The controversies over U.S. Civil War statues of Confederate leaders and plans to refashion the Jefferson and Washington memorials to reflect ownership of slaves, remind me of how soon some folks forget and how some never do.
“Big Marty” of his era!
18th century New England, for example, had tens of thousands of slaves – nearly all American Indians, yet native-owned casinos now dot the northeast states, many by rivers and lakes with tribal names on land stolen by broken treaties with our government.
For many reasons, our native residents are not in constant protest, or at least nothing is covered by the mass media. Where are the Trail of Tears protests against Martin Van Buren and Andrew Jackson. A fair poll would show most Americans don’t know, or care, who Martin was, let alone what he did. Jackson is usually remembered for winning the Battle of New Orleans. but few accounts mention he was pilloried for insisting that his White and Black troops receive exactly the same pay and benefits. Continue reading →
In 2015, AJ+ won a Webby Award for Online Film & Video, News & Information. AJ+ was also honored in the categories of Online Film & Video, News & Politics: Individual Episode (Ayotzinapa Student Killings Ignite Mexico and the Internet) plus awards for:
- Online Film & Video, Documentary: Series (AJ+ Short Docs)
- Mobile Sites & Apps, News (AJ+ Mobile App)
Sounds like a great operation. Launched September, 2014, it includes broadcasting on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram and Medium, as well as native apps: Android, iOS, Apple Watch and Apple TV. Young people love its witty, delightful banter.
The bad news is that the snappy news is propaganda – straight from Al Jazeera, the network started by Qatar. Continue reading →
Video from new mall’s Grand Opening – February 18, 2017
Whom do we thank for the common conclusion that: a mall is a mall is a mall? Gertrude Stein, calcifying roses in her poem, Sacred Emily? Or Shakespeare’s Juliet: “a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”
For husbands everywhere, roses and malls share beauty and thorns. The prickly part of shopping malls is shopping itself – the trek past dozens of pallid, frozen-faced mannequins clad in too expensive cloth, the alligator and leatherette shoes on plastic pyramids, the hats large enough to halt rays of a dwarf star, and aghast everywhere, the gaunt, underpaid college grads, sadly slumped at counters.
While the junior storekeepers may appear grim, attending a new mall opening is a session of exuberance by wives, and a test of patience by husbands, who often stand perplexed outside stores, while their spouses cruise aisles inside.
The video above exemplifies the joy of the fairest sex for a new mall. Men also attend, but many secretly believe that nearly all the “new” stores are really old stores with fresh facade lipstick.
Today’s quiz; where is this particular palace of purchasing located? Continue reading →
Democrats crying over the temporary ban on immigration from seven terrorist sanctuaries might feel less entitled to a supposed high ground, when they look at the history of discrimination by the most liberal of our leaders.
William Shirer first exposed the Nazis’ systematic execution of individuals with physical or mental disabilities in the pages of Life magazine and Reader’s Digest in early 1941 – a program that would serve as a prototype for the the Holocaust.
In June 1942, word reached this country that the Nazis were planning to kill all the European Jews. A report smuggled from Poland to London described in detail the killing centers at Chelmno, Poland and use of gas vans. Estimates were that 700,000 people had already been killed.
Between 1933 and 1945 – during the presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt – only 11,000 Jews were permitted on average each year to enter the United States. That number was just 10% of those allowed under law, even though many hundreds of thousands were fleeing the Nazi hate machine..
For example, in 1939 the United States refused to allow 20,000 Jewish children to enter as refugees. The wife of the U.S. Commissioner of Immigration explained why at a cocktail party:
“20,000 children would all too soon grow up to be 20,000 ugly adults.”
To avoid admitting Jews, Democrats worked in vain to persuade Latin American countries and Great Britain to admit Jewish refugees. Continue reading →
When Secretary of State John Forbes Kerry sticks out his already protruding chin, you know he really means business, even if that business happens to be telling a lie.
In his Dec. 28, 2016 speech that would have been hailed by the original Pinocchio, Kerry ripped into Israel, deploring their settlements and detesting their presence in that part of original Israel, now called the West Bank. (In 1949 Jordan it was a crime to call that area “Palestine“; Arabs maintained instead that it was a part of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.)
Kerry also noted that he had passed by “military checkpoints (in the West Bank) that can make even the most routine daily trips to work or school an ordeal” – delaying workers and travelers for hours every day.
While John Forbes is no expert on travel in the West Bank, Ami Horowitz has earned the title of On Site Expert. A New York-based documentary filmmaker, Horowitz decided to test for himself whether it takes West Bank Arabs hours to travel from place to place because of Israeli roadblocks.
In an interview with Israeli media outlets last week, Horowitz explained how he tested the checkpoint humiliation and delays of Arabs east of the Jordan River. Continue reading →
Former World Boxing Association (WBA) Super Welterweight champion and ordained Orthodox Rabbi, Yuri Foreman will seek to regain his title by taking on Cuban refugee Erislandy Lara on January 13 at the Hialeah Park Racing and Casino in Miami.
“Yuri Foreman is a former world champion who is dedicated to this sport and will be looking to win another world title,” Lara said in a prepared statement.
“I expect nothing but the best from him. On fight night, I’m making another statement and going for the knockout! After this fight, it’s time to unify the division, then move up to win the middleweight titles. Everyone should tune-in because it’s going to be a great night of boxing” Lara added. Continue reading →
The F-35 is a $400 billion program to replace the current fleet of U.S. fighter planes for the Army, Air Force and Navy.
The program has serious problems.
Yesterday was an example. Two F-35s were set to arrive in the early afternoon in Israel – the first delivered outside the United States.
Everyone seemed excited at first. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter was there to praise the new fighters. Israel’s top officials had also gathered to greet the $100 million (each) planes.
“There’s no better symbol of the US commitment to Israel’s security that the F-35, the most capable aircraft in the skies,” Carter declared.
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Secretary of State John Forbes Kerry said Sunday he thinks Israel is “heading to a place of danger” because of settlement growth, and he had been “pushing uphill” with the Israeli government, because a majority of the ruling coalition does not support a two-state solution.
There’s a basic choice that has to be made. Are there going to be continued settlements, is there going to be continued implementation of the settlement policy, or is there going to be a separation and the creation of two states?
Kerry was speaking at the Brookings Institute, an organization whose leadership includes Martin Indyk, the man who ran John Kerry’s Continue reading →
video courtesy of http://thejstreetchallenge.com
J Street is an alt-left group that wants Israel to return to the 1948 borders, leaving the country nine miles wide at its narrowest. It approves of removing all Jews from the West Bank, just as all Jews were removed from Gaza, and ignores the fact that there are some two million Arab full citizens in Israel.
And J Street believes that the United States should intervene to force this solution on the government of Israel.
Why would any organization approve of eliminating the entire Jewish population of a contested zone, leaving an Arab country that is “Jew-free”, just like Gaza, Lebanon, Iran, Saudi Arabia, etc. Simply said, J Street believes it’s okay for Jews to be excluded totally from Arab nations, but Arabs must have full rights (they do) in Israel. Continue reading →
Green Party Presidential nominee Jill Stein‘s Vice President running mate, Ajamu Baraka, could be a step away from running our federal government. And that is frightening.
Baraka called Barack Obama an “Uncle Tom president.” He is not happy with the government or much else.
He tweeted about the Baltimore riots:
“Don’t let Obama and the Democrats off the hook. They are using the state to suppress resistance while giving defacto impunity to cops that kill black and poor people across the country.”
He seems to prefer Donald Trump over President Obama: Continue reading →