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      Shevat 23, 5771, 1/28/2011

      Lies & Gimmicks

      by Tamar Yonah

      A few years ago, I saw an episode of Saturday Night Live. One of the skits they had was of their guest star of that week, standing on stage, and taking questions from the audience.  I don't remember who the guest was, or what exactly was said, but someone in the audience (an actor of course)  stood up and asked the guest something like as follows: 

      Audience member:  "I heard that you are getting a divorce from your wife, and that you were abusive towards her."

      SNL Guest:  "I'm not getting a divorce.  My wife and I are very happy together!  Where did you hear that?""

      Audience member:  "I read about it on the internet."

      Guest:  "Well, it's not true.  Anything else you want to ask?"

      Audience member:  "Yes, I also heard that you were turned down for doing an upcoming movie because you are so difficult to work with and that you butt heads with the directors of every picture you work on."

      Guest:  "Uh, listen buddy, I don't know why you are saying these things, they're absolutely not true, and in fact, I get along wonderfully with my fellow cast and crew members.  Where did you hear all these stories?"

      Audience member:  "I read it on the internet."

      Guest:  "Please, tell me where you read all these lies against me." 

      Audience member:  "On my website."

      And so too, our enemies write and propagandize complete lies and fabrications about Israel.  Take the Mohamed Al Dura case.  The Arabs claimed that IDF troops shot and killed the boy in a shoot out: 


      From camera.org:  
      "The image of Mohammed Al Dura, a 12-year-old Palestinian boy crouched in terror behind his father as he allegedly becomes the fatal victim of Israeli bullets, has become an icon of Palestinian "martyrdom," especially in the Arab world. It has been repeatedly broadcast on television, appeared in Palestinian posters, advertisements and on Arab country postage stamps, fueling Palestinian hatred of and violence against Israel. "

      However, the Al Dura story was proven to be a hoax. It was mainly French journalist Phillipe Karsenty who took the blows, fought hard and even went to court to expose these vicious blood libel lies.  And he won. Among the facts: 
      a)  The boy was not in the line of fire of the IDF.
      b)  There is no proof of a body or that he was killed or even shot. 
      c)  There was no blood at the scene, even though it was claimed he had been shot several times.
      d) In the film, the boy, who was allegedly shot dead, miraculously raises his arm and opens his eyes to look at what's going on.  Click here to see.  Also, for those who wish, you can listen to the show I did with Mr. Karsenty here.

      Media watchdogs and army intelligence have caught on film the 'Pallywood' scenes that our enemies stage.  Fake reports of Palestinian Authority protestors being shot and killed, or of supposedly 'dead bodies' placed on stretchers and being brought for burial, only to fall off the stretcher and 'miraculously' come to life and climb back on.  Watch here
      Facts don't seem to matter when the other side plays the broken record routine of how evil Israel is.

      Israel just isn't able to fight it. They outnumber us and they outweigh us in wealth. Add to that, that Israel is always on the defensive and apologizes before we even know the facts of a case.  It could also be that we are just inept when it comes to hasbara (explaining our case).  We are up against a very slick and tricky foe.  As they say, "A Lie goes around the world, before Truth can put its pants on."

      Facts don't seem to matter when the other side plays the broken record routine of how evil Israel is. 


      So how should Israel fight liars?  When honest and proven facts pale to conjured up lies, what can honest people do to fight the darkness?  Please view both these videos and leave your suggestions in the comment box below.

       

      Facts don't matter in this political discussion:

        

      Check post gimmick:  Terrorists & their supporters play themselves as victims



       







      Shevat 20, 5771, 1/25/2011

      Teen Mommies, Values and Islam

      by Tamar Yonah


      If our children aren't getting good G-dly values, then what values ARE they getting?
      First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes the baby in the baby carriage.

      This blog post starts out light hearted, but as life often does, will end very heavy on our shoulders.

      My husband jokes around that the community that we live in here in Israel has a high rate of teen pregnancies.  You see, a good number of my daughter's all girl's school graduating class is with child, - only thing is, they are married.  -And thank G-d - they did it in the right order.  This is because idealistic religious youth today are getting married earlier.  Many say that their goals after finishing school are to get married and have lots of babies.  Some move into inexpensive housing in yishuvim or small rentals in the bigger cities, as they finish up their university or career studies (while pregnant).  Some young couples opt out of the rat race and go towards the 'living on the land' route out in the unpopulated areas in Yehuda & Shomron (Judea & Samaria) living in a trailer home until they can build their own homes one day.  Some of these couples are the 'hill top youth' types and they live very frugally and close to the land.  All these young married couples written about above have chosen their values and have opted for 'family life' as soon as possible.  They have chosen, because of their values, to forego the 'single's scene' and to skip all the hurt and 'messes' that long-term singlehood often dish out.  They have taken down off the pedestal, their hopes for powerful 'careers' , and placed them in it's proper place of being important, but not THE most important thing in life.  Their goals?  To serve G-d with their ideals the best they know how, and to raise good children who will do the same and carry on the torch of Judaism, wisdom, truth and love of their Land.

      Now, compare this with the richest and most advanced western country in the world, America.  And don't think I am happy about saying what I am about to say, because I truly appreciate America and am very grateful to it for their once wholesome values.  But America has lost it's shine.  It has become a valueless society along with the rest of the Western powers.  It has removed G-d from the schools and the court houses and it has, through Hollywood and the Press, made fun of people who believe and live by the Bible, belittling them and making them old fashioned provincial nut-cases.  And what has it got instead?  A society focused on comfort, materialism and instant gratification.  

       
      This new generation of youth, that has been brought up by the worst TV can offer, as well as New World Order/Nimrodic/communist values of 'We don't need G-d' , have helped to result in the downfall of a once great super-power and the corrosion of its society. 

      I was folding laundry the other day, and as I like to watch the news while doing so, I saw a report from a show of talking heads discussing the dismally high rate of teen pregnancy in America.  According to reports, "The United States has the highest rates of teen pregnancy and births in the western industrialized world. Teen pregnancy costs the United States at least $7 billion annually."  

      In some areas in the USA, teen pregnancies are as high as 1 in 5  or 20% !  There are teen pregnancy pacts where young girls are active in things they shouldn't be, just to try to be accepted in school.  One report I saw on the TV news showed a doctor who said that he had a  boy as young as 13 years old come in with a sexually transmitted disease.  THIRTEEN!  

      Afterwards, one of the talking heads, the host of the show, asked why this was happening in America.  I was incredulous and answered the host on the TV screen, and said, "Well, what do you want when you have a valueless society today?  What do you want when all kids see on TV is sex, sex, and more of the same? All kids are exposed to today is s-s-s.  Every tv show, whether it is a drama, soap opera or sit-com all focus on that three letter word. Every joke cracked?  Sex.  Every innuendo?  Sex.  Every crime to be solved? It's with some type of sex offender.  Our kids see it all, all the time, in everything they watch.  

      MTV has a new show out I hear called 'Skins' that apparently show kids involved in drugs and s-s-s. This is supposed to be a show for teens?  What kind of society produces such  poison for impressionable youths to watch?  Even the kid shows have plots of the boy who likes the girl, and tries to win her, and by the end of the show, get's to 'plant one on her' as the LIVE studio audience whistles and oohs and ahhs.  Yup, he got the girl, and yup, he's engaging in things he shouldn't be running after at pre-teen age.  And if you get lucky enough to have your kid watch a decent family type show, then the 'commercials' come on and ruin everything all over again. 

      To top it all off, sitcoms always have families that show dumb, over-reactive parents, and their kids who know better and come off smarter than their folks.  How can any society advance when the kids think they know better than the wisdom offered by their parents, teachers and elders?

      Another report I saw was of an interview with teens asking them why one of their friends committed a series of crimes.  One girl's answer was that the criminal youth's parents didn't listen to him and didn't get him what he wanted.  - Excuse me?  Since when do parents have to listen to their kids and not the other way around?  Who holds more wisdom?  Who should be given more respect?  If I sound like an old fogey, then guilty.  But I know that I need to rely on the wisdom of those who came before me.  Additionally, I know of our brilliant ancestors in Judaism; Moses, King David, King Solomon, Rabbi Akiva, Rambam, Rashi, and on and on and on.... they knew what the right path was, and wanted to instill it in the younger generations in order to create the best world possible for ourselves.

      Why then should we follow the 'new thinkers' the 'intellectual elite' who want to rid the world of G-d's laws and values and implant their own set of rules and unG-dly behaviors? 

      Final point, if our children aren't getting good G-dly values, then what values ARE they getting?  There's a vacuum here.  If they aren't taught by their elders, then they will fill their cups with - things we don't even want to think about - and then it's too late.  What will be with these babies born from promiscuous single teen parents?  How will they grow up?  What values will they get and live by?  What examples will they grow up with and then take into their adult lives?  What education and future can they hope to achieve when already they are handicapped in life being brought up by an irresponsible and immature teen?

      We can only hope that a revival of ethical, humane values will re-take their rightful place and order in this world, and that 'family values' will once again take front seat, and set our generation and society back on a healthy track.  Broken families, unwed teen mommies, out of control materialism, comfort-hungry and instant gratification minded kids in a valueless population in the West, will never beat it's foes.  When faced with enemies like Islamic jihadists who are willing to kill AND die for their beliefs, a secular valueless West will never stand up to it or win.  It will either be absorbed into Islam or eliminated as an infidel entity.

      The short of it is, if we don't instill G-dly values into our kids, then someone or something else will.  What will it be?  It's up to our values.






      Shevat 13, 5771, 1/18/2011

      We Can Do Better, Barak

      by Tamar Yonah

      Oh no!  Not again!  Ehud Barak has started a new political party in the Knesset.  Its called, 'Atzmaut' (Independence) .

      I thought that we could do better.

      Please leave your suggestions for a more honest names, or useful political party names for the citizens of Israel.
      I'll start them off, you can add.

      First of all, the next party to be formed should be a party called the 'No More Political Parties in Israel!' party.

      But let's be realistic, and give realistic names and their mottos. 

      How about:


      The 'Buy My Vote' party:   'We'll sell out to Anyone'

       

      The 'Green' Party:  "Recycle.  - Especially Israeli Politicians" 

      (I think I heard that somewhere before)

      The Appeasement Party: We cow-tow to Everyone!

      'PROMISE' :  Their motto: We Promise never to keep our promises.

      'Guns & Dope' Party:  Uniting the Right and the Left


      The 'W.O.O.F.' party. (Wimps Out Of Funds)  "Panting and wagging their tails for our masters - or for whoever throws us a bone."  Their platform: We'll say yes to bribes, portfolio pay offs and anything else that pads our bank accounts.


      add your own...


      Write a caption to this photo. 

      What is Ehud Barak telling Binyamin Netanyahu? 

      The funniest comment wins a prize.







      Shevat 8, 5771, 1/13/2011

      Could Another Holocaust Happen?

      by Tamar Yonah

      Some say of course there can be, and will be one. Others say, 'Never, the world has learned it's lesson, or at least it would be too hard to get away with it in these days.  And then there are others who say, "At least it could never happen in America'.
      But what's the truth?

      Watch this video below of people being pranked at a bakery that my good friend Dr. Harold B. sent me.  
       


      Do you feel good about the response of your fellow man?  Not good? Uneasy?
      And even if the majority of the people spoke up against Anti-Semitism, would it be enough if there was a REAL consequence to doing so, like prison time or even ....worse?  

      And what about the 'BLACK SHEEP' Phenomena. Did these people speak up because they were morally outraged, or was it because they were ashamed to have one of their own speak in a way that made them 'uncomfortable' and wasn't politically correct?

      Can you be confident in your fellow man/woman if you live in the Diaspora,  and would you rely on the people in your neighborhood /local stores/ supermarkets, etc to stand up and not just say something, but actually take risks or sacrificing their and/or their family's safety, ...for Jews?
       
      Would 'enough' of them do it?

      Remember, it only takes a small percentage of a population to overthrow a majority.  If most of the population is made up of moms and dads, and office workers, and government clerks and workers, and poorer people/immigrants that are just struggling to get their daily bread and pay their rent, would this population, COULD this population stand up against a gang that is armed, patrolling the streets, and ready to use their weapons on you?  

      Remember the old Western Movies?  Remember where it took only a small gang of outlaws to take over a town, and it was up to the cowboy in the white hat to be willing to risk his life and use HIS gun against THEM, to liberate the town from those thugs?
       
      Do we have enough guys with white hats today? What will happen when even our university students today don't even know anything about the Middle East?  

      Watch this video below.  Take out your hanky first.  It's a travesty, even more so, since the USA is actively engaged in a war in the Middle East and these university students, the 'future' of America, have no clue of who inhabits the other side of the globe.


       






      Shevat 6, 5771, 1/11/2011

      Back In The Saddle Again

      by Tamar Yonah




















      Now that I have your attention, I thought I'd try a new twist here.



      A Horse's Behind
      I have returned from a long deserved, earned, and needed vacation - though it was too short (wink).  Southern Israel is beautiful.  ALL of Israel is beautiful, but I needed some milder weather on the sea, and so headed south.  Let me tell you, it's a different world down there.  In resort towns, people surf, paraglide, fish, sail, eat, relax, and they don't seem to give a horse's a-- about politics or the world.  I wish all the world was one big resort town. heh!

      One day while vacationing down south, it was raining -with thundershowers too, and I happened to catch this amazing rainbow that just happened to end right in front of where I was staying.  I had never seen the end of a rainbow, and here it was, wallah, right in front of my eyes, so I snapped a picture with my portable camera. (see below)

      But now getting to the twist... In an attempt to be fresh and be of more service to all you readers -which I highly regard, I am taking ideas from you of what you'd like to see here.  More politics or less?  More opinion pieces, or less?  More personal stories and tidbits, or more cool and odd ball stories from around the world?  No to sexual themes and no to any more blogs or talk re: censorship.  You all know I am quite liberal when it comes to freedom of expression and there's no reason to argue it anymore.

      So I'm back in the saddle again, and I have a good thought provoking video which will be coming up soon.  In the meantime, dream, strive, and amaze yourself at the end of the rainbow on Israel's sea shore.  Tell me what you would wish for....