Opinion

Gentlemen, Sling Your Mud!

Winston Churchill famously cited the sentiment that “democracy is the worst form of government, except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.” Indeed, while…

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The Israeli Day of Fury

Each year, they make sure to mark the day as one of rage. “The Day of Rage,” or the Nakba, as they say, is marked each year on May 15,…

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Turn Left for Gun Control

I used to be staunchly pro gun rights and anti-liberal, although I’ve never owned a gun. Until I flunked my second road test. To be honest, I’m not a natural…

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How Powerful Israel Lost a PR Battle

(Tribune News Service) – For months, Israel’s military leaders and the top minds of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government planned and prepared to counter the surge that the enemy warned…

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Lunacy, Not Democracy

The reaction to this week’s violence in Gaza, funded by Iran and organized by Hamas, was pretty much as expected. The United States came out in Israel’s defense, demonstrating the…

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Scroll, Scroll, Scroll…

The quotes you are about to read are true; the names have NOT been changed to protect the innocent. They were all taken from that bastion of liberalism (read: hefkeirus)…

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Why the Fiftieth?

More than two thousand years have passed since this incident presumably took place. Since it does not appear to have been documented, and there are no surviving eyewitnesses — we…

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Checking Out… and Checking In

Dr. David Goodall is no longer with us. The 104-year-old scientist traveled to Switzerland from his home in Australia last week, weary of life and in a wheelchair, but not…

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The House on Walicow Street

Walicow 10 was an address on one of the streets in Jewish Warsaw under bombardment 78 years ago. If thousands of Chassidim had known who was hiding in the apartment…

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Will Trump Turn Out to Be Right About Iran Deal?

(TNS) – So, so many are quick to say President Donald Trump made a horrible error in withdrawing from the 2015 Iranian nuclear accord, and some doubts are understandable even…

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Why Killing the Iran Deal Was Only the First Step

(Bloomberg View) – Now that President Donald Trump has officially withdrawn the U.S. from the Iran Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the world has to figure out how to live…

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Mutcheh-ing the Mullahs

Did you hear about Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s revelation that Iran is cheating on the deal it made in 2015 with six major world powers? Well, if you did, you…

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Facing Facts

As most of us who have served as a shliach tzibbur in sparsely attended minyanim have discovered, part of the job is making sure that enough mispallelim are more or…

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Third Century of Marxist Greed

Presidents get 100 days to show what they have accomplished. Dictators get a bit more. The world spins on philosophers, though, so they get 200 years. Few have impacted the…

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Iowa Will Be a Crucial Test for Any Blue Wave

(Bloomberg View) – No state changed its political colors more sharply in the past two election cycles than Iowa. Once a Democratic-leaning purple-blue state that backed Barack Obama, it is…

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Citizenship Is the Keystone of Liberal Democracy

Western democracies aren’t working well. Liberal democratic norms are under strain in the U.S. and much of Europe. In other parts of the world, authoritarian governments grow confident and ambitious.…

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