Teething Troubles

A pirate walks into a bar and the bartender says, “Hey, I haven’t seen you in a while. What happened, you look terrible!”
“What do you mean?” the pirate replies, “I’m fine.”
The bartender says, “But what about that wooden leg? You didn’t have that before.”
 
“Well,” says the pirate, “We were in a battle at sea and a cannon ball hit my leg but the surgeon fixed me up, and I’m fine, really.”
 
“Yeah,” says the bartender, “But what about that hook? Last time I saw you, you had both hands.”
“Well,” says the pirate, “We were in another battle and we boarded the enemy ship. I was in a sword fight and my hand was cut off but the surgeon fixed me up with thispirate hook, and I feel great, really.”
 
“Oh,” says the bartender, “What about that eye patch? Last time you were in here you had both eyes.”
“Well,” says the pirate, “One day when we were at sea, some birds were flying over the ship. I looked up, and one of them pooped in my eye.”
“So?” replied the bartender, “what happened? You couldn’t have lost an eye just from some bird poop!”
“Well,” says the pirate, “I wasn’t really used to the hook yet…”

Boo Bear Loves his Berries~

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and he will go to great lengths to get them!
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If he gets jam on his head,
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he just takes a nap in the berry patch!

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There are lots of nice places to snooze,
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in Glacier National Park,
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and no one wakes you up!
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Humans like it too!
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Cheers to you from Glacier’s little brown bears~
Note: I miss you & your blogs! We have no wifi now in Yellowstone, so I will touch base when I can.

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Why Israel Must Ignore the White House as Should the World

Beyond the Cusp

White House spokesman Josh Earnest read his part and I can only hope he was wincing with each word, and if not then he is unfeeling and dead between the ears or plain evil as his boss. The statement read, “The United States remains deeply concerned by the recent violence and escalating tensions surrounding Haram al-Sharif, or the Temple Mount, as it’s also known. The United States, as we routinely do, strongly condemn all acts of violence, particularly in that location that’s so sacred to many, many people. It is absolutely critical that all sides exercise restraint, refrain from provocative actions and rhetoric, and preserve unchanged the historic status quo on the Haram al-Sharif Temple Mount, both in word and in practice.” Let’s take the crazy train and try to understand this statement for what it is worth.

First and foremost, the referencing to the Temple Mount as the secondary…

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Why Do Muslims Flock to The “Evil West”?

“The tragedy of the Palestinians,” Jordan’s (late) King Abdullah wrote in his memoirs, “was that most of their leaders had paralyzed them with false and unsubstantiated promises that they were not alone; that 80 million Arabs and 400 million Muslims would instantly and miraculously come to their rescue.”

Decades later, Syrians fleeing the civil war in their homeland make up the backbone of the world’s refugee tragedy.

Officially, Muslim Turkey is home to the largest number of Syrian refugees (1.9 million). Lebanon hosts 1.2 million Syrians; Jordan, more than 600,000; and Egypt, over 100,000. That makes nearly four million predominantly Muslim Syrians.

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Arab Terrorists Frequently Attack Israeli Emergency Response Teams

This past year, Israel’s Fire and Rescue Authority as well as Magen David Adom have often been attacked by Palestinian terrorists when responding to incidents in the Judea and Samaria area as well as in the country’s capital.

Israel’s Fire and Rescue Authority, which is tasked with providing firefighting services and rescue in Judea and Samaria to Jewish and Palestinian populations, are frequently targeted by Palestinian attackers. Magen David Adom, part of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, is also a popular target.

Ironically, on a daily basis, both emergency services provide aid and treat the residents of the Palestinian villages that are home to those attackers.

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Morning Briefing – The Telegraph

Good morning.

With Labour and the Liberal Democrats still traumatised by the general election, David Cameron’s biggest challenge at the Tories’ upcoming conference is keeping his party satisfied over Europe. MPs will have plenty of chances over the days touring fringe events in Manchester to share their thoughts on what their leader should bring back from Brussels, how the referendum should be run, and to gossip about the party’s future.

Nicky Morgan’s suggestion that she may enter the race to succeed David Cameron has re-ignited leadership speculation, but what could make or break the chances of Tory leadership contenders is how they respond to the EU referendum. George Osborne is the frontrunner among Conservative voters, while Boris Johnson is the favourite of the public at large, but could the Chancellor be sunk by trying to sell Britain’s renegotiated membership to voters in a campaign to stay in? Fraser Nelson argues in today’s paper that the referendum could define the Tory leadership race. “Should Boris Johnson end up leading a triumphant “out” campaign, he would be perfectly positioned to ask the same Tory activists to vote for him as party leader,” he writes. “We could be just two years away from a Boris-run Britain.”

The prospect of Brexit can’t be ruled out amid narrowing polls and research by Open Europe suggesting that 203 Tory MPs could swing either way in the referendum campaign. A Ukip donor has suggested Nigel Farage could stand down as party leader to focus his energies on the Brexit campaign, and fellow campaigners will be energised by the idea of causing Tory anarchy and – as Fraser Nelson puts it – “decapitating the government”. “Leave” campaigners will give this campaign their all, while Ukip has been waiting for over two decades for this chance.

“Brexit may be highly improbable, but the improbable has been happening rather a lot lately” Fraser Nelson

News
Meet the New Politics, Same As The Old Politics
Jeremy Corbyn has shelved his plans to scrap tuition fees amid mounting concerns that he could be forced to “do a Nick Clegg” on one of his key policies. The Labour leader has also admitted, during a visit to Scotland in which he drunk an Irn-Bru, that his party may not have a position on Trident by the time of the Scottish elections next May. Meanwhile, a YouGov survey has given Corbyn the worst poll rating (-8) of any Opposition leader since polls began, while Lord Sugar has said “we should all move to China” if he becomes Prime Minister.

Strike Two
Russia’s defence ministry has released fresh footage claiming to show a second wave of air strikes over Syria. “Moscow cares only about Russian power,” writes former ambassador Charles Crawford. “It now aims to express that power through Assad entering any “managed process” from a position of strength, and utterly dependent on Moscow.”

Yours Truly, Angry Mob
Conservative activists attending their party’s conference in Manchester have been told to hide their identification passes amid fears union protests could descend into violence.

Everything She Wants
As the next volume of his official biography of Margaret Thatcher is published, Charles Moore has been speaking to Elizabeth Grice about the woman behind the image – from her foibles and oddities to her unashamed use of womanly wiles to get her own way.

General Knowledge
General studies is being used by Britain’s best state schools to inflate results and improve their rankings in league tables, an analysis has found.

Fantasy Politics
As the Tory conference nears, Demos is running its excellent “fantasy politics” league, where you can pick a roster of politicians and win or lose points depending on how well they perform. There is still time to enter – and I’ll be helping judge things – so why not spice up your conference?

Obama’s Real Legacy: Creating a Global Haven for Terrorists

The evolving threat to America’s national security has never been more random and unpredictable than in the dwindling months left at the Obama White House.

At the global level, scholars will long debate just who and what policies are fueling the “steeper-than-exponential rise of terrorist attacks.” But one thing is clear: President Barack Obama’s legacy will likely be the establishment of a global haven for terrorism.

Obama’s ludicrous assertions the world is “less violent” than it has ever been, that Al Qaeda’s terrorist ranks are “on the run” and have been “decimated,” ..”America is winning right now. America is great right now” are blatant lies based on fantasy.

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