Archive | April 2013

So nice to know U.S. has Israel’s back. Oh wait, it doesn’t

WND reports: TEL AVIV – According to informed Middle Eastern security officials, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel delivered a strongly worded message to Israel – do not attack Iran.

The officials told WND that Hagel informed the Israeli government the Obama administration will not accept any unilateral Israeli attack against Iran and that Israel must not strike Tehran without coordination with the U.S.

Hagel further told Israel that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cannot decide alone whether Iran has crossed the nuclear threshold, or the so-called Red Line previously outlined by the Israeli leader.

In a speech at the United Nations in September, Netanyahu drew a red line on a drawing of a bomb, depicting the point where he said Iran will have enough medium-enriched uranium to move rapidly toward building a nuclear bomb. Continue reading

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Pentagon brings in viciously intolerant anti-Christian to set religious tolerance guidelines

Let me get this straight. The U.S. army heads saw nothing wrong with Major Nidal Hassan conducting a presentation on how to behead a kuffr (non-Muslim) as well as espousing other radical Islamist beliefs before his fellow classmates — a presentation that was utterly unrelated to the course — but consider a Christian Army Chaplain sharing his own personal beliefs with a fellow soldier to be a national security threat. Obama-appointed Pentagon heads have brought on board a guy who calls traditional Catholics and Evangelicals “human monsters” to head up their tolerance policy toward religious expression. They’ve brought on this guy who has said of an evangelical expressing his own beliefs aloud

“, “This is a national security threat. What is happening [aside from sexual assault] is spiritual rape. And what the Pentagon needs is to understand is that it is sedition and treason. It should be punished.”

…yeah, that guy, Mikey Weinstein, an avowed atheist, has been tapped to form the religious tolerance guidelines.

Here is another of the gems Weinstein has said of late:

If these fundamentalist Christian monsters of human degradation … and tyranny cannot broker or barter your acceptance of their putrid theology, then they crave for your universal silence in the face of their rapacious reign of theocratic terror. Indeed, they ceaselessly lust, ache, and pine for you to do absolutely nothing to thwart their oppression. Comply, my friends, and you become as monstrously savage as are they. I beg you, do not feed these hideous monsters with your stoic lethargy, callousness and neutrality. Do not lubricate the path of their racism, bigotry, and prejudice. Doing so directly threatens the national security of our beautiful nation.

Sure, bring in an intolerant loon to establish guidelines for tolerance. Just craziness. But given that Obama-appointed heads brought in radical Muslim Brotherhood members to set the guidelines for how to deal with any references to Islam, we should not be surprised.

Hat tip: Breitbart

Colorado corrupted

Anyone who has ever read Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand knows that in the novel Colorado was the last bastion of free market sensibilities, work ethics, productivity, and prosperity. It was the only hope for a nation, well pretty much in willful and strategic decay, decline, and desperation — rather the trajectory the U.S. is on now. If writing Atlas today, Rand would most certainly have chosen say, North Dakota, to fill Colorado’s role. as Colorado today bears no resemblance to that of yesteryear.

Oh sure, Colorado was also a hippy mecca back in the day, thanks to John Denver and his Rocky Mountain High in Colorado, but it was also a reliably down to earth and sensible state. No more.

Colorado is on the forefront of the battle against Second Amendment rights. Its lawmakers are telling women that you know, the guy who has a string of rape convictions behind him and is chasing you down a dark and deserted alley — well, you know, you may think he is intent on raping you but you’d probably be wrong. If you aren’t wrong, just whip out your trusty ball point pen to foil his attack!

They’ve mandated explicit sex education for first graders (I kid you not). Yes, six year olds really need to know how to correctly put on a condom and about the joys and risks of oral sex. I guess that isn’t quite as bad as the measure passed in the U.K. a few weeks ago requiring kindergarteners to learn that pornography isn’t really bad and has some good purposes.

Now Colorado has just repealed a law that requires police to report illegals to the Federal government. There is still a full slate of bills yet to reach official signing (but don’t worry, coming soon!) — like driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants, a Common Cause-drafted election bill and a slew of anti-business legislation.

Ayn Rand is turning over in her grave. Colorado is lost. Let’s hope the rest of the country is not as doomed as it was in her novel. At least there’s still North Dakota and Texas…

In memory of the potential Colorado had, here is my favourite song about Colorado by the Ozark Mountain Daredevils:

Bomber’s wife had to know

It beggars belief that Katie Russell, the wife of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was unaware and uninvolved in the plot to bomb the Boston marathon. Even if information obtained in the criminally truncated interrogation of the surviving bomber did not reveal that it was the wife who tipped off the bombers that police were on their trail, sparking their murderous street rampage, it would be clear she was involved or, at least, in the know. It would be rather hard to miss 6 pressure cookers and other explosive devices sitting about in your small apartment even if you were working 80 hours a week as she claims via her lawyer.

I hope the intelligence agency will keep in mind her British counterpart. Samantha Lewthwaite, the British equivalent of the ‘all American girl’ converted to Islam and married one of the 7/7 bombers. She too had a small child with her radicalized husband. Following the bombings of the tube trains and bus, she issued many ‘heartfelt’ statements expressing her shock, horror and sadness for victims. ‘The day will come when I’ll have to tell our children what he did,’ she said, blaming trips to radical mosques in the UK for “poisoning” her husband’s mind.

She and her child were moved to a safe house and given police protection for a year. Then, in 2007, she took her child and disappeared — disappeared from the U.K., that is. She turned up in Kenya, has taken part in numerous terrorist attacks both in Kenya and in Somalia, and is now one of the most high-ranking in the Al Qaeda network.

She’s been named The White Widow by her growing number of followers and is one of the top recruiters for Al Qaeda in East Africa. She is a commander in Al- Shahab, the Somali wing of Al Qaeda. She trains female suicide bombers. The Daily Mail recently did an update on her: you can read it here

Morning garden: Not a mystery for long!

I’ve been out in the garden and plan to go out and do more later this afternoon when it starts getting a bit cooler. We are heatin’ up around here, enough so that the tomato plants getting direct morning sun were wilty and needing water, despite my having watered them yesterday afternoon. They are also getting tall so I got some of the cloth ties to tie them to the stake I put next to some of them (I only have 3 stakes and need to get more –a lot more). When I was tying up the two that get the most sun, I discovered that both of them are blooming! Three little flowers on one and two on the other. I am very excited, especially as both of these plants are of the mystery variety — I won’t know what kind of tomato they grow until they grow them! With flowers on ’em, it won’t be long before the mystery is solved.

There are baby hot peppers on the biggest pepper plant and the second hot pepper plant has started to bloom.

Most of what I did this morning was to pick up the copious amounts of trash that people throw in our yard. I collected two garbage bags full and didn’t get it all. I turned the two compost piles and they are coming along nicely –two or three weeks from now, hopefully I can put them on the garden. I started digging a garden bed over on the left-hand side of the yard. I’ve not done to that side, mostly because it is mostly in the shade all day and only the kudzu-like plants grow there (and boy howdy do they grow). There is a strip however that gets sun from around 2:30 in the afternoon onwards and I plan to put the remaining tomato seedlings and try some zucchini there. I mean, why not? It may come to nothing but the zukes I planted last year grew like gangbusters, flowered all over the place, and didn’t make a single zucchini and they were in prime full-sun location so I figure the experiment can’t hurt. I got about half the bed dug up (well, dug time one) before I got too hot and came in.

I’m hoping to start seeds later for oregano, zucchini, basil, parsley (you cannot have too much parsley and 7 plants just is not enough), and radishes all in little individual pots. I am researching the best way to start and later set out Dahlia Simple Dwarf Mignon Mixed seeds I bought yesterday. Anyone have experience with Dahlias? One of the interesting things I’ve found is that, while they are listed as annuals on the package and are annuals most places, they should be perennials here. I also want to transplant some of the bigger thyme seedlings around the front rose bush.

Two ‘conspiracy theories’ proved …to have merit this week

Andrew Breitbart was slammed by those on the Left as a ‘conspiracy theorist’ about the Pigford scandal that wasn’t a scandal back in 2010 — well it is a scandal now and Breitbart has been vindicated. Not heard of Pigford? Well it was and is a vote buying scheme that Obama has been up to his eyeballs in since he was a senator.

Andrew Breitbart worked tirelessly to expose the Pigford fraud scheme only to have the clear evidence of manipulation by politicians and plaintiff lawyers ignored by the mainstream media. The NYTimes is finally covering it. The story involved politicians and lawyers hijacking a lawsuit by black farmers against the USDA designed to make up for years of discrimination and turning it into a multi-billion dollar fraud where people claiming to have ‘attempted to farm’ were able to collect $50,000 checks with no proof. The Obama administration expanded the program for Native Americans, Hispanics, and women, using the same low “attempted to farm” standard that invited massive, undetectable fraud. Check it out over on Breitbart and the NYTimes investigative report.

The second so-called conspiracy theory that has been swirling around and about on blogs for months now with no news coverage (except for Breitbart, of course) resulted in Congress demanding a hearing into it this week. Yeah, for some bizarre reason (I bet you can think of several that are downright scary and, given what is going on in the U.S. of late, maybe not so out of the realm of reality) the Department of Homeland Security has been buying massive amounts of ammunition. Starting 3 years ago, they’ve been buying 1600 rounds of ammunition for each of their 70,000 field agents to use each year — soldiers in the U.S. army only get 350 rounds of ammunition in a year. DHS has an order in for 1.6 billion (yes, that is billion) rounds of ammo — added to the amount they’ve stockpiled in the last three years that is, by the way, enough to shoot each American alive today 6 times. You can see why that has some folks a bit, eh, edgy. As Forbes mag points out, “at the height of the Iraq War the Army was expending less than 6 million rounds a month. Therefore 1.6 billion rounds would be enough to sustain a hot war for 20+ years. In America.”

And they aren’t buying just any old ammo, no, they are also buying hollow-point rounds, forbidden by international law for use in war, along with a frightening amount specialized for snipers.

I got the dirt and a mini spending spree

Some people impulse buy at the checkout counter of the grocery store, others in malls but my downfall is Rabbi Akiva street. I try not to venture along there very often because of that. I always see so many skirts and, granted less often, tops I’d love to have, all on sale outside their shops, kitchen gagets, pretty table cloths, runners, etc for shabbat, and just about anything else that the sign “sale” attached to it might make you start hankering for it. I had utter resolve all the long way to the garden center.

Mission successful: I got 50 litres of potting soil, aubergine and oregano seeds and a packet of flower seeds that I’m going to see if I can get to grow since the lobelia didn’t come up. The only thing they lacked was okra seeds but I can live with that.

On the way back, I used nerves of steel to go past my favourite skirt shop without even looking at any of the skirts on the 19 and 29 shek racks. I needed to stop in and get a pair of ozniots so I can listen to my ipod when out and about. Got ’em. Did not get the CD of songs for Shabbat that was on sale for nearly free. Ummmm. That is where the resolve ended.

I stopped in the little grocery store that has really (really) good prices. I only wanted to get the inexpensive loaf of bread and a small challah. I came out with two of those industrial use size cans of pickles (you know, the size used in schools, etc) — I was like only 17 sheks for each can! Regular cans of pickles are 9 sheks and each of these big boys holds the equivalent of 5 of those regular cans. Yeah, I should be good with pickles through the summer. Ok, maybe til July. I am a serious pickle eater.

They had a buy 8 cans of tuna for 22 sheks deal and yep, in went 8. Sale on paper coffee cups, in went a stack along with a bunch of the on-sale plastic plates I use to feed the wet food to my sick kitties. I’m not really sure how the package of on-sale frozen spinach and the veggie burgers got into my cart. I must have simply forgotten to put them back. Ahem. Diet coke was on sale for 6 sheks cheaper and 4 bottles went into the cart. Honestly, I would have put more in the cart only these were the last four bottles they had! Did I stop there, oh no. I splurged and got eggs, 3 bananas, and 5 beautiful orange bell peppers that were on sale for 3 sheks (in the regular store they are 8 sheks). I ate one of the bell peppers on the way home when I had to stop and rest. A horse would have had a hard time pulling my little grocery cart home!

I’m pretty sure that if I’d bought one of those 29 sheks skirts, I’d have come out of the grocery with just the bread and challah I went in for…