Yesterday, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas delivered a two-hour plus speech to the Palestine Liberation Organization’s Central Council held in Raballah, West Bank. During this speech, Abbas attacked U.S. President Donald Trump for recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel recently and vowing to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which is against decades of past U.S. policy. Abbas also said to Trump, “Damn your money.” This remark was in the response to President Trump’s threat, made… Read more

As a writer, I’m always trying to improve my ability to communicate. I believe it is the responsibility of the speaker and writer to be understood. As a member of the Inventor’s Association of Arizona, I recently attended one of its meetings to listen to speaker Alan Tarr. He is a former Madison Avenue copywriter and now a consultant to businesses in marketing their products. Mr. Tarr owns his own business, called Money Words Marketing. His speech topic for that… Read more

Today, Patton Kizzire bested James Hahn in six extra holes of sudden-death with a par 3 on the 17th hole to win the Sony Open in Hawaii at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu, Hawaii. Both PGA Tour players had tied in regulation 72 holes at 17-under par 263 to force the playoff. It was a record number of holes of sudden-death in this tournament’s lengthy, 53 years of history. The playoff was conducted four times on the par-five 18th hole… Read more

Black U.S. Representative and Democrat Maxine Waters of California was “right on” just minutes ago as she gave a blistering appraisal of President Donald Trump on MSNBC. It was a day after President Trump–gathered together with about eight members of Congress who were all Republican except for Senator Dick Durbin–reportedly and repeatedly called Haiti and African nations “shithole countries” in the closed-door session held to discuss DACA. Joy Reid was interviewing Ms. Waters. I agreed with what Representative Waters said… Read more

Yesterday, the Trump Administration declared there will be no drilling for oil offshore Florida’s huge coastline. It reversed President Trump’s policy of opening offshore oil drilling in an effort to make the U.S. energy self-sufficient. It happened five days after Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke had announced an ambitious offshore oil drilling plan for U.S. coastlines. Florida’s Republican Governor Rick Scott had demanded this exemption for Florida. Level-headed, Democratic Florida Senator Bill Nelson said of this decision, “I have spent my… Read more

Saturday, President Donald Trump responded to Michael Wolff’s book, Fire and Fury, by calling himself a “genius.” Today, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham defended this rather non-presidential remark by saying that if President Trump didn’t call himself a genius, nobody else would. Oh, that makes a lot of sense, Mr. Graham. According to that, we all should call ourselves geniuses. As I’ve said before on this blog, I think it better to abide by the biblical proverb, “Let another praise you,… Read more

Michael Wolff’s book, Fire and Fury, was released Friday. It’s the talk of the town in Washington, D.C. and the nations’ news media. Throughout much of President Trump’s first year in office, author and journalist Michael Wolff had considerable access to the White House, interviewing many staff members and taping their comments. The book is a scathing critique of Donald Trump’s mental fitness to be president of the United States of America. Such people have called him a “moron,” “stupid,”… Read more

Sunday, the advisory central committee of Israel’s ruling Likud political party voted to begin a process of annexing the Jewish settlements in the West Bank. They consist of nearly half a million settlers. This was a most provocative decision. The international community regards the West Bank as former Palestinian territory, captured by Israel in the 1967 Six-Day War, and that it should be returned to the Palestinians in a peace agreement. But U.S. President Donald Trump’s recent recognition of Jerusalem… Read more

It has been largely underreported in the U.S. media that this year there has been some serious talk by the most significant heads-of-state about creating a Palestinian state in the Gaza Strip and restive North Sinai. This idea reportedly was first broached privately in 2014 by Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi soon after taking office. But the idea angered Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. That is quite understandable since the Palestinian Authority governs Palestinians living in the West Bank, whereas Hamas… Read more

Yesterday, President Donald Trump gave an unscheduled, impromptu, thirty-minute interview to New York Times veteran reporter Michael Schmidt at Trump’s luxurious Mar-a-Lago golf resort in Palm Beach, Florida. That is the newspaper that Mr. Trump constantly bashes in his public comments. In this interview, the president said so many outrageous things that you’d think he was mentally deranged. One of them was this prediction about his planned re-election for president in 2020: “Another reason that we’re going to win another four… Read more

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