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Fake Diplomacy
by Michael Moffitt
August 11, 2018

Starting with FDR who claimed, “I can handle Old Joe,” only Presidents Reagan and Kennedy were able to significantly alter Russian behavior and they did not do so with a smile. We have few common interests with Russia. Russia would be largely irrelevant were it not for oil and nuclear weapons. The Russian economy is about three quarters that of the State of Texas. Per capita income in Russia is about one seventh per capita GDP income in the United States.

The central question is always winter or summer
By Jim Fabiano
August 10, 2018

The winter season is filled with various indoor parties that start with the absurdity of Halloween through the mainly forgotten New Year’s Eve celebrations. Christmas is thrown in a week before the start of the New Year producing bills that will have to paid for through most of the New Year.

We Need a Free Trade Deal with Switzerland
By Ed Feulner
August 10, 2018

These commercial ties support high-paying jobs in both countries. According to the latest data, a combined 725,000 American jobs were supported by the U.S.–Swiss trade and investment relationship. Swiss affiliates in the U.S. accounted for more than 460,000 of those jobs, followed by almost 200,000 American jobs from services exports to Switzerland, and 75,000 U.S. jobs supported by goods exports.

The Shamrak Report August 7, 2018
by Steven Shamrak
August 10, 2018

Former Kuwaiti Minister of Information Sami Al-Nesf warned that it is (Arab) extremists, and not moderates, who have harmed the cause of people in the PA. “Jewish settlers are not going anywhere,” he said. “Not many people know that in 1938, the royal British Peel Commission concluded that there should be two states – a solution the loss of which people are mourning today,” Al-Nesf said. “The Jews said, ‘Any state is better than no state at all… while the Arabs refused”. “The loud and empty slogans by Mufti Amin Al-Husseini thwarted the two-state plan. Al-Husseini fled to Hitler, betting on the wrong horse,” Al-Nesf commented.

Israel’s high-tech opportunities
by Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger
August 4, 2018

Facebook made its 5th Israeli acquisition, buying Israel’s Redkix for $100MN. Previous Facebook acquisitions in Israel: Snaptu – $70MN, Face.com – $100MN, Onavo – $150MN and Pebbles – $60MN (Globes Business Daily, July 30, 2018).

Your Raise, Courtesy of the Trump Tax Cut
by Ed Feulner
August 3, 2018

But the main take-away is this: Not a single district will fail to see a tax benefit of some kind, thanks to the TCJA. And the gains only grow over time: Over the next decade, thanks to a larger economy, the typical American could wind up with an added $26,000 more in take-home pay, or $44,697 for a family of four.

Facial Recognition Software, Coffins and Other Strange Things!
by R.P. BenDedek
August 2, 2018

After Trump’s latest fiasco in Helsinki, world media now assures us that Trump is Putin’s lapdog and it can therefore be concluded that all previous reports about Trump leading the world into WWIII were just ‘fake news.’ We now know that the American, Iranian and North Korean leaders all do Russia’s bidding so there cannot at all be any risk of war. Where by the way is the photo of Trump bowing to Putin?

Why Property Rights Matter : Prosperity – Stability – Freedom
by Tom DeWeese
July 31, 2018

There was a time when property ownership was considered to be much more. Property, and the ability to own and control it, was life itself. The great economist, John Locke, whose writings and ideas had major influence on the nation’s founders, believed that “life and liberty are secure only so long as the right of property is secure.”

The Shamrak Report July 31, 2018
by Steven Shamrak
July 31, 2018

Gottfried Waldhäusl, a member of the far-right Freedom Party of Austria (FPO), has proposed to limit the sale of kosher meat in the country only to Jews whose names appear on a special list. (Some would say, quite justifiably, Nazism never left Austria!)

Words we use and don’t have a clue as to what they mean.
By Jim Fabiano
July 28, 2018

I thanked him for his examples of energy but then repeated my question of what he thought energy was. No one said anything. They just continued sipping their drinks and waited for our neighbor to answer the question. When he continued to give examples of what energy is I asked all what they thought energy was? Not a sound. The thought of how many American families were destroyed and how many of our heroes lost, made me a bit sick.

Time to Stop Placating Tyrants
By Ed Feulner
July 28, 2018

“The Congo is the setting for atrocities that shock the most hardened international aid workers,” the ambassador noted. “They were discovering mass graves in the Congo even as the General Assembly approved its bid to the Human Rights Council.” When the Council invited Venezuela’s dictator, Nicholas Maduro, to speak to a special assembly, he got a standing ovation. And not a word was uttered when Iran’s government reacted to peaceful protests with beatings, arrests and killings.

The Palestinian polygraph – hate education and incitement
by Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger
July 26, 2018

Anti-Israel and anti-Jewish themes, which have dominated the Palestinian curriculum and controlled-media, reflect the inherently primary geo-strategic goals of the Palestinian Authority. As documented by the Palestinian curriculum, the Palestinian Authority has not been preoccupied with the size – but with the existence – of the “infidel” Jewish State in the “abode of Islam.”

The Shamrak Report July 24, 2018
by Steven Shamrak
July 25, 2018

US lawmakers pressure the State Department to declassify the Obama-era report on number of refugees from Israel’s War of Independence. Republican Senator Ted Cruz: Access to report will help Americans have a transparent debate on US funding of UNRWA. The agency asserts that there are 5.1 million Palestinian refugees worldwide. The State Department’s assessment was that only 20,000 of the 700,000 (actually 460,000) Arab refugees who fled Palestine during the War of Independence are still alive!

She wore nothing but a Smile
By Jim Fabiano
July 23, 2018

Shaking off his shock all he could think about, at least that is what he says was that this troubled young lady must be in some sort of danger. So he opened the door and let her in. To his further shock, the mysterious nude jumped and wrapped her legs around his waist and proceeded to kiss him on the neck. The only sound that came from Jim was the loudest whisper he could muster stating, “My wife, my wife, over there in the bed.”

The most calamitous Jewish day The 9th Day of Av
by Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger
July 21, 2018

From Auschwitz to the Jewish State, from exile to the ingathering/liberty in the Land of Israel. A key message of the 9th Day of Av, personally and nationally: sustain faith and hope and refrain from forgetfulness, despair, fatalism and pessimism (irrespective of the odds), which may seem – through conventional, short-term lenses – insurmountable.

Why Kavanaugh Should Be Confirmed
By Ed Feulner
July 19, 2018

Kavanaugh’s record shows that the dire warnings being sounded about him are vastly overstated. As Former Attorney General William Barr stated in 2006 when the nominee was being considered for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, Kavanaugh “has a keen intellect, exceptional analytical skills, and sound judgment.” This confidence was well-placed. Ten years later, in 2016, legal expert John Malcolm included him on a list of potential Supreme Court nominees, noting: “Since joining the bench, Kavanaugh has distinguished himself as a thoughtful, apolitical jurist, who is not afraid to stake out bold positions on complex issues.”

Will Brett Kavanaugh Stand for Property Rights?
by Tom DeWeese
July 19, 2018

This time, five black robes named Stevens, Souter, Ginsburg, Kennedy, and Breyer shocked the nation by ruling that officials who had behaved like Tony Soprano were in the right and Susette Kelo had no ground to stand on, literally or figuratively. These four men and one woman ruled that the United States Constitution is meaningless as a tool to protect individuals against the wants and desires of government.

The Shamrak Report July 17, 2018
by Steven Shamrak
July 19, 2018

Hamas and Islamic Jihad launched over 190 rockets and mortar shells at Israel in the last 48 hours. In retaliation, the Israel military struck more than 40 Hamas targets throughout the Strip, including a battalion headquarters in Beit Lahia, a training camp located in a high-rise building in the al-Shati refugee camp in northern Gaza, weapons storage facilities and rocket launchers. Hamas said a ceasefire had been agreed. Then, a few hours later, Hamas violated the ceasefire and launched more rockets into Israel.

US peace initiatives – Quo Vadis?
by Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger
July 16, 2018

The subversive and terroristic track record of the Palestinians, and their closest allies, sheds light on the inherent contradiction between the need to minimize Middle East instability and violence, on the one hand, and the attempt to establish a Palestinian state, on the other hand. US peace initiatives have forced the Palestinians, in particular, and the Arabs, in general, to outflank the (“infidel”) US from the maximalist/radical side, thus further intensifying conflict and disagreements.

The Facts About Fact-Checkers
By Ed Feulner
July 14, 2018

“Some good work is done under the rubric of ‘fact-checking,’ but … ‘fact-check’ journalists do not limit themselves to questions of verifiable objective fact. Frequently they accuse politicians of dishonesty because the journalists favor a different interpretation of facts that are not in dispute. Sometimes their ‘rulings’ are mere opinions on matters about which they do not know the facts, or that are not factual questions at all.”

The anatomy of a protester as an old man
By Jim Fabiano
July 13, 2018

In 2016, a new candidate appeared on our political horizon. In fact, he was around for many years before but no one ever took him seriously. As everyone knows, that was a serious mistake. We now had two grandchildren to worry about. This new populist candidate was rude, amoral, and a great reality show star. It was soon obvious our repeated choice of Hillary Clinton would lose for a second time forcing us all to attempt to survive this new world order.

It Matters How You Stand (A Presidential Pardon)
by Tom DeWeese
July 11, 2018

But a new battle cry is being heard as more and more Americans are beginning to see through the government smokescreen of intimidation and persecution. The Bundys and the Hammonds have led a renewed battle for the very issue that built this nation’s freedom and prosperity –the right to own and control private property. On Tuesday, July 10, 2018, President Donald Trump fully pardoned Dwight and Steven Hammond and they too are headed home.

What is the real news?
by Michael Moffitt
July 10, 2018

Most of us realize that President Trump can at times be rude and crude and inarticulate. He is frequently not careful with his words. He can be a braggart. He insists that allegories like “the wall” are totally literal. He has been called a lot of nasty names even though in his personal and private dealings he has been a friend and mentor to many of both sexes and all races. Given all this, it is completely fair in our free society that many say, “I do not like this man!” BUT….As Paul Harvey so famously said, “Now lets hear the rest of the story.”

The Shamrak Report July 10, 2018
by Steven Shamrak
July 10, 2018

One of the most important sites is the Mada’in Salih – which features 111 ancient tombs that are carved into rock that are so impressive they are registered as a UNESCO World Heritage site. UNESCO describes the site as: “The largest conserved site of the civilization of the Nabataeans south of Petra in Jordan…” (Saudi Arabia has always been reluctant to disclose its archaeology to outside world! Is it a ‘Trump factor’? Nabataeans were Jews!)

Toasting the Tax Cut
By Ed Feulner
July 7, 2018

“The typical family of four earning $75,000 will see an income tax cut of more than $2,000, and in some cases much more, slashing their tax bill in half,” President Trump said at the six-month event. “We cut taxes for businesses of all sizes to make this the best place on earth to start a business, to invest. We have billions and billions of additional revenue coming in.”

The Shamrak Report July 3, 2018
by Steven Shamrak
July 5, 2018

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat had requested a meeting with the Duke of Cambridge, who is second in line to the British throne, but was told that such a meeting could not take place because it would be perceived as a political statement. It was said that Prince William has made extraordinary efforts to avoid, as much as possible, any appearance of political bias on this first trip to the region. (Therefore, meeting with a renowned terrorist, Abbas, was not a political statement, but usual anti-Israel bigotry!)

Trump’s Zero-Tariff Challenge
By Ed Feulner
July 3, 2018

How many free-traders does it take to have a trade war? It’s a nonsensical question, but you have to wonder given the actions of our trading partners, especially those in the G-7, who ignored President Trump’s suggestion to eliminate all tariffs, and instead implemented tariffs of their own.

Israel ranks 11th in UN Happiness Report
by Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger
July 3, 2018

According to the UN 2018 World Happiness Report (based on Gallup World Poll survey), Israel ranks 11th, as it was ranked in 2017, trailing Finland, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Canada, New Zealand, Sweden and Australia. The ranking is based on life expectancy, income, social support, freedom, trust and generosity.

The Shamrak Report June 26, 2018
by Steven Shamrak
June 27, 2018

The soccer’s world governing body rejected a demand presented by PA Football Association to impose sanctions on and ‎‎‎‎suspend Israel and other countries that “violate citizens’ ‎rights.‎” The bid, which clearly targeted Israel, was struck down ‎by a majority vote of ‎‎82 percent to ‎‎18 percent. The move backfired further when Rajoub was informed ‎that FIFA has decided to launch disciplinary ‎proceedings ‎against him over his verbal incitement ‎against Israel. (Quite an unexpected change, but it is welcomed!)

It’s Not True! : A Message from the American Policy Center
by Tom DeWeese
June 27, 2018

I’ve been invited to address an association of land lords who have now begun to understand that their industry is being destroyed through massive regulations that dictate how their properties must be built using international building codes. Landlords are now being told that they aren’t even allowed to ask if potential renters can afford to pay for their properties. Now they understand that they are targets of Agenda 21. They sought me out to address their 1200 member state association. That has never happened before.

Quitting UN Human Rights Council serves US interests
by Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger
June 26, 2018

The track record of the Human Rights Council, on the one hand, and the national security and homeland security of the US, on the other hand, constitute an oxymoron. Hence, quitting the HRC enhances the interests of the US and the Free World.

What is the definition of civility?
By Jim Fabiano
June 26, k2018

Sure there are people who migrate through our borders and do create havoc but not all because in reality we are all immigrants. My family, being of Italian heritage were called ‘WOPS’. Many never knew what this term meant. Being curious I discovered the term is defined as, ‘without papers’. Nothing ever really changes because everything has a tendency to stay the same. The only difference is how we, as a society handles it.

Stopping “War Games” Prematurely: A Costly Mistake
by Ed Feulner
June 21, 2018

They know that if they get us to suspend our military exercises for an extended period of time that it will erode the readiness of U.S. and South Korean forces to successfully work together to defend South Korea. But there’s another reason to reject any demands to suspend our “war games.” North Korea is “attempting to barter over something it does not legitimately possess,” in the words of Korea expert Bruce Klingner – namely, the ability to conduct nuclear tests.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Shamrak Report
by Steven Shamrak
April 10, 2018

Insidious Palestinian Project
by Steven Shamrak
April 9, 2018

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

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

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

The Shamrak Report
by Steven Shamrak
April 3, 2018

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

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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.