The Womens Weekly article "Who are the real victims of domestic violence?" is yet another example of pandering to the feminist anti-male agenda. When one gets passed the rhetoric and looks at the 'meat' of the article, you can see what is missed. I wonder how many troubled youth have been subjected to mental cruelty and emotional abuse - the weapons of choice used by female abusers.
Melbourne's Indian community calls for end to domestic violence..15 Indian women a week treated by one psychologist... "The cases that we see are the tip of the iceberg." I am beginning to see much more clearly and now understand that the PC inability to publically acknowledge the truth is tied to feelings of guilt and unrighteousness that would arise if it were to criticize Islamic or other ethnic culture groups. But choosing not to point the finger is quite a different matter than expressly trying to silence the dissemination of information about such abuse.
Articles Published: September 2015
Oy Jerusalem By Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger Sept 25, 2015
This peace process-driven policy has also led to physical and administrative disengagement from some Arab neighborhoods in reunited Jerusalem, and the construction of walls and fences, separating these neighborhoods from the rest of the city. As a result, parallel to the increasing Jewish emigration from Jerusalem, some 50,000 Arab residents of these neighborhoods - possessing Israeli ID cards - immigrated over the walls and the fences deeper into Jerusalem, lest they lose Israeli social and welfare benefits.
Those who cannot tolerate opinions other than their own; cannot tolerate expressions of anger and outrage; cannot tolerate PC defined "racism"; cannot tolerate dissent - should move on and read something else. Your hypocrisy has been warned!....And that friends is the ultimate aim of the Muslim community. Naturally your PC adrenalin is kicking in right now and you are going to throw up a lot of just plain rubbish to explain how what is black is not black but white and how what is white is not white but black. The fact is that True Christians want their country to become a Christian Country. True Muslims want their country to become a Muslim Country. What would happen if your country became a truly Christian Country? What would happen if your country became a truly Muslim Country? Do you even have the intelligence to know the difference?
Refugees are flooding Europe, and due to a shortage of temporary housing, 21 refugees are being housed in the former Buchenwald camp near Weimar, Germany. - (Ironic given the Muslims say the holocaust never happened.) - Germany "took our Jews and gave us Arabs". The comments by Patrick Devedjian came as France began taking some of the thousands of refugees arriving in Germany and were taken sensitively in light of the refugee crisis in Europe.
In the States we have access to Facebook, but for the most part it is blocked in China. An American will see that as a huge inconvenience but after an extended period in China they may come to appreciate that China's government wants to have a harmonious society. Because rumors can so easily be spread on Facebook, it is blocked. It is very frustrating for a foreigner to not be able to post on social media and display photos for their friends. It takes a long time for the foreigner to come to know, understand and appreciate that the Chinese government has a good reason for trying to protect their citizens from the potential problems caused by social media.
I teach them how to group together all information that is of Primary importance "To the writer." Those are three very important words - "to the writer" - because most people only focus on their own worldview. Analysis demands that you look at what the writer wrote and meant. In today's politically charged and divided world, what we often get is a load of gobbledygook meant to stir our emotions. We therefore need to read without putting on our emotional and political rose colored glasses. Given what I already know about Palestinian Media, it would be my conclusion that the article was written to inform discerning readers that no one in Palestine actually trusts Palestinian Leadership when it comes to the disseminating of Political information. You may draw your own conclusions.
The articles are based on my 40 year experience - as a researcher, diplomat (Ambassador), lecturer, writer and consultant to members of the US Congress and Israel's Knesset - in the areas of Middle East politics, US-Israel relations and US policy in the Middle East... politically-incorrect columns on the most critical threat to US national security and economic interests: the nuclearized Ayatollahs.
Israel "should be annihilated" ... Tehran "rejects the existence of any Israeli on this earth" said Iranian foreign policy adviser Hussein Sheikholeslam... Mushir al-Masri called the decision "an open war against our people and our refugees... He further called for Islamic national forces and to Palestinians to come out in "revolution and rage against the decisions which hurt refugees." (speaking about UNRWA's announcement that it will have to reduce its services due to lack of funds.) Reports indicate an ongoing internal dispute in the Arab village of Duma may have played a role in last month's lethal arson, in which a father and his infant son were murdered and which was quickly blamed on "Jewish terrorists." The fire may in fact have been the outcome of a local Arab dispute.
"We've seen from the paleoclimate record that sea level rise of as much as 10 feet (three metres) in a century or two is possible, if the ice sheets fall apart rapidly" said some scientist. And what did he mean but that this has happened before. I think it important that people learn to pay close attention to the wording of allegedly scientific proclamations. It is important to note that far from the 'apocalyptic certainty' portrayed in the media, scientists are making observations, guessing, deducing and forecasting events which are totally not predictable.
At one point there was a 10 minute recess and a girl came up and asked me if I had 'free time.' I hadn't a clue what she meant until she started asking me questions. She had wanted to know if I had time to talk to her. She was 12 years old and had studied English for nine of those years. She was pleasant to talk to. Sitting beside me through the show however was a young boy. Sometime after the girl had spoken to me he turned to me during the middle of the performance and said: 'Excuse me Mister - Do you like music?' I don't know how long it took him to work it all out in his head, but every so often he would turn to me and ask another question. I never was sure if he understood my answers.
Another friend wrote me out a little something in Pinyin (Chinese written in Latin alphabet) so that I could crack a joke and offer traditional blessings, and on top of that I worked out something else to say and had it checked for grammatical accuracy. In the photograph on the right below you can see me giving the speech. I told the guests that the Groom loves a good joke - so he invited me to the wedding to give a speech in Chinese. It took 30 seconds for the friends of my friends to get my meaning and when they laughed and clapped I told then that it was too late. Chinese are such polite people that one could not possibly know if they understood anything I said, and nobody would be audacious enough to embarass me by telling me that they didn't. "It doesn't Matter! Do not Worry! It's not important!"
The internal natural voice you are born with has been eclipsed by an array of politically correct responses. Many of our conditioned and reflexive reactions feel quite natural and logical but they are not. For example the progressive movement has deformed our founder's intent of protecting the minority and the individual from the majority into a false doctrine that advocates rule by the minority. This distorted founding principle is not what your common sense as an American or logical human being dictates yet it is the typical blueprint of today's political discourse. Many Americans have been trained and conditioned much as Pavlov's famous dogs were.
In sharp contrast, the voters' deep distrust of the Ayatollahs is documented by the annual Gallup poll of Country Rating. It mirrors a realization that compliance with agreements and moderation, on the one hand, and terrorism, subversion, repression, anti-US hate-education and policies, apocalyptic ideology and systematic non-compliance, on the other hand, constitute a classic oxymoron. Iran is rated as the second least favored country by Americans with 11% favorability, ahead of North Korea -- 9% and behind Afghanistan (14%), Syria (14%) and the Palestinian Authority (17%), compared with Israel's 70%.
A few years ago a mosque was set on fire in an Arab village. Immediately, international media, Israeli leftists and other 'Jew-lovers' blamed "radical" Jews. The villagers paraded burned carpets and the Quran books. Israeli government arrested few young Jewish men without any evidence, before investigation even began. Later, the truth came out - villagers had a fight with visitors from another Arab village, located in the Galilee , and a few young Arabs from that village entered the mosque at night and set it on fire as retaliation! And, NOBODY CARED!
In 2015, Secretary Kerry attempts to assuage the concerns of the American people by portraying Iran's President Rouhani and Foreign Minister Zarif as moderates. He fails to note that they were handpicked by the Ayatollahs, serving at their pleasure as their mouthpieces, due to their mastery of Taquiyya (Islam-sanctioned double-talk and deception, especially when dealing with "infidels"). Upon concluding the current negotiation, Kerry praised Zarif, Iran's charmer-in-chief, as "a tough negotiator and a patriot.... We approached these negotiations with mutual respect."
You can't claim to be a victim of aggression when it was you yourself who deliberately provoked the attack. Of course in PC terminology the victim may do anything AT ALL and remain innocent as long as they are the ones who come out all bloodied. Democracy is democracy or it is not. If the counter-protestors have a right to protest, why is it that they claim that Reclaim Australia does not have such a right. I suggest that the prominent lawyer grab a dictionary and look up the word incitement. Reclaim Australia in the exercise of its rights and privileges may act like a red rag to a bull, but when the bull charges, it does so because it has been trained to do so. So who is training the PC counter protestors? Living in the People's Republic of China as I do and have done for a dozen years, I have heard many accusations made against the government of this country in relation to its 'control' of the population. I wonder how many Chinese people here would love to have the same right Australians do to protest their government's policies and I wonder how many of them would approve of the anti-democratic movement now flourishing in Australia under the politically correct banner of 'Anti-Racism.' So what is the end goal for the Counter-protestors - Australian Democracy or Chinese Communism?
This tributary is just 'up the road' so to speak, on the edge of town. It is hard to describe. One half of this river bed has been filled in, and the rest of it has been turned into a series of water catchments. Each segment is quite long and each has at one end, water that is just an inch deep. At the other end of each segment it is probably several meters deep. Who knows? But there is a barrier of sorts between each segment, on the other side of which is a 3-5 meter drop, at which point there begins a new catchment area. The photographs were taken at two different times of the year - Winter and late spring, and from different sides of the same place. Extra photographs have been added.
A composite article consisting of three different Photo of the Day postings at Magic City that were never published at Kingscalendar. In No. 1 Baotou POD Pic and Story Composite, we first look at Churches and scenery at Donghe in Baotou, then at a Water Feature in Qingshan in Baotou and then at some shots of Laodong Park just down the road from the water feature.
Ours is the first true government of the people, by the people, for the people. It is referred to as "American Exceptionalism." Asking "Is America an exceptional country?" is a much different question than asking "What is American Exceptionalism?" Our historic exceptionalism is not transferable to other countries or cultures as Obama so flippantly indicated in his Cairo speech. It's a fact logged on history's timeline, not a source of nationalistic pride that can be adopted by or applied to any and all countries. Our America at Half-Staff culture is in danger of turning into a culture which flies the stars and stripes upside down as a sign of perpetual distress. Parents that shuffle their children to candle light vigils yet avoid Fourth of July celebrations for fear of instilling "overly patriotic sentiments" in those same children may wish to rethink their worldview.
Are Australians racist or are they becoming racist because they are constantly and falsely accused in their own country of being racist. Now despite the fact that both these events were shown not to be connected to racism, the local media, determined not to let the truth stand in the way of a good story, have continued to dump false guilt onto the public and the world at large...In virtually every instance, the attacker is drunk, and the event takes place in the early hours of the morning when not too many people are around. With Indians now accounting for 70% of drivers, the percentage rate of 'Indians' being attacked is a foregone conclusion. Were they Vietnamese, Chinese, Americans, or Englishmen, the percentage of attacks on Taxi drivers would remain the same. The final note on the report as listed above, is that half of the attackers have been juveniles. This is an indictment on the way in which our kids are being raised, not an indictment of racism. But interestingly enough, no figures were provided in relation to how many 'non Indians' are attacked per month in Australia.
During classified briefings Secretary of State last week John Kerry told lawmakers that he has not read the side deals, never possessed a copy of them, and approved the nuclear agreement without knowing their details. Lawmakers say they aren't satisfied with the explanation of side deals on Iran 's nuclear program that weren't sent to Congress, and still want to see the original documents....The Foreign Ministry claims that European governments provide 100-200 million euros annually to anti-Israel leftist groups. Some of these organizations are associated with and actively support terror groups..."Many people around the world have been fed a lie being victims of a massive propaganda hoax. The lie is that the Palestinians want freedom by having their own state. Actually, Israel knows full well that this can't possibly be about freedom because Arabs in Israel have more freedom than Arabs anywhere else in the Middle East.
We followed the bus driver’s suggestion and found ourselves walking through a very beautiful but desolate area which took us forthwith to Jin Ji Lake, but we arrived at a point reasonably removed from public use. After taking a few photos we set off to return to the bus stop and instead, eventually, found ourselves on a main road serviced by buses that none of us knew anything about. The trip to the bus stop however was quite interesting for it took us through a new development area of housing and shops - all far too pricey for any of us hungry guys to even consider stopping for food, but at least the scenery was great.
Well to cut a long story short, I walked all the bloody way to Tiger Hill. With Sweat pouring off me I finally met up with Chen Rongmei who had telephoned 'Meimei' to come and help look for me. The two of them had apparently been driving all over the place looking for me. Hot and exhausted, the three of us sat down in a little cafe, under an air conditioner, and cooled off while we ate a very nice 'overpriced' lunch. After lunch the three of us did the tour of HuQiu, and while I really loved the place, the heat of the day combined with all that walking (before and during sightseeing) gave me an awful headache. All I wanted to do was rest. I even considered booking back into my hotel!
One of the things you often see in China, is people washing their clothes in the nearest body of water, and living by a canal makes it just so easy to wash your clothes. Whilst the location sounds ideal, given the rather 'shaky looking' foundations to the local domiciles, I'm not sure if I would feel particularly safe. And given our western concern to control every possible negative possibility in life, I doubt that anyone with kids would be allowed to live in such a place.I would take this opportunity to point out that if I actually lived in such a place, I doubt that I would be as friendly a resident as were these locals. Can you imagine people day in and day out looking in your back door; watching you wash your clothes; and constantly taking photos of you and waving? I'm pretty sure I know what type of gesture I would be returning.
In 1979, President Carter stabbed the back of the Shah of Iran, "the US policeman of the Gulf " and facilitated the Ayatollahs' rise to power; in 2015, his worldview has dealt a lethal blow to the Iranian opposition, catapulting the Ayatollahs to an unprecedented strategic height, domestically, regionally and globally, thereby jeopardizing critical US economic and defense interests, bringing terrorism closer to the North American continent. A common sense alternative to the agreement with Iran assumes that reality - and not hope (or wishful-thinking) - must be the basis for a national security strategy. Driving at night -- in the Iranian darkness -- would be much safer with the headlights on rather than reliance on hope.
Millions of Iranians took part in the annual "Death to Israel Day" in Iran on Friday, ironically coinciding with the twice-extended deadline for a deal on the Islamic regime's nuclear program that apparently will be extended yet again. Meanwhile tens of thousands of Iranians took to the streets of Tehran chanting "down with America" and "death to Israel. The Syrian rebels, calling themselves Jaysh Al-Islam or the "Army of Islam," composed of approximately 25,000 soldiers following the unification of 60 rebel factions, released a bloody video showing the brutal slaughter 18 of ISIS fighters
The track record of Western national security and foreign policy makers documents such shortsightedness: a tendency to sacrifice long term considerations, complexity, principles and interests on the altar of short term, stage 1 convenience and oversimplification. They ignore the glaring writing on the wall and lessons of the recent past. "Peace in our time" - and not "thinking beyond stage 1" -- has shaped the US zeal to make a deal with the Ayatollahs.
It is false to state that the Zionist project prevented the emergence of an independent Palestinian Arab state after World War 2. Such a state was integral to the UN partition plan. What did prevent it was the refusal of the Arabs (continuing to this day) to accept Jewish self-determination in any area, however small. There are currently 22 Arab states with a joint area at least 400 times, and a population (only) 50 times, greater than Israel...(Not so long ago, most of so-called Palestinians have come from those states!) ISIS "Ramadan operations" left at least 209 dead in France, Tunisia and Mid East. In the popular Tunisian resort town of Sousse gunmen killed at least 37 holidaymakers. At least 24 worshippers were killed and 200 injured after Friday prayer in Kuwait by a suicide bomber. In the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani ISIS forces executed 146 Syrians. Two men waving ISIS flags and shouting Islamist slogans rammed a car triggering a large explosion at an American-owned liquid gas factory near the southern French city of Grenoble. Around 200 people were killed, Egyptian troops, Islamist attackers and civilian, in the fierce ten-hour battle.
Tel Aviv University art professor Sefy Hendler attempted to book reservations online at the Louvre and Paris' Sainte-Chapelle, a medieval church, for a group of twelve of his top protégés only to find that neither could accommodate him. Both are public institutions. Perplexed, he reapplied in the name of two fictitious schools, one in Abu Dhabi and one in Florence , for the same time slot he had originally wanted, this time meeting with success....Have you noticed that Israel is not often in the news lately? Even occasional rocket attacks from Gaza and Israel's response are'conveniently' overlooked and under-reported. The international media have been using Israel as a'filler' or a kicking dummy, often inventing and even soliciting stories from Israel when there is nothing to report from anywhere else, targeting and satisfying anti-Jewish bigotry of their own and of the audience!
Hamas forces carried out a brutal campaign of abductions, torture, and unlawful killings against Palestinians accused of "collaborating" with Israel and others during Operation Protective Edge last year. The AI report reveals that Hamas carried out at least 23 extrajudicial executions during the war....Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said that Hezbollah is in a dire state - its worst since the onslaught of the 1982 First Lebanon War. Nasrallah said his party is in the midst of fighting an existential battle against ISIS and other extremist groups in Syria and on Lebanon's border. Also challenging Hezbollah's regime are Sunni Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar, which Nasrallah said have joined forces against Hezbollah.
School textbooks are considered, by the Ayatollahs, a critical means to mobilize the youth, charting the roadmap to the final military victory over the infidel USA and the West. Hence, the crucial relevance of school textbooks to the Congressional debate on "the framework agreement with Iran" and on the clear and present threat of a nuclear threshold Iran to vital US interests....In 1981, Israel's destruction of Iraq's nuclear infrastructure – carried out by Israeli planes which flew, unchallenged, through Jordanian and Saudi airspace - snatched Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and other pro-US Arab regimes from the lethal jaws of Iraq's Saddam Hussein, also sparing the US a nuclear confrontation (or grave humiliation) in the 1991 First Gulf War.
The Israeli voter has seen the results of the delusional New Middle East to which the present president (OBAMA) and his predecessors in the White House have tried to lead him. The Israeli voter has seen the death and the terror that the Oslo Accords and the withdrawal from Gaza have brought upon him. The Israeli voter has seen how much blood the vision of the Left has cost and especially - the Israeli voter has chosen to recover his national pride and return to his culture, to the cradle of the Jewish nation, and to the living connection between himself and his land.
Recent precedents document that there are many military options, which are dramatically short of war, but are critical to moderate the nature of rogue regimes and prevent war. On the other hand, the removal of a military option from the table -- while negotiating with rogue regimes -- whets their appetite and fuels war. The contention that there are only two options in dealing with the rogue Ayatollahs' regime -- negotiation or military option, which supposedly amounts to war -- defies reality. Such a contention is either mistaken or misleading.
The US military denied that coalition aircraft bombed a mosque in Iraq after Baghdad officials said American-led warplanes had targeted Islamic State jihadists meeting at the mosque in Tal Afar. But, Iraq 's defence ministry said an air strike by the US-led coalition had killed Abu Alaa al-Afari and others who were in a meeting inside a mosque in the city of Tal Afar.... The PA continues to crack down on Hamas supporters. It is also targeting student leaders of a Hamas-aligned group at Birzeit University . The crackdown began after a Hamas victory and Fatah defeat in student elections at the Palestinian university last month.
Suspension of disbelief characterized the 1977-79 President Carter policy toward Iran, energizing Ayatollah Khomeini, ignoring or underestimating his track record and his radical, supremacist and violent worldview. The betrayal of the Shah transformed Teheran from "the US policeman in the Gulf" to the worst enemy of the US.
Female domestic violence deaths equated with 0.00001% of males between the ages of 25 and 54, whilst the number of children at risk was ten thousand times higher and the number of deaths in one state alone was Nine times higher. When you start quoting statistics like these, you begin to understand the undue influence that the 'fundamentalist and sociopathic feminists' have on society at large. Nothing is placed in perspective. As Bettina Arndt pointed out in her 2007 article, the founder of Britain's first women's refuge claimed that the women's movement was hijacked by women promoting anti-male propaganda.
San Remo. Who remembers - who knows about it? San Remo is a turning point in the history of the People of Israel in its Land...In January 1920, two years after the defeat of the ancient empires in the First World War, the League of Nations, which comprised 51 countries, was established. These countries dealt with the fate of the territories left by the four empires that were dismantled....the territories under Ottoman rule in Asia was left: Syria, Iraq and Palestine. It was to solve this matter that the San Remo Conference was convened, which decided to divide the territory between France and Britain, which would hold them in temporary trusteeship for the states that would arise in them....3 delegations appeared before the conference: two Arab (and neither of them was Palestinian, because at that time the Palestinian people did not exist, and because in the Arabs' eyes, Palestine was considered part of Syria ever since the Persian conquest in the 7th century), which were only interested in the fate of Syria and Lebanon; and the Jewish, Zionist delegation, headed by Haim Weitzman, which sought to have the Mandate of Palestine given to the British, only so that they would fulfill their obligation according to the Balfour Declaration.
The talk of doubling trade volume comes as Israel and China plan to discuss a Free Trade Agreement this year, amid rapidly growing bilateral ties. Israel has been actively developing an Asian alliance, boosting ties with China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and India. The incoming Chinese Ambassador Zhan Yongxin presented his diplomatic credentials to Rivlin, he said, "I bring with me the greetings of the Chinese President, and wish to express my appreciation of the warm welcome I have received in Israel."
When it comes to Sexual abuse, the vast majority of offenders are Male - and they are usually members of the family or extremely close and trusted friends. Interestingly enough, Biological fathers rate quite low as threats to their children, whilst step-fathers and mother's boyfriends rate high. When it comes to domestic violence, husbands and wives are racing neck and neck to win those stakes and when it comes to other forms of abuse (emotional abuse/ physical abuse), Women generally take the cake - something that the Feminists don't like hearing about at all.
67 years ago, upon Israel's declaration of independence, Life Magazine noted [May 31, 1948, pp. 21-28] the odds facing the 600,000 Jews of the newly-born economy-starved and militarily-embargoed Jewish State: "King Abdullah of Trans-Jordan sent his Arab Legion against Jerusalem.... Egypt's planes repeatedly bombed Tel Aviv. Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia pitched in.... The Arabs cut off Jerusalem from the coast... In defiance of the jagged cutting edge of the Middle East and the world at-large, and in spite of boycotts, sanctions, embargoes, condemnations, wars, terrorism and diplomatic adversity, the Jewish State has catapulted from the 1939-1944 Holocaust, and the near-destruction during its 1948-1949 War of Independence, to world class stellar performance in the areas of ..
Future presidents may not honour any deal that President Barack Obama signs with Tehran. Senator Tom Cotton said that he sees a potential military confrontation with Iran down the road if the US signs the deal with Iran. "If we agreed to the kind of proposal the Obama administration has made, then military confrontation may be further off, but it might also be nuclear." Former Prime Minister of Israel Ehud Barak said that "it would just take one night" to launch an effective strike to set back Iran's nuclear program.
Congressional power has been dramatically bolstered since the Vietnam War, Watergate, Iran Gate and globalization, which have enhanced the involvement of most legislators in international issues, upgraded the oversight capabilities of Congress, dramatically elevated the quality and quantity of some 15,000(!) Capitol Hill staffers and have restrained the presidency. However, Congress has often abdicated its constitutional power in the area of foreign policy, failing to fully leverage the power of the purse: funding, defunding and "fencing."
As an Australian I get tired of that tired old line constantly appearing in both domestic and foreign press claiming that Australia is a racist country. As the counter protestors have clearly demonstrated, the Australian people have risen up to declare that they are not racist and that they will not permit racism in Australia. In China, where I have been living and working for the past decade, there is an actual law to punish people whose words and actions are designed to destroy the social harmony of the nation. Now whilst it behooves all people in a secular democratic society to permit people to think and believe what they like, (for to do otherwise would be totalitarianism) we cannot allow minority groups to create social disharmony, division, sectarian violence and perhaps ultimately - civil war.
Unlike the USSR which adhered to the principle of mutual assured destruction (MAD), the apocalyptic worldview of the Ayatollahs -- who had no compunction in dispatching 500,000 children to clear minefields during Iran's war against Iraq - considers MAD-driven martyrdom an inducement, a sublime prize. Furthermore, the Ayatollahs believe in the imminent emergence of the 12th (Hidden) Imam, the Mahdi -- Muhammad's successor - through apocalyptic events, which could be accelerated via military confrontations, including nuclear.
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas used the platform of the Arab League summit in Sharm el-Shekh, Egypt, this Saturday to attack his 'unity partner' Hamas, making a subtle call for the Arab states to take military action against the Gaza-based Muslim Brotherhood offshoot.... "Israeli intelligence was eavesdropping on closed-door nuclear negotiations between Iran and the US, then passing the classified information along to the US Congress."... In 2009, Obama travelled to Egypt , where he later supported the Muslim Brotherhood's Mohammed Morsi, who eventually was ousted for being too extreme...As Mitt Romney pointed out in 2012, Obama's foreign policy has been about isolating friends of the United States while supporting or appeasing enemies...
While President Obama harshly criticizes Prime Minister Netanyahu's attitude toward the Palestinian issue, US national security and commercial interests, as well as US-Israel relations and Obama's legacy transcend, by far, the Palestinian issue.
Those same people who preach the establishment of a Palestinian state in Judea, Samaria and Gaza totally ignore what is written in clause no. 9 of the Palestine National Covenant, "the armed battle is the only way to liberate Palestine and it, therefore, is a strategy and not a tactic", while clauses 19 and 20 declare the annulment of the Balfour Declaration, the text of the Mandate, the UN decision of 1947 on the partition and the decision to establish the State of Israel. But worse than anything: they do not take into account what the nature of such a state would be, and what kind of reality we would be subjected to on the day after its establishment.
The American nonprofit OneVoice Movement is under scrutiny by a US Senate panel over possible links to a campaign to oust Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. As a recipient of almost $350,000 in recent grants from the Obama administration's State Department, it had violated its tax-exempt status when it began backing the virulently anti-Netanyahu Victory 15 campaign in Israel earlier that month... An annual security assessment presented to the US Senate by the director of National Intelligence, has excluded Iran and the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah from its list of terror threats to US interests, despite both being consistently included as threats in previous years.
If activist ideologues are going to paint the male citizenry as 'violent,' then I think it behooves them to be transparent when it comes to the statistics which support their claim. "Why the implied focus on men?" "Can we have the stats on female-to-female violence as well?" "How do the two sets of figures stack up?" What percentage of male-to-female violence is perpetrated by criminals or immigrants holding to the concepts of honor killings? We live in a very politicized era in which activist agendas are basically 'fundamentalist theologies' which appeal to sociopaths -- people who consider their own self-interest the most important aspect of any action and behavior and who completely disregard the possible harm they can cause other people.
These high priest and priestess of the religion of Regressivism seem to be following their liberal doctrines faithfully. How is the chronic lying practiced by regressives any different than lying encouraged by Islamisist as a "means to an end" in pursuit of Jihad? By Jihad, I mean any current definition you choose. Don't be distracted by the never ending debate over the meaning of one word. I hold no reverence for the "religion of peace" or for the "religion of liberalism" in that they both are antithetical to America's founding culturally and philosophically.
Obama was humiliated by Netanyahu's victory According to the Jerusalem Post, "the White House appears to be in the first stage of grief--denial and isolation."...The Saudi Daily Al-Jazirah published an article by Dr. Ahmad Al-Faraj who was in favor of Netanyahu's speech before Congress. Dr. Al-Faraj called Obama "one of the worst American presidents", claiming that he is "the godfather of prefabricated revolutions in the Arab world, and since he is the ally of political Islam [which is] the caring mother of [all] the terrorist organizations, and since he is working to sign an agreement with Iran that will come at the expense of the U.S.'s longtime allies in the Gulf, I am very glad of Netanyahu's firm stance ...".
Against the backdrop of 1,400 years of no intra-Muslim peaceful coexistence, and in view of the endemic civic majority-minorities restlessness in most Western democracies, one should not underestimate the evolving political, cultural, economic Jewish-Arab coexistence in the Jewish State, one of the world's leading democracies, which confronts clear and present lethal dangers: daily terrorism and war launched by the brethren of its Arab minority.
The Likud won because the majority of Jews in Israel still prefer a "Jewish" democratic state over just a democratic one. Their healthy senses tell them that the Left's vision for democratic Israel will end up badly for all of us. Likud's victory is also an Israeli response to disrespectful Obama and hateful Europe. Likud's victory, therefore, is a vote for Jewish life, pure and simple.
America is not a place; it is an idea, and a very recent one at that. "This is how unique America really is." Our founders did something that is as simple as it is brilliant. For the first time in history; they eliminated the middleman. An individual's rights were no longer granted or stolen by others claiming to be representatives of god or actual gods. Individuals would now enjoy a direct relationship with the guarantor of their rights through divine and organic provenance.
Not only did Arafat reject Barak's unprecedented offer of Palestinian statehood and sovereignty over all of Gaza, most of Judea and Samaria and parts of Jerusalem including the Temple Mount, he refused to make a counter-offer. And then two months later, he opened the Palestinian terror war.... The Menendez prosecution tells us that Obama wishes to leave office after having vastly diminished support for Israel among Democrats. And he will not hesitate to use strong-arm tactics against his fellow Democrats to achieve his goal.
Acting on direct orders from Mahmoud Abbas, PA's special forces raided all nine PA-ruled West Bank towns and detained 500 Hamas suspects. Abbas ordered the operation because he had discovered that Hamas had been hatching a plot for some weeks to stage an armed uprising against the Palestinian Authority. Around 5,198 foreign citizens were expelled from Norway in 2013. A very high percentage of them radical Muslims - and it's had a dramatic effect on the country's crime rate. (Violent crime has dropped by 30%).
Absurdly, misinformed personalities would like us to believe the jihadists are not followers of Islam. However, I'm persuaded that those who shout this falsehood the loudest are the same ones who proclaim tolerance (except towards Christians and Jews, of course) as the supreme virtue of the modern man. Somehow these anti-Semitics and Christianophobics have been deceived into believing a lie, the lie that there is no right or wrong, good or evil, truth or falsehood.
The seeds of Jewish destruction lie in passively enabling the enemy to humiliate us. Only when the enemy succeeds in turning the spirit of the Jew into dust and ashes in life, can he turn the Jew into dust and ashes in death. During the Holocaust it was after the enemy had humiliated the Jews, trampled them underfoot, divided them, deceived them, afflicted them, drove brother against brother, only then could he lead them, almost without resistance, to the gates of Auschwitz. Therefore, at all times and whatever the cost, safeguard the dignity and honour of the Jewish people.
Saudi Arabia focusses on the compounded threat to regional and global sanity, which would be caused by a nuclear Iran. Just like Israel - and contrary to the White House policy of détente with Iran - Saudi Arabia and the pro-US Arab countries are convinced that the lawless track record of the Ayatollahs does not lend itself to effective supervision (as attested by the failed supervision of North Korea and Pakistan), that a bad deal is radically worse than no deal, and that a nuclear Iran must be prevented -- by all means -- and not contained.
The ideology that bonds all these groups together is a strict adherence to sharia law -- the all-encompassing legal code of Islam, as practiced during the early days of the original empire that grew from Mohammad's conquest of the Arabian Peninsula. Most if not all of these groups talk about the desire to establish sharia rule in their lands. Much of the horror we see on the evening news from the Islamic State comes from their dedication to apply their 7th century views on everything from slavery to women's rights to every aspect of life
In an excellent piece entitled, What ISIS Really Wants, author Graeme Wood corrects the President's deliberate, premeditated lies concerning radical Islam. I urge you to read it carefully. Wood writes, "The reality is that the Islamic State is Islamic. Very Islamic. Yes, it has attracted psychopaths and adventure seekers, drawn largely from the disaffected populations of the Middle East and Europe. But the religion preached by its most ardent followers derives from coherent and even learned interpretations of Islam.
Pollard, who worked as a civilian intelligence analyst for the US Navy, was arrested in 1985 and indicted in 1987 on one count of passing classified information to an ally, Israel. He gave up his right to a trial and entered into a plea agreement, which was intended to spare both Israel and the US the embarrassment and damage that a lengthy trial might incur. Despite the governments acknowledgment that Pollard fulfilled all the terms of his plea agreement, the US government reneged. He was sentenced to life despite the plea deal.
A February 16, 2015 CNN poll documents a rift between Obama and the American people over foreign policy in general and the attitude toward Netanyahu in particular: 51%:41% disapprove of Obama's foreign policy; 43%:25% think that it is appropriate for Netanyahu to address the Joint Session of Congress before the March 31 deadline for an agreement with Iran; and 47%:32% oppose Obama's handling of the Netanyahu's address. At the same time, the annual February, 2015 Gallup poll, reaffirms vast public support of Israel (70%), in sharp contrast to the lack of support for the Palestinian Authority (17% - similar to Iran, Syria and North Korea).
Joan Peters, a journalist, television producer, and political commentator, was a pro-Palestinian human rights activist during those years. Something unusual happened to her, though -- she gradually changed her views. Her area of expertise was the Israeli-Arab conflict. She signed a contract to write a book about the conflict in the Middle East...she discovered startling new facts about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that did not sit well with her employers. At that point, Peters gave back the advance and freed herself from any contractual obligations that were originally agreed upon with the book publisher. After seven years of research, which included long hours in long-forgotten archives and interviews with hundreds of people, Peters wrote a book titled "From Time Immemorial: The Origins of the Arab-Jewish Conflict Over Palestine." The release of the book in 1984 ignited controversy.
When Rudd and Gillard (Labor Party) were going through their games way back when, one could have been forgiven for thinking that the media were in bed with the opposition party. But now that the opposition party (National Liberal Party) is in power, we are seeing the same game played against it. The truth is that all this game playing, no matter the source, damages the country. And since this damaging game play has been going on continuously for several years now, one must ask: "Who is pulling the strings and what do they have to gain?"Why is there a constant threat to the stability of the "Office of Prime Minister?" Constantly targeting Prime Ministers would be a cost effective way of destabilizing a country - Yes?
Ibrahim Alaimoa, one of the homeowners, denounced Hamas for bulldozing his modest home without warning, and he was unable take out any furniture and clothing for him and his family. Hamas claimed that the houses were built without a permit on government property. No reports by 'Israel-friendly' correspondents, no condemnation by the 'Useless Nothing' or NGOs, the White House is also quiet!
Toward the end of dinner, some children spotted the foreigner and began coming to the door to say 'hello' 'hello' 'hello,' as they do, and then one little girl entered the room and handed out candy to us all. That was a first, as too was the cappuccino that I drank at a coffee house after dinner. I could swear it was an espresso. Ah! What would a foreigner know! Next morning we headed off to our next destination, the major places of interest of which (according to the 100 rmb entry ticket) are, Little Lotus Villa, Home of Zhang Shiming, Jiaye Library, Qiushuli Place, Home of Liu Tiqing and Ancient Stone Bridges.
Mt. Emei is 3000 metres high, and one can avail oneself of several or all of a variety of methods of ascending and descending the mountain. From a hard slog hike, to an easy access bus ride and from being carried in a cable car to being carried in a 'jampan' (sedan chair) by locals, there are a variety of ways to get around. As a foreigner, I was given special treatment, and the normal price of 220 rmb per night at the hotel, was reduced to just 140 rmb (which was just twice the price that other guests we spoke to had paid.)
The presence of a foreigner, in drawing the usual inquisitive response, also resulted in a stern admonition from the proprietor to the workers to return to their station. Not before I managed to get some photos however. This complex is a genuine operating place of worship, that abounds in monks and other religious persons. It has both very old temples, and some very new ones, some of which are not even completed yet.
This particular area in Suzhou is very scenic. There are plenty of sites to see even if you choose not to pay to enter them. This Stele is made of Shandong Jiaxiang Blue Stone, and composed of stele cap, stele body and stele pedestal. Its facade is engraved with Zhang Ji's (Tang Dynasty) poem To Moor at Night at the Maple Bridge inscribed by Yu Yue (Qing Dynasty); while the back is engraved with The Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra (Prajnaparamita Hridaya Sutra in Sanskrit) handwritted by Emperor Qianlong (Qing Dynasty).
Now I am not going to repeat the title here, but it showed a room in which plant roots are used to grow new plants. Unfortunately, whilst the caption may have been strictly correct in an Agricultural context, the words also constituted a very vulgar idiomatic expression in English. As the particular slide lit up on the big screen, there was an audible gasp from numerous people (including Chiara and I), followed by muted laughing and serious attempts by individuals not to break into hysterics.
Moving to Suzhou by R.P. BenDedek February 21, 2015 (2007 Magic City Article transferred to Kingscalendar)
I had been told many times that if I could be a successful teacher in Hubei, then I would find it so easy to teach elsewhere in China. I never understood what that meant, until I came here. These kids are a joy to teach, even though their English level is no better than the kids in Hubei. It really feels like I have been transported to a different country.
I have to say it was a great honor to meet him, an honor that might have had more significance had I only known in which of the photo ops I actually did meet him. I'm guessing it was the guy who had both an English and Japanese translator trailing him.... Turning the camera on, I raised it and began to focus the lens. Just then a wave slapped against the side of the boat and my friends and I got drenched as water spurted up and in through the open window. By the time I recovered, wiped the lens dry, got the camera working, and focused, I had little time left to do a reasonable video, and no time at all to take any more still photographs.
Dr. Ben-Shahar made a statement to the effect that people need to understand that it is from the journey itself that we derive pleasure, not the destination. In order to find balance in life, people must stop and take time out to look at the day's events, and see the joy that was in it. Far too often we only reflect on flaws and failures, rather than on joys and successes. True happiness is found in the many small moments in our lives, and we have to remind ourselves daily of all the things we are grateful for and appreciate.
I watched one old man stand next to me and urinate into the garden. I watched a policeman running around trying to catch a street urchin who momentarily took refuge beside me. I watched an official of some sort ask for identity papers of two locals who threw their cigarette butts on the ground and was in the middle of a funny debate with a Tibetan woman about my lack of desire to buy a crucifix, when a policeman appeared and chased her off into the distance.
They carefully explained that the ticket office is moved, and that I must 'go over there'! I looked at the guy, looked 'over there' and said: 'There's nothing @#$%^ over there!' He laughed and said: 'Come! I'll show you!' And he did. 'Over there' was a place a couple of hundred meters 'over there where they are digging' and you could get 'over there,' by a little walkway that they had prepared. Ah! I went back and got my bicycle and headed off to go 'over there,' but when I got 'over there,' I found myself on a main road, and had to ask a policemen where to go. Finally someone who could help me. He kindly pointed out that the ticket office was 'over there'!
Celebrating 100 years - Suzhou Agricultural College: Chinese Education: Jiangsu Province: Centenary. This year marks the founding centennial of the Suzhou Polytechnic Institute of Agriculture, and yesterday Sunday 11th November 2007 there was an all day celebration of the event.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu instructed Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon to move forward with a plan to demolish some 400 PA structures illegally built in the West Bank with European funding. The order came shortly after an exposé in the Daily Mail claimed that the EU sank tens of millions of euros into homes which were not granted building permits.
The response of the Muslim world to Islamic attacks in Paris, which lacked clear and unconditional condemnation, was quite mute and inadequate compared to riots that erupted, from West Africa to East Asia, in protest of the latest issue of the French magazine. A French flag was also set on fire outside the embassy in the Senegalese capital, Dakar, where 1,000 protesters rallied, denouncing Charlie Hebdo and chanting slogans of praise to the prophet.
We now have a President in the United States who has absolutely no comprehension as to how to deal with tyrants, dictators, bullies, and thugs. Worse -- much worse than that -- is that this President does not know what he does not know. He believes he is a genius, the smartest person in the room. He surrounds himself with sycophants who tell him that he is the smartest person in the room. Yes, history will clear it all up, recording him among the five least competent or qualified of all American presidents. Possibly the least of all.
"It's inconceivable that the thinking that we hold most sacred should cause the entire umma (multinational community of Muslim believers) to be a source of anxiety, danger, killing and destruction for the rest of the world... Is it possible that 1.6 billion (Muslims) should want to kill the rest of the world's inhabitants - that is 7 billion - so that they themselves may live? Impossible!" - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi delivered a highly unusual and surprising speech to Islamic clerics at Cairo's Al-Azhar University, a week before attack in Paris
One would think that with all the tools he has at his disposal today, Satan would finally be able to attain his vile goal. Most nations of the world have turned their backs on Israel. Its miniscule population of 8 million is dwarfed by the 422 million mostly-Muslims that surround the tiny democracy. Many in these nations virulently hate their neighbor and are committed to its destruction. The latest tidings out of the Middle East reveal that Islamic terrorists have finally acquired almost 90 pounds of uranium compounds, essential toxins in a "dirty bomb." And America, once Israel's strongest defender and closest ally, is effectively on the sidelines, neutered by a shillyshally administration in Washington.
Obama failed to attend the French unity demonstrations following the attack on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and he did not attend the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz - this speaks volume about him as a person and attitude of his presidency for democracy! During the last State of Union address Obama said - "I have no more campaigns to run". Is this why he so eagerly went to the Wahhabi kingdom to pay his respects to the late king Abdullah and secure his financial future?
No International Condemnation! .... Saudi Arabia is building a 600-mile-long "Great Wall" - a combined fence and ditch - to separate the country from Iraq to the north. The proposal had been discussed since 2006. The border zone now includes five layers of fencing with watch towers, night-vision cameras, and radar cameras. Riyadh also sent an extra 30,000 troops to the area. (When Israel was building the anti-terror wall, to protect Jews from PA murderous attacks, the well-orchestrated anti-Israel international condemnation campaign was unleashed!)
Notwithstanding such a ruthless track record, the "hope-driven, fact-dismissing school of thought” considers the Ayatollahs a partner for an agreement (rather than imposition), in a region where intra-Muslim agreements are usually signed on ice, not carved in stone. In fact, the nature of the Iranian regime, on the one hand, and compliance with agreements, on the other hand, constitute a classic oxymoron.
Pharaoh would not let the facts that were afflicting him to get in the way of his vision of an eternal slave-work force. He had to harden his heart and avoid the reality swirling menacingly around him. It is clear from the verses that after each of the first five plagues, Pharaoh is the one who hardens his own heart. The West cannot at this point let the reality of extreme Islamic terrorism get in the way of their utopian post modernistic view of the world.
The Sichuan region is designated as a global hotspot for biodiversity, ... 12,000 species of plants and 1,122 species of vertebrates, the area includes more than half of the habitat for the Earth's wild giant panda population.
President Al-Sisi - just like his two predecessors - considers the transnational Muslim Brotherhood and Palestinian terrorism mutual threats to Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and other Arab Gulf States, which have never regarded the Palestinian issue as a top priority, and have denied the Palestinian Authority their financial generosity. Notwithstanding Palestinian opposition, strategic cooperation between Israel and Egypt, as well as between Israel and Jordan and other moderate Arab regimes, has surged to an unprecedented level.
Muslim mayor of Rotterdam who was born in Morocco suggested that if Muslims don't like it in France then they can f*** off. Czech President Miloa Zeman said that if immigrants can't accept rules laid down by host country then they should go back home. Fake Political correctness is destroying Western Democracy.
The 2015 failure to carefully read the Iranian writing on the wall could produce a tidal wave of Islamic terrorism throughout the globe, decimation of the pro-US Arab regimes in the Persian Gulf and Jordan, an unprecedented disruption of the supply of Persian Gulf oil, further radicalization of the anti-US regimes and additional tectonic eruptions of insanity throughout the globe. At stake is not only freedom of expression and the safety of European Jewry, but the survival of Western democracies.
How many times can we say "We told you so"? Not long ago, on November 18 2013, French President Francois Hollande laid a wreath at the grave of (the terrorist) Yasser Arafat in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Appeasement of Islam, especially Muslim terrorists, does not work! Joining President Obama, the United Nations avoided associating Islam with the deadly attack in Paris. IS has announced that every citizen of the West is a target as are others, even Muslims, who do not subscribe to their brand of Islam.
It is uncertain what caused the following event, but something on the pylon hit one of the windows. The people in the immediate vicinity fled their seats, and as the ship continued reversing, the window buckled and smashed, sending shards of glass everywhere. One man received a cut to his arm, and while not bleeding profusely, nevertheless was bleeding. A young boy was covered in glass, and although unhurt, had to be deftly 'de-glassed'. I felt someone's hand on my back pocket. Always cautious, I was walking with my hands in my pockets, specifically to keep the cloth on the seat of my pants tight. I tightened my grip. When this did not seem to discourage the brazen (and inept) thief, I quickly sidestepped to the left, and left him both surprised and embarrassed. He dropped his head so I could not see his face, and quickly retracted the jacket that had covered his hand to conceal his actions. He disappeared quickly.
However, the demise of the USSR (which facilitated the 1991 revocation of the USSR-sponsored "Zionism is Racism"), the affirmation of the USA as the dominant super power, the upgraded US-Israel mutually-beneficial cooperation, and the emergence of Israel as a global commercial and military high tech power, have enhanced Israel's global standing, dramatically expanding Israel's global networking, beyond Europe, into India, China, Russia, the former Muslim Republics of the USSR, Latin America, all irrespective of diplomatic setbacks.
One of the world's leading publishing houses has been forced to apologize for distributing atlases which literally erased Israel from the map. HarperCollins had been distributing the atlases via its subsidiary throughout Arab countries in the Middle East, depicting Jordan and Syria extending all the way to the Mediterranean Sea.
Just for the record, the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), founded in 1970, was created by a grant from the Ford Foundation to be an environmental law firm. Their favorite tactic is to aggressively sue American industry and state governments to force compliance with radical environmental regulations, costing thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in lost revenues. The American Farmland Trust's method of "preserving" family farms is acquisition and control of development rights, essentially controlling the farms and how they operate.
During the run-up to New Year's Day there were a number of terrorist attacks in the Middle East and parts of Africa by groups such as al-Qaida ally Boko Haram, al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), Al Shabaab, and other lesser known, but just as dangerous, organizations. "They share one goal: the creation of a world devoted to Allah and ruled by Sharia law," said former police counterterrorism expert Joseph Manziano, now a director of security for an international firm. "And because they share a common fanaticism -- religious intolerance -- they are the most dangerous human beings on the planet," he added.
After following the pathway around the mountain we were faced with a choice of either a path downward or a trail upward. We chose the upward trail, and hoped to find something. After climbing over boulders and headed in the direction of some boys sitting atop one, we arrived at a spectacular viewpoint. We had an almost 360 degree view of Mudu. While we were marveling at the view before us, I heard a few voices off in the distance behind us. When I turned to look, I was surprised to find that there was a ridge there, completely jam packed with people taking in the 'better view.'
Between September 1st and October 5th quite a number of things have happened, not the least of which is that the city Sign has disappeared. Over a period of days I saw the sign being dismantled and had assumed that they were going to 'refresh' the place so to speak. One evening on my way home from visiting Judy, the traffic at the roundabout up from the school, was stopped. The road was blocked off with a rope, and a number of people in hard hats were running around. I had no idea as to what was going on and as there were only two of us left on the bus I decided to walk the rest of the way. A very officious 'hard hat' started signaling me to go back. A student ran up to me and warned me that it was dangerous to proceed.
China has become "home" for me, and I love living here. Of course, even though I absolutely love Hong Hu ("You are crazy!" say my students), and had hoped to stay here for many years to come, I know it is time to move on. China is still a backward country, and still suffering the effects of Communist propaganda. Nothing changes fast here, and very few people are willing to "do anything" to bring about change, even when they know that change is both necessary and beneficial. Every foreign teacher knows the reality of the statement: "Teaching in China is the most frustrating job ever!"
We were also treated to a demonstration of 'Shaolin' arts. Not only did the performer put himself through the hoops (pardon the pun) but got Sam up to 'trip the lights fantastic!' When they called for volunteers to take part, Sam eagerly volunteered. Never ones to miss an opportunity to see a foreigner make a fool of himself, the Chinese MC readily accepted Sam's offer. The tiny performer took one look at him and said: 'Whoa! How heavy is he?' Just to see if he could do what he wanted, he picked Sam up in a bear hug. That was certainly entertaining. What Sam thought when the guy grabbed him front on and lifted him, I have no idea!
Not only do I consider that it smells like Methylated Spirits, but the taste is surely as bad. I argued and argued and argued before finally agreeing to just one glass. That little half full glass just knocked me off my feet. When I finally got home, I basically just collapsed on the bed - fully clothed - and passed out. But at least I had another wonderful night’s sleep.
Trans-Jordan was part of the Palestinian mandate, which was allocated for creation of a Jewish state by the League of Nations in 1922, in accordance with the Balfour Declaration. Therefore, its separation from Palestinian mandated land was an illegal act. Unfortunately, the dominant imperial powers, Britain and France, controlled the League of Nations which they used to rubber stamp their shady deals at the time. As a result of the deal, in 1922, in order to secure Britain 's financial interests in the Suez Canal, Sinai was given to Egypt by the British with the permission of King Hussein of Hejaz and Nejd, now Saudi Arabia. Jews were not asked! In return, Britain transferred control of the land east of the river Jordan to Hussein's son, Abdullah. Control of the Golan Heights was transferred to the French-run Syrian Mandate and in exchange the United Kingdom got control of the newly discovered oil fields in Kirkuk.
Unlike all other Western democracies – where the executive branch of government dominates the legislature, especially in the area of international relations and defense - the US Constitution laid the foundation for the world's most powerful legislature, and for an inherent power struggle over the making of foreign policy between the legislature and the executive, two independent, co-equal and co-determining branches of government. Moreover, while the president is the commander-in-chief, presidential clout depends largely on congressional authorization and appropriation in a system of separation of powers and checks and balances, especially in the areas of sanctions, foreign aid, military assistance, trade agreements, treaty ratification, appointment confirmation and all spending.
2015 Social commentary and news Articles written by a variety of authors. Includes stories from China and stories about Maine USA. Topics include Politics, Religion, Israel and the Middle East, Racism, Islam, Education, Terrorism and Political Correctness... America Defenceless and Under Threat from Islam
The 'Writers Journal' at Kings Calendar . com was originally created as a stop-gap measure for writers at Magic City Morning Star during publishing difficulties there. It has continued mainly to cater to writers who in times previous provided material for this website (Kingscalendar) but whose work I shared at Magic City, and 'The Writers Journal' now additionally provides further web presence for some writers who originate from Magic City.
There are a lot of cultural barriers that will anger you and drive you insane, but if you are willing to look beyond that (and the snot blowing) maybe you will get lucky and be able to work it all out. Me, I'm still trying to work it out. Even though I am Chinese, I do find it difficult to understand the people here. It also challenges me to discover who I am as a Chinese person. At home, American Born Chinese (ABC's) take a lot of crap from all sides. Not Chinese enough to fit in with the other Asians, and not American enough to be like everyone else.
As I have said, the meat is always fresh. If it is fish that you want, it will either be swimming around in the tank just inside the door, or floating 'belly up.' The vegetables while appearing a little wilted are usually fresh, having been purchased that morning in the markets, or as need requires, from one of the passing vendors. When this article was originally publish Hong Hu had no KFC, MacDonalds, Burger King, Pizza Hut, lamb, cow beef, wheat bread, butter, cheese, cream or any of those things we take for granted in the west. If you want THAT sort of food you have to go to Wuhan where for 60 RMB you can order a hamburger in the Qin Chuan Hotel. In ShenZhen from memory, the pizza in the Pizza Hut cost about 100 RMB.
I have at various times over the years had people write me emails to bitterly complain about my writing - or rather - my politically incorrect and 'racist' comments. The first section of this article about the new classes, is one such sticking point for the self-righteous crowd, but I would like to make a small point about the 'fact of the matter' which was explained in that section. Unlike so many Politically Correct idiots, I choose truth over ideology, and the truth was what I spoke to the students. Standing my ground in order to accomplish the purpose of my employment (as opposed to doing any old thing to keep students happy and in the process justify the collection of my salary) turned out to be the first step in a productive career of teaching in China. The classes mentioned were the very first steps I took on a long road to learning how to teach Chinese students.
Unfortunately (and even today in the Christian world this still applies), people mistakenly believe that they can ‘earn the grace’ of God by doing those things which a righteous man does. The fallacy in this type of thinking is obvious when you consider how many (self-proclaimed) righteous, loving, tolerant, non-discriminatory, immigrant welcoming, anti-Trump’s wall, anti-homophobic and anti-islamophobic people there are in the world who would not for a moment hesitate to beat you up, shout you down, hound you, stalk you, curse you, call for your death, seek to have you fired from your job and generally act like nazis toward you simply because you voted for Donald Trump.
When counter protesters set out to impede, provoke and confront an opposing ideological group, what results is what one would expect to result and only the idiotic, mindless, anally retentive and just plain stupid person would claim that it is not their fault that the protesters got upset or took action against them. But who are we kidding here? Counter protesters don’t believe in righteousness or otherwise. They are just rabble – SS troopers – sent in to do their master’s bidding. Give them all a baton and gun and see how quickly they will turn into killing machines to rid society of all its evils – starting with Donald Trump of course!
Mao Wenwen reminded me that when she was my student I would often refer to her as Mao Zedong. I do that sometimes – calling students by the names of famous or infamous people. Paying honor to me as her English teacher Mao Wenwen provided me the coffee free of charge (courtesy of the management). She also invited Johnny and me to come inside and take a look around, and once I did, I decided that I wanted to come back to take photos. Receiving permission from the owner, all I needed was the chance to get back.
I’m sure if you understand what Sociology is that you would find my statement rather strange for it leads to the question of what impact the King’s Calendar Research Result has on society and societal problems. But before we go look at that aspect, I want to talk about the personal aspect – MY aspect.
The demolition came as row between the church and government escalated over allegations the church refused to pay a £450 arbitrary road usage fee. Pastor Zhang Di was summoned for questioning last month and accused of assaulting police officers and attacking a village official. So when I read reports as in the link you sent and see the ACTUAL TRUTH in the middle of the article, I know that there is a lot more going on than is being reported.
Since 2004 he has been writing academic articles, social commentaries and photographic 'Stories from China' both here at KingsCalendar, and formerly as a contributing columnist at Magic City Morning Star News (Maine USA) where from 2009 to 2015 he was Stand-in Editor. He currently has a column at iPatriot.com and teaches English to Business English and Flight Attendant College Students in Suzhou City Jiangsu Province People's Republic of China.)
BenDedek originally created the site to publicize his research results into the Chronology of Ancient Israel. Those results were published under the title: 'The King's Calendar: The Secret of Qumran.' Whilst there have been many attempts to solve the chronological riddle of the Bible's synchronisms of reigns of the kings of Israel and Judah and their synchronism with other Ancient Near Eastern Nations, no other research is based on a simple mathematical formula which could, if it is incorrect, be disproved easily. To date, no one has been able to dismiss the mathematical results of this research.
Free to air Academic articles set forth Apologetics for and results of his discovery of an "artificial chronological scheme" running through the Bible, Josephus, the Damascus Documents of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and Seder Olam Rabbah. Check the Chapter Precis Page to see details of each chapter and to gain access to the Four Free to Air Chapters
(The Download book does not contain a section on Seder Olam)
Definition: King's Calendar Chronological Research
The Premise: Between the 5th and 3rd centuries BCE (but continuing down to at least 104 BCE), Sectarian redactors transcribed the legitimate 'solar year' chronological records of Israel and Judah, into an artificial form, with listed years as each comprised of 12 months of 4 weeks of 7 days, or 336 days per year, thus creating a 13th artificial year where 12 solar years existed.
When the Synchronous Chronological Data provided in the Books of Kings and Chronicles for the Divided Kingdom Period are measured in years of 336 days, the synchronisms actually align. [Refer to Appendix 5. to see how it synchronises the Divided Kingdom Period]