PM Netanyahu Deals Iran’s Nukes Another Blow

Please see my new article in The Times of Israel called “Blowout of Iran’s Nukes.

As Iran continues to develop its nuclear weapons program and sponsor terrorism around the globe, as PM Netanyahu promised, Israel and the U.S. are on to them, and they will not let it happen! A little more than 70-years after the Holocaust that murdered 6,000,000 Jews, Iran will not be allowed to pose an existential threat to Israel and a danger to the entire world.”


Hopefully, the good people of Iran can change their tyrannical leadership, otherwise the blowout at the UN yesterday will be only the beginning. 🙂

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How Do You Lock A Tree

So this is one of the craziest things in Washington, D.C. 


There is a tree with a lock on it. 


Yes, with a Master Lock on it. 

Hidden in plain site. 


It has letters and numbers or symbols on each button. 


Have you ever seen anything like that before?


Uh, what do you think that is:


– A lock to prevent the tree from being stolen?


– A Maxwell Smart (shoe) phone?


– A surveillance device in the tree bark or along the limbs?


– A secret compartment?


Hmm, is there something locked in the tree?


What could it be?  😉


(Source Photo: Dannielle Blumenthal)

Iran–and Obama–Lied

The Iranian Nuclear Deal has been definitively proven to be based on lies and deception. 


G-d has once again helped Israel achieve a miraculous intelligence coup against Axis of Evil, Iran!


Iran has a clear path to nukes, and they have been working feverishly towards this maniacal end for decades!


This has put Western Civilization at grave risk at the hands of the fanatical Mullahs who endessly call for death to America, Israel, and even Sunni civilization. 


The only thing the Iranian deal was good for was as a deceptive political ploy by Obama to gain a fake win and to support dangerous Iranian global terrorism, extremism, human rights violations, and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. 


Now we know the real reason certain people couldn’t say the words “Islamic Terrorism.”


Iran lied, but so did Obama. 


I can hear our bombers revving their engines and see the smart bombs being loaded into their bays.


It’s well past time to make things right and conduct the necessary preemptive strike to foil their evil plans and destroy their wicked weapons of mass destruction before they can use them on you know who. 😉

Classified Nuts

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Something about this advertisement seemed perfect for this week:


“I didn’t realize these nuts were classified.”


So said the chipmunk.


This was posted the same week that intelligence about ISIS was shared with the Russians from the oval office.


The Prez is entitled to share whatever he wants and maybe he didn’t realize “these nuts were classified.” 


My bet is this was all sort of innocent, but either way we don’t want to jeopardize critical intel sources and methods in our fight against our enemies and terror. 


It’s their nuts that should be on the line and not ours. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Born Or Forged To Lead

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So are we born to lead or are we forged to greatness through adversity and lots of hard work?


Some people definitely seem to have innate leadership characteristics:


– Charisma


– Integrity


– Decisiveness


– Passion


– Determination


– Agility


– Intelligence


– Inspirational


– Confident


– Articulate


Other people maybe weren’t born with it, but they learn to become great leaders through:


– Hard Work


– Willingness to learn


– Continuous improvement 


– Motivation to advance


– Finding a meaningful mission 


– Belief that they can make a difference


– Faith that G-d is guiding them


Like with most things in our life, it’s a combination of nature and nurture. 


Good raw material starts us off on the right track and then forging it with fire and a hammer and polishing it off into a great sword with hardness, strength, flexibility, and balance. 


As Joanna Coles, Chief Content Officer at Hearst Magazine says:

“I’m an overnight sensation 30 years in the making.”


Birth is just the beginning… 😉


(Source Photo: Dannielle Blumenthal)

With Creation, The Intelligence Of Even A Worm

 

Some of you may think at first glance, oh how lame.


Did Andy just take a video of a worm?


But there is something more amazing here than initially meets the eye.


Look carefully at what this simple little worm is doing.


It is inching forward with its sprawling body over the dirt, and it is dragging with it…a feather!


Watch how it moves its body and then see at the top, the sudden pull of the feather behind it–and again and again. 


Clearly, this is not an accident, but this worm wants this feather.


Who would think that a worm has the brains to identify, claim, and take with it, a feather. 


There are probably a lot bigger brains out there that can’t even do half that much.  😉


(Source Video: Andy Blumenthal)

Success Is Not A Silver Spoon

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So there is a disappointing editorial in the Sunday New York Times Review Section today. 


It is by Christopher Chabris and Joshua Hart in “How Not To Explain Success.”


They attempt to dispel the explanation of 2 Yale law professors Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld that various ethnic and religious minorities (e.g. Cubans, Jews, Indians, etc.) “had achieved disproportionate success in America” because of three things:


1) “A belief that their group was inherently superior to others”


2) “A sense of personal insecurity”


3) “A high degree of impulse control”


But Chabris and Hart claim this is falsehood and instead attribute the success to the people’s innate higher intelligence and superior socioeconomic background.


In other words, Chabris and Hart would have us believe that the ethnic and religious minorities they speak of were somehow “born with a silver spoon in their mouths”– which is complete NONSENSE.


While Chabris and Hart (of Union College) themselves claim vastly superior empirical evidence from their survey of a whopping 1,258 adults, they dismiss others’ arguments such as Yale University professors, Chua and Rubenfeld, as mere “circumstantial evidence.”


Well I and many of my family and friends that I grew up with must be part of that silly circumstantial evidence, called PERSONAL EXPERIENCE.


You see, we are part of the generation of Holocaust Survivors and Children Of Holocaust Survivors, who came to America, as my grandmother said “without a chair to sit on” or a dime in their pockets. 


My father worked long, hard hours in a factory eventually becoming its manager and he and my mom provided for our family. Both my parents lost most of their education due to the War and the need to “go out and earn a living.”


Similarly, one of my best friends grew up also the child of survivors. His father came from the Holocaust and ended up working blue collar work as an electrician, eventually owning his business.  


Neither family started with much–I ended up managing technology in some awesome agencies for the Federal government and my friend as an executive in the cruise industry.  


Virtually, the entire generation of Jews who fled to America as refugees from the Holocaust came with nothing…yet the people and their children worked hard, very hard, and they were blessed, and become successful. 


So, I have no surveys to back me up, but I do have my life and that of almost an entire generation of real life facts from people’s lives–not made up of speculative survey questions and their interpretation of results.


So from my perspective, it is Chabris and Hart that are 100% WRONG!


You see they don’t know from where we came and under what horrible conditions and how we arrived here as immigrants with nothing but our faith in G-d Almighty and the love of our families and community. 


And for the record, Chua and Rubenfeld are right:


Point #1, we were clearly taught a sense of superiority–but not what people mistakenly think–it is not based on intelligence, looks, or on physical strength, but rather based on that we were Biblically expected to behave differently as Jews and live more stringently. 


And that goes clearly to point #3, which is impulse control…the Jewish religion is based on 613 commandments–we are expected to eat a certain way, dress a certain way, keep Shabbat and holidays a certain way, raise a family a certain way…there is a huge amount of impulse control involved and in fact, not all of us are successful meeting all those stringent requirements–but it is a precondition upon which many of us grow up. 


Finally, in terms of point #2–personal insecurity, I am not sure how much more insecure you can be when your people just got slaughtered in the Holocaust, the world’s worst genocide ever known, and you are one of the survivors who has to rebuild–Yes, that is an incredible motivator!


If Chabris and Hart believe that we made it here based on pure intellect or positive socioeconomic factors–they are either complete idiots or sickly delusional.


While people’s personal success is highly subjective for them, as a whole group though, I most certainly believe that G-d blessed the Jewish people after the horrors and unbelievable suffering of the Holocaust. 


No level of intelligence or falsely perceived socioeconomics can explain what only G-d’s infinite mercy can endow. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)