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2 days ago @ Jewish Daily Forward - New Israel Fund Shifts... · 0 replies · +1 points

What worked for Democrats when they were underdogs in America during the last decade was not so much MoveOn.org, Media Matters and the Center for American Progress as a party (the Republican party) that lost its way over the past decade or so during the years of George W. Bush. I say this as a forty three year registered Republican who voted for Bush in 2000. Bush's misguided foreign policy post 9/11/2001 (not all but much of it) badly damaged the conservative movement and the Republican name leaving an opportunity for Barack Obama and the Democrats. Few Republicans are willing to acknowledge this.

Mr. Guttman says now some believe it (progressive political activism) can work for beleaguered liberals in Israel. But Israel's political right looks to be moving in a more principled direction than America's political right. With political activists like Naftali Bennett (Jewish Home party) and other religious Zionists and nationalists, I see a brighter political future for Israel than the United States.

5 days ago @ Jewish Daily Forward - VIDEO: Satan and Jewes... · 0 replies · +9 points

Implanting "democracy" in Iraq, something that cost thousands of American lives, lengthy occupation, nation-building, winning hearts and minds of peoples who despise us, was a huge blunder; the Utopian vision of dreamers.

5 days ago @ Jewish Daily Forward - TK Climate Change &nda... · 0 replies · +1 points

I agree with much of what you say Dr. Schwartz. I also agree with your view that vegetarianism is the Biblical ideal. Clearly it is. Where we might part company is on the definition of liberal, compassion, etc. Perhaps even justice. While the God of Israel is portrayed as merciful and compassionate, long-suffering, I don't see much compassion in the Torah extended to savage and wicked peoples.

Would liberalism dictate that we extend kindness to ISIS who are beheading Americans?

Moses told the Israelites, do not pity the wicked peoples who were in the land because they sacrificed their sons and their daughters to their gods, had relations with animals, etc. Often I see contemporary liberals posit that the Palestinians (who support Hamas and other evils) are the "stranger" in our land that we should love. Are peoples who delight in blowing up, mutilating, shooting innocent Jewish women and children really the stranger and the sojourner in our land or are they more akin to the ancient Canaanites who also sacrificed their children to their gods?

5 days ago @ Jewish Daily Forward - TK Climate Change &nda... · 2 replies · +4 points

Google this: Explaining Jews, part V: Why are Jews liberal?

5 days ago @ Jewish Daily Forward - TK Climate Change &nda... · 4 replies · -2 points

Remember Hurricane Sandy, the "deadliest and most destructive hurricane of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season, as well as the second-costliest hurricane in United States history"?

Think Progress wrote: "We’ve written extensively about how global warming worsened the impact of Superstorm Sandy.

"In particular, a recent study by NOAA researchers found, 'climate-change related increases in sea level have nearly doubled today’s annual probability of a Sandy-level flood recurrence as compared to 1950.' On our current CO2 emissions path, the Jersey shore from Atlantic City to Cape May could see Sandy-level storm surges yearly by mid-century!"

Don't you think this kind of stuff serves to discredit the climate change movement? Where are all these massive hurricanes the past few years? Global warming skeptics do not question the notion of climate change by and large. At least I don't question it. What we question is that climate change is man-made or man-generated solely due to technology and industrialization.

6 days ago @ Jewish Daily Forward - Climate Change —... · 4 replies · 0 points

Is man-made global warming part of a new religion on the political left? Where does God fit into the political left's worldview?

6 days ago @ Jewish Daily Forward - De-hired Professor Ste... · 0 replies · +5 points

I wonder if a Jewish student or a student who supported Israel would feel like they'd get a fair shake from this professor. I looked around and found a few of his tweets:

* June 20: After three Israelis were kidnapped and killed, Salaita wrote: “You may be too refined to say it, but I’m not: I wish all the [expletive] West Bank settlers would go missing.”

* July 8: “If you’re defending #Israel right now, you’re an awful human being.”

* July 19: “At this point, if Netanyahu appeared on TV with a necklace made from the teeth of Palestinian children, would anybody be surprised?”

1 week ago @ Jewish Daily Forward - Netanyahu Calls ISIS, ... · 0 replies · +1 points

He did. PM Netanyahu argued IS was relatively benign? I must have missed that story in my busyness.

1 week ago @ Jewish Daily Forward - Netanyahu Calls ISIS, ... · 0 replies · +1 points

Cameron is not alone.

Obama’s Delusional Insanity Persists: “ISIS Not Islamic!”
Canada Free Press

If ISIS Is Not Islamic, then the Inquisition Was Not Catholic
The New Republic - 1 day ago

1 week ago @ Jewish Daily Forward - Cruz Booed for Telling... · 0 replies · -1 points

Ted Cruz's just earned a little more respect from me.

Lebanese born Christian activist Brigitte Gabriel wrote the following in her book, Because They Hate: A Survivor of Islamic Terror Warns America:

"Growing up in the Middle East, I came to find out that Arab children are taught hatred of the Jews from their mother’s milk. From a young age, Arab children are constantly bombarded with stories and information presenting Jews as barbaric, conniving, manipulative, warmongering people . Meanwhile , Jews teach their children patience, humility , service, tolerance, understanding of others, and charity to all. They call it tikkun olam, "to repair the world.

"The Arab-Israeli conflict has remained intractable because the Arab world refuses to accept the right of a Jewish state to exist autonomously in the middle of the Muslim Middle East....

(page 173)