EMS News

Delray approves three-year firefighter, paramedic contracts
Boca Raton News - FL, USA
Delray Beach commissioners have approved a three-year contract for firefighters and paramedics; negotiations began more than a year ago. Retroactive to Oct. ...

Sky Valley Fire adds paramedic to staff, thermal camera
KESQ - Palm Desert,CA,USA
Up to this point, the station has only had two firefighters on duty at a time. Now a third firefighter has been added who also doubles as a paramedic. ...

Meeting offers tips for troops
Boston Globe - United States
... The other speaker will be Air Force Staff Sergeant Christina-Marie Moody, who recently returned from serving as a paramedic in US military hospitals in the ...

Valtierra: Avian influenza: Public health readiness and ...
Indian Country Today - Canastota,NY,USA
... A coordinated effort among health care and emergency medical service agencies is much more effective than each agency acting alone. ...

Rescue workers hone their skills
Phillips Bee - Phillips,WI,USA
... Follow-up training will be available to enable both emergency medical service and search and rescue personal to work as a team and acclimate the dogs and ...

Tornadoes in storm
Clarksville Leaf Chronicle - Clarksville,TN,USA
... Gary Perry of county Emergency Medical Service. "We were very fortunate," Perry said. "We count our blessings the number of injuries wasn't higher.". ...

Police blotter
Downtown Express - USA
Two police officers, called to help an Emergency Medical Service team at the Broadway-Lafayette subway station at 3:15 pm Sat. Nov. ...

Disaster exercise planned at Oroville Hospital
Mercury-Register - Oroville,CA,USA
Oroville Hospital and other hospitals, healthcare provider organizations, public health departments, Emergency Medical Services, and local agencies around ...

Valtierra: Avian influenza: Public health readiness and ...
Indian Country Today - Canastota,NY,USA
... Now, however, working together with emergency medical services, IHS hospitals and community hospitals plan drills to simulate disease outbreaks and test how ...

EMT ignored protocols to save life
Dundalk Argus - Dundalk,Ireland
... who attended to a car crash victim on Saturday night last have been praised by a Dundalk mother who said her son is still alive because of the EMT's decision ...

Firefighters ink new deal
Brookline TAB - Needham,MA,USA
... Canney said two out of three of the union's bargaining priorities were met, including Hazmat and EMT pay. The town agreed to increase ...

Man pronounced dead by ambulance corps says he'll sue
Newsday - Long Island,NY,USA
STONINGTON, Conn. -- A man who was pronounced dead by an ambulance crew after being struck by lightning in May intends to sue the town and crew members. ...

Boro looks to establish paid ambulance service
East Brunswick Sentinel - East Brunswick,NJ,USA
BY VINCENT TODARO. A shortage of first aid volunteers is prompting the start-up of an ambulance company complete with paid members. ...

Woman hurt in ambulance
This Is Hertfordshire - Hertfordshire,UK
An 85-year-old Edgware woman was left with a two-inch gash to her head after being injured in an ambulance. The patient, who does ...

HEALTH: Ambulance service merger plan fury
Peterborough Evening Telegraph - Peterborough,England,UK
PLANS to streamline the NHS which could see the East Anglian Ambulance Trust merge with two other trusts in different parts of the country have sparked outrage ...

Plum budget plan includes increased spending for EMS, roads
Pittsburgh Post Gazette - Pittsburgh,PA,USA
... About $50,000 will be used to help the EMS service put on an extra ambulance unit Thursday through Friday nights and daytime and nighttime on Saturdays. ...

Fire alarm: EMS service
Newsday - Long Island,NY,USA
BY ELIZABETH MOORE. The Suffolk County police officer ministering to a stricken Martin O'Brien in his Ridge retirement home in April ...

Boro council levies new $52 EMS tax
Waynesboro Record Herald - Waynesboro,PA,USA
... Councilmen Dick George and Stephen Monn voted against lowering the real estate tax by 1.75 mills and creating the EMS tax, saying there are too many unknowns ...

North Opinion / Viewpoint: EMS is a tax to make Scrooge proud
Pittsburgh Post Gazette - Pittsburgh,PA,USA
... The EMS levy replaced the old $10-a-year Occupational Privilege tax that was enacted by many municipalities around the state and was usually split with the ...

Proposal keeps property rate EMS tax expected to reach $52
Patriot-News - Harrisburg,PA,USA
... When the township imposed the EMS tax last year, it set the rate at $15 to make up for the income lost when the state exempted bowling alleys from amusement ...

Bay's air ambulance not at risk
TVNZ - New Zealand
The Minister of Health, Pete Hodgson, says air ambulance services in Hawke's Bay are not at risk. Draft plans by District Health ...

Ambulance Service To Transfer On Monday
WLUC-TV - Negaunee,MI,USA
The transfer of the Ishpeming ambulance service from the city to Bell Hospital is set to take place on Monday. But first officials ...

New officer to the rescue of the ambulance service
Cowra Guardian - Cowra,New South Wales,Australia
Harris has been in the ambulance service for 18 months, and said the transfer to the much busier Cowra station was a good career move. ...

Fire, ambulance response times normal: Trotter
Chicago Sun-Times - United States
Fire and ambulance response times are on the rise as a result of traffic congestion caused, in part, by Chicago's downtown construction boom, a top mayoral ...

Ambulance service manager dies in tragic car accident
Enfield & Haringey Independent - UK
Mr Walker worked for LAS for over 10 years, and was latterly the duty station officer at Chase Farm ambulance station in Enfield. ...

Magen David Adom in Israel has Offered its Assistance to Jordan
Magen David Adom - Skokie,IL,USA
By Yerucham Mandola, MDA Spokesman. As soon as information was received regarding the impact of the terror attack in Amman, MDA Director ...

Cygnus Expositions Launches Firehouse Las Vegas Co-Located with ...
Business Wire (press release) - San Francisco,CA,USA
... power of EMS EXPO, this event will be the most significant marketing venue of its kind, serving both the fire and emergency medical services markets, offering ...

Voters fund Children Services, reshape Nelsonville council, Alex ...
The Athens News - Athens,OH,USA
... Athens County voters also approved renewal or replacement levies for Southeast Ohio Emergency Medical Services (SEOEMS), Athens County for tuberculosis care ...

Cygnus Expositions Launches Firehouse Las Vegas Co-Located with ...
Business Wire (press release) - San Francisco,CA,USA
10, 2005--Cygnus Expositions, a division of business-to-business media leader Cygnus Business Media, and producer of the highly successful EMS EXPO, Firehouse ...

Paramedic assaulted by patient
Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription) - MN,USA
A St. Paul fire paramedic was expected to miss several days of work after being assaulted by a patient. ... The paramedic was briefly knocked out. ...

NC death row inmate executed for murder of mother, stepfather
Winston-Salem Journal - Winston-Salem,NC,USA
... Surry County Superior Court Judge Anderson Cromer on Wednesday ordered the execution stopped to allow a paramedic who treated Mildred Adams, McHone's mother ...

When torture is the only option

This is an article that should make you stop and think and examine the knee-jerk, reflexive reaction to the subject at hand.
It certainly helps in understanding the President's position on the issue.
Jewish World Review

Jewish World Review Nov. 11, 2005 / 9 Mar-Cheshvan, 5765

By David Gelernter

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) proposed legislation incorporating into U.S. law the Geneva Convention ban on mistreating prisoners. The bill, which bans cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment, passed the Senate 90 to 9. To say it's got momentum is putting it mildly.

But President Bush says he will veto the bill unless the CIA is exempted. Vice President Cheney has led the administration's campaign for the exemption. It's a hard sell; pro-torture politicians are scarce around Washington.

But of course you don't have to be "pro-torture" to oppose the McCain amendment. That naive misunderstanding summarizes the threat posed by this good-hearted, wrong-headed legislation. Those who oppose the amendment don't think the CIA should be permitted to use torture or other rough interrogation techniques. What they think is that sometimes the CIA should be required to squeeze the truth out of prisoners. Not because the CIA wants to torture people, but because it may be the only option we've got.

McCain's amendment is a trap for the lazy minded. Whenever a position seems so obvious that you don't even have to stop and think — stop and think.

Americans will never be permitted to use torture as punishment or vengeance. A criminal might deserve to be tortured; we refuse to torture him nonetheless, because to do so degrades us. But if torturing a terrorist (or carrying out some other form of rough interrogation) is the only way to save innocent lives, we have no right to refuse.

Most human beings recoil from committing torture. But sometimes we have an obligation to do hard things for the good of the nation — as no man knows better than McCain, who fought for his country and suffered long years as a brutally mistreated POW.

But his amendment lets the CIA do what he refused to do. It lets the CIA take an easy out.

In 1982, the philosopher Michael Levin published an article challenging the popular view that the U.S. must never engage in torture. "Someday soon," he concluded, "a terrorist will threaten tens of thousands of lives, and torture will be the only way to save them."

Suppose a nuclear bomb is primed to detonate somewhere in Manhattan, Levin wrote, and we've captured a terrorist who knows where the bomb is. But he won't talk. By forbidding torture, you inflict death on many thousands of innocents and endless suffering on the families of those who died at a terrorist's whim — and who might have lived had government done its ugly duty.

Those who defend McCain's amendment and attack Cheney and Bush feel a nice warm glow, as if they're basking in virtue, as in a hot tub, sipping Cabernet. But there is no virtue in joining a crowd, even if the crowd is right — and this one isn't.

McCain is a bona fide hero. But there's nothing courageous in standing firm with virtually the whole cultural leadership of this nation and the Western world, under any circumstances. It's too easy. To take a principled stand that you know will make people loathe and vilify you — that's what integrity, leadership and moral courage are all about. This time Cheney is the hero. McCain is taking the easy out.

Of course, saying "never" instead of "almost never" is a trap that well-meaning, lazy people have been falling into for a long time. In a celebrated passage in "The Brothers Karamazov," Dostoevsky tells a story designed to end that error forever — about a rich, powerful general and an 8-year-old boy serf who "hurt the paw of the general's favorite hound." The next morning, the child is stripped naked. The general looses his pack of wolfhounds on the boy, who is torn to pieces before his mother's eyes.

What should be done to the general? The gentle monk Alyosha, who can't stand the thought of bloodshed, answers, "Shoot him." He has decided that capital punishment should be "almost never," not "never."

In the end, this column is indeed about willful, cheerful torture — committed not by the CIA but by terrorists whose bombs leave bewildered innocents maimed, blinded or wracked with pain for the rest of their lives, or ripped to pieces. Why? The torturers (or their friends) only smirk and tell us that "Allahu Akbar" ("G-d is Great").

We do not torture such terrorists to punish them. G-d forbid we should do as they do. But if torture (used with repugnance) can stop even one such atrocity, our duty is hideously plain.

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Bicycle News

Vehicle Hits Bicyclist
6abc.com - Philadelphia,PA,USA
UPPER CHICHESTER, PA-November 17, 2005 - In Upper Chichester, Delaware County, a car hit a bicyclist along the 3300 block of Chichester Avenue early Thursday ...

Failure To Render Aid Leads To 20 Year Sentence
KCBD-TV - Lubbock,TX,USA
... Crawford was using a wheelchair in court this week but jurors determined he was the man driving the car last November when bicyclist Sheila Austin was hit. ...

Bicyclist hit on Palm Coast Parkway
Daytona Beach News-Journal - Daytona,FL,USA
PALM COAST -- A bicyclist was injured Wednesday after she was struck by avan, , the Florida Highway Patrol said. Officials say the ...

World-class bicycle racers flock to town
Santa Cruz Sentinel - Santa Cruz,CA,USA
When Sabine Dukes co-founded an all-women's bicycle team with a handful of fellow cyclists in Monterey in 2001, she never imagined that Team Velo Bella would ...

To hell and back on a bicycle
Hermanus Times - Hermanus,South Africa
An 80% chance of rain for both Saturday and Sunday - with this great news about 500 riders started the Extreme Hell and Back mountain bike race on Saturday. ...

Deputies Looking for ARC Fondling Suspect
KXTV - Sacramento,CA,USA
... He then flees on foot or on a bicycle in the direction of nearby apartments on Little Oak Lane. After two of the attacks, the suspect ...

Failure To Render Aid Leads To 20 Year Sentence
KCBD-TV - Lubbock,TX,USA
A Lubbock man who fled the scene after hitting a woman on a bicycle will spend the next 20 years in prison. Jurors handed down the ...

Cyclist McEwen in velodrome return
The Age (subscription) - Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
Australian Tour de France sprint star Robbie McEwen will return to the velodrome for the first time in nine years when he competes in two races at the Sydney ...

Mass cyclist critical of impatient drivers
Georgia Straight - Vancouver,British Columbia,Canada
... In an attempt to intimidate the last few cyclists of the Mass going over the Granville Bridge, a man drove right into the back of a cyclist. ...

Cyclist knocked off and kicked by thugs
ic Berkshire.co.uk - Reading,England,UK
A TEENAGE BOY was knocked off his bike and kicked in the face in Martin's Heron on Saturday evening. The 16-year-old was riding ...

Roulston quits Discovery team
TVNZ - New Zealand
New Zealand cyclist Hayden Roulston has quit the Discovery Channel team only weeks before their annual December training camp in Texas. ...

Bicyclist dies after being struck by car
Houston Chronicle - United States
A man riding his bicycle in northwest Harris County was killed early this morning by a suspected drunken driver who initially fled the scene of the accident. ...

PCSO Identifies Injured Bicyclist
The Ledger - Lakeland,FL,USA
Polk County Sheriff's deputies identified Bonnie Clark, 54, as the bicyclist who was hit and injured Tuesday night. Clark, of Eloise ...

Bicyclist Critically Hurt in Crash
KAKE - Wichita,KS,USA
November 10 - A bicyclist is critically hurt after hitting a semi truck while trying to avoid debris on the roadway. The accident ...

Bicyclist, semi collide; man in critical condition
Kansas.com - KS,USA
A bicyclist suffered "very critical" head injuries this morning when he collided with a semi-tractor trailer on Washington at an entrance to Kellogg, police ...

Bicyclist injured in hit and run
Alabamian - Jackson,AL,USA
By Evan Carden. A 63-year-old man was injured when the bicycle he was riding was struck by an automobile after he pulled into its path Tuesday morning. ...

RJC Weekly E-Newsletter

November 18, 2005
  • GOP Strikes Back, RNC Ad Discloses Dishonest Dems
  • DC Leads the Way in School Choice
  • Senate Hearing on Iran, Regime Change is Essential
  • Josh London Gabs with Tech Central Station about Victory in Tripoli
  • The RJC wishes everyone a holiday full of family, food, and festivities. Happy Thanksgiving to all!

    GOP Strikes Back, RNC Ad Discloses Dishonest Dems

    Following weeks of Democratic aggression, President Bush and the Republican Party are striking back, challenging misleading and dishonest attacks by leaders of the Democratic Party.

    In a video released by the Republican National Committee, the party presents evidence that the President shared the same pre-war intelligence as leading Democrats, that there was a consensus across party lines that Saddam Hussein's Iraq was a threat to the United States, and that regime change was necessary.

    The video highlights quotes from former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, who said:

    Iraq is a long way from Ohio, but what happens there matters a great deal here. For the risk that the leaders of a rogue state will use nuclear, chemical, or biological weapons against us or our allies is the greatest security threat we face. And it is a threat against which we must, and will stand firm.

    DNC Chairman Howard Dean claimed:

    There are such things as international outlaws. I'm not sure China is one, but I'm quite sure Iran and Iraq are.

    Former National Security Advisor Sandy Berger agreed with his Democratic colleagues that Saddam Hussein:

    ...Will rebuild his arsenal of weapons of mass destruction. And someday in someway, I am certain, he will use that arsenal again as he has done 10 times since 1983.

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced on Meet the Press in 2002 that:

    Saddam Hussein certainly has chemical and biological weapons, there's no question about that.

    And Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-MA) claimed from the Senate floor:

    There is unmistakeable evidence that Saddam Hussein is working aggressively to develop nuclear weapons and will likely have nuclear weapons within the next five years. We should also remember that we have always underestimated the progress that Saddam Hussein has been able to make in the development of weapons of mass destruction.

    Many other Democratic leaders such as former President Bill Clinton and former Vice President Al Gore, as well as Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid publicly acknowledged that Saddam Hussein was a serious threat to the security of the United States and that regime change was necessary.

    As the President said, Democrats are free to challenge the conduct of the Iraq war, but suggesting that he manipulated or manufactured pre-war intelligence is dishonest and must be revealed to the American people.

    DC Leads the Way in School Choice

    Nearly two years after Congress passed the DC School Choice Incentive Act, Washington's Opportunity Scholarship program is receiving high marks.

    The $13 million federally funded scholarship program is a five-year pilot initiative that provides vouchers for up to $7,500 for low-income DC students to attend one of the 59 nonpublic schools that are currently participating in the program.

    An article in Tuesday's New York Sun follows the success of Breanna Walton who was able to use her voucher to attend the prestigious Rock Creek International, a private school in Georgetown, centered on the International Baccalaureate curriculum.

    Although $7,500 is not sufficient to attend DC's top private schools like RCI, many nonpublic schools are subsidizing the remaining tuition to encourage scholarship students to attend.

    And while many advocates of school choice highlight the academic benefits that come with choice, parents of voucher students are focused on the more immediate benefits like safety and diversity. As the Sun reports, Ms. Walton is thrilled with the scholarship program because, "'I know that when I go to work that day, she's safe. I don't have to worry about the crime.'"

    Republican Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS) is working to help expand the program so that more students can take advantage of better educational opportunities. Currently, in the nation's capitol 1.7 students are applying for every one voucher. The demand for choice is out there, and DC is working to give every Washington student the possibility of a quality education.

    Senate Hearing on Iran, Regime Change is Essential

    (Photo: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad)

    On November 15th, the Senate Committee of Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs' Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government Information, and International Security (Chaired by Senator Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK)), held a hearing concerning oversight of Iran's nuclear ambitions.

    Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA), Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, participated as well as former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich.

    "We all know," Senator Santorum said, Iran "is a terrorist state intent on acquiring nuclear weapons."

    Sen. Santorum has introduced two pieces of legislation in an effort to establish a firm U.S. policy toward Iran. S. 333, the Iran Freedom and Support Act, would put the United States decidedly on the side of the majority of Iranians who oppose the repressive terrorist regime. And S. 1737, the Iranian Nuclear Trade Prohibition Act of 2005, would prohibit U.S. entities from purchasing nuclear fuel assemblies from entities that provide these items to Iran.

    Former Speaker Gingrich emphasized that both "the virulence of the ideology of Iran's current regime and advanced military capabilities it is working energetically to acquire" as well as "its strategic location, natural resources, population, and proximity to the vital resources of other nations in the region" makes Iran a threat of tremendous magnitude.

    The hearing comes a week before the International Atomic Energy Agency meets to consider referring Iran to the U.N. Security Council for the imposition of sanctions.

    Josh London Gabs with Tech Central Station about Victory in Tripoli

    Recently, Josh London, Director of the Jewish Policy Center, sat down with Orrin Judd to discuss radical Islamic terrorism, Thomas Jefferson, and his new book, Victory in Tripoli:How America's War with the Barbary Pirates Established the U.S. Navy and Shaped a Nation .

    The interview was posted this week on Tech Central Station.

    As London recounts, "the United States encountered Islam very early in our history," and "John Adams' and Thomas Jefferson's meeting with the Ambassador of Tripoli to Brittan in May 1786, explicitly revealed, over two hundred years ago, the religious nature of the conflict – the jihad – facing the United States." London was referring to America's first war on terror – her battle against Muslim piracy in North Africa, the details of which are the subject of his book.

    Despite this similarity between the struggle against Muslim piracy and our current War on Terror, London does not try to force any parallels between the two campaigns. In fact, London emphasizes, "I didn't want to tell the story as a gloss on current events. I think that makes for bad history and, frankly, bad storytelling." But as London recognizes, "the parallels and similarities are starkly there, I think, to anyone with an open mind."

    London's book is not just for those interested in the roots of Islamo-fascism's assault against the West. Rather, his book is perfect for anyone interested in early American history – especially Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson "was an obviously gifted and talented genius of sorts," London acknowledges. And "to say that he was filled with intellectual contradictions would be uninterestingly obvious and yet, well, he was."

    An obvious distinction between today's War on Terror and the Barbary Wars is the strength of presidential leadership. During this early threat to America's existence, London suggests that Jefferson's "sense of expediency and economy won out over his sense of national honor, and completely neutered his ideological commitment to end the terror of Muslim piracy against American interests." More succinctly, "Jefferson's Barbary War," London says, "was clearly not his best work as President."'

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    Man pronounced dead by ambulance corps says he'll sue

    He may sue, but I think he's going to have a tough time proving negligence. My personal opinion is that this dude was never actually in cardiac arrest, so what exactly did the first responders fail to do that would've made his condition any worse? If he wasn't in arrest, then an AED wasn't indicated, and I think you'd have a tough time proving whether Oxygen would make a difference one way or another in this case.
    He suffered neurologic damage? Well it is my understanding that most victims of lighting strikes do in fact suffer lifelong neurological damage from the strike.
    While it's pretty bad that the crew couldn't tell that their patient wasn't dead, I don't see where the lawyers have a case here unless it is stipulated that Mr. Crandall was indeed in cardiac arrest when they arrived on scene- something they're going to have a darn hard time proving.
    But I suppose the insurance company will just settle it out of court anyway just to save time & money. I sure hope the EMTs involved have their own lawyers, otherwise they're going to get hung out to dry.
    Yet another good argument to join the NAEMT and get the liability insurance that they offer.


    November 17, 2005, 11:28 AM EST

    STONINGTON, Conn. -- A man who was pronounced dead by an ambulance crew after being struck by lightning in May intends to sue the town and crew members.

    Kevin Crandall, a blues musician, was building a stone wall behind a house when he was hit by lightning on May 31.

    Witnesses and police said emergency medical technicians indicated Crandall was dead and covered him with a blanket. But 10 minutes later, a police officer noticed he was breathing.

    Crandall was rushed to the hospital, where he was placed on life support. He was released a few weeks later.

    His attorney, Stephen Reck, told The Day of New London that Crandall suffered brain damage and still has neurological problems that prevent him from playing music.

    Reck has filed a notice that he intends to sue the town of North Stonington and four members of the Stonington Ambulance Corps on Crandall's behalf.

    "Kevin just wants to make sure this doesn't happen again to anyone," Reck said. "Everyone deserves a chance to be resuscitated."

    The state is continuing its investigation of whether the ambulance service properly treated Crandall.

    Two ambulance corps members named in the notice declined comment and two others could not be reached.

    Bob Holdsworth, a consultant who has spoken on behalf of the ambulance service, said he cannot comment until Crandall files more paperwork.

    "We'll await further words from Mr. Crandall on what he intends to do," Holdsworth said.


    Information from: The Day, http://www.theday.com

    Hillary Can't Steal The Jewish Vote This Time

    I wouldn't count Hillary out yet. Most of the Jews of the Reform and Conservative streams tend to vote Democratic. While it's unlikely she'll pull a large number in the Orthodox community, our numbers are too small to offset the majority of Jews that vote Liberal.
    Now, if we could get Joe Lieberman to jump the fence, we might stand more of a chance...
    November 17, 2005 11:48 PM EST

    by Shane Carey -
    With her 2006 senate re-election campaign fast approaching and ambitions for the White House in 2008, Hillary Clinton is once again fudging the record to appear more conservative. No, I'm not referring to her supposed war hawkishness, this time it's Israel Hillary's pretending to care about.

    Hillary, who as First Lady supported Palestinian statehood and hugged Yasir Arafat's wife after she had made a violently anti-Israel speech, has been known to call Clinton campaign workers "fu**ing Jew-bastards." This is not a good record when you're running for re-election in New York City, where Jews are prominent and numerous. Hillary has embarked on a trip to Israel (with no stop in Palestine) to visit and praise the separation barrier being built along the edge of the West Bank. While there she also praised Ariel Sharon's work for peace, is to attend ceremonies marking the tenth anniversary of Prime Minister Yitchak Rabin's assassination, and called on the Palestinian people to "help prevent terrorism" by "[Changing their] attitudes about terrorism."

    What happened to the Hillary who, like so many other liberals, thought that Palestine could do know wrong? Politics happened. Not that Hillary hasn't always had politics in mind; she has probably had the goal of becoming Commander-In-Chief for decades. But Hillary has to get the Jewish vote to win comfortably in what will no doubt be a heated run for the Senate; the only problem is that Hillary has never been very appealing to Jewish voters: her extreme liberalism, anti-Israel stance, and alleged use of racial slurs towards Jews has never sat well with them.

    It also does not help that Hillary has never had to work for the Jewish vote before. What am I talking about?

    Let me take you back to 1999: four members of the New York Hasidic community of New Square are convicted of starting a fake religious school with 1,500 fake students and embezzling $40 million in federal Pell grants, which they then funneled back in to the New Square community.

    In August 2000, in the heat of her race for the Senate, Hillary visited the New Square Hasidic community where she met privately with community leader, Rabbi David Twersky. She said that she just wanted to meet privately with some Jewish community leaders, but no one knows for sure what was discussed in the meeting.

    Heading into the 2000 Senate campaign most New York Hasidic communities were supportive of Hillary's GOP opponent, Rick Lazio. The New Square vote, which was historically conservative, was expected to go for Lazio by as much as 90%. Two Hasidic communities near New Square went for Lazio 3,500 to 150. New Square shocked everyone, going for Hillary 1,359 to 10. Hillary got 99% of the vote.
    In December 2000, just a month after Hillary took New Square by 99%, Bill and Hillary met with community leaders from New Square in the White House Map Room where they discussed pardons for the four New Square embezzlers.

    On January 20th, President Bill Clinton commuted the sentences of the four New Square embezzlers to time served.

    That's one way to get the Jewish vote, by offering pardons for votes. Unfortunately for Hillary there is now a decent, God-fearing man in the Oval Office, not her criminal, sex-fiend husband.

    It looks like this time around Hillary will actually have to work for the Jewish vote. She has already started her "move to the center," pretending she supports Israel. She has criticized the liberal's darling, Palestine. Now if she can just stop calling people "fu**ing Jew-bastards" she'll be all set.

    Shane Carey is a staff-writer and editor of GunsGodGlory.com where he posts as "Willie." He is a young conservative living in Michigan.

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    Foreign Words Invade Hebrew Dictionary

    Ah, the pundits and the purists are always thinking that they can make a language go the way they want it to go. But the essence of a living language is that it borrows and creates new words and trashes old ones all the time. Rock on Israel, this is a sign of Hebrew's vibrancy!
    The New York Times On The Web
    November 17, 2005

    Filed at 6:00 a.m. ET

    JERUSALEM (AP) -- The English ''spin'' becomes ''speen,'' plural ''speenim.''

    The language of Moses has also absorbed ''blind date,'' ''under control'' and ''hacker'' (pronounced hah-cker), along with some 10,000 other words and expressions that have been compiled in a dictionary of Israeli slang, a best seller since it came out this fall.

    The hefty hardcover tome reflects the onslaught of foreign words in the age of globalization and the struggle of modern Hebrew -- revived as a spoken language just a century ago -- to adapt an ancient vocabulary to modern times.

    Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, for one, doesn't like the trend. A while back, on Hebrew Language Day, he complained that the once ubiquitous Hebrew farewell ''shalom'' has largely been replaced by ''yalla, bye,'' an Arabic-English hybrid. He also chastised the satellite and cable TV companies ''Yes'' and ''Hot'' for choosing foreign names.

    The guardians of proper Hebrew do not seem to be overly worried.

    Hebrew is flourishing and has proven its adaptability, said Avraham Tal, deputy director of the Academy for the Hebrew Language -- known in Hebrew, ironically, as the ''academia.''

    Seeking to stem the use of foreign words, experts at the academy have been inventing Hebrew alternatives for words such as ''conditioner.'' From time to time, the nation's top linguists present their creations to the academy's plenum, where favorites are adopted by vote, often after stormy debate. A few times a year, the academy publishes a list of new words and asks state radio and TV to use them.

    Ruth Almagor-Ramon, the language adviser at Israel Radio, said it is easy enough to introduce words in newscasts and other programs, but that does not always mean they will take hold.

    ''Every word has its fate,'' said Tal, acknowledging quite a few of the academy's creations have fizzled, such as Hebrew substitutes for ''video'' and ''jingle.'' A belated effort to get the public to accept a Hebrew word for shampoo seems doomed from the start.

    Almagor-Ramon said politicians and ad copy writers are among the worst language offenders.

    ''There is no way to correct them,'' she said, noting that in a recent radio ad, a Labor Party legislator refused to use the formal Hebrew substitute for ''primaries,'' arguing that no one would understand him.

    Journalists do not seem to be far behind in the list of culprits. In a recent front-page article, political commentator Ben Caspit complained about what he said was the foreign minister's manipulation of the press and his habit of posing for photographers in distant ''locationim.''

    The author of the ''Comprehensive Slang Dictionary,'' Ruvik Rosenthal, said Hebrew's relatively small vocabulary -- around 150,000 words, a fraction the size of English -- encourages borrowing.

    Rosenthal, who writes a weekly language column in the Maariv daily, mined some 800 Web sites, hundreds of books as well as TV and radio broadcasts for his dictionary. He also consulted with specialists on subcultures -- criminals, youth, computer nerds, the ultra-Orthodox and soccer fans.

    The biggest contributors to slang are English, Arabic and Yiddish.

    Arabic rules emotional expression -- ''ahla'' (great), ''walla'' (true), ''sababa'' (cool), ''ashkara'' (for real) -- as well as the most emphatic curses. With the rise of Oriental culture in Israel after decades of European domination, Israelis feel at ease using Arabic words, despite their ongoing conflict with much of the Arab world, Rosenthal said.

    Some of the Arabic already found its way into Hebrew in the 1930s and 1940s, absorbed by children of Zionist pioneers who wanted to blend into the region and distance themselves from their parents' Diaspora upbringing.

    English dominates computers, high-tech, dating, fashion and sports. ''Yesh lo touch,'' (he has the touch) a sports commentator has been heard saying of a talented soccer player.

    Car mechanics use mangled English, a throwback to British rule when cars first came to the Holy Land: brakes become ''breksim,'' a back axle is a ''back ax.'' Following a strange logic, a front axle is a ''back ax kidmi,'' literally a front back axle.

    German still rules in construction, going back to 1920s and 1930 when builders and architects immigrated from Germany to pre-state Palestine. Today, Palestinian and Chinese construction workers communicate on the job with words such as ''stecker'' (plug) or ''spachtel'' (spatula).

    Yiddish, still a strong source of slang with about 1,200 words in the book, offers some of the juiciest insults, such as ''freier'' (sucker), ''shtinker'' (informer) and ''nudnik'' (pest). However, some of the words are fading away, or are now used only by ultra-Orthodox Jews, Rosenthal said.

    In a gray zone between slang and standard Hebrew, some foreign words are squeezed into the corset of Hebrew conjugation: to subsidize becomes ''lesabsed,'' to zap TV channels is ''lezapzep,'' to discuss is ''ledaskes,'' to torpedo is ''letarped.''

    Most Israelis know the boundaries between slang and standard Hebrew, and there is nothing wrong with the flourishing of slang, said linguist Rafael Nir.

    ''It's definitely a sign of how alive the language is, not necessarily a sign of the deficiency of the Hebrew language,'' he said. ''Slang gives it something extra.''

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    I think this is good and healthy to see. It should be obvious to anyone that if the school allows all religious groups to meet, Christian, Jewish, Hindu, whatever... then it obviously isn't "establishing" a state religion.

    However, I'm sure some spoiler at the ACLU and their cohort are just trying to figure out a way to screw this all up.


    At Lexington High School, Rabbi Shmuel Miller addressed a Jewish Student Union meeting as Aviv Celine took part.
    At Lexington High School, Rabbi Shmuel Miller addressed a Jewish Student Union meeting as Aviv Celine took part. (Suzanne Kreiter/ Globe Staff)

    NEWTON -- The rabbi walks through the halls of Newton South High School, wearing a yarmulke and carrying stacks of pizza and donuts. Along the way, the 38-year-old rabbi with the reddish beard and an infectious smile asks students to join him at an afterschool meeting of the Jewish Student Union.

    If a student hedges, Rabbi Shmuel Miller mentions the free food.

    Miller is among a growing number of religious leaders around the nation who are taking advantage of a four-year-old US Supreme Court ruling that allows religious groups to meet in public schools when classes are not in session. In Massachusetts, the first Jewish Student Union club opened last year at Newton South; this year, chapters of the national nonprofit began in Brookline, Lexington, and Framingham. Evangelical Christians have been running clubs in the last few years in some Boston elementary schools and in some rural towns.

    As some principals are banning Christmas trees, menorahs, or Halloween costumes, others are warming to the presence of religious clubs in their schools. They say the clubs' regular dose of religion is improving discipline among younger students and giving older students of minority religions a sense of camaraderie.

    ''I certainly welcome it," said Deborah Dancy, principal of William Ellery Channing Elementary School in Hyde Park, where Child Evangelism Fellowship opened a Good News Bible Club this year. ''The children who participate in the program are much more courteous, cooperative, and respectful. Anything we can do to reduce discipline problems and develop character we are willing to do at this school."

    In some cases, groups that monitor separation of church and state worry that the clubs are becoming too much a part of a school's fabric, because teachers are leading them or students are registering them as official high school clubs. The Supreme Court ruling didn't set restrictions on how the religious clubs should operate in public schools, leaving the ruling open to interpretation. Schools and legal groups have been struggling to figure out how the ruling fits in with an existing federal law that governs equal access to school buildings by outside groups.

    ''The lines are getting blurrier, and that's most unfortunate," said Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State. ''One of the great strengths of American schools has been neutrality in religions."

    To help school districts wade through the murky waters, the Anti-Defamation League has developed guidelines for public schools. Religious groups can advertise meetings, but need parental permission for students to participate, according to the guidelines. In high schools, students must initiate and run official student clubs, while school leaders must avoid being seen as endorsing or disapproving of a faith, the guidelines say.

    At meetings of the Jewish Student Union in the Boston area, students play games, watch videos, and discuss a variety of topics, including whether eating kosher is an outdated Jewish ritual and why so many well-known comedians are Jewish. The rabbi and his 26-year-old assistant, Yisrael Schwartz, guide the discussion.

    The Jewish Student Union is a nonprofit organization that says it is not affiliated with any branch of Judaism and is open to students of all faiths. An Orthodox rabbi started it three years ago in Los Angeles, as a response to what he saw as proselytizing by evangelical Christians. The group now has 150 chapters in the United States and Canada.

    Miller said the clubs in New England are invaluable in connecting him with teens who don't attend programs at synagogues.

    ''We're fighting the battle of assimilation where Jews are opting out [of their faith] out of ignorance," said Miller, an Orthodox rabbi and the New England director for the Jewish Student Union. ''With the increasing pressure of school work, we need to go to students on their ground and speak to them on their level."

    Sometimes, as they work with the students, the rabbi and his assistant sound like MTV hosts trying to galvanize youth into political action. His voice increasingly rising, Schwartz recently spoke to roughly 30 students at a meeting of the newly established Jewish Student Union at Lexington High School.

    ''Invite and bring a friend to the next meeting. Let's really pump this club," Schwartz said, gesturing with his fist. ''You are part of something big. . . . We're going to rock this school."

    On average, the weekly Jewish Student Union meetings at Massachusetts schools draw about 30 students, some of whom are Christians, the rabbi said. Students have applied to their principals to get a union chapter approved as an official school club. The clubs elect officers and appear in the yearbook a student activity.

    Linnea Sage, 17, joined Newton South's club last year and has become the club's president.

    ''If you're just with friends, you'll discuss clothes, boys, and movies, but here, you can listen to people's ideas" about Judaism and Jewish culture, said Sage, who is Jewish.

    Michael Welch, who was principal at Newton South when the club started, said he had been concerned the rabbi might proselytize and questioned whether having the word Jewish in the group's name might seem exclusionary.

    ''For the most part, it's an open, engaging group for kids to study Jewish culture," said Welch, now principal of Framingham High School. ''I didn't see it as proselytizing at all."

    But the rabbi and his assistant might be pushing the envelope in what's allowed under federal law by being so involved in the regular running of a high school club meeting, said Lynn.

    Miller said he and Schwartz are facilitators, while the students are the ones who call the shots and choose discussion topics from a menu of 30 or 40.

    Marjorie Woods, the 16-year-old president of Lexington's club, said it would have been difficult starting the club without the rabbi and his assistant.

    ''I think we would run out of stuff to talk about, and people would stop coming," Woods said.

    Groups that favor separation of church and state say interpretation of the ruling will be tested by religious leaders, especially evangelical Christians who see public schools as fertile ground to deliver messages. The Child Evangelism Fellowship's Good News Clubs were the plaintiffs in the 2001 Supreme Court case filed against a public school in New York state. Since winning the case, the group has quintupled its presence in public schools, to 2,330 clubs.

    Child Evangelism Fellowship officials say that biblical stories, memorization of Scripture, and singing religious songs are good character-building exercises for students and are applicable to children of all faiths. They deny they are proselytizing.

    ''The main thrust of the Good News Club is to help children understand that God loves them and cares about them," said Myron Tschetter, vice president of USA ministries for Child Evangelism Fellowship.

    At Pauline A. Shaw Elementary School in Dorchester, nearly 60 students, about one-fifth of the student body, gather each Tuesday after school for Good News Club. Principal Maudlin Wright said she believes that the group's popularity reflects a demographic shift in the school's neighborhood with more Haitian and West Indian immigrants moving in. They want to make sure their children develop strong values and stay out of trouble, she said.

    ''From my perspective, we have a lot more respect and positive discipline," Wright said.

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