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Bibi & Bugie Virtually Tied in Israeli Election

By on 3.17.15 | 4:33PM

Several exit polls have been released following today's vote in Israel.

Two of the polls have Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud and the Zionist Camp coalition led by Labor Party leader Isaac Herzog each winning 27 seats apiece while a third poll has Likud ahead by one seat (28 to 27).

It would appear that Netanyahu had regained some ground in the final days of the campaign after polls showed the Zionist Camp surging ahead.

But it will be days, perhaps week before we know who will lead Israel's new government.

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Why Conservatives Should Be Skeptical of The Ferguson Report, Part 2

By on 3.17.15 | 3:46PM

Last week, I outlined my reasoning as to why conservatives should be skeptical of the DOJ's report on the Ferguson Police Department in response to NRO's Jason Lee Steorts praise of the report.

Since then other conservatives such as Steorts' NRO colleague David French, Seth Mandel of Commentary as well as Leon H. Wolf of Red State have all written in praise of Eric Holder's work.

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Thoughts on Michael Douglas’ Op-Ed on Anti-Semitism

By on 3.17.15 | 12:58PM

Over the weekend, actor Michael Douglas penned an op-ed for the L.A. Times on the question of anti-Semitism.

Douglas was motivated to write the editorial after his son had his first encounter with anti-Semitism while their family was vacationing in southern Europe last summer.

He identifies three reasons why he anti-Semitism, particularly in Europe, has seen a resurgence: a bad economy, misplaced hatred of Israel and demographics citing the growing Muslim population on the continent.

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Starbucks To Improve Race Relations With Coffee Cups, Possibly

By on 3.17.15 | 11:04AM

A few years ago, when we were struggling through a shutdown that impacted a whopping 2% of government services, Starbucks Barista-in-Chief Howard Schultz, whose management of the coffee company is just slightly better than his management of the Seattle Supersonics, decided that the time had come to use Starbucks's most powerful weapon - writing the occasionally misspelled phrase on a paper cup - to bridge the partisan debate.

In a move that convinced absolutely nobody to embrace a bipartisan solution to the shutdown crisis, Starbucks baristas across DC began writing "Come Together" on cups of coffee dispensed to Congressmen and their staffs. It quickly became a running gag, and Starbucks has since taken a hiatus from interfering in the day to day lives of everyday Americans whose names they often can't even pronounce correctly. 

Until now. Now, they're taking their coffee-marking scheme nationwide in a bid to encourage the legions of white liberals who pay $5 per cup for subpar espresso drinks to improve race relations, by scrawling "Race Together" on their cups.

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Mitt Romney Will Fight Evander Holyfield for Charity

By on 3.17.15 | 10:48AM

He may not have been able to beat Barack Obama, but can he beat (literally) one of the greatest boxers in the sport's history?

Mitt Romney - yes, that Mitt Romney - will suit up and enter the ring on May 15, perhaps for the toughest (actual) fight of his life, as he squares off against Evander Holyfield. For charity, of course. I mean, obviously. I know Romney's been busy these last couple of years, getting pizza with his grandkids and spiffing up his La Jolla car elevator to sell, so that he can move to a brand new plot of land in central Utah, but I don't think he's been pounding cow carcasses and chasing chickens.

Forget about Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, the real fight of the century is scheduled for May 15 when Mitt Romney enters the ring to battle Evander Holyfield in Salt Lake City.

Yes, you read that right. Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, and Holyfield, the five-time heavyweight titleholder who smacked around the likes of Mike Tyson and George Foreman, are going to lace up gloves and duke it out in a charity exhibition.

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Would Zack Wheeler Have Been Better Off With an Ultrasound or a Sonogram Than an MRI?

By on 3.17.15 | 9:43AM

I usually don't watch spring training games, but I did catch a bit of the Nationals-Mets game on Saturday afternoon. Zack Wheeler was scheduled to start for the Mets, but he was scratched due to soreness in his elbow as well as having developed a blister on the index finger of his pitching hand.

The Mets' announcers were downplaying the significance of the elbow and didn't think an MRI would be necessary as Wheeler had already undergone two MRIs - one in November and one in January neither of which showed structural damage to his elbow.

But Mets GM Sandy Alderson did an about face the following day and Wheeler undergo an MRI which revealed a torn UCL. Wheeler will require Tommy John surgery and miss the entire 2015 season.

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Tzipi Livni: The Hillary Clinton of Israeli Politics

By on 3.16.15 | 10:26PM

In a last minute decision, Tzipi Livni announced that she will not serve as Prime Minister should the Zionist Camp win tomorrow's Israeli elections. 

Livni's Hatnuah had formed an alliance with Isaac Herzog's Labor Party at the outset of the election campaign. They had agreed that if the Zionist Camp came to power, Herzog would serve as Prime Minister for two years and then hand off power to Livni.

Naftali Bennett and Yair Lapid believe that Netanyahu and Herzog are going to form a national unity government.

Anything is possible, but given the animosity between Bibi and Bougie I think it is highly unlikely. The more plausible explanation is that Livni was a drag on the Zionist Camp ticket

I know Israel broke the glass ceiling with Golda Meir more than 45 years ago. Nevertheless, Livni could be the Hillary Clinton of Israeli politics.



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Follow Me on Twitter (If You’re Into That Sort of Thing)

By on 3.16.15 | 9:11PM

Today, I made a spontaneous decision to join Twitter. 

It's a work in progress.

A short time I was alerted that Sarah Palin had retweeted my Bibi vs. Barack article. Upon further investigation, the retweet came from one of her fan sites.

But not bad for my first day.

I still won't sign up for Facebook though. Not yet anyway.

If you are inclined to follow me I can be found at the following link: 

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Why Pete Rose Has No Chance of Being Reinstated

By on 3.16.15 | 4:53PM

MLB's all-time hit king Pete Rose has formally applied to new MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred for reinstatement into the game. If his application is successful, Rose would be eligible for Hall of Fame consideration.

But I ain't holding my breath.

Over at The Bleacher Report, Tyler Conway cites an interview former Commissioner Faye Vincent did with Steven Marcus of Newsday last month which pretty much sums up why Rose will never be reinstated:

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Bibi: No Palestinian State As Long As I’m Israel’s PM

By on 3.16.15 | 4:16PM

With only hours before Israelis goes to the polls, Benjamin Netanyahu has proclaimed there will be no Palestinian state as long as he is Prime Minister.

“I think anyone who is going to establish a Palestinian state and to evacuate territory is giving radical Islam a staging ground against the State of Israel,” said Netanyahu.

Perhaps Bibi feels liberated and has nothing to lose by going bold.

Of course, if he does remain in power the Obama Administration will move heaven and earth to pressure him into resuming negotiations with a Palestinian Authority now backed by Hamas. Throw in the Obama Administration's desperation to get a nuclear agreement with Iran, it would be a very rough 22 months for Bibi and Israel and Netanyahu might have to very well give ground. But there could be light at the end of the tunnel if someone like Scott Walker were elected President.

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