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Early December in Cleveland means cold and at least some snow. Because of the snow, December Sunday mornings are often quieter than usual. 

One particular Sunday morning might have been a perfect morning for my father, a student at Western Reserve University, to sleepRead full post »

DECEMBER 2, 2014 9:41PM

Dark Victory: The Rise of Christmas

 

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My Thanksgiving includes unbounded gratitude that as a Jew, I get to enjoy Christmas as a spectator sport.

As a Jew, I will not be sitting in my living room with a dead tree, eating candy from socks nailed to the fireplace. 

I willRead full post »

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NOVEMBER 17, 2014 9:51AM

The Palestinian right to do wrong


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The Huffington Post (Canada) recently published the article Peter Gabriel Slams Israeli Occupation, Contributes Song To Gaza Benefit Album, written by Jason MacNeil.

It was not a polemic but, rather, a straightforward report.

However the subject of Israel and the Palestinians is suchRead full post »

NOVEMBER 15, 2014 5:46PM

50 shades of settlements

 

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On the night of March 11, one or more Palestinians climbed a fence surrounding the Jewish West Bank town of Itamar in the high mountains near the Palestinian communities of Beit Furik, Awarta and Khirbat Al Yanoon. 

They broke into the home of Udi and RuthRead full post »

NOVEMBER 11, 2014 2:24PM

Not all Vietnam vets are created equal



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It’s Veterans Day, the perfect day to get something off my chest.

It began to afflict me the very first time someone thanked me upon learning that I'm a veteran.

But while I was writing Hanoi Jane, May 4th 1970, Chicken George and Me it became a noise I couldn't/Read full post »

 

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Discontent brewed in New Haven is spreading among Jews around the world.

Bruce M. Shipman, an Episcopal chaplain at Yale, wrote a letter to the New York Times that some have deemed deeply offensive to Jews.

On Aug. 20, Deborah E. Lipstadt, author and respectedRead full post »

AUGUST 29, 2014 4:26PM

Taking Israel-bashers to school


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Famous Irish writer, comedian and internet personality Pat Condell recently published a video clip, exposing the hypocrisy of the international community, in particular progressives in western democracies, towards the State of Israel.

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In a video clip published recently, famous Irish writer, comedian and internet personality Pat Condell exposed the hypocrisy of the international community, in particular progressives in western democracies, towards the State of Israel.

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In a video clip published recently, famous Irish writer, comedian and internet personality Pat Condell exposed the hypocrisy of the international community, in particular progressives in western democracies, towards the State of IsraelRead full post »

AUGUST 27, 2014 9:13PM

Burgers with Barack

 

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Sometime ago, on a lark, I wrote to President Obama.

I didn't write about anything specific. Just a little note of appreciation.

The reply startled me.  But not because I got one. I imagine that the White House has an elaborate IT section to spit out generic repRead full post »

 

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In a decision that should not surprise anyone familiar with this religious institution, the Westboro Baptist Church has announced that its members might be demonstrating at the funeral of Robin Williams.

On August 11, Williams, who was battling severe depression, likely enhanRead full post »

 

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In a decision that should not surprise anyone familiar with this religious institution, the Westboro Baptist Church has announced that its members might be demonstrating at the funeral of Robin Williams.

On August 11, Williams, who was battling severe depression, likelRead full post »

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JULY 30, 2014 1:28PM

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JULY 22, 2014 3:40PM

Throwing good money after evil

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The conflict between Israel and Gaza is war in every sense of the word, if not in actual name.

The purpose of Israel’s military action is ending Hamas’ aerial onslaught, and degrading Hamas’ ability to resume it.

The purpose of Hamas’ unending assault is/
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JUNE 23, 2014 10:20AM

Benghazimania, Cleveland-style

 

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This is Kevin O’Brien.  He is the assistant Deputy Editorial Page Editor for The Plain Dealer, Cleveland’s daily newspaper.

O’Brien will never be mistaken for a serious political analyst. But shave his head, give him a big cigar, get him some contactRead full post »



D Day

The 70th anniversary of D Day got me thinking about patriotism, what American are capable of, and why the most self-styled American patriots today are posers.

Isoroku Yamamoto, Commander-in-Chief of the Combined Japanese Fleet during World War II, revealed an understanding of what Japan fac/
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“I will not allow my commitment to Israel to be questioned by anyone, particularly for partisan, political purposes,” Kerry said in a release put out by the State Department. “… If I could rewind the tape, I would have chosen a different word to describe my firm beliRead full post »

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Immediately after I wrote Which party REALLY has Israel's back? several readers vigorously objected to my assertion that the Obama administration has been friendlier and more supportive of Israel and its security than all other administrations.

The outrage came from Israelis and AmeRead full post »

APRIL 20, 2014 2:47AM

Sorry, Charlie...

 

 

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Fox News contributor Charles Krauthammer looks sad. 

"He always looks sad!" I hear you shouting.

But a few weeks ago, while appearing on Fox News Channel's Special Report, he looked positively heartbroken.

He admitted that “time has run out on ReRead full post »

 

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So which administration has supported Israel more than all others?

As it turns out, the widespread perception that the Republicans have been better for Israel than the Democrats is one of the grossest distortions and most successful misinformation campaigns in the histor/
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APRIL 9, 2014 6:21PM

Michael Vick's extended sentence

 

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Do you remember the dog fighting scandal involving NFL quarterback Michael Vick?  Of course you do.

When the scandal broke, the details were so appalling that the thought of forgiving Michael Vick never entered any civilized person’s mind. He was indicted on severaRead full post »

MARCH 29, 2014 11:46AM

Shouting "Fire!" in a crowded market

 

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Hundreds of thousands of vehicle catch fire every year.  But the advanced technology in electric cars means they come under intense scrutiny every time someone mentions the ‘f’ word. As such, Tesla received a lot of attention for the three fires involviRead full post »

MARCH 23, 2014 8:06AM

The day "I composed" Maiden Voyage

 

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Over the years I’ve been paid more than a few compliments for my musical skills. I’m a pretty fair pianist. And I know how to arrange songs for anything from piano to a full orchestra and every ensemble in between.

Composing, however, has always eluded me.Read full post »