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consulate-bonhoefferThe Consulate General of Germany in New York hosted an evening of music 10/11 to commemorate the life of German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, killed by the Nazis in the last days of WWII for his role in a plot to assassinate Hitler. The Kleine Choir of Burgdorf, Germany, led by Ilsabe Bartels-Kohl, performed music by Mattias Nagel, with a Dieter Stork libretto based on texts by Bonhoeffer.

“Has the Church merely to gather up those whom the wheel has crushed or has she to prevent the wheel from crushing them?” Bonhoeffer, Ethics (SCM Press, 1955)

“Only in action is freedom.” Bonhoeffer, Ethics

Bonhoeffer also noted in Ethics: “It is the essence of Greek tragedy that a man’s downfall is brought about by the conflict of incompatible laws.” Isn’t that the case today in the US? For Bonhoeffer, the resolution lay in “the unity of God and the reconciliation of the world with God in Jesus Christ; it is not the inescapability of guilt, but the simplicity of life which follows from the reconciliation; it is not fate, but the gospel as the ultimate reality of life; it is not the cruel triumph of the gods over falling man, but it is the election of man to be man as the child of God in the world which is reconciled through grace.”

ObamaUN.JPG“Truth exists when what is, is said to be, and when what is not is said not to be. Falsity will consist in the excess, when what is not is said to be; or in defect, when what is, is said not to be.” Thomas Aquinas

Addressing the UN this week, President Obama said “I draw strength from young Americans…who are remaking our nation once again, who are unconstrained by old habits and old conventions and unencumbered by what is, but are instead ready to seize what ought to be.”

One probably wouldn’t want to fly in an airplane with a pilot who had such a view of reality. And yet the man who sees himself as the most important person in the world, and is acting on it, has such a view — while the wreckage piles up, from the burning of Charlotte to the burning of Syria.

President Obama’s legacy will be a nation and world more divided and self-destructing than when he came into office, with his untruthfulness a key factor.

ivorycoastAlassane Ouattara (center), President of Ivory Coast, in New York for the opening session of the UN General Assembly.

Mr. Ouattare, a Sunni, came to power in 2011 after a disputed election. The Ivory Coast parliament had determined that Mr. Ouattara was not born in Ivory Coast and therefore not eligible to be its president. And yet Hillary Clinton, as Secretary of State, used her influence to get him in and force his predecessor out. His predecessor, Laurent Gbagbo, a Catholic, is in the Hague (ICC) on charges related to trying to remain as president.

steubenparade2016psteubenparade2016isteubenparade2016noktoberfest2016jsteubenparade2016doktoberfest2016hoktoberfest2016foktoberfest2016lThis year’s grand marshals were Ambassador Peter Witig and Olympic Gold Medal skater Katarina Witt. Baron von Steuben was an Honored Guest (top photo-right). As is custom the parade was followed by Oktoberfest in Central Park.

While watching the parade march up Fifth Avenue, past the World War I monument, one couldn’t help but recall the events of 100 years ago and how they continue to resonate.

In 1916 Germany tried to end the war, but Britain wouldn’t hear of it — wanting to destroy Germany and knowing the U.S. would enter the war on their side after the 1916 election (even though Wilson had run on the promise of keeping the U.S. out of the war). Wilson’s aid Colonel House made it known in England that he planned to get in. Wilson also made the Russian revolution a precondition for U.S. involvement, not wanting to support the Czar. So by playing interventionist, on behalf of prominent Zionists (Brandeis), who got Palestine out of the deal, the U.S. laid the groundwork for Hitler, the Holocaust and the Soviet Union.

Today U.S. intervention and support for regime change in Libya and Syria has created a new holocaust and a refugee crisis that undermines peace and stability everywhere. Good of Germany to support the refugees (even with a few bad eggs). By doing so they express a goodness that others would do well to emulate.

Photographs: Stephen Wise


samesky2016asamesky2016bFrancine LeFrak, Founder of Same Sky, is joined by Deshauna Barber (Miss USA) and Pia Wurtzbach (Miss Universe) at a Same Sky ethical shopping event Thursday in New York.

Same Sky is working to empower women and change lives, around the world, by employing them to make superbly crafted jewelry.

Lincoln+RussiansThe recent outcry over possible Russian involvement in the outing the e-mails, exposing DNC treachery toward Bernie Sanders, seems absurd. Americans should be thankful for whoever helps to expose the darkness of their deceiving leaders, and attempts to enlighten the people, in the hope of preventing further American destruction abroad.

It’s worth noting that if it wasn’t for Russia, under the Czar, the US probably wouldn’t exist today.

During the Civil War (1863), the Russians sent war ships to New York Harbor to prevent France and England from getting involved on the side of the South, which, had they done so, would have meant sure defeat for Lincoln and the Union.

USFranceThe perpetrators in Nice, Dallas, and Baton Rouge, far from being fringe, are manifesting their country’s sick spirit.

“Vous avez mis le doigt dessus.”


IsraelParade2016fIsraelParade2016IsraelParade2016bThe ‘Celebrate Israel Parade’ soldiered-on in the rain today on Fifth Avenue.

The modern state of Israel continues to undermine peace and stability in the Middle East, as well as the hearts and minds of Jews everywhere — with an unending stream of American politicians eager to support this “disgraceful page” in Jewish history.

In 1939, Martin Buber, commenting after a wave of Jewish terrorism directed at British and Arab interests, described Zionist thinking as “the foulest and most fraudulent deception of all: that it is possible to achieve redemption through sin … If the people justifies the murder, identifies with the perpetrators, and thus accepts responsibility for the sin as its own, we will bequeath to our children not a free and pure land but a thieves’ den to live in and raise their children in.”

KeysOfTheKingdom“As you know from the congressional inquiry, two years before the attack, bin Laden threatened the kingdom with revolution unless al-Qaeda’s operatives were given access to and support from the Saudi’s agents in the U.S. The old king capitulated.” Senator Bob Graham, Keys to the Kingdom, (Vanguard Press, 2011)

The ‘principles’ underlying the U.S./Saudi relationship are not only unsound but evil, with decades of slaughter to show for it. The latest being the destruction of Yemen and Syria. Those who have sought for Assad to “go” have brought hell to Syria and likely to themselves.

On a day that saw President Obama received coldly in Saudi Arabia and 500 refugees drown while fleeing murderous wars initiated by Saudi Arabia and supported by the U.S., one can only hope that the next U.S. president will freeze Saudi assets, halt weapon sales, and establish a no-fly zone over that country. But that would be unlikely if Hillary Clinton is the next president, given the enormous sums gifted to the Clinton Foundation by the House of Saud.

EasterMonday2016Remembering the Easter Monday Irish Rebellion (April 23, 1916).

“On his return, Mr. Asquith approached me with the suggestion that I should take up the task of trying to negotiate a settlement with the Irish revolutionary leaders. My sympathy with their cause was known.” D. LLoyd George, War Memoirs, 1938