Archive for ◊ March, 2008 ◊

Stonehenge – the Sequel
Monday, March 31st, 2008 | Author:

This is an interesting video on engineering with old-world techniques…

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6 min 12 sec

Hat tip to Michael Schaffer

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The Collapse of Socialism in Israel
Sunday, March 30th, 2008 | Author:

Update – A recent story covered by Reuters entitled “Ditching socialist roots, kibbutz makes a comeback“.   It appears we have another recent case study where Socialism is being replaced by Capitalism…

Sept 21, 2007 – Many of you may not be aware that modern Socialism saw a growth spurt in the early 1930’s with the creation of  the Kibbutz in Israel.  For those of you not familiar with Israeli history, a Kibbutz is a collective farm or settlement that is owned by its members.   It was a home for displaced Jews to come and quickly become part of a new community.  Many of the Ashkenazi Jews from Europe resettled in Israel after the holocaust and entered life in the Kibbutz.

The economists Gary Becker and Richard Posner write about the Transformation of the Kibbutz.   They note that the influence of the Kibbutz has been replaced by capitalism and the high-tech industry in Israel, and they further note: “The transformation of the kibbutz movement from avowedly socialist to mainly capitalist shows clearly in microcosm what happened in socialist countries… they ignored the evidence of history that self interest and family orientation is not the product of capitalism, but is human nature.”

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Would a Jew Vote for Obama?
Saturday, March 29th, 2008 | Author:

Update – An article in American Thinker entitled “Another Obama Advisor with Anti-Israeli Views” describes other advisors such as Robert Malley who has had a long history of anti-Israel advocacy;and Samantha Power whose views towards Israel include a call for halting all aid to Israel and transferring it to “Palestine”.

February 28 – Would a Moslem pray for Jesus?  Would a Jew vote for Osama… err Obama?

The likely make-up of a Obama’s cabinet and advisory team would be very contrary to the interests of Jews around the world.  For a leading indicator, all you need to do is observe Barack’s “policy team” in Syria led by none other than Jimmy Carter’s lead anti-semite, Zbigniew Brezhinsky.  In addition, Obama receives his “spirtual direction” from the pastor of the Trinity Church of Christ, which honors anti-semites such as Louis Farrakhan.

To make it even more interesting, you should check out Michael Totten’s article on “Arabs and Obama”.  He notes: “Barack Obama’s candidacy is all the rage in the Arab Gulf states… Barack Obama’s father was Muslim and therefore, according to Islamic law, so is the candidate.”

Think twice before you pull the lever for Obama.

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Does O’Bama Support Racist Views?
Friday, March 28th, 2008 | Author:

When all other commentaries miss the heart of it, seek out Victor Davis Hanson.  His analysis of Mr. O’Bama’s racist viewpoint:

For some bizarre reason, Obama aimed his speech at winning praise from National Public Radio, the New York Times, and Harvard, and solidifying an already 90-percent solid African-American base — while apparently insulting the intelligence of everyone else…

The speech and Obama’s subsequent interviews neither explained his disastrous association with Wright, nor dared open up a true discussion of race — which by needs would have to include, in addition to white racism, taboo subjects ranging from disproportionate illegitimacy and drug usage to higher-than-average criminality to disturbing values espoused in rap music and unaddressed anti-Semitism…

Over the past four days, I asked seven or eight random (Asian, Mexican-American, and working-class white) Americans in southern California what they thought of Obama’s candidacy — and framed the question with, “Don’t you think that was a good speech?” The answers, without exception, were essentially: “Forget the speech. I would never vote for Obama after listening to Wright.” In some cases, the reaction was not mild disappointment, but unprintable outrage.

And if you think Davis Hanson is a little too harsh, you can check on this column from the former Democrat Mayor of New York, Ed Koch:

What is it that I and others expected Obama to do? A great leader with conscience and courage would have stood up and faced down anyone who engages in such conduct. I expect a President of the United States to have the strength of character to denounce and disown enemies of America – foreign and domestic — and yes, even his friends and confidants when they get seriously out of line…

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Mom, Do They Really Hate Us?
Wednesday, March 26th, 2008 | Author:

An interesting article in Investors Business Daily about the inbred hatred of Moslems:

When a poll reveals all but a fraction of Palestinians support the murder of eight innocent Jewish seminarians, it shows a people wedded to evil. It’s a short trip from this hate to the kind Hitler espoused. The West Bank-based Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, a professional and independent polling agency that surveys Palestinians four times a year, has found that no less than 84% of 1,270 Palestinians questioned by the center in personal interviews said they supported the March 6 shooting inside Jerusalem’s Mercaz Harav yeshiva.

And consider the fact that such a large proportion of Palestinians approve of slaughtering of victims who not only were civilians and religious students, but minors. A true slaughtering of the innocents.The message we get from this is very clear: The vast majority of Palestinians advocate such acts of terrorism against young innocents because the victims were Jews.

So, what do you think?  Should we offer these folks some land?  How about some water and electricity?

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Can a Blind, Black Politician Get Away with Murder?
Tuesday, March 25th, 2008 | Author:

I don’t know if you’ve been tracking the political travails in the State of New York, where Governor Spitzer was pushed out of office for his sanctimony followed by his hypocrisy.  He has been replaced by the former Lieutenant Governor, David Paterson.  It just so happens that Paterson is a blind, black man who like to confess all of his indiscretions.  Upon taking the oath of office, he immediately shared with the public that he had a lengthy extramarital affair.  I noticed in today’s issue of the New York Observer that Paterson now admits to cocaine use.

Perhaps his motivations are honorable.  However, it almost appears as if he is telling everyone: “I’m a black guy without eyesight who is the first minority Governor of New York.  I dare you to roll me out of office for these indiscretions.”

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NIT Quarterfinals: Ohio State .vs. Dayton
Monday, March 24th, 2008 | Author:

An interesting turn of events… Missy, Len, and I stayed home to simultaneously watch the Ohio State game versus California and the University of Dayton game versus Illinois State.   Both Ohio State and Dayton were victorious (for those of you not aware, I received my undergraduate degrees from OSU and my graduate degree from UD). 

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Perhaps I should go to the game and wear a shirt that is half UD and half OSU… It should be a great quarterfinal game at the Schotty Center Wednesday night.

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Obama’s Church Published Terrorist Manifesto
Monday, March 24th, 2008 | Author:

According to an article in WorldNetDaily, Sen. Barack Obama’s Chicago church reprinted a manifesto by Hamas that defended terrorism as legitimate resistance, refused to recognize the right of Israel to exist, and compared the terror group’s official charter – which calls for the murder of Jews – to America’s Declaration of Independence.

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What’s Up with Investment Banking?
Sunday, March 23rd, 2008 | Author:

An interesting analysis of the current economy by Ben Stein

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Are You Part Amish?
Sunday, March 23rd, 2008 | Author:

An Amish farmer notices a man drinking from his pond using his hand.

The Amish man shouts: “Trink das wasser nicht. Die kuhen haben dahin gesheissen.” Which means: “Don’t drink the water, the cows have pooped in it.”

The man shouts back: “I’m from Chicago and just down here campaigning for O’bama, I can’t understand you. Please speak in English.”

The Amish man says: “Use two hands, you’ll get more.”

Hat tip to Mark Clower

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