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The Olympics Is Not About You. It’s About Us

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 Originally published June 30, 2021 https://www.queensjewishlink.com/index.php/opinion/4787-the-olympics-is-not-about-you-it-s-about-us One of the most inspirational and patriotic sports movies of all time is 2004’s  Miracle .  This movie was about more than the United States victory over the Soviet Union in Lake Placid in 1980; it was about what we as Americans were fighting for. But the Age of  Miracle  is over.  This week, Olympic hammer thrower Gwen Berry metaphorically spit in the face of America when she disrespected the flag and the national anthem.  Berry, who placed third in the hammer throw, qualifying her for the Tokyo Olympics, turned away from the flag and covered her face when the anthem played at a pre-scheduled time.  Then, in an act of pure self-obsessed egomania, she thought that the anthem was played just to bother her.   “I feel like it was setup,” Berry said. “I feel like they did that on purpose, and I was pissed, to be honest. I was thinking about what should I d

What Is A Human Being?

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 Originally published June 23, 2021 https://www.queensjewishlink.com/index.php/opinion/4751-what-is-a-human-being This week, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) made a statement that any person of faith or science would find utterly uncontroversial, yet sent a wave of panic and posturing throughout the Left.  They affirmed that since they ascribe to the scientific fact that an unborn baby is a human being, Catholics who advocate for abortion should be denied Communion. This includes self-proclaimed Catholics like Nancy Pelosi and Joe Biden. The science is undeniable. Indeed, every scientific source, even those on the pro-abortion side, admits that a fetus is a human being. This is why they attempt to obfuscate the issue with terms like “clump of cells” or “personhood.”  However, the same question, when asked to pro-abortion politicians (who claim to “follow the science”), cannot be answered. When a reporter asked Pelosi, “Is an unborn baby at 15 weeks a human being

The Only Thing Radical To Democrats Is Being Moderate

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 Originally published June 16, 2021 https://www.queensjewishlink.com/index.php/opinion/4716-the-only-thing-radical-to-democrats-is-being-moderate In the least shocking news of the week, Ilhan Omar said something anti-American and antisemitic.  In the slightly less shocking news of the week, Democratic leadership does nothing about it.  In slightly less shocking news than that, the only Democrats under fire by their Party are the two Senators who aren’t planning on blowing up our system of government.   “We must have the same level of accountability and justice for all victims of crimes against humanity.  We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban.” This is what Ilhan Omar tweeted that caused the latest controversy.  This is what is being defended by the extreme left and ignored by Democratic leadership.   The Atlantic published an article by Elizabeth Bruenig entitled, “What Ilhan Omar Actually Said,” with the subtitle of, “No

Republican Mayoral Candidates Square Off Before Primary

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Originally published June 9, 2021 https://www.queensjewishlink.com/index.php/opinion/4679-republican-mayoral-candidates-square-off-before-primary    Amid all the noise of the Left side of the Mayoral primary contests, two Republicans had a Battle Royale cage match of a debate.  Aired on PIX11 on Thursday night, candidates Curtis Sliwa and Fernando Mateo tackled numerous topics close to the hearts and minds of New Yorkers, and presented their visions for the City.   Curtis Sliwa made his name in the 1970s when he founded the Guardian Angels, which patrolled the New York City subway system combating crime. In 1990, he started his radio career, and spent the next three decades discussing the issues until he took a hiatus to run his campaign.  Sliwa is endorsed by the Republican Parties of Brooklyn and Staten Island.   Fernando Mateo is a self-made millionaire who has owned a variety of businesses, all of which began with a single carpeting business started at the age of 18.  He has been p

Secretary of State Violates State Department Definition of Anti-Semitism

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 Originally written May 19, 2021 As rocket fire continues to pound Israeli cities in the latest series of attacks from Hamas, the Biden administration is attempting to straddle the fence between the mainstream American and the extreme Left flank of the Democratic Party. Biden today called on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to “de-escalate” the attacks on Hamas, as if Israel really wants to be drawn into a long conflict while her citizens hide underground. Secretary of State Antony Blinken is also putting political pressure on Israel, but some of his language violates the State Department’s own definition of anti-semitism . Blinken, as reported by i24 news in Israel, said, “"I think Israel has an extra burden in trying to do everything they possibly can to avoid civilian casualties, even as it is rightfully responding in defense of its people."  The question for Blinken is, an “extra-burden” compared to whom? Could it be compared to Hamas, which has no burden to avo

All The Blood Libel Fit To Print

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 Originally published June 2, 2021 https://www.queensjewishlink.com/index.php/opinion/4626-all-the-blood-libel-fit-to-print There is only one legitimate reason left to subscribe to the  New York Times : opposition research.  To fight your enemy, you must know how they think and what they say.  Otherwise, you’re just giving money to antisemites. For that is all the  New York Times  is these days: a group of antisemites posing as “objective” observers of world events.  The final straw for former head of the Anti-Defamation League Abraham Foxman came on Friday, May 28, when the  Times  devoted the majority of its front page to the pictures of children who died in Gaza and Israel.  “They Were Just Children,” the headline roared.  What’s barely mentioned in the article is that a third of the rockets from Gaza landed  in  Gaza, so many of the children were likely killed by Hamas themselves.  Blaming Israel for those deaths is, of course, a blood libel.   “I am cancelling my subscription to N

Cowardice, Thy Name Is Chuck Schumer

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 Originally published May 26, 2021 https://www.queensjewishlink.com/index.php/opinion/4583-cowardice-thy-name-is-chuck-schumer  Jews are being attacked in the streets of New York, and Chuck Schumer doesn’t care. For years, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has campaigned on his Jewish last name, claiming that “Schumer” comes from  “shomer,”  as in  “Shomer Yisrael,”  the guardian of Israel.  When rockets fall on Israeli cities, putting more Jews in danger than at any time since the Yom Kippur War, Schumer stood idly by as his Democratic colleagues spewed dangerous and anti-Semitic rhetoric on social media. This goes back far longer than the recent conflict with Hamas.  In late April, the antisemitic organization Human Rights Watch issued a report labeling Israel an apartheid state.  Schumer said nothing.  His colleagues were not as silent. Betty McCollum of Minnesota said, “It is clear: Without restrictions, U.S. military aid to Israel is a green light to Israeli persecution of Palestinian