God’s Request to Adam

GOD said: “Adam, I want you to do something for me.” “

“Gladly, Lord,”” replied Adam. ““What do you want me to do?”

” Go down into the valley.” “

“What’’s a valley?”” asked Adam.

God explained to him, then said, Cross the river.” “

“What’’s a river?”

God explained it to him, and then continued, “Go over the hill…”. “

What’s a hill?” God explained to Adam what a hill was, then said,

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On the other side of the hill, you will find a cave.” “

“What’’s a cave?””

After God explained, he said, “In the cave you will find a woman.”

Adam asked, ““What’’s a woman?”” So God explained that to him too. He continued, “I want you to reproduce.”

“”How do I do that?””

“Jeez,” God muttered under his breath. He then sighed and explained the birds and the bees to Adam. He liked that concept very much, so he went down into the valley, across the river, over the hill and into the cave where he found a woman.” A little while later, Adam returned and says: “Lord…

…“What’’s a headache?””

Answering the Knock

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I don’t usually give explanations on my poems. Some are quite personal. However this poem was written in the early morning when everyone was sleeping, the people in the house and the mice in the ceiling, even the traffic outside was silent.  When I read over this poem I think I was high on oxycodone when I  wrote it that morning. I remember being in a fog and it’s a little different then what my muse usually offers me to write. I like this very much I hope you guys do too.

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there was a tap . . .
soft . . .
hardly audibly
I heard tap, tap a little louder. . .
I looked to my left . . .
then my right. . .
I peaked behind me . . .
glanced at the ceiling . . .
and the planks on the floor. …

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An Inherited Culture of Hate

A Pew Research Center report, published in 2013, entitled, “The World’s Muslims, Religion, Politics and Society,” explored attitudes and opinions of Muslims around the world regarding religion and its impact on politics, ethics and science.

A sample of 1450 Tunisian Muslims from all the 24 governorates of Tunisia were interviewed between November and December 2011. According to the study, 50% of Tunisians consider themselves living a conflict between their religion and the modern world. According to the report, 32% of Tunisians consider divorce unethical — the highest rate in the Arab and Muslim world — compared to 8% in Egypt, 6% in Lebanon and 3% in Jordan. Although 46% respondents said that religion is compatible with the modern world, the study indicated that the Tunisian population is more prone to advocate individual choice — with 89% favoring — in wearing the niqab (face-veil).

Similarly, based on the United Nations report and research from the Quilliam Foundation in 2014, Tunisian terrorists represent the highest number (3,800) of foreign terrorists in Syria and Iraq. Syrian authorities also confirmed that the number of Tunisian terrorists is more than 10,000, out of a total of 48,000 terrorists in Syrian territory.

What are the main reasons for Tunisia’s high rate of terrorism?

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How the United States Got These Candidates

Beyond the Cusp

With all the brouhaha over how negatively both major party candidates are received with Democrat Party Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton somewhere over 55% negative rating and Republican Party Presidential Candidate Donald Trump often reaching beyond 65% negative rating, it would appear an impossible situation; yet here we all are. One of the two it is obvious why they were chosen, they were promised as their 2008 consolation prize the next open candidacy for President after President Obama, thus the Democrats were to be stuck with Hillary Clinton. What is absolutely stunning, and is one reason she easily could lose, she had to resort to dirty political tricks and slanting the playing field in order to beat out a non-Democrat card carrying socialist who started his campaign on a shoestring of financing and at 3% in polling. By the time we reached an almost photo-finish, Bernie Sanders had nearly closed the…

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The Wilders Process and the incompetent Dutch Justice System

A new legal proceeding against PVV leader Geert Wilders will be brought before the court in The Hague on October 31.[1]

Why? In 2014 he asked a group of the party’s sympathizers: “What do we want, more or less Moroccans?” The crowd shouted: “Less Moroccans.”[2] This response had a stereotypical element because it referred to Moroccans in general.

There is a disproportionately large number of Moroccans among suspects of criminality in the Netherlands in comparison with their two percent share in the population.[3] Yet it is wrong to blame all Moroccans or hold them responsible for the attitudes of these individuals. Suggesting this, as the shouting seemed to indicate, expresses an ethnically racist opinion.

There are, however, more aspects to the context of this process than meet the eye. Some of these facets also indirectly relate to matters concerning Jews.

First a few general issues. In October 2010 another legal process against Wilders started. The official prosecution accused him of insulting Muslims with various remarks in the media and with his anti-Koran movie Fitna.

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The Middle East: The Other Main Sources of Law

In the Saudi Kingdom, the primary source of law is the Islamic sharia, based on the principles of a school of jurisprudence (Hanbali) found in pre-modern texts. Ultra-puritanical judges and lawyers form part of the country’s Islamic scholars.

But there is another main source of law: royal decrees. Simple death penalty along with beheading, stoning to death, amputation, crucifixion and lashing are common legal punishments. In the three years to 2010, there were 345 beheadings. But the legal system is usually too lenient for cases of rape and domestic violence.

The common punishment for offenses against religion and public morality such as drinking alcohol and neglect of prayer is usually lashings. Retaliatory punishments are also part of the legal system, such as, literally, an eye for an eye. Saudis can also grant clemency, in return for money, to someone who has unlawfully killed their relatives.

It is not surprising to anyone that Saudi Arabia is widely accused of having one of the worst human rights records in the world — the Kingdom is one of the few countries in the world not to accept the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights. There is capital punishment for homosexuality. Women are not allowed in public places to be in the presence of someone outside the kinship. They are not allowed to drive.

But what makes Saudi Arabia an even uglier country than all of that medieval legal absurdity and systematic and cruel torture of its own citizens combined, is the fact that those pre-modern laws do not apply to all Saudis. One powerful visual evidence of this was a few photographs showing a Saudi prince vacationing on an ultra-luxurious yacht off Turkey’s Mediterranean coast. The very strict Quranic ban on all forms of extravagance and the command for modesty are probably not printed in Saudi copies of the Muslim holy book. But there was more than that.

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The True Story Behind Good Girls Revolt, as Told in 1970

Some of them were known as “dollies.” The women researchers who worked at Newsweek magazine in the late 1960s got quotes for stories but their jobs offered little upward mobility and less pay than was received by the magazine’s male writers, who got to conduct interviews with important people and write the story’s copy.

In 1970, “the dollies” decided they were fed up. The day that Newsweek ran a cover story about the feminist movement, the Newsweek women put the story’s subject into practice. The following week, TIME explained what was going on, and how the issue wasn’t just about one magazine:

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Morning Briefing – The Telegraph

Good morning.

America will be voting for its next President in just over a week. It may have seemed like the election had run out of potential for surprises after the debates. Hillary Clinton had established for herself a commanding lead, in one poll by as much as 12 points, over Donald Trump. But the FBI has ensured that her email saga, dubbed by Trump’s campaign manager a “never-ending scandalabra”, will remain in voters’ minds as they decide who to vote for.

The damage to Clinton’s poll rating has been dramatic, as her 12 point lead in the latest Washington Post/ABC poll has collapsed to just a point. The FBI has in the meantime obtained a warrant to begin searching newly discovered emails belonging to top Clinton aide Huma Abedin, as agents attempt to example as many of them as possible before election day on November 8. The sheer quantity of messages – approximately 650,000 – means that the probe could last weeks, so she can’t expect to escape it if she wins the election.

The new emails were discovered on a device seized during an unrelated underage sexting investigation into former New York congressman Anthony Weiner, who is Abedin’s estranged husband. We never thought we were going to say thank you to Anthony Weiner,” Trump told a rowdy rally in Las Vegas in response. It remains unclear what connection – if any – the emails might have to the Clinton email investigation. And that is a sign that the FBI is in “fear of the mob”, Juliet Samuel writes in today’s paper. “The director of the FBI – those tough guys who smash in doors and shoot people – was scared that if he didn’t talk now and the news leaked out, it would confirm every conspiracy theory going about how the agency was in the Clintons’ pocket.”

Clinton’s supporters are livid with the FBI over its intervention. Harry Reid, the Senate Democratic leader, accused the agency of possibly breaking federal law by announcing the new steps in the email investigation so close to the election. Abedin, the aide at the centre of the this email storm, spent the weekend holed up at her luxury New York apartment as speculation mounted that Clinton would be forced to sack, or at least distance herself, from her. Clinton has in turn sought to change the focus of the campaign back onto her preferred topic – her rival – by slamming his lack of charitable giving. “It’s always Donald Trump first and everyone else second”. If she fails to contain the e-mail fallout, she may find next week that Trump comes first yet again.