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July 14, 2024

Home is Burning: There Comes a Time When the Guns, Eventually, Come Out

Jewish Journal of Los Angeles

Rome is burning, the deck chairs on the Titanic have long toppled into icy waters, and the emperors of the world are standing before their people stark naked.

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July 7, 2024

Land of the Free, Home of the Self-Haters

Jewish Journal of Los Angeles

Congratulations, America. We just concluded yet another birthday not in celebration, but in shame.

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June 30, 2024

American Mediocrity

Jewish Journal of Los Angeles

There is a certain kind of person for whom “The West Wing” was dramatic television at its finest. It featured sharp, brainy, political dialogue with a cast walking around the White House outwitting one another—not outdoing the other’s wits, but simply being wittier.

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June 24, 2024

Enter Vengeance

Jewish Journal of Los Angeles

We are venturing into very dangerous territory. The utter failure of leadership and the disgraceful disregard of our laws is leading some to take matters into their own hands. Others will follow. They will have no choice. The moral universe will demand it.

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June 16, 2024

9/11 Plus 10/7 = Boom!

Jewish Journal of Los Angeles

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it’s not as if the news of the day doesn’t already fill us with dire premonitions. Doomsday scenarios are no longer the stuff of science fiction. Hand-wringing has been elevated to an Olympic sport.

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June 10, 2024

The World’s Deafness to ‘Bring Them Home’

Jewish Journal of Los Angeles

“Bring Them Home!”

As slogans go, that’s a pretty good one.

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June 2, 2024

Cease-Stupid, Not Ceasefire

Jewish Journal of Los Angeles

Perhaps I heard it wrong. But I could swear that President Joe Biden just delivered a televised address at the White House about the war in Gaza. (Note, no matter how loud it is shouted by well-meaning ignorant people, or Jew-haters who side with savages, there is no “genocide” in Gaza.)

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May 26, 2024

“Ocean’s Eleven” May Yet Become “From the River to the Sea”

Jewish Journal of Los Angeles

Middle East heat indices aside, the truest hot spot on the planet is, always, wherever the Israeli Defense Forces happens to be killing Muslims, no matter the reason.

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May 20, 2024

An American Tragedy: Porn Star, Cat Fights and Fredo Returns

Jewish Journal of Los Angeles

What imaginative mind could have dreamed up a criminal trial involving an ex-American president, a porn star, a tawdry tabloid, a topless centerfold, and a “fixer,” now felon, with an ax too sharp to grind, serving as the prosecution’s star witness?

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May 12, 2024

So Long, Democratic Party

Jewish Journal of Los Angeles

Not that my political affiliation is any of your business, but I thought I might share with you that after 46 years as a die-hard Democrat, I have alerted the New York State Board of Elections that I am now, officially, an Independent.

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May 6, 2024

Gaza Masquerade Parties Can’t Hide Ugliness

Jewish Journal of Los Angeles

The nationwide masquerade party known as the Gaza Solidarity Encampments, which embroiled colleges in chaos and served as reminders of the Jew-hating violence of 1930s Germany, may have also previewed what protesting Islamists and Marxists (two otherwise irreconcilable groups) have in mind as a next act.

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April 28, 2024

Where Sesame and Arab Streets Meet

Jewish Journal of Los Angeles

As college students settle into this semester’s final exams, and seniors contemplate graduation, far too many have squandered their studies for death dirges like this:

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April 22, 2024

The Jewish James Bond Already Knows His Villian

Jewish Journal of Los Angeles

No sooner had the name of the actor who will inherit the iconic role as the next James Bond been announced, Bond’s obligatory evil nemesis was simultaneously revealed—but in a most unexpected way.

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April 14, 2024

End the Iranian Regime, Now

Jewish Journal of Los Angeles

The good news: Israel’s air defense systems—Iron Dome, David’s Sling, Arrow, and its vaunted fighter pilots—assisted by the United States, Jordan, England, France and Saudi Arabia, performed brilliantly in intercepting the 300 projectiles (100 of which were ballistic missiles) that Iran launched against Israel on Saturday. Except for an Israeli-Arab child seriously wounded by shrapnel, the nation didn’t suffer a scratch.

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April 8, 2024

The Ghost of the Goldstone Report

Jewish Journal of Los Angeles

A United Nations fact-finding mission, charged with investigating Israel’s war against Hamas, concluded in a widely disseminated and exploited report that the Israeli Defense Forces deliberately target Palestinian civilians.Jewish

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April 1, 2024

Cult Conformity is Un-American

White Rose Magazine

THROUGHOUT the 20th century, the America depicted in Hollywood Westerns and projected onto screens around the world was one of self-reliance and independent thought. A cowboy saddled up alone and ventured off with beans and a blanket. The solitary life of riding a horse for days on end left a lot of time for contemplation—keeping an open mind on the open range.

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April 1, 2024

Beware the Ides of March–Redux

Jewish Journal of Los Angeles

Beware the Ides of March. Not that Ides! This past Ides of March—give or take a few days. The infamy of that earlier Ides lives on, 2,068 years later, with a similar drama of betrayal, and one not without biblical significance. Today, however, it’s not Julius Caesar asking, “Et tu, Brute?” but the nation-state of Israel, a large knife lodged in its back, wondering, “Et tu, Bide?”

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March 25, 2024

The Black, the Blue and the Jews

Jewish Journal of Los Angeles

The tale I am about to tell started out as a feel-good movie of the week and ended up as a two-hanky tearjerker of bitterness and betrayal. From solidarity to the nearly unsalvageable, within a matter of decades.

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March 19, 2024

Time to Do or Die

Jewish Journal of Los Angeles

Five months ago, Hamas deliberately broke a ceasefire with Israel, resuming a war that began nearly the moment Israel abandoned the enclave back in 2005. A familiar reprise took shape over five wars: Hamas instigated hostilities; Israel retaliated, resulting in many Palestinian casualties of war; Hamas claimed victory in the battle for public opinion.

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March 13, 2024

Simply Friendless

Jewish Journal of Los Angeles

“The Ally,” a new play by Itmar Moses, is running Off-Broadway at The Public Theater through March 24. It is an excellent piece of dramatic storytelling that commands one’s full attention.

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