A husband and his wife were celebrating 50 years together. Their three kids, all very successful, all agreed to a Sunday dinner in their honor.  

“Happy Anniversary Mom & Dad” gushed son number one, a surgeon, “Sorry I’m running late. I had an emergency at the hospital with a patient, you know how it is, and didn’t have time to get you a gift.” 

“Not to worry” said the father, the important thing is that we’re all together today.” 

Son number two, a lawyer, arrived and announced “You and Mom look great Dad”. I just flew in from Los Angeles between depositions and didn’t have time to shop for you”. 

“It’s nothing,” said the father. “We’re glad you were able to come.” 

Just then the daughter,a marketing executive, arrived. “Hello and Happy Anniversary! I’m sorry but my boss is sending me out of town and I was really busy packing, so I didn’t have time to get you anything.” 

After they finished dessert, the father said, “There’s something your mother and I have wanted to tell you for a long time. You see, we were very poor. Despite this, we were able to send each of you to college. Throughout the years your mother and I knew we loved each other very much, but we just never found the time to get married.” 

The three children gasped and all said, “You mean we’re bastards?” 

“Yep,” said the father, “and tight ones too!”

How Does Israel Survive the Hatred?

Beyond the Cusp

Oddly enough and contrary to what the media, experts, heads of such international organizations as the United Nations, European Union and all of their related agencies, and so many self-appointed know-it-alls, Israel has nothing to do with the hatred; it is not causing it nor curing it and definitely not bowing to those using it to make demands. The reason the hatred continues with such force and deep-throated volume is because there are so many who run with this hate using it as a weapon with which to destroy Israel. There are even those within Israel itself who fall sway of the demands of those who disguise their desire to destroy Israel behind their false concern for those whose hatreds are so obvious that Israel should properly ignore or even silence them. The ridiculousness of the collusion is that both sides prove their lack of good sense and we have…

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Belgium: First Islamic State in Europe?

The French acronym of Belgium’s ISLAM Party stands for “Integrity, Solidarity, Liberty, Authenticity, Morality”. The leaders of the ISLAM Party apparently want to turn Belgium into an Islamic State. They call it “Islamist democracy” and have set a target date: 2030.

According to the French magazine Causeur, “the program is confusingly simple: replace all the civil and penal codes with sharia law. Period”. Created on the eve of the 2012 municipal ballot, the ISLAM Party immediately received impressive results. Its numbers are alarming.

The effect of this new party, according to Michaël Privot, an expert on Islam, and Sebastien Boussois, a political scientist, could be the “implosion of the social body”. Some Belgian politicians, such as Richard Miller, are now advocating banning the ISLAM Party.

The French weekly magazine Le Point details the plans of the ISLAM Party: It would like to “prevent vice by banning gaming establishments (casinos, gaming halls and betting agencies) and the lottery”. Along with authorizing the wearing the Muslim headscarf at school and an agreement about the Islamic religious holidays, the party wants all schools in Belgium to offer halal meat on their school menus. Redouane Ahrouch, one of the party’s three founders, also proposed segregating men and women on public transport. Ahrouch belonged in the 1990s to the Belgian Islamic Center, a nest of Islamic fundamentalism where candidates for jihad in Afghanistan and Iraq were recruited.

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The Love Affair with Syria’s Dictator

Many people claim to champion the pursuit of justice and the defense of human rights around the globe. If there is an opportunity for them to make promises, they will. But when a true need arises, when their voices and rallying could make a genuine difference, many of those promises prove false.

Recently, Syria’s dictator, President Bashar Al Assad, attacked his own people with banned chemical weapons — at least 50 times. The victims were mainly civilians. Innocent people — men, women and children — were suffocated by these attacks, but not before burning their eyes and drowning their lungs in fluid.

Finally, a world leader, US President Donald Trump, took a stance against this war criminal. Instead of supporting that action, however, many people have been attacking Trump for the clear message he sent Assad: He cannot use illegal weapons to target civilians and enjoy immunity.

Why would people take the side of a man who murders his own people? If we look at the history of the relationship between the Syrian regime and the public, it is clear that this is not the first time that many have leaned towards Assad.

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Syria: The Defining Issue of Our Generation

“We are here to protest against the bombing of Syria by Donald Trump and Theresa May,” said the placard-waving young man sporting a ferocious beard.

“Killing Muslims must be stopped,” added the middle-aged lady dressed all in black with a demeanor of a diva.

Our interlocutors were among a handful of activists from the “anti-war coalition,” spending part of their weekend venting their hatred of Trump and America, and presumably of capitalism and imperialism in general, in front of the US Embassy in London.

We asked whether they would also demonstrate in front of the Russian Embassy in Bayswater, a posher part of London?

The answer was a chagrined look all around. How could we not understand that in their Manichaean world, the role of evil was reserved solely for the Western democracies?

Over the past decade or so, Russia has waged war against Georgia in Ossetia ad Abkhazia, attacked Ukraine, annexed the Crimean Peninsula, turned Chechnya into a pile of rubble, and driven thousands out of their villages in Ingushetia and Dagestan without the anti-war coalition waving a single placard. When we come to Syria, the anti-war coalition, one of whose big beasts, Jeremy Corbyn, is now leader of the British Labour Party, deigns to remember that Russia has been bombing Syria and killing countless civilians, since 2015.

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