Friday, July 25, 2014

The Best Of Humanity

All those years of communism in Russia could purge the humanity out of the Russians:

Now, if we could just get to work on Putin.

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I'm beginning to understand why my mother was so afraid of flying. This month has been the month of planes falling out of the sky:

Plane returns to Pearson after threat

And other shit

No sooner had I published this post than this appears:

Scared to fly? Recent news of crashes validate fears, psychologist says, but it's never been safer, say experts

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Go Kurdistan!!

Iraqi Kurdish oil nears US port despite concern in Washington

WTF does "Washington" want? That the Kurds should starve? They are blessed with a commodity the world wants and needs. Why shouldn't they be able to sell it? Moreover, they are far more friendly with the West than most of the countries in the region.

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From Michael Yon

Huge Protests in West Bank Over Israeli Offensive in Gaza
"The Toll in Gaza and Israel, Day by Day

The daily tally of rocket attacks, airstrikes and deaths in the conflict between Israel and Hamas.

Latest totals updated July 25
targets in Gaza
struck by Israel
Palestinian deaths
rockets launched at Israel from Gaza
Israeli deaths"
Oh, but that's not "proportional". /sarc


Too bad Israel is so damned civilized.  I'd like to see them turn Gaza into a parking lot!

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Media Bias

Someone finally takes the media to task:

And the truth finally stares the UN in the face.

Pretty hard to deny it.

The times, they are a changing:

I don't think this is what Bobby Zimmerman had in mind through. I wonder what he would think if he were alive today?

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For Men Only



Thursday, July 24, 2014

Vive la France!

French Prime Minister Denounces Anti-Zionism as Anti-Semitism
"Against the backdrop of large anti-Semitic riots in Paris, and the murder of four people at the Jewish Museum in Brussels by a French Muslim killer (Emphasis mine), Mehdi Nemmouche, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls made a resoundingly firm connection between anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism that other world leaders—and many Jews—are afraid to make. As is his style, he went straight to the point: “Anti-semitism, this old European disease,” he said in a speech, has taken “a new form. It spreads on the Internet, in our popular neighborhoods, with a youth that has lost its points of reference, has no conscience of history, and who hides itself behind a fake anti-Zionism.”

The occasion was the 72th anniversary of the Vel’ d’Hiv Roundup—the arrest of 13.000 Jews in Paris, by the French police under German authorities during World War II on the 16th and 17th of July, 1942. Valls’ strong, clear words are a breakthrough that separates him from the general complacency on the subject among most European politicians—and separates France from its growing reputation as a beacon of hate.

The Prime Minister justified his decision to forbid last Saturday’s “anti-israeli” demonstration by stating that the recent acts of violence against Jews “justify the choice to forbid,” and not the other way around, as so many critics had claimed. And without naming Dieudonné, the minister attacked the rancid French performer when he pleaded that “the historical reality of the Shoah should not be denied, or diminished.(…) To laugh at the Shoah is to insult the dead.”

Before those words, Valls reminded his countrymen of the responsibility of the French state, under Pétain’s government, for the fate of France’s Jews during the fatal years of the Occupation. “The honor of a Nation is to recognize what once was his disgrace.” he said hinting at France’s long-time denial of its responsibility during the Holocaust. “The disgrace of France is to have been a accomplice of the occupier when it sent to a sure death women, men and children, because they were Jews.” He also praised the (right wing) ex-president Jacques Chirac for being the first to officially recognize France’s responsibility in his address at the 1995 commemoration. That day, said Valls, Chirac “had the courage to free us from ourselves.”

It was a strong speech and, given the context, it took real courage for Valls to stand up and say words that other European politicians have been too cowardly to speak. Friends of France who have been nauseated by the growing wave of violence against Jews, and appalled by the even more common mainstreaming of anti-Zionism as the socially and intellectually acceptable mask for the crude anti-Semitism of the streets, can take heart from Valls’ words."

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'Nuff Said

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Cute. Cute. Cute.

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Where Do You Stand?

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

I Wonder What Baby Trudeau Thinks?

You'll note these were the words of a Dipper guest on a CBC program. That qualifies as a double whammy.

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Too bad, so sad.

Political activities of PEN Canada under investigation
"PEN Canada represents more than 1,000 writers and supporters, including Canadian literary luminaries Margaret Atwood..."
Margaret Atwood is a luminary??!! If we weren't forced to read her garbage in high school, nobody would have heard of her.

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Couldn't Have Put It Better Myself

It Was Only A Matter Of Time

Sunday, July 20, 2014

About That "Global" Warming...

Brisbane records coldest morning in 103 years

Australia: Lowest Temperature

You'll notice the previous record was in 1994.

I know. I know. The industrial revolution just hasn't come to Australia yet. What else could it be? /sarc

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How Is That Possible?

Well, I guess he could also pay large amounts of money to buy the verdict he wanted, too.

'Bunga bunga' showgirl incredulous at Silvio Berlusconi's acquittal
"A showgirl who attended Silvio Berlusconi's "bunga bunga" parties has expressed incredulity that the former prime minister was acquitted of paying for sex with the teenage erotic dancer and alleged prostitute known as Ruby the Heart Stealer.

Imane Fadil, a Moroccan-born model, claimed it was common knowledge among the aspiring actresses and starlets who attended the parties at Mr Berlusconi's villa outside Milan that he would pay large sums of cash in exchange for sex.

Last year the 77-year-old billionaire businessman was convicted of paying for sex with the then 17-year-old dancer and sentenced to seven years in prison.

But he appealed and on Friday a higher court overturned the conviction and also acquitted him of the second charge he faced – abuse of office.

"From seven years to zero – how is that possible?" Ms Fadil, 29, said in an interview on Sunday with La Repubblica newspaper."

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More Evidence

Gaza Public Rejects Hamas, Wants Ceasefire

RTWT. There's too much to cut an paste only the most cogent points.

That's the trouble with elections. You get what you deserve. Better luck next time, if there is a next time.

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Doctrine Of Proportionality Explained

Since the most recent round of hostilities between Hamas and Israel a lot of pixels have been plastered on monitors. This is the best I've found yet:
"Proportionality in international law is not about equality of death or civilian suffering, or even about [equality of] firepower. Proportionality weighs the necessity of a military action against suffering that the action might cause to enemy civilians in the vicinity.

“Under international humanitarian law and the Rome Statute, the death of civilians during an armed conflict, no matter how grave and regrettable does not constitute a war crime…. even when it is known that some civilian deaths or injuries will occur. A crime occurs if there is an intentional attack directed against civilians (principle of distinction) or an attack is launched on a military objective in the knowledge that the incidental civilian injuries would be clearly excessive in relation to the anticipated military advantage (principle of proportionality).” — Luis Moreno-Ocampo, Chief Prosecutor, International Criminal Court."- "“The greater the military advantage anticipated, the larger the amount of collateral damage — often civilian casualties — which will be “justified” and “necessary.”"
"Even among Israel’s friends – and some Israelis – a “yes, but…” response is common. “Yes” Hamas started it; “Yes” Hamas puts military infrastructure in civilian neighborhoods; “Yes” Israel is entitled to self-defense, “Yes” the Israelis warn Palestinians. “But” more than 240 Palestinians have been killed to date and only one Israeli has died directly from rocket fire.

Isn’t that the definition of “disproportionate?” No. It isn’t."
"Proportionality in international law is not about equality of death or civilian suffering, or even about firepower returned being equal in sophistication or lethality to firepower received. Proportionality weighs the military necessity of an action against the suffering that the action might cause to enemy civilians in the vicinity. A review of expert opinion – none of which was written in relation to Israel – helps to clarify."
"The principle of proportionality is embedded in almost every national legal system and underlies the international legal order. Its function in domestic law is to relate means to ends… In the conduct of war, when a party commits a lawful attack against a military objective, the principle of proportionality also comes into play whenever there is collateral damage, that is, civilian casualties or damage to a non-military objective… attacks are prohibited if they cause incidental loss of civilian life, injury to civilians, or damage to civilian objects that is excessive in relation to the anticipated concrete and direct military advantage of the attack. This creates a permanent obligation for military commanders to consider the results of the attack compared to the advantage anticipated."

Exactly as Israel does when it aborts missions after finding civilians used as human shields on rooftops.

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

About That Malaysian Airliner Shot Down...

...over Ukraine, I wonder who was on board that Putin wanted dead? Reminds me of the Korean Airlines disaster. Who said the Cold War was over?

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When I was living living in Alberta, not far away from Edmonton, I frequently would drive past the U of A and I was amazed at the number of students that I would see wearing Che T-shirts. On can only imagine what they were being taught by their professors.

I have Humberto Fontava's book Exposing the Real Che Guevara and the Useful Idiots Who Idolize Him 

There's lots of YouTube Videos of Humberto here and here.

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Siberia Is A Strange Place

First there was Tunguska. Now this.


Here's The Difference Between Us

“We’re using missile defense to protect our civilians, and they’re using their civilians to protect their missiles."

RTWT. Krauthammer destroys a lot of cherished lefty myths.

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Say It Ain't So!!!

Obituary: Archibald (Archie) Andrews, 1941-2014

He was 72.

Did he and Veronica ever get married? I doubt it. That would have destroyed the whole schtick.

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What's Going On?

Palestinian UN rep: “Each and every missile launched against Israel constitutes a crime against humanity”
"In an astonishing moment of candor, the Palestinian representative to the UN Human Rights Council — in explaining the high risk of Palestinians being indicted if the International Criminal Court acquires jurisdiction – has admitted that “each and every” Palestinian missile now being launched against Israeli civilian centers constitutes “a crime against humanity”; that, by contrast, Israel’s own response actions in Gaza “followed the legal procedures” because, as Hamas spokespersons admitted on TV, “the Israelis warned them to evacuate their homes before the bombardment; but, however, “as for the missiles launched from our side, we never warn anyone about where these missiles are about to fall or about the operations we carry out.”"
Are they tired of being the world's pariah?

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Say It Ain't So

Salmon May Adapt in the Face of Climate Change: Fish Adjust to Warm Waters

So, some species adapt. Some face extinction. There's nothing new under the sun. Humans evolved in a very hot climate. I'm sure some of us will survive - IF (and that's a big "if"} the planet is really going that way, which, as you know, I have my doubts.

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Christians In The World

Iraqi Christians flee after Isis issue Mosul ultimatum
"Iraqi Christians are fleeing Mosul after Islamist militants threatened to kill them unless they converted to Islam or paid a "protection tax".

A statement issued by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (Isis) was read out at the city's mosques.

It called on Christians to comply by midday on Saturday or face death if they did not leave the northern city.

Isis has control of large parts of Syria and Iraq and said last month it was creating an Islamic caliphate.

The ultimatum cited a historic contract known as "dhimma," under which non-Muslims in Islamic societies who refuse to convert are offered protection if they pay a fee, called a "jizya"."
Of course we all know Christians deserve it, don't we. Just ask a leftard.

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Dumb Question

Who Should Broker a Gaza Cease-Fire?

Why not just let Israel get the job done, then there will be the cease fire of all cease fires? But I guess that would be disproportionate. /sarc

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Oh, But The Poor Palestinians /sarc

IDF unearths 22 Gaza tunnels, kills 40 terrorists as ground offensive enters second day
"In one instance, IDF troops exchanged fire with a Palestinian gunman, wounding him. The gunman was subsequently rushed to Soroka Medical Center for treatment."
(ED. Say it ain't so. /sarc)

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