Blondie (2)

A blond guy gets home early from work and hears strange noises coming from the bedroom. He rushes upstairs to find his wife naked on the bed, sweating and panting.

“What happened?!?” he says in panic. “I’m having a heart attack!” cries the woman. 

He rushes downstairs to grab the phone, but just as he’s dialing, his 4-year-old son comes up and says,”Daddy! Daddy! Uncle Ted’s hiding in your closet and he’s got no clothes on!” 

The guy slams the phone down and storms upstairs into the bedroom, past his screaming wife, and rips open the wardrobe door.  Sure enough, there is his brother, totally naked, cowering on the closet floor. 

“You rotten bastard,” says the husband.My wife is having a heart attack and you’re running around naked and scaring the kids!!!

Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Iran, Al-Jazeera and the Gulf States

Beyond the Cusp

One of the places where that fabric of the world is stretched the tightest is along the Persian Gulf with the Straights of Hormuz being at the near breaking-point. The fabric was ratcheted even tighter right before United States President Trump’s recent visit when Qatar backed out of the deal made which made the Trump visit possible. Following right behind Qatar were both Oman and Bahrain, who also backed out of the deal, leaving Saudi Arabia in a predicament which has its problems and its rewards. The problem is now Saudi Arabia must foot the entire approximately four-hundred-billion dollar deal over three years. The good side is Saudi Arabia will be arming themselves to parity if not exceeding the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). The next problem is that Saudi Arabian Military is great at marching and wearing fancy dress and intimidating mostly unarmed protesters and putting down any aspirations for…

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Female Genital Mutilation: Multiculturalism Gone Wild

Attorneys for the defense of two Michigan doctors from India, and one of their wives, who were indicted by a grand jury on April 22 and charged with mutilating the genitals of two seven-year-old girls, intend to put forth a religious-freedom argument on behalf of their Muslim clients.

The defendants are members of Dawoodi Bohra, an Islamic sect based in their home country. In the federal case, the first of its kind since female genital mutilation (FGM) was banned in 1996, the defense team is claiming that the practice is a religious ritual and therefore should be protected by U.S. law.

Their plea unwittingly exposes the false claims made by prominent Muslims — such as Iranian-American religion scholar/TV host Reza Aslan and Palestinian-American activist Linda Sarsour, who have insisted that FGM is “not an Islamic practice.”

Female genital mutilation, also known as female circumcision, is the cutting or removal of the clitoris and/or the labia, as a way of eliminating a girl’s sexual desire and pleasure, to guarantee that she be a virgin before marriage and remain faithful to her husband afterwards. According to the World Health Organization:

FGM has no health benefits, and it harms girls and women in many ways. It involves removing and damaging healthy and normal female genital tissue, and interferes with the natural functions of girls’ and women’s bodies. Generally speaking, risks increase with increasing severity of the procedure.

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Ending the “War on Work”

Edward L. Glaeser joins Brian Anderson to discuss the great American domestic crisis of the twenty-first century: persistent joblessness, particularly among “prime-age” men. This Ten Blocks edition is the first based on City Journal’s special issue, The Shape of Work to Come.

In 1967, 95 percent of men between the ages of 25 and 54 worked. During the Great Recession, the share of jobless prime-age males rose above 20 percent. Today, even after years of economic recovery, more than 15 percent of prime-age men still aren’t working. Technological changes, globalization, the educational system, and government policy have all contributed to the problem. “To solve this crisis, we must educate, reform social services, empower entrepreneurs, and even subsidize employment,” argues Glaeser in his article, “The War on Work—and How to End It,” in the special issue of City Journal.

Edward L. Glaeser is a professor of economics at Harvard University, a City Journal contributing editor, and the author of Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier.

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The Telegraph – Brexit Bulletin

Good evening.

Brexit, Tony Blair said in February, had put the “ possibility of the break-up of the UK…back on the table, but this time with a context much more credible for the [Scottish] independence case.” Nicola Sturgeon pressed her case over the weeks that followed, insisting that a refusal to give her a second independence vote before Britain left the European Union would disrespect her “clear mandate” from Scottish voters and show that the “Tories fear the verdict of the Scottish people”. “ Now is not the time,” was all Theresa May would say in response.

The balance of power has shifted after the snap election, with the SNP leader today concluding that now is not the time for a second referendum after “reflecting” on a disastrous night for her party on which it lost 21 seats in Westminster. The Tories, by contrast, had been considering Sir Lynton Crosby’s advice to call the SNP’s bluff by agreeing to an early vote pre-Brexit in order to “secure support for the status quo”.

Scotland’s First Minister declared that her colleagues will now “put our shoulder to the wheel in seeking to influence the Brexit talks in a way that protects Scotland’s interests”, according to the First Minister. Tom Harris thinks that its policy on Brexit is “more likely” to have damaged its support more than its ceaseless fight for independence. “Attempts to secure a “soft” Brexit for the UK or even for Scotland alone, in some nebulous bespoke deal, therefore, raises suspicions that the SNP wish to keep Scotland in the EU in all but name,” he writes.

The SNP leader decided to “reset” her timetable for independence, suggesting that there won’t be one until the Brexit deal has been finalised, but she refused to take the prospect off the table outright. “So uncertainty continues, which will not be welcome news for business and the economy,” writes Allan Massie. “But for the moment Nicola Sturgeon has wriggled free of the hook on which she had impaled herself, and only her pride is wounded. She has escaped further damage by accepting that now is not the time – which is, of course, what Mrs May told her months ago.”

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