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'16 Candidates & Israel

Beyond the swagger and machismo about carpeting bombing the s**t out of ISIS and making what already is the strongest military in the world the strongest military in the world, there's been little substantive discussion of foreign and defense policy in this campaign beyond staff-written position papers posted on the candidates' web sites. 

And to see those documents you often have to give your name and email address so you can be deluged with press releases and appeals for contributions.

Special Needs, Inclusion, Disability Or None Of The Above? Why Labels Matter

I've often thought about the question of the terms we such as “Special Needs,” “Inclusion,” or “Disability,” and which words are best to open lines of communication? I do not have any hearing in my right ear. I also have a noticeable facial discoloration on parts of my right face that leads some people to think that I have had a stroke, and, over the years, I have used several orthotic devices and sometimes a cane for balance.

"Label Jars Not People." Courtesy of Jay Wilson

Bridging Middle Eastern And Western Cultures Through Art

The nomadic Caravan exhibit “The Bridge” has stationed at St. Paul’s Chapel, showing the work of 47 Arab, Persian and Jewish contemporary artists from 15 countries. Their art addresses the theme of “what bridges us” to each other.

Ambassador Ahmed Farouk, Consul General of Egypt in New York, at the opening of “The Bridge.” Caroline Lagnado

The Language Of Prayer

Synagogues are opening the doors to participation by people with disabilities in large numbers. New buildings and remodeling projects follow the requirements provided by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Many synagogues have greeters stationed at the doors to welcome people and direct newcomers to coat rooms, washrooms and the sanctuary. Trained ushers know where assistive listening devices are located and can seat people who use wheelchairs with their family and friends.

Visual icon for Jewish prayer. Courtesy of Gateways: Access To Jewish Education

Trumping

Watching Donald Trump on the hustings conjures up thoughts of what someone once said of another great showman, P.T. Barnum:  "There's a sucker born every minute." 

Trump's stump speeches, full of wild rhetoric, curses, threats, profanities, boasts and policies devoid of details, are of the kind that led legendary journalist H.L. Mencken to observe, “no one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.”

Me & Bernie

I was undecided about who to vote for but Bill O'Reilly makes a strong case to support Bernie Sanders.

O'Reilly, the Fox News windbag, said that "If Bernie Sanders gets elected president, I'm fleeing,...I'm going to Ireland."  I have nothing against Ireland – I even have several Irish relatives --  but Bill makes a very tempting offer.

The Sap Is Running In New Hampshire

One of best editorial cartoons I ever saw was drawn 44 years ago but it just as timely today in the days before the New Hampshire primaries.

It was drawn by the late Paul Conrad in the Los Angeles Times targeting his nemesis, LA Mayor Sam Yorty.

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Bibi Endorses Trump. Not Really. At Least Not Yet

The headline reads: Netanyahu Endorses Trump, Says “Iowans are Idiots – No One Does Islamophobia Like Donny”

If you didn't know it was a joke you'd think it was real. 

Trump Schlonged By Tricky Ted

Donald Trump has been called many things, but gracious loser isn't one of them. 

He's saying Ted Cruz "stole" the Iowa Caucus by "fraud" and "dirty tricks" and he wants a "new election" or to have Monday's vote "nullified."  Ain't gonna happen, and he knows it, but he's using the incident to damage his surging leading rival going into Tuesday's New Hampshire primary.

Decision 2016: Disability Scorecards

Editor's Note: As the primary season begins, we bring you this exclusive interview with Jennifer Laslzo Mizrahi, President of RespectAbilityUSA, an important organization working on disability rights. Jennifer is on the campaign trail advocating for people with disabilities and answered our questions via email.

NN: Can you describe RespectAbilityUSA's mission in terms of inclusion in the Jewish community and why following the presidential race is connected to your mission?

JLM: Our work is all about improving the lives of people with disabilities. There is a big role for Jewish institutions in that work, and we are deeply committed to Jewish inclusion. But ultimately the disability agenda is a civil rights agenda and an anti-poverty agenda. And it’s far bigger than just the Jewish community. And the only way to move those agendas is to ensure that it is on the “to do list” of the next president of the United States. We want our issues to be center stage in the first 100 days of the next president's first term, and beyond.

The RespectAbility Report. Courtesy of Jennifer Laslzo Mizrahi
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