Romance in the 21st Century

Many years ago my wife purchased the complete VHS set of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice staring Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth as a Christmas gift. I was busy and was unfamiliar with this story. The videos sat on my bookshelf, unopened and unwatched.

One day, about six months later, I decided to take the plunge and extracted the first video from its case. I shoved it into my VHS player and sat back prepared to be bored. From the opening credits I was captivated. I love historical romance, you see, and this is a period piece set in roughly the year 1811/1812. I vaguely recall reading Sense and Sensibility when I was in college but this one had escaped my notice.

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Rosh Hashanah guide for the perplexed, 2016

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, falls on Tishrei 1 and 2 which is
October 2 (sundown) – Oct 4 in 2016 (Chabad.Org)

Based on ancient Jewish Sages, September 28, 2016

1. Rosh Hashanah is one of four Jewish New Years: (a) Rosh Hashanah, the anniversary of the Creation, the beginning of the Jewish civil calendar (5,777) and the seasons, the setting of the Sabbatical (7th) and the Jubilee (50th) years and the figuring of the annual tithe (10%) on vegetable and grains; (b) the first day of the month of Nissan initiates the three Jewish pilgrimages/festivals (Passover, Pentecost and Tabernacles) and the measuring of the reign of kings; (c) the first day of the month of Elul, the preparations for Rosh Hashanah and the new year for animal tithes in ancient Israel; (d) the 15th day of the month of Shvat, the new year of the trees, which are role-models for human-beings.

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Time to Re-Declare a War on Drugs

Repeat a lie often enough, the saying goes, and it becomes the truth. Take the War on Drugs. As you’ve surely heard in everything from sneering editorials to unsourced memes on Facebook, it was a dismal failure. Heck, it made the problem worse.

Except it wasn’t, and it didn’t.

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The Shamrak Report Sept 28, 2016

The Shamrak Report is an independent weekly editorial letter published since 2001. The aim is to promote the Jewish point of view on the Arab-Israel conflict; motivate Jewish people and our true friends to uphold the ideals and aspirations of traditional Zionism. The editorial is not sponsored by or affiliated with any government, political party or organization. You may use articles and letters on your website, FaceBook etc.

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Obama’s denouement

Since he entered office nearly eight years ago, Obama’s foreign policy has always sought to kill two birds with one stone. On the one hand, his policies are geared toward fundamentally transforming the US’s
global posture. On the other, they work to weaken if not entirely neutralize his congressional opponents at home.

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Preserving the Dignity, Service and History of Veterans

Of my parent’s seven children four chose to serve our country in the military. My oldest brother Bob, served in the US Navy; my younger brother Howard served in the US Army, and my oldest sister Doris served in the US Navy and I was recruited by the US Army Security Agency in 1965 and served my country in Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, Germany, occupied West Berlin, and the US Army Security Agency’s headquarters at Arlington Hall Station, Arlington, Virginia.

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Paths Down the Road a Piece

I’m currently, while stretched out on the sofa, reading Charles Kuralt’s America,

which has some interesting stuff. It looks back on Kuralt’s travels here and there with enough nostalgia thrown in to keep you from forgetting how to spell “nostalgia.”

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A Poor Way to Measure Poverty

Poverty is down, the latest Census Bureau report shows. Good news, to be sure, but some context is needed. A closer look at the data reveals that things aren’t necessarily the way they appear.

The poverty rate of families with children in 2015 was 16.3 percent. That’s down from the figure for 2014, but it’s still higher than it was before the last recession. More importantly, it’s almost 50 percent higher than the rate in the late 1960s.

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The True Steps to Becoming a Godly Man

What does it mean to be a man of God or a Godly man? It probably depends on who you ask and their unique perception. Some would say that being a man of God doesn’t sound like very much fun, while others would consider a man of this caliber to be utterly weak.

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Have rolled-back sanctions rolled-back Iran’s rogue policy?

The July 2015 nuclear agreement with the Ayatollahs of Iran is perceived by the USA as a binding, strategic agreement of peaceful coexistence with Iran. In contrast, the Ayatollahs view it as a tenuous, tactical agreement, advancing an offensive strategy against “the arrogant, infidel American Great Satan,” to be abrogated as is the fate of agreements with “infidels” according to the Quran and the legacy of Muhammad. The Ayatollahs consider the agreement a phase in the removal of “the modern day infidel American crusader” from the Persian Gulf and the India Ocean, in order to advance Iran’s 2,500-year-old historic goal of dominating the Persian Gulf, the Middle East and the globe.

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