Archive for March, 2009

Wake up America!

March 27, 2009


Talk about change, – Obama is quick to bring it. Just a few months in his office, and terrorism no longer exists in Obama land. I wonder where they all disappeared to?

The Obama administration has ordered an end to use of the phrase “Global War on Terror,” a label adopted by the Bush administration shortly after the September 11, 2001 attacks, the Washington Post reported on Tuesday.

In a memo sent this week from the Defense Department’s office of security to Pentagon staffers, members were told: “This administration prefers to avoid using the term ‘Long War’ or ‘Global War on Terror’ [GWOT.] Please use ‘Overseas Contingency Operation.'” – Why? Does a change in the vocabulary make the problem go away?

Since English is only about my 4rth language, I looked up the word in my dictionary. It says it means: “a chance, accident or possibility on something uncertain.”

What happened? Are we all of a sudden uncertain who the enemy is?

I admit, the term “War on Terror” was a misnomer because terror was never the cause, only the symptom. Terror was and is used by militant Islam in its world-wide Jihad against the West, – a fanatical religious war.
Obama is so sure it no longer exists; he even wants to disarm our commercial pilots. Newsmax reported that the Obama administration is taking steps to “quietly shut down the program that qualifies commercial airline pilots to carry firearms in jetliner cockpits in order to ward off another 9/11-type attack.” Great, – now you have to think twice before you board a plane, because you may become a passenger on a suicide plane. A Times editorial condemned the Obama administration’s action, calling it “completely unnecessary harassment of the pilots.” Does anyone realize how difficult a pilot’s job is post-911? These professionals carry a great deal of responsibility on their shoulders, what on earth could be meant by “disciplining” a pilot who steps out of line?

By the way, what should we call suicide bombers these days? – Peace activists?

Our new secretary of homeland security downgraded terrorism to “man-made disasters” or some such nonsense.

Obama announced that he would shut down the Guantanamo Bay detention facility in Cuba within one year, raising the prospect of hardened terrorists entering the U.S. criminal justice system, or worse, being released to rejoin al-Qaida. The Obama Administration also dropped the term “enemy combatant” to describe those held at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and increased the legal threshold needed to detain them.

Never mind. They were just a few Islamic peace activists who helped to carry out an Islamic Jihad attack on America. According to Obama they were no enemy combatants; – they were just some poor misguided extremists who shouldn’t have to sit in prison for what they did. It was just an unfortunate accident. Why it happened remains uncertain!

We are now friends with these people. After all, that’s what we promised Iran.

Really? – That’s what President Hussein Obama says. After all, he was raised as a Muslim. His people are now our friends!!

Wake up America! – Lilo


The King of Pop left the Kingdom Hall for the Kaaba!

March 25, 2009


Did you know that Michael Jackson recently converted to the “peaceful religion of Islam”?

Michael Joseph Jackson was born August 29, 1958, as the seventh child of the Jackson family. He began his professional music career at the age of 11 as a member of “The Jackson 5” and began a solo career in 1971 while still he was still a member of the group.

He was born in Gary, Indiana (an industrial suburb of Chicago, Illinois) to a working-class family. The son of Joseph Walter “Joe” and Katherine Esther, he was the seventh of nine children. His siblings were Rebbie, Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, La Toya, Marlon, Randy and Janet. Jackson was raised as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses by his devout mother.

Well, guess what? The King of Pop left the Kingdom Hall for the Kaaba!

Michael’s intentions to convert to Islam were reported as far back as November 2005 in a report released on the website of the Arab-Israeli newspaper, Panorama. The report was based on information elicited from sources in Bahrain. At that time Jackson had officially announced that he had been following the five tenets of Islam and intended to convert to Islam.

Jackson had also announced he was moving to Bahrain and had purchased some real-estate on an artificial island there. Jackson said he intended on moving all his assets and his studio from the U.S. to Bahrain, and had expressed that this way he would be rid of his various legal troubles. His desire was to enjoy the kind of “freedom” he says he doesn’t have in America. The singer said he felt Islam was the closest religion to his personal beliefs. – The World’s No 1 Pop Music Star Michael Jackson had transformed to Islam changing his name Meekaeel.

Jermaine Jackson, Michael Jackson’s brother has also converted to Islam. “There you are protected [from parents’ lawsuits]”, he said.

As a matter of fact, Michael Jackson converted to Islam on the very eve of child-molestation charges being filed against him, reports the New York Post.

You may remember that in 1993, Michael Jackson was accused of child sexual abuse by Evan Chandler, on behalf of his then-13-year-old child, Jordan Chandler. Jackson and Jordan had become friends in May 1992, to the father’s disapproval and concern. The friendship became well known, as the tabloid media reported that Jackson became a member of the Chandler family unit. Under the influence of a controversial sedative administered by Evan Chandler, his son said that Jackson had touched his penis. Evan Chandler was tape-recorded threatening to damage the singer’s music career, and engaged Jackson in unsuccessful negotiations to resolve the issue with a financial settlement. Jordan Chandler then told a psychiatrist and later police that he and Jackson had engaged in acts of kissing, masturbation, and oral sex, as well as giving a description of what he alleges were the singer’s genitals.

In April of 2004, the grand jury returned an indictment charging 46-year-old Michael Jackson with child molestation and a conspiracy count alleging child abduction, false imprisonment and extortion. The indictment also included four counts of lewd acts involving a minor child, one count involving an attempted lewd act upon a child and four counts of administering an intoxicating agent.

So why would Islam be the closest religion to his personal beliefs? Maybe because Islam founder was also a child molester? The mere thought of an old man becoming aroused by a child is one of the most disturbing thoughts that make me cringe as it reminds me of pedophilia and the most despicable people. It is equally difficult to accept that the Muhammad married Aisha when she was 6-years-old and consummated his marriage with her when she was 9. He was then, 54 years old.

Anyway, it’s only been a few months since Jack converted to Islam and already he’s begun to threaten others with violence and “bloodshed.” “Claim: Jacko’s Rep Threatened Harm from Nation of Islam,” from Fox News, March 24:

Last week, Julien and his partner Martin Nolan entered affidavits into Los Angeles Superior Court claiming that an associate of Jackson’s suggested they were in danger from the Nation of Islam if they didn’t stop the auction scheduled for Los Angeles next month.

Jackson’s representative, James R. Weller, Julien says, met with him and Nolan on February 9, 2009 and threatened him with reciprocity from the Nation of Islam. For most of 2004, Jackson was managed by Leonard Muhammad, son in law of Louis Farrakhan. His security was provided by the NOI as well throughout his 2005 trial for child molestation.

“During the meeting, Weller told Martin and me that our lives would be in danger if we did not postpone the auction. Weller said if we refused to postpone it, we would be in danger from “Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam; those people are very protective of Michael.”</em>

Julien’s statement continues: “He told us that Dr. Tohme and Michael Jackson wanted to give the message to us that our lives are at stake and there will be bloodshed.”…

Oh my, I thought Islam was a peaceful religion? Maybe I was wrong? – Lilo

Yesh Din V’Yesh Dayan

March 24, 2009

Prepare for War

March 23, 2009


As the world is stumbling, the nations are grumbling. Have you noticed that today everyone is feeling a little weak in the knees? History seems to be speeding up!

We are living in the time of the great battle of Gog and Magog. It is the battle described in the book of Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39, in which the nations of the world join together and come against Jerusalem (Israel). Newspapers and television reports remind us of these matters daily. The world’s economy is in shambles.

Russia, today, is again flexing its muscles. It is rattling its sabers beside the Black Sea. Russia dreams of restoring its vast Empire. – Meanwhile Jihad warriors are ambushing coalition troops in the Hindu Kush Mountains. In the Middle East and Asia, Islamists strive on the path of Allah to help speed the victory of a worldwide Islamic Caliphate. These visions motivate and activate Easterners, while Westerners glaze over in disinterest and disbelief. – Nuclear instability rises like a mushroom cloud in the Middle East, along with Islamic Jihad.

Israel, from the beginning, was part of G-D’s prophetic plan. Scripture details how the descendents of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (Israel) are linked to the land of Canaan (Israel). Moses in Deuteronomy writes regarding the land and the descendents of Jacob who were given the land by G-D in the days of Moses and Joshua.

“It is not because of your righteousness or the uprightness of your heart that you go in to possess their land, but because of the wickedness of these nations that the L-rd your G-D drives them out from before you, and that He may fulfill the word which the L-rd swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.” (Deuteronomy 9:5)

One hundred years ago, there was no threat of Islam against Israel, because there was no Israel. Today that has all changed, the Muslim nations have raged against it, threatening to send the Jews into the sea from the first day of the reborn Jewish state. Muslim nations surround Israel, and oppose its existence, even after losing five major conflicts. Currently the great Islamic threat comes from Iran, which has openly called for the destruction of the Jewish state, while at the same time trying to develop nuclear capability.

Islam will remain a threat to Israel, until either Islam or Israel attains a decisive victory over the other. Since Israel’s very existence remains in doubt from the world perspective, the conclusion to this Islam/Israel conflict needs to be understood from a biblical viewpoint.

A confederacy of nations comes against Israel, G-D, who through Ezekiel foretells the event, defeats them. This conflict establishes Israel and restores them to the land in preparation of their redemption. The conflict will also remind the world, why Israel went into captivity for the last two-thousand years. (Ezekiel 39:28). – Today, the children of Israel have been brought back to the Land of Israel from the 4 corners of the earth. The stage is set, and the nations of the world are ready to converge on Jerusalem. Everyone wants Jerusalem; – it is the spiritual capital of the world.

G-D’s choosing of Israel resulted in Satan targeting Israel for mass destruction. The history of Israel (biblical history) details Satan’s repeated attempts to wipe the seed of Abraham and Jacob off the face of the earth. From Pharaoh to Babylon, from Haman to Hadrian, from Hitler and Stalin to Ahmedinejad – God’s Jewish flock has always been fending off the baying wolves of Satan’s hordes (Ezek.34:5-6).

The Scriptures even describe specific last day’s military battles revolving around the land of Israel and the city of Jerusalem (Zech.12-14; Joel 3; Ezekiel 37-39 etc). These passages help prepare us, help get us in the frame of mind and understanding – to be ready for a season of war and not to be surprised by it.

The Coalition Puzzle

March 20, 2009

rc1I love to read the Dry Bones Comics. Many of the older ones are still relevant today. One Golden Oldie is from 1981 shows Menachim Begin trying to solve the puzzle of how to unite the different ministers to form a new coalition government in the Knesset. It seems that there is nothing new under the sun, because today we’re watching Likud leader Bibi Netanyahu doing the same.

He is shown using the Rubik Cube. I am sure you remember the puzzle consisting of twenty-six unique miniature cubes, also called “cubies” or “cubelets”. It has twelve edge pieces which show two colored sides each, and eight corner pieces which show three colors. There are 8! (40,320) ways to arrange the corner cubes, and 12!/2 (239,500,800) ways to arrange the edges. Don’t ask me about mathematics, it has something to do with permutations. Although there are a significant number of possible permutations for the Rubik’s Cube, there have been a number of solutions developed which allow for the cube to be solved in well under 100 moves.

The Israeli elections have been over for quite some time. But we still do not have a new government and every day that passes sees new possibilities as to what kind of government will eventually emerge. You see, the formation of Israel’s next government has nothing to do with the will of the voters, rather it is Israel’s version of the game show, “Let’s make a Deal”.

While it first appeared that the next government would be dependent upon religious and right wing parties, we now hear that Netanyahu made Barak an offer he cannot refuse. If this materializes then the right wing will have lost its power and the government will be much like the previous one.

So, once again, we see the Israeli democracy proves to be nothing more than a rubber stamp to the secular politicians who care more about their seats then they do about the country they want to run.

Could it be that the Almighty will not allow Israel to have a strong government until they turn to Him for help and guidance?

Shalom – Lilo

American Stimulus Money

March 17, 2009


Just watch the video, you will get the idea!

Credit Card 2009

March 17, 2009


The Silent Exodus

March 13, 2009


Pierre Rehov’s Middle East Documentary

Silent Exodus was selected at the International Human Rights Film Festival of Paris (2004) and presented at the UN Geneva Human Rights Annual Convention (2004)

In 1948 nearly one million Jews lived in Arab lands. But In barely twenty years, they have become forgotten fugitives, expelled from their native lands, forgotten by history and where the victims themselves have hidden their fate under a cloak of silence.

A people whom legend have always associated with “wandering” many of these Jews from Arab lands had lived there for thousands of years and accepted their fate, through good times and bad times.

But 1948, the beginning of their exodus, also saw the birth of the State of Israel.

And, while the Arab armies were preparing to invade the young refugee-country, the survivors of the Shoah were piling up in rickety boats. Meanwhile a few hundred thousand Arabs from Palestine were getting ready to flee their homes, convinced that they would return as winners and conquerors.

Soon – by a terrible twist of fate they, as well, began to fill up refugee camps and passed on their refugee status to new generations.

The Jews, however, did not receive refugee status.

They had just rediscovered the land of their birthright.

And if they came from Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Syria, Iraq or from Yemen, if they had lost everything, even their relatives and their cemeteries, they were ready to rebuild their lives in the West and for many – in Israel – and try to forget their past.

Without ever asking for compensation or the right of return, or even wishing that their story be told…

Below is the link to the trailer for the superb filmmaker Pierre Rehov’s Silent Exodus. Silent Exodus was selected at the International Human Rights Film Festival of Paris in 2004 and presented at the UN Geneva Human Rights Annual Convention that same year.

You will have to copy and paste it into the browser. For some reason the links feature is not working.

Money for Gaza

March 4, 2009

gaza-2I wish it was only a nightmare, and I could wake up from a bad dream. But this is all really happening. Crazy things cannot possibly happen in real life, are happening.

The USA – a country who is quickly losing its wealth – is pledging $900 Million to Gaza.

Israel National News reported on February 24, that a senior official in the Obama administration promised, the U.S. would transfer 900 million dollars to Gaza as part of a renovation effort following Operation Cast Lead. The money is supposed to pass through the hands of the UN and non-governmental organizations and not Hamas.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, in her first foray into Middle East diplomacy, landed in this Red Sea resort on Sunday, carrying a pledge of $300 million for war-torn Gaza.

The United States further promised an additional $600 million to the Palestinian Authority to cover a budget shortfall and to bolster the Palestinian economy. Some of that money may also end up in Gaza, large parts of which are in ruins after Israel’s military assault on the militant group Hamas. Much of it is supposed to go to the West Bank, where the Palestinian Authority is in control.

Newspapers around the world published the story in disbelief. Has America gone mad?

People are out of work, houses are not selling, nobody is buying, but Obama is passing money out like candy. Where is all that money coming from?

That’s almost a billion dollars! $900 million U.S. taxpayer dollars (in addition to $85 million pledged in December) to bail out Hamas in Gaza? Are they smoking crack in Washington?

What about war torn Israel? Who cares that they still have missiles raining down on them daily… it just doesn’t matter. Who is helping them? Not the USA, as we can see from her actions.

This is the nightmare. How do you wake up from a nightmare when you are not asleep?

No one is starving in Gaza; no one ever did because Israel won’t let it happen. But many may soon starve in the USA, because their tax-dollars have to support Islamic Jihadists.

Bailing out mortgages is one thing – bailing out terrorist organizations is something else.

Oh my, have people gone mad in America?

Puzzled in Gaza

March 3, 2009


Mar. 2, 2009
I’m a poet, an English Jew and a frequent visitor to Israel. Deeply disturbed by the reports of wanton slaughter and destruction during Operation Cast Lead, I felt I had to see for myself. I flew to Tel Aviv and on Wednesday, January 28, using my press card to cross the Erez checkpoint, I walked across the border into Gaza where I was met by my guide, a Palestinian journalist. He asked if I wanted to meet with Hamas officials. I explained that I’d come to bear witness to the damage and civilian suffering, not to talk politics.

What I saw was that there had been precision attacks made on all of Hamas’ infrastructure. Does UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon criticize the surgical destruction of the explosives cache in the Imad Akhel Mosque, of the National Forces compound, of the Shi Jaya police station, of the Ministry of Prisoners? The Gazans I met weren’t mourning the police state. Neither were they radicalized. As Hamas blackshirts menaced the street corners, I witnessed how passersby ignored them.

THERE WERE empty beds at Shifa Hospital and a threatening atmosphere. Hamas is reduced to wielding its unchallengeable authority from extensive air raid shelters which, together with the hospital, were built by Israel 30 years ago. Terrorized Gazans used doublespeak when they told me most of the alleged 5,500 wounded were being treated in Egypt and Jordan. They want it known that the figure is a lie, and showed me that the wounded weren’t in Gaza. No evidence exists of their presence in foreign hospitals, or of how they might have gotten there.

From the mansions of the Abu Ayida family at Jebala Rayes to Tallel Howa (Gaza City’s densest residential area), Gazans contradicted allegations that Israel had murderously attacked civilians. They told me again and again that both civilians and Hamas fighters had evacuated safely from areas of Hamas activity in response to Israeli telephone calls, leaflets and megaphone warnings.

Seeing Al-Fakhora made it impossible to understand how UN and press reports could ever have alleged that the UNWRA school had been hit by Israeli shells. The school, like most of Gaza, was visibly intact. I was shown where Hamas had been firing from nearby, and the Israeli missile’s marks on the road outside the school were unmistakeable. When I met Mona al-Ashkor, one of the 40 people injured running toward Al-Fakhora – rather than inside it as widely and persistently reported – I was told that Israel had warned people not to take shelter in the school because Hamas was operating in the area, and that some people had ignored the warning because UNWRA previously told them that the school would be safe. Press reports that fatalities numbered 40 were denied.

I WAS TOLD stories at Samouni Street which contradicted each other, what I saw and later media accounts. Examples of these inconsistencies are that 24, 31, 34 or more members of the Fatah Samouni family had died. That all the deaths occurred when Israel bombed the safe building it had told 160 family members to shelter in; the safe building was pointed out to me but looked externally intact and washing was still hanging on a line on one of its balconies. That some left the safe building and were shot in another house. That one was shot when outside collecting firewood. That there was no resistance – but the top right hand window of the safe building (which appears in a BBC Panorama film Out of the Ruins” aired February 8) has a black mark above it – a sign I was shown all day of weaponry having been fired from inside. That victims were left bleeding for two or three days.

I saw large scoured craters and a buckled container which appeared to have been damaged by an internal impact (its external surfaces were undamaged). Media accounts of Samouni Street don’t mention these possible indications of explosive caches (although the container is visible on media footage). The Samouni family’s elder told me during a taped interview that he had a CD film of the killings. As far as I’m aware, no such film has been made public. He also told me that there are members of his family who have still not been found.

The media have manufactured and examined allegations that Israel committed a war crime against the Samounis without mentioning that the family are Fatah and that some of its members are still missing. They have not considered what might flow from those facts: that Hamas might have been active not only in the Samouni killings but in the exertion of force on the Samounis to accuse Israel.

THE GAZA I saw was societally intact. There were no homeless, walking wounded, hungry or underdressed people. The streets were busy, shops were hung with embroidered dresses and gigantic cooking pots, the markets were full of fresh meat and beautiful produce – the red radishes were bigger than grapefruits. Mothers accompanied by a 13-year-old boy told me they were bored of leaving home to sit on rubble all day to tell the press how they’d survived. Women graduates I met in Shijaya spoke of education as power as old men watched over them.

No one praised their government as they showed me the sites of tunnels where fighters had melted away. No one declared Hamas victorious for creating a forced civilian front line as they showed me the remains of booby trapped homes and schools.

From what I saw and was told in Gaza, Operation Cast Lead pinpointed a totalitarian regime’s power bases and largely neutralized Hamas’s plans to make Israel its tool for the sacrifice of civilian life.

Corroboration of my account may be found in tardy and piecemeal retractions of claims concerning the UNWRA school at Al-Fakhora; an isolated acknowledgment that Gaza is substantially intact by The New York Times; Internet media watch corrections; and the unresolved discrepancy between the alleged wounded and their unreported whereabouts.

The writer is a poet and freelance writer who lives in London. Her collection Boukhara was a 2008 Smith/Doorstop prize winner. She also translates the poetry of Semyon Lipkin, the Russian World War II poet.