Category: Current Events

The Result of Negotiation with Hamas? Prolonging the War.

We’ve recently watched as Israel and Hamas have slugged it out. As always, when Israel seeks to defend itself, there have been many saying Israel’s response to Hamas has not been “proportional”.

What is, in fact, a proportional response?. Any other country suffering under the weight of literally thousands of rockets landing indiscriminately on their territory would not only have responded with harsher and more deadly methods, but the world community would have likely agreed with their doing so. Yet Israel has to defend its right to survive in the court of world opinion. That’s a discrepancy I’ve never understood.

Some historical perspective is in order. Let’s take World War II, Japan. The Allied offer at Potsdam was rejected. Pottsdam demanded surrender. Japan refused …


BFS: We Made It!!!

Great news!  Books For Soldiers made their $70,000 Fund Raising goal and will NOT have to close!

BFS provides an awesome service to our deployed military members, and I hope we can continue to support this vital ministry for years to come!

Thank you to all of you that donated to and promoted this urgent need over the past few months!

2009 fundraising is now in progress… please keep Books For Soldiers in mind as you consider year-end and ongoing charitable giving.


Books For Soldiers: Almost There!

Just $2,800 left to meet the critical donation level required by the BFS Board of Directors!  What’s amazing is that the original deadline was October 31 (they plan to close the operation if the $70,000 is not reached), and you’d have never thought they could get this close by that date!

Fortunately, as we mentioned two weeks ago, the Board extended the deadline to November 30.  Can you give $50?  $100?  Okay, yeah, if you have $2,800 to spare, go for it! This is a vital service to our men and women on active duty overseas, and I know from comments I’ve received and otherwise seen that this means a great deal to them!  Go to their web site and see what they are


Book For Soldiers: Still Need Your Help, Making Progress

Great news!

Since a week ago when I last posted on this topic, Books For Soldiers has been able to raise another $4,000! Thank you for all you’ve done so far, including passing this word along to others!

They still need another $13,500.  The good news is, the organization’s directors, who had given them until October 31 to raise a total of $70,000 ($56,500 raised so far) or face closing, have extended this deadline to November 30!  That’s still only 6 weeks away.

Please consider donating $20, $50, $100 or more.  If you have family on active duty overseas like I do, you know how important the work of this organization can be for our military.  How can we not do what we …


Books For Soldiers Needs You NOW!

Just a little more than two weeks and it’s over!  Not the General Election, but the existence of Books For Soldiers.  These folks have been providing books and videos for our soldiers for several years now, and for lack of $17,500 raised by October 31, they will have to close their doors come December 31.  We talked about this back in May, and a lot of progress has been made, but the work is not done!

We cannot let this happen!  This organization has the process down cold, they have great creds and do a super job.  Thousands of soldiers have been served by BFS.

Won’t you please act now?  Go to this link and make a donation now.  If every visitor to …


Swamp Stomper Alert: Pelosi… and the terrorists

From the GateWay Pundit:

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New information reveals that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was indirectly sending messages to the FARC. The Marxist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) is designated as a terrorist group by the US government. Speaker Pelosi was doing this while at the same time she refused to bring a free trade agreement with Colombia up for a vote in the US House. In fact, Pelosi took extraordinary steps to block this trade agreement with America’s closest ally in South America.

So, here we have Pelosi …


It is not about you, Senator Specter

Our august Senator Arlen Specter has found another pressing cause which he feels he must look into and take it wherever it leads him. I respect Mr. Specter a whole lot but sometimes his pursuits leave a lot to be desired.

Over the last couple of days, Senator Specter has found it necessary to pursue Spygate to see if a smoking gun exists in this episode and if the NFL handled the New England Patriots with kid gloves. For those of you who don’t read the sports pages nor tune into the sports channels, a little backgroung is required here. 

The New England Patriots admitted videotaping a game they were playing against the New York Jets earlier this year. This was after they had been …


Fed Cuts Key Rate 3/4 Points

Wow, the Federal Reserve has reacted dramatically to the global markets spinning out of control.  According to KCCI TV’s web site this morning, the Fed lowered the federal funds rate to 3.5%:

In a statement on its Web site, the Federal Reserve took the action in view of a weakening of the economic outlook and increasing downside risks to growth.

“While strains in short-term funding markets have eased somewhat, broader financial market conditions have continued to deteriorate and credit has tightened further for some businesses and households,” the statement said. “Moreover, incoming information indicates a deepening of the housing contraction as well as some softening in labor markets.”

The KCCI story provides additional info about what’s been happening around the world, including India halting trading …


$145 Billion… for YOU!

From the New York Times:

WASHINGTON — President Bush called Friday for roughly $145 billion in tax relief for individuals and businesses that he said would “provide a shot in the arm” for the economy, while Congressional Democrats, in a rare show of Washington bipartisanship, pledged to work with him to enact a plan quickly.

At first blush, this sounds like a good idea, and I’m supportive for the moment… I’m a little concerned about the fact the Democrats are agreeing.

My thinking is that we probably need something to help encourage consumers to buy some of the discretionary items that help our well-rounded business economy stay in business. So that businesses don’t fail. So that stock prices don’t do a swan dive. Again, …


A Real Boy Scout

I saw this and had to pass it on. This is what spreading our good stuff (Boy Scouts in this case) around the world is all about.

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka – The president of the Maldives was saved from assassination Tuesday when a boy scout grabbed the knife of an attacker who had jumped out of a crowd greeting the leader, an official said.

President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom was not hurt, but his shirt was ripped when the attacker tried to stab him before the boy and security guards intervened during the event on the small island of Horafushi, said government spokesman Mohammad Shareef.

“This fellow in the crowd with a knife in his hand attempted to stab the president in his stomach,” Shareef said


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