Let’s take a preliminary look at the advantages and disadvantages of the cease fire agreement, from an Israeli and traditional pro-Western perspective. There are two big advantages. First, the agreement puts an end, at least for now, to the bombardment of Israel. (snip) Now to the disadvantages. First, Hamas won. Why? Because it bombarded Israel and was not crushed for it. And because Israel reportedly agreed to an easing of its blockade of the Gaza Strip. (snip) By pushing for the deal, the Obama administration has demonstrated once again that it is no good friend of Israel.
The entire Christian calendar is based on a miscalculation, the Pope has declared, as he claims in a new book that Jesus was born several years earlier than commonly believed. The ´mistake´ was made by a sixth century monk known as Dionysius Exiguus or in English Dennis the Small, the 85-year-old pontiff claims in the book ´Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives´, published on Wednesday. (Snip) The assertion that the Christian calendar is based on a false premise is not new – many historians believe that Christ was born sometime between 7BC and 2BC.
There are countless dirty jobs, and someone´s got to do them -- but now we won´t get to see Mike Rowe trying his hand at them: Discovery is pulling the plug on on its long-running reality series "Dirty Jobs." Rowe, the show´s host/creator/executive producer, announced the news in a blog post Wednesday. "A few weeks ago, I was officially informed that Dirty Jobs had entered into a new phase," he wrote. "One I like to call, ´permanent hiatus.´ Or in the more popular industry vernacular, canceled." The series, which spanned eight seasons
‘Father Barack Obama‘ mocked the Sign of the Cross at the White House yesterday. It was an open mockery of the Christian prayer that is accompanied by the immortal words used by peasants and kings over the centuries: “In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit”. Obama, who is right-handed, made the sign of the cross with his left hand, which out of respect for the centuries-long Christian practice, no one ever does. Obama’s left-handed sign of the cross was made over a gobbling turkey during the National Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation Ceremony,
Did you know you can get a medal from the U.S. military for schmoozing? Apparently you can. At General David Petraeus´s recommendation, the Joint Chiefs of Staff gave Tampa Bay socialite Jill Kelley the country´s second-highest honor a civilian can receive, reports Jeane MacIntosh of the New York Post. Kelley received the award from Petraeus himself in a ceremony in Washington DC last year.
Hello and Happy Thanksgiving. I´m Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers from Washington State. Though the Thanksgiving story began long before our founding, the holiday itself started in 1863, when President Lincoln gave thanks for ´the gracious gifts of the Most High God,´ first among them being freedom. He invited Americans to mark a day of Thanksgiving so that these gifts could be ´solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged with one heart and one voice by the whole American People.´
Vienna - Iran has been hauling dirt to a military site UN nuclear inspectors want to visit, Western diplomats said on Wednesday, saying the findings were based on satellite images and they reinforced suspicions of a clean-up. They said the pictures, presented during a closed-door briefing for member states of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), suggested Iran was continuing to try to hide incriminating traces of any illicit nuclear-related activity. (Snip) The UN agency believes Iran may have conducted explosives tests that could help develop nuclear weapons at Parchin and wants
For the first time since 1991, air raid sirens blared in the city of Tel Aviv this week, as Hamas´ militants rained hundreds of rockets upon the Israeli civilian population from Gaza. Israel immediately responded with airstrikes against Hamas´ command centers and rocket launching sites. Once again, a council of Western elite and media personalities held a global discussion to decide how they think Israel should deal with the threat Hamas poses.
New York - The National Transportation Safety Board is the latest federal agency to ditch its BlackBerry phones for Apple´s iPhone -- and it had a few scathing words about why it´s making the switch. Research in Motion´s BlackBerry devices "have been failing both at inopportune times and at an unacceptable rate," the agency wrote in a procurement request issued last week. NTSB spokesman Eric Weiss, citing procurement rules, declined to name any specific problems the agency has had with its BlackBerry phones. RIM (RIMM) has suffered a few high-profile outages
On behalf of the Obama family — Michelle, Malia, Sasha and Bo — I want to wish everyone a very happy Thanksgiving. For us, like so many of you, this is a day full of family and friends; food and football. It’s a day to fight the overwhelming urge to take a nap — at least until after dinner. But most of all, it’s a time to give thanks for each other, and for the incredible bounty we enjoy.
KANSAS CITY, Mo./NEW YORK - Enough is enough, say bakery workers at Hostess Brands Inc. After several years of costly concessions, the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco and Grain Millers Union (BCTGM) authorized a walk-out earlier this month after Hostess received bankruptcy court approval to implement a wage cut that was not included in its contract. (Snip) "I really can´t afford to not be working, but this is not worth it. I´d rather go work somewhere else or draw unemployment," said Johnson, a worker at Hostess for 23 years. With 18,500 workers, Hostess has 12 different unions
A ceasefire between Israel and the Islamist Hamas movement that runs the Gaza Strip appeared to be holding on Thursday. Israel radio said some rockets had been fired from Gaza, but there was no sign of an Israeli response. Overnight, thousands of Gaza residents poured on to the streets to celebrate, waving flags and setting off fireworks. The UN Security Council has called on Israel and Hamas to uphold the agreement, brokered by Egypt. Overnight, the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) said it had arrested 55 "terror operatives" in the West Bank, including some at a senior level, in an effort to "restore calm".
Moscow - Russia opposes the possible deployment by NATO of Patriot missiles near Turkey´s border with Syria, the foreign ministry said on Thursday. "This would not foster stability in the region," Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said of Turkey´s request for deployment to the Western military alliance. NATO ambassadors met on Wednesday to consider Turkey´s request, which followed weeks of talks between Ankara and NATO allies about how to shore up security on its 900-km (560-mile) border to avoid a spillover from the Syrian civil war. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius
After repeatedly clashing with co-anchors and overseeing plummeting ratings, the Today show´s Matt Lauer is reportedly being given the boot. The long-time host, who earns a staggering $21.5 million a year, is being blamed for the NBC morning show´s dismal performance over the past three months and sources claim ratings will only improve if he is replaced. According to The National Enquirer, weatherman Al Roker is plotting to push the 54-year-old TV veteran out of his anchor chair and is lobbying a newly appointed Today producer for help.
Two Rivers — The frigid waves slam against the fragile deck and hull of an aging wooden schooner. Each swell tosses the ship from side to side, ever closer to capsizing. The men on deck fear for their lives, but relentless Lake Michigan is deaf to their cries of horror. Knowing death is imminent, Capt. Herman Schuenemann of the Rouse Simmons writes a note that would become his last known words. It is a plea to God to spare his and his crew’s lives. For 13 years, Schuenemann had delivered his cargo of Christmas trees to families in Chicago from Thompson, Mich. He was so beloved by the people of
Washington - The Obama administration reaffirmed key requirements of the new healthcare law Tuesday, setting out how insurance companies will cover nearly all Americans, even if they are already ill, and provide plans with minimum benefits. (Snip) Under the law, Americans who are not covered through work will be able to comparison shop for health insurance in online markets, also known as exchanges, designed to mimic the shopping experience of popular travel sites. These exchanges will be run by state governments, except in states that elect to leave the job to the federal government or to
It seems like boxer Hector Camacho has been fighting all his life — and not just in the ring. He fought as a troubled teen in Spanish Harlem, getting into neighborhood scrapes that landed him in jail before he was 16. He fought with fame and the crash that comes when the bright spotlight fades. He fought with drugs and alcohol and all the demons of addiction. And, now he’s fighting to survive — and he’s behind on every scorecard. Doctors said the self-proclaimed Macho Man, who was actually tough enough to wear a loin cloth into the ring,
A neat data set from John Ekdahl. Take a hard look at the first map, especially. That’s a nifty explanation, in a single image, for why so many conservatives (me included) thought Romney might pull the upset on election day. We figured four years of a bad economy and liberal disillusionment with Hopenchange combined with a powerful conservative zeal to beat him would mean a redder map this time. And … it was redder, in nearly every state. Just not red enough. O’s unique “achievement” this year was losing lots and lots of votes he’d won four years ago,
No one hands out medals to women like Holly Petraeus. But someone should. Instead, like a swift kick in Holly’s teeth, military groupie Jill Kelley received an actual medal last year from the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who liked her lavish dinners. Today, as the Petraeus family gathers ’round the Thanksgiving table for the longest, most tense meal in the history of marriage (hide the knives), retired Gen. David Betray-us has a unique opportunity to realize how badly he mucked up. And I’m not talking about throwing away his career as CIA director in exchange
Amid the extensive coverage of the latest flareup in Gaza, there is one critical issue that has been all but ignored by most of the mainstream press. For all the talk over the past few days regarding whether the IDF should return to Gaza, no one seems to be asking the most obvious of questions: Why did Israel leave in the first place? This is more than just a matter of historical curiosity. It goes to the heart of the dilemma currently confronting Israel’s decision makers: is it better to have a physical military presence in Gaza or not?
Jobless foreigners are being forcibly ejected from Belgium following a public outcry at a massive surge in immigration, it was revealed yesterday. Belgian authorities have introduced a law allowing the withdrawal of residency rights from any newcomers remaining unemployed for six months after arriving in the country. The crackdown is being seen as a huge turnaround for the country that is home to many EU institutions and was previously seen as one of the most welcoming nations in Europe for migrants. Euro MP Derek Clark, the Ukip employment spokesman, said: “Amazingly the Belgians seem to have a better idea as
So here we go again. At 9 pm on Wednesday evening Israel time, a ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinian terror groups of Gaza came into effect. At 9.34, a rocket fired from Gaza exploded outside the southern Israel town of Shaar Hanegev, causing no injuries. By 10.01, 12 rockets had been fired into Israel. The Times of Israel reports: ‘Military sources indicate that they would not be surprised if rogue terror cells test the ceasefire in its early phases.’ Well of course. I mean, it’s a bit unreasonable, isn’t it, to expect ‘rogue terror cells’ to honour a cease-fire
The 68-year-old UNC-Chapel Hill physics professor arrested in Argentina early this year after being caught with more than 4 pounds of cocaine hidden in a suitcase has been convicted by an Argentine court. Paul Frampton, the Oxford-educated Louis D. Rubin Jr. Distinguished Professor of Physics and Astronomy, told investigators he was duped into unknowingly carrying the drugs after being lured first to Bolivia with a promise of meeting a famous bikini model. He was sentenced to four years and eight months of confinement Monday afternoon after three days of hearings.
The benefits of the annual flu jab have been ‘over-hyped’, scientists claim. They say the vaccine is far less effective than is widely believed, with some studies showing it protects less than two-thirds of the population. The US researchers say ministers in Britain as well as America are ‘wasting taxpayers’ money’ on the jab.[Snip]They say that although Government officials claim it protects between 70 and 90 percent of the population, this is actually not the case. In fact, they say, it protects just 59 percent of adults aged 18 to 65, but is far less effective in the elderly.
Before Hurricane Sandy blasted the Northeast, I had long believed that America was "veddy, veddy good" to us. Even though our area was one of the hardest hit, my belief never changed but many here in Staten Island who´d lost everything would not share that viewpoint. America has enjoyed one of the highest standards of living and most have avoided serious deprivation nevertheless our government lists more and more as living below the poverty level. But the only Americans who have really suffered true physical hardship and deprivation as bad as those suffered in the Great Depression are our military.