By: Fern Sidman
In the heinous massacre that has rocked the nation to its core, it has been reported that among the 20 children that were killed at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut on Friday morning, December 14th, was six-year-old Noah Posner, a Jewish boy. His twin sister, also a student at the Sandy Hook school, escaped with her life. Upon receiving the news that her son had been one of the first graders killed, Noah’s mother, Veronique, a nurse at a local hospital, completely broke down, according to Rabbi Shaul Praver of Temple Adath Israel in Newtown.
The youngest of all of the victims, Noah celebrated his 6th birthday on November 20th and was remembered in a deeply emotional Sabbath service led by Rabbi Praver at the Adath Israel synagogue. Telling his congregants that the “culture of violence” would have to change, at a community prayer session on Saturday, Rabbi Praver said, “We live in a culture of violence. All of our culture is based on violence and we need to teach the kids about the ways of peace. We need to change everything. There’s too much war, too much violence in our streets.”
Speaking of the ephemeral aspects of life, Rabbi Praver said, “Don’t think that life is somewhere over the rainbow. What you’ve got right now, with your family, your friends, your house: This might be as good as life is ever going to be. So hug your children, love your children… Life is not happening on the other side of the rainbow. We are on the other side of the rainbow.”
Rabbi Praver advised his congregation not to back away from facing reality. “We need to walk back into that school and as soon as the doors open up and go right back to school and continue on with our lives,” he said. After the prayer services, the rabbi told reporters, “I don’t buy the notion that only violence sells. Violence sells because someone chose to sell that product, meaning violent video games and movies. We can sell the product of peace.” He added that, little Noah “was at the wrong place at the wrong time and his little body could not endure so many bullets like that.”
Earlier, Rabbi Praver told National Public Radio Weekend Edition host Scott Simon that he spent Friday — which he termed “the day from Hell” — consoling Posner’s mother, who is a member of the synagogue. “I told the mother that was grieving that I personally believe in the eternity of the soul, and I believe that she will see her son again,” Praver said. “Other than that theological comment, the rest of it was getting her to think about taking a breath and not trying to plan the rest of her life out right now, because she says, ‘What am I going to do without my baby?’”
Praver also spoke about a second victim, six-year-old Benjamin Wheeler, who he called “a very spirited boy.” He and his parents, David and Francine Wheeler, were not members of the synagogue, but they attended its Chanukah celebration. There’s always some brave individual who goes up to the dance floor to get everybody involved. That was Ben Wheeler,” he said. “Just delightful people.”
Praver was among the group of assorted clergy, social workers and psychologists who arrived at the firehouse near the school where many of the victims and their families congregated after the shooting.
In response to the question of why such tragedies happen, Praver replied: “I don’t know the answer to that. I never try to present a theological answer to that. I think what’s more important is to have compassion, humanity and hold someone’s hand and hug them and cry with them.”
The horrific drama unfolded on Friday morning, a little after 9:30 a.m. when a lone gunman identified as Adam Lanza, 20, of Newtown, burst through the school’s security system and headed for a classroom of first graders. Possessing hundreds of rounds of ammunition, Lanza used a Bushmaster .233 semi-automatic rifle, killing 18 of the children on site, with two being rushed to the local hospital where they were pronounced dead on arrival.
He also killed their teacher, 27-year-old Victoria Soto, along with the school principal Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung, 47, school psychologist, Mary Sherlach, 56, permanent substitute teacher Lauren Rousseau, 30, and teachers Rachel Davino, 29, and Anne Marie Murphy, 25. Lanza then turned the gun on himself, taking his own life, when he heard the first responders approaching. All together, he snuffed out the lives of 26 individuals in the second largest school shooting in US history.
Before carrying out the gruesome massacre at the Sandy Hook school, Lanza, using guns legally registered to his mother Nancy, fatally shot her in the face in the family home in Newtown. In addition to the Bushmaster semi-automatic rifle, he was armed with two automatic handguns.
A relative told ABC News that Adam was “obviously not well.” Family friends in Newtown also described the young man as troubled and described Nancy as rigid. “Adam was not connected with the other kids,” said Barbara Frey, who also said he was “a little bit different, kind of repressed.”
Nancy and her husband Peter, Adam’s father, divorced in 2009. Peter Lanza, who drove to northern New Jersey to talk to police and the FBI, is a vice president at GE Capital and had been a partner at global accounting giant Ernst & Young.
In a condolence letter to President Obama following the massacre, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu drew a parallel to the acts of barbaric Arab terrorism Israel has to deal with. “I was shocked and horrified by today’s savage massacre of innocent children and adults at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut,” Netanyahu wrote. “We in Israel have experienced such cruel acts of slaughter and we know the shock and agony they bring. I want to express my profound grief, and that of all the people in Israel, to the families that lost their loved ones. May you and the American people find the strength to overcome this unspeakable tragedy.”
Israeli President Shimon Peres on Saturday called the massacre “atrocious” and “incomprehensible” and said that Israelis’ hearts were with the bereaved families. In his own letter of condolence to the US President, Peres said there was no experience that could be likened to that of a parent losing a child. “We stand with you today in contemplation and grief over the atrocious, incomprehensible massacre of 20 children and six adults — educators – at Sandy Hook Elementary School,” he wrote. “No crime is more heinous than the killing of a child,” he added. “Our thoughts and prayers are with you.”
Earlier, Tzipi Livni, head of the newly formed centrist party Hatnuah and a former foreign minister, sent a message to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. “On this sad day, all Israelis share the deep sorrow of the Americans over the loss of so many lives of women, men and innocent children,” she said.
By: Burt Keefer
Threats to Our Nation:
1. Our Own Government
2. U.S. Currency
3. National Debt
4. Securing America’s Borders
5. Unemployment 17%
6. Threats of Islam
7. United Nations
A. Agenda 21
B. Project 60
C. Arms Treaty
8. George Soros, Secret Societies, New World Order, Progressive Party
9. Labor Unions
11. Health Care
12. Social Security
13. Educational System
15. Wall Street
16. Dependence of Foreign Oil
17. 47% of America is on Government Aid
18. Supreme Court
19. Gulan Movement- 130 schools in 26 States that are owned and taught by Muslims
20. Not Supporting Made In The USA
We have more threats to our Nation today than all the 235 years added together. It is time to take back what belongs to We The People.
It’s important to understand why we must secure our borders. There are many reasons and all of them need to be done but there is one threat that is overlooked the most and it’s the most dangerous one of all. The power in voting. We process 1 million legal immigrants each year becoming new U.S. citizens. They take an oath and become a new Welfare Recipient. We have just added 1 million new voters per year for the movement of socialism. But this number is small in comparison to the anchor babies of illegal aliens. They will come of age to vote by 2016 and their vote will offset or cancel the Conservative voters. Yes, I’m talking about We The People, the last of our kind.
Here is a 9 minute video on Securing Our Borders. Click on this link. Share and Enjoy:
The Threats Of Islam Video
There is no doubt that our President is a dedicated Muslim. To be able to recite the Islamic call to prayer in Arabic, kneeling down in prayer in a Mosque, bowing to a Saudi King, Muslim appointees to our Federal Government, to be a follower and lover of George Soros and to offer amnesty to law breaking illegal aliens. Did anyone truly think he was a Christian American who loves God and Country? Here is a 9 minute video of Obama’s Muslim Dream. Click on this link. Share and Enjoy:
One Language, One Flag, One Nation
Burt Keefer – AmericaWorking.Org
Glenn Beck and his wonderful wife Tania and daughter Cheyenne
make Coma Hot Chocolate.
Every week on Monday morning, the Council and invited guests weigh in at the Watcher’s Forum with short takes on a major issue or query of the day. This week’s question: What Celebrity Or Public Figure Would You Most Like To Meet And Spend Time With?
The Colossus of Rhodey: I’d like to spend a day with Dennis Miller. I’ve always loved his sarcastic humor, his impressive vocabulary (and the two used together), and now his political acumen. The latter is important because he’s a “reformed” liberal, much like actor Ron Silver. I enjoyed his since-canceled CNBC show from years back, and always look forward to his appearances on The O’Reilly Factor every Wednesday.
The Razor: I am an extremely private, shy and solitary person, so the idea of meeting a stranger and spending time with them does not come naturally to me making it a very difficult question. It is complicated by the fact that most of my heroes are dead, and those that are living have clay feet (Nelson Mandela criticized the US reaction to 9-11 and sided with Saddam Hussein against the US as he slipped into the twilight of senescence.)
Instead I’ll propose a meeting in a warm coffee shop on a cold afternoon with Charles Krauthammer, PJ O’Rourke, and Walter Russell Mead. Since “four” is an odd number for conversation, I would sit back and listen to the three discuss the world. I personally wouldn’t offer much; I wouldn’t have to. All three men have different personalities and perspectives on events and have shaped my thinking over the years, so I would not be adding anything original to the conversation.
But I would ask them one question before we broke up and went our separate ways that night: What do we need to do to save our country from ruin by the plutocracy that runs it? I honestly don’t know. I veer from constructive determination powered by righteous anger to despair often within seconds. I suppose Krauthammer, being a psychiatrist, could recommend someone or something for that, but I’d be curious to hear the three men – each a genius in his own right – debate what is to be done during Obama’s second term to prevent the progressives from mortally wounding our country.
The Noisy Room: My choice would be Glenn Beck. It’s a hard question for me because I don’t consider celebrities anything special due to the nature of my work. I have worked with quite a few and I have a different viewpoint on people. Money and fame have little effect on me. I would choose Beck, because I genuinely like the guy and he could easily have been part of my family.
I would like to meet with him not only for business insights, but for religious ones as well. I believe he would be fascinating to talk with and a great deal could be learned from his viewpoints on religion and politics. Plus, he’s just plain funny and that is what I like in people. I know that there would be endless topics we could discuss and it would be time well spent. There are few people that you can just sit and talk with and lose track of time… I’m certain Glenn Beck is one of those people. It’s been a long time since I could sit down and debate/speak with someone just for the sake of going over topics. My father and I use to do that for hours at a time and I miss it dearly.
Yep, Beck would be fun to shoot the breeze with. But with The Blaze, his radio show, cable presence and books galore, it’s as if I have already gotten to know him and spend time with him. We think a great deal alike (too bad for Beck). So in a way, I’ve already spent time with him and it has been worth every minute. He’s been a blessing to many, many people.
JoshuaPundit: I’m going to cheat, just a bit. Because it would largely depend what I was in the mood for.
So, my choice… if I was feeling like sheer amusement, Sasha Barat-Cohen without a doubt. Hanging with him for a day would be like being a participant in my own private circus.
If I wanted the best in deep thinking, American politics and advice on breaking into media, Rush Limbaugh. I first started listening to him in the Clinton ‘vast right wing conspiracy’ years and tuned in just to see what all the fuss was about. He literally changed a lot of my fuzzy thinking around almost before I realized it. From all accounts, an incredibly nice man away from the mike as well.
If I wanted to discuss geopolitics and foreign policy, I’d opt for none other than the brilliant Dr. Henry Kissinger. Anyone who doubts his intellectual firepower has only to read one of his books. Even in his nineties his mind is like a steel trap. Probably our most accomplished Secretary of State, in my opinion.
The Political Commentator: No question John Bolton. Been trying too.
David Gerstman, AKA Soccer Dad: The public figure I’d most like to meet is Natan Sharansky.
Not only did he survive years of imprisonment in Soviet jails, he was eventually freed and become a politician and public figure in Israel.
Though many of his old champions shun him because he became too “right wing,” he still promotes a “freedom agenda.”
His freedom agenda is not the same as George W. Bush’s. President Bush unfortunately advocated elections without infrastructure. Sharansky sees elections as the final step in the creation of democratic government.
How does he feel about the “Arab spring?” How does it compare with the fall of communism?
Rhymes With Right: This is one of those questions I find difficult to answer, since as I understand the question we are limited to living people.
Certainly, I can think of a number of political figures I would love to meet and spend time with — including to be honest, some I do not agree with politically.
I could easily name a number of football players, actors, and musicians.
But when it comes right down to it, my choice would have to be an author — Tom Clancy. I’ve loved his Jack Ryan novels ever since reading the first one. I’ve been fascinated by his non-fiction works about defense issues. I would love to get inside his head and learn about the writer’s craft. I’d also love to know what he really thought of the casting decisions on the movie adaptations of his books — and the liberties taken in adapting them to the big screen.
Now maybe that makes me boring — but I am who I am.
The Independent Sentinel: I would like to meet Mitt Romney and thank him for giving it his all. He tried to save the Republic and I am grateful to him for that. He would have been a good President.
Well, there you have it.
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By: Trevor Loudon
This will come as absolutely no surprise to anyone familiar with international communism or South African politics.
From Alex Newman, writing in The New American:
Despite decades of Nelson Mandela denying that he was an official member of the South African Communist Party (SACP) during his Soviet-backed war on the Apartheid government, evidence uncovered recently by British historian Stephen Ellis shows otherwise. The new research confirmed that not only was the African National Congress (ANC) leader a member of the SACP, he may have actually been a senior official working with the party’s Central Committee.
Still, for 50 years, while admitting that he was influenced by Marx and other communist luminaries, Mandela has denied — in public, at least — that he was an actual member of the Communist Party. But now, documents discovered at the University of Cape Town by Stephen Ellis, a professor based at the Free University of Amsterdam, completely contradict Mandela’s bogus claims.
Among other evidence, Ellis found minutes from a secret SACP meeting of top leaders in 1982. The papers document a high-level Communist Party functionary’s discussion about Mandela having joined the SACP around 20 years earlier. That would mean he joined in the beginning of the 1960s, probably 1961 or 1962, well before he was prosecuted for, among numerous other crimes, membership in the outlaw party backed by some of the most ruthless tyrants on the face of the Earth.
“There was an accusation that we opposed allowing Nelson [Mandela] and Walter [Sisulu, a fellow activist] into the Family [a code word for the party],” Communist leader and SACP Central Committee member John Pule Motshabi was quoted as saying in the minutes. “We were not informed because this was arising after the 1950 campaigns [a series of street protests]. The recruitment of the two came after.”
Experts including Ellis, who first identified and publicized the documents, said it was some of the most compelling evidence to date proving that Mandela was actually a member of the SACP. However, some analysts attempted to dismiss the new finds as insignificant, portraying the former South African president’s party membership as a mere alliance of convenience that was supposedly necessary to overthrow the existing government.
Had the proof been more widely disseminated decades ago, though, it would have been much harder for the Western establishment, including the U.S. government, to openly join forces with communist tyrants to support the controversial figure in his often-brutal guerrilla war. Indeed, if the world had only been paying attention, the signs would have been obvious to even a casual observer.
Today, if the truth had been known back then, South Africa might be a very different place, too. As The New American reported recently in a series of articles citing some of the world’s foremost authorities on the subject, the so-called “Rainbow Nation” is currently facing the threat of both genocide and full-blown communism as white farmers are massacred and ANC-SACP politicians plot more robbery.
“Communist parties are dogmatic organizations. They never move anyone up to the central committee unless they know them to be die-hard Communists,” explained anti-communist analyst Daniel Greenfield in a piece for FrontPage magazine. “If Mandela was in the central committee, then he was a longtime member in good standing who had proven himself.”
Of course, Mandela has long been accused of being a member of the SACP, even by multiple party officials, going back about five decades. His wife Winnie was famous for being a rabid proponent of “necklacing.” The brutal punishment, used against fellow blacks who disagreed with the ANC, involved placing a burning tire filled with gasoline around a victim’s neck that killed slowly and painfully.
During Mandela’s prosecution for sabotage and treason, prosecutors also produced a document written by the controversial figure in which he actually boasted of being a Communist Party member. On being released from prison, Mandela proclaimed at a rally: “I salute the South African Communist Party for its sterling contribution to the struggle for democracy.” He appeared (and was photographed) at multiple rallies with SACP boss Joe Slovo in front of a giant hammer and sickle.
The ANC and its terrorist wing, founded and led by Mandela, were dominated by the Communist Party as well, and the influence goes back decades. “No major decision could be taken by the ANC without the concurrence and approval of the Central Committee of the South African Communist Party,” former ANC and SACP leader Bartholomew Hlapane testified before the U.S. Congress before being executed by an assassin. Support from the communist terror regimes ruling China, Cuba, and the Soviet Union for Mandela, his ANC, and the SACP is also a matter of historical record.
Today, unsurprisingly to analysts who were paying attention two decades ago, the ANC rules South Africa in an unholy alliance with the SACP and an umbrella group for labor unions. Numerous top officials, including recent ANC presidents, have publicly admitted to also being members of the SACP. South Africans of all colors are now paying the price.
Read the KeyWiki expose of the communist background of current South African president Jacob Zuma.