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Old, but still funny.
The European Commission
The European Commission has announced an agreement whereby English will be the official language of the EU, rather than German, which was the other contender. Her Majesty's Government conceded that English spelling had room for improvement and has therefore accepted a five-year phasing in of "Euro-English".
In the first year, "s" will replace the soft "c". Sertainly, this will make sivil servants jump for joy. The hard "c" will be dropped in favour of the "k", Which should klear up some konfusion and allow one key less on keyboards.
There will be growing publik enthusiasm in the sekond year, when the troublesome "ph" will be replaced with "f", making words like "fotograf" 20% shorter.
In the third year, publik akseptanse of the new spelling kan be expekted to reach the stage where more komplikated changes are possible. Governments will enkourage the removal of double letters which have always ben a deterent to akurate speling. Also, al wil agre that the horible mes of the silent "e" is disgrasful.
By the fourth yer, peopl wil be reseptiv to steps such as replasing "th" with "z" and "w" with "v".
During ze fifz yer, ze unesesary "o" kan be dropd from vords kontaining "ou" and similar changes vud of kors be aplid to ozer kombinations of leters. After zis fifz yer, ve vil hav a reli sensibl riten styl. Zer vil be no mor trubls or difikultis and everivun vil find it ezi to understand ech ozer. ZE DREM VIL FINALI COM TRU!
Yippee for appeasement! Anything but making us have to actually stand up for something.
Kosovo isn't the only new state on the globe. Try these up and coming new countries:
Hamastan (once the Gaza Strip)
Palestine (once Judea & Samaria)
United States of Ameristan (USA)
United Moslem Kingdom (UK)
The Netherislams (The Netherlands)
FRI -French Republic of Islam (France)
Feel free to add your own...
* I had to make a slight change on the posting of the video. Please see below.
If you think things are as they seem, you are either naïve, lazy, uninformed, or all of the above. Politics is dirty. Business is dirty. And it is important that you understand the truth if you want to fix it. There are some people who still cling onto the ‘reality’ that is most convenient and easy for them to accept. They still cannot figure out what it is with Israeli leaders and why they seem to follow a path that leads to a weaker Israel, yet is the path that has the International community nodding their heads to. Supporters of Israel are stuck on the dead end conclusion that Israel’s leaders are either “crazy or stupid.” And they can’t figure out which it is. I have stated and re-stated that that they are neither. They are people who are in a position where they are under extreme pressure from others more powerful than themselves. The fact that they are also guided by self interest and easily corruptible, helps. It’s like being a ‘chocoholic’ working in a chocolate factory. They will eventually (and perhaps even willfully) succumb.
People who lack integrity, courage and a fear of G-d (where they are more afraid of Man than The Almighty) should not go into politics. The pressures they will face will be too much for them to handle, and they are playing with ruthless people who have no qualms about playing dirty. People who state that it is all Israel’s fault that we are giving up land and weakening oursleves, or that our enemies are really only the Arabs, are like little children who don’t understand why their parents are getting a divorce. A child is told by their parents, “Honey, your mother and I just don’t get along anymore. We fight too much and we think it is better that we separate and spare you from any more yelling and screaming at home.” And the child, when asked, “Why are your parents getting divorced?” replies, “Because they fight all the time and can’t get along.”. And that is how most people go about life. They accept this argument because it is convenient and easy, and they don’t want to think about it anymore. They want to continue in their daily routines and not have to be called into action to change and maybe do something about it. However, when scratching just beneath the surface, one finds out that there is much MORE going on than just, “your mother and I don’t get along anymore”.
We really need to find out WHY they were fighting, and there is where the truth lies. Doing some detective work, we find out that there was infidelity by the husband (or wife), there was also physical abuse and drinking as well. That was the REAL cause of the fighting and divorce. But the child doesn’t know it. He believes and tells the story that his parents ‘just didn’t get along’. Family and friends would also probably prefer to stick with the same story as well. Who wants to uncover the dirt? It’s easier to just chalk it up to ‘irreconcilable differences’ than really know that there was evil, lies, and using his wife as a punching bag, going on behind those doors.
So, for those of you who wish to place all the blame on our leaders being stupid or crazy, so be it. But neither is true, and neither conclusion makes sense. They are sane and they are educated. They are just being pressured, bribed, corrupted, threatened, - whatever it takes to get Israel ‘in line’. And, yes, they must take responsibility for their actions. Olmert, Livni, Barak, Yishai, and all the rest who fall for the carrot and the stick. They cannot withstand the pressures they are under, and the perks, if they just go along with the agenda. It is precisely these corruptible types, like former Tsomet MK Alex Goldfarb who was reported to have had his pro-Oslo vote procured, for a new Mitsubishi car.
And so, are the Arab terrorists the real and only problem? Why doesn’t the West let us finish off the enemy? Why do they not let us WIN this war? Every time we go into Gaza and make real progress, the U.S. Secretary of State comes running to the region to tie our hands and prevent us from finishing our job. It was the Bush administration that pressed Israel to hurry up with the ‘Disengagement”/Expulsion of Jews from their homes in Gaza/Gush Katif without any delay or excuses.
Then Prime Minister Ariel Sharon who ran against the platform of ‘Disengagement’ from Gaza communities, also fell to pressure (he and his sons had police investigations against them) and the carrot and the stick. Sharon is reported to have said, "This is what the US State Department is demanding that I do and I must do it."
It doesn’t take a genius to understand the situation. Even great men like Menachem Begin succumbed to U.S. pressure at Camp David and agreed to give up the Sinai.
Let us look at one other subject here that questions the intentions of the American – Arab/Moslem relationship towards Jews, and its foreign political agendas. Below is a very interesting documentary about the murder of Rabbi Meir Kahane z”l and the Twin Towers connection. It seems that the murderer of Rabbi Kahane was part of a Arab-Moslem terror cell newly based in America. Yet U.S. security agencies interfered with New York police from doing their job. They denied that there was any conspiracy and that the gunman was a lone gunman. They forced the police to release one of the suspects from Rav Kahane’s murder, who just happened to be one of the terrorists who was planning the bombing of the World Trade Center, that took place just a few years later. How can this be? Watch this documentary made by Israel's channel 2. It is both in Hebrew and English. Even if you don’t understand the Hebrew, keep watching, it will switch into English soon and you should be able to follow exactly what is happening. This case is a very worrying one, and you in America, should be concerned about this cover-up. * It is here that I must direct you to another site to view the video because of possible copy-write complications. Please go click HERE to view.
Afterwards, you can view this documentary below, however, it is different than the film that is on the other site which I feel was done better. Below, is another offering in three parts of about 10 minutes, and all in English.
Conspiracy against Rabbi Kahane Part I
Conspiracy against Rabbi Kahane Part II
Conspiracy against Rabbi Kahane Part III
Hillary, Barak, or McCain. Does it really matter? Over and over again I try to uncover the false impression that living in a democracy brings, namely, that we are living in a society that is run on truth, fairness and respect of personal rights. This is what I was taught, while living in the West. However, today, we are seeing this myth shattering before or eyes. It’s not that there is some corruption that happens once in a while and that it should be expected. I can accept that. Nothing is perfect. However, when one learns that it is not a fluke, rather the way things are really run, it is hard to accept. It is hard to accept because we don’t want to believe it. Because to believe it, means that we are not as ‘good’ a society as we believed ourselves to be, and it also means that we were more or less lied to while growing up and taking history and social studies classes in school.
I want to state here, that I am not angry. I actually understand (though am disillusioned) why all of the back room wheeling and dealing is being done. It is much more efficient to make deals, convince, sweeten the pie, bribe, twist arms, and threaten behind the scenes. One can get much more done that way. It’s just good business. And before anyone states that government and elections are not a business, let’s look at this startling fact…. Of the world's 100 largest economic entities, 51 are now corporations and 49 are countries. Isn’t that interesting?
And so, if someone were the head of a corporation, he/she (I will use he from now on for simplicity) would definitely find it good business to buddy up to the politicians who are the ‘chosen’ few that make laws and enforce them. He would probably make sure that whichever senator or governor who runs for office was in HIS pocket. He would also try to tip the scales of votes for the one he could control the most. After all, if he was a good businessman, he wouldn’t want any of these petty politicians stopping his corporation from functioning at full speed.
And so we see how big business interests can conflict with what is good for the People, and what the People want.
The American people are now in the midst of election fever. They are under the impression that they really are going to get the candidate they want. All they need to do is to go out and cast a vote. But is that how it really works? Do the people really get the candidates they want, and more important, do they get the policies they want?
Too often we hear about voter fraud;
Remember the old saying: "Those who cast the votes decide nothing, those who count the votes decide everything." - Joseph Stalin
And if all that doesn’t work,,, there’s always the Super Delegates to cancel out your vote. Watch this video, it will open your eyes so you can better understand how the SYSTEM works, not for you, the People, but for others who can control their interests through controlling other politicians. This is why Candidate A can win the popular vote (the vote of the people) and yet lose the election to Candidate B. Remember the Bush-Gore-Kerry election fiascoes?
(This video is from CBS news. They have some other very good videos which you might like to watch.)
Payoffs and Arm-twisting – How Your Politicians Get Owned
By now, there should be no one left who thinks that our leaders are either stupid or crazy because of the policies that they pursue. They are neither. They are educated people. Olmert and Livni both have law degrees and Ehud Barak is a former IDF general. By now, any semi-intelligent person must have come to the conclusion that our leaders simply cave in to the international community’s demands. The world has a plan. It is a plan that dictates a Palestinian State to appease the Arabs. The West needs Arab oil and cooperation, and the globalists want the Arab world to play ball, join a trade block in this region called MEFTA (Middle East Free Trade Area) and come under the umbrella of the World Trade Organization. (I plan to write a piece on this as well with references.)
Little Israel is the lamb on the alter. We are the sacrifice for the appetites of the fat oil rich Arab countries. Israel will be left as a limbless entity, completely dependent on the grace of the International community. And that is how they want it.
So, how do they cajole, pressure, bribe and otherwise convince our leaders that their way is the only way? It is not too hard when you are dealing with people who put their own self-interests before their nation. We saw it with Sharon, who, though he ran on a platform against disengagement, caved in when threats of jail time hung over him and his 2 sons. We see it again, with the scandals that are following Olmert. These people seem to have put their own futures ahead of that of the country they are supposed to serve. And it is easy to cajole, bribe and threaten people who have little integrity or have something to hide in their past. The more corruptable a politician is, the easier to control him.
The irony is, that we don’t even have to be privy to what exactly was said, or threatened in these leader to leader meetings. The truth screams at us from the headlines. Take a look at these:
(On the Winograd Report) Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008 Jerusalem Post from print edition Winograd: The Summary - "The war was a missed opportunity, conducted with no understanding of how to use military power to achieve a political and diplomatic goal"
(My comment: And yet they refuse to name PM Olmert and recommend his resignation. The headline screams incompetence and direct bungling of decisions and utter failure in protecting the country and its citizens. But Olmert is treated like an etrog (carefully protected so one can pursue the peace process / left wing agenda).
Yaalon Says Politicians Know: To Be Coddled, Go Left
Excerpt from article: "The phrase 'to etrog a politician' [meaning, to treat him very protectively, as one does with an etrog fruit during the Sukkot holiday] is not something I made up," Yaalon said. "It was made up by a journalist [Amnon Abramovitch]. I call upon some of those who are thought to be leading journalists - and there is no small degree of corruption there [in the media] that, I feel, causes politicians to understand that if they want to be 'etrog-ed' and 'forgiven' in matters of substance and professional failures, it’s a good idea for them to take certain approaches."
Olmert Indictment Unlikely; Appeal Threatened
The official Israel Police investigative team has found some evidence that Ehud Olmert, when serving as Acting Finance Minister in November 2005, acted illegally in promoting his friends' interests during the privatization of Bank Leumi. The team presented its findings on Thursday afternoon, but recommended to the State Prosecution that Olmert not be indicted.
Kept Secret Until After Annapolis: PA Police Murdered Zoldan
"The information was withheld until after the Annapolis summit, however, and only cleared for publication after Prime Minister Ehud Olmert returned from signing a joint declaration with PA Chairman..."
Delek Hires Top Cop Moshe Karadi
Delek Israel, announced it has hired former police commissioner Moshe Karadi to run Delek Pi-Glilot, a fuel storage and distribution company that operates in Ashdod, Jerusalem and Be'er Sheva. In August, Delek Pi-Glilot won a Government Companies Authorities tender to run the fuel storage facilities in Ashdod.
Business Scene: Former Israel Police Commissioner Moshe Karadi who resigned in February this year, following findings by the Zeiler Commission which concluded that police had grossly mishandled the murder investigation in the Perinian affair, has a new job. Karadi is moving into the private sector joining Delek Pi-Glilot, which coordinates supplies, storage and distribution for Delek service stations in Jerusalem, Ashdod and Beersheba. Delek CEO Eyal Lapidot this week announced the appointment of Karadi as general manager of Delek Pi-Glilot.
Last point: Avigdor Lieberman, head of the political party "Yisrael Beitanyu" (Israel Is Our Home) had a police investigation against him (and his daughter) while serving in the opposition. After he joined the Olmert government, the police files against him and his daughter were more or less closed or put aside. As soon as he left the government, their files were re-opened. See:
Exposé Links Olmert, Lieberman and Sharon to Jericho Casino
End of article states: "The investigation against Lieberman and his daughter have been ongoing for years, but suddenly became active again once he left the government last week."
Enough headlines and excerpts. I think you get the idea. It looks like our leaders are being cajoled, bribed, and threatened if they don’t ‘cooperate’. I just did a show this week with journalist Cale Hahn who wrote the article published on our website entitled: Israel and the Dawning of the Police State. In it, he states that at least since Benjamin Netanyahu was elected as PM, every Israeli Prime Minister has been targeted by high-profile criminal investigations just prior to and during "peace process" initiatives. Please listen ( CLICK HERE ) to the show, as it was very informative and enlightening in what goes on behind the scenes to keep our officials in line with land giveaways, and otherwise furthering of internationalist agendas.
After the show I did with Cale Hahn on how police investigations are opened against Israeli Prime Ministers during their terms in office, I received a letter from him in which he wrote:
Tamar- Certainly you saw this. Our interview was certainly timely, no?
The latest article that just came out regarding this ‘treating our Prime Minister like an etrog’ with the Winnograd report.
Other things which can be pointed out on how Israel's justice system is used to protect those who support the "peace process" and severely punish those who oppose it:
1. Brothers Mordechai and Elitzur Harel received extremely harsh jail terms for planning a road block in Tel Aviv during the Gaza expulsion. They were held for several months without trial which had the support of Supreme Court Chief Justice Dorit
2. The Supreme Court specifically prohibited the Winograd Committee from recommending Olmert or anyone else be compelled to resign. This after the repeated petitioning of the court by the IDF's Solicitor-General, Col. Orna David.
3. Police Superintendent Chaim Moshe's treatment of three protesters in Jerusalem during Bush's visit including
confiscating informational leaflets, prohibiting freedom of expression and right to assembly as well as unlawful imprisonment. All of this calls into question the status of basic civil liberties in Israel including the right to assemble, petition, free speech and a free and impartial judiciary.
Tamar, as I said at the beginning of the program, all countries around the world have politicians which break the law. Israel's politicians are no different. What is different in Israel is charges against these politicians are being brought up NOT TO SEE JUSTICE DONE, but rather to blackmail/pressure the politician into speeding along an internationalist agenda against the Jewish state. More and more, I believe some of those behind this agenda have the aim of so strategically weakening Israel as to see her destroyed.
You asked me where is this pressure coming from, who is behind it. The problem is there are so many with the motive, who do you finger? We can start with US corporations (specifically oil companies and defense companies), US politicians, US elites (see Israeli elites), Israeli elites (news media, entertainment media, justice figures, certain politicians, educators, the so-called “intellectual-class”), Israeli corporations and wealthy Israeli business individuals and consortiums (relations with the US tie in here), the UN (including the UN NGOs), the EU, Islamic States and corporations, Russia, Venezuela…
In short, look to Israel's enemies and to those who wish to accrue wealth, favor or power within Israel and/ or in the region. The reality is the internationalist agenda is being forced upon Israel by a combination of most of the above interests coordinating deliberately or conveniently.
It is telling that former Israeli Police Commissioner Moshe Karadi received a juicy contract with an Israeli gas firm and Ehud Barak received employment w/ EDS, a company with significant defense related contracts in the US and globally. He was also appointed a partner in SCP Private Equity Partners, where he identified companies for SCP to purchase that develop security-related products and services.
The Tanakh (bible) says in the book of Zekharyah 12:3 that the whole world will be gathered against Jerusalem. Are we seeing the fulfillment of this before our eyes? If so, is it surprising so many are working towards what would be Israel’s destruction?
All the best,
I am guilty of the sin of laziness. Miri from Yesha has been snowed in for the last two days. Actually, so have I, and I love it. Time with the family, games, playing in the snow, and hot coffee. Miri wants me to write another blog to make things interesting. Sorry Miri, I will have to do 'al chet' on my luxuriating in the time off. I was thinking of writing about the Winograd report that came out. Actually, all of the state of Israel was 'panting' in wait. And then when it came out, it was a totally neutered report.
The Winograd report, for those who don't know, is the Israeli government-appointed commission of inquiry, chaired by Eliyahu Winograd, retired Israeli judge and was supposed to investigate and draw lessons from the Second Lebanon War. The report was supposed to point out the mistakes, blunders and yes, blame, for the failure of the war. It did not. After all the waiting, after all the expectations that now, this would be the end of Olmert as the Prime Minister and we would go to new elections, it was as interesting and effective as a re-run of Gilligan's Island.
Most all of us expected the report to bring down the Olmert government. After all, heads had to fall. Amir Peretz who was the Minister of Defense, lost his position. The Chief of Staff of the IDF, Dan Halutz was also forced to resign, and so, it made sense to believe that the Olmert would follow. After all, 'the buck stops there'. But no, the report was so obscure, that it was almost a joke. They didn't mention any names, not even Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's name. They did not give conclusions of their 'findings', as they were concerned that future Prime Ministers might hesitate to make difficult decisions in the future, for fear of a commissions' nasty reports (Ch.3, para. 12).
The report could have read:
"There is someone who works in the government who erred greatly which led to the failure of the Second Lebanon War and destroyed Israel's deterrent factor. It also led to the deaths of many soldiers who, if the government person was more prepared and experienced, could have prevented the loss of life. We're not SAYING that the one responsible is the HEAD of the Government. We mean, it COULD be, but we're not actually saying it EXACTLY. And we're not IMPLYING that there weren't irresponsible BLUNDERS, but maybe we shouldn’t be so hard on these dunce heads because it might make some people defensive and maybe, heaven forbid, bring down the government that has to stay in power (as U.S. President Bush wants) ."
I have to admit, though I tuned in for the special press conference and was listening to the report, it bored the heck out of me. I knew that I SHOULD watch and listen to it, but I kept switching channels looking for a re-run of Gilligan's Island.
WHO GOT TO THESE PEOPLE? Who 'convinced' them not to name names in this long, long 617 page report? Who convinced them not to point out blame with names, so those responsible could actually take responsibility for it? The nation was waiting for justice to take place so we could possibly go to new elections.
Who didn't want new elections to take place besides the weak Olmert?
Let us go back a few weeks in the news and recall the visit of U.S. President Bush. He came here in order to prop up Olmert, in order to push forward his vision for a New Middle East with the establishment of a Palestinian State. As soon as he stepped off the plane, he is reported to have said to one of our ministers, Eli Yishai, not to leave the government. "Tomorrow we will have a long, intensive talk in the course of which I will try to convince you not to leave the government…” Bush said. Now, whenever someone says they want to have ‘intensive talks’, you can be sure there is going to be a LOT of arm twisting, threats and whatever else it is going to take to get their agenda through. Bush was here for approximately two days. After meetings and photo ops, Bush then left the country with these words to the Israelis: Keep Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in power. http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/124883
So WHO wanted to keep Olmert in power, that COULD? Who had the means to do so? Whose people got to the Winograd commission and neutered them, making sure no names were mentioned, so ‘the buck stops here’ man didn’t get the finger pointed at him? I don’t claim to have the answer. However, I find it hard to believe that after all the hoopla about the damage the report was going to bring to Olmert, and then it turns out to be a nothing report, that SOMETHING must have happened. You decide.
And so, I will write no more here about the 617 page Winograd report that was so intense, and yet didn’t finger Olmert, the main one, who if he had any honor, would take responsibility and resign. I have nothing more to say about it. Instead, I am looking out my window, watching the beautiful snow melting off my car, and I want to relish these last two days at home with my family when we had no school, and we were with family throwing snow balls, building igloos and snowmen in the beautiful Land of Israel.
I am going to leave you with these two beautiful pieces and a thought as well.
What would have happened if our ancestors, whose blood flows through our veins, rejected the land of Israel? See this clip below, and remember how it must have been to leave the super power of the world, Egypt, and go into the desert with an old man, Moshe, just for the privilege of living in The Promised Land. See below, and only then continue to read (please). Make sure your speakers are open, and thanks to the reader who sent me this a while back....
And last, I thank again our brave and idealistic ancestors who came to Israel when it was a barren desert land, filled with swamps, malaria, and corrupt, hostile Moslem, Ottoman government. There were no universities, no operas, no good shopping, no beautiful gardens, no high paying jobs, only what looked like an awfully hard future of back breaking work, malaria, and Arab raids. Yet they came, against all logic. Why? Because they yearned for the Land. They yearned to work towards something bigger than themselves. And they put their ‘safety’ secondary to their dreams. It’s bigger than you and me. As Joseph Trumpeldor, the ardent zionist said, “Tov la-moot, b’aad artzaynu” -it is good to die for one’s land.”
Please view below, this powerpoint presentation of beautiful, beautiful Israel. (I wish I knew who to give credit to, it is just magnificent.)
It is because of those before us, and those here today, that we have merited G-d’s gift to the Jewish people. After viewing the presentation, ask yourself what you can do for Israel to further her advancement, and to further the building of G-d’s precious land. Don’t miss viewing these awesome, beautiful photos (make sure your speakers are on. A window may pop up asking you to OPEN or SAVE the powerpoint. Choose OPEN.) Click HERE to view, it will take a moment to load. Don't click when it comes on, the presentation will move by itself after a short pause.