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Caption contest.

Posted by Ron Coleman on January 4, 2009



Warning.

Originally uploaded by Ron Coleman

First prize: A trip to northern New Jersey, home of so many special environmental spots.

Second prize: Two trips here.

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Good night 2008

Posted by Ron Coleman on December 31, 2008



Phoenix eve

Originally uploaded by Ron Coleman

What a year.

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75% Off

Posted by Ron Coleman on December 5, 2008



75% Off

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Hotel souvenir shop in DC a couple of weeks ago.

That’s life.

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Armed to the teeth

Posted by Ron Coleman on November 28, 2008



Amtrak terminal, Penn Station, NY

Originally uploaded by Ron Coleman

Did you have any idea the Amtrak Police could muster this kind of firepower?

Did you know there are Amtrak Police?

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Union Shadows

Posted by Ron Coleman on November 19, 2008



UnionShadows

Originally uploaded by Ron Coleman

Washington, DC makes it look easy!

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Fall

Posted by Ron Coleman on November 6, 2008



Fall

Originally uploaded by Ron Coleman

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Hand shredder

Posted by Ron Coleman on October 13, 2008



Hand shredder

Originally uploaded by Ron Coleman

No, really, I’ll pass, thanks.

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No, no, no!

Posted by Ron Coleman on September 18, 2008



No, no, no!

Originally uploaded by Ron Coleman

For my entire career, I knew that — as every lawyer learns — you park your car near a certain end of the parking lot at the Bergen County courthouse, so you can walk across the street and then the unfenced part of the sheriff’s deputies’ parking lot and get to the court building in time for the degrading process of being scanned and frisked.

So someone figured out that was making life too damned easy for the world’s most contemptible creatures — lawyers — and ordered up a host of cones and orange-and-white dividers so we’d have to walk all the way down to the street and traverse the sidewalk , the long way, like so many second graders being escorted by a crossing guard.

No respect!

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Beis Medrash

Posted by Ron Coleman on September 16, 2008



Beis Medrash 3

Originally uploaded by Ron Coleman

This one of the major synagogues in Passaic, New Jersey. And that’s the sun streaming through the windows.

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What the Jewish-controlled media won’t tell you about 9/11

Posted by Ron Coleman on September 11, 2008

I first published this a few days before September 11th last year. It is still one of my biggest traffic-magnets via search engines, but not for the reason I might have hoped it would be…

Instapundit points to this extraordinary article in the Weekly Standard about the Nazi roots of Al Qaeda, by a German analyst:

What ideas propelled [9/11 plotter Mohammed] Atta and the others to act? . . . . One participant in the Koran circle meetings, Shahid Nickels, said Atta’s Weltanschauung was based on a “National Socialist way of thinking.” Atta was convinced that the Jews were striving for world domination and considered New York City the center of world Jewry, which was, in his opinion, Enemy No. 1. Fellow students who lived in Motassedeq’s dormitory testified that he shared these views and waxed enthusiastic about a forthcoming “big action.” One student quoted Motassedeq as saying, “The Jews will burn and in the end we will dance on their graves.”. . .

Amazingly, neither the American media nor the international press took much notice of this testimony, largely refusing to report on Atta’s and Motassedeq’s explicit Jew-hatred. [I]n this case, involving attackers of Arab background, journalists apparently found the issue irrelevant. . . .

[Similarly,] the 9/11 Commission Report is a case in point. Instead of discussing the fact that Jew-hatred had reached epidemic proportions in the Islamic world well before September 11, the report gives the impression that Islamism originally arose in response to recent American and Western policies. . . .

A struggle against Islamism waged in ignorance of Islamist ideology weakens the West. The attribution of guilt to Israel and the United States adds fuel to the flames of Islamist propaganda and drives the wedge deeper into the Western camp rather than where it belongs–in the Muslim world.

Such blindness is especially hazardous in the case of the Iranian nuclear program, whose danger arises from the unique ideological stew surrounding it: the mish-mash of Jew-hatred, Holocaust denial, and Shiite death-cult messianism that is the context for Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons and advanced missiles.

What’s the explanation for this? I would posit a few possible ones:

  • A completely misplaced desire to avoid offending Muslims, who of course should not be offended, if they are indeed moderate, by accurate descriptions of their extremist brethren
  • A similarly misplaced, though relatively benign, desire to avoid, ironically, “blaming” the Jews for “bringing” this attack “on” America — as if to report this twisted, and objectively preposterous rationale would be to vindicate it
  • A left-wing desire to urge as “root causes” of extremist violence Western policies that are conveniently the opposite of their preferred policy prescriptions, coupled with the fact that describing deep-seated Arab antisemitism as a motivation would undermine those very preferred policies (e.g., more pressure to produce Israeli “concessions” from their friendly neighbors who supposedly desire only to live in peace with the their Jew neighbors)

Mix and match, or suggest your own. But don’t expect to read about this in the New York Times.

UPDATE: Meanwhile, across the Pond

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