Land of Milk and Honey

God’s way of saying: Now that I have your attention…

Israel’s sky was covered Saturday with mammatus, also known in their popular name “breast clouds,” following the heat wave in the region.

Professor Hadas Saaroni, a climatologist from Tel Aviv University explained how these uniquely shaped clouds are formed.

“They get this shape when clouds are formed in an altitude of four kilometers. Under this higher layer of air there is air that is rather dry. When these clouds rain onto a dry layer, the rain instantly evaporates and the round shape of these clouds is formed.

“While most of the rain doesn’t make it to the ground because it evaporates on the way down, the rain that does penetrate through washes the dust that came in with the winds, and turns into mud-rain,” Saaroni explained.

What? Sorry, I wasn’t listening.

I read that the Arabs are rioting on the Temple Mount, and that Abbas is threatening to dissolve the laughably-named Palestinian Authority. Maybe this is the Divine’s way of calling them a bunch of boobs.

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Holocaust Survivor Warns Jews To Leave Ukraine Now

He is probably right.

The pamphlets and posters, distributed in the eastern Ukraine city of Donetsk, demanded that the Jewish population register, pay a new tax or leave.

They are a terrifying echo of the anti-Jewish atrocities carried out by Ukrainians under Nazi occupation during the Second World War.

The leaflets, apparently signed by pro-Russian group the People’s Republic of Donetsk, have enraged the world.

US Secretary of State John Kerry said last week: “After all of the miles travelled and all of the journey of history, this is not just intolerable, it is grotesque.”

Sam Pivnik, 86, was only 14 when his family were rounded up in Bedzin, western Poland, and sent to the death camp at Auschwitz.

After his parents, brothers and a sister were chosen “with the flick of a glove” for extermination by “Angel of Death” Dr Josef Mengele, the teenager, tattooed with a prisoner number, was left to survive alone. Mr Pivnik, who now lives in Golders Green, north London, said he was not surprised by the literature’s anti-Semitism.

“Jews have no place in Ukraine, because nothing has changed,” he said last night, “and as long as Jews remain there, nothing will change. They had no business staying in that country after the atrocities of 1939-1945.

“There is no point in staying there waiting for trouble, in the hope that the world Jewry can save them. Even Germany is doing everything it can to tackle anti-Semitism and is better than Ukraine. Jews in the Ukraine should leave.”

During the war, the Nazis exterminated more than 900,000 Jewish people in Ukraine.

Anti-Semitism resurfaced after the nation’s independence in 1991, with attacks on Jewish mayors by Right-wing extremists.

The chaos in Ukraine during recent months has seen groups both pro- and anti- Russia levelling accusations of fascism.

During the fortnight before the Donetsk leaflets were distributed, anti-Jewish slogans and swastikas were daubed on houses and a Jewish cemetery in Odessa.

Last night it emerged that Jewish families in eastern Ukraine had become so concerned they were seeking advice about repatriation to Israel.

Alexander Ivanchenko, who runs Sohnut, an organisation helping people to move to Israel, said: “It is hard to talk about numbers now but there are more people who come for advice.”

As the climate of fear grows, however, the authenticity of the pamphlets is being called into question. Denis Pushilin, leader of the breakaway pro-Russian People’s Republic, vehemently denied his organisation was behind the leaflets. “Look at this document, I have never called myself the people’s governor, my job is different,” he told the Sunday Express.

Etc. More at the link. But this is why is makes absolutely no difference whether Russia takes Ukraine or not. Who cares? Ukraine is a cesspool and so is Russia. What difference does it make which kook or group of kooks runs the joint?

- Aggie

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Go Kansas!!

Topeka High School students petition NOT to allow Michelle Obama to speak at their graduation

And you can only read about this in the British press…

High school senior forms petition with over ONE THOUSAND signatures against Michele Obama speaking at their high school graduation ‘because it would overshadow the students’ big day’
Taylor Gifford, 18, started an online petition on Thursday with over 1,200 signatures asking that Michelle Obama not speak at Topeka High School graduation
Obama’s speech is tied to the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v. Board of Education outlawing segregation in schools
Some students feel that the speech would overshadow student accomplishments and others feel limited seating will be a problem

One mother’s take:

‘I’m a single mother who has raised him for 18 years by myself,’ said Tina Hernandez, parent of Topeka High School senior Dauby Knight. ‘I’ve told him education is the only way out. This is one of the biggest days of their lives. They’ve taken the glory and shine from the children and put on Mrs. Obama. She doesn’t know our kids.’

So those are the bullet points; read the full article at the link. But I’ll go out on a limb here: If every single student, and every parent and every grandparent all wrote and phoned the school board to request that Michelle Obama not appear, they would still bring her in. No matter what. Those poor kids are going to have to listen to a stupid lecture about exercise, and their families will only receive limited seating. I feel for them.

- Aggie

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This Guy Went to a Clay Aiken Fundraiser and a Klan Rally Broke Out

I’ve got nothing against Clay Aiken; I thought he should have won against Ruben Studdard in Season Two of American Idol. But he is a Democrat, and he does have some, well, rather questionable friends:

I haven’t seen such hostility since last Thanksgiving! What’d the guy do, relieve himself on the pool table? Come on, Dems, can’t we all get along?

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So the [Bleep] What?

Obama invents eight million enrollees under ObamaCare!

Ukraine about to have SSR re-attached to its name!

Hundreds of Koreans join hundreds of Chinese (and a dozen sherpas) in tragic deaths!

CHELSEA CLINTON IS KNOCKED UP!!!!!!

In the circus of speculation that surrounds Hillary Rodham Clinton and her presidential prospects, Chelsea Clinton dropped a bombshell Thursday with her announcement that she and husband Marc Mezvinsky are expecting a child.

The former secretary of State has made no secret of her desire to be a grandmother, and sources close to her have said she would have serious reservations about diving into the grueling schedule of a presidential campaign if those demands coincide with her daughter’s pregnancy.

Baby Mezvinsky ranks way down in importance in this story, after its parents and way, way after its grandparents. Baby Mezvinsky had better get used to it.

Just consider the grandfathers alone. Leave aside the jokes about the nannies and the au pairs, the jokes about the Nigerian scammers will never end!

[Edward] Mezvinsky was involved in a series of business transactions that ultimately led to his downfall.

Beginning in the early 1990s Mezvinsky fell prey to a wide variety of 419 scams. According to a federal prosecutor, Mezvinsky was conned by “just about every different kind of African-based scam we’ve ever seen.” In order to raise the funds needed to front the money for the fraudulent investment schemes he was being offered, Mezvinsky became, himself, a conman, tapping his network of contacts and dropping the name of the Clinton family to convince unwitting marks to give him money.

In March 2001, Mezvinsky was indicted and later pleaded guilty to 31 of 69 felony charges of bank fraud, mail fraud, and wire fraud. Nearly $10 million was involved in the crimes.

What could I possibly have against Chelsea Clinton? As long as she doesn’t try to trade on the family name to attain a position for which she is uniquely unqualified, she can knock herself out.

But why didn’t we go ape when Amy Carter had a baby 15 years ago? Jenna Hager (née Bush) just had a baby last week and nobody said a word.

The Democrat-Media Complex will use anything for political advantage, up to and including a uterus and an embryo. Not that that comes as any surprise.

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Life Imitates The Onion

Technically death, but you get the point:

Terrorist Issa Abd Rabbo murdered two Israeli university students, Ron Levi and Revital Seri, who were hiking south of Jerusalem on Oct. 22, 1984.

He was serving two life sentences until he was released in October 2013 as one of 104 terrorists whom Israel agreed to release to fulfill the PA’s precondition for renewing negotiations.

“I’m proud of the stamps I collected in prison, but it was difficult for me to pursue [my] hobby in prison, because there were many restrictions, few letters arrived, and the [poor] quality of the stamps. Prison also affects our hobbies, and I had no special albums to put the stamps in properly, so I put them in an envelope – the same one that left prison with me.”

Prison ruined his stamp collecting! Talk about the banality of evil.

And make no mistake: he was evil.

“I tied them up of course and then…

Of course! Naturellement, bien sûr.

I don’t have the stomach for what he did. Suffice it to say the only mail he should be receiving is at the dead-letter office.

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Why Did the Lebanese Cross the Ocean?

To kill Jews!

Duh!

A Lebanese man arrested in Thailand earlier this week on suspicion of ties to Hezbollah reportedly admitted he was plotting an attack on Israeli tourists in Bangkok, local media reported Friday.

Remember this antiwar sentiment from, gosh, forever ago?

Hezbollah, the Party of God, takes that literally:

The terrorist who killed five Israelis and their tour bus driver and wounded 32 Israelis in Burgas in 2012 was an Algerian who worked for Hezbollah, Bulgaria said Monday.

It was one of the most unsurprising declarations of the year since all signs have pointed to Hezbollah since the attack at the Black Sea resort.

The suicide bomber trained in camps in southern Lebanon.

A blast from the past, if you will:

The perpetrators of a 1994 terrorist attack on the main Jewish community offices in Buenos Aires have, for the most part, been eliminated by Israeli security forces operating abroad, a former Israeli envoy to Argentina sensationally revealed Thursday.

The AMIA (Argentine Israelite Mutual Association) bombing, carried out by a Lebanese suicide bomber who drove a car bomb at the multistory building, destroying it, killed 85 people and wounded hundreds. The bomber was subsequently identified as Ibrahim Hussein Berro, an operative of the Iranian-backed Hezbollah terror group, and he was allegedly assisted by other Hezbollah and Iranian operatives.

I think the guy who said this was reprimanded, but who cares? Everyone knows Hezbollah travels the globe to murder Jews for the sole purpose of murdering Jews. If other Jews hunt down the murdering scum and deliver take-out justice, what’s the problem? They should charge for the service.

PS: To name but a few.

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Eight Million

I forget who made this point first (I thought it was Jonah Goldberg, but I can’t find it now), but with Obama doing a victory lap over the eight-millionth enrollee under ObamaCare (without any supporting evidence), how many of those 8,000,000 do you think were happy doing so? How many will remember the experience fondly? How many will remember it that way in November?

The supermegavast majority of them will remember it like root canal, I’ll wager. Whether they’re among the liars whom Harry Reid says don’t even exist anyway, or just those who lost their “bad apple” plans and had to spend hours, days, and soon hundreds and thousands of dollars, to get a worse-apple plan, I don’t think many of those “folks” will be happy. No matter what Chris Matthews and Nancy Pelosi say.

Those aren’t bouquets of flowers they’re carrying, Barack. They’re pitchforks.

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ObamaCare Continues To Hurt Health Care

Doctors must consider cost/benefit analysis, rather than just benefit

Saying they can no longer ignore the rising prices of health care, some of the most influential medical groups in the nation are recommending that doctors weigh the costs, not just the effectiveness of treatments, as they make decisions about patient care.

The shift, little noticed outside the medical establishment but already controversial inside it, suggests that doctors are starting to redefine their roles, from being concerned exclusively about individual patients to exerting influence on how health care dollars are spent.

“We understand that we doctors should be and are stewards of the larger society as well as of the patient in our examination room,” said Dr. Lowell E. Schnipper, the chairman of a task force on value in cancer care at the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

Can you say Death Panel? Do you really want your cancer doc to be more concerned about the benefits to society at large than about you? Do you think that well-connected “folks” will be perceived as offering more benefit to society than you? Count on it.

Think I’m exaggerating about death panels and rationing?

In practical terms, new guidelines being developed by the medical groups could result in doctors choosing one drug over another for cost reasons or even deciding that a particular treatment — at the end of life, for example — is too expensive. In the extreme, some critics have said that making treatment decisions based on cost is a form of rationing.

They don’t even need panels! Your doc is your panel. Better be nice to him. :)

Give this guy the coveted ‘Ya Think™ Award:

Some doctors see a potential conflict in trying to be both providers of patient care and financial overseers.

“There should be forces in society who should be concerned about the budget, about how many M.R.I.s we do, but they shouldn’t be functioning simultaneously as doctors,” said Dr. Martin A. Samuels, the chairman of the neurology department at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He said doctors risked losing the trust of patients if they told patients, “I’m not going to do what I think is best for you because I think it’s bad for the health care budget in Massachusetts.”

You’re getting the British system, folks:

Still, it is unclear if medical societies are the best ones to make cost assessments. Doctors can have financial conflicts of interest and lack economic expertise.

They plan to rate the value of treatments based on the cost per quality-adjusted life-year, or QALY — a method used in Britain and by many health economists.

The societies say that treatments costing less than about $50,000 a QALY would be rated as high value, while those costing more than $150,000 a QALY would be low value.

“We couldn’t go on just ignoring costs,” Dr. Heidenreich said.

We voted for this, and in doing so we voted for a bunch of useless social programs that cost us a boatload – Cash for Clunkers, anyone? We have to pay for our excesses somewhere, I suppose.

- Aggie

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If Only High School Were Like This

Maybe it is, in Indiana:

An Indiana school’s “lip dub” video has gone viral.

The toe-tapping film showcases thousands of Avon High School students and staff who lip sync to a “danthology” of 68 pop songs, including hits from Justin Timberlake, Lorde and Taylor Swift. And they did it all in the name of charity.

“Avon High School Lip Dub 2014” was produced to drum up excitement for the school’s dance marathon event this weekend, hoping to raise money for James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for Children.

Aren’t they adorable? Were we all that beautiful when we were that young?

You can donate to the James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for Children here if you are so moved.

PS: This was my first lip dub experience, and still the greatest, for my money:

I almost moved to Grand Rapids the day I saw this.

Almost.

PPS: They’re nicer in the midwest. With exceptions.

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Out: “Nobody Messes With Joe” In: “Joe is a Hot Mess”

You may have seen in the news a couple of days ago Joe Biden’s inspiring words in Boston on the anniversary of the marathon.

You probably didn’t see this:

It was worth it?

To the Richard family? To Jeff Bauman who would have bled out from his femoral artery had total stranger Carlos Arredondo not clenched shut the gushing orifice.

Their stories are inspiring. But they would rather have lived lives of quiet desperation the past year than have served as inspiration to this maroon. Four of them would rather have lived, period.

Bashing Biden isn’t the point; everyone knows he’s a dolt. But the media covering up for him is a big effing deal.

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What’s Russian for Achtung!

History repeats itself, Marx avers, first as tragedy, second as farce.

What about the 2,748th time, Groucho?

A leaflet distributed in Donetsk, Ukraine calling for all Jews over 16 years old to register as Jews marred the Jewish community’s Passover festivities Monday (Passover eve), replacing them with feelings of concern.

“Dear Ukraine citizens of Jewish nationality,” the flyer began…

Love the use of “dear”! Why not “Dearest Jews” or “My darling Hebrews”? You’ll see why not:

“Due to the fact that the leaders of the Jewish community of Ukraine supported Bendery Junta,” a reference to Stepan Bandera, the leader of the Ukrainian nationalist movement which fought for Ukrainian independence at the end of World War II, “and oppose the pro-Slavic People’s Republic of Donetsk, (the interim government) has decided that all citizens of Jewish descent, over 16 years of age and residing within the republic’s territory are required to report to the Commissioner for Nationalities in the Donetsk Regional Administration building and register.”

The leaflet detailed what type of documents the Jewish citizens would need to supply: “ID and passport are required to register your Jewish religion, religious documents of family members, as well as documents establishing the rights to all real estate property that belongs to you, including vehicles.”

If the message was not made clear enough, the leaflet further stipulated the consequences that would come to those who failed to abide by the new demands: “Evasion of registration will result in citizenship revoke and you will be forced outside the country with a confiscation of property.”

Because some Jews—most of whom would be dead by now—wanted a free Ukraine after WWII, this fascist Russian occupier wants to round up—or the first step—all of today’s Jews over the age of 16. Flocks of Jews, are there?

Donetsk, a Ukraine province with 4.3 million people – 10 percent of Ukraine’s population – and 17,000 Jews, is home to much of the country’s heavy industry, and is thus the biggest prize of the eastern regions where pro-Russian separatists have captured government buildings in the past week.

Donetsk is 0.4% Jewish; 99.6% not. Pardon me if I’m not surprised. Disgusted, but not surprised. Remember, part of the reason Russia invaded Crimea was to battle supposed Ukrainian fascists—even though local Jews had had no problems.

Have you heard it said that WWII came about in part out of the unfinished business of WWI? Doesn’t this feel the same way? Only with Russia in the role of Nazi Germany?

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