS]




UNION: OBAMACARE WILL SLASH WAGES BY UP TO $5 AN HOUR

WashingtonExaminer.com

March 10, 2014

[COMMENTS]




ISRAEL: A FAILED STATE

The bottom line is that, when it comes to implementing apartheid, Israel is a failed state. Israel fails every test evidencing the existence of South African style apartheid.

Charles Abelsohn | Ops & Blogs | The Times of Israel

March 10, 2014

[COMMENTS]




HEROIN REFORM IN VERMONT – AND ALSO IN THE ENTIRE COUNTRY?

Recently, I appeared on a panel of knowledgeable folks at the Vermont Law School dealing with the huge heroin problem in that state. My involvement came about through the efforts of, George Selby, a senior student at the law school. He called me months ago and asked if I would consider serving on that panel. Since I knew little about the problem in that state, I said that I would think about the matter. Also I asked him to send me more information on the matter.

In addition, of course I went on the internet and looked for more information on the heroin problem in Vermont and in the country. As it happens, I have been studying the heroin issue for decades. Indeed, I think my first serious interest in drug matters started in the early Seventies when the dangers of heroin abuse and heroin trafficking filled the newspapers and electronic media in the Washington, DC area where I lived, and still do. Since I knew so little about drugs, including heroin, I decided to learn more about these matters, especially about heroin. During my initial explorations of the available facts, I soon came to realize that much of the accepted wisdom about heroin and other drugs, including the conventional wisdom that underlay most drug laws and enforcement policies, was simply false and based on hysteria and fear. It was shocking to make those discoveries.

My outrage at those shocking discoveries led to decades of study, books, articles, television appearances, and advocacy of change. It also led to the formation by me of the Drug Policy Foundation during the Eighties. That organization dealt with many drug issues and called for more rational approaches to dealing with them. However, it was my interest in heroin that was the major force behind the creation of that pioneering organization, from which I resigned in the late Nineties. It is now known as the Drug Policy Alliance.

All of that history was in the background when I started to review the situation in Vermont. It was intriguing to be brought back over forty years as I looked at the matter in the context of Vermont. For a whole variety of reasons, I formed the opinion that Vermont could be the spark that led to major reforms in how the whole country dealt with heroin and those who get addicted to it. Accordingly, I called for the governor and other officials to start thinking outside the box and to take the lead in creating radical reforms to deal with the heroin crisis in that bucolic state. Among those reforms was the medicalization of heroin so that it could be used to maintain addicts and to treat patients suffering from extreme pain such as from cancer and other severe organic maladies. As I have indicated in past statements, I would also go so far as to fully legalize that drug and many others, in line with the arguments of LEAP, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, which had a representative on that panel at the Vermont Law School.

My written remarks and the YouTube coverage of all of the panelists may be seen by clicking on the links.

My hope is that leading officials in Vermont take to heart the suggestions that I and others have made to the effect that the state could make history in creating major positive change in dealing with the troubling issue of heroin in American society.

March 6, 2014

[COMMENTS]




DNC ATTENDEES CAN'T NAME A SINGLE HILLARY ACCOMPLISHMENT

Some said she had about a hundred moments of greatness when she served under President Obama - but, strangely, couldn't name a single accomplishment of hers, besides marrying Bill Clinton.

CNS News

March 5, 2014

[COMMENTS]




'I'M GOING TO PRISON FOR WORKING AT A POT SHOP THAT WAS LEGAL IN MY STATE'

Although California voters legalized medical cannabis more than 17 years ago, the plant remains illegal under federal law, and the Obama administration launched a renewed crackdown on marijuana in California in 2011.

Huffington Post

March 3, 2014

[COMMENTS]




OBAMA FINDS A COUNTRY TO THREATEN, TOO BAD IT'S ISRAEL

Obama: "If you see no peace deal and continued aggressive settlement construction — and we have seen more aggressive settlement construction over the last couple years than we’ve seen in a very long time. If Palestinians come to believe that the possibility of a contiguous sovereign Palestinian state is no longer within reach, then our ability to manage the international fallout is going to be limited."

The PJ Tatler

March 3, 2014

[COMMENTS]




IF HE BELIEVES IT, IT MUST BE SO

Obama's scary interview.

The Weekly Standard

March 3, 2014

[COMMENTS]




NEW OBAMA INITIATIVE TRAMPLES FIRST AMENDMENT PROTECTIONS

WashingtonExaminer.com

February 21, 2014

[COMMENTS]




KRAUTHAMMER: HILLARY ACHIEVED NOTHING AS SECRETARY OF STATE

Exclaimed Krauthammer, the U.S. antagonized "Canada, for God’s sake. Canada, of all people, that’s quite an achievement when you can antagonize Canada."

Truth Revolt

February 19, 2014

[COMMENTS]




U.S. LIFTS BAN ON IMMIGRANTS WITH LINKS TO TERRORISM

Muslim Brotherhood affiliates scored a major victory in their efforts to degrade U.S. national security measures in early February 2014 when the Obama administration decided to override by fiat portions of the U.S. Criminal Code and immigration policy pertaining to individuals who provide “material support to terrorism.”

Israpundit > Blog Archive

February 19, 2014

[COMMENTS]




OBAMA'S WAR ON ISRAEL

If the left’s foreign policy these days had a slogan, it would be, “Boycott Israel, not Iran.”

The Jerusalem Connection Blog

February 14, 2014

[COMMENTS]




OBAMA'S NEW DELAY OF EMPLOYER MANDATE VIOLATES PLAIN LANGUAGE OF LAW

Another "Banana Republic" moment for Obama.

CNS News

February 11, 2014

[COMMENTS]




REACTION TO THE CBO REPORT ON OBAMACARE

Fresh From Playing the Race Card for Democrats, Ron Fournier Admits It's His Job to 'Defend Obamacare' (And He's Sick of It).

The PJ Tatler

February 11, 2014

[COMMENTS]




IS IT OVER, AND WE JUST DON'T KNOW IT?

There’s little doubt that the United States of America has reached a point where, relatively unhampered by legislative or judicial barriers, its president and his bureaucracy exceed the limits of the nation’s Constitution “as a matter of course.”

PJ Media

February 11, 2014

[COMMENTS]




KRAUTHAMMER ON OBAMACARE EMPLOYER MANDATE DELAY: "THIS IS STUFF YOU DO IN A BANANA REPUBLIC"

Krauthammer says that delaying the employer mandate simply to ease political pain before an election is the kind of stuff they do in banana republics:

The Right Scoop

February 11, 2014

[COMMENTS]




MARIJUANA BACKERS HIT A POLITICAL CHORD; LAWMAKERS TRY TO TAP INTO FERVOR FOR LEGALIZATION

The once-quixotic goal of the group NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws — is now one of Washington’s most-discussed issues.

Politics - The Boston Globe

February 10, 2014

[COMMENTS]




OBAMA DEMOCRATS' TROUBLING VIEW ON WORK

America now has a government that views work as a trap and celebrates those who escape it.

New York Post

February 9, 2014

[COMMENTS]




AN OBAMACARE REPORT CARD

The grades are bad so far—and likely to get worse.

The Weekly Standard

February 9, 2014

[COMMENTS]




BOY! THIS MUSLIM KID WILL DEFINETELY BE THE NEXT PRIME MINISTER OF ISRAEL

A muslim, Amran Hussain, speaks in support of Israel at the UN.

Israel Video Network

February 8, 2014

[COMMENTS]




TSA AGENTS INTERROGATE JEWISH AUTHOR FOR READING CONSERVATIVE NEWSPAPER

Federal goons assume role of political thought police.

Alex Jones' Infowars: There's a war on for your mind!

February 8, 2014

[COMMENTS]




IN ENEMY HANDS: ISRAEL EXTENDS COMPASSION TO TREAT HUNDREDS OF WOUNDED SYRIANS

Syria and Israel are formally at war, and the idea of Syrians being treated in an Israeli hospital once would have been unthinkable.

Jewishworldreview

February 5, 2014

[COMMENTS]




SEEING SODASTREAM FOR MYSELF

Thanks to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement and Oxfam, SodaStream has become the latest flash-point in the demonization campaign against Israel.

Simon Plosker | Ops & Blogs | The Times of Israel

February 4, 2014

[COMMENTS]




HOW OBAMACARE MISREADS AMERICA

The Washington elites who designed the law must be bewildered: Why doesn't everyone behave as they do?

Michael Barone - WSJ

February 3, 2014

[COMMENTS]




CANADIAN PM HARPER IS LATEST TO FILL LEADERSHIP VACUUM, THE WORLD -- INCLUDING WASHINGTON - BE DAMNED

Aligning with Israel takes courage. Doing so also comes with rewards.

By Caroline B. Glick

January 24, 2014

[COMMENTS]




THE TRUTH HURTS

To hear it from the White House, and from Israel’s leftist media, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon is a major liability. As half the planet now knows, Ya’alon is harshly critical of US Secretary of State John Kerry’s persistent efforts to force Israel to surrender its land and ability to defend itself to the PLO.

By Caroline Glick, JPost

January 21, 2014

[COMMENTS]




WORKS AND DAYS

The Last Generation of the West and the Thin Strand of Civilization

Victor Davis Hanson | PJ Media

January 20, 2014

[COMMENTS]




(ADDRESS TO THE DURBIN CONFERENCE) LET THE TRUTH BE KNOWN

Sudan - a remarkable address to the recent " Durban Conference" in New York

A REMARKABLE SPEECH. I HOPE IT WILL GO AROUND THE WORLD.

These are the words of Simon Deng, once a Sudanese slave. He is addressing the Durban Conference in NY.

I want to thank the organizers of this conference, The Perils of Global Intolerance. It is a great honor for me and it is a privilege really to be among today's distinguished speakers.

I came here as a friend of the State of Israel and the Jewish people. I came to protest this Durban conference which is based on a set of lies. It is organized by nations who are themselves are guilty of the worst kind of oppression.

It will not help the victims of racism. It will only isolate and target the Jewish state. It is a tool of the enemies of Israel .

The UN has itself become a tool against Israel . For over 50 years, 82 percent of the UN General Assembly emergency meetings have been about condemning one state - Israel . Hitler couldn't have been made happier!

The Durban Conference is an outrage. All decent people will know that.

But friends, I come here today with a radical idea. I come to tell you that there are peoples who suffer from the UN's anti-Israelism even more than the Israelis. I belong to one of those people.

Please hear me out.

By exaggerating Palestinian suffering, and by blaming the Jews for it, the UN has muffled the cries of those who suffer on a far larger scale.

For over fifty years the indigenous black population of Sudan -- Christians and Muslims alike --- have been the victims of the brutal, racist Arab Muslim regimes in Khartoum .

In South Sudan , my homeland, about 4 million innocent men, women and children were slaughtered from 1955 to 2005. Seven million were ethnically cleansed and they became the largest refugee group since World War II.

The UN is concerned about the so-called Palestinian refugees. They dedicated a separate agency for them, and they are treated with a special privilege.

Meanwhile, my people, ethnically cleansed, murdered and enslaved, are relatively ignored. The UN refuses to tell the world the truth about the real causes of Sudan 's conflicts. Who knows really what is happening in Darfur ? It is not a "tribal conflict."

It is a conflict rooted in Arab colonialism well known in north Africa. In Darfur, a region in the Western Sudan , everybody is Muslim. Everybody is Muslim because the Arabs invaded the North of Africa and converted the indigenous people to Islam. In the eyes of the Islamists in Khartoum , the Darfuris are not Muslim enough. And the Darfuris do not want to be Arabized.

They love their own African languages and dress and customs. The Arab response is genocide! But nobody at the UN tells the truth about Darfur .

In the Nuba Mountains , another region of Sudan , genocide is taking place as I speak. The Islamist regime in Khartoum is targeting the black Africans - Muslims and Christians. Nobody at the UN has told the truth about the Nuba Mountains .

Do you hear the UN condemn Arab racism against blacks?

What you find on the pages of the New York Times, or in the record of the UN condemnations is "Israeli crimes" and Palestinian suffering.

My people have been driven off the front pages because of the exaggerations about Palestinian suffering.

What Israel does is portrayed as a Western sin. But the truth is that the real sin happens when the West abandons us: the victims of Arab/Islamic apartheid.

Chattel slavery was practiced for centuries in Sudan . It was revived as a tool of war in the early 90s.

Khartoum declared jihad against my people and this legitimized taking slaves as war booty.

Arab militias were sent to destroy Southern villages and were encouraged to take African women and children as slaves.

We believe that up to 200,000 were kidnapped, brought to the North and sold into slavery.

I am a living proof of this crime against humanity!

I don't like talking about my experience as a slave, but I do it because it is important for the world to know that slavery exists even today.

I was only nine years old when an Arab neighbor named Abdullahi tricked me into following him to a boat. The boat wound up in Northern Sudan where he gave me as a gift to his family. For three and a half years I was their slave going through something that no child should ever go through: brutal beatings and humiliations; working around the clock; sleeping on the ground with animals; eating the family’s left-overs. During those three years I was unable to say the word “no”.

All I could say was “yes,” “yes,” “yes.”

The United Nations knew about the enslavement of South Sudanese by the Arabs. Their own staff reported it. It took UNICEF – under pressure from the Jewish –led American Anti-Slavery Group -- sixteen years to acknowledge what was happening. I want to publicly thank my friend Dr. Charles Jacobs for leading the anti-slavery fight.

But the Sudanese government and the Arab League pressured UNICEF, and UNICEF backtracked, and started to criticize those who worked to liberate Sudanese slaves. In 1998, Dr. Gaspar Biro, the courageous UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Sudan who reported on slavery, resigned in protest of the UN's actions.

My friends, today, tens of thousands of black South Sudanese still serve their masters in the North and the UN is silent about that. It would offend the OIC and the Arab League.

As a former slave and a victim of the worst sort of racism, allow me to explain why I think calling Israel a racist state is absolutely absurd and immoral.

I have been to Israel five times visiting the Sudanese refugees. Let me tell you how they ended up there. These are Sudanese who fled Arab racism, hoping to find shelter in Egypt . They were wrong. When Egyptian security forces slaughtered twenty six black refugees in Cairo who were protesting Egyptian racism, the Sudanese realized that the Arab racism is the same in Khartoum or Cairo . They needed shelter and they found it in Israel . Dodging the bullets of the Egyptian border patrols and walking for very long distances, the refugees' only hope was to reach Israel 's side of the fence, where they knew they would be safe.

Black Muslims from Darfur chose Israel above all the other Arab-Muslim states of the area. Do you know what this means!!!?? And the Arabs say Israel is racist!!!?

In Israel , black Sudanese, Christian and Muslim were welcomed and treated like human beings. Just go and ask them, like I have done. They told me that compared to the situation in Egypt , Israel is "heaven."

Is Israel a racist state? To my people, the people who know racism – the answer is absolutely not. Israel is a state of people who are the colors of the rainbow. Jews themselves come in all colors, even black. I met with Ethiopian Jews in Israel . Beautiful black Jews.

So, yes … I came here today to tell you that the people who suffer most from the UN anti-Israel policy are not the Israelis but all those people who the UN ignores in order to tell its big lie against Israel: we, the victims of Arab/Muslim abuse: women, ethnic minorities, religious minorities, homosexuals, in the Arab/Muslim world. These are the biggest victims of UN Israel hatred.

Look at the situation of the Copts in Egypt , the Christians in Iraq , and Nigeria , and Iran , the Hindus and Bahais who suffer from Islamic oppression. The Sikhs. We -- a rainbow coalition of victims and targets of Jihadis -- all suffer. We are ignored, we are abandoned. So that the big lie against the Jews can go forward.

In 2005, I visited one of the refugee camps in South Sudan . I met a twelve year old girl who told me about her dream.

In a dream she wanted to go to school to become a doctor. And then, she wanted to visit Israel . I was shocked.

How could this refugee girl who spent most of her life in the North know about Israel ? When I asked why she wanted to visit Israel , she said: "This is our people." I was never able to find an answer to my question.

On January 9 of 2011 South Sudan became an independent state. For South Sudanese, that means continuation of oppression, brutalization, demonization, Islamization, Arabization and enslavement.

In a similar manner, the Arabs continue denying Jews their right for sovereignty in their homeland and the Durban III conference continues denying Israel's legitimacy.

As a friend of Israel, I bring you the news that my President, the President of the Republic of South Sudan, Salva Kiir -- publicly stated that the South Sudan Embassy in Israel will be built--- not in Tel Aviv, but in Jerusalem, the eternal capital of the Jewish people.

I also want to assure you that my own new nation, and all of its peoples, will oppose racist forums like the Durban III. We will oppose it by simply continuing to tell the truth! Our truth!

My Jewish friends taught me something that I now want to say with you.

AM YISROEL CHAI !

The people of Israel lives!

Thank you

January 17, 2014

[COMMENTS]




SENIOR UK DEFENSE ADVISOR: OBAMA IS CLUELESS ABOUT 'WHAT HE WANTS TO DO IN THE WORLD'

Sir Hew Strachan, an expert on the history of war, says that the president’s strategic failures in Afghanistan and Syria have crippled America’s position in the world.

The Daily Beast

January 16, 2014

[COMMENTS]




JIMMY KIMMEL SAVAGES OBAMACARE AND UNINFORMED YOUNG PEOPLE WHO SUPPORT IT

NewsBusters

January 15, 2014

[COMMENTS]




OPINION FROM PROFESSOR LAURA HOLLIS-NOTRE DAME

Obamacare Should Remind Us We Are Not 'Subjects,' We Are People

Laura Hollis is a professor at the University of Notre Dame.

Laura Hollis is an attorney and professor at Norte Dame University.The unveiling of the dictatorial debacle that is Obamacare absolutely flabbergasts me. It is stunning on so many levels, but the most shocking aspect of it for me is watching millions of free Americans stand idly by while this man, his minions in Congress and his cheerleaders in the press systematically dismantle our Constitution, steal our money, and crush our freedoms.

The President, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid (with no small help from Justice John Roberts) take away our health care, and we allow it. They take away our insurance, and we allow it. They take away our doctors, and we allow it. They charge us thousands of dollars more a year, and we allow it. They make legal products illegal, and we allow it. They cripple our businesses, and we allow it. They announce by fiat that we must ignore our most deeply held beliefs – and we allow it.

Where is your spine, America?

Yes, I know people are complaining. I read the news on the internet. I read blogs. I have a Twitter feed. So what? People in the Soviet Union complained. People in Cuba complain. People in China complain (quietly). Complaining isn't the same thing as doing anything about it. In fact, much of the complaining that we hear sounds like resignation: Wow. This sucks. Oh well, this is the way things are. Too bad.

Perhaps you need reminding of a few important facts. Here goes:

1. The President is not a king. Barack Obama does not behave like a President, an elected official, someone who realizes that he works for us. He behaves like a king, a dictator – someone who believes that his own pronouncements have the force of law, and who thinks he can dispense with the law's enforcement when he deigns to do so. And those of us who object? How dare we? Racists!

And while he moves steadily "forward" with his plans to "fundamentally transform" the greatest country in human history, he distracts people with cheap, meaningless trivialities, like "free birth control pills"! (In fact, let's face it: this administration's odd obsession with sex in general - Birth control! Abortion! Sterilization! Gay guys who play basketball! -- is just plain weird. Since when did the leader of the free world care so much about how people have sex, who they have it with, and what meds they use when they have it? Does he have nothing more important to concern himself with?)

2. It isn't just a failed software program; it is a failed philosophy. People are marveling that Healthcare.gov was such a spectacular failure. Well, if one is only interested in it as a product launch, I've explained some of the reasons for that here. But the larger point is that it isn't a software failure, or even a product failure; it is a philosophy failure.

I have said this before: Obama is not a centrist; he is a central planner. And this – all of it: the disastrous computer program, the hundreds of millions of dollars wasted, the lies, the manipulation of public opinion, the theft of the public's money and property, and freedom (read insurance, and premiums, and doctors) -- IS what central planning looks like.

The central premise of central planning is that a handful of wunderkinds with your best interests at heart (yeah, right) know better than you what's good for you. The failure of such a premise and the misery it causes have been clear from the dawn of humanity. Kings and congressmen, dictators and Dear Leaders, potentates, princes and presidents can all fall prey to the same imperial impulses: "we know what is good the 'the people.'

And they are always wrong.

There is a reason that the only times communism has really been tried have been after wars, revolutions, or coups d'état. You have to have complete chaos for people to be willing to accept the garbage that centralized planning produces. Take the Soviet Union, for example. After two wars, famine, and the collapse of the Romanov dynasty, why wouldn't people wait in line for hours to buy size 10 shoes? Or settle for the gray matter that passed for meat in the grocery stores?

But communism's watered-down cousin, socialism, isn't much better. Ask the Venezuelans who cannot get toilet paper. Toilet paper. ¡Viva la Revolución!

Contrary to what so many who believe in a "living Constitution" say, the Founding Fathers absolutely understood this. That is why the Constitution was set up to limit government power. (Memo to the President: the drafters of the Constitution deliberately didn't say "what government had to do on your behalf.") They understood that that was the path to folly, fear, and famine.

3. Obama is deceitful. Just as the collapse of the computer program should not surprise anyone, neither should we be shocked that the President lied about his healthcare plan. Have any of you been paying attention over the past few years? Obama has made no secret of his motivations or his methods. The philosophies which inspire him espouse deceit and other vicious tactics. (Don't take my word for it: read Saul Alinsky.) Obama infamously told reporter Richard Wolffe, "You know, I actually believe my own bullshit." He has refused to be forthcoming about his past (where are his academic records?). His own pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, told author Ed Klein, that Obama said to him, "You know what your problem is? You have to tell the truth."

Did Obama lie when he said dozens of times, "If you like your plan, you can keep it. Period!"? Of course he did. That's what he does.

4. The media is responsible. And had the media been doing their jobs, we would have known a lot of this much, much earlier.

The press is charged with the sacred responsibility of protecting the people from the excesses of government. Our press has been complicit, incompetent, or corrupt. Had they vetted this man in 2008, as they would have a Republican candidate, we would have known far more about him than we do, even now. Had they pressed for more details about Obamacare, Congress' feet would have been held to the fire. Had they done their jobs about Eric Holder, Fast and Furious, Benghazi, the IRS scandal, NSA spying - or any of the other myriad betrayals of the public trust that this administration has committed, Obama would likely have lost his 2012 reelection campaign. (A fact that even The Washington Post has tacitly acknowledged. Well done, fellas! Happy now?)

Instead, they turned a blind eye, even when they knew he was lying, abusing power, disregarding the limits of the Constitution. It was only when he began to spy on them, and when the lies were so blatant that the lowest of low-information voters could figure it out that they realized they had to report on it. (Even in the face of blatant, deliberate and repeated lies, The New York Times has the audacity to tell us that the President "misspoke.") They have betrayed us, abandoned us, and deceived us.

5. Ted Cruz was right. So was Sarah Palin. The computer program is a disaster. The insurance exchanges are a disaster. What's left? The healthcare system itself. And this, of necessity, will be a disaster, too.

Millions of people have lost their individual insurance plans. In 2015, millions more will lose their employer-provided coverage (a fact which the Obama administration also knew, and admitted elsewhere).

The exorbitant additional costs that Obamacare has foisted on unsuspecting Americans are all part of a plan of wealth confiscation and redistribution. That is bad enough. But it will not end there.

When the numbers of people into the system and the corresponding demand for care vastly exceed the cost projections (and they will, make no mistake), then the rationing will start. Not only choice at that point, but quality and care itself will go down the tubes. And then will come the decisions made by the Independent Payment Advisory Board about what care will be covered (read "paid for") and what will not.

That's just a death panel, put politely. In fact, progressives are already greasing the wheels for acceptance of that miserable reality as well. They're spreading the lie that it will be about the ability of the dying to refuse unwanted or unhelpful care. Don't fall for that one, either. It will be about the deaths that inevitably result from decisions made by people other than the patients, their families, and their physicians. (Perhaps it's helpful to think of their assurances this way: " If you like your end-of-life care, you can keep your end-of-life-care.")

6. We are not SUBJECTS. (or, Nice Try, the Tea Party Isn't Going Away). We have tolerated these incursions into our lives and livelihoods too long already. There is no end to the insatiable demand "progressives" have to remake us in their image. Today it is our insurance, our businesses, our doctors, our health care. Tomorrow some new crusade will be announced that enables them to take over other aspects of our formerly free lives.

I will say it again: WE ARE NOT SUBJECTS. Not only is the Tea Party right on the fiscal issues, but it appears that they are more relevant than ever. We fought a war once to prove we did not want to be the subjects of a king, and the Boston Tea Party was just a taste of the larger conflict to come. If some people missed that lesson in history class, we can give them a refresher.

The 2014 elections are a good place to start. Call your representative, your senator, your candidate and tell them: "We are not subjects. You work for us. And if the word "REPEAL" isn't front and center in your campaign, we won't vote for you. Period."

Laura Hollis is an attorney and teaches entrepreneurship and business law at the University of Notre Dame

And this comes from Notre Dame What a powerful and true letter!

January 15, 2014

[COMMENTS]




THE FBI'S IRS OUTRAGE

"Can law enforcers investigate a crime without interviewing any witnesses?"

-The Wall Street Journal Morning Editorial Report

January 14, 2014

[COMMENTS]




ARIEL THE EVIL: FALSEHOODS AS FACT ALREADY APLENTY

Sharon's body wasn't even cold before the lies and distortions by "respectable" media began.

Jewish World Review

January 13, 2014

[COMMENTS]




EXPERTS SLAM DOJ LETTER TELLING SCHOOLS TO IMPLEMENT RACE-BASED PUNISHMENTS

"Education experts decried a new memo from the Departments of Justice and Education that instructs public schools throughout the country to cease punishing disruptive students if they fall into certain racial categories, such as black or Hispanic."

The Daily Caller

January 13, 2014

[COMMENTS]




THE GREAT MARIJUANA EXPERIMENT: A TALE OF TWO DRUG WARS

As Washington and Colorado create rules and regulations for selling legal marijuana, in many other cities across the country pot arrests are near record highs.

Politics News | Rolling Stone

January 11, 2014

[COMMENTS]




ONE-THIRD OF HOUSE DEMS JOIN GOP ON BILL TO REQUIRE HHS TO TELL PUBLIC ABOUT OBAMACARE BREACHES

White House opposes because people "can trust that the information that they are providing is protected by stringent security standards."

PJ Media

January 11, 2014

[COMMENTS]




HIS FINEST HOUR

"I didn’t know about it but it’s my responsibility because I’m the governor. So I’m taking that responsibility and taking actions appropriate with executing that responsibility in accord with what the information is today."
-Gov. Christie

The American Spectator

January 10, 2014

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YOU ONLY THOUGHT YOU WANTED TO KEEP YOUR HOSPITAL

"Liberal New Republic editor Jonathan Cohn admits that under Obamacare the California networks have become exceedingly restrictive regarding doctors and hospitals. He even points out that one of Los Angeles’ finest hospitals, Cedars-Sinai, isn’t in the new Obamacare networks."

PJ Media

January 10, 2014

[COMMENTS]




JESUS OF PALESTINE?

History is too important to leave to academics
Clifford D. May
2nd January 2014 - National Review Online

Foundation for Defense of Democracies

January 3, 2014

[COMMENTS]




WHAT REALLY DIED AT AUSCHWITZ?

Sharing!

About 10 years ago just out of curiosity, I audited a course on WW2. It was fascinating. I found all of the statistics intriguing.

The casualty figures of military and civilians then was guessed to be over 60 million people and climbing as more and more previously unknown deaths are discovered.

I have now read that the number could reach 100 million.

What really died at Auschwitz? Here's an interesting viewpoint. The following is a copy of an article written by Spanish writer Sebastian Vilar Rodrigez and published in a Spanish newspaper on Jan. 15, 2011. It doesn't take much imagination to extrapolate the message to the rest of Europe - and possibly to the rest of the world.

"I walked down the street in Barcelona and suddenly discovered a terrible truth - Europe died in Auschwitz ... We killed six million Jews and replaced them with 20 million Muslims. In Auschwitz we burned a culture, thought, creativity, talent. We destroyed the chosen people, truly chosen, because they produced great and wonderful people who changed the world.

The contribution of this people is felt in all areas of life: science, art, international trade, and above all, as the conscience of the world. These are the people we burned.

And under the pretence of tolerance, and because we wanted to prove to ourselves that we were cured of the disease of racism, we opened our gates to 20 million Muslims, who brought us stupidity and ignorance, religious extremism and lack of tolerance, crime and poverty, due to an unwillingness to work and support their families with pride.

They have blown up our trains and turned our beautiful Spanish cities into the third world, drowning in filth and crime. Shut up in the apartments they receive free from the government, they plan the murder and destruction of their naive hosts.

And thus, in our misery, we have exchanged culture for fanatical hatred, creative skill for destructive skill, intelligence for backwardness and superstition. We have exchanged the pursuit of peace of the Jews of Europe and their talent for a better future for their children, their determined clinging to life because life is holy, for those who pursue death, for people consumed by the desire for death for themselves and others, for our children and theirs.

What a terrible mistake was made by miserable Europe .

A lot of Americans have become so insulated from reality that they imagine America can suffer defeat without any inconvenience to themselves. Recently, the UK debated whether to remove The Holocaust from its school curriculum because it 'offends' the Muslim population which claims it never occurred. It is not removed as yet. However, this is a frightening portent of the fear that is gripping the world and how easily each country is giving in to it.

It is now more than sixty years after the Second World War in Europe ended. This e-mail is being sent as a memorial chain, in memory of the six million Jews, twenty million Russians, ten million Christians, and nineteen-hundred Catholic priests who were 'murdered, raped, burned, starved, beaten, experimented on and humiliated.' Now, more than ever, with Iran , among others, claiming the Holocaust to be 'a myth,' it is imperative to make sure the world never forgets.

This e-mail is intended to reach 400 million people. Be a link in the memorial chain and help distribute this around the world.

How many years will it be before the attack on the World Trade Center 'NEVER HAPPENED' because it offends some Muslim in the United States? If our Judeo-Christian heritage is offensive to Muslims, they should pack up and move to Iran, Iraq or some other Muslim country.

Please do not just delete this message; it will take only a minute to pass this along.. We must wake up America before it's too late.

January 2, 2014

[COMMENTS]




KNOCKOUT: VICTEMS OF BRUTAL DOWNTOWN MALL ASSAULT WANT ARRESTS, AND ANSWERS FROM POLICE

Charlottesville’s couple "knockout game" nightmare.

C-Ville Weekly article

December 31, 2013

[COMMENTS]




ISSA: EVIDENCE STILL PROVES BENGHAZI WAS A 'PLANNED ATTACK THAT CAME QUICKLY'

Article from the The PJ Tatler

December 30, 2013

[COMMENTS]




WHAT TO DO WHEN OBAMACARE UNRAVELS

Opponents should not sit back and revel in dysfunction. The Affordable Care Act was enacted in response to genuine problems. Without a clear alternative, we will simply patch more, subsidize more, and ignore frauds and scandals, as we do in Medicare and other programs. There is an alternative.

Cato Institute

December 26, 2013

[COMMENTS]




NBC TAKES ONE YET AGAIN FOR THE (OBAMA) TEAM

NBC spins pajamas boy.

Ed Driscoll > PJMedia

December 24, 2013

[COMMENTS]




OBAMA REPEALS OBAMACARE

"Under pressure from Senate Democrats, the President partly suspends the individual mandate."

WSJ.com

December 21, 2013

[COMMENTS]




THE CHICAGO RULES FOR NEGOTIATING WITH HEALTH INSURANCE COMPANIES AND ISRAEL

What playbook guides this President's approach to fundamental transformation both at home and abroad?
I have just published this column on PJ Lifestyle.

December 17, 2013

[COMMENTS]




IT'S ABOUT THE SETTLEMENTS, STUPID

"Accepting the settlements is the sine qua non of any viable peace agreement. It does Israel no good to defend Israel’s right to exist but to condemn the settlers, as does Alan Dershowitz, not to mention the leaders of liberal Jewish denominations."

David P. Goldman - Spengler - PJMedia

December 17, 2013

[COMMENTS]




OBAMASCARE: HUGE PREMIUM HIKES ROCK EMPLOYER-INSURED WORKERS

“The more fundamental question is, ‘What does this do to the commercial market?’”

Washington Times

December 17, 2013

[COMMENTS]




REPUBLICAN SENATOR EXPLAINS HIS WIFE'S 'FIASCO' ON OBAMACARE WEBSITE

CNS News

December 16, 2013

[COMMENTS]




IF I CAN FAKE IT THERE, I'LL FAKE IT ANYWHERE

"Professionals, artists and intellectuals in New York City, after years of struggling to obtain favorable terms from the health insurance industry, now find their efforts negated by Obamacare."

Richard Fernandez - Belmont Club Blog - PJMedia

December 15, 2013

[COMMENTS]




TO SELL THEIR IDEAS, CONSERVATIVES MUST FIRST RE-TRAIN AMERICANS TO RECOGNIZE THEIR HUMANITY

"We cannot convert people to our ideas unless we can convince them that their “conservatives are evil” syllogism is utterly false. "

bookwormroom.com

December 15, 2013

[COMMENTS]




ALL THE PRESIDENT'S ON-THE-JOB TRAINING

“We have a great sense this week again of the [Obama administration] making it up as they go along, as kind of government by teenagers,” George Will said yesterday on Fox News.

Ed Driscoll

December 15, 2013

[COMMENTS]




CAPTION CONTEST WINNER: JUST HOW MAD IS MICHELLE AS OBAMA ENJOYS THE DANISH? (PRIME MINISTER)

The PJ Tatler

December 14, 2013

[COMMENTS]




THERE REALLY ARE DEATH PANELS

But they are not actually called that. Obamacare simply does not apply to many top hospitals. Yet one more outrage in the new system.
Article: New Affordable Care US health plans will exclude top hospitals - FT.com

December 9, 2013

[COMMENTS]




OBAMACARE MISSION ACCOMPLISHED

ACTUALLY THE WEBSITE DOES NOT REALLY WORK QUITE YET
Even though the claim is mission accomplished.
Review & Outlook: WSJ.com

December 2, 2013

[COMMENTS]




VOTE REPUBLICAN - AND SAVE THE COUNTRY

An old liberal Democrat on why the American people must take to the voting booth in concerted and open outrage.

By Arnold Trebach
PJ Media

December 1, 2013

[COMMENTS]




OBAMACARE'S PLANS ARE WORSE

How the Affordable Care Act raises prices and limits medical choices.
Review & Outlook: WSJ.com

November 30, 2013

[COMMENTS]




PRIVACY AND OBAMACARE

In an exchange of new insurance premium cost, a young friend in St. Louis returned the information inside the dotted lines. Clearly we are redistributing the wealth. Check out the dollars that they will spend under the new Obamacare.

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Well of course our existing plan has been cancelled (or “renewed” as the president would like us to say) by the Affordable Care Act. I just got my new 2014 rates. Premiums for our family in St. Louis County are $1,241 month with a $3,500.00 deductible and $10,000.00 max out of pocket. That means if we do not use a doctor at all I’ll spend $14,892.00 next year on premiums (luckily we live in an urban area – if we were in a more rural county it could be as much as $1,581/month!).

So, If something were to go terribly wrong and our family had to spend $25,000 next year on healthcare I’d pay $22,812.00 of the total cost. (Deductible and Co pay would be $7,830 plus premiums of $14,982.00).

My plan in 2010 before Obamacare cost less than $5,000.00/year and it was a better program.

In this new environment the best option for our family would be a catastrophic plan to cover major accidents and illnesses, but guess what- those plans were made illegal for someone like me under Obamacare!

Think of what this means to a family with two earners at $50,000 each- after taxes they might bring home $75,000/year and Obamacare is costing them an extra $10,000 annually!!! Under the Obama/Pelosi/Reid program you don’t have to wait for a medical emergency to bankrupt you all you have to do is try and pay the premiums.

This was not the problem the president made it out to be, the majority of the cost increases in healthcare over the years had to do with government interference in the marketplace which led to people not having to make personal economic decisions about healthcare consumption. There are easy market based solutions that have been proposed and ignored for years.

I’ll send this note out to my Senators and Congresswoman and local paper- let’s hope we get their attention now and a new set of representatives in 2014 to hold this travesty in check until we get a chance to “Renew” Obamacare.

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Needless to say he is "happy" to be able to participate in Obamacare.

This video link below is about "Privacy" under the new Affordable Health Care Act. Take a minute to check it out.
OCare Website Hidden Source Code Says Users "Have No Reasonable Expectation of Privacy" - YouTube

November 26, 2013

[COMMENTS]




THE NEXT OBAMACARE MIRAGE

The new line is that the health-care law will save money. That's also not true.
WSJ.com article

November 26, 2013

[COMMENTS]




BRET STEPHENS: WORSE THAN MUNICH

In 1938, Chamberlain bought time to rearm. In 2013, Obama gives Iran time to go nuclear.
WSJ.com article

November 26, 2013

[COMMENTS]




ISRAEL WILL FIGHT!

And she shall be right but it is a sad and dangerous situation that we all are in.
Bill Kristol - The Weekly Standard

November 23, 2013

[COMMENTS]




KERRY SEES COMMON GROUND WITH TEHRAN'S BARBARIC TERROR REGIME

Secretary of State John “I don’t think we’re stupid” Kerry should think again.
Andrew C. McCarthy - Ordered Liberty

November 21, 2013

[COMMENTS]




FAILURE ON THE COVER OF TIME MAGAZINE

Obamacare : Broken Promise
Obama's Race for the Cure - TIME

November 21, 2013

[COMMENTS]




NEW YORK TIMES PHOTO OUTRAGE

The New York Times' story supposedly on the fatal stabbing of Israeli soldier Eden Atias is a graphic illustration of all that is wrong with the newspaper’s Israel coverage
HonestReporting

November 17, 2013

[COMMENTS]




KIRSTEN POWERS: 'No Explanation For Doubling My Premiums Other Than Subsidizing Other People'

Fox News's left of center contributor Kirsten Powers went on a bit of a mini-rant about ObamaCare on Tuesday's Special Report that media members across the fruited plain should sit up and take notice.
Article on NewsBusters

November 17, 2013

[COMMENTS]




THE DEMISE OF PAX AMERICANA

"The developments in the six-party nuclear talks with Iran in Geneva last week signaled the end of American world leadership." -Caroline Glick
COLUMN ONE: JPost | Israel News

November 17, 2013

[COMMENTS]




OBAMACARE VICTIMS AND ISRAEL

"Obama’s mendacity is not limited to domestic policy. It operates in foreign affairs as well. Several commentators this week recalled Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez’s angry response to the Obama administration’s attempt to block Senate passage of sanctions against Iran in December 2011." -Caroline Glick
COLUMN ONE: JPost | Israel News

November 17, 2013

[COMMENTS]




CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: WHY LIBERALS ARE PANICKED ABOUT OBAMACARE

The Washington Post

November 15, 2013

[COMMENTS]




FOUAD AJAMI: WHEN THE OBAMA MAGIC DIED

There were no economic or cultural bonds among his coalition. He was all things to all people. Charisma ruled.
WSJ.com

November 15, 2013

[COMMENTS]




EDIE'S SUNDBY'S CHOICE

The ObamaCare lessons in a cancer patient's cancelled insurance.
Review & Outlook: WSJ.COM

November 7, 2013

[COMMENTS]




Obama Advisor Tweets Far-Left Website's Rebuttal to Cancer Survivor Losing Doctors Due to ObamaCare

How desperate is the White House to counter complaints from Americans losing their health insurance as a result of ObamaCare?
NewsBusters

November 4, 2013

[COMMENTS]




Stage-4 Gallbladder Cancer Survivor Says: I Am One of ObamaCare's Losers

Everyone now is clamoring about Affordable Care Act winners and losers. I am one of the losers.
WSJ.com article

November 4, 2013

[COMMENTS]




CONFIRMED: YOU'RE NEVER GONNA GET THE TRUTH OUT OF JAY CARNEY

The PJ Tatler

November 1, 2013

[COMMENTS]




OBAMA ADMIN KNEW MILLIONS COULD NOT KEEP THEIR HEALTH INSURANCE

Millions of Americans are getting or are about to get cancellation letters for their health insurance under Obamacare, say experts, and the Obama administration has known that for at least three years.
Article from NBC News Investigations

October 29, 2013

[COMMENTS]




MICHELLE OBAMA'S PRINCETON CLASSMATE WAS OBAMACARE WEBSITE BUILDER

The Daily Caller article

October 27, 2013

[COMMENTS]




MEDIA COVER SHUTDOWN VICTIMS OVER OBAMACARE VICTIMS 100 TO 1

From truthrevolt.org

October 17, 2013

[COMMENTS]




RACIAL PREFERENCES AT HIGH COURT TODAY

Statement of CFJ President Curt Levey on the racial preferences case before the U.S. Supreme Court today:

In a talk to students last week, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy discussed the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision that outlawed racial segregation. As reported by the Wall Street Journal, Kennedy described his reaction when that landmark ruling was handed down:

"I thought, 'Injustice is over! No more discrimination!'" he said. Yet he then assumed his sister would have a career as either a nurse or a secretary. "The nature of injustice is you can't see it in your own times," Justice Kennedy said.

We hope that Justice Kennedy keeps that maxim about injustice in mind when deciding the important racial preferences case being heard by the Supreme Court today. The case, Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, is on appeal from the Sixth Circuit's 8-7 decision last November striking down Michigan's voter-approved ban on racial and gender preferences in admissions to public colleges and universities.

Committee for Justice article

October 15, 2013

[COMMENTS]




MCLR 2014 HAS BEEN FILED!

I'm excited to announce, shortly after 4:20pm last Friday, 10-11-13, we filed the Marijuana Control, Legalization and Revenue Act of 2014. The proponents of this new initiative are John Lee, Dege Coutee, Bob Bowerman, and Dave Hodges (myself).

For the last year we have been reaching out to thousands of people with a grassroots, “open source” document to legalize cannabis in California. This is the first project of Americans for Policy Reform (AFPR), a new 501c4 dedicated to legislative reform. AFPR gathered information from people within the California Medical Marijuana movement and others from all walks of life.

This is a breakthrough change for Californians and a serious issue for most. By using a public open source document, we were given great insight into what the real issues were and how to solve them. The Marijuana Control, Legalization and Revenue Act of 2014 leaves no details out. It not only legalizes cannabis, but it also shows how it will be governed in an acceptable way that the majority of Californians can endorse. In addition, the Act is in compliance with new guidelines from the US Attorney General office.

This initiative measure grants to Californians the freedom to use, grow, transport and sell cannabis subject to reasonable regulation and taxation in a manner similar to alcohol. The measure will:
* Comply with the Attorney General guidelines
* Prevent the distribution of marijuana to minors
* Prevent the growing of marijuana on public lands
* Prevent the profits from the sale of marijuana from going to criminal enterprises, gangs and cartels
* Prevent the violence and the use of firearms in the cultivation and distribution of marijuana
* Prevent “drugged driving” and other adverse public health consequences associated with marijuana use
* Clarify California’s medical marijuana laws
* Generate millions of dollars in new revenue for California
* Save law enforcement millions of dollars and provide them time to fight real crime
* Separate legitimate cannabis businesses from drug dealers

With this filing, we start the final stages toward ending cannabis prohibition in California.

Attached is the language we filed. Feel free to contact me directly with any questions.

Best regards,
Dave Hodges
A2C2 - the All American Cannabis Club
SJCBC - the San Jose Cannabis Buyers Collective
AFPR - Americans for Policy Reform
SaveCannabis.org

The bill itself: MCLR 2014 (PDF)

October 14, 2013

[COMMENTS]




CORY BOOKER GETS AN INTERESTING ENDORSEMENT

Usually I have viewed Cory Booker as simply a very good politician. This endorsement from Rabbi Shmuley gives me a different perspective.

October 13, 2013

[COMMENTS]




I REMEMBER DAVE PURCHASE, A TRULY DECENT SOUL

To many people this is old news but somehow I missed it. Dave Purchase was one of the bravest and most principled person I ever met. He simply started a needle exchange on his own in Tacoma, Washington and kept at it until he had helped spread the word and the system of needle exchange. I believe that the Drug Policy Foundation gave him an award for his many accomplishments. Dave deserves to be remembered as a vibrant example of America at its best. Like Ethan Nadelmann, I do not know if he started the very first needle exchange program in the United States, but he was way out front in terms of being a true leader of this important treatment method.

NYT article on Dave Purchase

October 12, 2013

[COMMENTS]




MORE LIES ON OBAMACARE OR JUST INNOCENT MISTAKES?

Is Obamacare's First Enrollee Bogus? - Bloomberg

October 5, 2013

[COMMENTS]




THE CONTINUING STORY OF AMERICA’S FANTASY FOREIGN POLICY

The failures are part the fault of Bush but now they are carried forward even more powerfully by Obama.

"America and the good psychopaths" full article by Caroline Glick

October 4, 2013

[COMMENTS]




ISRAEL'S STUNNING RESPONSE TO PALESTINIAN AGGRESSION

Netanyahu: "Whoever tries to uproot us from the city of our forefathers will achieve the opposite. We will continue to fight terrorism and hit the terrorists with one hand, and we will continue to strengthen the settlement enterprise with the other hand."

Full article by Daniel Pipes

September 23, 2013

[COMMENTS]




REMEMBERING A HEROINE

God save & Bless the Lady Plumber

Remember this lady?

Irena Sendler

Died: May 12, 2008 (aged 98)
Warsaw, Poland

During WWII, Irena, got permission to work in the Warsaw ghetto, as a Plumbing/Sewer specialist. She had an ulterior motive.

Irena smuggled Jewish infants out in the bottom of the tool box she carried. She also carried a burlap sack in the back of her truck, for larger kids.

Irena kept a dog in the back that she trained to bark when the Nazi soldiers let her in and out of the ghetto. The soldiers, of course, wanted nothing to do with the dog and the barking covered the kids/infants noises.

During her time of doing this, she managed to smuggle out and save 2500 kids/infants.

Ultimately, she was caught, however, and the Nazi's broke both of her legs and arms and beat her severely.

Irena kept a record of the names of all the kids she had smuggled out, In a glass jar that she buried under a tree in her back yard. After the war, she tried to locate any parents that may have survived and tried to reunite the family. Most had been gassed. Those kids she helped got placed into foster family homes or adopted.

In 2007 Irena was up for the Nobel Peace Prize.
She was not selected.
Al Gore won, for a slide show on Global Warming.

Later another politician, Barack Obama, won for his work as a community organizer for ACORN.

In MEMORIAM - 65 YEARS LATER I'm doing my small part by forwarding this message. I hope you'll consider doing the same. It is now more than 65 years since the Second World War in Europe ended. This e-mail is being sent as a memorial chain, In memory of the 6 million Jews, 20 million Russians, 10 million Christians and 1,900 Catholic priests who were murdered, massacred, raped, burned, starved and humiliated!

Now, more than ever, with Iran, and others, claiming the HOLOCAUST to be 'a myth', It's imperative to make sure the world never forgets, Because there are others who would like to do it again.

Please pass this information along.

September 20, 2013

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THE DEMOCRATS DO NOT WANT TO HEAR THE PARENTS OF SLAIN AMERICANS

Benghazi Victims' Parents Assail Administration for Lies, Lack of Information - as Democrats Leave the Room! > The PJ Tatler

September 20, 2013

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THE WISE VOICE OF ANNE BAYEFSKY ON THE SAD STATE OF OUR SAD COUNTRY UNDER OUR MESSIAH

I did not want to read this today of all days but it is a must read for me and for any thinking person. A president with no backbone, not even a small one.

Obama Foreign Policy In Tatters, U.N. Hopeless On 9/11 Anniversary
This article by Anne Bayefsky originally appeared on FOX News.

September 11, 2013

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MEDITERRANEAN GAS FIND

Mediterranean Gas Find: A Chance for U.S. to Break with Turkey - PJ Media
Link

August 19, 2013

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ANOTHER KILLER FREED

Palestinian Prisoner Freed by Israel Has American Blood on His Hands - The Daily Beast

August 16, 2013

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THE HATED ISRAELIS HAVE WARM HEARTS, IT SEEMS

INCREASE IN NUMBER OF PALESTINIANS TREATED IN ISRAELI HOSPITALS | The Jewish Reporter

August 3, 2013

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A JEWISH-ASIAN KID AND HIS BAR MITZVAH

Wow. This invitation is worth watching!!

August 3, 2013

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THE SILENT KILLING OF CHRISTIANS

The grand mufti of Saudi Arabia, for example, announced that it is “necessary to destroy all the churches of the region,” which prompted to ask, in the wake of Western silence: “Is there no limit to our tolerance of Islam?” -David Suissa | JewishJournal.com

"The silent killing of Christians"

August 3, 2013

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EUROPE IS LOSING ITS VERY SOUL IN ITS CONTINUED WAR ON THE JEWS

Caroline Glick’s powerful explanation.

July 30, 2013

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ZIMMERMAN IS TOXIC

But now so is the whole country. How sad.

Family rescued by Zimmerman cancels news conference, fears 'blowback'

July 25, 2013

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CRACK BABY STUDY ENDS WITH (NOT) UNEXPECTED BUT CLEAR RESULT

The explosion of the "crack baby" myth should come as no surprise to those have followed this issue closely. For those who don't remember, the crack baby scare hit the headlines at the height of the drug war under George Bush 1st. Drug warriors like Bill Bennett and NYT publisher Abe Rosenthal whipped public hysteria to a fever pitch by wildly claiming that 300,000 to 400,000 babies were being born "addicted" and presumably handicapped due to prenatal exposure to crack. These mind-boggling numbers, uncritically trumpeted by the mainstream press, were incredible given that they amounted to 1 in 10 U.S. births, while the incidence of crack use by women was estimated at only 1%. I was prompted to investigate the crack baby scare further and wrote an article debunking it for the "Drug Policy Letter" Mar/Apr 1990. It turned out that drug warriors had wildly overstated not only the number of crack babies, but also the dangers of pre-natal exposure to crack, which scientific studies suggested to be no worse than those of tobacco and alcohol. Needless to say, my article didn't get the same NYT-headline treatment as the blatherings of Bill Bennett . Nonetheless, 23 years down the road, it's gratifying to see that no long term damage has been noted in crack-exposed babies; unfortunately, the damage caused by the draconian laws that were hysterically adopted against drug-using mothers still lives on.
- Dale Gieringer

Philadelphia Inquirer article: 'Crack baby' study ends with unexpected but clear result

July 22, 2013

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IN PRAISE OF THE ZIMMERMAN JURORS

The American Spectator article

July 22, 2013

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SHELBY STEELE’S MUST READ ESSAY

Shelby Steele: The Decline of the Civil-Rights Establishment - WSJ.com

July 22, 2013

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THANKS TO THE WALL STREET JOURNAL FOR A SENSIBLE ARTICLE ON THE SAD ZIMMERMAN CASE

Jason Riley: Race, Politics and the Zimmerman Trial

July 21, 2013

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OBAMA: BLACK AMERICANS FEEL PAIN IN MARTIN VERDICT

From Newsmax
An interesting comment on the article:

Message From Antonio West....

You won't recognize me, My name was Antonio West and I was the 13-month old child who was shot at point blank range by two teens who were attempting to rob my mother, who was also shot. A Grand Jury of my Mommy's peers from Brunswick, GA., determined the teens who murdered me will not face the death penalty. Too bad I was given a death sentence for being innocent and defenseless.

My family made the mistake of being white in a 73% non-white neighborhood, but my murder was not ruled a Hate Crime. Nor did President Obama take so much as a single moment to acknowledge my murder.

I am one of the youngest murder victims in our great Nation's history, but the media doesn't care to cover the story of my tragic demise, President Obama has no children who could possibly look like me, so he doesn't care and the media doesn't care because my story is not interesting enough to bring them ratings so they can sell commercial time slots.

There is not a white equivalent of Al Sharpton Or Jesse Jackson, because if there was, he would be declared racist. So there is no one rushing to Brunswick GA to demand justice for me. There is no White Panther party to put a bounty on the lives of those who murdered me. I have no voice, I have no representation, and unlike those who shot me in the face, while I sat innocently in my stroller - I no longer have my life.

So while you are seeking justice for Treyvon, please remember to seek justice for me too. Tell your friends about me, tell you families, get tee shirts with my face on them and make the world pay attention, just like you did for Treyvon.

Thank you,

Antonio

July 19, 2013

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TRAYVON MARTIN’S HIDDEN CRIMINAL BACKGROUND

M-DSPD Cover Up - The Curious Case Of Trayvon Martin's Backpack With Stolen Jewelry and Burglary Tool.

July 17, 2013

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Department of Justice's Role in Organizing Trayvon Martin Protests

The PJ Tatler Newly Released Documents detail the department of justice's role in organizing Trayvon Martin protests.

July 16, 2013

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REVENGE IN BALTIMORE FOR TRAYVON

This is for Trayvon
The big question is: will Obama or Holder take any action to catch the thugs or to attempt to prevent a repeat of this horror.

July 15, 2013

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SCANDAL AFTER SCANDAL IN THE ZIMMERMAN CASE

A whistleblower is fired.
CNN: IT director who raised questions about Zimmerman

July 14, 2013

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THE SCANDALOF THE ZIMMERMAN TRIAL GETS WORSE EVERY DAY

This will be remembered for the ages. How sad for America and for the cause of justice.

July 11, 2013

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MY THOUGHTS ABOUT THE ZIMMERMAN CASE TODAY IN THE SPECTATOR

I know, I know. This is truly hopeful that our president can act like a real leader, but miracles do happen sometimes. We certainly need one now.

July 8, 2013

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MEDICINAL MARIJUANA STOPS SEIZURES, BRINGS HOPE TO A LITTLE BLACK FOREST GIRL

Read this article about Charlotte Figi she was seizure-free with the first dose of marijuana.

July 4, 2013

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BARRY RUBIN SPEAKS THE SAD TRUTH ABOUT THE PEACE PROCESS

He wishes it were not so as I do but it is hopeless right now and may be forever. That is, the idea of a two-state solution.

June 29, 2013

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WE ARE ALL VICTIMS OF THE PROSECUTION ALONG WITH GEORGE ZIMMERMAN

J. Christian Adams has written another powerful indictment of the racial hate engendered by our president and his attorney general in an era when we were supposed to be entering a post-racial phase in American life. Let me repeat my position for the umpteenth time: there is no doubt that Zimmerman is innocent, that his life is being ruined, and that this was a racially inspired prosecution – to the utter shame of all involved in bringing it.

June 28, 2013

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THE SAD STATE OF AMERICAN RACE RELATIONS IN THE AGE OF OBAMA-HOLDER

Here is further proof of how far this nation has fallen in recent years. To those of us who were in the front lines of the original civil rights movement this is more reason for despair and depression – and for fear over the fate of George Zimmerman. As I have said many times this trial should never have happened, as is further explained in the post that Adams published yesterday, which I shall also post shortly.

June 28, 2013

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THOUGHTFUL WORDS ON GETTING RID OF AFFIRMATIVE ACTION FROM A GUTSY BLACK MILITARY OFFICER

From the Wall Street Journal.

June 25, 2013

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HERE IS WHY I FEAR FOR ZIMMERMAN AND THE COUNTRY

For months I have been writing about the outrages committed in the persecution of George Zimmerman. His life and that of his family has been terribly harmed and is likely to be harmed in the future even if he is found not guilty. If you want to read a good analysis of the case, you must read this story by an experienced criminal justice expert. It adds much to my essays so far and it helps explain why the case causes me so much anguish for Zimmerman and for our entire country. Mob rule and legal anarchy should give every concerned citizen continuing nightmares. That is what is happening in this case from start to finish. I do not make such claims lightly. We are all victims in this matter.

June 25, 2013

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OUR PRESIDENT’S LOSS OF DIRECTION AND SENSE OF REALITY IS SCARY

George Will does have some sense of reality, even though that is also scary for its accuracy.

June 22, 2013

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OUR PRESIDENT SHOULD HAVE STAYED HOME

Mr. Pruden is right on target today.

June 21, 2013

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ANOTHER OBAMA SCANDAL

It is difficult to believe that this is true but it seems to be.

June 13, 2013

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THE ZIMMERMAN-MARTIN NIGHTMARE CONTINUES

The trial of George Zimmerman is now ongoing in Florida. It is being treated as an ordinary trial but it is not. It is another Obama-Holder scandal of enormous significance, as I explained in the article I recently wrote for The American Spectator.

June 12, 2013

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A GOVERNMENT'S TARGETING OF CONSERVATIVES AND PREGNANT WOMEN

Article about blatant discrimination at the D.C. Public Employee Relations Board.

June 1, 2013

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OUR MEMORIAL DAY CELEBRATED IN CZECHOSLOVAKIA

This is is an amazing story of remembrance. In the Czech Republic , the school children of the equivalent of fifth grade are each assigned one of the American and Canadian liberators buried there. Their grave is the student's responsibility for the year and they learn all there is to know of their own hero. Their surviving family is sent letters and they respond to the annual child who tends their loved one's grave.

No apology needed here!

Have you ever wondered if anyone in Europe remembers America 's sacrifice in World War II? There is an answer in a small town in the Czech Republic . The town called Pilsen (Plzen).

Every 5 years, Pilsen conducts the Liberation Celebration of the City of Pilsen in the Czech Republic . May 6th, 2010, marked the 65th anniversary of the liberation of Pilsen by General George Patton's 3rd Army. Pilsen is the town that every American should visit. Because they love America and the American Soldier.

Even 65 years later... by the thousands,

The citizens of Pilsen came to say thank you.

Lining the streets of Pilsen for miles

From the large crowds,

to quiet reflective moments,

including this American family's private time to honor and remember their American hero.

This is the crash site of Lt. Virgil P. Kirkham, the last recorded American USAAF pilot killed in Europe during WWII. It was Lt. Kirkham's 82nd mission and one that he volunteered to go on. At the time, this 20-year-old pilot's P-47 Thunderbolt plane was shot down, a young 14-year-old Czech girl, Zdenka Sladkova, was so moved by his sacrifice she made a vow to care for him and his memory. For 65 straight years, Zdenka, now 79-years-old, took on the responsibility to care for Virgil's crash site and memorial near her home.

On May 4th, she was recognized by the Mayor of Zdenka's home town of Trhanova , Czech Republic , for her sacrifice and extraordinary effort to honor this American hero.

Another chapter in this important story... the Czech people are teaching their children about America 's sacrifice for their freedom.

American Soldiers, young and old, are the Rock Stars these children and their parents want autographs from.

Yes, Rock Stars! As they patiently waited for his autograph, the respect this little Czech boy and his father have for our troops serving today was heartwarming and inspirational.

The Brian LaViolette Foundation established The Scholarship of Honor in tribute to General George S. Patton and the American Soldier, past and present.

Each year, a different military hero will be honored in tribute to General Patton's memory and their mission to liberate Europe . This award will be presented to a graduating senior who will be entering the military or a form of community service such as fireman, policeman, teaching or nursing -- a cause greater than self. The student will be from 1 of the 5 high schools in Pilsen , Czech Republic .

The first award will be presented in May 2011 in honor of Lt. Virgil Kirkham, that young 20-year-old P-47 pilot killed 65 years ago in the final days of WWII.

Presenting Virgil's award will be someone who knows the true meaning of service and sacrifice... someone who looks a lot like Virgil. Marion Kirkham, Virgil's brother, who himself served during WWII in the United States Army Air Corps!!!

In closing... Here is what the city of Pilsen thinks of General Patton's grandson. George Patton Waters (another Rock Star!) we're proud to say, serves on Brian's Foundation board.

And it's front page news over there not buried in the middle of the social section.

Brigadier General Miroslav Zizka, 1st Deputy Chief of Staff, Ministry of Defense, Czech Armed Forces

Notice the flags? Share this email with your family and friends ... every American should hear this story.

May 30, 2013

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THANKSGIVING DAY, A BIT EARLY THIS YEAR

While there is a lot to be unhappy about these days, and I will write about such things later, I have decided now to write about all the good events that have been happening in my life. Thus, for me, Thanksgiving Day has just arrived in May this year. I know that for many friends and family there are also such happy events these days. Here are my happy stories, in a bit longer entry than usual.

The biggest source of my current happiness focuses on my youngest kid, Adam. He had been doing splendidly in the Department of Physics at his school, Washington University in St. Louis. Then on last September 28th he played one – just one – game of rugby, hit his head, suffered a closed brain injury, was unable to function properly for many weeks, could not walk well, had seizures, and was forced to drop out of the university. He was hospitalized periodically, saw many doctors, took many tests, and was prescribed an array of drugs. It was not at all clear if he would ever have a normal life again or if he would ever return to school. He could not even look at a computer screen.

However, he did return to school by the beginning of the Spring Semester in January. Even though he was still struggling with many symptoms, he persevered, finished all of his courses, submitted a highly-rated, pioneering senior thesis in physics, and just graduated, with honors no less, cum laude. (He will give me grief for bragging about him but as a worried parent, I still have my First Amendment rights.) While he still has not recovered fully and is not yet allowed to drive a car, he seems like his old self in most respects and is a delight, again. Miracles do happen. This kid has guts and true grit.

He was helped by so many people out there in wonderful St. Louis that I fear I will forget some of them now. Two of his apartment mates, Jacob Walker and Tim Prior, were wonderfully helpful and kind. They took him to emergency rooms and waited for him for days during his hospital stays. His mother, Marj Rosner, says that she would gladly adopt those guys except that they clearly have wonderful parents already. (We met them and they are truly great folks.) There were many other friends out there who were so kind and helpful during his travails, including especially Jaime Neiman. Of course, Marj deserves special praise for her trips out there by car in bad weather and for simply being with the boy during his many hospital stays and many doctor visits. She is a true hero although she will deny it and say she is just a mother.

Then there is another entity that deserves great praise on my early Thanksgiving Day. That is the university itself, including especially the Department of Physics and Professor Jim Buckley, who is Adam’s lead mentor there. When Adam enrolled there he was not impressed with the place and not too happy, at least at first. By the time he graduated, he was in love with the university and was really attached to many of the people there even in awe of some of them. After four years of experience, Marj and I are truly convinced that this is a wonderful university. I have had direct experience with many of the top universities in the country and am now convinced that Wash U in St. Louis should be rated in the top tier of all American universities.

Their help for Adam after his serious injury was heart-warming. Thus this is a place of solid learning in all the major fields of study, including especially science, technology, physics, medicine and law. At the same time it exhibits kindness and consideration for its students. It is also a place of physical beauty and I must not forget to mention the variety of wonderful food choices open to students and visitors. After the moving commencement ceremony on May 17, Adam was so affected by the entire situation that he asked Marj and I if we could order a class ring for him. Of course, we happily did so.

There are many other happy events that have recently occurred. One that deserves special mention is the White Coat ceremony we attended on May 2 at Johns Hopkins Medical School in Baltimore. It seems that there is another great Trebach kid who has just been honored. This is our grandson, Joshua Trebach, who has completed his first year at that great medical school. We learned that at the end of the first successful year of medical school some of those schools hold a ceremony at which they literally present each of the students with his or her white coat. Wow. (Since I am in a bragging mode about our progeny, I feel obliged to mention that Josh had applied to five medical schools and was admitted to them all.) In addition, he is kind and gracious. It was a wonderful event which of course we shared with Josh’s parents, David Trebach and Loretta DiGennaro, and with his brothers, Danny and Nathaniel.

There is one other item of happiness to mention. On May 15th I had the distinct pleasure of observing my 85th birthday at a dinner in St. Louis with Marj, Adam, Marj’s brother, Jeff, and with another student, Julie Kellman, accompanied by her family.

Indeed, I have much to be thankful for. Much love to all of my wonderful family and sweet friends.

May 23, 2013

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AMERICAN UNIVERSITY’S BIZARRE ABUSE OF JEFF SCHALER, A GREAT PROFESSOR

For many years I have pleaded with my old friends at my old university to treat Professor Jeffrey Schaler with the respect he deserved. My repeated pleas were ignored and, as far as I can tell, university leaders seem intent on firing him. This is a tragedy for Dr. Schaler but also for the university and for those academic leaders, for some of whom I have great respect and affection. While they are putting up more buildings and raising millions in grants, they seem to be in the process of losing their souls in this bizarre abuse of one of their great professors.

Along with some of those academic leaders at AU, I count Jeff as a good friend. I also view him as a great teacher and a superb scholar. On the basis of extensive experience serving on the responsible academic committees, I can offer the expert opinion that he is as qualified to be granted tenure as any other tenured professor in his department. Yet despite his persistent requests to be considered for tenure during his several decades at the university, those requests to be even considered have been denied by the university, which is located in Washington, D.C. He has been forced to work on the basis of a contract that was limited in terms of years and, yes, in terms of pay, far below that of colleagues who were teaching fewer courses. As I wrote to university officials some years ago, the abuse of Jeff Schaler seems to constitute a clear case of employment discrimination.

I have looked back in my extensive files on Jeff and was reminded of the fact that in late February 2007 he was informed by the chair of his department that he had been dropped from the list of candidates to be interviewed for a tenured position while at the same time she had nominated him for the college outstanding teacher award. As I recently wrote to Phyllis Peres, the dean of academic affairs, “Such absurd injustices dominate his many years of loyal teaching and service at the university.”

Why has this occurred? It is not clear but there is a suspicion that his unorthodox views have adversely affected the attitude of university colleagues and officials to his status. For example, as a disciple of Thomas Szasz he doubts that mental illness is a disease. One of his popular books is entitled Addiction is a Choice. As it happens I do not agree with some of his theories on these issues but I do agree with some aspects of his arguments and most importantly I respect his gracious scholarly manner in presenting such arguments.

Until a short while ago I did not appreciate the extent to which dozens of students also valued Professor Schaler’s work as a teacher and a scholar. I just discovered that students at American University have created a website entitled “Reappointment of Professor Jeffrey Schaler.” On that site there are now 121 signatures along with many favorable comments on the high value these students place on that professor’s contribution to their education. Here is a link to that website. Some of the student comments are truly extraordinary. Read them.

While it pains me to say it, it now appears to me that American university owes Jeff Schaler an abject apology and a lot of money.

In the future I intend to post on this site copies of other messages that I have sent to university officials over the years in opposition to the absurd injustices imposed on Jeff Schaler.

May 11, 2013

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OBAMA: THE FALL

Thought provoking article by Charles Krauthammer about Obama's slide downhill in the last six months.

May 4, 2013

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CONGRESSIONAL REFORM

Warren Buffet has an idea for the Congressional Reform Act of 2013 and he wants to share it with all Americans so please pass this on.

1. No Tenure / No Pension. A Congressman/woman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they're out of office.

2. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security. All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system and Congress participates with the American people. It may not be used for any other purpose.

3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.

4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

5. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.

6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.

7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen/women are void effective 12/31/13. The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen/women. Congressmen/women made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in Congress is an honor not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and back to work.

April 22, 2013

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NEIL DIAMOND IN BOSTON

Seventy-two year old singer Neil Diamond shows up at Fenway Park and proves to the beleaguered people of Boston that he can still lift their spirits.

April 21, 2013

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A MASS MURDERER OF CHILDREN IS NOT A HERO

Ahmed Daqamseh murdered seven Israeli school girls and wounded six others during a peace program in 1997. He expressed pride in this heinous act but was spared the death penalty, despite the fact that Jordan executes large numbers of criminals for relatively trivial offenses. Now a large majority of Jordanian parliamentarians support his release and regard him as a hero. Daqamseh says his only regret is that the gun jammed so he could not kill more. Imagine if Adam Lanza could now speak and he said the same thing. Alan Dershowitz views the Jordanian attitude towards Ahmed Daqamseh as troubling and observes “Jordan is ripe for yet another Arab Spring turned winter. All that stands between the current monarchy and an Islamic upheaval is massive American financial and military support for its charming king. So next time you see the smiling face of King Abdullah on television speaking about peace, remember that many of his subjects regard the cold-blooded mass murderer of Jewish children as an Islamic hero”.

April 17, 2013

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A TRUE FRIEND OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE

When Lady Margaret Thatcher died the Jewish people and the world lost one of their truest friends.

April 17, 2013

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THE COST OF POLITICIANS PREFERRING PRISON OVER DRUG TREATMENT

The sad case of Cameron Douglas the son of Michael Douglas provides a good illustration of how counterproductive our nation’s war on drugs is. After his arrest for cocaine and methamphetamine dealing in 2009 pleas from former teachers, friends and supporters of the sometime-actor and disc jockey said Douglas had finally "bottomed out" and would work to overcome his addiction convinced U.S. District Judge Richard Berman to give a five-year sentence, well under the recommended range. Two weeks after the trial Douglas relapsed and the court tacked another 4 1/2 years to the sentence, more than twice the term prosecutors sought. Despite the support of groups that oppose the mass incarceration of drug addicts. The New York Society of Addiction Medicine, American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry, California Society of Addiction Medicine and Center for Prisoner Health and Human Rights the appeal of this harsh sentence failed. A three-judge panel from the 2nd Circuit urged Congress to rethink its policies of sending drug addicts to jail rather than treatment.

April 16, 2013

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THIS TRIAL SHOULD BE FRONT PAGE NEWS

Dr. Kermit Gosnell is on trial for slaughter but one is hard pressed to see any mention of this fact in our nation’s news media. He is in this predicament, charged with seven counts of first-degree murder, because he regularly performed late-term abortions that really crossed the line into infanticide. An unlicensed medical school graduate who worked in the clinic where these crimes were performed “described how he snipped the spinal cords of babies, calling it, ‘literally a beheading. It is separating the brain from the body.’ He testified that at times, when women were given medicine to speed up their deliveries, ‘it would rain fetuses. Fetuses and blood all over the place.” Roger L. Simon argues on PJ Media that “the trial of Dr. Gosnell is a potential time bomb exploding in the conventional liberal narrative on abortion itself. This is about the A-word.” Perhaps that is why such a sensational story usually kind of tale the press loves to dwell on is receiving scant media attention.

April 14, 2013

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ANTI-SEMITISM IN THE NETHERLANDS

Five years ago a text on how to raise one’s children as proper Muslims that included virulently anti-Semitic passages, based on Muslim holy texts, was in circulation was in Holland. Now a Turkish-Dutch researcher has publicized systematic anti-Semitism among other Muslims in the Netherlands which contains a dramatic video that showed teenage boys calling for genocide and praising Hitler. The result, Mehmet Sahin, had to go into hiding after being accused by others of being a Jew and a Zionist. Social trends show that the mass media and Universities are generally becoming not just critical but viciously so of Israel and periodically Jews generally. This growing anti-Semitic sector consists of two parts Muslim immigrants and their offspring, and the far left that is so often dominant in the Netherlands. Barry Rubin argues that “the issue, then, is not just coming from Middle Eastern politics but also the tensions within Dutch society and how Muslim immigrants and their children interpret their problems. Endlessly told that the Jews are their enemy and that they control society in some way, it is easy to conclude that the Jews might also be behind the harassment or discrimination Muslims face, absurd as this is on a factual level and in countries where the Jewish population is tiny.”

April 1, 2013

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ISRAELI APOLOGY TO TURKEY A GOOD MOVE?

The Israeli Prime Minister apologized to Turkey for his government’s actions during the Mavi Marmara incident. At first Daniel Pipes was appalled by this action but on second thought he now notes that “Turkish gloating has been so conspicuous and extended that it may have prompted to a healthy sense of reality.” He concludes arguing that “perhaps after all the apology was a good thing. For a relatively inexpensive price – some words – Israelis and others have gained a better insight into the Turkish leadership’s mentality. It’s not that they suffer from hurt pride but that they are Islamist ideologues with an ambitious agenda. If the misguided apology makes this evident to more observers, it has its compensations and possibly could turn out to be a net plus.”

March 29, 2013

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UNEXAMINED PREMISES

Democrats seek to avoid their wretched racist past by promoting the false myth that Richard Nixon’s “Southern Strategy” for the GOP is the root of all racism in America today. And that racists who had been the backbone of their party for the better part of a century suddenly switched en masse to the GOP sometime around 1968, with the happy result that now all the racists are on the right. Kevin Williamson who addressed this subject brilliantly last year pointed out that “if the parties had in some meaningful way flipped on civil rights, one would expect that to show up in the electoral results in the years following the Democrats’ 1964 about-face on the issue. Nothing of the sort happened: Of the 21 Democratic senators who opposed the 1964 act, only one would ever change parties. Nor did the segregationist constituencies that elected these Democrats throw them out in favor of Republicans: The remaining 20 continued to be elected as Democrats or were replaced by Democrats. It was, on average, nearly a quarter of a century before those seats went Republican. If southern rednecks ditched the Democrats because of a civil-rights law passed in 1964, it is strange that they waited until the late 1980s and early 1990s to do so.” Despite the facts this myth persists but a close examination of electoral maps shows it to be very false.

March 29, 2013

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THE PATH TO PROSPERITY

Economists Arthur B. Laffer and Stephen Moore looked at the new Census Bureau data and found that people are moving to the South and the Sunbelt regions and moving away from the Northeast and Midwest, areas where the Democrat’s strategy for improved economic health predominate. Raleigh, Austin, Las Vegas, Orlando, Charlotte, Phoenix, Houston, San Antonio and Dallas were the fastest growing metro areas all in low-tax, business-friendly states while areas such as Cleveland, Detroit, Buffalo, Providence and Rochester in states with the opposite viewpoint all lost population. The policies of raising taxes on businesses and the wealthy to fund government "investments" and increasing the union’s power drive people away but on the other hand the policies of reducing tax rates and easing regulations attract people.

March 28, 2013

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THE NEGATIVE VIEWPOINT OF THE DOJ CIVIL RIGHTS DIVISON CONFIRMED

There are a number of sources that reinforce the very negative echo J. Christian Adams calculation about what is in fact a department of injustice under Obama.The American Spectator has posted an article which cites a number of sources which agree with Adam’s evaluation of the inspector general’s report. This piece concludes that “no matter how the IG tries to excuse the Obamites’ motives, the facts speak for themselves. If numerous people in the Civil Rights Division express hostility against race-neutral enforcement of laws, and then a top political appointee in the division says on two occasions that she is not interested in enforcing parts of the law or enforcing the laws against non-white perpetrators, and if the Attorney General himself says that his team has other enforcement “priorities,” and then if the actual record shows that the division did indeed fail to enforce those specific parts of the law despite repeated staff advisories to do so backed by copious evidence in support of doing so… well, then, this obviously amounts to selective non-enforcement of the law, and considering all the other partisan, racial and ideological viciousness detailed by the IG, it is silly to conclude anything other than that partisan, racial and ideological motives drove the non-enforcers in their non-enforcement decisions .This is lawlessness. It ought to be punishable.”

March 14, 2013

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DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE REPORT

The new nominee for Labor Secretary, Tom Perez, was in charge of the DOJ Civil Rights Division and the inspector general of that department has just released a report assessing and describing his performance while there.J Christian Adams does us the favor of summing up it’s conclusions by asserting that the “250-page report offers an inside glimpse of systemic racialist dysfunction inside one of the most powerful federal government agencies.”

March 14, 2013

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ASTONISHING MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENT FROM ISRAEL

Doctor Kobi Vortman takes us on a tour of the operating room of the future.

March 11, 2013

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ISRAEL EXONERATED ONCE AGAIN

The effects of the November 2012 Israeli airstrikes on Gaza were perhaps best made known to the world through the story of the death of an eleven month old child supposedly a victim of this bombing and broadcast by the BBC. However, in fact a UN Human Rights Council report on the conflict tells us now that a woman, her 11-month-old infant, and an 18-year-old adult in Al-Zaitoun were killed by what appeared to be a Palestinian rocket that fell short of Israel. HonestReporting CEO Joe Hyams argues that “yet again the reflexive anti-Israel attitude of the foreign media has led to false accusations against Israel. That the media is unwilling to correct the error or to hold Hamas publicly responsible is not only a slap in the face for Israel but also to the readers and viewers who are entitled to proper standards of accuracy from the media. Those media that published a falsehood should hold up their hands and print a retraction immediately.”

March 11, 2013

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DR. BENJAMIN CARSON AND CALVIN COOLIDGE

The recent speech by renowned black pediatrician Dr. Benjamin Carson created a firestorm of criticism from the allies of Barack Obama. Amity Shales the author of his recent biography The Great Refrainer argues that the recent obscurity bestowed upon Coolidge by the historical profession stems from the fact that he spoke a different economic language from ours. Instead of talking about the money supply, the private sector, private property or savings he spoke of a need for “more intellectual power, we need more moral power. We do not need more knowledge, we need more character. We do not need more government, we need more culture. We do not need more law, we need more religion. We do not need more the things that are seen, we need more of the things that are not seen.”

The New York Times review of Shales book called Coolidge “an extraordinarily blinkered and foolish and complacent leader” while the real historical record reveals that he inherited a national debt of $28 billion and reduced it to less than $18 billion; he cut the top income tax rate to 25% while balancing the budget and producing surpluses each year; and unemployment was reduced from 5.7 million at the beginning of the decade to 1.8 million when he left office. The economy became popularly known as the ‘Coolidge prosperity’” Compare that to the record compiled the last four years by our present leader you can see that the animosity towards the good doctor comes not from the fact that he sounds too much like modern day Republicans but instead too much like Calvin Coolidge.

February 25, 2013

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SILENCING CRITICS

Radical Islam has once again succeeded in the partial muzzling one of its opponents to their destructive political and cultural agenda. Lars Hedegaard, the Danish journalist and outspoken critic recently had to phone in a television interview because he is in hiding due to threats on his life. Earlier this month he narrowly escaped death from a bullet fired by an Arab or Pakistani immigrant or the descent of such immigrants. The attempt to kill Hedegaard who serves as president of the International Free Press Society and of Denmark’s Free Press Society has received scant attention from the American mainstream media.

His problem only received any real press two days ago when The Wall Street Journal published an outstanding editorial by him titled The Assassin at the Door. In it he discusses the motive for the attack reminding us that he and his Swedish colleague Ingrid Carlqvist have just launched a Swedish-language weekly newspaper called Dispatch International to the great dissatisfaction of the Swedish mainstream media, which are probably the most politically correct in the Western world. They have been castigated as racists and he asserts “we are not. We simply insist on our right to defend freedom, democracy, the rule of law, and individual and sexual equality. We also insist on our right to criticize religious fanatics of every stripe who try to impose theocratic laws and customs on free societies.”

February 22, 2013

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HAGEL NOMINATION

Daniel Pipes has written an open letter to Senator Charles E. Schumer concerning the nomination of Chuck Hagel to be Secretary of Defense and why he should oppose it.

February 20, 2013

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AVOIDING ARMAGEDDON

President Obama is now arguing that if the Republicans do not raise taxes in return for more federal government spending then the world will end. Despite the fact that the coming catastrophe means only a seven percent cut in military and five percent in domestic spending our leader believes ordinary people, not people the people who work for government should feel should have the pain inflicted on them. The Wall Street Journal opinion page asserts that “he won't demand that agencies cut the lowest priority spending as any half-competent middle manager would”.

February 20, 2013

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A TERRORIST ATTACK NOT WORKPLACE VIOLENCE

The Fort Hood police sergeant and her partner who stopped the infamous deadly shooting were made a promise by President Obama at that year’s state of the union address that the victims would be well taken care of. Now three years later sergeant Kimberly Munley is saying that they were betrayed by the White House. She argues that “not to the least little bit have the victims been taken care of. In fact they've been neglected.” Despite the creditable evidence that Hasan was in communication with al Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki, who has since been killed by our government because he was an enemy combatant, prior to the attack, the military has denied the victims a Purple Heart and is treating the incident as "workplace violence" instead of "combat related" or terrorism.

Classifying the incident as workplace violence rather than terrorism means that the Fort Hood victims are receiving lower priority access to medical care as veterans, and a loss of financial benefits available to those who injuries are labeled as "combat related". The Fort Hood victims have filed a lawsuit seeking proper and just treatment from the Obama Administration. Shawn Manning who was shot six times that day at Fort Hood asserts that “it was no different than an insurgent in Iraq or Afghanistan trying to kill us”

February 12, 2013

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SOFT IN HIS HEART OR HEAD FOR ISLAM?

Whether Barack Obama is truly a Christian or a Muslim is the question and no one can argue that his real relationship with God is not his own business. However it is clear that he has soft spot in his heart for Islam. He has described the call to evening prayer which he first as a child living in Indonesia as a most beautiful of sounds and he is entitled to feel that way but a tender place in his heart is quite a different thing than a soft spot in his head for the religion. That in fact is all of our business. No President is entitled to that and Wesley Pruden argues that is exactly where the weakness is located. He observes that when the president hears “the sweetest music this side of heaven” (apologies to Guy Lombardo), his heart goes all googly at the sight of the crescent moon. He wants acolytes who can share the googly.

February 12, 2013

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WE ARE ALL IN IT TOGETHER

Because the Republican Party opposed the reelection of Barack Obama some people such as Sam Tannenhaus of the New Republic argue that the GOP is and will continue to be the party of white people. For those who wish to ignore the much more racist history and many of the present day actions of the Democratic Party and buy into that partisan nonsense they should listen to this stirring speech given by Dr. Benjamin Carson before the National Press Club in front of President Obama.

February 11, 2013

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INAUGURATION LEAVES PEOPLE COLD

Barack Obama’s choice to draw attention to on our nation’s commitment to fighting global warming during his inauguration speech on such a cold day seemed inappropriate. Ben Stein observes “he focused on climate change, a subject dear to the hearts of his fans — and more power to them. But since we don’t know for sure what causes climate change, nor how much climate change there has been, nor how to cut down on CO2 emissions on a worldwide basis, I am not sure what he has in mind. We just don’t know what’s going on and until we do, I hate to give up our freedoms over it.” He also notes that real concrete problems such our country’s enormous debt and the continued threat of terrorism found no place in his speech.

January 24, 2013

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OBAMA’S ANTI-ZIONISM

The elevation of John Kerry to Secretary of State, John Brennan to head the CIA, and Chuck Hagel to lead the Defense Department shows that the Obama Administration intends to pursue a very anti-Israeli course of action. Daniel Pipes argues that the approval of advanced weapons — 20 F-16 fighter jets and 200 M1A1 Abrams tanks — to the Islamist government in Egypt despite the fact that its president, Mohamed Morsi, has become increasingly despotic and in 2010 labeled Jews “blood-suckers . . . warmongers, the descendants of apes and pigs.” is further evidence of our President’s true state of mind. He is also ignoring the fact that Cairo is importing Scud missile parts from North Korea. He is in fact repeating a thirty-five year old tactic by those in this country who hold animus towards the Jewish people by condemning Israeli policies while pretending to be concerned for the country’s welfare.

January 22, 2013

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UNDERSTANDING HIS SECOND TERM

We can expect Barack Obama to be more aggressive in his second term. This process began during the campaign where he battled Republicans and he challenged the more conservative members of the Democratic party. The nomination of Senator Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense, a red flag to neo-conservatives, along with movement on the gun control and immigration issues are evidence of a new approach to his politics.

The president sees a changed America electorate which has reached a critical tipping point where he no longer needs to worry about a dependence on conservative white voters? Their backlash which led to the solid Republican majority controlling both house of Congress in 1994 is not likely to occur again. It is more than the second term syndrome, the knowing that he will never have to face the voters again, but rather the creation of a new democratic coalition of minorities, the Millennial generation, and college-educated white women which promises to predominate for some time.

January 17, 2013

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A REPLY TO MY COMMENTERS

My recent article for The American Spectator titled Despair Inside the Beltway provoked a great deal of comment and here it is along with my reply.

January 15, 2013

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OBAMA’S REVOLUTIONARY AGENDA

Our president desires to have his second term in office thought of as transformative and this goal is certain to provoke justifiable rage in many quarters. The first event likely to provoke such a reaction is the campaign to confirm Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense and Obama’s decision aided by his allies in the news media to play and continue playing the race card in furtherance of that outcome. When it is suggested that no nominee was ever questioned so closely before the implication, as it has been many times before, is that the situation is now different because of the leader’s race. Wesley Pruden reminds us that “nobody gets through a turn in Washington without hearing a recital of his faults, usually at high decibel. If you want a friend in Washington, as Harry Truman famously said, get a dog. That goes double for presidents.”

January 15, 2013

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DESPAIR ON INAUGURATION DAY

The American Spectator is running a column The Obama Watch and my article for it Despair Inside the Beltway has been published. Here it is as follows:

The second inauguration of our sitting president will take place this coming weekend as this is being written. It is a time of great happiness for most of my neighbors and friends inside the beltway, indeed for most people in the country.

But I find myself in despair for our beloved country. It is quite likely that a large minority of the nation’s citizens agree with my pessimistic mood. The reasons for that despair are not difficult to discern.

Our beloved country is in terrible condition. The awful evidence is easily seen everywhere, for those willing to look. Our economic situation is unsustainable. Yes, the government of the richest country in the history of the world is, by all reliable measures, broke. Our national government cannot pay its bills and every day sinks deeper in debt because it is addicted to spending at extravagant rates. We are on our way to becoming the sad equivalent of Greece or another failed state.

There is plenty of blame to pass around for this condition and it should be shared by Democrats and Republicans, by George Bush and by Barack Obama, but the major part of the blame must be placed squarely on the shoulders of Mr. Obama and his administration. He has been in power for four years and he promised that he would deal with all of our major problems. He has not done so.

To put fine point on the matter, our president terrifies me, even though during most of my life I have been a liberal Democrat and voted for him in his first election.

If viewed honestly his first term has been an unmitigated disaster. The national debt is at an historic high. So is unemployment. Despite these sad, undeniable facts, he was elected to another term. That of course is typical of his history for much of his life. He is a master politician of the Chicago school and yet a disaster as a manager and practical leader.

His political skills helped him get selected as the editor of the prestigious Harvard Law Review. Yet he proved a failure as the leader of that publication. There is no evidence that he authored one written comment or publication during his entire tenure.

His political skills also led to his election in 1996 to the Illinois State Senate where his work there was without any sign of major distinction. Often, he voted “present” rather than show the guts to fight for significant new laws.

Despite this lackluster record in Illinois, his political savvy led to his election to the United States Senate in 2004. His record in the Senate was equally without distinction in part because he spent most of his time there running for president. Yet, he was elected president in 2008 and, as I said, I voted for him. Like many millions of citizens, I managed to overcome my disgust at his association with his bigoted, racist, anti-Semitic pastor, Jeremiah Wright.

Mr. Obama now is seeking to take the lead in getting the country beyond the so-called fiscal cliff. In my view, had he been a proper leader, the country would have avoided the fiscal cliff months ago. His failures of leadership were the main causes of the horrors around the fiscal cliff.

Yet, again his political mastery has again produced a situation in which he is given credit for being a good leader and the press and the public are placing the lion’s share of the blame for our dire economic situation on Congress and the Republicans.

If history is to be repeated, which is likely, somehow the country will move beyond the fiscal cliff and Barack Obama will move forward with governing the country while basking in the warm glow of press and public applause.

And again if history prevails, he will be a disaster in his second term as he was in the first. Race relations will continue to get worse under his leadership; so will black crime. The nation’s status in foreign affairs will also continue to deteriorate. Israel will continue to be treated as the major problem in the Middle East rather than our most trusted and valuable ally in the region and the world. The master politician will continue to be a failure as a leader and manager — and all the while he will be applauded as a great chief executive bythe slavish major media and by a majority of the public.

When the country finally collapses in a sea of debt and red ink, or even in a race war, neither he nor his Democratic Party will be blamed. It is likely that another Democrat will be elected to the White House in 2016.

Those in brief are the reasons why I am in despair and why we all should despair for our wonderful country as the inauguration day approaches.

I pray that my pessimistic forecasts do not prove to be true in the near future, but I fear that the forces of history do not allow for much hope in this regard — except in one way. If millions of good Americans agree with these awful forecasts then perhaps — just perhaps — there will be a groundswell of popular demand that drastic measures must be taken very soon to change the disastrous direction of the precious American nation.

January 14, 2013

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MEDICAL NECESSITY NOW DETERMINED BY POLITICIANS AND BUREAUCRATS NOT DOCTORS

One of the most strident advocates for government involvement in the healthcare system via Obamacare was the blogger who wrote under the name “Shawdowfax”. While these misguided medical people were only a small minority they demonstrated a profound level of ignorance about the economics of medical care. Since, the reality of the government’s effect on the provision of healthcare is becoming more apparent with the increasing implementation of this newest federal program he now has a different take on the benefit of government control evident in this post “Medicare made the rules and now punishes doctors for following them”. In it “Shawdowfax” declares “what I hate about this is the underlying dishonesty.… If there’s an argument to be made that physicians are paid too much, then let’s have that debate on its merits. But the attempt to save money by harassing physicians and exploiting the contradictions within the rules that the government itself wrote is beyond maddening.” David Catron a health care revenue cycle expert who tried in vain to educate him replies in The American Spectator ” well, dude, this is what you advocated for years. Government-run health care is — by its nature — dishonest, coercive, and corrupt. Now you, along with those of us to whom you refused to listen, are stuck with it.”

January 13, 2013

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LIKELY END OF FEDERAL SUPERVISION OF SOUTHERN ELECTIONS

Department of Justice Assistant Attorney General Tom Perez held a closed door meeting to talk about the increasingly likely demise of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, which allows federal oversight of southern elections. He wanted to tell those present how the political appointees, including Eric Holder, intend to handle intend to handle a loss in the action brought by Shelby County, Alabama, challenging Section 5 federal control. Perez assured Justice Department attorneys and analysts responsible for enforcing Section 5 that he intends to pivot the duties and responsibilities of the analysts from Section 5 review to Section 2 enforcement litigation. This shifts the burden of proof to states and local jurisdictions who must now act as the plaintiffs alleging discrimination. The ironically, the Obama administration has so far had a dismal record when it comes to upholding section two.

January 10, 2013

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WHY WE SHOULD END THE WAR ON DRUGS

The war on drugs has been public policy for almost all of the 20th century and the beginning of this one, receiving a major boost in activity and destructiveness during Richard Nixon’s time in office. It continues until today with Barack Obama doing not nearly enough to correct the brutal expensive mistake of those who came before him. The Wall Street Journal has presented a very thorough and cogent article explaining why our politicians need to stop pursuing this totally misguided and harmful course.

The direct monetary costs to the American taxpayer for this disastrous insanity is at present over 40 billion dollars per year. When Nixon began his attack on people who do not use drugs which make money for the pharmaceutical companies it was expected and promised that the drug trafficking in the U.S. could be greatly reduced in a short time through federal policing—and yet the war on drugs continues to this day. The cost of this war includes many other effects that are more difficult to quantify but we do know the price has been very large in terms of the well-being of many Americans, especially the poor and less educated. The gains from this battle have been very modest at best. For example over the past 40 years the fraction of students who have dropped out of American high schools has remained at about 25%. They are not high for middle-class white children, but they are very high for black and Hispanic children living in poor neighborhoods. Poor schools and weak family support are important factors but another cause is that because of the drug war strategy in inner-city neighborhoods there is the temptation to drop out of school in order to profit from the the drug trade.

Also, the total number people incarcerated in state and federal prisons has grown from 330,000 in 1960 to 1.6 million today and much of the increase in this population is directly due to the war on drugs and the severe punishment for persons convicted of drug trafficking. It affects not only just those locked up but their families and friends too. The purpose of this ill-advised endeavor is to push the price of illegal drugs up. While higher prices may discourage use, although that is not always clearly the case, but the higher prices sellers get for drugs help compensate traffickers for the risks of being apprehended and allows them to make a greal deal of money above what their product is actually worth. In addition a more aggressive war on drugs leads dealers to respond with higher levels of violence and corruption, an increase in enforcement can exacerbate the costs imposed on society.

Lastly, the war on drugs discourages people from seeking help in overcoming any addiction they are burdened with. After giving many and varied reasons why this is the right thing to do the article concludes “the decriminalization of both drug use and the drug market won't be attained easily, as there is powerful opposition to each of them. The disastrous effects of the American war on drugs are becoming more apparent, however, not only in the U.S. but beyond its borders. Former Mexican President Felipe Calderon has suggested ‘market solutions’ as one alternative to the problem. Perhaps the combined efforts of leaders in different countries can succeed in making a big enough push toward finally ending this long, enormously destructive policy experiment.”

January 10, 2013

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WHO THE PALESTINIANS SHOULD REALY FEAR, EACH OTHER

A human rights group has investigated the Palestinian Authority and found it responsible for a great deal of inhumane abuse directed at fellow countrymen. From 2007 – 2011 the PA detained 13,271 people and tortured 86 % of them. The primary blame was placed on on PA President Mahmoud Abbas and it called on the UN, Arab League and Organization of Islamic Cooperation to take urgent action.

December 30, 2012

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LOOKING AT DRUG POLICY IN A DIFFERENT WAY

The voters in Colorado and in Washington State, the leaders of many Latin American nations, and myself for many years now want the American federal government to follow a different more humane, more effective, and less costly approach to drug control policy. This video documentary Breaking the Taboo makes an excellent case for change.

December 17, 2012

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UNEXPECTED SOURCE OF SUPPORT FOR MARIJUANA DECRIMINALIZATION

As the debate over decriminalizing marijuana advances new reasons to support the change in policy will surely continue to surface. In his story about the effort in California for the San Francisco Chronicle Joe Garofoli gives an example of this as he informs us that the “suburban ‘soccer moms’ who are likely voters have told pollsters that the measure, which would give local governments the authority to tax and regulate the sale of cannabis to adults 21 or older, would provide a safer way for their adult children to buy pot.”

January 5, 2010

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CANNABIS INITIATIVE ON EXPECTED BALLOT IN 2010

A second effort to decriminalize the use of marijuana in California is proceeding along the path of ballot initiative. In an excellent and comprehensive article Daniela Perdomo discusses the history, dynamics, and chances of the Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010. The organization behind this effort is called Tax Cannabis and judging from Perdomo’s essay and their website it seems they have a good strategy for success.

January 4, 2010

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WHAT WILL GREATER US INVOLVEMENT IN YEMEN MEAN?

Ever since the unsuccessful attempt to blow up an airliner bound for Detroit on Christmas day, supposedly conceived of in Yemen, many commentators have been calling for increased participation in that nation’s affairs by the United States and Great Britain. In his analysis of this prospect, drawn from personal experience with that country, Eric Margolis uses the analogy of kicking over a hornet’s nest. He points to some facts that should give us pause. He writes that a “military dictator, Ali Saleh, has held power since 1978. Saleh's U.S.-backed regime is accused of extensive human rights violations and deep corruption.” Margolis also tells us that poverty stricken “Yemen has three civil wars going on and bitter fighting between Sunni and various Shia sects. Yemen's warlike tribes hate any outside authority, starting with their own government.”

January 4, 2010

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ATTEMPTED MURDER IN THE NAME OF ISLAM

We are once again reminded that some Muslims believe it ethical to promote their religion through violence. Recently a Somali man attempted to murder Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard who has been under threat of death ever since a drawing of his depicting the Prophet Muhammad was published. However, we should also be aware that a group of moderate Muslims stated that the“Danish Muslim Union strongly distances itself from the attack and any kind of extremism that leads to such acts," If we are to win the war on terror their interpretation of Islam must be supported in every way possible.

January 2, 2010

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February 20, 2007
HIRSI ALI: ONE OF THE COURAGEOUS ISLAMIC REFUSENICKS

Her courage tells all who will listen about the horror of Islamic rules and the need for reform -- for Muslims and for the rest of us. See here.




February 15, 2007
TREBACH TO TALK AT AMERICAN UNIVERSITY
THURS FEB 22 - 1:30 PM

The subtitle could be-- the criminal always returns to the scene of the crime.

WHERE: School of International Service Lounge, Nebraska Avenue, N.W.

Plenty of parking across the street in the Nebraska lot.

Contacts Phil Coulson, SSDP, 412-251-3109 or Elizabeth Belt, Trebach Institute, elizabeth@trebach.com 
The press release from national SSDP is attached.
 
 
All credit goes to SSDP - the American University chapter of Students for Sensible Drug Policy -- and to AU Professor Jeff Schaler who will moderate or MC the event.  The students and Jeff took the lead in making this appearance happen.  
 
I will talk primarily about my latest book  FATAL DISTRACTION: The War on Drugs in the Age of Islamic Terror. In addition, I will talk about my 35 years or so at the forefront of drug policy research and reform and my views on the failures and the future of the entire drug policy reform movement.  
 
All three books in the Trebach Trilogy will also figure in the discussion and they will be there for autographing and purchase -- in the event there are hardy, wonderful souls who want to buy these amazing tomes.
 
My interest in drug policy started in the Ward Circle Building at AU while I was teaching basic administration of justice courses in the early Seventies.  In part, because I was encouraged by my colleagues to research and write books and in part because writing was in my soul, I kept writing at AU.  The Heroin Solution and The Great Drug War were completed while I was at AU.  In each of the years when they were released the university gave me the award as the outstanding scholar of the year. Parts of the latest book were completed when I was still at AU but it was finished within the last year, long after I retired from the university and became a professor emeritus.
 
Thus, the existence of the Trebach Trilogy -- put out by Unlimited Publishing LLC of Bloomington, Indiana -- provides evidence that scholarship at AU does happen and is carried on by many professors and students alike. It rarely gets the recognition it deserves -- even though it resides at the core of the university mission.




THE TREBACH TRILOGY IS AVAILABLE NOW!




FATAL DISTRACTION: The War on Drugs in the Age of Islamic Terror

Fatal Distraction is now available from major booksellers

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The Heroin Solution 2nd Edition

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"Eloquent and persuasive."
- The New York Times




The Great Drug War 2nd Edition


The Great Drug War
by Arnold S. Trebach

Formerly published by Macmillan; 2005 edition from UP includes new introduction and links to extensive source materials.

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-- Psychology Today

"This controversial study is likely to be widely discussed."
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-- Library Journal

 

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February 15, 2007
Congressional Ignorance

Former Representative Mark Foley, with his lustful eye for young male pages and his co-chairmanship of the Congressional Missing and Exploited Children's Caucus, certainly embodies the most inappropriate committee appointment in Congressional history. A close second, though, may very well be Congressman Mark Souder as ranking Republican on the House subcommittee that oversees federal drug war policies.

Last week the MSNBC program hosted by Tucker Carlson wanted to talk about the refunding of the failed government sponsored program airing anti-marijuana radio and television ads. They scheduled as a guest Bill Piper of the Drug Policy Alliance but at the last minute bumped him in favor of Congressman Souder. As a result viewers were treated to an amazing display of ignorance concerning marijuana. As Piper puts it, “I never thought I would say this, but I’m glad I got bumped. Souder made a total fool of himself.” Also, we must give credit to Carlson who helped with the process by refusing to accept at face value many of Souder’s blatant falsehoods.




February 14, 2007
MARIJUANA IS GOOD MEDICINE, BIG NEWS? NO

It is the same old story. Another impressive scientific research study documents the value of marijuana in medicine -- and ho hum, the White House says the strudy is flawed and is not persuasive and will not change policy. Science makes no difference in the making of American drug policy. This is a continuing embarrassment of the same type I have been documenting for about 35 years. How sad and what a waste of time. An important story appeared yesterday in the Washinton Post on this matter. Here.




May 1, 2006
FATAL DISTRACTION: The War on Drugs in the Age of Islamic Terror

These events -- the Mexican legalization law and that awful police decapitation story -- come at a time when I have just finished work on three books covering much of my career in drug reform. The newest and most comprehensive is in the process of being released to the public. Because of these events, I have decided that the time has come to post more information on my web site about that book.

Why? Those events showed just how horrible the impact of the drug war can be and they also showed the dramatic reforms that are starting to take place. I have worked for drug legalization for decades precisely because of the harm it causes. The book lays out the rationale for full legalization and the Mexican government has just gone further down that road than any government of my knowledge. My hope is that Mexican officials use the arguments in my book to keep going even further.

The book is being published by Unlimited Publishing LLC, a relatively new and pioneering company. While the book is not available in bookstores as yet, advance pre-publication copies may be secured by the electronic and print media for review and comment purposes, as explained below.

A preliminary copy of the first press release from Unlimited Publishing follows.




UNLIMITED PUBLISHING LLC

Bloomington, Indiana 47402

www.unlimitedpublishing.com


PRESS RELEASE
May 2006

ANNOUNCING THE PUBLICATION OF:

FATAL DISTRACTION: The War on Drugs in the Age of Islamic Terror
By Arnold S. Trebach

For further information or to arrange interviews with the author, contact Jack Magestro at acquisitions@unlimitedpublishing.com. Members of the press (only) may call 800-218-8877. Information may also be obtained at news@unlimitedpublishing.com.


THAT LEGENDARY OPPONENT OF DRUG PROHIBITION CONTINUES TO SHATTER MYTHS IN THIS MUST-READ BOOK

"In 1996, Arnold Trebach, a legendary opponent of drug prohibition, gave a speech noting that 'all of us would be infinitely safer if the courageous efforts of anti-drug agents in the U.S. … and other countries were focused on terrorists aimed at blowing up airlines and skyscrapers [rather] than drug traffickers seeking to sell the passengers and office dwellers cocaine and marijuana.' We will never know what would have happened had the FBI taken Mr. Trebach's advice. But we do know what happened when the FBI continued to fight the futile war on drugs." These cogent thoughts appeared in an editorial of the Ottawa Citizen several years ago.

The media spread those words around the world after 9/11, leading some observers to marvel at the fact that Trebach had predicted the assault. Of course, he had done nothing of the kind, but he had stated the obvious though ignored truth that we all need protection from bombs not from bongs, from Osama not marijuana. In this book, Trebach, who over the years has been hired to provide advice to many federal agencies -- including the White House, the Justice Department, and the CIA -- puts that advice in a must-read narrative for all who care about our common future. In the process, this seasoned Washington veteran pulls together the lessons of his extensive experience and personal travails on the front lines of drug policy reform. His convincing core argument: in this age of Islamic terrorism, the war on drugs is indeed a fatal distraction from much more serious business.

Trebach argues that the war on drugs can only be ended if drugs are finally, at long exhausting last, legalized. His advice is that this be done quickly, without any more soul-searching or navel gazing. We cannot continue to waste precious human and monetary resources when our very survival is on the line.

We ignore his advice at our peril. As Trebach states in the opening words of this book: "It is remarkable that while Islamic terrorism threatens the very existence of all free societies and while the war on drugs interferes with the war on terror, the war on drugs continues nevertheless. History may well record that this distraction was fatal and that it was part of a series of other deadly mistakes and diversions which, taken together, were instrumental in dooming modern democratic civilization to the dustbin of that history."

Almost every day the lead news stories provide heightening support for his main thesis and that alarming prediction. The forces of extreme Islamic terror seem to push the West further and further back. The United States is in a state of internal conflict over its global strategy, with some leading officials decrying any diversion of resources from the failed war on drugs. In early April, for example, the normally sensible Congressman Henry Hyde complained that the Bush administration has no plans to replace damaged coca-spraying aircraft stationed in Colombia because resources are needed for conflicts in the Middle East. Such views document the confusion of our leaders as to how to survive this time of extreme peril in the nation's history.

In this book Trebach lays out the basis for new thinking and new strategies that would show that America and it allies take seriously the need for bold and urgent action. One small but significant signal would be the immediate disbanding of the Drug Enforcement Administration and the assignment of its thousands of dedicated, armed agents to the front lines of the war on terror. Their new marching orders, in Trebach's view, would be: Ignore pot; ignore meth; inform our citizens they must show personal responsibility regarding their drug consumption; focus on corralling the jihadists hiding at home and those abroad plotting to murder our people simply because we are infidels who believe in freedom and equality for all human beings regardless of their gender or religion or sexual orientation.

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Friday, February 3, 2006, 11:25am
AMERICAN DRUG WAR HORRORS: IMPRISONING PATIENTS

In the midst of all of the other horrors taking place in the world, it is embarrassing to see that the American war on drugs continues to divert precious enforcement and enforcement resources from the war on terror. Our drug war also continues to imprison seriously ill patients who have had the gall to use illegal drugs that helped their conditions. Kris Hermes of Safe Access has just sent around circular letter asking decent people to help prevent these heartless drug-war incarcerations from becoming death sentences, which they have for several patients. He is now asking for help in getting proper care for Steve Kubby, a convicted medial marijuana patient. His appeal can be found here. Your letters and appeals may help lessen the frequency of these home-made horrors.

After several decades of working for decent treatment of American drug-war prisoners, the persistence of cases like these helped moved me to the position of complete abolition. In my view, it is not possible for Americans to run a humane drug war any more than it was possible to make slavery humane. Abolition made sense in the 1860's regarding slavery and it makes sense now regarding prohibition and the war on drugs. Legalization is the only rational, moderate, and sensible option This thesis is laid out more fully in my forthcoming book, Fatal Distraction.




"This is the Book of Genesis for the modern drug war. While the Reagans claimed to believe in personal freedom, they launched a campaign that justified perverse inrtusions into the very bodies and bodily fluids of American citizens. Many parents felt impelled to imprison their kids in destructive "treatment" programs if they had smoked an occaisional marijuana joint. Here you see the invasions of basic American freedoms that were expanded in the current era of terror - and defended on the grounds that they were nothing to fret about because they had already been accepted in the drug war. "

The Great Drug War


THE SECOND EDITION OF THE GREAT DRUG WAR IS NOW AVAILABLE.

It is good to be able to report that one of my favorite book-children has been reborn in a second edition and is now available. The second edition of The Great Drug War, published by Unlimited Publishing, LLC, contains a new introduction and in addition on this site you will find the source notes I prepared for the original edition but for some reason never published. Those notes have been updated in many places and they will be frequently updated in the future.

The book provides an up-close and personal view of the Reagan drug war of the Eighties and of the harm it caused to ordinary Americans as well as to our concepts of freedom. Until I went back recently and started reading it again, I had forgotten how traumatized and angry I had become as I roamed the various fronts in that largely forgotten war. Of course the book reflects that trauma and anger, and well it should. Even though I have, to my own surprise, become an admirer of Ronald Reagan for his accomplishments in dealing with the Soviet empire, I remain quite disturbed over the harm he and Nancy caused on the home front.

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The Great Drug War
by Arnold S. Trebach

Formerly published by Macmillan; 2005 edition from UP includes new introduction and links to extensive source materials.

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