As originally reported on the congressional website of Republican Rep. Bruce Braley of Iowa (IA-01),the U.S. Army has stopped serving breakfast to American troops serving on 17 bases in Afghanistan. The measure, which will be extended further beginning this weekend, is one of the earliest stages in the U.S. military pull-out from Afghanistan.
On his website, Braley explained he learned about the military’s cutbacks from Iowa constituents whose family members are serving in Afghanistan.
What did you expect, when you put an anti-American community organizer in the White House?
I don't feel at liberty to explain, but I hope you will believe me that we need your help, this day and possibly for many days to come. Whatever good we can do - with or without reason - is what we must do. Whatever it takes to be blessed with a miracle.
Please use this traditional format - or any form or language that is comfortable to you - to strengthen and amplify our plea for mercy and for blessing.
May the One who blessed our forefathers Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and our foremothers Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel, and Leah, bless and heal Yitzchok ben Bracha. May the Holy One, blessed be God, be merciful and strengthen and heal him. Grant him a complete and speedy recovery—healing of body and healing of soul. And let us say: Amen.
... while Republicans, conservatives, and libertarians are all revved-up about gun control, social issues, and even the economy, the real permanent damage is being done elsewhere....
.... And when I say permanent damage, I mean it. You can always change gun laws (we have several times already). The social issues are largely determined by the culture, and ... the economy is only partially in the hands of the government.
What you can’t simply change is the nature of global forces, the power configuration of our planet. Since World War II, the world has survived and prospered to a remarkable degree under U.S. leadership. Nazism was defeated, followed by the downfall or reformation of equally murderous communist regimes.
Barack Obama’s deepest intention — emotionally and ideologically — is to change all that.
Please, I need your help. We need to storm the gates of heaven with prayers for the recovery of Yitzchok ben Bracha, so dear to my heart.
The MiSheberach - This is often considered the most traditional prayer for one who is ill. It is usually recited during the Torah service at synagogue....
May the One who blessed our forefathers Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and our foremothers Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel, and Leah, bless and heal Yitzchok son of Bracha. May the Holy One, blessed be God, be merciful and strengthen and heal him. Grant him a complete and speedy recovery—healing of body and healing of soul. And let us say: Amen.
Also, if you would join me in saying Tehillim, it would be Chapters 6, 20, 30, 41, 88 and 103.
I realize I am not giving any reasons for all of this. It is not likely by accident that this was the "Daily Dose" I received from Chabad.org in my inbox this morning:
This is how that darkness within us finds its way out: First it agrees with everything good we do.
When we choose to meditate, it tells us, “Yes! Meditate! That way you will become a great sage!”
When we choose to do a good deed, it says, “Yes! You are so wonderful! Think what others will do in return for this!”
Slowly, slowly, it convinces us that any good we do requires its approval. And then, you’ve fallen into its trap.
I used to have some respect for Dianne Feinstein, believing that she had at least some respect for the country, but now she's on national television calling the NRA names:
"The NRA is venal. They come after you, they put together large amounts of money to defeat you," she said on CNN's "State of the Union."
I had to look up the word venal to understand what she was saying. It sounds like some kind of vampire thing... but it's not.
1.willing to sell one's influence, especially in return for a bribe; open to bribery; mercenary
2.able to be purchased, as by a bribe
3.associated with or characterized by bribery
Unless Feinstein has given the NRA a bribe in order to buy their influence - or knows someone who has - she is categorically misusing the word. And of course CNN's newbie stenographer-for-Obama, Ashley Killough, didn't catch the mistake. We shouldn't be too hard on Ashley, though, as she seems to be occupying neither her parents' basement nor Wall Street, though she is the right age for both.
Now then, back to what is venal and what is not. "Putting together large amounts of money to defeat" political candidates is something Feinstein and her Senate colleagues do all the time. Democrat campaign organizers, donors and mega-donors call it "community organizing" -- to the tune of $716 million, just to defeat Mitt Romney. And now they're taking it to great new dimensions with this "unprecedented" presidential 501(c)4, Organizing for Action-- a la Soros.
Maybe when Ashley grows up she'll pull a Bob Woodward and investigate some of our more venal politicians. She might start by figuring out how Diane Feinstein has amassed a fortune worth over $70 million on a Senate salary of less than $200,000 a year.
Words beget words, and thoughts skid off into side-track. . . . The 'laconic' is by me only occasionally achieved as an 'art form' by the cutting out of 3/4 or more of what I have written and so is, of course, in fact more time-taking and laborious than 'free length.' "
A treasure of short essays on culture, music, literature, etc. by three brilliant cultural critics. Each essay is a lesson worth learning. Just read Auden's 1959 review of the Hobbit -- he loved it. In an age of gossipy blog posts these essays give the reader something serious to think about.