Very nice, "Mariana Braga for Alessandro Casagrande and Polanski Magazine."
And be sure to click through for all the topless babes at Polanski.
Thursday, 24 July 2014
Very nice, "Mariana Braga for Alessandro Casagrande and Polanski Magazine."
From Donald Douglas at 22:02
One has to give credit to the European Union and its leaders for the way they can deceive their respective peoples with what is a continuous tissue of lies, obfuscation and deceit and get away with it unscathed. Having a government-media complex in their back pocket is a big help off course, along with compliant populations who are beaten down with a deluge of propaganda unheard of since the days of the Reich Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda.
Their belief in propaganda combined with their utter contempt for the views of their people has led these elitists to believe they can re-order the world without consulting those who's lives will be drastically altered.
The Divine Right of Kings may have gone the way of King Charles the First's head, but it has reappeared with a vengeance in the new post democratic age and it is used ruthlessly by this new generic political class. These politicians have been conditioned to believe that their global agenda is somehow 'divinely' inspired and must be imposed at all costs regardless of any objections from the people who will suffer the consequences.
As we know from the Jean Monet strategy, the EU was conceived and expanded by a series lies deliberately employed to fool the people into a federal superstate without them realising their fate. This has been the strategy employed ever since by politicians of all parties who are dedicated to the superstate project.
Despite his claims to be otherwise, British Prime Minister David Cameron is the consummate European politician who has mastered the art of saying one thing to the British people and something totally different to the European audience he is trying to woo.
At home he is trying to stem the tide of Euroscepticism by claiming the EU must be reformed as a condition for British membership or the EU must drop its insistence on 'ever closer union'. He is going to re-negotiate Britain's term of membership and take back control of the borders etc. etc. In Europe he is letting slip the true ambitions of the EU which is to have an empire from the Atlantic to the Urals while speaking in the former Soviet Republic of Kazakhstan.
Cameron states that "Britain has always supported the widening of the EU" - no it hasn't, the people have not been consulted so he cannot speak for Great Britain. What he means is that the political elite want to expand the EU empire to snare as many other peoples as possible into their clutches in an effort to accumulate power.
In his arrogance he also states that "Our vision of the EU is that it should be a large trading and cooperating organisation that effectively stretches, as it were, from the Atlantic to the Urals". When he says "our vision" who is he referring to? The result of the last European elections clearly demonstrate that it's not the British people. Again he is speaking on behalf of the political elite not the British people.
Even in his speech to the Kazakh audience he refuses to tell the whole truth; he makes reference to a "large trading and cooperating organisation" but fails to mention the surrender of sovereignty to unelected bureaucrats that will end any democratic aspirations the Kazakh people may have had after their liberation from the Soviet empire.
(Read the story here)
He tells the British people that the current EU is out date and unacceptable in its present form only to tell his East European audience that "we have a wide vision of Europe and have always encouraged countries that want to join". There's that "we" again.
In an attempt to fool the people Cameron has reshuffled his Cabinet to include a supposed Eurosceptic Phillip Hammond as Foreign Secretary. Apart from saying that he would vote to leave the EU if it doesn't change he has done little to convince anyone he wants a free, independent and sovereign Great Britain.
(Hammond story here)
At the same time as Hammond is unconvincingly talking about a possible British exit, the top conservative in the House of Lords is proclaiming that a British exit "is not an option".
Lord Popat, the Conservative Chief Whip and spokesman for the Department of Business Innovation and Skills, stated that "there is no chance that the UK could leave the EU".
Maybe Cameron could enlighten the British people as to which one of his senior lieutenants should be believed. Bearing in mind that Lord Popat is appointed, not elected, he is more in line with the EU modus operandi. Hammond voting to leave doesn't mean Britain actually will, the odds must be on the noble Lord.
(Lord Popat story here)
Despite his claim to be listening to the British people and that he "gets it" with reference to their immigration concerns, Cameron continues to lie - he could do the decent thing for once in his disreputable political career and tell the truth:
He is committed to the EU project as it stands today.
There will be no meaningful renegotiation of membership terms. The EU leaders have already said so.
The British government will not repatriate any powers. On the contrary, sovereignty will continued to be slowly and inexorably surrendered.
The British government will never regain control over the borders and uncontrolled mass immigration will continue.
He is committed to expanding the EU empire to include Turkey, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Serbia and that means giving unlimited access to the British people's taxpayer funded welfare system to another one hundred and thirty nine million impoverished people who may not be compatible to the British way of life.
The EU has been a disaster for the British people and their way of life. The only vision they have is to be rid of it and be a free, independent and sovereign nation once again.
Footnote: Attempts to coerce Ukraine into the EU empire has resulted in a bloody civil war, trying to do the same with other Soviet Republics like Kazakhstan would be disastrous, but thats another story.
From Daniel Thomas at 19:47
From Michael Haltman at 17:39
By Alan Caruba
From Alan Caruba at 17:10
From Michael Haltman at 14:28
Hamas's Absurd War against Israel
Why Abbas Endorsed Hamas Demands
John Kerry To Mother of Fallen Israeli Soldier: “How’s Your Day?”
New England angered over rising gray seal populations
While bombs fall, Israeli stocks rise
Canadians decry shutoffs, plan water convoy to Detroit
Five reasons this Israel-Hamas war is different
The Chamber's Immigration Stance Hurts Their Georgia Pick
Lois Lerner’s Hard Drive Was ‘Scratched’ Then ‘Shredded’
Lana Del Rey: ‘Annoying’ that sleeping with guys in the industry didn’t help
Why Would All These People Lie About Pope Francis?
15 International Banknotes That Show Queen Elizabeth’s Aging Process
Obama to Black Youth: Nothing Wrong with “Acting White”
Lies, Damned Lies and Maps
China Conducts Third Anti-Missile Test
Does anyone really want a settlement in the Middle East?
A Tour of France: Examining the New Sick Man of Europe
Average Gaza citizen wants a steady job — in Israel — not more Hamas rocket fire, poll finds
Democrats Led By Obama and Harry Reid Determined to Scuttle USA
From Theo Spark at 13:00
From Theo Spark at 11:30
On Thursday, the Obamajam impact will be more spread out. He's going out to Brentwood in the morning, for a roundtable discussion at the home of Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino at which the guests are paying $32,400 each. Then Obama will travel downtown for a 1:15 pm talk at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, or Trade-Tech. Again, the LAPD guidance is for shutdowns at the ends where he stops, not for any motorcades enroute.
NOTE: There will be hard street closures along West Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard between Hoover Street and South Figueroa Street, Figueroa Street between Exposition Park Drive and West Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, and West Washington Boulevard between South Flower and Grand Avenue. South Flower Street between West Washington Boulevard and West 23rd Street, South Grand Avenue between West Washington Boulevard and West 23rd Street will also be affected by hard closures.
- The area around Beverly Boulevard and North Doheny Drive from 4:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- The area around Sunset Boulevard and Mandeville Canyon Road from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
- The area around Sunset Boulevard and Barrington Avenue from 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.
- The area around Grand Avenue and West Washington Boulevard from 4:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- The area around Figueroa Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
The following bus routes will be affected:
BUS STOP: Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
ROUTES: MTA 40 – 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
BUS STOP: Figueroa Street
ROUTES: MTA 81 - 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
BUS STOP: Washington Boulevard
ROUTES: MTA 35, 910 - 4:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
BUS STOP: Flower Street
ROUTES: Montebello 50 - 4:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
BUS STOP: Grand Avenue
ROUTES: Montebello 50 - 4:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
From Theo Spark at 10:10
From Theo Spark at 10:07
Little Latina hottie Selena goes bikini swimming with British model Cara Delevingne in Saint-Tropez --- and the nipples are poking out big time!
And some tasty booty shots as well!
See, "Selena Gomez and Cara Delevingne Nipple-Poking Plunge on Vacation in Saint-Tropez."
From Donald Douglas at 00:59
Wednesday, 23 July 2014
Online design site lets you customize your own 3D-printed sex toys
Beretta to move out of Maryland due to gun-control laws
Texas Attorney General: Immigrants Crossing Border Illegally Are Raping, Killing In Texas
Hamas Is Proof Elections Have Consequences
World's 'Longest Poop' Could Fetch $10K
Who Ages Faster, Blacks or Whites?
Air Force refocuses on training as wars wind down
Tale of the Tapes: IRS head confirms investigators have found backup tapes in Lerner probe
Bowe Bergdahl's Attorney Vilifies Fox News
Former Border Agent: Gov't Using Immigrant Children for 'asymmetrical warfare'
Biden: 'Businesses Are Hiring at Historic Rates'
China Seals Off City After Plague Death - Extreme response puzzles experts
SMILE! A ‘Selfie’ Generation Deserves a ‘Selfie’ President
9 Most Misused Gun Terms
'Is This How The Benghazi Talking Points Were Developed?' Govt Watchdogs Blast Kerry Aide's Use Of Gmail Account
MUSLIMS: Bullying Jews Since 622 A.D.
Head of troubled CDC anthrax lab resigns
People Kept Complaining This Restaurant Sucked, Look What They Found Out
DOJ Official Promises They're Looking into Missing Lerner Emails
Elderly Veteran Arrested for Asking Officials to Speak Up
Blue Angels announce 2015 team members
Eglin and Vietnam: New exhibit chronicles ‘difficult time’
MacDill may get $32 million in upgrades for new jets
MacDill among best bases in rankings by Air Force Times
30,000 attend funeral for American killed by Hamas
Montana Dem Senator Busted Plagiarizing His Master’s Degree Thesis From US Army War College
Confederate Gray:Two Good Books That I Recommend
Boehner Border Group Offers Plan
Twice as Many Say Obamacare has Hurt Them Than Helped
IDF Commanders: Time for decisive war move after IDF victories in Shejaiya, E. Rafah and Khan Younes
From Theo Spark at 23:40
Tony Blauer joins Dom in Media Lab Episode 12 “S.P.E.A.R. System” to break down a scene from The Bourne Identity and show how your body responds to sudden violence. A basic understanding of physiology and natural reactions will help to defend yourself during an attack.
Watch more Media Lab episodes at http://nrafreestyle.tv/media-lab
From NRA Life of Duty at 23:37
Dutch Orchestral Concert Staged Friday, 09 May, 2014!
Queen Beatrix of Holland attends an Orchestral Concert. The Conductor, who just happens to be Muslim, proceeds to give the Queen a lecture on the "beauty" of Islam.
The the members of the Orchestra stage a walkout! Great to see people with the courage of their convictions!
From Theo Spark at 23:19
Years ago in my misspent youth, as a film student at UCLA ,I saw a World War II documentary called “ Why We Fight’” So this is my go at it. But I’m not a good enough writer to do this one the way it ought to be done.I apologize for that up front. You won’t be able to feel what I felt yesterday in the the warm embrace of a an amazing family who live in one of the small agricultural communities on the border they share the Hamas’s Terrorist enclave in Gaza, and who have been under almost constant fire for thirteen years. I won’t be able to convey the emotion, the frustration, the courage, the grace, the anger at a world that refuses to see what’s right in front of them, the love, even for their so called enemies, their unbelievable determination not to give in to the terror their terrorist enemies try day and night to instill in them, their determination to live their lives in peace in their own country, a right every American, Canadian, Frenchman Brit, you name it, takes for granted. And why not? Even if those countries go to war, no one is sworn to kill every last one of them. No one denies them their right simply to breathe. Besides, America’s and Nato’s wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, in Bosnia and Kosovo are a world away.
This family’s war is literally a few hundred meters away.
Read that one again.
I didn’t say it was a few hundred miles away. Like ,say you lived in LA ,and the war was in Las Vegas.
I didn’t say it was a few hundred kilometers away. Like, say you lived in New York, and it was at the other end of New Jersey.
I didn’t even say it was a mile away.
The war they face and have faced almost constantly for thirteen years is about two thousand meters, as the rocket flies, from their front door. At least that’s the distance away from their front door that it was up until a few days ago when the first thirteen terrorists popped up like zombies from graves opening up on their FRONT LAWN! Except these weren’t Zombies on a cable TV series. There’s no way to switch channels on this one. These were terrorists, armed to the teeth with anti tank missiles, machine guns , grenades, handcuffs, tranquilizers, all bent on murdering, maiming,kidnapping and taking hostage as many of them and their children as possible.
Imagine if Afghanistan wasn’t in Afghanistan. Imagine if it was on your front porch.
That’s their reality.
That’s where the war is.
Quite literally in their front yard.
You have gophers who come up out of holes and eat your petunias, let’s say?
They have Hamas terrorists who come up out of sophisticated tunes, some of them built, by the way with YOUR TAX DOLLARS!
A dear friend of mine, Vicki, is married to my high school classmate who has been one of my best friends since I was a kid in Israel fifty years ago. She knows I’m “ down South” in the war zone. So is her son Benji who serves as a medic in the Homefront command. She said, " lLsten, if you want a shower or a chance to rest or a hot meal or even someone to wash your uniform,I have a dear friend in one of the border communities. She and her family have opened up their home to any soldiers in the area. And check with Benji and give him a ride down there too if he wants a break. So I check with Benji, but he’s not getting any breaks today, not with the amount of rockets Hamas is launching against our civilians. He’s on constant alert. But I’m not that important. If I want a break I can take it. I’d kill to stretch out on a mattress right now and take a nap. I smell a bit ripe because one tends to sweat a tad in a flack jacket. I’d love a shower and a change of uniform. So absolutely, I’m headed down to see her friend. Let’s call her Rachel. Not her real name because she asked me not to use it. So I plug the name of the community into the GPS and I’m off .
And the closer I get the louder the sounds of war and the more I have to pull off to the side of the road and take cover from the rocket attacks.The rockets don’t bother me as much as the mortars because there’s no warning with a mortar round. No siren, no Code Red alert on the radio , no phone app that says watch out you might just get killed if you don’t take cover in the next fifteen seconds. Besides the closer I get the less time there is to take cover. Fifteen seconds is going to seem like a life time in a few more kilometers.
Now understand, I’m a former kibbutznik. I know what a little agricultural village looks like. But reality begins to change the closer I get.
The MPs have closed the road leading to this little community and the dozens of others down here. Only residents and military personal can get through. But I’m in Uniform and flak jacket and show my officer’s I.D. and they wave me through, assuming obviously, I must be a fighter, a warrior on his way to take up his position on the front. In reality I’m a lazy so and so who wants a shower, a free meal and a cot..
But when I get to this little community the thing that assaults your senses first are the sounds of battle. Its deafening and constant. Because this is where the war is. It’s not in Afghanistan or Bosnia or anywhere else far away. It’s not even like the wars of my youth in Sinai or the Golan Heights.
It’s right here! It’s in their front yard. I don’t mean their metaphorical front years. I mean the front yard they water. Soldiers, and not any soldiers, not sad sack, rear echelon guys someone gave a weapon to, and said go stand guard at that latrine, type soldiers. I mean elite combat soldiers in full battle gear. I mean as good as it gets soldiers, weapons at the ready, helmets, flack jackets, locked and loaded soldiers. Except this isn’t an army base or some battlefield “somewhere” else, anywhere else but here, in these peoples’ front yard.
I ask directions to Rachel’s house and get there and it’s locked. She’s not there. I go next door. Maybe I have the wrong house. This looks like the right one because someone has set up cots on the front porch. They’ve even put a tv outside . I’m already eyeing the cot I mean to sleep on. I knock on the door and a big hearted woman with a smile that could light up the world comes to the door. “ I’m making the pizzas “ she says, “ But they’re not ready yet.”
“ I’m Vicki’s friend” I say. “ She said if I was in the area..”
“ What Vicki?” she says.
OK I must have the wrong house . “ I’m looking for Rachel” I say
“ I’m Rachel “ she says.
“ But you don’t know Vicki?”
“ You must want the other Rachel.She lives next door.”
“ Oh “ I say, “ She’s not home”
“ Okay, “ She says, “ So come on in. Sit down , rest. The pizzas will be ready soon. You want something to eat?”
This woman doesn’t know me from Adam, but I’m a soldier, so now I’m quite simply family, even though I have the wrong house, I have the right one.
The house smells of all good things . Onions and mushrooms being sautéed for the pizza, the aroma of coffee, dough beginning to bake like fresh bread in the oven.
It smells like home.
But it sounds like war.
Artillery , tank fire, small arms fire, rockets and mortars . 'How can it sound like war?" I think," She’s making pizza. She has kids and two dogs, and vegemite, if somebody ever wanted anything like that. But it’s a home, a normal home. Except there’s a war going on not miles away but a few thousand yards away.."
She introduces me to her daughter and son, two of four or five kids she has. The daughter is 30 and a beauty, in that feisty, friendly, farm girl way. The son is a teenager, tall, handsome kid, very much being the man of the house while the father is away. In addition to the pizza and the onions and mushrooms being sautéed, I smell something else. I smell a story. I explain who I am, what I’m doing, and ask if I can interview her and her son and daughter about what it’s like to live literally in a war zone, under constant fire and threat of being killed.
“ I don’t want to be interviewed” she says.
The daughter says, “ Come on Imma ( Mom), it’s a chance to unload, to say what’s in your heart”
“ I’m not unloading anything. I’m making pizza”
Just then on the t.v. there is a some kind of an app. It shows that rockets have just hit a few miles down the road.
“ Imma, “ the son says, again, being the man looking after his mother and older sister, “ They’re coming our way.”
The mother glances at the t.v.. Then she looks at her stove as if to see if there’s anything that needs attending to before the rockets begin to fall. I turn to the daughter. “ What’s it like living like this?"
And the flood gates open up. I’m just someone to talk to right now. Someone whom she can tell what it’s like. The words come out staccato , pouring out of her, as if she can’t speak quickly enough to keep up with the emotion driving each word.” What’s it like? It’s constant.”
“ We haven’t slept in two weeks” the mother says, and I know i won’t have to ask another question of anyone. All I’ll have to do is listen, “ I don’t know how we function . I don’t know what day it is. “
“ It hurts your ears.” The daughter says, “ when we’re in the reinforced room and the rocket hits, it changes the pressure or something, the shock waves, it hurts your ear drums.”
“ I’ve already lost some of my hearing “ The mother says, “ In this ear. I can’t hear well any more.”
Just then the code red alert sounds. We don’t have fifteen seconds here. We have five seconds. That’s it. There isn’t a bomb shelter outside because you’d never get to it in time. There’s a reinforced concrete room with an iron door.
The mother moves quickly to the front door and shouts to the soldiers who are outside like a mother hen “ Boys! “ She shouts, “ Get in the shelter. Now!”
Nobody messes with Mama Rachel and no one has to be asked twice. This isn’t like it is even ten kilometers away where people walk a little slower. Here it’s five seconds. Suddenly the tiny reinforced room is packed with soldiers, each with his weapon, combat slung across his shoulder. People are laughing that it interrupted a good joke someone was telling. It’s the bravado of the bomb shelter and then the building shakes and the sound is deafening and the shock wave or change in air pressure or whatever it is whacks your ear drums. One rocket, two and then another one, all of them close. Then there’s the all clear.
“ The pizzas will be ready in a few minutes “ Mama Rachel says, patting some of her olive drab, machine gun wearing baby chicks as they go back to their posts..
“ That’s what it’s like . “ says the daughter “ and it never ends.
The son, a teenager, says, “ It’s all I’ve known my whole life. Rockets falling. Mortars.”
“ Thirteen years! “ says the daughter, “ What country in the world would put up with that? Thirteen years of rocket attacks? Would the Americans let that happen to I don’t know, San Diego, New York?…Texas? For thirteen years? Would France put up with that? Would England? What do you think Putin would do? And we’re supposed to “ show restraint” Show restraint?! How much more restrained can we be?! For thirteen years we’ve been under attack ! Even after the last two operations in 2009 and 20012, when there was supposedly a ceasefire.”
“What ceasefire?! “ the mother says,"Every month Hamas would fire a rocket here, a rocket there, ten rockets , twenty in a month….”
“ And Israel said, well it’s only a few rockets a week, so we can’t react to that!”says the son.’
“ A few rockets a week?! Is the whole world insane?!” The daughter says,not tome, not to anyone. To God maybe." Are they all crazy?! Listen to that, only a few rockets a week and for them that’s normal! That’s how we’re supposed to live! Only a few rockets a week! Only what they call a drizzle of rockets! And we were restrained. We didn’t do anything because after all it’s only a few rockets! And I don’t even care about the rockets! But the tunnels , now! The terrorist tunnels. Right out there!”
She points to her front door, “ Right out there!
“ You know what happened here today?” the son says.
“ They tried to attack again. The terrorists .” The daughter says," They came up out of a tunnel that just opened up in the ground. The army got some of them but then said that two were still on the loose so they tell you to go into the fortified room and lock the door.”
“ Do you have any weapons in the house?” I ask
“ “ What weapon?! “ she says, “ They have anti tank missiles with them! Anti tank missiles that can rip a tank apart and kill everyone inside, except this isn’t a tank. It’s my home!”
"So why do you stay here?" I ask.
“ It’s our home! “ the son says.
“ I work in the dairy” the daughter says, “ Someone has to take care of the cows. Someone has to milk them , feed them. What did the cows do to anyone?. We’re farmers . We have to take care of the farm”
The Mother says, “ I work in the day care center. There are still children here. I can’t abandon them. Someone has to take care of them . They’re children. So when the army said the terrorists were out there... I don’t mean a thousand meters away, they were somewhere within a few hundred meters from here. How fast can you run two hundred meters? That’s how fast they could get to us.”
“ You know they want to murder us.” says the daughter , as if revealing a truly dirty secret," You know we’re the targets, don’t you? Not the army. They want us. We’re the Divine Victory they could have. To murder us, to take us hostage and drag us back through the tunnels into Gaza. We’re the targets.”
“ So, “ says the mother” I’m in the day care center. I take the children into the fortified room and lock the door and say this is just an exercise. It’s just pretending. So we know what to do . Like a fire drill. I do puzzles with them, and color and promise them ice cream and all the while I know there are terrorists out there and the only thing between them and those little children ,are our soldiers, the ones you saw on the porch, the ones you see patrolling our village, and the ones who are in Gaza fighting. What do you think they’re fighting for?
“ You think this is politics” the daughter asks, “ We’re what they’re fighting for! This is our home. This is their home! Hamas wants to kill us. And they say they want to kill us! They go on television and say we want to kill the Jews! They don’t lie about it. They announce it to the whole world and, what? They don’t see ? They don’t hear”
This beautiful girl suddenly grabs both sides of her head as if her head is about to explode with the insanity of the life she lives, “ You know the story about the Palestinian boy who got the transplant here? There was a boy..from Gaza and he needed an organ transplant and the mother brings him over here to Israel so we can save her little boy’s life. And that’s fine. I say it’s fine if we can help them, if we can save a life, a child’s life? Yes of course! Bring him. So whose organ gets transplanted? There is a Jewish boy, an Israeli boy who is killed in a terrorist attack and his father gives the ok to transplant his dead son, his murdered son’s kidney or whatever they transplanted, into the Palestinian boy from Gaza, to save his life. And they say you know who will get your boy’s kidney ? It will be a boy from Gaza, from the place that dispatched the terrorist that killed your son. And he says, yes I know and I want to do it. I want to do it, so they’ll see who we are and we’ll have peace. We’ll start with this boy and his mother. That’s how we’ll build the peace. So they do the transplant and the boy lives.And you know what the woman says? She says it on television so the whole world can see it and hear it. She’s not ashamed. She says, you saved my son’s life and you Jews have a right to be angry about what I’m going to say. That’s your right and I don’t care. Because now that you’ve saved him, when my son grows up, I want him to become a “ Martyr “ and kill Jews, as many as he can! That’s who we’re dealing with and the whole world hears her and says well you know, you’re stronger than they are so , you know that’s okay that’s the only way they can fight you. But we don’t want to fight them. We want them to live in peace and let us live in peace! And they shout it from the roof tops that they want to kill us and when one of them blows himself up, whether he kills Jews or not, their parents hand out candy and celebrate. If they kill a few Jews, they hand out more candy. But as long as he tried to kill Jews that’s the main thing. Then you can hand out the candy. Then they’re happy. So when I see a woman on the television and she’s crying because her child has been killed in this war, I’m a woman, my heart aches for any child who is killed, it’s awful but I think to myself, if this is the woman who wants her child to grow up so he can blow himself up while killing Jews, while trying to kill me or my mother or my brother or my neighbor, what’s the tragedy? Is it that the child didn’t live long enough to kill me? Is that the tragedy for her?! Or is it that she’s afraid that if she doesn’t raise him to kill Jews the Hamas will kill her, or kill him. It’s insane!! Do you hear that? It’s insane” Again she holds the sides of her head as if her skull is about to explode; as if it can’t possibly contain the insanity of it all.
“ And we don’t hate them! “ She says, “ Do you understand? We don’t hate them. We had good friends in Gaza. We know there are good people there and what kind of chance does a child have there to grow up NOT to want to kill me? That’s all he’s raised with, rocket and guns and hand grenades. They dress their toddlers up in suicide vests and take pictures of them. That’s like their Purim costume , their halloween. Isn’t that cute? Isn’t that sweet ? He’s a little suicide bomber. Here we’ll take his picture and send it to grandma so she’ll be proud. We know they have a gun to their heads. But what should we do when they come to kill us? When they pop up out of the ground on our front lawn and want to kill us? What should we do? And the world blames us because not enough of us are dead? That’s the crime? We built too many shelters for our people while instead of building shelters for their people they build terrorist tunnels to come and kill us? That’s our crime? That we spent money we don’t have , that we should have spent on education, to build the iron dome which saves us from their rocket attacks?! And still we warn them first . We drop leaflets and send text messages and call them on the phone and say listen, we’re very sorry but we have to bomb you in a few hours so in order that you shouldn’t be hurt could you please leave? That’s what we do. And Hamas puts a gun to their head and says no, go up on your roofs and they celebrate their murders and they lie!! My God how they lie! Here did you see this picture?”
She opens the internet and shows me a picture of a Palestinian family; father mother and child, all killed by an Israeli bomb strike. Except she shows me that this is really a picture of a SYRIAN family killed by Assad’s forces, in their civil war. “ That’s really bad luck, huh? “ she says, “ To be killed twice? Once in Syria and again in Gaza!? And the world sees it and they don’t care. They open up their wallets and say here we have to give them money so they can rebuild. Like they did after 2009. You Jews destroyed their homes. They need concrete and steel to rebuild. They’re not going to make bombs out of concrete and steel. So the world pays for it and we let it in and no, they didn’t build bombs out of it. They built the tunnels that they dug to come and murder me and my family and my neighbors and their families. That’s what it went for! Did they build shelters for their children? Did they build schools for them? They hid their rockets in The UN schools! The UN just said it. That’s who we’re dealing with! And they fire them from mosques and crowded neighborhoods and WE’RE the aggressors? We’re the evil ones and they’re the poor victims?! Egypt offered a cease fire and we said YES. What’s that expression? Learn to take yes for an answer? We said yes! But they didn’t have enough dead babies yet. Not enough dead Palestinian babies , not enough dead Jewish babies. And the world looks and it doesn’t see. That’s what makes me ill. Not the rockets. Not even the tunnels and the terrorists. The world looks and it doesn’t see or it doesn’t care.And we tell them and it doesn’t matter.It’s like trying to empty the ocean with a tea spoon. It’s insane.”
After a few moments she calms down." I’m glad you’re here, “ she says, “ I just had to get that all out. Just had to say it to somebody. Somebody who would listen. With all the Tsuris( troubles) , you know what? We’re not going anywhere. This is our home. Not just our country. Our home. And everyone in it is our family. I go to bed at night and I can’t sleep because I hear the gunfire and I think of those boys out there and I now they’re fighting for me! And here I am in a nice bed. Thanks to them."
“ The Pizzas are ready” Mama Rachel says and gives me a slice and then calls to the “boys”.
“ Boys” she says, “ Here , eat while it’s still hot”.
I was with a Golani officer. Some of “ The boys” had come out for a few hours rest. How were they doing?
“ We’re strong. The guys are excellent. We’re going to complete the mission. We’re going to destroy the tunnels, and we’re going to put a serious dent in Hamas’s day ( loose translation) and we’ll be victorious. Because we know what we’re fighting for. We’re not Nato.We’re fighting for our homes.”
Golanchick is an endearing term for a member of the Golani Brigade. “ Golanchick, “ I say, “ If you want to get a shower and some rest and maybe some pizza, I have some dear friends. The woman’s name is Rachel.”
Capt. IDF (Res)
From Theo Spark at 23:15
As Israel is under attack from Hamas in the Gaza strip and BDS -- Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions -- right here in America, Bill Whittle makes the historical and moral case for Israel, and shows just who, indeed, are the tyrants and aggressors in the Middle East
From Theo Spark at 23:12
World opinion is, for the most part, squarely against Israel as it regards the current operation in Gaza to end the ability of Hamas to fire missiles into its country.
This article asks the question of what any sane person or country would do if a neighbor was trying to end their existence?
At The Political Commentator here.
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From Theo Spark at 13:00
The international red cross asked for a cease fire so the dead and wounded could be tended to, bodies removed, injured taken to hospital.
Israel said yes to the cease fire, and Hamas immediately violated it.
Israel had hit the Saja’iyah neighborhood of Gaza and and hit it hard. Scores dead. Women and children amongst them. Survivors, justifiably crying out, “ What did we do to deserve this?!” And the horrible answer is , “ Nothing. You did nothing to deserve it. Hamas used you as human shields. It fired a hundred and sixty rockets from your neighborhood at Israel’s heartland. It riddled your neighborhood with tunnels, some of them, by all reports, terrorist tunnels, leading under Israel’s border , built to murder and kidnap Israeli civilians; people just like you who only want to live in peace. You did nothing to deserve this. You’ve been betrayed and used by your own leaders in the most cynical way imaginable. And you didn’t even ask for these leaders. They seized power in a bloody coup by lining up your fellow Palestinians against walls and machine gunning them to death, by blindfolding and binding and pushing them off three story buildings.. If you dare to dissent they begin the interrogation by shooting your knee caps off. You didn’t deserve this. And neither did we.
This is a war. It is not a war of Israel’s choosing. In the days leading up to the aerial campaign which Israel initiated in response to constant and escalating rocket attacks from Gaza on it’s civilian centers of population,Israel has said repeatedly that it did not want an escalation let alone a war and that “ calm would be answered with calm”. In other words, “ don’t shoot at us and we won’t shoot at you”. That seems like a pretty straight forward enough request, and an easy one to implement if one’s interest is in saving lives instead of taking them.
Hamas’s answer was more rockets.
And still Israel’s answer was “ calm will be met with calm”.
But there wasn’t any calm. Instead there were more rockets, and more rockets still.
And so Israel answered with aerial attacks….ON DESERTED TRAINING CAMPS!!!
Let me say that one again. The government of Israel responded to Hamas rocket attacks that had millions of Israelis racing for bomb shelters, with aerial strikes on empty tents!
That was not because of faulty intelligence or near sighted pilots. It was to demonstrate to Hamas what Israel COULD do unless Hamas ceased it’s rocket attacks.
Hamas’s response? More rocket attacks, in greater numbers and over wider areas until it was no longer just the Southern border towns under attack but Israel’s equivalent of New York City and L.A. rolled into one. The rockets began falling in the greater Tel Aviv area.
Unlike past campaigns, in the face of similar provocations in 2009 and 2012, Israel did not immediately respond with a massive aerial attack on Gaza. There was no shock and awe. Instead there was a very, very slowly ratcheted up, less than proportional, response, in the hopes that by offering Hamas a way out of the escalating situation, it would take it.
Israel responded now with aerial strikes that were far less than all out war.
Egypt proposed a cease fire.
The Arab League endorsed it.
Israel accepted it
Hamas gave their answer in the form of a new massive rocket assault and by sending in thirteen terrorists via an underground tunnel that went beneath the border with Israel and came up within a few hundred meters of an Israeli civilian farming community.
This was to be their shock and awe; to kill, maim and kidnap dozens of Israeli civilians.
Finally with no other recourse Israel launched a ground campaign.
Now we are at war.
And Hamas, like the boy who murders his parents and then throws himself on the mercy of the court on the grounds that he is an orphan, is crying fowl.
Hamas had long since turned the Saja’iyah neighborhood into a fortified center of terrorist attacks, armament workshops and now we know, terrorist tunnels.
Prior to its attack, for days running, and referenced fully in earlier articles I have written, the IDF warned the residents of this neighborhood of its intent to attack and urged them, for the safety of themselves and their families, to evacuate. It dropped leaflets to that effect. It followed up the leaflets with SMS and text messages, by actually calling the residents’ cell phones and through Arabic media, up until the very last moment urging people to flee for their lives
And Hamas’s response to those warnings? In the street and from the mosques, through every means of mass communication at their disposal, they told their people not to evacuate, to stay put.
Hamas’ has committed one of the vilest of all war crimes against it’s own people. It has used them as unwilling human shields.
So here was Israel’s choice. Attack a neighborhood used for attacking it’s own civilians, or permit it’s own civilians to be attacked.
An army, any army’s first responsibility is to protect it’s own people. Israel has fulfilled, albeit reluctantly, that first commandment.
Hamas has done the opposite. They have sacrificed their own people on the alter of their own greed for political power.
An Egyptian newspaper today, not an Israeli one, accused Hamas leaders of being liars, who live pampered lives, staying in five star hotels and driving expensive luxury cars while they sacrifice their own peoples’ lives
And what did the Hamas spokesman say today? “ We will fight to the last drop of the blood of Gaza.”
Of course he meant to say “ To the last drop of the blood of others."
From Theo Spark at 11:30
The Government of the state of Israel has declared in the clearest possible manner that the purpose of the ground incursion which began last night and continues today, is first of all to deal with the “ homicide tunnels” which the Terrorist Army Hamas, has burrowed beneath the borders of, and well into the pre 1967 territory of the state of Israel. The only people who could possibly think of this area as being “ occupied territory” are the same ones who think of Tel Aviv as “ Occupied territory” , or for that matter any square inch of land in this part of the world ,where Israel has the effrontery to declare it’s sovereignty under international law.
In other words, contrary to the perception of some, that the core reason behind this conflict is Israel’s occupation of lands conquered in the defensive war of 1967, Hamas could not, and does not, give a tinker’s damn about “ Occupied territory” . This is so because Hamas regards ANY territory on which there is a sovereign Jewish state as, “ Occupied territory”.
Moreover, Hamas believes that any such Jewish state has no right to exist.
Indeed, Hamas believes it is duty bound, by both religious and political ideology, to destroy such a state, on its road to establishing the kind of Caliphate which ISIS is in the process of making a reality. According to both of their ideologies and religious beliefs, everything from the Persian Gulf to Spain, is, by virtue of once having been ruled by Moslems , “ Occupied territory”, which they mean to liberate, by any means possible.
Starting with Israel, of course.
Jews are, and seem always to have been the canaries in the mine. Europe may have thought Hitler would content himself with murdering Jews. To their sorrow they found out otherwise. Churchill referred to such thinking as the vain hope of being the last in the room to be eaten by the tiger
This brings us to the matter of the homicide tunnels. I refer to them as such, because that is exactly what they are. These are not smuggling tunnels meant for the underground transport of drugs, money, prostitutes BMWs , narcotics, weapons or cash, as is the case with many of the other underground smuggling tunnels which Hamas has constructed, taxed, and were their main source of illicit income.
Homicide tunnels are something else indeed. They are meant for one purpose only; to allow terrorists to move undetected into, preferably, civilian territory. Those same terrorists, having thus evaded look out posts, aerial and /or electronic surveillance, then quite literally pop up from the earth, like zombies arising out of their crypts in order to kill, maim and capture as many soldiers, or hopefully, innocent civilians, as humanly possible. That is, after all, why they call them terrorists.
They are not militants. Betty Friedan could have been described as a militant feminist. Malcolm X could have been described as a militant civil rights activist. I have a dear friend proudly describes himself as a militant LGBT activist. There’s nothing wrong with advocating militantly for one’s point of view.
Hamas aren’t militants. They’re terrorists. Worse than that, they are a terrorist army.
They want quite literally to spread terror and they want to spread that terror, primarily amongst civilians, because soldiers have weapons, with which they tend to shoot back, be it at fictitious zombies on The Walking Dead, or real life terrorists , who literally pop up out of the ground in order to try to kill, maim and capture as many of their victims as possible.,
And that is precisely what happened yesterday.
A group of highly trained, indeed, elite terrorists, popped up out of the earth, well inside Israeli territory, armed with a dozen anti tank weapons, machine guns, grenades and thousands upon thousands of rounds of ammunition. The slaughter they could, and would have inflicted, would have been on a scale unheard of in the State of Israel. It would have been Hamas's shock and awe. Their Divine Victory. .
Instead they were detected by the all female surveillance unit , and intercepted and neutralized by Israeli ground and aerial forces.
It was Israel’s worst nightmare scenario and Hamas’s greatest wet dream. And we foiled it. But it was precisely because not only could it have succeeded, but because of the fact that there are as many as dozens of other such tunnels and terrorist units waiting to use them that, what some have described as the overly cautious government of Israel, finally, in the face of ceaseless provocation, and the prospect of more homicide tunnel operations, finally okayed what it had sought so long to avoid; a ground war.
To those who poo poo the notion that destroying the tunnels are what this incursion is all about is first of all dealing with the immediate threat of these terrorist tunnels, may I with the greatest possible respect, suggest that you cannot differentiate between one particular orifice and a hole in the ground.
I’ve seen these tunnels up close and personal. I don’t have nightmares about many things in life , but I still have night mares about them.
In 2009, during Operation Cast Lead, Israel was forced by Hamas into a ground incursion, just as it has been today, though then the purpose was somewhat different. In 2009 Hamas actually believed it could win. 2009 was their offensive. At that time their notion of an offensive was based around the thought of taking a year to prepare the battlefield on your territory, fill it with booby traps, ambushes, I.E.D’s …and homicide tunnels. Then suck the Israeli army into coming onto your turf, which you’ve prepared for a year and grinding them up like sausage. And truth be told, it was actually a very good plan.
I went into Al Atatra with our airborne troops, arranging a briefing in the field by the Paratroop Brigade Commander, whom we’ll just call Colonel H. Between a third to a half of the houses in Al Atatra were not just booby trapped, but, as Colonel H explained, they were riddled with Homicide tunnels.
The plan was to allow the Paratroopers to enter the village and then draw fire from the booby trapped houses. The terrorists in those houses would then withdraw into hiding places. Because Israel’s rules of engagement demanded that you couldn’t just order artillery or tanks to flatten any house from which gunfire was directed against your troops, the foot soldiers, literally had to go into the houses and clear them room by room. The terrorists would wait until the initial group entered the house and then detonate a massive I.E.D. behind them, thereby killing and wounding them but also cutting them off from the rest of their platoon. Hamas terrorists would then pop up from a tunnel whose opening was beneath a rug, let’s say, in the house, or a cabinet. They would pop up and grab the killed and wounded, , drag them down into the homicide tunnels, and within five minutes they would have whisked them out of the village. The goal was to have literally hundreds of Gilad Shallits( the soldier they had kidnapped with a similar tunnel).
Happily, and by the grace of a merciful god we found the map which showed every tunnel they had dug and booby trap they had prepared, and we foiled their battle plan and dealt them a very deep set back indeed.
Now however they have evolved their battle plan. The idea now is not just to draw soldiers into their prepared territory, but to PENETRATE ISRAELI CIVILIAN territory, to kill and maim and capture, not just soldiers, but preferably civilians, preferably the kind of kids they kidnapped and murdered only a few short weeks ago on their way home from school.
That is what we are up against. And when the government of Israel realized just how close it had come to the worst civilian slaughter in our history, it did the only responsible thing it could have done. It ordered the military in to find and destroy the homicide tunnels and the terrorists who would use them against us. Ground wars have a way of evolving and the old saying is that the first casualty of war is the battle plan. So no one can say with certainty where this all will lead. But Israel has clearly articulated it’s objectives.; to find and destroy the homicide tunnels and those who would use them against our civilians.
War is a horrible and messy business. i don’t care how strict your rules of engagement are, how accurate your fire or how good your soldiers . Stuff happens in war. In 1978 I ,and several members of my platoon, were almost killed in a live fire training exercise when our own artillery fouled up its co ordinates and began shelling us. And that was a training exercise! Innocent people are killed in wars sometimes by intent, some times by mistake.
Israel regards the death of every innocent civilian, Palestinian or Israeli as a tragedy.
Hamas regards the death of any innocent civilian, Palestinian or Israeli as a triumph.
For Hamas, it’s either a dead zionist enemy, or a dead martyr to prove its victimhood.
But ask yourself this. Who bares the responsibility for the innocent people , Palestinian and Israeli , who will surely die in this useless conflict? The party that accepted the ceasefire unconditionally? Or the party who destroyed what could have been the start of a new cycle of peace, with a new cycle of death, destruction….and homicide tunnels?
Capt. IDF ( Res)
From Theo Spark at 10:21
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