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Archive for September, 2003

Posted by Mark on September 29, 2003

Fans can’t get OU Tickets

I know, you think this is a local story about Oklahoma Football. But the fact is, unless you are very, very wealthy, or willing to max out a credit card, it is impossible to take a family of four, or even a family of one, to a major sporting event in this country.

We’ve come to accept that, but it doesn’t make it right.

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Posted by Mark on September 29, 2003

Remember CAIR, the Council on Islamic Arabic Relations? Just after 9/11, you saw them as the representatives for political correctness on Hardball, Crossfire, the Sunday shows etc.

Haven’t heard much lately.

Here’s why.

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Posted by Mark on September 28, 2003

Fans can’t get OU Tickets

I know, you think this is a local story about Oklahoma Football. But the fact is, unless you are very, very wealthy, or willing to max out a credit card, it is impossible to take a family of four, or even a family of one, to a major sporting event in this country.

We’ve come to accept that, but it doesn’t make it right.

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Posted by Mark on September 28, 2003

Remember CAIR, the Council on Islamic Arabic Relations? Just after 9/11, you saw them as the representatives for political correctness on Hardball, Crossfire, the Sunday shows etc.
Haven’t heard much lately.
Here’s why.

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Posted by Mark on September 27, 2003

The Good News From Iraq, and Where to Find It.

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Posted by Mark on September 27, 2003

A Defense of Mel Gibson’s New Movie, from an Orthodox Rabbi

Finally, I believe the attacks on Mel Gibson are a mistake because while they may be in the interests of Jewish organizations who raise money with the specter of anti-Semitism, and while they may be in the interests of Jewish journalists at the New York Times and elsewhere who are trying to boost their careers, they are most decidedly not in the interests of most American Jews who go about their daily lives in comfortable harmony with their Christian fellow citizens. You see, many Christians see all this as attacks not just on Mel Gibson alone or as mere critiques of a movie, but with some justification in my view, they see them as attacks against all Christians. This is not so different from the way most people react to attack. We Jews usually feel that we have all been attacked even when only a few of us suffer assault on account of our faith.

Right now, the most serious peril threatening Jews, and indeed perhaps all of Western Civilization, is Islamic fundamentalism. In this titanic 21st-century struggle that links Washington, D.C. with Jerusalem, our only steadfast allies have been Christians. In particular, those Christians that most ardently defend Israel and most reliably denounce anti-Semitism, happen to be those Christians most fervently committed to their faith. Jewish interests are best served by fostering friendship with Christians rather than cynically eroding them. Rejecting flagrant anti-Christianism on the part of Jews claiming to be acting on our behalf would be our wisest course as a community. Doing so would have one other advantage: It would also be doing the right thing.

— Radio talk-show host, Rabbi Daniel Lapin, is president of Toward Tradition.

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Posted by Mark on September 27, 2003

The Good News From Iraq, and Where to Find It.

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Posted by Mark on September 27, 2003

A Defense of Mel Gibson’s New Movie, from an Orthodox Rabbi
Finally, I believe the attacks on Mel Gibson are a mistake because while they may be in the interests of Jewish organizations who raise money with the specter of anti-Semitism, and while they may be in the interests of Jewish journalists at the New York Times and elsewhere who are trying to boost their careers, they are most decidedly not in the interests of most American Jews who go about their daily lives in comfortable harmony with their Christian fellow citizens. You see, many Christians see all this as attacks not just on Mel Gibson alone or as mere critiques of a movie, but with some justification in my view, they see them as attacks against all Christians. This is not so different from the way most people react to attack. We Jews usually feel that we have all been attacked even when only a few of us suffer assault on account of our faith.

Right now, the most serious peril threatening Jews, and indeed perhaps all of Western Civilization, is Islamic fundamentalism. In this titanic 21st-century struggle that links Washington, D.C. with Jerusalem, our only steadfast allies have been Christians. In particular, those Christians that most ardently defend Israel and most reliably denounce anti-Semitism, happen to be those Christians most fervently committed to their faith. Jewish interests are best served by fostering friendship with Christians rather than cynically eroding them. Rejecting flagrant anti-Christianism on the part of Jews claiming to be acting on our behalf would be our wisest course as a community. Doing so would have one other advantage: It would also be doing the right thing.

� Radio talk-show host, Rabbi Daniel Lapin, is president of Toward Tradition.

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Posted by Mark on September 27, 2003

I think when the history of this time is finally written, one of the primary sources will be Victor Davis Hanson. Once again, a needed perspective.

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Posted by Mark on September 27, 2003

And speaking of the New McClellan, here’s what he said a couple of years ago, at a Republican fund raiser.

My favorite quote:

You see, in the Cold War we were defensive. We were trying to protect our country from communism. Well guess what, it’s over. Communism lost. Now we’ve got to go out there and finish the job and help people live the way they want to live. We’ve got to let them be all they can be. They want what we have. We’ve got some challenges ahead in that kind of strategy. We’re going to be active, we’re going to be forward engaged. But if you look around the world, there’s a lot of work to be done. And I’m very glad we’ve got the great team in office: men like Colin Powell, Don Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, Condolzeezza Rice, Paul O’Neill–people I know very well–our president, George W. Bush. We need them there, because we’ve got some tough challenges ahead in Europe.

I couldn’t agree more.

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