02 October 2014

Bill Gates and George Soros behind the plan to depopulate Earth using Ebola.

Says Lisa Haven.

What clinched the story for me personally was this picture:

One can't argue with facts, can one? So there.

When you argue with her

mind your limits, it could easily end like this:

Via Mandatory.

Watcher’s Council Nominations – When Justice Just Is Not Edition

Council News:

The Council In Action!!
The Noisy Room’s Terresa Monroe-Hamilton is now affiliated with a new group, the Stop Qatar Now Coalition along with a number of other journalists, national security experts, publishers, and independent researchers. I urge you to drop by, read their report on what amounts to a narco-terrorist enabler and find out what this is all about.
Virginia Right’s Tom White continues to be a major source when it comes to Virginia Politics. This week, he was cited by a local CBS affiliate WTVR in a report on a controversial video being shown to local schoolchildren that essentially blames 9/11 on America..his fine piece this week goes into further details.
This week, The MidKnight Review, The Pirate’s Cove and The Elder Of Ziyon earned honorable mention status with some great articles.
You can, too! Want to see your work appear on the Watcher’s Council homepage in our weekly contest listing? Didn’t get nominated by a Council member? No worries.
To bring something to my attention, simply head over to Joshuapundit and post the title and a link to the piece you want considered along with an e-mail address (mandatory, but of course it won’t be published) in the comments section no later than Monday 6PM PST in order to be considered for our honorable mention category. Then return the favor by creating a post on your site linking to the Watcher’s Council contest for the week when it comes out on Wednesday morning
Simple, no?
It’s a great way of exposing your best work to Watcher’s Council readers and Council members while grabbing the increased traffic and notoriety. And how good is that, eh?
So, let’s see what we have for you this week….

Council Submissions

Honorable Mentions

Non-Council Submissions

01 October 2014

Don't buy your kids too many illustrated books

At least, make sure that a healthy percentage of the books include some words too. Otherwise:

And you don't necessarily want this to happen, do you?

Do you want something spicy in your taco?

No comments.

Via Mandatory.

30 September 2014

Can we find a spine somewhere? The U.S. State Department needs one urgently.

The headline is borrowed from a Facebook post by Fred Maroon, responding to a State Department "review" of yesterday's speech in the UN by Bibi. In that review, according to Toi, "State Department Spokeswoman Jen Psaki on Monday distanced Washington from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s characterization of a UN body as a terror-supporting organization Monday." She said, among other things:

Although Psaki noted that the US had also voiced criticism of the United Nations Human Rights Council for its frequent criticism of Israel, she also said that the US “would not agree” with Netanyahu’s characterization of the human rights body as “the terrorists’ rights council,” after he also labeled it “an oxymoron.”
I don't really have anything to add to what Fred had to say. The market on spines isn't burgeoning lately, unfortunately, Fred is completely right.

Too bad.

Beheading Suspect Alton 'Jah'Keem Yisrael' Nolen's Mother - Video Response

As any criminal's mother goes, the response is pretty much standard. The only startling point made by the mom is "that, so far only one side is being heard, presumably that of the police and the woman who was beheaded".

Yeah, well, I am not up to the latest in US police techniques, the progress is definitely doing its thing in all aspects of police activity. However, they didn't yet release the testimony of the beheaded woman. Must be mighty interesting, that.

Just mentioning.

28 September 2014

Idle thoughts on Scottish independence and whether it's good for the Jews (of course)

This post is an attempt to answer a good pen-friend and a great friend of Israel, Alan Johnson, an editor of Fathom and many other things he succeeds to find the time for somehow. Alan asked an interesting question (on Facebook), a few days before the Scottish referendum:
Am I the only person raising just a little bit of an eyebrow at the sight of all their Zionist friends being outraged by the 'petty nationalism' of the Scots and their outrageous bid for self-determination as a people?
Since the dust from the whole brouhaha has settled down, the leader of the Scottish separatism fell on his (political) sword and the case became history, at least for now, we can discuss the related question in relative equanimity and in proper manner. If you wish, nevertheless, to imbibe some of the spirit of the pre-referendum debate, you are invited to take a peek at the Facebook thread linked above - there is quite a lot of spirit there.

Frankly, when I read that question by Alan about ten days ago, I have raised both eyebrows simultaneously, so surprised I was. The reason for my surprise was simple: during the whole (pretty long) period of Scottish independence discussions, preparations for the referendum, the fierce TV and other debates in British media, I haven't had a single discussion on the subject with my friends, relatives or just random strangers encountered here (in Israel). Which (granted, anecdotal) info, knowing how ferociously Israelis get involved in sundry political issues, even ones that don't have anything to do with them or their country, may serve as a pretty good indication how much interest the Scottish independence generated here. Zero. Zilch. Gurnisht.

I, personally, had me almost(*) the same amount of interest in the outcome of Mr Salmond's endeavor. And none of my relatives living elsewhere (aside of UK) displayed any concern with the matter. Saying all this, however, demands a qualification. If you check the thread linked above, you shall find two or three Jewish citizens of UK, who do feel quite impassioned about the whole independence deal and are quite negative regarding the possibility of separation. But - if I am allowed to make a guess - I am quite sure that their objection to Scottish independence mirrors the majority of British (and, eventually, at the end of the day, Scottish) citizens too.

Of course, if Alan considers all of his British Zionist friends being staunch objectors of Scottish independence bid, I shall bow to his superior local knowledge. However, I allow myself a margin of doubt re the term "all". I would bet that at least some of these folks sport the same attitude as most of us outside Britain do.

So, all in all, I would say, Scottish independence is hardly a topic of interest to the Jews, aside of very few Jewish British activists. And yet, there are three or four related items that do have a Jewish or, at least, Israeli connection - strange as it may sound.

1. Independence? Imagine that...

As far as progressive people in our world are concerned, nothing could be more backward and reactionary than the burgeoning separatist movements. I know it will anger many, but I can't desist:
Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do...
If you look at the current map of Europe, which has already gave birth to quite a few new countries recently as a result of the irresistible wave of separatism and, especially, if you check out this clip that presents the general trend, you must agree that John Lennon's dream is wide off the mark - at least as far as European sentiments are concerned. So take a look at the clip first:

But we were looking for an Israeli connection. Yes, with all that enthusiastic splitting into multiple and, in many cases, hardly viable pieces, European (and not only European) progressive left finds a long list of justifications for each and every separatist movement. Leaving aside (for the moment) the arguments used by proponents of independence for each case, there is one single case where the independence and the mere existence of independent nation are being questioned in the best case and actively opposed in the worst. Of course it is the case of the state of Israel. Both the song "Imagine" and the term "one state solution" are being actively applied by the sundry activists, a considerable part of which is located, strangely enough, in separation-obsessed Scotland. Go figure...

2. Scottish Palestinian solidarity movement.

First of all a disclaimer: ascribing a certain trait to a whole nation is a misnomer, I know it quite well. Your average Scot is no more (or less) interested in the goings-on in foreign parts, especially as far removed as Middle East, than any other person elsewhere. However, saying that, the so called Scottish Palestinian Solidarity Campaign is a more virulent representative of anti-Israeli sentiment among other European outfits of this kind.

And the Scottish government itself has given the Scottish Jews enough reasons to be wary about its general anti-Israeli bias. It is not for nothing that Jews in Scotland were concerned about the possible separation from UK.

So all in all, while I don't share the anti-separatists sentiments of the Zionist friends Alan mentioned in his question, I could see where these sentiments are coming from. And let's leave it at that, with one final remark.

3. Multiculturalism as a proven failure.

The offspring of the Political Correctness goddess, multiculturalism has proved itself a dismal failure all over Europeans states, where integration of immigrants, especially Muslim ones is concerned. And we can't say that it is solely the fault of the immigrants, no, it is as much (if not more) the fault of the governments of these states.

However, there is another aspect of multiculturalism that is coming to light with the rising separatist activities all over Europe. The geographically and ethnically distinct groups of people are demanding states of their own, reacting in this manner to some historic colonialist/expansionist endeavors of their host states. The hundreds years old grievances are being exhumed, the old hatreds are being fueled - in short, the XXI century doesn't look so far as a beginning of the age of enlightenment. No, sir/madam, you can continue to play with the vision of that world with no countries, but the reality is starkly different.

As it usually is.

(*) For the sake of full disclosure, I was concerned with a single aspect of the looming independence: whether the prices of single malt whisky on the world market will rise or fall. But since I didn't have a slightest idea which way the prices will go with or without independence, it could be hardly called an opinion.

27 September 2014

Deputy of the Duma Elena Mizulina: now you are talking!

Finally a capital idea from a Russian lawmaker:
Today, State Duma Deputy Yelena Mizulina* of "United Russia" faction stated that in modern Russia people are not excited to see the representatives of this nation.

"I offer to help Russian Jews to move to Israel. Give them a moving bonus and a medal "For the liberation of Russia!" We have to say to the Jews: you have your own country, go there and leave us be. We'll manage on our own somehow."

Such anti-Semitic position this odious politician explained by the following considerations: "Today Russian Jews occupy excessively large role in the media, business, leadership. Any Jew, wherever he has worked, is still looking in the direction of Israel and can not be a patriot of our country."
Finally somebody is talking sense in Moscow. Quite a time for the remaining dorks to get the message and to move out.

As for that "We'll manage on our own somehow" - sure, ma'am, as usual. Good luck.

(*) That same lady who recently called iPhone a tool of pedophiles. Oh well.

Update: Save the iPhone story, which so far seems to stand up to scrutiny, this post is a result of a spoof and the poster confesses to have been had by a better man. Good job, Maryan, and till 120!

Is Kim Jong Un lying low?

This is what CNN is asking. That the Fatso is a liar goes without saying, it is a hereditary trait. That he is a lowly liar comes with the job (also hereditary in the circumstances).

As for his "discomfort" - let's hope...

His daddy didn't look half bad stepping on the rainbow, so we can be reasonably sure that heredity will not disappoint in this case too.

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26 September 2014

The sniffing judges of San Diego

Here is the story in a nutshell:

Body odor is among 52 criteria that officials at San Diego International Airport use to judge taxi drivers. Cabbies say that smacks of prejudice and discrimination.

For years, inspectors with the San Diego Regional Airport Authority run down their checklist for each cabbie -- proof of insurance, functioning windshield wipers, adequate tire treads, good brakes. Drivers are graded pass, fail or needs fixing.

Anyone who flunks the smell test is told to change before picking up another customer.
I shall avoid the discussion of prejudice and discrimination: after all, the quality and quantity of noses smelling out racism anywhere and from any distance is more than sufficient these days, so one shouldn't interfere, especially not from afar. The article covers that side of the issue only too well.

The other aspect of the story isn't explained to my satisfaction, though: who are these mysterious "inspectors", mentioned only briefly, whose mission it is to sniff out the BO levels and to act on the results? Do these people undergo special training? Are they equipped by some sniffer tools? How the results of the sniffing are graded?

Mystery. Uncertainty. Confusion.

25 September 2014

All hail the white tiger!

A white tiger on Tuesday attacked and killed a youth who apparently jumped into its enclosure at a zoo in the Indian capital.
Witnesses said the tiger grabbed the young man by the neck as horrified onlookers at the National Zoological Park in New Delhi screamed and threw sticks and stones to try to save him.
The apparently tragic story has a few twists, though:
The man climbed over the railing and into a deep concrete ditch at about 1pm, a statement from the zoo said, from where the tiger apparently dragged the man into its grassy enclosure.
The zoo said the victim was a Delhi resident and about 20 years old, contradicting earlier reports that he was a teenager. One official said he also appeared to have been "under the influence of alcohol".
From a brief study of Indian demography you can establish that there are roughly 100 million youngsters belonging to the age group in question.

On the other hand, the demographics of the white tigers are presented in the article itself:
India is home to 1,706 Royal Bengal tigers and fewer than 100 white tigers, according to the last census in 2011. All the white tigers are in captivity.
So, all things considered, even if an uncouth white tiger has decided to snack on an Indian youngster, one would be hard put to decide on the tiger's fate. In case where a drunk representative of one of the most populous age groups offered himself as a snack to the tiger: nah, "bon appetite" is the only thing I would say to the tiger. And hope he doesn't get indigestion...

Try it again, please?

This headline (Yahoo News) is unique by any measure:

Hm... a double negative. That means... let me see: if US foreign policy will not be guided by counter-terrorism, will it then be guided by terrorism?

Or what?

P.S. To be fair to President Obama: he didn't say this.

24 September 2014

Shana Tova - Happy New Year - שנה טובה

To all our Jewish and non-Jewish friends wherever they are.

Let's all be well and happy. And have some peace for a change.