Guardian Angel

A man is walking down the street and he hears in his head. ‘Stop!
If you take one more step you will die!’

The man stops and a brick lands at his feet.

He keeps walking not watching where he was going and the voice
says again.

‘Stop! If you take one more step you will regret it for the rest of your life!’

The man stops and a lorry comes roaring by almost hitting him.

He thinks to himself, ‘Who is telling me these things?’

The voice answers:

‘You won’t believe this but, I am your Guardian Angel and I am here to protect you.’

The man thinks to himself, ‘Where the Hell were you on my Wedding Day?’

The second pose

The Sketchbook

You can probably imagine what the most difficult part of this pose was for me. I was looking at Nancy’s face from below and on the side, and it was so hard to draw. As I mentioned in my post from Monday, Nancy has a tiny face with delicate features. They are even harder to draw when she’s in a prone position, so for this I tried to focus on two things: 1. that beautiful line of her hip against the background and 2. grouping the shadows on her body into big shapes. I’ve been reading Don Andrews book Interpreting the Figure in Watercolor. He uses a technique that he calls linkage, where he unites all the shadow shapes into one. It seems easy in theory but in practice it’s not, because the transitions from light to dark are very subtle on the curves of the body, unless there’s a…

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Sweden Imports Jew-hatred

If anyone had thought that the slaughter of four Jews in a Paris supermarket — for the reason that they were Jews — would have caused the Swedish mainstream press and the government to explain who is behind Europe’s growing anti-Semitism and anti-Jewish violence, he would be sadly mistaken. With the exception of one television program, the connection between anti-Semitism, Islam and Muslim mass immigration remains a mental no-go area in Sweden.

Sweden’s history when it comes to Jews is not a pretty one. It was not until 1870 that Jews were permitted to settle wherever they wanted in the country. Sweden was behind the proposal to stamp a big “J” in the passports of German Jews, to prevent Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany from entering. And now the Swedish authorities close their eyes to the new Jew-hatred that is imported in the wake Muslim immigration.

Unfortunately, one of the worst offenders trying to hide the truth is a Jewish organization, the Swedish Committee Against Anti-Semitism [SKMA].

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Reported negotiations with Iran will make the Middle East safer

MYTH:

Reported negotiations with Iran will make the Middle East safer

FACT

Since the discovery of Iran’s secret program to develop nuclear weapons, the hope has always been that either Iran could be compelled to give up its ambition through the imposition of sanctions or a negotiated agreement that would, ideally, prevent Iran from ever building a bomb, or at least delay the development for several years. Military action has been raised as an option of last resort, but the preference of all parties, with the possible exception of Saudi Arabia, has been to find a peaceful solution.

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Is the internet a crock of old poo-poo or what? And if so, is it because of those on it, or the basic idea of it?

The Slog

THE INTERNET: NICE IDEA, SHAME ABOUT THE SOFTWARE & THE INHABITANTS

So there I was, for the fourth time this week, trying to find a new way into the Chateau D’If French health service, via amelia.fr in the Google search box.

Google sent me 4,600,553 (I’m serious) links to Amelia Earhart, GHS Tiger Cubs paddle past Southmont Mounties, and 18 entries about Amelias – ranging from a movie to Amelia Shepherd….and just for luck, Natamelia Pilates. I’m going to use that name in a novel one day: it may be an exercise class to you, but it’s gold dust as a piece of instant characterisation for me.

Finally reaching the link that says CPAM in English, Google asked if I wanted the page translated into English. The answer would’ve been no even if it had been in French, because Google is the only translator engine I know that’s confused on…

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What’s Hidden by Administration in Iran Deal?

Beyond the Cusp

 

One has to wonder what is behind President Obama and his closest advisors and all of the other Administration personnel within the Iran negotiations teams that is causing them to take every possible step in avoiding allowing for a straight up or down majority opinion in a nonbinding resolution by Congress. The fact that the agreement being fashioned has been classified as a military arms control agreement which is not required to be ratified as would a treaty; one might be confused as to the difference between a treaty and an arms controls agreement. Apparently the major differences are down to not requiring Congressional approval and are not as binding as would be a treaty thus the enforcement and inspections criteria must be included within the framework of the agreement as well as any punishment or avenues of redress should either party stray from the criteria listed in such…

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Report: Saudis might help Israel attack Iran in exchange for progress in peace process – Arab-Israeli Conflict

In private talks with European sources, the Saudis have expressed their willingness to cooperate with Israel on Iran, including use of Saudi air space by the IDF for a possible air strike, according to a report by Channel 2.

Cooperation with Saudi Arabia would not come free, however. According to the report, the Saudi officials said they would need to see progress between Israelis and Palestinians before having enough legitimacy to allow Israel to use their air space.

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The Right to Say No

PA Pundits - International

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caruba_alan20080111 By Alan Caruba ~

Something very unpleasant is occurring in America. Those who have a strong religious faith are being denied the right to say “no” based on its teachings and values. This is particularly true these days as homosexuals, barely three percent of the population, demand that they be accommodated when their demand runs counter to thousands of years of what has been deemed moral behavior and, for many, still is.

When it comes to marriage. Gays insist they have a “right” to get married and call their union “marriage”, but there is absolutely nothing in the thousands of years of the Judeo-Christian ethic that defines same-sex unions as either moral or legal.

The most recent and egregious example of what can happen when someone obeys God rather than the state is Arlene’s Flowers, a small floral shop in Richland, Washington. Its owner, Barronelle Stuzman, declined to make…

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