Obama’s presidency in irretrievable decline

Charles Rowley's Blog

“Mr. Obama’s re-election stirred grand expectations.The vote heralded a new liberal era, or so it was claimed. His victory was said to reflect ideological, cultural and demographic trends that could keep Democrats in the majority for years to come…Now, six months later, the Obama administration is in an unexpected and sharp state of decline. Mr. Obama has little influence on Congress. His presidency has no theme. He pivots nervously from issue to issue…Congressional Republicans neither trust nor fear the president. And Democrats on Capitol Hill, to who Mr. Obama has never been close, have grown leery of him.” Fred Barnes, ‘The Decline of the Obama Presidency’, The Wall Street Journal, June 3, 2013

The collapse of the Obama presidency was not caused by the scandals that have recently engulfed the White House – serious though these are. Signs of decline preceded them. The cause of the collapse emanates from…

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ProPep Surgical – da Vinci Prostatectomy | da Vinci Robotic Surgery | Nerve Monitoring Prostate Surgery

Surviving In This Very Moment...

I found this interesting. I wish I had known about this technique so I could have discussed it with my surgeon prior to my prostatectomy. Being informed allows one to  advocate for oneself.

ProPep Surgical – da Vinci Prostatectomy | da Vinci Robotic Surgery | Nerve Monitoring Prostate Surgery.

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3-year-old Israeli’s kidney saves Palestinian boy

When three-year-old Noam Naor fell out the window and was pronounced clinically dead 10 days ago, his parents decided to donate his organs. One kidney was given to another Israeli child. The other saved the life of a 10-year-old Palestinian.

The operation, carried out Sunday at the Schneider children’s ward at Petah Tikva’s Beilinson Hospital, was deemed successful.

Health Minister Yael German on Sunday praised the Naor family for the life-saving act, which she called “an example” for everyone.


One Day in Osaka

Our Weird and Wonderful World

I visited Osaka recently to renew my passport.  Instead of mailing the renewal form, what better excuse to see the city than go for a quick visit.  In the past Osaka was the commercial centre of Japan, fondly known as the country’s ‘kitchen’ as the major trader of rice, which then started what we now know as futures exchange market.  Currently it functions as one of the command centres for Japan’s economy.  Second to Tokyo in terms of size, population and contribution to Japan’s economy.

When I was there for a day I felt it was large and busy, but not as vibrant as Tokyo.  Tokyo, on the other hand was just pumping!  I still enjoyed my day nonetheless.

My first stop was the Osaka Castle.  Very central and easily accessible by the Osaka city loop train through the Osaka Business Park or the Osaka-jo Koen stops.  Established in…

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Stepping back through history, the delights of colonial Barichara

Notes from Camelid Country

Barichara has a dream-like quality – a fabulously preserved colonial village that feels about a thousand years away from the hustle and bustle of Bogota. A few days spent eating delicious pastries and sipping good coffee on the tranquil plaza, visiting colonial churches and wandering down peaceful cobbled streets is a real pleasure. Spend too much time here and it may be difficult to tell dreams from reality.

The modern world hasn’t passed Barichara by, although its not so intrusive that you’d really notice. It has a number of lovely hotels in old colonial buildings predominately catering to wealthy Colombians, who come here from Bogota for the peace and refreshing climate.

It really is like stepping back in time. So well preserved is the village that it has been the film set for numerous Spanish-language films and soap operas, although thankfully there were no telenovela histrionics while we were there. The colonial…

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DEPRAVITY DISPOSAL SCANDAL: Tory Environment Minister in new sleaze row shocker

The Slog

owenptPublicsum…outright denial of bestial behaviour

Top Tory Owen orders ordures odours crackdown blitz

UK Secretary of State for the Environment Owen Publicsum found himself embroiled in yet another row this morning, and had to “vehemently deny most vigorously” that Britain is at risk of massive pollution involved in the disposal of toxic political sleazebags.

Still sweating from the heat of a major badger backlash, Mr Publicsum promised a huge crackdown on the safety regulations surrounding dumping of sleazebags in the North Sea. “We have a zero-tolerance policy towards the accidental escape of corporeal decay agent HoC650,” he told a sub-committee of terrified legislators late last night. HoC650 is more commonly referred to as Dorian Gray Syndrome.

The Minister is already involved in a massive clear-up at his French house, where zero-tolerance of Department of Environment culling recommendations resulted in 43 badgers squatting on his roof. Over 7,300 antique tiles were…

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Guardian misleads on Israeli Druze, part 2: Unreliable Sources

In our previous postabout a report by Phoebe Greenwood in the Guardian (‘Golan Heights braces for war as tensions rise between Syria and Israel, May 31) we exposed two errors.  The report grossly inflated the number of Druze in the Golan Heights (there are 20,000, not 80,000 as Greenwood claimed), and also falsely alleged that Druze is an “Islamic sect” when it is in fact a unique monotheistic religion which departed from Islam around the 11th century. 

As we noted in our last post (as a bit of background), Majdal Shams is one of the four Druze communities in the Golan Heights, with a population of about 9,000. After capturing the Golan Heights during the Six Day War, Israel offered all the Druze people living there citizenship—an offer most turned down. However, they all carry Israeli ID cards and are free to live, travel, work, and seek higher education anywhere…

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