Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Close your eyes and imagine for one moment how radically different the entire world would be if Israel were at peace with its neighbors in the Middle East. In fact, consider the multitude of benefits to all of humanity and the thought becomes as exciting as it does overwhelming.

I am not merely talking about the preservation of human life that is tragically lost to deadly terrorist attacks and wars that are forced upon the Jewish state by neighbors who remain committed to its destruction. I am also talking about the life-improving innovations that flow from Israel like the mighty streams that rush through the rugged landscape of the Holy Land.

If Israel received the gift of peace and security then the entire world would receive even more remarkable benefits than it has already reaped from a tiny country no bigger than the state of New Jersey, which fights to survive in one of the world’s most violent and destructive neighborhoods.

During the past week I have traveled through Israel and the Palestinian territories with Dr. Ben Carson and his wife Candy. We have seen first-hand the challenges that Israel faces and the incredible opportunities that this small dynamo is creating for its people and the larger global community.

One of the most striking things about this visit is that several Palestinians have pulled me aside and whispered to me how much they would like to live in a country like Israel. They dare not say this publicly out of fear, but so many Palestinian mothers and fathers simply desire what their counterparts on the Israeli side want: to live in peace and in a place that provides hope and promise for their children.

It’s such a shame that these aspirations are held hostage on the Palestinian side by terrorist groups and corrupt leaders who prefer bloodshed and bombing to peace and progress.

When you pause to consider what Israel has managed to give to the world despite being under constant fire from its enemies it is staggering. Innovations from instant messaging to ingestible pill cameras to aid doctors to drip irrigation to lightning fast computer processors to the USB flash drive. These are just a handful of the Israeli innovations that have forever altered our world for the better.

As we heard this week in Israel, the country spends around 20 percent of its national budget on defense. Imagine if Israel’s neighbors were to accept its existence and sign peace accords with the Jewish state. The rate of innovation would surge forward, research and development could accelerate thanks to the infusion of much-needed funds. The world would not just improve, but it would do so faster.

The Arab and Islamic countries which spend so much time demonizing Israel and indoctrinating their people to hate Jews would actually stand to benefit the most from ending their senseless crusades against Israel and stepping into the modern world.

Arab children, and indeed children everywhere across the globe, would enjoy greater access to healthcare innovations. They would have greater economic opportunities and chances to improve their societies.

What is it about Israel that has made the nation so inventive? It is a fascinating question to ponder. Ironically, perhaps life in the pressure cooker of the Middle East has motivated the Israelis to push harder, to produce more.

Historically, the Jewish people have always been threatened and unjustly targeted. Yet somehow that may have nstilled within this noble and learned people a desire to prove the naysayers wrong. Are Jewish successes in all realms, from law to science to business to scholarship and beyond a form of rebellion and resistance to the haters and naysayers who have tried in vain to convince the world that Jewish lives and blood are worth nothing?

How is it that a group of people who represent just 0.2 percent of the global population have won 22 percent of the Nobel prizes which are awarded to those whose work advances humanity?

As I prepare to depart from Israel and reflect on the remarkable events that took place here I remain hopeful that there are more great things to come. The grace of God is present here in this land, and what the Israeli people are continuing to share with the brotherhood of man across the globe is nothing short of a modern-day miracle.
The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case of King v. Burwell, a suit seeking to stop billions in health care tax credits, on March 4, 2015.

The Court first announced they would hear the case on November 7th, a surprise that many Obamacare supporters took as a bad sign for the law. University Law School professor Nicholas Bagley wrote at the time:
In a significant setback for the Obama administration, the Supreme Court just agreed to review King v. Burwell, the Fourth Circuit’s decision upholding an IRS rule extending tax credits to federally established exchanges.
What’s troubling is that four justices apparently think—or at least are inclined to think—that King was wrongly decided. As I’ve said before, there’s no other reason to take King. The challengers urged the Court to intervene now in order to resolve “uncertainty” about the availability of federal tax credits.
There’s uncertainty only if you think the Supreme Court might invalidate the IRS rule. That’s why the justices’ votes on whether to grant the case are decent proxies for how they’ll decide the case. The justices who agree with King wouldn’t vote to grant. They would instead want to signal to their colleagues that, in their view, the IRS rule ought to be upheld. The justices who disagree with King would want to signal the opposite.
If the Court does rule against the Obama administration, however, Republicans in Congress will be in a bind. Only those states that did not set up state health care exchanges will lose their Obamacare tax credits and most of those states are controlled by Republicans. This means that the citizens of California will continue to get their health insurance tax credits while the citizens of Texas will not.
Republicans in Congress will have until midsummer to come up with a solution to this problem.

A Court decision is expected in late June.

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Rudy Giuliani: 'Cruel Lie' to Say Most Cops Are Racist
By Greg Richter / NEWSMAX

Former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani told CNN Tuesday that some police officers are bad actors and some even do things that are racist, but it is untrue to say the problem is ingrained.

"To give the impression that it is systemic is a cruel and really bad lie," Giuliani said on CNN's "Out Front with Erin Burnett."

Burnett pointed to a recent analysis of federal data that showed between 2010 and 2012 that young black men were 21 times more likely to be killed by police than young white men.

She suggested that the statistic argued against Giuliani's statement.

"No it doesn't," Giuliani replied. "Statistics don't tell you anything."

He noted that young black men are more likely to commit violent crime than young white men by more than a 5-to-1 margin and that 70-75 percent of murders in New York City are committed by black suspects.

As a result, black people have a higher rate of interaction with police, he said.

"That's not racism, that's a fact," Giuliani said.

He added that it is also important to know what kind of crimes took place and if there was any provocation. And was one group more likely surrender than the other.

If someone is pulled over and refuses to give a police officer the requested license and registration, "you've just taken a relatively minor situation and made it into a really major one, because the cop is going to pull you out of the car, and anything can happen, Giuliani said.

The former mayor has been criticized for saying those protesting the deaths of black suspects at the hands of police should also be focusing on the high black-on-black crime rate.

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So Far From Home on Christmas

By: Diane Sori

Today is Christmas Eve when Christians the world over celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ...God's only Begotten Son. Today also marks the end of the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah...the glorious and miraculous 'Festival of the Lights.' And today remains the day when those who fight to keep us safe and free at home are themselves so very far away from home.

But while the miles separate them from family and friends they are NEVER far from our hearts. And to that I am posting this poem to tell them all how 'We the People' feel about them, as we of the Christian and Jewish faith pray together that maybe next year our brave warriors will all be home amongst us...on American soul...and that...from the Old Testament Book of Isaiah..."Nation Shall Not Lift Up Sword Against Nation, Neither Shall They Learn War Any More."

The Sands of Christmas 
By: Michael Marks

I had no Christmas spirit when I breathed a weary sigh,
And looked across the table where the bills were piled too high.

The laundry wasn't finished and the car I had to fix,
My stocks were down another point, the Dolphins lost by six.

And so with only minutes till my son got home from school,
I gave up on the drudgery and grabbed a wooden stool.

The burdens that I carried were about all I could take,
And so I flipped the TV on to catch a little break.

I came upon a desert scene in shades of tan and rust,
No snowflakes hung upon the wind, just clouds of swirling dust.

And where the reindeer should have stood before a laden sleigh,
Eight Hummers ran a column right behind an M1A.

A group of boys walked past the tank, not one was past his teens.
Their eyes were hard as polished flint, their faces drawn and lean.

They walked the street in armor with their rifles shouldered tight,
Their dearest wish for Christmas, just to have a silent night.

Other soldiers gathered, hunkered down against the wind,
To share a scrap of mail and dreams of going home again.

There wasn't much at all to put their lonely hearts at ease,
They had no Christmas turkey, just a pack of MREs.

They didn't have a garland or a stocking I could see,
They didn't need an ornament--they lacked a Christmas Tree.

They didn't have a present even though it was tradition,
the only boxes I could see were labeled "ammunition."

I felt a little tug and found my son now by my side,
He asked me what it was I feared, and why it was I cried.

I swept him up into my arms and held him oh so near
and kissed him on the forehead as I whispered in his ear.

There's nothing wrong my little son, for safe we sleep tonight,
Our heroes stand on foreign land to give us all the right,

To worry on the things in life that mean nothing at all,
Instead of wondering if we will be the next to fall.

He looked at me as children do and said its always right,
to thank the ones who help us and perhaps that we should write.

And so we pushed aside the bills and sat to draft a note,
to thank the many far from home, and this is what we wrote:

God Bless You all and keep you safe, and speed your way back home.
Remember that we love you so, and that you're not alone.

The gift you give you share with all, a present every day,
You give the gift of liberty and that we can't repay. 


Today on RIGHT SIDE PATRIOTS on CPR Worldwide Media from 2 to 4pm EST, Craig and Diane will host their Christmas Eve Special with a 'Salute to Our Military' so very far from home, fun Christmas facts with a few twists you won't hear anyplace else, and special Christmas music from the RIGHT SIDE PATRIOTS vault of warped Christmas songs.