ISRAEL IS SPOOKING SMUGGLING NETWORK SUPPLYING ARMS TO GAZA/HAMAS CAIRO — Israel is said to have infiltrated the massive arms smuggling network contracted to supply the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip. An Egyptian daily said Israeli intelligence was believed to have penetrated Libyan arms suppliers to Hamas and Palestinian militias in the Gaza Strip. Al Yom Al Sabea asserted that Hamas was concerned that Israel […]


Using cancer to kill cancer. Researchers at Tel Aviv University and Sheba Medical Center have enhanced the immune system using proteins from melanoma (a severe form of skin cancer). T-cells in the immune system are stimulated to produce cytokines, which can fight other cancers in the body.

Success in trials of stem cells for blood cancer. (Thanks to Atid-EDI) Early trials of NiCord (umbilical cord stem cells) from Israel’s Gamida Cell have proved successful in maintaining the health of patients with high-risk hematological malignancies. The treatment was safe and reduced the time to recovery period.

Colon cancer rates decrease. Israel is fourth among Western countries in the prevalence of colorectal cancer and 15th in the death rate from the tumor. However, the number of cases has declined in the last two decades – by 17 percent in men and 13 percent in women – largely due to early diagnosis and treatment.

A pacemaker for the arteries. Israel’s Enopace Biomedical is developing an endovascular micro-stimulator, which reduces the strain on the heart by expanding the arteries to accept incoming blood. It is implanted by catheter in a 30-minute procedure while the patient is awake and is an alternative to a heart transplant.

Australia approves Israeli robotic spinal surgery. Israel’s Mazor Robotics has obtained approval from Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) for the import and sale of the company’s Renaissance navigation robot for spinal surgery.

The missing LINC to deafness. (Thanks to Half of all hearing losses are due to genetic mutations. Tel Aviv University Professor Karen Avraham found that mutations in the LINC cells of the inner ear of an Iraqi family with a history of deafness could lead to new treatments.

PASTRAMI, HERE I COME: Let Them Eat Fat By RON ROSENBAUM The hysterical crusade against fat has become a veritable witch hunt. With New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg‘s ban on supersize sodas (now temporarily thwarted) and the first lady’s campaign to push leaves and twigs (i.e., salad) on reluctant school children—all in the name of stamping out obesity—it is fat-shaming time in America. […]


‘The GOP of Old’ William Kristol

But, Cotton reminded his audience, “We’re fighting .  .  . a war against radical Islam and jihad.” He continued, “Our president often says 10 years of war are ending. Wars are not movies. They do not end. They are won or they are lost. The quickest way to end a war is to lose it.” And Cotton pointed out the obvious: “We have the manpower to win the war. We have the matériel to win the war. The question is, do we have the most essential element to combat power? Do we have the will to win the war? Our enemies certainly have that will. They question now whether we do.”

“I know there is war weariness among the American people, just like there is war weariness among conservatives, and in this audience, no doubt,” said Tom Cotton from Yell County, Arkansas. “It’s no surprise, though, that the American people are war weary when their commander in chief is the weariest of them all.”

But, Cotton reminded his audience, “We’re fighting .  .  . a war against radical Islam and jihad.” He continued, “Our president often says 10 years of war are ending. Wars are not movies. They do not end. They are won or they are lost. The quickest way to end a war is to lose it.” And Cotton pointed out the obvious: “We have the manpower to win the war. We have the matériel to win the war. The question is, do we have the most essential element to combat power? Do we have the will to win the war? Our enemies certainly have that will. They question now whether we do.”

Cotton is 35 years old. He’s not stale or moss-covered. A combat veteran, he understands real war weariness. But he also understands it needs to be resisted and overcome. Above all, he understands, as did the GOP of old, the GOP of Nixon, Reagan, and Bush, that while we may not be interested in war, our enemies remain interested in us.

And so, Cotton concluded his remarks, “We as conservatives must have the will to win.”



America – 2013

The three stories below go a long way to portray where things currently stand for the once great United States of America.

1) A Muslim convert in Washington state stabbed two people in Starbucks. Of course he was following the Koran and doing what devout Muslims are COMMANDED to do – wage jihad or kill in the name of Allah. As has been true of most news reports of this nature since 9-11, this story will be sanitized to depict a mentally disturbed individual who “misunderstood” the tenets of Islam. Per usual, nothing Islamic to see here.

From the Columbian:

Washington state: Muslim convert who stated his “willingness to die for Islam” stabs two people after discussion of religion

“Starbucks stabbing suspect may have been motivated by religious extremism (with video): Affidavit says he made statements about ‘his willingness to die for Islam,'” by Paris Achen for The Columbian, March 12 (thanks to Answering Muslims):

A 55-year-old suspect in the stabbing of two people in a Starbucks coffee shop drive-thru at one of the busiest intersections in Clark County may have been motivated by religious extremism, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Scott C. Fandrich of Ridgefield appeared Tuesday in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of two counts of first-degree assault.

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2) In order not to offend our Muslim friends, the State Department declined to intervene in the case of an American pastor imprisoned in Iran. This is in keeping with Obama’s precedent of ignoring the pleas for help by the Iranian people to overthrow the brutal Islamist regime. Of course, Muslim Brotherhood operative Huma Abedin has been well-insulated from critical attacks in Washington and her detractors will be “handled” in due course.

From Fox News:

The State Department ducked a hearing Friday that will focus on the case of imprisoned American pastor Saeed Abedini, just days after the leading U.S. representative to the U.N. Human Rights Council declined to specifically address the pastor’s case during a meeting on Iran’s human rights record.

Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., chairman of the Capitol Hill commission holding the hearing, slammed the Obama administration for turning down the invitation to testify.

“It is amazing,” Wolf told “I can’t, almost, believe it.”

The hearing, which began Friday morning, focuses on the plight of religious minorities in Iran. Slated to testify are the group representing the Abedini family in the U.S. as well as Abedini’s wife, Naghmeh.

The Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission reached out to the State Department last Friday in a bid to bring in a State Department witness to speak on the lead-off panel.

A Wolf aide said despite repeated attempts they didn’t hear back from the department until Thursday, when the department said no one was available.

Wolf voiced skepticism at the excuse. “The building is loaded with people,” he said of the State Department.

“The very fact that the United States government is not speaking out sends a very powerful message,” Wolf said.

3) A top U.S. Commander Tells Troops to Expect to be Killed During a “rough point” in the relationship with Karzai and his Shariah regime installed thanks to U.S. efforts. The new dhimmitized U.S. Armed Forces – homosexual flaunting and soon to be feminized – will be sacrificed for the cause – advancing the “Religion of Peace.” (Note: The new uniforms for U.S. troops will be pink with an optional skirt for male and female enlistees).

From AP: The Big Story:

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan warned his troops to be ready for increased violence because of a series of anti-American statements by Afghan President Hamid Karzai, NATO said Thursday.

In an email to battlefield commanders, Gen. Joseph Dunford, said the remarks could spur more insider attacks, days after members of Afghan security forces killed two U.S. troops and a U.S. contractor in two separate shootings.

“We’re at a rough point in the relationship,” Dunford said in the email, according to a senior U.S. official, speaking anonymously to discuss the confidential communication.

CHARLES MURRAY’S PLEA TO THE GOP….BILL STRAUB NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – Charles Murray prevailed upon social conservatives within the Republican Party to de-emphasize their opposition to issues like abortion and same-sex marriage in an effort to attract younger voters. Murray, the controversial political scientist perhaps best known for his book The Bell Curve on IQ and class structure, said his experience […]

THE AXIS OF TORPOR: MARK STEYN **** I greatly enjoy the new Hollywood genre in which dysfunctional American families fly to a foreign city and slaughter large numbers of the inhabitants as a kind of bonding experience. Liam Neeson takes his estranged wife and their teenage daughter for just such a vacation in Taken 2, in which the spectacular mountain of […]

MARK DURIE: WILDERS IN AUSTRALIA AND THE “ISLAMIC PROBLEM” PART ONE Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders’ recent speaking tour in Australia brought him to my home town of Melbourne. I have been pondering his message since his visit, and this is the first of a series of blog posts which engage with it. Wilders came to warn Australians about Islam: “I am here to tell you […]

Coolidge: A Politician Uncannily Deserving of Respect By Matthew May “Debt takes its toll.” So begins Coolidge, the magnificent new biography of the 30th president of the United States by bestselling author and free-market journalist Amity Shlaes. No writer is perhaps better-suited to write a biography of the fiscal sentinel Calvin Coolidge, and this biography is indeed a prequel to her masterpiece, The Forgotten […]


After listening to Rand Paul speak at National Review’s Washington office, Bob Costa concludes that the senator is leading one side of what is “nothing less than a fight for the soul of the GOP on foreign policy.” Let’s hope so.

Whether what emerges is also a conservative foreign policy depends as much on which Senator Paul wins as on whether he wins. If it is the Rand Paul who perceived the common hegemonic denominator between Soviet totalitarianism and Islamic-supremacist totalitarianism in a provocative speech at the Heritage Foundation last month, there is cause for optimism. Not as hope-inspiring is the Rand Paul portrayed in Bob’s NRO report. It is already clear, though, that Senator Paul’s agitations serve conservative ends more consistently than does the erratic adventurism of his opposite numbers in the GOP’s intramural brawl: John McCain and Lindsey Graham.

Bob describes these Beltway establishment figures as “the foreign-policy grandees in the Senate Republican conference,” standard-bearers of what is said to be “the Bush-Cheney approach to foreign policy.” The latter claim is not entirely fair, particularly to the Cheney component of the ledger; but that is a story for another day. For now, the point — mine, not Costa’s — is that Senators McCain and Graham are not conservatives. They are progressive-lite populists who bend with the wind, an occupational hazard of service to a fuzzy global-stability agenda rather than to vital American interests pursued within a constitutional, limited-government framework.

Paul proudly claims the conservative tag that seems to embarrass the media-manic McCain except during those dolorous primary seasons when even a maverick must appeal to the GOP base. And once Paul outmaneuvered them (and the Obama administration) in the recent dust-up over U.S. drone-missile strikes, McCain and Graham became strident in their efforts to marginalize the Kentuckian — branding Paul “ill-informed” and a “wacko bird” of the Right. But Paul is far from a “wacko” — or, for that matter, the “extremist” I once made the mistake of describing him as. I was referring to a libertarian position he took against indefinite detention for American citizens suspected of being enemy combatants. The “extremist” descriptor did not fit the man, and it exaggerated the position he’d taken, which extended discussion showed to be less detached from wartime exigencies than it initially seemed.

In the senatorial name-calling, one senses a certain desperation, a fear on the part of McCain and Graham that the ground beneath them is shifting. There’s good reason for that.