Britain’s Unrequited Love

The tradition of liberal tolerance, fostered in Britain, was one of the greatest gifts this country gave to the world. That inclusive tradition of John Locke and John Stuart Mill, however, always leaves itself open to abuse by people willing to use liberalism’s flaws — not least its tolerance of intolerance — to end liberalism.

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Palestinian Latest United Nations Deceit Revealed

Beyond the Cusp

The original petition for United Nations Security Council to intervene and grant Mahmoud Abbas his own fiefdom cut from the body of the Jewish state, guaranteed under issuance fully backed by the League of Nations and spelled out through the determinations of the San Remo Conference where it was established as inviolate and recognized and rededicated under Article 80 of the United Nations Charter, was lacking the ruse of at least making mention of further attempts to reach a mutual resolution through direct negotiations with Israel. What the Western nations plus Japan realize is that they are obligated to guarantee all the lands from the Jordan River west to the Mediterranean Sea as reserved in perpetuity for the formation of the Jewish state and that the lands east of the Jordan River to the border with Iraq, the land by mutual agreement with the early Zionists, was reserved for the…

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The Organist

James' Funnies

A small church had a very attractive big-busted organist, and her breasts were so large that they bounced and jiggled while she played the organ. Unfortunately, she distracted the congregation considerably.
The very proper church ladies were appalled. They said something had to be done about this or they would have to get another organist.
So, one of the ladies approached her very discreetly about the problem, and told her to mash up some green persimmons and rub them on her nipples and over her breasts, which should cause them to shrink in size, but warned her not to taste any of the green persimmons, because they are so sour they will make your mouth pucker up, and you won’t be able to talk properly for a while.
The voluptuous organist, reluctantly agreed to try it.
The following Sunday morning the minister walked up to the pulpit and said …

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EU court orders removal of Hamas from terrorism list

Global Geopolitics

A bureaucratic ‘technicallity’ has now let a deadly terrorist group, Hamas, off the hook, leaving Israel in further danger. One shouldn’t be surprised if Israel has to act alone in another military strike to keep its boundary areas safe.

A leading court said the EU’s decision to keep Hamas on the terrorist list was not based on action. The European General Court said its ruling on Dec. 17 was technical rather than an assessment of Hamas.

“The court stresses that those annulments, on fundamental procedural grounds, do not imply any substantive assessment of the question of the classification of Hamas as a terrorist group within the meaning of the common position,” the General Court said.

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Worrying About China

PA Pundits - International

caruba_alan20080111By Alan Caruba ~

China MapIf there is one thing various experts and pundits like to do most it is to worry about all manner of speculative threats. I can recall when much of their focus was on the Soviet Union until 1991 when it collapsed along with the decline in the cost of oil. The fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 signaled that it was no longer the feared power it had been.

Despite its invasion of Ukraine to annex the Crimea, the Russian Republic is in the same position its predecessor was because, once again, the price of a barrel of oil is falling. Turns out that the fracking technology that many environmentalists fear has also produced large increases in both oil and natural gas here in the U.S., that have created an oil glut that is driving its price down.

Largely unnoticed, however, have been the growing…

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ISIS annual income nears 3 billion: estimate

Money Jihad

Shattering previous estimates, Thomson Reuters Accelus says that ISIS’s annual income is $2.9 billion annually with total assets surpassing $2 trillion.

Most of the income comes from the energy sector, with 55 percent income coming from oil and natural gas. The remainder comes from extortion/Islamic taxation (12 percent); control of the Iraqi agricultural sector (primarily wheat and barley at 7 percent), the cement industry (10 percent), and phosphate mining (10 percent); kidnap-for-ransom schemes (4 percent); and donations (2 percent).

Hat tip to Gisele for sending in an infographic from their findings, which include the income breakdown:

Where Islamic State gets its money

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