This issue looks at a late but revealing Christmas story, scary revelations about the NSA, more proof that Americans have lost their grip on reality, and more.
OUR ISRAELI CONNECTION
Mazel Tov, Christians! (A late Christmas message)
Nationalreview.com reports: As a Jew, and a religious one at that, I want to wish my fellow Americans a Merry Christmas. Not “Happy Holidays.” Merry Christmas. I write, “my fellow Americans” because, as reported by the Pew Research poll released just last Wednesday, nine in ten Americans say they celebrate Christmas. Apparently, many Americans have forgotten that Christmas is not only a Christian holy day, but also an American national holiday. Just as we wish one another a “Happy Thanksgiving” or a “Happy Fourth,” so, too, we should wish fellow Americans a “Merry Christmas.” It doesn’t matter with which religion or ethnic group you identify; Christmas in America is as American as the proverbial apple pie. That is why some of the most famous and beloved Christmas songs were written by . . . guess who? Jews. Read more.
News from The Israel Project
Israel overnight Tuesday released 26 Palestinian prisoners convicted of terror-related crimes, the third of four such gestures designed to boost U.S.-backed peace talks. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas had been explicit with Secretary of State John Kerry last spring that the Palestinians would not sit down for peace talks without a broad prisoner release, with Palestinian media describing the position as one in which Abbas ‘insisted that 107 Palestinians detained before the Oslo agreement must be released before the PLO will return to negotiations with Israel.’
Bloomberg this week reported that the open political warfare rocking Turkey, which has pitted the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) against followers of U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, is endangering the country’s economy, “driving the currency to unprecedented lows” and tanking Istanbul’s stock exchange.
The Times of Israel reported today that Hamas is being forced to reposition itself in relation to the Egyptian
Muslim Brotherhood – of which it is an off-shoot – in the wake of Cairo’s recent decision to brand the Brotherhood a terrorist organization, with the shift likely to deepen an emerging consensus that the Palestinian faction is adrift after a series of failed geopolitical gambles.
IT’S NEWS TO ME
NYT Benghazi Article Attempts CPR on Discredited Theory
Patriotupdate.com reports: A former CIA analyst poured cold water over the New York Times’ new report suggesting al-Qaida was not involved in the September 11, 2012 attack against American targets in Benghazi, Libya – calling the article “an effort to revive this discredited theory that the anti-Islam video was behind it.” Read more.
Two Most Admired People of 2013
Eaglerising.com reports: Apparently, we Americans don’t understand the definition of insanity. (Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. — Albert Einstein) For the sixth year in a row Barack Obama is the most admired man in America and Hillary Clinton is the most admired woman. Read more.
The NSA Intercepts Your Mail
Eaglerising.com reports: German newspaper Der Spiegel has published a couple of articles today detailing some of the latest information being uncovered by the release of documents from the trove of NSA leaker Edward Snowden. The most startling may be the fact that the NSA actually intercepts some packages of commercial electronics before they arrive at their destination so that they can create “back doors” to hack into the hardware whenever they see fit. Read More.
NSA Can Hack WiFi Networks from Miles Away
Cowboybyte.com reports:A surprising new list of National Security Agency surveillance capabilities was revealed during Berlin’s Chaos Communications Congress this weekend, including the agency’s ability to hack private WiFi networks from up to eight miles away. Read more.
Doctors Declare Pedophilia A ‘Sexual Orientation’
Conservativeamericaonline.blogspot reports: Civil rights for child molesters? … it’s not as if we weren’t warned that it would happen once large segments of the public started to view homosexual behavior as acceptable behavior. Read more.
Why Are Democrats Supporting a Bill That Would End Death Penalty for Treason & Espionage?
Freedomoutpost.com reports: A bill that was proposed by Maryland Democrat Rep. Donna Edwards and seven other Democrats, earlier this year, would eliminate the possibility of imposing the death penalty for a variety of federal offenses. Among those crimes would be treason and espionage. The bill has been largely ignored in the media, but recently surfaced at The Hill. Read more.
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ON THE LIGHTER SIDE
This is truly an amazing story…
A young man was on holiday in Kenya after graduating from college. While he was walking through the bush, he came across a young bull elephant standing with one leg raised in the air. The elephant seemed distressed so the man approached it very carefully. He got down on one knee and inspected the elephant’s foot. There was a large thorn deeply embedded in the bottom of the foot. As carefully and as gently as he could, he worked the thorn out with his hunting knife, after which the elephant gingerly put down its foot. The elephant turned to face the man and with a rather stern look on its face, stared at him. For a good ten minutes the man stood frozen – thinking of nothing else but being trampled. Eventually the elephant trumpeted loudly, turned and walked away. The man never forgot that elephant or the events of that day.
Twenty years later the man was walking through the zoo with his teenage son. As they approached the elephant enclosure, one of the creatures turned and walked over to where they were standing at the rail. The large bull elephant stared at him and lifted its front foot off the ground, then put it down. The elephant did that several times, all the while staring at the man. The man couldn’t help wondering if this was the same elephant.
After a while it trumpeted loudly; then it continued to stare at him.
The man summoned up his courage, climbed over the railing and made his way into the enclosure. He walked right up to the elephant and stared back in wonder. Suddenly the elephant trumpeted again, wrapped its trunk around one of the man’s legs and swung him wildly back and forth along the railing, severely injuring him.
Probably wasn’t the same elephant…