My e-pal P. David Hornik,( reminds us today how the West, not content with dividing Israel’s capital now seeks actual Jew-free zones in Jerusalem, the locus of the prayers of Jews for centuries. Once, among Jews and their supporters -even leftists and pacifists- considered the city undividable. Candidates and platforms of both major political parties in America issued strong calls for moving the American embassy there. Where has that support vanished? Where are the leaders? Where is the outrage?

Psalm 137

“If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her skill. If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy.”

Hillary not seen in public since December 15
The Weekly Standard
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
On December 15, State Department officials notified the press that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had fallen ill. Since then, Clinton does not appear to have been sighted in public. Read more…

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2012.12.26 (Khost, Afghanistan) – Three Afghans are blown to bits by a Shahid suicide bomber.
2012.12.25 (Nalchik, Russia) – Suspected Islamists shoot a non-Muslim twice in the head.
2012.12.25 (Peri, Nigeria) – A pastor and five worshippers are slaughtered in a Religion of Peace attack on a Christmas morning church service.
2012.12.25 (Karachi, Pakistan) – An attack on a Sunni cleric leaves six dead.
2012.12.24 (Maiduguri, Nigeria) – Six people are killed in a Christmas Eve church attack by Religion of Peace gunmen.
2012.12.24 (Samarrah, Iraq) – Suspected al-Qaeda assassinate two guards at a Shia shrine.

The Continuing Bad Advice of Thomas Friedman: Bad for the United States and for Israel: Ron Radosh On Christmas Day, Tom Friedman [1] gave his readers what may possibly be his worst columns ever (having written so many bad columns, this is of course a judgment call). Here he joins the less influential John B. Judis of The New Republic [2] in defending the status of Chuck Hagel as the leading […]

S. FRED SINGER: CLIMATE SCIENCE VS. POLITICS….THE ROAD AHEAD There is good news and bad news about climate. The good news is that science evidence has made it quite clear that the human contribution to a possible global warming is minor; in fact it cannot even be identified in the data record. The bad news is that the media and politicians pay no […]

ZERO DARK FEINSTEIN When a Hollywood Script is More Accurate Than Senate Intelligence.

‘Zero Dark Thirty,” the film from director Kathryn Bigelow that opened this month, is garnering rave reviews for its unblinking portrayal of what it took the United States to track and kill Osama bin Laden. But a trio of Beltway critics are all thumbs down.

They would be Democratic Senators Dianne Feinstein of California and Carl Levin of Michigan and Republican Senator John McCain of John McCain. “We write to express our deep disappointment with the movie Zero Dark Thirty,” the three wrote in a recent letter to Sony6758.TO -0.11% Pictures. “We believe the film is grossly inaccurate and misleading in its suggestion that torture resulted in information that led to the location of Usama bin Laden.”

A still from Zero Dark Thirty.You know it’s a bad day in America when Hollywood seems to have a better grip on intelligence issues than the Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee and the top two Members at Armed Services. The film depicts the “enhanced interrogation techniques,” or EITs, used on the detainees held at the CIA’s so-called black sites, and hints that the interrogations provided at least some of the information that led to bin Laden’s killing.What Ms. Bigelow intended by depicting the EITs is not for us to explain: This is an action flick, not a Ken Burns documentary. Yet the mere suggestion that such techniques paid crucial intelligence dividends—as attested by former Attorney General Michael Mukasey and former CIA Director Michael Hayden, among many others—has sent Mrs. Feinstein and her colleagues into paroxysms of indignation. They even have a 5,000-plus-page study that purports to prove her case.We say “purports” because, so far, hardly anyone outside the Senate Intelligence Committee has laid eyes on this white whale. The report began four years ago as a largely bipartisan effort to examine the CIA’s post-9/11 detention and interrogation programs.


Spain has begun deportation proceedings against Imran Firasat, a Christian refugee from Pakistan, for making a documentary about Mohammed and thereby threatening the national security of Spain. If Firasat is deported back to Pakistan, he will face the death penalty proving that it’s a short step from the Spanish Inquisition to the Pakistani Inquisition.

The United States has a man sitting in prison for making another blasphemous movie, which the government spent weeks blaming for worldwide attacks on American embassies. And he isn’t the first man persecuted or prosecuted for offending Islam. Offending Islam has become a national security issue involving all levels of government.

When Bubba the Love Sponge, a Tampa DJ, proposed to burn a Koran, the commander of the Afghanistan war contacted his girlfriend, who would later be stalked by Petraeus’ girlfriend, to contact the Mayor of Tampa to keep Bubba from burning a Koran. Instead of explaining how the American system works to the Lebanese temptress and her four-star general, the mayor wrote back that the city was working on it.

That month 50 percent more Americans were killed in Afghanistan in the long slow death march of the war, but a Koran was not burned in Tampa. Mission accomplished.

The Men of the Year:Glen Doherty, Tyrone Woods and Sean Smith Who Gave Their Lives in Benghazi : Daniel Greenfield In every war there are those we leave behind; buried in graves in the green fields or falling as ashes scattered on the desert floor. When soldiers die in war, they are honored and remembered, but when they die in a war that is not a war, then there is nothing to remember. All […]



Tim Scott: A Warrior for Worker Rights in the Senate

As the battle between business interests and organized labor heats up in the wake of two major political defeats for Big Labor over the last six months — the failed Wisconsin recall efforts and Michigan’s adoption of right-to-work legislation — it’s not likely that labor union interests will find the appointment of South Carolina Congressman Tim Scott to replace outgoing Senator Jim DeMint to be good news. Scott’s record on issues related to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and organized labor suggests that he won’t be any friendlier to those interests than DeMint once he crosses over from the House to the Senate in January.

As in Michigan and Wisconsin, labor issues have been the stuff of headline news in South Carolina since the 2010 elections. While the failed attempt by the NLRB to keep Boeing from opening a 787 production facility in the Charleston area was the most visible action by the Board in the state, the Board also threatened to take the state to court to keep it from enacting legislation to codify the 2010 referendum in which over eighty percent of state voters voted for an amendment to the state’s constitution which would protect the right of workers to decide workplace issues via secret ballot.

While in the House, Scott was very active on right-to-work issues. During the last session of Congress, he sponsored three bills which were intended to curtail the reach of the NLRB and union activity in workplaces:

• H.R. 1976 and 2587 were intended to block the NLRB from directing companies to close or move plants or jobs.

DAVID SOLWAY: THE ARGUMENT FOR GUNS Following the latest shooting atrocity in the U.S., the Second Amendment has once again come under fire. Advocates of gun control claim that the easy availability of guns leads to a demonstrable increase in violence and to the kinds of murderous outbreaks we have seen in public schools, as in Columbine and Newtown. Defenders […]