"Thought 4 the Week"

Remembering this Admonition to always underscore how life is ever so beautiful....

..and remembering to be happy--because even in the Palestinian Territories the sentiment is there:

Wishing all the very best of Weeks....


A "View of the Week": May we be ever so blessed....

Wishing all the very best--and continue to be ever so hopeful:

We come this way but once.
We can either tiptoe through life
and hope we get to death without being badly bruised
or we can live a full, complete life
achieving our goals and realizing our wildest dreams.
- Bob Proctor
& not forgetting this: 

Although it is not an easy admonition to live up to as one is witness to a potential Third Intifada, we have to remain ever so hopeful and pray that sanity and purpose prevails over despair.   

A "Walk-About" On the Grid: On #Gaza (with updated footage from the West Bank Protests) & Other Thoughts

We here at "outsiders" wanted to share some late breaking comments as we prepare to "go dark".   It has been another extremely challenging 24 hours.   Another school was hit and the civilian toll in Israel has passed 700 in Gaza.     A CNN reporter asked the question from a Doctor: How many children were killed?  He noted too many.     The images are horrifying and unbearable to watch.

As the war goes on, it appears that the West Bank has arisen as well:

As the agony of war continues, It was quite distressing to see how Senator Ted Cruz of Texas came out with a blistering attack questioning the motives of the FAA by holding up State Department Appointees.  It appears that Senator Cruz--who is a Lawyer--does not either know the law or willfully decided to ignore it.     Beyond the the political noise in the United States, one view of the reality was reported by   The Institute for Middle East Studies:   FAQ: Misperceptions about the Conflict in Gaza | IMEU

It is also crucial to underscore these statistics as reported by i24News:  

According to the army's latest data, Israel struck 3,333 terror targets since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge on July 8, some 1,853 since the ground operation began a week ago.
In addition, Israeli forces detained 150 Palestinians suspected of involvement in terror activity on Wednesday and transferred them for questioning.
Some 2,270 rockets have been launched from Gaza at Israel, 448 of which were intercepted and 1,777 which struck Israeli territory.
The Palestinians are reporting 788 fatalities, among them more than 120 children, and over 5,000 wounded. The UN says more than 100,000 Gazans have been forced to flee their homes....

J Street initiated a petition to urge Secretary Kerry to press on.   We here at Outsiders were privileged to add our name to this quest for Peace.   As the war has continued, Israel inaugurated a new President who will take office on Monday August 28.   Arab Members of the Knesset boycotted this to protest the continued war in Gaza--even though they supported him.   His speech, though, is a sign of hope--if only the Foreign Minister of Israel embraced the same view the new President.    His Facebook Page has consisted of an attack on Qatar, the UN Human Rights Commision and a member of the Knesset for exercising his Constitutional Rights.   

As The War continues (and it appears that it will continue for a while due to further "expansion" being authorized by the Israeli Security Cabinet), there is Iraq, Syria, Libya--and Egypt.     Beyond the Middle East, there is also Ukraine.   The Government of Ukraine has collapsed as the Prime Minister has resigned.    The victims of Malaysian Flight #MH17 have started to be sent back to The Netherlands.   It was an extremely dignified ceremony which showed the whole World a sense of humanity and a sense of beauty which was beyond words.   It was in direct contrast to how the Ukrainian Rebels and the Government of Russia has dealt with the aftermath of the tragedy.  The propaganda and disinformation has been horrendous.

As this tragedy unfolds,  The war in Ukraine continues with no apparent end in sight as two more Ukrainian Military Planes were shot down by rebels.  It is just so tragic how war again is happening in the middle of Europe after all Europe has gone through.

As we go "dark" til August,  the thought drifted back to what Teddy Roosevelt reminded us and Jonathan Lockwood Huie shared in his daily outreach: we will do what we can with the best that we can:

One can't help but wonder when will sanity ever prevail?   


A Commitment to A Sense of Purpose w/Love: Reflections on "Outsiders"


"Outsiders" will be dark til August 4.    As this "labor of love" began with a sense of purpose and "hopefully" with a sense of love, there will continue to be the effort to do one's utmost to continue to create a "ordinary face" outlook and reflect upon a World that is ever so challenging.   Although there will be stumbles, it will continue to be driven by a sense of love as Van Gogh reminded us--and as this admonition courtesy of the ever perceptive Jonathan Lockwood Huie which was received here @ "outsiders" earlier tonight:

Understand the difference between "failing,"
which each of us does often,
and "being a failure,"
which is a state of mind no one should
ever allow themself to fall into.

Sometimes you get the results you wanted,
sometimes you don't.
What matters is that you did your best.

Know that your true self,
a spiritual being,
is always perfect.

As the Insanity in #Gaza continues: What about the Ordinary Faces Who are Losing Everything?

The War in Gaza continues with no apparent end in sight.   Although there have been diplomatic moves and the US Secretary of State has noted that , "..progress has been made", it seems not to translate into realities on the ground as people continue to die, Al Jazeera came under fire and the Foreign Minister of Israel called for Khaled Mashal to be assassinated: 

On the prowl. will sanity prevail? the view 4rom #Israel: 1 soldier unaccounted for in #Gaza | i24news: http://www.i24news.tv/en/news/israel/37814-140721-liveblog-barrage-of-25-rockets-launched-at-central-southern-israel 
A dose of a reality check verified by what I see out of #Israel Media: For #Netanyahu,#Gaza war’s risks r rising: http://alj.am/UmuzAV 
Enough said: Bereaved Israeli, Palestinian families: We don't want more families like us | i24news - See beyond http://www.i24news.tv/en/news/israel/society/37837-140721-bereaved-israeli-palestinian-families-we-don-t-want-more-families-like-us 
Actually the #Israel FM is the problem: Lieberman wants to ban Al Jazeera from Israel | i24news - See beyond http://www.i24news.tv/en/news/israel/diplomacy-defense/37852-140721-lieberman-wants-to-ban-al-jazeera-from-israel 

I am at loss to explain why the Foreign Minister of Israel continues to be serving at his post.  As the US Federal Aviation Administration imposed a ban On US Owned Flights after a missile hit a mile from Israel's Ben Gurion Airport, the entire US Political establishment got into an uproar.     FAA decided to lift a ban on flights from the United States--despite the fact that it is a war zone despite Israel's representation to the contrary. The uproar in US Political Circles was quite an event to watch. Michael Bloomberg flew into Tel Aviv on El Al and got on Fox News to talk about it after being met at the tarmac by the Israeli Prime Minister.  

While on the "Social Grid" making the rounds on Facebook, it was amazing to see the level of discourse.   Although a few friends were probably lost as a result of some of the analysis shared, it was poignant to continue the dialogue.   This was shared earlier with one on Facebook to underscore some of the key challenges historically which has continued to haunt a lasting solution:

Thanks for your comments. Please understand this: there are those of us around the World that support the right of Israel to survive...but do dare to disagree with Israeli Government Policy....the current Israeli Government has done its' utmost to torpedo the peace process no matter what justification they espouse...and when you have an Israeli Foreign Minister that calls for the ethnic cleansing of the Arab Citizens of Israel...it is a challenge--right as the US VP was going to israel , Israel announced a expansion of settlements....as an FYI as well, Fatah has accepted Israel's right to exist....and also Saudi Arabia , as an FYI (despite its' own rather despicable record on human rights and how it has bankrolled some of the very challenges the world is facing today) proposed a peace plan for the Israelis....even Hamas said that they would offer a 10-year truce back in 1998....and I am of the view that if Israel had embraced that view, Hamas would have been forced by its' paymasters (and yes that includes Iran because at the time Iran had somewhat of a moderate President (within the context of the Iranian political process) which would have mitigated some of the challenges we face today....we can play the blame game all we want..but as Henry Ford said, "don't find fault, find a remedy"...and yes at this stage it does not matter anymore as Israelis have to rush to shelters, Israeli Children are being traumatized, as 28 Israeli soldiers have lost their lives, as 1 in 20 Palestinians have been displaced in Gaza, over 600 Palestinians have lost their lives..and over 3,000 people have been injured...there needs to be brave people on both sides....Arafat and Rabin had the backbone to shake hands at the White House despite all the problems Oslo Had....King Hussein had the courage to have a cigarette with Rabin..and Rabin paid for it with his life....Sadat had the courage to go to Jerusalem and paid for it with his life....Gandhi Ji Taught us to be the change we want to see in the World....Isn't it time now to do it?

This is as this was captured from Space and made the rounds over Twitter:

As I saw the Uproar over the FAA ban and assessed the realities, I saw this on NBC's Ayman Mohyeldin which underscored the true realities. I could not help but wonder what Mr. Bloomberg, Senator Cruz and Senator Schumer will say to this young man who has lost it all--Hopefully a sense of Sanity will prevail sooner than later  and I await that chance to reflect upon it--there are too many heart-wrenching stories such as this: 

A Mid-Week "Mojo" For the Week 2 Share

A Mid-Week "Mojo" to share (Courtesy of the Time @ Foundation for a Better Life) : 

& Visualize your own Greatness as the Publisher of Success Magazine, Darren Hardy Reminded us all:  

"Formulate and stamp indelibly on your mind a mental picture of yourself as succeeding. Hold this picture tenaciously. Never permit it to fade. Your mind will seek to develop the picture...if you paint in your mind a picture of bright and happy expectations, you put yourself into a condition conducive to your goal." -Norman Vincent Peele,  


On the "Grid": On # Gaza & A Sense of Hope w/a sense of history (Daily Thoughts)

The War continues in Gaza.  As I write this, Israel reported that 6 more Soldiers were killed as Israel continues its' war against the Tunnels.  How Hamas been able to build the tunnels as they have is amazing. Despite all that Israel has done, missiles have again been fired into Israel including a number of them above Tel Aviv.

The cost on Israel is rather staggering:  32 Million Dollars a Day  Furthermore, every Iron Dome Missile Fired is an estimated 50,000 Dollars.   The Israeli Prime Minister visited the border and underscored his determination to continue the war.   The problem is that it is undermining Israel's position.   Diplomatic Efforts are also continuing as the Secretary of State has left for Cairo.  A tweet from "Outsiders" was  sent to the State Department Spokesman wishing them much success--for the sake of all who are suffering right now. Right now, i24News is interviewing Maha Mehanna in Gaza to get a sense of a true sense of the terrible realities on the ground.

What is tragic and unfortunate is that all sides (including the Palestinians) bear responsibility.    Marwan Bishara of Al Jazeera underscored this in his very perceptive analysis here which I also noted in a tweet earlier:

Gaza 1994-2014: The peace that led to war - Opinion - Al Jazeera English

The insanity is set to continue for a while yet.   But,  this  from One Voice reflects a sense of hope about the art of the possible:

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On the "Grid"