Month: November 2006

The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty is Dead

With the signing of the deal with India, North Korea, Iran and even Israel can breathe a sigh of relief. No longer can the United States declare that it has been even-handed in how it treats ‘rogue’ nuclear nations. Even…

Cluster Bombs and Cluster F*** Ups

I believe Halutz gave specific orders. I believe those orders were relayed. I also believe in the independence and free spirit that is as key to Israeli victories as it is to these tragic ‘mistakes.’ The adage of no battle…

A Late Veterans’ Day Memorial

I read this from one of my daughter’s 3rd-grade classmates. Q: Veterans are important because… A: …Or else we would not be able to say the Pledge of Allegiance Moved me to tears. Just frank words from an eight year…

A Cheap Solution to Save Lives in Iraq

Phantom checkposts are easily set up and lethal to civilians and soldiers alike. With all the technology deployed to keep people safe, solving this problem is a no-brainer. IFF (Identify Friend-Foe) is a forty-plus year technology geared to giving fighter…

You know you’ve been away too long when…

…headlines like “Vujcic vaults Mac TA over Joventut” don’t mean anything at all to you. Maybe it’s just a sports thing. Copyright © 2005-2006 DaShlom. All Rights Reserved. Contact the author at dashlom (at) gmail dot com for reprinting and…

EULA weirdness

Just ran through an Apple software license agreement and came across this little gem: “THE APPLE SOFTWARE IS NOT INTENDED FOR USE IN THE OPERATION OF NUCLEAR FACILITIES, AIRCRAFT NAVIGATION OR COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS, AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL SYSTEMS, LIFE SUPPORT MACHINES…

Jonathan Pollard and Spying on Friends

It’s a tenet of Jewish law that Jews unjustly incarcerated must be released. Jewish communities throughout the ages have paid ransoms, sometimes when Jews were kidnapped by antisemitic despots specifically to milk money from the Jews. There are Jews in…

Random Artillery, Missile Strikes

First off, condolences to the family many of whose members were killed when an errant Israeli artillery shell hit a house in Beit Hanun. Innocent civilians should never be fired upon, and those firing should take every step to prevent…

418 Republicans Can’t All be Wrong

I was voter #450 at my polling precinct this evening. While polling officials said there’d been a steady stream of voters, I had little hope that I was going to help carry the Democratic vote; I have several neighbors that…

To Give is To Receive

When I was getting married, I’d asked a person I thought was a good friend to officiate at our wedding in the Galilee. We’d gone over all the texts, and, aside from a mutual trade of rings, was fairly straightforward.…