The Sound of Elsa’s Breathing


A view of the constellation Canis Major. The brightest star in the grouping is Sirius, which was referred to by the ancients as “The Dog Star.”

This is a poem I wrote about my German Shepherd, Elsa, who died 16 years ago today. I have a great many memories of hours spent writing (poems, articles, etc.) while she sat curled up on the couch next to me snoozing. At certain odd moments I would pause from my writing as I would become acutely conscious of the sound of her breathing. It was a sound that invariably filled me with a sense of inner peace and serenity. Thinking of her passage, as I do at this time each year, gives me a feeling of how temporary our life on this earth really is.

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Netanyahu Congressional Address to Coincide with Jewish ‘Purim’ Holiday

By Richard Edmondson

A few days ago in an article entitled Politically Corrupt and Pro-Israel–Do the Two Traits Go Together?–I noted that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to speak before a joint session of Congress on March 3.

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French Politicians Attack Internet Freedom in Proposed Law

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Recently in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attack, French comedian Dieudonne posted on the Internet, “I feel like Charlie Coulibaly.”

Apparently under a new law being considered in France, comments like this will be interpreted as an “apology” for terrorism and would become punishable by anywhere up to five to seven years in prison and up to €75,000 in fines.

Our friend Ariadna has posted an article on the measure. You can check it out here.

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Victoria Nuland Says US Media is Full of ‘Dynamic, Truthful Opinion’ (Really!)

Those with long memories may recall about ten years or so back when an unidentified US official–some believe it was Karl Rove–offered the following observation:

“We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality.”

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Donbass Civilians Send Emotional Message to Kiev Government

Incredible, must-see video. H/T to Helvena.

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Cognitive Dissonance: Captured Ukrainian Soldiers Get Dose of Reality

The gentleman who figures prominently in all three videos below is Alexander Zakharchenko, head of the Donetsk People’s Republic. His demeanor toward the captured Ukrainian soldiers is one of magnanimity. For the soldiers, however, it is obviously not an enjoyable situation.

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Hillary Clinton Does Putin Impersonation

MOSCOW, January 22 (Sputnik) — Addressing the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce in Manitoba, Canada on Wednesday, former Secretary of State and Democratic Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton extolled the virtues of American democracy while imagining what Vladimir Putin’s internal thought process might be like.

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Iran Campaigns for Animal-Free Circuses

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A national campaign for removing animals from circuses has gained fresh momentum after more provincial departments of environment endorsed the plea.

A spokesperson for Iran’s Animal Rights Watch announced Saturday that environmental departments in 21 out of 31 Iranian provinces have joined the national campaign to ban circuses that use animals.

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Politically Corrupt and Pro-Israel–Do the Two Traits Go Together?


New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver after his release from custody on Thursday, January 22.

By Richard Edmondson

One can’t help wondering: will Congress–when Benjamin Netanyahu comes nuzzling into Washington to deliver his next joint-session address–exceed the 29 standing ovations they lavished upon him back in 2011?

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Israelis Tell Imprisoned Palestinian: ‘We will hit your wife, daughter and kids’

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And that very night that’s exactly what they did.

Last Sunday I put up a post about an Israeli raid upon the West Bank village of Beit Ummar, where at 2 a.m. on January 14 soldiers broke through the front door of the home of Ahmed Abu Maria.

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