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US interests require Israel on the Golan Heights
by Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger
June 19, 2018

Syria’s imperialistic aspirations and potential explosive regional impact, under an Alawite or a Sunni regime (the French Mandate designated an Alawite State in 1920), transcend the narrow context of the Arab-Israeli conflict. They are a derivative of the unique role played by Syria (a-Sham) – the home of the early Caliphs – in Islamic history. Therefore, the current Syrian powder keg has drawn an unprecedented number of Islamic terror organizations and Jihad (Holy War)-driven fighters/terrorists from the Middle East, Europe, Africa and Asia.

The Shamrak Report June 19, 2018
by Steven Shamrak
June 19, 2018

The Jerusalem Islamic Waqf took advantage of the final days of the holy month of Ramadan, when Jews were barred from visiting the Temple Mount, to eliminate from the compound piles of earth that were rich with archaeological treasures dating back to the Temple period. At this point, those tall piles of soil are gone from the Temple Mount, replaced by terraced stones. The crime paid. All evidence of a Jewish Temple have been permanently eliminated. (Why is Israel still allowing Islamic Waqf to operate after so many acts of hate and destruction of Jewish history?)

The Shamrak Report
by Steven Shamrak
June 15, 2018

Ashraf Najjar was not the innocent medic and an angel of mercy as Hamas propaganda portraying her. On a video, she goes out to the front line in her medic’s uniform, to act as a human shield, and laughing in delight as she throws a smoke grenade, actively participating in the Hamas violence along the Gaza fence. (As usual, IDF/Israel has been slow to respond to propaganda lies of the enemies! When will they learn?)

Let’s Keep a Strong Economy Growing
By Ed Feulner
June 15, 2018

The actual New York Times, which has published scathing criticisms of President Trump, was admitting in a June 1 article that the U.S. economy is strong beyond description right now. Words such as “splendid” and “excellent” certainly fit, according to reporter Neil Irwin: “Those are the kinds of terms that are appropriate when the United States economy adds 223,000 jobs in a month, despite being nine years into an expansion, and when the unemployment rate falls to 3.8 percent, a new 18-year low.”

The History of our lives as defined by a dishwasher
By Jim Fabiano
June 15, 2018

Having one’s dishwasher filled with these types of containers means most of your meals were at somebody else’s house. This also means a lot of cooking was done and few leftovers were left behind. I’ve lost many containers and discovered multiple others I have no idea as to where they came from. I sometimes get a suspicious look from a neighbor wondering if I was the one who decided to keep one of their very special containers. I’m still looking for one of my favorite storage bowls I stole from my mother.

The USA-North Korea-Iran strategic interconnection
by Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger
June 7, 2018

Since the July 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (the Iran Nuclear Agreement), the Ayatollahs have radicalized and intensified their military involvement in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen, as well as their subversive and terrorist operations, aiming to topple all pro-US Arab regimes in the Persian Gulf, the Arabian Peninsula (primarily Saudi Arabia and Bahrain), Jordan and Egypt, as well as multitude of pro-Western regimes in Asia and Africa, and entrenching their anti-US presence in Latin America.

U.S.-North Korea Summit: How We Got Here
By Ed Feulner
June 6, 2018

Much of the recent commentary that has stressed the president’s erratic nature and unwillingness to master policy details overlooks the fact that on North Korea policy, President Trump and his team have been consistent. And they’ve achieved that rarest of governmental goals: a single, coordinated government policy.

The Shamrak Report June 5, 2018
June 5, 2018

Dozens of rockets launched a week ago by terrorists from the Gaza Strip hit facilities supplying electricity to the Gaza Strip. Due to the damage to the facilities, three lines supplying electricity to the southern Gaza Strip were stopped. (Just a few days before, a border crossing was also destroyed and Hamas refused medical aid from Israel!)

Deep in a world in a place called Imagination
By Jim Fabiano
June 2, 2018

Another strange thing happened to the creatures of Imagination. The jewel in their belly buttons started to change color. Some changed to red while others turned blue. The creatures stopped talking to each other and started to talk at each other. Universal chapels that used to house all the creatures of Imagination started to only house specific Gods of specific colors of the jewels that seemed to be growing in all the creatures belly buttons. Some say they didn’t grow but rather grew cold in the blues of one group and hot in the reds of the other.

The Shamrak Report May 29, 2018
by Steven Shamrak
June 2, 2018

Egypt’s military has intensified home demolitions in the northern part of the Sinai Peninsula as part of its campaign against a local affiliate of the Islamic State group. “The new destruction, including hundreds of hectares of farmland and at least 3,000 homes and commercial buildings, together with 600 buildings destroyed in January…” Human Rights Watch said (Home demolitions are common in the Middle East and North Africa – French and British did it! Only Israel is condemned for it!)

Israel’s economy praised by the Economist Intelligence Unit
by Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger
June 2, 2018

Intel – which has operated in Israel since 1974, employing 11,000 persons in Israel – will invest $5BN in the expansion of one of its production facilities in Israel, while completing a previous investment of $6BN in its production facilities, mostly in the research & development area. Intel’s exports out of Israel totaled $3.6BN in 2017 and $50BN during the last 45 years. In March, 2017, Intel acquired Israel’s Mobileye for $15.3BN (Globes, May 16).

Forging a Better Strategy on Iran
By Ed Feulner
June 1, 2018


Newsflash: There is no inherent value to swimming with the tide. Yes, we should pay attention to what our allies are doing, but to suggest that following a different course of action is proof that we’re doing something wrong is ridiculous. Real leadership is standing up for what’s right, regardless of what others are doing. Indeed, it takes genuine strength to buck the trend.

US-Israel ties: the 400-year-old unique foundations
by Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger
May 23, 2018

…on March 5, 1891 – antedating Theodore Herzl and the 1897 First Zionist Congress – US President, Benjamin Harrison, received the William Blackstone Memorial, which called for the reestablishment of the Jewish State in the Land of the Bible: “Palestine for the Jews.” The Memorial was signed by over 400 distinguished Americans, such as the Chief Justice, additional Supreme Court Justices, future President William McKinley, senators, congressmen (including the Speaker of the House and the Chairmen of the Ways and Means and International Relations Committees), Governors, mayors, university presidents, businessmen, clergy and media editors.

The Shamrak Report May 22, 2018
by Steven Shamrak
May 22, 2018

Hamas is in complete control everywhere in the Gaza Strip… – spontaneous they’re not! Israel delivered to Hamas through the Egyptian Intelligence, that if the riots persist, Israeli assassination teams will start hunting down the Hamas leadership. Unlike the Hamas promises about taking back Israel, this is not an idle threat. (Hamas leaders are eager to send others to be killed, but not willing to sacrifice themselves!)

Prof. Bernard Lewis – unique realism on the Islamic threat
by Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger
May 21, 2018

“As the [Arab] nationalist movement has become genuinely popular, so it has become less national and more religious – less Arab and more Islamic…. In moments of crisis it is the instinctive communal loyalty which outweighs all others…. The world is divided basically into two. One is the community of the Muslims, the other that of the unbelievers. The subdivisions among the latter are of secondary importance….

I just hope I can survive the wonderful world of spring
by Jim Fabiano
May 20, 2018

My wife came home that afternoon seeing that my hands were bandaged, and a small piece of siding was on the kitchen table. She never asked about any of those things. I guess it was because she is used to my handywork and once again convinced we were going to put our handyman’s kids through college.

Our Puerile, Self-Righteous and Judgmental New World
by R.P. BenDedek
May 20, 2018

In one recent survey, 10 percent of students said it is appropriate to use violence to stop a speaker sometimes, while 37 percent said speaker shout-downs are sometimes acceptable. That’s frightening. Until both of those numbers are at zero percent, it’s obviously we have our work cut out for us. How is it possible for a person whose fight is for ‘justice’ to treat others unjustly? How is it possible for a person who claims that their free speech is a right enshrined in the constitution, to not recognize that other people have that same right? Such people are quite puerile!

The Preferred Form of Populism
By Ed Feulner
May 18, 2018

Should we talk with a resurgent Russia? Yes, but we should also realize the role of Russia in territorial expansion beyond its borders (Ukraine), and in areas outside its traditional interests (Syria). And we should recognize what Russia truly is: an economy the size of Spain based on an increasingly competitive international market for energy supplies, with a declining population, a powerful military and a large stockpile of nuclear weapons. Must we deal with China, an emerging power that is certainly a disrupter to the old Order? Yes, even as we eye warily its ‘belt and road” efforts to achieve world-wide strategic expansion in economic terms, and as we denounce its bullying claims to the South China Sea as territorial waters in violation of international treaties and obligations of prudent, serious members of the international community, and as we and our ally in Taiwan confront a resurgent PLA Navy in the Taiwan Straits.

Shavou’ot (Pentecost) guide for the perplexed, 2018
by Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger
May 18, 2018

Shavou’ot (the Hebrew word for “weeks”) is celebrated seven weeks following the second day of Passover, and constitutes a historical, national, agricultural and spiritual extension of Passover. While Passover highlights the liberty from slavery, Shavou’ot highlights the liberty to embrace the Torah, in preparation for the liberation of the Land of Israel. The harvesting season starts with Passover and concludes with Shavou’ot, which is also named the Holiday of the Harvest. Shavou’ot is one of the three Jewish liberty-oriented pilgrimages to Jerusalem.

Policy Expert Sounds the Alarm on Growing Assault on Private Property
by American Policy Center
May 18, 2018

While termed in positive sounding lingo, in reality Sustainable policy imposes massive government regulations enforced through state and local governments. These policies place severe restrictions on energy and water use. Development schemes seek to ban the use of cars, instead forcing ridership on massively expensive and inconvenient public transportation systems. Meanwhile, so-called “Visioning” programs follow enforcement of international policies to reorganize communities into a one-size-fits-all straightjacket.

The US Embassy in Jerusalem enhances US interests
by Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger
May 18, 2018

Recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, and relocating the US Embassy to Jerusalem – as prescribed by the 1995 Jerusalem Embassy Act – represent the resolve to focus on US interests in accordance with Middle East reality, while defying Arab pressure/threats and overruling the conventional “wisdom” of the State Department bureaucracy.

The Shamrak Report May 15, 2018
by Steven Shamrak
May 18, 2018

The air strike on Al Kiswa, south of Damascus hit an Iranian command center for southern Syria headed by Maj. Gen. Hossein Hamadani. It destroyed a consignment of Fateh 313 missiles. The delivery of this missile means that Iran is upgrading the weaponry being shipped to Syria. Fateh 313 is a short-range ballistic surface missile, whose development by Iran’s armaments industry, extended the range of the Fateh 110 to 500km and far improved its accuracy.

Photographs: Historic Dangkou Town in Jiangsu Province China
by R.P. BenDedek
May 12, 2018

I hope that you enjoyed looking at these photographs. Should you ever have the opportunity to visit Shanghai, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Ningbo, Suzhou or Wuxi, then please understand that Dangkou and the other linked water towns can be accessed very quickly by fast train. (The links are to photographic articles at Kingscalendar)

Free Speech: For All, Not Just Some
By Ed Feulner
May 11, 2018


Many students understand the need to protect everyone’s free speech rights, but others? Not so much. In one recent survey, 10 percent of students said it is appropriate to use violence to stop a speaker sometimes, while 37 percent said speaker shout-downs are sometimes acceptable. That’s frightening. Until both of those numbers are at zero percent, it’s obviously we have our work cut out for us.

Swedish Writer MM Justine’s interview with Marylee MacDonald from ‘For Beginning Writers’
by M.M. Justine / Marylee MacDonald
May 8, 2018

Amazon has inspired book buyers to embrace online book shopping. It has transformed the book industry, providing easy access to books at cheaper prices. Amazon has understood that there are avid readers all over the world, and they all have different inclinations in how they like to read: Some like to hold a paperback in their hands, some prefer an e-book, others like to download books onto their Smartphones, some read from their iPads or other tablets, while others are voracious listeners.

The Ayatollahs’ clear and present threat to the USA
by Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger
May 8, 2018

The tyrannical Ayatollah regime – oppressing Iran’s majority – is driven by a megalomaniacal ideology, clearly reflected by its K-12 curriculum, brainwashing Iran’s youth for full commitment to the “divine battle” against the US, “the Great Satan,” the “infidel” Sunni Muslims, Christians, Jews, Baha’is, Kurds, Azerbaijanis, etc.

The Shamrak Report May 8, 2018
by Steven Shamrak
May 8, 2018

“When the Brotherhood ruled during Mursi’s presidential term, we were offered a part of Sinai but we turned down the offer,” he said while addressing the Palestinian National Council in Ramallah… He added that back then, Hamas and Israel were discussing taking 1000 km from Sinai to expand Gaza but he refused the plan saying: “We will not even take one centimeter from Egypt’s land.”

It’s time for all teachers to be able to afford a great day
by Jim Fabiano
May 6, 2018

As I finish cleaning my room and the last of my students leave, one of my students enters and explains what I taught her about biological relationships between young men and women made a decision she had to make easier. As she was leaving my room she turned and thanked me for being a teacher, her teacher. I had a great day…

The Hypocrisy behind Media Anti-China Campaign
by R.P. BenDedek
May 3, 2018

God forbid that we in democracy loving English language FREE countries should forbid entrance to any publication, statements, propaganda or persons of which and whom we as a nation disapprove. We promote freedom and freedom of speech and belief – except that is in relation to – oh – let’s say ‘gay marriage or Israel declaring sovereignty over Samaria and Judea, or female circumcision, or polygamy or Trump Supporters………….’ then we want to beat the speaker to death, lock them away, destroy their business or cause them to lose their jobs. We expect Communist countries to behave this way, but how do we excuse ourselves for behaving this way?

Wisconsin and Welfare: Work and Marriage Help the Poor
By Ed Feulner
May 3, 2018

-“The generosity of federal housing subsidies and the expense of the program make it a good target for reform,” writes welfare expert Marissa Teixeira. “This measure will help those who utilize housing vouchers to reduce their dependency on government.” Another new Wisconsin measure that would encourage self-sufficiency: increasing the number of work hours required of able-bodied adults without dependents from 20 a week to 30. The state is also expanding work requirements for parents with children above the age of 6 who apply for food stamps.

The Shamrak Report May 1, 2018
by Steven Shamrak
May 3, 2018

The Kingdom of Jordan began the process of revoking the Jordanian citizenship of about 30 Palestinian Authority and Fatah officials and their families. The officials who are slated to lose their citizenship include PA President Mahmoud Abbas, Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat and Palestinian Authority negotiator Ahmed Qurei (“Abu Ala”). (Israel needs to help all fake Palestinian to return and end the occupation of the Jewish land by invaders!)

Lag Ba’Omer (Jewish holiday) Guide for the Perplexed, 2018
by Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger
May 3, 2018

Lag Ba’Omer (ל”ג בעומר) is celebrated on the 33rd day following the first day of Passover (in Jewish numerology: ל=30, ג=3). It commemorates the victory of Shimon Bar-Kokhbah over the occupying military force of the Roman Empire; the death of Rabbi Shimon Bar-Yochai (a key supporter of the Bar Kokhbah revolt), who commanded his disciples to rejoice on his memorial days; and the end of the plague, which took the lives of 24,000 of Rabbi Akiva’s disciples (who were, allegedly, engaged in bad-mouthing each other, which is one of the worst offenses according to Judaism). Lag Ba’Omer is the only day of happiness during the 50 days of soul-cleansing between Passover (commemorating the liberation from the Egyptian Bondage) and Shavou’ot/Pentecost (receiving the Torah and the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai).

Looking at the News April 30, 2018 The Flood of Tribalism
by R.P. BenDedek
April 30, 2018

Differing political agendas are often found to be at loggerheads with each other, but from the perspective of tribalism, no middle ground or compromise can be allowed for that would defeat the tribal narrative and destroy the power of the tribe. Tribalism is therefore ultimately destructive within a society that holds to the democratic principles of freedom of speech and belief…. We live in a technological world with massive propaganda potential, a fact demonstrated by the fabricated Trump-Russia collusion drama. We are subjected daily to mind and emotion altering propaganda, mainly for the sake of increasing someone’s personal wealth and/or power. Attempts to discuss publically some of the propaganda immediately gives rise to Tribal responses and attacks.

Neutralizing a Nuclear-Armed North Korea
by Ed Feulner
April 27, 2018

Dealing with the Kim family dynasty has never been easy for the leaders of free Korea, Japan or the United States. We’ve all had our share of meetings and agreements signed with great fanfare, only to have the North’s leaders tear them up, or at least ignore them, when it suits their convenience, or when they’ve achieved the results they want… We’ve learned the wisdom of Ronald Reagan’s dictum “Trust but verify.” Except in this case, we should interpret this as “Don’t presume trustworthiness, and verify every detail every step of the way.”

At 70 – Israel’s economy exceeds expectations
by Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger
April 27, 2018

In 2018, Forbes Magazine quoted Warren Buffett (February 26, 2018): “I’m not Jewish, but Israel reminds me of the USA after its birth. The determination, motivation, intelligence and initiative of its people are remarkable and extraordinary. I’m a big believer in Israel’s economy.” According to Forbes, “Buffett just purchased a $358MN stake in Teva Pharmaceutical, 1.8% of Teva’s outstanding shares…. In 2006, Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway purchased an 80% stake in Israel’s Iscar for $4BN, its first international acquisition

Looking at the NEWS April 24, 2018 Dunning-Kruger
by R.P. BenDedek
April 24, 2018

The Dunning Kruger effect is a cognitive bias in which individuals, who are unskilled at a particular task, believe themselves to possess above-average ability in performing the task. On the other hand, as individuals become more skilled in a particular task, they may mistakenly believe that they possess below-average ability in performing those tasks because they may assume that all others possess equal or greater ability.

The Shamrak Report April 24, 2018
by Steven Shamrak
April 24, 2018

Flaming kite from Gaza sets Israeli warehouse ablaze. Gaza terrorists flew kites attached with firebombs into Israel. The kites – each with Molotov-cocktail-like bombs tied to their tails – were floated over border fences from Gaza City and other areas. (If it is not a declaration of war what is needed to realise Israel is at war and finish it? How many Jews must die again to prompt clearing Gaza from enemy population and annex it?)

Looking at the NEWS April 18, 2018: Myths & Perspectives
by R.P. BenDedek
April 18, 2018

Every year in the USA cops shoot people. The same people who want to void the 2nd Amendment – and the First Amendment as well – are the same people who claim that Police are the problem and they will tell you just how many people (all of which must certainly be black folk killed by white folk) are shot to death every year. What they won’t tell you is something that is revealed in the most recent PragerU video which says that while 990 people were shot by police in 2014, a John Hopkins study revealed that a quarter of a million people died that year from medical errors. It kind of puts things into perspective doesn’t it?

The Shamrak Report April 17, 2108
by Steven Shamrak
April 18, 2018

The story of the terror tunnels is a good example. Israel supplied Gaza with hundreds of thousands of tons of building materials for the strip’s reconstruction. A large part of these materials was used by Hamas to build terror tunnels. The defense establishment was forced to spend billions of shekels on the development of abilities for the destruction of tunnels that were built with the construction materials that Israel gave Gaza. Complete madness….

Rolling Back the Tide of Overspending
By Ed Feulner
April 18, 2018


Presidents from Thomas Jefferson on down had been submitting rescissions for years with relatively little trouble. But things came to a head during Richard Nixon’s presidency. He broke with previous presidents by impounding larger amounts (nearly $15 billion in 1973, out of a total budget of $245 billion) and ignoring Congress’s intent that the funds be spent. The legislative branch responded to this challenge with the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974. “Title X of the act limited the power of the president to withhold funding and put into place a formal procedure for when the president tried to do so,” writes budget expert Justin Bogie.

US bombing Syria – mission accomplished
by Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger
April 16, 2018

Trump’s predecessors assumed that their counter-terrorism mission could be accomplished through a series of limited, immediate and tactical operations, bringing the troops back home ASAP. However, contrary to their expectations, their well-intentioned actions undermined their comprehensive, long-term, sustained and strategic mission to clip the wings of Islamic terrorism and enhance homeland security. While they won certain battles, they failed to clip the wings of Islamic terrorism and did not win the overall war.

The Census and Immigration: Ask the Question
By Ed Feulner
April 13, 2018

“Galling,” pronounced The New York Times in an editorial titled “The Trump Administration Sabotages The Census.” Along with many other critics, the Times insists that the question will lead to a vast undercounting of the immigrant population. Such a prospect alarms opponents such as the editors at The Washington Post, who at least admit their concern is more about political power: “Whether by design or incompetence, the Trump administration is threatening to rig the count against Democrats.”

2018: Israel’s demography defies conventional wisdom
by Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger
April 13, 2018

The systematic Westernization of Arab fertility – from 9.5 births per woman in 1960 to 3.11 in 2016 – reflects the accelerated integration of Israeli Arab women into modernity, and their enhanced social status within the Arab society. For instance, as it is among the Arabs in Judea and Samaria (West Bank), whose fertility rate has declined from 5 births per woman in 2000 to 3.27 births in 2017 – and unlike their social standing a generation ago – almost all Arab girls in Israel, Judea and Samaria complete high school, and increasingly enroll in colleges and universities. This process has delayed the wedding-age and the reproductive process – which used to start at the age of 15-16 – to the age of 20 years old and older. It has also expanded the use of contraceptives.

Looking at the NEWS April 11, 2018 A Different Look
by R.P. BenDedek
April 11, 2018

Peter Hartcher of the Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) on April 9th 2018 published an article titled “The woman China wants you to ignore.” Reading this article it is very easy to get riled up about China, and your anger would be justified, BUT, I don’t want you to look at China’s actions, I want you to see that the same reprehensible totalitarianism exists in politically correct, progressive-liberal western society.

Take it from an atheist there is a God
by Jim Fabiano
April 10, 2018

I consider myself a logical person. I understand how when our species was able to survive in tribes and families we put a stick in the ground during the fear of night in order to be closer to the sky. I understand we had to follow a concept that we would survive because we were put on this planet for a specific reason including to represent an almighty God.

The Shamrak Report
by Steven Shamrak
April 10, 2018

While world bodies call for investigations into the deaths of 17 Gazans who were killed while attempting to destroy and infiltrate the security fence on the border with Israel, a non-governmental organization (Action Group for Palestinians of Syria, AGPS) reports that the number of so-called Palestinian refugees who have died in Syria since 2012, has risen to 3,686 victims.

Insidious Palestinian Project
by Steven Shamrak
April 9, 2018

The 1947 UN Resolution 181 partition plan was to divide the remaining 18% of Palestine into six triangles with Jerusalem as an international city – a Jewish Palestinian State and the SECOND Arab Palestinian State. Jews, traumatised by the Holocaust, accepted this idiotic plan, but the Arabs rejected it, as their aim was and still is to take all Palestine! After winning the war against seven Muslim states, which most international Anti-Semites anticipated would be victorious completion of a “Final Solution”, on May 14, 1948 Jews finally declared their own State of Israel!

Is America Still the Home of Innovation?
by Ed Feulner
April 6, 2018

It’s not out of line to say that the United States has directed the course of human history more significantly and positively than any other nation in the history of the world. The key to our success is, always has been, and always will be our liberty. The liberty we enjoy unshackles the mind and nourishes creativity. The ability to think and to question the status quo should also characterize our attitude toward government. Sadly, though, many Americans have come to regard the growing reach of Big Government as a necessity of modern life.

Looking at the NEWS April 6, 2018 Just Asking Questions
by R.P. BenDedek
April 6, 2018

This world is losing its way through the insanity of leftist / progressive ideological idolatry. Unless people begin to start asking questions and researching to obtain demonstrable evidence, and until they test their theories through processes of falsification to ensure that their theories hold water, then society as a whole will become factionalized and collapse. People worry about trade wars with China and Nuclear War with Russia and North Korea, but if our democratic societies collapse under the weight of self-interested ideological factions, there will be no war with foreign countries because we will be inviting those armies to come and restore law and order in our streets.

A Challenge to the American Planning Association
By Tom DeWeese
April 4, 2018

On a visit to the website PlannersNetwork.org, one will find in its Statement of Principles this quote: “We believe planning should be a tool for allocating resources…and eliminating the great inequalities of wealth and power in our society … because the free market has proven incapable of doing this.” … 1.How do the citizens feel about planning with a goal to eventually ban cars? This will be accomplished by planning programs that will narrow or eliminate roads, making it harder to drive cars, then eliminates parking spaces, then forces cars to “share the road” with bicycles and foot traffic as regulations are put in place to make it illegal to even pass this slower traffic? Do they still support such “Planning?”

The Shamrak Report
by Steven Shamrak
April 3, 2018


In July 1922, the League of Nations entrusted Great Britain with The Palestine Mandate, including the land east of the Jordan River, recognizing “the historical connection of the Jewish people with Palestine.” A few months later, after the Great Britain and France made a deal with the Hashemite Kingdom and Egypt, the Eastern side of the Palestinian Mandate: The trans-Jordan (77% of the Palestinian Mandate) was given to the Saudi Arabian king’s brother; the Golan Heights (5% of the Palestinian Mandate) was ceded to the French controlled Syrian Mandate, and the Sinai was given to Egypt.

Spring introduces the newest of our backyard pests
by Jim Fabiano
April 3, 2018

This mouse like thing that inhabits some kind of underground world was black and had a compact body and short legs. It also had a short-furred tail, small beady eyes, and partially hidden ears. Hell, it was only about a half a foot long but it still scared the be-jesses out of me. After a few seconds it jumped from my shoulder and bolted back into the hole. I still didn’t move because I was now staring out at a little gift my newfound enemy had left on my shoulder. The war was about to begin.

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Author: R.P. BenDedek

R.P. BenDedek was born in 1953 and grew up in Brisbane Australia. 2003 to 2017 he has been teaching in The People's Republic of China. Along with photographic stories from China he has been writing social and political commentaries since 2004. He was the temporary editor of Magic City Morning Star from 2009 - 2016 and currently has a column at iPatriot.com. He is the author of a chronological history of ancient Israel titled 'the King's Calendar: The Secret of Qumran' and author of 'Finding Myself in China: A Politically Incorrect Story.' He is divorced; has 5 children and 16 grandchildren. He is a 4th generation Australian from a racially, ethnically, and religiously diverse family. He has no time for Sociopathic Ideologues or Useful Idiots.