UPDATED: Here is video of the Fox News interview I did last week. One segment is on “The Auschwitz Escape.” The other is on the breakdown of the Mideast peace talks.

Discussing "The Auschwitz Escape" on the Fox News Channel.

Discussing “The Auschwitz Escape” on the Fox News Channel.

(Washington, D.C.) — On Saturday, Fox News Channel anchor Uma Pemmaraju interviewed me for two segments.

Here is the video of us discussing the latest developments in the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

Here is the video of us discussing The Auschwitz Escape and the true stories that inspired the novel, including the fascinating story of the evangelical Christians in Le Chambon, France, who rescued many Jews during the Holocaust.

Hope you find them interesting.

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Joel C. Rosenberg’s Blog

GOOD NEWS: New Head of HHS Was Responsible for Making Outrageous Government Shutdown Decisions

Guest post by Marguerite Bowling

President Obama’s pick to head the Department of Health and Human Services led the federal government’s response during last year’s “shutdown”—which included officials erecting barricades around open-air monuments.

Sylvia Mathews Burwell—who was deputy chief of staff to President Bill Clinton, among other roles—currently serves as Obama’s director of the Office of Management and Budget.

Obama formally announced today that he will nominate Burwell to replace outgoing HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, whose resignation went public yesterday.

“When the government was forced to shut down last October…Sylvia was a rock, a steady hand,” Obama said in a Rose Garden ceremony this morning. He repeatedly praised Sebelius for her leadership and noted that Burwell’s “prudent manager” skills would be needed for the “tough challenges” of running the nation’s health agency.

The government largely closed down after Congress failed to enact a continuing budget resolution providing funds for fiscal year 2014. During the 16-day shutdown, 800,000 federal workers were furloughed, the National Zoo’s “panda cam” went dark, and the National Park Service set up barriers to open-air monuments, citing security concerns.

Sebelius, widely blamed for the botched rollout of the Affordable Care Act’s online health exchanges and other mishaps, said HHS was making “tremendous progress” to implement the health law known as Obamacare.

One more glitch plagued Sebelius, though, toward the end of her remarks. ”Unfortunately, a page is missing,” she said calmly, before ab-libbing the remainder.

She leaves after five years, despite saying only days earlier that she would stay with HHS through November.

Burwell said that she looks forward to further implementing Obamacare. Among lawmakers and pundits praising the nomination was Sen. John McCain (R–Ariz.), who said on Twitter: “Sylvia Burwell is an excellent choice to be the next #HHS Secretary.”

However, Burwell could be in for a tough confirmation process. Although she was easily confirmed by the Senate a year ago to head OMB by a vote of 96-0, this time — ahead of the mid-term elections – she could face resistance, as Politico reported.


Read more at The Foundry.

Doug Ross @ Journal

GOOD NEWS: Titanium shields to be added to Tesla batteries to prevent untimely explosions

The headline says it all: “Tesla Model S To Get Titanium Battery Shield, Plus Deflectors:”

Tesla Motors announced this morning that it will fit three new underbody components to all Model S electric cars to add further protection against impacts from road debris, which caused a pair of fires in its cars last fall.

Those two Model S cars were severely damaged when their battery packs, mounted under the floor, were pierced by road debris and subsequently caught fire.

A third Tesla fire occurred in Mexico after a Model S was stolen, run off the road at high speeds, and through a reinforced concrete wall, tearing off wheels and totaling the car.

No one has been injured or killed in any Tesla fire; drivers were able to pull over, park the cars, and walk away following a warning from the cars’ monitoring system.

If only scientists could invent a car that would be impervious from road debris. Perhaps, I don’t know, maybe a combustion engine. It’s just an idea.

Hat tip: BadBlue Car News

Doug Ross @ Journal

Here’s the video of the Fox News interview from Jerusalem: “The dangers of unchecked evil.”

Discussing "The Auschwitz Escape" with Fox News anchor Shannon Bream from Jerusalem.

Discussing “The Auschwitz Escape” with Fox News anchor Shannon Bream from Jerusalem.

(Jerusalem, Israel) — On Sunday, Fox News Channel anchor Shannon Bream interview me via satellite from here in Israel about the new book, The Auschwitz Escape. She also asked me about the national survey we commissioned for the release of the book.

Here are some of the results of the poll we discussed. Later today, I plan to post more of the poll we discussed.

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Joel C. Rosenberg’s Blog

And now… some censored news from the Democrat Utopia of Venezuela

I’m so confused: we’re not seeing any of this on “mainstream” media.


Miami Herald: 3 more deaths in Venezuela as both sides march

Hat tip: BadBlue News

Doug Ross @ Journal