By Ernie Moore on Tuesday, January 29, 2013
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I was talking to a friend in government today and he said he’s pulling for the Ravens. That in itself isn’t so strange until you learn that his blood runs black and yellow. (Steeler’s fan)

He came to Israel 27 years ago, but just can’t kick the Steelers out of his system. And of course one the toughest antagonists to them are the Ravens. Strange world here.

Now to the news… There was an explosion near Sohmor, Lebanon. That’s in the heart of Hezbollah country, and where many of their weapons caches are located.

Who blew up the arms is still...
By Ernie Moore on Monday, January 28, 2013
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It’s not, of course, the sycamore tree that Zacchaeus climbed up to get a better view of Jesus, but it adorns the center square. The trunk used to be painted white, but tough times have befallen Jericho.

We went into the oldest city on earth recently. What we found was discouraging. The city is somewhere between total ruin and grandeur; closer to the former. So much of it is crumbling, partly courtesy of the IDF going after terrorists in the last Intifada and since, and partly because of internal corruption and lack of good leadership.

Jericho is now off the main itinerary...
By Ernie Moore on Sunday, January 27, 2013
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Not long ago I got in a taxi to go somewhere. I gave the young driver my destination in English with the Hebrew name as well.

After we’d ridden for a ways he asked, “You American?” in English. I answered, “Yes.”

“You live here?” I answered, “Yes. And in America.”

“Why don’t you learn Hebrew?”

I then proceeded to give him directions and converse a bit in Hebrew. He finally started laughing. Gotcha.

Now for the rest of the story. I’ve never gone to “ulpan” which is what the language schools are called.

Lots of my American friends have, but I speak and understand as much or more than...
By Ernie Moore on Friday, January 25, 2013
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The election is over. But the real politicking is just beginning. Bibi won, but now he has to begin the job of cobbling. You know, sowing patches together to make the quilt that will be the next government.

Forty-five days from now he’ll have it done. There are lots of potential components.

Oh, and the funniest part of the whole news week is that the Palestinian President (for life) Mahmoud Abbas has invited the head of each of the competing parties to Ramallah for a meeting. Talk of an irrelevant man wanting to make headlines!

As one report said,...
By Ernie Moore on Friday, January 25, 2013
 

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Like the two fellows on the poor motorbikes, unions are fat and sassy. But their members are fleeing.

Anyone who watches the media reports sees union bosses, none of which look like they are starving, ranting and raving in favor of crippling conservatives. Actually some said to kill us, but that is cheap talk.

Now the news has come out that this past year unions lost 400,000 members in the US.

That was the good, now here’s the bad.

“Among public sector workers, 35.9 percent are in a union - down from 37.0 percent...
By Ernie Moore on Thursday, January 24, 2013
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I’ve been reading Charles Krauthammer’s column on the President’s trashing of the Republicans.

The sad part is that Obama has made it look terribly easy.

How many times have you or one of your friends asked where the real conservatives are? It is difficult to even find one with a sensible sound bite today.

For a while I thought that perhaps it was because they were organizing for a push for common sense spending; for a sound financial plan that would make so much sense that even “blue dog Democrats” would have to come out in favor of it.

Ha!

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By Ernie Moore on Wednesday, January 23, 2013
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The internet is filled with arguments about guns. Many of the people commenting are gun owners who have never had to draw their weapons in defense of themselves or their loved ones – thankfully.

Another crowd are hoplophobes. That is the word used by late Col. Jeff Cooper, one of my heroes, to title those who are afraid of a gun.

They don’t know anything about guns, self-defense, or even the philosophy of keeping the Second Amendment as a means of assuring the continuation of the rest of our rights.

They just see guns as evil. What do they do...
By Ernie Moore on Tuesday, January 22, 2013
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We wonder if America’s citizens really have a feel for just how difficult Israel’s plight is.

Only Jordan’s King really is a friend of all the national leaders surrounding this sliver of land called Israel. And honestly, he is in danger, what with 70% of his citizens being Palestinians and not of his Hashemite brethren.

The Arab Spring began with such oooohing and ahhhhing from the media. It was wonderful how all these Arab citizens were filling the streets, calling for their independence from despotic leaders.

Now we watch major news outlets drawing a deep breath...
By Ernie Moore on Monday, January 21, 2013
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This photo near the entrance to Bethlehem clearly demonstrates the word “stalemate.”

It is heard so often anymore that most of the world sees it as a tragedy.

Not necessarily so.

Let’s back up a step and look at how it’s presented.

In the area of Israel and the Palestinians, Israel is painted as the villain. Why? Because the government refuses to agree to the Palestinian demands BEFORE the talks begin.

The right of five generations of Palestinians since the ’48 and ’67 wars, to leave their Arab host nations that refused...
By Ernie Moore on Sunday, January 20, 2013
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From the Sar’nt Major:

This video link is fresh for the public. It was made just weeks ago in the Atlantic, just off Newport News

(Hampton Roads), Virginia . These are the latest sea trials of the F-35B on the USS Wasp. They were very successful, with 74 VL's and STO's in a three week period. The media and the program critics had predicted that we would burn holes in the deck and wash sailors overboard. Neither of which happened. You will notice a sailor standing on the bow of the ship as the jet rotates. That was an intentional part of the sea trials. No catapult... No hook.... Its a new...
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