Monthly Archives: January 2009

Archive of posts published in the specified Month

Taxes, My Taxes

New York Governor Paterson lamented the loss of state tax revenue as a result of top Wall Street CEOs getting much lower bonuses as a result of their crappy performance and the taxpayer payout. He noted a $180 million drop…

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1,001 Posts

On Febuary 1, (my father’s 91st birthday), Rebel Yid will post its 1,000 th entry. I have been posting since March of 2007. I guess that is some sort of milestone and I never anticipated it when I started. It…

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Culture and Politics

“The central conservative truth is that it is culture, not politics, that determines the success of a society. The central liberal truth is that politics can change a culture and save it from itself.” Daniel Patrick Moynihan as quoted in…

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Perspective on Casualties

405,399364,51113,2839,5567,099 405,399- U.S. military fatalities in WWII 364,511 – Military fatalities in the Civil War 13,283- U.S. military fatalities in the Mexican War 9,556- Total U.S. military deaths during the PEACETIME of 1980-83 7,099 total U.S. military deaths during the…

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A Dupe for Terrorists

I feel it is insulting to explain the obvious and Jimmy Carter’s anti- Israeli bias is so blatant to defy question. If you have not read his OpEd in the Washington Post read it here. To respond to a few…

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Do Nothing Politics

“But they (the US) developed a highly dysfunctional politics. An antiquated and overly rigid political system to begin with-about 225 years old- has been captured by money, special interests, a sensationalist media, and ideological attack groups. The result is a…

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The IDF and YouTube

Israel and the IDF (Israeli Defense Force) have handled the media portion of this Hamas War much differently than in the past. The IDF even has their own YouTube site here, where you can see videos of strikes against Hamas,…

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Old Depression, New Depression

The stock market of the roaring 20’s was built on excess credit, leading many people to own stock that probably should not have and causing the intellects of the day to rationalize that we were in a “permanently high plateau”;…

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New Recommended Israeli Websites

I have added the Website of the Israeli Defense Forces and Netanyahu’ s website to my recommended sites on the blog. While biased they are both filled with great information. Netanyahu’s site has a lot of Israeli history as well…

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Shedding Ethnocentric Foreign Policy

In the 2007 Pew survey when asked whether one must believe in God to be moral. 57% of Americans said yes, but in China 72% said no. Noted by Fareed Zakaria in The Post-American World HKO comments- it is ethnocentric…

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The Israel Project

Note “The Israel Project” has been added to my recommended list of sites. It is a great source of information on what is happening over there. Tips to Marty Koplin

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Hopefulness and Overconfidence

During the 1960’s and 1970’s America entered a domestic policy of inflation. Government is a collection of choices, but some of the most educated elites ever assembled convinced Johnson that a magic mix of knowable inflation and unemployment could be…

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Stable Anxiety

In The Great Inflation and Its Aftermath, Robert Samuelson notes the paradox that a stable economy is consistent with greater anxiety. A stable economy with stable prices requires low inflation. Competition keeps prices down, including competition for labor. Competition also…

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Not Dead Yet

It is politically fashionable to predict the demise of America as a global power and I imagine it will happen some day but here are some of the reasons it may not be as soon as many wish or predict:…

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Fanning the Oldest Hatred

From Mark Steyn in the National Review Online The “Oldest Hatred” Read the entire article here. In Paris, the state-owned TV network France-2 broadcasts film of dozens of dead Palestinians killed in an Israeli air raid on New Year’s Day.…

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What if They Called a Truce and Nobody Came?

The UN calls for an immediate truce and and is rejected by both sides. Can they become any more irrelevant? Hamas has launched 7,000 rockets targeted at Israeli civilians, and there has been nearly no response from this calcified, sactimonious…

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Worrying about the Wrong People

WHO’S VULNERABLE? Steyn on the WorldSaturday, 13 December 2008 Excerpts Tom Gross produced a jaw-dropping round-up of Bombay media coverage: The discovery that, for the first time in an Indian terrorist atrocity, Jews had been attacked, tortured, and killed produced…

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Move the Embassy

Our last few presidents have promised to move the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv. In the past it was presumed that recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel would inflame Palestinian sentiments. As Dr. Phil would…

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Beware of Market Forecasts

John Bogle writes in the Wall Street Journal Online- Beware of market forecasts, even by experts. As 2008 began, strategists from Wall Street’s 12 major firms forecast the end-of-the-year closing level and earnings of the Standard and Poor’s 500 Stock…

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The Complete Spengler

I have just added The Complete Spengler- a series of columns in the Asian Times Online- to my recommended sites. Check it out- It has some very interesting Commentary.

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