A Futile Gesture

John worked hard for his living and his wife decided that he deserved a treat for his birthday, so she blindfolded him and took him to a local strip club.

The doorman at the club greeted them and said, “Hey, John! How ya doin?”

Once inside, his wife removed the blindfold but she was puzzled and asked if he’d been to this club before.”Oh no,” said John. “He’s one of the security guys I meet on my business trips.”

When they were seated, a waitress asked John if he’d like his usual and brought over a Budweiser.

His wife was becoming increasingly uncomfortable and said, “How did she know that you drink Budweiser?”

“I recognize her, she’s the waitress at the bar around the corner from work. I always drop in and have a Bud on Fridays, honey.”

A stripper then came over to their table, threw her arms around John, started to rub herself all over him and said, “Hi Johnny. Want your usual table dance, big boy?”

John’s wife, now furious, grabbed her purse and stormed out of the club. John followed and spotted her getting into a cab. Before she could slam the door, he jumped in beside her.

John tried desperately to explain how the stripper must have mistaken him for someone else, but his wife was having none of it. She was screaming at him at the top of her lungs, calling him every four letter word in the book.

The cabby turned around and said, “Geez John, you picked up a real piece of work this time.”

An 8-Year-Old Bride

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“At eight years old my parents sat me down for a serious talk,” said Noushin, during the interview. “I can still remember the tremble in my mother’s voice. She told me that in two days I would be part of an Islamic religious blessing. My father insisted that I behave, and not cause a scene. I was confused, but I trusted them, that they were telling me the truth. I trusted them right up to the moment that the wedding ring went onto my finger and I became the bride of a 43 year old man.” Noushin, now 19, is the mother of three.

You might assume that her parents, who so willingly gave their child to this man, were not educated or had never been exposed to modern ways of thinking. In fact, Noushin’s father had been educated in Europe, and then came back to his country to work for the regime.

Noushin said the wedding was “a nightmare I could not wake up from. I understood that I was married, but I did not understand what that meant.” She said was forced to have sexual intercourse before she reached puberty. “Each day was filled with new confusion, and new horrors,” she said, as she tried to become accustomed to the role she was forced to endure.

“I thought the move into my husband’s house was a punishment by my parents because I had not listened when they told me to stop playing a week before. I hoped that after that, it was torture, they would bring me back to my parents the next day. But it soon became clear that this was not a temporary punishment, it would last a lifetime.”

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More lazy BBC reporting on Hizballah’s tunnels

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Fifteen days after its first – and only – report concerning Operation Northern Shield the BBC News website published an article titled “Israel urges UN action over Hezbollah ‘attack tunnels’” on December 19th.

As was noted here when the first article appeared, it omitted any mention whatsoever of the obviously highly relevant topic of the UN Security Council resolutions relating to southern Lebanon and the UN force which is supposed to oversee the implementation of those resolutions.

“…the BBC’s record of reporting violations of UNSC resolution 1701 by Hizballah and Iran is very dismal. Obviously that serial omission means that BBC audiences lack the background information crucial to full understanding of this latest story.”

This latest report did include two references toUN SC resolution 1701:

“Unifil added that the tunnels constituted violations of Security Council resolution 1701, which ended the 2006 war.”

And:

“Lebanon’s foreign ministry has…

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The Syria Connection

Beyond the Cusp

One hears rumors of deals and arrangements being touted which predicated the United States departure from Syria. One can only pray that these are valid statements but should plan as if those words were never heard. Does anybody in their right mind believe that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is really going to end his murdering of the Kurdish population in Syria? How many actually are able to convince themselves that once the United States has departed that Bashir al-Assad will not simply begin to slaughter not only the fighters who still oppose him in the eastern parts of the nation but will also choose a genocidal approach to the civilian populations in these regions slaughtering millions of innocents for the crime of being Sunni Muslims or Kurds. There was one promise already kept, but whether the promise was made to United States President Donald Trump or to Israeli Prime…

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The onslaught on the US border

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There are now three waves of central American migrants aiming to force their way into the US across the border.

As reported here by JE Dyer, the first group was temporary halted by a Mexican police barricade. Mexican authorities offered the migrants asylum, jobs, and an array of social assistance programs. When they refused them, the police took down the barricades and the migrants resumed their trek.

On Sunday afternoon, the second wave from Honduras reached the border with southern Mexico. The Mexican border guard requested entry in an orderly manner.

“The men at the front began to throw rocks, and rushed to attack the border gate. According to news media on-scene, the attacking men broke down a gate and at least 100 of them were able to push through it. An unknown number of people were injured in the resulting scuffle. A 26-year-old Honduran migrant reportedly died of a head injury, which some outlets are saying was the result of being hit by a rubber bullet from the Mexican guards”.

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Germany: Muslim migrant paints “Islamic slogans” on church, Christmas services held under heavy security

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Under special circumstances, Christmas was celebrated in Garding in the district of Nordfriesland. For all three church services on Christmas Eve, employees of a security service stood at the only open entrance to St. Christian’s Church in the middle of the market square. In addition, the police patrolled. They will also be present at all church events until mid-January, reports Pastor Thomas Knippenberg in response to inquiries. This was also the case yesterday at the Plattdüütschen Wiehnacht in St. Christian’s.

The reason: a young man had smeared the church on the Third Sunday of Advent with Islamic slogans. When a citizen caught him, he threatened that person, according to Pastor Knippenberg. “Then we contacted the police.” The young man also attacked attendees to the carol-singing that Sunday. He also quarreled with Pastor Knippenberg. “Obviously, he has something against the Christian Christmas.”

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Chancellor Merkel’s Legacy and the Jews

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel has ceded the chairperson position of the Christian Democrat Party (CDU), and announced that after the next elections — at the latest in 2021 — she will not put herself forward to be a candidate to head the German government. The media has already started to analyze her performance and speculate about her legacy.

This is also an adequate moment to begin looking at Merkel’s legacy in regard to Germany’s Jews. Helmut Kohl, the previous CDU leader, who served as chancellor from 1982-1998, enabled an estimated 170,000 Russian Jews to immigrate to Germany. Due largely to that policy, Germany once again has a significant Jewish community. The country’s organized Jewish community currently has close to 100,000 members, which is barely more than 0.1% of Germany’s population.

Merkel has never failed on general support of and rhetoric towards Germany’s Jews. In November of this year, she spoke at the major Berlin Rykestrasse synagogue on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht, saying, “Jewish life is blossoming again in Germany. An unexpected gift to us after the Shoah … but we are also witnessing a worrying antisemitism that threatens Jewish life in our country.” She also said that violence against Jews — perpetrated by far-right militias or Muslim extremists — is on the rise in Germany.

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