Tuesday, March 27, 2007

No Pot on Pesach... only if you're Ashkenazi

But if you're a Sephardic Jew, smoke away! Via the JPost:
JERUSALEM - In bad news for its religious Jewish supporters, an Israeli pro-marijuana party announced Tuesday that pot is forbidden on Passover.

Cannabis is among the substances Jews are forbidden to consume during the week-long festival, which begins Monday, said Michelle Levine, a spokeswoman for the Green Leaf party.

Biblical laws prohibit eating leavened foods during Passover, replacing bread with flat crackers called matza. Later injunctions by European rabbis extended those rules to forbid other foods like beans and corn, and more recent rulings have further expanded the ban to include hemp seeds, which today are found in some health oils — and in marijuana.

Green Leaf is a small political party that supports the legalization of marijuana. Although it is by no means a Jewish religious authority, the group decided to warn its observant supporters away from the drug on Passover.

"You shouldn't smoke marijuana on the holiday, and if you have it in your house you should get rid of it," Levine said. The edict was first reported in The Jerusalem Post.

But not everyone needs to give up their habit for the duration of the festival. The rabbinic injunctions banning hemp were never adopted by Sephardic Jews, who come from countries in the Middle East and North Africa. That means there is no reason they can't keep smoking marijuana, Levine said, except that it remains illegal, despite her party's best efforts.

Remember Those Captured British Sailors?

One of the 15 captured British troops is a young mother. The Sailors have 'confessed' to espionage, and in order for that to happen they must have been tortured in some way. God help those guys (and gal).
From the JunkYardBlog:

Isn't the outpouring of support and outrage at the Iranian kidnapping amazing? The earnest pleas of Amnesty International all over their front page, Human Rights Watch is livid at their illegal detention, and as Ace has already noted, the media is keeping a searchlight trained on this case and putting pressure on Tehran to let them go. Even celebrities are getting in on the act, calling for the sailors to be freed from the mullah's clutches. Particularly gratifying was today's announcement of several major U.S. law firms that they would dispatch top-flight advocates to represent the sailors pro bono in whatever forum they could find.

The "Free the Fifteen!" march in San Francisco this weekend was remarkably well attended, I thought, given the short notice they had. If you missed, well, for those of you in the Berkeley, CA, area, there's a candlelight vigil scheduled for tonight. I hear Joan Baez will be there.

Oh, wait, none of that happened. And none of it is going to happen.

We only do that sort of thing for detained terrorists. When our allies are captured and threatened with capital punishment by a vicious enemy theocracy for whom freedom is anathema and human rights a joke, we just don't seem to care that much.

Monday, March 26, 2007

Must See TV - UN "Human Rights" Edition

Wow. Must see TV. From LGF we have a clip of an amazing rip into the pathetic corruptness and anti-Israel bias of the UN Human Rights commission.

Wow. This is a must see clip from March 23, 2007, in which UN Watch director Hillel Neuer really unloads on the blatantly corrupt UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva—and then is denounced by furious council president Luis Alfonso De Alba, who threatens to remove Neuer’s statements from the record.

The United Nations at work.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Gilad Shalit being held in booby-trapped building

Ripped from Israel Matzav:

Gilad Shalit being held in booby-trapped building

Arutz Sheva is reporting this evening that kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Shalit is being held in a booby-trapped building to ensure that no successful attempt can be made to rescue him. And apparently, an awful lot of 'Palestinians' know where he is being held.
Sources in the Palestinian Authority say that any Israeli attempt to rescue kidnapped IDF Corporal Gilad Shalit would lead to his death. According to the sources, cited by Arutz Sheva's Hagai Huberman, Shalit is being held in a booby-trapped building.

The PA sources further asserted that senior Fatah and Hamas terrorist leaders, as well as senior security officials from Egypt and Israel, know many details about the location Shalit is being held. However, the PA sources added, the relevant security forces believe that an attempt to rescue him is likely to lead to his death.


PA sources also claimed that Hamas provided misleading information about their Israeli hostage to an Egyptian security delegation. This placed Egypt in an embarrassing situation during talks with Israel regarding efforts to secure Shalit's release, the sources said.

Friday, March 23, 2007

BREAKING: Iran invades Iraqi Waters, abducts 15 British Sailors

Nope, not a joke. Real stuff. Via PJM:

SHOWDOWN IN THE PERSIAN GULF: Iran Naval Vessels Seize 15 British Servicemen in Iraq

PJM Barcelona

It is stupid because it is an assault on the UK and EU - not the US. Therefore there will be little media or liberal sympathy. It was in Iraqi waters, which is the equivalent of an invasion on land over a border and capturing soldiers.” (Strata-Sphere)

“Doin’ what Iran does best: taking hostages.” (Allahpundit @ HotAir)

Fifteen British sailors and Marines are being held by Iranian forces. They were taking part in a routine operation boarding merchant ships in Iraqi territorial waters when they were seized by Iranian naval vessels. The sailors and Marines had completed a successful inspection of one ship when the group and their two boats were surrounded. They were then escorted by Iranian vessels into its territorial waters.” (Sky News)

Much more at PJM.

Michael Yon: Tabula Rasa

Michael Yon's latest dispatch is up. Go and read it. And if you have a buck or two to spare, send it his way. Michael is a truly independent reporter and photographer, paying his own way, and telling it like it is - not what an editor wants to hear.

Run Away! RUN AWAY!! Iranian embassies escape plans being updated.

If I were in Iran right now, I would not just be updating my emergency evacuation plans, I'd be emergency evacuating. Jokes aside, the JPost article is quite ominous. (Hat tip: LGF)
Exclusive: Embassies in Teheran prepare escape plans

Several foreign embassies in Teheran are updating their emergency evacuation plans should a Western or Israeli attack on Iran occur.

According to foreign sources, foreign diplomats believe a possible attack would take place before the end of 2007. By that time, Iran might have enough enriched uranium to cause a humanitarian and environmental catastrophe from radioactive fallout should its nuclear facilities be damaged or destroyed in an attack.

Embassies in all countries generally have evacuation plans for their staff, but foreign sources describe the general atmosphere in Iran as one of heightened preparedness. Recently, several diplomatic missions based in Teheran have begun to reassess their plans, and embassies without permanent security officers have requested them.

Embassy experts reportedly are testing various evacuation options and logistics, such as timing routes to different destinations by different types of vehicles. The plans include evacuation for all staff.

Foreign sources say both the United States and Israel, who accuse Iran of wanting to develop nuclear weapons, want to give diplomatic efforts aimed at stopping Iran’s nuclear drive the best possible chance to succeed.

But according to these sources, should the West or Israel feel that the time needed for diplomatic efforts is longer than the time it would take for Iran to obtain nuclear independence, they are likely to strike at Iran’s main nuclear facilities before the damage done by such an attack would cause serious radiation fallout. Such fallout would likely kill many civilians and render some parts of Iran uninhabitable for an undetermined period of time.

According to this logic, the timing of such an attack would take place just before Iran has enriched an amount of weapons-grade material that, if damaged, would cause such a humanitarian and environmental catastrophe, it could be construed as a nuclear attack.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Digital Irony - "Gore Effect" Edition

Taken in Boston, this past Sunday. Found at Mind in the Qatar, via PJM.

The Calm Between the Storms

The spring forecast in Israel – utterly unpredictable. Cold, wind and rain one day, sunny and warm the next. Sun to thunderstorms to hail and even snow, all within hours.

Oh, yeah, and possible war expected in coming months.

PJM Tel Aviv Editor Allison Kaplan Sommer reports on the direction in which the winds are blowing in Israel

More Sanctions = More Aid

Ya better shape up, or otherwise, we're gonna give you more money.

Via PajamasMedia:

More Sanctions = More Aid:

PJM Tel Aviv

Despite the international embargo on aid to the Palestinian Authority since Hamas came to power, reports the NY Times, Palestinians got significantly more aid in 2006 than in 2005. Captain Ed asks if Palestinians get more support after electing terrorists to lead them, why should they be motivated to do otherwise?

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Dehumanization of the palestinians - by the Liberals

Via Rand Simberg:

Mario Loyola writes about the infantilization and dehumanization of the "Palestinians"--by the left.

A few months ago, I was reading Rashid Khalidi's latest book (The Iron Cage, on the struggle for Palestinian statehood) and I was struck by his evident mission, which was not to relate the history of what happened in Palestine, but rather to explain how everything that happened in Palestine was the fault of the Zionists and their allies. The major premise of this argument is really very odd: namely, that everyone in the story has moral agency except the Palestinians, who (by virtue of their status as victims) cannot commit any crimes for which the Zionists are not ultimately responsible. This struck me as a particularly dehumanizing way to defend the Palestinians.

Where are we going?

I love it. Found via a Dr. Helen post on bumper stickers.

Debbie Schlussel turns down a marriage proposal...

Debbie Schlussel turns down a marriage proposal from one of her Muslim admirers. Heh.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Arab Enters Jerusalem Shopping Mall, Exits Unharmed

Many Arabs entered the Jerusalem Shopping Mall, shopped, enjoyed themselves, and left without their limbs being torn from their bodies! I know you probably don't believe me, but I saw it myself when I was there with the Digital Family. Arabs walked, talked, and sipped Orange Juliuses with their friends, families, and fellow fundamentalists. Not only did this happen in the mall, but it happened country-wide - including the Family Fun Center (Kivtzuba), beaches, and the shuks. I saw it with my own eyes. I wouldn't have believed it otherwise.

In other related news (truly newsworthy - source is Ynet) an Israeli entered Yericho (Jericho) on foot and lived to tell the tale.
Israeli citizen enters Jericho, returns to Israel unharmed
Published: 03.18.07, 14:55 / Israel News

An Israeli citizen entered Jericho on Sunday morning and was returned to Israel unharmed. The man was taken into police custody for questioning.

The IDF emphasizes that according to orders issued by the head of the Central Command, it is forbidded [sic] for Israeli citizens to enter parts of the West Bank designated as Area A. Entering Area B is considered dangerous and is not recommended. (Efrat Weiss)

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

VDH: History and the Movie "300"

Behind the buzz of the movie 300 lies the history which wrote the plot. Victor Davis Hanson, a historian, talks of both the history of the movie, as well as its enduring message of the few holding off the many. Here is a a summary of the history of 300. Click through for his entire article.

In 480, an enormous force of more than a quarter-million Persians under their King Xerxes invaded Greece, both to enslave the free city-states, and to avenge the Persian defeat a decade earlier at Marathon. The huge force of ships and soldiers proved unstoppable on its way west and southward until it reached the narrow pass at Thermopylae (“The Warm Gates”) in northern Greece. There a collection of 7,000 Greeks had blocked the way. They hoped to stop Xerxes’ horde outright — or at least allow enough time for their fellow countrymen to their rear to mobilize a sufficient defense of the homeland.

Among the many Greek contingents was a special elite force of 300 Spartans under their King Leonidas — a spearhead that offered the other Greeks at Thermopylae some promise that they could still bar the advance of the vastly superior invader. And that hope proved real for two days of hard fighting. The vastly outnumbered, but heavily-armed Greek infantrymen in their phalanx — taking advantage of the narrow terrain and their massed tactics — savagely beat back wave after wave of advancing Persian foot soldiers and cavalry.

But on the third day of battle, Leonidas’s Greeks were betrayed by a local shepherd Ephialtes, who showed the Persians an alternate route over the mountains that led to the rear of the Greek position. When he realized that he was nearly surrounded, Leonidas nevertheless made a critical decision to stay and fight, while ordering most of the other various allies to flee the encirclement to organize the growing Greek resistance to the south.

Meanwhile the King and his doomed 300 Spartans, together with other small groups of surrounded Thespians and Thebans, would indeed battle to buy the Greeks time. They ranged further out from the pass on this third and last day of battle — at first with spears and swords, finally with teeth and nails —killing scores more of Persians. The last few Spartan survivors were buried under a sea of Persian arrows. The body of Leonidas was found among the corpses, his head soon impaled on a stick as a macabre reminder of the wages of resistance to the Great King of Persia.

The Greeks took encouragement from the unprecedented sacrifice of a Spartan King and his royal guard on their behalf. And so a few weeks later at the sea battle of Salamis near Athens — and then again the next year at the great infantry collision on the plains of Plataea — the Greeks defeated, and eventually destroyed, the Persian invaders. The rallying cry of the victors was Thermopylae, the noble sacrifice of the final stand of the outnumbered Greeks, and especially the courage of the fallen Three Hundred Spartans under King Leonidas.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Michael Yon's Latest Dispatch - "Ernie is Dead"

Sometimes night is brighter than day, as these new tents appeared to the camera just after midnight.

Michael Yon's latest dispatch is out. I have just started it, yet it already appears to be monumental. Please read it all.

Many of the soldiers streaming into Iraq will spend a scorching summer with no air conditioners or running water. They will stink like soldiers; there will be no ice cream. There will be grit and filth, mosquitoes with malaria, foul smells from the burning garbage of the cities, snipers, and terrorists who will try to flatten their buildings with truck bombs. The soldiers will see things that age them a decade or more over the course of a single summer. Many will die here, others will lose limbs and a few will go crazy. They bring the final hope for Iraq.

A future President of the United States might spend his or her 25th summer in downtown Baghdad, Ramadi, or maybe out in Diyala Province or up in Kirkuk, watching full moons rise and fall over the cities, hearing dogs bark in the night. Maybe the distinct POP will puncture the darkness, as an American sniper kills a man nearby who was carrying a shovel next to a road at midnight.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Where's Bin Waldo? Use Google Earth to find him!

Wired has an interesting take on why Google Earth's resolution increases in seemingly random places on the Afghan/Pakistani border. Since Google gets its images from the same satellite companies that provides the CIA and the DOD their images, Google gets high resolution 'leftovers' from the big dogs (usually 6 to 18 months after the CIA requests them, though).

Where in the world is Osama bin Laden? Uh ... try checking Google Earth. After Google recently updated its satellite images of parts of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, much of the region still looked blotchy — the kind of low resolution that persists in coverage of, say, upstate New York. But several small squares (they stand out as off-color patches from 680 miles up) suddenly became as detailed as the images of Manhattan. These sectors happen to be precisely where the US govern­ment has been hunting for bin Laden and his deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri.

Turns out, Google gets its images from many of the same satellite companies — DigitalGlobe, TerraMetrics, and others-that provide reconnaissance to US intelligence agencies. And when the CIA requests close-ups of the area around Peshawar in Pakistan's North-West Frontier Province, Google Earth reaps the benefits (although usually six to 18 months later). This is also why remote parts of Asia went hi-res after the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004 and the Kashmir earthquake in 2005.

Google doesn’t ask why resolution improves in particular locations. But the CIA believes bin Laden is holed up in the Hindu Kush mountain range-one of the most out-of-the-way places on Earth — and you can now see every house, school, and mosque in certain villages there. Keep your eyes peeled for a very tall guy with a long beard and an AK-47. — Matthew Cole

Embrace Rejection, Increase Your Happiness

It's not my idea, it's Dr. Helen's:
The point is, learn to not only accept rejection, but to welcome it, it seems that it is the only way to overcome the irrational belief that the world owes you. It doesn't. Of course, one should fight injustice, but the irrational belief that the world should be nice to you just because you are you is a sure way to end up disappointed about life.

If you would like to try some of Ellis's techniques to reduce anxiety and gain a sense of mastery over your social reactions, try reading How to Make Yourself Happy and Remarkably Less Disturbable. At 93, his advice is still ahead of its time.

300 - "Such Pretty Violence"

No, I didn't see the movie, and I'm not sure I will, but a movie that grosses $70 million on a regular weekend in March with a less-than-normal number of theater showings, deserves a salute. Here's a salute from two bloggers who saw it:

Chris: Well, it is a VERY violent movie

Mel: Yes, but it’s such PRETTY violence

Two Terror Attacks Thwarted

God truly protects us every day, and I hope and pray He will continue to do so. (Hat tip: Israel Matzav)
Attacks on Gush Etzion and Har Homa Thwarted
by Ezra HaLevi

(IsraelNN.com) Released for publication: IDF forces succeeded in preventing two shooting attacks targeting the Jews of Gush Etzion and the southern Jerusalem Har Homa neighborhood in the past week.

The attacks were planned in Gaza by the Popular Resistance Committee, a terrorist logistical planning group made up of members of all of the Arab terror groups operating in the Palestinian Authority.

Early Thursday morning, IDF soldiers in Bethlehem arrested three terrorists involved in the implementation of the attacks. Ta’a Hassan Abu Alya was wanted for a number of shooting attacks in Gush Etzion that failed to injure or kill anyone and for the production of explosives. Yakoub Aymad Al-Kadar Nubani was involved in shooting attacks in the same region in 2001, at the start of the Oslo War. Mahmoud Abed Raba was poised to carry out attacks on the southern Jerusalem neighborhood of Har Homa and motorists using the main Tunnels Road leading from the capital southward to Gush Etzion.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

The Terminatorberg

Behold, the Terminatorberg, made by Cyberdeinstein.

Orig: This photo made available by Elbit Systems, Thursday, March 8, 2007, shows the 11 kilogram (25 lb), 23 centimeter (9 inch) tall VIPeR Israeli military robot. After years of Palestinian-Israeli fighting, various kinds of robots are widely used by the Israeli army and police for inspecting suspect objects thought to be bombs, checking buildings for booby traps and sniffing out arms and explosives. (AP Photo/Elbit Systems)
This potentially lethal mini-me robot goes to show the lengths Israel will go to reduce the civilian casualties amidst an urban terrorist war. Rather than bombing the hell out of the building where a rocket came from, or blowing up the city block where there might be a terrorist headquarters, Israel instead invests billions in robot (and other) technology to more accurately pinpoint counterstrikes. And then sends in our boys on foot to implement those technologies.

Countdown to the whining news articles which makes Israel seem the bloodthirsty savages looking for innovative ways to hunt down and rip apart those poor, hapless palestinians who only want a state and to be left alone.

Speaking of cool ways to kill, this bad boy can be fitted with a mini-uzi and remotely fired. How cool is that?

Interview with an IDF Intelligence Officer

Via Winds of Change.NET, Michael Totten does the interview.


Heh. I claim no credit for the great would-be-name.
Pajamas Media: Bar Mitzvah Bloopers
There’s a new Jewish video upload community online called Yideoz. Apparently, the creators decided to forgo the more obvious name: JewTube.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

They're Dropping Like Flies

Lawhawk brings together three recent mysterious deaths and their singular connection - the victims are enemies of Putin.
Dropping Like Flies
This could be nothing but a serious of coincidences resulting in people who may undermine or embarass Putin's regime turning up dead. Or not.

This makes the third such critic to die under strange circumstances and doesn't count the mysterious poisoning of other rivals, like Viktor Yushchenko. Alexander Litvinenko was killed by exposure to Polonium 210.

The body count keeps piling up around the world, and the tie that binds appears to be the Kremlin up to its old tricks.

Military Cutbacks

Our military can handle the belt-tightening! They are quite resourceful.

Via Natural Family Blog:

45 internet cafe bombings in Gaza since December 1

Nothing says "Give us a state!" more than shooting yourselves and blowing up businesses, or using aid money for weapons.

Jihad Watch: 45 internet cafe bombings in Gaza since December 1

Report: Missing Iranian former minister has 'fled to U.S.'

Report: Missing Iranian former minister has 'fled to U.S.'
The Iranian former deputy defense minister who disappeared in Turkey last month is said to have sought asylum in the United States.

Pan-Arab newspaper al-Sharq al-Awsat said on Tuesday, quoting high-profile sources, that Ali Reza Asghari left for the U.S. shortly after arriving in the Turkish capital.

Earlier Tuesday, Iran's top police chief accused Western intelligence services of possibly the high-ranking defense official who Tehran said was missing while on a private trip to neighboring Turkey.

The al-Sharq al-Awsat newspaper sources, however, claim the official was not abducted but left for the United States "along with the secrets he carried."

Security was beefed up in Israeli embassies worldwide Tuesday following reports that Iran suspected the CIA and the Mossad of involvement in the disappearance of Asghari, a retired general in the elite Revolutionary Guards and a former deputy defense minister.

A British newspaper reported Monday that the missing official is likely to possess information on missing Israel Air Force navigator Ron Arad.

Arad, an IAF navigator, was captured by the Lebanese Shiite Amal militia after ejecting from his warplane, shot down over southern Lebanon in 1986. Media reports have said the pro-Iranian Hezbollah took Arad from Amal security chief Mustafa Dirani the following year.

Reports have also said that members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard took Arad in 1988 and transported him to Iran.

Asghari had arrived in Turkey on a private visit from Damascus, Syria, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported Tuesday.

Iran's top police chief, General Esmaeil Ahmadi Moghaddam, said Iran was investigating Asghari's fate with the cooperation of the Turkish police.

"It is likely that Asghari has been abducted by the Western intelligence services," IRNA quoted the Iranian police general as saying. The general did not elaborate.

Turkey's Foreign Ministry said Monday that the Iranian Embassy there had reported Asghari's disappearance and had asked Turkey's Interior Ministry to investigate.

In Israel, defense officials are concerned that there may be an attempt to kidnap embassy workers and strike Israeli targets.

According to a British Daily Telegraph report, Iranian intelligence official Asghari is also likely to have intimate knowledge of Iran's defense establishment and nuclear development program.

Although Asghari's disappearance in Turkey sparked allegations of a Mossad and CIA-linked kidnapping, Haaretz has learned that he may have defected.

Asghari served in the senior defense post under former defense minister General Ali Samahani. Israeli media have said that for many years, Azkari was the most senior Iranian intelligence official in Lebanon, with responsibility for Iran's ties with Hezbollah.

Israel Channel 10 television said late on Sunday that Asghari was kidnapped on February 7, after arriving in Istanbul from Damascus.

Monday, March 05, 2007

Baseball in Israel? Say it is so!

In only 110 days from now, a new baseball league will open in Israel - the Israel Baseball League (IBL). The last remaining excuse for not making Aliyah has now been removed.

There are 6 teams currently with real talent and ex-MLB stars coaching. The IBL website is very good and they have a great sense of humor. Here are some drashas into the sources of baseball in the Tanach:
  • And Abner said to Joab, “Let the young men…arise and play before us” -- Samuel II 2:14

  • …and all the people rose up… -- Exodus 33:8

  • And Juhoshaphat the son of Ahilud was the recorder; and Sheva was the scribe…” -- Samuel II 20:24

  • And they said unto Jephtha, “Come and be our Captain” -- Judges 11:6

  • ...and he measured two lines… -- Samuel II 8:2

  • ...and he set the bases… -- Kings I 7:39

  • And they stood every man in his place round about the camp -- Judges 7:21

  • Behold, Rebecca came forth with her pitcher… -- Genesis 24:45

  • Ehud, the Benjamite, a man left-handed… -- Judges 3:15

  • The children of Israel asked,…”Who shall go up for us first against the Canaanites? -- Judges 3:15

  • ...Seek out a man who is a skillful player… -- Samuel I 16:16

  • ...Judah shall go up first… -- Judges 20:18

  • And Judah took… -- Judges 1:18

  • Three times… -- Exodus 23:14

  • ...and it was good… -- Genesis 1:4

  • And Abram went down… -- Genesis 12:10

  • ...out at the base… -- Leviticus 4:18

  • And Moses …smote… -- Exodus 7:20

  • ...and (it)…was foul… -- Exodus 7:21

  • And Moses went out… -- Numbers 11:24

  • ...and none came in… -- Joshua 6:1

  • ...and there was not a man left… -- Joshua 8:17

  • And Miriam was shut out… -- Numbers 12:15

  • And the children of Benjamin went out… -- Judges 20:31

  • ...and went into the field… -- Numbers 22:23

  • ...and Aaron waved… -- Leviticus 9:21

  • And he looked this way and that way… -- Exodus 2:12

  • ...and he delivered up… -- Numbers 21:3

  • ...and they ran as soon as he had stretched his hand…And they fell on their faces to the ground… -- Judges 13:20

  • Get thee up; wherefore liest thou upon thy face? -- Judges 7:10

  • ...for it was an error… -- Numbers 15:25

  • ...second and third… -- Genesis 6:16

  • And Joseph spoke… -- Genesis 45:3

  • ...concerning the error which he had committed… -- Leviticus 5:18

  • ...make an atonement for thyself… -- Leviticus 9:17

  • Thou shalt fan them… -- Isaiah 41:16

  • Then Joseph commanded to fill…the…sacks… -- Genesis 42:25

  • ...and all the people saw this and they shouted… -- Leviticus 9:24

  • Who can stand before the Giants? -- Deuteronomy 9:2

  • ...and Aaron waved… -- Leviticus 9:21

  • ...and pitched on the other side… -- Numbers 21:13

  • And suffered not a man to pass… -- Judges 3:28

  • ...but…the seventh… -- Exodus 31:15

  • Gideon… smote… -- Judges 8:21

  • ...Israel…at first… -- Joshua 8:33

  • And Noah went in… -- Genesis 7:7

  • And the young man ran… -- Numbers 11:27

  • ...he turned and went back… -- Judges 18:26

  • ...unto the base… -- Numbers 8:4

  • Noah walked… -- Genesis 6:9

  • Let us go and sacrifice… -- Exodus 5:8

  • And Moses lifted up his hand and with his rod he smote… --Numbers 20:11

  • ...the hide… -- Leviticus 9:11

  • ...a long blast… -- Joshua 6:5

  • ...outside the camp… -- Judges 7:17

  • ...for an ‘omer… -- Exodus 16:36

  • And the men of Israel and of Judah arose, and shouted… -- Samuel I 17:52

Swiss Invasion!!

Those ornery Swiss (no offense, Digital Wife) invaded neighboring Lichtenstein. They have withdrawn their disproportionately large troop buildup due to intense international pressure and have promised to give the Lichtensteinians back their country soon. Not that they have to - Lichtenstein doesn't even have an army.

Via the AP:
ZURICH, Switzerland - What began as a routine training exercise almost ended in an embarrassing diplomatic incident after a company of Swiss soldiers got lost at night and marched into neighboring Liechtenstein.

According to Swiss daily Blick, the 170 infantry soldiers wandered just over a mile across an unmarked border into the tiny principality early Thursday before realizing their mistake and turning back.


Liechtenstein, which has about 34,000 inhabitants and is slightly smaller than Washington DC, doesn't have an army.
You know, knowing now that Lichtenstein doesn't have an army, and using my in-depth knowledge of the rules of Risk, I can now own Lichtenstein by having one soldier in the country. I hereby invade Lichtenstein. You are mine.

Orson Scott Card - The Master

Orson Scott Card is a master of storytelling and one of my favorite authors. Not only does he conjure up and deliver well many original concepts and stories, he comments on current events. He has an awesome article out. Here are some good snippets:

The truth -- the well-documented historical truth -- is that the British did not arm the Israelis. They blocked all attempts by the Israelis to arm themselves. Every weapon that the Israeli army had in 1948 was smuggled in. While the "poor, unarmed Palestinians" were supported by the fully-armed military forces of Jordan, Syria, and Egypt. The Arabs had the military advantage, in numbers and in weaponry.

Furthermore, while there were places where Israelis encouraged Muslims to flee, it was not a systematic effort, and many of those who fled did so at the well-documented insistence of Muslim leaders, who wanted Muslims out of the way so they could set about the business of slaughtering Jews. Only Israeli courage and audacity in combat prevented the genocidal outcome intended by the Arabs who defied the United Nations by trying to destroy Israel at the moment of its creation.

At the end of the war, the reason there was no Palestinian state is not because the Israelis prevented it. It was because the Arab nations prevented it -- Egypt took over the rule of the Gaza Strip and Jordan ruled the West Bank, declaring it to be part of their national territory and suppressing any attempt to create a Palestinian state there.

As for wholesale slaughter of Palestinian civilians by Israelis, it didn't happen. Nowhere, not in 1948, and not since then. A lot of people think it has happened because of propaganda. Like when the media was full of reports, during the intifadeh, that Israelis had massacred hundreds or thousands of Palestinians in Jenin. Later, sober investigation showed that no such thing had happened -- that, on the contrary, Israelis had suffered needless casualties on their own side because of the extraordinary lengths they went to to prevent civilian casualties on the other side.
The fact is that in 1948, Jews were a majority in large sections of the British mandate of Palestine. The proposal to divide that territory into two nations was identical to the policy that divided India into two nations -- a decision that Muslims approved of, since the minority portion was Muslim Pakistan. It was not a crime, it was a recognition of a fact on the ground. The alternative was to give all power to the Muslims who had already threatened genocide against the Jews in Palestine. It would have been a crime against humanity to allow this to happen again.

Why were there so many Jews in Palestine? Because of Zionism, absolutely. But let's remember what Zionism consisted of: Buying land and then inviting Jewish settlers in to work that land and make it prosper. Jews came to a land that was bandit-ridden impoverished desert. They drove out the bandits, and on land they had legally purchased, they created prosperous communities.

That was when Arabs started immigrating into Palestine. It was now a peaceful, prosperous place. Because of the Jews and the work they did, educational standards rose, the population boomed, and Palestine became one of the best places to live in the Arab world.

No Jew stole any Arab's land prior to 1948. True, the Arabs tried to block Jewish immigration -- their racist, hate-filled policies did not begin with Al Qaeda. But the Jews who came to Palestine did so without doing violence to any Arabs except bandits, and without stealing anything from anybody.

Then, in 1948, it was Arabs who announced their intention to destroy Israel the moment it was created. Arab armies marched. The Israeli Defense Force used their limited resources and defeated their enemies. In the process, they seized territory that was not given to them in the original UN mandate.

As soon as the Arabs were completely whipped, they begged for the UN to force a ceasefire; then they demanded that Israel retreat to the borders of the original mandate. Do you get the irony here? If the Arabs had respected that border in the first place, there would have been no war. Only after they failed in their genocide did they think those borders were a good idea.
The Palestinians elected Hamas, which is rabidly anti-Israel and an open sponsor of genocidal attacks against Jewish civilians in Israel and elsewhere. My guess is that they chose Hamas because they seemed better, for the Palestinians, than the Nazi-style thugs of Al-Fatah who had ruled them under Arafat. But there has never been a hint that Hamas is willing to compromise with Israel on anything. Indeed, the opposite is true. (And in all likelihood, any Palestinian politician who tried to run for office on a platform of living peacefully with Israel would be murdered long before the election.)

Furthermore, over the past sixty years, Israel has compromised over and over, keeping its side of agreements to an almost insane degree when you consider that Palestinians have kept none of their promises. None. Never. Do you get that? Israel is expected to keep "compromising" with an enemy that never keeps its word.

Would you keep compromising with a next-door neighbor who broke every promise while demanding that you keep all of the agreements and then make even more "compromises"?

And when Berry openly demands that the reader's heart break over Palestinian civilians killed in Israeli shellings of Gaza, it can't just be ignorance that keeps him from mentioning that these shellings are attacks on terrorist installations in direct retaliation for the massacre of Israeli civilians by Palestinian suicide bombers. There is zero evidence that Israel would ever bomb Palestinian territory if Palestinians stopped murdering Israelis; there is zero evidence that Israelis have, except for an abortive attempt at tit-for-tat terrorism in the early 1950s, ever targeted Palestinian civilians.

Terrorists deliberately hide among civilians so that any military action against them is almost guaranteed to cause civilian casualties. That is the terrorists' choice; Israel is not required to commit national suicide by refraining from striking back at their enemies for fear of killing innocent civilians.

I'm not making these things up. I don't get them from Jewish propaganda. This is information that serious historians all recognize as being factual. All the claims to the contrary have, upon investigation, turned out to be deliberately fraudulent or indefensible on scholarly grounds.

One can argue for or against many decisions of the Israeli government, but it takes a flagrant disregard for historical accuracy or standards of fairness to pin any significant part of the blame for the killings in Palestine on Israel.

Glick: If Iran gets the bomb

By Caroline Glick: If Iran gets the bomb

(Thanks, Israel Matzav)

Friday, March 02, 2007

What You Always Wanted to Know But Were Afraid To Ask:

Via Pajamas Media:

Do female suicide bombers get 72 virgins, too? (Slate)

Thursday, March 01, 2007

IDF ends Nablus operation as senior militants escape arrest

Frustrating end to a spectacular operation, but there was a great factoid in the middle of the article summarizing the days events.
IDF ends Nablus operation as senior militants escape arrest

Three wanted Islamic Jihad militants were arrested in the operation, conducted by an ultra-Orthodox unit of the Nahal brigade.

Rapid Fire, 3/1/07

I am short on time, but long on posts.

Dow takes another dive - 200 points.

Seasonal Affect Disorder Treatment?

Real Apartheid.

Israel supplies US with Armored Vehicles.

Ahmadinejad: "Zionists Are True Manifestation of Satan"

83 felons freed as state uses too much jail space