Friday, December 08, 2017

Jerusalem

I'm pleasantly surprised that President Trump has officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.  The law has been on the books for 22 years.  It's a fact.  It's about time we got realistic about this.  Moreover, after the previous 4 years of the O'Bama Administration (The 2nd term was especially bad.) I think Israel badly needed a meaningful gesture of reassurance from the White House. 

In addition, the news media needs a definitive policy from the State Department that gets their story straight.  Now, no matter what dis-information the news media shovels at us, Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. It's really not a big thing.  Unfortunately, the news media hypes every little thing about Israel.  That's just the way it is.

I hope that the President plans a modest building in Jerusalem.  This is a guy who likes to build big, fancy buildings in high rent districts.  That's what he does.  He likes it.  He's good at it.  People try  to place obstacles in his way or stop him. That only makes him more determined to build it.  (Are you listening Tayip Erdogan?)

Our embassy should be functional and consistent with the current architecture of the modern area (i.e. the undisputed portion) of  Jerusalem.  I know it seems nice to the President to build something grand that would leave his legacy in Jerusalem.  However, with patience I think Donald Trump will find that the the State of Israel knows how to honor their friends.  There are 3 years left in this term of office.  That leaves plenty of work to do.

So... just as the diplomacy keeps it real, let's hope the building plans are kept realistic too.  For now, I'm happy that our President personally stood up against every anti-Semitic bully, coward, and (above all) every irrational human being on this planet.

The great philosopher, Ayn Rand once said: "You have to start with 'A is A'...."  Countries choose their capital.  The other countries move their embassies there.  It's just that simple.

Sincerely,

There is NO Santa Claus

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Trump wins!

Well wadda ya know!  "My guy" finally won. 

This is the first time I voted for the winner in a Presidential Election since 1996.  (Yah!  I know!  Don't go there!)

The Clintons used to be cute... 24 years ago.  Now, they're just old politicians who have overstayed their welcome. 

Hillary didn't know it, but she was (is) un-electable.  She couldn't win in 2008.  She barely survived a primary challenge from a senile, babbling old man.  Did she not get the memo?

Oh well!  Not my problem.  Eventually, I'll get sick of Trump too.  For now, it's nice to see someone who has some core Republican values.  These values aren't the ones you think.  These are core values that favor tariffs, and defend the dignity of the working class.  I'm talking about free trade for free people.  I'm not talking about duty-free trade with massive labor forces under-paid by tyrannical governments. 

I'm talking about physicians who can remain in private practice and not have to be employees of a monstrous corporation trading political favors with politicians.  I'm talking about college professors whose labor won't be promised out for "free" only to find themselves overworked and underpaid.

Those are my core hopes for a Trump presidency.  Free trade between free people.  Let's hope we get at least that.  The rest was just a lot of theater.


Sincerely,

There is NO Santa Claus

Friday, July 29, 2016

CARLOS SANTANA IS PLAYING A CONCERT IN ISRAEL (7/30/16)

Hey!  Thank you, Carlos!  Glad to see you made it back to Israel.

Israel is a good place for popular music.  In fact, Israel is one of the few countries in the region that will let a guy like you put on a large public rock concert.  There are some people who have a problem with that inconvenient fact.  I'm glad you got a handle on it all.

I've long said: the only popular music entertainers who need fear the BDS movement are the second and third stringers.  Anyone with a real fan following ignores BDS pressure because it doesn't have anything to do with the music people like or dislike. A concert is performed.  People have a good time.  Life moves on.  The musicians move on to the next venue. 

Your passion is music.  Put your shoulder into it and ignore things that have nothing to do with playing a guitar.  It's nice to know music comes first.  I appreciate your performing in Israel. 

Sincerely,

There is NO Santa Claus (aka TINSC)

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

I still like Ted Cruz

Dear Sen. Cruz:

I liked your speech at the 2016 RNC.  You did good.

I took some time to consider who did NOT speak at the 2016 RNC:

Former President George H.W. Bush
Former President George W. Bush
Former Vice President Richard Cheney
Former Vice President Dan Quayle
Former Sec. of State Jim Baker
Former Sec. of State Colin Powell
Former Sec. of State Condoleza Rice
Former Gov. Jeb Bush
Sen. John McCain
Former Gov. Mitt Romney

You had the courage to speak.  You had the courage to re-state your values.  You had the courage to support Republican values without endorsing the nominee.  That's what conventions used to be like.

There are times to confront.  There are times to rally.  I would have liked you to have rallied a little more and support the nominee for President.  You didn't.  When asked why you didn't endorse Donald Trump, you gave a straightforward answer.  I respect that.

There are times when we all feel a bit lonely.  Winston Churchill certainly had those moments.  Abraham Lincoln definitely had those moments. 

Time and time again, our nation's leaders show themselves to be shameless.  They have no principles.  They refuse to fight for anyone; not even their own family.  Often times, they fail to fight even for themselves like a certain Democratic Candidate did tonight when after all the harsh talk of the primaries, he prostrated himself before  Hillary Clinton.  (What a surprise!  Eh?)

After debating against Hillary Rodham against her gun control policy proposals, this Democratic Candidate for President told the entire nation tonight that he trusts Hillary Rodham to nominate Supreme Court Justices that will uphold our civil liberties.  On CSPAN, the cameras quickly focused on Sen. Charles Schumer of New York standing and cheering loudly in response to the remark. 

Are we to really believe that this senile old man was REALLY against the "billionaire class"?

I know there are a lot of terrible compromises a political leader has to make in the course of working the job.  As far as I ever witnessed for myself, you stayed true to your values and principles. 

For that I thank you.  And just to pass along a little advice: don't worry too much about all those idiotic "political analysts" who say you're "through".  There's work for you to do no matter what title you hold or endeavor calls you. 

Best Regards,

There is NO Santa Claus (aka TINSC)


Thursday, June 23, 2016

Why do people listen politely to outright lies?

Abbas: Israel is committing mass-murder

If there were any truth to this claim, Europe would be flooded with Arab refugees from Israel and/or "Palestine".  That clearly isn't the case.  

Rather, the worst refuge crisis since World War II is currently caused by Arabs fleeing Arab League states.  These states are in turmoil from Muslims killing Muslims for not being Muslim ENOUGH.  

If the Jewish State were so brutal (as Abbas claims), Arabs would be fleeing "Israeli Occupied Territory"  en masse along with all the Iraqis, Syrians, Libyans, Somalis etc.  Since that is not the case, Abbas' claims are clearly a deliberate lie.

Why do Europeans listen politely to Abbas' lies?  I think I know the answer, but it doesn't matter.  The mere fact that a lie of this magnitude goes unchallenged tells me all I need to know. 

Sincerely,

There is NO Santa Claus (aka TINSC)

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

A simple question regarding the massacre in Orlando, Florida.

If the government can link cancer with tobacco, why can't the government link terrorism with Islam?

Sincerely,

There is NO Santa Claus (aka TINSC)

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Ted Nugent, Jews, the NRA, and Gun Control


WHERE DO I START?

Unfortunately, the easiest place to start is noting that Ted Nugent's latest Facebook rant against Jews is anti-Semitic.  It's just that simple.  Jewish-Americans are not solely or uniquely responsible for gun-control.  Blaming Jews for gun control and extending this to an assault on liberty is classical scapegoating anti-Semitism.

Let's say you don't agree with that.  Consider this.  There are many Jews (myself included) who advocate 2nd Amendment freedom.  There are many philo-Semitic Christians who firmly support the Jewish State, oppose anti-Semitism and support 2nd Amendment freedom.  In broad-brushing Jews as responsible for gun-control, Ted Nugent effectively split 2nd Amendment supporters and eroded support for the NRA at precisely the time when the "gun lobby" can least afford it.  If the NRA leadership doesn't understand this, then their integrity comes into question.

All too often, Ted Nugent and others have evoked memories of the Shoah to make their case against gun control.  This is history; ancient history.  The thesis is valid.  The tactic is ineffective.

It is reasonable to note that all too many Jewish-Americans support candidates (Jewish or otherwise) who support gun control.  I find this quite frustrating.  My Jewish peers who support 2nd Amendment rights also find this frustrating.  No doubt, Ted Nugent finds it too frustrating to bear.  Yet a far more compelling argument for Jewish American support for 2nd Amendment rights can be found in examining the plight of Jewish communities in Europe TODAY.

In Europe, Jews are totally dependent on the government for protection.  Like the U.S., there are Jews to be found in the hierarchy of several European governments and it doesn't appear to help at all.  Throughout Europe, many Jewish communities are literally under siege from anti-Semtic assaults.

Here in the United States, Jewish Americans have a precious right to own and possess firearms.  We have the right and the ability to defend ourselves long before the police arrive.   This ability not only deters assaults on Jewish Americans.  It gives motivation to local police departments to be vigilant in protecting Jews and Jewish institutions in order to prevent protection from defaulting to individuals without police training.

Insulting Jews is no way to argue the case for 2nd Amendment rights.  It is certainly no way to urge Jewish Americans to distance ourselves from political leaders promoting gun control.  As such, a board member of the NRA like Ted Nugent could not have hurt the NRA more.  If the NRA examines Ted Nugent's irresponsible and anti-Semitic statements, they ought to be able to reach a reasonable conclusion: Ted Nugent has no place on their Board.

For those of us, Jewish or otherwise, Ted Nugent is not helping to preserve the 2nd Amendment.  He's hurting our efforts.

I urge you to write the NRA today.  Tell them Ted Nugent has no place on the NRA Board.

Sincerely,

There is NO Santa Claus (aka TINSC)