By Fareed Zakaria, Thursday, March 29, 2018

By way of explanation for some of President Trump’s bizarre foreign policy moves, we are often told that he is “unconventional” and that this could well be an asset. It’s certainly true that he doesn’t follow standard operating procedure on almost anything, from getting daily intelligence briefings to staffing the State Department. But his most striking departure from previous presidents has been in his rhetoric. American presidents have tended to weigh their words carefully, believing that they must preserve the credibility of the world’s leading power.

And then there is Trump, for whom words are weightless. During the campaign, he excoriated Saudi Arabia as a country that “want[s] women as slaves and to kill gays,” only to make his first presidential trip abroad to the kingdom and warmly embrace its rulers. He said NATO was obsolete and then affirmed the opposite. China was a currency manipulator that was “raping” the United States, until it wasn’t. [Read more →]

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The Darkest Hour

Published under Introspection Mar 12, 2018

I just saw The Darkest Hour on a plane ride home and I highly recommend it. How close our civilization was back in 1940-41 to kneel in surrender to the Nazi thug Hitler. But Winston Churchill stood strong and rallied the proud British people never to give in to tyranny, even against the greatest of odds.

“Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.”

- Winston Churchill

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To My 13-Year-Old, An iPhone Contract From Your Mom, With Love

By Janell Burley Hofmann

Dear Gregory

Merry Christmas! You are now the proud owner of an iPhone. Hot Damn! You are a good and responsible 13-year-old boy and you deserve this gift. But with the acceptance of this present comes rules and regulations. Please read through the following contract. I hope that you understand it is my job to raise you into a well rounded, healthy young man that can function in the world and coexist with technology, not be ruled by it. Failure to comply with the following list will result in termination of your iPhone ownership.

I love you madly and look forward to sharing several million text messages with you in the days to come.

1. It is my phone. I bought it. I pay for it. I am loaning it to you. Aren’t I the greatest?

2. I will always know the password.

3. If it rings, answer it. It is a phone. Say hello, use your manners. Do not ever ignore a phone call if the screen reads “Mom” or “Dad.” Not ever. [Read more →]

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It’s rare to see these well-documented facts so plainly stated on mainstream TV.
Worth your 3 minutes:

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Oprah Winfrey Receives Cecil B. de Mille Award at the 2018 Golden Globes

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The man who thinks he can

Published under Favorite Quotes Jan 02, 2018

KIND’s outgoing COO and President John Leahy shared this poem with our team last month, and I loved it. It’s particularly fitting for this time of year as we embark on 2019 and look for the strength to uphold the resolutions that we’ve set and to meet the challenges that we’ll face. Wishing you all a happy and healthy 2019!

The man who thinks he can

If you think you are beaten, you are
If you think you dare not, you don’t
If you like to win, but don’t think you can
It’s almost a cinch you won’t

If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost
For out in the world you’ll find
Success begins with a fellow’s will
It’s all in a state of mind

For many a game is lost
Before even a play is run
And many a coward fails
Before even his work is begun

Think big and your deeds will grow
Think small and you will fall behind
Think that you can and you will
It’s all a state of mind

If you think you are outclassed, you are
You got to think high to rise
You got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win a prize

Life battles don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man
But sooner or later, the man who wins
Is the fellow who thinks he can

-Walter Wintle

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By Sima Kadmon, columnist at Yedioth Ahronoth

If anyone feels shame, affront, sadness, frustration and despair today—there is no way to ease these feelings. These are our ministers and MKs. This is our prime minister and his bureau staff, who despite how it looks [to the public], pushed and pushed the disgraceful bill that passed last night, with one goal in mind: To preserve Netanyahu’s hold on power.

It was not done secretly, not in the dark; we, the Israeli public, were mugged in broad daylight and in full view. We were robbed of our elementary right to know what public figures are accused of. We have been denied the privilege that every citizen in a democratic country has, to know for whom they are voting.
Despite the cumulative experience that the Israeli public has, we were hard put to believe that this would happen. That our legislature would indeed reach the bottom of the cesspit into which it has fallen, and that such a foul, despicable and anti-democratic bill would be passed into law. [Read more →]

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