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WIESENTHAL CENTER COMMENDS US REPRESENTATIVES FOR INTRODUCING ANTI-SEMITISM AWARENESS ACT


The Simon Wiesenthal Center commended Reps. Peter Roskam (R-IL), Ted Deutch (D-FL), Doug Collins (R-GA), and Jerry Nadler (D-NY) for introducing an important piece of legislation intended to provide new protections against anti-Semitism in the United States—the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act of 2018.  Similar legislation was passed by unanimous consent in the Senate in 2016.

The proposed legislation incorporates the 2010 definition of anti-Semitism developed by the State Department’s Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism.  This bill provides clear guidance and examples to authorities as to when an investigation of on-campus anti-Semitism is warranted.  The bill will provide important protections to battle the rise of anti-Semitism while ensuring the protection of students’ and schools’ First Amendment rights and academic freedom.

“The prevalence of anti-Semitism in the United States, particularly within academic institutions, has risen at an alarming rate.  The successful passage of this legislation will give the Department of Education important clarity and guidance to redress anti-Semitic attacks on campus and send a clear message to perpetrators that they will be held accountable for their hate.  With this clear definition available to authorities, an unequivocal message will be delivered that anti-Semitic incidents will not be tolerated,” said Rabbi Abraham Cooper, the Associate Dean and Director Global Social Action Agenda for the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

We commend the House of Representatives for introducing the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act and encourage its swift passage.  

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LET’S GET REAL!


By ISRAEL TEITELBAUM

Now that we have a president that recognizes a reality that dates back to biblical times – almost three thousand years – the time has come for us all to recognize the reality upon which our Founders established the greatest united nation in history. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Only one month ago, those who rely on fake media were led to believe that the biggest violator of women’s dignity was an old Republican Senator who dated teenage girls 40 years ago, which was substantiated with a message he had written in a girl’s yearbook describing her as sweet and beautiful. Now we have learned that such violations have been running rampant among politicians, newscasters and in the entertainment world, and was covered up for years. Even when this truth was finally revealed, reporters acted like they were shocked by this news. We now know this too was faked.

Those of us who follow political news have been led to believe that the biggest threat to our political system occurred when the American People chose Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton. We now know this to have been based on a long string of lies that will likely continue until next November, when we will be presented with the wonderful opportunity to elect those who will replace “the most dangerous man to ever occupy the White House” – with a true “Progressive.”  

Those of us who followed the election of the last Progressive President in 2008, were led to believe that America had elected the savior of our democratic republic. He was going to fix the Progressive policies that led millions of Americans to lose their life savings. He was also going to restore “transparent government” and “do what works.”

It took only about one month into his presidency for Americans to learn that he planned to do nothing of the kind. When he rushed through the $787 billion “Stimulus Package” – “borrowing” this money from children yet unborn – we quickly learned the truth. When we saw that this bill also included a clause to kill the lifesaving DC Scholarship Program – costing $18 million at the time – Americans recognized that we had elected a “wolf in sheep’s clothing.”

This gave rise to the Tea Party Movement – the most powerful such political force in a generation - which quickly mushroomed across the USA. Not to be outdone, the IRS was sent out to silence this movement, and gain Progressives four more years to consolidate their power. We have been getting a taste of this power every day since President Donald Trump took office. His first year in office resembles a maze with no way out, and major plans are in place for Progressives to set things right –actually left- in 2018.

The only “truth” that Progressives recognize is that which enriches and empowers them, which can only be taken from the American People, including generations yet unborn. As taught by President Woodrow Wilson, the truths which our founders held to be self-evident, read now “like documents taken out of a forgotten age.” Tragically, we have been heading downhill ever since he took office in 1913, with brief rest stops, such as the eight years of President Ronald Reagan.

The elections of 2018 may be our last opportunity to save our ship of state from a complete takeover by Progressives. This can only be done by ordinary Americans working in total harmony to replace all Progressives in government -regardless of party- with true Patriots who have proven themselves to be givers – not takers. “Bribery blinds the eyes of the wise and corrupts the words of the righteous,” which is taught in the document “from a forgotten age,” applies to those who pass our laws, just as those who enforce them.

It’s time for us to get real, and restore the truths, which our self-sacrificing Founders held to be self-evident. Every American citizen can help by signing up to vote, and electing only those willing to sponsor the bill that will restore the truths that made us great on July 4, 1776.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. Accordingly, all parents are to be empowered to provide their children with quality K-12 education that meets their needs, talents and faith, for one-half the cost of their local public school, provided they are taught and trained to comply with the laws of their city, state and country. Half the savings are to be returned to taxpayers and half are to pay down government debt.”

With the help of every liberty loving American, and these one hundred words, we can usher in a new era of domestic tranquility, prosperity, liberty and justice.


Israel Teitelbaum

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WASSERMAN SCHULTZ STATEMENT ON JEWISH

AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH


By U.S. REP. DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ

This May, I am delighted to join my fellow Americans in celebrating the 13th annual Jewish American Heritage Month as we honor the significant impact the Jewish community has made on our nation. Throughout our long and celebrated history in the United States, Jewish leaders have spoken out for worker's rights and women's equality – and called on those in positions of power to welcome the immigrant and defend justice for all.

This year, Jewish American Heritage Month specifically recognizes Jewish contributions to American music. From symphony halls and Broadway theaters, to arenas filled with sounds ranging from rock n' roll to hip-hop, Jewish singers, songwriters, composers, and musicians have given us all much to appreciate and celebrate. Jews in America have also taken prominent places in our military, on our baseball diamonds, behind courtroom benches, and throughout our nation's history book.

I take great pride in my own Judaism and I am honored to represent one of the largest Jewish populations in the United States. Helping create Jewish American Heritage Month is one of the greatest privileges I have experienced throughout my time in public service but also a deeply personal privilege as well.


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UNS, OPIOIDS, ALCOHOL, BAD JUDGMENT AND BALANCE


By DR. GLENN MOLLETTE


Global health service company Cigna (NYSE: CI) released results from a national survey earlier this month exploring the impact of loneliness in the United States. The survey, conducted in partnership with market research firm, Ipsos, revealed that most American adults are considered lonely. Nearly half of Americans report sometimes or always feeling alone (46 percent) or left out (47 percent).

From the Cigna report we learn the following:  One in four Americans (27 percent) rarely or never feel as though there are people who really understand them.


Two in five Americans sometimes or always feel that their relationships are not meaningful (43 percent) and that they are isolated from others (43 percent).


One in five people report they rarely or never feel close to people (20 percent) or feel like there are people they can talk to (18 percent).

Americans who live with others are less likely to be lonely (average loneliness score of 43.5) compared to those who live alone (46.4). However, this does not apply to single parents/guardians (average loneliness score of 48.2) - even though they live with children, they are more likely to be lonely.

Only around half of Americans (53 percent) have meaningful in-person social interactions, such as having an extended conversation with a friend or spending quality time with family, on a daily basis.

Generation Z (adults ages 18-22) is the loneliest generation and claims to be in worse health than older generations.

Social media use alone is not a predictor of loneliness; respondents defined as very heavy users of social media have a loneliness score (43.5) that is not markedly different from the score of those who never use social media (41.7).

Psychcentral.com has some good suggestions on combating loneliness. Loneliness is a feeling and not a fact. Reach out to others. Stop the self-deflating thoughts. Focus on others and less attention on yourself. What you give may come back to you. Find others who have common interests. Always show up when meeting with others. Don't stand people up. Be interested in other people. Listen to what they are saying and doing. Take the focus off of you. Be kind. Some people are rude but most people will respond to kindness. Being mean, rude and a jerk will earn you a reputation you don't want. Find a group with whom to connect such as church groups, exercise groups, music groups, Alcoholics Anonymous, sewing or baking groups or folks who simply gather for coffee.

Talking, listening, kindness, showing interest in others, participating and helping others will help you in overcoming loneliness.


Dr. Glenn Mollette, Washington, D.C.





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                                     EDITORIAL MASTHEAD

Mollette, Glenn, contributing columnist

Reuben, Liz  editor

Israel Teitelbaum, contributing columnist
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