Fall Colors Invade Zion Canyon-Part 2

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More pics of the brilliant colors in Zion the last few weeks.

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Fall colors have arrived at Zion Canyon at Zion National Park, Utah Fall colors have arrived at Zion Canyon at Zion National Park, Utah

Fall colors have arrived along the Virgin River in Zion Canyon at Zion National Park, Utah Fall colors have arrived along the Virgin River in Zion Canyon at Zion National Park, Utah

Fall colors have arrived at Zion Canyon at Zion National Park, Utah

Fall colors have arrived along the Virgin River in Zion Canyon at Zion National Park, Utah

Fall colors have arrived at Zion Canyon at Zion National Park, Utah

Fall colors have arrived at Zion Canyon at Zion National Park, Utah

Fall colors have arrived at Zion Canyon at Zion National Park, Utah

Fall colors have arrived at Zion Canyon at Zion National Park, Utah

Patterns in the mud along the Virgin River at Zion National Park, Utah Patterns in the mud along the Virgin River at Zion National Park, Utah

Fall colors have arrived along the Virgin River in Zion Canyon at Zion National Park, Utah

Fall colors have arrived at Zion Canyon at Zion National Park, Utah

Fall colors have arrived at Zion Canyon at Zion National Park, Utah

Fall colors have arrived at Zion Canyon at Zion National Park, Utah

Fall colors have arrived at Zion Canyon at Zion National Park, Utah

Fall colors have arrived at Zion Canyon at Zion National Park, Utah

Fall colors have arrived at Zion Canyon at Zion National Park, Utah

Fall colors have arrived at Zion Canyon at Zion National Park, Utah

Fall colors have arrived at Zion Canyon at Zion National Park, Utah

Fall colors have arrived along the Virgin River in Zion Canyon at Zion National Park, Utah

Fall colors have arrived at Zion Canyon at Zion National Park, Utah

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The Evils of Drink

A guy was in New York on a business trip and decided to head to a local bar for a drink. Standing outside the bar was a nun holding a tin cup. 
As the man threw a few bucks into her cup the nun launched into a long tirade about the evils of alcohol. She went on and on about how alcohol was tearing apart the fabric of society and how it was the root of all the city’s problems. 
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Slightly pissed off at having to listen to this the guy said, “Listen sister, I work hard for my money and sometimes at the end of a long day I like a drink or two. That doesn’t make me a bad person. I have a wife I idolize and two wonderful kids at home. I provide for my family, I volunteer my time to several local service clubs and I contribute regularly to various charities. Yet you stand here and condemn me just because I drink the occasional glass of scotch!” 
The nun was slightly taken aback and replied, “I see your point my son and I apologize if I offended you, but the alcohol is such a powerful demon that all who consume it are doomed…” 
“Look there you go again,” said the man, “How can you make such a sweeping statement. Have you ever even TRIED alcohol?” 
“Of course not!” gasped the nun, “The evil alcohol has never touched my lips.” 
“Do you really think that one glass of booze can change you from a devout nun to some kind of evil degenerate?” 
“Well, I really don’t know …” 
“I’ll tell you what, come into the bar with me and I’ll buy you a drink. One drink. I’ll prove to you that “evil” is not inside the glass, it’s inside the person.” 
“Oh I could never be seen going into such a den of inequity, it’s out of the question. However, your comment about evil residing in the person rather than the glass is quite intriguing. I must admit you’ve aroused a curiosity in me.” 
“Well let’s go inside and settle this” 
“No my son, I could never enter such a place… but how about this. Take my tin cup with you and fill it with this “scotch” you mentioned. Bring it out to me and I’ll try it.” 
“You’re on!” said the guy. 
The nun removed all the change and handed him the tin cup. He went into the bar and said to the bartender, “Two scotch on the rocks, and could you put one of them in this tin cup please” 
The bartender sighed and said, “It’s that darn nun out there again!?!”

Bankruptcy and Mud

Palestinian bloggers were amazed when Israelis protested the cruel slaughter of chickens in poultry-packing plants, and during epidemics. “If only we Arabs,” they wrote, “who kill people cruelly and wholesale, cared as much about people as the Jews care about animals.”

Civilian cameras often record events of startling cruelty carried out in Arab countries, in areas of conflict. We often hear Arabs privately saying, “The Zionists have never done to us what we do to ourselves.” This is usually said by Syrians, who have hated the Jews for generations, when they give their thanks for the medical treatment they receive in Israel. Despite the hatred fostered by Hamas, after the most recent military operation, many Gazans admitted that the IDF did in fact warn civilians before attacking terrorist targets protected by “human shields.”

The pictures of an armed Israeli soldier who did not strike back when he was viciously attacked by Palestinian women and children in Nebi Saleh, amazed many regional bloggers. “If such a thing had happened to us,” they wrote on Twitter accounts, “the soldier would have killed his attackers without hesitation.”

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Abbas, PLO, and the Endless News Cycle

Beyond the Cusp

Why does the world sympathize with the Arab side of things against Israel? Sheer volume of noise coming from Mahmoud Abbas, Dealer of Lies, alone even without including Bassem al-Tamimi and family with the endless incitement of the IDF every Friday; Saeb Erekat and his once or twice news condemning the Israelis for some super-critical impingement of the Arabs from some right or freedom; Marwan Barghouti and his updates on the horrific treatment of Arabs by the Jews from his almost country Club prison accommodations; the nearly endless parade of NGOs, Human Rights groups, media stringers feeding stories to the mainstream media usually at times most convenient for European news cycle with some intended attention to the United States media as well; independent research group hoping to find that singular item which propels them into the limelight; college or university campus holding demonstration against Israeli mistreatment, victimization, incarceration, crushing of…

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Did Mahmoud Abbas Ever Turn Down a Peace Offer From Israel?

MYTH:

Mahmoud Abbas never turned down a peace offer from Israel.

FACT

Throughout Myths & Facts we have documented the long sad history of how the Palestinians have repeatedly missed opportunities for independence because their leaders have either been short-sighted, politically weak or simply disinterested in any agreement that would not lead to the destruction of Israel. These chances began as early as the 1937 Peel Plan and include the 1939 British White Paper, the 1947 partition resolution, the 19 years of Jordanian and Egyptian occupation, the Camp David Accords autonomy offer, the Oslo agreements, the 2000 Clinton parameters and, most recently, the 2008 Olmert-Abbas negotiations.

It is easy to demonstrate how the Palestinians squandered each opportunity for statehood, but much harder to find evidence of a Palestinian leader willing to take responsibility for the failure to win independence for his people. Yasser Arafat, responsible for most of the Palestinians’ misfortune went to his grave convinced he would one day liberate Palestine from the Jews without reaching any peace agreement.

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Morning Briefing – The Telegraph

Good morning.

RAF Tornados have already returned from their first bombing raid against Isil in Syria, just hours after MPs authorised by an emphatic majority of 174. Michael Fallon has confirmed on the Today programme that he approved six targets, with the planes attacking the Omar oil fields in Eastern Syria in order to strike “a very real blow to the oil and the revenue on which Daesh depend”. After last night’s parliamentary cut-and-thrust, military operations are now underway. Anti-war activists like the Stop the War group have tried to argue that MPs rode roughshod over voters in a “rush to war”. “Rage away,” says James Kirkup, “but please accept that yes, this is being done in your name too.”

Hilary Benn captured the mood of the House with his impassioned closing speech for the Opposition, receiving rapturous applause (not something MPs are supposed to do) after he made the case for extending military action against Isil. “We must now confront this evil. It is now time for us to do our bit in Syria,” he told MPs. “His party, which for the past few days has appeared broken and beaten, looked like the government,” Dan Hodges wrote. Benn’s speech, forensically making the case for strikes as his anti-war boss Jeremy Corbyn sat behind him, was praised by his opposite number Philip Hammond, who said it would “go down as one of the truly great speeches made in this House of Commons”. John McDonnell has been on the Today programme praising Benn’s “excellent” speech, but stuck the knife in by comparing him to Tony Blair – a deadly insult for Corbynites – saying: “I’m always anxious that the greatest oratory can lead us to the greatest mistakes, that’s what we did in Iraq”.

Benn’s speech helped persuade many Labour MPs to back strikes, like Stella Creasy, who had until then been undecided (but still had her office targeted by protesters). She then found herself swiftly on the receiving end of vile abuse online. “Enjoying sleeping when the first child dies,” is how just one of the messages begin. Creasy is not alone, as the Shadow Foreign Secretary has attracted particular vitriol from anti-war activists online, with one swiftly writing after his speech: “Hilary Benn will never walk the streets of Leeds unprotected again #shameonhisfamily”. The “Left Unity” party published a list of the 66 Labour MPs who voted for action, calling them “warmongers”, adding the caption: “DESELECT THEM NOW”. Ken Livingstone has echoed this tone, telling LBC that there “might be a few” attempts to deselect Labour MPs.

This backlash has sparked calls on Jeremy Corbyn to expel party members who abuse and threaten parliamentarians, with John Mann calling the vitriol “appalling”. The Labour leader has previously tried to rein in activists, telling them in his party conference address: “Cut out the abuse, cut out the cyber bullying, cut out the misogyny. Let’s get back to the real politics”. But in the run-up to the vote, he was decidedly more menacing, telling MPs toying with voting for action that they have no “hiding place”. “There must be no reprisals against the dozens of Labour MPs such as Mr Benn who sided with the Government, and no “not-in-my-name” attempts to question the legitimacy of the decision,” we say. “Mr Corbyn has scant regard for Britain’s security, but even he must acknowledge the democratic process and the clear decision it has produced.” And if last night wasn’t dramatic enough for Labour, today sees a tricky by-election in Oldham.

“What we know about fascists is that they need to be defeated…It is why our party has always stood up against the denial of human rights and for justice. And my view is that we must now confront this evil.”

News
Oldham Votes
Jeremy Corbyn will stay away from Oldham West and Royton on Thursday as voters head to the polls amid fears his views on the military and monarchy are harming Labour’s chances. We’ve looked at what it would mean if Labour lost here. “Today we can do what until recently would have been considered impossible – overturn Labour’s huge majority in Oldham,” Ukip leader Nigel Farage writes in today’s paper. “If we do, believe me, Labour dominoes in the north of England will begin to fall.”

Cameron’s Welfare Ultimatum
David Cameron has told European leaders that he will campaign to leave the European Union unless they cave in to demands to curb in-work benefits for newly arrived EU workers for four years, the Telegraph can reveal. This comes as Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council warned that he was running a “very, very clear” risk of failure by forcing the issue. Meanwhile, Leave.EU have taken down a spoof video which jokes about “foreign johnnies” who “end up in pieces” thanks to UK military action overseas.

Anti-Terror IT Faults
A crucial IT system designed to stop terrorists and criminals getting into Britain is breaking down twice a week amid a £1 billion fiasco at the Home Office, spending watchdogs have warned.

EU Recycling Targets
UK households will be forced to recycle two-thirds of their rubbish while countries that recycle the least will be “let off the hook” with easier targets, under European Commission proposals. The Government said it was “seriously concerned” about the EC’s plans, unveiled on Wednesday, to impose a legally-binding target on most EU member states of recycling 65 per cent of all household waste by 2030.

HRA Delay
Plans to scrap the Human Rights Act have been delayed for a second time, Michael Gove has revealed. The prime minister’s request for a consultation on whether the UK should set up a constitutional court to block EU laws has triggered a “complex” process, the Justice Secretary warned.