Obama Administration Stonewalling on Benghazi? What a Silly Thought!

President Obama is dedicated to pursue those who murdered the United States ambassador and three others in Benghazi during a multi-hour firefight

  President Obama promised Americans "the most transparent administration in history," and so I'm sure that's true.  I have no doubt about it.  None whatever.  The very thought that it might not be true is ridiculous.  And racist. http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/346944/krauthammers-take-administration-stonewalling-benghazi-msm-wont-say-so  Posted from Jerusalem     … [Read more...]

Could the Obama Administration have responded to the Benghazi attack in time to save the lives of the U.S. ambassador and the others there?

Don't ask, don't tell

   Did incompetence, indifference, or sheer sloth doom those men who were under attack in Libya for seven hours? http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/04/30/special-ops-benghazi-whistleblower-tells-fox-news-government-could-have/ Meh. Who cares?  Posted from Jerusalem    … [Read more...]

The Wall

A nod toward Michelangelo's Sistine ceiling

 Today we visit (among other things), Bethlehem and the Church of the Nativity.  It's a good day.  However, to get there we need to pass through one of the ugliest things in the country -- namely, the security fence erected by Israel in recent years (hundreds of kilometers long) to separate areas of Israeli Jewish population from the Palestinian territories of the occupied West Bank.  (Bethlehem is an Arab town on the West Bank.)  Here are some photographs, so that you can have an idea o … [Read more...]

Yerushalayim shel Zahav

Yerushalayim shel Zahav

  It's good to be here again. Coming up the steep road from Jericho (820 feet below sea level), I always remember how, in the parable of the Good Samaritan, "a certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves" (Luke 10:30).  And how, at the beginning of the Book of Mormon, Lehi and his family go down from Jerusalem (roughly 2577 feet above sea level) into the wilderness, and Lehi sends his sons back up to the city, and then, having a … [Read more...]

This is a difficult place to leave!

Another view of our miserable living conditions

    We -- this "Cruise Lady" group of forty-nine -- have spent the past three nights at Kibbutz Ein Gev, on the eastern shore of the Sea of Galilee.  I've stayed here before -- as a student in 1978, and as a teacher with his family and students in 1993 -- but I've mostly stayed on the western shore, over in or by the small city of TIberias, where Moses Maimonides is buried, or near the small town of Migdal, from which Mary Magdalene … [Read more...]

On Objective, Definitive Historical Writing

Haaretz masthead in both English and Hebrew

  I ran across the following in the English edition of the leading Israeli newspaper, written by a senior lecturer in the Department of Comparative Literature at Israel's Bar-Ilan University, and I liked it.  Too often, I read that this book gives us an "objective" overview of So-and-so's life, or that that other book provides the "definitive" account of a certain event.  I don't believe that total objectivity is possible in a historian, and I don't believe that, if it w … [Read more...]

Especially Nice in Sardine-Class Seats!

The New Normal (Part 11,693)

  My wife and I got to enjoy this latest innovation of the Age of Obama during our most recent flight.  It brought a smile to our faces and a glow to our cheeks, and made us want to fly even more.  Longer times in airports and on airplanes at no additional charge!  Who wouldn't be delighted?  Posted from Kibbutz Ein Gev, in the Galilee    … [Read more...]

Two Pieces on the Important Hebrew King Josiah


  I'm a bit late in noting it, but Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Thought has just published William J. Hamblin's "Vindicating Josiah" and Benjamin L. McGuire's "Josiah's Reform: An Introduction": http://www.mormoninterpreter.com  Posted from Kibbutz Ein Gev, in the Galilee    … [Read more...]