A number of "unusual" occurrences took place in the wake of this tragedy that demonstrated both the hashgacha pratis of Hashem's direction of events and the exalted qualities that Moshe Shubert surely possessed.
The 2004 presidential campaign may well represent the tipping point in terms of public awareness that, despite the ritualistic protests to the contrary by some of the more blatant offenders, an insidious liberal bias does indeed infect nearly every aspect of the news coverage provided by mainstream media.
Zalman Shoval served two terms as Israel's Ambassador to the United States. Although I had made his personal acquaintance only briefly during his first term in Washington (1990-1993), it was immediately apparent that Ambassador Shoval was bringing a markedly favorable presence to Israel's embassy.
It is precisely this growing Judeo-Christian relationship that liberal Jews and the Democratic Party as a whole fear.
Pat Buchanan was on "Meet the Press" this past Sunday, but more noteworthy than Buchanan's predictable anti-Israel fulminations was the tacit agreement with Buchanan voiced by Sen. Bob Graham, the Florida Democrat who sought his party's presidential nomination early in the 2004 campaign cycle.
Modern civilization has a terrible momentum, a frighteningly breathless rhythm that prods us all to forget what is genuinely important. "The end of all this delirium," wrote the philosopher Jacques Maritain, "is to prevent man from remembering G-d." An important new book by Israeli thinker Asher Keren, "A Time For Change," reflects similar concerns.
The Monitor frequently has made men tion of the website Timeswatch.org, which methodically lays out, weekday after weekday, the lies, distortions, bias and convenient "mistakes" that seem to grace every issue of The New York Times, the one-time paper of record that now features as much opinion-laced journalism as one might find in any given edition of nakedly partisan publications such as The New Republic or The Weekly Standard.
"The mass," said the Spanish philosopher Jose Ortega y Gasset in 1930, "crushes beneath it everything that is different, everything that is excellent, individual, qualified and select." Today, in deference to the Many, the intellectually and culturally unambitious mass not only celebrates the commonplace (which it has been taught to do), it openly proclaims and spreads our American epoch of engineered mediocrity as an enviable form of democracy.
A tale of two books and how the media control what you know and whether you know. A tale of two books one harshly critical of President Bush the other highly unflattering to Sen. Hillary Clinton. A tale of two books the first of which rode a wave of media hype to bestsellerdom the second of which was all but ignored.