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Nick Shevchenko — Advertising Please send your comments to: www.citizensmagazine.com Ilya Galak — general manager firstname.lastname@example.org -3- www.citizensmagazine.com № 7 July 2010 Born on the Fourth of July T he manuscript that fourth of July since 1776, we cel- So as we bask in the happy com- launched this country on ebrate that Declaration of Indepen- pany of family and friends today, its journey to greatness dence and the nation that was born let’s spare a thought for those men was written by Thomas on the day it was affirmed. Of the who signed the Declaration of Inde- Jefferson of Virginia, and we can adoption of the declaration by Con- pendence. Most of them were far only wonder if, as he scratched his gress, John Adams wrote to his wife from hearth and home for months quill pen across a clean sheet of «I am apt to believe it will be cel- at a time, suffering and debating parchment, he knew the extent to ebrated by succeeding generations through two hot, pestilent Philadel- which he would be shaping the his- as the Great Anniversary Festival». phia summers. All of them, to a man, tory of the world. All to often we take for granted risked their lives for their principles the men who signed that parchment, — because they believed, as you but we should always be mind- believe and I believe, that the natu- ful that in the eyes of King George ral state of man on Earth is freedom and the British Parliament — rulers and that there is no higher cause of a nation that possessed the most than liberty. formidable military in the world — As much as anything else this the signers were nothing more than day, we should remember and cel- traitors, deserving of nothing less ebrate their courage, those men of than execution. By his affirmation of the Second Continental Congress, the declaration each man knew he and the bravery and dedication of might well be signing his own death all the men who gave their lives for warrant — so we would do well to that glorious cause. We are honor- remember that our nation was born bound, too, to acknowledge that because men of steel nerves and they bestowed upon us a respon- raw courage made it happen. sibility we cannot shirk and cannot We were never meant to be a ignore: America, the last, best hope country of the timid — we were des- of man on earth, must be defended tined for boldness and greatness at all costs against those who would from the beginning, because those destroy her by force of arms — or were the traits of our founders and enslave her with the stroke of a forefathers. They apologized to no pen. By early June of 1776, the Sec- man or monarch; they ran from no ond Continental Congress had de- fight; they defended their rights — Frank Santarpia cided that a formal document need- and ours — to the moment of their Staten Island, NY ed to be created, one that would death. July 4, 2010 inform the King, the people of Great Ironically, for two of the men Britain, and the governments of the responsible for world that the will of the American the creation of te text people was unshakeable and un- the declaration, mistakable: the thirteen American John Adams and th e com ple colonies, united, would have noth- Jefferson himself, To read ration of t ing less than complete indepen- that moment of of t he Decla e visi dence from the British crown. death came 50 e nce, pleas .com The document that Jefferson years later to the Independ smagazine zen produced a scant month later shook the foundations of Europe — and day; they passed into history within www.citi signaled the rise of what would be- hours of each come the greatest nation in history. other on July 4th, Today, as we have on every 1826. -4- № 7 July 2010 www.citizensmagazine.com An Open Letter By Jon Voight to President Obama An open letter from actor Jon Voight to President Obama: June 22, 2010 President Obama: You will be the first American president that lied to the Jewish people, and the American people as well, when you said that you would defend Israel, the only Democratic state in the Middle East, against all their enemies. You have done just the opposite. You have propagandized Israel, until they look like they are everyone’s enemy — and it has resonated throughout the world. You are putting Israel in harm’s way, and you have promoted anti-Semitism throughout the world. You have brought this to a people who have given the world the Ten Commandments and most laws we live by today. The Jewish people have given the world our greatest scientists and philosophers, and the cures for many diseases, and now you play a very dangerous game so you can look like a true martyr to what you see and say are the underdogs. But the underdogs you defend are murderers and criminals who want Israel eradicated. You have brought to Arizona a civil war, once again defending the criminals and illegals, creating a meltdown for good, loyal, law-abiding citizens. Your destruction of this country may never be remedied, and we may never recover. I pray to God you stop, and I hope the people in this great country realize your agenda is not for the bet- terment of mankind, but for the betterment of your politics. With heartfelt and deep concern for America and Israel, Jon Voight -5- Who we are. What we are. Why we are. South Shore — formed the nucleus crats did for former President Bush. of what would become the Staten Here is what I wrote: Island Tea Party. Patricia J., can you give me We discovered that we had the some examples of the «support» following things in common: Democrats gave to President Bush? We had no prior organizing ex- I doubt it. We’ve just come through perience; eight years of the most vile, hate- We had no history of political ful and almost treasonous slander By Frank Santarpia, activism in our backgrounds; an out-of-power party has ever The Staten Island Tea Party We had no money to spare; heaped upon a President. Continued. Beginning in Number 6 We had no personal acquain- So despite what the media and tance with any elected officials; Patricia J. want, Republicans aren’t The Story of the Staten Is- We had no web site and little required to cheer while President land Tea Party computer literacy. Obama marches our country into a We had no mailing list and no Marxist paradise. You say support Part 3 marketing abilities. him? I say «NO!» Here I was, planning a Tea In retrospect — though we I value my liberties too much to Party rally, and I was an organizer didn’t know it then — all those turn them over to an inexperienced who didn’t know how to organize. things we didn’t have made us per- activist in perpetual campaign Worse yet, I was alone — so I knew fect for the tea party movement: we mode, desperately trying to con- that the first order of business was were complete novices and abso- vince America that more and big- to get some help. I had no idea lute amateurs. ger government is the ONLY way. where it would come from. My A few days later, I wrote my Here’s the support I will give friends were too busy, my relatives first letter to the editor, announc- my country: I am organizing a Tax too far; if I was to get help, it would ing the event for the entire world to Day Tea Party to be held at noon have to come from the internet, see. I responded to an earlier letter on April 15th, 2009 in front of the from that pitiful little posting I made in which the writer, Patricia J., was offices of Rep. Michael McMahon. on some obscure website with my scolding Republicans for not giving This is NOT an anti-McMahon ral- brand new email address. support to President Obama — for ly. It is a pro-America rally to let the About two hours later the help the good of the country, of course Congressman know exactly what I would so desperately need would — something she claimed Demo- many Staten Islanders think about arrive in the form of an email. That email was from Lorraine Scanni; it came at 8:19 PM, and it said: Are you a Staten Islander? «Hello! Found your info while browsing the web for Tea Parties! I live on Staten Island and I am DEFINITELY interested in helping. Please e-mail me back and my cell is 917-412» — xxxx! That night, over the phone and on the internet — two total strang- ers — one a housewife and mother of two from the North Shore and the other a real estate investor planning his retirement on the -6- insane deficits, knee-jerk bailouts, started. Some organizer I was turn- nationalized industries, univer- ing out to be. sal healthcare and trillion dollar The officer did, however, tell legislation which gets passed and me that we needed a sound permit signed into law without ever being if we intended to use an amplifier, read. so I shelled out $45 and got one. Our desire for future genera- Of course, we had no sound sys- tions to live in a free America re- tem, so I went online and found a quires that we speak out. company that rented them — and The die had been cast; hav- realizing that no electricity was They ing publicly announced the rally, available to us on New Dorp Lane, began to there was no turning back. People we had to rent a portable genera- a r r i v e in waves; streaming into laughed at us — they said we’d be tor, too. And pay someone to op- the area cordoned off for us by the lucky if a dozen people showed erate it. police, and soon the crowd spilled up. Now that we had a sound sys- up New Dorp Lane and down the I thought that they were prob- tem, we needed a podium — so side streets. They brought flags ably right — who else was as an- Lorraine’s husband cobbled one and banners and strong voices. gry as we were? Or frustrated? Or together from some scraps of They brought a patriotic fervor that frightened by what I knew in my plywood and 2X4s he had lying was pure inspiration. The speakers heart Barack Obama was capable around. — all amateurs, no orators– spoke of doing? In time, I would find out Of course, we had no guest with clarity and passion. just how many there were: millions speakers, so we prepared to speak It was an event that was trans- — there were millions of us that ourselves — something else we had formational — because on that day were angry, frustrated and fright- never done in our lives — and de- we brought together 350 ordinary, ened, and we were determined to cided to hand the microphone to hard-working Staten Islanders, get up and do something about it. anybody that showed up and had and before we left we had created But at that time we didn’t know a few words to say — except elect- 350 political activists with a burn- if anybody would be interested, so ed officials, of course, or politicians ing desire to defend the principles to get the word out we dug into our of any stripe. that made our country great. pockets and paid for some small The day arrived cold and rainy. newspaper ads that I doubt any- I was sick with nervous tension all Part 4 body even saw. morning, and feared that a com- We combed though our person- bination of poor marketing, bad Since that day we have held al email lists and gradually started weather and lack of interest would many other events. We had 1,700 to get a trickle of a response from result in a disastrous turnout. In fact, reservations for a rally at Confer- the clearing-house website upon at 15 minutes before the appointed ence House Park in August of last which I had posted my new email time, noon, there were only a few year — but dangerous lightning address. dozen in attendance — along with and torrential rains plagued the The next day, I went to the a reporter and a photographer day. Yet, despite the hazardous 122nd Precinct to obtain a police from the Staten Island Advance. I weather, over 700 brave citizens permit to conduct a rally. The desk knew the press would have a field showed up. sergeant there told me that I didn’t day if only a disheartened handful We have rallied on Richmond need permission from the NYPD, or of people showed up. Avenue in Staten Island and on 8th anybody else, to hold a rally — all But I had faith in my fellow Avenue in Manhattan. We have the permission I needed was guar- Americans, and in my heart I knew chartered buses to take hundreds anteed to me in the First Amend- that my friends and neighbors of us to Washington, D.C. for pro- ment to the U.S. Constitution. would respond. We would NOT let tests and marches — and we will Imagine the irony: here I was this «fundamental change» to the do so again this summer. We have holding a rally to defend Constitu- greatest country in the world stand sponsored food drives for local tional principles and I was getting without opposition. soup kitchens, and we have orga- a civics lesson before I even got And I was not disappointed. nized Meet and Greets for mem- -7- bers to get to know one another. Most recently, we held a Candidates Forum at the Hilton Garden Inn, which featured speakers like Con- gressional candidates Michael Allegretti and Michael Grimm, Gubernatorial candidates Rick Lazio and Carl Paladino and Senate candidate Gary Berntsen. And we have grown; in one short year we now number 1,500, and our blogs and emails reach thou- sands throughout the country. I’m often struck by how many folks tell me that put- ting together an organization with that many people is an enormous accomplishment. No, it’s not. Not in these times — not with this administration. The truth is that Barack Obama is governing so far to the left that I should have 15,000 in our organization — not 1,500. And I hope that the readers of Citizens Magazine will help us accomplish that goal. I often ask myself why our enrollment is not ten times higher than it actually is. Something must be holding our neighbors back, some suspicion or misconception fostered by those who seek hold us down. Perhaps they fear that we are right wing extremists, or racists, or anarchists — we are none of those things. Here is the real deal, the truth about the Staten Is- land Tea Party. Here’s who we are, and just as impor- tantly, who we are not: First of all, we are people who have become in- formed and engaged in the political process, and one of the fundamental tenets of good citizenship is to make sure you are informed and engaged. That is one of our primary missions, and since we have voices, all of us, and another mission of the SITP is to make sure that those voices — your voices — are heard. We are not racists — I think you all realize that’s just a smear is an attempt to marginalize and discredit us; we’re not the reincarnation of the Ku Klux Klan — and we are not extremist or kooks or conspiracy theorists. We do not endorse specific candidates — we are issue oriented — and we do not take a stand on social issues. We are focused on a narrow range of issues which include a smaller federal government, and an expansion — not a contraction — of individual liber- ties. We condemn out-of-control government spending — spending which defies description and will lead us down a path to third-worldism. We believe in Ameri- can exceptionalism and American greatness. Yes, of course we believe in government, and that government should have a role in our lives — but a limited one, and one in which individual liberties are paramount. -8- We don’t believe that taxes can is the American way. and neighbors that you know the or should be eliminated — but we As we all know, the rights we truth about the Tea Party move- do believe that they should be limit- are endowed with are life, liberty ment — not the hype and not the ed to only what is necessary to run and the pursuit of happiness. These smears. a government whose powers are rights, take notice, are rights to ac- I am not ashamed to say that listed in the constitution — those tion, not rights to the fulfillment of the United States of America has powers and nothing more. our needs or desires. Rights can- been the greatest force for good in William Pitt the Younger once not impose obligations upon other the history of the world. We have said «Necessity is the excuse made people. My rights do not oblige liberated tens of millions — and for every infringement of human my neighbor to feed and clothe me asked for nothing in return. We freedom. It is the argument of ty- or my family — it merely gives me have fought and died on foreign rants. It is the creed of slaves.» the right, no matter how hard the soil and yet claimed not a single Think about that statement for struggle may be, to feed and clothe square inch of foreign land — only a moment, especially as it relates my family by the sweat of my own enough ground for us to bury our to the current administration and brow. dead. Congress. They create crisis after My rights guarantee that my We have shown that free-mar- crisis — mostly imaginary — in or- neighbor — or my government — ket capitalism is the most moral and der to enact legislation which im- may not steal my labor or my prop- ethical system in existence, because pinges on our individual liberties. erty. it allows ANY man, no matter what Let’s use healthcare as an ex- I have the right to pursue happi- his status at birth, to go as far as his ample: they created a «crisis» by ness, but that doesn’t oblige others ambition and ingenuity will take insisting that too many people did to provide me with it. If a «right» him. Our system also promotes not have health insurance; that cri- were to impose a duty upon anoth- the innovation and technological sis led to a necessity — they told er, it would be a violation of that advances that makes our standard us that they must enact legislation person’s basic rights; we would of living far better than that of any IMMEDIATELY! And that legisla- become a society of master and country in any region of the world. tion forces every American to buy slave. That’s why we in the Tea Party health insurance whether they want Because we speak out on these movement do what we do. We re- it or not — a gross infringement on issues, we must be marginalized fuse to let this administration undo our liberties. by the Obama administration and over 200 years of freedom and A crisis…a necessity…an in- the compliant main-stream media. advancement. fringement on our liberties — and So they call us racist, homophobic, That’s who we are, what we in the process they take over 1/6th xenophobic, red-necked cretins. are and why we are. I urge you to of the economy. And they are do- But that is not who we are — in become one of us: an opponent of ing it with Wall Street, the banking fact, we are just like you. We are big government and a command industry, the auto industry, and the your friends and neighbors; we are economy, a supporter of free mar- energy industry, too. your brother and sisters, mothers kets and individual liberties — a They are not fooling us — we and fathers, your cousins from the member of the Staten Island Tea see what they are doing, and that old neighborhood. Party. The cost to join is not a single is why the Tea Party movement is We hate no one. We love free- penny. The cost of doing nothing the target of lies and smears — be- dom. Our country is being stolen may be incalculable. cause they cannot gloss over the from right under our noses and we facts if we continue to shine a light know that if WE don’t do some- on them. thing about it — no politician will. Though they try to convince us So that’s us. That’s the Staten otherwise, we don’t believe you Island Tea Party — that’s who we have a «right» to everything you are and what we are about. I hope need. We don’t believe that health those of you that are not involved insurance is a right. It is something yet will become involved, and that you desire, and you must work to those of you that already are in- earn the money to purchase it. That volved will tell your family, friends -9- In concert: Students of the SICC School of Dance, Music and Art www.siccnyc.org photo: Ilya Galak www.citizensmagazine.com № 7 July 2010 My Fellow Muslims, We Must Wake Up! Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser M. Zuhdi Jasser is the Presi- dent of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy based in Phoenix. He is a former U.S. Navy Lieutenant Com- mander. He can be reached at email@example.com. W hen will the United States learn that pathway of radicalization. our current behavior and lack of Our American Muslim organization, the American a coordinated existential strategy Islamic Forum for Democracy, has been shouting from since 9-11 is obviously not working? the rooftops at every opportunity since 9-11 that the As a devout and concerned American Muslim working enemy is obviously not a tactic of terror or even those tirelessly against radical Islam and its root cause of po- who are generically „violent extremists.“ As devout litical Islam, I thought the Fort Hood massacre would Muslims who are anti-Islamist we feel that Muslims teach us that. It did not. Witness the Pentagon report have to lead the war of ideas against political Islam (Is- blind to «radical Islam’. I thought the Christmas bomber lamism) from within devotional Islam. Islamists have a would tip us toward the battle of ideas, but nothing. And well-established transnational global network of enti- now on May 1, naturalized American citizen, Faisal ties hatched from Islamist groups like the Muslim Broth- Shahzad, is the next in the growing line of homegrown erhood and its offshoots. Whether we care to admit it radical Islamists. And again the immediate fallout in the or not, Islamists are at war intellectually and kinetically media, government, and academe is still one mostly of with western liberal democracies. denial, dismissal, and fear of even mentioning the real While the Hasans and Shahzads of the Islamist theo-political battle we face against political Islam. movement target Americans, most Islamists globally Whether Shahzad ends up being connected to a actually target moderate Muslims who are their great- militant jihadist Pakistani Islamist network or not, he is est existential threat as Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) pointed obviously not a „lone wolf“. The ideas that drove him out a few months ago. Attacks against our citizens are to act did not hatch de novo in his own mind. We cannot a symptom of a much deeper disease — one that will ignore the common ideology, the common malignant do anything to prevent true reform that can bring Islam virus of the slippery slope of political Islam that takes and Muslims into modernity, into an understanding of over these growing numbers of Muslims. the central need to separate mosque and state. The cases of homegrown Islamist terror mount week Islamists like Shahzad want America out of their after week since 9-11, with a frightening uptick in just way so they can spread their supremacist ideology of the past year. Yet, we are still ignoring the writing on the political Islam. They indoctrinate some Muslims that wall, as we remain suffocated by political correctness their goal of an Islamic state and its shar’iah law is su- and a willful blindness to political Islam and its common perior to our Constitutional republic. Meanwhile, other - 12 - № 7 July 2010 www.citizensmagazine.com Muslims who do not believe in the Whether we declare it or not, cannot cower to victim-mongering Islamic state, are either ignored or the United States is at war with the American Islamist organizations silent. ideology of militant Islamism. Isla- that thrive on keeping us on the We must also be resolute as a mists are not afraid to call for the defensive and from addressing the nation in how we handle these trai- complete destruction of the princi- very real Islamist threats to our se- tors if we are to deter future acts of ples that built our great country. The curity. Platitudes that only condemn aggression in this war. The actions United States cannot afford to be violence and ignore ideology are of Faisal Shahzad were a calcu- timid in our response to their actions. an obstacle to needed reform. lated and deliberate act of trea- We, Americans, especially Ameri- Our leaders must wake up and son. Shahzad’s cowardly attempt can Muslims, must show Islamists engage in the global war of ideas to kill innocent Americans in Times that their ideology is beyond being and demonstrate that the rule of Square demonstrates that his loy- simply «dangerous», or «violent». one law that protects universal reli- alty lies with the Islamist radicals It is in fact treasonous and punish- gious freedom (Americanism) takes and not his chosen countrymen in able as a capital crime against the precedence over the Islamic state. the United States. His citizenship state as an act of war. Our found- America in fact provides the best oath was given falsely in 2009 and ing fathers knew how to articulate atmosphere for Muslims to practice was in the direct service of powers the values of liberty over theocracy. our faith and it is long overdue for at war with the United States. His Where has that American penchant American Muslims to also wake up prosecution should encompass the for the defense of religious freedom and empower honest reformist Mus- gravity of those actions. No differ- and liberty gone? lims to declare the ’Islamic state’ ent from Hassan Abujihad convict- Our elected officials and leaders dead. We will never slow down the ed in 2008, Nidal Hasan, and other must show true ideological leader- recurrence of Islamist terror against Islamist traitors, Shahzad if guilty is ship if we are to ever begin the long our citizenry until such a movement an enemy of the state and should be process of ridding ourselves of the from Muslims against political Islam immediately legally treated as one. scourge of Islamist terrorism. We is palpable. - 13 - www.citizensmagazine.com № 7 July 2010 «No Jewish mother wants her child to risk his or her life. Not one» By Ilya Galak, Natella Fridman I n February 1955, at the airbase Hatzor, an air- plane called a «Mosquito» crashed and caught fire. Inside the plane grenades began to of women perform their civil duty alongside men. In this interview, we talk with young Alina, a woman originally from Russia, who has gone through knowledge of all roads, patrol in jeeps day and night. They are perfectly comfortable whether in the desert or the mountains, with abilities and an uncanny instinct explode. The pilot, squadron com- the danger and discomfort of being for identifying the enemy. They are mander Yaakov Talmon was injured a soldier in the Israeli army. Thanks well-trained in the use of weapons and could not get out of the cabin of to her, and thousands like her, a — and are a perfect example of the the burning plane. Jewish homeland exists — the state Israeli national character, combin- However, in spite of the mortal of Israel. Here is her story: ing Jewish tradition and fighting danger, Sergeant Esther Arditi pen- Alina, in what branch did qualities of a «pioneer»]. etrated the cockpit and pulled the you serve? How many years were you wounded pilot out; a few seconds I served in the Israel Border in the Army? later the plane exploded. For this Police. The name in Hebrew is Just like everyone else who goes feat, Esther Arditi became the first MAGAV. But, despite the name, this through combat — 3 years. and only woman in the IDF to be is not the border guards, but rather, Was it difficult? awarded Medal for Distinguished the gendarmerie. Something very, Of course. This was a com- Service. The medal is awarded for very vaguely reminiscent of the in- bat zone. The battle with terror is acts of «exemplary bravery in the ternal forces in the Soviet Union. not fictitious. When the location of line of duty». That is, Israel Border Police officers weapon warehouses or places har- And so the picture of a young have the authority to police, but in boring terrorists becomes known, woman with a machine gun in her cases when force is used, act as a we go there and do our job. hands is one that is familiar to ev- military organization. Aren’t you afraid? ery Israeli; indeed, in all branches [Editor’s note: tanned, weath- After all you are a young woman of the Israeli army tens of thousands ered guys and girls with a thorough No, I got used to it. Certainly, there is not much that’s pleasant about stones being thrown at you. There were attacks where we were sta- tioned, but this got our adrenaline flowing and in the long run only made us stronger. In recent years, I have heard that soldiers received strict orders: «Do not shoot!» Hold still, let them throw stones — they may miss. However, the soldier must fight: if he meets one-on-one with the enemy, he must show himself as a sol- dier, or else not have any con- tact with the enemy. What do Alina (on the left) you think about this? - 14 - № 7 July 2010 www.citizensmagazine.com As they say probably in all the Alina (center) armies of the world — orders are not up for discussion. We have clear instructions, which we ob- serve. Young girls — future mothers must always wear a heavy bullet- proof vest, dozens of kilograms of equipment. There are psychological stresses, too. In the end, all this must take a toll on the health. But what can you do? Someone has to pro- tect our country. Are there many religious Jews in the army? Those who we have become ac- customed to consider religious, in oth- er words orthodox — no, not many. But there are some, both in combat units and in support. But again, these are the few who have expressed a desire to defend the country. They do have exemption from military service. Meanwhile in the realm of Alina, was there any po- Alina, how does your moth- political life the Orthodox are ac- litical debate within the army? er feel regarding your service tively involved — and this is putting Have political studies been in combat? it mildly. Of course, it is a little in- introduced? Was any sort of Ilya, no Jewish mother wants sulting — normal guys risk their own propaganda conducted? her children risking their lives. NOT lives to fight a real war, then, they Absolutely not. Moreover — po- ONE! Israel was built by Jewish return to «civilian» life, work hard litical debate in the army is abso- mothers and fathers. Henry Kissing- to earn and feed the family, yet lutely discouraged. Different peo- er kissed the hand Golda Meir and these people get everything served ple may have different opinions, in the process said that it is not the on a silver platter. But maybe this is but I must say that everyone under- hand of the prime minister he’s kiss- how it should be, and it is I who mis- stands the necessity of defending ing, but that of a JEWISH MOTHER. understood something. the homeland against its enemies, Well, we do not need this damned including those from within. war. I think this answers your ques- It seems to me the entire tion. policy of the Israeli govern- Alina, where do you work ment in recent years has now? demonstrated a weakness to- I am a guard in a court. For this wards the terrorists, and it is job combat experience is a required. the terrorists’ logic that if the Interesting. This is the Jews demonstrate weakness, wrong side of Israeli society. then they must demonstrate And who, basically, are the strength. In combat, the Jews prisoners? either retreated or fired in- The answer is omitted. The rea- termittently, but immediately son — political correctness. various leftist parties and or- Future plans? ganizations branded Israel a I plan to continue working and disgrace, while supporting the studying to become a psychologist. Alina in the Pocono Mountains Arabs. Why is this happening? And, naturally, from time to time, (PA) January 1, 2010. She, like all Who are these people. perform military duties. Although, I other Israeli Jews, wants to live in No answer. The reason — politi- hope that someday the need for the peace and tranquility. cal correctness. latter no longer exists. - 15 - www.citizensmagazine.com № 7 July 2010 DEMS TURN ON OBAMA By DICK MORRIS & EILEEN MCGANN / www.dickmorris.com T o the left, the oil spill is tions when he faced a new disaster. not an index of presi- In Arkansas, it was tornadoes or dential competence or floods or fires. In Washington, it was Dick Morris, a former ad- an issue in the political Oklahoma City. But, each time, he viser to Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.) sphere. It is a daily gushing of poi- thoroughly familiarized himself with and President Bill Clinton, is the son into the Earth’s waters as a di- all the technical issues. He took a author of Outrage, Fleeced and rect result of the president’s failure bath in the science and substance of Catastrophe. To get all of his to stop it. They blame BP. But they the hazard and became as knowl- and Eileen McGann’s columns already hate oil companies. And edgeable as those who had spent a for free by e-mail or to order a they blame Obama, too. And they lifetime studying it. So he knew what signed copy of their latest book, are coming to dislike him. questions to ask. 2010: Take Back America — A When Obama attempts to re- Any CEO or COO or manager Battle Plan, go to dickmorris. coup this damage to his political has similar experience. But a com- com. In August, Morris became base by pushing new legislation on munity organizer, law professor, a strategist for the League of the environment or by resurrecting state senator, US Senator, and American Voters, which is run- his cap and trade legislation or by president doesn’t have the requi- ning ads opposing the presi- bringing criminal charges against site experience. He doesn’t know dent’s healthcare reforms. BP or by setting up a liability fund not to trust his own bureaucracy. for the spill’s victims, it does not He hasn’t been burned enough to of this crisis. it is probably because solve his political problem. With realize that he needs to intervene he never realized that our capacity each day, 60,000 gallons gush into to waive restrictions, set aside regu- for dredging needed augmentation. the Gulf, Obama’s equivalent of lations, and open up the process to Because he never asked. the body count in Iraq that caused new solutions. He’s like JFK during To the right and the center, the left to loathe George W. Bush. the Bay of Pigs. He doesn’t know these failings show that Obama is in Rhetoric or programs or visits to the how to avoid being betrayed by his over his head. But to the left, which Gulf or posturing won’t assuage the own bureaucracy and the industry bleeds for each drop of water in the negatives. Only plugging the hole in it’s supposed to regulate. Gulf and cries over every turtle or the bottom of the ocean can do it. Why did he not waive the Jones shrimp or sea bird, it is an unpar- The right and center of Ameri- Act (he still hasn’t) to allow foreign donable sin. vessels to ply our waters to clean It is the nature of things that up the spill? Not because he was presidential mistakes metasta- against it. He couldn’t have been size into presidential character against so obvious a course as flaws. Bush’s inaction over Katrina waiving it. It was likely because no- comes across as insensitivity. Now body told him about it and he never Obama’s incompetence and inex- knew to ask. perience is causing liberals to see Why did he let the bureaucracy him as arrogant, aloof, removed, can politics turned off Obama over use only US contractors to dredge conceited, suspicious of outside ad- health care. And now the left is leav- the Gulf and build the berms that vice, and even lazy. Long after the ing him over the oil spill. Louisiana wanted? Why did he spurn oil has stopped spilling, these sup- Why can’t Obama plug the the offer of Dutch assistance (half posed character defects will haunt hole? the country has been dredged from the president, just as Carter’s repu- Because he has no administrative the sea and is below sea level)? Not tation of timidity and inability lasted experience. I often saw Bill Clinton, because he wanted the jobs to go to long after the Iran hostages came as governor and as president, call Americans. That would have been home. These defects will last until in experts and ask the tough ques- an insane consideration in the face 2012 and beyond. - 16 - № 7 July 2010 www.citizensmagazine.com How Kagan could kill Heather Bachman Biography America Quoted being «The next Sean Hannity and a pretty Karl Rove» Heather Bachman is W an increasingly recog- nized political strategist hen Obama’s Su- reason for her to be removed from and correspondent. The preme Court se- the list almost immediately as she former White House Intern and campaign lection turned out was using a non-judicial position to manager is an honors graduate of Mon- to be a woman impose a judicial belief. Of course, mouth University. With both an avid political mind, in who never even held a position on with the threat of losing funding she addition to being Student Head of the the legal bench and had more ques- retracted showing another example Governance and member of the Human tions in her career than court cases, of a liberal attempting to bow out Relations Council, Heather produced and hosted two political radio programs (first most were not surprised and new after their actions fail. Despite her of their kind for the University). One, The any resulting decision would be supposed stellar schooling, Kagan Political Hour mirrored the famed Fox- questionable not only when it came seemed to have missed a very im- News Hannity and Colmes program and to ability and experience but also portant class. During one of her the other The Bachman Group reflected The McLaughlin Group. Both won her the credibility for the job. Nonetheless, other positions, she argued in front University’s prestigious Rhett Rich Award Elena Kagan was not what anyone of the same court she may soon call among other accolades. really expected. home to declare that Congress has During the last semester of college, Heather served under President George Even before being a line on the right to constitutionally prohibit W. Bush as a White House Intern. After Obama’s list, Kagan has been ex- corporations from engaging in polit- graduating, Heather continued her politi- amined and have left many wonder- ical speech such as publishing pam- cal education and objectives serving un- ing if she even has the ability to be phlets that advocate the election or der former Congressman J.C. Watts, New Jersey State Senator Sean T. Kean and on the bench in the first place. With defeat of a candidate for federal of- taking positions in local campaigns from many actions literally threatening fice. Chief Justice Roberts respond- Assembly to Congress to President. laws she is sworn to defend, it seems ed to this horrid attempt strongly Currently she is contributing her col- the magnifying glass placed on her stating in his Opinion against the umns to many political websites and is shopping around a radio program called career recently seems unneeded as case her debate if won would have The GOP Girl and a television program not only does she have a thin list of resulted in, «censorship not only of called Heather on the Hill which she says legal writings, but also a pretty ob- television and radio broadcasts, but will fill a void within the conservative po- litical community as well as society as a vious controversial legal history. In of pamphlets, posters, the Internet, whole. She is producing the radio show a fact, even her non-legal positions and virtually any other medium that podcast program until she finds the right was seen to her as her own per- corporations and unions might find home for it. sonal courtroom. In attempt to bar useful in expressing their views on Heather Bachman firstname.lastname@example.org the military from using the office of matters of public concern.» 732.245.4220 Career Services, Kagan attempted Once again, another colleague to connect «Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell» of Obama’s didn’t take Constitu- and most powerful court in the na- and the right for military to be pres- tional Law. The reason for this argu- tion, no other objective than who ent on campuses during her term ment shows in many ways why she is good for the nation should come as Dean of Harvard Law School. was nominated for the position in to mind. This position is part of the While Obama’s colleague Senator the first place: the entire argument largest judgments of the nation and John Kerry may have once stated debate was a result of deciding creates results that not only extend that it is the undereducated who en- whether Citizens United, a conser- past state lines but in many ways list, statistics show otherwise. vative non-profit corporation, could past generations. Further, in many The strangest part of this was not distribute a documentary titled «Hil- ways this was a chance for Obama only the fact that it was not through lary: The Movie» during the 2008 to show the Pro-American he pre- the bench, but through an educa- Democratic presidential primary sented himself as during the cam- tional avenue that she acted upon season. This in itself shows her pro- paign and not the backwards deal this «connection», but also the real spective appointment is nothing maker we have seen since Obama- lack of relation the two objectives more than Democrats attempting to Care’s second time around. A great had other than military. Despite take a hold of the only position they deal of fear should result in this an- using the excuse of their refusal to cannot be fired from. nouncement as well as hope that sign a non-Discriminatory pledge, When it comes to presenting a Kagan does not see her first bench this within itself should have been a lifetime appointment to the highest in a particular D.C. building. - 17 - Midland Beach Civic Association Meeting with MAS photo: Ilya Galak Staten Islanders against proposed mosque www.citizensmagazine.com № 7 July 2010 Oskar Schindler: the Jewish ghetto of Krakow in Oc- tober of 1939 to take advantage of the Nazi’s program of «Aryaniz- ing» and «Germanizing» Jewish An Unlikely Hero businesses and using Jews as forced labor. Schindler purchased an enam- elware factory and converted it into the Deutsche Emalwarenfabrik by Wendy Innes Oskar Schindler (Oskar Schindler German Enamelware Factory), also known as Emalia, in Novem- T he story of Oskar Schin- In 1928, he married Emilie Pelzl ber 1939. Although he owned dler is the story of a after only six weeks of courtship. two other factories, it was this fac- sinner-turned-saint. The marriage quickly crumbled tory that would make him a legend Relatively unknown to when Oscar took her dowry of 100 to the Jews in the Krakow ghetto. the public until 1993, Schindler is Czech Crowns, a large sum of mon- At the height of its success, Emalia responsible for saving an estimat- ey for the time period, and spent employed 1,700 workers, of which ed 1,200 to 1,700 Jews from the it on a flashy car and other luxury more than 1,000 were forced-la- death chambers at Auschwitz and items. It is not clear if the couple ever bor Jews from the Krakau-Plaszow Krakau-Plaszow. had any children, although there is camp. no mention of biological children in F or those in the Krakow ghetto, Born in Moravia, shortly before any records. 1943 proved to be a brutal year. the breakup of the Austro-Hungari- As many ethnic Germans did at In March, Amon Goeth, the com- an Monarchy, Schindler was an eth- the time, Schindler joined the Nazi mandant of the Plaszow camp and nic German and a Roman Catholic. party in February 1939, just five the SS and Police Leader of the Kra- After Moravia was incorporated months after the German annexa- kow ghetto, ordered that the ghetto into the Czechoslovak Republic in tion of the ethnic German area of be «liquidated». Those that were 1918, Schindler held Czech citizen- Czechoslovakia known as Sudeten- deemed fit for work were taken to ship, and served in the Czech army land. Ever the opportunist, the hard the forced labor camp at Plaszow until 1938, shortly before the Ger- drinking womanizer with tastes that and the rest were executed in the mans annexed part of his country. far exceeded his income, moved to streets. At Goeth’s trial he was charged with, and subsequently executed for, the deaths of thou- Oskar Schindler (at wheel) with his father, Hans. Svitavy (Zwittau), sands of Jews. Upon witnessing the Czechoslovakia, 1929. liquidation of the ghetto, Schindler said «Beyond this day, no thinking person could fail to see what would happen.„He went on to say: «I was now resolved to do everything in my power to defeat the system.» And defeat it he did. In August of 1943, the SS re- designated the camp as a concen- tration camp, putting Schindler’s Jews in danger of arbitrarily be- ing murdered at any time. Because of this, Schindler, using personal charm and some hefty bribes of Nazi officials with money and black market goods, persuaded the SS to designate Emalia as a sub-camp of Plaszow. He designated the workers - 20 - № 7 July 2010 www.citizensmagazine.com Through some rather creative accounting practices, he was able to make it seem like the factory was producing much more than it was; during its entire existence, the facto- ry only created one wagonload of defective ammunition for German guns. However, since he was able to justify the factory’s existence, he was able to save his Jews. When the Soviet Army ar- rived in Poland in 1945, Schindler brought all of his Jews together and said «My children, you are saved. Germany has lost the war. Prove Oskar Schindler (third from left) at a party with local SS officials on his yourself worthy of the millions of 34th birthday. Schindler attempted to use his connections with german victims among you and refrain from officials to obtain information that might protect his Jewish employees. any individual acts of revenge and Krakow, Poland, April 28, 1942. terror.» He also informed them that they would each receive three yards as «essential» and allowed them to factory instead. of fabric from his warehouse stores live at the factory, saving them the In October of 1944, the Ger- and a bottle of vodka, the latter of brutal conditions that they would man grip on Poland had weakened which fetched a rather high price on have had to endure at Plaszow. and the SS were trying desperately the black market. Conditions were by no means com- to complete their dark deeds. But In May of 1945, upon the ar- fortable, but everyone was fed, no Schindler continued to work tireless- rival of the Soviet Army and certain one was beaten, and they were ly for the «Schindlerjuden», a word that his Jews were safe, he finally even allowed to observe the Jewish that translates as «Schindler Jews», left them, explaining that he was holidays. which is how he always referred to now a fugitive (likely because of his Schindler did not undertake this his workers. He received authoriza- extensive Nazi connections) and task without great personal risk. He tion to relocate his factory to Brunn- said «I must leave now. Auf Wie- was arrested three times by the SS, litz and to classify it as a factory for dersehen.» Despite owning a man- suspected of giving aid to the Jews, the manufacture of armaments. sion nearby, Schindler never left his although they were always unable to charge him. And though the fac- entrance to Oskar Schindler's enamel works in Zablocie, tory was making money, Schindler a suburb of Krakow. Poland, 1939-1944. spent it all on shady business deal- ings and bribes to keep his workers safe. He would die penniless for it. Many stories are told of the measures Schindler employed to save «his people.» When 300 women were sent to the concentra- tion camp by mistake, he worked tirelessly for their return, and saved them from certain death. It was the only trip out of Auschwitz ever taken by a Jew until the Allied liberation. Another story tells of how Schin- dler himself personally took care of more than 80 gravely ill Jews that who were being sent to Auschwitz for liquidation, but arrived near the - 21 - www.citizensmagazine.com № 7 July 2010 Scene from one of Oskar Schindler's parties in Krakow. At such events, Schindler (second from left) attempted to bribe Nazi officials for information about imminent deportations. Krakow, Poland, 1943. Camp commandant Amon goeth addresses SS guards. Plaszow, Poland, 1943-1944. - 22 - № 7 July 2010 www.citizensmagazine.com At Yad Vashem, the Israeli national institution of Holocaust commemo- ration, Oskar Schindler stands next to the tree planted in honor of his rescue efforts. Oskar Schindler standing (second from right) with some of the people he Jerusalem, Israel, 1970. rescued. Munich, germany, 1946. factory during the entire duration of of his tireless efforts, between more. He has been honored with the holocaust, for fear of SS raids. 1,200 and 1,700 Jews survived the many awards and was the subject of He lived in his small office in order atrocities perpetrated by the Nazis. the 1993 movie «Schindler’s List,» to protect his people. There were days when the air was finally bringing to light the actions Schindler died in Hildesheim, thick with the smoke of the bodies of this little-known hero. Thanks to Germany in October of 1974. He burning at nearby Auschwitz, but his efforts there are now more than requested burial in Israel, saying his Jews survived. Schindler was 8,500 «Schindler Jews» in the US, «My children are here.» Because always pained that he couldn’t do Europe and Israel. In Yad Vashem, the Israeli national institution of Holocaust commemoration, Oskar Schindler plants a tree in honor of his rescue efforts. Jerusalem, Israel, 1962. - 23 - www.citizensmagazine.com № 7 July 2010 Michael Grimm Opens Campaign Office Thank you to everyone who came to the Grand Opening of my Campaign Headquarters today. I am so touched by your over- whelming show of support, enthusiasm and dedication. It is because of all of you we will be able to run an aggressive grass- roots, issue-based campaign. Together, not only will we win the primary election, but we will go onward to win the November general election. But we will go onward to win the November general. 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Hours are Saturday & Sunday from 1-5 p.m. - 26 - - 27 - The William H. Pouch Camp in Jeopardy Alex Zablocki. T Born in 1982, Alex is a resi- he Scout Motto is BE acre, fresh-water Ohrbach Lake. dent of the Great Kills section of PREPARED — and that For years, the owner of Pouch Staten Island. He worked as an is exactly what a group Camp, the Greater New York aide to State Senator Andrew of Eagle Scouts, Boy Councils (GNYC), Boy Scouts of Lanza. Alex was an Eagle Scout Scouts troops, civic leaders, com- America, (the umbrella organiza- and most recently started a cam- munity groups and elected officials tion in charge of scout councils in paign to help save the William H. must be, in case the unthinkable New York City) has been in dire fi- Pouch Scout Camp on Staten Is- happens. nancial straits. Like many non-profit land as well as a website, Save- The William H. Pouch Scout organizations, funding from their Pouch.com. Camp was founded over sixty years largest contributors has dried up ago as a place to be cherished in as the economy has weakened. On with the local scouting community the scouting community, affording November, 24 2009, the Board of and of course, those that love open borough and citywide scouts the op- Directors of the GNYC made a dis- space. portunity to enjoy the outdoors and appointing and unpopular decision: (A conservation easement is learn life skills as a Boy Scout. Un- they announced the possible sale of the sale of development rights of a fortunately, while a scout is taught Pouch Camp, only one of two key particular property, in return for a to be «conservation minded,» this assets that could be leveraged to sum of money to ensure that private camp, which services thousands of ensure the Council’s financial sta- property cannot be developed) young people from across the city bility, in order to fill the funding gap So, in the spirit of that motto, «Be and even country, is in jeopardy of they saw on the horizon. Prepared», a movement was born being lost forever. While the Board of Directors of and is growing on Staten Island, Nestled in Staten Island’s larg- the GNYC have stated that the sale and quickly spreading to the other est park, the Greenbelt, it is a 143- of Pouch Camp would be a last re- boroughs; a movement to work to- acre privately owned oasis, home sort effort and that the preferred wards a resolution to this problem to some of the island’s most beauti- arrangement for Scouts would be and save Pouch Camp. ful trails, trees and flowers, wildlife, to secure a conservation easement, «The Committee to Save Pouch kettle ponds, streams and the 140 this announcement did not sit well Camp» was founded and formed - 28 - by Staten Island residents and Eagle Scouts Dominick DeRubbio, Brandon Linker and me, Alex Zablocki. While the committee is still in formation, over twenty- two open space advocacy, veterans and civic groups have signed on in support, including the Greenbelt Conservancy, Protectors of Pine Oak Woods, and New Yorkers for Parks and Natural Resources Defense Coun- cil, just to name a few. The group has already organized numerous rallies in support of Pouch Camp, including a candlelight vigil and walk in December, 2009, a 10-mile hike along the Blue Trail to the Greenbelt/Pouch Camp and a march to City Hall, both in the spring of 2010, to raise aware- ness of this issue. The group collected over 15,000 pe- tition signatures and delivered them to every local and statewide elected official, as well as the GNYC. Most recently, the group started a lawn sign campaign across Staten Island. The Committee to Save Pouch Camp continues to For years, State Senator Andrew J. Lanza has been work on a weekly basis with open space advocates, fighting to preserve Pouch Camp, ensuring that it can civic groups, elected officials and the scouting commu- never be sold to developers. Recently, Congressman nity seeking support, funding and raising awareness of Michael McMahon and Assemblyman Michael Cu- this very important issue. We are committed to making sick have requested funding to preserve the property. sure that Pouch Camp remains a wonderful place for Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Public Advocate Bill de young people to enjoy well into the future. The William Blasio, US Senator Charles Schumer, Borough Presi- H. Pouch Scout Camp must be saved; to allow it to be dent James Molinaro, Assemblyman Lou Tobacco and sold to a private developer would not only be a disser- numerous other elected officials have lent their support vice to scouts, but all of our borough youth and every to saving Pouch Camp. community group. - 29 - www.citizensmagazine.com № 7 July 2010 GARY SINISE & LT. DAN BAND IN CONCERT! WITH DANIEL RODRIGUEZ ~ AMERICA’S BELOVED TENOR Stephen Siller Children’s Foundation in conjunction with Building Homes for He- roes and many other local contributors will build a home for an American Hero. This concert will benefit an American Hero... SPC Brendan Marrocco, the first quadruple amputee to survive!. SATURDAY, AUGUST 21, 2010 SHOWTIME: 8 PM TICKETS: $50, $75 *$250.00 VIP *VIP tickets include prime seating and Red Carpet reception at 6PM Disney Live! Presents Mickey’s Magic Show! Abracadabra! It’s Disney Live! presents Mick- ey’s Magic Show! 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Domestic & Foreign 1416 Hylan Boulevard, Staten Island, NY 10305 (718) 668-0594 - 31 - www.citizensmagazine.com № 7 July 2010 International Flair at Prestige Spa By Lori Weintrob G iving you something to dream about, a new «fantasy» look with Island to bring that style here. Now an international flair, is what happens when you walk through we have 12 employees and last Feb- the doors of Prestige Spa, on Hylan Boulevard. ruary we expanded to offer salon treatments and a spa. We wanted to A team of experts, from around the world, welcome you to a give women a more upscale, private salon of Italian marble tabletops and etched glass. You will revel beauty and massage area. in this luxurious atmosphere as owner Josef Katanov and one of the twelve LW: How did you get inter- other beauty experts greet you for a consultation to create the style that’s ested in the hairstyling busi- right for you. To maintain it after you leave, European hair products line the ness? shelves. Josef: My grandparents were When was the time you treated yourself to a relaxing Swedish body mas- hairstylists in Uzbekistan. They sage or European facial treatment? Are you ready for new highlights or a worked in a government-owned perm? Or do you need someone reliable to do your Wedding party? Josef store. When I was eight, my grand- and his team bring a professional style with international flair that will earn father passed away. Soon after I be- you compliments all over town. gan working as an apprentice with LW: Why did you open the store in Staten Island? my older brother who was a barber. Josef: In 2002, I wanted to bring the best European and American styles LW: Why did you come to to Hylan Boulevard I had spent a decade working throughout New York City. the United States? In 1995, my brother and I opened up a salon in Queens. Then I went to Josef: I was born and lived in Na- cut hair in the West Village to gain more experience and explore new ideas vae, a large city in Uzbekistan and in hairstyling. Four years later, I was ready to take over the store in Staten enjoyed playing soccer and wres- tling. We spoke Persian at home and Russian and English at school. My «My hiring strategy is to recruit talent family was originally from Spain and from all over the world», — Josef boasts. lived in Iran before going to Uzbeki- stan. My father owned a small busi- ness. It was an international commu- nity and I had Muslim friends. After the Soviet Union collapsed, we felt it was better for us as Jews to come to America and in 1992 we did. It was a good choice: more freedom from government and more opportunity for our children. LW: What gives the store its international flavor? Josef: Every four years new styles come out at the hair shows in Italy, Greece, Turkey, Yugoslavia, and Bulgaria. My stylists and I are part of these shows. My hiring strategy has been to recruit stylists from around the world: Tamara Berlize is from Georgia (Tbilisi), Ann Papraniza is from Yugoslavia, Nancy Kritikos from Uzbekistan, and Maria Loza- - 32 - № 7 July 2010 www.citizensmagazine.com no is from Brazil. They all are well into Prestige Salon? trained professionals. Our clients Ann: I look carefully at their face range from local policemen to those and then make suggestions. I offer of all professions and backgrounds. to give them a change, a new, more LW: Have you cut hair for modern look. I listen to what they anyone famous or been in any want, long or short. I always explain major shows? how it will look and might recom- Josef: Some famous designers mend two colors so it sticks out more. I’ve worked on include Joseph Isra- Sometimes we look at magazine el, shoe designer, and Terry Mugler, pictures. Josef will come over as well the French actor and fashion design- and introduce himself to make the er who worked on Beyonce’s world client feel more at home. We bring Clients are showered with attention tour and has his own fragrance, cookies and tea or coffee after we from an international team of stylists «Angel.» I regularly do shows. In wash the hair. We convey a mes- at Prestige Spa. expect your friends 1996 I did an international show in sage that he and I feel connected to to ask: «Where did you get your hair Manhattan’s Jackie Robinson Center our clients. done?» where I described a cut I did «live» LW: Why did you want to step-by-step with color treatment. become a hairstylist? LW: Why are European fa- Ann: Since I was a baby I always cials better? liked hair, I cut my dolls hair. I came Josef: European equipment and to Staten Island from Macedonia as techniques allow us to go deeper, be a teenager and attended Curtis High more firm. We recommend one once School. Then I trained in Wilford every month or two months. Academy. My sister and I owned a LW: What other treatments hair salon for 10 years. do you recommend? LW: Why should someone Josef: We offer deep tissue and come to Prestige Salon? Swedish massages, which appeal to Ann: Our customers leave happy. workers, pregnant women, anyone We offer a special touch. Our prices really! are reasonable. We don’t rush our LW: Let me ask one of your customers. Best of all, clients tell us stylists a question. Ann, what is «Everyone asks — where did you your goal when a client walks get it?» On equipment from Italy, enjoy a deep facial once a month. Maria was drawn to hairstyling by a life-long love of fashion. The european-style luxury of Pres- tige Spa on Hylan Boulevard. Relax and be pampered. 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