My running commentary on events: local, national, and international. Areas of special interest include Israel, Iraq, and dissidents in the Muslim world.

Barack Obama: In Search of a Savior?

May 7, 2008


In all the discussion of Barack Obama as the potential savior of our nation, there’s been relatively little attention to the idea that, rather than behaving like a person of strong leadership, Barack Obama seems to have been acting like a real...

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Looks Like Penny from Pennsylvania Didn’t Show – and Can You Really Blame Her?

April 24, 2008


Today the networks are echoing what I heard from Pennsylvania Democrats last week: a discernible number who voted Hillary were swayed by Obama’s “cling to guns and religion” comments, and why shouldn’t they have...

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Pennsylvania’s A Bitter Pill for Senator Obama

April 23, 2008

Looks like a big win—55 percent to 45 percent–for Senator Clinton tonight in Pennsylvania, despite having been outspent nearly three to one there by Senator Obama. But having conducted my own informal poll of Pennsylvania...

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Take it From This Pennsylvania Girl: Barack’s Remarks Could Hurt Him in the Keystone State

April 16, 2008

In my home town of Pittsburgh over the weekend and early this week, I conducted an informal poll of western Pennsylvanians concerning Barack Obama’s remarks about people in “these small towns in Pennsylvania.” I would speculate that his...

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Hamas Leader Admits Using Women and Children as Human Shields

April 3, 2008

Check out this video of a Hamas leader last month openly admitting they use women and children as human shields.

It illustrates what Israel has been dealing with for decades. If only the Palestinian Authority under Yasser Arafat, winner of...

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Newark Mayor Cory Booker Tonight on Reverend Jeremiah Wright: It Hurt Me Very Much What He Said About America

March 29, 2008

Just returned from an AIPAC Manhattan Club dinner at which Newark Mayor Cory Booker spoke. He told many inspiring stories about his efforts to revitalize Newark and make it safer. Apparently it is the city with the greatest reduction in crime...

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If Obama Can’t Influence his Pastor, How is He Going to Influence Ahmadinejad?

March 26, 2008

To my piece than ran in yesterday’s concerning Senator Barack Obama’s high tolerance for negativity towards the United States, I would like to add one thought. Senator Obama has known Pastor Jeremiah A. Wright Jr....

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Muslim Freedom Fighter Arrested

March 20, 2008

On Tuesday, members of Bangladesh’s Rapid Action Battalion, a paramilitary wing of the government, stormed the offices of Bangladeshi journalist Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury, arrested and interrogated him. In 2003, Mr. Choudhury, editor of the...

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The Virtue in Islam Today

March 11, 2008

Tonight I was proud of New York University, my grad school alma mater. Irshad Manji, the gutsy and eloquent author of “The Trouble With Islam Today,” is getting behind something new – The Moral Courage Project at NYU’s...

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Power Trip?

March 10, 2008


New York Governor Eliot Spitzer apologized yesterday, presumably for taking part in a prostitution ring. Apparently he was caught on a federal wiretap arranging to meet with a high-priced hooker.

I don’t know all the facts here. But...

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