Koch Brothers, THEY’RE THE EVIL THING…..
Koch Brothers, THEY’RE THE EVIL THING…..
How many of us know how to perform emotional first aid on ourselves or others we care about? Shouldn’t we be as prepared to deal with blows to our self esteem as we are to physical injuries? When you feel hurt, rejected, ignored, sad or afraid do you respond positively or let your emotions make matter worse?
If I had to identify the most cherished teachers and public personalities who have influenced my life, Elie Wiesel would be at the top of that list. I’ve read most of his books and never missed an opportunity to hear him speak. Above my desk hangs a photo of him with includes his renown quote:
The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not, it’s indifference.”
Regrettably, last week, this brilliant author, teacher and conscience to humanity felt compelled to affirm his love and support for the Jewish State of Israel by suggesting that one of the most politicized events in recent history was actually being politicized by those who were refusing to be passive participants in this shameless bit of public theater.
House Speaker John Boehner, never one to miss an opportunity to undermine or try to embarrass the current President of the United States, invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress on why it is wrong to find a diplomatic solution to Iran’s uranium enrichment program which much of the world fears has more to do with developing a bomb than developing Iran’s nuclear energy resources. Like many political hawks, Bibi Netanyahu has built his political career on cynicism, fear and military posturing. No one should be surprised that he gladly became a willing participant in Boehner’s covert scheme to provide the Israeli PM a soap box to preach on the world stage just two weeks before Israel’s next national election.
Can you imagine the hue and cry that would ensue if a Democratic House Speaker invited a world leader to address Congress without consultation with the White House or State Department? No doubt, Bibi’s number one financial backer and one of the biggest GOP donors, Sheldon Adelson was surely pleased if not actually involved in orchestrating this vaudeville shtich.
Sorry my dear teacher, you got this one wrong. Your suggestion that Democratic politicians who are going to boycott Netanyahu’s speech are politicizing this event rings hollow. This carefully choreographed production was planned and scheduled to serve the political agendas of two men who years ago lost, if they had the ability to know this difference between responsible leadership and self-serving demagogic grandstanding.
(reprinted from the February 15, 2015 edition of Haaretz)
House Speaker John Boehner said Sunday that he had asked Israeli Ambassador to Washington Ron Dermer not to inform the Obama administration about their contact over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Congress speech so as to avoid “interference.”
“I wanted to make sure there is no interference,” Boehner told Fox News’ Sunday morning program. “There is no secret here about the animosity that this White House has for Netanyahu and I didn’t want them getting in the way and quashing what I thought was a real opportunity,” Boehner continued.
Boehner’s remarks contradict the earlier claim by him and his staff that he gave the White House sufficient warning about the Netanyahu invite – when in reality they updated the administration an hour before announcing it to the press. In other words, Boehner has admitted to keeping the White House in the dark about his contact with Dermer.
Despite the harsh criticism about the Netanyahu speech, scheduled for March 3, two weeks ahead of Israeli elections, Boehner said it is important for Netanyahu to speak to Congress about the Iranian nuclear threat.
“There’s a serious threat facing the world,” he told Fox News. “And I believe Prime Minister Netanyahu is the perfect person to deliver the message of how serious this threat is.”
Fox News promotes the most false information among TV news outlets, according to a fact-checking watchdog – and the problem is only getting worse.
Politifact regularly examines claims made on air by pundits, hosts, or paid contributors and rates those statements by accuracy.
The latest scorecard showed more than 60 percent of the claims made on Fox News were mostly false or worse – and half of all claims were either demonstrably false or outright lies.
Politifact found that 39 percent of the claims made on air during Fox News broadcasts had some basis in fact, with 10 percent that could be proven as true, 11 percent rated as mostly true, and 18 percent that were half true.
However, a nearly equal number – 38 percent – of the claims made on Fox News were demonstrably false, while 26 percent of them were mostly false, and 11 percent were mocked as “pants on fire” falsehoods.
A scorecard from September found that 58 percent of claims made during Fox News broadcasts were mostly false or worse.
Slightly less than half – 44 percent — of the claims made on MSNBC and NBC News were mostly false or worse, a 1 percent improvement over the previous scorecard.
CNN was rated the most accurate news network, with 80 percent of its claims rated as half true or better.
Politifact cautioned against drawing broad conclusions about network accuracy based on its scorecard, pointing out that only some claims – not all – were fact-checked.
Statements made by candidates, government officials, or their representatives were not included in the scorecard.
In commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz on January 27, 2015 a new video produced by Stephen Spielberg and narrated by Meryl Streep was presented to 300 survivors of the largest, most efficient death factory in human history. The movie simply entitled, Auschwitz will now become a part of the permanent exhibition at the Auschwitz Memorial in Poland.
Zichron l’vracha, may their memory be for a blessing.
A short but powerful video of a recent Knesset speech by MK Stav Shaffir (Labor) has gone viral on social media in the past week.
There are two Americas: Thinking, caring, humane people and ignorant backward reactionary bigots who are being constantly told by the Republican Party and the rich who use them to vote for greed and selfishness that they aren’t really all that stupid and out of step with reality as they obviously are.
So can you guess who represents which America in this photo?