Friday, September 30, 2011

A voice of logic and reason on Social Security: Enough with the Social Security scare tactics. What I want to know is who is spreading the scare tactics -- aside from the obvious Rick Perry references -- and who stands to gain by bad-mouthing this program?

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Math doesn’t work on privatizing Social Security: "It’s just an idea that they [Republicans] throw out there, with no evidence of serious thought."

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The Palestinians Want Peace --- Just Not With a Jewish State. Just in case you thought there had been any movement from the palestinean arab point of view in the past 60+ years, think again:

Earlier this month in Ramallah, the de facto capital of the Palestinian Authority, I interviewed Ghassan Khatib, director of government media for the Palestinian Authority and the spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. I asked him the same question: Do the Palestinians recognize Israel as the Jewish state?

He was more direct than the Palestinians students at Stanford.

His long answer amounted to: "No."

They don't even recognize that there is a Jewish people. Did you know that Abbas, in his U.N. speech, refused even to use the words "Jew" or "Jewish?" In referring to Israel, he spoke of "the Holy Land, the land of Palestine, the land of divine messages, ascension of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and the birthplace of Jesus Christ (peace be upon him)...." I guess no Jews have ever lived in "the Holy Land." Ridiculous, except no one is paying attention to the continuing intransigence of the Arabs. For instance:

Two Israeli peace proposals, in 2000 and 2008 … met virtually all of the Palestinians' demands for a sovereign state in the areas won by Israel in the 1967 war — in the West Bank, Gaza and even East Jerusalem. But Palestinian President Yasser Arafat rejected the first offer and Abbas ignored the second, for the very same reason their predecessors spurned the 1947 Partition Plan.

Each time, accepting a Palestinian State meant accepting the Jewish State, a concession the Palestinians were unwilling to make.

Finally we get down to it. The issue is not settlements, or land concessions, or the right of return. The issue is as it always has been: they want the Jews dead and/or gone. The only peace the palestinean arabs are interested in is a Jew/Israeli-free peace.

By the way, I find it amusing that the media is wringing its hands at this latest "crisis." The palestinean arabs have been taking these very same positions since before 1948. It's nothing new. It takes two to tango, and the palestinean arabs have refused ever to dance with Israel.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Legislature gives nursing homes a break: Like they operated sooo well before, that they have earned lighter (read: no) regulation? Honestly, I wonder how some of these people sleep at night.