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Sen. Ted Cruz Snubbed by GOP Mega-Donors Sheldon and Miriam Adelson After Non-Endorsement

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

Texan Senator Ted Cruz may have won a battle Wednesday night but it sure looks like he lost the war. He was pointedly turned away from billionaire Sheldon and Miriam Adelson’s suite at the Cleveland Arena Wednesday night after not endorsing Donald Trump in his speech on Day 3 at the Republican National Convention.

Cruz had stood his ground and plainly refused to endorse the party’s elected candidate to run for president of the United States.

He paid a price for his choice in the party, in media coverage, politically across the spectrum and financially as well.

When he later went to the on-site suite of Las Vegas Sands Casino chairman and his wife, each a billionaire in their own right — perhaps to explain himself more fully — he was pointedly turned away.

The message could not have been more clear.

This was one that Cruz should have seen coming. The couple had told media in the spring they would back Trump.

All the candidates had, from the start, signed the same agreement: they would back the party’s nominee at the end of the process. Ultimately, Cruz balked, with personal ethics winning out over politics. Ironically Donald Trump respected his choice.

Sources in the Cruz campaign told CNN the former candidate “expected people to not approve” and was “not surprised at the reaction.” But his wife required a security escort to leave the arena — which he may not have anticipated. His own state party chairs were disgusted with what they called “selfish” behavior and some denounced him to his face on the floor. A Fox News team doing the post-analysis pointed out that he seemed to be “running for the next campaign, maybe for 2018,” calling him the “eternal presidential candidate” with a chuckle.

The speech started out strong enough, talking about Republican values, support for freedom, law and order, good education and healthcare — the very things backed by GOP presidential candidate Donald J. Trump. He even backed the now-infamous “wall” to block illegal migrants, and called on everyone to come out for the vote in November. He praised the “New York delegation.”

But Cruz appeared to take a left turn somewhere towards a description of his parents’ struggles, and the grieving daughter of one of the Dallas cops who was shot and killed by a U.S. Armed Forces veteran-turned-terrorist.

“We must make the most of our moments, to fight for freedom, to protect our God given rights, even if with those with whom we don’t agree, so that when we are old and gray, and when our work is done, and we give those we love one final kiss goodbye, we will be able to say freedom matters and I was part of something beautiful,” he said.

Bam.

The crowd booed, as Cruz said his final lines and left the stage.

Apparently none of this was a surprise to the Trump campaign, whose people knew when Cruz took the stage on Night 3 of the Republican National Convention that he would not endorse their nominee. He had already told them, and in fact Trump’s people had seen the text of his speech, and vetted it.

(The text of the speech can be found in The Washington Post.)

But as everyone pointed out after the night was over, it was in the interests of the party and the two candidates to show unity and largeness of spirit in allowing all the former contenders a chance to speak. That included Cruz, and his sour grapes.

Hana Levi Julian

Beyond The Matrix – Common Sense vs. Your Legal Rights [audio]

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

Ira and Rod discuss the current situation taking place in the U.S. in the aftermath of police shootings in several states and the attack on police officers in Dallas, Texas.

Beyond The Matrix 11Jul – PODCAST

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Baylor University Group Helps Unearth Ancient Mosaics, Coins, in Israeli Synagogue Ruins

Monday, July 11th, 2016

Ancient mosaics depicting Noah’s ark and the parting of the Red Sea have been discovered by university scholars and students excavating a synagogue in Israel that dates to the fifth century.

They also have uncovered coins spanning 2,300 years, says Nathan Elkins, Ph.D., an assistant professor of art history in Baylor University’s College of Arts & Sciences, Waco, Texas. He specializes in the study of coins and serves as numismatist at the site in a former village called Huqoq.

“The ancient coins . . . are critical for our knowledge of the monumental synagogue and the associated village,” Elkins, a member of a team of staff and students from Baylor, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Brigham Young University and the University of Toronto.

The mosaics decorate the floor of a synagogue that dates to the time when the area was ruled by the Roman Empire and when Christianity had become the empire’s official religion. The mosaics show an ark and pairs of animals including elephants, leopards, donkeys, snakes, bears, lions, ostriches, camels, sheep and goats.

The images also portray Pharaoh’s soldiers being swallowed by large fish, surrounded by overturned chariots with horses and chariot drivers.

Donkeys in Noah’s ark mosaic, Huqoq. / Courtesy

Donkeys in Noah’s ark mosaic, Huqoq. / Courtesy

Excavations have continued in the synagogue every summer since the first mosaics were found in 2012. Since then, mosaics depicting Samson and the foxes (as related in the Bible’s Judges 15:4), Samson carrying the gate of Gaza on his shoulders (Judges 16:3), and a scene containing a Hebrew inscription surrounded by human figures, animals and mythological creatures have been uncovered.

The first non-biblical mosaic found in an ancient synagogue also was discovered at Huqoq, showing the legendary meeting between Alexander the Great and the Jewish high priest.

The mosaics have been removed from the site for conservation, and the excavated areas have been backfilled. Financial support for the 2016 excavations was provided by the National Geographic Society and the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture.

Excavations are scheduled to continue in the summer of 2017. For information and updates about the site and excavation, visit www.Huqoq.org.

Nathan Elkins, Ph.D. / Courtesy

Nathan Elkins, Ph.D. / Courtesy

In addition to working with the excavation, Elkins has advocated for protecting ancient coins from looting and smuggling. He recently spoke at the Public Hearing of the Cultural Property Advisory Committee at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC He urged that the Memoranda of Understanding be renewed to prevent thefts of undocumented ancient coins and antiquities from Greece into the United States.

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Texas PR/Tech Guru Killed in Tel Aviv Car Accident

Sunday, June 19th, 2016

A 41-year-old man from Ra’anana suffered a heart attack on Saturday night. The man lost control of his car and drove it into the Furama sidewalk restaurant in Tel Aviv, according to police.

Three people were killed in the accident, several more were injured.

One of those killed was Alan Weinkratz, a Tech/PR/Social Media guru from San Antonio, Texas.

Weinkratz regular traveled back and forth between Israel and the US, promoting Israel, technology and advising Israeli startups.

Weinkratz, along with MK Michael Oren, met with JewishPress.com in December 2015, at Hub Etzion, a co-working startup space, where Weinkratz was offering advice to the local startups in the newly formed business hub, while learning more about the burgeoning startup community in Gush Etzion.

At the time Weinkratz presented Oren with his signature Rackspace poster that points an arrow at Israel as “The Five-Thousand Year Old Startup”.

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Next US Air Force Chief Battle-Tested and Jewish

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

Gen. David Goldfein, a command pilot who flew combat missions in the Gulf War, the Afghanistan War, and in NATO’s 1999 air war in the former Yugoslavia, has been nominated to be the US Air Force’s next chief of staff, the Pentagon announced Tuesday. Gen. Goldfein is Jewish. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Dawn A. Goldfein, since 1983. They have two married daughters; the oldest is serving in the USAF and the youngest teaches first grade in Dallas, Texas.

If approved, Goldfein will start his new commission on July 1. He has been the Air Force’s vice chief of staff since August 2015.

“I’m extremely humbled by the nomination to serve as the Air Force’s 21st chief of staff,” Goldfein said in an Air Force press release. “If confirmed, I pledge to serve our airmen and their families unwaveringly and honor our remarkable heritage and legacy of integrity, service and excellence.”

Gen. David Goldfein

Gen. David Goldfein

Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James lauded Goldfein’s selection in the same release: “Gen. Goldfein possesses the experience and vision needed to address dynamic global challenges and increasing military demand. He knows how to build and sustain key partnerships, has important warfighting experience, and will exercise the critical judgment required to balance our manpower and resources as we shape tomorrow’s Air Force. There is not a better person to lead our airmen into the next century of airpower dominance.”

According to AirForce Times, Goldfein has more than 4,200 hours flying the C and D variants of the F-16 Fighting Falcon, the stealth F-117A Nighthawk and the unmanned MQ-9 Reaper, as well as the T-37, T-38 and MC-12W. While flying a combat mission over Serbia in 1999, Goldfein was shot down when his F-16 was hit by a surface-to-air-missile.

Goldfein ejected, and trekked across farm fields, evading enemy patrols, until he was picked up by a rescue helicopter, that then flew into enemy fire, taking five bullets in the fuselage.

In 2007, Goldfein told the El Paso Times that he sends the men who rescued him in Serbia a bottle of “single malt, good quality” Scotch every year as a sign of his gratitude.

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8 Dead in Texas as Wild Winter Weather Whips State

Sunday, December 27th, 2015

Eight people have died so far after wild weather swept across northern Texas this weekend.

A series of tornadoes, some with torrential rains, hail, thunderstorms and lightning, struck the Dallas area. Fires were reported in some locations.

In western Texas, a blizzard was expected to dump at least 16 inches of snow on the region by Sunday night, according to the National Weather Service. Farenheit temperatures had plunged into the teens.

By Sunday morning, four people had died in motor vehicle accidents, according to Garland police spokesperson Joe Harn. A fifth person in the town also perished but it’s not clear how.

Two people died in the town of Copeville and one person died in Blue Ridge, according to Fox 4 News. Rowlett police spokesperson Det. Cruz Hernandez was quoted as saying several in his town were injured but there was no specific number; two families were still barricaded in their homes.

Hana Levi Julian

Texas A&M Kills $200 Million Arab University in Nazareth, Opens $6 Million Center in Haifa Instead

Monday, December 14th, 2015

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Texas A&M University is dropping its plan for a $200 million university campus in the Israeli-Arab city of Nazareth, and will launch instead a much humbler, $6 million marine research center in Haifa, on the Mediterranean coast. Nazareth has been campaigning to host Israel’s first Arab university since the 1980s, but this was the first time it was able to both find a generous American investor in the project and receive the cooperation of the Israeli government. Or so it was hoping.

And so, in the fall of 2013, Texas A&M announced its plan to build a branch dubbed “peace campus” in the Arab city of Nazareth in northern Israel. Then Texas Governor Rick Perry and Texas A&M University Chancellor John Sharp led a delegation to Israel, where they announced their intention to build the comprehensive campus at a ceremony held in the residence of then President Shimon Peres.

Sharp said in a statement back then: “We are absolutely dedicated to making this one of the finest international universities in the world and open to all.” But the plan apparently failed to both raise the needed funds and, more importantly, get the Israeli government to modify its rules regarding foreign university branches operating in the Jewish State.

And so, according to Inside Higher Ed, plans for the campus stagnated. “To some degree it’s a chicken and an egg problem,” Texas A&M’s vice provost Michael Benedik said. “Why would we be getting a major gift to open a campus when we don’t have legal permission to even do it?”

Texas A&M’s other foreign branch is in Qatar, and receives both the needed funds and the permission to operate from the government of Qatar.

About a year after the A&M announcement, Haifa University, also located in the north of Israel, stepped in and offered to provide academic sponsorship to A&M’s local partner in the project, the Nazareth Academic Institute (NAI), established in 2002, which is a small, financially starved learning institution serving mostly Arab women. Then, according to the AP, A&M decided to change its plans altogether because elected officials in Nazareth insisted on dictating the direction and aim of the new university.

So, finally, the big-dream Arab university was replaced by a small dream research center, which will open in February in collaboration with the University of Haifa. There will not be a peace university, bringing Arabs and Jews together. Instead, the new A&M venture will concentrate on the large natural gas deposits that have been discovered in the eastern Mediterranean, and, as Chancellor Sharp put it, part of the appeal for the research center in Haifa was access to the “oil and gas segment in Israel.” Work at the center will include monitoring ocean flow, to help mitigate risks associated with offshore exploration. Way to go, Texas.

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